Delhi Old & New
Our trip begins in New Delhi, India's capital city with its tree-lined boulevards, spacious parks wrapped around parliament buildings, plush embassies and flamboyant monuments. In sharp contrast to such sites as India Gate (a sister to London's Marble Arch), lies the chaotic huddle of streets that is Old Delhi, where we experience the bustle, colours and smells of Chandni Chowk bazaar. Welcome to the real India!
Taj Mahal & Tigers
Our next stop is Agra is, where we visit the fantastic fort and, at sunrise, one of the most awesome buildings of all, the Taj Mahal. From Bharatpur, we take to cycle rickshaws for a journey in the Keoladeo National Park which is famous for its hundreds of species of bird. A short train journey takes us to the Ranthambore National Park, for a game of tiger spotting. These cats are strictly protected here and we are hopeful for a sighting. There are plenty of other animals too including sambar deer, leopard, crocodile, sloth bear and about 300 species of birds.
'Pink City' & Pushkar
Enclosed within its famous pink crenellated walls, lies one of Rajasthan's most enchanting corners, the old city of Jaipur. We visit the lavish City Palace, the much photographed Palace of the Winds and perhaps browse through the jewellery market. We also ride elephants up to the hilltop fortress at Amber. In the Rajasthani village of Pachewar, we stay in a restored fort, complete with swimming pool and badminton court! Our final stop before returning to Delhi is Pushkar. Nestling in a narrow dry valley with a holy lake at its heart, Pushkar is vastly different from Delhi, with a wonderfully laid-back atmosphere. From laid back Pushkar on the edge of the desert we ride camels on a mini wilderness adventure.
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