Insight Vacations: Take the Imperial Tour
PHOTO: Oh the incredible sights you will see on the Imperial Tour of India (Courtesy Insight Vacations)
Take a break from the ordinary when it comes time for your next vacation and discover the Insight difference.
For more than 35 years, Insight Vacations has been designing some of the finest escorted tours in the industry. Known primarily for its European itineraries, with tours in 43 countries, Insight also has made a name for itself by providing tours with the same high standards for guests travelling to the Eastern Mediterranean, North America, India and Nepal.
Each handcrafted Insight Gold itinerary in India, Nepal and Bhutan has been upgraded and is now all-inclusive, giving guests the most luxurious experience possible and with six all-inclusive tours and five mini-breaks from which to choose, guests are spoilt for choice.
Imperial Rajasthan, a Heritage Journey, has a 14-day itinerary that takes guests back in time to an era when Maharajahs built lavish fortresses and palaces towering over desert cities. Today, these palaces are modern hotels where travelers can live like kings.
The adventure begins in Delhi, where travelers can experience Old Delhi as they explore the Chandni Chowk bazaar by rickshaw. Also on the itinerary, the Red Fort, the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat and India's largest mosque, the Jama Masjid. After a brief stay in Delhi, guests will travel to Agra, home to the amazing Taj Mahal, built in 1642 by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife. Agra is also home to the Sadar Bazaar and the Agra Fort, a spectacular red sandstone fortress, and the Royal Pavilions and gardens.
Jaipur, the "Pink City," is next on the itinerary, but along the way, guests will have the chance to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the ancient Mughal capital that today stands deserted and ripe for exploration. Once in Jaipur, travelers will have the chance to visit the Amber Fort, filled with stunning ivory carvings, mirrors, glass and art.
As the trip journeys further north, the tour will make stops in the fort town of Mandawa, the desert city of Bikaner, known for its annual camel festival, and the Camel Research and Breeding Farm.
Next stop, The Sun City of Jaisalmer and its hilltop fortress, which though built in 1156 is still in use for today. Sightseeing includes visits to Garhi Sagar Lake, a local market and a trip to the famed rippling Kanoi Sand Dunes. The journey continues along the ancient silk route to the Blue City of Jodhpur. Later, travel to Rohet where travelers will have the chance to meet local people and see how they live as part of a Village Safari. The next day brings a tour of the Mehrangarh Fort, set on a cliff 30 meters above the city and the white marble Jaswant Thada, where travelers can journey through the winding streets by tuk tuk. The elaborate carvings and architecture of the Jain temple complex, regarded as some of the best in India. From there, travel to Udaipur, known as the "City of Lakes."
The journey winds down with a tour of Udaipur's palace complex and a boat ride on Lake Pichola and special celebratory dinner to commemorate the tour.
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