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Home » Palaces & Forts Tour of India » Tigers & Forts Tour of India

Tigers & Forts Tour of India
Duration : 19 Days / 18 Nights
Destinations : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Ranthambhor  - Kota - Bijaipur - Udaipur - Kumbhalgarh - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Mandawa - Delhi

Day 01: Arrive New Delhi
Arrive Delhi at Indira Gandhi International Airport and you will be met by our Hansa Vacations representative and after a warm welcome escort you to your hotel. Special welcome awaits you at hotel in traditional Indian style with aarti & tika. Stay overnight at hotel in Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast, proceed for a tour of the city. Your sightseeing will start with a visit to the (Birla Mandir) Laxminarayan Temple, built by one of India's foremost business families and dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver. Proceed to the former centre of Moghul Power, Old Delhi that offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Drive past the Red Fort, built in 1648 and board the 'cycle rickshaw' for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue-heading west from the Fort. Later visit the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal, and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Afternoon proceed for a visit to New Delhi. Drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens, including the India Gate built in memory of the 85,000 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during World War 1. Opposite the India Gate, is the massive Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India. Continue on to Humayun`s Tomb of the Mughal era followed by tour of the towering minaret of Qutab Minar. Qutub-Minar in red and buff sandstone is the highest tower in India. It has a diameter of 14.32m at the base and about 2.75m on the top with a height of 72.5m. Stay overnight at hotel in Delhi.

Day 03: Delhi - Agra (By Road 205-Kms / 04 hrs)
After breakfast depart for the city of wonders Agra. Arrive Agra in the afternoon and check-in to your hotel. Later proceed for an half day city tour of Agra visiting the Taj Mahal the monument of Love also one of the seven wonders of the world followed by Agra fort built with magnificent red sandstone, this fortified township was founded by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar. Stay overnight at hotel in Agra.

Day 04: Agra - Jaipur (By Road 221 Kms / 06 hrs)
Morning depart for the beautiful Pink City - Jaipur. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri. The deserted red Sandstone city built by Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century and later abandoned due to shortage of water. Continue your drive to Jaipur and check-in at your hotel on arrival. Evening you are free to visit the local shopping centre of Jaipur. Stay overnight at hotel in Jaipur.

Day 05: Jaipur
Morning proceed for a excursion to Amber Fort located on the outskirts of Jaipur, starting with a joy ride on an Elephant. Visit the beautiful Sheesh Mahal which is also known as 'Palace of Mirrors' it is one of the most impressive sights inside the Amber Fort. Afternoon you will visit the City Palace which was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. It also houses a sequence of gardens, courtyards and buildings with a mix of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture, Jantar Mantar – the royal Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh, also drive past Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds. Stay overnight at hotel in Jaipur.

Day 06: Jaipur - Ranthambhor (By Road 180 kms / 05 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Ranthambhor Tiger Reserve located at the junction of the Aravali mountain range and the Vindhya. It is a unique example of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in the vast, arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan. The National Park is one of the most important tiger reserves in India and very popular among wildlife lovers. Afternoon enjoy a jeep/canter safari to the Ranthambhor National Park. Stay overnight at hotel in Ranthambhor.

Day 07: Ranthambhor
Full day morning and afternoon safari to the National Park. Also visit historical Ranthambhor Fort. Stay overnight at hotel in Ranthambhore.

Day 08: Ranthambhore - Kota (By Road 140 kms / 03 hrs)
Morning depart for the city of Kota. Arrive and check in at your hotel. Visit the city palace and fort which houses the Rao Madho Singh Museum containing the relics of the former rulers of Kota followed by Jagmandir - the island in Kishore Sagar Lake which was built by one of the Queens of Kota Royal family. Also visit the Govt. Museum and the famous gardens of Chambal and Chatter Bilas. Stay overnight at hotel in Kota.

