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Detailed Itinerary - 11 Day North Vacation - ITC

 

NOTES:
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Extensions can be facilitated to include more days and / or other destinations.
2. Rooms for two children 11 or younger can be included at no charge, depending on availability.

3. 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. Personal guided sightseeing can be provided today with advance request. Taxis are easily available for Delhi sightseeing although we recommend that you let us arrange a chauffeur driven vehicle if you intend to drive to more than one or two city attractions.


New Delhi’s main tourism attractions are:

The Qutab Minar - This 239 ft tall medieval tower is a symbol of Qutab Minarvictory and an amazing example of architectural and building skills during the 12th century. 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 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.

Humayun’s Tomb - 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 also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its amazing architecture and the elaborate gardens will captivate you.

India Gate – This is Delhi’s landmark structure, photo’s of which adorn many descriptions of Delhi. There is an eternal flame that burns within this inspiring structure, in respect for the 90,000 soldiers that gave their lives during the First World War, the Afghan campaign of 1919 and the North-West Frontier Campaigns. Their names are inscribed on the walls of this grand structure. India Gate is a centerpiece of India’s civic ceremonial pathway, Rajpath, it is surrounded by long lush lawns and massive heritage structures that house various elements of India’s bureaucracy as well as other civic structures.

Rashtrapati Bhawan - This massive and awe-inspiring residence houses the WomanPresident of India and was known as the Viceroy’s House during the British era. It sits at an elevation from its surroundings, next to both houses of the nation’s legislature, and at the apex of Rajpath. It can only be viewed through its ornamental iron gates as tall guarded walls surround the gorgeously landscaped gardens that border the building.

Connaught Place - This is New Delhi’s downtown and is made up of a circular central shopping district that was built by the British. The huge main bazaar retains its regal architectural charm to this day and it is surrounded by tall commercial buildings that house local offices of the nation’s top corporate entities.

Bahai (Lotus) Temple – Nature’s perfect balance has been captured by the architect & creators of this masterpiece. The temple has received awards from all over the world for its architectural genius. It has received similar praise for the contentment and bliss it evokes in the souls of visitors. The lotus represents divinity in Indian spiritual belief. It portrays the magnificence of God as the unblemished flower rises from stagnant water. In a land where all the world’s religions are practiced and where the dominant religion has an abundance of Gods and Goddesses, as well as an incredible plethora of idols, The Lotus Temple contains no idols or deities to be worshipped.

Akshardham Temple – The Akshardham complex paints a portrait that spans ten thousand years of India’s spiritual beliefs, history, architecture and culture and manages to illuminate the grandeur and complexity of this ancient culture. Experiencing Akshardham is like going on a journey through India’s history of religious beliefs and glorious art. India’s contributions to the world and to enhancing harmony among the people that inhabit our planet are highlighted at Akshardham.

Safdarjang’s Tomb – This beautiful tomb was completed in 1754 and is surrounded by lush gardens.

Lodi Gardens – This garden is spread over 90 acres in the heart of Delhi and contains the tombs of various rulers of the Pashtun Dynasty which ruled much of Northern India during the 16th century. There are lush lawns and a plethora of flowers and plants mixed in with all the monuments.

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara – This is a gold domed Sikh Temple near Connaught Place, and the main place of worship for many of Delhi’s Sikhs.


Old Delhi’s main tourism attractions are:

The Red Fort - 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, and was completed in 1640 AD 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.Rickshaw

The Jama Masjid – This huge structure was completed in 1650 AD and is 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.

Raj Ghat - 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.




Day 3: Delhi – Agra. Checkout from your hotel at 9 am and join your chauffeur for the drive to Agra. Upon arrival at Agra you are driven to your hotel and you check-in on your own. Personal guided sightseeing can be provided today with advance request. Taxis are not that easily available and we recommend that you let us arrange a chauffeur driven vehicle if you intend to drive to more than one or two city attractions.


Agra’s main tourism attractions are:

The Taj Mahal - The world’s greatest monument dedicated to Taj Mahallove 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. Sunset and sunrise (sunrise not recommended Late Dec – Early Feb) explorations are strongly recommended as it allows you to admire the sun’s rays as they play on the façade of the world’s finest monument.

The Agra Fort - The first red sandstone fort of North India 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.

Itmad-Ud–Daulah’s Tomb - 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.

Sikandra - The tomb of Akbar the Great is an important Mughal architectural masterpiece built in the 16th century. Akbar himself planned his own tomb and selected the site for it. He started the construction and, after his death, his son Jahangir completed the construction in 1613. The impressive tomb is a fascinating architectural achievement and the great gateway to the monument has a large number of inlaid patterns that are timeless in their beauty.

Mehtab Bagh - This is a beautiful 500 year old Mughal garden located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River and it offers great views of the monument, especially at sunset.




Day 4: Agra. Personal guided sightseeing can be provided today with advance request. Taxis are not that easily available and we recommend that you let us arrange a chauffeur driven vehicle if you intend to drive to more than one or two city attractions.




