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Rajasthan with Taj Mahal Khajuraho Varanasi Tour

  • 16 Nights / 17 Days
  • Delhi – Mandawa – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur - Ranakpur – Udaipur - Pushkar, Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri – Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi.

Rajasthan with Taj Mahal Khajuraho Tour comprises prime attractions of Rajasthan, in addition to Agra (the seat of Taj Mahal), Khajuraho- the ‘Kamasutra Temple’ and India’s cultural capital Varanasi, famous for its spiritualism, the Ganges, ghats and Sarnath. The cultural legacy and diversity of north India is like a feast to the eyes, soul and mind. Various destination specific activities like camel ride in Jaisalmer, lyrical festivity amidst the desert, boat cruise in Lake Pichola of Udaipur, elephant ride at Amber Fort Jaipur, horse-carriage ride in Agra, traditional cultural extravaganza in Khajuraho and morning boat ride in the Ganges in Varanasi will make your India travel a fulfilling experience. Forts, places, temples, world heritage monuments, colourful market, religious traditions & rituals, heritage stays, a short journey in Indian rail etc will be the highlights of Rajasthan with Taj Mahal Khajuraho Tour.

Day 1 Delhi arrival & transfer to Delhi hotel for overnight stay.

On arrival at New Delhi airport, you will be greeted & assisted by Optima India Tourism’s representative. You will be transferred to Delhi hotel.

Delhi is enriched with long historical past, glorious culture, an enviable treasure of monuments and modern infrastructure. Delhi, currently the capital of Indian Republic, has passed through several upheavals during its thousands of years of existence and has witnessed many ups and downs of history with many dynasties flourishing and diminishing with the passage of time.

Delhi has been built nine times over the years and accordingly named in the scriptures. Indraprastha, known as first Delhi, was founded by Pandavas of Mahabharata in around 1500 BC. Qila Rai Pithora, termed as second Delhi, was built by Raja Anang Pal and later re-christened by Prithviraj Chauhan as Lal Kot. Siri, the third Delhi, was founded by Ala-ud-din Khilji. Siri Fort, a major tourist attraction, is a famous monument of that time. Tughlaqabad, called as fourth Delhi, had been founded by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq. Tughlaqabad Fort is a testimony to that. Jahan Panah, the fifth Delhi and a walled city, was constructed by Muhammad bin Tughlaq to address the constant threat of Mongols. The sixth Delhi, Ferozabad, was founded by Feroz Shah Tughlaq and its testimonial evidence can be seen in the form of 13-metre high tapering quadrangular pillar adjacent to Ashokan pillar. Din Panah, the seventh Delhi, was rebuilt afresh by Humayun and later razed and constructed by Sher Shah Suri. Earlier this Old Fort or Purana Qila was seat of legendary ruler Prithviraj Chauhan. The walled city of Shahjahanabad, known as eighth Delhi, had been founded by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who built Taj Mahal as well in Agra. Modern and present day Delhi, the ninth Delhi and known as Lutyens' Delhi or New Delhi has been laid down by the British.

Our representative will ensure smooth check in at the hotel. As most of the international flights land in India at late night, so have sound sleep in Delhi hotel to get relaxed for the sightseeing tour of Delhi next day.

Day 2 Old & New Delhi sightseeing tour

Have delicious breakfast in Delhi hotel and proceed on for Old & New Delhi sightseeing tour along with Delhi tour guide. The Old & New Delhi tour encompasses visit of Red Fort (remains closed on Monday), Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Akshardham Temple (remains closed on Monday), India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Qutub Minar, Sansad Bhavan (Parliament of India). It will be relaxed and leisurely tour and help you understand ‘exoticism’ of India. After visiting famous monuments of Delhi, later in the evening, return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 3 Delhi- Mandawa (260 kms/5 hrs)

Have a very hearty breakfast in Delhi hotel and then drive to the town of stunning havelis – Mandawa – located in the heart of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, India.

Mandawa, a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, is 190 kms from Jaipur. Jhunjhunu is part of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. Mandawa is part of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. The Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is the land of multi-hued frescoes and known as "The Open Air Art Gallery". It is world renowned for its painted havelis and paintings, noted for their frescos depicting mythological and historical themes. Mandawa was founded in 18th century and mostly inhabited by rich merchants. The mansions of these wealthy and influential merchants were decorated with beautiful fresco paintings with themes varying from time to time from mythologies displaying local legends, animals, portraits, hunting, wrestling scenes to prominent impressions of British Raj like cars, trains, balloons, telephones, gramophones, English men in hunting attires and portraits of the haveli owners immaculately dressed, etc.

Visit the famous painted archways decorated with murals depicting Lord Krishna herding his cows towards the bazaar. After exploring Mandawa, in time return back to the hotel for overnight stay in Mandawa.

Day 4 Mandawa- Bikaner (200 kms/4 hrs)

Having tasted succulent breakfast at Mandawa hotel, drive to the Camel City of Rajasthan– Bikaner, predominantly famous for its stunning havelis, camel breeding farm, Lalgarh Palace, Junagarh Fort and Karni Mata Temple. Upon arrival in Bikaner, Optima India Tourism representative will assist you in transferring and getting checked in at the designated hotel of Bikaner.

