India – Dreams of Taj with Udaipur & Varanasi

  • 15 Days , 5 Cities
  • From $3,675
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Dilli Haat is not just a marketplace; it has been visualized as a showpiece of traditional Indian culture-a forum where rural life and folk art are brought closer to an urban clientele. It is here that the crafts persons find an opportunity to demonstrate their artistic skills to thousands of visitors every day.
Countries Visited India
Places Visited New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur
Suggested Duration 15 days
Travel Styles Cultural Tours, Food Tours, Adventure Tours
  • DAY 1

    Welcome to Delhi, India!

    Arrive at Delhi’s Airport. Welcome to India!

    Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to the 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which has left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.

    What's included?

    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 2

    Old Delhi - Guided Tour and Culinary Tour

    After breakfast, proceed for a guided tour of Old Delhi. Start with the visit of Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. After this visit, hop on to your rickshaws and enter the colorful, narrow alleys and gullies of Old Delhi. Discover the gems of the main street of Chandni Chowk. Then proceed into busy streets which are forever bustling with the clamor and routine of daily trade, offering a glimpse of life back in the day and age when the city started as a commercial hub. Proceed to Kinari Bazaaror wedding market where one can buy all the paraphernalia required for an Indian wedding. At night, the gold and silver decorated borders, laces, and colorful embellishments in this lane twinkle, glitter, and shine, casting flirtatious looks upon innocent passers-by. Visit Asia's largest spice market, where spices, which in times gone by were once so valuable that they caused invasions and fierce battles, is still traded! On the way, you have the option of sampling some of Delhi’s delicious street food from Jalebis to samosas!

    Old Delhi Food tour:

    A food walk curated and led by a renowned Chef through crowded markets of Old Delhi, a unique chance to understand and savor street food available in Delhi from some of the oldest food places in the city. During the walk, we will visit 6-9 different food joints, each one of which is in business for decades, some being as old as 120 years. We will walk through some landmark markets, lively markets, ride rickshaws, walk a bit, and stuff ourselves with the delicious street food of Old Delhi.

    What makes the Experience special is that it’s led by a local chef, which gives you an insider’s view of the city’s food culture, food joints, kitchens, and related businesses. On the course of the walk, we try out about 12-15 dishes from 6-9 different places.

    Evening visit the famous mausoleum of this city – Nizamuddin Dargah.

    Hazrat Shaikh Khwaja Syed Muhammad Nizamuddin Auliya R.A(1238 –3 April 1325) also known as Hazrat Nizamuddin, was a famous Sufi saint of the Chishti Order in the Indian Subcontinent, an order that believed in drawing close to God through renunciation of the world and service to humanity. He is one of the great saints of the Chishti order in India. His predecessors were Fariduddin Ganjshakar, Bakhtiyar Kaki, and Moinuddin Chishti. In that sequence, they constitute the initial spiritual chain or silsila of the Chishti order, widely prevalent in the Indian subcontinent.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 3

    New Delhi - Experience The Kitchen Cooking and Serving at Bangla Sahib

    Lutyens’s New Delhi. New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's -it's a city of wide boulevards, impressive Government buildings, green parks, and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the design and construction of Delhi's eight cities -New Delhi. Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal-style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947.

    Visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Qutub Minar (Historical construction of a landmark In 1199, Qutub-Ud-Din raised the Qutub Minar either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque. From a base of 47 feet it tapers to 9 feet at a height of 238 feet) & Humayun's tomb(This tomb, which was built by emperor Humayun's wife, took eight years to complete and is regarded as an example of the early Mughal architecture. The emperor's wife, Begai Begum, was buried in the tomb and the structure is the first of its kind built in the center of a well-planned garden. The combination of white marble and red sandstone was a great influence on later Mughal architecture. It is generally regarded as a prototype of the famed Taj Mahal of Agra).

    Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate(At the center of New Delhi stands the 138 feet high India Gate, an "Arc-de-Triomphe" like Archway in the middle of a crossroad. It’s almost like its French counterpart war memorial. It commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the First World War and bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the North-western Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. The foundation stone was laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921 and was designed by Edwin Lutyens), President House (The palatial building built on an area of 330 acres with a private garden designed by the illustrious Lutyens, as the official residence of the Viceroy of India during British reign, is now the official residence of the First Citizen) and the Parliament House(This is a symbol of Indian democracy).

    Later visit Bangla Sahib (Sikh Temple). You will experience community Kitchen cooking and serving at Bangla Sahib.

    The Community Kitchen at also known as the institution of Guru ka Langar has served the community in many ways. It has ensured the participation of women and children in a task of service for mankind. Women play an important role in the preparation of meals, and the children help in serving food to the pangat.

    Note: The Guest are just going to visit this place and no meal will be served to the guest. The visit will take approximately 1 hour.

    Later, visit Dilli Haat - a market displaying a vast array of items from all over the country.

    Dili Haat is not just a marketplace; it has been visualized as a showpiece of traditional Indian culture-a forum where rural life and folk art are brought closer to an urban clientele. It is here that the crafts persons find an opportunity to demonstrate their artistic skills to thousands of visitors every day. Dilli Haat was established to provide a platform to craftsmen all over the country who were otherwise limited to their villages & towns. The purpose was to get rid of the middlemen and let artisan sell their products directly to buyers. Fixed stalls are representing many states.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 4

    Taj Mahal - Walk to explore the village and meet the villagers

    After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Agra. On arrival check-in at the hotel.

    Later proceed for Life in a local village walk: A 1-2-hour walk exploring the village and meeting the villagers who live in the shadow of the Taj Mahal.

    This is a walk initiated by the NGO CURE together with USAID to benefit the local communities surrounding the Taj Mahal. It is a wonderful, unique, and interactive experience that gives a rare ‘behind the scenes' glimpse of the world’s most famous tourist attraction. Take a walk through Kachhpura Village which is in the shadow of the Taj Mahal with one of the village boys. He will show you the lesser-known heritage monuments of Humayun’s Mosque and Gyaraha Sidi, and walk you through this historic settlement where you can meet its people, and discover their way of life as agriculturists next to the Taj. Enjoy tea and pakoras on the rooftop of a village house overlooking the monument and see how creating this experience has benefited the local community. The walk ends at Mehtab Bagh or Moonlit Garden which has exceptional views of the Taj Mahal. The money generated from this tour is used to put sanitation in the village, educate women and provide initiatives for children.

    Later take a special look at the Taj from the other side of the River. A visit to Mehtab Baghgives you a truly unique perspective as this is one of the very few spots where the Taj Mahal, the Mosque, and the Guest House can all be seen from one point. Emperor Shahjahan transformed a 25-acre patch into a magnificent four-quartered garden that blended perfectly with the sanctified complex of the Taj. This pleasure garden was called Mehtab Bagh or moonlit garden, profuse with white plaster pathways, breezy pavilions, pools, and fountains. An octagonal pool situated strategically showed the reflection of the Taj on a full moon night.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 5

    Agra - Visit The Taj Mahal During The Sunrise

    Wake up early morning today to visit the Taj Mahal during the Sunrise.

    That magnificent monument of love -The Taj Mahal, was built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631 and is believed to have taken 22 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. The design and construction are said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, Shah Jehan had Lahori's hands cut off, and blinded, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction, and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding other than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughals brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of incomparable artistry.

    After the visit return to your hotel. Post breakfast proceed for a visit to Agra Fort.

    Visit the impressive Agra Fort, where you are taken through the chambers of this royal residence. As you drive through the city, witness the local life and bazaars (markets) and the hustle-bustle of everyday India.

    Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra, India. The fort is also known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge, and Red Fort of Agra. It is about 1.5 miles northwest of its much more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city.

    It is the most important fort in India. The great Mughals Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan, and Aurangzeb lived here, and the country was governed from here. It contained the largest state treasury and mint. It was visited by foreign ambassadors, travelers, and the highest dignitaries who participated in the making of history in India.

