The north of India is a place where lush forests and arid deserts sit within driving distance, fed by rivers from the Himalayas and home to millions. It is an old land, home to civilizations going back thousands of years beside modern life. On this trip, you will ride elephants, airplanes, and cars as we cross the picturesque landscape from one historical site to the next. Tombs, fortresses and even still occupied palaces await you as we travel from basement kitchens to towering minarets through empty plains and crowded streets. Come to lose yourself in a land of red sandstone and white marble, where the glories of the past still stand tall after centuries. Perhaps you wish to shop in the moonlit square, a marketplace where all things are for sale or maybe you want to watch a sunrise over the TajMahal while morning mist drifts off the Yamuna river. Or maybe you just want to immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of the subcontinent.No matter why you come, this trip promises to show you India as you've always wanted to see it.
Day 01: Delhi
Namaste & welcome to India.
Assistance upon arrival in Delhi airport and transfer to the hotel.
Delhi- Delhi as the capital of India Delhi is the seat of administration and the monuments which tell the saga of a bygone era to stand there. These icons are a testimony to the grandeur of the past and also an attraction for the tourists. With an area of 1483 sq. Kms, Delhi is all set to acquire full statehood. The charm of Delhi has attracted Emperors, Conquerors and poor in equally. It is correctly said that Delhi is a land of 'Dilwalas' or for people with heart. This phrase acquires a true color when one goes around the lanes of Delhi. Delhi-- a window to the kaleidoscope that is India. From a string of historical monuments to modern commercial centers, Delhi has evolved into an exceptional and dynamic destination offering a wealth of shopping and sightseeing activities. Tourism in Delhi has undergone a sea change in recent times as the city is in the process of a steady makeover. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 02: Delhi sightseeing
Morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi
having a panoramic view of Red Fort and then visit Jama Masjid which is considered the biggest in India, Chandni Chowk - a typical Bazaar with narrow lanes and traditional traders Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi visiting - the Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Parliament House, and government buildings. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 03: Delhi - Jodhpur by flight
This morning transfer to the Delhi airport to board the flight for Jodhpur.
Jodhpur sits in the middle of a stark desert, the blue painted houses standing out against the landscape, light blue in the sun turning to an almost electric blue in the shade. Here where the city has sprawled past the walls of the old town we have a couple of days to explore. The first place we'll be is in the Clock Tower market. Dominated by the tower it gets its name from, the market fills streets, allies, and intersections. Where one street may sell shimmering silver, turning left will leave you surrounded by clay figurines, chess sets, and pottery. In the ancient, colorful, dusty and busy streets, we don't have to buy anything, the market with its' winding maze-like streets is well worth our time.
Day 04: Jodhpur
Today full day city tour of Jodhpur visit Mehrangarh Fort, a mountain top fortress built with a commanding view of the surrounding lands and an eye on all approaches. Now it is a museum, no longer defending the rulers but now protecting their treasures. Many examples of gilded palanquins and howdahs meant for riding royals riding elephants. If you want more martial memories, the galleries also hold armor from every era of Jodhpur. Next to these rest ruby encrusted swords and silver inlayed guns. We will take a short drive away from the fort across the brown earth through dusty rocky hills to the white marble of Jaswant Thada, a tomb and monument to Maharaja Jaswant Singh. This building is built with sheets of marble thinly carved and designed to give a faint glow in the warm light of the sun. Leaving the marble behind we will move towards the vibrant green of the Mandore Garden. Here we can finish our day among the high rocky terraces and numerous temples. Enjoy the fresh plants sprouting next to the ruins of the old Mandore fort.
Day 05: Jodhpur - Udaipur via Ranakpur (250 km/ 4.5 hrs)
This morning drive to Udaipur en route visit to Ranakpur
Ranakpur Jain Temple, a massive white edifice carved with bold geometry of white marble. Among the trees here we have time to take in the statues, pillars, and temple. There are 144 pillars, each uniquely carved and difficult to count, similar to the statues, each facing its' neighbors depicting animals and gods. But we won't spend all day in the valley, and in the heat of the afternoon, we'll make it into Udaipur in time for a boat ride on Lake Pichola affording us a breathtaking view of the city palace, a promise of tomorrow's activities.
