The land of kings, Rajasthan is also known for its huge array of forts, palaces and colloquial havelis scattered in the many regions and kingdoms of the state. These mighty foundations build up intrigue and fascinations among the tourists who want to taste the true flavours of the Indian heritage. The Rajputs were known for their architectural finesse and created some of the lavish structures epitomizing the power of their kingdom. Their powerful impacts can be discovered during the fortnight of Rajasthan Fort and Palaces tour.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Meet Incredible India tour representative at the international airport who will assist your transfers to the hotel.
Day 02: Delhi
Breakfast at hotel. Later leave for a full day Delhi city tour encompassing Old and New Delhi. Delhi is known for the contrasting amalgamation of old alleys, tombs, minarets and colonial architecture from the British heydays. The city tour includes a visit to the Tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, Qutab Minar tower complex, Quwwat-ul-Islam, the oldest surviving mosque in India, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and Red fort, the symbol of power in India. Later drive past the President House, Parliament house and secretarial buildings in the heart of Delhi. In evening, visit Laxmi Narayan Temple popularly known as Birla Temple. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Delhi - Mandawa
Drive to Mandawa in Rajasthan (268 km-6 hr) and check in to hotel. Visit Castle Mandawa, the heritage hotel in the kingdom's heart and explore the surrounding area accommodating colourfully decorated havelis and traditional merchants' houses. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Mandawa - Khimsar
In morning, drive to Khimsar (275 km-5 ½ hr) where tourists can avail the opportunity to stay in the 15th century Khimsar Fort. Visit the nearby fort of Nagaur where inside you can experience being surrounded by the ruined walls and palaces decorated with fine wall paintings. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Khimsar - Jaisalmer
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to Jaisalmer, the heart of the Thar Desert (295 km-6 hr) via stopping for lunch on route. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. In the late afternoon, drive to Khuri Village and observe the beauty of mystical sand dunes. Avail the opportunity for an exotic camel safari in Jaisalmer. Overnight in hotel.
Day 06: Jaisalmer
Breakfast at hotel. Engross a full day discovery of Jaisalmer city tour. Sightseeing will include a visit to havelis known for their beautifully carved fretwork, jali screens and the imposing Jain temples. Visit the old palace of Maharawal painted extravagantly in Rajput style. In the late afternoon, relax on the oasis that led to the foundation of the city, Gadi Sagar, and explore the Royal cenotaphs at Bada Bagh before enjoying the desert sunset. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Jaisalmer – Osian - Jodhpur
Drive to Jodhpur. Enroute visit Osian, the Brahmanical temple town (260 km-6 hr) in the Thar Desert. You can explore real rural life exploring ancient temple, handicraft workers, potters and weavers. Proceed to Jodhpur and check into hotel.
Day 08: Jodhpur
Begin full day tour of Jodhpur via a visit to the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort from whose ramparts reveal many legends of the region. You can also enjoy the stunning view of winding lanes and famous blue coated houses of the city from the Mehrangarh Fort's hillock, Mandore Garden, Clock Tower etc.
Day 09: Jodhpur - Kumbhalgarh – Ranakpur - Udaipur
On your journey, down south to Udaipur (259 km-6 hr), visit the remote Kumbhalgarh Fort whose impregnable structure still dominates the surrounding countryside. Later proceed to Ranakpur and explore the famous marble Jain temples there. As tourists approach, Udaipur, the landscape softens to the mood of luxury with the tranquil setting of lakes amidst the backdrop of Aravallis. On arrival, check into the hotel.
Day 10: Udaipur
In morning, visit the City Palace and enjoy the relaxing afternoon in the idyllic boat ride on Lake Pichola subject to water level and a visit to the Island palace of Jag Mandir. There is a lot more to explore in Udaipur such as Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir, Jagdish Temple, Sahelion Ki Bari, Crystal Palace, etc. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 11: Udaipur - Pushkar
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Pushkar (250 km / 5 hr) and check in to hotel. In afternoon, explore Pushkar temple, Pushkar Fair Mela site, Ajmer Sharif Dargah, etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Pushkar - Jaipur
Proceed to Jaipur (130 km / 2 hr). In the afternoon, explore Jaipur with a visit to the sprawling City Palace, the magnificent Hawa Mahal and the 18th century observatory Jantar Mantar. In the evening, you may explore the colourful local markets. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Breakfast at hotel. Explore Amber Fort, the home to a fabulous fort and palaces, where tourists ascend to the battlements via Elephant Safari. From the Maharaja's apartments, you can enjoy panoramas of the Rajasthani countryside. Drive to Agra (232 km-5 hr). Enroute visit the deserted city of Fatephur Sikri build by Emperor Akbar, abandoned four centuries ago but still perfectly preserved. Check into the hotel.
Day 14: Agra – Delhi - Onward Destinations
Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit the enchanting Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Proceed to Agra Fort, with its impressive imperial quarters and marbled apartments. Drive back to Delhi International airport to connect flight for onward destination.