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Undoubtedly, India is a diverse country. It is full of historic monuments, religious shrines, etc. All these things together portray the vibrant culture and rich heritage of the country. Though the culture and history of India can be appreciated in all parts of the country, there is nothing better than the incredible state of Rajasthan. In early times, several kings used to rule over Rajasthan. Therefore, the state has many forts, palaces, and mansions. These structures are not only architectural masterpieces but they also boast of the lifestyle of the mighty rulers.
Rajasthan Tour with Taj Mahal allows tourists to visit different places (Mandawa, Nawalgarh, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ranakpur, Jaipur, and Abhaneri) in Rajasthan along with Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri, and Agra. During the tour, tourists can visit various monuments, taste the local delicacies, indulge in exciting activities, interact with the natives, etc. In all, the tour gives tourists an extraordinary experience of visiting India as tourists can enjoy different aspects of the country by taking up the popular Rajasthan Tour with Taj Mahal.
Explore various UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Get astonished by the architectural beauty of the Taj Mahal
Enjoy camel safari in the sand dunes of Rajasthan
Gain insights into the Indian culture and history
Visit some of the major tourist attractions in North India
After reaching Delhi, you will be transferred to Hotel. Hotel check-in time is 1400hrs (Noon).
Delhi is the heart and soul of India, not only in terms of administration but in all other senses as well. It is the national capital, which always keeps bustling. As one can find a fusion of different cultures in Delhi, it is often referred to as the “City of Cities”. Moreover, Delhi represents a beautiful blend of old and new, evident in the form of Old Delhi and New Delhi respectively. Old Delhi has so many monuments portraying the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. On the contrary, New Delhi has buildings boastings of modern architecture. No matter which part of the city you choose to visit, it will surely entice you.
In the afternoon, you will start exploring the major tourist attractions in New Delhi. You will visit Qutub Minar, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will head towards Humayun’s Tomb, which is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi. Thereafter, you will visit the India Gate, which is a war memorial dedicated to soldiers, who sacrificed their lives for the nation. Afterward, you will be driven past the Parliament’s House, President House, and Government Secretarial Buildings. At last, you will pay a visit to the Lakshminarayan temple.
Then, you will be dropped back at the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
You will start the day with an early morning visit to Master Ji Ki Haveli, passing through the market streets of Old Delhi. The Old Delhi tour will help you to know more about the city’s richness. The route includes a heritage walk, a rickshaw ride, and an exclusive meal in the haveli.
Later, you can visit the tourist places in Old Delhi. You will visit the Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, and Chandni Chowk. As the streets in Chandni Chowk are full of shops selling different items, you can shop for clothes, jewelry, household goods, etc. In short, Chandni Chowk is a shopper’s paradise. Later, you can return to the hotel for having some rest.
In the evening, you will proceed to enjoy the show at the Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon. It is the ultimate destination for entertainment and leisure. As the campus includes various structures serving different purposes, it is a befitting destination for all, irrespective of age and interests. There are several activities to enjoy in the Kingdom of Dreams. One such activity is the Zangoora show. Zangoora The Gypsy Prince is the biggest Bollywood musical show. The show features storytelling in Bollywood style making use of stagecraft, technical wizardry, music, and dance. The talented artists from the television and film industry come together to make the show a success.
NOTE: The show operates daily except Monday. The show starts at 1900hrs and lasts for two hours.
The guests can have dinner at Cultural Gully and later they can return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
After having breakfast at the hotel, you can proceed to visit Akshardham Temple. It is a Hindu temple complex, displaying traditional Indian culture and architecture. The temple complex has been constructed by 7000 artisans along with the support of 3,000 volunteers of Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha.
Then, you will visit the Lotus Temple, which has earned recognition worldwide for its marvelous lotus architecture. Like all other Bahá’í Houses of Worship, the temple is open for all, irrespective of any distinctions. The Bahá’í laws emphasize that not only the holy scriptures of the Bahá’í Faith but those of other religions can also be read or chanted inside in any language; while readings and prayers can be set to music by choirs, no musical instruments can be played inside. However, religious ceremonies cannot be performed inside the temple premises.
At last, you will pay a visit to the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. It is one of the most prominent Sikh gurudwaras in Delhi and is known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan.
The overnight stay is scheduled in Delhi.
After having breakfast, you will check-out from the hotel. You will head towards Mandawa by road. You will be transferred to the pre-decided hotel after reaching Mandawa.
You will explore the Shekhawati in the afternoon. Most of the forts and palaces built by Shekhawat Rajputs have been converted into heritage hotels. Shekhawati is renowned for painted houses and havelis. The paintings on the walls portray the success story of Marwaris. Moreover, the region has the highest number of frescos in the world. Thereafter, you will return to the hotel for a night stay.
