The Luxurious Rajasthan Tour
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Delhi
Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures
Travel back in the ancient old era and enjoy one of the best cultures and hospitability in the world. The tour will kick start with the capital city of India where you will witness from cosmopolitan’s New Delhi to hustle and bustle streets of old Delhi You will be riding like local on the back to cycle rickshaw ride in old Delhi, one of the best way to experience this busy town. A special Indian cooking class will also be arranged with a local family of Delhi. No tour is complete in India, if you have not seen the impressive and beautiful Taj Mahal. No book can describe the beauty of this monument. Enjoy the breathtaking views of this monument with the first ray of sunlight. The tour will continue from here to the Rajasthan. Just sit back and enjoy the famous Pink city Jaipur, where the cycle rickshaw will be waiting to take you through narrow lanes and bazaars (local markets). Massive Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and beautiful city of lakes in Udaipur is another attraction you will witness on this tour. There are a lot of other activities to enjoy. This tour will have luxury accommodation like Taj group of hotels or Oberoi group of hotels and other luxurious stays. Just pack your bags and get ready to experience the rich hospitality and luxuries of princely state Rajasthan.
Happy Journey, Bon voyage, Feliz Viaje, Glückliche Reise, Felice Viaggio, Jornada Feliz!
You will arrive at the Capital city of India “Delhi”. After clearing immigration and other formalities at the airport you will be met by our representative at arrival hall terminal where you will find many people paging for their guests. Out of them you will find our representative holding a placard with your name written on it. He will assist and escort you to your vehicle and further transfer to the hotel.
You will be transported 400 years back and will ride on a rickshaw through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk known as The Moonlit Square of India. Witness the architectural marvels, the multicolored facades, beautifully decorated shops, ethnically dressed men and women and get bombarded by the cries of hawkers and fragrances emanating from the potpourri of eateries that line these historical alleys.
Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (1592-1666) built the walled city of Delhi on the banks of holy River Yamuna. It had a magnificent palace known as Red Fort, impressive mansions, enchanting bazaars, elegant shrines, royal gardens and fountains at every corner to romance ones’ senses. Emperor’s beloved daughter Jahanara designed a major street called Chandni Chowk in front of Red Fort, with a canal running down the center and pools at major intersections reflecting the moonlight.
During the British regime, the street underwent major changes and since then this area has witnessed some of the most important events in Indian history. Today these splendid ruins and tales of valor are a testimony of the evolution of the times. Chandni Chowk truly reflects the national unity, secularism and diversity of India.
The total duration of the tour will be 3 hours – 3 hours 30 minutes. It is an extensive tour that covers 20 main sites which includes palaces, mansions, elegant shrines and colorful bazaars. This is a detailed tour with several stops and includes complimentary snacks. The tour ends at an Old Haveli (mansion) built in1860, which has a photo gallery depicting the lifestyle of Mughals and a small lounge to relax.
In the afternoon visit the Bhai Temple (Lotus Temple) that is located in south Delhi. It is lotus shaped and has rightly been given the name. It is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. It is open to all faiths and is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace and tranquility. It is a very recent architectural marvel of the Bahai faith.
Evening is reserved for dinner at – Indian Accent which showcases Indian food for the 21st century with a path-breaking contemporary menu with a unique marriage of global ingredients and techniques with the flavours and traditions of India that is sure to excite the adventurous yet satisfy traditional palates.
Morning drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and the Presidential residence. Later visit the Qutab Minar – the five-storied tower with a 14.4 metre base that tapers up to two and a half metres at the top is visible for a long distance around. Pulling down 27 Hindu and Jain temples and using their columns erected the attached Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque also built by him.
Post lunch explore the famous Khan Market, which is famous with expats and Delhi’s elite, Khan Market’s boutiques focus on fashion, books and homewares. For handmade paper, check out Anand Stationers , or try Mehra Bros for cool papier mâché ornaments and Christmas decorations. Literature lovers should head to Full Circle Bookstore and Bahrisons . For ethnic-inspired fashions and homeware, hit Fabindia, Anokhi and Good Earth, and for elegantly packaged Ayurvedic remedies, browse Kama.
The early evening is reserved for cooking demonstration with your local host. As you arrive at her house, you will be welcomed with small chat about India. Later she will demonstrate about Indian cooking followed by dinner (the dinner will be the dishes you cook, all the best!)
Today you will be driven to city of Taj “Agra”. The drive will be for approx. 4 hours. Arrive in Agra and check-in for your stay.
Later you will be taken to Mehtab Bagh from where you will get the best sunset glimpse of Taj mahal to click the best posed Taj Mahal.
