It is not wise to think of Rajasthan only for its historic sense, for its charm lies in the culture and grace of the Thar Desert. Enjoy the Indian Desert feel in the cities of Jaisalmer and Jodhpur and local country life in Nimaj and Osiyan. Experience the beauty of the Thar Desert exploring its wilderness, camel trekking, sleep out under the stars, experience the Rajasthani food and enjoy music and folk dances around a camp fire.
Enjoy the Indian Desert feel in the cities of Jaisalmer and Jodhpur and local country life in Nimaj and Osiyan.
Day – 01 Delhi
Arrival in Delhi.
Transfer to the hotel.
Delhi, known locally as Dilli and by the official name National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT), is the largest metropolis by area and the second-largest metropolis by population in India. Located on the banks of the River Yamuna, Delhi has been continuously inhabited since at least the 6th century BC. Owing to the migration of people from across the country, Delhi has grown to be a multicultural, cosmopolitan metropolis. Its rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed Delhi into a major cultural, political, and commercial centre of India.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day – 02 Delhi
After breakfast , leave for sight- seeing of Delhi, which includes Red Fort, Humanyun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat.
Red Fort : The Red Fort usually transcribed into English, Lal Qila is a 17th century fort complex constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the walled city of Old Delhi . It served as the capital of the Mughals until 1857, when Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled by the British Indian government. The British used it as a military camp until India was made independent in 1947. It is now a popular tourist site, as well as a powerful symbol of India's sovereignty: the Prime Minister of India raises the flag of India on the ramparts of the Lahori Gate of the fort complex every year on Independence Day. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
Humanyun’s Tomb :Of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal. The tomb of Humayun, second Mughal Emperor of India, was built by his widow, Biga Begum (Hajji Begum), in 1569-70, 14 years after his death, at a cost of 1.5 million rupees. The architect was Mirak Mirza Ghiyath. It was later used for the burial of various members of the ruling family and contains some 150 graves. It has aptly been described as the necropolis of the Mughal dynasty.
Qutub Minar : The Qutub Minar is the world's tallest brick minaret with a height of 72.5 meters (237.8 ft). Construction commenced by Prithviraj or his uncle Vigraharaja who won Delhi from the Tomar Rajputs and finished by Qutubuddib and Iltutmish, The Qutub Minar is notable for being one of the earliest and most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. It is surrounded by several other ancient and medieval structures and ruins, collectively known as Qutub complex. Today, this impressively ornate tower has slight tilt, but otherwise has worn the centuries remarkably well. Its no longer possible to climb the tower.
Jama Masjid : It is the largest mosque in India and considered as one of the largest in Islam was the final architectural work of Shah Jahan completed in 1658. Jama Masjid is situated at the heart of Muslim life in Old Delhi, the equivalent of Nizzamudin village in South Delhi and spirituak counterpoint to Red Fort. Its striped minarets and three onion shaped domes dominate Old Delhi and are worth the climb for a breathless panorama of the city.The vast open courtyard with a water tank in a the middle for washing before prayer, accommodates up to 20,000 worshippers, though on most days prayers take place inside the main prayer hall to the west(facing Mecca).
Raj Ghat : Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Gandhi's cremation on 31 January 1948. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end. It is located on the banks of the river Yamuna in Delhi in India on Ring Road officially known as Mahatma Gandhi Road. A stone footpath flanked by lawns leads to the walled enclosure that houses the memorial.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day – 03 Delhi/ Agra
After Breakfast, leave for Jaipur. Jaipur is 260 km away from Delhi, a 5 hr drive.
Jaipur : Popularly known as the Pink City, is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. During the British rule in India, Jaipur was the capital of the princely state of Jaipur. Founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. Jaipur is the first planned city of India, located in the semi-desert lands of Rajasthan. The city which once had been the capital of the royalty now is the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal families. At present, Jaipur is a major business centre with all requisites of a metropolitan city.
Leave for evening Bazaar Walk in theb by- lanes of city.
Jaipur is a city of vibrant colors and markets (bazaars). Jaipur's colorful markets offer a great break to stop and shop on you tour. While moving through the markets, you will come across the vivacious culture of this region. Jaipur is the perfect place to shop for Handicrafts, antiques, jewelry, gems, pottery, carpets, textiles, metalwork and leatherware. In Jaipur, there are many markets to present you the art and craft of Rajasthan. Kishanpol Bazar, Haldiyon Ka Rasta, Mahiharon Ka Rasta, M.I. Road, Jauhari Bazar, Bapu Bazar, Nehru Bazaar are the main markets of Jaipur. One cannot define in words, the assortment of products, which these markets offer. You have to visit the city to experience the actual range of stuff. Shopping is an electrifying activity in Jaipur. If you don't visit these markets of Jaipur, you will be definitely at amiss. Without a shopping spree in Jaipur's markets, no trip to Jaipur is complete.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day -04 Jaipur
After Breakfast , leave for sight-seeing of Jaipur which includes visit to Amber Fort with Elephant Ride and City Tour in the afternoon which includes visit to City Palace, Palace of Winds(Hawa Mahal), Royal Observatory(Jantar Mantar).
Amber Fort :Located in Amber, 11 km from Jaipur. It was the ancient citadel of the ruling Kachhawa clan of Amber, before the capital was shifted to present day Jaipur. Amber Fort is known for its unique artistic style, blending both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) elements, and its ornate and breathtaking artistic mastery. The fort borders the Maota Lake, and is a major tourist attraction in Rajasthan. The entire fort complex is constructed of white and red sandstone. The Fort is unique in that its outside, an imposing and rugged defensive structure, is markedly different from its inside, an ornate, lavish interior influenced by both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) styles of ornamentation. The walls of the interior of the fort are covered with murals, frescoes, and paintings depicting various scenes from daily life. Other walls are covered with intricate carvings, mosaic, and minute mirror work. Enjoy the amazing Elephant Ride while ascending up the hill while visiting Amber Fort.
