Highlights: Delhi - Jodhpur - Narlai - Bera - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur
Hotels: (or similar)
Gurugram - Tiklli Bottom
Jodhpur - Pal Haveli
Narlai - Rawla Narlai
Bera - Castle Bera
Kumbalgarh - Aodhi
Udaipur - Fateh Niwas Palace
Delhi (2nd Visit) Pride Plaza Aerocity Alternate travel date: 16 Jan 21 - 31 Mar 21 Itinerary: Your tour begins from the Capital of India New Delhi, also know as Lutyen’s Delhi, Later fly to Blue city “Jodhpur” then you will move to 15th-century village makes a picturesque base for exploring the true India – the local countryside, as well as for visiting Kumbhalgarh Fort and the Jain temples at Ranakpur. The name Narlai is a contortion from `Narada ‘. Legend has it that Sage Narada, the playful saint who was a Companion of Lord Vishnu – the Creator, meditated on the hill that lies in the center of the village. Bera a small hamlet situated in the Aravali region. Finally, you will visit the Romantic city also known as the city of lakes. Day 1: London Heathrow to Delhi by flight: Day 2: Delhi
Arrive at Delhi airport. Upon arrival at Delhi airport welcome, meet and assist by our representative and transfer to Hotel. Afternoon you will proceed by metro from Rajiv Chowk to Chandni Chowk for 3-4 Hrs food walk through the old city to enjoy the local hygienic food. We visit 4-5 different food places and taste authentic local street food. Overnight stay at Hotel. Day 3: Delhi
Morning city tour of Old Delhi visiting Raj Ghat which is located on the banks of the river Yamuna, This is Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. The memorial lies in the midst of landscaped gardens and made of a simple square platform of black marble inscribed with his last words “Hey Ram”. Drive Pass Red Fort (closed on Monday) – the 17th-century imposing fortress built in red sandstone is surrounded by a huge boundary wall 33m high. Inside are exquisite palaces and beautiful gardens. Board the 'cycle rickshaw' for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue-heading west from the Fort. Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656. It is India’s largest mosque where more than 20,000 people can kneel in prayer at one time.
New Delhi visiting Humayun’s Tomb, built by his wife Haji Begum in the 16th Century. An early example of Mughal architecture considered the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. The Qutab Minar - the landmark of Delhi, a huge tower of victory started in 1199 and completed in 1368. The Minar is 72.5m high with a diameter at the base 14.4m and 2.7m at the top. Proceed to the Rashtrapati Bhawan (Drive Pass) once the Viceroy’s residence and now the official residence of the President of India. Designed by Lutyens, it combines western and eastern styles - the dome reflects the Buddhist stupa, the chhattris “Hindu” and the graceful colonnades very “British”. It has 340 rooms. The India Gate (42m), C commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in the 1st world war. 13516 names of British and Indian soldiers killed in the Afghan War of 1919 are engraved on the arch and foundations. Under the arch, glows the Amar Jawan Jyoti flame commemorating Indian armed forces’ losses in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971. Overnight stay at Hotel Day 4: Delhi Optional
Delhi to Agra by train Gatiman Express: (Except on Friday)
Agra to Delhi by train Gatiman Express:
Transfer from Hotel to H.Nizzamuddin railway station in time to board the train for Agra. Local snacks tea/coffee and Breakfast will be served on board.Arrive Agra - medieval city on the banks of the Yamuna River. It was founded by Sultan Sikandar Lodi in the year 1506. Agra achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658 and remains a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings. Most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Upon arrival at Agra railway station proceed to visit the world-famous monument Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays) -Overlooking the River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is a classic example of Mughal architecture, with the Taj itself built as a mausoleum at the northern end of an extensive formal walled garden designed in the charbagh style and structured on the Islamic theme of ‘paradise’. The whole site was built by Shah Jahan between ad 1632 and 1653 as the final resting place of his favorite wife Arjumand Bann Begum (also known as Mumtaz Mahal) who died in ad 1631 shortly after giving birth to their fourteenth child. Upon his death in ad 1666, Shah Jahan was buried alongside his wife in the Taj. Also, visit Agra Fort – Agra Fort was originally a brick fort and the Chauhan Rajputs held it. It was mentioned for the first time in 1080 AD when a Ghaznavide force captured it. Sikandar Lodi (1487-1517) was the first Sultan of Delhi who shifted to Agra and lived in the fort. He governed the country from here and Agra assumed the importance of the second capital. He died in the fort in 1517 and his son, Ibrahim Lodi, held it for nine years until he was defeated and killed at Panipat in 1526. He built several palaces, wells and a mosque in the fort during his period. Transfer to Agra railway station to board the train for Delhi. 1930 Hrs: Arrive at H.Nizzamuddin railway station. Upon arrival at H.Nizzamuddin railway station transfer to Hotel for an Overnight stay Optional:
Afternoon visit Akshardham Temple (grandest temple beautifully architectured – closed on Monday) (without guide) – The main building at the center of the complex is a 141ft high monument to Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Designed according to ancient Vedic texts known as the Sthapatya-Shastra, it features a blend of architectural styles from across India. Within the monument, under the central dome, there is an 11ft high, gilded image of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. He is surrounded by the Guru's of the sect. The building itself is constructed entirely from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble and features no steel or concrete. Its height and location on the banks of the Yamuna mean its presence is felt from afar, and its carved details of flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities covering its surfaces from top to bottom, leave most visitors in awe.
