Tour route: India : Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Agra
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Tips: Ranthambhore National Park is closed during the monsoon season (Jul. 1 - Sep. 30).
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel
Today continue your jungle safari at Ranthambore National Park.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel
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.
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.
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.
No hotel in Delhi.
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
Good accommodation choice will in no doubt enhance your tour experience. Our well-established partnership network with key hotel chains in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka will bring you the benefits of competitive hotel rate and guaranteed room availability.
We pick hotels for you based on:Location: geographically convenience values for your precious holiday time. So properties we use are either in downtown area close to main city attractions and amenities, or convenient for sightseeing or transportation.
Hotel Criteria for Each Tour Class
Note: Bhutan is less developed with fewer hotels criteria for choice, and most of the hotels there aren't as high standard as those in Western society.
Hotel Arrangement for Standard Tour ClassUsually conveniently located and meet the basic requirements of a comfortable stay: decorative lobbies and nice guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants may be average in size but offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In most cases, staffs have basic command of English. Usually 3 star hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class
Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in some cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.
Hotel Arrangement for Superior Tour Class
Usually properties are conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby and offer a better service and hotel facility than that in hotels of Comfortable Tour Class. Usually 4-4.5 star hotels or boutique hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for First Tour Class
Deluxe hotels with high-end service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Usually 5 star hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class
The most luxury hotels are used and only available in some particular cities. These properties have top-notch service and unique location, such as a lake or a historic site, and usually incorporate some of the country’s most exquisite architecture traditions. Usually top 5 star or the best available hotels are adopted.
Normally, India Odyssey Tours put breakfast in your itinerary except for in Bhutan (all meals included). Lunch won’t be included for the sake of tour convenience, while dinner is also excluded as some travelers might want a little culinary adventure themselves. But surely your tour guide/driver is always glad to offer their advice.
It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.
Usually lunch won’t be included considering the fact that sometimes travelers may want to stay somewhere longer/shorter or need other minor changes during daily sightseeing, and it’s better to decide the lunch site then rather than pre-arranging it. For sure our tour guides/drivers will be happy to advice good places to you, and we strongly suggest qualified local restaurant or hotels around the scenic spots for the sake of your health.
Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in the incredible India & South Asia. This is why we offer you this flexibility of food choice, and you can always get advice from your tour guides/drivers.
If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Private Guide & Transfer
You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across South Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.
All tour guides of India Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.
If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across South Asia.
Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.
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