|Delhi – Mathura – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur – Mandawa – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Ossian – Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur – Chittourgarh – Delhi|
01 Day: Arrival Delhi
Welcome at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, our representative assist and escort you by a private a/c car and transfer to the pre-booked hotel. After check-in, you will be given all the required documents related to your tour plan; he will explain all your queries about the entire tour plan. If you are arriving by morning flight, in the evening witness Light and Sound show at Red Fort. The show projects splendid history of 5000 years old city, a truly memorable experience. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Light and Sound Show: A spectacular sound and light show at the Red Fort. Which makes the 5,000 years old history of the city come alive. Amidst the tranquility of the splendidly panoramic and historic environs of the Red Fort, select episodes from the annals of Delhi’s historic and legendary past are vividly brought to life. Special effects combine with the unique ambience to make this show a hauntingly unforgettable experience.
02 Day: Delhi
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour & explore the historic city, starting with Old Delhi: (Shahajahanabad) the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, JamaMasjid, the largest and the most splendid mosque in India, both built by Emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where he was cremated. Later take a cycle rickshaw ride through the bustling and colorful bazaar of Chandani Chowk. The sightseeing continues to explore the best tourist attractions of New Delhi including President House (Rashtrapati Bhawan), the regal residence of British rulers; a palace built for British Viceroys. India gate; built to honor and pay a tribute to the Indian soldiers who sacrificed themselves during the Afghan war, then visit Birla Mandir (Laxmi Narayan Temple) built by the Birla family. Humayun’s Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple, Qutub Minar; built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Delhi, the towering capital city of independent and largest democratic country in the world: India. It is one of India’s modern and fastest developing cities with a charismatic charm on its visitors. Delhi is located and sprawled on the both side banks of Yamuna River. The city is enriched with culture, architecture and human diversity, Delhi city is blended of ancient past of India with a vibration of the modern world. Delhi houses finest museums, historical monuments, sightseeing places, and temples in the country. Delhi is designed by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) & is tree-lined & spacious. Legend has it that the Pandavas of epic Mahabharata, the august heroes, founded Delhi, in the ancient time around 1200 BC the name of the city was Indraprastha, Delhi is developed and construed time to time on 7 ancient cities of the old age.
03 Day: Delhi – Mathura / Vrindavan – Agra (210 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Agra, en route visit to Mathura i.e. this temple city is known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna, visiting Dvarkadhish Temple, Vishram ghat, Potara Kund and Rangbhumi and other temples in and around Vrindavan. Followed by other temples in and around Vrindavan (15 kms from Banke Bihari Temple, Radha Vallabh Temple, Sri Radha Raman Temple, Shahji Temple, Rangaji Temple and ISKCON Temple. After the visit, continue to drive to Agra, on the way stop over to visit the Sikandra to see the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Then continue to Agra, upon arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening one should visit Oswal Emporium to watch the replica of Taj Mahal it took 10 years for the artists to build this artistic epitome, also enjoy light and sound show “Mohabbat-the-Taj: the saga of love”, the only show of its kind in India! Later return to the hotel for overnight stay in Agra.
Mathura is the nucleus of Brajbhoomi. This is the place where Lord Krishna was born in a prison cellar. The city, today, is famous for its many temples dedicated to the Lord. Located at Katra, Keshav Deo, the temple is thronged by pilgrims from all over the world. The Dwarkadesh Temple, built by Seth Gokul Das of Gwalior in 1814, is situated in the heart of the city. It is adorned with some exquisite paintings depicting the entire life of Krishna. The Vishram Ghat on the bank of Yamuna is the place where Krishna rested after killing Kansa.
04 Day: Agra
Agra is famous for being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World-the Taj Mahal. Built by the great Mughal emperor Shahjahan, an eternal love story written on the shimmering marble for his wife Mumtaz. Agra is a pleasant town with comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are the descendant of those who worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. Agra, and the nearby city of Fatehpur Sikri is conveniently close to Delhi. Besides the Taj Mahal is Agra Fort, Sikandra, Ram Bagh and Itmad-Ud-Daulah-35 kms away are the imperial ruins of the Mughal city, Fatehpur Sikri. The world-famous town for Taj and amazing monuments of India.
05 Day: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (240 kms: 5 – 6 hrs)
Early morning visit world’s most popular and beautiful monument: Taj Mahal with its’ fabulous view at the time of sunrise. Taj Mahal, beautiful architectural monument among the 7 wonders of the world; this historical masterpiece is an illustration of the fusion of diverse architectural styles. Taj Mahal is the crown of all the loveliest buildings in the world, a symbol of eternal love. The tour continues to visit Agra Fort, was built in 1576 AD., by great Mughal Emperor Akbar, structured and designed with red stoned barricaded; in the fort you will find most splendid Pearl Mosque and various other classic example of art: Jahangir Mahal, Moti Masjid, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Am, Meena Bazaar and Musamman Bhurj where from Emperor Shahjahan, prisoner of his son rebellious Aurangzeb, he put his father in the cell of Agra fort, where from he could see his love reflecting through the Taj Mahal, where his loveliest wife was cremated. In the evening one should visit Oswal Emporium to watch the replica of Taj Mahal it took 10 years for the artists to built this artistic epitome, also enjoy light and sound show “Mohabbat-the-Taj: the saga of love”, the only show of its kind in India! Afterwards visit Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daula, 35 kms from Agra, built by Empress Noorjahan daughter of Shahjahan, this monument a tribute to her great father. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Note: Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday.
