Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Post scheduled arrival in New Delhi International Airport, our representative will escort you from ‘Arrival Halls’ to a designated hotel. Check into a hotel and spend rest of the time in leisure activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02: Delhi – Full day City Tour
Post breakfast in the hotel step out to enjoy full day guided city tour of Delhi – national capital city of India. The city has been inhabited since sixth century BC. Through most of its history it had served as the capital to various kingdoms and empires. In 1639 AD, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built a new walled city named Shahjahanabad which served as the capital of Mughal empire from 1649 till the rebellion of 1857. Shahjahanabad is now called Old Delhi. Later British East India Company chose Delhi as its capital over Kolkata and made it administrative centre. A three-member committee was formed to plan the construction of Delhi. The key architect of the committee was Sir Edwin Lutyen who gave a definite shape to city – now called New Delhi. Enjoy sightseeing and visit Jama Masjid, located in a busy corner of Old Delhi. It is the largest mosque in India. Also visit Red Fort. Both these buildings have been constructed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.
Ride a rickshaw in Chandni Chowk. It is one of the busiest markets in Old Delhi. Head towards New Delhi in afternoon to visit key places like Qutub Minar, Parliament House, India Gate, Secretariat Building (near ITO) and Jantar Mantar (an astronomical observatory). Indulge into shopping in Janpath and Palika Bazaar. Get back to the hotel and stay there overnight.
(Red Fort is closed every Monday)
Day 03: Delhi-Sariska (200Kms, 4Hrs drive)
Post breakfast in the hotel depart for Sariska. It is a wildlife sanctuary and got the status of tiger reserve – an ambitious plan of the country to save big cats. Located in Rajasthan, this wildlife is easily accessible from both major cities – Delhi and Jaipur (110 km from Jaipur and 200 km from Delhi). It is a popular weekend getaway destination for city dwellers, who look out for peace and adventure beyond the hustle and bustle of these cities. Located in Aravalli mountain range, this forest is spread over 866 square kilometre and known for various species of flora and fauna. This forest is known for Bengal Tigers. It is the first tiger reserve in the world where tigers have been relocated successfully. Besides tigers, several other wildlife species such as four-horned antelope, chital, sambhar, nilgai, wild boar, wild dogs and langurs can be spotted. Apart from wild animals, it is also the perfect destination for water birds. Tourists can catch a glimpse of white throated king fisher, crested serpent, Indian eagle, owl, bush quail, golden-backed woodpecker among others.
Check into a hotel/resort upon arrival. After freshen up enjoy exclusive jeep safari, accompanied by a forest guide, to go deep into the forest to catch a glimpse of animals in their own habitat. Get back to the hotel/resort by evening and stay there overnight.
Day 04: Sariska-Jaipur (110Kms, 2.5Hrs drive)
Post breakfast at a hotel depart for Jaipur. Check into a hotel upon arrival. Spend rest of the time in leisure activities, visit local markets with a chauffer or Chokhi Dhani – an ethnic village – to experience the life and ambience of a rustic village. Also enjoy traditional dance and folk songs as well as delicacies of Rajasthan. Get back to the hotel and stay there overnight.
Day 05: In Jaipur (Excursion to Amber Fort + Half day City tour)
Tourists will visit forts and palaces of unique and peculiar designs. Jaipur is the state capital of Rajasthan. It is also called Pink City since walls of many houses and government buildings are painted in pink colour. The city was founded in 1727 AD by the then ruler of Amer, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Earlier, its capital was Dausa (51 km from Jaipur). After shifting the capital from Dausa to Jaipur, all the major development started and soon it became an impressive city with well-planned layout of roads, gardens, royal palaces, forts and residential buildings. Post breakfast in the hotel, the tour guide will brief tourists about the whole day activities. Next, board a car and head towards Amber Fort. Visit ‘Palace of Winds’, also known as Hawa Mahal, en route. The royal ladies used to watch daily goings on the street below from a part of this facade.
Visit Jal Mahal (Water Palace), located in the middle of a water body, followed by visit to City Palace, a famous landmark which is spread over a large area as it occupies one-seventh of the city. Also visit Jantar Mantar, or Astronomical Observatory, made by Maharaja of Jaipur. It has been included in the UNESCO’s Wrld Heritage Sites’ list. Indulge into shopping after sightseeing. Buy souvenirs, traditional Rajasthani attires, shawl and handicrafts from local markets.
