Grand Tour of Rajasthan (13 Nights/ 14 Days)

2N Delhi » 1N Mandawa » 1N Bikaner » 2N Jaisalmer » 1N Jodhpur » 1N Mount Abu » 2N Udaipur » 1N Pushkar » 1N Jaipur » 1N Agra

Rajasthan has a rich history of culture, valor and architecture. Experience these multiple facets of Rajasthan, along with the capital city and the city of Taj Mahal on this wonderfully paced holiday. The tour is laced with visits to splendid palaces reminiscent of the age of royalty, dazzling colors of its magnificent festivals, folklores of its brave Rajput rulers, joviality of its beauteous performing art forms, its lip-smacking cuisines and the overwhelming hospitality with which the guests are pampered. All this and a lot more, touring Rajasthan comes with its own share of surprises as well, but when travelling with Travelmasti we make sure these are only the good surprises.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
On arrival transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2: Delhi- Nawalgarh/ Mandawa
Leave for visit to Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Rajghat. In afternoon, leave for Nawalgarh/Mandawa.

Day 3: Nawalgarh/ Mandawa – Bikaner
Visit the 'Havelis' of Nawalgarh & Mandawa, and in the afternoon, transfer to Bikaner.

Day 4: Bikaner-Jaisalmer
Visit the Junagadh Fort and the Camel Breeding Farm. In the afternoon, leave Bikaner for Jaisalmer. Day at leisure.

Day 5: Jaisalmer
Morning, take a city tour of Jaisalmer. See Jaisalmer Fort followed by evening excursion to Sam sand dunes.

Day 6: Jaisalmer-Jodhpur
Leave for Jodhpur. Afternoon, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada & Clock Tower.

Day 7: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Mount Abu
Morning, transfer to Mount Abu, en-route visit Jain temples at Ranakpur.

Day 8: Mount Abu – Udaipur
Morning, visit Mt. Abu - the Dilwara Jain temples. Afternoon, transfer to Udaipur.

Day 9: Udaipur
Witness the Jagdish Temple, Sahelion Ki Bari, City Palace & drive around Fatehsagar Lake. Evening boat ride on Lake Pichola.

Day 10: Udaipur - Chittorgarh – Pushkar
Leave Udaipur for Pushkar, en-route visit Chittorgarh. Afternoon, visit the holy city of Pushkar.

Day 11 Pushkar – Jaipur
Leave for Jaipur. Take a sightseeing tour of Jaipur and visit Jantar Mantar, City Palace.

Day 12: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri – Agra
Take an excursion to Amber Fort. Also visit Jagmandir Jai Mahal & temple of Kali. In the afternoon, leave Jaipur for Agra, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri.

Day 13 Agra –Delhi
Visit the Agra Fort, Itmad-ud-Daulah followed by the visit to Taj Mahal. Later drive to Delhi.

Day 14: Delhi- Depatrure
Set on full day tour of Old & New Delhi. Drive pass President's House, Parliament, also visit India Gate, Humayun's Tomb & Qutab Minar. Evening, transfer to the airport for onward journey.

Tour Highlights:

  • Visit 6 World Heritage Sites
  • Dedicated foreign language guide at your service throughout the trip
  • Experience the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Experience Tajs serene beauty under moonlight (available only on full moon nights)
  • Desert Safari on camel back in Rajasthan
  • Heena or Mehndi application on hands and arms, a sign of a joyous occasion in Indian culture
  • Visit Amer fort, Jaipur on elephant back
  • Jeep safari to tribal village in Jodhpur
  • Free lessons in Indian Paintings, Miniatures, Frescoes and Pottery making at Jaipur, a historic city & capital of Rajasthan

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
Upon your arrival at the airport, meet our representative awaiting just outside the arrival hall, past the customs area & currency shops. Later at the hotel our representative will brief you about tour starting day after.
Delhi, the national capital of India is an historic city and commercial centre of Northern India. Numerous dynasties ruled and flourished each bequeathing the city with different colours, shades and folds of civilisation as heritage. With a multi-ethnic society, Delhi welcomes all to witness a miniature of the vast Indian subcontinent.

