Visit the Taj Mahal, a timeless symbol of love. The gleaming white marble of this magnificent monument preserves the profound love of a man for his wife. Embark on an exhilarating game drive in one of India’s finest forests, Ranthambore National Park, in search of the majestic Royal Bengal Tigers. Immerse yourself in local traditions as you share a memorable dinner with a welcoming Jaipur family. Experience the authentic desert of Rajasthan with a captivating camel ride in Manvar. Prepare to be enchanted by the breathtaking beauty of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, where a serene boat ride awaits you.
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. In the evening, gather in the reception area of your hotel to meet your tour leader and the rest of your group for welcome drinks and a tour briefing. Please note that international flights often arrive in Delhi late at night, so your tour briefing may be scheduled for the following day.
This fascinating city has many faces, from ancient alleyways and monuments of Old Delhi to regal New Delhi. We begin our exploration of this historic city, of over 15 million people, with a drive to the Red Fort. View this monumental 400-year old landmark from outside – a great opportunity for a photo. Then embark on a bicycle rickshaw ride through colourful Chandni Chowk – one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi – and then to Delhi’s famous spice market, Khari Baoli. Afterwards, take a fascinating walk through the food street of Parathey wali gali, perhaps stopping to sample some local food or masala chai. Walk to the great mosque of Delhi, the Jama Masjid, said to be the largest mosque in India, dating back to the mid 17th century before continuing to the stunning Gurudwara Bangla Sahib to get a glimpse of Sikh worship. After lunch we visit the 16th century tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayun, with graceful architecture and recently restored ornamental gardens. This World Heritage-listed site provides an introduction to Mughal architectural style which reached its peak in the magnificence of the Taj Mahal. Drive past Rajpath – home to India’s government buildings and the President’s residence, all featuring graceful Lutyen’s architecture which characterises New Delhi, and India Gate, a memorial to Indian soldiers who gave their lives during World War One. Finally, end this memorable day with a look at Lodhi art district.
Insider Experience – Taste: take a walk along one of Delhi’s most famous food streets where traditional methods are used to prepare delicacies such as fresh-baked paratha breads, samosas, chai and kebabs. Many families here have passed these traditions down through generations after serving as cooks to Mughal rulers of India, and some of the least impressive of shopfronts may hide the most celebrated cooks of particular recipes.
After breakfast start your journey to Kherjarla, deep in the Rajasthan countryside. Arriving early afternoon, you can settle into your remarkable accommodation for the night – the stunning 400-year old Fort Kherjarla. This property is steeped in history and a section of the Fort remains the residence of the royal family and is considered one of the best heritage hotels in India. Enjoy some free time to explore this wonderful property or take a short market and village walk with your tour leader. Later in the day take a jeep safari to surrounding local villages where you can witness local craftsmen at work and visit a historic 6th century Durga Mata temple. This is a great opportunity to experience small town Rajasthan and the many traditional scenes such as cobblers, tailors, metal workers and vendors in the town’s colourful streets.
Insider Experience – Taste: Tonight enjoy a cooking demonstration in the forts grounds, with local musicians providing entertainment.
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