India – a veritable wonderland of color, contrast and incomprehensible mystery! It is into this alluring kaleidoscope that takes travelers accustomed to their lux-uries and comforts and gently delivers this world in palatable layers of luscious, exotic experience. From the overwhelming crowds on the streets, through the many sounds and scents of the market, you’re drawn towards the awe-inspiring silence within the age-old palace. One cannot travel through India and remain a spectator without being swept away by the experience time and again.
Let your eyes wander as India offers reflection. Experiencing India is like watching a movie. You can lean back and relax while allowing the experience to unfold, or you can climb to the edge of your seat and marvel at every last detail of this fascinating wonderland!
Day 1: New Delhi
You’ve just arrived in a land of 1.2 billion people, home to every major religion in the world and a dizzying variety of histories and languages, and one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Welcome to beautiful India!
Arrive at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport, Terminal T-3. Special VIP assistance accorded on arrival. The guests will be met by a Hi Tours repre- sentative at the gate and escorted to Immigrations where you will be assisted. There after collecting your bags, you will be met with your English Speaking Guide. Special reception at the airport with welcome garlanding, later you will be escorted to your hotel.
On arrival at hotel, girls dressed in traditional Saree will perform the “Thali Ceremony” Aarti, tikka and flowers. While welcome drinks are being served and room keys are handed over. Check in to your accommodations: Le-Meridien
Note: We will ensure all VVIP amenities including Fruit Basket, Cookies are kept with flowers. A welcome gift with your compliments will pre-place in the guest’s room.
Day 2: New Delhi
Spend the morning exploring the old city. Commence your day with a visit to the 17th century Jama Masjid and ride a rickshaw through the narrow lanes of the Chandni Chowk and walk through the spice markets.
Our recommendation: lunch at Café Lota at the Crafts Museum – the menu fea- turing an eclectic selection of pan Indian cuisine. Later you have time to tour the museum, which houses a treasure trove of Indian art and architecture. Ranging from metal ware woodwork, masks, painting, terracotta and textiles, the mu-seum showcases the best of India’s craft heritage. Housed in the tree-shaded courtyards, are artisans from various parts of India, recreating some of the items you saw in the museum.
Next visit Qutab Minar* – the tallest tower in world for centuries, erected by first Islamic rulers of India and still the most imposing, artistically carved and engraved sandstone pillar anywhere.
Enjoy a drive through Lutyen’s Delhi with photo stops at India Gate and the mut- ed red sandstone Parliament Buildings by traditional Black & Yellow cabs.
Day culminates with an interesting religious and philosophy experience as you visit the Bangla Saheb Gurudwara and see the community kitchen where thou-sands of worshippers are fed round the clock.
We constantly research for new ideas to showcase the destinations that are fea-tured on our guest itineraries. Whether it is visiting monuments or museums or savoring India’s diverse cuisine, we partner with experts and design experiences that promote learning. Historians, musicians, artists, culinary experts, architects and connoisseurs have in the past enlivened India for our guests
Optional: Visit to Humayun’s Tomb* built in 1562 and designed by a Persian architect. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993.
Day 3: Agra
This morning transfer to the railway station to connect train for Agra.
Gatimaan Express : Delhi – Dep. 0810 Hrs., Agra – Arr. 0950 Hrs.
Upon arrival meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel.
This afternoon you will visit the Agra Fort* which dates back to the 11th Century and captured by several rulers before it was rebuilt by the Great Mughal King Akbar in the 16th Century.
Evening Visit Taj Mahal* at sunrise on decorated horse driven carriages, Taj Mahal is one of mankind’s greatest architectural feats. Built out of white marble by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, it was erected by 20,000 laborers over a 12-year period. The entire monument is a masterpiece of symmetry (Closed on Friday). *UNESCO World heritage site
Day 4: Jaipur
Leisurely this morning depart for Jaipur, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri. The magnificent fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 as his capital and abandoned 15 years later, allegedly due to a severe scarcity of water. You will visit the graceful buildings within such as the Jami Masjid, the tomb of Salim Chisti, the Panch Mahal, Diwan I Khas and other palaces. It is a place where Islamic architecture fuses with Hindu and Jain decorative art. Upon arrival check in to the hotel.
Day 5: Jaipur
Morning drive to Amber and its glorious hilltop fortress. It is known for its unique artistic style, blending both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) elements, and its ornate and breathtaking architectural mastery. Tour the chambers and hallways of the palace, famous for the excellence of its design and decoration. Pierced screen windows offer views from different vantage points, and shimmer-ing mirrors encrust the walls of Sheesh Mahal.
Later proceed to Pink city of Jaipur. This beautiful façade is probably the most-photographed in Jaipur, with its ornately carved windows designed so the ladies of the palace could look out onto the streets unobserved. Visit the City Pal-ace Museum, which has a priceless collection of antiques, costumes and armory of the Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiseled handles. It also has an art gallery which displays a collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit.
Thereafter visit Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomi-cal Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century. Evening enjoy a short Tuk Tuk ride across the market.
Visit to a local Rajput family, be their guests and get into their kitchens and get their secrets of magical Indian species, participate and help them to prepare some of the North Indian recipes followed by a traditional Rajput Dinner.
