Day 1:Arrive Delhi
Arrival at the Delhi airport or railway station. On arrival representative would meet & assist. Transfer to the hotel. Relax and prepare for the exciting activities ahead.
DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. Overnight at Hotel..
Morning Visit QutubMinar, the tallest stone tower in India and Humayum Tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden- tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive pastThe magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638- 48 when the Mughul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from outside. Later drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the RastrapathiBhawan, the President’s residence. In the evening, attend a light and sound show. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3:Delhi – Mandawa
Drive toMandawa . Mandawa is capital of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. Shekhawati is a semi-arid region located in the northeast part of Rajasthan. It encompasses the administrative districts of Churu, Jhunjhunu and Sikar. Inhabitants of Shekhawati are brave, sacrificing and hard working people.
Evening a walking tour of the painted ‘havelis’ of some of the leading business families of the country. Visit AnnandlalPoddar Haveli and Rampuria Haveli to see the exquisite frescos done on the walls and the ceiling of the Havelis .
Enjoy the folk dance and music while you dine . Overnight at Hotel .
Day 4:Mandawa – Bikaner
Drive to Bikaner.Bikaner was founded by Rao Biked Ji in 1488 A.D. 500 years ago, a desert chieftain established his kingdom here, and over the centuries it has grown into an impressive town. Its central fort offered the occupants safety from invader.Arrive& check in at the Hotel.
Afternoon visit Junagarh Fort founded in year 1593 by Raja Rai Singh who was general in the army of mighty Mughal emperor Akbar and rest of the Fort was improved by the successors. Later visit Asia’s largest Camel Breeding Research Farm. Here one can milk a camel and taste the milk .Deshnok Temple , slightly away from the city, this temple is called Temple of rats as rats are considered sacred here, one can see rats roaming freely in the temple.Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5:Bikaner – Jaisalmer
Morning after breakfast ,Drive to Jaisalmer and check-in at hotel. Jaisalmer is one of the most favoured travel destinations of Rajasthan, Throbbing in the heart of the Thar, the burnished sandstone, is an intricately moulded wonderland in place of a barren land. The origins of Jaisalmer go back to the 12th century, when RawalJaisal abandoned his old fort at Ludarwa and laid the foundation of a new city.
Day 6:Jaisalmer – Badabagh – Baisakhai–Ramkunda
Morning afterbreakfast , proceed with the camel safari towards Badabagh. On arrival,visit the royal cenotaphs of Bhatti Rajput Kings, who were once the rulers of Jaisalmer. Later, proceed to Baisakhai, a small village for lunch. Visit the Hindu temple. Continue camel safari to Ramkunda. This is a religious place and visit the famous Hindu temples. Enjoy the scenic beauty. Dinner and night stay in tents.
Day 7:Ramkunda – Roopsi – Ludharwa –Chatrayil- Peerwal
After breakfast, begin camel safari towards Ludharva through Roopsi, which is a village inhabited by people of mixed cast. It has houses made with mud and stick. Halt at Ludharwa for lunch. Ludharwa, the former capital of Bhati Rajput kings, is popular for housing beautiful Jain temples. Continue towards Chatrayil, a traditional Muslim village. Finally reach Peerawal for dinner. Overnight in tents.
Day 8:Peerwal – Salkha- Beri of Kanoi – Sand dunes
Morning after breakfast continue to Salkha, which is a traditional Rajput village. Halt here for lunch. Later Continue to the Sand dunes.One will cross Beri of Kanoi, popular for housing numerous water wells. On the way, one might spot the local ladies, carrying a number of earthen pots filled with water on their heads. Arrive at the sand dunes .Enjoy dinner along with campfire and desert folk music.Overnight in tents.
Day 9:Sand dunes – Kanoi – Masoordi–Jeseri
In the morning, after breakfast, continue to Masoordi. On the way, visit Kanoi. It is a regular carpenter village where one can shop for some wooden items that have been carved beautifully. Enjoy the sight of the daily lifestyle of the people. Halt atMasoori (Masoordi), a small village forlunch. Later proceed to Jeseri, a water tank that is bounded beautiful scenery along with an Oasis. Dinner and overnight stay in tents .
Day 10:Jeseiri – Dedha – Deegasar–Kuldhara
After breakfast leave for Deegasar. While safari one will pass through Dedha, a typical Rajput village. Reach Deegasar, and have lunch . It is a beautiful village that is surrounded by a small lake. Continue towards Kuldhara. En-route one will come across a small Rajput Dhani. It is a group of houses where the locals stay at the time of cultivating their fields. Finally, reach Kuldhara, an extremely popular tourist attraction. This is an extremely well-planned village of ancient times. Overnight in tents.
Day 11:Kuldhara – Moolsagar – Amarsagar–Jaisalmer
After breakfast, return back to Jaisalmer, en-route Moolsagar and Amarsagar. While Moolsagar is a small place with garden and tanks but is quite popular for its paintings and architectural marvels. It also houses a beautiful Shiva temple. Amarsagar is a lake cum Oasis. Reach Jaisalmer, check-in at the hotel. Either relax or can visit the local bazaar. Overnight at Hotel.
Morning visit Fort Perched on the 250 feet high hilltop.Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan after Chittor and provides an ecstatic overview of the desert land all around. Walk through the beautifully designed havelis of the past, Patwonkihaveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Nathmaljiki Haveli. Also visit Jain Temple, GadsisarSagar Tank, an oasis and the Heritage Museum. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13:Jaisalmer – Jodhpur
Jodhpur is the gateway to the desert beyond, home of the Rathors of Marwar. One can feel the medieval flavor and ambience that forms a part of the culture of the city. It is one of the aristocratic and majestic place of India who claimed descent from Rama. Pale blue seems to be shade of the city as suggested by its palaces, havelis, temples and houses.
Morning drive to Jodhpur. Jodhpur was founded by RaoJodha in 1459 AD after shifting his capital from Mandore to Jodhpur by the advise of a holy man. Arrive & check in at Hotel.Evening visit the museum at UmaidBhawan Palace. Overnight at Hotel.
Morning sightseeing tour of Jodhpur , visit the Mehrangarh Fort, rising up a hilly scarp, built on the advice of a hermit, overlooking the city in the image of a long sentinel. Inside the Fort are a number of palaces added by successive rulers. In this palace admire different miniature paintings & cradle room. Also visit JaswantThada, an imposing marble cenotaph, built in memory of Maharaja Jaswantsingh II around 1899.Evening enjoy a walk through the local market of Jodhpur around the clock tower.Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15:Jodhpur – Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Jaipur is known as the ’Pink City’ on account of the distinctive color of its buildings. This did not, however, form part of the original plan, but dates back to 1856, when the city was given a wash of pink in honor of a State Visit from Prince Albert.
Evening, visit Birla Temple to know the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the Aarti Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity. Overnight at Hotel
Morning after breakfast, Proceed to Amber Fort. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression. Elephant rides or a hired jeep can take one up to the towering heights of Amber fort.
City Palace is a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthan architecture. The City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, ShriGovindDev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
JantarMantar is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consist of outsized astronomical instruments which is still in use.
HawaMahalis the ornamental facade of “Palace of Winds” a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine work and elaborate balconies.
Evening visit ChokiDhani .Experience a true flavour of Rajasthani culture.Enjoy a cultural evening with a folk dance performance by local tribal artistes. A sumptuous Indian dinner will mark the perfect end to a great day Overnight at Hotel.
Day 17:Jaipur – Delhi -Departure
After breakfast, drive to Delhi. Reach Delhi, check-in at the hotel. The day is at leisure. After dinner, transfer to the airport or railway station for your onward journey.