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Souvenir Rajasthan Tour

Delhi - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Jaipur - Agra - Jhansi -Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi (18 Nights / 19 Days) Day 01/ Arrival Delhi Welcome to India! Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport by our tour executive & then transfer to hotel. Night stay in 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. Night stay in Delhi. Day 03/ Delhi - Udaipur (By flight) After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight to Udaipur. Arrive Udaipur, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Evening free at leisure. Night stay in Udaipur. Day 04/ Udaipur Breakfast in Hotel, after breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur. It is called the "Venice of the East". Maharana Udai Singh founded the city in 1568. Udaipur is full of palaces, temples and havelis, ranging from the modest to the extravagant. Visit the City Palace. At this palace complex, you will marvel at the rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows, inlaid marble balconies and the peacock courtyard. Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari gardens, the Jagdish temple and the local folk museum. Afternoon motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other lovely island palace in the middle of the lake. Built by Maharana Karan Singhji in 1622 as a pleasure palace for royal function, this island palace has also provided refuge to Prince Khurram who was more known as Emperor Shah Jahan. It is also believed that he got the inspiration to build the Taj Mahal from this Island Palace. Overnight in Udaipur. Day 05/ Udaipur - Jodhpur (By road) After breakfast drive to Jodhpur. On arrival transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jodhpur. Day 06/ Jodhpur (By road) Breakfast in Hotel, after breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Jodhpur visiting The Mehrangarh Fort, The Jaswant Thada and The famous Sardar market. Night stay in Jodhpur. Day 07/ Jodhpur - Jaisalmer (By road) Morning drive to Jaisalmer, on arrival transfer to hotel. Evening free at leisure. Night stay in Jaisalmer. Day 08/ Jaisalmer Breakfast in Hotel, after breakfast proceed for full Day sight seeing of Jaisalmer Visiting Jaiselmer Fort Museum & the famous Jain Temple. Take a walk through the back streets to the Patwon ki Haveli & Kothari Haveli. Nightstay in Jaisalmer. Day 09/ Jaisalmer - Bikaner (By road) Morning drive to Bikaner. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Later city sight seeing 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, Bhanda Sagar Jain and Deshnoke Rat temple. Night stay in Bikaner. Day 10/ Bikaner - Jaipur (By road) Morning drive to Jaipur, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening at leisure . Night stay in Jaipur. Day 11/ Jaipur Breakfast in the hotel, after breakfast proceed for sightseeing to 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. Night stay in Jaipur. Day 12/ Jaipur - Agra After a leisurely breakfast drive to Agra enroute visiting 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. On arrival transfer to hotel. Evening free at leisure. Night stay in Agra. Day 13/ Agra Breakfast in the hotel, after breakfast sightseeing tour of Agra: 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. Night tay in Agra. Day 14/ Agra - Jhansi (By train) Jhansi - Orchha (By Road) After a leisurely breakfast transfer to railway station to board the train to Jhansi , Arrive Jhansi & drive to Orchha & transfer to hotel. Later tour of this historical site with magnificient temples and monuments. Some of the palaces were decorated with painted murals which represent the finest flowering of the Bundela school of painting. Night stay in Orchha. Day 15/ Orchha - Khajuraho (By surface) After breakfast drive to Khajuraho Khajuraho- Right through the Mughal invasion and the early British forays into India, Khajuraho temples in India remained unknown. Rediscovered in this century, they are fine reminders of India's glorious past. Khajuraho Temples are the most graphic, erotic and sensuous sculptures of India, the world has ever known. But Khajuraho has not received the attention it deserves for its significant contribution to the religious art of India - there are literally hundreds of exquisite images on the interior and exterior walls of the shrines. Architecturally these temples are unique. While each temple in Khajuraho has a distinct plan and design, several features are common to all. They are all built on high platforms, several metres off the ground, either in granite or a combination of light sandstone and granite. Each of these temples has an entrance hall or mandapa, and a sanctum sanctorum or garbha griha. Arrive Khajuraho and transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Khajuraho. Day 16/ Khajuraho After breakfast explore Khajuraho city, the temples are grouped into three geographical divisions : western, eastern and southern. Western Group These groups of Khajuraho temples are entirely Hindu, and constitute some of the finest examples of Chandela art at its peak. The largest being the Kandhariya Mahadev, followed by a granite temple - Chaunsath Yogini. The Chitragupta Temple is dedicated to the Sun God, while the Vishwanath Temple sports a three-headed image of Brahma - the Creator of the Universe. The Lakshmana Temple is superbly decorated, while the Devi Jagdambi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Eastern Group This group of Khajuraho tempels comprises of two historic Jain temples - the Adinath Temple lavishly embellished with sculpted figures, and the Parsvanath Temple, the largest Jain temple, sculpted with charming detail. There are other shrines such as the Vamana Temple with apsaras in sensuous poses, and the Javari Temple that has a richly-carved doorway. Southern Group This group has two impressive Khajuraho temples, mainly belonging to the 12th century - the Chaturbhuja Temple, with a massive, carved image of Vishnu, and the Duladeo Temple, one of the last temples of the Chandela era, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Night stay in Khajuraho. Day 17/ Khajuraho - Varanasi (By flight Dep 1330 Arr 1410) After leisurely breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Varanasi-said to be the India's most sacred city situated on the western bank of the holy river Ganga. It is also the oldest living city in the world. Varanasi is the city which cannot be described, only experienced. As a place for devotion and worship, with hundreds of temples dotting the city , sunrise on the river front as seen from a boat can be a spiritually uplifting sight. It has a fascination uniquely its own, a quality of sublime beauty, a timeless eternal appeal. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel. Evening view "Aarti" ceremony on the Ghats. Night stay in Varanasi. Day 18/ Varanasi Morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Later excursion to Sarnath, 10kms. East of Varanasi, is one of the Buddhism's major centers of India. Sarnath has many more ruins of monasteries and stupas.The spot at which the stupa stands is believed to be the place from where Buddha gave his forts sermon. Sarnath has an extremely rich collection of Buddhist statues. After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha came to Sarnath where he gave his first sermon. Today Sarnath is considered as one of the richest place to have antiques since the Ashoka period to the 12th century. These sculptures are the images of Buddha and Bodhisatva. Visit the deer park and the museum, Aurangazeb's Mosque and one of the biggest university of India, later back to Varanasi. Night stay in Varanasi. Day 19/ Varanasi - Delhi (By flight) After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi & transfer to International Airport to board the flight for onward journey or way back home.

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