CHARMING RAJASTHAN
FORT, PALACES AND HAVELIS
If you go to INDIA, and don’t visit Rajasthan, you have certainly missed a very interesting part of this ancient yet completely modern civilization. Our 14 night gem of a tour starts in DELHI the capital city, and then on to MANDAWA, BIKANER, JAISALMERE, JODHPUR, UDAIPUR, AGRA JAIPUR and much more. You will see all the main tourist attractions like the TAJ MAHAL and the RED FORT, but more than that you will be treated to a look at culture, the people, great food and architecture from a part of INDIA that is rich and bursting with colour and awe. Come with us and enjoy a part of INDIA that will thrill you forever.
Day 1

Arrive Delhi International Airport. You will greet and assisted by our representative to your hotel.
Delhi, the capital of Republic of India, Delhi is a bustling metropolis and a city of almost 17 million inhabitants. Delhi is a near perfect blend of the ancient and the modern and is seamlessly divided into two parts - Old & New Delhi. Old Delhi is part of the city that was designed by the Mughals and New Delhi was designed majorly during English rule and also known as “Lyutens” Delhi. 
Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 2

Start your Journey of India with tour of Old Delhi. Tour includes “mosque of Friday” - Jama Masjid, is the largest mosque in India and is one of the last architectural works of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan - whose best work is the TajMahal. The spacious courtyard of the Jama Masjid holds thousands of faithful devotees. After visit of Jama Masjid Walk through the colorful shopping bazaar known as ChandniChowk ("Moonlit Street"), enjoy Rickshaw ride at ChandniChowk. Continue exploring Old Delhi with visit to Red Fort - a majestic Fort and an erstwhile seat of power - which encapsulates a long period of Indian history and its arts. Also visit Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

Afternoon you proceed for the tour of New Delhi, you will visitQutubMinar- The pride of Delhi. The Construction of this tall minaret was commenced by Muslim ruler, Qutb-ud-din Aibak in 1192 and completed by Iltutmish. The soaring conical tower is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture. Humayun Tomb, is the Delhi's first Mughal mausoleum, constructed in 1564 after the death of the second Mughal Emperor. It was built in accordance to the Indo Islamic architecture. After Humayun tomb proceed for the Orientation tour of “Lyutens” Delhi - named after the leading British architect Sir Edwin Landseer Lyutens. Drivepast some of magnificent monuments designed by him such as India Gate and Viceroy's House - now known as the RashtrapatiBhavan (President Palace). 
Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 3

Today morning you will depart for Mandawa. Mandawa,is  a small town of Shekhawati region known for painted Havelis, region is known as "open art gallery of Rajasthan". Most of the buildings are dated from 18th century to early 20th century. The Havelis are noted for their frescoes depicting mythological themes and huge animals, some of them also reflects British Influence in the form of steam locomotives and trains depicted on them. You will arrive afternoon at Mandawa and check- in at hotel.
Afternoon you leave for exploring some of Old Havelis, showcasing the beautiful frescos, experience that brings back lifestyle and grandeur of the old and memorable regal Rajasthan culture and rich heritage.  
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Day 4

After breakfast drive to Bikaner, it was formerly the capital of the princely state of Bikaner. The city was founded by Rao Bika in 1486. Apart for Fort and Temples city is famous for sweets & snacks.  Arrive and check –in at your hotel.
Afternoon you proceed for the sightseeing of Bikaner, visit Junagarh Fort - one of the most imposing forts of Northern India. The fort is surrounded by a high wall and deep moats. In side fort visit palaces, temples and pavilions. The palaces have exquisitely carved windows, balconies, towers and kiosks. The mirrors, paintings and carved marble panels in the Moon Palace are a treat for eyes. The fort also houses a museum with an extensive collection of illuminated and rare manuscripts, jewellery, utensils, carpets, arms and weapons etc.  During visit enjoy Tuk-Tuk ride through Old city visit Jain Temples and local market. 
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Day 5

Today morning you will drive to Jaisalmer, it lies in the heart of the Thar Desert (Great Indian Desert). City is also known as "Golden City of India" because the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in every
Architecture of the city gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area. City is famous for Fort, Temples and Havelis. On your arrival in Jaisalamer check in at hotel. Rest of the day at Leisure. 
Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 6

Morning proceed visit Jaisalmer city - visit Jaisalmer Fort, built in 1156 by the Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisal. Massive sandstone walls are a tawny lion colour during the day, turning to a magical honey-gold as the sun sets. Inside the fort visit Raj Mahal (Royal palace), Jain temples (open from 0800-1500 hrs) and the Laxminath Temple. After fort visit some of the colorful Havelis - NathmalJi Ki Haveli and Patwon Ki Haveli.
Late afternoon drive to Sam Sand dunes (42 Kms from Jaisalmer city) on arrival at Dunes enjoy Camel ride during sunset followed by Dinner with local folk dances at the Desert Camp. After dinner return back to Jaisalmer. 
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Day 7

Today you will depart for princely state of Jodhpur, the capital of MarwarKingodm. The city enjoys sunny bright weather throughout the year, it’s also known as "Sun City". It is also referred to as the "Blue City" due to the vivid blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. On arrival check-in at hotel. Rest at hotel during afternoon.
Evening walk through Old CityMarket, the local markets housing spices and other grocery items, meeting with craftsmen engaged in tie & dye textiles, jewellary making, leather items and lacquer bangels.  
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Day 8

