Classical Forts and Palaces Tour
- Itinerary Detail
|1||Delhi||Overnight in Delhi|
|2||Delhi||India Gate, the war memorial in the heart of the city. Red Fort built of red sandstone is the of great importance in present day - republic day parades initiate from here. Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques which can accommodate up to 25,000 devotees. Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi's memorial. Visit Humayan’s tomb and Qutab Minar (the tallest minaret in India)|
|3||Delhi-Mandawa||Mandwa, is a hamlet known for forts, palaces, clay pottery. Explore Mandwa on foot if you wish|
|4||Mandawa-Bikaner||Visit Rat Temple, Junagarh Fort and Camel breeding farm|
|5||Bikaner-Jaisalmer||Visit Osiya Mata Temple dedicated to Saanchi mata, dine at rooftop restaurant|
|6||Jaisalmer||Jaisalmer Fort palace dotted with smaller palaces, Jain temple, Gadsisar Lake|
|7||Jaisalmer-Jodhpur||Mehrangarh Fort which exhibits royal artifacts, Jaswant Thada a marble structure to commemorate the death of Jaswant Singh II|
|8||Jodhpur-Udaipur||En route visit Jain temple at Ranakpur|
|9||Udaipur||City Palace dotted with hanging gardens, temple of Goddess Ambika, pavilions, Sahelion-ki-bari, boating in Lake Pichola|
|10||Udaipur-Pushkar||Visit the holy Ajmer shariff Dargah. Head to Pushkar Lake, it is believed a sacred dip here helps you cleanse your sins Pushkar camel fair is the biggest cattle fair in India which takes place in November|
|11||Pushkar-Jaipur||Enjoy authentic Rajasthani dinner at Choki Dhani|
|12||Jaipur||Visit Amber Fort and Palace of Winds in Jaipur, Jantar Manatar (astronomical observatory) .|
|13||Jaipur-Agra en route Fatehpur Sikri||Fatehpur Sikri in Agra, built by Akbar is dotted with small palaces, hall of public and private audience.|
|14||Agra-Delhi||Taj Mahal - Mughal marvel which features among the seven wonders of the world. Visit Mini Taj built by Nurjahan in the memory of her deceased father|
Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destination : Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
Agra’s Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort have been boosting tourism in India. A visit to the said places is a must, for those traveling across North India. Rajasthan is haven of forts and palaces. Jaipur’s enigmatic Amer Fort, royal City Palace, charming Hawa Mahal feature in the itinerary. These heritage buildings reflect the ethos of Rajasthani culture. Udaipur’s Lake Pichola and City Palace is loved and recommended to newbies owing to it’s tasteful decor and fantastic location.
Day 1 Arrival at Delhi in evening
Our representative will welcome you on arrival at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 2 Delhi
Today, you will proceed for a full-day tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India, commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, the busiest market in Old Delhi. Visit Red Fort (closed every Monday), President House, India Gate and several other government buildings in Edwin Lutyen’s modern Delhi before you head to Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi that marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Thereafter, visit Humayun’s Tomb, commissioned by Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562. It was the first garden tomb built in the Indian sub-continent where the Persian architect used red sandstone on a large scale. Later in the evening visit the Qutab Minar, which is the tallest brick minaret in the world; it was commissioned by Qutbuddin Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi.
Overnight in Delhi
Day 3 Delhi-Mandawa (256kms; 5hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will proceed to Mandawa;
Mandawa - a small town situated in the heart of Shekhawati region. Mandawa is well-known for its Havelies, fort palaces and fresco art. Upon arrive check into a hotel & later enjoy the village walk and see how the clay potteries are made by Indian potters. The most important places to see are Chokhani, Ladia, Binsidhar Newatia, and Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli. Another haveli, the Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, is known for its curious paintings. Thereafter check in at a hotel and relax. Overnight in Mandawa.
Day 4 Mandawa-Bikaner (188kms; 4hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will proceed to Bikaner; en route visit the famous Rat temple at Deshnok- Karni Mata Temple, where rats are worshiped; it is believed that if you see a white rate which is rare, then you wish is fulfilled...
Later on arrival Bikaner you will visit the Junagarh Fort and Camel Breeding farm- Asia's largest Camel Breeding farm. Thereafter check in at a hotel and relax. Overnight in Bikaner.
Day 5 Bikaner-Jaisalmer (331kms; 6hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will proceed to Jaisalmer; en route visit famous Jain temple at Osiyan. Later on arrival Jaisalmer you will check in at a hotel and relax. In evening you will enjoy sunset view at the city's sunset view point; also opportunity to stroll around the local market areas near the Fort and enjoy a dinner at roof top restaurant. Overnight in Jaisalmer.
