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Fascinating Rajasthan

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Destinations Covered: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Bundi - Pushkar - Udaipur - Mt. Abu - Kumbalgarh - Jodhpur - Jaislamer - Bikaner - Mandawa

Duration of Stay : 20 nights / 21 days

Day 01 - Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal II you will be taken to your hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Delhi.

Day 02 - In Delhi

After breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.Red fort and lotus temple
The visit of the old city ( belongs to XVIIth century) includes the Great Mosque, Jama Masjid and the Red Fort, a perfect example of Mughal architecture built by Emperor Shah Jahan between 1639 and 1648. Enjoy cycle rickshaw ride around the colorful giant bazaar, Chandni Chowk.
In the new part of the city visit - the Qutab Minar (built in XIIth century), a splendid monument minaret of the Afghan period. Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, and the Mausoleum of Humayun - a huge building that inspired Persians, is the precursor of the Taj Mahal. Rajpath, the equivalent of the Champs Elysees in France, the India Gate (erected in the memory of unknown soldiers died during First World War), The Parliament, and the house of the President. Later evening to escape the crowds, visit the Birla Mandir - a Hindu temple which is modern and colorful.
Overnight in Delhi

Day 03 - Drive Delhi - Agra (220 kms / 04 hrs)

After breakfast drive by surface for Agra, the city of Seventh wonder of the world. Agra which is known for its world famous buildings constructed by the Great Mughals, situated on the bank of the river. On arrival in Agra, check into hotel. After a short rest proceed for the sightseeing tour of Agra visiting Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. Agra Fort, the construction of the massive fort was began by Emperor Akbar following with the addtions by the different Mughal emperors, followed by sunset visit of Taj Mahal - this spectacular white marble mausoleum was built by Emperor Shah Jehan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is a most extravagant monument ever built for love. The shimmering reflection in the water channels is truly breathtaking.
Overnight in Agra

Day 04 - Drive Agra - Jaipur (250 kms / 05 hrs)

After breakfast drive by surface for Jaipur. Popularly known as the Pink City, was built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Designed in accordance with Shilpa Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. En-route visit Fathepur Sikri, this magnificent fortified city was the Capital of the Mughal Empire between 1517 and 1585, but had to leave because of Shortage of water. After the visit continue your drive for Jaipur.

On arrival in Jaipur, check into hotel. Rests of the day spend at leisure visiting the surroundings.
Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 05 - In Jaipur

After breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting -- The Amber Fort situated on the one of the ancient ranges Aravali Hills, 11 kms from Jaipur which was the ancient capital of Jaipur Maharaja, a good example of Rajput style architecture. A slow elephant ride takes you to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings and a temple of Kali. Later visit City Palace and Observatory. City palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The son of the last maharaja and his family still reside in the part of the palace. Observatory – Jantar Mantar, built by Jai Singh in 18th Century which is the finest observatory built by Jai Singh out of five Observatories.
Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 06 - Drive Jaipur - Ranthambore (180 kms / 03 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Ranthambore. On arrival in Ranthambore, check into hotel.
Overnight in Ranthambore.

Day 07 - In Ranthambore

Red fort and lotus templeAt the heart of Rajasthan is one of the most famous parks in India. Previously hunting land belonging to Maharaja of Jaipur, Ranthambore covers an area of about 1334 sq kms and has beautiful scenery was declared a national park in 1972 and is part of Tiger Project, located between the Aravalli and Vindhya chain, the park consists of forests, valleys, hills and ponds, which sustain the needs of animals. There is a fairly large population of tigers.
Morning and Afternoon game ride into Ranthambore National Park.
Overnight in Ranthambore..

Day 08 - Drive Ranthambore - Bundi (70 kms / 1.5 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Bundi, a picturesque and captivating little town, which has more or less retained a medieval atmosphere. It is of particular architectural note for its ornate forts, palaces, and stepwell reservoirs known as baoris. On arrival in Bundi, check into hotel. Later sightseeing tour walking through the narrow streets of Bundi visiting Taragarh and Bundi Palace.
Overnight in Bundi.

Day 09 - Drive Bundi - Pushkar (180 kms / 04 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Pushkar, a little town situated right on the edge of the desert, and is one of the few places in the world where a temple is dedicated to the Lord Brahma. Pushkar is perhaps best known for its Camel Fair, which takes place on the full moon of Kartik Purnima. On arrival in Pushkar, check into hotel.  Later sightseeing tour of Pushkar visiting the only Brahma Temple in the world and Pushkar Lake with its bathing ghats and temples.
Ovenight in Pushkar

Day 10 - Drive Pushkar - Udaipur (285 kms / 5.5 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Udaipur, one of the most romantic cities of India, Udaipur has been called the "City of Dreams" and "City of the Rising Sun.". Maharana Udai Singh built the blue lakes, (which reflects the hills of the Aravali Mountains) for the purposes of his new capital, founded in 1568.  En-route visiting Ranakpur Jain temples a famous Temple complex, one of the biggest and most important of Jain temples in India. The main temple is the Chaumukha Temple, or Four Faced Temple, dedicated to Adinath. Built in 1439, this huge, superbly crafted and well-kept marble temple has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars and no two are alike.

Later continue your drive to Udaipur. On arrival in Udaipur, check into hotel.
Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 11 - In Udaipur

Built along three lakes, Udaipur is known as the « Venice of the East « Udaipur is full of Palaces, temples and ornate residences ranging from the modest to the extravagant. After breakfast visit the towering City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan,  Saheliyon Ki Bari (Garden of the Maidens), Superb Jagdish Temple, popular for its elephant carving.

