Tiger and Varanasi
Duration : 9 Days/ 8 Nights
Destinations: New Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Agra - Train - Varanasi - Flight - New Delhi
Day 01: Arrive in New Delhi »
Traditional welcome - Atithi Devo Bhava (Guest is god) - on arrival with garlanding at Delhi international airport by a Holiday India Travel’s executive. Transferred in your exclusive airconditioned deluxe car to your hotel. Afterward, take a tour of the historic city of Delhi, where you can experience the influence of those who once ruled this region; a city built and destroyed and rebuilt seven times. The tour takes you to the monuments that depict the different eras, including a visit to a Hindu temple of Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth; the magnificent Red Fort (exterior); Jama Masjid, one of Asia's largest mosques; Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the "Father of the Nation". Afternoon tour of New Delhi to include Humanyun's Tomb, Qutab Minar, India Gate, President's House and a drive through Connaught Place. Overnight at a hotel in Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi — Jaipur - 5 Hrs Drive »
After breakfast at your hotel, proceed for the drive to Jaipur - the Pink City of India. Upon arrival in Jaipur transfer to your hotel to fresh up before taking a city tour of Jaipur covering Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), City Palace, and Jantar Mantar (Royal Astronomical Observatory). Overnight at a hotel in Jaipur.
Day 03: Jaipur »
Breakfast at your hotel is followed by an excursion to the majestic Amber Fort on an elephant, the erstwhile capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs before they moved to their newly built capital in Jaipur. This is the only fort where one can still go by an elephant like a Maharaja. Then visit Jaigarh Fort and Tiger Fort on the way to Water Palace. Take time to shop in this famous city of gems and jewels, or enjoy a walk in the colorful bazaar. In the evening, go to Birla Temple. Overnight at a hotel in Jaipur.
Day 04: Jaipur — Ranthambhore - 3 Hrs Drive »
Drive to Sawai Madhopur to stay at a resort in the Ranthambhore National Park. Ranthambhore is widely considered to be one of India's most beautiful national parks and tiger reserves. Encircled by a series of high escarpments, the forests, lakes, and dry scrub that make up the Reserve area dotted with old forts and temples, creating a wonderful atmosphere for both bird and mammal viewing among a landscape oozing with ancient Rajput history and Rajasthani culture.
Day 05: Ranthambhore »
Take an early morning jeep safari to the Ranthambhore National Park to see the King of the jungle - the Indian Royal Bengal Tiger. You will see abundant spotted deers, Sambar Deer, Blue Antelope (Nilgai), Chinkara Antelope (or Indian Gazelle), monkeys, langurs, wild boars, variety of bird species such as flocks of peafowl - the national bird - while on the lakes where Cotton Pygmy Geese and both Bronze-winged and Pheasant-tailed Jacanas are common. The surrounding woodland and grasslands hold such species as Black-rumped Flame-backed Woodpecker, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Rufous-tailed Finch Lark (an Indian endemic), Painted Spur Fowl, Jungle Bush Quail, Small Minivet and Stork-billed Kingfisher. There's a possibility of seeing up to five species of owl, including Brown Fish Owl, Dusky Eagle Owl and Collared Scops Owl. Return to resort for breakfast. Relax by the poolside. After lunch get ready for the afternoon jeep safari for another chance to view the tiger and other wildlife in action. Bonfire with dinner at the resort will be arranged.
Day 06: Ranthambhore — Agra - 6 Hrs Drive »
Breakfast at your hotel, then drive to Agra - the city of world famous Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. On the way, visit Abhaneri, which is a small beautiful village. You will visit Chandbaori there. En route, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned 15 years later due to scarcity of water. See Darbar-e-Aam, Palaces, Panch Mahal and Taansen Seat. Continue to Agra and check into your hotel and take a rest.
Day 07: Agra — Night Train to Varanasi - 2nd AC »
Dawn-view visit of Taj Mahal to witness the wonder of marble that seems to change colors as the sun rises. A UNESCO World Heritage Site which was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal is best viewed and enjoyed in the non-chaotic and less crowded time of the day. Taj Mahal is closed on Friday. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later, meet you guide in Agra in the hotel lobby for visiting Red Fort, built in red sandstone by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. Visit the halls of private and public; Itimad-Ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) described as a 'Jewel Box' and often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. It was built between 1622 and 1628. Also visit a local marble factory to witness the inlay work of precious stones known as Pietra dura. It's the same art of stone work illustrated on the Taj Mahal & Baby Taj. It's a learning experience and a treat to the eyes to see the artistry. Later, take a night train to Varanasi.
Day 08: Varanasi »
In the morning you will be received by the driver at the railway station. Take a morning boat excursion on the river Ganges. People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika and Harishchandra where funeral pyre burn day and night. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death. Then visit Sarnath and Ramnagar. Overnight at hotel in Varanasi.
Day 09: Varanasi — Flight to Delhi »
In the morning take a flight to Delhi. You will be received by the driver at the airport in Delhi. According to your flight timing, you can spend some time in Delhi. Check-in for international flights begins 3 hours prior to flight departure time for economy class or 2 hours before business/ first class.