Romantic Rajasthan and Dubai
A Private Tour of India 's Romantic Rajasthan and the United Arab Emirates
all in 19 days including:
Delhi • Agra • Jaipur • Khimsar • Jaisalmer • Jodhpur Udaipur • Dubai • Abu Dhabi • Sharja
The Best of India and Dubai for guests who want and can afford the best. Choose your own date of arrival. This is a private tour. A Private local English speaking tour escort throughout the tour.
DAY 1: ARRIVE DELHI
You will arrive this evening at New Delhi's International Airport by international flight. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our local representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel (always on a private basis.
India's capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region's ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.
Upon arrival at the hotel, proceed for check-in, overnight at the hotel in Delhi.
DAY 2: DELHI
After buffet breakfast at the hotel you will first visit Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asia's largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Yamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia's largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.
In the afternoon: You will then be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.
The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Qutub-ud-din Aibak started it in 1199. Pulling down 27 Hindu and Jain temples and using their columns erected the attached Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque also built by him. Then visit Humayun's tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President's residence.
Dinner hosted at Indian family's home. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 3: DELHI – AGRA BY TRAIN
Early morning, our local representative will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer you to the railway station to board train for Agra:
Departure: Delhi at 0615 hours by Shatabdi Express
Arrive: Agra at 0827 hours
Upon arrival at Agra, you would be received by our local representative and transferred to your hotel
Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra & its neighborhood. It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture at its best. The massive but elegant Agra Fort, the delicate artistry of Itimad-ud-daulah's tomb, the magnificent Taj and Akbar's deserted capital, Fatehpur Sikri, are each unique and outstanding. Their architectural genius can also be seen in the forts, palaces and aesthetically laid out gardens - each one a silent witness to a grand style of a golden era.
Proceed for thevisit the Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.
Evening: Hi tea at Mr. Mukesh Aggarwal's home. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 4: AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI – JAIPUR
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, proceed for sunrise tour of Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). Midway Tonga 's "horse carriages" would be waiting for you and will drop you at the gates of the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding.
Later you would be driven from Agra to Jaipur (240 KMS/ 06 hrs) enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri - The deserted red sandstone city built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.
Rajasthan’s kingdoms are an enduring legacy to India’s history. A land endowed with invincible forts, magnificent palaces ad waves of sand dunes and serene lakes. No other region in the country assembles the many paradoxes of India, as does the desert land of Rajasthan. By far it is the most colorful region in India.
Jaipur's past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the "pink city". Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add colours to this fascinating city. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 5: JAIPUR
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar's most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.
A jeep / elephant will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room. En-route to Amber you will stop and see the 'Palace of Winds', otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city. (Elephant ride at Amber Fort is subject to availability due to limited number of Elephants.)
Later visit the city of Jaipur. Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur include the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings.
Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. You will also have the opportunity to wander about the local markets.
Evening (2000 hrs onwards): Puppet show at the hotel.
DAY 6: JAIPUR – KHIMSAR
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Later drive from Jaipur to Khimsar (340 kms / 07 hours drive approx).
Upon arrival check–in at Khimsar Fort. Perched on the edge on the great Thar Desert in the Heart of Rural India, the unique fort at Khimsar offers a wide range of Experiences. The Battle scarred walls and turrets remained one of the Glorious past. The initial Construction began in 1523 AD, the family moved in during the 18th Century When a new 'Zenana' (Ladies Wing) was constructed. Thakur Onkar Singh built a regal wing for himself in 1940s. Today the khimsar fort ranks high amongest the premier classified heritage hotels of India
Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Khimsar Fort.
DAY 7: KHIMSAR – JAISALMER
Buffet breakfast at the hotel and later drive from Khimsar to Jaisalmer (270 kms / 06 hours drive approx).
Jaisalmer - The golden beauty etched in yellow sandstone, standing tall against miles of gleaming sand. Founded in 1156 AD by Maharawal Jaisal, Jaisalmer's location kept it almost untouched by outside influences and even during the days of the Raj, Jaisalmer was the lastto sign the Instrument of Agreement with the British.
Rest of the day at leisure. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel.
DAY 8: JAISALMER
Buffet breakfast at the hotel, later proceed for city tour of Jaisalmer. You will walk up to the Fort, which dominates the town. Built in 1156, it is one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan. About a quarter of the old city's population resides within the fort walls, which have 99 bastions around the circumference. Within the fort are a fine group of Jain temples built between the 12th and 15th centuries, many containing ancient manuscripts. Walk through Jaisalmer's narrow streets dotted with ornately decorated Hindu and Jain temples.
