New Delhi begins with the drive past Safdarjang’s Tomb
(1753 AD) on the way to Qutab Minar (1193 AD) this striking
medieval tower of victory of Persian World is 73 m high. Within
the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque,
stands the Iron pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather
and has not rusted over 1500 years. Then drive through New Delhi
includes the Embassy area (Diplomatic enclave), Government
buildings, India Gate, Sikh Temple (Bangla Sahib Gurudwara),
Birla Temple and Connaught Place, New Delhi’s main shopping
area. Visit Humayun’s Tomb - considered to be the fore
runner of Taj Mahal.
AGRA - Taj Mahal
one of the Seven Wonders of the world built by Emperor Shah Jehan
in the memory oh his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal. This beautiful
mausoleum took 22 years to complete with a work force of 20,000.
Craftsmen and master builders came from all over Asia to join in
the great work – from Baghdad, Shiraz, Delhi, Samarkand and
Turkey. The marble, India’s finest; was quarried at Makrana
near Jodhpur. Precious and semi precious stones were imported
from distant lands : Jasper from Punjab, Jade & Crystal from
China, Turquoise from Tibet, Lapis from Afghanistan and Ceylon,
Chrysolite from Egypt, Amethyst from Persia, Agate from Yemen,
Malachite from Russia, Diamonds from Golconda and Mother of Pearl
from the Indian Ocean.
You arrive at Samode , thrilled and tired , where a caravan of
camel wagons awaits your arrival . The royal caravan takes you
through the village streets of Samode where you are treated as
the erstwhile maharajas . To add to flavour you will be accorded
a grand royal welcome upon your arrival at Samode , followed by
round of champagne and tandoori snacks from the India clay oven
served at the Darbar hall. You would then be escorted to your
suites for a wash and change and then return to the venue for the
Cocktail dinner with the traditional dance programme, all
organized specially for you.
THE splendid Fort / Palace of AMBER was wrested by the Kachhwaha
Rajputs in the mid-12th century who dominated the surrounding
area for the next six centuries. Amber was also the prime site of
the alliance between the Mughals and the Rajputs. The
astronomer-King Sawai Jai Singh II, famous for his Jantar Mantar
ascended the throne in 1699. He soon decided to build a new city
in the plains: JAIPUR was designed according to the principals of
the Shilpa-Shastra and the capital shifted here in 1727, the city
attracted merchants and crafts-people that over time shaped its
irresistible bazaar. The Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Jantar
Mantar characterizes the old city, while the forts of Nahargarh
and Jaigarh, add to the spectacle of the city.
You continue to relax, rejuvenate and enhance during this day
.There is an option to join the tour director to give you a
heritage walk through the village nearby. Continue with the yoga
sessions ,spa and the ayurvedic massages.
UDAIPUR is perhaps a unique pre-modern capital in Rajasthan which
has no fort. Coming to life after the final sacking of Chittor ,
Udaipur saw an explosion of building activity - temples, palaces
and Havelis. Lake Picchola with its two islands- Jagniwas (now
the Lake Palace Hotel) and Jagmandir defines Udaipur. The City
Palace towers over the lake. The artificial Jaisamand Lake was
created in 17th century by damming the Gomti River. There are
beautiful chhatries (Cenotaphs) around the embankment.