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TRAVERSING RAJASTHAN
DELHI –AGRA-BHARATPUR-JAIPUR-KHIMSAR-BIKANER-JAISALMER-JODHPUR (LUNI) -UDAIPUR-DELHI
Exclusive Add Ons & Highlights
•    Visit Taj Mahal at sunset and sunrise
•    Breakfast in Mehtab Bagh with an overview of Taj Mahal
•    Witness evening prayer ceremony at a Hindu Temple in Delhi
•    Meal & interaction with an Indian family in Jaipur
•    Rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi
•    Cultural evening with Indian dances & dinner
•    Optional Indian Music show / theatre
•    Visit an Indian Village
•    Camel safari
•    Boat Ride in Lake Pichola, Udaipur

Upgrades Available
•    Superior Rooms can further be upgraded to Suites
•    Hotels can be further upgraded
•    Your large cars can be upgraded to more luxurious cars or Mercedes

JEWELS OF INFORMATION
1.    Jaipur jewellers use fine techniques like Kundankari & Meenakari. Kundankari uses highly refined gold as base, which is then inlaid with lac and set with precious stones, usually uncut diamonds and semi precious stones to provide colour and design.  Meenakari embellishes the obverse side of kundan which has fine detailed flower motifs.
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2. Bishnois – tribals of this region are passionate environmentalists. They are followers of a 15th century saint, Jambeshwar who preached that every living being should be protected. The endangered black bucks are fiercely protected by them as they believe they will be reborn as deer.






Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Arrive at New Delhi’s international airport. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel.

Day 02 Delhi
After a relaxed morning, this afternoon’s sightseeing takes you to the Presidential Palace, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war and a drive along the Rajpath past the Parliament House and secretarial buildings. Visit Qutab Minar, the 12th century tower of victory built by a slave king and prototype of all minars (towers) in India. Also visit Humayun’s tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal.  Early evening visit the Laxminarayan Temple to see the evening Puja ceremony. Welcome Dinner at an Indian restaurant accompanied with ethnic folk dances & music.

Day 03  - Delhi
This morning’s visit to Old Delhi, the former Mughal Capital includes the majestic Red Fort, the vibrant bazaars of Chandni Chowk and the Jama Masjid mosque.  On your way back, visit the Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.

Afternoon is at leisure. In the evening you can choose to visit an Indian Family Home and your hosts will be happy to invite you for dinner and cocktails. Optionally, we would be happy to arrange for a visit to the theatre or music show of the day.
Day 04 Delhi – Agra
After breakfast at your hotel proceed for a drive to Agra which takes about five hours.

In the afternoon, your city tour of Agra includes the Taj Mahal, which is essentially one man’s monumental testimony to love.  Visit this mausoleum built by Shah Jahan for his empress, Mumtaz Mahal.  The construction is believed to have taken 18 years (1631-1648) with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock.  Also visit Agra Fort on the banks of the river Yamuna is almost in the centre of town. The fort represents the architecture in the periods of the three great Mughal emperors, Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan.  The conspicuous structures within the complex are Jehangiri Mahal, Anguri Bagh, Khas Mahal and Moti Masjid.  

Day 05 Agra – (Peharsar) Bharatpur
Visit Taj Mahal early morning at sunrise. After breakfast, drive to Peharsar, which is a quaint little village near Bharatpur. In the evening visit the Bharatpur bird sanctuary, famous for its migratory species from as far as Siberia.  You can find as many as 375 species of birds here including the now endangered Siberian crane.
Day 06 Bharatpur – Jaipur
Depart for Jaipur this morning, en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri. Emperor Akbar built this impressive fortified city as the new capital. However, this was hardly ever inhabited on account of shortage of water.  Even today it stands magnificent – with majestic palaces, the five –tiered Panch Mahal, and the tomb of Salim Chisthi, a saint who had predicted the birth of Akbar’s son.  The rest of the evening is at leisure in Jaipur.
Day 07  Jaipur
Morning Amber Fort with elephant ride. Later City tour of Jaipur

Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728.  Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal and Jag Mandir.  You can have the unique experience of travelling on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated.

Afternoon, city tour of Jaipur, which takes its name from Maharajah Jai Singh, prince and astronomer, who designed and founded the city in 1727.  Visit the quaint observatory built by him equipped with instruments of his own design and of remarkable size, which for sheer accuracy are difficult to beat even today.  Also visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, the former royal residence and now a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings and weapons.  Drive through the pink-rose residential and business areas, past the Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds, the landmark of Jaipur.
Day 08 Jaipur – Khimsar
A long drive will take you to Khimsar, the gateway to the Thar Desert. The 16th century moated castle offers unique period experience. Your stay is at this castle tonight.
Day 09 Khimsar – Bikaner
Drive to the fortified town of Bikaner today.   The local sightseeing includes the Junagarh Fort built in 1593.                                                                                                                                                                                       
Day 10 Bikaner – Jaisalmer
Leave for the medieval town of Jaisalmer today, which is in the heart of the Thar Desert. Enjoy folk dances over dinner this evening.
Day 11 Jaisalmer
The day is spent sightseeing Jaisalmer including the 12th century fort which has amazing views of the city, the Jain temples in Lodurva and the Gadi Sagar tank. Time permitting; you could also visit the Folklore museum.
Day 12 Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (Luni)
This morning, leave the imperial city of Jodhpur, which echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert.  
The afternoon sight seeing includes the 5 km long majestic Mehrangarh Fort on 125 m high hill is one of the most impressive and formidable structures.  Although invincible from the outside, the fort has four gates approached by a winding road.  Within the fort are some magnificent palaces with marvellously carved panels, latticed windows and evocative names.  Noteworthy of these are the Moti Mahal, the Phool Mahal, he Sheesh Mahal, the Sileh Khana and the Daulat Khana.  Other monuments to be visited are Jaswant Thada - a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in 1899 A.D. in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.  
Day 13 Luni – Udaipur
After a leisurely breakfast visit to the Ranakpur temples, later drive to Udaipur, the Venice of the east. From lakes in the midst of sandy terrain to green forested hills where wildlife still abounds, the surprises are endless. Udaipur, is also described as the “City of Sunrise”.  The city stands in a valley amid green hills on the banks of the Lake Pichola.  

Day 14 Udaipur
Morning sight seeing of Udaipur including, the Jagdish Temple, the largest and most venerated temple of Udaipur.  Built in 1651 A.D. by Maharana Jagat Singh I, the temple is decorated with friezes.  Visit the “Garden of Maidens” Sahelion-Ki-Bari”, consisting of an ornamental pool with delicately carved chhatries of black and white marble and soft stone.  Also visit the Maharana’s city palace, an imposing edifice of granite and marble.

Enjoy a two-hour boat-ride on Lake Pichola, which is surrounded by hills on three sides.  From little islands in the Lake rise at the water’s edge palaces of pure white marble.
Day 15 Udaipur – Delhi  (Flight) 9W 708 (1530-1640)
Morning at leisure, afternoon departure transfer to the airport to board the flight for Delhi, met upon arrival at Delhi and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel
Day 16        Delhi – Outbound
The day is at leisure for last minute shopping. Later in the evening departure transfer to the airport to board the flight for onward journey.

 

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