Our cultural tour takes us to Jodhpur, the gateway to the wonderland of Sand dunes & deserts, Udaipur – the city of lakes, Jaipur, also known as “Pink City” and land of royals - Jaipur, with its fading grandeur and martial glory. We enjoy two nights here. We have also included a two night’s stay at the Ranthambhore National Park to see the Royal Bengal Tiger, an endangered species of animal. We take back a bagful of memories of an unforgettable holiday in wild and exotic India.
This is a suggested tour. It can be tailor made to suit your requirements. Please contact us for a tailor made holiday.
Day - 1 - Mumbai
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel. BOMBAY - the Manhattan of India is also the gateway city for visitors to India and the starting point for itineraries covering the Western and Southern regions. The city offers finest specimen of colonial architecture. The first glimpse of the British Empire’s “Jewel in the crown” was Bombay, and this bustling seaport is now a teeming metropolis, the heart of the country’s financial, commercial and industrial activities. The Gateway of India, The Afghan Memorial Church, Flora Fountain, St. George’s Memorial Hospital, The Victoria Terminus, and the Prince of Wales Museum are some of the landmarks. An hour’s ride by motor launch takes the visitors to the island of Elephanta, which is the site of a magnificent series of 7th and 8th century rock-cut temple-caves with large sculptured interiors. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day - 2 - Mumbai / Jaipur / Ranthambhore –
Fly to Jaipur by Jet at 0555 hrs. On arrival at Jaipur drive 3.5 hrs to Ranthambhore. Ranthambore National Park covers 410 sq. Kms and runs from the easternmost spur of the Aravallis to the Vindhya Range. It has both the Old fort and National Park. The part of the Fort zigzags up thesteep outcrop in a series of ramps and through two impressive gateways. This, combined with Natural escarpment produces sheer drops of over 65m in places and stunning views. Set in dry deciduous forest featuring Anogeissus pendula, the area covers rocky hills and open valleys dotted with small pools and fruit trees, and this became the private tiger reserve of the Maharaja of Jaipur. In 1972 the Sanctuary came under the Project Tiger scheme. Tigers can occasionally be seen in the day time. It provides a fine habitat for sambar. The other animals found here are leopards, nilgai, sloth bear, jackal, crocodile, the occasional rare caracal and a rich variety of bird life. Evening game viewing into the national by jeep with an expert naturalist. Overnight at Hotel / Camp / Resort.
Day - 3 - Ranthambhore
Morning & evening game viewing into the national park by 4 wheel drive jeep with an expert naturalist. You can also visit the Ranthambhore fort on one of the days during your stay at the national park. Overnight at Hotel / Camp / Resort.
Day - 4 - Ranthambhore / Jaipur
Evening game viewing into the national by jeep with an expert naturalist. Later drive 3.5 hrs to Jaipur. Jaipur, or the City of Victory, was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur is a marvellous synthesis of architectural influences - Hindu, Jain, Mughal. It is a well planned city of yore, built from rose-coloured terra cotta. - that has given it the name ‘Pink City’. Although most tourists visit Jaipur to view its grand monuments, nonetheless there are as many who come to shop. The bazaars teem with people, camels, horses and a multitude of varied vehicles, while around them loom the magnificent palaces and buildings. On arrival check into your hotel for overnight.
Day - 5 - Jaipur
After breakfast excursion to Amber fort, the ancient capital of the region and now a deserted complex, it however still recalls its heydays in the majestic ramparts rising steeply along the contoured hillsides. Here elephants still carry visitors in stately splendours to the main Palace, through unusually high gateways, obviously designed to accommodate this archaic mode of transport. In the afternoon weave through the lively streets of the Jaipur City and visit the pink sandstone Palace of Winds, City Palace with its museum and Jantar Mantar (18 centaury observatory). Overnight stay at hotel
Day - 6 - Jaipur / Jodhpur
After breakfast drive 6 hrs to Jodhpur. On arrival check into your hotel for overnight stay. Jodhpur is on the eastern fringe of the Thar Desert and serves as the gateway to the wonderland of sand dunes and shrubs, rocky terrain and thorny trees. Spend the evening at leisure or simply explore the spice market. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day - 7 - Jodhpur / Udaipur
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Jodhpur city visiting Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. Later check out of the hotel and drive 5 hrs to Udaipur en route visiting Ranakpur Jain temples, one of the five most important Jain pilgrimage sites. Udaipur - ‘City of Dreams’ or ‘Venice of the East’- is perhaps the most beautiful of all Indian cities. A romantic collection of exotic gardens filled with blossoming trees and fantasy island palaces shimmering in mirror-calm lakes - that’s Udaipur. The city founder, Maharaja Udai Singh was also a keen gardener, and he chose this site not only because of its excellent natural protection (from the rugged Aravali mountains that surround it), but because it had good water supply. On arrival check into your hotel for overnight stay.
Day - 8 - Udaipur / Devigarh
Morning after breakfast city sightseeing of Udaipur city visiting city palace, situated on Udaipur’s ridge, overlooking the azure waters of the tranquil lake, Saheliyon-ki-bari, or gardens for companions, is a celebration of the art of landscape gardening on a princely scale and The Jag Niwas, now redesigned as the Lake Palace Hotel, is almost lyrical in its beauty, and a bird’s eye rendering of this pavilion forms the subject of many an old miniature painting. Afternoon drive 1 hr to Devigarh Palace. Evening relax at the hotel.
Day - 9 - Devigarh / Mumbai / Departure
spend the morning at or leisure or take a spa treatment. Later transfer to airport for flight to Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai Domestic Airport you will be transferred to international airport for flight to onward destination.