Rajasthan Unveiled !!

So far I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the
most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked – Mark Twain, from following the Equator

Romance of Rajasthan!!

So far I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked – Mark Twain, from following the Equator

Day 01: Arrival / Delhi

Welcome to India, or as we say ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ (The guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!! 

Late night arrival, meeting and assistance upon arrival as our representatives welcome you and escort you to your car. Whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you.

Overnight at Claridges, Delhi (Claridges Cabana Room)(No Meals)

Day 02: Delhi (Akshardham Temple is closed on Monday)

After a leisurely morning, we will proceed for a rickshaw tour in Old Delhi – one of the best examples in the world where you can witness the cultural mixtures of “old and new”. Uncover the sights, scents, and the flavors of “Purani Dilli” (Old Delhi) while you are sitting comfortably and safely in your cycle rickshaw. Our major highlights would include a visit to the Jama Masjid, Fatehpuri Masjid, Chandni Chowk market (literally meaning the moonlit square), Darba Kalan (a 17th century jewel street), Kinari bazaar (a market, especially for wedding & traditional outfits), Kari Baoli (Asia’s largest spice market), as well as the narrow alleys of Ballimaran (well-known for the renowned poet Mirza Galib’s house). Moreover, the people and the streets here have many stories to tell you about the yesteryears of Delhi!! Yes, Please, this magical ride will give you a perfect opportunity to discover a different Delhi; all Natural and all earthy from the safety of your rickshaw. Afternoon, we will visit the Akshardham Temple. It is situated along the bank of the Yamuna River, adjacent to New Delhi. It is a large complex of temples made of pink sandstone and white marble.

Temple was built by the Swaminarayan sect as a spiritual center of prayer and learning and as a resource center for the study of Indian Culture. Spread over 30 acres of the Eastern Bank of the Yamuna, the Akshardham Temple is a synthesis of Indian architectural styles. The design of the Akshardham Temple is inspired by temples from different parts of India. The sources include the temples of Badrinath in North India, Somnath in West India and Konark in East India. With a complex of temples and shrines set amidst sprawling lawns, prayer halls and spaces for meditation and communal gatherings, the Akshardham Temple is a new landmark in the National Capital Region. The Akshardham Temple is a religious and cultural highlight of Delhi.

Overnight at Claridges, Delhi (Claridges Cabana Room)(B)

Day 03: Delhi

Morning, we will proceed on a unique slum tour. In the slums of Sanjay Colony, the sky is only as wide as the lane below. Stacks of matchbox houses rise three or four stories, a few feet apart from each other. This appears like jagged strips similar to machines at the garment factories where many residents of this slum work. In our special tour, the focus is not on the poverty – the idea is to engage with the local community and see their way of living. Through this tour, visitors also witness a wide range of activities like: embroidery, bakery, clothes recycling as well as manufacturing, and many more. These items are created in innovative ways and in very small spaces!! One could learn a lot from the people in the slums. There is a sense of community that exists in the area. A lot of people have come here from different parts of the country to live in this tiny neighborhood of Delhi, and this diversity is apparent in the temples and mosques that stand side by side. At the end of this inspiring session, the tour would give you a delicate insight into human relationships, and, the indomitable human spirit that seeks to survive as well as thrive against the harshest challenges posed by destiny. Next, we will embark on a city tour of New Delhi. Our tour includes a visit to the QutabMinar – 72 meters high and one of the most perfect towers in the Persian world. The Iron Pillar which has survived the vagaries of weather for over 1500 years. Then, we will continue our expedition with a drive to the Lutyens Delhi which is considered to be the corridors of power and serenity. Our tour includes a drive pass through the Rashtrapati Bhawan, this vast, intricate work of mixed Mughal and Western architecture is one of the largest presidential residences in the world we will also visit the Parliament House as well as witness the majestic India Gate – a powerful tribute to our brave soldiers.

