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Taj with Rural Rajasthan

Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
Destinations covered: Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Khimsar - Osiyan - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Ajmer - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri

Catch a glimpse of the rural charm of the villages of Rajasthan along with the magnificent Taj!

Tour Brief..
Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Day 2 Delhi
Day 3 Delhi - Mandawa
Day 4 Mandawa - Bikaner
Day 5 Bikaner - Khimsar - Osiyan - Pokaran - Jaisalmer
Day 6 Jaisalmer
Day 7 Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Day 8 Jodhpur - Luni
Day 9 Luni - Ranakpur - Udaipur
Day 10 Udaipur
Day 11 Udaipur - Ajmer - Pushkar
Day 12 Pushkar - Jaipur
Day 13 Jaipur
Day 14 Jaipur - Agra
Day 15 Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Day 16 Agra - Delhi


Tour Highlights..
Jaisalmer Fort
The tallest free standing minaret in stone, Qutub Minar
The first Mughal construction in India from 1565 AD., Humayun's tomb, Delhi
A Visit to India Gate
A rickshaw through the winding streets of the old Delhi
A Visit to the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi
Sunset Scenes in Villages
A visit to the beautiful village of Shekhawati
A Glimpse of Thar Desert
Birth place of Mughal emperor, Akbar, Pokaran
Jain temples inside the Sonar Kila
A visit the Patwaon ki haveli
A night stay in the desert mud huts
Witness the opium ceremony with the Patels - a rich tribe
A visit to the City Palace, the richest palace museum in the entire Rajasthan
A visit to the only Brahma temple of the world, Pushkar
An elephant ride at the Amber fort, Jaipur
Paintings
Fatehpur Sikri
Itmad ud Daulah
Arms and ammunition in galleries of forts
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Taj with Rural Rajasthan
Taj with Rural Rajasthan

Major Attractions of the tour..
Taj Mahal
Red Fort
Rashtrapati Bhawan
Jama Masjid
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Mehrangarh fort, Jodhpur
Taj Mahal, Agra
Spice Market of Jodhpur
Ranakpur - Jain pilgrimage
Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
Temples of Nagda
Temples of Eklingji
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Day 01 Arrival at Delhi
Qutub Minar - DelhiAs other travel agencies reach out for the stars in their ever growing quest for success, we simply reach out to you when you arrive at the Delhi International Airport. All you want at this moment is a little bit of relaxation and answers to some of your queries or doubts. You'll be received by our reception team warmly upon your arrival, thereafter you'll be escorted to your hotel where your overnight stay has been scheduled.

Day 02 Delhi
As you wake up and say good morning to Delhi with sleepy eyes, we have already prepared your breakfast. Now that you've eaten your breakfast, you are ready to tour this imperial British capital of the 20th century ... with us, of course. You miss one monument and chances are that you might have missed an entire chapter of history, or more. As we drive past the Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Palace), we can only admire this creation of Lutyens. This grandiose architectural mix of Mughal and Western styles overshadows the other buildings in its vicinity with as much ease as it houses the first citizen of India. Visit the Qutub Minar and the awe inspired by Rashtrapati Bhawan continues. Although it took two decades to complete this monument but the time taken seems justified when you get to view this monument. Inscribed with verses from the Holy Quran, this tower still retains its status as the highest stone tower in India. Now we fix our gaze on Humayun's Tomb which lies on Mathura Road. The structure is built with red sandstone and is probably the first instance where the garden tomb concept appears on the Indian architectural scene. India Gate stands tall at the height of 42 m in the heart of New Delhi, surrounded by lush green lawns and has become a popular picnic spot. You will do well not to miss Red Fort, Old Fort, Jantar Mantar, Raj Ghat, Safdarjung Tomb etc. Tired? Even if you are still raring to go, you still need to recollect what all you saw ... your experiences ... everything. So, stay overnight at the hotel and rejuvenate yourself.
Day 03 Delhi - Mandawa
We'll have breakfast the first thing in the morning as we fill the fuel tanks of our vehicles. We've left Delhi behind as we leave grand landscapes behind us with a speed a little less than Michael Schumacher's. We'll be visiting Mahensar en route which is famous for its castle as well as its frescoed ambience with a rustic charm. You'll be checking in at the hotel after your arrival in Mandawa and stay there for the night. After checking in, you are free to explore the place at your own pace or we can arrange for a guide to escort and guide you as per your choice.

Day 04 Mandawa - Bikaner
Gajner Palace - Bikaner After the morning breakfast, we get out to see beautiful murals dotting this city's walls believed to have been created by the villagers to break the monotony of desert life. This beautiful village of Shekhawati Region that used to be an important stopover of the yesteryears' silk route has many havelis painted with activities of daily life and images of Gods. Mandawa houses a collection of armories, costumes of ancestors, canons, ancient coins, numismatic collection and many other interesting items preserved in a museum. The whole area of Shekhavati has beautiful frescoes, havelis and mansions. Mandawa is also called the open art gallery of Rajasthan. Now the castle has been converted into heritage hotel as is the case with many other castles and palaces. After covering this area we now have to drive towards Bikaner on our four wheels (obviously) and we are going to have an afternoon tour of this desert city. Huge walls surround this city with old palaces, temples and a mosque nestled in these walls. This place used to be a major trade centre and its proximity to Delhi made it suffer heavy losses due to repeated attacks by the Mughals. Not many people know about Bikaner's Camel Research and Breeding Farm which is probably the largest in the world. Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Gajner Palace are some of the important attractions of this city.

