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  Rajasthan and Tiger- 13 Days / 12 Nights
 

Day 1 – Flight  Your Country / Delhi
Late night arrival. Welcome to India, or as we say ‘atithi devo bhava’ (the guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!
Assistance upon arrival as our Representative welcomes you and escorts you to your car.  Checkin and Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2 - Delhi – Udaipur
Early in morning Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Udaipur. UDAIPUR – The Venice of the East, Udaipur is an enchanting city. From lakes in the midst of sandy terrain to green-forested hills where wildlife still abounds, the surprises are endless. And, in the lakes, or by their edges, are palaces straight out of fairy tales, each more beautiful than the other. Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the LAKE PICHOLA is an enticing sight.
Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR -a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.
On arrival checkin at hotel

Evening we take a boat cruise on the serene and beautiful Lake Pichola. The island palace on the Lake called Jagmandir Palace is quite fascinating.

 
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The banks of the lake provide interesting glimpses of the daily bathing and the laundry that takes place here. Looking across the lake, with the city and its great palace rising up behind the island palace, is a scene of rare beauty.
Overnight will be at Udaipur.

Day 3 - Udaipur
Morning after breakfast Leave for city tour of Udaipur - The city is built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh and has been described as the most romantic spot on the continent of India by Col. James Todd. Visit the City Palace. The majestic white City Palace located in the heart of Udaipur, was originally built by Maharana Udai Singh of the Sisodia Rajput clan and extended to its present form by subsequent Maharanas. Built in granite and marble and surrounded by crenellated fort walls, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan stands on a crest overlooking the Pichola Lake. 
Later Visit, Sahelion Ki Bari (Queen’s resort for their friends)
Overnight at hotel.

Day 4 - Udaipur – Jaipur
Breakfast will be at Hotel. Proceed to Jaipur. Checkin at hotel

JAIPUR – The city blushing pink is the picturesque capital of Rajasthan, more famous as the ‘Pink City’. Jaipur is color washed pink-the color associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. Founded in 1727 A.D. by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur is the first planned city designed in accordance with ‘Shilpa Shastra’ – the epochal treatise of Hindu architecture. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens. The ancient heart of the Pink City still beats in its fairy-tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues that dot the entire city. The only planned city of its time, Jaipur is encircled by a formidable wall.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 5 - Jaipur - Amber - Jaipur
After Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for excursion to Amber Fort in the outskirts of Jaipur.

AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace.  Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I.  Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.
We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant, passing through the ancient main gate where Maharajas of Jaipur have entered four hundred years back. Our guide will elaborate on the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight today’s visitors as they did their former royal residents.

Proceed for sightseeing of the city.
Visit CITY PALACE - In the heart of the old city is former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The carved arches are supported by grey-white marble columns ornate with floral motifs in gold and coloured stones. Two carved elephants in marble guard the entrance. The palace houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armory of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chased handles, some of them inlaid with enamel and embellished with jewels and encased in magnificent scabbards.
      
JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. Its observatory instruments, whose setting and shapes are scientifically designed, represent the high points of medieval Indian astronomy.  This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
HAWA MAHAL (only a photo stop) - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur.  This five storey building along the main street of the old city is in pink splendor with semioctagonal and delicately honey combed sandstone windows. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh. The monument was originally conceived with the aim of enabling ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life and royal processions of the city.
Rest of day free for our personal discovery of the city to see the colourful bazaars. This will be opportunity for you to do some shopping. One can find in Jaipur precious stones, gold jewellery, silver sculptures sandalwood, pottery, embroidery, miniatures on ivory and tissues
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 6 - Jaipur – Ranthambore
After Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Ranthambore. Upon arrival Checkin at hotel and leave for your first safari in the afternoon.
Then continue towards in National park of Ranthambore. This park of a strange beauty and it is spread out over more than 1300 kms and is the old territory of hunting of the maharajas.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 7 - Ranthambore
After a breakfast, departure for safari in the jeep for reserve in morning. You will have surely the occasion to cross one of the 40 tigers present in the park. Excursion in Strong Ranthambore and the temple of Ganesh. At the end of afternoon, their will be one more safari in the jeep. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8 - Ranthambore - Bharatpur - Agra
After breakfast at hotel. Later Leave for Bharatpur. Upon arrival check into hotel
On arrival, checkin at hotel. Proceed to visit the world famous "Keoladeo National Park". It is one of the finest bird sanctuary of the world with over 400 species of water world including Siberian Cranes from Arctic which are rare. Later Leave for Agra. Upon arrival check into hotel

