Mumbai Rajasthan & Taj

Cultural & ClassicalMumbai Rajasthan & Taj

Mumbai undoubtedly the commercial capital of India and one of the predominant port cities in the country. Mumbai's nature as the most eclectic and cosmopolitan Indian city is symbolized in the presence of Bollywood within the city, the centre of the globally-influential Hindi film and TV industries. It is also home to India's largest slum population.
 
Rajasthan where the country's similes and metaphors appear to have come together. Sand dunes, wooded hills and amazing lakes, palaces and rugged forts, men and women in colorful turbans and skirts, bustling towns and quiet villages, camels, elephants, harsh sunlight and the cool evening breeze - are all there in abundance. The Holy Pilgrimage site of Pushkar is mentioned in both the Mahabharata and Ramayana. Also witness the immortal beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra and explore the historical monuments in Delhi. 
  • Days: 10 Nights / 11 Days
  • Cost: US$ 1999
Day 01; Arrive Mumbai, transfer to hotel. Rest day free and easy. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 02; Mumbai full day sightseeing. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 03; Mumbai - Udaipur flight. Evening boating on the Lake Pichola in Udaipur
 
Day 04; Udaipur full day sightseeing.
 
Day 05; Udaipur – Ranakpur sightaeeing - Jodhpur (290kms / 5hrs approx) 
 
Day 06; Jodhpur full day sightseeing
 
Day 07; Jodhpur – Pushkar (185kms/ 4hrs approx) sightseeing
 
Day 08; Pushkar - Jaipur (185kms/ 4hrs approx) sightseeing
 
Day 09; Jaipur visit Amer fort - Fatehpur Sikri sightseeing - Agra (235kms/ 5hrs approx)
 
Day 10; Agra sightseeing – Delhi (204kms/ 4hrs approx)
 
Day 11; Delhi sightseeing and departure transfer to airport in evening
 
Day 01; Arrive Mumbai
 
Arrive Mumbai airport by midnight flight, meet & greet with our office representative, assistance and transfer to hotel. Rooms on immediate occupancy. Overnight at Hotel.
 
 
Day 02; Mumbai
 
Breakfast at hotel, city tour visit the Gateway of India; which was conceived following the visit of King George V in 1911 and officially opened in 1924; Price of Wales Museum; designed in Indo Saracenic style and has sections for arts and paintings, archeology, natural history and an interesting collection of miniature paintings, bas reliefs from the Elephanta caves and Buddha images, Marine Drive; which runs along the shoreline, starting at Nariman Point and up to Malabar Hill, Hanging Gardens; laid out in 1881 these formally laid out gardens have a notable collection of hedges shaped like animals. Jain Temple; Built in marble in 1904, the shrine is dedicated to Adinath, the first Tirthankara or apostle. The walls of the temple are adorned with colourful paintings depicting various incidents in the lives of the 24 tirthankaras of the Jain religion. On the first floor is a special shrine dedicated to Parsvanath carved out of black marble& the ceiling shows the different planets as personified in Hindu mythology. Overnight at Hotel.
 
 
Day 03; Mumbai - Udaipur
 
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport to board flight for Udaipur. On arrival meet with our office representative, Assistance & transfer to hotel. Evening sunset boat cruise in Lake Pichola.
 
Lake Pichola; A manmade lake is one of the prime attractions of Udaipur. The lake is known for the palace build amidst the lake. The lake was built by Maharana Udai Singh II. It was made basically for defence purpose. Cradled amongst hills, gardens, havelis, temples and ghats, Lake Pichola is the picturesque spotlight of Udaipur. The lake sports two islands palaces- Jagniwas (Lake Palace) and Jagmandir. The lake is about 4 km long and 3 km wide, and not much deep- it often dries up in times of severe summers. The beauty of the lake and its surroundings can only be felt by seeing it, which increases many folds during sunrise and sunset. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 04; Udaipur
 
Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Udaipur: a splash of colour in Rajasthan that is brighter when tinged with the tones of local lore and legends. Visit the City Palace; built in 1725, which houses the Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal - studded with glittering Belgium Mirrors, Moti Mahal and the Palace of Lord Krishna all of which are ornately decorated.  Later visit the Jagdish Temple;  This temple built in 1651 is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver in the Hindu Trinity of Gods.  Also visit the Sahelion Ki Bari gardens and fountains.  Later drive around the Fatehsagar Lake. Visit Eklinji and Nagda Temple. Eklingji was built for the tutelary deity of the Maharanas of Mewar, of sand stone and marble in 734 A.D.  Its 108 temples are enclosed by high walls and has a pyramidical roof composed of hundred of knobs.  Later visit Nagda, one of the ancient Palaces of Mewar dating back to the 6th century A.D. The Sas-Bahu Temples are among the most exquisitely carved temples. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 05; Udaipur – Jodhpur (290kms / 5hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Jodhpur. Enroute visit the stunning Jain temples at Ranakpur, superbly preserved in a near-perfect condition for over 500 years. The Ranakpur Jain Temple were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century AD. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. ft area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls and appropriate domes supported by over four hundred columns. There are 1,444 columns in all, which are intricately carved. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108kgs whose sound echoes in the entire complex. Continue drive to Jodhpur, on arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 06; Jodhpur
 
Breakfast at hotel, city tour visit Mehrangarh Fort; From the outside its wide, high walls and sheer cliffs appear unassailable, imposing and austere, but once inside you discover several lavishly decorated palaces, with intricate carved ‘jalis’ and panels that take your breath away. Inside the fort Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), with its beautifully painted walls, Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace) with its Shringar Chowk (coronation seat) featuring peacock armrests and gilded elephants, Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), the Sileh Khana, the Umaid Vilas and the Daulat Khana. At the Daulat Khana, visitors get to see a rich and varied collection of royal memorabilia, fine Rajput miniatures and Ragmala paintings. Jaswant Thada; a few metres below the fort, is the site of the white marble royal cenotaph of Jaswant Singh II and four of his successors. The Mahamandir, dedicated to Lord Shiva is an architectural wonder, built in 1812, with 84 intricately carved pillars. As it was outside the city walls it was given its own protective fortifications, a sign of those turbulent times.
 
Umaid Bhawan Palace was built during the 1920s and '30s as a famine relief project when Maharaja Umaid Singh started a food for work program. The palace took 16 years to complete- no wonder, then that with its 347 rooms, it is one of the largest private residences in the world. It houses a fine collection of royal memorabilia, armours and arms, bejeweled howdahs, palanquins etc. Overnight at hotel.       
 
 
Day 07; Jodhpur – Pushkar (185kms/ 4hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Pushkar check in at hotel. Afternoon visit The Dargah of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, located at the end of a dusty alley in the main market, makes Ajmer an important pilgrim centre for Muslims from all parts of the world and Pushkar is the abode of Lord Brahma, which devout Hindus aspire to visit at least once in their lifetime. Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpara, In 1193 A.D, the Afghan Mohammad Ghori conquered Ajmer and converted a Sanskrit school into a mosque by adding a seven arched wall in front of the pillared hall in just two-and-a-half days. Ana Sagar Lake, This beautiful lake was built by King Anaji (AD 1135-1150), the grandfather of Prithvi Raj Chauhan at a picturesque site located to the north of Ajmer. Daulat Bagh Gardens, which was created by Jehangir, is located next to the lake. Baradari or the marble pavilion was added to the lake by Shahjahan.
 
Brahma Temple: This is the only temple in the world where Lord Brahma is worshiped and the main attraction of Pushkar. The temple has a special position in Hindu pantheons. There is life-size four-armed idol of Lord Brahma - the creator in the vestibule. The temple has marble floors and stairs and coins have been put by the devotees to mark the birth or deaths of the loved ones. Pushkar Lake: According to the legends, the lake was dedicated to Lord Brahma after a lotus fell from his hands and dropped into this picturesque valley. A lake sprang up on the same spot latter on which is considered holy. The entire lake is supposed to be surrounded by 500 temples, 52 palaces, and 52 ghats.  Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 08; Pushkar - Jaipur (185kms/ 4hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Jaipur check in at hotel. Afternoon city tour of Jaipur, the origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains it's character and history - Beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. Popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens. Main tourist attractions of Jaipur are City Palace with its fine collection of textiles, costumes and armory and the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds. Maharaja Jai Singh was a great astronomer of his time. He built here extraordinary (and very accurate) stargazing Observatory here named as “Jantar Mantar”. Overnight at hotel.
 
Optional Evening; dinner at Chokhi Dhani; Capturing the spirit of Rajasthan and ensuring the perfect Rajasthani experience is Chokhi Dhani, a unique Village Resort. Chokhi Dhani literally means a “fine hamlet” i.e. a quintessential village that offers an ideal pastoral experience. Away from the urban life the quaint mud and thatch dwellings in the resort give the right blend of traditions - modern amenities in typical ethnic environment.
 
