Arrive in Delhi the capital city of India. After a traditional Indian welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel.
Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 2: Discover Delhi
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; drive past Red Fort, the place that marked the announcement of India’s freedom from the British.
This afternoon, discover the modern city of New Delhi. Visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold dome, still in active worship; take a Photo stop at India Gate, originally known as the ‘All India War Memorial’, a prominent landmark in Delhi that commemorates the 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War; drive past President's House, Parliament House, and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyen’s Delhi. Later visit Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the world’s tallest brick minaret.
Day 3: Drive from Delhi – Agra (205 Kms / 4 Hrs)
This morning, embark on your drive to Agra, city of the world famous Taj Mahal.
Today experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the eternal symbol of love, the Taj Mahal. Often referred to as a poem in white marble, Taj Mahal displays the saga of love between Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal.
Later, visit the Agra Fort, lying across River Yamuna, built in red sandstone with magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience, and beautiful gardens.
Option to watch a live theatre performance: This evening, you have the option to watch a live theatre performance, introducing you to the story of the Taj Mahal. Watch the spectacular performance - “Mohabbat the Taj – The saga of love”, staging the largest replica of the Taj Mahal, and presenting the legend of love that created this magnificent mausoleum .
Day 4: Drive from Agra–Samode (250 Kms / 6 Hrs)
After a leisurely breakfast, embark on your drive to Samode(near Jaipur), where you will stay for 02 nights.
Samode Palace(5* Dlx Heritage), is one of India’s most meticulously restored palace hotels. It is a perfect example of Rajput-Mughul architecture, underlined by the influence of Nepal from where the Rawal wives often came. The Palace's most fabulous feature is the extravagantly florid, hand-painted Darbar Hall and the overlooking gallery which forms the incredible hall of mirrors, the magic of which is repeated across other famous palaces of Rajasthan.
Samode Bagh(5* StdTent), built more than 250 years ago, is located in 20 acres of gardens. Modeled on the geometric style of a Mughal garden, members of the Samode Royal family used to visit these gardens for serenity, peace, and privacy. Today these gardens are sprawled with luxury tent accommodation furnished in typical Rajasthani style.
Upon arrival at Samode, check in at your hotel (Samode Palace / Samode Bagh) and enjoy the surrounds this evening.
Option to meet an astrologer in Jaipur: This evening, you get the unique opportunity to meet an astrologer in Jaipur. Hear what your stars have planned for your future and delight yourself with the ancient Indian wisdom of astrology.
Day 5: Discover Jaipur
This morning, visit Amber fort, a fine amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim architecture and ornamentation, built in the 16th century. To ascend up the fort, you may choose to walk, drive, or take an elephant ride.
This afternoon, visit the City Palace complex with its various museums where you can see a beautiful collection of Mughal costumes, weapons, and miniature paintings. Then visit the fascinating Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory built by the Maharaja of Jaipur, which is the largest stone observatory in the world. Also, drive past Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a remarkable five storied building along the main street of the old city with semi-octagonal and delicate honey-combed sandstone windows.
New Years Eve Celebration at Samode Palace / Bagh : Tonight, enjoy New Year Eve Celebration at Samode Palace / Bagh. The evening includes gala dinner with cultural performance and DJ with dance floor. Around midnight, there will be spectacular fireworks at the palace / bagh to mark the arrival of new year. Enjoy the evening flowing into the new year with other inhouse guests at the palace / bagh .
* Guests staying at Samode Palace will enjoy new year eve celebrations at Samode Palace.
* Guests staying at Samode Bagh will enjoy new year eve celebrations at Samode Bagh
New Year Eve Celebrations at the above mentioned venues will be a memorable experience of celebrating New Years Eve in typical Indian style, at a typical Indian Palace / Tent style hotel in Samode, near the pink city of Jaipur.
Day 6: Drive from Jaipur - Jodhpur (330 Kms / 7 Hrs)
After a leisurely breakfast, embark on your drive to Jodhpur, a city ringed by high stone walls with seven gates and several bastions. This second largest city of Rajasthan was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D.
