Heritage and Wildlife Paradise of the North 8N/9D
Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, the city of lakes Udaipur is located around azure water lakes and is hemmed in by lush green hills of Aravallis’.
Main tourist attractions in the New Delhi, Agra, Bharatpur, Ranthambore & Jaipur trip
India Gate– India Gate is a stone arch that was built as a memorial to the Indian soldiers killed in World War I. An eternal flame burns beneath the India Gate. This landmark has thousands of names engraved on it; it bears the names of over 90,000 soldiers.
Red Fort (Lal Quila)– The Red Fort or Lal Qila was started in 1638 by Shah Jehan and completed in 1648. The Red Fort was the seat of Mughal power from 1639 to 1857. The red sandstone walls of the fort vary from 18m to 33m and the fort covers over 2 kilometers. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site
Raj Ghat– Rajghat is home to memorials of several Indian past leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, etc. It is popular for dignitaries to arrive here to pay homage to past leaders of India. It’s also become a well-visited tourist site.
Rashtrapati Bhawan and Parliament house– Rashtrapati Bhawan (or Presidential House) is the official home of the President of India. It was built during the British Raj and was home of the British Governor-General of India till 1950 when the President of India took it over. The Rashtrapati Bhawan is a large and vast mansion with four floors and has 340 rooms. Due to security reasons, one can only look at it from outside and take a few pictures. Parliament house is visited along with Rashtrapati Bhawan. Parliament House is an impressive structure that can only be looked at from outside much like Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Humayun’s Tomb– Humayun’s Tomb is a lofty mausoleum set in a square garden. The tomb was constructed with white marble and red sandstone and was designed as a prototype of the Taj Mahal in Agra. It is an excellent example of Mughal architecture. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Humayun’s Tomb is one of the most visited monuments and has kind of become a must-visit. Isa Khans Tomb is a popular monument that is also visited along with.
National Railway Museum– Collection of over 100 real-size exhibits of Indian Railways. Static and working models, signaling equipment, antique furniture, historical photographs, and related literature, etc. are displayed in the museum.
Bahai Temple – Lotus Temple– The Bahai House of Worship in Delhi also popularly known as the Lotus Temple due to its flowerlike shape. It’s spread over a large area with gardens around it and is a major tourist draw.
Qutab Minar– The Qutab Minar is a UNESCO world heritage site and was completed in the 13th C. The Qutab Minar rises over 230 feet in the air, has five stories and is covered with intricate carvings. The carvings feature the history of Qutab and inscriptions from the Koran. The Complex is also home to Imam Tamims Tomb and Alai Minar. There is a large garden around it as well for tourists to spend some time at the monument.
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets– A Museum by Sulabh, a pioneer in Sanitation and Public toilets in India. It features a toilet collection from 2500 BC to modern times. There are hundreds of them on display and can be an interesting visit.
Agra Fort– Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most visited monuments after the Taj Mahal. There are several areas to explore and a guided visit can take up to an hour and a half to explore. Diwan-e-aam, Diwaan-e-khaas, Khas Mahal (white marble palace, one of the best examples of painting on marble), Sheesh Mahal, Mina Masjid, Moti Masjid are some of the areas that are worth a visit.
Taj Mahal– The Taj Mahal is often the reason to visit India. It’s a monument built by Shahjehan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal and became a symbol of love the world over. Taj Mahal today is a major attraction and one of the original Seven Wonders of the World.
Fatehpur Sikri– Built during the 16th century, the Fatehpur Sikri is one of the best-preserved collections of Mughal architecture in India. Fatehpur Sikri often referred to as the lost city and has a number of monuments to visit.
Wildlife and Bird watching in Ranthambhore – Ranthambhore is the most visited park of Rajasthan. It’s a relatively smaller park spread over 90 sq Kms and accessed from Sawai Madhopur Station (12 Kms) or Jaipur (180 Kms). Ranthambhore is best known for its large tiger population. Other major wild animals include leopard, nilgai, dhole, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear, and chital. Sightings are Average for Tigers and Average to Good for other Mammals. Besides tigers, the reserve has a bird population with more than 270 different species of birds.
Mehandipur Balaji Temple – Sri Mehandipur Balaji Temple in Dausa is a Lord Hanuman Temple and renowned pilgrim center at 60 Kms from Jaipur, just off Agra Road.
Birla Mandir – Birla Mandir, Jaipur (Lakshmi Narayan Temple) is a Hindu temple located in Jaipur, India, and is one of many Birla Temple. It was built by the B.M. Birla Foundation in 1988 and is constructed solely of white marble. It is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu (Narayan), whose images appear inside, along with other Hindu gods and goddesses and selections from the Gita and Upanishads. The temple is open daily with visiting hours between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM, as well as between 4:00 PM and 8:00 AM. It is located in Jaipur’s Tilak Nagar neighborhood near Moti Dungari hill.
Jantar Mantar Observatory– The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built-in 18th century. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best-preserved of few such others built in that period and is considered one of the world heritage sites.
Hawa Mahal– Hawa Mahal is a unique five-story building built in 1799 akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas. The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen since they had to observe strict “purdah”. It’s a popular monument to visit for guests arriving at Jaipur for its unique architecture and views around the area.
City Palace Jaipur– City Palace is a palace complex in Jaipur which was the seat of the royal family of Jaipur. The Chandra Mahal palace now houses a museum (Sawai Mansingh Museum) but the greatest part of it is still a royal residence. The palace complex incorporates an impressive and vast array of courtyards, gardens, and buildings.
Albert Hall Museum– Albert Hall Museum is a state museum built in the late 19th century having a rich collection of artifacts like paintings, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, colorful crystal works, etc
Amer Fort– Amer Fort is located in Amer, 12 kilometers from Jaipur. It is one of the principal tourist attractions of Jaipur, located high on a hill. Amer Fort was built in the 18th century and is known for its artistic style. With its large ramparts, series of gates, and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks the Maota Lake, at its forefront. The fort is a must for its different areas, its spread over 4 levels, and its aesthetic ambiance. The areas comprise Diwan-e-Aam or the “Hall of Public Audience”, the Diwan-e-Khas or the “Hall of Private Audience”, the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over the water cascade within the palace. There is also a step well nearby that could be an interesting visit for any traveler.
Moti Doongri– Moti Doongri Temple is a Lord Ganesh temple and a major attraction in Jaipur. Set on a hilltop, the temple is well visited all through the year.
Anokhi Museum– The Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing is dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of block printed cloth. Exhibits and educational programming highlight various aspects of this ancient craft in order to strengthen appreciation for a living art form.
Ladli Vocational Training Centre for Street Children– Ladli is a Vocational school for rescued street children. They welcome visitors and sell the jewelry the children have made. It’s one of a kind project and an excellent place to arrive for souvenir shopping. Experiential travelers and those interested in arts and crafts can spend more time volunteering. Ladli is a project of the small, independent, non-profit organization I-India. It relies entirely on the generous support of customers, volunteers, and donors.
Departure TimePlease arrive by 8:45 AM for a prompt departure at 9:00 AM.
Return TimeApproximately 8:30 PM.
Dress CodeComfortable athletic clothing.