Day 5: Agra – Jaipur. Checkout from your hotel at any time before noon and join your chauffeur for the drive to Jaipur. Your chauffeur and vehicle are available to you from 10 am till 6 pm. Depending on when you leave Agra, you can choose to stop at Fatehpur Sikri and explore the beautiful uninhabited city on your own.
Arrive at Jaipur and check in at your hotel on your own.
Jaipur is famous for its carpets, jewelry & handicrafts.




Day 6: Jaipur. Personal guided sightseeing can be provided today with advance request. Taxis are not that easily available and we recommend that you let us arrange a chauffeur driven vehicle if you intend to drive to more than one or two city attractions.


Jaipur’s main tourism attractions are:

Amber (Amer) Fort & Palace -  Just like the Emperors of a few centuries ago, Amber Fortyou can enjoy the ascent up to the ramparts of the fort on top of a colorfully caparisoned elephant (jeeps are available instead of elephants) – if you intend to do this, we strongly recommend that you let us facilitate this experience. 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 of the Palace which are famous for their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments.

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.

Jantar Mantar – Experience the magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728 and is Jaipur’s sole UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind) – This is an intriguing facade that 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.

Optional Dining Experience – Visit the home of a Rajasthani Nobleman where you can enjoy a traditional dinner with members of the family. Please request this excursion when you confirm your vacation – this experience is not always available.




Day 7: Jaipur. Personal guided sightseeing can be provided today with advance request. Taxis are not that easily available and we recommend that you let us arrange a chauffeur driven vehicle if you intend to drive to more than one or two city attractions.




Day 8: Jaipur – Udaipur. Checkout from your hotel at 9 am and join your chauffeur for the drive to Udaipur.
Arrive at Udaipur and check-in at your hotel on your own.
Udaipur is famous for its paintings, especially miniatures.




Day 9: Udaipur. Personal guided sightseeing can be provided today with advance request. Taxis are not that easily available and we recommend that you let us arrange a chauffeur driven vehicle if you intend to drive to more than one or two city attractions. Udaipur has many sections that are great to explore on foot.


Udaipur’s main tourism attractions are:

The City Palace - At this Palace complex, you can explore the beautifully City Palacedecorated 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. You can also tour 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.

Ranakpur Jain Temple – You may want to tour the famous 15th Century marble temple that is still an active place of worship. Although it is a 2.5 hour to 3 hour drive (each way) from Udaipur, most tourists visiting Udaipur devote a day to this excursion. Part of the attraction is the great drive through the hills and rural communities. if you intend to do this, we strongly recommend that you let us facilitate this experience.
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.

Lake Pichola – A boat cruise on this beautiful lake is highly recommended; both private and group boats are available. With all the palaces surrounding, and in the middle, of the lake; and the hills behind them, it is easy to imagine yourself as a Royal from another time.

Jag Mandir Island – This is the second island palace on Lake Pichola (smaller than the Lake Palace) and has quite an interesting history. It was built in stages by three rulers, starting from the mid 16th century and lasting till the mid 17th century. It was designed as a retreat and pleasure palace for the royal family, but it was also used as a refuge by asylum seekers on two different occasions, including a Mughal Prince who was to later become Emperor Shah Jahan, creator of the Taj Mahal. 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.

The Monsoon Palace – This small Royal structure is situated at an elevation of 3100 feet, high above the city of Udaipur. Although originally intended to be a retreat that would enable cloud watching as well pursuits in astronomy, the palace mainly served as a hunting Lodge for the rulers of Udaipur in the 20th century. Although it lies in state of disrepair now, it offers incredible views of the city of Udaipur and its lakes and palaces. The drive up to the palace is through a small wildlife sanctuary, although sightings are uncommon.

Sahelion-Ki-Bari Gardens – This historical Garden was used by maidens of the royal court. Although it is quaint and charming, it is not very large and of dubious horticultural value.




Day 10: Udaipur. Personal guided sightseeing can be provided today with advance request. Taxis are not that easily available and we recommend that you let us arrange a chauffeur driven vehicle if you intend to drive to more than one or two city attractions. Udaipur has many sections that are great to explore on foot.




Day 11: Udaipur - Delhi – International Flight. You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel by noon and then you are driven to Udaipur Airport. Board the flight to Delhi. Depending on your international departure details, you may have a few hours available in Delhi. If you would like us to, we can arrange a chauffeur driven vehicle for the balance of this day and you can 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.
* Listed Easy Tours transfers by your personal medium a/c car.
* Optional Services (Surcharge Applies) of the best English Speaking Guides – upgradable to an accompanying Easy Tours’ Tour Director.
* Easy Tours Facilitator for assistance on the stated arrivals/departures as well as hotel check-ins.
* Bottled water during intercity 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.
 
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Delhi
Sheraton Hotel - Deluxe Room
Agra
ITC Mughal - Mughal Chambers
Jaipur
ITC Rajputana - Executive Club
Udaipur
The Trident Hotel




 
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Rickshaw Ride at Chandni Chowk
Boat cruise on Lake Pichola
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

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

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