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Day 1: Arrive at Delhi - most flights arrive either in the evening or at night. Our services begin here. You are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator, and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are then driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check-in. The next day’s plans are briefly reviewed and you are presented with your welcome package. Among other things, this package includes a beautiful handcrafted journal for your explorations, travel documents such as your air tickets and hotel vouchers, as well as copies of documents (such as our General Travel Guide) that were sent to you earlier.




Day 2: Delhi. You are at leisure this morning to recuperate from your international flight.
Afternoon - start your exploration of India with a guided city tour of Old Delhi. Drive, walk and ride through the ancient city’s streets and alleys; explore crowded and colorful bazaars. This excursion includes an exploration of the Jama Masjid (1650 A.D.), the largest mosque in India. The Masjid (Mosque) is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture and Rickshawis constructed of red sandstone and white marble. It is an active place of worship and its courtyard can hold 25,000 worshippers. You continue on to the amazing Red Fort (closed on Mondays) that was finished a decade before the mosque. Both structures were built by Shah Jahan, the emperor who created the Taj Mahal.
The great city inside the massive sandstone walls of the Red Fort offers visitors a large number of architectural and historical attractions; it was once known as the 8th wonder of the world. The Red Fort was the seat of the Mughal Empire for more than two hundred and fifty years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian and European architecture. You will also experience a fascinating rickshaw ride in the ancient alleys of the crowded and colorful bazaar at Chandni Chowk, followed by a walk through the ancient spice and street food market that is part of the bazaar. After these experiences a short drive will deliver you to an oasis of calm and serenity, which also happens to be your last destination in Old Delhi. The cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Ghat) is a simple yet stirring memorial to the father of the nation. Lush lawns extend beyond the enclosure surrounding the black marble platform occupying the spot where the Mahatma was cremated. An eternal flame burns next to the platform.




Day 3: Delhi - Agra. You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel in the morning after an early breakfast and driven to Agra (about 3 hours) on North India’s newest highway. Start yourTaj Mahal exploration of Agra with a visit to the famous tomb of Itmad-Ud–Daulah. This memorial was built by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s queen as a memorial to her father. The tombs sheer beauty will surprise you - the only reason it does not get more accolades is because it shares the stage with the incomparable Taj Mahal. Like the Taj it has amazingly intricate ‘Pietra Dura’ inlay and lattice marble screens. The mausoleum rests in a walled garden with a view of the river Yamuna. Constructed in the year 1628, most historians believe that its design provided the inspiration for the Taj Mahal.
Next you will visit the first red sandstone fort of North India, the Agra Fort. It was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur of the Mughal Empire.
There is a break for a late lunch.
After lunch you will be driven to your hotel, where you are assisted with check in. You can relax and enjoy your boutique hotel’s facilities for a little while.
Later visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the incomparable Taj Mahal. The world’s greatest monument dedicated to love is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Taj Mahal was completed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 AD as a memorial to his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. This spectacular white marble mausoleum was created by about 22,000 skilled craftsmen and it took twenty two years to complete. When you experience the Taj Mahal with an Easy Tours Guide and have them provide unique insights into its innumerable facets, some of their passion for this masterpiece may rub off on you! Explore the amazing Taj and its surroundings until it is time to admire the sun’s rays setting on the façade of the world’s finest monument.
Agra’s artists are famous for their inlaid marble creations.




Day 4: Agra - Jaipur. You can either sleep in or choose to enjoy either of these two optional excursions - a sunrise visit to Mehtab Bagh (no charge), which is a 500-year-old Mughal garden located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River; or a  sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal (entry fee surcharge applies). If you select either of these options, you will return to your hotel to freshen up after the excursion.
We recommend that you consider getting a packed lunch from the hotel for your journey. The dining/rest stopover during the journey offers limited choices.
You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel and then you are driven to Fatehpur Sikri. Enjoy a guided exploration of this beautiful uninhabited city. It was built by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585 A.D. and is constructed primarily out of red sandstone. The Emperor moved his capital from Agra to this city and then, a few years later, abandoned it, returning back to Agra. Visit the tallest gateway in the world, the towering Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory). In the northern part of the courtyard is the superb white marble tomb of Shaik Salim Chishti, built in 1570.
Continue on with your journey to Jaipur. You are assisted with your check in at your hotel upon your arrival at Jaipur.
Jaipur is famous for its carpets, jewelry and handicrafts.




