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Rajasthan & Banaras | 17 Days
Delhi – Shekhawati – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Deogarh – Pushkar - Jaipur – Agra - Varanasi - Delhi
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Tour Advantages

  • Traditional Indian welcome Ceremony
  • Enjoy the Rickshaw Puller Ride through the bustling Bazaar of Chandni Chowk
  • Drive down Delhi’s impressive Raisina Hills to see India Gate
  • Visit Sikh Gurudwara Bangla Sahib to see the worship
  • Explore the frescoes of Heritage Mandawa
  • Visit to Karni Mata Temple in Desnoke
  • Short Camel safari in Sam Dunes to see the sunset over the sand dunes
  • Explore the Bishnoi village Safari
  • Fort and Palace of Rajasthan
  • Visit Romantic lake city of Udaipur
  • Visit to White Birla Marble Temple
  • Travel by brightly Caparisoned Elephant ride to Jaipur’s Amber Fort
  • Indian Rail Experience
  • Enjoy the Horse cart ride up to Taj Gate 
  • Enjoy Rajasthani Country side drive
  • Walk through the Mughal “Ghost town” of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Stand before the world’s most famous monument to love, The Taj Mahal
  • Rickshaw puller ride to watch the aarti ceremony at Varanasi Ghat on Ganges
  • Boat ride at Ganges to see the bathing Ghat and worship
  • Visit to Buddhist site Sarnath 

Day By Day Itinerary

Day 01   Arrive Delhi
Arrive Indira Gandhi International Airport, meet & greet with Traditional Indian welcome. Transfer to hotel.
Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern.  Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles Overnight stay at hotel

Day 02   In Delhi 
After breakfast visit to Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi.  Shah Jehan possessing an exquisite talent, especially in architecture, created the seventh city and in the process brought about Delhi's glorious renaissance.  Here you will see Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce.
Also take a Cycle Rickshaw Puller Ride through the bustling and colorful market of the old city is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce.

Afternoon visit to New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's-it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eight cities - New Delhi.  Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. drive pass through the Raisina Hill, ceremonial avenue past the imposing India Gate, Government Buildings, President House and Parliament House. Also visit Sikh Gurudwara Bangla Sahib to see the worship etc. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 03 Delhi – Mandawa 260 Kms/4.30 hrs
Today drive to Mandawa - The region lies the triangular area between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner and includes Jhunjhuniun, Sikar and Churu districts of Rajasthan upon arrival check in to Hotel. Afternoon visit the Mandawa -Shekhawati The semi-desert region of Shekhawati is popularly known as the 'open-air art gallery' of Rajasthan. Shekhawati is unique as no-where else in the world there is such a hundreds of Haveli’s, temples, cenotaphs, wells and forts. Later visit to Havelies in Mandawa notably the Chokhani Saraf & Ladia Havelies, also visit Temples. See the extraordinary frescoes on the walls of the houses and medieval painting of Shekhawati. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 04 Mandawa - Desnoke-Bikaner 190 Kms 3.30 hrs
After breakfast drive to Bikaner on the way, visit if you wish the temple Karni Mata Desnoke temple of rats. Bikaner lies on the northern point on the triangle of desert cities. It is royal walled city dating back to 1486 AD. It was established by a Rathore Prince, Bika & came to be called to be Bikaner after him. It was, however, a major trade center as it stood on the ancient caravan route which link central Asia & north India with the Gujarat Sea Ports upon arrival check in hotel. Later embark on a tour of Bikaner City, visit the Junagarh Fort, built in 1611 AD. The palaces worth visiting are Anup Mahal, Karan Mahal, and Bijai Phool Mahal. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 05    Bikaner – Jaisalmer 333 Kms / 7 hrs
Today morning drive to Jaisalmer, the ancient citadel on the Caravan route linking India with Persia, Arabia and The Mediterranean. This architectural in the 12th Century by Jaisal a Bhatti Prince, Located in the heart of the Thar Desert Few cities in the world can match the Magnificence. Jaisalmer is renowned for its intricately carved & chiseled Haveli’s (Mansions) which illustrate superb craftsmanship upon arrival check in Hotel. Overnight stay

