Jaisalmer Holidays

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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Agra

Namaste! Welcome to India and New Delhi the capital city of India. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to Agra. In the state of Uttar Pradesh, Agra is a medieval city on the banks of the Yamuna River. Founded by Sultan Sikandar Lodi in 1506, it achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658 and remains a major tourist destination thanks to its many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort - both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Agra's dominant structure, the Agra Fort, was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Today afternoon you shall go on a city sightseeing tour.

India Gate

Day 2: Agra - Jaipur

Today you shall visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Later today you shall be driven to Jaipur and en route you shall visit Fatehpur Sikri. Not far from Agra, the UNESCO World Heritage Listed site, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory), located in what is now Uttar Pradesh was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and served as the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under his reign, from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. The tremendously atmospheric complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 3: Jaipur

This morning we visit the delicate pink, magnificent fort-palace of Amber - a wonderful example of Rajput architecture just north of Jaipur. Subject to Government regulations, we will arrive in style riding on an elephant! In the afternoon you will enjoy a tour of the city. Highlights include the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 4: Jaipur - Jodhpur

Today you will be transferred to Jodhpur. Jodhpur is the 2nd largest city in the state of Rajasthan in Northern India. Located at the eastern edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha. Jodhpur gave its name to the popular riding trouser that originated here. The city has two popular monikers. The first being ‘Sun City’ due to the frequent bright and sunny weather that the city enjoys. The second and more common being ‘Blue City’ as many of the houses surrounding the Fort are painted blue. Lying on the ancient trade route, the city is dominated by the massive Meherangarh Fort, topping a sheer rocky ridge.

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 5: Jodhpur

Today you shall go on a half day sightseeing tour of the city, including Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Clock Tower. This afternoon you will go on a jeep safari to the Bishnoi villages to explore local handicrafts and culture.

The steps up to the magnificent Amber Fort

Day 6: Jodhpur - Jaisalmer

Today you will be driven to Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer, exotic, remote, and beautiful is a bit of a paradox. Set so deep in the heart of the Thar Desert that one would expect barren near-desolation, this frontier town is today one of Rajasthan's best-loved tourist destinations. Local colour and warmth prevail over the inhospitable and forbidding terrain, imbuing the medieval walled sandstone town that perches dramatically on a flat-topped hill with a special magic.

A local girl in the Blue City of Jodhpur

Day 7: Jaisalmer

Today morning you shall go on a sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer including Jaisalmer Fort, Jain temples and Havelis. Later this afternoon you have the opportunity of going on a short Camel ride on Sam Sand Dunes at sunset

Camels in the desert

Day 8: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur

Today morning you have at leisure. This afternoon you shall be driven to Jodhpur.

Temple carving detail

Day 9: Jodhpur

Today we bid you farewell and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.

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last updated - 25 Dec 2014 3:33 PM