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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Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or independently explore this bustling capital.
This morning we take a half day sightseeing of Old Delhi. Our tour takes in Jama Mosque, and a rickshaw ride through the bustling by lanes of the old town. The rest of the afternoon is yours free to enjoy at your own pace. Perhaps enhance your holiday with one of our optional tours as listed at the back of this quote. (Please note the Red Fort is Closed on Mondays)
Today we travel by road from Dehli to Agra. In the state of Uttar Pradesh, Agra is a medieval city on the banks of the Yamuna River. Founded by Sultan Sikandar Lodi in 1506, it achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658 and remains a major tourist destination thanks to its many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort - both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The afternoon is free time.
This morning we travel to the legendary Taj Mahal and witness a magical sunrise. 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. We continue our tour to the Agra Fort which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind it's fortified walls. The rest of the day is yours free to explore. Perhaps return to the Taj Mahal to view the sunset.
En route to Jaipur, we visit ghostly 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 to support the peoples who resided in the city. Thanks to the very durable red sandstone, from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri remains fantastically preserved. On arrival in Jaipur you will be transferred to your hotel.
Perhaps opt for an early morning balloon flight over the pink city of Jaipur. Look out for the snake charmers that dot our route, as we travel to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride (subject to availability) transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Later in the afternoon you have the car and driver at your disposal for further exploration.
En Route to Shahpura we take a stop in Pushkar. Sitting on the edge of the desert and clinging to the side of a small lake, Pushkar is an ancient Rajasthani town considered by Hindus to be one of the most sacred places in India. Life in Pushkar is significantly related to the ancient lake. Legend has it the lake was formed when a lotus flower fell into the valley from the hands of Brahma. It is said the waters have special curative powers. As such, Pushkar has nearly 500-whitewashed temples and 52 bathing ghats surrounding the lake, which are often packed with pilgrims and sadhus. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Today we continue on to Udaipur, first stopping off in Chittaurgarh to tour the Fort. Upon check in in Udaipur the remainder of the evening is free time.
The city of Udaipur is perhaps one of India's most seductive. Known as the City of Lakes or the Venice of the East, Udaipur is the historic capital of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar and is known for its splendid Rajput-era palaces. Its centrepiece is the gorgeous Lake Pichola and the incredible Lake Palace that appears to float on the surface of the water. Famously used in the James Bond Octopussy film, the Lake Palace was originally built as a summer palace in 1743 and features floors inlaid with black and white marble and walls ornamented with different precious stones. We enjoy a sight seeing tour of the city and an afternoon boat ride on Lake Pichola. (shared boat)
Today we drive to Jodhpur. Enroute we stop to admire the Jain Temples an Ranakpur. Ranakpur is a village located between Jodhpur and Udaipur, in a valley on the western side of the Aravelli Range in the state of Rajasthan. Ranakpur is widely known for its marble Jain temple, and for the much older Sun Temple. Ranakpur boasts four Jain temples. Built in 1439, the main Jain temple at Ranakpur is dedicated to Adinath. Known as the Chaumukha Temple, or Four-Faced Temple, this huge and superbly crafted building possesses 29 halls supported by an astonishing 1444 pillars, no two alike. The temple, with its distinctive domes, shikhara, turrets and cupolas rises majestically from the slope of a hill.
Today we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur, the 2nd largest city in the state of Rajasthan in Northern India. Located at the eastern edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha. Jodhpur gave its name to the popular riding trouser that originated here. The city has two popular monikers. The first being ‘Sun City’ due to the frequent bright and sunny weather that the city enjoys. The second and more common being ‘Blue City’ as many of the houses surrounding the Fort are painted blue. 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 many gates serving as entrances.
Today we say goodbye to the Blue City with a transfer to the airport for our return flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening there is the option to go to the Kingdom of Dreams - see the Enhance your Holiday page for details. Overnight - Country Inn and Suites Gurgaon.
Today our arrangements come to an end with a departure transfer to the airport and many colorful memories.