    The Itmad-Ud-Duala’s Tomb is situated on the left bank of river Jamuna next to Chini-ka-Rauza. Itmad-Ud-Daula was the title given to Mirza Ghiyas Beg, father of Nur Jahan. He held the post of Lord of the treasure of the empire and later rose to the dignity of wazir under Jahangir. Nur Jahan completed the construction of the building of the Tomb of her father in 1628 AD, nearly 7 years after his death.

    The tomb is located at the center of a quadrangle with gardens laid out on the Char Bagh pattern surrounding it. The structure stands over a raised sandstone terrace measuring 149 feet square and 3 feet and 4 inches high from the ground. The tomb building consists of a central hall, which houses the tomb of Wazir and his wife. Small chambers in which the tombs of other family members are located surround this hall. A sandstone staircase leads to the first floor, where an elegant oblong dome is found surmounting a pavilion over the central hall, topped with pinnacles. This pavilion also contains cenotaphs of plain marble but without any inscriptions. At the corners of the top of the building stand four round towers approximately measuring 40 feet in height, which are surmounted by marble kiosks.

    Today evening witness a Live show -Mohabbat The Taj

    Love without lust can be a spiritual experience, one that distinguishes man from beasts. It is a passion and the idea of being romantically engaged at a higher level that defines the intensity of pure love.

    It was this kind of intense and obsessive love that found expression through a work of art the Taj Mahal which today figures as a crown in the list of wonders. Minus love and the romantic saga associated with it, the Taj Mahal would be just a well-arranged heap of white stones. What makes the Taj Mahal stand out in the list of wonders is the passionate and romantic relationship that inspired its creation, the emotional halo that gets transformed into an architectural marvel. Indeed, the Taj Mahal is synonymous with pure Love.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 6

    Explore Jaipur “Pink City” – The Capital of The Colorful State of Rajasthan

    After breakfast at the hotel depart to Jaipur, en-route visit Abhaneri Stepwell.

    Abhaneri is a small-town village, situated at a distance of 60 miles from Jaipur, on Jaipur-Agra road. The place is popular for the amazing 'Baoris' (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. The village of Abhaneri is believed to be established by King Raja Chand. Originally Abhaneriwas named Abha Nagri, which means the city of brightness, but due to mispronunciation of the term, it is changed to the present name. In the present day, this city of brightness is in ruins; still, it attracts tourists from across the globe. Abhaneri is prominent for 'Baoris', which are the unique invention of the natives for harvesting rainwater. Amongst the other step wells, Chand Baori is the most popular one. This colossal step well is located in front of the Harshat Mata Temple. Chand Baori is one of India's deepest and largest step wells. The huge tank with delicate carvings is certainly delightful to the eyes

    After the visit, continue your drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival check-in at your hotel.

    Jaipur is known as the “Pink City”, Jaipur is the capital of the colorful state of Rajasthan. It has the distinction of being a well-planned and laid-out city. As you drive through the old part of town, you will witness a life most unlike others. Witness how the city blooms during the day in a kaleidoscope of color and sound.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 7

    Jaipur - Amber Fort and City Palace

    After breakfast, proceed for a half-day excursion to inspiring Amber Fort, 7 miles from Jaipur. Amber Fort is a marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror, and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure feel the history and visualize the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom that was never conquered.

    Later proceed for a private tour of City Palace

    Visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes, and processions, also, visit the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) -a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes, and spires.

    Located in the heart of the walled city, The City Palace Complex gives you an idea about the farsightedness of the founder of Jaipur Sawai Jai Singh. He left behind a legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent architecture, art, and craft structure in the city. Sawai Jai Singh built its many buildings but some of the structures were also built by later rulers and some of them are even dated to the twentieth century too. The palace is a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and the royal family still lives in a part of the palace.

    On entering the complex and before the palace proper lies the Mubarak Mahal, the palace of welcome or reception. Sawai Madho Singh built the palace in the nineteenth century. It was used as a reception center for the visiting personage. The building now forms the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum and on display here are a wide array of royal costumes, some vary exquisite and precious Pashmina (Kashmiri) Shawls, Benaras silk saris, Sanganeri prints, and folk embroidery. An unusual display is that of voluminous clothes worn by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I (ruled 1750-68).

