Mughal Highlights

Outer walls of the Taj Mahal
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Karauli Fort
Ranthambore Fort
Taj Mahal
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On this cultural trip around India's Golden Triangle, we experience the bustle of Delhi, marvel at the beauty of Agra's infamous Taj Mahal and explore the regal architecture of Jaipur. Along the way, we enjoy a rickshaw ride through the famous ornithologist's paradise of Keoladeo National Park, witness Rajasthani village life in rural Karauli and search for Bengal tigers in Ranthambore National Park.

Highlights
Delhi - Ride a rickshaw through the winding streets of Old Delhi
Agra - Watch the sun rise over the beautiful Taj Mahal
Karauli - Visit the imposing royal palace; Sleep like a Maharajah in heritage accommodation
Ranthambore - Search for the elusive tiger on two included game drives
Jaipur - Explore the famous 'Pink City' with its rich architecture and bustling bazaar
Destinations
  • New Delhi
  • Jaipur
  • Taj Mahal
  • Jama Masjid
  • Agra
  • Old Delhi
  • Jantar Mantar
  • India
  • Delhi
  • Ranthambore
  • Asia
Tour Types
  • Active
  • Small Group
  • Cultural
  • Scenic
  • Wildlife
  • Adventure
Day 1: Join tour in Delhi. Explore New Delhi's wide boulevards
After checking in to our hotel and meeting the rest of the group, a local guide will accompany us on a tour of New Delhi.

The Indian capital has long been a phoenix rising again and again out of its own ruins. New Delhi was the creation of the British Raj of the 1930s. On our tour, we will view the Lok Sabha (Parliament), India Gate, and the Rajpath buildings. We will also explore the Qutub Minar and Humayun's Tomb, set in peaceful gardens away from the often chaotic Delhi traffic.

Day 2: Explore Old Delhi's narrow lanes. Drive to Agra
Compared to New Delhi, the Old City is much closer to the image conjured up by Rudyard Kipling. This morning, a local guide will show us around Old Delhi by metro and on foot, culminating with a jamboree of deafening barter at Chandni Chowk Bazaar. A short cycle rickshaw ride then takes us to the Jama Masjid mosque.

There will be an opportunity for some free time in Old Delhi before our afternoon drive to Agra, which will take about four hours. Our conveniently-located hotel in Agra will be our base for the next two nights.

Day 3: Watch the sun rise over the magnificent Taj Mahal
This morning's early start is rewarded with the spectacular sight of the sun rising over the Taj Mahal during our visit. Over 300 years have elapsed since the construction of what is arguably the world's most perfect and poetic building, yet its beauty and symmetry seem unscarred by age. Created by Shah Jahan as a funerary monument to his favourite wife, Mumtaz, it took 22 years to build and cost a fortune. The Great Moghul lies beside his beloved under the white marble dome. After our visit, we will continue to Agra Fort. Built by Akbar the Great, it contains the incomparable Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque).

The rest of the day has been left free to explore Agra at your own pace. You may choose to visit the Baby Taj on the east bank of the river or re-visit the Taj Mahal.

Day 4: Spot birds in Keoladeo National Park. Drive to Karauli
This morning, we continue our journey west and soon reach the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. Founded in 1569 and abandoned scarcely 16 years later, it is a perfectly intact example of Akbar's imperial court. Among the many noteworthy buildings is the five-storied Panch Mahal, probably a pleasure pavilion for the ladies of the harem. In the centre of the courtyard is the Pachisi Board, where the emperor played a game like chess, with dancing slave girls as pieces. Perhaps the finest structure of all though is the lotus-shaped carved central pillar of the Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience).

Later in the morning we reach the Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur. Formerly a royal duck-shooting reserve and now a World Heritage Site and ornithologist's paradise, the park is best visited at dawn or dusk. We will explore its 12 square miles of lakes and marshlands by cycle rickshaw. Offering a safe habitat for large numbers of breeding waterbirds and migrants, over 300 species have been sighted. We hope to see herons, storks, geese and maybe even the huge and rare Siberian crane.

After leaving the park we continue to Karauli, via Mahuwa and Hindaun. Our drive will take approximately four hours, but is broken up with plenty of stops in local villages en route.

Day 5: Join the daily arti ceremony at Karauli's Royal Palace
Founded in 1348, Karauli is a holy town which has been strongly fortified by its rulers throughout history and is famous for the pale red sandstone wall which surrounds it. Legend has it that the ruling family were descendants of Lord Krishna, one of the most loved gods of Hindu mythology. Our family-run heritage hotel is an accommodation highlight here, encouraging us to feel like we have stepped back in time to the days of the Raj.

We hope to be able to ride on camel-drawn carts from our hotel to the 600-year-old palace which forms the imposing highlight of this town. Used as a residence by the royal family until 1950, the palace has now been abandoned by them. These days it is mostly occupied by monkeys and geese. It is said that geese have been here since the days when they were used as a warning system against any intruders. After visiting the palace, we may also be able to explore other points of interest in the town, such as the Madan Mohanji Temple.

Day 6: Take a game drive in Ranthambore National Park
After a relaxing start this morning, our drive to Ranthambore will take about two hours. On arrival, we check in to our accommodation before setting off for an afternoon game drive, where we have an opportunity to view tigers in the wild.

Ranthambore National Park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957, although it was still used as a hunting reserve until the early 1970s. It became part of the Project Tiger scheme in 1974 and, today, is home to over 40 of the remarkable beasts. We hope to see tigers roaming among the woodlands and cooling off in the lakes. We may even be lucky enough to see them hunt.

Aside from its more famous residents, the park is also home to sloth bear, langur, striped hyenas, marsh crocodiles, pythons and Ganga soft-shelled turtles. There is also the chance to spot a myriad of bird species, including crested hawk eagle, crested serpent eagle, jacana, parakeet and white-breasted kingfishers. Aside from its rich wildlife, the park’s beauty is also noteworthy. Once part of the magnificent jungles of Central India, it comprises of rivers, lakes and forests that nestle among a surrounding girdle of steep cliffs and rocky outcrops.

Day 7: Search for tigers at dawn before driving to Jaipur
This morning, an early start affords us more chances to spot tigers on our second game drive in Ranthambore. The tigers are usually most active early in the morning, before the heat of the day forces them to take shelter.

Later this morning, we make our way to beautiful Jaipur. Our drive will take about three to four hours, broken up with stops in local villages. Sometimes called the Pink City, Jaipur was first painted terracotta pink by Maharajah Sawai Ram Singh to celebrate the visit of Prince Albert in 1853. On arrival, we’ll take a sightseeing tour to include a visit to the lavish and well-preserved City Palace. Here, we will find a fine collection of textiles, costumes and armoury. Later this afternoon, we will visit the extraordinary Jantar Mantar – a star-gazing observatory built by Jai Singh, the great Maharajah-astronomer. We will also explore the Old City, with its fine gates set into the pink walls.

Day 8: Visit Jaipur's Palace of the Wind's and Amber Fort
Today we will visit the Palace of the Winds, a five-storied facade built around 1760, which features on many an India postcard. Afterwards, we will drive to the Amber Fort. This impressive hilltop fortress possesses what must be the world’s finest Chamber of Mirrors and affords glorious views of the surrounding plains.

This afternoon has been left free to explore more of Jaipur in your own time. You may choose to visit one of the famous bazaars which are bursting with delights, from marble statues to antique textiles; traditional print blocks to local musical instruments.

Day 9: Tour ends in Jaipur
Our tour ends this morning after breakfast.

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