Delhi’s Mughal history is a very interesting part for the history lovers, the twisting narrow lanes and old houses are the evidence of former Mughal rule. Explore the traditional monuments such as the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb and Purana Qila, and the oldest and busiest Chandni Chowk market. Fell the spirituality visiting the Akshardham Temple, the Lotus Temple (also known as the Bahai Temple), and the ISKON Temple, and many more spread across the city.
Mandawa is a charming little town in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan and is famous for the Mandawa Fort. Located in the center of the Shekhawati region, this place is surrounded by splendid mansions. One can experience the royal aura of the ancient times by visiting a number of palaces, Havelis, and forts here. Mandawa is a place for exploring art and culture, and some good handicrafts.
Located in the middle of the Thar Desert, Bikaner is one of the three great desert kingdoms of Rajasthan with beautiful sand dunes. The city mesmerizes its visitors with the ancient forts and palaces. The Havelis here depict the historical era of Rajputs. Bikaner offers a rich cultural heritage, and the international Camel festival attracts tourists from all over the world.
Located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is also known as ‘golden city’ due to the enormous golden hills running in the Thar Desert. Decorated with serene lakes, elegant Jain temples, magnificent forts such as Jaisalmer fort standing crown atop of the city, and castles carved with golden yellow sandstone makes Jaisalmer a major tourist spot. Jaisalmer is a perfect blend of fascinating Indian desert culture, heritage, and adventure.
With the well-known title “Gateway to Thar”, Jodhpur attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. It is the most charming city in Rajasthan with the mighty Mehrangarh Fort facing the city. This city also delights visitors with lavish palaces such as Jaswant Tada and Umaid Bhawan, Blue houses multiple temples, beautiful lakes, artistic shopping streets, and more.
Surrounded by the beautiful Aravalli Hills in all directions, the City of Lakes, Udaipur has some amazing nature offerings with human efforts, standing as the most attractive tourist destination. Udaipur is the pride of Rajasthan with natural beauty, holy temples, lavish, and artistic architectures, peaceful lakes. Tourists can enjoy a ride through the calm waters of Lake Pichola or have a visual treat at the Lake Palace Hotel.
Ajmer is famous for its Dargah Sharif of saint Muin-ud-Din Chisti, and other religious spots for Hindus and Muslims. This city is very faithful towards its traditions, and culture, one can witness the Mughal era with the splendid Mughal architecture creating an aura of spirituality. Explore the unique charm of this city by experiencing peace and holiness.
Jaipur is one of the largest cities in India and forms the Golden Triangle with Delhi and Agra, which is the most famous tourist attraction of the country. Jaipur is home to a few UNESCO World Heritage sites including Amer Fort and Jantar Mantar and some other luxurious forts, palaces, temples, and museums. Tourists can walk to the popular bazaars in the city offering beautiful handicrafts, and savory dishes.
Agra is the home to the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. Agra provides the view of architectural history with some magnificent structures that include Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri, thus making it a must visit for everyone. Also, Agra has three UNESCO World Heritage sites, and Taj Mahal has made its position in the 50 most popular tourist destinations in the world. Agra is a beautiful display of Architecture, notable history, romance, delicious eateries all together creating the magic for Indian tourism.
Meet our representative upon arrival in Delhi and check-in at the hotel. India’s capital & a major gateway to the country, Delhi is contemporary and a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient & the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind. Overnight in Delhi.
After breakfast, proceed for a full-day tour of Old and New Delhi. This fascinating city has been in existence since the 6th century BC and has seen ups and downs from the rule of the Pandavas right up to the British Raj. Visit Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India, commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan. The courtyard of the mosque can hold about 25,000 worshippers. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, the busiest market in Old Delhi…noisy, chaotic and uniquely Indian. You will then drive past from the Red Fort, which was constructed during the rule of Emperor Shah Jahan and served as the residence for the Mughal royal family. It continues to be significant till date, as every Independence Day, the Prime Minister makes a speech from its ramparts as the Indian flag is hoisted. Later, drive past President House and several other government buildings in Edwin Lutyen’s Delhi before you head toward Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. This simple memorial marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Thereafter, visit Humayun’s Tomb, commissioned by Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562. It was the first garden tomb built in the Indian sub-continent where the Persian architect used red sandstone on a large scale. Later in the evening visit the Qutab Minar, which is the tallest brick minaret in the world; it was commissioned by Qutbuddin Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.
This morning after breakfast proceed to Mandawa. Arrive Mandawa and check in to your hotel. Later, enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Mandawa. The entire Shekhawati region is well known for its painted havelis (mansions with frescoes). Mandawa, in particular, is central to this beautiful form of art. Some of the notable haveli’s are the Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Goenka Double Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, and Mohan Lal Saraf Haveli. Not surprisingly, the entire town is referred to as an Open Art Gallery. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Mandawa.
