11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
On arrival in India you will be greeted and escorted by Imperial Voyages's Executive to your hotel.Check in time 1200 hrs noontime.
After breakfast enjoy city tour Jama Masjid (Friday visit in the afternoon not adviseable) - The largest mosque in Asia, drive past Red Fort (closed on Monday) - The red stone magic, Gandhi memorial - The memoir of father of the nation, India Gate - The memorial of martyrs, Parliament House - The Government Headquarters beside these some other places to visit are - Qutab Minar and Sikh Temple. Overnight stay
After breakfast, drive to Shekhavati. Huge palatial traditional houses called Havelis belonging to the mercantile communities of Rajasthan are the main attraction in these places, along with their fresco-painted walls, finely carved doors, on arrival transfer to the Hotel Overnight in the Hotel.
In the morning we drive to Khimsar. Khimsar is famous for its Fort of 18th century which is now one of the best heritage hotel in the country. This fort is well preserved like a royal manor and is spread over eleven acres of sprawling lawns, orchard and open courtyard. After the check in and evening tea we proceed for a jeep safari in the desert to Black Buck reserve.
Early morning drive to Jodhpur.The city was once the capital of the princely state of Marwar (Land of death). Jodhpur is also known as the blue city as most of the houses of the old city are painted blue. We will visit the Mehrangarh Fort (majestic fort). Mehrangarh Fort was built on a steep hill and is among the best in India with exquisitely latticed windows in residential apartments within. We also visit the Jaswant Thada, a royal cenotaph built in white marble. After the sightseeing we have a walk through the Bazaars of Jodhpur.
Today we drive to Udaipur. Enroute we will visit Ranakpur.Ranakpur is known for its superbly carved marble Jain Temples. An enormous basement of this temple covers 48,000 sq. feet. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls. The total number of columns is 1,444, all of which are intricately carved, no two being alike. The Ranakpur Jain Temples were built during the 15th century.We have a break in Ranakpur before proceeding further for Udaipur. Udaipur is called the romantic city of Rajasthan. A city built around shimmering, clear, blue water lakes which reflect the green hills of the Aravali ranges.
Today we visit Udaipur. We start our sightseeing with the visit of Sahelion-Ki-Bari. After the visit of Garden of Maids we visit a Museum of folk art. This museum has a rich collection of Folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments and paintings on display. After a break we proceed to city palace, the biggest Palace in India, The museum of the palace includes the beautiful peacock mosaic and miniature wall paintings of Indian mythology. In the evening we have a Boat ride on the lake Pichola.The famous Lake Palace of Udaipur was the summer residence of the former rulers. The James bond Film Octopussy was shot here and made this palace more known in the west.
Pushkar being one of the most religious places for Hindus has the atmosphere of an ancient religious town. The only temple of God Brahma is in Pushkar thus making Pushkar an important pilgrimage city for Hindus. Pushkar has become famous in the world due to its Pushkar Festival which takes place in the month of November when the whole of Pushkar is transformed into a spectacular fair ground where thousands of pilgrims come to bath in the holy water of Pushkar lake and the biggest cattle and camel markets take place here where Farmers, breeders and camel traders buy and sell.
Today we drive to the Pink City Jaipur. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and famous for its handicrafts and precious and semiprecious stones. After a break in Jaipur we visit the city palace in the afternoon which is still the formal residence of the royal family, built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. In the museum of the city palace we visit the private collection of the Jaipur Mahrajas. We continue to Jantar Mantar, a stone observatory, the largest of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories.
After breakfast we drive to the ancient capital of Amber, laying 11 km. away from Jaipur. Amber was the ancient capital of Kachhawaha dynasty for 6 centuries. We will ascend to the Palace Fortress on the back of an Elephant. Enroute to Amber we will visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), built in 1799 AD, it contains 953 small casements with each having its own balcony. The windows enabled cool air to circulate and the ladies to watch processions below without being seen.In the afternoon we have a walk through the colourful Bazaar of Jaipur and visit a factory to see the famous block printing work being done since centuries in Jaipur.In the evening we drive through the new city of Jaipur and visit "Laxmi Narayan Mandir", a Hindu temple made out of white marble. Today we have dinner with a presentation of Indian music and dance.
Today we leave Rajasthan, Drive to Agra,Enroute we make a stop and visit Fatehpur Sikri,This wonderful city constructed by red sand stones was abandoned as abruptly as it had been built. It has been generally stated that it was due to failing in the water supply. Afternoon arrival in Agra. After a short break in the Hotel, visit the Agra Fort, built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. After the visit of Agra Fort Back to Hotel.
After the visit of Agra Fort we proceed to visit the most beautiful monument of India, the Taj Mahal, an enduring monument to love, with a continually fulfilling beauty. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-52, as a tomb and memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the Palace), who died at the age of 39 giving birth to her 14th child. We spend enough time at Taj Mahal to take this impressive memory home. After the visit of Taj Mahal we have a look at the famous fine marble inlay work which is still being done in Agra by the descendants of the families of builders and artists of the Taj Mahal. After sightseeing in Agra drive to Delhi.
Arrival in Delhi in the evening. The rest of the day at leisure. Around midnight flight to home destination. At the time of departure our driver & representative will drop you at International Airport.