Day 1: Arrival at Delhi. Company representatives will receive you on arrival at the international airport in Delhi late in the evening. Transfer to your hotel. Relax. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi-Agra (by Road 250 km/6 hours). Proceed for Agra after breakfast. Reach Agra in the afternoon. Check in at hotel and proceed for sightseeing. Enjoy battery van ride to the Taj. Visit Itmadullah's Tomb built by Empress Noor Jehan in memory of her father (the interiors of which are considered better than the Taj). Overnight at Agra.
Day 3: Agra-Jaipur (by Road 221 km/6 hours). After breakfast drive to beautiful Pink City - Jaipur. Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 4: Jaipur. Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for excursion to Amber Fort in the outskirts of Jaipur. Elephant ride ascent to the fort. Proceed for sightseeing of the city. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 5: Jaipur-Pushkar (by road 140 km/3 hours). Proceed for Pushkar after breakfast. Reach Pushkar by noon and relax. Check in at Pushkar Palace. Visit the mausoleum, Anasagar and Akbar's Palace. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Pushkar-Ranthambore (by road 240 km/6 hours). Visit the Brahma Temple, the only one in the world. Start early after breakfast for Ranthambore. Proceed for the afternoon Safari to spot tigers. Overnight at Ranthambhore.
Day 7: Ranthambhore. Full day (two private safaris) at Ranthambhore. Overnight at Ranthambhore.
Day 8: Ranthambhore-Kota (by road 140 km/3 hours). Proceed for the morning Safari. Breakfast at hotel. Start for Kota. Rajasthan's largest industrial town situated on the banks of the river Chambal is well known for its Kota sarees and also for a miniature school of art which specialized in hunting scenes. Overnight at Kota.
Day 9: Kota-Bundi-Chittaurgarh (by road 180 km/5 hours). Breakfast at hotel. Start for Bundi. Visit the Taragarh or Star Fort. Perched on a thickly wooded hill is a marvelous white fort with a huge reservoir that once supplied water to the palace. Built in 1354 AD the fort is one of the most impressive forts of Rajasthan. This magnificent edifice is a fine example of the Rajput architecture, housing some of the superb Bundi murals. Proceed to Chittaurgarh. After visiting the FORT proceed to stay at the Bijaipur Castle Suite. Overnight at the Castle.
Day 10: Bijaipur-Udaipur (by road 180 km/5 hours). Start for Udaipur after breakfast. Reach and check in at hotel. The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravallis. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers. Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichola is an enticing sight. Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar, a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years. Relax in the evening. Overnight at Udaipur.
Day 11: Udaipur Lake Palace, Udaipur. Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard. Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, the Jagdish Temple and the local folk Museum. Proceed for Evening Motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From he boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace. Overnight at Udaipur.
Day 12: Udaipur-Kumbalgarh (by road 100 km/2 hours). After breakfast drive to Kumbalgarh. En-route, visit the Ranakpur Temples, dating back to the 15th century. 200 pillars, none of which are alike, support its 29 halls. The Temple abounds with intricate friezes and sculptures. Includes visits to two more Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God with its erotic sculptures. Reach Kumbalgarh. Cradled in the cluster of thirteen mountain peaks of the Aravalli ranges, the formidable medieval citadel, Kumbalgarh stands a wary sentinel to the past glory. Rising from a prominent ridge, 1914 meters high from the sea level, the fort was built in 15th century AD by Maharana Kumbha (1419-63 AD) and is the principal fortification after Chittaurgarh, lying 90 km north-west of Udaipur. The massive fort, encompassed by a 36-km long wall, has seven majestic gates and seven ramparts, one within the other. Rounded bastions and high watchtowers strengthen the crenelated walls of the fort making it an impregnable structure. Stay overnight at the Aodhi Hotel of Kumbalgarh.
