DESERT CIRCUIT with TAJ TOUR 09 NT - 10 D - EX -DEL

The package consists of the great Indian Thar Desert of Rajasthan with local cultural exhibitions in various cities of Rajasthan. It adds joys to your visit after having famous Rajasthani food and sweets....

Duration: 9 Nights \ 10 Days

Destination Covered:Delhi (2 Nts) – Jodhpur (2 Nts) – Jaisalmer (2 Nts) – Bikaner (1 Nt) – Jaipur (2 Nts) – Agra (1 Nt) – Delhi (Drop)

 

Day 01: Arrival Delhi

Welcome to India - the Land of Dreams & Romance. On arrival at Airport/Railway Station in New Delhi, our local representative will be waiting outside the customs area to welcome you and to take you to your hotel.

Your hotels have been carefully chosen and are ideally located.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Delhi.

 

Day 02: Delhi

After breakfast, spend a delightful day in Delhi.

 

Delhi: India’s capital & a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient & the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New & Old Delhi is the distinction between the capitals of the British & the Moghuls respectively. So, wherever the visitor goes, he will invariably confront the city’s past.

 

Sightseeing places:

NEW DELHI

RashtrapatiBhawan:Visit the Viceroy’s House (now the residence of President of India known as RashtrapatiBhawan) and Lutyen’s magnum opus. It is larger than Versailles and architecturally is a fusion of Indian and Western design. Within the courtyard is the 145 feet high Jaipur column, a symbol of victory designed by Luyten. Luyten created masterpiece - the 250 acre Mughal Gardens on the grounds of the RashtarpatiBhavan, which at one time required the care of 418 men and the great Vice Regal Palace required a staff of 2000.

 

India Gate:a war memorial arch which Luyten built in honor of 60,000 soldiers who died in World War- I. It is also inscribed with the names of some 13,000 Indian and British soldiers missing presumed dead. Next to it is Luytens last Imperial monument he built, a stone canopy in which he placed the marble statue of King George V after his death in 1936.

 

QutubMinar:which is Delhi’s Eiffel Tower, its Statue of Liberty and Nelson Column. Visit the mosque, mausoleums and ruins of forts that lie around it including the Iron Pillar which is Delhi’s totem pole 24 feet high, made of 99% steel and which has stood for 1600 years without a speck of rust on it.

 

OLD DELHI

Red Fort:This palace citadel was built Shah Jahan in 1648 and was a veritable city within a city. When Shah Jehan transferred his capital from Agra to Delhi he built the Red Fort as his residential palace as well as his military fortress. The fort is a complex of marble buildings with balconies, filigreed windows, massive red sandstone walls, ramparts and gateways. The most elegant building is the DIWAN-E-KHAS or the Hall of Private Audience.

 

Jama Masjid: This great mosque, the largest in India, lying opposite the Red Fort, was built by Shah Jahan between 1650 and 1656, as a part of his new city Shahjahanabad. Five thousand workmen are said to have laboured for six years to construct it.

 

ChandaniChowk: From the Red Fort you will take a cycle rickshaw to ChandniChowk or the Moonlit Square. It is a medieval area in which you will recognize not just Cairo or Istanbul, but also Chester and Heidelberg. This is perhaps one of the Delhi’s most populated areas and the largest marketplace - jewelers, spice merchants, food vendors, money lenders, shopping arcades, workshops as well as residences, are crammed here. Within this area is the British built Town Hall, the St. James Church built by Colonel Skinner in the early 19th century, the old St. Stephens College and the office of the state department of Archeology with a colonnaded facade going back to the 19th century when it was the British Residency.

 

Raj Ghat and Shantivan: North-east to FerozshahKotla, on the banks of the river Yamuna lies Raj Ghat, a simple square platform of black marble, the place where Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, popularly known as Bapu, was cremated on January 31, 1948 following his assassination. The Samadhi is set amidst sprawling lawns. Adjacent to Raj Ghat is Shanti Van or the Grove of Peace, a secluded and wooded place, where Pt. JawaharLal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India was cremated his daughter and the third Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi. The site of her Samadhi is known as Shakti-sthal or the Place of Power. This whole area is a beautiful green stretch full of trees, flowering plants and shrubs.

