Take a once in a lifetime journey through the heart of India to discover why so many people have fallen in love with this unique destination. With a heritage dating back centuries, this tour gives you a taste of India’s diverse beauty and rich culture all in complete style with a range of luxury hotels each which their own story to tell.
Highlights of the tour include a rickshaw trip through the bustling lanes of the Chandhi Chowk bazaars in Delhi, a chance to explore the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri and of course the majestic Taj Mahal. Before heading home, relish in the tropical charm of the Evason Hua Hin on the beachfront in Thailand. With a tempting array of restaurants and a whole range of activities, it makes for the perfect way to end your adventure!
- Take a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
- Enjoy a traditional meal with a local family in Jaipur
- Range of water sports available in Hua Hin
- Departs: london
- Arrives: delhi, India
- Departs: delhi, India
- Arrives: bangkok, Thailand
- Departs: bangkok, Thailand
- Arrives: london
Highlights of Rajasthan - Deluxe Tour
- As Per Itinerary
- As Per Itinerary
- View The icons of India
- Experience the street life of Delhi
- Enjoy various cultural extras along the way
India can make a strong claim to be the most exciting and rewarding travel destination in the world. From the exhilarating pace of life in its colourful and vibrant cities to its exquisite temples and superb scenery, few visitors ever leave disappointed. This is a journey through the heart of India to explore the old and new part of Delhi the capital city, the Taj Mahal in Agra exemplifies the art and architecture of the Mughals; Dholpur by the Chambal River provides a wonderful opportunity to sight Alligators and rare birds, the stunning palaces and bustling bazaars of Jaipur epitomize the rich culture of Rajputana. End your tour with a stay at the Surajgarh Fort with beautiful paintings around. Isn't it wonderful to find all of this within close proximity of each other? A definitely well preserved haven of history, art, architecture and culture despite the onslaught of modernity and urbanisation in the region.
The tour starts and finishes in New Delhi and comprises of 9 nights and 10 days of exploring the Indian Golden Triangle along with Dholpur and Surajgarh.
- Daily buffet breakfast all hotels at all places.
- 1 Dinner with a cooking demo with an Indian Family in Jaipur.
- 1 Bicycle rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
- Chambal River Safari
- Jeep ride while ascending the Amber Fort at Jaipur
Day 1: Arrival In Delhi
This morning you will arrive at Delhi's International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building and transfer you to your hotel. Where you will proceed for check-in
India's capital and a major gateway to the country, Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiralling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region's ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.
Spend your day relaxing at the hotel.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 2 : Delhi
Proceed for a full day combined city tour of Old and New Delhi. (The Guide will meet you at the hotel at approximately 0900 hrs. unless you request otherwise). In Old Delhi you will visit the 17th century Jama Masjid and walk through the narrow, winding lanes of colourful and bustling Chandni Chowk. You have the option of taking a rickshaw ride through these bazaars. Also visit the Mughal Empire's most opulent fort, the Red Fort for a photo stop. Visit Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
In the afternoon proceed to New Delhi. Drive past The Presidential Palace, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys, the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war and a drive along the Rajpath past the Parliament House and secretarial buildings. Visit Qutab Minar, the 12th century tower of victory built by a slave king and prototype of all minars (towers) in India. Also visit the 16th century Humayun's tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 3 : Delhi to Agra
In the morning after breakfast proceed to Agra.
Upon arrival at Agra you will check-in at your hotel and a representative will assist you to complete your check-in formalities.
Agra came into the limelight during the rule of the Afghan King Sikandar Lodhi - who had made it the capital of his empire. Later in 1526 A.D., the Mughal Emperor Babar took upon himself the task for rendering Agra, a unique character and beauty of its own. The next few hundred years of Agra witnessed the rise of the pomp and pageantry of three great Mughal monarchs - Emperor Akbar, Jehangir and Shahjahan. In modern times, the city of Agra is a thriving carpet industry where you can also find leather workers, sandstone and marble sculptors, some of whom claim to be direct descendants of the craftsmen who had helped build the Taj Mahal.
In the afternoon you will proceed to visit Agra Fort, where the ageing Emperor Shah Jahan, imprisoned by his son, watched from a distance the fulfilment of his life's dream-the building of the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife.
Later visit the Taj Mahal, (Closed on Fridays). On the inner walls, jewel-like stones create beautiful designs in white marble. The Mughals perfected the art of embedding semi-precious stones into marble and the Taj is the finest example of this special process called pietra dura. It begins with a marble plate, varying in size. Then jewels are sliced paper thin and embedded in the marble with such precision that the joints are invisible to the naked eye.
