13 nights / 14 days – CULTURAL TOUR

Sketched Itinerary

Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Pushkar – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Bikaner – Mandawa – Delhi

Highlights of tour

Stay : 1 nt Agra, 2 nts Jaipur, 1 nt Pushkar, 2 nts Udaipur, 1 nt Jodhpur, 2 nts Jaisalmer, 2nts Bikaner, 1 nt Mandawa, 1 nt Delhi

Day 01 Arrive Delhi

Arrive in Delhi, the capital city of India. Meet & greet on arrival by our representative and transfer to hotel.

Delhi - India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.

After freshen up, proceed for half day sightseeing of Delhi covering Red Fort, India Gate, President House, National Museum etc. Stay overnight at hotel.

Afternoon, proceed for half day haridwar city tour covering Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Aarti at Har Ki Pauri etc. Evening back to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 02 Delhi – Mathura/Vrindavan - Agra (165kms / 3 hrs)

After breakfast and leave for Agra covering a distance of 165 kms by six-lane Expressway. En-route visit Mathura & Vrindavan. Evening arrive in Agra and check in to your hotel. Relax.

Morning Mathura – Mathura (About this sound pronunciation (help•info)) is a city in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is located approximately 50 km north of Agra, and 145 km south-east of Delhi; about 11 kilometers from the town of Vrindavan and 22 kilometers from Govardhan. According to Hindu scriptures, Mathura is the birthplace of the deity Lord Krishna at the centre of Braj or Brij-bhoomi, called Shri Krishna Janma-Bhoomi, literally: 'Lord Krishna's birthplace'. The Keshav Dev Temple was built in ancient times on the site of Krishna's legendary birthplace (an underground prison). According to the Mahabharata and Bhagavata Purana epics, Mathura was the capital of the Surasena Kingdom, ruled by Kansa the maternal uncle of Shri Krishna.

Agra – The former capital of Hindustan is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Though Agra's history is largely recognised with Mughal Empire, the place was established much before it and has linkages since Mahabharat period and Mahirshi Angira in 1000 BC. It is generally accepted that Sultan Sikandar Lodī, the Ruler of the Delhi Sultanate founded Agra in the year 1504.

Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 03 Agra

Early morning enjoy a sunrise visit to Taj Mahal - a UNESCO World heritage site (Closed on Friday). The 17th century Taj Mahal is often called a poem in stone. If so, the mausoleum is a love poem - created by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years to be completed and was designed and planned by a Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. Return to hotel for breakfast.

Visit Agra Fort - a UNESCO World heritage site. The elegant building reflects an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural style. It was built by Emperor Akbar. This evening witness a marble craftsmanship demonstration at a local unit.

Proceed for sightseeing of Red Fort or Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions. Overnight at the hotel

Day 04 Agra – Jaipur (260 kms / 6 hrs)

After breakfast leave for Jaipur covering a distance of 260 kms in approx 6 hours. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The deserted red sandstone city was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and Palace in the late 16th century. Evening arrive in Jaipur

Jaipur -
Jaipur's past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, ea76ch crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the "pink city". Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add colour to this fascinating city.

Check in to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 Jaipur

Morning breakfast, leave for an excursion to magnificent Amber fort.

Accent the fort riding on Elephants/Jeeps. It is known for its unique artistic style, blending both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) elements, and its ornate and breathtaking architectural mastery.

Evening continue sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Drive past Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), one of the most photographed monuments of the city. Continue to City Palace and its museum. Also enjoy rickshaw ride through old part of Pink city. Time permitting: enjoy shopping experience accompanied by a specialist along with demonstration of Gem-cutting & polishing. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 Jaipur – Pushkar (140 kms / 4 hrs)

Morning breakfast than depart for Pushkar - covering a distance of 140 kms in approx 3 hours 30 min. Arrive in Pushkar. Check in at hotel.

Agra - Pushkar - is a town in the Ajmer district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer and is one of the five sacred dhams (pilgrimage site) for devout Hindus. According to Hindu theology, the pond at the Katas Raj temple Near choa saidan shah in Chakwal District of Pakistan has a theological association with Lord Shiva; it was formed by the tears of Lord Shiva which he is believed to have shed after the death of his wife, Sati. The story goes that when Sati died, Lord Shiva cried so much and for so long, that his tears created two holy ponds – one at Pushkara in Ajmer in India and the other at Ketaksha, which literally means raining eyes, in Sanskrit. It is from this name that the word Katas is derived. It is often called "Tirth Raj" – the king of pilgrimage sites – and has in recent years become a popular destination for foreign tourists. Pushkar is one of the oldest existing cities of India. It lies on the shore of Pushkar Lake. The date of its actual origin is not known, but legend associates Lord Brahma with its creation.

Enjoy walking tour of the city visiting local bazaars and temples. Later enjoy special pooja (prayer) ceremony by the lake side with a Hindu priest. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 Pushkar – Udaipur (260 kms / 6 hrs)

After breakfat drive to Udaipur, arrive in Udaipur and check into the hotel.

