India Honeymoon destinations charm you with spectacular nature vistas and cultural tour options that an extra dash of romance and thrill to your honeymoon holiday.
13 nights / 14 days
Day 01-ARRIVE DELHI
On arrival at Delhi’s international airport, we will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel for overnight stay. Delhi is as modern or ancient as you want it to be. Today's Delhi is cosmopolitan, modern and fun-loving. With feasts for art and theatre lovers, concerts for the musically inclined and food that can make a gourmet cry with delight, Delhi is a place with something for everyone. People from all parts of the country inhabit Delhi. There are different cultural pockets with Punjabi's being the most dominant section here. The most common languages spoken here besides English are Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.
Day 02-IN DELHI
Full day guided city tour of New Delhi and Old Delhi. Delhi - the capital of India, is a fascinating city with complexities and contradictions, beauty and dynamism, where the past co-exists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its
monuments. Delhi is not only the present metropolis of India but also a Necropolis. Because of its location, being on the banks of the river Yamuna, many cities have risen and fallen over the last five millenniums.
In New Delhi visit the QUTAB MINAR, a Tower of Victory that was built in the 12th century by Qutbuddin Aibak. Within its spacious courtyard stands the Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD and bears a Sanskrit inscription in the Gupta style. The HUMAYUN’S TOMB - the magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble is one of the finest examples of the garden tomb, and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Its proportionate spaces, double dome and refined elegance are characteristic of Mughal architecture. Also visit INDIA GATE, the memorial of the First World War and the road that leads from there to PRESIDENT HOUSE, which is flanked by the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings. In Old Delhi visit the historic RED FORT - Shah Jehan’s elegant citadel in red sandstone, which was built as an octagon measuring 900m by 550m and surrounded by a 9-meter deep moat which was at its inception fed by the waters of the Yamuna river. Very near the Fort is the JAMA MASJID (Friday Mosque), India’s largest mosque, also built by Shah Jahan. Take an interesting rickshaw ride through the famous bazaars of CHANDNI CHOWK, which is adjacent to both the Fort and the Mosque. Also visit RAJ GHAT - the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Day 03-DELHI-AGRA by surface
Drive to Agra (204 km/ 3.5 hrs) late in the morning and arrive there in roughly three hours. Stop at sikandra, Akbar’s memorial at the entrance of the city. The monument built of red sandstone is quite a sight to behold. Sikandra was built in 1492 by Sikander Lodhi, a ruler of one of the last dynasties of the Delhi Sultanate. Akbar, in his time, ordered the construction of Sikandra again, this time as a site for his mausoleum, but he died before it could be completed. The work was completed by his son Jehangir in 1613. The tomb is a combination of Muslim and Hindu architectural styles. The building of red sandstone is four-storeys tall, approximately 31 metres in height. The first three storeys are of red sandstone, while the fourth is entirely of marble. Drive another 8kms to arrive at your hotel, AMARVILAS.
Day 04-IN AGRA
Today visit the TAJ MAHAL - the inimitable poem in white marble. Built over a period of 22 years, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630, for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains, it is one of the seven modern wonders of the World. Also visit the AGRA FORT, built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir's Palace, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor, died a prisoner.
Day 05 AGRA – JAIPUR by surface
After early breakfast, drive 38kms.- 35 minutes to the deserted city of FATEHPUR SIKRI. This exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone; with its forts, palaces and mosques was abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons. The Diwan-i-am - a vast courtyard in which the emperor gave daily public audience; Diwan-i-khas - a large
quadrangle which contained all the major functions of the Palace, Pachisi court, the Emperors private living quarter, Jodha Bhai’s Palace, Mariam’s Palace, Birbal’s Palace, Hawa Mahal and Panch Mahal are some of the important buildings of this residential complex. The Friday Mosque and the exquisite tomb of Sheik Salim Chisti are in the religious grounds set aside in a separate enclosure adjacent to the secular buildings.
Drive another 18kms. 15 minutes to arrive at on of Asia’s finest Bird sanctuaries. People interested in birds will know Bharatpur for its World Heritage listed bird sanctuary, the KEOLADEO GHANA NATIONAL PARK. The area here was originally flooded by the Maharaja so his hunting trips were successful, but now the sanctuary is a haven and home to over 400 kinds of birds and many other migratory species. The style of wildlife viewing here is a highlight in itself, as you travel by bicycle or a cycle-rickshaw with a local guide who is an expert on the flora and fauna of the park. Continue your drive to JAIPUR and arrive the capital of Rajasthan by late afternoon. City is color washed pink - the color associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This Pink City of fairy tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues are picturesque. The first planned city of its time, a formidable wall encircles Jaipur. After you check in at your hotel, rest of the day is free to relax in the hotel by the poolside or just to laze around in the room. Overnight is at RAJVILAS.
Day 06 IN JAIPUR
This morning you will drive 11kms in the outskirts of the city to visit AMBER FORT, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal and Jagmandir. You can have the unique experience of traveling on elephant back to and from the top
of the hill on which the fort is situated. The Amber Fort, the capital of the erstwhile State of Jaipur until 1728 is perched on a hill. It has halls of Public and Private audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvelous examples of ancient Rajput architecture. The Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess), the patron deity of the Royal family is at the entrance to the palace. Ride an elephant to ascend the hill on which the Fort is situated. During your tour of the pink city, visit the CITY PALACE - the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles which houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords of different shapes and sizes with ornate handles. It has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Also visit the JANTAR MANTAR - an astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 18th century, which is remarkable for its accuracy even at the present times. Lastly stop at PALACE-OF-WINDS for taking pictures and spend time in crowded lanes & by lanes of pink city, haggling and souvenir- hunting. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 07 JAIPUR – JODHPUR by surface
Today you will drive to Jodhpur known for its striking forts, stately palaces an
d gracious buildings. Your hotel UMAID BHAWAN PALACE in Jodhpur has a history of itself and the Maharaja of Jodhpur still occupies a part of the Palace. Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest residences in the world – set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur, this golden-yellow sandstone monument was conceived on the grandest possible scale, in the fashionable Art Deco style of that time. After 15 years in construction, the 347-room palace was finally completed in 1943 – and has served as the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family since. Evening is at leisure.
