Taj Mahal Day Tour

taj mahal
taj mahal
taj mahal

The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra.An English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold best describes it as “Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passion of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.”

The Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is said that Shah Jahan was so heartbroken after her death that he ordered the court into mourning for two years. Sometime after her death, Shah Jahan undertook the task of erecting the world’s most beautiful monument in the memory of his beloved. It took 22 years and the labor of 22,000 workers to construct the monument. When Shah Jahan died in 1666, his body was placed in a tomb next to the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. This magnificent monument came to be known as “Taj Mahal” and now counts amongst the Seven Wonders of the World.

The Taj Mahal has an amazing grace of perfection of proportions and grandeur of geometrical patterns of well appointed gardens enhancing the poise of the whole complex together add magnificence to the delicacy of this marvel of love, dedication and purity. The Taj displays its different moods through its varied shades. The Taj has as many shades as any kind of beauty can ever have! It is pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening, golden when the moon shines and the intermediary variants during different hours of the day and during different seasons in a year.

delhi agra route map
delhi agra route map

Delhi to Agra distance – The aerial distance from New Delhi to Agra is 180 km while the road distance between New Delhi to Agra is 217 km.By Train it is 195 Km. There is/are 17 direct train(s) from New Delhi to Agra.

You can book a same day tour to Taj Mhal from New Delhi with Indus Trips. This tour starts early morning and we will pick you from your hotel or airport, drive you to Agra to visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. After a nice lunch we will start back for New Delhi and reach back by late evening. Drop to airport/ hotel as per your requirement.

Tour details are given below:

Same Day Tour of Taj Mahal by AC Cab from Delhi

07:30 am – Pick up from Hotel in Delhi to Agra by AC CAR

Morning drive to Agra – Journey time 3 Hours, via New Express Highway inclusive all tolls & taxes

10:30 – Meeting the guide on arrival in Agra city – Proceed to Taj Mahal 

Taj Mahal remain Closed for all visitors on Friday

12.30 – Just after the Taj Mahal – Excursion to the nearby Agra Fort

14:00 – Lunch Break in AC Restaurant

After you explore all day tour, drive back to Delhi, arrive by 18:00 pm

US$ 170 for Single Person

US$ 120 per person for Two People

US$ 100 Per Person for Three People

Inclusions

Delhi – Agra – Delhi Same Day Trip in Private AC CAR with Driver

English Speaking Guide Fee

AC Car – All Parking, Tolls, Road Tax, Driver & Fuel

Lunch & Drinks in Multi Cuisine Air Con Restaurant

Exclusions

Entrance Tickets fee Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
Any Alcohol, Wine, Beer Served with Lunch

Golden Triangle Tour

Elephant ride to the fort

Elephant ride to the fort

The evocative Golden Triangle in India is one of the country’s most popular tourist circuits. It is an ideal choice if you are traveling first time In India. It covers Delhi, the capital of India; Agra, the seat of the Taj Mahal, the Seventh Wonder of the World; and Jaipur, the land of the Rajputs. These three cities, when connected on the Indian map, look like a triangle; thus the name, Golden Triangle. Touring this circuit gives the visitor an idea of the rich historical past, the vibrant cultural heritage and the architectural splendor of India that can be witnessed from the magnificent forts, palaces, monuments, temples, mosques and gardens, among others.

Best time to visit: The best time to take a Golden Triangle tour is from October to February, when it becomes comfortable for sightseeing and participating in various outdoor activities. This time the landscapes also get ornamented with the flowering season, making the trip delightful and a memorable one.

Join us as we take you across the famous Golden Triangle Tour of North India. This 6 day package includes the national capital of India – Delhi, the pink city of Jaipur and Agra, the home of the Taj.

Itinerary: Delhi – Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Delhi

Duration: 5N/6D

Tour Plan

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

By: International Flight

Arrive Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel you are booked in. Overnight at hotel.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Day 2: Delhi

Morning tour of Delhi visiting Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana – the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Afternoon visit Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch ), Also drive past President’s House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings. Overnight at hotel.

Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi
Red Fort Delhi
Red Fort Delhi
Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar
humayun's tomb
humayun’s tomb
India Gate
India Gate

Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur (260 Kms/5 – 6 Hrs)

Morning drive to Jaipur. On arrival check in at hotel. Jaipur – the capital of Rajasthan was given a color coat of pink a century ago in honor of a visiting Prince and ever since, it has retained this color. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Overnight at hotel.

Hawa Mahal jaipur
Hawa Mahal jaipur

Day 4: Jaipur

After breakfast visit the Amber Fort in the Aravali Hills, which is a super example of Rajput (Medieval Hindu) style architecture. An elephant ride takes you to the top of the Fort and till main entrance, which houses several graceful buildings. Afternoon – tour of City Palace and Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The Palace of winds – a five storied structure of pink sandstone, was originally built to enable the ladies of the royal house to watch everyday life. Overnight at hotel.

amber fort jaipur
amber fort jaipur
City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur

Day 5: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra (245 Kms/5 – 6 Hrs)

Drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri (Abandoned city) enroute. Fatehpur Sikri is 40 kms from Agra and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces. Continue drive to Agra and upon arrival check in at your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

fatehpur sikri
fatehpur sikri
Birbal Bhawan
Birbal Bhawan

Day 6: Agra – Delhi (204 Kms/4 – 5 Hrs) & Departure Delhi

By: International Flight

Morning visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by the Mughul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Later visit the Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque, the Halls of Public and Private Audience.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Red Fort Agra
Red Fort Agra

Afternoon drive to Delhi. Transfer to international airport to board flight for onward journey.

Tour End

Prices

Validity – 01st April to 30 Sept’2018

05 nights/06 Days – Delhi (2) – Jaipur (2) – Agra (1)

 03 Star Hotel Selection

01 Person traveling alone – USD 489/- per person net

02 person sharing room – USD 389/- per person

04 Star Hotel Selection

01 Person traveling alone – USD 549/- per person net

02 person sharing room – USD 419/- per person

05 Star Hotel Selection

01 Person traveling alone – USD 639/- per person net

02 person sharing room – USD 469/- per person

Tigers with Golden Triangle Tour

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park

Golden Triangle Tour is the most popular tour in India. Starting from Delhi, Golden Triangle Tour also includes Agra and Jaipur as part of the tour. Delhi, Jaipur and Agra are three cities that capture your imagination and take you into the fascinating, decadent and passionate world of the Mughals and maharajas. This itinerary combines the standard Golden Triangle Tour with visits to the Tiger hotspots of India.

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.

Bandhavgarh National Park is in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This biodiverse park is known for its large population of royal Bengal tigers, especially in the central Tala zone. Other animals include white tigers, leopards and deer. The mix of tropical forest, Sal trees and grassland is home to scores of bird species, including eagles. To the south are the remains of the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort.

Kanha National Park, also known as Kanha Tiger Reserve, is a vast expanse of grassland and forest in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Tigers, jackals and wild pigs can be spotted in Kanha Meadows. The elevated plateau of Bamhnidadar is home to birds of prey. Animals often gather at the watering holes of Sondar Tank and Babathenga Tank. The park’s flora and fauna are documented in the park’s Kanha Museum.

Itinerary: Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore National Park – Agra – Umaria – Bandhavgarh National Park – Kanha National Park – Nagpur – Delhi

Duration: 13N/14D

Tour Plan

Day 1: Arrive at Delhi

On arrival at Delhi international airport, our representative will receive you from the airport arrival lounge, after welcome with garland the representative will assist you till your comfortable check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Day 2: Delhi – Jaipur (259 Kms)

Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, check in at pre-booked hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure, or you can visit local market in the evening, overnight stay at hotel.

Jaipur
Jaipur

Day 3: Jaipur

Morning after breakfast we will take you for an excursion to Amber fort, where one can ascend on Elephant back to reach this massive fort. Later in the afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur which includes massive City Palace, Natural Observatory & Palace of Winds. We will also explore the colorful market of Jaipur by the evening. Later transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Elephant ride to the fort
Elephant ride to the fort
amber fort jaipur
amber fort jaipur
City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur

Day 4: Jaipur – Ranthambore National Park

Morning after breakfast drive to Ranthambore National park, on arrival check in at Wildlife Resort. After lunch we will take for afternoon jeep safari into Ranthambore national park. Overnight stay at wildlife resort.

Ranthambore National Park Game Drive
Ranthambore National Park Game Drive

Day 5: Ranthambore National Park

Today will enter twice into the National Park on an open jeep to explore the National Park. Overnight stay at wildlife resort.

Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park

Day 6: Ranthambore National Park – Agra (235 Kms)

Morning after breakfast drive to Agra, Is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the world – the “TAJ MAHAL”. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries.

Red Fort Agra
Red Fort Agra

While its significance as a political center ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jahan, its architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map. A pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on the marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendants of those who worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. On arrival check in at the hotel. In the afternoon free at leisure overnight at hotel.

