Day 01 : ARRIVAL/ DELHI
On arrival at Indira Gandhi international airport,meet and greet by our representative.Later, assistance and transfer to hotel for overnight stay Delhi – the capital of India, is a fascinating city with complexities and contradictions, beauty and dynamism, where the past co-exists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city rich in the architecture of its monuments.Delhi is not only the present metropolis of India but also a Necropolis. Because of its location, being on the banks of the River Yamuna, many cities have risen and fallen over the last five millenniums.
Day 02 : DELHI Breakfast at hotel Morning
Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Visit the historic RED FORT – Shah Jehan’s elegant citadel in red sandstone, which was built as an octagon measuring 900m by 550m and surrounded by a 9-meter deep moat, which was at its inception fed by the waters of the Yamuna River. The fort is entered from the Lahori Gate and leads to a roofed passage called Chatta Chowk. The Naqqar Khana (drum house) at the end of this passage marks the entrance to the royal enclosure.
A spacious lawn leads to the Diwane-i-Am – the pillared Hall of Public Audience, Diwane-i-Khas – the Hall of Private Audience where the emperor met select visitors and the Pearl Mosque built by Shah Jahan’s son, Aurangazeb, the last of the “Great Mughals”. Very near the Fort is the JAMA MASJID (Friday Mosque), India’s largest mosque, also built by Shah Jahan, take an interesting rickshaw ride through the famous bazaars of Chandni Chowk, which is adjacent to both the Fort and the Mosque. Also visit RAJ GHAT – the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Lunch during visit in a city restaurant Afternoon: Sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Visit the QUTAB MINAR, a Tower of Victory which was built in the 12th century by Qutbuddin Aibak. Within its spacious courtyard stands the Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD and bears a Sanskrit inscription in the Gupta style. The pillar has puzzled scientists, as its iron has not rusted in all these centuries.
The TOMB OF HUMAYUN – the magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble is one of the finest examples of the garden tomb,and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Its proportionate spaces, double dome and refined elegance are characteristic of Mughal architecture. Also, visit INDIA GATE,the memorial of the First World War and the road that leads from there to RASHTRAPATHI BHAWAN – the residence of the President of India, which is flanked by the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings.Dinner & overnight at hotel
Day 03 : DELHI / Nawalgarh / MANDAWA (By Surface- 270 Kms\ 6 Hrs Drive)
Morning: enjoy your breakfast at the hotel; later depart for Mandawa Mandawa, the capital of the Shekhawati region, is a semi arid region, situated in the northeast part of Classical Rajasthan with Taj Mahal. It consists of the administrative districts of Jhunjhunu, Churu and Sikdar. Mandawa is generally famous for its beautiful Castles and stunning Havelis. Nowhere in Rajasthan will you find such exquisitely designed havelis. Every haveli maintains its individuality and are decorated with wonderful paintings. The murals depicted on the walls of the havelis are antique in design and there was a time when precious gems were found on these.The center of activity at Mandawa is concentrated around its medieval Fort.
The fort holds a predominant position at Mandawa and boasts of having intricate carvings and beautifully painted arched gateways.Mandawa is a historical town,located in Rajasthan,amidst the rugged zones of Aravallis. The glory and the grandeur of the yesteryears are very much evident when you visit Mandawa. The rich history of Mandawa is reflected in the large number of havelis and forts found there.These havelis itself are the greatest tourist attractions of Mandawa.On arrival proceed to Hotel for lunch Afternoon visit the Grand Havellis of the Nawalgarh area, some of the finest frescoes can be seen in the havellis.
Some of the finest frescoes can be seen in the Roop Niwas Haveli, Saat Haveli and in the various old forts in the Nawalgarh. There are numerous havelis, prominent among them are the Aath (eight) Haveli complex, Poddar Haveli, Jodhraj Patodia Haveli, Bansidhar Bhagat Haveli and Chokhani Haveli.These Havellis are mansions, elaborately and attractively decorated with a strong main entrance. The walls are often covered with murals, local legends and religious scenes from Hindu Mythology. Some of the famous havelies one should not miss while in Mandawa are the Chokhanis and the Goenkas. Diner & overnight at hotel
Day 04 : MANDAWA / BIKANER (190 Kms – 4 Hrs )
Morning leave for BIKANER, which was once a major trading post between Africa, West Asia and the Far East. The arts prospered receiving the patronage of a wealthy merchant community. The city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world.
Bikaner, the royal fortified city, with a timeless appeal in the north state of Rajasthan, retains the medieval splendour that pervades the city’s lifestyle. More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground and is circumscribed by a seven km long embattled wall with five gates. The magnificent forts and palaces, in reddish-pink sandstone created with delicacy, bear testimony to its rich historical and architectural legacy. Undulating lanes, colourful bazaars and bright and cheerful folks make the visit Bikaner an interesting experience.
