14 Nights / 15 Days
Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Deogarh
- Jaipur - Agra
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Company representatives will receive you on arrival at the international airport
in Delhi. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight will be at Delhi.
Delhi is just not a city but it is a book-- a book which narrates the history
of India. The city was built and destroyed seven times and has been witness
to the various events which has brought India through the history books. Seven
times this city went through the pain of being built and rebuilt. Today as the
capital of India Delhi is the seat of administration and the monuments which
tell the saga of a bygone era stand there. These icons are testimony to the
grandeur of past and also an attraction for the tourists. With an area of 1483
sq. Kms, Delhi is all set to acquire full statehood. The charm of Delhi has
attracted Emperors, Conquerors and poor in equally. It is correctly said that
Delhi is a land of 'Dilwalas' or for people with heart. This phrase acquires
a true colour when one goes around the lanes of Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi
You will be picked up from your hotel and proceed for a full-day tour of Old
& New Delhi. Overnight will be at Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi - Mandawa
Morning: Drive to Mandawa and on arrival, check in at hotel. Rest of the day
visit Havelis in and around Mandawa. Overnight in Mandawa
Shekhawati is a colourful fantasy having a fascination uniquely of its own.
The open-air art galley, as it is popularly called, is famous for its plethora
of painted havelis, all commendable pieces of the rich artistic tradition
of this region. It is famous for its Havelis (mansion) built by rich merchants
of the region, display a unique architectural style that evolved around the
courtyards to ensure safety and privacy of the women folk and protection from
the heat of the long and harsh summers. The Havelis, painted predominantly
in blue, maroon, yellow, green and indigo have beautiful wall paintings that
adorn their walls.
Day 4 : Mandawa - Bikaner
Morning: Drive to Bikaner (250 kms/ 5hrs) and on arrival check in at hotel.
Afternoon: Guided visit to camel breeding farm. Overnight in Bikaner.
Bikaner, the royal fortified city, with a timeless appeal in the North State
of Rajasthan, retains the medieval splendour that pervades the city's lifestyle.
More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best
riding camels in the world. This city stands on a slightly raised ground and
is circumscribed by a seven-km long embattled wall with five gates. The magnificent
forts and palaces, in reddish-pink sandstone created with delicacy, bear testimony
to its rich historical and architectural legacy. Undulating lanes, colourful
bazaars and bright and cheerful folks make the visit Bikaner an interesting
experience. Visit the Junagarh Fort, built in 1593 AD by Raj Rai Singh, one
of the best in Rajasthan. It comprises of 37 palaces with pavilions, mosaic
courtyards, carved balconies, kiosks and windows dotted all over the structure.
The Shish Mahal, the Grand Durbar Hall, the 17th century Karan Mahal, Anup
Mahal and the Phool Mahal bring to life the grandeur of a bygone era. The
Fort museum has a rare collection of Sanskrit and Persian manuscripts and
Day 5 : Bikaner - Jaisalmer
Early Morning: Drive to Jaisalmer (331 kms/06½ hrs) enroute visit the
rat temple at Deshnoke. Evening: On arrival in Jaisalmer, check in at hotel.
The 600 year old Karni Mata Temple at Deshnok (30 kms) is dedicated to Karni
Mata - an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The most interesting thing about the
temple are the rats who scamper freely within the sanctum sanctorum of the
temple and are regarded as sacred and are fed by priests and devotees owing
to the belief that they will be reincarnated as holy men.
Day 6 : Jaisalmer
Morning: Guided city tour of Jaisalmer. Afternoon: Enjoy a short camel safari
in the Thar Desert). Evening: Attend the New Year Eve dinner. Overnight in Jaisalmer
Rising from the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. The
Jaiselmer fort etched in yellow sandstone stands with all its awesome splendour.
The life within the citadel conjures up images of medieval majesty visible in
its narrow lanes strewn with magnificent palaces, havelies, temples and typical
desert life of men women cattle and camels. The 80 meter high fort, perch on
the hill, houses the entire township within its ramparts. It has enchanting
narrow lanes dotted with exquisite havelis, beautifully sculptured Jain temples
of the 12th-15th century and palaces. The fort is approached through four gateways
-Akhaiya Pol, Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol and Hava Pol. Some of the most exotic mansions
or havelis, all intricately latticed, are strewn all over Jaisalmer each with
a different facade. The Havelis of Nathmalji, Patwon and Salim Singh all in
Yellow Marble of Jaisalmer are exquisite works of art. A camel safari through
the interesting and remote desert villages of Roopsi, Doojasar, Kanoi, Kuldara
and the Cenotaphs of Barabagh can be interesting. The villages are very special,
as different communities inhabit them.
