Bikaner Holidays

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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Delhi

Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or independently explore this bustling capital.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi - Bikaner

Departing Delhi, Catch the train at 07:15 am Arrive to the 14th century desert town of Bikaner at 15:15. Once an important staging post on the great caravan routes, much of the atmospheric old town which we will explore is still encircled by massive fortified walls. Within these walls are havelis, artisan shops and people going about their daily lives.

Bikaner Fort entrance

Day 3: Bikaner - Jodhpur

Morning visit to the spectacular Junagarh Fort & museum, built between 1587 and 1593 during the rule of Rai Singh. After an interesting drive through increasingly varied scenery takes us to Jodhpur, a town at the edge of the mighty Thar Desert. Dominated by Meherangarh Fort which sits majestically atop a hill, Jodhpur is known as the Blue City. This is because of the coloured houses in the old town, painted indigo. Arrival and heck into your hotel.

People outside the Meheranga Fort in Jodhpur

Day 4: Jodhpur

Today we’ll enjoy some touring in this colourful Rajasthani city, taking in the mighty fort and bazaars of the old city which are gathered around the city’s tall clock tower.

A local girl in the Blue City of Jodhpur

Day 5: Jodhpur - Jaipur

Today, we drive to Jaipur. Affectionately known as the Pink City as Maharaja Ram Singh had all of the Old City painted a welcoming pink in 1876 to herald a visit by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), it is also the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. Arrival and check into your hotel to relax.

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 6: Jaipur

Look out for the snake charmers that dot our route, as we travel to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.

The steps up to the magnificent Amber Fort

Day 7: Jaipur - Agra

En route to Agra, we visit Fatehpur Sikri, former imperial capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Built between 1569 and 1585, it has been deserted for more than four centuries, by all accounts abandoned in 1600 due to a meagre supply of water. In Agra, we visit the impressive Agra Fort and then have some time to relax.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 8: Agra - Goa

Morning visit to Taj Mahal at sunrise this is followed by a visit to Akhgbar's tomb at Sikandra. OPTION 1 This afternoon transfer back to Delhi airport for your evening flight to Goa. Arrival transfer to your beach side hotel. OPTION 2 This afternoon transfer back to Delhi airport for your evening flight to Trivandrum. Arrival transfer to your beach side hotel called Travencore Heritage.

Days 9-10: Goa

Enjoy today and tomorrow relaxing on the beach:- OPTION1 = IN GOA WITH HOTEL AS LISTED //// OPTION 2 = IN KOVALAM AT THE TRAVENCORE HOTEL

Se Cathedral

Day 11: Goa - Mumbai

Option 1= Transfer to Goa airport for your flight to Mumbai. Option 2= Transfer to Triavndrum airport for your flight to Mumbai. Arrival into Mumbai we will transfer you to your hotel. This evening enjoy a leisurely horse and buggy ride along Marine Drive toward Chowpatty beach.

Crawford market architecture

Day 12: Mumbai

Today we embark on a glittering city tour, with a morning visit to the cave temples of Elephanta Island sculpted during the 5th to the 8th centuries. In the afternoon visit the Prince of Wales museum, Marine Drive and the Mani Bhawan Jain temple.

Gateway to India

Day 13: Mumbai

This morning take a guided heritage walking tour, visiting the main buildings in South Mumbai, which form an integral part of the cities architectural heritage. Late this afternoon embark upon further exploration of the city, visiting the Afghani Church and the holy Banganga Tank - an ancient water tank built over a freshwater spring under the Silhara dynasty in the 14th century. The spring is believed to be an underground offshoot of the Ganges, so the waters are considered just as sacred and effective for healing as those of the great river itself.

Victoria Terminus

Day 14: Mumbai

We say farewell with a transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

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