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Leopards and Tigers of India (13 Days)

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Leopards and Tigers of India (13 Days)

 
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Day 1-3:       The Imperial New Delhi, New Delhi        

New Delhi

India’s largest city, Delhi, has been one of the country’s commercial and economic hubs for centuries and, as a result, is incredibly rich in culture and history. Made up of the ancient walled city of Old Delhi and the more modern sector, New Delhi, the city encompasses a staggering array of beautiful architecture, notable monuments and age-old temples, including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Red Fort, Qutab Minar and Humayun's Tomb. Other key attractions include the 17th century Chandni Chowk marketplace – still one of the city’s most popular retail centres today, particularly for jewellery and traditional Indian saris; the iconic Bahà’i Lotus Temple – an award-winning architectural gem; and the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque.

Day Itinerary
Day 01 & 02                        Arrive Delhi

Welcome, met & assisted by our representative at the airport and straight transfer to your hotel. Our introduction to India begins in the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi, the Mughal capital established by Shah Jahan in 1638. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, the spine of Old Delhi that houses the spice market and jeweller’s lane. Our tour of Old Delhi will tantalize us with delights such as the Parathewali Gali, we continue our quest on to the famous bazaar - Chandni Chowk- bustling with commerce and enterprise. Spices are the specialty of Khari Baoli, be prepared to be assaulted by exotic smalls and fragrances. The famous Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India where 20,000 people can pray at one time.
 
We will visit Raj Ghat, the serene and evocative cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, on whose principals of non-violence gave India her freedom from the British.
We will drive through the elegant boulevards of New Delhi. A visit to the Qutab Minar reveals a stunning 240-foot minaret that is the tallest in the world. The distinctively shaped Lotus Temple – an architectural wonder in marble – is a symbol of purity and peace, and is only one of nine Bahai temples in the world. We will stop to view India Gate, a World War I memorial, and then on to see the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Presidential Palace. Completed in 1929, this palatial building on the Raisina Hill was formerly the Viceroy's House during British rule.

Overnight: The Imperial New Delhi    
The Imperial is a 5 star hotel in New Delhi. The hotel was built in 1931 and it's design is contemporary with a colonial style. It is located on Janpath and is steps away from the shopping district and major attractions of the city. Modern and spacious rooms are fitted with high ceilings, a flat screen cable TV, minibar and tea or coffee making facilities. Bathrobes, toiletries and a hairdryer are provided. The hotel offers concierge assistance for tour and theater information, as well as mobile phone rentals. Babysitting services and free overnight shoe shine services are provided. Yoga classes and a book shop are available. English afternoon tea is offered at The Atrium while Italian specialties are served at San Gimignano. Daniell’s Tavern and 1911 Restaurant and Bar are available for live entertainment and drinks.

Activities

Paddle Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi Bazaar
Chandni Chowk
Jama Masjid
Red Fort
Raj Ghat
Qutab Minar
Lotus Temple
India Gate
Rashtrapati Bhawan

Paddle Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi Bazaar

Brace up for a fun-filled shopping and sinful, gastronomical food experience as you embark on this joyous paddle rickshaw ride, arranged especially for you by Hi! Tours. As you ride through the narrow bylanes of Old Delhi Bazaar, i.e., Chandni Chowk, you will get enticed by numerous colourful shops selling local handicrafts, gorgeous sarees and lehengas, and wedding knick-knacks. Not only this, the journey will incorporate a ride through the aromatic bylanes of this bazaar, offering the best of local Delhi cuisine.

This popular shopping hotspot has been here for more than three centuries and has seen merchants visiting from as far as China, Holland and Turkey. When we talk about Old Delhi Bazaar, its mention is incomplete without the vibrant Kinari Bazaar. A fashion lover’s paradise, this colourful bylane is dotted with shops selling zari and zardozi.

Chandni Chowk area encompasses another great place called Khari Baoli, famous for aromatic herbs and spices. Being Asia’s biggest spice market, this place offers rarest of the rare spices too. Besides, the bylane of Dariba Kalan is dotted with shops selling beautiful gold, silver and pearl jewellery. Another great buy here is the fragrant ittar. Ittar is basically a perfume, which was once quite popular with the royal families and now with the common people too.
Other markets worth mentioning are the cloth bazaar of Katra Neel (famous for fabrics such as silk, cotton, crepe and muslin) and Bhagirath Palace (Asia's largest hub for electrical goods and medical equipment). Once you are done with exploring the shopping aspect, focus on savouring the best of Delhi cuisine. Begin with Parathe wali gali (offering myriad varieties of stuffed Indian breads) and then head to taste the world-famous chole bhature, and then sweetest daulat ki chaat as a dessert.

Chandni Chowk

Situated in Delhi’s historical old town, frenetic Chandni Chowk – meaning ‘moonlit square’ – is one of the city’s oldest, busiest and most famed shopping areas, built in the 17th century and originally intersected by (now defunct) canals that were designed to capture and reflect the moonlight. It’s a shopper’s paradise – with an eclectic diversity of wares ranging from traditional Indian sweets and other delicacies, to leather goods, electronics, intricately embellished saris and tailor-made suits. But even if you’re not up for any retail therapy, the sights, sounds and atmosphere of this pulsing, labyrinthine marketplace are captivating enough in their own right.

Jama Masjid

The majestic Jama Masjid – meaning ‘world-reflecting’ mosque – is Old Delhi’s principal place of worship, and the largest and most renowned of its kind in India. Built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan – who also built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort – it’s an elaborate structure featuring an expansive geometric base topped with globe-shaped minarets crafted from strips of red sandstone and white marble, and a massive courtyard that can hold up to 25 000 people. Jama Masjid is particularly impressive just before dusk, when its rosy hues intensify in the glow of the setting sun.

Red Fort

Named for the pink-red sandstone from which it is built, the Red Fort is located deep in the centre of Delhi and is one of the city’s most compelling sights. This magnificent building was built in 1648 and was the residence of India’s Mughal Emperors for almost two centuries, as well as the headquarters for events of ceremonial and political significance. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site housing several museums, it is an exquisite and immaculately preserved example of Islamic architecture, featuring octagonal towers, turrets and opulent facades inlaid with white marble, as well as elements of Persian and Hindu design.

Raj Ghat

Named after a historical ghat of Old Delhi located nearby, Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, marking the spot where he was cremated after his assassination in 1948. Housed in an open-air garden area inside a walled complex, the memorial consists of a simple, flat black platform (reflecting the simplicity of Gandhi’s life) that is kept constantly decorated with an abundance of fresh flowers. An eternal flame burns at one end, symbolising the ever-lasting legacy of this great man. Two museums devoted to Mahatma Gandhi, his life and teachings are located nearby.

Lotus Temple

New Delhi’s iconic Lotus Temple is a Bahà’i place of worship that was completed in 1986. Its unmistakeable architectural design is modelled on an unfolding lotus flower: the building is divided into distinct sections – each one mimicking the elegant, curved shape of a single lotus petal stretching heavenwards – and surrounded by a series of petal-shaped pools. It has won numerous architectural awards and is one of Delhi’s top attractions.

