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North India with Tiger Safari

Sample Itinerary

DAY 01            HEATHROW/DELHI

DAY 02              ARRIVE DELHI

Meet/greet at airport with private transfer to Taj Palace or the Oberoi, Delhi.

Rest of the day free for leisure. 

DAY 03              IN DELHI

Guided city tour of Old & New Delhi.   Visit the Red Fort (Lal Qila), Jama Masjid, enjoy a walking tour in Chandni Chowk- the silver street of Delhi bustling with activity. In New Delhi visit India Gate – A War Memorial Arch. Drive past the President’s House, Parliament House, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar, the tallest tower in India

Overnight stay at Taj Palace or the Oberoi, Delhi.

DAY 04            DELHI – AGRA (By Car)

Drive to Agra.    In the afternoon visit the famous white marble mausoleum THE TAJ MAHAL, which was built in the middle of the 17th century by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is surely the greatest monument to love and one of the wonders of the modern world.   Marble was brought from Makrana, near Jodhpur and precious stones of onyx, amethyst, malachite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, jade, crystal and mother of pearl were carried to Agra from Persia, Russia, Afghanistan, Tibet, China and the Indian Ocean.

Also visit the red sandstone AGRA FORT which stands like a crescent on the banks of Jamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12- meter moat between them. Three successive Moghul emperors – Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan – helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture

Overnight stay at The Oberoi Amar Vilas, Agra

DAY 05            AGRA  – FATEHPUR SIKRI – RANTHAMBORE (By Car)

Continue your private tour with a drive to Ranthambore National Park, enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri. This was the capital city of Akbar but was abandoned later due to scarcity of water.  This complex in red sandstone is considered to be more beautiful than the Taj Mahal by many visitors.

Late afternoon reach Ranthambore which became a National Park in 1981.   .

Overnight stay at Oberoi Vanya Vilas, Ranthambore.

DAY 06                    IN RANTHAMBORE

Morning & evening game drives within Ranthambore National Park searching for tigers.

Overnight stay at Oberoi Vanya Vilas, Ranthambore.

DAY 07                    RANTHAMBORE – JAIPUR (By Car)

Enjoy another morning game drive in the park before heading off to Jaipur,  the state capital of Rajasthan and owes its name, planning and foundation to the Maharaja Jai Singh II. It is also known as the “Pink City”, derived from the pink painted sandstone from which the buildings in the old walled city are constructed. The city is endowed with great architectural elegance and beauty, with magnificent historic palaces, temples, gardens, museums and an amazing observatory built by Jai Singh.

Overnight stay at Oberoi Raj Vilas or the Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

DAY 08                     IN JAIPUR

Drive to the outskirts of the city to visit Amber Fort and explore the Temple of Kali, the Hall Of Victory or Jai Mahal and Jagmandir, travelling on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated.

Later visit the City Palace – the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal.    Proceed to  Jantar Mantar – an astrological and astronomical Observatory  remarkably accurate evening present times. Lastly, stop at Palace-of-Winds.

Evening enjoy your dinner at Chokhi Dhani village.

Overnight stay at Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

DAY 09                     JAIPUR – JODHPUR (By Car)

Travel on through ever changing scenery to Jodhpur.  Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rajput clan called the Rathores, founded the bustling desert city of Jodhpur in 1459. It became the centre of the Rathore Kingdom known as Marwar, and lies in the heart of Rajasthan and on the edge of the Thar Desert.

Overnight stay at Vivanta by Taj Harimahal or The Ummed Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

DAY 10                      IN  JODHPUR

Visit Mehrangarh Fort which is perched on a 125 m high hill was completed in 1459. It is both impressive and formidable in its location and construction.

Overnight stay at Vivanta by Taj Harimahal or The Ummed Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

DAY 11                       JODHPUR – UDAIPUR (By Car)

Continue your drive to Udaipur, stopping en-route visit Ranakpur Temple to visit the Jain temple.   The impressive marble complex is noted for the 29 halls supported by 1,444 pillars, each adorned with hundreds of carved figures, no two alike.

Late afternoon arrival into Udaipur described as the “City of Sunrise” regarded by many as one of the most romantic city in India. Its white marble palaces, placid blue lakes, and green hills make it an oasis of colour in a stark and arid region.

Overnight stay at Oberoi Udaivilas or Taj lake Palace, Udaipur

DAY 12                         IN  UDAIPUR (By Car)

During a guided tour you will l visit the City Palace built in 1725.    The grand City Palace is actually a conglomerate of eleven palaces overlooking the sprawling Lake Pichola. One of the largest, most beautiful palaces in the state of Rajasthan, it is now a museum, royal residence and a luxury hotel.  Afternoon at leisure.  In the evening enjoy a leisurely boat ride on Lake Pichola.

