Explore the cultural, architectural and natural beauty of Delhi, Agra, Karauli, Ranthambore & Jaipur! Plus a selection of agricultural visits.
Depart Dublin and fly to Delhi with 1 stopover.
Arrive in Delhi Airport, meet your tour manager and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free before your evening meal and overnight at your hotel.
After breakfast at your hotel, visit the Jama Masjid, the great mosque of Old Delhi is both the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan, with a courtyard capable of holding 25000 devotees. Explore Chandni Chowk, winding through the labyrinthine lanes of the “moonlight place” glimpsing tiny shops crammed with spices and trinkets. Drive past the 17th century Red Fort, the magnificent fort symbolizes the sovereignty of India builds by Shah Jahan and stop at Raj Ghat, the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi. Later drive to Central Delhi to see the interesting Bangla Sahib Sikh temple which feeds thousands of people every day through its huge community kitchen. Drive around Central Delhi, also known as Lutyens Delhi. You drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of laid down by the Indian soldiers), the president’s residence - formerly the Viceroy’s Palace, parliament House and the Secretariat buildings, - an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture. End the tour with visit to Qutub Minar which is a wonder in itself because of its non-rusting quality and the fact that it was manually made and is 234ft high. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
After breakfast at your hotel, visit Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI). This is the premier research institute in India dedicated to developing new higher yielding varieties of crops, organising workshops, seminars to educate farmers and running agricultural institute within campus. You will get the opportunity to meet a senior scientist of the Institute who will update you with the growth of agriculture in India and the ‘green revolution’ which started way back in 1960s. IARI also has a huge farming area where they test new hybrid varieties of seeds & plants. Take a walk to the fields with scientists to see new varieties of hybrid & high yielding plants & crops. The afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Breakfast & check out and drive to Agra. Afternoon visit Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Built in the 11th century, era marked by invasions and battles, this red stone-fortified castle was the site of the India Rebellion of 1857. Sunset visit to Taj Mahal which is a living example of the greatest love story ever told. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Karauli and check in to your hotel. Bhanwar Vilas Palace was built as a royal residence in 1938 by Maharaja Ganesh Pal Deo Bhadur, when he was the ruler of Karauli. The palatial colonial building has rich interiors and is furnished with period furniture. The current Maharaja Krishna Pal and his family still reside in the palace and they make it a point to meet & interact with guests regularly. The royal family owns huge expanse of agricultural land and Maharaja Krishna Pal take personal interest overseeing the farming. Later in the afternoon visit the bustling town of Karauli which is inhabited around City Palace, the original home of the royal family. The walled city of Karauli has still retained much of its old-world charm with winding streets lined with shops selling lacquer work bangles & local handicrafts. The City Palace is a majestic 14th century building with beautiful murals, stone carving & lattice work which have been carefully resorted by owners. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to villages near Karauli and visit the farmlands. India has two major crop seasons – Rabi & Kharif. The sowing season of Rabi is in November and the major Rabi crop is wheat which is the second most grown cereal in India after Paddy (Rice). See the farmlands, meet the farmers and partake in ploughing. There are two traditional ways of ploughing, by ox & wood plough and also tractors, the latter are used mainly by farmers those who own large farmlands. Later visit the home of villagers and speak to them to discuss the opportunities & challenges in Indian agriculture sector. Return to hotel for lunch. Later in the afternoon visit dairy of Bhanwar Vilas. It has around 40 cows and they use machines to milk the cows. The family also has large area of organic farming where they grow vegetables & fruits. Also see their vermiculture site where they produce organic manure for their organic farm. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Kailadevi Sanctuary to explore villages which live on the periphery of forest. The families here rely mainly on farming and goat cultivation for their livelihood. The goats are their key source of milk and meat so an integral part of their economy. Enjoy picnic lunch at the sanctuary and also spend time with the villagers. The visit also gives you the opportunity to see antelopes and other smaller mammals for whom the shrubby terrain of sanctuary provides a good habitat. Return to your hotel in the afternoon. The evening is at leisure to spend time with the family and relax in the palace. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Ranthambore and check in at your wildlife resort. Ranthambhore National Park - formerly the hunting grounds for the Maharajahs of Jaipur before Indian independence. The Park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country under the Project Tiger. The majestic predators, assured of protection, roam freely during the daytime and can be seen at close quarters. Ranthambore sanctuary has a large number of faunas, significant among those being sambhar, chital, nilgai, chinkara, langur, wild boar, peafowl and of course the King of the Jungle- the Great Indian Tiger. Afternoon safari in Ranthambore National Park by open Canter. Lunch, dinner & overnight at your hotel.
Go on a morning safari in Ranthambore National Park. Return to hotel after breakfast. Later visit the plantations. The region around Ranthambore National Park offers very conducive climate for Guava and Gooseberry plantations. Take a walk through these plantations and meet the plantation owners. Next visit one more dairy farm which has around 100 cows. Also see the farmers ploughing their fields. Return to hotel for late lunch. The afternoon is at leisure. You may like to visit the Ganesh temple which is the residing deity of this region. The temple is set atop Ranthambore Fort and is a good 2 kms walk with a bit of climb up the fort, the view of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve from Fort is breathtaking. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur and check in at hotel. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
After breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort palace with Elephant ride. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort not only look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal - a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. En route to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds. In Jaipur city visit Maharaja’s City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. Also, take an interesting Cycle Rickshaw Ride in the crowded bazar of walled city of Jaipur. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Delhi and check in at hotel near airport for 1 night. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to international airport to board the return flight.
Subject to availability at the time of booking
19 Nov 2019 - 03 Dec 2019