22 Jan Classical Rajasthan – India – 12 Nights
Day 1: Delhi
Arrive in the historic city of Delhi. Transfer to your hotel & check in. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi
After breakfast enjoy a guided tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi which includes a drive past the Red Fort, a visit to Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in Asia, walk through the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat, the simple but moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Later, drive past the imposing India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s residence) and enjoy a visit to the 14th century step well Agrasen-ki-Baoli in the heart of Delhi. End the tour with a visit to Qutab Minar, a masterpiece of perfect proportions, and the garden tomb of Emperor Humayun. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi – Shekhawati
After breakfast drive to the fabulous Shekhawati region which is also known as the open air Art Gallery of Rajasthan. Transfer to your hotel in Alsisar. Explore the beautiful havelis, painted predominantly in vibrant colours, have beautiful wall paintings that adorn their walls in this semi-desert region. Overnight in Alsisar, Shekhawati.
Day 4: Shekhawati – Bikaner
After breakfast drive to Bikaner and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. In the afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of Junagarh Fort. Built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh, this renowned fort is unusually not built on a hilltop. Later, walk around the old bazaar of Bikaner and taste a local savoury in the snack capital of India. Overnight in Bikaner.
Day 5: Bikaner – Jaisalmer
After breakfast drive to the golden city of Jaisalmer and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Jaisalmer.
Day 6: Jaisalmer
After breakfast explore one of the largest forts of the world – the Jaisalmer Fort. The majestic fort’s yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion colour during the day and turn to a magical honey-gold during the sunset against the picturesque yellow desert. During your tour visit the Gadisagar Lake – a rainwater reservoir built in 1367; the delightful Folklore Museum and the famous Nathwon and Patwon ki Havelis. Later in the afternoon, drive to the outskirts to view the sunset on the picturesque sand dunes and enjoy a Camel ride. Overnight in Jaisalmer.
Day 7: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur
After breakfast drive to the blue city of Jodhpur. Check in to your hotel & enjoy a guided tour of Jodhpur, which includes a visit to the majestic Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. The 5km long majestic Mehrangarh Fort is set on a 125m high hill and is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. Continue to Jaswant Thada which is located a short distance from the fort and is a white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Later today, enjoy a turban or saree demonstration. Overnight in Jodhpur.
Day 8: Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur
After breakfast drive to the romantic city of Udaipur en- route visiting the beautiful Jain Temples at Ranakpur. On arrival in Udaipur, check into your hotel. Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 9: Udaipur
After breakfast enjoy a half day excursion of the Nagda and Eklingji Temples. Later enjoy city tour of Udaipur, which includes a visit to the City Palace – with a fortress-like façade, topped by a plethora of graceful balconies; it has been justly described as a massive plain cake topped with fabulous icing, and Saheliyon-ki-Bari (Garden of the maids of honour). Choose to also walk through the old city and learn about the miniature art this region is known for. Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 10: Udaipur – Jaipur
After breakfast drive to the royal city of Jaipur en route visiting Pushkar, which is one of the most holy places in the country for Hindus. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 11: Jaipur
After breakfast proceed for a guided tour of the fabulous hill top citadel Amber Fort, en route taking a photo-stop at Hawa Mahal, a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade. Located at the top of a hill, Amber Fort offers spectacular view of the old town below, where Akbar stopped en route on his annual pilgrimage to Ajmer. Continue to Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, to observe the consuming and exhausting method of hand-block printing in entirety, from carving of wooden blocks to transformation of raw fabric into a piece of art. Afternoon enjoy city tour of the royal city of Jaipur. The highlights of the tour include a visit to the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of Mughals and Rajputs; the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory and the colourful bazaars. You may want to walk around the colourful bazaars and enjoy a traditional sweet at a renowned sweetshop. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 12: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra
After breakfast drive to Agra, en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri – the beautiful deserted capital of Emperor Akbar. On arrival in Agra, check into your hotel for overnight stay. Afternoon, enjoy visit to the world renowned Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, the Taj Mahal has always evoked varying emotions from wonder to ecstasy and often times, inspired poetic verse. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight. Overnight in Agra.
Day 13: Agra – Delhi
In the morning, visit Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Later, proceed on a drive to Delhi with a transfer to the airport for your flight home.