12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

Land of the Maharajas

Agra - Delhi - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur
Starting from $2,532.00

Land of the Maharajas

Travel to India and find your way around enchanting lands of India in a 12-day cultural India tour package. Revere the splendor and richness of this great country. This 12 day India vacation package takes you to places such as Jaipur, Agra, Delhi and Udaipur. You will have the opportunity to visit a great array of attractions, cultural and historical places.

INCLUDES
  • 9 Night accommodation at hotels of your choice
  • Transfers, and porterage at airports
  • Flight, Udaipur - Delhi
  • Private driver, with ground transportation in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • 12 Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
  • Monument Entrance fees wherever Applicable
  • Meet & Assist upon Arrival & Departure
  • Transfers from airports to hotels and vice-versa by air-conditioned Car/Tempo/Coach along with the transfer of baggage (2 pieces per person)
  • Porterage at the Airport
  • Hotel accommodation based on sharing twin-bedded room(s) with bath inclusive of Government taxes, which are subject to change
  • Sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned Car / Tempo/Coach with English Speaking local Guide, as per itinerary
  • All Domestic travel within the itinerary
EXCLUDES
  • International Airfare (Please contact us for special contracted rates)
  • Mineral water drinks
  • Any kind of personal nature expenses
  • Indian Visas. MUST be obtained prior to departure from home country
  • Tips or Gratuities of any kind (voluntary).
ITINERARY
Day 1 - Depart USA

Board your International flight to Delhi.


Day 2 - Arrive Delhi

Upon arrival, garland welcome greeting at airport. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy VIP check-in, with a refreshing welcome drink.
                                                                                                                                                         
Delhi- The capital of India, serves as a kaleidoscope, depicting the beautiful country of India. It also houses a treasure of monuments expressing the saga of a bygone era. These icons are testimony to the grandeur of past. The charm of Delhi has attracted Emperors, Conquerors, and the poor equally. It is correctly said that Delhi is a land of 'Dilwalas' or "people with heart". From a string of historical monuments to modern commercial centers, Delhi has evolved into an exceptional and dynamic city, offering a wealth of shopping and sightseeing activities.

Overnight at your hotel.


Day 3 - Delhi

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Old Delhi. Visit The Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, and Raj Ghat.

The magnificent Red Fort (Lal Qila) was built in the 17th century, and constructed by the Mugal Emperor Shahjahan. It served as the Capital city of the Mugal Empire until 1857. Also visit Jama Masjid, considered to be the largest Mosque in India. Walk down the narrow lanes of a typical Indian Bazaar, Chandni Chowk where traditional wholesale traders still thrive selling their goods to major retailers. Later visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.

Afternoon, enjoy a tour of New Delhi. Visit the Qutub Minar, India Gate, Parliament House, Laxmi Narayan Temple [Birla Mandir], Connaught Place, and Government buildings.

Overnight at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast


Day 4 - Delhi - Agra (By Surface - 204KMS/4.5 HRS)

After an early breakfast, drive to Agra.

Arrive in Agra, home of the world-famous Taj Mahal, best described as "poetry in marble", because of its beauty, grace, and exquisite workmanship.

Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Later, enjoy a full-day tour of Agra. Visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, the finest examples of Mugal architecture.

The Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday) stands serene and awesome on a raised marble platform by the banks of the Yamuna, testifying to the timelessness of art and love. Shahjahan built the monument in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It has been called the most extravagant monument ever built for the sake of love. The construction of the Taj commenced in 1631, and was completed in 1653. Workers were gathered from all over the country and from Central Asia, and about 20,000 people were recruited to translate this wild dream into a reality. Its pure white marble shimmers silver in the soft moonlight, exudes a shell - pink glow at dawn, and at the close of the day, takes on the tawny, fiery hue of the majestic sun.

Agra Fort, built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. The construction of this massive structure began in 1565, under Akbar, and continued till the time of his grandson, Shahjahan. Armed with massive double walls, punctuated by four gateways, the fort houses palaces, courts, mosques, baths, gardens and gracious pavilions within its premises. Among the fascinating structures that are to be found within the fort is the red sandstone, Jehangiri Mahal built by Akbar for his Hindu queen Jodhabai, was one of the earliest constructions illustrating the fort's change from a military structure into a Royal palace.

Overnight at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch


Day 5 - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur (By Surface 260KMS/6 HRS)

After breakfast, drive to Jaipur. Enroute, visit Fatehpur Sikri.

Later, visit Fatehpur Sikri.  Phantoms of ancient pomp and splendor fill the deserted city, which was once a grandeur Capital city of the great Emperor Akbar, and now a silent witness to a vanished dream. Shortly after it was completed, this magnificent fortress was abandoned by Akbar, due to lack of adequate water supply. The marble tomb of the Saint "Salim Chisti" and the "Bulland Durwaza" are some of the highlights of the fortress.Jaipur, also referred to by its" romantic nickname, "The Pink City" because of the pink color of its royal buildings. It boasts the grand Amber Fort, the first royal residence of the Maharajas of Kachchwaha. Jaipur is also famous for the region's handicrafts and jewels.

