Long Breaks | 6 nights
Make a morning excursion to Amber Fort slowly meandering up the steep ascent perched atop an elephant. Then relive the history of the Kacchhwaha Rajputs, and the founding of the Jaipur Royal State. In the afternoon, visit some of Jaipur’s celebrated textile and apparel designer outlets, as well as explore Old Jaipur with its warren of narrow alleys and little shops selling art, craft, footwear and jewellery from across the desert province.
In the morning, drive to Agra carrying a packed lunch. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital city of the great Mughal Emperor Akbar. Arrive into Agra in the afternoon. In the evening have an unforgettable sunset visit to the Taj Mahal, the white marble blushing as the last rays of sunlight caress this monument to love.
Places: Delhi; Jaipur; Agra; National Chambal Sanctuary | Activities: Visit Old & New Delhi sights; ride an elephant up the Amber Fort in Jaipur; drink in the winter sun at the impressive Jaipur City Palace; click away crazy at the Palace of Winds; shop till you drop in the Pink City; see the ghost capital city of Emperor Akbar; see the Taj Mahal at sunset and sunrise; explore the Agra Fort; experience the untamed Chambal Sanctuary - camel safari to Fort Ater, river cruises to spot crocodiles and dolphins; jeep rides to villages, birdwatching.
Combine the magnificent Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra with a two-night wilderness retreat at the National Chambal Sanctuary, located just 90minutes south of Agra.
The sanctuary is a 40km stretch of the wild and pristine Chambal River and a 1-6km wide swathe of river banks and ravines along both sides of the river. The ravines comprising a maze of eroded mud cliffs are home to a rich array of mammals, birds, and reptiles. More importantly, it is home to the highly endangered gharial crocodile and the Gangetic dolphin. And beyond the wildlife there’s plenty to see and do - riverside Siva temples at Bateshwar, camel safaris to the crumbling ruins of Fort Ater, and open-top jeep trips to medieval villages far removed from the throbbing trail of the Golden Triangle.
Arrive New Delhi by a morning flight from Chennai or Bangalore, and transfer to your hotel. Then depart for the walled city of Shahjahanabad in Old Delhi that encloses the mighty Jama Masjid and Red Fort. Enjoy a delightful rickshaw ride along Chandni Chowk. After lunch at one of the many market restaurants in New Delhi, visit the Humayun’s Tomb, the resting place of one of the early Mughal rulers, and the inspiration behind the Taj Mahal. Then drive through New Delhi, the 9th version of this great city and built by Lutyens. Lastly go back in time to the 12th century at the Qutb Minar in South Delhi, the massive victory tower of the first Islamic rulers of India – the Afghans. In the evening, head out to Hauz Khas village for some sundown exploration of this urban refuge with its shops and galleries and well-lit 14th century ruins.
In the morning, drive to Jaipur from Delhi. In the afternoon, visit the City Palace and the Palace of the Winds. Also see the Astronomical Observatory, built by Maharaja Jai Singh. In the evening, have a splendid traditional Rajasthani meal at one of many restaurants in the city’s fine hotels.
A romantic farewell visit to the Taj Mahal at sunrise. After breakfast, visit the 16th century Agra Fort, built by successive Mughal Emperors, see Emperor Akbar’s mausoleum at Sikandra, and make comparisons at the Itmad-ud-Daulah, the 17th century tomb of a Persian nobleman and considered to be a pre-cursor to the Taj Mahal. After lunch, drive south 70kms (90min) to the National Chambal Sanctuary for your 2-night wildlife safari experience. In the evening, set off on a river cruise on the Chambal River looking out for the highly endangered gharial crocodile, Gangetic dolphins, river otters and numerous bird species that dot the ravines and banks of this protected river.
In the morning, go on a camel safari along the river bank, through the ravines looking for wildlife, and up to the crumbling atmospheric ruins of the 17th century Fort Ater, the scene of numerous battles between the Rajputs, Mughals and Marathas. In the afternoon, rest or go on a short nature walk in the surroundings of your wildlife lodge, trying to spot some of the 300 bird species found in the Chambal.
In the morning after breakfast, depart for Agra and Delhi carrying a packed lunch with you. Arrive Delhi Airport and fly home.
With this itinerary you are free, if you prefer, to arrange your own domestic flights. Milesworth can tailor make your journey to suit you, as our tours are based on a minimum of 2 persons travelling together by air and chauffeur driven car. Throughout your tour experienced representatives and knowledgeable local English or foreign-language guides, where appropriate, will assist you.
Couples & Families | Visit October - April |
Fly to Delhi or Jaipur