Incredible Rajasthan

Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Pushkar - Jodhppur - Udaipur

11-Days / 10-Nights

From now to 31 March 2021

Discover the mysterious Rajasthan as you travel through big cities to desert areas, mountains and admire fantastical palaces. Experience Rajasthan’s cultural colours and how they intertwine with its royal past and awe-inspiring architectural creations. See the best of Rajasthan and Delhi over 11 unforgettable days.

Delhi: Old and New Delhi grow upon the senses as you visit the Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar and the grand Lutyens’s Delhi. Head to Nizamuddin West area near India Gate to check out the Sufi Nizamuddin Dargah mausoleum and hear some Quawwali music.

Agra: Behold the love poem written in stone, or simply, the Taj Mahal and experience the myriad other charms of this city. Walk through the old colonial-era precincts of Agra and discover the social and cultural history of the city.

Jaipur: Admire the amazing Amber Fort, visit the dazzling City Palace and behold the romantic Palace of the Winds. Explore the colourful local market and taste some street food.

Pushkar: Explore India’s rich mythological and holy connection at this sacred city and experience a spiritual high

Jodhpur: Enjoy the ‘blue city’ as you visit Mehrangarh Fort and acquaint yourself with fascinating tales of valour and honour of the royals. Savour mirchi vada, a spicy street snack, washed down with lassi (sweet buttermilk) while exploring Sadar market by the Ghanta Ghar clock tower

Udaipur: Experience the beauty of a rich royal past set in the desert city of many lakes

With an Accompanying English Speaking Guide

All departures on Saturdays. Custom tours can be arranged. Guides in all major common languages available. Other destinations can be added.


ITINERARY
Map of Area (https://goo.gl/maps/989Y2bby7w8FnCMcA)
shows where we will be going. All routes shown are by road. Longer distances will be by air. Zoom in and out for change of details.

SATURDAY, DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN DELHI
Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport. A Spiritual Journeys representative will meet and greet you then assist you with your transfer to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a welcome briefing session with our tour manager. Delhi is a bustling metropolis where the past and the present merge, and where the Old and the New cities define the capital’s cultural and architectural heritage. Overnight: Delhi.


SUNDAY, DAY 2 | IN DELHI
Go out on a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, visiting the largest monument of Old Delhi, the imposing Red Fort, built in red sandstone (photo stop from outside, entrance not included). The walls of the massive Red Fort rise a daunting 33 metres (108 ft) above the bustle of Old Delhi as a reminder to the magnificent power of former emperors. Very near the fort is the 17th-century Jama Masjid (‘Friday Mosque’), one of the largest mosques in India. Walk through the famous bazaars of Chandni Chowk, to experience the hustle and bustle of a crowded oriental bazaar. Also visit Raj Ghat, the Mahatma Gandhi memorial, a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation. In New Delhi, visit the India Gate, the memorial of the First World War and the road that leads from there to the President House, flanked by the houses of Parliament, the Secretariat building, the Birla Temple and Lotus Temple.

Optional Akshardham Temple tour (not included): Discover the essence of Hinduism at Akshardham Temple, one of the largest and most intricate places of worship in the country. This religious complex is a look into Delhi’s rich cultural past and the best of Hindu culture. Combining several different and contrasting architectural styles of Hindu temple architecture of northern India, this monument is a fusion of pink sandstone and pure white Italian Carrara marble. (Closed on Mondays). Overnight: Delhi.


MONDAY, DAY 3 | DELHI – AGRA (by Road)
Soon after breakfast drive southwards to Agra (4 ½ hrs) on the banks of the River Yamuna. Agra rose to fame in the 17th century as the capital of the Mughal Empire, beautified with gardens, waterfalls, bathhouses and canals. In modern times, the city houses a thriving crafts industry, including marble inlay work and carpets. In the afternoon, go out on a sightseeing tour of Agra which includes the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. Built in the mid-17th century by the heartbroken Shah Jahan following the death in childbirth of his queen, Mumtaz Mahal. This mausoleum is an eternal love poem written in stone. During the visit, admire the intricacy of work of 20,000 craftsmen who were brought from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy to build this astonishing monument. (Closed on Fridays). Overnight: Agra.


TUESDAY, DAY 4 | AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI – JAIPUR (by Road)
After breakfast at the hotel, depart Agra, heading to Jaipur (5 hrs), arriving in the ‘Pink City’, as it is popularly known, in the afternoon. Check in on arrival with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri: While driving towards Jaipur, make a brief stop at Fatehpur Sikri. To wander in the ‘ghost city’ of Fatehpur Sikri is to go back five centuries in time to the height of the Mughal Empire. This monumental walled city was built by Akbar the Great, the third emperor, to be his capital but it was abandoned within a few years of its completion due to lack of water. Today, it is a remarkably well-preserved collection of red sandstone palaces, pavilions and mosques. The buildings here present a unique blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, and include the Panch Mahal, the Buland Darwaza and the Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chisti, which speak of the grandeur and splendour of the Mughals. Overnight: Jaipur.


WEDNESDAY, DAY 5 | IN JAIPUR
After an early breakfast, drive to the Amber Fort. Located on a spur overlooking a lake, Amber Fort’s robust, time-ravaged walls appear imposing from the outside but they hide an interior packed with beautifully decorated palaces and temples, and landscaped gardens. Be dazzled by the Sheesh Mahal, a room with its four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces. Admire the frescoes of the Ganesh Pol gate and the colonnade of the Diwan-i-Aam. Return to the old city to visit the City Palace and the beautiful palaces within such as the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal and the intricately decorated Peacock Gate. Also of interest is the Armoury Museum, which houses an impressive collection of antique weapons such as blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers, which belonged the royals. Make a stop at the spellbinding Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds (photo stop) and the famous Johari bazaar famous for its jewels and saris, the Tripolia bazaar with bronzes, sculptures and lacquerware, the Bapu bazaar renowned for its perfumes and textiles, and Chandpol bazaar for pottery and bracelets. Overnight: Jaipur.

