Tonight 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 nights stay.
Overnight Stay The Claridges, New Delhi
Day-2: Discover Delhi
Today, enjoy the day discovering Old Delhi and Drive Past 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 a walking tour with your guide through the largest spice market in Asia called Khari Baoli along with some local area.
Also visit Raj Ghat it is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation, Antyeshti (Antim Sanskar) on 30 January 1948, a day after his assassination.
Later enjoy a short guided walk in Rajpath area and see President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings Secretariat Buildings - the most imposing features of Lutyen’s Delhi, take a photo stop at the iconic war memorial arch - the India Gate.
Then visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold dome, still in active worship and visit Humayun's Tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The Tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife also visit Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom.
Overnight Stay The Claridges, New Delhi
Day-3: DRIVE Delhi – Agra [240 Kms / 04 Hrs]
After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Agra, city of the world famous Taj Mahal.
Continue your drive to Agra and upon arrival; check in at your hotel for 1 nights stay.
Later visit the splendid Agra Fort built in red sandstone, encapsulating magnificent palaces, halls of public, private audience & beautiful gardens.
Overnight Stay Crystal Sarover Premier
Day-4: Discover Taj; DRIVE Agra to Jaipur via Fatehpur [245 kms / 05 Hrs]
This morning 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 Mahal. You may choose to wake up early to witness the glistening white marble beauty at sunrise.
In time proceed on your drive for Jaipur and en-route make a brief stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the capital city of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century
Later continue your drive for Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, is an enthralling historical city and the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state. The city’s colourful, chaotic streets ebb and flow with a heady brew of old and new. Careering buses dodge dawdling camels; leisurely cycle-rickshaws frustrate swarms of motorbikes, and everywhere buzzing auto rickshaws watch for easy prey.
Overnight Stay Taj Jai Mahal Palace
Day-5: Discover Jaipur
Rise early this morning to visit Jaipur’s famous Amber Fort. Enroute, take a guided walk through the flower market of Jaipur seeing the beautiful yellow and orange marigolds and other seasonal flowers being traded. In close vicinity is also the wholesale vegetable market where farmers bring fresh produce to begin the day’s trading. Walking through the markets brings you to a junction where you will find the interesting and unusual milk traders of Jaipur, who bring their cattle’s fresh milk to be tested for quality, priced and traded on the spot.
Be amazed at the primitive technique of testing quality of milk by dipping hands into large metal milk containers and evaluating the creaminess of milk supplied!
After a brief walk through the local trading markets, drive onwards to 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, you may choose to walk, drive
This afternoon 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, and the City Palace complex with its impressive gardens and museums.
Day-6: DRIVE Jaipur – Bikaner [340 / 06 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.
In Evening reach the camp from the hotel through the sandy tracks, enroute untamed countryside, visiting one of the remotest village. You can’t turn your eyes away from spectacles of distant sand dunes shining brightly in the sun light. You will see occasional passerby's with turbans bigger than their head, meticulously plaited.
There is a varied store of wild life in this area; Antelope, Fox, Jackal, Rabbit, Blue Bull, Desert Cat, Chameleon, Monitor Lizard, Mongoose, Hedgehog, Squirrel etc.
You can witness village houses, herds of cattles, colorful dresses, the lifestyle of villagers living without basic amenities of urban culture. On your route to camp, you enjoy fauna and flora of desert in its fullest. As you reach camp, camel carts give you a round of the desert. And at the end of the day,
Free to take an evening stroll and absorb the total tranquility of the bush at dusk. The camp has all amenities and we provide you a gala dinner with folklore, music, and dance besides campfire
After an early breakfast, check out from hotel and start short city tour before driving to Jaisalmer and visit Junagarh Fort constructed between 1589 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, ruler of Bikaner and a general in the army of the Mughal emperor Akbar.
Continue drive to 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.
Morning breakfast and check-out from hotel and proceed your drive for Jaisalmer, upon arrival Jaisalmer check-inn at the hotel.
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.
In evening we will arrange visit to the Gadisar Lake and visit Sam Dunes before sunset for taking a safari into the desert on camel back
This morning, drive to Jodhpur, a city ringed by high stone walls with seven gates and several bastions. This second largest city of Rajasthan was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D. Owing to its unique pale blue architecture; Jodhpur is often referred as the ‘blue hued city’ of Rajasthan.
Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and later visit local market to explore the old city and know some facets of spices, etc... Enjoy TUK TUK Ride in Old market
Today, 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
Later in time proceed on your drive for ‘Narlai’ village, a quaint little hamlet situated on what were once the dusty dirt-roads between the erstwhile states of Marwar & Mewar (Jodhpur & Udaipur) & is surrounded by an assorted landscape that offers rocky outcrops, lakes & forests.
This morning you have the option to enjoy the abundance of wildlife, which made this area a popular haunt for a favorite royal indulgence, ‘Shikar’ (Hunting) & the ‘Rawla’ provided the perfect abode to set up camp during their sojourns.
Then later in time 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 and upon arrival; check-in at your hotel for 02 nights stay
In the evening enjoy the boat ride on Lake Pichola on a shared basis.
Overnight Stay in Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Day-12: Discover Udaipur
After 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.
Check from hotel and drive to Bundi which is a town in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan state in northwest India. It is of particular architectural note for its ornate forts, palaces, and stepwell reservoirs known as baoris
Overnight Stay in Hadoti Palace
Day-14: Discover Bundi
Today enjoy visit Taragarh Fort circlets the summit of a steep hill overlooking the town. The architecture is of note and the views are stunning. Next, visit the Sukh Mahal. It is the magnificent summer palace on the Jait Sagar Lake beautified with lush garden and surroundings of the Aravali mountain range.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
Overnight Stay in Hadoti Palace
Day-15: Drive Bundi – Pushkar [195 Kms / 04 Hrs]
Today drive to Pushkar. Upon arrival, check into hotel, Rest of the day is at leisure for your independent activities.
Enjoy a mouth-watering lunch and enjoy rest of the day leisurely.
Overnight Stay in Pushkar Palace
Day-16: Discover Pushkar
Spend the day at popular places to visit in Pushkar. Famous attractions of the city are Pushkar Lake – it is believed that taking a dip in this lake washes away all the sins and Brahma Temple – The Jagatpita Brahma Mandir is one of the few temples of Lord Brahma and constructed of stone and marble. Various other ghats and temples lure numerous visitors.
Merta is another famous highlight of the city and is popular as the birthplace of Meera Bai - a poet, princes and a true devotee of Lord Krishna. The Meera Bai Temple is the center of attraction here.
After a leisurely breakfast, embark on your drive to Samode (near Jaipur), where you will stay in Samode Palace for 02 nights
Samode Palace (5* Dlx Heritage), is one of India’s most meticulously restored palace hotels. It is a perfect example of Rajput-Mughul architecture, underlined by the influence of Nepal from where the Rawal wives often came.
The Palace's most fabulous feature is the extravagantly florid, hand-painted Darbar Hall and the overlooking gallery which forms the incredible hall of mirrors, the magic of which is repeated across other famous palaces of Rajasthan.
Upon arrival at Samode, check in at Samode Palace and enjoy the surrounds this evening.
Overnight Stay in Samode Palace
Day-18: Discover Samode
This village of Samode is the dictionary of Rajasthani culture which is best for enjoying history, tradition and unique culture. There numerous magnificent palaces, forts, temples and others, best place to enjoy traditional activities. Samode is the place for enjoying sightseeing seeing, exotic activities and relaxing gardens.
Today drive to Neemrana which was built since 1464, Neemrana Fort-Palace became the third capital of the descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan III, who had fled Delhi in 1192 after he was vanquished in battle by Muhammad Ghori, Neemrana rulers, proud of lineage, continued to assert themselves, even under the British, as their kingdom suffered. Thus, their lands were clipped and given away to Alwar, Patiala, Nabha and others who entertained the viceroys of the Raj with shikar and Champagne breakfasts. The Chauhans would bow to none. Check into hotel on arrival. Evening at leisure.
Today have breakfast at leisure and check out in time before noon, embark on a drive to Delhi, upon arrival check in at your in Aerocity.
Overnight at Novotel Aerocity
Day-21: Depart India by International Flight
Post breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your return flight back home.
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