Overnight at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast


Day 6 - Jaipur

After breakfast, enjoy a visit to Amber Fort in Amer.  Ride up to the fort on a decorated elephant, similar to the ones used by the Maharajas in bygone eras.

Situated atop a hill overlooking the city, Amber Fort was the old capital before the city of Jaipur was built. Ride on a decorated elephant to ascend the hill to the Palace. The construction of the Amber Fort began in the year 1592 and was started by Man Singh I, but it was later completed by his descendant Jai Singh I. The Palace is laid out at different levels on the hillside and surrounded by a fortress. The exterior of the fort is very imposing and rugged looking whereas the inside is a comforting and warm interior which is influenced by both Hindu and Muslim style of ornamentation. On the walls, are paintings depicting various hunting scenes, intricate carvings, mosaics, and minute mirror work that make the halls look majestic and imperial.

Afternoon, visit Jantar Mantar, The City Palace, Mubarak Hall, Chandra Mahal, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), and Pothikhana, which house collection of paintings and manuscripts as well as the museum of Arms and Armory. 

Overnight at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast


Day 7 - Jaipur - Jodhpur (By Surface 350KMS/7.5HRS)

After breakfast, drive to Jodphur. Upon arrival in Jodhpur, enjoy VIP check-in at the hotel, with a refreshing welcome drink.

Jodhpur- Rising majestically over the rocky and rugged terrain is one of Rajasthan finest forts-the Mehrangarh Fort. It looks down protectively over the fascinating city of Jodhpur. Famous for its magnificent forts and palaces, Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan, within the old walls -- where every building is painted the same bright blue hue, earning Jodhpur the nickname "blue city". You'll find a teeming maze of narrow medieval streets and bazaars, where life appears much like it has for centuries.

Evening, enjoy Dinner with typical Rajasthani folk entertainment.

Overnight at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast - Dinner


Day 8 - Jodhpur

After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour of Jodhpur.

Umaid Bhawan Palace: The Maharaja of Jodhpur ordered the construction of this palace just to provide employment to the famine struck population of Jodhpur in the 20th century. The construction of the palace took 16 years of hard labor. Today, this sandstone palace has been divided into two parts, a hotel, and a museum.

Jaswant Thada: Built in 1899 AD, this cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble is a memoir of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. You will see portraits of various Jodhpur rulers on the main cenotaph, boasting the bravery of the Rajput rulers of Jodhpur.

Mehrangarh Fort: The Mehrangarh Fort is the most impressive and majestic structures of Jodhpur. This huge fort is 5 km long with 125-meter high hill. With its four gigantic gates, the fort encloses some magnificent palaces with intricately carved panels, latticed windows and names reminiscent of the royal history of Jodhpur. The Moti Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal, the Phool Mahal, the Sileh Khana and the Daulat Khana are some of the other grand structures within the fort. These palaces have an exclusive collection of palanquins, miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, elephant hawdahs, costumes, and furniture from the past.

Overnight at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast 


Day 9 - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur (260KMS/5HRS)

After breakfast, drive to Udaipur.  Enroute, visit Ranakpur.

RANAKPUR: - The famous Jain Temple in the remote valley of lovely Aravalli range northwest of Udaipur.  The temples were constructed in 1439 AD in this serene location in amber stone. They boast a grand structure and beautiful sculptures.  The intricate carvings on its 200 marble pillars are wonders of art and craftsmanship and no two pillars are alike.
Later, continue your journey to Udaipur. Upon arrival, enjoy VIP check-in at the hotel, with a refreshing welcome drink.

Udaipur- The city of Udaipur, also known as City of Dawn and Jewel of Mewar, is located in the Aravalli ranges of Rajasthan. Udaipur is surrounded by ancient mountains and set on the edge of three lakes. It is a beautiful old city with narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples meandering through it.  
Enjoy VIP check-in at the hotel, with a refreshing welcome drink.

Overnight at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast 


Day 10 - Udaipur

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, Peacock Courtyard, Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, and the Jagdish Temple.

In late afternoon go for motor launch cruise on the Lake Pichola (subject to weather condition) Visit the Jag Mandir Palace, the island palace in the middle of the lake.

Overnight at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast


Day 11 - Udaipur - Delhi (By Flight)

After breakfast, morning at leisure.

Afternoon, transfer to Udaipur airport in time to board the flight to Delhi.

Upon arrival in Delhi, meet and greet assistance at airport.

Stop and enjoy a farewell dinner at the Great Kabab Factory in Hotel Radisson, Gurgaon, before transferring to International Airport in time to board flight back to the U.S.

Meals: Breakfast - Dinner


Day 12 - Departure

Early morning departure by flight.


Notes
  • India is a vast country that is heavily centered on nature. Many of the cultural elements may be different from your usual methods of your daily schedule, but that's what ignites the beauty of the country, Please note that travel is hectic
  • All Visas for India must be obtained prior to departing
  • The last night prior to departure is an early morning departure so there will be no hotel provided as after dinner you will be taken to the airport for your flight back to your home city
  • All of the arrangements are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Airfare rates are not guaranteed and subject to change at the time of ticketing
  • STI Travel may use substitute hotels in similar category accommodations if needed
  • The packages are go any day, but keep in mind that Agra sights are closed on Friday

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