Day 1 Arrival at Delhi
Welcome to India! Today begins your tour through this incredible country. Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport you will be warmly greeted by one of our representatives who will then assist by transferring you to your hotel. Get a good night’s sleep to start your tour tomorrow well rested.
Day 2 Delhi to Mandawa
After breakfast we’ll have a group briefing from our tour guide, who will outline the incredible itinerary that awaits over the coming days. Following the briefing we will depart Delhi and begin our drive to the town of Mandawa. Here, we'll be staying at the stunning Desert Resort – a colourful oasis set amid the stark desert landscape. The architecture is typical of a Rajasthani village and captures the mystery and romance of the surrounding desert. After checking in take the rest of the evening to relax and enjoy the charm and luxury of this boutique resort.
Day 3 Mandawa to Bikaner
This morning, spend some time exploring this amazing town, which is often referred to as an outdoor museum. Mandawa is famous for its ornate havelis (townhouses, or mansions). You’ll notice that some are faithfully restored, and others are crumbling. The havelis of this particular part of India are recognised around the country for their lavishly painted walls and artwork.
This afternoon we depart Mandawa and head to the town of BIKANER, where we will stay at the sparkling red jewel that is the Gaj Kesri Hotel. This small but elegant hotel houses a beautiful collection of art and handicrafts and does an incredible job of fusing the modern with the traditional. After check in, spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 4 Bikaner to Jaisalmer
This morning, after breakfast, we will visit one of the most impressive fort complexes in India: Junagarh. Junagarh Fort was built by Raja Rai Singh in 1588 CE. Junagarh is one of the few major forts in Rajasthan that is not built on a hilltop. One of the most impressive structures in the fort complex is the Anup Mahal, or Privy Council Room – this elaborately decorated space features walls covered in brilliant red and gold with coloured glass inlay.
In the afternoon we will depart Bikaner and transfer to Jaisalmer, where we will check in to Hotel. The city of Jaisalmer is a former medieval trading center that lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. Known as the 'Golden City', Jaisalmer is famous for its yellow sandstone architecture.
Day 5 Jaisalmer
This morning we will explore the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort. The fort's towering honey-coloured sandstone walls are the perfect camouflage, allowing it to blend in perfectly with the golden hues of the desert and thus avoid attack. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jaisalmer Fort was built in the 12th century, and is believed to be the very last 'living fort' in the country – nearly one fourth of the old city's population still resides within the fort's walls. The rest of the day is yours to use as you please: explore the city on your own or participate in an optional tour to enhance your experience.
Excursion to Desert Camp for Camel Ride and Dinner on the Dunes – Experience the romance and mystery of the desert as the sun sets over the golden sand, enchanted by the melodies of the desert musicians. Traditional folk artists such as the langaas and kalbelias will mesmerise you with their music and dance, passed down through generations. Relax on large, comfy Indian-style beds named charpais, which are woven using natural materials, and enjoy an array of delectable chargrilled dishes as you dine under the stars.
Day 6 Jaisalmer to Jodhpur
This morning we will depart Jaisalmer and drive to Jodhpur, otherwise known as the 'Blue City', or the Gateway to Thar, due to its position right on the edge of the eponymous desert.
Jodhpur we'll take a guided tour of the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, built in the 15th century. Situated on a high rocky outcrop that overlooks the walled city, from here you can see the iconic azure shade that the city's buildings have been painted. Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India and is still run by the Jodhpur royal family. Within its thick, sturdy walls lie numerous palaces and courtyards, as well as an 18th-century Rajput garden.
Day 7 Jodhpur
After early Break-fast we will start a excursion to Bishnoi`s village.
After morning break-fast we will leave for half-Day excursion to Bishnoi Villages: A jeep drive through the countryside-a conducted tour of villaged inhabited by a unique comminity-Bishnois!
Meet them in their homes and talk to them. The vegetarian community the best friend and protector of the flora and fauna conceding spiritual allegiance to twenty and nine tenets of the 15th century legendary Guru Jambheshwar (Jambhoji)- Spot the herds of black buck around the Bishnoi`s settlements freely and fearlessly running about. Gorgeously clad womenfolk and head geared charming men are compellingly and invitingly interesting for a dialogue.
Opium ceremony is a unique customary feature besides the cottage craftsmanship of the potters and weavers.
Day 8 Jodhpur to Udaipur
We will begin our drive to the beautiful city of Udaipur. Set around a series of stunning artificial lakes, Udaipur is known as the 'City of Lakes' and is also recognised for its lavish royal residences.
Day 9 Udaipur
Today, we will visit the awe-inspiring City Palace. Well known as one of the biggest palaces in Rajasthan, the palace is a grand building set on the banks of Pichola Lake. Though construction began in the late 1500s, under the orders of Maharana Udai Singh II, the palace was added to and tinkered with for a further 400 years, as his successors came and went. Today this monumental complex consists of 11 palaces surrounded by courtyards, balconies, towers and gardens, and is famed for its intricate peacock mosaics. After our tour here, you may spend the rest of the day at leisure, or participate in an optional tour to enhance your experience. Lake Pichola Boat Ride – Enjoy a cooling breeze as you sail across this freshwater lake, enjoying an uninterrupted view of Udaipur’s palatial splendor.