This morning after breakfast proceed for a half day tour of Jaisalmer. Visit Jaisalmer Fort, which is the only living fort of India and houses the entire township within its ramparts. Visit Salim Singh ki Haveli, built around 300 years ago, and Patwon-ki-Haveli which is the largest and most elaborate mansion of its kind in Jaisalmer, followed by a visit to Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli, a grand mansion that blends Rajput and Islamic architecture. Later, drive past the beautiful Gadisar Lake and Badal Vilas, the present residence of the erstwhile royal family. Later, visit Sam Sand Dunes, around 42 km from Jaisalmer, is the closest place from where you can lose yourself in ‘The Great Thar Desert’. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Jaisalmer.
This morning after breakfast proceed to Jodhpur. Arrive Jodhpur and check in to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Jodhpur.
This morning after breakfast proceed for a half-day sightseeing trip of Jodhpur, which is the second largest city in Rajasthan and also called the ‘Sun City’. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort. This spectacular fort made from red sandstone stands on a perpendicular cliff above the skyline of Jodhpur. Also visit Jaswant Thada, a marble cenotaph built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Later, drive past the Mandore garden, which showcases cenotaphs of Jodhpur’s former rulers; instead of the usual umbrella-shaped cenotaphs, these are built along the lines of a Hindu temple. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Jodhpur.
This morning after breakfast proceed to Udaipur. Enroute, visit the Ranakpur Temples, acclaimed worldwide for their intricate and superb architectural style. These temples form one of the five major pilgrimages of the Jain’s. Arrive Udaipur and check in to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Udaipur.
After breakfast, proceed for a full-day tour of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola. The complex is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559. The balconies of the palace provide panoramic views of the Lake Palace Hotel and Jag Mandir on one side, and the city of Udaipur on the other. The paintings, mosaics, intricately carved ‘chhatris’ and the architecturally brilliant facade all contribute to making your visit to the City Palace a truly memorable experience. Thereafter, visit a picturesque garden, Sahelion ki Bari. You will visit also visit Jagdish Temple, which is raised on a tall terrace and was completed in 1651. It attaches a double-storey Mandapa (hall) to a double-storey saandhara (with a covered ambulatory) sanctum. In the evening, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola (depending upon the water level of lake), which is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Udaipur.
This morning after breakfast proceed to Ajmer. Arrive Ajmer and check in to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Ajmer.
This morning, enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Ajmer. The city of Ajmer houses the Dargah or tomb of the popular 13th-century Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti. The Dargah is one of the holiest places of worship in India not only for Muslims but also for people of other faiths who hold the saint the high esteem. Its main attraction is the mausoleum containing the tomb of the saint, which is the sanctum of the Dargah. Among its other prominent attractions are the two mighty Buland Darwaza. The Dargah includes many other attractive buildings, tombs, courtyards, and Dallas, some of which are exquisite specimens of the Moghul architecture. After visiting the Dargah, proceed for Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’. The city of Jaipur is capital to the state of Rajasthan, famous for its colorful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. Jaipur owes its name to the founder of the city, warrior king Sawai Jai Singh II. Rest of the day at leisure. Arrive and check-in at your hotel. Overnight in Jaipur.
This morning after breakfast proceed for an excursion to Visit the Amber Fort. The best way to explore the fort is to ride up to it on Elephant back. Prominent structures inside the fort are the Diwan-i-Aam, adorned with latticed galleries, the Ganesh Pol, with a beautiful painted image of Lord Ganesh, and the stunning Sheesh Mahal, a hall decorated with thousands of tiny mirrors. Later, stop to photograph the beautiful Hawa Mahal, also known as the “Palace of the Winds.” This beautiful façade with its ornately carved latticework windows was designed so the ladies of the palace could look out onto the streets unobserved. Later you will visit the City Palace… again, a synthesis of Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The museums here showcase rare and ancient manuscripts, arms dating back to the 15th century, and costumes of erstwhile royalty. Later, visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory, comprising geometric devices for measuring time, and tracking stars in their orbits. Overnight in Jaipur.
After breakfast, drive to Agra and en route visit Fatehpur Sikri, which was built by Emperor Akbar and is home to many historical buildings. Akbar wanted to make Fatehpur Sikri his headquarters; however, he had to abandon it due to a shortage of water. The Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti enshrines the burial place of the Sufi saint who lived a religious life here. Today, Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Further, drive to Agra and check into your Hotel. Overnight in Agra.
This morning after breakfast proceed for a half day tour of Agra. Visit the Red Fort, which was commissioned in 1565 by The Mughal Emperor, Akbar. The beautiful yet forbidding structure is a handsome example of Mughal architecture. Later, visit the Taj Mahal … a mausoleum built as a symbol of Emperor Shah Jehan’s devotion to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Considered an architectural marvel, its construction took thousands of workers over 21 years to complete. Overnight in Delhi.
This morning after breakfast proceed to the airport to board the flight for your onward destination. End of Services.
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