Hidden Treasures of India


7  Nights   8  Days


Delhi -> Nawalgarh -> Jaipur -> FatehpurSikri -> Agra

About Package

Tour Destination: Delhi, Nawalgarh, Jaipur, FatehpurSikri, Agra



For someone from the West, India provides an authentic adventure - motivating, engrossing, scary, sometimes moving and shocking. Here is one of the world's great dramas; an ancient, vast and crowded land committed to the most formidably challenging exercise in mass democracy. It is a spectacle in which hope, pride, paradox and uncertainty mingle and struggle. It is conducted on the whole, and to India's credit in the open. The lasting memories of the land are warmth, kindness, good humor and bigheartedness. Here is a society of over a 1000 million people, mounting by a million a month, divided as well as united by language, caste, religion and regional loyalties. It has often been described as a functioning anarchy; and it is in many ways an amiable one, of marvelous fluidity and tolerance. Indeed, the true Indian motif is not the Tajmahal, the elephant or the patient peasant behind the ox drawn plough. It is the crowd, the ocean of faces in the land of multitudes, endlessly stirring, pushing and moving. It is in this human circulation that one sees India's colour, variety, busyness, and, senses also its control, vivacity and splendor.

Note: This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific needs. Contact us if you want modifications so that we could tailor a holiday to suit your need for an unforgettable India tour.



Package Itinerary

Arrival / Delhi
 


Late night arrival, Meeting and assistance upon arrival as our representative welcome you and companion you to your car. Whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you. Thank you for giving us the occasion to serve you! Overnight Stay at Hotel.


 

Delhi
 


After breakfast, we proceed on a guided tour of New Delhi, Visiting such sights as, Humayun’s Tomb (1586), the QutabMinar, 72 meters high and one of the most wonderful towers in the Persian world. The Iron Pillar which has survived the vagaries of weather for over 1500 years. Continue with a drive through Embassy area, the Government buildings (1921-1930) and Connaught Place, the centre and main shopping district of the capital. We will also visit India Gate.

Later, we cross the city and into the walled gates of the Old city with visits to the Jamma Mosque (1650) and drive through the magical area of ChandniChowk (aptly translates to Moonlight Square) where the throngs of shoppers and vendors meet in the oldest area of Delhi. Visit the Raj Ghat and nearby ghats where the founder of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and afterward Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were cremated.

The highlight of this tour would be a ride on cycle rickshaws. Now these are 3-wheel cycles with a settee  at the back. The Rickshawalla (Rickshaw driver) sits on a small cushion in the front and two passengers on the sofa seat behind. This is a amazing way to explore and picture the hustle and bustle as well as the color of the narrow winding streets bursting with people and pavement shops selling wares of all description - including a smiling set of dentures. The ride would be accompanied by peals of laughter both from the passengers as well as the onlookers. Overnight Stay at Hotel.

Delhi / Nawalgarh
 


After breakfast, we will drive to Nawalgarh. Upon arrival, check into RoopNiwasKothi, which is a great place to experience the true spirit of Rajasthan’s hospitality, RoopNiwasKothi represents a amiable blend of European and Rajput style of Architecture. It is not only an ideal base to see the havelis and experience traditional lifestyles, but, staying here is a unique practice in itself. The resort, with its quiet atmosphere and old world charm re - creates a quixotic allure of a regal bygone era. The low rise building is pleasingly symmetrical, with big areas for dining and relaxing. The formal gardens are a delight for walks and bird watching. There is a long lily-filled channel which is a welcome sight in the dry climate.

Afternoon we step out of our regal home and experience the life, living & traditions of a small feudal town frozen in time. We will also tour the sights too. Nawalgarh is one of the biggest and busiest towns of Shekhawati. Founded in the 18th Century it has some of the premium frescoes in the Shekhawati region. A enormous fort with a colorful bazaar and numerous havelis with detailed architecture make it an attractive intention. We will tour some of the famous havelis like AnandilalPoddar Haveli, Aath Haveli, Hodh Raj Patodia Haveli, etc. Overnight Stay at Hotel.