Dotted with scores of sand dunes and called as the camel country, Bikaner is among the three prominent desert circuits of Rajasthan. Bikaner houses a large Camel Research & Breeding Farms and is distinguished for the best riding camels in the world. Bikaner was founded by Rao Bhikaji in 1488 AD by transforming barren wilderness of Jangaladesh with the help of 100 cavalry horses and 500 soldiers. Bikaner, being on the medieval great carvan trade route, has been very prosperous. In order to save the town from the marauding Mughals, Bikaner is surrounded by high fortifications comprising a seven-kilometer long wall which encircles the old city. The Karni Mata Temple or Rat Temple at Deshnok has been patronized by the ruling family of Bikaner. A salted snack made of lentils originated from Bikaner and hence is popularly known as 'Bikaneri Bhujia'. Well preserved forts, palaces, havelis and museum will showcase Bikaner's prosperous past. Bikaner is known for its desert and dessert.

After relaxing for some time in Bikaner hotel, you will be taken on sightseeing tour of Bikaner which primarily includes magnificent Junagarh Fort, splendid Lalgarh Palace and the Camel Breeding Farm & Research Centre. Spend rest of the day at leisure and have night stay in Bikaner hotel.

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Day 5 Bikaner- Jaisalmer (335 kms/6 hrs).

Bikaner to Jaisalmer road travel is the longest stretch. After early morning breakfast in Bikaner hotel, proceed to Jaisalmer in the state of Rajasthan India. On arrival at Jaisalmer, you will be received by Optima India Tourism representative and transferred to hotel.

Jaisalmer, known as ‘Golden City of Rajasthan’ , is the westernmost city of India, adjoining the border of Pakistan. The city of Jaisalmer, earlier ruled by brave Bhatti Rajputs, had been a prominent trade centre being located on ancient Silk Route. Jaisalmer has facts to declare, tales to impress, uniqueness to wonder and spirit to live. With historical legacy, rich cultural heritage, ethnicity, palaces, fortresses, temples, golden sand dunes and intricately sculptured havelis, Jaisalmer offers facts about the courageous rulers and citizens of the bygone era, tales of unequalled valor, unique in its beauty and undaunted spirit to keep us alive and kicking. For a tourist, there are eight places/ monuments in Jaisalmer to be seen. Built in 1156 AD, the prime attraction of Jaisalmer is obviously Jaisalmer Fort , known as Golden Fort or Sonar Qila . Cenotaphs at Bada Bagh , located in isolation, offer a stunning view during sunrise and sunset. Massive five-storied Patwon-Ki-Haveli, constructed of yellow sandstone, has five intricately decorated huge suites, large corridors and decorated walls representing the then prevailing art form. Out of the five havelis, one is converted into a museum. The third haveli houses the works of local craftsmen of the bygone era. Watch sunset from Sam Sand Dunes, after reaching there by having a ride on a camel. Thar Heritage Museum , established by Laxmi Narayan Khatri to preserve historical and cultural art & architecture of Thar region, showcases Sea fossils aging over million years, unique ornaments of camels and horses, documents and coins of Jaisalmer, ancient manuscripts and weapons . Artistically carved entrance made of yellow sandstone and temples, holy shrines and chhattris around Gadsisar Lake , reconstructed by Maharawal Garsi in 1367 AD, offer a breathtaking view. Desert National Park is a unique concept and effort to showcase flora and fauna of Thar Desert. The collection in Silk Route Art Gallery of Jaisalmer includes clothes, patchworks, bags, shawls, belts, antiques and accessories. All the items available here is handmade.

After being relaxed for some time, move on a half day leisurely sightseeing tour of havelis of Jaisalmer. The prominent havelis are Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, Patwon -ki-Haveli and Manak Chowk and Havelis. Manak Chowk is a main marketplace outside the fort leads to the narrow lanes dotted with famous havelis. After enjoying relaxed but vivid sightseeing of Jaisalmer, return to Jaisalmer hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6 Jaisalmer sightseeing tour

After having delicious breakfast in Jaisalmer hotel, move on for visiting Jaisalmer Fort, popularly known as Sonar Qila or Golden Fort. The Fort houses the famous Jain Temples, a place worth visiting on your Jaisalmer tour. After lunch, in afternoon, excursion to Sam dunes will take place. The excursion will be a camel ride/ safari in the sand dunes of Thar Desert. Ride a camel and sway with your camel's gait as you trek towards enthralling sand dunes steeped in honey -coloured mist. As you near the desert expanse, the sun begins to set behind the dunes and the molten-gold desert changes hues. The camel rider cum guide, accompanying you on your Jaisalmer camel safari, sports colourful tunics and bright turbans and enchants you with desert tales as you ride deeper into the mammoth Thar. Discover desert traditions, folk culture and desert ways during your Jaisalmer camel safari with Optima India Tourism. Your over-night stay has been scheduled in a desert camp.

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Day 7 Jaisalmer- Jodhpur (265 kms/ 05 hours)

You will be picked up by the car from your tent in the morning. Depart for Jodhpur after having delicious breakfast in Jaisalmer. Upon arrival in Jodhpur, the Blue City of Rajasthan, Optima India Tourism representative will assist you to transfer to the designated hotel.

