Tour Duration : 14 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi, Udaipur, Ranakpur, Kumbalgarh, Deogarh, Rohet, Manvar, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
Namaste! - We welcome you with gratitude and folded hands
Welcome to India, as we also say ‘atithi devo bhava’ – in Sanskrit which means “the guest is an incarnation of God”. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you! We shall do that which will make you happy!
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Value Added Optional Tours Available (Request for prices and detailed information): -
- Private Bollywood dance class tour in Delhi.
- Heritage walking tour of Agra's old city.
- Half day with elephants in Jaipur - feeding, bathing, painting & ridding.
- Cuisine tour in Jaipur - shopping for ingredients, cooking class, & dining with an Indian family.
- Discovering Agra's traditional street food.
- Day with the tribal's in their own obscure village - a full day excursion from Jaipur.
- Biking tours in Udaipur and Jaipur.
- Heritage walk of Udaipur's old city - re-discovering traditions.
- Horse safaris through the countryside of Udaipur - Exploring rural India.
- Outback excursion from Jodhpur to remote tribes in 4WD - soft adventure
- Yoga Wellness Class At Shahpura House in Jaipur.
Day 01: Arrival / Delhi
Night arrival at Delhi. Meeting and assistance provided upon arrival as our representatives welcome you and escort you to your car.
While the room keys and check-in is being organized, our representative would introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you.
Day 02 delhi
After a leisurely breakfast, we proceed on a guided tour of New Delhi, Visiting such sights as, Humayun’s Tomb (1586), the Qutab Minar 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. We will then drive you through Embassy area, the Government buildings (1921-1930) and Connaught Place, the heart and main shopping district of the capital.
Later in the evening, we cross the city enter the walled gates of the Old city, visiting to the Jamma Mosque (1650) and driving through the fabled area of Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Square) where the shopaholics and vendors meet in the oldest area of Delhi. Will then visit the Red Fort (1639-1648 built by Shah Jehan the builder of the Taj Mahal in Agra) to view the inlaid and carved Royal Chambers, on to ‘Raj Ghat’ (A broad flight of steps leading down to the bank of a river) and nearby ‘ghats’ where the founder of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and thereafter Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were cremated.
The best part about this tour would be a ride on cycle rickshaws. Now these are 3-wheel cycles with a sofa seat at the back. The Rickshawalla (Rickshaw driver) sits on a small cushion in the front and only two passengers can be seated on the sofa behind. This is an incredible way to explore and picture the hustle and bustle as well as the colour of the narrow winding streets bursting with people and pavement shops selling wares of all description - including a laughing set of dentures. The ride would be accompanied by amazing experience and peals of laughter both from the passengers as well as the onlookers.
Day 03: Delhi / Udaipur (BY Flight - 1600 / 1710 Hrs)
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- Morning is at leisure for your independent and personal activities
- Afternoon, you shall travel to the airport to board your flight to Udaipur
Welcome to Udaipur, the city known as “City of sunrise”. Founded in 1567 by Maharana Udai Singh, from the lineage of the legendary Sisodias of Mewar - the decedents of the sun God. Udaipur is a city where the sun truly never sets in, where the ancient tradition and a strict code of heroism were united with a love of fine living. A city that has come to be a retreat of romance in the warrior state of Rajasthan
Greeting, Meeting and assistance upon arrival in Udaipur and transfer to hotel
Day 04: Udaipur
After breakfast, we shall proceed on a tour of the much known "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 known for its 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 very 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.
Later in the afternoon, we would enjoy a boat cruise on the peaceful, serene and beautiful Lake Pichola. The island palace on the Lake called Jagmandir Palace is quite a fascinating place to be. The Palace provided inspirations and ideas to the builder of the Taj Mahal during that era. The banks of the lake provide interesting glimpses of the daily bathing and the laundry that takes place. Looking across the lake, with the city and its great palace rising up behind the island palace, is a serene of rare beauty.
Day 05: Udaipur / Ranakpur / Kumbalgarh (98 Kms) (02 Hrs drive)
After the breakfast we ride out to Kumbalgarh. Enroute we also visit Ranakpur.
The Ranakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The basement is made of 48, 000 sq. feet area that covers the whole complex. Inside, 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 interestingly carved with no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are a breath taking 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 famously known as ‘four-face’ temple dedicated to Adinath.
