Day 1 - Arrive Delhi, India
Welcome to India. You are met on arrival in at Delhi airport, and then transferred to your luxury hotel located in the heart of New Delhi.
Day 2 - Delhi Sightseeing
This morning, relax after your long flight, and then begin your sightseeing of this fascinating city.
Today explore New Delhi, an area designed and built by the British in the 1920's. Drive past the government buildings and diplomatic enclave along the broad and majestic Rajpath. Visit Parliament House, or Sansad Marg, the legislative assembly of India. It is a huge circular structure designed by Herbert Baker in 1927, with 247 pillars and a 90-foot tall dome. Next, continue to tour the imposing India Gate, a war memorial dedicated to 70,000 the Indian soldiers killed in WWI.
Your tour also includes a visit to the Mausoleum of Emperor Humayun, a forerunner of the Mughal style of architecture, and Qutab Minar, with its graceful 12th century hand carving, and its iron pillar that has not rusted after 1500 years. (B)
Day 3 - Delhi Sightseeing
Today see the fascinating and historical sights of Old Delhi. Tour the magnificent Red Fort, built in 1648 on the banks of River Yamuna by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan; it is a marvel in red sandstone. Visit Jama Masjid, built in 1656 it is the largest and the most splendid mosque in India. The mosque is made of glowing red sandstone inlaid with marble and brass, and has three majestic black and white marble domes.
In the afternoon, see Raj Ghat, a memorial to the great Mahatma Gandhi, and visit the Crafts Museum, a collection of traditional Indian crafts in textiles, metal, wood and ceramics. Next, explore Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), once the imperial avenue today bustling colorful market. (B)
Day 4 - Delhi to Agra
Arise early this morning to take the train to Agra. You are met upon arrival at the station and taken on a tour of Agra. See the symbol of India - the Taj Mahal. A poem in white marble, built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan (and 20,000 workers) to honor the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. Today India's most fascinating and beautiful masterpiece, this perfectly symmetrical edifice is set amidst landscaped gardens on the banks of the Yamuna River. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day.
This afternoon, journey outside the city to visit the Agra Fort, a massive red sandstone Mughal Fort built on the banks of the Yamuna River in 1565 by Emperor Akbar. The fort is surrounded by a 70-foot high wall, and houses a beautiful Pearl Mosque. (B)
Day 5 - Agra to Jaipur
Arise early to view the Taj Mahal at sunrise right from your hotel. After breakfast depart Agra for a half-day drive to Jaipur.
En route stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful and deserted medieval city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. The complex consists of religious, residential and administrative buildings. Tour the colonnaded red sandstone Panch Mahal Palace, and see the Mama Masjid and Tomb of Salim Chishti.
Early this afternoon, arrive in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, and India’s first planned city. Designed by the 18th century warrior-astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II, Jaipur is a walled city with rectangular blocks. Most of the buildings in the city were made from pink sandstone and hence Jaipur also came to be called the “Pink City.” The remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore the city at your leisure. (B)
Day 6 - Jaipur Sightseeing
Today enjoy a full day of sightseeing. This morning see the Hawa Mahal - the Palace of the Winds. Built in 1799, this five-story building is a pink sandstone masterpiece with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows.
Next, visit the Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Next, enjoy a visit to the Amber Fort. This is a classic Rajasthani fort palace, with time-ravaged exterior walls hiding lavish courtyards and beautiful interior plaster walls that are embedded with precious stones and mirrors.
In the afternoon, visit the City Palace, the royal residence of the King of Jaipur, examine a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and an armory of Rajput and Mughal weaponry, much of it inlaid with enamel and embellished with jewels. (B)
Day 7 - Jaipur to Udaipur
This morning, transfer to the Jaipur airport for your flight to Udaipur, known as the “Venice of the East.” Upon arrival, visit the City Palace, built on the bank of Pichola Lake in 1570 by Maharana Udai Singh. Within the palace is all the magnificence of the East – peacocks in mosaic on the walls, floors inlaid with tiles of rare beauty, and roof gardens with thrilling views of the panorama below. The palace has been preserved as a museum with a large and diverse collection of artifacts.
This afternoon take a private boat cruise on the Lake Pichola. The rest of the day and evening are at leisure to relax and enjoy your luxury accommodations. (B)
Day 8 - Udaipur Sightseeing
This morning, tour the Jagdish Temple; built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651. The temple enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu, and a brass image of Garuda the Lord bird carrier. The exterior and the plinth are covered with base relief of alligators; elephants, horsemen and celestial musicians rise in tiers.
The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. (B)
Day 9 - Udaipur to Delhi
Relax and enjoy time at leisure in this fascinating city until time for your flight to Delhi.
You are met upon arrival in Delhi and transfer to your airport area hotel. Enjoy a chance to rest and freshen up before your late-night transfer to the airport. (B)
Day 10 - Depart Delhi
Early this morning (or late night on day 9) you are taken to the airport for your departing flight home or on to your next destination. (B)