INDIA HERITAGE TOUR - 14 Days


TOUR DESCRIPTION :

Experience the glories and wonders of India on this private locally hosted tour in which you explore some of the cultural and historical cities, which include Mughal Monuments, Royal Palaces, Forts, Temples and game parks. 


HIGHLIGHTS :


ITINERARY :

DAY 01: ARRIVAL DELHI

DAY 01: ARRIVAL DELHI

Upon arrival, after clearing your immigration & customs you will be met by our airport facilitation staff carrying placard of your name in visitor’s hall. You will be greeted and transferred to your hotel with necessary assistance.

Overnight Hotel The Oberoi Gurgaon-Deluxe Room

DAY 02: DELHI

DAY 02: DELHI

Following breakfast, proceed for combined city tour of Old & New Delhi.

Old Delhi‑ Former centre of Moghul Power, Old Delhi offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Drive past the Red Fort, built in 1648 and board the ‘cycle rickshaw’ for a unique experiencefrom the Red Fort, through “Chandni Chowk” or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue heading west from the Fort. Later visit the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal, and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi

New Delhi. Our tour of New Delhi includes visits to such sights as the Qutab Minar 72 meters high and one of the most perfect towers in the Persian world. The Iron Pillar which has survived the vagaries of weather for over 1500 years. Continue with a drive through Embassy area, the Government buildings (1921-1930) and Connaught Place, the heart and main shopping district of the capital.

Overnight Hotel The Oberoi Gurgaon-Deluxe Room (B)

DAY 03: DELHI / JODHPUR / MIHIRGARH

DAY 03: DELHI / JODHPUR / MIHIRGARH

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to airport in time to connect your onward flight to Jodhpur.

Leave Delhi                 at: 12:04 PM               (AI 475)

Arrive Jodhpur          at: 01:15 PM

Upon arrival, you will be received by our Facilitation staff.

After lunch proceed for the city tour of Jodhpur: The home of the Rathore rulers - the princely state of Rajasthan. A high 10 kms long stone wall protects the well-fortified city. Within, stands an imposing fort on a low range of sandstone hills, about 125 mts. above the surrounding plains. Visit Mehrangarh Fort - founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha (After whom the city is named) the Fort is intricately adorned with long carved panels and latticed windows of exquisite designs in Red Sandstone. Also visit Jaswant Thada - an imposing white marble cenotaph built to commemorate the acts of bravery and generosity of the rulers in 19th century.

Overnight Hotel Mihirgarh (B,L,D)

DAY 04: MIHIRGARH

DAY 04: MIHIRGARH

Mihir Garh - Perched dramatically on a sand mound on the edge of the desert, Mihir Garh is a new luxurious boutique hotel located in a desert wilderness and offering an unparalleled insight into Rajasthan’s vivid and colorful rural heritage.

 

Afternoon take a jeep safari to visit the surrounding area, populated by the Bishnoi people, a unique community who protect the wildlife and trees sharing their farms and villages. The graceful Blackbuck is often seen in proximity to the villages here, as is the larger Blue Bull.

Evening you get to enjoy a Horse or Camel Ride. (Subject to Basic Experience)

Horse Ride: The ‘Marwari Horses at Mihir Garh are the pride of the property. Mihir Garh and Rohet boast of the best stables of the Marwari Breed of horses in the country. Guests get the unique opportunity to ride and savour this beautiful breed of horse. (If they are good enough to ride them, otherwise we have other quieter horses!) We at Mihir Garh offer the best riding experience to our guests. Itineraries are tailor made to suit the guests, keeping riding ability and time duration in mind. The semi-arid shrub and bush country makes for ideal riding terrain. Besides the pleasure of riding some of the best specimens of the breed the rides are also an enriching cultural experience. Guests get to experience rural Rajasthan up close.

Overnight Hotel Mihirgarh (B,L,D)

DAY 05: MIHIRGARH / LAKSHMAN  SAGAR (153 kms / 3hrs approx)

DAY 05: MIHIRGARH / LAKSHMAN  SAGAR (153 kms / 3hrs approx)

Following leisurely breakfast, you will be driven to Lakshman Sagar. Upon arrival check in to your hotel.

Afternoon you will also enjoy Fishing and Angling.

