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13 Nights/ 14 Days
Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Nimaj – Udaipur
Tour Details

This tour is provide you the experience of culture, wildlife, history & royalty of Rajasthan along with visit of the most beautiful monument of love “Taj Mahal”. While on this tour you will stay at the most hospitable and luxuries hotels of RAAS, Oberoi & Taj Group. The Oberoi New Delhi: An incomparable hotel for business or pleasure, enjoys views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Humayun’s Tomb on one side and a calming view of the forested golf course on the other. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra: Located just 600 metres from the Taj Mahal, the world’s most exquisite testimony to undying love, it is easy to rekindle romance at The Oberoi Amarvilas. Inspired by Mughal palace designs; with fountains, terraced lawns, reflection pools and pavilions, The Oberoi Amarvilas offers unrestricted views of Taj Mahal from all rooms and suites, complemented by our warm, personalized hospitality.

The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore: A Wildlife Resort offers luxury tented accommodation inspired by the opulent caravans of the royal families. Rambagh Palace, palace of Jaipur royal family built in 1835, has stepped gracefully through many royal transitions.

RAAS Chhatra Sagar Camp, Nimaj: In the late 19th Century, Thakur Chhatra Singh of Nimaj, a powerful noble at the time decided to create a reservoir irrigated by the monsoon showers, in the dry scrub wasteland of the desert kingdom of Marwar (present-day Jodhpur). After its completion in 1890, nearby farmers were welcomed to cultivate the land and it soon became an agricultural oasis. A luxury tented camp was set up for visiting dignitaries with legendary sporting parties and exotic dinners, offering them expansive views of the green fields and open skies, and of the reservoir that was named ‘Chhatra Sagar’ in honour of the noble. Today, the famed ‘Camp Chhatra Sagar’ of yore has been recreated by the great grand children of Thakur Chhatra Singh, and beautifully captures the romance of luxury camps that have evolved into mobile palaces. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur: Jag Niwas is today the majestic and magnificent Taj Lake Palace of Udaipur. Its location on an island in the midst of a lake affords every room breathtaking views of the neighboring City Palace, Aravalli Hills, Machla Magra Hills and Jag Mandir.

Tour Highlights

Cycle Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi.

Visit of the most beautiful monument of love “Taj Mahal”.

02 Safari at Ranthambhore National park to see the Royal Bengal Tiger.

Enjoy the decorated elephant ride up to Amber Fort.

Jeep safari in Nimaj village to explore rustic countryside.

Boat ride at Lake Pichola in Udaipur.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Delhi (Flight: TBA) (No Meals)

Arrive at Delhi International Airport. Please clear immigration and visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel. Our executive will wait at the arrival hall with a placard in your name to greet you. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer and check in at the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Delhi.

The Oberoi, New Delhi: An incomparable hotel for business or pleasure, The Oberoi, New Delhi, enjoys views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Humayun’s Tomb on one side and a calming view of the forested golf course on the other. It is a storied landmark and a celebrated example of Oberoi’s reputation for taking care of its guests. The contemporary interpretation of Sir Edwin Lutyens’ New Delhi in the interiors combines with a state of the art clean air technology offering the healthiest air in the city. Thoughtfully detailed throughout its public spaces, with superlative rooms, restaurants and guest facilities, this is a city hotel perfectly conceived for work or play.

Day 2Delhi (B)

Morning after breakfast enjoy the guided visit of Old Delhi covering Jama Mosque – the largest mosque in India built in red sandstone. Between the mosque and Chandni Chowk is a narrow shop-lined street along which you will be transported by cycle rickshaws on your most photogenic journey of the tour. Drive pass the Red Fort. While driving back to New Delhi visit Raj Ghat – a memorial that is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. The ghat is located in the banks of River Yamuna. It is a black marble platform that is built at the spot of cremation of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation.

Afternoon visit of New Delhi which will include photo opportunities at some of the following attractions – the exterior of the Parliament, the War Memorial Arch (India Gate) and residence of the President House of India in New Delhi. Conclude your day with visit to 72 meter high Qutub Minar; being one of the most important landmarks of Delhi, with calligraphically decorated interiors and also inscriptions of verses of the Holy Quran. Stay overnight at hotel in Delhi.

Day 3Delhi - Agra (approx. travel time 04hrs) (B)

Morning after breakfast travel to Agra, home to India’s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. A poem of white marble, the Taj is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love. On arrival check into the hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure. Stay overnight at hotel in Agra.

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra: Located just 600 metres from the Taj Mahal, the world’s most exquisite testimony to undying love, it is easy to rekindle romance at The Oberoi Amarvilas. Inspired by Mughal palace designs; with fountains, terraced lawns, reflection pools and pavilions, The Oberoi Amarvilas offers unrestricted views of Taj Mahal from all rooms and suites, complemented by our warm, personalised hospitality.
Tastefully appointed accommodation, exquisite restaurants serving authentic Mughal and international cuisines, private dining beside the silhouette of the Taj Mahal and couples spa treatments with Taj Mahal views. At The Oberoi Amarvilas, your experience of Agra will be unforgettable.