India Gate

Also known as the Delhi Memorial or the All India War Memorial, the India Gate was built in commemoration of the roughly 80 000 Indian soliders who died representing their country in World War One and on various other battlefields, and whose names are inscribed on the structure. Unveiled in 1931, its distinctive arch is reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Gateway of India in Bombay, and is one of the trademark sights of New Delhi.
Included - Bed & Breakfast

Day 3-5:       The Leela Palace Udaipur, Udaipur        

Dubbed the ‘Venice of the East’, the city of Udaipur is built around three interconnected lakes – Lake Pichhola, Fateh Sagar Lake and the smaller Swaroop Sagar Lake – and encircled by the hills of the Aravalli mountain range. It is home to an array of ancient temples and fairy-tale palaces (several of the latter have been converted into luxury heritage hotels) and is known as one of Rajasthan’s most beautiful and romantic cities. Must-see attractions include the City Palace, the Lake Palace (set on a small island in the middle of Lake Pichola) and the Udaipur Solar Observatory – Asia’s premier solar-gazing site.  

Day Itinerary
Day 03 & 04                        Delhi – Udaipur by flight

This Morning take a flight to Udaipur, upon arrival transfer to hotel.  Udaipur - Beside shimmering Lake Pichola, with the ochre and purple ridges of the wooded Aravalli Hills stretching away in every direction, Udaipur has a romance of setting unmatched in Rajasthan and arguably in all India.
The vast and exquisite City Palace, a well-fortified, majestic white monument.

The Udaipur Story– A Heritage Walk

Savour the true flavour of the City of Lakes. A guided walk down the streets of Udaipur will allow you to witness firsthand the marvels of this beautiful place. Sample the local cuisine and interact with the locals. Be accompanied by well-versed guides who enchant you with the rich history and folklore of the city.
Helicopter Joyride in Udaipur (for International Customers)
About the Activity:45 minutes long joyride above Udaipur in helicopter offers you a pleasant experience in the sky. Get picked up from your hotel and reach the airport to start over an overwhelming flight with your friends or family.

Take a boat (shared) cruise on Lake Pichola

Jag Mandir Palace by boat, which covers almost four acres and is noted for its marble pavilion and an imposing dome. You’ll see people doing their laundry on the shores of the lake against the backdrop of the massive City Palace and the old city.
Afternoon visit the Jagdish Temple, a 16th-century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is the largest and
Drive past Fateh Sagar Lake and visit Sahelion-ki-Bari, the Garden of the Maids-of-Honor, which has numerous fountains in four pools, embellished with delicately chiseled kiosks and elephants.

Morning Bicycle Tour in Udaipur, Rajasthan

Bicycle Tour in Udaipur tour starts from Chandpole a very prominent landmark of old city and you head towards Jagdish Chowk going through narrow lanes, and then taking the downhill street parallel to the city palace which leads us to your first stop, Dudh Talai. Here, you stop for photography and then ride on towards the Army area keeping the Pichola Lake to our right, and take another stop on the shore of Pichola to admire the view and then move towards the villages nearby.

Visit to a local village for CSR activity.

Overnight stay. Overnight: The Leela Palace Udaipur

The Leela Palace Kempinski is located at the Lake Pichola and showcases views of the Aravalli Mountains. Guests can choose from 80 well-appointed guest rooms and suites. All rooms have luxury amenities and picture perfect views of Lake Pichola and its majestic palaces.
The Leela Palace hosts an ideal setting for fine dining. Restaurants serve exotic dishes under the stars, namely, the Sheesh Mahal and the Library Bar. Furthermore, the hotel has a spa over-looking Lake Pichola. The Spa offers various therapeutic treatments.

Activities

Udaipur City Palace
Enjoy a Sunset cruise at Lake Pichola
The Udaipur Story– A Heritage Walk
Morning Bicycle Tour in Udaipur
 
Optional - Helicopter Joyride in Udaipur

Udaipur City Palace

Perched on a hilltop overlooking Lake Pichola, the Udaipur City Palace complex was built over almost four centuries, during which a series of additions were built on to the original structure by the various kings who resided there. Built entirely of granite and marble, it features a dazzling array of turrets, towers, cupolas, arches and balconies, while the interiors are adorned with frescoes, engravings and inlays of coloured glass, silver, mirror and marble. The palace’s architectural splendour is matched only by its massive scale: it is the largest of its kind in all of Rajasthan. 

Enjoy a Sunset cruise at Lake Pichola

As you embark on a cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola, organised by Hi! Tours, you will surely get mesmerised by the breathtaking scenery around. While on the cruise, enjoy the cool breeze serenading your face. This experience will leave you thoroughly refreshed.  Marvel at the lush green environs, which surround the beautiful Lake Pichola. You will also witness small, picturesque ghats and majestic palace like structures. The scenery around gets drenched in the shades of red, yellow and orange as the sun starts setting. This is definitely a beautiful sight to behold and a delight for photographers. Besides, the sight of the mountains forming the backdrop of this glimmering lake also offers a spectacular view.

Pichola Lake is named after a namesake village that got submerged during the ruling period of Maharana Udai Singh. This 4 km long and 3 km wide waterfront encompasses the Jag Niwas Island and Jag Mandir. Besides, the City Palace is lined along its eastern bank, known for its architectural grandeur. It is a reminiscent of the Rajput era and boasts of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture. Comprising various towers, arches, domes, courtyards, terraces, corridors and hanging gardens, the majestic place is a feast for eyes. Built using granite and marble, the palace is definitely an imposing architectural marvel on the banks of this beautiful lake.                
                                                 
As you sail further, you will come across another beautiful structure called the Jag Mandir Palace. Located on the southern island of the lake, this is a beautiful three-story palace made in yellow sandstone and marble. As you reach here, the first thing you will witness here is eight life-sized elephant structures. Carved out of white marble, these imposing structures give an impression of protecting and guarding this palace.

The Udaipur Story– A Heritage Walk

Savour the true flavour of the City of Lakes. A guided walk down the streets of Udaipur will allow you to witness firsthand the marvels of this beautiful place. Sample the local cuisine and interact with the locals. Be accompanied by well-versed guides who enchant you with the rich history and folklore of the city.

Morning Bicycle Tour in Udaipur

Bicycle Tour in Udaipur tour starts from Chandpole a very prominent landmark of old city and you head towards Jagdish Chowk going through narrow lanes, and then taking the downhill street parallel to the city palace which leads us to your first stop, Dudh Talai. Here, you stop for photography and then ride on towards the Army area keeping the Pichola Lake to our right, and take another stop on the shore of Pichola to admire the view and then move towards the villages nearby.

Helicopter Joyride in Udaipur

About the Activity:45 minutes long joyride above Udaipur in helicopter offers you a pleasant experience in the sky. Get picked up from your hotel and reach the airport to start over an overwhelming flight with your friends or family.
 
Included - Bed & Breakfast

Day 5-7:       Jawai Leopard Camp, Bera  

Bera is a small hamlet in the Aravali range in Rajasthan. Interesting places to visit here include the Bera Castle and the Jawai Dam.

Day Itinerary
Day 05 & 06                        Jawai by surface

JAWAI is where the hills throw the moon out and just as soon absorb its glow into their gorges. Where nomadic Rabari herdsmen are as much a part of the earth's tales as the mysterious felines that grace these hills and vanish at will into their folds. Where pastoral fields meet and merge with wild grasslands and the swells of the JAWAI Bandh's waters lap at the toes of mighty granite forms. Where flamingos flock and cranes in their hundreds dance to springtime.