Day 7: Agra – Umaria (By overnight Train)

Visit Taj Mahal at dawn. Then transfer to the railway station time to board train for Umaria. Overnight on board.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

Day 8: Arrive Umaria – Bandhavgarh National Park (35 km)

Upon arrival at umaria railway station our representative will receive you and will transfer you till your hotel check in, at Bandhavgarh National Park. After fresh-n-up & lunch In the afternoon we will go on a jungle safari to the national park to counter’s with its impressive wildlife. Overnight stay in Bandhavgarh.

Bandhavgarh-National-Park-Spotted-Deer
Bandhavgarh-National-Park-Spotted-Deer

Day 9: Bandhavgarh National Park

We will continue on our scheduled Jeep safari to the National Park for wildlife viewing (for the same we will enter twice to the national park). Overnight stay at resort.

Bandhavgarh-National-Park
Bandhavgarh-National-Park

Day 10: Bandhavgarh National Park – Kanha National Park (250 km)

Today after our morning jeep safari to the national park, we will drive to will drive to Kipling’s country, Kanha National Park. En-Route visit to Fossil Park of Ghuguwa. Fossils belonging to 31 genera of 18 plant families have been identified and these fossils represent life as it occurred in this area some 65 million years ago.

Kanha-National-Park
Kanha National Park

Further continue drive to Kanha. On arrival check into the wildlife resort. After lunch we will explore the nearby area by walk. Overnight stay in Kanha.

Day 11: Kanha National park

Morning & afternoon Jeep safari to the National Park for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at resort.

Kanha-National-Park
Kanha National Park

Day 12: Kanha National park

We will continue on our scheduled Jeep safari to the National Park for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at resort.

Kanha National park
Kanha National park

Day 13: Kanha National Park – Nagpur (270 km) – Delhi (By flight)

After enjoying a lavish breakfast, we will drive to Nagpur airport. Upon arrival board the flight for Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi airport our representative will receive you & transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the time at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 14: Delhi – Departure

Morning sightseeing tour of Delhi, including Red fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub minar and Lotus temple.

Red Fort Delhi
Red Fort Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi
Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar
Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple

Later transfer to the International airport on time, to board the flight for onward destination.

Tour End

Indian Classic Tour

Varanasi

Khajuraho

A classical India itinerary in which you will be visiting all the major tourist centers in North and Central India.

Itinerary: Delhi – Varanasi – Khajuraho – Orcha – Jhansi – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur – Udaipur – Mumbai

Duration: 12N/13D

Delhi, India’s capital territory, is a massive metropolitan area in the country’s north. In Old Delhi, a neighborhood dating to the 1600s, stands the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort, a symbol of India, and the sprawling Jama Masjid mosque, whose courtyard accommodates 25,000 people. Nearby is Chandni Chowk, a vibrant bazaar filled with food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls.

Varanasi is regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Along the city’s winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India, about 175 kilometres southeast of Jhansi. They are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.

Orchha is a town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh state, India. The town was established by Rudra Pratap Singh some time after 1501, as the seat of an eponymous former princely state of central India, in the Bundelkhand region.

Jhansi is a historic city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It lies in the region of Bundelkhand on the banks of the Pahuj River, in the extreme south of Uttar Pradesh.

Agra is home to the iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal (who died in childbirth in 1631). The imposing main building features a massive dome and intricately carved white marble inlaid with precious stones. This is set behind a reflecting pool inside a courtyard defined by 4 minarets.

Fatehpur Sikri is a small city in northern India, just west of Agra, founded by a 16th-century Mughal emperor. Red sandstone buildings cluster at its center. Buland Darwaza gate is the entrance to Jama Masjid mosque. Nearby is the marble Tomb of Salim Chishti. Diwan-E-Khas hall has a carved central pillar. Jodha Bais Palace is a mix of Hindu and Mughal styles, next to the 5-story Panch Mahal that overlooks the site.

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.

Udaipur, formerly the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, is a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559, it’s set around a series of artificial lakes and is known for its lavish royal residences. City Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola, is a monumental complex of 11 palaces, courtyards and gardens, famed for its intricate peacock mosaics.

Tour Plan

Day 1: Arrive at Delhi

BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

You will arrive at New Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Indus Trips representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Upon arrival proceed for check in at your room.

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.

Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: DELHI

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed for a full day city tour of Old & New Delhi.

You will first visit Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 – 48 when the Mughal Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial Delhi
Red Fort Delhi
Red Fort Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, which is the tallest stone tower in India. The Qutub Minar was started in 1199 AD by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak and completed by the sultan’s successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The building is 72.5 m high and has 379 steps from the bottom to the top. The Minar is tapering with the diameter of the base is 14.3 m while at the top floor it is2.7 m. The Qutub Minar is still the highest stone tower as well as one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India.

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar

Then visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s residence.

humayun's tomb
humayun’s tomb
India Gate
India Gate

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3:DELHI – VARANASI

BY: FLIGHT

After buffet breakfast in the hotel, today intime our representative would meet you at the hotel lobby and transferred you to the airport to board flight for Varanasi.

Upon arrival in Varanasi, you will be received by our representative and will transfer you from the airport to your hotel for check in.

The antiquity of Varanasi is veiled in immortal times and has been the centre of religion, learning and civilization since ages. It has an endearing universal mystique, which has to be experienced to be understood. The city gets its inherent charm from the location as it’s situated on west side of the Holy Ganges. The principal attraction being the bathing ghats that are always bustling with life at any given time of the day.

Varanasi
Varanasi

There is no Indian attraction like Varanasi. There are no architectural splendors, no exquisitely carved palaces or impregnable forts, and yet the city has an inherent charm. Situated on the west bank from the riverbank ghats to a winding maze of picturesque alleys overlooking tall houses alongside, dotted with temples. It is a fascinating area to wander around.

Sarnath
Sarnath

Afternoon, you will proceed for an excursion to Sarnath, a major Buddhist centre in the world. After achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya, Buddha, the ‘Awakened One’, delivered his first sermon here. It was sixth century then, when he also set in motion the wheel of law, the Dharmachakra. This dwelling place of the rishis, it was also known as ‘Rishipatana’ (the place of the Rishis or sages).

Buddha gave his first sermon in the Deer Park where he initiated his first five disciples into Buddhist monkshood. Buddhism found its roots in Sarnath, the birthplace of this way of life.

Varanasi Aarti
Varanasi Aarti

In the evening you would be taken to the Ghats to see the illuminated Ganga Aarti ceremony – an experience of life. The Ganga Aarti is a spectacular sight. Hundreds throng to the ghats to participate in this ceremony. Offerings of lamps and flowers are made to the river immediately following this ceremony and it is a moving sight to watch hundreds of miniature lamps float along the river.

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: VARANASI

Early morning you will be taken on a visit to the ghats witnessing the Hindu pilgrims perform the rituals and following the centuries old tradition and belief that by dying in Varanasi or by immersing the mortal remains in the holy Ganges, it clears one from the birth circle and you are incarnated to human life in the next birth. You would be taking a boat cruise on the river Ganges around all the ghats and stopping at the important ones.

boat cruise on the river Ganges
boat cruise on the river Ganges

The riverfront, as seen from a boat, early in the morning, is a spiritually uplifting sight. This religious city is crowded with temples, and its labyrinth of streets with their throngs of people is exciting and enticing.

Return to your hotel for buffet breakfast.

Vishwanath Temple Varanasi
Vishwanath Temple Varanasi

Afternoon, you will visit Kashi-Vishwanath Temple, the most sacred of shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, the patron deity of Varanasi. Reconstructed in the 18th century, its gold plating on the ‘shikaras’ was a gift of the one-eyed Sikh king, Maharaja Ranjit Singh; Bharat Mata Mandir, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi is a unique temple dedicated to Mother India. It houses a relief map of India carved out of marble; and some other important temples.

Return to the hotel after the tour.

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: VARANASI – KHAJURAHO

BY : FLIGHT

After buffet breakfast in the hotel, today intime our representative would meet you at the hotel lobby and transferred you to the airport to board flight for Khajuraho.

Upon arrival in Khajuraho, you will be received by our representative and will transfer you from the airport to your hotel for check in.

Khajuraho
Khajuraho

In the realm of architecture, Khajuraho holds a unique position. The temples here were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. by the Chandela dynasty, who claims descent from the Moon God and a mortal, Hemavati, with whom the god fell in love. Most of the temples of the north were destroyed by invaders, but Khajuraho escaped and stands today as an island of beauty. The Chandelas built 85 temples and some 22 survive today. Architecturally the temples have some unique features. They stand on high platforms and do not have customary enclosures. Each temple has a large number of spires in ascending order representing man’s aspirations towards spiritual goals. They are ornately carved, with each frieze and sculpture depicting the genius of the men who carved it and the king who inspired them. Although famous for erotic depictions, these form only a small part of the wealth of the site. Taken in totality, the sculptures of Khajuraho depict the everyday life of the people and the court in the 10th and 11th centuries. Khajuraho is not something that can be described in words; it has to be experienced.

Khajuraho
Khajuraho

Afternoon,proceed for the sightseeing tour of Eastern and Western Group of Temples.

