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Classic Rajasthan Tour: 09 Nights & 10 Days

Overview

Rajasthan is a landscape of formidable fortifications and grand palaces that rise from the harsh soil, of proud warrior clans, men with fierce moustaches and demure women, of vivid fabrics and exquisite jewellery and craft. One can't deny that the Golden Triangle became popular for a reason, Delhi, the capital of India, The Taj Mahal and the City Palace and Amber Fort in Jaipur are all impressive sights and on the wish list of most first time travellers to India. However, in visiting these sights, one remains in big bustling cities, being hassled by beggars and touts and it is easy to form an impression based on this alone. But, if one ventures out into the more rural destinations, one can meet the rural population of India, the true heart of the country and have an incredibly wonderful and at times humbling experience. The generosity of these people who on paper may have little is overwhelming and when ones see's how rich their simple lives can be and despite this, the hospitality that they offer to any visitor to their village is truly an experience one will never forget. It is also easy to rush through India ticking of sights as you go, which can leave one with an overwhelming sense of chaos but if one slows down, and gets to know an area and the people, one can have a far more rewarding journey. On this tour of Rajasthan, along with the ancient city of Delhi, also the capital of modern India and Mumbai, its financial hub, you will experience the enormous contradictions and the diverse facets of its vibrant culture that go into making India what it is.

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Tour Route - Where you'll visit
1 New Delhi
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2 Jaipur

Known as the Pink City due to the predominantly pink colour of its buildings, Jaipur is one of the most enticing places to see in India. Every aspect of this majestic city was meticulously planned. The width of the streets and the pavements, the height of the buildings and the division of blocks are all based on ancient geometric harmony and sound environmental considerations. Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, Jaipur is steeped in colourful and romantic Rajput history. Its traditional bazaars selling brilliantly coloured textiles and an endless array of trinkets form an integral part of the city centre.

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4 Udaipur

Set amongst rolling hills speckled with shimmering lakes, Udaipur is considered by many as the most beautiful and the most romantic city in Rajasthan. Founded in 1567 by Maharana Udai Singh, the city is surprisingly quiet and traffic-free. It has the atmosphere of a small town, with winding alleyways and tree-lined streets leading to the impressive City Palace, which overlooks the legendary "floating" Lake Palace.