Day 08 IN JODHPUR
This morning proceed for a half day guide sightseeing tour of the city visiting the THE MEHRANGARH FORT is spread over an area of 5 sq. km in the heart of the city. Inside the fort, a series of courtyards and palaces greet the visitor. The palace apartments house a splendid collection of the trappings of the Indian royalty. Visit JASWANT THADA: It is a white marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant II in 1899. Also visit the museum in the UMAID BHAWAN PALCE. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 09 JODHPUR – DEVIGARH by surface
Today we will drive to Devigarh nestled in the Aravali Hills and constructed in 18th Century. DEVIGARH PALACE - This beautiful fort has been now been converted into a luxury hotel where you will be staying soaking yourself in the hospitality. Enjoy the scenery from the balcony or large bay window of your room. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 10 DEVIGARH – UDAIPUR by surface
Today you will drive to another beautiful city in RAJASTHAN called UDAIPUR. It is the city of lakes, also known as "the Venice of the East" and the second most visited city in Rajasthan, after Jaipur. A royal past makes itself evident in every nook and corner in Udaipur. Whether it is the ornate doors that are entrances to people's homes or the palaces, gardens and monuments, Udaipur gives one a glimpse of what the place would have looked like in its time of glory. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1568, and considered the jewel of Mewar, Udaipur's air is filled with a strong sense of romance, adventure and the best of Rajputana. Udaipur is also a centre of historic arts and crafts of Mewar, like the Mewar School of Miniature Painting. There is of course the modern face of Udaipur, that one can look at if interested, but given the other sights from a glorious past, modernity is no real distraction. This is a place that will hold you in its thrall no matter who you are or where you come from. Arrive and check-in at THE LAKE PALACE hotel. In the evening you will enjoy a leisurely boat ride on LAKE PICHOLA.
With its main attractions being the two palaces on the islands in the lake, Jagniwas and Jagmandir Lake Pichola is about 4 km in length and 3 km wide. Jagniwas was earlier the summer retreat of the prince of Mewar and now a five-star hotel. The city palace extends along the eastern shore of the lake and you can go for a boat ride from Bansi Ghat.
Day 11 IN UDAIPUR
Morning proceed for a guided tour visiting the CITY PALACE built in 1725, the grand City Palace is actually a conglomerate of eleven palaces overlooking the sprawling Lake Pichola. One of the largest, most beautiful palaces in the state of Rajasthan, it is now a museum, royal residence and a luxury hotel. This intricately designed monument is an architectural wonder in granite and marble; JAGDISH TEMPLE built in 1651 by Maharaja Jagat Singh, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the centre of the old city. The temple has a black marble image of Lord Vishnu, which is unusual for the northern part of the country, where statues of Gods are normally in marble; FATEH SAGAR originally built in 1678 by Maharana Jai Singh, Fateh Sagar was rebuilt by Maharana Fateh Singh after the rains destroyed the dam. Evening is at leisure to explore the local colorful market. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 12 UDAIPUR - MUMBAI by flight
Fly today to Mumbai and check-in at the hotel. Mumbai is the fast paced commercial, financial, industrial and celluloid capital of India. Lured by its glamour and the prospects of ’streets paved with gold’, a large number of people from different parts of the country come to settle in this city
every year. And Mumbai continues to grow, to absorb and most importantly to prosper. Just when you begin to wonder how you’re ever going to cope with Mumbai, you arrive at Worli and see Haji Ali Mosque standing proudly on a raised walkway in the middle of the sea giving you the feeling that the Gods are there if everything else fails. If you arrive at night, there will be a backdrop of twinkling lights from the skyscrapers that are so much a feature of Mumbai’s skyline. The scenes change as you drive past Chowpatty Beach, ablaze with the lights of stalls selling fruit-juice, ice-cream and snacks to the crowds thronging the beach. By the time you reach Marine Drive, your spirits will be restored and the rush of traffic won’t seem half so daunting as it might have been earlier, and the sedate horse-drawn landau will seem a charming anachronism. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 13 IN MUMBAI
Today you will have a morning guided tour of the city. Once you are in Mumbai, the list of sites to visit is endless. To add up to your excitement you have a number of sites to visit that could be teamed up as historical sites, contemporary wonders, archaeological sites, religious sites and natural wonders. THE GATEWAY OF INDIA is the main attraction of Mumbai city.
Built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in the year 1911, this massive historical monument makes a must visit during your Mumbai sightseeing. Moreover, there are sites like the MANI BHAWAN or the Gandhi memorial, PRINCE OF WALES MUSEUM and MARINE DRIVE that give you the feeling of being in the commercial capital of India. The HANGING GARDEN will provide you the much needed rest between your sightseeing trip and the CHOWPATTY gives you the view of one of the most happening beaches of Mumbai.
Day 14 DEPARTURE MUMBAI
You will be transferred today to the International airport for your onward flight.
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