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Palaces and Forts

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Day01 London- Delhi (By Flight)

Arrive in Delhi, be met and assisted by our representative. Check in to hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

Day02 Delhi

After breakfast, enjoy a combined sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India, commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan. The courtyard of the mosque can hold about 25,000 worshippers. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, the busiest market in Old Delhi…noisy, chaotic and uniquely Indian. Drive past Red Fort, President House, India Gate and several other government buildings in Edwin Lutyen's modern Delhi before you head to Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi that marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Later visit Humayun's Tomb, commissioned by Humayun's wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562. Post lunch visit Qutub Minar. Overnight in Delhi.

Day03 Delhi/Jodhpur-Jaisalmer (305 kms/5 hrs)

Post breakfast catch your flight to Jodhpur, from where you will drive to Jaisalmer. On arrival relax in your hotel. Later, leave for a visit of Vyas Chhatri; this is the cenotaph of the sage Vyas, the author of the Mahabharat. The Vyas Chhatri is also known as sunset point as it allows fantastic views of Jaisalmer, particularly at dusk.

Day04 Jaisalmer

Today, enjoy tour of Jaisalmer, which lies in the heart of the Thar Desert…a city seeped in color and rich tradition; it was once a major centre on the trading route between India and the west. Visit Jaisalmer Fort, which is the only living fort of India and houses the entire township within its ramparts. There are three beautifully sculpted Jain temples from the 12th-15th century A.D., and five interconnected palaces, which you can explore during your visit. At the center of the fort is Raj-Mahal, now known as Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum & Heritage Centre. Visit Salim Singh ki Haveli and Patwon-ki-Haveli , which is the largest and most elaborate mansion of its kind in Jaisalmer, followed by a visit to Nathmal Ji ki Haveli. Later, visit Gadsisar Lake, surrounded by numerous beautiful shrines. Rare migratory birds stop for a drink at the lustrous lake. Overnight in Jaisamer.

Day 05 Jaisalmer-Jodhpur(305 kms/5 hrs)

Today you will depart for Jodhpur, which is the second largest city in Rajasthan and also called the ‘Sun City'. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort. This spectacular fort made from red sandstone stands on a perpendicular cliff above the skyline of Jodhpur. Also visit Jaswant Thada, a marble cenotaph built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 06 Jodhpur-Ranakpur-Udaipur (270 kms/4 hours and 30 min)

Today drive to Udaipur and entoure visit Ranakpur, which is one of the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. The main temple was built during the reign of the Rajput monarch RanaKumbha in the 15th century. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 , all of which are intricately carved with no two being alike. On arrival in Udaipur relax in the hotel and unwind yourself. Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day07 Udaipur

Today, enjoy a full-day tour of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola. The complex is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559. The balconies of the palace provide panoramic views of the Lake Palace Hotel and Jag Mandir on one side, and the city of Udaipur on the other. The paintings, mosaics, intricately carved 'chhatris' and the architecturally brilliant facade all contribute to making your visit to the City Palace a truly memorable experience. Thereafter, visit a picturesque garden, Sahelion ki Bari. You will visit also visit Jagat Temple, which is dedicated to Goddess Ambika- a form of Goddess Durga. Built in 961 A.D, this temple is renowned for its intricate carvings in the exteriors. In the evening, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola, which is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD. Overnight in Udaipur.

Day08 Udaipur/Jaipur-Samode (45 kms/1 hour)

Today leave for airport to board flight to Jaipur, on arrival in Jaipur drive to Samode Palace. A splendid example of regal Indo-Saracenic architecture, the Palace combines the best of Indian and Mughal styles. The 475-year-old palace is a celebration of the senses, underlined at all times by contemporary luxury and the signature service of Samode hotels - a magical hospitality and rare courtesy. Guests are known to want to lose themselves in the maze of bougainvillea covered courtyards, connected by quaint narrow staircases and chance upon lounges adorned by charming arches, stunning mirror work, exquisitely painted walls and ceilings. Royal suites and rooms surround the courtyards, each with their unique personality and décor. Overnight in Samode.

Day09 Samode-Jaipur-Samode(45 kms/1 hour on way)

Today, enjoy a full-day sightseeing trip to Jaipur , also known as the ‘Pink City'… it is famous for its colorful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. The old city of Jaipur is painted pink, which gives it a magical glow. Visit the Amber Fort… a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The best way to explore the fort is to ride up to it on elephant back. Later, stop to photograph the beautiful Hawa Mahal, also known as the “Palace of the Winds.” This beautiful façade with its ornately carved latticework windows is made of pink sandstone. Post lunch, visit the City Palace… again, a synthesis of Rajasthani and Mughal styles. Later, visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory, comprising geometric devices for measuring time. You will also visit the Albert Hall, which was modeled on the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Evening free to walk around in the bazaars of Jaipur to pick souvenirs for friend and family back home. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day010 Samode-Agra(250 kms/5 hours)

This morning, drive to Agra, enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, which was built by the Emperor Akbar and is home to many historical buildings. Akbar wanted to make Fatehpur Sikri his headquarters; however, he had to abandon it due to shortage of water. It is the best example of the amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti enshrines the burial place of the Sufi saint who lived a religious life here. Today, Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO World heritage site. Later proceed for Agra. On arrival in Agra, check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Agra.

Day11 Agra-Delhi (220 kms/ 4 hrs 30 min)

In the morning, explore the city of Agra. Early morning, make a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal … a mausoleum built as a symbol Emperor Shah Jehan's devotion to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Considered an architectural marvel, its construction took thousands of workers over 21 years to complete. This edifice is replete with decorative inlays, carvings and calligraphy. Post breakfast, visit the Red Fort, which was commissioned in 1565 by Akbar, and subsequently embellished by other Mughal Emperors. The beautiful yet forbidding structure is a handsome example of Mughal architecture. Thereafter, proceed towards Delhi to catch flight back to London.

Specials for Honeymooners:

  • Wine Bottle on Arrival.
  • Welcome Cake.
  • One candlelit Dinner at the dunes in Jaisalmer.
  • Well appointed rooms for privacy.
  • Upgrade to an SUV car.

Tour cost Includes:

  • Accommodation for 10 nights in the above mentioned hotels.
  • Buffet breakfast at all hotels.
  • Air-conditioned car for all airport/station transfers, sightseeing's & intercity transfers.
  • Local English speaking guide for all sightseeing tours.
  • Entrances at the monuments & tourist sights.
  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi OR Jaipur.
  • Elephant ride at the Amer fort-Jaipur.
  • All applicable state, transport & luxury tax.

Tour cost does not include:

  • Any extra meals not specified in the inclusions.
  • Any International or domestic airfare.
  • Expences of personal nature ie tips, telephone calls, laundry, room service etc.

Special Notes

  • Taj Mahal is closed on Friday.
  • Check-in, check-out time at hotels is usually 14:00Hrs / 12:00Hrs.
  • Price includes only those items specified in the itinerary.
  • Price is quoted per person, in British Pound, on twin sharing basis.

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