Rajasthan with Khajuraho and Varanasi
Duration (20 Nights & 21 Days)
Day 01: Delhi Arrival: Welcome to India! Our representative will welcome you at Delhi International Airport and transfer you to the hotel for a comfortable night stay. Stay overnight at Delhi
Day 02: Delhi: Old Delhi was the capital of India between 17th and 19th century. In Old Delhi one will find many mosques, monuments and forts relating to India’s Islamic history. Delhi has many tourist attractions to offer. Pay a visit to the Red Fort and Qutab Minar, the Old Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Bahai Temple, Birla Mandir and many other sights
Visit the vibrant shopping complex of Connaught Place, Delhi Haat for handicraft goods and delicious food. Just drop in at Janpath for buying a variety of cheap and best items. Or take a stroll at Rajpath. If you are looking for spiritual peace, visit the Lotus temple, which is also famous for its marvelous architecture and heavenly beauty. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 03 Delhi- Mandawa: After breakfast you will proceed towards Mandawa. On arrival check into the hotel. After short relax leave for sightseeing. Here you will visit Mandawa Fort, Hamnuman Prasad Haveli and Gulab Rai Ladia. Overnight at Mandawa.
Day 04 Mandawa- Bikaner: On this day your will leave for Bikaner after having your breakfast. Here you will explore Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace is a magnificent fort in red sandstone, a fascinating juxtaposition of the Oriental style and European luxury that leaves you truly mesmerized and Laxmi Niwas Palace. Overnight at Bikaner.
Day 05: Bikaner- Jaisalmer: Having breakfast later leave for Jaisalmer. This amber-hued city, also called the Golden City, in the heart of the desert, dazzles gloriously in the early morning. The sunset has a peculiar glow here. As the night descends, the sky goes up in flames, till it becomes black, a Breath taking sight.
Jaisalmer is famous for its cobbled streets, strewn with palaces, forts, temples and havelis. Every house here is exquisitely carved, having filigreed work all over. These houses date back to the 12th-15th century. Overnight at Jaisalmer.
Day 06: Jaisalmer: Today is the day to explore Jaisalmer after having your breakfast. Jaisalmer Fort stands guard over the desert scape from its 250 feet high perch on the hill with its walls following the
Contours of the hill.
Witness the legendary architectural wealth of Jaisalmer at Patwa Haveli, Nathmal Ki Haveli and Salim Singh-ki-Haveli, truly unsurpassed in splendour. Of particular note are the blue roof and rows of peacocks below the arched balconies.
Gadsisar Lake is a rain water lake and many small shrines and temples are festooned all around the lake. It’s an ideal picnic spot, famous for boating. From Jaisalmer you can make several camel safari’s, for example to Sam Dunes to watch the sun set, or make a longer camel ride and spend the night in the desert in Sam or Kuri. Overnight at Jaisalmer.
Day 07: Jaisalmer- Manvaar: After breakfast you will leave for Manvaar. This is the spot wherein you will discover most astounding sand suns and it is the spot situated in the Shergarh Region of Thar Desert. When you reach at Manvaar Desert in the Jeep you will be drive to campgrounds of Manvaar for the most part in the rises. At that point you will be headed to Swiss tents. These are the ones that contains all the fundamental courtesies which likewise includes connected English toilets. You can get new here and after that go for boundless camel safari for the most part till the dusk and after that you can return to the campground. On this campground you can appreciate people move just as music alongside the topic supper. Medium-term remain in tent at Manvaar.
Day 08: Manvaar- Jodhpur: Have your breakfast later you will proceed towards Jodhpur. On arrival check into the hotel for short relax. Jodhpur, the blue city, once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar, now is the second largest city of Rajasthan, flanked on its western side by the Mehrangarh Fort which was built on a steep hill. This formidable hill top fort is among the best in India and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone palace of Umaid Bhawan which is the largest private residence in the world, has the finest examples of art-deco, and is the only palace to have paintings from the Ramayana. Jaswant Thada is a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble. Within the main cenotaph are the portrets of various Jodhpur rulers. The monuments, temples and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multi-faceted grandeur. Overnight at Jodhpur.
