All tours are not created equal. If you are searching for great value on an excellent tour that includes top rated boutique lodging, we strongly recommend that you take the time to read the detailed itinerary below.
Easy Tours can include your international flights upon request. If you would like to make your own reservations, we can make recommendations for the best airlines and routing, whether you are using miles/points, or paying for your airfare.
Day 1: Arrive at Delhi - most flights arrive either in the evening or at night, and we strongly recommend that our guests consider arriving a day earlier as this allows you to recuperate from jetlag, and serves as insurance against international flight delays and cancellations. An additional night’s hotel stay can be added at the time of reservation. Your stay at the iconic Delhi Oberoi includes access to the exclusive Resident’s Lounge with its associated benefits.
Our services begin here. You are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator or your personal Tour Director, and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are then driven to your boutique luxury hotel and assisted with your check-in. The next day’s plans are briefly reviewed and you are presented with your welcome package. This package includes travel documents such as your air tickets and hotel vouchers, as well as copies of documents (such as our General Travel Guide) that were sent to you earlier.
Culinary Experiences: Please note that Easy Tours offers a variety of culinary experiences, designed around our guests’ preferences. There are Cooking Lessons and Dining Experiences available at private homes, as well as from the master chefs at your beautiful hotels and resorts. These experiences can include visits to local markets where you will join the chef in procuring ingredients for the meal that will be prepared. Please let your Guest Relations Manager know if you are interested after you have reserved your tour, and a menu will be sent to you for your review. Or you can ask us to adjust this Itinerary to accommodate these experiences, which can include an additional day to accommodate your preferences.
Golf in Delhi: An additional day at Delhi can also include 9 or 18 holes on this day at the iconic British Raj era Delhi Golf Club, at a nominal additional charge. You will be on greens that are dotted with amazing centuries old monuments. The Club is located right next to your beautiful hotel, and everything you may need or want, including clubs are available at the facility. All arrangements can be made by your Guest Relations Manager once your tour is finalized.
Day 2: Delhi. Begin your exploration of India with a guided city tour of New Delhi. This excursion begins with a drive through Lutyens’ New Delhi. This drive will include photo opportunities at the following attractions - the exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan (known as Viceroy’s House during the British era) and Delhi’s landmark structure India Gate. From here you will be driven to visit the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. This gold domed Sikh Temple is the most prominent Gurudwara in Delhi and is associated with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan. It was first built as a small temple by Sikh General Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783, who supervised the construction of nine Sikh shrines in Delhi during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Alam. The campus includes the temple, a kitchen, a school, an art gallery, and the holy pond (Sarovar), whose water is called Amrit (Holy Nectar). As with all Sikh Gurudwaras, the concept of langar (community meal) is practiced here and anyone may eat in the Gurudwaras Kitchen. Thousands of meals are prepared daily and served to all visitors, regardless of race, religion or other status. The food is prepared by the religious leaders who are assisted by scores of local volunteers. You will witness the fascinating processes of cooking, serving and cleanup for these countless meals. Only vegetarian food is served, so that no religion’s dietary restrictions are violated. After the langar ceremony, you will drive through Connaught Place, which is New Delhi’s downtown.
There is a break for lunch.
After lunch, you have the option to drive to the nearby National Museum (if this day happens to be a Monday the museum visit will occur on the next day), the crown jewel of India’s Museums, for a very short tour. If museums are not your cup of tea, your Tour Director will offer alternatives to this highly recommended experience. The museum is charged in its mission statement with being “the epitome of national identity”, a goal that it undoubtedly achieves. There is a plethora of exhibits and artifacts and a comprehensive tour would take well over a day. Our visit will be brief, and your Tour Director will walk you through the Pre History Gallery’s Harrapan Collection and its displays from the Indus Valley Civilization, which flourished on the banks of the river of the same name. Most visitors to India are unaware of the fact that this was the most advanced and widespread of the world’s three oldest civilizations, and that the nation of India derived its name from this magnificent river. You will be amazed by the sophistication of the exhibits of pottery, tools, coins, jewelry and other artifacts that range from 10,000 BC to 1000 BC. Please let us know if you would like a more extended visit while finalizing your tour reservation process.
The last part of this excursion is the awe-inspiring Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.). This 239 ft tall medieval tower is a symbol of victory and a beautiful example of Persian architecture from that period. There is a winding stairway inside the tower that goes up all the way to the balcony at the very top of the tower - unfortunately they are no longer accessible for visitors. The Qutab Minar and its Monuments are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of the Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, stands one of the legendary Ashoka Pillars. This large iron pillar has withstood the ravages of Delhi’s weather (and recent pollution) and has not rusted in over 1500 years.
