The magic of effervescent Rajasthan can be experienced in its lush forests, wildlife, culture, heritage, sand dunes and safaris. Make a trip to the majestic city of Jodhpur where you will feast your eyes on the remarkable sand dunes. The ‘Sun City’ as it is fondly known, Jodhpur has some of the finest monuments to boast. Don’t miss a visit to the imposing Meherangarh Fort that dominates the skyline. Stop at Jaswant Thada to admire the elegant cenotaph. Enjoy the folk music and dance, festivity, traditional lifestyle and handicrafts during the tour. When in Udaipur, prefer a walk around the famous Lake Pichola. Aravali Hills are other star attractions of this area. Amber Fort is a must visit attraction in Jaipur. Prefer a horse drawn carriage ride to the Taj Mahal in Agra. Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri are other attractions for your family. When in Delhi, you have an assortment of attractions to visit such as Qutub Minar, India Gate and Red Fort.
UNIQUE EXPERIENCES ON THIS TOUR:
♦ Traditional cycle rickshaw ride in the back streets and bazaars of old Delhi
♦ View the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset to see change in color of the marble
♦ Horse drawn carriage ride to the Taj Mahal in Agra
♦ Enjoy an Elephant ride at the Amber Fort in Jaipur
♦ Visit to the majestic fort of Jaipur & Jodhpur
♦ Visit to the Maharana’s City Palace in Udaipur
♦ Boat cruise on picturesque Lake Pichola in Udaipur
♦ Visit India’s most significant UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur; Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri in Agra; Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort Complex & Qutab Minar in Delhi and …. many other interesting sights listed in the detailed itinerary.
Day 1 – Delhi
Arrive Delhi in the evening or night, depending on flight schedules. You’re greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 – Delhi
Start your journey of Incredible India with a visit to the Old walled city in the morning. Drive pass the 17th century imposing Red Fort, take a traditional cycle rickshaw ride in the back streets & bazaars of Chandni Chowk (Closed on Sundays) selling an extraordinary variety of items like., dress material, spices, jewellery & perfumes and mouth-watering food delicacies. From here you visit the India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. In complete contrast to the noise and crowds of Old Delhi, is Raj Ghat, a simple and stunning memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Afternoon: Explore New Delhi, which is a blend of ancient & pre-independence India. Visit the 12th century Qutub Minar; the exquisite Humayun’s Tomb, built in 1570 is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Sightseeing will also include drive past the Lodhi Garden, Safdarjung’s tomb, the elegant government buildings designed in blend of Indian and European styles – the India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Presidential Palace.
Day 3 – Delhi / Agra
After breakast, proceed on the drive to Agra.
Arrive Agra in the afternoon and check in to your hotel.
Late Afternoon: Visit Agra Fort, it’s first red sandstone fort of North India was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year 1565. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur and talent for combining defensive architecture with beauty and design of the Mughal Empire. From here visit the fabled Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays), one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Taj Mahal was built in the year 1652 AD by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22,000 skilled craftsmen 22 years to create this spectacular white marble mausoleum. You will stay at Taj Mahal until sunset to see the white marble reflect the nuances of the changing light from the sun.
Note: In case this day is a Friday, then Agra sightseeing will be re-arranged so that you visit Taj Mahal from inside when it’s open to visitors.
Day 4 – Agra / Jaipur
Early Morning: Visit the Mughal garden of Mehtab Bagh, which is located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River. Enjoy a walk and view the Taj Mahal from across the river at sunrise. Also visit the Itmad-ud-Daulah, regarded as an imminent precursor of the Taj Mahal. This memorial was built in the year 1628 by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s gueen as a memorial to her father. Like the Taj it has amzingly intricate ‘Pietra Dura’ inlay and lattice marble screens. Return to your hotel to freshen up & relax.
Check out from your hotel after breakfast and proceed on the drive to Jaipur.
On the way, stop at Fathepur Sikri, the deserted city. This one of the world’s most perfect ghost cities and a marvel of design and construction. It was conceived and bult by Emperor Akbar, one of the most enlightened rulers of his time. Built in 1571, it is a synthesis of the flourishing styles of the Persian courts and the prevailing Hindu Islamic trends. Today its pristine red sandstone buildings are as perfect as when they were first chiseled. The masterpiece of this remarkable monument is the Jewel House of the Diwan I Khas. Architecturally extraordinary, the four doorways lead into a single storey room where a huge central pillar carved to baroque richness, supports a seat reached by mid air walkways. After the tour, continue your journey to Jaipur.
