Day 1: Depart from origin (you can ask us to include international flights if you choose).
Day 2: Arrive at Delhi (most flights arrive either in the evening or at night). Our services begin here. You are greeted at the airport by our Travel Facilitator or Tour Director, and then 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 the travel facilitator or Tour Director hands over travel documents such as your air tickets and hotel vouchers to you.
Day 3: Delhi. You are at leisure in the morning to recuperate from your international flight.
Afternoon – A half day city tour of New Delhi that begins with a drive past Safdarjang’s Tomb (1753 AD) while driving to the Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.) which is a striking medieval tower of victory of Persian architectural style and is 73 m high. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque, stands the Iron pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rusted over 1500 years. Later, visit the tomb of the Moghul Emperor Humayun and then drive through Lutyens New Delhi which includes the Embassy area (Diplomatic enclave), Government buildings, India Gate, a golden domed Sikh Temple (Bangla Sahib Gurudwara), Birla Temple and Connaught Place, which is New Delhi’s main shopping area.
Day 4: Delhi - Agra. Board the early morning (6 am) Express train - two hour journey - to Agra. Half day tour of Agra – The tour includes a visit to Itmad -Ud –Daulah’s tomb, built by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s queen as a memorial to her father. It has beautiful ornamentation with ‘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. You then visit the original red sandstone fort in North India, the Agra Fort. It was built in 1565 by Emperor Akbar, the greatest Mughal ruler of India. Its maze of courtyards, marble mosque, and private chambers all serve as reminders of the grandeur of the Mughal Empire.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon - Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the incomparable Taj Mahal. The world’s greatest monument dedicated to love, the Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 AD as a memorial to his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. This pure white marble mausoleum took 22 years and 22,000 craftsmen to build.
Tour the amazing monument and its surroundings till it is time to admire the sun’s rays setting on the Taj Mahal’s façade.
Agra is famous for its marble art & manufacturing of the same.
Day 5: Agra - Jaipur. You have the option (extra charges apply) sunrise visit of the Taj Mahal in the early morning. If you do that, you will return to your hotel to freshen up after the visit.
Check out of your hotel by noon and proceed on the drive to Jaipur. Stop at Fatehpur Sikri for a tour. This deserted red sandstone city, built by Emperor Akbar, between 1570 and 1585. Visit the towering Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory), which is set in the south wall. In the northern part of the courtyard is the superb white marble tomb of Shaik Salim Chishti, built in 1570.
Continue your journey after tour. Arrive at Jaipur in the evening and check in to your hotel.
Jaipur is famous for its carpets, jewelry, & handicrafts.
Day 6: Jaipur. Proceed for an excursion to Amber Fort & Palace, located 12 kilometers from the center of the City. Arrive at the complex before 9 a.m. so as to be able to partake in the elephant back ascent. The Fort was originally built by Raja Mansingh and significant additions were made by Sawai Jai Singh. One of the finest example of Rajput architecture, it was the ancient capital of Kaisshawah rulers. Enjoy the ascent to the palace on back of a brightly caparisoned elephant. Visit the chambers and hallways of the Palace which are famous for their design and decorations.
Afternoon – You are at leisure with your Tour Director/guide and driver, who are available to you until 6 pm. This is a good time to shop for Rajasthani specialties if you are so inclined. There are enough other options that your Tour Director/guide and driver can offer you.
Evening – Watch the show at your hotel and then drive to have dinner with a Traditional Rajasthani family at their home. Or drive to a cultural show and dinner.
Day 7: Jaipur. Proceed for a half day city tour of the walled city of Jaipur, including the magnificent City Palace. Visit the unique Jantar Mantar magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. View the ‘Hawa Mahal’ (Palace of the Wind), the intriguing facade built (in 1799) to allow royal ladies to view the city and bazaar from the windows. Continue the tour to visit the City Palace, the former royal residence (a part of it is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible) 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 miniature paintings, costumes, and armory.
Afternoon – You are at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Jaipur on your own.
Day 8: Jaipur - Jodhpur. Drive to Jodhpur in the morning. Arrive at Jodhpur in the afternoon and check in to your hotel.
Mehrangarh Tour - The tour begins with a visit to The Mehrangarh Fort. This formidable hilltop fort is the one of the most impressive in Rajasthan. Many gates lead into the Fort and the main gate is the "Lahapol", with a huge iron gate. At the side of this gate there are 15 hand prints, the "Sati Marks" of Maharaja Man Singh’s widows, who threw themselves upon his funeral pyre in 1843 when the Fort was besieged. Inside the fort, visit the palaces Moti Mahal or "Pearl Palace", the Sukh Mahal or "Pleasure Palace" and the Phool Mahal or "Flower Palace". The tour also includes a visit to the "Jaswant Thada", a marble cenotaph built in 1899 as a memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.
Day 9: Jodhpur - Jaisalmer. Drive to Jaisalmer in the morning. 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 famous ones are the Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Nathmal Ki Haveli.
Day 10: Jaisalmer. Start your day with a City Tour. 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 Ganga Sagar Tank 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 - Excursion to Sam for a camel safari and to watch the shifting sand dunes- about 45 kms from Jaisalmer – duration about four hours from Jaisalmer to Jaisalmer.
Day 11: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur. You are at leisure this morning and your Tour Director/guide and driver are available from 8:30 am onwards. Check out of the hotel by noon and drive to Jodhpur after lunch. Arrive at Jodhpur in the evening and check in to your hotel.
Day 12: Jodhpur – Udaipur. Drive to Udaipur via Ranakpur. Tour the famous 15th Century Jain Temples, located 90 km's north of Udaipur. The temples 29 halls are supported by 1444 intricately carved pillars, and no two are of the same design. There is an abundance of exquisite sculptures and friezes.
Lunch is included this afternoon.
Continue your journey after lunch. Arrive at Udaipur and check in to your hotel.
Late Afternoon – You are at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Udaipur on your own.
Udaipur is famous for its artists and paintings, including exquisite miniatures.
Day 13: Udaipur. Start your day with a city tour of Udaipur, including a tour of the City Palace. At this Palace complex, explore the gorgeous rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, windows with colored glass, inlaid marble balconies and the peacock courtyard. You walk through the Crystal Gallery which has an amazing collection of exquisite Crystal (including complete bedroom furniture set in crystal, discovered recently in a store room in the palace). Visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-bari gardens and the local Museum after the Palace tour.
Late afternoon - cruise on Lake Pichola and visit Jag Mandir (if available).
Day 14: Udaipur - Delhi. Fly to Delhi in the morning. Arrive at Delhi and proceed for a half day city tour of Old Delhi that includes visits to the Jama Masjid (1650 AD) which is the largest mosque in India, and the amazing Red Fort (1639-48 – closed on Mondays) which was the seat of the Moghul Empire for more than 250 years. Please note that you are currently permitted into a very small part of the Red Fort due to security reasons. You also visit the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Ghat).
Check in to your hotel after the tour.
Day 15: Delhi – International Flight. Check out of the hotel by noon. Your vehicle and driver available to you 10 am onwards. You are provided with a personal vehicle for yourself (if Single traveler), for both of you (If Couple or Two people) or for your family (if a family is traveling). Do any last minute shopping and sightseeing that you feel you may have left for the end.
Your vehicle and driver stay with you until your (usually late evening) assisted check in at the airport.
Our services end at Delhi airport.
Day 16: Arrive at your next destination.