Arrive in Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. Traditional welcome with â€œTilakâ€ and fresh flower garland and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
After breakfast drive to the Qutub Minar. This area of the New Delhi was the capital of Chauhan Rajput rulers until the second battle of Taraori in 1192 when Prithvi Raj Chauhan was defeated by the Afghan ruler, Muhammad Ghur. The Afghan conqueror returned back to Ghur in Afghanistan after appointing the commander of his army, Qutubuddin Aibak as his governor in Delhi. Soon after Muhammad Ghur was assassinated in Ghur, Qutubuddin Aibak proclaimed himself the first Sultan of Delhi, a sovereign monarch. He was originally a slave of Muhammad Ghur, who rose among the ranks of his army to become his favorite commander. Later drive past the government buildings of Indiaâ€™s capital, planned & designed by the British architect, Edwin Lutyens and his friend Sir Herbert Baker: Office of Prime Minister, Office of Home Minister, Presidentâ€™s official residence, Parliament House and India Gate. In the afternoon sightseeing of the mausoleum of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun that may have served as inspiration for the architecture of the world famous Taj Mahal in Agra. In the afternoon visit the Akshardham Temple. Later transfer to domestic airport to board the Air India flight departing at 5.45 pm and arrive in Varanasi at 7..25 pm. Transfer to Hotel, the best hotel in the ancient Hindu holy city for overnight.
Early morning boat ride to view sunrise on River Ganga and the Hindu morning rituals. Later sightseeing of the Sankat Mochan (Hanuman) Temple In the afternoon sightseeing the Bharat Kala Bhawan Art Museum in the Banaras Hindu University campus. Overnight at the Hotel.
After breakfast drive to Sarnath, the deer park where the Buddha preached his first sermon to start the wheel of religion, the Dharmachakra more than 2550 years ago. Visit the Mulgandhkutivihar temple to view the murals depicting scenes from Siddhartha Gautam Buddha, the archaeological site with the impressive Damekh Stupa and the archaeological museum. Later transfer to airport to board the Jet Airways flight 9W2423 departing at 12.05 pm to arrive in Khajuraho at 12.55 pm. After check-in begin sightseeing of Hindu Group of Temples. Overnight at the Hotel.
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Jain Temples. Later drive to Orchha. In the afternoon sightseeing of Orchha Fort and the two Hindu Temples on the way to Jhansi. Transfer to railway station to board the Bhopal Shatabdi Express train departing from Jhansi at 5.59 pm and arriving in Agra at 8.30 pm (on Fridays Taj Express Train - departure: 3.20 to 6.47 pm arrival in Agra - will be used). On arrival in Agra, transfer to and overnight at the Hotel.
Early morning be amazed by the unforgettable view of the world famous Taj Mahal in the morning glow of sunrise. It is a mausoleum to commemorate Emperor Shahjahanâ€™s love for his favorite queen, the Shia Persian, Arjumand Bano Begum, the name in Persian literally means 'Beloved'. She received the title of Mumtaj Mahal or 'Crown of the Palace'. She died delivering their 14th. child outside a battlefield at Burhanpur in central India in 1630. The construction of the mausoleum started in 1631 and was completed in 1648 according an inscription on the main gate of the building. The white marble mausoleum was decorated with Pietra Dure motifs â€“ inlay of semi-precious stones like Jasper, Malachite, Lapiz Lazuli, Jade and various shades of Agate etc. After breakfast visit a marble factory to see the traditional craftsmen working on inlay of semi-precious stones in marble in the style as their forefathers worked to build the Taj Mahal 383 years ago. In the afternoon sightseeing the Red Fort built by the third Mughal Emperor Akbar, who was just a teenager when he was placed on the throne of a precarious kingdom. With his liberal and humane policies, he gained the trust of the majority Hindus and founded the richest empire in the contemporary world covering a vast territory from present day Afghanistan to Assam in the east, to the Deccan in the south, and from Gujarat on Arabian Sea to Bengal (present day state of Bengal in India & Bangladesh) on the Bay of Bengal. His grandson renovated many palaces on the eastern side of the fort, building the luxurious, white marble edifices, where he was confined as a prisoner of his own son, Emperor Aurangzeb, during the last eight years of his life. During the reign of Mughal Emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjahan, many historians, travelers and emissaries from Europe visited India and were amazed by the richness of the culture and the affluence of the general population of the vast empire. Overnight at the Hotel.