Day 7 : Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
After Breakfast drive to Jodhpur (308 kms/06½ hrs) and on arrival in
Jodhpur, check in at hotel. Afternoon: Free to visit the bazaars. Overnight
Day 8 : Jodhpur
Morning: Guided city tour of Jodhpur. Afternoon: Jeep safari to the nearby Bishnoi
villages. Overnight in Jodhpur At the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial
city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert.
The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill,
soaring 125 mts. above the plains. A high wall encompasses the city -10 km long
with 8 gates and innumerable bastions. The lifestyle in Jodhpur is unusually
fascinating with people wearing lovely multi hued costumes, artistically designed.
Shopping in Jodhpur bazaars is a heady experience with a colourful display of
the rich collection of exquisite handicrafts. The tie-and-dye fabric, embroidered
"jutis" or slippers in suede, camel skin, velvet and leather, beautiful
silks, durries, marble souvenirs from Makrana, an extensive range of useful
and decorative items etc., are of interest. he Mehrangarh fort is one of the
most impressive and formidable structures. Invincible from the outside, the
fort has four gates approached by a winding road. Within the fort are some magnificent
palaces with marvellously carved panels with latticed windows These palaces
house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including a superb
collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings of various schools,
musical instruments, costumes and furniture.
Day 9 : Jodhpur-Udaipur
Morning: Drive to Udaipur, en-route visit Jain Temples at Ranakpur. and on
arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities.
Overnight in Udaipur
Day 10 : Udaipur
Morning tour of Udaipur, one of India's most romantic cities and famed for its
lovely palaces and lakes. Begin by visiting the City Palace and wandering through
its beautiful rooms and apartments, then continue on to the Garden of Maidens
"Sahelion-ki-bari'. Late afternoon enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Pichola.
Overnight at hotel.
The city of Lakes, Located in the Aravalli ranges of Rajasthan,
the city of Udaipur is situated at a distance of about 405 km from the state
capital Jaipur. The City of Dawn, surrounded by the ancient Aravali Mountains
and set on the edge of three lakes, is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes
flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples. The city is famous
for its palaces, lake, museums, temples, and gardens and much more.
Day 11 : Udaipur - Deogarh
Drive to Deogarh and On arrival, check-in at Deogarh Mahal. It is an archtectural
marvel. Visit the typical traditional village, lake, temple.
Day 12 : Deogarh - Jaipur
Morning: Drive to Jaipur and on arrival in Jaipur, assistance at check in.
Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight in Jaipur
Day 13 : Jaipur
Morning: Guided excursion to Amer Fort with elephant ride. Afternoon: Guided
city tour of Jaipur. Overnight in Jaipur Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan is
colour washed pink - the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture.
This Pink City of fairy tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills
and broad avenues is picturesque. The first planned city of its time, a formidable
wall encircles Jaipur. Morning Drive past by Hawa Mahal, known popularly as
the Palace of Winds, is a facade built for the Ladies of the Royal household
in the 19th century. The Amber Fort, the capital of the erstwhile State of Jaipur
until 1728 is perched on a hill. It has halls of Public and Private audience,
a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvelous
examples of ancient Rajput architecture. The Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess),
the patron deity of the Royal family is at the entrance to the palace. Ride
an elephant to ascend the hill on which the Fort is situated.
Day 14 : Jaipur - Agra
Morning drive to Agra(221 kms), en route visit Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri
the deserted, red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital
and palace in the 16th century. Also visit the Buland Darwaza the largest gateway
in the world. Taj Mahal One of the Seven Wonders of the World, built by Emperor
Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal. This beautiful
mausoleum took 22 years to complete with a work force of 20,000 craftsmen and
master builders, who came from all over Asia to join in this great work from
Baghdad, Shiraz, Delhi, Samarkand and Turkey. The marble, India s finest; was
quarried at Makrana near Jodhpur. Precious and semi precious stones were imported
from distant lands : Jasper from Punjab, Jade & Crystal from China, Turquoise
from Tibet, Lapis from Afghanistan and Ceylon, Chrysolite from Egypt, Amethyst
from Persia, Agate from Yemen, Malachite from Russia, Diamonds from Golconda
and Mother of Pearl from the Indian Ocean. Overnight at the hotel.