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 Rajasthan Tour and Travel
Although Agra does not lie physically within the state of Rajasthan, it has several commonalities with the state. Both have a universal appeal and irresistible magnetic draw. They are both embodiments of timeless charm, and have a strong historic relevance. Although mammoth in stature, both are unpretentious and personify humility. Most importantly
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they are both icons of luxury in India. Rajasthan with Taj Mahal Tour is in fact a luxury India tour that gives tourists the unique opportunity to combine both these marvels into one experience and give themselves a holiday that bestows complete fulfilment and satisfaction.
   
   
ITINERARY

DURATION :10 Days / 9 Nights
PLACES COVERED : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Delhi

DAY 1: ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive at Delhi's International Airport, where our representative, who will give a traditional Indian welcome with garlands and later escort you to the hotel, will meet you upon arrival.

DAY 2: SIGHTSEEING IN DELHI
Today, enjoy the day discovering Delhi, pacing through the city which is as historic as modern, like 2 sides of the same coin!

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid the largest mosque in India; Chandani Chownk, 'silver street' and enjoy the Rikshaw Ride, one of the largest trading centres of India; drive past Red Fort, the place that marked the announcement of India's freedom from the British Raj; Raj Ghat, cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi

After lunch, discover the modern city of New Delhi, which includes a visit to Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the worlds tallest minaret; Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold tomb, still in active worship; Photo stop at India Gate, the war memorial arch built in honour of the soldiers who died in the second world war; drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyen's Delhi

DAY 3: DRIVE DELHI - AGRA / SIGHTSEEING IN AGRA
This morning, drive to Agra (204 Kms / 4 Hrs), land of the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. En-route stop at Sikandra, the tomb of mughal emperor Akbar.

This afternoon, visit the white marble beauty and symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal displays the saga of love between Emperor Shah Jahan and his queen Mumtaz Mahal. After Taj enjoy a short Tonga Ride. Later, visit Agra fort, built in red sandstone with magnificent palaces and halls of public and private audience.

DAY 4: DRIVE AGRA - JAIPUR EN ROUTE FATEHPUR SIKRI
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur (235 Kms / 5 Hrs), one of the most well planned cities of India. This capital city of Rajasthan, popularly known as the 'Pink City', was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, in 1727 A.D. En route to Jaipur, make a brief stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the red sandstone Mughal palatial complex. Within the complex lies a mosque built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and dedicated to Sheikh Salim Chisti, a Muslim Sufi Saint who blessed Emperor Akbar with a son.

Enjoy a heritage walk in the old city of Jaipur, seeing life along the small alleys and by-lanes. Interact with the local artisans enamelling jewels with local 'meenakari' work, along with goldsmiths and silversmiths of the region. Visit gems, jewels and carpet weaving factories - watch artisans creating unique masterpieces and enjoy haggling for souvenirs in colourful bazaars of Jaipur.

DAY 5: SIGHTSEEING IN JAIPUR
After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Amber Fort. Here, enjoy an Elephant Ride to reach the top of the Fort. Once the capital of royals, the fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture, a complex of palaces, temples, exquisite marble and mirror-inlaid halls and apartments.

This afternoon, visit the City Palace complex with its museums and Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), built in the 18th century. This palace with its innumerable windows and screened balconies was especially built for the royal women to view the city and processions from behind their purdahs.

DAY 6: DRIVE JAIPUR - JODHPUR
This morning, drive to Jodhpur (343 Kms / 7 Hrs), a city ringed by high stone walls with seven gates and several bastions. This second largest city of Rajasthan was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D.

DAY 7: SIGHTSEEING IN JODHPUR
Today, visit the rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort, and the grand palaces within the fort - Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana, which are impressive examples of architectural excellence. Near the fort complex stands the Jaswant Thada, and a group of royal cenotaphs made of white marble. While in Jodhpur shop for the exquisite handcrafted articles such as embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware, paintings and tie and dye fabrics.

Later this afternoon, take a jeep safari to nearby Bishnoi villages, to get a feel for the local lifestyle of Rajasthani villagers. Observe the daily lifestyle of villagers, shepherds, farmers and weavers of the region. You also get an opportunity to interact with local villagers and learn about rare desert farming.

DAY 8: DRIVE JODHPUR - UDAIPUR EN ROUTE RANAKPUR
This morning, drive to Udaipur en route visiting the famous Jain Temples at Ranakpur. Built in the 15th century, Ranakpur temples are one of the largest Jain temples in India. The temples are known for their architecture, grand structures and exquisite sculptures.

Continue drive to Udaipur, a serene city set in the scenic valley of Aravalli hills, surrounded by three lakes - Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar. Upon arrival at Udaipur, check in at your hotel for 2 nights stay.

DAY 9: SIGHTSEEING IN UDAIPUR
Spend the day exploring Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, one of the largest palace complex in Rajasthan; Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, a garden of the maids of honour; Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, a folklore museum and Jagdish Temple.

Afternoon visit the Museum at Bagore - Ki Haveli and in the sunset enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola. Evening enjoy the cultural dance show in Bagore - Ki Haveli.

DAY 10: DEPART UDAIPUR / FLY UDAIPUR - DELHI / ARRIVE DELHI (DEPARTURE)
This morning you will be transferred to the airport, to catch your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to international airport to board your flight back home.

 
 
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