01: Flight to India (New Delhi)
Around midnight arrival in
New Delhi. The cosmopolitan city
and capital New Delhi is the main gateway for the travellers
to India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative
and transferred to the hotel.
02: New Delhi
Today's morning is at leisure. In the afternoon we have
sightseeing in Old Delhi. Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes "Rajghat",
the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated and
Jama Masjid, the great mosque of Old Delhi. Today we also visit
the famous "Humayun Tomb" which is the first
substantial example of Mughal
"Qutub Minar" which is 71 meter high and was
constructed in 1199. Before we proceed to the hotel we
will drive through New Delhi where we will visit the
Gate, Government Buildings and Embassies.
New Delhi - Mandawa (about 260 km)
In the morning we leave New Delhi and drive to
in the Shekhawati region. Arrive in Mandawa in the evening.
Shekhawati lies in the northeast region of
is the homeland of marwaris. The marwaris form one of
the most important merchant and business groups in India,
they developed their business acumen on the trade routes
between Delhi and the coast between India and Central
Asia. The marwaris enjoyed protection by Maharajas and many
of them built grand havellis.
04: Mandawa - Bikaner (about 190 km)
In the morning we visit the grand havellis of Mandawa.
The havellis are mansions, elaborately and attractively
decorated with a strong main entrance. The walls are often
covered with murals, local legends and religious scenes
from Hindu Mythology. After the visit of Mandawa area
we proceed to
Bikaner. After a short break in Bikaner
we visit the
Junagarh Fort (1571-1611 AD) constructed
of red sandstone and marble with kiosks and balconies
embellishing the structure at intervals. This imposing
fort and its palaces are an unforgettable experience for
Bikaner - Osian - Jaisalmer (about 330 km)
Today we drive through the desert and proceed towards
Jaisalmer via Osian.
Osian is a great centre of
and Jain religions. The oldest temple here was constructed
in 1178 AD. We stop enroute at a village to observe the traditional life of
the villages in Rajasthan. We arrive in Jaisalmer in the
In the morning we have sightseeing of the medieval city
of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer's crenellated golden sandstone
walls and its narrow streets lined with exquisitely carved
buildings make this city unique. Jaisalmer is famous for
its carved havellis (grand mansions). In medieval times,
its prosperity was due to its location on the main trade
route linking India to Egypt, Arabia, Africa and the west.
Jaisalmer is a marvel of beautiful culture and this city
remains one of the most exotic cities not only in Rajasthan
but also in the whole of India. Some of the visitors called
this city "a living museum". We have a walk
through the old city and visit the
Fort and the
In the afternoon we drive around 40 km. away from Jaisalmer
Sam dunes where we enjoy the sunset before we drive
back to Jaisalmer.
07: Jaisalmer - Badabagh - Baisakhai -
After breakfast we have camel safari to Badabagh.
is the site of royal cenotaphs of Bhatti Rajput Kings
(The then rulers of Jaisalmer). We have lunch at Baisakhai,
a typical village. We visit a Hindu temple then proceed
to Ramkunda, a holy place with beautiful landscapes and
Hindu temples. Arrive at Ramkunda by the evening. Evening
free to explore the natural surroundings of Ramkunda.
08: Ramkunda - Roopsi - Ludharva -Chatrayil
After breakfast proceed to Ludharva via Roopsi, a mixed
cast village with mud and stick houses. We have lunch
Ludharva. There we will visit Jain temple and then
proceed to Chatrayil, a traditional and typical muslim
village. Evening free at leisure.
09: Chatrayil - Salkha - Beri of Kanoi
- Sand dunes
After breakfast proceed to Salkha. It is a traditional
Rajput village. From Salkha we proceed towards sand dunes
via Beri of Kanoi. It is a place packed with water wells.
Here we can see how the ladies are balancing the water
pots on their head as well as their colourful dresses.
We reach sand dunes by the evening.
10: Sand dunes - Kanoi - Masoordi - Jeseiri
After breakfast proceed to Masoordi via
Kanoi. It is a
typical carpenters village. Here we can see and buy beautifully
carved wooden items. Arrive Masoordi and have lunch. After
lunch proceed to Jeseiri. This place is surrounded by
oasis and beautiful landscapes. Arrive at Jeseiri by the
11: Jeseiri - Dedha - Deegasar - Kuldhara
In the morning after breakfast proceed to Deegasar via
Dedha. It is a Rajput village and here we will see the
life style of Rajputs. We have lunch at Deegasar. It is
a place surrounded by beautiful landscape and a small
lake. Then we proceed further for
Kuldhara via a small
Rajput Dhani. It is a typical group of houses where people
stay while cultivating their agriculture fields. Arrive
Kuldhara by the evening. Evening free for leisure.
12: Kuldhara - Moolsagar - Amarsagar -
After breakfast leave for Jaisalmer via
Amarsagar. Arrive at Jaisalmer by the afternoon. Evening
free for leisure.
13: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Early morning drive to
Jodhpur. The city was once the
capital of the princely state of Marwar (Land of death).
Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Jodhpur
is also known as the blue city as most of the houses of
the old city are painted blue. The old city is surrounded
by a huge 10 km long wall, which has 101 bastions and
seven gates. Jodhpur lies on the once strategic Delhi-Gujarat
trading route and the marwaris get benefited from the
passing traffic of opium, copper and silk, which was traded
to China. We will visit the
Mehrangarh Fort (majestic
fort). Mehrangarh Fort was built on a steep hill and is
among the best in India with exquisitely latticed windows
in residential apartments within. We also visit the
Thada, a royal cenotaph built in white marble. After the
sightseeing we have a walk through the Bazaars of Jodhpur.
14: Jodhpur - Jaipur
Today we take leave from the blue city and drive to the
Jaipur. This city owes its name, foundations
and careful planning to the great warrior and astronomer,
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur is the capital of
Rajasthan and famous for its handicrafts and precious
and semiprecious stones. In the afternoon we visit the
City Palace, which is still the formal residence of the
royal family, built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal
architecture. In the museum of the city palace we visit
the private collection of the Jaipur Maharajas. We continue
Jantar Mantar, a stone observatory, and the largest
of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories. Its complex
instruments reveal us the secrets of medieval Indian
After breakfast we drive to the ancient capital of
laying 11 km. away from Jaipur. Amber was the ancient
capital of Kachhawaha dynasty for 6 centuries before it
was moved to newly created Jaipur. We will ascend to the
Palace fortress on the back of an elephant. Enroute to
Amber we will visit the
Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds),
built in 1799 AD, it contains 953 small casements with
each having its own balcony. The windows enabled cool
air to circulate and the ladies to watch processions below
without being seen. In the afternoon we have a walk through
the colourful bazaars of Jaipur and visit a factory to
see the famous block printing work being done since centuries
in Jaipur. In the evening we drive through the new city
of Jaipur and visit "Laxmi Narayan Mandir",
a Hindu temple made out of white marble. We might have
an opportunity here to observe a prayer ceremony. Today we have dinner
with a presentation of Indian music and dance.
16: Jaipur - New Delhi
Today we leave Rajasthan, the biggest state in India and
drive through a series of fields, small towns and villages
in direction of New Delhi. Arrive in New Delhi in the
afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure.
17: New Delhi
Around midnight flight to home destination.
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