Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Pushkar - Jodhpur - Udaipur
11-Days / 10-Nights
From now to 31 March 2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore India’s rich mythological and holy connection at
this sacred city and experience a spiritual high
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
Experience the beauty of a rich royal past set in the desert city
of many lakes
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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
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:
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:
DAY 6 | JAIPUR – PUSHKAR (by
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
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.
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
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October 2020 to 31 March 2021