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Royal Indian Odyssey  /  14 Days

Delhi – Agra –Jaipur- Jodhpur – Deogarh –Udaipur – Ahmedabad -Mumbai – Onward Destination

Overview

Discover the heritage of Royal Rajasthan on this Indian odyssey travelling across enthralling India, from Delhi to Mumbai. Delve into the history of the Maharajas, discover centuries of tradition as you visit a traditional village, Explore magnificent Fort &palaces and the contrasting bright lights of Bollywood, as well as the electric atmosphere of New Delhi and Indian rail country side Journey in Deogarh region.

Tour Highlight

  • Tradition Indian welcome ceremony
  • Drive down Delhi’s impressive Raisina Hills to India Gate
  • Rickshaw Puller ride to see the bustling bazaar of Chandni Chowk
  • Enjoy the Horse cart ride up to Taj Gate  Stand before the world’s most famous monument to love,
  • Indian Rail Experience
  • Visit to Taj Mahal – The Monument of Love
  • Walk through the Mughal “Ghost town” of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Mughal & Rajput architecture
  • Rajasthani Country side drive to Jaipur –Pink city
  • Explore the Sanganer village for traditional block painting
  • Travel by brightly Caparisoned Elephant ride to Jaipur’s Amber Fort
  • Visit to White Birla Marble Temple
  • Visit to Hawa Mahal & city Palace
  • Visit to holy city Pushkar
  • Explore the Blu city Jodhpur
  • Explore the Bishnoi village
  • Enjoy the country side Meter Gage train from Deogarh
  • Boat ride on lake Pichola to see the sunset
  • Motor Launch both way to see the UNESCO heritage site Elephanta cave


Day 01

Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. Meet our representative at the airport & transfer hotel by air conditioned vehicle. Specify your flight

Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02

Old & New Delhi Tour

Morning visit to Old Delhi - an ancient walled city, Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi; we take rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Delhi's bazaar - which gives us an incredible and authentic insight into the real, everyday lives of the millions of people who live in the city. As your rickshaw travels towards Chandni Chowk, you will be immersed in real India - surrounded by people, sounds and smells as we squeeze past vegetable carts and impromptu market stalls, avoiding delivery men carrying boxes on their heads. We duck underneath Sari displays and ride through the fragrant steam of street-side food stands and restaurants.

Here you will see Red Fort, (Lal Qila) the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. We visit the Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India. Overnight stay at hotel [B, D]

Afternoon on a tour of New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's - it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eight cities - New Delhi. Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947.

You will visit the monuments from Delhi's past & known as two of the 26 World Heritage sites of India - Humayun’s Tomb Persian influenced Humayun's Tomb - a memorial to the second Mughal Emperor, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage siteand Qutub Minar. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the Indian president. Overnight stay at hotel.[B, D]

Day 03

Delhi to Agra by train

Morning we take southbound Gatimaan Express at 08.10 hrs arrive Agra at 09.50 hrs. you will be meet by our representative at station transfer to hotel. Agra - at the time of the Mughals, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. During this period the city became a leading centre of art, science, commerce and culture. Akbar the Great made Agra great. The city's origins are dim but Akbar's grandfather Babur is credited with Agra's founding.

Today visit to Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of Her Father.

Evening take Horse cart (Tonga Ride) to the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The New 7 wonder of the world and Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunset, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, what makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughal brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry.

As you drive through the city witness the local life, Shopping and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Overnight stay at hotel [B, D]

Day 04

Agra -Jaipur 232 kms/ 5 hrs

After breakfast proceed to Jaipur. Through the Rajasthani countryside we see villages, woman dressed in the brilliantly colored saris of the region, Camels, Elephants, Bears& scenes of rural lives. On the way you will visit Fatehpur Sikri - the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its 'ruins' are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal.