THURSDAY, DAY 6 | JAIPUR – PUSHKAR (by Road)
Drive to Pushkar (3 hrs), upon arrival, check in to your hotel. The village of Pushkar lies on the edge of the Thar Desert and located at its heart is one of India's most sacred lakes, Pushkar Lake. Apart from its religious significance, Pushkar is known for a camel fair held every year in the festival month of Kartik (October and November). Being a religious town, alcohol and non-vegetarian food are taboo. Take an evening walk to admire the beautiful Pushkar Lake and colourful Pushkar market (unguided visit). Overnight: Pushkar.


FRIDAY, DAY 7 | PUSHKAR – JODHPUR (by Road)

Drive to Jodhpur (4 ½ hrs). Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and gateway to the frightening Thar Desert in the Marwar region. The old city, originally founded in the mid-15th century is familiarly known as the blue city, due to its blue-painted buildings and rooftops, and is surrounded by a 10-kilometre long wall that dates from the 16th century. The massive Mehrangarh Fort perched high above overlooks the city and the red sandstone palaces within the fort form one of the most impressive architectural complexes in Rajasthan. Proceed on a city tour of Jodhpur, starting from Mehrangarh Fort. One of the largest forts in India, Mehrangarh is the pride of Jodhpur. The main palaces that make up the fort are the Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Takht Vilas and Jhanki Mahal. The fort’s museum displays a rich collection of old royal palanquins, arms, paintings, costumes, and more. There are also a number of galleries and temples inside the fort. Also visit the stunning Jaswant Thada a royal cenotaph built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. This white marble memorial is adorned with exquisite carvings and intricate detail. Built like a temple, the Thada is a testament of the skill of the Jodhpuri sculptors. Overnight: Jodhpur.


SATURDAY, DAY 8 | JODHPUR – UDAIPUR (by Road)
Depart early for your journey to Udaipur (6 ½ hrs). Udaipur was founded in the mid-16th century and became capital of Mewar. The rulers of Mewar, who belonged to the Sisodia clan of Rajputs, have traced their dynasty back to the year 566. Fiercely independent, they refused matrimonial alliances with the Mughal emperors, and took great pride in their reputation as the prime defenders of Rajput honour. On the way visit Ranakpur Jain temple. Often regarded as poetry on marble, this 15th century Jain temple honouring Adinath is a work of architectural genius. The intricate marble carvings boast an enormous degree of skill and delicacy. Another interesting aspect about the temple is its play of shadow and light on the nearly 1,500 pillars, each different, each proudly displaying a different motif. Overnight: Udaipur.


MONDAY, DAY 09 | IN UDAIPUR
Embark on a sightseeing tour of the city. Visit Jagdish Temple, a large Hindu temple in the middle of the city. The temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, was built in 1651. Saheliyon Ki Bari, the garden of maidens, built in the mid-18th century. Stroll by the pools dotted with elegant kiosks, flowerbeds, lawns, fountains, along with an array of trees that make this garden worth visiting. Continue to visit Fateh Sagar Lake, an artificial lake originally built around the year 1680. Explore the grand City Palace, a fusion of medieval European and Chinese architecture. This marble monument is situated on the eastern banks of Lake Pichola. The palace’s numerous balconies, towers and cupolas provide a fantastic view of the lake and the city below. Overnight: Udaipur.


TUESDAY, DAY 10 | UDAIPUR – DELHI (by Air)
Get up at leisure for an ontime transfer to Udaipur airport to board your flight for Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel, with the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight: Delhi.


WEDNESDAY, DAY 11 | DEPART DELHI
An on-time transfer to Delhi airport to board your flight for onward destination.

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HOTELS ENVISAGED, OR EQUIVALENT:

 

COSTS: US $ per person with MINIMUM two people, all arriving, traveling and departing together.

Departue Period
Hotel Category
Twin/Double
Single
Now till 30 September 2020
Standard
965.00
1,365.00
Superior
1,030.00
1,500.00
1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021
Standard
1,095.00
1,635.00
Superior
1,275.00
1,990.00

 

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
• Accommodation as per above itinerary in twin share/double rooms with daily breakfast
• Tours and transfers as specified including entry fees, on a private basis in an air-conditioned vehicle
• The services of an accompanying English speaking guide
• Air flight Udaipur to Delhi in economy class
• Current applicable VAT Government tax and services charge
• Meeting and assistance upon arrival/ departure by Spiritual Journeys English speaking representative
• All transfers between airport and hotel and all sightseeing in a private air conditioned vehicle
• Visits, excursions and transfers as per the program
• Entrance to the site as per the itinerary (subject to change without prior notice)

TOUR PRICES EXCLUDES:
• International airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified
• Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
• Meals other than specified as included
• Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
• Tips or gratuities to guides/drivers/porters / hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
• Drinks or personal expenses or entrance fees for any extra sightseeing or optional activities
• Hotel early check- in and late check-out
• International air
• Optional tour

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Additional Information: Please e-mail Deepak Singh or telephone Deepak Singh at +1-508-358-4267.