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Real Rajasthan Tour

  • 14 Nights / 15 Days
  • Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Pushkar - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Mandawa - Delhi
Forts & palaces
Rural & religious lifestyle
Culture & traditions
Mosques & mausoleums
Desert & dessert
Temples & bazaars

The destinations selected in Real Rajasthan Tour represent various sub-regions of Rajasthan, characterized by their distinctive styles of art, architecture, dialects, history and cultural nuances. As Real Rajasthan tour covers and showcases major cultural centres of Rajasthan, tourists prefer it the most. Various sobriquets used for different cities and destinations of Rajasthan speak a lot about lively and real Rajasthan. Jaipur is known as ‘Pink City of Rajasthan’. Bikaner is called as ‘City of Desert and Dessert’. Jaisalmer is the ‘Golden City of Rajasthan’. Jodhpur is famous as ‘Blue City of Rajasthan’ and ‘Sun City of Rajasthan’. Udaipur is worldwide recognized as ‘City of Lakes’ and ‘Venice of East’. Real Rajasthan Tour will take you on a land of lifelong memorable magical fantasies formed out of beautiful palaces and mammoth forts, sprawling deserts, wooded hills and serene lakes, activities-abuzz towns and self-contained villages, variety of flora and fauna and, of course, the cultured, courageous and colorful people of Rajasthan to create a visual extravaganza.

Day 1 Arrival at New Delhi International Airport & transfer to New Delhi hotel.

Welcome to incredible India. You will be received by representative of Optima India Tourism with best of traditional Indian hospitality at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. You will be transferred to New Delhi hotel. Our representative will ensure smooth check in at the hotel. As most of the international flights land in New Delhi during mid-night, so, after check in at the hotel, have sound sleep in New Delhi hotel to get relaxed for the sightseeing tour of Delhi next day.

Day 2 Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi & New Delhi

Political and cultural capital of India, Delhi offers a tourist lot of experiences. It includes great ancient monuments with modern cosmopolitan infrastructure, old bazaars with big arcades and malls, narrow alleys with wide modern roads, traditional lifestyles with modern day hectic pace of activities, sheer luxury with wretched poverty etc. Have delicious breakfast in New Delhi hotel and move for Delhi sightseeing tour along with Government certified Delhi tour guide. The sightseeing of Delhi will comprise Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk (while enjoying manual rickshaw ride), Akshardham Temple, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Qutub Minar, Sansad Bhavan, Lotus Temple, Humayun’s Tomb & Laxmi Narayan Temple. During the course of sightseeing explore culture, market & taste of Delhi. After full day sightseeing of Delhi, both old and new, return to New Delhi hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 3 Delhi – Agra (220 kms/ 4 hrs)- Agra sightseeing tour

Rise up early in the morning, have breakfast in New Delhi hotel and proceed for Agra, a historical city with three historical sites included in UNESCO World Heritage sites. On arrival at Agra, you will be received by Agra representative of Optima India Tourism and introduced with Agra tour guide. As you will directly be transferred to Agra hotel, our representative will ensure your smooth check in. Having relaxed for a while, along with Agra tour guide, proceed to visit famous monuments of Agra which include Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Tomb of It-Mad-ud-Daula (Baby Taj). Thereafter, explore colourful local market of Agra. Later in the evening return to Agra hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4 Agra- Fatehpur Sikri- Abhaneri village-Jaipur (250 kms/05 hrs)

Have early morning delicious breakfast in Delhi hotel, move for Jaipur- the Pink City – the capital of Rajasthan. On the way to Jaipur, 35 kms from Agra is located deserted medieval town of Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Akbar on a grandiose scale to make it capital his kingdom but due to paucity of potable water made him to re-look his plans. But the gargantuan and fine monuments are still well-preserved. Have a stop-over there and visit monuments-rich Fatehpur Sikri. The famous monuments of Fatehpur Sikri include Buland Darwaja, Jodhabai Palace, Salim Chishti Shrine and Jama Masjid.

After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, continue your drive to Jaipur. About 95 kms before Jaipur, is located a historical village of Abhaneri. This village tour will present before you ancient lineage of India in terms of cultural values, architectural gems and traditional rural lifestyle in villages of India.

Abhaneri is a village about 95 kms from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Agra Road. A detour is well merited for its amazing stepwell or 'baoris' and Harshat Mata Temple. The village's original name was Abha Nagri and its present name is Abhaneri. Gurjar king Mihir Bhoja ruled over the Gujar kingdom in the ninth century AD. The ruins of the temple also speak of the 10th century architectural and sculptural styles. There is a huge tank named "Chand Baori", opposite to the temple fortified on all four sides with bastions for defence. Even though Abhaneri is now in ruins, the place has a distinct reminiscence about itself.

