Journey of a Lifetime
~ Everytime ~
Rajasthan, Delhi, Agra and Varanasi
February to 3 March, 2018
recorded history goes back to 4,000 years, with remarkable examples
of civilization well ahead of other countries. Throughout this period,
reverence was shown to the many Gods her people worshipped, and
the land was dominated by independent kingdoms. Reverence to the
Gods led to gold and jewels and the finest of architecture bestowed
onto them, and the independent kingdoms accumulated wealth not seen
elsewhere. Thus she was a prime target for marauders, attracted
by her wealth and attributes of her civilization. Forts for defense
and palaces for residence were de-rigor for the independent kingdoms,
and though many have not survived the ravages of time, those that
have, were either too beautiful not to have been maintained or too
well built and withstood the elements. Thus, there are some exquisite
examples of architecture that we will not only see, but also live
in – most perhaps only 200 to 400 years old, though some forts going
back to at least 1,000 years.
in luxury. Stay in the best hotels available. Many of these are
world class properties. There are no hotels better than these in
India. We will also visit Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and one of
the oldest cities in the world, Varanasi.
will see the finest examples of India’s temples and forts, religions,
jewelry and wealth - all that has made India famous.
tour will be led by Adrianna Castelazo.
Adrianna loves India and starting in the mid 1990s, has been all
over the country more than 45 times. Deepak
Singh will accompany her.
Map of this area (https://goo.gl/maps/Woduh5T1kbr).
Zoom in or out to change details. (The shown route is by road.
We will be flying across the longer distances).
Feb Depart the Americas
Depart the Americas this afternoon. Overnight: On board your flight.
Feb Arrive Delhi
We welcome you in the capital city of India, for a journey across
the fascinating history-markers of medieval north India. Wars were
fought and rulers changed in Delhi but ordinary lives were lived
in relative continuity. Glimpses of these can be seen even today
as the character of the city underwent massive changes in the last
decades. In the land to have been seven capital cities, signs of
the old are continuously jostling with the new, presenting an ever-fascinating
panorama. We welcome you to its chaos and stability, into its steadfastness
and its impatience and into a delightful rainbow of amalgamation,
producing a world completely its own. We will meet you as you exit
customs and immigration at Delhi airport and transfer you to your
airport hotel. Overnight: Delhi.
17 Feb Delhi - Jodhpur
In time transfer to Delhi airport to board flight for Jodhpur (1255/1415
hrs). On arrival transfer to the hotel & rest of the day at
leisure. Overnight: Jodhpur.
the day sightseeing of Jodhpur. Visit Mehrangarh Fort - Situated
at an altitude of about 125 meters, the Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur
is spread over an area of 5 sq km in the heart of the city of Jodhpur.
Besides being a landmark in Jodhpur Mehrangarh fort is a must visit
for all the tourists. The fort has seven gates of which the noted
ones are the Jayapol, built by Maharaja Man Singh in 1806; Fatehpol
or the Victory Gate built by Maharaja Ajit Singh; and the Lohapol
or the Iron Gate. Jaswant Thada - is a white marble memorial built
in memory of Maharaja Jaswant II in 1899 A story goes that Maharaja
Jaswant succumbed to injuries in this place while fighting the Mughal
king Jahangir. This place is a must visit in Jodhpur. Umaid Bhawan
- Made of marble and pink sandstone, the construction of the Umaid
Bhawan of Jodhpur started in 1929 and it took 16 years to complete
it. It is believed that the palace was constructed to give employment
to the famine-struck population of Jodhpur. This majestic building
is presently the residence of the former rulers with a part of it
running as hotel and remaining part as a museum. In the afternooon
depart for a Bishnoi safari on 4-wd (non-AC) vehicles. Overnight:
Feb Jodhpur to Udaipur (through Ranakpur) by road
Drive to Udaipur (6 1/2 hrs) en route visiting Ranakpur, famous
for its Jain temples built in the 15th
century are situated in the lovely Aravali valley. The town is named
after Rana Khumba the legendary warrior king of Udaipur. Its surroundings
are peaceful and picturesque. The temple has a grand structure and
beautiful sculptures. There are 1444 pillars in the main temple
and no two of them are similar. Thereafter commence drive to Udaipur.