Overnight stay at Oberoi Udaivilas or Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Day 13 UDAIPUR – DELHI (By Flight)

Morning at leisure.   Transfer to the airport for your flight for Delhi.  Meet and assist upon arrival at Delhi & transfer to the hotel –  Nidra Hotel or Radisson Blue (Dwarka), Delhi

DAY 14      DELHI DEPARTURE

Transfer to the airport

Fly DELHI/HEATHROW

 

 

Nepal Extension

SAMPLE ITINERARY 

04 nights / 05 days

DAY 01 DELHI – KATHMANDU

Fly from Delhi to Kathmandu.

Meet/greet and transfer to the hotel.

Kathmandu abounds in large places, beautiful and delicately produced temples, lofty Buddhist pagodas as well as museums, gardens and also a royal game sanctuary at Gokarnaban, a brief ride away.

Rest of the day is at free for independent activities. Overnight is at the hotel

DAY 02 IN KATHMANDU

Today you will visit BHADGAON (BHAKTAPUR), the home of medieval art and architecture. The city was probably founded by King Ananda Malla in 889 A.D. and is shaped like a conch shell.

Bhaktapur, the city of devotees, lies nine miles east of Kathamndu and its traditional crafts are pottery and weaving.   DURBAR SQUARE contains innumerable temples and other architectural show pieces such as THE LION GATE adorned with the splendid stone figures of Hanuman, Bhairab & Narsingha Narayan; THE GOLDEN GATE ,  which is the entrance to the main courtyard of the Palace of Fifty-Five Windows. The door is surmounted by a figure of Goddess Kali and Garuda, the winged carrier of Lord Vishnu. CHANGU NARAYAN is situated at the end of a long ridge, which runs well into the Valley. It is said to date back to 323 A.D.

On the way back to KATHMANDU stop at PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE standing on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river with two-tier golden roof and silver doors. It is famous all over the world for its superb architecture.  The temple of Pashupatinath is a centre of an annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri. Although only Hindus are allowed to go inside the courtyard of the temple, visitors can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River.

Finally stop at BOUDNATH stupa. This colossal and ancient Stupa is one of the biggest in the world. Four pairs of eyes of Buddha in four cardinal directions are keeping an eternal watch over the people and their actions.

DAY 3 IN KATHMANDU

Morning is free to enjoy a weather permitting mountain flight. Late morning you will visit PATAN, indeed a city of beauty and grace. Planned on a circular format with Buddhist stupas (reliquary mounds) on the four points of the compass, the city is three miles south-east of Kathmandu city across the southern bank of the river Bagmati.    Its most photogenic centre of attraction is the DURBAR SQUARE or the palace complex, situated right in the middle of the market place. It is a cluster of fine pagoda temples and stone statuaries. The stone temple of LORD KRISHNA holds a commanding position in the palace complex of PATAN     HIRANYA VARNA MAHAVIHAR is a three storey pagoda styled on the golden temple of Lokeshwar (Lord Buddha) built in the 12th century A.D. by King Bhaskar Varma. Located in the courtyard of Kwabahal, this temple belongs in a class of its own.  A golden image of Lord Buddha and a big prayer wheel are placed on the pedestal of the upper part of the Vihar. KUMBHESHWAR is a five-storey pagoda styled temple of Lord Shiva.   The fine metal statue of Garuda placed on a stone monolith is quite eye-catching. The images of Garuda, Ganesha and Hanuman seated on stone pedestals are also worth seeing.    Finally the temple of MAHABOUDHA is a masterpiece of terracotta. Like the Krishna Mandir, it too reveals an art tradition, which was not evolved in Nepal. It is sometimes described as the temple of a million Buddhas because its every brick contains a fine figure of the Buddha.

DAY 04 IN KATHMANDU

Morning is free for OPTIONAL EVEREST FLIGHT

In the afternoon you will be taken on a tour of the city covering HANUMAN DHOKA: this is the historic palace of the ancient kings of Nepal. A complex of many temples and monuments, guarded by a huge statue of the Monkey God, Hanuman, it has evolved to its present state of maturity over a period of centuries with contributions from a number of dynasties, headed by Malla Kings.  A most outstanding example of Nepal’s art and architecture here is the towering nine-storey edifice known as Kailash. Also visit RESIDENCE OF THE LIVING GODDESS near the Durbar Square, which is the residence of Kumari, the Living Goddess.   There are many more Temples to explore.

DAY 05 KATHMANDU – DELHI (BY FLIGHT) & DEPART

Fly back to Delhi

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