 
Day 09; Jaipur - Agra (235kms/ 5hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel, checkout from hotel, drive to Agra. Enroute visit Amber Fort and enjoy Elephant Ride (upto the hills). Raja Man Singh the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army constructed the fortress palace in the end of 16th century. Amber is superb example of Rajput architecture, situated on a hilltop, overlooking a lake. Amber Fort is known for its unique artistic style, blending both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) elements, and its ornate and breathtaking artistic mastery. The fort borders the Maota Lake. Amber was originally built by the Meenas in the town they consecrated to Amba, the Mother Goddess, whom they knew as `Gatta Rani' or `Queen of the Pass'. Built over the remnants of an earlier structure, the palace complex which stands today was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh, Commander in Chief of Akbar’s army and a member of the Emperor's inner circle of nine courtiers, in 1592. The initial structure of the fort was entirely completed by his descendant; Jai Singh I. Amber was modified by successive rulers over the next 150 years, until the Kachwahas shifted their capital to Jaipur during the time of Sawai Jai Singh II.
 
Enroute also visit Fatehpur Sikri: built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 yrs. Due to scarcity of water. Predominately, a red sandstone construction sprawling over a huge area, the architectural style is very much in tune with emperor’s dream & partakes of both Hindu & Muslim styles. See the graceful buildings including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other places.
 
Salim Chishti Dargah; built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 yrs. Due to scarcity of water. Predominately, a red sandstone construction sprawling over a huge area, the architectural style is very much in tune with emperor’s dream & partakes of both Hindu & Muslim styles. Salim Chishti (1478-1572) was one of the famous Sufi saints of the Chishti Order in India. Salim Chishti was the descendant of the famous Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti whose tomb is in Ajmer, Rajasthan.
 
Continue drive to Agra, on arrival check in at hotel. Rest time free and easy for personal activities relax. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 10; Agra – Delhi (204kms/ 4hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel, visit Taj Mahal: One of the Seven Wonder of the World was build by Shah Jahan in 1631 AD and was completed in 1651. This symbol of love was build in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Described as the most extravagant monument ever build for love. It was constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal, made out of white marble took 22 years to complete. Ustad Ahamad Lahori, a Parsian Architect, is said to be the main designer and planer of this magnificent memorial. On full moon night, the glory of the Taj is at its best. (Taj Mahal remain closed on every Friday)
 
Agra Fort: build by the famed Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Construction of the massive red sandstone Agra Fort on the bank of the Yamuna River was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565, though additions were made up until the rule of his grandson, Shah Jahan region it has partially become Palace. The fort presents a good sampling of their favoured architectural styles. Akbar drew on Islamic and Hindu traditions and the result is eclectic. By Shah Jahan's time the style had become so homogenized that it is impossible to separate the Hindu and Muslim strands. The Diwan-I-Am (public audience hall) the beautiful Diwan-I-Khas (private audience hall) were also added by Shah Jahan.
 
Afternoon drives to Delhi check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 11; Delhi
 
Breakfast at hotel, visit Qutab Minar: The building complex dated back on the onset of Muslim rule in India and are fine examples of Afghan architecture. Himayun’s Tomb: Build by wife of Humayun, the second mughal king. It is an early example of Mughal architecture. India Gate: The 42m high stone "Arch of Triumph", erected in the memory of Indian soldiers who  died in the First World War; Drive through Rajpath "Kingsway" a VVIP area of Delhi including Rashtrapati Bhawan. Lotus Temple: In the heart of New Delhi, the bustling capital of India, a lotus-shaped outline has etched itself on the consciousness of the city's inhabitants, capturing their imagination, fuelling their curiosity, and revolutionising the concept of worship. [Temple is closed on Monday's].
 
Evening transfer to airport to board flight for your onward destination.
  • 10-nights/ 11days’ accommodation in below offered hotels or similar (standard room)
  •  Warm welcome with fresh flower garland and assistance on arrival at airport by our office staff.
  • Daily breakfast at hotel in each package price
  • Comfortable private Air-conditioned vehicle car/ coach as per FIT`s/ Group strength
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  • Local English speaking guide on sightseeing days.
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  • Boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur
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  • Applicable government taxes and VAT.
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  • Complementary service of office staff/ tour escort throughout the tour if the group strength is more than 15-pax.
  • Monument entrances

  • Any air fare

  • Main Meals, Lunch or dinner unless mentioned

  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.

  • Or anything not mentioned above.