Afternoon proceed for the city tour of Old & New Delhi. visit QUTAB MINAR, the tallest stone tower in India; INDIA GATE – A War Memorial Arch. Also drive past the PRESIDENT’S HOUSE, PARLIAMENT HOUSE, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT BUILDINGS and CONNAUGHT PLACE – the heart of New Delhi and a busy shopping centre.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi-Agra (By Surface/03hrs)
Today after your breakfast you will proceed to Agra.
Upon arrival Agra check in the hotel. Later you will proceed to sightseeing of Taj Mahal & Fort. Visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 years to complete this ‘Love Poem in Marble’. (Friday closed). Later visit the Agra fortcontaining the halls of private & public audiences & other palaces. Shah Jahan spent here years of confinement at the hands of his son Aurangzeb, looking wistfully at the Taj Mahal from the Fort.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 3: Aga- Jaipur (By Surface/06 hrs)
Today after your breakfast you will proceed to Jaipur.
En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. The Fatehpur Sikri complex houses tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other palaces, which surprisingly have withstood the ravages of time and are still in good condition
Continuer drive to Jaipur. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest day is free for independent activities. (No transport provide later.)
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur Sightseeing
0730 Hrs: Morning excursion to Amber Fort. Standing tall over a small hillock overlooking the Pink city, Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort-Palace. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. A major attraction at Amber is the Elephant Ride, all the way up to the Fort entrance.
Afternoon half day sightseeing tour. The tour begins with a visit to the Maharaja’s City Palace,- the former Royal residence,- part of it converted into a museum. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum, housing an impressive array of weaponry -pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. Also see the miniature items and old carpets at the Textile Museum. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone-and-marble-crafted Observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the Observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. Drive pass to Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace)
Overnight stay at hotel
Day 5: Jaipur-Jodhpur (By Surface/06 hrs)
Today after your breakfast you will proceed to Jodhpur.
Upon arrival check in the hotel. Rest day is free for relaxation. (No transport provide later)
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6: Jodhpur Sightseeing
Today city tour of Jodhpur
Visiting the 5-km long Mehrangarh Fort situated on a 125-mt high hill. This is one of the most impressive and formidable structures in Rajasthan. Within the fort are some magnificent palaces with meticulously carved panels, latticed windows or “Jarokhas” with evocative names. The chambers of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, The Sileh Khana and the Daulat Khana are noteworthy for the Splendour and glamour of a bygone era, Jaswant Thada – a cluster of royal cenotaphs in the white marble built in 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh-II, Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum exhibits an exclusive range of items belonging to the Maharajah and the royal family. Located within the Umaid Bhawan Palace, the museum has items ranging from weapons, an array of stuffed leopards, antiques, crockery to various trophies. Also visit Mandore Garden (If time permit) with their high rock terraces are the prominent attractions of the site. In the gardens, there are chhatris (cenotaphs) of the Rathore rulers. The Cenotaph of Maharajah Dhiraj Ajit Singh, an attraction of this site is adorned with carved elephants
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 7: Jodhpur-Ranakpur-Udaipur (By surface/06 hrs)
Today drive to Udaipur.
En-route visit Ranakpur. The Jain Temples of Ranakpur, built in the 15th century, are situated in the lovely Aravali valley. The town is named after Rana Kumbha, the legendary warrior king of Udaipur. Its surroundings are peaceful and picturesque. The Ranakpur Jain temples have grand structures and beautiful sculptures. There are 1444 pillars in the temples and no two of them are similar. Visit Surya Temple and other Jain Temples a little distance away.
