India Family Adventure
Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest national parks, near the town of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, Northern India. It is a former hunting ground of the Maharajas and home to tigers, leopards and marsh crocodiles. The Ranthambore National Park is set among ancient religious structures, several man-made lakes and aesthetically-crumbling cenotaphs. The Ranthambore fort, built during the 10th-century has many splendid architectural and historical sites.
After a comprehensive tour of Delhi, travel to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. Ranthambore National Park is where the family comes together. Watch the Royal Indian Tiger and varied wildlife, including sloth bear, a rare leopard and crocodiles. In Rajasthan, visit forts and palaces on elephant top. See the Pink City from a hot-air balloon. In Jodhpur, take a Jeep Safari to surrounding villages. In Udaipur, take a camel safari or a boat ride on Lake Pichola.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11-DAY JUNGLE BOOK ADVENTURE…
And, also experience and a desert safari in Rajasthan.
India is a wonderful place to travel with family, and this private tour is sure to please and inspire every family member with its ideal combination of culture, cuisine, wildlife, comfort and lifestyle. This tour features urban Delhi, the Taj Mahal, a wildlife safari at a luxury tented camp, and fascinating city of Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. During private touring tailored to each family's interests, experience highlights such as a rickshaw ride through the bazaars of Old Delhi, historic attractions such as the Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb, the National Gandhi Museum, sampling local culinary specialties, visiting an archaeological park, relaxing in the Lodi Gardens, swimming at the hotel, seeing crafts being made at the Crafts Museum, and enjoying the best of Delhi's many other highlights.
Travel to Agra for a spellbinding visit to the Taj Mahal, India's most famous icon. Also visit Agra Fort and local markets. Stay in the lavish Oberoi Amarvilas in a room with an uninterrupted view of the Taj.
Next explore Ranthambore National Park, one of the world’s finest wildlife sanctuaries, home to tigers, leopards and crocodiles. Enjoy several game viewing excursions while staying at a luxury tented camp surrounded by lemon and mango trees.
Continue to nearby Jaipur, Rajasthan’s great “Pink City.” See the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur’s merchants and maharajas (Hindu princes)—hill forts, palaces, an observatory, gardens, temples and Havelis (courtyard mansions)—surrounded by stark desert.
Ride an elephant to Amber Fort. Marvel at the luminous saris of indigenous tribal women and the bright turbans of Rajasthani men. Explore medieval backstreets and browse bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, woodblock prints, perfume, jewellery and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery.
The tour concludes with one night in Delhi where you can enjoy last-minute sightseeing. This tour can be fully customized to suit the ages and interests of everyone travelling.
India Family Adventure This private tour will inspire every family member with its ideal combination of culture, cuisine, wildlife, comfort and lifestyle.
Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Delhi Meet and greet on your arrival in the Indian capital city of New Delhi. After a warm welcome, our representative will escort you to your hotel for 2 nights stay. The rest of your day will be scheduled depending on your arrival time.
The Imperial hotel (Nil)
Day 2 – Tour
Delhi The capital city of India is a bustling metropolis that successfully combines the ancient with the modern; Old Delhi, once the seat of the Moghul Emperors and New Delhi, established by the British in the early 20th century.
Your private tour begins with a visit to Old Delhi that still reminisces the past and retains its ancient architecture. Places of note in Old Delhi include the 17th century Red Fort that served as the capital of the Moghuls, and its Chandni Chowk market, which is still the busiest in Old Delhi. Also visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Delhi and the final resting place of Mughal Emperor Humayun.
In the afternoon discover New Delhi, which has the imprint of the British architect Edwin Lutyens. Most notable are his India Gate (World War I memorial), the Parliament and the President’s House. The present-day New Delhi, however, has an urban landscape with modern shopping arcades, high-rise buildings with rooftop bars and some of the best Indian and international cuisine restaurants. Wherever you go, you will experience a mix of architectures, cultures and religions.
The Imperial Hotel (B)
Day 3 – Transfer & Tour
Agra With your private guide, tour the 10th century stone temples of Khajuraho. Built over a span of 200 years, they represent a paean to life, to love, to joy; perfect in execution and sublime in expression. Life, in every form and mood, has been captured in stone, including the acts of love inspired from the ancient art of Kama Sutra. A Unesco heritage site and considered to be one of the "seven wonders" of India.
This afternoon take a private transfer to Orchha, a medieval riverside town known for its palaces and temples. Enjoy an afternoon tour of Orchha, which is peppered with fascinating little shrines and memorials. Later take an express train to Agra.
