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Royal Rajasthan Tour - 15 days

Known for its vibrant colours and magnificent palaces, Rajasthan is a place like no other. It is a land of ornate palaces and gigantic forts known for its grandeur and intricacy. The desert state of India is known for its diverse landscapes. Experience the unique land of regal splendor and enjoy the diverse beauty of nature right from the sand dunes of the expansive desert to the wooded hills and amazing lakes.

Day 1:    Arrive Delhi
 
 

Arrive Delhi today. You will be met on arrival by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Breakfast at hotel. (Check-in time at the hotel is 1200 hours)
Delhi, the vibrant capital city of India lying along the River Yamuna, is a teaming metropolis of 14 million people and nowhere in the Country is the contrast between old and new more obvious. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2:    Delhi
 
 

Today after breakfast proceed for Full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi.
Proceed for sightseeing tour of Old Delhi visiting Jama Masjid - The largest mosque in India. Here you will also enjoy Rickshaw Ride in narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk - once an imperial avenue of Mughal Royalty which today is the busiest commercial market of City. Visit Raj Ghat – the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, drive pass from the magnificent Red Fort - a marvel in red sandstone, built on the banks of River Yamuna by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of New Delhi - visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand- carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time not rusting even after 1500 years. Drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of the Indian soldiers), Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President's house) - formerly the Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat Buildings- an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture.
Return back to hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 3:    Delhi - Mandawa (260 Km / 5.30 hrs)
 
 

This morining leave for Mandawa. Mandawa is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan in India. It is part of Shekhawati region. Mandawa is situated 190 km off Jaipur in the north. A remote feudal principality in the centre of the Shekhawati region, Mandawa was a trading outpost for the ancient caravan routes that stopped here from China and the Middle East. Thakur Nawal Singh, the Rajput ruler of Nawalgarh and Mandawa, built a fort in 1755 to protect this outpost. The township that grew around the fort soon attracted a large community of traders, who settled here.  This town has been referred to as the "open art gallery" of Rajasthan because the entire Shekhawati region and not just Mandawa is dotted with fascinating mansions (havelis) that have lavishly painted walls. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at lesiure.    
Overnight in Mandawa.

Day 4:    Mandawa - Bikaner (200 Km / 4 Hrs)
 
 

This morining after breakfast we will check out from hotel and visit sightseeing of Mandawa - visit the amazing painted havelis. So varied and architecturally rich are  the havelis that this region is dubbed as the "open art gallery of Rajasthan". The plethora of painted Havelis in rich artistic tradition makes them fascinating. Most of the buildings are dated from 18th century to early 20th century. Various forms of fine art adorn the walls and the ceilings of these structures as a contrast to the otherwise flat and barren land.

The havelis are noted for their frescoes depicting mythological themes and huge animals. Some later day frescoes reflect British influence in the form of steam locomotives and trains depicted on them. Later leave for Bikaner. Bikaner, the desert city of Rajasthan draws large number of tourists for its picturesque golden sand dunes, striking red sandstone forts, stunning palaces and havelis and certainly its camel safaris. The city boasts of having the best camels and has the largest Camel research and breeding farm in the world, hence the name camel country. The camel festival of Bikaner is also a major tourist attraction. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at lesiure.    
Overnight in Bikaner.  

Day 5:    Bikaner - Jaisalmer (330 Km / 6.30 hrs)
 
 

This morining leave for Jaisalmer after finishing the sightseeing in Bikaner -  visit beautiful Junagarh Fort - Junagarh Fort is a fort in the city of Bikaner, Rajasthan, India. The fort was originally called Chintamani and was renamed Junagarh or "Old Fort" in the early 20th century when the ruling family moved to Lalgarh Palace outside the fort limits.  Also visit the Royal palaces followed by visit to Camel breeding farm - The camel is an important animal component of the fragile desert eco-system. The proverbial Ship of Desert earned its epithet on account of its indispensability as a mode of transportation and draught power in desert but the utilities are many and are subject to continuous social and economic changes.

Considering the importance of camel in the socio-economic development of arid and semi-arid zones, the Government of India established a Project Directorate on Camel at Bikaner (India) on 5th July 1984 under aegis of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) which was upgraded to National Research Center on Camel (NRCC) on September 20, 1995. The center has been identified as one of the important tourist place of Bikaner and is included in the tourist book. The tourist visiting the canter can see the camel of different breeds and their behavior. A camel museum is available to apprise them of the developmental and research aspects of the camel in the desert ecosystem. 

 Proceed for an excursion to famous Karni Mata Rat temple of Deshnok - Situated en route to Jodhpur, the temple is dedicated to Karni Mata -an incarnation of Durga. The temple has fascinating huge silver gates and marble carvings that were donated by Maharaja Ganga Singhji The most attractive feature of temple are the rodents who scamper freely within the premises and if one touches your feet its considered auspicious.  Afternoon  drive to Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer, nicknamed "The Golden city", is a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer is named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king who founded the city in 1156 AD. "Jaisalmer" means "the Hill Fort of Jaisal".  It is a World Heritage Site. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured.  Yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in every architecture of the city gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert (great Indian desert).

