16 Days |
DatesStart Date: 11/01/2020 End Date: 12/01/2020
Sailing through sand on in a ship of the desert, we set you on a grand exploration tour of Rajasthan. Rajasthan is place that always welcomes its guests warmly with open arms. As it is true when they say: “Kesariya baalam, padhaaro mhaare des” which means: “welcome to my land, my beloved”. This festival tour includes visits to the famous cities of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Bikaner etc. on the list for you to explore and enjoy. Beauty of all these cities in every aspect is worth an applause. The beauty and culture of Rajasthan along with the historic marvels of Agra and Delhi makes this tour an ideal one. The cherry on the cake is that during this tour you will get to witness the Camel Festival in Bikaner. This tour will enable you to enjoy all the festivities around the festival. You will get to experience the colorful parade of beautifully adorned camels against the backdrop of majestic Junagarh Fort. Enjoy the spectacular displays of camels dressed in vibrant bridles.
On your arrival to the capital city, you will be welcomed by our representative and will be escorted to your pre-booked hotel. Check-in to your hotel and freshen up. As you would not have a lot of time left, you can go on and explore the local markets and areas around your hotel on your own or you can even sit back and take-off all your tiredness for a memorable trip ahead of you. Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.
This morning after having a scrumptious breakfast, kick start your day with some sightseeing and local area tour. Today you will visit the New and the Old Delhi. The ambience, appearance and the culture of these two parts of Delhi are absolutely poles apart, yet both of them retain an immense sense of history in them. The Old Delhi is a captivating amalgamation of ancient and historic monuments, narrow streets and vibrant markets, which you can experience for yourself. When in Old Delhi you can visit the imposing Red Fort, which stands straight as a powerful reminder of the glories of the Mughal dynasty. You can likewise visit the Raj Ghat, which was the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation in 1948. This place is away from all the hustle and bustle of old Delhi. For a spiritual visit you can go on and explore the Jama Masjid which is the largest mosque in India and finally can head straight to Chandni Chowk which serves to be the famous market for spices, inexpensive jewelry, fabrics, electronics and several popular products. After filling your tummy with some local delicacies, you can head straight to explore the marvels of the New Delhi. You can start by visiting the impressive Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, iconic India Gate, as well as the President’s House and the Parliament Street. Head back to your hotel and brace yourself for the further journey. Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.
After breakfast, you can start your journey by driving to Mandawa which is a hidden treasure of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. Check in at the hotel on arrival. After you get fresh, your day will be stuffed with information’s and visual delights of the Rajput history and culture, as you walk through the mansions( havelis) of the region. The havelis of the area have a lot of fascinating ornate fresco paintings which magnifies the grace of the place. Mandawa is simply a place for all the art lovers. Overnight stay at the hotel in Mandawa.
Post having a hearty breakfast, you can continue your trip by having a road drive to Bikaner. Check in at the hotel on your arrival. The vibrant desert, fabulous forts, desert safaris make Bikaner a blooming beauty of Rajasthan. The city is adorned with gigantic and spectacular forts and palaces that tell the world about the grandeur of its rulers. Apart from the historical places, the city of Bikaner is a one stop solution for all the food lovers, as the place serves the most authentic lip-smacking foods. Post lunch, you can head out to explore the Junagarh Fort and get a glimpse of the rich heritage and lavish lifestyle of the maharajahs of Rajasthan. From here you can then travel to the Karni Mata Temple which is also known as the Rat Temple. This temple has thousands of rats in its premises that are continuously fed with milk and sweets. You can also visit the Devi Kund, which portrays an amazing blend of Rajputana and Islamic style of architecture. Further you can visit the Kote Gate, the main entrance gate of Bikaner, Bhandasar Jain Temple, Prachina Cultural Centre and Museum, Deshnok Temple and more such places. Head back to your hotel and rejuvenate yourself to delve into the festivities of the Camel festival the next day. Overnight stay at the hotel in Bikaner.
Post having a filling breakfast, you can go on and indulge yourself in an experience like none other. The Camel Fair of Bikaner is organized by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, every year in the month of January (check with us for the exact dates). The festival is celebrated in honor of the ship of the desert, Camel. The festivals mark the courage of these animals you live and experience extreme climates all around the year. It is more than just a trade festival. Since the era of the founder of the city Rao Bika Ji, Bikaner is the only camel breeding region. The camel corps are known as “Ganga Risala” and have served in the world wars and Indo-Pak wars. Indian army still maintains a regiment where these brave animals loyally service in the Border Security Force. The Camel Festival in Bikaner is a two-day affair and you can enjoy both the days if your schedule permits you. When at the festival sight you can experience the grand colorful parade of beautifully adorned camels against the backdrop of majestic Junagarh Fort. In this parade, camels are dressed in vibrant bridles, traditional necklace and heavy anklets which show off their wonderful footwork to the lovely tunes on desert sands. You can also enjoy a wide range of camel races, camel games and other cultural performances. Keep your evenings free to experience the traditional Rajasthan folk dance performances and music that surely intensifies the charm of this festival. Late at night, see the festival getting concluded with spectacular firework display which illuminates the skies of Bikaner. Overnight stay at the hotel in Bikaner.
