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Explore the deserts of the Rajasthan, get charmed by its ethnic touch and
conclude your tour witnessing the cascading flow of the mighty Ganges!
Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Meet and assist by our representative upon your arrival at the airport.
Then drive to your hotel with your driver and car. Night in hotel.
Day 02 New Delhi
Morning after breakfast city tour of this imperial British capital of the
20th century. Visit the Qutub Minar - the tallest free standing minaret in
stone in the world; then onto Humayun's tomb - the first Mughal construction
in India from 1565 AD. Also see the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the India Gate built
in the earlier half of the 20th century. Drive through the old city past the
Red Fort and visit the Jama Masjid - the biggest of its kind in India. Here
take a rickshaw through the winding streets of the old city to see the life
of the people in this part of the world. A perfect introduction of your
tour. The rickshaw puller pulls you through the imperial avenue the Chandni
Chowk where you will find each and every small business under the sky.
Finally, reach Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where your chauffeur
is waiting for you to take you to your next stop the Birla Mandir, a Hindu
temple in activity.
Day 03 Delhi - Mandawa
After breakfast leave Delhi for Mandawa enroute visiting Mahensar. Upon
arrival in Mandawa check into your hotel.
Day 04 Mandawa - Bikaner 180km
In the morning see this beautiful village of Shekhawati that used to be an
important caravanserai of the yesteryears. See the many havelis of this
quaint little town built by the rich and the famous merchants of the 18th
and 19th centuries. These havelis have been painted with activities of daily
life and of deities to break the monotony of the desert life.
Then proceed towards Bikaner en route stop at Fatehpur to see the splendid
havelis of the local merchants of Shekhawati. Reach Bikaner by lunch time.
See the Junagarh Fort, a royal museum that encompasses history of Bikaner
from its days of construction that dates back to the 16th century. Later
visit the camel breeding farm, a unique experience. Evening time free to
stroll in the busy market area of Bikaner city centre.
Day 05 Bikaner - Pokaran - Jaisalmer 330km
After breakfast we set towards our journey across the Thar Desert to reach
Pokaran for lunch. Visit the 15th century fortress where the 3rd Mughal
emperor, Akbar the Great, was born in 1543. The bazaar in the middle of this
village is very colourful and full of local flavours. After lunch continue
towards Jaisalmer and arrive by evening to witness the sunset over the
desert with the most imposing edifice of the town behind you.
Day 06 Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan Morning an exclusive visit of the Jain temples inside
the Sonar Kila.. The Jains are a community that respects life and are pure
vegetarians by religion. Visit the citadel's palace that houses a museum
with a huge collection of robes and artifacts from the royal family of
Jaisalmer. Visit the Patwaon ki haveli with intricately designed latticed
windows used by the ladies to view the external world. Also see the Gadisar
Later, we go to Sam or Khuri village. Here we have loads of excitement in
store for you. Upon arrival in the village you will be taken to the nearby
sunset point on the dunes to see the sunset by camel carts. After sunset
return to the village where your stay is arranged in mud huts. Evening
listen to the haunted tunes of the desert by the local artists and
musicians. A lifetime experience. Dinner and night in the desert mud huts.
Day 07 Jaisalmer - Jodhpur 280km
Today we reach Jodhpur the blue city by early afternoon.
Post lunch session introduces you to the fabulous spice market of Jodhpur
the 2nd largest city in Rajasthan. Walk along the market to feel the odours
of the spices filling the air around you Then go to Mandore gardens the then
capital of Marwar to view some of the fabulous cenotaphs and the hall of
local heroes of the wars. Drive back to Jodhpur and see the Umaid Bhawan
Palace, the present residence of the king of Jodhpur. Retire to your hotel
Day 08 Jodhpur - Luni 40km
After breakfast drive up to the majestic Mehrangarh fort, the stronghold of
the Rathore princes from 1453AD. We see the superb collection of paintings
and arms and ammunitions. The view of the city from the rampart walls is
Later an hours drive brings us to the world of animals - Luni, the palace
amidst the more rustic life of Rajasthan.
After lunch we take you on a safari to discover the hidden beauty of the
jungle life. Here you would be visiting the Bishnoi villages. Bishnois are a
tribe that respects life in every form - animals trees and even dead
branches. They are vegetarians and even in the villages they protect the
animal life and don't let anybody practice hunting in the vicinity of their
villages. They live in a joint family system where the oldest member is
generally the head of the family.
Then we would like you to witness the opium ceremony with the Patels - a
rich tribe. It is a ceremony prevelant in this part of Rajasthan where the
youth offers opium to drink mixed with water to the elders of the family
when they come back from work in the fields.
Day 09 Luni - Pushkar - Ajmer - Jaipur 320km
Today cross the entire stretch of desert to reach the most holy cities of
Pushkar and Ajmer.
Pushkar happens to be the holiest places according to the Hindus as it is
considered that Lord Brahma (the Creator) and his wife Saraswati (the godess
of learning and music) performed a ritual in the lake. Here we visit the
only Brahma temple of the world before intermingling with the local colours
in the local bazaar. Pushkar is the world famous for its cattle fair held
each year in the month of October/November. Proceed towards Ajmer.
Ajmer is the pious city for the Muslims. Surprisingly both the cities are
at distance of 11km from each other. Visit the Durgah built in fond
remembrance of Khwaja Muin ud Din Chisti where the Muslim pilgrims from all
over India throng during the festival times. Later visit Mughal emperor
Akbar's Palace where his son Jehangir received Sir Thomas Roe to grant him
the permission of trade to East India Company with India, that changed the
history of India completely and slowly and steadily India became colony of
the British Empire. Continue towards Jaipur and reach by late evening and
check into the hotel.
