Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Siana – Udaipur (12 nights / 13 days)
Covering most of the celebrated sites, this tour of Rajasthan has appeal for both first time visitors and those wanting to explore more of this beautiful state. From the great fortress cities of Jaisalmer and Jodhpur to the ornate temple complex at Ranakpur, the huge palaces of Jaipur and tranquil lakes of Udaipur to the rich wetlands of Bharatpur, the tour is rich in cultural, historical and natural attractions. The hotels are comfortable “heritage” properties selected to combine comfort with character and some deluxe and first class modern ones. Internal travel is by air-conditioned coach or car.
You will arrive Delhi and met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel for next two nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities offered by the hotel.
The seat of power during the Moghul Empire and the British Raj, today the capital of modern India, Delhi comprises the bustling old city, teeming with people and bazaars, and Lutyen’s modern showpiece of New Delhi with wide tree-lined boulevards. In the morning you visit the sights of Old Delhi including Jama Masjid – the biggest mosque in India, the busy bazaars of Chandni Chowk (closed on Sunday), and Rajghat – the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi. In the afternoon you will visit the sights of New Delhi including Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar and Lutyen’s buildings.
After breakfast, you will drive to Agra for an overnight stay. The afternoon sightseeing includes the Taj Mahal (closed on Friday), Agra Fort and the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula.
Today you will visit Fatehpur Sikri – the Mughal city established by Emperor Akbar which was abandoned after 14 years due to scarcity of water. Drive to to the “Pink City” of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan or the “Land of Kings”. There is an option to stop en route at Bharatpur – famous for bird sanctuary. You will stay in Jaipur for next two nights.
Today you will enjoy a full day’s sightseeing covering the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar Observatory, Sawai Man Singh Museum, and Amber Fort – with the possibility of ascending to the hilltop fort on elephant back.
Today you will drive further into desert heartland of Rajasthan to the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur. You have the option of staying in Jodhpur city or driving further half an hour in to authentic rural village of Rohet. Set in the midst of rural surroundings, this heritage village is a haven of peace and tranquillity. You will stay here for next two nights
Today morning you have the option of taking a ‘village safari’ which showcases the area, the local traditions and crafts. In the afternoon you will visit the magnificent Mehranagarh Fort and Jaswant Thada.
Today you will continue your sojourn further deep into desert to arrive at Jaisalmer. It is a desert town par excellence. Its Yellow Sand stone ramparts rising out of the Thar Desert are like a vision from the Arabian Nights. The villagers from outlying villages dressed in dazzling colours still outnumber the tourists. Jaisalmer’s sandstone structure is very different from anything else in India. You will spend two nights in Jaisalmer.
After breakfast, you will visit the walled city, which is like a golden jewel shimmering in the sands. Built in 1156 by Rawal Jaisal, the Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest in Rajasthan after Chittor and one-fourth of the population still live inside. You will visit the palaces, the Jain Temples and magnificent Havelis built with intricately carved jali (latticework) screens. Instead of paintings, their exterior walls have been carved to honeycomb delicacy. In the evening, you will enjoy a camel safari in to the sand dunes.
After breakfast you will undertake a long but interesting drive to village of Siana. It is a small hamlet in the area bordering the great Thar Desert. This south west part of Rajasthan is still relatively untouched and offers an insight of the tribal way of life. You will stay overnight in Siana and explore the village in the afternoon.
After breakfast, you will drive Udaipur. This is the city of lakes and gardens, best known for the marble palace built on a rock in the centre of a lake. It is probably the most glamorous and photographed building in the world. You will spend two nights in Udaipur.
After breakfast, you will do a city tour ofUdaipur, beside visit the old city with its labyrinth of streets and quaint shops. Evening you can enjoy a boat ride on the lake Pichola.
Today your tour of Rajasthan comes to an end. You can fly back home from Udaipur itself or take a flight to Mumbai or Delhi with onward connection to home.