    Optional Experience: Early morning enjoy Hot Air Ballooning

    Indulge in the lifestyle pleasure of drifting with the wind over the panorama of Amber Fort. You will fly over villages & Amber Fort. They’ll give you a flight of joy that you’d want to experience repeatedly. You will see the world from a completely new perspective, sailing with the wind during your flight. Flights are offered daily at dawn and/or before sunset depending on the weather. Pickup is from your hotel is 30 to 45 minutes before sunrise or 2 ½ hours before sunset depending on the distance of your hotel from the launch site. The launch site is established on wind direction to take you over the most interesting spots available. You reach the launch-site 15 to 20 minutes before take-off and watch the pre-flight preparations, watching the inflation and the prepping up. Tea/coffee and cookies are available at the launch site. Smoking and the use of mobile phones are not permitted on the balloon site and during the flight due to safety reasons.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 8

    Bagru Village - Jaipur

    After breakfast at the hotel, excursion to Bagru Village to see the block printing.

    Bagru is a little town 20 miles far from Jaipur. Known for its unique art of Bagru Block Printing, Bagru has emerged as one of the industrial areas for textile printing in Rajasthan with over 100 small & large Factories.

    Today, with the gaining popularity of such workshops, even locals have started promoting their art at big stages but what goes wrong is the "Staged Workshops" which are set for the explorers at one place. For somebody interested in Indian Handicrafts, this is a must "To do things in Jaipur".

    We at Creative have our long-lasting association with the community offer a unique workshop that is not restricted to one shed or a factory. In our workshop, you get to visit over 5-7 local houses, with each one of them having their expertise in one or the other skills set like making natural colors, carving designs on the wooden blocks, printing the blocks on cloth, boiling the cloth after the printing process.

    HIGHLIGHTS OF "BAGRU Village visit
    • Understanding the Industry from a local perspective
    • Understanding the process of Color Making•Understanding the process of Block Printing
    • Witness the Artisans carving detailed designs on wood blocks
    • Visiting the local houses & knowing their role in the process
    • "Do it yourself" activity
    • Half day activity (4-4.5 hours including drive time)

    Later visit the local markets of Jaipur
    Jaipur-a shopper’s Paradise: Although most tourists visit Jaipur to view its grand monuments, nonetheless there are as many who come to shop. And indeed a shopper’s paradise it is. The list of things available is endless, but the more popular it s on the agenda of visitors to the city are jewelry, textiles, and saris, goods made of marble, wood, stone, lac, clay, metal, and leather. The city has for long, been a traditional center of the finest of jewelry bedecked with both precious and semi-precious stones, enameling of gold in green, red and white, the favorite colors of the Mughals, which was introduced, Raja Man Singh. The city is known the world over for diamond and emerald cutting. Apart from jewelry, handicrafts like papier mache and carved furniture, are also extremely popular as also is the glazed blue pottery, an art that was imported from ground Persia. Blue pottery is made from ground quartz stone.

    Optional Experience: Pink City Rickshaw tour
    Explore the secrets hidden in the walled city of Jaipur on these uniquely designed, eco-friendly e-rickshaw rides through the city. Driven by smart, enthusiastic, and well-trained women, all from low-income households, this exciting ride by the Pink City Rickshaw Company offers the best sights and sounds of Jaipur while also providing a new source of income to these women. With a stylized collapsible canopy, ergonomically designed seats, mechanical improvements for greater safety, city maps, guidebooks, mobile phone charging station, and even a locker, the ride itself is a unique experience.

    The well-spoken, smartly attired Pink City e-rickshaw drivers offer you the choice between predesigned, carefully created routes or the chance to moderate the route as per your preference within the slotted time. Should you wish the ride to be longer, there are options to increase the duration on an hourly basis. Pink City rickshaw rides come right to your hotel doorstep (or a pre-designated spot if you’re on a planned itinerary). In their own words, “... we guarantee that by the end of the lazy meandering ride, you would have had the best sights of the bustling busy streets of the city and an experience like none other.”

