Rajasthan and Varanasi
Duration : 15 Days/ 14 Nights
Destinations: New Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra - Train - Varanasi - Flight - New Delhi
Day 01: Arrive in New Delhi »
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 heritage haveli in Mandawa.
Day 03: Mandawa — Bikaner - 3 Hrs Drive»
Breakfast at your hotel, then driven 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 half-day 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 at a hotel in Jaisalmer.
Day 05: Jaisalmer »
Breakfast followed by a 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 walk through 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 — Udaipur- 5 Hrs Drive »
On the way to Udaipur, an afternoon visit of 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 12 to 5 pm. On the way to Udaipur, visit Kumbhalgarh Fort - compared to the Great Wall of China for its immense stone boundary covering the village of Kumbhalgarh over a hilltop. Further driven to Udaipur via a visit to 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 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.
Day08: 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 where several palaces were 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, and 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 09: 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 gifts 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 10: Pushkar — Jaipur - 3 Hrs Drive »
Proceed for a drive to Jaipur - the Pink City of India. Upon arrival in Jaipur transfer to your hotel to 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 11: 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 12: Jaipur — Agra - 5 Hrs Drive»
Breakfast at your hotel, then visit Galta Sun Temple in Jaipur before driving to Agra - the city of world-famous Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. On the way, visit Abhaneri, which is a small beautiful village. You will visit Chandbaori there. 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, check into hotel and take a rest. Overnight at a hotel in Agra.
Day 13: Agra — Night Train to Varanasi - 2nd Class AC »
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 your hotel for breakfast. 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. Afterward, drive back to Delhi. On the way, visit Sikandra. Later, take a night train to Varanasi.
Day 14: Varanasi »
In the morning, you will be received by your driver at the railway station. Take a morning boat excursion on the river Ganges. Hindus bathe early in the morning to offer their prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika and Harishchandra, where funeral pyres burn day and night. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on the banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death. Then visit Sarnath and Ramnagar. Overnight at a hotel in Varanasi.
Day 15: Varanasi — Flight to Delhi »
In the morning, take a flight to Delhi. You will be received by your driver at the Delhi airport. According to your flight timing, you could spend some time in Delhi. Later, check-in for international flights beginning 3 hours prior to flight departure time for economy class or 2 hours before business/first class.