Rajasthan with Rishikesh
The tour covers the main highlights of Royal state of Rajasthan, the most visited and colourful state of India along with a visit to Rishikesh, considered the Mecca of Yoga after exploring the sites, monuments, cultures and custom of real India, and capital Delhi. Some of the hotels and palaces are a destination by itself while others are fine examples of arts and architecture. You will acquaint yourself with local customs and cultures while exploring the country side and then head to Agra to admire the unmatched beauty of the Taj Mahal carved out of white marble. The tour will end while relaxing and recharging your soul and body at one of the Yoga and Spa centres if North India at Rishikesh.
This is a suggested tour. It can be tailor made to suit your requirements. Please contact us for a tailor made holiday.
Day 01, Arrival / Delhi
Delhi, the capital of India is a historical city, attracting the tourists from across the globe. Old Delhi has many historical monuments and temples that are delightful to watch. Cosmopolitan hotels, shopping, and fine restaurants abound. Delhi also offers a glimpse into the real India: the labyrinthine street bazaars of Old Delhi, and the temples and monuments of Indianís chequered colonial past. In the deepest sense, from Old Delhiís Red fort and Jama Masjid mosque to New Delhiís chic art galleries and nightclubs, Delhi is profoundly Indian city. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02, Delhi
After breakfast full day tour of the city. Morning: visit the Old Delhi to see the historic Red Fort and the Jama Masjid, India`s largest mosque from the outside. See the colourful bazaar of Chandni Chowk and take a cycle rickshaw ride through the back streets and small by lanes of Old Delhi to experience of the hustle and bustle of this traditional city. Afternoon visit New Delhi visiting the Qutab Minar, also known as a tower of victory and India Gate - the war memorial and Humayuns Tomb. You will drive past the Rashtrapathi Bhawan, the residence of the President of India, the Parliament house and the Government Secretariat buildings. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03, Delhi / Udaipur / Devigarh
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight Udaipur. Assistance on arrival and transfer to Devigarh Palace near Udaipur. Devigarh Palace - Nestled in the Aravali hills, the 18th century Devi Garh palace in the village of Delwara, forms one of the three main passes into the valley of Udaipur. This all suite luxury hotel was conceived as a place where the past meets the future. The contemporary design showcased within this spectacular heritage property, complemented by personalised and intimate service, creates a new image of India for the 21st century. Overnight stay at Devigarh Palace
Day 04, Devigarh
After breakfast excursion to Udaipur visiting city palace, situated on Udaipurís ridge, overlooking the azure waters of the tranquil lake, Saheliyon-ki-bari, or gardens for companions, is a celebration of the art of landscape gardening on a princely scale and The Jag Niwas, now redesigned as the Lake Palace Hotel, is almost lyrical in its beauty, and a birdís eye rendering of this pavilion forms the subject of many an old miniature painting. En route visit the temples of Nagda and Eklingji. Spend the evening at leisure or enjoy a massage at the Ayurvedic Spa at the resort. Overnight stay at the Palace Hotel. .
Day 05, Devigarh / Nimaj
After breakfast drive 4 hrs to Nimaj. On arrival check into your hotel. Nimaj is a small town in the state of Rajasthan, once ruled by the Rao Jodha Ji, who once founded the clan of Udawat Rathores. The Nimaj temple in Jodhpur was built in 9th century and is dedicated to goddess Durga. The unique art gallery showcases some masterpieces of sculptural art in its natural surroundings.
Day 06, Nimaj
Spend the day exploring the rural village farms, local temples and meet villagers. Take a drive through the grasslands, spying myriad bird species, herds of bluebull and other animals. Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 07, Nimaj / Samode
Today morning drive 4 hrs to Samode Palace. Samode - An erstwhile royal principality located 40 km from the historic city of Jaipur, you discover Samode amidst the hills of the Aravalli range. Samode continues to live its own life right outside the gates of Samode Palace, in Samode village and all the way around the countryside to the other villages and fields of Samode. Overnight at Samode Palace
Day 08, Samode
After breakfast we will go on excursion of Jaipur, visiting Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the region first. Later we explore the sites and monuments of the pink city with your English speaking guide. Return to Samode and spend the rest of the day at leisure at the hotel. Overnight stay at Samode Palace
Day 09 Samode / Agra
After breakfast drive 5 hrs to Agra en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, a world heritage site, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 to commemorate the birth of his son and later abandoned due to scarcity of water. Visit the remains. Its fortifications within the city including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other palaces. On arrival at Agra check into your hotel. Agra located on the banks of river Yamuna and once the capital of the region during the rule of great Emperor Akbar, has a great place in history. The city achieved fame during the period of Mughal rule and today it is famous as the home to the world famous monument dedicated to love - the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a reminder of the legendary Mughal Empire. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. Overnight stay at hotel.
Note:- Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.
Day 10, Agra / Delhi
Early morning visit to Taj Mahal at sunrise. The mausoleum was built by the emperor Akbar in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal and is a famous world heritage site today. After breakfast we will visit The Agra Fort located on the bank of River Yamuna. Agra Fort, a red sandstone palace was commissioned and renovated by Akbar. This beautiful fort was converted into the palace by Shah Jahan later. Pearl mosque is one of the most impressive structures in the palace. The Fort is one of the finest examples of Mughal Architecture. Later drive 4 hrs to Delhi. On arrival check into your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 11, Delhi / Rishikesh
Early morning drive 5 to 6 hrs to Rishikesh, a famous Yoga & meditation and religious centre. Rishikesh, the gateway to Garhwal Himalayas is now round the year destination and people throng this place in search of peace. Pilgrimage, yoga, meditation, white water rafting, camps, wild life Safari in National parks and trekking are some of the activities which can be part of the itinerary when visiting Rishikesh. On arrival check into your hotel. Spend the evening at leisure or join the prayer ceremony on the banks of river Ganges. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 12, Rishikesh
Early morning join the Yoga Classes in the hotel complex. After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Rishikesh visiting various temples, Ashrams. Evening join the Yoga classes at one of the Ashrams. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 13, Rishikesh
Spend the day at leisure or opt for some yoga and Ayurvedic treatments at one of the centres. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 14, Rishikesh / Delhi
After early breakfast check out of the hotel and drive 5 hrs to Delhi enroute visiting Haridwar, one of the main pilgrimage centres of Hindus and considered the gateway to Godís land. Kembh Mela is held here after every 12 years. Later continue drive to Delhi en route stopping for lunch. On arrival at Delhi check into your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 15, Delhi / Departure
Transfer to international airport for flight to onward destination.