Arrive Jaipur in the evening and check in to your hotel.
Day 5 – Jaipur
Morning: A visit to the Amber Fort. Its forbidding exterior belying a bejeweled interior whose richness reflects the sumptuous styles of the surrounding Mughal courts. An Elephant ride takes you up to the fort and Jeep/Car brings you down the fort (Both ways Jeep/Car ride option available).
Afternoon: Visit the City Palace, a series of open courtyards, simple stables and buildings leading to the richly decorated royal rooms. The museum within the palace house a fabulous collection of textiles, carpets, manuscripts and costumes from the personal collection of the royal family; Hawa Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace of Winds’ and the fascinating Jantar Mantar Observatory is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century.
Day 6 – Jaipur / Jodhpur
After early breakfast, proceed on the drive to Jodhpur.
Arrive Jodhpur in the early afternoon and check in to your hotel.
Afternoon: Visit the aptly named majestic Meherangarh Fort, which dominates the skyline. Entered through gates, which bear the evocative handprints of the “Sati” queens women of the royal harem, who took their own lives when their men were defeated in battle. The fort has a series of spectacular palaces, each decorated with exquisite engravings, lattice and mirror work. Of particular note is the museum that exhibits a magnificent collection of royal memorabilia; we stop to admire the graceful cenotaph at Jaswant Thada, and browse in the bazaars of the old city for Jodhpur’s well known glass bangles, rugged “mojri” slippers and vivid tie and dye fabric. The area around the bazaars is a wonderful example of 19th century town planning, blending Rajasthani concepts with more contemporary styles.
Day 7 – Jodhpur / Udaipur
Check out from your hotel after leisurely breakfast and proceed on the drive to Udaipur. On the way stop at Ranakpur temples.
Ranakpur is one of five important pilgrim centers for the Jain community. Noted for its grandiose scale and elaborate ornamentation, of the three temples, the Adinatha is the most outstanding. Built by Daranshah in 1439, the temple is dedicated to the first Tirthankara of saint. The whole, including the extraordinary array of 1144 pillars each distinct in design, carved ceilings, and arches decorated with friezes depicting scenes from the lives of the Jain saints, is fascinating.
NOTE: No tourist guide services here. If required, you can hire Audio-guide from the Temple authorities on direct payment.
Arrive Udaipur in the late afternoon or evening and check in to your hotel.
Rest of the day you’re at leisure to relax and enjoy your beautiful resort on the banks of Lake Pichola.
Day 8 – Udaipur
Morning: Explore the romantic city of Lakes – Udaipur, with the palaces built around Lake Pichola and the Aravalli Hills forming the backdrop. Visit the City Palace, the former home of the Maharanas of Udaipur. A majestic architectural marvel, within the four walls are mosaics of peacocks, exquisite mirror work and exotic paintings. It is a conglomeration of coutyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Also visit Crystal Gallery, which has been hailed as probably the single largest private collection of crystal anywhere in the world. The collection includes a bewildering number of objects d’art, dinner sets, perfume bottles, decanters, glasses, washing bowls and even furniture. The Crystal Gallery also houses the only crystal bed in the world. After touring the City Palace, you will visit the Sahelion Ki Bari – the Gardens of the Maids of the queen. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants.
From here you have option (no extra charge) to drive to the original Palace Garage to see a unique private collection of Vintage & Classic cars of House of Mewar.
Late Afternoon/Evening: Enjoy a boat tour of Lake Pichola and visit the beautiful 17th century Jagmandir Island Palace – a palace on an island in Lake Pichola.
Day 9 – Udaipur / Delhi
Morning: Check out from your hotel and drive to the airport to board your flight.
Arrive Delhi. You’re greeted at the airport by our driver. Your vehicle and driver are at your disposal until your late evening/night departure transfer to the international airport. You can visit Dilli Haat, a contemporary art and crafts market that offers a wonderful collection of Indian handicrafts.
Late Evening/Night: You’re transferred to the international airport in time to board your flight to onward destination.