Highlights of Rajasthan
Route : Delhi Agra Jaipur Udaipur Jodhpur Delhi
Celebrate new years eve in JAIPUR
Tonight, arrive Delhi the capital city of India. After a traditional Indian welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel.
Overnight stay in Delhi.
Discover Delhi; Drive Delhi to Agra (204 Kms / 4 Hrs)
Today, enjoy the day discovering Delhi, pacing through the city which is as historic as modern, like 2 sides of the same coin!
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; drive past Red Fort, the place that marked the announcement of India’s freedom from the British Raj.
This afternoon, discover the modern city of New Delhi. Visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold dome, still in active worship; take a Photo stop at India Gate, originally known as the ‘All India War Memorial’, a prominent landmark in Delhi and commemorates the 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War; drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyen’s Delhi. Later visit to Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the worlds tallest brick minaret.
Later this afternoon, embark on your drive to Agra, city of the world famous Taj Mahal. Upon arrival in Agra, check in at your hotel for overnight stay.
Drive Agra to Jaipur (240 Kms / 5.5 Hrs)
Today experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the eternal symbol of love, the Taj Mahal. Often referred to as a poem in white marble, Taj Mahal displays the saga of love between Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal.
Later, visit the Agra Fort, lying across the River Yamuna, built in red sandstone with magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens.
This afternoon drive to Jaipur, one of the most well planned cities of India. This capital city of Rajasthan, popularly known as the ‘Pink City’, was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, in 1727 A.D. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in at your hotel for 02 nights stay.
Day in Jaipur
This morning, visit Amber fort, a fine amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim architecture and ornamentation, built in the 16th century. To ascend up the fort, you may choose to walk, drive or take an elephant ride.
Later, visit Jagat Shiromani Temple, built by Queen Shringar Devi Kanakawat, wife of King Man Singh, in memory of her son Jagat Singh. Built between 1599 A.D. to 1608 A.D the attractively carved Jagat Shiromani Temple worships Lord Krishna and Vishnu and is popularly linked with the famous poet-saint Mira Bai.
This afternoon, visit the City Palace complex with its various museums where you can see a beautiful collection of Mughal costumes, weapons and miniature paintings. Then visit the fascinating Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory built by the Maharaja of Jaipur, which is the largest stone observatory in the world. Also drive past Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a remarkable five storied building along the main street of the old city with semi-octagonal and delicate honey-combed sandstone windows.
New Years Eve Celebration in Jaipur : Tonight enjoy New Year Eve Celebration in Jaipur. Your Indian style Palace / Mansion hotel will be decorated for New Years eve, there will be gala dinner with cultural performance and / or DJ with dance floor. Enjoy the evening flowing into the new year with other inhouse guests at the hotel.
Chomu Palace, a reflection of the Royal Palaces of India, is a 300 year old elegant fortified palace hotel in Rajasthan. It revives the gracious lifestyles of the princes of Rajasthan and the heritage of India. It is an authentic and historic palace that discreetly blends with modern amenities and facilities. This historic monument is designed according to the Indian Vastushastra philosophy.
Diggi Palace is an oasis in the heart of Rajasthan's famous Pink City of Jaipur. Surrounded by acres of beautifully manicured gardens, this converted haveli built in the 1860s is a haven of peace and tranquility located 5 minutes from the bustling Old Walled City of Jaipur.
New Year Eve Celebrations at the above mentioned venues will be a memorable experience of celebrating New Years Eve in typical Indian style, at a typical Indian Palace / Mansion style hotel in the pink city of Jaipur
Drive Jaipur – Chittorgarh Fort - Udaipur (400 Kms / 7.5 Hrs)
After breakfast, embark on your drive to Udaipur - a serene city set in the scenic valley of Aravalli hills, surrounded by three lakes – Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar.
Enroute to Udaipur, visit the massive Chittorgarh Fort, one of the only places in Rajasthan where you can drive in and drive around the fort complex all the way inside and to the top of the fort!
Upon arrival at Udaipur, check in at your hotel for 2 nights stay.
After breakfast, visit the 16th century City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in Rajasthan comprising residence of the current Maharaja, heritage hotels, museums and galleries, courtyards and reception halls where royal events take place even today; Jagdish Temple, the 17th century Indo Aryan temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe; Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, garden of the maids of honour, with beautiful green lawns, flower beds, water pools, marble elephants and bird fountains.
Drive Udaipur – Ranakpur Temple - Jodhpur (280 Kms / 6 Hrs)
This morning, embark on your leisurely drive to Jodhpur, a city ringed by high stone walls with seven gates and several bastions. This second largest city of Rajasthan was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D.
En route to Jodhpur, visit the famous Jain Temples at Ranakpur. Built in the 15th century, Ranakpur temples are one of the largest Jain temples in India. The temples are known for their architecture, grand structures and exquisite sculptures.
Continue drive to Jodhpur and upon arrival, check in to your hotel for 02 nights stay.
Today, visit the rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort, and the grand palaces within the fort - Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana, which are impressive examples of architectural excellence. Near the fort complex stands the Jaswant Thada, and a group of royal cenotaphs made of white marble. While in Jodhpur shop for the exquisite handcrafted articles such as embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware, paintings and tie and dye fabrics.
Also visit Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum - built by Maharaja Umaid Singh ( 1929 – 1942) and named after him, this exquisite Palace is also known as Chittar Palace because of the local chittar sandstone used in its construction. This palace is a splendid example of Indo-colonial and art deco architecture of the 1930s.
Fly Jodhpur – Delhi
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your return flight to New Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to your Delhi hotel OR domestic OR international airport to catch your flight for onward destination. Travelite (India) services terminate upon arrival at Delhi.