This luxury Rajasthan holiday will introduce you to the area's incredible royal heritage, take you to some of its most iconic sites, as well as giving you a three-day safari in the Ranthambore National Park. Start your tour in the eclectic and inspiring city of Delhi, where you will take a fascinating tour to both Old and New Delhi, including some of its famous sites such as India Gate, President House and Parliament House. Move on to Agra, where you will spend a day and will visit the impressive Agra Fort, before starting your three-day safari in Ranthambore National Park. Whilst there enjoy twice-daily game drives, on which you are likely to see tigers, among other flora and fauna. After your safari, finish your trip in the beautiful city of Jaipur, known as the 'Pink City' due to its houses rendered in terracotta-coloured plaster. Whilst there, visit the incredible Jantar Mantar, and the Hawa Mahal, or 'Palace of the Winds'.
Day 1: Depart UK
Board an overnight flight from the UK to Delhi, beginning your holiday on day two.
Day 2: Arrive Delhi
Arrive at Delhi’s International Airport in the afternoon or evening. Delhi is the capital of modern India, where you can witness the mingling of old and new, ancient and modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning from the 11th – 20th centuries, and due to its mixed heritage, has a fascinating mix of architectural styles.
Day 3: Delhi
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a full-day city tour of Old and New Delhi. Start your tour in Old Delhi, where you’ll visit the fascinating Red Fort, which is the most opulent fort of the Mughal Empire. Also see the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, and the Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city that you will see come alive as the trading day starts. Also visit the Raj Ghat memorial, which marks the spot that Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. In the afternoon, visit New Delhi, a metro ride away. You’ll see some of the most impressive monuments from India’s past, including the Qutub Minar – a victory tower built in 1199 – and Humayun’s Tomb, which was built to commemorate the emperor Humayun’s wife, and is considered a prime example of Mughal architecture and an inspiration of the Taj Mahal. Next, drive past India Gate, President House and Parliament House, before spending the night at your hotel.
Day 4: Delhi – Agra
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and drive to Agra. Upon arrival in Agra, check in to your hotel and relax. In the afternoon, take a city tour. Start with a visit to the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Agra Fort, where you will walk through its impressive chambers. Then take a sunset tour of the Taj Mahal, which was built by an emperor in memory of his wife. What makes the building unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity and marble exterior that reflects gold and rose tints at sunrise and sunset, whilst remaining dazzling white in the day.
Day 5: Agra – Ranthambore
After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Ranthambore, visiting Fatehpur Sikri – a fascinating Mughal city – on route. On arrival to Ranthambore, check in to your hotel, where you will spend the evening relaxing. Ranthambore National Park was the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur. In 1955 it was declared a game sanctuary, and in 1980, it became a national park. It also became part of Project Tiger in 1972, which means it is an excellent tiger reserve. Alongside rich flora and fauna, the park is also a fascinating heritage site that’s scattered with picturesque ruins including lake palaces, chhatris, old fortifications and a majestic 1,000-year-old fort.
Days 6-7: Ranthambore
First thing, take a morning game drive in the Ranthambore National Park. Your tour will be led by a professional naturalist, who will narrate your trip as you travel through the jungle. You will return to your hotel for breakfast by 10:00am, and the rest of your morning is free to relax in the hotel until later in the afternoon. After lunch, proceed on another game drive in the national park in an open jeep, with a knowledgeable guide. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 8: Ranthambore – Jaipur
After breakfast at your hotel, take the drive to Jaipur, where you will check in to your hotel upon arrival. Known as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is the capital of the colourful state of Rajasthan. On your drive through the city to your hotel, you'll pass through the well-planned city, and witness daily life and how it blooms throughout the day.
Day 9: Jaipur
In the morning, you’ll take a visit to the Amber Fort, which is 11km from Jaipur. The fort is a marvellous example of Rajput architecture. Adding to its beauty is the fact that its terraces and ramparts are reflected in the Maota Lake below. Enjoy its intricately decorated interiors, which are mosaicked with ivory, mirror and glasswork. Then, take a city tour of Jaipur. Start with a visit to the City Palace Museum, where you can enjoy the blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art, as well as robes, carpets, armoury and miniature paintings reflecting Rajasthan’s royal heritage. Also visit the Jantar Mantar, and Hawa Mahal, or 'Palace of the Winds' that are both located in the City Palace Complex. Afterwards, return to your hotel and relax.
Day 10: Depart India/Arrive UK
After a leisurely breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport, where you'll return to London via Mumbai. Upon arrival back in the UK, continue your onward journey home.
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