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BEST OF RAJASTHAN

11 NIGHTS / 12 DAYS

DELHI-AGRA-FATEHPUR SIKRI-ABHANERI–JAIPUR-UDAIPUR-RANAKPUR-JODHPUR-JAISALMER

  • DAY 01 : DELHI
    Arrival at Delhi airport. You will be welcomed at the IGI airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel in a private chauffeur driven car/coach. Quickly fulfill the formalities of arrival and check–in  at the hotel (at 1200 hours) and start your exploration of India with a city tour of Old Delhi.Our first pitstop is Jama Masjid, built in 1650, it is one of the largest mosques in Asia. Enjoy rickshaw ride in the narrow lanes and alleys of the ancient bazaar of Chandni Chowk. Visit the majestic Red Fort, a huge complex built of red sandstone, the capital of Mughal Empire in India for two centuries. Lets not call it a day yet as we continue our drive to Raj Ghat and pay homage to Mahatama Gandhi, the father of our nation. This completes the visit to Old Delhi and begins our tour of New Delhi. On your way to Qutub Minar, you drive past the 16th century Humayun’s Tomb. Qutub Minar is one of the tallest towers of the 12th century built in Persian architecture style. Before returning to hotel we take a bus tour of the India Gate, Parliament Buildings and President House and finally returns to hotel for overnight stay.
  • DAY 02 : DELHI – AGRA (200 KM, 4/5 HOURS)
    In the morning, depart for Agra, once Capital of Mughal Empire. After reaching Agra, we visit Sikandra, the tomb of great Akbar. This is made of red sandstone with fine inlay work of marble. After visit of Sikandra, check–in  at the hotel. Later we continue tour of Agra visiting Agra Fort which had been the seat of power of the Mughal dynasty for many centuries. The huge awe–inspiring facades of the fort are a symbol of strength, power and resilience of the might empire. The view of Taj Mahal from the fort is also unforgettable. Now it is time to visit one of the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World, “Taj Mahal.” It is a mausoleum built by Shah Jahan for his beloved Mumtaz Mahal. It took no less than 22 years to build this architectural wonder and was finally completed in the year 1653. The interiors of Taj Mahal are adorned with highest quality inlay work incorporating semi–precious stones. Taj Mahal is undoubtedly a treat to your eyes and spectacle to watch. After city tour of Agra, return to hotel for overnight stay.
  • DAY 03 : AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI – ABHANERI – JAIPUR (265 KM, 6 HOURS)
    After breakfast, get ready to depart for Jaipur. Stop en–route and visit Fatehpur Sikri, the best preserved Mughal Palace city in India which was built by Akbar in 16th century. He used the best craftsmen in the country to build the city but unfortunately had to abandon it a few years later after the water system failed. Continue drive towards Jaipur and next stop is Abhaneri village where you will visit Chand Baori, an ancient hidden stepwell. The step wells are unique in this part of the world and were used for storage of water by rainwater harvesting. They also served as pools for ritual cleansing before entering a temple. After visit of Chand Baori, proceed to Jaipur and check–in  at the hotel for overnight stay.
  • DAY 04 : JAIPUR
    In the morning, we go for excursion to Amer Fort which is perched on a hill. The architecture of the fort is a unique blend of Rajput and Hindu style. Amer is the former citadel of Kachwahas of Amer who had ruled the city. It is a thrilling climb to the fort as its done sitting on an elephant’s back. The Fort is known for cobblestoned pathways with enormous fortification. There are beautiful buildings inside the fort including Sheesh Mahal (palace of glass), Jai Mandir and Sukh Niwas. The afternoon has been kept free for you to explore the pink city bazaar for shopping or just to take a leisurely walk. Overnight stay.
  • DAY 05 : JAIPUR – UDAIPUR ( BY FLIGHT)
    Transfer to Jaipur airport to catch flight for Udaipur. Arrival at Udaipur airport where you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Udaipur is one of the best examples of royal grandeur and also known as Venice of the East. Udaipur city was capital in the Mewar region. It was built after the ruler of Chittorgarh retreated when almost invincible fort at Chittorgarh, former Capital of Marwar, was captured by the Mughal emperor Akbar. In the afternoon, you will be driven to Lake Pichola for a sunset cruise which lasts almost one hour. This is a very scenic lake and you will be able to see various historical buildings along its shore. You can marvel at City Palace and mansions of nobles known as havelis and 17th–century Jagmandir Island Palace. It is really breath–taking to enjoy beautiful sunset in surroundings of the mountains. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
  • DAY 06 : UDAIPUR