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5 Mumbai

The western state of Maharashtra has its capital in Bombay, India's greatest port, financial hub and the trend-setting converging point of the East-West nexus. Perched on an island in the Arabian Sea and separated from the rest of India by a winding creek, Bombay, now known as Mumbai, is a world unto itself, with a unique intensity that hits you the moment you land. Its culture is contemporary and vibrant and reflects both the affluence and the poverty of the more than 15 million people that inhabit the island. Restaurants, bars, museums and shops are juxtaposed with towering skyscrapers, bustling streets, bright neon lights, and the glamorous film industry of Bollywood.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • DAY 01- ARRIVE DELHI
Greeted by Globe Travel Centre representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax and unwind on your first day in Delhi. Overnight at the hotel.
(A vehicle is provided for Transfer)
Day TWO +-
  • DAY 02 - IN DELHI
After breakfast visit Delhi. As the capital city of India, its former rulers always prized Delhi for its strategic location. A visit to Old Delhi is always an experience. Walk through the ancient bustling, twisting alleyways of Chandni Chowk, the bazaar area and the Red Fort as well as the Jama Masjid (India's biggest mosque). For those who want to see more, there is the Raj Ghat where Gandhi was cremated and which today is a peaceful and popular park. The British built New Delhi, carefully planning the city and main metropolitan area, when they moved their capital here from Calcutta in 1911. With many interesting museums and art galleries, besides monuments constructed by the mighty Mughal Empire, such as Humayun's Tomb and the Qutab Minar, there is plenty to explore. Drive past to India Gate & Rashtrapati Bhawan (The Presidential Palace) and a prominent Sikh temple at Bangla Sahib. Delhi is also a shopper's paradise, being one big emporium for all of India's handicrafts, and home to some of the best contemporary designers India has to offer. This energetic city now has good dining and nightlife options to complement its considerable historical and architectural interest. Overnight at the hotel. (Vehicle at Disposal)
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  • DAY 03 – DELHI - JAIPUR (258 Km/6.5 hrs approx)
After breakfast depart for historic city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Surrounded by mighty Rajasthani forts and the rugged Aravalli Hills, Jaipur is one of the most enticing places in India. Every aspect of this majestic city, including the pink city- known due to the colour of its houses, was meticulously planned. The street width, pavements, building height and the division of blocks are all based on ancient geometric harmony and sound environmental and climatic considerations. Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, it is steeped in colourful and romantic Rajput history. Timeless bazaars full of vibrant textiles and trinkets form an integral part of the city centre. Immerse yourself in the sensory whirl of streets packed with camel carts and cycle-rickshaws, which make Jaipur a dazzling, spirited city like no other.  On arrival, check in at the hotel. Later you will be taken on an excursion to the enchanting 'Village of Magicians'.  the evening to yourself to spend at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel. (Vehicle at your Disposal)
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  • DAY 04 – JAIPUR
Following breakfast in your hotel, you will depart for an entire day of sightseeing in Jaipur and Amber. Explore at the City Palace, the Hawa Mahal and the beautiful Amber Fort. At Amber Fort visitors can climb the ancient ramparts on elephant-back; a fantastic way to take in the awe-inspiring vistas of this magical location. Within the fort lies Jai "Mandir" (Temple) with its world renowned Sheesh Mahal, a hall full of mirrors. The walls and the ceiling of the Mahal are covered with a beautiful array of mirrors, which reflects any streak of light, so as to illuminate the entire room. Post lunch visit the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar etc. In the heart of the old city is the former Royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style. The palace houses a Museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with ornamental handles, some of them in-laid with enamel and embellished with jewels and encased in magnificent scabbards. The palace also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works. Adjacent to the City palace is Jantar Mantar, the largest of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories. Also visit the Hawa Mahal. Built in 1799, the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds is one of the major landmarks of Jaipur. This five-storey building, which looks out over the main street of the old city, is a stunning example of Rajput artistry, with its pink semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed sandstone windows. It was originally built to enable ladies of the royal household, to watch the everyday life and processions of the city without being seen. Enjoy a sumptuous Rajasthani Dinner and stay overnight stay at the hotel. (Vehicle at Disposal) * Elephant ride* subject to availability.
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  • DAY 05 – JAIPUR - JODHPUR (by Flight)
After breakfast you will be transferred to Jaipur airport to board your flight to Jodhpur. You will be met on arrival in Jodhpur by a representative of ITC and transferred to your hotel.  Jodhpur is known as the 'Blue City' and is overlooked by the magnificent Meherangarh Fort, perhaps one of the best preserved forts in Rajasthan. Named after its 15th century founder, Rao Jodha, this city, strewn at the base of a sandstone ridge, is the second largest in Rajasthan, and was capital of the Marwar kingdom for five centuries.
In the afternoon you will leave for a half-day tour of Jodhpur that will begin with a visit to the majestic Meherangarh Fort, visit the Jaswant Thada memorial, stroll around the royal gardens at Mandore, and the wonderful bazaars of the old city. Another fascinating sight is the Umaid Bhawan Palace, an incredible art-deco palace, built between 1929 and 1942 as a famine-relief project to generate employment for the Maharaja's impoverished subjects. Today although a portion of the palace remains the residence of Jodhpur's Royal Family, the rest has opened its door to be one of Rajasthan's most sought after luxurious heritage hotels.  Before you return to your hotel you will also visit a white marble Cenotaph of the Maharajas of Jodhpur nearby. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at the Hotel. (Vehicle at Disposal)
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  • DAY 06 – JODHPUR
After breakfast you will leave to visit Rohet and Bishnoi villages. The desert village of Rohet is dominated by the fortified home of the descendants of the 16th century Rathore of the Champawat clan, Thakur Dalpat Singh I. The Fiefdom of Rohet was bestowed upon him in 1622 by the Maharaja of Jodhpur as a mark of appreciation for his bravery in battle. Rohet is a typical Rajasthani village full of life and colour and set in a beautiful semi-arid landscape. Rohet is renowned for its village safaris that introduce guests to local cultures and traditions. You are invited into homes and received with warmth and affection by the villagers, and have the opportunity to interact with various communities living in the area, share and understand their worlds. From here Jeep-safaris are taken in the surrounding countryside to see local opium ceremonies can easily be arranged. Rohet is renowned for its village safaris that introduce guests to local cultures and traditions. You are invited into homes and received with warmth and affection by the villagers and have the opportunity to interact with various communities living in the area, share and understand their worlds. The Bhishnois have been protectors of nature in the area for over five centuries and are responsible for the survival of endangered species such as the Black-Buck Antelope. The semi nomadic Raika shepherds of Marwar dressed in brilliant crimson and marigold costumes, the Paliwals and the Meghwals, who are essentially farmers and weavers are the other village communities in the area that you will visit. At the end of the tour you will return to hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel. (Vehicle at Disposal)
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  • DAY 07 – JODHPUR - UDAIPUR (280 Kms/08 hrs)
After breakfast you will drive to Udaipur stopping en-route to visit the beautifully sculptured Jain temples in Ranakpur in the Aravalli Valley, also known as ' the tranquil pilgrimage town'. Built in the 15th century during the reign of king Rana Kumbha, Ranakpur is one of the five holy places of the Jain community. Built during the reign of the liberal and gifted Rajput monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century, the temple is an astounding creation and an example of architectural genius. It comprises four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and domes, supported by over four-hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 and all of them are intricately carved with none of them being alike. The assembly hall has two big bells weighing nearly 108 kilograms and their sound echoes through the entire complex. The main temple is the Chaumukh or the four faced temple dedicated to Adinath. Overnight stay at the hotel. (Vehicle  at Disposal)
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  • DAY 08 – UDAIPUR

