Rajasthan

Day 01         :        Arrive Delhi by AI 122 at 1015 hrs from Rome / Milan

Meeting assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel

Afternoon visit of New Delhi : This city designed and built by the British in the 1920’s – a city of wide boulevards impressive  Government buildings, and official building in Connaught Place area.  India Gate: This arch of triumph bears the names of several thousands of Indians who lost their lives during First World War. Rashtrapati Bhavan : Opposite India Gate is the official residence of the President of India. The building exhibits Mughal as well as Western architectural style. Surrounded by huge gardens, this was completed in 1929. Qutub Minar : 73m in height, this tower in Delhi tapers from a diameter of 15m to 2.5m. There are five distinct storeys, each of which has a protruding balcony. Humayun’s Tomb 1564-1572 built by Haji Begum, the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun’s, nine years after his death and took eight years to complete. It is designed by the Persian architect Misak Mirza Ghiyaz. Octagonal in shape, raised on a plinth, with double domes, high arches, laid in the centre of a large walled enclosure, the monument is an imposing structure.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 02         :        Delhi

After breakfast, visit of Old Delhi: An ancient walled city.  Here you will drive visit Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire:  visit Jama Masjid – It is the largest mosque in India. It was begun in 1644 and completed only in 1658. There are two minarets (40m in height), four angle towers and three gateways. Built during the rule of Emperor Shah Jahan, the mosque is made of white marble and red stone. Rajghat: On the banks of the Yamuna, is the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948.

Afternoon, free at leisure

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 03         :        Delhi / Agra (204 kms / 4 hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Agra. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel

Afternoon, visit Taj Mahal : Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed monument in the world. However, no matter how many pictures you have seen or no matter how high your expectations are, the Taj never lets you down – the unparalleled glory and beauty of the building surpasses beyond all human imaginations. At sun rise we visit the Taj Mahal to witness this spectacular monument built for love. Besides perfect symmetry in every aspect of its construction, the inlay work of semi precious stones into marble in pietra dura style is absolutely remarkable. (Taj Mahal Closed on Friday’s)

Agra Fort : On the shores of River Yamuna, to the northwest of the Taj Mahal, Emperor Akbar started a majestic fort, which gained Jehangir and Shah Jahan as its future benefactors who added rose-red sandstone and marble buildings to it respectively. Within 2.5- km-long and 20 feet high fortified walls, the premises of the fort houses many visionary palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 04:                 Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Jaipur (235 Kms / 5 Hrs)

After visit drive to Jaipur, en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri: A fascinating ghost town, lies a little beyond Agra the deserted Red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital.  It was a veritable fairy tale city and its ruins are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur.  Set like a jewel in a courtyard of pink sandstone is the marble tomb of the Saint Salim Chisti, enclosed by delicately carved marble screens and visits  Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal, The Jami Mosque, Birbals Palace, Sunhera Makan, Palace of Jodha Bai, Kahan-i-khas, Diwan -i-am.

Upon arrival check in at Hotel 

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 05:                 Jaipur

After breakfast, proceed to Amber fort the ascent to the Fort will be on   Elephant back (Subject to availability) / Jeep. Amber Fort: At a short distance of 11 kms, from Jaipur, the Amer Fort complex stands amidst wooded hills overlooking the Delhi-Jaipur highway, with its forbidding ramparts reflected in the still waters of the Maota Lake below. One of the finest examples of Rajput architecture; it was the ancient capital of the Kachhawah rulers. The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh and additions were made later by Sawai Jai Singh. Within the palace are the Diwan-e-Aam or the “Hall of Public Audience”, the Diwan-e-Khas or the “Hall of Private Audience” and the Sukh Niws where a cool breeze blows across channels of water for the purpose of air-conditioning. Here are the private chambers of the queens with windows having latticed screens so that the ladies could watch the proceedings of the royal court in privacy. There is also the Jai Mandir or the “Temple of Victory”, with its famed Sheesh Mahal, the scintillating “Hall of Mirrors”.

Afternoon visit Jaipur City: Hawa Mahal : Also known as the Palace of Winds was built in 1799 . It is a part of the City Palace and was commissioned by Sawai Pratap Singh. The Hawa Mahal was designed for the ladies of the royal household to watch the going on the street while themselves remaining hidden from public view. City Palace Museum – In the heart of the old city is former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. A part of this palace is now a museum. The rest of the palace serves as the living quarters of the royal family of Jaipur. The palace also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works. Jantar Mantar (Observatory) – A stone observatory, known as Jantar Mantar, was built by Jai Singh II, a great astronomer. It is located near the City Palace. It is the largest and the best-preserved observatory of the lot. By means of the instruments here, astronomers could measure the positions of the stars and calculate eclipses.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 06         :        Jaipur / Bikaner (330 Kms. / 7 Hrs.)