Day 4Agra (B)

Morning after breakfast visit of Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays), a UNESCO Heritage Site, undisputedly one of the world’s most beautiful buildings. The epitome of love, stands on the banks of the river Yamuna built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. The white marble building changes its hue with the variations in the daylight. Made entirely of white marble and decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work, different types of precious and semi-precious stones were used in the intricate inlay work done on the interiors. This magnificent monument is built around a Charbagh or ’four garden’ plan, split by watercourses— reflects the influence of Persian architectural style… an exquisite image that you’ll remember forever.

Then after visit of the Agra Fort, built in the year 1573 by Emperor Akbar, which is a mixture of the Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture. The fort remained as the main residence of the emperors belonging to the Mughal dynasty until the year 1638. The fort houses numerous impressive structures like the Jahangir Mahal, Khas Mahal, Diwan-i-Khass, Diwan-i-Am, Machchhi Bhawan and Moti Masjid. Stay overnight at hotel in Agra.

Day 5Jodhpur (B)

Morning after breakfast visit Mehrangarh Fort; one of the largest forts in India, the beauty and grandeur of numerous palaces inside narrates a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures and to enter, seven gates have to be crossed. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, furniture and cannons on the forts ramparts are well preserved. After that visit the royal cenotaph Jaswant Thada – This white marbled architecture is a memorial site of a Rajput clan. This cenotaph was built in the 19th century by Maharaja Sardar Singh in the memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur. Evening explore the Old city & Clock tower market. Surrounded by a 10km long wall, has 8 gates serving as entrances, the winding streets offer colourful street markets with blue houses alternated with white houses. Stay Overnight at hotel in Jodhpur.

Day 6Ranthambhore

Wake up early in the morning and prepare for the first game drive at 6:00 – 9:30 am kindly check with the reception if there is any change in time. Enjoy the national park travelling in jeep with an estimated area of 400sq Km of this amazing reserve. The park is dotted with steep rocky hills and the dominating architecture of Ranthambhore Fort (built in the 10th century), adds to its landscape. The rugged park terrain alternates between dry deciduous forest, open grassy meadow, dotted by several lakes and rivers that are only made passable by rough roads built and maintained by the Forest Service. The tiger is not the only attraction at Ranthambhore although it is the one park resident that people come to see. A variety of birds including Owlets, the ubiquitous Langur (monkey), Leopard, Caracal, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, marsh Crocodiles, Wild Boar, Bears and various species of Deer are the other attractions. Return to the hotel approximately around 9:30 am and have your breakfast. Later in the afternoon we have another game drive. Stay overnight at hotel in Ranthambhore.

(Ranthambhore National Park remains closed from 01 July to 30th September every year. Game drives are scheduled between 0630 – 0930 AM & 0230 – 0530 PM, visitors are strictly advised to follow the guidelines of the national park and the wildlife tourist guide)

Day 7Agra - Jaipur (approx. travel time 05hrs) (B)

Morning after breakfast travel to Jaipur, the first planned city of India, is a treasure-trove of culture, art and history, famous for its colour, life style and Rajasthani cuisine. It is a city exuding royal heritage and extravagant richness. The historic city also has many temples and shrines. On arrival check-in at hotel. Evening enjoy visiting local bazaar at walled city. Explore world famous jewelry bazaar which offers a variety that ranges from chunky tribal Jewellery to enameled gold to modern diamond jewelry. Stay overnight at hotel in Jaipur.

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur: Originally built in 1835, Rambagh Palace has stepped gracefully through many royal transitions. Today, this jewel in the Taj’s crown offers 78 stunningly restored grand luxury rooms and suites which were the chambers of the former Maharaja. Enjoy a royal Indian feast at Suvarna Mahal. For multi-cuisine, head to Rajput Room, all-day-dining restaurant, or Verandah Café. Find Mediterranean delights at the lounge bar, Steam, or unwind in the sophisticated charm of the Polo Bar, with the trophies and memorabilia of the Jaipur polo team on display. Take your royal retreat a notch further by indulging in signature treatments at the Jiva Grande Spa.

Day 8Jaipur (B)

Morning after breakfast excursion to Amber Fort – 10 kilometers from main city, Enjoy elephant ride while climbing up to the main entrance of Amber Fort. The ancient capital of Jaipur state and the majestic palace complex to witness a unique system of air-conditioning of 17th century. The fort presents a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. It is built using red sandstone and white marble. While driving back to city photo stop at Jal Mahal kwon as a water palace. This low-rise symmetrical palace, that once was a shooting lodge for the Maharajah, appears to float in the centre of Sagar Lake.