Continue drive to Udaipur. On arrival check in at hotel
Day 8: Udaipur Sightseeing
Today full day city tour of Udaipur
Visiting City Palace : Built on the bank of the Pichola Lake, by Maharana Udai Singh in 1570. The impressive complex of several palaces is a blend of Rajput and Mughul influences. Visit here Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal – studded with glittering Belgium Mirrors, Moti Mahal and the Palace of Lord Krishna all of which are ornately decorated, Jagdish Temple: This temple built in 1651 is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver in the Hindu Trinity of Gods, Saheliyon ki Bari : Explore (the Courtyard of the Maidens), a lush garden featuring lawns, fountains and marble sculptures. Located on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake, the greenery of the gardens is in stark contrast with the dryness of the surrounding lands. Also visit Miniature Painting School : Students are trained in miniature painting in an open air Art School. They work on various subjects and various platforms like silk cloth , hand-made paper, marble & processed plate. Our Miniature Paintings are made with natural stone colours and with real gold & silver
Evening enjoy the boat ride on Lake Pichola (Subject to water label)
Lake Pichola, the scenic focus of Udaipur, surrounded by hills, gardens, havelis, ghats and temples. A boat cruise around the lake takes you to the Jag Mandir Island. Jag Mandir built in 17th century is made of yellow sandstone and marble inlay around an attractive courtyard. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan took refuge after he led a revolt against his father. During the 1857 Mutiny, English women and children were also given refuge here by the Maharana
Day 9: Udaipur Departure (By flight)
Today in time transfer to airport to connect flight for Delhi. On arrival Delhi Airport, connect onward flight.
Treat yourself to a tour of Mahé’s wild side, the untamed south of the island, with its rolling countryside, quaint hamlets and spectacular beaches. Your day starts in charming Victoria, on a visit to the bustling market, ‘Little Ben’, its famous, landmark clock tower and the other fascinating nooks and crannies of one of world’s smallest capitals. A scenic drive into the cool of the mountains follows, offering unforgettable vistas of the ocean below en route to the enchanted setting of ‘Mission Lodge’, site of an ancient school for slave children and now home to the songs of rare, endemic birds. Seemingly suspended in the mountain mists is the tea plantation which you will pass on your descent to the surreally beautiful west coast and the photo opportunity of your stay as the road meanders through picturesque villages on its way to Pineapple Studios – an Alladin’s Cave of local arts & crafts. This particular rainbow trail ends at spectacular Cap Lazare amid the scented blossoms of Frangipani trees and the manicured gardens of a private estate where you will feast on a mouthwatering Creole buffet served right on the beachfront. The afternoon is yours to enjoy in the beautiful grounds of this exceptional domain, famous for its large population of Giant Land Tortoises and for the wonders of its underwater world.
Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India's first planned city. Jaipur is a major tourist attraction amongst Indian as well as international travellers. It belongs to the tourist Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. It hosts several attractions like the City Palace, Govind Dev ji Temple, Vidhan Sabha, Birla Temple, several massive Rajput forts and so on. It also serves as a stepping stone for travelers heading to the desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.
The renowned 'Palace Of The Winds', or Hawa Mahal, is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Jaipur city. Located in the heart of Jaipur, this beautiful five-storey palace was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh who belonged to Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty. The main architect of this palace built of red and pink sandstone, is Lal Chand Ustad and the palace is believed to have been constructed in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god.
At the centre of New Delhi stands the 42 m high India Gate, an "Arc-de-Triomphe" like archway in the middle of a crossroad. Almost similar to its French counterpart, it commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The memorial bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919.
Enjoy the very best of both worlds: those of the ocean and one of Seychelles’ twin, UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the mysterious, primeval valley known as the Vallée de Mai. We will introduce you to the experience of a lifetime on a guided tour of this world-famous site where the legendary Coco-de-Mer, the double-lobed coconut in the form of a woman’s pelvis, grows in twilight beneath a towering canopy of palms. Fantastic legends and tales about this extraordinary site as our guide will explain how it is believed to be the original biblical Garden Of Eden before escorting you to the ocean - destination Anse Lazio, reputedly the world’s most beautiful beach. Swimming and snorkelling in the crystal waters off this divine beach is a once in a lifetime experience. We will provide you with ample time to engrave it on your memory before we take you home at day’s end.
This voyage to the timeless island of La Digue where age-old traditions await your discovery. We invite you to travel the traditional way, by schooner, from Praslin’s Baie Ste Anne jetty to nearby La Digue Island where our attentive staff will greet you with freshly picked coconuts before escorting you by traditional transport to L’Union Estate. Here, in landscaped gardens bordering imposing granite boulders and the equally magnificent ‘Emmanuelle’ House where the famous film of the same name was made, we will reveal to you how ‘coprah’, the succulent flesh of the coconut is dried and its perfumed oil extracted. Your next visit will be to Anse Source d’Argent, the world’s most photographed beach that has already played host to scenes from such films as ‘Pirates’ and ‘Castaway’ as well as to adverts for Bacardi, Carling and Bounty and where the combination of turquoise shallows fringed by exquisite granite rocks promises to take your breath away. Luncheon will be at today’s choice of traditional restaurant followed by the scenic journey to the beaches of Grand Anse or Anse Severe where you will while away the afternoon at leisure. Alternatively, from the moment of your arrival on La Digue you may decide to set out on your own individual voyage of discovery and explore the island by bicycle at your leisure, taking in as many places of interest as your heart desires.
