Duration : 17 Days / 16 Nights
Route : Delhi – Mandawa – Bikaner – Pokran – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur – Pushkar - Jaipur – Amber Fort – Fatehpur Sikari – Agra – Delhi –(Flight) - Goa – (Flight) Delhi
Category : Rajasthan Tours
Welcome to India!!
You will be received by one of the representatives of “Times India Travels” or your driver at the international airport and you will be assisted to your hotel. In the Hotel, the representative/ driver will provide your documents regarding the tour.
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, leave for the sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. Including Jama Masjid- among Asia's largest mosques, Red Fort- the magnificent and most opulent fort which was built during the years 1638 -1648 by the Moghul Empire. Walk through the silver street of Chandni Chowk, Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, A massive temple - Akshar Dham, The Hindu temple -Birla Mandir, The Humayun’s Tomb & Qutub Minar - a 73 m high victory tower and The Bahai Temple - shaped like a lotus flower and a proof of India's secularism. The India Gate - war memorial, The Rashtrapati Bhavan - President's House, Parliament House, and Government Secretariat Buildings.
Overnight stay in Hotel.
After a hearty breakfast, move towards Mandawa. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. After sometime, we leave to see Mandawa which is also called the “open-air art gallery of Rajasthan’. The area is famous for the high-quality frescoes. See the beautifully painted Havelis in the ancient and the famous silk route built in the 18th and 19th centuries by the rich merchants. Later you can take a heritage walk in this beautiful village. You will also see the traditional lifestyle of the local people. Overnight stay at Mandawa hotel.
After breakfast, we will drive to Bikaner. On the way visit Fatehpur Village which is also famous for its splendid Havelis of Shekhawati region. Reach Bikaner by afternoon later set of for the sightseeing tour of Bikaner includes visiting the impregnable 15th century Junagarh Fort reputed to have remained unconquered till date,the fort has a number of gates- Karan Pol (gate) provides access to the fort, next to it is Suraj Pol (Sun Gate Also visit the Camel Breeding Farm which carries out breeding and training of camels (closed on Sundays). The evening time is to visit Deshnok Rat Temple. Overnight stay at Bikaner hotel.
After having breakfast, leave through the Thar Desert for Jaisalmer, en-route visit Pokharan -- the birthplace of Akbar the Great (3rd Mughal Emperor). We will visit the local market in the heart of the village. After lunch, we will proceed towards Jaisalmer. We will reach there by early evening. Let the Sunset view of this desert city weaves magic on you, leaving you speechless and mesmerized. Overnight at Jaisalmer hotel.
We will head towards the Golden City – Jaisalmer. We will visit places like Sonar Fort or the Golden fort which rises from the sand and merges with the golden hues of the desert ambiance. Manak Chowk, Badal Niwas, Patwon Ki Haveli -- one of the largest and most extensively carved Haveli with remnants of mirror work and paintings on the walls; Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli which is known for its unique miniature style paintings and mighty tuskers carved out of yellow sandstone stand guard to the haveli & Deewan Salim Singh Ki Haveli -- Prime Minister’s residence of the 18th century. Visit the Gadisar lake and then in the evening we will enjoy the camel carts safari for sunset onto Sam or Khuri Sand Dunes where you can also enjoy dinner in mud huts listen to the folk tunes by the local artists and musicians. Overnight at Jaisalmer hotel.
Early Morning, we will depart to Jodhpur, en-route visit Mandore Gardens. Check-in to the hotel. Post lunch sightseeing tour includes Mehrangarh Fort - the pride of Jodhpur, still, stand high witnessing the battles fought. The museum inside the fort displays a rich collection of old royal palanquins, arms, paintings, costumes, etc. Fort has several palaces - Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Takht Vilas, and Jhanki Mahal. On the way down from the fort, towards the left is Jaswant Thada -- intricately carved marble stone temple shaped cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Umaid Bhawan Palace or Chittar Palace -- palace with no mortar bindings, only chiseled sandstone blocks are interlocked together. The evening is leisure or you can walk along with the famous spice market and feel the flavors of Indian spices. Overnight stay at Jodhpur hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Udaipur en-route visit Ranakpur, the city named after Rana Kumbha, known for its Jain temple. The four images of Adinath are enshrined in the main temple called 'Chamukh', having 29 halls and 1444 columns all with differently carved sculptures. The complex also includes Sun Temple, Amba Mata Temple, Parsvanath and Neminath temples. Overnight stay at the hotel. Later Kumbhalgarh Fort – One of the few impregnated forts in Rajasthan, with the 2nd longest wall after china around Kumbhalgarh, the Muchchal Mahavir temple is widely popular. This fort stands on a rocky hill commanding an excellent view of the wild and rugged scenery of the Aravallis and the sandy desert of Marwar. Reach Udaipur in the afternoon and check into a hotel. Later, see Sahelion ki Bari where Maharana Sangram Singh built this garden complex with fountains and lakes for his beautiful daughter. After that move around the narrow streets of Udaipur. Overnight stay at Udaipur hotel.
