Day 1- Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi and meet the representative at the arrival hall. He would escort you to your hotel and check you in. In the afternoon proceed on tour of the capital city. In Old Delhi you will visit RED FORT built by Emperor Shah Jahan; JAMA MASJID, one of the largest mosque in India, RAJ GHAT- the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and SHANTI VAN. Also visit CHANDNI CHOWK, the solver street of Delhi bustling with activity. In the New city visit QUTUB MINAR, the tallest stone tower in India, HUMAYUN’S TOMB built in the Indo Persian style and a predecessor to Taj Mahal in Agra, INDIA GATE, (War Memorial Arch), LAKSHMI NARAYAN TEMPLE, Hindu temple. Also drive past PRESIDENT HOUSE, PARLIAMENT HOUSE, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT BUILDINGS and CONNAUGHT PLACE- the heart of New Delhi.
Day 2- To Mandawa
A 5 hours drive through colorful countryside this morning will transfer you to a two hundred and forty year old fortress that has been converted by the family into a Palace Hotel. From CASTLE MANDAWA you can take a walking tour of the painted 'HAVELIS' in SHEKHAWATI region belonging to some of the leading business families of the country. Though they no longer live here, the local caretakers are happy to show the visitors around. Enroute you can shop for the colorful art and crafts of Rajasthan, tied and dyed textiles, metal handicrafts, carved wooden artifacts and more. You can also get a unique insight to life in the desert by visiting nearby villages on camel back.
Day 3- To Bikaner
Drive to BIKANER- once a major trading post between Africa, West Asia and the Far Eat. The arts prospered receiving the patronage of a wealthy merchant community. Transfer from railway station to the hotel for overnight stay. The city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. During your guided tour you will visit CAMEL BREEDING FARMS; JUNAGARH FORT, a formidable structure encircled by a moat and has some beautiful palaces within. These palaces, made in red sandstone and marble, make a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows dotted all over the structure; LALLGARH PALACE now converted into a hotel; FORT MUSEUM housing memorabilia of the royal family etc. Visit the local bazaars for souvenir hunting. Overnight.
Day 4- To Jaisalmer
Today you will travel to JAISALMER, the rich and beautiful palaces here shimmer against the relentless monotony of the Thar desert. Its rulers were known for their valour, their beautiful havelis and glorious temples. For close to ten centuries Jaisalmer has assumed the air of a virtual art museum. Visit SAM SAND DUNES in the evening for a spectacular sunset and also enjoy a camel ride.
Day 5- In Jaisalmer
Visit SONAR KILA, or the Fort housing a fourth of city’s residents. Built in 1156 AD, it has 99 bastions around its circumference. Within it are many beautiful havelis and a group of five Jain temples built between the 12th and 15th centuries. PATWON KI HAVELI is one of the most exquisite havelis with a beautifully latticed façade. SALIOM SINGH KI HAVELI is just three centuries old, and is still lived in. Its arched roof is held up by well executed brackets in the form of peacocks, NATHMALJI KI HAVELI built by two architect brothers; GYAN BHANDAR with a wealth of historical treasures; GARHSISAR having a small tank surrounded by shrines etc.
Day 6- To Jodhpur
Drive five hours to JODHPUR, built by Rao Jodha of the Rajput clan in 1459. The imperial city echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Visit the 5 km long majestic MEHRANGARH FORT on 125 m high hill, one of the most impressive and formidable structures. Although invincible from the outside, the fort has four gates approached by a winding road. Within the fort are some magnificent palaces with marvelously carved panels and latticed windows. Also visit JASWANT THADA, a memorial built in pure white marble for the exclusive use of the royal family, as a crematorium. Visit UMAID BHAWAN in rose colored sandstone, MANDORE GARDENS, once the old capital of Marwar etc.