Day 09: Jodhpur- Ranakpur: After breakfast proceed towards Ranakpur. After arrival check-in the hotel. After lunch you will visit Ranakpur Jain Tample. The basement of the Ranakpur Jain Temple is a 48,000 sq feet area that covers the whole complex. There are 4 subsidiary shrines, 24 pillared halls and domes supported by over 400 columns. Overnight at Ranakpur.
Day 10: Ranakpur- Kumbhalgarh- Udaipur: Having breakfast leave for Udaipur en routing visit Kumbhalgarh Fort. After arrival in Udaipur check-in the hotel. Later you will go for boat ridding and where you can enjoy sunset. Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 11: Udaipur: Today you will explore Udaipur after having your breakfast. The city of Udaipur is a vision in white, drenched in romance and beauty, an inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers. Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavour of a heroic past. Their reflection in the placid waters of Lake Pichola is an enticing sight.
The City Palace is a majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake on a hill surrounded by crenellated walls. Two island palaces, Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas are breathtaking.
Pay a visit to Saheliyon-ki-Bari, a small ornamental garden which was a popular relaxing spot where
royal ladies came for a stroll. Gulab Bagh, a spectacular rose garden or visit Fateh Sagar, a beautiful lake. Overnight at Udaipur.
Day 12: Udaipur- Pushkar: After breakfast leave for Pushkar. Though not a big city, rather a small town, we don’t want to leave out Pushkar in our must see places. It’s a pretty little town, surrounded by hills on three sides. It’s one of the important places in Rajasthan because it is one of the five ‘dhams’ or pilgrimage centers for Hindus. While in Pushkar, pay a visit to the Brahma temple, which is possibly the only temple dedicated to Brahma in India. Overnight in Pushkar.
Day 13: Pushkar- Jaipur: On this day leave for Jaipur after breakfast. On arrival check into the hotel after short relax leave for local sightseeing. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 14: Jaipur: Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is one of the most popular destinations on a tourist’s itinerary, known for its magnificent forts, beautiful havelis and colourful bazaars. Jaipur is part of the famous Golden Triangle tour, which also includes Delhi and Agra. Jaipur is also known as the Pink City. Jaipur’s date with the pink colour goes back to 1905-1906, when the city was getting ready to welcome the Prince of Wales and needed a fresh coat of paint. The contractor’s inability to provide any other colour than pink saw Jaipur washed in pink hue.
There are a number of forts and palaces in and around Jaipur that tell the tales of Jaipur’s rich and vibrant heritage. Some of the important landmarks include Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar observatory, City Palace, Jaigarh Fort, Gaitore, Nahargarh Fort from where you have a wonderful view all over Jaipur, Birla temple, and Galta Ji (the Monkey temple). Besides the architectural wonders that dot Jaipur, shopping in the colorful bazaars is another exciting way to spend your day. Handicraft items make perfect souvenirs and Jaipur is most famous for its semi-precious stones, jewellery and miniature paintings. To learn more about Rajasthan’s culture, pay a visit to Choki Dhani and indulge in the excellent Rajasthani food served. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 15: Jaipur- Fatehpur Sikri - Agra: Have breakfast at hotel you will leave for Agra en routing visit Fatehpur Sikri. On arrival check into the hotel for short relax and later you will go for sightseeing in Agra. From Jaipur you can make an excursion to Sikandra or make a side trip to Fatehpur Sikri, a magnificent fortified ghost city (on the way from Jaipur to Agra).
Little needs to be said about the main reason for any tourist to visit Agra, the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed by the Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.
The TajMahal is open for visits 6 days a week, closed on Fridays, from sunrise till 7.30 pm.
Proceed for sightseeing to the Agra Fort. Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly made of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque.
