Rajasthan, Taj Mahal, Khajuraho &
Holy River Ganges

Places Covered: - Delhi- Mandawa – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Ranakpur - Udaipur – Kumbalgarh - Jaipur- Agra- Orchha- Khajuraho- Varanasi - Delhi
Duration: - 21 Days/ 20 Nights
Start from: - New Delhi
Ends in:- New Delhi

Day 01:- Arrive Delhi, meet & assist at the airport & transfer to the hotel. Overnight in  Delhi hotel.

Day 02:- After breakfast visit the ancient capital city, with its magnificent Red Fort the pageant of Indian History, from its origin around 1200 BC, through the periods under the Sultans in the 10th century and Mughals from the 14th Century. Then in afternoon visit New Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was jewel in the crown of the British empire. Visit Qutab Minar, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, Safdarjung Tomb, The President’s House, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, and Lotus Temple & Laxmi Narayan Temple. Overnight in Delhi hotel.

Day 03:- After breakfast drive to Mandawa/ Jhunjhunu & transfer to the reserved hotel. Afternoon visit the beautiful frescoes, Havelis & Mansions. Mandawa witness one of the finest castles of Rajasthan, is now a hotel and house of collection of armories, costumes of ancestors, canons from 1820, ancient coins, numismatic collection of many other interesting items preserved in a museum. Overnight in Mandawa hotel.

Day 04: After breakfast Drive to Bikaner, arrive there & transfer to the hotel. Afternoon city sightseeing tour of Bikaner covering Lalgarh Palace, The Museum, Bhanda Sagar Jain Temple, Camel Breeding Farm and the famous Deshnok Rat Temple (Where people pray & feed rats). Overnight in Bikaner hotel.

Day 05:- After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer, famously known as the “Desert City”. Arrive Jaisalmer and check in a mud hut/ tent in the deserts. Enjoy the traditional folk dances and the Rajasthani meals (Traditional Rajasthani Dinner) in the hut camp in sand dunes. Overnight in hut with cultural programs & bonfire.

Day 06:- After breakfast go on a camel Safari. In Afternoon drive to the city, check in your reserved hotel and then visit the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon ki haveli (Heritage Home) & Salim Singh Ki Haveli with its carved balconies & brackets which are supreme examples of art.  Overnight in Jaisalmer city hotel.

Day 07:- After Breakfast drive to Jodhpur, famously known as the “Blue City”. On arrival check in the hotel & during the afternoon you will tour the city of Jodhpur to visit Jaswant Thada, Mehrangarh Fort, the Umaid Bhawan Museum, Sadar Market & Clock Tower. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 08:- After breakfast morning city tour of the city covering Umaid Bhawan Palace. It is the official residence of the Maharaja (King) of Jodhpur. A part of the Palace has been converted into a luxury hotel managed by the Taj Group, visit the beautiful Umaid public gardens. Evening free at leisure. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 09:- After breakfast drive to Udaipur (The city of Lakes & Palaces). Via Ranakpur. Here in Ranakpur, visit the famous Jain Temples. Arrive Udaipur, check in your hotel. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 10:- After breakfast morning city tour covering The Lake Palace, City Palace museum, Jagdish Temple, Sahelion ki Bari (Queen’s resort for their friends), Bhartiya lok Kala Mandir & the Pratap Memorial. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 11:- After breakfast drive to Jaipur – the fabled “Pink City” of the deserts. En route visit Kumbalgarh (Famous for its forts and palaces). Arrive Jaipur and transfer to the reserved hotel. Then in evening visit the Pink city of Jaipur & its famous Pink Markets, locally known as Badi Chopar and Choti Chopar. Overnight in Jaipur hotel.

Day 12:- After breakfast, visit the famous Amber fort. Ride up on the elephant back to the former capital of the Royals set against the back drop of the wooded hills see the luxurious and decorated rooms of the kings and queens also called as Sheesh Mahal. Later visit the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal) an architectural gem which is having hundreds of big & small windows which were used by the queens to greet and see their kings in older days of Purdah system (The women were not allowed to step out in  public). Then visit the Jantar Mantar, City Palace and the stone observatory. Overnight in Jaipur hotel.

Day 13:- After breakfast, drive to Agra (220 Kms approx.)  via Fatehpursikri (Also known as the Ghost city or the haunted city) – which was estranged capital of Mughal Emperor Akbar build in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. Arrive Agra, transfer to the reserved hotel. Evening free at leisure, Overnight in Agra Hotel.

Day 14:- After breakfast, freshen up to witness a whole new city of traditions.  Visit the Red Fort – The rusty Majestic Red sand stone fort of Agra standing on the banks of river Yamuna. The construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. Later at the sunset visit the Magnificent TAJ MAHAL- One of the 7 wonders of the world & surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. It was built by Emperor Shah Jehan for his beloved wife Mumtaz. Overnight in Agra hotel.

Day 15:-  Agra - Jhansi – Orchha- After breakfast, transfer to railway station to board the train to Jhansi, Arrive Jhansi & drive to Orchha & transfer to hotel. Proceed for sightseeing tour. The palaces named – Raj Mahal : Situated to the right of the quadrangle. Jehangir Mahal : Built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in the 17th century to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha, Raj Praveen Mahal, Ram Raja Temple, Chaturbhuj Temple & Laxminarayan Temple. Overnight at Orchha hotel.

Day 16: - Orchha – Khajuraho – After breakfast in Hotel, drive to Khajuraho. Full day sightseeing of the legendary temples of Khajuraho is an incomparable experience. Acknowledged as one of the world’s artistic wonders, these temples are dedicated to Kama sutra & the Hindu pantheon of Gods are covered in carvings that are a paean to life and love. The temples are unique in architecture and stunning in their ornamentation. Today you will visit the Eastern Group of Temples. Overnight at Khajuraho hotel.

Day 17:- Khajuraho - After breakfast, half day City tour of visit Western Group of Temples. The evening is at leisure and overnight stay at Khajuraho hotel.

Day 18:-  Khajuraho/ Varanasi - After breakfast, you will be provided with a departure transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi. Pickup from the airport and transfer to the reserved accommodation.  Evening visit the Ghats of River Ganges for a mesmerizing Aarti (Prayer), where every evening at dusk, thousands of devotees and tourists gather on the steps of Dasaswamedha Ghat (River Bank)  for the Ganges Aarti (Fire worship) ceremony. As the darkness descends, it’s a highly charged spiritual extravaganza where oil lamps are lit, bells clang, incense burns and bhajans (devotional prayers) are chanted. Many devotees light a small basket of flowers and set it adrift on the Ganges.  Overnight in Varanasi hotel.

Day 19:- Dawn boat ride on Ganges – Of all the experiences in Varanasi, there is nothing quite as humbling as an early morning boat ride on the Ganges. Set your alarm for a pre dawn start. The driver takes you to the Dasaswamedha Ghat or Assi Ghat for the ride. Sitting in your rickety wooden rowing boat, there’s an eerie sense of peace on the river until the sunrise bathes the river banks in gold and reveals the moving theater of spiritual devotion. All along the river banks, crowds of people are bathing, performing praying ceremony, praying to the Sun god and washing away the sins of Life. During the day city tour like Vishwanath temple, Banaras Hindu University, Archaeological museum etc. & the Sarnath Temple tour which is 10 kms north east and is a thriving center for Buddhists. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 20:- After breakfast you are free at leisure till dropped at the train station to catch a train to Delhi. Overnight in Train.

Day 21:- Arrive Delhi, day free at leisure for shopping, rest etc. Evening drop at the Airport for your onward flight back home/ or as per your further plans.

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