Duration : 15 Days/ 14 Nights
Destinations: New Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Osiyan - Jodhpur - Luni - Udaipur - Chittorgarh - Bundi - Jaipur - Karauli - Fatehpur Sikri- Agra - New Delhi
Day 01: New Delhi »
Traditional welcome - Atithi Devo Bhava (Guest is god) on arrival with garlanding at Delhi international airport by Holiday India Travels executive. Transferred in your exclusive air-conditioned deluxe car to your hotel. After that take tour of historic city of Delhi. The city where one can experience the influence of the many rulers who ruled this region, a city built and destroyed and re-built over seven times. The tour takes you to the monuments that depict the different eras. The tour includes visit to a Hindu temple of Goddess of wealth, Laxmi, the magnificent Red Fort (exterior), the Jama Masjid - one of the Asia's largest mosque, Rajghat - the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi - the "Father of the Nation". Afternoon tour of New Delhi to include Humanyun's Tomb, Qutab Minar, India Gate, President's House and drive through Connaught Place.
Day 02: Delhi - Mandawa (Shekhawati Region)- 5 Hrs Drive »
Breakfast at hotel. Later drive south west of Delhi to the town of Mandawa. Mandawa was founded in the mid-18th century and has well decorated Havelis (Mansions) with Fresco Paintings. Upon arrival check in heritage hotel. Post lunch, you may like to walk to the many painted havelies of some of the leading business families of the country. Some of the better known Havelies of Mandawa are Chowkhani Haveli, Goenka Haveli, Saraf Haveli and Ladia Haveli etc. Overnight at stay in a heritage haveli.
Day 03: Mandawa Bikaner - 3 Hrs Drive »
Breakfast at hotel and then driven 190 Kms west to Bikaner city. Founded in 1486 this fourth largest city of Rajasthan is famous for its spicy snack besides its palaces, handicrafts & leather articles. Wash n change at hotel. Then proceed for half-day sightseeing of Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace and Laxmi Nath Temple. Later visit famoud Rat Temple in Deshnoke.
Day 04: Bikaner Jaisalmer - 5 Hrs Drive »
Breakfast at hotel and then proceed to Jaisalmer. Enjoy the drive viewing the lovely life of the deserted land, passing through villages. On the way visit Ramdeora Temple. Arrive Jaisalmer by early evening. Evening, enjoy camel ride & sunset view from Sam Sand Dunes (40 Kms west of Jaisalmer). Optional dinner on sand dunes with folk dance. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 05: Jaisalmer »
Breakfast followed by a tour of the city to visit the Jaisalmer Fort, Jain Temple, Gadsisar Tank, Folk Museum and various havelies such as Patwan Ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Diwan Nathmal ki Haveli, Badal Vilas Palace and evening walk through narrow cobbled streets. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Jaisalmer Jodhpur - 5 Hrs Drive »
Breakfast at hotel. Driven to Jodhpur - the city founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha. It is the second largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. On arrival transferred to hotel for check-in, followed by a city sightseeing tour including Mehrangarh Fort - one of the largest forts in India, Umaid Bhawan Palace (now a grand heritage hotel) an architectural wonder, Jaswant Thada - a 19th century royal cenotaph , Mandore Gardens - The beautiful gardens with high rock terraces make it a popular picnic spot. The garden has a gate known as the Ajitpol, which is decorated with paintings of the gods and goddesses of Indian mythology & walk through the Clock Tower - In the old city, clock tower is a prominent land mark. But main attraction is the Sadar Market. The market has kept alive the old 'haat bazaar' culture. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Jodhpur - Sardargarh »
Breakfast at hotel. Later driven to Sardargarh and transfer to heritage hotel for check in. Day free to explore the town with driver or at leisure. You may also have options to visit Charbhuja Temple (40 km), Amaj Mata Waterfall, Parshuram Temple, Laxman Jhula, Rupnarayan Temple, Shamlaji, Matrikundiya (place of pilgrimage), Big Dam water body, Nathdwara (44 km), Kankroli (25 km), Chikalwas Dam and Nauchoki Pal (place of pilgrimage and site-seeing), Sardargarh: Family paintings, armour, weapons and clothing museum at the fort. The Forts overall architectural style is grand, but still it strikes you with a solemn austerity. Understandable, since it was build for military reasons, Shunning florid aesthetic expressions. It is fortified with massive ramparts, and giant circular bastions with battlements. Huge entrances and gateways, concentric walls and imposing arches, domes and vaulted spaces, textured facades, jharokhas (balconies) and cannons complete the picture of medieval military ambience. Temples, gardens, bath aria, granaries, residential suites, audience halls, pavilions, water works, watch towers, armories, treasuries and mint dungeons are spread out across three lakh square feet with courtyards.