Following our drive pass to the Lutyens Delhi area, we will now visit the Humayun’s Tomb (1586), built by the Emperor’s widow Hamida Banu Begam, also known as Haji Begam, and commenced the construction of his tomb in 1569, fourteen years after his death. It is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style, which was inspired by Persian architecture. We will also visit Gurdwara Shri Bangla Sahib, one of the most important historical and sacred pilgrimage destinations of the Sikh community in India and the most sacred among the destinations in Delhi. It was actually a Haveli or Bangla where Guru Hari Krishan Sahib Ji, the eighth Sikh Guru of the Sikhs, stayed during his tour to Delhi in 1664. The Guru was entertained as a royal guest by Mirza Raja Jai Singh in this bangla. Later this bangla became the memoir of the Guru and was later converted to gurudwara. It is estimated that more than 10,000 visitors visit this Gurudwara every day. Later, we will visit Bahai Temple. The Bahai House of Worship at NewDelhi is one of the marvels of modern architecture. The temple gives the impression of a half – open lotus flower afloat, surrounded by its leaves. The shining pure white marble, the majestic dome, the petals clearly standing out create a sense of grandeur and awe. All around the lotus are walkways with beautiful curved balustrades, bridges and stairs that surround the nine pools representing the floating leaves of the lotus. It is a remarkable tabernacle of peace and beauty and an engineering feat that will set standards for centuries. Capturing the imagination with its simplicity and elegance this monument in marble is dedicated to the purpose of prayer, meditation and spiritual upliftment. From within its hallowed precincts rise in praise and glorification of the Almighty voices in unison, of Hindus and Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists and Zoroastrians people of all castes, colours and cultures. There is no clergy in the temple, no idols, no pictures, no sermons, and no rituals. It is a place for communication between man and his Creator, God. The daily public services include selections from the holy books of all religions. 

Overnight at Claridges, Delhi (Claridges Cabana Room) (B)

Day 04: Delhi / Bikaner (9I 833 - 0940 / 1110 Hrs)

Morning, we will transfer to the airport to board the flight to Bikaner. Meeting and assistance upon arrival, as our representative will welcome you and transfer to hotel, Narender Bhawan. (Though check in time is 2pm, every effort would be made to ensure an as early as possible check in – subject to availability) After rest and relaxation, make an excursion to The Deshnoke Temple which is dedicated to the miracle- working Karni Mata, considered an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple derives its name from the legion of rats which have territorial rights here. The entrance is through a beautifully carved marble arch which leads to a black and white marble courtyard, topped by wire mesh to protect the rats from eagles, crows, hawks and other predators. Visitors are cautioned not to injure these sacred rats. Whoever does so, however innocently, must presenta gold or silver replica to the temple, or suffer misfortune. These harmless creatures scurry around or surround the huge metal bowls full of sweetmeats, milk and grain donated by devotees.

Overnight at Narender Bhawan, Bikaner (Prince Room – Upgraded) (B)

Day 05: Bikaner

After breakfast, we will proceed on a guided tour of the city. Bikaner was founded in 1486 A.D by the Rathore prince, Rao Bikaji, hence the name Bikaner. Bikaner has many magnificent buildings made of Reddish Pink sandstone that transcends the surrounding barren wilderness. Unlike other cities of Rajasthan, Bikaner has been able to preserve its traditional aura of the medieval era. We visit the Junagadh Fort. One of the most imposing forts of northern India– Junagarh Fort– has remained unconquered till date. This fort was built in 15th century by one of the most able and trusted generals of Akbar. Then, we will proceed on afternoon tour of the Rampuria Haveli – “the pride of Bikaner”. The 15th century Rampuria Haveli is rightly described so because of its antiquity, grandeur and exquisiteness. The affluent and lavish inner halls and rooms are decorated and beautified with aesthetic art first- class landscapes and portraits and artefacts made from fine wood which is few of the major and notable  attractions of the Rampuria Haveli. The seamless fusion of not only the Mughal and Victorian architecture but also of the Rajputana architecture in the drawing room of the Rampuria Haveli is truly inspiring and magnificent. Our tour would also include a visit to the Jain temple of Bhandasar. This is one of the oldest temples in Bikaner, and was built in the 15th century. It is decorated with mirror work, frescoes and leaf paintings. The temple is built of red sandstone and is divided into three floors. One can see the skyline of Bikaner by climbing to the topmost floor of this temple. 

