CLASSICAL INDIA TOUR

CLASSICAL INDIA TOUR

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Tour Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
 
Places Covered: Delhi / Agra / Jaipur / Jodhpur / Udaipur / Delhi
Tour Destination: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 8 | Day 9 | Day 10 | Day 11
 
This tour too is ideal for a first time visitor to India, visiting some of the best known culturally rich and historically important sights of India. Your journey starts in India's capital - Delhi, a bustling metropolis with a perfect blend of the ancient and the modern. You then travel to Agra, home of the world's most famous monument of love - the Taj Mahal. Your tour then takes you through the desert state of Rajasthan, where you visit the colorful "Pink city" of Jaipur, the "blue city" of Jodhpur and the "Venice of the East"Udaipur, before returning to Delhi in time for some last minute shopping or in time for your flight home.
 
Day 01 – Arrive Delhi
 
Delhi, India Classical Tour TravelYou will be met at the airport by Trans India Holidays representative and transferred to the hotel and assisted with check in formalities. 
 
Delhi is the capital of India, and its third largest city.  Delhi consists of two parts – New Delhi, the city created in 1911 as the imperial capital of India by the British and the Old Delhi, the Muslim capital of India between the 17th and 19th centuries. In fact there have been at least eight cities on the site of modern Delhi – the earliest known settlement, Indraprastha, featured in the epic Mahabharata over 3000 years ago. Though not always the capital, Delhi has always been an important city of northern region of the subcontinent. 
 
Overnight in Delhi.
 
Day 02 – In Delhi
 
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi.  Tour includes visits to the following places of interest:
 
Red Fort: Derived from a Hindi word Lal, which means red and Quila which means fort. It is laid out along the river Yamuna as an irregular octagon, surrounded by a wall of about 2.4 kms in circumference and is built of red sandstone. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. The fort has two main entrances, the Delhi Gate and the Lahori Gate, which faces the famed Chandni Chowk market. The fort has Diwan – e – Am (hall for public audience); Diwan – e – Khas (hall for private audience); Rang Mahal (a water-cooled apartment of royal ladies); Pearl mosque, built of white marble. 
 
Jama Masjid, India Classical Tour TravelJama Masjid: In Old Delhi, an architectural extravaganza of Shah Jahan, is the country’s largest mosque where thousands of Muslims offers prayers even today. It was built in 1658. The flight of stairs and its large courtyard are marvels of architecture. 
 
Chandni Chowk (Silver Street): It is the colourful main street and shopping bazaar of Old Delhi and is today one of the country’s best known wholesale market for textiles, electronic goods and watches.  The entire area was designed by Jahanara Begum, Shah Jahan’s favourite daughter and was then inhabited by the well-to-do families of the time. Around the area is the famed Paranthawale Gali, known for its delicious paranthas, Dariba Kalan, the gold market and well-known sweetmeats shops.
 
Raj Ghat : On the banks of river Yamuna, a simple square  platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948. A commemorative ceremony takes place each Friday, the day he was killed.
 
Birla Mandir: Close to Connaught Place, it was built by the industrialist Raja Baldev Birla in 1938.  The temple is an important prayer site and contains idols of several deities.
 
India Gate:  This 42 meter high, free standing arch was built in 1931.It was originally called All India War Memorial in the memory of the 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in World War I. The names of the soldiers are inscribed all along the walls of the arch.  In 1971, the eternal flame was lit here to honour the Amar Jawan (Immortal Soldier).
 
Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s House): It is the official residence of President of the country. Designed by Lutyens, it was the official residence of the Viceroy when the British ruled India. 
 
Humayun’s Tomb: It was built by Haji Begum (widow of Humayun) in 1565 – 66, nine years after his death. 
 
Qutub Minar, India Classical Tour TravelQutub Minar: This magnificent structure in the southern part of the capital was built by the Muslim King; Qutab – ud – din Aibak in 1199 A.D. Minar (tower) is 72.5 meters high and has as its base a mosque.
 
Bahai’s Temple: It is a very recent architectural marvel of the Bahai faith and is visible from several spots in South Delhi. It is a lotus shaped and has rightly been given the name.
 
Overnight in Delhi.
 
Day 03 – Drive Delhi - Agra (220 kms/04 hrs)
 
After early breakfast, you will be met by our representative and assisted with check-out formalities. You will then start your drive to Agra. 
 
Agra, situated on the bank of Yamuna River, is home to India’s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. Agra was the capital of Mughal Empire in the 16th & 17th centuries and its superb monuments date from this era
 
On arrival at Agra hotel, you will be met by our representative and assisted with check in formalities.
 
