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 or your Tour Director, 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
. (B,L,D) Start your exploration
of India with a guided city tour of Old Delhi. You will be introduced to the other members of your group and your Tour Director prior to
beginning this excursion. Drive, walk and ride through the ancient city’s streets and alleys; explore crowded and colorful bazaars. This excursion includes a visit to an oasis of calm and serenity, 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. Continue on to the amazing Red Fort. 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. The Red Fort was finished a decade before your next destination, the Jama Masjid (1650 A.D.), the largest mosque in India. Both structures were built by Shah Jahan, the emperor who created the Taj Mahal. To reach the mosque you will experience a fascinating rickshaw ride in the crowded streets and colorful bazaar at Chandni Chowk. The Masjid (Mosque) is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture and is constructed of red sandstone and white marble. It is an active place of worship and its courtyard can hold 25,000 worshippers. The mosque visit will be followed by a fascinating walk through the ancient spice and street food market of Chandni Chowk.
A very special lunch
is included today at the Curzon Room of the historic Oberoi Maidens Hotel. This boutique
fine dining restaurant has understated historic charm and you will have delicious options between a set vegetarian or non-vegetarian meal.
Afternoon - enjoy a city tour
of New Delhi. This excursion begins with the magnificent Bangla Sahib Gurudwara (a gold domed Sikh Temple). This is Sikhism’s shrine, and people of all religions are welcome here. Of particular interest is the daily langar (meal), a massive enterprise where volunteers prepare and serve hundreds thousands of pilgrims free meals. You now continue on a drive through Lutyens’ New Delhi, starting with Connaught Place, Delhi’s historic British era marketplace and the surrounding commercial buildings. 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), as well as Delhi’s landmark structure India Gate. After exploring Lutyens’ New Delhi 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 one of Delhi’s three UNESCO World Heritage Site and its unique architecture and the elaborate gardens that surround it will captivate you. After exploring the tomb you will be driven to visit the awe-inspiring Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.). This 239-foot 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 the staircase is no longer accessible to 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 more than 1500 years.
you are driven 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 3: Delhi - Agra. (B,L,D)
You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel in the morning after breakfast and driven to Agra on North India’s newest highway.
Start your 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.
There is a break
for a late lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch you will be driven to your hotel, where you are assisted with check in. You can relax and enjoy your hotel’s facilities for a little while.
Later 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.
Late afternoon -
Proceed for a visit to Mehtab Bagh, which is a 500 year old Mughal garden located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River.
Dinner is at your hotel this evening.
Agra's artists are famous
for their inlaid marble creations.
Day 4: Agra - Jaipur. (B,L,D) Continue your exploration
of Agra with a sunrise 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 as the sun’s early rays sparkle off the semi precious stoned inlaid in the pristine white marble of the world’s finest monument. After your visit, you will return to your hotel for breakfast. A packed lunch is provided from your hotel is provided for your upcoming journey.
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.
Dinner is at your hotel this evening.
Jaipur is famous
for its carpets, jewelry and handicrafts.
Day 5: Jaipur. (B,L,D)
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
at one of Jaipur’s premier restaurants.
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.
You are escorted to a local restaurant where you will enjoy a cultural show with ethnic performances while you have dinner.
Day 6: Jaipur - Jodhpur. (B,L,D)
You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel in the early morning and then you proceed on the drive to Jodhpur. A packed lunch is provided from your hotel for this journey. Arrive at Jodhpur in the early afternoon
and you are assisted with your check-in to your hotel.
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, where you will have dinner this evening.
Day 7: Jodhpur - Udaipur. (B,L,D)
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 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.
Dinner is at your hotel this evening.
Udaipur is famous
for its artists and paintings, including exquisite miniatures.
Day 8: Udaipur. (B,L,D)
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.
Lunch is included at a lakeside restaurant today.
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).
Dinner is on the Sunset Terrace Restaurant at the City Palace complex. You have the option to dine al-fresco while taking in the amazing sunset on the lake.
Day 9: Udaipur - Delhi/Mumbai - International Flight. (B)
You are assisted with an early morning checkout today and driven to the airport. You are assisted with boarding the morning flight to Delhi or Mumbai. (the flight cost included in the Domestic Flight Supplement is for the flight to Delhi. If you opt to fly to Mumbai there may be a surcharge based on available fares at the time of making your tour reservations - the flights can be substituted as part of your arrangements with Easy Tours)
When you arrive at Delhi or Mumbai you will have the following options -
Departure Option 1:
If your international flight departure is less than four hours from your scheduled arrival time at the domestic terminal at Delhi or Mumbai, you will ask the airline staff to assist you with the shuttle that takes you to the international terminal - OR
Departure Option 2:
If your international flight departure is four or more hours from your scheduled arrival time at the domestic terminal at Delhi or Mumbai, you are greeted at the Mumbai/Delhi airport by an Easy Tours Facilitator and your personal chauffeur. Your personal vehicle and chauffeur are available to you until 9 pm for your assisted check-in at the airport. This is a good time to do some last minute shopping and/or sightseeing if you are so inclined - OR
Departure Option 3:
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 Mumbai/Delhi/Udaipur airport.