On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at lesiure.    
Overnight in Jaisalmer.

Day 6:    Jaisalmer
 
 

Today proceed for your sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer. Visit the massive fort Jaisalmer Fort  - rising like a mirage out of the desert. Built in 1156 by the Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisal, Jaisalmer Fort is situated on Meru Hill and Named as Trikoot Garh had seen the scene of many battles. Its massive sandstone walls are a tawny lion colour during the day, turning to a magical honey-gold as the sun sets. This is a living fort and about a quarter of city's population still live inside the fort. The main attractions inside the fort are: Raj Mahal (Royal palace), Jain temples and the Laxminath temple.

Also visit Patwon Haveli - The history of the Patwa Haveli dates back to early eighteenth century, when the patwas were struggling to set up their trade and business. Later patwas rose to such heights that they were called upon to finance the state deficit. Then head of the family, Ghuman Chand Patwa, decided to gift each of his five sons a separate and elaborate mansion. Thus came up the five grandiose havelis facing the Jailsamer Fort, Salim Singh Haveli - This haveli is actually worth seeing from outside only. It was built in the first half of the 18th century and a part of it is still occupied. Salim Singh was the prime minister of Jaisalmer a princely state in 19th century AD. The mansion has a beautifully arched roof with superb carved brackets in the form of peacocks , Bada Bagh - Bada Bagh, also called Barabagh (literally Big Garden) is a garden complex about 6 km north of Jaisalmer on way to Ramgarh, and halfway between Jaisalmer and Lodhruva in the state of Rajasthan in India. It contains a set of royal cenotaphs, or chhatris of Maharajas of Jaisalmer state, starting with Jai Singh II , Vyas Chatri ( Sunset Point ) - Vyas Chhatri is also referred to in the city as Sunset Point as it gives you a wonderful view of picturesque Jaisalmer at sundown. Vyas Chhatri is situated at Bara bag road. It is the “Cremation Place” of dead bodies of Pushkarana Brahmins. Artistic cenotaphs are built here.

Badal Vilas – A prominent land mark in this spectacular heritage city is Mandir Palace , which had been the residence of the rulers of Jaisalmer for more than two centuries.  ‘Badal Vilas’, a unique tower like structure at Mandir Palace is the tallest structure in town below the hill-top city fort, reminding us of the incredible historical relevance attached to both the palace as well as the city of Jaisalmer.  Back to hotel.
Overnight in Jaisalmer.

Day 7:    Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (275 Km / 6 hrs)
 
 

Today we proceed for Jodhpur. Dominated by the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur city is a mass of sky blue coloured cubed houses set against a desert setting. Traditionally blue signified the home of a Brahmin but nowadays anyone can paint their home blue; additionally the colour allegedly is said to repel insects. Rao Jodha founded the Rathore Dynasty in Jodhpur in 1459 AD and the kingdom of Marwar flourished due to its strategic location on the trade route between Delhi and the Middle East. Sandalwood, dates, copper, cattle, camels and salt passed through the City over the centuries. As a legacy of its glorious past, Jodhpur boasts some stunning palaces, forts and temples.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at lesiure.    
Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 8:    Jodhpur
 
 

Morning after a lesiureley breakfast procced for sightseeing of Jodhpur. Visit Meherangarh Fort - is one of the most majestic forts in Rajasthan riding sheer out of a 125 m. high rock and spreading over five kilometers. Inside, the palace hewn from red sandstone with finely latticed windows, brilliantly coloured glass panes and flamboyantly decorated interiors gives a vivid recreation of princely life in Rajasthan. The Royal apartments additionally house an outstanding museum including a rich collection of palanquins, howdahs, miniature paintings, folk music instruments, costumes and impressive armory.

On the way back from the fort stop to visit Jaswant Thada - the graceful marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. His son Maharaja Sardar Singh built this monument known as the Taj Mahal of Marwar in the memory of Maharaj Jaswant Singh II of Jodhpur. The main memorial has been built like a temple with intricately carved marble stone. A visit to this structure is through the rocky hills giving it a secluded and a mystic aura. Umaid Bhawan Palace - Built by Maharaja Umaid Singh ( 1929 – 1942 ) and named after him, this exquisite Palace is also known as Chittar Palace because of the local chittar sandstone used in it. It is a splendid example of Indo-colonial and art deco architecture of the 30s. A unique feature of this palace is the fact that the manually chiselled sandstone blocks have been put together in a special system of interlocking. There is no mortar binding. A portion of the palace has been converted into a hotel, the other remains on view to visitors in the form of an excellent museum which houses model aeroplanes, weapons, antique clocks, bob watches, priceless crockery and hunting trophies. Both sections retain the ambience of royal splendour. Mandore Garden - Mandore was the former capital of Maharajas of Marwar and is located about 5 miles north of Jodhpur but was later abandoned for the security of Mehrangarh fort. Here you will find the dewals or cenotaphs of Jodhpur's former rulers. 
   
