ENCHANTING CITIES

 

The big cities of Rajasthan in 12 nights

ABOUT THE JOURNEY

 

Rajasthan’s name translates to ‘The land of the kings’ and this route takes one into a time warp, exploring the urban districts of the desert state. This route begins in the capital of India, Delhi, from where it flies to the city of lakes and palaces, Udaipur. From Udaipur, after a stop at the beautiful hamlet of temples, Ranakpur, it will head to the blue city, Jodhpur. The path will wind its way to the capital of the land of kings and the pink city, Jaipur, then to the city of victory, Fatehpur Sikri. It will head to the home of the Taj Mahal, Agra. The journey ends back in the capital Delhi.

Big cities of Rajasthan
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Arrival in Delhi

 

Upon arrival in Delhi, our representative will provide assistance at the airport and will transfer the guests to the hotel. After the check-in formalities, they may choose to rest or to explore the city for the remainder of the day (if they arrive during the day time).

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Delhi

 

The guests will have a late start on this day. The morning will be free to relax at the hotel after a long journey. They will drive around the capital area, called “Lutyens Delhi” and then visit the Mughals’ architectural gem in Delhi, the Humayun’s Tomb. The day will end a little outside central Delhi at the beautiful religious buildings of Qutb Minar, which date from the onset of Islamic rule in India.

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Delhi

 

Following breakfast they will go on a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. They will have a photo stop at Red Fort from the outside, and Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. Here they will take a ride in a rickshaw and on the Delhi Metro from Chandni Chowk up to Jor Bagh. Following lunch and a walk around Lodi Gardens, they will head to the National Museum, the government’s impressive collection of artefacts from the annals of India’s long enviable history. Late in afternoon, proceed to the tranquil meditation hall of the B’ahai House of Worship, also known as the Lotus Temple, built in December 1986 to resemble a budding lotus flower, hence the name.

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Delhi-Udaipur

1 hour flight

 

After a morning journey by flight to Udaipur, the guests will check-in at the hotel. Udaipur as a city is one of India’s most beautiful sights. Focussed around Lake Pichola, palace-cum-hotels are scattered around the city that is surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains. After lunch, the guests will enjoy a private boat ride in the scenic Lake Pichola. They will have dinner at the Ambrai, a picturesque restaurant in the Amet Haveli overlooking the lake and the surrounding landscape.

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Udaipur

 

After breakfast the guests will embark on a sighseeing tour of the city of Udaipur. On the peaceful banks of Lake Pichola, City Palace stands majestically, boasting panoramic views of the lake and city. Just next to the entrance of the City Palace stands the imposing Jagdish Temple. The beautiful ‘Saheliyon-Ki-Bari’ or the Garden of the Maidens on the banks of the Lake Fateh Sagar is a spectacular getaway. They will make a trip to the magnificent Shri Eklingji Prabhu Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, it traces its history back to the founding of the Mewar dynasty in the 8th century.

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Udaipur

 

The guests will have a relaxed start on this day. They can take a walk in the rustic streets of the city. After lunch, they will meet with a miniature painting artist specializing in the Mewar style of painting. They can meet with the artist at his home and the clients can have an initiating course in miniature painting. They can end the day with an airy ride through the city in their choice of a vintage car.

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Udaipur-Ranakpur-Jodhpur

7 hour drive, 260 kms

 

The guests may have an early start in the morning drive to Jodhpur and upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. En route, they will visit the temple town of Ranakpur. The main temple in Ranakpur, the Chaumukha Mandir is a spectacular, intricately carved testament to the skill of the Jain architects. They will then drive on to Jodhpur and spend the night at the hotel there.

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Jodhpur

 

The day will begin with a tour of the Blue City, Jodhpur. Jodhpur is now known as India’s ‘Blue City’. The defining feature of this otherwise low-rise cityscape, rising 400 feet above the city, the Mehrangarh Fort is at once colossal and delicate, imposing and organic. They will visit a clock tower called Ghanta Ghar and the market adjoining it is known for its silver art, textiles and spices. The Jaswant Thada, close to the Clock Tower is an intricately crafted cenotaph was built in 1899 in honour of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. They will then go the grand Umaid Bhawan Palace for high-tea.

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Jodhpur-Pushkar-Jaipur

6 hour drive, 260 kms

 

The guests may have an early start on this day. After check-out and breakfast, they will drive to Jaipur. En route they will visit Pushkar and walk around the town. They will then proceed to the Pink City, Jaipur where they will spend the night. Those who wish may choose to visit the local markets for which Jaipur is renowned. They may also visit the Raj Mandir Cinema and those who want to watch a colourful Bollywood movie may do so.

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Jaipur

 

The day will begin after breakfast with a visit to the Old City of Jaipur. The guests will see Hawa Mahal from outside and can click some pictures, the grand royal City Palace and the seventeenth century astronomical observatory, the Jantar Mantar, they will head to the grand hill-fort, the Amber Fort. Later, they will have lavish lunch with Elephant ride at Dera Amer. Evening will be free at leisure.

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Jaipur

 

This day, the guests will further explore the city of Jaipur. The day will begin with a visit to the beautiful medieval cenotaphs of Gaitore. They will then head to the Galta Ji Mandir, popularly known as the ‘Monkey Temple’, dedicated to the monkey-headed god Hanuman. Following, they will proceed to the Anokhi Museum of Hand-Painting which is dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of block printed cloth.

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Jaipur-Fatehpur Sikri-Agra

6 hour drive, 260 kms

 

After an early breakfast, the day will begin with a drive to Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri or ‘The city of victory’, is one of the best-preserved examples of Mughal architecture in India. This magnificent fortified medieval city was the short-lived capital of the Mughal Empire. After lunch, they will then head to the City of the Taj Mahal, Agra. They will visit the Agra Fort which is another splendid example of Mughal architecture and end the day there.

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Agra-Delhi

4 hour drive, 260 kms

 

The day begins with a visit to the marvel in marble, the Taj Mahal at sunrise. They will head back to Delhi after lunch. In Delhi, they will go to the hotel for dinner and wash and change. They will then head to the airport to board their flight back home. They will be assisted by a Tushita representative during the departure proceedings.

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