Day 6: Udaipur
After breakfast transfer to the airport to catch a short flight to Udaipur.
FLIGHT: SG-2623 (Low frill airlines) JAIPUR: 0830 HRS, UDAIPUR:0925 HRS
Upon arrival we will proceed for city sightseeing visiting; The vast and exqui-site City Palace, a well-fortified, majestic white monument. Afternoon visit the Jagdish Temple, a 16th-century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur. Drive past Fateh Sagar Lake and visit Sahe-lion-ki-Bari, the Garden of the Maids-of-Honor, which has numerous fountains in four pools, embellished with delicately chiseled kiosks and elephants. “Crystal Gallery”. Culminate the tour with a visit to Maharana’s Vintage and Classic car collection. Evening enjoy boat ride on Lake Pichola (sharing basis). Later check inn to the hotel.
Day 7: Udaipur
Leisurely this morning proceed to Devigarh and visit the Shiva Temple at Eklingji. Elite Travel Recommended, enjoy lunch at Hotel Devigarh by Raas. Optional: After lunch, visit Seva Mandir, a philanthropic organization located at the village of Delwara. Return to hotel in Udaipur.
Rest of the evening will be at leisure. For those interested, we can customize a walk through the old city as you discover the various facets of Udaipur’s bazaars, and artists and artisans at work.
Day 8: Mumbai
Morning transfer to airport for your flight to Mumbai
FLIGHT: 6E-748 (Low frill airlines) UDAIPUR: 1015 HRS, MUMBAI: 1140 HRS
Upon arrival, our representative will meet you at the Mumbai airport and trans-fer you to your accommodations and assist in check-in.
Later go on a tour of the city to explore its architectural heritage. Visit Gateway of India, the principal landmark of Mumbai, was the principal port when the visitors came to India by ship. The gateway was conceived, following the visit of King George V to India in 1911, and was officially opened in 1924. Its architec-ture is akin to the conventional Arch of Triumph, with elements derived from Muslim styles of 16th century Gujarat. Soon you arrive at Mani Bhawan, or the Gandhi Museum, for an intriguing visit. Serving as Mahatma Gandhi’s Bombay base between 1917 and 1934, Mani Bhawan now serves as a museum and memorial. After enjoying the opportunity to glimpse in the life of a great historic figure, now become introduced to the lives of the locals with a look at the fasci-nating Dhobi Ghats. Each morning, laundry from all Mumbai is brought here to be soaped, boiled, beaten and thrashed.
After being aired, pressed, folded and wrapped, the clean bundles are returned from whence they came. Pause here for photographs. Continue to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum). The CSMVS is a gorgeous heritage building in the heart of South Mumbai’s Fort area – the city’s unofficial culture district. Designed by the same George Wittet who would later create the Gateway of India, this museum displays a large collection of Indus-era artifacts, interesting pieces from Indian history like the armour of Emperor Akbar and an extensive compilation of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. Before you step inside be sure to stroll around the gardens, there are numer-ous sculptures dotted throughout the property, and don’t miss the collections donated by eminent Mumbai families like the Tatas. Rest of time free at leisure.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 9: Departure
This morning transfer to Mumbai International airport for your onward flight.
Accommodation is provided on twin sharing room with breakfast basis at listed hotels or equivalent. For Lunch and dinner there would be an additional supple-ment. A hotel list is as follows:
- PLACE COVERED NIGHTS DELUXE HOTELS
- DELHI 02 LE-MERIDIEN
- AGRA 01 ITC MUGHAL LUXURY COLLECTION
- JAIPUR 02 HILTON
- UDAIPUR 02 FATEHGARH
- MUMBAI 01 TRIDENT NARIMANPOINT
- HOTEL CHECK-IN TIME 1400 HRS & CHECK OUT TIME 1200 NOON
This trip includes:
- 8 nights’ accommodation staying in twin sharing room at listed hotels above or similar
- Assistance on arrival/departure by an experienced office representative
- Traditional Indian welcome with Non-alcoholic welcome drink on arrival at each hotel
- Buffet breakfast
- Entrance fees to monuments as per itinerary (01 visit)
- Transportation using the services of an air-conditioned Coach
- Service of English Speaking Tour Escort as per program.
- Sightseeing as mentioned above in the program
- Rickshaw ride in the by-lanes of Old Delhi
- An Indian Train experience for a short ride.
- Sunset visit to Taj Mahal (closed on Friday)
- Excursion to Amber Fort by Jeeps
- Visit to Crystal Gallery and City Palace in Udaipur
- Boat ride on Lake Pichola (sharing basis)
- Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, Interstate taxes
- All current applicable taxes
This trip doesn’t include:
- Any special meal other than those specified in the itinerary
- Any “OPTIONAL OR RECOMMENDATIONS”
- Any alcoholic/non alcoholic drinks including Mineral Water/Soft drinks including meals too
- Camera fees, Porte rage, Tips, Gratuites etc.
- Things of personal nature like laundry, tele-phone, spa, drinks, room service etc.
- Any kind of Insurance
- Any Domestic/International flight charges
- Any other item which is not listed in above inclusions