Day 5: Jaipur. Start your day with an excursion to the Amber Fort and Palace, located a short distance from the walled city. Just like the Emperors of a few centuries ago, enjoy the ascent up to the ramparts of the fortAmber Fort on top of a colorfully caparisoned elephant (jeeps are available instead of the elephants, if you so desire). The massive Fort complex was originally built by Raja Mansingh and is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture. Explore the chambers and hallways, which are famous for their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments. Return to the valley beneath the Fort on your elephant or jeep and proceed back to the Pink City.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon - You are at leisure with your guide and chauffeur, who are available until 6 pm.
Now is a good time to shop for Rajasthani specialties if you are so inclined. Jaipur and its vicinity have a wealth of dining and sightseeing opportunities, and you guide will be pleased to make suggestions based on your preferences.
Evening - You are escorted to a local restaurant where you will enjoy a cultural show with ethnic performances while you have dinner.




Day 6: Jaipur. This morning enjoy a city tour of the walled city of Jaipur, including the magnificent City Palace. Visit Jantar Mantar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. After the observatory comes a photo opportunity of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind). This intriguing facade was built in 1799 so that the ladies of the court could use its unique windows and observe the bustling bazaar without being visible to the people on the streets. Continue the tour with an exploration of the City Palace, the former royal residence (a part of it is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible to the public), built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. This immense complex also houses a number of museums that offer a large and impressive collection of costumes, armory and miniature paintings. During this afternoon you can take a stroll with your guide through the “pink” bazaar in the heart of the old town, and watch the locals as they bargain for their everyday necessities. You will also enjoy a brief stop for a tour of a collection of Rajput turbans. A turban tying demonstration is included, as are turban and Sari tying lessons.
Afternoon - You are at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Jaipur on your own, or to relax and enjoy the facilities at your boutique hotel.




Day 7: Jaipur - Jodhpur. You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel in the early morning and then you proceed on the drive to Jodhpur. We suggest you consider getting a packed lunch from your hotelJodhpur for this journey. Arrive at Jodhpur in the early afternoon and you are assisted with your check-in to your hotel.
Afternoon - proceed on a half day city tour of Jodhpur. The tour begins from the fifteenth century Mehrangarh Fort. This formidable hilltop fort is arguably the most awe-inspiring in Rajasthan, a land of impressive hilltop forts and palaces. Entry to the massive fort is through a series of seven great gates, with the main entrance being the huge Lohapol that literally means Iron Gate. Next to this gate there are 15 handprints in the wall, the Sati Marks of Maharaja Man Singh’s widows. These handprints were etched into the wall by the queens just prior to them throwing themselves upon his funeral pyre in 1843, as the besieged fort was about to be conquered. Inside the fort is a collection of some of the finest palaces and galleries, including, Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Sukh Mahal (Pleasure Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Elephant Howdah Gallery, Palanquin Gallery, the Armory, the Turban Gallery,  and the Folk Music Gallery. The Daulat Khana houses one of the world’s finest collections of Mughal Art.
On your way down from the fort you will stop for a tour of Jaswant Thada, a marble cenotaph built in 1899 as a memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. If time permits, you can walk with your guide through the bustling Sadar Bazaar, often referred to as the Clock Tower Market. 
Return to your hotel after your tour.




Day 8: Jodhpur - Jaisalmer. You are assisted with your checkout this morning, and you proceed on the drive to Jaisalmer. Arrive in the afternoon, and check in to your hotel.
Late afternoon - visit the Havelis of Jaisalmer. Wealthy merchants built their exquisite homes with profusely carved stone facades. The most famous ones are the Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Nathmal Ki Haveli.