After breakfast, drive to Bikaner, on arrival, transfer to the Hotel

Afternoon, visit of Bikaner : A desert fortified city on the ancient caravan routes that originated from Africa and West Asia. Junagarh Fort , Built in 1593 A.D. by Raja Rai Singh, 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, kiosks and windows dotted all over the structure., Bhandasar Jain Temple Beautiful 16th century A.D. Jain temple dedicated to the 13rd Trirthankra. An enormous archway leads to the Jormal temple in a spacious courtyard. Tar Mandir is the royal chapel where Royal weddings and births were once solemnized.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 07         :        Bikaner / Jaisalmer (333 kms / 7 hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Jaisalmer, on arrival, transfer to the Hotel

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 08         :        Jaisalmer

After breakfast, visit of Jaisalmer City : The citadel city built in the 12th century is an architectural dream in yellow sandstone lying in the lonely silence of the Thar Desert, would provoke wonder, at what could have induced Jaisal, a Bhatti Prince, to settle right in the heart of a desolate desert.  The Forts and Palaces and several superbly carved Jain temples in and around Jaisalmer are all reminiscent of a gloriously history.  From the balconies jutting out from either side of the lanes, almost touch overhead.  Patwon ki Haveli, Nathmalji ki Haveli are some of the notable mansions. Gadisar Lake, This tank outside the city walls, once held the town’s water supply, and, befitting its importance in providing precious water to the inhabitants of this arid city, is surrounded by small temples and shrines. A wide variety of waterfowl flock here in winter

Afternoon excursion Sam Desert: Located 45 kms west of Jaisalmer, are the proper sand dunes and popular with camel safaris, this Jaisalmer’s nearest real Sahara like desert, the ripples on the wind caressed dunes create enchanting images – a photograph’s delight. The sand shimmers under the glow of hotel sun highlighting what actually a desert stands for. Various cultural programmes are organized again the backdrops of these fascinating dunes. Camel Ride on Sam Desert.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 09         :        Jaisalmer / Jodhpur (290 kms/ 6 hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur, on arrival, transfer to the Hotel

Later, visit of Jodhpur City: The home of the Rathore rulers – the princely state of Rajasthan.  A high 10 kms long stone wall protects the well fortified city.  Within, stands an imposing fort on a low range of sandstone hills, about 125 mts. above the surrounding plains.  Visit Mehrangarh Fort – founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha (After whom the city is named) the Fort is intricately adorned with long carved panels and latticed windows of  exquisite designs in Red Sandstone.  Jaswant Thada (Marble Cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh)- an imposing white marble cenotaph built to commemorate the acts of bravery and generosity of the rulers in 19th century.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 10         : Jodhpur / Ranakpur / Udaipur (260 Kms. / 6 hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Udaipur, enroute visiting, Ranakpur : The Ranakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the liberal and gifted Rajput monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved with no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an interesting sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kg whose sound echoes in the entire complex. The main temple is a Chaumukh or a four-faced temple dedicated to Adinath.

Upon arrival, transfer to the Hotel 

Rest of the day free

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 11         :        Udaipur

After breakfast, excursion to Eklingji and Nagda.

Eklingji:14 miles North-East of Udaipur is the village of Kailash puri  which is known for its 108 temples surrounded by a high fortified wall, the whole complex is known as Sri Eklingji temple and has been a holy site associated with Lord Shiva since ancient times. The present structure however, dates from the 16th century.

Nagda: Close to Kailash puri down a rough country road is believed to have been established by Nagaditya the fourth Mewar king a descendant of the Guhadatta who was born in a cave in the Aravali Mountains.  There are several temples dating back to the fourth century A.D.

 Afternoon, visit Udaipur City: In the most midst of this romantic fate ridden land you come Udaipur, beautiful city of lakes, palaces and fountain.  In the shadows of dark green hills, Udaipur’s three lakes – Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar are shimmering jewels from the opal surfaces of which rise fairytale white palaces.  Maharana Udai Singh sought shelter here from the Mughal hordes and then tarried to fashion a city out of the silent vale.  Visit the City Palace Museum – grandeur and intricacy stroked all over in Granite, Marble and Mosaic displayed in the sparkling white filigreed balconies and windows, ornate arches and cupolas atop magnificent octagonal towers, Jagdish Temple – built in 1651 A.D.  Also visit Sahelion Ki Bari – the spectacular garden displaying the unique life style of the royal ladies who once lived in the palace.

Evening enjoy a common boat cruise on The Lake Pichola: Lake Pichola is the largest and the most beautiful of Udaipur’s lakes – it is overlooked by hills while palaces, mansions, bathing ghats, gardens and temples dot its banks. Jag Mahal and Jag Niwas are the two island palaces that add to the lake’s romantic ambience.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 12         :        Udaipur / Delhi (by flight – AI 472 at 1605 / 1725 hrs

After breakfast, morning free at the hotel.

Later drive to airport for flight to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 13                  Depart Delhi by AI 123 at 1420 hrs for Rome / Milan

In time transfer to international airport to board flight back home