Beyond the Taj Mahal

12 Days / 11 Nights

  Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Pushkar - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur

12 Days / 11 Nights

Beyond the Taj Mahal

  Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Pushkar - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur

Embark on a grand tour of Northern India’s great forts and historical palaces on this colourful 12-day journey through Rajasthan. From the bustling streets of Delhi,  ride a train to the stunning Taj Mahal and set foot into the deserted sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri. Marvel at at Jaipur’s pink, honeycombed Hawa Mahal, witness the holy town of Pushkar and be blown away by Jodhpur’s imposing Mehrangarh Fort. End the trip with a magical boat ride in one of the country’s most romantic cities.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore India’s sprawling capital on a cycle rickshaw tour of Delhi
  • Marvel at the mesmerising beauty of the Taj Mahal
  • Seek blessings at one of the few Brahma temples in the holy town of Pushkar
  • Be blown away by Mehrangarh Fort, one of the most majestic and largest fortresses in India
  • Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Lake Pichola, whilst taking in magical views of charming Udaipur

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 11 Nights' accommodation on twin sharing basis at mentioned hotels or similar
  • Meal Plan: breakfast only
  • Transfers & all surface transportation using AC vehicle as mentioned above
  • Entrances of monuments/museum for single entry only as per program
  • Local English-speaking Guide in each city as per program
  • Cycle Rickshaw Ride – Delhi
  • Elevator fees to visit Mehrangarh Fort – Jodhpur
  • Camel Cart Ride – Pushkar
  • Elephant Ride – Jaipur
  • Boat Ride in Udaipur
  • Bus ride – Fatehpur Sikri
  • Train fare A/C Chair car from Delhi to Agra
  • Battery Bus ride – Agra
  • All Applicable Government Taxes

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Dehli

DAY 1 - Dehli

Touch down in India’s sprawling capital. After a transfer to the hotel, spend the rest of the day acclimatising and dipping a toe into Delhi’s vibrant local life.

DAY 2

DAY 2 - Dehli

After a relaxed breakfast, start the first full day in this bustling metropolis with a guided tour of Old Delhi. Instead of walking, sit back on a cycle rickshaw and enjoy a ride through the narrow and busy streets of Chandni Chowk market. Walk up to Jama Masjid and marvel at the magnificent marble and red-sandstone facade of one of India’s largest mosques. Pass by the bright outer walls of the Red Fort on the way to Raj Ghat memorial, the cremation place of Mahatma Gandhi, and learn more about the ‘Father of the Nation’.

In the afternoon, explore New Delhi and visit some of the most notable landmarks in this part of the city, including the imposing India Gate war memorial, the Parliament and Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the president. Finish this discovery of India’s capital at the soaring Qutb Minar. Built in the 13th century, this 73-metre tapering sandstone and marble minaret is the highest stone tower in India.

DAY 3

DAY 3 - Dehli - Agra

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and head to the railway station to embark on an authentic Indian train journey to Agra.

Referred to as the city of love, Agra is home to the world renown Taj Mahal. Spend the afternoon exploring this unique and breath-taking architectural jewel. Built in the 17th century, the white-marble mausoleum was constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife.

Next, visit another outstanding example of Mughal architecture, the Agra Fort. The extensive fortress served as the former residence of the Mughal Empire until 1638 and encompasses several important structures, including a number of palaces, an audience hall and two mosques.

DAY 4

DAY 4 - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur

After a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, hit the road and travel to Jaipur, the Pink City. On the way, stop at the ancient fortified city of Fatehpur Sikri and discover this deserted complex of monuments and temples.

After visiting this spectacular landmark, continue the drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and get a good night’s rest before exploring the capital of Rajasthan state the next day.

DAY 5

DAY 5 - Jaipur

Start the morning at the magnificent Amber Fort, just outside of Jaipur. Standing tall on top of a hill, ascend by elephant to the extensive complex. Housing a sandstone and marble palace, it served as the seat of power before the construction of the City Palace. Return down by local jeep.

