ARRIVE DELHI. You will arrive at New Delhi International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel for check-in (check-in time 1200 hrs/ early check-in is subject to availability). India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the remnants of a bygone time, in the form of its many monuments, stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. Delhi is a food-lovers haven and has something to please every palate. There is an unlimited variety available across cuisines, across price-brackets and across experiences – from street food of North India to International cuisine and from road-side dhabas to fine-dining – Delhi has it all. Overnight in Delhi.
IN DELHI. Breakfast at the hotel. Full day Old Delhi & New Delhi Sightseeing Begin your day with a guided tour of the Old City of ‘Shahjahanabad’. Your introduction to the city will start with a visit to Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, drive past the Red Fort - the magical monument in red sandstone built at the pinnacle of the Mughal Empire. From here proceed by bicycle rickshaws through the bustling streets to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia built by Shahjahan. CLASSICAL RAJASTHAN (WITH AGRA) Delhi-Mandawa-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Jaipur-Agra-Delhi 13 Nights/ 14 Days Continue on a guided tour of New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. You will visit Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India built to establish the might of Islam and onset of Muslim rule in India and Humayun’s tomb, the first great example of a new distinctive style, which developed to become the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate (War Memorial Arch), the Parliament buildings and the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s residence). Following sightseeing, return to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner. Overnight in Delhi.
DELHI to MANDAWA. Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, you will be driven to Mandawa (a journey of 245 km/ 7 hrs drive approximately). On arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel. In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is the beautiful small town of Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis. The structures of this place are a reminder of the cultural and social hotspot this place used to be in the bygone era. Afternoon explore the magnificent Frescoes Havelis. Explore the beautiful havelis, painted predominantly in vibrant colours, have beautiful wall paintings that adorn their walls in this semi-desert region. Overnight in Alsisar.
MANDAWA to BIKANER then to GAJNER. Breakfast at the hotel. Today, you will be driven to Bikaner (a journey of 245 km / approx 5.5 hours). On arrival, proceed for sightseeing tour of Bikaner Lying in the north of the desert state of Rajasthan, the city of Bikaner is dotted with many sand dunes. More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. Bikaner’s forts, palaces and temples are magnificent creations in red and yellow sandstone and are living manifestations of its rich historical and architectural legacy. CLASSICAL RAJASTHAN (WITH AGRA) Delhi-Mandawa-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Jaipur-Agra-Delhi 13 Nights/ 14 Days Sightseeing tour of Bikaner Visit one of the most interesting forts in Rajasthan, with its sumptuously decorated interiors. Junagarh Fort built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh it is unusual in the sense that it was one of the few major forts of Rajasthan that was not built on a hilltop. Instead, it was built on the desert plains; its rugged sandstone bastions and graceful pavilions and balconies are silhouetted against the sky. Following visit, walk around the local bazaars of Bikaner. Following sightseeing, continue drive to Gajner (35 kms/ an hour drive approx). Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel. Overnight in Gajner.
GAJNER to JAISALMER. Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, you will be driven to Jaisalmer (a journey of 297 km/ 6.5 hrs drive approx). On arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel. Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer founded by Rao Jaisal. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with all its awesome splendour, dominating the amber-hued city. The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. Famous for the Jaisalmer Fort, sand dunes, and ideal for camel rides and safaris. Overnight in Jaisalmer.
IN JAISALMER. Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, proceed on a tour of Jaisalmer including visit Jaisalmer Fort – built in 1156 the fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert. Located on the top of the Trikuta Hill, the ramparts, bastions and the long-stretching walls of the fort dazzle gloriously during early morning and at sunset. Continue on to Gadsisar Lake, a rain water lake, adorned with an arched gateway. Many small shrines and temples are festooned all around the lake. Continue on a visit to some of the most exquisitely carved havelis of Jaisalmer. Built in the 19th Century by wealthy merchants, these havelis (or mansions) are intricately carved in yellow sandstone. The entrances of the havelis are raised high above the street to prevent sand from blowing into rooms; jharokhas (projecting balconies), jails (latticed stone screens) and the inner courtyards, which were protected places for the children to play and women to go about their chores, are some of the characteristic features of these mansions. CLASSICAL RAJASTHAN (WITH AGRA) Delhi-Mandawa-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Jaipur-Agra-Delhi 13 Nights/ 14 Days Later in the afternoon, drive to the outskirts to view the sunset on the picturesque sand dunes. The ripples on the wind-caressed dunes creating an enchanting mirage are surely a delight. An exciting camel ride on the sandy terrain will allow you to get the real feel of the desert. Overnight in Jaisalmer.
