10 Days Culture and Desert Tour of India
Sketch Itinerary :
Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Jaipur - Delhi
Rajasthan is the land of royalty is a glittering jewel set in the golden sands of a barren deserts landscape. The light that reflects off the golden sands engulfs a land renowned for its vibrant colors, people in bright clothes and beautiful jewelry, living in cities dotted and dominated by towering forts and palace that rise from the sands like mirage.
On arrival at Indira Gandhi International airport, meet & greet by our representative & get transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight stay at the hotel.
New Delhi: The capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern era. Standing along the west End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi unwinds 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.
Delhi is a palimpsest, bearing the complexities, the contradictions, the beauty and the dynamism of a city where the past coexists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Diverse cultural elements absorbed into the daily life of the city, have enriched its character.
After breakfast proceed for full day city tour of old & New Delhi. You will make a visit to Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, Lotus Temple, Laxmi Narayan temple, Qutub Minar, Himayun Tomb. Drive past President house, India Gate and Connaught place shopping centre. Return to the hotel after sightseeing tour for overnight stay.
After breakfast at hotel drive (05 hrs approx) to Mandawa, arrive & check-in to the hotel. Rest of the day visit Havelis in and around Mandawa. Overnight at hotel.
Mandawa: Founded in the mid 18th century Mandawa skyline today is dominated by an imposing fort, now a heritage hotel that is maintained in classic medieval style with modern luxuries. The archway is painted with interesting forms of Lord Krishna and his cowherds. The sprawling architecture houses different themes in different wings. Mandawa is famous for its Havelis (mansion) built by rich merchants of the region, display a unique architectural style. The Havelis, painted predominantly in blue, maroon, yellow, green and indigo have beautiful wall paintings that adorn their walls.
After breakfast at hotel drive (05 hrs approx) to Bikaner, arrive & check-in to the hotel. Afternoon visit Junagarh (an unassailable fortress, which had never been conquered), Lallgarh Palace (an architectural masterpiece in red sandstone). Overnight at hotel.
Bikaner: Lying in the north of the desert State, the city is dotted with scores of sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval grandeur that permeates the city's lifestyle. More readily called the camel country, the city is distinguished for the best riding camels in the world and hence boasts of having one of the largest Camel Research and Breeding farms in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here. A camel besides being a mode of transport, also works on wells. These are built on high plinths with slender minarets on each of the four corners and can be noticed even from a distance.
After breakfast at hotel drive (07 hrs approx) to Jaisalmer, arrive & check-in to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Jaisalmer: The name Jaisalmer evokes utter magic and vibrancy of the desert. It’s straight out of an Arabian Nights fable. The hostile terrain notwithstanding the warmth and color of people is simply overwhelming. One of the main draws is the daunting 12th century Jaisalmer Fort. The beautiful havelis which were built by wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer are yet another interesting aspect of the desert city. And you can let your eyes caress the sloping sand dunes while you ramble your way in a camel safari. The desert citadel is truly a golden fantasy in the Thar Desert. Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, after whom the city finds its name, founded Jaisalmer in 1156 AD.
After breakfast at hotel proceed for half day city tour of Jaisalmer, includes visit to Jaisalmer Fort, known as Sonar Quila or the Golden fort, rises from the sand and merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience, also visit Government Museum, another prime attraction for the visitors to Jaisalmer.
Afternoon enjoy Camel ride at Khuri. Khuri is renowned for its sand dunes, the waves of golden sand. The Jodha Rajputs live here and even today you can see the stamp of Rajput culture in them. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast at hotel leave (06 hrs approx drive) for Jodhpur en-route visit Osian, the ancient town of the Thar Desert was a great trading center between 8th to 12th centuries AD. Today it is a desert oasis with 16 Brahamanical and Jain temples. These are beautifully sculpted and designed, and most of them have stood the ravages of time.
Arrival Jodhpur & check-in to hotel. Afternoon half day city tour of Jodhpur includes visit to Meharangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India, situated 410 feet above the city and built by Rao Jodha around 1460. You will visit beautifully crafted and decorated palaces including Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Palace (Flower Palace) and Sheesha Mahal (Mirror Palace).
Then you will move to visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing Marble Memorium built in 1899 By Maharaja Sardar Singh in memory of his father Maharaja Jaswant Singh.
Also visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the world’s largest private residences divided in to three functional parts – a Luxury hotel, Royal family’s residence and a Museum.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast at hotel you will be driven (07 hrs approx) to Jaipur and check-in to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Jaipur: . The city that once had been the capital of the royalty, now serves as the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal family. In the present date, Jaipur is the major business centre for the natives of Rajasthan with all requisites of a metropolitan city. The city of Jaipur, painted in pink, grasp the appreciation of every visitor. One can see that hoary charm still alive in the avenues of Jaipur. Jaipur is the reservoir of Indian customs, traditions, civilization and legacy.
After breakfast at hotel move out to visit Amber fort, usually pronounced as Amer Fort. In 1592, construction of the Fort was started by Raja Man Singh I. However, the Amber Fort took its present form during the reign of Raja Jai Singh I. An elephant will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls.
In the afternoon visit the city palace (A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture), Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jantar Mantar (consisting of outsized astronomical instruments).
You will be dropped back to the hotel after sightseeing for overnight stay.
After breakfast, you will be driven to Delhi airport to connect flight for onward destination.