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 9

    Overnight in Udaipur - The City of Dawn, Looms up like a Vision in White.

    After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Udaipur. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Udaipur.

    Dotted with marble palaces, hibiscus-laden gardens, and fountain pavilions, Udaipur appeals to the imagination of poets and painters, travelers and writers like no other city in the country. The city's inherent romance and beauty and its remarkable past redolent with episodes of heroism and splendor, continue to enthrall the visitor even today. Udaipur, the City of Dawn, looms up like a vision in white. Surrounded by hills and mountains and set on the edge of three lakes that lead on to a fertile plain -it is a truly enchanting city. Narrow streets lined with vividly colored stalls, gardens, temples, and palaces mirrored in the placid blue waters of Lake Pichola, add to the magic of Udaipur.

    Optional Experience: Dinner at Darikhana Restaurant at Jagmandir Island (please ask for early reservation)

    Jagmandir Island Palace is a historic 17th-century palace redeveloped as a complete destination: with its all-day café, stylish-dining restaurant, bar, and spa designed to uplift moods and spirits.

    The picturesque Jagmandir Island Palace today plays host to 21st-century guests. Corporate and leisure travelers, celebrities from all over the world for whom ceremonial parties and mega-events are seamlessly organized. Year after year, Jagmandir Island Palace continues to make news in the global glamour world for the exclusive ‘regal experiences’ it offers.

    Guests are ferried to Jagmandir Island Palace, the palace synonymous with a defining episode of history when the Mughal Prince Khurram sought refuge here in 1623. His stay at the Gol Mahal inspired him, as Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan, to build the Taj Mahal in Agra. At the colonnaded Darikhana Restaurant, Picholi Bar, and all-day café you can leisurely spend hours gazing across Lake Pichola and the City Palace complex. For history-lovers, there’s Jagriti, a heritage museum onsite to give a fill on how Jagmandir Island Palace was built and developed over the centuries.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
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  • DAY 10

    Udaipur - Explore the City of Udaipur Including Jal Sanjhi Art and The Evening Boat Ride at Lake Pichola

    After breakfast at the hotel, start the City tour of Udaipur including visiting Jal Sanjhi Art.

    Visit the City Palace Museum -grandeur and intricacy stroked all over in granite, marble, and mosaic displayed in the sparkling white filigreed balconies and windows, ornate arches and cupolas atop magnificent octagonal towers, Jagdish Temple -built in 1651 AD. Also, visit Sahelion Ki Bari -the spectacular garden displaying the unique lifestyle of the royal ladies who once lived in the palaces.

    You will also have time to spend in the bustling market that sprawls behind the City Palace Complex.

    Visit Jal Sanjhi Art:
    The art was first introduced in the temple by the elder priest who created the paper stencils which are still being used to create the same beauty. Mr. Madhav Lal Pancholi learned the art of creating stencils in Maharashtra and the tools he used are still preserved. After the elder priest, Madhav Lal Pancholi, his sons Rajesh Pancholi, Narayan Pancholi, and his grandsons Gunjan Pancholi and Parag Pancholi are continuing this art. The art is performed annually during the Hindu month 'Shradh Paksh', and the temple is open publicly to seek the attention and interest of people towards the religion and religious teachings by the way of this art. Previously the art was performed for 15 days but due to lack of interest of people and excessive cost of artificial colors limited it to 5 days.

    This art covers the life events of Lord Krishna and his various "Leelas'" as the god, which includes Kans Leela, Govardhan Leela, Naag Leela, etc. The art takes a different amount of time depending on the scenario in which will be painted. A basic version can be performed within 30 minutes which last for 4-6 hours after which the colors starts dissolving in the water and the painting slowly sinks and complex ones can take about 4 hours to perform that's why they are painted on a wooden platform; An octagon, it includes complete storylines and many different characters and high details. Creating one character requires a different number of stencils which in sequence gives the desired results. It requires delicate dedication to master the art, the painting floating is fascinating.