JAISALMER to JODHPUR. Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, you will be driven to the blue city of Jodhpur (a journey of 303 Km/ 7 hours drive approximately). Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Jodhpur, also called the ‘Blue City’ located on the edge of the Thar Desert was once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar state founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha and is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. Flanked on its western side by the Mehrangarh Fort, and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan; the monuments temples and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multifaceted grandeur. While the graceful palaces, forts and temples bring alive the historic grandeur; exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, music and the brightly attired people lend a romantic aura to the city. Countless festivities celebrate the rich past and culture of the princely state. The Marwar Festival held annually is one such spectacular bonanza. Guided tour of Jodhpur. Your tour will start with visit to Jaswant Thada, located a short distance from the fort, just off the fort road, is a white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The cenotaph built in 1899, was followed by the royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs that stand nearby. There are some beautiful marble jali (lattice) work and fine views from the terrace in front of the cenotaphs. Continue your sightseeing with visit to the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, one of Rajasthan's finest forts, looks down protectively over the city, from the hilltop. Still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, this 5 km long majestic fort on a 125 metre high hill is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. There are seven gates that lead into the fort. Inside the fort is a series of courtyards and palaces. The palace apartments with marvellously carved panels, latticed windows have evocative names such as Sukh Mahal (Pleasure Palace), Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), the Phool Mahal (Flower Palace) and the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs (used when the Maharajas rode their elephants in processions), miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. OPTIONAL: Zipping At Mehrangarh Fort [Not Operational from May to July] CLASSICAL RAJASTHAN (WITH AGRA) Delhi-Mandawa-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Jaipur-Agra-Delhi 13 Nights/ 14 Days During your visit to the Mehrangarh Fort, which has been described by Rudyard Kipling as “the creation of angels, fairies and giants”, enjoy a thrilling experience of zipping on 6 separate zip lines. Catch the breath-taking views of the forbidding ramparts of this fort as you indulge in this aerial adventure of rolling away and hooting in excitement ! Following sightseeing, return to your hotel. Overnight in Jodhpur.
JODHPUR to UDAIPUR. Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, you will be driven to the ‘City of Lake’ Udaipur (a journey of 280 Km/ 7 hours drive approx) en route visit to beautiful Ranakpur Jain Temples. Deep in the forest, tucked away in a remote and quite valley of the Aravalli Range, some 90 km from Udaipur is Ranakpur. It boasts of some of the most exquisite Jain temples in the country famous for their intricate friezes and sculptures. The main shrine of Adinath, with its 1444 exquisitely carved columns is the largest and most complex Jain temple in the country. Two Jain temples dedicated to Neminath and Parsvanath and a Sun Temple a little distance away are also noteworthy. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Udaipur – the ‘City of Lakes’, is the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar, one of the oldest surviving dynasties in the world and was established around 1567 A.D. The chequered history of Mewar is showcased in the city of Udaipur, which is akin to an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan. It is a rich and beguiling tapestry of lakeside palaces, forts, temples, havelis and gardens, reflecting the varied influences of the centuries. Also called ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur is located in the Aravalli ranges of the royal state of Rajasthan. Surrounded by ancient mountains and set on the edge of three lakes, it is a beautiful old city with narrow lanes meandering through it. Overnight in Udaipur.
IN UDAIPUR. Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to visit Nagda & Eklinji Temples Nagda, located 23 km from Udaipur has temples dating back to the 6th century, including the famous 11th century Sas-Bahu (mother-in-law-daughter-in-law) twin temples with intricate architecture and carvings and the Adbhutji temple. Both temples are at the edge of a lake and submerged within the lake are several later structures. Following visit, continue to Eklinji, a complex of 108 temples enclosed by CLASSICAL RAJASTHAN (WITH AGRA) Delhi-Mandawa-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Jaipur-Agra-Delhi 13 Nights/ 14 Days high walls dedicated to Lord Shiva - the deity of the Maharanas of Mewar. Located about 22km north of Udaipur, the Shiva temple here was originally built in 734 AD. The walled complex includes an elaborately pillared hall under a large pyramidal roof and features a four-faced Shiva image of black marble. Later in the afternoon proceed on a half day tour of city of lakes - Udaipur. Commence your tour with a visit to the City Palace which stands on a hill on the banks of Lake Pichola, surrounded by crenulated walls. Built in 1567, it is composed of 4 major palaces and several minor palaces that form a single façade. Its main entrance is through a triple arched gate, the Tripolia, built in 1725. The gate leads to a series of courtyards, corridors and gardens. Continue on to Saheliyon-ki-Bari (Garden of the maids of honour), a small ornamental garden which was a popular relaxing spot where royal ladies came for a stroll and hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants. Following visit, enjoy tour of the colourful Spice Market of the Old city. India - the land of spices plays a significant role in the global spices market. No country in the world produces as many kinds of spices as India. The climate of the country is suitable for almost all spices. OPTIONAL: Folk Music & Dance at Bagore Ki Haveli This evening, proceed for an interesting dance performance at the 18th-century haveli museum, on the water’s edge near Gangaur Ghat. Built by a former prime minister and has been carefully restored, the upper courtyard here makes an atmospheric setting for fabulous Rajasthani dance performances. Overnight in Udaipur.
