India – Taj and Tigers
No other travel destination excites the senses more than India – the beauty of its temples and mosques, the excitement of the big cities and the fragrant spices of the national cuisine. SAT’s classic Taj and Tigers tour is a great introduction to this wonderful country. The great city of Delhi is the starting point with visits to some of the great monuments of the middle ages including the great minaret of Qutb Minar and the lavishly decorated halls of the Red Fort. There is also time to see the fascinating market place at Chandni Chowk. The city of Agra is the next stop with a visit to the incomparable Taj Mahal – the beautiful marble tomb of Shah Jehan’s third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. There are also visits to Rajasthan’s amazing capital city of Jaipur and to the Tiger Reserve at Ranthambore, where you can catch a glimpse of these iconic creatures. If you have more than a week to visit, then there is a lot more to see – the ancient Hindu temple at Khajuraho, the serene Buddhist monasteries of the Himalayan province of Ladakh or spend a week traveling in regal splendour on the sumptuous Palace on Wheels train.
Alternatively after a week spent seeing the spectacular sights of India, relax for a few days on the beach at Goa or on the beautiful shoreline of Kerala.
Arrive on scheduled flight into Delhi Airport and transfer to Lalit Hotel for overnight.
After breakfast there is a full day sightseeing tour of Delhi to see the medieval walled city of Shahjehanabad and the Red Fort, the fantastic palace fortress of the Mughals. Dinner and overnight Lalit Hotel.
This morning drive from Delhi to Agra stopping at Sikandara to see the tomb of Akbar, the great Mughal emperor. Check in to Jaypee Palace Hotel. This afternoon there is time for an extended visit to the amazing Taj Mahal. Dinner and overnight Jaypee Palace hotel.
After breakfast transfer to Ranthambore via a visit to the remarkable “ghost palace” at Fatehpur Sikri. Arrive at Ranthambore National Park in the afternoon with time to rest before dinner. Overnight Dev Vilas Hotel.
Dawn and dusk safaris today to see the famous tigers of Ranthambore and much else besides in this beautiful park. Dinner and overnight Dev Vilas Hotel.
After breakfast transfer to Jaipur, the magnificent and colorful capital city of Rajasthan. Check into Country Inn and Suites Hotel. Overnight Jaipur.
Today there is a full day of sightseeing in the city of Jaipur. There will be the chance to take an elephant ride in front of the Amber Fort and a visit to the astonishing Hawa Mahal, “the palace of the winds”. Dinner and overnight Jaipur.
This morning drive to Delhi and check in to Lalit Hotel, where there will be plenty of time for dinner before an evening transfer to Delhi Airport for the flight back home.
Return home early on Sunday morning.