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Essence of India

Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days

Itinerary at a Glance : Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Luni (Jodhpur) - Deogarh - Udaipur - Puskhar - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi

Day 01: ARRIVE DELHI
Meeting assistance by Go India Holiday representative at New Delhi international airport upon your arrival. Later transfer to the hotel.
“Delhi is a palimpsest, bearing the complexities, the contradictions, the beauty and the dynamism of a city where the past coexists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Diverse cultural elements absorbed into the daily life of the city have enriched its character. Exploring the city can be a fascinating and rewarding experience” Traditional welcome upon arrival at the hotel. Retire to your room to rest. Overnight at Hotel.


Day 02: DELHI - Sightseeing
Early morning after breakfast go for full day sightseeing tour of Delhi with your Go India Holiday Guide and visit Red Fort which had been an emblem of power not only for ages but during the British Period and even now. Also visit Jama Masjid an combination of architectural excellence and religious faith. Later visit Raj Ghat where the remains of Mahatma Gandhi is there and the moment you come close to his remains you would feel his divine power would make you to think of his dedication and self tolerance.
After your visit proceed to India Gate where the busy Delhi is reflected in its moving street circle and way far the President House reflects the Shining India as a Global Power in the decades to come. As you drive past the President House and the Parliament House towards hotel, you would be really proud to what you have seen and would justify your coming to India. Afternoon visit Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple and Humayun Tomb, all this structures are unmatchable architectural excellence any were in the world.
Late afternoon drive to Mandawa, Mandawa: Founded in the mid 18th century Mandawa is dominated by an imposing fort, now a heritage hotel that is maintained in classic medievalstyle with modern luxuries. The archway is painted with interesting forms of Lord Krishna and his cowherds. The sprawling architecture houses different themes in different wings.
Mandawa is famous for its Havelis (mansion) built by rich merchants of the region, display a unique architectural style. The Havelis which are painted predominantly in blue, maroon, yellow, green and indigo have beautiful wall paintings that adorn their walls. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: MANDAWA – BIKANER - GAJNER (200 Kms)
Morning after breakfast visit Mandawa, after drive for Bikaner. Visit the Junagarh Fort - built by a Mughal army general, Raja Rai Singh, in 1593. The courtyard of the fort along with the balcony, kiosks and windows are perfect examples of the artisanship of that time. The beautiful cutworks and dots on the red stones and the marbles are fascinating. The various parts of the palace-the Dewan-iI-khas, the Phool Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Badal Mahal and Anup Mahal-reflect the glorious architecture of Bikaner. Lalgarh Palace, built by Maharaja Ganaga Singh in memory of his father, is situated 3 km north of Bikaner city. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation as part of their tourism promotion program has converted some portions of the palace to tourist hotels. Other parts of the palace have been converted into a museum named as the Sadul Museum to preserve the glory of the yesteryears of Rajasthan in general and Bikaner in particular. Arrival in Gajner by the evening & checkin at the hotel. Overnight at Gajner.

Day 04: GAJNER - JAISALMER (300 Kms)
City Palace, UdaipurAfter breakfast at hotel proceed for the half day Gajner – Jaisalmer (330 Kms) After breakfast drive for Jaisalmer & arrival by the afternoon. Checkin at the hotel. Day at leisuire to enjoy the ambience of the heritage city of Jaisalmer. Unlike any other city, this desert fortress is one of Rajasthan's most exotic and unusual towns. Jaisalmer, an important ancient trading centre because of its strategic location on the camel trade routes, is often described as the 'golden city'. The havelis, built by merchants of the 19th century, are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone and are still in a beautiful condition. Overnight at Jaisalmer