GAME DRIVE

Morning and Evening proceed for a game drive at Jawai wilderness by jeep
JAWAI’s leopards, birds and people are a great attraction across the region. The mystery of JAWAI is unravelled for guests by informed guides, and a measure of that mystery remains long after an excursion is over, to be relived forever.

NATURE TRAIL AND TWITCHING

Twitching first. 'Twitching' is trying to see as many different species of birds as possible. Those involved in the activity are known as 'twitchers' and each individual sighting is a 'twitch' or 'tick’. Our guides will help you sight over 170 species of birds in JAWAI. This is one of the largest varieties of birds that can be viewed in a particular region. Our list is still growing as we discover new ones every now and then.

JAWAI BY CYCLE

Off-road cycling expeditions allow you to explore this beautiful landscape outside the confines of a jeep. This rigorous activity not only pushes you to the limit but also allows you to explore areas that are usually out of bounds while on a jeep

TEMPLE TRAIL AND RURAL EXCURSION

A walk through some of the deepest elements of rural India. JAWAI is the best example of rural Indian wilderness – colourful and blissful. The heart of India lies in its villages. Our cultural village excursion takes you through a living archive of the worlds most diverse and complex countryside. The same diversity characterizes rural Indian occupations, arts and crafts, culture, literature, legend and transportation.
Experience a tour through narrow village streets, walking with cattle, making new friends, meeting some distinct village personalities, exploring village trade, gaining valuable insights on Indian village society, communities and beliefs, indulging in some favourite rural past-times to learn about different occupations such as potting, bangle making, weaving, iron-smithy, and music.

SUNSET VINTAGE JEEP RIDE

A colonial breezy ride in a vintage jeep through a very special part of JAWAI. With hills on either side and through beautiful countryside, this trail is breathtaking and pure bliss. This drive is a perfect opportunity for magnificent landscape photography, watching villagers involved in tending their fields.

SHEPHERD’S STROLL, ADVENTURE HIKES AND TREKS

The greater JAWAI area is a country made for walking and ramblers are guaranteed to have a field day out, to relax and tune those muscles tired by long hours spent on trains, planes and automobiles.

TRADITIONAL WELLNESS AND FITNESS

A serene atmosphere is created by the tranquil still water of the lake that blends in to create perfect harmony of mind, body and nature. Our wellness expert offers meditation, yoga and the channelling of latent energy by the lake. This experience can also be conducted at our poolside or in the privacy of your tent. You will be taken through a traditional route of wellness and yogic practices that could enhance your well-being and fitness levels.

WELLNESS AND YOGA

Dramatic views and an idyllic location make the Spa at JAWAI a perfect spot to unwind, relax and heal yourself from within. A diverse menu of therapies is available for you to choose from or simply ask one of our therapists to recommend what may be best for you. Whatever your choice, be sure you will feel reinvigorated and revitalized. Yoga and wellness excursions at remote and stunning locations in the wilderness are also on offer if booked in advance.
Overnight: Jawai Leopard Camp  

Lying at the heart of an untrammelled wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free, is JAWAI. Staying true to our goals for conservation, without compromising comfort, JAWAI has 10 luxurious tents, including one double family suite, each with oodles of space and privacy. It is encapsulated in a landscape surrounded by craggy granite formations of caves, kopjes, anogeissus scrub, agricultural fields, winding sand river beds and of course, it is home to wild Leopards. JAWAI’s secluded location within this unexplored region of outstanding natural beauty offers an entirely unique experience from the rest of Rajasthan. Charismatic Rabari herdsmen roam these lands as they have always done for centuries, living alongside the wildlife. Our model becomes a method for the preservation of the earth and all forms of life which the earth supports.

Activities

Wilderness Drives in Jawai
Enjoy the Spa at Jawai
Culinary experience at Jawai

Optional

Natural Trail and Twitching
Temple Trail and Rural Excursion
Sunset Vintage Jeep Ride
Shepherd's Stroll, Adventure Hikes and Treks
Traditional Wellness and Fitness
Wellness and Yoga

Wilderness Drives in Jawai

JAWAI’s leopards, birds and people are a great attraction across the region. The mystery of JAWAI is unravelled for guests by informed guides, and a measure of that mystery remains long after an excursion is over, to be relived forever. Trying our best to follow the schedule of our wild neighbours, we recommend an early start for your morning game drive, certainly before the sun is up. Our customized 4x4 jeeps, with a guide on board will convey you expertly to every corner of JAWAI. An experience to discover new areas, new animals and create memories with people. As wilderness enthusiasts, some of our happiest moments come when we stumble upon one thing, whilst in pursuit of something else.

Enjoy the Spa at Jawai

Dramatic views and an idyllic location make the Spa at Jawai a perfect spot to unwind, relax and heal yourself from within. A diverse menu of therapies is available for you to choose from or simply ask one of their therapists to recommend what may be best for you. Whatever your choice, be sure you will feel reinvigorated and revitalized.

Culinary experience at Jawai

Rajasthan is a land of colour and cuisine. JAWAI’s culinary philosophy centres on the procurement and use of fresh local produce from organic garden and neighbouring villages. Our team of local chefs and guides have their own recipes and trade secrets of cooking while living in the wilderness. We would love to exchange our experience with you of traditional food, drink and celebration.

Natural Trail and Twitching

Twitching first. 'Twitching' is trying to see as many different species of birds as possible. Those involved in the activity are known as 'twitchers' and each individual sighting is a 'twitch' or 'tick’. Our guides will help you sight over 170 species of birds in JAWAI. This is one of the largest varieties of birds that can be viewed in a particular region. Our list is still growing as we discover new ones every now and then.

Temple Trail and Rural Excursion

A walk through some of the deepest elements of rural India. JAWAI is the best example of rural Indian wilderness – colourful and blissful. The heart of India lies in its villages. Our cultural village excursion takes you through a living archive of the worlds most diverse and complex countryside. The same diversity characterizes rural Indian occupations, arts and crafts, culture, literature, legend and transportation.
Experience a tour through narrow village streets, walking with cattle, making new friends, meeting some distinct village personalities, exploring village trade, gaining valuable insights on Indian village society, communities and beliefs, indulging in some favourite rural past-times to learn about different occupations such as potting, bangle making, weaving, iron-smithy, and music.

Sunset Vintage Jeep Ride

A colonial breezy ride in a vintage jeep through a very special part of JAWAI. With hills on either side and through beautiful countryside, this trail is breathtaking and pure bliss. This drive is a perfect opportunity for magnificent landscape photography, watching villagers involved in tending their fields.

Shepherd's Stroll, Adventure Hikes and Treks

The greater JAWAI area is a country made for walking and ramblers are guaranteed to have a field day out, to relax and tune those muscles tired by long hours spent on trains, planes and automobiles.

Traditional Wellness and Fitness

A serene atmosphere is created by the tranquil still water of the lake that blends in to create perfect harmony of mind, body and nature. Our wellness expert offers meditation, yoga and the channelling of latent energy by the lake. This experience can also be conducted at our poolside or in the privacy of your tent. You will be taken through a traditional route of wellness and yogic practices that could enhance your well-being and fitness levels.

