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Indian Desert, Taj Mahal, Ganges with Exotic Temples and Indian Tiger Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 - 20 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 50 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1595 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2995 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Delhi (Arrival).

Fly from your country to Delhi – The Political and Cultural Capital of Incredible India. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative or your tour leader will be waiting for you in the arrival hall located after passing out of the customs area and beyond the airport travel desks and exchange counters.

Look out for the Peregrine signboard. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 45 minutes. Most flights arrive in Delhi in the late evening so the rest of the day is at leisure. If you have arrived early your tour leader will brief you with sightseeing options. (D)

Day 2: Old & New Delhi.

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel leave for full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. Drive into the heart of India’s Capital to explore Old Delhi visiting the famous Jamia Mazjid, walk through the Chandini Chowk and India’s oldest and busiest market, Sish Ganj gurudwara, Enjoy rickshaw ride in narrow alleys of old Delhi through Kinari Bazaar and the 400 years old Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, stop for photos at the colorful market before finishing the Victorian Cannaught Place – One of the most prominent architectural remnants of British Rule.

Later visit Birla Temple, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple (Lakshminarayan Temple), Humanyu Tomb, Crematory of Mahatma Gandhi, Parliament House, Presidential House, India Gate, Government buildings & Qutab Minar and other countless monuments. In the evening you will have time for shopping activities. Return to the Hotel for overnight stay. (B/F+D)

Day 3: Delhi – Mandawa (265 Km – 05 hrs).

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel; checkout and leave for Mandawa through the colorful villages of Rajasthan. Majestic Shekhawati region or the semi-desert region of Shekhawati, lying in the triangular region between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner, is famous for its plethora of painted havelis (mansions), all commendable pieces of the rich artistic traditions of this region.

The 'Open Air Gallery of Rajasthan', as it is popularly called 'Shekhawati', the Land of Shekhs, derives its name from Rao Shekha (1433-88). The major towns of interest in the region are Mandawa, Dundlod, Fatehpur, Ramgarh, Nawalgarh and Jhunjhunu, although virtually every town has at least a few surviving havelis.

Arrive & check in at the Heritage Havelis called the Castle Mandawa reminding you of the rich cultural heritage of the Shekhavati region. Later in the day visit the 150 to 200 year old painted havelies (big houses) by the natural colors in the streets of the village.

You can also watch the daily village life while watching the havelies. You can enjoy the evening at the hotel watching the traditional colorful cultural dance and music show. You can have dinner over bonfire. Overnight stay is at the Hotel. (B, D)

Day 4: Mandawa – Bikaner (190 Km – 04 hrs).

After breakfast in the morning check out and leave for Bikaner. The city was founded by Rao Biked Ji in 1488 A.D. Arrive & check in at the Hotel. After a change and wash go for half day sightseeing of Bikaner visiting Junagarh Fort founded in year 1593 by Raja Rai Singh who was general in the army of mighty Mughal emperor Akbar and rest of the Fort was improved by the successors.

Afterwards visit Asia’s largest Camel Breeding Research Farm and local busy markets. Return back to the hotel or you may go for shopping activities on the colorful street markets of Bikaner. Overnight stay is at Hotel. (B, D)

Day 5: Bikaner – Deshnok – Khimsar (145 Km – 03 hrs).

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and leave for Khimsar, enroute visit one of the famous 600 year’s old Deshnok Rat temple. After temple sightseeing continue your drive to Khimsar. The city was founded by 24th Jain Profit Mahavira 500 years B.C.

Arrive 15th century Hotel Royal Khimsar Fort. After change and wash Jeep safari will be organized to visit local villages, wild life & sensational sun set on sand dunes. You can enjoy the evening watching the traditional colorful cultural dance and music show. You can have dinner over bonfire. Overnight stay is at the Hotel. (B, D)

Day 6: Khimsar – Oscian - Jaisalmer (320 Km – 06 hrs).

In the morning after breakfast at the hotel check out and for Jaisalmer, enroute visit at 7th century Mahavira Jain Temple and 2000 years old Jija Mata Temple at Oscian village. Continue your drive drive to Jaisalmer, founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D. after shifting his capital from Ladurva.