UDAIPUR to JAIPUR. Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, you will be driven to the pink city of Jaipur (a journey of 415 Km/ 7 hours drive approx). Upon arrival, check-into your hotel.Jaipur, one of the most enticing places in India, is nestled between mighty forts and the rugged Aravalli Hills. It is known as ‘the pink city’ as its prominent buildings are washed in this colour. Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727, Jaipur is steeped in Rajput history and is characterised by sites such as the City Palace with its astronomical Observatory, Hawa Mahal and the beautiful Amber Fort. Jaipur is a bustling capital city and a business centre with all the trappings of a modern metropolis yet flavoured strongly with an age-old charm that never fails to surprise a traveller. OPTIONAL: Interaction followed by Dinner with Indian Family Familiarise yourself with the climatic, cultural and historical influences that make India so diverse. Experience culinary delights, savour the tantalizing flavours and bask in a blend of aromas of Indian CLASSICAL RAJASTHAN (WITH AGRA) Delhi-Mandawa-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Jaipur-Agra-Delhi 13 Nights/ 14 Days cuisine. Celebrate the love of food and listen to secrets from your hosts who are highly inspired from the rich traditions and exuberant hospitality that India is famous for! Overnight in Jaipur.
IN JAIPUR. Morning visit to Amber Fort with a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal An exciting day awaits you as begin your sightseeing tour with a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Continue your tour as you drive to the ancient capital of Amer to see the fabulous Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city, surrounded by fortified battlements. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenellated walls lattice the surrounding area. At the foot of the hill you will be taken on the jeep up to the main gate. Tour the chambers and hallways of the palace, famous for the excellence of its design and decoration. Within the complex is Ganesh Pol, an imposing gateway painted with the images of the elephant-headed god, Ganesh. The merging of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles is captured in the Sukh Niwas and Jas Mandir apartments, and the Charbagh garden with its perfectly proportioned landscaping. Pierced screen windows offer views from different vantage points and shimmering mirrors encrust the walls of Sheesh Mahal. OPTIONAL: Elephant Trek followed by Lunch Experience a unique and interesting insight into rural Rajasthan as you drive through the countryside to the starting point of your trek. Beautifully decorated elephants await the arrival of the guests and the safari commences as the elephant and his well-dressed mahout salute the guests. You will be taken through a series of farms and fields and a few quiet villages tucked away in the countryside as you hear the ringing of bells that are a part of the ornaments adorned by your elephant. Following which, a sumptuous lunch awaits amidst the rustic environs. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Pink City, an “abode of rajahs”. The highlights of the tour include a visit to the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes, and armory of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiseled handles. Many antiques and artifacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. It also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Proceed to the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century. Later, enjoy a rickshaw ride through the narrow bylanes of the colorful bazaars. CLASSICAL RAJASTHAN (WITH AGRA) Delhi-Mandawa-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Jaipur-Agra-Delhi 13 Nights/ 14 Days Overnight in Jaipur.
JAIPUR to AGRA. Breakfast at the hotel. You will be driven to the Mughal city of Agra (237 Km / 07 hours drive approx) en-route visiting Akbar’s abandoned capital, Fatehpur Sikri. Located 40 km from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri was built by Mughal emperor Akbar in 1571 in honour of the Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti. It was the Mughal capital for 14 years after which it was abandoned due to paucity of water. It is made of red sandstone and combines influences from both Hindu and Mughal architecture. Even to this day, the entrance to the fort is through the road that Akbar built which leads to the Buland Darwaza, a huge 54 metres gateway. Other inspiring monuments in Fatehpur Sikri are the Hiran Minar that Akbar built in memory of his favourite elephant, Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti, Birbal's House and the Diwan-i-Khas. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel. Known to the world as the city of the ‘Taj Mahal’, Agra is still associated with the Mughals, who besides being great rulers were also great builders. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, forts and palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. From the Taj Mahal to the massive Agra Fort; Agra is amongst the most remarkable city of the world and a must visit. Later, proceed for a visit to Agra Fort. Explore the Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Shah Jahan, the Taj's creator, spent the last years of his life imprisoned at the fort by his son Aurangzeb. It was built in the late 1560`s by their predecessor, Akbar, with later embellishments by Jehangir, his son, and Shah Jahan, his grandson. Following visit, return to your hotel. Overnight in Agra.
AGRA to DELHI. Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal (Remains closed on Friday’s) Early this morning, proceed on a spectacular sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal, celebrated for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty. Emperor Shah Jahan built this exquisite white marble mausoleum for his favourite queen Mumtaz Mahal. The monument was commissioned in 1631 and took 20,000 artisans, 22 years to complete. Witness the dramatic interplay of light as the sun rises and casts its golden rays over the pearl white tomb, recreating the magic of the Taj. Return to your hotel for Breakfast. CLASSICAL RAJASTHAN (WITH AGRA) Delhi-Mandawa-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Jaipur-Agra-Delhi 13 Nights/ 14 Days Later you will be driven back to Delhi (202 Km/ 4 ½ Hours approx). Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel. Overnight in Delhi.
DELHI DEPARTURE. Breakfast at the hotel. This morning is at leisure. Check-out from your hotel at 1200 hrs. You will be met at your hotel by our representative and assisted with transfer to international airport for your onward flight.
- Information like altitude, total walking times and distance in the day to day itinerary are approxmate only.
- the itinerary should be regarded as an outline only. The routes may have to be changed due to weather and other unpredictable conditions.