    We shall start our tour of Udaipur city in the morning with visit of City Palace which took three centuries to complete the construction incorporating brilliant ideas of architecture. The Palace is a big complex of joining buildings. The rooms feature typical Rajput architecture with decorated mirrors, glassware and magnificent frescoes. There is also a Museum which displays how Udaipur city was founded by Raja Uday Singh and later developed by other Maharajas in form of paintings. We shall next visit Jagdish temple which is adjacent to City and a steep staircase takes us there. The entrance of the temple is greeted by two elephants. The stone art work and intricate carving on the walls is remarkable. We shall now drive to Saheliyon Ki Bari Gardens which is the most beautiful garden in the city. It was built for princess and her forty eight maids who has come to Udaipur along with her as part of her dowry. The wonderful lay out of the garden is a treat to your eyes.In the afternoon we shall go for an excursion to Eklingi and Nagda. Eklingji is a very famous and sacred Hindu Temple. It was constructed in 9th century by Guhila dynasty of Mewar. The final visit of the day is Nagda, which was founded by Nagaditya, the fourth Mewar King, in the 6th century. Nagda is famous for 10th century Sas–Bahu Temple to hotel for overnight stay.
  • DAY 07 : UDAIPUR – RANAKPUR – JODHPUR (280 KM, 6 HOURS)
    In the morning, we shall leave for Jodhpur and en–route stop to visit Ranakpur.The Jain temples at Ranakpur are dedicated to Adinath, the first tirthankara of Jains. The temples are very sacred and must visit for followers of Jain religion. But it is not only religious significance but the temples are also known for intricate carving on stone. The most interesting feature is that there are no less than 1400 pillars in the temple and none of the pillars is similar to each other as these are all carved in a different pattern. The domes of the temple are also richly decorated. We now continue our drive to Jodhpur. The city is also known as gateway to Thar desert and the blue city as most of the houses in the old Jodhpur are painted in blue color. This crowded desert city flutters with beauty, warmth and romance. A visit to Jodhpur is a romantic journey into the past with forts, palaces, temples, culture, tradition, spices, fabric, color, and flourishing handicrafts. Arrive at Jodhpur and check–in  at hotel for overnight stay.
  • DAY 08 : JODHPUR
    Morning, we go for city tour of Jodhpur. The city is also known as the blue city as most of the houses are painted in blue. A visit to the city is a an experience which will last a life time it takes you into the past with its fort, palaces, monuments, temples, tradition and handicrafts. We first visit Mehrangarh Fort which stands a hundred feet above a cliff and dominates skyline of Jodhpur. It is made of red sand stone and looks invincible and impressive. It is so huge that Rudyard Kipling called it “the work of giants”. It is definitely one of the best preserved forts in Rajasthan.  The Palaces within the fort are known for intricate carvings and courtyards. There is a good collection of musical instruments, royal costumes, royal palanquins, and cannons. We also visit Jaswant Thada which is beautifully set against the hilly background and glistening lake.  The tour continues to visit beautiful Mandore gardens, located 9 Km away from the city. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
  • DAY 09 : JODHPUR – JAISALMER (310 KM, 6 HOURS)
    In the morning, we depart for Jaisalmer which is an architectural dream, situated amidst the lonely yellow silence of the desert. Popularly known as the Golden city, Jaisalmer was founded by Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king. Jaisalmer is known for its elaborately carved havelis and 12th century fort. The golden city is scattered over the desert land of Rajasthan and is a combination of ancient and the medieval era architecture. Overnight stay.
  • DAY 10 : JAISALMER
    After breakfast, we explore golden city and start with our visit to Jaisalmer Fort which is one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan. The fort is made of yellow sandstone and it is a massive structure in the desert town. The architecture of fort is an amalgamation of Rajput and Islamic style. This is undoubtedly a breath–taking sight to watch as it appears to rise from the arid sands of Thar. The fort is actually still alive with people still abiding within its walls.The fort complex consists of a palace and numerous beautiful Jain temples. Nearby is Patwon ki Haveli, one of the largest havelis in Rajasthan. It is a group of five small havelis with beautiful intricate carvings on the windows. Even today, you can sense the old world charm and royalty of these havelis. We will also visit Nathmal ki Haveli which gives visitors a glimpse of Marwari community lifestyle. The carvings on the walls are a visual treat to the eyes. Later in the afternoon, get ready for an excursion to the sand dunes, few kilometres away from Jaisalmer City. Enjoy the sun set across the horizons of never ending sand dunes on the back of a camel in the desert. It is now time to return to the hotel for overnight stay.
  • DAY 11 : JAISALMER – JODHPUR – DELHI ( BY FLIGHT)
    After breakfast drive to Jodhpur airport to catch flight for Delhi. Arrival at Delhi airport and you will be transferred to your hotel. We shall provide you a car/van with driver at Delhi airport for visiting Delhi on your own or last minute shopping. Overnight stay.
  • DAY 12 : DELHI
    Transfer to Delhi airport to catch your flight for onwards destination.
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