Jodhpur, situated on the edge of Thar Desert & known as ‘Blue City of Rajasthan’ , is the second largest city of Rajasthan. The quintessence of Jodhpur has been its valour and equestrian skill. Jodhpur is also known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all the year round. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1549 AD, Jodhpur was an old capital of Royal Marwar. The impressions of rich past, valour and flourishing trade can be seen in the existing monuments and bustling market. Mehrangarh Fort tops the repertoire of magnificent tourist attractions of Jodhpur. One of the largest forts of India, the impregnable Mehrangarh Fort is well preserved till date and houses excellent museum along with the only professional museum shop of India. Tourists interested in adventure may opt for six circuits of ropeways (zip-linings) at the back side of Mehrangarh Fort . Known as ‘Taj Mahal of Rajasthan’, Jaswant Thada is an ornately carved cenotaph. Built of white marble, Jaswant Thada is a must-see monument of Jodhpur. Umaid Bhawan Palace is another tourist attraction of Jodhpur.

Have sumptuous lunch in a nice restaurant and proceed for visiting famous monuments of Jodhpur with Jodhpur tour guide who will meet you in the lobby of Jodhpur hotel. Visit the mammoth Mehrangarh Fort and explore beautiful palaces and temples within the fort complex. Also visit the Clock Tower, the Umaid Bhawan Palace & Museum, the Jaswant Thada – the royal cenotaph memorial, and other tourist spots. Also explore the famous Sardar Market. After exploring local market, return to Jodhpur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 8 Jodhpur-Ranakpur-Udaipur (265 kms/ 5 hrs)

Have relaxed breakfast in Jodhpur hotel and move for Udaipur. To keep you rejuvenated, the 08th day of Rajasthan with Taj Mahal Khajuraho Varanasi Tour is reserved for leisurely travel into oasis like destination of Ranakpur. Ranakpur is famous for sublime and serene Jain Temple, a masterpiece of engravings and architectural intricacy.

Constructed in an area of 60X62 metres, Ranakpur Temple in Pali district of Rajasthan is one of the five most auspicious places of Jain community. Ranakpur is known as 'the tranquil pilgrimage town'. Ranakpur is a village is on Jodhpur- Udaipur route, about 95 kms from Udaipur and 165 kms from Jodhpur. As ancient Sanskrit text Soma-Saubhagya Kavya suggests, construction of Ranakpur Temple , built on ‘chaumukha’ style, had commenced in 1437 and continued till 1458. Intricately sculptured and equipped with 29 halls and 1444 pillars, Ranakpur Temple was built under the supervision of architect Deepaka during the regime of Rana Kumbha of Mewar. Nearby Ranakpur Jain Temple is a ‘Sun Temple’. Sun temple is gracefully sculptured and endowed with elegantly carved polygonal walls and images of warriors, horses and celestial. The Sun God has been shown riding its vehicle, the chariot. For the tourism buffs a ride to the outskirts like Sadari, Desuri, Ghanerao, Narlai etc will be found to be exciting.

After Ranakpur sightseeing and lunch in a nice restaurant, depart for Udaipur, 95 kms from Ranakpur. Continue your drive to Udaipur. Upon arrival in Udaipur, check in at the designated hotel. Evening here has been kept free to relax leisurely. Overnight stay has been planned in Udaipur hotel.

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Day 9 Udaipur sightseeing

Having delicious breakfast in Udaipur hotel, meet Udaipur tour guide in the lobby of the hotel. Embark on Udaipur tour. Udaipur is called the "City of Lakes" and "Venice of East". Udaipur is known for its distinctive architecture, mammoth monuments, various lakes and chivalry.

Previous capital of erstwhile princely state of Mewar, Udaipur showcases pristine Rajput architecture, traditional Rajasthani culture, colourful market, ancient and highly auspicious temples and several beautiful lakes. Owing to its beautiful locale, Udaipur is known as ‘City of Lakes’ and ‘Venice of East’. Udaipur is also called as the most romantic city of India. The foundation stone of Udaipur was laid by Maharana Udai Singh on 16th March 1559. The old city had initially had 11 gates, out of which only 5 gates in the city walls remained. Main gate and hence the main entrance to Udaipur city id Suraj Pole. Udaipur is famous for Lehariya, the delicate striped sarees and turbans in various shades, colours and designs. Udaipur offers a lot to the tourists. The Lake Palace of Udaipur in Lake Pichola, now converted into a heritage palace hotel being run by India’s premier industrial group TATA under the brand Taj Hotels, is a treat to eyes.

Though major tourist attractions are shown by Indian tour operators and local tour guides of Udaipur, but there are many interesting places and monuments in Udaipur to be explored. Bagore Ki Haveli is one of them. The large mansion of erstwhile Prime Minister of Mewar kingdom Amir Chand Badwa, Bagore ki Haveli, having more than 100 rooms and built in 18th century, has been converted into a museum showcasing various aspects of Mewar royalty’s lifestyle. Ambrai Ghat at Lake Pichola is the best place to capture photographs of Lake Pichola and Lake Palace at the time of sunset. For seekers of old world charm, Monsoon Palace, previously a favorite retreat of Mewar royalty, is a popular sunset spot owing to unparalleled view over Udaipur. During 10 days of December, Shilpgram Arts and Crafts Fair is organized every year. Shilpgram , meaning ‘Village of Craftsmen’, had been established to showcase rural life and traditions from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa. This attempt by the government though has not elicited the expected results but its objectives to protect Indian craftsmanship and provide the craftsmen a better and organized marketplace have been achieved to some extent.

