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Wild + Wonderful India

8 days

Never more than 16 guests OR Travel Privately

Our Distinctive A+R Style

+ Encounter India’s rich multi-cultural diversity at Delhi’s largest Sikh temple, rarely visited by other travelers.
+ Few visitors know to go, but we take you across the river for a magical view of the Taj Mahal at sunset.
+ Morning and afternoon safari drives in our special 6-passenger jeeps offer a better chance to spot the majestic Bengal tiger.
+ Ascend to the Amber Fort and tour this imposing landmark, testament to the glory of an ancient kingdom.
+ Sit down to a congenial dinner with a Jaipur family in their welcoming home – for genuine insight into Indian life and culture.
+ With 7 nights deluxe hotel; 15 meals including 4 à la carte dinners with wine and dinner with a Jaipur family; extensive sightseeing; all transfers; and all gratuities except Trip Leader.

Visit 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites   

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1

Welcome to Delhi, India

Le Meridien Delhi, India

On arrival at the airport, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to Le Meridien. A+R guests will enjoy upgraded Club Rooms here at our contemporary 5-star hotel, ideally located close to historic India Gate and bustling Connaught Place.
 

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Discover Delhi… Old + New

Le Meridien Delhi, India

After breakfast, you'll join our engaging native-born guide for a full-day tour of India's vibrant and endlessly fascinating capital. Focusing this morning on the sights and sounds of Old Delhi, you'll begin with Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Then hop aboard a traditional pedicab - a delightful way to immerse in the colors and rhythms of the city. Step off at the bustling and fragrant Spice Market and explore among the many vendors as our guide offers insight into India's enduring cultural and culinary traditions.
 
Continue your exploration with the historic landmarks of New Delhi, starting with the India Gate – built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the World War I. Then drive along the elegant Rajpath past Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Viceroy's residence and now the official home of the President of India. At Qutab Minar c, you'll discover the tallest brick minaret in the world – a graceful, fluted, tapering tower completed in the 14th century with beautiful terra cotta embellishments and balconies. Tonight, you'll enjoy an à la carte dinner with wine at our 5-star hotel.  Meals B+D
 

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Agra + The Taj Mahal

Trident Hotel - Agra, India

After breakfast, you'll embark on a scenic southward journey to Agra, the venerated 16th-century capital of the Lodhi Dynasty. On arrival, check in to the inviting Trident Hotel, and then visit the Agra Fort c. Behind the impressive 1.5-mile long fortress walls that surround the complex, you'll discover lovely grounds, historic mosques, grand audience halls and fairytale palaces. Dating back to the 16th century and reflecting elements of both Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, this fort is more aptly described as a magnificent, walled palatial city.  End your sightseeing across the Yamuna River at Mehtab Bagh; most visitors don’t know to come here, but in the softer light of late afternoon and evening, this Mughal garden offers magical views of the Taj Mahal.  Meals B+D
 

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Taj Mahal at Sunrise + Onward to Ranthambore

Vivanta by Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge - Ranthambore, India

Arise early this morning for a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal c. You of course did already see this renowned "Monument to Love" yesterday evening, but the strikingly iridescent and translucent façade of the Taj Mahal offers a different but equally enchanting experience in the sharper light of early morning. After breakfast back at the hotel, you’ll check out and depart Agra to visit Fatehpur Sikri c. Built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century but abandoned soon after his death, this veritable fairy tale city is still in pristine condition, making it easy to imagine the opulence of court life long ago. After lunch, continue to Sawai Madhopur and check in to the enchanting Vivanta by Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge, set in an 80-year-old hunting lodge. Enjoy an a la carte dinner this evening.  Meals B+L+D
 

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On Safari in Ranthambore National Park

Vivanta by Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge - Ranthambore, India

Most travelers visit this world-famous reserve in a traditional Indian canter, an open-air bus that seats 20 people. But our exclusive safari drives find you in special open-air jeeps that seat only 4 to 6 guests. There's an experienced naturalist guide in each jeep and these vehicles are faster and much more maneuverable than the canter – offering our guests the best chances of spotting the elusive, Royal Bengal Tiger! They can even take you off-road for more up-close wildlife encounters. Today, you'll venture deep into the wild beauty of the reserve on early morning and late afternoon safari excursions - when the animals are most active. In addition to its most famous resident, the Bengal Tiger, Ranthambore's residents include sloths, bears and hyenas! In between our game-viewing expeditions, you can relax at the Lodge and take advantage of its evocative ambience and romantic setting.  Meals B+L+D
 

