Essence of Rajasthan

Tour Route Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Madawa – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Udaipur  – Delhi Departure
Tour Duration 16 Nights – 17 Days
Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVAL DELHI

Today arrival New Delhi, the capital city of India and upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a warm welcome, transfer to your hotel for 02 Night stay.

DAY 02 : SIGHTSEEING DELHI

Today afternnon enjoy the day discovering Delhi, pacing through the city which is as historic as modern, like 2 sides of the same coin!
Enjoy the sightseeing tour of modern city of New Delhi, Humayun's Tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The Tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife, Drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyen’s Delhi and take a photo stop at the iconic war memorial arch, the India Gate.
Overnight Stay In Delhi

DAY 03: DELHI TO AGRA [GATIMAAN EXP DEP @ 08:10 Hrs |ARR @ 09:50 Hrs] SIGHTSEEING AGRA

This morning post breakfast, in time transfer to Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station to take your Gatimaan Exp Train for Agra city of the world-famous Taj Mahal and upon arrival; check-in at your hotel for 01 nights stay
Then visit the splendid Agra Fort built in red sandstone, encapsulating magnificent palaces, halls of public, private audience & beautiful gardens.
Then rest of some time in hotel

Later this evening witness the surreal views of the Taj Mahal. Step inside this eternal symbol of love and appreciate the intricate designs and symmetries that rhyme as a poem written in marble. Taj Mahal is an extravagant display of love, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz
Agra is not only famous for the mesmerizing Taj Mahal but its delicacies too. It is acknowledged as one of the best street food serving spots in the country by many connoisseurs. The city is very populated, yet it witnesses foodies coming from all over the country to quench their insatiable appetite. Sadar Bazaar the best place to buy leather items such as belts, gloves, footwear, bags, jackets and it is extremely popular for its street food—locals recommend trying their soya chaap (soya baked on skewers) and momos. Many tourists also prefer to eat at Mama Franky, which offers similar kind of street food but in a restaurant setting.
Overnight Stay In Agra

DAY 04: DRIVE AGRA TO JAIPUR [240 KMS – 04 HRS]

Today post breakfast embark on a leisurely drive to Jaipur - land of the Rajputs. Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance and traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the 'Pink City', Jaipur is home to ancient forts and palaces and is one of India's most well planned cities.
En-route to Agra, you will make a brief stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the capital city of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century.
Continue your drive to Jaipur and upon arrival; check in at your hotel for 2 nights stay

Overnight Stay in jaipur

DAY 05: SIGHTSEEING JAIPUR

This morning visit Amber Fort, built in the 16th century. The fort is a mesmerizing blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The Amber Fort was used by the Rajputs for the dual purpose of defense and private residence. The fort encompasses charming gardens and magnificent palaces made from marble and precious stones, richly decorated with intricate stonemason works and paintings, which represented royal splendor and luxury of the Rajput era. To ascend up the fort, we will arrange Jeep for them howver if they wish they may choose to take an elephant ride Then take a photo stop at the iconic water palace Jal Mahal a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city; Then take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal, Palace of the Winds, with its unique layer-cake honeycomb windows designed to enable erstwhile women of the royal court to observe passing life without being seen; Jantar Mantar, the largest astronomical observatory built in stone The City Palace complex is spread over a large area occupying one seventh of the old city of Jaipur. It has a sequence of gardens, buildings and courtyards, temple and museum to give it a grand view that reflects its historical importance and magnificent royal grace. Its outer boundary was built by Raja Jai Singh and other structures by his successors to add charm to it. It also served as a residence for former Maharaja of Jaipur.

Later visit local market to know and explore the facets of Jaipuri crafts such as semi-precious jewels, pottery, colourful embroidered fabrics with mirror work, woven carpets etc – watch artisans at work and enjoy souvenir shopping in this colourful city of Jaipur.
Overnight Stay In Jaipur

DAY 06: DRIVE JAIPUR TO MANDAWA [170 KMS / 03 ½ HRS]

Post breakfast, drive to Mandawa, where you can see the Mandawa Fort, the different setting and style of all its 51 rooms and its museum that has a rich collection of arms with jade handles and traditional ceremonial costumes of the royal family.
Upon arrival complete your check-in formalities at the hotel
Rest and relax for some time
Overnight Stay Mandawa

DAY 07: DISCOVER MANDAWA

Post breakfast, head out for sightseeing. Mandawa is a small town which is famous for its forts and havelis which are adorned with exquisite frescoes. These havelis were built by wealthy merchant families of the region, see the painted Havelis of Mandawa that belong to its rich merchants including the Chowkhani Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli and Mohanlal Saraf Haveli and note that most of the paintings and frescoes have local deities and daily desert lifestyle as its main theme.
Evening relax and enjoy your hotel stay
Overnight Stay Mandawa

DAY 08: DRIVE MANDAWA TO BIKANER [210 KMS / 04 HRS]

After breakfast, embark on a drive to Bikaner, once a major trading post between Africa, West Asia and the Far East. The city is renowned for its arts and the best riding camels in the world.
Upon arrival complete your check-in formalities at the hotel and rest for some time.

