Delhi and Desert Trail

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Duration : 09 Nights/ 10 Days

Destination : Golden Triangle & Rajasthan

DELHI : One of the most ancient cities of the world still existing, dates back to prehistoric times. This city was built, destroyed, rebuilt again destroyed umpteen times in history. But it rose again as sphinx every time. Ancient name being Indraprasht mentioned in Mahabharata, Seat of power during Sultanate and Moghul rule for seven centuries, And under British rule for two centuries. New Delhi or also called Lutyen’s Delhi was built during this period. Home to ancient, medieval and modern (Hindu, indo Islamic and European) architecture is very rare mixture, to be found elsewhere. A distinct culture, ever ready to amalgamate into anything it comes across, is the unique richness of this city. The cuisines of the restaurants, food joints and street food of this city are rich and diverse due to centuries of imports and assimilation of different culinary styles from across the world. Measured and judicious planning is essential, not to miss any of its historical and beautiful landmarks, buildings, colors & culture, vibrant society and life style.

AGRA : Home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, Agra is a sneak peek into the architectural history with other structures such as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. It has three UNESCO World Heritage sites. History, architecture, love and romance all of these create the magic of Agra, which is almost the lifeline of Indian tourism. History fanatics as well as architecture buffs can have a ball here with the sheer expanse of the Mughal art and culture on display. Apart from its Rich history and monuments, the city also has some exciting stuff for foodies - including the famous Agra ka Petha and amazing chaat and Lassi. Fatehpur Sikri is an abandoned city famous for its magnificent medieval monuments. It was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital. But unfortunately the city was abandoned soon due to scarcity of drinking water. Major attractions at Fatehpur Sikri include Buland Darwaza (the largest gate in the world), Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai Palace, Birbal Mahal and Salim Chisti Dargah.

JAIPUR : The largest city and the capital of Rajasthan, is also referred to as Pink City. Built by Sawai Jai Singh, this place was India's first planned city. With spectacular hilltops and stunning fortresses, Jaipur has become a major tourist attraction among both national and international tourists. This royal city captivates travellers as it is known for its rich culture and tradition, magnificent art and artefacts, and brilliant past. The serene temples, the long standing forts and palaces, and beautiful havelis with royal touch to them; add on to the glory of Jaipur. Wonderful landscapes, marvellous flora and fauna, picturesque views; all together create a mesmerising view of this place. Only forts and monuments aren't the attractions of this pink city, the intricate handicraft items and exquisite jewellery also catch the eyeballs of tourists. 

Day 01 Arrival at Delhi
Receive a warm and traditional welcome at the airport in Indian style and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay. 

Day 02 Delhi
After breakfast, go on a sightseeing tour of the city including Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Rajghat, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan and Mughal Gardens, Qutab Minar and Humayun's Tomb. In the evening, see the famous sound and light show at the Red Fort. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03 Jaipur 
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur and check in at the hotel. Go on a sightseeing tour of the Pink City including elephant ride to Amber Fort, City Palace and its museum, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jai Garh fort and Sisodia-Rani-Ka-Bagh will surely take your breath away. Spend the evening at your leisure or go for shopping and taste Rajasthani cuisine that includes Dal Bati, Churma and Bajare Ki roti for dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04 Sariska
After breakfast, drive to Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary where you can spot a number of wildlife and bird species including the tigers, especially if you are on elephant safari. Overnight stay at the Sariska wildlife resort.

Day 05 Mandawa 
In the morning, drive to Mandawa in the Shekhawati region. Check in at the hotel and explore the painted Havelis of the famous and rich merchants of the region that belong to 18th and 19th centuries. Most of these fabulous painting represent the deities that the natives worship and the daily life of the people. Overnight stay at the hotel. 

Day 06 Bikaner
The sunrise view of Desert Resort in Mandawa is quite picturesque. From there, drive to Bikaner and check in at the hotel. A visit to the world-famous Camel Breeding Farm is in store for the day, where you can ride the camels and see how they are reared up. Spend the evening at leisure or go for shopping in the markets to look for some of the coveted handicrafts and miniature paintings. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 07 Bikaner
In the morning, go on a sightseeing tour of the city of Bikaner, including the 16th century Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace and famous Jain Temples. You can also savor the delicacies of Bikaner such as salties (Bikaneri Bhujia), potato snacks and sweets and desserts. Over night stay at hotel.

Day 08 Deshnoke/Nagaur/Khimsar
In the morning, drive to Khimsar visiting Karni Mata Temple at Deshnoke enroute. 30 km from Bikaner, this 600-year old temple is also known as the Rat Temple because thousands of rats live here permanently and are fed here as pets. It is believed that these rats are actually the devotees of Goddess Karni and spotting one white rat of the temple, is considered to be especially auspicious. On the way, you will also visit the famous cattle fair of Nagaur, which is the second largest in Rajasthan and held annually in Jan or Feb. 

In the afternoon, you will reach Khimsar and visit the Khimsar Fort. Built originally as a stronghold against the enemy with fort walls, minarets and stables; it was restructured in the 18th century to make it suitable to serve as the residence for the royal family. Today, the fort is one of the most popular heritage hotels of India. Overnight stay at the hotel in Khimsar. 

Day 09 Ossian/Mandore/Jodhpur
In the morning, drive to Jodhpur, visiting Ossian and Mandore enroute. 58 km from Jodhpur, Ossian is rightly considered to be an oasis in the desert and is famous for its 11th century Jain temples with intricate carvings that are dedicated to Lord Mahavira. Other highlights of Ossian are Sun Temple, Kali temple and Sachiya Mata Temple. 8 km from Jodhpur, Mandore is known for the Royal Cenotaphs of the rulers of Jodhpur situated amidst well-maintained gardens. You will reach Jodhpur in the evening and check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10 Jodhpur/Delhi
In the morning, embark on a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur city with Mehrangarh Fort with its many palaces and courtyards on the top of Aravali Ranges; Umaid Bhawan Palace, still used as the residence for the royal family of Jodhpur in part and rest of it being used as the heritage hotel and a museum; and the Government Museum that has a rich collection of imperial dresses, portraits of the royal family and arms and ammunitions. In the evening, you will leave for Delhi, where you will be given the transfer to the airport so that you can catch your flight to onward destination in time.


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