Day 1. DELHI. Transfer from Indira Gandhi International Airport to Delhi and check in at the hotel. In the afternoon visit the beautiful historic Jama Masjid – The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā, commonly known as the Friday Mosque. In the end of the day enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride in the narrow streets of Old Delhi. Overnight at the hotel. Day 2. DELHI. Breakfast. Go out on a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi seeing the largest monument of Old Delhi, the imposing Red Fort, built in red sandstone (photo stop from outside, entrance not included). The walls of the massive Red Fort rise a daunting 33 metres (108 ft) above the commotion of Old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent power of former emperors. Very near the fort is the 17th-century Jama Masjid (‘Friday Mosque’), the largest mosque in India. Walk through the famous bazaars of Chandni Chowk to experience the hustle and bustle of a crowded oriental bazaar. Also visit Raj Ghat, the Mahatma Gandhi memorial, a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation. In New Delhi, visit the India Gate, the memorial of the First World War and the road that leads from there to the President House, flanked by the houses of Parliament, the Secretariat building, the Birla Temple and Lotus Temple. Optional Akshardham Temple tour. Overnight at the hotel. Day 3. DELHI – AGRA. Breakfast. Check out at the hotel. Drive southwards to Agra on the banks of the River Yamuna. Check-in on arrival. Agra rose to fame in the 17th century as the capital of the Mughal Empire and was beautified with gardens, waterfalls, bathhouses and canals. In modern times, the city houses a thriving crafts industry, including marble inlay work and carpets. In the afternoon, go out on a sightseeing tour of Agra, which includes the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. Built in the mid-17th century by the heartbroken Shah Jahan following the death in childbirth of his queen, Mumtaz Mahal, this mausoleum is an eternal love poem written in stone. During the visit, admire the intricacy of the work of the 20,000 craftsmen who were brought from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy to build this astonishing monument. (Closed on Fridays). Optional Agra Fort visit. Overnight at the hotel. Day 4. AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI – BHARATPUR – SAWAI MADHOPUR. Breakfast. Check out at the hotel. Depart by road to Bharatpur to board the Jan Shatabdi Express train to Sawai Madhopur (train number 12060) which departs at 15:45 hrs and arrives at 18:00 hrs in Sawai Madhopur, the gateway to the famous Ranthambore National Park. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Ranthambore National Park is a prime example of the Project Tiger conservation project’s success, as it is renowned for its tiger population. Optional Fatehpur Sikri visit. Overnight at the hotel. Day 5. JAIPUR. Breakfast. Morning tour of Amber Fort. Located on a spur overlooking a lake, Amber Fort’s robust, time-ravaged walls appear imposing from the outside, but they hide an interior packed with beautifully decorated palaces and temples, and landscaped gardens. Be dazzled by Sheesh Mahal, a room with all the four walls and the ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces. Admire the frescoes of the Ganesh Pol gate and the colonnade of the Diwan-i-Aam. Return to the old city to visit the City Palace and the beautiful palaces within, such as the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal and the intricately decorated Peacock Gate. Also, of interest is the Armoury Museum, which houses an impressive collection of antique weapons such as blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers, which belonged the royals. Then, make a stop at the spellbinding Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds (photo stop) and the famous Johari bazaar famous for its jewels and saris, the Tripolia bazaar with bronzes, sculptures and lacquerware, the Bapu bazaar renowned for its perfumes and textiles, and Chandpol bazaar for pottery and bracelets. Overnight at the hotel. Day 6. JAIPUR – PUSHKAR. Breakfast. Check out at the hotel. Drive to Pushkar. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. The village of Pushkar lies on the edge of the Thar Desert and located at its heart is one of India's most sacred lakes, Pushkar Lake. Apart from its religious significance, Pushkar is known for its camel fair held every year in the festival month of Kartik (October and November). Being a religious town, alcohol and non-vegetarian food are taboo. Take an evening walk to admire the beautiful Pushkar Lake and colourful Pushkar market (unguided visit). Overnight at the hotel. Day 7. PUSHKAR – JODHPUR. Breakfast. Breakfast. Check out at the hotel. Continue your drive towards Jodhpur. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and is the gateway to the Thar Desert in the Marwar region. The old city, originally founded in the mid-15th century is familiarly known as the blue city, due to its blue-painted buildings and rooftops, and is surrounded by a 10-kilometre long wall that dates from the 16th century. The massive Mehrangarh Fort perched high above overlooks the city and the red sandstone palaces within the fort form one of the most impressive architectural complexes in Rajasthan. Go out for city tour of Jodhpur starting from the Mehrangarh Fort. One of the largest forts in India, Mehrangarh is the pride of Jodhpur. The main palaces that make up the fort are the Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Takht Vilas and Jhanki Mahal. The fort’s museum displays a rich collection of old royal palanquins, arms, paintings, costumes, and more. There are also a number of galleries and temples inside the fort. Also visit the stunning Jaswant Thada a royal cenotaph built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. This white marble memorial is adorned with exquisite carvings and intricate detail. Built like a temple, the Thada is a testament of the skill of the Jodhpuri sculptors. Overnight at the hotel. Day 8. JODHPUR – UDAIPUR. Breakfast. Check out at the hotel. Continue the journey driving to Udaipur. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Udaipur was founded in the mid-16th century and became the capital of Mewar. The rulers of Mewar, who belonged to the Sisodia clan of Rajputs, have traced their dynasty back to the year 566. Fiercely independent, they refused matrimonial alliances with the Mughal emperors, and took great pride in their reputation as the prime defenders of Rajput honour. Visit of Ranakpur Jain temple often regarded as poetry on marble, this 15th century Jain temple honouring Adinath is a work of architectural genius. The intricate marble carvings boast an enormous degree of skill and delicacy. Another interesting aspect about the temple is its play of shadow and light on the nearly 1,500 pillars, each of which proudly display a different motif. Overnight at the hotel. Day 9. UDAIPUR. Breakfast. Morning will start with a sightseeing tour of the city. Visit the Jagdish Temple, a large Hindu temple in the middle of the city. The temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, was built in 1651. Then visit Saheliyon Ki Bari, the garden of maidens, built in the mid-18th century. Stroll by the pools dotted with elegant kiosks, flowerbeds, lawns, fountains, along with an array of trees that make this garden worth visiting. Continue to visit Fateh Sagar Lake. This artificial lake was originally built around the year 1680. Later, explore the grand City Palace, a fusion of mediaeval European and Chinese architecture. This marble monument is situated on the eastern banks of Lake Pichola. The palace’s numerous balconies, towers and cupolas provide a fantastic view of the lake and the city below. Optional boat cruise on Lake Pichola. Overnight at the hotel. Day 10. UDAIPUR – DELHI. Breakfast. Check out at the hotel. Drive to Delhi. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel. Day 11. DELHI – AIRPORT. Breakfast. Check out at the hotel. Drive back to Delhi and transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport. A non-refundable trip (point 2 of the Supplier's Cancellation Terms applies). Please read the cancellation policy.
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