FORTS, PALACES & TEMPLES OF INDIA TOUR
14 Nights / 15 Days
Rajasthan is home to some of the most illustrious and spectacular forts and palaces to be found in India. Holy towns, fort towns, palaces, and ancient temples and cultures await you on this tour along with camel rides and desert scenery - a must-see trip to take.
Itinerary Route: Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
Day 1: Delhi
You will be greeted at the airport by a Tour Packages India Representative and then escorted to your hotel by private AC car. As the check-in is facilitated by the desk staff you will be briefed on the tour program after which you'll be escorted to your room where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 2: Delhi
After breakfast you will embark on a day of sightseeing around Delhi. Delhi is said to be one of the oldest existing cities in the world, along with Damascus and Varanasi. Legend estimates it to be over 5,000 years old - it is said to have been built and destroyed 11 times throughout its history. In spite of its rich historical heritage represented by it's innumerable monuments, Delhi's population is reputed for having little awareness of or pride in the city's history due to the simple reason that few Delhi residents actually belong to Delhi. The population of Delhi is a heterogeneous mix of people originating from every corner of India. Undoubtedly, this will become obvious during your tour through the city. Delhi is by far the most cosmopolitan city in India and a true traveller's delight.
Day 3: Delhi to Mandawa (280 km / 7 hour drive)
Spend most of the day driving through the desert landscape of Rajasthan to the small town of Mandawa in the Shekhawat region - famous for its Havels and Fort Palace. After hotel check-in, take in a tour of the local Havelis which are admired for their rich decorations and extraordinary frescoes.
Day 4: Mandawa to Bikaner (170 km / 4 hour drive)
After hotel check-in in Bikaner, explore the Junagarh Fort built in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh, a General in the army of Emperor Akbar. This Fort is a formidable structure encircled by a moat with beautiful palaces constructed of red sandstone and marble. Marvel at these structures dotted with the picturesque ensemble of courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows. Also, take a side trip to the Camel Breeding Farm in the late afternoon.
Day 5: Bikaner to Jaisalmer (320 km / 7 hour drive)
After the morning drive through the desertlands of northwest Rajasthan, check-in to your hotel, rest, refresh and spend the day as you wish.
Day 6: Jaisalmer
Enjoy the day touring the city. The city surrounding the Jaisalmer Fort is just as amazing and unique as the fort itself. Get lost in the time in the narrow winding streets lined with decorated lattice work and floral paintings and the intricate artwork on the havelis all the while weaving your way up to the fort. In the late afternoon take a trip to the Sand Dunes, ride camels in the dunes while watching the sunset. Return to Jaisalmer for some tasty Rajasthani tandoori.
Day 7: Jaisalmer to Jodhpur (290 km / 7 hour drive)
Spend the morning driving to Jodhpur. Tour the city after checking in to your hotel. Ascend to the Mehrangarh Fort for a bird's eye view of the city.
Day 8: Jodhpur to Udaipur via Ranakpur (270 km / 6 hour drive)
On the way to Udaipur, stop off at Ranakpur to visit the beautiful Jain temples of the foothills of Kumbhalgarh National Park. Continue the drive to Udaipur where you'll spend the night - a beautiful city of lakes surrounded by mountains.
Day 9: Udaipur
Spend the day sightseeing. (See "Local Attractions" for a comprehensive list of activities and places of interest)
Day 10: Udaipur to Pushkar (295 km / 7 hour drive)
On the way to Pushkar, stop off at the most famous fort in Rajasthan, the Chittorgarh Fort. Towering over the crest of the enormous Grey Hill, girdled by massive walls and seven majestic gateways, dotted with shattered palaces, discover the "Temple of Mirabai" - the intricately carved 9-story Tower of Fame built in the 12th century in honour of Lord Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankara. Proceed to Pushkar to spend the night.
Day 11: Pushkar to Jaipur (160 km / 4 hour drive)
Spend the morning exploring one of the most religious towns for Hindus in all of Rajasthan. Pushkar is also world famous for it's own Camel Festival when the town is transformed into a spectacular fairground where thousands of pilgrims come to bathe in the holy water of Pushkar Lake, trade their camels, and participate in the festivities centered around the Camel Fair. Drive to Jaipur in the late afternoon and check-in to your hotel. Spend the evening relaxing and enjoying the evening lights of the Pink City.
