01 Day: Arrival Delhi
Welcome and assistance on arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and transfer to the pre-booked hotel by aircon car. After check in, travel document related to the tour plan and services will be handed over to you; our representative will explain all your queries about the entire tour plan. Later in the evening visit to see Light and Sound Show at Red fort. The show exhibits wonderful history of the city in a very interesting way. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Light and Sound Show: A spectacular show at the Red Fort. Which makes the 5,000 years old history of the city come alive. Amidst the harmony of the splendidly panoramic and historic environs of the Red Fort, select episodes from the annals of Delhi's historic and majestic past are vibrantly brought to life. Special effects combine with the exceptional character to make this show an impressively memorable experience.
02 Day: Delhi
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi: the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest and most splendid mosque in India, Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where he was cremated. The sightseeing continues to explore New Delhi including President House, India gate; built to honour and pay a tribute to the Indian soldiers who sacrificed themselves during the Afghan war, Birla Mandir (Laxmi Narayan Temple), Humayun’s Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple, Qutub Minar; built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty. Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir, generally known as the ISKCON Delhi temple. In the evening you can opt for a cycle rickshaw ride through the lively and colourful market of Chandani Chowk. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Delhi, the towering capital city of the independent and largest democratic country in the world: India. Delhi is located and sprawled on both banks of Yamuna River. The city is enriched with culture, architecture and human diversity, Delhi city is a blend of the ancient past of India with the vibration of the modern world. The city designed by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) & is tree-lined & spacious. Legend has it that the Pandavas of epic Mahabharata, the august heroes, founded Delhi around 1200 BC & the name of the city was Indraprastha.
03 Day: Delhi – Mandawa (255 kms: 6 hrs)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Mandawa, enroute halt at Nawalgarh, visit compact little town of Shekhavati region comprising of Forts and Havelis of beautiful frescoes. While touring this town a painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows leads to the bazaar. Its Havelis still bear witness to the rich & prosperous Marwari era of the 19th century. Later continue drive to medieval city Mandawa in Rajasthan, on arrival, check in to a heritage hotel. Mandawa is also called the 'open-air art gallery' of Rajasthan. In the evening you can walk around the narrow lanes of the tradition town, watching locals and shops. Enjoy the traditional music and dance, live performance by the local artist, during the gala dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Mandawa: During the mid of 18th century this town was founded, located in Shekhawati region in Rajasthan. Mandawa is known for its’ speculative havelies and fort. Now days, Mandawa is known as an imposing mirage like fort now a popular heritage hotel with modern amenities. The structure of this place recalls one of the cultural and tradition this place used to be in the bygone golden era. The affluent and dominant traders and merchants built gigantic havelis, bejeweled with beautiful wall paintings, for the purpose of their residence. In the past time, painting subject was mythology dominated the themes of the frescoes, animals, dancers, religion, portraits, displaying local legends, hunting and wrestling scenes, etc.
04 Day: Mandawa – Bikaner (190 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast explore Mandawa town, visiting notably known havelies: Binsidhar Chokhani, Newatia, and Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli. The Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, are famous for its inquisitive paintings. The Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli is known for its erotic paintings and images, now mostly defaced. These havelis are like museums, numerous havelis built by the wealthy merchants as in old days. After visit check out from the hotel and drive to Bikaner. En route halt at to Deshnok, which worldly known for the Rat Temple, this temple is 600 years old, dedicated to Goddess Karni Mata,the temple is built by King of Bikaner Ganga Singh, the temple is decorated with cared silver gages and marble stone work. Later continue drive to Bikaner, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Bikaner.
Bikaner: The city was founded by Rao Bikaji in 1488; Rao Bikaji was the son of King Jodhaji of Jodhpur, due to some personal confront with his family, he took the courage to build his own city by adopting desert and barren land and then he transformed into a charming city called Bikaner, and the city was named after the King Bikaji. The 500 years old city standing still with glorious past is located in Northern part of Rajasthan. The Rajpoot rulers here built splendid palaces, temples and forts that resonance of magnificence and images of monsoon clouds in this desert land. The city is barricaded by 7 kms long walls built in 18th sanctuary with 5 huge gates around the city.