Overnight stay at Hotel Day 5: Delhi to Jodhpur by flight
Transfer from Hotel to Delhi airport in time to board flight for Jodhpur. Arrive Jodhpur - founded in 1459, Jodhpur is referred to as Sun City for its bright & sunny weather. It is also termed as Blue city for its blue whitewashed houses around Mehrangarh Fort. Upon arrival at Jodhpur airport transfer to Hotel. Evening you will enjoy A heritage tour by Tuk Tuk in the Old City, Jodhpur. Overnight stay at Hotel. Day 6: Jodhpur
After breakfast proceeds for city tour Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort - located atop a 125 m high hill. The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort is the most majestic and one of the largest forts in India. The construction of the fort started in 1459. The walls of the fort are up to 36 m high and 21 m wide; they enclose some exquisite structures. The fort museum houses an exquisite collection of palanquins, howdahs, royal cradles, miniatures, musical instruments, costumes, and furniture. The rampart of the fort not only has excellently preserved cannons but also gives a breathtaking view of the city. Kipling once remarked, the fort seems to have been built by giants and not by ordinary people.
Also, visit Jaswant Thada – an architectural landmark. It is a white marble memorial built-in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These stones are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when the sun's rays dance across their surface. Within this cenotaph, there are also two more tombs. Umaid Bhawan Palace – one of the fascinating palaces of Jodhpur, Maharaja Umaid Singh constructed in20th Century. A part of the palace has now been converted into a hotel and a museum. Stepwells are wells or ponds in which the water is reached by descending a set of steps. They may be covered and protected and are often of architectural significance. The Stepwell ensures the availability of water during periods of drought. The stepwells had social, cultural and religious significance. Overnight stay at Hotel. Day 7: Jodhpur to Narlai by surface (Approx. 130 Kms, 2-3 Hrs)
After breakfast check out from Hotel and drive from Jodhpur to Narlai. Upon arrival at Jodhpur Drive to Rawla Narlai, Rawla (meaning house of the chieftain/house of power) Narlai is situated midway between Udaipur and Jodhpur and offers a rare peek into the truly rural. Rawla Narlai’s serene and calming atmosphere is enhanced by the undivided attention to the individual needs of guests. Upon arrival at Rawla Narlai, check-in at Hotel. The afternoon takes an escorted Village Walk to visit Narlai, Its main temples, meet the friendly people of the village, their homes and get to learn a little about their way of life. Evening enjoy Tea by the Lake (01 Hour and 30 Minutes Approx.) Drive to the lake in the jeep to enjoy the serene atmosphere and bird watching. Overnight say at Hotel. Day 8: Narlai
Morning enjoy Train safari (Timing 10 am to 12 noon (02 Hours) A historic ride through Aravali mountains. Board train at Khamlighat to Phulad. Step-well Dinner Taste the flavor of true Rajasthan Royal hospitality at the 18th Century old Baoli (Stepwell) of Rawla Narlai. Overnight stay at Hotel. Day 9: Narlai
Sunrise Breakfast with wildlife. Sumptuous breakfast is set up for you on a jeep bonnet between the Aravali hills, freshly-baked muffins, chips, homemade shortbreads with sandwiches, plunged coffee & teas. Afternoon enjoy Countryside Safari by Jeep (02 Hours and 30 Minutes Approx.) A life as colorful as the rainbow and equally captivating in the surrounding village, some interesting temples and agriculture experiences which are worth a visit. A guided safari in an open Jeep. Overnight stay at Hotel. Day 10: Narlai to Bera by surface (Approx. 70 Kms, 1-2 Hrs)
After breakfast check out from Hotel and drive from Narlai to Bera. Upon arrival at Bera, check-in at Hotel
5:00 pm leave for leopard and wildlife safari in the mystic countryside of Bera for 2-3 hours.( wildlife like Hyena’s, Nilgai might also be sighted )
7:30 pm: Reach Castle Bera
8:00 pm onwards: Dinner. Overnight stay at Hotel. Day 11: Bera
7:00 am leave for an early morning wildlife safari, crocodiles, migratory bird watching and morning tea at Jawai Dam
9:30 am: Reach Castle Bera 10:00 am onwards – Breakfast
4:30 pm onwards opts for a village tour and a visit to local temples in the natural surroundings.
