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|
> 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
Jaisalmer – Bikaner (B)
- In the morning depart for Bikaner by road and check in at your hotel on arrival
- Half day tour of Bikaner - The mesmerizing music of the desert is echoed in Bikaner; a medieval flavored city set along the old caravan route which linked Central Asia & North India with the Gujarat seaports.
- Charming havelis (mansions) stand in the old part of this walled city and a leisurely lifestyle still prevails in this sublimely picturesque place surrounded by harsh desert.
- Visit the Fort; one of the finest of Rajput monuments. Thirty-seven palaces; pavilions and temples built by different kings are all connected by paved courtyards; narrow staircases and terraces in this Rathor stronghold.
- The oldest existing structures in Bikaner are the 14th-century Jain temples built by two merchant brothers; Sandeshwar and Bhandeshwar.
- The Bandeshwar Temple has carved wooden columns with dancing figures; surrounding a dark sanctuary with checkered gold design and a mandap with astonishingly well-preserved frescoes.
- The Sandeshwar Temple's chief features are enamel and gold leaf wall paintings and a vaulted and arched ornamental ceiling. The two marble altars are lined with rows of white marble statues of Jain saints.
- After the tour return to your hotel for overnight
Bikaner – Mandawa (B)
- In the morning we depart for Mandawa by road.
- Mandawa emerges like a mirage. A medieval fort (dated around 1750) gradually rises on the horizon.
- The Mandawa bazaar has many painted houses; parts of which have now been turned into shops and tie-and-dye fabrics flutter in the wind.
- Visit the havelis with their frescoes - of which the Chokanis; the Goenkas and the sarafs are extravagantly painted.
- The word haveli; which is of Persian origin; means `surrounded’ or an `enclosed place.; the English equivalent “ mansion" is a close enough translation; suggesting the spacious residence that haveli implies, but it fails to capture the essence of a way of life that was more than just a form of architecture. Secluded from the outside world; a haveli set its own pace of life. Since the middle of the 19th century; the inhabitants of northeastern Rajasthan have patronized the art of fresco painting compensating; in a way; for the lack of color in the landscape of their homeland.
- The frescoes on the earliest havelis date back to the early 1800s (though some of the forts; chhatris and temples are dated around 1750).
- The majority were painted between 1860 and 1900. Starting from purely religious themes; the frescoes move on to ornamental designs and after 1900 became widely available to imitations of European lithographs and etchings.
- After the tour, we return to the hotel in Mandawa.
- Overnight at your hotel in Mandawa.
- 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
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- India visa fee
- Entrance fees
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 10 JAN and 15 MAY 20
Contact us for any other date of travel required
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
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.