Unlike the usual chhatri-shaped cenotaphs typical of Rajasthan, they were built along the lines of a Hindu temple, four storeys  high, with fine columns and an elegant spire, all in red sandstone. The most impressive is the dewal of Maharaja Ajit Singh (reigned 1678-1724). These cenotaphs are set in beautiful landscaped gardens. Nearby is the hall of heroes, dedicated to various deities and fabled Rajput folk heroes, whose statues are carved out of rock and painted in bright colours. Today its extensive gardens with high rock terrace make it a popular local attraction. Back to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.    

Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 9:    Jodhpur - Udaipur (275 Km / 6 hrs)
 
 

Today we proceed for Udaipur. Enroute visit Ranakpur - Beautifully sculptured Jain temples mark the glory of this renowned place. Considered as one of the five holy places for the Jain community, these were created in the 15th century during the reign of Rana Kumbha. The temple is an astounding creation of architectural splendor with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars all distinctly carved, no two pillars being alike. Every hall of temple has  inconceivable surface carved with equal delicacy. Another temple worth visiting is the nearby 'Sun Temple' dedicated to the 'Sun God'. The temple has a polygonal wall, richly embellished with carvings of warriors, horses and celestial (Nakshatras, grahs) bodies. Continue drive to Udaipur. Regarded by many, as the most romantic city in India, Udaipur is an enchanting image of white marble palaces, placid blue lakes and green hills. It is an oasis of colour in a stark and arid region. The city is dominated by the massive City Palace overlooking Lake Pichola with its white washed palaces, picturesque havelis, ghats and temples along the lake front. The lively bazaars of the old city and a relaxing atmosphere make a visit to Udaipur one of North India’s greatest highlights & perfect for wandering around.   
 
On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at lesiure.    
Overnight in Udaipur. 

Day 10:    Udaipur
 
 

Today morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur. Visit City Palace - which stretches along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola and is an awesomely striking building totalling 5 acres and housing a complex of several palaces added by the various Maharana’s between the 16th and 20th century. Apart from housing the superb City Museum the City Palace contains the Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel and Fateh Prakash Hotel. Afterwards visit the Jagdish Temple - built in 1651 AD with an entrance flanked by stone carved elephants. Jagdish Temple is a large Hindu temple in the middle of Udaipur in Rajasthan. A big tourist attraction, the temple was originally called the temple of Jagannath Rai but is now called Jagdish-ji. It is a major monument in Udaipur.

Saheliyon-ki-Bari is a major garden and a popular tourist space in Udaipur in Indian state of Rajasthan. It lies in northern part of the city and has fountains and kiosks, a lotus pool and marble elephants. It was built by Maharana Bhopal Singh. As per the legends, the garden was designed by the king himself and he presented this garden to his queen. Actually, the Queen was accompanied by 48 maids in her marriage. To offer all of them pleasurable moments away from the political intrigues of the court, this garden was made. This patterned garden used to be the popular relaxing spot of the royal ladies. The queen with her maids and female companions used to come here for a stroll and spend their time in leisure. Jag Mandir is a palace built on an island in the Lake Pichola. It is also called the "Lake Garden Palace". Its construction is credited to three Maharanas of the Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar kingdom. The royal family used the palace as a summer resort and pleasure palace for holding parties. The Jag Mandir is approached only by boat from the Bansi Ghat jetty next to the Lake Palace in Udaipur. You could visit this palace during boat ride at Lake Pichola. 

Later in the evening enjoy a sunset Boat Cruise on Lake Pichola (shared boat ride) - A visit to Udaipur is incomplete without a boat cruise in Lake Pichola. The historic 14th century lake made by a local banjara (gypsy) that was extended in the 16th century by Rana Udai Singh II to establish Udaipur. The picturesque boat ride on Lake Pichola not only provides the best scenic view of the lake and the mountains in the city, but also presents some of the most important historical monuments dotted along the lakeside or submerged within the lake. One can also relish the beauty of the small island structures in the midst of Lake Pichola i.e. the Mohan Mandir and the Arsi Vilas. The most resplendent sights on the boat ride are the island palaces. The 17th century Jagmandir Island Palace is one of the oldest and most grandiose palace.
   
Beyond the lakeside history and the beautiful island palaces, the boat ride provides a fantastic view of the distant monsoon palace perched on the hills. Sajjangarh was the palace built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in the late 19th century to enjoy the beautiful monsoon season of the lake city of Udaipur. 

Back to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.    

Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 11:    Udaipur - Pushkar (285 Km / 6 hrs)
 
 

Today we proceed for Pushkar. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Later in the afternoon proceed for Pushkar sightseeing - visit Brahma Temple, the only temple where Lord Brahma is worshipped, is one of the main attractions of Pushkar. The temple holds special importance for the followers of Hinduism. The temple houses a life-size four-armed idol of Lord Brahma—the creator—in the antralaya (vestibule). The temple is also characterised by its white marble floor and stairs. The walls of the temple are studded with silver coins. The coins are put by the devotees to mark the births or deaths of the loved ones of the devotees who came here to offer prayers. Another major attraction of Pushkar is the picturesque lake that is of immense significance for the follower of Hinduism because of its legendary origins. According to legends, a lotus fell from the hand of Lord Brahma and dropped into this valley. A lake sprang up on the spot, which was subsequently dedicated to him. The entire lake is supposed to be surrounded by 500 temples, 52 palaces, and 52 ghats. Back to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.    

