India | Royal Rajasthan

India | Royal Rajasthan

VALID FROM 01 APRIL 2021 TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2021

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DAY 01 DELHI – ARRIVAL [BY FLIGHT] Arrive at Delhi International airport, our representative will be waiting for you at the outside of EXIT gate of arrival terminal, holding a placard in your name. Meeting & assistance upon arrival and later you would be transferred to the hotel.

Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi still intrigue Indians and tourists alike as the cultural and political capital of the largest democracy in the world.

Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 02 DELHI
Breakfast at the hotel.

Later proceed for half day combined city tour of Delhi – The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 – 48 when the Mughal Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, which is the tallest stone tower in India. The Qutub Minar was started in 1199 AD by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak and completed by the sultan’s successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The building is 72.5 m high and has 379 steps from the bottom to the top. The Minar is tapering with the diameter of the base is 14.3 m while at the top floor it is2.7 m. The Qutub Minar is still the highest stone tower.The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s residence.

Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 03 DELHI/AGRA(BY SURFACE –204 KMS & 03 HRS.)
Breakfast at hotel
Later leave for Agra by Surface
Arrive Agra & check-in into the hotel

Agra is one of the most famous tourist spots of the country. The city, situated on the west bank of river the Yamuna, is known world over as home to a wonder of the world, Taj Mahal.

Later proceed for Taj Mahal & Agra Fort, The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture. (Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays for public visit.)

Also visit Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort – the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters nd the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 04 AGRA/JAIPUR (BY SURFACE–236 KM & 6 HRS.)
After breakfast, leave for Jaipur by surface at 0800 Hrs.

Visit Fatehpur Sikri enroute Jaipur. Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.

After your visit, continue your drive to Jaipur and check-in at hotel.
Rest day at your leisure to explore the Pink City. The vehicle will be at your disposal within city limit.

Jaipur’s past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the “pink city”. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur’s bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add colour to this fascinating city.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 05 JAIPUR
Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning proceed to visit the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century.

An elephant/jeep will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.

En-route to Amber you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.

Continue for sightseeing tour of Jaipur city visit the city of Jaipur. Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur include the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. You will also have the opportunity to wander about the local markets.

The vehicle will be at your disposal within city limit.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 06 JAIPUR/JODHPUR (BY SURFACE–302 KM & 5½ HRS.)
Early breakfast at the hotel.
Morning leave for Jodhpur by surface.
Arrive Jodhpur & check in at the hotel.

The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a wall 10km long, which was built about a century after the city was founded. From the fort you can clearly see where the old city ends and the new begins. The old city is fascinating jungle of winding streets of great interest to wander around. Eight gates lead out from the walled city. It’s one of the more interesting cities in India and those baggy-tight horse riding trousers, jodhpurs, took their name from this locale.

Afternoon visit the Mehrangarh Fort (citadel of the Sun) that evokes the very spirit of the Rathores, the ruling local Rajput clan. Visit its various palaces with their delicate friezes and respective museums, displaying treasures of the royal family.

The Mehrangarh Fort is sprawled across a 125-meter high hill and is the most impressive and formidable fort in the fort-studded Rajasthan. On the wall adjacent to the Lahapol or “Iron Gate” are 15 handprints, the sati marks of the widows of Maharaja Man Singh who threw themselves upon his funeral pyre in 1843. Inside the fort, which is still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, there is a whole series of courtyards and palaces.

North of Meherangarh Fort, and connected to it by road, Jaswant Thanda is a pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878-95), who purged Jodhpur of dacoits, initiated irrigation systems and boosted the economy. The cenotaphs of members of the royal family who have died since Jaswant are close by his memorial; those who preceded him are remembered by chhatris at Mandor. This south-facing spot is also the best place from which to photograph the fort, looming above the sheer rocky Meherangarh plateau.

Rest of the day at leisure. The vehicle will be at your disposal within city limit.
Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 07 JODHPUR / RANAKPUR (BY SURFACE – 175 KM & 4 HRS.)
RANAKPUR / UDAIPUR (BY SURFACE – 85 KM & 2 HRS.)
Breakfast at the hotel.

