SPLENDOURS INDIA TOUR
17 Nights / 18 Days
See the sights that make India such a splendiferous place: Tigers in Ranthambore National Park, the grandest of monuments - the Taj, Kamasutra carvings on the Jain temples of Khajuraho, Mughal Dynasty architecture, desert palaces, the Pink City, lake palaces, Rajasthani Forts, and the Thar Desert.
Itinerary Route: Delhi - Khajuraho - Agra - Ranthambore National Park - Jaipur - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Mumbai
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
You will be greeted at the airport by a Tour Packages India Representative and escorted to your hotel where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 2: Delhi
After breakfast, embark on a day of sightseeing around Delhi. (See "Local Attractions" for a detailed list of Delhi highlights.) Delhi is said to be one of the oldest existing cities in the world, along with Damascus and Varanasi. Legend estimates it to be over 5,000 years old - it is said to have been built and destroyed 11 times throughout its history. In spite of its rich historical heritage represented by it's innumerable monuments, Delhi's population is reputed for having little awareness of or pride in the city's history due to the simple reason that few Delhi residents actually belong to Delhi. The population of Delhi is a heterogeneous mix of people originating from every corner of India. Undoubtedly, this will become obvious during your tour through the city. Delhi is by far the most cosmopolitan city in India and a true traveler's delight.
Day 3: Delhi to Khajuraho via Jhansi (via Train/Car)
Catch the super fast Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi and enjoy breakfast onboard. , less than a 3-hour ride to the south. Travel to Khajuraho via Orchha to visit ancient temples. Time permitting, stroll the gardens surrounding the Jain temples...best seen in early morning and evening.(See "Local Attractions" for more info on the temples.)
Day 4: Khajuraho
The Jain temples of Khajuraho are known for the erotic content of the carvings as well as for their intricacy. The central complex which borders the edge of town occupies beautiful gardens and a peaceful atmosphere. Stroll, relax, gaze in awe at these unforgettable examples of Jain architecture from the 9th century.
Day 5: Khajuraho to Agra (via Car/Train)
Take a drive back to the Jhansi Railway Station and board the train for Agra where you'll spend the next two nights. Spend the evening in Agra as you wish. If time permits, early evening is the best time to view the Taj.
Day 6: Agra
Most visitors start their day at the Taj Mahal - sometimes traveling by Horse Cart to the entrance. The rising sun reflecting on the Taj during the coolest period of the day makes it a favorite time to visit. It opens at 6:00 a.m. so breakfast usually takes place after your visit. Later, visit the Agra Fort. See "Local Attractions" for a more detailed list of things to do in Agra. Dine out as you like and spend the night.
Day 7: Agra to Ranthambore National Park (265 km / 6 hour drive)
On the way to Ranthambore, stop off at Fatehpur Sikri - an old deserted town of the Mughal Dynasty, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to water scarcity. Arrive in Ramthambore late in the afternoon, check-in, relax.
Day 8: Ranthambore to Jaipur (130 km / 3 hour drive)
Take a morning Jeep Jungle Safari through the Tiger Reserve and National Park where, hopefully, you'll spot the endangered Bengal Tiger - don't forget binoculars! Later in the day, drive to Jaipur where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 9: Jaipur
Spend the day sightseeing. Jaipur has many points of interest. Please visit "Local Attractions" to see a comprehensive list of activities. No doubt, you'll have no problem filling your day.
Day 10: Jaipur to Bikaner (320 km / 7 hour drive)
Leave after breakfast for the drive to Bikaner. After arrival, explore the Junagarh Fort built in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh, a General in the army of Emperor Akbar. This Fort is a formidable structure encircled by a moat with beautiful palaces constructed of red sandstone and marble. Marvel at these structures dotted with the picturesque ensemble of courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows. Also, take a side trip to the Camel Breeding Farm in the late afternoon. Spend the night.
Day 11: Bikaner to Jaisalmer (335 km / 7 hour drive)
Spend the day driving through the Thar Desert region of Rajasthan. Arrive in Jaisalmer in later afternoon and check-in to your hotel where you'll spend the next two nights. Take the evening to relax and stroll about.
Day 12: Jaisalmer
Enjoy the day touring the city. The city surrounding the Jaisalmer Fort is just as amazing and unique as the fort itself. Get lost in the time in the narrow winding streets lined with decorated lattice work and floral paintings and the intricate artwork on the havelis all the while weaving your way up to the fort. In the late afternoon take a trip to the Sand Dunes, ride camels in the dunes while watching the sunset. Return to Jaisalmer for some tasty Rajasthani tandoori.
Day 13: Jaisalmer to Jodhpur (290 km / 7 hour drive)
Spend the morning driving to Jodhpur. Tour the city after checking in to your hotel. Ascend to the Mehrangarh Fort for a bird's eye view of the city.