Day 6 Jaisalmer
Today, enjoy a full-day tour of Jaisalmer, which lies in the heart of the Thar Desert…a city seeped in color and rich tradition; it was once a major centre on the trading route between India and the west. Visit Jaisalmer Fort, which is the only living fort of India and houses the entire township within its ramparts. There are three beautifully sculpted Jain temples from the 12th-15th century A.D., and five interconnected palaces which you can explore during your visit. At the center of the fort is Raj-Mahal, now known as Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum & Heritage Centre. Visit Salim Singh ki Haveli and Patwon-ki-Haveli, which is the largest and most elaborate mansion of its kind in Jaisalmer, followed by a visit to Nathmal Ji ki Haveli. Later, visit Gadsisar Lake, surrounded by numerous beautiful shrines. Rare migratory birds stop for a drink at the lustrous lake. In the evening, visit the Vyas Chhatri; this is the cenotaph of the sage Vyas, the author of the Mahabharat. The Vyas Chhatri is also known as sunset point as it allows fantastic views of Jaisalmer, particularly at dusk.
Sam Sand Dunes, around 42 kms from Jaisalmer, are the closest place from where you can lose yourself in 'the Great Thar Desert'. Sam has a truly magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes, with sparse or no vegetation. The best way to get here, of course, is on camelback. The dunes are 3km long, 1km wide and almost half a kilometer high. Fascinatingly, the dunes keep shifting on a permanent basis and are truly a visual treat. Enjoy the romance of solitude as your camel safari takes you deep in the heart of the Thar Desert.
Overnight in Jaisalmer.
Day 7 Jaisalmer-Jodhpur (272kms; 6hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will proceed to Jodhpur; on arrival you will visit Jodhpur for half day.
Today, take a half-day sightseeing trip of Jodhpur, which is the second largest city in Rajasthan and also called the ‘Sun City’. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort. This spectacular fort made from red sandstone stands on a perpendicular cliff above the skyline of Jodhpur. The foundations of this fort were laid in 1459; today it houses a museum with a fine collection of arms, costumes, paintings and even a collection of palanquins. Also visit Jaswant Thada, a marble cenotaph built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These stones are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when the sun's rays dance across their surface. Later, drive past the Mandore garden, which showcases cenotaphs of Jodhpur's former rulers; instead of the usual umbrella-shaped cenotaphs these are built along the lines of a Hindu temple.
Later check in at a hotel and relax. Overnight in Jodhpur.
Day 8 Jodhpur-Udaipur (248kms; 6hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will proceed to Udaipur; en route you will visit famous and beautiful Jain temple at Ranakpur. Upon arrival you will check in at a hotel and relax. Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 9 Udaipur
Today, enjoy a full-day tour of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola. The complex is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559. The balconies of the palace provide panoramic views of the Lake Palace Hotel and Jag Mandir on one side, and the city of Udaipur on the other. The paintings, mosaics, intricately carved 'chhatris' and the architecturally brilliant facade all contribute to making your visit to the City Palace a truly memorable experience. Thereafter, visit a picturesque garden, Sahelion ki Bari. You will visit also visit Jagat Temple, which is dedicated to Goddess Ambika- a form of Goddess Durga. Built in 961 A.D, this temple is renowned for its intricate carvings in the exteriors. In the evening, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola, which is an artificial fresh water lake.
Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 10 Udaipur-Pushkar (287kms; 6hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will drive to Pushkar; en route you will visit the famous Dargah in Ajmer; upon arrival Pushkar you will visit the famous Pushkar Lake and one and only Brahma temple. Later check in at a hotel and relax. Overnight in Pushkar.
Day 11 Pushkar-Jaipur (145kms; 3hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will drive to Jaipur; upon arrival you will check in at a hotel and relax. In evening you will have an opportunity to enjoy dinner at local restaurant in Jaipur with Rajasthani style. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 12 Jaipur
After breakfast you will enjoy a half-day city visit of Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’… it is famous for its colorful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. The old city of Jaipur is painted pink, which gives it a magical glow. Visit the Amber Fort… a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The best way to explore the fort is to ride up to it on elephant back. Later, stop to photograph the beautiful Hawa Mahal, also known as the “Palace of the Winds.” This beautiful façade with its ornately carved latticework windows is made of pink sandstone. Post lunch, visit the City Palace… again, a synthesis of Rajasthani and Mughal styles. Later, visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory, comprising geometric devices for measuring time. You will also visit the Albert Hall, which was modeled on the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.
Overnight in Jaipur
Day 13 Jaipur-Agra (235kms; 5hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will drive to Agra; en route you will visit Fatehpur Sikri. Upon arrival you will check in at a hotel and relax. Overnight in Agra.
Day 14 Agra-Delhi (205kms; 4hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will proceed for full day visit of Agra, which is believed to have been founded in 1504 by Sultan Sikander Lodi, but flourished later under the Mughal Empire. Visit the famous and beautiful Taj Mahal (closed on every Friday)… a mausoleum built as a symbol Emperor Shah Jehan’s devotion to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal, considered an architectural marvel, its construction took thousands of workers over 21 years to complete. Later visit the Red Fort, which was commissioned in 1565 by Akbar, and subsequently embellished by other Mughal Emperors. The beautiful yet forbidding structure houses many exquisite palaces, and is a handsome example of Mughal architecture.
Later you will drive to Delhi; check in at a hotel and relax. Overnight in Delhi
Day 15 Delhi departure
After breakfast you will be given assistance in transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination; henceforth our services conclude and we wish you safe, happy, memorable journey back to your home.