Day 1 : Arrive Delhi Flight /TBA
Welcome to India- a country where hospitality is a way of life ; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance.
Overnight Hotel- Delhi.
Day 2 : Delhi
Morning after a relaxed breakfast we will take you to a tour of Delhi.
Pulsing with energy and colour, Old Delhi is laced by a maze of narrow lanes, which twist and turn between the tall, leaning buildings. You will witness the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars where you will experience the full sights, sounds and aromas indicative of the Indian sub continent. In Old Delhi you will visit the famous Red Fort surrounded by shops and bazaars, the Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes and Chandni Chowk. In Old Delhi you will also have an opportunity to experience a rickshaw ride.
As a complete contrast, New Delhi stands in formal splendor. It is a city of wide boulevards that offers ever changing perspectives of Lutyen’s landscaped city. It is also a city known for its formal parks, magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India in the 330 acres of land and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and India Gate. In New Delhi you will also visit Qutab Minar, the 72.5 meter high tower dating back to the 13th century, and Humanyun’s Tomb, which was built in the 16th century and architecturally considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal.
Evening back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3 : Delhi / Agra Surface (265 Kms – 05 Hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive down to Agra. Upon Arrival in Agra check in at hotel. Later on proceed for a tour of the city. We also visit Agra Fort (Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. More often than not, the Agra Fort is overshadowed by the pristine beauty of the Taj, but for those looking for something beyond romance, the Agra Fort is worth seeing. Situated on the bank of
river Yamuna, the Agra Fort today, stands as a citadel of the past that has witnessed centuries slip by).
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 4 : Agra
After breakfast, city tour of Agra with Taj Mahal.
Someone rightly said, ‘see the Taj and die’ and the Taj certainly surpasses this thought. Described as the most spectacular monuments ever built for love, Taj Mahal is the Agra fascination and greatest pride of India. One of the legendary Indian poet -Rabindranath Tagore described its beauty as “a teardrop on the face of eternity”. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died after giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. Around 20,000 workers devoted day and night to construct this magnificent monument.
Taj Mahal proved to be the costliest tomb ever build on this earth. Specialists were brought in from Europe and other Asian counties to produce the exquisite marble screens and pietra dura made with the thousands of semi precious stones. It is said that Shah Jahan also wanted to built a black Taj Mahal as a tomb for himself on the opposite side if the river Yamuna. Locals guides are found saying that he want to portray his negative image, when his own son Aurangzeb threw his son into the jail, but sadly he could not afford his grandiose plans.
The Taj is the monument of love, so its each and every detail has been conceptualized with at most care and meaning. The architects and builders made it a point not to confront the viewer with the mind boggling all at once. So they made the entry through a dazzling arched gateway inscribed with verses from Koran. The credit of designing this spectacular mausoleum goes to the architect Ustad Isa Khan Effendi from Iran. The best marble were transported from Makrana in Rajasthan, and the precious stones came from Afghanistan, Persia and Central Asia.
After visiting Taj Mahal you will visit the Tomb of Itimad ud Daulah. Before the Taj Mahal was built, its design was already standing in the form of Itmad Ud Daulah’s Tomb, hence it is affectionately known as the ‘Baby Taj’. Built to represent a silver jewel box in marble, this mausoleum houses the body of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, the father of the Mughal Empress Noor Jahan.
Day 5 : Agra / Jaipur Surface(280 Kms – 06 Hrs)
After breakfast, leave for Rajasthan – The Land of Rajputs is a majestic tapestry of camels plodding over soft sand dunes of the Thar Desert. The landscape of Rajasthan is dotted with island palaces gleaming on idyllic blue lakes; temples and fortresses situated on hilltops of the rugged and rocky Aravalli; strong testimony of Rajput dynasties; and well laid out gardens which add to the grandeur and charm of this majestic land. The royal cities of Rajasthan India like – Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kota, Pushkar, Ajmer, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Ranakpur, Jaisalmer and the charismatic Shekhawati Region – add up to the attraction of Rajasthan.
Jaipur – The Pink City : Jaipur needed a fresh coat of paint to welcome its distinguished guest the Prince of Wales in 1905-6. The contractor inability to supply any other color in the required quantity compelled the choice of pink shade for its walls. A contractors compulsion famed Jaipur to Pinkcity. Since then the PINK color is associated with hospitality in Rajput culture.
En route visit Fatehpur Sikri (40 kms west of Agra, is built a city predominantly in Red Sandstone and is called Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar during 1570 and 1585. It is one of the finest examples of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Fatehpur Sikri Mosque is said to be a copy of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from the Persian & Hindu architecture).
Arrive Jaipur and check-in at hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities.
Day 6 : Jaipur
After breakfast, you will be taken for sightseeing of Jaipur.
The city of Jaipur is capital of Rajasthan, famous for its colorful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. Also known as Pink City due to the Pink stones used in the construction of the houses in Jaipur. Hawa Mahal is the best-known landmark of Jaipur. In the heart of the city is situated the City Palace, a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The place is now a museum except for one section where the erstwhile royal family still lives. Jantar Mantar is only one of the five observatories constructed by Jai Singh to whom the city owes its name. Central Museum has a large collection of costumes, woodwork, brassware, jewelry, and pottery. The hilltop forts of Nahargarh, Jaigarh, and Amber constitute the real Rajputana legacy. The Maota Lake offers a breathtaking reflection of the magnificent Amber Fort-Palace.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 7 : Jaipur / Jodhpur Surface (331 Kms – 06-07 Hrs)
After breakfast, leave for Jodhpur, Upon arrival check in at Hotel.
Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is famous for its magnificent forts and palaces. It is situated at the edge of the Thar Desert with Jaisalmer on its west, Barmar, Jalor and Pali on its south, Bikaner on its north, and Nagaur on the eastern side. Founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a chief of Rajput clan known as the Rathores, Jodhpur was the capital of the Rathore Kingdom. Until recent times, Jodhpur was known as the ancient kingdom of Marwar, the largest kingdom in Rajputana
Evening at leisure for own activities. Overnight at Jodhpur
Day 8 : Jodhpur
This morning you will be taken on a tour of the ‘Blue City’, Jodhpur.
The Mehrangarh Fort is a living testimony of the military might of the Rajputs. Umaid Bhawan, the only 20th-century-built palace, was constructed to give employment to the famine-struck population of Jodhpur. The Jaswant Thade is a shrine built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant II in 1899. Mandar Garden was the ashram of Rishi Mandu. This garden has a gate known as the Ajit pole. Giridkot and Sardar Market, located in the heart of the city, are popular for a wide range of handicrafts. About 4 miles away from Jodhpur lay the Balsamand Lake and Garden, an artificial lake built in AD 1159, an ideal place for picnics and excursions.
Day 9 : Jodhpur /Udaipur Surface (265 Kms – 05 Hrs)
Early morning, after breakfast you will be driven to Udaipur via Ranakpur famous for temples.
One of the five holiest places of the Jain community, Ranakpur derives its name from one of its former rulers Rana Kumbha. Situated at a distance of 96 km from Udaipur, Ranakpur is known for its beautiful temples. Lush green hills surround this picturesque little town, which is one of the most fascinating place to visit Rajasthan. In fact the beautiful natural surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for the beautiful temples Ranakpur is famous for. Most of these temples made of amber stone, date back to the 15th century and are a magnificent sight to behold. Once the sightseeing is over continue drive to Udaipur.
The city of Udaipur is located in the Aravalli ranges of the royal state of Rajasthan and is also known as the jewel of Mewar. Also known as the City of Dawn, Udaipur is surrounded by ancient mountains and set on the edge of three lakes. It is a beautiful old city with narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples meandering through it.
Udaipur was founded in 1559 and named after Maharana Udai Singh. It then replaced Chittor as the capital of the Sisodia dynasty, when according to legend, the Maharana went out hunting one day and met a holy man who blessed him and told him to built a palace at that very spot, as it would be well protected. Today, Udaipur is a one of the better-known tourist destinations of India and an integral part of any itinerary for Rajasthan.
Upon arrival enjoy the romantic ambiance & fresh feel in the air. Later in evening you will be taken for Boat ride in lake Pichola.
Overnight in Udaipur
Day 10 : Udaipur
Today morning after breakfast you will be taken for sightseeing of Udaipur. Visiting Jag Niwas, City palace Saheliyon ki Bari & Jadish temple.
Jag Mandir The summer residence of the princes of Mewar was called Jag Niwas, and is today a magnificent luxury hotel. Jag Mandir, the other island palace has a marble dome and is made in red sandstone. It was a refuge for the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan when he was exiled after a quarrel with his father, Emperor Jahangir. The imposing City Palace towers over the Pichola Lake on a hill and is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. the complex manages to retain a uniformity of design despite being a conglomeration of buildings constructed by various Maharanas over a long period of time. It has many courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens.To the north of the city lies Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, a garden of the maids of honour. This small ornamental garden
has many fountains, delightful lotus pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants.
The Jagdish temple was built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh. Built in Indo-Aryan style , the temple is the largest temple of Udaipur. A black stone image of Lord Vishnu and a brass image of Garuda can be seen here.Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir, the Indian folk arts museum, has interesting exhibits that include folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11 : Udaipur / Mumbai Flight
After breakfast, depending on your flight details you will be driven to airport to board your flight to Mumbai or Financial Capital of India.
Mumbai once used to be a cluster of seven islands of Colaba, Mumbai, Mazagaon, Old Woman’s island, Wadala, Mahim, Parel, and Matunga Sion, which were the homes of the Koli fishing community. Being situated on the western coast, it became an important trading center and port city after the English King Charles the Second gave it to the East India Company in 1668. The islands were named ‘Bombay’, meaning ‘good bay’ in Portuguese, by the Portuguese. In 1996, it was officially renamed Mumbai, the name being derived Mumbadevi, the goddess of the Kolis. The city is likely to become the world’s second largest metro by the year 2015.
Upon arrival rest of the day at lesiure or explore city of your own.
Day 12 : Mumbai
Today after breakfast you will be taken for full day sightseeing of Mumbai starting with The wonderful Prince of Wales museum is regarded as one of the best museums in the country with art, sculpture, old firearms, and rare coins and a priceless collection of miniature paintings on display. We will then proceed to The Gateway of India is a treasured monument that was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911. It is complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone, further drive past a popular sea front, Marine Drive is a winding stretch of road with tall buildings on one side and sea on the other. It was once called the Queen’s Necklace because of its curved shape. The Juhu and Chowpatty Beaches are the most famous beaches that offer beach activities like camel and pony rides, acrobats and, performing monkeys and entertainers together with a splendid view of the coast. Tours continues with visit to Mani Bhawan & Hanging gardens. Mani Bhawan used to be the Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. one of the important places to visit in Mumbai. It has a reference library with over 2000 books and other of the Mahatma’s belongings. The Hanging Gardens or Ferozeshah Mehta Garden and Kamla Nehru Park are located opposite each other. Both the gardens provide lovely sunset views over the Arabian Sea. The latter has the famous “Old Woman’s Shoe” that is a delight to all children.
Overnight in Mumbai.
Day 13 : Departure Mumbai
Morning after breakfast drive down to reach airport for your connecting flight to further destination.