Visit the City Palace Complex, the Jagdish Temple, the Jag Mandir, Saheliyon-k-Bari and other picturesque spots of tourist interests.

Later in the afternoon, enjoy a boat ride in Lake Pichola to watch Lake Palace (Jag Mandir Palace) and old Udaipur. Late in the evening, return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10 Udaipur- Pushkar (250 kms/ 5 hrs)

Have delicious breakfast in Udaipur, check out from Udaipur hotel and move for Pushkar, one of the holiest pilgrimages of the Hindus. On arrival at Pushkar, check in at the designated hotel. Relax and refresh a bit and proceed for Pushkar tour which includes Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple, Ghats and rustic way of life. Pushkar is also famous for world's largest camel fair known as Pushkar Fair- a major tourist attraction of Rajasthan. Return to Pushkar hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 11 Pushkar – Jaipur (150 kms/ 03 hrs)

Having taken delicious and royal breakfast in Pushkar hotel, depart for Jaipur. Being only 150 kms away from Pushkar, it hardly takes three hours to reach Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, check in at the hotel.

Jaipur, present day capital city of India’s largest state Rajasthan, is representative of typical Rajasthani culture, art, architecture and lifestyles. Known as ‘Pink City’ or ‘Gulabi Nagar’ of Rajasthan, Jaipur attracts tourists towards its gargantuan forts, marvelously built palaces, lively market of handicraft products and intricately carved out temples. The sprinkling beauty, the edifices, big havelis and stupendous sky-touching forts of Jaipur attract the tourists immensely. Jaipur is the only city in the world which has been built as per India’s Vaastu Shastra and segmented as per astrology. Jaipur has been laid according to the conventional nine-grid pattern that astrologers believe to be lucky and which has been recommended in the ancient Indian treatise on architecture. Its nine rectangular sectors represent nine levels of universe. A boundary wall with eight gates surrounds the city.

Jaipur tour guide, who will meet you in the hotel, will take you to city centre of Jaipur, home to iconic & royal monuments of Jaipur like City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. The Jaipur tour guide will accompany you throughout Jaipur sightseeing tour. After visiting famous monuments of Jaipur, explore colorful local market

Late afternoon, proceed for visiting Albert Museum (a museum that houses marvelous pieces of sculptures, paintings with a specialty of collections from natural history), Birla Temple (built in pure white marble and dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi) and Chokhi Dhani. At Chokhi Dhani, relish delicious Rajasthani food. Later in the night, return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 12 Jaipur sightseeing

TThe second day of Jaipur sightseeing tour is earmarked to take you to into the lanes of royal grandeur of the yore. After breakfast at the hotel, proceed on Jaipur city tour with Jaipur tour guide. The sightseeing tour will commence with visiting Amber Fort, 13 kms away. Excursion to Amber Fort, the biggest fort of Rajasthan, is special as you will be enjoying an elephant ride like a king from bottom to hilltop where the main gate of Amber Fort is built. Thereafter visit Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jal Mahal Mahal. Return to Jaipur hotel during late afternoon. Take rest and relax to move again to see an exotic worship ceremony in Govind Dev Ji temple of Jaipur. Hereinafter, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 13 Jaipur -Fatehpur Sikri- Agra (245 kms/ 05 hrs)

On 13th day of Rajasthan with Taj Mahal Khajuraho Varanasi Tour, have delicious breakfast in Jaipur hotel and drive for Agra, an historical city in the state of Uttar Pradesh. On the way to Agra, a short detour leads you to Fatehpur Sikri, a village town with isolated cluster of grand buildings. Built by Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri was the first attempt of any Mughal Emperor to construct a planned township. There are several palaces, courtyards, religious places, gardens and towering gateways but all these couldn't help the town to its fullest capacity with uninterrupted continuum. The reason was the paucity of drinking water. But to your amazement, most of the architectural monuments are still in a very good state of preservation. Prime tourist attractions of Fatehpur Sikri are Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal, Jodhabai Palace, Jama Masjid, Shrine of Salim Chishti etc.

After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, proceed on for Agra. On arrival at Agra, representative of Optima India Tourism will receive and take you to the pre-booked Agra hotel. Relax in the evening and have overnight stay in Agra hotel.

Day 14 Agra sightseeing tour

The 14th day of Rajasthan with Taj Mahal Khajuraho Varanasi Tour is special and destined to be memorable, as you will visit globally famous and one of the Seven Wonders of the World - The Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Majority of visitors claim that Taj Mahal looks most beautiful at the time of sunrise. So, India Tour Packages has planned your visit to Taj Mahal in dawn hours. Agra tour guide will collect you from Agra hotel's lobby. A 'tonga' ride has been planned for you to take you to Taj Mahal and impart you exotic India travel experience.

In accompaniment of Agra tour guide, the sightseeing of Taj Mahal is bound to be an exhilarating experience as the subtle beauty of Taj Mahal satiates soul with enriching information about Taj Mahal. Built of white Makrana marble, Taj Mahal is often termed as an epitome of love. Taj Mahal is perhaps the most beautiful expression of love that resulted out of the anguish of death of Mumtaj Mahal, beloved wife of Shah Jahan.

