INDIA HERITAGE SPECIAL
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
On arrival at Delhi airport, on completion with immigration, custom clearance and luggage collection please proceed to the exit look for Our representative in the arrival area- who will be holding a placard with guests name and transferred to the hotel (check in time 1400 hrs), You will be greeted with a traditional Indian welcome and escorted to your hotel.
Delhi is India’s bustling capital city. New Delhi reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the segregation between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. This day will be spent at leisure to get acclimated to the time difference.
Overnight in Delhi
Day 02: In Delhi
After breakfast, proceed for a guided tour of. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaars, once the shopping avenue for Mughal royalty and the oldest marketplace of the city, once the shopping avenue for Mughal royalty and the oldest marketplace of the city. Drive past the Red sandstone walled Red Fort, also built by Emperor Shahjahan. Next proceed to visit Raj Ghat, the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi), The “Father of the nation”.
Afternoon, proceed for a guided tour of New Delhi visit Humayun’s Tomb, built by the orders of Humayun’s widow, Hamida Banu Begum, starting in 1562. It took 8 years for the tomb to get completed. The structure is built with red sandstone, whereas white and black marble has been used largely in the borders. Qutab Minar is built in Indo- Islamic style and has five stories. It is one of the highest stone towers in India and has a diameter of about 14.32 meters/47 feet at the base and about 2.75 meters/9 feet the top. Later drive past India Gate, The war memorial arch, India Gate, was built by the British in the honor of the 70000 Indian soldiers, who lost their lives in the First World War and Second Afghan War, Rashtrapati Bhavan (President Palace) and adjoining Government Buildings, Parliament house. End the day with the visit to the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, once belonged to Raja Jai Singh of Amber (Jaipur) in the 17th century, known as Jaisinghpura Palace. In 1664, the Eighth Sikh Guru Har Krishan, stayed here and later died. – B
Overnight in Delhi (Breakfast)
DAY 03: Delhi – Agra [195 Kms – Approx. drive 3 ½ hours]
Morning after an early breakfast, check-out at 7 AM and later you will travel overland in a chauffeur driven car to Agra, a destination where successive Mughal Emperors left their architectural imprints – culminating with the magnificent Taj Mahal, creating one of ancient India’s greatest centers of art and culture.
Upon arrival, you will be met by our Tour Guide and visit the Agra Fort.
Agra Fort: The Fort was built by Akbar in 1565 and further developed by successive generations. This well-preserved fortress built of red-sandstone dominates a bend of the River Yamuna – with a magnificent view of the Taj. The interior boasts of many grand buildings which include the Royal Pavilions, the Diwan-e-Am [hall of public audience] and Diwan-e-khas [hall of private audience] – usually reserved for other Kings and Dignitaries.
After sightseeing, you will be transferred to the Hotel.
In the evening, visit the Taj Mahal by sunset, when it’s bathing with the gold and pink hues of the sky, looking completely golden. Constantly changing color, with the sun’s changing position on the horizon; Taj is mesmerizing!
Taj Mahal – a Monument of love from the Mughal Emperor Shāh Jahān which took 22 years to build and completed in 1653 AD, in memory of his beloved wife, Arjumand Bano Begum, also known as Mumtāz Mahal. . Visit Taj Museum, inside the complex [Taj Mahal closed on Fridays]. – B
Overnight in Agra
DAY 04: Agra – Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri [250 Kms. – Approx. drive 5 ½ hours]
Morning after breakfast, check-out at 10 AM and drive overland to Jaipur. En route, visit the Fatehpur Sikri [UNESCO World Heritage Monument]. – B
Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital city, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 AD and abandoned 15 years later due to severe water shortage- and now a World Heritage Monument.
There are many magnificent structures within this city including the Halls of Public and Private Audiences – with a stone column standing in the centre of the hall supporting a flat-topped throne. From the four corners of the building, there are stone bridges leading across the throne. The Panch Mahal or Five Storey Palace is a five storeyed building and the architecture, though Persian in style is similar to a Buddhist pagoda.
Next, visit adjoining Fatehpur – famous for its Bulund Darwaza [of Towering Gate] and Sheikh Salim Chisti Dargah – the holy tomb of the famous Sufi saint who blessed Akbar with his only offspring, who later became the Mughal Emperor Jehangir.
Later, resume drive and arrive in Jaipur. On arrival, check-in at the Hotel. Jaipur, the state capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the Pink City with broad avenues and its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is steeped in history and culture. Here, the past comes alive in magnificent Forts and Palaces, blushed pink, where Maharajas once lived. Evening, visit the colorful bazaars of Jaipur to explore the city on your own. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthani jewelry, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of Royalty and Tradition.
