Rajasthan Holiday packages : Classical Rajasthan with Ajanta and Ellora : 21 days
Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Mandawa – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Narlai – Udaipur – Mumbai – Ajanta – Ellora
DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI
On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal II you will be taken to your hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Delhi.
DAY 02 IN DELHI
After breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.
The visit of the old city ( belongs to XVIIth century) includes the Great Mosque, Jama Masjid and the Red Fort, a perfect example of Mughal architecture built by Emperor Shah Jahan between 1639 and 1648. Enjoy cycle rickshaw ride around the colorful giant bazaar, ChandniChowk. In the new part of the city visit – theQutabMinar (built in XIIth century), a splendid monument minaret of the Afghan period. Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, and the Mausoleum of Humayun – a huge building that inspired Persians, is the precursor of the TajMahal. Rajpath, the equivalent of the Champs Elysees in France, the India Gate (erected in the memory of unknown soldiers died during First World War), The Parliament, and the house of the President.
Overnight in Delhi
DAY 03 DRIVE DELHI – AGRA (220 KMS / 04 HRS)
After breakfast drive by surface for Agra, the city of Seventh wonder of the world.Agra which is known for its world famous buildings constructed by the Great Mughals, situated on the bank of the river. On arrival in Agra, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure walking around or enjoying the hotel facilities.
Overnight in Agra
DAY 04 DRIVE AGRA – JAIPUR (250 KMS / 05 HRS) EN ROUTE VISIT FATEHPUR SIKRI
Early morning experience the sunrise visit of the famous TAJ MAHAL This spectacular white marble mausoleum was built by Emperor Shah Jehan for his beloved wife, MumtazMahal. It is a most extravagant monument ever built for love. The shimmering reflection in the water channels is truly breathtaking. After viewing TajMahal, return back to the hotel. After breakfast drive by surface for Jaipur. Popularly known as the Pink City, was built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, designed in accordance with ShilpaShastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. En-route visit FathepurSikri, the magnificent fortified city was the Capital of the Mughal Empire between 1517 and 1585, but had to leave because of shortage of water. After the visit continue your drive for Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur, check into hotel. Rest of the day spends at leisure visiting the surroundings.
Overnight in Jaipur.
DAY 05 IN JAIPUR
After breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting — The Amber Fort situated on the one of the ancient ranges Aravali Hills, 11 kms from Jaipur which was the ancient capital of Jaipur Maharaja, a good example of Rajput style architecture. A slow elephant ride takes you to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings and a temple of Kali. Later visit City Palace and Observatory. City palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The son of the last maharaja and his family still reside in the part of the palace. Observatory – JantarMantar, built by Jai Singh in 18th Century which is the finest observatory built by Jai Singh out of five Observatories.
Overnight in Jaipur.
DAY 06 DRIVE JAIPUR – MANDAWA (170 KMS / 04 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Mandawa, situated in the heart of the Thar Desert. This beautiful village still has some beautifully preserved houses of medieval Indian traders built in a typically Rajput style having original paintings showing religious scenes or objects.On arrival in Mandawa, check into hotel. Later enjoy the walking sightseeing tour of Mandawa visiting the Havelis, AnandilalPoddar, BansidharBhagat and Chokhani etc.
Overnight in Mandawa.
DAY 07 DRIVE MANDAWA – BIKANER (200 KMS / 4.5 HRS)
Morning after breakfast drive to Bikaner. Bikaner is a royal fortified city with a timeless charm and medieval glory. It is located in northern Rajasthan, amongst the sand dunes. Known as the “Land of the Camel” Bikaner boasts of having the best camels in the world. This desert town popular for its temple and Forts, which shows the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the city. « Karni Mata » is one of the most fascinating temples situated in the south of Bikaner. On arrival in Bikaner, check into hotel.
After a short rest proceed for the half day sightseeing tour of Bikaner visiting Junagarh Fort, built between 1589 and 1594 by Raja Rai Singh. Visit the Temple of Karni Mata Deshnok -built 600 years ago and dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of the goddess Durga. The temple has huge doors, carved in silver, a gift from the Maharajah Ganga Singh followed by visit to a breeding center and research on camels, the only institution of this kind in India. Bikaner is a complete unique experience.
Overnight in Bikaner.
DAY 08 DRIVE BIKANER – JAISALMER (320 KMS / 05 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer, a fascinating city rising from the heart of the Thar Desert. Nothing else in India is remotely similar to this enchanting city, which is also called « The Golden City »because of its honey color. A visit to Jaisalmer is a must for any traveler in India, with the possibility of camel trekking through the magnificent sand. Jaisalmer Fort is the world’s only living fort and about quarter of the city’s population still live in the Fort. On arrival in Jaisalmer, check into hotel.
Overnight in Jaisalmer.
DAY 09 IN JAISALMER
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer visiting – Jaisalmer Fort, theonlyalive fort which you will not see anywhere in India. There are homes and hotels hidden in the laneways and shops. Within the fort walls there are beautifully carved Jain temples built between the 12th and 15th centuries followed by a visit of Gaddisagar Lake and impressive Havelis around the Fort.
In the evening drive to Sam where you are received by the camels. Visit to the ” Sand Dunes of Sam,” and ride camels on the sand at the time of sunset- which would be one of the highlights of your trip to Rajasthan followed by dinner with Rajasthan folk dance.
Overnight in Jaisalmer.
DAY 11 DRIVE JAISALMER – JODHPUR(290 KMS / 06 HRS)
After breakfast take a scenic drive to Jodhpur. Jodhpur- the second largest city in Rajasthan dominated by a massive Meherangarh Fort, the view from the Fort over the blue building of the Old city is one of Rajasthan’s most spectacular sights and this is the reason why Jodhpur is called the Blue city. Rich in palaces and forts, temples and Havelis, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, colors and textures, Jodhpur is an unforgettable place. On arrival in Jodhpur, check into hotel.
