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India’s Incredible Wonderland “Rajasthan”

India (Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Karauli, Ranthambore, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Khairwa, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Pushkar, Jaipur)

Rajasthan is India’s crowned jewel, from splendid palaces and mighty fortresses to vivacious festivals, this region harvests excellent examples of India’s opulence traditions and colour. The magic of Rajasthan can best be experienced by being a guest in some very special places and recipient to timeless Rajput hospitality. Overnight stays in ornate ‘Havelis’ and historic Palaces that are now heritage hotels enable us to sample the lifestyle of a maharaja, surrounded by opulence and grace. Visits to villages allow us to connect with the local people who in some cases still live a way of life that has changed little in centuries. 

The fabled city of Agra – home to the magnificent Taj Mahal, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, and Jaipur will impress with their grandeur, whilst Karauli, Bundi, Bijaipur and Dera Khairwa will entice with their romance and rich cultural legacies. We also seek out India’s exotic wildlife, including the magnificent Tiger, on an adventure to Ranthambhore National Park. This is indeed the Rajasthan of your dreams!

20 Days Tour From USD 1619 pp*

  • Soak up the vibe of Delhi, marvel the Taj Mahal and explore the Pink City.
  • Rendezvous with the villages of Rajasthan.
  • Safari through Ranthambhore National Park in search  of Tigers.
  • Gaze at the shimmering Lake Palace and climb atop the ramparts of Mehrangarh Fort.
  • Marvel at Jaisalmer’s mud fortress and Bikaner’s unique temple.

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Day Activities
Day 1 Arrive at New Delhi Airport. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 Full day sightseeing of Old & New Delhi.
Day 3 Transfer to Agra. Sightseeing of Taj Mahal & Agra Fort.
Day 4 Transfer to Karauli via sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri.  Enjoy local sightseeing of Karauli.
Day 5 Transfer to Ranthambore National Park. Visit Ranthambore Fort in the Evening.
Day 6 Enjoy morning & evening Tiger Safari at Ranthambore.
Day 7 Transfer to Bundi.
Day 8 Sightseeing of Bundi.
Day 9 Transfer to Udaipur via sightseeing of Chittorghar.
Day 10 Sightseeing of Udaipur.
Day 11 Transfer to Khairwa.
Day 12 Sightseeing of Khairwa and transfer to Jodhpur.
Day 13 Sightseeing of Jodhpur.
Day 14 Transfer to Jaisalmer.
Day 15 Sightseeing of Jaisalmer.
Day 16 Transfer to Bikaner and sightseeing of the city.
Day 17 Transfer to Pushkar and sightseeing of the city.
Day 18 Transfer to Jaipur.
Day 19 Sightseeing of Jaipur.
Day 20 Transfer to the airport.

Day 1 | Arrival Delhi

Arrive at New Delhi International airport, and meet our representative waiting for you with your name board at the exit gate no. 6 of Terminal 3. You will be introduced to your private driver by the representative, who will assist you in getting transferred to your pre-booked hotel. This day is to relax to get rid of the jetlag. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2 | Delhi

Meet your private guide for the day he will give you a brief of the sightseeing before you start the tour. Hop on the car with your guide and the driver to gape at the Mughal-era architecture and history, from ancient forts to incredible monuments to high-tech skyscrapers and shopping centers.

Start your journey through India’s ages by visiting the Jama Masjid, adorned heaven amid Old Delhi’s chaos. The red sandstone treasure was built by the mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Next make your way through the maze of hawkers and motorcycles of the iconic Chandni Chowk. Take a ride on a rickshaw, feast on incredible food or sip chai (tea) on a rooftop lounge. You cannot leave the city without exploring the Red Fort (Monday closed), the primary residence of the Mughal dynasty and the UNESCO world heritage site.

In the afternoon, visit yet another UNESCO recognized site, Humayun’s Tomb, built by the emperor’s grieving widow, Haji Begum, in 1565 AD. Drive past the impressive India Gate built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I and the Secretariat Building on the way to Qutub Minar another UNESCO site rose by Qutub- u- din in 1199 either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque. Return back to the hotel towards the end of the day.

Day 3 | Delhi – Agra (205 kms/4 hrs)

Morning after breakfast leaves your hotel and gets driven to Agra along one of the India’s finest freeways. Along the way, chat to your private driver and gaze out over India’s passing landscapes and villages. Reach Agra, the storied city home to India’s powerful nobility and meet your private guide.

