Rajasthan, Rajasthan Tour, Colorful Rajasthan Tour
Rajasthan Desert Tour (Group Tour)
(12 Days / 11 Nights)
        
(Delhi-Shekhawati-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Osian-Jodhpur-Luni-Ranakpur-Udaipur-Delhi)
 

Desert Group Tour of Rajasthan - Rajasthan Desert Group Tour - 12 Days Rajasthan Group Tour


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The State of Rajasthan is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Region of India. Rajasthan's many princely states, impressive forts and magnificent palaces set in the Thar desert evoke uniquely colourful images of medieval India. Rajasthan means land of Rajas (or Kings) but also called Rajputana “the country of Rajputs”. The Aravali mountain range, one of the oldest mountain ranges of the world, extending from north to south, divides the state into two natural regions. Aravali range and the Thar Desert are the two most contrasting features of Rajasthan's geographical make-up. Fairs and festivals of Rajasthan reflect the vigour and life style of its people.
Vibrant colours, music and festivities make the golden sand come alive. Veiled, bejewelled women sing and dance to devotional rhythms. Rajasthan has a fair for every religious occasion, for every change of season and for every harvest. The kingdom of Rajputs is as the tales of the Thousand and One Nights and it will make your Tour an unforgettable memory.


Day 01. Flight to India (Delhi)
Around midnight arrival in
Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. You are met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02. Old - New Delhi
This morning is at leisure. Afternoon sightseeing in Old Delhi. We take a Rickshaw Ride parallel to the
Red Fort through the old city and famous Silk Road and Silver Bazaar. 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 architecture in India. Before we proceed to the Hotel we have a drive through New Delhi where we see the India Gate, Government Buildings and Embassies.           

Day 03. Delhi - Shekhawati (about 270 km)
In the morning we visit "
Qutub Minar" which is 71 meter high and consists of five stories. In 1199 work began on this tower which was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the world. This tower was damaged twice and repaired in 1326 and 1368.After the sightseeing of Delhi we drive to Shekhawati region. Arrival in Shekhawati in the late evening.

Day 04. Shekhawati - Bikaner (about 190 km)
In the morning we visit the grand havellis of the Shekhawati area. Shekhawati lies in the north east region of Rajasthan and 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. Marwaris enjoyed protection by Maharajas and many of them built grand havellis. 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 Shekhawati 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 us.

Day 05. Bikaner - Jaisalmer (about 330 km)
Today we drive through the desert and proceed for
Jaisalmer. Very often one can see along the road to Jaisalmer some of the antelopes of this region. Blackbuck and fast running Chinkara are the most common among them. We have a stop enroute at a village to observe the traditional life of the villages in Rajasthan. We arrive in Jaisalmer in the late evening.

Day 06. Jaisalmer
Sightseeing of the medieval city of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer's crenellated golden sandstone walls and its narrow streets lined with exquisitely carved buildings makes 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 city not only in Rajasthan but 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 Jain temple. In the afternoon we drive around 40 km. away from Jaisalmer to Sam dunes where we enjoy the sunset before we drive back to Jaisalmer.

Day 07. Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (about 290 km)
Early morning drive to Jodhpur via Osian. Osian is a great centre of Hindu and Jain religions. The oldest Temple here was constructed in 1178 AD. 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 got benefit from the passing traffic of opium, copper, 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 Jaswant Thada, a royal cenotaph built in white marble. After the sightseeing we have a walk through the Bazaars of Jodhpur.

Day 08. Jodhpur - Luni (about 35 km)
Today we take leave from the Sun City (Jodhpur) and drive to Luni. In Luni we enjoy the overnight stay in the Fort Chanwa which has been converted into a Hotel. This fort has big complex of courtyards, towers, water wheels, stables and secret stairways. We also have enough time to have a walk in the Village to have an impression of the rural life in the area.

Day 09. Luni - Ranakpur - Udaipur (about 260 km)
Today we drive to
Udaipur. Enroute we will visit Ranakpur. Ranakpur is known for its superbly carved marble Jain Temples. An enormous basement of this temple covers 48,000 sq. feet. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls. The total number of columns is 1,444, all of which are intricately carved, no two being alike. The Ranakpur Jain Temples were built during the 15th century. We have a break in Ranakpur before proceeding further for Udaipur. Udaipur is called the romantic city of Rajasthan. A city built around shimmering, clear, blue water lakes which reflect the green hills of the Aravali ranges.

Day 10. Udaipur
Today we visit Udaipur, also known as the city of sunrise. We start our sightseeing with the visit of Sahelion-Ki-Bari. This Garden of the Maids of Honour is well laid out with extensive lawns and shady walks. After the visit of Garden of Maids we visit a Museum of folk art. This museum has a rich collection of Folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments and paintings on display. After a break we proceed to visit the City palace, the biggest Palace in India, where 4 generations of Maharajas added their contribution, is so carefully planned and integrated with the original buildings that it is difficult to believe that it was not conceived as a whole. The museum of the palace includes the beautiful peacock mosaic and miniature wall paintings of Indian mythology. Today we have an opportunity to visit a traditional painting school and see the famous miniature paintings done. In the evening we have a Boat ride on the lake Pichola. The famous Lake Palace of Udaipur was the summer residence of the former rulers. The James bond Film Octopussy was shot here and made this palace more known in the west.

