Forts and Palaces of India 12 Nights
Package Id | 0000176
Duration : 12 Nights 13 Days
Welcome to india.

India is the world’s largest democracy and covers an area of 3,287,263 sq km, stretching from the high himalayas in the north, to the southern tropical rain forests and flanked by the arabian sea in west and The indian ocean in the east. In the shape of a triangle, india's topography is greatly varied in that there are deserts and rain forests, much of its land is comprised of fertile river plains and high plateaus.  A vast subcontinent of over 1.2 billion people, and contains more different languages, religions, races and cultures than any other country in the world. India offers the traveler a multitude of unique experiences ensuring an unforgettable visit. From the vibrant and bustling markets and extravagant festivals to the serenity of a mountain retreat, India is a destination that will touch your soul.

Day 1:
  • New Delhi’s international airport.
  • Transfer from Delhi airport to the hotel.
Day 2:
  • Morning proceed on a full day sightseeing of delhi.
  • Visit to jama mosque, Cycle Rickshaw Ride in old Delhi, visit to Humayun's Tomb, Bangla Sahib, and driving tour of lutyen's Delhi.
Day 3:
  • Morning train Delhi to Agra
  • On arrival check-in at your hotel.
  • Later afternoon visit Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Itmad-Ud-Daulah 
Day 4:
  • Re- Visit Taj Mahal at sunrise 
  • Morning transfer to the Bharatpur railway station for train to Ranthambhore ( Golden Temple mail # dep 10:40 am / arr 12:55 pm)  
  • On arrival transfer to the hotel
  • Afternoon proceed on game drive by exclusive jeep
  • 02 Nights In Ranthambhore
Day 5:
  • Morning and afternoon game drive by exclusive jeep 
Day 6:
  • Morning game drive by exclusive jeep
  • Later drive to jaipur (03 ½ hours)
  • On arrival, check into your hotel.
Day 7:
  • Morning visit Amber Fort
  • Afternoon proceed on a city tour of Jaipur visiting city palace, (including visit to the private chambers), observatory and later take a walking tour of old market. 
Day 8:
  • Morning fly to Udaipur
  • On arrival transfer to hotel 
  • Evening proceed on private boat cruise at lake pichola end your day with the visit to jagdish temple to witness aarti ceremony.
Day 9:
  • Morning visit city palace 
  • Afternoon at leisure for Independent Activities.
  • Evening transfer to udaipur airport for flight to Goa
  • Arrive Goa and transfer to hotel
Day 10:
  • Days at leisure for Independent Activities
Day 11:
  • In morning fly to Mumbai.
  • Arrive Mumbai and transfer to hotel.
  • 02 night at Mumbai
Day 12:
  • Mumbai Sightseeing
Day 13:
  • Transfer to mumbai international airport for onward flight home.
Detailed itinerary

Glossary

B&b = bed and breakfast basis 
Fb = full board (all meals)

Day 1 : Arrive Delhi
  • On arrival in Delhi, you will be met at the aero bridge and will be assisted through customs / immigration baggage collection. And you will be transferred to your hotel.
  • Spend two nights at Hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
  • This morning proceed on a combined city tour of New Delhi and Old Delhi.
  • In New Delhi you will visit.
  • Humayun’s Tomb: Humayun's Tomb is a complex of buildings built for the second mughal emperor, commissioned by Humayun's wife Hamida Banu begum in 1562. It was the first garden-tomb on the indian subcontinent, and is  located close to the nizamuddin dargarh. It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale. The complex was declared a unesco world heritage site in 1993.
Later drive past 

India Gate: This 42m high stone arch of triumph stands at the eastern end of the rajpath. It bears the names of 85,000 indian army soldiers who died in the campaigns of ww i, the north west frontier operations of the same time and the 1919 afghan fiasco.

Rajpath: The kings way is another focus of lutyens New Delhi. It is immensely broad and is flanked on either side by ornamental ponds, or various public buildings. The republic day parade is held here every 26th january, and  thousands of people gather to enjoy the spectacle. 

