Day: 1: 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: 2: 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: Delhi – Jaipur and relax at hotel
After having breakfast at the hotel, depart for Jaipur. On arrival, check in the hotel for comfortable overnight stay.
Day 04: 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 05: Jaipur – Samode and sightseeing in Samode
After breakfast, you will leave for Samode. This place is famous for its haveli and its fort. Samode Palace, with its frescoed walls and stately grandeur, flaunts an architectural style which is a fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture. It is now a heritage hotel. The Sultan Mahal – a room on the first floor of the palace boasts unique floral designs. Samode Fort has two major attractions. The panoramic view of the village and the surrounding areas that it offers is breathtaking. The fort also has a connection to a 300-step stairway that leads to a secret underground passage that was used in the ancient days at times of emergency. Govind Devji Temple in Samode is paradise for photographers who are looking for an ideal mix of ancient architecture and beautiful landscape. The temple is also known for its religious significance. The Samode Bagh is a 400-year-old garden which is constructed like the famed Mughal gardens of north India. The Samode Haveli is known for its stately architecture. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 06: Samode – Mandawa and sightseeing in Mandawa
After breakfast, you will leave for Mandawa. It 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 07: Mandawa – 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 08: Khimsar – 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 09: 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 10: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur and relax at hotel
After having breakfast at the hotel, depart for Jodhpur. On arrival, check in the hotel for comfortable overnight stay.
Day 11: Jodhpur full day sightseeing
After breakfast, you will leave for full-day sightseeing in Jodhpur to visit Mehrangarh Fort – our first stop – is one of the well-restored forts in Rajasthan. The museum inside the fort is a major attraction, as apart from containing items of royal importance, it contains over 15,000 items from Maharaja Gaj Singh II’s personal collection. The fort also adorns itself in the beauty of cultural and folk performances during dusk and Umaid Bhawan Palace is a comparatively younger member in Rajasthan’s array of palaces and forts but its architectural splendour is no less. A part of it is still occupied by the royal family today. The remainder is a luxurious heritage hotel. The museum containing rare photographs of the royal family is a must visit. Also explore Jaswant Thada- Built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899, it is a cenotaph, serves as the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 12: Jodhpur – Mount Abu and sightseeing in Mount Abu
After breakfast, you will leave for Mount Abu. It is the only hill station in Rajasthan, the coolness of which is a welcome relief from the dry hot beauty of the Thar. Amidst the lush greenery of Mt Abu, one has to visit the Dilwara Temple. The intricate architecture of the temple makes one wonder how this kind of architectural expertise could be practised by humans living 1000 years ago. The temple is unique as from outside the richness of its carvings can’t be made out. Some say that it was specially designed in this way to ensure that invaders do not notice it and attack it. The marble structure is a profound example of the Nagara style of architecture. The temple comprises of five smaller temples. Guru Shikhar view point is the highest point in the Aravallis. The Guru Dattatreya temple is a major attraction here apart from the breathtaking view that it offers of the whole area. The Achalgarh Fort that now lies in ruins was built in 1452 by Maharana Kumbha of the Mewar kingdom. The picturesque Nakki Lake is famous for boating. The beautiful gardens are great for strolls. It also has many shops and eateries around where one can hang out. Mt Abu is a great place to shop for souvenirs. From shawls, to handicrafts to Ayurvedic oils – one can get a lot of options. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 13: Mount Abu – Dungarpur and sightseeing in Dungarpur
After breakfast, you will leave for Dungarpur. It is a fast developing town in Rajasthan which also has a rich historical past. The history of the old palace of Dungarpur would fascinate you. Other archaeological wonders of the place include Bada Mahal and Haveli Juna Mahal. The Gap Sagar Lake is a beautiful peaceful place. The Shiva Temple of Surpus can’t be missed. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 14: Dungarpur – Udaipur and relax at hotel
After having breakfast at the hotel, depart for Udaipur. On arrival, check in the hotel for comfortable overnight stay.
Day 15: Udaipur full day sightseeing
Have breakfast and then take a trip exploring the unique beauty in this city in the state of Rajasthan as we take you around sightseeing some of the city’s most magnificent spots. Explore Jagdish Temple, situated just outside the royal palace. The three-storey temple dates back to 1651 and is an example of architecture inspired by Hindu iconography. Visit City Palace, it was built over a period of 400 years. The architecture is thus an amalgamation of the contributions made by numerous rulers over the years. Situated on the eastern banks of Lake Pichola, the palace is majestic, the largest of its kind in Rajasthan. From the hilltop palace, one can get a scenic view of the lake along with the rest of the city. The trip to the city palace will conclude with a boat ride on Lake Pichola which is an artificial lake built in 1362 AD. Named after Maharana Sagar of Udaipur and Mewar, Fateh Sagar Lake is situated to the north-west of Udaipur city. Nehru Park, an island on the lake is a spot where one can unwind and spend some time. Also visit Monsoon Palace or Sajjan Garh palace – is perhaps one of the most beautiful and stately palaces of Rajasthan. It was built atop a mountain overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1884. Built to keep an eye on the monsoon clouds, the palace offers a panoramic view of the lake and surrounding areas. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 16: Udaipur – Bundi and half day sightseeing in Bundi
After breakfast, you will leave for Bundi. It is a fascinating little town with blue Brahmin houses, winding lanes and bustling bazaars. It is particularly famous on the world map for the fact that tools, dating to the Stone Age, were excavated here. The ancient step-wells of Bundi is a major attraction with Rani Ki Ji Baori being the most famous. Other than that Dadbhai Kund and Nagar Saga Kund are also beautifully preserved. The major pull of the 16th Century Fort of Bundi is its huge and rich painting gallery. Lake Jait Sagar, Nawal Sagar and Kanak Sagar adorn the town. Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary, located within 50 km of Bundi, offers attractive wildlife safari options. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 17: Bundi – Ranthambore and relax at hotel
After having breakfast at the hotel, depart for Ranthambore. On arrival, check in the hotel for comfortable overnight stay.
Day 18: Morning and Evening Jungle Safari in Ranthambore
Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is a major attraction for tourists and locals alike, mainly due to the large tiger population. The morning safari at Ranthambore starts at 6:30 am or 7 am, depending on the season. Open jeeps are the best way to explore the national park, its birds, flora and fauna. Tiger sightings are not rare in Ranthambore and the national park is also home to around 272 species of birds, both residential and migrant. Those who do not like to wake up too early on a holiday may opt for the evening safari depending on the season. The setting sun will provide the best natural lighting for photographers who want to capture the beauty and the essence of the forest through their lenses. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 19: Ranthambore – 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 20: Pushkar – Roopangarh and sightseeing in Roopangarh
After breakfast, you will leave for Roopangarh. It is particularly famous for its historical and majestic fort. The fort has stood mighty and strong for 350 years. It is witness to numerous historical happenings inside its turreted fortifications. It is known for its secret passageways, step wells, jails, armories and granaries. It has now been restored as a heritage hotel. The rooms are filled with artifacts, furniture etc that are symbolic to the rich history contained within its walls. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 21: Roopangarh – Bharatpur and jungle safari in Bharatpur
After breakfast, you will leave for Bharatpur. It is often described as the eastern gateway to the state of Rajasthan. It is particularly famous for the UNESCO-listed Keoladeo National Park which is a wetland and a bird sanctuary. The Bharatpur museum is also a storehouse of many gems from the past. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 22: Bharatpur – Agra and sightseeing in 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 23: Agra – Delhi and departure
After breakfast, drive back to Delhi as Rajasthan heritage tour comes to an end. On arrival, you will be dropped at the Delhi airport to board your flight to home or next destination.