Arrive in Delhi (International flight details awaited). On exiting the aerobridge you will be met and assisted through the airport’s immigration and baggage reclaim and then in the arrival hall you will meet our representative who will assist you to your vehicle and transfer to the hotel. Standard check-in time at hotel is 1400 hrs.
The capital of India, Delhi is home to 16 million people, making it the third largest city in India.
The strategic location of the city made it an attractive location for invading armies, and it served as the capital for many great empires that ruled India. Many of these Empires built significant monuments, and whilst the Mughal and the British are the most visible, while driving through the city you will see ruins from previous capitals, the earliest dating back to the 12th century.
Overnight: The Imperial
This morning after breakfast you will be taken for the sightseeing tour 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.
Also will visit the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the temple of the Sikhs. Their turbans and beards make the men easily identifiable with the sect. Sikhism developed as an antithesis to the caste ridden and ritualistic forms of Hinduism and developed as a simple religion whose foundation was “sewa” – socially responsibility irrespective of a person’s social standing. Thus every Sikh Temple has the famous community kitchen, where it is considered a privilege to assist cooking the food and serving a simple meal to pilgrims, the economically challenged or a visitor.
You will also drive through the government buildings area. You will glimpse the magnificent Parliament Building, built in a circular shape supported by 144 pillars. The Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India) is spread over 330 acres and was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Also drive past the India Gate, an arch which is a war memorial and honours the 90,000 soldiers of the British-Indian army, who lost their lives fighting for the British during WW1.
Visit Humanyun’s Tomb was built in the 16th century and is architecturally considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. Commissioned by the widow of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, it was subsequently used as a burial place for members of the royal family. Today it is one of the most beautiful sites of North India.
Overnight: The Imperial
This morning after leisure breakfast you will be escorted to the airport to board your flight to Jaipur:
Flight: AI 491 (Air India)
Depart Udaipur: 1200 Hours
Arrive Delhi: 1255 Hours
Upon arrival you will be received and facilitate for check into the hotel.
A labyrinth of fascinating bazaars, opulent palaces and a futuristic observatory, Jaipur was the inspiration of the ruler Sawai Jai Singh, who moved the capital from Amber in 1727. Jaipur was designed by a young architect from Bengal and together they planned a city along the ancient Hindu treatise of “Shilpa Shastra”, a science similar to the better known Feng Shui. Jaipur is laid out in a geometric grid of streets and squares making it one of the earliest planned cities in India. In honor of the visit of the Prince Edward, then the Prince of Wales, the City was painted in rich terracotta, a tradition which has continued through the years. This is the reason why Jaipur is often called the “pink city”. Today it serves as the State capital for Rajasthan.
In the afternoon take a walk in the markets of Jaipur, mainly in the Badi Chaupad and Johari Bazaar area. You will be able to see craftsman working on some fine forms of local art like Zardozi embroidery, Gota work, Kinari, silver ornament work, and precious and semi-precious stonework, all taking place in these old bazaars of Jaipur.
You take a morning tour today, visiting the old and modern city as it is waking and preparing for the day. You take battery rickshaw from the Maharaja Jai Singh circle popularly referred to as “Statue Circle” and you drive to Central Park where locals gather for morning walks, yoga, exercise etc. you also participate in private yoga session including “laughing yoga”. From here you continue to the old city travelling through the narrow lanes stopping take a photograph at the iconic “Palace of the Winds”, beautiful in the morning sunlight. You stop by the flower market and you path leads you to the 300 year old Krishna temple in the old city which has a beautiful fresco and carved pillars.
You will arrive in time for the morning singing and “aarti” Ceremony. During the walk you see the roadside tea shops, street food, pavement barbers, people at shrines greeting the morning sun – all preparing to start their day. You continue to “Shubhash Chowk” where the milkmen gather bringing fresh milk in traditional cans, a sight unique to Jaipur and stop at the farmers market where local produce is sold.
Return back to the hotel for breakfast.
Later you will be taken to visit Hawa Mahal followed by a visit to City Palace. The sprawling City Palace which is painted pink in keeping with the color theme of the old city, is a blend of predominately Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. Within the palace complex are several museums including an interesting textile gallery exhibiting a fine selection of textiles and costumes from the royal collection. You will have a tour of the ceremonial area with a cup of Tea.
From the City Palace you enter the extraordinary “Jantar Mantar”, the astronomical observatory built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1827. Roughly translated the name means “The Formula of Instruments”. This is one of five observatories he built in northern India. The instruments resembling massive futuristic structures are actually highly sophisticated instruments which are accurate even today.
