Romance of the Desert India Tour ( 13 Nights / 14 Days )
Day 01 : Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 02 : Delhi
Morning combined sight seeing tour of Old and New Delhi visiting Qutab Minar, India Gate (War memorial), Lakhsmi Narayan Temple (a Modern Hindu Temple), drive past president’s Estate, Parliament House and Secretariat builders. Also visit Raj Ghat and Shanti Van, the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawarlal Nehru, Jama Masjid and drive past the Red Fort and Chandni Chowk.
Day 03 : Delhi - Agra
Early morning drive to Agra. Afternoon city sight seeing tour visiting the world famous Taj Mahal, built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal . Later visit the Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque and the Hall of Public and Private Audience. Also visit Itmad-up-Dau’s tomb, built by Noorjehan in memory of her father. Over night at the hotel.
Early morning drive to Jaipur enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 to commemorate the birth of his son and later abandoned due to scarcity of water. On arrival at Jaipur transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Day 05 : Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort.A amin attaraction is the elephant ride to the fort on elephant. Amber fort was constructed by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh.
City Palace : A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture.It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
Jantar Mantar : This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments and is still in use.
Hawa Mahal : The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Overnight stay in Jaipur.
After a hearty breakfast drive to Udaipur- the city of lakes and often described as the most romantic spot in Rajasthan. Enroute visit the Jain temples at Ranakpur, an exquisite architectural rendering and well maintained in a near-perfect condition for over 500 years. The most attractive features are the 29 halls of the temple, which have 1444 pillars of which no two are like. Arrive Udaipur and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Udaipur.
Day 07 : Udaipur
Early morning city tour of Udaipur. The city built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh and has been described as the most romantic spot on the continent of India by Col. James Todd. Visit City Palace museum, The City Palace, one of the largest palaces in the world.Also visit Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir ( Folk art museum) The interesting collection exhibited by this Indian folk arts museum includes folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings. Also visit the Pratap Memorial. Atop the Moti Magri or Pearl Hill, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake is the memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap with a bronze statue of the Maharana astride his favorite horse"Chetak".Overnight stay in Udaipur.
Day 08 : Udaipur - Jodhpur
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur. On arrival transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jodhpur.
Day 09 : Jodhpur
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for city sight seeing tour of Jodhpur. Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Prince Jodha. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph, built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant singh II around 1899 and Umaid Public gardens. We recommend an evening excursion to Umaid Bhawan Palace as a perfect oppurtunity to peek into the lives of the Maharajas.Overnight stay in Jodhpur.
Morning drive to Jaisalmer, on arrival transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Jaisalmer.
Day 11 : Jaisalmer
Early morning city sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer. The origins of Jaisalmer go back to the 12th century, when Rawal Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Ludarwa and laid the foundation of a new city. Visit the magnificient fort, the Patwon Ki Haveli ( Mansion) and Salim singh Ki Haveli, with their carved balconies and brackets which are supreme examples of the art. Evening camel ride to visit Sam Dunes. Overnight stay in Jaisalmer.
Day 12 : Jaisalmer - Bikaner
After a hearty breakfast drive to Bikaner. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Later city sight seeing tour. Bikaner is named after its founder Rao Bikaji in 1488. Bikaner’s has rippling sands and abundant sunshine. The city stands on an elevation, enclosed by a 7 Kms wall, which can be entered from 5 gate. Bikaner City is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and mosque. Also visit Lallgarh Palace, Bhanda Sagar Jain and Deshnoke Rat temple.Overnight stay in Bikaner.
Day 13 : Bikaner - Mandawa
Morning drive to Mandava, on arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit Dundlod/Nawalgarh, founded in 1755 by Thakur Nawal Singh and still the home of his descendants, has beautiful frescoes, havelis and mansions. Mandawa castle one of the finest castles of Rajasthan, is now a hotel and house of collection of armories, costumes of ancestors, canons from 1820 ancient coins, numismatic collection and is definitely a must see.Later in the day, visit numerous Havelis , famed for the frescoes designs depicting the lives of the Rajput rulers and Hindu mythology on the walls.They are in excellent condition and are the reason why Mandawa is called the largest open art gallery of the world.Overnight in Mandawa.
Drive for Delhi, Arrive Delhi and transfer to Airport for onward Journey.