05 Day: Bikaner – Pokhran – Jaisalmer (330 kms: 6 hrs)
Today after breakfast takes the city tour of Bikaner visiting most popular and magnificent Junagarh Fort - built by Raja Rai Singh, this had never conquered during the entire history of Bikaner. The forts is having around 37 splendid palaces within the fort complex, there is wall of 7 kilometers around the fort and 37 bastions and 2 massive gates. Later checkout from the hotel & drive to Jaisalmer, en route take a halt at Pokhran: visit the massive Fort of Pokhran. The town of Pokhran came to the renown when India’s first nuclear test was conducted here in the 1970's. Pokhran Fort was Built in 1532-1584 the yellow sandstone, though not as conspicuous as some of the others forts in Rajasthan, it has a few exquisite palaces like the Mangal Niwas, the Rani Mahal and the Phool Niwas or the Flower Palace; visit the Pokhran Museum, housed inside the fort’s premises is fairly small and contains an hodgepodge of weapons, pottery paintings, and the costumes which the Maharajas wore. After visiting the fort, proceed to Jaisalmer. On arrival, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Jaisalmer; the desert town is located on the edge of the Thar Desert and is one of most prominent tourist places of Rajasthan. Also known as the golden city, Jaisalmer is quite popular for the crowing Golden Fort. The city is a fantasy in yellow sandstone founded in the 1156 AD by Rawla Jaisal, a Rajput King. Jaisalmer is known for its golden stretched sand dunes, splendid havelies, camel safari on the thrilling Sam dunes, Jain temples, picturesque Gadisar Lake and of course the royal heritage and culture. A tour of Rajasthan is incomplete without visiting Jaisalmer.
06 Day: Jaisalmer
Today after breakfast take city tour of Jaisalmer city, visiting most popular Golden Fort, also known as Sonar Kila and Jaisalmer Fort, the fort is built on the top of Trikuta hill, having 99 bastions, the most speculator feature is Megh Durbar, also many temples, near the fort there are marvelous havelies built by the wealthy traders of the past time, notably havelies are Nathmal ji Ki Havel, Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki haveli, the splendid mansions with latticework and stone carving, a truly break tacking intricacy. Afterwards visit to the one of the beautiful lake known as ‘Gadisar Lake’ the entrance of the lake is quite artistic and there is past day’s story behind this lake. If time permits and you wish to cover more of places, you can visit to Amar Sagar and Mool Sagar Lake and temples of Ladawara. In the evening drive to Sam Sand Dunes, the nearest place of the Great Thar Desert, Sam Sand dunes are seems to be golden stretched sands as a gateway to Thar Desert. Enjoy camel ride to on the sand dunes. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight Stay.
Note: Optionally you can stay in Swiss tents at Sam Sand Dunes/Khuri Village enjoying camel safari in desert, dinner in camp fire and enjoying folk dance and music by local artists.
07 Day: Jaisalmer – Manvar (170 kms: 4 hrs)
Today morning after breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Manvar in Dechu. This place falls under Shergarh Region of Thar Desert and the highest sand dunes are found in this area. On arrival transfer to the resort, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Early evening transfer on the camels for a desert safari till the Manvar Camp Site, reaching the campsite by sunset. In the evening, enjoy folk dance and music under the starlit sky while enjoying theme dinner. Dinner and overnight stay at the desert resort.
Manvar, located right in the heart of the Great Indian Thar Desert is an unprecedented tourist destination offering a rare opportunity to enjoy Rajasthan desert life, culture, wildlife & beauty. The Manvar Resort is spread over 5 acres. Constructed using local materials & techniques, the resort consists of 21 well designed stone cottages with thatched roofs, thatched roof eateries, open air courtyard sit outs, book & gifts shop, reading room and a swimming pool. The interiors have been designed as clean and restful spaces. Smooth stucco plaster, patterned mosaic floors, earthy colours combine with customized elements like a woven headboard and bedside lamps, furniture and rugs - all of them being very specific to the desert region of Marwar.
08 Day: Manvar – Jodhpur (110 kms: 2 hrs)
Early morning you may opt to take a jeep safari to explore nearby by desert village to see understand their life style, villagers craftsman, carpenters, metal smith potters, cobblers. After village safari return to the resort to check out and drive to Jodhpur, en route visit Bishnoi Village. The villagers coming from the Bishnois caste are believed to be the guardians of animals. Bishnois are vegetarians and hence have great reverence for all living things. Then visit to the local handicrafts viz shoe makers, pottery hand weaving watching men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver Jewellery, en-route watch and photograph the beautiful wildlife - black buck, chinkaras, peacock etc. liberally moving in plenty of care by the local villagers. Later proceed to Jodhpur. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the evening you may opt to explore the local market, visiting various authentic restaurants. You may choose ‘On the rocks’ an open air restaurants with Rajasthani hospitality, offering authentic food and folk music and dance. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Jodhpur: The home of Rajpoot, (Rathors) – The awesome significant city of Rajasthan. Founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha, today Jodhpur is one of the largest and flourishing city of Rajasthan, known as white city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur was once upon a time was the capital of Marwar state (Northern Part of Rajasthan). Mehrangarh fort, the crowning old palace is major tourist attraction of Jodhpur. Another pride of Jodhpur is Umaid Bhawan Palace; this grand palace is now converted into heritage hotel and present residence of the Royal family of Jodhpur.
