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Tour starting from 24-12-2019
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14 Nights / 15 Days

Colorful Rajasthan with Taj Mahal and Varanasi

rat temple bikaner

Trip Highlights

  • Rickshaw (Pedicab) ride in Old Delhi
  • Hi Tea at Local Home in Delhi.
  • Evening Ceremonies on Ghats of River Ganges.
  • Boat cruise on River Ganges.
  • Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal.
  • Lunch at Bharatpur en-route on drive from Agra to Jaipur.
  • Elephant Ride in Jaipur.
  • Walking tour through Old City of Jaipur.
  • Visit to Camel Breeding Farm in Bikaner.
  • Sunset Camel Ride on Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer.
  • Lunch at Ranakpur en-route on drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur.
  • Sunset Cruise on Lake Pichola in Udaipur.

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  • Tue 24 Dec 2019
  • 01h 25m

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  • Thu 26 Dec 2019
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  • Sat 28 Dec 2019
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  • About: Delhi

    Company representatives will receive you on arrival at the DELHI AIRPORT and transfer to your hotel. DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

    Overnight will be at Delhi.

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  • About: Delhi

    Breakfast will be at the hotel. Proceed for the sightseeing of OLD & NEW DELHI. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asias largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asias largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet. Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi.

    You will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colors and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards. Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India.

    The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the Presidents residence. If time permits then visit the Lotus Temple located in south of Delhi. It is lotus shaped and has rightly been given the name. It is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. It is open to all faiths and is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace and tranquility. Its founder, Bahaullah (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahai as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.

    Overnight will be in Delhi.

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    • Breakfast
  • About: DelhiVaranasi

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to take flight for Varanasi. Reach and check into the hotel. Picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy River Ganges, Varanasi, one of the ancient seats of learning in India, is said to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the Assi, which still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. This name seems to have been corrupted, in medieval times to Varanasi, which was in use till May 1956, when it was changed to Varanasi, by an order of the Government of India. Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year.

    To every visitor Varanasi offers a breathtaking experience. The rays of the dawn shimmering across the Ganges; the high-banks; the temples and shrines along the banks bathed in a golden hue soul stirring hymns and mantras along with the fragrance of incense filling the airand the refreshing dip in the holy waters gently splashing at the Ghats. Varanasi The land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss. Varanasi is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts and education. Some of the world renowned exponents India has produced in these fields were schooled in Varanasis cultural ethos.

    Luminaries apart, Varanasi abounds in the art of silk weaving, an exotic work of art which manifests itself in precious Banarasi silk sarees and silk brocades which are cherished as collectors items across the world today. Enjoy the evening AARTI at the GHATS. The guide will be giving a commentary to you on the proceedings and meanings of the chants during the AARTI of the river.

    Overnight will be spent at Varanasi.

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  • About: Varanasi

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for day guided tour of Varanasi including the Bharat Mata Temple, which features a big relief map of Mother India engraved in marble. Also visit the 18th century Durga Temple, commonly known as the Monkey Temple due to the huge population of the monkeys. Proceed to the Tulsi Manas Temple, crafted from white marble which features the entire Ramayana inscribed on its walls. Also visit the BHU considered as the biggest residential university in Asia. The University Campus houses an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

    Vishwanath Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is the most sacred shrine in Varanasi. The original temple was destroyed by the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb which was later restored by Rani Ahilyabai of Indore in the 18th century. The Gold plating of the dome was done during the 19th century by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab. Foreigners entry restricted. Banaras Hindu University: Founded by Pundit Madan Mohan Malviya it is considered to be the largest residential university in Asia. Within the university campus, Vishwanath Temple and Bharat Kala Kendra (Museum) are well worth a visit.

    Visit Sarnath 5 miles out of Varanasi: The great Buddha enhanced the sanctity of Varanasi by choosing the environs of the city to preach his first sermon at Sarnath, (only 10 Kms away) after attaining enlightenment. Later, Ashoka, the great Mauryan Emperor erected magnificent stupas and other buildings along with his mighty stone pillar, Dharmarajika Stupa. The 110 ft. tall Damekh Stupa marks the place where Buddha preached first sermon. Sarnath has been a premier center for Buddhism. It is a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics and antiques comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisatva images on display at the Archaeological Museum (1000 hrs to 1700 hrs. Open all days except Friday)

    Overnight will be in Varanasi.