After visiting Taj Mahal, return to Agra hotel for getting refreshed and relaxed. Have breakfast in Agra hotel and move for sightseeing tour of Agra which includes Agra Fort, Baby Taj (Tomb of It-Mad-Ud-Daula) and Sikandara (mausoleum of Akbar).

After sightseeing of Agra, explore local market which is famous for marble and handicraft products. Later on, return to Agra hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 15 Agra –Orchha (by train)- Khajuraho (by car-175 kms/ 04 hrs)

Have delicious breakfast early in the morning in Agra hotel and drive for Agra railway station to board train for Jhansi. On arrival at Jhansi railway station, you will be received by representative of Optima India Tourism. You will be then driven to Khajuraho. On the way to Khajuraho, only about 15 kms from Jhansi is a medieval era village town of Orchha, erstwhile capital of Bundela kingdom. You will be taken to visit Orchha-Fort-Palace-Temple-Complex. After visiting Orchha, have lunch in a nice restaurant on the banks of river Betwa. Post-lunch, proceed for Khajuraho. On arrival at Khajuraho on Taj Mahal with Khajuraho Varanasi Tour, you will be received by Optima India Tourism representative and taken to pre-booked Khajuraho hotel for smooth check in.

After relaxing a bit, in the evening, watch a cultural show which will showcase traditional folk dances and folklores of Baghelkhand region. Overnight will be at Khajuraho.

Day 16 Khajuraho sightseeing tour –Varanasi (by air)

Have relaxed breakfast in Khajuraho hotel and move for sightseeing of Khajuraho along with Khajuraho tour guide. The guided tour of the famous temples of Khajuraho will mesmerize you, literally. Refined carving, grand temple architecture, explicitly erotic and sexually postured sculpture, historical past and rural ambience take you into the realm of glorious, lively and celebrated past.

There are three prominent clusters of temples in Khajuraho- Western Group of Khajuraho Temples, Eastern Group of Khajuraho Temples and Southern Group of Khajuraho Temples. Out of these three clusters, Western Group of Khajuraho Temples is most representative of Khajuraho temples.

Having seen Khajuraho temples, drive for Khajuraho airport to board flight for Varanasi. On arrival at Varanasi, you will be received by the representative of Optima India Tourism and taken to pre-booked Varanasi hotel for smooth check in. You will be introduced with Varanasi tour guide in Varanasi hotel. After having relaxed for some time, you will be taken for sightseeing tour of Sarnath.

Sarnath is a famous ancient Buddhist site. It was in Sarnath where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon and started 'Sangh'. From here, a soft socio-religious revolution took place and the whole world started chanting 'Buddham Sharanam Gachchhami, Sangham Sharanam Gachchhami, Dhammam Sharanam Gachchhami. Here, you will happen to see ancient Buddhist monastery in ravaged form, Dhamek & Dharmarajika stupas, Asokan Pillar and a great museum.

Having visited Sarnath, you will be driven to Dashaswamedh Ghat of Varanasi where grand and auspicious Ganga Aarti (Ganges Worship Ceremony) takes place every evening. Be witness to cultural and traditional rituals of Hindu religion which worships river Ganga as mother. Later in the evening, come back to Varanasi hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 17 Varanasi sightseeing tour- Delhi (by air)- Departure)

Have relaxed breakfast in Khajuraho hotel and move for sightseeing of Khajuraho along with Khajuraho tour guide. The guided tour of the famous temples of Khajuraho will mesmerize you, literally. Refined carving, grand temple architecture, explicitly erotic and sexually postured sculpture, historical past and rural ambience take you into the realm of glorious, lively and celebrated past.

The 17th day of Rajasthan with Taj Mahal Khajuraho Varanasi Tour is special as you will happen to see various aspects of Varanasi. Early in the morning, Varanasi tour guide will accompany you for boat cruise along the ghats of the sacred river the Ganges to see the cremation ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions

After having enjoyed boat cruise, return to Varanasi hotel to relax and have breakfast. Thereafter check out from Varanasi hotel and proceed for Varanasi city and temple tour. After Varanasi city tour, move for Varanasi airport at Babatpur to board flight for New Delhi. On arrival at New Delhi, change the terminal within and board flight for your onward destination.

Delhi

Delhi, an ancient site, finds mention in Indian epic Mahabharata in the name of Indraprastha. But Delhi as we know it is primarily a Mughal creation. The earliest reference to Delhi is to the citadel of Lal Kot and the city of Dhilika (c.1052 AD). The Chauhans won it during 1153-64 AD, establishing the first proper city here - Qila Rai Pithora. A succession of rulers and cities followed- Qutub, Siri, Tughlaqbad, Jahanpanah, Firozabad and Dinpanah. Shahjahanabad is the eight historic city of Delhi and the only one inhabited even today. The British built New Delhi in the early 20th century. Designed by the British architect Edwin Lutyens, it was to be a symbol of the powerful British Empire.

Mandawa

Mandawa is known as "The Open Air Art Gallery". Mandawa is dotted with fascinating mansions (havelis) that have lavishly painted walls. It was a trading outpost for the ancient caravan routes that stopped here from China and the Middle East. Mandawa, an important town of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, is the land of multi-hued frescoes depicting mythological and historical themes.

