You arrive in Delhi by International flight. After traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at the airport & to our hotel for check-in. After breakfast we will go on a guided tour of Delhi at 1000 hrs, beginning with morning sightseeing trip to Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat followed by drive around India Gate & President's House. Afternoon visits to Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple (Closed on Monday) & Qutub Minar. Overnight Hotel- Delhi (B)
Early morning after breakfast we will depart for Agra, En route we visit Mathura (Shri Krishna Janmabhumi Temple) & Vrindavan (Bankey Bihari Temple & ISKCON Temple) (Temples are close between 1200 - 1600 hrs.), related with the birth & childhood of Lord Krishna. Next we will visit Sikandra (Tomb of Emperor Akbar) Later we drive to Agra,erstwhile capital of great Mughals & known for Taj Mahal. It has always fascinated Indians & foreigners alike. Most of Agra is on West bank of river Yamuna, with the Agra Fort & Taj Mahal at its nucleus. Taj Mahal is quite simply one of mankind's most remarkable creations. Upon arrival check-in hotel. In the evening enjoy the magic show performed by the local magician. Overnight Hotel- Agra (B)
Day 3: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur (260 km / 6 hrs)
After breakfast, we visit the incredible architectural excellence of Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday), built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Next we visit Agra Fort, built principally as a military establishment by Akbar in 1565. The red sandstone Agra Fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's time. This massive Fort is 2.5 km long, considered as predecessor of Delhi Red Fort.
After early breakfast, we drive 11 km to Amber, the capital of the gallant Rajputs from the year 1037 to 1728 AD. We ride the Elephant's back & reach the Fort situated on the hill & then visit the Fort Palace. Later in the early afternoon we visit famous Samode located at a distance of 40 km from Jaipur city & belong to the Rawals of Samode are affluent noblemen. This family was bestowed the title of "Maha Rawal" by the royal family as a reward for their loyalty & courage. The Samode Palace is about four hundred years old & has gone through a lot of restoration work.
Morning after breakfast we visit the City Palace, Birla Temple, Jantar Mantar Observatory & Palace of Winds. In the afternoon we drive to Mandawa, lies in the heart of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan & is basically a municipal town of the Jhunjhunu district. Evening at leisure. Overnight Hotel- Mandawa (B)
After breakfast departure for half Day sightseeing tour covering the Shekhawati region, rich in fresco painted dwellings. This region is often referred to as the 'Open Air Gallery' of Rajasthan. Later leave for Bikaner & check in at our hotel upon arrival. Late afternoon we drive to Camel Research Farm (8 km): Spend a Day with the indispensable ship of the desert at their camel research & breeding centers which are only one of its kinds in Asia. The farm extends over 2000 acres of semi arid land & is managed by Central Government. These camels are sold in cattle fairs of Bikaner & Jaisalmer where they are decorated in all their fineries which are colorful & attractive, complementing brown terrains of the desert. Overnight Hotel - Bikaner (B)
Morning after breakfast our guide will take you for half day sightseeing of Junagarh Fort, which has palatial rooms richly decorated with emeralds & intricate carvings in gold. Later leave for Jaisalmer. On arrival, you check in at our hotel. Overnight Hotel - Jaisalmer (B)
Set deep in the heart of Thar Desert lies Jaisalmer, one of the last princely bastions of the region. Founded on the crossroads of lucrative trade routes, where the rich merchants hired craftsmen who worked with great diligence on the sandstone mansions they built, filing up facades with sculpture filigree, screen windows, delicate pavilions & balconies. After breakfast half Day sightseeing tour covering Jaisalmer Fort on the 80m high Trikula Hill built by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 & Patwon Ki Haveli, known for its most elaborate & magnificent facade. Next on is a camel ride at Sam dunes, 45 km from the city. Overnight Hotel - Jaisalmer (B)
Morning after breakfast we drive to Khimsar. Upon arrival at Khimsar check-in. Khimsar, Perched on the edge of the great Thar Desert in the Heart of Rural India, the unique fort at Khimsar offers a wide range of Experiences. The Battle scarred walls & turrets remained one of the Glorious past. The initial Construction began in 1523 AD, family moved in during 18th Century when a new 'Zenana' (Ladies Wing) was constructed. Thakur Onkar Singh built a regal wing for himself in 1940s.Today the Khimsar fort ranks high amongst the premier classified heritage hotels of India. The village of Khimsar provides an excellent starting point to explore the District of Nagaur Which lies midway between Jodhpur & Bikaner. The Historic fort at Nagaur encompasses a beautifully painted place. The old city harbors several mosques, one of which was commissioned by Emperor Akbar. Nagaur cattle fair is a major cultural event of the region & it draws a large number of local people who come to trade & Celebrate at this important fair.