Overnight Hotel Lakshman Sagar (B,L,D)

DAY 06: LAKSHMAN SAGAR

DAY 06: LAKSHMAN SAGAR

Morning, proceed for Village Safari - Get a chance to explore local village culture - Visit the famous Hanuman temple, nearby secondary school, and Walk in to Local farmer’s house plus experience sheep herding and witness milking of the cows at the Gaushala Temple Visit Get an insight into the beliefs and tradition of Rajasthan by visiting the famous Hanuman temple. A holy trip to the temples will give you a look into the philosophy of rural Rajasthan, its culture and myths.
Sheep Herding Join the shepherd as he teaches you the tricks of his trade and gives a few useful tips on managing a large herd. Secondary School Visit and interact with small school kids understanding their culture.

(HOTEL REMAIN CLOSE 01 APRIL TO 30 SEPTEMBER.)

 

Afternoon enjoy Pottery Classes.

Pottery Classes- Being one of the oldest occupations, pottery is the main source of livelihood for a number of local potters. Learn the ancient art from the local potter.     

Overnight Hotel Lakshman Sagar (B,L,D)

DAY 07: LAKSHMAN SAGAR / KESHARBAGH (100 kms / 2hrs approx)

DAY 07: LAKSHMAN SAGAR / KESHARBAGH (100 kms / 2hrs approx)

Morning proceed for Nature walk and Bird watching with field breakfast. A morning walk through the outstretched henna fields, crossing the many small landmarks embedded with myths and legend, one is bound to build an appetite for an authentic breakfast experience in the middle of the fields. Arriving at the farmer’s hut, a charpoy is laid and the Chula lit, as the guests enjoy bajre ki roti with fresh home - made butter and piping hot masala chai. Take a nature walk in the fields and then breakfast in the midst of the natural topography.

Hervesting & Handpicking Vegetables from the Fields.
They say, “God lies in detail” which is experienced while handpicking the freshest colorful vegetables from the fields for your next meal. From dark green okra to bright red ripe tomatoes, rich purple brinjals & tangy green chilies, the fields always have a variety of fresh home grown seasonal vegetables to choose from.

Afternoon drive to Kesharbagh. Upon arrival check in to your hotel.

Later you will enjoy Cooking Class.

Overnight Hotel Keshar Bagh-Deluxe Room (B,L,D).

DAY 08: KESHARBAGH

DAY 08: KESHARBAGH

Morning enjoy a rural train ride in the coutryside. 

The train route between the cities of Jodhpur and Udaipur goes up the scenic Kambli Ghat Pass. One of our favorite excursions is this daily train service from the station at the start of the hill section to the highest station in the Aravallis – the Kambli Ghat station, or the other way round. The engine laboriously and slowly pulls the train through the most beautiful forests and hills that you get to see in the state his one hour ride is really unique as you even get to interact.

Afternoon, proceed for Jeep Safari.  

It is said that the real India is its rural areas, the country around Jojawar boasts of very interesting landscapes, with the picturesque Aravalli Hills in the east, and broken rocky hills interspersed with farms and scrub forests all around. The Pre- Cambrian Aravalli Hills are one of the oldest mountain ranges of the world, and a geologist’s paradise. The camel herding Rabaris are an ethnic group only to be found around Jojawar. All this makes our Jeep Safaris the most popular excursion.

Overnight Hotel Keshar Bagh-Deluxe Room (B,L,D)

DAY 09: KESHARBAGH / SHAHPURA   (150 kms / 3hrs approx)

DAY 09: KESHARBAGH / SHAHPURA   (150 kms / 3hrs approx)

This morning, you will be driven to Shahpura. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.

Later you are taken on a private Rural Excursion in a 1944 GPW Ford Jeep (Subject to Condition) to the villages, lakes and Farm in that area. Explore the largest lake, Nahar Sagar, visit quaint villages en route and relax in the shade of century old trees at the host’s 140 acre orchard farm. Guests wanting a feel of authentic rural India with all its charming idiosyncrasies would do well not to miss this excursion. The charm lies in seeing Rajasthan the way it was decades ago.

Overnight Hotel Shahpura Bagh-Suite (B)

DAY 10: SHAHPURA /  (220 kms / 4 hrs approx)

DAY 10: SHAHPURA /  (220 kms / 4 hrs approx)

Following breakfast, you will be driven to Jaipur. Upon arrival check in to your hotel.

Rest of the day free to explore colorful bazaar.

Overnight Hotel Raj Mahal Palace-Place Room (B).

DAY 11: JAIPUR

DAY 11: JAIPUR

Morning tour of the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant (subject to availability) for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honored fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families.

Afternoon Lunch and Elephant ride at Dera Amer.