Overnight at Narender Bhawan, Bikaner (Prince Room – Upgraded) (B)

Day 06: Bikaner / Jaisalmer (330 Kms) (06 Hrs Drive)

After breakfast, we will drive to Jaisalmer .Upon arrival we will check in to hotel, Suryagarh. After rest and relaxation, we will now make our way to the beautiful BadaBagh, literally meaning big garden, features a series of royal cenotaphs or chhatris of Jaisalmer. The first cenotaph in the region was built for Jai Singh II by his son, Lunkaran, in the 16th century. Jai Singh II was known for his contribution to making the city green. And to honour him, his son set up a memorial in the form of cenotaph near the dam and created a big park around it. All the cenotaphs here have a beautifully carved ceiling and elegant equestrian statues of rulers. The location of the garden is such that it offers incredible sunset vistas to travellers. Evening, we would visit Vyas Chhatri. This is a collection of tufts of golden sandstone that stand as an incredible example of Rajasthani architecture. It was built to honor the sage Vyasa, who wrote the 300,000 verses of the sacred Hindu book of Mahabharata. Its cenotaph (built for the dead) is located in the north of the structure. It is popularly known as the sunset point of the city, as it offers a panoramic view of Jaisalmer. 

Overnight at Suryagarh, Jaisalmer (Fort Room) (B)

Day 07: Jaisalmer / Sam / Jaisalmer

After breakfast, we visit the residential portions of the  Jaisalmer Fort, where one third of the population of the old City still lives. The designs of the houses here remain as they used to a couple of centuries behind time, and so do the lifestyles of the people inhabit them. This is so as most of the families continue to work for generations for the ruler (though only titular now). Hence, there is a sense of continuity. The houses are arranged in narrow lanes and have small windows from where the shy child or the girl peeps through. This city is believed to be the home of the most handsome men and the most gorgeous women in Rajasthan. We would also walk through the narrow cobbled lanes of the golden sandstone city to witness the magnificent medieval Indian Havelis (mansions) of medieval Indian merchants. These elegant buildings, which are very well preserved, tell an apt story of how medieval Indian society existed. Next, we will visit Gadisar Lake, Just a kilometre away from the Jaisalmer fort. This majestic palace was constructed by the first ruler of Jaisalmer, Raja Rawal Jaisal and later reconstructed by Maharawal Garsi in the year 1367 AD. There is something imaginative about this place – the carved entrance made of yellow sandstone will help you to discover a world which is of a different calibre and creativity. Later, we will visit, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Patwonki Haveli, and Nathmalki Haveli Salim Singh ki Haveli : Constructed on the remains of an older haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli in Jaiselmer is yet another unique work of architecture, built in the late 17th century.

Patwon ki Haveli : The grandeur and the architecture of  Patwon Ki Haveli adds immense value to the cultural heritage of the city. Nathmal ki Haveli: The architects of this haveli were two brothers Hathi and Lulu who started building different facets of haveli simultaneously with their immense talent and skill. However, in those days there was no modern equipment, which could keep a track on continuity and thus when this building finally built it had an irregular shape. Evening, we will drive to Sam, a desert outpost. En route we visit a few typical dessert villages, which have a sprinkling of huts. The rough terrain here does not support cultivation; hence the entire village works as casual labourers in road works or community projects. Inspite of their poverty and hard life the people are very friendly and seem to be aware that they are proud owners of very expressive and beautiful faces. We move on to Sam where we explore the dessert on camel back. Following the visit, we will return back to hotel.

Overnight at Suryagarh, Jaisalmer (Fort Room) (B)

Day 08: Jaisalmer / Pokharan / Jodhpur (282 Kms) (06 Hrs Drive)