Day 14: Jodhpur to Udaipur via Ranakpur (270 km / 6 hour drive)
On the way to Udaipur, stop off at Ranakpur to visit the beautiful Jain temples of the foothills of Kumbhalgarh National Park. Continue the drive to Udaipur where you'll spend the night - a beautiful city of lakes surrounded by mountains.
Day 15: Udaipur
Spend the day sightseeing. (See "Local Attractions" for a comprehensive list of activities and places of interest).
Day 16: Udaipur to Mumbai (via Flight)
Take a late morning tour of Chittaurgarh Fort. Later, drive to the airport to catch a flight to Mumbai where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 17: Mumbai
Spend the day sightseeing - Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway to India, Gandhi Museum. See "Local Attractions" for a more detailed list of Mumbai points of interest.
Day 18: Mumbai Departure
Transfer to your point of departure after morning check-out.
Central Delhi, in the shadow of the Taj, rooms on the edge of a Tiger Reserve, lake temple views, palatial suites, Mughal architecture and...
Central Delhi, in the shadow of the Taj, rooms on the edge of a Tiger Reserve, lake temple views, palatial suites, Mughal architecture and hospitality, by the Gateway of India. Great choices for a truly fantastic tour!!
Best Time: November to March - desert temps are quite nice during the day and downright cool at night. Tigers are easily spotted around November in...
Best Time: November to March - desert temps are quite nice during the day and downright cool at night. Tigers are easily spotted around November in Ranthambore. Summers are very hot but lacking in humidity which makes them comfortable if you don't mind the heat - also, there are fewer tourists so if you're an off-seasonal traveller then book it for summer. Monsoons break the high heat with late afternoon showers making for comfortable evening. October thru March (Winter) 9°C - 32°C (49°F - 90°F) April thru July (Summer) 23°C - 40°C (74°F - 103°F) July thru September (Monsoons) 24°C - 33°C (75°F - 92°F)
Delhi is simply the most well-connected city in India. It's served 24 hours/day by an International Airport, four different railway stations, and an...
Delhi is simply the most well-connected city in India. It's served 24 hours/day by an International Airport, four different railway stations, and an abundance of public and private bus lines.
Mumbai and Delhi offer a vast variety of dining options with both towns being of a rich gastronomical heritage. Rajasthan is famous for Mughal...
Mumbai and Delhi offer a vast variety of dining options with both towns being of a rich gastronomical heritage. Rajasthan is famous for Mughal cuisine - kebabs, tandoori meat, rich spicy gravies, fluffy breads, decadent kulfi, scrumptious gulab jamun. You'll love the food part of this splendiferous tour!!
A nature lover's paradise tour - cascading waterfalls, jungle rivers, forest trails, wildlife sanctuaries, nature preserves.. Harbor cruises in...
A nature lover's paradise tour - cascading waterfalls, jungle rivers, forest trails, wildlife sanctuaries, nature preserves.. Harbor cruises in Cochin and Mumbai. Serene backwaters through a spectacularly beautiful tropical eco system.
A Must Read before you book your tour... SPLENDIFEROUS INDIA TOUR Terms and Conditions Important and necessary...
A Must Read before you book your tour... SPLENDIFEROUS INDIA TOUR Terms and Conditions Important and necessary information about Deposits and Payments, Cancellation Policy, Refund Schedule...be sure to read it before booking your tour Terms and Conditions The purchase of any travel services offered by Tour Packages India (hereafter referred to as "TPI") constitutes a contractual arrangement between you and TPI, and represents your acceptance of the TPI Terms & Conditions. Deposit and Final Payment A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of 15% per tour is required for TPI to ensure your reservation. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit is received by TPI and you, in turn, receive a confirmation invoice via email. TPI accepts MasterCard and Visa. Your reservation will be automatically cancelled if deposit is not received by the deposit due date. Please review your booking invoice and contact TPI if your invoice appears to be incorrect or incomplete, as it may not be possible to make changes later. TPI cannot accept responsibility if we are not notified of inaccuracies within 5 days of sending out the invoice. In the case of billing errors, TPI reserves the right to re-invoice you with correct pricing. Final payment is due 30 days prior to commencement of services, with some limited exceptions as set forth below. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted these Terms and Conditions. If final payment is not received by the due date, your reservation will be canceled and your full deposit will be retained by TPI. TPI is not responsible for canceled land and/or air reservations in the event payment is not received by the final payment date. Payment in full is required 30 days prior to the commencement of the tour. Cancellation Fees are as follows: Tours cancelled 15 to 29 days before tour commencement date: 55% of the cost of services booked Tours cancelled 7 to 14 days before tour commencement date: 75% of the cost of services booked Any tour cancelled less than 7 days before tour commencement date will be ineligible for a refund.