Jaisalmer was the main caravan route from Far East to the Middle East, arrive & check in at Hotel. Evening is for leisure activities in and around the hotel in the Desert town. You can visit the local markets if required. Overnight stay is at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 7: Jaisalmer.

After breakfast in the morning go for sightseeing of Jaisalmer. Visit the Fort (80 meters above plains) & Jain Temples within the Fort built in 12th to 15th century which are very worth watching. The specialty of the Fort is that still approximately 5000 people are living inside.

Visit Fort Palace & atop from Palace you can have the golden view of whole Jaisalmer city as whole city is built in yellow sand stones, when sun rays fall on the city, it give impression as golden city of India. Afterwards visit Patwon Ki Haveli and Nath Ji Mal Ki Haveli. Later in the day drive to Sand Dunes to watch sensational Sun Set by camel ride. Return to Hotel for overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 8: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (285 Km – 05 hrs).

In the morning after breakfast at the hotel check out & leave to Jodhpur, founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD after shifting his capital from Mandore to Jodhpur by the advice of a holy man. Arrive & check in at Hotel.

Later in the day after change, wash and some rest go for sightseeing of Jodhpur, visit the Mehrangarh Fort 125 meters above plains, Jaswant Thada and Sardar market clock tower. Evening is for leisure activities. Return to the hotel for overnight stay. (B+D)

Day 9: Jodhpur – Pushkar / Ajmer (205 Km – 04 hrs).

After breakfast in the morning you have time for leisure activities. Later check out and drive to Ajmer. The 14 km onward drive through the Snake Mountains will reach you to Pushkar. Pushkar is one of the places with highly prestigious sites for both Hindu and Muslim Religions in the world.

While Pushkar is known for the only temple in the world of Lord Brahma- the god of creation, Ajmer is globally known for the Mazaar of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty. People come to pray to the lords for the fulfillment of their desires, it is said whoever visit these places in their lifetimes their desires gets fulfilled soon. It is also known as Tirth Raj- the Raj (king) of pilgrim center.

No pilgrimages of Hindu or Muslims are considered to be complete until the pilgrim bathes in the sacred waters of Pushkar Lake or he presents a holy sheet at the Dargaah (Muslim shrine). Indeed Pushkar is so sacred that no eggs, meat or alcohols are allowed within the city.

Arrive and check into the hotel / dessert resort, enjoy the traditional Rajasthani Folk Music, Dance, Puppet shows. Later take Camel ride on the nearby sand dunes Pushkar also hold biggest annual Camel & Craft Fair, which is known all over the world. In the evening visit the Lake, Temple or the Mazaar or carry on with the leisure activities. Overnight stay is at the Hotel / Desert resort. (B, D)

Day 10: Pushkar - Jaipur (130 Km – 2.5 hrs).

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Jaipur. This historic city was founded by Maharaja Swai Jai Singh in 1727 AD after shifting his capital from Amber valley to newly formed and planned city of its time after consulting so many maps of the world and finally organized own religious map Shilpa Shastra with the help of a young Bengali architect Vidyadhar Batacharya.

Maharaja Swai Jai Singh was a builder, astronomer, astrologer, soldier, and philosopher. Presently, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan & is world famous as the Pink City. Wide-avenued Jaipur is one of the most important heritage cities in India, and home to India’s second most visited site.

Arrive and your first Stop will be at Amber Fort where from Elephants will carry you to the famous Amber Fort, the elephant ride gives you the experience and impression of how Maharajas & royal family members were using the services of elephants. Visit the Amber Fort. Later drive ahead and check into your hotel. Evening is for your leisure activities. Overnight stay is at Hotel. (B, D)

Day 11: Jaipur.

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel go for a full day sightseeing of the beautiful historic Pink City. You will visit the marvelous City Palace – the current generation of the Maharajas (King) still live here, Museum, Astrological Observatory, Hawa Mahal (wind palace) where from royal ladies were watching daily processions and daily life.

