Day 01 :
Arriving Delhi [International Flight]
In the early morning your flight will arrive at the International airport of Delhi. After going through all the formalities of customs, immigration and baggage collection you will be greeted by our representative at the EXIT of the Arrivals Terminal building. The representative will escort you back to the hotel.
Delhi is the capital of India and is the most popular and sought after city. This city is a buzzing metropolitan city and it is a perfect fusion of the ancient and the modern structures in same place. There are the sky- reaching modern buildings or the skyscrapers on one side of the city and along with that there are grand and old monuments which show the hint of its glorious past. The moment you will be entering the city the gardens, the spacious and tree lined beautiful parks which will be worth watching.
Day 02 :
After having a sumptuous buffet breakfast at the hotel you will be taken on a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi which is of half day duration. The tour begins with exploring the Raj Ghat which is of immense value as it is a memorial for the Father of the Nation-"Mahatma Gandhi". You will be driving past the Red Fort which will then be followed by Jama Masjid. Jama Masjid is one of the huge mosques in the whole of Asia which can be viewed from the outside.
You will then be taken to the New Delhi as the Old Delhi is already covered by you. The New Delhi is famous for the legacy of the British from the colonial period. The tour will comprise a visit to the Qutub Minar which is like the tallest tower built in the whole of India made of stone. The construction of this grand structure was started by Qutub-ud-din Aibak in the year of 1199 A.D. This was completed by his successor and son-in-law Iltutmish. The tower is 72.5 m in height and has 379 steps from the top to the bottom of the building. Till this date Qutub Minar is the stone tower with maximum height and is the elegant and finest structure of Islamic style ever constructed in India.
Then this will be followed by visiting the Humayun's Tomb which was constructed by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor- Humayun. This grand building has an impeccable Indo-Persian style of architecture and is like an early precursor for the Taj Mahal. This tour will also provide you a drive past the beautiful and grandiose India Gate. Then we will also see the Parliament building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan or the residence of the President.
Day 03 :
Delhi-Mandawa [Surface 280 kms/ 6 hours' drive]
The next morning you will be driven from Delhi to Mandawa which is a very remote and feudal place in the region called Shekhawati. Here you will be checking in at a hotel for the rest of the journey.
This place has a grand and imposing fort built by the Rajput ruler of Mandawa in the year of 1755 to protect his trading outpost since it lied in the old caravan routes stretching from China to Middle East. The township gradually started increasing around the fort and soon a large community of traders started settling here. When the caravan traffic stopped in the late 18th century the traders began expanding their business in the other parts of the India and then returned to Mandawa just to build their palatial mansions in this hometown for them. The afternoon will be spent exploring the vibrant, dreamy and colorful town of Mandawa which is famous for the frescoes which are beautiful.
These frescoes depict a lot of subjects from religious to the erotic; from the imitations of popular English prints to witty social satire which is evident from the styles of the local artist. Every single home here is like loaded with joyful murals that brighten the entire landscape.
Day 04 :
Mandawa- Bikaner [Surface 200 kms/ 4 hours' drive]
After a delectable breakfast you will be driven from Mandawa to Bikaner. Here you will first be checking in to a hotel.
In the afternoon you will start exploring the city of Bikaner. There you will be visiting Junagarh fort which is one of the most intriguing forts in Rajasthan with the beautifully decorated interiors. This was built by Raja Rai singh in the year of 1588 and it is one of the few forts in the city of Rajasthan which was not constructed on the top of the hilltop. Instead it was constructed on the desert plains; it's rough and rugged sandstone structure and elegant balconies and pavilions reaching the sky are beautiful. Then we will go on visiting the National Camel Breeding Farm and experience the marvelous sight of camels returning from the grazing and the added bonus of seeing a beautiful desert sunset in the background. This farm was initially set up for producing the camels of superior strains for the domestic haulage as well as for the use of the military.
After that you will be returning to the hotel.
Day 05 :
Bikaner-Jaisalmer [Surface 330 kms/ 07 hours' drive]
After the breakfast you will be taken to Jaisalmer from Bikaner. Jaisalmer is a beautiful place with yellow sandstone which gives it a golden touch. The structure is tall and produces a dazzling effect in the shining sand. It was built in 1156 AD by Maharaja Jaisal. Because of the Jaisalmer's location it is always protected from the outside forces. During British Raj, Jaisalmer was the last one to sign the agreement with the British Government.
After arriving in the city we will check in to a hotel and will spend the rest of the day having fun.
Day 06 :
In the morning after the breakfast we will explore the city of Jaisalmer. You will then go to the fort which is the most dominant part of the city. It is one of the oldest cities of Rajasthan and was built in the year of 1156. Around quarter of the population of old city lives within the walls which have around 99 bastions around the circumference. The fort has an elegant group of Jain temples which was built between 12th and 15th century and contains a lot of manuscripts. Jaisalmer has very narrow streets which are beautifully decorated with the Hindu and the Jain temples.