Day 12: Jaipur
Spend the day sightseeing. Jaipur has many points of interest. Please visit "Local Attractions" to see a comprehensive list of activities. No doubt, you'll have no problem filling your day
Day 13: Jaipur to Agra (245 km / 6 hour drive)
After breakfast you'll travel to Agra stopping at Fatepuhr Sikri along the way. Upon arrival you'll check-in to your hotel and the day will be available to you for sightseeing. The Agra Fort is one of the most popular afternoon tourist destinations. Of course, the Taj Mahal awaits - the best time to view the Taj is late afternoon to watch the changing colors of the Taj as the colorful sunsets reflect upon it. Early morning is also considered a good time for the same reasons and because it's the coolest part of the day to enjoy the monument. Dine out as you like and spend the night.
Day 14: Agra to Delhi (215 km / 5 hour drive)
Most travellers start their day at the Taj Mahal - sometimes traveling by Horse Cart to the entrance. It opens at 6:00 a.m. so breakfast usually takes place after your visit. Spend the afternoon driving to your Delhi hotel.
Day 15: Delhi Departure
After breakfast you'll be driven to the Delhi airport for your onward travels.
Delhi hotels are centrally located making all city points accessible. Agra and Jaipur hotels are reminiscent of the great Mughal dynasty with...
Delhi hotels are centrally located making all city points accessible. Agra and Jaipur hotels are reminiscent of the great Mughal dynasty with beautifully landscaped grounds, marble floors, and impeccable service. Hotels in western Rajasthan are heavily influenced by the grand intricate artistic flair of haveli architecture. A lot of interesting and exiciting choices.
Best Time: Winter in Rajasthan offers very cool evening temps and shorts weather throughout the day. Summers are incredibly hot but arid. Moonsoons...
Best Time: Winter in Rajasthan offers very cool evening temps and shorts weather throughout the day. Summers are incredibly hot but arid. Moonsoons can be quite enjoyable as rains occur mostly in the late afternoon offering a respite from the day's heat. October thru March (Winter) 9°C - 32°C (49°F - 90°F) April thru July (Summer) 23°C - 40°C (74°F - 103°F) July thru September (Monsoons) 24°C - 33°C (75°F - 92°F)
Delhi is simply the most well-connected city in India. It's served 24 hours/day by an International Airport, four different railway stations, and an...
Delhi is simply the most well-connected city in India. It's served 24 hours/day by an International Airport, four different railway stations, and an abundance of public and private bus lines.
Interesting cuisines are to be had in Rajasthan: spicy Gravies, cool Lassies, Mughal specialties, creamy Kulfi, terrific Tandoori, splendid Gulab...
Interesting cuisines are to be had in Rajasthan: spicy Gravies, cool Lassies, Mughal specialties, creamy Kulfi, terrific Tandoori, splendid Gulab Jamun. A tour worthy of the food alone.
Zip rides, camel rides, horseback rides, boat rides...ride all the way to a great time on this fantastic tour of Rajasthan. And the most interesting...
Zip rides, camel rides, horseback rides, boat rides...ride all the way to a great time on this fantastic tour of Rajasthan. And the most interesting and varied architecture you could hope for.
A Must Read before you book your tour... FORTS, PALACES & TEMPLES OF INDIA TOUR Terms and Conditions Important...
A Must Read before you book your tour... FORTS, PALACES & TEMPLES OF INDIA TOUR Terms and Conditions Important and necessary information about Deposits and Payments, Cancellation Policy, Refund Schedule...be sure to read it before booking your tour Terms and Conditions The purchase of any travel services offered by Tour Packages India (hereafter referred to as "TPI") constitutes a contractual arrangement between you and TPI, and represents your acceptance of the TPI Terms & Conditions. Deposit and Final Payment A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of 15% per tour is required for TPI to ensure your reservation. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit is received by TPI and you, in turn, receive a confirmation invoice via email. TPI accepts MasterCard and Visa. Your reservation will be automatically cancelled if deposit is not received by the deposit due date. Please review your booking invoice and contact TPI if your invoice appears to be incorrect or incomplete, as it may not be possible to make changes later. TPI cannot accept responsibility if we are not notified of inaccuracies within 5 days of sending out the invoice. In the case of billing errors, TPI reserves the right to re-invoice you with correct pricing. Final payment is due 30 days prior to commencement of services, with some limited exceptions as set forth below. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted these Terms and Conditions. If final payment is not received by the due date, your reservation will be canceled and your full deposit will be retained by TPI. TPI is not responsible for canceled land and/or air reservations in the event payment is not received by the final payment date. Payment in full is required 30 days prior to the commencement of the tour. Cancellation Fees are as follows: Tours cancelled 15 to 29 days before tour commencement date: 55% of the cost of services booked Tours cancelled 7 to 14 days before tour commencement date: 75% of the cost of services booked Any tour cancelled less than 7 days before tour commencement date will be ineligible for a refund.