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Rajasthan Tour, 16 Days

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 16 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Archeology/History  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 590 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1394 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Arrive Delhi International airport by any convenient flight in the night/early morning. You will be met at the airport by our representative with garlands and Indian sweets. Our representative will then hand over your travel documents and escort you to the hotel. Also he will help you for check-in to the hotel and he will explain you about your trip. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 2: Delhi. Morning pick up from your address and proceed for the full day tour of Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Shah Jahan possessing an exquisite talent, especially in architecture, created the seventh city and in the process brought about Delhi's glorious renaissance. Here you will see Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built by behind sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars.

Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the father of nation Mahatma Gandhi, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's - it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eighth city - New Delhi. Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools.

It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. Also visit the Bahai Temple (Lotus Temple). Overnight stay with hotel.
 
Day 3: Delhi - Mandawa (260 km in 5-6 h). In the morning after early breakfast pick up from the hotel and drive to Mandawa. Upon arrival in Mandawa, check in at the hotel. Evening take a walk around to see the beautiful painted havelies and houses. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 4: Mandawa - Bikaner (240 km in 5-6 h). Morning after early breakfast leave check out from the hotel and drive to Nawalgarh, visit the most beautiful havelies and the stud farm. Later drive to Bikaner. Upon arrival in Bikaner, check in at the hotel. Evening free for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 5: Bikaner. Morning drive to Desnok to visit Karni Mata Temple {Rat Temple, which is approx. 50 km away from the Bikaner. In the afternoon return to Bikaner and proceed for the sightseeing visit: Junagarh Fort, Lal Ghar Palace, the Sun Gate. Also visit the famous camel breading center, this is the larget camel breading center in Asia. Overnight stay at hotel.
 
Day 6: Bikaner - Jodhpur (250 km in 5-6 h). Morning after breakfast at the hotel. Check out and drive to the "Blue city" Jodhpur. On arrival in Jodhpur check in at the hotel. Afternoon free for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.
 
Day 7: Jodhpur. Morning visit the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, built atop a 400 ft. promontory. Below the fort, visit the Jaswant Thada, a graceful marble cenotaph built 1899 for Mahrajaha Jaswant Singh II, and monuments to other Maharajahs of Jodhpur. After lunch visit Bishnoi Village. Evening free for independent activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.
 
Day 8: Jodhpur - Udaipur (250 km in 5-6 h). Morning after breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Udaipur. Enroute stop at Ranakpur and visit the famous Jain Temple. Upon arrival in Udaipur, check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
 
Day 9: Udaipur. After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting City Palace Complex visit Durbar Hall, Crystal Gallery, Palace Museum and Jagdish Temple. City Palace is considered as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Later visit Saheli Ki Bari that is a small ornamental garden built in the honour of Royal Ladies for recreational purpose and visit Lok Kala Mandal and Shilpgram to see the village arts and crafts. Overnight stay at hotel.
 
Day 10: Udaipur - Pushkar (200 km 4-5 h). Morning after breakfast at the hotel. Check out and drive to Pushkar. On arrival in Pushkar, check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit the famous Bramha Temple and holy Pushkar Lake. Overnight stay at hotel.
 
Day 11: Pushkar - Jaipur (150 km in 3-4 h). Morning free in Pushkar. Later drive to the "Pink city" Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur, check in at the hotel. Evening free for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.
 
Day 12: Jaipur. After breakfast depart for a half day excursion to Amber Fort 11 km. from Jaipur, Amber Fort is a marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort on the back of a gaily caparisoned elephant, true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interior of the fort has various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work complemented by exquisite wall paintings. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure, you will feel the history and visualize the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered.

After your tour return to the hotel or to a city restaurant where you can relax or enjoy a lunch on your own. At around 2 pm venture back into the city, for the tour of Jaipur. This afternoon you will visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armoury of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Overnight stay at the hotel. 
 
Day 13: Jaipur - Agra (250 km in 5-6 h). Morning after breakfast leave Jaipur and drive to Agra. Upon arrival in Agra check in at the hotel. Enroute visit the Old Deserted Town of Mughal Dynasty – Fathepur Sikri, visit Panch Mahal, Bulund Darwaza and Shrine of Shaikh Salim Chisti. Later continue drive to Agra. On arrival check in to the hotel. Evening free for independent activities. Overnight stay at the hotel. 
 
Day 14: Agra. Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire, at the time of the Mughals in the 16th and 17th centuries. During this period the city became a leading centre of art, science, commerce and culture. Akbar the Great made Agra great.  The city's origins are dim but Akbar's grandfather Babur is credited with Agra's founding. The short golden age of Agra came to an end with the seventeenth century reign of  Shah Jehan, mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal. This morning  pay your first visit to the magnificent monument to love – The Taj Mahal, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen.

Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, Shah Jehan had Lahori's hands cut off, and blinded, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day.

It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughals brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of incomparable artistry. Proceed on a tour of Agra Fort and the city. At the impressive Agra Fort you are taken through the chambers of this royal residence. As you drive through the city, witness the local life and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Also visit the Itmad-ud-ullah (known as baby Taj Mahal). Overnight stay at the hotel.
 
Day 15: Agra - Delhi (210 km in 4-5 h). Morning free for independent activities. In the afternoon drive back to Delhi. Enroute visit the famous tomb of Akbar "Sikandra", afterward continue drive to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
 
Day 16: Delhi - Departure. Morning on time transfer to Delhi International airport to take your return flight back home.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis
- Daily breakfast at the hotel
- Transport services
- Services of a local English Speaking guide in Jaipur and Agra
- One Elephant Ride in Jaipur
- One Rajasthani dinner in Choki Dhani village resort, Jaipur
- One Jeep Safari to Bishnoi Village, Jodhpur by an exclusive Jeep
- One Boat Ride on Lake Pichola, Udaipur on seat sharing basis
- One lunch in Hotel Taj View, Agra
- Assistance on arrival in Delhi
- All present applicable taxes.

Price Excludes:
- Any Air/train fares
- Personal expenses
- Entry ticket, permit fees, boat/ferry ticket, camera tickets at various places of sight seeing.

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