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State of India

Delhi / Mandawa / Bikaner / Jaisalmer / Jodhpur / Mt. Abu / Ranakpur / Udaipur / Kota Ranthambore / Jaipur / Agra / Delhi

Day 01 / Arrive Delhi
Today Arrive Delhi, The Capital of India. You are greeted with a traditional Indian Welcome and escorted transfer to Hotel.

Day 02 / New Delhi Sightseeing
After breakfast visit to 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. Later on Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Evening go to 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 at Delhi.

Day 03 / Delhi - Mandawa (259 kms - 5 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
After leisurely breakfast visit to Laxminarayan Temple known as Birla also later on drive to Mandawa - The region lays the triangular area between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner and includes Jhunjhuniun, Sikar and Churu districts of Rajasthan. The semi desert region of Shekhawati is popularly known as the "Open-air Art Gallery" of Rajasthan. Overnight stay at Mandawa.

Day 04 / Mandawa Sightseeing - Bikaner (190 kms - 4 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
Today morning visit the 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 Jhunjhunu, 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. 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. Afternoon drive to Bikaner - it 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. Overnight at Bikaner.

Day 05 / Bikaner Sightseeing - Jaisalmer (333 Kms - 6 Hrs. Drive)
Morning embark on a tour of Bikaner City. Visit the Junagarh Fort - the imposing fort has the distinction of remaining unconquered. Raja Rai Singh (1571-1611 AD), one of the most outstanding generals of emperor Akbar, built this impregnable fort. It is encircled by a moat and houses many palaces, pavilions and temples made of red sandstone and marble with kiosks and balconies. The palaces worth visiting are Anup Mahal, Karan Mahal, and Bijai Phool Mahal. Later proceed to Jaisalmer - 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. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer.

Day 06 / Jaisalmer Sightseeing / Desert Camel Safari
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 Premediaval Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Shah Haveli and Nathamal Ki Haveli with their intricately carved screens on the facades and the typical traditional architecture.
Desert Camel Safari:
Afternoon Desert Camel Safari start for Sam Sand Dunes on edge of Deset National Park. Located in the midst of Thar Desert this camp recreates the magical atmosphere of a traditional Mediaeval Desert Camp on a trade route. The Camp provides for all the comforts. The accommodation consists of Swiss Cottage Type tents with attached baths having running hot & cold water. After spending few hours on a camel safari in the Thar Desert, Guests can relax & spend the evening around the campfire, enjoying live music and dance performances by "Langha" Tribe of Professional singers. Camp.

Day 07 / Depart Jodhpur & Sightseeing (285 Kms - 6 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
Breakfast at Camp and depart to Jodhpur - the Great Indian Desert, sites on sand stone hill surrounded by a strong wall, approximately 6 miles long with 7 entry gates. The fortified city of Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodhaji - chief of Rathore clan of Rajputs. The imperial city set at the edge of the Thar desert, is replete with amazing legends of romance and heroism. A major trade center of 16th Century, Jodhpur has grown to become the second largest city of the state. Afternoon Half day sightseeing of the city includes visit to Meherangarh Fort - stands a top a 125 metre high hill dominating the city's skyline. It is one of the most impressive and formidable fort of the country, 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 memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, built in 1899 in white marble near the fort is noteworthy for its superb architecture, 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. Overnight at Jodhpur.

Day 08 / Jodhpur - Mt. Abu / Sightseeing (326 Kms - 6 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
Morning countryside drive to Mount Abu - located 4000 ft above sea level is solitary hill station i.e also a pilgrimage center for Jains. The only hill resort of Rajasthan. Mt. Abu is not only rated among the best hill stations of the country but is also an important Rajput. The town forms an amphitheatre around Nakki Lake, which is believed to be dug out by the goods with their nail (Nakh). 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. No visit to Abu can be complete without a trip to the Dilwara temples. These temples are the greatest draw of Abu, Nakki Lake - the lake is picturesquely set amidst hills, 1200 mtrs. Above sea level and is believed to have been carved out by the Gods with their nails. Brahmin Kumari Ashram, Peace Park - on the way to Gurushikhar, this park is considered to be among the most beautiful Gardens in the country, developed by Brahma Kumaris & Gyan Sarovar. Overnight at Mount Abu.

