14 Days | 13 Nights
Namaskar! Welcome to India. Your Forst & Palaces Tours of Rajasthan begins with a traditional welcome by our representative at the airport. Transfer to your hotel, rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Today start your full day sightseeing of Delhi. It was the capital of the Mughal Empire in the seventeenth century, and today capital of a country with over a billion inhabitants. Delhi is clearly divided between the old and the new city. In Old Delhi we will visit the largest mosque in India called Jama Masjid. The highlight of the tour is an exhilarating bicycle rickshaw ride through the bustling and colorful streets of fabled shopping bazaar, Chandni Chowk (Silver Street). We drive past Red Fort Citadel and reach Rajghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi with nearby two museums dedicated to him too. Afternoon you will visit Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, well known for Mughal architecture. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast and check-out from hotel. Drive 255 km to Alsisar in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. The charm of this small town, surrounded by semi desert, are its Haveli’s, rich patrician houses from the 17th to the 19th century. Admire the colourful frescoes with which these mansions had been decorated inside and outside. Overnight at hotel.
Pickup from hotel lobby for a long, 4 hours drive to Bikaner, located in the Thar desert. On arrival check-in hotel. Afternoon visit the Junagarh Fort, constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Jai Singh, a general in the Moghul Emperor Akbar's army. The city is also called "Camel Country" because of its camel-breeding farm, you pay a visit today. Stay overnight at hotel.
Your journey takes you today for 5 hours to Jaisalmer. You will be rewarded with a visit to the so-called Golden City because of its yellow sandstone architecture. Jaisalmer was part of the famous Silk Route. The splendid Jaisalmer Fort stands proudly on its land and narrates the stories of the valor and chivalry of the Rajput rulers. On arrive at Jaisalmer relax and overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast start your sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer. Highlight is the 12th century magnificent fort, a sprawling hilltop citadel buttressed by 99 bastions. Behind its massive walls stand the ornate Maharaja's Palace and intricately carved Jain temples. Also visit the beautifully and magnificently carved Havelis of Salim Singh ki Haveli and Patwon ki Haveli and Gandhisar lake, followed by a visit to the garden complex Barabagh. Afternoon excursion to Sam village for Camel safari during sunset in the Thar desert. Return back to hotel.
Check-out hotel and drive 235 km to Jodhpur. It is known as Blue City, the colour of many buildings, and a major tourist attraction in Rajasthan. Jodhpur has a number of tourist spots to offer to the travelers including Mehrangarh Fort situated 425ft above city. It had been built by Rao Jodha around 1459 and Jaswant Thada, which is cenotaph built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur in memory of his father. There are many more historical places in Jodhpur which represent the royal past of Rajasthan. Later, you can stroll down the markets of Jodhpur. Stay overnight at hotel.
Today we drive 3.5 hours towards Udaipur. En route visit Ranakpur Jain Temples, built in the 15th century and situated in the lovely valley of the Aravali. Its surrounding is quiet and picturesque. Ranakpur has grand structures and beautiful sculpture. There are 1444 pillars in the temple and none of them are similar. The magic of light and shade is really awe inspiring. Arrive at Udaipur and transfer to the hotel. Udaipur, the 'City of Lakes' is admired for its fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, and gardens among many more. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast start to explore Udaipur. Built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh, the city has been described as the most romantic spot on the continent of India by Col. James Todd. The places of interest include the City Palace which has several carved balconies, arches and decorated pillars, Zenana Mahal, Fateh Prakash, Durbar Hall and Shambhu Niwas. Also visit Jagdish temple, Sahelion-ki-Bari (queen's resort for the friends). In the evening you will enjoy boat ride on the famous Lake Pichola. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning take your breakfast and check-out hotel. Drive 4 hours to Pushkar, a pilgrimage site for Sikhs and Hindus. Visit the popular Brahma Temple, dedicated to Brahma, the creator god of Hindus. See also the Pushkar Lake surrounded by several bathing ‘ghats’. The believe is that a bath in the sacred water washes away sins. Later hit the road to Jaipur, another route of 150 km. Free time at leisure. In the evening attend a spiritual arti ceremony at the Hindu Birla Temple. This white marble temple is dedicated to Lakshmi and Vishnu. Homestay with a family in Jaipur.
Take a guided tour of Amber Fort. Set in a picturesque location, Amber is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting apartments. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol and Temple of Kali are some of the prominent areas of interest. You will be provided elephants to ascend the fort to visit the complex. Back in Jaipur enjoy a city tour. The town was built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer 260 years ago. Visit the Maharaja’s City Palace (apart of which is the home of the formerly royal family), the Observatory, Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Overnight in Jaipur.
Morning after breakfast drive 3.5 hours to Agra, a must visit city on any tour of India. Home of the world famous Taj Mahal, Agra provides avid glimpses of Mughal architecture. To be in Agra is like taking a walk through India's Mughal period history. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fatehpur Sikri is an abandoned city of Mughals, founded during the reign of Akbar in the 16th century. For a few years it had been the capital of the Mughal dynasty. You see here Jama Masjid with the tallest gateway in the world and the Jodhai Bhai Palace. Overnight stay Agra.
Early start to the world famous Taj Mahal, built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjahan in 1630 as mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Later visit the Agra Fort. The rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. The crescent-shaped fort with its 20-metre high, 2.4-km outer walls contains a maze of buildings that form a small city within a city. In the afternoon you will drive around 200 km towards Delhi. Your last night in India at a hotel.
At an appropriate time you will be transferred to the international airport of New Delhi to board your departure flight and say farewell.