12 Days Private Tour - Raj & Taj Tour of India

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  • 12 Days Private Tour - Raj & Taj Tour of India - Private Tours,
  • 12 Days Private Tour - Raj & Taj Tour of India - Private Tours,
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Day 01 Arrival at Delhi: You will be met on arrival at the International airport. Transfer to your hotel. Relax. DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Activities: City, Family, Art, Local Culture, Honeymoon, Horse Riding, Shopping, Sightseeing, Walking, Journeys Collection
  • Places Visited:Delhi (India), Maharashtra (India), New Delhi (India), Jodhpur (India), Mumbai (India), India, Udaipur (India), Agra (India), Uttar Pradesh (India), Rajasthan (India), Jaipur (India)
  • Group size: 2 persons
  • Duration: 12 Day(s)

Your Tour

Day 01

  • Arrival at Delhi:
  • You will be met on arrival at the International airport. Transfer to your hotel. Relax.
  • DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.
  • Overnight will be in Delhi. (On own)
Day 02
  • Delhi:
  • After breakfast proceed for a day sightseeing tour of the city.
  • Red Fort, Delhi Tour & TravelStart with the sightseeing of Old 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 Asia’s 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 Asia’s 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.
  • After visiting 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, colours 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 President’s 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.
  • Enjoy the DANCES OF INDIA SHOW in the evening. Overnight will be in Delhi.
Day 03 Delhi - Agra:
  • By Road 201 km in 4 hr
  • Breakfast will be at hotel.
  • Drive to Agra and reach by noon.
  • Just before you enter the city, stop at SIKANDRA.
  • 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.
  • Check in at hotel on reaching the city.
  • 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.
  • Proceed for day sightseeing of Agra after lunch.
  • Taj Mahal, Agra Tour PackageTAJ 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.
  • Overnight will be at Agra.
Day 04
  • Agra – Jaipur: By Road 221 km in 6 hr
  • Enjoy breakfast at hotel.
  • Drive to FATEHPUR SIKRI for a short sightseeing tour.
  • 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 MOINUDDIN CHISTI, the founder of the Chisti order of SUFIS. EMPEROR AKBAR did not have a male heir and when heard about the saint he visited him in 1568 AD. The saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude the emperor 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.
  • 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.
  • Overnight will be in Jaipur.
Day 05 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 honoured 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, Jaipur Tour & TravelHAWA 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.
Day 06 Jaipur – Jodhpur:
  • By Road 280 km in 6 hr
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Jodhpur.
  • 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 pic hero of the RAMAYANA.
  • Reach and in the late afternoon visit the famous UMAID BHAWAN PALACE.
  • In the evening enjoy a visit to the old city and have dinner at the roof top restaurant of PAL HAVELI with a gorgeous view of the massive MEHRANGARH FORT.
  • Overnight will be at Jodhpur.
Day 07 Jodhpur:
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed for morning sightseeing tour of Jodhpur - gateway to the desert beyond, home of the Rathors of Marwar.
  • Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, rising up a hilly scarp, built on the advice of a hermit, overlooking the city in the image of a long sentinel. The fort is 125 metres high and is surrounded by a 10 km long wall – the blue city is inside the walls of the fort. It is also in the history that this fort was never conquered by any invader. Inside the Fort are a number of palaces added by successive rulers. In this palace you would see different miniature paintings & cradle room.
  • After this you would visit Jaswant Thada Memorial.
  • In the afternoon, visit the BISHNOI VILLAGES and have a rare glimpse into the rich culture and true essence of India. Abundant wildlife (game) and memorable moments of the great desert landscape fascinates one while driving along the countryside.
  • Enjoy the old city and stay the night at Jodhpur.
Day 08 Jodhpur – Jaisalmer:By Road 330 km in 5 hr
  • Enjoy breakfast and bird watching.
  • Continue drive to Jaisalmer.
  • Camel Safari, Jaisalmer Tour & TravelRising 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.
  • Reach and check in at hotel.
  • Also visit the ROYAL CENOTAPHS and relax in the evening.
  • Stay overnight at Jaisalmer.
Day 09 Jaisalmer:
  • After a relaxed breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of The Golden City - Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert. Its temple, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone. The city is a mass of intricately carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies.
  • 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 savouring. 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 epitomising the side by side symmetry during construction. Paintings in miniature style monopolise 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 splendour, 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, Jaisalmer Tour PackageGODI 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 sourrounded 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.
  • In the late afternoon, proceed to the SAND DUNES for visiting the typical Rajasthani Desert Village. Enjoy a camel ride and 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.
Day 10 Lucknow - Delhi:
Jaisalmer – Udaipur: By Air
Flight : IT 2332 (Kingfisher Airlines)
Aircraft : ATR Jet
Stopover : Nil
Departure : 1200 hr
Arrival : 1410 hr
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel
  • Take flight at noon and reach Udaipur comfortably.
  • 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.
  • Walk around the hotel which will be in the old city and enjoy the culture of the MEWAR.
  • Overnight will be at Udaipur.
Day 11 Udaipur:
  • Breakfast will be at hotel.
  • Jag Mandir Palace, Udaipur Tour PackageProceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard.
  • Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, the Jagdish Temple and the Royal Cenotaphs.
  • 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.
  • If time permits, go up to the monsoon palace. Overnight will be in Udaipur.
Day 12 Udaipur – Mumbai / Delhi:
  • By Air
  • To be announced depending on the departure destination
  • Breakfast will be at hotel.
  • Proceed to the domestic airport for flight to Mumbai / Delhi with sweet memories of Rajasthan & TAJ MAHAL.


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