    Evening Boat ride at Lake Pichola:
    Early this evening enjoys a boat ride on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the lake, you have a wonderful view of the City Palace stretching along the east bank, while the south bank has pleasant gardens running down to the waterside. (Boat ride depending upon the water level of the lake)

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Cruise/Boat Cruise/Boat
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  • DAY 11

    Udaipur - Enjoy a Trek Through The Indian Countryside

    Post breakfast, enjoy a trek through the Indian Countryside - Morwaniya Village to Ubeshwarji.

    This is a wonderful 5 miles trek which starts at a charming village, takes you through the countryside of Rajasthan, meeting villagers and farmers, ending up at Ubeshwarji an area renowned for its natural beauty. There are plenty of photo opportunities along the way, with scenic views, village life as well as wonderful flowers and colorful birdlife; see the villager's going about their daily chores and looking after their cattle grazing in the fields and passing through various small villages and hamlets where The Bhil Tribals, one of the oldest indigenous tribes still reside. The trek ends at Ubeshwarji, a well-kept secret that is known only among the locals for its pristine natural beauty, it is a remote area is surrounded by the green valleys of the Aravali Mountains and seasonal rivers.

    It is also a religious spot for the people of Udaipur. There are a couple of temples here, one of them dedicated to Lord Shiva and The other to The Mother Goddess.

    Optional Experience: Lunch with The Bedla Family

    The Bedla family has had the distinction of serving their cuisine to Queen Elizabeth, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru the first prime minister of independent India.

    As the premier “Jagirdars” the Bedla Family has played a significant role in the affairs of the state over the past few centuries. Such was the faith of the Maharana that the Bedlas served as Prime Ministers, Valued Advisors, and official hosts to all the dignitaries visiting Mewar as honored state guests.

    Having to host illustrious foreign and Indian dignitaries, allowed the Bedlas to become excellent in entertainment and food as a mere norm and the official functions at the Bedla palace became famous. Over the years they refined and improved their entertainment activities leading to tables groaning under the weight of superb culinary delights. Their cuisine kept on evolving; keeping intact the basic distinctive authenticity coupled with imagination and innovation. Today they offer a wonderful opportunity to meet the family, hear some of their fascinating stories whilst offering a vast number of culinary delights comprising of authentic hereditary recipes inherited over two centuries from the kitchens of the House of Bedla. A wonderful, fun, informative, and highly entertaining experience.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 12

    Varanasi - Discover the holy city of India

    After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for a flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi connect your flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival in Varanasi transfer to your hotel.

    Varanasi, the holy city of India, is also known by the name of Kashi and Benaras. Kashi, the city of Moksha for Hindus for centuries, is known for its fine-quality silks, 'paan' and Benares Hindu University and Avimukta of the ancient days, Varanasi is the most popular pilgrimage point for the Hindus. One of the seven holiest cities, Varanasi city is also one of the Shakti Peethas and one of the twelve Jyotir Linga sites in India. In Hinduism, it is believed that those who die and are cremated here get an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re-births.

    Overnight stay at the hotel in Varanasi.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 13

    Varanasi

    Start the day with a Sunrise boat ride on the River Ganges followed by a visit to Akhada (local wrestling)!

    Situated on the west bank of the Ganges, Varanasi extends back from the riverbank Ghats to a winding maze of picturesque alleys overlooking tall houses alongside, dotted with temple It is a fascinating area to walk around. Varanasi today, is also a center of education, art, and craft. The city has given birth to many academicians, musicians, and artists of world acclaim. As a center of art and craft, it has a vast repertoire, right from silver, brass, copper artifacts to perfumeries and trinkets.

    The magnificent Krishna Balarama Temple built in 1975 by ISKON has today become Vrindavan's most popular temple and has one of the highest principles of Deity worship and cleanliness. Hare Krishna devotees from around the world can be seen here throughout the year. The Bharat Mata Temple, Alamgir Mosque, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Archaeological Museum, and Ram Nagar Fort are just some of the places worth visiting in Varanasi.

    Later, after a boat ride, visit an Akhara or a traditional wrestling ground. The way they prepare the ground, from the equipment used for exercising to the actual fight the experience is like no other.

