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(Tonight's accommodation is booked for immediate check-in on arrival tomorrow).
Welcome to India! You will be met upon arrival in Delhi and transferred to your hotel which will be ready for immediate check-in. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax or explore independently. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner in a specialty restaurant.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi this morning, taking in the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of New Delhi, designed by the eminent Sir Edward Lutyens. Highlights include the 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 and a carpet emporium.
This morning we visit the bazaars of Chandni Chowk where you can enjoy a bit of retail therapy. Later enjoy a visit to the Rastrapati Bhawan and the India Gate (Gandhi House closed on Mondays).
Today we drive to Agra. Here we visit to Agra fort, behind its colossal walls are some of the finest Mughal buildings in India. Home of the legendary Taj Mahal, constructed entirely of white marble and inlaid with semi-precious stones, the Taj Mahal has no peer and has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, this fine example of Mughal architecture was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved second wife-Mumtaz Mahal, who died tragically during childbirth.
En route 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 (subject to availability) this morning transports us to the lofty 16th century Amber Fort. Later we tour of 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!
Today is a free day for you to relax or explore independently. In the Pink City of Jaipur be sure to explore the Johari Bazaar and other bazaars, where you can buy jootis (traditional Rajasthani curled shoes) Jaipur’s famous blue pottery, textiles and handicrafts.
Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight departing 12:00 to Delhi arriving 13:00 to connect with your next flight departing 14:15 to Udaipur arriving at 16:00 which was founded in 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh II. An oasis of cool, with its massive and Venetian-like appearance, Udaipur is one of the most romantic towns in Rajasthan.
A favourite amongst the wealthy and the elite, Udaipur is full of palaces and temples. This morning enjoy a city tour of some of these palaces and this evening enjoy a cruise on Lake Pichola.
This morning there is free time for you to relax or pick up some last minute souvenirs before we transfer you to the airport for your flight departing 16:05 to Delhi arriving 17:25.
A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...