On this custom North India tour, experience the rich culture and ancient traditions at historic cities and rural towns in the north. From the bustling Old Delhi to private Taj Mahal tours in Agra, discover India’s Mughal architecture in all its glory. Next, its time to set out on the trail of the elusive tiger in classic Rudyard Kipling territory at Ranthambore! Afterward, explore the contrasts between the heritage city of Jaipur and rural Deogarh on custom excursions with local experts.
In Udaipur, discover the romance of a bygone era as you enjoy a heritage walk in the grand city palace and then soak in the beautiful vistas from a leisurely boat ride on Lake Pichola. Get to know another India in the maximum city of Mumbai as you watch the famed ‘dabbawalla’ food delivery service at work! The final stop on this comprehensive tour is at the UNESCO-listed Ajanta and Ellora caves. Discover these splendid architectural feats to your heart’s content on private excursions with an expert!
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Delhi, the City of Djinns (spirits) is yours to discover! Let us take you on a journey of India’s capital that covers 5,000 years, from its imperial history and two World Heritage sites to today’s electric contemporary vibe.
Highlights of Delhi Whether you want a whirlwind tour or wish to enjoy an in-depth experience of Delhi’s numerous sights, the choice is yours on this full day tour! Discover the Old Town with its bustling markets, including Chandni Chowk, once the grandest Indian market. Head to the imposing Red Fort and onto India’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid, beautifully decorated with paintings, inlaid stones, carvings and glazed tiles. Feast at the colorful, open-air food and craft bazaar of Dilli Haat. Visit Laxminarayan Temple, built in honor of the Hindu goddess of wealth, and its beautiful gardens. Discover the UNESCO World heritage site Humayun’s Tomb, a monumental landmark in Indo-Islamic architecture with its perfect synthesis of Persian architecture and Indian traditions. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Red Fort closed on Mondays)
Discover the magic of white marble at Agra! The city is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.
Highlights of Agra Romance at sunset and have your audience with the white marble Mughal mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, grandly overlooking the Yamuna River, during your Half day tour of Agra. Head to the lesser known Mehtab Bagh for prime viewing of the world’s greatest monument of love. The Taj Mahal is not the only UNESCO World Heritage site to explore in Agra – you can witness the divine red sandstone Agra Fort, also a player in this renowned undying love story. (Activity Type : Private;Ideal For: All;Best Time to Visit: All Year;Total Duration: 5 hours;Timings: 08:00 – 18:00 hours;Closed: Taj Mahal Closed on Friday.)
Visit to Fatehpur Sikri Discover the former Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri that was built and founded in the 1500s by the third Mughal Emperor, Akbar. This was a planned imperial city that would bring leaders of many religions together as Akbar held ideals of a syncretistic faith. Unfortunately just ten years after completion the city was deserted due to drought and water shortages. Now a UNESCO world heritage site, this half day tour is a very popular stop en route from Agra to Ranthambore. (Duration: 1.5 hrs; Private En route Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy; Please note that guests will need to travel from the car parking area to the main entrance – a distance of 1 km – by boarding the Government owned battery operated bus)
Ranthambore National Park is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream! Sprawling over a vast expanse near Sawai Madhopur, the park encompasses the adjoining forests of Kaila Devi and Man Singh Sanctuary.
Shared Safari-Ranthambore ( Morning and Evening) Safari in style! Ranthambore National Park is a hotspot for discovering the celebrated Bengal tiger in its native habitat! Head out into thick foliage on morning and afternoon safaris, which are the best times for the big cats to reveal themselves. Safari routes are selected using a government-run lottery system, so it is the luck of the draw as to which path you take, however all of them provide a fascinating variety of native wildlife and bird life for you to witness. (2 safaris per day, Morning and late afternoon . Shared Activity & Transfer, Travel time to Activity: 30 mins, Duration: each safari 3.5 hrs , Fitness level: Easy; please wear comfortable walking shoes and light colored clothing. Please note that each jeep will accommodate 6 people in total.)
Jaipur is the eternal rose pink city and gateway to North India’s most colorful state, Rajasthan. Surrounded by the arid Aravalli Hills, Jaipur was founded in the early 18th century by Maharajah (King) Jai Singh II, and is steeped in legends and regal grandeur.
Highlights of Jaipur Wander into regality during your full day tour! Explore Amber Fort, a fabulous sandstone fort complex that overlooks the city. Visit Albert Hall, the state museum of Rajasthan with its vast collection of interesting regional Indian artifacts. Observe the aesthetically beautiful honeycombed façade of Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal). Discover the architecturally rich City Palace with its many regal courtyards, temples and pavilions, and Govind Devji Temple, dedicated to Hindu God Krishna, situated in the heart of the old city. Head to the world’s largest stone observatory – the Jantar Mantar. Visit the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, which acts to preserve the traditional Indian technique of hand block textile printing and boasts numerous beautiful examples. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)
Deogarh’s legacy is legendary! The erstwhile feudal estate has seen the rise and fall of some of the greatest warriors among the heroic Mewar Rajputs of Rajasthan.
Vintage Rural Ramble Experience Embark on a rural ramble experience! Accompanied by one of the hotel staff, this enthralling activity takes you on a drive in a vintage 4×4 truck/jeep, or in an escorted army vehicle over undulating dunes, rocky outcrops and through a pastoral setting. Explore the natural environs and observe locals tending their fields. Visit a local shrine to Lord Shiva, a temple ensconced within a cavernous rock. Enjoy panoramic views of black volcanic rocks, followed by a relaxing evening by the lakeside, where birds fly overhead. Find your bliss as you observe the setting sun with some refreshments in hand.
