DELHI-MANDAWA-BIKANER-JAISALMER-JODHPUR-UDAIPUR-KUMBALGARH- UDAIPUR-RANAKPUR-DEOGARH-PUSHKAR-JAIPUR-AGRA-FATHEPUR SIKRI-AGRA-DELHI
16 Days / 15 Nights
Day 01: Arrive to Delhi
Arrive in Delhi - capital of modern India. Many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil over the last 3000 years. The legacy still survives in many monuments varying from the 13th century mausoleum of the Lodi Kings to the buildings of British India's imperial past like the Parliament House and the Presidential Estate. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi Tour
After breakfast proceed on a tour of Old Delhi, visit the Red Fort, Raj Ghat - a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Ashoka Pillar and the mile-long Chandni Chowk bazaar. Later tour New Delhi, drive along Rajpath the capital’s broadest avenue, for a view of the Parliament House, the President’s House and India Gate. Visit the Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and Birla Temple. Evening is at leisure. Overnight stay at Delhi.
Day 03: Drive Delhi - Mandawa (05 hrs)
Arrive in Delhi drive to Mandawa - a compact little town which, was settled in the 18th century. Fortified by the dominant merchant families, Mandawa houses some of the finest painted havelis in the region and the fort, dating back to 1760. On arrival check in. Later proceed on sightseeing tour, visit the most famous Bansidhar Newalia Haveli built in 1910 which has some curious paintings on its walls. The Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, built in 1870 is also one of the finest in the region and has some of superb murals. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Mandawa.
Day 04: Drive Mandawa - Bikaner (05 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive from mandawa to Bikaner - tucked away in the desert of western Rajasthan and characterized by its beautiful sandstone architecture. Frequented by the legendary caravans that strung out across the desert of West Asia & Africa. Upon arrival check in. Later tour the “Junagarh Fort” built between 1588 and 1593 built by Raja Jai Singh who was a general in the army of the Mughal emperor, Akbar. The fort has a 986 meter long wall with 37 bastions and 2 entrances, it is famous for the super quality of stone carvings. Visit the fascinating “Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok, an incarnation of the goddess Durga. The huge silver gate and marble carvings donated by Maharaja Ganga Singh, lead you into the sea of swarming rodents who are considered auspicious. Devotees throng this temple to make offerings to the rats. Other places of interest include the famous camel breeding farm just outside the town. Overnight at Bikaner.
Day 05: Drive Bikaner - Jaisalmer (05 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel later drive to the Golden City of Jaisalmer - awaits you with desert fortress whose stone ramparts glint like gold by the setting sun. A city that is unrivalled in its magic, romance & exotic beauty. Upon arrival check in. Overnight at Jaisalmer.
Day 06: Tour Jaisalmer
Morning breakfast at hotel later proceed for city tour of Jaisalmer Fort, built in 1156 by Rawal Jaisal, the fort crowns 80 meter high on the Trikuta hill. Still inhabited, there are palaces and bazaars with in the fort walls, which have 99 bastions around the circumference. Also visit the Havelis, wealthy merchants built these exquisite havelis with profusely carved stone facades. The famous ones are the Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli and Nathmal ki Haveli. Post lunch proceed to the Sam Sand Dunes, experience a camel safari and gaze the sunset overlooking the golden sands. The ripples on the wind-caressed dunes and the numerous musicians and dancers are a photographer’s delight. Overnight at Jaisalmer.
Day 07: Drive Jaisalmer to Jodhpur (04 hrs)
This morning after breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Jodhpur. Stop en route and tour the beautifully sculpted 15th century Jain temples of Ranakpur. Continue your drive to the Jodhpur city tour. Proceed on tour of Meherangarh Fort with its graceful palaces, a spectacular setting for the rich past and culture of the imperial city. Jaswant Thada - a white marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant II in 1899. Umaid Bhawan Palace - made of marble and pink sandstone, the construction of the Umaid Bhawan started in 1929 and it took 16 years to complete it. It is believed that the palace was constructed to give employment to the famine-struck population. Overnight at Jodhpur.
