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Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Ranthambhore Extension

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Visit New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Ranthambhore National Park on this 9-day tour of India and learn about the rich history, culture, temples, and homes built by rulers from centuries past in these cities. Marvel at how beautiful these places are that date back thousands of years. Explore nearby sites such as Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, the legendary iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, Ranthambore National Park and its tiger safari, and the magnificent Amber Fort in Jaipur before returning home.
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Highlights
  • Explore the ruins of the imperial city of the Mughal Empire, Old Delhi
  • Marvel at the legendary Taj Mahal
  • Watch tigers and other wildlife roaming in Ranthambhore
  • Visit the Amber Fort, an iconic monument in Jaipur
Places Visited
  • Asia
  • India
  • Rajasthan
  • Agra
  • Hotel Dev Vilas
  • ITC Mughal Resort & Spa - Agra
  • Jaipur
  • New Delhi
  • Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport
  • Ranthambhore National Park
  • Samode Haveli Jaipur
  • Sawai Madhopur
  • The Claridges - New Delhi
  • Uttar Pradesh
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

Delhi, the capital of India, is a city that offers a glimpse of both ancient and modern-day India. It is the third-largest city in India and one of the fastest-growing in Asia. This city is rich in culture, always changing with time but never hiding its splendid past. The various ancient ruins seen in the city are silent witnesses to its magnificent history.

Day 2: New Delhi

After breakfastexplore the grandeur and subsequent ruin of the Mughal Empire. Tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and driving past Red Fort, once the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal Empire. Walkthrough streets and markets of this 17th-century imperial capital city of the Mughal empire were once royalty descended. Savor the fragrances of the boisterous Spice Markets, one of Asia's largest, and be dazzled by the glitter of India's largest Jewelry markets with a mix of walking and rickshaw rides. Discover hidden gems while exploring the narrow alleys and 350-yr old markets of the city built at the acme of the Mughal Empire, India's most glorious monarchy. Later enjoy the rickshaw ride in one of the busiest markets.

Day 3: New Delhi | Agra

Agra - Badal Singh established the city of Taj in 1475 AD. Agra finds mention in the Mahabharat as Agraban. In the mid-16th century and earlier 17th century AD, Agra witnessed a frenzied building activity and, it was during this time when the symbol of love Taj Mahal, was built.

Sunset visit of Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh (Garden): Taj Mahal looks stunning from its grand entry. But Emperor Shahjahan booked the best view of the Taj Mahal from a grassy, crescent-shaped flood plain across the river Yamuna known as Mehtab Bagh. It is believed that this garden was built originally by Babur and, later, Shahjahan transformed it into a moonlit pleasure garden profuse with white plaster pathways, breezy pavilions, pools, and fountains. However, plaster pathways, pools, and fountains are not visible.

Sheroes Hangout Café: The Sheroes, are women who have fought to survive after receiving a debilitating blow to their appearance and self-esteem by some members of society. These women are on the way to becoming truly fighters who dare to live, work and walk during society and force society to revaluate its norms about beauty and appearance. 

Day 4: Agra | Ranthambhore National Park

Rise early for morning coffee and prepare for a truly spectacular sight, the legendary Taj Mahal at daybreak. It is often said that the Taj Mahal changes its colors by every minute depending upon the angle of the sun's rays and, it is best seen either by sunset or sunrise. However, sunrise is the best time for taking pictures of this monument under mild sunlight.

After returning to your hotel, take a 5-6 hrs drive to Ranthambhore.

Ranthambhore has an area of 400 sq. km encompassing rocky hill crests, which descend to open valleys between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees. This park gets its name from the thousand-year-old fortress, which looms above the forest, and is well known for the activity of tigers.

Ranthambore is a more exceptional and unusual area where a natural present meets a historical past. This dry-deciduous forest system is home to an incredible variety of flora and fauna, with a mix of rolling hills and crags, meadows, and lakes. You can also spot sloth bear, leopard, caracal, jackal, fox, hyena, and mongoose at Ranthambore. The elusive Indian wolves have been spotted in the park occasionally. Other wildlife such as chital, sambhar deer, the blue bull antelope or nilgai, rhesus macaque, langur, and an incredible variety of birds amidst a setting of a dark, fig, and banyan trees visit this park a delight–for tourists and naturalists alike. Basking crocodiles, a king vulture on a snag, the scream of the serpent eagle, and the alarm calls of spotted deer are some sights and sounds that make this a safari experience like none other.

