Duration: 17 Nights / 18 Days
Places Covered: Delhi - Shekhawati - Bikaner - Osian - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Dungarpur - Chittorgarh - Pushkar - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
01. Flight to India
Around Midnight arrival in Delhi. The cosmopolitan City and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. You are met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to your Hotel.
Day 02. Old - New Delhi
This morning is at leisure. Afternoon sightseeing in Old Delhi. We take a Riksha Ride parallel to the red fort through the old city and famous Silk Road and Silver Bazaar.
Day 03. Delhi - Shekhawati (about 270 km)
In the morning we visit "Kutab Minar" which is 71 meter high and consists of five stories. In 1199 work began on this tower which was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the world. This tower was damaged twice and repaired in 1326 and 1368.After the sightseeing of Delhi we drive to Shekhawati region. Arrival in Shekhawati in the late evening.
Day 04. Shekhawati - Bikaner (about 190 km)
In the morning we visit the grand havellis of the Shekhawati area. Shekhawati is a region of NE of Rajasthan and is the homeland of marwaris.
Day 05. Bikaner - Osian - Jaisalmer (about 330 km)
Today we drive through the desert and proceed for Jaisalmer via Osian.Osian is a great centre of Hindu and Jain religions. The oldest Temple here was constructed in 1178 AD. Very often one can see along the road to Jaisalmer some of the antelopes of this region. Blackbuck and fast running chinkara are the most common among them.We have a stop enroute at a village to observe the traditional life of the villages in Rajasthan. We arrive in Jaisalmer in the late evening.
Day 06. Jaisalmer (about 330 km)
Sightseeing of the medieval city of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer,s crenellated golden sandstone walls and its narrow streets lined with exquisitely carved buildings makes this city unique. Jaisalmer is famous for its carved havellis.
Day 07. Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (about 290 km)
Early morning drive to Jodhpur. The city was once the capital of the princely state of Marwar (Land of death). Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan.
Day 08. Jodhpur - Ranakpur (about 260 km)
Today we drive to Udaipur. Enroute we will visit Ranakpur.Ranakpur is known for its superbly carved marble Jain Temples. An enormous basement of this temple covers 48,000 sq. feet. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls.
Day 09. Udaipur
Today we visit Udaipur, also known as the city of sunrise.We start our sightseeing with the visit of Sahelion-Ki-Bari.
Day 10. Udaipur - Dungarpur (about 120 km)
Today we take leave from the City of Lake (Udaipur) and drive to Dungarpur. Dungarpur means a "Hill town" In Dungarpur we enjoy the overnight stay in a Fort which has been converted into a Hotel. We have the rest of the day at leisure and therefore enough time to relax and have a walk in the Bazaar of this.
Day 11. Dungarpur - Chittorgarh (about 200 km)
After the breakfast we drive to Chittorgarh. In the noon we visit world famous fort of Chittorgarh which is crowning 180 meters hill and covers about 170 acres.On the crest of the enormous grey hill, girdled by massive walls and seven majestic gateways, one stumbles upon shattered palaces, a "Temple of Mirabai" - the mystic poetess - and the intricately carved nine storeyed Tower of Fame, built in the 12th Century in honour of Lord Adinath, the first jain Tirthankara.
Day 12. Chittorgarh - Pushkar (about 205 km)
Today we leave Chittorgarh and drive to Pushkar. Pushkar being one of the most religious places for Hindus has the atmosphere of an ancient religious town.
Day 13. Pushkar - Jaipur
Today we leave the holy city of Pushkar and drive to the Pink City Jaipur,this city owes its name, foundations and careful planning to the great warrior and astronomer, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.
Day 14. Jaipur
After breakfast we drive to the ancient capital of Amber, laying 11 km. away from Jaipur. Amber was the ancient capital of Kachhawaha dynasty for 6 centuries before it was moved to newly created Jaipur. We will ascend to the Palace Fortress on the back of an Elephant.
Day 15. Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (about 260 km)
Today we leave Rajasthan, the biggest state in India and drive through a series of fields, small towns and villages in direction of Agra. Enroute we make a stop and visit Fatehpur Sikri, which was once an imperial capital frozen in time, constructed by Akbar the Great in the 16th century. This wonderful city constructed by red sand stones was abandoned as abruptly as it had been built. It has been generally stated that it was due to failing in the water supply.Late evening arrival in Agra. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 16. Agra
We start today our sightseeing by a visit to the Agra Fort, built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. The construction of this massive structure began in 1565 under Akbar's reign and continued till the time of his grandson's reign, Shahjahan who built the impressive imperial quarters and mosque.
Day 17. Agra - Delhi (about 200 km)
Late morning, after having our Breakfast we drive to Delhi. Arrival in Delhi in the afternoon.The rest of the day at leisure. (opportunity for the last shopping or enjoy a massage in the Hotel)
Day 18. Flight to Home
Around Midnight flight to home destination.