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DELHI - MANDAWA - BIKANER - JAISALMER - JODHPUR - MOUNT ABU - UDAIPUR - KOTA RANTHAMBORE - JAIPUR - AMBER FORT - FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRA - GWALIOR ORCHHA - KHAJURAHO - VARANASI - DELHI

Day 01 / Arrive Delhi
Welcome by presentable representative of Indian Travels Desk with Special welcome & Transfer to hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 02 / Delhi Sightseeing
Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.

Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 Switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Shah Jehan possessing an Exquisite talent, especially in architecture, created the seventh city and in the Process brought about Delhi's glorious renaissance. Start the day Old Delhi. Here you will view Red Fort, the most Opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west From the Red Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded Bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver Being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the Largest mosque in India; and Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colorful market of the old city. Chandni Chowk was the commercial center of Delhi in the old time And you will see it come alive in the morning as the trading day starts.

New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's-it's a city of wide Boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lateens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eight city - New Delhi. Lateens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to Complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and Relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. Visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar,Louts Temple, Drive pass through the Raisina Hill, past the imposing India Gate, President House and Parliament House.

Evening return to the Red Fort to watch the "Son et Lumire" show which is an Interplay of colorful lights and sound tracing the history of monument till date. Overnight stay.

Day 03 / Delhi - Mandawa ( 260 kms - 5 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
After breakfast drive to Mandawa (Shekhwati). The semi-desert region of Shekhwati is popularly known as the 'open-air art gallery' of Rajasthan. The region lies the triangular area between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner and includes Jhunjhuniun, Sikar and Churu districts of Rajasthan, Shekhawati, is unique as no-where else in the world there is such a hundreds of haveli's, temples, cenotaphs, wells and forts. Upon arrival Check-in hotel. Later visit to Havelies in Mandawa notably the Chokhani Saraf & Ladia Havelies, also visit Temples. The terrace of the rugged Fort provides a panoramic view of the town. See the extraordinary frescoes on the walls of the houses and medieval painting of Shekhawati. Overnight stay.

Day 04 / Mandawa-Bikaner (190 Kms - 4 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
After breakfast drive to Bikaner. Bikaner lies on the northern point on the triangle of desert cities. It is royal walled city dating back to 1486 AD. It was established by a Rathore Prince, Bika & came to be called to be Bikaner after him. It was, however, a major trade center as it stood on the ancient caravan route which link central Asia & north India with the Gujurat Sea Ports. Upon arrival check in hotel. Later embark on a tour of Bikaner City, visit the Junagarh Fort, built in 1611 AD. The palaces worth visiting are Anup Mahal, Karan Mahal, and Bijai Phool Mahal. Overnight stay.

Day 05 / Bikaner-Jaisalmer (333 Kms - 6 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
Today morning drive to Jaisalmer, the ancient citadel on the Caravan route linking India With Persia, Arabia and The Mediterranean. This architectural in the 12th Century by Jaisal, a Bhatti Prince. Located in the heart of the Thar desert. Few cities in the world can match the Magnificence.Jaisalmer is renowned for its intricately carved & chiseled Haveli's (Mansions) which illustrate superb craftsmanship. Upon arrival check in Hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 06 / Jaisalmer and Sam Dunes
Morning embark half day tour of Jaisalmer fort. Afterwards visit to the Gadisar Tank & large houses of the merchant called havelies, some of them dating to the Premediveal Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Shah Haveli and Nathamal Ki Haveli with their intricately carved screens on the facades and the typical traditional architecture. Evening At Sam Dunes - Short Camel Ride will be arranged.. You will go in a Caravan through the small ethnic beautiful villages and meeting with local villagers to know about their way of way of living and culture & to see the Spectacular Sun Set. Back to the hotel after a most memorable tour. Overnight stay.

