13N14D Golden Triangle with Tiger & Ganges

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India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern

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13N/14D Golden Triangle with Tiger & Ganges

Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Agra – Bandhavgarh – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Delhi

DAY 1: ARRIVE DELHI

Arrive at New Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.
India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiralling skyscrapers, the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders of the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor travelling in from the airport are a spacious garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.
Upon arrival at the hotel, proceed for check-in at the hotel.
Stay overnight at hotel.

DAY 2: DELHI

Morning – Proceed for full day sightseeing of Old & New Delhi. Introduction to Delhi starts with a heritage walk to Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad) visiting Red Fort, Jama Mosque, Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat. Following a visit to Raj Ghat, proceed for Lutyen’s Delhi covering a photo stop at India Gate followed by an orientation tour of Raj path, Parliament House and President House.
Late afternoon – Visit Humayun’s Tomb. Humayun’s the second Mughal Emperor of India died in 1556, and his widow Hamida Banu Begam, also known as Haji Begam, commenced the construction of his tomb in 1569, fourteen years after his death. Humayun’s Tomb is the first distinct example of Mughal style, which was inspired by Persian architecture.
Later you will visit Qutab Minar.
QutabMinar is amongst the tallest and the most famous monuments in the world. This beautiful minaret is 234 feet high and is regarded as the tallest individual tower in the world. The QutabMinar is one of the many masterpieces that depicted the sheer brilliance of the Mughal architects. Qutbu’d-Din Aibak laid the foundation of Minar in AD 1199 for the use of the muezzin to give calls for prayer and raised the first storey, to which were added three more storeys by his successor and son-in-law, Shamsu’d-Din Iltutmish (AD 1211-36).
Stay overnight at hotel.

DAY 3: DELHI- JAIPUR (256 KMS/5 HOURS)

Morning, by surface leave for Jaipur
Adorned with pink sandstone palaces, majestic forts and verdant green gardens against a scenic backdrop of the Aravalli hills, Jaipur represents the charm of India’s rich past and the sophistication of a flourishing metropolis. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II founded the city in 1727 when he decided to shift his capital from Amer. A renowned architect, astronomer, and avid scientist, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II built his capital with geometric precision and made Jaipur one of the most well-planned cities in India.
Upon arrival in Jaipur, transfer to hotel.
Afternoon – Proceed for city tour.
City Palace is one of the major landmarks 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. In the Palace complex visit Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum.
Following City Palace, visit Observatory or Jantar Mantar. It is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century. It was built by Maharaja Jai Sigh II in 1724, whose passion for science, engineering, and astronomy prompted him to construct this complex of fourteen scientific instruments. It’s been over 200 years since they were first constructed, these fourteen structures can still accurately measure time; predict eclipses, and track stars and planets in their orbits.
Drive past magnificent Hawa Mahal and walk through the old bazaars of Jaipur, popularly known as Bapu Bazar. Hawa Mahal is perhaps the most well-known architectural landmark of Jaipur. An imposing structure in the city’s signature pink colour, Hawa Mahal is a unique palace as it does not have any rooms or halls. It is a five-storeyed structure embellished with numerous little windows and balconies.
It was designed as a viewing gallery for the women of the royal household, the windows and balconies of this palace feature delicate latticework that is astonishing in detail and level of craftsmanship.

Evening is at leisure.
Overnight stay at your accommodation.

DAY 4: JAIPUR

Morning – Proceed for the sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting Amber Fort, City Palace, Observatory, and Hawa Mahal.
Amber Fort is located in Amer, 11 Km from Jaipur. The fort boasts of an artistic grandeur and structural expertise. It is reminiscent of the bravery and courage of the mighty Rajputs, who had played a remarkable role in the history of medieval India. Man Singh I started the construction of this fort in 1592 and, perhaps, it was the defence that topped his priorities before constructing this fort. The KesarKyari Complex of Maota Lake enhances the entire experience. You will enjoy Elephant Ride to reach the magnificent Amber Fort.
Afternoon Visit gem and carpet weaving factories then haggle for souvenirs in colourful crowded lanes and by-lanes of Jaipur.
Evening is at leisure. Overnight stay at your accommodation.

