1. 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. 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 then ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are then driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check in. Your vacation itinerary is 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. 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 victory 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.
- 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.
– 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.
- This massive and awe-inspiring residence houses the President 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.
- 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.
– 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.
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.
- 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.
Personal guided sightseeing can be provided today with advance request. This day can be substituted for an extra day at any other city in the itinerary at no charge.
Day 4: Delhi – Agra.
You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel 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 Easy Tours Facilitator and Tour Director assist you in getting seated in your assigned seats and get your luggage ported to the appropriate location above your seats. The facilitator stays with you until the train departs. Your Tour Director 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 you are driven to your hotel and, if an early check-in is available, assisted with your check-in. If it is not available, you can use the facilities at the hotel before you start your exploration of Agra.
Personal guided sightseeing
can be provided today with advance request. 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 artists are famous
for their creations in inlaid marble.
Agra’s main tourism attractions are:
The 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 5: Agra – Ranthambore.
You are at leisure this morning to enjoy your magical resort. You may also consider a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal this morning.
Check out of your hotel before noon and join your chauffeur (available to you from 10 am onwards) for the drive to Ranthambore. If you do not start fairly early in the morning (enabling you to dine on arrival at Ranthambore), we recommend that you get a packed lunch from the hotel for your journey.
You can choose to stop at Fatehpur Sikri
to explore this beautiful uninhabited city. A guide can be provided on request. 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 your drive to Ranthambore. The second half of this drive is through rural Rajasthan and there are multiple photo opportunities of the colorful villagers as they go about their daily activities. You will also encounter many camels and other livestock on this drive.
Check-in to your amazing lodge on arrival.
Since 2006, Easy Tours of India
has tracked the percentage of tiger sightings for our guests in Ranthambore National Park. Over 85% of our guests have had tiger sightings during this period, with many of them getting multiple sightings.
Day 6: Sawai Madhopur.
You have the option to enjoy wildlife safaris in to the park in the morning and afternoon. We strongly recommend that you let us facilitate these as our office has the best relationships with the Forest Department and can ensure the best vehicles and naturalists.
Sawai Madhopur’s main tourism attractions are:
Ranthambore National Park
- Covering an area of 410 sq. km, Ranthambore National Park runs along the eastern spur of the Aravali mountain range until it meets with the Vindhya ranges. Ranthambore used to be the private hunting ground of the rulers of Jaipur. In 1972 it was declared a Sanctuary and was brought under the Project Tiger Conservation platform.
Dry deciduous forest covers most of the park, and the vegetation is lush around the many small lakes and ponds. The open grasslands that are the tiger’s favorite terrain account for much of the land on the higher slopes. This varied flora supports a large number of animals including a variety of deer, the sloth bear, the shy caracal, leopards and of course, the tiger.
Ranthambore Fort -
This excursion does have a fairly steep climb – approximately 700 feet of stairs. The massive Fort is one of the finest examples of the ancient Hindu concept of “Vana-Durg”, or a fort protected by a jungle. The history of this Fort (originally built in 944 AD) is a chronicle full of tales of blood and valor. Successively occupied by the Muslims, Rajputs and Mughals, the insides of the fort today lie partly in ruins. There are superb views of the park to be had from the ramparts. There is an ancient temple located in the fort and it attracts a continuous stream of pilgrims from the surrounding villages. A little note of caution – a large number of aggressive langur’s (South Asian monkeys) have made the Fort area their home and it is not advisable to have shiny objects and food visible in your hands as you tour the fort, as it will be snatched away.
Day 7: Ranthambore - Jaipur.
You have the option to enjoy a morning safari into the park. Check out of your hotel before noon and join your chauffeur (available to you from 10 am onwards) for the drive to Jaipur. If you do not start fairly early in the morning (enabling you to dine on arrival at Agra), we recommend that you get a packed lunch from the hotel for your journey. Most of this drive is through rural Rajasthan and there are multiple photo opportunities of the colorful villagers as they go about their daily activities. You will also encounter many camels and other livestock on this drive.
