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This Visit gives you some of the best highlights of India.

ETI Experiences
Boat cruise on Lake Pichola
Rickshaw Ride at Chandni Chowk
Traditional Folk Dance
Horse Buggy ride to Taj Mahal
Taj - Sunrise / Sunset
Wildlife Safaris
Rural Environment & Culture
Personal Elephant Ride
Dinner with a Rajasthani family

  UNESCO World Heritage
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Fatehpur Sikri
Humayun's Tomb
Qutab Minar
Red Fort

Other Sights
  The Gateway of India
India Gate
Jama Masjid
Safdarjang’s Tomb
Connaught Place
City Palace
Hawa Mahal
Amber Fort & Palace
   

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NOTES:
1. Extensions can be facilitated to include more days and/ or other destinations.
2. This itinerary will need to be adjusted for the Taj Mahal’s closure on Fridays.





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 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 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. 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 Rickshaw Ridecrowded and colorful bazaars. This excursion includes an exploration of the Jama Masjid, completed in 1650 AD and the largest mosque in India. You continue on to the amazing Red Fort that was finished a decade before the mosque. Both structures were built by Shah Jahan, the emperor that created the Taj Mahal. 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 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.
Once you leave the Fort you will experience a rickshaw ride in the alleys of the ancient bazaar at Chandni Chowk. After experiencing the crowded and colorful bazaar you will proceed to 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 that surrounds the black marble platform occupying the spot where the Mahatma was cremated. An eternal flame burns next to the platform.
There is a break for lunch.
Qutab MinarAfternoon – enjoy a city tour of New Delhi. This excursion begins with a drive past Safdarjang’s Tomb (1753 AD) while driving to 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 Moghul 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.




Day 3: Delhi – Agra. You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel by an Easy Tours Facilitator and driven to Delhi’s railway station where you are assisted with boarding the early morning Express train to Agra for a two hour journey. Your Facilitator assists you in getting seated in your assigned seats and Taj Mahalgets your luggage ported to the appropriate location above your seats. The facilitator stays with you until the train departs. Your Travel Facilitator provides you with a detailed itinerary of the trains schedule so as to make you comfortable with every step of the journey. Refreshments are served by Indian Railways during this journey – we recommend that you refrain from consuming these (except for the bottled water) as you will have been provided with a bagged breakfast. You are greeted by an Easy Tours Facilitator on your arrival at Agra with a traditional folk music performance.
After the performance, if an early check-in is available, you are driven to your resort and assisted with your check-in. If it is not available, you can either commence your guided exploration directly or opt to visit your resort and use the facilities there before you start your sightseeing.
You now start your exploration
of Agra with a half day city tour of the magnificent monuments of this city. This exploration includes a visit to the famous tomb of Itmad-Ud–Daulah. This was built by 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. After your exploration of the tomb 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 lunch.
Afternoon - 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 creations in inlaid marble.




Day 4: Agra – Jaipur. You can either sleep in or chose to enjoy either of these two optional (no charge) excursions - a sunrise 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; or a  sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays). If you select either of the latter options, you will return to your hotel to freshen up after the excursion. You can choose to enjoy the facilities at your amazing resort till just before noon. If you do not start fairly early in the morning, we recommend that you get a packed lunch from the hotel for your journey.
You are assisted with your check-out 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 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
Arrive at Jaipur and you are assisted with your check in at your hotel.
Late Afternoon – you are at leisure with your chauffeur, who is available to you until 5 pm. This is a good time to shop for Rajasthani specialties if you are so inclined. There are other options that your guide can offer you.
Jaipur is famous for its carpets, jewelry & handicrafts.




Day 5: Jaipur. Start your day with an excursion to Amber Fort & Palace. 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 Amber fortby Raja Mansingh and is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture. Explore the chambers and hallways of the Palace 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 - Experience 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 miniature paintings, costumes, and armory.
Evening – You can either choose to enjoy your hotel this evening, or select from one of these two escorted excursions. You can visit the home of a Rajasthani Nobleman and enjoy a traditional dinner with members of the family, or you can enjoy a dinner and Rajasthani cultural show that includes regional dance, music and acrobatic performances.