09 Day: Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur (250 kms: 5 hrs)
Today morning after breakfast, take the sightseeing tour of the city, visiting massive Mehrangarh Fort, wonderful Jaswant Thada (Mausoleums of the great Rajput King: Jaswant Singh), Umaid Bhawan Palace and museum – India is one of most imposing and regal palaces, built by Maharaja Umaid Singh, designed by of famous architect Edwardian and Henry Vaughan Lanchester. Later check out from the hotel and drive to Udaipur, en route take a halt at Ranakpur to visit the ancient Jain Temples, built in the 12th Century – this group of temples is made of intricately sculpted white marble, with more than 100 beautifully carved pillars, each carved differently from the other. Enjoy lunch at Maharani Baugh, (on your own) one of the best hotels in Ranakpur. After visit continue drive to Udaipur. On arrival, check into the hotel. In the evening you may walk through the old narrow street of the city to watch local houses and people. Or you may opt to visit at Lake Pichola for boat ride; afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
10 Day: Udaipur
fter breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting the wondrous City Palace complex – a significant landmark of the town. The palace is a splendid white marble historical home of the Rajpoot Rulers. Here you will see notable places like the Durbar Hall, Palace Museum, Crystal Gallery and Jagdish temple, followed by Sahelion Ki Bari, a beautiful recreation garden for queens and princes of the rulers. Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal is an ethnic exhibit of traditions and culture of Rajasthan, ethnic ornaments traditional outfits, puppets, masks, dolls, classical paintings, fold musical instruments. In the evening visit to Lake Bageela 22 kms, for a sightseeing tour of the ancient Eklingji and Nagda Temples. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Udaipur: One of the most romantic and beautiful city of North India, the city was founded in 1568 AD by Rajput King Udai Singh., located on the banks of the shimmering Pichola Lake, is one of the most romantic city of Rajasthan. Udaipur is cuddle up in lush green Aravali mountain range. The city is also known as the ‘Venice of the East'. It is a kaleidoscope of wonderful lakes, enchanting temples, lake side gardens, amazing forts and palaces and narrow lanes of the old city with historical past, Udaipur characterize chivalry and velour of the Rajpoot clan who had ruled this city for years and valor and chivalry.
11 Day: Udaipur – Chittourgarh – Bijaipur (155 kms: 3 - 4 hrs)
After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and drive to Bijaipur. En route halt at Chittourgarh city, to visit the mightiest and the largest historical fort of India: The fort stands as a jaded reminder of the character and bravery of the Rajpoot Clan in Rajasthan & echoes with the tales of romance and valour unique to their tradition. Sprawled over an area of 700 acres, the fort houses historical monuments: Tower of Victory, Rani Padmini Palace, Man Mahal, Mira Temple and several ruins of the temples of Shiva. In the fort complex you will visit Kirti Stambha, Rana-Kumbha Palace, Padmini Palace, Meera Temple and Kumbha Shyam Temple and Kalika Mata Temple, State Archaeological Museum. Later proceed to Bijaipur. On arrival transfer to Castle Bijaipur. Enjoy the traditional folk dances during your tradition dinner at Castle Bijaipur. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Castle Bijaipur is a 16th century castle set in the serene Vindhyachal ranges in the Mewar region, near Chittourgarh (Rajasthan, India) and was built by Rao Shakti Singhji the younger brother of the great warrior Maharana Pratap. A wildlife sanctuary adjacent to the castle has leopard, chinkara, spotted and four-horned deer, crocodile and wild boar as well as a variety of birds. Jeep and camel safaris, trekking and camping, visits to the nearby Pangarh fort, boating and fishing in its lotus lake, local tribal folk songs in the evenings are some of the interesting activities arranged here.