Also visit Itmadullah’s Tomb, built by empress Noor Jehan in memory of her father, the interiors of which by some are considered better than the Taj. Overnight at Agra.
Day 16: Agra- Orchha: Having your breakfast you will leave for Orchha. Orchha, located in Madhya Pradesh, lies on the Betwa river and was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain Rudra Pratap Singh, who became its first King. In this medieval city the palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers retain much of their pristine perfection. Orchha possesses an imposing fort, which contains a number of palaces and other historic buildings. The most noteworthy of these are the Raja Rammandir, a massive square building of which the exterior is almost absolutely plain, and the exquisite Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace of the same form but far more ornate, crowned by graceful chattris and a beautiful specimen of Hindu domestic architecture.
In the Laxminarayan Temple and Raj Mahal vibrant murals encompassing a variety of religious and secular themes bring the walls and ceilings to rich life. Chaturbhuj temple, built on a vast platform of stone, is reached by a steep flight of steps and is surely one of the most unusual in India. It is also the only temple in India where Ram is worshipped as a king.
Those interested in outdoor activities can go for river rafting or visit the national park. Overnight at Orchha.
Day 17: Orchha- Khajuraho: On this day you will leave for Khajuraho. The town of Khajuraho is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. After arrival check-in the hotel. Overnight in Khajuraho.
Day 18: Khajuraho: Today you will leave to explore Khajuraho after breakfast at the hotel. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculpture. The monuments have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples were built over a span of 200 years, from 950 to 1150. At that time the landscape setting was semi-desert and scrub. Now the temples are set in a parkland landscape, resembling an English public park with mown grass, rose beds and ornamental trees. Originally there were over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 25 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation. The temples serve as fine examples of Indian architectural styles that have gained popularity due to their explicit depiction of sexual life during medieval times. These erotic carvings are found only on the outside of the temples though, on some 10% of them. The rest depict the everyday life of the common Indian of the time when the carvings were made, and of various activities. They for example show women putting on makeup, musicians, potters, farmers and other folks. Overnight In Khajuraho.
Day 19: Khajuraho- Varanasi: Having your breakfast later you will leave for Varanasi. Varanasi, the Holy city of India, is situated on the left bank of the River Ganga and is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. It is regarded as holy by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. It is one of the seven sacred cities for Hindus, one of the four pilgrimage sites said to have been designated by Gautama Buddha himself and for Jains believed to be the birthplace of Parshvanatha. More than 1 million pilgrims visit the city each year. Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 20: Varanasi: On this day leave to explore Varanasi after having breakfast. Spiritual life in Varanasi revolves around the ghats, of which there are nearly a hundred. Most of the ghats are bathing ghats – Hindus believe that bathing in the Ganga remits sins -, while others are used as cremation sites, where bodies are cremated in public. A dawn rowing boat ride along the Ganga to view the ghats is a must to experience Varanasi in full. The best time is from 5.30 am when it is cool, to see the sun rise and light a lotus flower candle and set it adrift on the water.
Other sights are the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, also called the Golden Temple, a place of great religious importance to Hindus, Durga Temple or Monkey Temple visited by thousands of Hindu devotees during Navratri and other auspicious occasions (non-Hindus cannot enter the inner sanctum) and Sankat Mochan Temple.
Varanasi is also a noted centre for silk weaving and brassware. Fine silks and brocaded fabrics, exquisite saris, brassware, jewellery, woodcraft, carpets, wall hangings, lamp shades and masks of Hindu and Buddhist deities are some of Varanasi’s shopping attractions.
From Varanasi you can visit Sarnath, one of the four important sites on the Buddhist circuit (along with Bodhgaya, Kushinagar and Lumbini in Nepal). It’s a green and peaceful place to spend some time to see the Buddhist ruins and monasteries.
Day 21: Varanasi- Delhi Departure (By Flight): After your breakfast driver will be dropped you at Varanasi airport to board your flight to Delhi Where you will catch your International flight to your home or next destination.