[Delhi-02 – Agra-01 – Jaipur-02 – Pushkar-02 – Bikaner-01 – Jaisalmer-02 – Jodhpur-01 – Udaipur-02 ]
DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi. You will be met on arrival at the airport and chauffered to your hotel.
Delhi, India’s capital and political hub is an ancient city that has something for everyone. Settled seven times over the centuries, this city has grown in a way that reflects its past, while retaining its cosmopolitan flavor. Delhi is India’s showcase, be it architecture, religion, shopping, culture – everything is available here – waiting to be discovered.
DAY 02 EXPLORE DELHI
This morning you proceed for a full day city tour of Old & New Delhi. In Old Delhi, visit the Jama Masjid, – the largest mosque in India and drive past the magnificent Red Fort, – a marvel in red sandstone, built on the banks of River Yamuna by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and also through the bustling medieval market of Chandni Chowk. Visit the Raj Ghat (Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial) before continuing to New Delhi.
In the afternoon you continue visiting the 13th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand-carved for its entire height of 234ft. Visit the mausoleum of emperor Humayun – a forerunner of the Mughal style of architecture. Drive past the India Gate (World War I memorial), The Presidential Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat buildings – an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture. (B)
DAY 03: DRIVE 204kms, 03 ½ hrs TO AGRA
Depart by surface to Agra
Agra is renowned the world over due to the fabulous Taj Mahal and is situated on the right bank of the river Yamuna. Agra is a city with a glorious past and has the distinction of being the capital of various ruling dynasties.
This afternoon visit the Taj Mahal (CLOSED ON FRIDAY). Built by Emperor Shah Jehan in memory to his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal, this is the ultimate tribute to love ever transcribed in architecture. Later continue to visit the Red Fort. This high red stone monument from the 16th Century stretches for around 02½ kms. The palace is a notable for its smooth blending of Hindu and central Asian architectural styles. (B)
DAY 04: DRIVE 237 kms, 07hrs (including visit) TO JAIPUR VIA FATEHPUR SIKRI
Depart by surface to Jaipur enroute visiting the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri.
Situated about 33kms from Agra, this was the erstwhile capital of the great Mughal ruler – Emperor Akbar. This magnificent fort palace had to be abandoned after just 15 years of occupation due to lack of potable water.
Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City, was founded in 1727 AD by one of the greatest rulers of the Kachhawaha Dynasty – the astronomer King Sawai Jai Singh. It is the capital of the colorful state of Rajasthan and a jewel which forms one point of the golden triangle.
Rest of the day is at leisure to relax at the hotel. (B)
DAY 05 EXPLORE ROYAL JAIPUR
This morning, proceed to Amber Fort which is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace, with its rugged, time-ravaged walls and fascinating palaces inside. On your way there stop at Hawa Mahal – Palace of Winds for a brief stop for photographs and as it is in the heart of Jaipur’s shopping district, to buy souvenirs.
In the afternoon visit the Maharaja’s Palace, the former residence of the royal family, a part of which is converted into a museum. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the old city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the Armory Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. (B)
DAY 06 DRIVE 160kms, 03½ hrs TO PUSHKAR
Depart by surface to Pushkar.
On the edge of the desert lies the tiny tranquil town of Pushkar along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake. This important Hindu pilgrimage has the only temple of Lord Brahma (“The Creator” in the Hindu Trinity of Gods) in the country and one of the few in the world.
Pushkar became famous due to its Camel Fair the largest in India. November – the month of Kartik brings Pushkar alive, as it is then that cattle traders from all over Rajasthan and neighboring states converge here to buy and sell camels, horses, donkeys, bulls, etc. (L, D)
DAY 07 EXPLORE THE RUSTIC PUSHKAR
Full day is at leisure to relax at the resort or explore the village of Pushkar and its temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. (B, L, D)
DAY 08: DRIVE 217kms, 04hrs TO BIKANER
Depart by surface to Bikaner.
Bikaner was founded in 1486 by Bika, one of the fourteen sons of Rao Jodha. More popularly called the camel country, Bikaner is renowned for the best riding camels in the world.
This afternoon, proceed for a guided tour of Bikaner city visiting the Junagarh Fort. This fort was built by Raja Rai Singhji, the sixth ruler of Bikaner, who ruled form 1571 to 1613 AD. (B)
DAY 09: DRIVE 326kms, 06 hrs TO JAISALMER
Depart by surface to Jaisalmer.
Founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D., the remote location of Jaisalmer kept it almost untouched by outside influences, even during the days of the Raj. Jaisalmer was the last to sign the Instrument of Agreement with the British. (B)
DAY 10 IN JAISALMER
This morning proceed for a city tour to visit the Jaisalmer Fort that stands about 100 meters over the city and in fact houses a citadel within its huge ramparts. Walking down the narrow cobbled stone lanes, one can feel the sheer magic of Jaisalmer. Also visit the famous intricately latticed Haveli with conspicuous facades. The noteworthy ones are Salim Singh Ki-Haveli, Patwon-Ki-Haveli and Nathmalji-Ki-Haveli.
Also visit the Gadisagar Tank, once the only source of water for this desert city.
Afternoon is at leisure to relax at the hotel. (B)
DAY 11 330kms, 06hrs JAISALMER – JODHPUR
Depart by surface to Jodhpur.
Settled in 1459 by Rao Jodha, this city has a history of war, romance and valor. With its imposing Mehrangarh Fort, that can be see from all parts of the city, to its broad streets, its signature blue white houses, Jodhpur still encompasses a bye-gone era. (B)
DAY 12 335kms, 08hrs (including visit) JODHPUR – UDAIPUR
After breakfast visit the impressive Mehrangarh Fort, which is set on a 37m sandstone hill built by Rao Jodha in 1459. From the top of the fort one can get a bird’s eye view of the old city to the Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph built in 1899 for Maharajah Jaswant Singh II, and smaller memorials to other Maharajahs of Jodhpur. At the end of the tour enjoy a short walk through the local and vibrant bazaar of Jodhpur.
Later continue by surface to Udaipur enroute visiting the Jain temples of Ranakpur.
Ranakpur, an incredible marble temple complex located 90 kms from Udaipur and one of India’s finest. The main temple in the complex is the Chaumukha (four-faced) temple, built in 1439. Its 29 halls are supported by 1444 pillars, no two of which are alike. Udaipur was founded in 1568, by Maharaja Udai Singh. As the capital of the old Mewar state, it was the only Rajput stronghold to uphold its Hindu allegiance in the face of Muslim invasion. From the late 16th century, peace brought about an era of renaissance in the arts and encouraged the building of beautiful Palaces around the Lake, which culminated in the City Palace, one of the largest Palace complexes in the world.
Rest of the day is at leisure to relax at the hotel. (B)
DAY 13: EXPLORE UDAIPUR
This morning, you proceed for a half day city tour of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, built in 1725, which houses the Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal – studded with glittering Belgium Mirrors, Moti Mahal and the Palace of Lord Krishna all of which are ornately decorated. Later visit the Jagdish Temple. Also visit the gardens and fountains of the Sahelion Ki Bari.
In the evening enjoy a boat cruise at Lake Pichola and then continue to witness Sound & Light Show at Manek Chowk – The beautifully done light and sound effects allow you to actually relive the past as it was sharing in the joy and sorrow faced by the people of this land. (B)
DAY 14 UDAIPUR – ONWARD
Assisted transfer to Udaipur airport for your flight to onward destination.
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