Rashtrapati Bhawan (President House): The official residence of the president of india stands at the opposite end of the rajpath from india gate. Completed in 1929, the palace like building is an interesting blend of mughal and western architectural styles, the most obvious indian feature being the huge copper dome. To the west of the building is a mughal garden, which occupies 130 ha.  This garden is only open to the public in february. Prior to independence this was the viceroy’s residence.

Later visit the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the temple of the sikhs.  Their turbans and beards make the men easily identifiable with the sect. Sikhism developed as an antithesis to the caste ridden and ritualistic forms of hinduism and developed as a simple religion whose foundation was “sewa” – socially responsibility irrespective of a person’s social standing.  

Thus every sikh temple has the famous community kitchen, where it is considered a privilege to assist cooking the food and serving a simple meal to pilgrim and visitors. If guests wish, they can participate in the community service.
We will also try and arrange for you to participate in serving food to the visitors.

Afternoon proceed on a half day city tour of Old Delhi. 

Chandni Chowk: Take a rickshaw ride in chandni chowk which was once the grandest of markets in india. Even though today chandni chowk appears choked with congestion, it retains its historical character.

Spice market: khari Baoli is a street in old delhi known for its wholesale grocery and asia's largest wholesale spice market selling all kinds of spices, nuts, herbs and food products like rice and tea. The market is operating since the 17th century.

Jama Masjid: The jama masjid of delhi is the principal mosque of old delhi in india. Commissioned by the mughal emperor shah jahan, builder of the taj mahal, and completed in the year 1656 ad, it is the largest and best-known mosque in india. It lies at the origin of a very busy central street of old delhi, chandni chowk.
Later return to your hotel. 

Day 3: Delhi – Agra
  • Morning you will be met at hotel lobby and will be transferred to nizamuddin station for train to Agra.
Agra: The city of agra flourished under the patronage of the mughal emperors akbar, jahangir and shah jahan and attracted artisans from persia and across central asia. Agra is where emperor shah jahan celebrated his immortal love for his empress in marble, the taj mahal. Agra is still famous for handicrafts products such as inlay work on marble, carpets, jewellery, zari and embroidery work. 
  • On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Agra Fort: - The red sandstone agra fort was renovated and converted into a palace during shah jahan's time, and reworked extensively with marble and pietra dura inlay. Notable buildings in the fort include the pearl mosque, the diwan-e-am and diwan-e-khas (halls of public and private audience), jehangir's palace, khaas mahal, sheesh mahal (mirrored palace), and musamman burj.
  • Sunset visit taj mahal. Said to be one of the most elegant and a harmonious building in the world, taj mahal is the manifestation of the wealth and luxury of mughal art as seen in its architecture, garden design, painting, and calligraphy.
  • Accommodation.
  • Your stay is on bed & breakfast basis.
Day 4: Agra – Bharatpur - Ranthambhore
  • Re- visit taj mahal at sunrise. Return to hotel for breakfast.
  • Later you will be transferred to the bharatpur railway station.
Ranthambhore National Park: Ranthambhore National Park is known for its small population of friendly tigers, who do not seem to shy away from the approach of humans. Tucked between the rugged aravalli and vindhya hills, the reserve also boasts a spectacular landscape filled with border-strewn highland plateaus, lakes and rivers. A hunting ground for the local maharajas until 1970, the park has since become a refuge for hundreds of species of birds, mammals and reptiles.  
  • On arrival transfer from railway station to hotel.
  • Afternoon proceed on game drive in an exclusive jeep with an excellent naturalist.  
  • Spend two nights at Hotel
  • Accommodation
Ranthambhore National Park. We have only 49 rooms; 17 deluxe pool facing,18 garden facing room and 14 independent premium rooms/cottages and this gives us a wonderful opportunity to offer you personalized service at all times.