After breakfast, we will drive to Jodhpur en route visiting Pokhran. will stop at Pokhran. It offers a unique opportunity to explore its historical significance as the site of India’s nuclear tests. You can visit the Pokhran Test Range Museum to learn about the country’s nuclear achievements. The town also offers a glimpse into the vibrant Rajasthani culture with its colorful markets, traditional cuisine, and desert landscapes, making it a fascinating destination for those interested in both history and culture. Following the visit, we will continue our drive to Jodhpur. Upon arrival in Jodhpur, we will check into hotel Ajit Bhawan – The Heritage Palace. Evening we will proceed to visit Spice Paradise, a unique Spice store for a cooking class and a view of sample pure Indian spices. As the name suggests, Spice Paradise is the perfect location to find natural and pure spices in India. It is a little shop where you can buy spices and also learn to prepare a wide spectrum of Indian delicacies, including Pakora (fried Indian snack), Curry with mouthwatering spices, Dal (pulses), Raita (curd), chutney (sweet dish) etc. On this special tour you will be taken to a local vegetable market where you will make your way through narrow lanes to buy vegetables. Learn the art of bargaining and assembling the ingredients as locals do. As you return from your market excursion, ready yourself for some real hands-on cooking experience with tons of useful tips and a close supervision of your host. This engrossing and enriching session will certainly end up with great food, a cookbook of all the recipes and above all a fabulous experience. At the end of your cooking class, you would also discover the nuances of traditional Rajasthani recipes including gutta curry, dal baatichurma, and, Ker Sangria among others. Other than the spices, the highlight of your experience would be your caring and gracious hosts who would charm their way to your heart through your stomach.

Overnight at Ajit Bhawan, Jaisalmer (Deluxe Room) (B)

Day 09: Jodhpur

After breakfast, we will drive to Jodhpur. Upon arrival in Jodhpur, check in to your hotel, Ratan Vilas. After rest and relaxation, we will proceed on a guided tour of Jodhpur. Our tour includes the massive fort. In olden days this must have been impregnable since its rocky base is scraped straight down making it nearly impossible to ascend. Once inside, royal palaces abound with fascinating history and priceless jewels, on to the armoury and Jaswant Tara – the Royal Crematorium. We will also visit the public areas of Umaid Bhawan Palace Evening, join us as we step into the blue city of Jodhpur – known for its opulent palaces and regal aura. Scratch the surface and you will be delighted with the eclectic people, living traditions and colorful culture of the city. This heritage walk not only gives you great sights, but also a true insight into the makings and beliefs of this great city of wonder. Take an enchanting walk through the narrow hidden alleys dotted with indigo colored houses, bustling bazaars and quaint boulevards. Mingle with the locals who further reveal the secrets of the blue city. Interact with the ingenious artisans to understand their craft, visit the historic Krishna temple, and meet the priest as well as his family. Also, discover the ancient step-wells (that plays a vital role in the religious and social life of the residents), sample out some mouth-watering sweets of Jodhpur (like GulabJamun, Mave Ki Kachorietc), and, visit the free community Kitchen, to feel the buzz of the city. The tour will be engagingly guided by specially trained “City Explorers” whose excellent local knowledge and passion is infectious. In addition to that, be prepared to be regaled with local tidbits over tea, by the residents of a more than a century-old house embellished with mirror work and fresco paintings. 

Overnight at Ajit Bhawan, Jaisalmer (Deluxe Room) (B)

Day 10: Jodhpur / Ranakpur / Udaipur (250 Kms) (05 Hrs Drive)

After breakfast, we will drive to Udaipur enroute we will visit Ranakpur. Upon arrival in Ranakpur, we enjoy excursion to Ranakpur Temple the exquisite Jain Temple. Built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch RanaKumbha in the 15th century The basement is of 48,000 sq. feet area that covers the whole complex. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved with no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kg whose sound echoes in the entire complex. The main temple is of Chaumukh or four-face temple dedicated to Adinath. From here, we will continue our drive to Udaipur. Upon arrival in Udaipur, we will check in to hotel, Fateh Garh. Evening, we have an opportunity to witness both in a traditional setting as we reach Bagore ki Haveli, an ancient mansion built in traditional and splendid architectural style boasting of delicate carved work. The interiors of the Haveli (traditional mansion) are embellished with intricate and fine mirror work. We will also have an opportunity to stroll and explore the period feel of the various rooms in this charming building. In the evening, the Haveli lightens and is beautifully lit up as it converts into an ethnic stage for an enjoyable performance of traditional dance and music of Rajasthan. The Haveli appears as a shining jewel when bathed under the glowing lights at night. The pleasurable performance of Rajasthani traditional dance and music in the moody surroundings of the Haveli that offer enjoyable viewing of the tranquil Lake Pichola is a very romantic as well as a soothing experience.

