Royal Rajasthan Tour on Oddroad. Visit Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mumbai.

Royal Rajasthan Tour
11 Nights/12 Days
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Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mumbai

This tour covers the culture and beauty of Rajasthan with the history of Delhi and Mumbai, the capital and financial capital of India respectively.

Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which has left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.

Enjoy Rajasthan with its culture and beauty. Rajasthan known as "the land of kings", is the largest state of the Republic of India by area. It is located in the northwest of India. It comprises most of the area of the large, inhospitable Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert, which parallels the Sutlej-Indus river valley. Jaipur, also known as the "Pink city", is the capital of Rajasthan and an epitome of culture and tradition.

Mumbai, popularly known as Bombay, is the most populous city in India, and the fourth most populous city in the world. It is the financial capital of India and city that never sleeps. It's beaches and fast paced life gives it a contrast found in no other city. One can see many old and vintage structures in and around Mumbai like the VT station, India gate, elephanta caves etc. Also the hub of Bollywood makes it an exciting city with both the very rich and the very poor co-existing in harmony.

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Day 1 - Arrive at Delhi

• Arrive at International airport in Delhi.
• Welcome upon arrival
• Transfer to your hotel.
• Overnight at the hotel.

Arrive at the Delhi International Airport this evening. Welcome to the capital city of India!
You are met by Creative Travel representative in the arrival area of the airport after you clear all immigration and customs formalities. Depart for your hotel where you will check in for your stay.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 - In Delhi

• Breakfast at the hotel.
• Full day city tour of Old and New Delhi.
• Cycle Rickshaw / Metro Ride in Old Delhi
• Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast at the Hotel, proceed on a full day city tour of Old & New Delhi. Greet the morning on your first day in what is the world largest and most vibrant democracy. As you embark on your journey through this land you will experience the sights and sounds of what is India. Your local tour guide is at your service to bring you face-to-face with the many faces of this vast land.

Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which has left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles. Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Shah Jehan possessing an exquisite talent, especially in architecture, created the seventh city and in the process brought about Delhi's glorious renaissance. Here you will see Red Fort the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce.

Also visit, Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India), Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city. Chandni Chowk was the commercial center of Delhi in the old time and you will see it come alive in the morning as the trading day starts, and Raj Ghat (Raj Ghat has a simple memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, marking the spot where he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse in 1948. A commemorative ceremony is held here every Friday. The first Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru, was also cremated to the north of the memorial at Shanti Van (Forest of Peace). The area is now a beautiful park labeled with trees. The Zinat-ul Masjid (Most Beautiful of Mosques) towers over the Raj Ghat).

(Note: Red Fort remains closed on Monday)

New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's - it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the design and construction of Delhi's eight city - New Delhi. Lutyens designed an 'Imperial City' having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947.

You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Qutub Minar (Historical construction of a landmark In 1199, Qutub-ud-Din raised the Qutub Minar either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque. From a base of 14.32m it tapers to 2.75m at a height of 72.5m) & Humayun's tomb (This tomb, which was built by emperor Humayun's wife, took eight years to complete and is regarded as an example of the early Mughal architecture. The emperor's wife, Begai Begum, was buried in the tomb and the structure is the first of its kind built in the centre of a well-planned garden. The combination of white marble and red sandstone was a great influence on later Mughal architecture. It is generally regarded as a prototype of the famed Taj Mahal of Agra). Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate (At the center of New Delhi stands the 42m high India Gate, an 'Arc-de-Triomphe' like Archway in the middle of a crossroad. Almost similar to its French counterpart war memorial. It commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the First World War and bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. The foundation stone was laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921 and was designed by Edwin Lutyens), President House (The palatial building built on an area of 330 acres with a private garden designed by the illustrious Lutyens, as the official residence of the Viceroy of India during British reign, is now the official residence of the First Citizen) and the Parliament House (This is symbol of Indian democracy).

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 - Delhi – Agra Drive: Approx. 204 Kms / 04 1⁄2 Hrs

• Breakfast at the Hotel.
• Drive to Agra.
• Afternoon visit to Agra Fort & Taj Mahal (at Sunset).
• Overnight at the Hotel.