Overnight in Pushkar.

Day 12:    Pushkar - Jaipur (145 Kms / 3 hrs)
 
 

Today we proceed for Jaipur. Jaipur, or the City of Victory, was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is a well planned city of magnificent palaces and building. Built from rose-coloured terra cotta, it has given it the name 'Pink City'. Nowadays the Capital of Rajasthan with a population of over 1 million, it is a city full of contrasts with bazaars teeming with turbaned elders and jean clad youngsters to camels, horses and a multitude of vehicles. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.    

Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 13:    Jaipur
 
 

Morning excursion to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the region prior to Jaipur, and located 11 km north of the City. Now a deserted complex crowning the crest of a hill with panoramic views, Amber Fort is extremely well preserved and a fascinating place to explore. The forts majestic ramparts follow the natural contours of the ridge and he palace is full of hidden gems – the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of mirrors), Jas Mandir with its latticed windows and glass inlay work and Zenana. (Women’s quarters) Elephants still carry visitors in stately splendour to the main Palace, through magnificent high gateways.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur, visit the opulent Maharaja's City Palace which occupies the heart of Jai Singh II’s city and has been home to the City’s rulers for 200 years. A superb blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, the interiors of the Palace are lavishly furnished and decorated and the Museum houses a fabulous collection of textiles, art and crafts and arms. The Jantar Mantar or Observatory was built by Jai Singh II, a keen astronomer, in 1728. It resembles a collection of giant sculptures and was used to determine the position of the stars and planets, accurately calculate Jaipur’s time, make horoscopes and is today still used to forecast the expected arrival date and intensity of the monsoon and summer temperatures. Photo stop at Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds -  Hawa Mahal, is a palace in Jaipur, India, so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivities while unseen from the outside. Also visit colorful local market in Jaipur. 
Back to hotel. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 14:    Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (260 Km / 6 hrs)
 
 

Today leave for Agra en-route visit to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar in 1571 in honour of the famous Sufi saint, Salim Chishti. The Mughal capital for only 14 years until abandoned reputedly due to lack of water, the buildings, blending Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture and reflecting Akbar’s secular vision, remain in an excellent condition and it is a fascinating place to wander around.

Continue overland to Agra was the capital of the Mughal court during the 16th and 17th centuries and its sublime monuments date from that era. The emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jehan governed their vast empires from here and as prolific builders; artisans from Persia, Central Asia and other parts of India were attracted by their patronage. The resulting luxurious palaces, tombs, forts and gardens dot the picturesque riverine region along the Yamuna River; three of which, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri have been declared World Heritage Sites. Agra is renowned for its delicate Pietra Dura work; a Florentine technique imported by Jahangir of arranging minute pieces of precious and semi precious stones in complex, stylized floral and geometric designs into a marble base. On arrival you will be met by a representative and assistance during checkin. Overnight in Agra.

Day 15:    Agra - Delhi (200 Km / 5 hrs)
 
 

Today after breakfast check out from hotel and visit magnificent Taj Mahal ( closed on every Friday ), often considered the pinnacle of Mughal art in India, the Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. There are few words that can describe the magnificence of this monument. The world's greatest monument to love and devotion. Built by the emperor Shah Jehan for his favourite wife Mumtaz, its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship took 20,000 workers almost 22 years to complete in 1653. It is undoubtedly a building as close to perfection as is achievable and its appearance changes magically with the light at different times of the day. Also visit Agra Fort, which has been the seat of Mughal rulers for several years. Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city.

Later drive back to Delhi and get drop at Delhi airport to catch your onward flight.

Tour includes: 

  •  All accommodation as mentioned in the program
  • All meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All land transportation and airport transfers by air-conditioned car with local driver
  • Local driver during land transportation and transfers (local language speaking only)
  • English speaking guide incl his salary & expenses 
  • All services as mentioned in the program
  • All excursions and activities as mentioned including entrance fees 

Tour does not include: 

  • Visa (fees) to enter the country (check if applicable to you) 
  • Flights and taxes
  • Airport departure taxes per person 
  • Travel insurances
  • Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs etc. 
  • Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the program

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Gertie Aerts - Most of the hotels were good. Driver friendly, polite, service minded and very good. He able to tell details about the country as a guide would know very nice. Vehicles were very clean. I am very enthusiastic about the whole tour, I think it was wonderful and every day had a very special moment or event the whole tour with the houseboat on the Backwaters although was in its total a super experience.

Buis Meijenratu - Driver has been a great driver who played that role of tour guide many occasions!!! He is knowledgeable and friendly. For specific visits (Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer) driver occasion local guides. Most did a good job. The overall program was excellent, nice variety of destination, excellent quality hotels, the local programs with guides were very nice.

