Arrive In Delhi
Arrive Delhi - The Capital of India. You are greeted with a traditional Indian Welcome and escorted transfer to hotel.
Start the day with Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Here you will view Red Fort, the most Opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colorful market of the old city.
New Delhi Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having Palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. Visit to Qutub Minar. Drive pass through the Raisina Hill, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. Evening return to the Red Fort to watch the “Son et Lumire” show which is Interplay of colorful lights and sound tracing the history of monument till date. Overnight stay.
Delhi – Mandawa 240 kms / 4-½ hrs
Today drive to Mandawa - The region lies the triangular area between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner and includes Jhunjhuniun, Sikar and Churu districts of Rajasthan upon arrival check in to Hotel.
Afternoon visit the Mandawa -Shekhawati The semi-desert region of Shekhawati is popularly known as the 'open-air art gallery' of Rajasthan. Shekhawati is unique as no-where else in the world there is such a hundreds of Haveli’s, temples, cenotaphs, wells and forts. Later visit to Havelies in Mandawa notably the Chokhani Saraf & Ladia Havelies, also visit Temples. See the extraordinary frescoes on the walls of the houses and medieval painting of Shekhawati. Overnight stay.
Mandawa - Bikaner 190 kms / 3 hrs
Morning drive to Bikaner - it lies on the northern point on the triangle of desert cities. It is royal walled city dating back to 1486 AD. It was established by a Rathore Prince, Bika & came to be called to be Bikaner after him. It was, however, a major trade center as it stood on the ancient caravan route which link central Asia & north India with the Gujarat Sea Ports. Afternoon embark on a tour of Bikaner City; visit the Junagarh Fort, built in 1611 AD. The palaces worth visiting are Anup Mahal, Karan Mahal, and Bijai Phool Mahal.
Bikaner – Phalodi 165 kms / 2-½ hrs
Phalodi is also renowned for its old Jain and Hindu temples which are over 300 years old. The grand Lal Niwas haveli with its many-splendored traditional balconies and terraces provides a magical setting for parties and banquets and its ample courtyard recalls the glories of another era while at present, it serves as a venue for musical concerts and other shows. It has a remarkable library with books and manuscripts dating back to princely times.
Phalodi - Jaisalmer 165 Kms / 2-½ hrs
After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer - Jaisalmer, the ancient citadel on the Caravan route linking India with Persia, Arabia and The Mediterranean. This architectural in the 12th century by Jaisal a bhatti prince located in the heart of the Thar Desert. Few cities in the world can match the Magnificence. Jaisalmer is renowned for its intricately carved & chiseled Haveli’s (Mansions), which illustrate superb craftsmanship.
In Jaisalmer 165 Kms / 2-½ hrs
Morning embark half day tour of Jaisalmer fort. Afterwards visit to the Gadisar Tank & large houses of the merchant called havelies, some of them dating to the Premediaval Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Shah Haveli and Nathamal Ki Haveli with their intricately carved screens on the facades and the typical traditional architecture.
Afternoon excursion to Sam dunes for camel safari to see spectacular sunset over the sand dunes on edge of desert national park Located in the midst of Thar Desert this camp recreates the magical atmosphere of a traditional Mediaeval Desert Camp on a trade route. & spend the evening around the campfire, enjoying live music and dance performances by “Langha” Tribe of Professional singers at hotel. Overnight stay.
Jaisalmer – Jodhpur 285 Kms / 5 hrs
Breakfast at hotel and depart to Jodhpur – the Great Indian Desert, sites on sand stone hill surrounded by a strong wall, approximately 6 miles long with 7 entry gates.
Afternoon Village Safari - A memorable outing in Jeeps visit various traditional villages seeing local handicrafts viz. stone makers, pottery, hand weaving and also men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver jewellery, etc. Overnight stay.
Sightseeing of the city includes visit to Meherangarh Fort, drive through the old city and past the Clock Tower near the largest spice bazaar in the sub-continent, visit the Jaswant Thada Cenotaph, the royal cremation site and then proceed to see the most magnificent, modern 20th century Palace, the Umaid Bhavan Palace and its museum – a treasure trove.
