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Rajpath

Day 1: Delhi

We are holding a room at the hotel tonight for your early arrival tomorrow morning,

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi

Namaste! Welcome to India and New Delhi the capital city of India. We will meet you at the airport at 02I5 and transfer you to your hotel with the rest of the day yours to relax after your long flight.

Nrashtrapati Bhawan

Day 3: 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.

Varanasi Ghats

Day 4: Delhi - Varanasi

This morning we take the flight to the holy city of Varanasi. Varanasi is guaranteed to make an impression. The city of 1,027,000 is the holiest site in India and thousands of Hindu pilgrims tour its temples and bathe in the Ganges River to gain religious merit. Thousands more go to die and have their ashes thrown into the holy waters. This evening we take a rickshaw journey to the Ganges to view an Aarti ceremony.

Bathers in the morning

Day 5: Varanasi

This morning, we enjoy a sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges where we’ll view the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the many riverbank ghats (riverside steps). Later, we embark on a tour of the city and Sarnath - Sarnath is located 10 Kms from Varanasi where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to the five holy men; preaching the middleway to final 'NIRVANA’.

Chaturbhui Temple

Day 6: Varanasi - Khajuraho

Today, after a leisurely morning we will transfer you to the aiport for your flight to Khajuraho. On arrival after checking into your hotel you will head out for a sightseeing tour of the Chandela Dynasty temples built between 950-1050 AD. Immortalised in stone, the carved temples depict Indian life a millennium ago, including erotic scenes from the Kama Sutra.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 7: Khajuraho - Agra

This morning we will drive you to Jhansi (approx 5 hour journey) stopping in Orcha to explore the well preserved complex of palaces and temples it is famous for. Arriving in Jhansi we board the Shatabdi Express which departs at 17:56 and arrives into Agra at 2025 where we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.

Agra street

Day 8: Agra

This morning we rise early to view the magnificent Taj Mahal in its ethereal morning light. Enjoy your own time to explore and a guided tour of this once powerful Moghul emperor’s monument to love. Later we visit Agra Fort built under the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565 that contains numerous palaces, a white marble mosque and the Baby Taj. Remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Antelope

Day 9: Agra - Ranthambhore NP

Today we drive to Bharatpur (approx 90 minutes), and en-route we will take a drive out to the ghostly fortifed city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandonded only 8 years after its construction due to droughts in the area. This afternoon we transfer you to the train station for your 1540 train to Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambhore), on arrival at 1948 we will transfer you to your hotel.

Ranthambhore fort

Day 10: Ranthambhore NP

Today enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the national park. Ranthambore National Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan. The forests around the Ranthambore Fort were once the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur

Local transport

Day 11: Ranthambhore NP - Jaipur

After our final morning game drive we will depart from this wonderful NP park hopefully having seen some of the elusive tigers. We then take the 4 hour drive to Jaipur - 'The Pink City' where you can enjoy some free time this evening to relax in this bustling Rajastani city.

Maharaja Palace

Day 12: Jaipur

Look out for the snake charmers that dot our route, as we travel to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort (subject to Government regulations) where you will enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Later in the afternoon you tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.

Jantar Mantar Observatory Park

Day 13: Jaipur - Khimsar

This morning we take the 4 hour drive to Khimsar. The rest of the day you will have the car at yoru disposal to explore this small village on the edge of the Thar Desert and the fascianting fort which was originally built for war, but which later saw the Royal famly move in when the ladies residence was constructed.

Day 14: Khimsar - Osian

This morning we take the 90 minute drive to Osian - an oasis in the heart of the Thar Desert and famous for its Jain Temples from the 8th - 11th centuries. This evening you will enjoy a camel safari at the Sam Sand Dunes and we will overnight at this desert camp.

Meheranga Fort

Day 15: Osian - Jodhpur

This morning we drive to Jodhpur and enjoy a half day city tour. The old city is a tangle of streets and alleyways, bazaars and human traffic. Standing at the edge of the Thar Desert, the city is dominated by its massive fort, which sits atop a sheer rocky ridge right in the middle of the town. Meherangarh Fort, still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur is an impressive sight. Later during free time, why not explore the Clock Tower markets, where you can bargain for spices, richly coloured Rajasthani textiles and ornaments.

Maharaja City Palace

Day 16: Jodhpur - Udaipur

Today we take the 6 hour drive to Udaipur and en-route visit the Jain temples of Ranakpur (without guide). This temple was nominated as one of the top 77 wonders in a contest for the new seven wonders of the world. On arrival into Udaipur we will transfer you to your hotel for a leisurely evening.

Lake Pichola sunset

Day 17: 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 evening enjoy a privte boat ride on Lake Pichola.

Crawford market architecture

Day 18: Udaipur - Mumbai

Early this morning we will transfer you to the airport for your 0820 flight to Mumbai, where on arrvial at 0935 we will transfer you to your hotel with the rest of the day free to explore the home of Bollywood and one of the world's most populated cities of 18 million people.

Gateway to India

Day 19: Mumbai

This morning after breakfast we take the cruise to visit Elephanta caves - Mumbai's premier tourist attraction. The rock-cut temples on peaceful Elephanta Island are thought to have been carved between 450 and 750 AD. The main cave contains large sculpted panels, including an astonishing 18-foot depiction of Shiva. Enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour of the city, highlights include the Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway of India and Marine drive. Then its farewell to Incredible India as we transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.

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last updated - 11 Jul 2014 9:06 AM