Bikaner

Bikaner’s lust for "dessert" or affection for "desert" tickles every heart to visit Bikaner. Bikaner, the desert city of Rajasthan draws large number of tourists for its picturesque golden sand dunes, striking red sandstone forts, stunning palaces and havelis and certainly its camel safaris. The city boasts of having the best camels and has the largest Camel research and breeding farm in the world, hence the name camel country. The camel festival is also a major tourist attraction.

Jaisalmer

The westernmost frontier city of Rajasthan, bordering Pakistan, Jaisalmer, the "Golden City of Rajasthan", is known for being amidst the Thar Desert. Desert Safari in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer is an unforgettable experience. The city is dominated by the Jaisalmer Fort. Unlike most forts in India, the Jaisalmer Fort is a living fort. There are shops, hotels, age old havelis (mansions) inside the fort area. Below the fort are several magnificent havelis with intricate stone carving. Short trips give a glimpse of the desert to the tourists.

Jodhpur

Erstwhile Rathore Rajputs principality of Marwad region of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is set at the edge of the Thar Desert. The lifestyle in Jodhpur is quite fascinating. The folks there wear nice and lovely multihued costumes. Another one of the unique features of the culture of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is the colorful turbans worn by men. The graceful palaces, forts and temples strewn throughout the city bring alive the historic grandeur of this city. Lending a romantic aura to Jodhpur, are its exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, folk music and the brightly attired people.

Ranakpur

Ranakpur, a town 95 kms from Udaipur, is an oasis amidst desert and hilly terrain of the Aravalis. The town of Ranakpur is famous for the Jain Temple, a piece of architectural engravings and embossing. Light colored marble has been used for the construction of Ranakpur temple. The temple, with its distinctive domes, turrets and cupolas rises majestically from the slope of a hill. The temple is designed as chaumukha—with four faces. Over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail and differently, support the temple. All the statues face one or the other statue. The image faces all four cardinal directions.

Udaipur

Beautiful lakes, picturesque scenery, grand monuments, picture-perfect hilly back-drop has compelled the visitors to call Udaipur as ‘city of lakes’ and ‘Venice of East’. Udaipur is regarded as one of the most romantic cities of the world. Udaipur is the second most-sought after tourist destination of Rajasthan. Lake Palace of Udaipur has been accredited of being one of the most romantic places all across the globe. The massive forts of Udaipur grab the interest of people with their sheer structure and architecture. The beautiful temples create a sense of aestheticism with their spiritual ecstasy. Udaipur also boasts of various museums, palaces, gardens, monuments and colorful festivals that allure tourists to visit the city for once. Udaipur Solar Observatory is considered as the best solar observing site in Asia. Other attractions are City Palace, Jag Mandir Palace, Lake Palace Udaipur, Lake Pichhola etc.

Pushkar

A small town of Ajmer district of Ajmer in Rajasthan, Pushkar is a religious and historical site. For the Hindus, Pushkar is one of the holiest pilgrimages with lone Brahma Temple. Pushkar Fair, organized every year, is a world renowned gathering of foreign and Indian tourists to enjoy traditional celebration of festivity. Pushkar Lake, religious rituals, activities in normal Indian fairs, folk music and dances, delicious cuisines, camel cart races etc. are prime attractions of Pushkar.

Jaipur

Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, has been laid according to the conventional nine-grid pattern that astrologers believe to be lucky, and which has been recommended in the ancient Indian treatise on architecture. Jaipur has much to offer visitors — everything from pageants and festivals to extraordinarily clad people, a wealth of handicrafts, a royal legacy of palaces, and sightseeing — that will occupy their time. Jaipur is also known as ‘Pink City’ and famous for magnificent monuments like Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Galta Ji, Birla Temple, Albert Hall etc. Being almost equidistant from Delhi and Agra, Jaipur along with these two cities form a Golden Triangle circuit

Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri, a historical place with nicely preserved monuments of Mughal era, is a must see place while visiting Agra. Located some 37 kms from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri of Buland Darwaja fame was founded by Akbar in 1569 to express his gratitude for Sufi mystic Salim Chishti, who was born in Sikri village. Many historians believe that Fatehpur Sikri was established as a joint capital with Agra but due to paucity of potable and drinking water, the plan to shift a section of imperial officials there had been reversed. Even today, its red stone architecture, richly ornamented with carvings & firework, is in a perfect state of preservation. Buland Darwaja is 15-storied, stands 140 feet on the pedestal and is 54 feet above the ground. A steep flight of 42 steps leads one to the massive gateway and makes it as one of the tallest gateways in the world is made of red-sandstone with marble decoration on it. With Quranic inscription on the front and cenotaph on the heights of the gateway, Buland Darwaja is a splendid blend of Hindu and Persian architecture. The calligraphy work done on the inner façade of Buland Darwaja has very less parallels in India.

