Discover Rajasthan India Tour
|17 NIGHTS/ 18 DAYS||Delhi-Shekhawati-Bikaner-Khimsar-Jaisalmer-Manvar-Rohet-(Ranakpur)-Udaipur-Deogarh-Jaipur-Agra-Delhi|
Our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel, ensuring smooth check in. Delhi, the capital city of India, is replete with a large number of ancient, medieval and modern era monuments to behold. Located on the banks of River Yamuna, is political and commercial centre of India.
Overnight stay is at hotel in Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi Sightseeing Tour
The sightseeing tour of Delhi- New & Old- will commence post breakfast. Accompanied by Delhi tour guide, visit famous monuments and markets of Delhi. Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque of India, Red Fort (remains closed on Monday)and Chandani Chowk, a 400 hundred years old happening market, are prime tourist attractions of Old Delhi. Chandani Chowk, characterized by narrow and lively alleys, will be shown to you by rickshaw ride. Thereafter, you will be taken to Akshardham Temple (remains closed on Monday), a modern era jewel. In the afternoon, you will be driven to to show Qutub Minar. En route, you will have a glimpse of and opportunity to photograph India Gate (a war memorial), Parliament House & President House. Later visit Qutub Minar complex. One of the salient features of this complex is a rust-free Iron Pillar, erected 2000 years back and lying in the open since then. It’s an example of the zenith of alchemy that Hindus had achieved long back in the history of human civilization. During the course of visiting these monuments, visit nearby buzzing market place to explore and have deeper peep into India’s social texture. In the evening, come back to the hotel for night stay at Delhi.
Come back to the hotel for night stay at Delhi.
Day 03: Delhi – Shekhawati (Mandawa) (260 km/5 hrs)
Having breakfast in Delhi hotel, depart for Mandawa, a prominent tourist destination in Shekhawati region in Jhunjhnu district of Rajasthan. The region is enthralls visitors for its rural landscape and lifestyle and richly frescoed mansions or havelis. Due to large number of havelis, decorated with colourful frescoes and murals, Mandawa is known to be as ‘open air art gallery’. On arrival check in at the hotel and later in the afternoon take a short trip to beautiful village of Shekhawati region. Most of these havelis were built in 18th-19th centuries by rich businessmen, known as Marwaris. Some of the popular havelis are Goenka Chattri, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Goenka Double Haveli, etc.
Overnight stay has been scheduled at Mandawa.
Day 04: Mandawa – Bikaner (200 km/4 hrs)- Bikaner sightseeing
Post breakfast in Mandawa hotel, depart for Bikaner, earlier a prominent trade centre and presently a happening desert city. Known for its desert and dessert, Bikaner offers opportunity to see Rajputa architecture, desert lifestyle, a unique culture and one-of-its-kind camel breeding farm. On arrival at Bikaner, you will be transferred to a heritage hotel, equipped with all modern amenities. Having relaxed for a while, proceed to explore the city founded in 1488 by Rao Bikaji son of Rao Jodhaji the founder of Jodhpur. Major tourist attractions of Bikaner are Junagarh Fort, Lallgarh Palace, Bhandeshwar Jain Temple & Camel Breeding Farm. Junagarh Fort is a fine example of Rajput forts & palace architecture with a long wall having 37 stronghold and 2 entry access points. Lallgarh Palace, built of red sandstone in fond memory of Maharaja Ganga Singh, is a fine piece of architecture. Also visit Bhandeshwar Jain Temple. Later, you will be taken to Camel Breeding Farm. During the course of visiting various historical monuments, also enjoy delicious Bikaneri food and sweets.
Overnight stay is planned in hotel.
Day 05: Bikaner – Deshnok -Khimsar (150 kms/ 03 hrs)
After hearty breakfast in the hotel, move for Khimsar. On the way to Khimsar, you will be taken to Karni Mata Temple, popularly known as Rat Temple. Rat Temple is located in Deshnoke. You will see numerous rats running hither and thither but neither harming anybody or getting harmed. Strange aspect is that no disease is caused by these rats. Having seen the Rat Temple, drive to Khimsar. On arrival at Khimsar, you will be taken to pre-booked Khimsar hotel. The day is meant to relax and to leisurely explore desert way of life. Khimsar is now nothing but a small village town with a mammoth and lavish Khimsar Fort (presently turned into a palatial hotel) standing like an oasis in desert. Any Rajasthan tour or India tour intending to provide first hand village- life- feel, Khimsar can be the best suitable Indian tourist destination. The pride of Khimsar today is still that 450 years old fort which is home to the 18th, 19th, and 20th generations of the Khimsar Thakurs.
Overnight stay will be in Khimsar hotel.
