Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur
India is a land of art, culture, music, folklore, myth and mythology since time immemorial. It is the land where ancient Aryan race and the art loving Dravidian race spiritually evolved. For its rich heritage of the past and the grandeur of the present, India attracts millions of tourists from around the world every year. A tour to India caters before the travelers a new experience every time they come to explore it.
The journey to the land of ‘unity in diversity’ is probably incomplete without a sojourn to the land of the Rajputa, Rajasthan. This deserted state in the north-western region of the country is one of the best tourist destinations around the world and especially in India. A luxurious Rajasthan tour is one such experience that every traveler rejuvenate throughout their lives. It is the largest state in the Republic of India, bordering Pakistan.
The folk dance, the folklore of kings and knights, the apparels and the exotic cuisines of this state are world famous. Even in this state only one can witness a concoction of the deserts and the hilly areas. Thus a trip to the sandy land of Rajasthan is a must while exploring the splendid territory of India.
Arrival in Delhi
A customary style greeting by our representatives in the country capital of Delhi and then an assisted transfer to the hotel is a deliberate effort to begin this journey in a remarkable way. It is believed that Delhi contains all the shades and flavor of Indian lifestyle. Here, one can notice a fine blend of the contemporary and primordial culture. Enriched with historical legacy, this country capital has also become one of the fastest growing business hubs in the international market. Experience the roads, monuments, cuisines and markets of this capital city in a luxurious tour to Delhi.
A morning sightseeing visit to the Red Fort after a delicious breakfast begins the 2nd day expedition. This citadel of red stones is standing like a contemplative Yogi, vibrating the chronicle of the glorious past and magnificent presents of India. There are various courts, palaces and prayer halls inside this fort. After relishing the beauty of the Red Fort, we move towards Chandni Chowk visiting Jama Masjid on the way. Those who want to taste real Indian foods, Chandni Chowk is a heaven for them. A rickshaw ride in the roads of this ever busy market place makes the jaunt more interesting.
By the afternoon, we move towards the heart of Delhi to do a visit to the India Gate, President’s House and Raj Ghat (cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi). A photography session in the central Delhi will make you carry some of the golden memories of this land.
Delhi is also a seat of some of the great markets of the country. So spend an evening in these street markets. At night, we will return back to the hotel to take rest. Those who want to enjoy the night life of the city, they can relish some leisurely moments in the pubs and night clubs of the city.
Our next expedition point is Agra, the city of the seventh world wonder Taj. Following an early morning breakfast, we start our journey to Agra. This Indian city in the state of Uttar Pradesh contains some of the finest marvels of the Mughal period. Apart from Taj Mahal, one can also visit Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah or Baby Taj, and Panch Mahal in this riverbank city of Yamuna.
After entering Agra, we will check in into the deluxe hotel. The rest of the day is free; so you can spend it in your own way.
The morning rays of sun truly do splendor when it falls on the while marble of Taj Mahal and on the running river of Yamuna. After a morning breakfast, we start for the Taj to witness this majesty of nature. There are many stories and myths interwoven around this majestic mausoleum. The Final resting place of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s third wife Mumtaj Mahal, Taj still revive the century old love story of shahjahan and Mumtaj.
Our next expedition point is the Agra Fort, another magnificence of the Mughal architecture. Entering this castle of the Mughals gives a feeling of experiencing an era of royalty, valor and grandeur. A royal chair made up of rarely found black marble stone in the upper portion of the fort brings before us the high artistic taste of the Mughal kings. There are different palaces inside this castle named after different kings, queens, prince and princess of the Mughal era.
The journey to Agra is considered to be fulfilled only after visiting Itmad-Ud-Daulah, our next destination point. This particular monument is of great interest to the archeological lovers for it is considered to be the blueprint of the original Taj.
With the setting of the sun, we will return back to hotel to rest for the night.
After having our breakfast, we will start for the ‘pink city’ Jaipur. To make this drive even more interesting, we will also visit Fatehpur Sikri on our way. It is also declared a world heritage site by the UNESCO. A blend of the Rajputana and Mughal style of artwork can be witnessed in this city of Uttar Pradesh. Having witnessed the majesty of Fatehpur Sikri, we will continue our journey to Jaipur.
Popularly known as ‘pink city’, Jaipur exhibits a colorful culture of the land of Rajasthan. It is one of the best planned cities in India with a population of around 3.1 million. True to its popular name, this city reflects a pinkish aura as most of the buildings are colored in pink. In this kingdom of the Rajputs, one can visit a number of forts and palaces among which Jaigarh Fort, Amer Fort, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Seesh Mahal, Birla Temple are just to mention a few.
After the arrival in Jaipur, the travelers are taken to the hotel where they can rest for the day. An evening tour to the local markets of this city can also be a good option for the shopaholics.
After the morning breakfast, we start our Jaipur tour with a visit to the popular Amer Fort. It is the only fort where you can reach its highest point riding a colorful elephant. The Kachwahas Rajputs had ruled this fort for around four hundred years. The architecture of the fort and the artworks inside it presents a fine concoction of the Mughal and Rajputana taste. For its beautiful interiors, it appears to be a paradise to the photographers.
