Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Overview: Arrive Delhi International airport, meet and greet by our office representative, assistance and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities.Overnight in Delhi.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi International airport, meet and greet by our office representative, assistance and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities.Overnight in Delhi. Delhi - the capital of India, is a fascinating city with complexities and contradictions, beauty and dynamism, where the past co-exists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Delhi is not only the present metropolis of India but also a Necropolis. Because of its location, being on the banks of the river Yamuna, many cities have raisen and fallen over the last five millenniums.
Day 02: Delhi
Breakfast at hotel, full day guided city tour of Old & New Delhi. Morning: Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Visit the historic Red Fort -Shah Jehan's elegant citadel in red sandstone, which was built as an octagon measuring 900m by 550m and surrounded by a 9 meter deep moat which was at its inception fed by the waters of the Yamuna river. The fort is entered from the Lahori Gate and leads to a roofed passage called ChattaChowk. The NaqqarKhana (drum house) at the end of this passage marks the entrance to the royal enclosure. A spacious lawn leads to the Diwan-i-Am - the pillared Hall of Public Audience, Diwan-i-Khas - the Hall of Private Audience where the emperor met select visitors and the Pearl Mosque built by Shah Jahan's son, Aurangazeb, the last of the "Great Mughals". Very near the Fort is the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), India's largest mosque, also built by Shah Jahan. Take an interesting rickshaw ride through the famous bazaars of ChandniChowk, which is adjacent to both the Fort and the Mosque. Afternoon: Sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Visit the QutabMinar, a Tower of Victory that was built in the 12th century by QutbuddinAibak. Within its spacious courtyard stands the Iron Pillar, which dates backto the 4th century AD and bears a Sanskrit inscription in the Gupta style. The pillar has puzzled scientists, as its iron has not rusted in all these centuries. The tomb of Humayun - the magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble is one of the finest examples of the garden tomb, and a precursor to the TajMahal. Its proportionate spaces, double dome and refined elegance are characteristic of Mughal architecture. Also visit India Gate, the memorial of the First World War and the road that leads from there to RashtrapathiBhawan (Presidents House) which is flanked by the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Delhi – Mandawa (260kms/ 5hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Mandawa on arrival, check in at hotel. Rest of the day visit Havelis in and around Mandawa. Shekhawati is a colourful fantasy having a fascination uniquely of its own. The open-air art gallery, as it is popularly called, is famous for its plethora of painted havelis, all commendable pieces of the rich artistic tradition of this region. It is famous for its Havelis (mansion) built by rich merchants of the region, display a unique architectural style that evolved around the courtyards to ensure safety and privacy of the women folk and protection from the heat of the long and harsh summers. The Havelis, painted predominantly in blue, maroon, yellow, green and indigo have beautiful wall paintings that adorn their walls. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Mandawa - Bikaner (190kms/4hrs approx.)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Bikaner, check in at hotel. Later guided city tour of Bikaner the royal fortified city, with a timeless appeal in the North State of Rajasthan, retains the medieval splendor that pervades the city's lifestyle. More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. This city stands on a slightly raised ground and is circumscribed by a seven-km long embattled wall with five gates. The magnificent forts and palaces, in reddish-pink sandstone created with delicacy, bear testimony to its rich historical and architectural legacy. Undulating lanes, colourful bazaars and bright and cheerful folks make the visit Bikaner an interesting experience. Visit the Junagarh Fort, built in 1593 AD by Raj Rai Singh, one of the best in Rajasthan. It comprises of 37 palaces with pavilions, mosaic courtyards, carved balconies, kiosks and windows dotted all over the structure. The Shish Mahal, the Grand Durbar Hall, the 17th century Karan Mahal, AnupMahal and the PhoolMahal bring to life the grandeur of a bygone era. The Fort museum has a rare collection of Sanskrit and Persian manuscripts and miniature painting. Late afternoon visit to camel breeding farm. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Bikaner – Jaisalmer (330kms/ 6hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Jaisalmer enroute visit the rat temple at Deshnoke. The 600 year old Karni Mata Temple at Deshnok is dedicated to Karni Mata - an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The most interesting thing about the temple are the rats who scamper freely within the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and are regarded as sacred and are fed by priests and devotees owing to the belief that they will be reincarnated as holy men. On arrival in Jaisalmer, check in at hotel. Rest day free and easy for personal activities relax etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Jaisalmer
Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Jaisalmer. Rising from the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. The Jaiselmer fort etched in yellow sandstone stands with all its awesome splendour. The life within the citadel conjures up images of medieval majesty visible in its narrow lanes strewn with magnificent palaces, havelies, temples and typical desert life of men women cattle and camels. The 80 meter high fort, perch on the hill, houses the entire township within its ramparts. It has enchanting narrow lanes dotted with exquisite havelis, beautifully sculptured Jain temples of the 12th-15th century and palaces. The fort is approached through four gateways -Akhaiya Pol, Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol and Hava Pol. Some of the most exotic mansions or havelis, all intricately latticed, are strewn all over Jaisalmer each with a different facade. The Havelis of Nathmalji, Patwon and Salim Singh all in Yellow Marble of Jaisalmer are exquisite works of art. A camel safari through the interesting and remote desert villages of Roopsi, Doojasar, Kanoi, Kuldara and the Cenotaphs of Barabagh can be interesting. The villages are very special, as different communities inhabit them. Evening: Enjoy a short camel safari in the Thar Desert). Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (268kms/ 5hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel drive to Jodhpur, check in at hotel. Afternoon guided city tour of Jodhpur. Jodhpur at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 mts. above the plains. A high wall encompasses the city -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions. The lifestyle in Jodhpur is unusually fascinating with people wearing lovely multi-hued costumes, artistically designed. Shopping in Jodhpur bazaars is a heady experience with a colourful display of the rich collection of exquisite handicrafts. The tie-and-dye fabric, embroidered "jutis" or slippers in suede, camel skin, velvet and leather, beautiful silks, durries, marble souvenirs from Makrana, an extensive range of useful and decorative items etc., are of interest. heMehrangarh fort is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. Invincible from the outside, the fort has four gates approached by a winding road. Within the fort are some magnificent palaces with marvellously carved panels with latticed windows These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Jodhpur – Udaipur (265kms/ 5hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Udaipur, enroute visit the stunning Jain temples at Ranakpur, superbly preserved in a near-perfect condition for over 500 years. The Ranakpur Jain Temples were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch RanaKumbha in the 15th century AD. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. ft. area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls and appropriate domes supported by over four hundred columns. There are 1,444 columns in all, which are intricately carved. 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 108kgs. whose sound echoes in the entire complex. Continue drive to Udaipur, on arrival check in at hotel. Evening sunset boat cruise in Lake Pichola. Enjoy a Boat cruise on Lake Pichola on which the majestic Lake Palace Hotel is situated. See the ghats along the lake and the interesting buildings on the banks. The view of the city palace from the lake is spectacular. Lake Pichola, is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. It is one of the several contiguous lakes, and developed over the last few centuries in and around the famous Udaipur city. The lakes around Udaipur were primarily created by building dams to meet the drinking water and irrigation needs of the city and its neighborhood. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake, and have been developed with several palaces to provide views of the lake. Three of the numerous lakes found in the vicinity of Udaipur which connect with the Pichola lake and the SaroopSagar Lake connected by an arched bridge built by MaharanaSwaroop Singh (1842-1861) which in turn connects to the FatehSagar Lake, the crystal watered lake in the midst of tree lined hills and the smaller Arsivilas. Dock at the Jagmandir Island where the Maharana of Udaipur once gave shelter to Shah Jehan. Rest of the day free for independent activities.Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Udaipur
