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Day 1: Malta to Delhi
Depart Malta on your scheduled, overnight flight to Delhi.

Day 2: (Lunch, Dinner Included) Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, a short tour of the beautifully planned city of New Delhi will follow. Offering you a taste of its imperial glory, you’ll drive past the India Gate, President’s House, Parliament Building and visit the Birla Temple, made purely out of 2,000 tons of Rajasthani white marble.

Day 3: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Delhi
A full day tour of Delhi commences after breakfast, beginning with the historic Old Delhi in the morning. Lying side by side, Old Delhi dates back to the Mughal period, whilst New Delhi was built just over a hundred years ago. Travelling through the narrow and crowded streets on a rickshaw will transport you back in time, passing vibrant food markets of Old Delhi where bread makers bake delicious scented naan from the tandoor ovens and chai wallahs brew their sweet tea. A visit to the regal Red Fort gives you a sense of the lavish life once led by the former rulers before stopping for lunch in a local restaurant. Your tour will continue on to New Delhi to see the Mahatma Gandhi memorial and the 12th century Qutab Minar. Built on the foundations of Jain and Hindu temples, the complex was built in 1193 after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom and displays fine examples of Indo-Islamic architecture as well as the tallest stone tower in India.

Day 4: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Delhi to Agra
After breakfast you will be driven to Agra arriving at your hotel in time for lunch. Despite being a small city, Agra was once the capital of the mighty Mughal dynasty whose strength manifested itself in the huge forts and buildings built to maintain its power. During the afternoon, you will visit the vast red sandstone Agra Fort. The colossal walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by the Mughals in 1573 and boasts gigantic pavilions, grand palaces and spectacular courtyards.

Day 5:(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Agra to Ranthambore
This magical day starts after breakfast with a tour of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. Words do not do this remarkable palace justice; it really must be seen to appreciate its stupendous beauty. Taking 17 years and 20,000 men to build, the heartbroken Mughal Emperor Shahjahan dedicated this stunning white marble monument of love to his deceased wife to enshrine her mortal remains. Following this, you will begin your journey to Ranthambore National Park where you will spend the night.

Day 6: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Ranthambore
Spread over 1,344 square kilometres, Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national parks in Northern India. Once a famous hunting ground for the gallant rulers of Jaipur, today it is home to a variety of species including tigers, leopards, striped hyenas, jackals, jungle cats and many more. Depart your hotel for an early morning jungle safari where you may even be able to spot the elusive tiger. You will return to your hotel for breakfast and lunch with some leisure time where you can take advantage of the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool. A second safari trip will follow in the afternoon to visit further areas of the park.

Day 7: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Ranthambore to Jaipur
Today you will journey to the Pink City of Jaipur, which got its name from the distinctive earthy red coloured buildings, painted to emulate the red sandstone architecture of the ancient Mughal cities. Lunch and dinner will be served at your hotel with the rest of the day as free time to relax or explore the largest city in Rajasthan.

Day 8: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Jaipur
Begin your first day in Jaipur with a visit to the spectacular Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the royal family until 1728, located just 11km from Jaipur. Spanning over four huge courtyards, you will travel to the centre of the fort by either elephant or jeep, passing snake charmers, harems of the Maharajah and the Palace of Mirrors along the way which all make for a truly unforgettable morning. An afternoon city tour of Jaipur takes in the major sights including the home of the royal family of Jaipur — The City Palace and the Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory. Lastly, marvel at the hundreds of tiny windows on the façade of the Hawa Mahal, known to many as the Palace of Winds, where it is said that the women of the royal family could once watch the streets below without being seen.

Day 9: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Jaipur to Delhi
The morning is left free so that after breakfast you can visit some of the local bazaars and stalls for some last minute shopping. Try the M1 Road and Chaemeliwala market for jewellery, handicrafts, textile and more, or wander the streets and sample the delicious and unique Rajasthani street food that Jaipur has to offer. You will then commence your return journey to Delhi, stopping for lunch on the way. A final farewell dinner in Delhi will bring your tour to a close, celebrated by a cultural dance show to round off this unforgettable trip.

Day 10: (Breakfast Included) Delhi to Malta
After breakfast you will have some free time before transferring to Delhi International airport for your return flight to Malta

 



TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rickshaw ride through Old Delhi and a city tour of New Delhi

  • Visit the Red, Agra and Amber Forts

  • Tour the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World

  • The chance to spot a majestic tiger on safari in Ranthambore National Park

  • Discover the pink city of Jaipur 

 

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DEPARTURES & PRICES

 

OUR PACKAGES INCLUDE
8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
Fully escorted tour with local English speaking guides throughout
Return flights from Malta to India
All internal travel including flights and air-conditioned/heated transportation
Accommodation, 7 excursions and entry fees to all sights



2017FROM
18 APR €2029
02 MAY €2029
16 MAY €1899
06 JUN €1759
12 - 16 SEP €2169
03 - 17 OCT €2269
31 OCT €2299
07 - 21 NOV €2299

 

2018FROM
09 JAN €2169
30 JAN €2169
13 - 27 FEB €2299
06 - 20 MAR

€2169

17 APR €2029
01 MAY €2029
15 MAY €1899
29 MAY €1599
05 JUN €1759
19 JUN €2029
11 - 25 SEP €2169
02 - 16 OCT €2299
30 OCT €2299
06 - 20 NOV €2299


  

Single supplement for the main tour starts from just €449


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