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Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Udaipur - Delhi
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    Trip length

    13 days

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    Trip type

    Tourist Highlights

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    Air

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    Best time to go

    October - March

What's on the horizon

This trip is perfectly crafted by our colleagues on the ground in India, so you will get the best "behind the tourist curtain" trip and really get beneath the surface of this amazing bustling country. You will visit Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur and Udaipur. Staying in some of the finest hotels and luxury tents, you will explore sights such as Agra Fort, Sunrise at The Taj Mahal, a game drive at the National Park in Ranthambore and the extraordinary "Jantar Mantar" astronomical observatory in Jaipur.

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This holiday includes...

This trip is fully tailored to you, so let us know what you would like to take out or add in. We’ll ensure it’s perfect.

  • Flights from the UK and internal flights in India
  • 12 Nights in Exquisite hotels and luxury tents
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Tours set out in the itinerary
  • Huben on hand to book extras and provide any support
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal Sunrise
Ranthambore

Itinerary

Delhi

Day 1

Arrive in Delhi. On exiting the aircraft, you will be met and assisted through the airport’s immigration and baggage reclaim and then out into the arrivals hall where you will meet our representative who will then assist you to the vehicle and you will then be driven to the hotel. Note: Standard check-in time at the hotel is 1400 hrs

This afternoon you will have an introductory tour of New Delhi. New Delhi stands in formal splendor. It is a city of wide boulevards that offers ever-changing perspectives of Lutyen's landscaped city. It is also a city known for its formal parks, magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India in the 330 acres of land and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and India Gate.

Overnight: The Imperial
Room: Grand Heritage Room 

Delhi Market

Day 2

In the morning, after breakfast, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and will take for the sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.

Pulsing with energy and colour, Old Delhi is laced by a maze of narrow lanes, which twist and turn between the tall, leaning buildings. You will witness the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars where you will experience the full sights, sounds and aromas indicative of the Indian sub-continent and Red Fort (from outside). In Old Delhi you will visit walk through the shops and bazaars, visit Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes and Chandni Chowk. In Old Delhi your exploration will be on foot and by rickshaw.

In the afternoon, visit the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the temple of the Sikhs.  Their turbans and beards make the men easily identifiable with the sect. Sikhism developed as an antithesis to the caste ridden and ritualistic forms of Hinduism and developed as a simple religion whose foundation was “sewa” – socially responsibility irrespective of a person’s social standing.  Thus every Sikh Temple has the famous community kitchen, where it is considered a privilege to assist cooking the food and serving a simple meal to pilgrims, the economically challenged or a visitor. Here should you wish you will be able to help out in the making of chappatis (Indian breads) and the stirring of vast pots of dal (lentil curry). It is a humbling and real experience.

Also visit Humanyun’s Tomb, which was built in the 16th century and is architecturally considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. Commissioned by the widow of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, it was subsequently used as a burial place for members of the royal family.  Today it is one of the most beautiful sites of North India. Adjacent to the Tomb is the Sunder Nursery, which was reopened in 2018 after a vast renovation – the gardens contains 15 heritage monuments of which 6 are UNESCO world heritage sites. The gardens also contain 300 trees making it Delhi’s first Arboretum – and now a place the local people of Delhi go to relax and play.

This evening we suggest dinner at Indian Accent, one of Asia’s best restaurants.

Overnight: The Imperial
Room: Grand Heritage Room 

Baby Taj

Day 3

This morning you will be driven to Agra (approx. 3.5 hrs drive). Upon arrival in Agra, you will be assisted with smooth check-in. Standard check in time is 2PM.

Agra was the seat of the mighty Mughal Empire before it shifted its capital to Delhi, and it is home to some of their most inspired architectural creations including the Taj Mahal.  In the 16th and 17th century, the Mughal Courts were at their most powerful, and were great patron of the arts, and Agra attracted artisans, poets and musicians from across India as well as Persia and Central Asia, transforming Agra into a cultural and architectural paradise. 

Later you will be taken for sightseeing of Agra Fort & Baby Taj.

Agra Fort - When the Mughal Emperor Akbar established his supremacy in Northern India, he began his first architectural venture, rebuilding the fort as a beautiful fort palace.  The work was completed by his son and grandson, highlighting the Mughal’s ability to blend defensive and decorative architecture. Richly decorated with marble and mosaic, it was in a part of this fort that Shah Jahan spent the last years of his life, imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb. His private quarters where he was confined, has a magical view of the Taj Mahal across the river Yamuna.

You may also stop to see the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah which is the third of Agra’s great monuments.  It was the first Mughal building to use the craft of facing buildings with white marble and decorating them with inlaid semi-precious stones, and art which reached its zenith in the Taj Mahal.  Though lacking the grandeur and artistry of the Taj Mahal, Itmad ud Daulah it is small, intimate and serene.

Enjoy a short visit to the Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden) for an alternative view of sunset over the Taj Mahal from across the river.

