8 Days India Tour | GOLDEN TRIANGLE WITH RANTHAMBORE

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8 Days India Tour

Day 1: ARRIVE DELHI                        
Welcome to India- a country where hospitality is a way of life ; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. You will be received at the airport in a traditional manner with garlands and proceed to your hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2: DELHI
 Morning after relaxed breakfast at the hotel, we will proceed for our visit of New Delhi
Morning visit Old  Delhi .
We will take you for a Tricycle Ride through the narrow lanes of OLD DELHI. On your journey, you will unfold the colorful history of Old Delhi which goes back thousands of years. From Chandani Chowk---Silver Square (Once the centre of Delhi), to the various places of interest- just as the Royal Mughals would have done centuries ago. To name a few are Maulana Azad Tomb, Jama Masjid- India s largest mosque, Dariba Kalan (The Silver Bazaar), Kinari Bazaar, Paranthawalla Gali...The journey  will come to an end with a visit to THE RED FORT (Delhi's most magnificent monument was built by Emperor Shah Jehan.

Later in the afternoon

We will drive past the Rashtrapati Bhawan (is the official residence of the President of India. Formerly the residence of the Viceroy of India, it has a magnificent view of the Rajpath and symmetrical North and South block Govt offices) and India Gate (is a majestic high arch,42 metres high, built as a memorial to the Indian Soldiers killed in world war 1).

Later we will visit Humayuun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. Humayun's tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife Bega Begum in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect.  Qutab Minar (The 72.5m high tower dates back to the 13th century and is one of the greatest bequests of the Islamic culture).

Overnight in Delhi
 DAY 3: DELHI – AGRA
Morning we will check out of our hotels and  leave for Agra. (Approx 2010 Kms 4 Hrs Drive).
AGRA was once the capital of the Mughal empire and even today it seems to linger in the past. Not surprising, for the Mughal emperors with their passion for building, endowed the city with some of the finest structures in the world. It is very easy to slip away here through the centuries into the grandeur and intrigues of the Mughal court. Agra is an old city and it is said that its name was derived from Agrabana, a forest thats finds mention in the epic. In more recent times Agra came into prominence when Sikandar Lodi made it his capital city in 1501. The Lodi rule was to end very soon and Agra passed into the possession of the Mughals. It was during the time of the third emperor Akbar that Agra came into its own.

On arrival in Agra, Check into your hotel later visit to TAJ MAHAL (Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. Defined as "A TEAR ON THE FACE OF ETERNITY", this white-splendored tomb was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his favorite wife, Arjumand Banu Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal ("Chosen of the Palace").
Later we will proceed to AGRA FORT (Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. More often than not, the Agra Fort is overshadowed by the pristine beauty of the Taj, but for those looking for something beyond romance, the Agra Fort is worth seeing. Akbar, the greatest empire-builder of the Mughals, commissioned the Agra Fort in 1565, and his grandson Shah Jahan, pulled down many of the original buildings and replaced them with marble ones, while Aurangzeb added the ramparts. Situated on the bank of river Yamuna, the Agra Fort today, stands as a citadel of the past that has witnessed centuries slip by. Built in red stone, the Agra fort stretches almost two kilometers on the bank of the Yamuna. A huge wall that stands 69 ft in height encircles the crescent shaped fort).

After the sightseeing pay a visit to one of the famous MARBLE FACTORIES of AGRA to see the beautiful inlay of precious and semi precious stones into marble (Agra is famous for its fine marble work. Hereditary craftsmen who are descendants of the marble carvers who worked on the 'Wonder in Marble' the Taj Mahal, offer their wares in the crafts emporia and marble showrooms in Agra India. The marble inlay work of Agra is very beautiful. Various semi-precious stones are embedded in marble to create pleasing geometric or floral patterns, similar to those seen in the Taj Mahal. Marble artifacts painted with attractive designs are another form of marbleware seen in the markets of Agra. Artifacts range from vases, ornamental boxes, tabletops, decorative objects, utility items such as ashtrays and table lamps and replicas of the Taj Mahal in various sizes. The delicacy of the workmanship on marble in Agra, is truly amazing). Overnight in Agra