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Royal Rajasthan Tour - 15 days

Known for its vibrant colours and magnificent palaces, Rajasthan is a place like no other. It is a land of ornate palaces and gigantic forts known for its grandeur and intricacy. The desert state of India is known for its diverse landscapes. Experience the unique land of regal splendor and enjoy the diverse beauty of nature right from the sand dunes of the expansive desert to the wooded hills and amazing lakes.

Day 1:    Arrive Delhi
 
 

Arrive Delhi today. You will be met on arrival by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Breakfast at hotel. (Check-in time at the hotel is 1200 hours)
Delhi, the vibrant capital city of India lying along the River Yamuna, is a teaming metropolis of 14 million people and nowhere in the Country is the contrast between old and new more obvious. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2:    Delhi
 
 

Today after breakfast proceed for Full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi.
Proceed for sightseeing tour of Old Delhi visiting Jama Masjid - The largest mosque in India. Here you will also enjoy Rickshaw Ride in narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk - once an imperial avenue of Mughal Royalty which today is the busiest commercial market of City. Visit Raj Ghat – the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, drive pass from the magnificent Red Fort - a marvel in red sandstone, built on the banks of River Yamuna by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of New Delhi - visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand- carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time not rusting even after 1500 years. Drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of the Indian soldiers), Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President's house) - formerly the Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat Buildings- an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture.
Return back to hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 3:    Delhi - Mandawa (260 Km / 5.30 hrs)
 
 

This morining leave for Mandawa. Mandawa is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan in India. It is part of Shekhawati region. Mandawa is situated 190 km off Jaipur in the north. A remote feudal principality in the centre of the Shekhawati region, Mandawa was a trading outpost for the ancient caravan routes that stopped here from China and the Middle East. Thakur Nawal Singh, the Rajput ruler of Nawalgarh and Mandawa, built a fort in 1755 to protect this outpost. The township that grew around the fort soon attracted a large community of traders, who settled here.  This town has been referred to as the "open art gallery" of Rajasthan because the entire Shekhawati region and not just Mandawa is dotted with fascinating mansions (havelis) that have lavishly painted walls. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at lesiure.    
Overnight in Mandawa.

Day 4:    Mandawa - Bikaner (200 Km / 4 Hrs)
 
 

This morining after breakfast we will check out from hotel and visit sightseeing of Mandawa - visit the amazing painted havelis. So varied and architecturally rich are  the havelis that this region is dubbed as the "open art gallery of Rajasthan". The plethora of painted Havelis in rich artistic tradition makes them fascinating. Most of the buildings are dated from 18th century to early 20th century. Various forms of fine art adorn the walls and the ceilings of these structures as a contrast to the otherwise flat and barren land.

The havelis are noted for their frescoes depicting mythological themes and huge animals. Some later day frescoes reflect British influence in the form of steam locomotives and trains depicted on them. Later leave for Bikaner. Bikaner, the desert city of Rajasthan draws large number of tourists for its picturesque golden sand dunes, striking red sandstone forts, stunning palaces and havelis and certainly its camel safaris. The city boasts of having the best camels and has the largest Camel research and breeding farm in the world, hence the name camel country. The camel festival of Bikaner is also a major tourist attraction. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at lesiure.    
Overnight in Bikaner.  

Day 5:    Bikaner - Jaisalmer (330 Km / 6.30 hrs)
 
 

This morining leave for Jaisalmer after finishing the sightseeing in Bikaner -  visit beautiful Junagarh Fort - Junagarh Fort is a fort in the city of Bikaner, Rajasthan, India. The fort was originally called Chintamani and was renamed Junagarh or "Old Fort" in the early 20th century when the ruling family moved to Lalgarh Palace outside the fort limits.  Also visit the Royal palaces followed by visit to Camel breeding farm - The camel is an important animal component of the fragile desert eco-system. The proverbial Ship of Desert earned its epithet on account of its indispensability as a mode of transportation and draught power in desert but the utilities are many and are subject to continuous social and economic changes.

Considering the importance of camel in the socio-economic development of arid and semi-arid zones, the Government of India established a Project Directorate on Camel at Bikaner (India) on 5th July 1984 under aegis of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) which was upgraded to National Research Center on Camel (NRCC) on September 20, 1995. The center has been identified as one of the important tourist place of Bikaner and is included in the tourist book. The tourist visiting the canter can see the camel of different breeds and their behavior. A camel museum is available to apprise them of the developmental and research aspects of the camel in the desert ecosystem. 

 Proceed for an excursion to famous Karni Mata Rat temple of Deshnok - Situated en route to Jodhpur, the temple is dedicated to Karni Mata -an incarnation of Durga. The temple has fascinating huge silver gates and marble carvings that were donated by Maharaja Ganga Singhji The most attractive feature of temple are the rodents who scamper freely within the premises and if one touches your feet its considered auspicious.  Afternoon  drive to Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer, nicknamed "The Golden city", is a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer is named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king who founded the city in 1156 AD. "Jaisalmer" means "the Hill Fort of Jaisal".  It is a World Heritage Site. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured.  Yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in every architecture of the city gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert (great Indian desert).

On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at lesiure.    
Overnight in Jaisalmer.

