India - A Photographer's Paradise
Duration: 12 Nights/13 Days
Places to Visit: Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Bharatpur - Agra - Umaria - Bandhavgarh - Delhi
Day 1: Arrival at Delhi
Arrival at the Delhi airport by an International flight. Meeting with our representative at the airport and they will assist the guests on arrival at the Delhi Airport and take you to the hotel where you will be checked in.
Delhi - the capital of India, is a fascinating city with complexities and contradictions, beauty and dynamism, where the past co-exists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Delhi- the commercial hub has many tourist attractions to offer. Visit vibrant shopping complex of Connaught Place, Delhi Haat for handicraft goods and delicious food bonanza. Pay a visit to Red Fort and Qutub Minar to view the excellence of Mughal architecture.
Or just drop in at Janpath- for buying a variety of cheap and best items. If you are looking for spiritual peace, visit Lotus temple, which is also famous for its marvelous architecture and heavenly beauty. Take a stroll at Rajpath. Or pay a visit to India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan for viewing monuments made during British era.
An overnight halt at Delhi also takes in to the kind of nightlife Delihites enjoy.
Day 2: Delhi
The day 2 begins with the tour of the city. The places of interest are Qutab Minar, Red Fort, Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid and the like. The banks of the Yamuna River laid out The Red Fort, with a circumference of over 2.2 kilometers, in the 17th century. The Mughal emperor Shajahan built it with the ambition of concentrating the Mughal power in one monument. Monument is perhaps not the right word. A mini-city is more like it.
It is situated in the old Delhi. A rickshaw ride would be an experience to savor, through the back streets of Old Delhi to get a first hand experience of the hustle and bustle of this traditional city. This ride through the small by-lanes will be most fascinating.
The Bahai temple represents the Bahai faith which is broad in its outlook, scientific in the influence it exerts on the hearts and minds of men. It signifies the purity and the universality of the lord and equality of all religions. Visited by over four million people, annually, this gleaming lotus- like marble structure is located on Bahapur Hills (South Delhi) and it is the seventh and most recent Bahai houses of worship in the world. The temple is a must visit for every tourist who comes to Delhi.
Lastly after discovering all the historical places in the periphery of old Delhi. We start moving towards the tallest tower of, Qutab minar. The highest stone tower in India, the Qutub Minar was built by Qutbuddin Aibak, the viceroy of Mohammed Ghori in 1192. It was built to celebrate Ghori's victory over the Rajputs. The tower and the victory are very significant, because both heralded the birth of a new dynasty - Slave Dynasty. And it laid the foundations of the Delhi Sultanate. And the rest, as one would put it after witnessing this monumental tower, was history.
While driving back to the hotel you are also taken past the Rashtrapathi Bhawan, the residence of the President of India, the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings.
The second day also we spend the night.
Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur
We start the 3rd day with the drive to the pink city of Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan. 275kms drive which takes about 5 hours. Jaipur is the hub of all architectural buildings built by kings in the old days. During your visit to this wonderful city we will make sure that you don't miss out anything worth seeing. Jaipur is a romantic destination where you can enjoy a honeymoon tour in Rajasthan India. See beautiful palaces and grand forts where Rajput queens and warriors resided in days gone by. Feel like royalty from yesteryears on honeymoon tours of Jaipur. See the cultural attractions, heritage monuments and shop for clothes, jewelry, handicraft items and ethnic crafts in the markets of Jaipur on our Jaipur honeymoon tours.
Overnight halt at Jaipur.
Day 4: Jaipur
All your wishes come true as we move towards completing our excursions in the city of Jaipur. Excursion to Amber Fort with Elephant rides up to the Fort. Drive past the Hawa Mahal, known popularly as the Palace of Winds, is a facade built for the Ladies of the Royal household in the 19th century. The Amber Fort, the capital of the erstwhile State of Jaipur until 1728 is perched on a hill. It has halls of Public and Private audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvelous examples of ancient Rajput architecture. The Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess), the patron deity of the Royal family is at the entrance to the palace. Ride an elephant to ascend the hill on which the Fort is situated.
After the first half of the day, we plan the visit for the city tour visiting the City Palace - the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal styles which houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armory of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords of different shapes and sizes with ornate handles. It has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Also visit the Jantar Mantar - an astrological and astronomical observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century, which is remarkable for its accuracy even in the present times. The night brings an end to our stay at Jaipur, as we get ready for the next day where we move towards the national park of Ranthambore.
Day 5: Jaipur - Ranthambhore
180kms drive which takes about 4 hours.
Ranthambore situated in the same state of Rajasthan. On arrival at Ranthambore the guests are checked in at the Hotel.
Ranthambore is one of the many famous destinations of the western state of India, Rajasthan. Generally a visit to Ranthambore means a visit to the tiger reserve here. However, the place has much more to offer you in sightseeing and excursions.
Ranthambore used to be the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Later it was declared as a game sanctuary in 1955. In 1980, it was declared as a national park and listed among the reserves protected under Project Tiger. Ranthambore is also considered to be the best place in the world to photograph the tiger in its natural habitat. In Ranthambore you can indulge in any of the adventurous activities that the park offers. A Jeep Safari, a cultural and traditional experience of the Meena tribes. Trip to Ranthambhore Fort, drive to Ranthambhore School of Art are some activities to enrich your experiences in Ranthambhore.
Day 6: Ranthambore
The sunshine welcomes the guests into the forests of Ranthambore national park that is home to some of the best species of creatures in the Indian sub-continent. Tiger, Leopard, Caracal, Wild Dogs, Sloth Bears, Jackals, Hyenas, and about 260 species of birds are found in Ranthambhore National Park.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is at the lodge. Overnight in Ranthambore.
Day 7: Ranthambore - Bharatpur - Agra
A wake up call early in the morning, and the guests proceed for a game drive before leaving Ranthambore and moving towards Bharatpur. The railway station is close by and the guests are taken there to board the train for Bharatpur by the Golden temple mail (1300/ 1535 hrs). The guests are assisted on arrival at Bharatpur railway station and then taken to the Agra hotel, en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri (15kms).
Fatehpur Sikri - This exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone, with its forts, palaces and mosques was abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons. The Diwan-i-am - a vast courtyard in which the emperor gave daily public audience; Diwan-i-khas - a large quadrangle which contained all the major functions of the Palace, Pachisi court, the Emperors private living quarter, Jodha Bhai's Palace, Mariam's Palace, Birbal's Palace, Hawa Mahal and Panch Mahal are some of the important buildings of this residential complex. The Friday Mosque and the exquisite tomb of Sheik Salim Chisti are in the religious grounds set aside in a separate enclosure adjacent to the secular buildings.
Agra, with its laid -back lifestyle and its immense wealth of architecture, handicrafts and jewelry, is amongst the most remarkable city of the world. In terms of ambience it is still associated with its Mughal period led by Babur, who arrived in 1526. Agra grew in prominence as almost all of India came under the rule of Mughal empire but Agra reached its zenith under the rule of Akbar,Shah Jehan and Jehangir.It was under the rule of Akbar that Agra become a leading center of art, science, commerce and culture.
Day 8: Agra - Umaria
The land of the Taj mahal welcomes the visitors, which is the single most famous tourist destination of India. Situated on the west bank of River Yamuna, Agra is a part of the great Northern Indian plains and has a tropical climate. The city has hot and humid temperatures that sometimes touch a high of 45 degree Celsius. Winters are cold and foggy but pleasant enough to warrant a visit from the tourists coming from all around the world.
In the morning a tour into the city is taken up to visit the Agra fort, built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir's Palace, Khas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor, died a prisoner.
The most awaited for any visitor to Agra is to go and discover the world wonder of Taj Mahal.The marble monument that is a marveling beauty and one of its kinds in the entire world built by emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved Mumtaz. A monument of love. A symbol of eternal love. Taj Mahal, one of the most fabulous monuments in the world, history and time.
Thronged by visitors year round, Taj Mahal is 200 km from Delhi.The monument is a perfect piece of architecture. It took 22 years, 41 million rupees, 50 kilos of gold and around 20,000 workers to complete this marvel of marble.
Situated by the river Yamuna, Taj Mahal sits on a high redsandstone terrace, topped by marble terrace. Four minarets flank it. The jewel in-laid cenotaph of the empress lies within the dome.
In the afternoon the esteemed guests are accompanied to the railway station to board the Kalinga Express and reach Umaria, which will be an overnight journey.
Day 09: Arrive Umaria - Bandhavgarh
At 6.30 in the morning the train arrives at Umaria where the guests are received at the station and are taken to check into the hotel room of Tiger Den resort at Bandhavgarh. (32 kms/ 30 mts).
Bandhavgarh being a vast forest having a large number of tigers makes it possible for any tourist to spot the tiger quiet easily even in the dense greenery of the grasslands.
Set amidst the Vindhyanchal ranges and the eastern flank of Satpura hill range Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the best places to see and enjoy wildlife in India. The Reserve is named after the highest hill Bandhavgarh (807 m.) in the center of the Reserve. A chain of smaller hills, 32 in all, surrounds this hill, forming a number of valleys
and spurs in between. This park was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa. The terrain is broken, with rocky hill ranges, running roughly east west, interspersed with grassy swamps and forested valleys. The rivers Johilla and Son flowing on the eastern side, the river Umrar passing through the western fringes and the Bandhavgarh hill, visible from as far as 30 km., are some of the landmarks of the Reserve.
On arriving at the resort the guests can take some time out for themselves in the midst of Mother Nature and her creations that are a fascination to many. The resort provides all the facilities that one would look forward to. The lunch is served at the lodge.
Post lunch the guests are taken into the jungles in the jeep and accompanying them will be a professional who has good knowledge on the whereabouts about the jungle and will help the guests to understand facts better. Overnight at Bandhavgarh.
Day 10: Bandhavgarh
Yet another wonderful day at the Bandhavgarh national park. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. The guests move into the jungle for the jeep safaris or on Elephant backs. The Forest Department has devised an ingenuous system of tracking the tiger at this Park. Every day, early in the morning, elephants and their "Mahuts" (drivers) are sent out into the jungle, in search of the Tiger. Once it has been sighted, a radio message is flashed to the Forest Ranger, who in turn informs the visitors in their jeeps, who are then taken on elephant-back, into the bush, to see the elusive Tiger. Overnight in Bandhavgarh Moreover on returning back to the resort there are also facilities in the hotel for any kind of recreation for the guests.
Day 11: Bandhavgarh Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge. Morning and afternoon visit the sanctuary on Jeep/ elephant backs.
Evening entertainment is something that is specially organized for the folks at the resort by the resort officials. There are folk dances, bar-be-ques etc.
Day 12: Bandhavgarh
Day 12 is the last day at Bandhavgarh national park. So in the morning the guests indulge in safari rides into the forest and in the night they board a train back to New Delhi, which leaves Umaria at 2015hrs to reach New Delhi at 1330hrs next day. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.
Day 13:Leave Delhi
Arrive ar 1330hrs, check into the hotel at Delhi. Afternoon at leisure for independent activities, In the evening a farewell dinner is hosted for the entire guests and after which they are taken back to the airport to board their flight back to their respective homes.
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