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A Journey through Royal

Delhi – Mandawa – Bikaner – Khimsar – Jasailmer – Jodhpur – Rohetgarh – Ranakpur – Udaipur – Pushkar – Jaipur – Agra – Delhi      (16 Days / 15 Nights)


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 – Khimsar (Drive: 145 km / 3 hrs)


Morning check-out of the hotel and proceed for Khimsar, en-route visit Deshnok - Karni Mata temple -  legend has it that the more rats jump over you the more you will be blessed. Upon arrival check-in at Khimsar Fort - its battle scarred walls and turrets remind one of its glorious past. Today the Khimsar Fort ranks high amongst the premier heritage hotels of India, day to relax and enjoy the hospitality of Khimsar Fort.

Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06        Khimsar – Jaisalmer (Drive: 305 km / 7 hrs)    
The morning takes you to Jaisalmer via Osian - an oasis in the desert, a drive to this ancient township takes one past undulating terrain, punctuated by desert stretches and little hamlets, Osian has 15 beautifully sculpted Jain and Brahmanical temples, Upon arrival in Jaisalmer check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07        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 08        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 09        Jodhpur – Rohetgarh (Drive 45 km / 1 hr)        
Morning check-out of the hotel and drive to Rohetgarh on arrival check-in at hotel Rohetgarh, afternoon we get into the waiting jeeps and proceed on a safari to Bishnoi Villages, this 450 years old white turbaned tribe has a distinct way of life. They are the world's first environmentalists preserving the black buck, brought back from the verge of extinction. they have a distinctive way of life. they are environmentalists, preserving the wilds and the eco-system, living in harmony with nature. Also visit the villages of craftsmen - potters, weavers, and metal-ware.
     
Day 10        Rohetgarh – Udaipur (Drive: 240 km / 6 hrs)
Morning proceed for Udaipur, en-route visiting Ranakpur Jain Temples - Ranakpur Jain Temples are Renowned for some marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stone. Ranakpur is one of the five holy places of the Jain community and these temples were created in the 15th century AD During the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall.

The central Chaumukha or four faced temple is dedicated to the venerated Tirthankara  Rishabhji. Open on all four sides, it enshrines the four faced image of Adinath. Sprawling over 48,000 sq. feet, the temple is an astounding creation with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars - all distinctly carved.

On arrival in Udaipur check-in at the hotel, overnight at the hotel..

Day 11        Udaipur
Udaipur is the city of Dawn, is a land around the azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis.
    
Visit City Palace - A majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake on a hill surrounded by crenelated walls. It is a conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens.
        
Jagdish Temple - Built in 1651 AD. By Maharana Jagat Singh. This Indo-Aryan temple is the largest and the most beautiful temple of Udaipur with noteworthy sculpted images.

Sahelion-ki-Bari - (Garden of the Maids of Honour) This small ornamental garden was a popular relaxing spot where royal ladies came for a scroll and hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its fourdelightful pools, chiseled kiosks and marble elephants.

Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum - The interesting collection exhibited by this Indian folk arts museum includes folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments folk deities and paintings.   

Afternoon Boat ride on Lake Pichola, a picturesque lake that entranced Maharana Udai Singh. It was later enlarged by the founder.The lake is surrounded by hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. Two island palaces, Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) on the lake are of breathtaking magnificence.

Day 12        Udaipur – Pushkar (240 km / 6 hrs)    
Morning check-out of the hotel and drive towards the holy city of Pushkar. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Later visit Pushkar Lake, separated from Ajmer by ‘Nag Pahar’ - the snake mountain the Panchkund. acording to legend, the origin of pushkar dates back to the time when Lord Brahma was on his way in search of a tranquil land to perform a’ yagna’, a lotus fell from the hand of the lord into this valley and a lake sprang up on this spot and was dedicated to him. a Brahma temple located here is a popular place of pilgrimage.
 Explore the local market. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13        In Pushkar
        Day at Leisure & overnight stay


Day 14        Pushkar – Jaipur (Drive: 130 km / 2 ½ hrs)
Check-out of the hotel and proceed for Jaipur. UPon arrival check-in at the hotel.

Later in the day proceed for a city tour of Jaipur visiting The City Palace - a visitors delight. Within the walls are several Palaces and museums resplendent with collections of the princely era. 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. 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.

Day 15        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.

Afternoon free for leisure / shopping. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16        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 17        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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