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Graeme and Sophia R (USA) - “Vivek, I wanted to write and thank you and the Elegant Journeys team for taking such good care of us during our wonderful vacation in India. The tour through the Golden Triangle and Rajasthan truly was a vacation of a lifetime with our stays at the Oberoi hotels making us feel like royalty. From Delhi to Agra, Jaipur to Udaipur, nothing was too much trouble. If only we could live like this every day! While our visits to the Taj Mahal, elephant ride up to the Amber Fort, and walking in the foot steps of James Bond and Octopussy will live long in the memory, it was the people that made all the difference with the superb hotel staff, excellent guides in each city and our wonderful driver, Vishak, really making our visit truly memorable. Like many, we admit to being a little concerned and skeptical prior to our arrival in Delhi - in part due to finding nothing but glowing reviews about Elegant Journeys on the internet - but we needn't have worried. From the moment we saw our names on the driver's board at the airport arrivals hall to saying goodbye as we passed back through security on the final day, every detail was taken care of. We didn't have to worry about a thing - just relax and enjoy everything India has to offer. I know people scanning the internet for background information on tour companies in India will read this and think (frankly as we did) that it's all just too good to be true, but it's not. You took care of every detail and provided us with the experience of a lifetime that will forever live in our memories. Please pass on our sincere thanks to the team and we look forward to seeing you again one day for another Indian adventure!” Read More

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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 / Ranthambore

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. 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 gueen as a memorial to her father. Like the Taj it has amzingly 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 Ranthambore.

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 Ranthambore.


Arrive Ranthambore in the evening and Check into your hotel.


Day 5 - Ranthambore

Covering 410 sq. kms, Ranthambore runs along the easternmost spur of the Aravali to the Vindhya ranges. At one time, Ranthambore was the private hunting grounds for the Royal family of Jaipur before being declared a Sanctuary, and in 1972 was brought under the Project Tiger scheme. The dry deciduous forest, covers open valleys with lush vegetation around the lakes, and open grasslands in the higher slopes. This varied flora supports a large number of animals including a variety of deer, the sloth bear, the shy caracal, leopards and of course, the tiger. The best tiger sightings have been reported from this park.

Today you will have two jungle safaris' (morning & afternoon) in the park.


In between safaris' you have option to attend Yoga and meditation at the hotel (except Saturday).

Evening: You can watch a presentation on Tigers at the hotel.


Day 6 - Ranthambore / Jaipur

Morning: Visit the park to view wildlife for the last time on this tour. Return to your hotel to relax & enjoy facilities. Check-out from your resort by noon.

After early lunch, proceed on the drive to Jaipur.


Arrive Jaipur in the late afternoon and check in at your hotel.


Evening: An insight into Rajasthani culture and its past by a historian at the hotel (available thrice a week on Tuesday & Saturday only).


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.


Evening: Experience the traditional 'Aarti', Hindu praying ritual of offering prayers at sundown at the 260-year old temple of Lord Shiva within the resort. Soulful chanting of hymns in mystical ambience is sure to leave you with a feeling of harmony!


Day 8 - Jaipur / Udaipur

Breakfast at your hotel.

After breakfast, drive to Udaipur (approximately 6-7 hours). We recommend you get a packed lunch/snacks from the hotel, due to limited dining choices/rest stopover during this long journey.


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

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


Day 9 - Udaipur / Jaipur

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 boat tour of Lake Pichola and visit the beautiful 17th century Jagmandir Island Palace - a palace on an island in Lake Pichola.


Day 10 - Udaipur / Mumbai

Breakfast at your hotel.

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


Arrive Mumbai in the late morning. You're greeted at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Start 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 11 - Mumbai

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.


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5 STAR HOTELS:

City
Hotel Names
Delhi NCR
The Oberoi Gurgaon (Premier Room)
[Note: The Oberoi New Delhi from 1-Jan-2018]
Agra
Oberoi Amarvilas (Premier - Taj Mahal View Room)
Ranthambore
Oberoi Vanyavilas (Luxury Tents)
Jaipur
Oberoi Rajvilas (Premier Room)
Udaipur
Oberoi Udaivilas (Premier Room)
Mumbai
The Oberoi Mumbai - Premier Room

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

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

Accommodation in a Premier room (Luxury Tent at The Oberoi Vanyavilas)
Daily Full Breakfast at the hotel
Yoga and meditation group sessions at the select Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
25% discount on Spa therapies at the Oberoi Resorts
All entrance/admission fees to monuments and sights
Personal English speaking guide for sightseeing excursions in each city
All transfers and tours by private Air-conditioned Sedan Car
3 Jungle Safaris by JEEP with Naturalist (max. 6 persons share a Jeep)
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
Motor Launch (sharing) for excursion to Elephanta Island
Representative for assistance in each Metro city
Bottled water during sightseeing, day excursions and long drives
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

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