Sit back and relax during our flight via Frankfurt to Delhi
No other city India’s showcases the long and turbulent history like its capital, home of 17 million people. New Delhi’s imperial buildings like the wide parade boulevard Rajpath, the stone arch of India Gate and the Rashtrapati Bhavan, former residence of the British viceroy were build by the British to showcase the mightiness of their empire. Less than twenty years later they were peacefully defeated by the „naked fakir“ as Winston Churchill used to call him – Mahatma Gandhi, whose impressive memorial place we visit next. In Old Delhi with its maze of alleys filled with rickshaw driver, hawkers and food stalls we visit the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. We finish the day with the graceful tomb of Humayun.
A dream come true – the Taj Mahal
Every day 11 Million Indians travel by train – today a few Canadians join them by taking the express train to Agra. Right from the train station we head the most beautiful buiding in the world – the Taj Mahal. No one who ever visited the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal will ever forget the perfect harmony of this gracious building. A perfect place to watch the Taj for sunset is from the ramparts of the Red Fort, a massive red-stone fortriss.
Welcome to Rajasthan
On our way to Jaipur we pass villages where life doesn’t seem to have change much over the centuries. Water buffaloes and mud houses dominant the landscape. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan seems to have jumped right out of fairytale: Seemingly millions of cycle-rickshaws, motorbikes, camel carts the chaotic streets. The holy cows in the midst of all don’t seem to be bothered by all of this mayhem. The beautiful principal mansions and palaces with their multiarched and colonnaded buildings lining the streets together with the striking colors of the saris create a magical artwork we get part of by walking through the alleys.
Jaipur, the pink city
We start our full day of sightseeing in the “Pink City” with a visit to the “Palace of the Winds”, one of the most iconic buildings of all of India. From here we drive to Amber, the former capital of the rulers of Jaipur. Their stunningly beautiful fort, spectacularly built on a mountain ridge 11 km outside of Jaipur has been the stage for many opulent Bollywood movie. Back to Jaipur we take a tour to the City Palace, a vast complex of courtyards, mansions and gardens which is partially the home of today’s Maharadscha. After visiting the observatory Jantar Mantar we finish the day with a walking tour through the local bazaar.
Tranquility in serenity
On our way to Pushkar we stop in Ajmer, one of the most holy muslim cities in India. From here it is just a 11 km ride over the beautiful Aravalli hills to the sacred Hindu pilgrimage town of Pushkar. The sound of chanting pilgrims and temple bells together with the scent of incense sets the scene at the many temples which line the holy lake on which shores Puskar is built. We take a walk along the peaceful alleys and watch the sunset from one of the laid back cafes along the lake.
Welcome to the Blue City
“Built by titans”, wrote Rudyard Kipling when he first saw the mighty Meherangarh Fort of Jodhpur. Rising spectacular from a rocky hill that itself stands 120m above Jodhpur’s skyline, Mehrangarh is one of the most magnificent forts in India. From its ramparts we have a phantastic view over the striking deep blue houses of the old city with its oriental bazaar which we visit afterwards. An idea for the evening; what about watching a Bollywood blockbuster in one of the many cinemas of Jodhpur?
A marble dream
Just imagine standing in the middle of a serene temple, completely made of striking white marble, being surrounded by 1444 individually engraved pillars. This is just one of the many breathtaking temples in Ranakpur, one of the most holy sites of the Jain religion. From here we drive through the picturesque countryside of the Aravalli mountains to our final destination – Udaipur.
Venice of the east
If you are a romantic kind of person we left the best for last – Udaipur! No other city in all of India matches the perfect setting of this graceful city above the shimmering Lake Pichola. We walk through the narrow alleys of the old city, visit the beautiful City Palace with ist many courtyards and gardens and take a ride on the Lake Pichola with the world renownend Lake Pichola Hotel in the middle. For sunset we sit on top of the many roof-top-restaurants and enjoy the magic scenery. A perfect ending of our tour!
Bye Bye India
Flight from Udaipur to Canada
Collection and greeting in Delhi by FRF tour leader who will be with the group until they fly out of Udaipur Airport.
Transport in modern coach with toilet and aircondition
Coach available exclusively for the group inclusive 500 free kilometres for excursions within the route described
Road toll and parking fees
Airport transfer as well as departure with FRF tour guide
FRF tour guide for the entire tour
Information material for all participants
24 emergency call
Complimentary trip with single room for the bus driver and the FRF tour guide
Complimentary trip with single room for two chaperones (up to 29 participants) or 4 chaperones (from 30 participants)