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Fortresses of India

PRIVATE TOUR - 11 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 3378

Private Tour Highlights

  • Tour the Old Delhi with a cycle rickshaw ride through the streets
  • See the impressive India Gate, honoring the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives
  • Stroll through the regal chambers of Agra Fort, once home to powerful emperors
  • Visit the fantastic fortress-palace of Mehangarh
  • See the iconic Taj Mahal in all of its splendor
  • Get a touch of the Bollywood experience with Mohabbat the Taj
  • Journey to Fatehpur Sikri – an Indian ghost town
  • Take some stunning photographs of the old city from atop the walls of Jaisalmer Fort
  • Take in the scenery and biodiversity of Gadsisar Lake
  • Explore the surrounding sand dunes by camel-back
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Tour Overview

Tour the prestigious palaces and forts of the famous Delhi, Agra and Jaipur route before traveling to Jodhpur, the ‘Blue City’. Here you will find India’s most spectacular fortress-palace and the Mehangarh, which dominates the skyline from its hilltop perch. Then, journey even further into the desert to the enchanting town of Jaisalmer with its rich havelis, sandcastle-like fortress, shimmering lake and sprawling sand dunes.

This trip begins with a tour of India’s most famous cities; Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Some of the highlights of this circuit include the Red Fort and India’s largest mosque in Delhi, Jama Masjid, as well as the Taj Mahal in Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Jaipur’s Amber Fort. From Jaipur, you will begin your journey westward to Jodhpur.

Renowned as “The Blue City”, Jodhpur’s sprawl of block-like buildings are entirely painted blue, creating quite an unusual sight. Originally, the blue paint indicated a Brahmin household, belonging to the uppermost class of Hindu citizens. Offering the best views of this blue cityscape, the Megangarh Fort dominates the city from its perch on a nearby ridge. Sprawling over 5 kilometers (3 miles), its 36 meter (118 ft) high walls protect some of Rajasthan’s most beautiful and historic palaces. Spend an entire day exploring the interior of the fort, the sites of the city and its astounding views.

From Jodhpur, you will journey through the desert to the remote city of Jaisalmer. Rising from deep within the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer’s walls encompass an amber-hued city of cobblestone alleys and elegant mansions, complete with delicately designed lattice work and stone carvings. Spend your time here exploring the 80 meter (262 ft) tall sandcastle-like fort, admiring the magnificent sandstone Havelis (large mansions) and Gadsisar Lake. To top it all off, you will spend your evening here embarking upon the sand dunes on the back of a trusty camel.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
One way domestic flight from Jodhpur to New Delhi, all accommodations with continental or buffet breakfast, service of deluxe air-conditioned vehicle, one time entrance fees at all monuments, services of English speaking local guide for excursions, all currently applicable taxes including service tax

Notes:
* The Red Fort in Delhi remains closed on every Monday

* The Taj Mahal in Agra remains closed on every Friday

* Additional supplements may apply between 1 – 20 November, 20 December – 10 January and 1 – 28 February. Please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant for more details.
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Double £$2791 £$3378 £$3686 £$7420
Single £$4844 £$5551 £$6737 £$14029

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Flight to Delhi

Overnight international flight to New Delhi.

Overnight international flight to New Delhi.

Day
2

Arrival in Delhi

Upon arrival and airport reception, transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Upon arrival and airport reception, transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

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Day
3

Tour of New Delhi

Begin a morning tour of Old Delhi with a cycle rickshaw ride through the streets. Make a panoramic visit to the Red Fort, which was the most affluent fort and palace of the once reigning Mughal Empire. Then it’s on to Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. The final stop in Old Delhi will lead to Chandni Chowk (closed on Sunday), a lively and colorful market that was once the commercial center of the city.
Then drive to New Delhi, which will provide a stark contrast between the old and the new; a recurring theme throughout India. In New Delhi visit the India Gate monument, followed by the grounds of the Parliament House and other extravagant government buildings. Then continue to Humayun’s Tomb, built in honor of India’s second Mughal emperor. Later, visit the world’s tallest brick minaret, Qutub Minar.


