Deluxe option from AU$4760* PP
Trip code: TIR-D-9 |
Group size: Max 16, Avg 12
START Delhi, Agra, Taj Mahal, Jaipur, Samode, Ranthambore, Jaipur FINISH
The dizzying colours, history and culture of India’s renowned Golden Triangle await you on this introductory journey. Taste the highlights of this intoxicating land and experience India’s celebrated diversity. Be amazed at the grand monuments in lively New Delhi and the vibrant Old Delhi market streets. The Taj Mahal takes your breath away as it basks in the soft, sunlit dawn. Discover the vivacious colours of Rajasthan in Jaipur and get off the beaten track with a jeep safari through traditional villages in regal Samode and a thrilling wildlife experience in Ranthambore National Park.
DAYS 1-2: DELHI
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. Experience the graceful Moghul-era Humayun’s Tomb then drive past the imperial architecture of the British capital to visit the Jama Masjid, one of India’s great mosques. Board a rickshaw to see the vibrant colours of market streets and wander the centuries-old trading centre of Old Delhi, before a walk through the streets to reveal some of the city’s culinary delights. Experience the spiritual life of a Sikh temple before some free time exploring bustling Connaught Place.
Deluxe Hotel: The Imperial
DAYS 3-4: AGRA & TAJ MAHAL
Travel to Agra and visit its great Moghul Fort with glimpses to the distant Taj Mahal before visiting a workshop to learn about the ancient art of marble inlay. Witness the majestic vista of the sun lighting the Taj Mahal at dawn, before the pleasant drive to Jaipur.
Hotel: ITC Mughal
DAY 5: JAIPUR
Experience timeless India at a traditional milk market where locals banter over this Indian staple. Uncover the lavish royal history of the famous Pink City at the City Palace and its enthralling observatory and then amble through the vibrant bazaar, before exploring the spectacular Amber Fort.
Hotel: Rambagh Palace
DAY 6: SAMODE
Leave the cities behind for secluded Samode, a Rajasthani outpost where you can glimpse rural India up close. Enjoy a jeep safari through the small farms and villages, and wander its enchanting palace.
Hotel: Samode Palace
DAYS 7-9: RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
Depart by road for Sawaii Madhopur and your accommodation on the border of Ranthambore National Park. The next morning, enter the park for the first of your two safaris in this spectacular park. Ranthambore is a rugged world of arid hills, ancient fortifications and valley lakes where wildlife seeks refuge and can be seen in impressive numbers and variety. While the much sought-after prize of any trip here is the Royal Bengal Tiger, there is so much more on offer such with herds of sambar and chital deer, huge crocodiles, jackal and hyena, Sloth Bears, leopards, monkeys and a fantastic diversity of colourful birdlife. This is an experience of natural India’s beauty and majesty. On your last day, enjoy free time before your departure date.
Hotel: Khem Villas
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