After breakfast drive about an hour to Emperor Akbarâ€™s deserted city, Fatehpur Sikri â€“ the Mughal capital from 1571 to 1584. Emperor Akbar went to a Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chistie when he did not have a male heir to the throne. The saint correctly prophesied that the Emperor would have three sons. When his Hindu queen, Jodha Bai, became pregnant, the emperor moved with her to Sikri village to live near the saint. Gradually a whole new capital evolved with an exceptional and unprecedented blend of religious and secular architecture. The emperor invited Jesuit monks from Goa to teach him about the Christian religion. In the palaces and the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri one witnesses a blend of Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Islamic architecture. After the demise of saint and perhaps because of many other reasons Emperor Akbar moved from Fatehpur Sikri. The city was deserted for almost 400 years until the beginning of the 20th. Century when Archaeological Survey of India started the renovation of the capital, which is still continuing. Later proceed to Jaipur & check into hotel. In the afternoon enjoy sightseeing of the Kachhwaha Maharajasâ€™ City Palace to visit the fascinating textiles gallery in Mubarak Mahal, the Sarvatobhadra (Hall of Private Audience) with the two famous Gangajallis (Silver Urns to carry Ganga River water), the colorful courtyard of Chandra Mahal with its Peacock Gate and the â€œDiwan-i-Amâ€ Art Gallery that houses some of the most famous Mughal and Rajasthani miniature paintings. Stepping out of the City Palace we will visit the Astronomical Observatory that is largest one built by the founder of Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh. All except one of its 17 astronomical instruments are still functional. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast check-out and visit Amber Fort to enjoy the Elephant ride ascending to the hilltop palaces of Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Maharaja Mansingh. Return by Jeep after sightseeing. Drive to Pushkar Camel Fair to witness the world's most colorful and traditional folk fair where thousands of camels apart from cattle, horses, sheep and goats are traded. The origin of the fair was to celebrate the annual pilgrimage to the Brahma Temple. Enjoy a camel cart ride in the fair. Overnight in Tented Camps. This company organizes an exclusive air-conditioned and deluxe camp sites at the Pushkar during the Pushkar Camel Fair. All tents at the site have professionally done interiors with attached modern bathrooms. All the bathrooms have running water and showers. Evenings at the camp are a festivity of music and dance, complete with camp fires, local folk performers and puppet shows. Overnight in Tented Camps.
Breakfast at the Tents. Full day explore the camel fair in Pushkar.
After breakfast drive to Udaipur. Visit the antique car collection of the Udaipur Maharajas. Drive further to Hotel. Half day sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting the city palace, Sahelion ki bari and other main sites. Evening boat ride at the Lake Pichola.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Morning at leisure and afternoon transfer to the airport to board flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and connect International flight back home.
In the morning sightseeing of Maharanas™ City Palace. Maharanas of Mewar had their original capital in the present day pilgrimage town of Nagda, 30 kilometers or 19 miles north of Udaipur. It was established by the 1st. Maharana, Guhil, in 568 CE. In the 8th. century CE the capital was moved to Chittor, where successive Maharanas built Chottorgarh, the largest fort and city in contemporary India. Already before the sacking of Chittorgarh by Mughal Emperor Akbar, in February 1568 after a long siege that began in October 1567, the plans for a new capital were under way. The construction of the Mewar Dynastyâ€™s City Palace in Udaipur started in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh and continued by his successors over a period of about 300 years. Today the visitorâ€™s see the Mardana (male section) and Zanana (female section) of the museum part of the palace. Apart from this two other sections of the palace are converted in to hotels: â€œThe Shiv Niwas Palaceâ€ and â€œThe Fateh Prakash Palaceâ€. The descendents of the Maharanas of Mewar still reside in one section of the palace. The Maharana's Miniature Painting School is also in the palace complex. Later walk outside the Tripolia Gate of the City Palace for sightseeing of the Jagdish Temple that was constructed by Maharana Jagat Singhji in 1651. In the afternoon drive about 98 kilometers or 58 miles for sightseeing of the Chawmukha Jain Temple at Ranakpur. Drive further 101 kilometers or 63 miles to Rohetgarh Fort, the residential fort of the Rathore Thakurs of Rohet since 1622. In 1990 the royal owners opened its gate to tourists from around the world. Overnight in Rohetgarh Fort.
In the morning explore the fort & village. Later drive about 53 kilometers or 40 miles to Jodhpur for sightseeing of Mehergarh Fort and Jaswant Thada Memorial. Return Overnight to Rohetgarh.
Morning, drive 66 kilometers or 41 miles to Osian for lunch and drive further to the Sam sand dunes for camel ride and dinner. Drive to Jaisalmer and transfer to Hotel.
Full day to explore the Golden Fort of Jaisalmer and the intricately sculpted yellow sandstone havelis of Jaisalmer. Overnight at the Hotel.
After Breakfast drive to Bikaner for sightseeing of Junagarh Fort. Overnight at the Hotel.
Drive to Mandawa Castle for sightseeing of the castle and the surrounding village. Overnight in Mandawa Castle.
In the morning explore Mandawa Castle and the surrounding village. After early lunch drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to the International airport to connect flight back home.
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