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  • About: VaranasiAgra

    In the early morning drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world`s oldest and most important religions. (To start at 0500 hrs. for the best lifetime experience) For you to appreciate this remarkable city, we`ll transfer you to the banks of the River Ganges before the sun rises. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water`s edge.

    Then return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga". As shops are opening, the place now becomes a beehive of activity as the faithful are coming and going. Visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple while returning to the hotel. Return for breakfast to the hotel. Afternoon proceed to the airport for the flight to Agra. Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight stay will be in Agra.

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  • About: Agra

    Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for the sightseeing tour. AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine. Relax and pproceed for day sightseeing of Agra.

     

    Taj Mahal - Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist`s visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

    AGRA FORT Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat. After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj.

    visit SIKANDRA This beautifully maintained monument is where EMPEROR AKBAR was buried. It is a very low profile monument but it has one of the most awe inspiring tombs. It is surreal how one of the greatest emperors has been put to rest. The manicured lawns has spotted and other varieties of deer roaming in them. Overnight will be at Agra.

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  • About: AgraJaipur

    Breakfast will be at the hotel. Drive to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Fatehpur Sikri is 37 km west of Agra. Jajal-ud-din-Muhammad Akbar, Humanyun`s son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu`inu`d-din Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of SUFIS. Akbar, who was without a male heir heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568. The saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings like the Diwan -I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal`s house, Marian`s house and the Panchmahal.

    Continue drive to Jaipur. Reach and check into the hotel. Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Proudly belonging to the KSHATRIYA warrior caste and fiercely independent, the Rajput princes made fearsome foes. However, many of them realized that to maintain their wealth and authority locally, it was expedient to proclaim allegiance to the central power. Thus, many enjoyed a privileged position under the Mughal emperors and also the British Raj that followed. The bustling Rajasthan capital of Jaipur takes its name from its venerated founder Jai Singh II, who was given the title Sawai Maharaja by the Mughal. Literally translated this would mean one and a quarter, suggesting that the Mughal thought this emperor to be more valuable than just one. Jaipur is known as the Pink City on account of the distinctive colour of its buildings. This did not, however, form part of the original plan, but dates back to 1856, when the city was given a wash of pink in honor of a State Visit from Prince Albert.

    This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity.

    Enjoy the experience and spend night at Jaipur.

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  • About: Jaipur

    Proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort after breakfast. Elephant ride ascent to the fort. Amber Fort PALACE Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honored fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families. Continue sightseeing.

    City Palace A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

    Jantar Mantar This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use. Hawa Mahal The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. This afternoon is free for you to relax shop or explore independently. Shopping is superb in Jaipur, particularly for gold and silver jewellery, pottery, tie-dye materials, silk, saris, wooden handicrafts and carpets.

    Overnight will be at Jaipur.

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    • Breakfast
  • About: JaipurBikaner

    Enjoy breakfast at the resort. Drive to Bikaner. Check in to the hotel and relax. Bikaner retains the medieval splendor that pervades the city`s lifestyle. More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here - Be it pulling heavy carts, transporting grains or working on wells. Camels are the prime helpers. Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground and is circumscribed by a seven km long embattled wall with five gates. The magnificent forts and palaces created with delicacy in reddish-pink, sandstone, bear testimony to its historical and architectural legacy.

    Bikaner`s history date backs to 1488 AD when a Rathore Prince, Rao Bikaji a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur (1459 AD) Rao Jodhaji, established his kingdom here. Rao Jodhaji had five sons but Rao Bikaji was the most enterprising of them. Bikaji chose a barren wilderness called "jangladesh" and transformed it to an impressive city, called Bikaji after the Founder`s Name. The strategic location of Bikaner on the ancient caravan routes that came from west/Central Asia made it a Prime trade center in the times of the year.

    Overnight will be at Bikaner.

