01: Flight to India (New Delhi)
Around Midnight arrive in
New Delhi. The cosmopolitan city
and capital New Delhi is the main gateway for the travellers
to India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative
and transferred to the hotel.
02: New Delhi
Today in the morning we have sightseeing in Old Delhi. Sightseeing
in Old Delhi includes "Rajghat", the place where
Gandhi was cremated and
Jama Masjid, the great mosque of old
Delhi. Today we also visit the famous "Humayun Tomb" which
is the first substantial example of Mughal
India and "Qutub Minar" which is 71 meter high and was constructed
in 1199. Before we proceed to the hotel we will drive through
New Delhi where we will visit the
India Gate, Government Buildings
03: New Delhi - Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary - New Delhi (about 46 km)
Today after having our breakfast we drive further to visit
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary. Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary was founded by very
own birdman Late Dr. Salim Ali. Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is
a heaven to a variety of domestic and migratory birds. Winter
brings in birds from Siberia and Europe. The birds include
Darters, Egrets Shovellers, Gadwell, Geese, Teals, Kingfishers,
Lapwings, Demoiselle Cranes, Ruddy Shelducks, Pelicans, Flamingoes,
Bar-headed Geese, Grey Lags, Mallards, Pochards. Local species
include Plovers, Herons, Cormorants, White Ibises, Spoonbills
and Painted Storks. There are about 100 species of birds. Other
wildlife in the park include Blackbuck, Nilgai, Hog Deer,
Sambar, Wild Dog or Dhole, Caracal, Wild Cat, Hedgehog, Mongoose,
Striped Hyena, Indian Porcupine, Rattle or Honey Badger, Leopard,
Wild Pig, and four horned Antelope. After visiting this sanctuary
we return back to the hotel.
04: New Delhi - Jaipur (about 270 km)
Today we drive to the Pink City,
Jaipur. This city owes its
name, foundations and careful planning to the great warrior
and astronomer, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur is the
Rajasthan and famous for its
handicrafts and precious
and semiprecious stones. In the afternoon we visit the
Palace that is still the formal residence of the royal family,
built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.
In the museum of the
City Palace we visit the private collection
of the Jaipur Maharajas. We continue to
Jantar Mantar, a stone
observatory, and the largest of Jai Singh's five remarkable
observatories. Its complex instruments reveal us the secrets
of medieval Indian astronomy.
After breakfast we drive to the ancient capital of
laying 11 km away from Jaipur. Amber was the ancient capital
of Kachhawaha dynasty for 6 centuries before it was moved
to newly created Jaipur. We will ascend to the Palace Fortress
on the back of an Elephant. Enroute to Amber we visit the
Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), built in 1799 AD. It contains
953 small casements with each having its own balcony. The
windows enabled cool air to circulate and the ladies to watch
processions below without being seen. In the afternoon we
have a walk through the colourful Bazaars of Jaipur and visit
a factory to see the famous block printing work being done
since centuries in Jaipur. In the evening we drive through
the new city of Jaipur and visit "Laxmi Narayan Mandir", a
Hindu temple made out of white marble. We might have an opportunity
here to observe a prayer ceremony.
06: Jaipur - Bharatpur (about
Today after breakfast we drive to
Bharatpur. Bharatpur has
its fame due to
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary
is finest bird sanctuary in Asia. Bharatpur was
earlier a duck shooting resort of the Maharaja. Keoladeo Bird
Sanctuary with its 375 species is one of the best Water-bird sanctuaries
in the world. In winter there are many migratory birds from
the northern hemisphere including the rare Siberian Crane.
07: Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (about 260 km)
Today we leave Rajasthan, the biggest state in India and drive
through a series of fields, small towns and villages to Agra.
Enroute we make a stop and visit
Fatehpur Sikri, which was
once an imperial capital frozen in time, constructed by Akbar
the Great in the 16th century. This wonderful city constructed
by red sand stones was abandoned as abruptly as it had been
built. It has been generally stated that it was due to failing
in the water supply. In the evening arrive in
free for leisure.
Today we start our sightseeing by a visit to the
built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. The construction
of this massive structure began in 1565 under Akbar's reign
and continued till the time of his grandson's reign, Shah
Jahan who built the impressive imperial quarters and mosque.
After the visit of Agra Fort we proceed to visit the most
beautiful monument of India, the
Taj Mahal, an enduring monument
to love, with a continually fulfilling beauty. It was built
by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-52, as a tomb
and memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the
Palace), who died at the age of 39 giving birth to her 14th
child. We spend enough time at Taj Mahal to take this
impressive memory home.
09: Agra - Sonkhaliya - Agra
Today from Agra we will drive to Sonkhaliya. It will be a
very special day for us, as we will see the rare and spectacular
Indian Bustard. Other birds that can be found in this area
include Stoloczka's Bushchat and White Naped Tit. As we look
for the Indian Bustard we may see Desert Isabelline and Variable
Wheatears and huge numbers of Greater Short-toed Larks together
with the occasional Bimaculated Lark. After visiting this
sanctuary we will return back to hotel in Agra.
10: Agra - National Chambal
Sanctusary (about 70 km)
Today after having breakfast we will drive further to visit
National Chambal Sanctuary. The National Chambal Sanctuary is famous for
the rare Gangetic Dolphin. The sanctuary was founded in the year 1979
and is part of a large area co-administered by Rajasthan,
Madhya Pradesh and
Uttar Pradesh. The other inhabitants of
the sanctuary include Crocodile, Alligator, Swamp Deer, Chital,
Leopard, Hyena, Chinkara, Sambar, Nilgai, Wolf and Wild Boar.
This sanctuary covers total area of 340 square km. There we
will have boat cruise on river Chambal and view the various
birds like the Indian Skimmer, Black-bellied Tern, Bar-headed
Goose and other Waterfowl.
11: National Chambal Sanctuary - New Delhi
In the morning, after having our breakfast we drive to New
Delhi. Arrive in New Delhi in the afternoon. Evening free
for leisure. On arrival in New Delhi, you will be met by our
representative and transferred to the hotel. Rooms are available
to get fresh and change. The rest of the day at leisure (opportunity
for the shopping or enjoy a massage in the Hotel) After having
dinner we depart for the airport with the Indo Vacations representative.
12: New Delhi
Around midnight flight to home destination.
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