Garden Tour to North India

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival at Mumbai International Airport
Fly to Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) which is a densely populated city on India’s west coast of India. Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. After a warm welcome, you’ll be transferred to your hotel for 2 night’s stay.

Overnight Stay in Mumbai
Day 2 Discover Mumbai
Today, post leisurely breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of Mumbai, visiting the Gateway of India, built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India; Prince of Wales Museum, built in early 20th century in Indo-Saracenic style architecture, housing a priceless collection of art, sculptures, china and other antiques; Mani Bhavan, Mahatma Gandhi’s home during his stay in Mumbai, which shows glimpses of Gandhi’s life and houses a library of books written by or about Gandhi. While driving, you’ll get an opportunity to observe and take photo stops at some famous landmark sites such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST – previously called ‘Victoria Terminus’), Mumbai’s most famous railway station, a brilliant specimen of Victorian Gothic style architecture in India; Dhobi Ghat, the open air launderette.

Overnight Stay in Mumbai
Day 3 Mumbai by Dawn; FLY from Mumbai to Udaipur
Mumbai by Dawn is a tour that pays homage to the people of Mumbai and venerates all those who go about their business obstinately with one purpose – a better life.

Rise early this morning for this tour to reach clamorous and chaotic docks, where amidst understanding the life and times of the Koli fisher-folk (the original inhabitants of Mumbai), you will see the arrival and grading of 25 tones of fish. You will also witness a one of its kind fish auction of the famous Bombay Dock.

You will understand the logistics of the food distribution in the city as 100 tones of meat, fruits and vegetables enter the various markets. These markets are not only a great introduction to the people of Mumbai, but also a photographer’s dream comes true.

Milkmen driving past with milk canisters; delivery of freshly baked bread and the melee of color and fragrance at the flower market - all these bazaars add to the frenzy of Mumbai.

Another highlight is the ‘all herb mandi’ spread across a popular bridge. Possibly the only market of its kind in the world, this green market has thousand vendors sitting atop a bridge selling various leafy vegetables. What’s interesting is that when you walk the same lanes a few hours later, you wouldn’t find any evidence of the morning’s flurry.

We end this tour with a walk across a cricket ground and learn about the game that has captured the hearts of a billion.

Fly from Mumbai to Udaipur.

Upon arrival in Udaipur, a serene city set in the scenic valley of Aravalli hills, surrounded by three lakes – Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar, get transferred to hotel.

Overnight Stay in Udaipur
Day 4 Discover Udaipur
Today, proceed for Gulab Bagh (Sajjan Niwas Garden.) It is the largest garden in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. It is spread over 100 acres (40 ha) of land. The garden has innumerable varieties of roses. Gulab Bagh gets its name from the abundance of rose flowers it has.

Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, garden of the maids of honour, with beautiful green lawns, flower beds, water pools, marble elephants and bird fountains. Jagdish Temple, the 17th century Indo Aryan temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe. Then visit the 16th century City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in Rajasthan comprising residence of the current Maharaja, heritage hotels, museums and galleries, courtyards and reception halls where royal events take place even today;

Later in time, enjoy aBoat cruise at the serene Lake Pichola, then transfer to hotel Lake Palace.

Overnight Stay in Udaipur
Day 5 Drive from Udaipur to Deogarh Mahal; Enroute, visit Ranakpur
This morning, embark on a leisurely drive to Deogarh which is a large heritage palace built during the Mewar royal era (also known as the Udaipur Kingdom). Its traditional Indian architecture and decor tell a story of luxury and decadence. It now houses a spa, a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool.

En route Deogarh visit the famous Jain Temples at Ranakpur. Built in the 15th century, Ranakpur temples are one of the largest Jain temples in India. The temples are known for their architecture, grand structures and exquisite sculptures.

Continue driving to Deogarh Mahal and upon arrival, check in at your hotel for 1 Night’s stay.

