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Rajasthan Desert Tour
Rajasthan desert tours present an exquisite collection of Havelis, crafted by affluent merchants of Jaisalmer, showcasing the city's impeccable beauty. To explore the romantic dunes and the barren Thar Desert, embarking on a camel safari is the ideal way. Serving as a pivotal point for ancient caravans in the Thar Desert, the city boasts of picturesque sunsets over the desert. Nestled in the depths of the Thar desert, Jodhpur is renowned as one of Rajasthan's three sculpted cities. This city serves as the commercial hub and gateway to the desert triangle while being one of the largest production and export centers of handicrafts. The state of Rajasthan in Western India is a symbol of unique beauty, with its hilly southeastern region and barren northwestern Thar Desert, adorned with historic cities, legendary fortresses, and rare gems of impressionistic beauty. Jaisalmer, known as the "Golden City," evokes a magical impression of the desert. Despite the hostile terrain, the town radiates local warmth and color. One of the major attractions is the majestic 12th-century Jaisalmer Fort.
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
Embark on a journey towards Agra after relishing a hearty breakfast, and marvel at the majestic Taj Mahal, which undoubtedly stands as the most opulent manifestation of love ever constructed and a part of the seven wonders of the world. Over 20,000 workers dedicated 17 long years to erect this befitting memorial for Shah Jahan's beloved wife. Subsequently, head towards the awe-inspiring Red Fort, standing rusted yet majestic in its red sandstone structure on the riverbanks of Yamuna. Commissioned by Emperor Akbar in 1566, the fort is a symbol of Mughal power and might. Conclude your day by retiring for the night at your hotel.
DAY 04 : AGRA - JAIPUR (BY ROAD) 232 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
Following breakfast, we will continue our journey towards Jaipur, making a stop en-route to explore Fatehpur Sikri. This stunning red sandstone Ghost Town is a perfectly preserved example of Mughal architecture, having served as the estranged capital of Emperor Akbar in 1569. Sadly, the town was eventually deserted when its water supply failed.
Upon arrival in Jaipur, we will check-in at our hotel and settle in for the evening. The city of Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, is a beautiful and historic destination renowned for its stunning palaces, forts, and temples. We look forward to exploring this fascinating city in the days to come. Overnight stay at hotel
DAY 05 : JAIPUR
After a delicious breakfast, the day begins with a visit to the majestic Amber Fort in Jaipur. To reach the former capital of the royals, set against the backdrop of the wooded hills, you will ride up on elephants, an experience that will leave you spellbound. Later, you will visit the Palace of Winds, also known as Hawa Mahal. The elaborate building, now mostly a facade, is adorned with delicate screens and carved balconies that the royal ladies once used to sneak views of the outside world while confined to their quarters. The Jai Singh Observatory is a unique attraction where past, present, and future merge. The observatory has been accurately measuring time since the 17th century. In the evening, you will enjoy dinner at Chokhi Dani, an ethnic village resort that offers a glimpse of Rajasthan's village life. Here, you will also witness various traditional Rajasthani dances, puppet shows, and other exciting activities. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
DAY 06 : JAIPUR - PUSHKAR (BY ROAD) 120 KMS 2 HOURS DRIVE
Following an early breakfast, we embark on our journey towards Pushkar, a charming and serene town located on the fringes of a picturesque lake in eastern Rajasthan. Known for its 500 temples and 52 bathing ghats, Pushkar is distinguished by its sole temple dedicated to the Hindu God of Creation, BRAHMA, which makes it a significant center of the world's creation, according to local beliefs. Upon arrival in Pushkar, we spend the afternoon exploring the ghats and temples before retiring for the night at the hotel.
DAY 07 : PUSHKAR - UDAIPUR (BY ROAD) 280 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE
After a refreshing morning breakfast, we proceed with our journey towards the enchanting city of Udaipur. Located in the heart of the desert state of Rajasthan, Udaipur is a breathtaking oasis that has enchanted visitors for centuries. As we arrive in this beautiful city, we check-in at our hotel and take some time to rest and freshen up.
Udaipur is often referred to as the "Venice of the East" due to its stunning lakes and picturesque palaces. It is a city that exudes romance, charm, and an old-world allure. The city is home to numerous palaces, temples, and gardens, all of which offer a glimpse into the rich history and culture of Rajasthan.
Overnight, we relax in the comfort of our hotel, eagerly anticipating the adventures and experiences that await us in this magical city.
DAY 08 : UDAIPUR
Nestled amidst green hills and built along three lakes, Udaipur is often referred to as the Venice of the East. The beauty of its palaces, gardens, ghats, temples, and painted houses is unparalleled. Begin your day by visiting the majestic City Palace, the largest palace in Rajasthan, and Saheliyon ki Bari, which was previously accessible only to the queen and her ladies. Next, explore the exquisite Jagdish Temple, renowned for its intricately carved elephant motifs.
The City Palace
is a massive complex located on the east bank of Lake Pichola, consisting of 11 palaces built by different rulers over several centuries. The palace is a fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, and it houses several museums, galleries, and exhibits that showcase the art, history, and culture of the region.
Saheliyon ki Bari,
also known as the Garden of the Maidens, is a picturesque garden built by Maharana Sangram Singh II in the mid-18th century. The garden features lush green lawns, marble fountains, and several pavilions, all adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures. It was once exclusively reserved for the queen and her entourage.