Alternatively this afternoon you can visit the Taj Mahal at sunset – this is the busier time to visit than the peaceful early morning – but for some it is important to see the Taj Mahal at the two iconic times of the day sunset and sunrise.

Overnight: Oberoi Amarvilas
Room: Premier Room with Balcony

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Day 4

The Taj Mahal is at its best at sunrise - just when the light, playing on the marble of the tomb and the reflections in the stillness of the waters, presents this incredible building in all its beauty, majesty and splendor.  It is a monument of love built by Shah Jehan in 1630 for his Queen, Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. For twenty two years 20,000 men labored day and night to build this masterpiece, which has held the world awe struck ever since. The Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world.

Return to the hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, you will be driven (approximately 5 hrs drive) to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.

Once the hunting ground for the Maharaja of Jaipur, who led huge hunting parties into these forests, today the park is a protected forest area and is under the aegis of Project Tiger, a venture set up to protect the tiger from extinction. The park with its Sal forest, grasslands and water bodies is home. You will visit the park early in morning and in the evenings. In between game drives you will go birding outside the park – some of the best birding sites are the Fort and the smaller water bodies, ideal for sightings of the painted sand grouse, chestnut bellied sand grouse, larks, Pipits and painted spurfowl.

Overnight: Sher Bagh
Room: Luxury Tent

Tiger

Day 5

Early this morning you will take game drive in the National Park; midday is free for walks or to relax and in the afternoon you can enjoy your second game drive of the day. 

Overnight: Sher Bagh
Room: Luxury Tent

Jaipur

Day 6

Early this morning you will take your last game drive in the National Park. Return to the camp after the safari for breakfast, and later at your leisure you will be driven to Jaipur (approximately 4 hrs drive). Upon arrival you will be assisted on check in to your hotel.

A labyrinth of fascinating bazaars, opulent palaces and a futuristic observatory, Jaipur was the inspiration of the ruler Sawai Jai Singh, who moved the capital from Amber in 1727. Jaipur was designed by a young architect from Bengal and together they planned a city along the ancient Hindu treatise of “Shilpa Shastra”, a science similar to the better known Feng Shui. Jaipur is laid out in a geometric grid of streets and squares making it one of the earliest planned cities in India. In honour of the visit of the Prince Edward, then the Prince of Wales, the City was painted in rich terracotta, a tradition which has continued through the years. This is the reason why Jaipur is often called the “pink city”. Today it serves as the State capital for Rajasthan.

Overnight: Rambagh Palace
Room: Palace Room

Jantar Mantar

Day 7

After breakfast at the hotel, the morning is for exploring the city of Jaipur.

Start the morning at the extraordinary “Jantar Mantar”, the astronomical observatory built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1827. Roughly translated the name means “The Formula of Instruments”. This is one of five observatories he built in northern India. The instruments resembling massive futuristic structures are actually highly sophisticated instruments, which are accurate even today.

Continue next door to the sprawling City Palace, which is painted pink in keeping with the colour theme of the old city, is a blend of predominately Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. Within the palace complex are several museums including an interesting textile gallery exhibiting a fine selection of textiles and costumes from the royal collection. As part of your tour visit rooms of the Palace, which are usually off limits to the public including the beautiful Blue Room and the mirrored Sheesh Mahal. Stop for a cup of tea or a cooling lemonade in the official drawing room where the Royal Family have entertained private guests over the years.

In the afternoon, take a walk in the markets of Jaipur, mainly in the Badi Chaupad and Johari Bazaar area. You will be able to see craftsman working on some fine forms of local art like Zardozi embroidery, Gota work, Kinari, silver ornament work, and precious and semi-precious stonework, all taking place in these old bazaars of Jaipur.

End the afternoon at Narain Niwas Palace where you can stop by the well known local boutiques including Hot Pink & the interiors store Anantya before early evening drinks at the adjacent Bar Palladio which has featured in countless international design and interiors magazines including Architectural Digest, either deicide to have a selection of tandoori and Italian appetisers for dinner today or continue to dinner nearby or back at your hotel. 

Overnight: Rambagh Palace
Room: Palace Room

The Amber Fort

Day 8

You have the option this morning of rising early to visit the wholesale flower and vegetable market – a fantastic way to see the city before the real chaos of the day begins and a photographer’s dream! You will also visit a temple in the Old City nearby where a private blessing will be conducted for you and view the beautiful Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) in the morning light. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

For a leisurely morning you may like to do some shopping or perhaps make a visit to the Sculpture Park at Nahargarh Fort containing a changing exhibition of Indian contemporary and modern art. The Sculpture Park is the first contemporary public sculpture park in India and also one of the first examples in India of public and private partnerships in the arts. While at the Fort take in the stunning views across the city as well.