Day 09: Kota - Bundi - Bijaipur (By Road 200 kms / 05 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Bijaipur which is a massive Heritage Castle near the town of Chittaurgarh. En-route visit monuments of Bundi including Taragarh Fort, Chattrasagar Dam and Sukh Mahal. Arrive Bijaipur and check in at the castle hotel. Stay overnight at Bijaipur castle.

Day 10: Bijaipur - Udaipur (By Road 150 km / 03 hrs)

After breakfast depart for Udaipur. En-route visit the magnificent and one of the oldest fort of Rajasthan in Chittorgarh. Continue your drive to Udaipur and on arrival check in at your hotel. Evening will be at leisure to relax and enjoy the amenities at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Udaipur.

Day 11: Udaipur
After breakfast proceed for a city tour of Udaipur, starting with the City Palace. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colour glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard. Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, the Jagdish Temple and the local folk Museum. Afternoon enjoy a boat ride on the historic lake Pichola. This one hour boat cruise will take you to the Jagmandir island palace. Stay overnight at hotel in Udaipur.

Day12: Udaipur - Kumbalgarh (By Road 100 kms / 02 hrs)
Morning depart for Kumbalgarh. En-route visit Haldighati, the site of historic battle between greatest warriors of the medieval times, between Hindu King Maharana Pratap Singh and Mughal Emperor Akbar. Arrive Kumbalgarh and check in to the hotel. Afternoon you will visit this fascinating and invincible Fort of Kumbhalgarh. Stay overnight at Kumbhalgarh.

Day 13: Kumbalgarh - Jodhpur (By Road 190 kms / 04 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur. En-route visit Ranakpur Jain temples, known for massive and intricately carved marble architecture. Arrive Jodhpur and check in at hotel. Evening is free to visit Mandore and traditional markets of Jodhpur. Stay overnight at hotel in Jodhpur.

Day 14: Jodhpur
Morning enjoy a village safari get a rare glimpse into the rich culture of Rajasthan. Abundant wildlife (game) and memorable moments of the great desert landscape fascinates one while driving along the countryside. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jodhpur, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada Memorial and Umaid Bhawan Palace. Stay overnight at hotel in Jodhpur.

Day 15: Jodhpur - Jaisalmer (By Road 300 kms / 05 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer, the golden city of Rajasthan and heart of Great Indian desert. Arrive and check in at hotel. Later visit the artistic Sam sand dunes of Rajasthan at the time of sunset, which is unique experience especially for those who are visiting desert for first time. Stay overnight at hotel in Jaisalmer.

Day 16: Jaisalmer
After breakfast take a city tour of Jaisalmer. Its temples, forts and palaces are all built of yellow sandstone. Visit the Jaisalmer fort also known as Sonar fort, which is one of the oldest living fort of the world. Later drive past the Patwon-Ki-Haveli, Salim-Singh-Ki-Haveli and Gandhi Sagar Tank, followed by a visit to Barabagh - the royal cenotaphs. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day17: Jaisalmer to Bikaner (By Road 330 kms / 05 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Bikaner another Rajput state located in the desert land of Rajasthan. Arrive and check in at your hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Bikaner.

Day 18: Bikaner - Mandawa (By Road 140 kms / 03 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Rao Bikaji, a descendant of Jodhaji - the founder of Jodhpur, founded this desert town in the North of the state in 1488. Visit the Junagarh Fort, constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Jai Singh, a general in the Moghul Emperor Akbar's army. The city is also called the "Camel Country". Visit the camel-breeding farm - the only one in Asia. Later depart for the artistic semi desert town of Mandawa. Arrive Mandawa and check- in at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Mandawa.

Day 19: Mandawa - Delhi (By Road 260 kms / 05 hrs)
After breakfast take a short tour of the havelis or mansions of Mandawa which belong to some of the leading business families of the country. Though they no reside there, the local caretakers are happy to show the visitors around. Afternoon you will drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to International airport to board the international flight back home.