Walk around this desert city, its fort emerging from the flat dry sands, bounding in ancient palaces, temples and delicately sculpted havelis - all witness to the emergence of this Rajput state into a market centre for traders.
Late afternoon drive to SamSand Dunes for a camelback ride into the desert to watch the sun set on this golden desert city, emitting a lustrous glow off the desert sand. Camel Safari is one of the unique ways to explore small villages in Rajasthan. Atop this ship of the desert embark on an exciting soft adventure. This safari is across India 's Thar Desert, one of the harshest environments in the world. Board camels to discover the rich desert culture and meet the colourful tribal people. The capital of this exotic region is the golden city of Jaisalmer. Here we'll explore palaces, local markets, and venture down the narrow alleys to visit with the inhabitants of the intricately carved sandstone buildings.
Return to the hotel after your tour. Overnight at the hotel.DAY 9: JAISALMER - JODHPUR
0800 hrs: Drive from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur 290 KMS / 06 hours drive approx). Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel.
Jodhpur: The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a wall 10km long, which was built about a century after the city was founded. From the fort you can clearly see where the old city ends and the new begins. The old city is fascinating jungle of winding streets of great interest to wander around. Eight gates lead out from the walled city. It's one of the more interesting cities in India and those baggy-tight horse riding trousers, jodhpurs, took their name from this locale.
Upon arrival in Jodhpur, proceed for check in at the hotel. Later proceed for the sightseeing tour of Mehrangarh Fort & Jaswant Thada.
The Mehrangarh Fort is sprawled across a 125-meter high hill and is the most impressive and formidable fort in the fort-studded Rajasthan. On the wall adjacent to the Lahapol or "Iron Gate" are 15 handprints, the sati marks of the widows of Maharaja Man Singh who threw themselves upon his funeral pyre in 1843. Inside the fort, which is still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, there is a whole series of courtyards and palaces.
Visit the Mehrangarh Fort (citadel of the Sun) that evokes the very spirit of the Rathores, the ruling local Rajput clan. Visit its various palaces with their delicate friezes and respective museums, displaying treasures of the royal family.
North of Meherangarh Fort, and connected to it by road, Jaswant Thanda is a pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878-95), who purged Jodhpur of dacoits, initiated irrigation systems and boosted the economy. The cenotaphs of members of the royal family who have died since Jaswant are close by his memorial; those who preceded him are remembered by chhatris at Mandor. This south-facing spot is also the best place from which to photograph the fort, looming above the sheer rocky Meherangarh plateau.
Evening: proceed on an exhilarating walk through the old city of Jodhpur. The walk will take you as far as the old market from which point you will be transported by Tongas , or horse-drawn carriages, back to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 JODHPUR – UDAIPUR
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Later you will be driven from Jodhpur to Udaipur (255 KMS / 6.30 hours) en-route visiting Ranakpur Jain Temples (The temple is open for visitors from 1200 hrs till 1700 hrs only) an exceptionally beautiful excursion through the rugged, wooded hills of Rajasthan to the Jain Temples of Ranakpur in the Aravalli Valley, to see one of the best complexes of Jain religion which is particularly noted for the grandiose scale of its architecture and the highly decorated ceilings, walls and 1444 different pillars. The priests of the temples did all the temple designing and their generations are still continuing the work.
Rajasthan is romantic with tales of valour and chivalry, and a history that brings to life forts and palaces and court intrigues. But Udaipur is different - an interlude for the diehard romantics. A splash of colour in colourful Rajasthan that's brighter, tinged with the tones of local legends and lores. Here are lakes that come as a surprise in sandy Rajasthan, and forested hills where wildlife still abounds. And in the lakes or by their edges are palaces straight out of fairy tales, each more beautiful than the other. There are rugged fortresses too -- Chittaurgarh and Kumbalgarh, where the history of Udaipur is told as if it were but a page from yesterday. For in Udaipur the past lives and breathes with the present.
Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills, Udaipur grew in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest of Rajasthan. As capital of the old Mewar State it was the only Rajput stronghold to uphold its Hindu allegiance in the face of Muslim invasion. From the late 16th century, peace brought about an era of renaissance in the arts and encouraged the building of beautiful palaces around the lake, culminating in the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in the world. The lake itself is a romantic setting surrounding the gleaming white Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir, a refuge of the rebel Mughal prince, Shah Jahan, soon to be the creator of the incomparable Taj Mahal.
Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 11: UDAIPUR
This morning after breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Udaipur City, also known as the City of Sunrise.
