It seems that the world’s most amazing artistic talent amassed at Rajasthan during Medieval Age. The era conferred pure exquisiteness on the endless stretches of Thar Desert and there surfaced some fascinating expressions on the golden canvas. Forts, palaces, temples, step-wells, havelis (mansions), cenotaphs and other monuments of the greatest allure are the testimonies in the region that continue to defeat the signs of aging. And as you walk close through them, the intriguing tales of romance, valor and pride can be felt echoing. On this tour, your are invited to discover the hypnotic world of Rajasthan where architecture, history, culture, religion and an inimitable lifestyle are drawn together like beads in a string. As you are completely engulfed in the magic, we extend the experience by arranging your tryst with the holiest Hindu city called Varanasi. In between, we handpick some other glittering gems like Agra, Orchha and Khajuraho from India’s rich cultural treasure trove. Count on this tour as one of the most unforgettable expeditions of your life.
We welcome you at Delhi Airport from where you are transferred to the booked hotel. Get an overview of the itinerary and enjoy your overnight stay at Delhi.
Get ready for Delhi’s sightseeing tour after breakfast. Beyond being the most popular gateway to India and the national capital, Delhi is like a melting pot of diverse cultures, religions and architectures. It becomes apparent as you visit Old Delhi breathing inside the remnants of once strongly fortified royal capital and New Delhi with well-planned avenues and urban facelift. Watch in wonder the World heritage Sites of Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar and discover other hotspots like India Gate, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat (Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation site), President’s House, Secretariat and more. Overnight stay at Delhi.
Leave Delhi after breakfast and be ready to enter Rajasthan. The first destination is the Shekhawati Region that has deservingly earned the reputation as the ‘open art gallery of Rajasthan’. The credit goes to scores of amazingly painted and adorned havelis (mansions) portraying scenes from mythological tales and various eras of history. Mandawa is the best among the lot to explore the majestic structures. On arrival, check in at the booked hotel and sightsee Mandawa and other nearby towns. Overnight stay at Mandawa.
Have breakfast and join the drive to Bikaner, the city famous for its trademark bhujias (snacks) and sweets as well as for historical forts and palaces and topnotch camel breeds. On arrival, check in at the booked hotel and later visit Junagarh Fort with long wall and numerous bastions. From there, visit the Camel Research Centre to closely observe the creature’s routine. If time permits, you may visit Laxmi Niwas Palace and Lalgarh Fort of your own. Overnight stay at Bikaner.
Start the journey to the Blue City of Jodhpur and stop at the famous Karni Mata Temple on the way. You will be surprised to find a huge population of rats that are considered holy and dear to the deity. Continue the trip and check in at the booked hotel on arrival for night stay.
Begin the day’s sightseeing trip with a visit to Mehrangarh Fort after breakfast. Seven gateways, intricately designed palaces and a museum featuring royal palanquins, howdahs, turbans, paintings, armory and other collections are the highlights you will be amazed to discover. Also, enjoy the breathtaking views of the entire city painted in blue. Later, visit Jaswant Thada, the exquisite site of white marble cenotaphs near a lake. Explore Umaid Bhawan Palace and other sites of your own only if time allows. Overnight stay at Jodhpur.
Pay an early morning visit to the fort before breakfast and leave for Udaipur, the city of lakes. Stop on the way at Ranakpur Jain Temple, something extremely alluring and architecturally unbelievable. The marvel structure with more than 1,400 intricately carved pillars and other fabulous architectural elements is a visual treat to the eyes. Continue the drive and check in at the hotel at Udaipur for night stay.
Udaipur is counted among the world’s most romantic cities, as it boasts of dream-like lakes, lake palaces, hilltop palaces and much more. Start city sightseeing after breakfast and visit the City Palace Complex spanning a huge area and housing palaces and royal collections. Later, explore the attractions like Jagdish Temple featuring beautiful sculptures and Saheliyon ki Bari with imposing lawns, lotus pools, fountains and other attractions. Culminate the day at a brilliant note by riding boat on the picturesque Lake Pichola. Overnight stay at Udaipur.