7:00 pm reach Castle Bera
7:30 pm onwards: Dinner. Overnight stay at Hotel Day 12: Bera to Kumbalgarh by surface (Approx. 90 Kms, 3 Hrs)
After breakfast check out from Hotel and drive to Kumbalgarh. Upon arrival at Kumbalgarh, check-in at Hotel Enroute visiting the beautiful Jain temple at Ranakpur - The exceptionally beautiful Ranakpur complex is one of the largest and most important Jain temples in India. 60 Kms, north of Udaipur. It lies in a remote valley of the Aravalli range and is an important destination for Jains and tourists alike.
Upon arrival at Kumbalgarh, check-in at Hotel
Overnight stay at Hotel Day 13: Kumbhalgarh
Morning you will enjoy 3 Hours Jeep Safari at a hilly dense forest of Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary and feel the excitement. You will witness the wildlife, Species like wolves, leopard, sloth bear, Nilgai, deer, etc. This forest is also home to birds like dove, peacocks, parakeets, etc. Afternoon you will visit Kumbhalgarh Fort – an imposing fort built in 1458 AD set amid massive ramparts and magnificent array of temples built by the mauryas of which the most picturesque palace is the Badal Maha (Palace of Clouds). The fort offers glorious views of the countryside
Overnight stay at Hotel Day 14: Kumbhalgarh to Udaipur by surface (Approx. 110 Kms, 2-3 Hrs)
After breakfast check out from Hotel and drive from Kumbhalgarh to Udaipur is famous around the world as the City of Lakes or Venice of the East. It is also the place where Maharana (emperor) family has been ruling, a title which is above the rank of an of Maharaja (king). Upon arrival at Udaipur, check-in at Hotel
Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at Hotel Day 15: Udaipur
After breakfast enjoy the half-day city tour. City Palace - The city palace was built in 1725 with various palaces inside it such as Dilkush Mahal, the palace of Krishan Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal all ornately decorated. The museum in City Palace contains incomparable historic and artistic heritage which dates back to 14 century, Jagdish Temple - Dedicated to Vishnu, the preserver, this temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651, Saheliyon Ki Bari - The Garden of the Maids of Honour, a most serene place in Udaipur, designed by Maharana Fateh Singh. It consists of beautiful lawns, gardens, and fountains, a retreat for the ladies of the household, Rana Pratap Smarak, Nagar & Sajan Niwas Gardens - Overlooking the Fateh Sagar is the Moti Magri (Pearl Hill) on which is a statue of Maharana Pratap on his famous horse Chetak. The local guide claims that he jumped an abyss of extraordinary width in the heat of the battle even after losing one leg! The path to the top winds through some attractive gardens. Afternoon boat ride on Lake Pichola - The beautiful Lake Pichola derives its name from a nearby village Picholi. Udai Singh built a dam and from then the lake has become a meeting place for more than two hundred species of migratory and resident birds.
Overnight stay at Hotel Day 16: Udaipur
Day at leisure to explore the city to the lake at your own pace and Overnight stay at Hotel. Day 17: Udaipur to Delhi by flight
Transfer from hotel to Udaipur airport in time to board flight for Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi meet and assist by our representative and transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at Hotel. Day 18: Delhi to London Heathrow by flight:
Morning transfer from Hotel to Delhi airport in time to board flight for London Heathrow. Subject to Availability