Day 06: JAISALMER - Fullday Sightseeng
After breakfast full day city tour Jaisalmer Fort known as SONAR QUILA, rising from the sand , the mega structure merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience and the setting suns in its most colorful shades gives it a fairy tale look. Its simply a magic, the bastions envelops a whole townships that consist of palace complex various security sources and the havelis of rich merchants carved with an incredibly light touch, several temples and the residential complexes of the armies and traders placed strategically on the trade route, from where the ancient caravans passed en-route passing all the riches for the prosperity to an otherwise non source full kingdom. The golden - yellow sandstone of Jaisalmer Fort, over 800 years old, crowns the Trikuta Hill. Within its walls, defended by 99 turrets, lies the old city, nearly a quarter of modern Jaisalmer. Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli Two architect brothers built it in the 19th century. Interestingly, while one concentrated on the right, the other concentrated on the left and the result is a symphony epitomizing the side by side symmetry during construction. Paintings in miniature style monopolies the walls in the interior. Mighty tuskers carved out of yellow sandstone stand guard to the haveli. Godi Sagar This tank, south of the city walls, once held the town water supply, and befitting its importance in providing precious water to the inhabitants of this arid city, it is surrounded by small temples and shrines. The beautiful yellow sandstone gateway arching across the road down to the tank is the Tilon-ki-Pol, and is said to have been built by a famous prostitute, Tilon . When she offered to pay to have this gateway constructed, the Maharaja refused permission under it to go down to the tank and he felt that this would be beneath his dignity. While he was away, she built the gate , adding a Krishna temple on top so that king could not tear it down. The Jain temple, a place worth visiting, is also situated inside the fort itself. The temple, made between 12th and 15th century, bears testimony to Rajasthan's unique artistry.
Afternoon enjoy Camel ride at Khuri. Khuriis renowned for its sand dunes, the waves of golden sand. The Jodha Rajputs live here and even today you can see the stamp of Rajput culture in them. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07: JAISALMER - JODHPUR - LUNI (300 Kms)
After breakfst drive towards Luni. Enroute visit Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort: The most magnificent fort in Jodhpur is the Mehrangarh Fort. It is situated on a 150m high hill. Rao Jodha, the then chief of Rathore clan, constructed it in 1459. There are a number of attractions within the fort like several palaces, galleries, a museum, temples and so on. Afternoon visit the Jaswant Thada, located half way up the interminably long road that climbs onwards to the fort, is the traditional cremation ground of the rulers of Jodhpur. Taking pride of place amongst the ornamental gardens and chattris is the fabulous white marble memorial to Jaswant Singh II, built in 1899. The cenotaphs of other rulers, in the same neighborhood , are relatively simpler.
Upon arrival in Luni & checkin at the hotel. Evening Jeep Safari in nearby village to experience the local village life. Overnight at Luni.

Day 08: LUNI - DEOGARH (120 Kms)
After breakfast drive for Deogarh. Upon arrival & checkin at the hotel. Deogarh located on the boundaries of Mewar, Marwar and Merwara, about 80 miles north-east of Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan. As it is at a height of about 2100 ft above sea level, it is cooler than other parts of Rajasthan. Today, Deogarh is a famous school of miniature painting and some of the most lovely Deogarh miniatures adorn the personal collection of the present Rawat Sahib. Frescoes of this art form can also be seen on the fort walls. Overnight at Deogarh.

Day 09: DEOGARH - UDAIPUR (140 Kms)
After breakfast drive for Udaipur. En route visit Eklingji: A RELIGIOUS COMPLEX Northern region of Mewar situated 22 Kms from Udaipur. It houses 108 temples chiselled out of sandstone and marble, this temple of Eklingji was built in 734 AD. Enclosed by high walls, it is devoted to Eklingji (A form of Shiv Deity adored under the epithet of EKLINGA). Upon arrival at Udaipur & check in to the hotel. Evening Boat Ride at Lake Pichola to visit Jag Temple. Overnight at Udaipur.