Today, you will leave Udaipur for Chittorgarh where the largest fort of India welcomes you. The fort, apart from being huge and magnetic, also tells the tales of romance, jauhars (massive sacrifices performed by the Rajpur women to save their honor) and bravery. Check in at the hotel on arrival and later explore the fort with victory towers, palaces and temples exemplifying stunning architecture. Overnight stay at Chittorgarh.
Drive from Chittorgarh to Bundi after breakfast and check in at the booked hotel on arrival. The erstwhile princely state today proudly boasts of beautiful palaces and step-wells with ornate designs and is also famous for its unique paintings. Visit Taragarh Fort to explore the royal remnants and enjoy the incredible views from the hill. Subject to the availability of time, you may visit the astounding stepwells of your own. Overnight stay at Bundi.
Bid adieu to Bundi and reach Jaipur, the state capital fondly called Pink City. Apart from its pink-painted marvelous structures, the city is also painted in the heart-warming colors of hospitality and exquisiteness. On arrival, check in at the booked hotel and later visit City Palace Museum where some very special royal exhibits like palanquins, carriages, swords, thrones, silverware and rare manuscripts can be explored. Later, explore the concrete astronomical equipments at Jantar Mantar observatory and the honeycomb-like façade of Hawa Mahal. Overnight stay at Jaipur.
The day begins with a thrilling elephant ride to the hill fort of Amber. Explore the alluring palaces and enjoy commanding views of Aravalli Hills. Later, begin the road trip to Agra and stop at Fatehpur Sikri to discover a collage of striking red sandstone and marble structures. The city established by Emperor Akbar was sadly deserted due to scarce water, but has braved the harsh tests of time. Explore the palaces, halls, massive gateways, mosques, performance areas and other magnificent Mughal structures. Continue to Agra and check in at the booked hotel on arrival.
Agra is at par with Delhi as it served as the glorious capital of Mughal Empire for centuries and bears rich specimen of Mughal Architecture. Start the city tour after breakfast and directly visit the stupendous Taj Mahal. The white marble structure is an epitome of beauty, artistic brilliance and love as it was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his deceased wife. Spend the rest of the day visiting other brilliant sites like Agra Fort and Itmad-u-daulah’s Tomb, each an architectural wonder in itself. Overnight stay at Agra.
Have breakfast before we transfer you to the railway station to board the train to Jhansi. On arrival, drive straightway to Orchha and check in at the booked hotel on arrival. The historical town boasts of the outstanding Orchha Fort located on the river banks and some amazing palaces and temples. Explore the tourist hotspots and stay in comfort at night.
It is another special day as you leave for Khajuraho after breakfast. The small village amidst lush green settings is home to the Khajuraho Group of Temples, a World Heritage Site, famed for showcasing erotic art through incredible structures. Discover the pinnacle of artistic expressions at the popular temples like Kandariya Mahadev, Lakshmana and others. Later, board the scheduled overnight train to Varanasi.
Welcome by our representative at the railway station. Transfer to the booked hotel and get ready. Varanasi is famed as the abode of Lord Shiva and is the most revered among the Hindu religious sites. Washed by River Ganga, it is also among the oldest continoulsy inhabited cities in the world. Visit Benaras Hindu University, one of the oldest campuses in the world and later, explore the ancient Hindu Temples alongside Ganga. Be prepared for an unforgettable experience with evening aarti (prayers) of the holy river as you watch thousands of earthen lamps lit at the shore. Overnight stay at night.
Don’t miss the early morning boat ride on Ganga from where you watch the entire city waking up like a fantasy coming alive. Discover the bathing ghats where people take holy dip in the river and perform several rituals. Get back to the hotel, have breakfast and then visit the nearby site of Sarnath where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. Explore the exact spot at the Deer Park and some very amazing Buddhist stupas and monasteries. Drive back to Varanasi and spend remaining day taking leisurely walk along ghats. Later, transfer to the railway station and board the overnight train back to Delhi.
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