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We’ve developed a range of dedicated solo holidays & solo travel packages; exclusively for people booking on their own. Around 40% of all our passengers are solo travellers.
Tigers, Taj and Temples
Transport - Minibus, sleeper train, taxi, on foot, 4WD, in country flight.
Accommodation - Hotels (9nts), sleeper train (1nt)
Meals - 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner
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Fly to Delhi
Evening flight to Delhi, arriving mid-morning the following day.
After your flight, you’ll transfer to your hotel in New Delhi. The present metropolis of Delhi is at least the eighth city to have been founded on this site; its predecessors have been largely razed to the ground. Please meet your tour leader in the hotel reception at 13.00. This afternoon you’ll be introduced to India with a guided tour. The network of narrow streets and alleys of Old Delhi serve as a symbolic heart of this magnificent city. You'll visit the city’s largest mosque, Jami Masjid (Friday mosque). Not only is it a place of religious worship, but also a lively meeting place for the city’s Muslims and a fascinating insight into the way of life in the city. You’ll travel by local transport, the rickshaw (own expense), to ply your way through the crowds and down to the impressive Red Fort.
Hotel Jivitesh provides extra space, quality services and hygienic conditions that inspire moments happiness. Rooms are complete with a/c and ensuites as well. (1 night)
Delhi & Udaipur
This morning, you'll start the day with a tour of New Delhi, where the wide boulevards and imposing buildings conjure up images of the British Empire at its zenith. The Lutyen’s designed Rashtrapati (formerly the Viceregal’s Lodge) is particularly impressive, whilst India Gate is one of the city’s most iconic memorials. You’ll also visit Raj Ghat, the site of Mahatma Ghandi’s cremation, now marked by a black marble plinth and memorial gardens. You’ll leave for an early afternoon flight south to Udaipur. Udaipur is sometimes called the ‘Venice of the East’, with its beautiful lakes and grandiose palaces that line the shore, an oasis in the otherwise stark and arid state of Rajasthan. It’s a short transfer fro the city’s small airport to your hotel.
Lake Pichola Hotel - Located on the western banks of Lake Pichola, this hotel is surrounded by fantastic sights and sounds. Currency exchange services are available here and there is a travel desk for more information on the area. Rooms are spacious, comfortable and en suite. (2 nights - B)
You have two whole days to explore Udaipiur and the surrounding countryside. Each morning you’ll take guided tours of the town’s main sights, leaving the afternoons free to explore further afield or simply relax by the tranquil lakeside. Founded in 1568, the City Palace dominates the lake and the old town. You’ll visit the City Palace, now a museum, where the views over the lake and the Jag Niwas ‘floating palace’ are spectacular. In the centre of the old town the ornately carved Jagdish Mandir is a classic example of a Hindu Temple, with some particularly impressive carved figures decorating its walls.
Udaipur is famed for its tie-and-dye fabrics and the fine miniature paintings of the Mewar School. Its bazaars and shops are fascinating to wander around and it’s not unusual to come face to face with an elephant as you explore the narrow lanes and streets. During one of your afternoons here you might chose to take a short cruise on Lake Pichola, stopping off to visit the temple on Jag Mandir Island. Alternatively you can hire a bicycle, or take a taxi out of town to visit the complex of 108 temples at Eklingi, the oldest of which is dedicated to Shiva and dates from the 8th century. At nearby Nagda there are decorative 10th century temples with wonderful carvings and elaborate friezes. In the evenings the sunsets are spectacular, as the changing colours of the sun wash over the Lake Pichola and this most romantic of cities.
In the early evening of day five you’ll transfer to the railway station to catch the overnight sleeper train north to Jaipur. On this journey you will sleep in bunk-style berths. There are 2-4 berths per bay and each carriage has air conditioning.
Nb. We are unable to book more than six berths on the train at any one time. Although we will do our best to ensure that the group is seated together, there may be instances where the group will be split into more than one area. Overnight train – 1 night (Bx2)
This morning you’ll awake in the famous ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. After disembarking you’ll make the short transfer to your hotel for the next two nights. Jaipur, like Delhi, has both an old and a new part to the city, and you’ll spend most time in the old city. The streets are busy with camels and bullock-carts, and above it all monkeys make their home in the old city walls. After time to freshen up after your journey, you’ll take a half-day city tour to see some of Jaipur’s most celebrated sights. You’ll head to the City Palace and the famous Palace of the Winds; here royal maidens once watched the streets below. They were able to see without being seen, due to the fabulous jali (lattice screens) which hid them from prying male eyes. Today snake-charmers and fortune-tellers ply their trade below the same hideaway. Close by is the 18th century Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built by the city’s founder Jai Singh who, having a passion for the science, built five such wonders in major cities all over the north.
