DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive late night at New Delhi International airport. On arrival the guest will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel. Upon arrival at hotel the guests will be provided with the traditional Indian welcome. Consisting of aarti-tikka and garlands.Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 02 : DELHI
Morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. This morning you will be taken to visit Old Delhi – Former centre of Moghul Power, Old Delhi offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Visit the vast Red Fort, built in 1648, the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi
New Delhi – drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens, including the India Gate & the Presidential Palace. Continue onto the beautiful Humayuns Tomb of the Mughal era & predecessor of the world famous Taj Mahal. End the tour at the towering minaret of Qutab Minar. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 03 : DELHI – MANDAWA
After breakfast drive to Mandawa. Upon arrival check in at Hotel Castle Mandawa. Late afternoon visit the Shekhawati region. Walk through the Shekhawati region, which was the stronghold of Kayamkhani Nawabs till 1730. Besides the cenotaphs, wells, forts and temples the majority of frescoes are painted on the walls and gateways of Havelis. The havelis are mansion of a unique residential architectural style that evolved around courtyards to serve the purpose of family security, privacy for the women as also protecting the inhabitants from the long, harsh summers. The enormous Havelis with fascinating murals built by the wealthy Rajasthani merchants (“Marwaris”) in the 19th century. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 04 : MANDAWA – BIKANER – GAJNER
After breakfast drive to Gajner enroute sightseeing tour of Bikaner, this desert town in the north of the state was founded in 1488 by Roa Bikaji, a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur, Jodhaji. Visit the Junagarh Fort constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Jai Singh, a general in the Moghul Emperor Akbar’s army. On arrival check in at hotel with assistance, Overnight stay at G hotel.
DAY 05 : GAJNER – JAISALMER
Morning enjoy the surrounding of Ganjer, After breakfast, drive to Jaisalmer. On arrival check-in at hotel with assistance. Evening we will take you on sand dunes for camel safari. Overnight stay at hotel.
Jaisalmer – is India’s most exotic and unusual town – a medieval looking place, straight out of the ‘Tales of the Arabian Nights’. This beautiful city is situated inside a huge mud fort and grew as a result of its strategic position on the trading route between India and Central Asia bringing great wealth to the city. Jaisalmer is a tiny jewel in the heart of the Thar Desert – once the capital of the Bhatti Rajputs. Jaisalmer started as an important caravan center and remnants of caravan sarais still exist.
DAY 06 : JAISALMER
After breakfast, visit this perfect Rajput walled desert city which is like a golden jewel shimmering above the hard sand. Visit the palaces, the Jain temples and magnificent Havelis or merchant’s houses, each richly decorated and carved from golden yellow sandstone – Patwon-ki-haveli (House of the Brocade Merchants) is the largest and most elaborate of the famous havelis of Jaisalmer. The Nathmalji-ki-haveli (The Mansion of Nathmalji), the last of the great havelis was built in the late 19th century. End the morning with a visit to Gadisar Lake – the large natural oasis that attracted Rawal Jaisal to this site.
Afternoon, visit the Royal Cenotaphs of the Rawals in Barra bagh where the rural were cremated. This is also the best place from which to watch the spectacular desert sunset, and photograph the fort.
Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 07 : JAISALMER – JODHPUR – LUNI
After early breakfast, drive to Luni enroute visiting Jodhpur city.
Jodhpur – the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur, Jodhpur stands at the edge of the Thar Desert. It was founded by Rao Jodha. Chief of the Rajput clan known as Rathores and the Rathore kingdom was once known as Marwar – the Land of Death. The tour includes Meherangarh Fort – one of the most impressive & formidable in the whole of fort-studded Rajasthan is situated on a high natural rock bluff and from which you can look down on the wonderful panorama of the bustling city below, Jaswant Thada – the Royal Cenotaphs. Continue drive to Luni. On arrival at luni, check in at hotel with assistance, Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 08 : LUNI – UDAIPUR
Early morning visit the surrounding villages and witness their daily lifestyle of living and enjoy cup of tea / coffee with them. Breakfast at hotel and drive to Udaipur. On arrival at Udaipur, check-in at hotel with assistance, Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 09 : UDAIPUR
Morning, city tour of Udaipur – the romantic Lake City in Southern Rajasthan, famous for the stunning white marble Palace built on an island in the Lake Pichola. It was the former Palace of the Maharana and now converted to one of the most glamorous hotels in India. The tour will cover the magnificent City Palace, the Jagdish temple, the pleasure gardens and a drive around the other nearby lakes.
