Detailed Itinerary

Days : 18 Nights / 19 Days
Places Covered : Delhi - Jaipur- Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Khimsar - Rohet - Deogarh - Kumbalgarh - Ranakpur - Mount Abu - Udaipur - Delhi

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi Meet and assistance on arrival and transfer from airport to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi Sightseeing
Full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi visiting Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in Asia), Red Fort (built between 1639-48 by the Shah Jahan, the creator of the Taj Mahal), the Rajghat (the cremation site of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi) and Qutab Minar (72m high), the most perfect of towers of the Persian world. The drive through New Delhi includes the Embassy area (Diplomatic Enclave), government buildings, India Gate, Birla Temple, Connaught Place and past Safdarjang's Tomb (1753 AD).

Day 03 : Delhi - Jaipur
Morning, drive to the delightful Neemrana Fort. After Lunch and time exploring this wonderful, rambling place, continue to Jaipur. Upon arrival check into Hotel Rambagh Palace or the luxurious Raj Vilas just outside the city, for two nights. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 : 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 05 : Jaipur - Mandawa (170km)
Morning drive to Mandawa, enroute visiting Samode and Nawalgarh. Upon arrival check into Hotel Castle Mandawa. Afternoon tour of Mandawa, which lies in the heart of Shekhawati. A painted arched gateway, adorned with illustrations of Lord Krishna and his cows, leads to the Bazaar. You can wander through the streets where mansions of rich merchants are adorned with elaborate frescoes. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 : Mandawa - Bikaner (200km)
Morning drive to Bikaner en route visiting the bustling town of Fatehpur, where almost every street is flanked with the painted walls of "havelis" (mansions). Continue your drive to Bikaner and, upon arrival, check into Hotel Gajner Palace (a beautiful lakeside palace just outside the city) for two nights. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 : Bikaner
The city of Bikaner derived its wealth from being sited on the main trading route of Northern India. This morning you will visit the Junagarh Fort, a fine example of 16th century architecture surrounded by many palaces with carved marble balconies inlaid with mirror and lacquer work. Also visit the Camel breeding farm, the first of its kind in the whole of Asia and Devi Kund, the site of royal cenotaphs. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 : Bikaner - Jaiselmer (333km)
Morning drive to the desert city of Jaisalmer, a perfect example of a walled city, en route visiting Pokaran, the 14th century Fort Pokaran (previously known as Balagarh) citadel of the mighty Rajput nobles of Marwar. Continue to Jaisalmer. On arrival check into hotel Rajwada Fort / Gorbandh Palace for two nights.

Day 09 : Jaisalmer
Morning walk up to the fort which was built in 1156 and is one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan. You then have an opportunity to explore the city, which has some spectacular "havelis" (mansions). Afternoon drive to Sam Sand Dunes to watch the sun set over the city, which turns a deep golden colour as the sun sinks. Take a short camel ride on the sand dunes. It can be an unforgettable experience. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 : Jaisalmer - Khimsar (305km)
Drive east to Khimsar, a tiny village on the fringe of the desert. En route visit Osian, which has 16 Jain and Vaishnava temples dating from the 8th to 11th centuries and presenting the grandeur of Indian temple architecture. Continue your drive to Khimsar and check into Hotel Royal Castle, a unique 15th century castle converted into a hotel. Afternoon to view sunset at Sand dunes with high tea. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 : Khinser - Rohet (105km)
Morning drive to Rohet en route tour of the desert city of Jodhpur. Visit the Mandore Gardens, the ancient capital of the state of Marwar. Also explore the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, perched on a hill, and Jaswant Thada, the site of cenotaphs of former rulers of Marwar. Continue to Rohet and on arrival check into Hotel Rohetgarh, a beautifully converted small castle. Stay for one night. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 : Rohet - Deogarh (140km)
Morning village safari around Rohet. See Bishnoi tribal villages and rural, Rajasthani life. After lunch, drive to the delightful small town of Deogarh. Check into Hotel Deogarh Mahal for one night. It is an exquisitely restored fort, perched high on a hilltop. Afternoon you explore the typical Rajasthan village surrounding the fortress before an evening visit to the fascinating cave temple nearby and a stunning view point from where you may watch the sun setting.

Day 13 : Kumbalgarh
Continue driving south to the remote hilltop fort at Kumbhalgarh. Explore the many palaces and temples that lie within the walls of the fort, situated on the edge of a wildlife sanctuary. Check into Hotel Aodhi. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 : Kumbalgarh - Mount Abu (240km)
Morning drive to Ranakpur where you will visit the exquisite Jain temples. In the afternoon continue to Mount Abu, Rajasthan's only hill station. On arrival check into Hotel Palace for two nights.

Day 15 : Mount Abu
Explore the town and visit the exquisite and intricately carved Jain temples, which are the finest in India. You will also have time to relax around Nakki Lake, the focal point of Mount Abu and a pleasant spot for boat rides and walks in the nearby eucalyptus woods.

Day 16 : Mount Abu - Udaipur (185km)
Morning visit to udaipur. On arrival check into Hotel Shiv Niwas Palace for two nights.

Day 17 : Udaipur
Morning visit to the City Palace, the lovely Sahelion Ki Bari and Jagdish temple. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 18 : Udaipur - Delhi
Morning fly to Delhi. On arrival meet and transfer to Hotel Taj Palace for the day. Evening transfer to the international airport to connect flight for onward destination

Day 19 : Delhi
Departure for next destination.

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