Day 1 Delhi, India
Today we fly to Delhi, where we will stay for three nights. We will be met on arrival by our private coach and transferred to our hotel. Meals included – In-flight
Day 2 Delhi
Today we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of magnificent Delhi. The city beautifully encloses magnificent landmarks and monuments that narrate the story of their glorious past. Delhi is known to have been continuously inhabited since 6th century BC. We start in Old Delhi and visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. Built between 1644 and 1658, it is one of the last architectural works of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Later, drive past the Red Fort to visit the Chandani Chowk on our cycle rickshaw ride. The main street of ‘Old’ Delhi is a magnificent bazaar and as fine a monument to congestion, colour and chaos as you’ll find in India today. Also visit, Rajghat – a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Meals included – Breakfast
Day 3 Delhi
After breakfast, we visit New Delhi and drive pass the Iconic India Gate, a 42-metre archway built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War, the India Gate is also known as ‘Bharat Gate’. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, it is the national monument of India. Later, visit Qutub Minar, Delhi’s most striking monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also visit, Humayun’s Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Humayun’s Tomb was built in the mid-16th century, 9 years after his death. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale. Besides the main tomb enclosure of Humayun, several smaller monuments dot the pathway leading up to it, from the main entrance in the West, including one that even pre-dates the main tomb itself, by twenty years. Meals included – Breakfast
Day 4 Agra
Today we drive south to the historic city of Agra which reached the height of its magnificence between the mid 16th and mid 17th century. The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. Akbar made it the centre of art, culture, commerce and learning. During the peaceful reign of Shah Jahan, his passion for architecture came to the fore and the world-famous architectural masterpieces were constructed including the Taj Mahal. Later in the evening visit Mehtab Bagh, translating to mean ‘Moonlight Garden’. Originally built by Emperor Babur as the last in a series of 11 parks bordering the Yamuna’s east bank, this Mughal garden was conceived before even the Taj Mahal. The gardens surrounding the Taj Mahal are perfectly aligned with Mehtab Bagh. Meals included – Breakfast
Day 5 Agra
Today we visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, truly a sight to behold and described as the most extravagant monument built for love. It was built by Shah Jahan in memory of Mumtaz Mahal his third and favourite wife. We return to the hotel for breakfast the rest of the morning is at leisure. After lunch, we continue with a visit to the colossal Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1573. The fort was originally built as a military fortress, but was upgraded to a palace and finally became a prison for Shah Jahan. Shah Jahan is said to have died in the Musamman Burj, a tower with a beautiful marble balcony and view of the Taj Mahal. Meals included – Breakfast
Day 6 Jaipur
Today we drive west to Jaipur often called the “Pink city’’, because its prominent buildings are washed in this colour. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri, built in red sandstone, during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. We also visit Umaid Lake Palace for lunch and a Jeep safari through the rustic countryside passing small villages from the Meena tribe & enjoying the village life where you’ll get chance to meet the traditionally dressed residents, and watch farmers, herders and silversmiths plying their trade. Later reach the small hamlet called Garh know for small khadi (type of cloth) and durry / carpet weavers and processing units run by the ladies of the family from the comfort of their homes. The processed cloth is sold to larger manufactures based in larger cities like Delhi or Jaipur. This evening enjoy the cultural dance performance held by the hotel for all its in-house guests. Meals included – Breakfast
Day 7 Jaipur
This morning we visit Amer Fort, en route we have a photo stop at Hawa Mahal. Built of red and pink sandstone, its unique five-storey exterior is akin to the honeycomb of a beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas that are decorated with intricate latticework. We continue to Amer Fort, built in 1592, the fort may and does look old on the outside but is quite beautiful on the inside and boasts of various buildings of prominence. This afternoon we visit the City Palace & museum, which lies in the heart of Jaipur city. This is a sprawling complex, with a vast array of courtyards, gardens, gorgeous buildings and a marvellous collection of art and artefacts, textiles and costumes, armoury, manuscripts and paintings and is without parallel in Rajasthan. Later, visit the Jantar Mantar a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built between 1727 and 1734. The observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars’ location as the earth orbits around the sun, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes. An excursion through the Jantar Mantar is a unique experience. Meals included – Breakfast
Day 8 Udaipur
Today we drive south to Udaipur, the fairy tale city and the Venice of the East holds stage as one of India’s truly seductive cities. It was founded in 1559 by Maharaja Udai Singh and is full of palaces, temples and ornate residences with splendid Lake Pichola lapping against shimmering white buildings, and the Aravalli hills closing in to savour the view. We will stay at the luxurious heritage five-star Fateh Garh hotel. This evening enjoy a boat ride on the placid water of Lake Pichola. Meals included – Breakfast
Day 9 Udaipur
After breakfast we depart for a guided sightseeing tour visiting Udaipur City Palace, one of the architectural marvels of Rajasthan, located peacefully on the banks of Lake Pichola. It boasts of the wonderful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture. The Palace has various towers, domes and arches, which add to the flavour of the heritage site. It is a marvellous assortment of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Encircled by fortifications, this imposing Palace is wholly built in granite and marble. Rare murals on the walls and ceilings, glass inlay work, original paintings, artifacts, weaponry, armaments and personal belongings of the rulers are on display in their original places. Also, visit Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal, formed in the year 1952, a museum of folk-art that makes a wonderful display of dolls, puppets, masks, ornaments, paintings, folk dresses and musical instruments. Later, visit Saheliyon Ki Bari, meaning ‘Garden of the Maids of Honour’, constructed by Maharana Sangram Singh in the 18th century for the royal women. The evening is free to explore the local market on your own. Meals included – Breakfast
Day 10 Udaipur
This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Later we take an excursion to Ranakpur, widely known for its marble Jain temple, said to be the most spectacular of the Jain temples. The temple is an astounding creation with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars. The figures of dancing goddesses, beautifully engraved on these pillars are an absolute architectural wonder. The detailed and intricate carving on the marble looks like lace work rather than stone carving. This evening we have a special dinner with innovative fusion by the chef to highlight the romantic views of the surroundings. Jai Bagh, the restaurant in our hotel, has a stunning view of the Lake Pichola and Udaipur city. A real highlight of our trip! Meals included – Breakfast & Dinner
Day 11 Udaipur
This morning is free for individual exploration. This afternoon we transfer to the airport to board our flight to Delhi and connect with your Singapore Airlines flight to Australia. Meals included – Breakfast
Day 12 Australia
Tour members will arrive in Australia today.
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Delhi – Taj Diplomatic Enclave
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