Overnight in Jaipur
DAY 05: In Jaipur
After breakfast, you will be met by our Tour Guide in the hotel lobby at 8:00 AM and proceed for a full day city tour of Jaipur. – B
Starting with a visit of honeycomb designed Hawa Mahal (Stop for Photo Shoot) also known as the “Palace of Wind” built in 1799 AD, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, one of the major landmarks of Jaipur. It is an integral part of the City Palace, an extension of the Zenana [women's chambers] where the royal ladies lived in seclusion and observed life on the outside without showing themselves. The City Palace occupies the center of Jaipur, covers one seventh of its area, and is surrounded by high wall.
Continue and visit the Amber Fort – where you ascend up the hill “Maharaja-like” on Elephant back. The Fort is known for its exquisite mirrored halls and lofty ramparts and is a superb example of Rajput architecture. It is strategically located on a hilltop overlooking the lake. This magnificent fort has recently been wonderfully restored bringing back some of it past glory. During return, enjoy a photo-stop at Jal Mahal Palace.
Afternoon, visit Jantar Mantar the largest of Maharaja Jai Singh’s remarkable Observatories – still in perfect working condition. Its complex instruments, whose setting and shapes are scientifically designed, represent the high points of medieval Indian astronomy.
The Jantar Mantar built between 1728 AD and 1734 AD, houses precise instruments for measuring “the harmony of the heavens.” Each instrument serves a particular function and gives an accurate reading. Noteworthy instruments on display include the Samrat Yantra [sun dial], Dhruva Yantra [an instrument for locating the position of the Pole star and the twelve Zodiac signs], Nari Valya Yantra [sun dial for the Southern hemisphere], Raj Yantra [used annually to calculate the Hindu calendar] and the observer’s seat.
Later, visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, once a formal residence of the royal family, built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The City Palace also houses a well-stocked museum and armory.
Later, return to hotel and later, you will be left undisturbed to relax and retire for the day.
Overnight in Jaipur
DAY 06: Jaipur – Ranthambore [145 Kms – Approx. drive 3 hours]
Morning after breakfast, check-out at 9:00 AM and drive to Ranthambore. – B
Ranthambhore National Park, the former hunting ground of the Maharajah of Jaipur and now a 512-square-mile Natural Preserve that is home to hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, mammals and of course, Bengal Tigers. Ranthambore National Park spans an area of about 400 sq km. The tiger is relatively easier to spot in Ranthambore than in many other National Parks in India.On arrival, check-in at the safari lodge. In the afternoon start with your PM game safari in National Park. – L & D
NOTE: Ranthambore National Park is closed in during summers (June to September) every year
Overnight at Ranthambore
DAY 07: In Ranthambore
Early Morning at 7:00 AM and Afternoon at 3:00 PM enjoy Jeep safari in the National Park to explore the wildlife.
The Ranthambore tiger reserve also supports a large number of Royal Bengal Tiger, India’s National animal, which is easily spotted. Other wild species including leopards, jungle cat,
hyena, jackal, porcupine, wild boar, sloth bear, marsh crocodile, langur, Indian gazelle, spotted deer, sambar (Asiatic stag) and nilgai [blue bull] are seen in the park. The langur is the only primate found in Ranthambore National Park and is abundant. Ranthambore is also home to about 270 species of birds including a large number of migratory birds. Some of the most popular are the great Indian horned owl, eagles, parakeets, spoonbills, kingfishers, partridge, quail, storks, owls, geese and ducks. But the most visible bird in Ranthambore is the peacock which is a National Bird of India. – B, L & D
Overnight at Ranthambore
DAY 08: Ranthambore – Bundi [141 Kms – Approx. drive 4 hours]
Morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Bundi, a quiet and picturesque town, famed for its bangle makers and Havelis – B
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon, you will be met by our Tour Guide in the hotel lobby and proceed to visit main sights of Bundi, starting at the Bundi Palace which towers over the city and is famed for its fine murals. You will also visit the Rani Ji KI Baori before going on an old city to the colorful vegetable market. This afternoon you are free to enjoy city at your own pace.
