Our representative will pick up you from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. In the afternoon, we will go to see India gate. Later we will have welcoming dinner. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Morning after breakfast check out from hotel and leave for Delhi sightseeing, Hyumayun Tomb, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Hyumayun Tomb, Parliament House. Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 3: Delhi to Jaisalmer driving by car (approximately 14 hours 30 min).
Long day driving
After arriving in Jaisalmer we will get dinner and will rest.
Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 4: Drive from Jaisalmer to Thar Desert
One day camel safari tour. In evening we will go back to Jaisalmer.
The Thar Desert is the 18th largest subtropical desert in the world.
It is rather large – 500mi (800km) long, and 250mi (400km) wide, and is spread over four Indian states – Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, and Rajasthan, as well as two Pakistani States. In contrast to the Sahara, which has one of the lowest population densities (1 person per sq. km), the Thar Desert is the most densely populated desert in the world (83 people per sq. km).
Most families in the Thar Desert coexist using a joint family system, meaning all generations live together in one residence. Money earned by family members becomes the common property of the family as a whole.
The Thar region of Rajasthan is the biggest wool-producing area in India.
Very little rainfall is experienced in the Thar Desert, with average rainfall less than 10 inches (25cm) per annul. This is distributed rather erratically, though occurs mostly between July and September.
The average temperature in the Great Indian Desert ranges from of 75 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit (24-26 degrees Celsius) in summer, to 39 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (4-10 degrees Celsius) in winter.
Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 5 Jaisalmer city tour
Jaisalmer the golden beauty, etched in yellow sandstone. Perched atop the Trikuta Hill, it stands tall against miles of gleaming sand. Epitomizing the desolate, awesome charm of the desert.
Jaisalmer, the city of the golden fort is a fantasy in yellow sandstone in the heart of the Thar Desert. The city was founded in 1156 by Rawal Jaisal, a Bhatti Rajput King.
Legend has it, that Lord Krishna the head of Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendant of Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled, when in 1156 AD Rawal Jaisal, a descendant of Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, founded the city of Jaisalmer.
This amber-hued 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, which fade leaving a few embers, till it becomes black. A breathtaking sight indeed!
Jaisalmer is famous for 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 12th 15th century. And hence Jaisalmer is called 'the Museum city'.
Filled with color, festivity and smiles, Jaisalmer is truly a memorable experience across the shimmering sands.
Jaisalmer is a centre for nomadic tribes people who come to trade in the narrow twisting alleys full of markets and ornately carved houses. Maybe visit the Jaisalmer Folklore Museum. Located on the banks of Garsisar Lake in the Mehar Bagh Garden, its wide variety of exhibits offer a great experience for visitors. Also we will visit Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon ki Haveli, Gadsisar Sagar Lake, Tazia Tower, Sam Sand Dunes. After a big day exploring, find a good spot on one of the fort's 99 bastions and watch the sunset into the desert.
Da 6: Drive from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur
Travel by car across the desert to one of Rajasthan's largest cities, Jodhpur (approximately 4 hours). Jodhpur is known for its antique shops and the best lassi in India. And yes, it is where those famous trousers come from.
Day 7: Jodhpur blue city tour
Jodhpur, once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar, is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. Flanked on its western side by the Mehrangarh Fort, and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan; the monuments temples and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multi-faceted grandeur.
Founded in 1459 AD by the Suryavanshi Rao Jodha, Jodhpur gradually grew around the towering Mehrangarh Fort, built as a stronghold on the advice of a sage. Alongwith Bikaner and Jaisalmer, Jodhpur too is situated on the ancient silk route that linked Central Asia and Northern India with the seaports of Gujarat. As a result it became a major trading center in the 16th century. Reminiscent of the bygone years is the fact that Jodhpur is still the leading centre for cattle, camels, wood, salt and agricultural crops. The beauty and imagination that has gone into the making of this monumental city proclaim the life-springs of creative genius that appear in congruent with the harshness of this land and its climate.
Mehrangarh Fort- In the turbulent political times of 1459 AD. Rao Jodha was advised by a saint to establish an impregnable head-quarter and so, the Mehrangarh Fort was
built on a steep hill. This formidable hill top fort is among the best in India with exquisitively latticed windows in residential apartments within. Carved panels and porches, elaborately adorned windows and walls of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana, seem to make the medieval splendor come alive. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, royal costumes, furniture and the cannons on the fort's ramparts are preserved.
Get ready to bargain with a stop at Sadar Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in India. Built around a clock tower, it’s packed with spice and vegetable markets, juice
sellers and sari materials. Whatever you’re into you’ll probably be able to grab it here – there are numerous vendors with carts selling everything from Bollywood soundtracks to armfuls of sparkling bangles. Don’t miss the street snacks! From the chaos of the market, head to the colossal Mehrangarh Fort, which sits up on a hill looking over the town. Explore and take in the great views from its ramparts, which dominate the city's skyline. This is probably the best preserved of all Rajasthan’s hundreds of forts and gives you a great idea what life would’ve been like as a royalty.
