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Namaste! Welcome to India and New Delhi the capital city of India. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel with the rest of the day yours to relax after your long flight.
Ambling through the historic old city you’ll see sites such as the famous Red Fort. Other highlights include the Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid and a rickshaw ride to lively Chore Bazaar we have a lovely Indian lunch.
Chug out of the Delhi morning mists on the train to Agra, home to the exquisite Taj Mahal , one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. We’ll visit Agra Fort, with magnificent views across to the Taj and watch the town’s Pacchikari marble producers in action.
It’s a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal when it is most spectacular. Then prepare for an eventful drive, dodging holy cows no doubt, to the haunting Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri. Late this afternoon we pull into Ranthambhore National Park, formerly the hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Jaipur, and settle down for a night in the jungle.
Tiger spotting today! Enjoy dawn and dusk game drives in a shared jeep.
A 5-hour drive to the famous pink city of Jaipur and a free afternoon to explore this charming city, a real favourite amongst travellers to India. Tintin donned a turban and so shall ye – a bit of fun over dinner together tonight!
Sidestep any water spraying trunks as we ascend the 11th century Amber fort on elephant back early this morning. Then to the City Palace – taking us back to the grand old days of Maharaja Gaipajama. Dodging the hypnotic gaze of any fakirs, we might be lucky enough to come across a snake charmer as we explore the colourful city markets.
This morning we board the train to Ajmer and then drive on to the majestic ‘blue’ city of Jodhpur located right by the edge of the Thar Desert.
Discover the sites of this charming Rajasthani city on a guided tour including the mighty Meherangarh fort and lively textile bazaars set around the old towns’ clock tower.
For a special treat we drive to the desert camp of Manvar – literally in the middle of nowhere. Mop the sweat off your brow and hope for an imminent oasis as we trek by camel over dusty desert dunes – you’ll truly feel part of the script of Tintin’s many adventures! Safely back at camp under stars of the expansive night sky, we light a bonfire over dinner to the sounds of local musicians.
Flying back to modern civilisation, dinner tonight will be at one of Delhi’s specialty Indian restaurants – a stark contrast to our recent foray in the Rajasthani wilderness.
Morning we fly to the stunning Himalayan foothills in Shimla here we explore the summer capital of the Raj, Shimla, on foot, dropping in at the India Coffee House, which has been going since colonial times.
Take in the fresh mountain air and breath-taking Himalayan vistas draped in pine, rhododendron, and oak – it’s a free day to explore Shimla as you wish.
We ride along UNESCO’s world heritage listed narrow gauge railway to Kalka, meandering our way through the Himalayan foothills. Fortunately, there’s no derailments and precarious car chases this time! And it’s back to Delhi on one of India’s more modern express trains.
Bid farewell to the land of Maharajas – it’s time to be transferred to the international airport for our flight back home.
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