Overnight Stay in Deogarh
Day 6 Village Safari; Drive to Jaipur
This morning before breakfast, enjoy a short drive through a pastoral setting where you can explore the natural surrounding with people tending to their fields and cattle and living in complete harmony with nature. We visit a cave temple– a cavernous rock in which is ensconced a shrine of Lord Shiva. The top of this rock offers a panoramic view of landscape of black volcanic rocks interspersed with other rocks.

The drive leads to a lake side where refreshments are served. These lakes attract a lot of the local migratory birds and small animals that are lovely to watch [Hotel Jeep providesthis excursion]

Breakfast in hotel and later in time, leisurely embark on your Drive to Jaipur; upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to the hotel.

Later, visit Vidyadhar Garden, which is a pristine garden located in the heart of Jaipur. It’s a beautiful heritage garden between the hills which is still preserving its old charm and nature.

Further, proceed to visit a Local Family for taking experience of cooking demo, get together with family members for a cooking demonstration followed by dinner with them. The lady of the house along with other members of the family will demonstrate cooking in your presence. Indian cooking is a diligent process involving a unique combination of various ingredients such as spices, pulses, grains, and oils. Enjoy the fruit of your labor in the form of the Dinner.

Overnight Stay in Jaipur
Day 7 Discover Jaipur
Rise early this morning to visit Jaipur’s famous Amber Fort. En route, take a guided walk through the flower market of Jaipur seeing the beautiful yellow and orange marigolds and other seasonal flowers being traded. In close vicinity is also the wholesale vegetable market where farmers bring fresh produce to begin the day’s trading.

Walking through the markets brings you to a junction where you will find the interesting and unusual milk traders of Jaipur, who bring their cattle’s fresh milk to be tested for quality, priced and traded on the spot. Be amazed at the primitive technique of testing quality of milk by dipping hands into large metal milk containers and evaluating the creaminess of milk supplied!

After a brief walk through the local trading markets, drive onwards to visit Amber Fort, built in the 16 th century. The fort is a mesmerizing blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The Amber Fort was used by the Rajputs for the dual purpose of defense and private residence. The fort encompasses charming gardens and magnificent palaces made from marble and precious stones, richly decorated with intricate stonemason works and paintings, which represents royal splendor and luxury of the Rajput era. To ascend up the fort, drive by Jeep.

Post lunch, proceed for Sisodia Bagh, which was built for the Udaipur princess who married Jaipur King, Sawai Jai Singh. The Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh is a royal garden, located a little away from Jaipur. The garden is famous for its flora wealth, natural attractions and for relaxation. This garden holds beautiful water fountains, pavilions, flowerbeds, galleries, murals, water channels and much more.

Overnight Stay in Jaipur
Day 8 Discover Jaipur
This morning, after breakfast, proceed for Jawahar Circle Garden. It is a unique destination for the visitors of the Pink City of Jaipur in Rajasthan. The garden is honored as the largest circular park all over Asia. The beautiful garden is situated near to the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg. This greatest circular park is encompassed by the rose garden and has different concentric tracks that make it a unique amongst the most visited parks of the pink city and take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal, Palace of the Winds, with its unique layer-cake honeycomb

windows designed to enable erstwhile women of the royal court to observe passing life without being seen.

Visit Jantar Mantar, the largest astronomical observatory built in stone, and the City Palace complex with its impressive gardens and museums.

Rest of the day is free for shopping in Jaipur.

Overnight Stay in Jaipur
Day 9 Drive from Jaipur to Agra via Abhaneri and Fatehpur Sikri
This morning, embark on your drive to Agra, city of the world famous Taj Mahal, via visiting The Chand Baori which is a stepwell built over a thousand years ago in the Abhaneri village of Rajasthan.

It is one of the largest stepwell in the world and also one of the most beautiful ones, located in the eastern part of the province of Rajasthan, it was built by King Chanda somewhere in the 9th century.

Continue on your drive to Agra, city of the world famous Taj Mahal. En route to Agra, make a brief stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the red sandstone Mughal palatial complex. Within the complex lies a mosque built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and dedicated to Sheikh Salim Chisti, a Muslim Sufi Saint who blessed Emperor Akbar with a son.

Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for 02 nights’ stay

Overnight Stay in Agra
Day 10 Discover Agra
This morning, witness the surreal views of the Taj Mahal. Step inside this eternal symbol of love and appreciate the intricate designs and symmetries that rhyme as a poem written in marble. Taj Mahal is an extravagant display of love, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. You may choose to wake up early to witness the glistening white marble beauty at sunrise.

Later, visit the splendid Agra Fort, built in red sandstone, encapsulating magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens.

Then, conclude your sightseeing with visit to Mehtab Bagh Garden which was the last of the Mughal gardens, which were built along the River Yamuna. This crescent shaped garden is considered the ultimate spot for viewing Taj Mahal.

Overnight Stay in Agra.
Day 11 Drive from Agra to Delhi
After breakfast, complete your check-out formalities and proceed for Itmad-ud- Daulah, also known locally as “The Baby Taj”, which was the first Mughal tomb to be built entirely of marble and pietra dura- semi-precious stone ornamentation. Embraced by a large garden with intersecting walkways and beautiful water bodies, it is a wonderful place to slow things down and enjoy a gentle stroll.

Later in time, embark on your drive to Delhi and upon arrival check in at your hotel

Later visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold dome, still in active worship. Within the temple, visit LANGAR (Community Kitchen)

Free langars are served at all Sikh Gurudwaras, wherever they may be in the world. But the langar at the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is special indeed.

This does not have so much to do with the quality of the food, which is always delicious, but for the sheer scale of the operation and the number of devoted volunteers who prepare it with much love, every single day of the week.

Overnight Stay in Delhi
Day 12 Discover Old Delhi
After breakfast, complete your check-out formalities and proceed for Itmad-ud- Daulah, also known locally as “The Baby Taj”, which was the first Mughal tomb to be built entirely of marble and pietra dura- semi-precious stone ornamentation. Embraced by a large garden with intersecting walkways and beautiful water bodies, it is a wonderful place to slow things down and enjoy a gentle stroll.

Later in time, embark on your drive to Delhi and upon arrival check in at your hotel

Later visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold dome, still in active worship. Within the temple, visit LANGAR (Community Kitchen)

Free langars are served at all Sikh Gurudwaras, wherever they may be in the world. But the langar at the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is special indeed.

This does not have so much to do with the quality of the food, which is always delicious, but for the sheer scale of the operation and the number of devoted volunteers who prepare it with much love, every single day of the week.

Overnight Stay in Delhi
Day 13 Discover Mughal Garden in Delhi
Today, enjoy Mughal Garden which is spread over a vast expanse of 15 acres, Gardens has often been portrayed, and deservedly so, as the soul of the Presidential Palace.

The Mughal Garden draws its inspiration from the Mughal Gardens of Jammu and Kashmir, the gardens around the Taj Mahal and even miniature paintings of India and Persia.

Drive past President's House, Parliament House, and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyen’s Delhi and take a photo stop at the iconic war memorial arch, the India Gate.

Post Lunch, visit Lodhi Gardens, a city park situated in New Delhi, India, spread over 90 acres which is a home of Mohammed Shah's Tomb, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad- all examples of architectural works of the 15th century by Lodi’s

Today evening, enjoy Farewell Dinner

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Day 14 Discover Humayun’s Tomb
Today, after breakfast, visit Humayun's Tomb- tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum, in 1569-70. Then, visit Sunder Nursery (Central Park, New Delhi) which is a 16th century heritage park complex adjacent to the Humayun's Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Delhi. Originally known as Azim Bagh and built by the Mughals in the 16th century, it lies on the Mughal-era Grand Trunk Road, and is spread over 90 acres (36 hectare.)

Then, visit National Indo-Africa Friendship Rose Garden, commonly known as the National Rose Garden. It is a gorgeous rose garden situated in Chanakyapuri in New Delhi. It boasts of housing umpteen varieties of roses curated from all over the world. The park is especially crowded during November to January when the roses are in full bloom.

Later this evening, you’ll be transferred to the airport to catch your return flight back home.

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