On arrival assistance at the time of check in at the hotel, Lunch at hotel Afternoon, visit the JUNAGARH FORT, built in 1593 AD by Raj Rai Singh, one of the best in Rajasthan. It comprises of 37 palaces with pavilions, mosaic courtyards, carved balconies, kiosks and windows dotted all over the structure. The Shish Mahal, the Grand Durbar Hall, the 17th century Karan Mahal, Anup Mahal and the Phool Mahal bring to life the grandeur of a bygone era. THE FORT MUSEUM has a rare collection of Sanskrit and Persian manuscripts and miniature painting. Dinner & overnight at hotel
Day 05 : BIKANER / JAISALMER (302 Kms – 6 Hrs)After breakfast Commence drive to Jaisalmer, "island in the sand", as it is also known. Rawal Jaisal in 1156 founded it. Lying at the extreme edge of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is a tiny jewel in the heart of the tar, the Great Indian Desert. Once the capital of the Bhati Rajputs, the medieval city rises in a sea of sand on a low range of hills surrounded by a stone wall three miles around- a towering vision in delicate yellow hue-only infrequently broken by green oasis. Lunch en route After lunch continue to Jaisalmer, On arrival check into hotel, Evening explore around this magnificent city. Dinner & Overnight at hotel
Day 06 : JAISALMER :
After breakfast commence visit of the magnificent JAISALMER FORT: this Fort situated on the Trikuta Hill was established by Maharawal Jaisal and is also known as “Sonar Quila” because it is made up of golden yellow sandstone. The fort is about 800 years old and is defended by 99 towers and has a large number of temples, residential areas and markets. The fort stands over 30 m over the city and is approached through Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoot Pol and Hawa Pol.
HAVELIS : The town is famous for the large number of havelis; important among them includes the Nathmalji Ki Haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Patwon Ji Ki Haveli, and the Tazia Tower.
GADSIAR LAKE : It is located near “Tillon Ki Gate” and is a major tourist attraction in Jaisalmer. It is a water conservation tank made in the 15th Century AD where one can find a large number of birds most of which migrate from the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary located nearby. Afternoon at leisure, Evening drive to Sam, 30 minutes out of Jaisalmer, to witness the magnificent sunset of the mighty dunes. Return to hotel for Dinner & overnight.
Day 07 : JAISALMER / JODHPUR (290 Kms – 06 Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur, once the capital of the state Marwar. Jodhpur is built tumbling down a low sandstone hill, right on the edge of the great Thar Desert. At the summit of this hill stands the Meherangarh fort built in 1459. Standing above a perpendicular cliff, the fort looks impregnable – an imposing landmark, especially at night when it is bathed in yellow light. On arrival proceed to your hotel, Lunch at hotel in Jodhpur
Visit of MEHRANGARH FORT, the walls of the fort enclose a variety of handsome, red sandstone buildings, palaces, barracks, temples and havelis. Delicately latticed windows and pierced screens worked in sandstone are the surprising motifs inside the fort. The palaces – Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and other apartments are exquisitely decorated with paintings still gracing some of the ceilings and the walls. Outside the fort visit JASWANT THADA, a royal crematorium in marble, built in 1899 for Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Diner & overnight at hotel
Day 08 : JODHPUR / Ranakpur / UDAIPUR (275 Kms – 6 Hrs)
Drive to Udaipur, en-route visit Ranakpur Jain Temples, in a quiet and picturesque glen which runs into the western slopes of the Aravalli hills, lies the remarkable 15th century Jain temples. Though over 500 years old, the temples here are superbly preserved in a near – perfect condition. In the centre is the main “Chaumukha Temple” dedicated to Adinath. The most distinctive features are the 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, of which no two are exactly alike. Every conceivable surface is carved and every corner and angle is engraved with Jain images.
Lunch in a restaurant in Ranakpur After lunch continue to Udaipur, On arrival proceed to your hotel, Rest of the evening at leisure to experience the City of Dawn, surrounded by the ancient Aravali Mountains and set on the edge of three lakes, is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples. Dinner & overnight at hotel
Day 09 : UDAIPUR
Breakfast at hotelMorning : City tour of Udaipur.Visit the CITY PALACE, a majestic architectural marvel which is perched on a hill and towers over Lake Pichola. The Palace is a majestic conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Each palace within is an outstanding creation of art. Visit the BHARATIYA LOK KALA MUSEUM which has an interesting collection of Indian folk art including costumes, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, musical instruments and deities. Later visit SAHELION-KI-BARI the “Ladies Garden”, with its rich foliage and intricately designed fountains.