Nawalgarh
 


In Nawalgarhwe offer a variety of options to visitors. These can be arranged or booked with the resort itself. We suggest that you indulge and involve yourself in actions depending upon your good. We could suggest some of the possible activities as below:

Mehndiwali (Indian Tattoo): Different types of traditional designs can be made on hands of women with a paste of mehndi (Henna). This is a traditional beautification and extremely admired with women of all age in India. The true colour of the henna surfaces in a couple of days. It is believed that the darker the color the henna takes; greater would be the love between the allies! Some women also conceal the name initial of their husbands/partners – again, this is an expression of traditional love as women generally do not take the names of their husbands!

Jeep drives to Mukundgarh, Mandawa, Fatehpur, and Lohargal: This is an exciting drive through primitive and tribal villages, towns & country side where traditions centuries old still permeate life styles. We would have opportunities to witness traditional lifestyles existing and regenerating over centuries. The smoothened sludge floors of the village huts remind one of the simple and conventional living here. Once in the villages we would also have a chance to walk and explore the area, interact with the locals, walk into schools witness the atmosphere in temples, village squares etc.

Besides jeep safaris in the environs, an excursion to the famous black buck sanctuary of Tal Chhapar with picnic lunch is also an option. The ride would be along rough sand trails on the way up, and, the return would be along a different route on metalled roads. The idea is to have an quest, step off the sightseer trail and witness off the crushed track areas and settlements.

 

Cycling Tours: A Half day or a Full day Cycle ride through semi desert terrain and past tribal villages would be an motivating option for the adventure lover. The biking commences from the hotel. We sightsee the attractions of Nawalagarh town then ride on to another medieval Indian feudal town of Dundlod to witness the lure of the place. You may also want to have lunch or a drink at the famous Dundlod castle. Later in the day you may ride back to your hotel via visits to small community and farm land en route.

Trekking: For those interested, Trekking in the Aravali hills which are about 32 km away from Nawalgarh in the valley of Lohargal can be set up. It is not a hard trek and could be possible for sensibly fit individuals.

Horse rides & Camel Rides: The Royal family of RoopNiwasKothi has pioneered unique horse safaris and camel safaris throughout the surrounding and adjoining tribal lands of Nawalgarh. They have well bred and schooled cattle in their stables and also own a number of their own camels. If interested in a longer safari, you could have a packed lunch. The enthralling safaris on atypical routes extend to about 15 / 20 KMs.

Hands on Cooking Classes: For people with cooking proclivity, special cuisine classes can be arranged. Here, we would start from the basic and the experience would commence with your visiting the local bazaar to buy your green grocery, and the chicken (if you wish). We will buy the zing, return back to the hotel. Get your chilled beer ready and keep it handy as you follow a step by step tutoring and prepare a traditional Rajasthani cuisine. The great joy of Indian cooking is the release of aromas of different herbs and spices as they are added in steps to enrich the flavour of the curry. The saying “As you sow so you reap” is slightly amended in our context to mean “As you cook, so you eat - “Bon Appétit” Overnight at Hotel.

Nawalgarh / Jaipur


After breakfast check-out from the hotel and we will drive to Jaipur.Upon arrival in Jaipur check into Hotel.

After rest & leisure, we explore the never-ending shopping options of Jaipur along with our Guide. An essential starting point for Rajasthan craftwork is block making and block printing and we will see the sights the process from start to finish in some of the trendy stores here. The opportunity also exists here to tailor make outfits to your design and size.

We also explore one of the chief attractions of Jaipur - its jewelry, which offers a variety that ranges from chunky tribal jewelry to enameled gold to modern diamond jewelry. Kundan (art of stone setting) and enamel ornaments has been a forte of Rajasthan, particularly that of Jaipur. The stones are embossed into decorative shapes & patterns and embellished with delicate enamel decoration in the champeve (raised field) technique. Jaipur is well known for its gold and silver enameling. Vivid bangles made of lac and set with semiprecious stones make an inexpensive buy. The craftsmen take great pains to embed the hundreds of stones into the lac. The skilled gem-cutters of Jaipur carve enchanting little animals and birds from rock, crystal, jade, smoky topaz and amethyst. Intaglio beads & knob and crystal odor bottles are also available. Overnight Stay at Hotel.

Jaipur
 


After an early breakfast, this morning we visit Amber Fort, the previous capital of the royal Jaipurs. Few fail to be moved by the dramatic Rajput splendor of this hilltop fortress-palace 11 km north of Jaipur. Set on the dry wrinkled Aravali Hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements, the palace straddles two sepia-hued tundra hills overlooking Maota Lake, and its sprawling crenellated walls lattice the surrounding hills.