DAY 4:    AGRA- RANTHAMBORE            
Morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to Ranthambore ( Approx. 275 Kms/ 6-7 hrs). En Route pay a visit to FATEHPUR SIKRI (40 kms west of Agra, is built a city predominantly in Red Sandstone and is called Fatehpur Sikri. This town was built by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. He had planned this city as his capital but shortage of water compelled him to abandon the city. After this within 20 years, the capital of Mughals was shifted to Lahore. Fatehpur Sikri was built during 1570 and 1585. It is one of the finest examples of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Fatehpur Sikri Mosque is said to be a copy of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from the Persian & Hindu architecture). Later we will continue our drive to Bharatpur railwaystation to board the Train  at 1550 Hrs to Sawai Madhopur. On arraival at 1802 Hrs at Sawai Madhopur railway station meet and assistance by our representative and transfer to Ranthambore (Approx 15 Kms 30 Mins Drive).

RANTHAMBHORE.
Ranthambhore National Park lies in the Sawai Madhopur district of the North Indian state of Rajasthan. It is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see the majestic predators in the wild. The tigers can be easily spotted even during the day time also . This is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country Park's abandoned fortress, lakes and above all it's `friendly' tigers have made it one of the most filmed wildlife reserves in the world. This is the palce where you can shake your hands with wildlife .. Bakaula, Lakarda, Nal Ghati, Semli, Anantpura and Kachida, popular areas for viewing wildlife in Ranthambore, are individually famous for their once-resident tigers, a few even immortalized in images and words. The lakes, Padam Talao, Paj Bagh and Milak Talao, are a magnet for wildlife and visitors. Leopard and Sloth Bear can also be seen, and jackals lurk by the lakes. Birds are represented by crowds of treepies, babblers, woodpeckers, parakeets, lapwings, partridges and the Indian Peafowl.......).
Arrive and check-in at your Jungle Resort.Dinner and Overnight at Resort in Ranthambore  

Day 5: RANTHAMBHORE           
Early morning proceed for Game Drives inside Ranthambhore National Park. We will enjoy the Jungle Safari in open shared canters.Lunch at hotel.In the afternoon we will again go for second jungle safari by open shared canters .Evening enjoy your DINNER at hotel.Overnight in Ranthambore

Day 6:    RANTHAMBHORE- JAIPUR                
Morning  third jungle safari by open shared canters in Ranthambore National Park. Return to hotel for breakfast.

Post lunch drive to Jaipur (Approx. 180 Kms/ 3 -4 hrs drive). On arraival at Jaipur transfer to hotel for Check In.Overnight in hotel at Jaipur

Day 7:    JAIPUR
Morning after breakfast, excursion of Amer Fort for a guided tour. Enjoy elephant ride at the fort.Amber fort complex stands amidst wooded hills. One of the finest examples of Rajput/Mughal architecture. Built in 16th century it stands as a testament reflecting the glory of the fierce Kachawaha Dynasty that ruled over the region from 12th to the 18th century. The Amber Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture.
 Later in the afternoon we will proceed for sightseeing visiting the some of the best sights of Jaipur. Hawa Mahal which is the best-known landmark of Jaipur; In the heart of the city is situated the City Palace, a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The place is now a museum except for one section where the erstwhile royal family still lives; Jantar Mantar is only one of the five observatories constructed by Jai Singh to whom the city owes its name.
Overnight at Hotel in Jaipur.
Day 8:    JAIPUR-DELHI    
Morning drive to Delhi (Approx. 255 Kms/ 5 ½ hrs drive). On Arrival at Delhi transfer to airport to board the flight for onward journey.

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