First on your sightseeing tour you will proceed for a tour of the City Palace, which overlooks Lake Pichola. The City Palace was built in 1725 of granite and marble with filigreed balconies, ornate windows and craftsmanship in glass. The royal palace walls stretch over a mile on the eastern side of the lake. Within the palace is a maze of courtyards, apartments and decorated halls. The rooms are covered with frescoes, displays of royal processions, stone and glass mosaics and ornamental doors and painted windows.
The marble throne in the coronation rooms was last used during the time Maharana Sangram Singh II (1710-30) and nearby is the Sun Window installed by Maharaja Bhim Singh (1778-1828). This is the divine symbol of the house of Mewar, which traces its lineage to the Surya Vansha, descendants of the Sun. Each palace within is an outstanding creation of art. Visit the museums and the hall of public audiences, the private chambers of the royal ladies at the palace and Sahelion-ki-Badi. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 12: Fly UDAIPUR – DELHI
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, morning at leisure. In the afternoon our local representative will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer you to the airport for your flight:
Departure: Udaipur at 1530 Hours by 9W708 (Jet Airways)
Arrive: Delhi at 1640 Hours
Upon arrival at Delhi, you would be received by our local representative and transferred to your hotel.
DAY 13 - DUBAI: Air Far is included Delhi Dubai
Please note that Friday is the weekend in Dubai. We may switch tours around based on your arrival date to accommodate local holidays and weekend.
Transfer is included to Delhi Airport. Fly to Dubai on Indian Airlines. Arrive at Dubai International Airport at the United Arab Emirate on the Arabian Gulf. Complimentary visa will be issued upon arrival for the following nationalities; UK, EU, Switzerland, Sweden, USA, Canada, Australia, NZ, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei. You are responsible for having a valid passport.
Upon arrival, our local rep will meet you and escort you to your hotel.
A taste of Arabia with a cosmopolitan lifestyle. In Dubai you'll find year round sunshine and un-crowded, clean sandy beaches. In this crime-free society you will find a very warm & welcoming team & society awaits you in Dubai. While shopping may not be high on your list, you will find that Dubai's tax free markets means bargains galore. Attractive traditional Middle Eastern gifts - coffee pots, rugs, silverware, jewelry, brass, and one of the world's greatest gold trading centers offering unbeatable value. Hong Kong is no longer able to compete with Dubai with the wide selection of low - priced international brand name products - audio equipment, VCRs, cameras, watches, fashions, perfumes and more. And do not forget about the award-winning Dubai Duty Free at the airport.
DAY 14 - DUBAI: (BLD)
Private Touring: Dubai City Tour and the Gold souks.
Sample the historic sites and vibrant cosmopolitan life of Dubai on this comprehensive tour. The Tour begins in Jumeira, the picturesque palace and residential area of Dubai, also home to the famous Jumeira Mosque. The next stop is Sheikh Saeed House (former residence of ruling family). The Tour then continues to Al Bastakiya, the old part of Dubai, to reach the museum located in Al Fahidi Fort. All guests board the Abra (water taxi) to cross the Creek to the spice souk. Before savoring the sights and sounds of the fish, fruit and vegetable market, lunch is included in a charming local restaurant.
In the afternoon we focus on the shopping and treasure hunt, we will take you to where the local go shopping as well as Dubai famous Gold souk.
Evening Dhow Cruise Dinner:
For a fabulous relaxing evening join our fully fitted Arabian dhow for an evening's cruise on the Creek. Enjoy a sumptuous feast of Arabic and Western cuisine while gently gliding past illuminated souks, banks and palaces.
DAY 15 - Desert Safari with dinner in the Arabian Desert - DUBAI: (BD)
Half Day Desert Safari (4 Wheel Drive):
Morning at leisure, or enjoy some beach activities.
This Desert Safari tour departs in the afternoon across the desert of Dubai with several photo opp -stops during an exciting 4 x 4 dune drive to the first destination a camel farm. The drive continues across the desert. Keep in mind that before we head into the dunes area your driver will deflate the wheels of the 4X4 to allow for a smoother ride across the Sahara.
