Duration of Tour: 14 Nights/ 15 Days
Destination: Delhi » Mandawa » Bikaner » Jaisalmer » Jodhpur » Pushkar » Jaipur » Fatehpur » Sikri » Agra » Jhansi » Orcha » Khajuraho » Varanasi » Delhi
Day:1 Arrive Delhi
Morning Meeting assistance on arrival and transfer to the Hotel.
After leisurely breakfast, visit of Old Delhi and New Delhi,
Old DelhiAn ancient walled city. Here you will drive pass Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. Rajghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city.
New DelhiThis city designed and built by the british in the 1920's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. First you will visit two monuments from Delhi's past Humayun's Tomb and qutub Minar. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate.
Day:2 Delhi - Mandawa (260 kms. / 5½ Hrs.)
After leisurely breakfast,drive to Mandawa, upon arrival check into the hotel.Afternoon Visit Mandawa: are the ethnic Haveli of Jhun Jhunwala, the kanoria Haveli and of course the ghaneriwala Haveli all of which are impressive and reflect the rich art and craftsmanship of Rajasthan.There is a also fort in the centre of the town. Thakur Nawal Singh built this fort and in the western side of the fort is the goenka haveli. Adjacent to goenka Haveli is the exquisitely designed Nandlal Murmuriya Haveli which is renowned for its sculptures. The Thakur Dedraj Tarmal, Lodiya Haveli, Neowatia, Laduram, Chokhani are all renowned for there colourful frescoes. There is also the Harlalka Baoli,the cemetry and shiv mandir which is conspicuous with it is cristal linga.
Day:3 Mandawa - Bikaner (185 kms. / 4Hrs.)
After leisurely breakfast,drive to Bikaner, upon arrival check into the hotel.Afternoon visit Junagarh Fort,Founded by Raja Rai Singh, is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line of balconies. It also has windows of varying designs which land it a graceful dignity. A an enormous archway leads to the jormal temple in a specious courtyad. Tar mandir is the royal chapel where royal weddings and births were once solemnised.
In the Evening explore old city by rickshow ride - Havelis, Local Market and Jain Temple.
Day:4 Bikaner - Jaisalmer (333 kms. / 6 Hrs.)
After leisurely breakfast,drive to Jaisalmer, upon arrival check into the hotel.
Rest of the day free for own activities.
After leisurely breakfast,sightseeing tour of jaisalmer city: The citadel city built in 12th century is an architectural dreem in yellow sand stone lyimg in the lonely silence of the thar desert, would provoke wonder, at what could have induced jaisal, a Bhati prince, to settle right in the heart of a desolate desert. The forts and palaces and sevral superbly carved jain temples in and around jaisalmer are old reminiscent of a gloriously history. From the balconies jutting out from either side of the lanes, almost touch overhead.Patwon ki Haveli, Nathmalji ki haveli,Salim singh ki haveli are some of notable mansions.
Afternoon Excursion Camel Ride at Sam Desert 45km. west of jaisalmer, are the proper sand dunes and popular with camel safaris. this jaisalmer's nearest real sahara like desert.the ripples on the wind caressed dunes create enchainting images a photograph's delight. The sand shimmers under the glow of hotel sun highlighting what actually a desert stands for. various cultural programmes are organized again the backdrops of these fascinating dunes.
Day:6 Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (305 kms. / 6 Hrs.)
After leisurely breakfast,drive to jodhpur, on arrival check in at hotel.
Afternoon visit jodhpur city : The home of the Rathore rulers- the princely state of Rajasthan. A High 10 km.long wall protected the well fortfied city. Within stands an imposing fort on a low range of sandstone hills, about 125 mts. above the surrounding plains. Visit Mehrangarh Fort founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha (after whom the city is named) the fort is intricately adorned with long carved panels and latticed windows of exquisite design in red sandstone.
Jasawant Thada- an imposing white marble cenotaph built to commemorate the acts of bravery and generosity of the rulers in 19th century.
Day:7 Jodhpur - Pushkar (220 kms. / 4 Hrs.)
After leisurely breakfast, drive to Pushkar, Upon arrival check into the hotel.
In the evening visit
Brahma Temple This is probably the only important Brahma Temple in the country where the Creator of Universe is worshipped with immense faith. Located on the Brahma Ghat of Pushkar Lake, the temple has a four faced idol of Brahma installed in 1809.
Pushkar Lake This lake is believed to have appeared all by itself when the lotus flower fell off from the hands of Brahma. The lake is surrounded by 52 ghats and 400 temples. A holy dip in the water of the lake, especially during Kartik Purnima, is considered extremely auspicious to purify human soul. Today, after a bad monsoon the water of the lakes dries up which takes away half the attraction of Pushkar city.
Day:8 Pushkar - Jaipur (142 kms. / 3 Hrs.)
After leisurely breakfast, Drive to Jaipur,on arrival check into the Hotel.
