Be it the rustic charm of Rajasthan or the magnificent palaces and forts, it amazes you every time. With so much to do and explore you’ll never have a dull moment in Rajasthan. This amazing trip has something for everyone, so get ready to have a memorable experience.
When in north India you cannot miss visiting Taj Mahal and Rajasthan. These are the two most popular destinations of north India. This 9 day trip commences in Delhi and covers Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur. Visit the ancient monuments in Delhi and relive the old world charm in Old Delhi, the lakes of Udaipur will enchant you, the majestic forts and palaces of Jaipur and the rustic feel of Jodhpur is splendid.
DAY 1: ARRIVE AT DELHI
Welcome to New Delhi, the capital city of India. The city has so much to offer that there is never a dull moment. Visit the beautiful temples, historical monuments and bazaars & streets that have age old stories and take back memories for a lifetime. On your arrival you will be greeted at the airport by our representatives and will be transferred to your hotel. We have not planned anything for today. You will be left free at your leisure to rest.
Your documents will be handed over to you along with plan/schedule of your tour. Though most of the visits are pre-planned, but you can also customize them as per your convenience.
DAY 2: DELHI
Delhi is the capital city of India and all official buildings are in this city. Though the city has witnessed a lot since the time of Mughals, it has grown as a modern city with time. We will start from the Old Delhi visiting the colourful bazaars of Chandni Chowk. A rickshaw ride is planned for you that will take you along the narrow streets of the market. You can stop here to shop for your loved ones back home. The market offers traditional clothing, souvenirs, traditional jewellery, utensils and a lot more that you won’t find in any other city of India. Food of this place is popular among the people of Delhi. It attracts people from various places to indulge in authentic street food of Delhi.
We continue our tour to Red Fort. The fort depicts architectural and historical skill set of the labourers of those times. A blend of Persian, Indian and European architecture, the fort was once called the 8th wonder of the world. It was the seat of the Mughal Empire for more than 250 years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Next in plan is a visit to The Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. The lush green lawn has a black marble platform built on the remains of Mahatma Gandhi. An eternal flame burns next to the platform.
Your lunch will be organised at a popular restaurant serving both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies of Delhi.
After lunch you’d be visiting the magnificent Bangle Sahib Gurudwara. Although it is a Sikhism’s shrine, people of all religions are welcome here. The Gurudwara serves langar (free meal served as prasaad) daily to thousands of people. If time permits, we will sit down to taste some langar. It is prepared at the Gurudwara by the volunteers and served by the volunteers. You can also participate in the daily activities with the volunteers
The tour will continue by a drive through Lutyens’ Delhi, from the Connaught Place - Delhi’s historic British era marketplace. You can stop to shop the local items being sold on the road side.
Next we will visit India Gate followed by Humanyun Tomb and then Qutub Minar. All three monuments have their own beautiful stories. You can ask the tour guide to narrate them to you. These are one of the best places to take a few pictures for memories.
Evening is planned at an affluent Delhi family’s home where the chef will cook delicious multicourse Indian meal for you. Take a few cooking lessons and enjoy the meal. After your dinner you will be driven back to the hotel. Your overnight stay will be at the hotel.
DAY 3: DELHI – AGRA
Today will be your last day in Delhi. After breakfast you will be assisted with checkout from your hotel. We will drive to reach Agra which will be an approximately 3 hours drive. Once you reach, you tour will begin with a visit to the famous tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah built by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s queen as a memorial to her father.
Next in plan is a visit to Agra Fort built in 1565 by the Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. The fort depicts grandeur of the Mughal Empire with its royal audience halls, private royal chambers, immense stone courtyards and marble mosque.
Your lunch will be at a local restaurant of Agra serving local north Indian food. You will be then driven to your hotel where we will leave you at your leisure to enjoy rest of the day as you wish. Your accommodation will be arranged at a hotel in Agra.
Later in the evening we will visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal. A monument dedicated to love is a beautiful white marble Heritage Site. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 AD in the memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal the spectacular white monument was created by approximately 22,000 skilled craftsmen and it took 22 years to complete.
Agra is popular for its artists’ work. You can visit the market to pick up the popular Agra ka Petha (sweet prepared with pumpkin) and a few souvenirs. Dinner will be served at your hotel. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Agra.