After the tour of Ranakpur Jain Temples we shall continue our ride to Kumbalgarh. We would have photo stop several times as we walk through the countryside as well as interact with primitive tribal.
After arriving we check into the Aodhi Lodge - a property of the Royal family of Udaipur.
In the Afternoon, we would explore the beautifully preserved and one of the most majestic forts of India. 13 mountain peaks surround the impregnable fortress of Kumbalgarh (54 Kms) at a height of 3281 ft. Seven towering gateways pierce the massive walls of this prominent fortress of Mewar. The founder of Udaipur, the young Udai Singh took shelter here from his traitorous uncles. These impregnable walls dotted with cannonballs defeated Emperor Akbar.
Day 06: Kumbhalgarh / Sardargarh (130 Kms) (02½ Hrs Drive)
After breakfast we will drive to Sardargarh
Upon arrival in Sardargarh, check in to Sardargarh heritage hotel, one of the magnificent forts of Rajasthan. It is an extravagant creation by men of a bygone era Situated amidst the mountains and deep forests of Chuppun, the 250 year old fortress can be seen from far as it dominates the landscape. It surely is a beautiful sight to see.
The Mahal (Palace) of the Ravala (Fort) with 21 suites, are today part of the Sardargarh Heritage Hotel. Each suite here has its own ethnic and outstanding decor. Though all modern comforts that discerning western tourists seek are provided, but, as far as possible, the authentic elements of the Fort have been retained in the Hotel, thus recreating the romance and nostalgia of the era when the powers of the maharaja were at its zenith.
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SUGGESTED OPTIONAL ACTIVITY
Evening, Night Safari at Sardargarh
Overnight at Sardargarh Fort (Suite) (B)
Day 07: Sardargarh (Primitive Train Ride through Fascinating Villages in Sardargarh)
Yoga classes are available under trained instructors. This can be booked directly at the resort the previous day. The class would be of 1 hour duration and conducted on the terrace of the Fort’s ramparts with great views overlooking for miles the primitive countryside. Very popular asanas (Yogic positions) would be taught.
Following the breakfast we embark upon a unique experience – a 44 km train ride between two villages. We shall go native today, and travel with the villagers through exceedingly mesmerizing countryside and landscapes.
The track passes through a breath taking scenery of Ravli Sanctuary, with 100 feet high bridges, two long tunnels, waterfalls, thick jungle, and above all an unchanged ambience of a bygone era. The track is cut on a cliff side and one comes down by almost one thousand feet. All along you shall only notice the Herculean effort by the engineers in 1928.
The safety devices are the most amusing. At one place the driver has to get down physically to change the track (when gong down).
We ride in the meter gauge local train, having wooden sleepers, accompanying villagers traveling to Marwar. One travels through a ghat section and descends 1200 feet to Phulad Railway Station. Enroute we stop at GoramGhat flag station where monkeys descend from neighbouring scrub jungle to feed on articles given by the villages. Meanwhile, the Car awaits you at Phulad 19 Km away that brings you back to Sardargarh.
SUGGESTED OPTIONAL ACTIVITY
Evening, village safari at Sardargarh
Overnight at Sardargarh Fort (Suite) (B)
Day 08: Sardargarh / Rohet (150 Kms) (03 Hrs drive)
Before your breakfast there is an option for undertaking horse rides or camel rides at Sardargarh. The horse safaris and camel safaris happen through the surrounding and adjoining tribal lands of Sardargarh. They have very well farmed and schooled horses in their stables.
After breakfast we will drive you to Rohet and will take you to Rohetgarh Fort.
At Rohet, you shall feel you are travelling to the world of the past, a world of honour and of chivalry, of glory and of pride; a world of vibrant colours and spectacular magnificence. The Past centuries come to life at the historic boundary walls of Rohet- the 16th century fortified deserted home of a Rajput clan. Within the boundaries of these time weathered walls is our hotel, the impressive Rohetgarh Fort- a bastion of proud Rajput traditions bathed in the ambience of unmistakable Rajasthani culture where one can, even today experience the warm and courteous Rajput hospitality. Paintings on the tall gateway, brightly done in the traditional style, using traditional motifs and colour schemes herald your entry to this world of ancient era. The gateway that leads to a compound where a profusion of flowers frame the archways in welcome. The entrance is a warm and informal place decorated with the artifacts and trophies of many years. Finely carved furniture, delicate hand block prints, original paintings and photographs decorate your rooms, which though redolent with the romance of a bygone era, provide all the modern amenities. There are Antiques hunting riffles, shields & spearheads, daggers and original paintings form the backdrop of the dinning room. The swimming pool here is in beautiful background and is a retreat in a dessert.
