TAJ HOTELS LUXURY INDIA
LOW SEASON SUMMER OFFER:
15 April-30 September, 2017
10 days/9 nights private tour.
Delhi | Agra | Jaipur I Jodhpur I Udaipur
This tour mixes the ‘Golden Triangle’ with the best of Rajasthan. Sure, it’s hot in India over summer, and wet in parts too. But this is a great offer and if you can get in late April/May & late September it would be a worthy experience at a terrific price. These hotels are to die for!!
Cost from US$2560.00 per person & includes:
- Accommodation of one double/twin room with breakfast & taxes at exclusive luxury Taj hotels & palace resorts
- All transfers by one air-conditioned Toyota Innova car
- Sightseeing tours are detailed in the itinerary
- Service of local English speaking guide during sightseeing tours
- Meet/Assist services at the airport/hotels
- Rickshaw ride in Delhi
- Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur
- Boat cruise on Lake Pichola
- Present applicable taxes as on 01st November, 2016
Cost Excludes: –
- Entrance tickets to monuments
- Any meals other than breakfast
- International & Domestic Airfares
- Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, drinks, phone calls, camera fee, tips etc.
- Insurance charges, visa charges etc.
- GST, if applicable at the time of operation of the file
Itinerary at a glance:
|Day 1||Arrive/Delhi by International flight
Meet on arrival & transfer to hotel
Full day tour of Old & New Delhi
|Day 3||Delhi/Agra by road (215kms/4hrs)
Afternoon visit Agra Fort & Taj Mahal at sunset
Exec Taj View rm
|Day 4||Agra/Jaipur by road (260kms/6-7hrs)
View Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh at sunrise. Visit Abhaneri.
Morning visit Amber Fort. Afternoon tour of Jaipur.
|Day 6||Jaipur/Jodhpur (330kms/6-7hrs)
Drive to Jodhpur en route visiting Pushkar.
Half-day tour of Jodhpur. Afternoon visit Bishnoi Village.
|Day 8||Jodhpur/Udaipur 275kms/6-7hrs)
Visit Jain Temple at Ranakpur.
Half day tour of Udaipur. Late afternoon boat cruise on Lake Pichola
|Day 10||Fly Udaipur/Delhi
Depart/Delhi by International flight
|Day 01: Arrive/Delhi by International flight|
Arrive Delhi International Airport
Our travel executive will meet you at the airport & escort you to your hotel. Check in at hotel.
Briefing of the tour by the executive
Overnight at hotel Taj Palace
|Day 02: Delhi||B|
Breakfast in the Hotel.
Depart for full day tour of Old & New Delhi.
Visit Jama Masjid – the Great Mughal Mosque, It is the largest mosque in India. Located in Old Delhi, the mosque has the capacity to accommodate 25000 devotees. Jama Masjid was completed in 1656 AD and again the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan is behind this architectural masterpiece. Close to some 5000 craftsmen were involved in the construction of the mosque.
Enjoy Cycle rickshaw ride in Chandani Chowk.
Then visit Raj Ghat – The cremation ground of the father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.
Visit Humayun’s Tomb (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) – believed to have been designed in 1565 AD by the widow of Mughal emperor Humayun. Its plan is based on the description of an Islamic paradise garden and is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later Mughal tombs. This type of garden is known as a charbagh and is based on a grid.
Continue your tour to Qutab Minar (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) – Qutab Minar is 73 meters high which tapers from a 15 m diameter base to just 2.5 m at the top. The walls consist intricately carved quotations from Koran and is one of the most perfect towers of the Persian world; at last enter the Lutyens Delhi and drive through India Gate (The war memorial) and President’s Palace.
Overnight at Hotel Taj Palace
|Day 03: Delhi/Agra by road (215kms/4hrs)||B|
Breakfast in the hotel
Depart for Agra & check in at the hotel.
Late afternoon you will be taken on a tour of Agra visiting
AGRA FORT(sometimes called the Red Fort), which was commissioned by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, and is another of Agra’s World Heritage Sites. A stone tablet at the gate of the Fort states that it had been built before 1000 but was later renovated by Akbar. The red sandstone fort was converted into a palace, during Shah Jahan’s time, and reworked extensively with marble & Pietra dura inlay. Notable buildings in the fort include the Pearl Mosque, the Diwan-e’Ām and Dīwān-e-Khās (halls of public and private audience), Jahagir Palace, Khās Mahal & Sheesh Mahal (mirrored palace).
After Agra Fort visit Taj Mahal at Sunset (THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) – Taj is closed on Fridays!
Described as a most extravagant monument ever built for love, this sublime Mughal mausoleum is India’s most ogled icon. The Taj Mahal was build by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. The death of Mumtaz left the emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned grey virtually overnight. Construction of the Taj began in the same year and was not completed until 1653. Not long after it was finished, Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb and imprisoned in Agra Fort where, for the rest of his days, he could only gaze out at his creation through a window. Following his death in 1666, Shah Jahan was buried here alongside Mumtaz.