Our drive continues to Jaipur - once the capital of Rajasthan province, "the abode of rajahs." Everywhere you will see the monuments of its Rajput rulers. It has the distinction of being a well-planned and laid out city. As you drive through the old part of town, you will witness a life most unlike others. Witness how the city blooms during the day in a kaleidoscope of color and sound. Jaipur is one of the main centers for shopping in India -- especially with regard to textiles, Jewellery, stones carpets, etc, Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 05

Amber Fort & Exposing Jaipur

After breakfast, Journey back in time at deserted 17th century fortress of Amber Fort. 11 Kms. from Jaipur, Amber Fort is a marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort on the back of a gaily-caparisoned elephant true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure you will feel the history and visualize the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered. Also stand front of Jhal Mahal (water palace)

Later visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires, Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]

Day 06

Jaipur – Jodhpur

Morning drive to Jodhpur en route visit to Pushkar – is very sacred to the Hindus and is referred to as “Tirth Raj” or the king of all pilgrimage centers. According to the Padam Puran – the Hindu religious text, Lord Brahma, the lord of creation was on his way in search of a tranquil land to perform a ‘Yagna’ or Sacrifice. A lotus fell from his hand and struck the earth in three places, one of these was Pushkar, where a lake sprang up. Upon arrival Check in Pushkar village, which is unforgettable experience of your life.

Later we continue to Jodhpur – situated at edge of the Thar Desert also call Blue city, sites on sand stone hill surrounded by a strong wall, approximately 6 miles long with 7 entry gates and birthplace of the last Maharaja of India, Gaj Singh II. On arrival we take a fascinating orientation tour which includes the city's clock tower and Jodhpur's famous blue-hued buildingsupon arrival check in hotel. Overnight stay at hotel [B, D]

Day 07

Discover Jodhpur

Today visit to Meharangarh Fort, drive through the old city and past the Clock Tower near the largest spice bazaar in the sub-continent, visit the Jaswant Thada Cenotaph, the royal cremation site and then proceed to see the most magnificent, modern 20th century Palace, the Umaid Bhavan Palace and its museum – a treasure trove. We visit the intoxicating spice market

This afternoon, we travel to Bishnoi village, where we are welcomed with traditional folk singing and dancing.A memorable outing visit an authentic Rajasthani village seeing local handicrafts viz. stone makers, pottery, hand weaving and also men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver Jewellery, etc. Overnight stay at hotel [B, D]

Day 08

Ranakpur & Deogarh

This morning we visit the Jain temple of Ranakpurtemples of the Jains, built in the 15th century in the lovely valley of Aravallis. It has grand structure & beautiful Sculptures. The magic of light & shade is really awe- inspiring. The Ranakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. 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 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 kgs whose sound echoes in the entire complex. After time to explore, we continue to Deogarh for a night at the Deogarh Mahal, a former palace and now a superb heritage hotel. Overnight stay at hotel [B, D]

Day 09

Meter Gauge Train & Udaipur

We take a trip on Deogarh's meter-gauge train, for a wonderful local journey into the alluring rural surroundings, passing waterfalls and lush greenery.

Morning we take a trip on Deogarh's meter gauge train, having wooden slipper, accompanying local villagers traveling to Marwar the track passes through a breath taking scenery of Ravli sanctuary, with some 100 feet high bridges, two long tunnels, waterfalls, thick jungle, and above all an unchanged ambience of bygone era. One travels through a Ghat section and descends from neighboring shrub Jungle to feed on articles given by the villagers. Your Vehicle awaits the guests at Phulad Later we travel to Udaipur, the 'City of Lakes', for a two-night stay in the incredible Fateh Prakash Palace.Overnight stay at hotel [B, D]

Day 10

In Udaipur

Today sightseeing of Udaipur includes The City Palace – this is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, construction of which was started by Udai Singh. This white marble architectural marvel, standing majestically on a hill is surrounded by crenellated walls. This huge edifice 30.4 meters high and 244 meters long was added on to, by later rulers, but the additions are so well planned and integrated, it is difficult to believe that it was not conceived as complete structure, Visit to Sahelion-ki-Bari or “Garden of the Maids of Honour” was laid out for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of dowry, Partap Smarak: A memorial to the legendary warrior Rana Pratap, We continue to the Hindu Jagdish Temple, then end the day with an evening boat ride across Lake Pichola to Jag Mandir-the Indian Royal Family's summer resort.

