The beautiful desert state of India and the home of the Rajputs- Rajasthan is an area of great physical beauty and contrast, massive forts and magnificent palaces are found in even the remotest part of the state. The most colorful region Rajasthan is one of India ‘s brightest Jewels, a vast desert province where Rajput princes ruled for centuries in extravagant pomp and splendor. Each city of Rajasthan has a unique character; camel ride is possible only in the desert.
It is famous for its handicrafts; the markets of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner , Jaisalmer have a fascinating array of goods on display. Rajasthan is a destination that enchants the visitors with every little discovery that is made, because the more one discovers, the more is the urge to stay on or come back. The important cities include the capital Jaipur, Jaisalmer & Jodhpur. In this land of colors and pageantry, come for your next incentive. The women are attired in swaying skirts and lights as breeze mantles and armfuls of bangles, and for the people of different communities, and from different parts of the desert region, wear their clothes, jewellery and turbans differently. The trip of 14 days in Rajasthan gives you a romantic feeling as you enjoy the luxurious life of Maharajas.
Arrival in Delhi and transfer to hotel. Sightseeing tours in Old and New Delhi. Delhi, the capital city of India, has much to offer of contrast.
You will drive and enter Rajasthan’s semi desert region of Shekhawati. It is popularly known as ‘The open air art gallery’ famous for its pained Havelis. Visit to some of the Havelis in Nawalgarth. Approximately 5 to 6 hrs drive. Overnight in Mukundagarh or for the economic trips: Nawalgarh/Mandawa/Junjunu.
After about 4 hours drive we arrive in Bikaner, an old desert town encircled by city walls and once an important post on the great Caravan trade route. Within the fort, there are exquisite palaces representing one of the best examples among the available Moghul styled art and architecture of India.
Jaisalmer is rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage. This magic, incomparably unspoiled city has been dubbed ‘The golden city’ for its golden sunsets on the yellow sand stone mansion. The merchants built magnificent houses and exquisitely carved Jain temples within this fortified town. Free afternoon.
Visit of the fort, the Havelis and wandering in the city. In the afternoon you will be driven to the Sam Sand Dunes, about 40kms away from the city, for camel ride and to view the sunset. En route you will also visit Bada Bagh, the Cenotaphs of the Rajputs warriors and Lodhruva, the ancient capital of Jaisalmer where you see the fine Jain temple.
The 500 hundred year old Marwar state capital is believed to be founded by the descendent of Rama, the epic hero of Ramayan. This is the second largest city of Rajasthan. The massive Mehrangarh fort looms on the top of the rocky hill with panoramic view of the blue colored city below. Half day here is enough to cover the sightseeing of tourist interest. Overnight in Rohert Garh or Luni is possible in an excellent 4 star heritage hotel.
En route we stop at Ranakpur, the tranquil pilgrimage town of the Jains. After visiting the unique and beautiful Jain temple we ascend the Aravali hills and arrive in Kumabalgarh. The formidable Kumbhalgarh fort stands cradled in the cluster of rolling hills.
Barely 2 hours drive and you arrive in Udaipur dubbed often as the ‘Venice of the East’ – center of Rajasthan’s arts, paintings and crafts. Udaipur, the city of dawn, is a lovely land around azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravali range.
Situated in the green oasis on the shore of Ana Sagar lake, wrapped in the barren hills, Ajmer became a favorite residence of great Moghuls. Daragah is the famous pilgrimage site for the Muslims in India . We make an excursion to Pushkar famous for its lake where the Hindus take their ritual bath. An extra ordinary event takes place on the full moon in November when the largest cattle fair in India is held. Nomads from the Thar Desert gather to trade their cattle then.
The capital city of Rajasthan is referred as the pink city because of the pink colored mansions. The city was designed with wide straight avenues, roads lanes and uniform rows of shops on the either side of main bazaar arranged in 9 rectangular sectors (chokris) in accordance with the principles of town planning laid down in Hindu epochal treatise – Shilpa Shastra. Visit of the Amber Fort, City Palace , Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), Jantar Mantar (a stone observatory).
Along the way visit of the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, the architectural enigma of Mughal Empire. In Agra visit of the 7th wonder of world the Taj Mahal.
We drive back to Delhi and complete the tour.
Transfer to the airport for final Departure