DAY 01: ARRIVE AT DELHI

Our services begin here. You will be greeted by our tour executive at the Arrival Hall of Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. You will be then escorted to your hotel and shall be assisted with check-in. He will explain the travel plan in detail and hand over the essential documents to you.

DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

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DAY 02: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING OF DELHI

Morning – have breakfast before starting your full-day tour of Old and New Delhi.

Start your adventure with Old Delhi, a formal capital of the Mughal Dynasty that boasts a plethora of breathtaking monuments.

We will begin visit to the massive Red Fort built, by Shah Jahan in 1648, before exploring the colorful Chandni Chowk market by cycle-rickshaw. You also visit the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Ghat).

Shortly after, we will arrive in Jama Masjid. This is the largest mosque in India at the height of 40m where you are able to view Delhi from the minarets of this last architectural project of Shah Jahan.

Drive past Safdarjang’s tomb to visit the highest stone tower in India, the Qutab Minar, metallurgical marvel that has never rusted since its iron pillar shape was erected in 1199.

Later on – we will take you past the earliest example of Mughal architecture, the Tomb of Humayun.

Drive through New Delhi. New Delhi is a much more recent city and is also known as Lutyens’ Delhi.

The city’s namesake, Edwin Lutyens, was a British architect who was largely responsible for designing the India Gate (a memorial to the martyrs of World War I), Rashtrapati Bhavan (the Presidential House), the Secretariat, the Parliament House, and many other government buildings.

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Note: The Red Fort remains closed on Monday.

DAY 03: DELHI – AGRA

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and set off for the lovely drive to Agra. The journey will take about two & half hours, hence an early morning (0700 hrs) start is recommended.

Arrive at Agra and check in to your hotel before starting your tour.

Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, had transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire.

In Agra, you will be caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, as well as the city’s irresistible charm.

Unsurprisingly, modern Agra has held onto its Mughal heritage so that the modern city is blended with old and beautiful monuments.

Afternoon – your discovery of historic Agra will begin with a visit to the red sandstone Agra Fort, built by the Mughal dynasty's greatest Emperor, Akbar, in 1565. A number of the fort’s beautiful palaces, mosques and gardens were built by his successors in later years.

A few of the priceless examples of artisanship from the Mughal era include the exquisite Moti Masjid or Pearl Mosque, the Diwan-i-Khas, the Diwan-i-Am, the Jahangir Mahal and the Shish Mahal.

Later on – visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, a pristine white marble mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife – Mumtaz Mahal. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, it took 20,000 workers from neighboring Islamic countries, 22 years of ceaseless toil to create this exquisite white marble monument upon which peopled have waxed eloquent throughout the world. Experience a splendid sunset viewing of the Taj Mahal and the return to your hotel.

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Note: The Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday.

DAY 04: AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI – JAIPUR

Early morning –visit Mehtab Bagh (Mughal Garden) to view the Taj Mahal while the sun rise upon its massive bronze domes. This 500-year-old garden is located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River.

Later on, visit the Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s tomb, a beautiful mausoleum built by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s queen in 1628 as a memorial to her father. Many historians revere the mausoleum as the inspiration of the Taj Mahal, yet it still has an original beauty. It houses significant ‘Pietra Dura’ inlays, marble screens within a walled garden, and a view of the Yamuna River.

Experience a splendid sunrise view and the return to your hotel and freshen up after your visit.

After breakfast – check out of the hotel and drive to Jaipur, which is about a fours hour’s journey.

On the way – take a mini-excursion to Fatehpur Sikri. Akbar completed this red sandstone city in 1585 that still holds the mysterious tomb of Salim Chishti (the Muslim mystic who gave his blessings to Akbar for a son).

The Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai’s Palace, Birbal Bhavan and the uniquely checkered Pachisi Court are also original monuments from the Mughal Empire.

After the tour – resume your drive to Jaipur. When you arrive, check in to your hotel.

Jaipur: The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains its character and history - A beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. Jaipur is popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens.

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DAY 05: JAIPUR

Make an 8 a.m. excursion to the Amber Fort & Palace so that you may ascend to its colossal red entrance on the back of a highly decorated elephant. Raja Man Singh constructed the Amber Fort that is now regarded as a quintessential example of Rajput architecture as is the elaborate design of the Palace’s interior.

You will see the fort’s splendor with your own eyes when you walk down the hallways and chambers to see the luxurious and adorned ambiance of the palace.