Back in the city, take some photos at the picturesque Hawa Mahal. Also known as the Palace of Winds, this extension of the City Palace is one of Jaipur’s most spectacular landmarks. Resembling honeycomb of a hive, the intricately carved pink windows of the facade allowed royal women to be able to observe everyday life on the streets without being seen by the public.

Continue to the City Palace Museum and spend the afternoon wandering about the many palaces, gardens and courtyards within the extensive complex and browsing through the large collections of rare manuscripts, paintings, weapons and textiles.

Before returning to the hotel, end the day looking at the stars from Jantar Mantar, the Royal Astronomical Observatory. Designed to observe astronomical positions with the naked eye, it boasts a collection of 20 architectural instruments.

DAY 6

DAY 6 - Jaipur - Pushkar

After breakfast, leave Jaipur and head to the holy city of Pushkar, a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town and home of one of the world’s rare Brahma temples.

After checking into the hotel, start exploring the quaint town at Pushkar Lake. This sacred Hindu site is surrounded by 52 ‘ghats’ (stone staircases leading to the water) where pilgrims come to bathe and cleanse their sins. Take a short walk over to Jagatpita Brahma Mandir. Dating back to the 14th century, this Hindu temple is dedicated to the god of creation, Brahma, and features a bright red spire and walls decorated with silver coins.

In the evening, go on a fun camel car ride through town before heading back to the hotel.

DAY 7

DAY 7 - Pushkar - Jodhpur

Indulge in a hearty breakfast before spending the day on the road, travelling to Jodhpur. Located in the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is also known as the Blue City thanks to the indigo-washed houses in the old town. Upon arrival, take the day to relax and leisurely explore the picturesque city.

DAY 8

DAY 8 - Jodhpur

Start the morning with a visit to the monumental Mehrangarh Fort. Towering on a rocky hill above the Jodhpur skyline, this majestic masterpiece is one of the largest forts in India. Steeped in history, the fortress consists of seven gates, all built by different rulers, and encompasses several palaces and temples. Take in the stunning panoramic views of the Blue City before continuing to Jaswant Thada mausoleum. The stunning white marble cenotaph is perched on the side of a small lake and was built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II by his son.

Walk back into the old town and spend the evening delving into the colourful alleys of this vibrant city.

DAY 9

DAY 9 - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur

After breakfast, embark on a journey to Udaipur. On the way, take a break in the lush valley of the mountains to discover the famous Ranakpur Jain Temple. It is one of the biggest and most significant Jain complexes, featuring 1,444 intricately carved marble pillars that support the structure.

Continue the trip to Udaipur, the City of Lakes. Nestled amidst the golden Aravalli mountain range, it boasts several striking palaces, temples and havelis (traditional townhouses). Complete with winding narrow streets and several lakes, it’s considered one of the most romantic towns in the entire country.

DAY 10

DAY 10 - Udaipur

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before visiting the magnificent City Palace. Towering on the banks of Lake Pichola, this architectural marvel is Rajasthan’s largest palace complex, housing several temples and smaller palaces. Explore the stunning grounds, with its marvellous courtyards, pavilions, gardens and panoramic vistas of the lake and the city. Continue walking to nearby Jagdish Temple and take a closer look at the delicately carved ceiling and pillars.

Next, escape the hubbub of the city and head to the tranquil and ornamental garden of Sahaeliyon Ki Bari. Boasting several fountains, lotus pools and marble elephants, the quaint oasis used to be a popular relaxing spot for the royal women.

In the evening, embark on a relaxing boat ride on Lake Pichola, taking in the scenic views of this magical city.

DAY 11

DAY 11 - Udaipur - Dehli

Head to Udaipur airport and fly back to the starting point of this Indian adventure. Arrive in Delhi and spend the last day exploring the city, buying souvenirs and digging into some fiery curries. 

DAY 12

DAY 12 - Dehli

After a last, delicious breakfast in India, transfer to Delhi airport and catch a flight home or to a new destination.

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