Rajasthan with Forts 13 Days

Rajasthan with Forts (the Mighty Desert Voyage)
Explore a fascinating land full of rich historical treasure, picturesque architecture and the dazzling landscapes. Here sand dunes, wooded hills and amazing lakes, palaces and rugged forts, men and women in colorful turbans and skirts, bustling towns and quiet villages, camels, elephants and tigers, harsh sunlight and the cool evening breeze - are all there in abundance. Stay at exotic palace hotels and experience the luxury of being treated like a Maharaja. Travel through historic cities and hear tales of heroic Rajput deeds. Listen to the songs of days gone by and be amazed by the beauty of the arts and crafts of this land.

Day 01                   Arrive Delhi

On arrival a warm welcome by our representative and transfer to hotel.


Day 02                   Delhi

Morning proceed for an interesting full day guided tour of Old and New Delhi.


Day 03                   Delhi – Mandawa

Drive to Mandawa. Mandawa has been referred to as the "open art gallery" of Rajasthan because the entire Shekhawati region and not just Mandawa is dotted with fascinating mansions (havelis) that have lavishly painted walls.


Day 04                   Mandawa - Bikaner

Morning enjoy the picturesque view of the desert state, travelling by road to Bikaner. Arrive at Bikaner by mid day and visit famous Junagarh Fort. The fort and its palaces are profusely decorated with magnificent stone carvings. Also visit Camel breeding farm, one of its kind in Asia.


Day 05                   Bikaner – Jaisalmer

Drive to Jaisalmer, on arrival check in at the hotel.


Day 06                   Jaisalmer

Morning sightseeing includes a visit to the massive hilltop fort surrounded by a wall of 5 kms. and 99 turrets. In the afternoon visit 12th-15th century Jain temples, Gadi-sar Tank and narrow streets with colourfully painted Havelis (mansions) of rich merchants.


Day 07                   Jaisalmer - Jodhpur

Morning continue your ride from the heart of Thar desert onto its gateway, Jodhpur, founded by Rao Jodha, chief of Rathore in 1459, after the capture of his nearby capital Mandore.


Day 08                   Jodhpur

Proceed for the sightseeing of city visiting massive Mehrangarh Fort, perched on a 150 m high hill, and is enclosed by imposing thick wall. Inside the fort there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. Also visit Jaswant Thada, a 19th century royal cenotaph built in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II


Day 09                   Jodhpur - Udaipur

Drive to Ranakpur to visit famous Jain temples built in the 15th century.  Continue drive to Udaipur, on arrival check in.


Day 10                   Udaipur

Proceed for the guided tour of the city.  Visit Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishu. City Palace, is considered the largest of its type in Rajasthan, a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, and was built on a hill top that gives a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding, including several historic monuments such as the Lake Palace and Jag Mandir.  Also visit Sahelion ki Baori, The garden of the maidens' brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. The delightful gardens appear discreet and in impeccable taste. Enjoy sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola.


Day 11                   Udaipur – Jaipur

Morning depart by Surface for Jaipur. This day we take you through the journey of the State of Rajasthan, where you will see rustic countryside, come across hilly terrains, see barren flatland for miles and finally arrive at the royal and pink city of Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur, check into your hotel.


Day 12                   Jaipur

Proceed for guided excursion to Amer Fort - the ancient capital of the state until 1728. Ascend to the fort on a gaily-decorated elephant. Experience the Kingly palace buildings. Afternoon visit City palace, The Palace is an architectural marvel that presents a perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture. The Observatory is the largest stone observatory in the world.


Day 13                   Jaipur – Agra

Drive to Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned capital of Emperor Akbar, Continue drive to Agra, on arrival check in at the hotel.


Day 14                   Agra – Delhi

Today morning visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays), built by Emperor Shah Jahan to enshrine the mortal remains of his Empress.  Also visit historical Agra Fort built in 16th century. Drive to Delhi, on arrival in Delhi transfer to international airport (T3) to board flight for your journey back home.


Day 15                   Depart Delhi

After breakfast transfer to airport for departure flight back home.

End of Services


Land Cost: Excludes all long haul international flights to and from New Delhi

Dates April - September 2012 accommodation based on 2 sharing twin / double
First Class 4*        - £ 1,045 per person
Deluxe Class 5*     - £ 1,130 per person

Dates  October 2012 - March 2013
 accommodation based on 2 sharing twin / double
First Class 4*        -  £ 1,275 per person
Deluxe Class 5*     -  £ 1,555 per person


Service includes:
-         Accommodation on Twin sharing with daily breakfast
-         English speaking guide during tours
-         Sunset Boat cruise on Lke Pichola (shared boat)
-         Elephant ride at Amber Fort

-         bottled water during tours
-         Transfers and sightseeing in private air conditioned vehicles as per programme
-         All applicable taxes
Service excludes:
-          International and Domestic flights not mentioned as included  (these will be quoted separately if requested)
-         Airport tax
-         Monument entrance fees (quoted separately)
-         Meals & Beverages
-         Tips
-         Any expenses caused by circumstances beyond our control
-         Any taxes or service charges enforced during travelling period will be the  responsibility of the traveller.
-         Other personal expense not mentioned as included