Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Upon your arrival in the Indian capital city of New Delhi, you will be greeted by our representative at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Day in Delhi
Today you will spend the day discovering the vibrant city of Old and New Delhi. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, which includes a visit to Jama Masjid (one of the largest mosques in India), Raj Ghat (cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi). Also, drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), the epicenter of Old Delhi & drive past President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings. You may take a short exhilarating Rickshaw ride through the crowded lanes of the Chandni Chowk- the shopping epicenter of Old Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate and Qutab Minar. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 3: Delhi – Alsisar (275 Kms/5 Hrs). After an early breakfast, drive to Alsisar, a quaint village in the heart of Shekhawati region. Alsisar village has some of the finest frescos and painted havelis in the region, and is a perfect place to appreciate the art of bygone era. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Spend the afternoon discovering Alsisar and visiting the unique havelis of the region. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 4: Alsisar – Bikaner (275 Kms/ 5Hrs)
After breakfast, embark on a drive to Bikaner is popularly referred to as the 'Camel City of Rajasthan'. Bikaner lies on the ancient caravan routes that linked Western/Central Asia and North India with the seaports of Gujarat. Bikaner thus flourished as a major trade center during the medieval period. The kingdom of Bikaner was established by a Rathore Prince, Rao Bikaji, son of the founder of Jodhpur, Rao Jodhaji in 1488 A.D. He was able to carve out a state named after him after hardship of 30 years. Upon arrival in Bikaner, check in to your hotel and freshen up. This afternoon enjoy a horse-cart ride to the old town. Visit the Junagarh Fort & Lallgarh Palace.
Junagarh Fort, one of the most imposing forts of northern India, has remained unconquered till date. The fort encompasses many palaces amongst which the most spectacular ones are the Chandra Mahal or Moon palace, the Phool Mahal or Flower palace, both ornated with carved panels and mirrors and the Karan Mahal. Karan Mahal was built in remembrance of the celebration of the grand victory over Aurangzeb. Durga Niwas, a fabulously painted courtyard and Ganga Niwas which housed a finely carved red sandstone front, are the other places of attraction in this fort. Lallgarh Palace - Designed by a Britishers for Maharaja Ganga Singh, this palace displays a magnificent blend of oriental and European style. The imposing red sandstone monument is designed by Sir Swinton Jacob for Maharaja Ganga Singh. The Palace has beautiful latticework and filigree work, Sprawling lawns with blooming bougainvillea and dancing peacocks make it a not-to-be missed visual treat. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 5: Bikaner to Jaisalmer (320 Kms/6 Hrs).After an early breakast we drive to Jaisalmer, further west in the Thar Desert. This desert fortress is one of Rajasthan's most exotic and unusual towns. Upon arrival in Jaisalmer, check in to your hotel and freshen up. Enjoy an evening at leisure, exploring the colorful and bustling bazaars of Jaisalmer. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6: Day in Jaisalmer
After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Jaisalmer, visiting the Fort and the Havelis (mansions) in the Old City and take a leisurely walk through the winding maze of streets within the fort. Also visit the Jain Temples within the fort. Jaisalmer's main attraction is its yellow sandstone fort, whose 9m (29-ft.) walls grow in a roughly triangular shape, springing from Trikuta (Triangular) Hill, on which it is built, and buttressed by 99 bastions. Within you will find a number of elaborately carved havelis overlooking the narrow streets. Haveli refers to a traditional, ornate Rajasthani "mansion," with one or more internal courtyards. The most impressive are Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, and Nathmalji ki Haveli. If you're more sedentary, head for Mirage, the rooftop terrace at the Narayan Niwas Palace, for the best view of the Golden Fort; as the sky darkens, the fort starts to glow. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, followed by an evening sunset camel safari to the sand dunes of Sam. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 7: Jaisalmer – Manwar (180 Kms /4 Hrs). This morning, embark on a leisurely drive to Manwar, a typical Rajasthani town. En-route to Manwar, make a brief stop at Pokhran, to visit the Pokhran Fort. Continue drive to Manwar. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and freshen up. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 8: Manwar to Jodhpur (110 Kms/ 3Hrs)
After breakfast, we drive to Jodhpur, the blue hued city of Rajasthan. Upon arrival in Jodhpur, check in to your hotel and freshen up. After noon visit the Mehrangarh fort, an imposing structure that has fine views over the city. This 15th-century looming edifice to Rajput valor is still Rajasthan's most impressive fort, with sheer cliff like wall that rise to 120m (400 ft.) high. Located inside is one of India's finest museums with rich collection of palanquins, royal cradles, miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes, furniture, and armor of royal household.
