Romancing the Taj , Rajasthan and Istanbul
A Grand tour of India and Turkey
All in a 14-day Tour
exceptional package includes
Jodhpur , Udaipur
and the best of historic Istanbul ( ancient Constantinople)
Kerala and a House Boat Cruise in India
Itinerary and Hotels in a glance :
01 : Arrive Delhi
02 : In Delhi
03 : Delhi – Agra
Day 04 : Agra
Day 05 : In Jaipur
Day 06 : Jaipur – Pushkar
Day 07 : Pushkar
08 : Jodhpur
Day 09 : Jodhpur – Udaipur
10 : Udaipur
11 : Udaipur – Delhi - Istanbul
12 : Istanbul
Day 13 : Istanbul
Day 14 : Departure – Istanbul
Hotels - or similar :
Delhi : Maidens Hotel (An Oberoi Hotel)
Agra : The Trident Hotel (An Oberoi Hotel)
Jaipur : Fortune Select Metropolitan
Pushkar : Jagat Palace
Jodhpur : Ratan Villas
Udaipur : Lotus Lake View
1 - Arrive at Delhi , India - Monday -
Weekly : Jan : Sep
Arrive at New Delhi’s International Airport where you will be met
and transferred to your hotel . The drive from the airport introduces
Delhi as a spacious, tree-lined city with a number of beautiful parks.
2 - Delhi - Tuesday
The morning is at leisure. In the afternoon take a tour of Delhi including
visits to Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India, and Humayun’s
tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor in the Indo-Persian
style. See the imposing India Gate, Parliament buildings and Rastrapathi
Bhawan, the President’s residence. (B)
3 – Delhi
Tour Taj Mahal - Wednesday
by road this morning to Agra (approximate 4 ½ hours) and , tour
this grand Mughal Dynasty city . The group will tour the never conquered
Agra Fort, once the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire ,
this will be followed by the sunset tour of the magnificent Taj Mahal
. The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking
22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles
away and transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built in
the mid 17th century by Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his
wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world.
The Taj appears amazingly perfect from almost any angle, and close-up,
the marble inlay work is astounding. You will have ample time to view
this outstanding piece of architecture. Continue on to Agra Fort. This
evening try your hand at bargaining at the marble & leather factories
of Agra . (B)
4 – Agra
Sikri to Jaipur - Thursday
You will be driven to Jaipur today (approximate 6 hours) stopping
en-route to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city,
built by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the
late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after when the wells dried up
and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years
On arrival in Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ of palaces and monuments,
proceed to your hotel for a two night stay. (B)
5 - Jaipur - Friday
Sightseeing today includes an elephant ride up to the Amber Fort, then
time to stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls.
See Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of the Winds, whose elaborately
carved façade captured cooling breezes and concealed from view
the ladies of the court watching the activity in the streets below. Visit
the City Palace gardens and courtyards, and explore the collections of
costumes, armoury and rare manuscripts in its museum. Walk to the adjacent
Astronomical Observatory, built in 1726 and still in use, and shop in
the local bazaar by Bi-cycle Rickshaw.(B)
6 – Jaipur
Today you will be driven to Pushkar, 141 kilometers- 3 hours. Afternoon
visit the only Brahama Temple in world and the sacred lake. Also walk
around the holy Pushkar lake and in colorful crowded bazaars. (B)
7 - Pushkar
Drive from Pushkar
– the Blue city. Evening will be free to relax at hotel, or enjoy
Jodhpur as you wish . (B)
8 - Jodhpur- Monday
Start your day with a guided tour to the famous monuments of Blue city
such as the awe inspiring Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. Evening stroll
through the narrow lanes of the market place on your pace. (B)
9 - Jodhpur – Ranakpur - Udaipur
After a leisurely breakfast , your group tour will enjoy a morning drive
from Jodhpur to Udaipur.
Enroute visiting Ranakpur Jain Temples – famous for its carvings
, over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support the temple.
The pillars are all differently carved and no two pillars are the same.
10 - Udaipur - Wednesday
Morning enjoy the Guided tour of Udaipur - popularly known as “Venice
of the East”
Evening enjoy the boat ride on Lake Pichola . (B)
11 - Udaipur – Delhi - Istanbul - Thursday (B)
After breakfast : Fly back to Delhi, air fare within India
is included in our rate .
Upon arrival assistance & transfer to Delhi International airport
to board your flight to Istanbul, Turkey, air fare is included one way
with tax in economy class .
In Istanbul our local rep. will be waiting at the airport with a sign
in your name and escorts you to your hotel : Arena or similar boutique
12 - ISTANBUL- Friday (BL)
We dive right into this fascinating city with visits to its top sights:
Topkapi, the palace of the Sultans for centuries; Hagia Sophia, the greatest
church in Christendom for a thousand years; the Blue Mosque, with its
exquisite blue tiles; the Byzantine Hippodrome, scene of chariot races
and gladiator combat; and the eerie Sunken Palace cistern beneath it.
Then a drive through modern neighborhoods brings us to the ancient city
walls and the Kariye Museum (Chora Church), filled with brilliant Byzantine
13 - BOSPHORUS- Saturday (BL)
Istanbul's history was formed by the Bosphorus, the winding strait that
separates Europe and Asia, connecting the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara.
Now, as in ancient times, it is a maritime vital link between the countries
bordering the Black Sea and those in the rest of the world. Today we take
a leisurely cruise northward along this historic waterway. Along its shores
are ranged palaces great and small-Topkapi, Dolmabahçe, Beylerbeyi,
Küçüksu, Hünkar Iskelesi. Four great fortresses
rise on the hills, reminding us that to control the Bosphorus was to control
the destinies of nations.
afternoon cruise (morning cruise for Oct-Apr season) of two continents,
crossing from Europe to Asia and back, includes visits to the Navy's Museum
(showing some magnificent boats used by the Ottoman Sultans), the Bosphorus
Bridge, Çamlica Hill lookout, and stupendous Dolmabahçe
Palace. We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then go on a shopping spree
at the labyrinth of the Grand Bazaar. Breakfast, Lunch.
14 -Istanbul - DEPARTURE- Sunday (B)
Our local rep will assist you with the transfer to Istanbul airport for
your flight home.
Breakfast is included at the hotel .Bon Voyage.
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TOUR INCLUDES :
airport transfers and taxes .
air fare within India as per itinerary , in economy class with taxes.
accommodations (including taxes) based on the hotel listed above or
sightseeing by air-conditioned motor coach, including all admissions
Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes, and porterage
at all hotels, railway station & airports.
of an English-Speaking local Guide shall be provided for the sightseeing
& excursion tours as per the itinerary.
Elephant/ Jeep Ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur
currently applicable taxes
including Government Service Tax.
interruption and cancellation insurance .
air fare from/ to your home country .
expenses, including excess baggage or shipping charges, beverages,
and personal charges in hotels for laundry, telephone, or other
for children ( must be sharing with 2 adults ) :
Infant up to 2 years at the time of travel : 80% discount, on the double
: up to 10 years of age : % 35 ( must be sharing with 2 adults)
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