Udaipur is a centre of historic arts and crafts of Mewar, like the
Mewar School of Miniature Painting. There is the modern face of
Udaipur that one can look at if interested, but given the other
sights from a glorious past, modernity is no real distraction. Udaipur
will hold you in its thrall no matter who you are or where you come
from. During your tour you will visit the City Palace built in 1725,
a majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake on a hill
surrounded by crenellated walls, it is a conglomeration of courtyards,
pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. The main
entrance is through the triple arched gate, the "Tripolia"
with eight marble porticos. The Maharanas were weighed under the
gate in gold, the equivalent amount of which was distributed among
the populace. There after visit Shri Jagmandir Temple - built by
Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651 the temple enshrines a black stone
image of Lard Vishnu. There is a brass image of Garuda the Lord
bird carrier. The exterior and the plinth are covered with base
relief of alligators; elephants, horsemen and celestial musicians
rise in tiers. Chanting, bells and music can be heard throughout
the day. It is the largest and most splendid temple of Udaipur.
Later a boat cruise on Pichola Lake, 4-Km long and 3-Km wide, surrounded
by splendid hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments.
Visit the island palace Jag Niwas which is beautifully set in the
lake. Overnight: Udaipur.
Feb Udaipur - Jaipur
After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight
to Jaipur (0950/1050 hrs), and upon arrival spend rest of the day
sightseeing. Overnight: Jaipur.
Compare the city of Old Delhi with the city of Jaipur, a city unique
amongst its medieval contemporaries. The streets, palaces, temples,
residences, shopping place are all in accordance to the ancient
Hindu rules of Vastu Shastra. The
pink wash was added in 1853 in honour of the visit of Prince Albert.
Perched atop the hill looking down majestically is the Amber fort.
We ride up into the palace astride elephants just like the Maharajas
of yore. The plain and time worn exteriors belie the exquisite detail
with which the interiors were crafted with a gentle breeze which
cools the interiors. In the famed Sheesh Mahal look up and be prepared
to feel a surge of color as the optical effect makes you a part
of this royal past. In the city, drive past Hawa Mahal, where again
notice the jails. The Maharaja's City Palace, much of which has
been converted into a museum covers almost one-seventh area of the
city in a fortified unit. Here the Armoury Museum housing an impressive
array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles
and daggers. Become one with the planetary bodies at Jantar Mantar,
the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Jaipur
is also an interesting place for those interested in jewelry, clothes,
carpets and other handicrafts items. The city is a veritable paradise
for those seeking souvenirs of the craftsmanship of Rajasthan. Overnight:
Feb Agra to Agra (via Fathepur
Wake up at leisure, then drive to Agra (6 hrs) stopping at Fathepur
Sikri. In its imposing red sandstone structure lies the city envisioned
by Emperor Akbar only to be abandoned a mere fourteen years later
due to water scarcity. Overnight: Jaipur.
Before dawn, visit the spectacular Taj Mahal - the most extravagant
monument ever built for love. On the death of his beloved wife Mumtaz
Mahal, Moghul Emperor Shah Jehan built her this memorial over which
20,000 men laboured for 22 years to create a masterpiece in white
marble inlaid with semi precious stones; the art is called pietra
dura. Stroll down the ornamental gardens laid out along the classical
Mughal charbagh lines. This garden is separated by a long watercourse,
which reflects the monument in perfect symmetry. Return to your
hotel for breakfast. Spend rest of day sightseeing and shopping
in Agra, visiting Agra Fort where Shah Jehan
spent the last years of his life, imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb.
The most impressive part of the Fort are the Dewan-eAm, Hall of
Public Audience where the Emperor met officials and listened to
petitioners, and the Dewan-e-Khas Hall of Private Audience where
he received foreign dignitaries. The Peacock throne (now in Iran)
was in this fort, before being moved to Delhi by Emperor Aurangzeb.
Feb Agra Khajuraho through Orchha
Early morning depart for Khajuraho, first taking a train
to Jhansi (0802/1043), then driving to Orchha (1 hrs), and then
driving to Khajuraho (5 hrs). The city of Orchha is situated in
the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India. The meaning of Orchha
is 'hidden' and the city is located on the banks of River Betwa
in Madhya Pradesh, 16 kilometers away from Jhansi, and is encircled
by fascinating hills and loads of greenery. The small village of
Orchha was once the capital of Bundelkhand. The historical memorials
of Orchha narrate the stories of war and peace, love and devastation
and still retain the unspoiled charm. Visit Jehangir Mahal - Jehangir
Mahal is exceedingly beautiful and the most visited monument in
Orchha. The palace was built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo to commemorate
the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha. The main attraction of
the palace are the two statues of bowed elephants right at the entrance
of the gate that set the mood for your exploration of this charming
palace. You will notice a strong resemblance in the structure of
this palace and many other monuments built in Islamic architectural
style; Raj Parveen Mahal - The palace was built King Indramani in
the 17th century. It is said that he built it for his love Raj Parveen
who was an exceptionally talented poetess and a musician. The palace
is only two floor high. It was built this way to match with the
height of trees in the area. You can get scintillating views of
nearby gardens of Anand Mahal and the octagonal flower garden. Later,
drive to Khajuraho. Overnight: Khajuraho.