Later in the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken a guided sightseeing tour of Agra. Tour includes visits following places of interest:
 
Taj Mahal: The Taj Mahal was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal who died during the birth of her child in 1631. The construction is said to have taken 22 years to complete, starting from 1631, with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. Artisans and experts were brought from France and Italy and the main architect was from Iran. 
 
Agra Fort, India Classical Tour TravelAgra Fort: Construction of the massive red sandstone Agra Fort on the bank of Yamuna river was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565 and it was to be predominantly a military structure until his grandson, Shah Jahan, added more palatial accommodations. There are a number of exquisite buildings within its portals such as Samman Burj, where Shah Jahan was held captive by his son, Moti Masjid, a white marble mosque, Diwan – e – Am,  Diwan – e – Khas, Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal and Shish Mahal. 
 
Overnight in Agra.
 
Day 04 - Drive Agra - Jaipur (250 kms/05 hrs)
 
After leisurely breakfast at hotel, you will be met by our representative and assisted with check-out formalities. You will then start your drive to Jaipur. Stop enroute at Fatehpur Sikri for guided tour of this ancient capital.
 
Fatehpur Sikri: the deserted capital of Emperor Akbar approximately 35 kms outside Agra. Built in the 16th century, this city was abandoned 12 years later due to a scarcity of water. The entire city of Red sand stone (sand stone palaces and temples) is virtually intact and a site worth seeing is the 54 m high main entrance -- The Buland Darwaza, The gate of victory constructed to commemorate Akbar’s victory in Gujarat. 
 
After the visit, continue your drive to Jaipur. 
 
Jaipur - is the capital of Rajasthan, and known as the “Pink City” because of the pink colored buildings in its old city.  It is situated on a dry lakebed in a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by forts and crenellated walls. Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, who was careful to cultivate good favour with the ruling Mughals, he laid out the city with rectangular blocks according to ancient Hindu architecture. It is a wonderful city for shopping.
 
On arrival at Jaipur hotel, you will be met by our representative and assisted with check in formalities.
 
Overnight in Jaipur.
 
Day 05 - In Jaipur
 
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Jaipur and Amber.  Tour includes visits to the following places of interest:
 
Hawa Mahal, India Classical Tour TravelHawa Mahal (Palace of winds): Built by Maharaja Sawaj Pratap Singh in 1799, the Hawa Mahal is one of Jaipur’s major landmarks, the facade of which is all pink windows and filigree screens. It was originally built to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life and processions of the city. 
 
City Palace: It is still the home of the former royalty H.H Bhawani Singh Ji of Jaipur housing an extensive collection of art, carpets and old weapons. 
 
Jantar Mantar (Observatory): It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728. At first glance, Jantar Mantar appears to be a curious collection of sculptures but in fact each construction has a specific purpose such as measuring the positions of stars, altitudes and azimuths, and calculating eclipses. The most striking instrument is the sundial with its 27 meter high gnomon.  The shadow this casts moves up to 4 meter an hour. 
 
Amber Fort:  The Amber Fort is situated 11 kms away from Jaipur. Amber was once the ancient capital of Jaipur state. The Fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a hillside and overlooking a lake, which reflects its terraces and ramparts. The climb to the fort is on gaily-bedecked elephants.
Overnight in Jaipur 
 
Day 06 – Drive Jaipur – Jodhpur (330 kms/07 hrs)
 
After leisurely breakfast at hotel, you will be met by our representative and assisted with check-out formalities. You will then start your drive to Jodhpur.
 
Jodhpur, Classical India tourJodhpur - Jodhpur is known as the 'blue city' because of its blue houses. The bustling desert city of Jodhpur stands at the edge of the Thar Desert and is the second largest city of Rajasthan after Jaipur. The city is distinguished by a massive fort that tops a sheer rocky ridge rising in the middle of the town. The old city is still surrounded by a 10 km long wall, built about a century after Jodhpur was founded. Eight gates lead out of the old city and there are plenty of fascinating walks through the jumble of winding streets Founded in  1459 by Rao Jodha, the chief of a Rajput clan known as Rathores, Jodhpur was the capital of the Rathore kingdom and was called Marwar. 
 
On arrival at Jodhpur hotel, you will be met by our representative and assisted with check in formalities.
 
No activities are scheduled for this day. Spend rest of the day enjoying the hotel facilities or exploring the city on your own. 
Overnight in Jodhpur.
 
