Travel back in time to the sumptuous empires of the Maharajahs. This luxury embellished itinerary blends history, culture, natural beauty and mod-ern India into one delightful package that includes both the expected highlights and the charming, colorful surprises that make India one of our most in-demand destinations.
Welcome to India's capital city! Upon arrival you are welcomed with a traditional Indian greeting before being escorted to your hotel.
Day 2 - Akshardham Temple Sightseeing
After a leisurely morning, visit the beautiful Akshardham Temple. Built without steel, it consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars, a spectacular Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants) and 20,000 statues of India's great sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine personalities.
Day 3 - Old & New Delhi Sightseeing
Take a morning tour of Old Delhi. Your visit includes stops at the Red Fort, Raj Ghat - a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Ashoka Pillar and the mile-long Chandni Chowk bazaar. In the afternoon, embark on a tour of New Delhi driving past the Parliament House, the President's House and India Gate. Later visit Humayun's Tomb, Qutab Minar and Birla Temple.
Day 4 - Delhi / Agra Sightseeing
On your morning drive to Agra, stop at Sikandra to visit the architecturally marvelous tomb of Emperor Akbar. This afternoon, spend time exploring Agra and the 16th century Agra Fort with its battlements, apartments, gardens and audience halls. The day ends with a visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal, monument to love, where you will witness the warm glow as the sun sets over the monument.
Day 5 - Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Ranthambhore
Visit the Taj Mahal early this morning as the rays of the rising sun bathe the marble with a divine glow, before departing for Ranthambhore. On the way you will visit the 16th century abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, once ruled by Emperor Akbar. This ghost town is remarkably well preserved and presents a perfect synthesis of Muslim, Hindu and Jain architecture. The sculptured columns bear mute testimony to this gallant experiment to unite Hindus and Muslims. Once you arrive in Ranthambhore, visit the remains of a thousand year old fortress which now serves as a wildlife sanctuary for many animals including leopards and tigers. Spend the night at your luxury camp on the private reserve of the local Maharajah.
Day 6 - Ranthambhore Game Reserve
Ranthambhore Game Reserve is one of the few preserves, where the nocturnal camera-shy tigers may be seen in daylight. Almost hunted to extinction by the local royalty and their British overlords, the population of the Bengal tiger is slowly increasing, thanks to the efforts of "Project Tiger" and the World Wildlife Fund. You'll take thrilling game drives in the morning and evening to scour the jungle for wildlife.
Day 7 - Ranthambhore / Jaipur
Start off your day with a morning game drive. After, leave for the "Pink City" of Jaipur, where the old city is surrounded by a massive wall pierced by magnificent gates.
Day 8 - Amber Fort Excursion & Jaipur Sightseeing
Today, you are transported back in time, riding royally atop elegantly draped and painted elephants to the mountain fortress of Amber, a superb example of Rajput architecture with its complex of palaces, temples and ornate apartments.In the afternoon you will tour Jaipur City and visit Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of Winds". Continue on to City Palace, with its latticed balconies, tiny windows, cupolas, courtyards and arched entrances. A stop at the ancient observatory concludes the tour.
Day 9 - Jaipur / Udaipur
Drive this morning to udaipur. On your arrival in udaipur, check-in at your hotel. (B)
Day 10 - Udaipur
Spend the morning at the romantic and picturesque "City of Lakes," before visiting City Palace, Saheliyon ki Bari, or Garden of Maids and the folklore museum. You will also have the opportunity to view a presentation of string puppets typical to this area. The afternoon is at leisure. (BD)
Day 11 - Udaipur / Mumbai (Bombay)
Fly to Mumbai (formerly Bombay), and proceed on a tour of this cosmopolitan city. Sights include the British-built arch "Gateway of India," the Hanging Gardens and Malabar Hills where Mumbai's rich and famous live, the Prince of Wales Museum, Dhobi Ghat, Marine Drive, the Gandhi Memorial Museum and Jain Temple. (BD)
Day 12 - Elephanta Caves / Depart
Explore amazing Elephanta Island and its famous caves, with carvings and sculptures dating back to 550 A.D. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax and pursue independent activities. You'll be provided a late evening transfer to the International airport for your flight home.