After visiting Abhaneri village, move for Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, representative of Optima India Tourism will receive you and transfer you to Jaipur hotel. Our representative will ensure smooth check in at the pre-booked Jaipur hotel. Have relaxed overnight stay in Jaipur hotel.

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Day 5 Jaipur sightseeing tour

Having breakfast in Jaipur hotel, proceed to Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan India. On arrival at Pushkar, you will be received by the representative of Optima India Tourism and given transfer into Pushkar hotel. Relax, refresh and proceed for Pushkar sightseeing which comprises Brahma Temple, Pushkar Lake, colorful local market and unique lifestyle in a Hindu pilgrimage. Pushkar tour guide will be introduced with you in Pushkar hotel. Having explored Pushkar in leisurely manner, return to Pushkar hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6 Jaipur- Pushkar (155 kms/03 hrs)- Pushkar 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 Pushkar – Chittorgarh sightseeing- Udaipur (305 kms/ 06 hrs)

Having delicious breakfast in the hotel, depart from Pushkar to Udaipur. On the way to Udaipur, have a halt at Chittorgarh to have lunch and visit Rajasthan’s most respected and historical fort-palace and temple complex at Chittorgarh. Though in a dilapidated state, glorious past peeps out the remaining monuments. Chittaur Fort is more famous for its antiquity dating back to Mauryan Empire and three “johars’ when women and children sacrificed themselves on a huge funeral pyre.

After visiting Chittaurgarh, proceed for Udaipur which is almost 100 kms away from here. You will be received by a representative of Optima India Tourism on arrival at Udaipur and ensured smooth check in at the pre-booked hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure or relax. Return to Udaipur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 8 Udaipur sightseeing tour

Having delicious breakfast in Udaipur hotel, move for Udaipur sightseeing accompanied with Udaipur tour guide. City of Lakes or Venice of East, as Udaipur is known as, is studded with many elegant monuments and picturesque places. While visiting famous monuments of Udaipur like City Palace Complex, Jag Mandir and Saheliyon Ki Bari, enjoy serene beauty of Udaipur as well. Later in the afternoon, view Lake Palace and traditional Udaipur city while having boat ride in Lake Pichola. Lake Palace or Jag Niwas, presently converted into a luxury heritage hotel being managed by Taj Group of Hotels, is regarded as one of the most beautiful palace of the world. Jag Niwas, the Lake Palace in Udaipur, can be easily termed as the best example of the Rajasthani architecture. After having enjoyed leisurely sightseeing of Udaipur, spend rest of the day at leisure or relax. Return to Udaipur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 9 Udaipur- Ranakpur- Jodhpur (275 kms/ 06 hours)

Real Rajasthan Tour will take you today the ‘Blue City of Rajasthan’- Jodhpur. Having taken delicious breakfast, check out from Udaipur hotel and proceed for Jodhpur. On the way to Jodhpur, stop at Ranakpur, a renowned Jain pilgrimage. Ranakpur is one of the most famous Jain temple towns of Rajasthan, India. Visit Ranakpur temple, located in pleasant idyllic set up. Built of light coloured marble, Ranakpur temple of the Jain is constructed in ‘chaumukha’ style on an area of 60X62 metres with more than 1444 exquisitely carved marble pillars.

After visiting Ranakpur temple, proceed for Jodhpur which is almost 190 kms away from here. Representative of Optima India Tourism will receive you on arrival at Jodhpur and ensure your fuss-free check in at pre-booked Jodhpur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10 Jodhpur sightseeing tour

Though you have already seen a glimpse of Rajasthani village in Abhaneri but that merely was concentrated to see monuments and architectural gems. On 13th day of Real Rajasthan Tour, you will be taken to craftsmen villages of Bishnoi tribe. Having enjoyed delicious breakfast in Jodhpur hotel, move on an excursion to Bishnoi village to have a look of real rural life in a Rajasthani village and villagers’ skill sets and value systems. Enjoy mingling with rural folks, participate in religious rituals & experience real Rajasthan. The Bishnois, a non-violent and nature loving sect of Hindu religion, are known for their harmonious co-existence with the nature and the animals. The Bishnoi community is known for its craftsmanship.

