Jewels of Rajasthan
An intensive itinerary to explore the colorful Rajasthan in the footsteps of the ancient kings to know its history and its heritage of splendid forts and palaces. You will be fascinated by the colors of saris and the fragrance of spices in picturesque sceneries that seem to come out from an ancient world.
Day 01: Arrival in Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi airport, meeting with our staff and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Delhi / Mandawa (Km.280 - about 7 hours)
Breakfast and visit of Old Delhi. Panoramic tour of Red Fort, built in 1639 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and a World Heritage Site. Visit of Jama Masjid, also commissioned by Shah Jahan and completed in 1656. Passing through Chandni Chowk 17th century old market. Visit of Raj Ghat, where Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Proceed the city tour of New Delhi through the government buildings. Visit of India Gate, First World War memorial and Qutub Minar complex, with its 73 meters high tower, engraved with Koran, verses, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak. Drive to Mandawa. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Mandawa / Bikaner (Km. 200 - about 4 hours)
After breakfast, visit of Mandawa, the ancient caravan routes from China to Middle East, the "open art gallery" of Rajasthan, home to ancient richly decorated palaces, "havelis" of merchants. Drive to Bikaner. In the afternoon, a walk in the old city and visit of the colorful bazaar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Bikaner / Jaisalmer (Km. 340 - about 6 hours)
Breakfast and visit of Junagarh fort in Bikaner built by Raja Raj Singh, the sixth ruler of Bikaner, 1571 to 1611; It has seven gates and several palaces, pavilions and many hindu and jainist temples. The old town, with its colorful bazaars, was founded in 1488 by Rao Bikaji. Leave for Jaisalmer. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Jaisalmer
Breakfast and visit of Jaisalmer, dominated by a fortress where people still live in old houses. Jaisalmer was founded in 1156 by the Rajput Rawal Jaisal and was a resting place for caravans traveling along the Silk Road; of that time, the beautiful havelis built by princes and merchants who called it "the golden city". Visit of two Jain temples dated 1100. Visit of its beautiful havelies. In the afternoon, excursion to Sam or Khuri, to watch the sunset over the dunes in Thar desert. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Jaisalmer / Jodhpur (Km. 275 - about 5 hours)
Breakfast and departure towards Jodhpur, "the blue city", named for its fifteenth century old blue houses. In the afternoon visit of Mehrangarh Fort, whose construction began in 1458, by Rao Jodh and home of other rulers of Marwar. Inside the fort there is a beautiful collection of palanquins, elephant sedans, musical instruments, costumes, weapons etc. Visit of Jaswant Thanda, white marble mausoleum built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899, where the members of royal family are cremated. Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 07: Jodhpur / Ranakpur / Udaipur (Km.260 - about 7 hours)
Breakfast and leaving to Udaipur. Enroute visit Ranakpur Jain temples, build in 15th century, rich in refined mythological sculptures, marble columns, stained, decorations like fine embroidery. Continue to Udaipur "city of lakes" and also called "white city", due to its fabulous white marble palaces. Udaipur, founded in the sixteenth century by Maharana Udai Singh, is known for its handicrafts, marble items, paintings, silverware and pottery. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Udaipur
Breakfast and visit of City Palace, the largest palace of Rajasthan, made up of 5 buildings that form a citadel where currently Maharaja lives. Visit of the garden of royal family "Saheliyon Ki bari". In the late afternoon, boat ride on the lake to enjoy the sunset. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 09: Udaipur / Deogarh (Km.135 - about 2 hours)
Breakfast and departure to Deogarh, "abode of the gods", a place of Hindu pilgrimage and famous for its miniature paintings school. In the afternoon visit of a village. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Deogarh / Pushkar / Jaipur (Km.335 - about 6 hours)
Breakfast and leave to Jaipur. Enroute visiting Pushkar, ancient sacred city to Hindus, on the banks of a small lake where devotees have sacred ablutions. Also known for annual camels fairs held in November. Continue on to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727 , also called "Pink City" for the color of its buildings. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Jaipur
Breakfast and visit of Amber fort, built by Maharaja Man Singh in the sixteenth century. It was the ancient capital of the state and the seat of all the Rajput dynasties until the founding of Jaipur. Inside the fort you can find refined décor with sculptures, mirrors, precious stones. A photo stop at Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds , built in 1799, five beautifully decorated floors and more than 900 windows. Visit of eighteen century City Palace, formerly home to the Maharaja of Jaipur and even the royal residence today. Visit of Jantar Mantar, the astronomical observatory, UNESCO Heritage, architectural forms used as astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II between 1727 and 1734. Walk in the colorful Bazar of Jaipur. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (Km.240 - about 5 hours)
Breakfast and leave for Agra. Enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years for water shortages. Its red sandstone palaces and pavilions are perfectly preserved. In the afternoon visit of Taj Mahal (closed on Friday), mausoleum, build by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1631 and completed in 1653. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 13: Agra / Delhi (Km.210 - about 4 hours)
Breakfast and visit the red sandstone fortress of Agra, whose construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Internally, palaces and mosques are build with red sandstones and white marble inlaid with precious stones. Afternoon drive to Delhi. No overnight. Dinner and transfer to the airport.
Day 14: Departure from Delhi
Embark the flight to return back to your home.
We inform you that all our trips may be changed, if required, according to your needs!