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Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Arrival and transfer to your hotel in Delhi.
Today we explore both Old and New Delhi - the order of New Delhi is a huge contrast to the unorganised chaos of the Old City. But both are just as appealing. Highlights we be the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and more.
This morning we transfer to the railway station for our train journey to Amritsar (07:20/13:25). Amritsar is located in the northwest part of India in the State of Punjab, 32 miles east of Lahore, Pakistan. Of strategic importance due to its proximity to Pakistan, Amritsar is one of Punjab’s principal cities and famous for it is the holy centre of the Sikh religion. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.
Enjoy a half day city tour including the Golden Temple. Constructed of white marble, bronze and gold leaf, the Golden Temple has four entrances and the walls are inlaid with semi-precious stones in floral patterns, frescoes and glasswork. To enter the temple, one must don a traditional headscarf, wade through a shallow pool (a purification ritual) and merge with the mass of bodies that circle the embankment around the holy structure. This evening we visit the Wagah border.
Enjoy the morning at your leisure. This afternoon we transfer to the railway station for our train journey back to Delhi (17:00/23:05).
Departing Delhi, we journey to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital. Here we enjoy a horsecart or rickshaw ride to the legendary Taj Mahal at sunset. Built entirely of white marble, the Taj Mahal has no peers.
This morning we visit Agra Fort which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings. We also visit Baby Taj. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at your leisure.
En route to Jaipur, we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned due to lack of water. A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘golden triangle’, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘pink city’. Jaipur was chosen by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743) for his capital.
We travel to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. This afternoon we take a city tour.
Today, we drive to Jodhpur. Located at the eastern edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur, the city that eventually gave its name to riding breeches was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. Lying on the ancient trade route, the city is dominated by the massive Meherangarh Fort, topping a sheer rocky ridge. A 10 km long wall surrounds the old city with eight gates serving as entrances. The new city is settled around this walled area. Enjoy the day at your leisure.
This morning we enjoy a half day city tour. Dubbed the ‘blue city’ after the distinctive colour wash of its old town houses, Jodhpur offers plenty to see and do. Still run by the maharaja of Jodhpur, Meherangarh Fort is probably the most formidable fortress in all of Rajasthan. The rest of the day can be spent at your leisure.
We leave Jodhpur today and drive to Deogarh. Deogarh is about 80 miles north-east of Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan. As it is at a height of about 2100 ft above sea level, it is cooler than other parts of Rajasthan. In the olden times, 'Rawat', chief of Deogarh, was one of sixteen umraos (feudal barons) entitled to wait upon the Maharana of Udaipur, the capital of Mewar. The rest of the day is free for you to expore at your leisure.
Enjoy the day at your leisure. Today, Deogarh is a famous school of miniature painting and some of the most lovely Deogarh miniatures adorn the personal collection of the present Rawat Sahib. Frescoes of this art form can also be seen on the fort walls. Dashavatar Temple was devoted to Lord Vishnu and belongs to the Gupta period when it was known as the Panchayatan temple. This temple is the first northern Indian temple to have a shikhara or spire where here only the lower part of the shikhara is present today.
Today we drive to Udaipur, an oasis of cool, with its massive lake and Venetian-like appearance. Udaipur is one of the most romantic towns in Rajasthan, crammed full of palaces and temples. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.
This morning we take a half day city tour of Udaipur and this evening we take a boat ride at Lake Pichola.
We transfer to the airport for our flight to Goa via Mumbai (08:00/09:45 and 12:05/13:05). Upon arrival in Goa you are transferred to your hotel.
Welcome to the palm-fringed shores of Goa. A one time Portuguese colony, Goa is truly a tropical paradise. Leave the world behind as you watch the sun set over the Arabian sea, sample fresh food and seafood, swim in Goa's warm waters or simply soak up the sun!
Free day to enjoy Goa at your leisure.
Free day to enjoy Goa at your leisure.
Today we transfer to the airport for our flight to Mumbai (13:40/14:45). Enjoy the evening at your leisure.
This morning we visit the Elephant Caves in Mumbai and take a an afternoon city tour. Mumbai - or Bombay, as it was formerly known - remains India’s city of dreams. Built largely by the British around one of the best-protected natural harbours in the world, Mumbai is India’s strategic economic centre. The city is also home to the country’s prolific Bollywood film industry, which cranks out more feature films than any place in the world.
Enjoy Mumbai today at your leisure. In the Colaba area, be sure to head to the Gateway of India – a former colonial monument built in 1924 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1991 and now a popular emblem and hubbub of the city.
Today we bid you farewell. We transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.
Often called the 'open air art gallery of Rajasthan', the region of medieval Shekhawati in northeastern Rajasthan lies in the ...