Enjoy a taste of India on this outstanding tour to the most famous sights featuring the historic grandeur of the Qutab Minar, Delhi’s most famous landmark; the incomparable and romantic Taj Mahal in the Mughal capital of Agra and the princely splendor and the forts of Jodhpur. The country’s capital city, an archaeological extravaganza and a wonder of the world, the mystery of the desert – do you need more to feel the aesthetic splendor of India?
Day 1: Arrive Delhi "
Welcome to Delhi! Transfer to your hotel where you will experience Indian hospitality as you are greeted with a traditional welcome – an ‘aarti’ ceremony. In the evening, we recommend an ‘Exclusive Dinner at the Olive Bar & Kitchen’.
Day 2: Delhi "
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast followed by a guided tour of Delhi, a bustling metropolis which is in fact really two distinct cities – the colourful bazaars and Mughal architecture of Old Delhi contrast with the formal splendour of Lutyen’s New Delhi. Tour highlights include Raj Ghat, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Government Buildings, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. During the tour of Old Delhi we suggest you to embark on an exciting ‘Treasure Hunt’ through the narrow streets on various ancient modes of transportation, navigating your way with the help of some exciting clues, culminating at a local restaurant for lunch. For a very special experience tonight, you have the option of participating in a ‘Bollywood Extravaganza’.
Day 3: Delhi • Sikandra • Agra "
Today, you can either drive to Agra enroute visiting Sikandra, where you visit the Mausoleum of Emperor Akbar or you can take a charter flight directly to Agra. On arrival, you will transfer to your hotel where you will be accorded a traditional welcome. The city of Agra is the quintessence of the grand Mughal era with its imposing architecture and royal grace. In the afternoon, proceed on a visit to Agra Fort, a royal imposing structure with walls of red sandstone built by Emperor Akbar. In the evening, you have the option of participating in a grand ‘Mughal Theme Gala Dinner’, wearing the traditional attire of the Mughal Courts.
Day 4: Agra • Jodhpur • Manvar "
Early this morning, proceed on a spectacular sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal (closed on Friday). Referred to as one of the wonders of the world, this stunning mausoleum is a symphony in white marble. A tribute to eternal love, it was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Following your visit to the Taj Mahal, you can relish a delicious ‘Champagne Breakfast’ at the Taj Khema. Transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Jodhpur where on arrival you will proceed on drive to Manvar and check into your resort. You will witness the opium ceremony – a ritual by which guests are traditionally welcomed by a village chieftain. A camel cart procession accompanied by folk musicians will lead you to your tented camp amidst the sand dunes. As the evening unfurls, you have the option of experiencing the mysteries of the desert as you enjoy a ‘Flaming Torch Dinner in the Dunes’.
Day 5: Manvar • Jodhpur "
Embark on a jeep ride to the nearby sand dunes where an impeccable set up is laid out for a Champagne Breakfast. Enjoy the rugged beauty of the unending expanse of the desert as you savor a sumptuous buffet breakfast in the dunes. Following a leisurely breakfast, you will proceed on a drive to Jodhpur. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and experience Indian hospitality as you are accorded a Maharaja Welcome - ‘the welcome befitting a King’. Jodhpur (also called the ‘Blue City’), the erstwhile ancient capital of Marwar, is situated on the edge of the Thar Desert set like a jewel amidst the golden sands of the barren desert landscape. Famous for its magnificent forts and palaces reflecting the architectural splendors of the Rajput era, the city boasts of some of the finest monuments. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, one of Rajasthan’s finest forts looking down protectively over the city, from the hilltop. A royal evening awaits you as you participate in a ‘Royal Feast on the Ramparts of Mehrangarh Fort’.
Day 6: Jodhpur • Delhi"
Bid farewell, as your magical journey comes to an end. Transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Delhi. On arrival check into your hotel. Later, drive to the airport for your onward flight back home.