Wellness and Yoga

Dramatic views and an idyllic location make the Spa at JAWAI a perfect spot to unwind, relax and heal yourself from within. A diverse menu of therapies is available for you to choose from or simply ask one of our therapists to recommend what may be best for you. Whatever your choice, be sure you will feel reinvigorated and revitalized. Yoga and wellness excursions at remote and stunning locations in the wilderness are also on offer if booked in advance.
Included - Full Board

Day 7:           Raas Jodhpur, Jodhpur    

Known as the gateway to the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the second largest city in the state of  Rajasthan, India. It is a popular tourist destination featuring a variety of ornate palaces, age-old forts and sacred temples. Dubbed “The Blue City", most houses in the old city are painted a beautiful shade of indigo. While Jodhpur is largely a sprawling modern metropolis, enclosed within its old city walls is a labyrinth of winding, narrow medieval streets and bazaars. Jodhpur is home to one of the largest forts in India, the massive 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, which towers over the city from its sandstone plinth. Other must-see attractions include: the Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the world's largest private residences; and the Jaswant Thada, an intricately carved white marble mausoleum.

Day Itinerary
Day 07                   Jodhpur by surface

Jodhpur – Mighty Mehrangarh, the muscular fort that towers over the Blue City of Jodhpur, is a magnificent spectacle and an architectural masterpiece. Around Mehrangarh’ s feet, the old city, a jumble of Brahmin-blue cubes, stretches out to the 10km-long, 16th-century city wall. The ‘Blue City’ really is blue!
Visit Bishnoi Village in 4 x 4 jeeps

Bishnoi Village Safari is the organization started by Rajas and Maharaja's of Jodhpur to show that Indian and foreign guest a glaimpse of rich cultural life around their state. The Bishnoi religion is well known for their eco-friendly attitude and their efforts in preserving the great.

Visit the magnificent Mehrangarh fort which dominates the town ringed with its massive protective walls. There are seven gates that lead into the fort. Inside the fort is a series of courtyards and palaces. The palace apartments with marvelously carved panels, latticed windows have evocative names such as Sukh Mahal (Pleasure Palace), Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), the Phool Mahal (Flower Palace) and the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs (used when the Maharajas rode their elephants in processions), miniature paintings, musical instruments and costumes.

Continue your tour to Jaswant Thada, located a short distance from the fort, just off the fort road, is a white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The cenotaph built in 1899, was followed by the royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs that stand nearby. There are some beautiful marble jali (lattice) work and fine views from the terrace in front of the cenotaphs.

Heritage walks of Blue city

Through our carefully designed  “walking Tours ” we aim to bring alive all the diverse elements of city’s living  heritage. Whether traditional temples, monuments and building , or living craft and culture , or tradition cuisines like  sweets making . The entire heritage of people, culture and architecture becomes appealing through the process of walking leisurely and engaging with the community along our City Walks. Our unique walking tours will present you a rare glance into the rich history and culture of these fascinating cities , that only walking can give.

Camel ride, Champagne sunset and traditional Rajasthani dinner at Osiyan (Thar desert)

A Memorable Experience: Camel Safari in Thar Desert is an experience that would be etched always in your mind. During your camel ride, you can enjoy the incessant stretch of the golden sands of the Thar Desert, on the edges of which Jodhpur is located. You would also catch a glimpse of the affluent and vibrant culture and true spirit of the desert during your camel ride.
Overnight: Raas Jodhpur

RAAS, set under the imposing stare of Mehrangarh Fort, sit’s the recently renovated 18th Century Haveli that is now RAAS-the luxury boutique hotel.  The hotel has been carefully designed to seamlessly marry the old and the new, with modern designs that compliment the traditional architecture of the old haveli, and thus creating a unique blend of the opulently luxurious and the arrestingly historic.  Each of the stylishly minimalist rooms displays Indian touches, crafted by local artisans, such as pink latticework screens and bathtubs set in stone.All rooms are air-conditioned with latest eco friendly mechanism, and have overhead fans, hairdryers, safes, TV, telephones, WiFi, Tea-coffee maker, central heating/cooling and attached bathrooms with separate showers and cast iron bath tubs and bathrobes. With two fantastic restaurants (Baradari and Darikhana) offering the finest in local and international cuisine, roof top Bar with delicious cocktails or watching sunset over the Blue, excellent outdoor heated pool and an International Spa – “ila only” Spa with holistic and spiritual approach to wellness and spa, RAAS offers a glorious retreat nestled in the heart of Jodhpur’s historic Walled City.

Activities

Jeep safari excursion to a Bishnoi village
Mehrangarh Fort
Jaswant Thada

Optional

Reggie's Camel Camp Osian
FORT ADVENTURING
BLUE CITY TOUR
Horse riding
OSIAN EXCURSION
Camel treks
Cookery courses
Flying Fox
 
Mehrangarh Fort
Mehrangarh Fort rises four hundred feet above the skyline of Jodhpur from its rock precipice on Bhaurcheeria hill. The foundation of Mehrangarh Fort was laid on May 12, 1459 by Rao Jodha, the fifteenth Rathore ruler who wanted to shift the capital from nearby Mandore to Jodhpur. In all its history, Mehrangarh Fort has never been taken in a siege. Mammoth and imposing from the outside, the interiors of the fort are light and detailed in contrast. Several palaces can be found inside the complex, boasting intricate carvings and sprawling courtyards.

Jaswant Thada

If you’re looking for a quiet place in Jodphur head to Jaswant Thada, popularly known as the ‘Taj Mahal of Marwar’. This architectural landmark was built in 1899 by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State, in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh I. Built from intricately carved marble sheets and boasting some beautiful carved marble lattice work, the impeccable design and architecture is symbolic of the fine craftsmanship of a bygone era. Beautiful sculptures, carved gazebos and frescos characterise the cenotaph, with the tiered garden offering superb views across to the fort and over the city.

FORT ADVENTURING

Without a doubt MehrangarhFort is the site to see in Jodhpur and it is worth making a day of it. Though it’s open from 9 to 5, the fort itself is best to see first thing in the morning, when it’s coolest, maybe after some sunrise yoga on the rooftop of Baradari. The walk up is ten or fifteen minutes winding uphill, so front office can always arrange a tuk-tuk. Once you get there we highly recommended getting an audio guide with your museum ticket (600Rs). The history is simply fascinating, a blend of elephant battles, Mughal sieges and political machinations. The fort is in such good condition because Jodhpur’s royal family lived there until the 1950s! Indeed the fort museum has a beautiful collection of the families’ most extravagant paintings, palaquins and even cribs, which continued to be used well into the twentieth century. From the top rooms of the museum the view of Jodhpur is incredible, so bring your cameras (the camera fee is worth it). The fort’s shop is well curated and is the source of some lovely books and paintings and, should the mood takes you, the palmistry shop is always well-received.

BLUE CITY TOUR

A quick tuk-tuk ride away from the RAAS is the oldest (and bluest) heart of Jodhpur. The blue houses were traditionally owned by members of the Brahmin caste, who painted their houses with indigo. Now everyone has taken up the practice, as it is thought to cool houses and repel insects, and blue has become Jodhpur’s signature colour. The best way to explore the winding (and wholly illogical) streets of Jodhpur is to get completely lost, which is inevitable at some point. If that’s not your scene, why not try a walking tour of the old city. There is so much more to see than just blue houses; the town is a jumble of old and new and the fun is in spotting stunning detailing, finding tiny courtyards, hidden temples, mosques and untouched havelis in the middle of the buzz of the city. In spotting an ancient Deodi entrance to a new ordinary house, an intricately carved over-hanging Jharokha window-balcony, an exquisite Jaali frieze in the famous rose-red sand-stone, a Chowk square blessed by a 300 year old sacred Peepul tree, the crumbling remnants of an elegant red sand-stone wall. In fact, the entire old city was completely walled in till the 1950s with the six monumental Pol gates closing up from dusk to dawn. The walls have all but been absorbed; the gates still stand.