Day 09 / Mt. Abu - Udaipur (Via Rankpur) (175 Kms - 3 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
Morning leave for Udaipur - the "City of Lakes" is perhaps the most romantic and beautiful cities of India. In contrast to its desert neighborhood it stands out with an enchanting image of white marble palaces, placid blue lakes, gardens and temples surrounded by hills and mountains. It was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 A.D. on the shored of Lake Pichola. Enroute visit to Ranakpur - one of the biggest and most important Jain temples, it is one of the five holy sites for the Jains. The main temple in the complex is "Chaumukha temple" or the four-faced temple dedicated to Adhinathji and built in the 15th century. It has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, all of which are different from each other. The Surya Narayana temple and the other jain temples in the complex are also worth visiting. The magic of light & shade is really awe- inspiring. Arrive Udaipur and check in hotel. Afternoon is free to explore colorful Bazar & Shopping. Overnight at Udaipur.

Day 10 / Udaipur Sightseeing
Today sight seeing of Udaipur includes The City Palace - this is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, construction of which was started by Udai Singh. This white marble architectural marvel, standing majestically on a hill is surrounded by crenellated walls. This huge edifice 30.4 meters high and 244 meters long was added on to, by later rulers, but the additions are so well planned and integrated, it is difficult to believe that it was not conceived as complete structure, drive around Fateh Sagar lake - this fine lake, lying to the north of and connected by a small canal with Lake Pichola, was originally built by Maharana Jai Singh, in 1678 AD, Sahelion-ki-Bari or " Garden of the Maids of Honour" was laid out for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of dowry, Partap Smarak: A memorial to the legendary warrior Rana Pratap, Bhartiya Lok Mandal Museum - a museum of folk arts, it displays a rich collection of folk musical instruments and paintings. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Night stay at Udaiur.

Day 11 / Udaipur - Kota (270 kms - 5 Hrs. Drive)
Morning 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. The town is dotted with age-old monuments and temples retaining the glory of bygone era, as well as present day edifices and heavy industries. The history of the city dates back to the 12th century A.D., when Hada Chieftain, Rao Deva Conquered the territory and founded Bundi and Hadoti. 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 at Kota.

Day 12 / Kota - Ranthambore (110 kms - 2 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
Morning drive to Ranthambore National Park - it is a small village near Sawai Madhopur and is named after the two hills, Ran and Thambhor which are in close proximity. The ancient fort is built on the Thambhor hill, and is believed to be the oldest fort of the state. Afternoon visit to 13thCentaury historical Ranthambore fort surrounded by the Vindhyas and Aravalis, amidst vast arid denuded tracts of Rajasthan, lies the Oasis of Biomass in an Ecological desert, the great Ranthambore, the most eminent ruler of the Fort was Rao Hamir who ruled around 1296 A.D. There are various places of Historical Places inside the fort namely Toran Dwar, Mahadeo Chhatri, Sameton KiHaveli, 32-Pillard Chhatri, Mosque & the Ganesh Temple, the biggest attraction of the Fort. Later 3 hours Canter deep into the Jungle to see the Tiger and Leopard, the main predators found in this reserve. Hyena & Jackal 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 at Ranthambore.

Day 13 / Ranthambore - Jaipur (175 kms - 3 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
Today's drive to Jaipur - Known as the "Pink City", Jaipur is the capital of the colorful state of Rajasthan. En route visit to the deserted the 17th century fortress 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.
Afternoon visit to 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. Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 14 / Jaipur - Agra via Fatehpur Sikri (232 kms - 4 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
On today's drive to Agra through the countryside we see villages woman dressed in the brilliantly colored Saris of the region, Camels & Scenes of rural lives. En route visit 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. Arrive Agra - at the time of the Mughals, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. During this period the city became a leading centre of art, science, commerce and culture. Akbar the Great made Agra great. The city's origins are dim but Akbar's grandfather Babur is credited with Agra's founding. The short golden age of Agra came to an end with the seventeenth century reign of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal. Enjoy the Magnificent Taj Mahal - The Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunset, which was built in 1630 by Mghal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, Shah Jehan had Lahori's hands cut off, and blinded, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughals brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry. (B)

Day 15 / Agra - Delhi (204 kms - 4 Hrs. Drive)
Morning visit the 16th Century Agra Fort & Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of her father. Later drive to Delhi. After taking a lot of memories say good-bye to this fascinating land. Arrive Delhi & transfer to International airport to board the flight for Onward Destination

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