The food at Rohetgarh is different; each recipe is both traditional and typical, handed down the generations and guarded to retain its original flavours. You savour only the very best of Rajasthani cuisine’s, food favoured by the Royalty. The 16th century descendants of the Rathore ruling family still live here and host their guests. The members of the Royal family interact with the guests and interesting stories and anecdotes are narrated.
In the afternoon, we would explore Rohet, which is a fascinating small feudal town, which would seem to be straight out of the Arabian Nights. There is no proper road here - only a dust trail. On either side are typical thatched houses and shops of all kinds - colourful bangles, silver jewellery, potters, fruit vendors on carts, dress shops, tailors etc.
As evening finishes upon our hotel, the darkness of the night is lit up by the flickering flames of fire around which the rhythmic movements of the folk dancers assumes shape in brilliant colours; truly a thrilling experience.
Overnight at Rohetgarh - Heritage Property (Super Deluxe Room)
Day 9: Rohet / Manvar (105 Kms) (02 ½ Hrs Drive)
Morning, we enjoy open jeep safaris to visit the heart of Rajasthan villages where tradition centuries old still consists the life styles. One can only witness the ‘opium ceremony’ - a ritual where the guests are welcomed. Casually attired men and women carry on their chores and one can catch a glimpse of their norms and customs. The smoothened mud floors of the village huts remind one of the simple and traditional living here.
After breakfast we will drive to Manvar
Upon arrival and check into Manvar Camp, located right in the heart of the Great Indian Thar Desert. It is an extraordinary destination offering a occasional opportunity to enjoy Rajasthan's desert life, culture, wildlife & beauty. The place provides all the comfort the modern traveler could wish for; luxurious accommodation, mouthwatering cuisine & an incredible Rajasthani hospitality. Built in the style of a traditional desert village, the resort complex is spread over more than 5 acres. Constructed using local and limited materials & techniques.
Manvar offers great outdoor adventure and a taste of the Thar Desert. We would enjoy jeep safaris and a camel safari today to the Mustard and Red Chili fields in the middle of the desert. We shall also witness traditional desert villages and lifestyles unchanged for centuries.
Overnight at Manvar Camp
Day 10: Manvar / Jodhpur (75 Kms) (02 Hrs Drive)
Early morning outing to Khichan. The tiny village of Khichan has a popular appeal with the bird watching community. The local people offer large amounts of grain to birds every morning and this has attracted large numbers of Demoiselle Cranes to usurp this food supply. It is great spectacle to watch these Cranes swoop down to an especially created rectangular enclosure, for their early breakfast. The feeding session lasts for about an hour and a half, one group takes off as the other group sets in. Their flight across the backdrop of the traditional mansions of the village, presents wonderful opportunities for photography, as do the feeding birds on the ground. We are too close by and can be offered vantage positions over the terraces, by the local people who feel proud of their visitors.
Later we will drive down to Jodhpur
Upon arrival, check into hotel Ratan Vilas. Built in 1920, by Maharaj Ratan Singhji of Raoti who was a keen horse lover and one of the greatest polo players of his time, Ratan Vilas with its imposing but delicately carved exterior and simple yet comfortable interiors, is a genuine heritage association in a sylvan setting.
After some rest, we proceed on a guided tour of Jodhpur. Our tour includes the massive fort. In olden days this must have been very idle since its rocky base is scraped straight down making it nearly impossible to ascend. Once we are inside, royal palaces abound with the history and priceless jewels, on to the armoury and Jaswant Tara - the Royal Crematorium.
Evening, we would ride horse carriages to the Clock Tower Bazaar. This is one of India’s largest and most colourful wholesale markets especially with respect to clothes, fabrics, spices, vegetables etc. It would be a fascinating experience to walk through the place observing and photographing this incredible spectacle of vibrant lifestyles and incredible colours.
