Duration : 09 Nights / 10 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi – Nawalgarh – Jaipur - Kalakho - Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri – Agra - Delhi
Day Highlight - (Cycle tour of New Delhi) - Approx. distance covered, 14 Kms, 3 Hrs Activity level : Relaxed
Start early morning from the hotel and drive up to the prefixed point where, you will be met and assisted by your Bike tour guide, catch your bikes from the station and enjoy a relaxed biking tour cycling down the city roads
New Delhi Raj Tour - a truly breath-taking ride down Delhi's more recent history. Starting from the narrow labyrinthine back lanes of Old Delhi, passing through quaint old 'socialist-style' quarters of government employees and almost magically landing in the midst of a spectacular view of the Presidential Palace and India Gate encircled by spotless clean, tree-lined wide roads – the New Delhi Raj Tour is a very stimulating and comprehensive catalogue of the lives of people who make this great capital today.
The tour is photographer's delight, cycle down in lane and your guide will stop you at landmarks, brief you about the surroundings, monuments all about its history up to present socio economic conditions, at points you are free to click snaps and capture the moments; explore and enjoy the city at your pace; visit some hidden monuments of the city which every traveler is not so lucky to capture in normal orientation city tour, visit Agrasen ki Baoli (a Stepwell) nestled and hidden in between the a cosmopolitan square of New Delhi Tour ends at same meeting point, drive back to hotel
Day at leisure for independent activity Overnight stayDay 03 : Delhi
Day Highlight - (Old Delhi – Haveli Tour by Cycle) – approx. distance covered, 13 Kms, 3 Hrs Activity level: Moderate
Old Delhi Haveli Tour - This tour is a spirited and satiating plunge, straight into the deep - End of Old Delhi. At the peak of Emperor Shah Jahan's rule, his loyal noblemen (Emirs) controlled the Social, cultural and economic affairs of the great metropolis of Shajahanabad from their imposing, fortress-like lavish mansions that were built as 'earthly reminders of the pleasures of Paradise itself'. Three hundred years of decadence, war, re-building and several regime changes later, the much smaller Havelis of today still manage to preserve a stunningly placid beauty that echoes haunting reminders of a much grander past. Transporting you to this 17th Century city of decadent Emirs, ruthless Persian invaders, woeful poets, mystical men, masterful artists and forgotten architects who wove dreams into the now crumbling contours of Old Delhi – we recreate for you, a spectacularly evocative experience pieced together through the lives and stories of the people who called these Havelis 'home'.
Return to hotel and Breakfast
Afternoon enjoy an another aspect of touring Delhi, go for a walking tour of Sub cities within Delhi city;
Delhi Heights – May faiths and many cultures!
This electric tour that not only shows you many interesting places in Delhi, but also helps you to understand its diverse people - their beliefs, cuisine, culture and quirks.
Start the tour with a visit to Akshardham, the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. During this visit, you will explore this stunning temple, and also take a 12-minute boat ride for a glimpse into India's history as well as traditional Hindu life. After Akshardham, we will drive through upscale as well as middle-class residential areas of Delhi, for a glimpse of how people live. We will visit a local market and see Delhites as they shop for their daily needs, clothes, bangles, bags and trinkets.
After a lunch break, we will visit Nizamuddin, to see the tomb of the Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. The lanes leading to the tomb showcase life in the Muslim sections of Delhi and you will have a chance to see traditional Mughlai food. From Nizamuddin, we will drive to a local college, where you can catch a glimpse of teenage life in Delhi. From the college, we go to our last stop - Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, to see the Sikhs. Sikhism is a progressive religion (and in many respects, ahead of its time). At Bangla Sahib, you will see how this religion blends practices from Hinduism and Islam into something new. You can watch (and join if you like) the langar, the voluntary group cooking and feeding program at the Gurudwara.
Delhi is a microcosm of India - so by the end of this tour, we hope to show you the diverse cultures and communities that make up the fabric of this country.
