On Tiger Travels India you will arrive at Delhi International Airport. At the airport you will meet our representative who will give you all your travel documents and will comfortably escort you to your hotel.
Delhi is the second largest metropolis in India after Mumbai and is located in the northern part of the country. Delhi is a thoroughly inscrutable onion of a city. Every layer you peel reveals an even deeper layer of history. Rebuilt eight times by its many conquerors, it was the seat of Hindus, Muslims and the British Empire. All have left their mark on the architecture, customs, food and people of this relentless city. Now they are all undergoing a new transformation as the capital of modern India. Overnight stay in Delhi!
Pulsating with energy and colour, Old Delhi is laced by a maze of narrow streets that twist and turn between the large, sloping buildings. You will experience the hustle and bustle of the crowded bazaars and feel part of it, where you will experience all the sights, sounds and aromas that are characteristic of the Indian subcontinent. In Old Delhi you will visit the famous Red Fort – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with its marble palaces and courtyards, surrounded by the famous Meena Bazaar, the Jama Masjid with its pointed minarets and wonderful marble domes, and Chandni Chowk. Here you will also have the opportunity to experience a rickshaw ride – something not to be missed!
Next on the Tiger Tour of India is a visit to the elegant Humayun’s Tomb, a fine example of early Mughal architecture, which clearly reflects its Persian prehistory and set the tone for the style of the Taj Mahal. Before heading to New Delhi, you will visit the colossal Qutb Minar; this stunning 73-meter-high Victory Tower was completed in 1236 to celebrate Qutb-ud-Din’s defeat of the Turks and can be seen for miles. Victorian historian James Ferguson called the ribbed sandstone tower “the finest known example of its kind”. Both sites are proudly listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
As a complete contrast, New Delhi stands in formal splendor. It is a city of broad boulevards that offer a varied perspective of Lutyen’s laid out city. It is also a city famous for its formal parks, the magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President) and India Gate – it commemorates the 90,000 soldiers of the former British Indian Army who lost their lives fighting for Indian rice in World War I and the Afghan wars.
In the afternoon you will go on a guided shopping tour through Delhi. Walk through the classic and elegant Khan market, popular with elite Indians and expats. It is the twenty-first most expensive retail main street in the world. Drive to the adjacent Meherchand Market, where you can buy designer leather bags, Indian weavings and organic spices etc. Finish your shopping spree in the historic medieval village of Hauz Khas, now an urbanised village with up-and-coming designer shops, artisan stuff, vintage and antique shops. Overnight in Delhi!
After breakfast you will travel to Jaipur. Jaipur is the gateway to the magnificent and dynamic state of Rajasthan. Founded in 1727 by the great warrior and astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II, Jaipur is a highly eye-catching and colourful city characterised by fine bazaars, ornately carved palaces, havelis and fortresses. Widely known as the ‘pink city’ for its unusual pink sandstone architecture, Jaipur is a place of kings, queens and legends.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel!
Jaipur is famous for its colourful bazaars and delicious cuisine! So let’s not waste our time staying at the hotel. After a short rest at the hotel we will take a guided tour through the famous bazaars of the old pink city. First we make a short drive down to MI Road for lunch at Natraj. The menu of the restaurant has a long list of Indian, continental and Chinese alternatives but it is best to stick to the curries. To taste a few different dishes you should consider ordering a thali, a large plate full of small portions of different curries and a selection of Indian bread. After lunch you will find the famous Lassiwala a little further along MI Road. Here you can enjoy a creamy, refreshing yoghurt drink, served in a pottery cup. Imitators surround the shop – we will look for the address number 312 and a “since 1944” sign.
After a hearty lunch we will walk west on the Wildlife Journey India to the Tripolia Bazaar and arrive in a narrow street lined with shop after shop selling typical Rajasthan style bracelets. Don’t forget to bargain down the price of any purchase you make here. Then stroll south down to Johari Bazaar (jewellery market) and absorb the sights and sounds of the city. It is not just a shopping street for tourists. The stalls that line this street sell everything from saris and shawls to the jewellery for which Jaipur is famous. Stay skeptical while you shop here and make sure you have done enough research before making any major purchases. Turn right to Bapu Bazaar, another shopping street with more emphasis on household goods. Admire the mirror-work tapestries and bedspreads hanging from shop windows and look for henna artists masterfully painting designs on the arms and hands of customers on the sidewalk.
We end our day by spending time at Nahargarh Fort, also known as Tiger Fort, built by Jai Singh in 1734 to support the defense of Amber Fort. It overlooks the city from a steep hill to the north and is spectacularly floodlit at night. An 8km long road runs up to the hills of Jaipur and the fort can be reached by a zigzag path. You may wish to crown this climb with a chilled beer on the ramparts of the fortress while enjoying the sweeping view of the city of Jaipur below – it shows a particularly impressive view at night with its glittering lights – great for photos. Overnight stay in Jaipur!
After breakfast we continue with the Amber Fort, which is one of six hill forts in Rajasthan that have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The ascent to the fort is made on elephant back or by jeep. Located only 11 km from Jaipur, Amber Fort is one of the wonderful examples of Rajput architecture that characterized the ancient capital during the Kachhawah Empire. The original palace was built by Maharaja Raja Man Singh and later completed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The wonderful old citadel, a labyrinth of massive walls and towers, hides inside a beautiful marble palace, which is chiseled and illuminated by a million tiny mirrors creating a wonderful play of light. Inside the palace are the Divan-e-Aam, the “public auditorium”; the Divan-e-Khas, or “private auditorium” and the Sukh Niwas, where in summer a cool breeze blows through the water channels and pleasantly refreshes the air. You can then see the private chambers of the queens from the typical lattice windows through which the queens could observe the transformation of the royal court in privacy. You can also admire the Jai Mandir or the “Temple of Victory” with its famous Sheesh Mahal, the sparkling “Hall of Mirrors”.
On Tiger Journeys India, take a trip back to the pink city to the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds, Jaipur’s iconic pink sandstone façade, originally built to allow women to parade and watch daily life on the streets below without being seen. The entrance to the tangled building is around the corner and a passageway inside reveals stained glass windows, tiny chambers and a remarkable view of Jaipur.
We will continue our tour with the city palace. It is an impressive fusion of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The spacious City Palace Museum is popular for its collection of princely clothing, carpets and palanquins. One room exhibits ancient weapons and miniatures representing court scenes and battles. Further inside, the Chandra Mahal is still an active residence of the current Maharaja and sightseeing is limited, but a walk down the lower part of the seven-storey building reveals a courtyard (known as the Pitam Niwas Chowk) with four doors painted in detail – one peacock door stands out as exceptionally beautiful. The adjacent Jantar Mantar – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is a collection of 14 enormous astronomical instruments built by Maharajah Jai Singh II in the early 18th century. The instruments were (and still are) used to predict eclipses, measure time, determine distances and much more. There are five Jantar Mantars throughout northern India, but the Jaipur Observatory is the best preserved.
After lunch we drive to Ranthambhore National Park where we start our search for the tigers!
Ranthambhore National Park is a picturesque place situated between the Aravali Hills and the Vindhyan Plateau in the eastern part of Rajasthan, the ancient place where the Maharajas of Jaipur used to go hunting. The river Chambal in the south and Banas in the north are the main sources of water in the park. It will be amazing to go on a tiger safari in the reserve to observe its incomparable beauty, enhanced by the presence of six artificial lakes and streams, which are always rich in water. The park covers an area of 1334 km2 and includes the shrines of Kaila Devi and Mansingh. The idea of preserving nature was initiated by the rulers of Jaipur, who transformed Ranthambore into a safari reserve in 1955 and made it one of the first protected areas, although it only became an official national park in 1984. It was clearly among the first reserves that hosted tigers when “Project Tiger” was launched in 1972.
On arrival in Ranthambhore you will be transferred to your jungle lodge on the edge of the national park.
Overnight stay in Ranthambhore!
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Hotels 4 Stars
Delhi: Holiday Inn New Delhi
Agra: Crystal Sarovar Premiere
Ranthambhore: The Tigress Spa & Resort (Pension Completa)
Bundi: Bundi Vilas
Jodhpur: Heritage Hotel Ranbanka Palace oder Radisson
Udaipur: The Lakend oder Ananta Resort & Spa
Old and New Delhi (Start), Mandawa, Khimsar, Jodhpur, Ranakpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Bundi, Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri, Abhaneri Stepwell, Agra, Varanasi, Katmandú, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Dhampus, Nagarkot, Parque Nacional Chitwan, Kathmandu (End)
Chennai / Kanchipuram / Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) / Pondicherry (Puducherry) / Tanjore (Thanjavur) / Trichy (Tiruchirapalli) / Chettinadu region / Madurai / Munnar / Thekkady (Periyar tiger reserve) / Alleppey (houseboat through backwaters) / Kumarakom / Mararikulam beach / Kochi
Neu Delhi – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur – Pushkar – Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Kumbhalgarh (UNECO) – Udaipur – Neu Delhi
Mumbai or New Delhi (Start), Nagpur, Pench Tiger Reserve and National Park, Kanha Tiger Reserve, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Panna Tiger Reserve, Khajuraho, Ranthambore, Agra, Delhi (End)