Destinations Covered: Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Pushkar-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Jaipur-Delhi
Duration: 13 Nights / 12 Days
Day 1: Delhi ( Arrival )
Upon arrival at Delhi our representative will meet and assist you at the Airport and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi – Agra
After an early morning breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive towards Agra that is at a distance of 225 kms. Arrive at Agra, check in at a hotel and relax a while. Post lunch, visit the world famous Taj Mahal, Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, Chini ka Rauza, Agra Fort, Akbar’s Fort at Sikandra, Dayal Bagh Temple, Jami Masjid and the Ram Bagh Lawns. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Agra – Ranthambore
After breakfast in the morning drive to Ranthambore. Ranthambore is known all over for it’s Ranthambore National Park that offers more opportunities of sighting of tigers and other fast depleting animals. Enjoy an afternoon canter safari to spot tigers. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Ranthambore National Park
Spend the whole inside the park enjoying wildlife safaris on jeep and elephants. Try your luck at spotting the elusive Indian tigers. Visit the Ranthambore Fort situated inside the tiger reserve. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 5: Ranthambore – Pushkar
After an early morning breakfast , you set off north for five hours journey to the peaceful lakeside town of Pushkar. Although renowned for its cattle and camel fair at the time of Kartik Purnima (November’s full moon) when thousands of people and animals arrive, formost of the year it remains a quiet and tranquil place. Pushkar’s lake is one of the most sacred in India and beside it is one of the very few Brahma temples in existence in the country. Its importance as a place of pilgrimage is illustrated by the fact that devout Hindus should visit it at least once in their lifetime and that consuming meat and alcohol is prohibited here. At the end of the monsoon season the lake is full and the reflections of the temples and ghats in the water are stunning. Throughout the day people come to the shore to make their pujas (prayers) to their gods. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 6: Pushkar – Bikaner
After an early morning breakfast you will take a long drive of five hours through the Thar Desert to the remote town of Bikaner. At Bikaner, founded in 1488 by Rao Bika, you take a rickshaw to look around the unvanquished Junagarh Fort, with its sumptuously decorated interiors, and there should also be time to explore the medieval walled city. Overnight stay at the hotel .
Day 7: Bikaner – Jaisalmer
After an early morning after breakfast you will leave for Jaisalmer which is 5 hrs away .This magnificent desert town, situated on a rocky outcrop, provides you with superb photo opportunities. Like the merchants of Shekhawati, those in Jaisalmer gained vast wealth from passing camel caravans and built themselves fine havelis using ornately carved sandstone to decorate the exterior. In the early evening there may be an opportunity to drive out of the ‘Golden City’ to the shifting dunes at Sam, at the edge of the Desert National Park to see sunset in the desert . Overnight stay at the hotel .
Day 8: Jaisalmer
On your second day in Jaisalmer you’ll take a morning tour of the city by bus, in the afternoon you’ll take a walking tour through the old town; here the streets are lined with buildings up to five storeys high, each displaying intricately carved sandstone facades. The following day you’re free to explore independently which gives plenty of time to take a trip to one of the picturesque villages that dot the desert (optional) or a camel safari. Overnight stay at the hotel .
Day 9: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur
The scenery changes dramatically as you reach the tree-covered Aravalli hills – one of the oldest mountain systems in the world, which stretches almost the length of Rajasthan. The mighty Meherangarh Fortdominates the town of Jodhpur, perched on a rocky cliff. Once home to the Jodhpuri Maharajas, it now houses one of Rajasthan’s best museums, crammed with rich memorabilia from a bygone age. The views from the ramparts are spectacular, often as far as Kumbalgarh, almost 80 miles away. Below lie many pale indigo-coloured houses signifying that they are the home of Jodhpuri Brahmins, the high caste Hindus. During your stay there may be time to visit nearby Osiyan, with its collection of Hindu and Jain temples which date from the 8th to the 12th centuries, or take a safari by jeep to the fascinating villages of the Bishnoi people, whose central philosophy is the protection of their environment (both optional). This evening you stay in Mandore, the former capital of the maharajas of Marwar. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10 : Jodhpur – Jaipur
Early morning after breakfast you will leave for Jaipur which is 5 hours away from jodhpur . Jaipur has been called the ‘Pink City’ since it was painted pink (by law, buildings in the old city must still be painted a deep pink) when the Prince of Wales visited the city in 1876. Upon arrival, check into a hotel and freshen up. Then evening set out on a tour of the exquisite City Palace as well as Hawa Mahal.Then evening walk in a local market . Over night at Hotel.
Day 11 : Jaipur
Depart for Amer Fort inside the early morning. Get pleasure from the elephant experience as much as the entrance to Amer Fort. Within the afternoon take a tour of Jaipur city and see the Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and markets of Jaipur. Within the night appreciate your dinner with a Rajput Wedding Theme. The friends are welcomed since the “baraat” (the bridegroom’s wedding celebration) and get pleasure from a sumptuous meal as well as cultural performances. Remain overnight at your hotel.
Day 12 : Jaipur – Delhi
Early morning after breakfast leave for delhi which is five hours away . On arrival check in the hotel and post lunch , visit the Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple and Qutab Minar. In the evening explore the markets of Delhi where you can buy a range of items. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 13 :Delhi – Departure
Early morning after breakfast visit the Old Fort, apart from a wonderful sighting you can also enjoy boating in the lake. Humayun’s Tomb and Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah are other destinations which you can visit after Old Fort . Later on you will be given a farewell dinner and then you would board the flight for onward destination.