DELHI - MANDAWA - BIKANER - JAISALMER - JODHPUR - UDAIPUR - PUSHKAR - JAIPUR - AGRA - KHAJURAHO - VARANASI - DELHI TRAVEL PACKAGE.
In this 19 days Rajasthan heritage package tour, you are covering the important cities as well as a part of Central India. This is one of the famous Rajasthan packages which are good for the first time visitors to India. This Rajasthan tour with Agra & Khajuraho + Varanasi, offers you culture, history, monuments, forts, palaces, castles, colors, etc. The reliable Indian travel agency Services International Ltd offers you the best luxury holiday tours of Rajasthan,
Day 01 : - Arrive Delhi. Delhi visits.
On your arrival in Delhi the capital of India, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. This magnificent city has been inhabited from the 6th century BC and has been a capital of many kingdoms. Delhi's culture has been influenced by its different rulers and the city is full of beautiful monuments. The Mughal rulers influenced the food habits of the residents and Mughlai cuisine originated here. Old Delhi is a maze of small lanes lined and old buildings and New Delhi has large road with huge buildings.
Your morning Old Delhi tour starts with Raj Ghat where father Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. You will be driven past the iconic Red Fort and Chandni Chowk, a very popular and a busy market in Old Delhi to the next stop - Jama Masjid, one of the iconic, historic and largest mosques in India - built by Shah Jahan. A rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk is worth taking. The numerous shops here sell delicious mouth-watering food, clothes, jewels, household goods, etc. and are virtually a shopper's paradise.
In the afternoon New Delhi tour you will visit Qutub Minar a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1192 by Turk ruler Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. You will then move forward to Humayun’s tomb, yet another UNESCO world heritage site. Your next stop is India Gate, built in memory of the Unknown Soldier. You will drive past Parliament House, President’s House and other Government Secretarial Buildings. Your final stop is Lakshminarayan Temple dedicated to Lakshmi and Lord Narayana. Overnight is in Delhi.
Day 02 :- Drive Delhi to Mandawa and visits.
This morning, you will drive to Mandawa. The villages of Shekhawati are famous for the painted havelis or houses and have the highest number of frescos in the world. The Marwaris, a business community had built large houses in these villages and hired artists to paint these houses and havelis. The Shekhawati villages like Mandawa, Nawalgarh, Dundlod, etc. are a living heritage. Time seems to have come to a standstill in these villages.
Your afternoon tour of Shekhawati will take you to Mandawa, Nawalgarh and Dundlod villages with beautifully painted havelis and houses. This whole area is called "The Open Art Gallery". The artists had painted frescos depicting mythological images of gods, goddesses and animals. Mandawa has a good collection of armories, old costumes, canons, ancient coins and other interesting items. Rest of the day is at leisure. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight in Mandawa or one of the villages of Shekhawati.
Day 03 :- Drive Mandawa to Bikaner and visits.
Today morning you will be transferred by road to Bikaner. Bikaner was founded by Rao Bika in the 15th century and is known for its magnificent fort, camel farm and bazaars. The camel research farm is the largest in Asia and is visited by numerous people. Bikaner is known for its fairs and festivals. Some of the fairs are - The Camel Festival is held at the Ladera Dunes. The Karni Mata fair takes places at Deshnoke. On Akkha Teej people from all across fly kites.
In Bikaner you will visit one of the oldest forts of Rajasthan - the Junagadh Fort which is combination of Rajput and Mughal style of architecture. A doorway takes you to the ancient Joramal temple with breathtaking surrounding and interior. The Har Mandir dedicated to goddess Lakshmi and lord Vishnu was where the kings and princes celebrated their marriage ceremonies and festivals. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Bikaner.
Day 04 :- Drive Bikaner to Jaisalmer.
This morning you will drive to Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer, the Desert City of Rajasthan is also known as the Golden City of India and is a magic box full of colors, architecture, culture and tradition. The magnificent palaces, marvelous havelis and beautiful Jain temples of Jaisalmer will leave you completely thrilled. You could always leave this mystical, interesting and glorious heritage city and stay an overnight in tents in the desert. The afternoon is at leisure. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Jaisalmer.
Day 05 :- Jaisalmer visits.
This morning you will start your day with the Jaisalmer Fort which is considered to be one of the oldest living forts in the world. The fort constructed in yellow stone from a distance shines like gold due to which it is called the “Sonar Quila” or "The Golden Fort". You will continue with the tour stopping at some of the havelis like Salim Ji Ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli, etc. times. Afternoon is at leisure to visit the bazaars or the numerous Jain Temples or nearby places like Ludurva, etc.
Ludurva was the capital of the Bhatti dynasty till the 12th century and was later shifted Jaisalmer. Ludurva was situated on an ancient trade route and is famous for the Jain temple dedicated to 23rd Tirthankara Parshvanath, Hinglaj Mata Temple, Chamunda Mata Temple and Shiva Temple. Bara Bagh is known for its royal cenotaphs or "Chhatris" of the Jaisalmer rulers. Amar Sagar is a nice lake and is near the Amar Singh Palace. Gadsisar Lake surrounded by temples and shrines. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Jaisalmer.