Jodhpur – Mount Abu 260 kms / 5 hrs
After breakfast countryside drive to Mount Abu – located 4000 ft above sea level is solitary hill station This holy mountain lies at the southern extremity of the Aravalli range. The altitude of this plateau, 1220 meters and abundant vegetation, have endowed Abu with a pleasant climate. It is a resort as well as a celebrated place of pilgrimage.
Afternoon visit world famous Dilwara Jain Temple- consisting of five Jain temples built from the beginning of the 11th century onwards with intricate ornamental carvings Peace Park, Gyan Sarovar. Evening visit the sunset point to see the spectacular sunset over the mountain.
Mount Abu – Ranakpur – Udaipur 175 kms /3 hrs
After breakfast leave for Udaipur. Enroute visit to Ranakpur temples of the Jains, built in the 15th century in the lovely valley of Aravallis. It has grand structure & beautiful Sculptures. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kgs whose sound echoes in the entire complex. Later proceed to Udaipur upon arrival checking Hotel Overnight stay.
Today sightseeing of Udaipur includes The City Palace, drive around Fateh Sagar Lake, Sahelion-ki-Bari (The fountain and flowered garden of Maidens), and Partap Smarak: A memorial to the legendary warrior Rana Pratap, Bhartiya Lok Mandal Museum Overnight stay.
Udaipur – Ajmer/ Pushkar 310 / kms 7 hrs
Morning country side drives to Pushkar Thousands of Moslem pilgrims come has Ajmer of the four corners of the world to profit from the grace of the saint (Kwaja) Moiniddine Chisti (1143-1235). The popular tradition said that seven pilgrimages have Ajmer equalize a pilgrimage in Mecque continuation by the visit of the Mosques of Akbar, Jehan Shah, Dargah and Mazar. Then you will admire the palate of King Akbar who became since a museum. Not far from the town of Ajmer is the Holy City of the Hindus Pushkar, overnight stay.
Pushkar – Jaipur 130 kms / 2 hrs
Morning visit to Pushkar Lake and Lord Brahma temple Later drive to Jaipur.
After early breakfast, Journey back in time at deserted 17th century fortress of Amber Fort. 11 Kms. from Jaipur, Amber Fort is a marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort on the back of a gaily-caparisoned elephant true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure you feel the history and visualize the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered.
Afternoon venture back into the city tour: Visit the City Palace Museum where you can see imposing blends of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.
Jaipur – Ranthambhore 175 kms / 3 hrs
After breakfast proceed to Ranthambhor National Park provides a unique experience of life in the outdoors. Spread over 392 sq. km., the Park comprises dry deciduous forests sprawling over an undulating terrain of the Aravalli and Vindhyan ranges. Exotic wildlife abounds and thrills the nature and wildlife lover. Ranthambhore Sanctuary has a large number of Tigers, Leopards, Caracals, Jungle Casts, Sambhar, Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara, Langoor, Wild Boars, Peafowl, etc. Three beautiful and artificial lakes i.e., Padam Talab, Rajbagh and Milak Talab & many anicuts are part of this Park inviting many migratory birds like Greyleg, Ruddy Shelduck, Pintails and many others. The park provides a rare and exquisite experience of seeing Nature and its flora and fauna at its best. Evening 3 hrs canter drive for wild life spotting in an open canter safari bus with trained naturalist guide.
Jaipur - Agra 232 kms / 5 hrs
After breakfast proceed to Agra. On the way you will visit Fatehpur Sikri – the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its ‘ruins’ are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal. Upon arrive check in Hotel. Overnight stay.
Today visit to Agra Fort built by Akbar the Great and the city. Also visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of Her Father.
Enjoy the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunset, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. Later drive back to Delhi upon arrival check in hotel. Overnight stay.
Agra – Delhi 200 kms / 4 -½ hrs – Onwards
Early breakfast drive to Delhi. Say good-bye to this fascinating Land with sweet and memorable memories. Transfer to Indira Gandhi International airport to board the or onward Destination/ Hometown.
• Taj Mahal closed on Friday
• Delhi Red Fort closed on Monday