Near to Amber is the Jaigarh Fort, our next destination in Jaipur. This fort in the hills of Aravalli ranges is seen from far distance. Watching the Amber fort and parts of the pink city from the Jaigarh is really an exciting experience that every visitor to Rajasthan wants to do. After spending some time amid the royal memories of the past in Jaigarh, we move towards the palaces of the city. The Jal Mahal, standing amid the quiet water of the lake, is one of the architectural wonders of the past. To have a closer look of Jal Mahal, one can also take a boat ride up to the palace.
Following a ride of the camels, we continue our journey and reach Hawa Mahal within half an hour. This particular building can be called a hallmark of Jaipur. We enjoy some beautiful artistry in this palace and also click some photographs.
By the late afternoon, we reach City Palace. This particular palace is a well preserved museum and has some of the marvels of the Rajputana period. The fleet of royal wagons takes us to an era of grandeur and gallantry. Apart from the beautiful palaces and gardens, there is a museum inside displaying royal apparels, war weapons and trophies and medals won by the family members of the king.
To make the evening even more relaxing, we enjoy some puppetry show performed by the local artists. With some excellent memories of the pink city, we return back to our hotels to take rest for the night.
Following a refreshing breakfast, we start our drive to the next destination in Rajasthan, Jodhpur. Popularly known as the blue city, this royal city of Rajasthan is situated in the edge of the Thar Desert. There are a number of royal castles and palaces that one can visit in Jodhpur.
We check in into our hotels after reaching Jodhpur. The rest of the day is free; so if you want, you can explore the local markets and places of the city with the car and driver provided by us.
A leisurely breakfast and then a sightseeing tour to the Mahrangarh Fort mark the beginning of our 8th day’s journey. Centering this fort had developed much folklore in Rajasthan. The well preserved fort museum is another treasure trove to the history lovers. Rajasthan is famous worldwide for their artworks and a fine example of this could be seen in the museum only. An interesting collection of royal palanquins in the museum revive before our eyes the golden period of the ‘blue city’ Jodhpur.
Our way down to the fort is the Jaswant Thada, a mausoleum built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II by his son Maharaja Sardar Singh. This gracefully marble cut structure is called the Taj Mahal of Marwar. An exquisite gazebo, a beautiful garden and a small lake in Jaswant Thada even takes the charisma of this place to its zenith.
Mandore Garden, situated 9 kilometers away from the main city of Jodhpur, is the next destination of our jaunt. Inside the garden there is a sequence of cenotaphs built in the memories of different members of the royal family. The Hall of Heroes in the garden is dedicated to different Hindu deities and Rajput folk heroes. Chundaji, a descendent of the Rathose clan of Rajputs, received Mandore in Dawri. The Ek Thamba Mahal in the Mandore Garden adds on to the beauty of this place.
After exploring the beauty of Jodhpur and Mandore, we return back to our hotel to take rest for the night and prepare ourselves for the next day’s expedition.
The ninth day’s journey begins with a delightful breakfast and then a drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur, the ‘Venice of East’. On our way to Udaipur is the Ranakpur Temple; so we also plan a visit there to experience its splendid architectural works. This place is most popular for the marble cut Jain temple which is considered to be the most spectacular among all the Jain temples. Standing upon 1444 marble pillars, this temple is stretched in an area of 48,000 square kilometers having 29 huge halls. Dedicated to Adinath or Rishabji, one the the most famous Tirthankaras of Jianism, this temple is one of the holiest pilgrimages to the Jains around the world.
We then continue our journey to Udaipur, the city of Dawn. Drenched in romance and beauty, and surrounded by tranquil lakes, this is the perfect ménage for the love birds. A city with souls, this particular place in Rajasthan is imparted with rich cultural, social and natural heritage as well as aesthetic beauty and ecological richness. The opulent hill ranges of Aravallis and the lush green vegetation all around the city gives it a divine appearance.
Upon arrival to Udaipur, we check in into a hotel to relax for the rest of the day.
In Udaipur, we will start our jaunt with a refreshing breakfast and then a morning visit to the City Palace. Situated peacefully in the east bank of the lake Pichola, this beautiful palace was built by Maharana Udai Singh. This particular palace boasts of a beautiful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese architectural forms. It comprises of 11 beautiful palaces built by different rulers from time to time.
Following a visit to the City Palace, we now move towards the Jagdish Temple. Holding a Black stone image of Lord Vishnu, this particular temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in the year 1651. This three storied temple with beautiful carvings on its walls, pillars, ceiling and floor, make it a sight to behold for its visitors.
Our next expedition point is Saheliyon ki Bari. It is a palace with beautiful gardens and fountains, built especially for the royal ladies of the period. Maharana Sangram Singh built this spellbinding palace in the bank of the Fateh Sagar Lake and presented it to his beloved wife. The King brought the water fountains from England.
A visit to Udaipur is probably incomplete without a boat ride in Pichola Lake. Thus we will enjoy a gratifying boat ride in Pichola and then return back to the hotel to rest for the night.
Udaipur-Delhi (by Flight)
This morning we will have a leisurely breakfast in the hotel and then will leave for the airport to board return flight to Delhi.
After reaching Delhi, everyone will be taken to the hotels to stay for the day. If you want, you can also relish some delicious Delhi style cuisines and the night life of the city on this day.
Departure from Delhi
After a refreshing morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to board your onward flight towards home.