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Catch a glimpse of the rural charm of the villages of Rajasthan along with
the magnificent Taj!
Day 01 Arrive at 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 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 - Khimsar 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 Khimsar en route stop at Nagaur to see the splendid
Ahichatragarh fort. Reach Khimsar by late afternoon.
Day 05 Khimsar -Osiyan - Pokaran - Jaisalmer 330km
After breakfast we set towards our journey across the Thar Desert to reach
Osiyan to see the 7th century Harihar temple and the hindu temple of Goddess
Shakti. 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
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 Lake.
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 - Ranakpur - Udaipur 290km
Leave Luni and reach Ranakpur a big pilgrimage centre for the Jains. Just
four hours drive from Luni is the eternal Jain pilgrimage centre of
Ranakpur. Admire the workmanship from the 16th century. The temples are
built out of marble and the main shrine of Adinath with 1444 columns is awe
inspiring and none of these are similar. Also see the sun temple and the
other temples in the campus. Proceed towards Udaipur and on the way stop by
the fields to see the local way of farming and irrigation. Walk into the
villages to mingle with the locals around to know more about their
lifestyle. Reach Udaipur by late evening and check into your hotel
Day 10 Udaipur
Visit the City Palace the richest palace museum in the entire Rajasthan.
See the peacock square and the miniature painting school inside the palace
premises. Udaipur has the prestige of housing the best miniature schools in
the country under the royal patronage of the king of Udaipur. Later see the
temples of Nagda and Eklingji.
The temple at Eklingji is a temple that belongs to the Maharana of Mewar
(royal family) and he is often there to pray. The temple complexe of Nagda
is a group of temples of which only two remain intact and those are that of
Saas and Bahu. Two temples of Shiva and of Vishnu both from the 7th century.
Day 11 Udaipur - Ajmer - Pushkar 250km
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
goddess 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.
Day 12 Pushkar - Jaipur
Leave Pushkar after breakfast and reach the Pink City : Jaipur. After lunch
at your hotel visit the local bazaar and the gems cutting and polishing
Day 13 Jaipur 219km
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 golden latticed 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
Day 14 Jaipur - Karauli 180 km
Leave the Pink city after breakfast and reach Karauli by lunch time. After
lunch its time to discover the hidden bounties of this beautifull and lost
world. Visit the Palace in Karauli with its intricate mirror and wooden
work. Take a stroll in the local bazaar full with local flavours and
It is a lovely experience. Dinner at your hotel.
Day 15 Karauli - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Leave Karauli 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 people.
Day 16 Agra - Delhi
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
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
emperor Akbar before continuing towards Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi
transfer to a local restaurant for your farewell dinner and finally transfer
to the international airport for your flight back home.
Above Cost Includes :
- Daily breakfasts
- All sight seeing and tours mentioned in the itinerary
- English speaking local guide in every city
- Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur
- Overnight stay in the hotels mentioned
- Air conditioned car with chauffeur
- All applicable taxes
- Rickshaw ride in the old city of Delhi
- Desert and village safari in 4 x 4 jeeps in Luni
- Opium ceremony in Luni
- Visit to Bishnoi villages in Luni
- Sunset cruise on Lake Pichhola in Udaipur
- Camel ride on the dunes in the desert
- Farewell dinner on the last day in Delhi
- Puppet show in Jaipur
- Local music and dance by local village artists on the dunes in
- 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