Artistic India Tour (10nights & 11days)


Artistic India Tour caters to those with a taste of refinement and art. India has been blessed with a rich history. The numbers of religions that coexist here, diverse cultures and traditions, and the number of languages and found here are not found anywhere else. Fabulous architecture of its heritage monuments, forts, palaces has won acclaim all over the world, time and again. The Taj Mahal at Agra is the most visited site in India but this tour itinerary offer much more for visitors to India. Fatehpur Sikri near Agra is the best-planned Mughal city in the country. Jaipur is symbolic of all that is royal and depicts indigenous arts, crafts, and scientific genius of India.

Itinerary

Day 01: Delhi

_0179_Delhi_4Arrival at Delhi
You will be met on arrival at the International airport. Transfer to your hotel. Relax.
DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope – that is India. Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi

_0182_Delhi_1Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel; later our guide will meet you in the lobby than proceed for Old & New Delhi Sightseeing.

OLD DELHI – A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat – the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort – once the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal Empire.

Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chownk.

Later proceed for the sightseeing tour of NEW DELHI – An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and the President’s Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.

Later visit DILLI HAAT provides the ambience of a traditional Rural Haat or village market, but one suited for more contemporary needs. Here one sees a synthesis of crafts, food and cultural activity.

Overnight will be in Delhi.

Day 03: Delhi – Mandawa

_0085_mandawa_1By Surface: 250 Kms / 5 hrs.

Breakfast at hotel later at time check out from Delhi hotel and drive to Mandawa upon arrival transfer to pre booked hotel and check in at hotel after fresh proceeds for sightseeing with guide visit the beauty full Havelis and temples

The medieval Fort of Mandawa gradually rises on the horizon like a mirage. A breathtaking view of the town can be seen from the terrace of Castle Mandawa. Precious collection of arms with jade handles, traditional ceremonial costumes can be seen at the Museum at the Castle.

The havelies worth a visit are Chowkhani, Saraf, Goenka and Ladia in this town. It was built in 1775 by Thakur Nawal Singh, descendant of Rao Shekhaji, who also founded the city of Nawalgarh. The Castle, now a 51 room hotel has no two rooms alike. It also houses an interesting collection of paintings, jade, costumes and antiques. The courtyard and the terrace come to live during evenings with candle-lit dinners and fire-dances during the season. Take a walking tour of the painted ‘havelis’ of some of the leading business families of the country. Though they no longer live here, the local caretakers are happy to show the visitors around. Chowkhani Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Lakshmi Narayan Ladia Haveli, Mohahanlal Saraf Haveli and Bhagchandika Haveli are of special interest. Spend the major part of the day looking into frescoes.

Overnight stay at Mandawa.

 Day 04: Mandawa – Jaisalmer

_0134_havelis_of_jaisalmer_rajasthan_fullBy Surface: 540 Kms / 11 Hours.

After early breakfast proceed to Jaisalmer Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with its awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city.

Upon arrival Jaisalmer transfer to pre booked hotel and check in at hotel after fresh and relax in the hotel.

Overnight will be at Jaisalmer

Day 05: Jaisalmer

_0123_Jaisalmer-6Breakfast at hotel and Jaisalmer tour guide waiting for you in hotel lobby and he will assist you regarding today city sightseeing.

Jaisalmer fort: its outer walls to the palace temple and houses within are made of soft yellow Jurassic sand stone. The medieval fort founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 so inspired Bengali filmmaker sayajit ray that how wore a story about it called shonar kella.

Patwon Ki haveli: is the largest and most elaborate of the famous haveli of Jaisalmer Salim singh Ki Haveli: it created by Salim singh mohta who was a notoriously tyrannical prime mister of Jaisalmer in the 18th century. His mansion is distinguished by two main features the upper storey in cantilever style, supported by carved peacock and the unique Saxe – blue cupolas that adorn roof.

Nathmalji Ki Haveli: the last of the great havelis was built in the late 19 century. Nathmalji was the prime minster of the state at that time and his family still live in the haveli.

