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Culture & Wildlife of Rajasthan and Gujarat

Explore these places' rich cultural heritage and natural attractions. See the tigers at Ranthambore, lions at Sasan Gir, bird life at the Bharatpur and also explore the Hingolgarh sanctuaries along with historic forts, fascinating palaces, vibrant towns, and remote villages.

DAY01: Arrival and welcome
Arrive at the International Airport in Delhi. After a traditional welcome, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.


DAY02: Delhi – Agra (210 km, 4 h)
After the breakfast, drive towards Agra, which takes around 4 hours (Famous for many splendid Mughal era buildings). 
Visit the Agra Red Fort, a historical fort in the city of Agra and its walls are richly adorned with red sandstone. 
Explore the Taj Mahal, a 17th-century marvel in the poetic description. 

DAY03: Agra – Bharatpur (60 km, 1 h, 30 m)
In the morning, drive to Bharatpur which is famous for the Keoladeo National Parkland Bird Sanctuary. En-route, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted royal city constructed by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. This impressive and well-preserved citadel served as the political capital of Akbar for 14 years until in 1585 he abandoned Fatehpur Sikri due to the dearth of water. The afternoon is free.

DAY04: Bharatpur – Ranthambhore (240 km, 5 h)
Leave for the visit of the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a World-heritage listed Bird Sanctuary and a Ramsey sight. See egrets, ducks, coots, storks, kingfishers, owls, eagles and harriers. The Maharaja of Bharatpur diverted water from a nearby irrigation canal into this lowland and later used to organize the hunting parties for his guests. It was converted into a Bird Sanctuary in 1956. There are now over 360 species of birds. Do a guided visit to the Park on a cycle rickshaw to experience the vast nature and its offerings. Drive to the Ranthambore National Park. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY05: Ranthambore
Enjoy two game drives in the park to wander through the jungles to find the elusive tiger. We wake up early morning and leave for our first safari in the Ranthambore National Park. We track the tigers and other wildlife through the morning and return to the hotel for breakfast. After relaxing for the rest of the pre-lunch session, we leave for another foray into the jungle after lunch to catch glimpses of some more animal and bird species. At the end of this adventurous day, we return to the hotel and relax.

DAY06: Ranthambhore – Jaipur (180 km, 4 h, 30 m)
In the morning, we drive to Jaipur - popularly known as the Pink City that is the colorful capital of Rajasthan. The evening is free to explore the colorful bazaars of Jaipur.

DAY07: Jaipur
After breakfast, we drive to the ancient capital of Amer, 11 km from Jaipur. Famous for it's massive Amber(Amer) Fort, Amer was the ancient capital of Kachwaha dynasty for 6 centuries.
Take an elephant ride (Optional), an experience to remember for a long time, to reach the Fort situated on the hill. Having appreciated it's beauty and captured that in our cameras, we visit the City Palace Jaipur, a perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Visit Jantar Mantar, a Solar Observatory built in the 18th century; an astronomical treasure house that measures time according to the movement of the Sun to an error of just 2 seconds with solar devices that give accurate astrological predictions as well till date. Explore Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied facade of pink sandstone. It was built in the year 1799 to allow royal ladies to watch processions and other the festivities on the road through its 953 ‘Jharokhas’ or small windows without being seen by the public.

DAY08: Jaipur – Ahmedabad by flight
In the morning, we will be transferred to the airport to board our flight to Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad is one of the jewels of Gujarat state. Beautifully carved historicals monuments such as Stepwell at Adalaj, the Rani Mosque, etc make this town unavoidable during the trip to Gujarat. Visit the Calico Textile Museum, one of the finest textile museums in the world and housed in one of Gujarat's famous carved wooden havelis (mansions). The museum displays a magnificent collection of rare textiles dating back to the 17th century. Gandhi Ashram or the Sabarmati Ashram, located near Vadaj, was once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi who founded it in 1915, and today, without doubt, it is the biggest tourist attraction in Ahmedabad.

DAY09: Ahmedabad – Zainabad (114 km, 2 h, 40 m)
Visit Modhera Sun Temple. Drive from Ahmedabad to Zainabad, a picturesque town situated on the outer periphery of Run of Kutch. On arrival, we would be transferred to the hotel.
Rest of the evening is free to explore the surrounding.

DAY10: Excursion in rann of kutch
This morning, do a jeep safari in the Rann of Kutch, a large area of salt marshes located in the Thar Desert mostly in Gujarat and the southern tip of Sindh in Pakistan. It is a seasonally marshy region. Kutch is the name of the district where this region is situated. This safari is an altogether different experience from all that we have seen and experienced by now. In the evening, we do a village tour to explore the area further.

DAY11: Zainabad – Bhavnagar (220 km, 4 h)
Drive to Bhavnagar. It was a princely state until 1948 when it was merged into independent India. The city offers vibrant shades of traditional Gujarati Culture. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Later, visit the following places such as the Gandhi Smriti, Barton Library and the Takhteswar temple.

DAY12: Bhavnagar - Sasan Gir forest national park (225 km, 5 h)
Visit the Gandhi Smriti - a memorial that has a library of Gandhian books and photographs providing glimpses into the life of Mahatma Gandhi. It also has a fine collection of art objects representing the culture of the Saurashtra Region.
Later, we drive towards the Sasan Gir Forest National Park.

DAY13: Sasan Gir national park
Today is the day for some adventure when we get to do two game drives (Morning/Afternoon) into Sasan Gir National Park to look for Asiatic lions. Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is the sole home of the pure Asiatic Lions (Panthera Leo Persica) and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species. 

DAY14: Sasan Gir forest national park – Hingolgadh (195 km, 4 h)
Drive in the direction to Hingolgadh Bird Sanctuary. It is a natural habitat and it is a delight for Ornithologist and nature amateurs to observe the different variety of birds. 
Hingolgadh – Rajkot (80km 1h 30m). After the visit, we head towards Rajkot where we have a night stay.

DAY15: Drive back to Ahmedabad
After breakfast, we drive to Ahmedabad. Upon arrival, we have free time to explore the local bazaar of the city.

DAY16: Board the return flight
Transfer to the International Airport for our onward travel to our next destination.

Number of days: 16
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: International and Domestic flight tickets. Travel insurance.
What to bring: Passport and Visa
Transport: SUV 4x4
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