Overview

Romance of the Desert is a unique excursion, where the tourists can visit the major destination of Rajasthan like Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Mandawa. The places are fill with vivacious picturesque of the places where the visitors can see the eye catching forts, monuments and places. As we know that the Rajasthan is a colorful cultural land, which was once the Royal land of Rajputs, here the tourists can feel the cultural richness and take part in Festivals and Fairs and even take camel ride and see the small colorful dunes.

Itinerary: Romance of the Desert

Day 01: Arrival Delhi by flight

Meeting and assistance on arrival & transfer from airport to hotel (standard check-in time at hotel is 1400 hrs).

Rest of the Day will be free for leisure activities.

EVENING OPTIONAL VISIT OF KINGDOM OF DREAMS (ON EXTRA CHARGES)
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Nautanki Mahal: showcasing an extravagant cinematic and theatrical musical. Culture Gully: an elaborate culture, arts, crafts and food boulevard. Showshaa Theatre: a fabulous, colorful drama marquee spotlighting Indian mythology productions, a mock wedding show and the great Indian talent circus. Iifa Buzz: a glamorous Bollywood themed cafe. This is a destination in itself which is capturing the imagination of the world. Get ready for this century’s most novel tourist destination.
SHOW OF ZANGOORA – the Gypsy Prince at Kingdom of Dreams. India’s answer to Broadway, Zangoora the Gypsy Prince - The biggest Bollywood musical ever. Introducing a brand new genre of entertainment where storytelling & Bollywood style Song & Dance meet stagecraft and technical wizardry like never seen before. In a world class theatre Nautanki Mahal, enter a world of entertainment that brings the best of Indian and International talent to create a Bollywood spectacle live on stage that is truly cinematic. (Closed on Mondays)Timings: 07:00 PM (Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday)

Overnight at Delhi.

Day 02: In Delhi

After breakfast proceed for the guided city tour of Old & New Delhi.

In Old Delhi visit the historic Red Fort (only photo stop from outside) – Shah Jehan’s elegant citadel in red sandstone. Very near the Fort is the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), India’s largest mosque, also built by Shah Jahan.

Go for an interesting walking tour through the famous bazaars of Chandni Chowk, which is adjacent to both the Fort and the Mosque. Also visit Raj Ghat – the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Afternoon guided sightseeing of New Delhi & visit India Gate, the memorial of the First World War and the road that leads from there to President House, which is flanked by the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings, Birla Temple.

Visit Lotus Temple – although the temple belongs to the Baha’i sect, is open to people of all faiths. Baha’i religion, an independent, is a very important prayer and meditation tools to progress in the human. (Closed on Mondays). Visit the Qutub Minar, a Tower of Victory that was built in the 12th century by Qutbuddin Aibak. You will observe the earliest examples of domes and arches in India and see the fusion of Hindu carving skills with Muslim technology and design

EVENING OPTIONAL VISIT OF AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE(ON EXTRA CHARGES)
Visit Akshardham Temple and witness the essence of Hinduism at Akshardham Temple one of the biggest and most intricate religious places of worship ever constructed. A visit to this monument is a journey though the gateway to the essence of ancient India and the best of Hindu culture and Vedic civilization. The monument is a fusion of pink stone and pure white marble, where pink stone symbolizes bhakti in eternal bloom and white marble that of absolute purity and eternal peace. (Closed on Mondays)

Overnight at Delhi.

Day 03: Delhi - Agra by surface (203 kms/3.5 hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Agra. On arrival check in at the hotel.

Afternoon we will take you for sightseeing tour of Agra which includes beautiful Taj Mahal.

First we will visit the majestic marble edifice, Taj Mahal. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. Taj Mahal, the epitome of love and romance stands on the banks of river Yamuna. The architecture is considered as the finest specimen of Mughal style of architecture. The architecture is highly inspired from different styles of architecture, which includes Persian, Indian and Turkish. Taj Mahal architecture is truly splendid and one of its kind in the world. The design & layout of Taj Mahal never fails to enrapture architects, engineers, historians as well as common man. (Closed on Fridays)

Also enjoy the Tonga Ride to the most beautiful monument in the world

Visit Agra Fort is among the finest examples of the fusion architecture that has dominated the Mogul period. The assimilation of these different styles has given the buildings within the fort a distinctive look. To name a few, for example, the Jahangir Palace built by Akbar is the most magnificent blend of Persian and local style whereas Divan-e-Aam mixes subtleness of Turkish exteriors with the complex pattern of Persian architecture. Babur stayed in the fort in the palace of Ibrahim.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur (255 kms/5.5 hrs)

After breakfast, you will drive to Jaipur; while driving towards Jaipur you will stop at Fatehpur Sikri for a brief period.
Fatehpur Sikri was once the capital of the Mughal Empire. The city boasts of some of the magnificent monuments of the medieval period. Akbar, the great Mughal Emperor, made it the capital but was later abandoned due to scarcity of water. The buildings at Fatehpur Sikri present a unique blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. Some of the attractions at Fatehpur Sikri are the Panch Mahal, the BulandDarwaza and the Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chisti.

