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Day 01 - Delhi
You are picked by our executive from the International airport &
escorted to the hotel. We will have a welcome briefing covering the
various aspects of the tour (ensuring that you have the best of the
Indian holiday). Overnight in the hotel.
Day 02: Delhi
Enjoy a full day tour of the capital city of India (a perfect mix of
the history & modernity). We visit architectural masterpieces from
the Mughal era to the British era & to the present day. The sights
would include the Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat & the Qutab Minar among
Day 03: Agra
We start after a leisurely breakfast and reach Agra stopping at
Sikandra Ė a pyramidal tomb of the greatest Mughal emperor Akbar.
After checking in, we visit the most adorable monument of the World-
The Taj. We also visit the Agra Fort & Itmadullah.
Day 04: Ranthambhore
We depart for state of Rajasthan with Ranthambhore (better known as
the Tiger land) as our first stop. We reach Ranthambhore by evening
visiting Fatehpur Sikri (the capital of the Mughal emperor Akbar) on
our way. Evening at leisure.
Day 05: Ranthambhore
Full day reserved for game drives, one in the morning & one in the
afternoon. The Ranthambhore National Park certainly is one of the
most picturesque game reserves in the world - the entire forest
being dominated by the silent, ruined battlements of the
Ranthambhore Fort, which is inside the sanctuary.
Day 06: Jaipur
We drive northwest & reach Jaipur by mid afternoon visiting Sanganer,
famous for its hand block printing textile and handmade paper
industries. After checking in, we drive uphill reaching atop the
tiger fort (The fort's location is like a tiger standing on the
crest of a hill and overlooking the city below.
Day 07: Jaipur
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of PINK CITY (the city was colored
pink in honour of the visit of the Prince of Wales in 1876). The
tour includes visit to the Amber fort on an elephants back, city
palace complex & the astronomical tower. Evening free for leisure or
Day 08: Deogarh Mahal
We depart for Deogarh after a relaxed breakfast & check into the
castle called Deogarh Mahal, an imposing 17th century structure. Run
by owner Rawal Nahar Singh of the royal lineage, every guest here is
personally supervised and utmost care is taken with attention to the
minutest details. Explore the village & the fort on foot or on a
horse back. One is bound to transcend to the royal era here.
Day 09: Udaipur
After checking in at Udaipur, we take a half day sightseeing trip of
this charming princely city visiting the city palace complex,
Jagdish temple & the garden of the maids. The remainder of the day
for shopping & other personal activities, Udaipur is popular for its
tie-and-dye fabrics & miniature paintings. We also take a romantic
boat ride at the backdrop of a glorious sunset on Lake Pichola.
Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 10: Udaipur
The complete day at leisure to explore the lake city on your own OR
an excursion to the scenic Narlai town. We visit the Monsoon palace
for panoramic views of the magical lake city in the evening.
Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 11: Jodhpur via Ranakpur
We depart for Ranakpur after a leisurely breakfast (120 kms Ė 2
hours). Often regarded as sheer poetry on marble this 15th century
Adinath Jain temple is an architectural genius. The profuse &
intricate carving on marble resembles lace-work rather than stone
carving. One of the other remarkable things about the temple is
wonderful play of shadow & light on the nearly 1500 pillars (each of
which interestingly displays a different decorative design. We reach
Jodhpur by evening & enjoy an optional dinner atop the imposing
Mehrangarh fort in true princely style.
Day 12: Jaisalmer
Enjoy a half day guided sightseeing tour of Jodhpur including a
detailed exploration of the massive Mehrangarh fort. Also visit the
marble cenotaphs at Jaswant Thada. We reach Jaisalmer around sunset.
Overnight in the Golden sand city.
Day 13: Jaisalmer
Enjoy a half day walking tour of the extraordinary Jaisalmer fort
(still inhabited), visit the various haveliís (mansions) built with
yellow sandstone & exquisitely carved with intricate Jaalis
(latticed grills). Jaisalmer is also a great place to pick up chunky
rustic silver jewellery, colorful embroidered & mirror worked
fabrics. After some rest at the hotel we get into the adventure
spirit & drive towards the sum sand dunes. We check into our desert
camp site & after enjoying a camel ride on the dunes we spend an
enchanting evening on the sand watching the sensuous snake dance of
the kalbeliya gypsies & listening to the full throated folk songs of
the Manganiyars. Overnight in the tents under the desert starscape
will be an unforgettable experience of Rajasthan.
Day 14: Bikaner
We start a little early & move eastwards towards Bikaner/ Gajner, on
our way we visit Kheechan village, home to 1000ís of migratory
demoiselle cranes who feed on the grains donated by the villagers.
We also stop at Gajner Palace, a hunting lodge from the days of Raj
spread over an area of 6000 acres. We then visit the Camel breeding
farm (the biggest in Asia). Rest of the evening at leisure after
checking in at Bikaner.
Day 15: Mandawa
The first half at leisure OR Half day excursion to the amazing ratís
temple called the Karni Mata temple OR a driver through tour of the
Bikaner city. We depart for the Shekhavati region popular for its
colors & frescoes. Overnight in Mandawa.
Day 16: Delhi
We explore the town for its beautiful frescoes and Havelis; we then
depart for Delhi & have our final stop at the beautiful Neemrana
fort where we have a memorable farewell dinner. You are then dropped
to the international airport for your flight back home. THE TOUR