Witness the magnificent forts of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Jaipur that bear testimony to the fierce battles that once raged across this desert land, whilst the romantic palaces of Udaipur and Bikaner offer a glimpse of a softer side to the rich history of this part of India.
DAY01: Arrival and welcome
Arrive at the International Airport in Delhi.
After the traditional welcome, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
DAY02: Delhi - Mandawa
In the morning, visit the walled city of Old Delhi; crowded, full of activity and still influenced by the great Mughals who once ruled from the ramparts of the majestic Red Fort Delhi. Here we visit Jama Masjid Delhi - the largest 17th-century mosque in India; Chandni Chowk - the typical Indian market always abuzz with activities; and Rajghat - the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi (also called the 'Father of the Nation’). Visit New Delhi where we drive past the Presidential Palace, Secretariat Buildings and down the impressive Rajpath to India Gate. In the afternoon, we drive towards Mandawa in the Shekhawati region, located southwest of Delhi. This town is known for its amazingly painted ‘Havelis’, which are so vivid and architecturally rich that this region is dubbed as the ‘Open Art Gallery of Rajasthan’. The plethora of these fascinating painted havelis in rich artistic tradition date back to the 18th century to the early 20th century. Late in the evening, we arrive in Mandawa and check-in at the hotel.
DAY03: Mandawa - Bikaner
Embark on the city tour of Mandawa. The Shekhawati region is ted with so many havelis that tracking them is something similar to a treasure hunt. Various forms of fine art adorn the walls and the ceilings of these structures, in contrast to the otherwise flat and barren land. After appreciating them, we drive to Bikaner, a city in the princely state of Rajasthan. Enclosed by the mystic Thar Desert, this city is renowned for its sacred temples and 16th-century old Junagarh Fort that has a huge complex which ornate buildings and halls. Post-check-in and rejuvenation process at the hotel, leave for sightseeing of Bikaner town where we visit the Junagarh Fort.
The evening is free to explore the local Bazaar.
DAY04: Immerge in the heart of the desert
In the morning, we visit the famous Jain temple which is the oldest existing structure in Bikaner. Later, we drive to Jaisalmer, founded in the year 1156 by Bhatti Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. After checking into our hotel, it’s time to visit the Bada Bagh for its royal cenotaphs or chhatris of Maharajas of Jaisalmer, decorated with beautifully carved ceilings and elegant equestrian statues of rulers. Enjoy incredible sunset vistas here and take good photographs. Spend the evening free at leisure.
After breakfast, visit the old town of Jaisalmer and the Jaisalmer Fort. In the heart of the town, we also visit the magnificent Patwon Ki Haveli, the most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer Havelis that showcases Jaisalmer's legendary architectural wealth. Later, drive down 40 km from Jaisalmer to Sam to enjoy camel rides on Sam Sand Dunes watching the setting sun in the west.
DAY06: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Drive towards Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. Post-check-in and some rest, we visit the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, one of the most impressive & formidable structures in India. Visit the Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in the year 1899 CE in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Inside the main cenotaph are the portraits of various Jodhpur rulers.
DAY07: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur
In the morning, we leave the parched desert behind and continue our drive towards Udaipur as we climb up the Aravalli hills, separating the desert from the cultivated land of Rajasthan. En route, we visit the Ranakpur, a small town situated in the hills of Pali district. It is home to a very beautiful and one of the biggest and most important Jain temple-complexes of India. It is one of the five most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism. The main temple, which was built during the reign of Rana Kumbha, one of the gifted liberal Rajput monarchs of the 15th century, is the Adinath or Chaumukha temple (the four-faced temple) dedicated to the first Jain teacher, Tirthankar Adinath. Ranakpur - Udaipur. Continuing our drive, we arrive in the beautiful Lakeside town of Udaipur. Known as 'The Pearl of Rajasthan', the 'City of Sunrise' and 'Venice of the East', Udaipur is a beautiful place regarded by both Indians as well as foreign tourists as the most romantic city in India. Upon arrival, we transfer to the hotel.
Explore the City Palace Udaipur, a fascinating collection of buildings built by various Maharanas (Warrior Kings) after Udai Singh and completed in the year 1725. The magnificence of the palace starts right from its entrance at the northern Tripolia Gate that brings us to the central courtyard, the best place to view filigreed balconies and ornate cupola-topped towers.
