Met on arrival by CHI representative. Traditional welcome with garlanding and Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast city tour of Old Delhi visiting Rajghat-the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, Red Fort, massive fort which was built by Shah Jehan. between 1638 to 1648; and Chandni Chowk. Afternoon city tour of New Delhi visiting Humayuns Tomb : built in mid 16th century this is an early example of Mughal architecture; Qutab Minar, drive past India Gate, President House, Connaught Place. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, drive towards Mandawa in the Shekhawati region known as "the open air art gallery" of Rajasthan. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Afternoon, visit Mandawa (Shekawati region) famous for painted havelis (houses) most of which date back from the 18th century. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive to Bikaner. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Afternoon visit Camel breeding farm gives a unique view when hundreds of camels come back from grazing. You can have some thick camel milk while listening to a Raika or Rebari, a camel breeder's tribe telling you about camels and camellore and how they are bred. The gamboling baby-camels make a very enchanting sight. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning after breakfast visit Junagarh Fort which was constructed between 1588 and 1593 by a general in the army of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. The fort has a 986m long wall with 37 bastions and two entrances. Later drive to Jaisalmer en-route visit Karni Mata Temple (Rat Temple). Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning after breakfast visit Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and Patwon-ki- Haveli; a five storey mansion with carved pillars & murals of Salim Singh. Also visit Gadsisar, which had once supplied water to the city; the temples & archways around it have been built by a courtesan.
Afternoon, excursion to Sam 45 km away, is known for its sand dunes & is the venue for the Desert festival. Get the actual feel of the desert by enjoying a camel ride on the sand dunes and witness a magnificent sunset on the sand dunes. Return to Jaisalmer for overnight stay.
Morning after breakfast drive to Jodhpur. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Mehnargarh Fort located at the very centre of the city. There are in all, three gates, each built to commemorate a particular victory, as well as to reinforce the fort & Jaswant Thada, close to the fort complex lies this white marble cenotaph, built in 1899, in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive to Udaipur en-route visit Ranakpur Jain Temple. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of time free at leisure. Evening walks to the Udaipur bazaars or shop at Shilpgram crafts village. Overnight stay at hotel.
In the morning, after breakfast proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of Udaipur. The sightseeing includes visits to City Palace which is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan; Jagdish temple, a fine Indo Aryan temple built in 1651; Sahelion ki Bari or Garden of the Maids of Honour, which is a small garden with its fountains, kiosks, marble elephants & lotus pool. Evening enjoy boat cruises at the picturesque Lake Pichola. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Pushkar en-route visiting Chittorgarh. The hilltop fortress of Chittorgarh epitomises the whole romantic ideal of Rajput chivalry. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Rest of time free at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning after breakfast sightseeing tour of Pushkar visit Bramha Temple, which is very famous in India because it is only temple in the country that is dedicated to Lord Brahma. No pilgrimage is considered complete without a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake, believed to have been created by Lord Brahma himself. Later drive to Jaipur. On arrival in the city, check in at the hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride from the foothills of the Aravallis to the fort entrance. Amber Fort: At a distance of 11 kms from Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipur state. Construction of the fort began in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's army and is a superb example of Rajput architecture. Afternoon city tour of Jaipur visiting the City Palace which has museum having an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamel ware and weapons; Jantar Mantar - the observatory built my Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728 and the façade of Hawa Mahal. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast drive to Agra en-route visit Fatehpur sikri. On arrival in Agra, check in at the hotel. Later proceed for a sightseeing tour. Visit Red fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful structures, Itmad-ud-daulah, which was contracted by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628. Evening, explore the colourful markets of the city. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Early morning visit Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) by sunrise, which was constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Return hotel for breakfast. Afternoon drive back to Delhi International airport to connect flight for your onward destination. DEPART.
Mr Arvind Goswami
29/1G/1 Kachi Sarai Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India - 282001
North India Holidays - 12 D / 11 N
Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi
Rajasthan Heritage Tour - 16 D / 15 N
Delhi - Samode - Nawalgarh - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ghanerao - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Deogarh - Kanota - Agra
Glimpses of India - 21 D / 20 N
Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Bundi - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra - Gwalior - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi