Duration: 18 jours / 17 nuits
Itinerary: Delhi / Mandawa / Bikaner / Jaisalmer / Jodhpur / Jojawar / Udaipur / Bundi / Jaipur / Agra / Varanasi / Delhi
Delhi – It is the Capital city of India, with a population of around 20 million, every corner of Delhi has its own attractions, whether old part of the city or new Delhi, more commonly known as Lutyens Delhi, where still imperial style Buildings can be seen. Its monuments of the Mughal era and the beginning of the Muslim age in India are remarkable. Monuments like the Qutub Minar and Humayun Tomb are already on the world heritage list of monuments. Thus, Delhi is rich in terms of tourism and it offers a large variety including its cuisine, which can be experienced in its different streets famous for different delicacies.
Drive to Mandawa, and discover this village of the Shekhawati region, famous for its Havelis. The Havelis are houses decorated with frescoes and various patterns, which belonged to wealthy merchants doing business on the Silk Route. Check-in at your hotel in Mandawa.
Mandawa is a small principality in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, which was once a rich center for trade and commerce as the region was a highlight of the Silk route. There was commerce and trade in the region, due to which, the region was popular among the merchants coming from Far East regions, and it gave the opportunity for the region to flourish and grow. Thus, still we find luxurious houses or more commonly known as Havelis in the region, decorated with mural paintings depicting the lifestyle and mentality of people in the early 19th Century.
Drive to Bikaner. On the way visit the haveli Nadine Le Prince haveli restored by a French woman. Check in to the hotel in Bikaner, then depart for Deshnoke (Karni Mata temple is famous for its sacred rats). In the evening, visit the bazaars of the city.
Bikaner is a city with its typical desert fragrance, which has its own style and culture. Here we can find the first glimpse of Rural Rajasthan, which you will notice easily in the costumes of people, with colorful lehengas and chunris (Typical Rajasthani style dresses for women) and large colorful turbans on the heads of Rajasthani Men. It has its own attractions including 18th Century Junagarh fort and palaces like Laxmi Niwas and Lallgarh palace. The legend of the Deshnok Rat temple is also widely known and each year it brings thousands of tourists from far-off regions of the globe. One can visit the famous camel-breeding farm also
Visit the Junagarh Fort of Bikaner built between 1589 and 1593. on the way, visit the Temple of Ramdeora. Check-in hotel in Jaisalmer. By late afternoon, visit Bada Bagh (royal cenotaphs) at sunset. Walk in the citadel.
Jaisalmer is another desert city in Rajasthan, known for its golden color houses made of local sandstone. It is another jewel in the tourism destinations of Rajasthan, attracting visitors from all around the world. Its major tourist attractions are Sonar fort, Jain temples with exquisite architecture, and the remarkable Havelis of Patwa and Salim Singh, which are worth visiting. It has markets full of different artifacts, which makes visitors pass their hours looking at things. Its golden sands also attract visitors, and they can go and experience the local village life of people over there.
Departure for Jodhpur. On the way, visit the temples of Osian. Check-in hotel in Jodhpur, the “Blue cited” was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. Visit the bazaars of the old city (Clock Tower).
Jodhpur is an important city of Rajasthan after the capital city Jaipur. It is also the second-largest city in Rajasthan in terms of Population. It is also known as Blue city, and each year attracts a large number of tourists with its mighty and grand Mehrangarh fortress and other monuments. This is one of the most majestic forts in the world. The city also has some old heritage buildings, like Umaid Bhawan Palace, which is now a luxury hotel and has served several world celebrities for different occasions.
Visit the Mehrangarh fort, known as the “magnificent fort”, overlooking the city from the top of its 122 meters and the Jaswant Thada memorial dedicated to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II in 1899. In the afternoon, explore the “blue city” and its spice markets.
Departure for Jojawar a picturesque village between Jodhpur and Udaipur. Check-in hotel in Jojawar. Stroll through the picturesque Aravalli Mountains by vintage train, which takes you into the heart of the most beautiful forests and mountains of Rajasthan. This trip is also an opportunity to get in touch with local people, always curious to know visitors coming from far. In the evening, visit the village of Jojawar.
Drive to Udaipur. On the way, visit the Jain temple at Ranakpur Chaumukha Mandir, the temple with Four Faces and 1444 columns all different. Check-in hotel in Udaipur. In the evening, traditional folk dances and puppets show in Bagore ki Haveli.
Ranakpur Jain temple – This is a remarkable example of Temple Architecture in Northern India, which shows the extraordinary architecture during the 16th century, and shows the prosperity and richness of the region in its columns carved out of Marble.