Day 06: Udaipur
Today full day city tour of Udaipur, visit City Palace of Udaipur. This massive white palace sits upon a hilltop taking a panoramic view of the city and many other sites. From the airy open halls to the smaller interior rooms the age and grandeur of the palace gleam off every surface. During the day the buildings shine a bright white, at night they are lit with a warm orange glow that ripples off of nearby Lack Pichola. This will be one of the mornings to remember. Next, we'll see the Jagdish Temple, an imposingly tall and intricately carved white monument. Inside there are many rooms as the structure rises above the surrounding buildings. Take your time going through the terraces and into the halls inside. After walking and sightseeing, it's time for some relaxing. And there's no better place for it than the Saheliyon Ki Bari, the garden of the maidens. Past the small museum is a patterned garden worthy of a queen - which it was built for. Amid elephant-shaped fountains and lazy green trees the waters of nearby lake Fateh Sagar race through ducts and fill the lotus pools. The time we spend here will be some of our last in Udaipur, and it will be our most relaxed among the beauty of the park.
Day 07: Udaipur - Deogarh (127 kms/3 hrs)
This morning drive to Deogarh. Upon arrival check in at the hotel.
After that jeep ride through rural villages, where we can see the ways of life some unchanged over thousands of years and many others keeping pace with modernity. When we reach rural Rumble we'll take some time to walk the village, see the brown houses, meet the colorfully dressed locals and take in a view of life often unseen. We'll head back by twilight to our hotel, once again making the step from one era into another.
Day 08: Deogarh - Jaipur (274 km/ 4.5 hrs)
Early morning drive to the pink city of the Jaipur. It's a long one so be ready to let the passing of the scenery flow through you. Once we're in Jaipur and checked in at the hotel we'll be going through the triple gates into the city palace. While some of this massive red complex is still the royal residence, don't worry we'll keep to the public parts. As luck has it one floor of the residence does double duty as a museum and here at the base of the seven-story palace, we can see artifacts of royalty as well as some of the brilliance and opulence of the design of this magnificent structure. But today isn't all about affairs of the earth, at the Jantar Mantar, we'll find a monument to astronomy. In the shadow of the world's largest sundial, we can explore the sky from the comfort of the red brick earth. Perhaps a trip down Jai Prakash Yantra, bowl-shaped sundials with marble slabs lining the depressions. These are designed to let an observer freely move to let their mind move to calculate altitudes, angles, and azimuths. Or walk the twelve massive dials of Rashi Valaya Yantra, here astronomers would measure ecliptic coordinates for planets and stars in the eternal dance of the heavens.
Day 09: Jaipur sightseeing
Morning visits the fabled Amber Palace. It is situated at the top of the hill overlooking the city. The Palace is laid out at different levels on the hillside and surrounded by a fortress. We also see the most beautiful and largest Sheesh-Mahal built inside. A ride on a decorated elephant to ascend the hill to the Palace is a thrilling experience for every visitor.
Afternoon Sightseeing Tour of Jaipur visiting the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory, and the impressive Palace of Winds with the intricate façade carved out of pink sandstone.
Day 10: Jaipur - Agra via Fatehpur Sikri (238 km/ 4.5 hrs)
Today drive to Agra en route visit to Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri, the village is known for Fatehabad, palace city of Mughal emperor Akbar. Here in the now familiar red sandstone buildings, we can find new styles. For the palace complex was planned on complex principles of Persian architecture. But even as construction began, styles and ideas from elsewhere moved into the sandstone changing the design into something holding elements from across Asia. The site is now preserved as a ghost town for there was not enough water for the complex to hold it's true potential. Today the complex has been preserved by disuse and we are the richer for it. Much more lively however is the bustling city of Abhaneri and within the stepwell. A stepwell is like a pyramid in reverse, a well dug deep with room to flood and reserves left over. Here the stepwell is over thirty meters deep with 3,500 steps making a dizzying stairway down. If the heat of the day is getting to you, a short walk will take you to the lowest level where the temperature is several degrees lower than the surface, where the locals gather during heatwaves.
Continue to drive to Agra, upon arrival at Agra check in the hotel.
Day 11: Agra - Delhi (231 km/ 4hrs)
Early morning during the sunrise visits the Taj Mahal. As the sun climbs into the sky, we will see the white marble absorb and glow with the colors of dawn. The pinks, oranges and finally golden yellows of the sun will roll over the tomb, washing its' surface clean of darkness as a blue sky opens behind. We can see it twice as reflected in the Yamuna river.
After the visit to Taj Mahal return back to the hotel and take breakfast. Later, visit Agra Fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful structures.
Late afternoon drive to Delhi, upon arrival in Delhi transfer to the hotel.
Day 12: Delhi Departure
This morning transfer to the Delhi international airport to board your flight back home.