TEMPLES TO TIGERS TOUR
19 Nights / 20 Days
Travel to Ranthambore National Park & Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan - take a jeep safari through the forest for tiger spotting; tour desert forts & temples, visit desert and lake palaces, see the Taj Mahal, the ancient Jain temples of Kharjuraho and the oldest and holiest city in India - Varanasi. Spend 20 glorious days touring the favorite tourist destinations of North India.
Itinerary Route: Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Deogarh - Samode - Ranthambore - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi
Day 1: Delhi
You will be greeted at the airport by a Tour Packages India Representative and then escorted to your hotel by private AC car. As the check-in is facilitated by the desk staff you will be briefed on the tour program after which you'll be escorted to your room where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 2: Delhi
After breakfast you will embark on a day of sightseeing around Delhi. 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 traveller's delight. See "Local Attractions" for tourist highlights.
Day 3: Delhi to Mandawa (280 km / 7 hour drive)
Spend most of the day driving through the desert landscape of Rajasthan to the small town of Mandawa in the Shekhawat region - famous for its Havels and Fort Palace. After hotel check-in, take in a tour of the local Havelis which are admired for their rich decorations and extraordinary frescoes.
Day 4: Mandawa to Bikaner (170 km / 4 hour drive)
After hotel check-in in Bikaner, 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.
Day 5: Bikaner to Jaisalmer (320 km / 7 hour drive)
After the morning drive through the desertlands of northwest Rajasthan, check-in to your hotel, rest, refresh and spend the day as you wish.
Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: Udaipur
Spend the day sightseeing. (See "Local Attractions" for a comprehensive list of activities and places of interest)
Day 10: Udaipur to Deogarh (235 km / 6 hour drive)
Drive to Deogarh, a town whose name literally means "Fort of the Gods" - a small rural town that once gained historical importance due to its location on the ancient route to the Deccan Plateau. Rich in monuments, carvings, temples and shrines, it's a wonderfully peaceful place to leisurely explore the influences of centuries-old cultures.
Day 11: Deogarh to Samode (230 km / 6 hour drive)
Spend the afternoon driving to Samode. Upon arrival, check-in and spend the evening relaxing.
Day 12: Samode (just outside Jaipur)
After breakfast, embark on a day's excursion to sites in and around Jaipur. See "Local Attractions" for a list of Jaipur tourist highlights.
Day 13: Samode to Ranthambore (145 km / 4 hour drive)
After breakfast, take the drive to Ranthambore where you'll spend the next day touring the Ranthambore National Park.
Day 14: Ranthambore
Project Tiger, created in 1973 in the Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best places in India to see these majestic predators in the jungle. Tigers can be easily spotted even during the day. A good time to visit Ranthambore National Park is in November and May when the nature of the dry deciduous forests makes sightings common.
Day 15: Ranthambore to Agra (245 km / 6 hour drive)
On the way to Agra, 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. Later, proceed to Agra and check-in to your hotel where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 16: 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. Spend the evening as you like.
Day 17: Agra to Khajuraho via Jhansi and Orchha (via Rail/Car)
Catch a train to Jhansi, less than a 3-hour ride to the south. Travel to Khajuraho via Orchha to visit ancient temples. Check-in to your hotel in Khajuraho. If time permits, stroll the gardens surrounding the Jain temples...best seen in early morning and evening.
Day 18: Khajuraho to Varanasi (via Flight)
After breakfast, board a plane for a short flight to Varanasi where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 19: Varanasi
Board an early morning boat at the riverbanks for a cruise on the Ganges River. The western banks have a string of ghats which the pilgrims occupy during their stay. At dawn, the ghats are abuzz with activity as devotees offer prayers to the rising sun and perform religious rituals. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later visit the Bharat Mata Temple which has on display a giant bas relief map of India in marble. Take a drive through the largest residential university of Asia - Banaras Hindu University. Founded by Pundit Madan Mohan Malviya, the university houses an Art Gallery as well as the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. Stop over at the Bharat Kala Bhavan where you can see some of the finest miniatures on display in India. In the afternoon, tour the Sarnath, the buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th century B.C. to 12th century A.D.
Day 20: Varanasi to Delhi (via Flight)
After breakfast, depart for the airport for a short flight to Delhi where, after your arrival, you'll enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Later on, depart for the International Airport to continue your onward journey.
A big WOW on accommodation choices - deluxe tented camps in Rajasthan, , royal hospitality in palatial suites, rooms overlooking lakes, gardens and...
A big WOW on accommodation choices - deluxe tented camps in Rajasthan, , royal hospitality in palatial suites, rooms overlooking lakes, gardens and pools, decadence in the company of Ranthambore tigers!! A tour of unforgettable hospitality and comfort.
Best Time: Winter in north central India offers very cool evening temps and shorts weather throughout the day. Summers are incredibly hot but arid...
Best Time: Winter in north central India offers very cool evening temps and shorts weather throughout the day. Summers are incredibly hot but arid making them tolerable. Moonsoons can be quite enjoyable as rains occur mostly in the late afternoon offering a respite from the day's heat. But, for Tiger spotting - keep in mind that November and May are the best months. 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.
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Interesting cuisines are to be had in Rajasthan: spicy Gravies, cool Lassies, Mughal specialties, creamy Kulfi, terrific Tandoori, splendid Gulab Jamun. Varanasi offers up some savory delicacies particular only to the city. A tour worthy of the food alone.
Zip ride tours, ropeways up spectacular city views, camel safaris, horseback riding, boating on lakes and rivers, tiger spotting at Ranthambore -...
Zip ride tours, ropeways up spectacular city views, camel safaris, horseback riding, boating on lakes and rivers, tiger spotting at Ranthambore - and, of course, forts, palaces and temples. Quite the grand tour...
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