Morning after breakfast drive to Agra (approx 4 ½ hrs drive). On the way stop at midway for using facilities and tea / coffee break. Upon arrival in Agra check into the Hotel. At the time of the Mughals, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. During this period the city became a leading centre of art, science, commerce and culture. Akbar the Great made Agra great. The city's origins are dim but Akbar's grandfather Babur is credited with Agra's founding. The short golden age of Agra came to an end with the seventeenth century reign of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal. Agra is unparalleled as a travel destination is an established fact. Even Bill Clinton testified to as much when he declared the world was divided into two: those who have seen the Taj and those who have not! Besides the Taj Mahal though, there are a lot of other important sights in and around Agra. The Agra Fort, Moti Masjid and innumerable other attractions make the city feature on every travellers must-do sightseeing list. In the afternoon, visit the impressive Agra Fort, where you are taken through the chambers of this royal residence. As you drive through the city, witness the local life and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India.

Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra, India. The fort is also known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge and Red Fort of Agra. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its much more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. It is the most important fort in India. The great Mughals Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb lived here, and the country was governed from here. It contained the largest state treasury and mint. It was visited by foreign ambassadors, travellers and the highest dignitaries who participated in the making of history in India. As you drive through the city, witness the local life and bazaars (markets) and
the hustle bustle of everyday India.

In the evening at sunset visit the Taj Mahal: Visit that magnificent monument to love – Taj Mahal, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 22 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, Shah Jehan had Lahori's hands cut off, and blinded, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughals brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of incomparable artistry. The Quar’nic inscription on the southern facade of the Main Gate gives unequivocal credence to the comparison of the Taj Mahal with the Garden of Paradise, where the appeased souls of the dead find their ultimate refuge. This inscription says: (It will be said to the pious): O (you) the one in (complete) rest and satisfaction! Come back to your Lord, -- well-pleased (yourself) and well-pleasing unto him! Enter you, then, among my honored slaves, and enter you My Paradise! - The Holy Qur'an, Surah Al-Fajr: 89:27-30. The court poet Abu Talib Kalim, wishing to pay homage to the virtuosity of the imperial lapidaries, wrote these verses to glorify their art: They set stone flowers in the marble that by their color, if not their perfume, surpass real flowers.

Overnight at the Hotel.
(Note: Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday)

Day 4 - Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur Drive: Approx. 234 Kms / 05 Hrs

• Breakfast at the hotel.
• Drive to Jaipur.
• En-route visit to Fatehpur Sikri.
• Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast, drive to Jaipur en route visiting the Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri - The imperial city of the Mughal dynasty between 1571 and 1584, Fatehpur Sikri was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. The architectural grandeur of this deserted city cannot be described in words and one can only experience the aura of its magnificent edifices by seeing them. Fatehpur Sikri is the most popular day excursion from Agra, the city of Taj and capital of invincible Mughals for a long time.
Today, as one enters Sikri from the Agra Gate, one of the nine gateways on the way to the palace complex,
Diwan-I-Aam, or the hall of public audience appears first. It is a huge rectangular walled-in courtyard where
petitions were heard, proclamations made, ambassadors received and entertainment programmes held. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built due
to lack of water. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its 'ruins' are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur.

Drive on to Jaipur where on arrival you will check-in to the hotel and have rest of the day at leisure. Known as the “Pink City”, Jaipur is the capital of the colourful state of Rajasthan. It has the distinction of being a well planned and laid out city. As you drive through the old part of town, you will witness a life most unlike others.
Witness how the city blooms during the day in a kaleidoscope of colour and sound.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 - In Jaipur

• Breakfast at the hotel.
• Excursion to Amber Fort.
• Elephant’s ride / Jeep ride at Amber Fort. (Elephant ride is subject to availability).
• Afternoon city tour of Jaipur.
• Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast at the Hotel, proceed for a half day excursion to inspiring Amber Fort, 11 Kms form Jaipur. Amber Fort is a marvellous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort on back of Elephant. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work
complemented by exquisite wall paintings. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure feel the history and visualise the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered.

(Elephant rides at Amber Fort can not be guaranteed in advance. This is due to the fact that the number of
Elephants and the trips each Elephant can take is limited. All guests have to reach the Amber Fort in time and stand in line to wait their turn to climb the Elephant. These lines could sometimes be very long and some guests have had to be turned back).

This afternoon venture into the city, this time on a city tour. You will visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armoury of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Located in the heart of the walled city, The City Palace Complex gives you an idea about the farsightedness of the founder of Jaipur Sawai Jai Singh. He left behind a legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent architecture, art and craft structure in the city. Sawai Jai Singh built its many buildings but some of some of the structures were also built by later rulers and some of them are even dated in the in the twentieth century too. The palace is a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and the royal family still lives in a part of the palace.