    Sarnath 6 miles from the center of the city, Sarnath symbolizes the birth of Buddhism. It was here that Buddha revealed his doctrine and founded his monastic community. The museum at Sarnath is among the most important in India and contains carvings representing a whole range of styles -archaic, the Mathura School, Gupta, past Gupta, and Medieval -covering work of sculptors from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D.

    Varanasi, the holy city of India, is also known by the name of Kashi and Benaras. Kashi, the city of Moksha for Hindus for centuries, is known for its fine-quality silks, 'paan' and Benares Hindu University and Avimukta of the ancient days, Varanasi is the most popular pilgrimage point for the Hindus. One of the seven holiest cities, Varanasi city is also one of the Shakti Peethas and one of the twelve Jyotir Linga sites in India. In Hinduism, it is believed that those who die and are cremated here get an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re-births.

    Evening visit to Ghats to witness evening Aarti. Aarti is a Sanskrit word that stands for homage or devotion. The aarti or offering of the lamps is observed at prescribed hours of the day and night to invoke the gods. It is believed that the gods physically present themselves before devotees at this ceremony. The lamps are revolved before the idols in a clockwise manner along with the chanting of hymns. This recitation is accompanied by drums, blowing of the conch-shell, and tolling of the temple bells. At the end of the `aarti’, the priest takes a handful of water which he revolves around the god's idol. This is to pacify `agni' (the Fire God).

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Cruise/Boat Cruise/Boat
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  • DAY 14

    Varanasi - Enjoy a Culinary Journey through The Ancient City

    After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a culinary journey through the ancient city.

    Varanasi is a city that has carved a niche by attracting gastronomes looking to discover and re-discover Indian cuisine. In this evening walk, we will hop in and out of traditional roadside eateries, trying the best dishes on the menu. This is a guided tour where we carry our own set of cutlery and basic dining essentials. This allows you to experience the best of the food at your favorite local haunts, without worrying about hygiene or eating with your hands.

    Later, in the afternoon, proceed for a tryst with Banarasi Gharana.

    The ‘Banaras Gharana’ of Indian classical music is a very old school/ style of music encompassing both vocals and instruments such as the Rudra Bin, Surbahar, Sitar, Tabla, and Shahnai, in which it has given the country some of the finest performers. In this tryst with the age-old musical tradition, we will interact with one of the most renowned and finest classical performers of the ‘Banaras Gharana’ on the intricacies and nuances of Indian classical music.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 15

    Delhi - Departure

    On our final day, we will have breakfast and morning at leisure. In the afternoon, we will transfer our valued guests, to airport for flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi connect your flight for onward journey.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Transfer Transfer
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Starting from $3,675 per person

Price per person in double occupancy
The rate is based on deluxe accommodation
Price excluding international and domestic flights
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What’s Included?

  • Accommodation in India for 14 nights
  • Meal Plan – Breakfast basis in all hotels
  • All transfers and sightseeing’s using Air-conditioned Toyota Innova
  • Service of English-speaking Local professional guide during the tour
  • Entrance fees at the monument
  • All other services as mentioned above in the itinerary

Sightseeing Highlights Included

  • A guided tour of Old Delhi and a food tour
  • Visit Lutyens’ New Delhi and experience the kitchen cooking and serving at Bangla Sahib
  • Walk to explore the village and meet the villagers of the Taj Mahal in Akra
  • Visit The Taj Mahal during the sunrise and Agra Fort
  • Explore Jaipur “Pink City” – the capital of the colorful state of Rajasthan
  • Visit Amber Fort and City Palace in Jaipur
  • Excursion to Bagru Village to see the block printing and visit the local markets of Jaipur
  • Overnight in Udaipur, the City of Dawn, looms up like a vision in white.
  • Explore the City of Udaipur including Jal Sanjhi Art and the evening boat ride at Lake Pichola
  • Enjoy a trek through the Indian Countryside – Morwaniya village to Ubeshwar Ji.
  • Start the day, sunrise, boat ride on The River Ganges followed by a visit to Akhada (local wrestling)
  • Enjoy a Culinary Journey through the ancient city of Vanessa

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