Visit the Jagdish Temple, the Indo-Aryan temple built in the year 1651 CE by Maharana Jagat Singh and is the largest and the most beautiful temple of Udaipur. In the afternoon, we visit the Saheliyon Ki Bari (Garden of Maids of Honour), an ornamental garden built by Maharana Sangram Singh for his daughter and the ladies of the Queen's court. The fountains work on the unique hydraulic technique devised in the year 1700 CE and continue to function even now. In the evening, we enjoy a beautiful sunset view on Lake Pichola surrounded by hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats, and embankments.
DAY09: Udaipur - Chittorgarh - Bundi
Drive towards Bundi, en-route visiting the Chittorgarh.
Chittorgarh - Bundi. Continuing our drive, we arrive in Bundi, a small sleepy town located in the southern part of the state of the Rajasthan. In the afternoon, we visit Bundi Palace. Bundi is known for its palaces, intricately designed ‘bauris’, the step wells and water tanks.
DAY10: Bundi - Agra
After breakfast, we leave for Ranthambore that is located at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya hill range and is one of the finest places to see large species of animals and birds. It holds the largest population of tigers among all the National Parks in India. The other wildlife comprises several species of monkeys, deer, crocodiles and even bird-life including purple herons, kingfishers, cormorants, parakeets, Jacanas, waders and partridges. Formerly a hunting ground of maharajas of Jaipur, Ranthambore is now one of India's tiger reserves under ‘Project Tiger’. Being a part of this project, it has restored its natural beauty and its dry deciduous forest cover. Arrive in Ranthambore and check-in to the hotel. In the evening, we either relax at the lodge or take a tour of the surrounding villages to see rural life.
Enjoy two game drives to the park to wander through the jungles to find the elusive tiger. We wake up early morning and leave for our First safari in the Ranthambore National Park. We track the tigers and other wildlife through the morning and return to the hotel for breakfast. After relaxing for the rest of the pre-lunch session, we leave for another foray into the Jungle after lunch to catch glimpses of some more animal and bird species. At the end of this adventurous day, we return to the hotel and relax.
DAY12: Ranthambhore - Jaipur
In the morning, we drive to Jaipur - popularly known as the Pink City that is the colorful capital of Rajasthan.
The evening is free to explore the colorful bazaars of Jaipur.
After breakfast, we drive to the ancient capital of Amer, 11 km from Jaipur. Famous for its massive Amber (Amer) Fort, Amer was the ancient capital of Kachwaha Dynasty for 6 centuries.
Take an Elephant ride (optional), an experience to remember for a long time, to reach the Fort situated on the hill. Having appreciated its beauty and captured that in our cameras, we visit City Palace Jaipur, a perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Visit Jantar Mantar, a Solar Observatory built in the 18th century; an astronomical treasure house that measures time according to the movement of the Sun to an error of just 2 seconds with solar devices that give accurate astrological predictions as well till date. Head to Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied facade of pink sandstone. It was built in the year 1799 to allow royal ladies to watch processions and other the festivities on the road through its 953 ‘Jharokas’or small windows without being seen by the public.
DAY14: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Visit of Fatehpur Sikri, a beautiful city near Agra founded in 1569 by Emperor Akbar. The city host several historical building as the Buland Darwaza we will visit. Fatehpur Sikri - Agra. Arrive in beautiful Agra city, on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is the home to the iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth in 1631. Witness the architectural wonder of the golden age of the Mughals.
DAY15: Agra - Delhi
Upon arrival at our hotel, we will check in and relax.
Go out to visit the Agra Fort, a historical fort which was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty till 1638 when Mughal capital was shifted from Agra to Red Fort in Delhi. In the late afternoon, we will have an opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal, the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.
After the visit, we drive back to Delhi. Upon arrival, we have the option to visit the vibrant local bazaars of Delhi for last-minute shopping before we pack up for our flight to our next destination the next day. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY16: Transfer to Delhi airport
Check-out from the hotel and transfer to the International airport or any point of convenience for onward journey to respective countries.
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