Highlights: Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Deogarh - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra
Rajasthan the land of Maharajas is about the story of warriors, their chivalry, romance, glory and tragedy in fairy tale proportions. The people are happy, full of life and dressed in their traditional colourful attire. The tour covers the largest open-air art gallery "Shekhawati, famous for its painted mansions and frescoes, Jaisalmer" the desert city with a camel ride on the sand dunes, the forts of Junagarh and Mahrangarh. Cities of Jaipur, Udaipur, Agra and Delhi. Stay at some of the exotic places and royal mansions teeming with heritage and hospitality of the regions.
Jaipur-Country Inn & Suites
Agra-Four Point sheraton
Rajasthan the land of Maharajas is about the story of warriors, their chivalry, romance, glory and tragedy in fairy tale proportions. The people are happy, full of life and dressed in their traditional colourful attire. The tour covers the largest open-air art gallery – Shekhawati, famous for its painted mansions and frescoes, Jaisalmer – the desert city with a camel ride on the sand dunes, the forts of Junagarh and Mehrangarh. Cities of Jaipur Elephant ride at Amber Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. Amber is the classic and romantic fort palace with a magnificent aura, Udaipur - Boat ride at Lake Pichola in Udaipur the romantic city often called “Venice of the east’, It is also the ‘city of lakes’, The Lake Palace (Jag Niwas) located in the middle of Pichola Lake is the finest example of architectural and cultural marvel. The Grand Palace on the banks of the lake. Agra visiting World famous “Taj Mahal”, a the monument of Love
Day 1: London Heathrow to Delhi by flight
1155 hrs: Arrive Delhi airport
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Afternoon you will head into New Delhi, visiting Humayun’s Tomb, an impressive garden tomb with high arches and a double dome, built by his wife Haji Begum in the 16th Century. An early example of Mughal architecture considered the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. Then continue on to the wonderful Qutab Minar - the landmark of Delhi, the beautiful grounds feature the well preserve a huge tower of victory standing over 72 meters. You will drive on to Rajpath and through to India Gate and the Lutyens Delhi with its tree lined boulevards leading to the British Viceroy’s Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan) now the official residence of the President of India, the Secretariat, India Gate and Parliament House.
Day 2: Delhi to Mandawa by surface
After breakfast drive to Mandawa also known as an “open air art gallery” of Rajasthan because the entire Shekhawati region and not just Mandawa is dotted with fascinating masions (havelis) that have lavishly painted walls. The history states that Mandawa village was founded by Mandu Jat. He dug a well over here which was completed in 1797. Earlier Mandawa was called the “Mandu ki dhani”, and then it became Mandu ka bas and was changed to Mandawa.
Upon arrival at Mandawa, check in at your hotel
Rest of the day at leisure
Day 3: Mandawa to Bikaner by surface
After breakfast visit Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli - This haveli has a painting depicting Indra Dev on an elephant and Lord Shiva on his Nandi bull. Goenka Double Haveli - This haveli, with two gates, has a monumental façade of elephants and horses. The outer walls, jutting balconies, alcoves and overhanging upper storeys are replete with patterns and paintings, ranging from traditional Rajasthani women and religious motifs to Europeans wearing stylish hats and other Victorian finery. Jhunjhunwala Haveli - The haveli features a striking gold leaf painted room located to the right of main courtyard. Mohan Lal Saraf Haveli - A picture of a Maharaja stroking his moustaches beautifies this haveli. Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli - This haveli is located in the south of town, where the decoration of the outer and inner walls is perhaps the finest in Shekhawati. Blue washes here and there betray twentieth-century censorship of the erotic scenes that had been commonly acceptable one hundred years earlier.
Later drive to Bikaner - funded in 1488 AD by Rao Bika Ji, it's located in North West part of Rajasthan state in INDIA. The imposing palaces, beautiful and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones display some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization. It's lust for "dessert" or affection for "desert" that tickles every heart to visit Bikaner.
Upon arrival at Bikaner, check in at Hotel
Day 4: Bikaner to Jaisalmer by surface
After breakfast enjoy sightseeing tour of Bikaner visit the 16th Century Junagarh Fort – The fort was originally called Chintaman and was renamed Junagarh or Old Fort, Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum (Closed on Friday and public holiday) – is known to be as the best museum of Rajasthan. The museum comprises some of the most unique and amazing collections of artwork, history and sculptures.
Later drive to Jaisalmer - named after its founder Rawal Jaisal. "Jaisalmer" means "the Hill Fort of Jaisal". The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured.
Upon arrival at Jaisalmer, check in at Hotel
Day 5: Jaisalmer
Morning visit the Jaisalmer Fort - Built in 1156 by the Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisal, it is situated on Trikuta Hill and had been the scene of many battles. Its massive sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, turning to a magical honey-gold as the sun sets, Patwon Ki Haveli - Built by Guman Chand Patwa (and later by his five sons), a wealthy merchant and banker who had over three hundred trading centres from Afghanistan to China. This ornate five-storey complex took fifty years to complete. This is the largest, the most magnificent, and the most elaborate of Jaisalmer Havelis, Salim Singh ki Haveli – was built by the scheming Prime Minister Salim Singh in 1815. It has a beautifully arched roof capped with blue cupolas and carved brackets in the form of peacocks. Also visit 12th-15th century Jain temples dedicated to Rikhabdevji and Sambhavanthji.
Late afternoon excursion to sand dunes to view the sunset and ride a camel on shifting sand dunes
Day 6: Jaisalmer to Jodhpur by surface
After early breakfast drive to Jodhpur - founded in 1459, Jodhpur is referred as Sun City for its bright & sunny weather. It is also termed as Blue city for it blue whitewashed houses around Mehrangarh Fort.
