9-Day Taj Mahal & Ranthambore Tiger Safari
Tour Style: Tailor-made tour
- Observe living environment of Old Delhi as well as historical sites
- Walk up to Amber Fort with Sheesh Mahal included
- Search for tigers in Ranthambore National Park
- Marvel at Taj Mahal, the jewel of Muslim art in India
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- Day 1
Welcome to India! Upon your arrival at the airport in Delhi, our representative will greet you and escort you to the hotel. After hotel check-in, have some free time on your own to adjust to the new time zone.
- Day 2
Breakfast at hotel and head for the Old Delhi! To admire the magnificent Jama Masjid - India's largest mosque and enjoy a rickshaw tour through the bustling Chandni Chowk bazaar. Later pass by the fantastic Red Fort and get back to discover New Delhi.
Visit India's tallest stone tower Qutub Minar and its surrounding ancient Hindu and Muslim complex, followed by Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Next drive along the city landmarks including India Gate, President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings, before ending today's tour at Laxmi Narayan Temple.
Tips: Female tourists are asked to wear robes before entering Jama Masjid. If you don't have any, you can rent one at the temple (50 rupees, at your own expense).
- Day 3
After breakfast head for Jaipur. Stopovers for coffee break or photo opportunities are at your request any time en route. On your arrival, hotel check-in and then have some leisure time.
Note: Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.
- Day 4
After breakfast, visit hillside Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the state; inside you'll also experience the kingly palaces incl. the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors).
Go back to Jaipur later to view the gorgeous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and the City Palace Museum which houses superb collections of Rajasthania costumes and armoury. Next visit Jantar Mantar, the largest stone observatory in world. Drive through the pink rose residential & business areas before going back to the hotel.
Tips: There are a lot of venders selling goods around Amber Fort. If you have no interest in their goods, say no to them and do not show any interest at the very beginning.
- Day 5
Head for Ranthambore this morning, and have some free time after your hotel check-in upon arrival. In the afternoon, start a jungle safari at Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan's first Project Tiger Reserve. You will get close to nature and meet tigers, sambar, chital, wild boar, water birds, etc. Make sure your camera is fully charged. After that, get back to your hotel.
Note: Ranthambhore National Park is closed during the monsoon season (Jul. 1 - Sep. 30).
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel
- Day 6
Today continue your jungle safari at Ranthambore National Park.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel
- Day 7
After breakfast, drive east to Agra. En route, spend some time at the former capital of Mughal Empire Fatehpur Sikri (about 1.5 hrs), one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendor at its height, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Hotel check-in upon your arrival in Agra and then have some leisure time.
- Day 8
Rise early this morning to visit a World Heritage site Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) which frees you from the crowds and heat in daytime. This grand mausoleum of white marbles was built by the Mughal emperor in memory of his beloved wife. Later visit the Agra Fort for a glimpse of the palatial royal pavilions at the red sandstone and royal Mughal lifestyle.
Tips: Strict security check is needed before entering Taj Mahal. Foods, plastic bags, chargers, etc are all prohibited.
- Day 9
Enjoy a free morning, vehicle with driver is at your disposal. You can use the vehicle to explore the city or local markets for shopping. In the afternoon, get back to Delhi for your flight to your next destination.
Reviews about This Tour
I was travelling with another female and we were both nervous about what we were undertaking so it was reassuring knowing that we were being met and escorted when we arrived. The drivers and guides were fabulous – they were knowledgeable, friendly, enthusiastic, always very protective and caring of us and our needs and very easy to get along with. Our main driver was Vajinder and we very quickly developed a good friendship with him, he was always happy and obliging with our requests and he was always fun to be around.
Our trip with My Odyssey Tours was honestly completely faultless. We were amazed at how professional and well run the entire operation is. Monica maintained contact with us throughout the trip to ensure our well-being which we were also very grateful for.
Thanks to My Odyssey Tours, Monica, Vajinder and all of our other drivers and guides we have the most wonderful, happy memories of our India trip and look forward to working again with Monica on our next adventure!
From the very start our experience with Odyssey tours was incredible. Our planner Queenie Yang was amazing and helped us create a custom tour that included everything we wanted to do. Her expertise helped us navigate around monsoon season and her recommendations were spot on. Queenie was so responsive and even when we got to India she continued to check in to make sure everything was going as planned.
Our time in India was one of our best travel experiences we've ever had. Our driver Rajesh was outstanding. He constantly gave us advice on where to eat and what to do as well as entertaining us with facts and stories about India as we drove city to city - he was such a wealth of knowledge and was so nice that we felt at the end of ten days we had made a new friend. Extra props to him as we did not get food sick and we truly believe it was his advice that prevented that.
The local guides that Odyssey arranges at each location were also a highlight. Every guide was local to where we were and you could tell their passion for their city was only matched by their knowledge of it. We thoroughly enjoyed our one on one time with each guide so we could ask any questions we had. From history to day to day life, our guides we happy to answer our questions and always engaged in our conversations.
Every hotel we stayed at was over and above what we expected and the quality of programing throughout our entire tour was exceptional.
We cannot recommend Odyssey tours India enough. They even thought to send flowers and a cake when they heard that it was our honeymoon vacation. We will 100% book with them again and recommend our family and friends to do so as well.
Thank you especially to Queenie and Rajesh for making our time in India so memorable!
The only things we would change is the hotel in Jaipur (Leisure Inn Grand Chanakya)... nothing wrong with the hotel itself but a lot of the staff could not speak English and when we asked questions we felt we were being a nuisance to them because they seemed so uncomfortable talking to us. If I could make a suggestion, perhaps 'The Fern' in Jaipur would be a better option. We liked 'The Fern' in Agra the most in India out of all the hotels we stayed in and saw on their leaflet that they have another hotel in Jaipur and wished we could have stayed there also if we knew how good 'The Fern' would be, their staff and facilities.
Also the Visa on arrival situation for Nepal was annoying as there is a sign above the counter saying they accept card payments but when we got to the counter they said they only accept cash and accept USD or GBP only and would not accept Nepali currency. The only ATM machine available accepted mastercard only which we did not have. Luckily we were able to change the Nepali currency back to GBP and had exactly £40 to pay the Visa fees or else I'm not sure whether we would have been able to be granted access into the country. Please Queenie if you could advise future customers about this so they have enough cash in hand to pay the visa fee and have less hassle then that would be helpful.
But overall there was absolutely nothing wrong with the trip itself. We enjoyed the tour, were well looked after and would recommend My Odyssey Tours to future customers! 5/5 stars for their service and I would not hesitate to book another holiday with them again!
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