Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Sardargarh - Udaipur - Chittorgarh - Kota - Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambhore National Park) - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Delhi - back home
Delhi - 02 nights; driven to Mandawa - 01 night; driven to Bikaner - 01 night; driven to Jaisalmer - 02 nights; driven to Jodhpur - 02 nights; driven to Sardargarh - 01 night; driven to Udaipur - 02 nights; driven via Chittorgarh to Kota - 01 night; driven to Sawai Madhopur - 02 nights; driven to Jaipur - 02 nights; driven via Fatehpur Sikri to Agra - 01 night; driven to Delhi to connect your onward flight.
Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Traditional welcome - Atithi Devo Bhava (Guest is god) on arrival with garlanding at Delhi international airport by Travel Pals India executive. Transferred in your exclusive air-conditioned deluxe car to your hotel.
Day 2 New Delhi - The capital city
Breakfast at hotel followed by a 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 you to the monuments that depict the different eras. The tour includes visit to a Hindu temple of Goddess of wealth, Laxmi, the magnificent Red Fort (exterior), the Jama Masjid - one of the Asia's largest mosque, Rajghat - the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi - the "Father of the Nation". Afternoon tour of New Delhi to include Humanyun's Tomb, Qutab Minar, India Gate, President's House and drive through Connaught Place.
Day 3 Delhi - Mandawa (250 kms / 5 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Later drive south west of Delhi to the town of Mandawa.
Mandawa was founded in the mid 18th century and has well decorated Havelis (Mansions). Upon arrival check in heritage hotel. Post lunch, you may like to walk to the many painted havelies of some of the leading business families of the country. Some of the better known Havelies of Mandawa are Chowkhani Haveli, Goenka Haveli, Saraf Haveli and Ladia Haveli etc. Overnight at stay in a heritage haveli.
Day 4 Mandawa - Bikaner (190 kms / 4 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel and then driven 190 Kms west to Bikaner city. Founded in 1486 this fourth largest city of Rajasthan is famous for its spicy snack besides its palaces, handicrafts & leather articles. Wash n change at hotel. Then proceed for half-day guided sightseeing of Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace and Laxmi Nath Temple.
Day 5 Bikaner - Jaisalmer (325 kms / 6 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel and then proceed to Jaisalmer. Enjoy the drive viewing the lovely life of the deserted land, passing through villages. Arrive Jaisalmer by early evening.Evening, enjoy camel ride & sunset view from Sam Sand Dunes (40 Kms west of Jaisalmer). Optional dinner on sand dunes with folk dance. Overnight stay in a heritage hotel.
Day 6 Jaisalmer
Breakfast followed by a guided tour of the city to visit the Jaisalmer Fort, Jain Temple, Gadsisar Tank, Folk Museum and various havelies such as Patwan Ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Diwan Nathmal ki Haveli, Badal Vilas Palace and evening walk through narrow cobbled streets. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (300 kms / 6 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Driven to Jodhpur - the city founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha. It is the second largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. On arrival transferred to hotel for check-in. Early evening village safari by jeep to the Bishnoi village to see the hand pottery, Bishnoi huts and local handicrafts. Bishnois are the famous community which is the protector of the wildlife. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8 Jodhpur
Breakfast at hotel followed by a guided city sightseeing tour including Mehrangarh Fort - one of the largest forts in India, Umaid Bhawan Palace (now a grand heritage hotel) an architectural wonder, Jaswant Thada - a 19th century royal cenotaph , Mandore Gardens - The beautiful gardens with high rock terraces make it a popular picnic spot. The garden has a gate known as the Ajitpol, which is decorated with paintings of the gods and goddesses of Indian mythology & walk through the Clock Tower - In the old city, clock tower is a prominent land mark. But main attraction is the Sadar Market. The market has kept alive the old 'haat bazaar' culture. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9 Jodhpur - Sardargarh (180 Kms / 3.5 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Later driven to Sardargarh and transfer to heritage hotel for check in. Day free to explore the town with driver or at leisure. You may also have options to visit Charbhuja Temple (40 km), Amaj Mata Waterfall, Parshuram Temple, Laxman Jhula, Rupnarayan Temple, Shamlaji, Matrikundiya (place of pilgrimage), Big Dam water body, Nathdwara (44 km), Kankroli (25 km), Chikalwas Dam and Nauchoki Pal (place of pilgrimage and site-seeing), Sardargarh: Family paintings, armour, weapons and clothing museum at the fort. The Forts overall architectural style is grand, but still it strikes you with a solemn austerity. Understandable, since it was build for military reasons, Shunning florid aesthetic expressions. It is fortified with massive ramparts, and giant circular bastions with battlements. Huge entrances and gateways, concentric walls and imposing arches, domes and vaulted spaces, textured facades, jharokhas (balconies) and cannons complete the picture of medieval military ambience. Temples, gardens, bath aria, granaries, residential suites, audience halls, pavilions, water works, watch towers, armories, treasuries and mint dungeons are spread out across three lakh square feet with courtyards.
Day 10 Sardargarh - Kumbhalgarh - Eklingji - Udaipur (169 kms / 3.5 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel and driven to Udaipur via visit of Kumbhalgarh Fort - compared to the Great Wall of China for its immense stone boundary covering the village of Kumbhalgarh over a hilltop.
Further driven to Udaipur via guided visit to Eklingji - the famous temple of Lord Shiva in the state of Rajasthan. This is the only visited Shiva temple by the present Maharaja of Udaipur.
Arrive Udaipur, 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 a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola to have lovely views of the Jagmandir Palace (also known as the Lake Garden Palace, is an exquisite palace placed in an estuary Island in Pichola Lake in Udaipur, the Lake Palace hotel, City Palace, Shiw Niwas & Fateh Prakash Palace hotel buildings.
