Day 01 Arrive in Delhi
Arrive Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport met at the airport by Scat Travel's representatives and transfer to hotel by air conditioned Vehicle.
Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.
Day 02 - Old & New Delhi
New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's-it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eight cities - New Delhi. Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Qutub Minar. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue Rajpath past the imposing India Gate, President House and Parliament House.
Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Here you will see Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi and Jama Masjid - Largest mosque in India. Overnight stay
Day 03 - Delhi -Amritsar
Today transfer to Railway station to the Shatabdi Express from New Delhi station Arrived Amritsar on arrival check in hotel.
Most people go to Amritsar to visit the holiest shrine of the Sikhs, The Golden Temple. The Mandir in built on a 67 ft/square of marble & is a two story Marble structure. Maharaja Ranjit Singh had a upper half of the building covered with an estimated 400 kg of Gold - leaf, hence its popular name "The Golden Temple". There is a walk away around the Mandir. A marble causeway across the water of the Sarovar leads to the Harmandar Sahib. The temple also known "Durbar Sahib" With a large Staff, the Golden Temple is a very well organized institution. "Guru Ka Langar" offers free food to all - an estimated 20000 eating daily. The number can shoot up to around 100000 on special days like the "Gurparbs" (Anniversaries of the Gurus).
Jallianwala Bagh, also very near the Golden Temple, is an important monument dedicated to hundreds of martyrs, who lost their lives in a massacre in 1919.
A visit to the Wagha Border is an interesting experience especially at Sunset when the retreat ceremony takes place with the BSF on the Indian side & the Satluj Rangers on the Pakistan side putting up a well- coordinated and spectacular display, which compares very favorable with the changing of the Guard in London. Overnight stay.
Day 04 - Amritsar - Delhi - Agra
Today morning transfer to station to board the Shatabdi expresses train for Delhi on arrival state drive to Agra - Mughal city is 200 km and four & half hrs drive from Delhi.
At the time of the Mughal, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. During this period the city became a leading centre of art, science, commerce and culture. Akbar the Great made Agra great. Overnight stay
Day 05 - In Agra
Today morning visit the Agra Fort - built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D., the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-I-Am, Diwane-I-Khas and Musamman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment, besides Jahangir's Palace, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal. Also Visit to Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of Her Father.
Enjoy the Magnificent Taj Mahal - The Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunset, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughal brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry. Overnight stay.
Day 06 - Agra - Ranthambore 290 kms / 7 hrs
On today's drive through the Rajasthani countryside we see villages, woman dressed in the brilliantly colored saris of the region, Camels, Elephants, Bears & scenes of rural lives.
On the way you will visit Fatehpur Sikri - the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its 'ruins' are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal.
Ranthambore National Park
Rajasthan first project Tiger reserve spread over in an area of 392 sq. kms and named after a 1000 year old fort which stands in the park. This is the stat's most well known tiger reserve under Project Tiger. Home of an expansive variety of other animals in its area, one can spot sambhar, cheetal, wild boar, leopard, sloth bear, jackal, hyena among others. Artificial lakes, dense forests and the shield of the Aravallis have helped to make this park very impressive and interesting. Overnight stay.
Day 07 - Ranthambore -Jaipur 175 Kms / 3-½
Game viewing by canter drive for 3 hrs deep into the Jungle. Later visit to 13thCentaury historical Ranthambore fort surrounded by the Vindhyas and Aravalis, amidst vast arid denuded tracts of Rajasthan, lies the Oasis of Biomass in an Ecological desert, the great Ranthambore, the most eminent ruler of the Fort was Rao Hamir who ruled around 1296 A.D. There are various places of Historical Places inside the fort namely Toran Dwar, Mahadeo Chhatri, Sameton Ki Haveli, 32-Pillard Chhatri, Mosque & the Ganesh Temple, the biggest attraction of the Fort. Later drive to Jaipur - the pink city.
Jaipur - once the capital of Rajasthan province,"the abode of Rajasthan." Everywhere you will see the monuments of its Rajput rulers. It has the distinction of being a well planned and laid out city. As you drive through the old part of town, you will witness a life most unlike others. Witness how the city blooms during the day in a kaleidoscope of color and sound. Jaipur is one of the main centers for shopping in India -- especially with regard to textiles, jewellery, stones carpets, etc. Upon arrival check-in hotel.
Afternoon visit to the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and mughal art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Overnight Stay.
Day 08 - Jaipur - Delhi 259 kms - Onwards
After early breakfast visit to Amber fort "Journey back in time at deserted 17th century fortress of Amber Fort." 11 Kms. from Jaipur, Amber Fort is a marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort on the back of a gaily-caparisoned elephant true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure feel the history and visualize the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered.
Say good by to this fascinating land and drive to Delhi to board the flight for onward destination
Inclusion & Highlights
07 Nights air conditioned first class hotels with private bath and shower.
Inclusive of all Hotel Taxes.
Daily full Buffet Breakfast at hotel restaurant.
Inclusive of Taxes.
All transfers & sightseeing by First class Air conditioned Tempo Traveler. Enough space for sitting and luggage
Services of English Speaking local Guides.
Internal Train fare by air conditioned chair car Delhi-Amritsar-Delhi
All State taxes, toll taxes & Parking Charges
All monument entry fees wherever applicable
"Traditional Indian welcome" upon arrival in Delhi.
Enjoy comprehensive tours of Amritsar & Golden Triangle
Stand before the world's most famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal.
Travel by brightly caparisoned elephant to Jaipur's Amber Fort
Drive down Delhi's impressive Rajpath to the India Gate
See the Fort and palaces of Rajasthan
Visit to Golden Temple, Wagha boarder etc
01 Center Safaris in Ranthambore
Video & Still Camera, Laundry, Insurance, Tips, Hard drinks, Beer, Telephone Calls and Expenses like Personal Nature