Enjoy the vibrant culture and the allure of India’s iconic cities. Head off to the track the elusive tiger in the diverse jungles of Central India, made famous by Rudyard Kipling. Your tiger safari in India won’t get much better than this!
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.
City 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. Enjoy the calm serenity of the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Visit this Sikh Gurudwara and witness the Langar (free kitchen), where everyone is welcomed and fed a vegetarian meal, irrespective of color, cast, creed, age or gender. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Red Fort closed on Mondays)
Highlights Of Delhi (Half Day): Akshardham Temple Visit Enjoy a half day tour of the Akshardham Temple complex, a Hindu mandir (temple), which literally translates as the Abode of God. It is one of the world’s largest Hindu temples, and is intricately and beautifully carved with flowers, deities, dancers and musicians.The Gajendra plinth is a focal point of the temple, with its 148 grandiose life sized elephants. The temple is devoted to the main spiritual leader of modern Hinduism, Swaminarayan, and is home to three exhibits and beautiful gardens. A highlight is the Yagnapurush Kund, India’s largest step well, which plays host to Sahaj Anand – a unique, evening multimedia water show, representing the circle of life according to Hindu mythology. (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Akshardham Temple closed on Mondays)
Jaipur is the eternal rose pink city and gateway to North India’s most colorful state, Rajasthan.
City 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)
Highlights Of Jaipur (Half Day): Heritage Fort Tour Venture on a half day heritage tour of Jaipur, experiencing the amazing Jaigarh and Nahargarh Forts. Both forts stand within the Aravalli Hills that overlook the city, providing marvellous city views. Jaigarh Fort was built in the 18th century by the Maharajah who founded Jaipur as a means to protect the regal complex of Amber Fort and Maota Lake. Built a few years later, Nahargarh, which means “abode of tigers”, is locally believed to have been haunted by the spirit of a Rathore prince called Nahar Singh Bhomia. This slowed down the fort’s construction until a temple was built to pacify the spirit. In the shadows below Nahargarh Fort lies Gatore Ki Chhatriyan, a royal crematorium with its many temples and tombs, all engraved with stunning Rajasthani carvings. (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)
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 Jeep Safari in Ranthambore 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. (Half Day, Shared Activity & Transfer, Travel time to Activity: 30 mins, Duration: 4 hrs, Fitness level: Easy; please wear comfortable walking shoes and light colored clothing. Please note that each jeep will accommodate 6 people in total.)
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.
City Highlights of Agra Romance at sunrise and sunset and have your audience with the white marble Mughal mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, grandly overlooking the Yamuna River, during your full 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. If you wish, discover this fabled city with a ride in a decorated tonga (horse drawn carriage) and enjoy a visit to a local market! (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Taj Mahal closed on Fridays)
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 Jaipur. (Half Day, Private Activity en route to Jaipur; Fitness Level: Easy)
Khajuraho is famous all over the world for its erotic carvings spread over three groups of temples.
City Highlights of Khajuraho Visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of the temples of Khajuraho. These sculptured stone temples are dedicated to Hindu Gods Shiva and Vishnu, and to Jain patriarchs.The eastern temples are dominated by Jainism, most notably Parsvanath temple. All the temples are famous for erotic sculptures, evocative of the Kama Sutra, and their Nagara architecture. In the waning glow of the setting sun, you can enjoy the Sound and Light show. This fascinating evening show lasts one hour and depicts the life and times of the great Chandela Kings. (Full Day, Private Activity, except Sound & Light Show; Private Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Sound & Light show from 1830 hrs to 1930 hrs)
Bandhavgarh National Park allows you to venture into the land of Rudyard Kipling as you go on the trail of the tiger, India’s jungle king.
Jeep Safari in Bandhavgarh (Bandhav VIllas) A wildlife enthusiasts’ delight! Explore Bandhavgarh National Park, where the celebrated Indian tiger is best seen, particularly during your morning and afternoon open jeep safaris. Once a private hunting ground for maharajahs (kings), the area houses more than 22 species of animals and 250 species of birds! Accompanied by your chauffeur and an expert naturalist, explore unspoiled landscapes at the four different zones inside the vast national park. You can also discover the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort and several interesting man made caves. If you wish, take a leisurely ride on the back of an elephant!
Jeep Safari in Bandhavgarh (King’s Lodge) A wildlife enthusiasts’ delight! Explore Bandhavgarh National Park, where the celebrated Indian tiger is best seen, particularly during your morning and afternoon open jeep safaris. Once a private hunting ground for maharajahs (kings), the area houses more than 22 species of animals and 250 species of birds! Accompanied by your chauffeur and an expert naturalist, explore unspoiled landscapes at the four different zones inside the vast national park. You can also discover the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort and several interesting man made caves. If you wish, take a leisurely ride on the back of an elephant!
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay during British colonial rule, has welcomed travelers from around the world for centuries.
City 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).
Half Day Elephanta Caves Visit Venture to the extraordinary Elephanta Caves, a complex of ancient rock-cut cave temples that sit proudly on Elephanta Island, which is an hour’s ferry ride from Mumbai. A UNESCO World Heritage site, these intricately carved caves date back to 600 AD, although there is little history explaining the island. Some locals believe the caves are a natural testament to the Hindu faith. Explore the tranquil and picturesque island, teeming with green foliage and scampering monkey, before visiting the caves. There is much to witness, from the great Trimurti Sadashiva (or Maheshmurti) a cave that depicts the three faces of Shiva, to a hall with 20 pillars, and an enshrined Shivalingam (a phallic symbol of fertility). Kindly note that Elephanta Caves are closed on Mondays. (Duration 4 hours).
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) on the indicated meal plan for 14 nights.
Economy flights for all sectors : Jabalpur – Mumbai
The following train journeys in the highest class available : Agra – Jhansi (Bhopal Shatabdi Express Train – Departure 0810 hrs, Arrival 1045 hrs)
All activities as listed :
Delhi: City Highlights of Delhi
Jaipur: City Highlights of Jaipur
Agra: City Highlights of Agra
Khajuraho: City Highlights of Khajuraho
Bandhavgarh: Safari – Bandhav Vilas
Mumbai: City Highlights of Mumbai
Mumbai: Half day Elephanta Caves Visit
All airport and hotel transfers
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with unlimited mileage and a trusted chauffeur throughout your trip, apart from during your stay at a beach/backwater resort or houseboat if applicable.
All activities described in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Fees and taxes
What our guests say about this trip
We especially liked the way we were able to adapt our trip from Enchanting Travel’s guidelines. Our guides were excellent, with wide interests and discussions on India’s past and present. We were very impressed by the care our Trip Coordinator Anjali gave, such as regular phone calls when she knew we were travelling, and our Trip Consultant, Renuka Salvi, was extremely helpful.
Clare cannot walk far, and Enchanting Travels went to a lot of trouble to find hotels and rooms that she could use. A wheelchair was always available in the car. The food throughout was excellent – we only ate Indian food. All in all, a fantastic experience. If you wish to use a tailored holiday in India, I doubt you can beat Enchanting Travels.