North India Holidays
Destination : Delhi - Mandawa - Nawalgarh - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Chittorgarh - Pushkar - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Delhi
Duration : 12 Nights / 13 days
Day 01 : Arrival Delhi.
Arrival and transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Delhi
Day 02 : Delhi - Mandawa
Morning : Half day : City sightseeing tour of New Delhi visiting Humayun's Tomb (1565 A.D.), aptly called the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. Drive past Safdarjang's Tomb (1753 A.D.), and visit the Qutub Minar, 72 metres high and one of the perfect towers of the Persian world. Nearby, amidst the ruins of the Quwut-ul-Islam Mosque stands the Iron Pillar, which has stood the vagaries of the weather and not rusted over 1500 years. An orientation drive through New Delhi includes the Embassy area (Diplomatic Enclave), Govt. Building (1921-30 A.D.) and Birla Laxmi Narayan temple (1938 A.D.). Drive past Jantar-Mantar Astronomical Observatory (1717 A.D.) and through Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping center. Afternoon : Leave by surface for Mandawa (approx. 260 Kms. and 5-6 Hrs. drive). Arrive Mandawa and transfer to Hotel.Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 03 : Mandawa - Nawalgarh - Bikaner
Morning : Sightseeing of Mandawa City visiting the semidesert Shekhawati region lies in the triangular area between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner.
Starting around the 14th century, a number of Muslim clans moved into the area and the towns which developed in the region became important trading posts on the caravan routes emanating from the ports of Gujarat. The town have still not lost its charm, i.e. the beautiful havelis (mansions) constructed by the merchants of the region. Most of the buildings date from the 18th century to early this century, and the entire area has been dubbed by some as the open air gallery of Rajasthan". There are also forts a couple of minor castles, baolis (stepwells), chhatris, and handful of mosques. Camelride an optional. After the sightseeing of Mandawa leave for Bikaner enroute visiting Nawalgarh town. The main building in this town is the fort founded in 1737 but today largely disfigured by modern accretions. It houses banks and some government offices. Havelis of interest include the Anandi Lal Poddar Haveli, built in 1920's, the Aath Havelis, the Hem Raj Kulwal Haveli, the Bhagton ki Haveli and Khandelwal Bhawan. Late evening arrive Bikaner and transfer to Hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 04 : Bikaner - Jaisalmer
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Morning : City sightseeing of Bikaner This town north of state was founded in 1488 by Rao Bika, a descendant of Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur. The old city is surrounded by a high crenellated wall and, like Jaisalmer, it was once an important staging post on the great caravan trade routes. The old city is encircled by a 7 km. Long city wall with five entrance gates, constructed in the 18th century. Bikaner is famous for Junagarh fort and Camel Research and Breeding Farm. Afternoon : Leave for Jaisalmer (approx 325 Kms. - 6 Hrs. drive). Arrive Jaisalmer and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 05 : Jaisalmer
Morning : Halfday city sightseeing tour Jaisalmer Fort is the most alive of any museum, fort or palace that you're likely to visit in India. There are homes and hotels hidden in the laneways, and shops and stalls swaddled in the kaleidoscopic mirrors and embroideries of brilliant Rajasthani cloth. This Fort was built in 1156 by the Rajput ruler Jaisal and reinforced by subsequent rulers, the fort crowns the 80m-high Trikuta Hill.
Continue your sightseeing tour visiting Patwon Ki Haveli this most elaborate and magnificient of all Jaisalmer Havelis stands in a narrow lane. Its divided in 6 apartments. There are remnants of paintings on some the inside walls as well as some mirror work. Gadi Sagar - this tank south of the city walls was once the water supply of the city and there are many small temples and shrine around it. After that a small visit to the Chhtries (Cinotaphs). Afternoon free at leisure. Late afternoon : Visit to Sam Sand Dunes where you can also enjoy the Camel Ride (on direct payment). Evening witness Sunset at the Dunes. Late evening : return to your Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
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Day 06 : Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Breakfast at the Hotel. Leave by surface for Jodhpur.
