Splendid India

Tour Type:
Private Escorted Tours
Start:
Delhi
Duration:
13 Days
End:
Mumbai
Departs:
Daily

Starting From

NZ$ 4187
NZ$ -2
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Discover the mysteries and legends surrounding the dramatic and varied settings of the British capital of Delhi. Venture into India’s wild side and spot the tigers amongst the many wild animals in Ranthambore National Park before moving to central part of India to explore hidden gems of the area, the fort in Gwalior, Palaces in Orchha, famous intricately carved temples of Khajuraho, the spectacular Taj Mahal in Agra, Varanasi the cultural hub of India and finish with Mumbai the Bollywood city.  

Itinerary

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DAY 1

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi.

DAY 2

Enjoy a full day city sightseeing tour and visit Qutb Minar, Jama Masjid, and the Gandhi Memorial and travel past the India Gate, Red Fort, Parliament and the President's House.

DAY 3

In time, transfer to Railway Station to board train to Ranthambore. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel & check in at the hotel. Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these animals in their natural jungle habitat. Tigers can be easily spotted even in the daytime. The park's deciduous forests are characteristic examples of the type of jungle found in Central India. Other major wild animals include leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear and chital. The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles, as well as one of the largest banyan trees in India. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Stay overnight at Ranthambore.

DAY 4

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drive in the Ranthambhore National Park; one of the biggest and most renowned National Parks in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of South-eastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. Being considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today the Ranthambhore National Park terrain is major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination. The park is spread over an area of 1,334 sq km and majorly famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations in India to see the majestic predators in its natural habitat amongst many other reptiles, birds and wild animals. Stay overnight at Ranthambore. (Ranthambhore National Park remains closed between 01st July to 30th September every year. Ranthambore will be replaced with Bharatpur during these dates.)

DAY 5

After breakfast we travel to the city of Agra which has a rich historical background, amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. In the mid 16th century and early 17th century, Agra witnessed a frenzy of building activity, including the Taj Mahal. The structures build during this era were purely in the contemporary Mughal style and of very high quality and is still reflecting in the monuments remaining today. Though the heritage of Agra city is linked with the Mughal dynasty, numerous other rulers also contributed to the rich past of this city. Modern Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi (Lodhi dynasty; Delhi Sultanate) in the 16th century. Babar (founder of the Mughal dynasty) also stayed for sometime in Agra and introduced the concept of square Persian-styled gardens here. Rest of the day is spent in exploring the city and visiting local bazaars with an overnight stay in Agra.

DAY 6

After breakfast you start your day with a visit to the symbol of everlasting love and best example of Islamic architecture in India the Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays), built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. One of the wonders of the world, from 1631 A.D it took 22 years in making and an estimate 20,000 people who worked day and night to complete this enchanting mausoleum, on the banks of the river Yamuna. Continue your guided sightseeing tour with a visit to the Agra Fort; built by Emperor Akbar in 1565 and Itimad-Ud-Daulah; also known as Mini Taj which was constructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628. Stay overnight in Agra.

DAY 7

Travel to Orchha and en-route visit 15th century Gwalior Fort. Evening visit Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and explore former capital of the Bundelas. Stay overnight at Orchha.

DAY 8

Travel to Khajuraho, afternoon visit world famous Erotic temples constructed between 950 and 1050 A.D. The temples are a unique gift of love to the world conveying a highly mature civilization. Stay overnight at Khajuraho.

DAY 9

Enjoy relaxed breakfast as the day is free to explore this beautiful village. On time check out and transfer to the airport where you board a flight to Varanasi. Evening free to relax and stay two nights in Varanasi.

DAY 10

Early morning, enjoy boat ride and witness devotees bathing in holy River Ganges, chanting mantras and offering flowers to Goddess. After breakfast take an excursion to Sarnath, evening visit Silk weaving village, enjoy heritage walk through narrow street to reach Ghats and concluded day with experiencing grand prayer ceremony.

DAY 11

After leisurely breakfast transfer to board your flight to city of Bollywood. Evening is free to relax and stay two nights in Mumbai.

DAY 12

Today experience city sightseeing tour of Mumbai visiting Princes of Wales Museum, Gateway of India, Hanging Gardens and Dhobhi Ghat with a walk along the bustling Chowpatty beach.

DAY 13

After breakfast checkout from the hotel and tour finishes with transfer to the airport.

Inclusion


Hotel accommodation with private facilities

Private air-conditioned car with driver

Meals as specified

Private English-speaking tour guide

Entry fee and monument charges

Wildlife safari at Ranthambore

Rickshaw ride in Delhi

Walking tour in Varanasi

Visit a Silk weaving village

Boat ride in Varanasi

Cooking class with home-cooked dinner

Walking tour in Varanasi

Visit a Silk weaving village

Boat ride in Varanasi

Economy airfare Varanasi - Mumbai

Bottled water while travelling

Train ticket in air-conditioned class

Assistance and transfers

All current collectable taxes

Exclusion


Any international or domestic airfares

Train fares other than specified in the what's included section 

Airport taxes, visa & passport fees

Extra baggage charges

Early check in or late check out

Meals other than specified in the what's included section

Tips & gratuities

Travel & medical insurance

Camera & video permits

Expenses incurred due to flight / train cancellation or delay

Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, postage etc

Any optional excursion or tour

Entry charges at monuments/forts etc

Any other expense not mentioned in the what's included section