Later, visit Jaswant Thada, a royal cenotaph that was constructed by Maharaja Sardar Singh to honor the memory of his courageous father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The main cenotaph that is dedicated to Maharaja Jaswant Singhji is designed like an exquisite piece of jewelry, magnified out of proportion. The white marble Jaswant Thada looks like a lovely temple that entices you with its pavilions, domes and delicate looking pillars. This afternoon, enjoy a Bishnoi village tour, to get a feel for the local lifestyle of Rajasthani villagers. Bishnoi’s are a village community of Rajasthan who are famous for their cultural Rajasthani lifestyle and their love for nature and animals. The Bishnois are believed to be the pioneers of the green movement in the world. The huts of Guda Bishnoi Village are neat and clean and the people lead a vegetarian lifestyle. They believe in conserving the natural environment. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 9: Jodhpur to Udaipur (270 Kms/6 Hrs)
After an early breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Udaipur, the capital of Mewar. A romantic and serene city, Udaipur nestles in the scenic valley of Aravali hills, surrounded by three lakes – Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar. En route to Udaipur, make a brief stop at Ranakpur, to see the famous Jain temples. Built in the 15th century, the beautiful Ranakpur temple complex lies in a remote and peaceful valley of the Aravali ranges.The temples are known for their grand structures and exquisite sculptures. The main temple in the complex, Chaumukha Temple (Four Faced Temple), has 29 halls supported by 1444 intricately carved pillars, no two alike. Continue your drive to Udaipur, and upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Enjoy an evening at leisure in the lake city of Udaipur. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10: Day in Udaipur. After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Udaipur, visiting the City Palace (one of the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, which is now a museum, royal residence and luxury hotel) and Jagdish Temple. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure followed by an evening boat ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11: Udaipur to Pushkar (280 kms/06 hrs)
After breakfast, embark on your journey to Pushkar, a land of fairs in the heart of Rajasthan. Famous for the annual cattle and camel fair in November, Pushkar is also one of the holiest cities of India. This afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Pushkar, mingling with saadhu’s (holy men in their orange attires), visiting the holy Pushkar Lake and the various temples in the region. The most famous is the Brahma Temple, said to be the only temple in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12: Pushkar to Jaipur (142 kms/03 hrs)
After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Jaipur - land of the Rajputs. Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance and traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the 'Pink City', Jaipur is home to ancient forts and palaces and is one of India's most well planned cities. This afternoon, visit the City Palace complex with its museums and Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), built in the 18th century. This palace with its innumerable windows and screened balconies was especially built for the royal women to view the city and processions from behind their purdahs. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 13: Jaipur to Agra (232 Kms/ 4 Hrs)
After breakfast visit the Amber fort. An elephant ride will help you ascend to this hilltop fort (Elephants are subject to availability). Alternatively, you could choose to walk or drive up to the fort. The fort is a living testimony where the Hindu and Mughal architectural styles have merged in complete harmony to create a masterpiece of fusion architecture. Among its many splendors is the Sheesh Mahal, a small room whose ceilings, covered with tiny mirrors, looks like a sky filled with brilliant stars. We visit the Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) and Sukh Niwas (Hall of Pleasure). Later, embark on your drive to Agra, the city of the world famous Taj Mahal. Upon arrival in Agra, check in to your hotel. Evening at leisure in Agra. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 14: Agra to Delhi Departure (228 kms/4 hrs)
After breakfast, experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the eternal symbol of love, with a sunrise view of Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jahan as an eternal symbol of his love for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal, The Taj Mahal is one of the great architectural wonders of the world. Later, visit the white marble beauty and symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal. Work on this beautiful monument started in 1641, and the structure took 20,000 laborers 22 years to complete. The Taj changes color depending on the time of day, and it is recommended that you witness this by visiting in the morning and evening.
Also visit the Agra fort, which is built in red sandstone and has magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens. Built by Emperor Akbar on the west bank of the Yamuna, Agra Fort first took shape between 1565 and 1573 and thereafter structures within it were added by successive emperors. Today the towering red-sandstone ramparts house a variety of palace apartments, representing the different building styles of Akbar and his grandson Shah Jahan; the Jahangiri Mahal, the palace that housed the women of the court, the Anguri Bagh (Grape Garden), Khas Mahal, Musamman Burj, the mirrored Sheesh Mahal and Mina Masjid (Gem Mosque), Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) and the Machchhi Bhavan (Fish House). Later, embark on your drive back to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to the International airport to board your flight back home. Travelite (India) services terminate at Delhi.
We hope you enjoy your stay in our Incredible India. We look forward to welcoming you!
- Validity: 01 Sept – 15th April next year
- Check-In, Check- out time: 1200 noon
- Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday
- Prices are subject to change with any increase in the cost
- Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary
- In case on any currency fluctuations or amendment in local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly.
- Prices not applicable for period: 20 Dec – 05 Jan next year.
- 13 nights accommodation on double/twin sharing at the hotels mentioned above or similar
- Buffet breakfast in all hotels
- All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours will be by air-conditioned transportation
- Local English-speaking guide shall be provided for the sightseeing & excursion tours
- Entry fees to Monuments
- 1 rickshaw ride in Delhi
- 1 horse cart ride in Bikaner
- 1 Elephant Ride at Amber Fort
- Jeep Safari in Jodhpur
- Camel Safari in Jaisalmer
- 1 Boat ride in Udaipur
- Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers
- All road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes
- All currently applicable taxes.
- Expense of personal nature like porterage at all hotels, railway station & airports, tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
- Domestic / International Air fare
- Single Room supplement
- Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
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