Rajasthan and the Ganges Valley - 15 days | 14 nights

Highlights of the programme :
  • Udaipur, the most romantic city in India
  • The palaces of Jaipur, current royal residence and the Amber Fort, the ancestral home
  • The temples of Khajuraho and sensual sculptures
  • Varanasi, its ghats, his offerings to the Ganges and extreme

ITINERARY

 

Day 01 Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Reception at the airport. Transfer and overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 Delhi
Day dedicated to the visit of Delhi, capital of India has a fascinating history and dynamic present. First, Old Delhi, the ancient city of the Mughal sultans with steep and narrow streets teeming with people and New Delhi, the capital of the Indian Empire with wide tree lined avenues designed and built by the British as Edwin Lutyens a garden city. In the morning, Old Delhi with a visit to Raj Ghat, the site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; passing in front of the Red Fort was once the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal empire and the bustling shopping district of Chandi Chowk. The afternoon Visiting New Delhi with the minaret Qutb Minar, the tallest minaret in the world. Then Connaught Circus, the heart of public life in New Delhi, Rajpath and India Gate, Parliament and the President's residence. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Delhi - Jodhpur
Morning transfer to airport for flight to Delhi to Jodhpur, the ancient capital of Marwar. On arrival, tour of the city known for its fort, Mehrangarh Fort, overlooking the town like a sentinel. Built in 1459, it contains many palaces built by successive rulers. Jodhpur is commonly known as the Blue City because most of the houses in the old city are painted that color. Jaswant Thada and visit of the royal cenotaphs. Beautiful white marble mausoleum in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, is nicknamed the Rajasthan Taj Mahal. Then walk to the fortified in the colorful and lively bazaar, Sardar Bazar, around the Clock Tower. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 Jodhpur - Kumbhalgarh - Ranakpur - Udaipur
To reach Kumbhalgarh, one of the greatest strengths of the kingdom of Mewar, the road winds and rises gradually in the Aravelli mountains over a thousand meters. Formidable sentinel built in the 15th century, this imposing fortress stands its huge crenellated ramparts running on over 36 kilometers. The visit of this fortress, guarded by seven massive gates greatly impressed. Then, drive to Ranakpur and visit one of the finest complexes of Jain temples in India. The complex, which dates back to the 15th century, is a magnificent beauty and her work in stone recalls the delicacy of lace. Continue to Udaipur. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 Udaipur
Visit the most romantic city of Rajasthan and the jewel of Mewar kingdom. With its marble palaces with undeniable charm with towers, domes and intricately carved balconies, Udaipur is an enchanting spectacle. Visit the City Palace, a huge palace of 1567, Rajput and Mughal mixture of influences surrounded by crenellated walls with panoramic views of Lake Pichola and its two islands. Continue to Jagdish Temple and Sahelion Ki Bari visit, garden bridesmaids of the Maharani. In the late afternoon boat ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 Udaipur - Chittorgarh - Pushkar
Departure to Pushkar and current path, visit Chittorgarh. Chittorgarh, the ancient capital of Mewar, is the symbol of the Rajput spirit, courage, pride and love. Discovery of this impressive Mughal fortress considered the largest in India and best preserved of the state of Rajasthan founded in the 7th century. It is here that the Rajput warriors repeatedly gave their lives preferring death to dishonor and submission of the enemy. Continue to Pushkar, one of the centers of Hinduism and pilgrimage center. The city has the privilege of having the only temple of Brahma, the Creator God of the Universe. On the banks of the lake, ghats allow pilgrims to perform their rituals in the sacred waters to cleanse their souls and thus release from rebirth. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 Pushkar - Jaipur
To Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur, or the Heart of Rajput chivalry, built in 1727 is known as the Pink City because of the color of its walls. In the afternoon, visit the City Palace and its splendid museum containing many treasures, the Astronomical Observatory, the Jantar Mantar Observatory and its amazing instruments that still admired today. Stop at the Palace of Winds, Hawa Mahal, with multiple openings. Built in 1799 and close to the City Palace, this amazing architectural fantasy was built for women of royal families so they can attend processions without being seen. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 Jaipur
Morning drive to Amber and visit the Amber Fort, the ancient capital of Jaipur Maharajas. This 16th century fortress, built atop a rocky outcrop, is accessible by elephant. Tour of the fort and its many small more sumptuous palaces as each other. Back to Jaipur in the afternoon pedicab ride to take the pulse of the old city of Jaipur where markets, shops and bazaars abound. Typical areas have not lost this special atmosphere there for centuries. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Abhaneri - Agra
Drive through the beautiful countryside to get to Agra. Abhaneri stop and visit a beautiful wells degrees, the Chand Baori. This superb book 8th century has twelve levels double flights of stairs that sink up to thirty meters into the rock. It is the oldest and deepest wells degrees in India. Continuation of the road 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 vestiges. The interest of the tour focuses on the streets and the palace of Akbar. Proceed to Agra. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 Agra
At sunrise visit Taj Mahal, unforgettable white marble mausoleum. Agra reached its zenith under the Mughal Empire when it was the capital. It is inside the Taj Mahal, in an underground crypt, rests Mumtaz, wife of Emperor Shah Jehan. Grief crazy, he built her this tomb whose work lasted 22 years. Entirely of white marble, its decoration made of semi-precious stones overlay it a true masterpiece. Then visit the Red Fort is the largest fort in India a UNESCO Cultural Heritage. Mentioned for the first time in 1080, it was then a simple red brick fort. In 1558, Emperor Akbar decided to Agra his capital and rebuilt the fort in order to make a residential palace. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 Agra - Gwalior
After breakfast, drive to Gwalior fortress that evokes the glitzy Rajput chivalry. En route, stop at Dholpur and visit the sacred site of Muchund. Continue to Gwalior. Visit the Fort, huge construction equipped with high ramparts of ten meters, has many monuments. It is located on a platform overlooking the city almost 100 meters high. This is a beautiful complex of yellow stones decorated with blue glazed clay tiles. In the afternoon, stroll through the bazaar of Gwalior. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 Gwalior - Orchha
Morning drive to Orchha. Discovery of this ancient capital known for its temples and royal palaces that preserve beautiful murals. The grandeur of this magnificent city captured in stone has survived the centuries without a hitch. All its royal palaces and temples built in the 16th and 17th centuries still carry the prestige of the dynasty. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 Orchha - Khajuraho
In the morning, drive to Khajuraho visiting temples listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Khajuraho was the religious capital of the Chandela dynasty that built a large complex of temples that had up to 85, but only 22 remain today. Abandoned and overgrown by the jungle, we rediscovered only in 1840. They are covered with refined sculptures of figures and animals and are also famous for their erotic figures. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 Khajuraho - Varanasi
Morning transfer to airport for flight to Khajuraho Varanasi. Upon arrival, drive to Sarnath, high religious place. This is where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after receiving enlightenment. This new religion enjoyed extraordinary popularity and was broadcast throughout Asia. Sarnath became a kind of spiritual school from the 16th century BC. Back to Varanasi and transfer to hotel. In the evening Puja ceremony at ghats. Overnight at hotel. 
Day 15 Varanasi - Delhi
Varanasi is entirely located on the left bank of the Ganga, facing the rising sun. Early morning boat ride on the Ganges ghats along that allow Hindu devotees to go down to the river to practice to their prayers and ablutions. The bath in the Ganges is supposed to wash away all sins. It is also on the ghats that cremation is practiced. Then stroll through the old Varanasi. In the afternoon, transfer to airport for flight to Varanasi Delhi.

