The Land Of Palaces And Kings Glimpses Of Exotic Rajasthan

17 Days


Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur-Ranakpur – Udaipur- Pushkar – Jaipur-Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra -Varansi -Delhi

Rajasthan’s name translates to ‘The land of the kings’ and this route takes one into a time warp, exploring the timeless sands of its rural landscapes. This route begins in the capital of India, Delhi, from where it drives one to the ‘open-air art gallery’ of Rajasthan, Mandawa from where it heads into the expanses in Bikaner. From Bikaner it takes one to the desert town of Jaisalmer. The desert sands lead one to the blue city, Jodhpur. From Jodhpur, the path will then wind its way to the city of lakes and often know as 'Venice of the East', the city of lakes, Udaipur is located around azure water lakes and is hemmed in by lush green hills of Aravallis. The journey further takes you to the land of Lord Brahma, the holy city of Pushkar. Now, the capital of the land of kings and the pink city, Jaipur. Now, drive to the Ranthambore, home of Wildlife. Further, will host you then onward via the city of victory, Fatehpur Sikri, to the home of the Taj Mahal, Agra and then back to Delhi to connect the flight to Home.

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
  • Assistance upon arrival at Delhi Airport
  • TO SEE : - India Gate - The towering archway of India Gate at the center of New Delhi is a war memorial, built in memory of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army in World War I
  • - The Rashtrapati Bhavan – It is the official home of the President of India located at the Western end of Rajpath in New Delhi, India
  • Rashtrapati Bhavan may refer to only the 340-room main building that has the president's official residence, including reception halls, guest rooms and offices, also called the mansion; it may also refer to the entire 130-hectare (320 acre) Presidential Estate that additionally includes huge presidential gardens (Mughal Gardens), large open spaces, residences of bodyguards and staff, stables, other offices and utilities within its perimeter walls
  • In terms of area, it is the largest residence of any head of state in the world
  • Jama Masjid – Largest Mosques in India, It is built from red sandstone and white marbel
  • -Humayun’s Tomb – Humayun's tomb is the final resting place of the Mughal Emperor Humayun
  • it is the first garden tomb in the Indian subcontinent
  • The architectural genius of Humayun's tomb is hard to miss
  • This magnificent tomb sits in the middle of a huge, ornate Mughal Garden
  • -Qutub Minar – a 73 m (240 ft
  • ) high tower made of red sandstone and marble is not only the highest brick minaret in the world but also one of the most famous historical landmarks of India
  • Located in the heart of Delhi, India, this UNESCO World Heritage Site, visible from different parts of the city attracts thousands of visitors every day
  • - Gurudwara Bangla Sahib It is one of the most prominent Sikh gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi, India and known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan, as well as the pool inside its complex, known as the "Sarovar
  • " It was first built as a small shrine by Sikh General Sardar Bhagel Singh Dhaliwal in 1783, who supervised the construction of nine Sikh shrines in Delhi in the same year, during the reign of Mughal Emperor, Shah Alam II
Day 2: Delhi - Mandawa
  • Drive into the majestic desert expanses of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan to the little town of Mandawa
  • Mandawa is famous both for its imposing fort and beautiful Havelis
  • It is located at the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan
  • Mandawa is often referred to as ‘the open art gallery’ of Rajasthan; wandering the streets of the town one will encounter numerous Havelis
Day 3: Mandawa – Bikaner
  • Following breakfast, guests will drive to the walled city of Bikaner located in the midst of the timeless dunes of the Thar Desert
  • The city was founded by Rajput king, Rao Bika in 1486
  • Upon arrival, they will check-in they will go on a tour of the city
  • The Junagarh Fort, built in 1478, is the most prominent landmark of Bikaner
  • The bazaars of the city are a charming way to explore the lifestyle of its people
  • The guests will take a stroll through these markets
  • They will have the rest of the evening free for leisure
Day 4: Bikaner – Jaisalmer
  • On this day the guests will drive to Jaisalmer
  • Jaisalmer is named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king who founded the city in 1156 AD and its name translates to “the Hill Fort of Jaisal”
  • Its long history has left quite a few relics for visitors to marvel at
Day 5: Jaisalmer
  • After breakfast, the day will begin with a sightseeing tour of the Jaisalmer
  • The enormous Jaisalmer Fort located atop the Meru Hill offers a breath-taking view of the Golden City and its surroundings, with its maze of narrow streets
  • Finely carved Jain temples, such as the Parshwanath Mandir, and magnificent havelis, intricately carved are worth visiting
  • Then they may walk in the colorful market of Manak Chowk
Day 6: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur
  • The day will begin after breakfast with a drive to the Blue City of Jodhpur
  • Some say that Brahmin families began painting their homes blue, a colour that denotes royalty, to distinguish themselves from the masses, before the other residents followed suit
  • Others suggest that the colour comes from a copper sulfate-lime wash applied to deter termites
  • Regardless, this iconic Rajasthani town, Jodhpur is now known as India’s ‘Blue City’
Day 7: Jodhpur
  • After breakfast visit the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, the major attraction of Jodhpur
  • Stop at Jaswant Thada – A beautiful white Marbel memorial
  • In the evening free to explore the blue city on your own