Horse riding

It is another amazing half day trip located a 40km (1 hour) drive away. We wouldn't advise that complete beginners book this riding experience as it typically lasts between 2 and 3 hours. Efficient guides are provided and the routes wind through beautiful Rajasthani countryside and include views over the nearby Thar Desert. This is a fun and relaxing way to enjoy an outdoor adventure alone or with the whole family. These trips are subject to availability and are often only possible during the period between August and April. Therefore please inform RAAS if you are interested and they will be more than happy to make some enquiries and arrange a bespoke experience for you.

OSIAN EXCURSION

For those looking for the peace and quiet of a village outside Jodhpur, our excursions to Osian are perfect. We can arrange half-day trips to the town, an oasis in the Thar Desert, which is about an hour and a half’s journey away. Osian has some of Rajasthan's oldest Hindu and Jain temples, which are well worth the visit alone. The Sachiya Mata Temple overlooks the town centre from its hilltop position, but can't compare with the nearby Mahavira Jain Temple (10Rs), which is well-maintained and has myriad alcoves and 28 pillars radiating out from its beautifully carved central shrine. Wander from here around the other temples, which have some interesting features; look out for the projecting stone elephants of the Peeplaj Temple

Camel treks

Camel treks are very popular at Osian, and these trips are best done in the afternoon, as the day cools. Though trips can be a little cheesy at times, the experience is great and sunset dinners on the dunes are unmissable. Traditional folk dances also happen in the village, and are a great spectacle. Speak to the concierge, who can organise everything for you, though prices for camel treks will vary with the season and can be difficult to do in monsoon periods.

Cookery courses

Cookery courses are hugely popular with families, we can open up our kitchens to you and our head chef will help you craft a set of recipes for you to cook and then devour for dinner. A really fun way to spend an afternoon, learn about local Rajasthani delicacies and get a sneaky look behind the scenes at the RAAS. In fact, our head of food and beverage also loves to arrange culinary tours; he’ll take you around the grain, spice, vegetable and pulse markets, showing you where all the food at our restaurants is sourced and giving you a taste of how fresh your dinner is! It is a lovely way to explore the city, accompanied by an old hand who knows all where all the best food is to be found.

Flying Fox

Flying fox is a repeated favourite with children, although there is a height requirement, which it’s good to check beforehand to avoid disappointment. For a spot of shopping, try Sambhali Boutique, who have a beautiful range of brightly coloured and embroidered stuffed animals. Better still, everything in the shop, including beautiful jewellery, is produced by rural Rajasthani women’s groups, and helps funds female empowerment projects in the most poverty-stricken parts of the state.

Reggie's Camel Camp Osian

The Camel Camp Osian is a permanent camp site and forms part of the India Safari Club. It is located in the Thar Desert and 60 km from the main city of Jodhpur. Visitors at the Camel Camp Osian can either do the short camel safaris or the full desert experience whereby mobile camps are set up for the night. On these journeys visitors get to explore the oasis village of Khetasar, spot blue bulls, gazelles, foxes and hare. Guests also get to visit local tribes such as the Bishnois and Bhils as well as meeting shepherds, potters and weavers. 
 
Included - Bed & Breakfast

Day 8-10:    Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur     

Fringed by the rugged Aravali Hills, Jaipur is the capital and largest city in India’s northern state of Rajasthan. This city is famed for being India’s first planned city featuring a multitude of pink terracotta buildings within the walled historic centre, earning it the nickname,’The Pink City’. Jaipur falls within the Golden Triangle, a popular tourist circuit, which includes Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, and serves as a gateway to the neighbouring desert cities of Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. This colourful city is a combination of tradition and modernity and offers visitors vibrant bazaars, lavish palaces and ancient temples. The salmon-hued old city is home to the opulent City Palace, encompassing an impressive assortment of palatial structures, sprawling gardens, courtyards and buildings. Don’t miss the fairy-tale splendour of the Amber Fort, set against the backdrop of the arid landscape.

Day Itinerary
Day 08 & 09                        Jaipur by surface (approx. 310 Kms / 6 Hrs)

Jaipur - Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh - II, the ruler of Amber, Jaipur was the first planned city in India. This town is also referred as Pink city for the color of buildings in its wonderful old city. The city was painted pink to honor the visit of Prince Albert of England in 1882.
Morning drive to Amber and its glorious hilltop fortress. You will ascend the fort on Elephant back. It is known for its unique artistic style, blending both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) elements, and its ornate and breathtaking architectural mastery. Tour the chambers and hallways of the palace, famous for the excellence of its design and decoration. Within the complex is Ganesh Pol, an imposing gateway painted with the images of the elephant-headed god, Ganesh. Pierced screen windows offer views from different vantage points, and shimmering mirrors encrust the walls of Sheesh Mahal.
Enjoy shopping experience along with carpet weaving / Gems cutting demonstration.

Later proceed to Pink city of Jaipur. Stop for a photo at the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds." This beautiful façade is probably the most-photographed in Jaipur, with its ornately carved windows designed so the ladies of the palace could look out onto the streets unobserved.
Visit the City Palace Museum, which has a priceless collection of antiques, costumes and armory of the Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiseled handles. It also has an art gallery which displays a collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Thereafter visit Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century. Champagne Breakfast with elephant Safari.


The elephant will be conducted in the original Aravali forests surrounding the camp and follow a route passing by hutments, agricultural fields, hills and ancient monuments, the birdlife in the thick forests is thriving and leopards inhabit the jungles as well as hyena and the wolf has been sighted by guests, antelopes and jackals are in abundance.

A day to spend with elephants. Where one can paint them, feed them, and bath them, also can go for a short ride

Guests arrives at Camp and are greeted by the Elephants and upon arrival they are allowed to make their first contact with these kind-hearted giants by the way of feeding bananas. Later the guests bathe their own elephants with the help of the camp staff and mahout, spend as much time with the elephant family and we will be happy to answer any questions the guests may have about the elephants. Guest will now get a chance to paint the Elephant with the natural colours which are gentle to their skin. From  here  guest  will  a  get  a  chance  to  experience  the  safari  with  the  same  Elephant  in  the reserved forest area passing by 300 years old hindu temple.

High Tea in the private section of Royal Family in City palace.

Bicycle Rides takes you in the heart of the Maharaja's heritage and brings it back to life. Dive into history, admire the most beautiful sites of Jaipur and be transported in another era. Cycle to the Water Palace and visit the Maharaja's cenotaphs, discover the City Palace Complex and learn about the daily life of Maharajas. 

Hot air ballooning

See the sites of Jaipur from high above the sky in this hot air balloon tour. Learn about the capital of Rajasthan during this one-hour morning or evening flight above India's 'Pink City'. Listen is as your expert guide shares informative commentary about the traditional villages, mountain ranges and rural fields spread out before you. You'll see the Amber Fort, as well as other top attractions and enjoy personalized attention and safety with a small group of just eight people per balloon. This memorable adventure includes round-trip hotel transport and is guaranteed to make lasting memories. Heritage walks in lanes of pink city.
Our walking tour through the bazaars of Jaipur will help you to explore the city of Jaipur, its culture and tradition and talk with the local people, visiting some sweets shop and also try some of the delicious dishes like Samosa Kachori, Kulfi, delicious sweets and also try Lass. You may also view local artisans Bangle makers, Rickshaw Drivers, Silversmiths doing their routine work; talk with the local people of jaipur to know about their lifestyle.