Continue your drive to Jaipur. Upon reaching Jaipur, check-in at your hotel.

Overnight at Agra.

Day 05: In Jaipur

After breakfast, you will explore the massive Amber Fort (ascending the fort on elephant back). This morning you will drive 11kms in the outskirts of the city to visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal and Jagmandir. You can have the unique experience of traveling on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. It has halls of Public and Private Audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvellous examples of ancient Rajput architecture. The Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess), the patron deity of the Royal family is at the entrance to the palace.

Afternoon city tour of the pink city, visit the City Palace – the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles which houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords of different shapes and sizes with ornate handles. It has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit.

Also visit the JantarMantar – an astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 18th century, which is remarkable for its accuracy even at the present times.

Stop at Palace of Winds for taking pictures. Later back to the hotel & rest.

Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 06: Jaipur - Udaipur by surface (390 kms/6-7 hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Udaipur.
Guest can also fly JAI-UDR by flight SG 2623 (0820/0920 hrs)

Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Rest day is at leisure for own activities.

Overnight at Udaipur.

Day 07: In Udaipur

Morning will start with a sightseeing tour of the city. You will be visiting Jagdish Temple. MaharanaJagat Singh I built the Jagdish temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, in 1651. It houses an image of Lord Vishnu in black stone, along with a brass image of Garuda, his carrier. Covering the exterior and the plinth are base relief of alligators, elephants, horsemen and celestial musicians, rising in rows. It is the largest temple in Udaipur.

Visit Saheliyon Ki Bari, the garden of maidens, was built by MaharanaSangram Singh in the mid-18th century. Pools with elegant kiosks, flowerbeds, lawns, pools, fountains, along with an array of trees make this garden eye-catching. There is also a sitting room decorated with paintings and glass mosaics in the garden. Fateh Sagar Lake originally built in 1678 by Maharana Jai Singh; Fateh Sagar was rebuilt by MaharanaFateh Singh after the rains destroyed the dam.

Later explore City Palace a fusion of Medieval European and Chinese architecture, the City Palace was built by Maharaja Udai Singh. This marble monument is situated on the eastern banks of Lake Pichola. Numerous balconies, towers and cupolas of the palace provide a marvelous view of the lake and the city below. A triple arched gate called Tripolia, built in 1725, provides the entry to the palace.

Late afternoon you will enjoy a leisurely boat ride on Lake Pichola. With its main attractions being the two palaces on the islands in the lake, Jagniwas and Jagmandir; Lake Pichola is about 4 km in length and 3 km wide. Jagniwas was earlier the summer retreat of the prince of Mewar and now a five-star hotel.

Overnight at Udaipur.

Day 08: Udaipur - Ranakpur - Jodhpur by surface (285 kms/6-7 hrs)

After breakfast, we will depart for Jodhpur enroute visit of Ranakpur. Often regarded as sheer poetry on marble this 15th century Adinath Jain temple is an architectural genius. The profuse & intricate carving on marble resembles lace-work rather than stone carving. One of the other remarkable things about the temple is wonderful play of shadow & light on the nearly 1500 pillars (each of which interestingly displays a different decorative design.

Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Rest day is at leisure for own activities.

Overnight at Jodhpur.

Day 09: In Jodhpur

After breakfast proceed for city tour of Jodhpur starting from Mehrangarh Fort.
One of the largest forts in India, the Mehrangarh fort is the pride of Jodhpur. Situated on a 150 m high hill, has seven gates, some of which still stand as a witness to the battles fought by the armies of Jodhpur. The fort houses a number of palaces inside, with extensive patios. The main palaces are Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Takht Vilas and Jhanki Mahal. A museum also finds a place inside the fort, displaying a rich collection of old royal palanquins, arms, paintings, costumes, etc.

Visit Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal and also visit Jaswant Thada; a royal cenotaph built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. A white marble memorial, the cenotaph is adorned with exquisite carvings. It houses the portraits of the former rulers of Jodhpur. Built like a temple, the Thada is a perfect example of skill of the Jodhpuri sculptors.

Overnight at Jodhpur.

Day 10: Jodhpur - Jaisalmer by surface (286 kms/6-7 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Jaisalmer - induces a dramatic picture of utter magic and brilliance of the desert. The hostile terrain not with standing the warmth and color of people is simply over whelming. One of the main draws is the daunting 12th century Jaisalmer Fort and beautiful havelis which were built by wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer are yet another interesting aspect of the you can let your eyes caress the sloppy sand dunes while you ramble your way in a camel safari. Bhatti Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, after whom the city finds its name, founded Jaisalmer in 1156. The drive passes by dry vegetation, with villages of colorfully dressed people. Plenty of camels and camel carts, sheep and goats pass you by.

Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Rest day is at leisure for own activities.

Overnight at Jaisalmer.

Day 11: In Jaisalmer

After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing of Jaisalmer.

Visit Jaisalmer Fort, over the Trikuta hill, this fort is the biggest and the most beautiful landmark of the city. The fort is occupied by shops, stalls, and a number of other business concerns. It is also known as Sonar Quila or the Golden fort, rising from the sand, the mega structure merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience. The Jain temple, situated inside the fort, made between 12th and 15th century, bears testimony to Rajasthan unique artistry

Visit the havelis; the mansions built by the wealthy merchants, which are still in very good condition. The intricate craftsmanship is beyond parallel. The havelis like the Patwon-ki-Haveli and alim-Singh-ki-Haveli are remarkable for their exclusive cutwork, yellow and red stone treatment and the bracket-shaped decoration of peacocks. The rich merchant inspired by the classic style of the royals, constructed huge mansions (havelis) adjacent to each other in the nature of medieval culture and profusely decorated walls and ceilings and intricately carved outdoors and interiors.

In the afternoon, visit the Khuri Sand Dunes and the typical Rajasthani Desert Village. Take a camel ride to view the sunset from the dunes, (Same camels to be used for Safari - getting to know the camels) as the sky is set on fire. It can be an unforgettable experience.

Overnight at Jaisalmer.

Day 12: Jaisalmer - Bikaner by surface (329 kms/5-6 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Bikaner. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel

Afternoon city sightseeing tour. Bikaner is named after its founder Rao Bikaji in 1488. But long before this, the city was trade center on the caravan routes from Africa and West Asia. Bikaner’s dominant features are rippling sands and abundant sunshine. The city stands on an elevation, enclosed by a 7 Kms wall, which can be entered from 5 gate. Bikaner City is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh the fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs.

Also visit Lallgarh Palace, the museum, Bhanda Sagar Jain, Deshnoke Rat temple and The Camel’s Breeding Farm.

Overnight at Bikaner.

Day 13: Bikaner – Mandawa by Surface (190 kms/3.5 Hrs)

Morning drive to Mandawa. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel

Later visit the painted havelies of the Dundlod town and surrounding areas of the Mandawa, Mandawa founded in 1755 by Thakur Nawal Singh and still the home of his descendants, has beautiful frescoes, havelis and mansions. Mandawa castle one of the finest castles of Rajasthan, is now a hotel and house of collection of armories, costumes of ancestors, canons from 1820 ancient coins, numismatic collection and many other interesting items, preserved in a museum.

Overnight at Mandawa.

Day 14: Mandawa – Delhi by Surface(240kms/5-6Hrs) and Departure from Delhi

After breakfast drive to Delhi from Mandawa.

Arrive Delhi and transfer to Delhi airport to board your flight back for onwards destination.

Where you'll Stay

City Nights 4* Hotels (Classic) 5* Hotels (Royal) 5* Hotels (Luxury)
Delhi 02 The Amber / Regent Grand Vivanta By Taj Dwarka / Radisson BLU Dwarka The Oberoi, Gurgaon
Agra 01 Crystal Sarovar / Four Points Sheraton Jaypee Palace / Raidsson BLU The Oberoi Amarvilas
Jaipur 02 Ramada / Royal Orchid Mariott / Hilton The Oberoi Rajvilas
Udaipur 02 Shouryagarh/Ramada Trident The Oberoi Udaivilas
Jodhpur 02 Ranbanka / Park Plaza ITC Welcom Hotel Hotel RAAS
Jaisalmer 02 Gorbandh Palace / Brys Suryagarh Suryagarh
Bikaner 01 Gajner Palace Laxmi Niwas Palace Laxmi Niwas Palace
Mandawa 01 Desort Resort Desert Resort Desert Resort

Winter - October 2017 - March 2018


(All prices are per person in USD.)
(1 October 2017 - 31 March 2018)

Category
Twin/Double sharing
Single sharing
Luxury 5* Hotel USD 5,371 USD 9,542
Royal 5* Hotel USD 2,339 USD 3,479
Classic 4* Hotel USD 2,027 USD 2,854

Summer - April 2018 - 30 September 2018


(All prices are per person in USD.)
(16 April 2018 - 30 September 2018)

Category
Twin/Double sharing
Single sharing
Luxury 5* Hotel USD 3,674 USD 6,150
Royal 5* Hotel USD 2,257 USD 3,194
Classic 4* Hotel USD 1,943 USD 2,688

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