Arrival Delhi in the morning. Transfer to hotel in New Delhi. After a short break we embark on our first journey to discover India. Our introduction to India will be by a " Rickshaw" ride a mode of transport used in small towns and in Old Delhi.
We head for a guided city tour to the most interesting sights of the city that is the Red Fort a fort made of red sand stone which once housed the world famous PEACOCK throne and the Jama Masjid mosque. Welcome Dinner at the old Hauz Khas village complex overnight stay at the hotel
First lessons in yoga start. After breakfast lessons in white water rafting. After lunch day at lesisure to visit nearby villages. Evening drive to Haridwar to see the magnificant Aarti at Har Ki Pauri the most sacred place for the Hindus. ( Aarti is the prayer offered at the end of the day with lit oil lamp accompanied by hypnotic music from the temple orchestra. These lamps are then released in the river as an offering presenting a sight as if stars from heaven had descended on to the River. Overnight at camp.
Another lesson in yoga today we try our hand at river rafting we take on the rapids from 12 km above the camp down to Rishikesh. Lunch at the end of the trail drive back to camp. Evening at camp with a gala dinner.
The tour of Agra starts from the famous Sikandra the mouselum built for the greatest Emperor of the Mughal dynasty Akbar the Great. Followed by Agra Fort a massive complex with exquisite work on pillars and ceiling. Emperor Shajahan the builder of Taj was held captive here by his son Emperor Aurangzeb who usurped the throne. It was from here that Emperor Shahjahn would view the Taj. From the fort we proceed to the Taj a monument of Love. In the evening we take to the streets of Agra. Overnight at Agra.
We leave for Jaipur the pink city of the Kachawa dynasty enroute stopping at the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri built as the capital in 1571 and abandoned 15 years later when the wells went dry. Evening check in to the hotel.
A tour of the city palace, the palace of winds and then proceed to Amber fort the ancient capital of Jaipur built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh in red sandstone and marble. It has some very intersting apartments like the Sheesh Mahal the glass canopy apartments and Jai Mandir, Sukh Niwas Baodi etc. The highlight of this trip is the elephant ride up the ramparts of the fort just like the maharajas did. After this we visit the Jaigarh fort the armoury of the erstwhile state which houses the biggest cannon on wheels in the world. Overnight at hotel.
Half day sight seeing of the city and its street. . We leave for Samode after lunch traveling down the national highway towards Delhi and turning of to Samode to reach Samode in late evening. Rest of the evening at Leisure to explore the village.
Today we leave for our camp in the desert at Mandawa the centre of Shekhawati culture. The Shekhawati region's famous for its wall frescos the world over. Afternoon at Leisure to explore Mandawa and its Havelies ( Mansions of mercchants ). In the evening we leave for the castle for a traditional Dinner served in the manner which was done for the visiting Maharajas of past. Overnight at the camp. After breakfast we take a camel safari into the desert lunch on the sand dunes in the evening return to the camp. Dinner at the camp, overnight at the camp.