In no other desert of the world is the void so richly colored, the mosaic so splendidly peopled, as in Rajasthan as a state in western India that has come to symbolic. Rajasthan divides into the hilly and rugged southeastern region and the barren north-western Thar Desert, which extends across the border into Pakistan. There are plenty of historic cities, incredible fortresses awash with legends, and rare gems of impressionistic beauty. The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of the sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. Local color and warmth prevail over the inhospitable and forbidding terrain, imbuing the medieval town with a magical hue. One of the main attractions is the imposing 12th century Jaisalmer Fort.
Duration : 15 Night / 16 Days
Destination Covered : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Pushkar - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Mandawa - Delhi
DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
Upon arrival at International Airport. Traditional welcome & Transfer To Hotel. Afternoon half-day tour of New Delhi Visiting Qutab Minar, Humayun Tomb, India Gate, Parliament street, etc. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 02 : DELHI
Morning half day city tour of Old Delhi Visting Jama Masjid, Red Fort, and Chandni Chowk, etc. Afternoon Leisure & free for shopping, etc. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 03 : DELHI - AGRA (BY ROAD) 210 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast, drives towards Agra & visit the magnificent Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. The 20,000 men labored for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. Later visit the Red fort. The rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna. The construction started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 04 : AGRA - JAIPUR (BY ROAD) 232 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast, continues our drive towards Jaipur en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri - a perfectly preserved red sandstone the Ghost Town, which was the estranged capital of Mughal emperor Akbar, built-in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. Arrive in Jaipur upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 05 : JAIPUR
After breakfast, visits the majestic Amber Fort in Jaipur. Ride up on Elephants to the former capital of the royals set against the backdrop of the wooded hills & transfer to the Hotel. Later visit the Palace of Winds, also known as Hawa Mahal, this elaborate building, now little more than a facade is encrusted with delicate screen sand carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneak views of the outside world. Past, present, and future merge at Jai Singh observatory, where time has been measured accurately since the 17th century. Evening enjoys dinner at Chokhi Dani (an ethnic village resort) where you will have an idea of the village life of Rajasthan. You will also enjoy various traditional Rajasthani dances, puppet shows, and various other activities. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 06 : JAIPUR - PUSHKAR (BY ROAD) 120 KMS 2 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 center of the creation of the world. In the afternoon, visiting the ghats and the temples. Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 07 : PUSHKAR - UDAIPUR (BY ROAD) 280 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive to Udaipur - an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 08 : UDAIPUR
Built along three lakes and ringed by green hills, Udaipur (pop, 366.000) is known as the Venice of the East. Its palaces, gardens, ghats, temples, and painted houses match the beauty of the setting. This morning, visit the towering City Palace, the largest in Rajasthan, and the Saheliyon ki Bari ( Garden of the Maidens.) Once forbidden to all but the 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 09 : UDAIPUR - JODHPUR (BY ROAD) 260 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
Drive for Jodhpur after breakfast. On arrival, check-in at the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 10 : JODHPUR
Morning city sightseeing tour. Jodhpur, a stronghold of the fierce Rathore clan, was founded in 1459 by Prince Jodha. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill. Within the fort, visit Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph, built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II around 1899, and Umaid Public gardens. Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 11 : JODHPUR - JAISALMER (BY ROAD) 330 KMS 8 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive to Jaisalmer, on arrival check-in at the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 12 : JAISALMER
Morning city sightseeing tour. Throbbing in the heart of the Thar, the burnished sandstone, is an intricately molded wonderland in place of barren land, today stands a city of gilded magic. The origins of Jaisalmer go back to the 12th century when Rawal Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Ludarwa and laid the foundation of a new city. Visit the magnificent fort the Patwon Ki Haveli ( Mansion) and Salim Singh Ki Haveli, whit their carved balconies and brackets, which are supreme examples of the art. Evening camel ride to visit Sam Dunes.
DAY 13 : JAISALMER - BIKANER (BY ROAD) 300 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive to Bikaner. On arrival, check-in at the Hotel. Afternoon city sightseeing tour. Bikaner got its name after its founder Rao Bikaji in 1488. But long before this, the city was a trade center on the caravan routes from Africa and West Asia. The Bikaner dominant features are rippling sands and abundant sunshine. It stands on an elevation, enclosed by a 7 Kms wall, you can enter from 5 gates. Bikaner City is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th-century fort housing old palaces, temples, and mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh the fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line of balconies, and aerial windows of varying designs. You can also visit Lallgarh Palace, the museum, Bhanda Sagar Jain, and Deshnoke Rat temple. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 14 : BIKANER - MANDAWA (BY ROAD) 200 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive to Mukandgarh/Mandava, on arrival check-in at the hotel. Afternoon visit Mukandgarh/Mandava, found in 1755 by Thakur Nawal Singh and still the home of his descendants, has beautiful frescoes, Havelis, and mansions. Mandawa castle is one of the finest castles in Rajasthan that is now a hotel and house of collection of armories, costumes of ancestors, canons from 1820 ancient coins, numismatic collection, and many other interesting items, preserved in a museum.
DAY 15 : MANDAWA - DELHI (BY ROAD) 260 KMS 6 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast we Drive back to Delhi . Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 16 : LEAVE DELHI
Transfer to the airport in time to catch the flight to the Onward destination.
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