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The Land of Maharajas

DURATION : 13 Nights / 14 Days

DESTINATIONS : Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi

Tour Highlights

Destinations Places to visit
Delhi Red Fort, Qutb Minar, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, Jama Masjid and Lotus Temple
Mandawa saraf haveli, elephant house spa and castle mandawa
Bikaner  Junagarh Fort, Prachina Museum, Karni Mata Temple, Devi Kund Sagar and Shri Laxminath Temple
Jaisalmer Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Patwon Ki Haveliyan, Tanot Mata and Thar Heritage Museum
Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Ghanta Ghar and Balsamand Lake
Udaipur City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Jag Mandir, Lake Pichola and Gulab Bagh and Zoo
Pushkar Brahma Temple, Pushkar Lake, Savitri Mata Temple, Lake Foy Sagar and Sri Raghunatha Swamy Temple
Jaipur Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh Fort and Jal Mahal
Agra Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh and Akbar's tomb

Short Description

Travel to some of the most incredible destinations of India where you discover the ancient and historic land of Rajas and Maharajas, Forts, Palaces, Havelis, Dessert and Love. Journey to a land where history repeats itself.

Detailed Itinerary

 
Day 1: Arrival Delhi (By Flight @ TBA)

Arrive by International flight, after traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at airport & transfer to hotel for check in.Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with modern. Its strategic location was the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power.Later in first half of 20th century much of New Delhi was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who laid out a grandiose central administrative area as a testament to British rule in India. The division in walled city & New Delhi also marks the division in life styles.
Overnight Hotel at Delhi

Day 2: Delhi (sightseeing) – Mandawa

Post breakfast and check out from the hotel, later we go on a tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, Visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Later we walk down or take a rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar. In New Delhi we visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. We will also visit Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. Further we visit Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture.After sightseeing proceed to our next destination “Mandawa”.
Overnight Hotel at Mandawa

Day 3: Mandawa - Bikaner

Mandawa in the heart of the semi-arid Shekhawati region. Shekhawati owes its name to Rao Shekha who ruled this area in the 14th century. These were the times when Mandawa was settled & fortified by the rich & dominant Silk Route merchants of the region, Mandawa still retains the charm & aura of a bygone era & coming here is like stepping into a different world.Today we explore the Mandawa Fort, located in the very heart of Mandawa & a classic example of the famed Rajput style of architecture. If time permits we may visit more Havelis of the region & observe the colourful village life in Rajasthan. Later we drive to the princely state of Bikaner, founded by Rao Bikaji (1465-1504 AD) in the year 1488 AD. Fort, Palaces & people with colorful traditional costumes are the chief attractions of the city. The Camel Breeding Farm in Bikaner is only one of its kinds in the whole Asia & so is the illustrious Camel Festival.
Overnight Hotel at Bikaner

Day 4: Bikaner - Jaisalmer

Today in Bikaner we visit Junagarh Fort, built in the year 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh (1571-1612  AD), the 6th ruler of Bikaner. It houses number of beautiful Palaces, Temples & Pavilions, which are richly decorated The beautifully maintained rooms of Anup Mahal now display the treasures of the Royal family. The Fort Museum has an extensive collection of illuminated manuscripts, jewellery, jars, carpets, weapons, treaties, decorations & Farmans (King's Orders). Later we drive to Jaisalmer, founded in the year 1156 by Bhatti Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. Often described as Golden City & rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage the commanding Fort etched in yellow sandstone, dominates the amber-hued city with its entire awesome splendour. 
Overnight Hotel at Jaisalmer

Day 5: Jaisalmer

Today we visit the old town of Jaisalmer & visit Jaisalmer Fort, built in the year 1156 by Rawal Jaisal. It is the only "Living Fort" in India & within its ramparts has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely Havelis (Mansions), Palaces & beautifully sculptured Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century AD & of course skilled artisans & ubiquitous camels. We also visit magnificent Patwon Ki Haveli in the heart of the town. Later we drive down 40 km away from Jaisalmer to Sam to take the Camel ride on the Sand Dunes of Sam while the sun is setting down.
Overnight Hotel at Jaisalmer

Day 6: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur

Today we drive to Jodhpur, bustling desert city is the second largest city in Rajasthan & has landscape dominated by the massive Mehrangarh Fort topping a sheer rocky ridge. Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, founded the city in the year 1459 & it is named after him. It was formerly the seat of a Princely state, also known as Marwar.
Overnight Hotel at Jodhpur

Day 7: Jodhpur sightseeing

Today we take a guided tour of Jodhpur, visiting the Mehrangarh Fort (Majestic Fort), one of the  most impressive & formidable structures anywhere in India. Built by Rao Jodha, this 5 km long Fort is on a 125 m high hill & has some magnificent palaces with marvellously carved panels latticed window. The Fort Museum houses an exquisite collection of palanquins, howdahs (Elephant saddles), royal cradles, miniatures paintings, musical instruments, costumes & furniture.We also visit Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in the year 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Within the main cenotaph are the portraits of various Jodhpur rulers. It is an architectural landmark of Jodhpur.
Overnight Hotel at Jodhpur

