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Home >> Tour Package India >>Romance of the Desert
Romance of the Desert
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Delhi-Agra-Jaipur-Pushkar-Udaipur-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Bikaner-Mandawa-Delhi ( 13 Nights/ 14 Days )
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Day 01 / Arrival Delhi
On Arrival, our representative will welcome you at the airport & transfer to hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 02 / Delhi - Agra (By Road)Romance of the Desert
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi:
DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.
Old Delhi-The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat- the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end.Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India. It's also known as 'Masjid-i-Jahan Numa','Jahan' means 'World' and Numa means 'Visible'. Its courtyard has a capacity to hold nearly 25,000 worshippers.New Delhi would include a visit to theHumayun's Tomb- The tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayun reflects the traditional Islamic style of architecture-with a bulbous dome, geometric patterns, high arches, spire, lattice stone windows, geometric proportions. the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue- Rajpath, pastthe imposing India Gate , Parliament House, the President's Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.
Afternoon leave Delhi & drive to Agra, arrive Agra & check into the hotel. Overnight in Agra.

Day 03 / Agra - Jaipur ( By road )
Early morning visit the world famous place in Agra–Taj Mahal-It is a White marble memorial (seven wonders of the world )Built by Shah Jahan to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal.Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra., This monument took 22 years , 20,000 men laboured over to complete and designed it .It is planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen..
Also visit Agra Fort -Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms Also visit Itmad-up-Dau's tomb, built by Noorjehan in memory of her father.
Afternoon leave Agra & drive to Jaipur enroute visiting for sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri-The deserted city Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire between 1570 and 1585.It was founded by the Mughal emperor Akbar to honor the Muslim saint Shaikh Salim Chishti, who had foretold the birth of Akbar's son and heir, Jahangir. Fatehpur Sikri stands untouched and perfectly preserved; a complete medieval fortress of red sandstone, with vast central squares, exquisitely carved multi-tiered pavilions, cool terraces and formal gardens.It ia s a masterpiece of Muslim architecture. It is a 25 miles (40km) west of Agra. Visit the remains, it fortifications within the city including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other palaces. Arrival in Jaipur & check
into hotel.Overnight in Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur & check into the Hotel .Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 04 / Jaipur
In morning proceed for sightseeing of Jaipur with our representative & visit the majestic Amber Fort-located in Amber 11 km from Jaipur, It is set on the dry wrinkled Aravali Hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements. Ride up on Elephants to the former capital of the royals set against the backdrop of the wooded hills.

City Palace which is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Sawai Maharaja Jai Singh, who founded Jaipur and also laid the foundation of the City Palace. The City Palace has projecting balconies, arches and the entrances. The palace covers one-seventh of the area in Jaipur. The City Palace also has a museum with an exclusive collection of Rajasthani costumes, miniature paintings, carpets and royal paraphernalia

Later visit Hawa Mahal- Constructed in 1799.It is the most sensational monument in the city of Jaipur.Hawa mahal ( Palace of Winds) from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneak views of the outside world.The palace has 953 niches and windows. This five-story, pyramid-shaped structure is made up of small casements, each with tiny windows and arched roofs, beautifully modeled and carved. There is a total lack of ornamentation on the inner face of the building. The chambers are plain and more mass of pillars and passages leading to the top storey.Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 05 / Jaipur - Udaipur ( By road )
In morning leave Jaipur & drive to Udaipur- an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan enroute visiting Pushkar. Pushkar boasts temples, though few are as ancient as you might expect at such an important pilgrimage site, since many were deserted by Aurangzeb and subsequently rebuilt. The most famous is the Brahma Temple, the holy lake of Pushkar is believed to have been created by Lord Brahma himself. It is as important as Banaras or Puri. the only temple in the country that is dedicated to Brahma.It's marked by red spire, and over the entrance gateway is the hans, or goose symbol, of Brahma, who is said to have personally chosen Pushkar as its site. Arrival in Udaipur and check into the hotel. Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 06 / Udaipur
In morning proceed for the city sight seeing tour of Udaipur. The city is built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh and has been described as the most romantic spot on the continent of India by Col. James Todd. Also Visit the various places in Udaipur like City Palace museum- A majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake on a hill surrounded by crenulated walls, it is a conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces corridors rooms and hanging gardens, the Jagdish temple- Built in 1651A.D. by Maharana Jagat Singh, this Indo army temple is the largest and the most beautiful temple , Sahelion Ki Bari (Queen's resort for their friends& Garden of the maids of Honor)- This small ornamental garden was a popular relaxing sport where royal ladies came for a stroll and hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools chiseled kiosks and marble elephants, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk art museum)-The interesting collection exhibited by this Indian folk arts museum includes folk dresses ornaments puppets masks dolls folk musical instruments folk deities and paintings and the Pratap Memorial. Rest of the day at leisure or relax in hotel. Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 07 / Udaipur - Jodhpur ( By road )
After breakfast leave Udaipur & drive to Jodhpur. Arrival in Jodhpur & check into the hotel. Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 08 / Jodhpur
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for city sight seeing tour of Jodhpur. Jodhpur - The imperial sun city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha it was once known as Marwar or the 'Land of Death, Visit the famous places in jodhpur like Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill,it is the most impressive fortress in Rajasthan. The 5 km long ramparts of the fort, perched on a 125 metre - high rocky cliff in the middle of the city, has four gates which can be approached by a winding road., visit Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit Jaswant Thada-This cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in 1899 A.D. in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, also houses the portraits of various kings who ruled Jodhpur in the past. and Umaid Public gardens. Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 09 / Jodhpur - Jaisalmer ( By road )
In Morning leave Jodhpur & drive to Jaisalmer, Arrival Jaisalmer & check into the hotel. Evening at leisure or relax in hotel. Overnight in Jaisalmer.

Day 10 / Jaisalmer
Morning proceed for city sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer with our representative. Jaisalmer-the golden beauty, etched in yellow sandstone. Throbbing in the heart of the Thar, the burnished sandstone, is an intricately molded wonderland in place of a barren land, today stands a city of gilded magic. The origins of Jaisalmer go back to the 12th century, when Rawal Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Ludarwa and laid the foundation of a new city. Jaisalmer is famous for cobbled streets, strewn with palaces, forts, temples and havelis. Every house, here, is exquisitely carved, having filigreed work all over. Visit the magnificient fort, the Patwon Ki Haveli ( Mansion)- One of the most exquisite buildings in the walled city, which truly exemplifies the architectural style typical of erstwhile Rajputana. It is five storeyed and the extensive corridors and chambers are supported by intricately carved pillars. and Salim singh Ki Haveli, Distinctive for its blue cupola roof, this extraordinary mansion in yellow stone is covered entirely with intricate carvings and has an elaborate projecting balcony on the top floor. It is the supreme examples of the art. Evening camel ride to visit Sam Dunes. Overnight in Jaisalmer.

Day 11 / Jaisalmer - Bikaner ( By road )
Morning leave Jaisalmer & drive to Bikaner. Arrive & check into the hotel. Overnight in Bikaner.

Day 12 / Bikaner
Morning proceed for city sightseeing tour of Bikaner , named after its founder Rao Bikaji in 1488. But long before this, the city was trade center on the caravan routes from Africa and West Asia. Bikaner's dominant features are rippling sands and abundant sunshine. The city stands on an elevation, enclosed by a 7 Kms wall, which can be entered from 5 gate. Bikaner City is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh the fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. A region coveted by several Rajput clans, Bikaner is well known as the land of the finest riding camels, in the world. Also visit Lallgarh Palace the museum - The architectural masterpiece in red sandstone, the palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh (1881-1942 A.D.) in the memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singhji in 1902 AD. The palace has beautiful latticework and filigree work., Bhanda Sagar Jain and Deshnoke Rat temple- where there is an unusual temple dedicated to rats, who are believed to be the reincarnations of people. Overnight in Bikaner.

