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Golden Triangle and Rajasthan Heritage Tour
Duration: 18 Days and 17 Nights
Day 01 : Arrival Delhi
Midnight arrival in Delhi, the cosmopolitan city and capital of India. Our representative will receive and transfer you to hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi
The morning is at leisure. In the afternoon you head on a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. You visit the Mughal era monuments Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Humayun's Tomb. You also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. A rickshaw ride through the old city is an exciting activity that you enjoy on your sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. You also visit Qutab Minar, one of the oldest monuments in Delhi, which was built between 12th and 13th century. Before proceeding to the hotel, we take you on a drive through New Delhi where you see the India Gate, Parliament House and President's House. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi - Shekhawati
In the morning you visit one of the oldest monuments in Delhi-the Qutab Minar. The monument is 71 meter high and has five stories. Later we proceed to Shekhawati region, which is about 270 kilometers from Delhi. Upon arrival in Shekhawati, check in at the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 04 : Shekhawati - Bikaner
In the morning, proceed to visit the beautiful havelis, which are the main features of Shekhawati region. Shekhawati region lies in the north east of Rajasthan and is home to Marwari community. After the sightseeing tour of the exquisitely designed havelis drive to Bikaner. Bikaner is about 190 kilometers away. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Relax and later proceed to visit the Junagarh Fort built in red sandstone and marble. You visit the various mansions and palaces inside the fort. Overnight in the hotel
Day 05 : Bikaner - Osian - Jaisalmer
In the morning drive through the vast stretch of desert on your way to Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is about 330 kilometers from Bikaner. En-route you stop at Osian, which is a centre of Hindu and Jain religions. You get to see various temples in Osian. The oldest temple here was constructed in 1178 AD. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 06 : Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer is famous for its beautifully carved havelis. The day is marked to visit various important places in Jaisalmer, which include the Jaisalmer Fort, and the havelis. In the afternoon drive to some 40 km away from Jaisalmer to Sam dunes where enjoy the sunset before driving back to Jaisalmer.
Day 07 : Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Drive to Jodhpur in the early morning. Jodhpur is about 290 kilometers from Jaisalmer. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and 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 10 km long wall, which has 101 bastions and seven gates. On your tour of Jodhpur you visit the Mehrangarh Fort, which was built on a steep hill. The fort is among the best in India with exquisitely latticed windows in residential complexes. Later proceed to visit the Jaswant Thada, a royal cenotaph built in white marble. You also stroll down the markets of Jodhpur. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 08 : Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur
After breakfast drive Udaipur, which is about 260 kilometers away. En-route stop at Ranakpur, to visit the beautifully carved marble Jain Temples. After a short break at Ranakpur, proceed to Udaipur. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 09 : Udaipur
Start your sightseeing tour with a visit to Sahelion-Ki-Bari. Then proceed to visit the Museum of folk art, which has a rich collection of folk dresses, puppets, dolls, masks, ornaments, folk musical instruments and paintings on display. Afterwards visit the City Palace, the biggest palace complex in India, where four generations of Maharajas added mansions and palaces. You also visit the museum of the palace, which includes the beautiful peacock mosaic and miniature wall paintings of Indian mythology. In the evening take a boat ride on the lake Pichola. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 10 : Udaipur - Dungarpur
Drive to Dungarpur, which means a 'Hill town'. Upon arrival check in at the hotel, which was a fort now converted into a hotel. The rest of the day at leisure. You may relax or take a walk in the bazaar. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 11 : Dungarpur - Chittorgarh
After breakfast, drive to Chittorgarh. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Later visit the famous Chittorgarh Fort. Explore the other sites like ruined palaces and mansions. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 12 : Chittorgarh - Pushkar
Drive to Pushkar from Chittorgarh, which is 205 kilometers away. Pushkar is one of the most religious sites for Hindus. Pushkar has the only temple of God Brahma, which makes Pushkar an important pilgrimage city for Hindus. Pushkar is also world famous for Pushkar Festival which takes place in the month of November every year. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
(This tour can also be taken during the Pushkar Fair in the month of November, in that case tourists spend two nights in Pushkar instead of one)
Day 13 : Pushkar - Jaipur
After visiting the holy sites in Pushkar, drive to Jaipur. Jaipur was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur is famous for its handicrafts and precious and semiprecious stones. Upon arrival check in at the hotel, relax and later proceed to visit the City Palace in the afternoon, which is still the formal residence of the royal family. Also visit the museum in the City Palace that has the private collection of Jaipur Maharajas. We also visit Jantar Mantar, a stone observatory, which is the largest of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 14 : Jaipur
After breakfast we proceed to visit the Amber Fort, located 11 kilometers away from Jaipur. En-route, visit the Hawa Mahal. Amber was the ancient capital of Kachawaha dynasty before Jai Singh founded Jaipur. Ride an elephant to reach the gates of the fort. In the afternoon take a walk through the colorful Bazaar of Jaipur and visit a factory to see the famous block printing work, which is a specialty of Jaipur. In the evening we drive through the new city of Jaipur and visit Laxmi Narayan Mandir- a Hindu temple built in white marble. Enjoy your dinner with a cultural program. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 15 : Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
In the morning drive to Agra en-route stop at Fatehpur Sikri to visit the abandoned capital city of Akbar in the 16th century. Continue to Agra. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 16 : Agra
Start your sightseeing tour of Agra by visiting the Agra Fort, which was built by three Mughal emperors. Akbar started the construction but died before the fort was complete. His son Jehangir continued the construction of the fort, later son of Jehangir-Shah Jahan-added new structures to the massive fort. After visiting Agra fort, we head to visit the most beautiful monument of India, the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-52, as a tomb and memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. After the visit of Taj Mahal, we proceed to have a look at the famous fine marble inlay work, which is still done in Agra. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 17 : Agra - Delhi
After breakfast drive to Delhi. Arrival in Delhi in the afternoon. The rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 18 : Delhi
Transfer to airport to catch a flight back home. Tour ends.