Late afternoon, enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Pichola at sunset visiting the Jagmandir Island – in the middle of the Romantic Lake Pichola. It commands a magnificent view of the City Palace, Lake Palace and Sajjangarh Fort, on its own island, and it is where Prince Khurram was given refuge in the 17th century. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 10 : UDAIPUR – DEOGARH
After breakfast drive to Deoagrh enroute visiting Ranakpur Temples.
Ranakpur temples : A visit to the famous Jain Temple, dating back to the 15th century. 200 pillars, none of which are alike, support its 29 halls. The Temple abounds with intricate friezes and sculptures. The tour also includes visits to two more Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God with its erotic sculptures. On arrival at Deogarh, check in at hotel with assistance, Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 11 : DEOGARH – KHAJRELA
After breakfast drive to Khajrela. On arrival check in at hotel with assistance, Overnight stay at hotel.
Khajrela seems to rise out of the Narwar plains like a sentinel. A sturdy fort, it is quite simple and uses very little ornamentation to break the almost forbidding exterior. The interiors too are simple and neat where the guests can look forward to genuine Rajput hospitality. In the surrounding area has several interesting temples, cenotaphs and stepwells and for the more adventurous – camels are available to explore the countryside and visit Raika and Bisnoi villages.
DAY 12 : KHAJRELA – PUSHKAR
After breakfast drive to Pushkar enroute visiting the Dargah at Ajmer
Ajmer, is the most sacred of all Muslim places of pilgrimage in India. Ajmer is a green oasis on the shore of Ana Sagar Lake, hemmed in by barren hills. Historically, Ajmer has always had great strategic importance. It was founded in 7th century by Ajaipal Chauhan. He named it Ajaimeru the ‘invincible hill’. The city’s Muslim history began when Prithviraj Chau-han lost Ajmer to Sultan Muhammad Ghori in 1193 A.D. The Persian saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti who came with Muhammad Ghori from Persia in 1192 settled here. Thus the place where he was buried is today known as the Dargah Sharif. Construction of the shrine was completed by Humayun and the gates were added by the Nizam of Hyderabad. Later Shah Jahan constructed a mosque of white marble, it has 11 arches and a Persian inscription running the full length of the building.
On arrival at pushkar, check in at hotel with assistance, Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 13 : PUSHKAR – JAIPUR
Morning visit brahma temple at pushkar, and drive to jaipur. On arrival check in at hotel with assistance. Afternoon tour of “Pink City” – Surrounded on three sides by the rugged Aravali hills, Jaipur is the picturesque capital of Rajasthan. It takes its name from the prince, soldier and astronomer Jai Singh II who moved his capital here in 1727. Jaipur is notable for its distinctive pink-orange coloring. The whole of the old city, including many fine palaces and buildings, was constructed from solid blocks of Sandstone or faced with the same stone. But it was only in 1853 that it gained its famous title, the “Pink City”- it was painted pink for the first time in honour of a visit from Prince Albert. You will visit the Hawa Mahal and the open air Jantar Mantar Observatory enjoy a through the colorful bazaar before returning to your hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 14 : JAIPUR
After breakfast tour of Amber Fort.
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, enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the bustling bazaars. Jaipur is renowned for textile block printing, blue pottery, carpet weaving, semi-precious stones and local crafts which still thrive from the day of Maharaja Jai Singh’s patronage when he designed special areas in the city for the ‘bandhanas’, the ‘cheepas’ and the ‘meenakari’ workers.
Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 15 : JAIPUR – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA
After breakfast drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri – the impressive sandstone fortress was built in the 16th century and only occupied for a few years before being abandoned, leaving the buildings in virtually perfect conditions.
Continue drive to Agra.On arrival in Agra – check-in at the hotel with assistance. Later visit Taj Mahal, . Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist’s visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal.
This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from it’s stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.
Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 16 : AGRA – DELHI
Breakfast at hotel. Thereafter, visit the Red Fort.
Red Fort- lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.
Afternoon, drive to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi check in at hotel, Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 17 : DELHI- DEPARTURE
Transfer to the international airport time to catch flight for onward destination.