Day 13 / Bikaner - Mandawa ( By road )
Morning leave Bikaner & drive to Mandawa, Arrival in Mandawa & check into the hotel. Later visit Mandawa, founded 1755 by Thakur Nawal Singh and still the home of his descendants, has beautiful frescoes, havelis and mansions. It is also known open air art gallery of Rajasthan'. Mandawa castle one of the finest castles of Rajasthan, is now a hotel and house of collection of armories, costumes of ancestors, canons from 1820 ancient coins, numismatic collection and many other interesting items, preserved in a museum. The structure of the palace reminds of the cultural and social importance of this region in the past . Overnight in Mandawa.

Day 14 / Mandawa - Delhi - Departure
Morning leave Mandawa & drive to Delhi, Arrival in Delhi & transfer to airport to board flight back home with sweet memories.

Cost Includes:
*** 13 nights accomodation as per the itinerary with daily breakfast.
*** Surface Travel by exclusive airconditioned car.
*** All transfers & sightseeing as per the itinerary.
*** Local english speaking guides.
*** Elephant ride in Jaipur (Subject to availability), Boat ride in Udaipur, Camel ride in Jaisalmer.
*** All taxes, driver allowances, Parking etc.

Cost does not include:
*** Entrance fee to monuments.
*** Any airfare
*** Tips, laundry.
*** Any item not shown in Cost Includes.

Hotels Selected - Luxury (5* Deluxe)
Delhi : The Oberoi / The Imperial
Agra : The Oberoi Amarvilas
Jaipur : The Oberoi RajVilas
Udaipur : Udaivilas
Jodhpur : Taj Hari Mahal
Jaisalmer : Fort Rajwada /Taj Rawalkot
Bikaner : Laxmi Niwas / Gajner Palace
Mandawa : Castle Mandawa / Desert Resort

Hotels Selected - Royal (5* Deluxe)
Delhi : The Metropolitan / The Lalit / The Grand
Agra : Jay Pee Palace / Taj View / Trident
Jaipur : Hotel Trident / Le Meridien
Udaipur : Trident / Shiv Niwas / The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace /Radisson Plaza Resort & Spa
Jodhpur : Taj Hari Mahal
Jaisalmer : Fort Rajwada / Taj Rawalkot
Bikaner : Gajner Palace / Laxmi Niwas
Mandawa : Castle Mandawa / Desert Resort

Hotels Selected - Classic (4*)
Delhi : The Connaught / Hotel City Park / De Marks
Agra : Clarks Shiraz / Holiday Inn
Jaipur : Hari Mahal Palace/ Wall Street / Hotel Clarks Amer / Ramada Plaza / Country Inn & Suits by Carlson
Udaipur : Uday Kothi / Shikarbadi
Jodhpur : Balsamand /Park Plaza / Ranbanka
Jaisalmer : Gorbandh Palace/ Rangmahal
Bikaner : Lallgarh / Karni Bhawan
Mandawa : Castle Mandawa / Desert Resort

Hotels Selected - Jewel (3* - 4* & Heritage)
Delhi : Hotel Gautam Deluxe / Hotel Sunstar
Agra : Hotel Amar / Hotel Usha Kiran
Jaipur : Hotel Jas Vilas / Nana ki Haveli / Dera Rawatsar
Udaipur : Amet Haveli / Hotel Rajdarshan / Swaroop Vilas
Jodhpur : Pal Haveli / Mapple Abhay
Jaisalmer : Hotel Mandir Palace / Garh Jaisal
Bikaner : Lallgarh / Karni Bhawan
Mandawa : Castle Mandawa / Desert Resort

Hotels Selected - Economy (2* Moderate)
Delhi : Hotel Blue Bell / Hotel De Gold
Agra : Royale Residency / Pushapvila
Jaipur : Hotel Vijay Niwas / Hotel Sarang Palace
Udaipur : Mahendra Prakash Haveli / Hotel Shree Jagdish Mahal
Jodhpur : Ratan Vilas/ Shreeram International
Jaisalmer : Nachana Haveli /Mahadev Palace
Bikaner : Harassar Haveli/ Desert Winds/ Hotel Sagar / Hotel RajVilas
Mandawa : Mandawa Haveli / Hotel Heritage Mandawa

 
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