You will arrive at the Delhi Airport. Delhi is India’s national capital and the second largest metropolis after Mumbai. Delhi has been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC. Through most of its history, Delhi has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. It has been captured, ransacked and rebuilt several times, particularly during the medieval period, and modern Delhi is a cluster of a number of cities spread across the metropolitan region. An overnight stay in Delhi.
On your first day you will explore the old and new city of Delhi. You’ll drive past the 100-foot, red-stone boundary walls of Red Fort built during the 17th century. Opposite this ancient structure is the Jama Masjid (Jama Mosque), built in 1656 AD, construction of red sandstone and white marble. It is the largest mosque in India where 20,000 people can pray together. You will also tour the town the streets in a Rickshaw ride. Along the streets of old Delhi you will see the Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s (Father of the Nation) Memorial, which is close to the river Yamuna. Next, you will visit the Humayun Tomb, tomb of the second Mughal emperor, which was completed by his wife during the 16th century. It runs counter to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the residence of the President of India. There you’ll also see the Government Buildings & Parliament and India Gate which is 130-foot wall built in memory of the soldiers who died during the First World War. You will also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Qutub Minar Complex. The Qutub Minar, a 220-foot tower made by one of the first Muslim leaders in India, was built between 1199 and 1368 AD. In the evening, return to hotel. An overnight stay in Delhi.
India is the land of many religions so to explore the religious side of our mystic country, after an early breakfast; today you will visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib which is the most prominent Sikh Gurudwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi, known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan, and the pond inside its complex, known as the “Sarovar”, whose water is considered holy by Sikhs and is known as “Amrit”. It was first built as a small temple by Sikh General, Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783, who supervised the construction of nine Sikh shrines in Delhi in the same year, during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II. Then you will visit Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi, India. Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional Indian and Hindu culture, spirituality and architecture. The building was inspired and moderated by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, whose 3,000 volunteers helped 7,000 artisans construct Akshardham.
The next place that you’ll visit is The Lotus temple (a.k.a Bahá’í Temple) which is open to all, regardless of any religion, or any other distinction, as emphasized in Bahá’í texts. The Bahá’í laws emphasize that the spirit of the House of Worship be that it is a gathering place where people of all religions may worship God without denominational restrictions. The Bahá’í laws also stipulate that only the holy scriptures of the Bahá’í Faith and other religions can be read or chanted inside in any language; while readings and prayers can be set to music by choirs, no musical instruments can be played inside. Furthermore no sermons can be delivered, and there can be no ritualistic ceremonies practiced. An overnight stay in Delhi.
After breakfast, you will drive to Agra. On the way you will visit Sikandra, the amazing grave of Akbar, the most influential of all Mughal emperors. The grave lies 10 km before Agra. Agra is placed on the deposits of the Yamuna River and was under the Mughal rulers during the 16th and 17th centuries.
After arrival in Agra, transfer to hotel for refreshment. Afterwards, you will visit Agra Fort at the west bank of the Yamuna River. The Agra fort was built in the 16th century by Akbar and was completed by his grandson. An overnight stay in Agra.
Today, early in the morning you will visit the world-famous Taj Mahal (1631-1653). This amazing piece of architecture made of white-colored marble, was built by Mughal ruler Shah Jahan for his departed wife Mumtaz Mahal. Its architecture reveals why it’s one of the Seven Wonders of the World. For 22 years, 20,000 expert workers from Italy, France, Iran and Asia worked on the memorial. Return to hotel for breakfast.
Afternoon you will visit Itmad-ud-daula, also known as baby Taj. Finally you will see Taj Mahal once again, but now this time from the other side of the river, from the place called Mehtab Bagh.
In the evening, you will have a Cultural Exchange Program with an Indian family, followed by complementary dinner. An overnight stay in Agra.
After the breakfast, you will drive to the Wildlife National Park of Ranthambore, which is world famous for its Tigers. This national park is also one of the best places in the world to photograph the tiger in its natural surroundings. En route you’ll visit Fatehpur Sikri (22 miles from Agra), the former metropolitan of Akbar, built in 1569. Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri, but after 13 years due to the scarcity of water, the capital was moved to Lahore in Pakistan and later again to Agra. Once you arrive at Ranthambore. You will be transferred to your hotel. An overnight stayin Ranthambore.
