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Rajasthan Desert TourDuration : 15 Nights / 16 Days
Places to see : Delhi - Jaipur - Pushkar - Bundi - Kota - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Mandawa - Delhi
Day 1: Home - Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, you will be welcomed by our executive and transferred to your hotel (Rooms will be booked from 1200 hrs to facilitate immediate check in).
New Delhi, the capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern. Standing along the West End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi, unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India. Narrating the city's Mughal past, Old Delhi, takes you through the labyrinthine streets passing through formidable mosques, monuments and forts. The imperial city of New Delhi displays the finely curved architecture of British Raj.
Day 2: Delhi
Proceed for a city tour of Old & New Delhi.
In Old Delhi drive past Red fort, built in Red Sand stone this imposing fort is 3 Kms in perimeter with the height of the wall varying from 18 to 30 meters at places.
Visit Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques not only in Delhi but also in India. Completed in 1658 this Mosque has three gateways, four angle towers and two 40 m high minarets. Also visit Raj Ghat -Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial.
In New Delhi, drive past Janpath, Rashtrapati Bhawan (Hindi for presidential palace) and India Gate is perhaps one of the most impressive structures built in the capital of India. This historic monument was built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 Indian soldiers killed in the First World War.
Visit Humayun's Tomb: built in mid 16th century this is an early example of Mughal architecture.
Also visit Qutab Minar. It is a one of the finest monuments in India and is 238 feet in height. Qutab Minar is 47 feet at the base and tapers to nine feet at the apex. The city tour ends with a visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir).
Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur
Upon arrival, check-in at Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 4: Jaipur
En route, make a photo stop at the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal). Hawa Mahal is a sample of the perfection of the architecture. Hawa Mahal was built with the pink & red sandstone, beautifully carved and outlined with white border and motif
Amber Fort is situated on the crest of a hill seven miles north of Jaipur is Amber, capital of the Kuchwaha Rajputs from 1037 to 1728. Man Singh I built it in a style to rival Mughal grandeur and opulence. The city-palace is protected by towering outer walls, a further wall runs for miles along the hills surrounding the palace.
In afternoon visit City Palace, a combination of conventional Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. City Palace complex has more than a few palatial structures. City Palace is a huge complex, which houses many courtyards, gardens and buildings. The outer wall of the palace was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh and all other buildings emerged later. The city palace houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the city palace museum.
Also visit Jantar Mantar, built between 1716. It is located within the city palace. Jantar Mantar contains a collection of instruments for observing the movements of sun, moon, planets and stars. It was built to develop the interest of the people in Astronomy.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 5: Jaipur - Pushkar
Every November, the sleepy little township of Pushkar comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity. The occasion: PUSHKAR FAIR. Very few, if at all any, fairs in the world can match the liveliness of Pushkar. Most people associate the Pushkar Fair with the world's largest camel fair.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Pushkar - Bundi
Proceed for Bundi. The town's medieval character, Taragarh Fort and the palace below are captivating. The Chitrashala in the palace has rooms covered with miniature paintings depicting scenes from the life of Lord Krishna and his consort Radha. Stay at an old hunting Haveli - ROYAL RETREAT - IN THE TARAGARH FORT COMPOUND for a beautiful experience. The hotel is of no star category but the experience will be better as this is the only hotel in the Fort Complex.
In the evening enjoy a "Mashaal Dinner" - The place is lit up with burning torches and traditional dinner prepared of game is served. Truly unforgettable experience.
Overnight at Bundi.
Day 7: Bundi - Kota - Udaipur
Visit the City Palace and Fort - On the banks of the Chambal river close to the Kota Barrage is the fort and the city palace complex, which houses the Rao Madho Singh Museum containing the relics of the former rulers of Kota.
Jagmandir - in the island in Kishore Sagar Lake was built by one of the queens of Kota. You will take a paddleboat and roam around the same for a spiritual experience.
Also visit the Govt. Museum and the famous gardens of Chambal and Chatter Bilas.
Proceed for Udaipur - the lake city is an enthralling tourist destination
in Rajasthan. It is an important city in Rajasthan today, attracting a
large number of tourists. The medieval attractions of the city are its
chief draw, but the scenic beauty of Udaipur and its surroundings is also
a major attraction for the tourists. There are some beautiful lakes, man
made as well as natural that give the city the sobriquet of 'the lake
Day 8: Udaipur
The entry to the Palace is from the Hati Pol, the Elephant gate. It was
once a custom that the Maharana would weigh under this gate in gold and
silver, which was distributed to the populace. It is also now the main
ticket office. Balconies, cupolas and towers surmount the palace to give
a wonderful view of the lake.