Arrive at Jaipur
and check-in to your luxury resort.
Jaipur is famous
for its carpets, jewelry & handicrafts.
Day 8: 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, you 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.
- 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.
– 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 9: Jaipur – Udaipur.
You are assisted with check out from your resort and then you will proceed on the drive to Udaipur with your chauffeur. We can facilitate this drive via Ranakpur (with no surcharge), although this will require an early morning start as the addition of Ranakpur adds about 3 hours to the drive, plus the time that you will spend exploring the incredible temple complex. Guided sightseeing can be arranged with a surcharge. If you choose to go via Ranakpur, the drive after Ranakpur is one of North India’s most scenic drives, through the Aravali hills with photo opportunities of village life and local livestock, including many camels. Either way, we recommend that you pick up a packed lunch from your hotel before departing.
Arrive at Udaipur
in the evening and check-in to your hotel.
Udaipur is famous
for its artists and paintings, including exquisite miniatures.
Udaipur’s main tourism attractions are:
The City Palace -
At this Palace complex, you can 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. 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.
– 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
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 - Mumbai.
You are at leisure to enjoy the magical city of Udaipur and, arguably, the world’s finest luxury resort. Personal guided sightseeing can be provided today with advance request. You will check out of your room by noon and drop your bags off at the bell desk. You are at leisure till your evening flight to Mumbai. You will need to return to the hotel by the late afternoon so that the Oberoi staff can transfer you to the airport for your flight – the timing for this transfer needs to be confirmed between you and them at this time. Taxis are not easily available for Udaipur sightseeing 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.
– You return to the hotel in time to be driven to the airport by the Oberoi Udaipur staff. Check-in for your flight to Mumbai. Upon your arrival at the Mumbai airport, you are greeted at the airport by an Oberoi Hotel’s chauffeur and driven to your hotel. If you do not want to explore Mumbai, this itinerary can be reduced by a day and you can fly back to Delhi and connect with your international flight.
Day 12: Mumbai.
Personal guided sightseeing can be provided with advance request. Taxis are easily available 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.
Mumbai’s main tourism attractions are:
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
(Victoria Terminus) – The massive structure is India’s finest example of Gothic architecture and one of the world’s busiest railway stations.
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.
The Gateway of India
– This is the city’s signature landmark and is 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.
Elephanta Caves –
Please bear in mind that this is usually a 5 hour excursion and we recommend that you let us facilitate this as a guided tour. You board the boat for the one hour journey from a location next to the Gateway of India. 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. This 20 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.
Marine Drive and Malabar Hill Drive –
Drive up to Malabar Hill, where the hanging gardens give a panoramic view of the city and the Queen’s Necklace (Marine Drive). You can then drive through the Flora Fountain and Fort area, where you will view the impressive Gothic and Victorian buildings that were constructed during the British Raj. Drive around Horniman Circle and visit the Town Hall, right besides the docks of Mumbai.
Dhobi Ghat –
Be fascinated by the age old tradition of the Dhobi’s doing Mumbai’s laundry.
Day 13: Mumbai – International Flight.
Personal guided sightseeing can be provided today with advance request.
You can choose
to enjoy the facilities at your hotel till just before noon. Your chauffeur is available to you from 10 am onwards. Your vehicle and chauffeur are available to you till it is time for you to board your international flight.
If you are boarding
a flight back to Delhi, or elsewhere in India, you will be driven to the airport at the appropriate time. Please let us know if you would like us to include transfer services in Delhi (or any other city), and if you will need a chauffeur and vehicle while you wait for your international flight check-in at this other city.
If you are boarding your international flight (usually late evening or early morning) from Mumbai, your vehicle and chauffeur stay with you until 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.
If your international flight
departs late this night or very early on the next morning, you may want us to extend your room reservations so you can rest on this day (day use rooms are also available).
Our services end
at Delhi / Mumbai airport.