The heritage facet of Indian tourism lies in its magnificent forts and palaces that are nestling in the various parts of India. Stood in pride these fortified replete with royal decor and the memories of valour and prides are the major source of attractions as far tourism in India is concerned.
Of all the Indian monuments, forts and palaces are most fascinating. Most of the Indian forts were built as a defence mechanism to keep the enemy away. The state of Rajasthan is home to numerous forts and palaces. The magnificent forts and palaces of Rajasthan were built during the medieval period. The notable feature about each of the forts and palaces is the exquisite carving work that has survived till date and still receives appreciation from people worldwide. These grand forts clearly depict the glory of Indian majestic past.
Welcome to India. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel, Get a taste of Indian hospitality while you enter the hotel by the hotel staff. You will experience the traditional Indian welcome, whilst you complete the check-in procedures. We realise that our guest will be tired and jet lagged by a long journey, so the first day is for you to relax and get acclimatised to the surrounding.
Overnight in New Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast, commence your full day tour of Delhi. he capital city of India, Delhi had been a favourite of many dynasties and rulers in the past. Due to this, the heritage and culture of Delhi has influences of various ethnicities. One part is Old Delhi and the other half is New Delhi. Old Delhi is known for its architectural wonders that brilliantly depict the tales of its bygone era. On the other hand, the new face of Delhi has modern infrastructure that talks about the urban delights of the city.
As you would be done with the breakfast, head on for a city tour. In this, you would be visiting some of the most popular attractions of Old and New Delhi. Start with the visit to Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid.
Overnight in New Delhi
After an early morning breakfast you depart for Mandawa. Upon reaching Mandawa, you check in to your hotel room. In the evening you visit Shekhavati area and painted Haveli.
Overnight in Mandawa
Following a hearty breakfast is the city tour of Bikaner. During this four hour drive, you visit Junagarh Fort- built in 1611 AD the most popular fort of Bikaner, Anup Mahal-with prettified elaborate details and Karan Mahal- decorated with a blend of Rajput and Mughal style of architecture; the gems of Bikaner city.
Overnight in Bikaner
Morning after breakfast depart by surface to Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is a tiny jewel in the heart of the Thar, the Great Indian Desert. On arrival check into Fort Rajwada. Evening explore around this magnificent fort city.
Overnight in Jaisalmer
After breakfast proceed for city sightseeing of Jaisalmer covering Jaisalmer Fort – built on the highest point of the Tricuta hill, Sun Gate. Outstanding features are Megh Durbar & various temples, Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli & Patwon–Ki-Haveli – some of the beautiful mansions with stone carving and lattice work of breath taking intricacy, Lodurva – A masterpiece of architectural grandeur. Evening Camel Ride at sand dunes by sunset.
Overnight stay in Jaisalmer.
Morning depart by surface to Jodhpur. Arrive and check-in to hotel. Afternoon proceed on half-day tour covering Mehrangarh fort – unsurpassed in beauty & grandeur, it is one of the largest forts in India. Innumerable palaces in the fort, interspersed with sprawling courtyards, are intricately carved Jaswant Thada – The 19th century royal cenotaph, a creation in white marble Clock tower – The timely treasure of Jodhpur.
Overnight in Jodhpur
Morning drive to Udaipur, en-route visit Ranakpur temples – the pilgrimage centre of Rajasthan a few of the numerous temples are Chaturmukh temples. Arrive and check into hotel. Evening walk around the local bazaar to view the lifestyle of the local people.
Overnight in Udaipur
City tour of Udaipur is arranged post breakfast. Some of the highlights of the day are Saheliyon ki Bari- A rejuvenating garden dating to the ancient era, Jagdish Temple- Built in the Indo- Aryan architectural concept this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and City Palace- the gem of Udaipur surrounded by lakes. In the evening, a boat ride in the Pichola Lake heals the gloom as the sun sets.
Overnight in Udaipur
After breakfast in the morning drive to Pushkar. Upon arrival in Pushkar transfer to the Hotel. Evening visit local area and explore Rajasthani artwork.
Overnight in Pushkar
After breakfast, depart for Jaipur. Enroute pass several rural areas of Rajasthan. Upon arrival in Jaipur check in to your pre booked hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Jaipur
This morning, after refreshing breakfast, you are taken to Amber Fort, where an enthralling elephant ride awaits you. In the afternoon you visit City Palace, a perfect epitome of beauty. The palace has courtyards, gardens and other buildings. After this you explore Royal Observatory.
Overnight in Jaipur
On the thirteenth day, upon breakfast you set for a drive to Agra; and a stopover in Fatehpur Sikri. In Fatehpur Sikri you visit the Buland Darwaza, Palace of Jodha Bai, Jama Masjid, Birbal Bhawan and Panch Mahal. You reach Agra by evening, retire in your hotel room and stay overnight.
Overnight in Agra
Today morning we shall take you for a city tour covering -Taj Mahal – a poem written in white marble, the most extravagant monument ever built for love, Red Fort – a visit to the fort in ‘Agra’ is a must since so many of the events which lead to the construction of the Taj took place here, Itmad-ud-Daula’s Tomb – The tomb is of particular interest since many of its design elephants overshadow the Taj
Afternoon we shall drive you to Delhi 205 Kms. 5 hrs. drive approx. On arrival transfer to the International airport to connect your flight for onward destination with a bunch of enthralling and mesmerizing memories of your tour.
Yes. All Zigi Tour’s guests are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their India tour. Your leader will record your insurance details on the first day.We have negotiated very special rates with our colleagues at Holiday Extras – with no upper age limits and no medical declaration for UK tours.
To obtain a quotation simply call them on 0800 2800 104 – Please ensure you quote our special price code Q4228
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They’re an incredibly effective way of stopping diarrhoea and preventing dysentery (Delhi Belly). It quickly absorbs the toxins or pathogens that are causing the problem and keeps you strong.
A pouch to keep your personal belongings like passports, loose money, personal medications, Photo ID, etc. is strongly recommended.
India is a place of endless eye candy and spectacles that you won’t see anywhere else. Naturally a camera comes in handy.
We provide complimentary mineral filtered water for our tours. It is strongly advised to consume only packaged drinking water or carry water purification tablets.
It is important to carry international travel adapters to charge your electronic items such as laptops , phones, toothbrush, tablets, etc
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A good sunscreen is strongly advised to protect your skin from tropical weather.
Travel back pack comes in handy whilst you are on a day tour or just venturing out. It can be stored to keep your belongings such as camera, tablet, water bottle, snacks, etc