Afternoon : Arrive Jodhpur and check-in at the Hotel and sightseeing tour of Jodhpur which stands on a range of sandstone hills surrounded by a strong wall nearly 10 kms (6miles) in length, with seven gates. Dominating the city is an eminence surmounted by a massive fortress. In olden days, the fortress must have been well nigh impregnable, for the rocky base on which it is built is scraped on every side. Within the walls are royal palaces of old, with priceless jewels and a striking collection of arms. Sightseeing of Jodhpur includes visit to Fort, Palaces, Armoury and Jaswant Thada. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 07 : Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur
Breakfast at the Hotel. Leave for Udaipur en-route visiting Ranakpur Temples. The exceptionally beautiful Ranakpur complex, 60 kms. North of Udaipur, is one of the largest and most important Jain temples in India. It is tucket away in a remote valley of the Aravalli range and is certainly worth seeing. The main temple is the Chaumukha Temple, or Four Faced Temple, dedicated to Adinath. Built in 1439, this huge, superbly crafted and well-kept marble temple has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, no two alike. Afternoon : Leave for Udaipur. Arrive Udaipur and check-in at the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 08 : Udaipur
Morning : City sightseeing visiting Saheliyon ki Bari, or Garden of the maids of Honour is in the north of the city. This small ornamental garden, with its fountains, kiosks, marble elephants and delightful lotus pool. City Palace : The imposing City Palace, towering over the lake, is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. This Fort Palace was started by Maharana Udai Singh II, the city's founder. The palace is surmounted by balconies, towers and cupolas and there are fine views over the lake nd the city from the upper terraces.The Late afternoon : Boatride on Lake Pichola (optional). Boatrides which regularly leaves from the City Palace jetty (known as Bansi Ghat) are popular. During boatride you will also visit Jagmandir Island which was commenced by Maharana Karan Singh, but takes its name from Maharana Jagat Singh (1628-52) who made a number of additions to it. It is said that the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, derived some of his inspiration for the Taj Mahal from this palace after staying here in 1623-24 while leading a revolt against his father, Jehangir. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 09 : Udaipur - Chittorgarh - Pushkar
Breakfast at the Hotel. Leave by surface for Pushkar enroute visiting Chittorgarh. The sprawling hilltop fort of Chittorgarh epitomizes the whole romantic, doomed ideal of Rajput Chivalry. Three times in its long history, Chittor was sacked by a stronger enemy and, on each occasion, the end came in Rajput Fashion as Jauhar was declared in the face of impossible odds. The men donned the saffron robes of martyrdom and rode out from the fort to certain death, while the women and children immolated themselves on a huge funeral pyre. Honour was always more important than death. The fort stands on a 280 hectare site on top of a 180-m high hill, which rises abruptly from the surrounding plain.
Arrive Pushkar and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 10 : Pushkar - Jaipur
Morning : City sightseeing of Pushkar and Ajmer a burgeoning town on the shore of the Ana Sagar, flanked by barren hills. Ajmer is a major center for Muslim pilgrims during the fast of Ramadan, and has some impressive Muslim architecture. The Dargah is the tomb of a Sufi Saint, Khawaja Muin-ud-din Chisti. Ajmer is also famous for Pushkar which is still a bewitching little town. It is right on the edge of the desert and is only 11 kms. From Ajmer but separated from it by Nag Pahar, the Snake Mountain. Pushkar is also best known for its Camel Fair which takes place here each October/November. Afternoon : Leave for Jaipur, arrive Jaipur and check-in at the Hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 11 : Jaipur
Breakfast at the Hotel followed by full day sightseeing of Jaipur. AMBER : 12 kms (7 miles) from Jaipur, lies Amber with an old palace overlooking the lake at the entrance to a rocky mountain grove. Built in the 17th century, the palace is a distinguished specimen of Rajput architecture. The Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) is so delicately commented with fine inlay work that glows. The fort of Jaigarh, crowning the summit of a peak is of amazing beauty and grandeur, (Amber Palace and Observatory will remain closed on 26 the January, 15th Aught, 2nd October and the day following the Festival of Holi in March). Take a joy ride on elephant back to Amber Fort. CITY SIGHTSEEING : The City Palace which now houses a museum containing reare manuscripts, painting and an armoury; the Observatory - built in the 17th century by Jai Singh - with a sundial 90 ft. high; the Museum amidst the Ram Niwas Palace Gardens founded in 1876 with a large collection of antiques; the Palace of Winds, a landmark of Jaipur made of pink sandstone and a unique design. Drive around the Pink City. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 12 : Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Breakfast at the Hotel. Leave by surface for Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri.
FATEHPUR SIKRI : The deserted city of Emperor Akbar literally means "The City of Victory" the audience halls; palaces and the mosques are still in a state of perfection as are the tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, Panchmahal and the Buland Darwaza. The city lies on a rocky outcrop and its sandstone ramparts with bastions and gates enclosed an irregular rectangular area, which is open on the north-west, overlooking a vast reservoir and contains a big range of halls, palaces, offices, gardens, pleasure-resorts, baths, mosques and tombs. Late afternoon : Arrive Agra and in the afternoon visit world famous Taj- Mahal one of the Seven Wonders of the World, built by Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal (Anjuman Bano Begum), this beautiful mausoleum is pure white marble and an architectural marvel. The Taj is noted for its graceful proportions and perfect balance between the claims of architecture and ornamentation. The square tomb with chamfered corners is built on a raised terrace with tall minarets at its four corners, as in Humanyun's Tomb, the tomb chamber is octagonal, with subsidiary chambers at the angels. In the basement are the graves of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan, enclosed within railings of perforated screens. Remains closed on Fridays to all the visitors.
Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 13 : Agra - Delhi
Breakfast at the Hotel and leave with your luggage for Delhi enroute visiting Red Fort (Agra Fort) and Sikandra. AGRA FORT : Built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of courtyards, mosques and private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire. Akbari Mahal, Mina Bazaar, Moti Masjid and Jasmine Tower reflect the skills of the ancient Indian architects and artists. SIKANDRA : The tomb of Akbar the Great, built in red sandstone inlaid with marble is a striking sight. The tomb is in the center of a large garden which is enclosed by battlemented walls, divided into squares and provided with channels and fountains in the fashion of Moghul Gardens. After sightseeing leave for Delhi. Overnight in Dehli.
Day 14: Delhi – Departure.
Morning after breakfast enjoy the sightseeing tour of Old Delhi