Tailormade: India Explored

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Description

Bespoke your own trip to India!

Treat this sample itinerary as inspiration, your trip can be created specifically for you by one of our Tailormade experts and we will help you choose how you wish to travel through this destination. Maybe add in an extra day s sightseeing, take time out to relax or we can change accommodation to your budget. It will be your adventure, your way! Northern India conjures up memorable and colourful images of turbans, saris, flavoursome curries and rickshaws. We visit the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, home to the wonderful former Maharaja's Palace and the splendid hilltop Amber Fort. Agra and the serene Taj Mahal are not to be missed and fully live up to expectations. The imposing forts of Jodhpur and Jaipur bear testament to the battles that once raged here, whilst the palaces in Udaipur and the Taj offer a softer side to North India's rich history.

Activities:

Highlights:
- Jodhpur
- Visit Udaipur, the most romantic city in India
- Explore Jaipur, the Pink City
- Experience the Taj Mahal at sunrise
- Visit Haridwar

Activity grade: Leisurely

Included:
- All international flights, taxes, baggage etc.
- All accommodation in India a on bed and breakfast basis
- Private transfers throughout the trip
- Local English speaking guides at each destination
- Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
- 1st class train upgrade from Delhi to Jodhpur

Itinerary


 Day 1

Overnight flights to Delhi depart this afternoon.


 Day 2

Welcome to Delhi! Upon arrival you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. *Accommodation: Taj Princess Hotel*


 Day 3

We arrive in Delhi in the morning where we will transfer to our hotel. We delve into the hustle and bustle of Delhi with our tour guide. Today we have a morning sightseeing in Old Delhi including the famous Red Fort and Jama Masjid (India's largest mosque). In New Delhi we see the fine colonial buildings, as we drive through the area, built by the British Raj in the early years of the 20th century and set in spa-cious tree-lined boulevards; these now house various Indian governmental departments. Later in evening transfer to railway station to catch train to Jodhpur by Mewar Exp Dep: 21:15Hrs Arr: 07:50Hrs. *Accommodation: Overnight Train (1st Class)*


 Day 4

In the morning, we reach Jodhpur and drive to the hotel for check-in. In afternoon, we visit Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. Mehrangarh, located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is one of the largest forts in India. Built around 1460 by Rao Jodha, the fort is situated 410 feet above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. The Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. *Accommodation: Sri Ram International*


 Day 5

We drive to Udaipur in the morning and visit Ranakpur on route. Known as 'The Pearl of Rajasthan', the 'City of Sunrise' and 'Venice of the East', Udaipur is a beautiful place regarded by both Indians and travellers as the most ro-mantic city in India. A free evening to enjoy the sights of the city. *Accommodation: Paras Mahal*


 Day 6

We spend the morning visiting the City Palace and Jagdish Temple, with a huge black stone image of Jagannath, an aspect of Lord Vish-nu. If time allows it may be possible to visit the gardens of Gulab Bag or take a boat trip on the lake. The afternoon is free to enjoy this evocative city. *Accommodation: Paras Mahal*


 Day 7

We drive to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur (approx. 5-6 hrs). Rajah Jai Singh decided to abandon his nearby fortress and palace at Amber in 1727 and laid out a planned city of broad avenues, built of sandstone and painted pink at a later stage. The 'Pink City of Jaipur' is one of the most attractive and colourful cities in India. We check into the hotel for the evening. *Accommodation: Heritage Palace*


 Day 8

Today we explore Jaipur, returning to the hotel after lunch. In the centre of Jaipur is one of the most intriguing sights of India, the observatory of Jai Singh. This is an assembly of immense astronomical instruments, including the world's largest sundial at 27m tall and just two seconds out! Others are made of marble and brass and all provide some fantastic photo opportunities. A few miles from the main city is the splendid Amber Palace, rising above a lake. The imposing hilltop fort contains large courtyards and interiors with fine decoration. The rest of the day is free for relaxing, exploring or shopping. Jaipur is a centre of many handicrafts, such as wooden and cloth puppets, carved wooden camels, silver trinkets, durries (woven rugs), carpets, printed cloth, semi-precious stones, leatherwear etc.; it will be difficult to leave a workshop without buying anything! Brightly coloured Indian clothing, bangles and bindis can be found at the markets, as well as turbans for boys (people will happily show you how to put one on!) There is also the option to visit Chokhi Dhani later in the afternoon; a purpose- built village that captures the vibrant spirit of Rajasthan, with folk music, dancing, puppet shows, fire acts, magic shows, camel rides and a traditional Rajasthani dinner. *Accommodation: Heritage Palace*


 Day 9

In the morning, we drive to Agra which is approximately 4 hours, 240km. We visit Fatehpur Sikri en-route and have an afternoon free to relax in the city. Once the capital of Mughal India, Agra is well known for its architecture, most famously the exquisite Taj Mahal. As we enter Agra we will visit Sikandra, the emperor Akbar's mausoleum and, if time, the Itimad-ud-Daulah. These are both early Mughal monuments that allow us to see the developing skills and techniques that eventually produced the incomparable Taj. *Accommodation: Taj Villas*


 Day 10

Rising early, we will finally make our long awaited visit to the Taj, undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of the Mughal dynasty. The Taj was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to enshrine the body of his favourite wife, Mumtaz. Seen in the gentle early morning light it is at its best, and the gardens are quiet and free of the crowds who will arrive later in the day. We visit Red Fort in the afternoon. Agra Fort is a historical fort in the city of Agra in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty till 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. The Agra fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The evening is free to enjoy the Pink City. *Accommodation: Taj Villas*


 Day 11

In the morning, we catch a train from Agra to Haridwar by Ujjain Exp Dep: 10:52Hrs Arr: 21:00Hr. Transfer to hotel in Haridwar. *Accommodation: Ganga Lahari Hotel*


 Day 12

Morning day trip to visit Rishikesh Ram. Laxman Julla is an iron suspension bridge across the river Ganges, located 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) north-east from the town Rishikesh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The bridge connects the Sivananda Nagar area of Muni Ki Reti in Tehri Garhwal district to Swargashram in Pauri Garhwal district crossing the river from west to east. Built in the year 1986, the bridge is one of the iconic landmarks of Rishikesh. In afternoon, visit Jar Ki Pauri and witness the Aarti ceremony on the Ganges. *Accommodation: Ganga Lahari Hotel*


 Day 13

In the early morning, we catch a train to Delhi by NDLS Shatabdi Dep: 06:22Hrs Arr: 11:15Hrs. We transfer to Taj Princess Hotel upon arrival in Delhi. It is a free afternoon to enjoy the city. *Accommodation: Taj Princess Hotel*


 Day 14

A free day in Delhi. An optional sightseeing trip to Qutab Minar and Himmayun tomb can be arranged. Qutub Minar is a minaret that forms part of the Qutb complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of Delhi. Humayun's tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum, in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by her. *Accommodation: Taj Princess Hotel*


 Day 15

Your trip ends today. You will be transferred to Delhi Airport for your international flight home.


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