Have scrumptious breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the city of Jaisamer, Rajasthan. Jaisalmer kingdom was founded by Bhatti Rajput Rao Jaisal in 1156. Known as Golden City of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is famous for its fort, havelis, Thar desert, sand dunes, sunset view, camel safaris and vibrant desert culture. About 5 hours long car drive passes through beautiful desert landscape. On arrival at Jaisalmer, you will be directly taken to pre-booked Jaisalmer hotel. You will be met by our representative in the lobby of the hotel. He will ensure smooth check in at the hotel.
Spend rest of the day in leisure and have overnight stay in Jaisalmer.
Day 07: Sightseeing of Jaisalmer City
After breakfast, move for guided city tour. Jaisalmer, known as Golden City of Rajasthan, is mostly inhabited within the walls of Jaisalmer Fort, known as Golden Fort or Sonargarh due to its golden colour. The Jaisalmer Fort, named after Rawal Jaisal, was built in 1156 AD, is situated on 80 m high hill. The fort is home to various historical buildings. Also visit famous havelis of Jaisalmer, namely Patwon ki Haveli. Post-lunch, late afternoon, have a camel ride into Thar desert to reach a desert camp on sand dunes to enjoy cultural evening.
overnight stay in the Swiss tents.
Having breakfast in Jaisalmer camp, depart for Manvar where you will check in at Manvar Resort. Later, later ride to the camp ground which lies under the sand dunes of Shergarh region (uppermost dunes in the desert are found in this area). Enjoy dinner accompanied by folk music & dance entertainment.
Overnight stay has been scheduled at Manvar Resort.
Having breakfast in Manvar Resort, depart for Rohet Garh. This is a historic village near the city of Jodhpur in the semi-desert region of Rajasthan. Rohet is marked by the arid plains and vegetation includes mostly bushes and thorn trees. Rohet is the fortified desert home of the descendants of the 16th century Rathore of Champawat clan, Thakur Dalpat Singh I. The "Jagir" (the stronghold) of Rohet was granted in 1622 by Maharaja of Jodhpur, as a mark of appreciation for his courage in a battle. Generations of valiant noble built this heritage home where, notwithstanding the inroads of modernity, aristocratic values are respected. Today visitor experiences the famed warmth of courteous Rajput hospitality. The best time to visit Rohet is between October and March. This is the winter season in northern India when the weather is very pleasant. The average temperature will be between 10 and 25 degrees centigrade. Summers are very hot in this part of Rajasthan.
At Rohet all festivals are celebrated with great pomp. Special among them is the festival of Gangaur- a religious celebration of celestial marriage of Shiva and Parvati, human incarnation of the God and the Goddess. Ishwar and Gangaur are decorated and displayed in traditional regalia, twenty days after the festival of Holi. The festival is celebrated for five days. Every night, village people come from afar to meet Darshan Ghoomar and participate in a traditional dance form. The festival ends with the Gangaur Mela where the two deities are taken in the ceremonial procession and divine marriage is performed.
On arrival at Rohet garh, check in at the hotel. The whole day has been kept for relaxation. Overnight stay is in Rohet hotel.
Day 10: Rohet exploration
Enjoy delicious breakfast and move on a Bishnoi village safari by jeep. You will be taken to Bishnoi village where you will have ample opportunity to have a peep into local culture and traditions. Guests are taken into homes and received with warmth and friendliness and interrelate with a variety of communities living in the area and share and understand their worlds, the Bhishnoi's, guards of nature for five centuries and possibly the world's first environmentalists, responsible for the survival of species such as the black-buck antelope. Marwari Raika, a semi-nomadic shepherds community, wear luminous crimson and marigold costumes that would put modern designers to shame. Also visit homes of Paliwals and Meghwals, the farmers and weavers. Guests happen to witness popular traditional ceremonies signifying friendship and brotherhood and to see artisans at work creating leather goods, pottery and woven handicrafts. For animal and bird lovers, Rohet is a nice place to explore. Watch three species of antelope Chinkara, Blue Bull and the Black Kite. Rohet is also a popular destination for bird watchers with up to two hundred domestic and migratory species.
Overnight stay has been planned in Rohet hotel.
Day 11: Rohet- Ranakpur – Udaipur (280 kms / 5 hrs)
Having enjoyed delicious breakfast in Rohet hotel, depart for Udaipur. On the way to Udaipur, visit Ranakpur Jain Temple. Ranakpur Temples, built by a Porwal Jain merchant in 1439 during the reign of Maharana Kumbha, is one of the five holy places of Jain community. The main temple is Chaumukha (four faced) temple is dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankar (saint). Ranakpur temple is known across the world for their sublime art and architecture. In addition to it, also visit sun temple and the other temples in the campus. Later, drive to Udaipur. On the way to Udaipur, take a halt at the fields to see the local way of agricultural and irrigation. You reach Udaipur late afternoon.
You will be directly transferred to the pre-booked hotel to spend evening in leisure and have overnight stay therein.
