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Duration : 17 Nights / 18 Days

Day 01 :ARRIVE DELHI

Assistance on arrival. Transfer to the hotel. India's capital & major gateway to the country. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. New Delhi reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New Delhi & Old Delhi is the distinction between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. But wherever the visitor may choose to explore, he will invariably confront the city's post - reflecting the varied cultures and people who have lived here down the ages. The throbbing present of the Delhi pulls one out of reflections on a mute past. Day at leisure. Overnight Delhi.

Day 02 :DELHI

After breakfast gear up for the morning city tour to include Humayun's Tomb, Bahai Temple, Qutab Minar, India Gate & Mughal gardens at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Post lunch tour of the historic city of Old Delhi to include the magnificent Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque and Rajghat - memorial to Mahatma Gandhi and the Delhi Zoo. Evening at the Hauz Khas village, the regional site chosen by Ala-ud-din-Khilji in 1303 for a Madrasa - a place of learning. Overnight Delhi.

Day 03 :DELHI/GANGABANKS

Morning drive to Ganga Banks (5 1/2 hrs.) and check into India's first eco & environment friendly Ganga Banks resort & beach camp, set in the serenity of the Himalayan foothills. Post lunch relax by the riverside resort. Overnight Ganga Banks.

Day 04 :FLOAT/RAFT DOWN THE GANGES

Post breakfast commence a 14 km. river rafting run from the Marine drive upto the resort to enjoy a plethore of nature and wildlife in the Himalayan foothills. Evening fun trek on the leopards trail. Round off the evening with a beachside bonfire and chota peg. Overnight Ganga Banks.

Day 05 :GANGABANKS/CORBETT

Morning depart for Corbett National park (5 hrs.). Enroute visit the temple and ghats of Haridwar. Check into your jungle resort. Corbett National Park lies on the Himalayan foothills spread over 324 sq. kms. A variety of wildlife including tigers, leopards, elephant, hyenas and deer inhabit the sanctuary. This very attractive park of valleys, grassland and Sal forest with a backdrop of Himalayan ranges is characterised as a land of "roar and sonth". Overnight Corbett. Day

Day 06 :CORBETT

Morning jeep safari of the park for wildlife viewing. Evening free for nature walks or at leisure at the riverside resort. Overnight Corbett.

Day 07 :CORBETT

Morning repeat jeep safari of the park for wildlife viewing including tiger with pack lunch. Overnight Corbett.

Day 08 :CORBETT/AGRA

Early morning depart for Agra (5 hrs.). Agra, in term of the ambiance, is still associated with its Mughal period. Evening the majority of the buildings in the more modern areas of the town date back over a 100 years. The Taj Mahal, which is essentially one man's monumental testimony to love, has becomes synonymous not only with the city but with India as a whole. Agra, with its laid - back lifestyle and its immense wealth of architecture, handicrafts and jewellery is amongst the most remarkable cities in the world. Arrive Agra. Check into your hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing tour of world famous Taj Mahal - built by emperor Shahjahan for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Overnight at the hotel in Agra.

Day 09 :AGRA/BHARATPUR

Morning tour of Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri and later drive to Bharatpur. Check into your hotel. Overnight Bharatpur.

Day 10 :BHARATPUR

Full day explore Keolado Ghana Sanctuary by rickshaw /canoes to view a variety of birds including the rare siberan cran. Overnight Bharatpur.

Day 11 :BHARATPUR/RANTHAMBORE

Morning drive to Ranthambore (5 - 6 hrs.) and check into your hotel. Situated in south-west Rajasthan, where the Vindhayas and the Aravalli Hills, the Ranthambore National Park is bound by the rivers Chambal, in the south and Banas in the north. Characterised by rocky plains, flat hill tops, gentle slopes and precipitous cliffs, covered by the dry deciduous forests. Ranthambore is virtually an island rich in flora and fauna in an ocean of villages, farmland and over grazed arid land. Overnight Ranthambore.

Day 12 :RANTHAMBORE

Half day park safari. The park provides a fine habitat for sambhar, there are also a few leopards, nilgai, sloth bear, jackal, crocodile, the occasional rare caracal & about 300 species of birds. Overnight at Ranthambore.

Day 13 :RANTHAMBORE

Morning and evening park safari. Overnight Ranthambore.

Day 14 :RANTHAMBORE/JAIPUR

After another safari early in the morning drive to Jaipur (2 1/2 hrs.). The city capital of Rajasthan. This is the only city in the world symbolising the nine divisions of the unicerse through nine rectangular sectors subdividing it. The Palaces and forts of yesteryears that were witness to royal processions and splendor are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the Pink City. Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon proceed for city sightseeing, visiting the Maharaja's City Palace which now houses a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal miniature paintings and weapons. Astronomical Observatory - a few first accurate observatory in India - sub continent of the 15th century. Overnight Jaipur.

Day 15 :JAIPUR

Morning sightseeing tour by first driving throug the Pink - rose residential and business areas of the Pink City. Drive past the Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds. Visit to Amber Fort. You ride up to the ramp of this 11th century Bastion atop a gaily decorated elephant. Later free for shopping, Jaipur is famous for major gems and jewellery centre where one can find some of te finest jewellery besides woollen carpets and cotton rugs, hand - block printed Sanganeri and bagru cotton fabrics. Overnight at the hotel in Jaipur.

Day 16 :JAIPUR/WATERBANKS (DELHI)

Drive to Waterbanks near Delhi (3 hrs.). Waterbanks can be reached only by boats & the place abounds with a variety of birds, deer and flora and fauna. Check into ethnic lakefacing cottage. Evening bonfire & bar-be-cue dinner. Overnight Waterbanks.

Day 17 :WATERBANKS

Morning boat tour to explore the lake and its flora, fauna, birds and the deer from the adjacent Aravali ranges. Later day return trip to Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, an hour away. Overnight Waterbanks.

Day 18 :DELHI

Depart for airport (25 kms.) to board return flight.

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