Later proceed for Jamnagar Fort constructed between 1589 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, ruler of Bikaner and a general in the army of the Mughal emperor Akbar
Overnight Stay Bikaner

DAY 09: DRIVE BIKANER – JAISALMER [330 KMS / 5 ½ HRS]

Today after breakfast, in time proceed for Jaisalmer. En route visit Karni Mata Temple or the “temple of rats” is a very famous temple situated at Deshnoke which is 30 km away from Bikaner on the way towards Jaisalmer,
Later upon arrival and check into hotel in Jaisalmer, founded by Prince Jaisal in 1156 AD, has been dubbed Golden City because of the honey colour imparted to its yellow sandstone walls by the setting sun. With the crenellated walls and narrow streets lined with exquisitely carved buildings, it has an extraordinary medieval feel. It was a major post in the desert trade route between India and Central Asia.
Overnight Stay In Jaisalmer

DAY 10: DISCOVER JAISALMER [330 KMS / 5 ½ HRS]

Morning visit the silent 12th century Fort built by Prince Jaiswal and the Palace which stands at the highest point (100 meters) above the marketplace.
Also visit the Jain Temples (12th-15th centuries) which lie within the fort complex.
Some of them have quaint but impressive figures of Jain saints of white marble and of red and black stone. Others have beautiful images of Hindu deities which indicate the remarkable religious tolerance of that age.
The famous art of the stone carvers of Jaisalmer is evident in the elaborate facades of the yellow sandstone desert Havelis (mansions) which glow softly in honey tones.
Visit Salim Singh ki Haveli, (Salim Singh was the tyrannical Prime Minister of Jaisalmer in the 18th century), Patwon ki Haveli (House of the Brocade Merchants) the largest and most elaborate of the famous Havelis of Jaisalmer.

Patwas are merchants trading in rich brocades, gold and silver embroidery, sequins and ribbons. This family expanded their business to include opium, banking and revenue collecting and visit Nathmal ki Haveli the last of the great Havelis.
Overnight Stay In Jaisalmer

DAY 11: DISCOVER JAISALMER OUTSKIRTS

Post breakfast spend the day exploring the outskirts of Jaisalmer by visiting The Bada Bagh, Lodurva and Akal Fossil Park.

In evening enjoy time at Gadisar Lake and visit Sam Dunes before sunset for taking a safari into the desert on camel back.
Overnight Stay In Jaisalmer

DAY 12: DRIVE JAISALMER TO JODHPUR [210 Kms / 05 HRS]

After Breakfast proceed on your surface drive towards Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan, lies at the entrance to the Thar Desert in a region called Marwar and is also called ‘blue city’ because of the indigo-washed houses in the old town.

Later visit the rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort, and the grand palaces within the fort - Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana, which are impressive examples of architectural excellence. Near the fort complex stands the Jaswant Thada, and a group of royal cenotaphs made of white marble.

While in Jodhpur shop for the exquisite handcrafted articles such as embroidered shoes, metal curios, and silverware, paintings and tie and dye fabrics in Local market near to the clock tower, Jodhpur
Overnight Stay In Jodhpur

DAY 13: DRIVE JODHPUR TO UDAIPUR [260 Kms / 05 HRS]

This morning, drive to Udaipur, a serene city set in the scenic valley of Aravalli hills, surrounded by three lakes – Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar.

En route visit the famous Jain Temples at Ranakpur. Built in the 15th century, Ranakpur temples are one of the largest Jain temples in India. The temples are known for their architecture, grand structures and exquisite sculptures.
Continue drive to Udaipur. Upon arrival at Udaipur, check in at your hotel for 2 nights stay.
Overnight Stay in Udaipur

DAY 14: SIGHTSEEING UDAIPUR

Post breakfast, visit the 16th century City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in Rajasthan comprising residence of the current Maharaja, heritage hotels, museums and galleries, courtyards and reception halls where royal events take place even today; Jagdish Temple, the 17th century Indo Aryan temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe; Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, garden of the maids of honour, with beautiful green lawns, flower beds, water pools, marble elephants and bird fountains.

Thereafter relax at hotel for some time else you can also visit Monsoon Palace, which is also known as the Sajjan Garh Palace, is a hilltop palatial residence in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan in India, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake, The palace offers a panoramic view of the city's lakes, palaces and surrounding countryside. It was built chiefly to watch the monsoon clouds; hence, appropriately, it is popularly known as Monsoon Palace.
Later evening enjoy boat cruise at the serene Lake Pichola
Overnight Stay in Udaipur

DAY 15: FLY UDAIPUR TO DELHI [AI 472 DEP @ 15:10 Hrs | ARR @ 16:30 HRS]

After a leisurely breakfast, drive to the airport to take your return flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to your city hotel.

Rest of the day free for personal activities

Overnight Stay in Delhi

DAY 16: SIGHTSEEING DELHI + LATE NIGHT DEPARTURE

Today post breakfast, enjoy the morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and visit the majestic Red Fort spread over an area of 2 km, visit India’s largest mosque - Jama Masjid, travel through the bustling market and take a cycle rickshaw ride through narrow alleys and lanes in Chandni Chowk. Apart from all this you will also get opportunity to enjoy some local food and walking tour with your guide through the largest spice market in Asia called Khari Baoli along with some local area.

Later visit Raj Ghat a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi in Delhi, India. Originally it was the name of a historic ghat of Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad). Close to it, and east of Daryaganj was Raj Ghat Gate of the walled city, opening at Raj Ghat to the west bank of the Yamuna River.

Thereafter visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold dome, still in active worship.

Rest of the day free for personal activities
Overnight Stay in Delhi

DAY 17: DEPARTURE

Today in the departure transfer from the hotel to IGI Airport to take your flight back home.

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