Romance of The Desert

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Day 01/Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi meet assist at the airport and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 02/Delhi – Agra (By Road)
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi:
OLD DELHI – A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat – the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India.
NEW DELHI – An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President’s Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Afternoon drive to agra, on arrival transfer to hotel. Night stay in Agra.

Day 03/Agra-Jaipur
Morning at sunrise visit the world famous Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Also visit Agra Fort, containing the Pearl Mosque – the rusty and majestic red- sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. Also visit Itmad-up-Dau’s tomb, built by Noorjehan in memory of her father. Afternoon drive to Jaipur enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 to commemorate the birth of his son and later abandoned due to scarcity of water. Visit the remains, it fortifications within the city including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other palaces. On arrival transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 04 /Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort – Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it’s ultimate expression.Continue sight-seeing.
CITY PALACE – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
JANTAR MANTAR – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
HAWA MAHAL – The ornamental facade of this “Palace of Winds” is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 05/ Jaipur-Udaipur
After breakfast drive to Udaipur, arrive Udaipur and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Udaipur.

Day 06/ Udaipur
Morning proceed for city sight seeing tour.The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravallis. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers. Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichhola is an enticing sight. Udaipur is built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh, the city has been described as the most romantic spot on the continent of India by Col. James Todd. Visit theCity Palace museum, the Jagdish temple, Sahelion Ki Bari ( Queen’s resort for their friends) Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir ( Folk art museum) and the Pratap Memorial. Afternoon leisure. Night stay in Udaipur.

Day 07/Udaipur-Jodhpur
Drive for Jodhpur after breakfast. On arrival check in at hotel. Night stay in Jodhpur.

Day 08/Jodhpur
Morning city sight seeing tour. Jodhpur, stronghold of the fierce Rathore clan, was founded in 1459 by Prince Jodha. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill. Within the fort, visit Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph, built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant singh II around 1899 and Umaid Public gardens. Night stay in Jodhpur.

Day 09/Jodhpur-Jaisalmer
Morning drive to Jaisalmer, on arrival transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jaisalmer.

Day 10/ Jaisalmer
Morning city sight seeing tour. Throbbing in the heart of the Thar, the burnished sandstone, is an intricately molded wonderland in place of a barren land, today stands a city of gilded magic. The origins of Jaisalmer go back to the 12th century, when Rawal Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Ludarwa and laid the foundation of a new city. Visit the magnificient fort the Patwon Ki Haveli ( Mansion) and Salim singh Ki Haveli, whit their carved balconies and brackets which are supreme examples of the art. Evening camel ride to visit Sam Dunes. Night stay in Jaisalmer.

Day 11/Jaisalmer-Bikaner
Morning drive to Bikaner. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Night stay in Bikaner.

Day 12 / Bikaner
Morning after breakfast 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, the museum, Bhanda Sagar Jain and Deshnoke Rat temple. Night stay in Bikaner.

Day 13/Bikaner-Mandawa
Morning drive to Mukandgarh/Mandava, on arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit Mukandgarh/Mandava, foundin 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. Night stay in Mandawa.

Day 14/Mandawa-Delhi— Departure
Drive to Delhi, Arrive Delhi and transfer to Airport for onward Journey.

** Twin- Cost per person on twin sharing for minimum two person traveling.

Cost Includes :
>>13 nights accomodation as per the itinerary with daily breakfast.
>>Surface Travel by exclusive airconditioned car.
>>All transfers & sightseeing as per the itinerary.
>>Local english speaking guides.
>>Elephant ride in Jaipur (Subject to availability), Boat ride in Udaipur, Camel ride in Jaisalmer.
>>All taxes, driver allowances, Parking etc.

Cost does not include :
>>Entrance fee to monuments.
>>Any airfare
>>Tips, laundry.
>>Any item not shown in Cost Includes.

Hotels Selected – Luxury (5* Deluxe)
Delhi : The Oberoi / Imperial
Agra : Amar Vilas
Jaipur : RajVilas
Udaipur : Udaivilas
Jodhpur : Taj Hari Mahal
Jaisalmer : Fort Rajwada
Bikaner : Lallgarh Palace
Mandawa : Castle Mandawa

Hotels Selected – Royal (5* Deluxe)
Delhi : The Metropolitan / The Lalit / The Grand
Agra : Jay Pee Palace / Taj View / Trident
Jaipur : Hotel Trident / Le Meridien
Udaipur : Trident/ Fateh Prakash/ Shiv Niwas/ Laxmi Villas
Jodhpur : Taj Hari Mahal
Jaisalmer : Fort Rajwada / Gorbandh Palace/ Taj Rawalkot
Bikaner : Lallgarh Palace/ Bhanwar Niwas
Mandawa : Castle Mandawa / Desert Resort

Hotels Selected – Classic (4*)
Delhi : The Connaught / Hotel City Park / De Marks
Agra : Clarks Shiraz / Howard Park
Jaipur : Golden Tulip / Hari Mahal Palace/ Wall Street / Hotel Clarks Amer
Udaipur : Uday Kothi / Shikarbadi / Amet Haveli
Jaisalmer : Jawahar Niwas / Rang Mahal
Jodhpur : Balsamand Palace/ Ajit Bhawan/ Shree Ram International
Bikaner : Lallgarh Palace/ Bhanwar Niwas
Mandawa : Castle Mandawa/ Desert Resort

Hotels Selected – Jewel (3* – 4* & Heritage)
Delhi : Hotel Gautam Deluxe / Hotel Sunstar
Agra : Hotel Amar / Hotel Usha Kiran
Jaipur : Hotel Jas Vilas / Nana ki Haveli / Dera Rawatsar
Udaipur : Hotel Shikarbadi / Hotel Rajdarshan
Jodhpur : Balsamand Palace / Mapple Abhay
Jaisalmer : Hotel Mandir Palace / Garh Jaisal
Bikaner : Lallgarh Palace
Mandawa : Castle Mandawa / Desert Mandawa Resort

Hotels Selected – Economy (2* Moderate)
Delhi : Hotel Blue Bell / Hotel De Gold
Agra : Royale Residency / Taj Plaza / Pushapvila
Jaipur : Hotel Vijay Niwas / Hotel Sarang Palace
Udaipur : Mahendra Prakash Haveli
Jodhpur : Pal Haveli/ Ratan Vilas/ Shreeram International
Jaisalmer : Nachana Haveli /Mahadev Palace
Bikaner : Harassar Haveli/ Desert Winds/ Hotel Sagar
Mandawa: Mandawa Haveli / Hotel Heritage Mandawa

Special care is taken while selecting the hotels , As you may be aware that prices for same category of hotels are NOT the same , we select the hotels based on the quality & services & not just because it is a 4 * or 5 * hotel, Thatswhy some hotels listed in our classic catergory ( 4 * ) are actual 5 * hotels but we use them in 4 * categories. Hotels are subject to availability, please note that due to peak season starting from Oct onwards, most of hotels in 4 * – 5* category are already fully booked for many dates starting from october, Once you finalise the booking, we shall start booking the hotels. It may be possible that we may have to go for a higher / lower category of hotels/ rooms in any place & we shall advice you of any supplement / reduction in the price. For Luxury Hotels Suppliment charge 16 nov. to 30th nov., 20 Dec. to 5th jan 2010.and 1st feb. to 29th feb.