Day 06 :- Drive Jaisalmer to Jodhpur and visits.
This morning you will drive to Jodhpur the former capital of Marwar kingdom. Jodhpur is known as the Sun City or the Blue City and was named after its founder Rao Jodha. The city was in the route of Delhi to Gujarat and was a trading centre for copper, opium, silk, etc. Jodhpur is quite known for its festivals and fairs and Gangaur, Teej, Nag Panchmi, etc are celebrated with a big pomp. The Jodhpur sweets are quite known throughout India. Jodhpur has become an important centre for big weddings and also for movie settings.
This afternoon, you will visit Meherangarh fort which is one of the largest forts in India and situated on a sandstone hill. Here you will be visiting Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. Your next stop is Jaswant Thada constructed out of thin and polished sheets of Marble which makes it look beautiful in the sunlight. The last stop is Umaid Public Gardens which houses the Government Museum and the Umaid Bhawan Museum, with a vast collection of artifacts. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Jodhpur.
Day 07 :- Drive Jodhpur to Udaipur with Ranakpur visits enroute.
This morning you will be transferred by road to Ranakpur Jain Temples which are about 98 kms from Udaipur. This 15th century AD Chamukha Jain Temple made of marble is has more than twenty halls and 1444 pillars with carvings which are different from each other. The shade and lights of this place is quite amazing. If time permits, you could also visit the Surya Temple and the Jain Temple. After the tour of Ranakpur, you will be transferred by road to Udaipur.
Udaipur known as the City of Lakes, or the Venice of the East was the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar and founded by Rana Udai Singh in 1559. Maharana means the Great Warrior, and the one from Udaipur is the head of all the Rajput clans. In the 12th century the Parihara prince of Mandore awarded the title of Rana to the Prince of Mewar. The rulers from this dynasty are called Suryavanshis (descendents of the Sun) and have the Sun as their insignia. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Udaipur.
Day 08 :- Udaipur visits.
Your morning tour starts with the City Palace, constructed by Maharana Udai Mirza Singh in 1559 A.D. You will continue with the tour and visit the Jagdish Temple built by Maharana Jagat Singh and then taken on a drive around Fatehsagar Lake. Your next stop will be at Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, a renowned museum of Udaipur with folk articles of Rajasthan. Your final destination will be at Sahelion ki Bari. The afternoon is at leisure. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Udaipur.
Day 09 :- Drive Udaipur to Pushkar and visits.
In the morning, you will be transferred by road to Pushkar. Pushkar is one of the most sacred pilgrimages for Hindus and considered to be one of the oldest existing cities in India. The legend is that Lord Brahma created this holiest of cities for the Hindus. When a demon Vajra Nabha killed Brahma's children, Brahma hit him with a lotus flower which killed the demon. A lotus petal fell in Pushkar and a lake was formed where Brahma performed a sacrifice on a full moon day.
On your arrival in Pushkar, you will be visiting the various temples and also the sacred lake. A temple dedicated to the Lord Brahma is one of its kinds in the world. The Hindus believe that bathing in the lake will help in attaining Moksha or salvation. Pushkar is famous for its annual Camel fair where thousands of camels are traded. During this fair, on the full moon day, thousand of devotees flock to Pushkar. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Pushkar.
Day 10 :- Drive Pushkar to Jaipur.
This morning, you will be driven to Jaipur. Jaipur, also known as the pink city is the capital of Rajasthan. Many captivating palaces are present here having breathtaking design and architecture. In the 18th century Prince of Wales had visited Jaipur and the entire city was painted in pink color and due to these pink buildings the city is known as the pink city. Origin of Jaipur lie 260 year back. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh and Jaipur got its name from this king. You have time at leisure or optionally you could visit Galtaji or Sanganer.
Galtaji with several temples and sacred water tanks is an important site for Hindus. The other important temples in Galtaji are Balaji temple, Sun Temple and Ramgopalji Temple. A large number of monkeys are ever present in the Ramgopalji Temple complex. Of the seven sacred water tanks known as kunds, the Galta Kund is the most sacred. On the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti, large numbers of devotees bathe in these kunds.
Sanganer is famous for textile printing and its Jain temples. In the Sanganer prints, the designs in colors are printed on a white background. Lord Adinath is the deity in the red stone Shri Digamber Jain temple. This temple has fine carvings and was built in phases during different times, the last part in the 10th century AD as per an inscription on one of the Toranas. The temple has seven underground floors kept closed due to old beliefs. Visitors are not allowed to enter the underground floors and only an ascetic Digamber saint can enter these floors. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 11 :- Jaipur visits.