The tour of Khajuraho will concentrates on the famous erotic temples, which represent some of the finest examples of temple architecture in Northern India. The remote location of Khajuraho meant that the temples were unharmed by Muslim invaders and as a result, the intricately fine carvings are in very good condition and are said to represent life in heaven. They were built during the mighty Chandela dynasty; the majorities were constructed in a sudden burst of creative and religious energy, between the mid-10th and 11th centuries. After ruling for about 500 years the Chandela dynasty fell to the might of Islam and consequently the religious centre of Khajuraho was abandoned.

Khajuraho
Khajuraho

The temples remain as a reminder of a society that believed in the full enjoyment of life, with all the senses being a path to nirvana. Of the eighty-five original temples only 22 remain, but many are in very good condition. You visit the Kandariya Mahadeva, the Chatrabhuj, Parswanath and Ghantai Temples, each remarkable for its beautiful design and architecture.

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: KHAJURAHO – ORCHA – JHANSI – AGRA

BY : SURFACE / TRAIN

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to Jhansi enroute visit Orchha.(190 KMS/8 HRS)

Once the capital of Bundelas, Orchha is now just a village, set amongst a complex of well preserved palace and temples.

Orchha Palace
Orchha Palace

It was founded in the early 16th century by Rajput chieftain, Radra Pratap and remained the capital of powerful Rajput Kingdom from 1583 till 1783. Orcha’s golden age was during the first half of the 17th century when Jehangir visited the city in 1606, a special palace, the Jehangir Mahal, was specially built for him. Later both Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb raided the city.

Orchha today is little more than a village with a population of only a couple of thousands and is definitely worth a visit.

Orchha Fort
Orchha Fort

You will visit the Orchha Fort. The fort is reached by an arched bridge and the three palaces set in an open courtyard within the fort are the first buildings to explore. The tiered Jahangir Mahal was built in 1606 to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jahangir in 1606. The Raj Mahal, to the right of the courtyard, was built by Madhukar Shah and has bold colorful murals inside. The third palace, is the Rai Praveen Mahal, which is a two storey brick structure set in the gardens of Anand Mahal.

Lakshminarayan Temple Orchha
Lakshminarayan Temple Orchha

Of the many temples within the fort, three are especially worth visiting. The Ram Raja Mandir was originally a palace and became a temple more by accident than design. An image of Ram was installed while the temple, The Chaturbhuj was being built for it. For some reason the image could not be moved from the palace and despite its spires and ornate decoration became a sacred place. Linked to the Ram Raja is the Lakshminarayan temple, the interiors of which have some of the best preserved murals and wall paintings in Orcha.

Proceed for lunch at a restaurant located in the hotel.

After lunch, You will be transferred to the Jhansi Railway Station to board train for Agra.

Upon arrival at Agra, you would be received by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Upon arrival proceed for check in at your hotel.

Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra & its neighbourhood. It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture at its best. The massive but elegant Agra Fort, the delicate artistry of Itimad-ud-daulah’s tomb, the magnificent Taj and Akbar’s deserted capital, Fatehpur Sikri, are each unique and outstanding. Their architectural genius can also be seen in the forts, palaces and aesthetically laid out gardens – each one a silent witness to a grand style of a golden era.

taj mahal
taj mahal

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: AGRA

Morning, you will proceed for a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). Midway Tonga’s “horse carriages” would be waiting for you and will drop you at the gates of the Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture.

Return to the hotel for buffet breakfast.

In the afternoon, proceed for short city tour of Agra visiting the Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort – the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River.

Red Fort Agra
Red Fort Agra

Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI – JAIPUR

BY : SURFACE

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven from Agra to Jaipur (240 KMS / 8 hours)

En-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.

fatehpur sikri
fatehpur sikri

After your visit, proceed for lunch at a heritage site. After lunch continue your drive to Jaipur and upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel.

Rajasthan’s kingdoms are an enduring legacy to India’s history. A land endowed with invincible forts, magnificent palaces ad waves of sand dunes and serene lakes. No other region in the country assembles the many paradoxes of India, as does the desert land of Rajasthan. By far it is the most colourful region in India.

Jaipur’s past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the “pink city”. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur’s bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add colour to this fascinating city.

amber fort jaipur
amber fort jaipur

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: JAIPUR

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century.

Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.

Elephant ride to the fort
Elephant ride to the fort

An elephant/jeep will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.

Hawa Mahal jaipur
Hawa Mahal jaipur

En-route to Amber you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.

City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur

In the afternoon, you will visit the city of Jaipur. Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur include the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. You will also have the opportunity to wander about the local markets. Return to your hotel after the sightseeing tour of Jaipur City.

City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur

Return to your hotel after the sightseeing tour.

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: JAIPUR – UDAIPUR

BY : FLIGHT

Early Morning,  our representative would meet you at the hotel lobby and transferred you to the airport to board flight for Udaipur.

Upon arrival in Udaipur, you will be received by our representative and will transfer you from the airport to your hotel for check in.

Rajasthan is romantic with tales of valour and chivalry, and a history that brings to life forts and palaces and court intrigues. But Udaipur is different – an interlude for the diehard romantics. A splash of colour in colourful Rajasthan that’s brighter, tinged with the tones of local legends and lores. Here are lakes that come as a surprise in sandy Rajasthan, and forested hills where wildlife still abounds. And in the lakes or by their edges are palaces straight out of fairy tales, each more beautiful than the other. There are rugged fortresses too — Chittaurgarh and Kumbalgarh, where the history of Udaipur is told as if it were but a page from yesterday. For in Udaipur the past lives and breathes with the present.

Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills, Udaipur grew in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest of Rajasthan. As capital of the old Mewar State it was the only Rajput stronghold to uphold its Hindu allegiance in the face of Muslim invasion. From the late 16th century, peace brought about an era of renaissance in the arts and encouraged the building of beautiful palaces around the lake, culminating in the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in the world. The lake itself is a romantic setting surrounding the gleaming white Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir, a refuge of the rebel Mughal prince, Shah Jehan, soon to be the creator of the incomparable Taj Mahal.

Afternoon, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Udaipur City, also known as the City of Sunrise

city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur

First on your sightseeing tour you will proceed for a tour of the City Palace, which overlooks the Lake Pichola. The City Palace was built in 1725 of granite and marble with filigreed balconies, ornate windows and craftsmanship in glass. The royal palace walls stretch over a mile on the eastern side of the lake. Within the palace is a maze of courtyards, apartments and decorated halls. The rooms are covered with frescoes, displays of royal processions, stone and glass mosaics and ornamental doors and painted windows.

The marble throne in the coronation rooms was last used during the time Maharana Sangram Singh II (1710-30) and nearby is the Sun Window installed by Maharaja Bhim Singh (1778-1828). This is the divine symbol of the house of Mewar, which traces its lineage to the Surya Vansha, descendants of the Sun. Each palace within is an outstanding creation of art. Visit the museums and the hall of public audiences, the private chambers of the royal ladies at the palace and Sahelion-ki-Badi.

Saheliyon ki bari udaipur
Saheliyon ki bari udaipur

Later, experience the hustle bustle of the old market at Udaipur. Walk past the spice shops, jewellery shops, utensil shops, jaggery shops, silver market, local meat and food shop. You shall walk through the areas where The Octopussy –James Bond film was shot.

pichola lake udaipur
pichola lake udaipur

Later enjoy a boat ride on lake pichola.

Return to the hotel after the tour.

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: UDAIPUR – MUMBAI

BY : FLIGHT

Early Morning, our representative will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer you to the Airport to board flight for Mumbai:

Upon arrival at Mumbai, you would be received by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Rudyard Kipling extolled Mumbai as the ‘Mother of cities’. The history of Mumbai or Mumbai as it is now known, is the story of an incredible transformation from its foundation to its present day. The British built it expressly for trade and over the years it changed hands from the fishing village of the Kolis, through the Portuguese conquest, to Catharine of Aragon who took the seven islands of Mumbai as her dowry to Charles II of England. Mumbai was and still is the Gateway to India, commemorated by a monument of that name built to mark the visit of King George and his consort, Mary. Today, Mumbai is India’s premiere commercial and financial city and is ever on the move.

Afternoon, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch begin the city tour of Mumbai. The tour starts from the Gateway of India.

Gateway of India
Gateway of India

Gateway of India is the landmark of Bombay, which, was before the advent of air travel, the only gateway to India. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary to India in 1911. You will be then driven along Marine Drive, the sea – Front Boulevard. It is also known as the Queen’s Necklace as in the evening, the breeze from the Arabian Sea comes over Marine Drive and as the streetlights on this U-shaped road light up, the view from south Bombay’s skyscrapers or from the exclusive residential area, is that of a Queen’s Necklace.

Marine Drive Mumbai
Marine Drive Mumbai

Your first stop will be the Jain Temples, built of marble and dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara. From the temples you will be driven along Malabar Hill via the Tower of Silence – a round stone construction on which Parsis place their dead to be eaten by the vultures and Hanging Gardens which is built over Bombay’s reservoir. From here one can get a panoramic view of picturesque Marine Drive.

From Malabar Hill you will be driven to the Dhobi Ghats a huge open-air laundry, which makes an interesting viewing. Continue to Mani Bhawan (Gandhi Memorial), the house where the Father of the Nation stayed on his early visits to the city. The room, in which Gandhi stayed, preserved as it was, and the scenes of Gandhi’s life in photographs and models are of special interest.

