India – 17 Day Colourful Rajasthan & Wild Tigers of Ranthambhore Group and Private Tour

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Duration

17 Days

Region

North India, Rajasthan, Delhi Agra, Jaipur

Tour Type

Cultural Tour, Wildlife Tour, Special Tour

Travel Style

Group & Private

Group Size

01 Pax onwards

About this tour

Combined tour of the Colourful Rajasthan with  wildlife safaris in Ranthambhore National Park – home to the Royal Bengal Tiger. Travel from bustling cities to remote locations in the desert, quiet villages and lakeside towns. Take a camel ride, train journeys and travel in a private vehicle with your own guide and driver. A wonderful 17 Days.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:-

  • Delhi – Visit Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb and the India Gate and enjoy Rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi
  • Agra – Visit the impressive Agra Fort and India’s legendary Taj Mahal
  • Jaipur – Visit the famous Pink City including the City Palace and Jantar Mantar – a space observatory made centuries ago and 16th Century Amber Fort
  • Udaipur – visit the enchanting city of Lakes and its beautiful City Palace and Garden of Maids 
  • Jodhpur & Jaisalmer – Experience two of the most majestic Forts of Rajasthan , The Mehrangarh Fort and Jaisalmer Fort . Experience the vastness of the Thar desert 
  • Rajasthan – Enjoy stay in Hunting lodges, Havelis and Forts in small but beautiful princely states of Chandelaogarh, Nahargarh and Rohetgarh. Visit the mighty Fort of Chittaurgarh and holy town of Pushkar.
  • Wildlife– Enjoy safaris inside the Ranthambhore National Park which is considered one of the best places to see Bengal tigers in their natural habitat and other animals and birds.
  • Foodie’s delight – Treat your taste buds to mouth watering North Indian cuisine – Mughlai, Punjabi. Also enjoy Rajasthani cuisine and some of traditional and secret recipes of these princely states.  

NOTE:-  This tour has a group departure with fixed dates and can also be booked as a private tour for couple or a family or group of friends with your own private vehicle and personal guides and drivers. Please raise a request for the same to us and we will revert to you.

Itinerary

Your journey begins in Delhi. With a colourful mix of history, culture and modernisation, Delhi is a fantastic place to explore. On arrival in Delhi you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check in.

If your arrival is during the day, your guide will hand over all your documents including hotel vouchers, flight and train tickets, discuss the whole tour with you, answer any questions you may have and arrange the meeting time for the next day. If your arrival is late we give you a chance to rest first and go through the handover the next day followed by your first sightseeing tour.

Overnight in Delhi

Meals included: Dinner

A special opportunity to soak in the sounds and aromas of Delhi and discover why it is known as the heart of India... In the morning enjoy a guided tour of Delhi. Explore Old Delhi's heritage by foot walking through the narrow lanes and experience a rickshaw ride. Next your guide will take you to one of the largest spice markets in India where you can learn all about the variety of spices that you will find here. Visit key places such as: Jama Masjid – one of the largest mosques in India, Raj Ghat – Mahatma Gandhi's monument, Sikh Gurdwara – an important Sikh temple and quiet refuge in the busy city and the iconic Lotus Temple. Later drive to India Gate, the President's House and Lutyen's buildings and have the opportunity to shop at some local markets.

Overnight in Delhi

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Early morning your driver will collect you from your hotel and take you to the train station for your Express train ride to Ajmer. (Shatabdi Express, Air Conditioned Chair Car. The train departs at 6:05am and arrives in Ajmer at 12:45pm). In Ajmer your driver and guide will be waiting for you to take you to Pushkar (approximately 40 minutes by car).Have lunch at a local restaurant and take part in a short cooking demonstration.

Later enjoy a sightseeing tour of Pushkar, see the famous Brahma Temple and Pushkar Lake before continuing on to Chandelao Garh.

Overnight in Chandelao Garh

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Stay at this lovely boutique heritage hotel and enjoy the tranquillity of traditional Rajasthani village life. The converted hotel is the ancestral home of the local landlords.Take a village walk and get to see the day to day life of a Rajasthani village in rural India. Try your hand at pottery and also visit a local craft centre.There are many other activities you can enjoy upon request such as a cooking demonstration, a Jeep safari to spot the local bird life or camel rides.

