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Desert Festival Tour | 11 Days
Mumbai - Ajanta - Ellora - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Barmer - Jaisalmer (Desert Festival) - Mumbai
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Desert festival for 11 days start from Mumbai and end in Mumbai. Covering UNESCO site Elephant Cave, UNESCCO heritage site Ellora and Ajanta Caves, Rajputana cultural of Rajasthan, Fort and palaces, Blue city Jodhpur, Desert festivities, last but not least Lutyen’s Architecture Icons Imperial city Delhi

Tour Advantages

  • Traditional Indian welcome
  • Visit UNESCO Site Elephant caves
  • Enjoy Mumbai city tour
  • Explore UNSCO heritage sites Ajanta & Ellora Buddhist caves
  • Explore the Romantic city Udaipur
  • Visit world famous Architecture of Ranakpur Jian temple
  • Visit to unexplored Khajuraho of Barmer, Rajasthan
  • Visit the blue city Jodhpur
  • Explore the Bishnoi village to see the local Handicraft
  • Enjoy the visit to Meharangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan
  • Enjoy the Desert festival
  • Explore Visit to Jaisalmer

Itinerary at a Glance
DAY 1
ARRIVE MUMBAI | THE GATEWAY OF INDIA
DAY 2
ELEPHANT CAVE | UNESCO HERITAGE SITE
DAY 3
ELLORA CAVE | UNESCO WORLD HERRITAGE SITE
DAY 4
AJANTA CAVE | UNESCO WORLD HERRITAGE SITE
DAY 5
UDAIPUR | ROMANTIC LAKE CITY
DAY 6
RANAKPUR | FAMOUS JAIN TEMPLE
DAY 7
JODHPUR | THE BLUE CITY
DAY 8
BARMER | MINIATURE RAJASTHAN
DAY 9
JAISAALMER | DESERT FESTIVAL
DAY 10
JAISAALMER | DESERT FESTIVAL
DAY 11
DEPARTUR | MUMBAI

DAY 1
ARRIVE MUMBAI | THE GATEWAY OF INDIA

Arrive in Mumbai, the commercial capital of Maharashtra also known as Bollywood city, meet and greet by our representative and transfers to your iconic hotel.

Superior
Taj Lands End, Mumbai
First Class
ITC Grand Central, Mumbai
DAY 2
UNESCO HERITAGE SITE ELEPHANTA CAVE TEMPLE

In the morning leave by Motor Launch & travel across the hrabour to the world famous Elephanta Caves: a UNESCO World Heritage site 9 km by sea from Gateway of India. From Gateway of India regular ferry service are available. A ferry ride across the harbor takes you to Gharapuri the local name for Elephanta. Almost at its center the island rises into two conical hillocks. The island stone elephant was found when they landed there in the 16th century. These eight-century rock-cut caves were hewn out of the hills and sculpted intricately. Three avenues made from four rows of massive columns cut into the main rock lead to the 18-ft high imposing structure of Maheshmurti- depicting Shiva as the creator, destroyer & Preserver. It has been often erroneously called the Trimurti. Overnight stay This afternoon visit to mighty Gateway of India, the ceremonial arch was built in 1927 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911 than visit to Victoria Terminus – Gothic Architecture style, Then travel to the Church gate Railway Station to observe local dabbawallas at work as they prepare to deliver hundreds of thousands of home-cooked meals to working professionals throughout the city with astonishing accuracy. Later visit to visit Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi was based from 1917 to 1934, and organized much of his movement for independence Overnight stay

Superior
Taj Lands End, Mumbai
First Class
ITC Grand Central, Mumbai
DAY 3
ELLORA CAVES | UNESCO HERITAGE SITE

Early morning transfer to airport to board the flight for Aurangabad meet and greet transfer to hotel Later visit to Daulatabad Fort is a magnificent fort situated in Maharashtra, at a distance of around 13 km from the Aurangabad city. It forms a part of the Daulatabad city, which was earlier known as 'Devigiri'. The fort, perched at a height of approximately 60 ft, dates back to the 12th century. Aurangabad Caves lie nestled in a valley, between Sihyachal and Satara hill ranges. Dating back to somewhere around the 2nd-3rd century, these caves serve as the proof of the flourishing Buddhist settlement in Maharashtra during that time.