Prince of Wales Museum
Prince of Wales Museum

The last stop before proceeding to the hotel is the Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays)– gothic and Moorish architecture in the striking confluence of styles that came to be known as Indo Saracenic. It boasts of a significant collection of Indus valley artifacts some of them dating back to more than 5000 years. Most impressive are the miniature paintings – nearly 2000 of them – from various stylistic schools of India.

Return to the hotel after the tour.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: MUMBAI

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed to the Gateway of India to board the motor launch, which will take you to the famous Elephanta Caves (closed on Mondays).

Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves

The beautifully sculpted rock-cut temples on Elephant Island are 9 nautical miles from Bombay and are reached by taking a motor launch from Gateway of India. They are believed to have been created between 450 and 750 AD, when the island was known as Gharapuri, the Fortress City. The Portuguese renamed it Elephanta because of a large stone Elephant near the shore. The caves are reached by climbing 100 steps to the top of the hill.

After the tour you will return to the Gateway of India. Rest of the day you are free for independent activities.

Dinner at the hotel.

Late in the evening, our representative will meet you in time at Hotel lobby and transfer you to International airport to board your flight for back home.

Day 13: DEPART: MUMBAI

BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

End of Tour

Grand Rajasthan Tour

sam-sand-dunes-jaisalmer
patwon ki haveli jaisalmer
patwon ki haveli jaisalmer

This is a comprehensive 2 weeks Rajasthan travel itinerary in which you will start in Delhi, and then visit all the major places of historical, geographical and cultural interest in Rajasthan. From Delhi you will first fly to Udaipur which is in South Rajasthan, and then we cover all the places moving up north, place by place as we trace our path back to India’s capital, but not before you have savored every colorful delicacy that Rajasthan has to serve. We invite you to explore the Land of Maharajas, which brings alive the royal legacy and vibrancy of India.

Itinerary: Delhi – Mandawa – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur – Pushkar – Jaipur – Agra – Delhi

Duration: 14N/15D

MandawaIn the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan lies the beautiful small town Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis. The structures of this place reminds one of the cultural and social hotspot this place used to be in the bygone era.

Bikaner is surrounded by the Thar Desert. The city is known for the 16th-century Junagarh Fort, a huge complex of ornate buildings and halls. Within the fort, the Prachina Museum displays traditional textiles and royal portraits. Nearby, the Karni Mata Temple is home to many rats considered sacred by Hindu devotees.

Jaisalmer also known as the “Golden City,” it’s distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture. Dominating the skyline is Jaisalmer Fort, a sprawling hilltop citadel buttressed by 99 bastions. Behind its massive walls stand the ornate Maharaja’s Palace and intricately carved Jain temples.

Jodhpur is a city in the Thar Desert of the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. Its 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort is a former palace that’s now a museum, displaying weapons, paintings and elaborate royal palanquins (sedan chairs). Set on on a rocky outcrop, the fort overlooks the walled city, where many buildings are painted the city’s iconic shade of blue.

The renowned Jain temple at Ranakpur is dedicated to Tirthankara Rishabhanatha. Dharna Shah, a local Jain businessperson, started construction of the temple in the 15th century following a divine vision. The temple honors Adinath, the first Tirthankar of the present half-cycle (avasarpiṇī) according to Jain cosmology.

Udaipur, formerly the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, is a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559, it’s set around a series of artificial lakes and is known for its lavish royal residences. City Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola, is a monumental complex of 11 palaces, courtyards and gardens, famed for its intricate peacock mosaics.

Pushkar is a town bordering the Thar Desert, in the northeastern Indian state of Rajasthan. It’s set on Pushkar Lake, a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, dedicated to the god of creation, which has a distinctive red spire and walls inlaid with pilgrims’ silver coins.

 

Tour Plan

Day 1: Arrival at Delhi

BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

You will arrive in the evening at New Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a JOY representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Upon arrival at the hotel, proceed for check-in at the hotel.

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy.

The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.

Afternoon, you will proceed for combined sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi.

Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial Delhi

You will first visit Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive pas Red Fort (closed on Mondays & national holidays) – World Heritage Site, one of the most spectacular piece of Mughal Architecture. Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort has walls extending up to 2 kms in length with the height varying from 18 mts.

Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi

continuing to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells.

New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Qutub-ud-din Aibak started it in 1199. Pulling down 27 Hindu and Jain temples and using their columns erected the attached Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque also built by him. Then visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence.

humayun's tomb
humayun’s tomb

Return to your hotel after the sightseeing tour.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: DELHI – MANDAWA

After breakfast, you will be driven from Delhi to Mandawa (280 KMS / 6 Hours), a remote feudal principality in the centre of Shekhawati region, enroute visiting Jhun Jhun.

Upon arrival, proceed to check-in at your hotel.

mandawa fort
mandawa fort

The Rajput ruler of Mandawa built a fort in 1755 to protect this trading outpost that fell in the ancient caravan routes from China and Middle East. The township that grew around the fort attracted a large community of traders, who settled here. When the caravan traffic ceased in the late 18th century, the traders created business empires in other parts of the country, but returned to Mandawa build palatial mansions in their hometown.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: MANDAWA – BIKANER

After buffet breakfast, you will explore this storybook town of Mandawa known for its colourful frescoes on a wide variety of subjects ranging from religious to the erotic; from copies of popular English prints to witty social satire rendered in the inimitable style of local artist. Every home here is adorned with gaily-painted murals that illuminate the arid landscape.

mandawa frescoes
mandawa frescoes

Later you will be driven from Mandawa to Bikaner (170 KMS / 4 Hours).

Bikaner, situated in the northern part of Rajasthan, was founded in 1488 by a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur named Rao Bhikaji. Like Jaisalmer, this town was an important city on the great caravan trade route during the medieval period. The city is surrounded by high fortifications comprising a seven-kilometre long wall which encircles the old city and has five entrances—all constructed in the 18th century.

The city of Bikaner has seen several ups and downs in its eventful history. Its proximity to Delhi made it bear the brunt of Mughal invasions time and again. Legend has it that before embarking on his campaign, Rao Bhikaji sought the blessings of mystic Goddess Karni at Deshnoke. Since then the Karni Mata temple in Deshnoke continued to be patronized by the ruling family. Today hundreds of pilgrims flock the temple everyday to invoke the blessings of the Goddess, who is revered as an incarnation of Goddess Durga.

Bikaner is also called the camel country, being renowned for the best riding camels in the world. It is also the birthplace of the world famous Bikaneri bhujia and namkeen (a salted snack made of lentils). Being a desertscape, the summers are very hot in Bikaner. The best time to visit this place is in winters when the weather remains cool and tolerable.

Bikaner Camel Farms
Bikaner Camel Farms

Upon arrival proceed for check-in at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: BIKANER

After breakfast visit Karni Mata Temple.Thirty kilometres south of Bikaner is the village of Deshnoke, where the famous Mata Karni Temple is situated. The 600-year-old temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple has huge intricately carved silver gates donated by Maharaja Ganga Singh.

Karni Mata Temple
Karni Mata Temple

The temple plays host to thousands of rats that form the major attraction here. The rats are considered sacred and worshipped accordingly. You have to be very careful while entering the inner sanctum, because it is believed that if you accidentally step on a rat, a gold replica has to be made to compensate.

junagarh fort
junagarh fort

In the afternoon, you will proceed for a sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Visit Junagarh Fort, one of the most interesting forts in Rajasthan, with its sumptuously decorated interiors. Built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh it is unusual in the sense that it was one of the few major forts of Rajasthan that was not built on a hilltop. Instead, it was built on the desert plains; its rugged sandstone bastions and graceful pavilions and balconies are silhouetted against the sky.

Also visit Camel Breeding farm. Eight kilometres from Bikaner, the government-managed Camel Research and Breeding Farm is only one of its kinds in Asia. The farm carries out breeding and training of camels.

Evening drive to village Raisar, 15 Kms from Bikaner on Jaipur Highway, N.H. 11. you would be leaving for the desert camp with folk musician entertaining them. You would be welcomed in traditional way and dinner would be served with bonfire and folk music. After dinner, back to hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: BIKANER – JAISALMER

After buffet breakfast, you will be driven from Bikaner to Jaisalmer (301 KMS / 06.30 Hours).

Jaisalmer, the golden beauty etched in yellow sandstone, standing tall against miles of gleaming sand. Founded in 1156 AD by Maharawal Jaisal, Jaisalmer’s location kept it almost untouched by outside influences and even during the days of the Raj, Jaisalmer was the last to sign the Instrument of Agreement with the British.

Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel following which remainder of the day will be at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: JAISALMER

After buffet breakfast, proceed for a city tour of Jaisalmer. Our Fist stop will be the Jaisalmer Fort also known as Sonar Qila (the Golden Fort), the Jaisalmer fort shimmers like a mirage amidst the desolate beauty of the hot barren deserts of Rajasthan. Built in 1156 by the Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisala and reinforced by subsequent rulers, the fort situated on the Trikuta Hill had been the scene of many battles.

Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort

Standing at a height of 100 meters over the city, the fort houses a citadel within its huge ramparts. The world’s only living fort, about a quarter of city’s population lives within the fort’s walls. Jaisalmer Fort is sheer magic. Built entirely of yellow sandstone; it turns to a magical honey-gold as the sunsets. Several entrances like the Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoota Pol and the Hava Pol guard the Megh Durbar and the Jawahar Mahal. The main attractions inside the fort are the Raj Mahal (Royal palace), the Lakshminath temple and the Jain temples, which built between 12th and 15th centuries, are dedicated to Rikhabdev and Sambhavanth.

The city of Jaisalmer is famous for its intricately latticed Havelis, built by wealthy merchants. These beautiful sandstone buildings are still in very good conditions even today.

patwon ki haveli jaisalmer
patwon ki haveli jaisalmer

Visit the Patwon-Ki-Haveli – one of the most elaborate and magnificent of all Jaisalmer havelis, the Patwon-Ki-Haveli built by Guman Chand Patwa, one of the wealthiest merchant of the time took over fifty years to complete. Five storied high with some exquisite carved pillars and extensive corridors and chambers, it is divided into six apartments, two owned by archaeological Survey of India, two by families who operate craft-shops and two private homes. The haveli is built of yellow sandstone with a different design on every window and arch. As you enter the haveli through its magnificent arched gateway, you come across its delicately carved yellow-brown frontage with as many as 60 balconies overlooking it. One of the grandest mansions in Jaisalmer, the stone carving far surpasses in beauty the work on brocade and gold.

Salim Singh ki Haveli – believed to have been built about 300 years ago, the Salim Singh ki Haveli was the residence of the powerful Mohta clan – the hereditary ministers of the Jaisalmer rulers. Built in 1815 by Salim Singh, who was the prime minister when Jaisalmer was the capital of the princely state, the eight storied haveli boasts of 38 balconies, each with a different design. It also has a beautifully arched roof capped with blue cupolas and carved brackets in the form of peacocks. Located just below a hill, the haveli, it is said once had two additional wooden storey in an attempt to make it as high as the maharaja’s palace, but the maharaja had the upper storey torn down. Today, a part of the haveli is still occupied.

Nathmalji ki Haveli is a late 19th century mansion that was built for Diwan Mohata Nathmal, then Prime Minister of Jaisalmer. Designed by two Muslim brothers Hathi and Lulu, the left and right wings of the haveli was carved out differently by two brothers. Mighty tuskers carved out of yellow sandstone stand guard to the haveli while the entire façade is embellished with a slew of detailing – horses, elephants, soldiers, flowers and birds. The walls are dominated by beautiful miniature paintings.

sam-sand-dunes-jaisalmer
sam-sand-dunes-jaisalmer

Late afternoon drive to Khuri/Sam Sand Dunes for a camelback ride into the desert to watch the sun set on this golden desert city, emitting a lustrous glow off the desert sand. Camel Safari is one of the unique ways to explore small villages in Rajasthan. Atop this ship of the desert embark on an exciting soft adventure. This safari is across India’s Thar Desert, one of the harshest environments in the world. Board camels to discover the rich desert culture and meet the colourful tribal people. The capital of this exotic region is the golden city of Jaisalmer. Here we’ll explore palaces, local markets, and venture down the narrow alleys to visit with the inhabitants of the intricately carved sandstone buildings.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: JAISALMER – JODHPUR

After early breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur (290 KMS / 5.30 Hours).

The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a wall 10km long, which was built about a century after the city was founded. From the fort you can clearly see where the old city ends and the new begins. The old city is fascinating jungle of winding streets of great interest to wander around. Eight gates lead out from the walled city. It’s one of the more interesting cities in India and those baggy-tight horse riding trousers, jodhpurs, took their name from this locale.

mehrangarh-fort-jodhpur
mehrangarh fort jodhpur

The Mehrangarh Fort is sprawled across a 125-meter high hill and is the most impressive and formidable fort in the fort-studded Rajasthan. On the wall adjacent to the Lahapol or “Iron Gate” are 15 handprints, the sati marks of the widows of Maharaja Man Singh who threw themselves upon his funeral pyre in 1843. Inside the fort, which is still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, there is a whole series of courtyards and palaces.

Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: JODHPUR – RANAKPUR – UDAIPUR

After breakfast visit the Mehrangarh Fort (citadel of the Sun) that evokes the very spirit of the Rathores, the ruling local Rajput clan. Visit its various palaces with their delicate friezes and respective museums, displaying treasures of the royal family.

Blue City Jodhpur
Blue City Jodhpur

North of Meherangarh Fort, and connected to it by road, Jaswant Thanda is a pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878-95), who purged Jodhpur of dacoits, initiated irrigation systems and boosted the economy. The cenotaphs of members of the royal family who have died since Jaswant are close by his memorial; those who preceded him are remembered by chhatris at Mandor. This south-facing spot is also the best place from which to photograph the fort, looming above the sheer rocky Meherangarh plateau.

ranakpur-jain-temple
ranakpur jain temple

Later, you will be driven from Jodhpur to Udaipur (255 KMS / 6.30 hours) en-route visiting Ranakpur Jain Temples, an exceptionally beautiful excursion through the rugged, wooded hills of Rajasthan to the Jain Temples of Ranakpur in the Aravalli Valley, to see one of the best complexes of Jain religion which is particularly noted for the grandiose scale of its architecture and the highly decorated ceilings, walls and 1444 different pillars. The priests of the temples did all the temple designing and their generations are still continuing the work.

Later continue your journey to Udaipur and upon arrival, check-in at your hotel.

Rajasthan is romantic with tales of valour and chivalry, and a history that brings to life forts and palaces and court intrigues. But Udaipur is different – an interlude for the diehard romantics. A splash of colour in colourful Rajasthan that’s brighter, tinged with the tones of local legends and lores. Here are lakes that come as a surprise in sandy Rajasthan, and forested hills where wildlife still abounds. And in the lakes or by their edges are palaces straight out of fairy tales, each more beautiful than the other. There are rugged fortresses too — Chittaurgarh and Kumbalgarh, where the history of Udaipur is told as if it were but a page from yesterday. For in Udaipur the past lives and breathes with the present.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: UDAIPUR

After breakfast you will proceed to visit the vast and exquisite City Palace, a well-fortified, majestic white monument. The main entrance, a triple-arched gate named the Tripolia, was built in 1725 and is a marvel. The Suraj Gokhada, the Balcony of the Sun, where the Suryavanshi Maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in times of trouble to the people to restore their confidence, is also a fascinating sight.

City Palace udaipur
City Palace udaipur

Afternoon visit the Jagdish Temple, a 16th-century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur.

jagdish temple udaipur
jagdish temple udaipur

Drive past Fateh Sagar Lake and visit Sahelion-ki-Bari, the Garden of the Maids-of-Honor, which has numerous fountains in four pools, embellished with delicately chiseled kiosks and elephants. The garden brings to the fore the unique lifestyle of the royal ladies, who once strolled through these gardens.

Saheliyon ki bari udaipur
Saheliyon ki bari udaipur

Later in the afternoon, take a boat cruise on Lake Pichola to visit Jag Mandir Palace by common boat, which covers almost four acres and is noted for its marble pavilion and an imposing dome. You’ll see people doing their laundry on the shores of the lake against the backdrop of the massive City Palace and the old city.

pichola lake udaipur
pichola lake udaipur

Return to your hotel after sightseeing tour.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: UDAIPUR – PUSHKAR

After breakfast, you will be driven from Udaipur to Pushkar (285 Kms/06 Hours).

The village of Pushkar lies on the edge of the desert. At its heart is one of India’s most sacred lakes. There are 52 ghats around the lake, and numerous temples. The Brahma temple, especially, attracts pilgrims all year round. Apart from its religious significance, Pushkar is known for its Cattle and Camel fair held every year in the month of Kartik (October/November), which attracts visitors in their thousands. You can also witness and participate in the evening prayer meetings in the temples. Being a religious town, alcohol and non-vegetarian food are taboo.

Pushkar Lake
Pushkar Lake

Afternoon you will explore the city mainly visiting the Pushkar Lake Ghats and the Bramha Temple, which is one of its kind left In India today.

brahma temple pushkar
brahma temple pushkar

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: PUSHKAR- JAIPUR

After a leisurely buffet breakfast, you will proceed from Pushkar to Jaipur (150 Kms / 03 Hours).

Upon arrival check-in at the hotel.

Jaipur’s past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the “pink city”. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur’s bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add colour to this fascinating city.

amber fort jaipur
amber fort jaipur

Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: JAIPUR

After breakfast you will proceed to visit the capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.

Elephant ride to the fort
Elephant ride to the fort

An elephant (alternatively by jeeps) will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.

Hawa Mahal jaipur
Hawa Mahal jaipur

En-route to Amber Fort you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.

City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur

Afternoon, you will visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings.

