Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Places Covered :Delhi - Mandawa- Bikaner - Phalodi- Jaisalmer - Jodhpur- Udaipur - Chittorgarh- Pushkar - Jaipur- Bharatpur - Fatehpursikiri-Agra- Delhi
DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
Upon arrival at International Airport you are met and transferred to your prebooked Hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel you are received with a traditional welcome of TIKKA and ARTI. Afternoon Explore the City Frist we visit Old Delhi, built in the 17th century by Shah Jehan the Magnificent (who also built the Taj Mahal). First we will be visiting the famous Jama Masjid mosque with its 9,000 sq. ft. courtyard, three domes and two minarets, and then proceed to the massive complex known as the Red Fort. And later we'll visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple, a Spectacular structure that's just 60 years old , and then proceed via India Gate and the Governmental building to Qutab Minar, the 240 foot tower built in 1190 to commemorate the arrival of Islam in India, the Bahai Temple with its nine pools on an elevated platform, Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 02 : DELHI - MANDAWA BY ROAD 260 KMS 6 HOURS
After breakfast we continue our drive towards Mandawa the heart of the Thar Desert which used to be a medieval Indian trade city and still has beautifully preserved houses of medieval Indian traders in typical Rajput style - wooden doors, bamboo thatched roofs, mud plastered walls and floor and ethnic decor etc. Overnight at Hotel .
DAY 03 : MANDAWA - BIKANER BY ROAD 200 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast continue drive towards Bikaner . The drive is through desert country, with scanty vegetation. Upon arrival checkin to the Hotel. The endless monotony of the desert is broken by the fort and palaces of Bikaner.The city's deity is Karni Mata.The temple dedicated to her provides sanctuary to mice in the belief that those who serve the goddess are reborn as mice. Other places of interest are the Junagarh Fort and the Lalgarh Palace and evening visit Local markets etc . Overnight at Hotel .
DAY 04 : BIKANER - PHALODI BY ROAD 150 KMS 3 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast drive to Phalodi ,for the bird watching enthusiasts, a happy little discovery is an ancient desert town by the quaint name Phalodi. Equidistant from the more famed cities of Rajasthan, Phalodi is an ideal place to visit and camp. The Phalodi landscape is dotted with grand red and white sandstone havelis, each a work of art by itself. These havelis loom up from the road, secluded by jharokhas and jaalis with thick wooden doors embellished with ivory and brass, stirring images of the 18TH century architecture. Upon arrival check in at Hotel . Afternoon sightseeing and birdwatching tour. overnight at Hotel .
DAY 05: PHALODI - JAISALMER BY ROAD 165 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast today drive towards Jaisalmer.A fascinating city rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage. The commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands in some splendor, dominating the amber - hued city. A visit to Jaisalmer is a must for any traveller to Rajasthan. Today visit the awesome Jaisalmer Fort, housing the entire township within its ramparts. Lovely havelis dot the enchanting network of narrow lanes. Among the sights you'll visit : Nathmalji - Ki- Haveli and Patwaon ki Haveli, three beautifully sculptured Jain temples built between the 12th and 13th Centuries; and five interconnected palaces. The fort is approached through four gateways - Akhaiya Pol, Ganesh Pol, Suraj Poland Hawa Pol. Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 06: JAISALMER -CAMEL SAFARI
Morning proceed for a Came safari on Sand dunes . Camel Safari is one of the unique way to explore small villages in Rajasthan. Camel Safaris at the top of this ship of the desert is most exciting and soft adventure. Riding a camel is not easy as people consider. It is neither a great test for endurance. It is a great experience to explore The Thar - a vibrantly, living, desert, very colourful and hospitable. Overnight on tented accommodation.
DAY 07: JAISALMER - JODHPUR BY ROAD 330 KMS 8 HOURS DRIVE
After an early breakfast drive to Jodhpur, The former capital of Marwar state was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, Mehrangarh Fort spreading over 5 km on a perpendicular hill and looking down 125 metre, the fort appears rugged and impenetrable from the outside but houses some of the most intricately adorned palaces with exquisitely carved panels and latticed windows, Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal are some of the important areas to visit A collection of royal cenotaphs, built in while marble, lies very close to the fort. Built in 1899, the cenotaph also houses portraits of rulers of Jodhpur.Afternoon city tour of Jodhpur.Overnight at Hotel .