Afternoon : Enjoy a BOAT CRUISE on Lake Pichola on which the majestic Lake Palace Hotel is situated. See the Ghats along the lake and the interesting buildings on the banks. The view of the city palace from the lake is spectacular. Dock at the Jagmandir Island where Shah Jehan was once given sanctuary by the Maharana of Udaipur. Overnight at hotel
Day 10 : UDAIPUR / Pushkar / JAIPUR (400 Kms – 07h30)
After breakfast commence drive to Jaipur en route visiting Pushkar, surrounded by hills on three sides, Pushkar, 11 kms from Ajmer, abounds in temples. One of these the most famous is the Brahma temple – the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the country. Once a year, during the Kartik Purnima, the entire region comes alive with a pulsating Camel and Cattle Fair. There is a week long celebration with an explosion of fun, frolic, games and laughter with threads of religious fervour. Bedecked and festooned cattle wait in the clouds of sand and the pious gather at the break of dawn to take a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake to absolve themselves of all their sins.
Visit of BRAHMA TEMPLE in Pushkar: The Brahma Temple of Pushkar is only Hindu temple where Lord Braham, the creator of universe is worshipped. This holy temple is situated in the Pushkar valley. The Brahma temple, built with marble,is decorated with silver coins and there is a silver turtle on the floor of the temple. The temple enshrines a life-size idol of Lord Brahma. Without visiting Pushkar’s Braham Temple your Rajasthan tour will be incomplete.
PUSHKAR LAKE : The Pushkar Lake is considered as one of the most sacred spot in India. it is believed that the lake was created by the lotus petals, which fell from the hand of Lord Krishna. Every year during Kartik Purnima (Month of Oct\Nov when moon appear in full size) pilgrim come from across the world for take a holy dip in holy Lake. The tranquil and beautiful lake amidst the hills has fifty-two bathing Ghats, built around the lake. The Lake is semi- circular in shape. The water around each Ghat is supposed to have special powers.
After visit continue to Jaipur Jaipur – the capital of Rajasthan is color washed pink – the color associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This Pink City of fairy tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues are picturesque. The first planned city of its time, a formidable wall encircles Jaipur.On arrival proceed to you hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 11 : JAIPUR
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel; later proceed for the excursion to AMBER FORT, here you will enjoy the Elephant Ride to reach atop of the palace. This journey on embellished elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the Royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience. Inside the Fort visit the Hall of Victory or Jag Mandir – is the famed Sheesh Mahal – a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period.
Continue your journey : with the city tour of Jaipur – visiting Maharaja’s CITY PALACE, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armory Museum, housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers.
Later visit the Jantar Mantar (OBSERVATORY), which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world, having 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. Lunch during the visit in a city restaurant During the tour you will also have a brief photography stop at HAWA MAHAL – the Palace of Winds. Also visit of local markets of Jaipur in the evening Dinner & overnight at hotel
Day 12 : JAIPUR / Fatehpur Sikri / AGRA (250 Kms – 6 Hrs)
After breakfast at hotel drive to Agra en route visit of FATEHPUR SIKRI – this exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone, with its forts, palaces and mosques was abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons. The Diwane-i-Am – a vast courtyard in which the emperor gave daily public audience; Diwane-i-Khas – a large quadrangle which contained all the major functions of the Palace, Pachisi court, the Emperors private living quarter, Jodha Bhai’s Palace, Mariam’s Palace, Birbal’s Palace, Hawa Mahal and Panch Mahal are some of the important buildings of this residential complex. The Friday Mosque and the exquisite tomb of Sheik Salim Chisti are in the religious grounds set aside in a separate enclosure adjacent to the secular buildings
After visit continue to Classical Rajasthan with Taj Mahal.Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Classical Rajasthan with Taj Mahal is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by artisans who are hereditary craft persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.On arrival proceed to your hotel Over night in Agra
Day 13 : AGRA Breakfast at hotel
During the day visit of Agra city, visits include the TAJ MAHAL – the inimitable poem in white marble. Built over a period of 22 years, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630, for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains, it is one of the seven modern wonders of the World. [The Taj is closed on every Friday]. AGRA FORT built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction.
Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir’s Palace,Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am,Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor died a prisoner.ITIMAD-UD-DAULAH, this tomb was built by Empress Noor Jahan in memory of her father,Ghias-ud-din Beg in 1622-25 AD. This ornate tomb is considered a precursor of the Rajasthan with Taj Mahal Evening also visit of local markets of Agra Dinner & overnight at Hotel
Day 14 : AGRA – DELHI – DEPARTURE
Morning: enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure,After lunch at hotel leave for Delhi. On arrival transfer to city for last minute shopping Transfer to a restaurant for last dinner in India.After dinner transfer to International airport to connect flight back to your Home END OF Classical Rajasthan with Taj Mahal TOUR