Overnight at Fateh Garh, Udaipur (Renaissance Room) (B)

Day 11: Udaipur

This morning, we will embark on the Heritage Walk, indeed the most romantic town of Rajasthan. We will enjoy the exclusive guided Walking Tour of ‘The Real Udaipur’ — know about the people of Udaipur, their living traditions, appealing localities and vibrant bazaars. We will walk through Udaipur’s most beautiful streets and sites, navigate hidden lanes, meet interesting residents and artisans, also witness pottery and bamboo craft. The tour is led by our expert “City Explorers” whose excellent local knowledge and passion will help us discover Udaipur. Main Features –
> We will make an excursion to the famous Ghats and historic temples on the banks of Lake Pichola.
> We visit an ancient step well which were once used for Drinking water.
> We meet a local family for a cup of tea in their 150 years old residence decorated with fascinating fresco paintings and mirror work.
> We will make a walk through sunarwada, meet silver and goldsmiths at work, we will also observe the traditional way of making clay potteries and water pitchers. 

Following the heritage walk, we will proceed on a tour of this “Lake City”;. Udaipur is a cool oasis in the dry heart of Rajasthan. It is probably the most romantic city in a state where every city has some romantic or exotic tale to tell. The huge city palace towering over the Lake Pichola is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Though it is a conglomeration of buildings built by successive rulers, it manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design and affords very fine view of the lake and the city from the upper terraces. The Jagadish temple next to the city palace enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu and his vehicle- a mighty bird called garuda – in a brass image. The temple is a very fine example of Indo-Aryan Art. Then, move out to visit Saheliyon -ki-bari (the garden of maids of honour with numerous fountains which shows the unique life style of the royal ladies who once strolled here. Afternoon, we enjoy a boat cruise on the serene and beautiful Lake Pichola. The island palace on the Lake called Jagmandir Palace is quite fascinating. The Palace provided inspirations and ideas to the builder of the Taj Mahal. The banks of the lake provide interesting glimpses of the daily bathing and the laundry that takes place here. Looking across the lake, with the city and its great palace rising up behind the island palace, is a scene of rare beauty. This evening, we would enjoy a unique Rajasthani Thali Dinner. This would be a vegetarian meal and would bring to you a variety of traditional Rajasthani food preparations served in a plate accompanied by several bowls where the curries, accompaniments and desserts would be kept. 

Overnight at Fateh Garh, Udaipur (Renaissance Room) (B & D)

Day 12: Udaipur / Jaipur (Vande Bharat Exp - 0750 / 1405 Hrs)

Morning, we will transfer to the train station to board the train to Jaipur. Meeting and assistance upon arrival, as our representative will welcome you and transfer to hotel, ITC Rajputana. This evening, we will experience a unique walking tour of Jaipur, where we wander through the winding narrow lanes bustling with activity. The walk would enable to us an opportunity to interact with local residence, skilled craftsmen and traditional traders. The idea is not only to bring to the visitor the history and tradition of the place, but, to also bring to you face to face with the people who have made it possible for this heritage to generate and sustain for centuries. The rulers of Jaipur were great patrons of crafts. It is for this reason that the city is considered the craft capital of India, where traditional crafts are still produced using techniques passed on through generations. Our walk also brings to us the opportunity to witness and sample (if willing) some of the most favorite street foods prepared and sold by vendors who have had this business for years. Some favorites would be – samosas, tikkis, chaat etc. Our walk also winds through the local artisan’s compounds and workshops. Jewelers and silver smiths, gold painters and the tie and dye artists. Then, the unique art of enameling on metal (Meenakari) and traditional methods of gem setting (Kundan) offer unique insights into the crafts of the region. A special mention must be made of our walk along the bustling (Hanuman Ka Rasta) lane. This is a craft lover’s delight, where from wedding card manufactures to book binding and printing to gold and silver casters and gem stone traders are all to be found offering a delightful reminder of crafts of the by gone era. We would also visit a president’s award winning Meenakari craftsmen’s workshop, and, observe the brisk business undertaken by the gem stone traders on Gopalji Ka Rasta. A walk through ‘Ghee Walon Ka Rasta’ offers opportunities to find some of the traditional food in town. As our walk reaches Johari bazaar, you would notice money changes excitedly take stock of their collections of old coin – some of these coins could date back to more than 200 yrs. The last stop of our walk would see us mingle with perfumes and flower sellers. Thank you for walking with us on the trail of time where history, traditions, crafts and above all traditional hospitality came to life. 