We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant, passing through the ancient main gate where Maharajas of Jaipur have entered for four hundred years. Our guide will elucidateon the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded niche, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight today’s visitors as they did their former royal populace.

We shall visit the HawaMahal or Palace of the Winds, a five-storied structure of pink stonework with semi-octagonal and adroitly honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was built in 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down unseen by the world through its 593 stone screens.

Afternoon, we proceed on a tour Of the City Palace & Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a mix of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The palace lies in the heart of the city and occupies the whole central grid. The fortified wall has seven gates and was built for protection from invading armies and animals that lived in jungles, which surrounded the wall that time. Next, we visit the Solar Observatory - an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that give accurate predictions till date. Overnight Stay at Hotel.

Jaipur / FatehpurSikri / Agra


After breakfast, we drive to Agra stopping at isolated capital city of FatehpurSikri. This abandoned capital of the Mughals is a perfectly preserved city at the height of the empire’s splendour. The city divided into religious and secular parts has interesting well-sculpted buildings. From here we persist riding to Agra.

Upon arrival in Agra, check into Hotel. Evening, we will visit to MehtabBagh. The Moonlight Garden was an extension of the TajMahal Garden - on the other side of the river. In 1652 Aurangzeb wrote to his father telling of a visit to 'the blessed tomb' and commenting that 'the Mahtab Garden was totally inundated and has lost its charm, but soon it will regain its verdancy. The octagonal pool and the pavilion around it are in superb condition.' The MahtabBagh was lost under the mud but re-excavated in the 1990s. Originally, the garden was planted with fragrant flowers and used in the cool of the night as a place from which to view the TajMahal reflected in the octagonal pool and in the river. Stay overnight in Hotel.

Agra / Delhi (Departure)
 


Agra is the city of the TajMahal, most photographed monument in the world. However, there is a degree of riddle about the Taj. Once you hear about a building so much and once you see so many pictures of a building your expectations are real high; and this is the enigma about the TajMahal. No matter how many pictures you have seen or no matter how high your expectations are the Taj never lets you down - the unmatched glory and beauty of the building surpasses beyond all human imaginations. At sunrise we visit one of the greatest sights of one’s lifetime - TajMahal. A dawn visit to the fabled TajMahal to witness the magical effects caused by the reflections of the changing colours of the rising Sun on this brilliant white marble building. Later we return back to our hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, we ride to the massive Agra Fort. The graceful buildings inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles, built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of the courtyards, mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire.

In the afternoon, we will drive to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to the International airport to board your flight to back home.


 


Tour Inclusions And Exclusions

Tour Inclusions

  • Domestic flight Tickets.
  • 9 Nights Hotel Accommodation (Twin Share).
  • Double bedded room with private bath/shower.
  • Daily breakfast at Hotel.
  • Chauffeur Driven air-conditioned Private Car.
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per tour program.
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per tour program.
  • Local English speaking Guide for city sightseeing.
  • Fuel, Insurance, Toll Taxes, All State Taxes, All transport related Expenses.
  • Guided City Tours & Excursions.
  • Entrances to the monuments & museums.
  • Taj Mahal visit with Battery operated van to parking & back.
  • Elephant ride upto the Amber Fort, Jaipur.
  • Evening boat ride on the River Ganges by Ganga Aarti.
  • Early morning boat ride on the River Ganges.
  • Evening boat ride on the Lake Pichola, Udaipur.
  • All other excursions as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Complimentary Mineral water during the surface travel.
  • All taxes and service charges.

Tour Exclusions

  • Visa Fees
  • International Flight Tickets.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Movie/video camera fee at monuments.
  • Meals and beverages not listed in itinerary .
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, portage etc.
  • Any other service that has not been included into "cost inclusions".

Hotel information

Venue/Category

Superior

Premier

Standard

Delhi

Roseate House Aerocity

Le Meridien

Red Fox Aerocity

Jaipur

Marriott Jaipur

Taj Jai Mahal Palace

Red Fox

Agra

Radisson Blu

ITC Mughal

Atulyaa Taj

Gwalior Gwalior Residency Neemrana Deo Bagh City Grand
Khajuraho Radisson Jass  The Lalit Temple View Isabel Palace
Varanasi Radisson Varanasi Brijrama Palace Surya Kaiser Palace