Day 10 Jaipur
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan Visit the Amber fort in the morning; included is an
elephant ride at the Amber fort. See the marvelous Shish mahal built in the
17th century in a fusion style of Hindu and Islamic art. Also see the hall
of public audiences and Maharaja Man Singh's Palace who had twelve queens.
After lunch set off to see the Pink city visiting the observatory Jantar
Mantar built in 1727 by Sawai Maharaja Jai Singh II who was a mathematician
, an astronomer an astrologer and a great musician of his era. He built five
observatories throughout India - Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi, Mathura and Delhi
but only the one at Jaipur is functional. Then visit the City Palace of the
Maharaja of Jaipur with a fabulous collection of robes and saris in cotton
and silk with gold lattice work. The City Palace houses a collection of
paintings also in the painting gallery and of course a collection of arms
and ammunitions in the ammunition gallery. Dinner at your hotel.
Day 11 Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra 250km
Leave the Pink city after breakfast and reach Fatehpur Sikri by early
afternoon. Visit this abandoned city built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in
the second half of the 16th century. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Akbar after
his Hindu wife bore him the long awaited son who was born after the renowned
sufi saint Salim Chisti blessed Jodhabai Akbar's hindu wifewith a son. Also
visit Jodhabai's palace the biggest palace in Fatehpur Sikri even bigger
than the emperor's palace himself as this was the queen who bore him his
heir to the throne. Continue towards Agra and reach Agra by early evening.
Relax at your hotel or go to the local bazaar to see the lifestyle of the
Day 12 Agra
Taj Mahal is awaiting your arrival today morning. A must see with the
rising sun as the Taj Mahal is bathed in the golden rays of the morning sun.
Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial that houses the tomb
of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be
completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa.
Apart from its stunning design, balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is
also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens
and some of the best inlay work ever seen anywhere in the world.
Then see the Agra Fort built by Akbar where Shahjahan was imprisoned by his
own son Aurangzeb.
Post lunch visit Itmad ud Daulah - it is the first mughal building built
out completely of marble. In many contexts it is referred to being the
predecessor of the Taj Mahal. Then visit Sikandara the tomb of the great
Day 13 Agra - Gwalior - Orchha 219km
Today we drive to go to Gwalior the erstwhile stronghold of the Scindia
rulers. Reach Gwalior by early afternoon and after lunch start your visit.
A trip to Gwalior is incomplete without a visit to the fort, Scindia Palace
and the tombs of Ghaus Mohammed and Tansen. Also visit the Gurjari Mahal the
palace of the Gurjar queen Mrignayani today housing an archaeological
museum. Also see the teli ka mandir and the Saas bahu ka mandir inside the
fort. Later continue towards Orchha.
Day 14 Orchcha - Khajuraho 282 km
Orchha is a medieval village where time has stopped. You feel the
timelessness of this spot. Orchha is a medieval city founded by Bundela
rulers with palaces and temples of the 16th and 17th century - which have
remarkably withstood the onslaught of time. The river Betwa picturesquely
flanks the city.
See the beautiful Palace Complex - Jahangiri Mahal and the Raja Mahal.
Closely study the intricacies of the mural paintings in the Raja Mahal and
visit the Laxminarayana Temple. Post lunch continue towards Khajuraho about
182 km away by road and check in to your hotel. After a brief refreshing
time you will be taken to the near by auditorium to witness the cultural
heritage of India through the medium of dances.
Day 15 Khajuraho - Varanasi By flight
Varanasi Morning sight seeing shows us the temples built during the 9th to
the 11th centuries by the powerful dynasty of Chandela rajputs. The temples
with their erotic sculptures are a feast to the eyes. The Chandelas built 85
temples in all but today only 20 temples stand intact. Visit the eastern and
western group of temples before being transferred to the airport to catch
your flight to Varanasi. (1525hrs) Upon arrival (1605hrs) in Varanasi
transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free.
Day 16 Varanasi - Delhi By flight
Early in the morning (0500hrs) we take you to banks of the river Ganges
where we board a boat to see the morning ablutions of the Hindus from the
security of our boat. The boat ride starts from Dasashwamedh Ghat and ends
at Manikarnika Ghat along the sacred Ganges. See the Kashi Vishwanath temple
and the Gyanvyapi kund and the mosque attached to it. Also visit the Benares
Hindu University the largest residential university in India with more than
3000 residential students.
Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later visit Sarnath the sacred city for
the Buddhist all over the world. It was here that Lord Buddha preached his
first sermon to his first five disciples. Also worth visiting is the museum
with artifacts dating back to 3rd century BC. Visit the nearby ruins of the
ancient seat of learning in Sarnath In time transfer to the airport to
return back to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi you will be taken out for a
farewell dinner and then transferred to the international terminal for your
flight back home.
the cost of the tour can vary if the type of accommodation is changed from
the actual mentioned in this tour
Tour Includes :
- Daily breakfasts
- All sight seeing and tours mentioned in the itinerary
- English speaking local guides in every city
- Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur
- Rickshaw ride in the old city of Delhi
- Overnight stay in the hotels mentioned
- Air conditioned car with chauffeur
- All applicable taxes
- Desert and village safari in 4x4 jeeps in Luni
- Opium ceremony in Luni
- Visit to Bishnoi villages in Luni
- Early morning boat rides on river Ganges in Varanasi
- Airfare for sectors :. Khajuraho - Varanasi Varanasi / Delhi
- Camel rides on the dunes in the desert in Jaisalmer.
- Local music and dance by local village artists on the dunes in
- Farewell dinner on the last day in Delhi before departure to
- Magic show in Mandawa
- Puppet show in Jaipur
- Sunrise/ sunset visit of Taj Mahal in Agra
- Battery bus / battery auto rickshaw ride in Agra
- Consultation on astrology in New Delhi by renowned astrologer