Overnight at ITC Rajputana, Jaipur (Executive Club Room) (B)

Day 13: Jaipur

Morning, we will visit to Galta temple, known by locals and rickshaw-wallahs simply as Monkey Temple, GalwarBagh is a popular pilgrimage site and temple complex on the outskirts of town. The temple itself is called GultaJiMandir; it’s a 30-minute walk from the ceremonial gate called Gulta Pol, located at the far eastern edge of the city, off Ajmer Road—about five minutes from the Muslim quarter. The walk leads you over a small mountain pass and past, inevitably, at least a few Hindu sadhus (holy men) and small temples. Jaipuri Hindus believe that at the site of the GultaJiMandir, a local saint named Gala Rishi—nicknamed GultaJi—brought forth a spring of holy water from the Ganges and filled a tank (water reservoir 18 feet deep. The waters here are said to be spiritually connected to the Ganges—if you bathe here, you get the same benefits as a pilgrimage to the Ganges. The temple, which venerates Lord Brahma, Creator of the Universe, is in violation of a curse by Brahma’s wife Savatri; she confined his temples to Pushkar. Then, we will visit the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was built in 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down unseen by the world through its 593 stone screens. Next, we visit Amber Fort, the former capital of the royal Jaipurs. Few fail to be moved by the dramatic Rajput grandeur of this hilltop fortress-palace 11 km north of Jaipur. Set on the dry wrinkled Aravali Hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements, the palace straddles two sepia-hued tundra hills overlooking Maota Lake, and its sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding hills. Then, we will ride up to this hilltop palace on a Jeep. Our guide will elaborate on the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight today’s visitors as they did their former royal residents.

Then, we visit the Panna Meena ka Kund. This beautiful place was constructed during sixteenth century. The place was mainly utilized as a place of social meetings. People from nearby places come here for getting water, swimming or just to hang out with their loved ones. During ancient times, this place was utilized mainly as water protects pool. This beautiful Kund has a unique architecture and styling. This Kund was designed by a Brahmin and constructed by craftsmen and engineers. We would also stop at Jal Mahal palace for photos. (From Outside Only) In the afternoon, we proceed on a tour Of the City Palace & Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The palace lies in the heart of the city and occupies the whole central grid. The fortified wall has seven gates and was built for protection from invading armies and animals that lived in jungles, which surrounded the wall that time. Next, we visit the Solar Observatory – an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that give accurate predictions till date. At sunset, we visit the Nahagarh Fort. Nahagarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking the pink city of Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The view of the city from the fort is breath taking. Along with Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort it formed a strong defense ring for the city. During the Sepoy revolt of 1857 Nahagarh served as a refuge for Europeans fleeing from the havoc created by mutineers in neighboring states. 

Overnight at ITC Rajputana, Jaipur (Executive Club Room) (B)

Day 14: Jaipur / Abhaneri / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (243 Kms) (06 Hrs Drive)

After breakfast, we will drive to Agra en route Abhaneri and Fatehpur Sikri. First, we will visit Abhaneri, is a small town village, situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur. The place is popular for the amazing ‘Baoris’ (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. Step wells are the unique concept of India. These big tanks were used as cool places of resort and water reservoir in parched days. It was a ritual to wash hands and feet before visiting the temple. Adjoining the Chand Baori, there is a temple, dedicated to Harshat Mata. This temple serves as the other tourist attraction of Abhaneri. Raised during the 10th century, the wrecks of the temple still boast of the architectural and sculptural styles of ancient India Then, we will also stop at the deserted capital city of Fatehpur Sikri. This abandoned capital of the Mughals is a perfectly preserved city at the height of the empire’s splendor. The city divided into religious and secular parts has interesting well-sculpted buildings. Following the visits, we will continue our drive to Agra. Upon arrival, check into ITC Mughal.