Udaipur, also known as “The Venice of the East” is the most romantic of Rajasthan with its many lakes and through its magnificent palaces, including the famous Lake Palace. Visit the City Palace and Jagdish Temple. Day dedicated to the visit of the city and bazaars of the old city of Udaipur. In the evening, a boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Udaipur is also known as the city of lakes, as major parts of the city are concentrated near Lake Pichola and Lake Fateh Sagar. The Udaipur city palace complex is the largest palace complex in India comprising the City palace, Fateh Prakash palace, Shivniwas palace, Lake palace, and Jagmandir Island. The narrow streets of the old city were cleverly shown in the James bond magic film Octopussy, and still one can experience the old heritage charm of Udaipur strolling in the markets near Lake Pichola.
Drive to Bundi. On the way, visit the largest fort in Rajasthan: Chittorgarh Fort. Check-in hotel in Bundi, and visit the old town. Discovery of “Raniji ki baori” decorated with sculptures, a Cenotaph to 84 pillars, and royal tombs well.
Bundi is a small rustic city, which comes often in the narration of Rudyard Kipling Stories. There are attractions like Bundi Palace and fortress, with its typical Bundi-style paintings known all over Rajasthan. Its different step-wells are also worth visiting.
In the morning visit Bundi Palace and Taragarh Fort & depart for Jaipur. Check-in hotel in Jaipur and visit the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal). In the evening, explore the old town also known as the “Pink City”, and visit the temple of Laxminarayan.
Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan, also known as the Pink city of India, famous for its sprawling markets and lively people. On each corner of the city, you will find some attractions, thus markets specialized in jewelry, statues, clothes, spices, and everything that you can think of. The city attracts thousands of visitors from far horizons and keeps the hustle and bustle of this 18th Century city going on. Major attractions of the city are Amber fort and then adding charm to it, there is a city palace and astronomical observatory founded by Raja Sawai Jai Singh, commonly known as Jantar Mantar, which is on Unesco’s World Heritage list.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan founded by the astronomer king Jai Singh II between 1688 and 1743. Visit the Amber Fort and climb the fort on an elephant’s back or foot / Jeep. In the afternoon, visit the Astronomical Observatory (Jantar Mantar) and City Palace. Walk in the bazaars of the “Pink City” and discover its historic neighborhoods.
Drive to Agra. On the way visit the walled city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar between 1571 and 1585. Check in hotel in Agra and visit Agra Fort, one of the finest Mughal forts built by Akbar in 1565 and enlarged by his son Shah Jahan.
Agra is the city of Taj – which means light, and still, Tajmahal is spreading its lights in the world, which is busy with different quarrels and disputes. It teaches them a lesson, that only love is eternal, rest is all, going to be diminished one day. This charming building attracts millions of tourists from all over the world and is the signature building of India. Apart from this, there are monuments like Red fort, Akbar’s tomb and Sikandara, and Itmad ud doula showing the great history and grandeur of the Mughal era.
Early morning departure to visit the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built at the request of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tribute to his beloved, its construction has mobilized more than 20,000 workers and artisans around the world. Back to the hotel for breakfast. Departure to visit the Tomb’s Itmatudualla and Mehtab Bagh. In the evening transfer to the railway station to take the train to Varanasi. Overnight in sleeper train, 2nd class air-conditioned.
Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world, situated on the banks of the holy river Ganga for ages. The city has several attractions most important being it is a living civilization, and it gives a sharp focus image of Hindu Culture and traditions. There is the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in the old city, near the ghats. It is also known for its Benares Hindu University and Sarnath temple and Stupa, which is about 15 km from the main city.
Arrival at the Varanasi railway station. Meet our representative and transfer to the hotel in Varanasi and rest. Departure to visit the temple of Sarnath (Buddhist temple). In the evening, explore the religious ceremony on the ghats of the Ganges.
Early morning boat ride on the Ganges to see life getting up on the ghats of the Ganges and then return to the hotel for breakfast. During the day, visit the Manikarnika ghats (cremation) Dasahwamedha (purification) of Banaras, and the Vishwanath Temple. In the evening, visit the ancient city of Varanasi, the Chowk, and bazaars.
Transfer to the airport for your flight from Varanasi to Delhi. Meet our representative in Delhi and transfer to the hotel. Then visit India Gate.
Delhi, the capital of India, is an ancient city, medieval and modern. Discovery of Old Delhi: visit the largest mosque in India, the Jama Masjid, and the bustling markets of Chandni Chowk. In the afternoon, visit the Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. Transfer to the airport for the return flight.
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