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. Delhi - the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India. Overnight will be at Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi - Agra (by road 250 km/6 hr). Proceed for Agra after breakfast. Reach Agra in the afternoon. Check in at hotel and proceed for sightseeing. Overnight at Agra.
Day 3: Agra - Jaipur (by road 221 km/6 hr). After breakfast drive to beautiful Pink City - Jaipur. Stop at Fatehpur Sikri. The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its "ruins" are in pristine condition it's not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of it's grandeur. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world. 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. Amber Fort Palace - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression. Proceed for sightseeing of the city. City Palace - a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
Jantar Mantar - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use. Hawa Mahal - the ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Its five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trellis work and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Later in the evening transfer to hotel for Overnight stay at Jaipur.
Day 5: Jaipur – Pushkar. Proceed for Pushkar after breakfast. Reach Pushkar by noon and relax. Check in at the Swiss Tents. Pushkar - amongst the grandeur of Rajasthan, discover a unique gem - Pushkar. Lord Brahma - the creator of the world in a search for his abode on earth, performed the supremely spiritual Vedic Yagna at Pushkar. It is thus the site of the only Brahma Temple in the world. Blessed with cultural blends, it is the venue for the famous Pushkar Fair, with people coming from all over Asia to buy and sell cattle of breeds from across the world. The consecrated mausoleum of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti at Ajmer attracts pilgrims from all over the world.
A city of Pilgrimage from time immemorial with over 500 temples and Ghats Pushkar begets a legacy of timeless architectural heritage. Pushkar radiates an ambiance of peace and spirituality that casts a lure to visit again and again. The Pushkar fair is amongst the largest cattle fairs in the world and amongst the oldest cities in India, with references in mythology and the Mahabharat.
Day 6: Pushkar. Full day will be spent in Pushkar Fair.
Day 7: Pushkar – Ranthambhore. Visit the Brahma Temple - the only one in the world. Start early after breakfast for Ranthambhore. Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve - at the junction of the Aravalis and the Vindhyas, is a unique example of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in the vast, arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14 kilometers from Sawai Madhopur. Get in tune with nature for a luxury holiday in the heart of the jungle. Proceed for the afternoon Safari to spot tigers. Overnight will be at Ranthambhore.
Day 8: Ranthambhore. Full day (two private safaris) at Ranthambhore. Overnight at Ranthambhore.
Day 9: Ranthambhore - Kota (by road 140 km/3 hr). Proceed for the morning safari. Breakfast at hotel. Start for Kota. Visit the City Palace And Fort - on the banks of the Chambal river close to the Kota Barrage is the fort and the city palace complex, which houses the Rao Madho Singh Museum containing the relics of the former rulers of Kota. Jagmandir - in the island in Kishore Sagar Lake was built by one of the queens of Kota. You will take a paddleboat and roam around the same for a spiritual experience. Also visit the Govt. Museum and the famous gardens of Chambal and Chatter Bilas. Overnight stay will be at Kota.
Day 10: Kota - Bundi - Chittaurgarh (by road 180 km/5 hr). 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. The Epitome Of Romance And Valour - the pride and glory of Rajasthan, Chittaur echoes with the tales of romance and valor unique to the Rajput tradition. This is a ruined citadel, where the royal past lives in its imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular Chattris.
This fortified settlement has been ravaged thrice and each time the outcome was "Jauhar" - when women and children immolated themselves on a huge funeral pyre while men donned in saffron robes of martyrdom rode out of the fort towards a certain death. After visiting The Fort proceed to stay at the Castle. Overnight at the Castle.
Day 11: Bijaipur - Udaipur (by road 180 km/5 hr). 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. Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar - a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years. Relax in the evening. Overnight at Udaipur.
Day 12: Udaipur (Lake City). 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. Overnight at Udaipur.
Day 13: Udaipur - Kumbalgarh (by road 100 km/2 hr). After breakfast drive to Kumbalgarh. En-route, visit the Ranakpur Temples, dating back to the 15th century. 200 pillars, none of which are a like, 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. Stay overnight at the Hotel in Kumbalgarh.
Day 14: Kumbalgarh - Jodhpur (by road 150 km/4 hr). 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 meters. 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 15: 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. Overnight at Jodhpur.
Day 16: Jodhpur - Jaisalmer (by road 300 km/5 hr). 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. Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight at Jaisalmer.
Day 17: Jaisalmer (Golden City). 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). Stay overnight at the Swiss Tent Camp.
Day 18: Jaisalmer - Bikaner (by road 330 km/5 hr). 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 19: Bikaner - Mandawa (by road 140 km/3 hr). 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: the medieval Fort of Mandawa gradually rises on the horizon like a mirage. A breathtaking view of the town can be seen from the terrace of Castle Mandawa. Precious collection of arms with jade handles, traditional ceremonial costumes can be seen at the Museum at the Castle. The have lies worth a visit are Chokhani, Saraf, Goenka and Ladia in this town. Built in 1775 by Thakur Nawal Singh, descendant of Rao Shekhaji, who also founded the city of Nawalgarh. Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight at Mandawa.
Day 20: Mandawa - Delhi (by road 260 km/5 hr). 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 21: 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. Relax in the evening.
New Delhi - broadest avenue, and see the House of Parliament, India Gate, Lotus Temple, Akshardham temple, the Diplomatic Enclave and the President's House the royal residence of the former viceroys and now of the President of India. Also visit the India Gate and drive through Connaught Place, the Qutub Minar built in the 12th century. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 22: Delhi - home - scheduled destinations. Breakfast at hotel. Day free to explore the city and finish last minute shopping. Proceed for the Dances Of India Show in the evening 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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