I3 - Romance on the Desert

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17 Days, 16 Nights – Delhi, Bagar, Bikaner, Khuri, Jaisalmer, Manvar, Jodhpur, Fort Bambora, Udaipur, Ravla Jojawqar, Jaipur, and Agra


This fascinating journey into the heart of Rajasthan is truly Royal. You will explore some of the most spectacular but less explored forts and palaces. At most of these Royal Palaces, the erstwhile ruling family will welcome you as your host. From sand dunes to camels &  elephant rides and from palaces to desert hamlets, you will experience it all.


Includes:

Accommodation in 1st class hotels and Palaces on room based on bed and breakfast.
A/C car with driver throughout.
Sightseeing with English speaking guide.
Farewell cocktails and BBQ at Waterbanks.

 

Itinerary


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Day 1 – Delhi

Assistance upon arrival. Transfer to hotel Park/Connaught. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2 – Delhi

After breakfast sightseeing tour of New Delhi & Old Delhi to include India Gate, Parliament House, Bahai Temple & the Qutab Minar. After lunch sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, visit Rajghat - Memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, India’s largest Mosque the Jama Masjid, visit to the famous silver street “Chandini Chowk” & the magnificent Red Fort. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 3 – Delhi / Bagar

Drive to Bagar in the Shekawati region of Rajasthan. Check into the fascinating Piramal Haveli now restored  by the famous Neemrana group. Explore the painted havelies and architecture of Shekhawati. Overnight Piramal Haveli.

Day 4 – Bagar / Bikaner
Drive to Bikaner. Check into the heritage Jaswant Bhawan Palace hotel. After lunch tour of Junagarh fort, where beyond the massive walls, rise picturesque pavilions, delicately ornamented balconies and windows in hundred different designs, murals and frescoes, mirror studded walls, blue and white chinese tiles, mosaic  floors and the finest of carvings.  Overnight in Bikaner.

Day 5 - Bikaner/Khuri (near Jaisalmer)

Khuri is an ethnic village surrounded by sanddunes, 50 kms from Jaisalmer. The village has mud plastered huts & camp fire with folk music in the evening. Overnight in Khuri.

Day 6 - Khuri / Jaisalmer  

Explore the village and the local paintings in their houses. At sunset enjoy a camel ride on the dunes with a golden glow. Later drive to Jaisalmer and check into hotel Narayan Niwas Palace/Jaisal Castle. Overnight in Jaisalmer.

Day 7 - Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer is in the heart of the Thar desert. Day free to explore the fortress town, through narrow streets leading to Jain temples & havelies with most exquisite stone carvings in golden honey yellow stone. Overnight in Jaisalmer.

Day 8 - Jaisalmer/Manvar
Drive to Manvar. The resort lies between the cities of Jodhpur & Jaisalmer. Enjoy the romance of the desert around a campfire with cocktails and BBQ. Overnight at Manvar Desert Resort.

Day 9 - Manvar / Jodhpur
Drive to Jodhpur. Check into Ajeet Bhawan Palace. Visit Meherangarh fort, Jaswant Thada and Umaid Bhawan Palace. Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 10 – Jodhpur / Fort Bambora (Near Udaipur)
Drive to Udaipur via Ranakpur. Rajasthan is romantic with tales of valor and chivalry, and a history that brings to life forts and palaces and court intrigues. Developed scientifically the old city was surrounded by fortified bastions with entry through 11 gates. Ruins of these fortifications are still there and the more recent palaces can be visited. Evening attend an Aatish Bazi feast by the pool. Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 11 - Fort Bambora

After breakfast, proceed for a full day city tour of Udiapur Udaipur to include the City Palace - Jagdish Temple and drive around the Fatehsagar Lake, Sahelion Ki Bari (Queen's Resort for her friends also known as Garden of Maids). Visit Borra Mahal, Khas Mahal and courts, gardens and the fountains.  Evening enjoy a sunset ride at the romantic Lake Pichola and visit Jag Niwas Palace. Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 12 - Udaipur / Ravla Jojawqar

Drive to Ravla Jojawqar. This small castle lies at the foot of the majestic Aravali Hills and is the home of the local ruling family. Nearby is a hutment of the tribal Rebaris with a herd of 5000 camels, which is a delight to visit. The afternoon tea organized at the fort in the wild life sanctuary offers breathtaking views of the valley during sunset and for the wild life enthusiast there is a lot to explore. Overnight at Ravla Jojawqar.

Day 13 - Ravla Jojawqar / Jaipur

Drive to Jaipur. The city capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, in the tone of an autumnal sunset, literally blushed pink when Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria, stopped on its soil in 1883. The Palaces and forts of yesteryears that were witness to royal processions and splendor are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the Pink City. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 14 - Jaipur
Morning sightseeing tour by first driving throug the Pink - rose residential and business areas of the Pink City. Visit to Amber Fort. You ride up to the ramp of this 11th century Bastion atop a gaily decorated elephant. In the afternoon, proceed for city sightseeing, visiting the Maharaja's City Palace which now houses a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal miniature paintings and weapons. Astronomical Observatory–a few first accurate observatory in Indian-sub continent of the 15th century. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 15 – Jaipur / Agra
Drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri. The Taj Mahal, which is essentially one man's monumental testimony to love, has becomes synonymous not only with the city but with India as a whole. Agra, with its laid - back lifestyle and its immense wealth of architecture, handicrafts and jewelry is amongst the most remarkable cities in the world. Overnight in Agra.

Day 16 – Agra / Delhi

After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of world famous Taj Mahal - built by emperor Shahjahan for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Also visit Agra Fort - an impressive cluster of Palaces, Fort and Mosques on the Banks of river Yamuna across the Taj Mahal. Afternoon drive to Waterbanks. Evening bonfire & lakeside BBQ. Later transfer to International airport to board your flight or overnight at Waterbanks.
                        
Day 17 – En Route

Transfer to the airport for your departure.

 

 

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