After a leisurely breakfast, the morning is yours to enjoy the historic ambience and lush landscaped grounds of our lodge. After lunch, you'll embark an overland journey through the timeless landscapes of the Rajasthani countryside. On arrival in Jaipur, India's fabled Pink City, check in to the 5-star ITC Rajputana where the rest of your afternoon and evening are free to enjoy as you wish.  Meals B+L
 

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Discover Jaipur, India’s Pink City

ITC Rajputana – Jaipur, India

Founded in the 11th century and beautifully constructed from yellow and pink sandstone and gleaming white marble, the spectacular Amber Fort c just outside of town stands in testament to the once-powerful and never-conquered Rajput Kingdom. Entering through the towering Sun Gate, your guided tour reveals lavish courtyards, beautifully decorated halls and the dazzling Chamber of Mirrors. Back in the city, you'll see Hawa Mahal, the oft-photographed Palace of Winds. Built at the end of the 18th century and comprised of delicately latticed windows, its ingenious design allowed women of royal families to remain concealed while they observed the hustle and bustle of the street below. At the City Palace Museum, our knowledgeable guide will enhance your tour of its extensive and carefully curated collection including miniature paintings, ancient weapons and traditional Rajasthani royal costumes. You'll also visit Jantar Mantar c, an observatory built in 1726. You're sure to be astounded by these architectural stone instruments – skillfully designed and constructed to measure time, predict eclipses and track the movements of the stars and planets; the largest instrument stands 90 feet tall and all are amazing accurate.
 
Jaipur is known for the extraordinary skill of its artisans and after sightseeing you'll have time to explore the city's colorful bazaars. Brilliantly tie-dyed fabrics, miniature paintings, finely carved statues, metalwork and pottery are some of the many things you see.  Tonight's specially arranged dinner in the inviting home of a Jaipur family promises congenial conversation as well as rich insight into daily life and India's fascinating culture.  Meals B+D
 

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8

Return to Delhi

After breakfast, we’ll take you back to Delhi where A+R guests will have Day Use Rooms at the deluxe Pullman AeroCity Hotel. Located close to the airport, it offers a relaxing and convenient place where you can refresh before your onward flight.  Meals B
 

Extend Your Trip

Kathmandu

4 days from $999

We include your flights from Delhi to Kathmandu and return to Delhi, 3 nights at our enchanting hotel, and extensive privately-guided sightseeing. This 4-day Private Tour is easily added before or after your stay in India.

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From Delhi to Kathmandu

After breakfast your private car and driver will take you to the airport for your included flight to Kathmandu. On arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and chauffeured your choice of hotel. Both the Vivanta by Taj and the Dwarika's Hotel are ideally located to explore the city. Meals B

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Colorful Kathmandu

This morning’s guided sightseeing begins in Durbar Square, where the Kingdom’s erstwhile rulers were crowned. It remains the heart of Kathmandu’s historic city center and it’s a great place to begin your exploration. Most of what you’ll see today dates back 300 to 400 years, but some buildings like the medieval Kasthamandap Temple, constructed in the 12th century, are hundreds of years older.

Overlooking Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka is the ancient royal quarter of the city. Spread over 5 acres, its name is derived from the stone image of Hanuman, the Hindu Monkey God that sits near one of the main entrances. With most of the buildings and structures dating back to the 12th through 18th centuries, the complex is comprised of numerous courtyards, temples and palace buildings awaiting your exploration.  Also near Durbar Square, you’ll visit Mahadev Parvati Temple with its richly ornamented windows and façade. Of course, you’ll also have a chance to explore Kathmandu’s lively and colorful markets.

Outside the city center on the opposite banks of the Bagmati River, you’ll also visit the once independent city-state of Patan. Patan was one of the three ancient royal kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley and here you’ll discover splendid Buddhist and Hindu temples - many ornamented with wood and stone carvings, fine statues, and ornate architectural details. Taleju Temple and the Golden Temple are among the highlights you’ll visit.  Meals B
 

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Kathmandu Valley

After breakfast, journey into the timeless Kathmandu Valley to explore ancient Bhadgaon, another one of the three kingdoms of medieval Nepal. In the town’s main square, you’ll see architectural treasures like the Lion Gate and the Palace of 55 Windows. The 5-storied Nyatapola Temple is built atop impressive terraces adorned with large statues depicting Goddesses, Humans and Beasts.

Then visit Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal and venerated by both Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhists. Before returning to Kathmandu, you’ll also stop along the banks of the picturesque Bagmati River to see Pashupatinath Temple; dedicated to Lord Shiva this is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world. This evening’s farewell dinner features fine Nepalese cuisine and a lively cultural performance accompanied by wine and beer.  Meals B+D
 

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Return to Delhi

Fly back to Delhi where our tour ends for your connection to your onward flight. Meals B

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