DAY 01 :
Arrive Delhi in the evening. Upon arrival, you shall met &
assisted with your baggages at the airport by our executive and transferred
to prebooked hotel.
: India’s capital & a major gateway to the country, contemporary
Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold
the ancient & the modern. Its strategic location was one of the
prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power.
New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind . The division
between New & Old Delhi is the distinction between the capitals
of the British & the Moghuls respectively. So, wherever the visitor
goes, he will invariably confront the citys’ past.
02 : DELHI
After breakfast, half day city tour of Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid,
the largest mosque in India.
Built by Shah Jahan, the construction was started in 1844 and was not
completed until 1658; Red Fort, which was also built by Shah Jehan.
This massive fort was built from 1638 to 1648; Chandni Chowk and Rajghat
- the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.
Afternoon, city tour of New Delhi.
Visit Humayuns Tomb : built in mid 16th century this is an early example
of Mughal architecture; Qutab Minar, drive past India Gate, President
House, Connaught Place. The tour ends with a visit to Laxmi
03 : DELHI - MANDAWA
After breakfast, leave for Mandawa. Arrive Mandawa and check-in at prebooked
hotel.Afternoon, visit Mandawa (Shekawati region).
This region came into prominence in the 14th century when a number of
Muslim clans moved into the area and the towns of this region developed
into important trading posts on the caravan routes emanating from the
ports of Gujarat. This region is famous for painted havelis (houses)
most of which date back from the 18th century. The major towns of interest
are Mandawa, Fatehpur, Nawalgarh. Visit the havelis in Mandawa
and other villages of Shekhawati region.
04 : MANDAWA - BIKANER
Morning, leave for Bikaner.
Arrive Bikaner and check-in at prebooked hotel.
Afternoon, city tour of Bikaner - a desert town founded in 1488
by Rao Bikaji, a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur, Jodhaji. Visit
the Junagarh Fort
which was contructed between 1588 and 1593 by a general in the army
of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. The fort has a 986m long wall with 37
bastions and two entrances; Camel Breeding Farm, managed by goverment
this camel breeding station is probably unique in Asia and has thousands
05 : BIKANER - JAISALMER
Morning, excursion to Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke
Afternoon, leave for Jaisalmer. Arrive Jaisalmer and check-in
at prebooked hotel.
DAY 06 : JAISALMER
After breakfast, city tour of Jaisalmer.
Visit the the citadel – the Fort built by Rawal Jaisal where a
fourth of the population lives. The fort also houses Jain temples of
the 12th to 15th centuries, Patwon Ki Haveli – a five storey mansion
with carved pillars & murals of Salim Singh. Also visit Gadsisar,
which had once supplied water to the city ; the temples & archways
around it have been built by a courtesan.
Afternoon, excursion to Sam
– 45 km away, is known for its sand dunes & is the venue for the
Desert festival. Get the actual feel of the desert by enjoying a camel
ride on the sand dunes and witness a magnificent sunset on the sand
dunes. Return to Jaisalmer for overnight stay.
07 : JAISALMER - JODHPUR
After breakfast, leave for Jodhpur.
On arrival in Jodhpur, check-in at prebooked hotel.
In the afternoon, city tour of Jodhpur :
Visit the Mehrangarh Fort which literally means “Majestic Fort”, located
very centre of the city. There are ,in all , three gates , each built
to commemorate a particular victory, as well as to reinforce the fort.
It has a collection of musical instruments, palanquins, furniture &
cannons on the forts’ ramparts are well preserved. Jaswant Thada : Close
to the fort complex lies this white marble cenotaph, built in 1899,
in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Rare portraits of Jodhpur's
rulers are, also, to be seen at Jaswant Thada.
08 : JODHPUR - RANAKPUR - UDAIPUR
After breakfast, leave for Udaipur. Enroute
visiting the Jain temples at Ranakpur
: The cluster of temples,
made of intricately
sculpted white marble, come across as a marvellousfeat of architecture.
It would take anyone by surprise to learn that they were built in 1460,
so well preserved & sparkling is the marble. The main temple is
supported on 1,444 pillars – none of which is similarly carved. After
the visit, continue drive to Udaipur.
Arrive Udaipur and check-in at prebooked hotel. Rest
of the day at leisure
09 : UDAIPUR
Morning, free for individual activities.
Afternoon, visit the romantic city of Udaipur.
Visit the City Palace which is the largest palace complex in
Rajasthan; Jagdish temple, a fine Indo Aryan temple built in
1651; Sahelion ki Bari or Garden of the Maids of Honour,
which is a small garden with its fountains, kiosks, marble elephants
& lotus pool.
In the evening, boat ride on Lake Pichola.
DAY 10 : UDAIPUR - CHITTORGARH - PUSHKAR
After breakfast, leave for Pushkar, enroute visiting
Chittorgarh. The hilltop fortress of Chittorgarh epitomises the whole
romantic ideal of Rajput chivalry. The fort was sacked 3 times from
1303 to 1568 by a stronger enemy and on each occasion, the end
was "Jauhar". The men donned the saffron robes of martyrdom
and rode out from the fort to certain death and the women and children
immolated themselves on a huge funeral pyre.
After the visit, continue drive to Pushkar. Arrive Pushkar and check-in
at prebooked hotel.
DAY 11 : PUSHKAR - JAIPUR
After breakfast, Visit Pushkar
: The holy lake of Pushkar is believed to have been created
by Lord Brahma himself. It is as important as Banaras or Puri. Devout
Hindus believe that it is essential to visit Pushkar at least once in
their lifetime. No pilgrimage is considered complete without a dip in
the holy Pushkar lake. Pushkar
has as many as 400 temples and 52 ghats and the only temple in the country
that is dedicated to Brahma is to be found here. While Pushkar is a
heaven for the religiously inclined, it is also the venue of one of
the country's most colorful cattle fairs - the Pushkar Fair.
Afternoon, leave for Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur
check in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 12 : JAIPUR
breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride from the foothills
of the Aravallis to the fort entrance. Amber Fort : At a distance of
11 kms from Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipur
state. Construction of the fort began in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the
Rajput commander of Akbar's army and is a superb example of Rajput architecture.
Afternoon, city tour of Jaipur. Visit
the City Palace which has museum having an extensive collection of art,
carpets, enamel ware and weapons; Jantar Mantar - the observatory built
my Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728 and the façade of Hawa Mahal.
DAY 13 : JAIPUR - FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRA
After breakfast, leave for Agra. Enroute
visit the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri : built
by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Moghuls, which
was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful
buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal
& other Palaces which are still preserved in its original glory.
Continue drive to Agra. Arrive Agra in the evening and check-in at prebooked
hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 14 : AGRA - DELHI
After breakfast, city tour of Agra.
Visit Red fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and
additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It
contains the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other
beautiful structues; Itmad-ud-daulah, which was contructed by
Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she
constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near Lahore in Pakistan; the
highlight of the day - The Taj Mahal, which was constructed
by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Contruction of the
Taj began in 1631 and was not completed until 1653.
Afternoon, leave for Delhi enroute visit
Sikandra - Mughal Emperor Akbar's Mausoleum. Continue drive to
Arrive Delhi and check-in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 15 : DEPART DELHI
Transfer to the airport to board flight back home/onward