Optional: On the way to Ranthambore you can also visit Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, UNESCO World natural heritage site, known for its migrated birds from all over the world.
You will get up very early so you can start your Jungle safari accompanied by a naturalist. After your three-hour safari through the Wildlife National Park of Ranthambore you will come back to your hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon, after lunch, you will return to the jungle to enjoy the wildlife surroundings. You will return to your hotel for a dinner. An overnight stay in Ranthambore.
After breakfast, you will drive to Jaipur, the “Pink City”. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Afternoon you will visit the Pink city Jaipur. The city Palace built in 1734 lies in the center of Jaipur and is now the residence of the royal family of Jaipur and a beautiful museum. After that you will visit Jantar Mantar, an observatory. It was built in the 18th century by the city founder Jai Singh II. The instruments are out of stone and marble and served to the sky observation.
In the evening an excursion to Nahargarh Tiger Fort, to have the bird’s eye view of Jaipur city. Return to hotel for overnight stay. An Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Today you will drive to Fort Amber (10 km), the former capital of Kachhawaha Rajputs. On the way, you will stop to visit the city’s landmark: the Hawa Mahal (palace of the winds). Built during the 18th century, the five-story building features 953 windows and niches from which the royal women observed the procession in the street without being seen. Next you will visit Amber Fort, which lies on 400-foot-tall hill and is surrounded by the chain of mountains known as Aravalli. You will ascend the fort on an elephant back like a Maharaja. Then, you will visit Albert Museum.
In the evening you will visit Chokidhani Village Resort for fun and dinner. It is a fun-filled resort that depicts the true picture of Indian Rajasthan village Culture. Spread over 10 acres of beautifully landscaped area for a rustic look, it is dotted with machaans & platforms where different folk artists perform concurrently. A village fair is created every evening as an ongoing celebration of the rich & vibrant cultural heritage of Rajasthan. You will see their Acrobatics on a Bamboo, The Puppet Show, The Magic Show, Living amalgam of a snake and a girl etc. An overnight stay in Jaipur.
You will travel on to the pilgrimage site of Pushkar, one of the holiest sites of the Hindus, which is dedicated to God Brahma. En route visit Ajmer Mosque. Pilgrims travel many miles to the holy lake of Pushkar, to take a ritual bath at the Ghats (steps leading to lake or river). The Brahma temple is the most important and one of only three temples in India that is dedicated to this deity. You will spend the afternoon sightseeing Pushkar. An overnight stay in Pushkar.
After breakfast, you will drive to Jodhpur. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and once the capital of the Marwar. After arrival, transfer to hotel for Lunch. Afterwards start the sightseeing of Jodhpur. You will visit Fort Mehrangarh, which is world known for its beauty. Today the city lies around the imposing Mehrangarh fort. The Mehrangarh fort was built in 1459 on a 110-foot-tall sandstone hill. From the top of the hill you can see the old town and the priests’ houses painted blue which gives the town the name of “blue city”. You will then travel on to Jaswant Thada, a large Cenotaph, which was built in 1899 for Maharajah Jaswant Singh II. After lunch, you can stroll through the old markets, where you can also buy various spices for yourself. You will return to your hotel for dinner. An overnight stay in Jodhpur.
Early morning, after breakfast, you will drive to Mount Abu. After arrival, transfer to hotel. Mount Abu is Rajasthan only Hill station and an important Jain-Pilgrimage place. Jain-temples, especially the Dilwara-temples are nationwide well known. The fine stone working attracts visitors here and one must have seen it in order to believe it. Further interesting places are Achalgarh-fort, Sunset Point and the Nakki-lake for the boat ride. An overnight stay in Mount Abu.
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Udaipur which lies in the Girwa valley in the middle of the Aravali hill and is described as a romantic city with its lakes, gardens, temple and palaces. After arrival in Udaipur, you will visit the city palace built in 1570 AD by Maharana Udai Singh at the bank of the Pichola Lake. This impressive complex of different palaces is a mixture of Rajput and Mughal influences. You will then visit the Jagdish temple. Built in 1651 AD this temple is a beautiful example of the Nagara style temple architecture. You will also enjoy a boat trip on the Pichola Lake. An overnight stay in Udaipur.
Afternoon, after lunch you will check out from the hotel and will be transferred to Udaipur airport for flight to Delhi.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to international airport for onwards journey.