Udaipur - also known as the City of Lakes,it is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar in the former Rajputana Agency. The Guhils (Sisodia) clan ruled the Mewar and its capital was shifted from Chittorgarh to Udaipur after founding city of Udaipur by Maharana Uday Singh. The Mewar province became part of Rajasthan after India became independent. Apart from its history, culture, and scenic locations, it is also known for its Rajput-era palaces. The Lake Palace, for instance, covers an entire island in the Pichola Lake. Many of the palaces have been converted into luxury hotels. It is often called the "Venice of the East". Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar in this city are considered some of the most beautiful lakes in the state. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 08 Udaipur

Morning breakfast, enjoy an orientation tour of the city. Visit City Palace; a conglomeration of buildings added by various Maharanas; the palace manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design. Continue to Sahelion- Ki -Bari, it was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry. The gardens set below the embankment of the Fateh Sagar Lake have beautiful lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephant- shaped fountai and Jagdish temple.

Evening return to hotel. Remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure. Enjoy special dinner at Rajbagh. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 Udaipur

Morning breakfast, enjoy an orientation tour of the city. Visit City Palace; a conglomeration of buildings added by various Maharanas; the palace manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design. Continue to Sahelion- Ki -Bari, it was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry. The gardens set below the embankment of the Fateh Sagar Lake have beautiful lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephant- shaped fountai and Jagdish temple.

Evening return to hotel. Remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure. Enjoy special dinner at Rajbagh. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09 Udaipur – Jodhpur (285 kms / 7 hrs)

AM: drive to Jodhpur, covering a distance of 285 kms in approx 7 hours. En-route visit, Ranakpur Jain temples.

Jodhpur - Once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar, it was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha and is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. The graceful palaces, forts and temples bring alive the historic grandeur, exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, music and the brightly attired people lend a romantic aura to the city.

Later visit the magnificent Mehrangarh fortress which dominates the town. Continue further to Jaswant Thada, the white marble memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs also stand nearby. Evening explore the hustle and bustle of the local market in old town. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 10 Jodhpur – Jaisalmer (250 kms / 5 hrs)

Breakfast at hotel and than drive down to jaisalmer. Evening arrive in Jaisalmer and check into the hotel.

Jaisalmer - Jaisalmer About this sound pronunciation (help•info) nicknamed "The Golden city", is a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was once known as Jaisalmer state. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert (great Indian desert) and has a population of about 78,000. It is the administrative headquarters of Jaisalmer District.

Stay overnight at the hotel

Day 11 Jaisalmer

Breakfast at hotel, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer. Visit Jaisalmer Fort, it is the main attraction of this picturesque desert city, built in 1156. Two hundred and fifty feet tall and reinforced by an imposing crenulated sandstone wall 30 feet high, it is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan. Also visit the intricately carved havelis or mansions.

Salim Singh ki Haveli was built around 300 year ago. It belonged to Salim Singh, the Prime Minister to then Maharaja of Jaisalmer, Maharaja Rawal Gaj Singh. Patwon-ki-Haveli is the grandest mansion in Jaisalmer, having a ceiling supported by exquisitely carved pillars.

Nathmal ki Haveli in Jaisalmer is a famous landmark of this place. The architecture of this mansion is a unique blend of Rajput as well as Islamic style of construction. Continue to Gadi Sagar Lake & Tank.

Excursion to sand dunes. Enjoy camel ride by the sunset. Overnight at the hotel

Day 12 Jaisalmer – Bikaner (320 kms / 8 hrs)

Breakfast at hotel than leave for Bikaner.

Bikaner - Bikaner is a city in the northwest of the state of Rajasthan in northern India. The name of Bikaner was derived from the two names Bika and Nehra. It is located 330 kilometres (205 mi) northwest of the state capital, Jaipur. The city was founded by Rao Bika with the help of Nehra Jats. Bikaner in 1486 and from its small origins it has developed into the fifth largest city in Rajasthan. The Ganges Canal, completed in 1928, and the Indira Gandhi Canal, completed bentonite.

Arrive in Bikaner. Check in at hotel. Later visit of Camel Breeding Farm. The Centre has developed a camel museum, which attracts the attention of researchers and tourists. Different breeds of camel are produced and preserved at the centre (Closed on Saturdays). Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 Bikaner – Mandawa (160 kms / 4 hrs)

Breakfast at hotel than visit Junagarh Fort. With its sumptuously decorated interiors, the fort was built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh it is unusual in the sense that it was one of the few major forts of Rajasthan that was not built on a hilltop.

Evening arrive in Mandawa and check in to your hotel.

Later explore the beautiful town of Mandawa. See the hand painted havelis that are some of the splendid examples depicting the regional folklore. Walk and maze through the streets, bazaars and observe colorfully dressed local people and there day to day activities. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 Mandawa – Delhi (260 kms )

Breakfast at hotel than leave for Bikaner.

Breakfast than drive to Delhi, Evening arrive in Delhi and transfer to Delhi international airport for flight to onward destination.

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