You will explore beautifully decorated rooms with thousands of exquisitely sculpted mirrors covering the walls, massive ivory doors (a dark reminder of Indian royalty’s passion for hunting), brightly colored stained-glass windows, expansive inlaid marble balconies, and the unique peacock courtyard. There are amazing views to be had from this structure, especially of Lake Pichola, the Lake Palace, and Jag Mandir Island. Enjoy a tour of the amazing Crystal Gallery which houses the world’s largest collection of priceless crystal. Marvel at pieces like the complete bedroom furniture set in crystal and the gorgeous crystal fountains in the courtyards.
Next you will explore Udaipur. With its small-town atmosphere, laid back Udaipur is one of India’s best places to explore on foot, and your Tour Director will take you for walks in small local bazaars and other interesting parts of this charming city. You will also enjoy a slightly bumpy (there are no shock absorbers) three-wheeler scooter ride through the streets.
After you experience Udaipur, you will return to your gorgeous resort for a short break to freshen up and enjoy the wonderful facilities, and also get a snack at one of their great food outlets if you are so inclined.
In the afternoon you are driven to visit the Monsoon Palace, a small hilltop structure that offers amazing views of the picturesque city of Udaipur and its lakes and palaces. The journey up the hill takes you through a protected wildlife sanctuary and occasional small wildlife sightings can be experienced.
Return to the lake area and proceed for a cruise on captivating Lake Pichola in one of the Leela Palace boats to enjoy wonderful sunset views of Lake Pichola and magical Udaipur. Return to your resort after the cruise.
Evening: Your Tour Director Guide will pick you up from your hotel and accompany you to the City Palace complex where you will witness the ancient traditional Holika Dahan ceremony, or custom of lighting the Holi Pyre, on the night before Holi. The Royal Family of Mewar (Udaipur and the surrounding regions) performs this celebration with great pomp and ceremony. A grand procession led by the Royals arrives and then the ceremony begins. After the ritual prayers for this occasion, the King lights the pyre. The end of the event is a traditional dance by a local troupe, performed only at this one occasion every year.
Dinner is included at the City Palace after the ceremony.
Mar 19th: Udaipur. (B, D) Today is Holi, the festival of colors, one of India’s biggest festivals. We do not recommend celebrating Holi in almost all cities of India as this festival includes intoxicated youth who can get aggressive in the celebratory crowds. The upscale area (in the small city of Udaipur) where our guests celebrate is an exception and the celebration here is a lot of fun. The locals take to the streets and everyone douses each other with powdered colors as well as colored water. You will walk through residential neighborhoods and small bazaars as you celebrate. Our guests are provided with traditional Indian clothing on the day before Holi and you are welcome to keep the colored clothing as a memory afterwards. Return to your gorgeous resort after your celebration.
Afternoon - you are at leisure to enjoy the extensive facilities, available activities, and views at your amazing luxury resort this afternoon. None of Udaipur’s attractions and bazaars will be open today.
This evening you will enjoy an enchanting dining experience - dinner timing and your selection between vegetarian and nonvegetarian cuisine will be prearranged based on your preferences. Experience an amazing Royal Dinner at a special venue that will make your meal a favorite memory – western food options can be substituted with prior request.
Mar 20th: Udaipur – Delhi – End of Tour (B) Although your Tour Director Guide and chauffeur driven vehicle are available to you this morning if you desire to explore more (after checking out), we recommend that you enjoy this morning at leisure for your last couple of hours at your spectacular lodging. Also, if you wish to enjoy this beautiful small city and your gorgeous resort for longer, additional days at Udaipur are highly recommended by our previous guests and can be added when you reserve your tour.
You are assisted with your check-out around noon, and then you can choose to enjoy lunch at your hotel, before you are driven to the airport in time to board your late afternoon flight to Delhi.
There are three departure options on this day and your choice will be influenced by your international flight timings, or whether you want time at a world-class oceanfront resort. Please note that almost all international flights depart from India’s airports either very late at night or early in the morning.
Departure Option 1: If your international flight departure is less than four hours from your scheduled arrival time at the Delhi airport, before bidding you farewell, your Tour Director Guide will assist you in connecting you with your Airport VIP Services Representative, who will escort you through customs and immigration. Additional services can be added upon request.
Departure Option 2A: Late Night Flights - If your international flight departure is not in the early morning, but is four or more hours from your scheduled arrival time at the Delhi, you are greeted at the airport by your personal chauffeur. Your Tour Director Guide along with your personal vehicle and chauffeur are available to you until it is time for your airport transfer for your international flight. This is a good time to do some last-minute shopping and/or dining if you are so inclined. When you are driven to the airport for your international flight at the appropriate time, your Tour Director Guide will assist you in connecting you with your Airport VIP Services Representative, who will escort you through check-in, customs and immigration. Additional services can be added upon request.
Departure Option 2B: Flights around Midnight - If your flight departs early the next morning, upon your arrival in Delhi, you will be driven to the Oberoi Gurgaon and your Tour Director Guide will assist with your check-in. A nominal additional charge will apply for this extra night. During your check-in, please remind the hotel staff of your flight departure timing - Easy Tours will already have informed them. Your Tour Director Guide will bid you farewell at this time.
Mar 21st: Delhi – International Flight. Flights well after midnight or on the next day Check-out at the appropriate time (your room is available until noon) and a luxury Oberoi vehicle will transfer you to the airport where you will board your international flight. At the airport you will be introduced to your Airport VIP Services Representative who will escort you through customs and immigration.
Our services end with your Oberoi Gurgaon assisted check-in.
Departure Option 3: Ocean Resort in Goa or the Maldives Options.