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Splendors of Royal Antiquities

13 days & 12 nights,

Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Deogarh & Udaipur

Embark on a journey back in time to a bygone era of pomp and luxury. Experience the opulence and extravagance of the Royal Houses of Deogarh, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur and the colonial jewel of Delhi. Relive history as you savor delicacies from royal kitchens, and explore the twisting lanes of bustling bazaars that once housed the private jewelers and craftsmen of kings and queens. Experience the thrill of embarking on an elephant safari in Jaipur and of navigating the narrow streets in old cities. Come live the life of an Indian royal.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Delhi

    Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met and accompanied to your hotel.

    The Imperial Hotel - 2 Nights
  • Day 2

    After breakfast this morning, meet your fellow travelers and begin your explorations of the rich diversity and antiquities of the city. Absorb the spirit of Delhi as you enjoy the contrast between the hidden treasures of Old Delhi and colonial edifices of New Delhi. On a walk through the bustling old alleys of Chandni Chowk, visit some of the most unique and ancient sites of the old city. In New Delhi, enjoy a panoramic tour, as you pass by India Gate and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, which houses the president's residence and government buildings. Complete your journey with visits to the beautiful Humayun's Tomb and Qutb Minar (Tower of Victory), a superb example of early Afghan architecture, built to establish the might of Islam and onset of Muslim rule in India.

    The Imperial Hotel (B)
  • Day 3
    To Agra

    Today, depart for the Mughal citadel of Agra.
    Upon arrival, check into your hotel. After lunch, head to the exquisite white marble mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, which Emperor Shah Jahan built as a shrine to his everlasting love for his queen, Mumtaz Mahal.
    Continue to discover the palaces, mosques and halls of audience of magnificent Agra Fort, a walled city built out of red sandstone in the 16th century. Pass through the monumental Delhi Gate to explore the Golden Pavilions, extensive gardens and grand towers of the fort. In this once-impregnable fortress, discover the many hidden rooms and immerse yourself in the grand legacy of the Mughals in India. Before returning to your hotel, accompany your guide on an exclusive visit to Kohinoor Jewelers to admire exquisite artefacts and ornaments preserved by a family who were the traditional Jewelers to the Mughal court.

    The Gateway Hotel - 1 Night (B, L)
  • Day 4
    To Jaipur

    Your journey continues on to Jaipur today, which presides over the fascinating desert state of Rajasthan. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendor are now living monuments, accepted into the lifestyles of the residents of the city. From the home of the queen's favorite handmaiden, to royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, and later as the residence of the Maharaja, the Rambagh Palace boasts elegant rooms, marbled corridors and majestic gardens echoing with history. This evening, enjoy a guided walk through the hotel to learn about the whims of princes, the romance of princesses, the impeccable pride and craft of royal artisans and two and a half centuries of royal lives.

    Rambagh Palace - 2 Nights (B, D)
  • Day 5

    Explore the rustic countryside of the Aravallis on elephant back, stopping for a royal picnic breakfast. Continue to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city. Enjoy a lavish lunch set within the historic walls of the fort. Indulge yourself as you visit the stores, which were beloved by members of the royal house and their guests. See some of the private treasures and jewelry of the royals, admire the royal costumes in the museum, and visit textile workshops famous for the block print textiles with royal designs.

    Rambagh Palace (B, L)
  • Day 6
    To Jodhpur

    Bid farewell to Jaipur and head west to Jodhpur, the epitome of all the romance and splendor of Rajasthan. The majestic Mehrangarh Fort towers over resplendent palaces, colorful bazaars and the sands of the Thar Desert. Arrive at RAAS, your accommodation for the next two nights, situated in the prestigious northeastern quarter of the walled city, in the very shade of Mehrangarh's Victory Palace and gate, and close to the clock tower.

    RAAS - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 7

    Begin your day with a visit to impressive Mehrangarh Fort, which was described by Rudyard Kipling as "the creation of angels, fairies and giants." The fort museum displays an extensive collection of paintings, thrones and weapons. Explore the old city on tuk-tuks as you pass by local artists, puppet makers and traditional spice markets. Savor rustic Rajasthani life on a village safari to Bishnoi, accompanied by members of the royal family. Spot black buck, chinkara and migratory birds that are often seen in the countryside. Meet a local family, visit their home, and enjoy a delicious and traditional High Tea before returning to Jodhpur.

    RAAS (B)
  • Day 8
    To Deogarh

    After breakfast this morning, bid farewell to the Blue City of Jodhpur, as you travel by road through the desert landscape to the charming village of Deogarh. Stop en route to visit the Ranakpur Temple, one of the largest and most important Jain temple complexes in India. Marvel at your home for the next two evenings, the Deogarh Mahal, a magnificent fort and a fitting stronghold for one of its sixteen "umraos", the most senior barons attending on the Maharana of Udaipur.

    Deogarh Mahal - 2 Nights (B, L)
  • Day 9

    Explore the intricate mosaic of rural and royal Deogarh as you experience a drive in a vintage car accompanied by one of the members of the family (subject to availability), followed by a guided walk through the village. This evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration and exquisite dinner fit for royalty.

    Deogarh Mahal (B, D)
  • Day 10
    To Udaipur

    Continue your journey through India to the Lake City of Udaipur. Surrounded by the Aravalli Hills and dotted with palaces, Udaipur is an oasis in the desert of Rajasthan. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your palace hotel. Soak up the beauty of the picturesque environs surrounding the Lake Pichola. Later, enjoy a walk through an historic section of this royal palace, a symbol of style and elegance.

    Taj Lake Palace - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 11

    The day will bring alive the splendor and extravagance of the Royal House of Mewar. Step back in time when you visit the magnificent City Palace, stronghold of the Maharanas of Mewar, and walk through the old city, exploring its winding lanes and bustling bazaars. Then visit an art gallery dedicated to modern, contemporary and traditional art. In the evening, indulge in a delectable farewell dining experience with your fellow travelers.

    Taj Lake Palace (B, D)
  • Day 12
    To Delhi

    Fly to Delhi today, where, upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your hotel.

    The Imperial Hotel - 1 Night (B)
  • Day 13
    Depart Delhi

    After breakfast this morning, bid farewell to India as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.

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