Jantar Mantar jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur

Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar is the most famous of five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in India. Jai Singh was a great admirer of progresses and research made in the fields of science and technology, but he was passionate about astronomy. There is a very interesting story behind the construction of this observatory, considered as the largest stone observatory in the world. Sawai Jai Singh sent his emissaries to all parts of the world before commencing the construction of this observatory. The emissaries returned with many manuals on astronomy containing cutting-edge technological information. One of these manuals was a copy of La Hire’s “Tables”. The king ordered the observatory to be built according to the details contained in this manual. When the construction ended, for the astonishment of the king and others, the observatory was 20 seconds more accurate than the one mentioned in “Table.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: JAIPUR – AGRA

After buffet breakfast, you will be driven from Jaipur to Agra (235 KMS / 6 hours).

The en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.

fatehpur sikri
fatehpur sikri

After your visit, continue your drive to Agra and upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel.

Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra & its neighbourhood. It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture at its best. The massive but elegant Agra Fort, the delicate artistry of Itimad-ud-daulah’s tomb, the magnificent Taj and Akbar’s deserted capital, Fatehpur Sikri, are each unique and outstanding. Their architectural genius can also be seen in the forts, palaces and aesthetically laid out gardens – each one a silent witness to a grand style of a golden era.

Red Fort Agra
Red Fort Agra

Overnight at the hotel

Day 14: AGRA – DELHI

Early morning you will proceed for Sunrise Tour of Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). Midway Tonga’s “horse carriages” would be waiting for you and will drop you at the gates of the Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture.

taj mahal
taj mahal

Also visit Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort – the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.

Return to your hotel for buffet breakfast.

Post lunch you will check out from the hotel & you will be driven to Delhi (204 KMS / 3 – 4 Hours). Upon arrival in Delhi our representative will meet you and transfer you to local restaurant for having your dinner.

After dinner you will be transferred to International airport to board your flight back home. (NO ACCOMMODATION ENVISAGED FOR THIS DAY)

Day 15: DEPARTURE DELHI

BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

Tour  End

Rajasthan Classical Tour

Blue City Jodhpur
Blue City Jodhpur
Blue City Jodhpur

Delhi, Jaipur and Agra are three historic cities that let you explore the fascinating, decadent and passionate world of the Mughals and maharajas. Combined with popular destinations in Rajasthan and northern India, this tour lets you the richness and diversity in every aspect of existence.

Itinerary: Delhi – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Bikaner – Jaipur – Agra – Jhansi – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Delhi

Duration: 11N/12D

Udaipur, formerly the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, is a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559, it’s set around a series of artificial lakes and is known for its lavish royal residences. City Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola, is a monumental complex of 11 palaces, courtyards and gardens, famed for its intricate peacock mosaics.

Jodhpur is a city in the Thar Desert of the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. Its 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort is a former palace that’s now a museum, displaying weapons, paintings and elaborate royal palanquins (sedan chairs). Set on on a rocky outcrop, the fort overlooks the walled city, where many buildings are painted the city’s iconic shade of blue.

Jaisalmer is a former medieval trading center and a princely state in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert. Known as the “Golden City,” it’s distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture. Dominating the skyline is Jaisalmer Fort, a sprawling hilltop citadel buttressed by 99 bastions. Behind its massive walls stand the ornate Maharaja’s Palace and intricately carved Jain temples.

Bikaner surrounded by the Thar Desert. The city is known for the 16th-century Junagarh Fort, a huge complex of ornate buildings and halls. Within the fort, the Prachina Museum displays traditional textiles and royal portraits. Nearby, the Karni Mata Temple is home to many rats considered sacred by Hindu devotees.

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India, about 175 kilometres southeast of Jhansi. They are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.

Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Along the city’s winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

This beautiful tour has everything a romantic at heart could ask for. It is ideal for couples, families and small groups.

Tour Plan

Day 1: ARRIVE DELHI

BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

You will arrive in the evening at New Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Upon arrival at the hotel, proceed for check-in at the hotel.

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: DELHI Sightseeing

After breakfast, you will proceed for combined sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi.

You will first visit Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive pas Red Fort (closed on Mondays & national holidays) – World Heritage Site, one of the most spectacular piece of Mughal Architecture. Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort has walls extending up to 2 kms in length with the height varying from 18 mts. continuing to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial Delhi
Red Fort Delhi
Red Fort Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi

After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles.

The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Qutub-ud-din Aibak started it in 1199. Pulling down 27 Hindu and Jain temples and using their columns erected the attached Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque also built by him. Then visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence.

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar
humayun's tomb
humayun’s tomb
India Gate
India Gate

Return to your hotel after the sightseeing tour.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Delhi – UDAIPUR

BY: SURFACE

After breakfast, intime you will be transferred to Delhi airport to board your flight departing for Udaipur.

Upon arrival in Udaipur, you will be received by our representative and will transfer you from the airport to your hotel for check in.

Rajasthan is romantic with tales of valor and chivalry, and a history that brings to life forts and palaces and court intrigues. But Udaipur is different – an interlude for the diehard romantics. A splash of colour in colorful Rajasthan that’s brighter, tinged with the tones of local legends and lores. Here are lakes that come as a surprise in sandy Rajasthan, and forested hills where wildlife still abounds. And in the lakes or by their edges are palaces straight out of fairy tales, each more beautiful than the other. There are rugged fortresses too — Chittaurgarh and Kumbalgarh, where the history of Udaipur is told as if it were but a page from yesterday. For in Udaipur the past lives and breathes with the present.

pichola lake udaipur
pichola lake udaipur

After breakfast you will proceed to visit the vast and exquisite City Palace, a well-fortified, majestic white monument. The main entrance, a triple-arched gate named the Tripolia, was built in 1725 and is a marvel. The Suraj Gokhada, the Balcony of the Sun, where the Suryavanshi Maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in times of trouble to the people to restore their confidence, is also a fascinating sight.

city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur
city palace udaipur

Afternoon visit the Jagdish Temple, a 16th-century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur.

jagdish temple udaipur
jagdish temple udaipur

Drive past Fateh Sagar Lake and visit Sahelion-ki-Bari, the Garden of the Maids-of-Honor, which has numerous fountains in four pools, embellished with delicately chiseled kiosks and elephants. The garden brings to the fore the unique lifestyle of the royal ladies, who once strolled through these gardens.

Saheliyon ki bari udaipur
Saheliyon ki bari udaipur

Later in the afternoon, take a boat cruise on Lake Pichola to visit Jag Mandir Palace by common boat, which covers almost four acres and is noted for its marble pavilion and an imposing dome. You’ll see people doing their laundry on the shores of the lake against the backdrop of the massive City Palace and the old city.

Lake Pichola Udaipur
Lake Pichola Udaipur

Return to your hotel after sightseeing tour.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: JODHPUR- JASALMER

BY: SURFACE

After early breakfast you will proceed to visit the The Mehrangarh Fort is sprawled across a 125-meter high hill and is the most impressive and formidable fort in the fort-studded Rajasthan. On the wall adjacent to the Lahapol or “Iron Gate” are 15 handprints, the sati marks of the widows of Maharaja Man Singh who threw themselves upon his funeral pyre in 1843. Inside the fort, which is still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, there is a whole series of courtyards and palaces.

Blue City Jodhpur
Blue City Jodhpur

Later visit the Mehrangarh Fort (citadel of the Sun) that evokes the very spirit of the Rathores, the ruling local Rajput clan. Visit its various palaces with their delicate friezes and respective museums, displaying treasures of the royal family.

mehrangarh-fort-jodhpur
mehrangarh fort jodhpur

North of Meherangarh Fort, and connected to it by road, Jaswant Thanda is a pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878-95), who purged Jodhpur of dacoits, initiated irrigation systems and boosted the economy. The cenotaphs of members of the royal family who have died since Jaswant are close by his memorial; those who preceded him are remembered by chhatris at Mandor. This south-facing spot is also the best place from which to photograph the fort, looming above the sheer rocky Meherangarh plateau.

Jaswant Thada Jodhpur
Jaswant Thada Jodhpur

Aftenoon you will be driven Jodhpur to Bikaner (250 KMS/6-7 Hours)

Upon arrival check-in at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: JASALMER -BIKANER

After breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed for a sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Visit Junagarh Fort, one of the most interesting forts in Rajasthan, with its sumptuously decorated interiors. Built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh it is unusual in the sense that it was one of the few major forts of Rajasthan that was not built on a hilltop. Instead, it was built on the desert plains; its rugged sandstone bastions and graceful pavilions and balconies are silhouetted against the sky.

junagarh fort
junagarh fort

Also visit Camel Breeding farm. Eight kilometres from Bikaner, the government-managed Camel Research and Breeding Farm is only one of its kinds in Asia. The farm carries out breeding and training of camels.

Bikaner Camel Farms
Bikaner Camel Farms

Evening drive to village Raisar, 15 Kms from Bikaner on Jaipur Highway, N.H. 11. you would be leaving for the desert camp with folk musician entertaining them. You would be welcomed in traditional way and dinner would be served with bonfire and folk music. After dinner, back to hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: BIKANER – JAIPUR

BY: SURFACE

After breakfast, you will proceed from bikaner to Jaipur (321 Kms / 07-08 Hours), upon arrival check-in at the hotel.

City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur

Jaipur’s past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendor are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the “pink city”. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur’s bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add colour to this fascinating city.

amber fort jaipur
amber fort jaipur

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: JAIPUR

Following buffet breakfast you will proceed to visit the capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.

