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Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
Arrive at Delhi’s International Airport. After completing arrival formalities, we’ll be greeted with a traditional welcome and transferred to our hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
We’ll visit the Red Fort (from outside). This 17th century imposing fortress built in red sandstone is surrounded by a huge 33-meter-high boundary wall. Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656 at a cost of one million Rupees.
Our tour of Delhi will also include:
- Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, on the banks of the river Yamuna where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948.
- India Gate, which commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in World War I. The names of more than 13 thousand British and Indian soldiers killed in the Afghan War of 1919 are engraved on the arch and foundations.
- Rashtrapati Bhawan, once the Viceroy’s residence, is now the official residence of the President of India.
- Qutub Minar, the landmark of Delhi, a huge tower of victory started in 1199 and completed in 1368.
In the evening we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at local restaurant.
Day 3: Delhi to Agra
Drive to Agra. On the way we’ll see authentic routine village life. Just before Agra we stop at Sikandra, the mausoleum of the great Mughal King Akbar (1556-1605).
Agra is famous as being home to one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid remainder of the mausoleums.
Day 4: Agra
Enjoy sightseeing in Agra.
Visit Taj Mahal — a poem in white marble, built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. Today India’s most fascinating and beautiful masterpiece, this perfectly symmetrical edifice is set amidst landscaped gardens on the banks of the Yamuna River.
Later we’ll visit Agra Fort. Afternoon is free to explore.
Day 5: Agra – Bharatpur – Ranthambore
Today we’ll head to Bharatpur. On the way, we’ll visit Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful and deserted medieval city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire.
After visiting Fatehur Sikri dirve to Bharatpur to see one of the finest bird parks in the world.
Later transfer to the Bharatpur railway station to board the train for Sawai Madhopur. Then it’s on to Ranthambore, one of the finest tiger reserves in India.
Day 6: Ranthambore
Early morning game drive in a Canter (open mini truck). Ranthambore is a dry deciduous forest replete with several lakes, rivulets and a magnificent ancient fort overlooking the park.
Day 7: Ranthambore to Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur. Maharaja Jai Singh II built Jaipur in the 18th century. It is a planned city built with ancient Hindu rules as the colonial capital of a richly colorful state. The whole city was painted pink to welcome the visit of Prince Albert in 1853.
Day 8: Jaipur
Enjoy an excursion to the Amber Fort in a Jeep. We’ll also have a photo stop at the amazing Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal). In the evening, enjoy a walk through a local market.
Day 9: Jaipur
We’ll continue our exploration of Jaipur with a visit to City Palace, which occupies the center of Jaipur. It now houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armor, manuscripts, paintings etc. Also visit Jantar Mantar (1728-34) by king astrologer Jai Singh II.
Tonight we’re in for a special treat! An elephant safari and dinner at the lovely Dera Amer camp in the foothills of the Arvali Range.
Day 10: Jaipur to Jodhpur
Today we’ll take an early-morning train to Jodhpur. Set on the edge of the Thar desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. We’ll visit Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a giant sandstone hill. Amazing!
Day 11: Jodhpur to Pushkar
We’re off to the world-famous Pushkar Fair! The small and beautiful town of Pushkar is surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the other. Pushkar forms a fascinating location and a befitting backdrop for the annual religious and cattle fair. Bazaars, auctions, music and sports are highlight of this event. Great photo opps!
Day 12: Pushkar
Today we’ll explore the well-known Pushkar festival, which is marked by an important pilgrimage as well as the venue of mammoth cattle fair. Cattle auctions and camel races are also a part of the festivities. Colorfully attired local people enhance the fun of the occasion. You can also go on an optional 30-minute camel ride – get in the spirit of the festival!
Day 13: Pushkar to Udaipur
Travel day today, as we head to Udaipur–otherwise known as the Venice of the East.
Day 14: Udaipur
Today, we’ll visit City Palace built on the bank of the Pichola Lake, by Maharana Udai Singh in 1570. The Jagdish Temple(1651) is a fine example of the Nagara style of temple architecture.
We’ll see Sahelion-ki Bari, which is an ornamental pleasure garden specially made for the women of the palace in the 18thcentury. It has beautiful fountains, trees and flowers. In the afternoon, we’ll enjoy a private boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Day 15: Udaipur to Delhi
Today we say goodbye to Udaipur and take a flight back to Delhi, where we’ll celebrate the amazing adventure we had with our farewell dinner.
Day 16: Delhi – Fly home or trip extension