Day 07 / Jaisalmer-Jodhpur (290 Kms - 6 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
Early morning drive to Jodhpur. Jodhpur - the Great Indian Desert, sites on sand stone hill surrounded by a strong wall, approximately 6 miles long with 7 entry gates. Upon arrival check in hotel. Half day sightseeing of the city includes visit to Meherangarh Fort, drive through the old city and past the Clock Tower near the largest spice bazaar in the sub-continent, visit the Jaswant Thada Cenotaph, the royal cremation site and then proceed to see the most magnificent, modern 20th century Palace, the Umaid Bhavan Palace and its museum - a treasure trove. Village Safari (By Jeep)- A memorable outing in Jeeps visit various traditional villages seeing local handicrafts viz. stone makers, pottery, hand weaving and also men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver jewellery, etc. Overnight stay.

Day 08 / Jodhpur- Mount Abu (326 Kms - 6 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
After breakfast countryside drive to Mount Abu- located 4000 ft above sea level is solitary hill station i.e also a pilgrimage center for Jains. Upon arrival checkin Hotel. Afternoon visit world famous Dilwara Jain Temple- consisting of five jain temples built from the beginning of the 11th century onwards with intricate ornamental carvings represent the climax in the art of decoration in stones, Nikki Lake, Brahmin Kumari Ashram, Peace Park & Gyan Sarovar. Overnight stay.

Day 09 / Mount Abu- Udaipur (175 Kms - 3 Hrs. Drive)
After breakfast leave for Udaipur. Enroute visit to Ranakpur temples of the Jains, built in the 15th century in the lovely valley of Aravallis. It has grand structure & beautiful Sculptures. The 1444 pillars in the temple are different from each other. The magic of light & shade is really awe- inspiring. Later proceed to Udaipur. Upon arrival checkin Hotel. Afternoon is free to explore colorful Bazar & Shopping. Over night stay.

Day 10 / Udaipur
Today sight seeing of Udaipur includes The City Palace, drive around Fateh Sagar lake, Sahelion-ki-Bari (The fountained and flowered garden of Maidens), Partap Smarak: A memorial to the legendary warrior Rana Pratap, Bhartiya Lok Mandal Museum. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Evening Boat Cruise at Lake Pichola.Overnight stay.

Day 11 / Udaipur- Kota (270 Kms - 3 Hrs. Drive Approx)
After breakfast drive to Kota-known as the industrial capital of Rajasthan. It has an interesting blend of the Old and the New. The fort, overlooking the mighty Chambal river, is the foremost tourist attraction here. Afternoon sightseeing of Kota. Kota houses the museum and has some elaborately painted chambers. Ghazi Gate- famous for its outstanding mirror work, ebony and ivory inlaid doors. Overnight stay.

Day 12 / Kota- Ranthambore (110 Kms. - 2 Hrs. Drive approx.)
After breakfast drive to Ranthambore.. Upon arrival checkin Hotel. Upon arrival 3 hours Canter drive deep into the Jungle to see the Tiger and Leopard, the main predators found in this reserve. Hyena & Jakal are the Scavengers. Sloth Bear and Wild Bear are the main carnivores. The main herbivores found in this Park are Spotted Deer, Sambhar Deer, Nilgai (Bluebell) antelope, Chinkara (Indian gazelle) and the common langur. Overnight stay.

Day 13 / Ranthambore- Jaipur (175 Kms - 3 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
Morning visit Ranthambore Fort. Then drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival check in hotel. Afternoon visit to Maharaja's City Palace - where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 A.D.), Birla White Marble temple and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. In the evening eyewitness the Rajasthani Cultural evening with a thousand lanterns amidst a village carnival with Kalbeliya Rajasthani Folk Dances, Snake Charmer, Puppet Shows, Camel Ride, Bullock Cart Ride & many other activities. Overnight stay.

