Day: 01: Arrival at Delhi and relax at hotel
Upon you arrival at Delhi airport, our representative will transfer you to air-conditioned car as you leave for your hotel. Spend the day at leisure. Enjoy shopping in the colorful markets of Delhi. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day: 02: Delhi full day sightseeing
After breakfast, you will take a trip down the lane of Mughal history as we take you on a full day sight-seeing outing at “Dilwalo ki Shahar” – Delhi. Situated on the banks of Yamuna, the Red Fort or Lal Quila stands testimony to Shah Jahan’s love for art and architecture. The fort was constructed in the 1630s-1940s, marking the shift of the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid –another marvel constructed in the Mughal Era. Its sheer majestic appeal will surely take your breath away. Formerly known as Masjid-i-Jahan Numa or “mosque commanding view of the world”, its single courtyard can accommodate more than 25,000 people. Built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1193, the Qutub Minar even today stands as a symbol commemorating the glory of Muslim rule in Delhi. It was built after the defeat of the last Hindu ruler of the capital. The highest tower standing in India and the surrounding complex will be a paradise for photographers. A visit to Maqbara-i-Humayun or Humayun’s tomb will take you back in time. It was built after the death of benevolent Emporer Humanyun by his first wife and chief consort, Bega Begum. Many visitors say that the sadness of Bega Begum after the death of her husband and lover can be still felt there today. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Please Note:- Red Fort, Lotus Temple, and Akshardham Temple remain closed on Mondays.
Day 03: Drive to Agra and city tour of Agra
After breakfast, you will leave for beautiful city of Agra. The picturesque countryside will be a soothing treat before we start exploring the numerous gems of Agra. A symbol of love; a man-made wonder; a monument of beauty – all descriptions fall short when it comes to the Taj. Nothing can compare the feeling you will have when you lay your eyes on the ivory-white façade of this architectural wonder. A group photo with the monument in the background will be great. Visit Agra Fort which served as the residence of the Mughal emperors till 1638 when the capital of the empire was shifted to Delhi. The fort is no less than a walled city in itself. Also visit Itimad-ud-Daulah was a title given to Mirza Gyas Beg, father of Noor Jahan, the wife of Jahangir. The tomb of Beg, our next stop, was drafted after the Taj Mahal and earned the name “Baby Taj”. Agra also boasts numerous markets in the city from where you can buy marble handicrafts and ornate boxes. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Please Note:- Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.
Day 04: Drive to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri
Optional: This morning, you can visit Taj Mahal again at the time of sunrise. After breakfast, you will leave for Jaipur. On the way, we will also be stopping at two beautiful spots – Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri. Fatehpur Sikri was Mughal Emperor Akbar’s capital and it was founded by him in 1571. The picturesque city-monument is 3 km long and 1 km wide. It is surrounded with walls on 3 sides and a lake on the fourth. Drive again towards Jaipur and on arrival check-in the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 05: Jaipur full day Sightseeing
After breakfast, we will introduce you to the glory of the Rajput rule in the state – Jaipur. Rajput monuments are still well-maintained and in good shape giving you a good perspective of the art, culture and architecture of the Rajput era. Amber Fort is engulfed in nostalgia as it was once the capital of the Jaipur princely state. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the 6 hill forts of Rajasthan. The architecture is unique of its kind as it accommodates both Hindu and Islamic styles. A special attraction of the Amber Fort visit is the elephant ride that will conclude it. Visit scenic Jal Mahal – is situated in the middle of the Mansagar Lake. The architecture is symbolic of the Rajput style of building a majestic palace in the middle of the lake. The palace boasts a picturesque view of the beautiful lake and the surrounding hills. Visit City Palace built when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II shifted his court from Amber to Jaipur. The city palace was primarily an administrative centre and is witness to the rise and fall of numerous maharajas. Today it houses the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum and is home to the Jaipur royal family. Connected to the women’s chamber or zenana of the City Palace is the most famous tourist destination of Jaipur – the Hawa Mahal. It was built by Sawai Pratap Singh who was inspired by the unique design of the Khetri Mahal. The façade resembles a honeycomb and has 953 windows or jharokas and intricate carvings. A few yards away stand the state museum of Rajasthan – Albert Hall. The building, a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture is situated inside the lush Ram Niwas garden, just outside the city palace. An evening in Jaipur is best enjoyed through street-shopping. Jaipur’s range of handicrafts – both expensive & inexpensive is unparalleled – be it the semi-precious jewellery of Johari Bazaar or the minakari on marble work of Chandpole Bazaar. Apart from these, jootis, bandhni fabrics, handmade bags, boxes etc can be picked up as souvenirs. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 06: Jaipur – Pushkar and sightseeing in Pushkar
After breakfast at the hotel, you will leave for Pushkar. Tourists from different parts of the world visit this town to enjoy the major attraction known as “Pushkar Camel Fair”. Pushkar is famous for its temples. The Brahma Temple is a major attraction. In India, it one the most prominent temple dedicated to Lord Brahma and has numerous legends associated with it. Other temples that we will trail are Savitri temple, situated on top of a hill and providing a bird’s eye view of the whole town. The Pap Mochani Temple is also situated on a hilltop and provides a picturesque view of the town along with the Pushkar Lake. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 07: Pushkar – Deogarh and sightseeing in Deogarh