In the afternoon – take a half-day tour of the Palace Complex. See the Jantar Mantar Observatory, a sanctuary of the astronomer king, Maharaja Jai Singh II. Nearby, the intriguing Palace of the Wind, the Hawa Mahal, was built in 1799 to allow ladies from the royal family to view the city and bazaar below in privacy.

Continue to the breathtaking Palace, a royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles.

The city’s Palace Complex holds several museums that contain impressive collections of miniature paintings, costumes, and armor. Between the art gallery and the armory, you will find the majestic Diwan-i-Khas—the hall of selective audience.

The Diwan-i-Khas is a marble-paved pavilion that puts on display massive silver vessels. The vessels, the world’s largest sterling silver object, used to be filled with royal drinking water from the River Ganga.

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DAY 06: JAIPUR – PUSHKAR

After breakfast – check out of the hotel and drive to Pushkar, which is about a three hours journey.

PUSHKAR - Amongst the grandeur of Rajasthan, discover a unique gem - Pushkar. Lord Brahma - The creator of the world in a search for his abode on earth, performed the supremely spiritual VEDIC YAGNA at Pushkar. It is thus the site of the only Brahma Temple in the world. Blessed with cultural blends, it is the venue for the famous Pushkar Fair, with people coming from all over Asia to buy and sell cattle of breeds from across the world. A city of Pilgrimage from time immemorial with over 500 temples and Ghats Pushkar begets a legacy of timeless architectural heritage. Pushkar radiates an ambience of peace and spirituality that casts a lure to visit again and again. The Pushkar fair is amongst the largest cattle fairs in the world and amongst the oldest cities in India, with references in mythology and the Mahabharat. There are 52 bathing Ghats, which are linked to the lunar calendar, enclose the lake. Each Ghat has its own miraculous qualities and powers of healing and this city of temples has over 500 temples built over different eras with varied architectural styles. The rose garden of Rajasthan - the essence of the famous Pushkar rose is exported the world over.

Late afternoon - visit some of the many temples & Ghats, where pilgrims bathe in the sacred waters of the Lake.

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DAY 07: PUSHKAR – BIKANER

After breakfast – drive to Bikaner, the drive will take approximately five hours.

Arrive at Bikaner in the afternoon and check in to your hotel.

BIKANER - The royal fortified city with a timeless appeal. Lying in the north of the Desert State, the city is dotted with many sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval splendor that pervades the city's lifestyle. More popularly called the camel country; the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here. Be it pulling heavy carts, transporting grains or working on wells, camels are the prime helpers. The wells of Bikaner - an important source of water are other attractions of the city. These are built on high plinths with slender minareted towers on each of the four corners and can be noticed even from a distance.

Rao Bikaji, a descendant of Jodhaji - the founder of Jodhpur, founded this desert town in the North of the state in 1488.

Late afternoon - Visit the The Karni Mata temple, sometimes called “The Rat Temple” at Deshnok, situated 30 km from Bikaner. The temple is dedicated to an early 15th century mystic, considered to be a reincarnation of the Goddess Durga.

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DAY 08: BIKANER – JAISALMER

After breakfast - check out of your hotel and drive to Jaisalmer, the drive will take approximately five hours.

Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with its awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city.

Arrive at Jaisalmer and check in to your hotel.

Balance of the day you are at leisure.

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DAY 09: JAISALMER

Start your day with a City Tour. The tour begins from "The Jaisalmer Fort", built in 1156 by Rawal Jaisal. The fort crowns 80 meter high Trikuta hill. Still inhabited, there are palaces and bazaars within the fort walls. The Fort has 99 bastions around the circumference.

Other attractions include Ganga Sagar Tank and Museum, once the water supply of the city, housing many small temples and shrines. A wide variety of water birds flock here in winter. Also visit the "Havelis" of Jaisalmer. Wealthy merchants built their exquisite homes with profusely carved stone facades. The famous ones are the Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Nathmal Ki Haveli.

Afternoon – Excursion to Sam for a camel safari and to watch the shifting sand dunes- about 45 kms from Jaisalmer – duration about four hours from Jaisalmer to Jaisalmer.

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DAY 10: JAISALMER – JODHPUR

After Breakfast - Check out of your hotel in the morning and proceed on a drive to Jodhpur: Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the Ramayana. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains. The city is encompassed by a high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.

The drive from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur will take approximately five hours.

