This 10-day northern India tour will take the whole family on an unforgettable journey to incredible India with train as overland transportation. Indian Train, like a town on wheels with a complete cross-section of life aboard, takes you to New and old Delhi, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, the incomparable Taj Mahal and Ranthambhore National Park.
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Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Bharatpur - Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore National Park - Jaipur - Nawalgarh - Surajgarh
Namaste! Welcome to India. Meet your tour guide who holds Bravo Asia Tours’ greeting board at Indira Gandhi International Airport. We will transfer to hotel so you can fresh up after your long flight. The rest of day will be free; you can arrange it according to your personal needs. Overnight in Delhi
Begin your Indian adventure in the one of the oldest cities in the world, Delhi, a magical city of surprising contrasts, is an exciting, busy, and often chaotic city, but it's also one of the most interesting in the world – packed with historical sites, museums and galleries, shops and endless bazaars. In the narrow streets of Old Delhi, everything competes for space – squeeze through the old city’s fortified walls on the way to Jama Masjid. Dominating the city’s skyline, the mosque is a social hub as much as a place of worship, and a fascinating insight into Delhi’s way of life. Take a rickshaw tour through the throbbing streets, packed with buses, trucks, people and cows, on the way to the brilliantly coloured Red Fort. Then, leave the crowds behind and breathe a little easier in contrasting New Delhi – broad, tree-lined avenues, and former monuments to British power. Visit the main sights – Parliament House, President House, and India Gate. Overnight in Delhi
Delhi - Agra
Rise early to catch the morning sun and a train to Agra (approximately 3 hours). The city alternated with Delhi as the capital of the Moghul Empire, and it still grips to its glory days, inextricably linked with the most famous of India’s rulers. When you arrive, take some time to relax after the early start until mid-afternoon. Agra’s not just all about the Taj Mahal, it’s also home to one of the finest looking forts in India, a Friday Mosque and royal tombs. Sitting along the banks of the Yamuna River, Agra Fort is part stronghold, part palace and part prison. Built in 1565 by Emperor Akbar, it was converted to a palace by Emperor Shah Jahan, and it eventually became his jail when he lost power. Enter the dark red sandstone fort by crossing the (now empty) crocodile-infested moat. Search through throne rooms and tiny but incredibly decorated mosques, and climb to the top to get your first tantalising glimpse of the Taj across the river. Overnight in Agra
Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Bharatpur - Sawai Madhopur
Get up before the sun to see it rise over the Taj Mahal. Watch the iconic building bathed in early morning light. Many people believe it to be the most perfectly proportioned building ever constructed; This is truly magical. Best known as a monument to love and loss, the Taj is a beautiful example of Mughal architecture surrounded by trimmed English gardens. Head east to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri (approximately 2 hours). Deserted after only a few years because there wasn’t enough water, the incredibly well preserved 16th century royal complex is a heaven of courtyards, pavilions, ornamental gardens, the striking Jama Masjid mosque, and home to the intricately carved Rumi Sultana palace. By road continue to Bharatpur, and then by rail arrive at Sawai Madhopur (approximately 2 hours). Overnight in Sawai Madhopur
Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore National Park
This morning, we will drive to Ranthambhore National Park after breakfast. It will take around 40 minutes in the dry season. Ranthambhore National Park is one of the premier national parks of India – a place where nature has reclaimed ancient fortresses and temples, and that is also is teeming with wildlife to spot. Notes: During the hot summer months, Ranthambhore National Park is closed between 1 July and 30 September each year. Therefore, during this time, we alter our itinerary and take the opportunity to visit the nearby Swai Mansingh Sanctuary instead. Overnight in Sawai Madhopur
Sawai Madhopur - Jaipur
Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before hopping on a train (approximately 2 hours) northwest to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Arrive in Jaipur – surrounded by a wall dripping in an earthy red colour in the style of the Mughal sandstone cities. Walk through the Pink City’s streets, feel Jaipur, a city like Delhi, has both old and new parts. Visit this friendly and busy city with escort of your tour guide to the bazaars and backstreets filled with textiles, precious and semi-precious gems, and blue pottery.You can also hit the streets for raj kachori chaat – a big fluffy chaat served with chutney, yoghurt, chilli and potato. Then cool off with a lassi, a popular traditional yogurt-based drink mixed with yogurt, water, spices and sometimes, fruit. Overnight in Jaipur
Today, we will have a city tour of Jaipur. Visit the sprawling City Palace, once home to the Maharaja. Continue on to the 18th century Jantar Mantar, an observatory filled with instruments to track the stars. Then to the distinctive five-storied Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds. The impressive view makes it the most photographed building in the country after Taj Mahal. The rest of the day is free to explore further, or find a spot to people watch and relax. Overnight in Jaipur
Jaipur - Nawalgarh
Climb the twisting roads of the Aravalli Hills and round the final bend to see the massive Amber Fort(approximately 30 minutes). Pass Maota Lake before turning uphill, past the elephant stables, to Jai Pol ‘Victory Gate’. Visit the sparkling Mirror Palace. Later, head deeper into the princely state of Rajasthan to Nawalgarh, leaving the city behind for a more relaxed village vibe (approximately 4 hours). Catch glimpses of life in the most colourful of India’s regions – sari-clad women carrying terracotta pots of water, bangles tinkling as they walk. If the sun’s still up, take a walk around the village, meet the locals and maybe accept the challenge of a game of cricket! Nawalgarh, founded in 1737, is a typical Shekhawati town. The temples and town walls still survive today and the old fort has some fine examples of painted frescoes. While you are here you will visit the Haveli Museum and learn more about the region and the paintings. Overnight in Nawalgarh
Nawalgarh - Surajgarh
Today, we will travel to Surajgarth, located in the Shekhawati region, and uncover the artistic heritage of the area (approximately 2 hours). The Shekhawati region was home to many rich merchants and their wealth is evident from their finely built havelis (mansions) that dot the landscape. Surrounded by large walls, with many internal courtyards, the havelis provided security, privacy and shade. They were painted with floral designs of Moghul influence, scenes from Hindu mythology and - since the arrival of Europeans - modern inventions such as trains, bicycles and cars providing some contrast to the ancient scenes. These paintings document the changes that took place in India during the nineteenth century. Overnight in Surajgarth
Surajgarh - Delhi
After breakfast this morning, leave the countryside behind and get back into the beating rhythm of Delhi by mid-afternoon (approximately 4 hours). Use the rest of the day however you like. Practice your bargaining skills in Chandni Chowk in the maze of shops and kiosks that sell everything imaginable, buy local crafts straight from the hands of the artisan in Janpath market, or gobble down street chaats – snacks like deep fried fritters and flatbread. Hear the story behind the man at Gandhi’s house, see one last ancient structure at Qutb Minar, or relax in the Mughal gardens. No doubt your leader will arrange one ‘last supper’, where you can look back over the trip of a lifetime and get your head around all the wonders you’ve witnessed. Overnight in Delhi
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be at leisure until your tour guide and driver escorting you to the airport. This tour service ends here but the whole team of Bravo Asia Tours looks forward to meeting you in your next Asia trip.