Feb - Khajuraho - Varanasi
Visit the Eastern & Western Group of Temples – the most important
temple being the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple-dedicated to Lord Shiva.
It is one of the largest and most typical of the Khajuraho temples.
Visit the Chaunsat Yogini Temple-dedicated to the 64 “Yoginis” or
attendants of Goddess Kali. This temple stands apart from the rest.
Also see the Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely sculpture
of Lord Vishnu in his 11-headed form. The sculptures that adorn
the temples, carved in stone depicts gods, goddesses and amorous
couples. The Eastern Group of Temples includes the Ghantai Temple,
Vamana Temple dedicated to the "Vamana" or dwarf incarnation
of Lord Vishnu and the Javari Temple. There are also three Jain
Temples with beautiful carvings and non-erotic sculptures. Although
these are Jain temples, they also contain numerous Vaishnav deities.
Later take a flight to Varanasi (1515/1610). Overnight: Varanasi.
to the Holy River Ganga before dawn. Experience Ganges cruise &
watch activities on Ghats – The long string of bathing ghats are
the principal attraction in Varanasi. Ghats are the steps which
lead down to the river and the best time to visit the ghats is at
dawn, when pilgrims take their morning dip. There are over 100 ghats
in all. The best way to see the activities on the ghats is to take
a boat ride along the ghats. One can see the women bathing discreetly
in their saris, the young men going through yoga exercises, the
priests offering blessings. Look for the burning ghats where bodies
are cremated. Manikarnika and Harishchandra are the main burning
ghats. The lingams mark each ghat, for Varanasi is the city of Lord
Shiva. Back to the hotel for breakfast and proceed for the sightseeing
of Sarnath. The main tourist attractions in Sarnath
are the Stupas, excavated ruins of monasteries, Ashoka Pillar, Deer
Park, where the Buddha delivered his
first sermon, Dhamekh Stupa, Bodhi tree, Moolgandha Kuti Vihara
and Archaeology Museum (closed on Friday). You
can stroll through narrow lanes of Varanasi bazaar & experience
shopping. In the evening, experience an evening aarti
on the banks of the Holy Ganges. Overnight: Varanasi.
Feb Varanasi - Delhi
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi
(1030/1125 hrs). On arrival check in and enjoy your hotel as the
rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Delhi.
Spend the day on a sightseeing tour of Delhi. Visit Humayun’s Tomb
built by Haji Begum, the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun’s,
nine years after his death and took eight years to complete. It
is designed by the Persian architect Misak Mirza Ghiyaz. Octagonal
in shape, raised on a plinth, with double domes, high arches, laid
in the centre of a large walled enclosure, the monument is an imposing
structure, The Qutub Minar – Delhi’s landmark, 73 mtr. Tall victory
tower was started by Qutub-ud-din Aibak,the first Muslim ruler in
1193 but could finish only the 1st storey of sand stones. Iltutmish
succeeding him added 2nd& 3rd floor in sand stone and later
in 1368 Firoz Shah Tughlak constructed 4th& 5th storey in both
sand stone and marble. Delhi’s most curious antique, the uncorroded
Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD.
past Rashtrapati Bhavan – The house that houses the President of
India and the house that boasts of having welcomed the most powerful
men in history. The Rashtrapati Bhavan was designed by Edwin Lutyens
and built in 1931, to be the central point of the British power
in Delhi, and the Secretariat Buildings – the centre of Government
activity, down the impressive Rajpath (the main avenue), to the
World War I memorial arch, India Gate, the High Court Building and
the Old Fort, India Gate – Sir Edwin Lutyens designed this war memorial
to 90,000 Indian soldiers who died on the North-west Frontiers during
World War I. The Duke of Connaught laid the foundation in 1921 and
was completed in 10 years. Visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, an important
Sikh place of worship.
you can visit Connaught Place – which was built in 1931. It comprises
of two concentric circles with colonial style buildings surrounded
by a park. These buildings can be reached through the inner, middle
and the outer circles. Gulmohur trees, a large fountain, ornate
fencing and the recently added light post grace the central park.
Mar Delhi, the Departure
Day of leisure, on your own. Check out is at 12 noon. Transfer to
airport for return flight. Overnight: On flight.
Mar Arrive the Americas
Arrive today into the Americas.
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