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Family Tour North India: 12 Nights & 13 Days

Overview
Explore Delhi – the capital city of India. Delhi is a fun city with ancient monuments and modern shopping complexes and it bears the complexities, the contradictions, the beauty and the dynamism of a city where the past coexists with the present. Apart from taking in the traditional sights, we can arrange visits to the train museum and take a ride on the new metro, visit the doll museum, shop in the bangle markets or even visit the toilet museum! Next we'll move on to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal – an eternal symbol of love and beauty. We'll go on wildlife safaris in search of the leopard and the tiger at the Ranthambore National Park. The Fort, the lake and countryside are the big attractions of Shahpura Bagh, where you can explore the villages and meet the locals. Then it's on to Samode, a fairytale palace full of nooks and crannies, a village to explore and venture beyond the immediate surroundings by bullock cart or on a camel safari.
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Tour Highlights

  • Visit of Humayun's Tomb and the Qutab Minar.
  • Tour of the very beautiful Taj Mahal
  • Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger's conservation efforts
  • Game drives by open shared Jeeps
  • Shahpura Untouched creeping fingers of 'modernity' unchanged in its unpretentious natural grandeur
  • Driven to the family's 100 acre farm.
  • Visit Rajasthani forts and the rugged Aravalli Hills
Tour Route - Where you'll visit
1 New Delhi
New Delhi is an urban district of Delhi which serves as the capital of India and seat of all three branches of the Government of India. The foundation stone of the city was laid by Emperor George V during the Delhi Durbar of 1911. It was designed by British architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. 
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2 Agra

Agra is home to the world's greatest monument of love and one of the most famous landmarks in India - the Taj Mahal. Though Agra is known globally as the city of the Taj, this royal Mughal city has several other monuments that epitomize the high point of Mughal architecture. Agra was the capital of Mughal India in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was here that the founder of the dynasty, Babar, laid out the first formal Persian garden on the banks of the river Yamuna.

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3 Rajasthan
Rajasthan is a state in northern India. The state covers an area of 342,239 square kilometres or 10.4 percent of the total geographical area of India. It is the largest Indian state by area and the seventh largest by population.
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4 Jaipur