12 Day: Bijaipur – Ranthambore (290 kms: 6 hrs)
After an early breakfast, checkout from the hotel and drive to Ranthambore, one of the finest tiger reserves of India. On arrival, transfer to the jungle resort. Later in the afternoon, take a jungle safari with a naturalist guide at one of the best places to sight a tiger in its natural habitat. In the dry season tigers can be seen near the watering holes and are clearly visible in the dry forest. Also visit the famous Temple of Ganesha in the Fort. Rest of the evening is free for leisure activities at the jungle resort. Dinner and overnight stay at the jungle resort.
Ranthambhor, hailed as one of India's finest wildlife locations, was established as a sanctuary in 1959 and included in the very first phase of Project Tiger in 1972. The park derives its name from the fort of Ranthambhor, which sits on a rocky outcrop in the forest. The fort dates back to the 11th century, when it was a vital citadel for the control of central India. Though overrun by vegetation, remnants of the summer palaces, temples and guard stones within the fort still remain. Earlier, the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Park at Ranthambhor was once the scene of royal hunting parties.
13 Day: Ranthambore – Pushkar (260 kms: 5 - 6 hrs)
After breakfast check out the Resort and drive to Pushkar. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Pushkar is well-known for the world’s largest cattle fair every year in the month of November, with glorious celebration. Take a sightseeing tour of the city visiting temple of Lord Brahma surrounded by Pushkar Lake. Witness the devotees taking dip into the holy waters and offering prayers on the banks of the lake. Later, enjoy the vibrant Pushkar fair, activities with camels and other cattle will take place - the cattle trading, camel races, as well as various shows and competitions etc. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Pushkar: Amongst the grandeur of Rajasthan, discover a unique gem - Pushkar. Lord Brahma, known to be the creator of the world, in search for his abode on earth, performed the supremely pious Vedic yagna here in Pushkar, thus making it the site of the only Brahma Temple in the world. With over 500 temples and ghats, a pilgrimage center from time immemorial, Pushkar begets an inheritance of timeless architectural legacy. Pushkar is famous for the biggest cattle fair in the world. Pushkar emits an ambience of peace and spirituality that entices people to visit again and again.
14 Day: Pushkar
After breakfast, visit the Pushkar Fair, is synonymous to the cattle fair. So there are camels, horses, cows, goats, and sheep; all decked up to be sold and purchased. The proud cattle owners throng Pushkar, travelling across the golden sands of the various places in Rajasthan. There is bargaining, presence of several popular breeds and the parading of the well bred, highly decorated cattle. You enjoy the dance shows, music performances, and other similar activities. The most striking feature is the cattle competition. Imagine the entire limelight on beautifully decorated cattle when they race their ways into the audiences’ heart or the manner in which they play musical chairs. The Pushkar Fair watches the best-bedecked camel in parade winning the beauty contest. Overnight stay at the hotel in Pushkar.
The Pushkar Fair, or Pushkar ka Mela, is the annual five-day camel and livestock fair, held in the town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is one of the world's largest camel fairs, and apart from buying and selling of livestock it has become an important tourist attraction and its highlights have become competitions such as the "matkaphod", "longest moustache", and "bridal competition" are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar club and a team of random foreign tourists.
15 Day: Pushkar
After breakfast, celebrate Pushkar Fair being Kartik Purnima, (depends on travel date) today thousands of devotees will bathe in the holy lake, believed to have been created when the god Brahma dropped a sacred lotus flower to earth, and there is a grand finale in the mela stadium. You can see the colorful culture of Rajasthan comes alive in the form of the folklores, music and dance performances besides the captivating turbans of the men. The bards and the poets enchant the audiences with the tales of gallantry, cultural shows, exhibitions and movies add to the fun at the Pushkar Fair. Here you can enjoy hot air balloons (on your own) floating across the camel ground, the town and lake. What an amazing way to see the fair. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
16 Day: Pushkar – Jaipur (145 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Jaipur, on arrival transfer to the hotel. After refreshment, enjoy your evening at the most authentic and ethnic village resort: called Chokhi Dhani, designed on the theme of an ethnic village of Rajasthan with lots of traditional environment with entertainment like folk dances, puppet shows, astrology, music, camel ride, here you can enjoy the traditional Rajasthani food. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Jaipur widely known as the ‘Pink City’ of India. The entire walls houses and buildings of the city were washed with pink colour for a grand and royal welcome of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria from Britain, who visited Jaipur in 1853 A.D. This splendid city as was founded in 1727 A.D by one of the greatest ruler Jai Singh II. Jaipur is surrounded by hills on three sides. Jaipur is the only city in the world, which is designed accordance of Hindu architecture science called Shilpa Shastra, the town is had been designed in rectangular shape of 9 blocks, depicting the 9 partition of universe.