Day 14 / Jaipur- Agra (232 Kms - 5 Hrs. Drive)
After breakfast visit the 17th century fotress of Amber Fort - marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort ascended on Caparisoned Elephant true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure feel the history and visualize the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered, whose hilltop location is to view various palaces with rooms of stunning beauty including the world's finest chamber of mirrors and also visit temple of Kali. Later drive to Agra enroute visiting the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, built in 1569 by the Great Emperor Akbar. Today, it is deserted and left in solitude to reminisce over its past glory. Overnight stay

Day 15 / Agra Sightseeing
Morning visit Taj Mahal - A Structure that is beautiful not just a Design & Technique, but also in desire & intent. When his Wife died unexpectedly, Emperor Shah Jahan vowed to honor her with a memorial of unmatched beauty. The result before you today : a massive, delicately carved White Marble Jewel floating on a sea of Red Limestone. The Agra Fort is also on today's tour & we see the fabulous Courtyards, Fountains, Gates of this Hilltop citadel. Don't miss the across - the - River view of the Taj Mahal from a little octagonal tower in the Fort. Also visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah. As you drive through the city witness the local life, Shopping and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Overnight stay.

Day 16 / Agra-Gwalior (120 Kms. - 3 Hrs.)
After breakfast drive to Gwalior - is a city with a dramatic, colourful history that goes back over a millennia. It's legendary beginning stems from a meeting between a warrior called Suraj Sen and a hermit, Gwalipa, who lived on the hilltop where the fort stands. Upon arrival check in Hotel. Today visit to Gwalior fort- the imposing Gwalior fort , built by Raja Mansingh Tomar dominates the city. The fort hill rises to 100 mtrs to 200 mtrs with solid fort walls which surround almost the entire hilltop, Sas Bahu Temple, Karan Mahal, Gujri Mahal, Tan Sen Tomb & Jai Vilas Palace & Museum - a splendour of different kind exists in the Jai Vilas Palace has been turned into the Jivaji Rao Scindia Museum. Jai Vilas is an Italianate structure, which combine the Tuscan and Corinthian architectural modes. Overnight stay. Overnight stay.

Day 17 / Gwalior- Orccha (120 Kms)
After breakfast drive to Orccha. Orchha- A medieval city founded by Bundels rulers with palaces and temples of 16th & 17th Century. Upon arrival checkin Hotel. Later sightseeing of Orccha includes Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, Praveen Rai Mahal, Lakshmi Narayan, Chaturbuj and Ram Raj temples. Overnight stay.

Day 18 / Orccha- Khajuraho (160 Kms)
After breakfast drive to Khajuraho. Upon arrival checkin Hotel. Later visit the eastern group of temples of Khajuraho that consists of the Parasvanath Temple, which is the only Jain temple at Khajuraho and has excellent sculptures on the outer walls of the sanctum. Also visit the Javeri temple dedicated to Vishnu. Overnight stay.

Day 19 / Khajuraho-Varanasi (By Flight)
After breakfast visit to renowned Khajuraho group of temples with many dedicated to god and goddesses from Hindu Mythology. View the world famous Chandela temples where forthright sculptures celebrate the Joy of life and love for which there is no equivalent in the world. Afternoon board the flight for Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi check in Hotel. Later return excursion to Sarnath, the sight of Buddha's first sermon. Evening See "aarti" Ceremony on the River Ganges & Stroll along the narrow lanes and bazaars full of shops selling, among other things, the world-famous Banaras Silks. Overnight stay.

Day 20 / Varanasi - Delhi (Experience the Indian Railway)
Early Morning Visit some of the Hindu Temples that line the river Gangas & Boat excursion on the Holy River Gangas to see the Bathing ghats and crimination sites. Watching people bathing and worshiping at the ghats is one of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India. Later city tour Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief map of India in marble, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Banaras Hindu University etc. Later transfer to the station to board the train Overnight Journey.

Day 21 / Delhi
Arrive Delhi and you will transfer to Hotel / Airport for your onward destination tour ends with sweet memories.

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