Day 5: Ranthambhore
  • Morning and afternoon game drive by exclusive jeep
Day 6: Ranthambhore – Jaipur
  • Morning proceed on game drive by exclusive jeep
  • Later drive – 3  ½  hours to jaipur 
Jaipur: Founded in 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, jaipur is where modernity and tradition exist side by side. The walled city, vibrant with colours, houses the city palace, an astronomical observatory and a bustling bazaar where artisans fashion puppets, silver jewellery, lac bangles and other handicrafts in their workshops. At a short distance is the fort palace at amber.
Upon arrival in jaipur, you will check-in at hotel.
  • Spend two nights at hotel.
  • Accommodation.
  • Your stay is on bed & breakfast basis.
Day 7: Jaipur
  • Morning proceed on a visit to the Amber Fort.
  • The amber fort is located 11 km from jaipur. It was the ancient citadel of the ruling kachhawa clan of amber, before the capital was shifted to present day jaipur. Amber fort is known for its unique artistic style, blending both hindu and muslim (mughal) elements, and its ornate and breath-taking artistic mastery.
  • Afternoon you will be taken on a private guided tour of the city palace.
  • The whole complex is wonderfully laid out with large courtyards, balconies, cupolas, arched entrances and gardens, which are prime examples of rajput architecture.
  • The museum here displays the rich heritage of the jaipur family in miniature paintings, textiles, garments, books & manuscripts, carpets, palanquins and weapons dating back to the 15th century.
  • During the tour of city palace, guests will have the opportunity of visiting the private chambers, which are normally not accessible by the general public followed walking tour of the market of the bazaars. You will visit the maniharon ka rasta (bangle makers lane), then walk to the thada market (wholesale area) followed by a walk through the wedding market selling various things for indian wedding, after which you will cross the flower market and a few temples on the way, along with many small stalls.
Day 8:  Jaipur – Udaipur
  • This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to udaipur.
Udaipur: delicate, feminine and elegant, udaipur is known by many names – city of sunrise, jewel of mewar and city of lakes. Undoubtedly one of india’s most romantic cities, it nestles between the glassy waters of its famous lakes and the ancient aravalli hills. Although it is one of rajasthan’s largest cities, modern udaipur manages to retain a charming small town vibe.
  • On arrival you will be met and transfer to hotel Udaipur ranked as one of the best hotels in udaipur. Nestled within the heart of the city of lakes - udaipur, hotel fateh garh is a pioneer in sustainable, ethical and responsible tourism.
  • Built on a hilltop facing the city, the design of the hotel draws heavily from the rich rajasthani heritage and culture, appears no less than a palace. Fateh garh is a luxury heritage hotel in udaipur with views of the lake and palace complex, perfectly located to explore the famed sites of the udaipur city, such as the city palace, the monsoon palace or the beautiful jag mandir. 
  • Late afternoon proceed on a private motor launch cruise on the placid waters of lake pichola. From the boat you will be able to view the city of udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the rajasthan desert.
Jag Mandir: an unforgettable sight on lake pichola is the island of jag mandir. Maharana karan singhji built the palace in 1622 ad as a pleasure palace for royal parties and functions.
  • This magnificent monument with its domes, marble pillars and fountains has a special approach of a row of marble elephants that seem to be guarding the island.
  • Evening - visit Jagdish Temple to witness aarti ceremony: is one of the famous temples of udaipur. Located in the city palace complex of udaipur, this temple is made in the indo-aryan style of architecture. 
  • The temple is dedicated to lord vishnu (laxmi narayan), the preserver of the universe. The gateway of this temple can be sited at a distance of 150 meters. This three-storied temple is a wonder of architecture that comprises beautifully carved pillars, decorated ceilings, painted walls and lush halls.
  • Spend 0ne night at hotel.
  • Accommodation is in a renaissance room.
  • Your stay is on bed & breakfast basis.
Day 9: Udaipur - Goa
  • Today morning start your day with visit to city palace, the fine house of maharajas of udaipur. A pearl of marble and vibrant mosaics, it is marvellous example of the attention to detail and the exemplary workmanship of the rajasthani artisans.
  • You will also visit the crystal gallery that has an extraordinary collection of objects including a crystal bedroom set.
  • In evening transfer to airport to board flight to goa.
  • Arrive goa and transfer to resort.
  • On arrival you will be met and transfer too hotel.
Day 10: In Goa
  • 03 days at leisure for independent activities
Day 11: Goa – Mumbai
  • Fly to Mumbai.
  • Arrive Mumbai and transfer to hotel
Day 12: Mumbai – London
  • After breakfast transfer to Mumbai international airport to board flight back to london.
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