DAY 5: JAIPUR-RANTHAMBORE (170 KMS/4 HOURS)

Morning, visit Sanganervillage Later proceed for Ranthambore. Upon arrival in Ranthambore, transfer to hotel.

Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is one of India’s biggest and most successful tiger reserves. The setting is spectacular, with the ruins of ancient temples adding a romantic touch to the dense woods, rugged ravines, and lakes that were part of the royal hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur.

Evening is at leisure. Overnight stay at your accommodation.

DAY 6: RANTHAMBORE

Early morning enjoy the Canter Safari in Ranthambore National Park. Also visit The Ranthambore Fort, that 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 Park. The walls of the fort are about 7 kilometres in length and include an area of nearly 4 square kilometres. 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 stone walls which are strengthened by towers and bastions.
Later return to hotel. Afternoon enjoy Canter Safari in Ranthambore National Park.
Evening is at leisure. Overnight stay at your accommodation.

DAY 7: RANTHAMBORE- AGRA (240 KMS/5.5 HOURS)

Morning, by surface leave for Agra. En route visit FatehpurSikri. Built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the mid-16th century, Fatehpur Sikri was meant to be a new capital for his empire. It was also the emperor’s homage to Saint Sheikh Salim Chishti, who predicted the birth of the emperor’s much-desired son and heir. Built in almost uniform style, Sikri is a sprawling complex of palaces, mosques, temples, and other structures. It is a stunning amalgamation of the Persian and Indian styles of building. Later proceed for Agra. Upon arrival in Agra, transfer to hotel.
Famed with one of the Seven Wonders of the World -Taj Mahal, historical monuments, architectural grandeur ventures and the beauty of marbles, Agra thrives as one of the tourist destination in India. The city is known for its superb inlay work on marble by craftsmen supposedly with a lineage dating back to the Mughals. Agra’s handicrafts also include carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. Evening is at leisure.
Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 8: AGRA- UMARIA (OVERNIGHT IN TRAIN)

Morning – Proceed for the sightseeing of Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal is one of the Seven wonders of the world and a must see place in India. It is the living specimen of romantic love life of Shah Jahan and his favourite beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. The construction of this beautiful monument was completed in 1653 AD. The Mughal King Sha Jahan built this as the final resting place for the queen Mumtaz. Later proceed for Agra Fort. Nestled on the west banks of River Yamuna, this crescent shaped fort was commissioned by Akbar, one of the greatest Mughal Emperors, in 1565. Since then, his descendants Jehangir, Shah Jahan and even Aurangzeb have added extensions to the fort. Surrounded by mighty ramparts, the complex has within the fort has several palaces, gardens, halls, and other historical structures.
Afternoon, we transfer to the Agra Cantt railway station in time to board your overnight train for Umaria
Train Name: Kalinga Utakkal Express
Dep Agra: 1523 hrs / Arrival Umaria – Rs 0524 hrs * – arrival next day
Overnight on board train

DAY 9: ARRIVE UMARIA, DRIVE APPROX 38 KMS TO BANDHAVGARH

Meet on arrival at Umaria railway station and transferred to your lodge in Bandhavgarh.
Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the finest National Parks in the India and has the distinction of harbouring the highest concentration of tigers per unit area of forest. It is spread over on area of 448 sq km with a cross area of 105 sq kms. Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968. Since then, many steps have been taken to retain Bandhavgarh National Park as an unspoilt national habitat for a variety of wildlife peculiar to the area. These include gaur (Indian bison), sloth bear, leopard, porcupine, wild boar, sambar and spotted deer, among others and of course the tiger.
In the evening, you will have an exclusive jeep safari in Bandhavgarh. Overnight stay at your accommodation.