Overnight in Bundi
DAY 09: Bundi – Udaipur via Chittorgarh [265Kms – Approx. Drive 5 hours]
Morning after breakfast, you travel overland in a chauffeur driven car to Badami. – B
Morning after breakfast, check-out at 10:00 AM and you will travel overland in a chauffeur driven car to Udaipur. – B
En-route, visit the Chittorgarh Fort [NO TOUR GUIDE], one of the two most impressive fortresses in Rajasthan.
The legend has it that Bhim, a Pandava, stared the construction of the Chittorgarh Fort. The Fort has a number of magnificent structures within itself. A one km zigzag accent leads to the Chittorgarh Fort of Rajasthan. The Chittorgarh Fort houses a number of Palaces within itself. The Palaces within the Fort include Rana Kumbha Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, and Padmini’s Palace etc. Also visit Vijay Stambh [victory tower] and Kirti Stambh [tower of fame], are the two victory memorials.
After visit, resume drive to Udaipur. On arrival, check-in at the Hotel. Later, you will be left undisturbed to relax and retire for the day.
Udaipur is a city built around shimmering, clear blue-water lakes that reflect the green of the surrounding Aravalli Hills. The famous Lake Palace, that seems to emerge from the peaceful Lake Pichola, whisper memories of tradition and glory. Built in 1567 AD by Maharana Udai Singh, who claimed to be a descendent of Sri Ram, hero of the ‘Ramayana’, the city of Udaipur is gathered around three lakes – Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar. It was the last capital of Mewar and remained so until the state was merged with the Republic of India in 1947.
Overnight at Udaipur
DAY 10: In Udaipur
Morning after early breakfast, you will be met by our Tour Guide in the hotel lobby at 8 AM and proceed for a full day city tour of the “Lake-city”. –B
Visit the City Palace Museum – grandeur and intricacy stroked all over in granite, marble and mosaic displayed in the sparkling white filigreed balconies and windows, ornate arches and cupolas atop magnificent octagonal towers.
City Palace Museum: The museum is located within the Fateh Prakash Palace complex. It displays a diverse array of weapons, utensils, artifacts and many other things. The collection is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Udaipur.
Jagdish Temple, Located at the entrance to the City Palace, this fine Indo-Aryan Temple enshrines a black stone image of Vishnu as Jagannath, Lord of the Universe. There is a brass image of the Garuda in a shrine in front of the temple and steps up to the temple are flanked by elephants.
Sahelion Ki Bari: Built by Maharana Sangram Singh, this is a beautiful garden with large flowerbeds, lawns, pools, fountains and trees. It offers fantastic glimpses of the lifestyle of the court ladies.
Fateh Sagar Lake, located in the vicinity of the famous Saheliyon-ki-Bari Garden, Fateh Sagar is a beautiful lake, built by Maharana Fateh Singh in 1678. Nehru Park, a popular garden island with a boat-shaped café, is situated in the middle of the Lake.
Evening, enjoy a boat ride [sharing basis] on the Lake Pichola.
View the Lake Palace from outside the palace – a palace established at the center of Lake Pichola, now converted into a luxurious heritage hotel by Taj Group. Overnight at Udaipur
DAY 11: Udaipur – Jodhpur via Ranakpur [250 Kms – Approx. drive 6 hours]
Morning after an early breakfast, check-out at 7:00 AM and later our chauffeur drives the car to Udaipur. – B
En-route, visit [NO TOUR GUIDE] the famous Ranakpur Jain Tmples.
Ranakpur Jain Temples are with the amazing sculptural Beauties. Among them most popular is Chaumukha Temple. There are four faces which point four different sides. The temple is devoted to Adinath the first Tirthankar of Jain religion. The compound has two Non-Jain temples, A Sun Temple and the temple of Amba Mata.
Ranakpur is a fabulous 500-year-old Jain Temples. The temples are superbly preserved in near perfect condition. The most distinctive feature are the 29 halls of the main temple, some octagonal and many more than one story high, are dissected by 1444 pillars, each sculpted with unique designs which no two are the exactly alike. The carving on the walls while, musicians and dancers have been modeled out of brackets between the pillars and the ceiling are amazing.
After visit of Ranakpur Jain Temples; resume driving and arrive Jodhpur. This bustling desert city is the second largest in Rajasthan after Jaipur. It was founded by Rao Jodha, the leader of the Rathore clan, known as Rathores in 1459 AD. The Rathore Kingdom was once known as Marwar – the Land of Death, the mammoth, imposing fortress (Meherangarh) has a landscape dominating a rocky ridge with the eight gates leading out of fortress. The new city is outside the structure.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel and a quick “WASH & CHANGE”, you will be our Tour Guide in the hotel lobby at 3 PM and proceed to visit the magnificent city of Jodhpur – stands at the edge of the Thar Desert.