Day 08: Sardargah Udaipur »
Breakfast at hotel and driven to Udaipur via visit of Kumbhalgarh Fort - compared to the Great Wall of China for its immense stone boundary covering the village of Kumbhalgarh over a hilltop. Further driven to Udaipur via visit to Eklingji - the famous temple of Lord Shiva in the state of Rajasthan. This is the only visited Shiva temple by the present Maharaja of Udaipur. Arrive Udaipur, the city of dawn, surrounded by the ancient Aravali Mountains and set on the edge of three lakes, is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples. Enjoy a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola to have lovely views of the Jagmandir Palace (also known as the Lake Garden Palace, is an exquisite palace placed in an estuary Island in Pichola Lake in Udaipur, the Lake Palace hotel, City Palace, Shiw Niwas & Fateh Prakash Palace hotel buildings.
Day 09: Udaipur »
Relaxed breakfast at hotel followed by visit to the city's popular Jagdish Temple with it's richly sculptured walls, further walk towards the City Palace compound gates through the narrow street. Visit the City Palace museum. It is located on the east bank of the Lake Pichola and has several palaces built within its complex. Udaipur was the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar in the Rajputana Agency and its last capital. The City Palace in Udaipur was built in a flamboyant style and is considered the largest of its type in Rajasthan, a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, and was built on a hill top that gives a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding, including several historic monuments such as the Lake Palace in Lake Pichola, the Jag Mandir on another island in the lake, the Jagdish Temple close to the palace, the Monsoon Palace on top of an overlooking hillock nearby and the Neemach Mata temple. You may like to enjoy a tea break or a quick sandwich lunch at the City Palace cafe and further visit the Sahelion-ki-Bari - The 'garden of the maids of honour' brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. The delightful gardens appear discreet and in impeccable taste. You may also like to visit the Crystal Gallery which is a fine collection of crystals of every type & shape from the royal families of Udaipur over generations.
Day 10: Udaipur Chittaurgarh - Bundi 5-6 Hrs Drive »
Today we drive 120 kms / 2 hrs or so to Chittorgarh - the well-established citadel and the capital of Mewar rulers. A guided tour of the Chittorgarh Fort, which stands 180 mtrs high with each stone narrating its own story. Further driven to Bhainsrorgarh on the banks of river Chambal and transfer to a heritage boutique hotel.
Day 11: Bhainrohgarh - Jaipur 3-4 Hrs Drive »
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast on the balcony of the fort hotel overlooking the Chambal rive. Proceed for a short drive to Jaipur - the Pink city of India. Upon arrival in Jaipur transfer to your hotel for wash 'n' change. Later take city tour of Jaipur covering Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), City Palace, Jantar Mantar (Royal Astronomical Observatory).
Day 12: Jaipur »
Breakfast at the hotel followed by excursion to the majestic Amber Fort on elephant back - the erstwhile capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs before they moved to their newly built capital in Jaipur. This is the only fort where one can still go by the elephant back even today like a Maharaja. Then visit Jaigarh Fort & Tiger Fort. Then on the way visit Water Palace. Time at leisure to do shopping in this famous city of gems & jewels or at leisure to enjoy a walk in the local colourful bazaar. In the evening go to Birla Temple. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Jaipur Karoli 3-4 Hours Drive »
In the morning after breakfast leave for Karauli. Karauli is a beautiful village. You can visit famous temples like Karni Mata Temple * Madam Mohan ji Temple here. Later take rest in hotel.
Day 14: Karauli Fatehpur Sikri Agra 3-4Hrs Drive »
Breakfast at the hotel. Driven to Agra - the city of world famous 'Taj Mahal' - One of the seven wonders of the world. En-route a visit of Fatehpur Sikri, The erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See Darbar-e-Aam, Palaces, Panch Mahal and Taansen Seat. Continue to Agra & check into hotel for check in. Later visit Red Fort - built in red sandstone by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. Visit the halls of private and public; Itimad-Ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) described as a 'Jewel Box' and often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. It was built between 1622 and 1628 and also visits to a local marble factory to witness the inlay work of precious stones also known as Pietra dura. It's the same art of stone work which is illustrated on the Taj Mahal & Baby Taj. It's a learning experience and a treat to eyes to see the art.
Day 15: Agra Delhi 4 Hrs Drive »
Dawn-view visit of Taj Mahal to witness the wonder marble seems to change colours due to the rising sunlight. A UNESCO World Heritage Site which was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal is best viewed & enjoyed in the non-chaotic and less crowded time of the day. Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later driven back to Delhi and on arrival met with Travel Pals India executive and transferred to Delhi international airport to board your flight for onward journey with sweet memories of your Heritage of Rajasthan tour. Check-in for international flights commences 3 hours prior to flight departure time for economy class and 2 hrs prior for business/first class.