Agra’s most beloved monument the Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world. Built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife this pristine white marble mausoleum is a wonder to behold. It took no less than 22 years to build and is an everlasting symbol of Shah Jahan’s undying love for Mumtaz. Magically the Taj Mahal changes color through the day, in the morning pink hues grace its facades and the gleaming moonlight turns it gold.

We start the tour with a ride to the UNESCO world heritage site, Agra Fort built with red sandstone on the bend of the Yamuna River. We also visit Itmad-ud-daulah, which was constructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near Lahore in Pakistan.

In the evening we will take you to Agra’s most beloved monument the Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world. Built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife this pristine white marble mausoleum is a wonder to behold. It took no less than 22 years to build and is an everlasting symbol of Shah Jahan’s undying love for Mumtaz. Magically the Taj Mahal changes color through the day, in the morning pink hues grace its facades and the gleaming moonlight turns it gold.

End the day with an overnight stay in the booked hotel.

Day 4 | Agra – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Karauli

Morning get driven to Karauli. On the way visit Fatehpur Sikri, also known as the “Ghost City”. Its gate, Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world is the main attraction of the town. Fatehpur Sikri 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 Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other Palaces which are still preserved in its original glory.

Then continue on to Karauli (approximately 4 hours), a 600-year-old city founded by Yaduvanshi Rajput kings, where you will arrive mid-afternoon. Here you will take a walk around the village, visiting the temple of Madan Mohan Ji and exploring the nearby organic farm and dairy. You may also have the chance to visit the City Palace (optional), an amazing structure featuring impressive archways and interconnecting rooms, many of them colorfully painted with frescoes, and soak up the atmosphere in a part of the country that sees very few tourists. Everything seems to have a greater air of authenticity about it here as you join in with the local people going about their daily life. This evening will be spent at a sprawling palace belonging to the family that once ruled Karauli. Bhanwar Vilas Palace was built as a royal residence in 1938, designed in a colonial style and furnished in the Art Deco fashion.

Overnight in Karauli.

Day 5 | Karauli – Ranthambore

Meet your driver to leave for the jungle exploration. Ranthambore National Park is one of the original Project Tiger reserves, a place where nature has reclaimed ancient fortresses and temples, and that is teeming with wildlife. In 4WD safari vehicles take game drives to search for animals and the majestic tigers which stalk through the jungle. You may also have the chance to explore the 1,000 year old Ranthambore Fort, where two pavilions that have survived the ravages of war and time – Badal Mahal and Hammirs Court – give an idea of its old grandeur. Overnight in Ranthambore.

Day 6 | Ranthambore

Today you will take game drives in the morning and in late afternoon, as this is when animals are most active. Even if the tigers are too stealthy to see, the park is filled with other animals like gazelle, hyenas, sloth bears, crocodiles, jackals, three types of antelope (nilgai, sambar and chital) and leopards to watch out for. You’ll break for lunch and a relaxing afternoon back at the hotel, then drive out to explore a different sector of the park, this will hopefully increase the chance of tiger sightings. Come back and stay overnight at the resort.

Day 7 | Ranthambore – Bundi

This morning after breakfast proceed to Bundi, a small town founded in the 12th century. Famous as the place that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write his novel, ‘Kim’, Bundi today is known for its series of step-wells (‘baoris’), old houses, narrow streets, and the remarkable Taragarh Fort. The view from the highway as you enter the town is magnificent. This evening you will dine with a local family in Bundi, a wonderfully memorable moment. Tonight is made even more special by staying in a comfortable tented camp that feels like stepping back in time, full of historic ambiance. Overnight in Bundi.

Day 8 | Bundi

Take the day to explore more of Bundi. On an orientation walk, wander narrow streets packed with blue Brahmin houses, bazaars, temples and shops, and mingle with locals in the downtown market. Visit the ancient and ornately carved baoris (step wells), which once provided water to the city, and learn about Rudyard Kipling’s place in the town’s history from a local guide. You’ll also explore the sprawling 17th-century Bundi Palace, built during the reign of Rao Raja Ratan Ji Heruled and which looms large over the town. The palace, described by Kipling as ‘the work of goblins rather than of men’, provides magnificent views of the town. Make sure you see the turquoise and gold murals inside. Stay overnight at the booked accommodation.

