Long Breaks | 5 nights
A romantic farewell visit to the Taj Mahal at sunrise. After breakfast, depart Agra for Bharatpur. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital city of the great Mughal Emperor Akbar. Arrive Bharatpur at lunch-time. In the evening, go on a birdwatching trip within the 29 sq-km park on a cycle rickshaw where your driver is your naturalist and bird guide.
In the early morning, make another visit to the bird sanctuary. If water levels are high (just after the monsoon), you can even take a boat ride on the reservoir, which brings you close-up to the nesting sites. After lunch, depart Bharatpur for Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur in the evening.
Places: Delhi; Agra; Bharatpur; Jaipur | Activities: Visit Old & New Delhi sights; see the Taj Mahal at sunset and sunrise; explore the Agra Fort; see the ghost capital city of Emperor Akbar; go birdwatching at the UNESCO Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur; 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
On a tour of India’s famed Golden Triangle, most travellers find the drive from Agra to Jaipur fatiguing. So Bharatpur comes as a lovely respite falling in-between these two iconic cities with its magical history and architecture. And what’s more is that it is home to the UNESCO cited Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the premier bird refuge in India. Spread over a tiny area of 29 sq km, the sanctuary and its water bodies were created by the kings of Bharatpur as a duck shooting reserve by diverting an irrigation canal. Today it is home to over 400 species of birds that are drawn to its rich source of water and food. While a number of birds call this home through the year, the reason why you should come is for the migratory aquatic species that arrive each winter to breed and raise their young. Among these is the rare Siberian crane, found no where else in India. Bharatpur is the perfect stopover on the Golden Triangle, a way to slow your travels and see more of this wonderful area of Northern India.
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 Agra. After lunch, visit the Agra Fort, built by successive Moghul Emperors, the Itmad-ud-Daulah and finally an unforgettable sunset visit to the Taj Mahal, the white marble blushing as the last rays of sunlight caress this monument to love.
Make a morning excursion to Amber Fort slowly meandering up the steep ascent perched atop an elephant. In the afternoon visit the delightful Palace of Winds, the City Palace Complex and the fascinating Astronomical Observatory.
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.
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 - February | Fly to Delhi or Jaipur