The Royal Palaces of India Tour

Duration : 13 Days / 12 Nights

Destination Covered : Delhi – Jaipur – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Mumbai – Hyderabad

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This tour will provide the experience of the most iconic Royal palaces of erstwhile royal families which now converted into heritage or palace hotels with their most beautiful rooms and world class hospitality. The Imperial, New Delhi: An iconic and the most distinguished address situated in the heart of the capital, it is reminiscent of the halcyon days of the Raj. A luxury hotel with an awe-inspiring heritage interwoven in colonial elegance, it dwells in its modern delivery of old-style class and magnificence. Rambagh Palace, palace of Jaipur royal family built in 1835, has stepped gracefully through many royal transitions. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Home of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family and currently the world’s sixth-largest private residence. The last of the great palaces of India. Discover an array of European and Mediterranean delicacies at Pillars, set in a lovely colonnaded veranda.

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur: Jag Niwas is today the majestic and magnificent Taj Lake Palace of Udaipur. Its location on an island in the midst of a lake affords every room breathtaking views of the neighboring City Palace, Aravalli Hills, Machla Magra Hills and Jag Mandir. The Taj Mahal Palace, opened in 1903, giving birth to the country’s first harbor landmark. The recently trademarked flagship hotel overlooks the majestic Gateway of India. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad: Built in 1894, it is the former palace of the Nizam, rumoured to be the richest man in the world at one time. From the moment you arrive at Taj Falaknuma Palace in a horse-drawn carriage. The 60 rooms and suites are beautifully refurbished and lovingly restored by Her Highness Princess Esra, the Nizam’s Turkish wife.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy the decorated elephant ride up to Amber Fort.
  • Walking tour of Old city and blue houses in Jodhpur.
  • Boat ride at Lake Pichola in Udaipur.
  • Walking tour of Gateway of India.
  • Walking tour of Old Hyderabad near Charminar.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi (Flight: TBA) (No Meals)
Arrive at Delhi International Airport. Please clear immigration and visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel. MAGADH TRAVELS executive will wait at the arrival hall with a placard in your name to greet you. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer and check in at the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Delhi.

The Imperial, New Delhi: An oasis of calm and comfort sums up the understated luxury of this Lutyen’s masterpiece, bestowed with the prestigious title of the ‘Best Heritage Hotel’ by the Jury- Outlook Traveller Awards 2018 and also by Travel + leisure India’s Best Awards 2017. It is the only hotel amongst 7 hotels in India to be listed in Conde Nast Gold List for 2018. An iconic and the most distinguished address situated in the heart of the capital, it is reminiscent of the halcyon days of the Raj. A luxury hotel with an awe-inspiring heritage interwoven in colonial elegance, it dwells in its modern delivery of old-style class and magnificence. The royal palms that lead up to the porch are an integral part of and witness to the very creation of Delhi. Stroll through its art laden corridors and you’ll feel history come alive. The iconic heritage wrapped in the colonial elegance takes you back in time, making a fabulous impression. On arrival, another world opens up filled with Victorian charm and luxury while you revel in the days of the Raj or seek pleasure on your plate at the award-winning restaurants. Intricate details, space and greenery over seven acres of manicured gardens fashion this royal destination.

Day 2: Delhi (B)
Morning after breakfast visit Jama masjid - One of the Architectural gift given by Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques not only in Delhi but in India. Completed in 1658 this Mosque has three gateways, four angle towers and two 40 m high minarets. You can enter the mosque but take precaution to take off your shoes and make sure that you are properly dressed before entering. One can also go to the top of minarets. From here you can have a bird’s eye view of Delhi. Drive pass the Red Fort. While driving back to New Delhi visit Raj Ghat – a memorial that is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. The ghat is located in the banks of River Yamuna. It is a black marble platform that is built at the spot of cremation of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. Afternoon visit of New Delhi which will include photo opportunities at some of the following attractions - the exterior of the Parliament, the War Memorial Arch (India Gate) and residence of the President House of India in New Delhi. Conclude your day with visit to 72 meter high Qutub Minar; being one of the most important landmarks of Delhi, with calligraphically decorated interiors and also inscriptions of verses of the Holy Quran. Stay overnight at hotel in Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur (approx. travel time 05hrs) (B)
Morning after breakfast travel to Jaipur, the first planned city of India, is a treasure-trove of culture, art and history, famous for its colour, life style and Rajasthani cuisine. It is a city exuding royal heritage and extravagant richness. The historic city also has many temples and shrines. On arrival check-in at hotel. Evening enjoy visiting local bazaar at walled city. Explore world famous jewelry bazaar which offers a variety that ranges from chunky tribal Jewellery to enameled gold to modern diamond jewelry. Stay overnight at hotel in Jaipur.