 

To Shop In Delhi: Delhi is a shopper’s paradise. The most famous bazaars, shopping arcades, emporia and bargain centers, brass and copper ware, brocades and silk, leather goods, perfumes, paintings, sandalwood carvings, etc., include Connaught Place, Janpath, Central Cottage Industries Emporium, State Emporia Complex on Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Kinari Bazaar, Ajmal Khan Market, Hauzkhas and Sunder Nagar Market.

 

Overnight stay at Hotel in Delhi.

 

Note: If client opt for Train journey for Jodhpur, Overnight will be in Train and he has to check-out from the hotel by 12 noon OR after breakfast.

 

Day 03: Delhi – Jodhpur

After breakfast, check-out from hotel and drive to Domestic Airport of Delhi to catch flight for Jodhpur (If client opt for flight journey for Jodhpur).

 

On arrival at Jodhpur Railway Station/Airport, our local representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Check-in at hotel.

Afternoon visit the charming Blue City (Jodhpur).

Jodhpur: The former capital of Marwarstate, was founded in 1459 by RaoJodha who claimed descent from Lord Rama (the hero of the epic Ramayana). The city as built as a result of warring brothers. Exploring the city promises you a delightful encounter with an array of tempting art and craft creations as also the unusual lifestyle and costumes of Jodhpuris. The roads are wide but crowded with pavement stalls. The women-folk wear wide gathered skirt; slightly shorter than seen in Jaipur and a hip length jackety modestly covering front and back with three-quarter length sleeves brightly coloured and aesthetically designed.

 

Sightseeing places:

UmaidBhawan Palace: The only palace to be built in the mid 20th century, it was meant to be a famine relief project which gave employment to citizens for 16 long years. An enormous and impressive sandstone structure, some parts of the palace is today run as a hotel while a part of it is still retained by the erstwhile royal family.

 

Clock Tower &Sardar Market: A prime attraction of the city is the Clock Tower and the colourfulSardar Market near it. Narrow alleys lead to quaint bazaars selling fresh vegetables, spices, textiles, antiques, silverware and handicrafts.

 

To Shop in Jodhpur: A Shopper’s paradise, Jodhpur boasts of array of handicraft items. The internationally known Jodhpur breeches, locally called Jodhpur’s, are a favourite buy. Besides, you can go for embroidered leather shoes, knowm as JodhpuriJutis, Bed covers, cusion covers, old textiles, silver jewelry & most important while your tour to villages you can buy Durries directly from the weavers.

 

Overnight stay at Hotel in Jodhpur.

 

Day 04: Jodhpur

After breakfast, sightseeing of Jodhpur.

Begin the morning tour with Village Safari around Jodhpur. Jeep safaris around Jodhpur countryside are one of the most interesting part of your Jodhpur visit. You visit the Bishnoi villages, the potter house, the weaver house and even other tribals like Raikas, Pitals. You can see these people in their traditional costumes. The houses in old traditional style called Dhanis. While driving around the country side you can see the wild life like chinkaras, blue bulls, even at the time of winter around the lake side you can see the migratory birds which fly all over from Siberia and come to this region. Jeep safaris can be fun because the pace can be varied to suit one’s needs

 

Enjoy a traditional Lunch at village during safari. After lunch drive back to Jodhpur City.

 

Sightseeing places:

Mehrangarh Fort: Spread over 5 km on a stiff rugged hill and looking down from a height of about 100 metres, the fort appears invincible and impenetrable from outside but houses some of the most intricately adorned palaces with exquisitely carved panels and latticed windows. MotiMahal. PhoolMahal, Sheesh Mahal, Silehkhana and Daulatkhana are some of the important palaces to visit and view the collection of palanquins, hawdahs, royal cradles miniatures, musical instruments, costumes, colourfulpagaris and furniture.

 

JaswantThada:A cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble lies very close to the fort. Built in 1899 in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, the cenotaphs also house portraits of the rulers of Jodhpur. It has extremely rare 15 cm thick milk white marble slabs.

