Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Explore Rajasthan Tour Destinations: Delhi / Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Bharatpur / Jaipur / Ranthambore National Park / Pushkar / Udaipur / Ranakpur / Jodhpur / Osiyan / Jaisalmer / Khuri / Kheechan / Bikaner / Deshnoke / Mandawa / Delhi
Explore Rajasthan Tour - Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
On your arrival at the international airport in Delhi, you will be received by me personally or by a representative of Popular India Vacations and helped to check into your hotel. Relax and stay overnight at the hotel.
Explore Rajasthan Tour - Day 2: Delhi - Agra
After breakfast we leave for Agra in Uttar Pradesh. The distance of around 200 Km is covered in a few hours. Arrive in Agra, check into the hotel and refresh yourself. Then we leave for an Agra Tour where we will tour the grand Agra Fort. The Mughal Emperor Akbar built this majestic fort, with later additions by the Emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan. Within the fort there are grand palaces, halls of private and public audience and formal gardens. Return to your hotel and stay overnight.
Explore Rajasthan Tour - Day 3: Agra - Jaipur
Rise early and visit the Taj Mahal at 6:00 a.m. See the breathtaking sight of the Taj Mahal, along with the sunrise. The early morning light is perfect for taking photographs of this beautiful monument in white marble. The best example of Islamic architecture in India, the Taj Mahal, built by the Emperor Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal, is a symbol of everlasting love, which you can see on tours to India with Popular India Vacations.
Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast we proceed to Jaipur. On the way we stop at Fatehpur Sikri, a beautiful city built by Emperor Akbar but later abandoned. There are many grand monuments in Fatehpur Sikri, including a large mosque - the Jama Masjid, a beautiful palace - the Panch Mahal, and a grand gateway - the Buland Darwaza.
On our way to Jaipur we stop at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, a famous wildlife reserve in India where you can see thousands of birds nesting in the trees in the Bharatpur National Park. Arrive in Jaipur in the evening and check into your hotel, where you will stay overnight.
Explore Rajasthan Tour - Day 4: Jaipur
After breakfast enjoy a daylong city tour of Jaipur. In the well planned Pink City of Jaipur built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh you will see the beautiful facade of the Hawa Mahal palace, the City Palace which also contains a museum, the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory and take a trip to Amer Fort, 11 Km from Jaipur where you can enjoy an elephant ride to Amer Fort.
Within the fort there are many palaces and royal buildings. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Explore Rajasthan Tour - Day 5: Jaipur - Ranthambore National Park
After breakfast we leave Jaipur for Ranthambore National Park. Arrive in the afternoon, check into your hotel and relax. Later you can explore your surroundings and visit the nearby town of Sawai Madhopur, known for its handicrafts and paintings. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Explore Rajasthan Tour - Day 6: Ranthambore National Park - Pushkar
Early morning we leave for the Ranthambore National Park where you can enjoy a thrilling jeep safari. The Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places to see tigers in India. The tigers of Ranthambore can be seen in the scrub jungle, near the lakes and resting in the shade of the monuments, in Ranthambore National Park. Apart from tigers you can also see deer, leopards, monkeys, squirrels, mongoose, wild boar, crocodiles and many species of birds, on your safari tour at Ranthambore National Park with Popular India Vacations.
Return to your hotel for breakfast, then proceed for the pilgrimage destination of Pushkar. Arrive in Pushkar in the afternoon and check into your hotel. In the evening we visit Pushkar Lake, and tour the temples in Pushkar. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Explore Rajasthan Tour - Day 7: Pushkar - Udaipur
After breakfast tour Pushkar town and see the Pushkar Lake and the temples in Pushkar including the Brahma Temple, which is the only Brahma Temple in India. The Pushkar Lake is considered a very holy spot by Hindu's and pilgrims come to bathe at this holy lake on auspicious days.
Leave for Udaipur in the afternoon. Arrive in Udaipur in the evening and check into the hotel where you stay overnight.
Explore Rajasthan Tour - Day 8: Udaipur
After breakfast leave for a daylong tour of Udaipur. See the City Palace, a grand palace with beautiful architecture, the Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and the folk art museum with a colorful collection of puppets, musical instruments and paintings.
In the evening you can wander through the city or take an optional boat ride on Lake Pichola and see the fabulous lake palaces of Udaipur, the Jag Mandir Palace and the Jag Niwas Palace now known as the Taj Lake Palace, where you can enjoy your dinner in a regal ambience. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Explore Rajasthan Tour - Day 9: Udaipur - Jodhpur
After breakfast we leave for Jodhpur. On the way we tour the Ranakpur Temples, one of the largest groups of Jain Temples in India. The most famous temples at Ranakpur are the Chaumukha, Neminath and Parashnath Temples.
Arrive in Jodhpur in the evening, check into the hotel and stay overnight.
Explore Rajasthan Tour - Day 10: Jodhpur - Jaisalmer
After breakfast leave for a tour of Jodhpur. See the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India. Within the fort there are beautiful palaces, and a display of royal arms and artifacts. Visit the Jaswant Thada or royal cenotaphs in the Umaid Public Gardens and tour the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace, which has a heritage museum.
Leave for Jaisalmer in the afternoon. On the way we visit Osiyan, an oasis in the desert with many beautiful Hindu and Jain temples. Arrive at Jaisalmer, check into your hotel and refresh yourself. Then go for a drive to see the sunset over the sand dunes near Jaisalmer. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Explore Rajasthan Tour - Day 11: Jaisalmer
After breakfast leave for a daylong tour of Jaisalmer and see the beautiful Sonar Fort, with its golden walls rising from the edge of the desert. In the Jaisalmer Fort you will see beautiful mansions or havelis with balconies and windows covered by fine carved screens. There are many beautiful havelis along the narrow lanes in Jaisalmer town, which has medieval ambience. The Gadisar Lake and museum nearby are also places to visit on tours to Jaisalmer. Later take a trip to the sand dunes at Khuri, 50 Km from Jaisalmer to see the stark beauty of the Rajasthan desert. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Explore Rajasthan Tour - Day 12: Jaisalmer - Bikaner
After breakfast we leave for Bikaner. On the way we stop at Kheechan, a village famous for the winter nesting grounds of thousands of cranes and other migratory birds. The local villagers feed the birds that come to Kheechan, ensuring that they return every year. You can see thousands of birds at Kheechan in winter, on tours with Rajasthan India Travel.
On arrival in Bikaner, check into your hotel and relax. Later we take a tour of Bikaner, also known as the camel city. You can see camel carts, women wearing traditional clothing and men in colorful turbans on the streets of Bikaner. In the afternoon we tour the Junagarh Fort, a grand structure built in the 16th century with many defensive bastions. We also see the Jain temples at Bandeshwar and the Deshnoke Temple, where rats are considered holy and worshipped. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Explore Rajasthan Tour - Day 13: Bikaner - Mandawa
After breakfast we leave for Mandawa. Arrive at Mandawa in the afternoon, check into the hotel and relax. In the evening we take a tour of the mansions or painted havelis of Mandawa. The residences of rich merchants, who have migrated from the region, these houses have beautiful fresco paintings on their walls. You can also see the traditional lifestyle of the local people. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Explore Rajasthan Tour Day 14: Mandawa - Delhi
After breakfast we return to Delhi, check into your hotel and relax. Later enjoy a city tour of Delhi. In Old Delhi you can see immense sandstone Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Qutab Minar. In New Delhi you can see the Parliament House, India Gate and Bahai Temple. Leave for the airport in the evening to board your flight to your onward destination, at the end of your Explore Rajasthan Tour with Popular India Vacations.