8 Night Glimpses of India

8 nights Glimpses of India Tour

Valid 15 Jan – 31 Mar 2019

From only R 21 390 pps


Included

Return flights from Johannesburg
Airport taxes
8 Nights in 4* accommodation during tour
Breakfast daily
Monument entry fee as per the monuments mentioned in the program, road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes, and porterage at all hotels.
All transfers and sightseeing by air-conditioned vehicle
Services of an English-speaking local guide
A representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
All currently applicable taxes.

Excluded
Visa services – Visa required for South African passport holders
Gratuities for guides
All other services not mentioned in the itinerary
Optional tours
Travel Insurance
Meals not specified
Items of a personal nature
Beverages

Your Itinerary:

Day 01 Arrival Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi IGI airport, our representative, waiting in the arrival lounge with a paging board with your name written will meet you. You would be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at hotel

Day 02 Delhi
The morning after Breakfast you will be taken for a Full day combined sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. Begin with Old Delhi. This will include visits to Jama Masjid – The mosque of Friday that can accommodate 20000 people at one time was built from 1644 to 1658 during the reign of Shahjahan. The mosque which measures 65m on 35 m, and whose court forms a square of 100m on side is by its surface the greatest religious construction of Islam; Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi – The Father of Nation, was cremated and drive past Red Fort– the Palace for Shahjahan’s new capital, Shahjahanabad, the seventh Muslim city in the Delhi site and mile-long Chandni Chowk. In New Delhi, you will be visiting Qutab Minar – the 239ft sandstone tower- an Indo- Islamic architectural wonder of ancient India; and drive past India Gate – War Memorial Arch, Parliament House, and President’s Palace

Overnight at Hotel

Day 03 Delhi-Agra ( 203 Km / 03 Hrs )
Today in time drive to Agra. Agra – Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire – giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today, a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices of red sandstone and white marble, narrow lanes and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine.

Upon arrival check in at Hotel. In the afternoon proceed for half-day city tour visiting Taj Mahal & Agra Fort. 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.

You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture. (Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays for public visit.) 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 quarter’s and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 Agra-Jaipur (By surface, 260 Km / 06 -07 Hrs Hrs) Via Fatehpur Sikri
Post breakfast drive to Jaipur covering a distance of 260 km in approx. 6 hours. En-route, visit Fatehpur Sikri which is located approximately 01 hours away from Agra. Fatehpur Sikri – a UNESCO World Heritage site. The deserted red sandstone city was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and Palace in the late 16th century. It is a veritable fairy tale city and its ruins are in pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the former days of its grandeur. Also, visit the Bulund Darwaza, which is the largest gateway in the world. Post sightseeing continues your drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival check in at Hotel.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 05 Jaipur
In the morning proceed to visit 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 17 the century. An elephant/jeep 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. In the afternoon, you will 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, armor, 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. Return to your hotel after the sightseeing tour of Jaipur City. Evening enjoy Rajasthan dance with Dinner at Restaurant.

Overnight at hotel

Day 06 Jaipur to Jodhpur ( By Drive / 06 Hrs )
Post breakfast drive to Jodhpur. Jodhpur also called the ‘Blue City’ was once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar. It was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha and is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. Flanked on its western side by the Mehrangarh Fort and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan, the monuments temples and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multi-faceted grandeur.

It is still a marvelously medieval city. While the graceful palaces, forts, and temples bring alive the historic grandeur, exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, music, and the brightly attired people lend a romantic aura to the city Upon arrival check in at Hotel.

Overnight at hotel

Day 07 Jodhpur-Udaipur Enroute visit Rankpur Temple ( By Drive / 06 Hrs
After Breakfast check out from the hotel and enjoy the half day sightseeing tour of Jodhpur city visiting Clock Tower, Mehrangarh Fort situated at an altitude of about 125 meters and is spread over an area of 5 sq. km and it has seven gates, Jaswant Thada is a white marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, followed by a visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace which is a majestic Palace building that presently functions as a hotel and museum, followed by a visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace which is a majestic Palace building that presently functions as a hotel and museum Post sightseeing drive to Udaipur en route visit Ranakpur Temple. Upon arrival check in at the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 08 Udaipur
Post breakfast, enjoy the day city tour of Udaipur, a splash of colour in Rajasthan that is brighter when tinged with the tones of local lore and legends.  Visit the City Palace, built in 1725, which houses the Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal – studded with glittering Belgium  Mirrors, Moti Mahal and the Palace of Lord Krishna all of which are ornately decorated.

Later visit the Jagdish Temple.  This temple built in 1651 is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver in the Hindu Trinity of Gods.  Also, visit the Sahelion Ki Barigardens and fountains.  Later drive around the Fatehsagar Lake. Evening boat ride in Lake Pichola

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09 Udaipur-Delhi by Flight
Today you will be met by our representative at your hotel and transferred to the airport for connecting your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival connect your onward destination flight

Conditions
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