These additional activities would be at your own expense and can be paid for once you arrive in Chandelao Garh

Overnight in Chandelao Garh

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

After breakfast you will be collected for the drive to Jodhpur (around 45 minutes). Jodhpur is known as the Blue city - you'll see why when you get here! Visit the majestic Mehrangarh Fort and the beautiful Jaswant Thada.

Enjoy an early lunch before your journey to Jaisalmer (around 5 hours drive). The remote desert location of Jaisalmer has meant it has remained almost untouched for many years. The mix of harsh climate and beautiful culture are a memorable experience.

Overnight in Jaisalmer

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Today is a day for exploring and experiencing the wonders of Jaisalmer. Visit the Jaisalmer Fort, one of the largest forts in the world and a spectacular sight emerging from the golden sands. Visit one of the most elaborate Havelis - Patwon ki Haveli followed by the beautifully carved temples Jain Temples.

In the evening enjoy a sunset camel ride on the Sam Sand dunes before dinner with local folk music and dancing under the stars.

Overnight in Jaisalmer

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

After a leisurely breakfast you will be collected for the drive to Rohetgarh. The drive takes around 6 hours. During our stay we will enjoy a jeep safari to Bishnoi Village. The Bishnoi people are known for their love of animal and plant life and protecting all forms of life is part of their religion.

Overnight in Rohet

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before your drive to Udaipur. Along the way visit the intricate Jain Temples of Ranakpur - some of the most important temples in India. In the remote and peaceful valley of the Aravalli mountain ranges, the main temple is Chaumukha temple.

A beautifully crafted marble temple supported by 1,444 pillars of which no two are the same. Within the temples complex there are two other temples - Neminath and Parasvanath.

Overnight in Udaipur

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Udaipur has been labelled 'the most romantic spot on the continent of India'. A sightseeing tour will take you to the City Palace with its various internal palaces such as the Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and the Palace of Krishna. Saheliyon Ki Bari, the Garden of Maids of Honour is a delightful garden with lotus pools, fountains, black marble kiosks and colourful bougainvilleas.

Visit the famous Jagdish Temple and spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring this wonderful city with its palaces, temples and colourful streets located on the shore of Lake Pichola.

Overnight in Udaipur

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Today you will be driven to Chittorgarh (around 2-3 hours). Once the capital of Mewar, it has a rich history and was once sought after by many rulers including the Mughal dynasties of which the most famed one was Allauddin Khilji. Khilji waged wars on this city hoping to win the love of Rani Padmini. To avoid being abducted and dishonoured, she along-with other ladies committed Jauhar (act of self-immolation).

Chittorgarh holds a very special place in the hearts of Rajputs, as it was a bastion of the clan at a time when every other stronghold had succumbed to invasion.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the pride of the Rajasthan State, the Chittorgarh Fort.

Overnight in Nahargarh Lake Palace/Castle Bijaipur

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

After breakfast, you will be driven to Ranthambhore in Rajasthan (around 5 hours). En-route we will visit the beautiful town and Fort at Bundi. Nestled in the midst of picturesque valleys and mountainous, Bundi is a captivating town of narrow lanes of Brahmin-blue houses with a temple at every turn. There are fascinating stepwells, reflective lakes, and colourful bazaars.

Dominating Bundi is a fantastical palace of faded parchment cupolas and loggias rising from the hills behind the town. Bundi attracts nothing like the tourist crowds of places such as Jaipur or Udaipur, and few places in Rajasthan retain so much of the magical atmosphere of centuries past. The monuments and their architecture reflect the splendour of the local Rajput chiefs, depicting their glory in superb life-sized frescoes decorating the walls of the palaces.

Later we drive on to Ranthambhore, the famous National Park and the best place to spot wild tigers in Rajasthan.

Overnight in Ranthambhore

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Today you will be taken for morning and afternoon shared safaris * inside the Ranthambhore National Park to spot wildlife.Ranthambhore is considered one of the best places to see Bengal tigers in their natural habitat. And it's not just tigers you see, Ranthambhore is home to many more animals such as leopards, sloth bears, hyenas, jackals, jungle cats, marsh crocodiles, tortoises, monitor lizards, pythons, the Indian Chameleon, a huge array of birdlife and much much more.