This afternoon drive out to visit Amber Fort - Amber, the ancient capital of the region, still recalls its heydays in the majestic ramparts rising steeply along the contoured hillsides. Here, elephant still carry visitors in stately splendour to the Main Palace, through unusually high gateways, obviously designed to accommodate this archaic mode of transport. It is an extremely well preserved building and very delightful to explore. Visit the Jagmandir or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors, Jai Mahal and Temple of Kali.

Later you will walk down through the lanes of Amer Town. Jaipur is famous for hand block printing, and a great place to learn more about this skill and also try your hand at it is at the nearby Anokhi Museum.

End the day close by to Amer where a local family has rescued elephants from carrying tourists to and from Amber Fort. The time here is entirely private and allows a chance to be outside the city and around the mightiness of such beautiful creatures as the Indian elephant. Help the mahout while they give the elephant their evening bath and try your hand at painting them with organic paints in the traditional Jaipuri style. Take a walk with the elephants as they continue for their evening walk through the forest passing temples and eventually make your way to a private venue where you will have drinks around the campfire followed by a private dinner.

Overnight: Rambagh Palace
Room: Palace Room

Udaipur

Day 9

This morning you will be transferred to the airport and assisted on check in for your flight to Udaipur:

On arrival you are met and transferred to meet your hosts for this morning – Meenakshi & Mahipal Singh at their home where you will have a cooking lesson in the kitchen. Meenakshi Singh, who has a passion for cooking, is a housewife and a former teacher, today at her home she will take you on a culinary tour of Indian spices and how to use them when cooking Indian dishes at home. This will be hands on session with you cooking along with her. Afterwards have lunch together.

Later you will be transferred to the private jetty for your hotel from where you will take a boat across to check in to your hotel.

Spend the afternoon at leisure.

It is said that the ghost of Udaipur looks towards Chittorgarh, for it was after the tragic fall of that fort, that Udaipur, a fairy tale city of marble palaces and lakes came into existence. The Udaipur city was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 and became the capital of the region of Mewar. The rulers of Mewar, the Sisodia Rajputs trace their dynasty to AD 566 and believe they are the defenders of Rajput honor.   Unlike other Rajput royal families, this was a fiercely independent clan who refused to enter into matrimonial alliances with the Mughals or military alliances with the British. The city is dominated by the massive City Palace which overlooks the lovely Lake Pichola with its romantic island palaces.

Overnight: Taj Lake Palace
Room: Palace Room

Udaipur Crystal Gallery

Day 10

In the morning, you will head for a sightseeing tour of the city.

You will start with City Palace. This sprawling palace was built over three centuries and is a series of four interconnecting palaces, illustrative of various architectural styles. In the main it is a blend of Rajput military architecture and lavish Mughal inspired decorative art on the inside. In terms of an exemplary eye to detail and craftsmanship, few palaces match the artwork in this palace. Also of particular note here is the exquisite collection of priceless Rajput Miniature paintings done in the Mewari tradition.

A visit to Crystal Gallery which has been hailed as probably the single largest private collection of crystal anywhere in the world. The visitors here are privy to one of the most exclusive and exquisite crystal collections. The collection includes a bewildering number of objects d'art, dinner sets, perfume bottles, decanters, glasses, washing bowls and even furniture.

Later enjoy an exclusive boat ride on Lake Pichola.

Post tour, return to the hotel and spend rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Taj Lake Palace
Room: Palace Room

Lake Pichola

Day 11

This morning you will head for a cycling tour around the city.

The ride will start at the hotel or the Lake Pichola jetty point. This is a great introductory ride to a very pretty part of Udaipur very rarely visited by tourists. You will be riding past the three lakes west of Udaipur town. You will be taken by boat to your hotel’s jetty (at Dudh Talai) where our cycling team will be waiting to assist you. You will mount up on our Trek MTBs, helmets are provided, and you follow the cycling guide on a specially selected route that takes you through nearby villages, farms, and rolling hills – A typical feature of Mewar countryside, with villages and fields settled in its lush green valleys.

Your route takes you through Sisarma village where you can stop to see its serene temple. Riding on through the village’s Guava orchards and fields, you cross two more villages till you reach Lake Badi, a manmade lake that traps monsoon water before these waters reaches the bigger Fatehsagar Lake near the town. After some refreshments, you head back towards Udaipur town, on reaching the Lake Fatehsagar you will follow its bank and back into town and to your hotel where the ride ends.

Alternatively this morning drive 45 minutes out of the city in the rural countryside to take a walk in the charming village of Delwara, stop by the temples of Eklingi and Nagda and have lunch at Devi Garh Fort Palace with its views out across the Arravali Hills.

Return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Taj Lake Palace
Room: Palace Room

Udaipur City

Day 12

Enjoy breakfast this morning at the hotel and spend some time at leisure.

Later you will be escorted to the airport to board your flight to Delhi. Arrival in Delhi at approximately 1630 hrs.

Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred to the airport hotel.

Overnight: Oberoi Gurgaon
Room: Deluxe Room

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Day 13

After breakfast you will be escorted to the airport to board your international flight home. Standard time of check-out is 1000 hrs

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