Rajasthan is where all the country's similes and metaphors appear to have come together. Sand dunes, wooded hills and amazing lakes, palaces and rugged forts, men and women in colorful turbans and skirts, bustling towns and quiet villages, camels, elephants and tigers, harsh sunlight and the cool evening breeze - are all there in abundance. But they form only part of an intricate tapestry. Beneath the surface, expect to find many contradictions. Where ever you travel, particularly when you escape from the popular tourist destinations you will come across the unexpected, whether it is a local fair or breathtaking view.
The mood and the rhythm of the country side changes from one region to another, and from season to season. It is a land of surpraises; it is a land of amazing natural beauty that can fascinate even the most seasoned traveller. The history of Rajasthan goes back 5000 years and boasts a heritage as rich as its landscape, from the grand palaces and rugged forts to its tranquil and camel safaris to trekking. Those looking for taste of royal lifestyle just need to check into one of the several palace hotels or heritage hotels that will make it possible for them to be treated like royal guests.
Whether you are visiting Rajasthan's big cities with a fast-moving westernised lifestyle, or exploring historic towns or quaint villages, you will always find the people warm and friendly. And if you want to move away from the regular tourist beat, it is very easy to organise your own tour.
Accommodation could be a palace hotel, a smaller heritage hotel in the country, a guesthouse, a tent or a village hut- the choice is yours. But whatever you choose, you holiday in Rajasthan will be an unforgettable experience and we hope this publication will help you make the most of your time here. Rajasthan has a superb range of shops, catering to every taste and pocket.
It is among the richest states in the country as far as handicrafts are concerned. The craftsmen here have been creating the most opulent and richest of treasure. Stone, clay, leather, wood ivory, lac, glass, brass, silver, gold and textiles are given the most brilliant forms. Each little village had its own mohulla of craftsmen who were patronised by the local people as well as visitors to the village. Today, the Government encourages the local handicrafts as well as the small-scale industries and retail outlets have been set up in the major cities. Tourists can choose from the large variety on display, and at very reasonable prices.
Day 01: Delhi
Arrive Delhi and transfer to the the hotel for Overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi
After b/f full day sight-seeing of Delhi. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Delhi - Mandawa
After b/fast, leave for the town of Mandawa located in the Shekhawati region of North - West Rajasthan. Afternoon, visit Mandawa bazaar and havelis. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Mandawa
After b/fast, visit some of the havelis in the small town around Mandawa. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Mandawa - Bikaner
Afterb/fast, leave for Bikaner, a heavily fortified fort city famous for its camel farm and colorful people. Afternoon, visit fort & the local Camel Breeding Farm. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Bikaner - Khimsar (via Nagaur)
After b/fast, leave for Khimsar enroute visit Nagaur, a desert town noted for its fine fort and then visit the Royal castle at Khimsar. Evening, drive into the desert to see the sunset and to spot Antelopes, Peacocks and Deer & Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Khimsar - Jaisalmer
Afterb/fast, continue via the Hindu Jain Temples at Osiyan to the ancient city of Jaisalmer city is one of India's most beautiful, colorful & fascinating place. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Jaisalmer
After b/fast, city tour visiting temples, fort. Afternoon, drive outside the city to see Amar Sagar lake and to Sunset Point for a superb view of the city. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
After b/f drive to Jodhpur with its massive 15th century fort in the most spectacular of cliff top settings. In the afternoon, explore the busy streets and bazaars. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Jodhpur
After b/fast, visit the magnificent Meherangarh fort. Afternoon, go out to a Bishnoi village, where you will meet colorful tribal people and witness their village life. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Jodhpur - Kumbhalgarh
After b/f, a scenic drive south through the countryside to see the beautiful jain temples at Ranakpur. Continue on through villages to the fort at Kumbhalgarh. Overnight at the the hotel.
Day 12: Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur
Afterb/f, continue to Udaipur, visiting enroute the temples at Eklingji and Nagda. Arrive later in the afternoon at the unique lake city of Udaipur. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Udaipur
After b/f, city tour visiting Palaces and Museum dedicated to Rajasthani arts, crafts and traditions. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Udaipur - Pushkar
After Breakfast, drive to Pushkar. Upon arrival check in at the Hotel. Overnight at Palace Hotel.
Day 15: Pushkar - Jaipur
After Breakfast, visit Pushkar, the city with Only One Temple in the World of Lord Brahma. Afternoon drive to the colorful city Jaipur. On arrival check in to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16: Jaipur
After breakfast, enjoy elephant ride at Amer Fort, Afternoon visit city of Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jantar Mantar, City Palace, etc, Overnight at hotel.
Day 17: Jaipur - Agra
After Breakfast, drive to Agra, visiting enroute Fatehpur Sikri. Afternoon visit the Agra Fort. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 18: Agra - Delhi
After Breakfast, visit Taj Mahal, the monument of Love. Afternoon drive to Delhi. Check in at the Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 19: Delhi Departure
Transfer to International airport in time to connect your onward destination flight.
Tour Cost Includes:
1. Arrival & departure transfers on private vehicle
2. Twin sharing accommodation as per the category of tour taken with Breakfast.
3. An English speaking tour guide for city sightseeing
4. Private vehicle for the entire tour (deluxe & standard only) and tourist / regular buses for the economy tour.
5. Wages of guide and other members
Tour cost does not include:
1. International Airfare
2. Visa fee and international airport departure tax.
3. Lunch & dinner
4. Expenses of personal nature viz. tips, laundry, insurance, emergency evacuation etc.
5. Any other cost, which is not mentioned in cost includes field above.