A stunning safari ensuring that you venture through a number of different areas within India. Track leopards whilst staying in luxurious African-style tents, stand in awe at the splendour of the Taj Mahal as well as exploring the bustling streets of Delhi.
This incredible itinerary takes you to a range of different areas throughout India and Rajasthan. You will have ample time to explore stunning buildings such as the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and the Meherangarh Fort as well as venturing through Ranthambore National Park and the breath-taking area of Jawai in search of India’s resident wildlife including tigers, leopards and elephants.
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax after your flight and let the anticipation build prior to your adventures of the coming days.
Take a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi; explore the narrow winding lanes which surround the Red Fort as well as the bustling the bazaars and shops - you will also have the opportunity to take a rickshaw ride. In the afternoon you will continue onto New Delhi, the part of the city which is renowned for its formal parks and magnificent parliament building. Your next stop will be the Sikh temple - Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.
This morning, after a delicious breakfast, you will drive approximately four hours to Agra and will be able to visit the Agra Fort which was built in the 16th century AD by three generations of Mughal emperors. Next you will visit the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah; before the Taj Mahal was built its design was already standing and is known as the 'Baby Taj'. Built to represent a silver jewel box in marble, this mausoleum houses the body of Mirza Ghiyas Beg. You will end the day with a magical view of a sunset over the mausoleum from Mahtab Bagh or the Moonlight Garden.
Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise; a monument of love built by Shah Jehan in 1630 for his queen. For 22 years 20,000 men laboured day and night to build this masterpiece. Later you will drive to Bharatpur railway station; en route you will visit Fatehpur Sikri - an enigmatic deserted Mughal city. This spacious, red sandstone city was built in the 16th century by the great Mughal Emperor, Akbar. The architecture is a combination of Hindu and Muslim styles. You will now board your train to Sawai Madhopur. Upon arrival you will be met and driven to your hotel.
Over the next couple of days, you will be able to explore the vibrant Ranthambore National Park encompasses nearly 400 sq km of dry, deciduous forest in South Western Rajasthan, nestled between the Aravali and Vindhya Hills. Though mainly known for tigers, sounders of wild boar and gazelle can be seen, as well as the Indian hare, mongoose and monitor lizards. Among the other local fauna are the leopard, hyena, jackal, jungle cats, sloth bear and marsh crocodile. The lakes and pools at the park are where the deer congregate and where it is easiest to see the animals.
Drive to Jaipur (approximately 3.5 hours). On arrival, you will be able to check in at your hotel and have plenty of time to settle in and explore the capital of Rajasthan.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur where you can visit the impressive Meherangarh Fort.
Drive to Jawai Bandh (approximately 3.5 hours), en route you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with the Bishnoi villagers. The Bishnoi people are known the world over for their love and protection of animals and plant life and they may be considered as some of the earliest conservationists in the world. Upon arrival in Jawai Bandh, you will be able to settle in to your African-style tented camp, Jawai Leopard Camp.
Bid a fond farewell to the stunning area of Jawai with a final morning game drive before driving back to Jodhpur where you will catch your onward flight to Delhi. You will be met in Delhi by our local representative who will show you to your comfortable hotel for the evening.
Facilities include a health club, tennis courts, shopping arcade and a choice of on-site restaurants.Located in the city centre, this elegant property is close to the Rashtrapati Bhawan, as well as Delhi’s business and shopping districts. The Claridges New Delhi is within easy access of New Delhi train station, domestic airport and international airport.
Spectacularly set in a dramatic wilderness, Sujan Jawai blends sophistication and ecology. There is no better place to discover one of India’s most enchanting and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. This camp allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture and gain insight into some of our exemplary conservation and community projects. With just ten tented suites, Sujan Jawai redefines responsible luxury in the wilderness.
Harriet was a great source of advice throughout the planning and the trip. We had many changex and she was patient and flexible in adjusting the itinerary. It was the second trip with her as the Specialist and it won’t be the last. Guides were great!! Loved the vibe and the excellent expertise. Thanks again for creating this memorable experience. Hotels were superb, luxurious but in time and with a local touch. Would have loved to stay longer in each of them.