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Fly overnight to Delhi. Transfer to the hotel. Stay two nights at The Oberoi, New Delhi, in a Premier Room, including breakfast.
Explore Old and New Delhi today with a private guide and driver. Start the tour at the Qutab Minar, a 234 foot high fluted minaret that was built in the thirteenth century. The tour also includes a drive along Raj Path, past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President’s residence. Also visit the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandani Chowk Markets in Old Delhi.
Delhi – Agra
After an early breakfast, travel on the Gatiman Express to Agra. This afternoon visit the imposing Agra Fort. Wander through the white apartments of the Emperor Shah Jehan and glimpse the Taj Mahal in the distance. Afterwards continue your visit to the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, otherwise known as the ‘Baby Taj’. *Please note that the Taj Mahal is closed on a Friday.
Continue your tour of Agra with a sunset visit to the spectacular Taj Mahal, considered to be the greatest monument to love and devotion. After sightseeing continue to The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, considered to be one of the very best hotels in India. It is located in the heart of Agra, just 600 meters from the Taj Mahal and thus every room has a wonderful view of the stunning monument.
Stay one night at the Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, in a Premier Room, including breakfast.
Agra - Bharatpur
After breakfast, transfer from Agra to Bharatpur (approximately one hour). En route there will be a stop at the deserted Moghul city of Fatephur Sikri. The city was built in the late 16th century and in its heyday was the most important artistic centre in South Asia. One long bazaar connected the city to Agra and its wealth is reflected in the impressive buildings that remain today.
After lunch (payable locally), board the Jan Shatabdi Express Train to Sawai Madhopur, the gateway to Ranthambhore National Park.
Depart Bharatpur 1540 hours (approximate timings). Arrive in Sawai Madhopur 1800 hours (approximate timings). Nestling in the natural beauty of the wilds, The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore, is a luxury tented jungle resort on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.
Stay two nights at The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore, in a Luxury Tent, including breakfast.
Ranthambhore National Park
Ranthambhore National Park encompasses nearly 400 square kilometres of dry, deciduous forest in south western Rajasthan and is famous for its tigers and here, more than in any other park or sanctuary in India, tigers are encountered in broad daylight. Early morning game drive.
You will return in time for breakfast and the rest of the morning may be spent at leisure or exploring nearby monuments. During the day, there is much to do and Ranthambhore is known as the photographer’s dream. There will also be late afternoon game drive. Again, this is an ideal time to see and photograph game as the wildlife prepares to settle down in the soft evening light and birds come in to roost.
Ranthambhore National Park – Jaipur
This morning take another game drive in the park before returning to The Oberoi Vanyavilas for breakfast. After breakfast drive to Jaipur (approximately four hours). One of India’s finest hotels, The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, is a unique way to experience Jaipur, one of India’s most vibrant and exotic destinations. Just half an hour outside the city, this magnificent building mirrors the princely style of Rajasthan and the gracious lifestyle of India’s legendary Rajput Princes.
Stay two nights at The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, in a Premier Room, including breakfast.
Jaipur, or the City of Victory, was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is a well- planned city, built from rose-coloured terra cotta that has given it the name ‘Pink City’. Its bazaars teem with people, camels, horses and a multitude of vehicles. First this morning, drive past the magnificent Hawa Mahal, otherwise known as the Palace of the Winds. This is really just an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to sit and observe life going on in the streets below. You then continue to Amber, the ancient capital of the region.
It is an extremely well-preserved building and quite delightful to explore. Visit the Jagmandir or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors, Jai Mahal and Temple of Kali. This afternoon you see Jaipur city, visiting Maharaja’s City Palace and the Observatory (Jantar Mantar), the Albert Hall Museum, Ram Niwas Gardens all the time driving through the pink residential and business areas of Jaipur.
Jaipur – Udaipur
Morning at leisure. Afternoon domestic flight from Jaipur to Udaipur. You will be met on arrival and transferred to The Oberoi Udaivilas, on the bank of Lake Pichola and undoubtedly one of the finest hotels in India. Stay two nights at The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, in a Premier Room, including breakfast.
Udaipur, “city of Dreams” is often referred to as the most romantic city in India. In contrast to some of its desert neighbours it presents an enchanting image of white marble palaces, placid blue lakes and green hills that keep the wilderness at bay. It is an oasis of colour in a stark and arid region.
This morning visit the superb Jagdish Temple which is noted for its elephant motif carving. Afterwards visit the grand City Palace which stands on a hill on the banks of Lake Pichola, surrounded by crenulated walls. Built in 1567, it is composed of four major palaces and several minor palaces that form a single façade. Your afternoon is at leisure before you enjoy a late afternoon boat ride on the lake.
Depart early on the Jet Airways domestic flight to Mumbai and onward international connection to Heathrow.
Once again, Neil did a fantastic job with our itinerary! He is so informative and efficient. Nothing seems too much trouble for him!- UP, Cambodia, 2014