From the Qutab Minar you will be driven back to your hotel.
Day 3: Delhi. Continue your exploration of Delhi with a guided city tour of Old Delhi. This tour begins with the amazing Red Fort. Both the Jama Masjid (Mosque) and this massive structure were built by Shah Jahan, the emperor who created the Taj Mahal. The great city inside the massive sandstone walls of the Red Fort offers visitors a large number of architectural and historical attractions. The Red Fort was the seat of the Mughal Empire for more than two hundred and fifty years and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian and European architecture.
One of your most enduring memories of India will be your next experience as you drive, walk and ride through the ancient city's streets and alleys. You will enjoy a fascinating rickshaw ride, and an extended walk with your Tour Director, through the crowded ancient alleys of Chandni Chowk. The cacophony of sounds, from the cries of hawkers and the animated bargaining, sounds which have echoed through the centuries, to the modern motor horns, all combine to make for a unique experience. The riot of colors further adds to the sensory overload, as do the diverse smells emanating from the street food stalls and spice markets that form part of the bazaar.
Next is an exploration of the Jama Masjid (1650 A.D.), the largest mosque in India. The Masjid is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture and is constructed of red sandstone and white marble. It is an active place of worship and its courtyard can hold 25,000 worshippers.
There is a break for lunch.
After lunch a short drive will deliver you to an oasis of calm and serenity, which also happens to be your last destination in Old Delhi. The cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Ghat) is a simple yet stirring memorial to the father of the nation. Lush lawns extend beyond the enclosure surrounding the black marble platform occupying the spot where the Mahatma was cremated. An eternal flame burns next to the platform.
From here you will drive to visit the magnificent tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Delhi has such an abundance of amazing monuments that this Tomb Complex (1562 A.D.) does not quite get the acclaim that it deserves. It is Delhi’s third UNESCO World Heritage Site and its amazing architecture and the elaborate gardens will captivate you as your Tour Director explains the unique architectural and historic facets of this monument.
After exploring the tomb you will be driven back to your hotel.
Day 4: Delhi - Agra. You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel in the mid-morning and you are driven to Agra on North India’s newest highway. Arrive at Agra and there is a break for lunch. After lunch, you will be driven to your iconic luxury resort, where you will be assisted with your check-in.
Enjoy a sunset visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the incomparable Taj Mahal. The world’s greatest monument dedicated to love is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Taj Mahal was completed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 A.D. as a memorial to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. This spectacular white marble mausoleum was created by about 22,000 skilled craftsmen and it took twenty two years to complete. When you experience the Taj Mahal with an Easy Tours Tour Director who shares unique insights into its innumerable facets, some of their passion for this masterpiece may rub off on you. Explore the amazing Taj and its surroundings until it is time to admire the sun’s rays setting on the façade of the world’s finest monument.
Day 5: Agra. Enjoy a visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal at sunrise - the best time to see it during most of the year! Due to it being more expensive for Indian tourists at that time, and the early hour, the massive monument and its surrounding Mughal gardens are a lot less crowded than in the afternoon. As the rising sun’s rays illuminate the precious stones inlaid in the marble, they will gleam momentarily as the marble’s color changes. Return to your resort after this and enjoy breakfast.
You are at leisure for a couple of hours to enjoy the amazing facilities and view of your resort. Join your Tour Director for an afternoon of exploration after lunch.
From here you will proceed for a walk through Agra’s ancient and iconic Kinari Bazaar. Although this has similarities to Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, there are enough unique elements to this crowded and lively market where all sorts of goods are sold, from spices to clothing to crafts and much, much more. The exotic smells emanating from the colorful street food stalls, the sounds of the negotiating buyers and sellers, the sight of cows meandering docilely through the crowds, all combine to make an experience that you will not forget.
After your walk through the bazaar you will visit the first red sandstone fort of North India, the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur of the Mughal Empire.
After the fort you will be driven back to your resort.
