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The Golden Triangle and Rajasthan (11 days)

Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi.

Day 1: Arrival Delhi
On arrival at international airport in Delhi, our representative will greet you and transfer to the hotel. Delhi, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi (B/L)
After breakfast we start our full day sightseeing of the walled city called Old Delhi and the cosmopolitan New Delhi.
Old Delhi pulses with energy and color, the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars laced by a maze of narrow lanes twisting and turning between the tall, leaning houses full of the sights, sounds and aromas of the Indian subcontinent. You will visit Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes. In Old Delhi you will also have an opportunity to enjoy a rickshaw ride.
After lunch, we explore New Delhi, its wide boulevards offering ever changing perspectives of Lutyen's landscaped city. It is a city known for its formal parks, magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and the India Gate. In New Delhi you will also visit Qutab Minar, the 72.5 m high tower dating back to 13th century and Humanyun's Tomb (built in the 16th century and architecturally the fore runner of the Taj Mahal). Overnight in Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra (B/L)
After breakfast drive to Agra (203 Kms/4 Hours), on arrival check in at hotel. Badal Singh established the city of Taj in 1475 AD. Sikandar Lodi made Agra his capital but Babur defeated the Lodis and laid the foundation of the Mughal Empire. In the mid 16th century and earlier 17th century AD, Agra witnessed frenzied building activity and it was during this time when the world-famous symbol of love the Taj Mahal was built. Also in Agra, Agra Fort is a massive structure with 70-foot high,1.5-mile long walls encompassing an astounding collection of well preserved buildings, many of them completed during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan.
This evening we take a sunset visit to the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.(Note: Taj Mahal closed on Fridays).

Day 4: Agra - Jaipur (B/L)
Rise early for morning coffee and prepare for a truly spectacular sight, the legendary Taj Mahal at daybreak. It is often said that Taj Mahal changes its colours by every minute depending upon angle of sunrays and it is best seen either by sunset or sunrise. Sunrise however is best timing for taking pictures of this monument under mild sun light. Return to your hotel for a full breakfast, later drive to Jaipur (260 km / 6 hrs), stopping enroute at Fathepur Sikri, the Red Sandstone City where Emperor Akbar built as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world. Continue the drive onward to Jaipur, on arrival check in at hotel. Later will go to a local market for a shopping experience in a colorful market where you can see 'Kundan', (enameled) jewelry, exotic blue pottery, batik painting, block printed textiles of Sanganer and Bagru, tie & dye fabrics, Mojari- (the local embroidered shoes), sandal wood carved items, beautiful stone carvings, brass work, lac ornaments and handicrafts, handmade paper etc. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 5: Jaipur (B/L)
This morning we drive to the outskirts of Jaipur to visit the Amber Fort. It was originally constructed by a tribe called the Meenas and dedicated to Amba” or the “Mother Goddess.” Built over the remains of an earlier structure, the present palace complex was commenced in 1592 under the reign of Raja Man Singh, commander of Akbar’s army and a member of the emperor’s inner circle of nine courtiers. The Amber Fort was modified by successive rulers over the next 150 years, until the Kachwahas shifted their capital to Jaipur during the time of Maharaja (a great or high king) Jai Singh II. You have the choice of reaching the fort either on foot or atop an elephant! The short steep ascent provides views of Jaipur, Maotha Lake, and the original city walls. One of the fort’s most striking features is the Hall of Mirrors. When the palace was occupied by royalty, the hall could be lit at night by a single candle reflected in thousands of tiny, intricate mirrors. Afterwards visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar (Observatory) and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds).

Day 6: Jaipur - Pushkar (B/L)
OPTIONAL: Early morning hot-air balooning experience: Take off in a hot-air baloon to see Jaipur from the air. Later our car will pick you up and return you to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfadt, drive to Pushkar (145km 3 hours) and check in at hotel.
Pushkar is a mellow, serene and bewitching little town which attracts those in search of some respite from the tumult of India. Pushkar is right on the edge of the desert and is only 11 kms from Ajmer but separated from it by Nag Pahar, the snake mountain. The town clings to the side of the small Pushkar Lake with its many bathing ghats and temples.
In the evening we take a Camel Safari - a great experience where one can explore the rugged terrain of the Great Indian Desert. The Aravalli Range here are one of the world's oldest, and has sandfields, small dunes, beautiful hills and mesmerizing sunsets. Overnight in Pushkar.

Day 7: Pushkar - Udaipur (B/L)
After breakfast drive to Udaipur(280 Kms/05 Hours), on arrival check in at hotel.
The "Venice of the East", Udaipur is an enchanting city. From lakes in the midst of sandy terrain to green forested hills where wildlife still abounds, the surprises are endless. And, in the lakes, or by their edges, are palaces straight out of fairy tales. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh, Udaipur is surrounded by the Aravalli mountain ranges.
In the late afternoon we visit Jag Mandir - a palace built on an island in Lake Pichola.It is also called the "Lake Garden Palace". In the evening, we vsit Bagor Ki Haveli an ancient building that stands on the platform of Gangori Ghat in the vicinity of Pichola Lake. The haveli now stages delightful evening's entertainment; performances of Rajasthani traditional dance and music in the moody surroundings. Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 8: Udaipur (B/L)
Morning sightseeing tour of Udaipur includes the City Palace Complex consisting of Durbar Hall, Crystal Gallery, Palace Museum and Jagdish Temple. Udaipur City Palace is considered as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Afternoon visit to Eklingji and Nagda temples. Afterwards there is time for shopping in the streets of Udaipur, where many different arts and crafts are practised.

Day 9: Udaipur - Jodhpur (B/L)
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur (280 Kms/7 Hours) stopping enroute to visit Ranakpur. The cluster of temples, made of intricately sculpted white marble, is a marvelous feat of architecture. It is a surprise that they were built in 1460, so well preserved & sparkling is the marble. The main temple is supported on 1,444 pillars - none of which is identical to any other.
After lunch, drive on to Jodhpur, founded by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, in 1459. It is the second largest city in Rajasthan, and is divided into old city and new parts. The old city is separated by a ten kilometre long wall surrounding it, with eight gates. The new city is outside the walled city. Jodhpur has many beautiful palaces and forts such as Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhavan Palace and Rai Ka Bag Palace. Overnight at Jodhpur.

Day 10: Jodhpur (B/L)
Today we will visit Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada & Umaid Bhawan Palace, then take an early Lunch with an Indian Family in Jodhpur.Here you will have the opportunity to see what the typical Rajashtani home looks like and imagine its liveliness as children ran from room to room, with echos heard in the courtyard, while enjoying some of the traditional dishes every Jodhpur house has grown up on. Later we take an excursion to a Bishnoi village to visit the Rabari/Bishnoi Community.
Overnight at Jodhpur.

Day 11: Jodhpur - Delhi (B)
Morning is free at leisure. Later transfer to airport & board flight to Delhi. Meet upon arrival & transfer to hotel for day use of room until it is time to transfer to airport & board flight to Uk or onward destination (B).

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Red Fort, Delhi
Red Fort, Delhi
Jama Masjid, Delhi
Jama Masjid, Delhi
Taj Mahal, Agra
Taj Mahal, Agra
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Camel Safari
Camel Safari
Lake Palace, Udaipur
Lake Palace, Udaipur
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
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