06 Day: Jaipur
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to pink city Jaipur. Enroute stopover at Fatehpur Sikri, the old deserted town of the Mughal kingdom, built in red sandstone in honor of Saint Salim Chisti who blessed birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important structure here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwane e Khas; Punch Mahal, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Buland Darwaza, one of the largest and tallest gateways in the world. In the evening you can explore the bustling market of Jaipur by cycle rickshaw ride, which is paradise for shopping lovers, Jaipur is worldly famous for hand-woven carpet, precious stones, handicraft, marble, textile, blue pottery, handmade papers, later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Jaipur is widely known as the ‘Pink City. This city is color washed pink to welcome Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria of England who visited India in 1883 A.D. The city was founded in 1727 A.D by one of the greatest ruler Jai Singh II. Jaipur is surrounded by hills on three sides, crowned by formidable forts and majestic palaces, mansions and gardens. Jaipur is the only city in the world, which is sub-divided into nine rectangular sectors symbolizing nine divisions of the universe. Jaipur is the first planned city designed in accordance with ‘Shilpa Shastra’- epochal treatise of Hindu architecture.
07 Day: Jaipur – Mandawa – Bikaner (330 kms: 7 hrs)
After an early breakfast check-out the hotel and drive Bikaner, Enroute Mandawa, the medieval Fort of Mandawa (Shekhawati) gradually rises on the horizon like a mirage. Mandawa is popularly known as the ‘open-air art gallery’ of Rajasthan. Visit Havelies in Mandawa notably the Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, Chokhani Saraf & Gulab Rai Ladia Havelies. All are famous for its inquisitive paintings. The Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli is known for its erotic paintings and images, now mostly defaced. These havelis are like museums, numerous havelis built by the wealthy merchants as in old days. Later continue drive to Bikaner, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Bikaner: The city was founded by Rao Bikaji in 1488; Rao Bikaji was the son of King Jodhaji of Jodhpur, due to some personal confront with his family, he took the courage to build his own city by adopting desert and barren land and then he transformed into a charming city called Bikaner, and the city was named after the King Bikaji. The 500 years old city standing still with glorious past is located in Northern part of Rajasthan. The Rajpoot rulers here built splendid palaces, temples and forts that resonance of magnificence and images of monsoon clouds in this desert land. The city is barricaded by 7 kms long walls built the in the 18th sanctuary with 5 huge gates around the city. Today, a flourishing city of wool, food, and milk. The Bikaner is known also one of the international standard camel breeding farm and rate temple of Karni Mata. Junagarh and Lallgarh palace are major tourist attraction of the city. The city is known for colorful market and camel festival every year. Bikaner is also known as a gateway to Jaisalmer.
08 Day: Bikaner – Pokhran – Jaisalmer (330 kms: 7 hrs)
Today after breakfast takes the city tour of Bikaner visiting most popular and magnificent Junagarh Fort – built by Raja Rai Singh, this had never conquered during the entire history of Bikaner. The fort is having around 37 splendid palaces within the fort complex, there a is a wall of 7 kilometers around the fort and 37 bastions and 2 massive gates. After visiting the Junagarh Fort, afterward drive to Jaisalmer, on the way you can take a halt to visit Pokharan Fort. Later continue to drive to Jaisalmer, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer is quite popular for crowing Golden Fort, the city is a fantasy in yellow sandstone in the heart of the Thar Desert. Rawal Jaisal, a Rajput King, founded Jaisalmer in the year 1156 A.D. The desert town is located on edge of the Thar Desert; Jaisalmer is one of most prominent city for tourists in Rajasthan, also known as golden city, by golden sand and golden fort, Jaisalmer is having lots of tourist attractions splendid havelis, camel safari on thrilling Sam dunes, Jain temples, picturesque Gadisar Lake. The city is known for its golden stretched sand dunes, royal heritage, and culture. The tour of Rajasthan is incomplete without visiting Jaisalmer. The city is like a landmark of Desert State Rajasthan.
09 Day: Jaisalmer
Today after breakfast take city tour of Jaisalmer city, firstly visit most popular Golden Fort, also known as Sonar Kila and Jaisalmer Fort, the fort is built on the top of Trikuta hill, having 99 bastions, the most speculator feature is Megh Durbar, also many temples, near the fort there are marvelous havelis built by the wealthy traders of the past time, notably havelis are Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, the splendid mansions with latticework and stone carving, a true break tacking intricacy. Afterwards, visit the one of the beautiful lake known as ‘Gadisar Lake’ the entrance of the lake is quite artistic and there is past days story behind this lake. If time permits and you wish to cover more of places, you can visit Amar Sagar and Mool Sagar Lake and temples of Ladawara. In the evening drive to Sam Sand Dunes, the nearest place of the Great Thar Desert, Sam Sand dunes seem to be golden stretched sands as a gateway to the Thar Desert. Enjoy camel ride to on the sand dunes.