After breakfast, you will leave for Deogarh. Enriched with the history of the Chundawat Rajputs, Deogarh is a small city that has a lot to offer. The royal residence of Devgarh is a thing of unscarred beauty. Deogarh also has many Hindu temples which are seats of worship as well as ancient architecture. Deogarh is also known for its wildlife. The Kali Ghati, a place that combines the history of the Rajputana and the British is a unique yet picturesque landscape intercepted by slopes. Numerous scaffolds and passages built by the British adorn these slopes. One may even spot wildlife here. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 08: Deogarh – Rohetgarh and sightseeing in Rohetgarh
After breakfast, you will leave for Rohetgarh. The town of Rohetgarh is home to the descendants of the Rathores. The town is beautified with a lake, on the banks of which lies the home of the Singhs. It is a home turned heritage-resort providing a close encounter with the royal lifestyle. The central courtyard, the gardens, the verandahs – all together ensure a breezy yet luxurious stay. Apart from browsing through the family history, one can go for a safari in the Thar Desert, either on horseback or camelback. One may also avail a jeep for the purpose. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 09: Rohetgarh – Jaisalmer and half day sightseeing in Jaisalmer
After breakfast, you will leave for Jaisalmer. It is located very close to the Indo-Pak border, is a town with a unique essence. The entire city – the lanes, roads, markets etc make up a photographer’s paradise. Jaisalmer Fort sits atop the whole city as if guarding the sun-kissed houses and the sand dunes. It is a living and thriving fort as 1/4th of the old city’s population still resides in there. In fact, for long 800 years, Jaisalmer city and Jaisalmer Fort was synonymous as the city resided inside the fort. Witness this unique lifestyle on our Jaisalmer city tour. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 10: Jaisalmer full day sightseeing
Have breakfast at the hotel and embark upon a great journey to visit the famous sand dunes located in Khuri. This place is situated 50 km away from Jaisalmer and gives a wonderful retreat to each and every traveler coming to Rajasthan. You will also enjoy jeep ride along these sand dunes, which is memorable experience. Return to the camp for relaxing overnight stay.
Day 11: Jaisalmer – Khimsar and sightseeing in Khimsar
After breakfast, you will leave for Khimsar. Nestled in the heart of rural Rajasthan Khimsar is a village known for its unique culture and a fort which is a witness to numerous historical battles. The Khimsar fort was built only for war in the 16th century. In the 18th century, with the construction of a new ladies chamber, the royal family moved into the Khimsar fort to live there. Thus along with the war-scarred turrets, walls and stables, the zenana’s intricately carved windows make up a unique architectural style. In the 1940s, Thakur Onkar Singh, the 17th direct descendant of Rao Kharamsi, who built the fort, added an additional regal wing to it. Today it serves as a heritage hotel. Osian lies only around 27 km from Khimsar and offers historical ruins of ancient Hindu and Jain temples. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 12: Khimsar – Bikaner and sightseeing in Bikaner
After breakfast, you will leave for Bikaner. It is famous worldwide for its camel fair. But even if you aren’t visiting the town in January to witness this one-of-a-kind festival, a trip to the place has lots in store for you. Visit Junagarh Fort, formerly known as the Chintamani Palace. This fort, built in 1478, is an architectural extravaganza as it combines together many styles like Rajput, Mughal, Gujarati and even western architecture. Visit Karni Mata Temple – home to a million rats – around 2,500 black rats to be precise and this 600-year-old temple has numerous legends associated with it. Constructed by Maharaja of Bikaner, Maharaja Ganga Singh, from 1902 to 1926, the Lalgarh Palace is an architectural wonder. The palace is believed to change colour with the passage of the sun. The Shri Sadul Museum, inside the palace, gives tourists an apt picture of the extravagant lifestyle of the royals in the bygone days. A visit to Bikaner is incomplete without a desert safari on camel, exploring the vast expanse of golden sands of the Thar. Bikaner is also a hub for traditional Rajasthani cuisine. It is also a street shopper’s delight as the local bazaars sell handicrafts, traditional clothes, footwear etc. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 13: Bikaner – Mandawa and sightseeing in Mandawa
After breakfast, you will leave for Mandawa. Mandawa is a quaint little market town in Rajasthan, the history of which is more related to trade and commerce. It is a fort town enriched with art and creativity. Mandawa is famous for its palatial residences of wealthy business families, commonly called havelis. Though many of these havelis are not in the best of conditions, they do not fail to attract visitors – thanks to their architectural splendour. Visit Castle Mandawa which has now been turned into a luxury heritage hotel. Amid the golden sands, the castle stands mighty- an emblem of Mandawa’s regal past. Also visit beautiful havelis of Mandawa which is home to the region’s wealthy merchant families. Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Double Haveli, Bansidhar Newatia Haveli and Jhunjhunwala Haveli are few noteworthy pieces of architecture in the region. Mandawa is also a shopper’s paradise and its bustling markets have a good collection of art collectables like woodcraft items, cloth paintings, petite furniture items etc. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 14: Drive to Delhi and drop at Delhi airport
After breakfast, drive back to Delhi as Exotic Rajasthan tour comes to an end. On arrival, you will be dropped at the Delhi airport to board your flight to home or next destination.