The Taj Mahal and other marvels of Rajasthan
Day 1 Welcome in New Delhi - Drive to Agra
Arrive at Delhi early in the morning where you will be met by the Huwans / Atalante representative and your tour manager at the IGI Airport. Departure for Agra and upon arrival check in at the hotel. Agra was established in 1475 by Badal Singh and came into limelight during the rule of Afghan King Sikandar Lodhi - who had made it the capital of his empire. Later in the afternoon visit the Agra Fort built by Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD. Construction continued until the rule of his grandson Jehangir almost over a hundred years later. The thick and forbidding walls of the fort unfold some of the most beautiful monuments inside which include the Moti MAsjid, the Diwan-e-Aam, The Diwan-e-Khas , the Jehangir Mahal besides others. It is from within the fort that the emperor Shahjehan used to gaze out towards the Taj Mahal where his beloved queen was buried.
Drive: 4 hours
Day 2 Taj Mahal - Bharatpur Reserve - Jaipur
Early morning visit to the monument of eternal love – The Taj Mahal. One of the seven wonders of the world and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 and perhaps the most famous symbol of India, the Taj Mahal . In 1631, the Mughal emperor Shahjahan lost his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal and started building this tribute to his beloved queen. Work on the mausoleum began in 1633 and 22,000 workers labored for 17 and half years to build it. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Check out and depart for the pick city of Jaipur visiting the famous bird sanctuary at Bharatpur enroute. Thousands of birds come here every year from as far as Siberia to nest during the winters and its an incredible sight to watch the rich birdlife of the park, while meandering through narrow trails, walkways and tracks. The park is spread over 29 sq kms and is also home to different species of deer, antelopes and gazelles. Early evening arrival at Jaipur and check in at the hotel. Jaipur was founded by the Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1727, when he decided to move from his hillside fortress at Amber to the plains. It is also known as the "Pink City", derived from the pink painted sandstone from which the buildings in the old walled city are constructed.
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Walk: 2 hours
- Drive: 5 hours
Day 3 Visite Jaipur - Pushkar
After breakfast leave for a city tour of the pink city . Among the first monuments (seen from outside) is the Palace of Winds or Hawa Mahal which was built in 1799 AD. Famous for its beehive like structure, it is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, carefully and painstakingly outlined with white borders and motifs. Close by are the City Palace and the Observatory which were built by the founder of the city and a great astronomer – Jai Singh II in the year 1727. Continue on to the holy city of Pushkar which is located on the banks of a lake with the same name.
Drive: 4 hours
Day 4 Visit Pushkar
It is believed that Pushkar was founded by the creator of the universe Lord Brahma when a lotus fell from his hands and a lake sprang up at the spot where it touched the ground. It is a major centre of pilgrimage for the Hindu pilgrim as also home to one of the largest cattle fairs in the country. Every year Pushkar is home to India’s second largest Cattle fair which concludes with a holy dip in the lake on Kartik Full moon night. People from all walks of life from near and far gather here to trade their animals and other products and it’s a mesmerizing sight to see the goings on for any visitor. Walk for about 1 to 2 hours through the colorful bazaars and lanes of the town.
Walk: 3 hours
Day 5 Jodhpur - visit the Citadel and the old city
After breakfast check out and drive to Jodhpur – the city of the Sun… One can see the wave of houses painted blue – to honor Lord Krishna. After lunch, you visit the majestic Meherangarh fort which overlooks the city . One of the largest and most impregnable forts in the country, it is also among the best preserved and representative of Rajput valor and bravery. Afterwards, discover the old city area which has an interesting spice market as well as small workshops of the local craftsmen .
- Accomodation: Heritage Hotel
- Drive: 5 hours
Day 6 Jaisalmer Visit
After breakfast, check out and drive to the desert city of Jaisalmer in the heart of Thar desert. Located on the erstwhile Silk route it has one of the most important centres of trade during its hay days. Today it is one of the most interesting cities with a large number of stunning stone carved havelis, with latticed stone windows, sombre Jain temples and an interesting and colorful bazaar.
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Drive: 5 hours
Day 7 Thar Desert
After breakfast, drive to Phalsund, village located in the middle of the Thar desert. Rich in bio-diversity with a big collection of flora and fauna make this stark land an interesting amphitheater of species ranging from caracal (wild cat) to wild ass, the great Indian bustards, the black bucks, the nilgai or Bluebulls etc. You also meet the local villagers from the area and then set camp amidst the drifting sand dunes. Enjoy a spectacular sunset over the desert...
Day 8 Desert in the heart of Rajasthani countryside - Dechu
After breakfast, leave for a walk of around 2 – 3 hours exploring the village life of the area. During the course of our walks, you meet several villagers and locals with whom some interesting conversations will happen to the amusement of everyone. Later drive to Dechu – a charming village on the National Highway between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. Check in at the hotel which is a refreshing and greener change from the harsh landscape of the previous evening.
- Accommodation: Resort
- Drive: 2 hours
Day 9 Dechu - Kherwa
After breakfast drive to Khairwa, a charming little town en route to Udaipur. On the way, lunch break at the home of a local couple, Mrs & Mr Singh, to join them for a local meal. Afterwards, drive towards the foothills of the Aravali range where the elegant Khairwa family have converted their stately home into a charming hotel.
Accommodation: Heritage Hotel
Drive: 5 hours
Day 10 Kherwa - Jain Temple of Ranakpur - Udaipur
After breakfast leave for the Temple town of Ranakpur. The route meanders through the green countryside slowly turning into a lush forest in the hills of the Aravali range. Along the route are numerous villages where, you stop to interact with the locals, who are not just friendly but are also very interested to meet the visitors from all over. Upon arrival at Ranakpur visit the exquisite Jain temples with beautifully carved marble pillars – 1444 in all of which no two are similar. Afterwards, you resume the drive towards the Lake city of Udaipur.
Accommodation: Lakeside Hotel
Drive: 5 hours
Day 11 Udaïpur Visit - night train to Delhi
After breakfast leave for a full day of discovery of the city of lakes. Also known as the Venice of the East the city boasts of spectacular marble palaces including the most popular of them all – the lake Palaces which floats majestically in the middle of the Pichola. You visit the City Palace complex – the royal residence of the Udaipur royal family which has seen 22 generations of rulers who have built, renovated and inhabit it without losing its glory. In the afternoon a short time on your own to discover the shopping delights of the citys bazaars before proceeding to the railway station to board an overnight train to Delhi.
Accommodation: Onboard the train
Day 12 End of stay
End of our services. Depending upon your flight schedule, it's possible to organize some visitis in New Delhi: Old Delhi, Sikh Temple, India Gate....
Transfer to the airport for departure
Period & budget
When to travel?
The best period for travelling is during the following months:
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Terms and conditions
- Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the agreed beginning of the journey: No cancellation fees. Unless you have given a written agreement to pay for additional tailor-made services (hotel, internal flights, activities…). In that case, you shall be charged the corresponding amount
- Cancellation between the 30th and 21st day prior to the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 30 % of the travel price, in addition with every non-refundable expense for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)
- Cancellation less than 20 days to the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 70 % of the travel price, in addition with every non-refundable expense for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)