Agra

Agra finds its mention in epic of Mahabharata as ‘Agravana’. Agra is traditionally and culturally part of Brijbhumi, associated with legendary Lord Krishna. Strategically located on the banks of river Yamuna, the city of Agra has seen many upheavals due to intermittent attacks of the invaders to take control of it. Agra remained under control of the Rajputs, the Muslims, the Marathas and the British. Though the influences of these regimes are quite visible in art, architecture and culture of the city but the Mughal impact is more pronounced, especially in old Agra. Now-a-days, Agra has been synonymous with Taj Mahal from tourism perspective. Taj Mahal can easily be termed as a feather in the cap of India, particularly Agra, which also possesses the most precious jewel in the country’s crown the “Taj Mahal”. Sikander Lodhi, Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjahan ruled with Agra as capital of their kingdoms. Babur was the first Mughal king who built first Islamic monument in Agra i.e. Gul-e-Afgaan or the Aram Bag -a planned garden. During the rule of Akbar, famous monuments of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort, were constructed. Sikandara and It-mad-ud-Daula are the famous buildings of Jahangiri period. World renowned Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan in fond memory of Mumtaj Mahal, is now one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’. Agra is also known for its fabulous handicrafts, made of marble and soft-stone inlay work. Agra's major handicraft products besides inlay work are: leather-ware, brassware, carpets, jewellery and embroidery work.

Khajuraho

Khajuraho is well known for its temples. Of Indo-Aryan architecture, the temples of Khajuraho are embellished with superb decorations. Fine and artistic stonework is to be found around these temples. Many aspects of Indian life, as it existed 1000 years ago, have been depicted by the sculptors; curiously women and sex have been depicted in more detail. Owing to the subject of the sculptures, Khajuraho temples are also called Kamsutra Temples. These temples were built in Chandela period.

A Dance festival is held in March. The festival lasts for 10 days and some of the best classical dancers of India perform during the Khajuraho Dance Festival against the backdrop of Khajuraho temples which are floodlit.

Varanasi

Situated on the banks of holy river Ganga (the Ganges) , the spiritual capital of India- Varanasi is known by several names like Banaras (as local people call it), Kashi (desrived from 'Kashika' meaning the shining one referring to the light of Lord Shiva), Avimukta (meaning never forsaken by Lord Shiva), Rudaravasa (meaning abode of Lord Shiva) and Anandavana (meaning forest of bliss). Varanasi is one of the holiest of the pilgrimages of the Hindus. Being on the banks of the Ganges, the most sacred and venerated river in India, Varanasi becomes all the more pious spiritual centre among religious Hindus. Its name Varanasi is derived from its being on the confluence of two rivers- Varuna and Asi. Though Varanasi is the world's oldest living city but its oldest monument is not older than 300 years because of inimically destructive invasions of Muslims. Varanasi is a prominent business and trade centre as well since the ancient times.

Ghats of Varanasi along the western bank of the Ganges are special as these epitomize various aspects of Hindu way of life. Watch out people having early morning bath followed by ablutions, puja by Brahmin priests, people practicing meditation & yoga, cremation process on Manikarnika ghat and Harishchandra ghat, people consulting the astrologers under their palm leaf parasols, buy offerings for rituals, trades selling silk apparels and brassware etc.

Sarnath

Situated on the banks of holy river Ganga (the Ganges) , the spiritual capital of India- Varanasi is known by several names like Banaras (as local people call it), Kashi (desrived from 'Kashika' meaning the shining one referring to the light of Lord Shiva), Avimukta (meaning never forsaken by Lord Shiva), Rudaravasa (meaning abode of Lord Shiva) and Anandavana (meaning forest of bliss). Varanasi is one of the holiest of the pilgrimages of the Hindus. Being on the banks of the Ganges, the most sacred and venerated river in India, Varanasi becomes all the more pious spiritual centre among religious Hindus. Its name Varanasi is derived from its being on the confluence of two rivers- Varuna and Asi. Though Varanasi is the world's oldest living city but its oldest monument is not older than 300 years because of inimically destructive invasions of Muslims. Varanasi is a prominent business and trade centre as well since the ancient times.

Located 10 kms from Varanasi, Sarnath is one of the four pilgrimages of the Buddhists. It was Sarnath where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon and declared the birth of a different 'dharma' (religion)- Buddhism. From Sarnath, the 'dharmachakra pravartan' commenced. In around 234 BC, Emperor Ashoka, a great follower of Buddhism, built a grand stupa- Dharmarajika Stupa, here. Later on Sarnath developed as a prominent Buddhist centre with a grand monastery. Between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, several Buddhist structures were built here in Sarnath. The Muslim invaders in medieval period ransacked and destroyed it. But an inquisitive traveler may still experience the rich past in the remnants of monastery, Dhamekh stupa, Dharmarajika stupa and Emperor Ashoka's pillar. Also, visit Sarnath museum. Sarnath museum also has the figures and the sculptures from the Mauryan, Kushana and Gupta periods discovered during the excavations at Sarnath.

  • Accommodation in the mentioned hotels on double sharing.

  • Daily breakfast basis on all places.

  • Total Meals: 18 (Breakfast-16; Lunch-01; Dinner-01).

  • Total night stays: 15 (Delhi-02; Mandawa-01; Bikaner-01; Jaisalmer-02; Jodhpur-01; Udaipur-02; Udaipur-01; Jaipur-02; Agra-02; Khajuraho-01; Varanasi-01).

  • Well-appointed upgraded air-conditioned rooms at all places.

  • Along with breakfast at all places, 01 dinner & 01 lunches in Jaisalmer tent.

  • Monument entrance charges.

  • Rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.

  • Camel ride in Jaisalmer.

