Day 1 : Arrival / Delhi
Late night arrival, meeting, and assistance upon arrival as our representatives welcome you and escort you to your car.
Welcome to India, or as we say ‘atithi Devo bhava’ (the guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!
Overnight at Crown Plaza Mayur Vihar (Superior Room)
Day 2 : Delhi
Now these are 3-wheel cycles with a sofa seat at the back. The Rickshawalla (Rickshaw driver) sits on a small cushion in the front and two passengers on the sofa seat behind. This is a remarkable way to explore and picture the hustle and bustle as well as the colour of the narrow winding streets bursting with people and pavement shops selling wares of all description - including a laughing set of dentures. The ride would be accompanied by peals of laughter both from the passengers as well as the onlookers.
guided tour of New Delhi
New Delhi, India’s capital territory, is a massive metropolitan area in the country’s north. It is also a municipality and district in Delhi and serves as the seat of Government of Delhi. Here, we will be visiting many fascinating sights such as Humayun’s Tomb (1586) - a bright testament to the brilliant craftsmanship of the Mughal architect & their creativity. The Qutab Minar - 72 meters high and one of the perfect tower in the Persian world. The Iron Pillar which has survived the vagaries of weather for over 1500 years. We will continue our discoveries, with a drive through the Embassy area, the Government buildings (1921-1930) and Connaught Place, the heart, the soul, and main shopping district of the capital. We will also witness the majestic India Gate – a powerful tribute to our brave soldiers.
guided tour of Old Delhi
Old Delhi is one of the best places to observe the great colossal of cultural and social convergence of old and new. In one corner you might witness a group of oldies sharing their past experiences, sometimes laughing (perhaps over a joke on their spouses!!) - all happy within themselves. In the opposite corner, you might see a bunch of youngsters singing new and old Bollywood songs – Time somehow stands still in the streets of Old Delhi. Besides, on the tour, we will visit the Jamma Mosque (1650) and drive through the fabled area of Chandni Chowk (aptly translates to Moonlight Square) where the throngs of shoppers and vendors meet in the oldest area of Delhi. Later, we will visit the Raj Ghat and nearby ghats where the founder of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and thereafter Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were cremated.
Following breakfast, we proceed on a guided tour of New Delhi.
Later, we cross the city and into the walled gates of the Old City for a guided tour of Old Delhi
The highlight of this tour would be a ride on cycle rickshaws.
Overnight at Crown Plaza Mayur Vihar (Superior Room)
Day 3 : Delhi/Udaipur
City of sunrise
Founded in 1567 by Maharana Udai Singh, from the lineage of the legendary Sisodias of Mewar - the decedents of the sun God. A city where the sun never sets, where tradition and a strict code of heroism were happily united with a love of fine living. A city that has come to be an oasis of romance in the warrior state of Rajasthan.
Udaipur is a cool oasis in the dry heart of Rajasthan. It is probably the most romantic city in a state where every city has some romantic or exotic tale to tell. The huge city palace towering over the Lake Pichola is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Though it is a conglomeration of buildings built by successive rulers, it manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design and affords the very fine view of the lake and the city from the upper terraces. The Jagadish temple next to the city palace enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu and his vehicle- a mighty bird called garuda - in a brass image. The temple is a very fine example of Indo-Aryan Art.
The banks of Lake Pichola provides an interesting glimpse of the daily bathing and the 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.The island palace on the Lake called Jagmandir Palace is quite fascinating. The Palace provided inspirations and ideas to the builder of the Taj Mahal.
Early morning, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Udaipur
Meeting and assistance upon arrival in Udaipur & transfer to your Hotel
Following rest and relaxation, we will proceed on a tour of Udaipur
Late afternoon, we will enjoy a boat cruise on the serene and beautiful Lake Pichola
Overnight at Kankarwa Haveli (Deluxe Suite)
Day 4 : Udaipur/Pushkar
A very small town with one major road (actually, lane). The entire town spreads around the Brahma Temple and the Lake. This is the only Brahma (Creator) temple in the world. You will get to feel and hear the different sounds coming from near and far - witness and experience the sound of bells, drums, chants, and, the smell of freshly lit incense sticks. A truly uplifting experience.
amazingly fascinating religious town
According to legend, the origin of 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. A lake sprang up on this spot and was dedicated to him. A Brahma temple located here, which is supposed to be the only temple dedicated to this God is a popular place of pilgrimage. It would be fascinating to walk through the maze of narrow lanes and streets.
Morning, we drive to the temple town of Pushkar
Upon arrival check into your hotel
Overnight at Ananta Spa & Resorts (Deluxe Room)
Day 5 : Pushkar / Jaipur (150 Kms) (03 Hrs Drive)
The city of Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amer who ruled from 1688 to 1758.The construction of the city began in 1727 and took four years to complete the major roads, offices, and palaces. The city was divided into nine blocks, two of which contained the state buildings and palaces, with the remaining seven allotted to the public.Jaipur has many cultural sites like Jawahar Kala Kendra formed by Architect Charles Correa and Ravindra Manch. Government Central Museum hosts several arts and antiquities. There is a government museum at Hawa Mahal and an art gallery at Viratnagar. There are statues depicting Rajasthani culture around the city.
The “House” unveils the rich tradition of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan with its long-winded courtyards, kind fountains, mirrored pools, and gardens. Moreover, the rooms are fully loaded with all the essential and modern amenities, as well as personalized service keeping in mind leisure as well as corporate travelers. Also, the timeless artifacts of the “House” take you into the era of royals; while the evenings are livened up by the customized candle light dinner setup on the rooftop (on request). The local musicians and dancers add to your colorful Rajasthan experience while you savor the delicious Rajasthani cuisines and specialty desserts.
An essential starting point for Rajasthan craftwork is block making and block printing and we will be exploring the process from start to finish in some of the popular stores here. The opportunity also exists here to tailor make outfits to your design and size. We also explore one of the chief attractions of Jaipur - its jewelry, which offers a variety that ranges from chunky tribal jewelry to enameled gold to modern diamond jewelry. Kundan ( an art of stone setting) and enamel jewelry has been a specialty of Rajasthan, particularly that of Jaipur. The stones are embossed into decorative shapes & patterns and embellished with delicate enamel ornamentation in the champeve (raised field) technique. Jaipur is well known for its gold and silver enameling. Colorful bangles made of lac and set with semiprecious stones make an inexpensive buy. The craftsmen take great pains to embed the hundreds of stones into the lac. The skilled gem-cutters of Jaipur carve enchanting little animals and birds from rock, crystal, jade, smoky topaz and amethyst. Intaglio beads & buttons and crystal scent bottles are also available.
Following breakfast, we will drive to Jaipur
Upon arrival check into your Hotel Shahpura House
Overnight at Shahpura House (Suite Room)