Magical Rajasthan with Spiritual Varanasi
Delhi – Shekhawati – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Udaipur - Pushkar – Jaipur – Agra – Varanasi - Delhi
|Duration :||14 Nights / 15 Days|
- The discovery of some of the most beautiful
states of India
- Visit World Heritage listed architectural
wonders such as Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar and Amber Fort
- Enjoy ride on the back of an elephant up
the hill to Amber
- Fantastic Camel Safari at Sam Sand Dunes
in Jaisalmer during sunset
- Experience staying at a heritage hotel of
Maharajas for a night
- See the world’s only prominent Brahma
Temple in Pushkar
- Travel back in time at the ancient
Havelis and Mansions of Mandawa
- A spiritual sojourn in Varanasi
Day 1: Arrival at Delhi
On arrival at Delhi international airport, our representative will meet you and assist you in your transfer to the hotel. New Delhi, the capital of India, is a fusion of the ancient and the modern. Standing along the West End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi, unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India.
Day 2 - Delhi-Shekhawati (265 km / 6 hour drive)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Mandawa. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. After relaxation, visit Mandawa town, stroll through the bustling bazaars and pick up things of your interest. During evening explore the various beautiful “Havelis” in this small attractive village and interact with local people. You may also visit the Shekhawati region, an important town of the years gone by, to see number of remarkable Havelis and Castles in the nearby towns of Nawalgarh and Laxmangarh. These havelis are museums in themselves, numerous havelis built by the rich merchants as their residence in 18th and 19th century. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 - Shekhawati-Bikaner (200 km / 4-5 hour drive)
After breakfast, drive down to Bikaner and on arrival, get transferred to hotel. Afternoon, proceed for half day sightseeing visiting Junagarh Fort, the 16th century fort was founded by Raja Rai Singh. It encompasses old palaces, temples and a mosque. It is distinguished by 37 pavilions, a line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. The museum inside the fort is dedicated to royal costumes, textiles and accessories, and also reveals changing cultural eras in its display of family portraits of the former rulers.
Camel Research and Breeding Farm: The only one of its kind in Asia, extends over 2,000 acres of semi arid land. The camels are sold in the cattle fairs of Bikaner and Jaisalmer, where they are decorated in traditional finery, colorful and complementing the stark brown terrain of the desert environment. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 4: Bikaner-Jaisalmer (330 Km / 6-7 hour drive)
It is a long road in the middle of the Thar desert. You are on the territory of the Bishnoi, Hindu community which buries its dead, contrary to the tradition of cremation. These tribe are also a strong believer of nature conservation. You arrive late in the day to Jaisalmer and enjoy citadel overlooking the desert. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Jaisalmer
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer covering Jaisalmer Fort, which is built on the highest point of the Trikuta hill, consisting of 99 bastions. Outstanding features are Megh Durbar & various temples, Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli & Patwon-Ki-Haveli - some of the beautiful mansions with stone carving and latticework of breath taking intricacy.
The adventure starts this morning with an excursion to the Sam sand dunes. It is said that no visit to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the most picturesque dunes of Sam. You will be taken to an adventurous & romantic camel safari. Sam Sand dunes in Rajasthan will take you through a romantic experience of camel ride on the sand dunes at Sam with sunset, music, and ballads & dance. Overnight stay at pitch tents.
Day 6: Jaisalmer-Jodhpur (295 km - 6 hour drive)
Morning after breakfast, drive down to Jodhpur. Arrive at Jodhpur and check in at hotel. Amidst the sand dunes and thorny vegetation, towers a 120 metre high fort above the plain. It overlooks the city. The old city is surrounded by a wall with 8 gates for the entrance. The new city is settled around this walled area. The Maruthal or land of death came to life when Rathores of Kanauj moved in, but the city was actually founded by Rao Jodhaji in 1459 A.D. He was the chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be the descendant of Rama, the epic hero of Ramayana. Overnight stay at hotel in Jodhpur.
Day 7: Jodhpur-Udaipur (270 Km / 5 hour drive)
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Jodhpur. Visit Mehrangarh Fort, perched on a 150 m high hill, the fort was founded in 1459. The display of cannon is one of the rarest in India. Battle scars of cannon ball hit by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate. Within the fort are some magnificent palaces with meticulously carved panels, latticed windows or "Jarokhas" with evocative names. The chambers of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, the Sileh Khana and the Daulat Khana are noteworthy for the splendor and glamour of the bygone era.
Jaswant Thada: The graceful marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II was built by his son Maharaja Sardar Singhji in memory of Maharaj Jaswant Singhji II of Jodhpur. The main memorial has been built like a temple with intricately carved marble stone that is sculpted by the genius artisan. A visit to this structure is through the rocky hills giving it a secluded and a mystic aura. Evening transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel. Afternoon, drive down to Udaipur. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Over night stay at hotel in Udaipur.
