Taj Mahal and Sand Dunes of Rajasthan

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PrivateTaj Mahal and Sand dunes of Rajasthan. Explore the contrasts that define India as you begin your tour in Delhi, the historical center and modern capital of India, to Agra. Here the glimmering white Taj Mahal towers over bustling streets and wooded forests. In Jaipur, ride to an ancient fort on the back of an elephant before discovering a pink city center. Continue to Jodhpur to see the massive Meherangarh (Majestic), Fort. Arrive in Jodhpur, the Brahmin's Blue City.  Stroll through its gardens protected by an impressive fort. Finally, witness a glorious sunset over the sand dunes of Jaisalmer's desert. 
Rajasthan is home to incalculable relics of royal structures built by the Maharajas to showcase their valor. These marvels stand as the pride of India who once ruled the place.

At a glance

Day 1 Welcome to India. Land in Delhi and transfer to hotel
Day 2 Travel to Agra.
Day 3 Taj Mahal and Agra Fort tour 
Day 4  Onwards to Jaipur with a stop in Fatehpur Sikri
Day 5 Amber Fort and Jaipur city tour
Day 6 Leave for Jodhpur by road 
Day 7 Morning Jodhpur city tour
Day 8 Travel to Jaisalmer
Day 9 City tour and Sam Sand Dunes experience
Day 10 Continue your journey to Bikaner
Day 11 Depart for Mandawa and city tour 
Day 12 Transfer from Mandawa to Delhi airport 

Highlights

> Admire the world famous Taj Mahal in Agra
> Stop at the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri before reaching Jaipur
> Walk through the Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted Observatory in Jaipur
> Visit Jodhpur with its seven city gates and numerous towers built during the 16th century
> See the softly honey tones havelis in Jaisalmer
> Visit the Sam Dunes 
> Explore Bikaner, a medieval flavored city set on the old caravan route
> Walk along the bright and colorful houses surrounding the Mandawa Bazaat

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Itinerary

Day 7

Jodhpur (B)

  • The city of Jodhpur; with its gentle atmosphere belies a stormy yet glorious past. Its walls; seven gates and numerous bastions and towers were built in the 16th century by Rao Maldeo. 393 feet above the flat surrounding plains soars a bold bluff on which was built the massive Meherangarh (Majestic) Fort.
  • In the old city’s maze of old lanes lie several palaces; havelis and some temples.
  • The famous puppet makers of Jodhpur are found here.
  • Visit the Sardar Bazar with its Clock Tower of 1912.
  • Visit the fort and palaces; some of which contain a fine collection of Rajput miniature paintings; a museum; Maan Vilas which houses Rathore armory and on the ramparts stand cannons; the spoils of Gaj Singh.
  • On the road, down from the Fort see Jaswant Thada; the blinding white marble cenotaph (chhatri) of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.
  • The afternoon is free at your leisure to continue to explore Jodhpur.
  • Overnight at your hotel in Jodhpur.
Day 8

Jodhpur – Jaisalmer (B)

  • In the morning depart for Jaisalmer by road.
  • On arrival in Jaisalmer; check-in at Hotel.
  • The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Jaisalmer.
  • Overnight at your hotel in Jaisalmer.
Day 9

Jaisalmer (B)

  • Set in a sea of golden-tinged sand; Sonar Kella; a golden fort rises out of a rock of topaz.
  • The entire living area of Jaisalmer lies within the gigantic citadel walls.
  • Visit the silent 12th century Fort built by Prince Jaisal and the Palace which stands at the highest point (100 meters) above the marketplace.
  • See the Jain Temples (12th-15th century) which lie within the fort complex. Some of them have quaint but impressive figures of Jain saints of white marble and of red and black stone. Others have beautiful images of Hindu deities which indicate the remarkable religious tolerance of that age.
  • The famous art of the stone carvers of Jaisalmer is evident in the elaborate facades of the yellow sandstone desert havelis (mansions) which glow softly in honey tones.
  • Visit Salim Singh ki Haveli; (Salim Singh was the tyrannical Prime Minister of Jaisalmer in the 18th century); Patwon ki Haveli (House of the Brocade Merchants) the largest and most elaborate of the famous havelis of Jaisalmer.
  • Patwas are merchants trading in rich brocades; gold and silver embroidery; sequins and ribbons. This family expanded their business to include opium; banking and revenue collecting.
  • Visit Nathmal ki Haveli the last of the great havelis.
  • Also visit Gadi-sar, an artificial lake that was an important source of water in the past. A natural decline was enlarged to catch every drop of rain and; in a season of drought; Gadi-sar was the mainstay of Jaisalmer. (Duration of sightseeing 3 1/2 hours)
  • Sam Sand Dunes (2 hours)
  • Experience the pace and space of desert life.
  • Ride to the smooth; silky sands of Sam sand dunes where the Raikas (camel drovers) travel with their animals over vast distances and know every waterhole and pasture in their region. They are the best guides.
  • The Raika is a handsome; romantic figure; in local legends and folk-songs; he is referred to as the messenger of love or the carrier of good or bad tidings.
  • After the tour return to your hotel in Jaisalmer.