Day 07 - In Jodhpur
 
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. Tour includes visits to the following places of interest:
 
Jodhpur, Classical India tourMehrangarh Fort: Perched on a high hill, it takes five kilometres by a winding road to reach Mehrangarh - considered by many as the most impressive fort in the fort-studded Rajasthan. Originally built by Maharaja Jodha Rao, the fort was added to by successive rulers of Marwar. Of the seven massive gates to the fort, a few like Jayapol and Fatehpol were commemorative structures built to celebrate the Marwar rulers' victories over various enemies. Inside the fort is a series of courtyards and palaces. Entered through Surajpol, the Jodhpur Museum houses an excellent collection of artifacts of Rajasthan. 
 
Jaswant Thaada: While in Jodhpur, remember to visit this white marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.
An interesting walk around the colourful Sadar market and the Clock Tower is the best way of exploring the heart of the city. You could also sample the culinary delights of Jodhpur apart from visiting the famous antique shops of Jodhpur.
Rest of the day is at leisure and can be spent enjoying the hotel facilities or exploring the city on your own. 
Overnight in Jodhpur.
 
Day 08 – Drive Jodhpur – Udaipur (275 kms / 6 hrs)
 
Udaipur, Classical India tour After leisurely breakfast at hotel, you will be met by our representative and assisted with check out formalities. You will then start your drive to Udaipur. 
 
Udaipur - Udaipur, the famed 'city of sunrise', was founded in 1567 by Maharana Udai Singh, a fearless Rajput king. This languid lake city with its fantasies in marble, picturesque hibiscus-covered gardens and elaborate fountain pavilions, embodies the glory of the Rajput era. Like many other cities in Rajasthan, Udaipur is the legacy of an honour-bound race that loved the good things in life - and often gave up their lives defending them.
 
On arrival at Udaipur hotel, you will be met by our representative and assisted with check in formalities
 
Overnight in Udaipur.
 
Day  09 – In Udaipur
 
City Palace, Classical India tour After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Udaipur. Tour includes visits to the following places of interest:
 
City Palace:  The imposing City Palace, towering over the lake, is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The main part of the palace is now preserved as a museum with a large and varied collection of glass, porcelain figures and miniature paintings. 
 
Jagdish Temple: It is located only 150 mts from the city palace is the famous Jagdish Temple. This fine Indo-Aryan Temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651 and enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu as Jagannath, Lord of the universe. A brass image of the Garuda is in a shrine in front of the temple.
 
Saheliyon Ki Bari: The Saheliyon ki bari or the garden of the Maids of Honour, is in the north of the city. It is a small ornamental garden with fountains, stone elephants and a delightful lotus pool.
 
Lake Pichola: Deriving its name from Pichali village, it is surrounded by hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. There are two island palaces, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir. The former was the summer residence of princes of Mewar and has now been converted into a hotel. Jag Mandir is built of red sandstone with a marble dome.  Evening enjoy boat cruise on Lake Pichola - the shimmering waters of the Lake combined with the City Palace in the background, serve as a magical way to end your day in Udaipur.
 
Rest of the day is at leisure and can be spent enjoying the hotel facilities or exploring the city on your own. 
 
Overnight in Udaipur.
 
Day 10 - Fly  Udaipur -  Delhi
 
Delhi, Classical India tourAfter leisurely breakfast at hotel, you will be met by our representative and assisted with check-out formalities. You will then be transferred to airport in time to board flight for Delhi.
 
You will be met at the airport by our representative and transferred to the hotel and assisted with check in formalities.
Rest of the day is at leisure and can be spent enjoying the hotel facilities or exploring the city on your own. 
 
Overnight in Delhi.
 
Day 11 – Depart Delhi
 
Morning at leisure. Afternoon, you are met by our representative at your hotel and assisted with checkout formalities, followed by transfer to airport in time for your flight home.
 
Agra:History stands testimony that the old brick fort of Sikandar Lodhi was dismantled by Akbar and a magnificent fortress of rust coloured sandstone was built. For the same reason the Fort of Agra is also known as ‘Lal Quila’. This fort was built by Akbar in AD 1565. It took 8 years to be completed. The Fort is said to have 500 buildings in the style of Bengal and Gujarat. This is what Akbar’s historian Abul Fazal had recorded. But unfortunately only a few survive today and the successors of Akbar too subsequently made a few changes and additions. The Fort stands on the banks of the river Yamuna with double walls to protect it. These walls are very high.
 