Ellora Caves are situated in Maharashtra, at a distance of approximately 30 km from the city of Aurangabad. Founded in the period between 5th century and 10th century AD, these caves were declared as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, a number of years back. Ellora Caves were carved out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills and comprise of temples as well as monasteries. There are total twelve Buddhist Caves at Ellora (numbered 1 to 12), while the Hindu Caves number seventeen (13 to 29). On the other hand, the Jain Caves excavated at the site are only five in number (numbered 30 to 34). The co-existence of Hindi, Jain and Buddhist Caves, at the same site, serves as a proof of the fact that religious harmony prevailed during that period. The earliest excavation carried out at the site of Ellora Caves revealed the Cave number twenty-nine, known as Dhumar Lena. Then, there is the magnificent Kailasa Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated inside cave 16. The temple holds the distinction of being the single largest monolithic structure in the whole world and makes one of the major attractions of the Ellora Caves.

Superior
Lemon Tree, Aurangabad
First Class
Welcomhotel Rama International
DAY 4
AJANTA CAVES | UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

After breakfast drive to Ajanta Caves 100 Kms from Aurangabad. Ajanta Caves are one of the most magnificent Buddhist caves in the whole of India. Counted amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Maharashtra, these caves have been found to date back to the 2nd century BC. There are approximately 30 caves at the site of Ajanta, of which cave number are 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29 are chaitya - grihas. The rest of the caves have been found to comprise of monasteries. Ajanta Caves were discovered in 1819 AD and some of the paintings discovered inside them were made between 5th and 7th century AD. Almost each and every painting found inside the premises of these caves centers around Buddhist religion. Some of them portray Lord Buddha, some Bodhisattvas, while some other are based on the Jatakas tales and incidents from the life of Lord Buddha. Mud-plaster ground, built as per the tempera technique, forms the base for the paintings seen at Ajanta. The older caves situated at Ajanta were constructed centuries before the birth of Christ and belong to the time when the Hinayana sect of Buddhism was flourishing in India. The second group caves date to somewhere around the later part of 2nd century AD, by which time Buddhism had been divided into two different sects. This time period can be said to be the one, after the fourth General Council was held under the rule of the great king, Kanishka. Drive back to Aurangabad. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Superior
Lemon Tree, Aurangabad
First Class
Welcomhotel Rama International
DAY 5
UDAIPUR | ROMANTIC LAKE CITY

After early breakfast transfer to airport for fly to Udaipur – Romantic city of lakes. Today sightseeing of Udaipur includes The City Palace, drive around Fateh Sagar Lake, Sahelion-ki-Bari (The fountain and flowered garden of Maidens), and Partap Smarak: A memorial to the legendary warrior Rana Pratap, also visit to Jagdish temple- built in 1651 AD. Afternoon short drive to Delwara and the temple complex of Eklingji and Nagda  - A Religious complex Northern region of Mewar 22 Km It houses 108 temples chiselled out of sandstone and marble, this temple of Eklingji was built in 734 AD. Enclosed by high walls, it is devoted to Eklingji (A form of Shiv Deity adored under the epithet of EKLINGA). Return to Udaipur for lunch at a specialty fine-dining restaurant before returning to the hotel to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure Stroll through the Bazaar and streets, famous in RAJASTHAN for these silver jewels.

Superior
Trident Hotel, Udaipur
Superior
Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur
DAY 6
RANAKPUR JAIN TEMPLE

After breakfast countryside drive to Jodhpur – the Blue city en-route visit to Ranakpur temples of the Jains, built in the 15th century in the lovely valley of Aravallis. It has grand structure & beautiful Sculptures. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kgs whose sound echoes in the entire complex.

Our drive continues to Jodhpur the Great Indian Desert, sites on sand stone hill surrounded by a strong wall, approximately 6 miles long with 7 entry gates upon arrival check in hotel.

Superior
Welcomhotel Jodhpur
First Class
Raas Hotel, Jodhpur
DAY 7
JODHPUR | THE BLUE CITY

Afternoon Sightseeing half day sightseeing of the city includes visit to Meharangarh Fort, drive through the old city and past the Clock Tower near the largest spice bazaar in the sub-continent, visit the Jaswant Thada Cenotaph, the royal cremation site and then proceed to see the most magnificent, modern 20th century Palace, the Umaid Bhavan Palace and its museum – a treasure trove.

