Best of Rajasthan Tour
Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Ossian - Jodhpur - Mount Abu -
Udaipur - Deogarh - Pushkar - Ajmer - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
17 Nights & 18 Days
Day 01 : Arrival Delhi :
Welcome at the Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi, our representatives assist and escort you by a private car and transfer to the pre-booked hotel. After your check in, you will be given all the required documents related to the tour and our representative will explain all your queries and feedback about the entire tour plan. If you are arriving by morning flight, after rest you can take a short tour of the sightseeing of the city; otherwise take the rest and overnight at the hotel in Delhi.
Delhi, towering capital city of the Federal Republic of India. It is one of India's modern and fastest developing city with charismatic charm on its visitors. Delhi is situated over the West Bank of the river Yamuna, straddling the river. The city is enriched with culture, architecture and human diversity, Delhi city is combination of an historical golden past with vibration of modern world. Delhi houses finest museums, historical monuments, sightseeing places, and temples in the country. Delhi was proclaimed the capital of India, designed by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) & is tree-lined & spacious. Legend has it that the Pandavas of epic Mahabharata, the august heroes, founded Delhi, then called Indraprastha, around 1200 B.C. Present day Delhi is built around the ruins of seven ancient cities.
Day 02 : Delhi
After breakfast the sightseeing tour to explore the historic city, firstly visiting Old Delhi: (Shahajahanabad) the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone walls of historical Lal Qila, built in 1638, sprawled in 2 kilometers with a high of 18 meters, Jama Masjid, the largest and most splendid mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat, memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where he was cremated, Later in you opt to have Rickshaw ride past through the bustling Bazaar of in Chandani Chowk, if time permits you can visit to Bangla Sabhin Gurudwara. During the sunset visit at lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple. In the evening witness the light and sound show at Red fort. The show projects splendid history of 5000 years old city, a truly memorable experience. Return to the hotel for overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi – Mandawa (276 kms: 6 hrs)
After a leisure morning, take the breakfast and check out the hotel and driver to medieval city Mandawa in Rajasthan. On arrival check in to the Royal splendid Fort of Mandawa (converted into a heritage hotel) known as Mandawa Castle, 51 well maintained rooms, every room is different from other with a concept. This place is like gradually rises on the horizon like a mirage. Mandawa is known as the 'open-air art gallery' of Rajasthan. From the terrace of the fort you can view medieval city of Mandawa. In the fort you can see the incomparable collection of arms with Jade handles, royal and ceremonial costumes in the Museum of the Castle Mandawa. In the evening you can walk around the narrow lanes of the tradition town, watching locals and shops. Later return to the hotel to enjoy the traditional music and dance, live performance by the local artist, enjoy the gala dinner during the enjoying the live dance and music. Overnight at the hotel Castel Mandawa.
Mandawa: Founded in the mid 18th century, located in Shekhawati region in Rajasthan. Mandawa is known for its’ speculative havelies and fort. Now days, Mandawa is known as an imposing mirage like fort now a popular heritage hotel with modern amenities. The structure of this place recalls one of the cultural and tradition this place used to be in the bygone golden era. The affluent and dominant traders and merchants built gigantic havelis, bejeweled with beautiful wall paintings, for the purpose of their residence. In the past time, painting subject was mythology dominated the themes of the frescoes, animals, dancers, religion, portraits, displaying local legends, hunting and wrestling scenes, etc. And some fascinating paintings, portraying Lord Krishna and his cowherds. During the British ruler in India, the traditions subject was turned in to cars, trains, balloons, hunting, nature, phones, and gramophones etc., Even if someone doesn’t have a penchant for art, you will still marvel at the beauty and splendor of the various monuments in the city.
