1. Rooms for two children 11 or younger can be included at no charge, depending on availability.
2. Extensions can be facilitated to include more days and / or other destinations.
3. If the Elephanta cave excursion at Mumbai does not interest you, this itinerary can be reduced by one day.
4. This itinerary will need to be adjusted for the Taj Mahal’s closure on Fridays.
Day 1: Arrive at Mumbai
(most flights arrive either in the evening or at night). Our services begin here.
You are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator and then ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are then driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check in. The next day’s plans are briefly reviewed and you are presented with your welcome package. Among other things, this package includes a beautiful handcrafted journal for your explorations, 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.
Day 2: Mumbai.
You are at leisure this morning to recuperate from your international flight.
Late morning -
proceed for a guided excursion to the Elephanta Island Caves. Depending on your arrival at the jetty, you will stop for photo opportunities at
the city’s signature landmark, The Gateway of India, either before you depart or when you return from this excursion.Located overlooking Mumbai’s harbor this structure was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai. It is also the ceremonial gateway that the last British Viceroy departed from when India gained Independence.
You are assisted in boarding the boat for the one hour journey. Elephanta is Mumbai’s most significant tourist attraction and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are five Hindu Caves dedicated to Lord Shiva and two Buddhist caves. Your tour will focus on the Hindu Caves. Carved out of hard basalt between 450 A.D. and 750 A.D., the main cave was an active place of worship till the Portuguese conquered the area and inflicted severe damage to the caves in the early 16th century. In its heyday the island was known as Gharapuri (the Fortress city) and there is still a village on the island with the same name. The island was renamed Elephanta by the Portuguese. Although the caves have many massive sculptures of Lord Shiva and other divinities, the most impressive creation at Elephanta is the Trimurthi sculpture. This20 foot tall three headed figure portrays the three manifestations of Lord Shiva – The Creator of all life, The Preserver of humanity and The Destroyer of the world.
You will be escorted back to your hotel after your excursion to Elephanta.
Day 3: Mumbai – Jaipur.
You are assisted with your check out in the mid-morning. Enjoy a guided city tour of Mumbai. The tour begins at the Prince of Wales Museum, built to commemorate King George V’s first visit to India in 1905. Designed in the Indo-Saracenic style, the museum has sections of art, paintings, archeological exhibits and natural history. After the museum tour you will visit the famous Dhobi Ghat & observe the age old tradition of the Dhobi’s doing Mumbai’s laundry!
Continue the tour
with a drive up to Malabar Hill, where the hanging gardens give a panoramic view of the city and the Queen’s Necklace (Marine Drive). The tour then takes a drive through the Flora Fountain and Fort area, where you can view the impressive Gothic and Victorian buildings that were constructed during the British Raj. Visit Victoria Terminus (now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus). It is India’s finest example of a Gothic architecture and one of the world’s busiest railway stations.
Drive around Horniman Circle and visit the Town Hall, right besides the docks of Mumbai.
Late afternoon -
You are driven to the airport where you are assisted in boarding the flight to Jaipur. You are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator and driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check-in.
Jaipur is famous
for its carpets, jewelry & handicrafts.
Day 4: Jaipur.
Start your day with an excursion to Amber Fort & Palace. Just like the Emperors of a few centuries ago, enjoy the ascent up to the ramparts of the fort on top of a colorfully caparisoned elephant (jeeps are available instead of the elephants, if you so desire). 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 of the Palace which are famous for their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments. Return to the valley beneath the Fort on your elephant or jeep and proceed back to the Pink City.
There is a break for lunch
– Experience a guided city tour of the walled city of Jaipur, including the magnificent City Palace. Visit Jantar Mantar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. 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 it 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 miniature paintings, costumes, and armory.
– You can either choose to enjoy your hotel this evening, or select from one of these two escorted excursions. You can visit the home of a Rajasthani Nobleman and enjoy a traditional dinner with members of the family, or you can enjoy a dinner and Rajasthani cultural show that includes regional dance, music and acrobatic performances.
Day 5: Jaipur - Ranthambore.
You are at leisure to enjoy the facilities of one of the world’s finest luxury resorts this morning. You are assisted with yourcheck out at noon and you proceed on the journey to Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore National Park). Most 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 jungle lodge 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. Over 85% of our guests have had tiger sightings during this period, with many of them getting multiple sightings.
Day 6: Ranthambore.
Covering an area of 410 sq. km, Ranthambore National Park runs along the eastern spur of the Aravali mountain range until it meets with the Vindhya ranges. Ranthambore used to be the private hunting ground of the rulers of Jaipur. 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 wildlife safaris
in to 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 – 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 AD) 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 ruins. There are superb views of the park to be had from the ramparts. There is an ancient temple located in the fort and it attracts a continuous stream of pilgrims from the surrounding villages. A little note of caution – a large number of aggressive langur’s (South Asian monkeys) have made the Fort area their home and it is not advisable to have shiny objects and food visible in your hands as you tour the fort, as it will be snatched away.
