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Full of Rajastan: 11 days


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Point of Arrival / Departure: Delhi (DEL) / Jaipur (JAI), India
Destinations Covered: Delhi-Agra-Jaipur-Bikanir-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Ranakpur-Udaipur-Pushkar-Ajmer-Jaipur
Highlights: Amber Fort, Sheesha Mahal, Jai Mahal, Temple of Kali, Jaipur Maharaja’s City Palace, Observatory, Albert Hall and Museum, Ram Niwas Gardens, Hawa Mahal, Bhanda Sagar Jain Temple,  Deshnoke Rat Temple, Fort of Jaisalmer, Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer Jain Temple, Patwon Ki Haveli, Nathmalji Ki Haveli & Salim Singhs Haveli, Sun Set from Jaisalmer Sand dunes, Camel rides, Folk Dance, Ajmer (Dargah Sharif  Tomb of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti), Mehrangarh Fort, Moti Mahal & Phool Mahal, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace and its Museum
Duration: 10 nights & 11 days
Itinerary
Day 1: Delhi to Agra (210 K.ms, 4 hours drive)
On arrival at Delhi get greeted by us & proceed to Agra by private car. Overnight stay at hotel in Agra.
Day 2: Agra-Jaipur (235 K.ms, 5 hours drive)
Morning sightseeing tour visit the world famous Taj Mahal, later visit the Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque and the halls of Public and Pivate Audience. Afternoon drive to Jaipur (235 km. approx. 5hrs.) en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 to commemorate the birth of his son and later abandoned due to Scarcity of Water. Visit the remains of its fortifications within the city including Jama Masjit, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Taj Mahal: This magnificent tomb built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz.  Some 20,000 laborers spent 22 years on the exquisitely symmetrical white marble mausoleum, beginning in 1632.  History says more than 1,000 elephants transported the marble from Rajasthan, Afghanistan, China, and Tibet, and the Taj’s elaborate inlays comprise 28 varieties of precious stones.
Agra Fort (UNESCO World Heritage site): The imposing Agra Fort complex (CA 1565) can be more accurately described as a walled city, for generations served as the seat of Mughal power. The fort covers 94 acres and has walls 70 feet high; 1,440,000 workers worked eight years in its construction. Shah Jahan’s son deposed him and imprisoned him here in the fort during his final years, reportedly in a tower with a view of the Taj Mahal.
Fatehpur Sikri (UNESCO world heritage site): This is a sand stone city and a municipal board in Agra district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, founded in 1569 by the Mughal emperor Akbar. The city served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. The fortress here is a built entirely of red sandstone & decorated with exquisite filigreed marble lattice work and mother of pearl interior.
Itimad-ud-Daulah (CA. 1628): 
This two-story marble mausoleum often described as a “jewel box”, sometimes called the “Baby Taj”, the tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. This mausoleum embodies the latter phase of Mughal architecture that saw red sandstone largely abandoned in favour of white Italian marble.
Day 3: Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the state until 1728 to see the Sheesha Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors, Jai Mahal and the Temple of Kali. Ascend on elephant back from the hill on which the Amber Fort is situated. Afternoon city sightseeing.
Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan, was given a color of pink a century ago in honor of a visiting Prince from England, ever since it has retained the same color. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Visit the Maharaja’s City Palace and the observatory, Albert Hall and Museum, Ram Niwas Gardens. Drive past Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur-Bikaner (330 K.ms, 6.5 hours drive)
After an early breakfast sightseeing drive to Bikaner. Check in to the hotel on arrival, relax for a while and enjoy the city sightseeing tour of Bikaner. The city is named after its Founder Rao Bikaji, who established the Kingdom in1488. But long before this, the city was a trade centre on the caravan route from Africa and West Asia.
Bikaner: Bikaner looks like a town among scrub and sand dunes. Dominant feature of Bikanir are its rippling sands & abundant sunshine. Bikaner city is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th Century fort housing old Palaces, Temples and a Mosque.  Founded by Raja Rai Singh, the fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. The barren landscape with rocky outcrop make a dramatic setting for the Junagarh Fort. Visit Museum, Bhanda Sagar Jain Temple. The town keeps a medieval atmosphere. Head further to the desert village of kakoo and see the rural desert life. Enjoy sunset views of the desert & try to taste the camel’s milk here and ride on its back at the world-famous National Camel Breeding farm. Karni Mata Mandir (Rat Temple) at Deshnoke is 30 K.ms away from Bikaner.
Day 5: Bikaner to Jaisalmer (330 K.ms, 6.5 hours drive)
Today morning drive to Jaisalmer. On arrival check in to the hotel. Evening at leisure. Spend the night at hotel with a sumptuous Rajastani dinner.
Day 6: Jaisalmer + Sam Sand Dunes + Camel Ride 
After breakfast visit Fort of Jaisalmer, Gadisar Lake, Jain Temple, Patwon Ki Haveli, Nathmalji Ki Haveli & Salim Singhs Haveli. Afternoon Excursion to Sam Sand Dunes here you will enjoy the Camel ride and witness the Sun Set against the Sand Dunes. Evening enjoy the Folk Dance show. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer is also called the “Golden City” of Rajasthan in India is close to the Pakistan border, and the city is known for its proximity to the Thar Desert. You can enjoy camel safari in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer Fort, also known as Sonar Qila (Golden Fort). is another attraction.