Day 04 : Mandawa – Bikaner (175 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast visit to explore Mandawa town, visiting notably known havelies: Binsidhar Chokhani, Newatia, and Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli. The Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, are famous for its inquisitive paintings. The Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli is known for its erotic paintings and images, now mostly defaced. These havelis are like museums, numerous havelis built by the wealthy merchants as in old days. After lunch, drive to Bikaner on arrival transfer to hotel. After relax, take an excursion ( or you may visit during travelling from Mandawa to Bikaner) to Deshnok, which worldly known for the Rat Temple, this temple is 600 years old, dedicated to Goddess Karni Mata, the temple is built by King of Bikaner Ganga Singh, the temple is decorated with cared silver gages and marble stone work. After visit return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Bikaner: The city was founded by Rao Bikaji in 1488; Rao Bikaji was the son of King Jodhaji of Jodhpur, due to some personal confront he took the courage to build his own city by adopting desert and barren land and then he transformed into a charming city called Bikaner, and the city was named after the King Bikaji. The 500 years old city standing still with glorious past is located in Northern part of Rajasthan. The Rajpoot rulers here built splendid palaces, temples and forts that resonance of magnificence and images of monsoon clouds in this desert land. The city is barricaded by 7 kms long walls built in 18th sanctuary with 5 huge gates around the city. Today the city is flourishing business of wool, food and milk. The Bikaner is known also one of the international standard camel breeding farm and rate temple of Karni Mata. Junagarh and Lallgarh forts are major tourist attraction of the city. The city is known for colourful market and camel festival every year. Bikaner is also known as a gateway to Jaisalmer.
Day 05 : Bikaner – Jaisalmer (330 kms: 6 hrs)
Today after breakfast takes the city tour of Bikaner visiting most popular and magnificent Junagarh Fort - built by Raja Rai Singh, this had never conquered during the entire history of Bikaner. The forts is having around 37 splendid palaces within the fort complex, there is wall of 7 kilometers around the fort and 37 bastions and 2 massive gates. After visiting the Junagarh Fort, afterwards drive to Jaisalmer, on the way you can take a halt to visit Pokharan Fort. Later continue to drive to Jaisalmer, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer is quite popular for crowing Golden Fort, the city is a fantasy in yellow sandstone in the heart of the Thar Desert. Rawla Jaisal, a Rajput King, founded Jaisalmer in the year 1156 A.D. The desert town is located on edge of the Thar Desert; Jaisalmer is one of most prominent city for tourists in Rajasthan, also known as golden city, by golden sand and golden fort, Jaisalmer is having lots of tourist attractions splendid havelies, camel safari on thrilling Sam dunes, Jain temples, picturesque Gadisar Lake. The city is known for its rich culture and heritage. The tour of Rajasthan is incomplete without visiting Jaisalmer. The city is like a land mark of Desert State Rajasthan.
Day 06 : Jaisalmer
Today after breakfast take city tour of Jaisalmer city, firstly visit most popular Golden Fort, also known as Sonar Kila and Jaisalmer Fort, the fort is built on the top of Trikuta hill, having 99 bastions, the most speculator feature is Megh Durbar, also many temples, near the fort there are marvelous havelies built by the wealthy traders of the past time, notably havelies are Nathmal ji Ki Havel, Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki haveli, the splendid mansions with latticework and stone carving, a truly break tacking intricacy. Afterwards visit to the one of the beautiful lake known as ‘Gadisar Lake’ the entrance of the lake is quite artistic and there is past days story behind this lake. If time permits and you wish to cover more of places, you can visit to Amar Sagar and Mool Sagar Lake and temples of Ladawara. In the evening drive to Sam Sand Dunes, the nearest place of the Great Thar Desert, Sam Sand dunes are seems to be golden stretched sands as a gateway to Thar Desert. Enjoy camel ride to on the sand dunes. Optionally you can stay overnight at the Sam Sand Dunes in Swiss tents, and experience to have dinner under starry night with fold dances and music performed by local artists. Overnight at Jaisalmer.
Day 07 : Jaisalmer – Ossian – Jodhpur (290 kms: 6 hrs)
Today after breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Jodhpur, Enroute stopover at Manvar Desert Resort for lunch, a isolated famous desert resort. Afterwards continue to drive and can stop over at Ossian village around 65 kms before Jodhpur, to explore Jain and Hindu temples built in 8th and 13th centuries. This small town was a prosperous city during medieval era of North India. Sun Temple is the oldest temple in Ossian among 11 ancient temples. Afterwards continue to drive to Jodhpur, on arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening you may opt to explore the local market, visiting various authentic restaurants. You may choose ‘On the rocks’ an open air restaurants with Rajasthani hospitality, offering authentic food and folk music and dance. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Jodhpur: The home of Rajpoot, (Rathors) – The awesome significant city of Rajasthan. Founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha, today Jodhpur is one of the largest and flourishing city of Rajasthan. Once the capital city of the Marwar State, crowning it is the imposing Mehrangarh Fort. The old city is situated at foothill of a hillock. The city built in a high wall 10kms, long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions. Umaid Bhawan Palace could be defined as Taj Mahal of North India. The city carries rich heritage and culture and flourishing industry of wood, cattle, camels, salt and agricultural crops.
