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India Explorer with Shekhawati

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

Namaste & welcome to India. Arrive at Indira Gandhi Airport at T-3. You will be met by our representative and transfer straight to your accommodation and are assisted at check in for your overnight stay.

Day 2: Delhi

Breakfast at hotel

Later proceed for sightseeing visit the Red Fort (photo stop), a massive sandstone fort built by Shah Jahan on the banks of Yamuna River, the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and standing across the road from the Red Fort, built in 1656 by Shah Jahan.

Approximately 20,000 people can pray here at any one time. Ride a paddling rickshaw through the narrow by lanes of old Delhi Bazaar. Then on to Raj Ghat, the cremation ground of the great father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

New Delhi visiting the Qutub Minar, the tower of victory started by Qutub-Ud-Din-Aibak in 1199AD upon becoming sultan of Delhi, the Bahai Lotus Temple built in the shape of the lotus in marble as a symbol peace and a place where all can worship, India Gate (the war memorial) and the Presidents House (from outside). A dinner and overnight stay follow.

Day 3: Mandawa

You will eat breakfast at the hotel before driving to Mandawa. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for an evening to relax and unwind before your dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Mandawa

Breakfast at hotel then proceed for an orientation tour of Mandawa hamlet, visit the colourfully painted havelis with typical Shekhawati style frescos. Afternoon drive to Jaipur – Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh – II, the ruler of Amber, Jaipur was the first planned city in India.

This town is also referred as Pink city for the color of buildings in its wonderful old city. The city was painted pink to honor the visit of Prince Albert of England in 1882. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel before your dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5: Jaipur

Early breakfast at hotel before a morning drive to Amber and its glorious hilltop fortress. You will ascend the fort on jeeps. It is known for its unique artistic style, blending both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) elements, and its ornate and breath taking architectural mastery. Tour the chambers and hallways of the palace, famous for the excellence of its design and decoration.

Within the complex is Ganesh Pol, an imposing gateway painted with the images of the elephant-headed god, Ganesh. Pierced screen windows offer views from different vantage points, and shimmering mirrors encrust the walls of Sheesh Mahal. Enjoy shopping experience along with carpet weaving / gems cutting demonstration.

Later proceed to Pink city of Jaipur. Stop for a photo at the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds.” This beautiful fa ade is probably the most-photographed in Jaipur, with its ornately carved windows designed so the ladies of the palace could look out onto the streets unobserved. Visit the City Palace Museum, which has a priceless collection of antiques, costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiselled handles.

It also has an art gallery which displays a collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. A dinner and overnight stay follows.

Day 6: Agra

Drive to Agra, a Medieval city on the banks of the Yamuna River. It was founded by Sultan Sikandar Lodi in the year 1506. Agra achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658 and remains a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal era buildings. Most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Check in at your hotel.

Later in the afternoon, 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. Fortification has always been and still is the prerogative of the mighty; the dividing line between the ruler and the ruled.

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.

Later visit a marble craft factory, showcasing the very known work of Pietra dura before your dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7: Dehli

Early morning proceed to Taj Mahal on decorated horse driven carriages. Taj Mahal is one of mankind’s greatest architectural feats. Built out of white marble by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, it was erected by 20,000 laborers over a 12-year period. The entire monument is a masterpiece of symmetry. Breakfast at hotel then drive to Delhi – upon arrival transfer to your hotel for a dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8: Departure

Transfer to airport and board a night flight for onward journey.This trip does not include the following: Still Camera/Video Camera charges, Personal Expenses, Tips, Laundry, Telephone, Beverages etc.Note:

When paying via credit card for this safari, please be aware that there will be an additional 3.5% credit card processing fee charged.

If paying via check, we will provide our mailing address upon contact with you and the amount payable via check is listed below. You will not be charged any additional fee when paying by check.

Please be prepared to provide the following information for each registrant:First/Last Name, Cell Phone Number, Email Address, and anything else that we should know.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Start Location Date(s) Option Due by Credit Card
New Delhi, DL 110037, India Mar 11 – Mar 18 2016 Adult $3999 Register
New Delhi, DL 110037, India Apr 8 – Apr 15 2016 Adult $3999 Register
New Delhi, DL 110037, India Sep 9 – Sep 16 2016 Adult $3999 Register
New Delhi, DL 110037, India Oct 7 – Oct 14 2016 Adult $3999 Register


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