Early in the morning proceed for sunrise visit to Taj Mahal. The book, stories or any other source cannot define the Taj mahal in words; you will experience the same with the first rays of sun and will fall in love with monument which is the symbol of love.
Return to hotel for breakfast and remainder of the morning will be free.
Post lunch you will proceed for sightseeing tour of Agra city. First you will visit Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city. After the First Battle of Panipat, in 1526 Mughal captured the fort and a vast treasure – which included a diamond (Koh-I-Noor), was seized.
Today you will drive to Jaipur, enroute you will visit Fatehpur Sikri constructed by Sikriwal Rajput Rajas, the last Emperor Maharana Sangram Singh at the beginning in 1500 AD. At Seventh attack of Akbar Sikriwal Rajput left Palace after that Sikrigarh was named Fateh(victory)pur Sikri.
On arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel and rest after a long drive. In the evening you can stroll in the old bazaars (markets) of pink city Jaipur.
Early in the morning you will be taken to Amber Fort, enroute to which you will enjoy the visit to Hawa Mahal (Palace on wind). At the entrance gate you will be provided with Elephant, climb as he will ascend and take you to the fort. You will return by foot.
Post Amber Fort visit, you will be taken to visit City Palace, which includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. The Chandra Mahal palace now houses a museum but the greatest part of it is still a royal residence.
You will also visit Observatory (Jantar Mantar) and Birla Temple. If time permits, you can also enjoy the local bazaars (markets) in which you will find all shops painted in pink color.
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Jodhpur (6-7 hours). Arrive by late afternoon and check-in for your stay. Jodhpur looks out over the desert to the West and the massive fort, topping a sheer rocky hill, which rises right in the middle of the town, totally dominates the city.The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a wall 10km long, which was built about a century after the city was founded. From the fort you can clearly see where the old city ends and the new begins. The old city is fascinating jungle of winding streets of great interest to wander around. Eight gates lead out from the walled city. It’s one of the more interesting cities in India and those baggy-tight horse riding trousers, jodhpurs, took their name from this locale.
The sightseeing tour of Jodhpur city will start with visit of Mehrangarh Fort (citadel of the Sun) that evokes the very spirit of the Rathores, the ruling local Rajput clan. Visit its various palaces with their delicate friezes and respective museums, displaying treasures of the royal family.
North of Meherangarh Fort, and connected to it by road, Jaswant Thada is a pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878-95), who purged Jodhpur of dacoits, initiated irrigation systems and boosted the economy. The cenotaphs of members of the royal family who have died since Jaswant are close by his memorial; those who preceded him are remembered by chhatris at Mandor. This south-facing spot is also the best place from which to photograph the fort, looming above the sheer rocky Meherangarh plateau.
Early afternoon proceeds for lunch and jeep ride at Rohet – Showcasing the best of the land, it is a complete cultural experience, which encompasses all that this region has to offer. From the warm and hospitable people, to the various customs and ceremonies and the abundant wildlife, guests have the rare privilege of being welcomed into people’s homes and interacting with them. They get to experience and understand a way of life that takes them closer to their roots. Here you meet the ‘Premier ecologists of the world’, the Bishnois, who have protected nature for more than 500 years and are responsible for the very survival of species like the Black Buck antelope (India’s most beautiful antelope and a rare and protected species today). They share a beautiful relationship with this special animal, wherein the antelope stays close to Bishnoi habitation, never leaving it, and displays complete trust in the Bishnoi people.
Start your journey after breakfast to Udaipur (6 hours). The journey will take you to romantic city of Rajasthan “Udaipur” enroute visiting Ranakpur which is widely known for its marble Jain temple, said to be the most spectacular of the Jain temples.
Post visit enjoy the lunch at Ranakpur. After enjoying the lunch continue your travel to Udaipur and on arrival (by evening) check-in at your hotel.
The day reserved to explore the beautiful Udaipur city. First you will visit City palace, built by the Maharana Udai Singh as the capital of the Sisodia Rajput clan in 1559, after he moved from Chittor. It is located on the east bank of the Lake Pichola and has several palaces built within its complex. Later you will also visit Sahelion-Ki-Bari and Jagdish Temple.
In the late afternoon enjoy the boat ride on Lake Pichola, is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. Jag Mandir and the famous Lake Palace hotel are located in the lake and accessible by boat only.
Breakfast at the hotel and remainder of the morning will be at leisure.
Later assisted departure transfer to airport to connect the 2-hour short flight for Delhi. Arrive, meet and assist at Delhi airport and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast you will be transferred to international airport to board the flight for back home.