After enjoying breakfast in the hotel, you can proceed towards Nawalgarh.
You can visit “Asha ka Jharna” in Nawalgarh. It is an NGO serving intellectually disabled people, hearing and speech impaired children. The organization also provides OPD services for physiotherapy and speech therapy. During a visit to an NGO, you can interact with children and help them in different ways.
You can also visit havelis in Nawalgarh. These havelis make the town look like an art gallery. The most famous one of all is Aath Haveli, dating back to 1900 AD. You can observe several painting styles in havelis in Nawalgarh.
Later, you can return to the hotel in Mandawa for spending the night.
You can have breakfast at the hotel. Then, you can check-out and move towards Bikaner. Bikaner is one of the most popular cities in Rajasthan. It is famous among tourists for splendid Junagarh Fort, camel research farm, and vibrant markets. The town also hosts several fairs and festivals throughout the year. Some of the major ones are the Camel Festival, Karni Mata Fair, and Akha Teej. All these cultural events attract a large number of tourists from different corners of the world.
You will visit Junagadh ort in the afternoon. It is one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan. The fort represents a wonderful amalgam of Mughal and Rajput architecture. A tinge of western architecture was also added to the fort in the 18th century. Besides, the fort has many gates and a temple dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu.
At last, you will return to the hotel, where you can have dinner. The overnight stay is scheduled at the hotel in Bikaner.
After having breakfast, you will pay a visit to the Karni Mata Temple. Also known as the “Temple of Rats”, the temple is situated at Deshnok, 30 km away from Bikaner.
Built in Mughal architectural style, the temple is home to as many as 20,000 black rats, which are locally known as kabbas. The rats are worshipped in the temple along with the goddess.
You will also visit the Camel Breeding Farm, which is located at Jorbeer, about 8 km away from Bikaner. The farm is also known as National Research Centre on Camels and is a one-of-its-kind in the country. Here, you can learn about the life of camels in detail.
Later, you will enjoy a camel safari in the Thar Desert. At last, you will return to the hotel in Bikaner.
After enjoying breakfast, you will check-out from the hotel. Then, you will start your journey for Jaisalmer by road. You will be transferred to the predetermined hotel after reaching Jaisalmer.
Famously known as the “Golden City”, Jaisalmer is situated in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. The city is brimful of so many tourist attractions that it leaves a tourist awestruck. Apart from sightseeing, there are several adventurous activities to try hands at in Jaisalmer.
The overnight stay is in Jaisalmer.
After breakfast, you will visit Jaisalmer Fort. Made up of yellow sandstone, the 12th-century fort is one of the finest examples of Indian architecture. You can also explore five-storied Tazia Tower inside the fort. Next, you will visit a few major havelis in the town. Two of the most famous ones are Salim Ji Ki Haveli and Patwon ki Haveli. Next, you will enjoy a puppet show, which will enrich your cultural knowledge of Jaisalmer.
The overnight stay is in Jaisalmer.
After having breakfast, you will proceed for camel safari. Firstly, you will stop at Bada Bagh, which is a tourist attraction, located 6 km away from Jaisalmer. Then, you will visit Ram Kund, where you can enjoy a meal including local delicacies. You will pay a visit to Lodurva Temple after lunch. Then, you will proceed for Indra Jee Kaa Dibba.
You will enjoy camping at Chatrail in Swiss tents. The dinner will also be served in the camps.
The breakfast will be served at the camp. You will visit Kahla village and Amar Sagar. Then, you will have lunch at a local restaurant. Later, you will depart for Jodhpur by road.
Also known as the Sun City or the Blue City, Jodhpur is the second-largest city in Rajasthan. The city was the former capital of the Marwar kingdom. Founded by Rao Jodha, the city is quite popular among tourists for its majestic historic monuments, amusing fairs and festivals, and mouth-watering cuisine.
You will be transferred to the pre-decided hotel in Jodhpur.
After having breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed for a visit to Mehrangarh Fort. Perched on an altitude of 120 m, the fort is one of the largest and might forts in India. The fort has thick walls, palaces, and courtyards decked with intricate carvings. A few major structures are Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. Then you will visit Jaswant Thada, which is a splendid structure, constructed out of polished layers of marble. Further, you will head towards the Umaid Public Gardens, which contains the Government Museum and the Umaid Bhawan Museum. You can have a look at various artifacts representing the history of the region. You will enjoy a cooking demo with an Indian family in the evening. During the session, you will learn about Rajasthani cuisine. Besides, you will be able to taste local delicacies and know more about different ways of cooking. At last, you will return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
You will have breakfast at the hotel. Then, you will head towards the rural area, where you can understand rural life. Moreover, you can come across the unspoiled surroundings and hustle-free lifestyle of the locals. Meanwhile, you can interact with the natives, who will provide you with more information about their culture, cuisine, etc. In all, the rural day drive experience in Jodhpur is a one-of-its-kind experience for tourists.
