01 : 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 your Hotel.
Day 02 : New & Old Delhi
This morning is at leisure. Afternoon sightseeing in Old Delhi. We take a
Riksha Ride parallel to the red fort through the old city and famous Silk
Road and Silver Bazaar. Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes also the site
where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid and the great mosque of old
Delhi.Today We also visit the famous "Humayun's Tomb" which is the
first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India and Kutab Minar
which is 71 meter high and was constructed in 1199. 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 ( 122 Km, 02.1/2 hours )
In the morning we visit "Kutab 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
Day 04 : Shekhawati - Bikaner
In the morning we visit the grand havellis of the Shekhawati area.
Shekhawati is a region of NE 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
protections by Maharajas and many of them built grand havellis.The hovels
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 : Day 05. Bikaner - Osian - Jaisalmer
Today we drive through the desert and proceed for Jaisalmer via Osian.Osian
is a great centre of Hindu and Jain religions. The oldest Temple here was
constructed in 1178 AD.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 : 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 mensions).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
Early morning drive to Jodhpur.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-Gujrat trading route and the marwaris benefitted 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.
08 : Jodhpur - Luni
Today we take leave from the Suncity (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
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
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
Late 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
Day 12 : Flight to Home
Around Midnight flight to home destination.