Day 10 Udaipur to Pushkar
Pushkar is a holy town in the state of Rajasthan famous for the Pushkar lake, various Ghats and temples spread all around the lake.The word 'Pushkar' means lotus flower, which is said to be the seat of Brahma, one of the Hindu holy trinity, who is worshipped as the creator of this world.
Day 11 Pushkar to Jaipur
After Break-fast at leisure, we will start our another great journey to Jaipur. 'The "Pink City" capital of Rajasthan. We will have lunch on highway Motel and late afternoon check- in at hotel. In the late evening we will witness Bolly Wood Cinema to watch a movie at Raj Mandir.
Day 12 Jaipur
After The morning breakfast, we will Set Forth to a visit to Amber Fort. A Lake at the entrance of The Fort gives It a heavenly feeling. Those who want to enjoy a Maharaja Style Trip, can take a Ride of the Elephants decorated with colors and other ornamental Items. The fine use of the marble carvings, mirrors, and other decorative Items. In the Architecture of the Fort make It all the more attractive & appealing. The delightful colored artwork on the walls, pillars and ceiling of the Fort make It an artist's heaven. We then move to the Palace Areas of the City, Taking a halt at the JalMahal on the way visit the impressive City Palace,begun in 1729 and still inhabited by the royal family.
We would visit the Jantar Mantar, a fascinating medieval observatory. The afternoon is left free for personal exploration or to arrange a visit to one of Jaipur's justly famous gem stores.
Highlights:- • Obesrvatory • Wind Palace •Amber Fort
Day 13 Jaipur to Agra
Today is a Drive to Agra and lunch on the way. Later Check-in Hotel we will visit
You will visit the largest fort in India, Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within its red sandstone walls lives an extinct civilisation of the Mughal rulers. It is said that the emperor who built the Taj Mahal, after being imprisoned by his son,
After this you will visit the Taj Mahal. This bright white marble mausoleum stands in a huge garden on the right bank of the Yamuna River. It was built at the request of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to immortalise his love for his wife Mumtaz.
Renowned for its perfection, harmony, symmetry and aesthetics, you will discover one of the seven wonders of the world and one of the greatest architectural jewels of Indo-Muslim art.
In the evening, you enjoying the sunset over the
beautiful Taj Mahal.
Highlights:- • Taj Mahal • Agra Fort
Day 14 Agra to Orcha
After early break fast we will take again experience to India's best train know as "Shatabdi express" .a journey by air-conditioned train from Agra to Jhansi (approximately 3 hrs). Upon arrival in Jhansi, travel through traditional rural Indian landscapes to reach the beautiful town of Orchha on the banks of the Betwa River (approximately 45 minutes). Here you'll have the opportunity to uncover a very different side of India. Initially a hunting area, Orchha has changed very little over the centuries. Despite its small size it is filled with many beautiful temples and palaces, build here in the 16th century by the ruling Bundelas clan. When we arrive, take an orientation walk in rural areas untouched by modern life and meet the very friendly locals. This evening witness the Ram Raja Temple puja (prayer) ceremony at the shrine at the heart of the city.
Day 15 Orcha to Khajuraho
Today we will move by surface to Khajuraho. The Khajuraho Temples. contrary to the popular tradition of temples, This particular group of temples Is containing some of the beautifully carved sculptors of Gods, Goddesses, Deities, mythological characters and animals, but these represented In an erotic manner. These temples were built by the Chandela Rajputs In around a millennium ago. Though there Is no particulars evidence as to Why this type of Temples was built, But there are a lots of stories and folklores that were Interwoven In and around these Temples. Thus a visit to the Khajuraho group of Temples presents altogether a different experience to Its visitor. After spending a whole day In Khajuraho, We return back to our Hotels to take rest For the Night.
Day 16 Khajurao to Varanasi
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before our evening visit to the local ghats to witness the aarti ceremony. Taking its name from the Sanskrit word for homage and devotion, aarti takes place every evening on the banks of the River Ganges. During the ceremony, small diva (candle-lit lamps decorated with flowers) are floated down the river as an offering to the Goddess Ganga, accompanied by a spellbinding chorus of hymn-chanting, drums and temple bells.
Day 17 Varanasi
We begin early this morning with a sunrise boat tour on the Ganges, where you can watch the light gradually illuminate the many ghats and temples along the river as you pass. Later this morning we take a trip to nearby Sarnath, one of the four main Buddhist pilgrimage destinations. This site is where Buddha spoke of the path to enlightenment, and it features a number of stupas and museums to explore. Alternatively, you may wish to spend your morning exploring the laneways and alleys behind the ghats, or picking up some examples of the excellent local silk industry.
After a buffet lunch at the hotel, we’ll take a walking tour of the old city. We’ll wander through narrow laneways packed with interesting stalls and shops, past the dhobi wallahs (clothes washermen), burning ghats, and the endless temples that echo with bells and the aroma of incense. We’ll witness pilgrims performing ancient bathing rituals and ceremonies and learn why Varanasi is considered the spiritual capital of India.
Day 18 Varanasi to Delhi
Over Night at Delhi
Day 19 Back to Home