DAY 1: ARRIVE DELHI
On arrival meet and assist at the airport and transfer to prebooked hotel.
Delhi : India's capital & a major gateway to the country,
contemporary Delhi is 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 . The division
between New & Old Delhi is the distinction between the capitals of the
British & the Moghuls respectively. So, wherever the visitor goes, he
will invariably confront the citys' past.
DAY 2: DELHI - MANDAWA
After breakfast, half day city tour of Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, the
largest mosque in India. Built by Shah Jahan, the construction was started
in 1844 and was not completed until 1658; Red Fort, which was also built by
Shah Jehan. This massive fort was built from 1638 to 1648; Chandni Chowk and
Rajghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Afternoon, leave for
Mandawa. Arrive Mandawa and check in at Hotel Castle Mandawa.
DAY 3: MANDAWA - BIKANER
After breakfast, visit Mandawa (Shekawati region). This region came into
prominence in the 14th century when a number of Muslim clans moved into the
area and the towns of this region developed into important trading posts on
the caravan routes emanating from the ports of Gujarat. This region is
famous for painted havelis (houses) most of which date back from the 18th
century. The major towns of interest are Mandawa, Fatehpur, Nawalgarh. Visit
the havelis in Mandawa and other villages of Shekhawati region. Afternoon,
leave for Bikaner. Arrive Bikaner and check in at Hotel Lallgarh Palace.
DAY 4: BIKANER - JAISALMER
After breakfast, city tour of Bikaner - a desert town founded in 1488 by
Rao Bikaji, a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur, Jodhaji. Visit the
Junagarh Fort which was contructed between 1588 and 1593 by a general in the
army of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. The fort has a 986m long wall with 37
bastions and two entrances; Camel Breeding Farm, managed by goverment this
camel breeding station is probably unique in Asia and has thousands of
camels. Afternoon, leave for Jaisalmer. Arrive Jaisalmer and check in at
Hotel Jawahar Niwas Palace.
DAY 5: JAISALMER
After breakfast, city tour of Jaisalmer. Visit the the citadel - the
Fort built by Rawal Jaisal where a fourth of the population lives. The fort
also houses Jain temples of the 12th to 15th centuries, Patwon Ki Haveli -
a five storey mansion with carved pillars & murals of Salim Singh. Also
visit Gadsisar, which had once supplied water to the city ; the temples &
archways around it have been built by a courtesan. Afternoon, excursion to
Sam - 45 km away, is known for its sand dunes & is the venue for
the Desert festival. Get the actual feel of the desert by enjoying a camel
ride on the sand dunes and witness a magnificent sunset on the sand dunes.
Return to Jaisalmer for overnight stay.
DAY 6: JAISALMER - ROHET
After breakfast, leave for Rohet. On arrival in Rohet, check in at
Rohetgarh. In the afternoon, city tour of Jodhpur. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort
which literally means 'Majestic Fort', located at the very centre
of the city. There are, in all, three gates , each built to commemorate a
particular victory, as well as to reinforce the fort. It has a collection of
musical instruments, palanquins, furniture & cannons on the forts'
ramparts are well preserved.Jaswant Thada : Close to the fort complex lies
this white marble cenotaph, built in 1899, in commemoration of Maharaja
Jaswant Singh II. Rare portraits of Jodhpur's rulers are, also, to be seen
at Jaswant Thada. Also visit the Clock Tower - the city centre.
DAY 7: ROHET - RANAKPUR - DEOGARH
After breakfast, leave for Deogarh. Enroute visit the Jain temples at
Ranakpur - The cluster of temples, made of intricately sculpted white
marble, come across as a marvellousfeat of architecture. It would take
anyone by surprise to learn that they were built in 1460, so well preserved
& sparkling is the marble. The main temple is supported on 1,444 pillars
- none of which is similarly carved. After the visit, continue drive to
Deogarh. Arrive Deogarh and check in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 8: DEOGARH - UDAIPUR
After breakfast, free. Afternoon, leave for Udaipur. Arrive Udaipur and
check in at Jagat Niwas Palace.
DAY 9: UDAIPUR
After breakfast, visit the romantic city of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace
which is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan; Jagdish temple, a fine
Indo Aryan temple built in 1651; Sahelion ki Bari or Garden of the Maids of
Honour, which is a small garden with its fountains, kiosks, marble elephants
& lotus pool. In the evening, boat ride on Lake Pichola.
DAY 10: UDAIPUR - CHITTORGARH - BUNDI
After breakfast, leave for Bundi, enroute visiting Chittorgarh. The hilltop
fortress of Chittorgarh epitomises the whole romantic ideal of Rajput
chivalry. The fort was sacked 3 times from 1303 to 1568 by a stronger enemy
and on each ooccasion, the end was "Jauhar". The men donned the
saffron robes of martyrdom and rode out from the fort to certain death and
the women and children immolated themselves on a huge funeral pyre. After
the visit, continue drive to Bundi. Arrive Pushkar and check in at Haveli
DAY 11: BUNDI
After breafkast, visit Bundi. Visit the Taragarh Fort which was built in
1354. Inside the fort are huge reservoirs carved out of solid rock and the
Bhim Burj, the largest of the battlements, on which is mounted a famous
cannon. Afternoon, free or take an excursion to Kota (39 kms from Bundi).
DAY 12: BUNDI - JAIPUR
After breakfast, leave for Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur and check in at Hotel
DAY 13: JAIPUR
After breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride from the foothills
of the Aravallis to the fort entrance. Amber Fort : At a distance of 11 kms
from Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipur state. Construction of
the fort began in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's
army and is a superb example of Rajput architecture. Afternoon, free for
individual activities. Afternoon, city tour of Jaipur. Visit the City Palace
which has museum having an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamel ware
and weapons; Jantar Mantar - the observatory built my Maharaja Jai Singh in
1728 and the façade of Hawa Mahal.
DAY 14: JAIPUR - NEEMRANA
After breakfast, leave for Neemrana. Arrive Neemrana and check in at
Neemrana Fort Palace. Rest of the day, free for individual activities.
DAY 15: NEEMRANA - DELHI
After breakfast, leave for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and check in at prebooked
hotel. Afternoon, city tour of New Delhi. Visit Humayuns Tomb : built in mid
16th century this is an early example of Mughal architecture; Qutab Minar,
drive past India Gate, President House, Connaught Place. The tour ends with
a visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple.
DAY 16: DEPART DELHI
Transfer to the airport to board flight back home/onward destination.