Udaipur is the City of Lakes! Tucked away in the heart of the forested Aravalli Hills, this regally romantic city has always stood out from Rajasthan’s other desert cities with its network of manmade lakes.
Highlights of Ranakpur Journey to Ranakpur on a unique day trip, which can be enjoyed en route. The highlight of this town is the Jain Temple, which dates back to the 15th century and is intricately crafted – and entirely out of white marble. The temple complex is extraordinarily well-preserved, despite its age, and covers a vast area. Take on the role of explorer as you venture through the complex, with its 29 halls, 80 domes and pavilions, and 1,444 imposing pillars, of which no two are alike in design or sculpture. Rankapur is the single most important pilgrimage site for followers of the Jain religion, so expect to find devotees engaged in prayer in this tranquil place. Kindly note that guides are not permitted to accompany you inside the temple complex.
Highlights of Udaipur Journey into the City of Lakes and soak up historic culture. Tour the 16th century City Palace, a flamboyant and towering structure sitting on a hilltop and one of the largest palaces in the state, boasting spectacular views and an intriguing museum. Explore 17th century Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Hindu God Krishna. Discover Saheliyon ki Bari, the ‘Garden of Maids’, which boasts lush lawns, stunning lotus pools, marble pavilions and even elephant-shaped fountains! Head to the crystal gallery to witness the world’s largest private collection of crystal. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)
Set Sail at Lake Pichola Experience the beauty of royal Rajasthan on a boat ride along Lake Pichola, overlooking the magnificent Lake, City Palace, and other historic sites and ghats of Udaipur. Your tour boat will cast off from the ghat or lakeside, which is barely a few minutes from your hotel. Enjoy a spectacular view of this magnificent medieval city on a romantic evening ride along the lake. Get to know the enthralling stories of the Maharanas of Mewar, including heroic tales of Udaipur’s brave kings and queens, on your leisurely ride. (Duration: 1 hr, Time of Day: Evening; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Easy; Maximum group of 10 for each boat. )
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay during British colonial rule, has welcomed travelers from around the world for centuries.
Half Day Highlights of Mumbai Venture to the waterfront and witness the historic Gateway of India, built during the British rule. Drive by the world’s most expensive real estate along Marine Drive, also known as the Queen’s Necklace, as the streetlights resemble a string of pearls at night. Discover the plethora of colonial architecture including the High Court, Mumbai University, Flora Fountain, Asiatic Library, Prince of Wales Museum, Municipal Corporation Building and the fascinating, fully-functioning Victoria Terminus Railway Station. Whilst the building is closed to the public, you can glimpse the Parsi Tower of Silence with its circling vultures. Unwind amidst the topiary of the Hanging Gardens, or in Kamala Nehru Park and Horniman Circle. Learn more about Mahatma Gandhi at Mani Bhavan, a museum and reference library. (Duration 4 hours).
Morning Dabbawalla Tour The famed dabbawallas of Mumbai are people who collect freshly cooked food in lunch boxes from homes and deliver them to offices. The word literally translates as one who carries a box. Around 5,000 dabbawalla’s deliver tiffins to over 160,000 locations daily, using a non-computerized system dependent on teamwork and careful timing, and awarded the ‘Six Sigma’ by Forbes. Start at 0930hrs and reach lower Parel station where you can watch the dabbawalla’s arranging their tiffins and boarding a train to Churchgate Station. Drive to Churchgate where you will see the tiffin sorting area and receive a brief introduction and get an overview of the system, and how tiffins are coded and then distributed. Experience a train ride from Churchgate to Mahalaxmi station and alight at the Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest open-air launderette, where laundry washers work hard throughout the day to wash the city’s laundry. Glimpse the individual wash pens where piles of clothes are soaked in soapy water, before being thrashed on a traditional concrete flogging stone, and hung out in the sunshine on long lines adorning the skyline. (Morning Activity. Duration 2 hours).
Aurangabad was named after the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb, and became the capital of the dynasty in the 18th century.
Ajanta Caves Visit Enjoy a full day tour of Ajanta Caves, located two hours away from the city center of Aurangabad. These marvellous caves are named after the village they reside in, and are a delight if you are interested in culture, religion and/or ancient architecture. Dating back to the 2nd century BC, the caves are considered one of the finest surviving examples of historic Indian art, boasting exquisite paintings and sculptures. The art is heavily influenced by Buddhism, and offers depictions of Buddha and the Jataka tales – a literature that explains the previous lives of Gautama Buddha, both in human and animal form. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate; Closed on Mondays)
Half Day Tour of Ellora Caves Head to the marvel of Ellora Caves. Located about an hour from the city center of Aurangabad, there are 34 caves awaiting your discovery! The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ellora Caves provide a wonderful insight into Indian rock-cut architecture, and dates back to as early as the mid-6th century. Each cave provides its own creative style and is dedicated to various gods and goddesses. What is interesting is that over the centuries, there has been a changing focus of religion, which you can witness for yourself: 12 of the caves embody Buddhist religious art, 17 boast Hindu inscriptions, and 5 are devoted to Jainism. (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Closed on Tuesdays)
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