Heartland of Rajasthan & Taj Mahal

Price
From USD$1520 Per Person
  • 9  nights  10  days
  • Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur
Highlights
  • Delhi: Jama Masjid
  • Delhi: Rickshaw ride in Chandhi Chowk
  • Agra: Agra Fort
  • Jaipur Fort
  • Jaipur: Ha...Read More
    Highlights
    • Delhi: Jama Masjid
    • Delhi: Rickshaw ride in Chandhi Chowk
    • Agra: Agra Fort
    • Jaipur Fort
    • Jaipur: Hawa Mahal
    • Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort
    • Rarakpur: Jain Temple
    • Udaipur: 16th century City Palace
    • Udaipur: Jagdish Temple
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Heartland of Rajasthan & Taj Mahal

Indulge in India’s unpredictability and find serendipity in the beauty of distinct way of life.

Indulge in India’s unpredictability and find serendipity in the beauty of distinct way of life. Travel dates available from September 2019, – April 2020.

The state that perfectly captures the art of ancient architecture, exotic culture and history, into one state. From the majestic city of Delhi, to the Archaic City of Agra, where the Taj Mahal boasts its magnificent architecture against the blue sky, to gracious palace hotels and to the warm hospitality of the Indian people, where it will make you feel like your home away from home, welcomes you to
their warm country wholeheartedly.

Additional Information

Tour Start Dates (Fridays):
September 6, 2019
September 20, 2019
October 4, 2019
October 18, 2019
November 1, 2019
November 15, 2019
December 6, 2019
January 3, 2020
January 17, 2020
February 7, 2020
February 21, 2020
March 6, 2020
March 20, 2020
April 3, 2020
April 17, 2020

Itinerary

Optional experiences and tours available upon request (at extra cost):
Heritage Walk in Old Delhi
Home Hosted Dinner
Classic Theatre Performance
4X4 Offroad Jeep Safari experience
Boat Cruise on Lake Pichola
And many more!

Just ask one of our Destination Specialists for more information!
Tonight, arrive New Delhi, the capital city of India. Upon your arrival, you will be met by a representative at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a warm welcome, transfer to your hotel.

Meal(s): Dinner
Accommodation: Pride Plaza or similar
Today, enjoy the day discovering Delhi, pacing through the city which is as historic as modern, like 2 sides of the same coin! Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; a rickshaw ride through narrow alleys and lanes in Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and largest trading markets of the country. Then drive past the Red Fort, the place that marked the announcement of India’s freedom from the British Raj. In the afternoon, discover the modern city of New Delhi, visiting the Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the world’s tallest brick minaret and the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold dome, still in active worship. Drive past the President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyen’s Delhi and take a photo stop at the iconic war memorial arch, the India Gate.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Pride Plaza or similar
After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Agra, city of the world famous Taj Mahal.

This afternoon visit the splendid Agra Fort, built in red sandstone, encapsulating magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens.

Then, witness the surreal views of the Taj Mahal. Step inside this eternal symbol of love and appreciate the intricate designs and symmetries that rhyme as a poem written in marble. Taj Mahal is an extravagant display of love, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. You may choose to stay back to see the glistening white marble beauty at sunset.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Double Tree by Hilton or similar
After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Jaipur - land of the Rajputs. Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance and traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the 'Pink City', Jaipur is home to ancient forts and palaces and is one of India's most well planned cities. En route to Jaipur, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the capital city of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. Continue drive to Jaipur and upon arrival check in at your hotel.

In the evening explore the many facets of Jaipuri crafts such as semi precious jewels, pottery, colourful embroidered fabrics with mirror work, woven carpets etc – watch artisans at work and enjoy souvenir shopping in this colourful city of Jaipur.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Radisson City Center or similar
In the morning and take a guided walk through the flower market and see the seasonal flowers being traded. Then head to the wholesale vegetable market where farmers bring in their fresh produce to begin the day’s trading. Walk through the markets and find yourself at the junction of the interesting and unusual milk traders of Jaipur who bring their cattle’s fresh milk to be tested for quality, priced and traded on the spot. Be amazed by the primitive technique of testing the quality of milk by dipping hands into the large metal milk containers and evaluating the creaminess of the milk supplied!

Then visit the famous Amber fort, built in the 16th century, which was used by the Rajputs for the dual purpose of defense and private residence. The fort is a mesmerizing blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The fort’s gardens and magnificent palaces made from marble and precious stones represented the royal splendour and luxury of the Rajput era. Afterwards, take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal, Palace of the Winds, with its unique layer-cake honeycomb windows designed to onvce enable women of the royal court to observe passing life without being seen. Next, visit the Jantar Mantar, the largest astronomical observatory built in stone and the City Palace complex with its impressive gardens and museums.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Radisson City Center or similar
This morning, drive to Jodhpur, a city ringed by high stone walls with seven gates and several bastions. This second largest city of Rajasthan was founded by RaoJodha in 1459 A.D. Owing to its unique pale blue architecture, Jodhpur is often referred as the ‘blue hued city’ of Rajasthan. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure..

