A Journey of life time (21 Days)
Travel to India offers rich history, color and charm to all who sojourn within her borders. From royal palaces to holy shrines, explorers are never disappointed. Whether you are a lover of color and spice, or architectural magnificence, India luxury travel is overflowing with untold riches. Palaces, bazaars, and riverboats await, ready to reward those who touch down . This Three -week exploration immerses of Rajasthan has with good reason been dubbed the “Land of kings”. One of the country’s most colourful and diverse destinations in this magical state, taking you to both its most celebrated sites, as well as hidden jewels away from the norm. Relish the views in restored palaces perched cliff edges and tantalise your senses as you dine on home-cooked feasts at an owner run homestay and Luxury hotels. India will get under your skin.
• Visit the beautiful painted havelis of Mandawa and the desert city of Bikaner and Jaisalmer
• Discover the heritage havelis of Mandawa and Jaisalmer
• Enjoy a desert safari tour in Jaisalmer
• Discover Udaipur, the Venice of the East
• Take in the majestic palace forts of Bikaner, Jodhpur and explore the heritage havelis and colourful market
• Visit the magnificent palace of Orcha, Holy town Pushkar and the stunning Jain temple at Ranakpur
• Khajuraho The intricate and beautiful erotic temples.
• Varanasi Sail on the holy Ganges and watch the ancient tradition of religious ritual cleansing on the riverside ghats
• Go on a rickshaw ride through Jaipur with the Pink City Rickshaw and Bollywood night.
• Explore highlights of the Pink City Jaipur including the City Palace and lofty Amber Fort
• Watch the sunset over the iconic grandeur of the Taj Mahal and explore the magnificent Agra Fort
On arrival into Delhi you will be greeted by your Wild Eye Travels representative and transferred directly to your hotel for check in. We have a number of exceptional restaurant recommendations which offer the best of the best of Indian cuisine, please discuss with us and we can make reservations on your behalf.
Start your day by exploring the fascinating Old Delhi area, where you will walk past old crumbling havelis, see vibrant street food stalls, visit the famous Jama Masjid mosque and wander through colourful markets. Continue to the imposing Red Fort, one of the most important buildings of Mughal architecture from that period. In complete contrast to the medieval Old Delhi, New Delhi stands in formal splendour; a city of wide boulevards offering ever-changing perspectives of Lutyens' landscaped city. Highlights include Rashtrapati Bhawan, India Gate and Humayun's Tomb, architecturally considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal, as well as a visit to the Sikh temple of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, where you can also visit the community kitchen where thousands are fed delicious food every day.
Old Delhi walk, Humayun’s Tomb, Sikh Temple, Gandhi Memorial
Budget Hotel : Pooja Palace // Comfort Hotel : Hayat
Today you will drive from Delhi to the Shekhawati region (approximately 5 hours). Mandawa is a remote town in the centre of the region, an old trading outpost between the Middle East and China. Our lunch stop today will be in Nawalgarh. On arrival in Mandawa, check into our first Heritage Property stay of the trip.
Enjoy a Half day of exploring this amazing town, which is often referred to as an outdoor museum. Mandawa is famous for its ornate havelis (private residences). 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 art. Perhaps unwind at the day's end with a cold beer and sample some of the spicy local North Indian fare together for our included dinner
Visit of Haveli’s and City walk
Budget Hotel Chobder haveli, // Comfort Hotel Mandawa castle
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.
Budget Hotel / Harasar Haveli // Comfort karni Bhawan B/F
Today you will wind along a remote desert road to the yellow sandstone citadel of Jaisalmer (approximately 7 hours). Watch as it rears its head in the arid, flat desert like a scene from 'One Thousand and One Nights'. Explore the snaking alleyways of Jaisalmer which are filled with markets and intricately carved houses. Located on the banks of Garsisar Lake in the Mehar Bagh Garden is the Jaisalmer Folklore Museum, which is well worth a visit.
Enjoy further time exploring the immense Jaisalmer fort today. Within the fort itself is a maze of houses, temples, shops, and restaurants, not to mention some 3,000 permanent residents. Track down some dazzling Rajasthani fabrics, marvel at the spectacular facades of the Patwa ki Haveli and Salim Singh-ki-Haveli. Or you may wish to simply wander the labyrinthine paths and soak up the atmosphere
No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without a desert safari, so today you'll experience one of the main highlights of your adventure. Your camel safari (approximately 1 hour) out to the pristine sand dunes of the Thar Desert is an adventure you're not likely to forget. Visiting some small villages (dhanis) along your travels, your day culminates with a relaxing dinner by the campfire. Cap it off by camping out under the stars, falling asleep to the desert ambiance in your comfortable permanent tent.
Jaisalmer Fort , Patwo ki haveli, Ghadishar lake visit, Camel Ride
Budget Hotel / Nachana Haveli // Comfort Hotel / Gorband Palace / Safari Lodge In Desert
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.
Second day 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.
Meharngarh Fort, Jashwant Thada, old town walk Cooking class and Bishnoi village
Hotel Budget / Mandore Guest house // Comfort hotel Ratan Villas
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.
Second day, 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.
City Palace, Cultural Dance show, Boat ride
Budget Hotel / Udai Garh // Comfort Hotel / Karohi haveli
A leisurely drive to Pushkar, a bewitching little town on the edge of the desert with temples, bathing Ghats, onion domes and chalk-coloured buildings clustering around its holy lake, said to have appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower. The lake is an important pilgrimage centre and we shall see many pilgrims and Sadhus, Hindu holy men. We visit the famous Lord Brahma Temple, one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity. Evening we walk through the town and meet the local folks.
Budget Hotel / Master Paradise // Comfort / Jagat Palace
After early 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.
Second day 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.
Amber Fort, City Palace, Obesrvatory, city walk and Bollywood night
Budget Hotel / Arya Niwas // Comfort Hotel Mandhwa haveli // B/F
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.
Taj Mahal, Agra Fort
Budget Hotel / Royal Residency // Comfort Hotel Jaypee
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.
Orcha Fort, Ram Raja Temple
Budget Hotel Bundelkhand River side // Comfort Hotel Amar Mahal B,L,D
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.
Budget Hotel / Ramada // Comfort Hotel Redisson
This morning flying to Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world dating back 3,500 years and one of the seven sacred cities of Hindu, home to the holy shrine of Lord Shiva. Watch the Hindu ritual of Aarti performed at sundown 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. Next day, 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.
Morning , Evening Boat ride, Witness of evening pooja, Sarnath visit
Budget Hotel : Amritara Suryauday Haveli // Comfort : Radisson
After Breakfast we will fly back to Delhi to catch your flight for the onward destination.
City tour if time permit
Budget Hotel : Pooja Palace // Comfort Hotel : Hayat
• Hotel and Heritage Accommodation at the listed hotels
• Daily Breakfast at the hotels
• Meals included at Mandhawa, Jaisalmer Desert camp and Orcha
• Private chauffeur- car for airport transfers, sightseeing & inter-city drives
• Services of English-speaking guides for private city tours/sightseeing
• Entrance fee for monuments as listed in the itinerary
• Domestic Flights / Train during the Tour
• All Government taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate road taxes
• If group above 4 pax tour guide for entire tour
• International Flight
• Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
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• Camera charges (Video/Still)
• Personal Expenses (tips, porterage, phone, internet, beverages)
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