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  • About: BikanerJaisalmer

    Enjoy sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Visit the Junagarh Fort, constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Jai Singh, a general in the Moghul Emperor Akbar`s army. Visit the Old City and the Karni Mata Temple. Also visit the one of the wells of Bikaner - an important source of water are other attractions of the city. These are built on high plinths with slender minaret towers on each of the Four Corners and can be noticed even from a distance. Later drive to Jaisalmer. Reach and check into the hotel. Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with its awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city. The city has an interesting legend associated with it, according to which, Lord Krishna the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill.

    His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 AD when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta Hill. His Yadav descent can be traced back to the Mahabharata and the Rajputs were famed for courage and gallantry. Jaisalmer is studded with magnificent tourist haunts that encapsulates the vivacious culture of this lovely locale. It is laced with beautiful forts, sacred shrines, stately havelis reminiscent of the yester years, well stacked museums and a rippling lake.

    Overnight will be at Jaisalmer.

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  • About: Jaisalmer

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for a sightseeing tour of the beautiful Jaisalmer city.

    Visit the JAISALMER FORT The oldest living Fort in the world. (This is the highlight of the tour) The fort stands almost 30 metres over the city and houses an entire living area within huge ramparts. Walking through the narrow lanes is an experience worth savoring. It is approached through Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoot Pol and Hawa Pol. Also, within it are many beautiful havelies and a group of Jain temples dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries. The golden - yellow sandstone of Jaisalmer Fort, over 800 years old, crowns the Trikuta Hill. Within its walls, defended by 99 turrets, lies the old city, nearly a quarter of modern Jaisalmer. Seen from outside, the sight must be almost identical to what was seen by merchants on their overland camel caravans to central Asia.

    Once this desert outpost was an important gate for the trade route, and Jaisalmer grew wealthy on the proceeds. But the advent of commercial shipping relegated the town to relative obscurity. Known as SONAR QUILA, rising from the sand , the mega structure merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience and the setting suns in its most colourful shades gives it a fairy tale look. Its simply a magic, the bastions envelops a whole townships that consist of palace complex various security sources and the havelis of rich merchants carved with an incredibly light touch, several temples and the residential complexes of the armies and traders placed strategically on the trade route, from where the ancient caravans passed.

    Enjoy the sightseeing of the following places out of which the JAIN TEMPLES are inside the fort. NATHMAL KI HAVELI: Two architect brothers built it in the 19th century. Interestingly, while one concentrated on the right, the other concentrated on the left and the result is a symphony epitomizing the side by side symmetry during construction. Paintings in miniature style monopolize the walls in the interior. Mighty tuskers carved out of yellow sandstone stand guard to the Haveli.

    SALIM SINGH KI HAVELI: This Haveli was built about 300 years ago and a part of it is still occupied. Salim Singh was the prime minister when Jaisalmer was the capital of the princely state and his mansion has a beautifully arched roof with superb carved brackets in the form of Peacocks. The mansion is just below the hill and it is said that once it had two additional wooden storeys in an attempt to make it as high as the maharaja`s palace, but the maharaja had the upper storey torn down.

    PATWON JI KI HAVELI: This is one of the largest and most elaborate Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. It is five storeys high and is extensively carved. It is divided into six apartments, two owned by archaeological Survey of India, two by families who operate craft-shops and two private homes. There are remnants of paintings on some of the inside walls as well as some mirror work.

    TAZIA TOWER: The delicate pagoda like Tazia Tower rises from Badal Mahal (Cloud Palace). Rising in its five-tiered splendor, with each storey graced by a delicately carved balcony, the tower is of historical significance. Muslim craftsmen built it in the shape of a Tazia and gifted it to their royal patron GODI SAGAR LAKE: This tank, south of the city walls, once held the town water supply, and befitting its importance in providing precious water to the inhabitants of this arid city, it is surrounded by small temples and shrines.

    The beautiful yellow sandstone gateway arching across the road down to the tank is the Tilon-ki-Pol, and is said to have been built by a famous prostitute, Tilon. When she offered to pay to have this gateway constructed, the Maharaja refused permission under it to go down to the tank and he felt that this would be beneath his dignity. While he was away, she built the gate , adding a Krishna temple on top so that king could not tear it down.

