Duration : 17 nights / 18 days
Places Covered : Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Khimsar - Jaisalmer - Manvar - Jodhpur - Rohetgarh - Deogarh - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Delhi
Day 1 Fri : Depart North America
Depart North America on your exciting journey to explore the royal Forts & Palaces of India. Day rooms are provided in Singapore at the AMBASSADOR TRANSIT HOTEL. East Coast passengers connect through London.
Day 2 Sat : Arrive Delhi
Arrive tonight in India’s bustling capital city of Delhi, where you are greeted with a traditional Indian welcome and escorted to THE CLARIDGES HOTEL.
Day 3 Sun : Old Delhi Sightseeing
After a leisurely morning, embark on your tour Old Delhi. Among your stops are the Red Fort, Raj Ghat - a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Ashoka Pillar and the mile-long Chandni Chowk bazaar. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with a presentation of Indian music and dance. (BLD)
Day 4 Mon : New Delhi Sightseeing
Embark on your tour of New Delhi. Drive along Rajpath, the capital’s broadest avenue, to view the Parliament House, the President’s House and India Gate. Then visit Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and Birla Mandir. Your afternoon is at leisure. (BLD)
Day 5 Tue : Delhi - Mandawa
After breakfast, drive to Mandawa, famous for its havelis (town mansions) and frescoes. Overnight at the MANDAWA CASTLE HOTEL.
Day 6 Wed : Mandawa - Bikaner
Visit enchanting villages in the Shekhawati region. The many havelis are covered with frescoes painted by local artists. Continue to the fascinating city of Bikaner, tucked away in the desert of western Rajasthan and characterized by its beautiful sandstone architecture. Enjoy your stay at the historic LAXMI NIWAS PALACE, carved out of red sandstone and still inhabited by the royal family. (BLD)
Day 7 Thu : Bikaner - Khimsar
After breakfast, visit the Junagarh Fort. Later, proceed by surface to Khimsar. Upon arrival, check in at the KHIMSAR FORT. Spend the evening at leisure. (BLD)
Day 8 Fri : Khimsar - Jaisalmer
This morning you will be transferred to Jaisalmer. Arrive late in the evening and check in at HOTEL TAJ RAWALKOT. (BLD)
Day 9 Sat : Jaisalmer
After breakfast, visit the awesome Jaisalmer Fort, which houses the entire township within its rampart. Visit the Nathmalji ki haveli and Patwon ki haveli. Later in the evening proceed to witness the sunset at the Khuri sand dunes. (BLD)
Day 10 Sun : Jaisalmer - Manvar
Drive to the enchanting Thar Desert oasis of Manvar, where you will enjoy your stay in a luxurious tented camp and experience a night in the desert. Dine al fresco tonight under a canopy of stars, with entertainment including folk dancing and indigenous music. MANVAR DESERT CAMP. (BLD)
Day 11 Mon : Manvar - Jodhpur - Rohetgarh
This morning you will head towards Jodhpur and visit the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. After the visit, continue to Rohetgarh. On arrival, check into FORT ROHET. (BLD)
Day 12 Tue : Rohetgarh - Ranakpur - Udaipur
After breakfast, proceed by surface to Udaipur, enroute you will visit the famous Jain temples of Ranakpur and have lunch at the mango orchard restaurant of Maharani Bagh. Upon arrival in Udaipur, check in at HOTEL FATEH PRAKASH PALACE. (BLD)
Day 13 Wed : Udaipur
This morning after breakfast, enjoy an excursion to the ruins of Eklingji & Nagada. You will take an afternoon city tour of Udaipur, in which you will visit the City palace, the Crystal museum, Saheliyon ki Bari Garden and Jagdish temple. Evening at leisure. (BLD)
Day 14 Thu : Udaipur - Deogarh
This morning you will head towards Deogarh. Upon arrival, check in at the beautiful DEOGARH MAHAL. Relax in the afternoon.
Day 15 Fri : Deogarh - Jaipur
After breakfast, proceed by surface to Jaipur. Arrive and check in at the RAJ PALACE OR JAI MAHAL PALACE. In the afternoon, visit the beautiful City Palace, Jantar Mantar – the largest stone observatory in the world, and the “Palace of Winds.” In the evening, walk around the crowded bazaars.
Day 16 Sat : Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
This morning you will ride on an elephant to visit the Amber Fort. Later, continue by surface to Agra. Enroute to Agra, you will visit Fatehpur Sikri. This city built by Emperor Akbar was abandoned after 15 years due to the scarcity of water. Arrive in Agra and check in at Jaypee Palace. Evening at leisure.
Day 17 Sun : Agra - Delhi
In the morning, visit the world famous Taj Mahal followed by a visit to the imposing Agra Fort. Later, continue the surface journey to Delhi. Enroute, make a photo stop at Sikandra, the mausoleum of Emperor Akbar. Arrive in Delhi and have dinner before transferring to the International airport for your return flight home.
Day 18 Mon : Arrive Home
Arrive home filled with colorful memories of your regal escapade in the heart of Rajasthan.
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