North India and Goa
Duration : 18 Days/ 17 Nights
Destinations: New Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra - New Delhi - Flight - Goa - Flight - New Delhi
Day 01: Arrive in New Delhi »
Traditional welcome - Atithi Devo Bhava (Guest is god) - on arrival with garlanding at Delhi International Airport by a Holiday India Travel’s executive. Transferred in your exclusive airconditioned deluxe car to your hotel. Afterward, take a tour of the historic city of Delhi, where you can experience the influence of those who once ruled this region; a city built and destroyed and rebuilt seven times. The tour takes you to the monuments that depict the different eras, including a visit to a Hindu temple of Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth; the magnificent Red Fort (exterior); Jama Masjid, one of Asia's largest mosques; Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the "Father of the Nation". Afternoon tour of New Delhi to include Humanyun's Tomb, Qutab Minar, India Gate, President's House and a drive through Connaught Place. Overnight at a hotel in Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi — Mandawa, Shekhawati Region - 5 Hrs Drive »
Breakfast at your hotel is followed by a drive southwest of Delhi to the town of Mandawa. Mandawa was founded in the mid-18th century and has well-decorated havelies (mansions) with fresco paintings. Upon arrival, check into a heritage hotel. After lunch, you may like to walk to the many painted havelies of some of the leading business families of the country. Some of the better known havelies of Mandawa are Chowkhani Haveli, Goenka Haveli, Saraf Haveli, Ladia Haveli, etc. Overnight stay in a Mandawa heritage haveli.
Day 03: Mandawa — Bikaner - 3 Hrs Drive»
Breakfast at your hotel, then driven 190 kms west to Bikaner city. Founded in 1486, this fourth largest city of Rajasthan is famous for its spicy snack, besides its palaces, handicrafts and leather articles. Freshen up at your hotel, then proceed for a half-day guided sightseeing of Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace and Laxmi Nath Temple. Later, visit the famous Rat Temple in Deshnoke. Overnight at a hotel in Bikaner.
Day 04: Bikaner — Jaisalmer - 5 Hrs Drive »
Breakfast at your hotel, then proceed to Jaisalmer. Enjoy the drive viewing the lovely life of the desert while passing through villages. On the way, visit Ramdeora Temple. Arrive in Jaisalmer by early evening. Later, enjoy a camel ride and sunset view from Sam Sand Dunes (40 kms west of Jaisalmer). Optional dinner on sand dunes with folk dance. Overnight stay in a hotel in Jaisalmer.
Day 05: Jaisalmer »
Breakfast followed by tour of the city to visit the Jaisalmer Fort, Jain Temple, Gadsisar Tank, Folk Museum and various havelies such as Patwan Ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Diwan Nathmal ki Haveli, Badal Vilas Palace and evening walk through narrow cobbled streets. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Jaisalmer — Jodhpur - 5 Hrs Drive »
Breakfast at your hotel, then driven to Jodhpur, the city founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha. It is the next largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. On arrival, transferred to hotel for check-in, followed by a city sightseeing tour, including Mehrangarh Fort - one of the largest forts in India; Umaid Bhawan Palace - now a grand heritage hotel - an architectural wonder; Jaswant Thada - a 19th century royal cenotaph; Mandore Gardens - the beautiful gardens with high rock terraces make it a popular picnic spot. The garden has a gate known as the Ajitpol, which is decorated with paintings of the gods and goddesses of Indian mythology; and a walk through the Clock Tower. In the old city, the Clock Tower is a prominent landmark, but the main attraction is Sadar Market. The market has kept the old 'haat bazaar' culture alive. Overnight at a hotel in Jodhpur.
Day 07: Jodhpur — Ranakpur – 3 Hrs Drive »
On the way to Ranakpur, visit Bishnoi village to see hand pottery, Bishnoi huts, and local handicrafts. Bishnoi is the community famous as the protector of wildlife. In afternoon, visit unparalleled Jain Temples of Ranakpur. This is the largest Jain temple in the world having 1,444 carved pillars with no two looking alike! Open from 12 to 5 pm. Overnight at a hotel in Ranakpur.
Day 08: Ranakpur — Udaipur – 2 Hrs Drive »
Breakfast at your hotel, then driven to Udaipur via a visit of Kumbhalgarh Fort - compared to the Great Wall of China for its immense stone boundary covering the village of Kumbhalgarh over a hilltop. On the way to Udaipur, visit Eklingji - the most famous temple of Lord Shiva in the state of Rajasthan. This is the only Shiva temple visited by the present Maharaja of Udaipur. Arrive in Udaipur, the City of Dawn, surrounded by the ancient Aravali mountains and set on the edge of three lakes. It is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples. Enjoy a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola to have lovely views of the Jagmandir Palace, also known as the Lake Garden Palace. It is an exquisite palace placed on an estuary island in Pichola Lake in Udaipur, the Lake Palace hotel, City Palace, Shiw Niwas and Fateh Prakash Palace hotel buildings. Overnight at a hotel in Udaipur.