On entering the complex and before the palace proper lies the Mubarak Mahal, the palace of welcome or
reception. Sawai Madho Singh built the palace in the nineteenth century. It was used as a reception centre for
the visiting personage. The building now forms the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum and on display here are a wide array of royal costumes, some very exquisite and precious Pashmina (Kashmiri) Shawls, Benaras silk saris, Sanganeri prints and folk embroidery. An unusual display is that of voluminous clothes worn by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I (ruled 1750-68). Across the road from the palaces is the famous “Jantar Mantar”, one of the five observatories in India. Built by Sawai Jai Singh, this is one of the largest and the best preserved. A passionate hobby of the king in the field of Astronomy, numerology, in sighted him to execute this observatory and with the help of skilled labourers, they managed to create a collection of complex astronomical instruments chiselled out of stone and most of which continues to provide accurate information to this day. The most striking instrument is the Brihat Samrat yantra Sundial, an imposing yellow edifice to the far right of the observatory complex which has a 27m high gnomon
arm set at an angle of 27 degree. The shadow this casts moves up to 4m in an hour, and aids in the calculation of local and meridian pass time and various attributes of the heavenly bodies, including declination the angular
distance of a heavenly body from the celestial equator and altitude. This highlight of the observatory has made it a centre of attraction for the tourist visiting Jaipur.
The Hawa Mahal (The Palace of winds), which adjoins the famous City Palace wall, was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and has now become one of the major landmarks of Jaipur. The Palace is shaped like a pyramid and is a five-storied building, with number of small windows and screens, with arched roofs.
Evening is free to explore the local market of Jaipur and enjoy shopping.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 - Jaipur - Pushkar Drive: Approx. 142 Kms / 03 Hrs

• Breakfast at the Hotel.
• Drive to Pushkar.
• Afternoon free to explore the area on own.
• Overnight at the hotel

Morning after breakfast, drive to Pushkar. On arrival check into the Hotel. 11 kms from Ajmer on the edge of the desert lies the tiny tranquil town of Pushkar, surrounded by hills on three sides, along the banks of the picturesque Pushkar lake – an important pilgrimage spot for Hindus. The “Nag Pahar” or the snake mountain, form a natural boundary between Ajmer and Pushkar. According to legend, the Pushkar Lake has mythological significance associated with it. Pushkar dates back to the time when Lord Brahma was on his way in search of a tranquil land to perform a “Yagna”. A lotus fell from the hand of the lord into this valley. The lake sprang up on this spot and was dedicated to him. A Brahma temple located here is a popular place of pilgrimage. In the afternoon explore the area on your own. Visit the famous Brahma temple – the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the country. The temple is marked by a red spire and over the entrance gateway is a beautiful statue of Hans of goose – the celestial carrier of Lord Brahma. The holy lake has 52 ghats and pilgrims takings a ritual dip in the lake is a common site, Pap Mochini Temple, towards the northern section of Pushkar, not really popular for its architecture or deity but for the simple belief that anyone who kills a Brahmin will be purified of this deed by visiting the Hindu temple, of course, all that was applicable in olden times, for today a murder is a murder and the law would hear nothing else. Later take a camel cart ride. Pushkar is also famous for one of the most colourful fairs of India. Lakhs of pilgrims throng the lake during the annual cattle fair. Besides trading of horses, camels, cows and bulls, there are exciting camel cart races and cultural events. On the full moon of Kartik
(Nov) pilgrims take a holy dip in the lake.

The evenings are possessed with its own charm. Deepdaan creates a spectacular view on the scared lake. The silent night pierced by camel calls, folklores, dramas and heart throbbing beats of folk music and dances. The fair attracts a great number of tourists from far and wide. The fair grounds reverberate with festivity, as rows of make shift stalls display a bewildering array items. Body tattooing is yet another favourite activity. The profusion of colours that run riot in the desert sand, the glee and the contagious enthusiasm of the village folk are a unique experience for every visitor.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 - Day 07: Pushkar – Jodhpur Drive: Approx. 214 Kms / 05 Hrs

• Breakfast at the hotel.
• Drive to Jodhpur.
• Afternoon city tour of Jodhpur.
• Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast at the hotel, drive to Jodhpur. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. Jodhpur The Blue City: Among Rajasthan's many princely settlements, Jodhpur is one of the most distinctive. This five hundred year old settlement was the headquarters of the Rathore
Rajputs celebrated for their tales of daring. This princely state is also referred as

Day 8 - Day 08: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur Drive: Approx. 260 Kms / 5-6 Hrs

