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Namaste! Welcome to New Delhi, the capital city of India and the start of your exclusive journey! Our friendly team will be waiting in the arrivals hall to transfer you to your hotel where you can relax for the rest of the day.
Today, you'll explore Delhi - both Old and New with a private guide. Highlights of the tour will be the impressive Red Fort (closed Mondays so outside viewing only), Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation, Chandi Chowk Bazaar with it hubbub of activity and more.
Departing Delhi, we journey 5hrs to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital. Arriving here, 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 the day with exploring the magnificent Taj Mahal, you will also have free time here to enjoy a romantic sunset.
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, afternoon at leisure.
An exotic elephant ride transports us this morning on our guided exploration of the lofty 16th century Amber Fort. This afternoon we visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the wind) and 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!
An interesting drive through increasingly varied scenery takes us to Jodhpur, a town at the edge of the mighty Thar Desert. Dominated by Meherangarh Fort which sits majestically atop a hill, Jodhpur is known as the Blue City. This is because of the coloured houses in the old town, painted indigo.
Today we’ll enjoy some touring in this colourful Rajasthani city, taking in the mighty fort and bazaars of the old city which are gathered around the city’s tall clock tower.
Leaving Jodhpur, we drive to Ranakpur, a small town tucked away in a remote valley and famed for its beautiful 14th century Jain temples. We’ll enjoy some exploration here and free time for lunch, before driving the last leg to 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 and Sahelion ki bari. This afternoon enjoy a tranquil boat ride on Lake Pichola where you will get to see the spectacular Lake Palace from a distance.
This morning we take to the sky on a short flight from Udaipur to the city of dreams, Mumbai (9W 2094 0655/0810 hrs) where you connect to your Goa bound flight (9W 7027 1205/1310 hrs) Arriving here, meet our driver who will take you onto your hotel. (OVERNIGHT BEACH CLUB HOTEL)
Sit back and relax here in this laid back coastal area of India, walk along palm fringed beaches looking for shells and watching the fishermen at work, or simply kick back and enjoy some fresh fruit cocktails served on a silver platter. (OVERNIGHTS BEACH CLUB HOTEL)
Heading further south today we fly to Kochi (Via Bangalore) - SG 876 1350/1505 hrs -/- SG 246 1655/ 1805 hrs. Arriving in Kochi city, meet with our driver and transfer to your hotel.
This morning board a simply furnished private rice-boat for a journey through the backwaters in and around Alleppey. Crewed by a poler to push the rice boat through the water, a distance of some 20 kms will be covered, during which time the boat will glide past colourful local villages. As for dining, the on-board cook will prepare meals using fresh local produce.
Dismembering in Kumarakom we check into your backwater hotel. Spend the day here, relaxing and enjoying the tranquil ambiance.
We drive to the wonderful sleepy beach resort village of Mararikulam. Arriving here, sit back and enjoy the laid back atmosphere and deserted beaches.
Today is entirely at your leisure to explore or relax, you can hire bicycles to get out and about and see the charming small villages and towns nearby.
Sadly your exclusive journey through India has come to an end, we will drive you to Kochi airport in time for your flight home.
A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...