    JAIN TEMPLES: These fine Jain temples were built in the 12th to 15th century, within the Jaisalmer Fort. They are beautifully carved and dedicated to Rikhabdevji and Sambhavnathji. The Gyan Bhandar, a library containing some extremely old manuscripts, is within the temple complex. During late afternoon proceed to the SAND DUNES for visiting the typical Rajasthani Desert Village. View the sunset from the dunes, as the sky is set on fire. Return to the village for dinner amidst Rajasthani musicians playing haunting tunes.

    Overnight will be at Jaisalmer.

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    • Breakfast
  • About: JaisalmerJodhpur

    Breakfast will be at the hotel. Drive to Jodhpur. Reach and check into the hotel. Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the RATHORE clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the RAMAYANA. It is also referred as the Blue City, due to the indigo tinge of the whitewashed houses around the Mehrangarh Fort (the old city).

    The blue houses were originally for Brahmins but non-Brahmins soon joined in, as the colour was said to deflect the heat and keep mosquitoes away. Jodhpur lies near the geographic center of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists. The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a thick stone wall. The wall has six huge gates called Nagauri gate, Merati gate, Sojati gate, Jalori gate, Siwanchi gate and Chand pool.

    Overnight will be at Jodhpur.

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  • About: JodhpurUdaipur

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for a sight seeing tour of the city. Mehrangarh Fort: Situated on a steep hill, Mehrangarh fort is one of the largest forts in India. The beauty and the grandeur of numerous palaces in the fort narrates a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures. Mehrangarh Fort, spreading over 5 km on a perpendicular hill and looking down 125 meters, presents a majestic view on city horizon. It was built on advice of a saint in 1459 to establish an impregnable head-quarter. This Fort is one of the best in India with its exquisitely latticed windows, carved panels, elaborately adorned windows and walls of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, and Sheesh Mahal.

    A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, royal costumes, furniture and the cannons on the fort`s ramparts are well preserved. Jaswant Thada: Close to the fort complex, lies Jaswant Thada. This 19th century royal cenotaph built in white marble in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and three other cenotaphs stand nearby. The cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh holds the rare portraits of the rulers and Maharajas of Jodhpur. A visit inside the cenotaphs, with some villagers of the region, would bring forward the reverence they still hold for their brave kings.

    Drive to Udaipur visiting Ranakpur enroute. The RANAKPUR TEMPLES, dating back to the 15th century have 200 pillars, none of which are alike, support its 29 halls. The Temple abounds with intricate friezes and sculptures. Includes visits to two more Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God with its erotic sculptures. Continue drive to Udaipur. Reach and check into the hotel. The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS.

    A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers. Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the LAKE PICHOLA is an enticing sight.Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years. Overnight will be at Udaipur.

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  • About: Udaipur

    Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace. City Palace: Standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola, is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559 A.D. The balconies of the palace provide panoramic views of "Jag Niwas" (the world wide famous 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 - a harmonic profusion hard to describe. 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 vivid mosaics in glass decorating its walls. The chini chitrashala 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 villas - in memory of a princess of striking beauty who poisoned herself to avert a bloody battle for her hand by rival princess. Now the palace contains many antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils and attracts thousands of visitors every day. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard.

    Saheliyon Ki Bari: Maharana Sangram singh builds this in the mid 18th century. The `garden of the maidens` brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. The delightful gardens appear discreet and in impeccable taste. There are four pools with dainty kiosks, and all around are flowerbeds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series of walls and shady trees. The Foundation of the Sahelion Ki Bari functions solely by water pressure and no pumps are used. The garden has a lotus pool, a sitting room decorated with paintings and glass mosaics. The whole ambiences are flavored by the nostalgia of those beautiful bells enjoying themselves in a lavish aura.

    Bagore Ki Haveli: This is a very congenial old building built right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar built it in the eighteenth century. The palace has over hundred rooms and some very interesting display of costumes and modern art. The glass and mirror in the interiors of the Haveli delicate work and well preserved too. It also preserves a fine example of Mewar Painting on the walls of Queen`s Chamber. The two peacocks made from small pieces of colored glasses are fine examples of glasswork. After the death Badwa the building became the property of Mewar State. It came to be occupied by Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore who built the palace of the three arches also in 1878 and it acquired its name of Bagore-Ki Haveli, the house of Bagore. After independence the structure lay in neglect until 1986 when it housed the West Zone Cultural centre.