You will go to the rural region in new 4*4 vehicles, which have been specially modified for the safety and comfort of visitors. The rural day drive experience includes the following activities:
After having the extraordinary experience of rural area, you will return to the hotel for an overnight stay in Jodhpur.
After enjoying breakfast, you will check-out from the hotel. You will depart for Udaipur by road. En route, you will visit Ranakpur.
You will visit the centuries-old Jain temples in Ranakpur. The main temple is famous as Chaumukha Temple, which is dedicated to the first Tirthankara Lord Adinatha Ji. The temple has as many as 20 halls and 1444 pillars. The most spectacular thing about the temple is that all the pillars feature cravings, dissimilar to each other. The temple complex is a beautiful sight to behold due to its magnificent architecture. You can also visit Surya Temple and other Jain temples if time permits.
Then, you will continue moving towards Udaipur. Founded by Rana Udai Singh, Udaipur was the former capital of the Mewar kingdom. The city is blessed with beautiful palaces and spectacular natural beauty. Owing to these reasons, the city is often called the “City of Lakes” and “Venice of the East”.
The overnight stay will be at the hotel in Udaipur.
The breakfast will be served at the hotel. Afterward, you will start the full-day city tour of Udaipur. You will visit the City Palace and Jagdish Temple. Later, you will head towards Fateh Sagar Lake. You will also visit Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, where you can gather information related to the art and crafts of the region. A visit to Saheliyon ki Bari is also scheduled.
You will enjoy a boat ride at Lake Pichola in the evening. The boat ride allows tourists to get immersed in the scenic beauty of the surroundings. At last, you will visit the Jag Niwas Palace.
The overnight stay is in Udaipur.
After breakfast, you will embark on a walking tour of Udaipur. The walking tour aims at introducing you to the ethereal tourist attractions of Udaipur. Furthermore, you can interact with the natives. You can learn about different types of art practiced in the town. In all, you will be able to know the customs and traditions followed by the locals in Udaipur, in detail.
The walking tour includes the following:
The overnight stay is scheduled in Udaipur.
You will check-out from the hotel after having breakfast. You will move towards Jaipur en-route visiting Pushkar.
Pushkar is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites for Hindus. There are many tourist attractions in the town, out of which a few that you must not miss visiting are Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple, Varaha Temple, etc. In case you happened to visit Pushkar around October – November, don’t miss out on the world-famous Pushkar Fair. The fair is not only a platform for animal trade but also holds great religious significance in Hinduism.
Then, you will continue heading towards Jaipur.
Jaipur is the capital of the famous Indian state of Rajasthan. Full of majestic monuments, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the city has numerous monuments painted in pink color, the city is often referred to as the Pink City.
The overnight stay is in Jaipur, the Pink City.
After having breakfast, you will start exploring the capital city of Rajasthan. You will start with a visit to the Amer Fort. The fort used to be the earlier capital of the city.
Note: Elephant rides are available at the Amer Fort but we do not recommend opting for them as these might be harmful for the well-being of elephants. That is why we do not promote the use of animals for any entertainment or commercial purpose.
The option of a jeep ride is also available. In case you wish to spend a day with elephants, you can visit Elefantastic, where you can indulge in different types of activities like feeding, bathing, and walking elephants. All the activities are offered taking into consideration the well-being of the giant creatures at Elefantastic.
However, you can opt for an elephant ride to ascend the fort and return via a jeep ride.
Constructed out of red sandstone, Amer Fort is one of the must-visit tourist attractions in Jaipur. The fort has many entrances, out of which the major one is Suraj Pol. Besides, the fort has a temple dedicated to the Goddess Sila Devi, which is located near Ganesh Gate. You can also visit other structures inside the fort, such as Diwan-e-Aam (hall of public audience), Diwan-e-Khas (hall of private audience), Sheesh Mahal (palace of mirrors), and Sukh Niwas.
You will visit the Amber village after the sightseeing tour of the fort. The ancient town of Amber served as the capital of various dynasties in early times. Although every tourist visits the Amer Palace during a tour to Jaipur, no one feels it necessary to explore the historic town. However, if you wish to have a unique experience, you must opt for the walking tour of Amber village. The highlights of the tour are:
You will visit the early 17th century Jagat Shiromani Temple. Decorated with awe-inspiring structures and portraying Hindu mythology, the temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna.
