Maharaja Style (Luxury) Tour
Duration :8 Nights / 9 Days
Destination :india
Interested :Luxury tours
Tour Months :January

Here begins your tour

Day 1:Arrive Delhi
On arrival at Delhi international airport, after collecting your luggage, please proceed to the arrival lounge, where you will be received by our representative and transferred to the hotel by car. On arrival at the hotel The Oberoi, you will be greeted with Aarti and Tikka ceremony (a Hindu tradition of welcoming a guest), followed by a welcome drink and escorted to your room. Sprawling on the banks of the River Yamuna, Delhi, the capital of India, typifies the soul of the country. The legacy of that past survives in the many monuments left behind by the regents, each a chronicle of the glory of its time and an imprint of each ruler's character. Today, the city is a curious blend of modern and traditional, skyscrapers, beautiful gardens and wide tree-lined avenues perpetuates the Mughal passion of landscaping and architectural excellence. HOTEL.

Day 2:Delhi
This morning, our guide will meet you in the hotel’s lobby and will proceed for a full day city tour of Delhi visiting Old Delhi with the Jama Masjid, The largest mosque, built from 1644 to 1658 in the reign of emperor Shahjahan; Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi, The Father Of Nation, was cremated; A brisk ride on the cycle rickshaw to experience the busy streets & bylanes of the mile long Chandni Chowk, popularly called "The Silver Street". Also enjoy the guided city tour of New Delhi visiting some of the important monuments like the Qutab Minar, the 239 feet sandstone tower, an Indo-Islamic architectural wonder of ancient India; Humayun's Tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Here we will take a break for lunch at The Oberoi. Then drive past the India Gate; Parliament House [exterior] and the President's Palace [exterior] for a photo-stop session. End this day's tour with a visit to Akshardham Temple (closed on Mondays), a perfect blend of traditional stone art and architecture with contemporary and modern technology. This evening you will dine at The Spice Route at The Imperial, serving Southeast Asian cuisine, has been designed to reflect the journey of spices from the Malabar Coast in Kerala through Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia to Thailand and Vietnam. HOTEL (Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 3:Delhi / Sikandra / Agra (Approx 3 hours drive)
After a leisurely breakfast, you will travel overland to Agra via Sikandra, roughly a 3 hours drive. Sikandra is the last resting place of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Akbar's tomb reflects the completeness of his personality. The vast, beautifully carved, red-ochre sandstone tomb is set amidst a lush garden. Akbar himself planned his own tomb and selected a suitable site for it. To construct a tomb in one's lifetime was a Tartary custom which the Mughals followed religiously. Akbar's son Jahangir completed the construction of this pyramidal tomb in 1613. On arrival at Agra, you will be transferred to the hotel. To the lover of art and the traveler seeking the wonders of India, Agra is the sublime destination. Emperor Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan lavished on this fabled city their love and riches immeasurable, to transform this land into one of the greatest centers of art, culture, learning and commerce. On arrival at the hotel The Amar Vilas, you will be greeted with an aarti and tikka ceremony, followed by a cool drink and escorted to your room. At 1330 hours you will be met at the hotel lobby by our guide and proceed to visit Agra Fort, representing the first major building project of Akbar. Continue to the Baby Taj, Itmad-Ud-Daulah and the local market to experience life of the city. Drive down further to Mehtab-Bagh, for a rare glimpse of the Taj Mahal across the River Yamuna. It is said that Emperor Shahjahan wanted to build a replica of the Taj Mahal in black stone and connect it to the Taj Mahal by a silver bridge. Return to the hotel we will a arrange meeting with Dr. Pratima Asthana ( subject to her availability ) to discuss the Mughal era and its architecture, an authority on this subject, and have tea with her. At the time of sunset re-visit the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). Tonight, you will dine at the Peshwari Restaurant at The Mughal Sheraton where you will taste the authentic flavors of the North West Frontier in barbecued specialties and baked Indian breads prepared at the restaurant's display kitchen. HOTEL (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 4:Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur (Approx 5 ½ hours drive)
At 0445 hours, you will be met at the hotel lobby by our guide to capture the breathtaking view of the Taj Mahal at the time of sunrise Return to the hotel. After breakfast at 0930 hours you will travel overland with our guide to visit Fatehpur Sikri, roughly a 45 min. drive. Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted capital city, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned 15 years later due to severe water shortage. Later you will travel over land approx 4 ½ hours drive to Jaipur. On arrival at the hotel Oberoi Raj Vilas, you will be greeted with an aarti and tikka ceremony, followed by a cool drink and escorted to your room. Jaipur owes its name, foundations and careful planning to the great warrior, astronomer, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Vidhyadhar Bhattarcharya designed the city, using the principles of town planning, as laid down in the Shilpa Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. This evening dine at the Surya Mahal and Courtyard Restaurant at the hotel serves a men of exceptional quality featuring the best of both International and Indian cuisine and fine wines and be entertained, as the Rajput Princes were, by traditional performances of Indian music and dance against. HOTEL (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 5:Jaipur