Note: Yampu recommends an optional tour (price not included) to enjoy a fine dinner at the Veda Restaurant, a lavishly designed nouvelle cuisine curry house that offers a fusion of traditional Indian food with a modern spin. A second option is a visit to Akshardham, a unique, yet stunning monument that boasts 234 elaborately carved pillars, 9 decorative domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars (towers of Hindu architecture), stone elephant sculptures, and 20,000 murtis (Hindu images portraying Divine spirits). Please inquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more information.
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Day
4

Delhi - Agra

Begin with a drive to Agra that will take approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Then begin the sightseeing tour of the stunning Taj Mahal, India’s most picture perfect work of architecture and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
Driving through the city to the Agra Fort, pass by the lively local bazaar scene. Once at the Agra Fort, stroll through its regal chambers that were once called home to some of India’s most powerful Mughal emperors


Note: Yampu recommends an optional tour (cost not included) to a showing of Mohabbat The Taj, a live show with a touch of Bollywood comes highly recommended. This 80 minute presentation is a charming way to top off the day at the Kalakriti Auditorium. Please inquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more details.
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Day
5

Agra - Jaipur

Drive approximately 4-5 hours to Jaipur. En route, stop to enjoy an excursion to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, once an imperial city of the Mughal dynasty that was mysteriously deserted years after its inception. This ornate city was built with such grandeur that words do not do justice to the glorious atmosphere created by its buildings. Upon arrival, check in and have some time to relax before a sound and light show at the city’s Amber Fort.

Drive approximately 4-5 hours to Jaipur. En route, stop to enjoy an excursion to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, once an imperial city of the Mughal dynasty that was mysteriously deserted years after its inception. This ornate city was built with such grandeur that words do not do justice to the glorious atmosphere created by its buildings. Upon arrival, check in and have some time to relax before a sound and light show at the city’s Amber Fort.

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Day
6

Tour the Amber Fort

This morning return to the Amber Fort for a half day excursion. Strolling through the magnificent rooms and chambers, observe the various intricate ivory, mirror and glass work. In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour that will begin at the City Palace Museum, followed by a visit to Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726), and great photographic opportunity at the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds – a spectacular five storied, honeycomb styled building exemplifying superb Rajput artistry.


Note: Yampu recommends an optional tour (price not included) of an evening elephant safari. After a chance to feed these gentle creatures, ride upon their backs through a private jungle area, passing many villages, fields and a medieval fortress as the sun sets. Please inquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more information.
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7

Jaipur - Jodhpur

Drive approximately 5 hours to Jodhpur. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Drive approximately 5 hours to Jodhpur. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

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Day
8

Tour of Jodhpur

After a morning at leisure, begin an afternoon tour of the city. Exploring the second largest city of Rajasthan, first visit the Mehangarh Fort. Within its great walls (which remain scarred from cannon balls), meander through its impressive courtyards and many small palaces. Of these, the most notable palaces to visit are Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana. Then, visit the fort’s museum, which hosts a fine selection of palanquins, howdahs, royal cradles, miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. Stroll to the top of the fort for great photographic views of the sprawling Blue City that lies below. Then visit the spectacular Jaswant Thada, a pure white marble memorial built to commemorate Maharaja Singh II.


Note: Yampu recommends a Jeep Safari to the nearby Guda Bishnoi Village (at added cost) to experience a sense of tribal India comes highly recommended. 25 kilometers outside of Jodhpur, find the Bishnoi community, a group of faithful worshipers of nature and the sanctity of plant and animal life. A natural desert oasis, this is a great place to experience the customs of tribal life and enjoy its beautiful natural surroundings.
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Day
9

Jodhpur - Jaisalmer

Awake early for a ground transfer through the Thar Desert and to the city of Jaisalmer. This is approximately a 5-6 hour drive. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Awake early for a ground transfer through the Thar Desert and to the city of Jaisalmer. This is approximately a 5-6 hour drive. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

