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 - Jaipur
. You are assisted with check out from your hotel and driven to the airport, where you are assisted in boarding your morning flight to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur,
you are greeted by an Easy Tours facilitator and your chauffeur. Proceed for a guided 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.
Late afternoon -
after your tour, you are driven to your hotel where you are assisted with check in. You are at leisure for the remainder of the day.
Jaipur is famous
for its carpets, jewelry and handicrafts.
Day 3: 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
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
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.
You are escorted to a local restaurant where you will enjoy a cultural show with ethnic performances while you have dinner.
Day 4: Jaipur - Pushkar.
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and then you proceed on the drive to Pushkar. Arrive at Pushkar in the early afternoon, and check in to your boutique resort.
is perhaps best known for its annual Camel Fair in October/November (dates vary around the lunar calendar), which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. For10 days or so, it is a teeming mass of pilgrims, tourists, villagers, breeders, camels, cattle and horses. For the remainder of the year it is a quiet community, which offers visitors a true rural experience in direct contrast to the major cities you will also visit on your tour.
Start your guided tour of Pushkar which, apart from being a tiny town with 400 temples, Pushkar prides itself on being the site of the only temple dedicated exclusively to Lord Brahma, the Hindu God of Creation. There are over fifty Ghats around the holy lake, built by various rulers over the centuries. Hindu pilgrims visit Pushkar’s temples and the lake throughout the year. Explore this small town and the Brahma Temple which is one of the most famous temples in India. There is also an interesting village bazaar that you can walk through.
Day 5: Pushkar - Jodhpur.
Check out of your hotel, and join you chauffeur for the drive to Jodhpur. Arrive at Jodhpur in the early afternoon and check-in to
There is a break for lunch.
proceed on a guided 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 6: 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.
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 7: 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 exquisite, 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 8: Udaipur - Delhi - International flight.
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 are 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.
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.