After Bishnoi village excursion, return to Jodhpur city to have lunch in a city restaurant and visit famous monuments of Jodhpur like rugged Mehrangarh Fort (one of best preserved forts of Rajasthan), Umaid Bhawan Palace & Museum (part of it a luxury heritage hotel, royal residence and museum), Jaswant Thada (known as Taj Mahal of Rajasthan- a royal cenotaph memorial) and Clock Tower. Also explore the famous Sardar Market. After exploring local market, return to Jodhpur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 11 Jodhpur- Jaisalmer (270 kms/ 05 hrs)

The next stoppage on your Real Rajasthan Tour is Jaisalmer. Having taken succulent breakfast in Jodhpur hotel, depart for Jaisalmer, the ‘Golden City of Rajasthan’. Representative of Optima India Tourism will receive you on arrival at Jodhpur and ensure your smooth check in at pre-booked Jodhpur hotel. Relax a bit and have lunch in Jaisalmer restaurant. Hereinafter, move on a half day leisurely sightseeing tour of havelis of Jaisalmer. The half-day sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer will include prominent havelis like Nathmalji-ki-Haveli & Patwon -ki-Haveli along with Manak Chowk. Manak Chowk is the 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 12 Jaisalmer sightseeing tour

After having delicious breakfast in Jaisalmer hotel, move on for visiting Jaisalmer Fort, popularly known as “Sonar Qila (Golden Fort)”. The Jaisalmer Fort is a live fort with a whole city built inside and being inhabited by local people. Built of golden sandstone in 12th century on Trikuta hill, Jaisalmer Fort is fortified with 30 ft high walls with 99 bastions. Jaisalmer Fort is home to several archaeological and historical masterpieces like Hindu and Jain Temples, palaces, havelis, mansions, libraries etc. Jaisalmer Fort has been regarded as one of the most magnificent and invincible forts in Rajasthan.

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. The camel safari, night-stay in tented accommodation in Thar Desert and dinner on sand dunes while folk dance and music being performed will be incredible aspects of real Rajasthan. Explore and enjoy desert traditions, folk culture and desert ways during your Jaisalmer camel safari with Optima India Tourism. Overnight stay in Jaisalmer tent/hut.

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Day 13 Jaisalmer- Bikaner (330 kms/7 hrs)

The distance between Jaisalmer and Bikaner is the longest stretch between two destinations in Real Rajasthan Tour itinerary. As a significant chunk of day will get consumed in travelling, you are required to move from Jaisalmer at the earliest so that you have enough time to visit maximum number of monuments in Bikaner. Have breakfast in tent in Jaisalmer and proceed for Bikaner. You will be received by a representative of Optima India Tourism on arrival in Bikaner and transferred to Bikaner hotel.

Get relaxed for a while and proceed along with Bikaner tour guide to visit famous monuments and tourist attractions of Bikaner which primarily include 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.

Day 14 Bikaner- Mandawa (200 kms/04 hrs)

Many a times, when a visitor finds oneself too tired to visit all the monuments of Bikaner at the time of arrival, he visits the leftovers today in Bikaner and then departs for Mandawa, after taking sumptuous breakfast in Bikaner hotel. It takes approximately four hours to reach Mandawa, a village town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. On arrival at Mandawa, representative of Optima India Tourism will assist you check in at Mandawa hotel. Mandawa tour guide will be introduced with you in the hotel lobby. After relaxing a bit move out to visit Mandawa, known as ‘open Art Gallery’ due to large number of mansions (havelis) beautified by fresco paintings depicting mythological and historical themes. Famous havelis are Gulab Bai Wadia Haveli, Ganeriwala Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, Kanoria Haveli, Goenka Haveli, Nandlal Murmuriya Haveli, Thakurji Dedraj Tarmal Haveli, Ladiya Haveli, Neowatia Haveli, Laduram Haveli and Chokhani Haveli. You have ample time to for exploration of culture, handicrafts market & rural lifestyle. After exploring Mandawa, in time return back to the hotel for overnight stay in Mandawa.

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Day 15 Mandawa- New Delhi (250 kms/05 hrs)-Departure

Having taken delicious breakfast and spending morning leisurely, proceed from Mandawa to New Delhi around 11 am. Midway Delhi, have lunch and drive for New Delhi. You will be arriving Delhi around 5-6 pm. Explore any nearby market and have dinner in New Delhi restaurant around 8 pm and proceed for New Delhi International airport to board flight for your onward destination. Hence you will be around 4 hours prior to flight at the airport.

