Days : 12 Nights / 13 Days
Places Covered : Delhi- Agra -Jaipur - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Delhi
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Meet our representative to the airport, Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day rest and relax. Overnight Delhi.
Day 02 : Delhi Sightseeing
Your private guided tour of the capital today highlights the remarkable contrast between Old and New Delhi. Your excursion includes the Jama Masjid, the largest Friday mosque in India. From here we suggest a walk in the heart of Old Delhi - a great way to absorb the sights and sounds. You will also see the monumental buildings set along wide boulevards of Lutyens` New Delhi, including India Gate and the President`s residence. Evevning drive towards pre arranged cooking classes specially arrnaged for you. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 03 : Delhi - Agra
This morning you will rise early and drive to Agra. Here you will enjoy a guided tour of the city. You will also see the Red Fort, where Shah Jehan spent the last few years of his life imprisoned here by his son, looking across the Yamuna River at his accomplished Taj Mahal, and I`tma-ud-daulah, sometimes known as the "Baby Taj".
Day 04 : Agra - Jaipur
This morning you will have a guided visit to the legendary Taj Mahal, built as a memorial to the wife of Shah Jehao the for sunrise. You will then drive from Agra to Jaipur stopping en route to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the enigmatic and beautiful deserted capital of Emperor Akbar which was abandoned when water supplies dried up.
Day 05 : Jaipur
Full day sightseeing in and around the `Pink City` of Jaipur. In the morning you will visit the magnificent Amber Palace with your guide. Capital of the Kachhawaha Rajputs until 1727, this fort complex can be ascended on elephant back and there are great views from the top. Later, back in Jaipur, you will discover the treasures of the City Palace which houses an important museum, the intricate facade of The Palace of the Winds and the fascinating observatory. Later in the evening proceed for pre arranged dinner and folk dance performance. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 06 : Jaipur - Mandawa
Driving southwards reach Shekhavati Region. Shekhavati is not the name of a particular city or town. In fact, it is the name of an entire region in northern Rajasthan, which was once controlled by King Rao Shekhaji. There are a number of small towns and villages, clustered together. Unlike other places in Rajasthan where the main attraction is generally forts and palaces, Shekhavati is known for its painted walls. The whole region is dotted with elaborately frescoed Havelis (mansions). It is like an open-air Art Gallery.
Day 07 : Mandawa - Bikaner
Driving west reach the desert citadel - "Bikaner". Tucked away in the harsh desert region of western Rajasthan lies the relatively remote city of Bikaner. Start the day by visiting the unusual Junagarh Fort. Unusual because, unlike all the major forts of Rajasthan which are on hilltops, this one was built on the desert plains itself. The palace complex's sumptuously decorated interiors are better preserved than in almost any other region. Also visit the camel breeding farm and famous rat temple at Deshnok. Overnight at Bikaner.
Day 08 : Bikaner - Jaisalmer
Drive further westward to reach the golden oasis called Jaisalmer. Here it appears as if a master-craftsman took one huge piece of sandstone and patiently carved out the entire city. For the second half of the day explore the beautiful man made lake Gadsisar (the only source of water Jaisalmer had for years) & the royal cenotaphs at Bada Bagh.
Day 09 : Jaisalmer
Visit one of the most exotic forts of Rajasthan in the first half of the day exploring it from every nook and corner and take some delightful pictures. Then drive towards the rolling sand dunes to enjoy camel safari over sand dunes. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer only.
Day 10 : Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Drive towards east to reach Jodhpur - Blue City. Jodhpur city was founded way back in 1459. Climb up the majestic Mehrangarh fort (one of the best preserved fort with modern techniques of audio guides) and explore the various sections within. Also visit the marble cenotaph at Jaswant Thada before returning back to the hotel. Evening free to shop. Enjoy an optional dinner atop the fort.
Day 11 : Jodhpur - Udaipur
Drive towards south for Udaipur. This beautiful city of lakes is often referred to as the Venice of East and more so locally as the Kashmir of Rajasthan. En route visit the fort at Kumbhalgarh. The mighty ramparts, known as the China Wall of India, that can allow 4-5 horses run side by side are special attraction here. In the evening enjoy boat ride tour over lake Pichola in Udaipur with backdrop of sun set.
Day 12 : Udaipur
We visit the city palace complex, which houses a museum and a hotel. One of the most fascinating parts of the palace is the Mor Chowk (Peacock courtyard), with its walls covered with a dramatic glass mosaic relief of dancing peacocks. Also visit the Jagdish temple & the garden of the maids
Day 13 : Udaipur - Delhi
An early start, you will fly to Delhi before connecting to your return flight arriving home the same day.