Day 08 : Jodhpur – Mount Abu (275 kms: 6 hrs)
After breakfast the city tour starts by visiting massive Mehrangarh Fort, magnificent Jaswant Thada (Mausoleums of the great Rajput King: Jaswant Singh), Umaid Bhawan Palace and museum – India is one of most imposing and regal palaces, built by Maharaja Umaid Singh, designed by of famous architect Edwardian and Henry Vaughan Lanchester, who constructed this wonderful palace, a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. After lunch check out the hotel and drive to Mount Abu. On arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening you can visit Sunset point and Nakkhi Lake. Overnight at the hotel.
Mount Abu is only crowing stunning hill stations in Desert state of Rajasthan, located on the highest peak on Southern edge Aravali mountain range with cool and cozy climate with thick greenery all around the hill side. One the wonderful hill stations with added value of ancient pilgrimage era of Indian culture and history. The town is dedicated to Goa Shiva, later this became the Jain pilgrimage. Dilwara temples built between 11th and 13th centuries are finest examples of Indian architecture and carvings. Mount Abu is like a lush green illustration in Thar Desert of Rajasthan. This hill station was summer retreat of Royal families of Rajasthan and homes of holy saints and join devotees. There are lots of tourist attractions in Mount Abu various temples, lakes, hill sides, meditation centers and a famous mall road for evening strolling.
Day 09 : Mount Abu – Udaipur (220 kms: 5 hrs)
After breakfast sightseeing of natural attraction and splendid temples: Dilwara temples consisting of 5 ancient and speculative Jain temples built at the beginning of the 11th century, followed by Gaumukh temple, Vimala Vasahi, Bhramkumari Temple, Achalgarh Fort. Later drive to Udaipur En route visiting the Jain temples at Ranakpur Temples of 12 Century – The cluster of temples, made of intricately sculpted white marble, built out of marbles more than 100 beautifully carved pillars each carved differently from others, you may opt for lunch at one of the best hotel in Ranakpur: Maharani Baugh you can also see local families on the way to see their customs and living. After visit continue to proceed to Udaipur, on arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening you can take a boat ride at Lake Pichola, opt for a dinner at one of the most speculative and luxury hotel: Lake Palace, amidst at the lake. Overnight at the hotel.
Udaipur: One of the most romantic and beautiful city of North India, the city was founded in 1568 AD by Rajpoot King Udai Singh., located on the banks of the shimmering Pichola Lake, is one of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan. Udaipur is cuddle up in lush green Aravali mountain range. The city is also known as the ‘Venice of the East'. It is a kaleidoscope of wonderful lakes, enchanting temples, lake side gardens, amazing forts and palaces and narrow lanes of the old city with historical past, Udaipur characterize chivalry and velour of the Rajpoot clan who had ruled this city for years and valor and chivalry. There are so amazing places to visit in this incredible city of Rajasthan.
Day 10 : Udaipur
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting wondrous City Palace complex, significant landmark of the town, the palace is a splendid white marble architectural historical place of Rajpoot Rulers, in the palace vicinity you will see notable places like Durbar Hall, Palace Museum, Crystal Gallery and Jagdish temple, followed by Sahelion Ki Bari, a beautiful recreation garden for queens and princes of the rulers. Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, an ethic places to see the traditions and culture of Rajasthan, ethnic ornaments, exhibiting folk traditional outfits, puppets, masks, dolls, classical paintings, fold musical instruments. In the evening visit to Lake Bageela 22 kms for sightseeing tour of ancient Eklingji and Nagda Temples, after finishing the sightseeing tour of the day, return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 11 : Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Udaipur (112 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast take an excursion Chittaurgarh city, to visit mightiest and largest historical fort of India: Chittorgarh, this crowning historical Fort stands a jaded reminder of the characteristic and bravery of Rajpoot Clan in Rajasthan, sprawled over 700 acres, area, the fort houses historical monuments: Tower of Victory, Rani Padmini Palace, Man Mahal, Mira Temple and several ruins of temples of Shiva. Afterwards drive back to Udaipur, in the evening, you may opt to take boat ride at Lake Pichola and opt to have dinner (of your own) at one of the most luxurious and splendid hotel of India, Taj Lake Palace, located amidst of the lake Pichola. Later return back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Chittorgarh, the town known for its massive fort atop hill, crowned on a 6kms long hill, covering an area of 280 hectares with fortifications, temples, towers and palaces. The city can be single out for its glorious past and valor, unique to the Rajput tradition. Chittourgarh is fortified settlement, which is history witnessed a number of sieges but refused to bow before foreign invaders. Tales of Princess Padmini are told here who was known for her chivalry and beauty. A ruined citadel, where the royal past lives in its imposing forts and palaces
Day 12 : Udaipur – Deogarh – Pushkar (275 kms: 6 hrs)
After breakfast checkout and drive to Pushkar en route visit the magnificent Deogarh Mahal and see the royal past of the glorious era of Rajasthan, now converted into a heritage hotel. You can opt for lunch at in royal heritage hotel. Later continue to drive to Pushkar, on arrival at Pushkar, transfer to the hotel, evening free for relax or a walk at the Ghats of Pushkar Lake. Overnight at the hotel.
