Essence of Rajasthan
A beautiful destination with unrivalled architecture and magnificent heritage, grandeur is ingrained in the very essence of Rajasthan. A land of desert sands, enchanting music, handicrafts, delicious food, and forts and palaces, on this holiday you will delve into the fascinating lives of the Rajasthani people and their culture.
You start the journey on the famed Golden Triangle, visiting Delhi and the land of the Taj, Agra. Your foray into Rajasthan begins with its capital city Jaipur, also known as the Pink City. From there, you will travel to the heritage towns of Mandawa, known for its frescoed mansions, and Bikaner, famed for the magnificent Junagarh Fort. You will stay in Jaisalmer and Udaipur, the two greatest cities in the state, and also visit the exquisite Ranakpur marble temples. This journey will truly give you insight into what defines Rajasthan and her charming people.
Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Mandawa – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Manvar – Rohetgarh – Rawla Narlai – Udaipur – Mumbai
Day 1. To Delhi
Depart from your home country to Delhi.
Day 2. Delhi
Morning arrival in Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing of Old Delhi including an exhilarating cycle rickshaw ride to the Jama Masjid through the bustling Chandni Chowk and its back roads, which were the centre of the city Shah Jehanabad in the Mughal era. Continue onto the Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation site, before returning to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3. To Agra
Morning sightseeing of vibrant New Delhi including the impressive Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and the India Gate. In the afternoon, you will be driven to Agra. Check into the hotel for two nights.
Day 4. Agra
You will start the day with an enchanting dawn visit to the Taj Mahal, an eternal symbol of love. After breakfast, you will visit the magnificent Agra Fort, where Shah Jehan, imprisoned by his son, spent his last days gazing at his beloved’s Mausoleum. You will also visit the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula.
Day 5. To Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri
In the morning, you will be driven to Jaipur, visiting the deserted Mughal City Fatehpur Sikri en route. This UNESCO World Heritage site still retains its magnificence and grandeur. Also visit the Abhaneri Stepwell built in 800 AD. Two nights at the Samode Haveli.
Day 6. Jaipur
Like royalty, seated in a howdah and perched upon the back of a stately elephant, climb the hill to the magnificent Amber Fort. Built by the warrior Rajputs, the fort is filled with memories of an ancient and heroic age. After lunch at the historic 1135 AD restaurant, visit the City Palace Museum, the Jantar Mantar Observatory, dedicated to the celestial heavens, and the beautiful Palace of Winds.
Day 7. To Mandawa
In the morning, you will be driven to Mandawa. Enjoy afternoon sightseeing of the village with its delightful fresco festooned mansions once owned by rich merchants. Overnight at Alsisar Mahal.
Day 8. To Bikaner
After breakfast, you will be driven to Bikaner. Afternoon sightseeing includes the magnificent Junagarh Fort, a mighty bastion protecting the land from both invaders and the encroaching Great Thar Desert. Overnight at the Laxmi Niwas Palace.
Day 9. To Jaisalmer
In the morning, drive deep into the heart of the Thar Desert to Jaisalmer. Check into the hotel for two nights.
Day 10. Jaisalmer
In the morning, visit the inhabited hilltop fortress and roam the streets, uncovering hidden corners where delightful frescoes adorn the beautiful merchant houses. Jaisalmer was a strategic town on the ancient caravan routes and is awash with history and intrigue. Enjoy an afternoon excursion and camel safari on the sand dunes, while you watch the sun disappear into the horizon.
Day 11. To Manvar
In the morning, you will be driven to Manvar. In the afternoon, visit a local village to see their unique way of life. Overnight in a luxury desert camp.
Day 12. To Rohetgarh via Jodhpur
After an early breakfast drive to Jodhpur. Visit the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, soaring above the city, telling the tales of the life and times of the erstwhile ruling family. You will also visit the stunning Jaswant Thada, a marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Continue driving to Rohet. Overnight at Rohetgarh Fort.
Day 13. To Rawla Narlai
In the morning, drive to the charming oasis of Rawla Narlai. In the afternoon, wander the streets of the local village. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14. To Udaipur via Ranakpur
In the morning, you will be driven to Udaipur, en route visiting the beautifully carved 15th-century Jain marble temples of Ranakpur. The intricacy of the carvings on the 200 pillars is astonishing. Check into the hotel for two nights.
Day 15. Udaipur
Morning sightseeing of Udaipur includes the City Palace Complex, the Jagdish Temple, and the leafy Gardens of Maids of Honour, once only open to royal ladies. Afternoon at leisure to further explore this captivating city at your own pace.
Day 16. To Mumbai and onward flight
Morning flight to Mumbai to connect to your flight back home.
Suggested extensions: You can extend your tour with Mumbai, Devigarh, Goa, and Ajanta and Ellora Caves. (Various other extensions are available on request)
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Best time to visit: The best time to visit Rajasthan is from the month of October till March. The weather is cool during the day while nights can get cold.
Duration: 16 days
Themes: Culture, Heritage, Art and Architecture, Village Walk, Desert Safari.
Regions you will discover: Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan
Transport within India:
Private air-conditioned chauffeur-driven car
Price: Available on request for relevant travel month
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