Overnight at ITC Mughal, Agra (Mughal Room) (B)

Day 15: Agra

Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed monument in the world. However, there is a degree of enigma about the Taj. Once you hear about a building so much and once you see so many pictures of a building your expectations are real high; and this is the enigma about the Taj Mahal. No matter how many pictures you have seen or no matter how high your expectations are the Taj never lets you down – the unparalleled glory and beauty of the building surpasses beyond all human imaginations. At sunrise we visit one of the greatest sights of one’s lifetime – Taj Mahal. A dawn visit to the fabled Taj Mahal to witness the magical effects caused by the reflections of the changing colours of the rising Sun on this brilliant white marble building. Following, we return to our hotel for breakfast After breakfast, we ride to the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. Built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of the courtyards, mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire. This evening we experience a 2 to 3 hour heritage walking tour of Agra. This is one of the very interesting tours on foot and bicycle rickshaw through the small lanes of Agra City. The walk lets you see (and experience) the stark side of Agra where traditions and heritage are retained over centuries. We walk through a living museum. With well informed guides, and well planned routes – the tour takes you through everyday life of Agra and gives you a visual treat into the long and rich history of the city – from Mughal times to the Marathas, the British and the rapidly changing city it is today. Each era left their impact that is noticed and explained by your guide.

You will also walk through crowded but organized chaos. The idea is to go native! The tour commences at the massive Agra fort and after traversing through the back streets, mosques, temples, historical bridges, a popular park, a rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of the old city, etc. The tour also scratches the surface to understand and witness the beliefs of the people over time. The walk takes us through traditional parts of the old city steeped in heritage – old popular temples, bazaars, areas of traditional medicine, spice shop, traditional buildings with typical architecture,  itar or natural oil based perfume sellers and makers.  The tour culminates in the vicinity of MehtabBagh where we have our rendezvous with the TajMahal. We shall witness this eternal monument dedicated to love from across the river bank. The symmetry of architecture makes the TajMahal look equally breathtaking from all four sides. Thank you for walking with us and experiencing the heritage of Agra! The parting treasure box gift containing typical spices, perfumes and a recipe book, would be a sweet reminder of our experience. 

Overnight at ITC Mughal, Agra (Mughal Room) (B)

Day 16: Agra / Delhi (204 Kms) (04 Hrs Drive)

After breakfast, we will drive to Delhi. Upon arrival, we will check in to hotel, Pullman. Evening, we will visit and Indian family for Dinner. The evening is designed to give a “feel”  and insight into Indian family life, as well as experience typical Indian hospitality and homemade Indian food.

Overnight at Pullman, Delhi (Deluxe Room) (B & D)

Day 17: Delhi / Departure

(Though the checkout time is 12 noon, every effort would be made to retain rooms till as late as possible without additional charges – subject to availability) 

In time, transfer to the international airport to board the onward flight.



We do hope the flavor of India will remain on your taste buds for all times to come and

hopefully would kindle an indelible fondness for the country and her people; Thank you for being our guest, and as we say in India ‘Please come back soon”

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!!


> Accommodation based on Twin Sharing Basis
> Meals as per the itinerary only (B – Breakfast, D – Dinner)
> Heritage Rickshaw Tour in Old Delhi
> Slum Tour in Delhi
> Excursion to Sam dunes with camel ride in Jaisalmer
> Spice Paradise Cooking Class in Jodhpur
> Blue City Tour in Jodhpur
> Ranakpur tour with an audio guide
> Live Entertainment in Traditional Setting in Udaipur at Bagore
> Heritage Walk in Udaipur
> Boat ride in Udaipur (Seat in Launch)
> Rajasthani Thali Dinner in Udaipur
> Unique Walking tour of Jaipur – Virasat Walk

> Jeep ride at Amber fort in Jaipur
 Heritage Walk in Agra
> Visit and Dinner with an Indian Family in Delhi
> All journeys as per itinerary in a fine air-conditioned Toyota Crysta
> Train journey as per the itinerary
> Delhi / Bikaner airfare as per the itinerary based on current schedule (subject to
change and 100% cancellation charge) (Based on current availability and schedule)
> Local English-speaking guides
> Entrance fees as per the itinerary
> GST Levy, Toll, and Parking
> All driver expenses
> Bottled drinking water for road journeys
> Camera & video fee to monuments
> Meals other than mention above
> Expenses of personal nature such as laundry, drinks, tips, telephone calls etc
> Credit Card Transaction Fees

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