Day 2: Delhi- Nawalgarh/ Mandawa
Start exploring the city from the undulated lanes of Old-Delhi. The attractions here worth visiting first include the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Red Fort and the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. The day tour will also include visits to one of the largest brick minarets of the world- Qutab Minar, white lotus shaped Baha'i Temple- Lotus Temple, the stunning Humayun's Tomb built in 1562 CE, and beauteous Laxmi Narayan Temple.
In the afternoon, leave Delhi for Nawalgarh/Mandawa. These cities of Shekhawati region are renowned for best preserved havelis or castles dating back to the age of royalty in Rajasthan. Arrive Nawalgarh/Mandawa and check in at the hotel.

Day 3: Nawalgarh/ Mandawa – Bikaner
Morning trip is the visit at the 'Havelis' of Nawalgarh & Mandawa. Explore some of the finest works of frescoes at these havelis in Nawalgarh/ Mandawa. In the afternoon you will be driven to Bikaner. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4: Bikaner-Jaisalmer
Leave for Bikaner, a remote town tucked away in the Thar Desert. Once in Bikaner and after lunch, proceed on a sightseeing tour. A medieval labyrinth of narrow streets opens up to stunning dark-red sandstone havelis and some exquisite Jain temples. The desert town continues to impress with its imposing fort and increased popularity of camel safaris.

Take a trip to massive Junagarh Fort, the 5.28 hectares large precinct of the fort is laced with impressive palaces, exquisite temples and pavilions. Laxmi Niwas Palace is the next highlight of the city tour. The palace built in Indo-Saracenic style is also a luxury hotel and thus provides an opportunity to live life King size. Also visit the Camel Breeding Farm, an institute for research work on camels. The research institute houses a camel museum, which is a tourist attraction. In afternoon, leave Bikaner for Jaisalmer. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 5: Jaisalmer
Morning, take a city tour of Jaisalmer. A Golden City echoing stories of valour and wars for honour, Jaisalmer bedazzles its visitors with its magnificent fort and exquisite mirror work and embroidery. Crowned by Jaisalmer Fort the city also offers lots to be seen including museums and havelis.
After breakfast, treat yourself to a visual feast as you tour the golden city of Jaisalmer. Hewn entirely out of sandstone, the city is a tawny colour in the day and at sunset it magically morphs into honey-gold hue. Afternoon drive to Khuri, a quaint village with clusters of thatch roof houses. On the sand dunes here, take a sunset ride through the scrubland of Rajasthan on a camel safari that is a lifetime experience. Later in the evening take an excursion to Sam - 45 kms away, which is known for its sand dunes & is the venue for the Desert festival. Get the real feel of the desert by enjoying a camel ride on the sand dunes.

Day 6: Jaisalmer-Jodhpur
(Driving Time: 285kms/5.5 hrs)
This morning leave for Jodhpur. The city painted in blue, Jodhpur is the renowned Blue City of Rajasthan. Featuring various forts, palaces and temples in the middle of stark landscape of Thar Desert, Jodhpur paints the region in the colour of royalty. The houses painted in blue colour around and the vibrant bazaars add joviality to the deserted region.

Afternoon visit the Mehrangarh Fort, which literally means "Majestic Fort", located at the very centre of the city. Close to the fort complex lies this white marble cenotaph, built in 1899, in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. At the foot of the fort, lies the "Jaswanth Thada", a richly carved white marble cenotaph. Take an afternoon jeep safari to the picturesque Bishnoi village to experience rustic Rajasthani life. The drive through the countryside abounds with black bucks and chinkaras grazing serenely and migratory birds dot the skies. Also visit the Clock Tower - the city centre.

Day 7: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Mount Abu
After breakfast leave for Udaipur. En route visit the Jain temples of Ranakpur, famous for their intricate friezes and sculptures. (Optional - lunch in the temple or at Maharani Bagh, Ranakpur at extra charge). After exploring the Jain temples of Rankpur depart for Mount Abu. Laced with tranquil lakes, rivers, waterfalls and evergreen forests, Mount Abu is rightly called "an oasis in the desert". On arrival in this pristine hill station relax at the hotel surrounded by beauteous panorama.

Day 8: Mount Abu – Udaipur
The day at Mount Abu begins on a spiritual note with visit first to the Dilwara Jain temples, one of the finest examples of Jain architecture in India. The complex includes two temples in which the art of carved marble has excelled all the prior examples of artistry. The temples dating back from 11th to 13th centuries are well preserved and oozes out tranquillity. Later in the day arrive at enchanting, medieval city of Udaipur and check-in at the Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur. Laced with scenic lakes, Udaipur is truly an oasis in the middle of desert region of Rajasthan. Its magnificence and splendour is further enhanced with the presence of various grand edifices reminiscent of the splendid era of royalty. Enjoy a leisurely late afternoon cruise on the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola.