Constructed of red and pink sandstone highlighted with white lime, the five-storied facade is peppered with 953 small windows. The breeze (hawa) that comes through the windows keeps it cool even in hot months, and gives the palace its name. Evening is for shopping in the busy streets and some excellent souvenir shops. Return to the hotel for overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 12: Jaipur – Ranthambore (160 Km – 03 hrs).

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel you have time for leisure and shopping activities; later in the day check out and drive to Ranthambore, the tiger sanctuary is known for the place where you can catch the tiger by its tail. Arrive and check into your hotel. You will be welcomed in a traditional manner and served lunch.

After change, wash and relaxation you can talk to some of our wildlife experts and watch the museum. Evening is free for leisure activities in the jungle resort. You can go in for a bon fire dinner in the deep forests. Overnight stay is at the Jungle resort. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Ranthambore.

Early in the morning get on to an exclusive Jungle Jeep Safari and drive into deep forests inside the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve to watch different varieties of animals especially tiger. You can also watch here leopard, panther, spotted deer, antelopes & many varieties of birds. Return to Jungle Resort for breakfast and relaxation.

After lunch later in the afternoon you can take up some adventurous activities or visit Ranthambore fort. Evening you can watch some flora and fauna in the midst of the Aravalli Mountain ranges. You have an option for another Jungle visit for game viewing on a canter Safari.

Return back to the resort in the evening. After a tea/coffee break you can enjoy some traditional folk dance, music and puppet show. After dinner at the jungle resort you can go of to sleep. Overnight stay is at the resort. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra (250 km – 6 hrs).

Early in the morning after breakfast at the resort; check out and drive to Agra. Enroute visit one of the most important places of Mughal Era – The Fatehpur Sikri – the abandoned Mughal Kingdom, founded by Akbar in 1569 AD as a ceremonial capital. But unfortunately this magnificent city was abandoned due to scarcity of drinking water and Akbar went back to Agra.

Walk the aisles of the Jamia Mazjid mosque, entered by way of the impressive Victory Gate, and lose yourself in the throngs of pilgrims at the tomb of the Sufi saint Salim Chisti, his white marble-encased tomb enclosed within the Jamia mosque's central courtyard. Considered the crowning architectural legacy of Akbar (who also built the Red Fort) and still almost perfectly preserved, today the site is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Continue your drive to Agra. Arrive in the city of Love and commitment. Check into the hotel. Evening is free for leisure and shopping activities. Overnight stay is at the hotel in Agra- The city of Taj. (B, D)

Day 15: Agra.

Wake up to the magnificent morning sight of marvelous Taj Mahal. After breakfast in the morning at the hotel go for a full day sightseeing of Agra. First visit one of the wonders of the world, Taj Mahal (monument of love), built by 5th great Mughal Emperor Shahi Jahan in the memory as mausoleum of his beloved queen Anjuman Bano Begum (with love emperor called her Mumtaz).

After her death in 1627 AD, in her memory emperor started to built Taj Mahal (Taj means crown & Mahal means Palace, so it is Crown Palace) from 1631 to 1653 AD with 22000 labors working since sun rise to sun set in 22 years. It is the romantic origin of Taj as much as its architectural splendor that has led to its fame worldwide.

Actually an integrated complex of many structures The Taj Mahal is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, itself a combination of Islamic, Hindu, Persian and Turkish elements. Built in pure white marble which was transported from Makrana in Rajasthan by the help of animals Taj Mahal is one of the man made wonder’s of the world.

Later in the day visit Agra Fort which was built by three emperors, Akbar & Jahangir in red sand stone & Shahi Jahan in white marble. The Fort is 2.5 Km long and during Mughal rule 1/3rd of the Fort was occupied by the army. When British ruled India, they repeated same tradition and now traditionally Indian army has occupied the same. Afterwards visit Itma-ud-ullha the Baby Taj and Sikandra. Return back to the hotel for overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 16: Agra – Varanasi (Via Delhi) (230 Km – 04 hrs + Flight).

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Delhi airport to board flight for Varanasi situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, Varanasi has been a center of pilgrimage and learning for over 2000 years and is considered to be one of the oldest surviving cities in the world.