Day 08: Drive Jodhpur to Udaipur via Kumbalgarh (6 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Udaipur. Arrive Udaipur-an enchanting and enthralling place of limpid lakes, verdant forests, palaces, and gardens, temples, aesthetically surrounded by the Aravalli hills. Founded in 1559 AD by Maharaja Uday Singh, this is popularly known as the City of Lakes and also as the Venice of the east. Moreover, this is well eminent for the performing arts, crafts, and miniature paintings throughout India. Enroute visit Kumbhalgarh fort-The majestic fort of Kumbhalgarh, situated at a distance of eighty four kilometers to the north of the 'City of Lakes', is perhaps one of the most spectacular sites that adorns the history laden landscape of Udaipur. A testimony to the ingenuity of the legendary Maha rana Kumbha. Continue drive to Udaipur, arrive and Checkin, Overnight stay at Udaipur.
Day 09: Udaipur City Tour
Morning after breakfast tour to City Palace, at this complex one will marvel at the rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, windows with colored glass, inlaid marble balconies and the peacock courtyard. Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-bari gardens, the Jagdish temple and the local museum. In the afternoon, enjoy a motor launch cruise on the placid waters of the beautiful lake Pichola, enlarged by Maharana Udai Singh after he founded the city. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. You can also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - which is a lovely island palace in the middle of the lake. Overnight at Udaipur.
Day 10: Drive from Udaipur – Ranakpur (02 hrs) – Deogarh (02 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Deogarh enroute visit Ranakpur temples - Visit to the beautifully sculpted of the 15th century Jain temples of Ranakpur, its 29 halls are supported by 1444 pillars, none of which are alike. The temple abounds with intricate friezes and sculptures, later continue drive to Deogarh, Visit Deogarh palace, Arrive & check-in overnight stay at Deogarh.
Day 11: Drive Deogarh – Pushkar (03 hrs) & Pushkar City Tour
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Pushkar, Continue with city tour visit- - Pushkar Lake- It gains importance among spiritual travelers who aim to have a holy dip in the lake, which is considered a holy place and the King of ‘Trithas’. Man Mahal- Man Mahal is a magnificent palace that was constructed by Raja Man Singh of Amber. It is situated on the eastern side of Sarovar. The palace flaunts the uniqueness of Rajasthani style of architecture. It is now used as a tourist bungalow and it is under the control of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation. Brahma Temple- Those who follow Hinduism believe that Lord Brahma is the Creator and worship him. In spite of the importance attached to Lord Brahma, there are only three temples for him all over the world and only one in India. Pushkar gains additional importance as Brahma Temple is seen here. Arrive & checkin, overnight stay at Pushkar.
Day 12: Puskar – Jaipur (03 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Jaipur- The capital city of the state of Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’ of the terra-cotta-colored lime plaster that coats the old part of the city's walls, buildings, and temples. Arrive and check in. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 13: Jaipur city tour
After breakfast, proceed for an excursion to Amber Fort - the original Palace was built by Raja Mansingh and later additions were made by Sawai Jai Singh. One of the finest example of Rajput architecture. Enjoy the ascent to the Palace on the back of a brightly caparisoned elephant. Visit the multiple chambers and hallways of the palace which are famous for their design and decorations. Afternoon, proceed for a city tour to visit the unique Jantar Mantar, which is a magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728 and drive past the Hawa Mahal, an intriguing “Palace of Winds”. This was really a facade built in 1799, to allow royal ladies to view the city from the windows. Later visit the opulent City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style which has grand museums displaying an excellent collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 14: Drive from Jaipur to Agra via Fathepur Sikri (5 hrs)
After Breakfast drive to Agra. Enroute visiting Emperor Akbar's 16th century abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Later continue drive to Agra on arrival check into the hotel. Evening free for leisure. Overnight at Agra.
Day 15: Agra tour
By sunrise visit the world famous Taj Mahal (closed on Fri's) - one of the seven wonders of the world, a mausoleum built by Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later proceed for visit to Agra Fort - The high red sandstone ramparts of this great monument stretch for almost 2.5 km, dominating a bend in the river Yamuna, northwest of the Taj Mahal. The foundation of this majestic citadel was laid by the Emperor Akbar, and it developed as a stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Afternoon drive to Delhi, arrive and checkin, overnight stay at Delhi.
Day 16: Drive from Agra to Delhi (4 hrs)
After Breakfast drive from Agra to Delhi proceed to the Airport for your onward travel.