After breakfast moves out for the city tour of Udaipur visit the City Palace -- a grand palace with beautiful architecture, the Jagdish Temple -- dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and the folk art museum with a colorful collection of puppets, paintings, and musical instruments. In the evening you can wander through the city or take a boat ride on Lake Pichola and you will also see the fabulous lake palaces of Udaipur, including the Jag Mandir Palace, and the Jag Niwas Palace which is now known as the Taj Lake Palace and you can enjoy your dinner in a regal ambiance. Overnight at Udaipur hotel.
Leave Udaipur and head towards Pushkar on the way to visit the Eklingji and Nagda Jain Temple. Also, visit the Saas and Bahu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. Afternoon reaches the Holy City - Pushkar, the place where Lord Brahma (Creator of the Hindu Trinity) and Savitri (His Wife) perform “Yagnas”. Here we visit Brahma Temple and Lake Pushkar, where devotees take a holy bath in the lake water. The legend says that the lake sprout on the place where the lotus petals fell on earth from the hands of Lord Brahma. Pushkar is popular for the Pushkar Fair or Camel Fair that is held every year in the month of November. In the evening enjoy the walk along with the colorful and bustling local market. Overnight at Pushkar hotel.
On the way to Jaipur in Ajmer we will visit “Dargah Sharif”, Nasiya Golden Jain Temple, and Adhai Din Ka Jhopra. After that welcome to The Capital city of Rajasthan which is also known as “Pink City”. In the afternoon, set off to see the City Palace which is still the home of the former royalty H.H Bhawani Singh Ji of Jaipur. It houses a huge collection of art, carpets, and old weapons. Later we will visit- Jantar Mantar Observatory, which is situated in the heart of the city where time has been accurately measured since the 17th century the largest and best-preserved stone observatory. While going back, we will visit Birla Temple. Overnight at Jaipur hotel.
An entire day of sightseeing stops in Amber to see the dramatic hill fort - climbing the grand fort on a painted elephant. We wander among glittering inlays and the Hall of Mirrors ‘Sheesh Mahal’. Within the palace is Diwan-e-Aam the "Hall of Public Audience" Diwan-e-Khas the "Hall of Private Audience" and the Sukh Niwas where a cool breeze blows, the Jai Mandir or the "Temple of Victory". Enroute visit Jal Mahal “Water Palace” built in the center of Maota Lake which was a resting place of the kings. Hawa Mahal also known as the Palace of Winds is the facade of which is all pink windows and filigree screens. After Lunch visit “Monkey Temple”, Galta Sun Temple -- a beautiful place surrounded by mountains. Enjoy a Bollywood movie at the Second best Cinema in Asia- “Rajmandir” in the evening. Then enjoy a delicious dinner with folk dances and music by typical Rajasthani women in an Indian Restaurant.
After a morning at leisure, we drive to the city of Taj, Agra, stopping en-route at the ornithological reserve at Bharatpur – Keoladeo National Park. Post lunch tour of the Phantom city Fatehpur Sikri built by Akbar in the late 16th century, it was abandoned after only 14 years due to the shortage of water. The entire city of Red sandstone (sandstone palaces and temples) is virtually intact and a sight worth seeing is 54 m high main entrance. Jami Mosque, Buland Darwaza, Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chishti, Jodha Bai and Birbal's house are the other attractions. On reaching Agra we will visit the imposing Agra Fort which is built of red sandstone and marble. It is built on a hilltop citadel with fabulous courtyards, fountains, and gates, where Shahjehan was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb. Thereafter, the evening is free to explore this vibrant colorful city and its local markets. Overnight at Agra hotel.
Early morning, we will visit the incomparable Taj Mahal, which is one of the seven wonders in the world. Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife- Queen Mumtaz Mahal. The construction begun in 1631 by 20,000 workmen and it took them 22 years to complete it. The white marble wonder lies in perfect proportion to the elegant garden of fountains on the bank of the Yamuna. Then on the way to Delhi, visit Sikandra -- the last resting place of the Mughal emperor Akbar. Upon arrival in Delhi, overnight stay at New Delhi hotel.
Today you will be dropped to the airport so that you can catch a flight to Goa. On arrival, move to the hotel. Rest of the day you are free to relax on the beach. In the evening enjoy Goan Carnival Theme -- Join a traditional carnival, which is a part of Goa’s rich Portuguese heritage. Where song, revelry, and dance, great food and good wine come together beautifully. Discover the joy of Goa cuisine at a delightful buffet dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Today you will explore North Goa and South Goa. In the evening we have for you the Fishing Village which is a part of Goa's rich cultural heritage. The local Goa fishing village is built on the grounds of the hotel, which makes a perfect backdrop for a charming evening in a very rustic environment. The artisans, while showcasing their skills, drew the village dancers to the music of a local band. Overnight at the hotel.
This day you can relax on Beach. In the evening, enjoy Seafood Bar-be-cue on the beach – Dine under a starlit sky on succulent lobsters, jumbo prawns and other local seafood delicacies which form part of a delightful bar-be-cue set up on a lovely stretch of the Goan beach. Guests may also cook their food on skewers over a campfire. A local musician captures the magic of the moment on his guitar strings. Overnight to be spent at the hotel.
The morning after breakfast drive to the airport to board the flight to Delhi or Mumbai. Upon arrival assistance and transferred to International airport 3hrs before the scheduled flight time to board your International flight to your home country.
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