Day 11 Udaipur
Relaxed breakfast at hotel followed by a guided visit to the city's popular Jagdish Temple with it's richly sculptured walls, further walk towards the City Palace compound gates through the narrow street. Visit the City Palace museum. It is located on the east bank of the Lake Pichola and has several palaces built within its complex. Udaipur was the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar in the Rajputana Agency and its last capital.The City Palace in Udaipur was built in a flamboyant style and is considered the largest of its type in Rajasthan, a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, and was built on a hill top that gives a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding, including several historic monuments such as the Lake Palace in Lake Pichola, the Jag Mandir on another island in the lake, the Jagdish Temple close to the palace, the Monsoon Palace on top of an overlooking hillock nearby and the Neemach Mata temple. You may like to enjoy a tea break or a quick sandwich lunch at the City Palace cafe and further visit the Sahelion-ki-Bari - The 'garden of the maids of honour' brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. The delightful gardens appear discreet and in impeccable taste. You may also like to visit the Crystal Gallery which is a fine collection of crystals of every type & shape from the royal families of Udaipur over generations.
Day 12 Udaipur - Chittorgarh - Bhainsrorgarh (235 Kms / 5 hrs)
Today we drive 120 kms / 2 hrs or so to Chittorgarh - the well-established citadel and the capital of Mewar rulers. A guided tour of the Chittorgarh Fort, which stands 180 mtrs high with each stone narrating its own story.
Further driven to Bhainsrorgarh on the banks of river Chambal and transfer to a heritage boutique hotel.
Day 13 Bhainsrorgarh - Bundi - Sawai Madhopur (180 Kms / 4 hrs)
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast on the balcony of the fort hotel overlooking the Chambal rive. Later driven 90 kms / 2 hrs to Bundi town to visit the Taragarh Fort, Raniji-ki-Baoli (Queen's step well) and Nagar Sagar Kund. You can enjoy a lunch at a heritage small palace hotel. Further driven to Sawai Madhopur to stay at a resort in the Ranthambhore National Park. Ranthambhore is widely considered to be one of India's most beautiful national parks and Tiger reserves. Encircled by a series of high escarpments, the forests, lakes and dry scrub that make up the Reserve are dotted with old forts and temples, creating a wonderful atmosphere for both bird and mammal viewing among a landscape oozing with ancient Rajput history and Rajasthani culture.
Day 14 Sawai Madhopur
Early morning jeep safari to the Ranthambhore National Park to see the King of the jungle - the Indian Royal Bengal Tiger. You will see abundant spotted deers, Sambar deer, blue antelope (nilgai), Chinkara Antelope (or Indian Gazelle), monkeys, langoors, wild boars, variety of bird species such as Flocks of Peafowl, while on the lakes Cotton Pygmy Geese and both Bronze-winged and Pheasant-tailed Jacanas are common. The surrounding woodland and grasslands hold such species as Black-rumped Flame back Woodpecker, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Rufous-tailed Finch Lark (an Indian endemic), Painted Spur fowl, Jungle Bush Quail, Small Minivet and Stork-billed Kingfisher. There's a possibility of seeing up to five species of owl, including Brown Fish Owl, Dusky Eagle Owl and Collared Scops Owl. Return to resort for breakfast. Relax by the poolside. After lunch get ready for the afternoon jeep safari for another chance to view the Tiger and the wildlife in action. Bonfire with dinner at the resort will be arranged.
Day 15 Sawai Madhopur - Jaipur (200 kms / 4 hrs)
Early morning jeep safari to the Ranthambhore national park for another chance to view the Tigers. Return to resort for breakfast. Proceed for a short drive to Jaipur - the Pink city of India. Upon arrival in Jaipur transfer to your hotel for wash 'n' change. Later introduced with your guide for a city tour of Jaipur covering Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), City Palace, Jantar Mantar (Royal Astronomical Observatory).
Day 16 Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel followed by a guided excursion to the majestic Amber Fort on elephant back - the erstwhile capital of the Kachwaha 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. Visit to a hand block printing factory and a textile export house. Time at leisure to do shopping in this famous city of gems & jewels or at leisure to enjoy a walk in the local colourful bazaar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17 Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (256 kms / 4.5 hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel. Driven to Agra - the city of world famous 'Taj Mahal' - One of the seven wonders of the world. En-route a guided visit of Fatehpur Sikri, The erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See Darbar-e-Aam, Palaces, Panch Mahal and Taansen Seat. Continue to Agra & check into hotel for check in. Later meet you guide in Agra in the hotel lobby for visiting Red Fort - built in red sandstone by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. Visit the halls of private and public; Itimad - Ud - Daulah (Baby Taj) described as a 'Jewel Box' and often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. It was built between 1622 and 1628 and also visits to a local marble factory to witness the inlay work of precious stones also known as Pietra dura. It's the same art of stone work which is illustrated on the Taj Mahal & Baby Taj. It's a learning experience and a treat to eyes to see the art.
Day 18 Agra - Delhi (220 kms / 4.5 hrs)
Dawn-view visit of Taj Mahal to witness the wonder marble seems to change colours due to the rising sunlight. A UNESCO World Heritage Site which was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal is best viewed & enjoyed in the non-chaotic and less crowded time of the day. Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later driven back to Delhi and on arrival met with Travel Pals India executive and transferred to Delhi international airport to board your flight for onward journey with sweet memories of your Heritage of Rajasthan tour. Check-in for international flights commences 3 hours prior to flight departure time for economy class and 2 hrs prior for business/first class.
Bon Voyage !