City Palace: City Palace forms one of the most famous tourist attractions and a major landmark in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. City Palace complex covers a huge area, which is divided into a series of gardens, courtyards and buildings. Initially, Raja Jai Singh built the outer wall occupying a huge area. The additional grand buildings were constructed later by the succeeding rulers.A part of the exquisite Palace still makes home for the former Maharaja/ King. The premises consists several buildings like Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani's Palace, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
Jantar Mantar Observatory: Between 1727 and 1734 Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur constructed five astronomical observatories in west central India. The observatories, or "Jantar Mantars" as they are commonly known, incorporate multiple buildings of unique form, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement. These structures with their striking combinations of geometric forms at large scale, have captivated the attention of architects, artists, and art historians world wide, yet remain largely unknown to the general public.
Hawa Mahal(“Palace of Winds”): is a palace in Jaipur, India. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Usta in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. Its unique five-storey exterior is also akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas that are decorated with intricate lattice work. The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict "purdah" (face cover).Built of red and pink sandstone, the palace is situated on the main thoroughfare in the heart of Jaipur’s business centre. It forms part of the City Palace, and extends to the Zenana or women's chambers, the chambers of the harem. It is particularly striking when viewed early in the morning, lit with the golden light of sunrise.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day – 05 Jaipur/Nimaj
After Breakfast, leave for Nimaj. (240 km/5 hr drive)
The Nimaj village located in the Pali District in the Marwar Region in Rajasthan. On arrival check into the Chatra Sagar Lodge. Spend evening in the village interacting with locals experiencing the countryside lifestyle and living.
Overnight stay at the Lodge.
Day – 06 Nimaj/Osian
After breakfast, leave for Osian. (200 km/ 5 hr drive).
Osian is an ancient town located in the Jodhpur District of Rajasthan. It is an oasis in the Thar Desert, 65 km north of the district headquarters at Jodhpur. Osian is famous as home to the cluster of ruined Brahmanical and Jain temples dating from the 8th to 11th centuries. The city was a major religious centre of the kingdom of Marwar. Of the 18 shrines in the group, the Surya or Sun Temple and the later Kali temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the main Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira stands out in their grace and architecture.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day – 07 Osian/Jaisalmer
After Breakfast, leave for Jaisalmer (245 km/ 5 hr drive).
Jaysalmar, nicknamed "The Golden City", is a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert has a population of about 78,000. It is the administrative headquarters of Jaisalmer District. Jaysalmar is named after its founder Rao Jaysal. "Jaisalmer" means "the Hill Fort of Jaisal". Jaisalmer is sometimes called the "Golden City of India" because the yellow sand gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area.
Arrival and check-in at the hotel.
Evening at Sam(sand dunes) with Dinner.Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day – 08 Jaisalmer
After Breakfast , leave for full day sight-seeing of Jaisalmer which includes Jaisalmer
Fort, Gadisar Lake and Patwon ki Haveli
Jaisalmer Fort - Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. It was built in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from where it derives it name. The fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill, and has been the scene of many battles. Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason, it is also known as the "Golden Fort"..
Patwon Ki Haveli - The five-storied Patwon ki Haveli is the largest of its kind in Jaisalmer. Patwon ki haveli is one of the most elaborate and fascinating mansions in Jaisalmer that entices you with its hypnotic charm. There are five massive suites in the Patwon ki haveli that are decorated with brilliant representations of artistic acumen. The entire haveli is and interesting grid of pillared halls, large corridors, lavishly chiseled ceilings and ostentatiously decorated walls. The stunning murals that adorn the haveli walls are colorful depictions of the everyday court scenes, village scenes and other artistic concepts.
Ghadisar Lake - Gadisar Lake is one of the most important tourist attractions in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, North India. Its charm lies in the fact that it was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer city in the olden days.
A manmade reservoir, the Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan was constructed by Raja Rawal Jaisal, the first ruler of Jaisalmer. Artistically carved Chattris, Temples, Shrines and Ghats surround the banks of Gadisar Lake Jaisalmer. Located towards the south of Jaisalmer city the entrance to the Gadisar Lake or Garsisar Tank is through a magnificent and artistically carved yellow sandstone archway.
Overnight Stay at the hotel.
Day -09 Jaisalmer/ Jodhpur
After Breakfast, leave for Jodhpur. ( 300 km/ 6 hr drive)
Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the kingdom known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert
The city is known as the Sun City for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the Blue City due to the blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur lies near the geographic centre of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists. The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a thick stone wall.
Arrive and check-in at the hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day – 10 Jodhpur
After Breakfast, leave for Half Day Sight- seeing of Jodhpur which includes Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada.
Mehrangarh Fort - Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur city in Rajasthan state is one of the largest forts in India.The fort is situated 400 feet (122 m) above the city, and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. The museum in the Mehrangarh fort is one of the most well-stocked museums in Rajasthan. In one section of the fort museum there is a selection of old royal palanquins, including the elaborate domed gilt Mahadol palanquin, which was won in a battle from the Governor of Gujarat in 1730. The museum exhibits the heritage of the Rathores in arms, costumes, paintings and decorated period rooms.
Jaswant Thada – The Jaswant Thada is an architectural landmark located in Jodhpur. It is a white marble memorial built by Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of Maharja Jaswant Singh II. The monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These stones are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when the sun's rays dance across their surface. Within this cenotaph, there are also two more tombs. The Jaswant Thada is a traditional cremation ground of Jodhpur rulers. The grounds also include exquisitely carved gazebos, a beautiful multi-tiered garden, and a small lake.
Board your flight to Delhi and then your connecting flight back home.