Rajasthan With Varanasi Cultural Tours!

Day 01 :     Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi - India’s capital and major gateway to the country, contemporary is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its folds both the ancient and the modern. The division between New Delhi and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The walled city (Old Delhi) is all traditional and culture where one shall be able to glimpse a past lifestyle. New Delhi on the contrary is a city trying to live up to the 21st century standards.,.- Meeting & Assistance at the Airport Installation boutique Hotel.

Please note, at hotels check-in and check-out time is 1200 noon.

Day 02 :     Delhi – sightseeing

Morning after breakfast full day sight seeing tour of Sahajahanabad, now known as Old Delhi. Visit Raj Ghat the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, Jama Musjid - the largest mosque of India, drive pass out Red Fort, & President’s house and the Secretariat buildings, India Gate – The War Memorial, Humayun Tomb & Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple (also known as Bahai Temple). Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 :     Delhi – Mandawa (drive about 05hrs./260kms.)

Morning after breakfast, leave Delhi for Mandawa, Arrive Mandawa afternoon visit Mandawa (Shekawati region). This region came into prominence in the 14th century when a number of Muslim clans moved into the area and the towns of this region developed into important trading posts on the caravan routes emanating from the ports of Gujarat. This region is famous for painted havelis (houses) most of which date back from the 18th century. The major towns of interest are Mandawa, Fatehpur, Nawalgarh. Visit the havelis in Mandawa and other villages of Shekhawati region. overnight at Hotel

Day 04 :     Mandawa – Bikaner. (drive about 04hrs./190kms.)

Morning, leave for Bikaner. Arrive Bikaner, city tour of Bikaner - a desert town founded in 1488 by Rao Bikaji, a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur, Jodhaji. Visit the Junagarh Fort which was contructed between 1588 and 1593 by a general in the army of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. The fort has a 986m long wall with 37 bastions and two entrances; Camel Breeding Farm, managed by Government this camel breeding station is probably unique in Asia and has thousands of camels. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05 :      Bikaner – Jaisalmer (drive about 08hrs./333kms.)

Morning after breakfast drive to Jaisalmer- a fascinating city rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage, The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. Local colour and warmth prevail over the inhospitable and forbidding terrain, imbuing the medieval town with a special magic. One of the main attractions is the imposing 12th century Jaisalmer Fort. The beautiful havelis which were built by wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer are yet another interesting aspect of the desert city. And, of course, the romantic sand dunes, the best way of exploring them and the desert around being by way of a camel safari. arrive Jaisalmer check-in & overnight at Hotel.

Day 06:     Jaisalmer

Morning After breakfast, city tour of Jaisalmer. visit the the citadel – the Fort built by Rawal Jaisal where a fourth of the population lives. The fort also houses Jain temples of the 12th to 15th centuries, Patwon Ki Haveli – a five storey mansion with carved pillars & murals of Salim Singh. Also visit Gadsisar, which had once supplied water to the city ; the temples & archways around it have been built by a courtesan. Afternoon, excursion to Sam – 45 km away, is known for its sand dunes & is the venue for the Desert festival. Get the actual feel of the desert by enjoying a camel ride on the sand dunes and witness a magnificent sunset on the sand dunes. Return to Jaisalmer, overnight at Hotel. / Tent.

Day 07:     Jaisalmer – Jodhpur. (drive about 07hrs./ 298kms.)

After breakfast, leave for Jodhpur - A flourishing trading center of the 16th century, the fortress city of Jodhpur is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha who claimed to be descendent of lord Rama. The massive fort Mehrangarh-came first and around it grew the city of Jodhpur protected by a high stone wall with seven gates and countless bastions.

Jodhpur - The city is known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the "Blue City" due to the vivid blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort . arrive Jodhpur transfer & overnight at Hotel.

Day 08:     Jodhpur.

Morning after breakfast  exploring the fortress of Mehrangarh, real eagle overlooking the blue city of Jodhpur nest. Behind the austere walls, we find refined palates, sets the thousand and one nights.
Also visit Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal., later free to stroll locals. Overnight at hotel.

Day 09:     Jodhpur. – Ranakpur - Udaipur. (drive about 06hrs./278kms.)

Morning visit fort later drive to Udaipur. En-route visiting the Jain temples at Ranakpur - The cluster of temples, made of intricately sculpted white marble, come across as a marvel house feat of architecture. It would take anyone by surprise to learn that they were built in 1460, so well preserved & sparkling is the marble. The main temple is supported on 1,444 pillars – none of which is similarly carved. After the visit, continue drive to Udaipur. Arrive Udaipur and check-in & overnight at Hotel.