Day 06    Jaisalmer
Morning embark half day tour of Jaisalmer fort. Afterwards visit to the Gadisar Tank & large houses of the merchant called haveilies, 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.
Camel Safari - Afternoon drive few kilometers take short Camel Safari visiting Dhanis inhabited by Rajputs, Muslims, Paliwals etc. see their colorful life style, village folk herding goats sheep & women carrying water in earthen pots brackish & sweet water from wells and see natures miracles of sand change from grey to pink, from pink to yellow etc. See the Spectacular Sun Set over the Sand Dunes. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 07   Jaisalmer - Jodhpur 290 Kms / 5 hrs
Early morning drive to Jodhpur. 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. 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 Bhawan Palace and its museum – a treasure trove. Tribal Village Safari - A memorable outing in Jeeps visit various traditional villages seeing local handicrafts viz. shoe makers, pottery, hand weaving and also men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver jewellery, en route watch and photograph wildlife Black Buck, Chinkara, Peacock etc. freely moving in abundance protected by “Bishnois” Protectors of Wildlife and tree. Overnight Stay at hotel

Day 08 Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur 260 kms/ 4.30 hrs
Morning drive to Udaipur En route visit to Ranakpur – one of the biggest and most important Jain temples, it is one of the five holy sites for the Jains. The main temple in the complex is “Chaumukha temple” or the four-faced temple dedicated to Adhinathji and built in the 15th century. It has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, all of which are different from each other. The Surya Narayana temple and the other Jain temples in the complex are also worth visiting. The magic of light & shade is really awe- inspiring. Upon arrival overnight at the hotel

Day 09   In Udaipur
Today sightseeing of Udaipur includes The City Palace – this is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, construction of which was started by Udai Singh. This white marble architectural marvel, standing majestically on a hill is surrounded by crenellated walls. This huge edifice 30.4 meters high and 244 meters long was added on to, by later rulers, but the additions are so well planned and integrated, it is difficult to believe that it was not conceived as complete structure, drive around Fateh Sagar lake – this fine lake, lying to the north of and connected by a small canal with Lake Pichola, was originally built by Maharana Jai Singh, in 1678 AD, Sahelion-ki-Bari or  “ Garden of the Maids of Honour” was laid out for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of dowry, Partap Smarak: A memorial to the legendary warrior Rana Pratap, Bhartiya Lok Mandal Museum – a museum of folk arts, it displays a rich collection of folk musical instruments and paintings. Remainder of the day is at leisure Overnight stay at hotel

Day 10 Udaipur – Kumbalgarh – Deogarh 130 kms/1.30 hrs
After breakfast drive to Kumbalgarh and its fort, one of the largest Newari. It was built in the fifteenth century, on a hill at 1,100 m, very difficult to access. This location allowed him not to be taken only once. Visit the fort where you can admire the temples, palaces and gardens. They are surrounded by huge walls of the fortress, which is over 36 km long. Continue to the magnificent palace of Deogarh. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 11 Deogarh – Pushkar –Jaipur 270 kms/ 4.30 hrs
After breakfast Jaipur the pink city en route visit to Pushkar, the important Hindu pilgrim center is located 11 kms From Ajmer. The flourishing temple town built around the sacred Pushkar Lake is full of religious myths and faith. The holy lake has 52 ghats (bathing places), where pilgrim’s lake ritual dips in the lake. Pushkar has as many as 400 temples and the only temple in the country that is dedicated to Brahma is to be found here. While Pushkar is a heaven for the religiously inclined, our drive continued to Jaipur for overnight stay at hotel.

