Arrive Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, the guest will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning drive to Kesroli (185 kms). Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. The 14th century Hill-Fort, Kesroli is the oldest heritage site in India where you can stay. Sited atop the rare, dark Hornstone Breccias rocks, it commands splendid agrarian views from its ramparts, which rise to 50-65 meters. The origins of the seven-turreted Hill -Fort Kesroli are traced back to over six centuries. It subsequently changed hands, being conquered by the Mughals and the Jats before reverting to the Rajputs in 1775 when the princely state of Alwar was founded. Overnight at the hotel.
Late morning drive to Jaipur (150 km). Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Afternoon tour of the City - "The Pink City" is spectacularly set within surrounding rugged hills, dotted with ancient ruined fortresses. Your tour will include the imposing City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. You will also visit the Hawa Mahal "Palace of the Winds", and the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see the vast astronomical instruments. Enjoy a stroll through the colourful bazaar before returning to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel
Morning tour of the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honoured fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at hotel
Morning drive to Nimaj (260 kms). Upon arrival in Nimaj, check-in at hotel. Jagram Durg is situated in Nimaj village of Pali district in Rajasthan. Built in 1773 by Thakur Jagram Singhji, the fort has been witness to many battles in the past. The family continues to live in the fort, which was converted into a hotel in 1995. Care has been taken to retain the original character of the place, though all modern amenities have been added to it. Later explore the surrounding villages. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning drive to Shahpura (125 Kms). Upon arrival in Shahpura, check into your hotel. Afternoon visit Ram Dwara, the revered ancient temple. The old city palace reveals the integration of Rajput & Mughal traditions in architecture while the geometrical symmetry of the baoli (stepwell) inspires a serenity that lingers. Explore the many goods on sale in the marketplace. Overnight at the hotel.
Day is at your leisure for activities that could include visiting an old thickly wooded family farm with trees over 200 years old, Bird Watching, or visiting Dhikola Fort. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning drive to Narlai (180 kms). Upon arrival in Narlai, check-in at hotel. Rawla Narlai - a royal hunting retreat, between Jodhpur and Udaipur is an enchanting new destination. Situated amidst dramatic boulders and ancient temples, the Rawla lies at a foothill of a stupendous 350 – foot single rock granite hill. Maharaj and Rani Swaroop Singh and their sons oversaw the careful restoration of this 15th century home of Marwar nobility. The ambience is a special blend of aesthetics and comfort that envelope the senses. Overnight at the hotel.
Visit Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur Temple. Kumbhalgarh Fort (alt 1,087 m) was the second most important fort of the Mewar Kingdom after Chittaurgarh. Built mostly by Maharana Kumba (1485), it is situated on a west facing ridge of the Aravallis, commanding a great strategic position on the border between the Rajput Kingdoms of Udaipur (Mewar) and Jodhpur (Marwar). It gives superb views over the lower land to the North-West, standing over 200m above the pass leading via Ghanerao towards Udaipur. Ranakpur Temples the most magnificent 15th century Jain temples situated in the deep secluded valley of the Aravalli Hills. Though over 500 years old, the temples here are superbly preserved in a near-perfect condition. In the centre is the main “Chaumukha temple” dedicated ot Adinath. The most distinctive features are the 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, of which no two are exactly alike. Every conceivable surface is carved and every corner and angle is engraved with Jain images. Includes visit to two more Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God with its erotic sculptures. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning drive to Udaipur (130 kms). Upon arrival in Udaipur, check-in at hotel. Udaipur is one of India's most romantic cities and famed for its lovely palaces and lakes. Begin by visiting the majestic City Palace, built in granite and marble and surrounded by crenellated fort walls, it is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan standing on a crest overlooking the Pichola Lake. In contrast to its rugged exterior, the inside presents a delicate and feminine world of beauty with lavish use of marble, mirror work, frescoes, wall paintings, a profusion of colored glass, fluted columns, inlay work, silver doors, fountains and gardens. Late afternoon enjoy a boat cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the lake you have a wonderful view of the City Palace stretching along the east bank, while the south bank has pleasant gardens running down to the waterside. (Boat ride depending upon the water level of the Lake) Overnight at the hotel.