Day 10:     Udaipur

Morning after breakfast visit the romantic city of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace which is the largestpalace complex in Rajasthan; Jagdish temple, a fine Indo Aryan temple built in 1651; Sahelion ki Bari or Garden of the Maids of Honour, which is a small garden with its fountains, kiosks, marble elephants & lotus pool. In the evening, boat ride onLake Pichola. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11:     Udaipur – Pushkar (drive about 06hrs./230kms.)

Morning after breakfast drive to Pushkar. Arrive Pushkar check -in hotel. Afternoon visit Lord Brahma Temple , Pushkar Holy Lake -Pushkar Lake is supposed to have appeared miraculously when a lotus flower fell from the hands of Lord Brahma and dropped into this valley. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12:     Pushkar – Jaipur. (drive about 04hrs./145kms.)

Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur . The Pink City : Jaipur needed a fresh coat of paint to welcome its distinguished guest the Prince of Wales in 1905-6. The contractor inability to supply any other color in the required quantity compelled the choice of pink shade for its walls. A contractor’s compulsion famed Jaipur to Pinkcity. Since then the PINK color is associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. Arrive Jaipur and check-in at & overnight at Hotel.

Day 13:     Jaipur

Morning at 0730hrs. visit to Amber Fort, the ancient Capital of the state until 1728. Enjoy the Elephant ride up to the hill on which the Fort is situated. Visit the Jagmandir or the hall of victory, Jaimahal (Look at the beautiful mirror work and intricate inlay work) Later city tour of Jaipur. Visit the City Palace which has museum having an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamel ware and weapons; Jantar Mantar - the observatory built my Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728 and the façade of Hawa Mahal. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 14:     Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri -Agra. (drive about 06hrs./265kms.)

Morning after breakfast drive to Agra. En-route visit the deserted city at Fatehpur Sikri(40 KMS from Agra) built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned it just after 15 years due to the scarcity of water. Visit the graceful buildings – The punch Mahal, Anup Talab,Diwan-e- Khas, Tomb of the holy saint Salim Chisti, Buland Darwaza and other important palaces where one experiences not only the Architectural brilliance but also its perfect fusion. Continue drive, Arrive Agra check-in & overnight at Hotel.

Day 15:     Agra

Morning after breakfast visit the world famous Mausoleum – The Taj Mahal An unique epitome of Love built by Moghul Emperor Shahjahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. A Sahajahan”s drop of tear on the cheek of Time that has now crystallized, the Taj began in 1631 and was not completed until 1653. Later visit Red fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful structues; Itmad-ud-daulah, which was contructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near Lahore in Pakistan. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 16:     Agra- Jhansi –Khajuraho.

Morning after breakfast transfer to Railway station for train to Jhansi. (Train Bhopal Shtbdi ETD 0855hrs. ETA 1225hrs.) Arrive Jhansi by afternoon pick –up and drive to Khajuraho. Arrive Khajuraho check-in & overnight at Hotel.

Day 17:      Khajuraho – Varanasai by overnight train.

Train 21107 ETD 2340hrs. ETA 1050hrs. (Runs on Tuesday / Friday & Sunday only.)
Morning after breakfast visit Khajuraho - A world heritage site, the Khajuraho temples, especially the Eastern and Western group of temples are known for their architectural display conforming to the North Indian 'nagara' style of architecture, bold artistic statement of erotic postures in its sculptures and the various refinements of courtly love including dance and music in a sacred place like a temple, which seems bewildering at first sight. Built by the Chandela rulers, these 10th-11th century temples.

Evening transfer to Railway station for Train to Varanasi,. Overnight at Train.

Day 18:     Arrive Varanasi.

Morning arrive Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel. Later city tour of Varanasi, visit the world famous Varanasi Hindu University and the temples and Ghats on the bank of Holy river Ganges also visit Vishwanath Temple. Evening visit Aarti Ceremony on the Ghats of Holy river Ganges. Overnight at Hotel

Day 19:     Varanasi – Delhi by overnight Train.

Train 12559 Shiv Ganga Exp. ETD 1915hrs. ETA0740hrs.(Next Morning x07days)
Early morning Boat ride at River Ganges for 2 hrs. Later back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, visit free to stroll, spend time bank of Holy River Ganges, to understand the spiritual peace,
Evening transfer to Railway station for Train to New Delhi. Overnight at Train.

Day 20:     Delhi – Departure.

Morning arrive New Delhi Railway station, pick-up & transfer to hotel for fresh-up, afternoon free for shopping, after according to your flight departure timing departure transfer to Airport for flight to home country.