When we see the desert city filled with flat and dry sands surrounded by palaces, temples and beautifully sculpted havelis which has made it a bustling market centre for the traders. In the late afternoon we will drive to the Sam sand dunes for a camel back ride to witness the shiny glow that setting sun cast on the desert. Camel ride is one of the awesome ways to explore the villages of Rajasthan. On top of this we will have an exciting adventurous camel ride.
After that we will return to the hotel.
Day 07 :
Jaisalmer-Rohetgarh [Surface- 320 kms/ 07 hours' drive]
After having the delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will then be driven from Jaisalmer to Rohetgarh. We will then be checking in at your hotel.
Rohetgarh is the home to the royal Champawat family. Rohetgarh, Pali is a Rajput architectural beauty and is one of the oldest palatial mansions. It is located at a few kilometers distance from the city of Jodhpur. The old age haveli tries to reminiscent the glory and the grandeur that it possessed in the past. Now this is an extremely beautiful and exquisite heritage hotel of the present.
The evening is spent in relaxing and having fun.
Day 08 :
After having a delectable and an early breakfast, you will be driven to Jodhpur for exploring and sightseeing of Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada.
Old city of Jodhpur is enclosed by a wall which is 10km long and was built about a century after the city of Jodhpur was founded. From the fort you can have a clear view of where the old city terminates and the new city begins. The old city is a beautiful and exciting canopy of swirling and interesting streets to roam around. Eight gates lead out from the walled city. It's one of the more happening and beautiful cities in India and the famous baggy-tight horse riding trousers, famously known as jodhpurs, derive its name from this locality. The Mehrangarh Fort is sprawled across a 125-meter high hill and is the most exquisite, impressive, dominant and formidable fort in Rajasthan.
Visiting Mehrangarh Fort or the citadel of the Sun that invokes the soul and spirit of the Rathore's which the ruling local Rajput clan is. Visiting the various palaces with their exquisite friezes and unique museums, showcasing treasures of the royal family is indeed a treat. To the north of the Mehrangarh Fort Jaswant Thada is connected by road. It is a pillared marble memorial for the most famous ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878-95), who freed Jodhpur of dacoits, installed irrigation systems and enhanced the economy. The cenotaphs of the members of the royal family who have died since the ruler Jaswant are closed by his memorial and those who preceded him are remembered by chattris at Mandore. We will return to Rohetgarh after exploring the city. In the afternoon we will proceed for a Jeep safari to the neighboring and beautiful Bishnoi Villages. We will have an overnight stay in the city of Rohetgarh at Rohet.
Day 09 :
Rohetgarh- Udaipur [Surface- 225 kms/05 hours' drive]
You will be driven to the city of Udaipur visiting Ranakpur Jain Temples in the route. It is an exquisite, impeccable and beautiful excursion via the rugged, wooden hills of Rajasthan to the Jain Temples of Ranakpur in the Aravalli Valley, to explore and experience the beauty of one of the best buildings of Jain religion which is uniquely remembered for the grandness of its architecture and the highly decorated ceilings, walls and 1444 different pillars. The priests of the Jain temples themselves performed all the temple designing and even now their generations are still continuing this particular work.
Later we will proceed with our journey to Udaipur and after arrival, we check-in at our hotel.
Udaipur has been set on the shores of Lake Pichola and is surrounded by hills which are completely different from the arid deserts of the remaining Rajasthan. It was the capital of the old Mewar State. It was the only Rajput household to maintain its Hindu bond even during the Muslim invasion. Since the late 16th century, peace triggered an era of renaissance in the arts and boosted the building of grand and beautiful palaces around the lake, merging in the City Palace which is one of the largest palace complexes in the world. The lake is a beautiful and romantic setting enclosing the dazzling white Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir which was the home to the rebel Mughal prince, Shah Jahan, who was the creator of the impeccable Taj Mahal.
Day 10 :
After the delicious buffet breakfast we will proceed for the exploration tour of Udaipur City which is also known as the City of Sunrise. Firstly we will explore the City Palace, which give a clear view of the Lake Pichola. The City Palace was built in around 1725 of granite and marble with filigreed balconies, adorable windows and unique craftsmanship in glass. The royal palace walls sprawled across a mile on the eastern side of the lake. Within the palace is a maze of spacious courtyards, apartments and decorated halls. The rooms are entirely decorated with frescoes, various displays of royal processions, stone and glass mosaics and grand ornamental doors and beautifully painted windows. The marble throne which was set in the coronation rooms was lastly employed during the time of Maharana Sangram Singh II (1710-30) and nearby it is the unique Sun Window installed by Maharaja Bhim Singh (1778-1828). This is the divine and royal symbol of the house of the royal Mewar, which is believed to have its lineage to the Surya Vansha or the descendants of the Sun. Each palace has an outstanding creation of art. Visiting the hall of public audiences, the private chambers of the royal ladies at the palace and Saheliyon-ki-Badi is a beautiful experience.