After having witnessed the magnificent fort and temple of Bikaner, it is now time for you to enjoy some sand dunes. This morning after breakfast, you can continue your journey by driving to Jaisalmer. On your arrival check-in at the hotel and spend the rest of your day relaxing and exploring the local markets are areas. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaisalmer.
After a delicious breakfast, on the sixth day of your trip, you will be devoting this day to a full day sightseeing of the city Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is a city that lies at the center of the Thar Desert. All the places and monuments built here are built out of yellow sandstone that showcases the beautiful art of carvings done by skilled craftsmen of the bygone era. You can visit the Jaisalmer fort which also appears in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites and has the status of being the oldest existing fort. You can also visit the majestic and royal mansions or merchant’s houses. These are richly decorated and carved from golden yellow sandstone. Later in the day you can visit the Jain Temples, the Patwon-ki-haveli and the Nathmalji-ki-haveli. Go for a visit to the sand dunes. Keep your evening free to sit back and relax at the Gadisar Lake which is a large natural oasis. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer.
This morning, after breakfast, start for your road drive to the city of Jodhpur, also known as the Blue City. It is the second largest city in Rajasthan which is sanding at the edge of the Thar Desert having its own charismatic aura. After your check-in process, head straight to visit and explore the Mehrangarh Fort, which is one of the most impressive of forts in the state of Rajasthan. You can also visit the Jaswant Thada which is a gem of late nineteenth-century fine architecture. Keep your evening free to visit the Mandore Gardens that are famous for its exquisite sculptures. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jodhpur.
After breakfast, start for your journey to the most romantic city in Rajasthan, Udaipur. The city has a lot of famous breathtaking palaces and lakes. On arrival, complete your check-in process and keep your evening free to enjoy a boat ride on the placid waters of Lake Pichola – a treat for all incurable romantics. The lake gives an amazing view of the City Palace that stretches along the east bank, while the south bank has pleasant gardens running down to the waterside. Overnight stay at the hotel in Udaipur.
This morning, wake up to a romance filled beautiful day. Get ready to do the sightseeing of Udaipur. The city has been named after Rana Udai Singh, the ruler of Mewar. When in Udaipur, you can visit the glimmering City Palace, Saheliyon ki Bari, Monsoon Palace, Meera Kala Mandir which has a lot of Rajasthani folk dances intact, Ekhlakji Shiva Temple, Nathdura and more such places. In the evening you can visit the Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir situated on the islands of Lake Pichola. Overnight stay at the hotel in Udaipur.
After having a healthy breakfast, resume your trip with a road drive to the heritage town of Deogarh. On your arrival, check in at your pre booked hotel. Spend your day in leisure. In the evening you can enjoy the cultural programs. Overnight stay at the hotel in Deogarh.
This day you will drive straight to the pink city of India, Jaipur. As the drive is a long one, you will reach the pink city during the early evening. If you are not tired and want to explore the place a bit, you can go for an evening stroll around the local colorful markets of the city. The markets have a lot of fabulous local handicrafts on display that will leave you spellbound. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur.
After an early breakfast start your day and explore the city. Jaipur which is also called the “Pink City” evokes royalty. The city has a lot of well-maintained gardens, courtyards and museums; part of it is still a royal residence. When in the city you can visit the Diwan-E-Am or Kali Temple, Jai Mandir or the hall of victory to see its inlaid panels and mirror ceiling, before visiting Sukh Niwas. After having lunch, you can go on a visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory and the Amer fort. In the evening, stop for a photo at Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur.
Today, drive down to Agra, a place which evokes a lot of history. En-route you can visit the Fatehpur Sikri which is a deserted red sandstone city built by Mughal ruler Akbar. Later you can visit the Bulund Darwaza, which is the largest gateway in the world. In the afternoon, post lunch, visit the Agra Fort, and the Taj Mahal which is an UNESCO approved sight and also one of the new seven wonders of the world. The Mahal was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra.
In the morning you can visit the local markets of the city Agra and by some souvenirs. The place also has some amazing gardens and sightseeing marvels which one can witness. Later in the afternoon, you can leave for Delhi. After reaching Delhi, check-in at the hotel and go on exploring the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, a famous Sikh Gurudwara. Keep your evening free to stroll around Connaught Place which is situated at the centre of Delhi and was built by the Bruisers. Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.
After breakfast, it is time for to bid a goodbye. In time head to the Indira Gandhi International Airport to catch a flight for your onward destination. It was a pleasure to host you and we hope to see you again.