Proceed for the excursion of Tribal Village, Bishnoi Village - The Bishnoi’s are a eco Friendly sect of Hindu religion, it is one of the different community of Rajasthan who are famous for their rich cultural Rajasthani Life and there true love for nature and animals. After visit return back to hotel.
Afternoon you will visit Mehrangarh Fort (citadel of the Sun) that evokes the very spirit of the Rathores, the ruling local Rajput clan. Visit its various palaces with their delicate friezes and respective museums, displaying treasures of the royal family. Also visit JaswantThada is a pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878-95). 
Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 9

Morning leave by surface to Udaipur, enroute visitthe famous Jain Temple of Ranakpur((Temples opens from 1200 to 1600 hrs for the public daily.Ranakpur is widely known for its marble Jain temple, said to be the most spectacular of the Jain temples light colored marble has been used for the construction of this grand temple. Over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support the temple. There is one beautiful carving made out of a single marble rock where there are 108 heads of snakes and numerous tails. Continue your drive to Udaipur.
Udaipur, is referred to as the "Venice of the East", the "Most Romantic City of India". The City is in the heart of the Aravalli Mountains, and offers three interconnected lakes within the town - the FatehSagar Lake, the Lake Pichhola and the smaller SwaroopSagar Lake, along with forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lines withdrawn with stalls, relives the reminisces of a heroic past, valor and chivalry. Udaipur is also known as city of Lakes. 
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Day 10

Proceed for the city tour, visit City Palace, The splendid Palace posing over the fascinating Lake Pichola, is one of the most beautiful palatial structures. Saheliyon Ki BariSaheliyonkiBadi - Built by Maharana Bhopal Singh. Saheliyonki Bari means Garden of the Maids and Jagdish Temple – dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Evening enjoy boat ride on Lake Pichola (boat ride depends upon the water level in the lake) with visit to Jag Mandir
Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 11

Early morning you will proceed for bird watching tour, one can witness beautiful migrated birds i.e. Saras Crane, White Throated King Fisher, Pied Kingfisher, Black headed ibis and Goose. Return back to hotel for Breakfast.
After breakfast you will depart to Jaipur (Pink City).  Jaipur or The City of Victory was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727. It is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the Universe through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. The architect who formalized the city’s plans on the Shilpa Shastra, the epic Hindu treatise on architecture, mixed it with the sublimity of the Mughal and Jain influences of those times. The city was painted pink in 1853 in honour of the visit by Prince Albert. Rest of the day leisure. 
Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 12

After breakfast proceed for excursion to Amber Fort, the former seat of the Rajput rulers of Jaipur. Enroute you will stop at the Palace of Winds for a photo opportunity. Continue your drive to Amber fort. Amber Fort, set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. The interior wall of the palace depicts expressive painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings. Holding a history as old as seven centuries, this place vibrates with its legendary past. Enjoy elephant ride to climb up Fort.  

Afternoon you will proceed for city tour, visit City Palace, a beautiful palace complex full of treasures now housed in the museum area. City Palace is a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum. Also visit JantarMantar or Royal Astronomical Observatory. This observatory is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja (King) Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734. Each instrument has a specific purpose and gives an accurate reading.

Get on the Bicycle Rickshaws waiting outside the palace as we take you for a ride to the colourful bazaar passing through the rose pink residential and market areas of Jaipur.
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 13

Morning you will depart for city of seven wonders, Agra. Enroute visit FatepurSikri. FatehpurSikri, built during the second half of the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, FatehpurSikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. FatehpurSikri bears exceptional testimony to the Mughal civilization at the end of the 16th century. It offers a unique example of Architectural ensembles of very high quality constructed between 1571 and 1585.Its form and layout strongly influenced the evolution of Indian town planning, notably at Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi). After visit drive to Agra. 

Agra is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World the TajMahal. Tourists from all over the world visit Agra not only to see the ruins of the red sandstone fortress built by the Mughal emperors other tourist attractions in Agra worth visiting are the Agra Fort and Akbar's Mausoleum. The golden age of the city began with the Mughals between 16th and 17th Century. Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who worked under the Mughals. On your arrival in Agra, check –in at hotel.

Afternoon you will visit magnificent Agra Fort, was where the ageing Emperor Shah Jahan imprisoned by his son, watched from a distance the fulfilment of his life’s dream - the building of the TajMahal in memory of his beloved wife. The fort is really a city within a city, which embraces the Moti Masjid, the Diwan-i-Am or the Hall of Public Audiences, the Diwan-i-Khas or the Hall of Private Audiences, the Octagonal Tower, Jehangir’s Palace and many more monuments.  
Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 14

Early morning you will proceed for sunrise visit of Taj Mahal (depends upon weather condition). The Taj Mahal(Closed on Friday), perfect in its symmetry, is a monument to the love of Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife MumtazMahal. It took 20,000 artisans 22 years to complete this poignant mausoleum that blends subtlety with grandeur, and a massive overall design with immaculately intricate execution. On the inner walls, jewel-like stones create beautiful designs in white marble. The Mughals perfected the art of embedding semi-precious stones into marble and the Taj is the finest example of this; it is a special process called pietradura, Enjoy Tonga ride (Horse Carriage) during the visit.

Afternoon you will drive to Delhi to connect your flight for onwards destination.

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