    Jagdish Temple: The temple is situated in the middle of the city. The temple of Jagannath Rai, now called Jagdish-ji, is a major monument and should be seen carefully. Raised on a tall terrace and completed in 1651, it is a tribute alike to the tenacity of its builders and the resilence of the art tradition it represents. It attaches a double storeyed Mandapa (hall) to a double - storied, saandhara (that having a covered ambulatory) sanctum. The mandapa has another storey tucked within its pyramidal samavarna (bell - roof) while the hollow clustered spire over the sanctum contains two more, non - functional stories. Lanes taking off from many of the sheharpanah (city wall) converge on the Jagdish Temple and walking leisurely through them brings you face with the many layers of the cultural palimpsest that Udaipur is. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1651 A.D.

    Proceed for Evening Motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace.

    Overnight will be at Udaipur.

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    • Breakfast
  • About: UdaipurDelhi

    Breakfast will be at hotel. Visit Eklinji & Nagda temples. Eklinji is associated with Lord Shiva and a few of the temples date back to the 10th century. Chiseled out of sandstone and marble, the main temple enshrines a four-faced Shiva with an enormous double storied mandapam, under a huge pyramidal roof. Nagda is the ancient capital of Mewar, lying midway between Udaipur and Nathdwara and located next to the Bagela Lake. There is a group of 108 temples here. Legend has it that it was founded by Nagaditya, the fourth Mewar King in the 6th century and was a stronghold of the Sisodia Empire.

    Transfer to the airport to take flight for Delhi. Reach and enjoy last minute shopping. As per the flight timings you will be transferred to the airport to take flight back home with sweet memories of the India tour.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast

Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per the hotels chosen with Breakfast daily.
  • Arrival/Departure transfers, assistance, inter city drives using Air-conditioned vehicle with bottled water at all times.
  • Baggage handling at airports/railway station and hotels.
  • Government approved Local English speaking guides at all places.
  • Entrances to monuments.
  • All federal and government taxes.

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By Stephanie Routh From USA
4.8 / 5
HotelAirGroundTripTeam

Hello Victor,

 

We have successfully returned from India and are back in Texas.  I have finally downloaded my photos and I'm am thoroughly enjoying the editing process as I relive my wonderful experiences in India.  If our children had been with us, we would have stayed a month more.  My favorite thing in all of India-- more esteemed than the food, the architecture, or the religious and cultural learning--was the people.  India is its people--warm, gracious, friendly and open. 

 

I wanted to take a moment to tell you how pleased we were with everything that pertained to our trip.  Vikrant was very responsive and accomodating.  We had a nice visit with Alok as well.  The guides in each town were very knowledgable and unique in different ways.  Some were spiritual, some political, some very worldly--regardless,  it was refreshing to go to another town and have a different perspective from each guide. 

 

We cannot say enough good things about our driver, Mr. Kulmant Singh.  As you are aware, it takes a lot of bravado and luck to get from point A to point B in India.  We are thankful we did so without incident and that we got to experience India "as close to a local experience" as possible.  I think the only way to have traveled more like an Indian would have been to put all four of us on one motorbike!

 

I cannot wait to return to India.  I would return to Varanasi to be part of the mass of humanity that lives and breathes with a city that encircles all of life.  I would return to Jodhpur and Udaipur to spend more time in the streets, the markets, and with the people of India.  I liked the smallness and openess of these cities.  (I have to admit, we gave our guides some work trying to keep up with our random wanderings down side streets and off the tourist path!)  I would return to Jaipur if only to stay at the Rambagh Palace again.  It was my favorite hotel as was the Imperial.  My husband's favorites were the Oberoi's in Udaipur and Agra.  The Orchard hotel was quite a surprise and we would return if only to sit and visit with the host, a most gracious man.

 

Once again, thank you for your help in preparing our trip.  I look forward to working with you again when we decide to travel to the south! 

