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Meet the Maharajahs - 8 days | 7 nights

Highlights of the programme :
  • Discovery of the Golden Triangle
  • One night at the Palace of Maharaja of Mandawa
  • Crossing authentic villages on the ancient Silk Road
  • The Taj Mahal, the famous white marble mausoleum

ITINERARY

Day 01 Delhi
Arrive in Delhi. Reception at the airport. Transfer and overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 Delhi - Samode
In the morning panoramic tour of Delhi, the capital of India has many faces. First, Old Delhi, the ancient city of the Mughal sultans steep streets teeming with people and New Delhi, the capital of the India with wide tree-lined avenues designed and built by the British as Edwin Lutyens a garden city. Earlier this afternoon, drive to Samode Palace and, one of the most fabulous of Rajasthan. Under the guise of impregnable fortress built into the hill, the Samode Palace reveals a beautifully decorated interior. A pedestrian walk is most enjoyable in the streets of the village inhabited by various artisan communities: carpet weaving, jewelry making silver typical of Rajasthan. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Samode - Mandawa
Drive to Mandawa and visit this village in the Shekhawati real art gallery to open in Rajasthan. Marwari community, large families of rich merchants in India between the 17th and 19th centuries had built lavish mansions, havelis, beautifully illustrated with colorful frescoes and naive. Mandawa is a village with winding streets that intersect men and animals in total harmony. It is common to find at a street corner, camels, buffalo and black pigs. After visiting several havelis, stroll through the village. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04  Mandawa - Jaipur 
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur, the Pink City, the capital of Rajasthan. In the afternoon, visit the City Palace, the royal palace combines Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and sumptuous museum containing many treasures. Continue with a visit to the Observatory, Jantar Mantar Observatory, built in the year1728 which is now a world heritage UNESCO monument. End of the visit, stop in front of the legendary Palace of Winds, Hawa Mahal, multiple lattice. It was built for the women of the royal families so they can attend the processions safe from prying eyes. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 Jaipur
Morning drive to Amber and splendid fort atop a rocky outcrop. Amber was the capital of Rajasthan before being dethroned by Jaipur in 1727 . This ancient fortress is acccessible on elephant back or jeep. Visit multiple mansions contained in the box. The magnificence of this fort demonstrates the power and pound capacities of Rajput princes at that time. Return to Jaipur for a ride by cyclo in the old town full of colorful markets and bazaars. A special atmosphere reign in its ancient streets. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 Jaipur - Abhaneri - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Drive through the beautiful countryside to get to Agra. Abhaneri stop and visit anancient beautiful step-well known as Chand Baori. This superb book of the 8th century has twelve levels double flights of stairs which sink up to thirty meters into the rock. It is the oldest and deepest wells degrees in India. The route continues to the walled city of red sandstone, Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar to commemorate the birth of his son. Its construction was completed in 1574 but the city was abandoned 15 years later. It is nicknamed the "Ghost Town" and has kept many relics. The interest of the tour focuses specifically on the streets and the palace of Akbar. Continue to Agra. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 Agra
At sunrise visit Taj Mahal, unforgettable white marble mausoleum. Agra reached its zenith under Mughal empire when it was the capital. It is inside the Taj Mahal, in an underground crypt that rests Mumtaz, wife of Emperor Shah Jehan. Mad with grief, he built her this tomb whose work lasted 22 years. Entirely in white marble decoration made of inlaid semi-precious stones making it a true masterpiece. Then, visit the Red Fort is the largest fort in India declared cultural heritage of UNESCO. Mentioned for the first time in 1080, it was at the time a simple red brick fort. In 1558, Emperor Akbar decided to Agra his capital and rebuilt in order to make it a residential palace fort. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 Agra - Sikandra - Delhi
Back to Delhi. Along the way, stop at Sikandra to admire the colossal mausoleum of Emperor Akbar, one of the greatest leaders of the Mughal emperors. This building is built in sandstone and white marble stands in a large garden and mix of architectural styles. Known for his talent both as a reformer as a diplomat, he made matrimonial alliances with other religions and backgrounds. He ascended the throne in 1556 at the age of fourteen years and died in Agra in 1605 continue to the Delhi International Airport for the return flight.

SUGGESTED HOTELS

You will find below our selection of hotels for this trip. Hotels indicative subject to availability. The choice of the class of accommodation to you. You will be able to specify it in your quote.

