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Desert Tour of Rajasthan (12 Days)

Tour Detail: Delhi 2 Nights > Mandawa 1 Night > Bikaner 1 Night > Jaisalmer 3 Nights > Jodhpur 2 Night > Jaipur 2 Nights > Delhi Departure
 
  Day 1: Arrive Delhi
 
Check into your hotel. Overnight at Hotel
   
   
  Day 2: Explore Delhi
 


Red Fort
The most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colorful market of the old city.

Raj Ghat
The impressive and emotional memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

   

India Gate
A memorial to the unknown soldier, which was Designed by Lutyens. The 42 meter high structure is a war memorial in honour of the soldiers who died during the Second World War. The imposing structure from where stretch massive lush green lawns has an eternal flame (Amar Jawan Jyoti) to honour the memory of the unknown soldiers.

   

Mughal Garden
The famous Mughal Gardens is located in the premises of the Rashtrapati Bhavan - the official residence of the President of India. The building and gardens designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens span an area of about 320 acres that include Colourful flowering shrubs and European flower beds. The gardens are open to the public from February to March every year.

 

Qutab Minar
One of the finest examples of early afghan architecture is the Qutab Minar. A soaring tower of victory that was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi.

   

Humayun's Tomb
A Wonderful example of early Mughal Architecture, the Humayun's Tomb was built by the wife of Humayun, Haji Begum in the mid 16th century, and this red sand stone structure is considered to be the predecessor of Taj Mahal.

Overnight at hotel.

 
  Day 3: Delhi – Mandawa (350 Kms / 7 Hours)
 


Early morning depart for Mandawa, reach by afternoon, check in and lunch at hotel, afternoon at leisure. Evening see the frescoes for which the Shekawati area of Rajasthan is famous. Overnight at hotel.

 
  Day 4: Explore Mandawa continue to Bikaner in afternoon.
 


Mandawa Haveli along with Fatehpur Haveli, Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Goenka Haveli, Chowkhadi Haveli.

After lunch in late afternoon depart for Bikaner (200 Kms / 3 hrs), evening check in to hotel, overnight at Bikaner.

 
  Day 5: Explore Bikaner and continue to Jaisalmer in evening.
 


Junagarh
Built in 1593 A.D. by Raja Rai Singh, a general in the army of Emperor Akbar, the fort is a formidable structure encircled by a moat and has some beautiful palaces within. These palaces, made in red sandstone and marble, make a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows dotted all over the structure.

Lal Garh Palace
The architectural masterpiece in red sandstone, the palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh. The palace has beautiful latticework and filigree work. Sprawling lawns with blooming bougainvillea and dancing peacocks make it a not-to-be missed visual treat. Part of the palace has been converted into a luxury hotel and a museum known as Shri Sadul Museum. The museum covers the entire first floor of the palace and houses well preserved old photographs and trophies of wildlife.

Ganga Museum
It is the best Rajasthan museum, having one of the richest collections of terra-cotta ware, weapons, miniature paintings of Bikaner school and coins. The exhibits are splendid masterpieces of Harappan civilization, Gupta and Kushan era and sculptures of the late classical time. The museum has a separate section displaying exclusive arts and crafts of the region.

Depart for Jaisalmer at 1600 hrs (300 kms / 5 Hrs), check into the hotel.

 
 
  Day 6: Explore Jaisalmer - City
 


Jaisalmer Fort
The golden hued fort is a sentinel to the bleak desert scape from its 80 meter high perch on the hill, housing the entire township within its ramparts. It has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely havelis, three beautifully sculptured Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century A.D. and five interconnected palaces. The fort is approached through four gateways-Akhaiyal, Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol and Hawa Pol.

Patwon Ki Haveli
The most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer havelis. It has exquisitely carved pillars and extensive corridors and chambers. One of the apartments of this five storey high haveli is painted with beautiful murals

Tazia Tower
A pagoda like structure looming up from the ‘Badal Mahal’ with beautiful ‘Taazias’-ornately decorated bamboo, paper and tinsel replicas of a bier, carried out in procession during Muharram by the Muslims.

Gadisar Lake
A scenic rain Water Lake with numerous beautiful shrines around and a spectacular avian variety. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings.

Jain Temple
The fort has three exquisitely carved jain temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankars- Rishabhdev, Sambhavnath and Paraswanath.Gyan Bhandar or Library: Some of the oldest manuscripts of India are found in this library established as a part of Jain temples.

Manak Chowk
A main marketplace outside the fort leads to the narrow lanes dotted with famous havelis.

 
 
 
 
 
  Day 7: Explore Jaisalmer – Sam & Sand Dunes
 


No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the most picturesque dunes of Sam. The ripples on the wind -caressed dunes, that create an enchanting mirage, are surely a delight for a trigger - happy photographer. Also have a camel ride in the desert sands. Return to hotel in the evening.

 
  Day 8: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (300 Kms / 5 Hrs)
 


Depart for Jodhpur in morning, afternoon check in to the hotel, have lunch. Evening explore the city. Overnight at hotel

 
  Day 9: Explore Jodhpur
 


Mehrangarh Fort
This majestic fort sprawled across a 125 hill, is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. Within the fort are some magnificent palaces with marvelously carved panels, latticed windows and evocative names. These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, and miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.

Jaswant Thada
A white marble memorial situated about 400m northeast of the fort. You will get enticed by the beautiful marble lattice work and the carved wooden doors of the cenotaph.



 
  Day 10: Jodhpur – Jaipur (360 Kms / 7 Hrs)
 
After breakfast, leave for Jaipur. Check in at hotel in evening.
 
  Day 11: Explore Jaipur
 


Amber Palace
The Former Capital of Rajput kingdom. Step back in time as you are transported up the hill to the palace on brightly caparisoned elephants — true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. Inside find lavish courtyards, beautifully decorated halls and a lovely Chamber of Mirrors.

City Palace
Visit City Palace situated in the heart of old city of Jaipur. The Palace is the most important attraction of the old city of Jaipur. The former ruling family still resides in the Chandra Mahal built by Sawai Jai Singh II, but the outer and inner courtyards have been converted into a museum.

Hawa Mahal
The lovely Palace of the Winds a five storey building of unusual architecture is a stunning example of Rajput artistry made of red and pink sand stone, beautifully outlined with white borders and motif's painted with quick lime. The monument was originally conceived with the aim of enabling ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life and royal processions in the city without being seen by others.

Jantar Mantar
An accurate observatory built in 1726. It contains 13 different instruments for calculating such things as the time of day, the altitudes of heavenly bodies, and the positions of constellations. Although the instruments look like modern sculpture, they are able to make calculations accurate to one second.

 
  Day 12: Jaipur – Delhi Departure
 
Drive back to Delhi for your Departure flight.
 
 
     
     
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