Tour route: India : Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra
Welcome to India! Upon your arrival at the airport, our representative will greet you and escort you to the hotel. After hotel check-in, have some free time on your own to adjust to the new time zone.
Tips: Female tourists are asked to wear robes when entering Jama Masjid. If you don't have any, you can rent one at the entrance (50 rupees, at your own expense).
After breakfast, proceed for Mandawa, the capital of Shekhawati region in west Rajasthan, which is famous for its old merchant mansions and beautiful fresco art. When you arrive, be met and transferred to the hotel for check-in. Rest of the day at leisure.
Note: Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.
After breakfast, have a leisure walk around Mandawa to discover many hidden havelis (mansions) before exploring the nearby Shekhavati region, which is now an open art gallery in India. Your private guide’s commentary will definitely enhance your impression. In the afternoon head for Bikaner. Hotel check-in upon arrival and rest of the day is free at leisure.
Explore Bikaner this morning. This city is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and a mosque. The fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. An enormous arched doorway leads to the Joramal Temple. The royal chapel is Har Mandir where royal weddings and births were once celebrated. In the afternoon head for Jaisalmer. Hotel check-in on your arrival.
Visit the well preserved Jaisalmer Fort which is famous for the massive scale, exquisite carvings and filigreed work inside. Proceed to some distinctive havelis including Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, Patwon-ki- Haveli and Salim Singh-ki-Haveli. At last visit the vibrant Manak Chowk market outside the Jaisalmer Fort to explore the rich local art and craft works. Have some leisure time.In the evening, take a short camel ride to get a real feel of desert.
After an early breakfast, head for Jodhpur. Hotel check-in on your arrival.
On arrival check in at hotel, rest of the day is free for your rest. You can utilize this afternoon by visiting local markets and mingling with the crowd to have a feel of real India.
Enjoy jeep ride in Bishnoi Village in the morning. Afternoon half day tour of Jodhpur. Visit the Meharangarh Fort, including Moti-Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit Jaswant Thada and the museum located in the Umaid Public Gardens.
After breakfast drive to Udaipur. Stop en route to visit Ranakpur, a little village between Udaipur and Jodhpur with amazing complex of beautifully carved Jain temples, regarded as one of the biggest and most important clusters of Jain temples in India. Built in marble, the main temple has more than 1,400 pillars, no two of which are alike. After that, continue your drive to Udaipur.
After breakfast, go through the bazaars to visit the Jagdish Temple, a centre of constant activities. Next visit the nearby City Palace, of which the main part is now a museum with rich collections of mosaics, glass and porcelain figures, etc. Later enjoy a shared motor boat ride on Lake Pichola (around 1 hr), before heading to Garden of the Maids of Honour and Folk Art Museum. You will finish your day by an unforgettable sunset visit to the Sajjan Garh Palace (Monsoon Palace).
After breakfast continue travelling to rural Rajasthan to discover the holy town Pushkar. Hotel check-in on arrival and then have some time to relax. At dust visit to the holy Pushkar Lake, watching pilgrims and sadhus pay their respects at the riverside Gandhi Ghat, and explore the only Brahma Temple in India though Brahma is considered to be the Hindu God of Creation.
After breakfast head to Jaipur. Stops for coffee break or photo opportunities are at your request any time en-route. On arrival, check in at hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
After breakfast, visit hillside Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the state; inside you'll also experience the kingly palaces incl. the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors).
Next go back to Jaipur to view the gorgeous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and the City Palace Museum which houses superb collections of Rajasthania costumes and armoury. Do check the local time when later visit the Jantar Mantar - the largest stone observatory in world that still in service today.
Tips: Hard sell by vendors around Amber Fort is easy to find. If you don’t want to buy the goods, do not show any interests or say anything. Even "no thanks" is dispensable.
After breakfast head east to Agra. En route visit the former capital of Mughal Empire Fatehpur Sikri (about 1.5 hrs), one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendor at its height, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Lunch time after that and proceed to Agra. Hotel check-in upon arrival and rest of the day is at leisure.
Rise early to visit the highlight of any Agra visit - Taj Mahal (closed on Friday)! Avoid the crowds and heat in daytime and fully admire the elegance and magnificence of this white-marble mausoleum. Later visit Agra Fort for a glimpse of the palatial royal pavilions and royal Mughal lifestyle. Rest of the day at leisure, vehicle with driver is at your disposal.
Enjoy a free morning, vehicle with driver is at your disposal. Afternoon our rep will meet you at hotel lobby then escort you to Delhi airport for your flight to next destination.
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
Good accommodation choice will in no doubt enhance your tour experience. Our well-established partnership network with key hotel chains in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka will bring you the benefits of competitive hotel rate and guaranteed room availability.
We pick hotels for you based on:Location: geographically convenience values for your precious holiday time. So properties we use are either in downtown area close to main city attractions and amenities, or convenient for sightseeing or transportation.
Hotel Criteria for Each Tour Class
Note: Bhutan is less developed with fewer hotels criteria for choice, and most of the hotels there aren't as high standard as those in Western society.
Hotel Arrangement for Standard Tour ClassUsually conveniently located and meet the basic requirements of a comfortable stay: decorative lobbies and nice guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants may be average in size but offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In most cases, staffs have basic command of English. Usually 3 star hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class
Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in some cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.
Hotel Arrangement for Superior Tour Class
Usually properties are conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby and offer a better service and hotel facility than that in hotels of Comfortable Tour Class. Usually 4-4.5 star hotels or boutique hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for First Tour Class
Deluxe hotels with high-end service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Usually 5 star hotels are adopted.
Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class
The most luxury hotels are used and only available in some particular cities. These properties have top-notch service and unique location, such as a lake or a historic site, and usually incorporate some of the country’s most exquisite architecture traditions. Usually top 5 star or the best available hotels are adopted.
Normally, India Odyssey Tours put breakfast in your itinerary except for in Bhutan (all meals included). Lunch won’t be included for the sake of tour convenience, while dinner is also excluded as some travelers might want a little culinary adventure themselves. But surely your tour guide/driver is always glad to offer their advice.
It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.
Usually lunch won’t be included considering the fact that sometimes travelers may want to stay somewhere longer/shorter or need other minor changes during daily sightseeing, and it’s better to decide the lunch site then rather than pre-arranging it. For sure our tour guides/drivers will be happy to advice good places to you, and we strongly suggest qualified local restaurant or hotels around the scenic spots for the sake of your health.
Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in the incredible India & South Asia. This is why we offer you this flexibility of food choice, and you can always get advice from your tour guides/drivers.
If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Private Guide & Transfer
You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across South Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.
All tour guides of India Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.
If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across South Asia.
Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.
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