  • English speaking & destination-specific guides at all destinations for mentioned sightseeing tour.

  • Meet & assist at the airport on arrival & departure.

  • Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Air-conditioned private car for the whole sightseeing tour.

  • Driver for the whole tour.

  • All prevailing taxes like luxury tax, service tax etc.

  • All transfers, city tours, excursions & drives by air-conditioned transport.

  • Interstate road tax, toll tax, parking charges, driver’s wages, fuel charges etc.

Optima Special:
  • Manual rickshaw ride in the alleys of Kinari Bazaar, situated in 400 years old Chandni Chowk market, built by Shah Jahan and supervised by Jahanara.
  • Maharaja (king)- like elephant ride at Amber Fort, 13 kms from Jaipur, the capital city of desert state of Rajasthan.
  • One night stay in desert camp in Jaisalmer with cultural performances by local artists.
  • A camel ride up to Sam sand-dunes to help you watch desert lifestyle.
  • View Lake Palace and traditional Udaipur city while having boat ride in Lake Pichola.
  • Tonga ride in Agra- commute from hotel to Taj Mahal in medieval era transport.
  • Cultural show in Khajuraho.
  • Morning boat in the Ganges alongside the ghats of Varanasi.
  • Have a feel of India’s lifeline- railways.
Don't miss on Rajasthan with Taj Mahal Khajuraho Varanasi Tour:
  • Camp in tents under the stars in the Thar desert of Jaisalmer.
  • Do watch medieval era’s still working water harvesting system- the baoris in Abhaneri.
  • Get immersed into spiritual aura of Varanasi.
  • Fall in love with India's romantic Udaipur.
  • Discover the many faces of Delhi.
  • Catch a Bollywood blockbuster in Jaipur.
  • Experience a taste of rural Rajasthan in Mandawa.
  • Learn few lessons of sexual postures depicted in majestic sculptures of Khajuraho.
Shopping:

Jaipur: Jewellery, carpets and handicraft items
Jodhpur: At Mochi Gali, embroidered leather shoes, tie & dye fabrics, lacquer-ware, antiques & puppets.
Jaisalmer: At Manik Chowk, pick up woven blankets & shawls, mirror-work textiles, silver jewellery & block-printed textiles.
Bikaner: At the bazaar, look for camel-hide water bottles, slippers, purposes and lampshades. Also camel hair durries, carpets and blankets.
Agra: Marble products and jeweler.
Varanasi: Handicraft products and ‘Banarasi Sarees’.

Cuisines:

Jodhpur: Try makhaniya lassi-a delicious creamy drink
Jaisalmer: Popular dessert - mawa kachori & doodh firni..
Bikaner: Taste famous Bikaneri Bhujia- tangy mix of fried cereals that make a perfect snack.

Is This Trip For Me:
Travel Style Service Level TPhysical Demands Trip Type Trip Rating
Classic Standard FIT/Small Group 4.5/5
DestinationsStandardSuperiorDeluxeLuxury
DelhiJiviteshHiltonShangri LaHotel Imperial
MandawaMandawa HaveliVivaana HaveliCastle Mandawa Castle Mandawa
BikanerHarasar HaveliLalgarh PalaceGajner PalaceLaxmi Niwas Palace
JaisalmerNachna HaveliFort RajwadaTaj RawalkotSuryagarh Palace
JodhpurRatan PalaceDevi BhawanTaj Hari MahalUmmed Bhawan Palace
UdaipurHotel Jagat Niwas Hotel Karohi HaveliLaxmi Vilas Palace- The LalitOberoi Udai Vilas
Pushkar Hotel Pushkar FortHotel Pushkar BagPushkar PalacePushkar Palace
Jaipur ParadiseShahpura HouseITC RajputanaOberoi Raj Vilas
Agra Siris 18Mansingh PalaceITC MughalOberoi Amar Vilas
KhajurahoUsha BundelaClarks KhajurahoTaj ChandelaLalit –Temple View
VaranasiHotel IndiaRamada PlazaRadisson Nadesar Palace
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  • Please provide your passport details to Optima Travels Private Limited at least one month before travelling. Please note that if you do not provide your passport details, you may be denied entry to any Indian National Parks that are visited along this itinerary, or you may be charged a fee by the local government as passport details are now a requirement for entry into all national parks in India.

  • Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

  • In India normally the check in time in hotels is 02:00 PM and check out time in hotels is 10:00 AM.

  • Normally the package cost includes breakfast at all locations but in case of the destinations where availability of restaurants outside hotel not possible, we provide meals there and mention that in inclusions.

  • The normal check in - check out time of the hotels are 1200 hours and if your arrival time does not suit this we can arrange activities for you on the first day or pre-book the hotel from the previous night on additional charge and as per your request. Normally it takes 1 hour to come out of the airport from the time of arrival

Followings are not included in the package
  • Meals other than breakfast and as specified above.

  • Video camera/ still camera fee applicable at various monuments. The same will be paid by you direct on spot on actual basis.

  • Items of personal nature like telephone calls, laundry, tips, hard/soft drink etc.

  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities.

  • Indian visa fees.

  • Any compulsory meal supplements during festive season is not included.

  • Early check in & late check out at the hotels.

  • Any other Items is not included in " Inclusions" heading.

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