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur: Originally built in 1835, Rambagh Palace has stepped gracefully through many royal transitions. Today, this jewel in the Taj’s crown offers 78 stunningly restored grand luxury rooms and suites which were the chambers of the former Maharaja. Enjoy a royal Indian feast at Suvarna Mahal. For multi-cuisine, head to Rajput Room, all-day-dining restaurant, or Verandah Café. Find Mediterranean delights at the lounge bar, Steam, or unwind in the sophisticated charm of the Polo Bar, with the trophies and memorabilia of the Jaipur polo team on display. Take your royal retreat a notch further by indulging in signature treatments at the Jiva Grande Spa.

Day 4: Jaipur (B)
Morning after breakfast excursion to Amber Fort, is the chance to ride an elephant up the hill to the main entrance. The ancient capital of Jaipur state and the majestic palace complex to witness a unique system of air-conditioning of 17th century. The fort presents a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. It is built using red sandstone and white marble. While driving back to city photo stop at Jal Mahal. Afternoon city tour of Jaipur pink city covering City Palace Museum; boasts to have some of the priceless handwritten Hindu scriptures of the ancient past, miniature delicate paintings, preserved painted ceilings and the elephant saddles (haudas), and is registered in the Guinness Book of Records to contain the biggest silver objects in the world. Drive pass Hawa Mahal or the 'Palace Of The Winds' – a remarkable gem of Rajput style of architecture. This beautiful Mahal decorated with fine lattice windows and screened balconies was to facilitate the royal women, in  getting a glimpse of the daily events, royal processions and festivals taking place on the streets. Conclude your day with visit to Jantar Mantar; one of the famed observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh is a complex of astronomical instruments, chiseled out of stone which provides fairly accurate information to this day. Stay overnight at hotel in Jaipur.

Day 5: Jaipur – Jodhpur (approx. travel time 06hrs) (B)
Morning after breakfast travel to Jodhpur. Today you will experience the feeling of travelling back in time with a journey to Jodhpur, while you catch a glimpse of the splendour and magnificence of this ancient desert city built on the edge of the Thar Desert. At its best, it is a doorway to the wonderland of sand dunes and shrubs, rocky terrain and thorny trees. On arrival at Jodhpur airport transfer to hotel and check in. Stay Overnight at hotel in Jodhpur.

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur: Home of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family and currently the world’s sixth-largest private residence. The last of the great palaces of India, the property houses a family museum, as well as the resplendent Umaid Bhawan Palace. Discover an array of European and Mediterranean delicacies at Pillars, set in a lovely colonnaded veranda. Unwind at the Trophy Bar with its unique hunting-themed décor and vast selection of alcoholic beverages and cigars. Pamper yourself with rejuvenating signature treatments and therapies at the Jiva Grande Spa, or soothe your mind and body with yoga and meditation. Soak in the original architecture of a fascinating bygone era and discover the rich history of a palace that has enjoyed actual royal company.

Day 6: Jodhpur (B)
Morning after breakfast visit Mehrangarh Fort; one of the largest forts in India, the beauty and grandeur of numerous palaces inside narrates a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures and to enter, seven gates have to be crossed. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, furniture and cannons on the forts ramparts are well preserved. After that visit the royal cenotaph Jaswant Thada – This white marbled architecture is a memorial site of a Rajput clan. This cenotaph was built in the 19th century by Maharaja Sardar Singh in the memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur. Evening explore the Old city & Clock tower market. Surrounded by a 10km long wall, has 8 gates serving as entrances, the winding streets offer colourful street markets with blue houses alternated with white houses. Stay Overnight at hotel in Jodhpur.

Day 7: Jodhpur – Udaipur (approx. travel time 06hrs) (B)
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport to board the Private Charter flight to Udaipur. 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. The famous Lake Palace, located in the middle of Lake Pichola is one of the most beautiful sights of Udaipur. It is also home to Jaisamand Lake, claimed to be the second largest man-made sweet water lake in Asia. On arrival at Udaipur airport transfer to hotel and check in. Stay Overnight at hotel in Udaipur.

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur: Jag Niwas is today the majestic and magnificent Taj Lake Palace of Udaipur. This heritage hotel has 65 luxurious rooms and 18 grand suites. Its location on an island in the midst of a lake affords every room breathtaking views of the neighboring City Palace, Aravalli Hills, Machla Magra Hills and Jag Mandir. Signature speciality restaurants at this palace serves a choice of cuisines. Neel Kamal for authentic Rajasthani and other dishes from India; and the seasonally open-air Bhairo for contemporary European delicacies. In the evening, indulge in signature martinis, cocktails and a grand collection of premium international spirits at the bar, Amrit Sagar. Continue being pampered as a royal at Jiva Spa, with a spa boat experience like no other. Concierge would be happy to assist you in making arrangements, and plan a special tour of the city of lakes in one of our vintage cars.

