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Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Luni - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi (15 Nights / 16 Days) Day 01/Arrival Delhi Welcome to India! arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport by our tour executive & then transfer to hotel. Overnight at Delhi. Day 02/Delhi Breakfast in Hotel, after a leisurely breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British empire. Visit the Red Fort, Raj Ghat, 11th century Qutab Minar ,India Gate and the grand government buildings, the President's House, also visit Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple. Overnight at Delhi. Day 03/New Delhi - Mandawa ( 275 Km, 06 hours ) After leisurely breakfast in hotel, leave for Mandawa. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit two hundred years old painted havelies (big houses) by the natural colors in the streets of the village. Overnight at Mandawa.Day 04/Mandawa - Bikaner ( 190 Km, 04 hours ) Breakfast in hotel. Morning leave for Bikaner, On arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Junagarh Fort later visit Asia's largest Camel Breeding Research Farm and local busy markets. Overnight at Bikaner. Day 05/Bikaner - Jaisalmer ( 330 Km, 06 hours ) After leisurely breakfast leave for Jaisalmer enroute Mahavira Jain Temple and 2000 years old Jija Mata Temple. Continue drive drive to Jaisalmer, on arrival check into hotel. Overnight at Jaisalmer. Day 06/Jaisalmer Breakfast in Hotel, after leisurely breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour Visit the magnificient fort, the Patwon Ki Haveli (Mansion) and Salim singh Ki Haveli, with their carved balconies and brackets which are supreme examples of the art. Later camel ride to visit Sam Dunes. Evening free at leisure. Overnight in Jaisalmer. Day 07/Jaisalmer - Jodhpur(275Km) - Luni (40km) Breakfast & leave to Jodhpur Onarrival transfer to hotel, Later proceed for sightseeing tour visit Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant thada and Sardar market clock tower. After Sightseeing drive to Luni. Evening free at leisure. Overnight in Luni. Day 08/Luni - Ranakpur - Udaipur ( 245 Km, 07 hours ) Breakfast and leave for Udaipur enroute visit 15th century Ranakpur Jain Temple, drive to Udaipur. Udaipur is a beautiful city of lakes surrounded by Aravalli Hills. Overnight at Udaipur. Day 09/Udaipur After leisurely breakfast in the hotel, proceed for sight seeing tour of Udaipur. City Palace of Udaipur - The city palace in Udaipur is the most popular site of attraction which has some of the fantastic royal buildings of the city. The grand structure in white marble and granite is marveled for its delicate architecture. Pichhola Lake, Udaipur - The two palaces in the middle of the Pichhola lake (Jagmandir and Jagniwas) has now been transformed into heritage hotels. The serene lake waters are a pleasure to watch out for. Garden of the Maidens (Sahelion ki Bari), Udaipur - A beautiful garden adorned with luscious pools, colorful fountains and exotic plants reflects the lifestyle of the royal ladies during the ancient times. Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh), Udaipur - This palace is unique for the purpose for which it was constructed. The palace was built by Sajjan Singh to keep a watch over the monsoon clouds in the surrounding region. Later it was used as a hunting retreat for the royal family. Jagdish temple, Udaipur - A terrific example of Indo Aryan art this temple is said to be an important Vishnu temple in north India. Maharana Pratap Memorial, Udaipur - People visit this place to pay homage to the bravery of this great ruler Maharana Pratap. Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum, Udaipur - This is the place which displays the art and culture of Rajasthan and hold puppet shows and Rajasthani Folk art concerts at its auditorium every evening. Overnight in Udaipur. Day 10/Udaipur - Jaipur ( 395 Km, 08 hours ) After breakfast drive to Jaipur. Onarrival transfer to hotel. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at Jaipur. Day 11/ Jaipur Breakfast in hotel, after breakfast visit the majestic Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar. The Amber Fort - set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Mughal Architecture, construct by Raja Mann Singh in 1592 and completed by Swai Jai Singh, the fort is made in red sand stone and white marble. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful of art and architecture. Amber Fort is the classic and romantic fort palace with a magnificent aura. The interior wall of palace depicts expressive painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings. The City Palace located in the heart of the world city. The City Palace is a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and the royal family still lives in a part of the Palace. The building now forms the Maharaja Swai Man Singh II Museum and on display here are a wide array of royal costumes, some vary exquisite and precious pashmina (kashmiri) shawls, Benaras silk sarries sauganeri prints and folk embroidery. Overnight at Jaipur. Day 12/Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra ( 235 Km, 06 hours ) After leisurely breakfast, leave for Agra enroute visit FATEHPUR SIKRI - the deserted red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its "ruins" are in pristine condition ... it's not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of it's grandeur. Continue your drive to Agra, on arrival transfer to hotel. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at Agra. Day 13/Agra After leisurely breakfast in hotel, Proceed for the sightseeing tour of Agra by visiting the magnificent :- TAJ MAHAL - A white marble Tomb building 1631 - 1648 in Agra, seat of the Mughal Empire by Shah Jahan for his wife, Arjuman Banu Begum, the monument sums up many of the formal themes that have played through Islamic architecture. Its refined elegance is a conspicuous contrast both to the Hindu architecture of pre - Islamic India, with its thick walls, corbelled arches and heavy lintels and to the Indo Islamic styles, in which Hindu elements are combined with an electric assortment of motifs from Persian and Turkish sources. AGRA FORT - Fort built in red sandstone with its magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and the beautiful gardens. This is where Emperor Shah Jahan was kept under house arrest by his third son Aurangzeb and spent the last year of his life viewing the Taj Mahal from across the river Jamuna. Evening free to explore the Agra's rich heritage of handicrafts in its markets. Overnight in Agra. Day 14/Agra - Jhansi - Orchha - Khajuraho Morning transfer to railway station to board the train to Jhansi, Arrive Jhansi & drive to Khajuraho enroute visiting Orchha. Proceed for sight seeing tour. Raj Mahal : Situated to the right of the quardrangle, this palace was built by Madhukar Shah, the deeply religious predecessor of Bir Singh Ju Deo. Jehangir Mahal : Built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in the 17th century to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Rochha. Raj Praveen Mahal, Ram Raja Temple, Chaturbhuj Temple, Laxminarayan Temple. Later we drive to Khajuraho, The legendary temples of khajuraho are an incomparable experience. Acknowledged as one of the world's artistic wonders, these temples dedicated to the Hindu pantheon of Gods are covered in carvings that are a paean to life and love. The temples are unique in architecture and stunning in their ornamentation. They stand on high masonry platforms, and have three sections - the 'ardhamandapa' or the entrance, 'mandapa' or assembly hall and 'garbha griha' or the sanctum sanctorum. Khajuraho has achieved fame for the sensual appeal of its erotic sculptures. Arrive Khajuraho & transfer to hotel. Overnight at Khajuraho. Day 15/Khajuraho - Varanasi ( By Air ) After leisurely breakfast in hotel, visit the famous Eastern and Western group of temples. Afternoon transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, onarrival transfer to hotel, Overnight at Varanasi. Day 16/Varanasi - Delhi ( By Air ) Early morning boat ride to watch the sunrise over the Ganges when hundred of people are worshiping & taking bath. Afternoon Transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi, arrive & transfer to International airport to board the flight for onward destination or way back home.

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