The day ends with a boat trip on the sparkling waters of Lake Pichola. At the time of sunset, one can easily understand why Udaipur is the "Venice of the East."
Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 12 - Drive Udaipur - Mt.Abu (185 kms / 04 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Mt Abu - the only hill station in Rajasthan, is located at an elevation of 1220 meters. Mount Abu is home to a number of Jain temples. The Dilwara Temples are a complex of temples, carved of white marble, that were built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD. On arrival, check into hotel.
Overnight in Mt. Abu

Day 13 - In Mt.Abu

After breakfast sightseeing tour of Mount-Abu visiting  Dilwara Temples consisting of five Jain Temples. These were built in the beginning of 11th century with intricate ornamental carvings representing the climax in the art of decoration in stone. Later visit Achalgarh fort, Adhar Devi temple and the famous Om Shanti temple. Spend rest of the day at leisure enjoying the surroundings on your own.
Overnight in Mt.Abu

Day 14 - Drive Mt.Abu - Kumbalgarh (240 kms / 05 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Kumbalgarh – having the most important fort in the Red fort and lotus templeMewar region  built by Maharaja Kumbha in the 15th century  on the Aravali Range which is one of the oldest mountain ranges in India. Because of its inaccessibility and hostile topography the fort had remained un-conquered. The walls of the fort stretch some 36 kms and enclose many temples, palaces, garden and water storage facilities. On arrival in Kumbalgarh, check into hotel. After a short rest proceeds sightseeing tour of Kumbalgarh Fort. If the time permits you may also opt for Kumbalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary which is known for its wolves, leopards and sloth bears.
Overnight in Kumbalgarh

Day 15 - Drive Kumbalgarh - Jodhpur (220 kms / 05 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Jodhpur. Jodhpur- the second largent city inRed fort and lotus temple Rajasthan dominated by a massive Meherangarh Fort, the view  from the Fort over the blue building of the Old city is one of Rajasthn’s most spectacular sights and this is the reason why Jodhpur is called the Blue city. Rich in palaces and forts, temples and Havelis, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, colors and textures, Jodhpur is an unforgettable place. On arrival in Jodhpur, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure visiting the surroundings on your own.
Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 16 - In Jodhpur

Morning after breakfast proceed for the half day sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. There are many great fortresses throughout Rajasthan, but nothing like the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, built at a 400 ft. Within this citadel are magnificent palaces with marvelously carved panels, latticed windows and evocative names. These palaces house a fabulous collection of possessions of Indian royalty, including s superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.

Below the fort visit the Jaswant Thada, a graceful marble cenotaph built in1899 for Maharajah Jaswant Singh II, and the memorials of other Maharahahs of Jodhpur.

Day 17 - Drive Jodhpur - Jaisalmer (290 kms / 06 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer, a fascinating city rising from the heart of the Thar Desert . Nothings else in India are remotely similar to this enchanting city, which is also called « The Golden City »because of its honey color. A visit to Jaisalmer is a must for any traveler in India, with the possibility of camel trekking through the magnificent sand. Jaisalmer Fort is the world’s only living fort and about quarter of the city’s population still live in the Fort. On arrival in Jaisalmer, check into hotel.
Overnight in Jaisalmer.

Day 18 - In Jaisalmer

After breakfast sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer visiting - Jaisalmer Fort, the only alive fort which you will not see anywhere in India. There are homes and hotels hidden in the laneways and shops. Within the fort walls there are beautifully carved Jain temples built between the 12th and 15th centuries followed by a visit of Gaddisagar Lake and impressive Havelis around the Fort.
In the evening drive to Sam where you are received by the camels. visit to the " Sand Dunes of Sam," and ride camels on the sand at the time of sunset- which would be one of the highlights of your trip to Rajasthan.
Overnight in Jaisalmer.

Day 19 - Drive Jaisalmer - Bikaner (320 kms / 05 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Bikaner. This is a deserted journey with scanty vegetation. Bikaner is a royal fortified city with a timeless charm and medieval glory. It is located in northern Rajasthan, amongst the sand dunes. Known as the "Land of the Camel” Bikaner boasts of having the best camels in the world. This desert town popular for its temple and Forts, which shows the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the city. « Karni Mata » is one of the most fascinating temples situated in the south of Bikaner. On arrival in Bikaner, check into hotel. After a short rest proceed for the half day sightseeing tour of Bikaner discovering Junagarh Fort, built between 1589 and 1594 by Raja Rai Singh. Visit the Temple of Karni Mata Deshnok -built 600 years ago and dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of the goddess Durga. The temple has huge doors, carved in silver, a gift from the Maharajah Ganga Singh followed by visit to a breeding center and research on camels, the only institution of this kind in India. Bikaner is a complete unique experience.
Overnight in Bikaner.

Day 20 - Drive Bikaner - Mandawa (190 kms / 04 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Mandawa, situated in the heart of the Thar Desert. This beautiful village still has some beautifully preserved houses of medieval Indian traders built in a typically Rajput style having original paintings showing religious scenes or objects.

On arrival in Mandawa, check into hotel. Later walking sightseeing tour of Mandawa visiting the Havelis, Anandilal Poddar, Bansidhar Bhagat and Chokhani etc.
Overnight in Mandawa.

Day 21 - Drive Mandawa - Delhi (275 kms / 06 hrs) & Depart Delhi

Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi International airport in time to board flight for onward destination.

 

 

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