Jaisalmer Holidays

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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! You will be met at Delhi International Airport by our friendly local team and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to explore or relax as you like.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi

This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We’ll then enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. This afternoon why not further enhance your exploration of this busting city with an afternoon guided journey through the New Delhi area the highlights will include India gate a drive past parliamentary buildings and President's house, a guided visit to Humayun's tomb then concluding with sightseeing to UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutub minar. See enhance your holiday page for prices.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 3: Delhi - Varanasi

This morning your driver will take you back to the airport for the short flight to Varanasi - SG 116 - 0935 / 1100. On arrival your local rep will be waiting to take you to the hotel. This afternoon perhaps opt for a journey of discovery about how Buddha passed much time in Varanasi with a visit to Sarnath. Alternately enjoy free time to explore. This evening our local guide will take you to the river side steps to witness the evening ritual worship of the holy river Ganges.

Varanasi Ghats

Day 4: Varanasi

Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the Ganges to view the sunrise, when seen from the boat can be a spiritually uplifting sight. From dawn to dusk the riverfront (Ghats) are thronged by thousands of devotees, who perform their holy rituals in the hope of attaining eternal salvation, the "NIRVANA". remainder of the day at leisure to explore this amazing city.

Bathers in the morning

Day 5: Varanasi

Enjoy a free day at leisure to visit all the interesting temples, markets and more.

Sunrise on the Holy Ganges in Varanasi

Day 6: Varanasi - Bandhavgarh NP

This morning a visit to Chunar, 40 kms from Varanasi, is a town with a huge fort overlooking the river Ganges. Former site of many battles, the fort not only has great views of the Ganges, but a sun dial, a huge well, prison an execution room. It is a good option to see the Ganges outside of the crowds in Varanasi. Tonight you travel by 2nd class a/c sleeper train to Umaria (highest class available on this service).

Khajuraho's Erotic Temples at first light

Day 7: Bandhavgarh NP

Your train arrives into Umaria in the morning to the start of a new day and the gathering hustle and bustle. Our rep will be waiting for you, but make sure you take a moment to try some chai, hot tea from one of the vendors, before we make our way into India's tiger country to Bandhavargh National Park. After check in you will venture out on your first game drive to see the amazing wildlife.

A scratch post for tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park

Days 8-11: Bandhavgarh NP

Bandhavgarh is set amidst the Vindhyan ranges. Claiming to have the highest density population of Bengal tiger in India, coupled with a population of leopard, nilgai, jackal, wild boar, sloth bear, gaur, sambar deer and colourful bird life, game drives are often peppered with sightings. For all days in the park enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in shared jeeps.

Young deer

Day 12: Bandhavgarh NP - Chitrakoot

This morning we will depart from this wonderful park hopefully having seen some of the elusive tigers. Our drive will take us to the off the beaten path town of Chitrakoot. A place of tranquil forest glades, quiet rivers and streams where calm and repose are all pervading. Enjoy the day at leisure with your vehicle at disposal to explore all there is to see. OVERNIGHT IN CHITRAKOOT STAYING IN Basic Guest House accommodation.

Day 13: Chitrakoot

Enjoy the day at leisure with your vehicle at disposal to explore all there is to see. OVERNIGHT IN CHITRAKOOT STAYING IN Basic Guest House accommodation.

Jehnagir Mahal

Day 14: Chitrakoot

Enjoy the day at leisure with your vehicle at disposal to explore all there is to see. OVERNIGHT IN CHITRAKOOT STAYING IN Basic Guest House accommodation.

Orchha Temple

Day 15: Chitrakoot - Agra

This morning you will drive to Jhansi and then travel to Agra by train (AC Chair Car Class), a must-do experience for any visitor young or old! The friendly locals will be vying for a chat with you. Arriving into Agra our local rep awaits to take you to your hotel.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 16: Agra

Today in Agra, we visit the impressive Agra Fort before touring the legendary Taj Mahal and witnessing a glorious golden sunset. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who tragically died in childbirth in 1631, the Taj Mahal in Agra is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love and remains one of India’s most enduring symbols.