Arrive at Jodhpur and check in to your hotel.

Stay overnight at the hotel.

DAY 11: JODHPUR

Morning, after breakfast start your city tour - The tour begins with a visit to The Mehrangarh Fort. This formidable hilltop fort is the one of the most impressive in Rajasthan. Many gates lead into the Fort and the main gate is the "Lahapol", with a huge iron gate. At the side of this gate there are 15 hand prints, the "Sati Marks" of Maharaja Man Singh’s widows, who threw themselves upon his funeral pyre in 1843 when the Fort was besieged. Inside the fort, visit the palaces Moti Mahal or "Pearl Palace", the Sukh Mahal or "Pleasure Palace" and the Phool Mahal or "Flower Palace". The tour also includes a visit to the "Jaswant Thada", a marble cenotaph built in 1899 as a memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.

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DAY 12: JODHPUR – MOUNT ABU

Check out of your hotel in the morning and proceed on the drive to Mount Abu.

Arrive at Mount Abu in the evening and check in to your hotel.

At 1200 metres, Mount Abu is the highest point of the Avavalli range passing through Rajasthan. The only hill resort of Rajasthan built around a lake and is surrounded by forested hills.

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DAY 13: MOUNT ABU

After breakfast – proceed for full day tour of mount Abu, is a famous hill station and pilgrimage place in Rajasthan. Today we have sightseeing in Mount Abu. In our sightseeing we visit the Dilwara Jain temples. Dilwara Jain Temples were constructed between 11th and 13th centuries. After visiting the Jain Temples we will visit Vimal Vasahi, the oldest temple, built in 1031 AD. Vimal Vasahi is an outstanding example of Jain temple architecture and famous for its superb carvings in marble.

Afternoon we will have a walk to the focal point of the town, Nakki Lake. This artificial lake is ringed by hills and overhung by the enormous Toad Rock. We will walk through the Bazaar up to Sunset Point from where the best Mountain View can be savoured and we enjoy the sunset as the sun gradually drowns itself in the azure sky between two mountain peaks.

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DAY 14: MOUNT ABU – RANAKPUR – UDAIPUR

Morning - Check out from your hotel and drive to city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravallis. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.

Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichhola is an enticing sight.

On the way Stop at Ranakpur for a tour, Tour the famous 15th Century Jain Temples, located 90 km's north of Udaipur. The temples 29 halls are supported by 1444 intricately carved pillars, and no two are of the same design. There is an abundance of exquisite sculptures and friezes.

After the tour, resume your drive to Udaipur. Arrive at Udaipur and check in to the hotel.

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DAY 15: UDAIPUR

After breakfast proceed for a city tour, including a tour of the City Palace. At this Palace complex, explore the gorgeous rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, windows with colored glass, inlaid marble balconies and the peacock courtyard. You walk through the Crystal Gallery which has an amazing collection of exquisite Crystal (including complete bedroom furniture set in crystal, discovered recently in a store room in the palace). Visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-bari gardens and the local Museum after the Palace tour.

Late afternoon - cruise on Lake Pichola and visit Jag Mandir.

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DAY 16: UDAIPUR – FLY OUT

After breakfast – Check out from your accommodation and drive to Udaipur airport and board the flight to Mumbai / Delhi.

Our services end at Udaipur airport.

INCLUSIONS:

  • 15 nights stay at the hotels on entire trip.
  • Hotel accommodation on single / double occupancy basis.
  • All transfers and sightseeing by your personal A/C vehicle.
  • Check-in time is 2 p.m. and check-out time is 12 noon for most of the hotels (but we can usually arrange earlier check-in).
  • Breakfast at all the hotels.
  • One cycle-rickshaw ride to explore the famous Chandni Chowk market in Delhi.
  • One horse-carriage ride to the Taj Mahal from the nearest parking point.
  • One elephant ride at amber fort, Jaipur.
  • Camel safari at Pushkar.
  • One camel safari at Jaisalmer.
  • One boat cruise at Udaipur.
  • Entrance fees to the monuments as per the itinerary.
  • Services of an English speaking guide as per the itinerary.
  • Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
  • 24/7 on-tour assistance throughout the journey.
  • All currently applicable taxes.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Any personal expenses such as tips, laundry and drinks.
  • Any extra meals (other than those specifically laid down).
  • Personal Travel Insurance, visa etc.
  • Camera fees (both still and video).
  • International flight tickets.
  • Miscellaneous.