Afternoon city tour of Jaipur pink city covering City Palace Museum; boasts to have some of the priceless handwritten Hindu scriptures of the ancient past, miniature delicate paintings, preserved painted ceilings and the elephant saddles (haudas), and is registered in the Guinness Book of Records to contain the biggest silver objects in the world. Drive pass Hawa Mahal or the ‘Palace Of The Winds’ – a remarkable gem of Rajput style of architecture. This beautiful Mahal decorated with fine lattice windows and screened balconies was to facilitate the royal women, in getting a glimpse of the daily events, royal processions and festivals taking place on the streets. Conclude your day with visit to Jantar Mantar; one of the famed observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh is a complex of astronomical instruments, chiseled out of stone which provides fairly accurate information to this day. Stay overnight at hotel in Jaipur.

Day 9Jaipur - Nimaj (approx. travel time 04hrs) (B)

Morning after breakfast travel to Nimaj. On arrival check-in at luxury tents. Evening enjoy the pristine, seasonal wetlands surrounded by scrub forests, grasslands and farms around Chhatra Sagar are a birder’s paradise. The mixed habitats host resident and migrant populations with over 200 species recorded throughout the year. Choose your vantage point or ask us to guide you along trails that have been reclaimed by nature – for an intimate experience with our avifauna. Stay overnight at Chhatra Sagar Camp.

Chhatra Sagar Camp, Nimaj: In the late 19th Century, Thakur Chhatra Singh of Nimaj, a powerful noble at the time decided to create a reservoir irrigated by the monsoon showers, in the dry scrub wasteland of the desert kingdom of Marwar (present-day Jodhpur). After its completion in 1890, nearby farmers were welcomed to cultivate the land and it soon became an agricultural oasis. A luxury tented camp was set up for visiting dignitaries with legendary sporting parties and exotic dinners, offering them expansive views of the green fields and open skies, and of the reservoir that was named ‘Chhatra Sagar’ in honour of the noble. Today, the famed ‘Camp Chhatra Sagar’ of yore has been recreated by the great grand children of Thakur Chhatra Singh, and beautifully captures the romance of luxury camps that have evolved into mobile palaces.

Day 10Nimaj (B)

Morning after breakfast enjoy the jeep safari. A charming way to explore rustic countrysides is by foot or by jeep – and village walks and jeep safaris can take you into the heart of agrarian Rajasthan, to experience an unhurried way of life. Watch the local tradesmen at their crafts like cloth weaving and dying or bandhani and blockprinting, from shoemaking to woodwork, and interact with the humble folk over a cup of ‘chai’ – a masala-infused, piping-hot tea the ways the locals like it. Evening enjoy walking tour of dam at the shrouding. Stay overnight at Chhatra Sagar Camp.

Day 11Nimaj - Udaipur (approx. travel time 05hrs) (B)

Morning after breakfast travel to Udaipur. On arrival at airport transfer to hotel. Fondly known as the “City of Lakes”, Udaipur, the erstwhile capital of the Kingdom of Mewar, is resplendent with vast hilltop forts, palaces, temples and gardens that serve as reminders of its majestic history. On arrival check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure. Stay overnight at hotel in Udaipur.

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur: Jag Niwas is today the majestic and magnificent Taj Lake Palace of Udaipur. This heritage hotel has 65 luxurious rooms and 18 grand suites. Its location on an island in the midst of a lake affords every room breathtaking views of the neighboring City Palace, Aravalli Hills, Machla Magra Hills and Jag Mandir. Signature speciality restaurants at this palace serves a choice of cuisines. Neel Kamal for authentic Rajasthani and other dishes from India; and the seasonally open-air Bhairo for contemporary European delicacies. In the evening, indulge in signature martinis, cocktails and a grand collection of premium international spirits at the bar, Amrit Sagar. Continue being pampered as a royal at Jiva Spa, with a spa boat experience like no other. Concierge would be happy to assist you in making arrangements, and plan a special tour of the city of lakes in one of our vintage cars.

Day 12Udaipur (B)

Morning after breakfast visit of City Palace & its complex. The City Palace boasts of the wonderful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture and has various towers, domes and arches, which add to the flavour of heritage site. Later visit Jagdish Temple, dating back to 1651 AD, it is an exquisite example of Indo Aryan architecture. In the afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola, is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake and have been developed with several palaces to provide views of the lake. Evening visit the Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, an Indian folk arts museum which has interesting exhibits that include folk’s dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk’s musical instruments, folk deities. Later explore on your own visiting the numerous shops that dot the narrow windings streets of Udaipur for souvenir to take back home. Stay overnight at hotel in Udaipur.

Day 13Udaipur – Delhi (Flight: TBA) (B)

Morning after breakfast transfer to Udaipur airport to board your schedule flight to Delhi. On arrival at airport transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the hotel services or you can go for shopping in near local markets. Stay overnight at hotel in Delhi.

Day 14Delhi Departure (Flight: TBA) (B)

Morning after breakfast transfer to Delhi international airport to board your schedule flight to onward destination.

Tour Ends….

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