Day 09: Udaipur »
A relaxed breakfast at your hotel is followed by a visit to the city's popular Jagdish Temple with its richly sculptured walls; walk farther toward the City Palace compound gates through the narrow street to visit the City Palace museum on the east bank of Lake Pichola and has several palaces built within its complex. Udaipur was the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar, in the Rajputana Agency, and its last capital. The City Palace in Udaipur was built in a flamboyant style and is considered the largest of its type in Rajasthan. A fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, it was built on a hilltop that has a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings, including several historic monuments, such as the Lake Palace in Lake Pichola; Jag Mandir on another island in the lake; Jagdish Temple close to the palace; Monsoon Palace on top of an overlooking hillock nearby; and Neemach Mata Temple. You may like to enjoy a tea break or a quick sandwich lunch at the City Palace café and further visit Sahelion-ki- Bari - the 'garden of the maids of honour' brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. The delightful gardens appear discreet and in impeccable taste. You may also like to visit the Crystal Gallery, which has a fine collection of crystals of every type and shape from the generations of royal families of Udaipur. Overnight at a hotel in Udaipur.
Day 10: Udaipur — Pushkar - 5 Hrs Drive »
On the way to Pushkar, take an excursion to Chittorgarh Fort and, in Ajmer, visit Nasiya Golden Jain Temple, Chisti’s Mosque, and Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra. Afternoon, visit Brahma Temples, Surya Temple, and take a Heritage Walk to the Ghats of this spiritual city. Later, you can move around the beautiful markets that have lots of things for you to buy. In the evening, enjoy sunset near the hotel Pushkar Palace, which has great views of the Holy Lake. Overnight at a hotel in Pushkar.
Day 11: Pushkar — Jaipur - 3 Hrs Drive »
Proceed for a drive to Jaipur - the Pink City of India. Upon arrival in Jaipur transfer to your hotel where you can freshen up before taking a city tour of Jaipur covering Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), City Palace, and Jantar Mantar (Royal Astronomical Observatory). Overnight at a hotel in Jaipur.
Day 12: Jaipur »
Breakfast at your hotel is followed by an excursion to the majestic Amber Fort on an elephant, the erstwhile capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs before they moved to their newly built capital in Jaipur. This is the only fort where one can still travel by an elephant like a Maharaja. Then visit Jaigarh Fort and Tiger Fort on the way to Water Palace. Take leisure time to shop in this city famous for gems and jewels, or enjoy a walk in the colorful bazaar. In the evening, go to Birla Temple (Marble Temple). Overnight at a hotel in Jaipur.
Day 13: Jaipur — Agra - 5 Hrs Drive»
Breakfast at your hotel, then driven to Agra - the city of world-famous Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. En route, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned 15 years later due to scarcity of water. See Darbar-e-Aam, Palaces, Panch Mahal and Taansen Seat. Continue to Agra and check into your hotel. Later, visit Agra’s Red Fort, built in red sandstone by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. Visit the halls of private and public; Itimad-Ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) described as a 'Jewel Box' and often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. It was built between 1622 and 1628. Also visit a marble factory to witness the inlay work of precious stones known as Pietra dura. It's the same art of stonework illustrated on the Taj Mahal and Baby Taj. It's a learning experience and a treat to the eyes to see the artistry. Overnight at a hotel in Agra.
Day 14: Agra — Delhi – 4 Hrs Drive »
Dawn-view visit of Taj Mahal to witness the wonder of marble that seems to change colors as the sun rises. A UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is best viewed and enjoyed in this non-chaotic and less crowded time of the day. Taj Mahal is closed on Friday. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later driven back to Delhi. On the way, visit Sikandra. Overnight at a hotel in Delhi.
Day 15: Delhi — Flight to Goa »
In the morning, take a flight to Goa where you will be received by your driver at the airport. He will take you to your hotel. Overnight at a hotel in Goa.
Day 16: Goa »
Enjoy your day at the exotic beaches of Goa
Day 17: Goa »
Enjoy your day at the exotic beaches of Goa
Day 18: Goa — Flight to Delhi »
In the morning, take a flight to Delhi. Arrive in Delhi in the afternoon, then transfer to Delhi International Airport to board your flight for your onward journey with sweet memories of your Heritage of Rajasthan tour. Check-in for economy class international flights begins 3 hours prior to flight time; for first-class travelers, arrive 2 hours before departure.