(Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra)
An entrancing mix of temples, tigers, and the Taj Mahal! Shop your way through busy markets, indulge in exotic curries, and tour some of India's most important sites with your expert private guide.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
PLEASE NOTE: Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is closed from July 1 - September 30 due to the monsoon season.
Relax and enjoy an airport transfer in a private vehicle, with driver, and English-speaking assistant.
Spend the day on a privately guided full day tour of Old & New Delhi which boasts spectacular monuments and holy sites.
The city of New Delhi was designed in the typically British colonial style, with tree-lined avenues and colonial bungalows. Whilst on this tour you will see the Laxminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu temple, and Gate of India which is a 42 m high War Memorial Arch. On route you will drive past the Parliament House, the Secretariat buildings and the Vice Regal Palace, which is now the official residence of the President of India. Visit the Red Fort which was the palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's new capital, Shahjahanabad, when he moved his capital from Agra to bring prestige to his reign. Its wall is 1.5 miles long, and varies in height from 60-110 ft. At 72.5 meters, the Qutab Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Surrounding the building are many fine examples of Indian artwork dating back to 1193. Humayun's tomb is a complex of buildings of Mughal architecture dating to the Slave Dynasty (1268-1287 AD). The complex is a World Heritage Site and the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. This style of mausoleum is similar to the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Jaipur. (258 Kms/5.5 Hrs)
From its creation in 1727, the royal families and nobles of Jaipur patronized the craftsmen and artisans of the city. These traditions continue to this day and as a result modern day Jaipur is considered by many as the craft capital of India. Traditional methods are still used to produce many valuable and highly prized items. Using skills passed down through generations, artisans and master craftsmen can be seen in the areas of Ghat Darwaza and Vishveshwar ji.
On this fascinating evening walk mingle and talk with the locals whilst sampling some of the region's culinary delights; try pakoras, aloo tiki, samosa and ladoo from some of the city’s most popular street food vendors. Observe local artisans in their workshops; jewelers and silversmiths, gold painters and tie dying experts. The iconic Hawa Mahal also called the Palace of the Winds is the meeting point at which this two and a half hour walk begins.
Spend the day today in the company of a knowledgeable English speaking guide as you tour the Amber Fort and City Palace of Jaipur, the iconic Observatory and the Hawa Mahal.
The magnificent Amber Fort was established in 1592, and remained the citadel of the Kachhawaha rulers right until they moved their capital to Jaipur in 1727. Maharaja Man Singh I created this imposing monument on the remains of an ancient 11th century fort. Since the first half of the 18th century, the City Palace has been the abode to the rulers of Jaipur. The sprawling expanse of the breathtaking palace is a superb harmony of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Part of the palace has been converted into a museum, open to the public, while a section - Chandra Mahal - still remains the home of today’s maharaja.The Observatory of Jaipur is inscribed on the World Heritage List as "an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period". Within it, the Jantar Mantar is a collection of massive astronomical instruments, built of local stone and marble. Each instrument carries an astronomical scale marked on the marble inner lining, and bronze tablets were also employed.
Built in 1799, the whimsical Hawa Mahal - Palace of Winds - which adjoins the Palace has become quite the city icon, with its ornate facade in pale pink, tiered baroque like build, projecting ‘jharokha’ windows and balconies with perforated screens. These were designed so that the mysterious veiled ladies of the harem could look down upon the colourful and bustling bazaars below, remaining hidden themselves. Overlooking busy streets, it offers great views of the city. We feel the Amber Fort is best reached by car, but an optional elephant ride is available should you prefer (cost not included).
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Ranthambore.
You'll join others to Rajasthan's first Project Tiger reserve, spread over 392 sq. km, and named after the 1,000 year old fort which stands in the park. Game viewing for tigers is often successful, and the park is also home to sambhar, cheetah, wild boar, leopard, sloth bear, jackal, and hyena among others.
The 13th century Ranthambore Fort is in the midst of the jungle, and features the palaces of Toran Dwar, Mahadeo Chhatri, Sameton KiHaveli, 32-pillard Chhatri, Mosque & the Ganesh Temple.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri. Total travel time approximately 6 hrs.
Be amazed on a private guided tour of Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful monuments built by the Mughals, the Muslim rulers of India. Taj Mahal is built entirely of white marble. Its stunning architectural beauty is beyond adequate description, particularly at dawn and sunset. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his dear wife and Queen, Mumtaz Mahal.
You'll also get to visit Agra Fort, built of red sandstone and marble. This great monument of red sandstone dominating a bend in the river Yamuna, 2km northwest of Taj Mahal was constructed by the Mughals during 1565-1571.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Delhi. (205 Kms/5 hrs)
The Claridges, New Delhi is a seamless blend of old-world charm and modern day amenities. The flagship property of The Claridges Hotels and Resorts, located in Lutyen’s Delhi offers its guests close proximity to the business districts and entertainment hubs of the city. The Claridges is situated near the New Delhi Train Station, domestic airport and the international airport. Gracious Indian hospitality enwrapped in traditional values graces discerning travelers from around the world at The Claridges, New Delhi. Dine in elegance at any of the onsite restaurants, serving a variety of delicious dishes. The bar provides the ideal setting for you to relax with a refreshing cocktail. Leisure facilities include a health club, swimming pool, tennis court and shopping arcade.
The Shahpura House is built in traditional Rajput style featuring a mixture of Mughal and Indian architecture creating a facade with domes and frescoes. The Shahpura House is a fine example of Shekhawati design. The family portraits add to the charm of this family hotel where tradition still runs strong. Like many historic houses, Shahpura House is a curious mixture of the old and the new. The hotel was once the place for the Shekhawat clan of Rajput who lived here but now it has become a popular accommodation for the tourists.
Located amidst 12 acres of lush gardens, Vivanta by Taj - Sawai Madhopur Lodge, a 70-year-old hunting lodge exudes a rustic, earthy charm and an air of history. The lodge is a 20-minute drive from the Ranthambore National Park, which is famous for its tiger population. All guestrooms and suites embody rustic style and comfort. From casual, all-day eateries to formal, fine dining, guests can look forward to a wide selection of delectable dishes and refreshing drinks. Take part in the resort's various recreational activities for fun, adventure, knowledge and relaxation.
Indulge at our Chic, Contemporary Agra Hotel near the Taj Mahal. With its modern architecture and timeless appeal, the Radisson Hotel Agra Taj East Gate Road is more than a hotel—it is a destination. Located on 4.5 acres of land in the heart of the business and leisure precincts and within walking distance of the Taj Mahal, our hotel in Agra, India proudly offers everything that savvy international travellers have come to expect in cutting-edge accommodations. Guests will enjoy such amenities as flat-screen TV, safe, and large work desk in all rooms. Our conference and function rooms can accommodate up to 500 people with a full range of services. Stay with us and see why our all-new, sophisticated and luxurious hotel is the first of its kind.
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Jim & Gayle Stinson ,
April 21, 2014
"Our individualized, private trip to India was just fabulous. Thanks to all for a trip of a lifetime!"
India & Area
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April 21, 2014
"The driver and guides were excellent!"
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