Commencing from Delhi, this tour will take you around heritage places like the Qutab Minar, Memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and the Humayun’s Tomb. Feel patriotism at the All India War Memorial and taste the ethnicity of this country at Jama Masjid. Moving on to Agra, sense the forever love at the Taj Mahal. Next lies Ranthambore where you can revel in nature. On the way, visit Fatehpur Sikri. Relish the feeling of being at Jaipur, the Pink City. Explore Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, City Palace Museum and Hawa Mahal. Jodhpur, the Blue City, is next on the list. Marvel at the man-made beauties here. Feel love in Udaipur for it is called the most romantic city in India.
Day 1 : From Home to Palaces
Your journey begins before you land in India. Your thoughts are focused on the soon to come iconic images of the country, from the vibrant saris to the colorful fruit. You step onto the plane ready to soar and to find the coming wonders, from the delectable colors illuminated from the Pink Palace to the mesmerizing Blue City of Jodhpur. You have imagined the culture and the architecture, the food and the landscape and, as the plane lands in the capital city of Delhi, you are ready to experience it all.
Day 2 : Along the Old Gates
Welcome to Delhi, a city that brings together its eclectic historic architecture and modern culture. Moghul ruins sit in a park reappropriated by local students, studying and relax
ing along the ancient temples and cupolas in Hauz Khas Complex. You are met at the airport and escorted to your hotel by a private transfer. The city whirs around you and you are eager to visit, explore, and discover. In the city’s ancient walls you can find Chandni Chowk, the old market that continues to brim with life, filled with the enticing smoky aromatics of grilled kebab and the rainbow clothing hidden in the bylanes. Stores are stacked and filled with saris that run the gambit of colors.
Day 3 : Visiting the Old and The New Delhi
The morning is graced with the mixture of sweet and spice that rises from the breakfast beverage of masala chai. This delicate introduction to India’s flavors is a great way to kick-start the day. After your meal your escort meets you at your hotel and guides you through the historic streets of the city. From the old market to the Raj Ghat, the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, you venture through the new streets that eventually bring you to the Qutub Minar. You find the mystique of the seasoned structures alluring; the minaret climbs over 217 feet into the air, constructed almost a millennia ago.
The red sandstone catches the sunlight bringing a tremendous sunset red to the blue sky. The pillar tapers inward until reaching its pointed apex of a thin seven and a half feet. The surrounding complex is made up of ruined tombs and monuments including Altamish’s tomb, which is decorated with scrawling Islamic calligraphy. Your sense of Delhi comes alongside the banks of the Yamuna River and the vast history represented in the old walls and new streets as you discover India Gate and Parliament, before you settle back into your hotel for the evening.
Day 4 : The City on the Lake
The morning brings with it the effervescent spices of masala and the palpable whirlwind of the day. After breakfast you are taken to the airport to catch your flight to Udaipur. You find the tawny and purple woods of the surrounding foothills set alongside the banks of Lake Pichola. The sun brushes over the city with accents of cream and rose. After you settle into your accommodation you will enjoy a venture out onto the cool lake which ripples with the reflection of the surrounding mountains. The lake runs almost two and a half miles long and almost two miles wide.
Day 5 : Crystal Galleries and Luminescent Waters
The immaculate City Palace Complex wraps around the edges of the lake and stands like a regal memory. It is both a modern museum and a collection of heirlooms of historic royalty. The ramparts run over 752 feet long standing over 90 feet tall and dates back to the 17th century. Once inside the complex around the Great Gate, you find eight arches on the left hand side. The arches commemorate the times that Maharajas were weighed in the open courtyard and their weight in gold or silver was distributed to the local people. The three-arched Tripolia Gate takes you into a large courtyard. You find a handicraft shop and large tiger-catching cage. It is a remarkable look into the treasured past of the city and palace, from the current workings of the artisans to the historic commemoration of the royal benevolence.
Day 6 : Rose City to Stellar Temples
Today you will journey away from the glittery waters of Udaipur, watching the ramparts of the City Palace fade from view and be replaced by the marvelous 15th century Jain Temples at Ranakpur. The temple complex is constructed of cool white marble that brings a pearlescent glow to the entire area. The structure is filled with 1,444 pillars and decorated with detailed carvings. Chaumukha Mandir, known as the Four-Faced Temple, was constructed in the 15th century with milk-white marble. Twenty-nine halls and 80 domes come together to show the architect’s and funder’s devotion. It is easy to marvel at the work of artistry and the chiseled gods, where pillars are knotted with carvings that bring a calm and harmonious echo to the exquisite space. You continue to Kumbhalgarh and arrive in the evening with the unforgettable detail of each statue that lined the interior walls of the complex fresh in your mind.
Day 7 : Large Walls to Mountainous Blues
Today you will leave behind the stretching walls of the Kumbhalgarh Fort and come to the Bishnoi Village. The people have been known since the 15th century for their conservationist religion, standing for the preservation of animals and vegetation. The village highlights the diversity of the country, displaying the eclectic combination of people in a large and small expanse. The sect of Hindu follows 29 principles to live by which have helped them survive in the the desert landscape outside of Jodhpur. Black buck graze along the desert grass outside of the village. The Bishnoi consider the buck sacred and have been known to be aggressive toward people that harm animals and trees, which are considered pillars of sanctity.