Day 6: Jaipur – Jodhpur. You are assisted with your check out from your hotel at any time before noon and then you start on the four hour (approximately) drive to Jodhpur. Half the day will be at leisure on this day and you can choose to spend it in either Jaipur or Jodhpur. Your chauffeur will be available to you from 9 am till 6 pm.




Day 7: Jodhpur. Proceed on a half day city tour of Jodhpur. The tour begins from the fifteenth century Mehrangarh Fort. This formidable hilltop fort is City Palacearguably 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, which literally means Iron Gate. Next to this gate there are 15 hand prints in the wall, the Sati Marks of Maharaja Man Singh’s widows. These hand prints 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 back to your hotel you will stop for a tour of Jaswant Thada, a marble cenotaph built in 1899 as a memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon - Enjoy an excursion (by jeep) to a rural community on the outskirts of Jodhpur.  The village you will visit is inhabited by the Bishnoi tribe. Among other activities, you will spend some time at the home of a potter and his extended family, and even try your hand at the potter’s wheel. You also have the option to witness a ceremony that is unique to this part of Rajasthan. A fairly well off local tribe has a ritual in which the adults, upon returning from working their fields at the end of the day, are greeted by the youth with water pipes laden with opium. You are invited to observe as the adults indulge in this recreational activity.




Day 8: Jodhpur – Udaipur. You are assisted with a morning check out from your hotel and then you proceed on the drive to Udaipur, via Ranakpur. This is a picturesque drive through the Aravali hills with photo opportunities of village life and local livestock, including many camels.  Arrive at Ranakpur and enjoy a guided excursion to the awe-inspiring Jain Temple Complex. Tour the famous 15th Century marble temple that is still an active place of worship. The main temple’s 29 halls are supported by 1444 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. This is a picturesque drive through the Aravali hills with photo opportunities of village life and local 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.




City PalaceDay 9: 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 that are a dark reminder of royalty’s passion for hunting, the brightly colored glass windows, expansive inlaid marble balconies and the unique peacock courtyard. 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 in the palace. There are amazing views to be had from this structure, especially of Lake Pichola, the Lake Palace hotel and Jag Mandir.
After your tour of the City Palace you will visit the historical Sahelion-ki-bari gardens and the local Museum.
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 10: Udaipur – Delhi – International Flight.  You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel and then you are driven to the airport where you are assisted with boarding your flight to Delhi. Upon your arrival at Delhi you are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Facilitator & your chauffeur. This is a good time to do some last minute shopping and/or sightseeing if you are so inclined.
Your vehicle and chauffeur stay with you until your (usually late evening) assisted check in at the airport. If your flight departs early in the 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 the hotels – upgradable to include more, or all, meals.
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Dinner at a Rajasthani Nobleman’s Family Home OR a Rajasthani Cultural Show and Dinner
* Lunch at Ranakpur
* All other meals as specified
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Dinner at a Rajasthani Nobleman’s Family Home.
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Both Sunrise & Sunset visits to The Taj Mahal.
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: A unique folk music & dance greeting at Agra.
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Personal Elephant ride (per couple - jeep option available) up the ramparts of Amber Palace in Jaipur.
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Rickshaw Ride through Delhi’s Chandni Chowk
* Delhi – Agra Train travel by Luxury AC Chair Car.
* Boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur.
* Applicable monument entrance fees as per the itinerary.
* All transfers and all sightseeing by your personal Luxury SUV.
* Services of the best English Speaking Guides – upgradable to an accompanying Easy Tours’ Tour Director
* Easy Tours Facilitator for assistance on all arrivals/departures as well as hotel check-ins.
* Bottled water during sightseeing/excursions and intercity drives.
* 15% Discount on Spa services at the Taj Hotels
* 20% Discount on Food & Beverage Purchases at the Taj Hotels

* 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 & video.
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