Shop till you drop

With its colourful bazaars, stylish boutiques and veteran, family-run shops, shopping in Jaipur can be quite an experience. A shopper’s paradise—quite literally—a visit to the city is a great chance to stock up on a range of stuff. From pretty block-printed textiles, beautiful quilts, blue pottery and silver jeweler to Indian clothes and a host of delicious snacks and sweets, the city is especially a favourite amongst tourists, who flock here for an authentic and affordable Indian shopping experience.

Overnight: Alila Fort Bishangarh  

Alila Fort Bishangarh is a heritage fortress lovingly restored & transformed into a luxury resort. The original fort is left intact, with much care given to ecological restoration and the reconstruction of new residential areas, to recreate the courtly flavour of Shahpura’s royalty. This all-suite resort boasts 59 stately suites that are designed for quiet indulgence. Each suite is individually created to capture the stunning views. Its spacious interiors are elegantly furnished with large bay windows & day-beds, expansive bathrooms with footed bathtubs, luxury bedding & room amenities, comfortably accommodating a family of four. Down the hill, the public areas comprise the arrival courtyard, luxurious banquet lawns, the pool, pool terrace & juice bar, Fitness Centre and a ‘Play Soldiers Club’ for Kiddies. Within the Fort, are two specialty theme restaurants, an all-day café lounge, a bar & cigar room, wine cellar, state ballrooms, Library, Spa Alila wellness centre, Alila Living shop and guest suites.

Activities

Embark on a Royal Elephant Ride up to the Majestic Amber Fort
Amber Fort
Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)
Jaipur City Palace
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
Paddle to Heritage - cycling tour of Jaipur
A day With Elephant near Jaipur
Leisurely Panache - Shopping in Jaipur
 
Optional - Champagne Breakfast with elephant Safari.

Embark on a Royal Elephant Ride up to the Majestic Amber Fort

An elephant ride up to the majestic Amber Fort, organised by Hi! Tours, is a royal experience for sure. Embark on an extravagant ride on top of an elephant, just like the Rajput kings use to do. The magnificent Amber Fort, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located on the outskirts of the Pink City of Jaipur. This historical edifice is an imposing red sandstone palace, constructed by Raja Man Singh I during the 16th century. This fort, which is surrounded by ruins, consists of four levels and was built to ward off war enemies. This place has also been a hot favourite among Bollywood filmmakers and served as a backdrop for Mira Nair classic – Kama Sutra. The interiors of this marvel are adorned with beautiful paintings, mirror ceilings and intricate carvings. Besides, the breathtaking beauty of the placid Maota Lake, situated in the foreground of the structure, is one of its kinds.     
Once you reach the main gate of Amber Fort, Hi! Tours representative will take you around this majestic fort cum palace. Here, behold the architectural brilliance of the Jai Mandir, which is often referred to as the Hall of Victory. This huge hall type structure is double floored and adorned with white marble. Overlooking a lush green garden courtyard, this magnificent hall has small mirror pieces engraved on its ceiling.
Once you are done with exploring the myriad aspects this royal fort, you can visit the souvenir shop, located at the main entrance. This colourful shop houses traditional Rajasthani handicrafts and ornaments. Some of them include carved wooden décor pieces, Meenakari jewellery and Lac bangles. Besides, the entrance gate is also lined with local vendors selling similar Rajasthani specialities. 

Amber Fort

Amber Fort, officially known as the ‘Amer Palace’, is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan attracting around 4000 to 5000 visitors a day during peak tourist season. The palace was named after the small town of Amer, where it is situated - only eleven kilometres from Jaipur. Perfectly picturesque, this 16th century hillside residence is well preserved, boasting grand pavilions and mirrored halls that open onto flourishing gardens and courtyards. Although the palace’s main construction started in 1592 by Maharaja Man Singh, it was added to over the years by successive rulers and continued to be occupied by them until Jaipur was built.

Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)

One of Jaipur’s most recognised buildings, the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) is known for its iconic façade. Small windows, decorated with intricate latticework create a honeycomb-like appearance. The original intention of the lattice was to allow the royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen. The cooling effect, provided by the breeze passing through the small windows, gave the palace its name. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the unique construction was originally designed to look like the crown of Krishna. A panoramic view of Jaipur can be had from the top of the building.

Jaipur City Palace

City Palace forms one of the most famous tourist attractions and a major landmark in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture.

Jantar Mantar - Jaipur

In 1734, the year of its completion, the Jai Singh Observatory was the last outpost of medieval science. From the outside, the eighteen fixed observational instruments look more like playground apparatus than sighting devices, but they were used to measure the position of the sun, stars and planets. Built by Jai Singh, the first Maharaja of Jaipur who founded the city in 1727, the observatory is one of a handful. Jai Singh, fulfilling a lifelong interest in mathematics and astronomy, built observatories in Delhi, Jaipur, Ujjain, Mathura and Benares. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best preserved of these.

Paddle to Heritage - cycling tour of Jaipur

Explore Jaipur on cycle, tour starts from statue circle at 1700 Hrs , a brief introduction with accompanying guide and escort, route map and safety jackets will be distributed, later head towards south of Jaipur visiting, Amar Jawan jyoti, Rajasthan vidhan Sabha (Assembly), paddle to Tapri, tea shop in city famous for its different tea servings and local Snacks enjoy the tea and snacks and at a proceed for next stop a local jeweler, further paddle to Birla Temple, later cycle through Moti Dhungri Ganesh Temple, Hawa Mahal and Tour ends at Albert Hall. Enjoy some local gastronomical delights of the pink city.

A day With Elephant near Jaipur

Visitors are taken on a journey to the world of elephants and are guided through an unforgettable experience with these magnificent creatures. Visitors are able to touch, feed, paint, wash, cook and get to know these animals. It offers visitors the incredible opportunity to walk hand-in-trunk with the elephants. Enter the world of the Elephant with Elephant Back Riding. Bare-back Elephant Back Riding enables us as humans to feel the power and bulk of an elephant in contrast with the quietness, delicateness and grace of these mammoth creatures’ movement as they walk/glide across the ground. Understand the height at which an elephant stands and experience their environment from an elephant’s perspective

Leisurely Panache - Shopping in Jaipur

Take tuk -tuk ride and go on a bespoke shopping tour of Jaipur’s diverse workshops, boutiques and markets. Jaipur's shops are known for, among other things, silks, fabrics, gems, Alwari suits (unisex outfits comprised of baggy pants that taper at the ankles and loose-fitting tops), and many more.. Hunt for treasures offering an extravagance of riches! We will provide a personal lady shopper; given Jaipur is a Mecca for those after exotic purchases.

Champagne Breakfast with elephant Safari.

The elephant will be conducted in the original Aravali forests surrounding the camp and follow a route passing by hutments, agricultural fields, hills and ancient monuments, the birdlife in the thick forests is thriving and leopards inhabit the jungles as well as hyena and the wolf has been sighted by guests, antelopes and jackals are in abundance.
 
