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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 and get over your long hall flight.
Departing Delhi, we journey to Agra (roughly 5 hrs), once India’s Mughal capital. Here, we visit the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind it's fortified walls. Later on we take you to the legendary Taj Mahal to witness a magical sunset. Built by Shah Jahan in the 16th century as an enduring memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz. Built entirely of white marble, the Taj Mahal has no peers.
En route to Ranthambhore, we visit ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri (roughly 1.5 hrs). This magnificent fortified city was the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned dramatically due to a lack of water to support the peoples who resided in the city. Thanks to the very durable red sandstone, from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri remains fantastically preserved. We drive onto Bharatpur train station for our train to Ranthambhore National Park. You will be met at the train station and transferred to your accommodation.
Ranthambhore National Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan. We venture out to enjoy both morning and evening game drives (shared jeep canter) with some time to relax during the day.
After a morning game drive (shared jeep canter) we enjoy lunch before driving to Jaipur (roughly 4 hrs).
This morning, we travel beyond Jaipur to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride (subject to elephant availability and government regulations) transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza.
En-route to Pushkar (roughly 3.5 hrs), we stop at Ajmer surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains for sight seeing. This afternoon is free for you to to enjoy Pushkar on your own.
Continuing onwards (roughly 6 hrs), we arrive at Udaipur. An oasis of cool, with its massive lake and Venetian-like appearance, Udaipur is one of the most romantic towns in Rajasthan. A favourite amongst travellers, Udaipur is crammed full of palaces and temples. Free time to explore and perhaps shop for colourful Rajasthani souvenirs and Indian spices.
This morning we tour of the imposing City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Shaliyo Ki Bari Gardens and Lok Kala Mandal. Later this afternoon enjoy a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola (shared boat).
Today, we travel roughly 4 hrs to Mount Abu. Rest of the day at leisure. The town of Mt Abu is Rajasthan’s only hill station, located at the southern extremity of the Aravallis range, at an elevation of 1220 metres. Mt Abu is an easy paced town and a very popular retreat in the summer, with people trying to escape the heat of Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Free time. In the heart of the town is Lake Nakki which is a major tourist attraction where it is possible to hire boats or take a walk around the lake to see the bizarre rock formations including the Toad Rock. Beside the lake is the 14th century Raghunath Temple and the Maharaja Jaipur Palace is closeby. Mt Abu has several Jain temples including the beautiful Dilwara group, which were built between 11th and 13th Centuries AD and are carved out of white marble, with some of the best marble carvings in Rajasthan. More fine-looking temples can be found within the Achalgarh fort. The temples are an important pilgrimage site for Jains, who are a small but influential religious minority in India.
An interesting drive through increasingly varied scenery takes us to Jodhpur (roughly 6 hrs), 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. Day of leisure in Jodhpur.
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. Afternoon at leisure.
Driving through the Rajasthani Thar desert we arrive at the medieval caravan outpost of Jaisalmer (roughly 6 hrs), 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. Day at leisure in Jaisalmer.
During our stay in this stunning Rajasthani fortress town we’ll enjoy some touring of the only lived in fort in India plus an evening sunset desert camel safari on the rolling sand dunes.
We travel east today to the 14th century desert town of Bikaner (roughly 7 hrs).
Once an important staging post on the great caravan routes, much of the atmospheric old town which we will explore on our half day tour is still encircled by massive fortified walls. Within these walls are havelis, artisan shops and people going about their daily lives. We also visit the spectacular Junagarh Fort & museum, built between 1587 and 1593 during the rule of Rai Singh. Then this afternoon, we travel onto Alsisar.
In the semi-desert Shekhawati region, the small towns in this region became important trading posts, a lasting legacy of which are the beautiful painted havelis (mansions) constructed by wealthy merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy morning village walk before driving roughly 6 hrs to Delhi.
Departure transfer to the airport.
Jodhpur is the 2nd largest city in the state of Rajasthan in Northern India. Located at the eastern edge of ...