 

Overnight stay in the hotel at Jodhpur.

 

Day 05: Jodhpur – Osian – Jaisalmer (300 kms)

After breakfast, check-out from hotel and drive to Jaisalmer. En-route visit Osian.

Osian: In a deserted valley stand the temples of Osian. The road winds through undulating terrain between small hillocks punctuated by desert stretches and a few hamlets. From a distance, one gets a picturesque view of the ancient township on a gentle rise. Of the fifteen-odd temples, three are outstanding-earlier Surya or Sun temple, and later kali temple; Sachiya Mata Mandir and the main Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira.

 

Later continue your drive for Jaisalmer. On arrival at Jaisalmer check-in at hotel.

Evening visit BadaBagh, surrounded by densely grown trees and on the bank of an artificial lake are the royal cenotaphs with orname carving on the ceiling and carved images of former rulers on horse-back. Also view the beautiful sunset in the desert.

 

Overnight stay at hotel in Jaisalmer.

 

Day 06: Jaisalmer

After breakfast, visit the marvelous Golden city.

Jaisalmer:RawalJaisal laid the foundation of this city in 1156, Trikuta hill was chosen for the site of the new city and Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Lodurva and established this new capital. The BhatiRajputs of Jaisalmer were feudal chiefs who lived off the forced levy on the caravans that crossed their territory enroute Delhi or Sind. These caravans, laden with precious cargoes of spices and silk brought great wealth to this town. Because of its remote location.Jaisalmer for years remained untouched by outside influences and during the British Raj, the Rulers of Jaisalmer were the last to sign the instrument of Agreement with the British.

 

Sightseeing Places:

The Fort: The golden-hued Jaisalmer Fort Kella can be seen miles away before reaching the town. The fort stands almost 30 metres over the city and houses on entire living area within its huge ramparts. Walking through the narrow lanes is an experience worth savouring. It is approached through Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoota Pol and Java Pol. Also within it are many beautiful havelis and a group of Jain temples dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries.

 

Jain Temple: Within the Fort complex are many beautiful Jain temples, dedicated to Rishabdev, Sambhavnath and Parswanath the Jain Thirthankars.

 

HAVELIES:

Nathmalji-Ki-Haveli: Carved by two brothers in the 19th century, the intricate architecture in stone is the epitome of skill and beauty. Paintings in the miniature style adom the interior walls.

 

Patwon-Ki-Haveli: Five storeys high with extensive corridors and chambers all supported by exquisitely carved pillars, it is one of the largest and most elaborate havelis in Jaisalmer.

 

Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli: Distinctive for its blue cupola roof, this extraordinary mansion in yellow stone is covered entirely with intricate carvings and has an elavorate projecting balcony adoming the top storey.

 

Gadisar Lake: A rainwater lake, now a picnic spot ideal for boating. All around the lake are many small shrines and a spectacular variety of birds can be seen here.

 

Tazia Tower: Declicatepagada like Tazia Tower rises from BadalMahal. Tazias are ornately decorated bamboo, paper and tinsel replicas of a bier carried in procession during Mohurram by the Muslims.

 

To Shop in Jaisalmer: Mirror work embroidered articles, Woollenpattue and other items made of good quality, locally produced, wooden boxes, trinkets, silver jewellery and curios.

 

After lunch drive to Sam, 45 kms from Jaisalmer city.

Sam Sand Dunes: No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the most picturesque dunes of Sam. The ripples on the wind-caressed dunes, that create enchanting mirage, are surely a delight for a trigger-happy photographer. You can also enjoy the camel ride at the dunes.

Overnight stay in tents at Sam OR back to your hotel at Jaisalmer. (On the choice of client)

 

Note: If client choose for tent, they have to check-out from the hotel at Jaisalmer city by afternoon

 

Day 07: Jaisalmer – Kheechan – Bikaner (335 kms)

After breakfast, check-out from Tent / Hotel & drive to Bikaner. En-route visit Kheechan.

