16-Day In-Depth Rajasthan & Taj Mahal
Tour Style: Tailor-made tour
- Enjoy a time travel from Old Delhi to New Delhi
- Get a real feel of desert in Jaisalmer
- Relax in the 'Blue City', Jodhpur
- Move to Jaipur for a visit of Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar…
- Take nice pictures at the famous Taj Mahal
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- Day 1
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.
- Day 2
Breakfast at hotel and head for the Old Delhi! To admire the magnificent Jama Masjid - India’s largest mosque and have a rickshaw tour through the bustling Chandni Chowk bazaar. Later, pass by the fantastic Red Fort and get back to New Delhi.
Visit India’s tallest stone tower Qutub Minar and its surrounding ancient Hindu and Muslim complex, followed by Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.
Drive along the city landmarks including the India Gate, President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings for photos opportunities en route, and then end today’s tour at Laxmi Narayan Temple.
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).
- Day 3
After breakfast, proceed to 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.
- Day 4
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.
- Day 5
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.
- Day 6
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.
- Day 7
After an early breakfast, head for Jodhpur around 4.5 hours by car. Hotel check-in on your arrival.
Upon arrival, check into the 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.
- Day 8
Enjoy jeep ride in Bishnoi Village in the morning. In the afternoon, visit the Meharangarh Fort, including Moti-Mahal and Phool Mahal. Later, visit Jaswant Thada and the museum located in the Umaid Public Gardens.
- Day 9
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.
- Day 10
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).
- Day 11
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.
- Day 12
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.
- Day 13
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.
- Day 14
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.
- Day 15
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.
- Day 16
Enjoy a free morning, vehicle with driver is at your disposal. In the afternoon, our representative will meet you at hotel lobby then escort you to Delhi airport for your flight to next destination.
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