An elephant (alternatively by jeeps) will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.

Elephant ride to the fort
Elephant ride to the fort

En-route to Amber Fort you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.

City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur

Afternoon, you will visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings.

Jantar Mantar jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur

Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar is the most famous of five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in India. Jai Singh was a great admirer of progresses and research made in the fields of science and technology, but he was passionate about astronomy. There is a very interesting story behind the construction of this observatory, considered as the largest stone observatory in the world. Sawai Jai Singh sent his emissaries to all parts of the world before commencing the construction of this observatory. The emissaries returned with many manuals on astronomy containing cutting-edge technological information. One of these manuals was a copy of La Hire’s “Tables”. The king ordered the observatory to be built according to the details contained in this manual. When the construction ended, for the astonishment of the king and others, the observatory was 20 seconds more accurate than the one mentioned in “Table.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: JAIPUR – AGRA

BY: SURFACE

After buffet breakfast, you will be driven from Jaipur to Agra (235 KMS / 6 hours) en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.

fatehpur sikri
fatehpur sikri

After your visit, continue your drive to Agra and upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel.

Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra & its neighbourhood. It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture at its best.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

The massive but elegant Agra Fort, the delicate artistry of Itimad-ud-daulah’s tomb, the magnificent Taj and Akbar’s deserted capital, Fatehpur Sikri, are each unique and outstanding. Their architectural genius can also be seen in the forts, palaces and aesthetically laid out gardens – each one a silent witness to a grand style of a golden era.

Red Fort Agra
Red Fort Agra

Rest of the day free or at own

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: AGRA – JHANSI & JHANSI – KHAJURAHO

BY: TRAIN

After breakfast, In time our representative would meet you and transferred you to Agra cantt.railway station to board train for Jhansi.

Upon arrival in Jhansi, you will be driven to sightseeing places of Orcha

Orcha is a town situated near the Banks of Betwa River, which is located in Madhya Pradesh a state of India. It is a city of medieval times comprised of temples and splendid palaces of the past. Orcha has been a very mighty kingdom of Central India founded by Bundela Rajput Rudra Pratap. The palaces still have the glory of the past telling the tales and tastes of the rulers of those times.Orcha is of great interest of Tourists because it reflects ancient history of Kings and Kingdoms, which have vanquished the world over and their descendents are left with just the titles and memories of the past, with the modern civilization having tramped them in all corners of the world.

Orchha Palace
Orchha Palace

You will visit the Orchha Fort. The fort is reached by an arched bridge and the three palaces set in an open courtyard within the fort are the first buildings to explore. The tiered Jahangir Mahal was built in 1606 to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jahangir in 1606.

Orchha Fort
Orchha Fort

The Raj Mahal, to the right of the courtyard, was built by Madhukar Shah and has bold colorful murals inside. The third palace, is the Rai Praveen Mahal, which is a two storey brick structure set in the gardens of Anand Mahal.

Of the many temples within the fort, three are especially worth visiting. The Ram Raja Mandir was originally a palace and became a temple more by accident than design. An image of Ram was installed while the temple, The Chaturbhuj was being built for it.

For some reason the image could not be moved from the palace and despite its spires and ornate decoration became a sacred place. Linked to the Ram Raja is the Lakshminarayan temple, the interiors of which have some of the best preserved murals and wall paintings in Orcha.

Lakshminarayan Temple Orchha
Lakshminarayan Temple Orchha

After your visit continue your drive to Khajuraho (175 KMS/3 – 4 Hours)

Upon arrival proceed for check in at your hotel.

In the realm of architecture, Khajuraho holds a unique position. The temples here were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. by the Chandela dynasty, who claims descent from the Moon God and a mortal, Hemavati, with whom the god fell in love.

Khajuraho
Khajuraho

Most of the temples of the north were destroyed by invaders, but Khajuraho escaped and stands today as an island of beauty. The Chandelas built 85 temples and some 22 survive today. Architecturally the temples have some unique features. They stand on high platforms and do not have customary enclosures. Each temple has a large number of spires in ascending order representing man’s aspirations towards spiritual goals. They are ornately carved, with each frieze and sculpture depicting the genius of the men who carved it and the king who inspired them. Although famous for erotic depictions, these form only a small part of the wealth of the site. Taken in totality, the sculptures of Khajuraho depict the everyday life of the people and the court in the 10th and 11th centuries. Khajuraho is not something that can be described in words; it has to be experienced.

Khajuraho
Khajuraho

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: KHAJURAHO – VARANASI

BY: FLIGHT

After breakfast sightseeing tour of Eastern and Western Group of Temples.

The tour of Khajuraho will concentrates on the famous erotic temples, which represent some of the finest examples of temple architecture in Northern India. The remote location of Khajuraho meant that the temples were unharmed by Muslim invaders and as a result, the intricately fine carvings are in very good condition and are said to represent life in heaven. They were built during the mighty Chandela dynasty; the majorities were constructed in a sudden burst of creative and religious energy, between the mid-10th and 11th centuries. After ruling for about 500 years the Chandela dynasty fell to the might of Islam and consequently the religious centre of Khajuraho was abandoned. The temples remain as a reminder of a society that believed in the full enjoyment of life, with all the senses being a path to nirvana.

Khajuraho
Khajuraho

Of the eighty-five original temples only 22 remain, but many are in very good condition. You visit the Kandariya Mahadeva, the Chatrabhuj, Parswanath and Ghantai Temples, each remarkable for its beautiful design and architecture.

Intime you will be transferred to Khajuraho airport to board your flight departing for Varanasi.

Upon arrival in Varanasi, you will be received by our representative and will transfer you from the airport to your hotel for check in.

The antiquity of Varanasi is veiled in immortal times and has been the centre of religion, learning and civilization since ages. It has an endearing universal mystique, which has to be experienced to be understood. The city gets its inherent charm from the location as it’s situated on west side of the Holy Ganges.

The principal attraction being the bathing ghats that are always bustling with life at any given time of the day.

Varanasi Aarti
Varanasi Aarti

In the evening you would be taken to the Ghats to see the illuminated Ganga Aarti ceremony – an experience of life. The Ganga Aarti is a spectacular sight. Hundreds throng to the ghats to participate in this ceremony. Offerings of lamps and flowers are made to the river immediately following this ceremony and it is a moving sight to watch hundreds of miniature lamps float along the river.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: VARANASI – DELHI

BY: FLIGHT

Early morning you will be taken on a visit to the ghats witnessing the Hindu pilgrims perform the rituals and following the centuries old tradition and belief that by dying in Varanasi or by immersing the mortal remains in the holy Ganges, it clears one from the birth circle and you are incarnated to human life in the next birth.

Varanasi
Varanasi

You would be taking a boat cruise on the river Ganges around all the ghats and stopping at the important ones. The riverfront, as seen from a boat, early in the morning, is a spiritually uplifting sight. This religious city is crowded with temples, and its labyrinth of streets with their throngs of people is exciting and enticing.

Vishwanath Temple Varanasi
Vishwanath Temple Varanasi

Walk around Kashi-Vishwanath Temple, the most sacred of shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, the patron deity of Varanasi. Reconstructed in the 18th century, its gold plating on the ‘shikaras’ was a gift of the one-eyed Sikh king, Maharaja Ranjit Singh; Bharat Mata Mandir, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi is a unique temple dedicated to Mother India.

It houses a relief map of India carved out of marble and some other important temples.

Return to your hotel for buffet breakfast.

In the afternoon, we will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer you to the airport to board flight for Delhi.

Upon arrival in Goa Airport our representative will meet you and proceed for check-in at the hotel.

Goa, this drop of golden sun on the West coast of India is bestowed upon by innumerable gifts: picturesque landscape, sun drenched beaches, historic monuments, pleasant climate, culinary expertise and above all hospitable people. You can create your own kind of holiday at the Idyllic seaside stretches – sun bathing in quiet secluded spot or choosing the exhilarating thrills of parasailing, speed boating, water skiing, wind surfing and deep-sea diving.

Goa Beach
Goa Beach

Overnight at the hotel

Day 12: DEPARTURE DELHI

BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

 

Wildlife and Central India Tour

Bandhavgarh-National-Park

Bandhavgarh-National-Park

Watch the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger and more from close quarters. Explore the formidable forts and beautiful palaces, experience the richness of Indian culture and enjoy the luxurious Indian hospitality. This magnificent tour combines the Golden Triangle circuit of Delhi Agra and Jaipur with a tour of Central India, which is dotted with a number of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

Duration: 13N/14D

Itinerary: Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Chambal – Gwalior – Katni – Bandhavgarh – Kanha – Raipur – Delhi

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.

The National Chambal Sanctuary was set up in 1979 as a riverine sanctuary along an approximately 425 km length of the Chambal River and its ravines stretching over 2-6 km wide along the river for the protection of the Critically Endangered gharial, the red-crowned roof turtle and the Endangered Ganges river dolphin.

Gwalior is known for its palaces and temples, including the Sas Bahu Ka Mandir intricately carved Hindu temple. Ancient Gwalior Fort occupies a sandstone plateau overlooking the city and is accessed via a winding road lined with sacred Jain statues. Within the fort’s high walls is the 15th-century Gujari Mahal Palace, now an archaeological museum.