Day 6:    Jaisalmer
 
 

Today proceed for your sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer. Visit the massive fort Jaisalmer Fort  - rising like a mirage out of the desert. Built in 1156 by the Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisal, Jaisalmer Fort is situated on Meru Hill and Named as Trikoot Garh had seen the scene of many battles. Its massive sandstone walls are a tawny lion colour during the day, turning to a magical honey-gold as the sun sets. This is a living fort and about a quarter of city's population still live inside the fort. The main attractions inside the fort are: Raj Mahal (Royal palace), Jain temples and the Laxminath temple.

Also visit Patwon Haveli - The history of the Patwa Haveli dates back to early eighteenth century, when the patwas were struggling to set up their trade and business. Later patwas rose to such heights that they were called upon to finance the state deficit. Then head of the family, Ghuman Chand Patwa, decided to gift each of his five sons a separate and elaborate mansion. Thus came up the five grandiose havelis facing the Jailsamer Fort, Salim Singh Haveli - This haveli is actually worth seeing from outside only. It was built in the first half of the 18th century and a part of it is still occupied. Salim Singh was the prime minister of Jaisalmer a princely state in 19th century AD. The mansion has a beautifully arched roof with superb carved brackets in the form of peacocks , Bada Bagh - Bada Bagh, also called Barabagh (literally Big Garden) is a garden complex about 6 km north of Jaisalmer on way to Ramgarh, and halfway between Jaisalmer and Lodhruva in the state of Rajasthan in India. It contains a set of royal cenotaphs, or chhatris of Maharajas of Jaisalmer state, starting with Jai Singh II , Vyas Chatri ( Sunset Point ) - Vyas Chhatri is also referred to in the city as Sunset Point as it gives you a wonderful view of picturesque Jaisalmer at sundown. Vyas Chhatri is situated at Bara bag road. It is the “Cremation Place” of dead bodies of Pushkarana Brahmins. Artistic cenotaphs are built here.

Badal Vilas – A prominent land mark in this spectacular heritage city is Mandir Palace , which had been the residence of the rulers of Jaisalmer for more than two centuries.  ‘Badal Vilas’, a unique tower like structure at Mandir Palace is the tallest structure in town below the hill-top city fort, reminding us of the incredible historical relevance attached to both the palace as well as the city of Jaisalmer.  Back to hotel.
Overnight in Jaisalmer.

Day 7:    Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (275 Km / 6 hrs)
 
 

Today we proceed for Jodhpur. Dominated by the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur city is a mass of sky blue coloured cubed houses set against a desert setting. Traditionally blue signified the home of a Brahmin but nowadays anyone can paint their home blue; additionally the colour allegedly is said to repel insects. Rao Jodha founded the Rathore Dynasty in Jodhpur in 1459 AD and the kingdom of Marwar flourished due to its strategic location on the trade route between Delhi and the Middle East. Sandalwood, dates, copper, cattle, camels and salt passed through the City over the centuries. As a legacy of its glorious past, Jodhpur boasts some stunning palaces, forts and temples.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at lesiure.    
Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 8:    Jodhpur
 
 

Morning after a lesiureley breakfast procced for sightseeing of Jodhpur. Visit Meherangarh Fort - is one of the most majestic forts in Rajasthan riding sheer out of a 125 m. high rock and spreading over five kilometers. Inside, the palace hewn from red sandstone with finely latticed windows, brilliantly coloured glass panes and flamboyantly decorated interiors gives a vivid recreation of princely life in Rajasthan. The Royal apartments additionally house an outstanding museum including a rich collection of palanquins, howdahs, miniature paintings, folk music instruments, costumes and impressive armory.

On the way back from the fort stop to visit Jaswant Thada - the graceful marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. His son Maharaja Sardar Singh built this monument known as the Taj Mahal of Marwar in the memory of Maharaj Jaswant Singh II of Jodhpur. The main memorial has been built like a temple with intricately carved marble stone. A visit to this structure is through the rocky hills giving it a secluded and a mystic aura. Umaid Bhawan Palace - Built by Maharaja Umaid Singh ( 1929 – 1942 ) and named after him, this exquisite Palace is also known as Chittar Palace because of the local chittar sandstone used in it. It is a splendid example of Indo-colonial and art deco architecture of the 30s. A unique feature of this palace is the fact that the manually chiselled sandstone blocks have been put together in a special system of interlocking. There is no mortar binding. A portion of the palace has been converted into a hotel, the other remains on view to visitors in the form of an excellent museum which houses model aeroplanes, weapons, antique clocks, bob watches, priceless crockery and hunting trophies. Both sections retain the ambience of royal splendour. Mandore Garden - Mandore was the former capital of Maharajas of Marwar and is located about 5 miles north of Jodhpur but was later abandoned for the security of Mehrangarh fort. Here you will find the dewals or cenotaphs of Jodhpur's former rulers. 
   