It is also the unofficial spiritual capital of India. Varanasi is the quintessential Indian holy city, where millions of Hindu travels to for pilgrimage, to worship, mourn or die.

Arrive and check in at Hotel. Later in the day after change, wash and some rest take a stroll around the ancient city located on the banks of river Ganges. Walk the narrow twisting alleys, poke around some of the literally thousands of temples and shrines, and experience the energy of the dawn rituals of bathing and burial as you float past the famous ghats of the Ganges on our included sunrise boat excursion.

Sitting on the banks of the Ganges River, Varanasi is the oldest continually inhabited city in the world, dating back thousands of years. The culture of Varanasi is deeply associated with the river Ganges and its religious importance. Finish your day with the sunset ceremony at the Ganges. Overnight stay is at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 17: Varanasi - Khajuraho (Flight).

Early in the morning go for a boat ride to watch the sunrise over the Ganges when hundred of people are worshiping & taking bath. After breakfast at the hotel visit the old city visiting the principles temples including Kashi Hindu University where more than 50,000 students from all over the world are learning.

Drive outside the city to monasteries and nearby Sarnath where the Buddha first preached his message of enlightenment 24 centuries ago. Later in the day return back to the hotel to check out and transfer to the airport to board connecting flight to Khajuraho.

Upon arrival at the airport you would be greeted by our representative and escorted to the hotel for check in. The temples at Khajuraho form probably one of the best examples of Indian art and architecture. One of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Khajuraho is home to India’s largest group of medieval Hindu temples, famous for their erotic sculptures depicting scenes from the Kama Sutra.

Only discovered in the 20th century after being reclaimed by jungle, the Khajuraho group of monuments is today protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Khajuraho was once the religious capital of the Chandela Rajputs, a Hindu dynasty that ruled this part of India from the 10th to the 12th centuries.

The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of a hundred years, from 950 to 1050, with the whole area enclosed by a wall with eight gates, each flanked by two golden palm trees. There were originally over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 22 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation, scattered over an area of about 21 km² (8 square miles).

Learn the history of these world-famous temples on a guided tour and enjoy a taste of a little erotica from the Middle Ages.After change, wash and some rest go for sightseeing tour of to watch all the erotic temple sites and the sensuous artifacts carved on the walls of these temples. In the evening you can enjoy evening dance performances and a sound and light show within the temple complex itself. Overnight stay is at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 18: Khajuraho - Delhi (Flight) – Fly Back to your country.

After breakfast in the morning visit the Eastern and Western group of temples where fortnight sculptures celebrate the joy of life and love for which there is probably no equivalent in the world. Later in the day check out and transfer to the airport to board flight back to Delhi from where your magnificent journey to India started.

Arrive Delhi early in the evening. Depending upon your further Tour program you have time to explore the city. Transfer to the international airport to take your connecting flight to your final destination or continue for you’re onwards destination. Fly back to your country with the everlasting memories of the magnificent glimpses of Incredible India. (B, D)

Airfare is included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Twin Sharing accommodation in Dlx Rooms/cottages
- Breakfast at hotels & All meals at Jungle Resort
- All Airport–Hotel-Airport Transfers by A/C Dlx Car
- A/C Dlx car for surface travel & S/S as per itinerary
- Domestic Airfare in Economy Class
- Delhi – Varanasi - Khajuraho - Delhi
- Local English speaking guides at all places
- All Entrances, Portage, Monument Fee as Foreign Nationals
- S/S highlights
- Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
- Shekhawati Region (Mandawa) with visits to Painted Havelies & colorful villages
- Desert Jeep Safari at Khimsar
- Deshnok Rat Temple Tour
- All places of cultural & heritage importance in Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer
- Camel Ride on the Sand Dunes at Jaisalmer & Pushkar
- Elephant Ride on Amber Fort Jaipur
- 1 Exclusive Jeep Safari & 1 Canter Safari in Jungles with Expert Guide at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
- Fatehpur Sikri Tour
- All mentioned in the itinerary.

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