Day 11: Jodhpur / Jaipur (Intercity Express – 0610 / 1050 Hrs)
Early morning transfer to train station to board your train to Jaipur
Meeting, Greeting & assistance upon arrival in Jaipur & transfer to the Shahpura House. The Traditional Rajput architect, a mixture of Mughal and Indian, a facade with domes and frescoes. The House is a very fine example of Shekhawati frescos and architecture. Conceived as a traditional Indian palace, The Shahpura House showcases the rich heritage of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan with its inconsequential courtyards, gentle rippling fountains, reflecting pools and gardens. Interiors elaborated with decorative domes, hand painted frescoes, intricate mirror work and beautifully crafted artifacts create an ambience of regal splendour. The family portraits, which add to the charm of this family hotel where tradition still runs very strong.
After rest & relaxation, we will explore the unending shopping options of Jaipur along with our Guide. An essential starting point for Rajasthan craftwork is block making and block printing and we will be exploring the process from start to finish in some of the popular stores here. The opportunity also exists here to tailor make outfits to your design and size.
We also explore one of the chief attractions of Jaipur - its jewelry, which offers a variety that ranges from chunky tribal jewelry to enameled gold to modern diamond jewelry. Kundan (art of stone setting) and enamel jewelry has been a specialty of Rajasthan, particularly that of Jaipur. The stones are embossed into decorative shapes & patterns and embellished with delicate enamel ornamentation in the Champleve (raised field) technique. Jaipur is well known for its gold and silver enameling. Colorful bangles made of lac and set with semiprecious stones make an inexpensive buy. The craftsmen take great pains to embed the hundreds of stones into the lac. The skilled gem-cutters of Jaipur carve enchanting little animals and birds from rock, crystal, jade, smoky topaz and amethyst. Intaglio beads & buttons and crystal scent bottles are also available.
Day 12: Jaipur
Morning we visit Amber Fort, the former capital of the royal Jaipurs. Few fail to be moved by the very 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 crenellated walls ground the surrounding hills.
We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant, passing through the ancient main gate where Maharajas of Jaipur have entered for four hundred years during that era. Our guide will elaborate on the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight all the visitors as they did their former royal residents.
We shall 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
Later 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 centre of the palace is a seven-storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine vies over the gardens and the city. 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.
We also visit the temple of Govind Dev Ji. It is one of the most sacred and famous tourist destinations in India. The temple is located in the City Palace complex, of Jaipur. The idol of Govind Dev Ji is strikingly beautiful for its complete resemblance with Lord Krishna, and the temple is placed between Chandra Mahal and Badal Mahal in the City Palace complex. Every day, various 'Aartis' and 'Prasad' or 'Bhogs' are offered at the temple, at seven different times
Day 13: Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (245 Kms) (06 Hrs Drive)
Morning, after breakfast, we drive to Agra, stopping at 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. From here we continue our ride to Agra.
Upon arrival check into Hotel
Evening, we will visit to Mehtab Bagh. The Moonlight Garden was an extension of the Taj Mahal Garden - on the other side of the river. In 1652 Aurangzeb wrote to his father telling of a visit to 'the blessed tomb' and commenting that 'the Mahtab Garden was completely inundated and has lost its charm, but soon it will regain its verdancy. The octagonal pool and the pavilion around it are in splendid condition.' The Mahtab Bagh was lost under the mud but re-excavated in the 1990s. Formerly, the garden was planted with fragrant flowers and used in the cool of the night as a place from which to view the Taj Mahal reflected in the octagonal pool and in the river.
Day 14: Agra / Delhi (205 Kms) (04 Hrs Drive) (Taj Mahal is closed on Friday) Delhi / Departure
Agra is the city of the one of the Seven Wonders of the World, including the Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed monument in the world. However, there is a degree of mystery about the Taj. Once you hear about a building so much and once you see so many pictures of a building your expectations are very 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 possible 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. We then return back to our hotel for breakfast.
After a leisurely 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.Later, we will drive to Delhi along one of the India’s finest freeways.
Home Visit Cooking Class & Farewell Dinner with an Indian Family :
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would visit an Indian family for an Indian home experience. The evening is designed to give you a feeland insight into Indian family life as well as experience typical Indian hospitality and home made Indian food.
After dinner, transfer to the International airport to board your onward flight
We hope you loved the flavor and experience of India and we would remain on your taste buds for all times to come and hopefully would kindle an unforgettable fondness for the country and the people; we thank you for being our guest, and as we say in India
"Please come back soon”!
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