Day 1: Delhi. Arrive Delhi, India. On arrival at Delhi’s international airport, we will meet at the arrival hall outside immigration and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy a welcome drink with other members of the group. Afternoon visit the red fort comprising exquisite palaces reflecting Mugal Architecture. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the colorful and bustling Chandini chawk bazaars of Delhi. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi - Agra. In the morning we will continue to explore Delhi. Visit the Qutab Minar, the astonishing victory tower built in the early 13th century, a masterpiece of perfect proportions. We also visit Humayun’s tomb, one of the earliest monuments of the grand Mughal Empire. Afternoon Transfer by car / coach to Agra, the city of world’s most famous love story, Taj Mahal. Visit the world famous Taj Mahal at sunset, built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. The Taj Mahal is considered to the ultimate symbol of love with its Majestic marble domes and elegant minarets.
Day 3: Agra - Bharatpur. In the Morning visit the Agra Fort containing the pearl mosque and the hall of public and private audience. Also, visit Itmad-Ud-Daula’s Tomb built by Empress Noorjahan in memory of her father. Transfer by car / coach to Bharatpur and visit Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, the largest concentration of exotic birds in Asia and nesting ground of thousands of egrets, Siberian cranes, waterfowls and other rare species. The now deserted capital built by Emperor Akbar. You will visit some fabulous palaces and a mosque dedicated to Muslim saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar with his only son, Salim. Night Stay in Bharatpur.
Day 4: Bharatpur - Jaipur. Early morning drive to Jaipur, a showcase for Rajasthan’s distinctive architecture. Visit the astronomical observatory and city palace. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, costumes, miniature paintings, carpets and a harmory.
Day 5: Jaipur. Morning, excursion to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the state until 1728. Visit the Jagmandir or the hall of victory glittering with mirrors, Jal Mahal and Temple of Kali. Ascend on elephant back, the hill on which the fort is situated. Drive past Hawa Mahal, the palace of winds and through the pink rose residential / business areas of Jaipur. In the evening you have enough time for shopping for some colorful handicrafts, ornate jewelry and ethnic cloths in the bazaar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Jaipur - Pushkar. Early Morning Transfer to Pushkar Fair by car / coach. It is believed that Hindu God Brahma was pondering about a place to perform a Vedic rite when a Lotus flower fell from his hand and water gushed out from that spot in this desert. Lake Pushkar is considered to be the only one of its kind in India! Thousands of faithful assemble here every year on a full moon day to celebrate the occasion & pay homage to their lord.
In a continuous celebration for three days & nights they turn this desert land into a colorful bazaar. The desert becomes alive with colors, music, sounds and excitement. Walk to Brahma Temple, located across the fair grounds, go for a hot balloon ride, try your hand at body tattooing, consult a local astrologer, watch camels racing, enjoy cultural dances and let the festive spirits overtake you.
Day 7: Pushkar. Early morning visit bathing gnats of Pushkar, where thousands of pilgrims take holy bath. Return back to Hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, day at Pushkar Mela. Spend the day walking through the traditional decorated fair ground and view various activities, like. Dance, camel races and many more. Overnight stay in Pushkar.
Day 8: Pushkar - Jodhpur. Transfer to Jodhpur by car / coach. On arrival in Jodhpur Stroll through Jodhpur’s bazaar. Visit ancient Meherangarh Fort, built during the 15th& 16th centuries. View some of the magnificent palaces with wonderful collection of miniature paintings, costumes and furniture, the MotiMahal (pearl palace). Transfer to Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 9: Jodhpur - Jaisalmer. Transfer to Jaiselmer by car / coach. One of the last bastions of princely India, Jaisalmer is famous for the Fort and colorful mansions known as Havelis. On arrival check in at Hotel. Stroll through narrow streets of Jaisalmer Golden city. Tour of the city during the night for take pictures of the lighted monuments.
Day 10: Jaisalmer. After breakfast, in the morning visit of Jasialmer. Sightseeing includes: tour of Gadisar artificial Lake; Jaisalmer Fort; Jain Temples and Havelis; In the afternoon: camel safari to golden sand dunes and enjoy desert sunset, en-route visiting Bora Bag and Ram Kund (Royal Cenotaphs and Rama Temple), Roopsi, Chhatrel and Doojasar villages. In the evening attend a cultural show with dinner. Overnight at Jaisalmer.
Day 11: Jaisalmer - Bikaner. Early morning drive to Bikaner by car / coach. City tour visiting the Moon Palace, Flower Palace, Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Bhandeshwar Jain temple and National Camel Research Center. The Lalgarh Palace is a unique blend of oriental facade and occidental interiors. The royal family still resides in one part and the other part has been turned into a luxury hotel. The palace museum has an incredible collection of the former maharaja’s personal possessions.
Day 12: Bikaner - Mandawa. Transfer to Mandawa by car / coach. City tour. Mandawa is a town in the Shekhawati region of Northeastern Rajasthan. Shekhawati is famous around the World for the fresco painted homes of its trading community. They offer fascinating insight into the skills and creative imagination of the artists who worked walls, covering lintels, ceilings and every conceivable corners of homes, temples, castles and palaces.
Day 13: Mandawa - Delhi. Drive to Delhi by car / coach. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon free for shopping and independent activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Delhi. This day depends on your flight schedule. Program will be arranged depending at the time of your onward flight.
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