Day 8: Udaipur (B) 
Morning after breakfast visit of City Palace & its complex. The City Palace boasts of the wonderful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture and has various towers, domes and arches, which add to the flavour of heritage site. Later visit Jagdish Temple, dating back to 1651 AD, it is an exquisite example of Indo Aryan architecture. In the afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola, is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake and have been developed with several palaces to provide views of the lake. Evening visit the Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, an Indian folk arts museum which has interesting exhibits that include folk’s dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk’s musical instruments, folk deities. Later explore on your own visiting the numerous shops that dot the narrow windings streets of Udaipur for souvenir to take back home. Stay overnight at hotel in Udaipur.

Day 9: Udaipur – Mumbai (Flight: TBA) (B)
Morning after breakfast transfer to Udaipur airport to board flight to Mumbai. Assistance on arrival at Mumbai airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Mumbai.

The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai: The Taj Mahal Palace opened in Mumbai, then Bombay, in 1903, giving birth to the country’s first harbor landmark. The recently trademarked flagship hotel overlooks the majestic Gateway of India. Each of the rooms, 285 rooms & suites are a striking blend of nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern facilities. For those who would like to experience fine dining in style, we host 9 of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants and bars, renowned for delectable cuisines from India, Europe, the Middle East and the Orient. Relish authentic Indian cuisine at Masala Kraft; world famous Japanese dishes at Wasabi by Morimoto; exquisite Eastern Mediterranean food at Souk and Chinese at Golden Dragon. Dine all day at Shamiana and choose from the exotic range of sumptuous desserts at La Patisserie. Unwind with a refreshing meal at Aquarius, the poolside restaurant; and visit the stylish Harbour Bar. Signature experiences such as the afternoon tea at Sea Lounge and private dining at the Chef’s Studio make your stay with us truly memorable.

Day 10: Mumbai (B) 
Morning after breakfast start your sightseeing of Mumbai. We start with the famous monument, the main tourist attraction in Mumbai, the Gateway of India is decked with four turrets and its yellow basalt stone structure has delicate latticework carved in it. Stands the rich and famous Royal Taj Mahal Hotel. Listed next on your trip is the exclusive Prince of Wales Museum (Closed on Monday). Then, you will catch a glimpse of the other famous buildings of Mumbai as we drive you past the University of Bombay, High Court of Bombay and Crawford Market. You will also visit the esteemed Gandhi Memorial Museum (Mani Bhavan) and the religious Jain Temple. Recognized as the world's largest outdoor laundry, the Dhobi Ghat is exclusive to the city of Mumbai. Evening around 4 – 5 PM we will take you to the beautiful Marine Drive, popularly known as the Queen's Necklace. Here, you can sit and relax (30 – 60 Minutes) taking in the spellbinding view the Arabian Sea offers. Stay overnight at hotel in Mumbai.

Day 11: Mumbai – Hyderabad (Flight: TBA) (B) 
Morning after breakfast transfer to Udaipur airport to board flight to Hyderabad. Assistance on arrival at Hyderabad airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Hyderabad.

Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad: Built in 1894, it is the former palace of the Nizam, rumoured to be the richest man in the world at one time. From the moment you arrive at Taj Falaknuma Palace in a horse-drawn carriage. The 60 rooms and suites are beautifully refurbished and lovingly restored by Her Highness Princess Esra, the Nizam’s Turkish wife. Go on a sumptuous, gastronomic ride at our Indian fine-dining restaurant, Adaa, and savour multi-cuisine specialties at Celeste. Enjoy breakfast at Celeste & Gol Bungalow and afternoon tea on the Jade Terrace or private dinners at South East Garden. Feel holistically rejuvenated at our Jiva Spa, rooted in the traditional Indian approach to wellness; complemented with a wellness menu that employs the finest principles of Ayurvedic cooking.

Day 12: Hyderabad (B) 
Morning after breakfast enjoy sightseeing tour of Hyderabad visiting Golconda Fort: Originally known as Mankal, and built on a hilltop in the year 1143. It was originally a mud fort under the reign of Rajah of Warangal, later it was fortified. Also visit Qutub Shahi Tombs: containing the tombs and mosques built by the various kings of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. Chowmahalla Palace: which means four palaces, was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad. Charminar: It has been a historical place with Mosque on the top floor for over 400 years and also known for its surrounding markets. Conclude your day by visiting Laad Bazaar or Choodi Bazaar is a very old market popular for bangles located in Hyderabad. It is located on one of the four main roads that branch out from the historic Charminar. Stay overnight at hotel in Hyderabad.

Day 13: Hyderabad Departure (Flight: TBA) (B)
Morning after breakfast transfer to Hyderabad international airport to board your schedule flight to onward destination.

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