Flight to India
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 your Hotel.
Day 02. Old - New Delhi
This morning is at
leisure. Afternoon sightseeing in Old Delhi. We take a
Rickshaw Ride parallel to the
through the old
city and famous Silk Road and Silver Bazaar.
Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes "Rajghat",
the site 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. We will visit
today a woman organization and have the opportunity to
discuss the "Role of woman in India".
Delhi - Jaipur (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 sightseeing we will drive to the Pink City,
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.
After breakfast we drive to the ancient capital of
Amber, 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 visit the City Palace
that is still the formal residence of the royal family, built in a
blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. In the museum of
City Palace we visit the private collection of the Jaipur
Maharajas. We continue to
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 astronomy. Later we have a
walk through the colourful Bazaar 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
- Sanganer - Chokhi Dhani (about 40 km)
Today we drive to Sanganer. Sanganer is around 20 km from Jaipur and is famous for Saris and Fabrics, hand printed in cotton. Sanganer is also famous for paper making. Paper making is practised in the Kagazi Mohulla (paper area) and uses waste cotton and silk rags which are churned into a pulp, sieved, strained and dried. The finished products are often speckled with gold and
silver. In the afternoon we drive to Chokhi Dhani. Chokhi Dhani is an artificially created village which reflects the rural culture of Rajasthan. Evening at leisure at the village. We can participate in many
activities like how to apply Mehandi (henna) on your palm and other parts of body. Night stay in the luxury cottages at Chokhi
Day 06. Jaipur - Shekhawati (about 168 km)
Today after having
breakfast we will drive to
Shekhawati region. 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.
Arrival in Shekhawati in the afternoon. The rest of the day leisure.
Day 07. Shekhawati - Bikaner (about 190 km)
In the morning we visit the grand havellis of the Shekhawati area.
The 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 08. 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 arrive in Jaisalmer in the evening.
Day 09. 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 about 40 km away from Jaisalmer to
Sam dunes where we enjoy the sunset before we drive back to Jaisalmer.
Day 10. Jaisalmer
- Osian - 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 11. Jodhpur
- 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
1444, 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 12. 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
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 13. Udaipur
- Deogarh (about 200 km)
Today we take leave from the city of sunrise and drive to Deogarh. In Deogarh we enjoy the overnight stay in a Maharaja Palace which has been converted into a Hotel. We have the rest of the day at leisure and therefore enough time to relax and have a walk in the Bazaar of this small town.
Day 14. Deogarh
- Samode (about 250 km)
Today we drive to Samode. Samode is famous for its palace where we have an overnight stay. We enjoy the stay in the Samode Palace and visit the wonderful Darbar Hall (Audience hall) and other parts of the palace of Maharaja which are decorated beautifully with the miniature
paintings. On special occasions this wonderful 400 years old Palace of Samode is decorated and fulfilled with traditional dance and music.
Day 15. Samode
- Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (about 260 km)
Today we leave Rajasthan, the biggest state in India and drive through a series of fields, small towns and villages in direction of Agra. Enroute we make a stop and visit
Sikri, which was once an imperial capital frozen in time, constructed by Akbar the Great in the 16th century. This wonderful city constructed by red sand stones was abandoned as abruptly as it had been built. It has been generally stated that it was due to failing in the water
supply. Late evening arrival in
Agra. “The status of a woman in the Indian Society” after
marriage" is the topic today on which a lecture will be held in the Hotel.
Day 16. Agra
We start today our sightseeing by a visit to the
Agra Fort, built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. The construction of this massive structure began in 1565 under Akbar's reign and continued till the time of his grandson's reign,
Shah Jahan who built the impressive imperial quarters and mosque. After the visit of Agra Fort we proceed to visit the most beautiful monument of India, the
Taj Mahal, an enduring monument to love, with a continually fulfilling beauty. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-52, as a tomb and memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the Palace), who died at the age of 39 giving birth to her 14th child. We spend enough time at Taj Mahal to take this impressive memory home. After the visit of Taj Mahal we have a look at the famous fine marble inlay work which is still being done in Agra by the descendants of the families of builders and artists of the Taj
Mahal. In the afternoon we will have a walk through a bazaar of Agra.
Day 17. Agra
- Delhi (about 200 km)
In the morning, after having our Breakfast we drive 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 18. Flight to Home
Around midnight flight to home destination.
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Rickshaw Drive in Delhi.
Ride in Amber.
Camel Safari in
Boat Ride in Udaipur.
One Dinner will be with a presentation of Indian music and
dance in Jaipur.
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