Day 7: Ranthambore – Agra.
Enjoy your last safari into Ranthambore in the morning. Return to your hotel after the safari to freshen up and have breakfast. You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel and then you are driven to Agra. The first half of this drive is also through rural Rajasthan and there are multiple photo opportunities. Sawai Madhopur itself (the community located next to Ranthambore) is a rural small town and you will drive though it to get a glimpse of life here before you proceed on your drive. Arrive at Fatehpur Sikri
and enjoy a guided exploration of this beautiful uninhabited city. It was built by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585 and is constructed primarily out of red sandstone. The Emperor moved his capital from Agra to this city and then, a few years later, abandoned it, returning back to Agra. Visit the tallest gateway in the world, the towering Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory). In the northern part of the courtyard is the superb white marble tomb of Shaik Salim Chishti, built in 1570.
There is a break for Lunch.
Continue on your drive to Agra. Arrive at Agra and you are assisted with your check in at your hotel.
Agra’s artists are famous
for their creations in inlaid marble.
Day 8: Agra.
You are at leisure this morning to enjoy the facilities at your hotel.
Early afternoon -
start your exploration of Agra with a half day guided city tour of the magnificent monuments of this city. This exploration includes a visit to
the famous tomb of Itmad-Ud–Daulah. This was built by Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s queen as a memorial to her father. The tombs sheer beauty will surprise you – the only reason it does not get more accolades is because it shares the stage with the incomparable Taj Mahal. Like the Taj it has amazingly intricate ‘Pietra Dura’ inlay and lattice marble screens. The mausoleum rests in a walled garden with a view of the river Yamuna. Constructed in the year 1628, most historians believe that its design provided the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. After your exploration of the tomb you will visit the first red sandstone fort of North India, the Agra Fort. 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.
There is a break for lunch.
Visit 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 AD 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 Guide and have them provide 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 9: Agra – Delhi.
You can either sleep in or chose to enjoy either of these two optional (no charge) excursions - a sunrise visit to Mehtab Bagh, which is a 500 year old Mughal garden located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River; or a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays). If you select either of the latter options, you will return to your hotel to freshen up after the excursion. You can choose to enjoy the facilities at your amazing hotel till just before noon. If you do not start fairly early in the morning (enabling you to dine on arrival at Delhi), we recommend that you get a packed lunch from the hotel for your journey. You are assisted with your check out of the hotel and driven to Delhi. You are assisted with your check-in to your hotel on your arrival at Delhi.
Day 10: Delhi – International Flight. Continue your exploration
of India with a guided city tour of Old Delhi after you check out of your hotel. If you are
boarding a late evening/early morning international flight after this tour, you can sleep in this morning and start this day’s activity in the mid-morning. If you are boarding a flight back to Mumbai (or elsewhere in India), this tour may need to be abbreviated so that you can check-in on time for your flight.
Drive, walk and ride through the ancient city’s streets and alleys; explore crowded and colorful bazaars. This excursion includes an exploration of the Jama Masjid, completed in 1650 AD and the largest mosque in India. You continue on to the amazing Red Fort that was finished a decade before the mosque. Both structures were built by Shah Jahan, the emperor that created the Taj Mahal. The Masjid (Mosque) 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.
The great city
inside the massive sandstone walls of the Red Fort offers visitors a large number of architectural and historical attractions; it was once known as the 8th wonder of the world. The Red Fort was the seat of the Mughal Empire for more than two hundred and fifty years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian, and European architecture.
Once you leave the Fort you will experience a rickshaw ride in the alleys of the ancient bazaar at Chandni Chowk. After experiencing the crowded and colorful bazaar you will proceed to 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 that surrounds the black marble platform occupying the spot where the Mahatma was cremated. An eternal flame burns next to the platform.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon – enjoy a city tour
of New Delhi. This excursion begins with a drive past Safdarjang’s Tomb (1753 AD) while driving to 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. After the Qutab complex you will be driven 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 (all currently undergoing restoration) will captivate you.
From the tomb
you will proceed on a drive to Lutyens’ New Delhi. Time permitting, this drive will include photo opportunities at some of the following attractions - the exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan (known as Viceroy’s House during the British era), Delhi’s landmark structure India Gate, a golden domed Sikh Temple (Bangla Sahib Gurudwara), & the Birla Temple. The last part of this excursion is a drive through Connaught Place, which is New Delhi’s downtown.
If you are boarding an afternoon or early evening flight to Mumbai (or elsewhere), this tour may need to be shortened, depending on the time of your flight.
If you are boarding your international flight (usually late evening or early morning), your vehicle and chauffeur stay with you until your assisted check in at the airport. This is a good time to do some last minute shopping and/or sightseeing if you are so inclined. If your international flight departs early in the morning you may want us to arrange a room for you so you can rest.
Our services end at Delhi airport.
Please let us know if you would like us to quote transfer services in Mumbai (or any other city), or if you will need a chauffeur and vehicle in the other city while you wait for your international flight.