Day 13: Kumbalgarh-Jodhpur (by road 150 km/4 hours). Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur. Proceed in the morning after a leisurely breakfast and reach Jodhpur. Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama, the epic hero of the Ramayana. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains. The city is encompassed by a high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions. Relax in the hotel and visit the museum of Umaid Bhawan Palace. Overnight at Jodhpur.
Day 14: Jodhpur. Morning go for a village safari in the jeep and have a rare glimpse into the rich culture and true essence of India. Abundant wildlife (game) and memorable moments of the great desert landscape fascinates one while driving along the countryside. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jodhpur, gateway to the desert beyond, home of the Rathors of Marwar, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, rising up a hilly scarp, built on the advice of a hermit, overlooking the city in the image of a long sentinel. Inside the Fort are a number of palaces added by successive rulers. In this palace you would see different miniature paintings and cradle room. After this you would visit Jaswant Thada Memorial. Overnight at Jodhpur.
Day 15: Jodhpur-Jaisalmer (by road 300 km/5 hours). Proceed for Jaisalmer. Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with its awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city. The city has an interesting legend associated with it, according to which, Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendant of the Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 AD when Rawal Jaisal, a descendant of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital, Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta Hill. Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight at Jaisalmer.
Day 16: Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer. After a relaxed breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of The Golden City - Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert. Its temple, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone. The city is a mass of intricately carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies. Visit the Jaisalmer Fort - the oldest living Fort in the world (this is the highlight of the tour). See the Patwon-Ki-Havelies, Salim-Singh-Ki-Haveli and Gandhi Sagar Tank. Also visit Barabagh Hill. In the afternoon, proceed to the Sam Sand Dunes for visiting the typical Rajasthani Desert Village. View the sunset from the dunes, as the sky is set on fire. Return to the village for dinner amidst Rajasthani musicians playing haunting tunes. Stay overnight at the Swiss Tent Camp.
Day 17: Jaisalmer to Bikaner (by road 330 km/5 hours). Breakfast at the camp. Continue with the safari and reach Bikaner via Nagaur. Check in at hotel. Bikaner, the royal fortified city with a timeless appeal. Lying in the north of the Desert State, the city is dotted with many sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval splendor that pervades the city's lifestyle. More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here. Be it pulling heavy carts, transporting grains or working on wells, camels are the prime helpers. The wells of Bikaner, an important source of water are other attractions of the city. These are built on high plinths with slender minareted towers on each of the Four Corners and can be noticed even from a distance. Relax in the evening. Overnight at Bikaner.
Day 18: Bikaner-Mandawa (by road 140 km/3 hours). Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Rao Bikaji, a descendant of Jodhaji, the founder of Jodhpur, founded this desert town in the North of the state in 1488. Visit the Junagarh Fort, constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Jai Singh, a general in the Moghul Emperor Akbar's army. The city is also called the "Camel Country". Visit the camel-breeding farm, the only one in Asia. Visit the Karni Mata Temple. Proceed for Mandawa. Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight at Mandawa.
Day 19: Mandawa-Delhi (by road 260 km/5 hours). Mandawa Fort, Mandawa. Breakfast at hotel. Take a walking tour of the painted "havelis" of some of the leading business families of the country. Though they no longer live here, the local caretakers are happy to show the visitors around. Chowkhani Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Lakshminarayan Ladia Haveli, Mohahanlal Saraf Haveli and Bhagchandika Haveli are of special interest. Spend the major part of the day looking into frescoes. Also visit Mahensar and Dundlod meeting the local village chief. Leave for Delhi. Reach by evening. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 20: Delhi. Breakfast at Delhi. Proceed for a full day tour of Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi, a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat, the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort, once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire. Cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk. New Delhi, an extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Relax in the evening. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 21: Delhi-Home. Breakfast at hotel. Day free to explore the city and finish last minute shopping. Proceed for the Dances of India Show in the evening at 18:00, after checking out of the hotel. After the show you will have Farewell Dinner before reaching the airport for flight home with sweet memories of India.
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