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Detailed Itinerary - 9 Day North First Visit - ITC

 

NOTE:
This itinerary can be facilitated 6 days a week – The Taj Mahal is closed 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 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. 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; exploreRickshaw crowded and colorful bazaars. This excursion includes an exploration of the Jama Masjid (1650 AD), the largest mosque in India. 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. 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 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. 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 that surrounds the black marble platform occupying the spot where the Mahatma was cremated. An eternal flame burns next to the platform.Qutab Minar
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon – 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 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 it’s amazing architecture and the elaborate gardens 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 and you proceed on the drive to Agra. Upon arrival at Agra you are driven to your hotel and assisted with your check-in. If an early check-in is not available, you can either commence your guided exploration directly or opt to visit your hotel 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. The exploration of Agra includes 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. 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.Taj Mahal
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.




Day 4: Agra – Jaipur. You can either sleep in or chose 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 the Taj Mahal (entry fee surcharge applies – the Taj Mahal is 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 hotel till just before noon. If you do not start out for Jaipur fairly early in the morning (enabling you to have a late lunch on arrival), 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 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 drive to Jaipur. Arrive at Jaipur and you are assisted with your check in at your hotel.
Jaipur is famous for its carpets, jewelry & handicrafts.




Day 5: Jaipur. Start your day with an excursion to Amber Fort & Palace, located 12 kilometers from the center of the 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.Amber Fort
Afternoon - 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 miniature paintings, costumes, and armory.
Evening – Visit the home of a Rajasthani Nobleman and enjoy a traditional dinner with members of the family.




Day 6: Jaipur – 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 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 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.City Palace
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 8: Udaipur – Mumbai. You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel and driven to the Udaipur airport where you are assisted with boarding the flight to Mumbai. Arrive at Mumbai and you are greeted with an Easy Tours Facilitator and your chauffeur.
Late morning - proceed for a guided excursion to the Elephanta Island Caves. Depending on your arrival at the jetty, you will stop for photo opportunities at the city’s signature landmark, The Gateway of India, either before you depart or when you return from this excursion. Located overlooking Mumbai’s harbor this structure was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai. It is also the ceremonial gateway that the last British Viceroy departed from when India gained Independence.Gateway Of India
You are assisted in boarding the boat for the one hour journey. Elephanta is Mumbai’s most significant tourist attraction and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are five Hindu Caves dedicated to Lord Shiva and two Buddhist caves. Your tour will focus on the Hindu Caves. Carved out of hard basalt between 450 A.D. and 750 A.D., the main cave was an active place of worship till the Portuguese conquered the area and inflicted severe damage to the caves in the early 16th century.  In its heyday the island was known as Gharapuri (the Fortress city) and there is still a village on the island with the same name. The island was renamed Elephanta by the Portuguese. Although the caves have many massive sculptures of Lord Shiva and other divinities, the most impressive creation at Elephanta is the Trimurthi sculpture. This20 foot tall three headed figure portrays the three manifestations of Lord Shiva – The Creator of all life, The Preserver of humanity and The Destroyer of the world.
You will be escorted back to your hotel after your excursion to Elephanta.




Day 9: Mumbai – Delhi/International Flight. You are assisted with your check out in the mid-morning. Enjoy a guided city tour of Mumbai. The tour begins at the Prince of Wales Museum, built to commemorate King George V’s first visit to India in 1905. Designed in the Indo-Saracenic style, the museum has sections of art, paintings, archeological exhibits and natural history. After the museum tour you will visit the famous ‘Dhobi Ghat’ & observe the age old tradition of the Dhobi’s doing Mumbai’s laundry!
Continue the tour with a drive up to Malabar Hill, where the hanging gardens give a panoramic view of the city and the "Queen’s Necklace" (Marine Drive). The tour then takes a drive through the Flora Fountain and Fort area, where you can view the impressive Gothic and Victorian buildings that were constructed during the British ‘Raj’. Visit the Victoria Terminus (now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus). It is India’s finest example of a Gothic architecture and one of the world’s busiest railway stations.
Drive around Horniman Circle and visit the Town Hall, right besides the docks of Mumbai.
If you are boarding your international flight from Mumbai, you will be driven there in time for your flight. If you are flying out from Delhi, this tour may need to be shortened, depending on the time of your flight. You will be driven to the airport and assisted in boarding the flight to Delhi. Upon your arrival at Delhi you are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Facilitator & your chauffeur.
Either way, your vehicle and chauffeur stay with you until your (usually late evening) 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. 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 / Mumbai airport.




 
Inclusions:
* Daily breakfast at the hotels
* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Dinner at a Rajasthani Nobleman’s Family Home
* 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
* Applicable monument entrance fees as per the itinerary.
* Boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur.
* Guided Boat Excursion to the Elephanta Caves at Mumbai
* All other meals as specified
* All transfers and sightseeing by personal AC medium car.
* Services of an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator and the best English speaking local guides at all destinations as per the itinerary.
* Easy Tours Facilitator for assistance on all arrivals/departures as well as hotel check-ins.
* Bottled water during sightseeing/excursions and long 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 & video
 
Lodging - 9 Day North First Visit - ITC

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Sheraton Hotel - Deluxe Room
Agra
ITC Mughal - Mughal Chambers
Jaipur
ITC Rajputana - Executive Club
Udaipur
The Trident Hotel
Mumbai
Trident Nariman Point




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

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Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Fatehpur Sikri
Humayun's Tomb
Qutab Minar
Red Fort
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

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India Gate
Jama Masjid
Safdarjang’s Tomb
Connaught Place
City Palace
Hawa Mahal
Amber Fort & Palace
   

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