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 meter. On the river side to 33 meter. 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.
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 colour 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.
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.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3 – Ranthambore
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.
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.
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 4 – 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 5 – Ranthambore / Agra
Breakfast will be at Hotel. Proceed to Agra on the way visit Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri - An emperor builds a magnificent city as an act of gratitude to a penniless saint, makes it the capital of his empire and then for inexplicable reason abandons it.
Fatehpur Sikri is a city that an emperor forgot. After just fourteen years of life, the palaces of Akbar great city of victory fell silent. Its echoing corridors still seen to wait for the king to return. The hill top city lies 37 kms from Agra. This deserted city has two distinct complexes. The first comprises the royal enclosure of the palace, the harem and official buildings and the second is the dargarh of a saint, with a mosque and lofty gateways. To wander among the red sandstone courtyard of Fatehpur Sikri is to travel back in the time when Mughal emperor Akbar rode through the gateway after a triumphant campaign, to be welcomed by his delighted subjects and the royal courts. It reflects the many faceted character of the man who inspired it. The ruthless empire builder who enjoyed all the trapping of power and as liberal enlightened man who took a passionate instant in every aspect of life, be it religion, literature or the painting of miniatures.
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 6 – Agra / Khajuraho
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
Khajuraho, the temple city of central India, is famous throughout the world for its exquisitely carved temples in stones. It is the best place to envisage this immortal saga of Hindu art and culture engraved in stone by shilpies (stone craftsmen) millennia ago. 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-11th century temples have a very interesting legend behind them that connects them to the origin of Chandela dynasty. Khajuraho is a small village but a thousand years ago it was a large city of the Chandelas, medieval Rajput kings who ruled over Central India.
Later Proceed for the sight seeing tour of Khajuraho, the village of Khajuraho has been divided into three directional areas in which are located the major groups of temples Eastern, Western and southern Temples
Western Group Temples entirely Hindu, and constitute some of the finest examples of Chandela art at its peak. This group is the largest of all the temple groups of Khajuraho. The Kandhariya Mahadev dedicated to Lord Shiva, followed by a granite temple - Chaunsath Yogini and is the largest from all. While The Chitragupta Temple is dedicated to the Sun God and the Vishwanath Temple, sports a three-headed image of Brahma – the Creator of the Universe, The Lakshmana Temple is superbly decorated, while the Devi Jagdambi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Other temples in the Western Group include the Varaha Temple with a nine-feet high boar-incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Matangeshwara Temple with an eight-feet high lingam, and the Brahma Temple.
Southern Group has two impressive Khajuraho temples, mainly belonging to the 12th century – the Chaturbhuja Temple, with a massive, carved image of Vishnu, and the Duladeo Temple, one of the last temples of the Chandela era, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Symbolizing a medieval legacy, the Khajuraho temples of India are a perfect fusion of architectural and sculptural excellence, representing one of the finest examples of India
Eastern Group Temples comprises of three historic Jain temples – the Adinath Temple lavishly embellished with sculpted figures, including that of Yakshis while the Parsvanath Temple, the largest Jain temple, sculpted with charming detail and is famous for its beautiful sculptures depicting celestial beauties in several postures, While the Ghantai Temple is a Jain Temple, famous for its ornamental depiction of 16 dreams of Mahavira's mother and a Jain goddess on a winged Garuda
The three Hindu temples of the Eastern group are the Brahma temple is famous for its four-faced image of Brahma housed in the sanctum of the temple, while The Vamana Temple is adorned on its outer walls with carvings of apsaras (celestial beauties) in a variety of sensuous poses and The Javari Temple is worth visiting for its richly carved doorway and exterior sculptors.
Return to hotel and Overnight at Hotel
Day 7 – Khajuraho / Bandhavgarh
After the breakfast, Leave for Bandhavgarh, through the lovely countryside to Bandhavgarh National Park.