Overnight in Jodhpur.
DAY 12 IN JODHPUR
Morning after breakfast sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. There are many great fortresses throughout Rajasthan, but nothing like the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, built at a 400 ft. Within this citadel are magnificent palaces with marvelously carved panels, latticed windows and evocative names. These palaces house a fabulous collection of possessions of Indian royalty, including s superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.
Below the fort visit the JaswantThada, a graceful marble cenotaph built in1899 for Maharajah Jaswant Singh II, and the memorials of other Maharajahs of Jodhpur.
Afternoon at leisure to visit the surroundings on your own.
Overnight in Jodhpur
DAY 13 DRIVE JODHPUR – NARLAI(160 KMS / 03 HRS)
Morning after breakfast drive to RawlaNarlai, now a beautiful heritage hotel, is located in the heart of a typical Rajasthan village bustling with activity and bursting with color. On arrival, check into RawlaNarlai. Rest of the time spends visiting the local village or relaxing and enjoying the hotel facilities.
Overnight in RawlaNarlai
DAY 14 DRIVE NARLAI – UDAIPUR(140 KMS / 03 HRS) EN ROUTE RANAKPUR
After breakfast drive to Udaipur, one of the most romantic cities of India. En-route visiting Ranakpur Jain temples, a famous Temple complex, one of the biggest and most important of Jain temples in India. The main temple is the Chaumukha Temple, or Four Faced Temple, dedicated to Adinath. Built in 1439, this huge, superbly crafted and well-kept marble temple has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars and no two are alike. After the visit, continue drive towards Udaipur, which has been called the “City of Dreams” and “City of the Rising Sun.”MaharanaUdai Singh built the blue lakes, (which reflects the hills of the Aravali Mountains) for the purposes of his new capital, founded in 1568.On arrival in Udaipur, check into hotel.
Overnight in Udaipur.
DAY 15 IN UDAIPUR
Built along three lakes , Udaipur is known as the « Venice of the East « Udaipur is full of Palaces, temples and ornate residences ranging from the modest to the extravagant. After breakfast visit the towering City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, Saheliyon Ki Bari (Garden of the Maidens), Superb Jagdish Temple, popular for its elephant carving. The day ends with a boat trip on the sparkling waters of Lake Pichola. At the time of sunset, one can easily understand why Udaipur is the “Venice of the East.”
Overnight in Udaipur
DAY 16 FLY UDAIPUR – MUMBAI
Morning after breakfast drive to Udaipur airport in time to board flight for Mumbai. Meet on arrival at Mumbai airport and transfer to the hotel. Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment centre of India The city also houses India’s Hindi film and television industry, known as Bollywood. In 1661, Charles II of England received the islands of Bombay as dowry when he married Princess Catherine of Braganza. The British government leased the islands to the British East India Company, and they made it an important port. Mumbai’s business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a better standard of living attracting migrants from all over India and, in turn, make the city a potpourri of many communities and cultures. After a short rest proceed for the half day sightseeing tour of Mumbai visiting the Gateway of India, which was created as a symbol, to welcome the Queen Mary and King George V of England on their visit to India in 1911. Next visit the Hanging Gardens, constructed at the top of Malabar Hills, which provide a lovely view over the Arabian sea, Marine Drive etc
Overnight in Mumbai
DAY 17 FLY MUMBAI – AURANGABAD
Morning after breakfast drive to Mumbai airport in time to board flight for Aurangabad. Meet on arrival at Aurangabad airport and transfer to hotel. The city got its name from the Mughal emperor Aurangazeb who made it his capital. It’s a logical base for visiting the famous Ellora and Ajanta caves. The city is also a major industrial hub for Maharashtra. After a short rest proceed for the city tour of Aurangabad visiting the beautiful BibiKaMaqbara – the burial place of Aurangzeb’s wife, is an imitation of the Taj at Agra and due to its similar design, it is popularly known as the Mini Taj of the Deccan followed by a visit of Panchakki – famous for its underground water channel, which traverses more than 8 km. to its source away in the mountains. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Aurangabad.
DAY 18 AURANGABAD : EXCURSION TOWARDS AJANTA CAVES(closed on Monday)
Morning after breakfast drive about 106 kms for an excursion towards Ajanta caves. Ajanta Caves classified as World Heritage are rock-cut cave monuments dating from the second century BCE, containing paintings and sculpture considered to be masterpieces of both Buddhist religious art and universal pictorial art. The 29 Buddhist caves of Ajanta are cut into the steep face of a horseshoe-shaped rock gorge on the waghore river. They are sequentially numbered, the oldest are mainly in the middle and the newer ones are close to each end. Experience the beautiful architecture and painting and later return back to the hotel.
Overnight in Aurangabad.
DAY 19 AURANGABAD : EXCURSION TOWARDS ELLORA CAVES
Morning after breakfast drive for an excursion to visit Ellora caves located about 30 kms from Aurangabad, are the pinnacle of Deccan rock-cut architecture. The 34 “caves” – actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills – being Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples and monasteries, were built between the 5th century and 10th century. The 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain caves (caves 30–34), built in proximity, demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during this period of Indian history. Spend the day experiencing the beautiful caves and later drive back to the hotel.
Overnight in Aurangabad.
DAY 20 FLY AURANGABAD – MUMBAI
Morning after breakfast drive to Aurangabad airport in time to board flight for Mumbai. Meet on arrival at Mumbai airport and transfer to hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure enjoying the facilities available at the hotel
Overnight in Mumbai
DAY 21 DEPART MUMBAI
Morning after breakfast drive to Mumbai International airport in time to board flight for back home.