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9 Day GT + Jodhpur, Udaipur (GT-41)

Private Travel | Tour Code: RJ-41 | 8 Nights

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DESTINATIONS: Delhi → Agra → Jaipur → Jodhpur → Udaipur

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES ON THIS TOUR:
♦ Traditional cycle rickshaw ride in the back streets and bazaars of old Delhi
♦ 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
♦ Enjoy an Elephant ride at the Amber Fort in Jaipur
♦ Visit to the majestic fort of Jaipur & Jodhpur
♦ Visit to the Maharana’s City Palace in Udaipur
♦ Boat cruise on picturesque Lake Pichola in Udaipur
♦ Visit India’s most significant UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur; Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri in Agra; Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi and .... many other interesting sights listed in the detailed itinerary.


Day 1 - Delhi NCR

Arrive Delhi in the afternoon or evening/night, depending on flight schedules (Standard check-in time is at 2 pm). You're greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel.


Day 2 - Delhi NCR

Start your journey of Incredible India with a visit to the Old walled city in the morning. Drive pass the 17th century imposing Red Fort, take a traditional cycle rickshaw ride in the back streets of Chandni Chowk selling an extraordinary variety of items like., dress material, spices, jewellery & perfumes and mouth-watering food delicacies (parts of the bazaar is closed on Sundays). 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 beautiful 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 driving past the Lodhi Garden, Safdarjung's tomb, the elegant government buildings designed in a blend of Indian and European styles - the India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Presidential Palace.


Day 3 - Delhi NCR / Agra

After breakfast, proceed on the drive to Agra.


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

Afternoon: Visit 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.

From here 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 craftsmen 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 4 - Agra / Jaipur

Early Morning: 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. Also visit the Itmad-ud-Daulah, regarded as an imminent precursor of the Taj Mahal. This memorial was built in the year 1628 by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir's queen as a memorial to her father. Like the Taj, it has amazingly intricate 'Pietra Dura' inlay and lattice marble screens. Return to your hotel to freshen up & relax.

Check out from your hotel after breakfast and proceed on the drive to Jaipur.

On the way, stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted city. This is one of the world's most perfect ghost cities and a marvel of design and construction. It was conceived and built 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 chiselled. 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 Jaipur.


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


Day 5 - 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 6 - Jaipur / Jodhpur

After early breakfast, proceed on the drive to Jodhpur.


Arrive Jodhpur in the early afternoon and check in to your hotel.

Afternoon: 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.


Day 7 - Jodhpur / Udaipur

Check out from your hotel after leisurely breakfast and proceed on the drive to Udaipur. On the way stop at Ranakpur temples.

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 Udaipur in the late afternoon and check in to your hotel.

Evening: You're at leisure to enjoy your hotel facilities.


Day 8 - 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 9 - Udaipur / Delhi NCR

Breakfast at your hotel.

Check out from your hotel by noon and transfer to the airport to board your flight back to Delhi.


Arrive Delhi. You're greeted at the airport by our driver. Your vehicle and driver are at your disposal until your late evening/night departure transfer to the international airport. You can visit Dilli Haat, a contemporary art and crafts market that offers a wonderful collection of Indian handicrafts.

Evening: You're transferred to the international airport to board your flight to onward destination.

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STANDARD HOTELS (4 Star):

City
Hotel Names
Delhi NCR
Vasant Continental | The Park | Royal Plaza
Agra
Four Points Sheraton | Ramada | Clarks Shiraz
Jaipur
Four Points Sheraton | Lemon Tree Premier | Ramada
Jodhpur
Ranbanka Palace | Park Plaza
Udaipur
Radisson Blu Palace | Ramada Resort & Spa | Inder Residency

DELUXE HOTELS (5 Star):

City
Hotel Names
Delhi NCR
Le Meridien | The Grand | Sheraton Saket
Agra
ITC Mughal | Trident by Oberoi | Courtyard Marriott | Jaypee
Jaipur
ITC Rajputana | Trident by Oberoi | Marriott | Hilton | Meridien
Jodhpur
Vivanta by Taj Hari | Ajit Bhawan | Indana Palace
Udaipur
Trident by Oberoi | The Lalit Laxmi Vilas | Chunda Palace

LUXURY HOTELS (Best Available):

City
Hotel Names
Delhi NCR
The Imperial | Leela Palace
Agra
Oberoi Amarvilas (Taj Mahal View)
Jaipur
Taj Rambagh Palace | Oberoi Rajvilas
Jodhpur
Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace
Udaipur
Taj Lake Palace | The Leela Palace

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
Exclusive: Cycle-rickshaw ride through the ancient bazaar of Old City
Exclusive: Decorated Horse Cart Ride to the Taj Mahal in Agra
Exclusive: Elephant Ride failing Jeep Ride at Amber Fort Palace in Jaipur
Boat ride (sharing) on Lake Pichola in Udaipur
Personal English speaking guide for sightseeing excursions in each 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


LAND PRICE in US Dollar (USD) - Per Person on Double/Twin share

Web Booking Special 30% OFF

Season

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Season

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DELUXE

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LUXURY

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01-Oct-2017
31-Mar-2018
$1,144
$1,634
$1,487
$2,125
$5,408
$7,726


PRICING REMARKS:
→ Peak travel period supplement may be applicable during 1-29 Feb, 1-15 Apr, 16-30 Sep, 1-30 Nov (Pushkar Fair period), 20-Dec to 05-Jan (Christmas/New Year period).

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