Start your journey through majestic India from the country’s capital city, New Delhi. Visit the iconic landmarks of the city like Mahatma Gandhi’s burial place - The Raj Ghat, the symbol of Independent India - The Red Fort, spectacular Mughal architecture like Humayun’s Tomb and India Gate - a War Memorial. Feel the pulse of the city as you explore bustling markets in the old city, also home to one of Asia’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid.
The next on your list is Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City. Get splendid views from the back of a trained pachyderm as it carries you atop a hill to the impressive Amber Fort. Discover the opulence of the Jaipur City Place and the wonder that is Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Then head to Choki Dhani to experience authentic Rajasthani culture and food.
Acquaint yourself with the red sandstone and marble palaces of Junagarh and the lavish havelis of Bikaner before heading to the desert city of Manvar, located in the heart of the sand dune region of Rajasthan between the ancient cities of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner. Take a Desert Jeep Safari over sand dune crests before riding your camel into the sunset. End the evening with an entertaining Rajasthani dance musical show before retiring to your luxurious tents under the star lit sky.
Next, Jodhpur’s imposing Mehrangarh Fort with its sprawling courtyards and intricately carved balconies welcome you. Walk the narrow streets, all painted in Jodhpur’s signature blue. Head into the desert to visit a secluded Bishnoi village. Bishnoi villagers are famous for their efforts to protect animals as they believe in living harmoniously with nature.
En route Udaipur, admire the well-preserved Ranakpur Temples, one of the holiest pilgrimage sites of the Jains. Next up is the City of Lakes, the incredibly romantic city of Udaipur with its splendid City Palace with glittering Belgian mirrors and stunning stonework, built around Lake Pichola. For a memorable view of a lit up Palace take a romantic evening cruise in the lake. Spend the night in Bundi in the charming Hadoti Palace which offers a grand view of the imposing Taragarh Fort.
Feel your anticipation build up as you embark on a jungle safari to catch a glimpse of the majestic Bengal Tiger in the Ranthambore National Park. The abandoned capital of Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri built in 1569, is your next destination. Do you know why Akbar deserted the magnificent city boasting of architectural wonders like the Panch Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, and the tomb of the Saint Salim Chisti among other significant buildings? It was primarily due to paucity of water that he had to shift the capital first to Lahore and subsequently to Agra.
So you finally arrive at the Taj Mahal and the grandeur of the white marble Mausoleum now beckons. Prepare to be mesmerised by the surreal beauty of the epitome of love built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 to bury the mortal remains of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
We are sure that you will be thirsty for more... Stay back for a few more days to experience the nostalgic beauty of Orchha, the erotic art of the Khajuraho Temples and one of the oldest cities in the world, Benares.
Orchha, a picturesque town on the banks of the Betwa River in Madhya Pradesh is your next destination. Visit the exquisite Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatris (giant umbrellas) and take in the spectacular view of the soaring temple spires and cenotaphs scattered throughout the area.
The famous temples of Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are next on the list. Walk around the small town of Khajuraho before heading to the temples built during the rule of Rajput Chandela dynasty in the 10th and 11th century. Of the original 85 temples, only 20 remain, known for their Nagara-style of architecture and erotic scultpures.
The spiritual city of Varanasi and Holy Ganges River welcome you next. ‘Older than history’, according to Mark Twain, Varanasi or Benares has a timeless appeal. Let the gentle waves of the Ganges guide your boat as the rays of the early morning sun bathe the Ghats along the river. Watch the small diyas (lamps) bedeck the river after the evening aarti at the Dashashwamedha Ghat. Prepare to be awed by the city, its sights and sounds as your cycle rickshaw maneuvers through the narrow streets of Old Benares.