The fort has four gates. Presently, the entry to the fort is allowed through the gate in the south of the fort called the Amar Singh Rathore Gate is a stone statue of a hourse’s head built by Amar Singh Rathore of Jodhpur in remembrance of his faithful horse that had jumped the walls of the fort and lost its legs in order to save its master.The other two gates near the river situated in the North and East have been closed now. The gate on the West side of the fort is called the Delhi Gate at whose entrance is the famous statues of Jamal and patta who had laid down their lives fighting for Akbar. The space between the Fort and the river was used for holding elephant fights.Right behind is Akbar’s majestic palace- the roof and floor of which are made of red stone. The Diwan-e-Am of the palace was the place he held his Durbar and dispensed justice. We also saw the Diwan-e-khas and the Machhli Bhavan. Close to the Diwan-e-Aam is the Meena Bazar. To the west is the building which is a very curious kind of a Hide and Seek Building.
 
                      
 
Jaipur: is a reservoir of architectural wonders espousing the rich heritage of India. Remnants of artistically designed monuments from the long-gone era portray the royal culture of erstwhile rulers. Read on as this post will help you get a deep insight into the rich historical monuments of Jaipur.History of Jaipur mirrors the affluent traditions, cultures and lifestyle of its people. Indian population has witnessed the gallantry of its rulers in form of glorious monuments standing till date. Jaipur is one such city that is adorned with royal traits of Raja Maharajas that are recalled by the royal palaces, forts, temples and museums.
 
Amber Fort :Popularly known as the Amer Fort, it is located on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway that’s approximately 11 km from Jaipur. Construction of Amer Fort started during the reign of Raja Man Singh I in 1592. However it was fully developed in the dominance of Jai Singh I, though the improvements were added for the successive 150 years. White marble and red sandstone are artistically carved reflecting the excellence for which royal Indian families are famous worldwide.
Hawa Mahal:Hawa Mahal Jaipur Offers beautiful sight to take a look at. Designed in the form of a crown, it is also known as the Palace of Winds or Palace of Breeze due to its amazing air circulation. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, this 50 feet high magnificent monument depicts the prosperous heritage of India.
It is a pyramid shaped facade with 5 floors having 953 small jharokhas (windows) with minute trellis work. Designed with an endeavor to serve women of the Royal families under strict purdah (cover), this palace stands strong representing the glory of great Mughal emperors.
City Palace :Located next to the renowned Hawa Mahal, City Palace incorporates Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal along with several other complex buildings. A blend of Rajasthani and Mughal Architecture can be well observedJaipur city palace in City Palace that was built under the supremacy of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh.A part of this palace is still home to the elite and royal families while the rest has been transformed into a museum. Most fascinating part of this palace is that it is an exact replica of the Pink City. Diwan-I-Khas (hall for private guests) and Diwan-I-Aam (hall for public) is now converted into an art gallery integrating engrossing painted ceilings and unusual ancient hand-written manuscripts of Hindu scriptures.
 
                   
 
Jodhpur: history revolves around the Rathore Clan. Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore clan, is credited with the origin of Jodhpur in India. He founded Jodhpur in 1459. The city is named after him only. It was previously known as Marwar. The following paragraphs will tell you more about the past of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. 
 
The Rathores were driven out of their original homeland, Kaunaj, by Afghans. They fled to Pali, near to the present day Jodhpur. Rathore Siahaji married the sister of a local prince. This helped the Rathores to establish and strengthen themselves in this region. In some time they ousted the Pratiharas of Mandore, just 9 km of today's Jodhpur. Initially, Mandore served as their capital, but, by 1459, Rathores felt a need for a secure capital. This lead to the formation of Jodhpur, the Sun City, by Rao Jodha.
 
The Rathores enjoyed good relations with all the Mughals, except Aurangzeb. Maharaja Jaswant Singh even supported Shahjahan in his struggle for succession. After Aurangzeb's death, Maharaja Ajit Singh drove out Mughals from Ajmer and added it to Marwar (now Jodhpur). Under the reign of Maharaja Umed Singh, Jodhpur grew into a fine modern city.
 
 
Udaipur is also known the city of NGOs from independence movement to Lake Awareness Program and Capacity Building of Tribal & marginalised people of Adivasi Anchal the NGOs has been playing significant role. From freedom fighter Motilal Tejawat to founder member of constitutional committee Master Balwant Singh Mehta and till now many social workers are devoted to their aims and objects, have created a history and projected the Udaipur city on the national & international canvass.There are many institutions & NGOs working and intervening substantially in respected areas.Besides the city in the new millennium offers better opportunities for hospitality of tourists, visitors in all kind of luxurious and economical class hotels, resorts and heritage resorts in city and around. In hospitality this city is well known Zinda-dil Shahar. The cultural concept of our Indian Society Vasudhev kutumbakam still reflects well in culture of this city. In the present scenarios of the Kashmir Udaipur valley has become the alternative Kashmir.
 

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