Day 05 Khimsar -Osiyan - Pokaran - Jaisalmer
Whatever the itinerary for the day, unless you have a nice breakfast to begin your day with, you can't enjoy it all. So ... there we are for you ... setting the right mood for each day. After breakfast, we set out on our journey across the Thar Desert to reach Khimsar which is a small village on the route between Jodhpur and Bikaner. But first we'll see Nagaur which lies en route to Khimsar. It was considered to be strategically very important by the Sultans of Delhi, Gujrat and Marwar and that's the reason they keenly contested for this city. Nagaur is well renowned for its fort and encompasses within its walls some beautiful temples and monuments. Tarkeen Dargah is another monument which is considered to be a very sacred place for the sufis. Now we move on to Khimsar which is famous for its exclusive fort which presents an architectural mix as initially it was built solely for the purpose of defence, but later the royal family moved in to reside in its premises. Later moving with the trend the fort was converted into a heritage hotel and believe us ... it ranks among the best. That's not all, we've yet to see Osiyan which is 27 km away from Khimsar. It is well known for its 16 Jain and Hindu temples out of which the Jain temples are better preserved. Although we are not on a train, but the journey is somewhat similar as the next station in our journey is Pokaran. Visit the 15th century fortress where the 3rd Mughal emperor, Akbar the Great, was born in 1543. The bazaar in the middle of this village is very colourful and full of local flavours. We continue moving towards Jaisalmer where we reach by the evening to see the sun setting over the desert ... a divine sight, no? As a hectic day comes to an end, many of you might be interested in getting to bed as early as possible. But for those who want to explore the local markets may well decide to go on their own or escorted by our guide as per their choice. Our overnight stay is scheduled at the hotel ... so ... good night ... Jaisalmer has an appointment with you in the morning.

Day 06 Jaisalmer
The topography of the area might be inhospitable, but the people are not. If anything draws you towards itself, then it must be the imposing 12th century Jaisalmer Fort, and of course as is the case with other Rajasthan cities, here too you'll get the beautiful havelis with all the decoration that one can expect only in Rajasthan. Jaisalmer used to be located on the trade route and this worked in its favour as the local population was quite prosperous. The famous havelis of Jaisalmer are Patwon-ji-ki-haveli, Nathmal-ji-ki-haveli, Salim Singh ki haveli etc. The other possible attractions in Jaisalmer are Bada Bagh, Wood Fossil Park, Desert National Park and more havelis if you still have some appetite left for them. We will also visit the Jain temples inside the Sonar Kila. Dinner has to be special after such a special day and it will be special before you go to sleep in the hotel at Jaisalmer itself.

Day 07 Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Jaisalmer City Today we reach Jodhpur, the blue city, which is 280 km away from Jaisalmer, by early afternoon. After a long journey, you'd need some break after which you'd be served with lunch. We'll now take you to the fabulous spice market of Jodhpur. Then go to Mandore gardens the then capital of Marwar to view some of the fabulous memorials and the hall of local heroes of the wars. Drive back to Jodhpur and see the Umaid Bhawan Palace, designed by a well known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester. This became one of the greatest palaces and the biggest private residence in the world. Now its time to retire to your hotel and relax.
Day 08 Jodhpur - Luni
After breakfast we drive up to the impressive Mehrangarh Fort, which is standing atop a 150 m high hill. Although founded by Rao Jodha, this fort has also seen additions by subsequent rulers of the state over the centuries. There are seven gates in the fort and the view of the city from the rampart walls is astomishing. Luni is only an hour's drive away from Jodhpur, the place where you can see the royal lifestyle co-existing with wildlife. Fort Chanwa of Luni is an exquisite form of practical art where ornately carved structures are simply breathtaking. In the post lunch session we take you out on a safari to discover this very wild. Our overnight stay has been scheduled at the Luni Fort which has been converted into a heritage hotel.

Day 09 Luni - Ranakpur - Udaipur
After breakfast we have to hurry again as this is going to be a busy day because we'll be touching three important destinations. First we drive to Ranakpur covering a distance of 160 km which takes 4 hrs. The enchanting greens and streams following their courses are a breathtaking sight to say the least. We visit the famous Jain temples complex of Ranakpur which are 500 years old and have a unique design and style. Bu the tourism here is not limited to pilgrimage only as the tourists from all over the world throng this place. Chaumukha temple is the most known one along with the Sun Temple. In the last leg of our journey for today we drive to Udaipur covering a distance of 90 km. On the way we stop to see and admire the swaying farms with the breeze. On arrival in Udaipur you check-into the hotel and after taking some time off to freshen up we later proceed for a brief introductory tour of the city and boat ride at Lake Pichola that will set the right mood for a dazzling tomorrow. Our dinner and overnight stay is scheduled at Udaipur itself.