 

Best wishes,

Stephanie Routh

 

By Stephanie and Hondo Sen
4.8 / 5
HotelAirGroundTripTeam

Hello Victor,

 

I've been planning to send you an email to thank you for planning such a magical honeymoon for us! Everything ran so smoothly and it was all very seamless. India is such a wonderful country and we loved every second of our trip. The guides were very informative and helpful, Vikram, our driver was great and a pleasure to travel with and the hotels that we stayed in were amazing. We were very pleasantly surprised with the wedding congratulatory cakes that we received at the hotels. Thank you very much for arranging that. It made the honeymoon all the more special and the cakes were delicious!

Udaipur was the perfect setting for NYE and that evening in particular at the Lake Palace was a truly unforgettable experience! The hotel had arranged for various bizarres set up in their courtyard areas so guests could walk around, sip on cocktails and taste canapés, while watching performances from local Rajasthani entertainers in the open air spaces. It was incredible and the service was top notch. The roof top dinner at the Bhairo restaurant was an experience onto itself. The six course tasting menu was simply out of this world and the view of the City Palace light up with a full moon rising behind it was incredible--truly a scene out of a film. Being on the rooftop provided magnificent views of the fireworks at midnight. I'd highly recommend this experience to anyone who looking for a NYE to remember. 

We loved all of the cities that we visited and our guides were great.  Dash in Upaipur did a great job. He has great energy, was knowledgeable about everything that we saw and he took us on a very informative walk through the market. He pointed out items that he thought would be cool for us to see.  I could tell that he really wanted us to get the most out of our time in Udpaipur.  Our guide in Jodhpur was great as well. His tour of the Mehrangarh Fort was very informative and he made sure that we got to see the museum displays front and center, amid the crowds. My personal favorite guide was in Jaipur. She began the tour by showing up a handheld map of the county, which really opened up the doors for us to ask broader questions about all of India, as well as the city of Jaipur. On her tour, we had great conversations, not only about the history of the city/country but we got some insight into modern day India/ what it's like to live in India today. I really love this type of tour, as it combined both historical and modern day India.  We also really liked our Agra guide. Normally I would find the details of what it took to build and design a structure quite boring, but the way our guide explained the skilled artwork of the marble cutting and lattice work, he made it very interesting and gave me a better appreciation for the interior of the moment. He is another guide who we could tell really wants his clients to get the most out of his tour. 

It was a pleasure to meet the IVAT representative in Jaipur (I'm drawing a blank on his name. He used to live in Queens, NYC and recently moved back to Jaipur). On our second evening there, he invited us to join him at the polo grounds for a drink and appetizers. It was very thoughtful of him and it was nice to get some insight from someone who is both familiar with NYC and India.

Also, we really liked being driven by Vikram. I'm a nervous back-seat driver, so I was a little worried about how the driving experience would be in India.  With Vikram at the wheel, I never once felt concerned. We also really enjoyed his company.

 

Other memorable highlights include: 

-Lunch at the Chatrasagar Audbudon Tented Camp. The homemade food was delicious and dining while overlooking the beautiful reserve was unforgettable.. If we had an extra night, we would have loved to stay there in one of the tents.

-At a Sikh temple in Delhi, we helped prepare the community lunch. It was very cool to sit and have lunch with locals and to see them worship. 

 

I'm glad that the IVAT represerntaive who met us upon our initial arrival into Delhi, explained to us that the guides may take us to their preferred crafts vendor and for us not to feel the pressure to purchase. Our first visit to one of these vendors was unexpected and we were a little thrown off, however, knowing that we should not feel pressure to buy was helpful. For future tours, I would recommend that the guides ask the travelers if they would like to stop at a shop first, before arriving at one without the travelers knowing where they were going. 

 

We loved our time in India and we couldn't be happier with the experience that IVAT provided for us.

 

Sincerely,

Stephanie and Hondo Sen

 

By Greg Martka From USA
5 / 5
HotelAirGroundTripTeam

Hello Anupama,

Krish, my guide in Kolkata was excellent, really. He was punctual, commutative. Informative and generally was concerned for my comfort. Not only did he answer my questions about sites in Kolkata, he answered questions about Indian customs and lifestyles. He certainly enriched my visit and I now consider Kolkata one of the most fascinating and enjoyable cities I’ve ever visited. You should be proud to have him on your team. I’m a New Yorker, often hard to impress, but Krish was fantastic.