Known as the Pink City due to the predominantly pink colour of its buildings, Jaipur is one of the most enticing places to see in India. Every aspect of this majestic city was meticulously planned. The width of the streets and the pavements, the height of the buildings and the division of blocks are all based on ancient geometric harmony and sound environmental considerations. Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, Jaipur is steeped in colourful and romantic Rajput history. Its traditional bazaars selling brilliantly coloured textiles and an endless array of trinkets form an integral part of the city centre.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • Day 01: Arrival Delhi
You will be welcomed by an ITC representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax and unwind. Overnight at the hotel. (Vehicle for transfer only)
Day TWO +-
  • Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast we will go on a sightseeing tour of Delhi. As the capital city of India, its former rulers always prized Delhi for its strategic location. A visit to Old Delhi is always an experience. Walk through the ancient bustling, twisting alleyways of Chandni Chowk, the bazaar area and the Red Fort as well as the Jama Masjid (India's biggest mosque). For those who want to see more, there is the Raj Ghat where Gandhi was cremated and which today is a peaceful and popular park. The British built New Delhi, carefully planning the city and the main metropolitan area, when they moved their capital here from Calcutta in 1911. With many interesting museums and art galleries, and several monuments constructed by the mighty Mughal Emperors such as Humayun's Tomb and the Qutab Minar, there is plenty to explore in Delhi. Drive past the India Gate and the Rashtrapati Bhawan (The Presidential Palace). Visit also the prominent Sikh temple at Bangla Sahib. Delhi is a shopper's paradise. It is one big emporium for all of India's handicrafts, and home to some of the best contemporary designers that India can boast of. This energetic city now has good dining and nightlife options to complement its considerable historical and architectural interest. Overnight at the hotel. (Vehicle at disposal)
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  • Day 03: Delhi – Agra (by Bhopal Shatabadi Express)
In the morning you will be transferred to the railway station to board a train to Agra. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. After lunch we will visit the Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). Agra Fort is situated two kilometers west of the Taj Mahal on the banks of the river Yamuna. It was built by the third Mughal Emperor, Akbar, and added to by his son Jahangir and grandson Shah Jahan. Agra Fort is an imposing structure with walls of red sandstone, almost 3 kilometers (two miles) long. The eastern part of the fort (the only part open to visitors) contains palaces, audience halls and mosques built by all the three emperors. The fort presents a good sampling of their favoured architectural styles. Akbar drew on Islamic and Hindu traditions and the result is eclectic. By Shah Jahan's time, the style had become so homogenized that it is impossible to separate the Hindu and Muslim strands. The Diwan-i-Am (public audience hall) once housed the fabled peacock throne, which incorporated virtually all the important gems of the imperial treasury. The beautiful Diwan-i-Khas (private audience hall) and the magnificent Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque) are other attractions within the fort. With its incredible lacy white grandeur the Taj Mahal is perhaps the most perfect and romantic architectural monument in the world. Emperor Shah Jahan constructed this most famous and incomparable Mughal monument in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, and it is the most extravagant monument ever built for love. The Taj Mahal is amazingly graceful from almost any angle and it is the close up detail, which is really astounding. The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. Overnight at the hotel. (Vehicle for transfer and at disposal)
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  • Day 04: Agra – Bharatpur - Ranthambhore (60 kms/1
After breakfast we will drive to the Bharatpur Railway Station to board a train to Sawai Madhopur, and on arrival there, check in at the hotel. The Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger's conservation efforts in Rajasthan. It extends over an area of 392 sq kms of thick forests and abounds in scenic beauty, providing the ideal habitat for both carnivores and herbivores. The numerous valleys and flat hilltops form the picturesque surroundings of the 13th century historical Ranthambore Fort. The Tiger is the main predator found in this reserve. Hyena and Jackal are the scavengers; Sloth Bear and Wild Boar are the other carnivores. The main herbivores found in this park are Spotted Deer, Sambar, "Nilgai" (Blue Bull) Antelope, "Chinkara" (Indian gazelle) and the common Langur. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel. (Vehicle for transfer only)
Day FIVE +-
  • Day 05: Ranthambore
In the morning and the afternoon we will go on game drives by open shared Jeeps / canter (jeeps are subject to availability). Overnight at the hotel. (No vehicle)
Day SIX +-
  • Day 06: Ranthambore - Shahpura (By Road: 4 hrs)
In the morning we will enjoy another game drive in the park. Post lunch we will drive to Shahpura and on arrival, check-in at the hotel. Shahpura Bagh was once the summer residence of the rulers of Shahpura. The 30-acre estate was granted by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to Rajadhiraj Suraj Mal in 1630 AD for successful military campaigns against the Marathas and Afghans. Look beyond the beaten track amid the golden sands of Rajasthan and you will glimpse an oasis - a dazzling shimmer of sunshine on water that hovers on the edge of a mirage. Drive on. This is timeless Rajasthan - untouched by the creeping fingers of 'modernity' - unchanged in its unpretentious natural grandeur. Overnight at the hotel. (Vehicle at disposal)
Day SEVEN +-
  • Day 7: Shahpura
This morning you will be driven to the family's 100 acre farm. Breakfast will be served at the farm. Return back to Shahpura Bagh. After lunch a stroll around Shahpura will reveal the town's rich multi-cultural vibrancy and its fascinating arts and crafts tradition. At sunset we will visit the Dhikola Fort that stands majestically on a hill, surveying a vast expanse of verdant green and lakes. Overnight at Shahpura Bagh.
Day EIGHT +-
  • Day 8: Shahpura
Today you will be at leisure to explore Shahpura; relax by the poolside, go for walks or cycle rides around the property and enjoy sumptuous meals and the hospitality of the family. Overnight at Shahpura Bagh.
Day NINE +-
  • Day 9: Shahpura - Samode (By Road: 4 hrs)
After breakfast we will take the 4-hour car journey to Samode and on arrival check-in at hotel. Samode was a large and flourishing provincial town of the erstwhile princely State of Jaipur. The main palace of this now quiet village has been meticulously restored offering a retreat into an aesthetically beautiful environment where visitors can enjoy its natural beauty and rich history. It is one of India's best heritage hotels and offers a fairytale setting for children giving them the opportunity to explore the palace, play in the swimming pool and visit the surrounding village. Enjoy bullock-cart rides or sample the local sand dunes on camel back!
Day TEN +-
  • Day 10: Samode
One of the best ways to explore rural India is to use the local modes of transportation. This morning you will begin your rural adventure with a Jeep Safari to the villages surrounding Samode. You will have the opportunity of visiting village homes, farms, temples and the ruins of forts. The afternoon will be at your disposal for a leisurely walk in the Samode Village. Shop for some local artifacts at the village bazaar. Overnight in Samode.
Day ELEVEN +-
  • Day 11: Samode - Jaipur - Samode (1 hr each way)
After breakfast at the hotel we will go on a day's excursion to Jaipur. Surrounded by mighty Rajasthani forts and the rugged Aravalli Hills, Jaipur is one of the most enticing places in India. Every aspect of this majestic city was meticulously planned. The width of the streets and the pavements, the height of the buildings and the division of blocks are all based on ancient geometric harmony and sound environmental considerations. Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, Jaipur is steeped in colourful and romantic Rajput history. Its traditional bazaars selling brilliantly coloured textiles and an endless array of trinkets form an integral part of the city centre. Immerse yourself in the sensory whirl of streets packed with camel carts and cycle-rickshaws, which make Jaipur a dazzling and spirited city like no other. After a morning of sightseeing of the City Palace and the Amber Fort. Return back to Samode. Overnight in Samode.
Day TWELVE +-
  • Day 12: Samode - Delhi
After a leisurely morning you will begin your 5 hour journey back to Delhi. Spend a transit night in Delhi or be transferred late night to the International Airport for your flight back home.
Day THIRTEEN +-
  • Day 13 : Delhi - Departure
Departure transfer to Delhi aiprort for your onward flight

When Should I go?

The months of September through to March are considered to be favourable months to travel to India. September has the added advantage of being in the “good weather” bracket but also technically falls in the off season in most places, so prices are cheaper for travel in September. The months of October through to February are pleasant in most parts of the country, though you will find the temperatures varying between chilly in the North and warmer in the southern parts of the country.

India’s weather is varied and different parts of the country may get monsoons at different times. May and June are hot months across the country except for the hill stations in the North.

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Monsoon Months in India

The country gets monsoons in the months of June and July though along the south western coast, there are monsoons in the period between October to December too.

June and July are monsoon months in Kerala, the showers being heavy at first and then easing off gradually. Whilst these are not the best months for tours, interestingly, this happens to the best time for travellers seeking the therapeutic Ayurveda treatment which is said to be most effective in these months.

Best months for travel to India

The months of October through to March are considered to be the most favourable months to travel to India when the weather is sunny and pleasant.

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