The experience of witnessing elephant polo at this location is unique and special. Elephants have been a part of Indian culture since times Immemorial. They were representatives of the strength and power of kings and Emperors. It was therefore natural that polo "The King of Sports” and simultaneously "The Sport of The Kings" was incorporated to be played on elephants as well.

Evening,visit Jaipur City: Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was built in 1799 so that veiled royal woman could peer down unseen by the world through its 593 stone screens. We proceed for a guided tour of the City Palace & Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The center of the palace is a seven storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine views over the gardens and the city. Next stop is the Solar Observatory - an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that gives accurate predictions till date.

Overnight Hotel Raj Mahal Palace - Place Room (B)

DAY 12: JAIPUR / AGRA (232 kms / 5hrs approx)

DAY 12: JAIPUR / AGRA (232 kms / 5hrs approx)

Following breakfast, you will be driven to Agra. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri: (ghost capital) for a tour of these magnificent and world heritage buildings, which are still in a state of perfect preservation. The city is divided into religious and secular sections. The profusion of sculpture is breathtaking. Also, the white marble mosque in the secular section is incredible. It is a very sacred mosque and pilgrims from far and near arrives here to pay their respects.

After visit, continue your drive to Agra. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel.

Later proceed for the city tour of Agra.

Agra City: Agra is not only famous for Taj Mahal but the impressive Mughal Red Fort known as the Agra Fort. This impressive red sandstone fort was built by Akbar between 1565-1573 A.D. Replete with gateways, pillared halls, mosques, marble trellises and geometric gardens, the Fort represents Mughal architecture at its peak.

Later visit Taj Mahal.

Overnight Hotel The Oberoi Amarvilas-Premier Room with Balcony (B)

DAY 13: AGRA / DELHI (205 kms / 4hrs approx)

DAY 13: AGRA / DELHI (205 kms / 4hrs approx)

Following breakfast, proceed for Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal: is the medieval city of the famous 17th century masterpiece Taj Mahal, which of course is the most splendid of all buildings - perhaps, the most perfect architectural monument in the world. It was built in the memory of the beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal of one of the greatest kings Shah Jehan of the Mughal Empire. (Taj Mahal Closed on Fridays)

Afternoon, you will be driven to Delhi. Upon arrival you will be dropped city center hotel enable use lobby facilities and last minute shopping.

(No Accommodation in Delhi)

DAY 14: DEPARTURE DELHI / HOME

DAY 14: DEPARTURE DELHI / HOME

Later evening of Day 13 you will be transferred to the Delhi airport in time to connect your onward flight home.

 

END OF TOUR SERVICES

TOUR PRICE : $100

 

                         Tour Price ( Per Person)

LAND COST (DOUBLE) SINGLE ROOM SUPP INTER COUNTRY AIR

COMMENTS

       
       

ACCOMMODATIONS :

OBEROI AMARVILLAS HOTEL (Agra)

The Oberoi Amarvilas enjoys an unrivalled position, just 600 metres from the iconic Taj Mahal. Each of our rooms affords uninterrupted views of this ancient monument to love, while elements of the layout and design pay homage to its Mughal splendour.

The hotel is approached along a sweeping driveway, verdant with native trees and lit by flaming torches. Just inside, a Mughal style quadrant is ornamented with cascading fountains and framed by an arched passageway and gold leaf frescoes.

By day, guests can travel in our private golf buggies to the Taj Mahal. At night, they can savour a candlelit dinner beside its soft silhouette.

LAKSHMAN SAGAR (Raipur)

Opened in 2011, Lakshman Sagar is a hidden gem of a hotel, located in a remote rural setting between Jaipur and Jodhpur. Set up with a 0km concept, everything found in the 12 small cottages has been sourced within from the local vicinity.

This original idea, alongside a variety of bespoke village-theme activities, allows guests to really experience many aspects of traditional Rajasthani village life. Eat breakfast and learn about milking techniques at the nearby dairy, visit the village school and have henna traditionally applied by local women.

Each cottage faces the lake and comes with a refreshing and private plunge pool; a perfect place to relax and enjoy the view.

 

MIHIR GARH HOTEL (Rohit)

Built in 2009 AD….MIHIR GARH…. or ‘The Fort of the Sun’ is an indulgent initiative from the House of Rohet. Manifesting out of the golden sands of Marwar, it stands majestically to embrace the discerning traveler and shower upon him the legendary hospitality and the diverse flavors of the land.

Alishan is the name given to the suites on the ground floor, each of which comes with its own plunge pool and personal courtyard. Meanwhile, the suites on the first floor are called Shandaar and have an exclusive open air Jacuzzi along with a private terrace. Alishan and Shandaar – the names come from the fine Marwari Stallions from the Rohet Stables.