After breakfast embark on a city tour of Udaipur. Set amongst rolling hills, with its shimmering lakes, beautiful views and large open spaces, Udaipur is considered by many as the most beautiful and romantic city in Rajasthan. Founded in 1567 by Maharana Udai Singh, it is surprisingly quiet and traffic-free. It has the atmosphere of a small town, with winding alleyways and tree-lined streets leading to the impressive City Palace, which overlooks the legendary "floating" Lake Palace. Udaipur is also one of Rajasthan's great centers of contemporary art, as well as of miniature paintings. On little islands in the lake, from the water's edge, rise marble palaces of pure white that glisten like fairy castles. Udaipur rivals any of the world's famous creations of the Moghuls with the Rajput love of the whimsical and it's superbly crafted elegance. Visit the City Palace complex, the entrance is through the 'Hathi Pol' (elephant gate) along the main street of the old city, past the Jagdish Temple. The paintings, mosaics, intricately carved 'Chhatries' and of course the architecturally brilliant façade all contribute in making a visit to the City Palace a truly memorable experience. Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari, the garden of the maids of honour that was constructed for forty-eight young ladies in waiting who were sent to the royal house as a part of a lavish dowry. Later you will enjoy a motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola (subject to water levels). From the beautifully decorated boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - another lovely island palace in the middle of the lake. And if the weather permits, watching a spectacular sunset over the lake will be a fitting finale to your day.

In the evening you get aboard a boat on Lake Pichola to visit 'Jag Mandir' and if the weather permits watching a spectacular sunset over the lake will be a fitting finale to your day. Overnight stay at the hotel.
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Day NINE +-
  • DAY 09 - UDAIPUR - MUMBAI
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to board a flight to Mumbai. You will be met on arrival by a representative of ITC and transferred to your hotel. The western state of Maharashtra is home to Bombay, India's greatest port, financial capital and trend-setting East-West nexus. Perched on the Arabian Sea on an island and separated from the rest of India by a winding creek, Bombay, now known as Mumbai, is a world unto itself, with a unique intensity that hits you the moment you land. Its culture is contemporary and vibrant and reflects both the affluence and poverty of more than 15 million people crowded onto this island. Restaurants, bars, museums and shops intermingle with shining new skyscrapers, congested streets, bright neon lights, and the glamorous film industry of Bollywood. Post lunch visit Gateway of India, the principal landmark of Mumbai. A major landmark of this vibrant city is the VT or Victoria Terminus, which was designed in Italian Gothic style by F. W. Stevens. Stop at Mani Bhawan, a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi and the bustling Crawford Market, before returning your hotel. In the evening stroll along the Marine Drive promenade called 'Queen's Necklace', and watch the sunset below the Arabian Sea. Overnight stay at the hotel. (Vehicle at Disposal)
Day TEN +-
  • DAY 10 - MUMBAI / DEPARTURE
In the morning proceed to the Gateway of India to board a ferry to Elephanta island, a popular tourist destination for a day trip because of the island's cave temples, the Elephanta Caves, that have been carved out of rock. The island is easily accessible by ferry from Mumbai, being about 10 km from the south east coast of the island city. One of the cave temples has a unique three- faced Shiva Sculpture. On your return to the mainland by noon, you are transferred to your hotel to later depart as scheduled to the International Airport to board the flight to your onward destination. (Vehicle at Disposal)

When Should I go?

The months of September through to March are considered to be favourable months to travel to India. September has the added advantage of being in the “good weather” bracket but also technically falls in the off season in most places, so prices are cheaper for travel in September. The months of October through to February are pleasant in most parts of the country, though you will find the temperatures varying between chilly in the North and warmer in the southern parts of the country.

India’s weather is varied and different parts of the country may get monsoons at different times. May and June are hot months across the country except for the hill stations in the North.

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Monsoon Months in India

The country gets monsoons in the months of June and July though along the south western coast, there are monsoons in the period between October to December too.

June and July are monsoon months in Kerala, the showers being heavy at first and then easing off gradually. Whilst these are not the best months for tours, interestingly, this happens to the best time for travellers seeking the therapeutic Ayurveda treatment which is said to be most effective in these months.

Best months for travel to India

The months of October through to March are considered to be the most favourable months to travel to India when the weather is sunny and pleasant.

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