Day 11. Udaipur - Delhi 
In the morning, after having our Breakfast we take leave from the city of sunrise and Fly to Delhi. Arrival in Delhi in the afternoon. The rest of the day at leisure. (opportunity for the last shopping or enjoy a massage in the Hotel)

Day 12. Flight to Home
Around midnight flight to home destination.

About Hotels:
We provide you the accommodation as per your budget mentioned above in the table of hotels category for any of the booked tour. Hotels provided by us are from budget to luxury class hotels. Luxury hotels are all five stars or of above standard. Deluxe would be a combination of 3 and 4 star Hotels and standard would be a combination of 2 and 3 star or similar hotels. The criteria for selecting hotels by us remains the best value of your money. We also provide you wherever possible accommodation in heritage hotels. Heritage Hotels are old Palaces, Forts and Grand mansions of Maharajas which have been later renovated and converted into Hotels. Rooms are decorated all individually. Rooms are comfortable, romantic and present the flair of olden Maharaja days.

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Proposed Hotels

Nights

Indo Vacations – Inclusions:

  • Accommodation in a double room with shower /bath & WC in the hotels as indicated.

  • Half board (breakfast and dinner in the booked Hotels).

  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi, boat ride in Udaipur & Camel Ride in Jaisalmer

  • At least one dinner with traditional music and dance performance during the tour.

  • An experienced english speaking Tour Guide / Tour Escort for the local sightseeing throughout the whole tour (An Accompanying Tour Escort will be provided on the group strength above 10 traveler).

  • An air-conditioned vehicle, including insurance, fuel etc. with chauffeur (experienced, reliable and English speaking) during the entire tour.

  • All entrance fees of the mouments as per the tour itineray.

  • Flight cost from Udaipur - Delhi included.

  • All applicable taxes.

 

Not included are: Camera fees, gratitude, drinks and personal expenses of any nature!

 

Note:

  • (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)

  • We suggest that you book the international flights in your country as this is mostly cheaper.

  • Please note you will need a visitor visa for India. We recommend to apply for the same well in advance.

  • For individual travelers joining the group will not  be charged extra for both the airport transfers (advance notice required)

  • If the desired travelers do not register for the tour – An option will be available to operate the group tour with less people with some extra charges. These charges will be informed well in advance and till then there is no obligation or no cancellation charges of registration.

  • Registration for the group tour with Indo Vacations is without any cost. Only at the time of confirmation we will send you the travel documents and ask for 25 % of the total amount as advance payment. The due amount can be paid after your arrival in India. (more information is available on query).

  • Indo Vacations reserve the right of changes which may be beyond our control.

  • Details for the vehicles used are available at the below given links:  

 

For 1 - 3 person – Tata Indigo - (4 seats) http://www.indovacations.net/english/tataindigo.htm
For 3 - 5 person – Tavera Chevrolet / Toyota Innova / Mahindra Xylo - (6 seats) http://www.indovacations.net/english/tavera.htm; http://www.indovacations.net/english/ToyotaInnova.htm

For 6 - 9 person - Tempo Traveler - (10 seats) http://www.indovacations.net/english/tempotraveler.htm;
For 10 - 15 person mini-bus (18 seats)
http://www.indovacations.net/english/minibus2.htm;

For 16 - 28 passenger bus - (30 - 35 seats) http://www.indovacations.net/english/largebus.htm

Hotel Clark Heights, New Delhi (3 Star) / Hotel Rockland, Delhi (Deluxe)

Delhi
3

Hotel Mandawa Haveli (Heritage)/ Hotel Udai Vilas Palace, Mandawa (Deluxe)

Shekhawati

1

Hotel Karni Bhawan Palace (Heritage) / Hotel Gajner Palace, Bikaner (Heritage)

Bikaner

1

Hotel Gorband Palace (Heritage) / Hotel Rang Mahal, Jaisalmer (3 Star)

Jaisalmer

2

Pall Haveli Hotel, Jodhpur (Heritage) / Hotel Devi Bhawan, Jodhpur (Heritage)

Jodhpur

1

Hotel Fort Chanwa (Heritage)

Luni

1

Hotel Garden, Udaipur (Deluxe Hotel) / The Tiger (Deluxe)

Udaipur

2

Total Nights

11


Heritage Hotels:

Heritage Hotels are old Palaces, Forts and Grand mansions of Maharajas which have been later renovated and converted into Hotels. Rooms are decorated all individually. Rooms are comfortable, romantic and present the flair of olden Maharaja days.

 

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