Afternoon free for independent activities
After leisurely breakfast ,proceed to AMBER FORT: After breakfast ,proceed to Amber Fort the ascent to the fort will be on elephant back/jeeps,Amber fort,the formal capital of the royal jaipurs.
11 kms from Jaipur - A marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. The magnificent old citadel, a labyrinth of massive walls and towers, shrouds an exquisite marble palace, pillared and carved glimmering with a million tiny mirrors, which create tantalising reflection effect. The ascent to the fort is on gaily caparisoned, painted elephant, passing through the ancient main gate where Maharaja's of Jaipur have entered for four hundred years.Afternoon visit Jaipur City
City Palace Museum - an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art. The Museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armoury of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and procession.
Jantar Mantar (Observatory) - an accurate Observatory built in 1726 AD :
Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storeyed wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.
Birla Temple - situated just below Moti Dungri, the Birla Lakshmi Narayan Temple has a huge complex and is built in a contemporary style.
Day:10 Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra(232 km / 5 ½ hours)
After leisurely breakfast, Drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri: The Mughal Emperor Akbar built Fatehpur Sikri about 35 km from Agra, and moved his capital there. Later abandoned, the site displays a number of buildings of significant historical importance. A World Heritage Site, it is often visited by tourists to Agra.
upon arrival check into the hotel.
After leisurely breakfast, morning visit Taj Mahal , and Agra Fort
Taj Mahal:Agra is the medieval city of the famous 17th century masterpiece Taj Mahal, which of course is the most splendid of all buildings - perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world. It was built in the memory of the beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal of one of the greatest kings Shah Jehan of the Mughal Empire.
(Taj Mahal closed on Fridays)
Agra Fort Agra is not only famous for Taj Mahal but the impressive Mughal Red Fort known as the Agra Fort. The story of the Mughal Empire in stone, Built by Emperor Akbar and successively enriched with places and marble pavilions.
Afternoon visit Itmad-ud-Daulah
Itmad-ud-Daulah Empress Nur Jehan built Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, sometimes called the Baby Taj, for her father, Ghias-ud-Din Beg, the Chief Minister of Emperor Jahangir. Small in comparison to many other Mughal-era tombs, it is sometimes described as a jewel box. Its garden layout and use of white marble, pietra dura, inlay designs and latticework presage many elements of the Taj Mahal.
Day:12 Agra -Jhansi (Shatabdi Train 08:10 AM / 10:25 AM)
Jhansi/ Orcha / Khajuraho (172 kms. /4 Hours)
After leisurely breakfast, transfer to railway station to board shatabdi train to jhansi.
Meeting assitance on arrival and drive to khajuraho, enroute visiting Orcha :The Bundela chief Raja Rudra Pratap(1501-31) chose an easily defended and beautiful site for his capital. Set on the island on a bend in the Betwa River, it is elevated above the surrounding wooded countryside.once capital of its own state, Orcha contains three palaces -The Raj Mahal, Rai Parveen Mahal, Jahangir Mahal -each built by succeeding Maharajas in a similar style and combining to from a complex as imposing as that at Udaipur. Also visit Ram Raja Temple & Chaturbhuj Temple.
After visit, drive to khajuraho, on arrival check into the Hotel.
Day:13 Khajuraho - Varanasi (Flight)
After breakfast,visitKhajuraho City: Founded in the 9th and 10th century by the rulers of Chandela Dynasty, influenced by tantrism, in eroticism becomes a theme of philosiphical interest and the aim is sublimation of sexual relationship in the sexual act or "Maithun" ,women being regarded as the incarnation of the divine energy or "Shakti". It is also possible that the Khajuraho were influenced by "Kama Sutra".Among the temples to visit are the Kandariya Mahadeo, Chaunsat Yogini, Chitragupta Temple, Vishwanath temple, and various ather temples.
After visit straight transfer to airport to board flight to Varanasi
Meeting assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Afternoon visit Varanasi City: The consists of visiting the city temples -the durga temple, better known as the Monkey temple on account of the large number of monkeys residing there and the temple of vishwanath (or Visheshwar "Lord of the Universe") are the most sacred spots in the city. Visit will also include Bharat Mata or Mother India Temple and the Benares Hindu University.
Day:14 Varanasi - Delhi (Flight)
Early morning, boat ride on holy river Gangas -to see the ritual bathing and cremation is worth the effort of waking up before sunrise, a direct contact with life on the banks of the Ganges. Hindu pilgrims come to bath in the sacred Ganga, facing the rising sun, or at dusk, when leaf-boat lamps are floated down the river.
Afternoon visit Sarnath: 10 kms from the centre of the city,Sarnath symbolises the birth of Buddhism. It was here that Lord Buddha revealed his doctrine and founded his monastic community. The Museum at Sarnath is amongst the most important in India and contains carvings representing a whole range of styles - Archaic, the covering work of sculptors from 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D.
After visit straight transfer to airport to board flight to Delhi.
Upon arrival transfer into the hotel.
Day:15 Leave Delhi
Early Morning after breakfast Transfer to international airport to board your flight for back home.