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Rajasthan Holidays

Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights
Destinaions Covered: Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Bharatpur - Jaipur - Pushkar - Udaipur - Ranakpur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Khimsar - Deshnok - Gajner - Mandawa - Bagar - Delhi

Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
Arriving Delhi, you will be met by our representative. Arrival transfer to your hotel and assistance for check-in will be provided. After check-in overnight at hotel.

Day 02 - Delhi
After breakfast full day city tour visiting India gate (war memorial, Rajghat (the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi ) and Red Fort. After that visit The National Museum is one of India's most prestigious institutions. The galleries of the museum follow a historical and chronological sequence. The Indus Valley Gallery displays many antiquities excavated from Mohenjodaro and Harappa, like terracotta toys, images and pots, jewellery, seals, bronze and copper implements and sculpture. Later on drive past President's House, Parliament House & Secretariat Building. Later on visit Qutab Minar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 - Delhi - Agra
After breakfast check-out and you depart on a four hours drive to Agra. Arrive Agra and check-in into hotel. Later on visit Agra Red Fort - a visit to the fort in ‘Agra’ is a must since so many of the events which lead to the construction of the Taj took place here.

In the late afternoon visit the Taj Mahal - a poem in white marble, is a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles. The incredible lacy white grandeur built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his loving Mumtaz Mahal. It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love. With the Sunset the white marble changes its colour and hues and it is excellent for photography. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04 - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Bharatpur - Jaipur
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and we take you to on a visit to Fatehpur Sikri - Built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire, Fatehpur Sikri was mysteriously abandoned 13 years later. The mosque at Fatehpur Sikri is considered a copy of the mosque at Mecca and is extremely elegant, containing elements of Hindu and Persian design. The main entrance to the complex Buland Darwaza or "Great Gateway" is reached by an impressive flight of stairs. Inscribed on the inside of the archway is the quote: "The World is a bridge. Pass over it, but build no house upon it. He who hopes for an hour, may hope for eternity."

After continue drive to Jaipur. Enroute visiting Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary - one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world. The marshes here are home to over 360 species of birds including the Siberian cranes that come to spend the winter here. On arrival check in into hotel. In the evening we have arranged your dinner at Revolving Restaurant. View the Pink City from the 14th storey of the revolving restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05 - Jaipur
After breakfast full day sightseeing of Jaipur which is an exuberance of color, dance, and song with the traditional arts and crafts. It's one of India's most well planned cities, with wide, straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes in a grid system. The great warrior/astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II carefully planned Jaipur's foundation. Laid out in the 18th century, its design followed specifications from an epochal Hindu treatise on architecture. This "Pink City," so called because its buildings are painted in the tones of an autumnal sunset, intersperses the play of red and pink with white borders and motifs. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06 - Jaipur - Pushkar
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Pushkar - the city of Brahma. Pushkar is a sacred town for the Hindus, situated 11 kms. to the North-West of Ajmer. The charm of this sleepy, lakeside settlement so captivated the great Indian poet, Kalidas, that it found a place in his classic, Abhigyan Sakuntalam. The Great Hindu epics of Mahabharat and Ramayana make references to this religious place regarded to be Adi Tiratha. Evidence points to its having existed during the fourth century B.C. lake in the inhospitable surroundings of a desert is no less than a miracle. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07 - Pushkar - Udaipur
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Udaipur. On arrival check-in into hotel. The rest of the evening is free to explore this city of lakes on your own. Or you may enjoy our optional boat ride on the picturesque Lake Pichola, cruising past the spectacular City Palace, Jag Mandir Island and the famous Jag Niwas Island. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast/Lunch)

Day 08 - Udaipur
After breakfast visit City Palace - the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, with its scalloped arches, fretted balconies, and cupolas. Jagdish Temple is an Indo-Aryan temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It has a black stone image of Vishnu as Jagannath, Lord of the Universe. Also visit Folk Art Museum which has an interesting exhibition of folk arts including dresses, dolls, masks, musical instruments, paintings, and puppets. With the museum tour, you get a glimpse of Rajasthani history, in addition to marveling at the rich architecture and decoration of the palace itself. Overnight at hotel.

Day 09 - Udaipur - Ranakpur - Jodhpur
After an early breakfast check-out from the hotel and driver to Ranakpur. Visit Ranakpur Jain Temples complex, one of the biggest and the most important cluster of Jain temples in India. Nestled in the Aravalli range. The Chaumukha Temple, or Four Faced Temple, is the main temple in the complex and dates back to the 15th century.

