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Vilas in Hindi means Luxury and the hotels used in this programme are the ultimate in the name of luxurious comforts and splendor. The highlight of this tour is the stay in the Vilas properties of the Oberoi Group of Hotels.
Arrive in Delhi, the capital city of India and transfer to hotel for overnight.
Morning tour of New Delhi begins with a visit of the grateful mausoleum of the Moghul Emperor Humayun. Continue to the 13th century Qutab Minar, a dramatic 234 foot high fluted minaret. Proceed along the majestic promenade past the imposing India Gate War memorial, Secretariat Buildings, Parliament House and Raj Bhavan, official residence of the President. Discover Old Delhi this afternoon with a visit of Raj Ghat, the tranquil final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi. Then, view the massive walls and ramparts of the magnificent Red Fort, symbol of Moghul Power and elegance. On to the 17 century Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, the gateway to Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful marketplace of the Old City. Overnight at hotel.
Morning transfer to domestic airport to board the flight for Udaipur.
Depart Delhi 0555 hrs 9W 3401
Arrive Udaipur 0820 hrs
Meeting assistance on arrival & transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour the “City of Lakes,” known as one of the most picturesque and romantic cities of India. Visit City Palace, Saheliyon ki Bari or Garden of Maids; and the folklore museum where you can see a presentation of the string puppet show typical to this area. Overnight at hotel.
Ranakhpur Jain temple complex, one of India’s most important Jain temples. Built in 1439, this huge Jain temple complex is supported by 1444 pillars, no two of which are alike. We return to Udaipur by evening for overnight.
Early morning transfer to airport to board your flight to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, also known as the “Pink City.” Jaipur gained its colourful name after its buildings were painted pink for the visit of Prince Albert in 1876.
Depart Udaipur 0810 hrs 9W 3301
Arrive Jaipur 0915 hrs
Meeting assistance on arrival & transfer to hotel . This afternoon visit the Hawa Mahal or “Palace of Winds,” City Palace and the ancient observatory. Overnight at hotel.
Morning excursion to Amber Fort – You are transported back in time today, riding like royalty atop elegantly draped and painted elephants, up into the high mountain fortress of Amber. A complex of palaces, temples, mirror inlaid public halls, this is an exquisite example of Rajput architecture.
Afternoon drive to Ranthambore – The project Tiger Reserve at Ranthambore is situated at the junction of the Aravali and Vindhyas hills, 160kms south east of Jaipur. The blend between nature and history is strong at Ranthambhore and the 13th century fort is the focal point of the park. The reserve supports a mixed range of birds, mammals and insects. Sambar and Chital are common throughout the park and are found in large concentrations near the lakes. Before dusk visit the reserve by jeep. Stay for two nights at your Hotel.
Early morning and evening viewing by jeep.
Enroute to Agra today, explore the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, India’s “Pompeii” once a glittering imperial capital, later mysteriously abandoned. Today you’ll see the remarkably well preserved building and red sandstone palaces. Arrive in Agra, home of the legendary shrine to “love” The Taj Mahal. Check-in & hotel. Later today visit the city to see the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort noted for its fine views of the Taj from across the Yamuna River. Overnight at hotel
Morning departure for Delhi. Arrive & check-in into your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure for last minute shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning transfer to airport for your international flight for onward destination.