India is justly proud of her rich wildlife, and our 17-day journey provides a glimpse of the abundant variety of fauna to be found in northern India, with visits to the world-famous Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, and the Ranthambhor reserve in Rajasthan, as well as including the major historical sites in the region.
Day 1 : ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport this evening. You will be met at the airport by PCTI representative who give you a warm welcome with fresh flower garlands, he assist you in boarding your vehicle and transfer to your hotel by airconditioned Car. Your room is availabe for immediate occupancy. Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi
Day 2 : DELHI TOUR
Morning after leisurely breakfast we leave for a sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. We visit Jama Masjid, this immense mosque is both the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees, Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January, 1948. Two museums dedicated to Gandhi are located near by. Later we drive past Red Fort citadel. In New Delhi we visit the 11th century QutabMinar Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty, who took possession of Delhi in 1206. It is a red sandstone tower, standing tall at a height of 72.5 metres and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Qur'an. Visit the Humayun’s Tomb,a UNESCO World Heritage Site an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, considered to be the precursor of the Taj Mahal. The India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war and drive past the grand government buildings the President’s House and Parliament House all dating back to the time of British Raj. Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi
Day 3 : DELHI / AGRA
Morning we drive leisurely to the home town of Taj Mahal– Agra, takes us through the beautiful countryside. Afternoon we leave to explore the monumental heritage of the Great Mughals, includingthe magnificent Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays), a UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. It's a wealth of white marble and semi-precious stone – « undoubtedly the highlight of the tour ». We also visit the imposing Agra Fort,a UNESCO World Heritage Site this powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques. Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra.
Day 4 : AGRA /FATEHPUR SIKRI/BHARATPUR
Today we drive towards Bharatpurfamous for Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is a home to an astonishing range of flora and fauna. Enroute we stop to visit FatehpurSikri- a UNESCO World Heritage Site which has been described as “the world’s most perfectly preserved ghost town”. Built by Akbar in the late 16th century, it was abandoned after only 14 years, and the elegant buildings of this superb walled city remain intact to this day. Overnight stay at the hotel in Bharatpur.
Day 5 :BHARATPUR / RANTHAMBHORE
Morning have a completely rewarding experience of seeing an overwhelming range of birds during the rickshaw ride into the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Afternoon our drive takes us to Ranthambhore - former hunting preserve of the Maharajas, famous for the wildlife sanctuary, which is said to have the India’s friendliest Tigers and considered to be the best place in the world to photograph the tiger in its natural habitat, a wonderful place for bird watching too. Overnight stay at the jungle resort in Ranthambhore.
Day 6 :RANTHAMBHORE TOUR
On morning and late afternoon game excursions in the park, we are likely to see Nilgai (blue bull), barking deer and sloth bear and perhaps the very elusive Royal Bengal tiger. Park visit Timings 7:00am - 10:00am & 2:30pm - 5:30pm. Overnight stay at the jungle resort in Ranthambhore.
Day 7 :RANTHAMBHORE / JAIPUR
A leisurely drive takes us to the royal city of Jaipur, also known as ‘The Pink City' due to the predominant colour of its buildings. Throbbing, vibrant capital city of the colourful state of Rajasthan where the regal ambience of yesteryear is still felt throughout the city's numerous carved arches and once-bejewelled fortress walls. Afternoon we have the option to relax in our hotel or go for a city ride to capture some of the most fascinating pictures in this colourful capital city of Rajasthan. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur.
Day 8 :JAIPUR
Morning breakfast followed by a sight-seeing tour of the city visiting the dramatic hilltop fortress at Amber – ascend the imposing fort on a decorated painted elephant. We wander among glittering inlays and the Hall of Mirrors. On the way back we stop to view the elegant Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds this elaborate building, now little more than a façade, is encrusted with delicate screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneak views of the outside world. Post lunch we tour the Maharajah’s City Palace, now partly a museum display a unique fusion of Mughal and Hindu architecture, and house a rare collection of paintings, Rajput armoury and costumesiH. Albert Hall, Situated in the middle of the garden as a centre attraction was the exquisitely built structure of Albert Hall, which was designed by sir Swinton Jacob, a British architect who designed many palaces in Rajasthan. Combining the elements of English and north Indian architecture known as the pride of the New Jaipur opened in 1887 AD, it is a very well maintained and impressive building displaying a rich collection of Art- de- fact like paintings, carpet, ivory, stone and metal sculptures and colourful crystal works etc. Later we explore the city on our own and indulge in shopping for gemstones, silver jewellery, Paintings, blue pottery and hand printed textiles that Jaipur is renowned for. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur.
Day 9 :JAIPUR / DELHI
Late morning we travel back to Delhi, on arrival we check in to our Hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax after journey or go for last minute shoping. Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.
Day 10 : FLY DELHI / GOA
Morning transfer to the airport to Board flight to Goa, met on arrival at Goa airport and transfer to the beach resort. We are booked here for 07 nights.
Day 11-16 :STAY IN GOA
Stay at Goa till Day 16.
Day 17 :FLY GOA /MUMBAI & DEPART
This evening, we fly to Mumbai, we leave for farewell dinner in a popular Mumbai restaurant and later transfer to International airport for homebound flight.