After lunch continue drive to Jodhpur - The Desert enchantment. Arrive and check-in into hotel. Later on visit Mehrangarh fort - unsurpassed in beauty & grandeur, it is one of the largest forts in India. Innumerable palaces in the fort, interspersed with sprawling courtyards, are intricately carved Jaswanthada - The 19th century royal cenotaph and the museum located in the Umaid public gardens. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Jaisalmer - The Citadel City. On the way we pass camel carts, vibrant and colorful Rajasthani women carrying produce to the market, and men sporting brightly colored turbans usually sitting groups just passing the time of the day. On arrival check in into hotel. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 11 - Jaisalmer
After breakfast half day sightseeing of Jaisalmer. Almost 900 years old, Jaisalmer was a major post on the trade route across the forbidding Thar Desert, and still today, one's first glimpse of the honey colored walls of the fort, rising out of the hot and barren desert is magical. Untouched by time, Jaisalmer, with its golden crenellated walls and narrow streets lined with exquisite havelies, has a medieval ambience. The fort encloses palaces decorated with delicate jali or lattice worked screens, carved doors and flora carvings, and elaborately carved 12th to 16th century Jain temples. The havelies in both the fort and the town are exceptional. Similar in style to the homes of Venetian merchants, the havelies were the mansions of wealthy traders. The houses are decorated with beautifully carved facades, jali screens and oriel windows, each with an inner courtyard surrounded by richly decorated apartments. To see the beauty of the Thar Desert take a camel ride to Sam Sand Dunes. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 12 - Jaisalmer - Khimsar
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Khimsar - which is steeped in history. Founded 2500 years ago by the Jain Saint Mahaveer this is the starting point of the great Indian Desert. The founder of the castle which was built in mid 15th century was Prince Karamsi. On arrival check-in into Hotel Khimsar Fort. Perched on the edge on the great Thar Desert in the heart of rural India, the unique fort at Khimsar offers a wide range of experiences. The battle-scarred walls and turrets remind one of the glorious past of this place. Relax and pamper yourself with an Kerala aromatherapy massage by expert masseurs. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 13 - Khimsar - Deshnok - Gajner
After an early breakfast, check-out from the hotel and visit Khimsar town. See the rural Rajasthan on Village Tour. Later on drive to Desnok, the temple is dedicated to Karni Mata -an incarnation of Durga. The temple has fascinating huge silver gates and marble carvings that were donated by Maharaja Ganga Singhji The most attractive feature of temple are the rodents who scamper freely within the premises and if one touches your feet its considered auspicious.

After that continue drive to Gajner. On arrival check-in into hotel Gajner Palace, just a 30-minute drive from Bikaner, is today a grand heritage palace of Bikaner. The Gajner Palace, often described as an incomparable jewel in the Thar desert 'built by maharajah Ganga Singh of Bikaner stands on the banks of a lake. The palace was used by the maharajah for his extravaganza gisporting the architecture is truly out standing as manifested in red sandstone with intricately carved pillars, jharokas and screens, demonstrating a marvel of craftsmanship. Over the years, royalty, both Indian and international, viceroys and other dignitaries have been entertained at this grand palace. The palace is surrounded by beautiful wooded area, now a preserved sanctuary, providing shelter to chinkara, blackbuck, neelgai and wildboar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 - Gajner - Mandawa
After breakfast you have an option to see Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary. Later on drive to Mandawa. Arrive Mandawa and check-in into hotel Castle Mandawa which is one of the finest castles of Rajasthan is now a beautiful hotel. Mandawa has beautiful frescoes, havelis & mansions.
In the afternoon take a walking tour of the painted 'havelis' of some of the leading business families of the country. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15 - Mandawa - Bagar - Delhi
After breakfast visit painted havelis & mansions. Also visit Mandawa Town for capturing the rural life in your camera. Later on continue drive to Delhi. On the way stopping at Bagar for lunch. We have arranged your lunch at Piramal Haveli. The Haveli has traditional courtyards enclosed by colonial pillared corridors. Frescoes of flying angels and gods in motor cars adorn the walls. Here, the famed traditional vegetarian cuisine of the Marwaris is served in thalis.

Arrive Delhi. A car & driver will be at your disposal until transfer to IGI Airport to catch flight for onward destination.

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