Day 10: UDAIPUR - Fullday Sightseeing
Morning after breakfast your tour begins with City Palace Built in 1725; the grand City Palace is actually a conglomerate of eleven palaces overlooking the sprawling Lake Pichola. Then proceed to Jagdish Temple built in 1651 by Maharaja Jagat Singh, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the centre of the old city. The temple has a black marble image of Lord Vishnu, which is unusual for the northern part of the country, where statues of Gods are normally in marble. Further move towards 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. Saheliyon Ki Bari or Garden of Maids and the Folklore Museum where you can see a presentation of the string puppets typical to this area.
You would also have sometime to explore the enchanting city bewitching in all its details - narrow streets lined by vivid coloured stalls, gardens, temples and palaces - every feature, mirrored in the placid blue waters of Lake Pichola. Overnight at Udaipur

Day 11: UDAIPUR - PUSHKAR (280 Kms)
After breakfast drive for the holy city of Pushkar. Visit the famous Brahma Temple which holds utmost importance to the pilgrims as it is the only temple in India dedicated to the Hans, or goose symbol, of Brahma. Inside, floor and walls are engraved with dedications to the dead. The one hour trek up to the hill top Saraswati Temple overlooking the lake is best made early in the morning; the view is magnificent. Visit the famous Pushkar Lake Numerous ghats run down the lake and the pilgrims are bathing in the lake's Holi waters. Overnight at Pushkar.

Day 12: PUSHKAR -JAIPUR (150 Kms)
Morning after breakfast drvie for Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan with a population of over 1 ½ million people. Jaipur is called the “Pink City”, for by law all the buildings in the old city must be painted a deep saffron-pink. It is especially known for its arts and crafts: jewellery, enamel work, hand-painted fabrics and stone sculptures. Above everything, Jaipur is an extraordinary colorful place. On its streets you see women in their brilliant read and orange head coverings and sweeping skirts, and men in their equally vivid turbans and upturned moustaches. Jaipur is also a city of polo which is played on horseback, elephants and at times on bicycles! Evening enjoy the traditional Rajasthani Dinner at Chowkhi Dhani Village where you can enjoy the folk dance & music. Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 13: JAIPUR
Morning after breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour with Go India Holiday guide, visit Amber Fort enjoy an Elephant Ride up to the famous 17th century Amber Fort, photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), the landmark architecture of Jaipur built of pink sandstone. You will also visit the Jantar Mantar, an Astronomical observatory built by maharaja Jai Singh in 1728. Visit the City Palace - The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. City Palace complex covers a huge area, which is divided into a series of gardens, courtyards and buildings. Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 14: JAIPUR - AGRA (235 KMS)
After breakfast drive for Agra En route visit of Fatehpur Sikri. A visual experience of an ancient city abandoned by its ruler and yet well preserved to this day. One can visualize the splendor and glory of a bygone era. Fatehpur Sikri radiates a true sense of faith and belief in oneself and in God. Even today, people visit a shrine within the complex and pray for a better life. Arrival & check in at the hotel.
Afternoon Visit Taj Mahal “The Epitome of Love”, “a monument of immeasurable beauty”. Standing majestically on the banks of River Yamuna, Taj Mahal is synonymous with love and romance. It is believed that the name “Taj Mahal” was derived from the name of Shah Jahan wife Mumtaz Mahal and means “Crown Palace”. The purity of the white marble, the exquisite ornamentation, precious gemstones used and its picturesque location, all make Taj Mahal travel gain a place amongst the most popular ones. However, unless and until, one knows the love story behind the Taj Mahal of India, it will come up as just a beautiful building. But, the love behind this outstanding monument is what has given a life to this monument. Overnight at Agra.
Note: Taj Mahal is closed for public on Friday.

Day 15: AGRA - DELHI (200 kms)- Departure
After breakfast Visit Red Fort The Agra Fort’s construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1565 when he was just 23 years of age. Within the fort are several fascinating buildings – the Pearl Mosque built of marble, the Hall of Public Audiences, the Hall of Private Audiences where the famous "peacock throne" was kept, the Octagonal Tower, the Jehangir Palace built by Akbar for his son Jehangir and the Khas Mahal, a beautiful white marble structure used as a private palace. Visit the Itimad–Ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb is a Mughal mausoleum Often described as 'jewel box', sometimes called the Baby Taj, the tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah is often regarded as a "draft" of the Taj Mahal. Located on the left bank of the Yamuna river, the mausoleum is set in a large cruciform garden criss-crossed by water courses and walkways. After visit Sikandra, Drive for Delhi at 1100 hrs in the morning & reach International Airport to board the flight for onwards destination.