Included - Bed & Breakfast

Day 10-12:             Sher Bagh Resort, Ranthambore National Park

Located in the Sawai Madhopur district, the Ranthambore National Park, in the western state of Rajasthan, is one of the most visited wildlife parks in India. Spanning over an impressive 1300-square-kilometer stretch of wilderness, the park’s outstanding natural beauty is characterized by its dense jungle, golden savanna, dramatic cliffs and lotus-filled lakes. Considered the best spot to catch a glimpse of tigers in the wild, the park offers visitors a spellbounding combination of mystical temples, wild beauty and crumbling ruins. While the main attraction is undoubtedly the elusive Bengal tiger, the park provides a sanctuary for other wildlife including, among others: sambar, gazelle, caracal, black buck, crocodile, chital, wild boars and a wide array of birds. Don’t miss the ancient Ranthambore Fort, perched high on the cliffs overlooking the vast expanse of this spectacular park.

Day Itinerary
Day 10 & 11                        Ranthambhore by surface (approx. 180 Kms / 4 Hrs)

Morning & Evening game drives inside national park by jeep

Ranthambhore National Park is a vast wildlife reserve near the town of Sanai Madhapur in Rajasthan, northern India. It is a former royal hunting ground and home to tigers, leopards’ hyenas, sambhar, jackals, deer and marsh crocodiles.

Ranthambhore Fort

Ranthambhore Fort is the marvel of the Chauhan dynasty. The construction of the fort began in 944 AD under the rule of King Sapa Daksha but it was during the time period of Rao Hammer Deo Chauhan that the fort took shape. It is recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Site that places it under the title ‘Hill Forts of Rajasthan’.

Ganesh Mandir temple.

Situated inside Ranthambore Fort, Trinetra Ganesh Temple is yet another attraction in Ranthambore National Park. Trinetra (Three-Eyed) Ganesh or Pratham Ganesh Temple is amongst the oldest temples in Rajasthan. It is one of those temples, where one can find the deities of the entire family of Lord Ganesha

Birdwatching

Ranthambhore is a great place for bird watchers and bird lovers. Reach the Surwal Lake which is a haven for many unique bird species. Bask in the breathtaking views of flora and fauna. A visit to this lake during the winters is exciting, as, during this time of the year, this becomes the home for migratory birds from far off lands. Resident birds are also common in this part of the country

Hot Air Ballooning

One of the most exciting activities you can do while in Ranthambhore is hopping onto a balloon safari. Hot air ballooning as an activity is quite catching up, and this is one of your chances to gently float over scattered mountain ranges, palaces, forts, colorful fields, traditional villages and the dense forest cover of the region.

Overnight: Sher Bagh Resort      

There are few places on earth with such a rich profusion of wildlife thriving in a historic and stunning landscape. Sher Bagh is a pioneering camp of 10 luxurious tents, and 2 exceptional tented suites, on the edge of the world renowned Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. Within easy access rises the ancient Ranthambhore Fort, once considered impregnable, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our family has played an active role in the conservation effort
at Ranthambhore since 1974, and continues to do so 40 years on. We have witnessed regeneration, a life cycle of the wild in motion and evolved with the changing narrative of this magical land. The Camp is designed in the style of the 1920’s preferred by Princes and Grand Seigneurs of the time, furnished with 19th century campaign style furniture. At Sher Bagh we invite you to share our passion, and perhaps help preserve a part of earth’s living paradise.

Activities

Embark on a morning safari into the wilderness of Ranthambore National Park. Enjoy an afternoon safari ride in the verdant Ranthambore National Park

Optional - Hot Air Ballooning, Ranthambhore

Embark on a morning safari into the wilderness of Ranthambore National Park Gear up for a thrilling safari expedition, organised by Hi! Tours, into the wilderness of the verdant Ranthambore National Park.  

Considered to be one of the biggest natural reserves, the verdant Ranthambore National Park is located in the northern part of India. A part of the Sawai Madhopur district in the beautiful state of Rajasthan, the verdurous national park lies mere 130 km from the pink city of Jaipur. Once a major hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur, the park today is a renowned wildlife tourist attraction. A delight for wildlife photographers and birdwatchers, the attraction is surely a must-visit place.

Surrounded by the mountain ranges of Vindhyas and Aravallis, the enchanting Ranthambore Tiger Reserve sprawls over 1410.64 sq. km. Owing to its hilly terrain, the tiger reserve consists of tropical dry deciduous and thorn type vegetation. Water is available in form of small lakes and narrow valleys. Several lakes inside the park like Raj Bagh Talab, Malik Talab and Padam Talab are thronged by tourists round the year. Besides inhabiting India’s national animal, the tiger, the natural reserve is home to various other species of animals and birds. Do visit the park during the day as tigers are spotted mostly during this time.
As you embark on this journey early in the morning in an open jeep, you will witness the sun rays slowly entering the dense forest cover of the park. The mere sight of the orange light mingling with the lush green environs is world beholding.  Passing through beautiful lakes, snaking river streams, lush grasslands and verdant bushes of this natural reserve, you might just get lucky with spotting a tiger. Meanwhile the chirping sound of myriad bird species is surely going to enchant you.

Enjoy an afternoon safari ride in the verdant Ranthambore National Park

Embark on a thrilling jeep safari ride into the verdant forest of the Ranthambore National Park and get a chance to spot the magnanimous Royal Bengal Tiger.
Regarded as one of the biggest natural reserves, the verdurous Ranthambore National Park is situated in the Northern India. Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of the colourful state of Rajasthan, the verdant tiger reserve is about 130 km from the state capital of Jaipur. Once a major hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur, the park today is a renowned wildlife tourist attraction. A delight for wildlife photographers and birdwatchers, the attraction is surely a must-visit place.

Encompassed by captivating hill ranges of Vindhyas and Aravallis, the enchanting Ranthambore Tiger Reserve sprawls over 1410.64 sq. km. Owing to its hilly terrain, the tiger reserve consists of tropical dry deciduous and thorn type vegetation. Water is available in form of small lakes and narrow valleys. Several lakes inside the park like Raj Bagh Talab, Malik Talab and Padam Talab are thronged by tourists round the year. Besides inhabiting India’s national animal, the tiger, the natural reserve is home to various other species of animals and birds. Do visit the park during the day as tigers are spotted mostly during this time.
In the afternoon, brace up with your binoculars and hat and then, embark on an adrenaline-pumping safari ride into the wilderness of Ranthambore National Park. En route, enjoy the beautiful weather and landscape around. A naturalist will accompany and apprise you with the rich history of this tiger reserve. As you move ahead, marvel at the architectural grandeur of the fort and palace ruins inside the park. Besides Royal Bengal Tiger, you may also spot other animal species here, such as Sambar, Nilgai, Chinkara and Chital.

Ranthambore Fort

The Ranthambhore fort is said to have got its name from two adjoining hills - Rann and Thambhore. It lies on the Thambhore hill, overlooking the Rann and offers some breathtaking views of the Ranthambore National Park. The walls of the fort are about 7 kilometers in length and include an area of nearly 4 square kilometers. All around the fort, one can see many old ruins, including palaces, temples, cenotaphs, step-wells and houses. The Ranthambore fort is surrounded by massive stonewalls which are strengthened by towers and bastions. The stone for the masonry was mined from inside the Fort and the mines were later turned into ponds for water storage. The main approach to the Fort lies through a narrow valley, which had four fortified gateways. Of these, only the first gate - Misradhara gate, is still standing.