Day 8: Jodhpur – Udaipur

Today we drive to Udaipur, was founded in the year 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh after his final  unsuccessful attempt to defend the Mewar capital, Chittorgarh from the invading Mughals under Emperor Akbar. En route Ranakpur En route we will visit Ranakpur, renowned for some marvellously carved Jain temples in marble, created in the 15th century AD during the reign of Rana Kumbha.Later we continue our drive to Udaipur,
Overnight Hotel at Udaipur

Day 9: Udaipur sightseeing

Today we visit the City Palace, an intriguing collection of buildings contributed by various Maharanas (Kings) after Udai Singh & built in the year 1725. Later we visit Sahelion ki Bari (Garden of Maids of Honour) is an ornamental garden built by Maharana Sangram Singh for his daughter & the Ladies of the Queen's court.Later we visit Jagdish Temple, the Indo-Aryan temple, built in the year 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh, is the largest & the most beautiful temple of Udaipur with noteworthy sculpted images. We also enjoy boat ride on Lake Pichola, the beauty of the lake is enhanced by the surrounding hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats & embankments. The Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) & Jag Mandir, the two island palaces on the lake look like pearls in the lake.
Overnight Hotel at Udaipur

Day 10: Udaipur – Pushkar

Today we drive down to Pushkar. Pushkar, located at the bank of Pushkar Lake  is famous  for  Pushkar Fair, There is a Hindu Temple  of Bramha, the creator of Universe. Upon arrival check the hotel and later explore the village of your own.
Overnight Hotel at Pushkar

Day 11: Pushkar – Jaipur

Post breakfast an Orientation Tour of Pushkar visiting Brahama Temple, This is the only temple in the  world where Lord Brahma is worshiped and the main attraction of Pushkar. The temple has a special position in Hindu pantheons. There is life-size four-armed idol of Lord Brahma - the creator in the vestibule. Later we visit Pushkar Lake, Pushkar Lake is another important attraction of Pushkar and it has immense significance for the followers of Hinduism. According to the legends, the lake was dedicated to Lord Brahma after a lotus fell from his hands and dropped into this picturesque valley. A lake sprang up on the same spot latter on which is considered holy. The entire lake is supposed to be surrounded by 500 temples, 52 palaces, and 52 ghats. Later post lunch we drive down Jaipur. Jaipur, popularly known as Pink City, the flamboyant & colourful capital of Rajasthan. On arrival Jaipur check into Hotel.
Overnight Hotel at Jaipur

Day 12: Jaipur Sightseeing

Today morning, we take an excursion to Amber Fort (11 km)  the palace complex which stands to  this date. We take an Elephant ride to reach the Fort situated on the hill, an overwhelming experience. Later we visit the City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture. Further we visit Jantar Mantar, the Solar Observatory, an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate predictions till date. We now visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied structure of pink sandstone.
Overnight Hotel at Jaipur

Day 13: Jaipur – Agra

Post breakfast we drive to Agra, en route we will visit Fatehpur Sikri (Ghost Capital), the political  capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from the year 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. We visit Emperor Akbar's Residential complex, Mosque & Tomb of Salim Chisti. Further we continue our drive to Agra, beautifully situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It achieved prominence as the capital of the Mughal Emperors from the year 1526 to 1628, remains major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era monuments, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri,
Overnight Hotel at Agra

Day 14: Agra - Delhi Deaprture

Post breakfast check out from the hotel and visit Taj Mahal, symbol of eternal love, which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal emperor, Shah Jehan in the year 1631 in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was completed in 22 years. Further we visit Agra Fort, taken over from the Lodhis by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century. The Fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. It was built from red sandstone, often inlaid with white marble & intricate decorations. We will also visit Sikandara, Akbar's tomb. His son Jahangir completed the construction of the tomb in the year 1613.After sightseeing drive to Delhi, upon arrival departure transfer to Delhi airport and board flight to your onward Journey

Inclusions / Exclusions

The Price Includes:

  • Accommodation in Double Room as per the Hotel chosen by guest program.
  • Daily Breakfast at the hotels.
  • Arrival/Departure with assistance.
  • AC transport as per program.
  • English Speaking Local Guide as per Program.
  • One bottle of water per person per day.
  • All fuel, parking, toll, state taxes & driver allowances.
  • Govt. Service Tax 4.50%.

The Price Excludes:

  •  Any airfare / visa / insurance
  •  Any meals except mentioned in the column cost includes.
  •  Any Monument Entrance Fees.
  •  Any expenses of personal nature such as tips, beverages, laundry, telephone calls, photography, video fee, etc.
  •  Any new taxes / fees imposed by the Government.

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