This is a great adventure for those young hearts with the first stop being at St. Pierre Island, a favourite with swimmers and snorkelers. You will then visit Curieuse island reserve, where you can admire the giant land tortoises and enjoy a one hour tour of the island, walking through the mountains and mangroves swamp to Anse Josee. The day continues with a mouth-watering BBQ lunch, served aboard the elegant Oplezir catamaran, before cruising to the stunning Anse Georgette beach for a photo stop and a refreshing swim. The trip will end with a scenic cruise along the North East coast of Praslin Island. Leave the world behind and enter with us the mysterious realm of the Vallée de Mai, the legendary valley where General Gordon of Khartoum became convinced was the original site of the biblical Garden of Eden. Stroll along the winding footpaths of a place so special it has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site, beneath the shade of ancient, towering palms bearing the most extraordinary fruit of all: the famous Coco-de-Mer, a double-lobed coconut and the world’s heaviest seed in the perfect shape of a woman’s pelvis. Listen for the call of one of the world’s rarest birds, the Seychelles Black Parrot as you wander the valley and your guide introduces you to its spectacular treasures which includes one of the planet’s tiniest frogs, stick insects, chameleons and six species of endemic palm. Leaving the spellbinding wonders of the valley behind, we will take you to one of the most famous beaches on Earth, where ancient granite boulders stand jealous guard over a beach of bewitching beauty, lapped by crystal turquoise waters…a fitting close to an unforgettable experience of Seychelles’ twin masterpieces.
A Tale of three Islands invites you to experience this unique combination of Seychelles’ most famous island highlights. As first port of call, we have planned a one-hour guided tour of Cousin Island, a picturesque reserve for a wide range of fauna, including doves and giant tortoises and also a conservation success story that has rescued important endemic wildlife from extinction. After savouring the rich diversity of this pristine sanctuary set like a gemstone in a pure turquoise sea, you will visit Curieuse Island off Praslin’s northern coast, the only place apart from the Vallée de Mai where the legendary Coco de Mer grows wild. Here you will enjoy exceptional swimming in limpid waters and relaxation on white sands before being served a tasty barbecue lunch on the beach. After lunch, you can enjoy a one-hour guided tour through this fascinating nature reserve, taking in the ruins of its ancient leper colony and the newly refurbished ‘Doctor’s House’, now a charming museum. The island trail meanders through a mangrove forest teeming with wildlife towards the impressive lagoon of Baie Laraie where small sharks and turtles abound and where you will also find the pen for rearing giant land tortoises in an exciting conservation project. Leaving Curieuse behind, we will eventually make our way to the third in our trio of island jewels, St Pierre, for the snorkelling experience of a lifetime, amid crystalline waters that abound with a myriad of fish and colourful coral formations. On the return journey you will be left the arduous task of deciding which of our three islands is the most magnificent!
Become one with nature as only Seychelles can offer it, on this day of discovery and adventure commencing with a visit to the Ste Anne Marine Park, with its spectacular views of the surrounding islands. Our Reef Safari will introduce you to the myriad wonders of Seychelles’ underwater world by glass-bottom boat, your ‘eye in crystal waters’ and to the thrill of fish feeding before transporting you to one of the park’s island jewels: Cerf. Cerf is the largest island of the Ste. Anne Group, named after the vessel of one of Seychelles’ early explorers and has a long tradition of settlement, first as a coconut plantation and now as a habitation for people escaping the ‘hustle and bustle’ of neighboring Mahé. Here, we will tempt your palate with a traditional Creole lunch, allowing you time to explore the rare beauty of the island, swim in its crystal waters and relax on its silver-sanded beaches. This is a place where stunning, natural beauty and time-honored island ways will conspire to provide you with the time of your life…and the memories to match.