Experience the lifestyle of India's Mughal rulers on this journey through Mumbai & North India where you will stay at deluxe hotels, some that were the former homes of the ruling class from this amazing country's romantic era. Along this fascinating journey, visit iconic landmarks located in India's northern cities, like the Taj Mahal in Agra and the great forts of Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur, take a camel ride in Jaisalmer, explore the ornate havelis of Mandawa, and marvel at the countryside as you explore the princely state of Rajasthan.
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Upon arrival in Mumbai, you will be met by your local guide in the arrivals area holding a name-board. After a warm welcome & brief introduction, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Stay two nights in Mumbai.
Take a tour of the Elephanta Caves. An hour away from Mumbai by ferry, the Elephanta Caves are a network of sculpted caves located on Elephanta Island or Gharapuri (meaning the city of caves) in Mumbai Harbor. The island, located on an arm of the Arabian Sea, consists of two groups of caves - the first is a large group of 5 Hindu caves, the second, a smaller group of 2 Buddhist caves. The rock cut architecture of the caves has been dated to between the 5th and 8th centuries. Return to the mainland in the afternoon and start on a city tour. Visit the Prince of Wales museum built in grand Indo Saracenic style, drive past Marine drive, visit the Jain temple, Mani Bhawan where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay, and Dhobi Ghat, the outdoor laundry. Drive past the Flora Fountain, the colorful Crawford Market and Victoria Terminus train station.
Enjoy the morning at your leisure in Mumbai, and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Udaipur. On arrival in Udaipur, Rajasthan, meet and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills, Udaipur grew in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest of Rajasthan. From the late 16th century, peace brought about an era of renaissance in the arts and encouraged the building of beautiful palaces around the lake, culminating in the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in the world.
This morning, take a tour of the city visiting the City Palace, which stands on the crest of a ridge overlooking Lake Pichola. The largest palace in Rajasthan, it was built at various periods but still preserves the harmony of design, enhanced by massive octagonal towers surmounted by cupolas. Now a museum, it is a labyrinth of courtyards richly decorated with inlaid mirror-work, galleries covered with frescos, temples and roof gardens, which afford a wide panorama below. Later visit mid-17th century built Jagdish Temple in the old town, famous for the remarkable bronze statue of Garuda, the mythical bird, facing his revered master Lord Vishnu. Continue the visit to the Sahelion-ki-Bari (Garden of the Handmaidens), and in the afternoon, experience the hustle bustle of the old market at Udaipur. Towards the evening, enjoy a boat cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola.
Drive across the Aravalli Hills, the oldest mountain range in the world to Jodhpur. The scenery along the way is superb and you will see many vignettes of Rajasthani rural life. Among the sights you see are colorful villages, farms where an ancient system of irrigation using bullocks and a Persian wheel are still in practice, outdoor schools and the sartorially vibrant people who add a splash of color to the countryside. There are endless opportunities for photography. Stop enroute at Ranakpur to see the Jain temple complex. On arrival in Jodhpur, you will check-in and have the evening at your leisure.
Visit the massive Mehrangarh Fort, the most impressive fortress in Rajasthan. The 5 km long ramparts of the fort, perched on a 125 metre - high rocky cliff in the middle of the city, has four gates which can be approached by a winding road. The fort offers a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. Later, visit Jaswant Thada memorial, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in 1899 A.D. in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. In the afternoon, drive to Jaisalmer and on arrival, check in for your stay.
Enjoy a city tour of Jaisalmer. Your first stop will be the Jaisalmer Fort also known as Sonar Qila (the Golden Fort). Built in 1156 by the Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisala and reinforced by subsequent rulers, the fort situated on the Trikuta Hill has been the scene of many battles. The main attractions inside the fort are the Lakshminath temple and the Jain temples, which were built between the 12th and 15th centuries and are dedicated to Rikhabdev and Sambhavanth. The city of Jaisalmer is famous for its intricately latticed Havelis, built by wealthy merchants. These beautiful sandstone buildings are still in very good conditions even today. In the late afternoon drive to the nearby Sand Dunes for a camelback ride into the desert to watch the sun set on this golden desert city.
This morning, drive to Bikaner. On arrival, check in at your hotel. Bikaner - This desert town in northern Rajasthan was founded in 1488 by Rao Bikaji, a descendant of Jodhaji, the founder of Jodhpur. Like many others in Rajasthan, the old city is surrounded by a high crenellated wall and was once an important staging post on the great caravan routes. The old city with its exquisite merchant havelis, temples and bazaars retains a medieval air. The city is chiefly interesting for its superb large fort, but it is also known for the fine camels bred here.
Visit Junagarh Fort, built 1593 and know for its magnificent stone carving. See the beautifully designed palaces with interiors decorated with shell-work, mirror and glass inlays, gold leaf, and lacquer work. In the afternoon, drive to the compact and busy little market town of Mandawa and check-in to your hotel.
After breakfast, visit the various havelis and painted frescoes in Dundlod and Nawalgarh and then drive to Jaipur where you will check-in to your hotel for two nights. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan province and is known for its arts and crafts, jewellery, hand-painted fabrics and stone sculptures; it is one of North India’s finest examples of a planned city embodying the best of Rajput and Mughal architecture.
After an early breakfast, start on an excursion to Amber Fort. Jaipur’s Maharaja Man Singh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started constructing Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The Fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Once you are on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Later, visit Jantar Mantar, an observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh ll in the 18th century. Continue to the City Palace built within the fortified area of the original city, with one of the finest monumental entrances in India. The Palace is now principally a museum housing a collection of great treasures, including miniature paintings, carpets, royal garments and other interesting objects from Jaipur's intriguing past. End the tour with a fascinating walk in the old city and see the iconic Hawa Mahal also called the Palace of the winds.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then meet and be driven from Jaipur to Agra en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. After your visit, continue your drive to Agra and, upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel.
Early morning, visit Taj Mahal (closed on Friday). It is fitting to see this extraordinary monument by the first light of day as its exemplary beauty is awe-inspiring and will create an unforgettable memory. Later visit the Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Approachable by two imposing gates and constructed of red sandstone, the citadel was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar between the years 1565 and 1573. In the afternoon, drive to Delhi and check in to your hotel.
Your tour begins in Delhi, India’s capital city that sports a rich history spanning over 2,000 years. After a short briefing, head out on a tour of Old Delhi, the capital of the Mughal dynasty between the 16th and 19th centuries. Arrive in Old Delhi and visit Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in year 1650 AD and completed in the year 1656 AD. From here we board our cycle rickshaws for a tour of Chandni Chowk. Here you will get a glimpse into an old world lifestyle slowly fading from Delhi, and then head past the Red Fort (photo stop), and disembark at the Raj Ghat – a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, set within a beautiful park. Continue the tour passing along Sansad Bhawan (the Parliament House) and Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s House). Prior to independence this was the viceroy’s residence. Take a photo stop at India Gate, and then visit two monuments in New Delhi, Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then meet and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Day 7: Take a camel ride in the desert near Jaisalmer.
Day 14: Tour Old & New Delhi, including a rickshaw ride in a local market.
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