* The Standard package offers shared canter safaris. These are safaris in small open mini buses and can accommodate up to 20 people. For the Deluxe package the safaris are shared jeep safaris (4 people). There is the option to upgrade to shared jeep safaris (Standard) or exclusive jeep safaris. Please contact us for a quote.

Overnight in Ranthambhore

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Enjoy a morning safari to spot more wildlife. After early lunch, you will be driven to Jaipur in Rajasthan (around 5 hours). This bustling and fascinating city has some of the finest examples of Rajasthani architecture and whilst it is a growing city with a modern outlook, camels can be found wandering the streets and rickshaws blend in with the traffic. On arrival you will be taken to your hotel for check-in.

Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. In the evening you will be taken to a lovely but simple cafe located in Nahargarh Palace. Perched on top of a hill, it offers a superb bird’s eye view of the city. Enjoy watching the sun go down over the city.

Overnight in Jaipur

Meals included: Breakfast lunch and dinner

After breakfast visit the ancient palace of Amber Fort*, which is exquisite in many ways – size, scale, craftsmanship, history and sits on a hilltop with stunning views.One of the most spectacular buildings contained in the fort is the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), with its walls completely covered with tiny mirrors. It has been designed so that even if a single ray of light enters the hall, this light is reflected in all the mirrors and the entire hall lights up.Later visit the key sights and wonders of the Pink City in the heart of Jaipur. Visit the Observatory, the Maharaja's City Palace and Hawa Mahal (also known as Palace of the Winds and viewed from the outside only). Built of red and pink sandstone it is said to resemble the honeycomb structure of a bee’s nest. It was called the Palace of Winds as in the original design it had a clever cooling system that allowed a gentle breeze to pass through the Palace – very welcome in the hot Rajasthani summers.

It is said to have been built as an observatory where the women of the Maharaja's City Palace could observe the outside world whilst remaining inside the palace. The bustling bazaars of the old city are a great place to shop and explore and are some of the most vibrant in Asia – Rajasthan is known for its colour!

*You have the option to take an elephant ride to Amber Fort. The cost of this is USD 10 per person (2 people on an elephant) or USD 20 (one person atop an elephant). There are strict regulations in place to limit the total number of journeys each elephant can do in a day, and they are only allowed to carry 2 passengers at a time to prevent any over-working of elephants.

Overnight in Jaipur

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

After breakfast you will be collected for the drive to Agra (around 5 hours).On the way visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. Walk through the city with your guide hearing the intriguing story behind the abandoning of the city and learn all about its great architecture. Visit a local school (subject to the school being open) and village and enjoy meeting the local children and villagers. In the evening you have the option to visit the famous Taj Mahal at sunset (this evening’s visit is optional and the entrance fee is at your own expense - approximately USD 20) Tomorrow morning there is a scheduled visit to the Taj Mahal.

Overnight in Agra

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Enjoy a morning safari to spot more wildlife. You will be taken back to the lodge for check out before being taken to the train station for your train to Delhi. The train departs Sawai Madhopur at 12:50 pm and arrives in Delhi at 6:45 pm. You will be met at the train station on arrival and taken to your hotel.

Overnight in Delhi

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Today the tour ends. You will be taken to the airport in time for your flight home or onto your next adventure.

Meals included: Breakfast

Hotel Information

Included/Excluded

  • 16 nights' accommodation
  • Check-in & check-out time: generally, check in is after 2 pm and check out before12 pm. Early check-in
  • and late check-out FOC are subject to room availability at the discretion of hotel. Guaranteed early
  • check-in and late check-out may generate additional charges.
  • 33 meals as per itinerary - 16 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 11 dinners.
  • All airport transfers - by private vehicle.
  • Assistance by rep/driver at the airport during International arrival and departure.
  • All transportation throughout the tour in a private air-conditioned vehicle. The vehicleused will depend on the size of your group and will range from an air-conditioned car for groups of 2, a Toyota Innova for groups of 3, a minivan for groups of 4-10 people and for groups over 10 a coach will be used.
  • Train ride, AC Chair Car from Delhi to Ajmer.
  • Assistance at airports, railway stations and all major cities.
  • English speaking guides. Private or small group tour you will have a local guide in each location but
  • for large group of 8 pax or more will have an accompanying guide/escort for the trip .
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
  • 3 x shared safaris in Ranthambhore National Park.
  • Free wifi available at the hotel lobby or room (as per availability in hotels).
  • Mineral water on tour days with our compliments.
  • Taxes and service fees

