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Taj and Tigers Tour

An out of the ordinary itinerary of 10 days

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Day 1.       Arrival at DELHI
Arrival at Delhi Airport. Meet and transfer by A/C car with english speaking chauffeur to the hotel of your choice in New Delhi for your overnight stay.

Day 2.      DELHI SIGHTSEEING - TIKLI BOTTOM
After breakfast a morning of sightseeing in Old Delhi, visiting the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid Mosque. This will include a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk visiting the Spice, Wedding and Silver Markets.

Then drive through New Delhi passing the Parliament Buildings of Sir Edwin Lutyens and India Gate. Make a short stop at Humayun's Tomb and the Qutub Minar before continuing your drive on to Tikli Bottom.

This is a beautiful house built in 22 acres of rich farmland in the style of Edwin Lutyens, who designed most of the parliament buildings in New Delhi. The house is owned by Martin and Annie Howard who would be your hosts. Your stay there would include all your meals and drinks from your arrival until your departure.

Martin would take you around the valley with pleasure showing you his plantations. Also there are ample possibilities for beautiful walks or a little climb up to the top of the knoll to see the surrounding countryside. The double bedroomed suites are nothing less than fabulous as are the grounds and the swimming pool. Dinner and overnight stay.


Tikli Bottom


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Day 3.      TIKLI - NEEMRANA
Morning at leisure at Tikli where you can look around the farm or have a swim. Lunch at Tikli. In the afternoon leave for the short drive into Rajasthan. Your first stop will be at the 15th Century Fort Palace of Neemrana. This building has been converted into a beautiful hotel, each room and suite having its own style and character. Take a drink up on to one of the many terraces and watch the sun set over the plains of Rajasthan. Neemrana has a beautiful swimming pool, Yoga and ayurvedic massage centre.

Neemrana Fort Palace
Day 4.      NEEMRANA - KESROLI
After breakfast at Neemrana suggest you go to visit the stepwells. They are close by the village of Neemrana and make an interesting outing. The drive takes approximately 10 minutes from the Fort-Palace. Return to Neemrana for lunch.
Continue the short and beautiful drive until you arrive at the 14th century fort of Kesroli for your overnight stay. The Fort is built on a hillock surrounded my mustard fields and the Aravali Hills. It has gardens within the walls where meals are served and drinks are given up on the ramparts, affording beautiful views of the surroundings.


Kesroli Hill Fort


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Day 5.      KESROLI - JAIPUR
Departure in the morning for Jaipur. Suggest you stay at the Mandawa Haveli. This Haveli is over 100 years old and has been recently refurbished as a small hotel. It has beautiful Indian style rooms with modern bathrooms and is located in the centre of the walled city. Excellent food and a a small swimming pool and gardens to boot. Rest of the afternoon at leisure. You could go to visit some of the bazaars in the main city.

Day 6.      JAIPUR
Whole day to sightsee and shop in Jaipur. Suggest you begin the day with an elephant ride to the Amber Fort Palace, which is spectacular. Later you can visit the City Palace in Jaipur city itself, the Hawa Mahal - Palace of the Winds and the Observatory.
Jaipur is famous as a centre for carpet weaving - silk and wool - and also for Jaipur blue pottery, but probably best known for its exquisite gems and jewellery.


The Jal Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Day 7.      JAIPUR - RANTHAMBHORE TIGER RESERVE***
Leave Jaipur after breakfast for the morning drive south east to Ranthambhore. Ranthambhore National Park is probably the best place for wildlife sightings including tiger, leopard and sloth bear. Bound by rivers, the park is characterised by rocky plains, flat hilltops and precipitous cliffs covered by dry forest. It houses a rich flora and fauna, villages and farmland.
Your stay will include visits by jeep into the park and a visit to the Fort. Check in to the hotel, resort or tented camp of your choice for overnight stay.

Day 8.      At RANTHAMBHORE
Whole day at Ranthambhore which will include two jeep safaris into the reserve. Morning forays into the park start early. Tiger sightings at Ranthambhore are probably the highest anywhere in the north of India. Wear suitable clothing and avoid any bright colours including white. Other animals found here are caracal, hyenas, crocodiles, wild boar and 300 species of birds.


Tigers


Day 9.      RANTHAMBHORE - FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRA
Leave after breakfast for the drive north to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, stopping on the way to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital city of Emperor Akbar. Your tour should include a visit to the beautiful Dargah Mosque, the Buland Darwaza, Victory Gate - Akbar's victory over Gujarat and the tomb of Shaikh Salim Chishti. Also the palaces of Akbar's women; Jodh Bal Palace for his Hindu mother, Birbal Bhawan for his favourite courtier and Golden House for his Christian wife. Also make a visit to the Karawan Serai which is a courtyard surrounded by hostels used for visiting merchants, the Panch Mahal, a five storey palace the Treasury (Ankh Micholi) the Diwn-I-Khas (must see!) and the Diwan-I-Am.

Continue the drive on to Agra. A very special hotel in Agra is the AmarVilas. All rooms with balcony face the Taj Mahal itself, only 600 metres away with unbroken views. Amar Vilas has unique architecture, elaborate Mughal gardens with terraced lawns and fountains, pools and pavilions. Rest of the day at leisure.

Taj Mahal - Agra


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Day 10.      AGRA - DELHI
Full day sightseeing of the main monuments in Agra including the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort, with an english speaking guide. Monuments to visit in Agra are the Taj Mahal, the tomb of Mumtaz, wife of the emperor Shah Jehan, the Red Fort and the exquisite Itimad-ud-Daulah, tomb of the wazir of Emperor Jehangir.

Early evening transfer to the Agra Railway Station for the evening express train to Delhi. Dinner will be served on board. The train arrives at approx. 11 pm in Delhi.

Transfer to hotel / airport depending on your plans.
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*** Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve is closed each year from 1st July and re-opens on the 1st October.


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