In the evening enjoy boat ride on the Lake Pichola. This picturesque lake encloses the Jag Niwas Island and the Jag Mandir. And, the City Palace extends along its eastern banks.
Return back to hotel for overnight.
Day 9: Udaipur - Jodhpur
En route visit famous Jain Temples in Ranakpur - is one of the five holy places of the Jain community. These temples were built in the 15th century AD during the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall. The basement is of 48, 000 sq. feet area that covers the whole complex. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns
Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Reach Jodhpur- the second largest city of the state of Rajasthan, Jodhpur. The Rajput chief Rao Jodha founded the city of Jodhpur in 1459. Earlier, it was the capital of the Marwar state of Rajasthan. A 10-km-long wall made of stone surrounds the city.
Visit Mehrangarh Fort situated on a 125m-sandstone hill built by Rao Jodha in 1459. Situated at an altitude of about 125 meters, the Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur is spread over an area of 5 sq. km in the heart of the city of Jodhpur. Have a walk in the Fort Complex and in old city.
The Jaswant Thada is a white marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant II in 1899.
Relax in the evening or proceed for shopping.
Overnight at Jodhpur.
Day 10: Jodhpur - Jaisalmer
Proceed for Jaisalmer- induces a dramatic picture of utter magic and brilliance of the desert. The hostile terrain not with standing the warmth and color of people is simply over whelming. One of the main draws is the daunting 12th century Jaisalmer Fort and beautiful havelis which were built by wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer are yet another interesting aspect of the you can let your eyes caress the sloppy sand dunes while you ramble your way in a camel safari. Bhatti Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, after whom the city finds its name, founded Jaisalmer in 1156.
The drive passes by dry vegetation, with villages of colorfully dressed people. Plenty of camels and camel carts, sheep and goats pass you by.
On arrival in Jaisalmer, check in the Hotel.
Rest the day is free at leisure. Overnight in at the hotel.
Day 11: Jaisalmer
Visit Jaisalmer Fort, over the Trikuta hill, this fort is the biggest and the most beautiful landmark of the city. The fort is occupied by shops, stalls, and a number of other business concerns. It is also known as Sonar Quila or the Golden fort, rising from the sand, the mega structure merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience.
The Jain temple, situated inside the fort, made between 12th and 15th century, bears testimony to Rajasthan unique artistry
Visit the havelis; the mansions built by the wealthy merchants, which
are still in very good condition. The intricate craftsmanship is beyond
parallel. The havelis like the Patwon-ki-Haveli and Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli
are remarkable for their exclusive cutwork, yellow and red stone treatment
and the bracket-shaped decoration of peacocks.
Overnight at Village.
Day 12: Jaisalmer Camel Safari
Camp for overnight stay
Day 13: Jaisalmer - Bikaner
Return to Jaisalmer and proceed straight to Bikaner. (The road is very good and the journey will be comfortable and relaxing)
Bikaner. Lying in the north of the desert state, the city is dotted with scores of sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval grandeur that permeates the city's lifestyle. More readily called the camel country; the city is distinguished for the best riding camels in the world and hence boasts of having one of the largest Camel Research and breeding farm in the world.
The history of Bikaner dates back to 1488 when a Rathore prince, Rao Bikaji (a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur, Rao Jodhaji), established his kingdom here. It has faced many foreign intrusions and fought a number of wars with the Mughals and the British.
On arrival in Bikaner, check in at the hotel.
Overnight in at the hotel.
Day 14: Bikaner
Visit Junagarh fort was built by a Mughal army general, Raja Rai Singh, in 1593. The courtyard of the fort along with the balcony, kiosks and windows are perfect examples of the artisanship of that time. The beautiful cutworks and dots on the red stones and the marbles are fascinating. The various part of the palace-the Dewan-i-khas, the Phool Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Badal Mahal and Anup Mahal-reflect the glorious architecture of Bikaner
Overnight at Bikaner.
Day 15: Bikaner - Mandawa
Reach and check in at hotel.
Take a walking tour of the painted 'havelis' of some of the leading business families of the country. Though they no longer live here, the local caretakers are happy to show the visitors around. Chowkhani Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Lakshminarayan Ladia Haveli, Mohahanlal Saraf Haveli and Bhagchandika Haveli are of special interest. Spend the major part of the day looking into frescoes.
Relax for the evening. Overnight at Mandawa.
Day 16: Mandawa - Delhi
Reach by afternoon and after Farewell Dinner and freshening up - proceed straight to the airport for flight back home with sweet memories of India.
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