Day 8: Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur
  • This day, after breakfast, the guests will drive to Udaipur, visiting Ranakpur en route
  • The main temple in Ranakpur, the Chaumukha Mandir is a spectacular, intricately carved testament to the skill of the Jain architects
  • Dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankar, the temple was built in the fifteenth century in milk-white marble and consists of 29 halls, 80 domes and 1444 individually engraved pillars
  • They will drive on to Udaipur and have the rest of the evening free
  • The guests will enjoy a private boat ride in the scenic Lake Pichola in the evening
Day 9: Udaipur
  • A sightseeing tour of Udaipur
  • City Palace, comprising of eleven different palaces, it is Rajasthan’s largest palace
  • Next to the entrance of the City Palace stands the imposing Jagdish Temple
  • The beautiful ‘Saheliyon-Ki-Bari’ or the Garden of the Maidens on the banks of the Lake Fateh Sagar is a spectacular getaway
  • A school of Mewar style of miniature paintings near the garden is a fabulous place for souvenirs
  • If time permits, a trip to the magnificent Shri Eklingji Prabhu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva
Day 10: Udaipur – Pushkar
  • After check-out and breakfast, drive to Pushkar, one of the two places in India which has a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator
  • Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India
  • Situated at a height of 510 metres, Pushkar is surrounded by hillocks on three sides
  • The ‘Nag Pahar’, literally meaning Snake Mountain forms a natural border between Ajmer and Pushkar
  • Known as ‘the rose garden of Rajasthan’, the essence of the famous Pushkar rose is exported all over the world
  • Along with an interesting mythological history, a legacy of timeless architectural heritage makes Pushkar a fascinating city
Day 11: Pushkar – Jaipur
  • After check-out and breakfast, they will drive to Jaipur
  • Jaipur is the capital of India’s Rajasthan state
  • It evokes the royal family that once ruled the region and that, in 1727, founded what is now called the Old City, or “Pink City” for its trademark building color
  • At the center of its stately street grid (notable in India) stands the opulent, colonnaded City Palace complex
  • With gardens, courtyards and museums, part of it is still a royal residence
Day 12: Jaipur
  • After the morning breakfast, the guests will go on a sightseeing tour of Jaipur
  • The city is named after its founder, Jai Sing II who came to power at the tender age of 11 and became a mighty warrior
  • A short drive from the Amber Fort is sprawling fortress-cum-palace was once the capital of the Kachhawa Rajputs, the region’s princely dynasty, until 1727 when it was moved to Jaipur
  • Later on, in the afternoon, explore Jaipur’s Old City, which is a treasure trove of Rajput architecture, such as the Hawa Mahal, the City Palace, and the astronomical observatory called the Jantar-Mantar
Day 13: Jaipur – Ranthambore
  • After the morning breakfast, the guests will drive to Ranthambore: Ranthambore National Park is a vast wildlife reserve near the town of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, northern India
  • It is a former royal hunting ground and home to tigers, leopards and marsh crocodiles
  • Its landmarks include the imposing 10th-century Ranthambore Fort, on a hilltop, and the Ganesh Mandir temple
  • Also in the park, Padam Talao Lake is known for its abundance of water lilies
  • You will do Evening Safari to the Park
Day 14: Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra
  • The guests will have breakfast, guests will drive to Agra
  • En route they will visit the city of victory, Fatehpur Sikri
  • Later, they will drive to Agra
  • Most are drawn to Agra by the wondrous and mysterious Taj Mahal, which is truly as breath-taking as they say, but it is by no means a stand-alone attraction
  • Upon arrival in Agra and check-in they may head out on a tour of the City of the Taj
  • Although less famous than the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort is another example of excellent Mughal architecture
  • With its impressive red sandstone walls this former military stronghold-come-palace was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565 initially but has undergone many additions most significantly from Shah Jahan
Day 15: Agra
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • The day begins with a visit to the marvel in marble, the Taj Mahal at sunrise
  • Transfer to Airport to catch the flight to Varanasi
  • Arrival in Varanasi
  • Varanasi - The city, situated on the banks of River Ganges, is the most popular pilgrimage point for the Hindus
  • In Hinduism, it is believed that those who die and are cremated here get an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re-birth
  • Varanasi is the oldest city of the world, more than 3000 years old and is famous as the city of temples
  • Visit Evening Ganges Aarti
  • Overnight at the hotel
Day 16: Varanasi
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit of the Temples and Ghats - it is a Hindu religious ritual of worship, a form of puja, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities
  • Aartis also refer to the songs sung in praise of the deity, when offering of lamps is being offered
  • Explore the local street and the market
  • Enjoy the Boat Ride in the Ganges
  • Departure for the visit of Sarnath - Sarnath is an important Buddhist pilgrim center where it is believed that Buddha gave his first sermon to five monks
  • Visit Kashi Vishvanath Temple: It is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva
  • The temple stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganga, and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest of Shiva templ
  • Overnight at the hotel
Day 17: Varanasi / Home
  • After breakfast, Departure transfer to Airport for flight to your next destination