Later enjoy city tour Jodhpur visiting Mehrangarh Fort - located atop a 125 m high hill. The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort is the most majestic and one of the largest forts in India. The construction of the fort started in 1459. The walls of the fort are up to 36 m high and 21 m wide; they enclose some exquisite structures. The fort museum houses an exquisite collection of palanquins, howdahs, royal cradles, miniatures, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. The rampart of fort not only has excellently preserved cannons but also gives a breathtaking view of the city. Kipling once remarked, the fort seems to have been built by giants and not by ordinary people. Also visit Jaswant Thada – an architectural landmark. It is a white marble memorial built in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These stones are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when the sun\'s rays dance across their surface. Within this cenotaph, there are also two more tombs.
Check in at hotel
Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 7: Jodhpur to Udaipur by surface
After breakfast drive to Udaipur - a historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar. Udaipur is famous around the world as the City of Lakes or Venice of The East. It is also as the place where Maharna (emperor) family has been ruling, a title which is above the rank of an of Maharaja (king).
Enroute visiting the beautiful Jain temple at Ranakpur - The exceptionally beautiful Ranakpur complex is one of the largest and most important Jain temples in India. 60 Kms, north of Udaipur. It lies in a remote valley of the Aravalli range and is an important destination for Jains and tourists alike.
Upon arrival at Udaipur, check in at Hotel
Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities
Day 8: Udaipur
After breakfast enjoy half day city tour
City Palace - The city palace was built in 1725 with various palaces inside it such as Dilkush Mahal, the palace of Krishan Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal all ornately decorated. The museum in City Palace contains incomparable historic and artistic heritage which dates back to 14 century, Jagdish Temple - Dedicated to Vishnu, the preserver, this temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651, Saheliyon Ki Bari - The Garden of the Maids of Honour, a most serene place in Udaipur, designed by Maharana Fateh Singh. It consists of beautiful lawns, gardens and fountains, a retreat for the ladies of the household, Rana Pratap Smarak, Nagar & Sajan Niwas Gardens - Overlooking the Fateh Sagar is the Moti Magri (Pearl Hill) on which is a statue of Maharana Pratap on his famous horse Chetak. Local guide claim that he jumped an abyss of extraordinary width in the heat of the battle even after losing one leg! The path to the top winds through some attractive gardens.
Afternoon boat ride on Lake Pichola - The beautiful Lake Pichola derives its name from a nearby village Picholi. Udai Singh built a dam and from then the lake has become a meeting place for more than two hundred species of migratory and resident birds.
Day 9: Udaipur to Deogarh by surface (Approx. 145 kms / 4 Hrs)
Drive to Deogarh and arrive at Deogarh Mahal for 01 Night stay, a charming palace of 17th century. Your afternoon is free to explore the colourful village around the palace
Day 10: Deogarh to Pushkar by surface (approx 145 Kms/4 hrs)
Drive to Pushkar situated around the holy lake with mythological significance
Upon arrival at Pushkar, check in at Hotel
During the afternoon visit the Ghats and witness the pilgrims taking a ritual dip in the lake.
Please Note: " NO ALCOHAL, NO MEAT available at these places and due respect must be given to the religious sentiments of the local people.
Day 11:Pushkar to Jaipur by surface (approx 150 Km/ 3 - 4 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur - Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh - II, the ruler of Amber, Jaipur was the first planned city in India. This town is also referred as Pink city for the colour of buildings in its wonderful old city. The city was painted pink to honour the visit of Prince Albert of England in 1882.
Upon arrival at Jaipur, check in at Hotel
The afternoon at leisure to explore Jaipur’s colourful bazaars, shop for Rajasthani crafts, handlooms and jewellery.
Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 12: Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber - capital of the old state of Dhundhar, located on the rugged hills that surround Jaipur. Ride the colourfully painted elephants up the hill, admire the massive gateways, courts, stairways, pillared pavilions and palaces that recall the glory and wealth of Amber’s association with the Mughals. During the afternoon visit the City Palace (still houses the erstwhile Royal family); Jantar Mantar - the Royal Observatory and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - built for the royal ladies to watch the activities on the market street below without being observed themselves.
Day 13: Jaipur to Agra by surface
After breakfast, drive to Agra - a medieval city on the banks of the Yamuna River. It was founded by Sultan Sikandar Lodi in the year 1506. Agra achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658 and remains a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings. Most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Enroute sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri, which is a beautiful and deserted medieval city, built by Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. It was mysteriously abandoned 13 years later. Today, it is perfectly preserved as a ghost city built at the height of the empire’s splendor.
Upon arrival at Agra, check in at Hotel
Day 14: Agra to Delhi by surface (Approx. 210 kms / 4 - 5 Hrs)
After breakfast visit the world famous Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, built one of the world’s most famous buildings, the ‘Taj Mahal’. Its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship have been described as ‘a vision, a dream, a poem, and a wonder’. visit the 16th century Agra fort. This commanding red sandstone monument stretches 2.5 kilometres along the banks of River Yamuna, encompasses serene gardens and terrace pavilions, with striking views providing glimpse of the magnificent Taj Mahal across the river.
Later drive to Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi, check in at Hotel
Afternoon you will get a feel for this city as you explore its historic sights. Raj Ghat which is located on the banks of the river Yamuna, This is Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656. It is India’s largest mosque. Explore the bustling cultural delight of the colourful market on the 'cycle rickshaw' for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue-heading west from the Fort. You will take a view of Red Fort – the 17th century imposing fortress built in red sandstone is surrounded by a huge boundary wall 33m high. Inside are exquisite palaces and beautiful gardens.
Day 15: Delhi to London Heathrow by flight VS-301:1255-1730
Transfer from hotel to Delhi airport in time to board flight for London Heathrow