Day 1: Delhi. Arrive Delhi either in the evening or late nigh, our representative will meet and greet you at the airport. Transfer to hotel and relax.
Day 2: Delhi - Agra. In the morning leave for half day Delhi Tour. Visit Qutub Minar, Himayun Tomb and drive past India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan and other parts of central Delhi. Then drive to Agra, en-route visiting Sikandra. Sikandra houses Emperor Akbar's Mausoleum and is just 4 kms from Agra. On arrival in Agra, check into the hotel. Agra is famous as being home to one of the seven wonders of the world-the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid remainder of the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. Stay overnight at Agra hotel.
Day 3: Agra - Jaipur. In the morning visit Taj Mahal - symbol of eternal love. It was built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Thereafter visit Agra Fort built by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Made of red sandstone, this structure reflects fine Mughal architecture with ornate interiors in the Jehangir Mahal, Khas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Deewan-e-Am. Later on drive to Jaipur en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri. See the beautiful Jama Masjid / The Buland Darwaza, palace of Queen Jodha Bai, Birbal's Palace. Drive further and reach Jaipur in the evening. On arrival at Jaipur, check in to your hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel and leave for Jaipur Tour. First visit the hilltop fortress at Amer. Ascend the imposing fort on a painted elephant. The Fort, originally built in the 16th century by Maharaja Man Singh, encloses superb palaces and a beautiful temple in marble dedicated to the fearsome goddess Kali. In the afternoon, tour the old walled city of Jaipur. Founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II, this ‘pink city’ is meticulously constructed on the lines of the Shilpa-Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. Visit the unique Jantar Mantar Observatory situated in the heart of the city. Built in the 1700's A.D., it still looks futuristic. Nearby is the ornate Hawa Mahal. The old City Palace and its museum display a rare fusion of Mughal and Hindu architecture, and house a rare collection of paintings, Rajasthani armory and costumes. Evening visit Chokhi Dhani, an ethnic village resort. The vitality of Rajasthani folk culture comes alive as children dance rhythmically to the loud tenor of folk songs sung by men and women, festooned in bright clothes. Gaily caparisoned camel, horses and bullock carts offer joy rides. Stay overnight at Jaipur hotel.
Day 5: Jaipur - Bikaner. Depart for Bikaner, a remote town tucked away in the Thar Desert. On arrival, check in at your hotel. Take an afternoon city sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Unlike most Rajput forts, which are on hilltops, the Junagarh Fort is the only one built on the desert plains. Within the fortress lie extravagantly decorated palaces. Amongst the prominent ones are Karan Mahal, Anup Mahal, Badal Mahal. The Lalgarh Palace carved out of red sandstone is an impressive monument. Also visit the Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum. In the evening, drive to the Camel Breeding Farm and watch the return of the camels at sunset. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Bikaner - Jaisalmer. After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Evening for leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Jaisalmer. After breakfast treat yourself to visual feast as you tour the golden city of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is 12th century trading post for camel caravans journeying through the Silk Route, remains untouched by the sands of time. Rising majestically amidst the shifting golden dunes of the Thar Desert are the bastions of the imposing 12th century Jaisalmer Fort. The fort is honeycombed with beautifully carved Jain temples and cobbled alleys flanked by the most beautiful havelis (Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli and Nathmal ki Haveli). Hewn entirely out of sandstone, the city is a tawny color in the day and at sunset it magically morphs into honey-gold hue. Afternoon drive to Khuri, located 45 km east of Jaisalmer, a quaint village with clusters of thatch roof houses, where men sport magnificent mustaches and bright turbans and women are swathed in gaily-hued odhinis. On the sand dunes here, take a sunset ride through the scrubland of Rajasthan on a camel safari that is a lifetime experience. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 8: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur. Drive to Jodhpur, halting at Osian. Osian’s ancient Jain and Vaishnava temples reflect the grandeur of Indian temple architecture. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 9: Jodhpur. After breakfast at the hotel, leave for a sightseeing tour of the erstwhile capital of Marwar, the southwestern region of Rajasthan. From the imposing Mehrangarh fort to the delicate wrought Jharokhas (windows) of the havelis, the citadel has some of the finest examples of Rajput masonry. At the foot of the fort, lies the “Jaswanth Thada”, a richly carved white marble cenotaph. Take an afternoon jeep safari to the picturesque Bishnoi villages to experience rustic Rajasthani life. The drive through the countryside abounds with black bucks and chinkaras (a species of gazelle) grazing serenely and migratory birds dot the skies. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10: Jodhpur - Udaipur. After breakfast leave for Udaipur. En-route visit the Jain temples of Ranakpura, famous for their intricate friezes and sculptures. Dating back to the 15th century, the temple’s 29 halls are supported by 1444 pillars, none of which are similar. Later in the day arrive at enchanting, medieval city of Udaipur and check-in to your hotel. Udaipur, built over two and a half centuries ago by Maharana Jagat Singh II, this fairytale palace is probably one of the most romantic hotels in the world. Enjoy a leisurely late afternoon cruise on the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola. Walk around the fountain pavilions and cobbled gardens of the famous Jag Mandir Island Palace. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11: Udaipur. Let the glorious sunrise dazzle you at breakfast. Morning excursion to the famous temple complex of Eklingji and Nagda, which enshrines the deity of the Mahranas of Mewar. Spend the rest of the day exploring this charming lake city by car. Wander through the opulent City Palace grounds and the museum, which are a testament to the valor and chivalry of the Mewar rulers. Visit the Jagdish temple on the shores of Lake Pichola. The Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir is a treasure house of Rajasthani folk culture. The breathtaking beauty of the lakes- Pichola and Fateh Sagar truly make Udaipur an oasis in the desert. Return to hotel after city drive. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Udaipur – Pushkar/Ajmer. After breakfast leave for Pushkar. The holy city of Rajasthan, Pushkar is also famous for the Brahma Temple and Ghats. After check in to your hotel and refreshment leave for short sight seeing of Pushkar. Stay overnight at Pushkar hotel. Ajmer is a popular pilgrimage place for the Muslims as well as Hindus. The famous Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti is in Ajmer and is popular among the Hindus and the Muslims equally. It is known as the final resting place of the Sufi saint. It is centre of culture and education. The city was founded by Raja Ajaipal Chauhan in the 7th century and continued to be the major centre of power till 1193 A.D. when Prithviraj Chauhan lost it to Mohammed Gaur. The land of composite cultures is situated in the heart of desert of Rajasthan. Ajmer is flanked by the Ana Sagar Lake on one side and the Arvalli hills range on the other side.
Day 13: Pushkar/Ajmer – Delhi. In the morning after breakfast check out from hotel and visit Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti tomb. Later in the afternoon board Shatabdi Express: An airconditioned train to Delhi. Dinner will be served in the train. Reach Delhi for a board flight for your final destination.
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