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You will be met on arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
This afternoon you will visit some of the sights of Old Delhi. The tour will begin with the Akshardam Temple. Swaminarayan Akshardhamin New Delhi epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantlyshowcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is anenlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind.
After Akshardam, visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid bybicycle rickshaws, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Yamuna was built during theyears.
1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. As you ride past Jama Masjid you notice people streaming in and out of the mosquecontinuously and with the presence of the nearby bazaar, the area is rarely quiet. Overnight at hotel
You begin your tour by visiting New Delhi, which is also known as Lutyens Delhi. The capital of British India was a self-consciousattempt to match the imperial grandeur of the Mughal capital. You will see the Government Secretariat; President’s Palace; ParliamentHouse and the India Gate, built to commemorate 70,000 soldiers who died in World War I. Driving along wide avenues, you will arrive atHumayun’s Tomb, forerunner to the Taj Mahal in Agra, and considered to be the best example of a garden tomb in India and the first tobe built by a widow for her husband. You will finally proceed to see the oldest monument in Delhi; the Qutab Minar (tower of victory)built by the first Sultan, Qutab-ud-Din Aibak, to commemorate his victory over the Indian rulers in 1199.
Early morning you will be transferred to Delhi railway station to board your train to Agra
On arrival at Agra railway station you will be picked up & transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you will visit Agra Fort.
Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and itsRoyal Pavilions. The rest of the morning will be at leisure and you may either spend it relaxing at your hotel enjoying its facilitiesor you wish to explore the shopping opportunities. Agra is renowned for its marble inlay work and for gems and jewellery. Evening at leisure.
You will do sunrise visit to Taj Mahal.
Pregnant with the dream of ‘seeing the Taj’, it is likely to be your first stop in Agra. No amount of looking it up in books,photographs or internet can prepare you enough to absorb the first impression. It will leave you with an ‘Oh! … My … God!’ The spellis broken by photographers who offer to photograph you with the Taj in all sorts of fancy and at times trick pictures such as holdingthe Taj minaret in your hand. There is also this famous marble bench right in front of the Taj where many well known people haveperched themselves and got photographed (such as Princess Diana and Bill Clinton … on separate occasions of course!). Stories, trueand gossipy alike, add on to your experiencing the Taj.
After breakfast you will be driven to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of the former Mughal Emperor Akbar. It was builtas his capital but abandoned only 15 years later, supposedly due to shortage of water. In many ways it is one of the most impressiveand romantic legacies of the Mughal dynasty. Within the walls you will see some very interesting buildings, which remain in excellentcondition 400 years later.
Continue your journey to Jaipur and on arrival check-in to Hotel in Jaipur. Overnight in Jaipur.
You will take a full day tour of Jaipur today.
What attracts you to Jaipur are stories of the Maharajas, their lifestyles, their palaces; colourful bazaars and shopping. What youare not quite prepared for is how vivid, vibrant and varied all this actually is in real life. Imagine that to this present day one ofthe things that you can do is ride up the Amber Fort on elephant back,sip champagne under a marquise as you watch a polo match, stayin luxuriously palatial rooms once occupied by the Maharaja of Jaipur (interestingly known as ‘Bubbles’) and shop for gems at thestore where Paul McCartney bought a sapphire engagement ring for Heather Mills.
This morning you will be driven to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal EmperorAkbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed inJaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remainsare spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area. An elephant will spare you the troubleof reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms havedelightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hallof mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.
Cut. Change frame. You find yourself wandering the Tripolia bazaar where not only are all types of adaptable motorized devicescompeting for available space on the road but joining the show are cows, camels & elephants making the mechanized traffic move (and attimes not!) at their pace. Turn your gaze away from the traffic and you are facing assorted colourful shops.
After EARLY breakfast, check out and proceed to Jodhpur-approx 8-9hrs drive. Arrive Jodhpur and check in at Hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
After Breakfast, check out and proceed to Jaisalmer. On arrival you will check-in at Desert Camps.
Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the Thar Desert surrounded by sand dunes. It would be just any desert town but, looming over the city,and apparently rising out of the desert haze, is the spectacular golden Jaisalmer Fort. Even modern Jaisalmer has a medieval feel toit - 'jharokhas' look down into cobbled streets, veiled women walk a pace behind their turbaned, strapping mustachioed men folk;undulating sand dunes and camel trains drink from an ancient water trough in the main market square. Hardly surprising that Jaisalmerretains an untouched aura, given its remote location and inaccessibility.
The camp promises a truly unparalleled experience of the desert in its element. It is a toast to the erstwhile Maharajas and you aretreated to one with a panache that leaves you overwhelmed. Just as the Royalty camped in tents (khemas) away from the palaces, theresort spins a similar ambience with its modern swiss cottage tents right in the midst of the desert. Just as the Royalty traversedstretches of desert on camels, the evenings see you astride colourfully caparisoned camels led by ethnically dressed butlers as youbegin your sojourn of miles of shimmering sand dunes into the sunset. Lounging on the dunes, one can only gaze in breathlesswonderment as the sun begins to go down and casts an ember halo over the desert horizon.
And as the evening sets in, sit around a bonfire with a “chota peg” relishing the mouth watering bar-be-cue delights whilst watchingthe folk performers singing & dancing to tunes of the colourful bygone era.
After breakfast you will check-out from the camp and proceed to Jaisalmer city where you will stay at Hotel for one night.
Later you will visit the city of gilded magic. See the citadel, the fort built by Rawal Jaisal and where a fourth of the populationlives. Jain temples of the 12th to the 15th centuries, Patwon ki Haveli, which is a five-storey building with carved pillars andmurals, Salim Singh and Nathmalji ki Haveli are some of the places you will visit.
After Early Breakfast, check out and proceed back to Jodhpur. En-route, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a sandstone hillsincluding the palaces within, namely, Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing Marble Memoriam built in 1899and you may wish to visit the museum located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Evening at Lesiure. Overnight in Hotel.
After EARLY breakfast, check out and proceed to Udaipur.
Arrive Udaipur and check in at Hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
After Breakfast, this morning you will explore the enchanting city bewitching in all its details – narrow streets lined by vividcoloured stalls, gardens, temples and palaces – every feature, mirrored in the placid blue waters of Lake Pichola.
Visit the City Palace and the amazing Crystal Gallery at the Shiv Niwas Palace.
The rest of the afternoon will be free.
There is no place in Rajasthan, which appeals more to the imagination of poets and painter, travellers and writers than Udaipur. Seton the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills, Udaipur grew in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest ofRajasthan. The lake itself is a romantic setting surrounding the gleaming white Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir, a refuge of the rebelMughal prince, Shah Jehan, soon to be the creator of the incomparable Taj Mahal.
The morning will be free and later, in time you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Delhi.
On arrival at Delhi airport, you will be met by guide & taken to Dilli Haat
Dilli Haat, situated in the center of Delhi, is a kind of a weekly market, organized on a much grander scale. It is a permanent haatthat offers an amalgamation of handicrafts, food and cultural activities. Dilli haat of Delhi, India is spread over an area ofapproximately 6 acres and has a typical traditional Indian village look to boast of. It is proud of its look that consists of a plazapaved with stone and brickwork and sprinkled with grass, flowering shrubs, eucalyptus trees, etc. Shopping In Dilli Haat, Delhi, is full of an exotic variety of handicrafts and handlooms ranging from intricate woodcarvings toembellished camel hide footwear, to sophisticated fabric and drapery, to gems and beads to metal crafts, and so on. The handicraftsstalls at the haat are allocated on a 15-day rotational basis to craftsmen from different parts of the country. In this way, it ismade sure that different handicrafts are available to visitors at each visit.
There is also an exhibition hall in the Dilli Haat complex, where handicrafts and handlooms shows are held regularly to promote them.You can also find different cuisines of India at the food plaza here. Right from North Indian to the South Indian to the Rajasthani,you will find almost every type of traditional Indian food here. Many people go to this place just to taste these mouth-wateringdelicacies. Also, a number of regional food festivals are held here.
Late evening you will be transferred back to Delhi airport for onward flight.
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