Agra is a medieval city situated on the banks of the river Yamuna. It is generally accepted that Sultan Sikandar Lodi, the Ruler of Delhi Sultanate founded it in the year 1504. The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. Agra is famous as being Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed monument in the world. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 9 - Agra - Mathura -Corbett
Breakfast at hotel. Leave for Sightseeing tour of Agra
Visit TAJ MAHAL [Built by Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal], Taj Mahal is regarded as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, as the Emperor had the heart broken as Mumtaz Mahal with whom he was married for 17 years, died in giving birth to her 14th child in 1629. The construction of the Taj was begun in 1631 and was completed in 1653. Besides perfect symmetry in every aspect of its construction, the inlay work of semi precious stones into marble in pietra dura style is absolutely remarkable
Later Visit Red Fort - Built principally as a military establishment by Akbar in 1565, the red sandstone Agra fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's time. Though the principal structure was built by Akbar, many more additions were made by his grandson. Amar Singh gate towards the south is the only entry point in the fort. The building and structures inside the fort gives an impression of a city within the city. Many of the building inside the fort are now closed for the public. The marble pearl mosque inside the fort is one of the most stunningly beautiful mosques in India
Transfer to the Mathura station to take the night train to Lal kuan. Overnight in Train.

Day 10 – Lal Kuan - Corbett
Arrive Lal kuan in morning and transfer to Corbett. Upon arrival checkin at hotel.
Corbett- The park is the oldest national park on the Indian subcontinent, established in August 1936. It is located in a single place, between the first buttresses of the Himalayas and the Ramganga River. Corbett is famous for the richness and diversity of its wildlife which included over 50 species of mammals and over 580 species of birds. The national park is an important refuge for the tiger, Indian elephant, wild dog, leopard cat, Indian pangolin and hog deer. All of which were once common throughout the terai of Uttar Pradesh but are now rarely seen outside the park. Nearly 73% of the park is covered by dense moist deciduous forest with a predominance of sal trees, accompanied by haldu, pipal, rohini and mango trees. While 10% of the core area is composed of grasslands in the valleys, which offer visitors a better view of Corbett's wildlife.
Enjoy the Jeep safari through dense forest of Corbett. Visit along the Ramganga River and lower forest track. Here we will be able to track Fish eating Gharial and hungry crocodiles with open mouth at River Ramganga. The beautiful kingfishers, Osprey, Lesser Fish Eagle, Hawk Eagle, Rufous bellied Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Hen Harrier, Brown Fish Owl, Grey headed Fishing eagle, and many more species of incredible birds. Return back to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 - Corbett
Early in the morning leave for a safari through the dense jungle. Come back to the hotel for breakfast. Rest at hotel and later leave to for safari in afternoon. Overnight at hotel

Day 12 - Corbett - Delhi
Breakfast at hotel. Early in the morning leave for a safari through the dense jungle. After safari leave for Delhi. Upon arrival checkin at hotel and overnight at hotel

Day 13 - Delhi
Following a leisurely breakfast, we proceed on a guided tour of New Delhi.

DELHI – India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties choose it as their seat of power. It is not surprising then, that what constitutes Delhi today is a conglomerate of seven cities. It is a vibrant modern city with an ancient and eventful history. The city with its multi-faceted culture can aptly said to be a microcosm of the whole nation.

Proceed for tour to Old Delhi. Visiting, Jama Masjid – It is the country's largest mosque, where thousands of Muslims offer prayers. It lies opposite the Red Fort and is surrounded by a large number of shops, which deal in a variety of goods. The great mosque of Old Delhi is both the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan with a courtyard. Thus it is an architectural triumph. Then we will pass over the commercial area of Chandni Chowk’s - The main street of Old Delhi is the colourful shopping bazaar. Chandni Chowk's speciality is the variety of its markets and their Indian-ness. Then have a photostop at Red Fort (From outside) – One of the most spectacular pieces of Mughal Architecture is the Lal Quila or the Red Fort. Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort has walls extending up to 2 kms. In length with the height varying from 18 mts. on the river side to 33 mts. on the city side. The old walled city from Mughal India, the chief attraction is the huge fort that contains within it palaces and impressive public buildings. The highlight of this tour would be a ride on cycle rickshaw. This is a remarkable way to explore and picture the hustle and bustle as well as the colour of the narrow winding streets bursting with people and pavement shops selling wares of all description - including a laughing set of dentures. Take a small tour of Khari Baoli, it is among the markets of spices largest in Asia.
Leave to see Raj Ghat – On the banks of the Yamuna River, a simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948.
Later Continue to visit Rajpath – The Kingsway is another focus of New Delhi. It is immensely broad and is flanked on either side by Ornamental ponds. India Gate – India Gate is a majestic high arch, 42 meters high, built as a memorial to the Indian soldiers killed in the World War I. Beneath it burns an eternal flame. Rashtrapati Bhawan – The official residence of the President of India stands at the opposite end of the Rajpath from India Gate. Qutab Minar – This is a soaring tower of victory which was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. It is nearly 73 meters high and tapers from a 15 meters diameter base to just 2.5 meters at the top. Humayun's Tomb - This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal. On the way visit various government buildings and the Embassy area. Later transfer to the international airport for your onward flight back home with the sweet memories of India

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