Day 8: Drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur (approximately 8 hours)
There’s no doubt that Udaipur loves up to its rep as India’s most romantic city. Rolling hills, white marble palaces and lakes come together beautifully, and it’s a place where artists, dancers and musicians perfect their craft. The shopping is also superb, with miniature paintings being the specialty.
When you hop off the bus, take a walk around town to help gather your bearings. Explore Udaipur's twisting alleys filled with silver, shoes, bags, leather goods and
those miniature paintings.
Day 9: Udaipur city tour
The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure water lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravallis. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and 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 flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valour and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichhola is an enticing sight. Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar-a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years. The foundation of the city has an interesting legend associated with it. According to it, Maharana Udai Singh, the founder, was hunting one day when he met a holy man meditations on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichhola. The hermit blessed the Maharana and advised him to build a palace at this favorable located spot with a fertile valley watered by the stream, a lake, an agreeable altitude and an amphitheater of low mountains. Maharana followed the advise of the hermit and founded the city in 1559 A.D.
Overlooking the aquamarine expanses of the Lake Pichhola stands the splendid City Palace-a marvel in granite and marble. Of the original eleven gates of the Udaipur
City, only five remain. The Suraj Pol the original or Sun Gate on the eastern side is the main entrance to the city. Exquisite lake palaces of Udaipur shimmering like jewels on Lake Pichhola are overwhelming in splendor. Several places of interest around Udaipur, including the majestic, Chittaurgarh, the mountain fortress of Kumbhalgarh, beautiful Jain temple of Ranakpur, Eklingji and Nathdwara and the cool retreat of Mt. Abu, make the visit to Udaipur a memorable one.
There's loads to see and do in your free time here. Enjoy a half hour boat ride on the famous Lake Pichola and see marvels like Lake Palace and Jag Mandir Island (note this is seasonal, depending on the water level in the lake). You could check out the City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India, and check out the unbelievable treasures within – from vivid murals to antiques and royal utensils. Feeling peckish? Join the famous Spice Box cooking school and spend a half-day
learning the secrets of Indian cuisine. With lessons on preparation and cooking, you'll whipping up a full Indian meal in no time.
Day 10: Drive from Udaipur to Pushkar
First we will go Ajmer (approximately 5 hours 30 min), Ajmer was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan and it is situated in the green oasis wrapped in the barren hills. Ajmer used to be a major center of the Chauhan power till 1193 A.D. when the Ruler Prithviraj Chauhan lost it to Mohammed Ghauri. After Prithwiraj Chauhan Ajmer witnessed dynasties, which came and left leaving behind indelible marks of their culture and traditions on the city's history, converting it to an amalgam of various
cultures and blend of Hinduism and Islam.
Today, Ajmer is one of the most significant pilgrimage destination equally important for Hindus as well as Muslims. Especially famous is the Dargah Sharif-tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.
Ajmer is very close to Pushkar (11 kms) which is significant for the famous fair held normally in the month of October/November. Pushkar, the abode of Lord Brahma,
lying to its west with a temple and a picturesque lake. The Pushkar lake is a sacred spot for Hindus. During the month of Kartik (Oct./Nov.) ,devotes throng in large numbers here to take a dip in the sacred lake Then it’s a transfer from Ajmer to your hotel in Pushkar (approximately 45 minutes). One of India’s holiest places (and in such a spiritual country, that’s saying something), Pushkar is a market centre for many of the local village people and a great place to sit back and relax. Head out to explore Pushkar's main bazaar and many side streets – some great bargains snatched up here in the home of some of the cheapest clothes and jewellery in northern India. Walk around the lake, with its bustling ghats and temples, to watch the devout as they worship at the holy waters.
Day 11: Pushkar city tour
Early risers can make the sunrise hike up the hill to the Savitri Temple for magical views over the town. There could also be a wonderful steaming glass of chai
waiting for you if the chai man is there – certainly well worth the trek. You can also stop the colorful Brahma Temple, one over only a handful in the whole of India.
It’s said that the god has so few places of worship thanks to a curse laid down by Brahma’s consort, Saraswati. If you’re lucky enough to be in town for the Pushkar Camel Fair, you’ll experience one of India’s most famous festivals.
Day 12: Drive from Pushkar to Jaipur
Travel to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur (approximately 4 hours). The streets of this earthy red town are busy with camels, motorbikes, rickshaws, and you’ll walk past traditionally dressed Rajput while monkeys climb wires overhead. Your time in the friendly, busy city is spent haggling to your heart's content in the bazaars and
backstreets filled with textiles, semi-precious gems and blue pottery. You’ll also drop by one of India’s finest palaces – the Royal City Palace – an amazing complex with various colorful courtyard gates, fascinating museums, and impressively moustachioed guards. Tonight you’ll experience the cinema like never before with an
extravagant Bollywood blockbuster at the memorable Raj Mandir Cinema – there’s usually romance, drama and music all rolled into one.
Day 13: Jaipur city tour
Rajasthan's beautiful Pink City Jaipur, was the stronghold of a clan of rulers whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the city are important attractions.
Known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur bazaars sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye scarves and other exotic wares. Western Rajasthan itself forms a convenient circuit, in the heart of the Thar desert which has shaped its history, lifestyles and architecture.
