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Upon arrival at Delhi airport you will be met by your local English-speaking representative and transferred to your hotel.
As the capital of India, Delhi is the third largest city with a population of approximately 18 million. Its strategic location along the north-south, east-west route has given it a focal position in Indian history and many great empires have been ruled from here. The monuments and ruins of these are scattered throughout the city, often cheek by jowl with modern structures and high rise towers.
Delhi is split into two main sections, Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi is the area defined by the old city wall and is a maze of small alleyways and side streets. Old Delhi's bazaars are legendary; today the great wholesale bazaars of Chandni Chowk still retain a souk-like quality. Their narrow streets are lined with shops, whose goods spill out onto the pavements. New Delhi is characterized by the city's growth under the British colonial rule with the grandeur of 19th-century buildings and wide, tree-lined boulevards.
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This morning you will begin your touring with a visit to the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque that can hold up to 25,000 people in its courtyard.
Later see Humayun’s tomb and Connaught place.
Commence drive to Agra this morning, home to the world famous Taj Mahal. Agra rose to fame in the mediaeval period as the capital of the Mughal Empire and was beautified with gardens, waterfalls, bathhouses and canals. In modern times, the city of Agra houses a thriving carpet industry. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel.
Later today enjoy a tour of Agra Fort, situated on the west bank of the Yamuna River. Agra Fort was built by Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1573, its imposing red sandstone ramparts form a crescent along the riverfront. It encompasses an enormous complex of courtly buildings, which range in style from the early eclecticism of Akbar to the sublime elegance of Shah Jahan.
You will rise early this morning to view the Taj Mahal in all its glory as the sun is rising. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. This sublime garden tomb, an image of the Islamic garden of paradise, cost nearly 41 million rupees and consists of 500kg of gold. About 20,000 workers labored for 12 years to complete it in 1643. You will return to your hotel for breakfast and have time at your leisure until lunch. (Taj Mahal remains closed on Every Fridays )
The remainder of your evening will be free at your leisure.
After check-out this morning you will leave for Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. Located 40km from Agra, the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honor of the great Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar and prophesized the birth of three sons to the heirless Emperor.
Later you will continue on to Jaipur, the capital of the Rajasthan State and commonly called the ‘Pink City’ because of the pink paint on the buildings in the old city area. This was apparently done to imitate the magnificent, red sandstone buildings of the Mughals, and in an attempt to impress the Prince of Wales when he visited Jaipur in 1876. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel.
Start your day with a visit to Amer Fort or Amber Fort as the British called it. You will board a jeep that will take you all the way up to the entrance. Also visit the Maharaja's City Palace to explore the former royal residence. Part of the building has been converted into a museum and a small portion is still used by the royal family of Jaipur. Outside the gate to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. The observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition.
This morning you leave for Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan located at the entrance to the Thar Desert in a region called Marwar. The old city, founded in 1459, is surrounded by a 10km long wall. The massive Meherangarh Fort overlooks the city and the red sandstone palaces within the fort form one of the most impressive complexes in Rajasthan. Upon arrival at your hotel the remainder of your day is free at your leisure.
Start your morning with a visit to Meherangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. The 5km long Meherangarh Fort is situated on a 125m-high hill overlooking the city. This is one of the most impressive and formidable structures in Rajasthan. Visit Jaswant Thada, the royal cenotaph built in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, a white marble memorial of intricately carved sheets of marble.
You will then visit Mandor Gardens, the famous Clock Tower and Sardar Market before returning to your hotel.
Today you leave for Udaipur visiting the Jain temple complex at Ranakpur en route. Built in 1439, this huge Jain temple complex is supported by 1,444 pillars, no two of which are alike.
Founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559, Udaipur became the capital of Mewar after the fall of Chittorgarh in 1568.
Enjoy a tour around Udaipur today visiting the City Palace, Jagdish Temple and Sahelion Ki Bari. The City Palace was built in 1725 and houses the Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal - studded with glittering Belgium Mirrors, Moti Mahal and the Palace of Lord Krishna, all of which are ornately decorated. Located outside of the palace gates is the Jagdish Temple. This temple was built in 1651 and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver in the Hindu Trinity of Gods.
You will also visit Sahelion Ki Bari, which translates to Garden of the Maids of Honor. The garden was created by Maharana Sangram Singh in the 18th-century for his 48 maids who accompanied the Queen as dowry. The garden is decorated with numerous water fountains, marble pavilions and flowerbeds.
Enjoy a cruise on the 4km long Lake Pichola this afternoon. Whilst on the cruise you will see Jag Niwas, or the Lake Palace, built between 1734 and 1751. It was once a royal summer retreat and is now one of the world's greatest hotels. It is also a popular location for film shoots, including James Bond's Octopussy.
After check-out from hotel you will be transferred to Udaipur airport for your onward destination.
- 10 Night’s accommodation on Twin/Double occupancy on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
- All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours to be by air-conditioned Toyota Innova
- Monument entrance fees as per itinerary (1 visit per monument)
- Service of Local English Speaking Guide as per program.
- Assistance at airports by our representative.
- Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi.
- Boat Ride at Udaipur.
- Elephant / Jeep ride at Amber fort in Jaipur
- All presently applicable Governments taxes
With Best compliments
- Two bottles of mineral water daily in the vehicle.
- Traditional Indian welcome by flower garlands on arrival.
- Any item of personal nature such as table drinks, Laundry, Telephone calls.
- Camera fees (Still/video) at any monuments
- Any tipping, gratuities or porterage anywhere
- Lunches, Dinner unless specified
- Any International airfare/Visa Fees
- Any Domestic air fare
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