The 18 day tour takes you to visit the best of Rajasthan, the royal princely state with its rich architectural and cultural heritage. The tour begins at Delhi where you will go to see major monuments such as Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun Tomb, and savor the culinary delights of Old Delhi. Next, proceed to Mandawa and Bikaner for some more architectural splendour, and then to Jaisalmer to enjoy the sand dunes and spend time in its colourful markets. Visit a Bishnoi village to get an insight into the vibrant village life in Marwar. Udaipur needs no introduction – this city of lakes has been venue to a range of international movies and destination weddings. Spend some time in Pushkar, venue to a world-famous fair, and then proceed to Jaipur or the Pink city with its ancient forts and havelis and the endless shopping, folk dances and more!
Day – 1 (Arrival Delhi)
Arrive Delhi airport and you are received by a representative who along with your driver will transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day – 2 (Delhi full day tour)
After breakfast proceed for the local sightseeing of Delhi. Begin with Old Delhi where you visit Raj ghat, the cremation place of Mahatma Gandhi. Later visit the historical fort, Red fort that was built by Shah Jahan in 1638 when he decided to move his capital from Agra to Delhi. Later proceed to visit Jama mosque, one of the largest mosque in India. You can enjoy rickshaw ride in the narrow streets of Chandni chowk.
After lunch at a local restaurant, proceed for the sightseeing of New Delhi.
Visit Humayun’s Tomb (a UNESCO World Heritage site), constructed by Humayun, the second Mughal emperor. Afterward you visit the Qutub Minar, another UNESCO World Heritage site. This tower was built to commemorate the victory of Muhammad Ghuri and Qutub ud Din over the infidel Chauhans of Prithvi Raj in 1192. Construction of the monument began in 1199 by Qutub ud Din, who later became the first Sultan of Delhi.
Later drive pass Rajpath and Janpath with a stopover at India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan the official residence of the President of India.
Day – 3 (Delhi – Manadawa (235 kms – 7 hrs))
Post breakfast drive to Mandawa. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Standing out with its forts and havelis, Mandawa is often known as Open Art Gallery. Marvelous mansions dot the town and make it an important tourist attraction of Rajasthan. Evening walk around your hotel.
Day – 4 (Mandawa – Bikaner (200 kms – 4 ½ hrs))
After breakfast drive to Bikaner and check in at the hotel. Bikaner is situated in the north-west part of Rajasthan. It was established in heart of the backwoods called Jungladesh by Rao Bika Ji in the 14th century. The most impressive palace, richly sculptured temples are made up of red and yellow sand stones which exhibit the imagination of Rajput civilization.
Day – 5 (Bikaner)
Morning, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Bikaner visiting Junagarh Fort – huge enormous fort built in the 15 century by one of the most reliance generals of Akbar, Raja Rai Singh and till date, it is unconquered. Lalgarh Palace – build in red sandstone and it was planned by Britisher for Maharaja Ganga Singh. The palace shows a wonderful blend of Rajput, Mughal and European architectural style, Visit famous Havelis or huge mansions of Kotharis, Rampurias, Vaids and Dagas. In the evening, enjoy visit to Camel breeding farm and famous Karni Mata Temple (Rat Temple).
Day – 6 (Bikaner – Jaisalmer (330 kms – 8 hrs))
After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer and check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer.
Day – 7 (Jaisalmer)
ost breakfast you can visit the attractions in Jaisalmer such as Bada Bagh, Patwon-Ki-Haveli, The Thar Heritage Museum, Gadisar Lake, Jain Temples and Salim Singh Ki Haveli. Later explore the Fort area and local markets.
Day – 8 (Jaisalmer – Sam Dunes)
Explore the local market places and later drive towards Sam dunes and check in at the camp. Enjoy camel ride in the evening. Bone fire and dances with dinner at the camp.
Day – 9 (Sam Dunes – Jodhpur (315 kms – 6 hrs))
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur. Arrive and check in at the hotel. After wards visit Mehrangarh fort, that is one of the largest forts in India. It is also the most magnificent fort in Jodhpur, infact, in the whole Rajasthan. The fort is amongst the popular tourist places in India. It is situated on a 150 m high hill.
Seven gates have to be crossed to reach this fort. The gates still bear the marks of the various battles fought in the bygone era. It was built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Another gate, Fattehpol, again meaning victory, was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh as a celebration for defeating the Mughals.
Later visit Jaswant thada, Umaid bhawan palace and Museum. Spend rest of the time at local colorful markets.
Day – 10 (Jodhpur – Bishnoi village)
After breakfast proceed for excursion of Bishnoi village. Located just at a distance of 22 kms from Jodhpur, the villagers of the village are basically hardcore worshippers of nature. On Bishnoi Village Safari, you get a glimpse of amazing cultural life of Marwar – the original community of Rajasthan.
Day – 11 (Jodhpur – Udaipur (265 kms – 6 hrs))
After breakfast drive to Udaipur via Ranakpur temples. Arrive Udaipur and check in at the hotel.
Day – 12 (Udaipur)
After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing of the Lake city. Visit the City Palace, Jagdish temple, Jag mandir, Sahelion ki bari and Monsoon Palace.
Late in the afternoon you take a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola, sailing past its picturesque ghats and palaces.
Day – 13 (Udaipur – Pushkar (275 kms – 7 ½ hrs))
After breakfast drive to Pushkar. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Evening visit the Lake and Brahma temple. Spend some time at the local markets. Overnight at Pushkar.
Day – 14 (Pushkar – Jaipur (145 kms – 2 ½ hrs))
After breakfast drive to Jaipur. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing visiting Jal mahal and Nahargarh fort. Evening return back to Jaipur and Overnight at hotel.
Day – 15 (Jaipur)
After breakfast visit the Amber Fort, where you enjoy a short Elephant ride. This beautiful palace was once the capital of the state of Jaipur. The Fort has mighty gates leading to beautifully decorated temple, huge ornate hall, palace, pavilion and garden.
Later explore the city, beginning with Jantar Mantar, an observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh ll in the 18th century. The Maharajah, a scientist as well as an astronomer, had the principles of Euclid translated into Sanskrit. One of the most remarkable sites in Jaipur has fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses and tracking stars and planets.
Proceed to City Palace built within the fortified area of the original city, with one of the finest monument entrances in India. The Palace is now principally a museum housing a collection of great treasures, including miniature paintings, carpets, royal garments and other interesting objects from Jaipur’s intriguing past. The former royal family still retains a part of the palace for their personal use.
The Palace of the Winds, Hawa Mahal, is a beautifully designed facade built in 1799 by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh, to extend the zenana or women’s chambers, of the City Palace.
Evening visit the beautiful markets of Jaipur.
Day – 16 (Jaipur – Agra (250 kms – 5 ½ hrs))
After breakfast drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing visiting Agra fort and Taj Mahal. Overnight at Agra.
Day – 17 (Agra – Delhi (255 kms – 4 ½ hrs))
After breakfast drive to Delhi via Yamuna Express way. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day – 18 (Depart Delhi)
In time transfer to the airport to board your flight back home.