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State of India

DELHI - AGRA - JAIPUR - BIKANER - JAISALMER - JODHPUR - UDAIPUR - DELHI

Day 01 / Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport Meet & greet by presentable representative of Indian Travel Desk with special welcome. Transfer to hotel.

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 with a Cycle Rickshaw Puller Ride through 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 02 / Delhi - Agra - Taj Mahal (200 kms - 4 Hrs. Drive Approx)
After early breakfast Drive to Agra via 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. Upon arrival check in hotel.

Afternoon visit the Taj Mahal - Monument to Love which was built in 1630 by Mughal 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. Also visit the Agra Fort built by Akbar the Great and the city. Also visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of Her Father. As you drive through the city witness the local life and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Agra is famous for Marble Items. Overnight stay.

Day 03 / Agra - Jaipur (232 kms - 5 Hrs. Drive)
After breakfast drive to Jaipur via visit to Amber Palace, former capital of Rajput kingdom. Perched on a hillside in the desert, the grandeur of the palace and its fort recall the glory of an older age. We step back in time ourselves as we are transported up the hill to the palace on brightly caparisoned elephants Inside we find lavish courtyards beautifully decorated halls, and a lovely Chamber of Mirrors. 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 04 / Jaipur - Bikaner (354 kms - 7 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 Sightseeing
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. 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 (295 kms - 6 Hrs Drive Approx.)
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 - Udaipr (300 kms - 6 Hrs Drive Approx.)
After breakfast drive to Udapur. Upon arrival check in hotel. Later 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. Overnight stay.

Day 09 / Udaipur - Delhi - Onward Destination
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi & transfer to airport for onward destination. Tour ends with sweet memories.

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