Best of Rajasthan
Duration:-13 Nights -14-Days
Destinations Covered:- Delhi-Mandawa-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Pushkar-Jaipur-Bharatpur-Fatehpur Sikri-Agra-Delhi
Day 01 : Arrival Delhi
Arrive at Delhi airport and meet with our representatives who shall assist and transfer you to the pre-booked hotel. In the evening, drive through Rajpath and its two famous monuments- Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of President of India and the India Gate, the war memorial built in honor of brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War I and the Afghan War. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel..
Day 2 : DELHI SIGHTSEEING
Full day tour of Old and New Delhi visiting famous tourist attractions starting from the 12th century Qutab Minar, one of the tallest single minarets in the world with verses from Holy Quran inscribed on its walls. An iron pillar located at the site is a source of curiosity for metallurgist around the world bcoz of if remaining rust free for over 1600 years! A splendid example of fusion architecture, Humayun’s tomb is our next destination followed by drive toward Old Delhi. Here, we shall visit Red Fort- the capital of ancient ‘Shahjahanabad city’ of Mughal era, Jama Masjid- the sacred Mosque housing the sacred belongings of prophet including his foot prints in marble slab. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the narrow alleyway of Chandni Chowk where those fond of spicy food may savor its delicious ‘Chat food’. Visit Mahatma Gandhi’s Samadhi (final resting place)-Rajghat to pay tribute to the father of the nation before the return drive to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3 : DELHI-MANDAWA
After breakfast a luxurious drive to Mandawa, a cultural & traditional hub of Rajasthan where your accommodation will be arranged at a Royal Haveli. The town was inhabited by rich merchants in the 18th century, who constructed beautiful Havelis with frescos and later moved on, leaving behind their legacy apparent in these mansions. A guided tour of all famous Havelis including Binsidhar, Gulab Rai Haveli, Ladia and Chokhani followed by visit to famous Mandawa castle. This historical palace exhibiting beautiful workmanship is now been transformed into a luxury hotel. Visit the museum displaying cannons, rare artifacts and royal armories situated inside. Spend overnight at the luxurious Haveli.
Day 4 : MANDAWA-BIKANER
Morning drive to Bikaner, and upon arrival check-in at a luxurious hotel. Post lunch, our luxury India tour representatives shall take you on Bikaner sightseeing, starting from the famous Junagarh fort. Regarded as the finest Rajput architecture, it is built with a combination of marble and red sandstone. Later, a visit to the camel farm where we shall get interesting insights into the methods of camel farming apart from enjoying a Camel ride. Spend your night at Bikaner.
Day 5 : BIKANER-JAISALMER
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Jaisalmer popularly called the Golden City of Rajasthan. After arrival and check-in at the hotel, proceed for the tour of famous Jaisalmer Fort- the so called ‘living fort’ of Rajasthan due to the fact that a large number of villagers still resides inside this historical place. As we enter through its main gate, we shall witness several houses, colorful markets and Havelis inside the fort. Overnight stay at the luxury hotel in Jaisalmer..
Day 6 : JAISALMER
After breakfast sightseeing of famous Havelis of Jaisalmer displaying beautiful rich frescos from the bygone royal age. Some of the beautiful mansions include “Patwon ki Haveli", “Salim singh ki Haveli" and “Nathmalji ki Haveli". Evening drive to the Sam village for an adventurous one hour Horse /Camel safari in the picturesque Sam sand dunes. Watch the magnificent view of the sunset and enjoy the Rajasthani folk music & dance program followed by dinner and overnight stay
Day 7 : JAISALMER-JODHPUR
Morning drive to Jodhpur-the ‘Blue City’ of Rajasthan and also the gateway to the great Thar desert. Upon arrival transfer to the luxurious hotel where a traditional lunch will be served. Apart from a number of sightseeing options, our main destination will be world’s largest private residence – the Umaid Bhawan Palace. The Jodhpur region was going through a famine like situation and the fort was built to provide a means of employment to the villagers. The end product was a very impressive and beautiful Palace which is now one of the landmark hotels of Rajasthan. Overnight at Jodhpur hotel.
Day 8 : JODHPUR-UDAIPUR
After a leisurely breakfast, visit the impressive Meherangarh Fort located at a 150m high hill and sprawling over 15 km. With its four gigantic gates, the fort encloses some magnificent palaces with intricately carved panels and latticed windows. Next destination is the marble cenotaph Jaswant Thada, built in 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Portraits of various Jodhpur rulers on the main cenotaph exhibit the bravado of Rajput rulers. Evening drive to Udaipur and upon arrival check in at the Hotel. Rest of the time free to explore the city- walk through its busy lanes and markets, or shop for ethnic handicrafts. Overnight at the hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Udaipur.