Morning after breakfast we drive to Jodhpur, a glittering blend of modern & traditional architecture reflecting upon its numerous palaces. The enchanting forts, temples & other royal residences have retained a medieval character, which comprises of the town's multifaceted attractions. Upon arrival we help you check in at our hotel. In the afternoon we will take you on half Day tour of Jodhpur. Visits to imposing Mehrangarh Fort, undoubtedly the most prominent landmark of the city, followed by Jaswant Thada the white marble memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, built in 1899. A leisurely evening follows highlighted by Folk dances of Rajasthan.
Morning after breakfast we drive to Ranakpur to visit the secluded 1439 Jain Temple Complex with 29 halls dissected by 1444 pillars, each sculpted with unique designs. Lunch is suggested at the nearby Maharani Bagh Orchard retreat. Further we will continue our drive to Kumbalgarh, with its impressive 36-km long wall & soaring towers. It stands on the site of an ancient citadel dating back to the second century AD belonging to a Jain descendant of India's Mauryan emperors. It defined the boundaries between Mewar & Marwar & became a refuge for Mewar's rulers in times of strife. Its steel gray ramparts encircle the fertile Shero Mallah Valley, with ancient monuments cenotaphs, ponds & flourishing farms. Kumbalgarh fell only once in its history, to the combined forces of Emperor Akbar, Raja Man Singh of Amber, & Raja Udai Singh of Amber, & Raja Udai Singh of Marwar. Its location had always been its greatest advantage. Because it was virtually inaccessible in the 15th century, Rana Kumbha of Mewar built this great defensive fortress on a 3,500 feet (1,100 meters) high hill overlooking the approaches from Ajmer & Marwar.
Today early morning before breakfast a hazardous, barely Gypsy track takes you to the 586 sq km Kumbalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. The main attraction here would be panther, sloth bear, wild boar, four-horned antelope or crocodiles, "scientifically bred" in the lake. After breakfast we drive to Udaipur, Set around the vast Pichola Lake & dominated by dramatic palaces, Udaipur is Rajasthan's most picturesque city. Upon arrival assistance & check-in hotel At sunset you can cruise around in a boat amidst the romantic waters of Lake Pichola. Overnight Hotel - Udaipur (B)
Day 13: Udaipur - Mumbai (9W-3406 1925 - 2110 hrs)
The 'City of Lakes' awaits your attention on this Day, morning after breakfast take a tour of Udaipur's fascinating City Palace. Molded in soft yellow stone, its windowless base is crowned with ornate turrets & canopies. Part of the Palace is now a museum with its marble & granite walls laden with brilliant miniature paintings & decorated with colored glass & mirrors. Tour continues to the Garden of the Maids of Honour & Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum. At sunset you can cruise around in a boat amidst the romantic waters of Lake Pichola.
Later we drive to airport to board the flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival assistance & check-in hotel. Overnight Hotel - Mumbai (B)
Morning post breakfast we will proceed for full Day sightseeing tour of Mumbai starting with the Gateway of India, the entrance to the port of Mumbai. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911. Historically the Gateway holds greater significance as the last of the British troops, which left independent India by sea, marched through its portals. It is followed by the Elephanta Caves (Closed on Monday) boat cruise from Gateway of India. The caves are at the top of a gentle stairway, which begins almost immediately where the ferry wharf hits dry land. Other attractions would be the Prince Wales Museum (Closed on Monday) & Marine Drive which runs along the shore of the Arabian Sea from Nariman Point past Chowpatty Beach to the foot of Malabar Hill. Evening at leisure. Overnight Hotel- Mumbai(B)