Get back to the hotel and stay there overnight.
Day 06: Jaipur –Ranthamhore National Park (180Kms, 4.5/ 5Hrs drive)
Post breakfast in the coffee shop of a hotel, depart for another popular wild life destination – Ranthambhore National Park (located 180 km from Jaipur). It is one of the largest national parks in northern India spread over an area of 390 square kilometres. It was named after the historic Ranthambhore fortress. A wildlife sanctuary established by the Indian government, it was declared as tiger reserve to protect tigers and other wildlife animals. Today it is one the best wild life destinations in the country and tigers can be easily spotted here due to their sufficient number. Beside tigers, tourists can spot other wild animals such as leopard, nilgai, hyena, sloth bear, jackal, wild boar and deer among others. Check into a hotel/resort upon reaching Ranthambhore.
Proceed to visit Ranthambhore fortress in evening. It is situated atop a hill overlooking the entire forest. From the top of the hill tourists can capture pictures of sprawling forest and natural bounties. Get back to a hotel and stay there overnight.
Day 07: Ranthambhore
Have tea in hotel /resort and board an open jeep/canter to reach the forest and spot tigers. Keep binocular handy and catch a glimpse of big cat in this thick forest. Tourists can spot wild animals in their natural habitat. After three hours game drive get back to hotel/resort for breakfast and relax. Enjoy another game drive in the forest in afternoon to explore wild animals in different zones. Get back to the hotel by evening and stay there overnight.
Day 08: Ranthambhore-Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (220Kms, 4.5Hrs drive)
After breakfast at a hotel drive towards Bharatpur. It is a popular bird sanctuary of India. Check into a hotel upon arrival. After freshen up step out to visit bird sanctuary and ride a rickshaw to explore most part of the sanctuary. It is a famous avifauna sanctuary that hosts thousands of birds of different that nest here during winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the sanctuary as their permanent home. It is a man-made and man-managed wetland which protects the sanctuary from frequent floods. The sanctuary has become home to diverse species of birds such as 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle species and a wide variety of other invertebrates. Every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for breeding during winter. The sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world. It is known for nesting by local and visiting migratory birds (including water birds). The rare Siberian cranes visit the park during winter.
According to Sir Peter Scott Keoladeo this sanctuary is the world’s best bird area. Get back to the hotel and spend rest of the time in leisure activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 09: Bharatpur-Fatehpur Sikri – Agra
After breakfast in a hotel depart for Agra. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site – Fatehpur Sikri en route. This deserted red sandstone city was founded by great Mughal emperor Akbar as his capital and palace during 16th century. Various architecturally designed buildings mesmerise tourists. The most popular buildings are Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Diwan-i-Aam, Panch Mahal among others.
After spending around an hour, continue drive towards Agra. After a drive of 45 minutes tourists will reach Agra. Check into a hotel upon arrival. After freshen up step out to explore the city. Agra is one of the prominent tourist destinations in northern India located on the banks of river Yamuna. It had served as the capital of Delhi Sultanate under Sultan Sikandar Lodi who had shifted his capital from Delhi to Agra in 1506 AD and later his son Ibrahim Lodi had succeeded him. After the defeat of Ibrahim Lodi by first Mughal emperor Babur in the first battle of Panipat in 1526 AD, the capital was shifted by Mughals. It was the golden era of the city when drastic changes and development were seen. Many splendid Mughal era buildings were constructed during this period. The most important one is Taj Mahal which attracts huge crowd from across the world. Following road journey of four hours, tourists will reach Agra. Check into a hotel upon arrival. After freshen up proceed for half day city tour. Visit Taj Mahal, which was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 AD to enshrine the mortal remains of his queen Mumtaz followed by visit to Agra Fort. Overnight stay at the hotel.
(Taj Mahal remains closed every Friday)
Day 10: Agra – Delhi (205Kms, 5Hrs drive)
Post breakfast at a hotel spend time in leisure activities till scheduled departure for New Delhi International Airport to board a flight for respective destination. This concludes wondrous wildlife tour.