Discover the royal sights of Rajasthan, from the Taj Mahal, the world's most famous monument to love, to the lakeside maharajahs' palaces of beautiful Udaipur. Explore the sights of the capital city of Delhi, with its vast marketplaces, ancient tombs and historical mosques. Move on to the marvels of the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.
Travel to the Pink City of Jaipur and delight in the magnificent sights of elegant Udaipur, with its extraordinary island palaces. End your adventure on the edge of the Thar Desert in Jodhpur, with its imposing mountaintop fort.
Enjoy breathtaking architecture and urban vibe in Delhi, the spectacular forts of Jaipur/Jodhpur and Udaipur, and the famous Taj Mahal.
What To Expect
10 Days / 9 Nights
Perfect for those interested in fascinating history, culture and architecture
DAY 1 - 3: Delhi
As you arrive at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your &Beyond India host, who will drive you to your hotel. You will spend the next two nights in a grand deluxe ensuite room at The Leela Palace New Delhi. The remainder of the day offers an opportunity to unpack, settle in and relax - perhaps with an ayurvedic massage.
DAY 3-4: Agra
After a scrumptious breakfast, you will be taken on a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, once the grandest of all the markets in India. In Chandni Chowk, you will visit the beautiful and historic Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, built in 1656. Enjoy a delicious lunch before being driven through Delhi's former colonial splendour, passing the magnificent president's house, known as the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the World War I memorial of the India Gate and the Old Secretariat building. Visit the beautiful buildings of the Qutub Minar tower, once used as a minaret, and the World' Heritage Site of Humayun’s Tomb, India's first garden-tomb.
Embark on an unforgettable train journey as your &Beyond host escorts you to the train station and helps you to seat on board the Shatabdi train to Agra.
On arrival, you will be driven to The Oberoi Amarvilas, just metres away from the renowned Taj Mahal.
Once you have settled in, embark on a sightseeing excursion that will take you from the delicate beauty of the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, also known as the Baby Taj, to the magnificent Agra Fort, once the primary site of government for the mighty Mughal Empire. In the late afternoon, when the light is perfect for photography, you will visit the legendary Taj Mahal.
DAY 4-5: Jaipur
Watch the sunrise cast a warm pink glow over the white marble of the Taj Mahal from your hotel room before setting off on a six-hour drive through the Indian countryside to Jaipur. You will break your journey for a tour of the 16th century abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri.
On arrival in Jaipur, check into the Rambagh Palace, the former home of generations of Indian royalty.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
In the morning visit the stunning Amber Fort, built in white marble and red sandstone, followed by lunch at Dera-Amber. In the afternoon you will explore the City Palace, residence to the maharajahs, the Observatory Tower and the distinctive Hawa Mahal, built in the 18th century to allow the ladies of the royal household to observe the goings-on in the city. In the evening, indulge in some shopping in Jaipur's bustling markets.
DAY 5-7: Udaipur
Today you will board a flight to Udaipur via Delhi, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you to your hotel.
Relax for two nights in a palace room at Taj Lake Palace, looking out onto majestic hills, serene lakes and lofty palaces.
In the late afternoon you will enjoy a boat cruise on the blue waters of Lake Pichola, with the white marble palace at the backdrop.
This morning you will visit the architectural marvels of the Eklingji and Nagda Temples. In the afternoon, your guide will take you on a tour of the City Palace, with its fascinating combination of military architecture and decorative techniques.
DAY 8: Jodhpur
After a leisurely breakfast your adventure continues with a drive to Jodhpur.
You will be driven to the Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the largest residences in the world, set amidst 26 acres (10 hectares) of lush gardens.
This morning you will be driven to Bishnoi Village, where you will experience a glimpse into rural Indian life. After a mid-day siesta, you will enjoy a private and exclusive tour of the imposing Mehrangarh fort, followed by drinks and dinner in the beautiful palace complex
DAY 9: Delhi
Catch a flight back to Delhi, where your adventure with us will end.
- WildlifeThis itinerary is a cultutally focussed one , howver one will see Monkeys in the cities, Black Buck and Chinkara on the village Safari near Jodhpur.
- Travelling with ChildrenSuitable for Children, as many of the activities can be adapeted for them.
- Don't Leave withoutTaking a photograph of the Taj Mahal at Sunrise in Agra. Spending an afternoon at the Dera Amer Farm in Jaipur - enjoying the company of their elephants, that one can ride, bathe and paint.
Where to Stay
Set in an exclusive residential area of Delhi, close to the seat of government, The Taj Mahal Hotel is proud reflecting of Delhi's Mughal heritage.
Inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture, the Oberoi Amarvilas is the perfect counterpoint to the majestic Taj Mahal.
Once the sanctuaries of kings, princes and their guests, the Taj Rambagh Palace exudes an unmistakable sense of history.
A floating vision in marble in the middle of Lake Pichola, the Taj Palace Hotel offer guests a truly legendary experience.
Rates & Terms
- Accommodation on Double / Twin share basis.
- Buffet Breakfast at Hotels.
- Transport services by AC Deluxe Toyota Innova.
- Services of Local English speaking Guide
- Photographic fees (non-professional).
- Air travel by scheduled flights.
- Travel Kit consisting of travel bag, travel wallet, and travel journal.
- All applicable taxes.
- Offer is valiv from 1 October 2014 to 15 April 2015.
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