SIRAS TO RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
JAMDOLI TO SIRAS
AGRA TO NEW DELHI
JAIPUR TO JAMDOLI VIA SAMODE OR RAMGARH PALACE
NEW DELHI TO JAIPUR
India Walks New Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Bharatpur, Agra
Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival, you will be met and escorted to your beautiful hotel. Sleep in luxury, and wake to the city spread beneath your windows, ready to explore.
Delhi, the capital and the third largest city of India, is a fusion of ancient and the modern. Standing along the West end of the Gangetic Plain, the capital city paints a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, and gardens.
Day 2 Delhi
You can prepare for Delhi, but not predict precisely what you will see, hear, or experience, and that is part of the joy of it. In this, the world’s third-largest country, the past and present constantly rub elbows, so today you will begin by going back in time to discover the ancient, in Old Delhi. Your three-mile walk will bring you up-close to the sights and sounds of the city. Visit the grand monuments, beginning with the Red Fort and Palace, then marvel at Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, dominated by three graceful domes. As the morning quickens, Chandni Chowk, a covered street and colorful market, comes alive with bustling trade, including handicrafts, silver jewelry and lightweight clothing. By walking the same paths that the locals do, you’ll be genuinely immersed in the Old Delhi lifestyle.
Other highlights include Humayun's Tomb, which was built by the wife of Mughal Emperor Humayun, Haji Begum in the mid-16th century. This red sandstone structure is considered to be the predecessor of Taj Mahal. The structure is one of the best examples of Mughal architecture. Humayun's wife is also buried in the tomb, which is built of red and white sandstone and black and yellow marble.
Later we'll visit to the Gandhi Memorial Museum, located in New Delhi, showcasing the life and principles of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation.
As you navigate the city in your private air-conditioned motorcoach, you will drive along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House.
Day 3 Drive Delhi to Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur, the pink city. Jaipur is located in the state of Rajasthan, created from 22 feudal kingdoms, following the 1947 Partition and is the state’s capital city.
On the way to Jaipur, evidence of lucrative trade routes over the Thar Desert are seen in the remains of luxurious palaces, temples and forts built by successive rulers, including Hindu Rajputs and Muslim Mughals. A feudal legacy lives on here, in ornate pleated veils, voluminous turbans, tinkling bells and mirrored saris – all symbols of an exotic past. A great destination to do shopping with outstanding values in textiles, jewelry, metals and precious stones. On arrival check in at the hotel.
This afternoon, you’ll explore Jaipur’s most famous landmark, Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds in the Old City. This five-story fantasy, with 593 screened windows and balconies, allowed women in strict purdah to watch life on the street unseen.
On your easy, three-mile walk, you’ll also visit the City Palace, as splendid as it ever was, with its famous Peacock Gate, then the stunning Chandra Mahal, theCity Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar, an observatory filled with amazing and ancient astronomical instruments.
Day 4 Jaipur
If you’re looking for adventure, there is only one way to travel to the city of Amber by elephant, of course. For the 8 km journey, you’ll be high atop a caparisoned elephant, adorned with finery. Amber’s spectacular fortress crowns a rocky hill and embraces a complex of palaces and temples inlaid with marble and mirrored mosaics. Beyond the fort, in the village, are … you guessed it! more palaces and ruins and opportunities for excellent shopping.
Later enjoy 2 hours Hiking / walking (7 Kms - Includes 6 Kms trekking and 1 Km hiking) to Jai Garh Fort and Nahargarh Fort.
Jaigarh Fort: A battle fort with cannon foundary, an interesting museum, intricate water harvesting system and possibly the largest cannon in the world... the Jaiwan!
Nahargarh Fort: Nahargarh or the tiger fort overlooks the city of Jaipur with fantastic views, a beautiful palace complex and a uniquely designed stepwell.
Later learn about the Rajasthan’s tradition art of block printing during your stay. The process of doing block printing flourished since the 12th century when the art received a royal patronage from the kings of the era. It is done on cotton fabrics by using natural colours.
This evening walk through the local markets. You will pass by many vendors preparing the local Indian street food that is a smashing hit amongst the locals. Visit vegetables and fruit markets as well as the meat and fish markets which lie untouched by modern departmentalism. A visit through the spice market will teach you not only about the different spices commonly used such as haldi (turmeric) and jeera (cumin), but also how the spices are ground and kept.
Day 5 Drive Jaipur – Jamdoli via Samode or Ramgarh
Departing through the outlying settlements of Jaipur. The route twists through small farming settlements, where endless entertainment to the villagers who are intrigued at the notion.
Later explore the village by foot and Jeep. Tour of the village gives you the opportunity to fell the aura of rural life and age old culture and tradition that the Indian families have been following for centuries.