Founded in AD 1727 by Sawai Jaisingh II, Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the Pink City with broad avenues and spacious gardens. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is steeped in history and culture. Here the past comes alive in magnificent forts and palaces, blushed pink, where once lived the maharajas. The
bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthani jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.
The imperial city, replete with amazing legends of romance and heroism. A land where the past thrives still. This is the fortified city of Jodhpur, standing a wary sentinel to the great Thar Desert. Beckoning you to the wilderness of fascinating dunes, rocky terrain and thorny vegetation.
Once the capital city of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodhaji - chief of the Rathore Clan of Rajputs who claimed descent from Lord Rama. A major trade centre of 16th century, the city, today, has grown to become the second largest city of Rajasthan, retaining the medieval splendor.
The city is encompassed by a high wall, 10 km. long with eight gates. Within the city, atop a rocky hill, stands the massive fort, 120 mtrs. above the plains.
Packed with history, art and culture, this princely state is a treasure trove of some exquisite palaces, forts, temples and havelis standing a testimony to the imperial grandeur. But what entices the most in Jodhpur is the traditional lifestyle, festivity and smiling people.
For anyone that wants to see the Pink City a bit differently this morning there’s the option to drift high over Jaipur in a hot air balloon, a highlight for many
visitors. For more information please see the important notes section of your trip notes. Here’s just a sprinkling of things to do in your free time today: drop by Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), the impressive five-storey facade with pink, honeycombed windows making it the most photographed building in the country after Taj
Mahal. Then maybe head out to the old capital of Amber and an exploration of the hilltop fort complex known as the Amber Fort. The Sheesh Mahal inside the fort is a must-see. As the walls are completely covered in little mirrors, the hall illuminates with the light of a single match. Hit the streets for raj kachori chaat – a big fluffy chaat served with chutney, yoghurt, chilli and potato. Then cool off with a lassi from Lassiwala on MI road, Jaipur's oldest and most famous lassi shop.
Day 14: Drive fron Jaipur to Agra
Drive to Agra (approximately 4 hours 30 min).
Agra might not be the prettiest city in the world, but the minute you check out its top-notch sites that won’t matter one bit. After arriving into the city you’ll head to the most iconic sight in India. It doesn’t matter who you are, the Taj Mahal will explode all
your expectations with the morning light shimmering off its white marble surface. Maybe jump on a motorized rickshaw to pick out the rest of the city’s monuments –
Akbar's Mausoleum is a beautiful sandstone and marble tomb built for the greatest of the Mughal emperors.
Day 15: Agra City tour
The beautiful city of Agra is located close to the national capital, Delhi on the western banks of the River Yamuna. This romantic city is the perfect spot for those in love like tourist couples from all over India and the world. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, - the Taj Mahal is a favorite romantic spot for most newly-wed
couples. In addition to this White Marble UNESCO World Heritage Site there are several other historical monuments and tombs that date back to the mythological era.
Some of them include the Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar Mausoleum also known as the Sikandra Fort.
Apart from these iconic tourist spots, relish the wide variety of the local cuisine and Persian marvels of intricate architecture. There are also the famous Tonga Rides that attract most tourists. Take a boat ride across the calm waters of the Chambal River. The scenic landscape ride will help you to spot exotic birds and wildlife too. The National Chambal Sanctuary is a great place for bird watchers and photographers searching for best birds. The place is home to more than 316 species
of birds. Some exotic species include the Greater Thick-knee, the Indian Skimmer, Lapwings and the Small Pratincole. See how the rescue teams rehabilitate bears at Wildlife SOS Bear Rescue Center. Several Moon Bears, Black bears, Dancing Bears and Asiatic bears were rescued under Wildlife Protection Act, India.
The best time of the year to visit this fascinating major tourist attraction place is during Diwali as streets are colorfully lit up. King Shah Jahan reined this
capital city of the Mughal Empire during the ‘Golden Age of the Mughals’. He built the Taj Mahal in memory of his dear wife Mumtaz Mahal. In case you are here during the wedding season, then make sure to be part of the romantic fairytale – themed fantasy wedding ceremonies here. Emperor Akbar built the red sandstone ‘City of Victory’ known as the Fatehpur Sikri in the 16- century, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience the fable life while riding on carriages drawn by horses (Tonga- rides) at the Akbar Mausoleum in Sikandra. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the splendid Agra Fort Sound & Light Show you should not miss out.
If we didn't visit Taj Mahal in our first day in Agra we will do in this day. Maybe return to the Taj Mahal at sunrise, then explore the awesome Red Fort on the banks of the Yamuna River – stroll the palatial gardens of this red sandstone stronghold with cheeky monkeys in tow.
Day 15: Travel from Agra to Delhi
After breakfast we will return to Delhi (approximately 3 hours). Use the rest of the day however you like. Practice your bargaining skills in Chandni Chowk in the maze
of shops and kiosks that sell everything imaginable, buy local crafts straight from the hands of the artisan in Janpath market, or gobble down street chaats – snacks like deep fried fritters and flatbread. Then maybe find time for a quiet drink in this teeming metropolis tonight.
Our representative will drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight.