Essence of India with Ranthambore ( Luxury Gold Collection) - 8 days land only

A quintessential Indian journey, this majestic itinerary showcases the rich heritage of India’s bustling cities, renowned temples & exotic jungles. Marvel at the beauty of the Taj Mahal with its ethereal hues, search for the elusive Bengal Tiger on former royal hunting grounds & stroll through a traditional spice market in Jaipur. Allow your Travelling Concierge to show you India at its finest.
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Price:
R32 130
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DETAILS
Starting fromR32 130
Package ValiditySet departure date between 29 SEP 2018 - 13 APR 2019.  *** Book & pay by 29 JAN 2018 & SAVE R3570 per person, discount already included in the price ***
Duration8 days
DestinationIndia
Starts inDelhi
Ends inDelhi

Description

- Return airport/hotel transfers
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily & selected lunches & dinners 
- Touring by luxury coach with the business class legroom
- Assistance of a Tour Director
- Sightseeing in all towns & cities visited
- Exclusive experiences
- All hotel service charges & tips, baggage handling fees & local taxes
- Highlights: Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore & Jaipur

 

Day 1

Delhi, a Rich Melting Pot.

Welcome to India! On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you are greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your modern five-star hotel. Join your Travelling Concierge at 18:30 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2

Relaxed Start

Delhi Sightseeing.

Start the day with a cycle rickshaw ride through Old Delhi, including the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk market. Stop for a photo at the impressive Red Fort, then visit the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat. Explore India's largest mosque, the magnificent Jama Masjid, built by Shah Jahan in 1650. Wander the wide boulevards of New Delhi and drive along the ceremonial Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. See Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the Tomb of Emperor Humayun, one of the best-preserved Mughal monuments in Delhi.

Day 3

An Agra Adventure.

On arrival to Agra, witness the hustle and bustle of everyday life as you are guided through the city to Agra Fort, a powerful fortress of red sandstone. Walk through the local market, explore the palatial Royal Pavilions and gardens and before enjoying free time to relax. Later, accompany one of the locals, walking through their village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal and learn about their way of life as an agriculturalist.

Day 4

The Taj Mahal & Ranthambore.

Admire the lustrous Taj Mahal, bathed by the first rays of dawn. Later journey to the historic city of Bharatpur and stop for lunch, before continuing to the station for the rail journey to Ranthambore. On arrival, transfer to your luxurious hotel, built in the style of a traditional Rajput hunting palace, nestled in the foot hills of the Aravalli Range, near the Ranthambore National Park.

Day 5

In Search of Tigers in Ranthambore.

Start with an early morning journey into the former private hunting grounds of the Maharajahs of Jaipur, in search of the elusive tiger. More commonly seen in the dry, deciduous forest are the wild boars, monkeys, spotted deer and antelopes, but if you are ever going to witness tigers in their natural habitat, this is the place. Return to your resort for breakfast and a day at leisure. At dusk, enjoy another foray into the national park with an expert naturalist. Besides the wildlife, there are also lake palaces, traditional Chhatri, old fortifications and a majestic 1,000-year-old fort within the park.

Day 6

Jaipur, the Pink City.

In the morning, embark on another exciting adventure to explore the territory of the majestic tiger - every wildlife enthusiast and photographer's dream. After lunch, travel through the rural countryside where flat, green fields are abundant with brightly coloured flowers. Your destination is the stunning Rajasthan capital of Jaipur. Visit the famous flower market where girls delicately thread garlands to be used for offerings, then explore the spice market, a place of olfactory wonderment. See the rainbow of colours as you pass giant bags of cardamom, red chillies, cinnamon and so many more. Continue to 1135 AD restaurant for a delicious freshly-prepared Highlight Dinner.

Day 7

Jaipur Sightseeing.

Enjoy a unique excursion, as you ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort, a superb example of Rajput architecture, with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Inside, the royal halls are decorated with intricate ivory, mirrors and glass, complemented by exquisite wall paintings. Return to Jaipur to see the famous Hawa Mahal, also known as The Palace of Winds, and visit the City Palace, now a museum housing a fabulous collection of Rajasthani and Mughal Art. A final stop is made at the famous Jantar Mantar, the observatory, constructed between 1727 and 1734 by Maharajah Jai Singh II. Venture to Baradari Restaurant at the City Palace for your Celebration Dinner, an evening to remember.

Day 8

Depart Delhi.

Your trip draws to a close after breakfast. A departure transfer will arrive at Delhi Airport at 17:00, please do not schedule flights before 21:00. This transfer will continue on to your chosen extra night hotel, for those departing from Delhi.