Maidens - Delhi

The oldest hotel in Old Delhi built in the 1900 Colonial architecture, spacious gardens, magnificent chandeliers, long corridors, everything is done to revive the scent of old India. Very friendly and attentive staff.

Samode Bagh - Samode

Romantic hideaway, Samode Bagh offers a unique experience in air-conditioned tent, with all due comfort. The atmosphere is relaxed and elegant.

Mandawa Castle - Mandawa

Former palace of Maharaja of Mandawa converted into heritage hotel in the heart of an authentic village. Nice big well equipped and decorated in the traditional style. A note of yesteryear for this hotel features beautiful gardens and a pool.

Shahpura House - Jaipur

Charm for this beautiful noble house with large comfortable rooms. Attentive and friendly staff. Nice pool and good restaurant.

Siris 18 Hotel - Agra

Located in a quiet street. Small building with spacious and well-appointed rooms. Courteous and friendly staff.

Suggested Activities

You will find below our suggestion for activities to do throughout your journey. Do not hesitate to contact an advisor Aryavrit Travels for any specific request.

Ayurveda massage

Ayurveda invites us to stay in harmony with nature, in touch with the elements of nature by practicing yoga and meditation which help us to purify and nourish our body and mind. A massage  on the eye  helps to rebalance the body and its functions. Enjoy your visit to the birthplace of Ayurveda to experience a massage in the purest tradition.

Cooking lessons

You fell for tandoori chicken, Kerala fish curry, samosas, the thali, the dal, biryani? Do not leave without having learned to cook these dishes. We offer courses in vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. At the end of the session, you are invited to examine and taste your own the prepared dishes.

Henna session

Mehndi usually refers to the art of drawing with henna on the skin. It is an ephemeral equivalent of tattooing. In Rajasthan, mehndi is an fplk art and it is common for women to get as sophisticated as those of newlyweds drawings. Attend a session to decorate your hands with henna and why not take the opportunity to keep track of your visit!

Yoga

Immerse yourself in the practice of Yoga and meditation which helps you to know your body and mind. An experienced yoga teacher will teach you the various techniques of "pranayama" (breathing), "asanas" (positions) and 'dhyana' (meditation). A unique opportunity in the purest tradition.

Film show

Indians like to say that what unites them is a passion for cricket and love of cinema. India is the largest film industry in the world in terms of production and the number of entries. Attend the screening of a film, it's a unique experience and share a moment of jubilation.

Local family

What could be more authentic than sharing a moment with a local family? An opportunity to understand the Indianess from very close which is worth reading several books on India. A unique opportunity to  learn about the customs of your hosts, with whom you share a traditional meal. A moment of conviviality, memorable exchanges that will only add magic to your stay.

Vintage car

Experience the charm side with a vintage ride in Rajasthan. These old cars of the maharajahs take you as a prince through the main streets of the cities. A timeless adventure not to be missed.

Cricket match

Catch a game of cricket, a sport that is truly thrill the crowds in India. Unknown in France, cricket crystallizes all the passions in the Indian subcontinent, where millions of fans follow live matches of their national team. The best players are idolized as real stars, like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev considered one of the best cricketers of all time.

Polo match

Polo on horseback or elephant, a unique show in Jaipur, Jodhpur or Delhi. Sport in vogue in India, polo on horseback is still today one of the spearheads of the sport in the Indian aristocracy. Polo on elephant back, meanwhile, is not a sport as such. Nevertheless, it attracts large crowds because of the originality of a rapid game with elephants struggling to move on the ground. Very entertaining!

Ballooning

Take a step back to admire the pink city Jaipur, it is possible. Climb aboard the platform of your balloon and fly over the capital of Rajasthan and the impressive Amber Fort which is necessary not far from it. In the early morning light, the emotions are at their peak by the glipse by the history of vastness and beauty which has exisred here for last many centuries.

Bike ride

We invite you to immerse in unusual: a bike ride on the roads of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Cycling is a way to meet people, a tool to reach out to the population, which allows you to be closer than at the window of an air conditioned car. Let yourself drift along with your meetings, you will appreciate the paths which reserve surprises, all more enjoyable than the other.

Horseback ride

Expect a complete change: in the saddle on the beautiful Marwari horses with amazing earrings shaped like a crescent moon, discover the breathtaking surroundings and go out to meet the locals. A walk to discover treasures, off the beaten path.

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