Deogarh Mahal Palace, is situated on the boundaries of Mewar, located around 105 kilometers from Udaipur, at the height of about 2100 ft with pleasant and cool climate compare to other towns and cities of Rajasthan. The Deogarh fort is also converted into a heritage hotel, here you can see visit Sheesh Mahal, the colorful palace with mirrors.
Pushkar Amongst the grandeur of Rajasthan, discover a unique gem - Pushkar. Lord Brahma, known to be the creator of the world, in a search for his abode on earth performed the supremely pious Vedic yagna here in Pushkar, thus making it the site of the only Brahma Temple in the world. With over 500 temples and ghats, a pilgrimage center from time immemorial, Pushkar begets an inheritance of timeless architectural legacy. Pushkar emits an ambience of peace and spirituality that entices people to visit again and again.
Day 13 : Pushkar – Ajmer – Jaipur ( 135 kms: 4 hrs)
Today morning after breakfast, if time permits you can take a short tour of the Ajmer city, 11 kms on the way to Jaipur, the attractions of the Ajmer are Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti Dargah, which is one of holiest place of Muslim after Makka Medina, also you can visit Taragarh fort, later drive to Jaipur, on arrival check into the hotel. After some rest, during the evening time visit at modern artistic Birla Temple, speculator in white shimmering marble, glittering in the night hours. Afterwards visit at of the most authentic and ethnic village resort of Jaipur, Chokhi Dhani: the a characteristic of the resort to build the ambience of the actual villages life and custom of Rajasthan, with lots of traditional entertainment like folk dances, puppet shows, astrology, Rajasthani music and welcome in traditional way. Here you can enjoy the traditional Rajasthani food. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Jaipur widely known as the ‘Pink City’ of India. The entire walls houses and buildings of the city were washed with pink colour for a grand and royal welcome of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria from Britain, who visited Jaipur in 1853 A.D. This splendid city as was founded in 1727 A.D by one of the greatest ruler Jai Singh II. Jaipur is surrounded by hills on three sides. Jaipur is the only city in the world, which is designed accordance of Hindu architecture science called Shilpa Shastra, the town is had been designed in rectangular shape of 9 blocks, depicting the 9 partition of universe. This fascinating city houses majestic forts, grand palaces, lavish gardens, havelis and museums, while visiting these places you will have a true vision of Royal golden past of Rajasthan.
Day 14 : Jaipur
Today after breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion to Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, also you can visit to another mighty and majestic Nagargarh fort, which is nearby to Amber fort. Later take a sightseeing tour visiting majestic ‘City Palace’ situated in the main city, a miraculous places to witness the real Rajasthani and Mughal architecture , art and cure. Known for Mughal and Rajasthani culture and art, residence of the royal family of Jaipur. Not far away is the Central Museum. Unique Jantar Mantar conceptualized constructed by Jaipur King Swai Jai Singh, he built 5 observatories, and Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is one of them. Hawa Mahal also ‘Palace of Winds’ built with a concept for the woman of royal families to speculate the royal ceremonies and festivals being hidden from the public eyes. City palace houses both the monuments. The afternoon is for relaxation, in the evening you can explore the bustling market of Jaipur by cycle rickshaw ride , which is paradise for shopping lovers, the jaipur is worldly famous for hand woven carpet, precious stones, handicraft, marble, textile, blue pottery, handmade papers, later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 15 : Jaipur – Samode – Jaipur (Excursion of 1 hour one way)
Today morning take an excursion to Samode, (45 kms:1 hr) – here you can explore Samode Haveli, Samode Baugh, which were the royal palaces and forts of the kings of Rajasthan, most wonderful place to recall the majestic royal past of Rajasthan. You can also visit to the villager’s houses to see their living and life style. And enjoy camel ride, camel cart to enjoy the village atmosphere. You may opt to have lunch/dinner (of your own) at Samode Haveli, converted into a heritage hotel. Later return back to Jaipur for overnight at your booked hotel.