Overnight in Agra.
Travelling Distance approx. 204 km - Driving Time approx. 4 hours
Day 4 : Agra to Dholpur
After breakfast you will drive to Dholpur.
On arrival in Dholpur, proceed to check in at your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Dholpur is a sleepy little town in Rajasthan, full of historical forts and monuments. Being in the eastern most parts of Rajsthan, Dholpur is very close to the border of neighbouring state Uttar Pradesh and lies just 55 kms from Agra and Gwalior. Dholpur is also famous for its wonderful sandstone, especially the red sandstone, which was also used to build the famous Red Fort in Delhi. Also the town is by the Chambal River and hence offer travellers an opportunity to sight Alligators and rare birds.
Later in the afternoon, proceed to visit the National Chambal Sanctuary for a Boat safari on the River Chambal drifting past marsh crocodiles & gharials basking on the sandbanks.
Evening is at leisure.
Overnight in Dholpur.
Travelling Distance approx. 55 km - Driving Time approx. 1.5 hours
Day 5 : Dholpur To Jaipur
After breakfast, check-out and proceed to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route.
Fatehpur Sikri, is the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.
On arrival at Jaipur, proceed to check in at your hotel. You will be met by a representative. Rest of the day is at leisure.
In the evening you will be taken to Nokha House for a typically Rajasthani meal with a Rajasthani Family.
Overnight in Jaipur
Travelling Distance approx. 280 km - Driving Time approx. 5 hours
Day 6 : Jaipur
In the morning after breakfast, enjoy a full day city tour of Jaipur.
To begin with you will proceed to visit the capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar's most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravali hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.
A jeep will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.
En-route to Amber Fort you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds', otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate faÃ§ade, extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.
This afternoon, you will visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings.
Jaipur's Jantar Mantar is the most famous of five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in India. Jai Singh was a great admirer of progresses and research made in the fields of science and technology, and he was passionate about astronomy. There is a very interesting story behind the construction of this observatory, considered as the largest stone observatory in the world. Sawai Jai Singh sent his emissaries to all parts of the world before commencing the construction of this observatory. The emissaries returned with many manuals on astronomy containing cutting-edge technological information. One of these manuals was a copy of La Hire's "Tables". The king ordered the observatory to be built according to the details contained in this manual. When the construction ended, for the astonishment of the king and others, the observatory was 20 seconds more accurate than the one mentioned in La Hire's "Tables".
Evening is at leisure.
Overnight in Jaipur
Day 7: Jaipur
In the morning after breakfast spend your day at leisure.
Overnight in Jaipur
Day 8: Jaipur To Surajgarh
In the morning after breakfast, leave for Surjagarh.
Upon arrival in Surajgarh, check-in at the hotel.
Surajgarh Fort - literally meaning 'The castle of the Sun' is a fortified fort of the 18th century, located in the discerning and charming heritage township called Surajgarh, in Sekhawati region - about 15 kilometres from Pilani city, in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. Built in 1778 by Thakur Suraj Mal Singh of Bissau will seamlessly link you with 237 year rich heritage and its many generations of multi-cultural and multi ethnic past. This 4 acre fortified fort is being lovingly restored to give one, the experience of living like a Maharaja. Surajgarh derived its name from the fort itself.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Surjagarh
Travelling Distance approx. 215 km - Driving Time approx. 4 hours
Day 9: Surajgarh To Delhi
After breakfast, enjoy the tour of the Painted Havelis of Shekhawati Region.
Shekhawati is popularly known as an open air art gallery and Surajagrh is at the heart of it and boasts of many havelis. Walking and camel cart tours are organised to the havelis. The Marwari traders accumulated enormous wealth in their trade of rice, opium, cotton, spices and textiles. The wealth was usually reinvested or sent back home for their families. The affluent marwari families tried to outdo the other in the size and quality of their mansions, giving birth to fine and colourful architecture in the desert region where it was least expected.
Lime plaster formed the fine layer on the walls where painting was done. While the plaster was damp, outline and filling of colour was done, bonding it for time immemorial.
After the sightseeing, leave for Delhi.
Upon arrival in Delhi, check-in at the hotel.
Overnight in Delhi.
Travelling Distance approx 195 km - Driving Time 3.5 Hours
Day 10 : Departure Delhi
A representative will meet you and assist you to transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight back home.
END OF TOUR
**NOTICE: There are currently restoration works taking place on the Taj Mahal until further notice
We had a fabulous holiday with great guides, lovely hotels and a super driver.
Catherine Beloe reviewing Highlights of Rajasthan - Deluxe Tour (08-Apr-2015)
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