Dune bashing has become known as a fun experience – you will feel the thrill of desert driving as your professional driver takes you up and down on golden dunes. We stop to watch the beautiful sunset before reaching our campsite where you have the opportunity to do camel riding. After working up an appetite enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and a shisha (the most famous Arabic Water pipe). We conclude the evening with a true 1001 Arabian Nights tradition and With a belly dancer performing her dance around the campfire before we head back to your hotel in Dubai
DAY 16 - DUBAI - East Coast Tour (BL)
After breakfast, we head for Dhaid and then on to the Hajar mountains that offer a beautiful natural backdrop for Dubai. A stop at a local market, where the local shop for locally made pottery, fruits and carpets. We will stop as well in Dibba and a brief stop at the colorful local fish market, always with the fresh catch from the Arabian Gulf. We drive along the coast passing by enchanting small villages and fishermen wharfs. We arrive at Al Badiyah mosque, one of the earliest mosques built in the UAE, continue on to Khor Fakkan, a regional popular spot for diving and snorkeling, where there will be an opportunity to relax at the beach and have a refreshing swim., stop as well as the Khor Fakkah souk. Continue to Fujairah where we stop at the renovated Fort. Before returning to Dubai, stop at the oasis of Bitnah and time to wander on the "Friday Market" in Masafi. Lunch is included enroute in a charming local restaurant.
DAY 17 - DUBAI - Abu Dhabi (BL)
Full day tour of Abu Dhabi with lunch included at Baynunah or similar. Tour with a private air-conditioned vehicle, private guide and of course private chauffeur.
Day 18 - Sharjah and Ajman (BL)
A fascinating Full day journey to the neighboring emirates of Sharjah and Ajman. Visit Ajman Museum, housed in an ancient fort, to get a glimpse on life prior to the oil discovery.
On to Sharjah, touring the major highlights, mosques and The Amir's Old Palace. On the way back to Dubai we stop at Majarrah Souk with its intricate mosaic and golden dome, tour the 150 year old Al Naboodah House of a wealthy pearl trading family, Al Arsah Souk, the Blue Souk with more than 600 old style merchant shops selling carpets, gold, silver. Lunch is included at Al Dawaar in Dubai (or similar) with a panoramic view of Dubai, before we head back to your hotel.
DAY 19 - DEPARTURE FOR HOME (B)
Our staff escorts you to the airport of Amman for your flight home. Or, you may choose to add one of our extensions, and return later from Jordan or Israel at no additional air fare.
Based on Category A - Five stars hotels
|City Category||Name of the Hotel
|Delhi Room||Taj Palace
|Agra Room||Taj View
|Deluxe Taj View|
|Jaipur Room||Taj Jai Mahal Palace
|Khimsar Room||Khimsar Fort
|Jaisalmer Room||Fort Rajwada
|Jodhpur View||Taj Hari Mahal
|Udaipur Room||Taj Lake Palace
Category A: Based on 5 Star hotels - Based always on a private basis
|Rate per person|
|Rates are subject to change without notice|
Sample Hotels used,
|Upgrade in Dubai|
|Deluxe||Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Sheraton Jumeirah, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, JW Marriott, Kempinski or similar||For The Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah
Royal Mirage - The Arabian Court Hotel:
Please add: $650 Per person in double
For Burj Al Arab Hotel:
Please add $3555 per person in double SUITE
|First Class||Novotel Dubai or Sheraton Four Points Dubai, Qamardeen hotel Dubai|
Based on Category B - Four stars hotels
To be able to book your train tickets in advance, your names as listed in your passports. Verify gender (male / female) & passport details: Passport number. Date & place of issue. Date your passort is valid until. Date of birth and nationality.
|City||Name of the Hotel||Room Category||Nights|
|Delhi||The Connaught||Standard Room||2|
|Agra||Jaypee Palace||Standard Room||1|
|Jaipur||Golden Tulip||Superior Room||2|
|Khimsar||Khimsar Fort||Deluxe Room||1|
|Jaisalmer||Gorbandh Palace||Deluxe Room||2|
|Jodhpur||Ajit Bhawan||Deluxe View||1|
|Udaipur||Fateh Prakash Palace||Dove Cote Room||2|
|Delhi||Ashok Country Resort||Club Room||1|
Based on 4 Star hotels, rates are always in USD $
|Rate per Person|
Discount for children (must be sharing with 2 adults):
Infant up to 2 years at the time of travel: 80% discount, on the double rate. Children up to 10 years of age: 35% (must be sharing with 2 adults).
Rates are subject to change without notice
Rajasthan is where all of the similes and metaphors of India have come together to create a visual extravaganza. The spectacular deserts, wooded hills and tranquil lakes astound the senses. Majestic palaces and rugged forts lay amid bustling towns and quiet villages. The amazing flora and fauna contrast with the colorful and vibrant people of Rajasthan. All this forms an intricate tapestry of mysticism, grandeur and rusticity. Behind the breathtaking beautiful facade, expect to find contradictions to the ordinary and mundane aspects of vacationing. The moods and rhythms of the countryside change from one region to another and from season to season. A visit to this land of magical fantasies will create a lifetime of memories.