• Breakfast at the hotel.
• Drive to Udaipur.
• En route visit Ranakpur Temples.
• Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast at the Hotel, drive to Udaipur (approx 5-6 hours) en route visiting Ranakpur Jain Temples. Ranakpur is a village near Sadri town in Pali district of Rajasthan in western India. It is located between Jodhpur and Udaipur, in a valley on the western flank of the Aravalli Hills. Ranakpur is easily accessed by road from Udaipur. Ranakpur is widely known for its marble Jain temple, and for a much older Sun Temple which lies opposite the former.The renowned Jain temple at Ranakpur is dedicated to Adinatha. Light colored marble has been used for the construction of this grandiose temple which occupies an area of approximately 60 x 62 meters. The temple, with its distinctive domes, shikhara, turrets and cupolas rises majestically from the slope of a hill. Over 1400 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support the temple. The idol faces all four cardinal directions. In the axis of the main entrance, on the western side, is the largest idol. The construction of the temple and quadrupled image symbolize the conquest of Tirthankara of the four cardinal directions and hence the cosmos.

Continue your drive to Udaipur and check into the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 - In Udaipur

• Breakfast at the hotel.
• Morning city tour of Udaipur.
• Afternoon boat ride on Lake Pichola at sunset.
• Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast at the Hotel, visit the City Palace Museum - grandeur and intricacy stroked all over in granite, marble and mosaic displayed in the sparkling white filigreed balconies and windows, ornate arches and cupolas atop magnificent octagonal towers, Jagdish Temple - built in 1651 AD. Also visit Sahelion Ki Bari - the spectacular garden displaying the unique life style of the royal ladies who once lived in the palaces.
Later this afternoon take a boat cruise on the serene and beautiful Lake Pichola. The island palace on the lake called Jagmandir Palace is quite fascinating. The banks of the lake provided interesting glimpses of the daily bathing and laundry that takes place here. Looking across the lake, with the city and its great palace rising up behind the island palace, is a scene of rare beauty. You will also have time to spend in the bustling market that sprawls behind the City Palace Complex.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 - Day 10: Udaipur – Mumbai Flight: 9W 2502 @ 0815 / 0900 Hrs

• Early morning flight for Mumbai.
• Afternoon City Tour.
• Overnight at the hotel.

After an early tea / coffee at the Hotel, transfer to the Udaipur airport to board the flight for Mumbai. Met upon arrival at the Mumbai domestic airport and transfer to the hotel for check in and wash & change. (Check in time at the Hotel is 1400 Hrs. Early check in is subject to availability and at total discretion of the Hotel). In the afternoon, proceed on a half day city tour of Mumbai city.
Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra and the economic powerhouse of India. The fastest moving, most affluent and most industrialised city in India. Mumbai is an island connected by bridges to the mainland. Low, swampy areas indicate where it was once divided into several islands. The principal part of the city is concentrated at the southern end of the island.
You will visit the Gateway of India - erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911; the collection of Indian painting and sculpture at the Prince of Wales Museum, Victoria Terminus, Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, the Meticulously Hanging Gardens of Malabar Hill and the Crawford Market.

Later return back to the Hotel where rest of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 11 - In Mumbai

• Breakfast at the Hotel.
• Morning excursion tour to Elephanta caves.
• Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast at the Hotel, begin with a morning cruise to Elephanta Island, where you will see an 8th-century shrine cut from the hillside. Among the sculptures is the magnificent

Day 12 - Depart from Mumbai

• Early morning tea / coffee at the Hotel
• Transfer to the airport.
• Leaver for onwards destination

After an early morning tea / coffee in time transfer to the International airport to board the flight for onward destination.

Stay Options

City / No. of Nights Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4
Delhi / 2 The Oberoi Le Meridien Crowne Plaza Okhla Royal Plaza
Agra / 1 The Oberoi Amarvilas ITC Luxury Collections Radisson Howard Plaza
Jaipur / 2 The Oberoi Rajvilas Le Meridien Royal Orchid Park Prime
Pushkar / 1 Ananta Resort & Spa Ananta Resort & Spa Pushkar Resort Jagat Palace
Jodhpur / 1 Taj Umaid Bhawan Vivanta By Taj Hari Mahal Taj Gateway Jodhpur Park Prime
Udaipur / 2 The Oberoi Udaivilas Sheraton Udaipur Resort & Resort Trident Inder Residency
Mumbai / 2 The Oberoi Trident Nariman Point Fariyas The Ambassador

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