Unlike the usual chhatri-shaped cenotaphs typical of Rajasthan, they were built along the lines of a Hindu temple, four storeys  high, with fine columns and an elegant spire, all in red sandstone. The most impressive is the dewal of Maharaja Ajit Singh (reigned 1678-1724). These cenotaphs are set in beautiful landscaped gardens. Nearby is the hall of heroes, dedicated to various deities and fabled Rajput folk heroes, whose statues are carved out of rock and painted in bright colours. Today its extensive gardens with high rock terrace make it a popular local attraction. Back to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.    

Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 9:    Jodhpur - Udaipur (275 Km / 6 hrs)
 
 

Today we proceed for Udaipur. Enroute visit Ranakpur - Beautifully sculptured Jain temples mark the glory of this renowned place. Considered as one of the five holy places for the Jain community, these were created in the 15th century during the reign of Rana Kumbha. The temple is an astounding creation of architectural splendor with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars all distinctly carved, no two pillars being alike. Every hall of temple has  inconceivable surface carved with equal delicacy. Another temple worth visiting is the nearby 'Sun Temple' dedicated to the 'Sun God'. The temple has a polygonal wall, richly embellished with carvings of warriors, horses and celestial (Nakshatras, grahs) bodies. Continue drive to Udaipur. Regarded by many, as the most romantic city in India, Udaipur is an enchanting image of white marble palaces, placid blue lakes and green hills. It is an oasis of colour in a stark and arid region. The city is dominated by the massive City Palace overlooking Lake Pichola with its white washed palaces, picturesque havelis, ghats and temples along the lake front. The lively bazaars of the old city and a relaxing atmosphere make a visit to Udaipur one of North India’s greatest highlights & perfect for wandering around.   
 
On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at lesiure.    
Overnight in Udaipur. 

Day 10:    Udaipur
 
 

Today morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur. Visit City Palace - which stretches along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola and is an awesomely striking building totalling 5 acres and housing a complex of several palaces added by the various Maharana’s between the 16th and 20th century. Apart from housing the superb City Museum the City Palace contains the Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel and Fateh Prakash Hotel. Afterwards visit the Jagdish Temple - built in 1651 AD with an entrance flanked by stone carved elephants. Jagdish Temple is a large Hindu temple in the middle of Udaipur in Rajasthan. A big tourist attraction, the temple was originally called the temple of Jagannath Rai but is now called Jagdish-ji. It is a major monument in Udaipur.

Saheliyon-ki-Bari is a major garden and a popular tourist space in Udaipur in Indian state of Rajasthan. It lies in northern part of the city and has fountains and kiosks, a lotus pool and marble elephants. It was built by Maharana Bhopal Singh. As per the legends, the garden was designed by the king himself and he presented this garden to his queen. Actually, the Queen was accompanied by 48 maids in her marriage. To offer all of them pleasurable moments away from the political intrigues of the court, this garden was made. This patterned garden used to be the popular relaxing spot of the royal ladies. The queen with her maids and female companions used to come here for a stroll and spend their time in leisure. Jag Mandir is a palace built on an island in the Lake Pichola. It is also called the "Lake Garden Palace". Its construction is credited to three Maharanas of the Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar kingdom. The royal family used the palace as a summer resort and pleasure palace for holding parties. The Jag Mandir is approached only by boat from the Bansi Ghat jetty next to the Lake Palace in Udaipur. You could visit this palace during boat ride at Lake Pichola. 

Later in the evening enjoy a sunset Boat Cruise on Lake Pichola (shared boat ride) - A visit to Udaipur is incomplete without a boat cruise in Lake Pichola. The historic 14th century lake made by a local banjara (gypsy) that was extended in the 16th century by Rana Udai Singh II to establish Udaipur. The picturesque boat ride on Lake Pichola not only provides the best scenic view of the lake and the mountains in the city, but also presents some of the most important historical monuments dotted along the lakeside or submerged within the lake. One can also relish the beauty of the small island structures in the midst of Lake Pichola i.e. the Mohan Mandir and the Arsi Vilas. The most resplendent sights on the boat ride are the island palaces. The 17th century Jagmandir Island Palace is one of the oldest and most grandiose palace.
   
Beyond the lakeside history and the beautiful island palaces, the boat ride provides a fantastic view of the distant monsoon palace perched on the hills. Sajjangarh was the palace built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in the late 19th century to enjoy the beautiful monsoon season of the lake city of Udaipur. 

Back to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.    

Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 11:    Udaipur - Pushkar (285 Km / 6 hrs)
 
 

Today we proceed for Pushkar. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Later in the afternoon proceed for Pushkar sightseeing - visit Brahma Temple, the only temple where Lord Brahma is worshipped, is one of the main attractions of Pushkar. The temple holds special importance for the followers of Hinduism. The temple houses a life-size four-armed idol of Lord Brahma—the creator—in the antralaya (vestibule). The temple is also characterised by its white marble floor and stairs. The walls of the temple are studded with silver coins. The coins are put by the devotees to mark the births or deaths of the loved ones of the devotees who came here to offer prayers. Another major attraction of Pushkar is the picturesque lake that is of immense significance for the follower of Hinduism because of its legendary origins. According to legends, a lotus fell from the hand of Lord Brahma and dropped into this valley. A lake sprang up on the spot, which was subsequently dedicated to him. The entire lake is supposed to be surrounded by 500 temples, 52 palaces, and 52 ghats. Back to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.    