Kheechan: which is a regular host to the flocks of demoiselle cranes (locally called kurjan), which come in thousands due to the amiable conditions and protection given by the villages. Their duration of stay is about 5 to 6 months, after which they go back to their breeding grounds, in March-April. Many folk songs are based on them.

 

Later drive to Bikaner. On arrival check-in to hotel at Bikaner.

Evening visit Camel Breeding Farm, This farm, perhaps the only one of its kind in of Asia, is managed by the Central Government. Bikaner’s Camel Corps (former Ganga Risala) was a famous fighting force and still maintains the importance in desert warfare and defense through the Border Security Force (B.S.F.).

 

To Shop in Bikaner: Bikaner has its own peculiar items, typical to this region. It articles made of camel-hide, camel and sheep wool carpets and woolen items, wood and leather products. The BikaneriBhujia, Rasgulla and sweets are popular all over India.

 

Overnight stay at hotel in Bikaner.

 

Day 08: Bikaner – Jaipur (330 kms)

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel for half day sightseeing of Bikaner.

 

Sightseeing Places:

Junagarh Fort: Raja Rai Singh (1571-1611 AD), an outstanding general of Mughal emperor, Akbar, built this imposing fort. It is encircled by a moat and contains palaces made of red sandstone and marble with kiosks and balconies embellishing the structure of intervals. The palaces worth visiting are AnupMahal, Karan Mahal, DungarNiwas, Ganga Niwas and Rang Mahal or Palace of Pleasure. And some of the most beautiful palaces are Chandra Mahal or the Mood Palace, which has exquisite paintings on lime plaster walls, and PhoolMahal, or the Flower Palace is more elaborately decorated with inset mirror-work. These palaces were built by Maharaja Gaj Singh (1746-87). The palaces within, are adomed with gigantic columns, arches and graceful screens. The facade of the monuments visible above the high invincible walls, offer a splendid view of pavilions protruding out, a row of balconies, kiosks and towers of intervals from a distance.

 

Lalgarh Palace: It was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh to commemorate his father Maharaja Lal Singh. A spellbinding piece of dexterous carving in red sandstone marked brilliantly by intricate filigree work.  It was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh to commemorate his father Maharaja Lal Singh. A spellbinding piece of dexterous carving in red sandstone marked brilliantly by intricate filigree work. There is a marvelous collection of old photographs and trophies of wildlife, well preserved and exhibited in the Old banquet hall. Nature too has enhanced with beauty of this monument. The sprawling lawns are dotted with dancing peacocks and blooming bougainvillea.

 

Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum: A museum that has an amazing collection. In fact, it is one of the best museums in Rajasthan. There are brilliant examples of Harappan civilization, the Gupta and Kushan era and sculptures of the late classical time. It houses a rich collection of terracotta, pottery, carpets, paintings, armory and coins. There is a separate section for arts and crafts of this region.

 

Afternoon drive to Jaipur.On arrival check-in at hotel in Jaipur.

Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.

 

Day 09: Jaipur

After breakfast, spend an exciting day in Pink City.

Jaipur: This famous city is the capital of Rajasthan and has earned universal renown as the ‘Pink City’, and pink it is, with beautiful constructed palaces, havelies and forts. Tall, rugged men with handle-bar whiskers sport bright-pink turbans. Jaipur, which means the city of victory, was built exactly 269 years back and is 262 km by road from Delhi. A strong wall encircles the old city and even today has a suggestion of formidable strength, its function of protecting all within is obvious.

 

Sightseeing Places:

Amber Fort: At a distance of 11 Kms from Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipur state. Construction of the fort began in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar''''s army and is a superb example of Rajput architecture. At Amber Fort, Elephant ride from the foothill to the Fort entrance.

 

City Palace: The City Palace is a historic landmark. The carved arches are supported by grey-white marble columns studded with floral motifs in gold and coloured stones. Two elephants carved in marble guard the entrance, where retainers whose families have served generations of rulers are at hand to serve as guides. The palace interior houses a Museum containing select collection of various types of Rajasthani dresses, a fascinating amoury of Mughal and Rajput weapons swords of all shapes and sizes, with chased handles, some of them inlaid, enameled, encrusted with jewels and encased in bold and magnificent scabbards. It also has an Art Gallery with a fine collection of paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persina, Latin and Sanskrit, acquired by Sawai Jai Singh-II for his study of planets and their movements.