Day 6: Agra - Ranthambore. You are assisted with your check-out from your resort and then you are driven to the Chand Baori stepwell at Abhaneri, located just off the Agra - Jaipur highway. We recommend that you get a packed meal from your resort as the dining options along the way are not especially hygienic. Chand Baori is a unique monument that is located next to a charming Rajasthani village. The massive 10th century Chand Baori stepwell is one of the most impressive in all of India. The depth of the stepwell is that of a modern 7 storey building, and there are stairs leading down to the bottom from three of the 100 foot plus (35 meters) four sides of the opening. Enjoy a guided exploration of the stepwell and then you will walk through the small village to get a glimpse of the lives of the simple but proud Rajasthani villagers. There will be young boys and girls herding goats, sheep, and cows around the area, camels carrying loads for their owners, and many other experiences that are only found in rural India. There are potters huts that you can stop at, as well as ladies weaving traditional garments, as well as opportunities to view many other indigenous activities. This is not a disguised effort to sell local wares, as is often found in tourism destinations. These are real villagers, and their simplicity, warmth, and hospitality will captivate you.
After this you will continue on with your journey to Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore National Park). The second half of this drive is through rural Rajasthan and there are multiple photo opportunities of the colorful villagers as they go about their daily activities. You will also encounter many camels and other livestock on this drive. You are greeted on arrival at your amazing luxury jungle resort and assisted with your check-in.
Since 2006, Easy Tours of India has tracked the percentage of tiger sightings for our guests in Ranthambore National Park. More than 85% of our guests have had tiger sightings during this period, with many of them getting multiple sightings.
Day 7: Ranthambore. Covering an area of 410 square kilometers, Ranthambore National Park runs along the eastern spur of the Aravali mountain range until it meets with the Vindhya ranges. Ranthambore was once the Jaipur rulers’ private hunting ground. In 1972 it was declared a Sanctuary and was brought under the Project Tiger Conservation platform. Dry deciduous forest covers most of the park, and the vegetation is lush around the many small lakes and ponds. The open grasslands that are the tiger’s favorite terrain account for much of the land on the higher slopes. This varied flora supports a large number of animals including a variety of deer, the sloth bear, the shy caracal, leopards and of course, the tiger.
Enjoy Private Jeep wildlife safaris into the park in the morning and evening.
In between safaris, you have the option of a guided visit to the Ranthambore Fort. This excursion does have a fairly steep climb with approximately 700 feet of stairs. The massive Fort is one of the finest examples of the ancient Hindu concept of Vana-Durg, or a fort protected by a jungle. The history of this Fort (originally built in 944 A.D.) is a chronicle full of tales of blood and valor. Successively occupied by the Muslims, Rajputs and Mughals, the insides of the fort today lie partly in ruin. There are superb views of the park to be had from its ramparts. There is also an ancient temple located in the fort which attracts a continuous stream of pilgrims from the surrounding villages. A little note of caution – a large number of aggressive langurs (South Asian monkeys) have made the Fort area their home and it is not advisable to have food or shiny objects visible in your hands as you tour the fort as they will be snatched away.
Day 8: Ranthambore - Jaipur. Enjoy your last Private Jeep safari into Ranthambore in the morning. Return to your resort after the safari to freshen up and have breakfast. You are at leisure for a while so that you can freshen up, after which you are assisted with your check-out from your jungle resort and then you will enjoy lunch at the resort. After lunch you are driven to Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur itself (the community located next to Ranthambore) is a rural small town, and you will drive through it to get a glimpse of life here before you head for Jaipur. The first half of this drive is also through rural Rajasthan and there are multiple photo opportunities. You are assisted with your check-in at your boutique luxury resort upon your arrival at Jaipur.
Day 9: Jaipur. Start your day with an excursion to the Amber Fort and Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located a short distance from the walled city. You will be driven to the rear entrance of the monument. The massive Fort complex was originally built by Raja Mansingh and is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture. Explore the chambers and hallways, which are famous for their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments. Return to the valley beneath the Fort and there is a break for lunch.
Begin your exploration of the walled city of Jaipur, including the magnificent City Palace. You will visit Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), which is the fascinating stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. Among other instruments, it includes a giant sun dial that is accurate to within 2 seconds. After the observatory comes a photo opportunity of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind). This intriguing facade was built in 1799 so that the ladies of the court could use its unique windows and observe the bustling bazaar without being visible to the people on the streets. Continue the tour with an exploration of the City Palace, the former royal residence (a part of which is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible to the public), built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. This immense complex also houses a number of museums that offer a large and impressive collection of costumes, armory and miniature paintings.