There are many ruined buildings inside the Fort, with Hammir's Court, Badal Mahal, Dhula Mahal and Phansi Ghar being the most prominent of them. The Fort also has many cenotaphs, temples and gates. The Ganesh Temple, which lies very close to the main entry gate to the Fort, attracts a steady flow of pilgrims, mainly from the rural hinterland. During the annual Ganesh festival, tens of thousands of pilgrims visit the temple, from all over the country. Most of the visitors to the Fort tend to stay in the Western part of the Fort. Very few visitors go to the eastern part of the fort, which is nearly wild. A small perennial stream called Gupt Ganga flows in this part of the Fort. Here one can see a large number of birds, Langurs, the odd small cat and sometimes, even leopards. The fort is one of the best places to look for the very rare and elusive Fishing cat. The fort is a must see for all visitors to Ranthambhore. A good day to visit the fort is Wednesday, the day of the Lord Ganesh, when a lot of local people visit the Ganesh temple dressed in their best finery.

Hot Air Ballooning, Ranthambhore

One of the most exciting activities you can do while in Ranthambhore is hopping onto a balloon safari. Hot air ballooning as an activity is quite catching up, and this is one of your chances to gently float over scattered mountain ranges, palaces, forts, colorful fields, traditional villages and the dense forest cover of the region.
 
Included - Full Board

Day 12:        ITC Mughal Agra Hotel, Agra

Home of the world-famous Taj Mahal, Agra is one of India’s prime tourist destinations for specifically this reason, though its attractions also extend to an array of other impressive historical sights. These include the red-hued Agra Fort, the sacred Jama Masjid mosque and Itmad-ud-Daulah’s tomb, with its white marble facade embellished with intricate inlaid designs and semi-precious gems. The Taj, however, is in a league of its own and needless to say is a must-see for any visitor to the city. Commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 15th century as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, it is an architectural masterpiece of exquisite craftsmanship and perfect proportions.

Day Itinerary
Day 12                  Agra by surface (approx. 295 Kms / 6 Hrs)
 

This Morning proceed for city sightseeing visiting:- The Taj Mahal is one of mankind's greatest architectural feats. Built out of white marble by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, it was erected by 20,000 laborers over a 12-year period. The entire monument is a masterpiece of symmetry (Closed on Friday).

Agra Fort

Also called the Red Fort, this structure dates back to the 16th century. It is situated near the gardens of the Taj Mahal. Made of red sandstone, Agra Fort has walls that surround for at least two kilometers and more. Inside are many splendid palaces such as Jahangir Palace and Khas Palace. It is over here that you will find the grand hall of audiences called Diwan-i-Khas. Also on location are a couple of magnificent mosques.
The Red Fort, like the Taj Mahal, is an ode to the rich legacy of the Mughals. These structures indicate the glorious past that existed during the medieval period, and must form part of any itinerary of places to visit in Agra.

Saga of love at Kalakriti Dance Drama Show

A dance drama depicting the story of making of Taj Mahal is performed live for 80 minutes at Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Center, not far from Taj Mahal. This multi-lingual show also displays a big replica of Taj Mahal, with multi color lights thrown upon it showing the different moods of Taj mahal all through the day and night

Overnight: ITC Mughal Agra Hotel        

The ITC Mughal is sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal. The ITC Mughal is a 5 star luxury hotel in Agra representating Mughal architecture. This luxury hotel comprises of 233 rooms and suites all offering a peak into the Mughal history and tradition through it's design and architecture. The structure is surrounded by Mughal gardens, fruit and flower bearing trees and shaded walkways.
Hotel amenities at the ITC Mughal includes cycling and jogging tracks, a mini-golfing green, a swimming pool and the spa Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa, along with a range of gourmet fine dining options.

Activities

Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
A walk in Agra city
Mohabbat The Taj Show
 
Taj Mahal

The iconic Taj Mahal is not only an architectural masterpiece, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World – it’s also the enduring legacy of a royal love story. It was commissioned in the 15th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan after the death of his third and favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, to serve as her final resting place and a symbol of his eternal affection for her. Combining  Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian design elements, it’s an awe-inspiring structure of elegant domes and white marble, which changes colour along with the light – pink at sunrise, pearly white in the afternoon and silver-gold in the full moon.

 

Known as the Red Fort of Agra, this walled imperial city was founded in 1565 by the Emperor Akbar (1556-1605) and is a well-deserving UNESCO World Heritage site, located just 2.5 kilometres from the famous Taj Mahal. Its  palaces, grand mosques and elaborate public hall are crafted from pink-red sandstone and are testament to an era when Indo-Muslim art, strongly marked by influences from Persia, was at its height. Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal for his deceased wife, was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb in Agra Fort. He is said to have died in the Musamman Burj, a marble tower he himself built, with one of the most alluring views of the Taj Mahal.

A walk in Agra city

Get to know Agra the local way, by exploring the city’s hidden lane-ways, bustling spice market, and religious mosques and temples, all with your feet to guide you. Sample treats at a 200-year-old sweets shop, hop on a cycle rickshaw, and learn why Hindu families dress their idols. Hear the legends that have been passed down through generations and learn how modern-day India is reshaping itself. Finish it all up with the spectacular sight of the Taj Mahal from a secret spot.

Mohabbat The Taj Show

Expression of Love... The Sanskritik Natyashala presents ‘Mohabbat-the-Taj’ – a series of play depicting the saga of love. The true and immortal love of Shajahan for Mumtaj Mahal- his beautiful wife; the lavish lifestyle of Mughal era; immaculate hardship of the artisans for 22 years that created the most precious specimen of craftsmanship... ‘Mohabbat-the-Taj’ at ‘Kalakriti is exceptionally inviting. The effort to hold up the cultural and historical legacy of India is worth a glance. So, be with us to witness the Indian heritage come alive.
 
Included - Bed & Breakfast

Day 13:        Departure

After breakfast, transfer time to airport to board flight for onward journey.

TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:

ü Accommodation on twin sharing basis at envisaged hotels
ü Airport assistance by our professional representative’s India.
ü Indian Traditional welcome.
ü Daily buffet breakfasts except Jawai & Ranthambhore on Full board basis.
ü All transfers / tours and excursions by AC chauffeur driven vehicle.
ü Rickshaw ride in Delhi.
ü Boat ride in lake pichola , Udaipur (sharing basis)
ü Cycle Ride & Heritage walk in Lake city , Udaipur
ü Wilderness drive in Jawai
ü 01 Spa at Jawai
ü Culinary experience in Jawai
ü Jeep Safari at Bishnoi village, Jodhpur
ü Elephant ride at amber Fort, Jaipur
ü A day with Elephant in Jaipur
ü 02 Canter Safari at Ranthambhore National Park.
ü Mohabbat The Taj Show, Agra
ü Monuments Entrance fees (1 visit)
ü Sightseeing as per package details.
ü Service of English speaking local guides during sightseeing tour.
ü Services of our professional staff throughout the tour.
ü All currently applicable taxes.

TOUR PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

ý Meals except those listed in above inclusions.
ý Domestic flight fares.
ý Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry, telephones, etc.
ý All other than those listed in above inclusions.

 

  Price:- From $6,618 per person sharing. Please contact us for seasonal rates and availability 

 

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