Day 9: Jaisalmer. Start your day with a guided city tour of Jaisalmer. The tour begins from The Jaisalmer Fort, built in 1156 by Rawal Jaisal. The fort crowns 80 meter high Trikuta hill. Still inhabited, there are palaces and bazaars within the fort walls. The Fort has 99 bastions around the circumference.
Other attractions include Gadisar Lake and Museum, once the water supply of the city, housing many small temples and shrines. A wide variety of water birds flock here in winter.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon - Enjoy an excursion to Sam (a little over an hour from Jaisalmer) for a camel safari and to watch the shifting sand dunes-. This is true desert, just like what you see in motion pictures. Your camelback safari ends with you experiencing the breath taking view of a desert sunset. Admire the setting sun as it touches and then disappears behind the sand dunes. You are driven back to your hotel at the end of the day.




Day 10: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur. You are at leisure this morning to relax at your hotel, or explore on your own. Check out of your hotel by noon, and there is a break for lunch. Proceed on the drive to Jodhpur, where you are assisted with check in to your hotel.
(If you prefer to spend extra time there, you can check out after breakfast, and proceed straight to Jodhpur, where you will arrive in the afternoon).




Day 11: Jodhpur - Udaipur. You are assisted with your checkout and you proceed on the drive to Ranakpur. Arrive at Ranakpur around noon and enjoy a guided excursion to the awe-inspiring Jain Temple Complex. You will be amazed by the famous 15th Century marble temple that is still an active place of worship. The main temple’s twenty nine halls are supported by fourteen hundred and forty four massive yet intricately carved marble pillars, and no two are of the same design.  There is an abundance of exquisite sculptures and friezes and the enormous scale of the monument and the exquisite details of its design have to be experienced to be believed.
Lunch is included at Ranakpur this afternoon.
Continue on the drive to Udaipur after lunch. This is one of the most picturesque drives in all of India. As you go through the Aravali hills there will be photo opportunities of village life and livestock, including many camels. Arrive at Udaipur in the late afternoon/early evening and you are assisted with your check-in to your hotel.
Udaipur is famous for its artists and paintings, including exquisite miniatures.




Day 12: Udaipur. Proceed for a city tour, including a tour of the fabled City Palace. At this Palace complex, explore the beautifully decorated rooms with thousands of City Palaceexquisite, handcrafted mirrors that cover the walls, the ancient ivory doors (a dark reminder of Indian royalty’s passion for hunting), the brightly colored stained glass windows, expansive inlaid marble balconies and the unique peacock courtyard. There are amazing views to be had from this structure, especially of Lake Pichola, the Lake Palace hotel and Jag Mandir Island. Enjoy a private tour of the amazing Crystal Gallery, which houses the world’s largest collection of priceless crystal. Marvel at pieces like the complete bedroom furniture set in crystal, discovered recently in a store room off the palace.
After your tour of the City Palace you can choose to return to your hotel to relax, or opt for an excursion that includes a visit to the vintage car museum that is owned by Udaipur’s royal
family. The large collection of classic European and American automobiles is fascinating for
all car lovers. This would be a good time to explore some of the markets in this charming city with a small town atmosphere. This excursion also includes a brief exploration of the Sahelion-Ki-Bari gardens, which are of some historical relevance but unimpressive as an Indian garden.
There is a break for lunch.
Late afternoon/Early evening: Enjoy a cruise on Lake Pichola and visit the historical and beautiful monuments at Jag Mandir Island (if available - the royal family at Udaipur will occasionally rent out the island for large celebrations, and on those occasions the island cannot be visited by tourists).