  • International airfares to and from India.
  • Meals not outlined in the itinerary.
  • Drinks for all meals.
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort - The cost of this is approximately USD 12 per person (basedon 2 people sharing) or USD 12 per person (single person on elephant).
  • Travel insurance. (Note: We strongly recommend that you carry Travel insurance from your country).
  • Indian visa.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry etc.
  • Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India on the tourism sector before or during travel will be payable by the guest.
  • Any sudden increase in the entrance fee. The price is based on the presently applicable fee.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • Others not indicated in the inclusions.

Booking Process & Information

Upon raising request for quote of your tour online, Travelbay will go through your request and will contact you with details regarding price, availability or any other details that you have requested. Our response is typically with-in 24 hrs . Once you give us a go ahead, we will request you to send us a booking advance and start holding accommodation and transportation for your tour.

As soon as we have confirmed the dates (usually within 48 hours sometimes a little longer at weekends) we will email you your booking confirmation. 

We will request further information from you to ensure that all your personal preferences are taken care of. This will include details such as  dietary requests, allergies, health issues, emergency contact and any special requirements. We will also request a copy of each traveller’s passport and the arrival and departure details.

India Facts

Capital City: New Delhi

Population: 1.366 billion

Languages: There is no national language in India. Hindi and English are both official languages. India has over 1,000 spoken languages. The languages with the most number of speakers are Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi and Tamil.

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)

Time Zone: (GMT+05:30) Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi

Dialling code: +91

Religion: Hinduism is the predominant followed by Islam, Christianity, Sikh, Buddhism and Jainism

India weather

The best time to visit India is from October through to March. At this time, the weather across India is mostly warm and dry.

India is a large country with a huge range of varying climates. Most of the country is sub tropical with hot, humid summers and mild winters. Below is a very general overview to give you some idea of what to expect.

North India

  • Winter (October to March): The weather in the winter time in North India makes it a pleasant time to travel. It is not too hot nor is it too cold – although in some of the more alpine places it can get chilly – take some warm layers.
  • Summer (April to July): Summers can be hot in North India, particularly in May, June and July. The highs can reach 40°C and the lows drop to around 27°C.
  • Monsoon (July to September): This is when the North sees the most rain.

South India:

  • Winter (October to February): The temperatures are cooler at this time of year on the coastal regions (23°C to 32°C). The areas in the hills can be much cooler (15°C to 21°C).
  • Summer (March to May): Summers can be hot and humid in the South but sea breezes bring down the temperature and it’s a great time to visit the hill stations and tea plantation areas.
  • Monsoon (June to September): The rains start in June and bring the temperatures down. The areas in the hills become misty and lush. The beaches in the South can get choppy.

How to get there

This tour starts and ends in Delhi.

Flights from Australia to India are approximately $900 – $1,200 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw!

Travelbay works together with an excellent corporate flight booking company and we would be happy to provide you with a free quote.

If you choose to book your flights with Travelbay, we charge a $50 booking fee for this service.

Interesting facts on India

  • India, Pakistan and Bangladesh used to be one country. After British rule ended in 1947 these countries eventually became independent.
  • Delhi is the capital of India but Mumbai is the most populated with a population of over 20 million.
  • India prides itself on being the world’s largest democracy. In the 2009 election there were over 417 million voters.

Visa information

Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to India. You need to apply for and receive your visa before you depart.

You can apply for an e-visa online or you can apply for your visa via VSF Global who works in conjunction with the Indian embassy. For more information you can visit our visa information page.

To find out the visa requirements for India, you can also check here with Visalink.

Please note: We attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit.

 

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Multi Day

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