India Highlights & Tigers
Golden Triangle, India
Golden Triangle, India
In Rajasthan, wildlife preservation can be partially attributed to the Bishnoi (also known as Vishnoi) religious group who believe that trees and wildlife should be protected. Wildlife seen in Rajasthan includes animals like blackbucks and chinkaras and over 500 species of birds, some of which are rare and endangered. Tigers can be seen at Sariska National Park near Alwar, the famous Ranthambore National Park and nearby Mukundra hills sanctuary.
This tour is designed with a focus on Rajasthan’s wildlife. Visit the historical sites in Delhi and Taj Mahal in Agra. Then visit Ranthambore National Park, one of the world’s finest wildlife sanctuaries. It is home to tigers, leopards and crocodiles. Spend time in the Aravali Hills in the countryside, perfect for birdwatching. In Udaipur, take a day excursion to the gorgeous, fresco-covered Juna Mahal palace, or to the spectacular Jain temples of Ranakpur. In Mumbai, tour Elephanta Caves that date back to 500 A.D.
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And, also visit Ranthambore National Park, home to Bengal tiger.
Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. With your private guide, explore the historical sites of Old Delhi including Qutab Minar, world’s tallest minaret, Humayun’s tomb, Lodi Gardens and Jama Masjid. New Delhi in comparison has an imprint of the British architect Edwin Lutyens. Most notably are his shiny examples of the Parliament and the President’s House.
Transfer to Agra, and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Taj Mahal. Tour the splendid Agra fort, built in red sandstone, encapsulating magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens.
Proceed to Ranthambore National Park, one of the world’s finest wildlife sanctuaries, home to tigers, leopards and crocodiles. Enjoy early morning and afternoon jungle safaris (accompanied by a trained naturalist) into the national park and stay at a luxury tented camp surrounded by lemon and mango trees.
Next, spend two nights in the Aravali Hills at Amanbagh, a luxurious resort in a walled compound in the Rajasthan countryside. A guaranteed highlight of your visit to India, touring includes an early morning visit (with yoga, if desired) at abandoned ruins in the region and a safari tour to local villages (including a visit to a home for tea).
Continue to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s great “Pink City,” visiting the centuries-old ruins at Fatehpur Sikri en route. See the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur’s merchants and maharajas hill forts, palaces, an observatory, temples and havelis (courtyard mansions), surrounded by stark desert. Take an elephant ride to the 16th century Amber Fort. Browse bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, perfume, jewellery and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery.
Spend three nights in Udaipur, India’s most romantic city and serene city. Set in the scenic valley of Aravalli hills and surrounded by three lakes, it has its share of palaces including the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in Rajasthan. One day, enjoy an excursion to the gorgeous, fresco-covered Juna Mahal palace, or to the spectacular Jain temples of Ranakpur.
The tour ends in Mumbai (Bombay), the commercial centre of India. Tour the city’s cultural attractions including the Prince of Wales Museum, Dhobi Ghat, the open air launderette, Marina Drive and Victoria Terminus Station. Take an optional private boat ride to the Elephanta Island Caves—inside are extensive Hindu stone sculptures linked to the cult of Shiva.
India Highlights & Tigers This tour features Delhi, the Taj Mahal, and the highlights of Rajasthan with tiger safari.
(15 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Aravali Hills, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai
Day 1 – Arrive
Delhi Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Delhi Full-day private tour of Old & New Delhi.
Day 3 – Transfer & Tour
Agra Transfer to Agra for overnight. Private tour of Agra and Taj Mahal.
Day 4 – Transfer & Safari
Ranthambore National Park Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal, if desired. Transfer to Ranthambore for two nights at luxury tented camp. Afternoon wildlife viewing.
Day 5 – Safari
Ranthambore National Park Morning and afternoon wildlife viewing.
Day 6 – Transfer & Tour
Aravali Hills Private transfer to the countryside for 2 night stay at Amanbagh.
Day 7 – Explore
Aravali Hills Private touring, including yoga breakfast at ruins and special Rajasthani feast dinner with classical Indian musician.
Day 8 – Transfer & Tour
Jaipur Private transfer to Jaipur for 2 nights. Afternoon private touring.
Day 9 – Tour
Jaipur Private city touring including elephant ride and visits to bazaars.
Day 10 – Transfer & Tour
Udaipur Private transfer to Udaipur, with touring en route.
Day 11 – Tour
Udaipur Private city touring, including meal at private home.
Day 12 – Tour
Udaipur Private excursion to Jain Temples at Ranakpur or visit local temples and gourmet lunch at a palace.
Day 13 – Transfer & Tour
Mumbai Private airport transfer and flight to Mumbai (Bombay) for 2 nights. Afternoon private city touring.
Day 14 – Tour
Mumbai Morning private excursion to Elephanta Island Caves. Afternoon private city touring.
Day 15 – Depart
Mumbai Private transfer to airport.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
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.