|Contact provider for price||15 Days||Year-round
Exertion level: 3
|Operator: All Africa Expeditions
24 people max
India-the land that evokes flights of imagination and curiosity, a canvas of spectacle and
color. Ruled by a succession of native kingdoms, and often overrun and inhabited by
invading armies of Central Asian origin, followed by the Mughals and finally the British,
transformation has been never ending and the results are deeply and visibly etched in today’s
milieu. A profusion of races and cultures, and the magnitude of their legacies, are evident
This extroverted journey takes the traveler along a richly historic route, full of lore and
splendor, punctuated by photographic attractions, and features varied sightseeing and
sojourns in historic places. In addition to the historic highlights of this ancient country
including the historic city of Delhi, Udaipur- City of lakes, Jodhpur- Blue City, Deogarh,
Jaipur- Pink city, Agra- home to the ethereal Taj Mahal, Khajuraho-well known for its
magnificent temples along with Bandhavgarh National Park with one of the largest
concentrations of tigers in all of India
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- This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
Day 1 - In Flight
Day 2 - Delhi
Arrive in Delhi this evening and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 - Delhi
Buffet breakfast; half-day tour of Old and New Delhi, including visits to Jama Masjid and the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Afternoon: visit Humayuns Tomb and Qutab Minar.
Day 3 - Delhi / Udaipur
Breakfast at hotel; fly to Udaipur. Spend the day at leisure. Evening boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Day 4 - Udaipur
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Eklingji & Nagda Temples. Afternoon tour of Udaipur: visit City Palace Complex, Durbar Hall, Crystal Gallery, Palace Museum, and Jagdish Temple. Visit Saheli Ki Bari Garden.
Day 5 - Udaipur / Ranakpur / Deogarh
Breakfast before a drive to Deogarh via Ranakpur. In Deogarh, check into your medieval palace hotel. Here, you may choose a trk in the hills, a walk in the village, or enjoy a local tribal warrior dance or a performance by folk musicians and artists.
Day 6 - Deogarh / Jodhpur
Have breakfast, then drive to Jodhpur. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Here, take in the spectacle of countless cultural celebrations, of which the Marwar Festival —an annual feature — is the most inspiring.
Day 7 - Jodhpur / Jaipur
After breakfast visit Mehrangarh Fort, as well as Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana — some of the important palaces. Also, see Umaid Bhawan Palace, an amazing feature of which is the underground swimming pool. Lunch in Jodhpur before leaving for Jaipur, the Pink City. On arrival check in to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 8 - Jaipur
This morning, visit Amber Fort. The highlight here is the Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace). Later, tour Jaipur City, visiting City Palace, Jantar Mantar, and Hawa Mahal.
Day 9 - Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra
After breakfast, drive to Agra via the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri, the Red Sandstone City, and the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world. In Agra, check in to the hotel, and tour the city, including Agra Fort and the Mausoleum of Itmad. Sunset visit to Taj Mahal. Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays!
Day 10 - Agra / Jhansi / Orchha / Khajuraho
After breakfast take the train to Jhansi, then proceed to Orchha. Tour the many sites within the Fort Complex before lunch, and then drive on the Khajuraho. Check in to the hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Day 11 - Khajuraho / Bandhavgarh
After breakfast, visit Eastern & Western groups of Temples. This afternoon, drive to Bandhavgarh, check in to Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge. While staying in Bandhavgarh National Park, you will likely encounter tiger, chital, chansingha (four-horned antelope). The park is home to some 150 species of birds, including the blue-bearded beeeaters, white-browed fantails, and Malabar hornbill.
Days 12 & 13 - Bandhavgarh
Morning and afternoon game drives by Jeep with an English-speaking naturalist. Optional excursion to see the imposing fort located within the sanctuary, which offers spectacular views of the park.
Day 14 - Bandhavgarh / Jabalpur / Delhi
Early morning drive to Jabalpur Airport. Fly to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, transfer to dayrooms at the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Prepare for your evening flight home or onward, enjoy the amenities of the hotel, pick up last-minute souvenirs, or just rest up for your farewell dinner. After dinner, transfer to the airport for flights home or onward.
Day 15 - In Flight
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