Late this evening drive to Jamdoli.
Day 6 Jamdoli Village
Day 7 Drive Jamdoli – Siras
This morning drive to Siras, another beautiful small village to explore the rural countryside. An exclusive day long program specially designed for you to be immersed in several activities and build lasting relationships through cultural exchange.
Take a jeep safari through the arid desert brush to a rural village where you will learn about the lives of the villagers and interact with the people around. Experience rural life in India, working alongside local organic farmers. Learn how to tie a turban! Enjoy a traditional sit down lunch at the village house.
Get ready for an hour trek to the Siras Village. Enjoy a cup of tea with a local family in the village. Hands-on experience for the art of pottery making.
Ride a camel through the Farm Land and hike to see the sunset over the valley. Join Tribal dancers in the evening at the campsite.
Stay in a tented accommodation looking at the stars!
Day 8 Siras – Ranthambore National Park
Today morning we drive to Ranthambore, the hunting place of Royal Family of Jaipur and one of finest tiger reserve of India. Although it is small, these 410 square kilometers boast some of the best wildlife sightings India has to offer. In addition to tiger, we may see leopard, sambar, deer, blue bull, hyena, sloth bear, wild boar and some of the 300+ species of birds that nest here.
This afternoon, take Jungle Safari in an open Jeep, accompanied by an expert naturalist to explore The Ranthambhore wildlife Sanctuary, one of the best places in India to see a tiger in its natural habitat. In the dry season tigers can be seen near the watering holes and are clearly visible in the dry forest. You will love the valley at first sight. Leopards avoid the thick inner forest owing to the domination of tigers. You could have a great time going Jeep Safari and viewing various wild animals including dear, wild boar and sloth bear.
Later hike to the majestic Ranthambhore Fort, situated in the heart of Tiger Reserve, the fort serves as an excellent vantage point to observe vast expanse of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.
Day 9 Drive Ranthambore – Bharatpur – Keoladeo National Park – Agra
Early morning optional Jeep Safari into the Ranthambore National Park.
Late this morning drive to Bharatpur to explore Keoladeo National Park, a small but important bird sanctuary. Originally a duck-shooting preserve, the wetland is now a world-renowned birding destination.
We’ll walk or take cycle along the narrow road to the open wetlands at the end. Common, pied and white-fronted kingfishers are plentiful. Painted storks nest and roost in the trees, while white-breasted waterhens and purple swamphen walk across the mats of water hyacinths. Woolly-necked and black-necked storks patrol the shallow water meadows. Many raptors may be found here, including imperial and steppe eagles, and long-billed and redheaded vultures are also resident. We will keep a lookout for wild boar, as well as spotted mongoose, sambar and nilgai. Rock pythons may also be seen sunning themselves on rock piles.
Leave the city behind as you drive this morning through India’s heartland to Agra, once the capital of the Mughal Empire.
Agra, famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. While its significance as a political center ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jehan, its architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map. A pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendants of those who worked under the Mughals.
Day 10 Agra
Rise early to experience the stunning sunrise of Shah Jehan’s monument to love - the Taj Mahal. It was built by the Mughal emperor as the final resting place for his favorite Queen, Mumtaz. This perfectly symmetrical monument took 22 years (1630-1652 A.D) of hard labor and 20,000 workers, masons and jewellers to build. It was designed by the Persian architect, Ustad Isa. The verses of Holy Quran are inscribed on it and at the top of the gate’s 22 small domes, signifying the number of years the monument took to built. The elegant dome of the Taj has a diameter of 60 feet, and directly under the dome is the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. Fantastic inlay work, using semi-precious stones, decorates the exterior and interior.
Later visit the Agra Fort. The great Mughal Emperor Akbar commissioned the construction of the Agra Fort in 1565 A.D., although additions were made until the time of his grandson, Shah Jehan. The forbidding exteriors of this fort hide an inner paradise. The fort is crescent shaped, flattened on the east with a long, nearly straight wall facing the river. It has a total perimeter of 2.4 kilometres, and is ringed by double castellated ramparts of red sandstone punctuated at regular intervals by bastions. A 9-metre wide and 10-metre deep moat surrounds the outer wall.
Later do an easy nature walk. The Taj nature walk is a green belt area, having variety of thorny and broad-leaved tree species dotted with high grasslands. These high grass lands mounds provide a unique platform to enjoy the beauty of Taj Mahal from different directions. The Taj has variation in its hue, colour and radiance with respect to time and season. Along with six grass mounds, there is nine km long nature trail providing visuals of Taj Mahal from different settings.
In the evening enjoy the grand live performance “Mohabbat-e-Taj”, based on the love story of Taj Mahal.
Day 11 Drive Agra – Delhi Departure
Early morning you will drive from Agra to Delhi