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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Delhi

Namaste! Welcome to New Delhi, the capital city of India and the start of your eye-opening adventure! Our friendly team will be waiting in the arrivals hall to transfer you to your hotel for immediate check in where you can relax for the rest of the day. This evening we head out to see the Akshardham temple The Akshardham Temple, which is a massive temple complex that has got 20,000 statues, floral motifs, arches as well as exquisitely carved pillars. Overnight at the Imperial Hotel in an Imperial Room.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi

Today, you'll explore Delhi - both Old and New with a private guide. Highlights of the tour will be the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and much more. Overnight at the Imperial Hotel in an Imperial Room.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 3: Delhi - Agra

Departing Delhi, we journey by car 5 hrs to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital. Arriving, we visit Agra fort, which boasts some of India’s finest Mughal buildings behind it’s fortified walls. During its history it has been a palace, a fort and a prison! We conclude our day with a guided exploration of the magnificent Taj Mahal, which also allows free time to witness a romantic sunset, at this iconic monument to love. Overnight at the ITC Murghal in a Mughal Chambers room.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 4: Agra - Jaipur

En route on our driver to Jaipur, a stop is made at the fantastically well preserved former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. This magnificent fortified city was the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned dramatically due to a lack of water. Explore the various temples, places of worships, pavilions, public areas and examples of everyday living such as areas from where ablutions were performed, to an ancient aqua cooling system and marvel at how life must have been for the inhabitants of this old city.Continue to the Pink City of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, for an afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the Taj Rambagh Palace in a Palace Room.

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 5: Jaipur

This morning begins with an exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty 16th century Amber Fort. After, we explore the City Palace containing an interesting museum of regal attire. Just over the road is Jantar Mantar, an observatory of astronomy built by Jai Singh in 1728. At first glance, Jantar Mantar resembles a sculpture park, though in fact, each construction has a specific scientific purpose. Some measure the positions of stars, whilst others calculate eclipses, the lunar calendar and simply the time of day. Even today, most of the constructions remain accurate! Overnight at the Taj Rambagh Palace in a Palace Room.

The steps up to the magnificent Amber Fort

Day 6: Jaipur - Shahpura

Today we have a lovely scenic drive to Shahpura a lovely traditional rural village where your hotel is Shahpura Bagh, home to the Shahpura Royal family where you will spend the afternoon relaxing and walking in the village affording you a wonderful insight into rural Indian life. Overnight at the Shahpura Bagh in a Suite.

Day 7: Shahpura - Udaipur

This morning we make our way to the romantic city of Udaipur. Along the way we make a stop so you can explore the incredible Chittaurgarh Fort which is the largest in India! Spend time wandering around it's fascinating nooks and crannies and perhaps have a bite to eat before driving the last leg to the lake city. Overnight at the Lake Palace by Taj in a Palace Room.

Maharaja City Palace

Day 8: Udaipur

This morning enjoy touring the imposing City Palace, a vision in soft yellow stone on the northeast promontory with breathtaking views of the lake. The City Palace is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. We then take you to visit Jagdish Temple, Bharti lok kala Mandal and Sahelion ki bari. We conclude our day a visit to the gorgeous Monsoon Palace, where you can take in views of the lake and city far down below and watch a romantic sunset. Overnight at the Lake Palace by Taj in a Palace Room.

Jagdish Temple

Day 9: Udaipur - Goa

The tropical allure of the south beckons today! We set off to the airport for the morning flight to Mumbai. Here, connect onto your flight to Goa, where on arrival at 13:10 our local driver is waiting to take you to your hotel. Overnight at the Leela Goa in a Lagoon Terrace room.

Days 10-14: Goa

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! Overnight at the Leela Goa in a Lagoon Terrace room.

Day 15: Goa - Mumbai

In the mid afternoon, we return to reality with a flight to the city of dreams - Mumbai. Here, meet our driver who will take you onto your hotel. Overnight at the Taj Mahal Palace in a Superior City View room.

Crawford market architecture

Day 16: Mumbai

This morning with our passionate guide you set out on a morning visit to the cave temples of Elephanta Island sculpted during the 5th to the 8th centuries. Returning to the city, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore on your own. Overnight at the Taj Mahal Palace in a Superior City View room.

Gateway to India

Day 17: Mumbai

After breakfast we will embark on a glittering city tour visiting the Prince of Wales Museum, Crawford Market and Dhobi Talao. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore on your own - Late check out guaranteed from your room at 8PM - Later, sadly your journey concludes with a transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

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