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Exotic Rajasthan & North India Tour

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Duration : 16 NIGHTS / 17 DAYS

Destinations Covered : DELHI – SHEKHAWATI – BIKANER- OSIAN –JAISALMER – KHEECHAN – JODHPUR- RANAKPUR - UDAIPUR – PUSHKAR – JAIPUR – AGRA – KHAJURAHO – VARANASI

Day-01: Arrival

Delhi Arrive at Delhi airport and meet with our representatives who shall assist and transfer you to the pre-booked hotel. In the evening, drive through Rajpath and its two famous monuments- Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of President of India and the India Gate, the war memorial built in honor of brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War I and Afghan War. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel.

Day-02: Delhi

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Full day tour of Old and New Delhi visiting famous tourist attractions starting from the 12th century Qutab Minar, one of the tallest single minarets in the world with verses from Holy Quran inscribed on its walls. An iron pillar located at the site is a source of curiosity for metallurgist around the world bcoz of if remaining rust free for over 1600 years! A splendid example of fusion architecture, Humayun’s tomb is our next destination followed by drive toward Old Delhi. Here, we shall visit< b>Red Fort- the capital of ancient ‘Shahjahanabad city’ of Mughal era, Jama Masjid- the sacred Mosque housing the sacred belongings of prophet including his foot prints in marble slab. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the narrow alleyway of Chandni Chowk where those fond of spicy food may savor its delicious ‘Chat food’. Visit Mahatma Gandhi’s Samadhi (final resting place)-Rajghat to pay tribute to the father of the nation before the drive to Corbett forest reserve for overnight stay.

Day-03: Delhi - Shekhawati

After a leisurely breakfast, drive to the Shekhawati region lying in the north-east of Rajasthan. Post lunch, our luxury India tour representatives shall take you on sightseeing of this Marwari community dominated area also known as open art gallery of Rajasthan. There are beautiful Havelis(mansions) located displaying rich and artistic frescos adoring the walls, which have stood the test of time and are still in their old glory. Overnight at Shekhawati hotel.

Day-04: Bikaner - Osian - Jaisalmer

After a leisurely breakfast, proceed for a scenic drive passing through sand dunes and remote villages to arrive at Jaisalmer (330 km). Enroute visit Osian village, famous for the exotic 11th century temples revered highly by locals who visit here to perform various religious ceremonies. After exploring the temples still in excellent condition, continue driving to arrive and check-in at Jaisalmer luxury hotel.

Day-05: Jaisalmer

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Jaisalmer is popularly called the Golden City of Rajasthan. Proceed for the tour of famous Jaisalmer Fort- the so called ‘living fort’ of Rajasthan due to the fact that a large number of villagers still resides in this historical place. As we enter through its entrance, we shall witness several houses, colorful markets and Havelis inside the fort.

Sightseeing of famous Havelis of Jaisalmer displaying beautiful rich frescos from the bygone royal age. Some of the beautiful mansions include "Patwon ki Haveli", "Salim singh ki Haveli" and "Nathmalji ki Haveli". Evening drive to the Sam village for an adventurous one hour Horse /Camel safari in the picturesque Sam sand dunes followed by return to the camp for dinner and overnight stay. Overnight stay at the luxury hotel in Jaisalmer.

Day-06: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur

Morning drive to Jodhpur-the ‘Blue City’ of Rajasthan and also the gateway to the great Thar desert. Upon arrival transfer to the luxurious hotel where a traditional lunch will be served. Apart from a number of sightseeing options, our main destination will be world’s largest residence – the Umaid Bhawan Palace. The Jodhpur region was going through a famine like situation and the fort was built to provide a means of employment to the villagers. The end product was a very impressive and beautiful Palace which is now one of the landmark hotels of Rajasthan. Overnight at Jodhpur hotel.

Day-07: JODHPUR

After a leisurely breakfast, visit the impressive Meherangarh Fort located at a 150m high hill and sprawling over 15 km. With its four gigantic gates, the fort encloses some magnificent palaces with intricately arved panels and latticed windows. Next destination is the marble cenotaph Jaswant Thada, built in 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Portraits of various Jodhpur rulers on the main cenotaph exhibit the bravado of Rajput rulers. Overnight stay at Hotel in Jodhpur

Day-08: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur

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After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Udaipur enroute visiting the historical town of Ranakpur. This town is famous for the Jain temples comprising of 1444 pillars none of which are alike. Exhibiting rich carvings and artistic details, it is an important part of any Jain pilgrimage tour. Arrive at Udaipur and your Luxury India tour representative shall transfer you to the designated hotel. Overnight stay at Udaipur.

Day-09: Udaipur-Pushkar

After breakfast full day sightseeing of Udaipur …. Start from The City Palace, located at the midst of picturesque Lake Pichola and displaying beautiful carvings and decorative work in its rooms, corridors, pavilions, hanging gardens and courtyards. Built in 1559, the City Palace is a must-visit for the tourists arriving in Udaipur. The panoramic view of the "Jag Niwas" and "Jag Mandir" is an added attraction. Adored with a series of wall paintings of Lord Krishna, its other attractions include the Mor-Chowk (Peacock courtyard) and the Chini Chitrashala. A romantic boat ride on Lake Pichola beckons the visitors.

Jagdish Temple: regarded as the largest and most beautiful temple of Udaipur, his Indo-Aryan Temple was built on the orders of Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651 AD. The temple of Jagannath Rai, now called Jagdishji, is a major monument and should be seen carefully.

Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir: This Indian Folk Arts Museum displays ornaments, folk dresses, paintings, puppets, folk deities, masks, dolls and folk musical instruments.

Saheliyon-ki-Bari : Also called the garden of the maids of honor, this beautiful garden was made for the queens, complete with many fountains and other important figures.

Afternoon drive to Pushkar, the historical, cultural and religious hub built around the scenic Pushkar Lake. The site holds world’s largest humanity during Pushkar Fair and is also revered by Hindus for being the only place in the world where a temple dedicated exclusively to Lord Brahma (creator of world) exists. Enjoy a day at leisure roaming the streets of Pushkar, buying trinkets and souvenirs for loved ones back home. Overnight at Pushkar Palace.

DAY-10: PUSHKAR-JAIPUR

Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur and upon arrival meet with our representatives who shall assist & transfer you to a royal palace. In the evening enjoy a traditional Rajasthani dinner at Chowki Dhani, an ethnic Rajasthani resort. Spend a leisurely evening amidst the sand dunes with traditional song & dance program organized at the resort. You shall also enjoy puppet shows, camel ride and organic tattoo called 'Mehandi'.

DAY-11: JAIPUR

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Full day sightseeing of Jaipur, the ‘Pink city’ of India. Regarded as one of the most culturally rich cities of Rajasthan, Jaipur is also one of the most well planned ones. Morning excursions to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of Rajput rulers where we shall be taking a ride upon elephants back to reach to fort’s entrance. The breathtaking interiors and decorative art of Amber fort gives an insight into the opulence of Royal Rajput lifestyle. Some exquisite buildings inside include mirror palace, summer palace and winter palace.

Post lunch visit to Hawa Mahal (Palace or Winds) built to allow royal ladies to watch the royal possessions without being seen from outside. Continue toward City Palace, a picturesque building divided into series of buildings, gardens and courtyards and the residence of present royal family of Jaipur. A part of the palace has been converted into museum displaying royal armory, artifacts and other rare articles. Our next destination is Jantar Mantar, the 17th century astronomical observatory which is remarkably accurate for that period.

DAY-12: JAIPUR-BHARATPUR-FATEHPUR-AGRA

Drive to Agra en-route visiting the Bharatpur bird sanctuary and Fatehpur sikri. Bharatpur: regarded as one of the best bird sanctuaries in Asia and best in India, it is home to a large no. of birds both resident and migratory who come from faraway places including China, Afghanistan and Siberia. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the best way to tour the reserve is by a rickshaw ride as these rickshaw pullers are trained and are well aware of the whereabouts of exotic birds.

Fatehpur Sikri: This picturesque fort used to be the capital of Mughals before being abandoned due to lack of potable water. Most of the monuments are still in remarkably preserved state, some of which include Diwan-i-Am( hall of public audience), Diwan-I-Khas( hall of private audience), the picturesque Sheesh Mahala and Panch Mahal. Continue drive to Agra and upon arrival meet with our luxury India tour representatives who will transfer you to a luxury hotel. Overnight stay at Agra.

DAY-13: AGRA-Khajuraho

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Today our expert guide shall take you to Taj Mahal, the world renowned monument of love. Emperor Shahjahan after the untimely death of his wife Mumtaz Mahal was said to have grown old within few months and when he came out of the self imposed solitude, he had a vision to immortalize the love in an architecture which will stand the test of time. Spend enough time exploring the monument and few others located in the Taj complex before driving towards Red Fort, the place where four of the Mughal rulers controlled their vast empires. This was also the place from where Shahjahan spent his last days staring at the Taj Mahal after being imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb. Evening transfer to railway station for overnight train to Khajuraho with dinner on-board.

Day-14: Khajuraho

Morning arrival at Khajuraho from where our representatives shall transfer you to the pre-booked hotel. later proceed for sightseeing of Khajuraho known the world over as the temples of love. Khajuraho displays the eroticism artistically through its sculptures. Built between 950 to 1050 AD and displaying architectural skills of medieval India, these temples are divided into Southern, eastern and western group of temples. Each temple has vivid details of couples in varying erotic postures. A detailed sightseeing of temples before evening Sound & Light Show at the temples. Dinner & overnight stay at Khajuraho.

Day-15: Khajuraho-Varanasi (by air)

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Morning transfer to airport for flight to Varanasi and upon arrival our representatives shall transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure; walk through the narrow alleyways or busy markets of this historical place or just relax at the hotel. Overnight at Varanasi.

Day-16: Varanasi

Varanasi: regarded as one of the oldest living cities of the world, Varanasi is the sacred place to achieve ‘Nirvana’, as it is believed to be the gate to heaven. Early morning drive to the Ganges river bank, regarded the most sacred of all rivers in India due to its strong mythological connections. We shall be enjoying a boat ride on the sacred river. Varanasi attracts a large number of old aged pilgrims who come here in fervent hope of attaining nirvana as it is believed that those who die here goes to Heaven, getting rid of the rebirth and Karma cycle. Our visit to its holy temples includes Bharat Mata temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Kali Mata temple and Sankat Mochan Temple. Later in the day, drive to Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha preached His first sermon.

Day-17: Varanasi - Delhi (by air)

Morning transfer to Varanasi airport for flight to Delhi and upon arrival transfer to international airport for flight back home.