Arrive at Delhi's International Airport. After clearing customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, your FOOTSTEPS TO INDIA representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building and transfer you to hotel. Delhi is India's capital and a major gateway to the country. It is bustling metropolis, successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region's ancient legacy. Overnight in Delhi.
After breakfast, meet your guide in the lobby. Today, discover Delhi in all its majesty.
Begin the tour with a visit to Old Delhi. Near the Red Fort, you trade vehicle for a bicycle rickshaw and weave through narrow lanes of colorful and bustling Chandni chowk. You will visit Raj Ghat, the serene and evocative memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi; 17th century Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and Shah Jehan's architectural triumph.
As a complete contrast to Old Delhi, New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's. You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and the Presidential residence.
Overnight in Delhi.
After breakfast at the hotel, drive towards Agra. At the time of the Mughals, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. It came into prominence when a lavish patronage of Mughal rulers created forts, tombs, and palaces in red sandstone and marble inlaid with semi-precious stones. During this period the city became a leading centre of art, science, commerce and culture. The short golden age of Agra came to an end with the seventeenth century reign of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the Taj Mahal. On arrival, check in your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the impressive Agra Fort, the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire for successive generations. Overnight in Agra.
At sunrise, a short horse carriage ride will take you to the gates. The Taj Mahal, was built by an emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive towards Jaipur. On the way you will visit Fatehpur Sikri - the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. On arrival in Jaipur, check in your hotel. Overnight in Jaipur.
After breakfast, visit Amber Fort. Known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu Rajput elements, the fort has huge ramparts, a series of gates and cobbled paths, and overlooks a Maota lake. Most notable and the largest tourist attraction at the Amber fort is the 20 minute elephant ride up to the fort itself. The elephants are brightly painted with water colors which makes a festive and beautiful site. Your afternoon tour starts with a visit to the City Palace Museum, also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Later walk through the colorful bazaar of Jaipur. Overnight in Jaipur.
After breakfast, drive towards Pushkar. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel. Afternoon you will explore the city mainly visiting the Pushkar Lake Ghats and the Bramha Temple, which is one of its kind left In India today. Later return back to your hotel. Enjoy your leisurely evening at this holy town. Overnight in Pushkar
In the morning, have your breakfast and continue your journey to the next destination Jodhpur. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Evening explore the markets of Jodhpur.
After breakfast, visit the Mehrangarh Fort (citadel of the Sun) that evokes the very spirit of the Rathores, the ruling local Rajput clan. Visit its various palaces with their delicate friezes and respective museums, displaying treasures of the royal family. North of Meherangarh Fort, and connected to it by road, Jaswant Thanda is a pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878-95), who purged Jodhpur of dacoits, initiated irrigation systems and boosted the economy. Later return to the hotel. In the early evening, embark on a jeep ride to the country side and explore the local life in the hamlet. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Jodhpur
Today enjoy a leisurely morning and breakfast before you are driven to Udaipur. Enroute you will visit Ranakpur Jain Temples. An exceptionally beautiful excursion through the rugged, wooded hills of Rajasthan in the Aravalli Valley, to see one of the best complexes of Jain religion which is particularly noted for the grandiose scale of its architecture and the highly decorated ceilings, walls and 1444 different pillars. On arrival in Udaipur, check-in to your hotel. Overnight in Udaipur.
After breakfast, take city tour of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, the majestic palace is actually a conglomerate of eleven palaces overlooking the sprawling Lake Pichola. Tour the private collection of precious and rare crystals from the Royal treasure. Later visit the Jagdish Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the centre of the old city. The temple has a black marble image of Lord which is unusual for the northern part of the country, where statues of Gods are normally in white marble. Sahelion-ki-bari is the spectacular garden displaying the unique lifestyle of the Royal ladies who once lived in the Palaces. In the evening, take a boat cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola towards Jag Mandir Palace, which covers almost four acres and is noted for its marble pavilion and an imposing dome. Overnight in Udaipur
In time transfer to the airport for light to Delhi connecting further to your homebound flight. TOUR ENDS