Inclusions

  • Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative 
  • Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC vehicle
  • 11 Nights’ Accommodation at selected hotels in double room sharing
  • Meals: as mentioned 
  • Local English Speaking Guide
  • Jaipur offers sightseeing tour with an elephant ride/jeep ride

Exclusions

  • International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
  • Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
  • Travel insurance
  • India visa fee
  • Tips
  • Entrance fees
  • Services not stated in the itinerary

Validity

  • Rate valid for travel between 01 OCT 19 and 31 MAR 20
    High Season Supplement applicable for travel between 20DEC19 and 10JAN20

    Contact us for any other date of travel required

Country information

India’s Different Seasons
India climate is considered hot; however, the weather varies a lot depending on which part of the country you visit. The South has Monsoons whereas the North may be covered in snow. The best time to travel is between October and March (except for the Far North, where you will encounter winter conditions from November onwards)

Overview of food & drink
India’s food is tantalizing and spicy and comes in so many varieties. Rice is the foundation of each dish. This does not exclude a number for breads from light to roasted. Northern Indian food mostly consists of meaty stews and kebabs. Southern India is known for its spiced vegetarian curries and dosas. Goa and Kerala will serve you the best seafood dishes.
Drink only bottled water during your stay in India. Nimbu Pani (Lemonade) is a traditional and most common Indian drink, made of lemon and ginger juice. Coconut water is preferred by many locals across India. Toddy is a famous alcoholic drink in Madhya Pradesh that is made from various palm plants. Jal Jeera, the magical drink to survive the hot Indian Summers

Tipping
Usually, add 10 to 15% when eating out. Restaurants in Delhi and Mumbai often charge a ‘service charge’, not to be confused with ‘service tax’ (which is a government-levied tax). When a ‘service charge’ is levied no tip is expected. When you have a driver over multiple days you should tip him between 150 – 300 INR per day. Again, base this on how happy you were with his service and local knowledge

Culture and Language
It’s traditional to greet people using ‘Namaste’; place both hands together and bow slightly. In urban areas, this is often overlooked. Indian culture is based on a hierarchical system, so elders and superior are greeted first. Avoid standing too close to others. Use your right hand to touch, accept or give something. Do not use public displays of affection. Hindi is the official language, but English is widely spoken throughout the country

Getting around in India
Air carriers serve all major cities and large towns. There are several domestic “low Budget” options
Taxis and auto rickshaws are a very popular way of getting around the major cities. These rides are charged by the kilometer. Insist that your vehicle has a meter before going on your journey. Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai have metro systems. Rail is India is widely available. Shatabdi Express connects major and secondary cities. Advanced reservations are essential

Here are some traditional dishes
Alu Gobi: a dish made with potatoes (aloo), cauliflower (gobi) and Indian spices
Butter Chicken: traditionally cooked in a tandoor; but may be grilled, roasted or pan-fried with a special gravy
Rogan Josh: consists of braised lamb chunks cooked with a gravy based on browned onions or shallots, yogurt, garlic, ginger and aromatic spices
Malai Kofta: cooked in a creamy gravy made of tomatoes and cashew nuts
Naan: leavened, oven-baked flatbread normally served with all meals
 

India is a land full of paradoxes. Rajasthan is a regal place offering the same. This desert state is arid but still stands as the most vibrant destination to spend a delightful vacation. A majestically cultural land, adorned with enticing architectural marvels which greatly contribute to its tourist attraction. On one hand, you witness the royal valor with magnetizing structures while on the other hand, you’ll come across the attractive rural life.

The great Thar Desert stands as a prominent attraction of India integrating natural and artificial wonderments. During the tour experience the pristine desert beauty and the authentic culture of this respective region. Savour the charms of its glistening lakes, mesmerizing sand dunes, and shopping opportunities.