Devraj Niwas - 21 air conditionned rooms looking to blend modern features with a more traditional feel. An abundance of tropical plants create mini-courtyards giving a sense of peace and privacy, a calm oasis from the city. (2 nights - B)
Amber Fort Palace
Perched on a hill some 11km from Jaipur, and nestling among the Aravalli Hills, is the historic fort-palace of Amber. You reach the palace along a twisting road that passes Maota Lake before turning uphill, past the elephant stables, to Jai Pol or ‘Victory Gate’. This is the ancient capital of the Kachhawaha Rajputs who gave their loyalty to Moghul overlords. From the spoils of war they gradually built a fabulous complex of royal rooms. Today they remain lavishly decorated with murals, jali-work and scalloped niches that once held candles to reflect the soft light from tiny mirrors, embedded in eggshell plaster. You can thoroughly explore the site and village opposite, perhaps taking an elephant ride (optional).
This afternoon is left free for you to relax or further explore the old town. The bazaars are busy night and day and are an ideal hunting ground for unusual gifts or souvenirs. (B)
Ranthambore National Park
You’ll make an early start after breakfast this morning for the 180km drive to Ranthambore National Park (approx 4-5hrs.) Over the last few days in Rajasthan you’ll have become aware that this is one of India’s most colourful regions and today’s journey is an excellent opportunity to see the rural side of life. Most notable are the elegant women carrying terracotta pots of water from the village wells, dressed in saris in a myriad of colours. They and their families are the proud descendants of the heroic Rajputs who once ruled the state. On arrival Ranthambore you’ll check in to your hotel on the edge of the park.
Ranthambore National Park, covering 411 square kilometres, is one of the premier national parks of India. A wonderful blend of historical ruins and wildlife, it is the habitat of tiger, nilgai, sambar and chital (all types of antelope), sloth bear and caracal (a lynx-like cat), plus crocodile in the lake. During your two night stay here you'll make 3 game drives.
Ranthambore Forest Resort is the ultimate in comfort and hospitality. Spread over five acres, the Resort borders lush green forest, behind which mountains provide a unique backdrop. Rooms include a/c and the hotel comes complete with a pool. (2 nights - Bx2,Lx1,Dx1)
Ranthambore to Agra
This morning, you'll transfer to the train station where you'll catch train to Bharatpur (2hrs35mins). You'll have enough time to pay a visit to a local school before starting your journey to Agra. On route, you'll also visit Fatehpur Sikri, 'The City of Victory'. This UNESCO World Heritage site was the capital of the Mughal empire in the 16th century for only 10 years before becoming largely a ghost town, deserted due to a shortage of water. The complex is famous for its period monuments and includes one of the largest mosques in India.
Straddling the holy Yamuna River, Agra remains one of South Asia’s greatest Moghul cities and is where you'll end your journey today. Alternating with Delhi as the capital of the Moghul Empire, Agra’s past is inextricably linked with the most famous of India’s rulers, and is of course renowned for the most stunning mausoleum in the world - the Taj Mahal. You’ll arrive in Agra by early evening and check in to your hotel.
The Grand Imperial - This hotel offers enough history to keep you engrossed for days. Located in the heart of Agra, you will find the sights of the city within easy reach. There is a swimming pool, spa and activity room and the rooms are spacious and comfortable. (1 night -B)
Agra & the Taj Mahal
No matter how many times you’ve seen it, watching the reflections of light gradually wash over the Taj continues to have a fresh impact. Early this morning, just as the city begins to wake you’ll make the short journey by auto rickshaw to the gates of the Taj Mahal. The Taj was built as a mausoleum for Shah Jahan’s beloved wife, Mumtaz, after she died giving birth to their fourteenth child, and must surely be the world’s greatest monument to love. Architects from as far afield as Europe were commissioned to take part in its creation. At first glance, the Taj appears to be simply white marble, but closer inspection reveals that the surface is inlaid with a profusion of semi-precious stones, which form stylised flowers and bowers. Words fail to do it justice - only a visit can show you its exquisite beauty.
Although Agra is best known for the Taj Mahal, it also boasts a wonderful fort, and this afternoon you will have an opportunity to wander through its pavilions, gardens and passages. Started by Akbar and finally completed four generations later by Aurangzeb, the fort is a fusion of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, and is early evidence of the distinctive Indian style. In the Afternoon make the drive (taking approximately 5 to 6 hours) back to Delhi. En-route, you'll pay a visit to the Wildlife SOS Bear Rescue Facility. As tonight is your last evening in India your Group Leader will no doubt organise a traditional ‘last supper’.
Hotel Jivitesh provides extra space, quality services and hygienic conditions that inspire moments happiness. Rooms are complete with a/c and ensuites as well. (1 night - B)
The trip ends for Land Only clients. Those with our onward flights, the return flight home usually leaves around midday, arriving back by late afternoon the same day. (B)