01 : Arrive Delhi
Meet and assist by our representative upon
your arrival at the airport. Then drive
to your hotel with your driver and car.
Day 02 : Delhi
– Ajmer (By train) 3hrs 40minutes
Early morning transfer to the train station
to catch SHATABDI EXPRESS your correspondence
to Ajmer. Breakfast on board the train.
Upon arrival in Ajmer drive to Pushkar.
Pushkar happens to be the holiest places
according to the Hindus as it is considered
that Lord Brahma (the Creator) and his wife
Saraswati (the godess of learning and music)
performed a ritual in the lake. Here we
visit the only Brahma temple of the world
before intermingling with the local colours
in the local bazaar. Pushkar is the world
famous for its cattle fair held each year
in the month of October/November. Proceed
towards Ajmer. Ajmer is the pious city for
the Muslims. Surprisingly both the cities
are at distance of 11km from each other.
Visit the Durgah built in fond remembrance
of Khwaja Muin ud Din Chisti where the Muslim
pilgrims from all over India throng during
the festival times. Later visit Mughal emperor
Akbar’s Palace where his son Jehangir
received Sir Thomas Roe to grant him the
permission of trade to East India Company
with India, that changed the history of
India completely and slowly and steadily
India became colony of the British Empire.
Day 03 : Ajmer
– Udaipur (270km)
Today we cross the arid desert region to
reach the oasis town of Udaipur. En route
visit the temple complex of Eklingji and
Nagda. After lunch see the Sahelion ki bari
and get set for a sunset cruise on the lake
The temple at Eklingji is a temple that
belongs to the Maharana of Mewar (royal
family) and he is often there to pray. The
temple complex of Nagda is a group of temples
of which only two remain intact and those
are that of Saas and Bahu. These two temples
are that of Shiva and of Vishnu both from
the 7th century.
Day 04 : Udaipur
Visit the City Palace the richest palace
museum in the entire Rajasthan. See the
Peacock Square and the miniature painting
school inside the palace premises. Udaipur
has the prestige of housing the best miniature
schools in the country under the royal patronage
of the king of Udaipur. Post lunch session
visit the Jagdish temple in the old city
dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Day 05 : Udaipur
– Mount Abu (250km)
This morning we drive through the rich and
fertile villages of Rajasthan to reach Ranakpur
a big pilgrimage centre for the Jains. After
visiting the temple of Adinath which has
1444 pillars and 29 bastions we continue
towards the lone hill station in Rajasthan
at a height of 1200mt where we take you
for a tour of the temples for a few hours.
Mount Abu is a true pilgrimage centre for
the Jains as here we see the Delwara Jain
temple complex with temples dating back
to the 11th century. Later see the Nakki
Lake and then view the Sun going down the
horizon from the sunset point. Overnight
Day 06 : Mount
Abu - Jodhpur
Today we reach Jodhpur the blue city by
Post lunch session introduces you to the
fabulous spice market of Jodhpur the 2nd
largest city in Rajasthan. Walk along the
market to feel the odours of the spices
filling the air around you Then go to Mandore
gardens the then capital of Marwar to view
some of the fabulous cenotaphs and the hall
of local heroes of the wars. Drive back
to Jodhpur and see the Umaid Bhawan Palace,
the present residence of the king of Jodhpur.
Retire to your hotel and relax. Dinner and
overnight in hotel
Day 07 : Jodhpur
After breakfast we visit the Mehrangarh
fort museum the stronghold of the Rathore
princes from 1453AD. We see the superb collection
of paintings and arms and ammunitions. The
view of the city from the rampart walls
is breath taking.
After lunch commence your journey across
the Thar Desert to reach Pokaran. Visit
the 15th century fortress where the 3rd
Mughal emperor, Akbar the Great, was born
in 1543. The bazaar in the middle of this
village is very colourful and full of local
flavours. After lunch continue towards Jaisalmer
and arrive by evening to witness the sunset
over the desert with the most imposing edifice
of the town behind you. Night in hotel.
Day 08 : Jaisalmer
Morning an exclusive visit of the Jain temples
inside the Sonar Kila.. The Jains are a
community that respects life and are pure
vegetarians by religion. Visit the citadel’s
palace that houses a museum with a huge
collection of robes and artifacts from the
royal family of Jaisalmer. Visit the Patwaon
ki haveli with intricately designed latticed
windows used by the ladies to view the external
world. Also see the Gadisar Lake.
Later, we go to Sam or Khuri village. Here
we have loads of excitement in store for
you. Upon arrival in the village you will
be taken to the nearby sunset point on the
dunes to see the sunset by camel carts.
After sunset we return to the village where
your dinner is arranged in the ethnic mud
huts. In the evening listen to the haunting
tunes of the desert by the local artists
and musicians. A lifetime experience. After
dinner return to the city.
Day 09 : Jaisalmer
Leave the golden city and reach Bikaner
to see the Junagarh Fort, a royal museum
that encompasses history of Bikaner from
its days of construction that dates back
to the 16th century. Later visit the camel-breeding
farm, a unique experience. Evening time
visit the Laxmi mandir and the Durga temple
to witness the evening aarti (ceremony).
Overnight in hotel.
Day 10 : Bikaner
Drive to Jaipur in the morning crossing
the desert dunes on the way. En route stop
at Samode to have look at a real palace
of the maharajah. Visit the local artisans
and craftsmen in the village bazaar. Later
continue towards Jaipur a short distance
Day 11 : Jaipur
Visit the Amber fort in the morning; included
is an elephant ride at the Amber fort. See
the marvelous Shish mahal built in the 17th
century in a fusion style of Hindu and Islamic
art. Also see the hall of public audiences
and Maharaja Man Singh’s Palace who
had twelve queens.