Stroll throughthe old town andthe bazaar custom making clothes, suits andsariswith shimmeringcolors andcraft designers workshops. Overnight stay at hotel[B, D]

Day 11

Udaipur – Ahmedabad 260 kms./4.30 hrs

Today drive to Ahmedabad, here we explore the city on a sightseeing tour which includes the Sabarmati Ashram, the former home and retreat of Mahatma Gandhi. This unassuming spot has played a large part in India's history as it was the starting point of Ghandi's famous Dandi March. Overnight stay hotel. [B, D]

Day 12

To Mumbai by train

After early breakfast transfer to station to board the double-decker train to Mumbai this morning where we take a sightseeing tour of the city by coach. Amongst the attractions of Mumbai we discover Dhobi Ghat, the historic Gateway of India and Mani Bhawan, the former home of Gandhi, before visiting the pleasant Hanging Gardens of Mumbai on Malabar Hill, which date back to 1880. Overnight stay hotel. [B, D]

Day 13

Explore Mumbai & Elephant Cave

After breakfast visit the Prince of Wales Museum and enjoy included entrance to Mani Bhavan, Gandhi's headquarters in Mumbai. In the afternoon leave by Motor Launch & travel across the hrabour to the world famous Elephanta Caves: a UNESCO World Heritage site 9 km by sea from Gateway of India. From Gateway of India regular ferry service are available. A ferry ride across the harbor takes you to Gharapuri the local name for Elephanta. Almost at its center the island rises into two conical hillocks. The island stone elephant was found when they landed there in the 16th century. These eight-century rock-cut caves were hewn out of the hills and sculpted intricately. Three avenues made from four rows of massive columns cut into the main rock lead to the 18-ft high imposing structure of Maheshmurti- depicting Shiva as the creator, destroyer & Preserver. It has been often erroneously called the Trimurti. Overnight stay at hotel [B, D]

Day 14

Departure Mumbai – Onward Destination

After breakfast transfer to the International airport to board the flight for onward destination. Specify your flight [B]

Hotels Used

Destination Hotel Name Category Room Type
Delhi ITC Murya Sheraton 5 Star Deluxe Executive Club
Agra ITC Mughal Sheraton 5 Star Deluxe Mughal Chamber
Jaipur ITC Rajputana Sheraton 5 Star Deluxe Rajputana Chamber
Jodhpur Welcome hotel Jodhpur 5 Star Deluxe Deluxe
Deogarh Deogarh Mahal Heritage Deluxe
Udaipur Fateh Prakash Palace Grand Heritage Place Dovecote Room
Ahmedabad Hyatt 5 star Standard
Mumbai ITC Maratha 5 Star Deluxe Executive Club

Inclusions

Accommodation

  • 02 Night stay in Delhi
  • 01 Night stay in Agra
  • 02 Night stay in Jaipur
  • 02 Nights stay in Jodhpur
  • 01 Night stay in Deogarh
  • 02 Nights stay in Udaipur
  • 01 Night stay in Ahmedabad
  • 02 Night stay in Mumbai

Meal

  • 13 Breakfast at hotel
  • 13 Dinner at hotel

Transportation

  • All transfers & sightseeing by air conditioned vehicle
  • Train fare by air condition chair car from Delhi –Agra & Ahmedabad – Mumbai
  • Monument entry fees wherever applicable as per the itinerary
  • Rickshaw puller ride at Chandni Chowk
  • Caparisoned Elephant ride at Amar Fort
  • Boat ride in Lake Pichola
  • Motor Lunch to Elephant Cave
  • English speaking local guided tour at all places
  • Porter Service at Railway Stations
  • All applicable Taxes

PRICE EXCLUDES

Major meal like Lunch, Indian Visa, Hard Dink, Laundry, Insurance, Tips, Telephone Calls, Still & Video Camera fees in Monuments and Expenses like Personal Nature

Important Note

Check-in time 1400 hrs & Check-out time 1100 hrs for hotels

Abbreviations Used

B = Breakfast & D = Dinner

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