You will be met by our guide, in the hotel lobby and visit Amber Fort, approaching the gates of the fort on a gaily-decorated elephant. This fort-palace was begun by Raja Man Singh and used as a stronghold by the Rajput, till Sawai Jai Singh II relocated to the newly created Jaipur. Tour the palace and its many intricate chambers and hallways. Stop for lunch Trident Hilton. At 1330 hours proceed to visit the Maharaja's City Palace, once a formal residence of the royal family, built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. You will be A Touch of class Tours' privileged guests to visit the Crystal Gallery to see some of the exquisite and unusual collections belonging to the Maharana of Jaipur. Relish this rare opportunity in the City Palace to see the crème del a crème artists' workmanship and an opportunity to purchase these very fine examples of art work directly from the artists. The history and art form of miniature painting will be explained to you by a foremost Mughal miniature historian as the artist demonstrates in front of you. You will proceed to the Palace of the Winds, built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Continue to the Jantar Mantar, the largest of Jai Singh's remarkable observatories. Its complex instruments, whose setting and shapes are scientifically designed, represent the high points of medieval Indian astronomy. Later, visit an exclusive jewelry store catering to the royal family. The various precious stones and jewelry workmanship will be shown and explained to you. This evening dine at the. The Suvarna Mahal at Taj Rambagh Palace with its exceptionally grand ambience; liveried waiters, gold plated tableware, exquisite china and crystal, grand high ceiling, crystal chandeliers and alabaster lamps, original Florentine ceiling paintings and mirrors, serving cuisines of the Royal houses of India. Complimented with an extensive international Palace wine cellar, live classical music and unobtrusively- pampering intuitive service. HOTEL (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 6:Jaipur – Udaipur (By 9W 709 : 7:00 AM / 7:45 )
After early breakfast, our representative will assist you the airport to board flight to Udaipur. On arrival at the hotel Oberoi Udai Vilas, you will be greeted with an aarti and tikka ceremony, followed by a cool drink and escorted to your room. At 1100 hours, you will be met by our guide , in the hotel lobby and proceed to visit Udaipur. The highlights of this city visiting City Palace, built in 1725; the grand City Palace is actually a conglomerate of eleven palaces overlooking the sprawling Lake Pichola Continue to Saheliyon ki Bari also known as the 'Garden of Royal Ladies., continue to the Jagat Temple, located 56 kilometerss southeast of Udaipur in a small village called Jagat. The temple is actually known as Ambika Mata Temple and the principal shrine of worship in this temple is Goddess Durga mounted on a lion. The Jagat temple is an ancient temple built on the 10th century. Also visit Eklinji and Nagda. Nagda The ancient Capital of Mewar is located next to the Bagela Lake, dotted with scenic spots and in the lap of the Aravali, are a group of 108 temples. Situated at the foothills of Eklingji, is a place of great antiquity and was the first capital of Mewar rulers. Legend has it, that it was founded by Nagaditya, the Fourth Mewar king in the 6th. Century and soon became a stronghold of the Sisodia’s. Eklinji is associated with Lord Shiva and a few of the temples date’s back to the 10th Century Chiseled out of sandstone and marble, the main temple enshrines a four faced Shiva with an enormous double storied mandap, under a huge pyramidal roof. Late afternoon at 1600 hours, enjoy an exclusive boat ride around the fabulous Lake Pichola, which will include a visit to another island palace called the Jagmandir This evening dine at the Sunset View restaurant at Fateh Prakash Palace overlooking Lake Pichola and the island palaces of Jagmandir and Jagniwas is a memorable experience. HOTEL (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 7:Udaipur
At 0830 hours, you will be met by our guide in the hotel lobby and proceed to visit Ranakpur. It is named after Rana Kumbha whom Dharna Sah, a Jain businessman, approached when he had the vision of his great temple to ask for the land for its construction. Renowned for some marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stone, Ranakpur is one of the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. Situated at a distance of around 60 km from Udaipur, these temples were constructed in the AD 1439. The basement is of 48,000 sq. feet area that covers the whole complex. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved with no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an interesting sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kg whose sound echoes in the entire complex. The main temple is a Chaumukh or a four-faced temple dedicated to Adinath. The three other Jain temples in the same complex, including a temple of the Sun God, are all well worth a visit. One kilometer away from the temple complex is the temple of Amba Mata. Stop for lunch at The Fateh Bagh. After lunch return to Udaipur. This evening dine at the inner on the Bhagwanti Royal Barge, floating to the islands across Lake Pichola. HOTEL (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 8:Udaipur / Delhi (By 9W 708 : 3:30 PM / 4:40 PM)
At 0845 hours you will be met by our guide in the hotel lobby and proceed to visit Crystal Gallery This gallery is perhaps the largest collection of crystal objects in this world. Located in the Fateh Prakash Palace (part of the City Palace complex), The major crystal items in the gallery are a sofa set, a dining table, fountains, various coloured objects, mirrored tabletops and exquisite decanters. Return to the hotel. This afternoon our representative will assist you to the airport to board flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel The Oberoi. On arrival at the hotel, you will be greeted with an aarti and tikka ceremony, followed by a cool drink and escorted to your room. This evening dine at the Dum Pukht restaurant at The Maurya Sheraton. Here, the grand indulgent cuisine enjoyed by the Nawabs of Awadh authentic Lucknawi cuisine, is magically recreated. The rich Indian food is cooked in ‘Degs’ or ‘Handis’ (Traditional cooking utensils) over glowing coals and sealed with ‘atta’ (Kneaded flour) to trap the steam. It simmers gently for hours, cooking in its own juices. HOTEL (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 9:Depart Delhi
This day our representative will assist you to the international airport to board flight for onward destination. HOTEL (Breakfast)

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