Day 9: Udaipur
Let the glorious sunrise dazzle you at breakfast. The breathtaking beauty of the lakes- Pichola & Fateh Sagar truly makes Udaipur an oasis in the desert. Morning excursion to the famous temple complex of Eklingji & Nagda. Wander through the opulent City Palace grounds and the museum. Overlooking the gorgeous Lake Pichola, City Palace complex has several beauteous palace structures inside showcasing a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles with picture perfect backdrop. Visit the Jagdish temple on the shores of Lake Pichola a large Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple situated on a raised terrain was built in 1651 and forms a beautiful pyramidal shape. A visit to the temple will not only be of religious experience, but will also impress you with the architectural brilliance of the age of royalty. In the evening, take a boat ride on Lake Pichola.

Day 10: Udaipur - Chittorgarh – Pushkar
After breakfast, leave Udaipur for Pushkar, en-route visit Chittorgarh. The city known for folklores of bravery and sacrifice, Chittorgarh is where the largest fort of India resides. While exploring the city you will come across various interesting scenes with people in vibrant attires, men flaunting their moustaches and women donning beautiful silver jewellery. The most fascinating sight however is that of Chittorgarh Fort visible virtually from all parts of the city. The fort precinct is studded with stunning palaces, grand gates, temples and two prominent towers.
After the visit, continue the drive to Pushkar. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel for overnight stay. Afternoon, visit the holy city of Pushkar.

Day 11 Pushkar – Jaipur
This morning leave for Jaipur. First take a brief moment to explore Pushkar, one of the five sacred dhams (pilgrimage sites) of Hindus. Perched on the banks of River Pushkar it is one of the oldest cities of India and is laced with various temples. The cattle festival of Pushkar is one of its kinds which have made the city a renowned tourist destination in India. Explore the city and then proceed with your drive to Jaipur.
In the afternoon, tour the old walled city of Jaipur. Visit the unique Jantar Mantar Observatory- an assortment of architectural astronomical instruments. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II it consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time and predicting eclipses etc. Stunning City Palace will be the next destination on this city tour. City Palace is a complex of various palaces in Jaipur which is an erstwhile seat of Maharaja of the region.

Day 12: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri – Agra
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel and leave for a half-day sightseeing tour to the hilltop fortress of Amber. A small trek up the hill will be covered while riding an elephant in the royal manner. The fort was built in 1592 under the reign of Raja Man Singh and was later modified by successive rulers for next 150 years. Today the structure stands with its beautifully carved ceilings, intricate patterns and stunning designs.
In the afternoon, leave Jaipur for Agra, en-route visit the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. The monuments and edifices of Fatehpur Sikri are applauded by UNESCO for they showcase a beauteous synthesis of various regional schools of architecture and influences of Hindu, Jain and Islamic architectural styles can be seen here. Explore the beautiful edifices inside which includes Jama Masjid, the Buland Darwaza, palace of Queen Jodha Bai, Birbal's Palace, tomb of Saint Salim Chisti inside. Continue your drive to the city of Agra after visit to Fatehpur Sikri.

Day 13 Agra -Delhi

This day is spent exploring the best of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Agra. In afternoon, visit the ultimate emblem of love and an edifice that has most rightly been called a World Wonder- Taj Mahal. Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Taj Mahal is a UNESCO acclaimed site and is called "the jewel of Muslim art in India" for its beauteous design and configuration. Later, visit the imposing structure of Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque, the Halls of public and private audience. Also visit, the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah a replica of Taj Mahal often regarded as a draft of the famous mausoleum was built by Empress Noorjehan in memory of her father. Later drive to Delhi, check in at the hotel in Delhi.

Day 14: Delhi- Departure
Visit the eclectic mix of modern and cosmopolitan worlds of India and take a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Once called Lutyens' Delhi, the area of New Delhi was designed by British architect, Sir Edward Lutyens. These glorious imitations of Victorian style architecture have always been an eye-candy for the connoisseurs of art and architecture. Enjoy a drive past monuments of national significance such as President's House, Parliament House & India Gate.
In the evening our representative will escort you to the airport from where you will board your flight back home.