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Highlights of Rajasthan with Luxury Taj Palaces (11 Days)

Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur, Jodpur, Udaipur

This 11 day tour is a perfect introduction to Indian culture and opulent luxury. You will start with exploring the capital city Delhi and observing the diversity of Old and New Delhi. Next stop will be Agra, home to extravagant Taj Mahal. Continue on to the state of Rajasthan and visit Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur cities. Rajasthan is probably the most colourful state and colours emerge from its people to buildings to the landscape. Jaipur is the perfect place for shopping gems and textiles, while your stay will be at elegant Jai Mahal Palace. Jodhpur is fabled blue city and home to Mehrangarh Fort. You will stay at Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal, another epitome of luxury in the Marwar region. A scenic drive through Aravalli hills and Ranakpur Jain temples will take you to Udaipur, a tranquil and romantic lake city. This tour will end on a high note with stay at the iconic Lake Palace. Spend your time visiting city palace, exploring temples and gardens or just go for spa on Palace’s boat, dine at the rooftop restaurant overlooking city palace. This is truly an amazing experience.

Day 01: Depart Australia – Arrive Delhi (-/-/-)

Morning flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be met by our friendly local team and transferred to hotel for two nights. Rest of the day will be at leisure. Stay at Taj Palace Hotel.

Day 02: Delhi (B/-/-)

Historic, majestic, vibrant, colourful and intense, a visit to the capital city of India is a heady experience. Delhi has two distinct personalities: Old Delhi pulses with the energy and colour with its chaotic, historic, winding alleys, jam-packed with cycle rickshaws and noisy street traders. Old Delhi is home to Red Fort, India’s largest mosque Jama Masjid, bustling shopping artery of Chandni Chowk and rickshaw ride in the alleys of Old Delhi are an amazing experience. New Delhi was built by British with spacious, broad boulevards for unashamed Imperial display. Edwin Lutyens in collaboration with Herbert Baker designed and built New Delhi with tree lined avenues radiate out from Connaught Place and India Gate, blending colonial and vernacular styles. India Gate, Humayun’s tomb and Qutub Minar are the recommended places to visit and followed by gardens, temples, museums, tombs, and great shopping. Delhi has unbeatable shopping options from ethnic to contemporary fashion, handicrafts, Jewellery and what not. For the fun loving thriving nightlife, clubs, restaurants and trendy bars are available.

Day 03: Delhi – Agra (B/-/-)

Today after breakfast drive from Delhi to Agra. A sprawling industrial town, Agra is situated 204 kilometres from Delhi. Agra is home to the most extravagant monument of Love, the Taj Mahal. It was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. For twenty-two years 20,000 men laboured day and night to build this master-piece. It was done with the help of India’s finest pieta dura craftsmen who inlaid the gleaming white marble with semi-precious stones. Other sites in Agra includes mighty Agra Fort, which was built as military establishments by Akbar in 1565, the red sandstone Agra fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan’s time. Though Akbar built the original structure, his grandsons made many more additions. This powerful fortress encompasses the imperial city of the Mughal rulers within its 2.5 kilometre long enclosure walls. Overnight at Taj Gateway Hotel.

Day 04: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (B/-/-)

Drive to Jaipur en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, which is approximately an hour’s drive from Agra. The deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after fifteen years due to the scar- city of water. The attractions in Fatehpur Sikri are Jama Masjid – a beautiful building containing elements of Persian and Hindu Design. The main entrance is through a 54-metre high Bu-land Darwaza, the Gate of Victory, constructed to commemorate Akbar’s victory in Gujarat. The Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) is a projecting room with walls made entirely of stone lattice work. Birbal Bhavan, built either by or for Raja Birbal, Akbar’s favourite courtier, this small palace is extremely elegant in its design and execution. Hiran Minar (Deer Minaret) is said to have been erected over the grave of Akbar’s favourite elephant. Panch Mahal – This amusing little five-storied palace was probably once used by the ladies of the Court and originally had stone screens on the sides. The lower floor has 56 columns, no two of which are exactly alike. After visiting Fatehpur Sikri continue your drive to Jaipur and stay at Jai Mahal Palace for 2 nights.

Day 05: Jaipur (B/-/-)

The capital of Rajasthan, also known popularly as the ‘the pink city’ is one of the few old and planned cities in India. It was founded in the year 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Amber Fort is located in the outskirts in the Aravali Hills. The fort is mirrored in Maota Lake, which stands adjacent to the Dilaram Garden. City Palace is located in the heart of the city and is home to the ruler family and museum with sections of textiles, costumes, arms and armour, art gallery and hall of public and private audience. The Jantar Mantar (Observatory) was built between 1728 and 1734 were used for measuring the movements of the sun, stars and planets. The nearby Hawa Mahal, or “Palace of the Winds”, is a five-storey latticework screen behind which the palace ladies could sit and watch the city go by without being seen. This remains only a façade today.

Day 06: Jaipur – Jodpur (B/-/-)

Today drive from Jaipur to Jodhpur. Check in at Vivanta by Taj Harimahal for 2 nights stay. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 07: Jodpur (B/-/-)

Jodhpur was the former capital of Marwar State, and is also known as ‘Blue city’. Whilst here visit massive Mehrangarh Fort spread over 5 kilometres with seven gates, massive protective walls and countless bastions. On the way up to the fort are a collection of royal cenotaphs, built in white marble known as Jas-want Thada, which are also worth visiting. The city of Jodhpur is interesting to walk through on one’s own, particularly the market near the clock tower and buy spices, tie and dye fabrics, crafts and puppets.

Day 08: Jodpur – Udaipur (B/-/-)

Today drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur. Check in at Luxury Taj Lake Palace for 2 nights stay. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 09: Udaipur (B/-/-)

Udaipur is set on the banks of lake Pichola and surrounded by verdant Aravalli Hills. This enchanting and easy going city is an amazing combination of white marble palaces, crooked, colourful streets, historic temples, cerulean lakes and lush landscaped gardens. The city was founded by the Maharaja Udai Singh in 1567. Visit the City Palace which was built in 1725, and has various palaces inside such as Dilkush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal, the Palace of Krishna etc, all ornately decorated. Saheliyon Ki Bari this ‘Garden of Maids of Honour’ is a small ornamental garden. It’s a perfect place unwind and explore the old city or just relax in your hotel. Miniature paintings from Udaipur are famous if you are interested in that type of art.

Day 10: Udaipur – Depart Delhi (B/-/-)

After breakfast, free at leisure to enjoy hotel facilities or pamper yourself with a royal spa. Late afternoon transfer to airport for your flight to Delhi and continue on your homeward flight back to Australia.

Day 11: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)

Arrive home in the evening.

Number of Days 11

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Departure Dates

Inclusions

International airfares
Luxury Taj Accommodation with daily breakfast
All transfers by air-conditioned vehicle
Arrival and departure assistance
English speaking guide
Entry fee & Monument charges
Tipping for guide & driver


Exclusions

Travel Insurance
Camera and video permits may be required at some sights
Indian Visa
Personal expenditures
Peak season surcharges from $1,100 per person


Price Details

Minimum 5 travellers.

Please contact our Reservations Team for further information.


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