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10 Day Rajasthan Tour from Mumbai (RJ-39)

| Tour Code: RJ-39 | 9 Nights

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DESTINATIONS: Mumbai → Udaipur → Jodhpur → Jaipur → Agra → Delhi

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES ON THIS TOUR:
♦ Enjoy a motor launch ride to Elephanta Island in Mumbai
♦ Visit to the Maharana’s City Palace in Udaipur
♦ Boat cruise on picturesque Lake Pichola in Udaipur
♦ Visit to the majestic fort of Jaipur & Jodhpur
♦ Enjoy an Elephant ride at the Amber Fort in Jaipur
♦ View the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset to see change in color of the marble
♦ Horse drawn carriage ride to the Taj Mahal in Agra
♦ Traditional cycle rickshaw ride in the back streets and bazaars of old Delhi
♦ Visit India’s most significant UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus; Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur; Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri in Agra; Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort Complex & Qutab Minar in Delhi and .... many other interesting sights listed in the detailed itinerary.


Day 1 - Mumbai

Arrive Mumbai in the evening or night, depending on flight schedules. You're greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel.


Day 2 - Mumbai

You’re at leisure in the early morning to recuperate from your international flight.

Late Morning: Start your exploration of India with half day guided tour of Mumbai. Visit Gateway of India, Mumbai's principle landmark. This arch of yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King George V's visit to this colony in 1911. Drive past the Afghan Church. Secretariat of Maharashtra Government and along the Marine Drive which is fondly known as the 'Queen's Necklace'. Visit Jain temple and Hanging Gardens which offer a splendid view of the city, Chowpatty, Kamala Nehru Park and also Mani Bhavan where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai. Drive past Haji Ali Mosque, a shrine in honour of a Muslim Saint on an island 500 m. out at sea and is linked by a causeway to the mainland. Stop at the 'Dhobi Ghat' where Mumbai's 'dirties' are scrubbed, bashed, dyed and hung out to dry. Watch the local train passing close by on which the city commuters 'hang out like laundry' - a nice photography stop. Continue to the colourful Crawford market and to the Flora fountain in the large bustling square, in the heart of the city.


Day 3 - Mumbai / Udaipur

Morning: Take a motor ferry from the Gateway of India for an introduction to the Indo Saracenic architectural styles that influenced many of India's monuments. From here we board a ferry for an hour journey across Mumbai harbor to the cave temples on Elephanta Island. Excavated during the 9th century, the caves are dedicated to the trinity of Indian deities Bhrama, Vishnu and Shiva. Some of the sculptures were destroyed when the island was used as bivouac for the Portuguese who used the images for target practice.

Afternoon: You’re transferred to the Mumbai airport to board your flight.


Arrive Udaipur in the evening. You're greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel.


Day 4 - Udaipur

Morning: Explore the romantic city of Lakes - Udaipur, with the palaces built around Lake Pichola and the Aravalli Hills forming the backdrop. Visit the City Palace, the former home of the Maharanas of Udaipur. A majestic architectural marvel, within the four walls are mosaics of peacocks, exquisite mirror work and exotic paintings. It is a conglomeration of coutyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. After touring the City Palace, you will visit the Sahelion Ki Bari - the Gardens of the Maids of the queen. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants.

Later enjoy a relaxing cultural tour of the historic city of Udaipur in a boat on Lake Pichola. Your boat takes you past hills, palaces, temples and bathing ghats surrounding this famous lake. The two island palaces, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir, are situated on it.


Day 5 - Udaipur / Jodhpur

Check out from your hotel after breakfast and drive to Jodhpur, enroute stop at Ranakpur.

Ranakpur is one of five important pilgrim centers for the Jain community. Noted for its grandiose scale and elaborate ornamentation, of the three temples, the Adinatha is the most outstanding. Built by Daranshah in 1439, the temple is dedicated to the first Tirthankara of saint. The whole, including the extraordinary array of 1144 pillars each distinct in design, carved ceilings, and arches decorated with friezes depicting scenes from the lives of the Jain saints, is fascinating.

NOTE: No tourist guide services is allowed inside temple. If required, you can hire Audio-guide from the Temple authorities..


Arrive Jodhpur in the evening and check in to your hotel.


Day 6 - Jodhpur / Jaipur

Morning: Visit the aptly named majestic Meherangarh Fort, which dominates the skyline. Entered through gates, which bear the evocative handprints of the "Sati" queens women of the royal harem, who took their own lives when their men were defeated in battle. The fort has a series of spectacular palaces, each decorated with exquisite engravings, lattice and mirror work. Of particular note is the museum that exhibits a magnificent collection of royal memorabilia; we stop to admire the graceful cenotaph at Jaswant Thada, and browse in the bazaars of the old city for Jodhpur's well known glass bangles, rugged "mojri" slippers and vivid tie and dye fabric. The area around the bazaars is a wonderful example of 19th century town planning, blending Rajasthani concepts with more contemporary styles.

Check out from your hotel by noon. After early lunch, proceed on the drive to Jaipur.


Arrive Jaipur in the evening and check in to your hotel.


