Taj Mahal and Sand Dunes of Rajasthan - Package Detail
Taj Mahal and Sand Dunes of Rajasthan
Route : Delhi Agra Jaipur Jodhpur Jaisalmer Bikaner Alsisar Delhi
12 Days / 11 Nights
Upon your arrival in the Indian capital city of New Delhi, you will be greeted by our representative at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Delhi – Agra [205 Kms/4 Hrs]
This morning, discover the history and heritage of Delhi, with a visit to Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture. Then drive to the old part of the city, walking through the busy streets of Chandni Chowk, to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. En route, drive past the splendid Red Fort, India Gate, President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings of Lutyens Delhi.
This evening embark on your drive to Agra, city of the world famous Taj Mahal.
Upon arrival in Agra, check in to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day in Agra
This morning witness the surreal views of the Taj Mahal by sunrise. Step inside this eternal symbol of love and appreciate the intricate designs and symmetries that rhyme as a poem written in marble. Taj Mahal is an extravagant display of love, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Later visit the splendid Agra fort, built in red sandstone, encapsulating magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens.
Agra – Jaipur [240 Kms/5 Hrs]
After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Jaipur - land of the Rajputs. Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance and traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the 'Pink City', Jaipur is home to ancient forts and palaces and is one of India's most well planned cities.
En route to Jaipur, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the capital city of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. Upon arrival check in at your hotel for 2 nights stay. Enjoy an evening at leisure in Jaipur.
Day in Jaipur
This morning, visit the Amber fort, which was built in the 16th century. An elephant ride will help you ascend to this hilltop fort (elephants are subject to availability). Alternatively, you could choose to walk or drive up to the fort.
This afternoon, visit the City Palace complex with its museums and Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), built in the 18th century. This palace with its innumerable windows and screened balconies was especially built for the royal women to view the city and processions from behind their purdahs.
Later explore the many facets of Jaipuri crafts such as semi precious jewels, pottery, colourful embroidered fabrics with mirror work, woven carpets etc – watch artisans at work and enjoy souvenir shopping in this colourful city of Jaipur.
Jaipur – Jodhpur [330 Kms/7 Hrs]
After a leisurely breakfast, embark on a drive to Jodhpur, a city ringed by high stone walls with seven gates and several bastions. This second largest city of Rajasthan was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D. .
Upon arrival in Jodhpur, check in to your hotel. Enjoy an evening at leisure in Jodhpur.
Day in Jodhpur
This morning visit the rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort, and the grand palaces within the fort - Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana, which are impressive examples of architectural excellence. Near the fort complex stands the Jaswant Thada, and a group of royal cenotaphs made of white marble.
Jodhpur – Jaisalmer [285 Kms/6 Hrs]
After a leisurely morning in Jodhpur, drive to Jaisalmer, further west in the Thar Desert. This desert fortress is one of Rajasthan's most exotic and unusual towns.
Upon arrival in Jaisalmer, check in at your hotel for 2 nights stay. Evening at leisure in Jaisalmer.
Day in Jaisalmer
After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Jaisalmer, visiting the fort and the havelis (mansions) in the old city and take a leisurely walk through the winding maze of streets within the fort. Also visit the Jain Temples within the fort.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
Jaisalmer to Bikaner [330 Kms/7 Hrs]
After an early breakfast, embark on a drive to Bikaner, once a major trading post between Africa, West Asia and the Far East. The city is renowned for its arts and the best riding camels in the world.
Upon arrival in Bikaner, check in at your hotel and freshen up. This afternoon, enjoy a horse-cart ride to the old town where you visit many beautiful buildings and the majestic Junagarh Fort, a formidable structure encircled by a moat.
Bikaner to Alsisar [245 Kms/6 Hrs]
After breakfast, drive to Alsisar, a quaint village in the heart of Shekhawati region. Alsisar has some of the finest frescos and painted havelis in the region, and is a perfect place to appreciate the art of bygone era.
Spend the afternoon discovering Alsisar and visiting the unique havelis of the region.
Alsisar to Delhi [240 Kms/6 Hrs] (DEPARTURE)
After breakfast, embark on your return drive to New Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home.