DAY 4: AGRA – JAIPUR
Today will be your last day in Agra. You can either choose to sleep or opt to visit the Taj Mahal again to see the sunrise. Once you return, your breakfast will be served at the hotel. You will then pack up to check out and drive to reach Fatehpur Sikri. Built by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585 A.D. this monument was built with red sandstone. Enjoy a complete guided tour. Next in plan is a visit to the tallest gateway in the world-the towering Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory). We will continue the journey by a smooth sightseeing of the city Jaipur. The city is popular for its carpets, handicrafts and jewellery. You can stop by shop some of the items you can take back home.
Once you arrive you will be assisted with your check in at your hotel in Jaipur. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
DAY 5: JAIPUR
The day begins with an excursion to Amber Fort and Palace. You can reach the fort on elephant or jeep. The magnificent fort is a standing example of Rajput grandeur and opulence. The fort complex was originally built by Raja Mansigh. Explore the beautiful chambers and alleys and get a glimpse of the glorious past of the region.
Enjoy lunch at one of Jaipur’s famous restaurant.
In the afternoon visit Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The stone observatory was built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. Next stop would be Hawa Mahal, or ‘Palace of Winds’. It was built in 1799 so that the ladies of the royal family could observe the bazaars. The tour continues and you visit City Palace next. Get mesmerized by its splendour and luxury. The perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, the City Palace is a must visit when in Jaipur. Stroll through the markets to pick up souvenirs and enjoy a tour of a collection of Rajput turbans. A turban tying demonstration is included, as are turban and Sari tying lessons.
In the evening enjoy a cultural show at a local restaurant followed by traditional dinner.
DAY 6: JAIPUR – JODHPUR
Today will be your last day in Jaipur. We will help you check out from the hotel and drive toward Jodhpur. Once you arrive, we leave you free at your leisure to relax for few hours.
Afternoon is set for half day city tour of Jodhpur. We will begin from the 15th century Mehrangarh Fort. The entry to this massive fort is through a series of seven gates. There is a huge iron gate next to which there are 15 handprints on the wall. These are Sati Marks of Maharaja Man Singh’s widows. These handprints were etched into the wall by the queens just prior to them throwing themselves upon his funeral pyre in 1843.
The fort has a collection of finest palaces and galleries, including, Elephant Howdah Gallery, Palanquin Gallery, Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Sukh Mahal (Pleasure Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), the Armory, the Turban Gallery, and the Folk Music Gallery. The DaulatKhana houses one of the world’s finest collections of Mughal Art. If time permits, we will walk through the bustling Sadar Bazaar referred to as the Clock Tower Market.
When you return, dinner will be served at the hotel.
DAY 7: JODHPUR – UDAIPUR
Day today is set for a drive towards Ranakpur. When you arrive a guided tour is planned to the mesmerizing 15th century Jain Temple Complex. The temple has 29 halls and 1,044 marble pillars which are carved in a beautiful manner that no two are of the same design.
Lunch will be served at a restaurant in Ranakpur. We will then continue our drive towards Udaipur after lunch. Udaipur is popular for its artistic work and paintings. We will drive through the Aravali hills where you can stop by to capture pictures. See the village life and camels that give a scenic beauty to the place. Once you arrive you will check into your hotel. Dinner will be served at the hotel followed by your overnight stay arrangements at the hotel.
DAY 8: UDAIPUR
Your city tour will begin with City Palace. The palace is beautifully decorated having large rooms with handcrafted mirrors that cover the walls, expansive inlaid marble balconies, the ancient ivory doors, the brightly coloured stained glass windows, and the unique peacock courtyard. Experience a new level of opulence at City Palace.
Next halt will be at Lake Pichola followed by a private tour of the beautiful Crystal Gallery that has the world’s largest collection of priceless crystal.
You can choose to return to your hotel to relax, or opt for a visit to the vintage car museum that is owned by Udaipur’s royal family. The museum showcases collection of classic European and American automobiles. You can also choose to explore the market area to buy souvenirs.
The tour also includes a short visit to Sahelion-Ki-Bari gardens, which has an interesting historic story. If time permits, we will spend time at the garden.
When you return your dinner will be served at the hotel. Your overnight stay will be at the hotel in Udaipur.
DAY 9: UDAIPUR - DELHI/MUMBAI - INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
Today will be your last day in Udaipur. We will help you check out of your hotel and transfer you to the airport where you will board the flight to Mumbai/Delhi. Our services will end at Mumbai/Delhi airport