Rajasthanis a world in itself. The sights and sounds of the old era,the historic places which tell a royal tale, the lakes, exquisite gardens, forts and palace all come together to create wonder. So while in Rajasthan make sure to catch a glimpse of all the royal charms and visual splendour the state has to offer. Etching and drawings by Europeans show a great fondness for the Rajputs, depicted here as warriors who carry their everyday arms with a relaxed insouciance, while the parted beard and proud countenance of a Rajput noble is captured with great dignity
Duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days
Destination Covered : Delhi - Mandawa - Pushkar - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Mt. Abu - Udaipur - Kota - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
Upon arrival at Delhi 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 visit Qutab Minar India Gate, Rajghat and Shanti Vana the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Drive past Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Parliament street and President House.overnight at hotel.
DAY 02 : DELHI - MANDAWA (BY ROAD) 260 KMS 6 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast we leave for 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 - PUSHKAR (BY ROAD) 310 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast we drive towards 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.Overnight at Hotel .
DAY 04 : PUSHKAR
Full day sightseeing tour Pushkar visiting Temples and Ghats . Overnight at Hotel .
DAY 05 : PUSHKAR - JODHPUR (BY ROAD) 222KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
After Breakfast we drive towards Jodhpur - including visits to interesting Hindu and Jain Temples at Osiyan . Jodhpur the gateway to the Thar desert , the city is known for its striking forts, stately palaces and gracious building. Arrive Jodhpur , The second largest city in Rajasthan, standing on the edge of the Thar Desert . The old city was founded by Rao Jodha, its walls with seven gates and countless bastions and towers were built by Rao Maldeo in the 16th Century when Jodhpur was a booming trading town. Jodhpur is called the " Blue City " for the characteristic plea indigo color of its traditional homes. Overnight at Hotel .
DAY 06 : JODHPUR
There are many great fortresses throughout Rajasthan, but non compare with the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, built atop a 400 ft. promontory. Within this invisible citadel are magnificent palaces with marvelously carved panels, latticed windows and evocative names.These palaces houses a fabulous collection of possessions of Indian royalty, including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. Below the fort, visit the Jaswant Thada, a graceful marble cenotaph built 1899 for Mahrajaha Jaswant Singh II, and monuments to other Maharajahs of Jodhpur. Proceed into the heart of the bazaars for a view of local artisans at work as well as locals shopping of their wares. Later part of the day, set out on a fascinating drive to Rohetgarh, a neighboring royal village.Overnight at the hotel
DAY 07 : JODHPUR - RANAKPUR (BY ROAD) 190 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
After Breakfast Today we drive towards 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. Overnight at hotel .
DAY 08 : RANAKPUR - MT. ABU (BY ROAD) 188 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast we leave for Mt . Abu . Mt Abu is Rajasthan's only hill station.Sprawling along a 1200 m high plateau, Mt Abu stretches for about 22 Km.For years the Maharajas and the Princes escaped to this hill resort to escape the sweltering summers of the dusty desert.Here we also visit the famous Dilwara group of Jain temples - one of the finest examples of Jain architecture in India. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 09 : MT. ABU - UDAIPUR (BY ROAD) 185 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast 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 10 : 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 11 : UDAIPUR - KOTA (BY ROAD) 290 KMS 6 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast we continue our drive to Kota . Upon arrival check in at Hotel . Afternoon sightseeing tour of kota . Overnight at Hotel .
DAY 12 : KOTA - JAIPUR (BY ROAD) 242 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
After Breakfast Today we 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 the ladies of the royal household to watch everyday life.
DAY 13 : JAIPUR
The capital of Rajasthan is the most colourful city in India . Today morning we 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. Afternoon is spent visit the local bazaar. 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.
DAY 14 : JAIPUR - AGRA ( BY ROAD) VIA FATEHPUR SIKIRI AND BHARATPUR 232 KMS - 5 Hrs
This morning travel to Bharatpur for a tour of the world famous bird sanctuary here. The reserve bosts of river 300 species of resident and migratory birds. From here we drive to the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri ( ghost capital) for a tour of the magnificent and world heritage buildings still in a state of perfect preservation. We continue our journey for Agra and upon arrival check into hotel.
DAY 15 : AGRA - DELHI (BY ROAD) 210 KMS 4 HOURS
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 then checkinto our Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 16 : DEPART DELHI
Transfer to Airport o board flight for onward Journey.