17 Day: Jaipur
Today morning after breakfast, explore the Pink City with an excursion to splendid Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, built in the 15th Century by Rajput King Man Singh. Later visit another mighty and majestic Nagargarh fort, close to Amber fort. Drive back to the main city to visit the imperial City Palace - present residence of the royal family of Jaipur. The incredible Jantar Mantar was innovated and constructed by Jaipur King Swai Jai Singh. Splendid Hawa Mahal, also known ‘Palace of Winds’ Birla Temple, with its white shimmering marble glittering in the night. Later you can explore the bustling market by hoping onto a cycle rickshaw ride. In the evening you can visit to Amber fort to see the Light and Sound Show: holds the history of a citadel, pulsating with a legendry past of 600 years & 28 kings of the Kachhwaha dynasty, before their capital moved to Jaipur. Drive back to hotel for overnight stay at Jaipur.
18 Day: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra (240 kms: 5 hrs)
Today morning after breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Agra. Enroute stop over at Fatehpur Sikri, the old deserted town of the Mughal kingdom, built in red sandstone in honour of Saint Salim Chisti who blessed birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar. Notable among them is the Diwane e Khas; Punch Mahal, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Buland Darwaza, one of the largest and tallest gateways in the world. After visit… proceed to Agra, on arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening one should visit Oswal Emporium to watch the replica of Taj Mahal it took 10 years for the artists to build this artistic epitome, also enjoy light and sound show “Mohabbat-the-Taj: the saga of love”, the only show of its kind in India! Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World-the Taj Mahal. Built by the great Mughal emperor Shahjahan, this is an eternal love story written on the shimmering marble for his wife Mumtaz. Agra is pleasant town with comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendant of those who worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. Agra, and the nearby city of Fatehpur Sikri, is conveniently close to Delhi. Besides the Taj Mahal is Agra Fort, Sikandra, -Ud-Daulah-35 kms away are the imperial ruins of the Mughal city, Fatehpur Sikri.
19 Day: Agra
Today early morning after breakfast, visit world’s most popular and beautiful monument: Taj Mahal with its’ fabulous view at the time of sunrise. Taj Mahal, a beautiful architectural monument is one of the 7 wonders of the world. The tour continues with a visit to Agra Fort. The fort was built in 1576 AD by great Mughal Emperor Akbar, structured and designed with red stoned barricaded; here you will find the splendid Pearl Mosque and various other classic example of art: Jahangir Mahal, Moti Masjid, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Am, and Meena Bazaar. Emperor Shahjahan imprisoned by his rebellious son Aurangzeb in the Musamman Bhurj, would see his love reflecting through the Taj Mahal, where his dear wife was cremated. Later visit the Tomb of Itamad-ud-Daula, 35 kms from Agra, built by Empress Noorjahan daughter of Shahjahan, this monument a tribute to her great father. After sightseeing return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Note: Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday.
20 Day: Agra – Sikandra – Mathura – Delhi (230 kms: 5 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Delhi, on the way stop over to visit Sikandra to see the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Akbar, a marvelous mausoleum of Mughal Emperor Akbar, spectacularly designed structure of Hindu and Muslim architecture, also en route halt at Mathura - the temple city known as the birth place of Lord Krishna, visiting Dvarkadhish Temple, Vishram ghat, Potara kund and Rangbhumi. Followed by other temples in and around Vrindavan (15 kms) like Banke Bihari Temple, Radha Vallabh Temple, Sri Radha Raman Temple, Shahji Temple, Rangaji Temple and ISCON Temple. After visiting Mathura proceed to Delhi, on arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
21 Day: Delhi – Hometown (By Air)
After breakfast the day is free for individual activities and shopping. Delhi is one of the most popular cities for shopping with a wide range of ready-made collections, decoration, food items, beauty products, textile, wooden, silver, bronze art, jewelry & a whole lot more. The famous markets include Central Cottage Industries Emporium, Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan, Khan Market, Old Delhi Market, Chandani Chowk, Spice Market (Khari Baoli), Delhi Hat amongst others. Later transfer to the international airport to board the scheduled flight for home town/onwards journey. On departure the tour concludes with happy memories.
Since the precise cost of a customized tour is subject to specific accommodation choices, travel period (date/month/year), nos of pax travelling together and other custom preferences. However, to enable you to chalk out your holiday plan, we suggest following budget guidelines (minimum 2 people are travelling together & sharing one double room) for a customized tour: