Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Upon your arrival in the Indian capital city of New Delhi, you will be greeted by our representative at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 2: New Delhi. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid (one of the largest mosques in India), Raj Ghat (cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi). Also, drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), the epicenter of Old Delhi and drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings. Visit Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India. Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. Visit India Gate, an impressive example of colonial architecture, India Gate is the symbol of modern Delhi.
See the buildings of India’s Parliament and the residence of India’s President, a palatial building called Rashtrapati Bhavan. Also we will see the Humayun's Tomb, this tomb, built for the second Mughal emperor, launched a great Mughal architectural legacy - even the Taj, which was built by Humayun's great-grandson, was inspired by it. Qutab Minar, originally built by Qutbuddin Aibak, first of the Delhi Sultanates who were to rule for some four centuries, the complex surrounds Qutab Minar, the sandstone Victory Tower built in 1193. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 3: Delhi – Agra (205 km – 4 hrs 30 minutes). This morning, you will depart for Agra, the city of the world famous Taj Mahal. Upon arrival in Agra, check in at your hotel. Afternoon you will be visited the Taj Mahal. One of the most photographed buildings in the world, the Taj still moves all visitors with its perfect proportions and exquisitely jeweled walls. We walk into the inner chambers of this renowned “Monument of love”, and seek out several vantage points to see the magnificent play of light. The semi translucent white marble is inlaid with thousands of semiprecious stones in the beautiful patterns and the building has four identical facades, a perfect exercise in symmetry.
Also visit Agra Fort, which provides awesome views of the Taj. Built by Emperor Akbar on the west bank of the Yamuna. Today the towering red-sandstone ramparts house a variety of palace apartments - the Jahangiri Mahal, the palace that housed the women of the court, the Anguri Bagh (Grape Garden), Khas Mahal, Musamman Burj, the mirrored Sheesh Mahal and Mina Masjid (Gem Mosque), Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) and the Machchhi Bhavan (Fish House). The Shah spent his final years gazing at the tomb he had commissioned for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur (275 km – 6 hrs). This morning, you will depart for Jaipur en-route you will make a brief stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the capital city of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. Fatehpur Sikri is situated 40 km from Agra, being an imperial city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar between 1571 and 1584. The architectural grandeur of this deserted city cannot be described in words and one can only experience the aura of its magnificent edifices by seeing them. The buildings within Fatehpur Sikri are a unique blend of different architectural traditions. Later embark on your drive to Jaipur, upon arrival in Jaipur check in at your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 5: Jaipur. Morning visit Amber fort with an elephant ride up to the fort. The Amber Fort stands like a sentinel above the still waters of the Maotha Lake. The fort is a living testimony where the Hindu and Mughal architectural styles have merged in complete harmony to create a masterpiece of fusion architecture. Among its many splendors is the Sheesh Mahal, a small room whose ceilings, covered with tiny mirrors, looks like a sky filled with brilliant stars. We visit the Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) and Sukh Niwas (Hall of Pleasure). Visit the Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Winds”. Hawa Mahal is a magnificent five-storied building with an impressive fifty feet high façade. It was built by King Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 AD for the ladies of the royal household to watch the hustle-bustle and colors of bazaars and processions without being seen by the people on the streets.
Continue to the City Palace, located in the heart of the old city. The former ruling family still lives in seven-storied Chandra Mahal (Moon Palace) built by Sawai Jai Singh II, but the outer and inner courtyards have been converted into a museum. The first courtyard houses the Mubarak Mahal (Welcome Palace) with textiles and costume section The Armory has a selection of exquisitely crafted daggers and swords. Also take your time to see the adjacent Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory. There are 18 instruments in all, erected between 1728 and 1734 by Sawai Jai Singh - many of his own invention. Built in 18th century, most of them are still functional, incredibly accurate and are still being used to forecast the weather will be. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6: Jaipur - Jodhpur. After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur, the blue hued city of Rajasthan. Upon arrival in Jodhpur, check in at your hotel. Afternoon visit the imposing Mehrangarh Fort that has fine views over the city and Jaswant Thada, the white marble memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Mehrangarh Fort is an 15th-century looming edifice to Rajput valor is still Rajasthan's most impressive fort, with sheer cliff like wall that rise to 120 m (400 ft) high. Located inside is one of India's finest museums with rich collection of palanquins, royal cradles, miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes, furniture, and armor of royal household. The Jaswant Thada is a flawlessly executed piece of Rajputana architecture that enchants you with its poignant appeal on your tours to Jodhpur tourist attractions with Indian Horizons.
Unparallel in grace, the Jaswant Thada is a royal cenotaph that was constructed by Maharaja Sardar Singh to honor the memory of his courageous father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Also visit the museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace. Situated on a raised outcrop, with sprawling grounds creating an almost rural ambience, this splendid palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh (the current maharaja's father) as a poverty-relief exercise to aid his drought-stricken subjects. With 347 rooms, including a cinema, it was at the time the largest private residence in the world. There is also a museum which features photographs of the construction and a model of the building, as well as items collected by his ancestors. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 7: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur (260 km – 6 hrs). After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Udaipur, en-route visiting the famous Jain Temples at Ranakpur, being the finest examples of the craftsmanship the Jains just like its famous compatriots at Dilwara Temples at Mount Abu. The main triple-volume Chaumukha Temple, built from 1446 and dedicated to Adinatha Rishabdeva, the first Jain Tirthankara, or "Enlightened One," is surrounded by 66 subsidiary shrines. Continue your drive to Udaipur, upon arrival in Udaipur check-in in your hotel. Evening enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 8: Udaipur. After breakfast, morning Visit Eklingji and Nagda, a little village with a number of ancient temples situated 22 km away from Udaipur. Eklingji is a marble complex made up of 108 temples, the first of which was built in AD 734 by Bappa Rawal. The entire complex, most of it rebuilt in the 15th century, has a wonderfully uplifting atmosphere, particularly during prayer times. This afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Udaipur, visiting the City Palace and Jagdish Temple. Later, enjoy an evening boat ride on Lake Pichola. City Palace is located on the shore of Lake Pichola, the 300 year old City Palace and Museum’s walls tower 30 m (100 ft) and stretch 250 m (800 ft) across.
Jagdish Temple is located in the City Palace complex of Udaipur, this temple is made in the Indo-Aryan style of architecture. This three-storied temple is a wonder of architecture that comprises beautifully carved pillars, decorated ceilings, painted walls and lush halls. In those times, 1.5 million rupees were spent to raise this structure. The spire of the main temple festooned with sculptures of dancers, elephants, horsemen and musicians, is around 79 feet high and dominates the skyline of Udaipur. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 9: Udaipur - Delhi. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10: Delhi - Departure. After breakfast transfer from Domestic to International Airport for your departing flight for onward destination. We hope you enjoyed your stay in India and we look forward to see you again!
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