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The Amber Fort in Jaipur

Jaipur

A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...

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last updated - 13 Jul 2014 9:09 AM

Shahpura Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF INDIA 1968

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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 where you can relax for the rest of the day.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi this morning, taking in the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque and the bazaars of Chandni Chowk. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of New Delhi, designed by the eminent Sir Edward Lutyens. Highlights include the India Gate, Rajpath and bustling Connaught Place. A visit is also made to Qutab Minar, essentially a massive tower built to proclaim the arrival of Islam in the 11th century.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 3: Delhi - Varanasi

This morning you will fly to Varanasi. Arrival transfer to your hotel. LAter enjoy as tour of the famous Buddhist holy sight of Sarnath this is where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to the five holy men; preaching the middleway to final 'NIRVANA’. This evening your guide will you to the riverside to see the pilgrims offer worship to there sacred river.

Varanasi Ghats

Day 4: Varanasi

Early this morning we enjoy a boat ride on the River Ganges to view the sunrise and the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the ghats (riverside steps). Enjoy a tour of the city, with its numerous temples and wonderful historic feel; with time later to relax.

Bathers in the morning

Day 5: Varanasi - Khajuraho

Today you will fly to Khajuraho - home of the resplendent Hindu temples which were built during the Chandela dynasty over a 100 year burst of creative genius from 950-1050 AD. Arrival transfer to your hotel.

Khajuraho's Erotic Temples at first light

Day 6: Khajuraho

Today enjoy a half day guided exploration of the temples as well as plenty of free time to explore.

The magnificent erotic temples of Khajuraho

Day 7: Khajuraho - Agra

After breakfast we take you to the train station for the express train to Agra. Arrival transfer to your hotel. Arrival and we will visit the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind it's fortified walls.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 8: Agra - Jaipur

This morning we take a motorised buggy to the legendary Taj Mahal and witness a magical sunset. Built by Shah Jahan in the 16th century as an enduring memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz. Built entirely of white marble, the Taj Mahal has no peers. After we drive to Jaipur. En route we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned due to lack of water. As we get closer to Jaipur we stop for a tasty lunch and visit Chandra Haveli, a charming haveli (mansion house) with small courtyard, lawned gardens and rustic appeal carefully being restored to the splendour of better farming years.

The sunsets over the Mosque in the Taj complex

Day 9: 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, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory. We can offer an optional tour to Dera Amer please read that on the enhance your holiday page.

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 10: Jaipur - Shahpura

This morning at 9am we will drive to Shahpura Bagh a lovely small town situated between Jaipur and Udaipur which is around a four hour drive away. Here on arrival you will get to experience the hospitality of the Shahpura Royal Family after check in, you can go for a walk in the village or simply relax at the hotels infinity pool.

Day 11: Shahpura - Udaipur

Enjoy a morning of leisure before we drive our final leg around four hours to Udaipur. On arrival we assist with your check into your hotel. Evening at leisure.

Maharaja City Palace

Day 12: 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. We then take you to visit Jagdish Temple and Sahelion ki bari a couple of hours to relax this evening before we drive half hour to the Monsoon Palace to witness sunset and experience the magic atmosphere at twilight.

The steps up to the magnificent Amber Fort

Day 13: Udaipur - Kochi

Today we will transfer you to the airport in Udaipur in time for your flight to Kochi (Via Mumbai (Times S2 4094 – 0715 / 0835 -- 6E 244 - 1140 / 1330) Arriving into Kochi we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.

Kathakali Dancer

Day 14: Kochi

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town including the beautiful Parsi Synagogue built in 1568, the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese in 1555 and St Francis’ Church. A walking tour of Fort Cochin takes you through streets still graced with traces of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial architecture. Afternoon free. This evening we will take you to see the famous Kathakali dance performance.

Sunset at Fort Kochi

Day 15: Kochi

We will transfer you to Kochi airport for your flight home.

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