Next you will take a stroll with your Tour Director through the pink bazaar in the heart of the old town, and watch the locals as they bargain for their everyday necessities. You will also enjoy a brief stop for a tour of a collection of Rajput turbans. A turban tying demonstration is included, as are turban and Sari tying lessons.
Day 10: Jaipur. You are at leisure on this day to enjoy the amazing facilities at your resort, or to venture out with your Tour Director on one of the below mentioned experiences. We need to mention here that guests that stay at the Oberoi Vilas Hotels only have one complaint at the end of their tour. This complaint is invariably that they wish they had more time to enjoy the incredible facilities at these resorts. The Oberoi Rajvilas has a wonderful spa, expansive facilities, activities and gardens, including a three century old living Shiva Temple near its magnificent pool, which local villagers discreetly visit during part of the day.
GOLF: You have the option to play 9 or 18 holes on this day at the prestigious Rambagh Golf Club, at a nominal additional charge. Everything you may need or want, including clubs, are available at the facility. All arrangements can be made by your Guest Relations Manager once your tour is finalized.
You also have the option to enjoy one of the following excursions at no additional charge, if you are so inclined.
A). Your Tour Director and chauffeur are available to you from 10 AM to 6 PM to explore more of Jaipur, or to shop for some of India’s most amazing creations. Jaipur is India’s shopping Mecca, and your Tour Director will serve as your personal shopper. A partial exploration of Jaipur, or a shopping excursion, can also be combined with the activities listed below.
B). Sanganer and Bagru Excursions: Enjoy a full day guided excursion to the small town of Sanganer and onwards to Bagru Village, or a half day excursion to just Sanganer.
Sanganer is home to a very large textile printing industry. There are hundreds of families that work on these crafts in their homes, and you will visit a few of them and watch as they skillfully transform plain white cloth into beautiful designs. Sanganeri printed fabrics became popular in the 16th and 17th centuries in much of Europe and they were one of the major exports of the East India Company. Dyeing of Sanganeri printed textile is done by using natural vegetable colors and the finished cloth initially emits a very pleasant smell. Sanganer is famous for its Calico printed bed covers, quilts and saris. In Calico printing, the outlines are first printed, and then the color is filled in. Bold patterns and colors are popular. They are printed repeatedly in diagonal rows. Doo Rookhi printing is also famous here. In this technique, artists print on both sides of the cloth. Sanganeri prints are famous for their delicate floral sprigs. After the textile printing exploration, you will visit the facilities of families that are involved in making handmade paper. This fascinating process has been going on in Sanganer for almost 300 years. From here you will visit Sanganer’s ancient Jain temple, Shri Digambara. This large fascinating house of worship is purported to be well over a millennia old and there are a plethora of Jain statues to be found here.
There is a break for lunch, after which you will either return to your resort, or continue on to Bagru.
After lunch you will proceed on a short drive to the village of Bagru. The women of this village specialize in Rajasthani apparel and home furnishings embroidery. These local craftsmen are experts at embroidering mirror pieces, beads and other adornments into their colorful fabrics. These adornments embellish the three garments most commonly worn by Rajasthani women - the Kanchli, Ghaghra and Odhni. Men’s garments like the Angarkha, Achkan and Jama also use elements of the same embroidery. Household items like bedspreads, wall hangings and even animal trappings use the same embroidered embellishments.
In the late afternoon you will be driven back to Jaipur and your resort.
C). Pratham School Visit: This morning, you can visit a Pratham School. Pratham is the largest nonprofit organization working in the area of primary education in India. An exemplary charity (Charity Navigator states that over 94% of all donations received are spent directly on its stated goals) Pratham Rajasthan runs Urban Programs in the slums around Jaipur city to provide a quality education to disadvantaged children. The program aims to improve the learning levels of these children and directly addresses the severe drop-out rates among children from the slum areas. This visit can be highly enlightening and uplifting and will require a couple of hours. The schools are open Monday - Friday until early afternoon.
Day 11: Jaipur - Delhi - International Flight. You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel at your choice of time in the morning (anytime before noon, depending on the time of your international flight) and then you are driven to Delhi airport where you are assisted with boarding your international flight, since most international flights depart early the next morning, you will check-in at Oberoi Gurgaon (located near to airport) – your room will have been reserved for this night, so you will have the full use of your hotel's facilities right up until it’s time to board your international flight.
At the appropriate time for your international flight check-in, check-out of your hotel and you are driven by an Oberoi chauffeur to the airport to board your international flight.
Our services end at Delhi airport.
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