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Tigers of Ranthambhore

Code:   WT01

Tigers of Ranthambhore

Duration : 08 Nights / 09 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambhore - Bharatpur - Agra - Delhi

Day 01 –  Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi by international flight.
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Check-in time is 12 Noon
Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 02 – Delhi
Full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.
Sprawling on the banks of the river Yamuna,  Delhi,  the capital of India, this city conceals within its bosom the remains of civilization that flourished over the last three thousand years.  Since those legendary days, many dynasties and rulers have left the legacy of their past  that survives in the  many monuments left behind by the regents.

Old Delhi’s landmarks are Red Fort built by Emperor Shahjehaan in 1638 AD, Jama Mosque, the largest in India; also built by Shahjehan, Raj  Ghat and Shanti van - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Chandni Chowk - the main shopping hub of Old Delhi.

In New Delhi, visit Qutab Minar, one of the earliest remains of Imperial Delhi (13th century AD) Humayun’s Tomb-the fine monument believed to be forerunner of Taj Mahal, India Gate, the 42 metre high arch that was raised as a memorial to soldiers, Parliament House, President’s House, Secretariat and other Govt. Building and Connaught Place, the oldest city centre shopping hub built during British Raj era. 

Day 03 : Delhi-Jaipur, 260 km
Morning drive to Jaipur.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Rest of the day free.

Day 04 : Jaipur
Morning visit Amer Fort,
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, set in a picturesque location.  Amer is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture.  Built in the 16th century  by Raja  Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting sections. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol and Temple of Kali  are some of the prominent areas of interest.  Elephants are provided to ascend the fort.
Afternoon city sightseeing tour.
The city was planned and built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer 260 years ago. The City Palace, the home of the erstwhile royal family, the Observatory,  RamNiwas  Gardens, Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and Birla Temple are the most important tourist sites.

Day 05 – Jaipur-Ranthambhore drive, 185 km/4 hours
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon jungle safari.
Ranthambhore National Park is part of Ranthambhore Tiger Project which spreads in an area of 1344 sq km.  Out of which 282 sq km of dense forest, surrounded by the Vindhyas and the Aravalis hills, is assigned to Ranthambhore National park. 

The wildlife species found in this area include chital, sambar, blue bull and chinkara.   Sambar deer is the pride of the park.  There is no other park in Asia, where these largest of all Asiatic deer can be seen so frequently during day-time.  Wild boars and langurs are a common sight.  Among the reptiles, crocodiles can be seen basking in the sun near the lakes.

The Tiger is the biggest attraction of this park.  Ranthambhore is one of the best parks in the country for sighting the most beautiful elusive Tiger.  Other carnivores in the park include leopard, hyena, jackal, fox, caracal, jungle cat, sloth bear and ratel.

Day 06 : Ranthambhore
Morning and afternoon jungle safari
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 – Ranthambhore-Bharatpur drive, 268 km
Drive to Bharatpur and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Bharatpur, also known as Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary.
Afternoon cycle rickshaw ride for bird watching.  During the winter, sight of Siberian crane, cormorant, stork, spoon bill, quail, coot, heron, teal, tern, sambar, chital, blackbuck, wild boar, civet, etc. is very common.  One can also spectacle colourful kingfishers, graceful pelicans, rare Siberian cranes and trans-continental fliers-the migratory water-fowl.  Over 375 species of birds are found in the Keoladeo National Park.  The most spectacular nesting is that of the egrets, storks, herons and cormorants which make over 10,000 nests every year during the winter months from November to February/March. 

Day 08 : Bharatpur-Fatehpur Sikri-Agra, 60 km
Morning drive to Agra visiting en-route Fatehpur Sikri, 10 km from Bharatpur.

The beautiful city was planned and erected by Emperor Akbar in 1569. The story behind the city relates to birth of his Son Salim who was named after a Muslim Saint – Sheikh Salim Chishti.  Emperor Akbar hearing his renown, had visited the Saint, asked of the blessings of a child.  When a son was born, he decided to built a city near the place where the Saint lived.  The city was abandoned after 14 years due to shortage of water and growing population.  The imposing pavilions, Mosque, massive Buland Darwaza (Gate), Panch Mahal and other buildings are worth a visit.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09 – Agra-Delhi, 204 km/4 hours
Morning sightseeing tour of Agra.
Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture.  A UNESCO World Heritage site, this immortal monument, the inimitable poem in white marble is the true expression of love of Emperor Shahjehan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal.  The monument was completed in 1653 AD and thousands of workers and artisans were employed.  It took little over 20 years for its completion.  Agra Fort’s importance can be judged with the great names of Mughal dynasties Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shahjehan and Aurangzeb who lived here. The imposing structure on the banks of the river Yamuna is replete with priceless examples of craftsmanship in the Mughal period. The beautiful pearl Mosque, Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khas, Jehangir palace, Moti Masjid are to name a few that form the part of this great fort.

Afternoon drive to Delhi and transfer to international airport for return flight




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