Early this morning after breakfast, you will famous Amber Fort – Amber, the ancient capital of the region, still recalls its heydays in the majestic ramparts rising steeply along the contoured hillsides. Here, elephant still carry visitors in stately splendor to the Main Palace, through unusually high gateways, obviously designed to accommodate this archaic mode of transport. It is an extremely well preserved building and very delightful to explore. Visit the Jagmandir or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors, Jai Mahal and Temple of Kali.
Later you will walk down through the lanes of Amer Town. Jaipur is famous for hand block printing, and is a great place for guests to learn this skill and create their own clothes. To experience the same, you will stop at Anokhi Museum for hands on painting experience. (Anokhi Museum is closed on Monday)
After some artistic experience, you will move towards the historic 16th century Stepwell in Jaipur known as Panna Meena Ka Kund, also popularly known Panna Mian Ki Naoli. This beautiful Kund has a unique architecture and styling designed by a Brahmin and constructed by craftsmen and engineers. The main attraction of the plain is its symmetrical step walls.
In the evening, you will visit the private estate of Dera Amer. Arrive at the medieval Gopal ji Temple, and receive a traditional Indian welcome before being seated on your elephant, handed a flute of sparkling wine and then transported through this pristine valley, at a leisurely pace to the camp. There is time for a freshen up before proceeding to witness the beautiful sunset from the rocks where sundowners are served. In the evening, take in the calm of your surroundings, and the beautiful night skies as you sit next to the crackling bonfire being served cocktails and snacks from the live barbecue. Your personal chef prepares the evening meal and a local musician entertains you with traditional ragas, passed down to him through the generations then dines under stars listening to the sounds of the jungle.
This morning after breakfast you will be driven to Jodhpur (approx 5 hours) upon arrival you will be meet by our representative in the lobby who will assist you with the check-in at hotel.
Rao Jodha, chief of the Rathores, a Rajput clan, founded Jodhpur in 1459. Until recent times, Jodhpur was known as the ancient kingdom of Marwar, the largest kingdom in Rajputana. Standing at the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur.
In the evening, you start with walk through the Old City Bazaar’s, noted for its craft stores that manufacture and sell silver jewelry, lacquer ware, tie dyed fabrics, puppets and camel hide leather products. Jodhpur is also known for its antique warehouses that sell a varied an interesting collection of bric-a-brac. You will also make your way to the spice market and get acquainted with the variety of Indian spices.
This morning you will be taken for the sightseeing tour of Jodhpur.
Of all the many forts in Rajasthan, very few compare to majesty of the Meherangarh Fort. The fort is divided into three sections – the public areas, the Maharajas palaces, and the zenana, or queens’ palaces. The zenana is decorated with exquisite sandstone filigree work. Within the fort is the museum which among its varied exhibits has an excellent collection of royal palanquins and the howdah section which has perhaps the finest collection of old ornate elephant howdahs in the world.
To the left of the Mehrangarh Fort complex is the Jaswant Thada of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. It is a 19th-century royal cenotaph built in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur. The son of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, Maharaja Sardar Singh, in the memory of his father, built the Jaswant Thada.
Evening will be at leisure.
This morning after breakfast you will be driven to Narlai (approx 3 hours), upon arrival you will check-in at hotel.
Situated midway between Jodhpur & Udaipur, Rawla Narlai is an enchanting 17th century mansion. Formerly used as a hunting lodge, it is located in the heart of a typical Rajasthan village that is bustling with activity and bursting with colour. The mansion offers a splendid view of a gigantic 350 feet high single rock of granite dotted with caves and temples, crowned by a statue of a white elephant, which stands proud guardian to the open desert on one side and the crumbling Aravali hills on the other.
This evening you will travel through the narrow quiet streets of the village, heading out to the 1100 year old Stepwell which has been illuminated with lamps and lanterns. In the flower strewn venue, you will have a private dinner, created especially for you.
Overnight: Rawla Narlai
This morning you will be taken for the Jeep safari in the search of leopard.
Later after breakfast you will be driven to Udaipur (approx. 2.5 hours). On the drive you will stop first at the richly marbled and carved temples at Ranakpur.
Belonging to the Jain religious sect, who are best known for their skills at commerce and trading, the temple is unique in that each of its 1144 pillars are distinct in their design. The temple is a living one, with devotees visiting the many shrines to perform rituals, chant and meditate. Part of the route travels across the Aravalli Hills, the oldest mountain range in the world. Along the way you will see a very traditional way of life still being practiced. Small hamlets, fields being irrigated using a Persian water wheel; outdoor schools and sartorially colorful ladies working in the fields. You will find yourself stopping often to take a photograph.
Upon arrival in Udaipur, you will be met by our representative in the lobby who will assist you with the check-in.