Bishnoi Village -
A memorable outing in visit various traditional villages seeing local handicrafts viz. stone makers, pottery, hand weaving and also men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver Jewellery, etc. Overnight stay

Superior
Welcomhotel Jodhpur
First Class
Raas Hotel, Jodhpur
DAY 8
BARMER | MINIATURE RAJASTHAN

After breakfast drive to190 kms 3.30 hrs  Barmer a boarder district of Rajasthan. To date, 38 discoveries have been made in the Rajasthan block. In 12th century this region was known as Mallani. Its present name was given by its founder Bahada Rao, popularly known as Bar Rao, Parmar Ruler (Juna Barmer)

Visit to Mahabar Sand Dunes: Camel Safari can be enjoyed here best that will make the stay more memorable. Kiradu Temple-the unexplored Khajuraho of Rajasthan. Dating back to 11th-12th century AD, it was a complex of about 108 temples of which ruins of only five survive. Each nock and corner is intricately carved and depicts scenes from the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata and the incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

Block Painting Centre: One can see the art and craft at Block Printing Centre that also have beautiful collection of artifacts. One can see the artistries working on the blocking printing or the fabled wood carvings of Barmer. Visit of craftsmen's workshops (wood engraving), and stroll in the bazaar remained authentic. Also visit the Jain temple. Overnight stay

Heritage
Sanchal Fort, Barmer
DAY 9
JAISAALMER | DESERT FESTIVAL

After breakfast 156 kms take 3 hrs drive to Jaisalmer. Later embark half day tour of Jaisalmer fort. Afterwards visit to the Gadisar Tank & large houses of the merchant called havelies, some of them dating to the Premediaval Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Shah Haveli and Nathamal Ki Haveli with their intricately carved screens on the facades and the typical traditional architecture. Enjoy the desert festival activities

Heritage
Rajwada Fort, Jaisalmer
Superior
Suryagarh, Jaisalmer
DAY 10
JAISAALMER | DESERT FESTIVAL

Festival Activities: The perfect time to visit the golden city is during the Desert Festival, held every year, when the city reverberates to the sound of melodious tunes and rhythms. Folk dances, exciting competitions an contest, especially the turban-tying contest. Mr. Desert contest and camel races enliven the festivities. Colorful craft bazaars are set up for the occasion and a sound and light spectacle is organized wit folk artists performing against the splendid backdrop of the famous Sam sand dunes on the full moon night. Surely a not-to-be missed event. Overnight stay.

Heritage
Rajwada Fort, Jaisalmer
Superior
Suryagarh, Jaisalmer
DAY 11
DEPARTURE | MUMBAI & ONWARD DESTINATION

After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Mumbai to connect the flight for onward destination.

Desert festival Tour Includes

Heritage Accommodations

  • 02 Night stay in Mumbai
  • 02 Night stay in Aurangabad
  • 01 Night stay in Udaipur
  • 01 Night stay in Ranakpur
  • 01 Night stay in Jodhpur
  • 01 Night stay in Barmer
  • 02 Night stay in Jaisalmer

Meal  

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast at hotel
  • During stay in Jaisalmer Lunch and dinner will provide

Transfers & Sightseeing

  • All transfers, Sightseeing and excursions by First class Air conditioned air con condition Vehicle

Other services Includes

  • Visit to Elephanta Cave by steamer Ride
  • Entry fees in Monuments as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking Guide at the places
  • Camel Safari in Barmer
  • Desert Festival arrangements
  • Visit to Bishnoi Village

Desert Festival Tour Price Exclusion

  • Domestic economic class Air Fare Mumbai - Aurangabad – Udaipur and Jaisalmer – Mumbai
  • India Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Major Meal like Lunch & Dinner apart from Jaisalmer
  • Expenses like personal nature like Telephone calls, Laundry, Portages, Tips and Alcoholic     Beverages etc
Add on Experiences

With this Incredible India holidays, you can add on some experiences according to your taste to make the unforgettable & memorable tour with an additional price.

asia spice market khari

Asia Largest spice market

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Kitchen

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Kitchen

craft museum

Handicraft Museum

Food in Haveli

Home Cooked Food in Haveli

indian crafts bazaar

Indian Crafts Bazaar

Boating at Ramgarh Lake

ELEPHANT FARM

Explore Chokhi Dhani

Explore the villages in Jeep

Hot Air Balloon Ride

wilderness with Jeep Safari

Rajasthani Cuisines

Rejuvenate yourself with a massage

Fulfill your shopping spree

Heritage Hotel

Raj Mandir Cinema

Agra cooking class

Making your own Taj Mahal

Mohhabat - The Taj Show

Rejuvenate

Shop at Kinari Bazar