After lunch set off to see the Pink city
visiting the observatory Jantar Mantar built
in 1727 by Sawai Maharaja Jai Singh II who
was a mathematician, an astronomer an astrologer
and a great musician of his era. He built
five observatories throughout India –
Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi, Mathura and Delhi
but only the one at Jaipur is functional.
Then visit the City Palace of the Maharaja
of Jaipur with a fabulous collection of
robes and saris in cotton and silk with
gold-lattice work. The City Palace houses
a collection of paintings also in the painting
gallery and of course a collection of arms
and ammunitions in the ammunition gallery.
Day 12 : Jaipur
Leave the Pink city after breakfast and
reach Fatehpur Sikri by early afternoon.
Visit this abandoned city built by the Mughal
emperor Akbar in the second half of the
16th century. Fatehpur Sikri was built by
Akbar after his Hindu wife bore him the
long awaited son who was born after the
renowned sufi saint Salim Chisti blessed
Jodhabai Akbar’s hindu wife with a
son. Also visit Jodhabai’s palace
the biggest palace in Fatehpur Sikri even
bigger than the emperor’s palace himself
as this was the queen who bore him his heir
to the throne.
Continue towards Agra and reach Agra by
early evening. Relax at your hotel or go
to the local bazaar to see the lifestyle
of the people. Night in hotel.
Day 13 : Agra
Taj Mahal is awaiting your arrival today
morning. A must see with the rising sun
as the Taj Mahal is bathed in the golden
rays of the morning sun. Built by Shah Jahan,
the Taj is a white marble memorial that
houses the tomb of his beautiful wife Mumtaz
Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be
completed and was designed, and planned
by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from
its stunning design, balance and perfect
symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly
for its elegant domes, intricately carved
screens and some of the best inlay work
ever seen anywhere in the world.
Then see the Agra Fort built by Akbar where
Aurangzeb imprisoned Shahjahan.
After lunch visit Itmad ud Daulah –
it is the first mughal building built out
completely of marble. In many contexts it
is referred to being the predecessor of
the Taj Mahal. Then visit Sikandara the
tomb of the great emperor Akbar.
Day 14 : Agra –
Brindavan - Mathura – Agra
Today we have an excursion a short distance
away to Mathura and Brindavan both the cities
pious due to Lord Krishna. Mathura happens
to be Lord Krishna’s birth place and
Brindavan where the Lord spent his childhood
chasing village demoiselles and breaking
there milk pots.
In Mathura you will visit the temple Krishna
Janambhoomi and the mosque built by the
Mughal emperor Aurangzeb along the walls
of the temple. Also visit the government
museum here in Mathura.
Then we go to Brindavan to witness the evening
chants in the ISCON temple and then return
Day 15 : Agra –
Varanasi (By flight)
In time transfer to the airport to catch
your flight to Varanasi. The eternal sacred
city for the pious Hindus. Upon arrival
in Varanasi visit Sarnath the sacred city
for the Buddhist all over the world. It
was here that Lord Buddha preached his first
sermon to his first five disciples. Also
worth visiting is the museum with artifacts
dating back to 3rd century BC. Visit the
nearby ruins of the ancient seat of learning
Day 16 : Varanasi
– Hardwar (By overnight train)
Early in the morning (0500hrs) we take you
to banks of the river Ganges where we board
a boat to see the morning ablutions of the
Hindus from the security of our boat. The
boat ride starts from Dasashwamedh Ghat
and ends at Manikarnika Ghat along the sacred
Ganges. See the Kashi Vishwanath temple
and the Gyanvyapi kund and the mosque attached
to it. Also visit the Benares Hindu University
the largest residential university in India
with more than 3000 residential students.
Here there is a big Vishwanath temple to
Return to your hotel for breakfast and rest
of the day is free.
In time transfer to the train station to
catch your train to Hardwar.
Day 17 : Hardwar
Upon arrival in the morning visit this temple
town of the Hindus. See Har ki Pauri where
the Mahakumbh takes place every twelve years
along the banks of the river Ganga. Visit
the temples in the vicinity all along the
Continue towards Rishikesh and see the Ram
Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Also visit the ashram
on the Ganges.
Later check in to your hotel.
Day 18 : Rishikesh
In the morning leave Rishikesh and reach
Delhi in time for lunch. After lunch city
tour of this imperial British capital of
the 20th century. Visit the Qutub Minar
– the tallest free standing minaret
in stone in the world; then onto Humayun’s
tomb – the first Mughal construction
in India from 1565 AD. Also see the Rashtrapati
Bhawan, the India Gate built in the earlier
half of the 20th century. Drive through
the old city past the Red Fort and visit
the Jama Masjid – the biggest of its
kind in India. Here take a rickshaw through
the winding streets of the old city to see
the life of the people in this part of the
world. A perfect introduction of your tour.
The rickshaw puller pulls you through the
imperial avenue the Chandni Chowk where
you will find each and every small business
under the sky. Finally, reach Rajghat, the
memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where your chauffeur
is waiting for you to take you to your next
stop the Birla Mandir, a Hindu temple in
Day 19 : Delhi
Early morning transfer to the train station
to catch your train connection to Amritsar.
Upon arrival check in to your hotel and
freshen up before going to visit the Golden
Temple a big pilgrimage center for the Sikhs.
Also see the Jalianwallah Bagh which has
been immortalised in the minds of every
Indian due to the fact that the British
General Dyer had slaughtered innocent and
unarmed men and women brutally here in 1939.
Rest of the day is free.
Day 20 : Amritsar
– Delhi (By train) 4hrs
In the day board your train back to Delhi.
In the evening Light and Sound show has
been arranged for you at the Purana Kila
(old fort). A farewell dinner is followed
by transfer to the airport for your onward