Duration : 20 Days / 19 Nights
Destination : Delhi – Mandawa – Bikaner – Pokran – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur – Pushkar – Jaipur – Amber Fort – Fatehpur Sikari – Agra – Delhi – (Flight) Cochin – Kumarakom – Allepey – Kovalam – Trivandrum – (Flight) Delhi / Mumbai
Day 01 – Arrive Delhi
On arrival at Delhi, you are traditionally welcome by our representative and transfer to hotel by your Exclusive Car. In the hotel have a brief view of the tour from our representative. Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 02 – Delhi
After enjoying the hearty breakfast, leave for the sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. Including Jama Masjid — one of Asia’s largest mosques, Red Fort- the magnificent and most opulent fort built during the years 1638 – 1648 by the Moghul Empire, walk through the silver street of Chandni Chowk, Raj Ghat – the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, A massive temple – Akshar Dham, The Hindu temple – Birla Mandir, The Humayun’s Tomb & Qutab Minar – a 73 m high victory tower and The Bahai Temple – shaped like a lotus flower and a proof of India’s secularism. The India Gate -war memorial, The Rashtrapati Bhawan – President’s House, Parliament House and Government Secretariat Buildings. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 – Delhi / Mandawa (260kms)
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Mandawa upon arrival check-in hotel and later we leave to see Mandawa — often called the “open air art gallery of Rajasthan’ the region is famous for the high quality frescoes. See the beautifully painted havelis on the ancient and the famous silk route built in the 18th and 19th centuary by the rich merchants. Later take a heritage walk in this beautiful village. You can also see the traditional lifestyle of the local people. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 04 – Mandawa / Bikaner (180 Km)
After breakfast, drive towards to Bikaner. On the way visit Fatehpur Village which is also famous for the splendid havelis of the Shekhawati region. Reach Bikaner by afternoon later set of for the sight seen tour of Bikaner includes visiting the impregnable 15th century Junagarh Fort reputed to have remained unconquered till date,the fort has a number of gates- Karan Pol (gate) provides access to the fort, next to it is Suraj Pol (sun gate Also visit the Camel Breeding Farm which carries out breeding and training of camels (closed on Sundays). Evening time is to visit Deshnoke Rat Temple. Overnight stay at your hotel in Bikaner
Day 05 – Bikaner / Jaisalmer (330kms)
After early breakfast, leave through the Thar Desert for Jaisalmer, en-route visit Pokharan — the birth place of Akbar the Great (3rd Mughal Empror). Visiting the local market in the heart of the village and after taking lunch we proceed towards Jaisalmer. Arrive there by early evening. Let the Sun set view of this desert city weaves magic on you, leaving you speechless and mesmerized. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 06 – Jaisalmer
Sightseeing tour of the Golden City –Jaisalmer includes Sonar Fort or the Golden fort, rises from the sand and merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience. Badal Niwas, Manak Chowk, Patwon Ki Haveli — one of the largest and most extensively carved Haveli with remnants of mirror work and paintings on the walls, Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli known for its unique miniature style paintings and mighty tuskers carved out of yellow sandstone stand guard to the haveli. & Deewan Salim Singh Ki Haveli — Prime Minister’s residence of 18th century.Visit the Gadisar lake then in evening camel carts safari for sunset onto Sam or Khuri Sand Dunes where you can enjoy dinner in mud huts listen to the folk tunes by the local artists and musicians. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaisalmer.
Day 07 – Jaisalmer / Jodhpur (280 kms)
Early Morning depart to Jodhpur, en-route visit Mandore Gardens. Check into hotel. Post lunch seightseeing tour includes Mehrangarh Fort — pride of Jodhpur, still stand high witnessing the battles fought. Museum inside the fort displays a rich collection of old royal palanquins, arms, paintings, costumes, etc. Fort has number of palaces – Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Takht Vilas and Jhanki Mahal. On the way down from the fort, towards left is Jaswant Thada — intricately carved marble stone temple shaped cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Umaid Bhawan Palace or Chittar Palace – palace with no mortar bindings, only chiselled sandstone blocks are interlocked together. Evening is leisure or you can walk along the famous spice market and feel the flavours of indian spices. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08 – Jodhpur / Udaipur (330 km)
After breakfast, drive to Udaipur enroute visit Ranakpur, the city named after Rana Kumbha, known for its Jain temple. The four images of Adinath are enshrined in the main temple called ‘Chamukh’, having 29 halls and 1444 columns all with differently carved sculpturs. The complex also includes Sun Temple, Amba Mata Temple, Parsvanath and Neminath temples. Overnight stay at hotel. Later Kumbhalgarh Fort – One of the few impregnated forts in Rajasthan, with 2nd longest wall after china around Kumbhalgarh, the Muchchal Mahavir temple is wisely popular. This fort stands on a rocky hill commanding an excellent view of the wild and rugged scenery of the Aravallis and the sandy desert of Marwar. Reach Udaipur in afternoon and check in hotel. Later, see the Sahelion ki Bari where Maharana Sangram Singh build this garden complex with fountains and lakes for his beautiful daughter. After that move around the narrow streets of Udaipur, rest of the time free for your leisure.