Overnight in Pushkar.

Day 12:    Pushkar - Jaipur (145 Kms / 3 hrs)
 
 

Today we proceed for Jaipur. Jaipur, or the City of Victory, was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is a well planned city of magnificent palaces and building. Built from rose-coloured terra cotta, it has given it the name 'Pink City'. Nowadays the Capital of Rajasthan with a population of over 1 million, it is a city full of contrasts with bazaars teeming with turbaned elders and jean clad youngsters to camels, horses and a multitude of vehicles. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.    

Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 13:    Jaipur
 
 

Morning excursion to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the region prior to Jaipur, and located 11 km north of the City. Now a deserted complex crowning the crest of a hill with panoramic views, Amber Fort is extremely well preserved and a fascinating place to explore. The forts majestic ramparts follow the natural contours of the ridge and he palace is full of hidden gems – the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of mirrors), Jas Mandir with its latticed windows and glass inlay work and Zenana. (Women’s quarters) Elephants still carry visitors in stately splendour to the main Palace, through magnificent high gateways.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur, visit the opulent Maharaja's City Palace which occupies the heart of Jai Singh II’s city and has been home to the City’s rulers for 200 years. A superb blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, the interiors of the Palace are lavishly furnished and decorated and the Museum houses a fabulous collection of textiles, art and crafts and arms. The Jantar Mantar or Observatory was built by Jai Singh II, a keen astronomer, in 1728. It resembles a collection of giant sculptures and was used to determine the position of the stars and planets, accurately calculate Jaipur’s time, make horoscopes and is today still used to forecast the expected arrival date and intensity of the monsoon and summer temperatures. Photo stop at Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds -  Hawa Mahal, is a palace in Jaipur, India, so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivities while unseen from the outside. Also visit colorful local market in Jaipur. 
Back to hotel. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 14:    Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (260 Km / 6 hrs)
 
 

Today leave for Agra en-route visit to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar in 1571 in honour of the famous Sufi saint, Salim Chishti. The Mughal capital for only 14 years until abandoned reputedly due to lack of water, the buildings, blending Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture and reflecting Akbar’s secular vision, remain in an excellent condition and it is a fascinating place to wander around.

Continue overland to Agra was the capital of the Mughal court during the 16th and 17th centuries and its sublime monuments date from that era. The emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jehan governed their vast empires from here and as prolific builders; artisans from Persia, Central Asia and other parts of India were attracted by their patronage. The resulting luxurious palaces, tombs, forts and gardens dot the picturesque riverine region along the Yamuna River; three of which, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri have been declared World Heritage Sites. Agra is renowned for its delicate Pietra Dura work; a Florentine technique imported by Jahangir of arranging minute pieces of precious and semi precious stones in complex, stylized floral and geometric designs into a marble base. On arrival you will be met by a representative and assistance during checkin. Overnight in Agra.

Day 15:    Agra - Delhi (200 Km / 5 hrs)
 
 

Today after breakfast check out from hotel and visit magnificent Taj Mahal ( closed on every Friday ), often considered the pinnacle of Mughal art in India, the Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. There are few words that can describe the magnificence of this monument. The world's greatest monument to love and devotion. Built by the emperor Shah Jehan for his favourite wife Mumtaz, its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship took 20,000 workers almost 22 years to complete in 1653. It is undoubtedly a building as close to perfection as is achievable and its appearance changes magically with the light at different times of the day. Also visit Agra Fort, which has been the seat of Mughal rulers for several years. Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city.

Later drive back to Delhi and get drop at Delhi airport to catch your onward flight.

Tour includes: 

  •  All accommodation as mentioned in the program
  • All meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All land transportation and airport transfers by air-conditioned car with local driver
  • Local driver during land transportation and transfers (local language speaking only)
  • English speaking guide incl his salary & expenses 
  • All services as mentioned in the program
  • All excursions and activities as mentioned including entrance fees 

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  • Flights and taxes
  • Airport departure taxes per person 
  • Travel insurances
  • Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs etc. 
  • Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the program

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Gertie Aerts - Most of the hotels were good. Driver friendly, polite, service minded and very good. He able to tell details about the country as a guide would know very nice. Vehicles were very clean. I am very enthusiastic about the whole tour, I think it was wonderful and every day had a very special moment or event the whole tour with the houseboat on the Backwaters although was in its total a super experience.

Buis Meijenratu - Driver has been a great driver who played that role of tour guide many occasions!!! He is knowledgeable and friendly. For specific visits (Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer) driver occasion local guides. Most did a good job. The overall program was excellent, nice variety of destination, excellent quality hotels, the local programs with guides were very nice.

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Jodhpur the blue city

Highlights

  • Cruise the sand dunes atop the ship of the desert
  • Enjoy the enchanting sunset while on a boat ride in Pichola
  • See the exquisitely carved Sun Temple
  • Be mesmerized by the town of Mandawa, known as the ‘open art gallery’ and stay in one of many lavishly painted havelis (private mansion)

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