Varanasi, an interesting city but lacking the dynamic energy and engaging street life of Mumbai and Kolkata. I guess I’m a city boy at heart. I just want to tell you how fortunate I was to be given another excellent guide provided by your agency, Polkit Gupta. Always punctual, very knowledgeable of the history and culture of Varanasi, Buddha and the Hindu religion. I leaned quite a great deal from him on these topics. Besides viewing the main sites, I believe he took me behind the scenes to see how day to day inhabitants live and work, always with my comfort and understanding at hand. He’s an asset to your company and a gift to anyone who has his services. He was simply outstanding!

My guide in Jaipur, Bhawani Singh, was truly extraordinary. Right on time both days, communicative, informative, concerned about my comfort and comprehension, humorous. He kindly offered to show me to a local restaurant as well as assisted me with selecting a replacement hotel for myself here in Udaipur.  Through his own personal way, I really felt as if I was with a local, making my experience more interesting and pleasurable. Mr Singh is a wonderful man and I believe a major asset to IVAT.

Today in Udaipur, I had a wonderful time with guide Jitendra Singh Vishawat. Punctual, communicative and informative not only of the local sights and monuments, but also about the Hindu religion, which I had many questions about. In the at times crowded city palace, he took me aside to make sure I could hear his lecture clearly. I inquired about later taking a local sunset boat ride, after his services, and he instructed me where to go, at which preferred time, and the price of the ticket. 

Once again I had an excellent guide, this time in Jodhpur, Raghu Rathore. He was waiting for me in the lobby with a big smile, even earlier than on time. He had complete knowledge of the fortress in Jodhpur as well as the history of that city. He was communicative, interesting, easy going and informative. At the end of our time together he took the time to take me to a spice shop, which I had little interest in doing. But I ended up smelling different spices and having a great cup of chai offered by the shop owner, and of course bought saffron which will make much appreciated gifts for my friends in New York. Anyway, Mr. Rathore did a job well done!

Now about Pushkar....as you know I cancelled the guide. My superior driver, Jeet Singh, drove me into the city, after a 2 hour rest in the hotel you booked. Besides visiting the unremarkable temple, viewing the sad “lake,” and being hustled on the streets by the locals for rupees, there was nothing otherwise to see, not an interesting place at all. Perhaps I was at fault at rejecting the guide. I still would not recommend this place for anyone’s agenda.

After this short walk around in Pushkar, my excellent driver stepped in to save the day. Being a Sikh, he offered me to take me to a local temple. There he instructed me on the rituals needed before entering. Inside he pointed out facts about the alter, ongoing prayers and architecture. Although I enjoyed the many Hindu temples I’ve seen in India, it was quite refreshing and interesting to have been exposed to a different religion. Mr Jeet Singh, went above and beyond what was required of him. In fact, he was the glue to putting all my time in India together..just a few words about him... first of all he is an experienced and safe driver, from the chaotic highways to the one lane roads of Rajasthan. He knew every turn or exit even though there were no street signs. He knew the names of every numeral small town we passed through, happy to call them out. He was very very accommodating in slowing the van down or stopping on the roadside when I wanted to take a picture. The van was always well air conditioned, extremely clean inside and out, full of snacks, full of bottles of cold drinking water which Mr. Singh always wiped off the dew before handing a bottle to me. I enjoyed his selection of Indian music, making the trip more enjoyable and atmospheric. We even had many small laughs together about what we saw during the many hours we drove through your fascinating country. He is a wonderful and kind man, and I always felt safe, comfortable, relaxed and very content around him, which creates a great reflection upon my experience with your company.

By tomorrow I will complete my 23rd day in India, heading on to London. I’ve surely had incredible experiences here and saw some things I could not have imagined, good and bad, but all astonishing. I’m blessed to have experienced India. It’s a big world to see but I do intend to return one day. So you’ll be hearing from me again!

Your personal services were outstanding, really. If there’s anyone I can write to review you highly please forward me their information.

 

Have a wonderful summer!

 

All the best!

Greg Martka

 

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