Day 01: DELHI
Arrive in Delhi and after a warm welcome be escorted to your hotel, The Oberoi, Delhi. Today you rest and relax and take it easy in the comfort of your hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: DELHI
After breakfast visit Humayuns Tomb, now a World Heritage Site. Humayun died in 1556, and his widow Hamida Banu Begam, also known as Haji Begam, commenced the construction of his tomb in 1569, fourteen years after his death. It is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style, which was inspired by Persian architecture. It is well known that Humayun picked up the principles of Persian architecture during his exile, and he himself is likely to have planned the tomb, although there is no record to that effect. Later in the afternoon visit The Qutub Minar, this is also a world heritage site. Qutub Minar is the pride of Delhi and is the most visited monument of the city. The tall Minaret was constructed in 1192 by Qutub-ud-din Aibak and later completed by his successor Iltutmish. The soaring conical tower is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic-Afghan architecture. Each of the five storeys of Qutub Minar has unique designs. It was hit by lightning a couple of times and was damaged. But the subsequent rulers repaired it. Thus it is standing mightily as it was before till date.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 03: AGRA
After breakfast drive to Agra. On the way visit Sikandra. Sikandra is the mausoleum of Emperor Akbar. Akbar himself started construction of this beautiful monument. This structure has a perfect blending of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain themes. Sikandra is named after Sikandar Lodi, the Delhi ruler who was in power from 1488 to 1517. After reaching Agra, be welcomed at the beautiful Amar Vilas. It's the only hotel in which each room has a view of the Taj Mahal. So enjoy this beautiful hotel and its surroundings.
Day 04: AGRA
After breakfast, visit Agra fort. An era marked by invasions and fortifications, where power was symbolized by grand palaces and grander forts………during such time was built THE AGRA FORT.
The mighty towers and overwhelming facades instilling fear and awe in the bravest of the brave…….yet there were the few who overcame the daunting adversities and made their mark in history, a signature ……. that still exists.
Structures built as a sign of prowess remind us all of the grit and valour of the brave men and women who captured, destroyed and built such overwhelming edifices.
The Agra Fort, also known as the "Lal –Qila", "Fort Rouge" or "Qila-i-Akbari", is the highlight of the city of Agra, then capital of the Mughal Sultanate.
After lunch, visit the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in the memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles. In 1983 The Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World heritage site. Overnight at the beautiful Amar Vilas.
Day 05: RANTHAMBORE (SAWAI MADHOPUR)
After breakfast drive to Sawai Madhopur. Lunch will be on the way. Tonight you will be staying at the Oberoi Vanya Vilas. Nesting in the natural beauty of the wild, The Oberoi Vanya Vilas is India's leading luxury jungle resort on the edge of the Ranthambore Tiger reserve. Today you can unwind at the wonderful in house spa, or just soak in the atmosphere of being in a jungle from your sun kissed decks.
Day 06: Ranthambore National Park
Today you wake up early for an early morning drive into the national park. Ranthambore National park is spread over an area of 1334 sq km. The various species of animals and birds present in the park include Leopards, Striped Hyena, Sambar deer, Jackals, Macaques, Jungle cats, Indian wild boar, Black bucks, Indian porcupine, Longeared hedgehogs, common Mongoose, Greylag goose, Indian grey hornbills, Woodpeckers, Common kingfisher and of course Tigers. If you are lucky, you might be able to spot the famous big cat in its own territory. Overnight at the Vanya Vilas.
Day 07: JAIPUR
After breakfast drive to Jaipur, famously known as the pink city and the capital of Rajasthan. You will be staying at the Exceptional Raj Vilas. Located in 32 acres of beautiful gardens, pools and fountains, in the peaceful Rajasthani countryside, the hotel is an oasis of elegance and luxury. In the afternoon visit Jantar Mantar. The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja (King) Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734. It is modeled after the one that he had built for him at the Mughal capital of Delhi. He had constructed a total of five such facilities at different locations, including the ones at Delhi and Jaipur. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best preserved of these. It has been inscribed on the World Heritage List as "an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period".
Day 08: JAIPUR
Today you get on an elephant back to visit the fascinating Amer fort. The Amer Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Constructed by Raja Man Singh in 1592 and completed by Mirza Raja Jai Singh the fort is made in red sand stone and marble. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. Later in the afternoon visit the beautiful City palace museum. Overnight at Raj Vilas.
Day 09: UDAIPUR
After breakfast drive to Udaipur, the beautiful lake city of Rajasthan. On the way visit Chittorgarh, the historical capital of Mewar. Chittorgarh fort is the largest fort in India and the grandest in the state of Rajasthan. Visit the palace of Rana Kumbha, of Rani Padmini, The tower of victory and the tower of fame. Lunch will be in Chittorgarh. After reaching Udaipur an enchanting boat ride across Lake Pichola transports you to the ceremonial welcome that awaits you at the resort. Conceived as a traditional Indian palace, The Oberoi Udaivilas showcases the rich heritage of the Mewar region of Rajasthan with its rambling courtyards, gentle rippling fountains, reflection pools and verdant gardens. Grand architecture inspired by the palaces of Rajasthan present a picture of majesty resplendent with pavilions and domes that lead you to a journey of discovery. Interiors embellished with decorative domes, hand painted frescoes, intricate mirror work and beautifully crafted artifacts create an ambience of regal splendor. Enjoy the evening at the bar overlooking the lake.
Day 10: UDAIPUR
Today Visit the City palace museum and also the crystal gallery. Udaipur city palace is one of the architectural marvels of Rajasthan, located at the peaceful banks of Lake Pichola. It is often distinguished as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Initially Maharaja Udai Singh started to build it in 1559, but the present form of the palace is the result of subsequent additions by his successors. City palace boasts of wonderful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese architecture. It is a marvelous assortment of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Encircled by fortifications, this palace is wholly built in Marble and granite. Later in the evening take a boat ride in the lake to watch the sunset. Overnight at the Udai Vilas.
Day 11: Bombay
After breakfast drive to the airport and fly to Bombay, the commercial capital of India. Here you will be staying at the Oberoi Mumbai, a very elegant new hotel with wonderful view of the Arabian Sea. In the afternoon visit The Gateway of India, Marine drive, Victoria station and famous Colaba market. Enjoy a sun downer at the beautiful bar at your hotel overlooking the sea.
After breakfast transfer to the international airport to catch your flight back home.