Golden Triangle: Ranthambhore
Trip Code: AITGTR
Prices are valid until 30 September 2016, excluding the Christmas / New Year period.
Please contact us for a detailed itinerary and current prices.
- Hotels (B&Bs & 3 star): from AU$2,960 per person
Ranthambhore: Ranthambhore Regency
Jaipur: Khandela Haveli
Agra: Mansingh Palace
- Hotels (4 star): from AU$4,345 per person
Delhi: The Royal Plaza
Ranthambhore: Khem Villas
Jaipur: Samode Haveli
Agra: The Gateway Hotel
- Hotels (5 star): please inquire
Delhi: The Imperial
Ranthambhore: Sher Bagh
Jaipur: Rambagh Palace
Agra: Oberoi Amarvilas
- Accommodation based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room with breakfast
- Air-conditioned Toyota Innova with English speaking driver for all transfers, touring and sightseeing as per the itinerary
- English speaking local guides in Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Jaipur
- Entrance fees to monuments in each city
- 2 game drives in shared jeeps in Ranthambhore National Park
- Visits to: Ranthambhore Fort, Soorwal Lake and Dastkar Craft Centre
- Train tickets in best available class
- Assistance on arrival and departure at airports and train stations
- 24 hour support through our local representative offices
- Complimentary mineral water in the vehicles
- All land and vehicle taxes
- Camera fees at sightseeing places
- Activities other than those specifically mentioned as included
- Meals other than those mentioned as included
- Tips, porterage and personal expenses
- Visa Fees
This itinerary adds to the fabulous ‘Golden Triangle’ of cosmopolitan Delhi, Moghul Agra and regal Jaipur by including a stay at Ranthambhore National Park – giving you the opportunity to spot the elusive Bengal tiger.
A feature of this tour is the two contrasting accommodation options offered at Ranthambhore. Khem Villas is an eco lodge set in 10 acres of organic farmland and re-forested land. It comprises rooms in a colonial bungalow, cottages each with their own plunge pools, or luxury tents. Nahargarh is built like a traditional Rajput hunting palace complete with a vast “Char Bagh” or formal Mughal garden. Its rooms are impressively spacious, cool and quiet.
When not pursuing the tiger, you can relax and enjoy a lovely hotel and the quiet pace of life in rural Rajasthan.
Day 1 Delhi
Delhi, India’s capital, is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and has a total population of more than 16 million people. A colourful, busy, teeming, chaotic metropolis, it is packed with museums, art galleries, historic sites, shops and bazaars. It would take a lifetime to discover all that is Delhi. You will be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 Delhi
Spend today sightseeing with a local guide. Of course, it would be impossible to see all that Delhi has to offer in a day. Your tour will give you a broad overview of this exciting city – taking in the major sights from Old Delhi, which is a mix of ancient monuments and modern commerce, to New Delhi with its stately government buildings in wide tree-lined avenues.
Day 3 Ranthambhore
Transfer to the station to board the train to Sawai Madhopur, the nearest station to Ranthambhore National Park. You will be met on arrival and drive to your accommodation.
After lunch, take a walk up to the 10th century cliff top Ranthambore Fort. Explore its splendid ruined interiors comprising a number of palaces, step wells, and a celebrated Ganesha temple (still used today). Enjoy the spectacular views from the ramparts. [Image: Gopalsinghal].
Day 4 Ranthambhore
Enjoy early morning and late afternoon shared jeep safaris today. The park is home to a number of animals and a wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles, in addition to the tiger – which most visitors come to see. Although tiger sightings are not guaranteed – you have a better chance of seeing them here than in other parts of India because here they are famously unfazed by jeep loads of humans with cameras!
Day 5 Ranthambhore
This morning take an excursion to Soorwal Dam (7 kms) for bird watching.
Return to your hotel for breakfast and afterwards pay a visit to the Dastkar Crafts Centre, which trains local women to make patchwork quilting and appliqué and offers exceptional work at reasonable prices. This is a praiseworthy attempt to combat poverty in villages bordering the park.
Day 6 Jaipur
Depart Ranthambhore this morning for the 3-hour drive to Jaipur, the vibrant Rajasthani capital, surrounded by rugged hills topped by formidable forts. The ‘Pink City’, enclosed by embattled walls, contains palaces, gardens and museums as well as bazaars where gems and jewellery, enamel and brassware, blue pottery, embroidered leather footwear, rugs, fabrics and saris are just some of the items to be found.
Day 7 Jaipur
Spend this morning sightseeing with a local guide. Visit the City Palace, and the Maharaja’s astronomy park, complete with oversized and remarkably accurate sun dials. End your tour at Amber Fort, said to have been named for the many inlaid jewels and gemstones in the decorations of its inner sanctum.
Afternoon free for a wander through the old city or a spot of bargaining/shopping in the local bazaar.
Day 8 Agra
Depart Jaipur this morning for the 3 hour drive to Agra, a city with an intriguing and ruthless royal past and home to the finest examples of Mughal architecture in India. Its most sublime and famous monument, the Taj Mahal, was described by famed Bengali writer, Rabindranath Tagore, as “a teardrop on the cheek of time”.
Day 9 Delhi
Visit the Taj Mahal this morning with an expert local guide who will explain all the intricacies, history and myth of this amazing monument.
Afterwards pay a visit to the impressive Agra Fort, which is an architectural wonder itself.
Return to Delhi today – approximately a 6 hour drive – and transfer to the airport for your flight home or to another Indian destination.
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