Rajasthan Tour with Varanasi (15 Days – 14 Nights)
Day 01: Arrive Delhi (Flight) (MOB)
On arrival at Delhi Int’l airport meeting assistance with our representative then transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: In Delhi (BLD)
After breakfast sightseeing of Old and New Delhi visiting Jamia Mosque, India Gate, Lotus Temple, Birla Temple, and drive past President’s House, Parliament House and Embassy area, QutabMinar& Red Fort,
Lunch & Dinner at good local restaurant.Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Delhi / Jaisalmer (Overnight train) (BLD)
After breakfast at hotel, morning visit Akshardham Temple, afternoon free for leisure & own activities, thenon time transfer to New Delhi railway station to connect train for Jaisalmer. Overnight onboard.
Day 04In Jaisalmer (BLD)
Arrive Jaisalmer railway station then transfer to hotel. after rest for while then go for sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer visiting Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer Fort is the most alive of any museum, fort or palace that you are likely to visit in India. It was built in 1156 by the Rajput ruler Jaisala. About a quarter of the old city's population resides within the fort walls. The fort is entered through a forbidding series of massive gates leading to a large courtyard.The fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill, and has been the scene of many battles. Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason, it is also known as the "Golden Fort".
Patwon Ki Haveli, This is one of the largest and most elaborate havelis in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. It is five storey high and is extensively carved. It is divided into six apartments, two owned by archaeological Survey of India, two by families who operate craft-shops and two private homes. There are remnants of paintings on some of the inside walls as well as some mirror work.This is the largest Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. This haveli is presently occupied by the government, which uses it for various purposes. The office of the Archeological Survey of India and State art and craft department is situated in the haveli itself.
Salim Singh Ki Haveli, This haveli was built about 300 years ago and a part of it is still occupied. Salim Singh was the prime minister when Jaisalmer was the capital of the princely state and his mansion has a beautifully arched roof with superb carved brackets in the form of Peacocks. Like other havelis in Jaisalmer, this too has tuskers guarding the gateways. These are made of sand stones and look very close to the original in appearance. The haveli consists of as many as 38 balconies and they all have distinct designs for themselves. The front facet of the haveli resembles ship stern and thus this haveli is also sometimes referred as Jahazmahal.
Also visit Sam Sand Dunes, Located at a distance of 42 kilometers from Jaisalmer, Sam Sand Dunes is the closest point to witness the total sandy desert. You can also see the patterns and motifs created by the shifting sands and air. Moreover, Sam Sand Dunes also provide you with an unforgettable experience of camel rides and the sunset. Overnight hotel
Day 05: Jaisalmer / Jodhpur (BLD)
After early breakfast drive to Jodhpur, distance of 300 kms will be covered in about 5 to 6 hrs, on arrival in Jodhpur transfer to hotel. Later visit Mehrangarh Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur is one of the largest forts in forts. It is also the most magnificent fort in Jodhpur, infact, in the whole Rajasthan. The fort is amongst the popular tourist places in India. It is situated on a 150 m high hill. It was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. The Mehrangarh Fort can be reached from the city, 5 kms below, through a circular road. The Mehrangarh Fort, with its beauty, is the living proof of the hard work and skill of the Jodhpuri sculptors. Seven gates have to be crossed to reach the fort. The gates still bear the marks of the various battles fought in the bygone era. Its second gate still stands witness to canon ball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur during wars. One of the gates is Jayapol, meaning victory. It was built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Another gate, Fattehpol, again meaning victory, was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh as a celebration for defeating the Mughals.
JaswantThada, To the left of the Mehrangarh Fort complex is the JaswantThada of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. It is a 19th century royal cenotaph built in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur. The son of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, Maharaja Sardar Singh, in the memory of his father, built the JaswantThada. The cenotaph has two more tombs within it. Near to this are the royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs.
Famous JaswantThada in Jodhpur, India is an example of architectural brilliance in India. It is a white marble memorial, built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. The carving shows the genius of the sculptors. These stones are extremely thin and polished. As a result, the outside surface of the monument emits a warm glow when the sunrays fall on its surface. There is also beautiful marble jali work on the cenotaph. You can have some nice views from the terrace in front of the cenotaph.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, UmaidBhavan Palace in Jodhpur, India is one of India's most imposing and recent palaces. UmaidBhavan palace of Jodhpur, Rajasthan was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh. It is named after him only. He utilized the services of a well-known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester for the construction of this palace. It contains three hundred and forty seven rooms.
Jodhpur's Umaid Bhawan Palace was actually built for the welfare of the people. The purpose was to give employment to the people of Jodhpur during a long period of drought and famine. The construction of the palace utilized approximately one million square feet (90,000 m²). Another special feature of the palace is the use of a special type of sandstone, called Chittar sandstone, giving it a special appearance. UmaidBhavan palace of Jodhpur is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Over three thousand artisans were employed in the construction of this palace.Also visit streets, Tripoli bazaar, Sojati Gate etcOvernight hotel
Day 06: Jodhpur / Udaipur (BLD)
After breakfast drive to Udaipur via Ranakpur temples, distance of 266 kms will be covered in about 6 hrs, on arrival transfer to hotel. Later visit Saheliyon Ki Bari, A spot once reserved for the royal ladies who strolled here, this well-planned garden is blessed with extensive and shady lawns on the banks of the FatehSagar Lake. The garden’s lotus pools and fountains show ancient science since they’ve been placed at a lower level than the Lake, thus being gravity-driven. The main fountain lies in the center on a white marble deck with black marble marking its four corners. On the western face are pavilions, delicately sculptured of black stone that are embraced by more fountains on all sides.
Day 07: In Udaipur (BLD)
After breakfast sightseeing of Udaipur city visiting Cit Palace, The City Palace museum is then entered through the Ganesh Deori meaning the door of Lord Ganesh. This leads to the RajyaAngan, the royal courtyard that is the very spot where Maharana Udai Singh met the sage who told him to find a city here. The rooms of the palace are superbly decorated with mirror tiles and paintings. Manak Mahal or the Ruby Palace has a lovely collection of glass and mirror work while Krishna Vilas display a rich collection of miniature paintings. Moti Mahal or the pearl palace has beautiful mirror work and the Chini Mahal has ornamental tiles all over. The Surya Chopar or the sun square depicts a huge ornamental sun symbolising the sun dynasty to which the Mewardynasty belongs. The Bari Mahal is a central garden with view of the city. Some more beautiful paintings can be seen in the Zenana Mahal or the ladies chamber, which leads to Lakshmi Chowk a beautiful white pavilion.
Jagdish Temple, MaharanaJagat Singh built this temple between 1628-1653 at a whopping cost of Rs 1.5 million. Udaipur temple tour will take your to Jagdish temple, the famous temple of Udaipur, dedicated to Lord Jagannath, is at a great height and can be approached by a long flight of stairs.
The entrance to the temple is flanked by two massive stone elephants. The temple has a pyramidal spire (shikar), a vestible (mandap) and a porch. The spire is about 79ft high and is decorated with friezes of dancers, musicians, elephants and horsemen.
The temple is a three storeyed structure and has 50 pillars each in the first and second storeys and is one of the largest and popular Vishnu temples in Northern India.
The interior of the temple has exquisite carvings and is supplemented with prominent friezes. The temple has several smaller shrines in four corners of it that are dedicated to Lord Ganesh, Shiva, the Sun God and Goddess Shakti. A Sanskrit inscription in the porch written by Krishna Bhatt in the year 1651gives a detailed history of the reign of MaharanaJagat Singh. A huge brass image of Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu stands guard in front of the main shrine.
Shilpgram Village, Literally meaning a "Craftsmen's Village" is a living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states, but the exquisite terracotta work mainly in dark red and dark brown sand material along with the wooden carvings are the forte of this ethnic village . Shilpgram comprises 26 huts set in 70 acres of natural surroundings at the foot of the AravaliHills.Acolourful craft festival during winter seasons to the whole set up induces viatanity and zeal. Situated 3 kms west of Udaipur near the Havala village is the Centre's Shilpgram - the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex. Spread over an undulating terrain of 130 bighas (70 Acres) of land and surrounded by the Aravallies, the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex is conceived as a living enthnographic museum to depict the lifestyles of the folk and tribal people of the West Zone. Within this complex, huts of the member states are constructed incorporating traditional architectural features of different geographical and ethnic groups residing within the West Zone of India comprising of five Federal States. One of the important objectives of Shilpgram is in the sphere of increasing awareness and knowledge of rural life and crafts, specifically, for the younger generation. Special emphasis is laid on workshops for children on arts, crafts, theatre and music. The Rural Arts and Crafts Complex - Shilpgram - would also provide an opportunity to rural and urban artists to come together and interact through the process of camps and workshops. It is hoped that through intimate observation of different styles and experiences, urban and rural artists would learn from one another and enrich their skills and art forms. The Centre promotes contemporary urban ceramists, potters, designers, visual artists etc. to work with their traditional counterparts in creating works of everyday art which would then be put up for exhibition and sale for visitors.
Day 08: Udaipur / Jaipur (BLD)
After early breakfast drive to Jaipur the Pink City. The distance of about 393 kms will be covered in about 7 hrs.Jaipur Known as the “Pink City”, Jaipur is the capital of the colourful state of Rajasthan. arrive Jaipur check in at hotel. afternoon Visit Jaipur city for a tour to the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthan and Mughal Art. Also 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. Enjoy shopping in Jaipur for gem stones which Jaipur is famous for. overnight at Hotel.
Day 09: In Jaipur (BLD)
After breakfast full day sightseeing of Jaipur visit Amber Fort. Amber Fort is a marvelous example of Rajputana 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 interior of the fort has various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings. afternoon free for leisure and shopping. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Jaipur / Agra (BLD)
Morning after breakfast at hotel then drive to Agra 256 kms will be covered 5.5 hrs. arrive Agra then transfer to hotel. afternoon free for leisure and shopping. overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Agra – Varanasi (Overnight train) (BLD)
After breakfast at hotel sightseeing of Taj Mahal one of the Seven Wonders of the World built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. The monument made of white marble took over 22 years to finish between 1630 AD. To 1652 AD also visit Agra Fort - A massive structure on the bank of Yamuna built by famous emperor Akbar in 1565 AD. It has numerous places and beautiful pearl mosque. Also visit Marble factory, after early dinner transfer to Agra railway station to connect train for Varanasi.
Day 12: In Varanasi (BLD)
Early morning arrive at Varanasi then transfer to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast some rest at hotel. afternoon visit Sarnath, the Buddhist city, where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple and the museum. evening enjoy the Arti on Ganga Ghat.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: In Varanasi (BLD)
Early morning boat excursion on the holy river Ganges to see the bathing ghats and cremation site. Watching people bathing and worshipping at the ghats is one of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India morning visit the Bharat Mata Temple, Durga temple, TulsiManasmandir, Banaras Hindu University which has an art gallery, KashiVishwanath Temple etc, afternoon free for leisure and shopping. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Varanasi / Delhi (Flight) (BLD)
Morning after breakfast at hotel transfer to Varanasi airport to connect flight for Delhi, arrive Delhi free for leisure and own activities or shopping. Lunch & dinner at good local restaurant.Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Delhi – Departure (B)
Morning after breakfast at hotel then on time transfer to Delhi Int’l airport to connect flight for onward destination.