The Jagdish Temple
is a 17th-century Hindu temple located in the heart of the city. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in honor of Lord Vishnu and is renowned for its magnificent architecture and intricate carvings, particularly the stone elephants that flank the entrance. The temple is a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike.
The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. Spend a relaxing evening at the hotel.
DAY 09 : UDAIPUR - JODHPUR (BY ROAD) 260 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
Jodhpur is a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, known as the "Blue City" for the blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. The city is famous for its magnificent forts, palaces, and temples.
Upon arrival in Jodhpur, you can check-in at the hotel and relax for a while. In the evening, you can explore the local market and indulge in some shopping. Jodhpur is known for its handicrafts, including leather goods, textiles, and silverware. You can also try the local cuisine, which is famous for its spicy and flavorful dishes like dal bati churma, mawa kachori, and mirchi bada.
If time permits, you can also visit the Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India, located on a hilltop with stunning views of the city. The fort complex includes palaces, courtyards, and temples, all intricately designed and decorated. Another popular attraction is the Umaid Bhawan Palace, a magnificent palace built by the royal family in the 20th century, now partly converted into a hotel and museum.
Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 10 : JODHPUR
Morning city sightseeing tour. The city of Jodhpur, located in the desert state of Rajasthan, is known for its majestic forts and palaces that reflect the rich cultural heritage of the region. The Mehrangarh Fort is one of the most iconic attractions in Jodhpur, situated on a low sandstone hill overlooking the city. The fort complex houses several palaces, courtyards, and temples, including the Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace) and Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), which are known for their intricate carvings and stunning architecture.
Another popular attraction in Jodhpur is the Jaswant Thada, a marble cenotaph built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The monument is surrounded by beautiful gardens and offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Umaid Public gardens are also worth a visit, with their lush green lawns, colorful flowers, and well-manicured hedges. They offer a great opportunity to relax and unwind while enjoying the natural beauty of the area.
Overall, Jodhpur is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, architecture, and culture, with its stunning forts, palaces, and gardens providing a glimpse into the rich and vibrant past of Rajasthan.
DAY 11 : JODHPUR - JAISALMER (BY ROAD) 330 KMS 8 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive to Jaisalmer, Jaisalmer is a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, known as the "Golden City" due to the yellow sandstone used in its architecture. It is located in the Thar Desert and is famous for its magnificent forts, havelis, and camel safaris. Upon arrival in Jaisalmer, you will check-in at the hotel and spend the night there.
DAY 12 : JAISALMER
Morning city sightseeing tour. The city of Jaisalmer is a marvel of architecture and design, made entirely of burnished sandstone. The morning city sightseeing tour takes you through the intricately molded streets and buildings, where you'll witness the magic of the city. Jaisalmer's origins date back to the 12th century, when Rawal Jaisal laid the foundation of a new city, abandoning his old fort at Ludarwa. You'll visit the magnificent fort, which offers stunning views of the city and its surroundings, as well as Patwon Ki Haveli and Salim Singh Ki Haveli, two of the city's most impressive mansions. Both havelis feature intricately carved balconies and brackets that are considered supreme examples of the art.
In the evening, you'll take a camel ride to visit the Sam Dunes, located just outside the city. These stunning sand dunes offer a surreal landscape and are a popular spot for tourists visiting Jaisalmer. You'll be able to experience the desert scenery up close and watch the sunset over the dunes, making for a truly memorable experience.
DAY 13 : JAISALMER - BIKANER (BY ROAD) 300 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive to Bikaner. Upon arrival, check in at your pre-boked hotel. After fresehn up, go for sightseeing tour of Bikaner, Bikaner is a city located in the northwestern part of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was founded in 1488 by Rao Bikaji, and it has a rich history as a center for trade along the caravan routes from Africa and West Asia. The city is known for its rippling sands and abundant sunshine, and it is surrounded by a 7 km wall that can be entered from 5 gates.
During the afternoon city sightseeing tour, you can visit the Junagarh Fort, which was built in the 16th century 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 explore Lallgarh Palace, which was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in memory of his father, and now serves as a heritage hotel. Additionally, you can visit the museum inside the palace, which has a vast collection of ancient manuscripts, weapons, and paintings.
Another popular attraction in Bikaner is the Bhanda Sagar Jain temple, which is known for its exquisite carvings and intricate designs. You can also visit the Deshnoke Rat temple, which is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Karni Mata and is home to thousands of rats that are considered sacred.
After a day of sightseeing, you can return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
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, Mandawa, located in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, is known for its beautifully painted havelis (mansions) adorned with intricate frescoes depicting mythological and historical scenes. The town was founded in the 18th century and was an important trading center for silk and opium. Thakur Nawal Singh, the founder of Mandawa, built the famous Mandawa Castle in the 18th century, which now serves as a heritage hotel.
Visitors can explore the town's many havelis and mansions, including the Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, the Murmuria Haveli, and the Jhunjhunwala Haveli, each with their unique paintings and architecture. The Mandawa Castle Museum houses a vast collection of artifacts, including ancestral costumes, armaments, and antique coins, providing a glimpse into the rich history and culture of the region.
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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