India’s Golden Triangle & Tiger Safari
THE FOLLOWING ITINERARY IS AN EXAMPLE, AS ALL OUR JOURNEYS ARE CUSTOM- MADE
Visit to Humayun’s tomb, the second Mughal Emperor. His tomb has been meticulously restored and is a precursor to the Taj Mahal. The first real monument with Persian architecture, this red sandstone, and white marble edifice is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is stunningly beautiful.
The walled city of Fatehpur Sikri was the vision of the mighty Akbar and served as the capital of the Mughal Empire for 14 years before being suddenly abandoned. Built with Akbar’s trademark red sandstone, the monumental Fatehpur Sikri displays a harmonious blend of Islamic, Hindu and Jain architectural styles reflecting Akbar’s own liberal mindset. Hear legends, secrets, facts and more from your guide and watch the place come alive. Picture the great emperor discussing matters of war and alliance with his ministers in the elaborate Diwan-i-Khas, resting in his private Khwabgah or Chamber of Dreams, or offering prayers at the grand Jami Masjid. The mosque houses the delicate marble tomb of renowned Sufi mystic, Salim Chishti(1478-1572). Inside, the cenotaph of the saint is inlaid with intricate mother-of pearl and surrounded by perforated marble screens. Since the time of its construction, millions of people have come here to pay respects to the mystic, to seek his blessings, and to wish for miracles.
Morning Visit to the Taj Mahal
Visit the Taj Mahal as the first rays of the sun hit it. The white marble changes from a light grey to a rose hue and then finally to a stunning gold! It is really mesmerizing and can be observed in some peace as the crowds are much thinner.
Ranthambore National Park, India
Famous for being one of the original ‘Project Tiger’ reserves and it still affords one of the best opportunities of seeing a tiger in India.
Apart from tigers, Ranthambore boasts a healthy population of spotted chital deer, nilgai, jackal, jungle cats, sambar, chinkara gazelle and wild pigs, as well as the slightly rarer sloth bear.
Visit the ruins of the 10th to 16th century Ranthambore Fort
Morning and afternoon game viewing
Morning and afternoon game viewing
Morning flight to Udaipur and an afternoon tour of this small city
Full day excursion to the exceptional Jain Temples at Ranakpur.
Morning flight to Jaipur
Known as the `Pink City', Jaipur is one of India's most charming and colorful cities. It is where ancient and medieval traditions, cultures and monuments still are very much a part of everyday life. The color, valor and hospitality of the Rajput race is very much evident in this city whether in the hotel, at the City Palace, Amber Fort or in the Market Place.
Multicolored turbans of mustachioed men and the women’s colourful lehengas and odhnis starkly contrast with the city’s sunbaked desert landscape. Our specially designed tour will introduce you to the city’s hilltop forts, fairy-tale palaces, and plush gardens, as well as to its vibrant and colorful markets, fairs, and festivals. Your expert guide will recreate the history, grandeur, and royalty of Jaipur, as you explore the spectacles of the city together.
The City Palace of Jaipur
The private residence of the Jaipur Royal family, where part of the palace is open to public. Next on to the adjacent Observatory known as `Jantar Mantar', built by the late Maharaja of Jaipur's grandfather, who had a passion for astronomy. Then drive by the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five story façade which overlooks the walled city's main thorough fare and is built in quaint pink sand-stone. It is studded with 953 little windows and was used for the ladies of the royal household to sit and watch local people and their activities without being observed.
A trip to Amber Fort and town of Galta
Amber or Amer is the original capital of the Kachchwaha dynasty. Discover this once formidable city with our specialist. Drive up to the fort and a short walk takes you into the massive courtyard. Behind the robust honey-colored ramparts of this fort are some architectural marvels. The Ganesh Pol is an impressive gateway covered with gorgeous motifs and mosaics, and leads to the private royal apartments. The small Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Mirrors has innumerable tiny mirror pieces embedded in its ceiling and walls. All it takes is a single candle to transform this chamber into a glittering night sky. Get inspired with legends, history, and tales of valor that are linked with this fort.
After lunch visit the enchanting temple town of Galta. It is a picturesque pilgrim site at the summit of a small hill. Galta was once believed to be the 'ashram' of Maharishi Galab and today it is the abode of Sun God. Walk over to the east of the temple to visit the two spacious reservoirs, which are perennially fed by an alluring spring of white water falling from Gaumukh or Mouth of the Holy Cow. The upper tank is for humans, while the lower one is for red faced monkeys. The lower tank is dedicated to Hanuman, the sacred Monkey God of the Hindus.
After Galta temple visit to the 475-year old Palace is a splendid example of regal Indo-Saracenic architecture and combines the best of Indian and Mughal styles. It is built against the rock hills outside Jaipur in a walled village where time seems to have stopped a few centuries.
Kanha National Park
Kanha is a renowned and picturesque conservation area that boasts the ideal habitat for both tigers and their prey species.
Explore the sal and bamboo forests of Kanha on twice-daily game drives accompanied by a trained naturalist, who will point out and explain details about the fascinating animals and plants of the jungle.