DAY 08: JODHPUR- UDAIPUR VIA RANAKPUR 260 KMS 6 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive to Udaipur via Ranakpur Here we visit the famous Ranakpur Temple Complex, one of the biggest and most important cluster of Jain Temple in India. Nestled in the Aravalli Range.The Chaumukha temple , or Four Faced Temple is the main temple in the complex and dates back to the 15th century.Built in marble , the temple has 29 halls supported by more than 1400 pillars, no two of which are alike. After visiting we continue our drive to Udaipur and upon arrival checkinto at hotel. Evening we take a boat ride on the Lake Pichola. Overnight at the Hotel
DAY 09: UDAIPUR
Built along three lakes and ringed by green hills, Udaipur (pop, 366.000) is known as the 'Venice of the East' The City's palaces, gardens, ghats, temples and painted houses match the beauty of the setting. This morning we'll visit the towering City Palace, the largest in Rajasthan, and the Saheliyon ki Bari ( Garden of the Maidens.) Once for bidden to all but he queen and her ladies.From here we visit the e superb Jagdish Temple noted for its elephant - motif carvings The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 10: UDAIPUR - CHITTORGARH BY ROAD 115 KMS 3 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast drive to Chittorgarh It was given to Bappa Rawal, the legendary founder of the Sisodia dynasty, as part of the dowry of the last Solanki princess in the middle of the 8th century AD. The town of Chittorgarh extends over a 7-mile long hill spanning 700 acres of area. The tour of the Chittorgarh Fort is remarkable as there are several interesting buildings within it. The Vijay Stambha or the Victory Tower is a 37 m high structure with 9 storeys. The sculptures on the tower represent deities of Hindu pantheon and stories from Epic literatures-Ramayana and Mahabharata. The Kirti Stambha, 22 m high tower id dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankara. Decorated with deities of Jain pantheon, the tower was built by a wealthy Jain merchant. Overnight at Hotel
DAY 11: CHITTORGARH - BUNDI BY ROAD 121 KMS 3 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive to Bundi.Upon arrival check in at Hotel.Bundi is identified for 50 striking step wells or Baoris and tanks which marked the town's streets and by lanes. With attractive monuments including several impressive medieval forts, palaces, 'havelis', temples and 'Chhatris' with elegantly carved pillars and picturesque lake in the heart of the town, Bundi, makes itself a major traveler's halt. Bundi is famous for its monuments and particularly the forts, which preserves the glorious legacy of the former Rajput rulers. The Taragarh fort, prime means of attraction of Bundi, built in 1354, with its imposing structure of stone, is situated on a steep hill. It has enormous fortifications and ramparts. The Nagar Sagar Kund, a pair of identical, step wells is near Raniji-ki-Baoli, in the magnetism of the town, Bundi. Nawal Sagar, the artificial lake near the palace is an excellent tourist rest which is designed with a shrine at the center of the lake. Dhabhai Kund and Bhora-ji-ka- Kunda is other waterworks worth visiting in Bundi . Overnight at Hotel .
DAY 12: BUNDI - PUSHKAR BY ROAD 173 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
After an early breakfast we continue our drive to Pushkar - a quiet little town ,on the edge of a small and beautiful lake in eastern Rajasthan. A city of 500 temples and 52 bathing ghats. Pushkar prides itself on being the site of the only temple of the Hindu God of Creation , BRAHMA and is therefore believed to be the centre of the creation of the world. Afternoon is spent visiting the ghats and the temples. Overnight at the Hotel .
DAY13 : PUSHKAR - JAIPUR BY ROAD 120 KMS 3 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast today drive towards Jaipur popularly known as the Pink City, was built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Designed in accordance with Shilp Shastra - an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture - Jaipur follows a grid system. Upon arrival check in your Hotel. Afternoon - tour of City Palace and Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The Palace of winds - a five storied structure of pink sandstone has semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was originally built to enable ladies of the royal household to watch everyday life. In the evening, we visit Chokhi Dhani where an ethnic village atmosphere is recreated each evening with thousands of oil lamps, folk dancers, arobats, snake charmers, puppeteers etc. Overnight at the Hotel
DAY14: JAIPUR - BHARATPUR - FATEHPURSIKIRI-AGRA 232KMS 5 HOURS
Today morning visit the Amber Fort in the Aravali Hills, which is a super example of Rajput (Medieval Hindu) style architecture. A slow elephant ride takes us to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings and later drive to Agra via Bharatpur birds sanctuary and Fatehpur sikiri.Overnight at hotel.
DAY 15: AGRA - DELHI BY ROAD 210 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
Agra was the capital of India under the Moghuls in the 16th and 17th centuries. This morning we see the exquisite tomb of the emperor Jehangir's chief minister and father- in - law, often called the 'BABY TAJ' because its design foreshadows the Taj Mahal,. Then we tour Agra's Red Fort, built over three generations by the moghul emperors. Following an afternoon free, we go at sunset to see the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum built by a sorrowing Shah Jehan in memory of his young wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Building's stupendous scale, flawless symmetry, translucent white marble and shimmering reflection in the water channel are truly breathtaking. After visiting the Agra city we leave for Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi we go for a farewell Dinner at Good Restaurant and To airport in time to catch the flight to Onward destination.