After Taj visit local market and a marble factory (optional) where you can actually see the inlay work being done on marble like it was done for Taj in the past
Overnight at hotel Taj Gateway
|Day 04: Agra/Jaipur via Abhaneri
(260kms / 6-7hrs)
Breakfast in the hotel
Depart for Jaipur en route visiting Abhaneri
Abhaneri is a small village, which is situated in the Dausa district in Rajasthan, is located 95km away from Jaipur. This village is known for Harshat Mata temple which belongs to the 9th century. Only some portions of the ancient Harshat Mata temple remain now such as the sanctuary walls, fore chamber and the terrace. The sanctum and shorn of this ancient structure is enclosed with an ambulatory.
The walls of the ancient shrine are carved with the images of the deities. The worn out images of the deities indicate that the shrine was originally dedicated to the creator of Hindu trinity, lord Vishnu. The columns and walls of the temple are adorned with various scenes of music, sport, and dance and also love. A few of the panels of the temple have been shifted to amber and central museum, archaeological museum of Jaipur.
Near to the Harshat Mata shrine is the step well Chand Baoli, which belongs to the 11th century AD. Considered to be one of the most beautiful step wells of India, it is also amongst the deepest and largest step wells of India. Chand baoli is a unique invention of Abhaneri and a wonder of architecture. The stoned carved pillars were very strong in the past and were once used to support the pulleys for the purpose of drawing water. In the surrounding of this beautifully carved step well are several storied verandahs.
Continue your drive to Jaipur and check in at the hotel
Overnight at hotel Rambagh Palace
|Day 05: Jaipur||(B)|
Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning depart for Amber fort; situated at the top of the Aravali hills, it is the ancient capital of Jaipur and a magnificent example of Rajput architecture. We ascend to the fort on Elephant’s back and come down in our own vehicle.
Later sightseeing of Jaipur city visiting Hawa Mahal- Palace of Winds – This five storied building which looks out over the main street of the old city is one of Jaipur’s major landmarks. This is a stunning example of the Rajput artistry with it’s pink, semi-octagonal and delicately honey combed and stone windows. Originally Hawa Mahal was built to enable the ladies of the royal families to watch the daily life and processions of the city.
Jantar Mantar – The Observatory, built by Raja Jai Singh in1728. It is an excellent example of the marvelous precision where in each construction has a specific purpose to measure the position of stars, altitudes and azimuths or calculating eclipses. The most striking instrument is the Sun Dial, which is 90 feet high.
City Palace Museum; a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture. A part of the palace is still the house of the former Maharaja of Jaipur. Visit the various galleries displaying the armory, clothes and paintings of the Rajput clan.
The tour of Jaipur is not complete without shopping as Jaipur is known as a shopper’s paradise famous for jewelry, handicraft, carpet, blue pottery and textiles
Overnight at Hotel Rambagh Palace
|Day 06: Jaipur/Jodhpur via Pushkar
Breakfast in the hotel
Depart for Jodhpur en route visiting Pushkar
|Pushkar is one of the oldest cities of India. The date of its actual founding is not known, but legend associates Lord Brahma with its creation. It is mentioned that Brahma performed penance here for 60,000 years to have glimpse of Radha Krishna. The Ramayan mentions Pushkar and says that Vishvamitra performed tapa here. It further says that the Apsara Menaka came to Pushkara to bathe in its sacred waters. The Mahabharata says that while laying down a program for Maharaja Yudhishthara’s travel, “Maharaja after entering the Jungles of Sind and crossing the small rivers on the way should bathe in Pushkara”. And, as per Vaman Purana, Prahlada on his pilgrimage to holy places visited Pushkarayana.|
Pushkar Lake – The prime attraction of Pushkar is the Pushkar Lake which is considered sacred like the Mansarovar Lake in Tibet. Pushkar has become a place of Hindu pilgrimage because of this holy lake. Legend has it that this lake was consecrated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe when a lotus dropped from his hand into the vale and a lake emerged in that place.
Brahma Temple – The most important temple in Pushkar is the Temple of Lord Brahma, one of the holy trinity of Hinduism. In fact it is the only Hindu shrine in the world where Lord Brahma is worshipped. The temple enshrines a life-size idol of Lord Brahma.