Upon arrival in Jodhpur, check in at your hotel for 02 nights’ stay.
Day 7: Discover Jodhpur
Today, visit the rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort, and the grand palaces within the fort – Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana, which are impressive examples of architectural excellence. Near the fort complex stands the Jaswant Thada, and a group of royal cenotaphs made of white marble. While in Jodhpur, shop for the exquisite handcrafted articles such as embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware, paintings, and tie and dye fabrics.
Also visit Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum - built by Maharaja Umaid Singh ( 1929 – 1942) and named after him, this exquisite Palace is also known as Chittar Palace because of the local chittar sandstone used in its construction. This palace is a splendid example of Indo-colonial and art deco architecture of the 1930s
Option for a Village Jeep Safari:This afternoon, you have the option to experience a jeep safari to the nearby Bishnoi villages, to get a feel for the local lifestyle of Rajasthani villagers. Bishnoi’s are a village community of Rajasthan who are famous for their cultural lifestyle and their love for nature and animals. You get an opportunity to observe the village lifestyle and interact with villagers, shepherds, farmers and weavers of the region (at extra charge)
Day 8: Drive from Jodhpur – Deogarh (180 Kms / 3.5 Hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Deogarh Palace, part of which has now been converted into a heritage hotel. Upon arrival in Deogarh, check in at your palace hotel and freshen up.
At Deogarh, enrich your experience with the following activities that can be organized by your palace hotel (supplement charge applies) * Rural Ramble - a Jeep Safari, a drive into the countryside with an escort * Trekking (in the hills) * A walk through the village * Bird watching (near the lake) * Relaxing massage * Picnics can also be arranged * Cycling single or tandem * Special Romantic Dinners
Day 9: Drive from Deogarh – Udaipur (150 Kms / 3 Hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Udaipur, a serene city set in the scenic valley of Aravalli hills, surrounded by three lakes – Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar.
En route to Udaipur, visit the famous Jain Temples at Ranakpur. Built in the 15th century, Ranakpur temples are one of the largest Jain temples in India. The temples are known for their architecture, grand structures, and exquisite sculptures.
Upon arrival at Udaipur, check in at your hotel for 02 nights’ stay.
Day 10: Discover Udaipur
After breakfast, visit the 16th century City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in Rajasthan comprising the residence of the current Maharaja, heritage hotels, museums and galleries, courtyards and reception halls where royal events take place even today; visit the JagadishTemple, the 17th century Indo Aryan temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe; Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, garden of the maids of honour, with beautiful green lawns, flower beds, water pools, marble elephants, and bird fountains.
This evening, enjoy a boat cruise at the serene Lake Pichola (subject to water level)
Day 11: Fly from Udaipur – Delhi
This morning, drive to the airport to catch your flight to New Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, catch your international flight back home.
Option to visit Kingdom of Dreams: Subject to international departure flight time, this evening you may have the option to visit the ultimate entertainment and leisure destination sprawling across acres of land, the magnificent Kingdom of Dreams. Here the carnival that is India is distilled into one iconic destination. This fabulous Kingdom brings to life a blend of India's art, culture, heritage, crafts, cuisine and performing arts...all with the technological wizardry of today.
Within the Kingdom, you may visit
* Culture Gully, an elaborate culture, arts, crafts and food boulevard showcasing a variety of regional Indian cuisine with elegant and classy theme restaurants for a number of Indian states. Wandering around the first floor here, you may also stop by at an astrologer to discover your future!(Free entrance for children below 4 ft in height)
* IIFA Buzz, a glamorous Indian cinema lounge / bar showcasing historic names in Bollywood(Under 21 years not allowed)
* Nautanki Mahal, showcasing an extravagant Bollywood musical theatre performance (* Children below 3.5 yrs not allowed * Show Duration: 2.5Hrs * Show Timings: Mon Closed; Tue – Thu: 19:45 Hrs; Fri: 20:55 Hrs; Sat: 14.30 Hrs& 20:55 Hrs; Sun: 13:30 Hrs& 19:45 Hrs)
Tonight, you’ll be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home.
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