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Rajasthan with Taj Mahal


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No. of Days :  14 days

Destinations covered: Delhi - Agra - JaipurPushkar - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Mandawa

 

DAY 1 - Delhi

Welcome to Incredible India : Welcome aboard! You are welcomed & picked up by our executive from the main exit of the airport and transferred to the hotel in your private car (Our executive will be waiting outside the custom area with a placard of your name). We will have a welcome briefing covering the various aspects of the tour (ensuring that you have the best of the Indian holiday) and you will be handed over the India travel kit containing all relevant documents of your trip (air/rail tickets, hotel vouchers, transport, guide, sightseeing vouchers, writing pads with other travel related documents).

Note: The normal check in - check out time of the hotels are 1200 hours and if your arrival time does not suit this we can arrange activities for you on the first day or pre-book the hotel from the previous night on additional charge and as per your request. Normally it takes 1 hour to come out of the airport from the time of arrival.


DAY 2 - Delhi
Ruling Impressions :New Delhi is a city that breathes history as well as modernity & its architectural masterpieces right from the Mughal era to the British era & present day are all worth a visit.
 
Start the day by visiting the Red fort (Lal Qila). Built in 1648 this is a brilliant red sandstone fort built by the same Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal. Also visit other interesting sights like the Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat & the Qutab Minar & drive through the colonial buildings (with photo stops enroute) which still retain its complete charm.


DAY 3 - Delhi > Agra (200 km / 5 hrs)
Epitome of love : Driving towards south reach "Sikendra" where you visit Akbar's Mausoleum. Akbar is the most famous of all the Mughal kings. Later drive to Agra.

Agra is famous for being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the world - the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal emperors.

 You will visit the most adorable monument of the World- TAJ MAHAL - the epitome of love. Also  see the Agra Fort & tomb of Itmadullah. 


DAY 4 - Agra > Jaipur (235 km / 5 hrs)
Architectural & Astronomical genius: After breakfast visit Fatehpur Sikri; a UNESCO World heritage site built in the second half of the 16th century. It was the capital of Mughal Empire for 10 years only as it later had to be abandoned due to no water supply.

Drive towards west for the beautiful pink city - Jaipur, which was painted pink to honor the visit of Price Albert in 1876 as the Rajputs considered it a color of hospitality & ceremony.

Enjoy (optional) traditional Rajasthani meal for dinner at an ethnic resort in the evening.


DAY 5 - Jaipur
Pink City : Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of city including a visit to the Amber fort, which you climb on an elephant's back or by a jeep. The main attractions are the Sukh Mandir (Temple of Contentment - an aptly named pleasure chamber, cooled by a stunning water cascade) and the Sheesh Mahal (Mirror palace) here.  You also stop to see some of the architectural marvels of Jaipur viz the Palace of wind, Jantar Mantar (the observatory) & the city palace complex.

Evening is free for shopping in the colorful bazaars of Jaipur.

DAY 6 - Jaipur > Pushkar (140 km / 3 hrs)
Holy City of Rajasthan :After breakfast drive to the holy city of Rajasthan "PUSHKAR". A pilgrimage center with the one of the very few temples in India dedicated to lord Brahma, the Creator. Pushkar is the venue of an annual camel fair. Also visit the various ghats of Pushkar lake.


DAY 7 - Pushkar > Udaipur (300 km / 6 hrs)
Venice of India : Drive towards south for Udaipur. The beautiful city of lakes Udaipur is often referred to as the Venice of East and more so locally as the Kashmir of Rajasthan. En route you can see the marvellous Jain temples at Ranakpur.
 
Day at your discretion with vehicle at disposal. In the evening enjoy boat ride over lake Pichola with backdrop of sun set.


DAY 8 - Udaipur
City of Lakes : You visit the city palace complex, which houses a museum and a hotel. One of the most fascinating parts of the palace is the Mor Chowk (Peacock courtyard), with its walls covered with a dramatic glass mosaic relief of dancing peacocks. Also visit the Jagdish temple & the garden of the maids.


DAY 9 - Udaipur> Jodhpur(269 km / 5-6 hrs)
Sun City : Drive towards Jodhpur - Blue City that  was found way back in 1459.
 
Climb up the majestic Mehrangarh fort (one of the best preserved forts with modern techniques of audio guides) and explore the various sections within. Also  visit the marble cenotaph at Jaswant Thada before returning back to the hotel. Evening free to shop. Enjoy an optional dinner atop the fort.

DAY 10 -Jodhpur > Jaisalmer(305 km / 6 hrs)
The Golden Oasis : After breakfast drive to the golden oasis called Jaisalmer. Here it appears as if a master-craftsman took one huge piece of sandstone and patiently carved out the entire city.

For the second half of the day explore the beautiful man made lake Gadsisar (the only source of water Jaisalmer had for years) & the royal cenotaphs at Bada Bagh.


DAY 11 - Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer : Visit one of the most exotic forts of Rajasthan in the first half of the day exploring it from every nook and corner and take some delightful pictures.

Then drive towards the rolling sand dunes to enjoy camel safari over sand dunes. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer only.



DAY 12 - Jaisalmer> Bikaner (355 km / 7 hrs)
The Desert Citadel : After breakfast drive to the desert citadel - "Bikaner". Tucked away in the harsh desert region of western Rajasthan lies the relatively remote city of Bikaner. 

Start the day by visiting the unusual Junagarh Fort. Unusual because, unlike all the major forts of Rajasthan which are on hilltops, this one was built on the desert plains itself. The palace complex's sumptuously decorated interiors are better preserved than in almost any other region. Also visit the camel breeding farm and famous rat temple at Deshnok. Overnight at Bikaner.


DAY 13 - Bikaner> Mandawa (220 km / 4 hrs)
Paintings, Havelis & Frescoes : Driving eastwards reach Shekhavati Region. Shekhavati is not the name of a particular city or town. In fact, it is the name of an entire region in northern Rajasthan, which was once controlled by King Rao Shekhaji. There are a number of small towns and villages, clustered together. Unlike other places in Rajasthan where the main attraction is generally forts and palaces, Shekhavati is known for its painted walls. The whole region is dotted with elaborately frescoed Havelis (mansions). It is like an open-air Art Gallery.


DAY 14 - Mandawa > Delhi(260 km / 6 hrs)
The way back : Day at your own at your own till drop at Delhi International airport to board flight for your onwards journey.

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Taj Mahal, Agra, Ashoka Holidays
Typical Rajasthani dinner at ethnic resort Choki Dhani, Jaipur, Ashoka Holidays
Desert Safari at Sam Sand dunes, Jaisalmer, Ashoka Holidays

highlights of the tour, Ashoka Holidays
  • World Heritage sites of Taj Mahal, Red Fort & Fatehpur Sikri

  • Architectural masterpieces - forts & palaces and havelis plus colorful culture of Rajasthan

  • Frescoes in the Shekhavati havelis

  • Camel safari in Thar desert

  • Quaint Rat temple and camel breeding farm at Bikaner

 
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