Have delicious breakfast and embark on Udaipur city tour. Visit the City Palace Complex, The Jag Mandir, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Bagore Ki Haveli and other picturesque spots of tourist interests. The first monument to be visited in Udaipur is City Palace. City Palace of Udaipur is the largest palatial complex of Rajasthan and is representative architectural piece of Rajput style of architecture. After relaxing for some time, the Udaipur tour guide will take you for leisurely and relaxed sightseeing (Lake Palace/ Jag Niwas Palace) while having boat ride in Lake Pichola. After having enjoyed leisurely sightseeing of Udaipur, move for visiting another piece of Mewar architecture, a treasure trove of fine paintings, Bagore Ki Haveli. Later.
return to hotel for overnight stay in Udaipur hotel.
Day 13: Udaipur – Deogarh (135 kms/ 03 hrs)
Having leisurely breakfast in Udaipur hotel, depart for Deogarh, a historical site. Deogarh castle, its surrounding villages and typical rural lifestyle are major tourist attractions. Situated on a hillock, the Deogarh Fort Palace complex was built by Sompura designers, renowned across India for their accompaniments and alterations which were carried out according to the needs of the residents. The fort cum palace complex, now turned into a luxury heritage hotel, consists of five floors and over 200 rooms that have murals done by local painters after whom Deogarh School of painting has got fame all over the world. The family has a large set of Deogarh miniatures. On arrival at Deogarh, check in at the hotel.
Spend the whole day in leisure and have overnight stay therein.
Day free to explore the town, you can visit local villages and local market on your own. Overnight stay is scheduled in Deogarh.
You will be directly transferred to the pre-booked hotel to spend evening in leisure and have overnight stay therein.
Day 15: Deogarh – Jaipur (275 Kms / 06 hrs)
Having enjoyed delicious breakfast in Deogarh hotel, depart for Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. Jaipur is also known as Pink City of Rajasthan. Jaipur is a historical city and with numerous historical monuments, preserved till date, boasts of its glorious cultural heritage. The pink colour of the city attracts every visitor's attention. Evening is free to explore the markets of Jaipur.
Overnight stay is in Jaipur.
Jaipur is the last city to be explored in the Best of Rajasthan Tour. Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan and the most visited city of Rajasthan. Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, has been laid according to the conventional nine-grid pattern that astrologers believe to be lucky, and which has been recommended in the ancient Indian treatise on architecture. Jaipur has much to offer visitors — everything from pageants and festivals to extraordinarily clad people, a wealth of handicrafts, a royal legacy of palaces, and sightseeing — that will occupy their time. The excursion to prominent fort of Jaipur will begin after early morning breakfast. Have breakfast in Jaipur hotel and proceed for exploring rich heritage, royal past, glorious history and refined craftsmanship of Jaipur while making a tour of Amber fort. Take an excursion to Amber Fort. Enjoy elephant ride from foothill to hilltop where the main gate of the fort is located. This “maharaja like ride” is a prime attraction of Jaipur tourism. After visiting Amber Fort along with Jaipur tour guide, return to city centre wherein located three iconic architectural gems of Jaipur- City Palace, Hawa Mahal & Jantar Mantar. Hereinafter, explore the market. After visiting these monuments, proceed to visit Albert Hall Museum. After visiting these monuments, you will be taken to Birla Temple to attend evening ‘aarti’. Soon after watching ‘aarti’ and enjoying great cultural legacy of Jaipur.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 17: Jaipur – Agra (230 Kms / 5 hrs)
Having breakfast in Jaipur hotel, drive to Agra. On the way to Agra, you will be visiting deserted town of Fatehpur Sikri, also known as Ghost City. Built by Akbar as a new capital of Mughal Empire, Fatehpur Sikri had to be deserted due to paucity of potable water. The complex has finely preserved buildings including palaces, gateways, mosque and courtyard. From here, move for Agra. On arrival at Agra.
you will be transferred to the pre-booked hotel for leisure and overnight stay.
Agra is home to world renowned monument Taj Mahal – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The sightseeing of Agra will comprise Taj Mahal & Agra Fort. You will be visiting Taj Mahal at the time of sunrise when the Taj Mahal looks most beautiful. Built of Makrana white marble, Taj Mahal is the most visited monument of India. Built by Shah Jahan in fond memory of your wife Mumtaj Mahal, Taj Mahal is considered to be epitome of love. First you will be shown Taj Mahal. After visiting Taj Mahal, return to hotel. Relax, refresh, have breakfast, check out and proceed for guided visit of Agra Fort. The next attraction to be visited is Agra Fort. Built of red sandstone, the fort is situated on the banks of River Yamuna. It houses buildings like palaces, courtyards, mosques etc of three generations of Mughal rulers- Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan. Having visited these two UNESCO World Heritage sites of Agra, proceed for Delhi. On arrival at New Delhi.
you will be directly transferred to international airport to board flight for your onward destination.