DAY 10: BANDHAVGARH

Today morning, you will again have Exclusive jeep safaris in the Bandhavgarh National Park. Return to our lodge after the morning visit.Later visit a local school in a nearby village and also spend time at leisure at our lodge. We will have another opportunity in the afternoon for tiger spotting during our second safari of the day.

DAY 11: BANDHAVGARH-KHAJURAO (240 KMS/5 HOURS)

Morning, by surface travel to Khajuraho. Upon arrival at Khajuraho, check-in at the hotel.
Temple town of Khajuraho is much different from any other temple city of India. It is not about religion and worshipping and deities. The temples of Khajuraho are instead famous for the eroticism etched on its walls in the form of sculptures. An amalgamation of science and art of architecture, these 10th to 11th-century temples have a very interesting legend behind them that connects them to the origin of Chandela dynasty. It is said that in a fit of passion and lust, the Moon God seduced and ravaged a beautiful Brahmin girls known as Hemvati, resulting in the birth of Chandravarman (the founder of the Chandela dynasty). Later, Chandravarman had a dream where his mother requested him to make a temple, which would reveal all aspects of the treasure of passion and erotic fantasy to the world.
In evening experience light and sound show. This fascinating light & sound spectacle evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th Century to the present day – narrated in the voice of Amitabh Bachan – the Bollywood legend. The 50 minutes sound and light show is conducted in the garden of western group of temples. The show runs in Hindi and English every evening.
Overnight stay at your accommodation.

DAY 12: KHAJURAO-VARANASI (BY FLIGHT)

Afternoon transfer to Khajuraho airport to board flight for Varanasi. Enroute visit the Eastern and western group of temples -which presents a very different architectural style from the temple prototype of that period.
Arrive Varanasi, transfer to your accommodation. Overnight stay at your accommodation.

DAY 13: VARANASI

Early morning experience Boat Ride on River Ganga. Later return to Varanasi for a city tour including a visit to Banaras Hindu University and other important temples.
Afternoon – Enjoy an excursion to Sarnath. Sarnath is a major Buddhist centre in the world. After achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya, Buddha, the ‘Awakened One’, delivered his first sermon here. It was the sixth century when he also set in motion the wheel of law, the Dharmachakra. This dwelling place of the rishis, it was also known as ‘Rishipatana’ (the place of the Rishis or sages).
Buddha gave his first sermon in the Deer Park where he initiated his first five disciples into Buddhist monkhood. Buddhism found its roots in Sarnath, the birthplace of this way of life.
Overnight stay at your accommodation.

DAY 14: VARANASI-DELHI (BY FLIGHT)

Varanasi city is also renowned for its silk weavers, who prepare the finest types of woven silk fabrics. Visit silk weavers and cooperatives to have a firsthand experience in silk weaving. In the afternoon fly to Delhi.
Meet on arrival and free time for some last minute shopping. Evening transferred to the international airport to connect your flight back home.

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Package Inclusions

  • Accommodation on bed & breakfast basis
  • All transfers, sightseeing’s & excursions by air-conditioned vehicle (Innova or similar)
  • Meet & greet assistance at the airport.
  • Entrance fees at the monuments as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Service of an English speaking local guide for sightseeing’s tours.
  • Driver’s allowances, toll taxes and Government service taxes.

Package Exclusions

  • Any International & Domestic airfares
  • Visa charges
  • Airport tax
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Any meals other than breakfast, unless otherwise specified.
  • Camera/Video Camera fees at the monuments.
  • Personal expenses like telephone bills, laundry charges, beverages including mineral water or
  • soft drinks etc unless otherwise specified.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, road-blocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • Undue escalation in fuel prices, new taxes levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in the entrance fees.
  • Anything NOT mentioned in “Package Inclusions”.

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Terms & Conditions

  • Check In: 14.00 hrs & Check out: 10.00 hrs.
  • Early check in or late check out will be subject to room availability.
  • All prices are subject to revision due to an extreme fluctuation in exchange rates or international fuel prices.
  • Rates are not applicable during festive periods like Christmas/New Year (15 Dec till 10 Jan).