SUGGESTED HOTELS

You will find below our selection of hotels for this trip. Hotels indicative, subject to availability. The choice of accommodation category belongs 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.

Pal Haveli - Jodhpur

Ideal location for this beautiful haveli close to the Clock Tower and bazaars. As soon as one enters, the noise outside is allowed and is a haven of peace, away from the buzz of the city. The welcome is friendly and attentive service. The interior is very nice and large rooms are beautifully appointed. The rooftop restaurant offers a beautiful view of the city and the fortress. Breakfast tasty and filling.

 

Amarkothi Hotel - Udaipur

A good 3 * very well maintained with rooms elegantly decorated. Courteous and friendly staff. More: Most sights are near the hotel.

Pushkar Palace - Pushkar

A small buildings along the Pushkar Lake with a beautiful view of the ghats. Near the center, this hotel is ideally located and quiet. Spacious, very well equipped and very clean. Welcoming, attentive and eager to please. Rooftop terrace for a wonderful view.

Khandela Haveli - Jaipur

Former residence of the Maharaja converted into a hotel, this beautiful haveli combines traditional royal hospitality with modern comforts. Spacious rooms with refined decoration surrounding a patio. Restaurant and rooftop pool. A charming place where it feels good.

Siris 18 Hotel - Agra

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

Deo Bagh - Gwalior

A gem of the Neemrana chain opened there two years ago in a unique setting. Get away with these cenotaphs into the park surrounded by several temples and trees. Pleasant and comfortable rooms furnished in Indian style and rooms with practical and functional bathroom. Very good food. Beautiful setting at night with lighting that makes the site worth.

Radisson Blu - Varanasi

A little eccentric, the Radisson offers clean, comfortable and nicely decorated, a smiling and listening. Spacious common areas, beautiful pool nice return visits. The restaurant is at the height of the facility and the breakfast delicious.

Suggested Activities

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

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.

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.

Rafting

A whitewater adventure, or Rishikesh to Haridwar? Accompanied by a qualified guide, you will live a unique experience down the rapids of Ganga. Several levels of difficulty make this activity accessible to everyone.

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.

Motorcycle ride

Wander through India or Nepal aboard the legendary Royal Enfield. This breakaway motorcycle delight lovers of nature and you will discover the diversity of landscapes.

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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