Starting with the famous golden triangle we move towards the golden desert (probably what Rajasthan is best related too) but then there's one of the oldest hill ranges in the world - The Aravallis which cut the desert and on the other side lies the greens of Udaipur. Yes, this is where the famous Lake Palace floats on Lake Pichhola. The tour overall is a perfect mix of history, culture, architecture, temples & ofcoruse the people. The tour culminates at the cosmopolitan Mumbai after a visit to the world famous caves at Ajanta & Ellora.
Duration: 13 nights / 14 days
Places covered: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Rohetgarh, Ranakpur, Udaipur, Mumbai & Aurangabad
Tour starts at: Delhi
Tour ends at: Mumbai
Day 01: Delhi: Welcome briefing 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: Old & New 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 others.
Day 03: Agra: Fall in Love again with The Taj Mahal We start after a leisurely breakfast and reach Agra stopping at Sikandra - a pyramidal tomb of the greatest Mughal emperor Akbar. After checking in, we visit the most adorable monument of the World- The Taj Mahal. We also visit the Agra Fort & Itmadullah.
Day 04:Jaipur: Mughal Supremacy, Rajasthani meal We proceed westwards to the forbidden city of Akbar - Fatehpur Sikri and see the dream of Akbar in shape. Further we continue our journey to the Pink City. (We also have the option of visiting the Bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur - depending upon the time of the year). For the evening we drive up to Nahargarh fort and take a breathtaking view of sprawling Pink City getting red at sunset.
Day 05: Jaipur: Pink city tour, architectural genius 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 shopping.
Day 06: Jodhpur to Jaisalmer: Sun, Sand & you We fly to Jodhpur and drive straight to the land of desert - Jaisalmer. The remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight in Jaisalmer.
Day 07: Jaisalmer: Evening over the Sand Dunes We start out leisurely to see the various attractions in the town such as the incomparable & still inhabited fort, the temples, Havelis, palaces, Gadsisar tank and the maze of lanes and by-lanes. After some rest at the hotel we get into the adventure spirit & drive towards the Sum sand dunes, we enjoy a camel ride on the never ending dunes at Sunset. Later enjoy full throated Rajasthani music, ballads & dances in a desert camp. Overnight in Swiss tents camp in the middle of the desert.
Day 08: Rohetgarh/ Jodhpur: Migratory birds, Majestic fort We travel through the village of Kheechan and further through the ancient town Osian finally reaching the Suncity Jodhpur. At Jodhpur we visit imposing Mehrangarh Fort and the gleaming white Jaswant Thada. We check into a heritage fort on the outskirts of Jodhpur.
Day 09: Ranakpur: Poetry on Marble We depart for Ranakpur after a leisurely breakfast. 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 spend as much time we want inside the temple & the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 10: Udaipur: Glorious sunset We check out after a leisurely breakfast & arrive in Udaipur, upon arrival we check into the hotel and have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the city on your own. We also take a romantic boat ride at the backdrop of a glorious sunset on Lake Pichola.
Day 11: Udaipur: Maharaja's to Maharana's 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. In the evening we visit to the Monsoon palace for panoramic views of the magical lake city nestled in the Aravallis. Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 12: Aurangabad: Ages old expressions in Buddhist & Hindu caves We take a morning flight to Mumbai & then take a connecting flight to Aurangabad, On arrival you'll be assisted and transferred to your hotel. You'll be visiting the most amazing paintings and sculptures in age old caves of Ajanta and Ellora which are located at a short excursion from Aurangabad.
Day 13: Mumbai: The Cosmopolitan face of India You'll be taking flight to Mumbai and on reaching there, transferred to your hotel. For the day you'll be taking a sightseeing tour of this cosmopolitan city of India which has a very distinct and appealing culture of its own. Evening free to shop.
Day 14: Mumbai: Leisure, Farewell dinner - The tour ends Complete day at leisure, enjoy a memorable farewell lunch/ dinner. You are then dropped to the airport/ station for your flight back home or onward journey.