Day 7: Jaisalmer to Jodhpur (270 K.ms, 5-6 hours drive)
Early morning drive to Jodhpur. On arrival check in to the pre booked hotel. City sightseeing in the afternoon.
Jodhpur: Jodhpur, the strong hold of the fierce Rathore clan, was founded in 1459 by Prince Jodha is also known as ”Suncity” as it enjoys sun round the year. The muscular fort of Mehrangarh towers over the city of Jodhpur is a magnificent architectural masterpiece. Major attractions such as Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal is within Mehrangargh Fort. This Sun City is also called ‘Blue City’ due to the blue painted Brahmin houses around the Mehrangargh Fort. The city surrounds the fort is walled with several gates. But the city has expanded beyond the wall during the past. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing Marble cenotaph built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II around 1899 and the art – deco inspired Umaid Bhawan Palace and its Museum. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 8: Jodhpur to Udaipur via Ranakpur (270 K.ms, 6 hours drive)
Breakfast at hotel. Later drive to Udaipur. Enroute visit Famous Jain Temple of Ranakpur. (Jain Temples at Ranakpur. Built in white Marble. Its 29 halls Spread over 40,000 sq.ft. And consisting of 1,444 Pillers (none of which are alike in its carving.) From here continue your drive to Udaipur. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Ranakpur: Ranakpur is a village in the state of Rajasthan in the West of India. It is 75 Km northwest of Udaipur. The village is famous for India’s biggest and most important Jain temple complexes made of white marble. The Chaumukha Mandir (Four-Faced Temple), dedicated to Adinath (the first Jain tirthankar) is the main temple here. This was built in the 15th century with milky-white marble. This is an incredible feat of Jain devotion with complicated series of 29 halls, 80 domes and 1444 individually engraved pillars. Exquisitely carved  halls are marvelous and offers a calming sense of space. Two more Jain temples are also here, one dedicated to Neminath (22nd tirthankar) and other one to Parasnath (23rd tirthankar) and a nearby Sun Temple. About 1 km from the main complex is the Amba Mata Temple. Ranakpur makes a convenient stop between Jodhpur and Udaipur. 600 Sq. Km hilly & densely forested Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is also very close to Ranakpur.
Udaipur: Udaipur, the most romantic city of India in the heart of the Aravalli Hills is also called ”Venice of The East”. This enchanting city also named as ”City of Lakes”, has three interconnected lakes called Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichhola and Swaroop Sagar Lake. Udaipur with its forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lined with shops in the medieval historic center, the city is a living memory of a heroic past with valor and chivalry. The founder of Udaipur was Rana Udai Singh, father of Maharana Pratap. The city is inhabited by people of the Bhil tribe. Here, people usually prefer to wear bright colored clothes.
Day 9: Udaipur Sightseeing + Boat Cruise
After breakfast, morning tour of Udaipur city includes Palace Museum, Sahelion Ki Bari, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal, Folk art Museum, Jagdish Temple. Evening enjoy the Boat Ride at Lake Pichola. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10: Udaipur to Pushkar + Ajmer Sightseeing (280 K.ms, 6 hours drive)
Breakfast at hotel. Later drive to Pushkar. On arrival check in- to hotel. Later visit the Brahmas Temples and the Ghats on the banks of Holi lake, also visit the Ajmer. Ajmer is a popular pilgrimage centre for the Hindus as well as Muslims. Especially famous is the Dargah Sharif Tomb of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, which is equally revered by the Hindus and Muslims. Overnight stay Hotel.
Pushkar: The word Pushkar means Lotus, which is believed to be the seat of Brahma, one among the Hindu Holy trinity. Brahma is considered to be the creator of the world. Once he struck his enemy with his Lotus flower in anger, it fell in to three parts, one among them was in Pushkar, and it gave birth to a lake. Town of Pushkar, is a sacred Indian lakeside settlement for Hindus. It is said that every Hindu should visit here once in a life time. Brahma temple of Pushkar is the only temple of this diety in the whole world. Various ghats and temples spread around the holy lake of Pushkar.
Ajmer: Ajmer is Rajasthan’s most important place in terms of Islamic history and heritage. The bustling city of Ajmer (130 k.ms southwest of Jaipur) is surroundsed by the tranquil lake of Ana Sagar, and is itself encircled by the rugged Aravalli hills.  The city has one of India’s most important Muslim pilgrimage centres – the shrine of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti, a venerated Sufi saint who founded the Chishtiya order, the prime Sufi order in India today. Apart from the early Muslim architectures here the city is also a significant for the Jain religion with an amazing golden Jain temple. Ajmer is also the base for visiting Pushkar (11 km), a supremely sacred town to Hindus and an ancient Hindu pilgrimage city, famous for the temple of Brahma.
Day 11: Pushkar to Jaipur (144 K.ms, 3 hours drive)  
After breakfast transferred back to Jaipur airport / railway station for your onward journey.
Package Includes:
  • Arrival transfer to the hotel,
  • 10 nights’ accommodation with daily breakfast,
  • Sightseeing in each city and as per the itinerary,
  • All intercity transfers,
  • Departure transfer to airport/ railway station.
Price as per request

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