Morning city tour of Udaipur, one of India's most romantic cities and famed for its lovely palaces and lakes. Begin by visiting the City Palace and wandering through its beautiful rooms and apartments, then continue on to the Garden of Maidens "Sahelion-ki-bari”. Rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning drive to Dungarpur (115 kms). Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Founded in the early 13th century by Rana Dungar Singh, Dungarpur lies very close to the Gujrat border and is a little off the regular tourist circuit. The Juna Palace, Udai Bilas Palace, and Udai Sagar are the main attractions here. The region of Dungarpur and Banswara is home to the Bhils, tribal aborigines who have inhabited this region since 2000 B.C. Its location has helped to its natural beauty intact. Most of the palaces and other monuments are well preserved and make a visit worthwhile. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning visit the surrounding villages which will captivate you and become a part of your most treasured memories. You can see herds of cattle and sheep roaming around purposelessly. Watch the children trotting off to school, while their mothers prepare their afternoon meal on a dung-fire. Stop over for a taste of the authentic Rajasthani food. The hospitable men and women will be at your service, eager to fulfill your every request. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning drive to Ahmedabad (125 kms) railway station to connect your train to Mumbai. Depart: Ahmedabad at: 1430 hours by: Shatabdi Express Arrive: Mumbai at: 1935 hours Upon arrival in Mumbai, you will be met and transferred to International airport to connect your flight to onward destination (check in is 3 hours prior to the departure).
This was the most amazing tour. I had wanted to see India for a long time and I was not disappointed. Adil was a wonderful guide and nothing was too much trouble for him. We had trouble getting any rupees and all through the trip he kept his cool and good humour. We also had a great driver. India was dusty and noisy (on the roads) but it was also very colourful and vibrant. The people were amazing, kind and generous with their time and happy to answer any questions or help out. I would go back in a heartbeat to see more of the beautiful countryside. Mech Journeys was great, I like the smaller tours over others I have been on and would certainly take one of them again. A fantastic experience.”
This was the most amazing tour. I had wanted to see India for a long time and I was not disappointed. Adil was a wonderful guide and nothing was too much trouble for him.
Classical India Tour
What can I say, but that everything was fabulous! The Guides (All cities) were brilliant. The information and their knowledge of their regions were insightful and interesting. Their interaction with the group was great, they were able to adapt and engage with the wants and needs of our group. We loved every minute and were a little sad when we had to say farewell to everyone.
As you know I was travelling with my children - aged 14 & 19. Both enjoyed the tour and are now asking when we will be going back - maybe to spend a little longer in Jaipur just to see everything again and more.
In short, this was one of the best family holidays that we have been on. The trip was brilliant, you and your staff couldn't do enough for us, everywhere we went was beautiful and home visits in Udaipur were a highlight. I will recommend you and your company to everyone.
Thank you so much, we had such a wonderful time. We love, love India and are already planning and saving for our return.
Mr. Stephen Jessel
Classical India Tour
What can I say, but that everything was fabulous! The Guides (All cities) were brilliant. The information and their knowledge of their regions were insightful and interesting....more
Based upon the advice of a local associate, we selected MECH Journeys to assist us with some complex aspects of our planned 2015 trip to India. Devender Dimri looked at our proposed itinerary, made suggestions, determined costs, and made bookings after consulting with us, hence almost every detail was handled well before we left Canada.
Shortly after our arrival in Delhi, Devender and Prakeet made a special trip from their downtown offices to our hotel (the 4 Points Airport Sheraton) during Delhi rush hour, just to meet us and go over our Itinerary. They also provided us with 24 hour phone numbers in case we needed any assistance over the course of our 2 months in India.
As we travelled, a driver was on-hand to meet us at Rajeev Gandhi Arpt. in Hyderabad even though the flight was hours late. Several days later we were able to effortlessly board the train from Jabalpur to Agra because Devender and Prakeet had explained the train system to us in some detail. About three weeks later, on the road from Udaipur to Bhuj, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a call from Devender confirming that everything was going smoothly, that the car and driver were appropriate to our needs, and to once again assure us that he was available to assist us 24 hours a day throughout our trip.
I wish to thank MECH Journeys for all of their assistance, and to assure them that I will definitely use their services for future trips to India.
Victoria, British Columbia
Based upon the advice of a local associate, we selected MECH Journeys to assist us with some complex aspects of our planned 2015 trip to India. Devender Dimri looked at our proposed itinerary, made suggestions,...more
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Sydney - Australia
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Firstly let me thank you for all your help organising our last trip to Singapore. It was absolutely fantastic and exceeded our expectations and for that we are both very appreciative.
Firstly let me thank you for all your help organising our last trip to Singapore. It was absolutely fantastic and exceeded our expectations and for that we are both very appreciative....more