Day 10 Udaipur
After the mandatory breakfast we brace ourselves to visit the city of lakes which is surrounded by the Aravalli Ranges of Rajasthan and three lakes on its periphery. The literal meaning of the name Udaipur is the “city of dawn”, and this place is famous for its palaces, lakes, museums, gardens and much more. We start off by visiting the City Palace, the richest palace museum in the entire Rajasthan. It's an imposing architectural marvel over a lake which is overwhelmingly white and stunningly white. This is not all as there are numerous other attractions inside the palace such as Suraj Gokhanda, Bada Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Bhim Vilas and many more as the list goes on. We still have to visit the other attractions outside the city palace such as Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon ki Bari, Pratap Memorial, Fateh Sagar Lake and several other memorials. See the peacock square and the miniature painting school inside the palace premises. Udaipur is well renowned for the best miniature schools in the country and it flourished because the kings of Udaipur supported it throughout. Now we'll agree that Udaipur is more than a simple tourism destination, it is a bouquet of destinations. Dinner will be arranged by us

Day 11 Udaipur - Ajmer - Pushkar
After a hearty breakfast, we drive off to Ajmer which is one of the most sacred places for the Muslims. This journey is of approximately 270 km which brings us to this city flanked by Ana Sagar Lake on one side and by Aravali Ranges on the other. The Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is the prime attraction of this place, along with a number of other monuments such as an imposing fort, the Nasiyan Jain Temple. Our next station in this journey is Pushkar which is around 11 km away, so you must be relieved that you don't have to sweat it out that much this time around. Don't go by the distance though, it's another world altogether, having a kind of imperturbable ambience to it. Surrounded by hills on three sides, legend has it that the lake in Pushkar was created when a lotus petal fell from the hand of Lord Brahma. This is the only temple of lord Brahma. The other notable temples are Rangaji Temple, Savitri Temple and many more. After dinner at night we'll stay here for the night at the hotel.
Day 12 Pushkar - Jaipur
Pushkar FairBreakfast is one of the most ignored meals in our lives but we strive to be an exception. We leave Pushkar after a nourishing breakfast and reach the Pink City : Jaipur. The journey is approximately 258 km and it takes 6 hrs to reach there. After lunch at your hotel we'll take you to visit the local bazaar and the gems cutting and polishing factory. Here you'll see how the glitter that dazzles us is produced by skilled workers. After dinner you'd retire to your hotel room for your overnight stay at Jaipur.

Day 13 Jaipur
Pink City greets you with a very good morning. Have a nice breakfast and you are all set to explore the pink city. Surrounded on all sides by jagged hills, the forts look like a crown placed on the forehead of Jaipur. The old city, after which it was named as the pink city, is the place to roam around without a purpose as that will expose you to many unknown facets of the town. This city is a planned one and was designed by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, who designed it based upon the principles of Shilpa Shastra and in a grid pattern. The city has beautiful monuments and markets vibrant with colours such as Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds is one of the most magnetic attractions among all the tourist destinations. This is a five story building famous for its windows which are designed in such a manner so as to facilitate ventilation through the windows. The other charms of the city are the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Govind Devji Temple, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort etc. Among the markets, the Ramganj Market is famous for its traditional chappals (footwear). Some shops in front of the Hawa Mahal have some of the most exquisite stock of Jaipur quilts.

Day 14 Jaipur - Agra
We leave the 'Pink City' after breakfast and drive towards Agra which is approximately 250 km away and takes about 5 hours to reach. After checking in at the hotel, it's lunch time now so we'll straightaway have lunch although we know that you can't wait for the Agra tour to start. Agra is obviously already pretty well known for the grand monument of love, yet we'll advise you not to underestimate the grandeur of other monuments around. Sublime and pretty heavenly at any time of the day, the Taj almost blushes during the morning and evening. The other destinations near the Taj are Agra Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chini Ka rauza, Dayal Bagh Temple, Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb etc.

Day 15 Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Fatehpur Sikri - AgraFatehpur Sikri is about 40 km away from Agra. After having our breakfast we drive towards Fatehpur Sikri. This is now an abandoned city built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in the second half of the 16th century. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Akbar in celebration of the birth of his son who was born after the renowned sufi saint Salim Chisti blessed Jodhabai. You can also visit Jodhabai's palace which is even bigger than the emperor's palace himself. By evening we get back to Agra where you have the choice to either relax or wander in the markets of the city to get a feel of local lifestyle.

Day 16 Agra - Delhi
After having breakfast, we set off for Delhi. As the gripping tour comes to an end, we have already arranged for your return journeys. Upon arrival in Delhi you will be treated with a sumptuous farewell dinner and finally we'll escort you to the international airport for your respective flight back home.



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