Delhi

Presently the national capital of Republic of India, Delhi, since the ages, has been a theatre of tumultuous political upheavals. From the times of legendary Pandavas of Mahabharata fame to Rajput rule to Sultanate rule to Mughal rule to British regime and, presently, to Indian democratic rule, Delhi has been centre of political and cultural activities. Now-a-days, Delhi is the largest commercial centre in northern India. Due to glorious past and modern infrastructure, Delhi is an incredible mélange of ancient and modern & alleys and broadways. It is a hotpot of cultural amalgamation. Delhi is a great place to taste spicy and non-vegetarian Mughlai dishes along with vegetarian Hindu cuisines. Probably Delhi is one of the richest capitals in the world in terms of monuments of historical importance.

few places which attract the masses are Qutub Minar (world's tallest free-standing brick minaret and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Red Fort of Delhi (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Humayun's Tomb (first mature Mughal Tomb built in 1560), Akshardham temple (the largest Hindu temple complex in the world), the Lotus Temple (a Bahai worship place & notable for its flowerlike shape), the India Gate (originally called the All India War Memorial, located astride the Rajpath), President House, Parliament Building etc.

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.

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.

Jaipur

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.

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.

Udaipur

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.

Ranakpur

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.

Jodhpur

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.

Jaisalmer

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.

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. 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.

Mandawa

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.

  • Stay in the mentioned hotels (modern & heritage) on double sharing.

  • Daily breakfast basis on all places.

  • Total meals: 15 (Breakfast-14; Dinner-01).

  • Total night stays: 14 (Delhi-02; Agra-01, Jaipur-02, Pushkar-01, Udaipur-02, Jodhpur-02, Jaisalmer-02, Bikaner-01, Mandawa-01).

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

  • 01 dinner in Jaisalmer tent, in addition to breakfasts at all the places.

  • Entrance fees for all the monuments mentioned in sightseeing.

  • Medieval era market’s (Chandni Chowk) visit on manually paddled rickshaw in Delhi.

  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.

  • Camel ride in Jaisalmer from outskirts of city to Sam Sand Dunes.

  • Destination-based English speaking guides at all places 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:
  • Watch visual extravaganza of Kinari Bazaar of Chandni Chowk while having rickshaw ride.
  • Enjoy elegant elephant ride from foothills of Amber to hilltop of Amber Fort.
  • Horse carriage ride in Agra.
  • A night-stay in a tent in Thar Desert of 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.
Don't miss on Real Rajasthan Tour:
  • Camp in tents under the stars in the Thar Desert of Jaisalmer.
  • Viewing Lake Palace while having a boat cruise in Lake Pichola of Udaipur.
  • Watch and experience cultural mélange of Delhi.
  • Have a glimpse of Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur.
  • Have leisurely walk in the alleys of Mandawa, a representative destination of rural Rajasthan.
  • A visit to Bishnoi village in Jodhpur.
Shopping:

Delhi: Do visit state emporia to find large variety of handicraft and ethnic articles to choose from.
Agra: Marble products with inlay works of semi-precious gems.
Jaipur:Intricately carved and exotically designed jewellery of gold, silver, platinum and diamonds.
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.

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 4.9/5
DestinationsStandardSuperiorDeluxeLuxury
DelhiJiviteshHiltonShangri LaHotel Imperial
Agra Hadoti Palace Hadoti Palace Hadoti Palace Hadoti Palace
Jaipur Paradise Shahpura House ITC Rajputana Oberoi Raj Vilas
Pushkar Hotel Pushkar Fort Hotel Pushkar Bag Country Inn & Suites Pushkar Palace
UdaipurHotel Jagat Niwas Hotel Karohi HaveliLaxmi Vilas Palace- The LalitOberoi Udai Vilas
JodhpurRatan PalaceDevi BhawanTaj Hari MahalUmmed Bhawan Palace
JaisalmerNachna HaveliFort RajwadaTaj RawalkotSuryagarh Palace
JaisalmerTent/ HutTent/ HutTent/ HutTent/ Hut
BikanerHarasar HaveliLalgarh PalaceGajner PalaceLaxmi Niwas Palace
MandawaMandawa HaveliVivaana HaveliCastle Mandawa Castle Mandawa
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  • Please provide your passport details to Intrepid at least one month before travelling. Please note that if you do not provide your passport details you may be denied entry to any 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.

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  • 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. Meals other than breakfast are as specified above in inclusion.

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

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

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