Note: Optionally in the evening you can visit Sam Sand Dunes and stay overnight at luxury tents at the dunes, you can enjoy camel safari in night hours and dinner with folk music and dance in the starry night in the desert.
10 Day: Jaisalmer – Ossian – Jodhpur (290 kms: 6 hrs)
Today after breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Jodhpur. Enroute visit at Ossian village around 65 kms from Jodhpur: explore Jain and Hindu temples built in 8th and 13th centuries. This small town was a prosperous city during medieval era of North India. Sun Temple is the oldest temple in Ossian among 11 ancient temples. Afterwards continue to drive to Jodhpur, on arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening you may opt to explore the local market, visiting various authentic restaurants. You may choose ‘On the rocks’ an open air restaurants with Rajasthani hospitality, offering authentic food and folk music and dance. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Jodhpur, the home of Rathors – The awesome princely city of Rajasthan. Founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha, today Jodhpur is one of the largest city of Rajasthan. Once the capital city of the Marwar State, crowning it is the imposing Mehrangarh Fort. The old city is situated at foothill of a hillock. The city built in a high wall 10kms, long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions. Umaid Bhawan Palace could be defined as Taj Mahal of North India. The city carries rich heritage and culture and flourishing industry of wood, cattle, camels, salt and agricultural crops.
11 Day: Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur (275 kms: 5 hrs)
After breakfast the city tour starts by visiting massive Mehrangarh Fort, wonderful Jaswant Thada (Mausoleums of the great Rajput King: Jaswant Singh), Umaid Bhawan Palace and museum – India is one of most imposing and regal palaces, Built by Maharaja Umaid Singh, designed by of famous architect Edwardian and Henry Vaughan Lanchester, who constructed this wonderful palace, a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture.In the afternoon check out the hotel after lunch and drive to Udaipur, Enroute take a halt at Ranakpur to explore Jain temples of 12 Century – There are bunch of temples, made of white marble and intricately sculpted, the main temple is built out of marbles with 108 carved pillars each design of a pillar is carved differently from rest. Afterwards, continue to drive to Udaipur. On arrival check into the hotel. In the evening you may walk through the old narrow street of the city to watch local houses and people. Or you may opt to visit at Lake Pichola for a boat ride or a dinner at one of the luxurious hotel ‘Taj Lake Palace’ (dinner will be at your own cost), afterward return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Udaipur: One of the most romantic and beautiful city of North India, the city was founded in 1568 AD by Rajpoot King Udai Singh., located on the banks of the shimmering Pichola Lake, is one of the most romantic city of Rajasthan. Udaipur is cuddled up in lush green Aravali mountain range. The city is also known as the ‘Venice of the East’. It is a kaleidoscope of wonderful lakes, enchanting temples, lakeside gardens, amazing forts and palaces and narrow lanes of the old city with historical past, Udaipur characterizes chivalry and velour of the Rajpoot clan who had ruled this city for years and valor and chivalry. There are so amazing places to visit in this incredible city of Rajasthan.
12 Day: Udaipur
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting wondrous City Palace complex, significant landmark of the town, the palace is a splendid white marble architectural historical place of Rajpoot Rulers, in the palace vicinity you will see notable places like Durbar Hall, Palace Museum, Crystal Gallery and Jagdish temple, followed by Sahelion Ki Bari, a beautiful recreation garden for queens and princes of the rulers. Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, an ethic places to see the traditions and culture of Rajasthan, ethnic ornaments, exhibiting folk traditional outfits, puppets, masks, dolls, classical paintings, fold musical instruments. In the evening visit to Lake Bageela 22 kms for sightseeing tour of ancient Eklingji and Nagda Temples, after finishing the sightseeing tour of the day, return to the hotel for overnight stay.
13 Day: Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Delhi – Hometown
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and take an excursion Chittorgarh city, to visit mightiest and largest historical fort of India: Chittorgarh, this crowning historical Fort stands a jaded reminder of the characteristic and bravery of Rajpoot Clan in Rajasthan, sprawled over 700 acres, area, the fort houses historical monuments: Tower of Victory, Rani Padmini Palace, Man Mahal, Mira Temple and several ruins of temples of Shiva. After visit drive to the airport to board the scheduled evening flight for Delhi. On arrival, transfer to board the connecting flight for the hometown. On departure, the tour concludes with the happy memories.
Chittorgarh, the town known for its massive fort atop the hill, crowned on a 6kms long hill, covering an area of 280 hectares with fortifications, temples, towers, and palaces. The city can be single out for its glorious past and valor, unique to the Rajput tradition. Chittorgarh is a fortified settlement, which is history witnessed a number of sieges but refused to bow before foreign invaders. Tales of Princess Padmini are told here who was known for her chivalry and beauty. A ruined citadel, where the royal past lives in its imposing forts and palaces.