Day 9 | Bundi – Chittorgarh – Udaipur

Today we drive to Udaipur is broken up with a visit to Chittorgarh, probably India’s greatest medieval fort, perched in a dramatic setting overlooking the town. Also known as Chittor, Chittaur, or Chittaurgarh, this colossal hilltop fort was the ancient capital of Mewar state, ruled by the Sisodia Rajputs. Three times in its long history powerful enemy forces sacked Chittorgarh. On each occasion the men rode out from the fort to certain death, while the women committed ‘johar’ by throwing themselves and their children on to a huge funeral pyre; and so the immense stretch of Chittorgarh’s walls and ruined palaces tell the stories of innumerable sieges and heroism. You will then continue your journey towards on of the most romantic cities in India – Udaipur, also known as the “Venice of East”. Reach Udaipur and check in the booked accommodation.

Day 10 | Udaipur

Spend the day touring the sights of Udaipur, the beautiful city built around the shores of Lake Pichola and full of fascinating temples, ornate palaces and impressive ‘havelis’ (merchant homes). Wind through narrow streets to the City Palace complex, the largest in Rajasthan, on the banks of Lake Pichola. Witness the devotion to Lord Wishnu at the impressive Jagdish Temple and, if time allows, perhaps visit the rose gardens of the Gulab Bagh, take a boat trip across Lake Pichola or participate in a Sitar lesson. Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 11 | Udaipur – Khairwa

After leaving Udaipur and on the road towards Jodhpur (approximately 5 hours), stop to spend the night in the unique surrounds of Dera Khairwa, a 15th century fort-palace located in the village of Khairwa in the Pali District. The rulers of Dera Khairwa belong to the noble clan of Jodha-Rathores, who are related to the founders of the city of Jodhpur. During your time here you can imagine what it must have been like to be part of the ruling class in the India of yesteryear, surrounded by elegance and opulence. Stay overnight in the booked accommodation.

Day 12 | Khairwa – Jodhpur

Today you will discover Rajasthan’s second-largest city, the busy and chaotic Jodhpur (approximately 4 hours drive). Established in the 15th century on the edge of the Great Thar Desert, Jodhpur was an important trading centre. Historically many of the buildings were painted blue as a sign that it was the home of a high caste Brahmin; today most of the city is blue as other castes have followed suit. While in Jodhpur you will have the opportunity to explore the colossal Mehrangarh Fort, which sits atop a sheer rocky ridge in the middle of town. You will also explore the many palaces and courtyards contained within the fort, as well as the clock tower and the bustling Sadar Market, located at the foot of the hill. This market is a great place to stroll around at leisure, with several alleyways leading off to various bazaars selling all sorts of fruits, vegetables, spices, textiles, handicrafts and, allegedly, the best lassi in India. Stay overnight in the booked accommodation.

Day 13 | Jodhpur

In the morning you will travel by jeep though some of the surrounding countryside, to visit and learn more about the various different caste villages. These are home to people such as the Bishnois, the protectors of trees and animals, and the Meghwals, who are skilled weavers and potters. Stay overnight in the booked accommodation.

Day 14 | Jodhpur – Jaisalmer

Today we start our drive towards Jaisalmer. Renowned as the golden city, the exquisite town of Jaiselmer rests on a ridge of yellowish sandstone and is topped by a fort that contains the palace and several metaphorical Jain temples. Delicately sculptured houses and temples attract the due attention of the visitors. Located in the heart of Thar Desert, Jaiselmer is named after its founder Rao Jaisal a Rajput Ruler. On arriving Jaisalmer, stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 15 | Jaisalmer

The guide will take you for half-day sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer. Visit Jaisalmer Fort which was built by the Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisal in 1156. Located on the hilltop of Trikuta, it has witnessed many battles in the past. Its ocher lion colored massive sandstone walls appears magical honey-gold at the time of sun dusk. Then visit the famous havelis of the region which include Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salam Singh-ki-Haveli, Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and Haveli Shreenath. The famous museums of the region are Desert Culture Centre and Museum, Jaisalmer Folklore Museum and Government Museum.

