Arrive in Delhi to a gracious reception by our tour guide who transfers you to your hotel to freshen up. After this, you join the group and are introduced to other members. The group sets out on a local tour of the city to take in the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Birla temple, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan and other attractions on the way. Dine, explore the bazaars and retire for the night.
After breakfast, the royal tour of Rajasthan starts with a flight to Udaipur. On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel room where you relax for a while. In the evening it is time to explore the Lake City, the Venice of India and the picturesque sights. The evening could be spent on a boat cruise on Pichhola Lake and a visit to the Palace on the island in the middle of the Lake after which you can explore the ghats and the temples lining the shores. Jagmandir and Jagniwas are two beautiful palaces located on the island.
After breakfast, you join the group for a local tour that takes you to the magnificent City Palace overlooking the lake. It takes a time to explore and admire the corridors, rooms, pavilions and terraces as well as the gardens in the Palace Complex. Another attraction is the Jagdish Temple said to be built by Maharaja Jagat Singh in 1651 in the Indo Aryan style. Next, we take a walk through the Museum followed by a visit to the Saheliyon Ki Bari where princesses and their attendants relaxed in those days. Spend the evening as you like.
Breakfast and board the coach for the 290 km 7-hour drive to Jodhpur up in the North and to the West of Rajasthan. The coach stops at Ranakpur, a short distance from Udaipur, famed for its exquisitely carved Jain temples with 1444 pillars, each one unique and different. Check into your hotel room on arrival and retire for the night.
Breakfast on Kachoris for which Jodhpur is famous and set out for the Mehrangarh Fort on a hillock overlooking the Blue City. You can get a view of Umaid Palace, the new Palace from atop Mehrangarh even as you admire the fortifications and cannons. Mehrangarh has a number of palaces such as the Moti Maal and Phool Mahal. These grandly royal palaces give you an insight into the princely lifestyles of the erstwhile maharajas.
Rise early, enjoy a hearty Rajasthan breakfast and board the waiting coach for the 298 km 8-hour drive across mostly desert areas to arrive at Jaisalmer in the Thar desert. Chek into your hotel room on arrival and relax for the night.
Jaisalmer is the yellow city because most buildings and the fort are made of yellow sandstone. The morning trip after breakfast takes you to the Fort, the Gadisar Lake and then walk through narrow lanes lined by Havelis built by rich Jain businessmen in the centuries past. Of these, the Nathmalji ki Haveli and Patwon Ki haveli, as well as Salim Singh ki Haveli, are outstanding works of architectural art. As evening falls the group sets out for the desert where you can enjoy a camel ride and admire the dunes in the desert.
Enjoy breakfast and board the coach for the 310 km 8-hour drive to Bikaner. On the way, we stop at the Deshnok Temple, home to Karni Mata, the deity of the Royal House of Bikaner. The temple is unique in that it swarms with rats. Arrive late in the evening and check into the hotel for a well-earned rest.
Set out after breakfast for a sightseeing tour of Bikaner which begins with a visit to the 16th century Fort. The fort is home to palaces, temples and a mosque. Built by Raja Rai Singh, the distinguishing features are balconies, aerial windows, and pavilions of the palace that serve well in this hot climate. The Fort has the Royal Har Mandir and an arched doorway takes you to the Jamal temple. Late afternoon, we proceed to Mandawa, about 167 km away and check into the reserved hotel.
Set out after breakfast for a short tour of Mandawa famed for its temples and Havelis with frescoes of Rajasthani art. Then go on to the Fort to get a panoramic view of the town. Late afternoon we board the coach for the 160 km 4-hour drive to the Pink City. On arrival in Jaipur, you check into your room.
The city tour begins after breakfast with a visit to Amber Fort, about 11 km away. The old seat of power of the Maharajas, the Fort complex has a number of palaces and a museum that give you a truly insightful look at a pricely style of the city back in those days.One of the most remarkable sights is the Jagmandir, a hall full of mirrors. Return to the city for a visit to the new City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. If you have time you can walk over to Choki Dhani a village within the city created for tourists to enjoy folk dances, puppet shows, folk music and buy handicrafts as well as dine on traditional dishes.
Board the coach after breakfast for the lovely drive to Agra, home to one of the wonders of the world, the inimitable Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his queen Mubarak Mahal. The mausoleum is sheer poetry in white marble, just as beautiful from a distance as it is when you take a closer look. On the way, the coach stops at Fatehpur Sikri to admire the city built by Emperor Akbar as the capital of his empire. Visit the tomb of Salim Chishti, Panchmahal and Buland Darwaja, one of the biggest gates in Asia. Check into your room on arrival.
Rise early and breakfast. Then set out to admire the Taj as the dawn breaks over the city bathing the white minarets of the Taj in a golden rosy glow, a sight you will never forget. Then we visit Agra Fort built by Emperor Akbar sometime around 1565-1573 in which the Jehangir Mahal is the most notable one. Later, return to the hotel, pack your bags and get on the coach for the return trip to Delhi where the tour ends with a goodbye from our tour guide.
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