In the afternoon, we will experience the noise and the hustle bustle of the colorful old market at Udaipur. You can walk past the spice shops, jewellery shops, utensil shops, jaggery shops, silver market, local meat and food shop and will be surprised by the great varieties. You shall be taken to walk and explore through the areas where The Octopussy – James Bond film was shot. Later you will be taken to experience boat-ride on the placid and peaceful waters of Lake Pichola. We will visit the bathing ghats where you will have the chance to be a witness of the evening ritual ceremonies which will be quite exciting.
We will return to the hotel after all the sightseeing and the exploration.
Day 11 :
Udaipur – Deogarh [135 kms/ 03 hours' drive]
After having sumptuous buffet breakfast at the hotel you will be driven from Udaipur to Deogarh. There you will be proceeding to check-in at hotel. Deogarh is located around 135 km north of Udaipur which is a soothing and pleasant town with a comparatively cool climate. It has a very old fort and a marvelous and magnificent palace with murals which portrays the talent of fine local school of miniature painting.
The soothing Raghosagar Lake has an island with a very romantic and ruined temple and tombs, which attracts and houses the numerous migratory birds. The Anjaneshwar Mahadev cave temple located here is believed to be around 2000 years old.
Day 12 :
Deogarh – Jaipur [276 kms / 07 hours' drive]
After having a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven from Deogarh to Jaipur. After arriving we will proceed for checking in at the hotel.
The kingdoms of Rajasthan are an enduring and grand legacy to India's history. A land blessed with strong forts, grand palaces and sprawled sand dunes and peaceful lakes. No other place in the country collects the most paradoxes of India. By far it is the most vibrant region in India.
Jaipur is grand and famous. The city of victory, Jaipur lies on the awe inspiring arid area and its people and is surrounded by rugged hills on all sides, each one of that is ornamented by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens spread throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of previous years that experienced royal processions and splendor are now living monuments, which are accepted and are a part of the lifestyles of the people of the "pink city". Except for the bustling traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, nothing has been changed. There is an ethereal quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its vibrant people. With its grand and historical past, Jaipur relive the legends of the ancient Rajputs. The outfits of the women and the turbans of the men add life to this awesome city.
Day 13 :
After the buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to Jaipur to experience the beautiful Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh who was the successful General of the Mughal Emperor Akbar started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the main hoard of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements overlooking the Moat Lake. The ruins and remains are spread all over the Aravalli hills and spreading walls covering the surrounding area.
The elephant ride which depends on the availability or alternatively by jeep you will be taken to the top of the fortress. Once you reach on top, walk and enjoy through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many rooms have beautiful wall paintings, studded with precious stones and mirrors engraved in the walls. Most exciting experience is the Sheesh Mahal or the hall of mirrors where a single lamplight is reflected by so many mirrors which light up the room.
In the afternoon, you will be taken to visit the city of Jaipur. Among the special places to be seen here while touring Jaipur is the `Palace of Winds', also known as Hawa Mahal. It has an exquisite facade from where the ladies of the court used to watch the daily routines of the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The pleasant wind blows through its façade, windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court viewed the streets of the city. The palace museum has huge collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. We will explore the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur which was built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders which were built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes correct predictions even to this day. You will also have the opportunity to roam about the local markets.
Day 14 :
Jaipur - Agra [270 kms / 06 hours' drive]
After breakfast you will be driving to Agra, visiting the Fatehpur Sikri in the way. It is a huge, grand and red sandstone city which was built in the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Akbar who was one of the India's greatest rulers. The Emperor was ruling Agra from this city and it is also a fort with Dargah or a Muslim religious center still stands here. Surprisingly broad-minded for his time, this Muslim king married many a Rajput princesses in order to won over his Hindu subjects. The architecture of Fatehpur Sikri is a fusion of Hindu and Muslim styles, which demonstrates the Akbar's vision of uniting the cultures.
After the arrival, proceed to check in at your hotel.
Day 15 :
Agra – Delhi [204 kms / 05 hours' drive]
After the delectable buffet breakfast we will visit Taj Mahal which is closed on Fridays and Agra Fort. It took 22 years and 20,000 men to build Taj Mahal, the white marble was quarried from around 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a symbol of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in the middle of the 17th century; the Taj Mahal has truly been one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be absolute perfection from every direction, it has the intricate marble inlay work, which is really fascinating. You will have enough time to view and be mesmerized by this amazing architecture.
We will continue to visit Agra Fort which is also an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort is the stronghold and power source of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the place from where Mughal rule and administration runs and the present structure owes its original ties to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jahan enhanced the impressive quarters and the mosques while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. We will also visit its Hall of Public Audience and Royal Pavilions.
In the afternoon you will be driven to Delhi's International Airport to board an international flight for continuing the rest of the journey.
Day 16 :
We will board the International flight for the further journey.
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Destinations Covered: Delhi – Bikaner - Udaipur– Agra
Tour Duration: 15 Nights 16 Days