Day 09 – Udaipur
After breakfast move out for the city tour of Udaipur visit the City Palace — a grand palace with beautiful architecture, the Jagdish Temple — dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and the folk art museum with a colorful collection of puppets, musical instruments and paintings.In the evening you can wander through the city or take an boat ride on Lake Pichola and see the fabulous lake palaces of Udaipur, the Jag Mandir Palace and the Jag Niwas Palace now known as the Taj Lake Palace, where you can enjoy your dinner in a regal ambience. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Day 10 – Udaipur / Pushkar (275 km)
Leave Udaipur and head towards Pushkar on the way visit the Eklingji and Nagda Jain Temple. Also visit the Saas and Bahu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. Afternoon reach the Holy City — Pushkar, the place where Lord Brahma (Creator of the Hindu Trinity) and Savitri (His Wife) perform “Yagnas”. Here we visit Brahama Temple and Lake Pushkar, where devotees take holy bath in lake water. The legand says that the lake sprout on the place where the lotus petals fell on earth from the hands of Lord Brahma. Pushkar is popular for the Pushkar Fair or Camel Fair that held every year in the month of November. In evening enjoy the walk along the colourful and bustling local market.
Day 11 – Pushkar / Jaipur (150 kms)
On the way to Jaipur in Ajmer visit Nasiya Golden Jain Temple, “Dargah Sharif” and Adhai Din Ka Jhopra. After that welcome to The Capital city of Rajasthan which is also known as “Pink City” This afternoon, set off to see The City Palace — still the home of the former royalty H.H Bhawani Singh Ji of Jaipur housing an extensive collection of art, carpets and old weapons. Jantar Mantar Observatory — situated in the heart of the city where time has been accurately measured since the 17th century the largest and best preserved stone observatory,on the way back visit Birla Temple. Evening at leisure.
Day 12 – Jaipur
A full day sightseeing stopping to view the dramatic hilltop fortress at Amber – ascend the imposing fort on a painted elephant. We wander among glittering inlays and the Hall of Mirrors ‘Sheesh Mahal’. Within the palace are Diwan-e-Aam the Hall of Public Audience, Diwan-e-Khas the Hall of Private Audience and the Sukh Niws where a cool breeze blows, the Jai Mandir or the Temple of Victory. Enroute visit Jal Mahal the “Water Palace” built in centre of Maota Lake which was a resting place of the kings. Hawa Mahal — The Palace of Winds, the facade of which is all pink windows and filigree screens. After Lunch visit “Monkey Temple”, Galta Sun Temple — beautiful place sorrounded by mountains. Enjoy a Bollywood movie at “Rajmandir” the Second best Cinema in Asia. In the evening then enjoy dinner with folk dances and music by typical Rajasthani women in an Indian Restaurant.
Day 12 – Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (232 Km)
After a morning at leisure we drive to the city of Taj, Agra, stopping enroute at ornithological reserve at Bharatpur – Keoladeo National Park. Post lunch tour of the Phantom city Fatehpur Sikri built by Akbar in the late 16th century, it was abandoned after only 14 years due to shortage of water. The entire city of Red sand stone (sand stone palaces and temples) is virtually intact and a site worth seeing is 54 m high main entrance. Jami Mosque, Buland Darwaza, Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chishti, Jodha Bai and Birbal’s house are the other attractions. On reaching Agra, visit the imposing Agra Fort, built of red sandstone and marble is a hilltop citadel with fabulous courtyards, fountains and gates, where Shahjehan imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb. Thereafter, evening is free to explore this vibrant colourful city and its local markets.
Day 14 – Agra / Delhi (205 Km)
Early morning visit incomparable Taj Mahal which is among the seven wonders in the world. Tajmahal, erected by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Begun in 1631, 20000 workmen took 22 years to complete it a dream in white marble which lies in perfect proportion to the elegant garden of fountains on the bank of Yamuna. Then on the way to Delhi, visit Sikandara – the last resting place of the Mughal emperor Akbar. Upon arrival in Delhi check- in and overnight in hotel.
Day 15 – Delhi / Cochin (By Flight)
Early morning you will be transferred to airport to board the flight for Cochin. On arrival at the airport in Cochin, you will be met and transferred to the Hotel at Cochin. Later we visit Cochin, Kerala’s commercial centre, it has a fine natural harbour. Cochin (Kochi) gateway for Kerala is famous for Mattanchery Palace, St. Francis Church, Wellington Island, Bolghatty Island, Chinese Fishing nets and Jewish Synagogue. Cruising on the back-waters provides glimpses of the rural life, fine view of the harbour and three islands. Evening witness Kathakali Dance Show in a theatre. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 16 – Cochin / Kumarakom (90 Km)
Morning after breakfast sightseeing of Cochin which includes Pareekshith Thampuran Museum and Museum of Kerala history. Afternoon proceed to Kumarakom, on arrival check-in to the resort on the bank of Backwater. Overnight stay at the resort.
Day 17 – Kumarakom / Allepey (Houseboat)
Morning after breakfasts proceed to Alleppey. Check-in to the waiting houseboat. Enroute you can see many romantic beauty of the nature which will remind you that you are in the Gods Own Country. You can view coconut palm fringed canals and local people going for a fresh catch of the day & tapping of toddy (Local beverages) from palm trees. Rest of the day at leisure in Kumarakom, Kerala. Overnight stay at the houseboat.
Day 18 – Allepey / Kovalam (180 Km)
Morning after breakfast proceed to Kovalam. Arrive Kovalam on arrival check-in to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure at Kovalam Beach. Overnight stay at Kovalam.
Day 19 – Kovalam
Morning after breakfast sight seeing of Thiruvananthapuram covering Museum Complex, Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Science & Technology Museum, Veli Tourist village, Aakulam boat club, Shangmugham Beach. Overnight stay at Kovalam.
Day 20 – Kovalam / Trivandrum (16 km) Delhi / Mumbai (By Flight)
Morning after breakfast drive to Trivandrum airport to board the flight to Delhi or Mumbai. Upon arrival assistance and transferred to International airport to board your International flight to your home country.