Bandhavgarh National Park is situated in the Vindhya range of hills which offers a good variety of cover from Bamboo forest to open grassland and a wide range of animals including sambar, barking deer, chinkara, chowsingha, gaur (the largest of the world's wild oxen), wild boar and leopard. Bandhavgarh also holds a good population of tiger and is particularly noted for daylight sightings
Arrival in the afternoon. First safari in the Jeep as on your arrival. Overnight at Lodge
Day 8 – Bandhavgarh
After a breakfast, Depart for morning safari in the jeep to the reserve. You will have surely the occasion to cross one of the 50 tigers present in the park, where can be one of the leopards. Later in end of afternoon, enjoy a jeep safari. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 9 – Bandhavgarh
After a breakfast, Depart for morning safari in the jeep to the reserve. Later in end of afternoon, enjoy a jeep safari. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 10 – Kanha
After breakfast at the hotel, depart in direction to Kanha,
Kanha, 175 kms southeast of Jabalpur, is one of India’s largest national park and Asia's finest park. Acclaimed as one of the finest national parks in Asia - Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh is a sanctuary boasting of abundant and varied wildlife in its most natural setting. Kanha attained the status of a National Park in 1955, and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger. Kanha National Park covers an area of 1945 sq kms including a core zone of 940 sq kms. The setting of Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’, it is a beautiful area of forest and lightly wooded grassland with many streams and rivers. It is the home of a variety of animals including tiger, bison, gaur, sambar, chital, more pictures.... barasingha, barking deer, black deer, black buck, chousingha, nilgai, mouse deer, sloth bear, jackal fox, porcupine, hyena, jungle cat, python, pea fowl, hare, monkey, mongoose, tiger, and leopard and other animals besides some 200 species of birds. It is also part of ‘Project Tiger,’ one of India’s most important and successful conservation efforts. It is an ideally situated in the sylvan surroundings of Satpura Hill ranges, Kanha National Park has a core area of 940 sq. km. Tropical semi-evergreen forests of this tract is quite rich in wild fauna which provide plentiful food for carnivore as well as herbivore. Gaur are also common at Kanha, they inhabit the dense under growth at higher elevation.
Upon arrival check in at hotel and Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11– Kanha
After a breakfast, Depart for morning safari in the jeep to the reserve and late in end of afternoon, enjoy a jeep safari. Overnight at lodge.
Day 12 – Kanha / Nagpur / Mumbai
After a breakfast, Depart for morning safari in the jeep to the reserve. Depart for Nagpur. Upon arrival Transfer to the airport to take your flight to Mumbai.
Upon arrival checkin and overnight at hotel
Day 13 – Mumbai / Guwahati / Kaziranga
Breakfast at hotel. Later transfer to the airport for your flight to Guwahati. Upon arrival in Guwahati continue towards Kaziranga.
Kaziranga - It is the oldest park in Assam covers an area of 430 Sq kms along the river Brahmaputra on the North and the Karbi Anglong hills on the South. The National Highway 37 passes through the park area and tea estates, hemmed by table-top tea bushes. One can even see the rhinos and wild elephants straying near the highway. Kaziranga National Park a world heritage site is famous for the Great Indian one horned rhinoceros, the landscape of Kaziranga is of sheer forest, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, marshes & shallow pools. It has been declared as National Park in 1974. Kaziranga National Park is one of the last areas in eastern India undisturbed by a human presence. It is inhabited by the world's largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as many mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers and bears, and thousands of birds.
Checkin and Overnight at Hotel.
Day 14 – Kaziranga
After a breakfast, Depart for morning safari. You will have surely will be able to trace Indian Elephants, Indian Bison, Swamp Deer or Barasingha, Hog Deer, Sloth Bears, Tigers, Leopard Cats, Jungle Cats, Otters, Hog Badgers, Capped Langurs, Hoolock Gibbons, Wild Boar, Jackal, Wild Buffalo, Pythons, Monitor Lizards, etc besides one horned rhinoceros. Later in afternoon Leave to visit tribal village to see the silkworm rearing. The people rear silkworms to weave silk material and gives fascinating insight into the land and the people apart from the taming wildlife. Return back to hotel and overnight at hotel
Day 15 – Kaziranga
Early in morning one can leave for an elephant-back-ride. One could see wild Elephant herds roaming around or Indian Rhinos browse past visitors unconcernedly. Since Kaziranga wildlife Sanctuary is easily accessible, its provides a chance to see animals in the wild at such close quarters, thus making a trip to this National Park a very rewarding experience. In Later afternoon Leave to visit the Tea plantation and the factory. Overnight at hotel
Day 16 – Kaziranga
Morning Nature Trek around the Panbari Forest Reserve to look for the rare Hollock Gibbon or search for the hornbills before returning for breakfast. Afternoon visit the tribal villages or the tea gardens. Overnight at the resort
Day 17 – Kaziranga / Guwahati / Delhi / Your Country
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Guwahati airport for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival Transfer to the international airport for your onward flight back home with the sweet memories of India.
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