Day 13: Udaipur - Delhi. You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel and then you are driven to the airport where you are assisted with boarding your morning flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi you areQutab Minar greeted by an Easy Tours Facilitator and chauffeur.
Proceed for a guided city tour of New Delhi. This excursion begins at the awe-inspiring Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.). This 239 ft tall medieval tower is a symbol of victory and a beautiful example of Persian architecture from that period. There is a winding stairway inside the tower that goes up all the way to the balcony at the very top of the tower – unfortunately they are no longer accessible for visitors. The Qutab Minar and its Monuments are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of the Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, stands one of the legendary Ashoka Pillars. This large iron pillar has withstood the ravages of Delhi’s weather (and recent pollution) and has not rusted in over 1500 years. After the Qutab complex you will be driven to visit the magnificent tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun.
Delhi has such an abundance of amazing monuments that this Tomb Complex (1562 A.D.) does not quite get the acclaim that it deserves. It is Delhi’s third UNESCO World Heritage Site and its amazing architecture and the elaborate gardens (all currently undergoing restoration) will captivate you.
From the tomb you will proceed on a drive to Lutyens’ New Delhi. Time permitting, this drive will include photo opportunities at some of the following attractions - the exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan (known as Viceroy’s House during the British era), Delhi’s landmark structure India Gate, a golden domed Sikh Temple (Bangla Sahib Gurudwara), & the Birla Temple. The last part of this excursion is a drive through Connaught Place, which is New Delhi’s downtown.
Check in to your hotel after the tour.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon - You are at leisure for individual sightseeing or to relax at your hotel.
Evening - There is an optional (additional charges apply) visit to the home of an affluent Delhi family. This is a well-traveled couple and the lady of the house is an accomplished chef who likes to share her culinary prowess with visitors. During the evening you will get the opportunity to converse about life in India’s capital with the couple, and participate as your meal is being prepared. It will be a delicious multicourse Indian meal, along with an interactive cooking experience preparing three different Indian dishes.
You can choose to forego the cooking lesson and just enjoy the end results. Your hosts will be happy to share their recipes with you. At the end of dinner you will be driven back to your hotel.




Day 14: Delhi - International Flight. Check out of the hotel by noon. Your vehicle and chauffeur are available to you from 10 am onwards. Do any last minute shopping and sightseeing that you feel you may have left for the end.
Your vehicle and chauffeur stay with you until your (usually late evening) assisted check in at the airport. If your flight departs early the next morning you may want us to arrange a room for you so you can rest.
Our services end at Delhi Airport.




Inclusions:
* Daily breakfast at all the hotels
* Lunch at Ranakpur
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Cultural Show & Dinner in Jaipur
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Sari and Turban Tying Demonstration and Lessons
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Vintage Car Museum at Udaipur
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Personal Elephant ride (per couple) at the Palace in Jaipur
* Rickshaw Ride through Delhi’s Chandni Chowk
* Walk through the ancient Spice and Street Food Market in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk
* Applicable monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
* All other meals as specified
* Hotel check-in is at 2 pm and checkout is at noon for almost all the hotels
* All transfers and sightseeing by Medium AC Car
* Availability of an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator at all destinations
* Services of the best English speaking guides for all sightseeing per itinerary
* Easy Tours Facilitator for assistance on initial arrival and final departure
* Bottled water during sightseeing/excursions and other drives
* All currently applicable taxes


Not included:
* International Travel
* Expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks etc.
* Meals other than those specified above
* Travel insurance, visa etc.
* Camera fees - still and video

 



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Rickshaw Ride at Chandni Chowk
Taj - Sunrise / Sunset
Personal Elephant Ride
Traditional Folk Dance
Dinner with a Rajasthani family
Boat cruise on Lake Pichola
Crystal Gallery Exclusive
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Qutab Minar, Delhi
Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
Red Fort Complex, Delhi
Taj Mahal, Agra
Agra Fort, Agra
Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

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  Jama Masjid
India Gate
Safdarjang’s Tomb
  Connaught Place
City Palace
Amber Fort & Palace
15th Century Jain Temples

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  • <strong>Humayun Tomb, Delhi</strong> - Humayun's Tomb - The square red sandstone double-storeyed structure.

    Humayun Tomb, Delhi

  • <strong>Taj Mahal - 2, Agra</strong> -

    Taj Mahal - 2, Agra

  • <strong>A Musician Rests In The Shade Of The Amber Fort, Jaipur</strong> -

    A Musician Rests In The Shade Of The Amber Fort, Jaipur

  • <strong>View of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur</strong> - Jodhpur

    View of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

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    Lake Palace on Lake Pichola, Udaipur



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