The tour includes Meherangarh Fort – Perched on a 150 m high hill its sprawl is the most formidable and magnificent fort in Rajasthan. Rao Jodha founded it in 1459 but subsequent rulers of Jodhpur have also added to it over the centuries. A meandering road leads to the from the city 5 kms below. Battle scars of canon ball hit by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate. To the left is chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda, a soldier who fell on the spot while defending the fort against the armies of Amber.
There are seven gates, which include Jayapol meaning victory built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Fatehpol also meaning victory gate was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh to mark the defeat of Mughals. The palm imprints still attract devotional attention and are covered by vermilion paste and paper-thin silver foil.
Your last monument for the day will be JASWANT THADA – on the way down from the Fort, on left is Jaswant Thada, the graceful marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. His son Maharaja Sardar Singh built this monument known as the Taj Mahal of Marwar in the memory of Maharaj Jaswant Singh II of Jodhpur. The main memorial has been built like a temple with intricately carved marble stone. A visit to this structure is through the rocky hills giving it a secluded and a mystic aura.
Later, visit Umaid Bhawan Palace Constructed of marble and pink sandstone this immense Palace is now converted into a luxurious heritage hotel of Taj group.
Overnight in Jodhpur
DAY 12: Jodhpur – Jaisalmer [272 Kms – Approx. drive 6 ½ hours]
Morning after breakfast, check-out at 12:00 Noon and later our chauffeur drives the car to Jaisalmer. – B
On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of day is at leisure and you have free time to enjoy this amazing town at your own pace. Overnight in Jaisalmer
DAY 13: In Jaisalmer
After breakfast, you will be met by our Tour Guide in the hotel lobby and proceed to visit this perfect Rajput walled desert city which is like a golden jewel shimmering above the hard sand. – B
Visit Jaisalmer Fort, built in 1156. This Fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan and commands the desert landscape from its 250ft high perch on the hill above the city. Three strong walls protect the citadel. The first was constructed by the local Jain panchayat in the 15th century. Subsequent additions and fortifications were built by the Rawals. For its golden colour, this Fort is also called “Golden Fort”.
Visit the Palaces, the Jain temples and magnificent Havelis or merchant’s houses, each richly decorated and carved from golden yellow sandstone – Patwon-ki-haveli [House of the Brocade Merchants] is the largest and most elaborate of the famous Havelis of Jaisalmer. The Nathmalji-ki-haveli [The Mansion of Nathmalji], the last of the great Havelis was built in the late 19th century. End the morning with a visit to Gadisar Lake – the largest natural oasis that attracted Rawal Jaisal.
Later in the evening visit the Sam dunes where you will witness sunset while enjoying the camel ride in the desert. Overnight in Jaisalmer.
DAY 14: Jaisalmer – Bikaner [331 Kms – Approx. drive 6 hours]
Morning after breakfast, check-out at 12:00 Noon and later our chauffeur drives the car to Bikaner. – B
On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of day is at leisure and you have free time to enjoy this amazing town at your own pace.
Overnight in Bikaner
DAY 15: Bikaner – Mandawa [188 Kms – Approx. drive 4 hours]
Morning after breakfast, check-out at 10:00 AM and later, you will be met by our Tour Guide in the hotel lobby and visit the sights of Bikaner. – B
The impressive Junagarh Fort, which boasts a series of impressive courtyards, balconies, towers and terraces, the Lallgarh Palace with its intricate latticework and its museum. At the end of the tour you will visit the National Research Centre on Camels. Later drive to Mandawa. On arrival, check-in at the hotel and later, you will be left undisturbed to relax and retire for the day. Overnight in Mandawa
DAY 16: Mandawa – Delhi [250 Kms – Approx. drive 6 hours]
Morning after breakfast, check-out at 10:00 AM and later, you will be met by our Tour Guide and visit beautifully designed, and painted, havelis – local townhouses. – B
Visit the stunning Havelis, the popular ones are the Chokhani and Ladia havelis. The Saraf havelis are too well known architectural uniqueness. The Binsidhar Newatia Haveli is famous for its peculiar paintings on its outer eastern wall. The painting depicts scenes like a boy using a telephone or a European woman in a car driven by a chauffeur. The Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli is also known for its marred erotic images. We can visit these Havelis and feel the richness & magnanimity of art.
Later you will be driven to Delhi and drop-off at International Airport to board the Flight for your onward destination.