Day 9 : UDAIPUR-PUSHKAR
After breakfast full day sightseeing of Udaipur. Start from The City Palace, located at the midst of picturesque Lake Pichola and displaying beautiful carvings and decorative work in its rooms, corridors, pavilions, hanging gardens and courtyards. Built in 1559, the City Palace is a must-visit for the tourists arriving in Udaipur. The panoramic view of the "Jag Niwas" and "Jag Mandir" is an added attraction. Adored with a series of wall paintings of Lord Krishna, its other attractions include the Mor-Chowk (Peacock courtyard) and the Chini Chitrashala. A romantic boat ride on Lake Pichola beckons the visitors. Jagdish Temple: regarded as the largest and most beautiful temple of Udaipur, his Indo-Aryan Temple was built on the orders of Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651 AD. The temple of Jagannath Rai, now called Jagdishji, is a major monument and should be seen carefully. Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir: This Indian Folk Arts Museum displays ornaments, folk dresses, paintings, puppets, folk deities, masks, dolls and folk musical instruments. Saheliyon-ki-Bari : Also called the garden of the maids of honor, this beautiful garden was made for the queens, complete with many fountains and other important figures. Afternoon drive to Pushkar, the historical, cultural and religious hub built around the scenic Pushkar Lake. The site holds world’s largest humanity during Pushkar Fair and is also revered by Hindus for being the only place in the world where a temple dedicated exclusively to Lord Brahma (creator of world) exists. Enjoy a day at leisure roaming the streets of Pushkar, buying trinkets and souvenirs for loved ones back home. Overnight at Pushkar Palace.
Day 10 : PUSHKAR-JAIPUR
Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur and upon arrival meet with our representatives who shall assist & transfer you to a royal palace. In the evening enjoy a traditional Rajasthani dinner at Chowki Dhani, a five star ethnic resort. Spend a leisurely evening amidst the sand dunes with traditional song & dance program organized at the resort. You shall also enjoy puppet shows, camel ride and organic tattoo called ‘Mehandi’ applied to your arms.
Day 11 : JAIPUR
Full day sightseeing of Jaipur, the ‘Pink city’ of India. Regarded as one of the most culturally rich cities of Rajasthan, Jaipur is also one of the most well planned ones. Morning excursions to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of Rajput rulers where we shall be taking a ride upon elephants back to reach to fort’s entrance. The breathtaking interiors and decorative art of Amber fort gives an insight into the opulence of Royal Rajput lifestyle. Some exquisite buildings inside include mirror palace, summer palace and winter palace
Post lunch visit to Hawa Mahal (Palace or Winds) built to allow royal ladies to watch the royal possessions without being seen from outside. Continue toward City Palace, a picturesque fort divided into series of buildings, gardens and courtyards and is also the residence of present royal family of Jaipur. A part of the palace has been converted into museum displaying royal armory, artifacts and other rare articles. Our next destination is Jantar Mantar, the 17th century astronomical observatory which is remarkably accurate for that period.
Day 12 : JAIPUR-BHARATPUR-FATEHPUR-AGRA
Drive to Agra en-route visiting the Bharatpur bird sanctuary and Fatehpur sikri. Bharatpur: regarded as one of the best bird sanctuaries in Asia and best in India, it is home to a large no. of birds both resident and migratory who come from faraway places including China, Afghanistan and Siberia. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the best way to tour the reserve is by a rickshaw ride as these rickshaw pullers are trained and are well aware of the whereabouts of exotic birds. Fatehpur Sikri: This picturesque fort used to be the capital of Mughals before being abandoned due to lack of potable water. Most of the monuments are still in remarkably preserved state, some of which include Diwan-i-Am( hall of public audience), Diwan-I-Khas( hall of private audience), the picturesque Sheesh Mahala and Panch Mahal. Continue drive to Agra and upon arrival meet with our luxury India tour representatives who will transfer you to a luxury hotel. Overnight stay at Agra.
Day 13 : AGRA
Today our expert guide shall take you to Taj Mahal, the world renowned monument of love. Emperor Shahjahan after the untimely death of his wife Mumtaz Mahal was said to have grown old within few months and when he came out of the self imposed solitude, he had a vision to immortalize the love in an architecture which will stand the test of time. Spend enough time exploring the monument and few others located in the Taj complex before driving towards Red Fort, the place where four of the Mughal rulers controlled their vast empires. This was also the place from where Shahjahan spent his last days staring at the Taj Mahal after being imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb.
Day 14 : AGRA-DELHI-DEPARTURE
In time transfer to Agra airport for flight to Delhi and upon meet with our luxury India tour representative who will transfer you to the designated hotel. Evening transfer to the airport for flight back home with sweet memories of your tour. Tour & Services ends…tour end.