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From the stunning Taj Mahal to the breathtaking sunsets of the Thar desert, experience the magic of North India Rajasthan region. Mighty forts, camels, desert dunes, colorful saris, turbans and moustaches - come and discover the quintessential Indian romance.
In the morning, drive to the city of Agra. En route visit Sikandra, the tomb of Emperor Akbar, one of the most important Mughal emperors. Sikandra is one of the masterpieces of Mughal architecture and many features were used as a model in the construction of the Taj Mahal. We will then continue our drive to Agra. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel.
After a short rest, we will make a visit of the majestic monuments in Agra. Places to visit include Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Itmad-Ul-Daulah, another impressive mausoleum also known as the "Baby Taj".
|Delhi → Agra||235 km||5h|
We will make an early morning visit of the Taj Mahal (closed on every Friday). Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his deceased wife, Mumtaz, the Taj Mahal is the undisputed highlight of a trip to India and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Once we finish our tour we will go back to our hotel for breakfast.
After enjoying breakfast, we will leave Agra and start our drive to Jaipur, the grand capital of Rajasthan. En route, visit of Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO-listed citadel that was once the capital of the Mughal empire. After arriving to the Pink City of Jaipur, we will spend the evening exploring the city streets and make a visit to the local market.
|Agra → Jaipur||6h|
We will start our Jaipur visit riding a jeep up the hill all the way up to the entrance gate of the UNESCO-listed Amer Fort. We will have plenty of time to wander around the chambers, courtyards and intricate architecture of this gem of Rajput Hindu architecture built in red sandstone and marble.
In the afternoon, we will have a half-day city tour of Jaipur visiting the magnificent City Palace and the medieval observatory of Jantar Mantar. We will crown our tour with a visit (from the outside only) to the picture-perfect Hawa Mahal or "Palace of the Winds", a pink sandstone beehive with dozens of embellished windows.
Early in the morning we will leave Jaipur and enter the desert as we drive to Mandawa. The initial part of the drive is across the typical Indian villages of the picturesque Shekhawati region, which will give us a unique glimpse of everyday life in rural India.
In the afternoon, we will walk around this colorful village dotted with traditional rajasthani shops and elaborate havelis. Once the homes of wealthy merchants and aristocrats, havelis are one of the most fascinating examples of architecture in Rajasthan featuring baroque carved facades, beautiful frescos and XIXth century furniture and decor.
|Jaipur → Mandawa||3h|
We will leave Mandawa behind and traverse the immense Thar Desert as we drive to the city of Bikaner. Cradle of some of the most fierce rajput warriors, Bikaner was once an oasis in the middle of trade routes and still retains an outpost atmosphere.
In the afternoon, we will make a half-day city tour of Bikaner. We will start with a visit of Junagarh Fort, one of the few forts in Rajasthan not built in a hilltop and which will give us an insight of the life of Hindu maharajas. After making a stop at a Camel Breeding Farm we will close our tour witnessing the city's intricately carved Bhandasar Jain Temple.
|Mandawa → Bikaner||4h 30min|
Today we will make our way to the city of Jaisalmer, which rises like a mirage in the middle of the vast Thar Desert. Built in yellowish sandstone, Jaisalmer is also known as the Golden City and one of the major highlights of a Rajasthan tour. Jaisalmer also hosts the yearly Desert Festival which features a plethora of performances and traditions, including turban-tying and the longest moustache.
We will have the afternoon at leisure to get lost in the maze-like streets of Jaisalmer, providing the perfect chance for shopping from rajasthani miniature paintings and glitzy bangles to ethnic jewelry and antiques.
|Bikaner → Jaisalmer||6h 30min|
This day we will have our half-day city tour of Jaisalmer. Our route will start with the Gadisagar Lake, a charming lake decorated with idyllic ghats and chettris. We will then step inside the UNESCO-listed Jaisalmer Fort, a labyrinthine citadel which is of one of the few still inhabited forts in the world. We will wander around the fort visiting its marvelous Jain Temples and Palaces, as well as the Nathmal ki Haveli and Patwon ki Haveli, two of India's most beautiful havelis.
In the evening we will drive to Sam for one of the fondest memories you will have of your Rajasthan tour: the magnificent sunset over the Thar Desert's towering sand dunes.
We will leave Jaisalmer and drive to Jodhpur, located right on the edge of the great Thar Desert. Jodhpur is also known as the Blue City, taking its name from the blue color that covers hundreds of its houses, which have become one of the most photographed images of Rajasthan.
We will have the afternoon at leisure to walk around Jodhpur. Don't miss the picturesque Ghanta Ghar Clock Tower and delve into the sights, sounds and smells of Sadar Market, or just spend the afternoon enjoying the comfort and facilities of your hotel.
|Jaisalmer → Jodhpur||300 km||6h|
Today we will have a half day city tour of Jodhpur. Our first visit will be to the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, which houses one of the finest collections of artifacts in Rajasthan and offers the most impressive views of the Blue City. We will then learn about the history of the city's maharajas at the cenotaph of Jaswant Thada and finish our tour at the Umaid Bhawan Palace, the current residence of the royal family and also one of the world's finest hotels.
We will have the afternoon at leisure to keep exploring Jodhpur or have dinner at one of the atmospheric rooftop restaurants of the city.
We will leave Jodhpur behind and commence our drive to Udaipur making an en-route stop at Ranakpur. This city home to one of the most impressive Jain Temples in Rajasthan and of the the Surya Temple, a small but stunning jewel of Indian architecture. After our visit continue our drive to Udaipur.
Known as the City of Lakes and perhaps Rajasthan's most romantic city, Udaipur was also one of the most important kingdoms in Rajasthan and the home of legendary rajput warriors.
|Jodhpur → Ranakpur||4h|
|Ranakpur → Udaipur||2h 30min|
Today we will enjoy a half day city tour of Udaipur. Our route starts with the spectacular City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Standing on the edge of Lake Pichola this flamboyant marble palace features astonishing mirror-work, wall paintings, inlay-work and colored glass across its gateways, rooms and halls. After plenty of time for exploration we will relax for a while at the peaceful gardens of Sahelion ki Bari.
In the afternoon, we will enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola (on shared basis) and sail to the Jag Mandir, a dreamlike palace built on an island right in the middle of the lake.
After breakfast and at the scheduled hour, you will be transferred to the airport for your connecting flight.
|Prices per person||2 pax|
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|1 Apr 2018 - 30 Sep 2018||$852||$823|
|1 Apr 2019 - 30 Sep 2019||$894||$864|
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