The equestrian program at Mihir Garh is among the finest in the country. The best specimens of the Marwari breed of horses will give you a sense of sheer strength and freedom, as you ride across the vast, virgin wilderness.

KESHAR BAGH

Set amidst the Aravalli hills, this little garrison fort was once a major principality of the Royal house of Marwar. Bestowed with the title of Rao, the nobles looked after this little fiefdom for about two centuries after its construction in the 18th century.

Known by the name of Rawla Jojawar the fort is now converted into a heritage hotel. The two young sons of the present Rao and Rani Sahiba Maharaj Singh ji, Nagendra and Amitvikram singh respectively, are looking after the hotel in the Rawla, recently restored into its old world splendor.

SHAHPURA BAGH

On 18 hectares of gardens and pasture with 2 lakes, this luxury hotel set in a Gothic-Rajasthani–style manor and a 19th-century house is an 8-minute walk from the Ramdwara shrine and 18 km from the Dhikola Fort

Airy, individually decorated suites feature high ceilings, antique-style furnishings and luxe bathrooms, as well as high-end bedding, sitting areas and free Wi-Fi. Room service is available.

A relaxed restaurant with a terrace serves regional cuisine. There’s also a heated infinity pool and a sundeck with sunloungers, along with walking trails and free parking.

RAJ MAHAL PALACE

The Royal Standard of the House of Amber still flutters above Rajmahal Palace, one of the oldest and most treasured palaces in the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Only the City Palace and the royal family’s private forts hold this distinction. Home to the Maharaja of Jaipur, this exquisite royal palace is located at the heart of Rajasthan’s bustling capital. An enclosed oasis, secluded in verdant gardens, Rajmahal Palace is the repository of a celebrated history. Tall bay windows, mirrored doors and meticulously appointed interiors allow guests to be transported to a new era of 21st century regal living. Conceived by H.H Sawai Jai Singh II as a private palace, a garden retreat, built for his beloved wife, Chandra Kanwar Ranawat ji, the daughter of the Maharana of Mewar, Rajmahal Palace has stood witness to over two hundred and fifty years of history.

In 1821, Rajmahal became the official residence of the British Resident Political Officer of Rajputana and in 1958 His Highness Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur – the celebrated and dashing ‘Jai’ – chose it as his personal private residence. Over the decades this remarkable Palace has hosted Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, as well as several other members of the British Royal Family, and eminent international celebrities such as Jackie Kennedy, Lord and Lady Mountbatten, and the Shah of Iran.

Following a carefully orchestrated restoration by the prodigious designer Adil Ahmad, this palace continues to embody the heritage of its past, maintaining the original, stunning marble staircase, elaborate chandeliers, and treasured family possessions.

Initially comprising 14 Royal Apartments, Suites and Palace Rooms we invite guests to be a part of Rajmahal Palace and share its history and hospitality.

 


TOUR PRICE INCLUDES :

  • Accommodation in sharing double room (12 night’s) basis hotel / category mentioned above or similar.
  • Stay on bed and breakfast basis except Mihirgarh Lakshman Sagar and Keshar bagh where on full board (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner) basis.
  • Assistance and all transfers-airport/hotel/airport.
  • Services of Big Five facilitation staff.
  • Aarti, Tikka and garlanding along with non-alcoholic welcome drink in Delhi.
  • Air- conditioned transportation as per program
  • Services of Private Local English Speaking guide.
  • Entrance fee to the monuments as per itinerary.
  • Camel ride at Mihirgarh.
  • Jeep safari at Lakshman Sagar.
  • Village Safari by jeep at Keshar Bagh.
  • Train Safari at Keshar Bagh.
  • Cooking demonstration at Keshar Bagh.
  • Elephant (subject to availability) / Jeep ride at Amer fort, Jaipur.
  • Lunch with Elephant ride Dera Amer
  • All government taxes.
  • Comprehensive assortment of pre-tour planning materials and amenities
  • Enchanting Holidays 24 hour guest assistance

TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE :

Any international airfares from the US to Delhi and back to the US; Airport Taxes; Passport and visa fees; Travel insurance; Excess baggage charges; Fuel surcharges; Any meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary; Items of personal nature such as gratuities for guides / drivers, telephone / fax / internet charges, laundry, beverages, meals and services not specified in the itinerary.


OTHERS :

A visa is needed for India. Please process your India visa before you depart North America.

 


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