Samode, a small village, recognized for its wonderful Samode Haveli, converted into a luxurious heritage hotel. Samode Baugh (lavish garden) and Samode fort is the most interesting places to visit, surrounded by lush green hills, an implausible experience to witness Rajasthani art, décor and architecture. Samode Fort was built in 15th Century, by the Rajpoot warrior and King Prithviraj Singh, lovely gift to his adorable son. Frescoes-adorned staircases, Stained glass windows, artistically carved walls and superbly painting ceilings define the taste of the old age rulers’ love for art and culture. To amuse and entertain the tourists, camel safari, camel cart ride, elephant rides are organized. And gala dinner during the night hours with folk and cultural dances and music by local artists are performed in Samode Haveli.
Day 16 : Jaipur – Agra (230 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Agra, en route visit at Fatehpur Sikri this is today a deserted city, which was built during Akbar's regime as a capital. Here you will get opportunity to see the largest gateway in the world, incredible Bulund Darwaza - around 41 meter height and built on the platform which is around 14 meter height, Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, a well-known Sufi saint of India. also visit other historical sites such as Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-khana-I-khaas or Hall Of Private Audience, Palace of Akbars’ Queen Jodha Bai, Birbal's Palace, Panch Mahal and Jami Masjid in Fatehpur Sikri. Later continue to precede Agra. On arrival check in to the hotel. Optionally in the evening you may visit to the souvenirs market of Agra, one should visit Oswal Emporium where they have built a Mini Taj Mahal inside their showroom and it took 10 years for the artists to complete the mini replica of the Taj. Overnight at the hotel.
Agra, is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World-the Taj Mahal. Built by the great Mughal emperor Shahjahan, an eternal love story written on the shimmering marble for his wife Mumtaz. Agra is pleasant town with comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendant of those who worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. Agra, and the nearby city of Fatehpur Sikri, is conveniently close to Delhi. Besides the Taj Mahal is Agra Fort, Sikandra, Ram Bagh and Itmad-Ud-Daulah-35 kms away are the imperial ruins of the Mughal city, Fatehpur Sikri. The world famous town for Taj and amazing monuments of India.
Day 17 : Agra – Delhi (200 kms: 4 hrs)
Early morning visit world’s most popular and beautiful monument: Taj Mahal with its’ speculative view at sunrise. Taj Mahal, the architectural modern day, the most beautiful monument among the 7 wonders of the world; this historical masterpiece is illustration of the fusion of diverse architectural styles. Taj Mahal is crowned of all the loveliest buildings in the world, a symbol of eternal love. Afterwards visit to the Agra Fort, was built in 1576 AD., by great Mughal Emperor Akbar, structured and designed with red stoned barricaded; in the fort you will find most splendid Pearl Mosque and various other classic example of art: Diwan- e – Khaas, Jahangir Mahal, Moti Masjid, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Am, Meena Bazaar and Musamman Bhurj where from Emperor Shahjahan, prisoner of his son rebellious Aurangzeb in his old age, was put in the cell of Agra fort, where from he could see rays of pure love reflecting through the Taj Mahal, where his loveliest wife was cremated. And visiting Itamad-ud-Daula built by Empress Noorjehan daughter of emperor Shahjahan, this monument a tribute to her great father. In the evening drive to Delhi, enroute stop over to catch the view of Sikandra, to see the tomb of Emperor Akbar. This marvelous mausoleum is the centre stage of attraction in Sikandra marvelously designed structure of Hindu and Muslim architecture . Continue to drive to Delhi, on arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 18 : Delhi – Hometown (By Air)
**** Back home with great memories. ****
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