Day 08: Udaipur
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of Udaipur. Visit City Palace built in 1559, a small palace overlooking the Lake Pichola. The additions were made to it by successive Kings of Udaipur and it gradually evolved to be the largest palace in Rajasthan. Main attractions of the palace are Durbar Hall, Crystal Gallery, Palace Museum and Jagdish Temple. Later, visit Saheliyon Ki Bari that is a small ornamental garden built in the honour of Royal Ladies for recreational purpose, and visit Lok Kala Mandal, a cultural institution with a museum, which exhibits collection of folk art items like folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings. Opened seven days a week, puppet shows and folk dancing are conducted every evening from 18:00 to 19:00 in an adjacent open air theatre. Next stop will be Shilpgram to see the village arts & crafts. Evening free to relax, optionally you can take a walk through the narrow lanes and back streets of Udaipur up to the Washing Ghats at the lake Pichola. Enjoy Boat ride at Lake Pichola and also opt for dinner at Lake Palace Hotel, located amidst the Lake. Have a luxurious and comfortable overnight at Udaipur.
Day 09: Udaipur - Pushkar / 295 km - 6 hour drive
Morning after breakfast, drive down to Pushkar. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Afternoon, proceed to explore Pushkar and visit the Ghats of Pushkar Lake and the only temple of Lord Brahma surrounded by Pushkar Lake. You can enjoy the colourful market of Pushkar. Overnight stay at Pushkar.
Day 10: Pushkar - Jaipur / 175 km - 3-4 hours drive
Morning after breakfast, drive down to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur and transfer to hotel. Afternoon, sightseeing tour of City Palace in the heart of Jaipur, known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum. Jantar Mantar, the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen. All monuments are located in the vicinity of City Palace Complex of Jaipur.
Afternoon is kept free to visit the famous Markets of Textiles, Gems, Carpets, and handicrafts. Jaipur is an ideal place for buying souvenirs. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
Day 11: Jaipur-Agra (240 Km / 5 hour drive) (En-route Fatehpur Sikri)
Today after breakfast, explore the Pink City of Jaipur with an excursion to Amber Fort, situated just outside the city. Enjoy the experience of ride on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. Later, return to hotel then check out and drive to Agra. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri (37 km from Agra). Old deserted town of Mughal Dynasty, Fatehpur Sikri was built in red sandstone in honor of Saint Salim Chisti who foretold the birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar. It is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwan-e-Khas, entirely unique in its concept, is a tall vaulted room with an intricately carved central pillar and capital supporting a platform that once held the emperor's throne. The airy Panch Mahal, a 5-storied structure rising in pyramidal fashion was probably used by the ladies of the court. Set like a jewel in a courtyard of pink sandstone is the finest building here, the marble Tomb of Salim Chisti enclosed by finely carved, lacy marble screens. The Buland Darwaza, an imposing gateway 54 m high was built to commemorate Akbar's victory over Gujarat. On arrival at Agra, get transferred to hotel and have a comfortable overnight stay there.
Day 12:Agra-Varanasi (Overnight train)
Early morning, proceed to visit world famous TAJ MAHAL (at sunrise) - one of the Seven Wonders of the World built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Continue on to the Agra Fort, which lies on the bend of the river Yamuna. Built by Akbar over 1565-73 AD, it was successively occupied and added to by Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan. Later, drive to New Delhi airport to board flight for Varanasi. Overnight at hotel in Varanasi.
Day 13: Varanasi
Morning arrival at Varanasi and transfer to hotel. Afternoon, proceed for the sightseeing of Sarnath. The most important pilgrimage centre for the Buddhists, Sarnath is hardly 10 km from Varanasi. It is here that Lord Buddha preached his first sermon unfolding the four noble truths of life giving the eight fold path to Nirvana or enlightenment in 530 B.C. Evening, you will enjoy the ritual at the bank of the River Ganges with it's most famous Aarti at ghat. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at Varanasi.
Day 14: Varanasi - Delhi
Morning, enjoy boat ride on the river Ganges, a ferry pilgrimage from Ghat to Ghat. People bath early in the morning to offer their prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation Ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra where funeral pyre burns day & night. After your Ghat tour, return to the hotel and check out, and transfer to airport to board a flight to Delhi. Arrive at Delhi and check in at hotel. Evening free for your own activities. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 15: Delhi-International Airport-Departure
Morning after breakfast, proceed for full day sightseeing of Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, a great mosque of Old Delhi and is also the largest in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. The highly decorative mosque has three large gates, four towers and two 40 m-high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble. Drive passing through Red Fort. The red sandstone walls of the massive Red Fort (Lal Qila) rise 33-m above the clamour of Old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. Raj Ghat: Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Gandhi's cremation on 31 January, 1948.
Afternoon, proceed to visit Qutab Minar. It is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. This 234 feet high tower, gracefully hand-carved for its entire height, has five distinct storey, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top. Next, stop at Humayun’s Tomb. The tomb of the father of Akbar the great, Humayun, is supposed to be first Indo-Islamic buildings of India. This beautiful structure is also known as the inspiration for the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. During evening, drive passing through the Parliament and President House. At the centre of New Delhi stands the 42 m-high India Gate, an "Arc-de-Triomphe" like archway, commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the World War I. After completion of all your sightseeing, return to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
After completion of all your sightseeing, transfer to New Delhi International Airport to board a flight to your onward destination.