The sunsets over the Mosque in the Taj complex

Day 17: Agra - Jaipur

Today we will head to Jaipur, arrival and we will stay in the city in a lovely heritage hotel.

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 18: Jaipur

This morning you will have to 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. This afternoon perhaps opt for a journey of discovery through the historic pink city of Jaipur we start with a photo stop in front of Jal mahal (lake palace) thereafter visit the ancient astronomical observatory of Jantar mantar and thereafter a guided tour of the city palace complex and it’s fascinating nooks and crannies. See enhance your holiday page for prices.

The steps up to the magnificent Amber Fort

Day 19: Jaipur

Enjoy the day at leisure to explore.

An elephant ride through the gates of Amber Fort

Day 20: Jaipur - Khimsar

Morning we drive further into Rajasthan to Khimsar. Located 73 km N of Jodhpur and is a remote 15th century Rajput fort in the desert where Aurangzeb is believed to have stayed.The moated castle was built as a fortified home by Karam Singh, the 5th son of Rao Jodha. Enjoy the afternoon to explore at your leisure. (IMPOSSIBLE TO DRIVE TO JAISALMER IN ONE DAY)

Day 21: Khimsar - Jaisalmer

Driving through the Rajasthani Thar desert we arrive at the medieval caravan outpost of Jaisalmer, one of the jewels in India’s crown. Exquisite wood and sandstone buildings dot the town and within Jaisalmer Fort are homes, hotels and shops hidden in ancient lane ways.

Camels in the desert

Day 22: Jaisalmer

For today in this stunning Rajasthani fortress town we’ll enjoy half day touring then in the afternoon enjoy a safari by camel in the surrounding Sam sand dunes.

Shrines at the lake edge

Day 23: Jaisalmer - Manvar

Taking to the road this morning we drive to Manvar and check into your remote safari camp in the middle of the sand dunes (Manvar offers better desert stays than those near Jaisalmer) Enjoy the afternoon at the camp and the activities they offer such as 4x4 trips, village visits, camel treks and more.

Temple carving detail

Day 24: Manvar - Rohet

After breakfast we drive to Rohet Garh which is the fortified desert home of the descendants of the 16th century Rathore. Arrival and enjoy time at leisure to explore.

Day 25: Rohet

This morning with a guide enjoy a visit and the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, Old City clock tower, Sadar Market and the Royal Cenotaphs located in Jodhpur city. Remainder of the day at leisure to explore.

Day 26: Rohet - Udaipur

Leaving Rohet, we drive to visit Kumbalgarh fort, then onto Ranakpur, a small town tucked away in a remote valley and famed for its beautiful 14th century Jain temples. We’ll enjoy some exploration here and time to relax before driving onto Udaipur.

Maharaja City Palace

Day 27: Udaipur

Today we’ll enjoy an evening cruise on Lake Pichola, plus touring of the imposing City Palace, not to mention free time to explore and perhaps shop for colourful Rajasthani souvenirs and Indian spices.

Jagdish Temple

Day 28: Udaipur

Why not further enhance your experience of Udaipur today by adding one of our enhance options to visit the Monsoon palace, please refer to enhance your holiday page for prices. Enjoy a free day to explore the town.

Lakeside temple

Day 29: Udaipur - Delhi

This morning your driver will take you to the airport for the short flight to Delhi - 9W 2628 1625 / 1735 - On arrival your local rep will be waiting to take you to the hotel.

Day 30: Delhi

"Everything will be alright in the end", they say in India, "and if it's not alright, then it's not the end". Sadly, today marks the end of your incredible journey and we hope it's been more than alright! After breakfast and hotel check out we transfer you to the airport for your onward departure journey and bid you a fond farewell.

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last updated - 29 Dec 2014 3:38 AM