Day 7- To Udaipur
This morning drive to the city of Lakes, UDAIPUR in the colorful Rajasthan. Enroute stop at the famous Jain temples at RANAKPUR. Udaipur is described as the “City of Sunrise”. The city stands in a valley amid green hills on the banks of the Lake Pichola. Rest of the day enjoy the views from your hotel and admire the beauty of the city. You may take a walking tour on your own through the narrow lanes and back streets of Udaipur up to the Washing Ghats at the lake Pichola. Return to your hotel in the evening or visit one of the fine downtown restaurants for an optional dinner.
Day 8- In Udaipur
Drive around the FATEHSAGAR LAKE, built by Maharana Fateh Singh in 1754 A.D. Visit the JAGDISH TEMPLE, the largest and most venerated temple of Udaipur. Built in 1651 A.D. by Maharana Jagat Singh I, the temple is decorated with friezes. Visit the “Garden of Maidens” SAHELION-KI-BARI”, consisting of an ornamental pool with delicately carved chhatries of black and white marble and soft stone. Also visit the Maharana’s CITY PALACE, an imposing edifice of granite and marble. Later in the day enjoy a two-hour boat-ride on LAKE PICHOLA visiting many Ghats (banks) of washing, bathing etc and enjoy excellent views of the Lake Palace and City Palace.
Day 9- To Pushkar
Drive to PUSHKAR, which since time immemorial has been one of the most hallowed holy spots for the Hindus. Pushkar Lake believed by the Hindus to be as old as creation, has been a place of pilgrimage through the centuries. There are 52 bathing GHATS built around the lake. The water around each Ghat is supposed to have special powers. Devotees come to take a holy dip in the lake. Stay for two nights in tented camps and partake in various games and festivities at the fair.
Day 10- In Pushkar
Full day is free to explore the colorful PUSHKAR bustling with activity during the Fair. Enjoy a camel ride, indulge in tug-of-war competition, see Rajasthani folk men trade camels & cattle, witness local wrestling match. The artisans, ropewalkers, musicians, dancers, acrobats, snake charmers and other entertainers will be busy round-the-clock and the place comes alive.
Day 11- To Jaipur
Drive 3hours, 148kms to JAIPUR- Rajasthan’s capital city. Arrive and check in at your hotel. In the afternoon you will be taken on a guided tour of the city. You will visit to the quaint OBSERVATORY; Maharaja’s CITY PALACE, the former royal residence and now a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings and weapons. Drive through the pink-rose residential and business areas, past the HAWA MAHAL or Palace of Winds, the landmark of Jaipur. Continue your drive to Jaipur and arrive late in the afternoon. There are many dinner options available to dine in one of the finest Palace hotels that Jaipur boasts of.
Day 12- In Jaipur
After breakfast drive to AMBER FORT, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal and Jagmandir. You can have the unique experience of traveling on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. The remaining day is at your disposal to independently explore the crowded and colorful lanes of the pink city’s bazaars.
Day 13- To Agra
Leave early for AGRA, the city known for romantic TAJ MAHAL. . Stop 56kms before Agra at BHARATPUR BIRD SANCTUARY where you can enjoy a cycle rickshaw or a bicycle ride to see birds in their natural habitat. Another short drive of 18kms will bring you to FATEHPUR SIKRI. Built by Emperor Akbar, this impressive fortified city was a new capital that was hardly ever inhabited on account of shortage of water. Even today it stands magnificent – with majestic palaces, the five –tiered Panch Mahal, and the tomb of Salim Chisthi, a saint who had predicted the birth of Akbar’s son. Continue your drive to Agra and arrive late in the afternoon. If time permits in the evening pay a visit to TAJ MAHAL and ride a cycle rickshaw to the monument. Spend time gazing at one of the Seven Wonders of the World and return in the evening to your hotel before dinner
Day 14- To Delhi
Morning tour the city visiting the world famous TAJ MAHAL built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Later enjoy touring other monuments in Agra like AGRA FORT, a blend of architectural styles used during the reign of three emperors, and SIKANDRA - Akbar’s mausoleum on the way to Delhi. Later drive to Delhi and on arrival directly at the International airport to connect your onward flight. End of our services. Rates On Request