Breakfast at hotel, guided city tour of Udaipur. Udaipur, the city of Dawn, is the Jewel of Mewar -a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia Dynasty for 1200 years. Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavour of a heroic past, epitomizing valour and chivalry. Their reflection of these building in the placid waters of the Lake Pichola is an enticing sight. Morning: City tour of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, a majestic architectural marvel that is perched on a hill and towers over Lake Pichola. The Palace is a majestic conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Each palace within is an outstanding creation of art. Visit the BharatiyaLok Kala Museum, which has an interesting collection of Indian folk art including costumes, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, musical instruments and deities. Later visit Saheliyon-ki-bari the "Ladies Garden", with its rich foliage and intricately designed fountains. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Udaipur – Ajmer - Jaipur (405kms/ 8hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Jaipur enroute visit Ajmer. The Dargah of Sufi Saint KhwajaMoinuddinChisti; located at the end of a dusty alley in the main market, makes Ajmer an important pilgrim centre for Muslims from all parts of the world and Pushkar is the abode of Lord Brahma, which devout Hindus aspire to visit at least once in their lifetime. Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpara, In 1193 A.D, the Afghan Mohammad Ghori conquered Ajmer and converted a Sanskrit school into a mosque by adding a seven arched wall in front of the pillared hall in just two-and-a-half days. Ana Sagar Lake, This beautiful lake was built by King Anaji (AD 1135-1150), the grandfather of Prithvi Raj Chauhan at a picturesque site located to the north of Ajmer. DaulatBagh Gardens, which was created by Jehangir, is located next to the lake. Baradari or the marble pavilion was added to the lake by Shahjahan. Continue drive to Jaipur, on arrival check in at hotel. Rest day free and easy for personal activities relax etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Jaipur
Breakfast at hotel, full day guided sightseeing of Jaipur. Visit Amber Fort and enjoy Elephant Ride (upto the hills). Raja Man Singh the Rajput commander of Akbar's army constructed the fortress palace in the end of 16th century. Amber is superb example of Rajput architecture, situated on a hilltop, overlooking a lake. Amber Fort is known for its unique artistic style, blending both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) elements, and its ornate and breathtaking artistic mastery. The fort borders the Maota Lake. Amber was originally built by the Meenas in the town they consecrated to Amba, the Mother Goddess, whom they knew as `Gatta Rani' or `Queen of the Pass'. Built over the remnants of an earlier structure, the palace complex which stands today was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh, Commander in Chief of Akbar's army and a member of the Emperor's inner circle of nine courtiers, in 1592. The initial structure of the fort was entirely completed by his descendant; Jai Singh I. Amber was modified by successive rulers over the next 150 years, until the Kachwahas shifted their capital to Jaipur during the time of Sawai Jai Singh II. Later city tour of Jaipur- visit the City Palace -the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles which houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords of different shapes and sizes with ornate handles. It has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Also visit the JantarMantar - an astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 18th century which is remarkable for its accuracy even at the present times. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Jaipur – FatehpurSikri – Agra (235kms/ 5hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Agra, Enroute visit FatehpurSikri. This exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone; with its forts, palaces and mosques was abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons. The Diwan-i-am - a vast courtyard in which the emperor gave daily public audience; Diwan-i-khas - a large quadrangle which contained all the major functions of the Palace, Pachisi court, the Emperors private living quarter, JodhaBhai's Palace, Mariam's Palace, Birbal's Palace, HawaMahal and PanchMahal are some of the important buildings of this residential complex. The Friday Mosque and the exquisite tomb of Sheik SalimChisti are in the religious grounds set aside in a separate enclosure adjacent to the secular buildings. Continue drive to Agra on arrival check in at hotel. Rest time for personal activities relax etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Agra – Delhi (204kms/ 4hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel, visit TajMahal, Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-daula Tomb. Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World -the TajMahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by artisans who are hereditary craft persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. "TajMahal" - The inimitable poem in white marble. Built over a period of 22 lunar years, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630, for his Queen MumtazMahal to enshrine her mortal remains, it is one of the seven modern wonders of the World. [The Taj is closed on Fridays] Visit the Agra Fort, built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir's Palace, KhaasMahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and MusammanBurj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor, died a prisoner. Afternoon drive to Delhi, check in at hotel. Rest day for independent activities relax etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Delhi - Depart
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to international airport to board flight for your home country.
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