Wildlife With Heritage Tour
This tour package offered by the Footloose Holidays is indeed like a heritage extravaganza which gives more than a glimpse of Indian rich past which has given it its unique entity. This tour package, especially is a complete package in itself as it covers not only the historically significant destinations with the most unique man made marvels but also the ones which lead to a spiritual experience. You are going to be equally fascinated when exploring wildlife at Ranthambore as you will be mesmerised by the architectural wonder present at Khajuraho temple. This trip is going to prove to be a life changing experience as it takes you to a journey of real India, so versatile and diverse yet bound by some common threads.
Day 1 Arrive in Delhi, the National Capital
Once you arrive at New Delhi International airport, you will be greeted and welcomed by Footloose Holidays representative. You will be escorted to your pre- booked hotel from there. Enjoy welcome dinner and your stay at the hotel in this fascinating city that is a perfect blend of old and new in the form of architecture that speaks of its rich culture and heritage.
Day 2 Delhi - Jaipur (by road) 250kms/5hrs drive
Enjoy your sumptuous breakfast and then leave for Jaipur – the Pink City of India, capital of desert state Rajasthan which enthrals its visitors with its flamboyant architecture and bazaars. Arrive there and check-in at your pre- reserved accommodation to rejuvenate yourself for the evening, when you would visit the spectacular Albert Hall & pristine white marble Birla Temple, which remains radiant and magnificent, situated at the base of Moti Dungri hills. If you are able to shed off the magic spell cast by these alluring monuments, do shop in the colourful and vibrant markets of Jaipur. Appetising dinner awaits you at the hotel followed by a comfortable night rest.
Day 3 Jaipur Tour Continues
As Jaipur city holds so many beautiful gifts; an early morning breakfast is suggested. City excursion of Jaipur begins with grand Amer Fort, situated on the outskirts of the city, is known for its large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths overlooking Maota Lake. Enjoy your climb on royal and majestic Elephant’s back that makes you feel no less than an emperor entering into the fort premises. Do not miss the spectacular view of the city from atop. On way back to Jaipur, visit other attractions like Jal Mahal, a palace in red sandstone, giving you a picturesque view as it is located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. Hawa Mahal also known as palace of winds which is akin to honeycomb of a beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokas to serve as women’s chambers. Jantar Mantar, a monument which proudly displays nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. City Palace is a palace complex including a museum, array of courtyards, gardens and buildings. You get another opportunity to explore the bustling bazaars in the evening. Enjoy gastronomic dinner and a relaxed stay at the hotel.
Day 4 Jaipur - Ranthambore (by road) 200kms/4hrs drive
Post breakfast, leave for Ranthambore, a place known for its wildlife reserves which was formerly a royal hunting ground. Reach there and check-in at hotel reserved for you. In the latter half of the day, enjoy Jungle Safari and be a witness to wildlife at such a close range. It will be evening time when you return to the hotel, where you can enjoy the evening meal and overnight stay.
Day 5 Ranthambore
Breaking dawn brings with it an invitation to go for game drive at Ranthambore National Park. Enjoy thrilling experience at Jungle with wild animals. Early morning time will increase the probability of spotting the Bengal Tigers in the national park. Return to hotel for a hearty breakfast. Enjoy rest of the day at your own leisure till supper meals and finally a good night sleep at the hotel.
Day 6 Ranthambore - Agra (by road) 250kms/5hrs drive
After your first meal of the day; it is time to leave for the city of Taj Mahal- Agra. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, a small historical city, founded by a Mughal Emperor. Reach Agra and check-in at your pre- booked accommodation. In the latter half of the day proceed to visit the magnificent and legendary Agra Fort. Return to hotel to enjoy the relaxed evening with ambrosial dinner and comfortable night stay.
Day 7 Agra - Orchha (by road) 250kms/5hrs drive
Enjoy the taintless beauty of the Taj Mahal early morning and see the splendid view of the monument with the rising sun. Return to hotel to enjoy the aromatic meal and check out. Later drive to Orchha, a town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh in Bundelkhand region. Arrive there and check-in at hotel. Rest and recoup your energies with the appetizing dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 8 Orchha - Khajuraho (by road) 180kms/3hrs drive
Post breakfast; embark on a tour to the historic city of Orchha. Orchha is a medieval city replete with palaces and temples of the 16th and 17th century which have remarkably withstood the tests of time. Located on the banks of Betwa River, this city boasts of places like the spectacular Raj Mahal and Rai Parveen Mahal, built in the memory of the female escort of Raja Indrajit. There are 14 chatris (cenotaphs) that dot the vicinity of the fort and the river, dedicated to the rulers of Orchha. Post satiating lunch, drive to Khajuraho, another UNESCO World Heritage site which speaks volume about India’s real strength which lies in its diversity. En-route, you will be visiting Datia, where you get to see a rare seven-storey hilltop palace, a unique example of the 17th century Hindu architecture. On arrival to Khajuraho, check in at hotel. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. Delicious dinner and good night sleep at the hotel will brace you for the exhilarating experience of the next day.
Day 9 Khajuraho - Varanasi (by air)
Early morning breakfast will give you sufficient time for the holy visit of the temples of Khajuraho, famous worldwide for their nagara-style architectural symbolism and erotic sculptures. Later, drop at the airport to board the flight for Varanasi as per schedule. On arrival, check-in at the pre-booked hotel. After freshening-up, visit Sarnath which is barely 9 kilometers from Varanasi, enjoying the most pious location near the confluence of the Ganges and the Varuna rivers. It is a premier centre of Buddhism which is second in importance only to Bodhgaya. Have your cosy overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10 Varanasi
At Varanasi or Benaras or Kashi, enjoy the spellbinding beauty of the holy river Ganges with the rising sun and a boat ride in these holy waters accentuates the thrill and excitement. Post hearty breakfast at the hotel, visit the world famous ghats & temples of Varanasi. Day is free for your own leisure activities. Overnight stay will be at hotel.
Day 11 Varanasi - Delhi (by air)
After your breakfast at the hotel, you will be escorted to Varanasi airport. From Varanasi airport, board the pre-booked flight for Delhi. Reach Delhi and check-in at the hotel. After relaxing for a while, head for a sightseeing tour covering Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India which was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, Qutub Minar, a minaret that has withstood the tests of time and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Raj Ghat, India Gate & Humayun’s Tomb, all these splendid monuments displaying rich historical heritage of India. Gastronomic dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day 12 Delhi (Departure)
Post breakfast, you will be dropped at New Delhi International airport and bid a heart-warming adieu by the Footloose representative. Your flight back home, will carry along many sweet memories of this memorable trip.