Day 7 - Jaipur

Morning: A visit to the Amber Fort. It's forbidding exterior belying a bejewelled interior whose richness reflects the sumptuous styles of the surrounding Mughal courts. An Elephant ride takes you up to the fort and Jeep/Car brings you down the fort (Both ways Jeep/Car ride option available).

From here visit the City Palace, a series of open courtyards, simple stables and buildings leading to the richly decorated royal rooms. The museum within the palace house a fabulous collection of textiles, carpets, manuscripts and costumes from the personal collection of the royal family; Hawa Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace of Winds’ and the fascinating Jantar Mantar Observatory is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century.


Day 8 - Jaipur / Agra

Morning: Check out from your hotel after early breakfast and proceed on the drive to Agra.

On the way, stop at Fathepur Sikri, the deserted city. This one of the world's most perfect ghost cities and a marvel of design and construction. It was conceived and bult by Emperor Akbar, one of the most enlightened rulers of his time. Built in 1571, it is a synthesis of the flourishing styles of the Persian courts and the prevailing Hindu Islamic trends. Today its pristine red sandstone buildings are as perfect as when they were first chiseled. The masterpiece of this remarkable monument is the Jewel House of the Diwan I Khas. Architecturally extraordinary, the four doorways lead into a single storey room where a huge central pillar carved to baroque richness, supports a seat reached by mid air walkways. After the tour, continue your journey to Agra.


Arrive Agra in the afternoon and check in to your hotel.

Afternoon: Visit the fabled Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Taj Mahal was built in the year 1652 AD by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22,000 skilled artisans 22 years to create this spectacular white marble mausoleum. You will stay at Taj Mahal until sunset to see the white marble reflect the nuances of the changing light from the sun.


Day 9 - Agra / Delhi

Early Morning: You're at leisure at your hotel with option (no extra charge) to visit the Mughal garden of Mehtab Bagh, which is located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River. Enjoy a walk and view the Taj Mahal from across the river. Return to your hotel to freshen up & relax.

After breakfast, visit the Agra Fort, it’s first red sandstone fort of North India was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year 1565. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur and talent for combining defensive architecture with beauty and design of the Mughal Empire.

Check-out from your hotel by noon. After early lunch, proceed on the drive to Delhi.


Arrive Delhi in the evening and check in to your hotel.


Day 10 - Delhi

Morning: Check out from your hotel and start your tour of Delhi with a visit to the Old walled city. Drive pass the 17th century imposing Red Fort (Closed on Mondays), take a traditional cycle rickshaw ride in the back streets & bazaars of Chandni Chowk (Closed on Sundays) selling an extraordinary variety of items like., dress material, spices, jewellery & perfumes and mouth-watering food delicacies. From here you visit the India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. In complete contrast to the noise and crowds of Old Delhi, is Raj Ghat, a simple and stunning memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Afternoon: Explore New Delhi, which is a blend of ancient & pre-independence India. Visit the 12th century Qutub Minar; the exquisite Humayun’s Tomb, built in 1570 is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Sightseeing will also include drive past the Lodhi Garden, Safdarjung's tomb, the elegant government buildings designed in blend of Indian and European styles - the India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Presidential Palace.

Your vehicle and driver are at your disposal until your departure transfer to the airport. You can visit Dilli Haat, a contemporary art and crafts market that offers a wonderful collection of Indian handicrafts. Later you are transferred to the airport in time to board your flight to onward destination.

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5 STAR HOTELS:

City
Hotel Names
Mumbai
Waterstones (Gordon House) | Kohinoor Continental Airport
Udaipur
Radisson Blu | Ramada Resort | Fateh Niwas
Jodhpur
Ranbanka Palace | Park Plaza | Fern Residency | WelcomHotel
Jaipur
Four Points Sheraton | Lemon Tree | Ramada | Regenta Central
Agra
Four Points Sheraton | Ramada | Clarks Shiraz
Delhi
Vasant Continental | The Park | Royal Plaza

Note: Hotel check-in is at 2 pm and check-out is at 12 noon for almost all the hotels in India.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

Hotel accommodation in a Double/Twin Standard Guest room
Daily Full Breakfast at the hotel
All transfers and tours by private Air-conditioned Sedan Car
All entrance/admission fees to monuments and sights
Motor Launch (sharing) for excursion to Elephanta Island
Boat ride (sharing) on Lake Pichola in Udaipur
Exclusive: Elephant Ride failing Jeep Ride at Amber Fort Palace in Jaipur
Exclusive: Decorated Horse Cart Ride to the Taj Mahal in Agra
Personal English speaking guide for sightseeing excursions in each city
Exclusive: Cycle-rickshaw ride through the ancient bazaar of Old City
Bottled water during sightseeing, day excursions and long drives
Representative for assistance in each Metro city
Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes
24/7 on-tour assistance in India

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

International or Domestic Airfare (Internal flights average $100 each flight)
Personal Expenses (tips, porterage, phone, internet, beverages)
Video Camera charges or Professional Still camera with tripod
Travel insurance & Visa
International Airfare

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