The Wild Beauty Tour
If one explores the wildlife in India, he or she will find a fascinating diversity of wildlife. India has many biosphere reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, each of which has a unique and mysterious diverse variety of geographical terrains which are veritable treasure-house for animals and birds.
Delhi – Agra – Bharatpur – Jaipur – Ranthambore
The Wild Beauty Tour Itinerary
- Day 01: Delhi
You will arrive at New Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a our representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.
DELHI: India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.
Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be accorded with a Traditional Welcome. Welcoming guest is an age-old tradition. ‘Atithi Devobhava’ - treat your guest as if he were God. Indian hospitality can be savored immediately as one arrives at the hotel. The guest’s forehead is anointed with the traditional red ‘tika’ which is considered auspicious along with garlanding. Relax with a non-alcoholic welcome drink following which proceed to check in at your hotel.Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 02: Delhi
After leisurely buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed for a full day combined city tour of Old & New Delhi.
You will first visit Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet. After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.
The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Qutub-ud-din Aibak started it in 1199. Pulling down 27 Hindu and Jain temples and using their columns erected the attached Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque also built by him. Then visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence.Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 03: Delhi - Agra
After buffet breakfast in the hotel you will be driven from Delhi to Agra (204 KMS/ 4.30 HRS).
AGRA: Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra & its neighbourhood.Upon arrival proceed to check in at your hotel.
It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture at its best. The massive but elegant Agra Fort, the delicate artistry of Itimad-ud-daulah’s tomb, the magnificent Taj and Akbar’s deserted capital, Fatehpur Sikri, are each unique and outstanding. Their architectural genius can also be seen in the forts, palaces and aesthetically laid out gardens - each one a silent witness to a grand style of a golden era.
Later visit the Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 04: Agra - Bharatpur
Today early in the morning you will proceed for a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). Midway Tonga’s “horse carriages” would be waiting for you and will drop you at the gates of the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture.Later drive to Bharatpur, enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.
On arrival in Bharatpur, check in at the hotel.
BHARATPUR: This tiny bird sanctuary located on the Delhi-Jaipur highway has an interesting history. This area used to be the royal hunting preserve of the erstwhile Bharatpur royalty. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Come and watch exotic birds like the spoonbills and Siberian cranes that visit the 40 square kilometer swampy Bharatpur bird sanctuary during the winter months. Luxury Indian Vacations offers to take you to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary that is popularly known as the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Keoladeo is an ancient temple that is situated at the center of the Bharatpur bird sanctuary. This tiny bird sanctuary located on the Delhi-Jaipur highway has an interesting history. This area used to be the royal hunting preserve of the erstwhile Bharatpur royalty. The rulers of Bharatpur held annual duck shoots in the area every year and in fact the bird shooting exploits of the visiting guests and dignitaries have been recorded on engraved stone plaques near the ancient Keoladeo temple. This wildlife park was notified as a bird sanctuary in the post independence period and was declared as a national park in the year 1982.
The beat way to spot exotic bird species at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is to carry a set of binoculars and course the well defined wooded trails on foot or on bicycles. Take boat rides on the lakes located within the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and spot colorful bird species such as cranes, hawks, geese, pelicans, buntings, flycatchers, pipits, wagtails, larks, eagles, stints, shanks, ducks and warblers, spoonbills. Apart from the more than 300 bird species that make the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary their home this national park is home to quite a few wild animals such as the Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and others.Visit the park in the evening.
Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 05: Bharatpur - Jaipur
Morning one more visit to the national park.
After buffet breakfast, drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival at Jaipur proceed for check in at your hotel.
JAIPUR:Jaipur's past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the "pink city". There is a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add colour to this fascinating city.Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 06: Jaipur
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort.
Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.
An elephant will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress (Subject to availability). Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room. Come back to your hotel after your visit.
In the afternoon, you will proceed to the city tour of Jaipur. Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur include the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day.
Your next stop will be ‘ Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.Come back to your hotel after your visit.
Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 07: Jaipur - Ranthambore
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven from Jaipur to Ranthambore
RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK:Luxury Indian Vacations offers to take you wildlife safaris to the Ranthambore National Park located in Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, India that is situated at a distance of 145 kilometers from Jaipur, Rajasthan, India that was once the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Luxury Indian Vacations offers you tailor made tour packages that take you to Ranthambore that has the distinction of being one of the largest Tiger reserves in India. The main reason that led to the establishment of this wildlife national park was to protect the dying tiger population in India.
The Ranthambore forest was declared as a wildlife park in the year 1955 and was accorded the status of a Tiger reserve in the year 1984. A luxury wildlife vacation to the Ranthambore National Park opens up an enchanting wilderness covered with dense forests, bushes, scrubs and dotted with ancient ruins where you can spot wild animals and grazers. Dhok trees dominate the Ranthambore vegetation and are integral to the lifestyle of the local tribes as these trees provide fodder for the domestic animals. The other trees that dominate the Ranthambore forests include peepal, mango and banyan trees. Certain banyan trees in these parts are more than 700 years old. While on your Ranthambore tours with Luxury Indian Vacations you get an opportunity to visit the scenic waterholes, gurgling streams that flow over stunted bushes. Some of the popular animals found at the Ranthambore National Park include tiger, elephants, sambhar, leopards, nilgai, langur, Asiatic deer, jungle cat, caracal and other animals. You can easily spot rare migratory, woodland and water birds at the Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary. Some of the popularly sighted birds at the Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary include spoonbills, parakeets, quail, storks, kingfishers, Indian horned owl, partridges, geese, ducks, owls and other birds. There are a large number of peacocks at the Ranthambore National Park in Madhya Pradesh, India.Visit to the park on Jeep / Canter in the evening
Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 08: Ranthambore - Delhi & Depart Delhi
Morning visit to the parks
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Later drive to the Delhi.
On arrival proceed to straight transfer to the airport to connect flight to back home.