Bandhavgarh National Park is in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This biodiverse park is known for its large population of royal Bengal tigers, especially in the central Tala zone. Other animals include white tigers, leopards and deer. The mix of tropical forest, Sal trees and grassland is home to scores of bird species, including eagles. To the south are the remains of the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort.

Kanha National Park, also known as Kanha Tiger Reserve, is a vast expanse of grassland and forest in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Tigers, jackals and wild pigs can be spotted in Kanha Meadows. The elevated plateau of Bamhnidadar is home to birds of prey. Animals often gather at the watering holes of Sondar Tank and Babathenga Tank. The park’s flora and fauna are documented in the park’s Kanha Museum.

Tour Plan:

Day1: ARRIVAL AT DELHI

BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

When you land in New Delhi, following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a representative of ours will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal. The representative will escort you to the hotel you are booked in.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Delhi is the perfect example of modernity blending with tradition. India’s capital, Delhi is a city of mystery, magic and mayhem.India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds- the ancient with the modern. The first impression for any visitor traveling in from the airport is of a spacious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.

Day2: DELHI

There’s nothing more incredible than starting your day by absorbing yourself in the history and culture of a city which has so much to offer. Once upon a time ruled by the British and the Mughal Dynasty long before that, Delhi can quench your thirst for traveling with its beautiful monuments, mouthwatering dishes and delicious desserts.

After the tour of Old Delhi, our first stop in New Delhi will be Qutub Minar. It was built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1199 and is still standing tall and proud in the heart of the city, being the tallest stone building. The second visit will be to Humayun’s tomb which brings to light the precise and neat Indo-Persian Architecture of the Tomb. A short visit to India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan and Parliament Building is also included.

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar
humayun's tomb
humayun’s tomb
India Gate
India Gate

Day3: DELHI –JAIPUR (Surface: 256 kms / 5½ hrs)

Post breakfast, you will start with your 5.5 hours journey from Delhi to Jaipur.

On arriving Jaipur, you will check-in.

City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur

Known for the tales of Rajput valour and chivalry, Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan and is also called the Pink City. Apart from being the most colorful region of India, it also houses palaces and forts of bygone time that behold the royal procession and splendour. These palaces and forts of yesteryear are now living monuments and are quite naturally accepted into the lifestyles of the people here. For the rest of the day, you will be free to stroll through the city on your own.

Day4: JAIPUR

After a filling and heavy breakfast, we will advance towards the Amber Fort overlooking the Moat lake. Built in the 17th century, the fort holds great importance to Indian history. It was the most successful fort of Mughal Emperor Akbarand its remains still spread over Aravalli hills. The fort expresses its rich culture with magnificent paintings, precious stones and inlaid mirrors. Next will be a short detour to the Palace of Winds or commonly known as Hawa Mahal. With its pink sandstone carvings and beautiful doorways, it is refreshing to the eyes.

amber fort jaipur
amber fort jaipur
Elephant ride to the fort
Elephant ride to the fort

Taking the tour further, we will glimpse the City Palace. With its embellished gardens and courtyards, the palace brings out the peaceful beauty of the palace.

City Palace jaipur
City Palace jaipur

The next visit will be to Jantar Mantar.The largest stone observatory in the world, Jantar Mantar was built by Sawai Jai Singh. He was very passionate about astronomy and also highly admired the progress and research in the field of science and technology.

Jantar Mantar jaipur
Jantar Mantar jaipur

Day5: JAIPUR – RANTHAMBORE

In the morning, we will begin the 3 hours journey from Jaipur to Ranthambore, the natural habitat of tigers.

On arriving, you will check-in at the hotel and late in the afternoon, we will move for the game drive into the Ranthambore National Park. Unfortunately due to increase in tourism and population increase in nearby villages and poaching the tiger population has decreased. The Ranthambore National park is not only the home of tigers but a variety of birds as well.

Ranthambore National Park Fort
Ranthambore National Park Fort

In 2005, there were 26 tigers recorded here which was very less as compared to 44 tigers recorded in 1982. But in 2008, 14 tiger cubs were recorded. This increase in the population of tigers was credited to the to the forest officers who made sustained efforts to curb poaching.

Day6: RANTHAMBORE

Who doesn’t love a peaceful drive in the heart of nature away from the noise and pollution with just beauty embedded at every step? Well this is what day 6 has to offer, rides around the national park and absorbing yourself in the peaceful environment.

Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park

Day7: RANTHAMBORE – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA

A fun and frolic journey to Fatehpur Sikri followed by the trip to Agra is what this day has to offer. Both the cities have volumes to tell us about the great Mughal period of our history, Fatehpur Sikri being the capital of Akbar’s Palace. More than 300 years old, these monuments still reflect the aura of the great emperors.

fatehpur sikri
fatehpur sikri

How one could visit Agra and not pay his/her respects to the greatest monument of all times, The Taj Mahal. With its marble architecture with precious stones and gems, the symmetrical gardens and fountains and the scenic view of the Yamuna River flowing behind it, The Taj Mahal will mesmerize you with its beauty.

taj mahal
taj mahal

All the praises of the Taj Mahal somehow fall short when the beautiful masterpiece is right in front of your eyes. This day is completely devoted to admiring the elegance of the monument built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to express his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years and over 20,000 skilled artists to build this masterpiece which even after hundreds of years expresses the serenity of their love.

Red Fort Agra
Red Fort Agra

Later a visit to the Agra fort is something one can’t miss. The Mughal Architecture at its best with royal gateways and perfectly planned rooms and hallways, the Agra fort is a treat to the eyes. This will be followed by a drive to Chambal which would roughly take 2 hours.

Later in the evening, special walks will be arranged after your check in at the Jungle Lodge.

Day8: CHAMBAL

The natural habitat around the lodge and the banks of the Chambal River is refreshing. A river safari will be arranged during the day time with our best guides to delve into the serenity of the place. Our trained naturalists will accompany you so that you don’t miss a single fact about the animals and birds found there.

Boat Ride at Chambal River
Boat Ride at Chambal River
National Chambal Sanctuary
National Chambal Sanctuary

The evening is a time for light activities. One can go out for short walks or camel rides and just relax in the bounty of nature.

Day9: CHAMBAL – GWALIOR – KATNI

Post breakfast you will be driven to Gwalior which is roughly a 3 hour drive. Our main purpose here is to visit the Gwalior fort which was built in the 8th century by the Rajputs. It has also been praised as the ‘noblest specimen of Hindu architecture in North India by Cunningham. Our next visit will be to the Saas Bahu ka Mandir that brings together the unique styles of architecture and the Scandia school which is run by the royal family of Gwalior. A short visit to the royal residence and well as the tomb of Mohammed Ghaus who was a spiritual adviser of Akbar is also included. The tomb is an exceptional piece of early Mughal architecture.

Gwalior Fort
Gwalior Fort
sas bahu temple gwalior
sas bahu temple gwalior

Later you will board an overnight train to Katni from Gwalior.

Departure: 20:25 hrsby: Gondwana Express Train

Arrival: 05:15 (+1) hrs

Day10: KATNI – BANDHAVGARH

After our arrival at Katni railway station, we’ll be visiting the Bandhavgarh National Park.

Located in the heart of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh is the traditional tiger country. It was here, that Rudyard Kipling got inspiration for his Jungle Book from.

Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park

The jeep Safari will take you around the National Park. It is a compact reserve of tigers, bamboo thickets, grasslands and various other plants and animals. It is the home of 22 species of wildlife and over 250 species of plants. Within the National Park is the Bandhavgarh fort with just the ruins remaining now.

All meals will be served at the hotel.

Day11: BANDHAVGARH

This day is given to relax and explore the serene beauty of the National Park. Safaris will be arranged during early morning and late afternoon.

Bandhavgarh-National-Park-Spotted-Deer
Bandhavgarh-National-Park-Spotted-Deer

Delicious meals will be served at the hotel.

Day12: BANDHAVGARH – KANHA (Surface: 290 kms / 7 hours)

Built in 1974, our next stop is the Kanha Tiger Reserve, a 7 hour drive from Badhavgarh for which we will depart early in the morning.

The sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and the meandering streams stretch over 940 sq. kms. and form the core for the Kanha Tiger Reserve. It was created in 1974 under the Project Tiger. This reserve is the only home to the famous Barasingha.

Kanha National park
Kanha National park

All the meals will be served at the hotel.

Day13: KANHA

So rich in wildlife, Kanha has a lot to offer to wildlife lovers. Spotting the deers along with tigers and many other animals becomes a great activity. Safaris will be arranged during the morning and the afternoon as well.

Kanha-National-Park
Kanha National Park
Kanha-National-Park
Kanha National Park

Meals will be served at the hotels.

Day14: KANHA – RAIPUR – DELHI

Our energy packed trip finally comes to its last day.

After breakfast at the lodge, you will be transferred to Raipur Airport which is a 5 hour drive. The flight for New Delhi departs at 18:20 hrs and arrives at 20:10 hrs in Delhi.

Later you will be transferred to your respective international flight by one of our representatives.

Tour End