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Forts of Rajasthan

Delhi – Mandawa – Bikaner – Jasailmer – Jodhpur - Jaipur – Agra – Delhi      (11 Days / 10 Nights)

The northwestern desert state of Rajasthan evokes images of majestic princes, warriors, and vibrant colors. The cities of Rajasthan still pulsate with camels sporting embroidered blankets, and elegant women wearing vividly colored cloth and heavy silver bracelets.

Day 01        Arrive Delhi
Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Day 02        Delhi
In the morning proceed for a sightseeing tour of the Old Delhi - a multi - layered city. Our first stop is the Red Fort built by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan when he shifted his capital from Agra. A short drive brings us to the Great Mosque - The Jama Masjid. Drive on to see the memorial built for Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

Afternoon Sightseeing tour of New Delhi includes a visit to the Qutub Minar - the tallest stone tower in India built in 1191 AD. Chhatarpur Temple - the most popular Hindu temple with blissful tranquility and serene ambience. Continue to Humayun's Tomb believed to have been designed by his widow.  Its plan is based on the description of Islamic paradise gardens and is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later Mughal tombs. Also visit the Bahai Temple - a lotus shaped structure. It is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. It is open to all faiths and is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace and tranquility.

Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03        Delhi - Mandawa (Drive: 260 km/6 hrs)
Morning check-out of the hotel and proceed for Mandawa. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Later proceed for a sightseeing tour of Mandawa - the semi-desert area of Shekhawati region is situated in the triangular mass of land between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner. this region famous for its painted havelis or mansions with beautiful frescoes, it today termed as an open air gallery of Rajasthan.

Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04        Mandawa - Bikaner     (Drive: 180 km / 4 hrs)
Morning check-out of the hotel and drive for Bikaner. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel.

Bikaner is a royal fortified city with a timeless appeal. Lying in the north of the desert state, the city is dotted with many sand dunes. Visit Junagarh Fort - built in 1593 by raja Raj Singh, a general in the army of emperor Akbar. The fort is a formidable structure encircled by a moat and has some beautiful palaces within. These palaces, made in red sandstone and marble, make a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows dotted all over the structure.

Lallgarh Palace is the architectural masterpiece in red sand stone. The palace was built by maharaja Ganga Singh in the memory of his former Maharaja Lal Singh. The palace has beautiful lattice and filigree work. Sprawling lawns with blooming bougainvillea and dancing peacocks make it a not-to-be missed visual treat.
Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel

Day 05        Bikaner – Jaisalmer (Drive: 330 km / 7 hrs)
Morning check-out of the hotel and drive to Jaisalmer. Arrive and check-in at the hotel.  Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06        Jaisalmer
Explore Jaisalmer, rising from the Thar desert like a golden mirage. It has The Fort, a sentinel to the bleak desertscape from its 80 metre high perch on the hill, housing the entire township within its ramparts. It has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely havelis, three beautifully sculpted Jain temples of the 12th - 15th century ad and five interconnected palaces. The fort is approached through four gateways - Akhaiya Pol, Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol and Hava Pol. Gadisar Lake is a scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines around and a spectacular avian variety. Some of the most exotic mansions or havelis, all intricately latticed, are strewn all over Jaisalmer - each with a different facade. Patwon-ki-Haveli is the most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer havelis. It has exquisitely carved pillars and extensive corridors and chambers. Salim Singh-ki-Haveli is a 300 year old haveli of Jaisalmer’s prime minister to maharaja Rawal Gaj Singh. The fort has three exquisitely carved Jain temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras - Rishabdev, Sambhavnath and Parswanath.

In the evening visit the Sand Dunes. No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the most picturesque dunes of Sam. The ripples on the wind-caressed dunes, that create an enchanting mirage, are surely a delight for a trigger-happy photographer. sand dunes. Exciting Camel Safaris allow you to get the real feel of the desert on the camel back.

Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07        Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (Drive: 290 km / 7 hrs)
Morning check-out of the hotel and drive to Jodhpur. Arrive and check-in at the hotel.

Later in the day proceed for a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur visiting the Mehrangarh fort - the 5 km long majestic fort on a 125 meter high hill which is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. Although invincible from the outside, the fort has four gates approached by a winding road.

Jaswant Thada is a cluster of royal cenotaphs built in 1899 AD in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Within the main cenotaph are the portraits of various Jodhpur rulers.

Evening at leisure to explore the local market. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08        Jodhpur – Jaipur (Drive: 325 km / 8 hrs)
Morning check-out of the hotel and drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09        Jaipur
Morning proceed for an excursion to the Amber Fort which is perched on a hill.  An Elephant transports us inside the fort which houses a Marble Palace, Temple of Victory and a Hall of Mirrors.  

Later in the day proceed for a city tour visiting the Outdoor Observatory – the Jantar Mantar- built in 1726 by Jai Singh, a notable astronomer King. It houses instruments of astonishing accuracy, which give accurate predictions to this day. The City Palace is a visitors delight. Within the walls are several Palaces and museums resplendent with collections of the princely era. Drive to the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal) - a five story high Palace having a facade of windows and latticed screens which allowed the Ladies of the Court, in bygone days, to sit and view the streets of the city.

Evening at leisure to explore the local market. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10        Jaipur – Agra (Drive: 235 km / 6 hrs)
Morning check-out of the hotel and drive for Agra, en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri  - A fascinating deserted capital of Emperor Akbar. Abandoned in a few years for lack of water. Later commence drive to Agra. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel, rest of the day free for leisure.

Day 11        Agra – Delhi Departure (Drive: 204 km / 4 ½ hrs)
Morning proceed for a city tour of Agra visiting The Taj Mahal - built by a grief-stricken emperor, Shah Jahan, as a memorial of eternal love for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Agra Fort which perhaps offers the most moving view of the Taj Mahal from its octagonal tower situated across the River Jamuna.

Sikandra – Emperor Akbar’s tomb at Sikandra is a magnificent gateway, covered with floral and geometrical arabesque decoration in white and colored marble. Four elegant Minarets surround the tomb.

Later in the day check-out of the hotel and proceed to Delhi. Upon arrival drop at International airport in time to board your flight for onward destination.

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