[Delhi-02 – Agra-01 – Jaipur-02 – Jodhpur-02 – Udaipur-02]
DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi. You will be met on arrival at the airport and chauffeured to your hotel.
Delhi is the India’s capital and the best place to experience – culture, history, architecture, religion, spirituality, cosmopolitan flavor. Spend a day in Delhi and you will experience amalgamation of different cultures. Enjoy old Delhi’s Mughul splendour, Central Delhi’s European glory, South Delhi’s modern society, boutiques – waiting to be discovered.
DAY 02: EXPLORE HIGHLIGHTS OF DELHI
In the morning proceed for a full day city tour of Old & New Delhi. In Old Delhi, Chandini Chowk – originally meaning moonlit square or market. Jama Masjid – completed in the year 1656 AD, it is the largest and best-known mosque in India.
Enjoy a Rickshaw ride which will go through the narrow lanes of Chandini Chowk.
Drive past the magnificent Red Fort, – built on the banks of River Yamuna by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Visit the Raj Ghat (Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial) before continuing to New Delhi.
Drive through Lutyen’s Delhi, driving past Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate and the Old Secretariat buildings.
Later after lunch you will visit the Humayun’s Tomb – Recently restored in 2013, built in the middle of the 16th century by the widow of the Mughal emperor Humayun, It was also the first structure to use red sandstone. The complex was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
Visit the Qutab Minar, Named for the Muslim sultan Qutab-ud-din Aibak who started construction in 1193, this striking tower is 238 feet high. It is notable for being one of the earliest and most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture with terra-cotta frills and balconies. Famous iron pillar, of the 5th century, stands in the courtyard; it has remained rust-free for 1500 years. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (B)
DAY 03: DRIVE 204kms, 04hrs TO AGRA
Depart by surface to Agra
Agra is synonymous with that monument of love: the stunning Taj Mahal Built by Emperor Shah Jehan in memory to his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal, this is the ultimate tribute to love ever transcribed in architecture. It took 20,000 labourers 17 years (starting in 1632) to complete the vast tomb of white marble, making it the most spectacular example of the elaborate aesthetic world that the Mughals created in India.
Continue your visit to Agra Fort. This high red stone monument from the 16th Century stretches for around 02½ kms. The palace is a notable for its smooth blending of Hindu and central Asian architectural styles.
DAY 04: DRIVE 237kms, 06hrs (including Fatehpur Sikri visit) to JAIPUR
Drive to Jaipur enroute visit Fathepur Sikri. Situated about 33kms from Agra, this was the erstwhile capital of the great Mughal ruler – Emperor Akbar. This magnificent fort palace had to be abandoned after just 15 years of occupation due to lack of potable water. A UNESCO World Heritage site.
Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City, was founded in 1727 AD by one of the greatest rulers of the Kachhawaha Dynasty – the astronomer King Sawai Jai Singh-II. Jaipur today epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana, Flanked on three sides by the rugged Aravali Hills and part of the city is still enclosed in 20-foot-high fortified walls, which have eight gates. Inspite of growing into bustling metropolis, it still retains its character and history & culture…. a beautiful fusion of yesteryears and modernity
Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens, a jumble of colorful locals attired in customary clothes – ghagharas (Indian skirts, traditional turbans and jutis (shoes) – street shops selling handicrafts, pottery and streets packed with cycle-rickshaws, camel carts, auto-rickshaws (tuk-tuk) and wandering cows.
DAY 05: EXPLORE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF JAIPUR
After breakfast, proceed to Amber Fort which is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace – Amber was the ancient capital of Kachhwaha Rajput’s, from 1037 until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to a newly created Jaipur. The architecture shows Mughal inspiration. The building of the fort was begun by Raja Man Singh a noted Rajput general of Akbar’s army in 1600 and was later added to by successive rulers. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As described by some writers “spectacular synthesis of Rajput and Mughal architecture”. Maharaja’s Palace, the former residence of the royal family, a part of which is converted into a museum. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the old city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the Armory Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry.
The largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world, it was built between 1728 and 1734 houses precise instruments for measuring “the harmony of heavens” each instrument serves a particular function and gives an accurate reading. Important instruments worth visiting are the Samrat Yantra (sun dial), Dhruva Yantra (locates the position of the Pole star and the twelve Zodiac sings), Nari Valya Yantra (Sun dial for Southern hemisphere), Raj Yantra (used once a year to calculate the Hindu calendar) and observers seat. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
HAWA MAHAL (Photo stop only):
Perhaps Jaipur’s most famous building, the Hawa Mahal is the pink sandstone façade of a palace built for the ladies of the harem by Sawai Pratap Singh. The building facade has a delicate honeycomb design with close to 1,000 windows, and is fashioned from pink sandstone. The windows enable cool air (Hawa) to circulate so that the women of the court (the zenana) could discreetly take some air and watch the activity on the street below.(B)
DAY 06: DRIVE 343kms, 06½ hrs TO JODHPUR
Drive to Jodhpur and relax for the afternoon. Upon arriving into Jodhpur after a long drive, the evening would be at your leisure to relax.
Jodhpur is the Rajasthan’s second-largest city, is known as the Blue City because of the painted houses of the Old City. Settled in 1459 by Rao Jodha and named after him.
This city has a history of war, romance and valor You’ll begin exploring the Blue City at Jaswant Thada, a royal marble crematorium built in 1899 for Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Here you may see people bowing before the image of the king, who is considered to have joined the ranks of the deities. Next, continue onwards to Mehrangarh Fort. This famously impregnable fort was built in 1459. Inside the rugged fort, you’ll find delicate latticed windows and pierced sandstone screens. The palaces – Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace) and Sheesh Mahal (Glass Palace) – and other apartments are exquisitely decorated; their ceilings, walls and floors are covered with murals, mirror work and gilt. The palace museum has exquisite rooms filled with lavish royal elephant carriages, palanquins, thrones and paintings. From the ramparts there are excellent views of the city.
Settled in 1459 by Rao Jodha, this city has a history of war, romance and valor. With its imposing Mehrangarh Fort, that can be see from all parts of the city, to its broad streets, its signature blue white houses, Jodhpur still encompasses a bye-gone era. (B)
DAY 07: EXPLORE JODHPUR
After breakfast enjoy visit the impressive Mehrangarh Fort – This famous fort was built in 1459. Inside the fort, you’ll find delicate latticed windows and sandstone screens. Later visit Jaswant Thada, a royal marble crematorium built in 1899 for Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.
Later this afternoon, you’ll head to the Bishnoi Village jeep safari. The villages, with their mud and thatch huts inhabited by the Tribe Bishnois – communities of potters and weavers. This area provides a unforgettable opportunity to observe the daily life in these settlements, experience the warm hospitality of the villagers, and traditional crafts being practised.
DAY 08: DRIVE 335kms, 07hrs (including Ranakpur Temple visit)
Leave for the lake city of Udaipur, making a short stop at Ranakpur, where you can see the amazing Jain temple complex. These temples built in 1439 and situated in the lap of the Aravali mountain range are an impressive example of Jain architecture. The main temple in the complex is the Chaumukha (four-faced) temple, built in 1439. Its 29 halls are supported by 1444 pillars, no two of which are alike. It’s one of the most stunning examples of Jain temple architecture in the country. Please note the temple has a very strict dress code, so you will need to cover arms and legs (no shorts or vest tops) in order to enter. Leather items (shoes, belts, wallets etc.) are not allowed and can be left with your driver in the car park
Udaipur was founded in 1568, by Maharaja Udai Singh and was the capital of the old Mewar state.
DAY 09: EXPLORE UDAIPUR
Accompanied by Post breakfast proceed for the city tour of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, built in 1725, which houses the sprawling Maharana’s Palace – Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal – stands on a ridge overlooking the beautiful Lake Pichola. Next visit the Jagdish Temple. This temple built in 1651 is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and the oldest Temple in the city. Also visit the gardens and fountains of the Sahelion Ki Bari.
Later take a boat ride on Lake Pichola, stopping to explore the Jag Mandir Island Palace. This palace was built over a 50-year period beginning in the 17th century. Shah Jahan, the son of Mughal emperor Jahangir, took refuge in Jag Mandir after leading an unsuccessful revolt against his father. Legend has it that Shah Jahan’s inspiration for the Taj Mahal came from this marble masterpiece.
Optional Visit- You can witness a Son-et-lumière at Manek Chowk – The beautifully done light and sound effects allow you to actually relive the past as it was sharing in the joy and sorrow faced by the people of this land. (B)
DAY 10: FLY FROM UDAIPUR TO DELHI CONNECT TO ONWARD FLIGHT HOME
The morning is at your leisure today, to relax.
In the early afternoon, you’ll be chauffeured to Udaipur airport and board a flight back to Delhi. Upon landing in Delhi, connect to your onward flight home.
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