Taj Mahal with Royal Rajasthan (15 Nights/ 16 Days)
Destinations: Delhi – Mandawa – Bikaner – Khimsar – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Rohetgarh – Ranakpur – Udaipur – Pushkar – Jaipur – Agra – Delhi
The package covers the most of North India. Lots of cultural Diversity, lots of forts and monument. It covers the best of Architectural diversity of North India covering palaces and the Taj.
Day 01: Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi, meet and assist at the airport and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast gear up for your visit of Old & New Delhi:
OLD DELHI – A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat – the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most visited sites in Delhi. It consists of a simple square black-marble platform that stands on the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Nearby, there are cremation sites of Jawaharlal Nehru – the first Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri. Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India. Drive past Red Fort – One of the most spectacular pieces of Mughal Architecture is the Lal Quila or the Red Fort. Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort has walls extending up to 2 kms. in length with the height varying from 18 mts. on the river side to 33 mts. on the city side. Chandni Chowk – a place that has a history of about 400 years. More evidences of the ancient times that once existed in old Delhi can be found out by winding through the labyrinthine lanes of Chandni Chowk, passengers an opportunity to see a different prospective of Chandni Chowk, which is otherwise only regarded as one of the favourite shopping avenues of Delhi.
NEW DELHI – An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate -was built by Edwin Lutyens to pay homage to the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I and the Afgan War. Closely looking at the walls of India Gate would let you know the names of 90,000 soldiers who died during the World War I, the Afgan War and the North-West Frontier operations. The structure was finally completed in the year 1931. India Gate was originally called the All India War Memorial., Laxmi Narayan Temple also known as Birla Temple – one of the landmarks in the nation’s capital New Delhi. It was built in the 20th century by the Birla family of industrialists known for its many other temples in India. It is modern in concept and construction. It attracts several devotees and international tourists. The presiding deity here is Lakshmi Narayan (Vishnu), Parliament House, the President’s Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. The evening is free to be spent at your leisure. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 03 : Delhi – Mandawa
After breakfast Drive to Mandawa in Rajasthan on day 03 of the Royal Rajasthan Tour with Magical India Tours. Check in at a heritage hotel for dinner and overnight stay. Set out on tours to the mansions of Shekhawati i.e. referred to as the ‘open-air art gallery of Rajasthan’. Mandawa was founded in the 18th century. Mandawa Castle overnight at the hotel in Mandawa,
Day 04: Mandawa – Bikaner
After breakfast Drive to Bikaner with the Royal Rajasthan Tour Package. Check in at a hotel on arrival for dinner and overnight stay. Tour the Junagarh Fort that was built by Raja Rai Singh; see the Lalgarh Palace that was constructed by Maharaja Ganga Singhji. The other attractions you may tour the Camel Breeding Farm, Karni Mata Temple etc.Stay overnight at the hotel in Bikaner,
Day 05 : Bikaner – Khimsar
After breakfast Drive to Khimsar with the Royal Rajasthan Tour itinerary. Check in at the Khimsar Fort for an overnight stay. Tour the Junagarh Fort and other attractions before retiring for the night at the Khimsar Fort.
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Day 06 : Khimsar – Jaisalmer
After breakfast the morning takes you to Jaisalmer via Osian – an oasis in the desert. A drive to this ancient township takes one past undulating terrain, punctuated by desert stretches and little hamlets, Osian has 15 beautifully sculpted Jain and Brahma temples. On arrival check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 07 : Jaisalmer
After breakfast Day Seven of the Royal Rajasthan Tour brings you to the desert city of Jaisalmer. Explore the stupendous Jaisalmer Fort that houses the entire township within its protective ramparts and the magnificent havelis such as Patwon-ki-haveli and Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli that are over centuries old.The evening is reserved for a visit to the Sam Sand Dunes that give you the taste of the Thar Desert at its majestic best. Enjoy camel safaris as well as cultural programmes. Overnight stay at the Sam Sand Dunes.
Camel Safari – Thar Desert
Day 08 : Jaisalmer – Jodhpur
After breakfast the morning takes you to Jodhpur where you check in at a hotel. Post lunch, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, which is set atop a 125 meter high hill. Explore the Jaswant Thada Memorial- a cluster of royal cenotaphs built in 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 09 : Jodhpur – Rohetgarh
After breakfast In the morning we drive to Rohetgarh and check-in at hotel on arrival. In the afternoon, proceed on a safari to Bishnoi Villages to explore these environmentalists’ distinct way of life that hasn’t been tarred with modernity. Also visit the villages of craftsmen – potters, weavers, and metal-ware. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10 : Rohetgarh – Udaipur
After breakfast On the 10th day of the Royal Rajasthan Tour, drive towards Udaipur en-route visiting Ranakpur Jain Temples that are renowned for their exquisite carved work in marble and a centre for Jain pilgrimage as well. On arrival at Udaipur, check into a hotel for overnight stay.
Day 11 : Udaipur
The city of lakes- Udaipur is a fascinating city to explore. With its intriguing blend of sights, sounds and experience- Udaipur is a tourist’s delight. Enjoy a boat ride on the placid waters of Lake Pichola and in the afternoon and visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Sahelion-Ki-Bari and Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum as well as the island palaces of Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 12 : Udaipur – Pushkar
After breakfast Day 12 will take us to the holy city of Pushkar. On arrival check-in at the hotel and rest a while. Later visit Pushkar lake, a dip in which is considered the most sacred thing to do. Visit the nearby Brahma Temple, the only one in India and the Nag Pahar or the snake mountain. Pushkar Lake
Day 13 : Pushkar – Jaipur
After breakfast proceed for Jaipur and on arrival check-in at the hotel. The Pink City of Jaipur has a plethora of forts, palaces and museums that captivate the tourist’s attention. Late afternoon, visit the City Palace- a charming blend Mughal and Rajasthani Architecture that now houses all the artefacts that showcase the regal past of Jaipur. Also see the royal astronomy at Jantar Mantar and the nearby Hawa Mahal, from where the royal ladies used to observe numerous festive processions. Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Day 14 : Jaipur
Morning after breakfast go for a excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort
AMBER FORT PALACE – Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it’s ultimate expression. Continue sight-seeing.
CITY PALACE – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
JANTAR MANTAR – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
HAWA MAHAL – The ornamental facade of this “Palace of Winds” is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Night stay in Jaipur.
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Day 15 : Jaipur – Agra
Post breakfast proceed to Agra en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri – a fascinating ghost town, lies a little before Agra where you can see the majestic Buland Darwaza as well as the marble tomb of the saint Salim Chisti, enclosed by delicately carved marble screens.Afternoon, arrive at Agra. After checking into a hotel, visit the Taj Mahal in the evening. Taj Mahal weaves a story of everlasting love in marble and was built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Overnight stay at Agra.
Day 16 : Agra – Delhi – Onward Destination
After breakfast Enjoy a whirlwind tour of Agra with visits to the Agra Fort. Check out from the hotel and proceed towards Delhi, visiting the Sikandra Fort enroute. After arrival in Delhi, you will be taken to the international airport for the flight back home, at the end of the Royal Rajasthan Tour.