Day at leisure of independent activities
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Nawalgarh
Late afternoon check in at hotel
Day at leisure for independent activities
Early morning we proceed for a unique cycling experience exploring the town of Nawalgarh visiting the lanes of the our and Merchant havelies famous for all fresco paintings and murals Encircled all around by the high Parkota (walls) comprising of four Pols (gates) in different directions, namely Agoona Barwara, Bawadi Darwaja (in north), Mandi Darwaja and Nansa Darwaja, each gate has iron doors. Bala Kila Fort situated in the center of the Thikana and Fatehgarh Fort situated outside of the Parkota as an Out Post. The market place of the town and layout of the havelis indicates that the city was well planned before construction. Nawalgarh was considered to be the most modern towns of Shekhawati. The Rulers of Nawalgarh belongs to Shekhawat sub-clan
Back to hotel and breakfast
Later drive to Jaipur – Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh - II, the ruler of Amber, Jaipur was the first planned city in India. This town is also referred as Pink city for the color of buildings in its wonderful old city. The city was painted pink to honor the visit of Prince Albert of England in 1882.
Upon arrival transfer to hotel
Day at leisure to overcome journey tiredness
Evening explore Jaipur on cycle, tour starts from statue circle at 1700 Hrs , a brief introduction with accompanying guide and escort, route map and safety jackets will be distributed, later head towards south of Jaipur visiting, Amar Jawan jyoti, Rajasthan vidhan Sabha (Assembly), paddle to Tapri, tea shop in city famous for its different tea servings and local Snacks enjoy the tea and snacks and at a proceed for next stop a local jeweler, further paddle to Birla Temple attend evening aarti ceremony, later cycle through Moti Dhungri Ganesh Temple, Hawa Mahal and Tour ends at Albert Hall.
Early breakfast at Hotel
Morning drive to Amber and its glorious hilltop fortress. You will ascend the fort on colorfully painted Elephant back. It is known for its unique artistic style, blending both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) elements, and its ornate and breathtaking architectural mastery. Tour the chambers and hallways of the palace, famous for the excellence of its design and decoration.
Enjoy shopping experience along with carpet weaving / Gems cutting demonstration.
Later proceed to Pink city of Jaipur. Stop for a photo at the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds." Also visit the City Palace.
Thereafter visit Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century.
Breakfast at Hotel, Check out & drive to Kalakho- tucked away within a valley inside the Aravalli Hills, where a community of the Meena Tribals is living. The joy and spirit of rustic life is palpable in the lively faces of the village folks. Here, in many ways, time has stood still and globalization has had little impact.
Later enjoy a camel cart ride and experience the village life interacting with locals, visit the village lake famous as a birding site
Later continue drive to Bharatpur
Dinner at hotel
Early morning enjoy an escorted visit to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary by bicycle. Cycles available at park entrance Gate, prepare your clicking fingers & camera lens ready for an exercise; as you paddle down into the sanctuary, every corner and every sight has something to capture.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the finest bird parks in the world; Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana National Park) is a reserve that offers protection to faunal species as well. Nesting indigenous water birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds, this sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar.
Check Out & drive to Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri a beautiful and deserted medieval city, built by Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. It was mysteriously abandoned 13 years later. Today, it is perfectly preserved as a ghost city built at the height of the empire's splendor.
Drive to Agra, on arrival check in at hotel, rest of the day at leisure
Agra – A Medieval city on the banks of the Yamuna River. It was founded by Sultan Sikandar Lodi in the year 1506. Agra achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658 and remains a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal era buildings. Most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Afternoon visit The famous Taj Mahal - The Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays) Overlooking the River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is a classic example of Mughal architecture, with the Taj itself built as a mausoleum at the northern end of an extensive formal walled garden designed in the charbagh style and structured on the Islamic theme of 'paradise'. Also visit Agra fort.
Witness Marble Inlay work at a local workshop. Agra is known world over for its famous its Inlay work. The best example is Taj Mahal greatest monument of love.Day 09 : Agra Delhi by surface (approx. 210 Kms / 5 Hrs)
Breakfast at Hotel
Post breakfast; enjoy bicycle trip in the city approx. 15 Kms / 4 Hrs, meet your guide and co guide, after a brief introduction and map distribution paddle though the city lanes visiting, Taj Mahal, Chudiyon ka Bazaar (Bangles Market), Kinari Bazaar, Lohar Gali, Jama Masjid, Spice Markets, Mother Teresa Charity trust, St Marys Church, Old Shiv Mandir & Flower Market (Phul ki Mandi)
Back to hotel, followed by lunch
Drive to Delhi, upon arrival check in at hotel Overnight stay
Transfer in time to airport to board flight for onward Journey