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Day
10

Tour of Jaisalmer

Today will start with a morning city tour beginning with the multi-layer Jaisalmer Fort. Inside the Fort, 25% of the city’s population lives, as it is teeming with houses, Jain temples, palaces, beauty parlors and a winding cobweb of stone streets. From atop the Fort walls, take wonderful photographs of the old city and the surrounding desert landscapes.
Also on the list today is a visit to a scenic rainwater lake called Gadsisar Lake. A great spot for outings, see many beautiful shrines around its shore and lots of birdlife. Then, take some time to see some of the most elaborate and magnificent Haveli’s around, which demonstrate intricate designs and sheer craftsmanship. Some of the Haveli’s highlighted are Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and the Patwon-ki-Havali. After a full day, as evening sets in set out to the nearby sand dunes by camel-back to explore the surroundings.
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Day
11

Jaipur - Jodhpur

Transfer to Jodhpur by ground for a connection to New Delhi and flight home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Transfer to Jodhpur by ground for a connection to New Delhi and flight home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Delhi, India

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

Places You'll See

  • Gadsisar-Lake-Jaisamar-India

    Jaisalmer

    Take an unforgettable camel safari through the sand dunes of the “Golden City”, Jaisalmer. Take a tour through the royal section of the massive Jaisalmer Fort, with its sunny, golden hues. Spend the day learning about Indian history and their different jewelry making styles at the Indian Crafts Boutique-Museum, then watch as the sun goes down over Sunset Point.

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    Jodhpur

    Explore the many palaces, forts, and temples of the sunny and historic city of Jodhpur. The immense Mehrangarh Fort, largest in all of Rajasthan, includes highlights such as the Pearl, Mirror, and Flower Halls. Have a picnic on the shores of Kailana Lake, or visit one of the ancient temples. There are also a number of bazaars selling a range of beautiful textiles.

  • Amber-Fort-Jaipur-India

    Jaipur

    Nicknames the Pink City, Jaipur is home to several enticing attractions. Visit the Amber Fort, once the royal palace for the Kachwahas, and see the impressive evening light show. Explore the massive City Palace inside the old city. Take a peaceful stroll through one of the many gardens, or purchase some unique souvenirs at the city center bazaar.

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    Agra

    Visit the famous Taj Mahal, one of the New 7 Wonders of the world, in Agra. Take a guided tour through the immense, white marble mausoleum, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife, a true monument of love. While in Agra, also visit the Agra Fort, mainly constructed from sandstone, it’s more of a palace than a defense structure.

  • Jama-Masjid-India

    Delhi

    Home to India’s largest mosque, the Red Fort, Delhi is abundant in historical artifacts and cultural events. Visit the Baha’i Lotus Temple, a beautiful building in the shape of a lotus bud, or the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. To get a real taste of area, take a food tour to experience the local cuisine. Or take a peaceful morning walk in the Lodhi Garden.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Delhi : Justa Greater Kailash

Agra : Hotel Amar

Jaipur : Alsisar Haveli

Jodhpur : Ratan Vilas

Jaisalmer : Taj Rawalkot

4 Star Properties

Delhi : The Royal Plaza

Agra : Agra Trident Oberoi

Jaipur : Jaipur Trident Oberoi

Jodhpur : Ajit Bhawan

Jaisalmer : Killa Bhawan

5 Star Properties

Delhi : The Claridges

Agra : ITC Mughal Agra

Jaipur : Jaimahal Palace

Jodhpur : Balsamand Lake Palace

Jaisalmer : Suryagarh Jaisalmer

Luxury Properties

Delhi : The Oberoi

Agra : Amarvilas

Jaipur : Oberoi Rajvilas,

Jaipur : Taj Rambagh Palace

Jaipur : Sujan Rajmahal Palace

Jodhpur : Umaid Bhawan Palace – Palace room

Jaisalmer : The Serai

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