Amarvilas Hotel (B)
Day 4 – Transfer & Safari
Ranthambore Take a private journey to Ranthambore, acclaimed as one of the best places in the world to photograph tigers in the wild. En route visit Akbar deserted city Fatehpur Sikri. India’s “Pompeii” once a glittering imperial capital, later mysteriously abandoned. Within this red sandstone Mughal palatial complex lies a mosque built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and dedicated to Sheikh Salim Chisti, a Muslim Sufi Saint who blessed Emperor Akbar with a son. Arrive at your lodge in Ranthambore this evening for your orientation talk about the park and its wildlife by the lodge staff.
Vanya Vilas (B, D)
Day 5 – Safari
Ranthambore Enjoy early morning and afternoon jungle safaris (accompanied by a trained naturalist) into the national park. Spread over an area of 392 sq. km, the park houses some of India’s most endangered species including the Royal Indian Tiger.
Popular wildlife to be seen at the National Park includes sambar, chital, blue bull, chinkara, langur, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, tigers and leopards, and crocodiles around the lake. The lakes in the national park also attract a large number of migratory and local birds.
Vanya Vilas (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Transfer & Tour
Jaipur Drive to Jaipur, one of the most well planned cities of India. This capital city of Rajasthan, popularly known as the ‘Pink City’, was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, in 1727 A.D. Later spend the rest of the day shopping. Jaipur is famous for its precious and semi-precious stoned jewels, enamelled ornaments, beautiful carpets and other artefacts and crafts.
Ram Bagh Palace (B)
Day 7 – Tour
Jaipur With your private guide see the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur’s merchants and maharajas (Hindu princes)—hill forts, palaces, temples and havelis (courtyard mansions)—surrounded by stark desert. Ride an elephant to Amber Fort. Marvel at the luminous saris of indigenous tribal women and the bright turbans of Rajasthani men. Explore medieval backstreets and browse bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, woodblock prints, perfume, jewellery and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery.
Optional: Early morning hot air balloon flight over the pink city of Jaipur, giving you the opportunity to float above forts and palaces and village settlements beneath.
Ram Bagh Palace (B)
Day 8 – Transfer & Tour
Jodhpur This morning embark on a leisurely drive to Jodhpur, the blue hued city of Rajasthan. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Option for Village Jeep Safari: Later this afternoon, you have the option to experience a jeep safari to the nearby villages, to get a feel for the local lifestyle of Rajasthani villagers. You get an opportunity to observe the village lifestyle and interact with villagers, shepherds, farmers and weavers of the region (Optional ).
Umaid Bhawan (B)
Day 9 – Transfer & Tour
Udaipur We take the city tour of Jodhpur, visiting the imposing Mehrangarh Fort that has fine views over the city and Jaswant Thada, the white marble memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Also visit the museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace. Later embark on a drive to Udaipur, a serene city set in the scenic valley of Aravalli hills, surrounded by three lakes – Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar.
En route to Udaipur, make a brief stop at Ranakpur, to see the famous Jain temples. Built in the 15th century, the beautiful Ranakpur temple complex lies in a remote and peaceful valley of the Aravali ranges. The temples are known for their grand structures and exquisite sculptures. The main temple in the complex, Chaumukha Temple (Four Faced Temple), has 29 halls supported by 1444 intricately carved pillars, no two alike. (Please note, shoes and all leather articles must be removed before entering the temples). Upon arrival at Udaipur, check in at your hotel for 2 nights stay.
Taj Lake Palace (B)
Day 10 – Tour
Udaipur This morning visit the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in Rajasthan; Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, a garden of the maids of honour; Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, a folklore museum and Jagdish Temple.
Culture Connection: Option for excursion to Eklingji Temple: Early afternoon, you have the option to visit the most famous temples of Rajasthan. Located in the town of Eklingji (Kailashpuri), the place got its popular name from the temple. Eklingji Temple is positioned at a distance of 22 km in the north of Udaipur.
Taj Lake Palace (B)
Day 11 – Depart
Udaipur Morning at leisure. This afternoon you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Delhi reaching there by 1530h. Upon arrival in Delhi, connect to your international flight.
Make this your holiday
Getting There All major international airlines fly to India’s main airports: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Airports tend to be on the outskirts of cities. Pre-paid taxi services and auto-rickshaws are stationed outside the terminus to get you into the city.
When to go The best time to travel to India is between September and March. This is a high season and it is advisable to book your holiday well in advance. Summer starts in April and by June, it becomes very hot. By July there is the south-west monsoon, which brings heavy rains to the west coast. September is a generally a clear month though later, between October and December there may be a reverse pattern called the north-east monsoon that appears in the Bay of Bengal, bringing rains to the east coast. The best time for trekking in the Indian Himalaya is between April and November but it varies from region to region and the altitude you are planning to reach.
Passport/Visa Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Indian territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Indian High Commission, embassy or consulate.
All visa applications in UK should be filled online at http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk. Cost of six months tourist visa for UK nationals including handling charges is £92.20.