This morning you will visit Amer fort also known as Amer Palace or Amber and was the ancient capital of Jaipur. This magnificent fort was constructed in red sand-stone and marble by Raja Man Singh. Near the Ganesh Gate, there is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Sila Devi. The Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas are quite beautiful. At the he Sukh Niwas, a pleasant climate is created by winds that blow over a water cascade. You could ascend the fort by walking up the steps or on an elephant's back or in jeeps.
In the afternoon tour you will visit the seven storied Maharaja's City Palace which is a perfect blend of Mughal, Rajput and European architecture. Your next stop is Jantar Mantar, the observatory which attracts mathematician and astronomers from all over. You will visit Hawa Mahal popular for its magnificent architecture. A tour of Jaipur is not complete without shopping for clothes, carpets, jewelry, various handicrafts, silk paintings and miniatures. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Jaipur.
Day 12 :- Drive Jaipur to Fatehpur Sikri to Agra.
Today morning you will be driven to Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World heritage site from the 16th century. Here, you will be visiting the Jama Masjid, the Tomb of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal and Buland Darwaza. You will visit the other graceful buildings in Fatehpur Sikri - Ibadat Khana, Mariam-uz-Zamani’s palace, Naubat Khana and Birbal’s house. After the visits, you will be transferred from Fatehpur Sikri to Agra by road.
Agra the former capital of Hindustan is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is a major tourist destination of India and a part of the Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Delhi and Jaipur. Agra also known as Akbarabad went through its peak during the time of Mughals and was the capital of under the Mughal rulers Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjehan. Agra is famous for inlaid marble work and handicrafts made of marble, wood and metal.
Day 13 :- Agra visits.
This afternoon tour of Agra will take you to the Taj Mahal, which was built in white marble by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of wife Queen Mumtaz Mahal. You will continue with the tour stopping at the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will visit Khas Mahal, Jahangir Palace, Diwan-e-Aam and Diwan-e-Khas. TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Agra.
Day 14 :- Agra to Jhansi by train and to Khajuraho by road.
This day you will be transferred to Agra rail-station in time for your Jhansi train. Arrive Jhansi and drive to Khajuraho. On your arrival in Khajuraho, you will be assisted in check-in at your hotel. Khajuraho is known for its erotic and beautiful temples. These temples were constructed by the Chandelas during 950 AD to 1050 AD. After the period of Chandelas, these temples were forgotten and covered with dense palm-date trees. The name Khajuraho comes from the date trees known as Khajur trees in Hindi. Overnight is in Khajuraho.
Day 15 :- Visit Khajuraho & later Varanasi overnight train.
This morning you will Chaunset Yogini Kali Temple, Bharatji or Chitragupta temple that is composed of magnificent 11 headed pictures of Lord Vishnu, Lakshmana Temple, Mahadev Temple, Vishvanath Temples and Shiva’s Visha Temple. The Parasvanath Temple is the only Jain temple that still exists. The Javeri Temple is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Vishnu. The other temples you can visit are dedicated to Lord Brahma, Lord Adinath and Yamuna. Check-out from the hotel is at 1200 hrs. Afternoon is at leisure. Late evening you will be transferred to rail-station in time for your Varanasi train. (This train does not run daily). Overnight is on board the train.
Day 16 :- Visit Varanasi.
This morning, on your arrival in Varanasi, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the city or visit Sarnath. Varanasi or Benaras or Banaras or Kashi is said to be the oldest living city in the world, dating back to 5000 years. It was the cultural and spiritual capital of North India. Varanasi is also known as the holy city of India or the city of temples, or the city of learning. Hindus believe that death in Varanasi leads to salvation. Varanasi is known as the holy city of India, the city of temples and the city of learning. Overnight is in Varanasi.
Day 17 :- Visit Varanasi & later Delhi overnight train.
This morning, you will be taken to the River Ganges for a boat ride. Two of most renowned ghats Manikarnika and Harishchandra are frequented by hundreds of devotees. These two ghats are quite famous not only for taking a holy dip, but also for cremation purposes. You may witness numerous funeral pyres burning around in these ghats. Check-out from the hotel is at 1200 hrs. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the city of Varanasi. A walk in the narrow streets of Varanasi is worth doing. Later in the evening, transfer to rail-station in time for your Delhi train. Overnight is onboard the train.
Day 18 :- Delhi.
On arrival in Delhi you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure for shopping and more visits. You could take an optional tour of Swaminarayan Akshardham - one of the world's largest temple complexes and built from pink sandstone and Italian marble. The temple has 234 pillars, nine domes, 20,000 idols of sages and 148 of full sized elephants. Yagnapurush Kund is a large step well with a musical fountain. A short boat ride takes you through 10,000 years of Indian history. Overnight is in Delhi.
Day 19 :- Departure.
Today morning you will be transferred to airport for your return/onward journey.
END OF YOUR RAJASTHAN & CENTRAL INDIA LUXURY VACATION TOUR.