Later you will be driven from Jodhpur to Udaipur (260 KMS/ 7 HRS), en-route visiting Ranakpur Jain Temples, an exceptionally beautiful excursion through the rugged, wooded hills of Rajasthan to the Jain Temples of Ranakpur in the Aravali Valley, to see one of the best complexes of Jain religion which is particularly noted for the grandiose scale of its architecture and the highly decorated ceilings, walls and 1444 different pillars. The priests of the temples did all the temple designing and their generations are still continuing the work.

After Ranakpur visit continue your journey to Udaipur and upon arrival, check-in at your hotel.

Rajasthan is romantic with tales of valour and chivalry, and a history that brings to life forts and palaces and court intrigues. But Udaipur is different – an interlude for the diehard romantics. A splash of colour in colourful Rajasthan that’s brighter, tinged with the tones of local legends and lores. Here are lakes that come as a surprise in sandy Rajasthan, and forested hills where wildlife still abounds. And in the lakes or by their edges are palaces straight out of fairy tales, each more beautiful than the other. There are rugged fortresses too — Chittaurgarh and Kumbalgarh, where the history of Udaipur is told as if it were but a page from yesterday. For in Udaipur the past lives and breathes with the present.

Rest of the day free for independent activities. The vehicle will be at your disposal within city limit.
Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 08 UDAIPUR
Breakfast at the hotel.
Later proceed for a sightseeing tour of Udaipur City, also known as the City of Sunrise.

First on your sightseeing tour you will proceed for a tour of the City Palace, which overlooks the Lake Pichola. The City Palace was built in 1725 of granite and marble with filigreed balconies, ornate windows and craftsmanship in glass. The royal palace walls stretch over a mile on the eastern side of the lake. Within the palace is a maze of courtyards, apartments and decorated halls. The rooms are covered with frescoes, displays of royal processions, stone and glass mosaics and ornamental doors and painted windows. The marble throne in the coronation rooms was last used during the time Maharana Sangram Singh II (1710-30) and nearby is the Sun Window installed by Maharaja Bhim Singh (1778-1828). This is the divine symbol of the house of Mewar, which traces its lineage to the Surya Vansha, descendants of the Sun. Each palace within is an outstanding creation of art. Visit the museums and the hall of public audiences, the private chambers of the royal ladies at the palace and Sahelion-ki-Badi.

Later enjoy a common boat ride on lake pichola.
Rest of the day you are free for independent activities.
The vehicle will be at your disposal within city limit.
Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 09 UDAIPUR / DELHI (BY FLIGHT)
Breakfast at the hotel.
In time you will be met, assisted and transferred to Udaipur airport to board the flight for Delhi.
Meeting & assistance upon arrival at Delhi airport and you will be transferred to the hotel.

Rest of the day you are free for independent activities. [Transport services are not Included] Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 11 DELHI – DEPARTS
Breakfast at hotel
In time you will be transferred to Delhi international airport to board the flight for onward destination.

  • 09 Nights accommodation at the hotel mentioned below or similar
  • Meal Plan – Daily buffet breakfast at all the hotels.
  • Traditional Indian welcome upon arrival at Delhi airport.
  • All transfers, sightseeing & tours/transport services by 01 Air-conditioned vehicle as per the above itinerary (Transport services are not included for days at leisure) -01/02 Person – Air-conditioned Medium Car, 03/04 Person – Air-conditioned Toyota Innova
  • English speaking local guide for city tours, sightseeing tours & excursion tours as per the above itinerary.
  • Elephant ride (alternatively by jeeps–one time) to ascend Amber Fort in Jaipur. (Elephant Ride is subject to availability)
  • Shared boat ride on lake Pichola, Udaipur
  • Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes, and porterage at all hotels.
  • Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
  • All currently applicable taxes including service tax.
  • Internal flight from Udaipur to Delhi
• Internal airfare
• Entrance to monuments
• Visas
• Insurance
• Tips
• Personal items and any services not mentioned

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