GOLDEN TRIANGLE WITH RANTHAMBORE
Cultural tour of India

The tour starts with the arrival in Delhi followed by Agra – home of the most appreciated monument of love “Taj Mahal”; Visit the former Mughal Capital of Fatehpur Sikri – A World Heritage Site. We also visit the famous Ranthambore National Park where we take Safari in the Jungle to spot the Tiger. The Journey culminates at our final destination in Jaipur, famous for its forts, Palaces and Jewels. We experience royalty with an Elephant Ride up the hill to the Amber Palace.

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 08 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : 15 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Delhi (Flight)
Day 02: Delhi
(B, D)
Day 03: Delhi/Agra (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 04: Agra
(B, D)
Day 05: Agra/Ranthambore (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 06: Ranthambore/Jaipur (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 07: Jaipur
(B, D)
Day 08: Jaipur/Delhi (Drive)
(B, D)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Delhi (Flight)

Arrival. Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.
Overnight: Vivanta By Taj Dwarka, New Delhi (2 Nights)

Day 02: Delhi

The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. We explore Old Delhi, starting with the Red Fort Complex*. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement and each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions. After visiting the Red fort, we embark on a captivating journey on a Rickshaw passing through the narrow lanes of the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaar, it was originally built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his daughter Jahan Ara in 17th Century since then many changes have taken place however it still remains Old Delhi's one of the Oldest and busiest markets in Delhi. Finally end our rickshaw ride at Jama Masjid, Mughal majesty and India's largest mosque. After visiting the mosque we proceed to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. In the evening we enjoy a welcome dinner at a well-known local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 03: Delhi/Agra (Drive)

We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit Birla House, the Former Residence of Mahatma Gandhi before he was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse on January 30, 1948. Later we visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and Humayun's Tomb*, the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, built in 1570. We continue to Qutub Minar and its Monuments* Built in the early 13th century the red sandstone tower of Qutub Minar is 72.5 m high. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art and two mosques. After the tour of New Delhi, we drive to Agra. On arrival in Agra, we check in our Hotel.
Overnight: Jaypee Palace (2 Nights) (B, D)

Day 04: Agra

To many today is the most awaited day. We begin our day before sunrise with a visit to one of the most beautiful monuments in the world, the Taj Mahal*. An immense mausoleum of white marble, built between 1631 and 1648 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the crown jewel of Muslim art in India and across the world. Set in a vast Mogul garden located on the right bank of the Yamuna River, this funerary monument combines elements and styles of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture. After our sunrise experience at this artistic masterpiece, we return to our hotel for breakfast. Later we visit Agra Fort*. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, audience halls and two very beautiful mosques. In the afternoon we visit Fatehpur Sikri*. Built in 1640 by the by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great, it was the capital of the Mughal Empire for about ten years before it was abandoned. The complex of monuments and temples features a uniform architectural style and includes one of India’s largest mosques and the beautiful Mausoleum of Salim Chisty, a revered Sufi saint. Evening is free to loiter around this small town housing three UNESCO World Heritage sites. (B, D)

Note: On nights with a Full Moon the Taj Mahal's pure white marble shimmers silver in the moonlight and is open to visitors. Bestway Tours & Safaris can arrange an optional tour to enjoy this very special occasion.

Day 05: Agra/Ranthambore (Drive)

A countryside drive takes us to Ranthambore, the former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Ranthambore National Park lies at the edge of a plateau, and is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River. There are several lakes in the park. It is named for the historic Ranthambhore Fort*, which lies within the national park. The rugged terrain and the dense deciduous forests are major features of this national park, which has among the largest and most diverse collection of wildlife species in India. In the afternoon we take a safari through the National Park, where we encounter a variety of mammals, including tigers. About 150 bird species have their habitat here and in winter a variety of migratory birds can be seen.
Overnight: Ranthambore Regency, Ranthambore (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 06: Ranthambore/Jaipur (Drive)

An early morning safari in time when animals are looking out for their prey. We try and spot nilgai, chausingha, chital, chinkara, wild boar, muntjac, jungle cat, ratel, hyena, porcupine, rhesus macaque and black-faced langur. Ranthambhore was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973 and spotting the big cat in its natural habitat is an unforgettable experience. After our morning safari, we drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan called the Pink City, since most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone. In the evening we enjoy our dinner followed by Rajasthani Cultural dance show.
Overnight: ITC Rajputana, Jaipur - A Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 07: Jaipur

Today we will be treated like the royalty of yesteryear with an elephant ride to the majestic Amber Fort*. Perched on a hillside on the outskirts of town, the palace was constructed by Maharaja Man Singh. The fort which started construction in 1592 comprises a number of gardens, courtyards and palatial spaces derived from Mughal architecture and are a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. We return to Jaipur to see the beautiful the Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal court used to watch the city from behind its intricately carved facade. We then visit the majestic City Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art and the Jantar Mantar*, an astronomical observatory built in the early 18th century that includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period. The evening is free to rest or perhaps enjoy both shopping and get a cultural experience of the bazaar. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting. (B, D)

Day 08: Jaipur/Delhi (Drive)

After an incredible tour of the Golden Triangle with Ranthambore, we are driven to Delhi where we check in at hotel Vivanta By Taj Dwarka New Delhi for day rooms until 8:30 PM. After a farewell dinner we are transferred to the international terminal for our flight home. We bid farewell to India after what will have been a memorable journey into history, culture, art, architecture, making new friends and lots of memories. (B, D)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

Jan 11 & 29; Mar 08; Apr 16; May 07; Jun 04; Jul 06; Aug 03; Sep 07; Oct 04 & 25; Nov 29

2018

Jan 18; Feb 07; Mar 07; Apr 18; May 06; Jun 03; Jul 05; Aug 09; Sep 06

Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2017
Jan 11 & 29; Mar 08 US$ 1065 / CA$ 1380 US$ 410 / CA$ 530
Apr 16; May 07; Jun 04 US$ 933 / CA$ 1199 US$ 299 / CA$ 380
Jul 06; Aug 03; Sep 07 US$ 820 / CA$ 1067 US$ 299 / CA$ 380
Oct 04 & 25; Nov 29 US$ 1075 / CA$ 1399 US$ 410 / CA$ 530
2018
Jan 18; Feb 07; Mar 07 US$ 1075 / CA$ 1399 US$ 410 / CA$ 530
Apr 18; May 06; Jun 03 US$ 942 / CA$ 1226 US$ 299 / CA$ 385
Jul 05; Aug 09; Sep 06 US$ 830 / CA$ 1077 US$ 299 / CA$ 385


Notes

Ranthambore National Park remains closed from July 01 to September 30. Departures during this period an additional night will be provided in New Delhi instead of Ranthambore.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 15 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Entrances fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary 
  • Elephant Ride at Amber Fort (Subject to availability)
  • 2 Safaris through Ranthambore National Park (October to June Departures) (Subject to availability)
  • Rickshaw Ride in Delhi
Not Included
  • Any airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1600

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1200

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1000

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 15 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.