Continue your drive to Jodhpur and check in at hotel
|Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by RaoJodha, a chief of the Rajput clan known as the Rathores, and the city grew out of the profits of Opium, Sandalwood, Dates and Copper. Rathore kingdom was once known as Marwar (the Land of Death), but today it’s moustached men are more about smiling for the camera.|
Overnight at Hotel Umaid Bhawan Palace
|Day 07: Jodhpur B|
Breakfast in the hotel
Depart for half day tour of Jodhpur visiting
Today you will go for the sightseeing of Jodhpur city visiting Mehrangarh Fort which lies at the outskirts of Jodhpur city and is located atop a 125m high hill. The magnificent fort is the most majestic and one of the largest forts in India. It was originally started (c.1459) by RaoJodha, founder of Jodhpur. However, most of the existing fort dates from the period of Jaswant Singh (1638-78). The walls of the fort are up to 36 m high and 21 m wide; they enclose some exquisite structures. The Fort Museum houses an exquisite collection of Palanquins, Howdahs, Royal Cradles, Miniature Paintings, Musical instruments, Costumes and Furniture. The ramparts of Mehrangarh Fort provide not only excellently preserved cannons but also a breath-taking view of the city.
The Jaswant Thada is the architectural landmark found in Jodhpur. It is a white marble memorial built in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These stones are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when the sun’s rays dance across their surface. Within this cenotaph, there are also two more tombs.
After lunch you will be taken to visit Bishnoi Village
THE BISHNOI: a rural tribal group, are a Hindu sect founded in the Punjab, who follow the teaching of Jambeshwar; a 15th-century sage & religious reformer who left a legacy of 29 (bisnoi) tenets. The countryside around Jodhpur is home to many tidy Bishnoi villages & family compounds. These gentle communities of potters, weavers, leather embroiderers & camel herders have achieved world acclaim for their religious conservationist beliefs.
OPIUM CEREMONY : Although now illegal in India, & forbidden by the 29 tenets of the Bishnoi, the sect still uses it & have been given special consent from the Indian government to use opium for ‘religious’ purposes. Legally , they are only allowed to use empty poppy pods, after the opium has been extracted for medical manufacture.
Overnight at Hotel Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace
|Day 08: Jodhpur/Udaipur via Ranakpur
(275kms / 6-7hrs) B
Breakfast in the hotel.
Drive to Udaipur en route visiting Ranakpur.
Ranakpur is located in the mountain ranges of Pali district of Rajasthan. The Ranakpur Jain Temple complex 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 hall and domes supported by over four hundred columns. This is one of the finest examples of Jain Temples.
Continue your drive to Udaipur.
|Udaipur was the capital of the Rajpur kingdom of Mear, ruled by the Sisodia clan. The founder of Udaipur was Rana Udai Singh. The ancient capital of Mewar was Nagda, located on the Banas River northeast of Udaipur. Legend has it that Maharana Udai Singh came upon a hermit while hunting in the foothills of the Aravalli Range & he established a residence there. In 1568 the Mughal emperor Akbar captured Chittor, and Udai Singh moved the capital to the site of his residence, which became the city of Udaipur. Udaipur remained the capital of the state, which became a princely state of British India in 1818. After India’s Independence in 1947, the Maharaja of Udaipur acceded to the Government of India, and Mewar was integrated into India’s Rajasthan state. The city’s pride , the ‘Lake Palace’ was once a prison.|
Overnight at Hotel Taj Lake Palace
|Day 09: Udaipur B|
Breakfast in the hotel
Depart for half day sightseeing tour of Udaipur – also known as City of Lakes, visiting City Palace – standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola. This is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559. The balconies of the palace provide panoramic views of “Jag Niwas” (the Lake Palace Hotel), Jag Mandir on one side and on the other the city of Udaipur. Its main entrance is through the triple-arched gate – the Tripolia, built in 1725. The way now leads to a series of courtyards, overlapping parations, terraces, corridors and gardens. There is a Suraj Gokhda, where the maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore confidence. The Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), gets its name from the mosaics in glass decorating its walls. The chinichitrashala is noteworthy while a series of wall paintings of Krishna are on display in Bhim Vilas. There are numerous other palaces such as Dilkhush mahal, Sheesh mahal, Moti mahal and Krishna vilas – in memory of a princess of striking beauty who poisoned herself to avert a bloody battle for her hand by rival princes. Now the palace contains many antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils and attracts thousands of visitors every day.
Sahelionki Bari was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry. The gardens set below the embankment of the Fateh Sagar Lake have lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephant-shaped fountains. These fountains are fed by the water of the lake gushing through ducts made for the purpose.
Late afternoon, approximately an hour before sunset, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola and visit the Jag Niwas Palace by motor launch. The palace, built of granite and marble, covers four acres and is built almost in the middle of the lake. Visit the Borra Mahal, Khas Mahal and the courts, gardens and fountains. Also visit Jag Mandir Palace.
Overnight at Hotel Taj Lake Palace
|Day 10: Udaipur/Delhi by flight (extra cost) B|
|Depart/Delhi by International flight|
Breakfast in the hotel
Transfer to Udaipur airport in time to connect with your flight to Delhi.
Upon arrival in Delhi change terminal from domestic to International in time connect your onward flight to next destination.