Gandhi Sagar tank: Gandhi Sagar is artificial lake that was an important source of water in the past. A natural decline was enlarged to catch every drop of rain and, in a season of drought.

On evening visit san dues and enjoy the camel ride and dinner with cultural dance show.

Overnight stay at Jaisalmer

Day 06: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur

_0120_Jodhpur_2By Surface: 275 Kms / 6 Hours.

Morning after having breakfast at hotel drive to Jodhpur “Thar City” Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama – the epic hero of the Ramayana.

Upon arrival Jodhpur transfer to hotel and relax, later proceed for sightseeing.

Mehrangarh fort: provide taste of the war honor and extravagance that characterized Rajputana huge and imposing, it dominates the city.

Umaid Bhawan Palace: is a colossal indo – Saracenic heap commissioned by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1929 as a famine relief project.

Jaswant Thada: is a pillared marble memorial o the popular ruler Jaswant singh (1878 -95) who purged Jodhpur of bandits initiated irrigation system and boosted the economy.

On evening you will free for relax or enjoy your own personal activity.

Overnight stay at Jodhpur

Day 07: Jodhpur – Pushkar

_0048_pushkarBy Surface: 200 Kms / 4 Hours.
Breakfast at hotel and later check out from hotel and drive to Pushkar.

Lord Brahma creation killed a demon with lotus. And the petals fell at three spots where lakes emerged and also Pushkar is most important of them for Brahma performed a yagna here on the full moon of Kartik (October / November).

Upon arrive Pushkar check in at hotel after fresh and relax start sightseeing with guide and visit first lord Brahma Temple, Pushkar Lake here you enjoy boat ride and also visit Savitri temple.

On evening visit Pushkar Bazaar where famous for Rajasthani customs, Jewelries and Groovy Accessory.

Overnight stay at Pushkar.

Day 08: Pushkar – Jaipur

_0131_Jaipur-JalmahalBy Surface: 150 Kms / 3 Hours.

After breakfast at hotel drive to Jaipur “pink city”.

Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Proudly belonging to the KSHATRIYA warrior caste and fiercely independent, the Rajput princes made fearsome foes. However, many of them realized that to maintain their wealth and authority locally, it was expedient to proclaim allegiance to the central power. Upon arrival Jaipur transfer to pre booked hotel and relax

This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity. Enjoy the experience and spend night at Jaipur.

Overnight will be in Jaipur. 

Day 09: Jaipur

_0130_jaipur-pink-cityProceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort after breakfast.

AMBER FORT PALACE – Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.

Continue sightseeing.

CITY PALACE – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

JANTAR MANTAR – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

HAWA MAHAL – The ornamental facade of this “Palace of Winds” is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

This afternoon is free for you to relax shop or explore independently. Shopping is superb in Jaipur, particularly for gold and silver jewellery, pottery, tie-dye materials, silk, saris, wooden handicrafts and carpets. Overnight will be at Jaipur.

Day 10: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra

_0176_Fatehpur Sikri _2By Surface: 260 Kms / 5 Hours.

Breakfast will be at the hotel later drive to Jaipur en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur Sikri is 37 km west of Agra. Jajal-ud-din-Muhammad Akbar, Humanyun’s son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu’inu’d-din Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of SUFIS. Akbar, who was without a male heir heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568.

Enjoy sightseeing and drive to Agra.

_0167_Fatehpur-Sikri-Agra-84_fullAGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire – giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine. Reach Agra and proceed to check in pre-booked hotel. Overnight will be at Agra. 

Day 11: Agra – Delhi

By Surface: 240 Kms / 5 Hours.

agraAt sunrise visit Taj Mahal. TAJ MAHAL – Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist’s visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.
Later back to hotel and after breakfast proceed for rest of the sightseeing tour of Agra visit…

AGRA FORT – Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.
Post lunch, proceed to Delhi.

Upon arrival enjoy the farewell Indian dinner and share your feedback about your tour.

As per flight schedule, departure transfer to airport loaded with memories of India

TOUR ENDS

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