Stop for lunch at a local restaurant, from here we will leave Jaisalmer by Jeep. On the way we will visit three historical sites along the way:

Barabag – A Royal cemetery with over 100 cenotaphs
Amarsagar – A 17th century Jain Temple
Kuldhara – An abandoned village in the Thar Desert
Departure for Khuri/Sam Sand Dunes to meet the camels. 1 hour 30mins (approximately) camel ride into the desert for sunset.
Dinner at the desert camp: a vegetarian meal will be served round a camp-fire (if weather permits). Dinner will be accompanied by a traditional folk music and dance program.
Nightfall: Return to Jaisalmer by jeep, arriving back in the city by approximately 10.30pm. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 16 | Jaisalmer – Bikaner

Have breakfast and set your journey towards Bikaner- “The camel City”. The city is fortified by a 7 Km wall with five gates. Built by Rao Bika, Bikaner was the former capital of the princely state of Bikaner. On arrival, you will check in at your pre booked hotel. Get freshen up and proceed for a sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Start your excursion by visiting Junagarh Fort which is renowned as one of the most fascinating forts in Rajasthan. It was built by Raja Rai Singh. The architectural style of Junagarh Fort was given special attention as Raja Rai Singh was an extensive traveler and had a taste for art and architecture. Other attraction of the city is Laxmi Niwas palace the former residence palace of the king of the former Bikaner state, Maharajah Ganga Singh, Lalgarh Palace, Laxmi Nath Temple, Shiv Bari Temple etc. Later in the afternoon, you will visit the National Camel Breeding Farm to observe the intriguing sight of a herd of camels coming back after grazing, with the backdrop of spectacular desert sunset. Overnight in Bikaner.

Day 17 | Bikaner – Pushkar

Today we drive to Pushkar, also known as the city of Brahma. Once you reach Pushkar, check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or to indulge in leisure activities. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 18 | Pushkar – Jaipur

In the morning, embark on a sightseeing tour of Pushkar. This town is a host for the colorful Pushkar Mela. Famous for its colorful annual fair during kartik poornima (full moon) in November each year, this town is also included in the five sacred pilgrimage sites for religious Hindus. Located on the banks of Pushkar Lake, It is one of the oldest towns alive today.
At the time of Pushkar Mela, this otherwise serene and calm village is thrown into colorful mystification when the desert tribes and camel caravans meet to buy and sell cattle, goat, camels, sheep, jewelry, clothes, and spices beside the holy lake Pushkar. When the equally colorful tribes perform their rituals in waters of the lake, to the accompaniment of temple and folk music, the whole aura of the place is worth being a part of. Watch women go crazy at the stalls full of bracelets, jewelry, textiles and fabrics. An exciting camel race gives the festival an enthusiastic start full of pomp and show followed by 10 hectic yet lively days full of music, songs and exhibitions. On the night of the full moon everybody goes for a sacred dip in the holy lake for cleansing of their soul.

You will visit the Pushkar Lake Ghats and the Bramha Temple, which is one of its sorts left In India today. Thereafter, hit the road to Jaipur also known as the “Pink City”. Overnight in Jaipur

Day 19 | Jaipur

Following early breakfast, meet your guide and get ready to explore Jaipur’s star attraction the Amer Fort sits on a hill besides the calm water of Mountain Lake. This magnificent palace complex dating back to the 16th century was built from pale yellow and pink sandstone, and white marble. It is divided into four main sections each with its own courtyard.
On the way back we stop at Jal Mahal, this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake.
Next head to Hawa Mahal a five storey palace built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur.
We take break for lunch and continue with the tour followed by City Palace a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, and Jantar Mantar built in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the huge masonary instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky. It features Samrat Yantra world’s largest sundial. Return back to your hotel for the night.

Day 20 | Jaipur – Delhi

Today we head back to Delhi after breakfast. You will be dropped at New Delhi airport for boarding flight to your onward destination. Services from HNK Travel Solutions end here.

India’s Incredible Wonderland “Rajasthan”, Price Guideline Per Person in US $ based on two people sharing.

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Inclusions

Accommodation for 19 nights on bed & breakfast basis.

Airport assistance on arrival..

All transfers and sightseeing by a private chauffer driven air-conditioned car.

Rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi).

Tonga/Battery Van ride in Agra.

Village walk in Karauli.

Morning and evening Jeep safari with a naturalist in Ranthambore.

Boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur.

Day trip to Bishnoi Village.

Village exploration on Jeep and camel safari on dunes followed by dinner and folk dance in Jaisalmer.

Elephant/Jeep ride at the Amber Fort in Jaipur.

Entry and dinner at Choki Dhani in Jaipur.

An English Speaking licensed guide accompanying you at the time of sightseeing.

Bottled mineral water for each person each day in the car.

All applicable taxes.

Exclusions

International flights.

Domestic flights.

Visa application fees.

Personal Purchase (laundy, shopping, tips, etc).

Monument Entry Fees.

Meals other than breakfast.

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