You will pay a visit to Ambikeshwar Temple, which is said to be older than the Amer Fort. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is a mysterious one as it is believed that the shiva linga is sinking deeper in the ground year by year.
You will explore Narsingh Haveli, which is one of the most talked-about ones in Amer.
You will also visit Panna Miah Kund, which is a fine specimen of the traditional stepwell, built by Maharaja Jai Singh’s eunuchs.
You can have a look at a vast collection of traditional and contemporary textiles in Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing
You will visit Maharaja’s City Palace in the afternoon. The palace is a beautiful fusion of Mughal, Rajput, and European architecture. A visit to Jantar Mantar is also scheduled. The observatory attracts a large number of mathematicians and astrologers from all across the world. Later, you will visit the Hawa Mahal and pass through the pink rose garden and business centers of Jaipur. As a trip to Jaipur is incomplete without shopping, you must visit the colorful markets to buy carpets, clothes, handicrafts, jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones.
Then, you will return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. You can have dinner enjoying folk music and dance performances.
You will proceed for Bagru Block Printing Tour after having breakfast. Bagru is a quaint town, popular for block printing. It is one of the major industrial areas for textile printing in Rajasthan, having more than 100 cottage scale workshops. You can observe artisans working on designs during the tour. The designs are made on fabric using wooden blocks dipped into natural colors. The art is a combination of washing, color making, block making, reverse printing, multiple printing, boiling, drying, etc.
During the tour, you can not only visit different families engaged in block printing but you can also try your hands at the art under the supervision of an expert. Hence, the tour will be a fun-filled one for you.
During the Workshop, first, take a village tour visiting different houses where each family is engaged in one of the processes of Block printing. Then, try our skills to make a beautiful block printed fabric using designer blocks under the supervision of Master artisan.
You can take a stroll around the vibrant markets in the city after returning to Jaipur. You can also feast your taste buds with the local savories such as kachori, samosa, etc.
You can enjoy a Bollywood movie show in the evening at Raj Mandir.
At last, you will return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
You will check out of the hotel after having breakfast. You will visit Abhaneri and Fatehpur Sikri en route. You will visit Chand Baori and Harshat Mata Temple in Abhaneri. Then, you will continue your journey towards Fatehpur Sikri. It is a walled city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. The city has so many structures, boasting of the finest Mughal architecture. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will visit various structures in the city. Some of the famous ones are Jama Masjid, the Tomb of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza, Ibadat Khana, Mariam-uz-Zamani’s Palace, Naubat Khana, and Birbal’s House.
Afterward, you will move towards Agra. Located on the banks of River Yamuna, Agra is an important historic city in Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the major tourist destinations in India. It also forms the Golden Triangle along with Delhi and Jaipur. Earlier, it used to be the capital of the Mughals. That is why the city is full of Mughal monuments.
You will be transferred to the hotel after reaching Agra.
You can enjoy Mohabbat The Taj show in the evening. Mohabbat The Taj is a musical dance drama show, which portrays the love story of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The major highlight of the show is a replica of the Taj Mahal, made up of Makrana marble. Though the structure is artificial, it appears quite similar to the original one due to the inlaid marble work. The show comprises beautiful costumes, elegant stage backdrop, etc. In all, the show gives a glimpse of the splendor of the Mughal era.
The overnight stay is in Agra.
You will visit the world-famous Taj Mahal in the early morning. The ivory-white mausoleum was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Tourists from all across the world visit India to admire its architectural beauty. It is due to its mesmerizing beauty that it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the finest specimen of the Mughal architecture, made up of white marble.
Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.
You can return to the hotel for breakfast. Afterward, you will visit the Agra Fort, which is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort contains structures like Jahangir Palace, Khas Mahal, Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, etc. The fort represents the spectacular Mughal architecture and boasts of the royal lifestyle of the Mughals. You will also visit the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.
You will have a cooking demo with an Indian family in the evening. There is nothing better than a visit to the house of an Indian family to know about the culture and cuisine. During the session, you can learn to prepare one or two delicacies. You will also get to know the importance of every ingredient and different techniques used in the preparation of food. Moreover, you will have dinner with them. Therefore, you will be able to understand the Indian culture in a better way.
The overnight stay is scheduled in Agra.
The breakfast will be served in the hotel. Then, you will check-out and head towards Delhi. You will visit the ISKCON Temple in Vrindavan en route.
The ISKCON Temple is located in the Raman Reti area of Vrindavan. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple represents the fulfilled dream of Srila Prabhupada, who is Founder-Acharya of ISKCON. The temple is a complex of marvelous beauty.
Later, you can have lunch at the New Govinda Restaurant at Vrindavan, which promotes pure vegetarianism. Then, you will continue towards Delhi airport, from where you will catch a flight to further destination.