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Radisson Jodhpur or similar
Today, visit the rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort, and the grand palaces within the fort - MotiMahal, Sheesh Mahal, PhoolMahal, SilehKhanaand DaulatKhana, which are impressive examples of architectural excellence. Near the fort complex stands the JaswantThada and a group of royal cenotaphs made of white marble. While in Jodhpur shop for the exquisite handcrafted articles such as embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware, paintings and tie and dye fabrics.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Radisson Jodhpur or similar
This morning, drive to Udaipur, a serene city set in the scenic valley of Aravalli hills, surrounded by three lakes – Lake Pichola, FatehSagar and UdaiSagar. Enroute visit the famous Jain Temples at Ranakpur. Built in the 15th century, Ranakpur temples are one of the largest Jain temples in India. The temples are known for their architecture, grand structures and exquisite sculptures.

Continue drive to Udaipur. Upon arrival at Udaipur, check in at your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Lalit Laxmi Vilas or similar
After breakfast, visit the 16th century City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in Rajasthan comprising residence of the current Maharaja, heritage hotels, museums and galleries, courtyards and reception halls where royal events take place.. Make a visit to the Jagdish Temple, the 17th century Indo Aryan temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe; Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, garden of the maids of honour, with beautiful green lawns, flower beds, water pools, marble elephants and bird fountains.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure or join an optional tour.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Lalit Laxmi Vilas or similar
Enjoy the morning at leisure. This afternoon, transfer to the airport to catch your flight to New Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi airport, connect to your flight back home.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Domestic Airfare within India: Udaipur – Delhi
  • Return private transfer between airport and hotel.
  • 5-Star hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Private sightseeing tours with admission*
  • Rickshaw Ride in Delhi
  • Professional English Speaking local guide service
  • Daily breakfasts and dinners

*Guaranteed departure with minimum 2 passengers. Tour starts on Fridays (See dates under Details)

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare to India
  • Travel/Medical/Cancellation insurance
  • Travel Visa
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and gratuities to local guides, drivers, and hotel staff
  • Any items not specified as included

Travel Tips

Travel documents: Indian visa is mandatory prior to departure. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of departure from India. You are advised to carry a photocopy of your passport and visa with you.
For Visa requirements please refer to CITB Visas.

Currency: The local currency is the Rupee (INR). Most of the local banks do not have an exchange facility, it is more practical to use the hotels for exchanging money. Most of the larger hotels offer foreign currency exchange; however if staying in some of the very small heritage style hotels or homestays, you will not be able to change money. Always carry sufficient Rupee cash when travelling to remote areas where you are unable to change money or use credit cards. ATM machines are common in all the major cities and cards must be compatible with the following; Amex, Cirrus, Maestro, MasterCard, Visa. As a credit card Amex is not widely accepted but MasterCard and Visa are. Only Amex or Thomas Cook travelers' cheques are accepted. Always keep small denomination notes as small change is always a problem. Credit cards are accepted at major hotels and some up-market shops and restaurants in major cities.

Language: Hindi, with the largest number of speakers, is the official language of the government. English is used extensively throughout India.

Weather: Being such a vast country, India has enormous variations in climate and so can be visited throughout the year depending on destination. Overall the climate has 3 major seasons:
The Dry Season: from early October until end of March, which is the premium time to travel. The months of December - January can be surprisingly chilly in Rajasthan and the central regions with temperatures dropping to 3C at night. Tamil Nadu on the south east coast receives a different monsoon and most of its rainfall during October – November.

The Hot Season: from April to June are the hottest months in the interior and some parts of the Western deserts temperatures can rise to 40-45C. The hill stations of the Himalayas and the Western Ghats are particularly beautiful in April – mid June and October - November. Ladakh lying at an altitude of 3500 m and in the rain shadow of the Himalayas is best visited May – September.

The Dominant Southwest Monsoon: between July to September the monsoons full force is felt in the North East of the Country and Western Ghats which should be avoided but in some regions it can be pleasant with a unique light and fewer tourists.

Health: No vaccinations are officially required to visit India. Travelers should check with their doctor or a travel immunization clinic regarding the advisability of inoculation against typhoid, hepatitis, tetanus and Japanese encephalitis and malarial prophylaxis. Should you have transited a yellow fever area at least 10 days prior to arrival in India, an inoculation certificate is mandatory. Prescription drugs are not widely available and visitors should bring any required medication with them. If carrying a lot of medicines, it is advisable to have a doctor's letter stating that medicines are required for personal use.

Power Supply: Electricity in India is 240 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. You will require a voltage converter if you are carrying a device that does not accept 240 Volts at 50 Hertz. To adjust your device according to the power and voltage in India

Tips & Gratuities: Suggested guide, driver and porter fee at USD10 per passenger per day and please pay in local.

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