 

HawaMahal: Also known as The Palace of Winds, was built by the poet-king SawaiPratap Singh, the HawaMahal is the most strikingly designed monument in Jaipur. What is seen from the SirehDeorhi Bazaar is the multiniched five storey backside of the complex. It was conceived to provide adequate vantage position behind delicate stone-carved jail screens to the palace women for watching the royal processions passing through the bazaar below.

 

JantarMantar:JantarMantar is one of Jai Singh’s five remarkable observatories. Constructed with stone and marble its complex instruments whose setting and shapes are precisely and scientifically designed represent the high-points of Medieval Indian astronomy. The two Ram Yantras used for gauging attitudes are unique in their isolation. This is the largest of five observatories founded by Sawai Jai Singh-II various parts of the country.

 

Birla Temple: Birla Temple forms one of the major attractions of Jaipur. Birla Temple of Jaipur looks stunning, when it is brightly lit in the night. Birla Mandir, in pure white marble, dominates the skyline of southern part of Jaipur. The enormous temple was built during the year 1988, by Birla Group of Industries, one of the business tycoons of India. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan), the preserver and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. Due to this reason, Birla Temple is also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple.

 

To Shop in Jaipur: Visit the famous Markets of Textiles, Gems, Carpets, and handicrafts. Jaipur is an ideal place for buying souvenirs.

 

Overnight stay at Hotel in Jaipur.

 

Day 10: Jaipur – FatehpurSikri – Agra (235 kms)

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Agra. En-route visit the Old Deserted Town of Mughal Dynasty – FathepurSikri.

FatehpurSikri: Built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Moghuls, which was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of SalimChisti, PanchMahal& other Palaces which are still preserved in its original glory.

 

Later continue drive to Agra. On arrival check-in to hotel.

 

Afternoon visit the marvelous Taj City.

Agra: The royal seat and capital of yesteryears, the city of Mughal might and splendour. Agra derives its name from Agra Vana (aelo grove) where Krishna used to sport with his female friends in his boyhood and early youth on the banks of Yamuna. Agra’s chequered history goes back to times of Mahabharata, but its modern history begins from 1505 when Sultan Sikander Lodi of Afghan Dynasty chose it as his capital city. Sikandrabad, the place where Akbar is buried takes its name after him.

 

Singhtseeing places:

Agra Fort:Emperor Akbar started its construction in 1565 when he was just 23 years of age. Within the fort are several fascinating buildings - the Pearl Mosque built of marble, the Hall of Public Audience where the famous “peacock throne” was kept, the Octagonal Tower, the Jehangir Palace built by Akbar for his son Jehangir and the KhasMahal, a beautiful white marble structure used as a private palace.

 

TajMahal: It often described as the most extravagant monuments ever built for love. It took 22 years for the TajMahal to be built and in total 20000 people worked on the Taj. Several experts contributed to the designing of the TajMahal such as Frenchman Austin of Bordeaux and the Italian Veroneo of Venice. The TajMahal is amazingly graceful from almost any angle. The semi-precious stones inlaid the marble in beautiful designs are through a process called “pietradura”.

Note: To visit the Taj is upto your choice (you want to visit at the time of sunset or sunrise, Remember TajMahal is closed on Friday).

 

To Shop in Agra: If miniature replicas of the TajMahal make perfect souvenirs, it is the fine work on marble that is the speciality of Agra. You can choose from an array of handicrafts items like tabletops, marble items, boxes, elephants and precious and semi-precious stones.

 

Overnight stay at Hotel in Agra.

 

Day 11: Agra – Delhi (200 kms)

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and Drive to Delhi. (Depending on your flight/train timing, you will be taken to airport/railway station for your return flight/train)

 

Transfer to the Airport/Railway Station to board the scheduled flight/train back home.

It''''s time to say goodbye to all the new friends you have made. We hope you take back many happy memories of your Tour.