8 day tour
- See the sunrise at the Taj Mahal in Agra
- Go for a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park
- Visit the Rajasthani capital of Jaipur
This India highlights tour shows you the most important highlights of India in one week. From the capital of Delhi you will travel to Agra where you’ll visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. The view of this impressive monument is something that will stay with you forever. In Ranthambore National Park you will go on safari, trying to spot the majestic Bengal Tiger. You’ll end your one-week India highlights trip in the Rajasthani capital of Jaipur where we will take you to impressive sights, such as the Maharaja’s City Palace and the Amber Fort.
8 day tour of India:
Route: Delhi – Agra – Taj Mahal – Ranthambore National Park – Jaipur – Delhi
Day 01 – Start of your India Highlights tour – Arrival in Delhi
Your India Highlights tour starts in Delhi. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel in Delhi.
Day 02 – Delhi sightseeing
Today we will organise a full day of sightseeing to show you the most beautiful places of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi, you’ll visit the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque of India with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. Enjoy a rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk, winding through the labyrinthine lanes, glimpsing tiny shops crammed with spices and trinkets. Drive past the 17th-century Red Fort which symbolizes the sovereignty of India. Finally stop at Raj Ghat, the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi. In New Delhi you’ll visit Qutab Minar, a soaring 73m-high tower of victory built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. India Gate, the 42m-high, free-standing arch, designed by Lutyens and built in 1931, is dedicated to 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in World War I. You’ll also visit the interesting Bangla Sahib Sikh temple which feeds thousands of people every day through its huge community kitchen.
You can also choose to do an optional cycle tour of Old Delhi in the early morning. The tour takes you through the nooks & corners of the walled city as it slowly wakes up. Ride your bicycle through bazaars and narrow lanes, bypass temples and places of worship, see the old colonial buildings and the city come to life. Your tour ends with a traditional Indian breakfast at a local restaurant.
Day 03 – Delhi to Agra
In the morning, you’ll drive to Agra, which takes about 4 hours. In the afternoon, we will take you to Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Built in the 11th century, an era marked by invasions and battles, this red stone-fortified castle was the site of the India Rebellion of 1857. In the evening, you can visit Sheroes Hangout Café. Sheroes is run by women who have suffered an acid attack. They have created a beautiful café and exhibit space where works crafted by Sheroes is on display. This has helped them take back dignity in their lives.
Day 04 – Visit Taj Mahal – Agra to Ranthambore National Park
In the early morning around sunrise, you will visit the Taj Mahal. On the death of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built her this memorial. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this wealth of white marble and precious stone. (Please note that the Taj remains closed on Fridays). In the afternoon, we will take you to Bharatpur railway station to board the train for Sawai Madhopur (Jan Shatabdi Express departure 15.50; arrival 18.02 hrs). On arrival, it is a short transfer of just 15 minutes to your wildife resort.
Day 05 – Safari Ranthambore National Park
Today you’ll get to experience both an early morning and late afternoon safari in Ranthambore National Park. Ranthambhore National Park used to be the hunting grounds for the Maharajahs of Jaipur and is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country. The majestic predators are assured of protection and roam freely during the daytime. With a bit of luck, they can be seen at close quarters. Ranthambore sanctuary has a large number of other fauna, like sambhar, chital, nilgai, chinkara, langur and wild boar. You can make an optional visit to the Dastkar NGO, a rural development and income-generation programme in the villages around the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve with a special focus on women. The NGO focusses on reviving crafts to bring back the lost arts and crafts of the region. Besides economic empowerment, the NGO helps women with legal aid, health, family planning, gender, group building, management and accounting.
Day 06 – Ranthambore National Park to Jaipur
Today you’ll drive in about 4 hours to Jaipur. In the afternoon, we will take you to some beautiful sights. You will visit Maharaja’s City Palace, the former royal residence, which has partly been converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the royal family of Jaipur. One of the major attractions is the Armoury Museum, housing an impressive array of weaponry from pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks and rifles to swords and daggers. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. The observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. You can also take an optional rickshaw cycle ride through the crowded bazaars of Old Jaipur town.
Day 07 – Jaipur
In the morning we’ll take you to Amber fort, a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the fort not only look beautiful from the outside, the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes and festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. En route to Amber Fort, you can enjoy a photo stop at Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds.
In the late afternoon and evening, you can attend a cooking demonstration and dinner with an Indian family (optional). This will give you an opportunity to interact with family members, followed by a cooking demonstration and dinner. The ladies in the family will share some of the best kept secrets of traditional Rajasthani cuisine with you, like Laal Maans & Bati Choorma. End the evening relishing the home cooked dinner with the family.
Day 08 – End of your India Highlights trip – transfer to Delhi airport
Your India Highlights trip comes to an end today. You will have a transfer to Delhi airport (5.30 hours drive) to board your return flight back home.