Day 12 In Jaipur  
Morning Journey back in time at deserted 17th century fortress of Amber Fort 11 Kms. from Jaipur, Amber Fort is a marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort on the back of a gaily-caparisoned elephant true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings as you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure feel the history and visualize the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered.
Afternoon venture back into the city tour: Visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires

Day 13   Jaipur - Agra 232 kms / 5 hrs    
After breakfast proceed to Jaipur On today’s drive through the Rajasthani countryside we see villages, woman dressed in the brilliantly colored saris of the region, Camels, Elephants, Bears & scenes of rural lives On the way you will visit Fatehpur Sikri - the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built upon arrival check into Hotel. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 14 Agra - Varanasi By Train
Early morning enjoy the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunset,which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. Overnight stay Agra.

After breakfast visit the Agra Fort – built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D., the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-I-Am, Diwane-I-Khas and Musamman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment, besides Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal. Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of Her Father. Evening transfer to railway station to board the train for Banaras Overnight Journey by first class air condition sleeper

Day 15   In Varanasi
Banaras is the oldest living city in the History of Mankind. This City is acknowledged as the cultural Capital of the Oriental part of the Globe. This is treated as an embodied diving. India, the nation with diversified culture has one unity or common that is Varanasi where cultures from all the walks of this country congregated and accepted this city as their spiritual Destiny upon arrival check in hotel. Evening take Rickshaw puller ride to watch the “aarti” ceremony on the River Ganges. Ganga aarti can watch at Dashawedh Ghat from 6:45 pm for One and Half hours

Day 16 In Varanasi
On our today sightseeing enjoy the Sunrise Boat excursion on the Holy River Ganges to see the bathing Ghats and crimination sites. Watching people bathing and worshiping at the Ghats is one of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India.

After breakfast visit Sarnath – 10 kms from the holy city of Varanasi, is the blessed locale where more than 2,500 years ago Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon, after attaining Nirvana. Gautam Buddha with his five disciples formed the first Sangha along with Yasa of Varanasi and his 54 friends. The beginning of the celebrated Mantra, “Buddham Sharanam Gachhami” owes its origin to Sarnath. The three jewels “I go for refuge to the Buddha, I go for refuge to the Wheel of Law, and I go for refuge to the Sangha” first laid down here, have remained unchanged ever since. Hence rightly, every Buddhist Pilgrim after Bodhgaya endeavors to be blessed with a visit to Sarnath in his lifetime.

Day 17 Varanasi – Delhi
After breakfast say good-bye to this fascinating Land and memorable tour transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi to connected flight for onwards destination.

Tour Inclusion

Accommodation

  • 02 Night stay in Delhi
  • 01 Night stay in Mandawa
  • 01 Night stay in Bikaner
  • 02 Night stay in Jaisalmer
  • 01 Night stay in Jodhpur
  • 02 Night stay in Udaipur
  • 01 Night stay in Deogarh
  • 02 Night stay in Jaipur
  • 01 Night stay in Agra
  • 01 Night in Train Journey
  • 02 Night stay in Banaras

Meal  

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast in hotel

Transfers & Sightseeing

  • All transfers & sightseeing as per the itinerary by air conditioned vehicle
  • Economic class air fare from Varanasi to Delhi
  • First class air condition sleeper fare from Agra to Varanasi
  • All Applicable Government taxes

Other services Includes

  • Services of local English Speaking Guides
  • Monuments entry fees
  • Rickshaw puller ride to see the bustling bazaar of Chandani Chowk
  • Boat ride to see the aarti ceremony in Banaras
  • Boat ride at Ganges
  • Caprisoned Elephant ride at Amer Fort
  • Horse cart ride to Taj Gate

Tour Exclusion

  • Indian Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Major Meals - Lunch & Dinner
  • Services of Language Speaking Guides
  • Video, film & professional still camera fees
  • Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions above
  • Expenses of personal nature like Telephone Calls, Laundry, Porterage, Tips, 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

bhartiya lok kala museum

Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum

boat cruise on lake pichola

Boat Cruise on Lake Pichola at Sunset

visit shilpgram

Visit Shilpgram

hathi pol bazaar

Shopping at Hathi Pol Bazaar

vintage car museum

Vintage Car Museum

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

Shop till you drop

Shop till you drop

Explore the weavers’ village