Duration: 18 Nights / 19 Days
Places Covered: Delhi – Mandawa – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Osian – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Dungarpur – Chittorgarh – Kota – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Agra – Delhi
Day1 - Arrive Delhi
Traditional welcome on arrival at Delhi international airport and transfer to hotel.
Day2 - Delhi
After breakfast, guided tour of historic city of Delhi. The city where one can experience the influence of the many rulers who ruled this region, a city built and destroyed and re-built over seven times. The guided tour takes to the monuments that depict the different eras. The tour includes the magnificent Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, Asia's largest mosque, Rajghat - the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi - the "Father of the Nation". Afternoon tour of New Delhi to include Humanyun Tomb, Birla Mandir, Bahai Temple, Qutab Minar, India Gate, President'' House and drive through Connaught Place. Evening, see Son-et-Lumerie at Red Fort (optional). Overnight at hotel.
Day3 - Delhi - Mandawa (250kms/ 5 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Upon arrival, check in hotel. Evening free at leisure to visit the local havelis and forts in Mandawa. Overnight at hotel.
Day4 - Mandawa - Bikaner (190 kms / 4 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Then drive to Bikaner. Check in hotel. Later, half-day guided sightseeing of various Havelis & palaces of the Rajput era. Overnight at hotel.
Day5 - Bikaner – Jaisalmer (325 kms / 6.5 hrs)
Breakfast. Later, drive to Jaisalmer. Enjoy the drive viewing the lovely life of the deserted land, passing through the villages. Evening, enjoy camel ride to the Sam Sand Dunes in the desert city of Rajasthan. Arrive Jaisalmer by late evening. Overnight at hotel.
Day6 - Jaisalmer
Breakfast at hotel. Then, full day guided city sightseeing visiting the Jaisalmer Fort, Jain Temple, Gadsisar Tank, Folk Museum, Patwan Ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Diwan Nathmal ki Haveli, Badal Vilas Palace and evening walk through narrow cobbled streets. Overnight at hotel.
Day7 - Jaisalmer – Osian (240 kms / 5 hrs)
Breakfast. Drive to Osian, the camel camp in the Thar desert. Enjoy a camel safari to nearby oasis village Khetasar (2.30 hrs ride). One also visits the local potter, weavers, Bishnois huts along the Safari route. On reaching Khetasar the guests are brought back to camp in 4 wheel drive Jeeps. The evening is spent at the camp with folk entertainment followed by a sit down dinner. Overnight at the camp.
Day8 - Osian – Jodhpur (65 kms / 1.5 hrs)
Breakfast. Drive to Jodhpur, the capital of the Marwar State. A full day guided sightseeing tour of the city, which includes: Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada and Mandore Garden. Evening free to explore the tiny shops in the narrow lanes of the city. Overnight at a hotel.
Day9 - Jodhpur – Udaipur (260kms / 5 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Udaipur. Enroute stopover at Ranakpur, to visit the famous Jain temples. The City of Dawn, surrounded by the ancient Aravali Mountains and set on the edge of three lakes, is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples. Enjoy day on the banks of the Lake Pichola or at the numerous shops that dot the narrow windings streets of Udaipur. Overnight at hotel.
Day10 - Udaipur
After breakfast, full day guided sightseeing of the city including City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon-ki-Bari and a excursion to Eklingi, famous for its Jain temples. Overnight at hotel.
Day11 - Udaipur – Dungarpur (110 kms / 2 hrs)
Breakfast. Drive to Dungarpur. Enroute stopover at the Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful stretch of virgin forest, having untouched areas of countryside around it. Visit the rock carvings of the Mesolithic era, old temples and overwhelming tribal population. On arrival at Dungarpur, check into hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day12 - Dungarpur
Breakfast. Take a guided tour of the Juna Mahal, the Gaib Sagar Lake famous for its shrine of Shri Nathji lying along the lake and the Vijay Raj Rajeshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Evening free for leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day13 - Dungarpur – Chittorgarh (275 kms / 6 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for Chittorgarh - the well-established citadel and the capital of Mewar rulers. On arrival check into the hotel for wash-n-change. Then proceed on a guided tour of the Chittorgarh Fort, which stands 180 mtrs high with each stone narrating its own story. Overnight at hotel.
Day14 - Chittorgarh – Kota (250 kms / 5 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for Kota. On arrival check into the hotel for wash-n-change. Then proceed on a guided tour of Kota, to include City Fort Palace, Museum and Jagmandir Palace. Overnight at hotel
Day15 - Kota – Bundi – Sawai Madhopur (210 kms)
Breakfast. Proceed to Bundi, for a half-day guided tour of the Taragarh Fort, Raniji-ki-Baoli, (Queen's step well) and Nagar Sagar Kund. In the afternoon drive to Sawai Madhopur. Evening free at the national park. Overnight at resort.
Day16 - Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur (180 kms / 3.5 hrs)
Breakfast. Drive onto Jaipur - the Pink City of Rajasthan. Upon arrival in Jaipur, transfer to the hotel for wash 'n' change. Later, guided half-day city tour of Jaipur covering Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), City Palace, Jantar Mantar (Royal Observatory). Overnight at hotel.
Day17 - Jaipur
Enjoy a royal breakfast at hotel. Then guided excursion to the majestic Amber Fort - the erstwhile capital of the Kachwahas Rajputs before they moved to their newly built capital in Jaipur. This is the only fort where one can still go by the elephant back even today like a Maharaja. Evening at leisure for enjoying the real charm of this royal city to stroll in the local bazaars to see some handicrafts and artisans. Overnight at hotel.
Day18 - Jaipur – Agra (232 kms / 4.5 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Then proceed to Agra via Fatepur Sikri; a World Heritage Site. Assisted by a guide visit this world famous complex of monuments and temples built in a uniform architectural style. In the afternoon, visit the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. The Taj Mahal of Agra is a monument built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of her wife Mumtaz Mahal while the Agra Fort was built by Emperor Akbar. Built with red sandstone the Fort is a mixture of the Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture
Day19 - Agra – Delhi (200 kms / 4 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Delhi. On arrival check into hotel for wash-n-change. Depending on flight schedule transfer to international airport for connecting flight to onward destination.
Rajasthan Heritage Tour Reservation Form