Rajasthan Culture and Wildlife Tour

Destinations : Delhi - Mandawa - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Bharatpur – Agra – Delhi
Duration : 08 Nights/09 Days

Day 01: Arrival in Delhi
On arrival, you will be greeted by eLand Holidays representative who will transfer you to your pre booked hotel. Delhi is a city that is tied to its past from end while the other end strives hard to create a new prosperous future. Besides being the capital of the Indian subcontinent, it is also one of the most developed metropolitan of the country.
Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 02: City Tour of Evergreen Delhi
Breakfast will be followed by the full day excursion of delightful Delhi. Today’s well maintained city – Delhi had been through many tough times in the past. Its monuments and forts narrate before you the eternal tales of war and love. Old Delhi has every element of Mughal architecture while New Delhi represents the imperial days. Jama masjid, the largest mosque in India was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The courtyard of the mosque is capable of holding twenty five thousand worshippers who offer weekly Friday noon congregation prayers in the mosque. Opposite to it, Shah Jahan built the famous Red Fort. Art form and ornamental work of the fort is tremendous. Architecture of the fort is the perfect amalgamation of Persian, European and Indian art. The sound and light show is the key attraction for travelers. Then you move ahead to pay homage to the father of the nation – Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Samadhi, memorial to this great personality. Drive past the President’s House. Also visit the world heritage sights of Qutab Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. Come back to the hotel for overnight stay. 

Day 03: Drive from Delhi to Mandawa (Rajasthan)
Early in the morning, after a delicious breakfast, you will be driven towards your next destination – Mandawa which is approx 260 km from Delhi. On arrival at Mandawa, check in at your pre booked hotel. Mandawa will be your first destination in Rajasthan of your Rajasthan Culture and Wildlife Tour.
Relax for a while and get freshen up for the evening sightseeing tour in Mandawa which is renowned for its fresco havelis and forts. Fine art and exquisiteness flourish in every nook and corner of this pictorial town of havelis and is precisely called "open art gallery" for its captivating mansions that flaunt skillfully painted elegant walls.

Founded in 18th century, the quaint town of Mandawa was inhabited by the affluent merchant families belonging to the Shekhawati clan of Rajputs. The forts and havelis of Mandawa reflect a picture of changing time. In the former days, mythology dominated the themes of murals but with the advent of British Rule it diminished.
Overnight stay will be at hotel in Mandawa.

Day 04: Mandawa - Jaipur - Chokhi Dhani
After breakfast at the hotel you will be driven towards your next destination Jaipur which is approx 190 km. On arrival in Jaipur, check in at your pre booked hotel and relax your senses before heading towards for short yet colorful trip to Chokhi Dhani.

Evening tour to Chokhi Dhani will make you acquainted with the vibrant traditions, vivid culture and mouth watering cuisine of Rajasthan. Chokhi Dhani is a theme village with services of a five star resort. It portrays in an elegant manner the lifestyle of pastoral Rajasthan.
Overnight stay will be at Jaipur hotel.

Day 05: Explore Jaipur – the Pink City of India
After a healthy breakfast at the hotel, you will move out for an exciting sightseeing tour of the pink city – Jaipur. Visit the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Maotha Lake. En-route to Amber you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.

In the afternoon you will visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day.

In the evening, you can enjoy shopping in the vibrant market of Jaipur and buy yourself some unique and beautiful handicrafts, dresses and souvenirs.  Overnight stay will be at the hotel

Day 06: Drive from Jaipur to Ranthambore (145 km)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to Ranthambore where the world famous Ranthambore National Park known for its wild cats (tigers) and other rare species of fauna and flora is located. Check in at your pre booked resort. Relax and overcome your fatigue in your luxurious room at the resort before stepping out for an adventurous wildlife expedition.

In the afternoon, enjoy a jeep safari tour in Ranthambore National Park. In the evening, return to the resort and stay overnight at the wildlife resort.

Day 07: Ranthambore
After early morning breakfast, get ready for a thrilling experience as you get a full day game viewing inside the jungle.
Well known for its tigers, Ranthambore National Park is blessed with species of Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Indian Wild Boar, Chinkara, Jackals, Indian Flying Foxes, Indian Foxes, Sloth bears, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Macaques, Small Indian Civets and Common mongoose. The reptile population of the park includes Snub Nosed Marsh Crocodiles, Desert Monitor Lizards, Tortoise, Banded Kraits, Cobras, Common Kraits, Ganga Soft Shelled Turtles, Indian Pythons, North Indian Flap Shelled Turtles, Rat Snakes, Russel's Vipers, Saw-scaled Vipers and the Indian Chamaeleon.

Also visit Ranthambore Fort - No visit to the Ranthambore National Park is complete till the time visitors have explored the Ranthambore Fort which lies within the park premises itself. The fort was built around 8th century by the Chauhans and has numerous attractions in store.
Overnight will be spent at the hotel.

Day 08: Ranthambore-Agra via Bharatpur and Fatehpur Sikri (294 km)
At eLand Holidays, we believe in making your trip unforgettable and as a part of this ideology, we have included Agra – the city of love in your Rajasthan Culture and Wildlife Tour itinerary.

Post breakfast at the hotel, leave for Agra by car. On your way, you will visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctauary, a heaven for bird lovers. Also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the Bharatpur Bird Sanctauary houses over 230 avifauna species. It is a hotspot for bird watching.

Later continue your drive to Fatehpur Sikri the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.Later proceed to Agra. Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra and its neighborhood. It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture. On arrival check in at your pre booked hotel.Spend rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 09: Agra - Delhi (204 km) – Onward Destination
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for the city tour of Agra. Visiting - Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding.

Also visit Agra Fort and Itimad –Ud-Daulah. Agra fort is an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts.

Itimad-ud-Daulah, the beautiful tomb of Mirza Ghiyath Beg was the first building to be constructed of pure marble in Mughal India. This two storey mausoleum is small but perfectly executed, with translucent stones etched into its walls and tracery work adding a delicate finishing touch.
In the afternoon, you will drive back to Delhi. On arrival, our representative will receive you and in time transfer you to Delhi’s International airport to connect flight to your onward destination