Enjoy a tour of Delhi today. Drive along Rajpath, the capitals broadest avenue, for a look at Parliament, the Presidents House and India Gate. Visit the Qutab Minar, Birla Mandir, a colorful and modern Hindu temple. Among your stops are the Red Fort, a spectacular fortified complex built by Shah Jahan, with its Pearl Mosque, palaces and audience chambers; Raj Ghat-the memorial built for Mahatma Gandhi, the father of modem India; the Ashoka Pillar and the mile long Chandani Chowk Bazaar. Overnight The Oberoi.
Drive to Agra (203 kms / 4hrs), home of the Taj Mahal a love sonnet composed in marble. Explore the 16th century Agra Fort, with its battlements, apartments, gardens and halls of audience. Enjoy an extended visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal and wintees the transformation as the monument reflects the warm glow of sun set. Overnight at Amarvils Hotel (Deluxe room ).
This morning's excursion brings you to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, this ghost town is remarkably well preserved and presents a perfect synthesis of Muslim and Hindu art and culture. The sculptured columns bear mute testimony to this gallant experiment to unite the two races. The afternoon is at leisure.
Fathepur Sikri An early morning visit to the Taj Mahal presents an opportunity to admire this dream in marble as it welcomes the rising sun. Drive ( 240 kms / 6 hrs ) to Ranthambhore, the remains of a thousand year old fortress. Today leopards and tigers prowl the ruins. This afternoon enjoy your first game drive. Your luxury camp is located on the private reserve of the local Maharajah. Overnight at Vanya Vilas Jungle camp (Superior tent).
Ranthambbore is one of the few preserves where the nocturnal camera tigers may be seen in daylight. Almost hunted to extinction by the local royalty and their British overloads, the population of the Bengal tiger is slowly increasing thanks to the efforts of "Projects Tiger" and the World Wildlife Fund. You'll take thrilling game drives in the morning and evening to scour the jungle for wildlife.
After a morning game drive you leave for the "Pink city" of Jaipur (130 / 3 hrs) where the old city is surrounded by a massive wall pierced by magnificent doorways. Your tour of Jaipur takes you to Hawa Mahal or "Place of Winds". Continue to City Palace, with its latticed balconies, tiny windows cupolas country yards and arched entrances. A stop at the ancient observatory concludes the tour. Raj Vilas Palace Hotel (Deluxe room).
You are transported back in time today, riding like royalty atop elegantly draped and painted elephants, up into the high mountain fortress of Amber, a superb example of Rajput architecture, with its complex of palaces, temples and ornate apartments. The afternoon is at leisure.
Morning fly to Udaipur. Tour this famous" City of Lakes," known as one of the most picturesque and romantic city or India and maybe the world. Visit City Palace, Saheliyon ki Bari or Garden of Maids; and the folklore museum where you can see a presentation of the string puppet show typical to this area. Overnight at Udaivilas Luxury Resort.
Today's excursion brings you to the beautifully sculpted Jain temples of Ranakpur. The intricately carved white marble is so well preserved it belies the temple's 500 years. The temple dedicated to the Sun God is famed for its erotic sculpture. Lunch at Maharani Bagh, a mango grove and the private gardens of the Maharana of Jodhpur.
Fly to Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India's most cosmopolitan city. Your tour of Mumbai includes the British-built arch "Gateway of India," Mumbai landmark; the Hanging Gardens and the affluent community of Malabar Hills; the Prince of Wales Museum, Dhobi Ghat, Marine Drive, the Gandhi Memorial Museum and Jain Temple.Overnight at Oberoi Towers. (Superior room)
Cruise across the harbor to Elephanta Island and its famous caves, filled with carvings and sculptures dating back to 550 A.D. The afternoon is at leisure to relax and pursue independent activities. Late evening transfer to international airport for flight back home. (Hotel Checkout 12: hrs).