It is said that the ghost of Udaipur looks towards Chittorgarh, for it was after the tragic fall of that fort, that Udaipur, a fairy tale city of marble palaces and lakes came into existence. The Udaipur city was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 and became the capital of the region of Mewar. The rulers of Mewar, the Sisodia Rajputs trace their dynasty to AD 566 and believe they are the defenders of Rajput honor. Unlike other Rajput royal families, this was a fiercely independent clan who refused to enter into matrimonial alliances with the Mughals or military alliances with the British. The city is dominated by the massive City Palace which overlooks the lovely Lake Pichola with its romantic island palaces.
This morning after breakfast you will be taken for the sightseeing of the city with City Palace. This sprawling palace was built over three centuries and is a series of four interconnecting palaces, illustrative of various architectural styles. In the main it is a blend of Rajput military architecture and lavish Mughal inspired decorative art on the inside. In terms of an exemplary eye to detail and craftsmanship, few palaces match the artwork in this palace. Also of particular note here is the exquisite collection of priceless Rajput Miniature paintings done in the Mewari tradition.
Visit to Crystal Gallery – Crystal Gallery has been hailed as probably the single largest private collection of crystal anywhere in the world. The visitors here are privy to one of the most exclusive and exquisite crystal collections. It was in 1877 that Maharana Sajjan Singh ordered the crystal collection from the Birmingham-based F&C Osler Company. The collection includes a bewildering number of objects d’art, dinner sets, perfume bottles, decanters, glasses, washing bowls and even furniture.
Later visit Saheliyon Ki Bari, the ‘Garden of Maids of Honour’, is a small ornamental pleasure garden, containing an elegant lotus pool, gushing fountains, beautiful black marble kiosks on the corners of the pool and stunning bougainvilleas covering the wall of the enclosures. Continue your sightseeing with a visit to the beautiful Jagdish Temple, which is still in use and very much alive temple.
In the evening you will be taken for the exclusive boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Early this morning you will be taken for the cycling tour – It will start from at Raas Devigarh and end near the Lake Badi. This is a beautiful ride takes you deeper into the country side in the hills west of the Udaipur town. A fantastic, heart thumping ride up and down scenic back roads has been specially routed for you for its idyllic villages, farms and forests en route. The highlight is the beautifully ruined temples of the now abandoned Nagda town which is dated to the 8th Century – most of which is now submerged in a lake created later.
You start at your hotel and head to the ruins. Further cycling by a stream and the ride starts getting prettier here – small farms interspersed with scrub forests, the village roads curve and wind around the slopes. You pass through several other villages like Barda, Madar, Thur. At Thur, we you transfer to your car for only a mile as we hit the busy highway there. Further down you get back on our cycles and ride through perhaps the best terrain of the area – Deciduous forests mixed with scrub forest. A gentle downhill will get you to Lake Badi and on its dam.
Spend the remaining of the day at leisure.
Enjoy breakfast this morning at the hotel and spend some time at leisure.
Later you will be escorted to airport to board your flight to Delhi:
Flight: AI 472 (Air India)
Depart Udaipur: 1510 Hours
Arrive Delhi: 1630 Hours
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred to the airport hotel.
Overnight: JW Marriott
- Jaipur: Dawn tour, special tour of the ceremonial areas of City Palace, walk in the Amer town ending with a hands on block printing workshop at Anokhi Museum, visit the heritage stepwell Panna Mina ka Kund, Elephant experience followed by dinner at Dera Amer.
- Narlai: Stepwell Dinner near Rawla Narlai
- Udaipur: Cycling tour around the city
- Start destination:
- New Delhi
- Final destination:
- 12 nights and 13 days
‑ Accommodation for 12 nights at the hotels as mentioned above
‑ Breakfast at all the hotels
‑ Transport in an AC Toyota Innova (for 2 pax) & AC Tempo Traveller (for 4 or 6 pax) throughout the tour
‑ Services of an English speaking local guide for sightseeing at all the destinations.
‑ Entrances to the monuments as per the itinerary
– Special activities as mentioned in the itinerary
‑ Porters’ fee at the airports only
‑ All currently applicable taxes
- Not included:
– International/Domestic air fare, visa fees, airport tax or any kind of insurance cover.
– Items of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, camera fees etc.
– Any other meals than those mentioned in the itinerary.
– Car at disposal or any sightseeing on leisure days – unless specified above.
– Early check-in or a late check-out room (s) at any hotel (s) – unless specified above.
-Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like change in flight and train schedule cancellation of flights/trains, political disturbances, natural phenomenon, etc.
– Any other item not specifically mentioned above as ‘INCLUDED’.
– Any other Govt. tax increase.