The 10th-century castle of Ranthambore dominates the terrain, and valleys are home to numerous cenotaphs, ruins, and abandoned communities that have been overrun by nature, testifying to conflicts and romances from a bygone past. 

Arrive at Ranthambore and check in at the hotel. Stay overnight in Hotel Dev Vilas, a breathtaking view of the Aravali hills of Ranthambhore.

Day 5: Ranthambhore

Depart for your first tiger safari of the day after morning tea or coffee and biscuits. On your return, take your meal and a few hours of leisure at the pool, wander the grounds, or nap. Go on a second safari in the late afternoon to spot tigers and shoot the park at its best.

Traditional tiger safaris occurred at dawn and nightfall when the big cats were on the move for hunting. Interestingly, naturalist guides use their hearing to find tigers. When chital and monkeys sense a tiger approaching, they give a distinctive warning call that alerts the wildlife and helps the guides where the tiger’s approximate location is. The park guides will speculate where you can likely see the tigers emerge from the forest. In addition to the Bengal tiger, the park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora, including leopards, striped hyenas, jackals, sloth, bears, macaques, langur monkeys, sambar, and chital deer, gazelles, wild boar, mongoose, Indian hare, monitor lizards, and great diversity of fauna. After the late afternoon safari, return to the hotel before dark for an evening meal.

Day 6: Ranthambore | Jaipur

After morning safari, checkout, and drive (150 kms/4 hrs) to Jaipur

Jaipur: The capital city of the state of Rajasthan, also known as "Pink City" owes its name, its foundation, and its planning to the great warrior astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II. The city sits on a dry lakebed in a wild and somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by fortresses and crenelated walls.

Day 7: Jaipur

strong>Gems of Jaipur City Tour: This morning, visit the magnificent Amber Fort, the most iconic monument of Jaipur. Experience traveling by Jeep on top of the hill where the fort is situated. House of many palaces, halls, gardens, and temples. Including Sheesh Mahal, this elaborate mirror Palace work adds to the grandeur of this historic fort, a visit to Amber is indeed well worth it.

After visiting the fort, take a royal grandeur tour of the city palace. This memorable City Palace tour is the residence of the present Royal family who has opened their gates to visitors and converted a part of their palace into a museum. This palace of Jaipur is full of brilliant architecture and intricately carved walls and pillars. Visit the beautiful Chandra Mahal or Chandra Niwas, the most commanding building in the City Palace complex. It is a seven-story building and, each floor has given a specific name such as the Sukh-Niwas, Ranga-Mandir, Pitam-Niwas, Chabi-Niwas, Shri-Niwas and Mukut-Mandir or MukutMahal. 

City Bazaars, Crafts & Cuisine Walk: Jaipur offers a dazzling immersion into the riches of traditional India. Since its foundation in 1727, the royal family and nobles of Jaipur had been patronized various craftsmen and artisans in Pink City. Many of these traditions continue to this day, making modern-day Jaipur a favorable destination to witness India's rich Art & Craft. Traditional methods are still used to produce valuable and highly prized items.

Day 8: Jaipur | New Delhi

After breakfast, drive back to New Delhi and stay overnight at the hotel.

Driving Time: (280 km/5 - 6 Hours Drive)

Day 9: New Delhi | Return Home

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After breakfast in the morning, transfer to the airport to board the flight going home/onward journey.

Accommodations

The Claridges - New Delhi

The Claridges Hotels and Resorts - New Delhi
Hotel Interior
Ye Old Bakery

ITC Mughal Resort & Spa - Agra

Royal Mughal Suite Reception Area
Dining Experience at Taj Khema
Hotel Garden

Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport

Hotel Lobby
Hotel Bar Lounge
Hotel Swimming Pool Area

Hotel Dev Vilas

Hotel Dev Vilas
Hotel Dev Vilas
Hotel Dev Vilas

Samode Haveli Jaipur

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  • 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • 4 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi and Jaipur.
  • Mandatory Government Service Tax.
  • Jeep ride at Amber fort, uphill.
  • Private Tour of City Palace, Jaipur.
  • Battery Van Ride at Taj Mahal.
  • Tea and Snacks at Sheores CafĂ©, Agra.
  • English Speaking Expert Guides During the City Tour
  • Hotel, Airports and Railway Assistance
  • 4X4 Open Jeep Safari at Ranthambhore Inclusive of entry fee, resident naturalist services and local onsite naturalist.
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Internal and International Airfare
  • Electronic Visa upon Entry
  • Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, tipping, etc.)
  • Any Travel Insurance Fee

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