Delhi – Mandawa - Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Jaipur – Agra (17 nights and 18 days)
The magic of vibrant Rajasthan - its rich heritage, colourful culture, exciting desert safaris, shining sand-dunes, amazing variety lush forests and varied wildlife - makes it a destination nonpareil. Rajasthan is often portrayed as one vast open-air museum, with its relics so well preserved that it delights even the most skeptical traveler. Rajasthan has something for everyone – one just has to choose an activity appropriate to one's temperament.
Day 01 :
Arrive Delhi – The Capital city and the political hub of India. The city's importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures. On arrival you will be met, assisted and transferred to the hotel. Evening visit the famous Red Fort for an exciting Son-et-Lumiere show (sound & light show). Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 02 :
This morning after breakfast proceed for a full day combined tour of The Old & The New Delhi. The Old Delhi tour includes visits to The Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, the massive Red Fort, Chandni Chowk (moonlight square ) and The Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Thereafter proceed for sightseeing of New Delhi, visit the Qutub Minar - a 72 meter high monument, and Humayun's Tomb built in mid 16th century. Also visit the Lotus Temple, drive past India Gate, the Raj Bhavan, Safdarjung's Tomb and the Parliament. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 03 :
Today after breakfast check out and drive to Mandawa (260kms / 6hrs), through the colourful hustle and bustle of Rajasthan's countryside. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Mandawa.
Day 04 :
This morning after breakfast proceed to explore The Mandawa Fort and Palace which is adorned with beautiful painting and frescoes. Overnight stay in Mandawa.
Day 05 :
after breakfast, drive to Bikaner (170kms / 4hrs), a royal fortified city with a timeless appeal of the royal aura, situated on an elevated ground. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Bikaner.
Day 06 :
This morning after breakfast, proceed for an excursion to Deshnok, visit the Karni Mata Temple, popularly known as Temple of Rats as this temple has a rat infestation and the locals believe them to be holy. In the afternoon visit the Junagarh Fort, one of the oldest forts which houses a museum displaying weapons, ornaments of the by-gone era and Laxmi Niwas Palace, former residential palace of the king. Overnight stay in Bikaner.
Day 07 :
In the morning after breakfast, drive to Jaisalmer (333kms / 8hrs30min), – nicknamed ‘The Golden City’, because the yellow sand gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area. Jaisalmer means "the Hill Fort of Jaisal". It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Jaisalmer.
Day 08 :
This day after breakfast proceed for a half-day city tour of Jaisalmer, which includes Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon-ki-Haveli, Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Jain Temples and Gadisar Lake. In the evening, drive to Sam Sand Dunes to view the Sun setting over the sand-dunes and enjoy the Camel Safari. This is followed by Rajasthani Folk Dance and an exotic dinner. Overnight stay in Jaisalmer.
Day 09 :
Today morning after breakfast, drive to Jodhpur (285 kms / 7hrs). Jodhpur was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the kingdom known as Marwar. It is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert. The city is also referred to as the Blue City due to the blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Jodhpur.
Day 10 :
This day after breakfast proceed for Jodhpur sightseeing – visit the majestic Umaid Bhavan Palace, a part of it has been converted into a museum. Thereafter visit the Mehrangarh Fort located atop a high hill, and is one of the largest forts in India. Then visit Jaswant Thada, traditional cremation ground of Jodhpur rulers, the monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Jodhpur.
Day 11 :
Today after breakfast, drive to Udaipur (260kms / 6 hrs). Udaipur, the capital of the former princely state of Mewar, is a beautiful city in Rajasthan, famous for its lakes and palaces. Udaipur is referred to as the "Venice of the East" and the "Most Romantic City of India". En route visit Ranakpur, renowned for some marvellously carved Jain temples in marble, created in the 15th century AD during the reign of Rana Kumbha. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Udaipur
Day 12 :
This morning after breakfast, visit the stunning City Palace, posing over the fascinating Lake Pichola, is one of the most beautiful palatial structures. Thereafter visit the Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon ki Bari (Garden of the maidens), the Vintage Car Collection and the Crystal Gallery. In the evening, enjoy a boat ride on the exquisite Lake Pichola. Overnight stay in Udaipur.
Day 13 :
This day you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Jaipur. Jaipur is the first planned city of India, located in the semi-desert lands of Rajasthan. The city which once had been the capital of the royalty now is the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal families. At present, Jaipur is a major business center with all requisites of a metropolitan city. On arrival you will be met, assisted and transferred to the hotel. Evening stroll the local bazaar for some exquisite shopping of bangles, leather footwear (mojris), blue pottery, gems & semi precious stones, lacquered bangles, tie-dye fabrics. Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Day 14 :
This morning after breakfast, visit the Amber fort, a massive fort-palace complex built in 16th century and named after the town of Amber. Enjoy an elephant / jeep ride at the fort. Later drive past the Hawa Mahal-a Palace of winds. It is a five storey high red sandstone structure complete with over 950 windows. The wind (or hawa in Hindi) circulates through these windows giving the palace its name. In the afternoon visit the City palace an imposing blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture. It is a vast palace complex occupying nearly one-seventh of the Pink City. Walk to adjacent Jantar Mantar, the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh during the period 1727-1734. Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Day 15 :
Today morning after breakfast, drive to Agra (232kms / 5hrs) via Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city which Akbar built as his capital in the 16th century and abandoned just 15 years later. Agra city, home to one of the seven wonders of the world – The Taj Mahal is also famous for its leather goods. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Agra.
Day 16 :
In the morning after breakfast proceed for a half-day tour of Agra city. Visit The Taj Mahal, which is the mausoleum of Shah Jehan’s beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument of love is made of white marble and it took 20 years to build. Later proceed to visit the Agra Fort and Itmad-Ud-Daulah. Overnight stay in Agra.
Day 17 :
This morning after breakfast drive to Delhi (203 kms / 4.5hrs). Arrive and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Delhi
Day 18 :
This day, you will be transferred to the airport to board flight for your onward destination. And with this ends a wonderful sojourn of this beautiful and colourful “Royal Rajasthan”.