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Number of Days : 19 Days / 18 Nights
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra - Varanasi - Kathmandu - Delhi

Day 01. DELHI (Arrival)
Fly from your country to Delhi – The Political and Cultural Capital of Incredible India. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative or your leader will be waiting for you in the arrival hall located after passing out of the customs area and beyond the airport travel desks and exchange counters. Look out for the Peregrine signboard for your name. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 45 minutes. Most flights arrive in Delhi in the late evening so the rest of the day is at leisure. If you have arrived early your leader will brief you with sightseeing options.

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel leave for full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. Drive into the heart of India’s Capital to explore Old Delhi visiting the famous Jamia Mazjid, walk through the Chandini Chowk and India’s oldest and busiest market, Sish Ganj gurudwara, Enjoy rickshaw ride in narrow alleys of old Delhi through Kinari Bazaar and the 400 years old Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, stop for photos at the colorful market before finishing the Victorian Cannaught Place – One of the most prominent architectural remnants of British Rule. Later visit Birla Temple, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple (Lakshminarayan Temple), Humanyu Tomb, Crematory of Mahatma Gandhi, Parliament House, Presidential House, India Gate, Government buildings & Qutab Minar and other countless monuments. In the evening you will have time for shopping activities. Return to the Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03. NEW DELHI - MANDAWA (250 Kms – 05 hrs)
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Mandawa through the colorful villages of Rajasthan. Majestic Shekhawati region or the semi-desert region of Shekhawati, lying in the triangular region between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner, is famous for its plethora of painted havelis (mansions), all commendable pieces of the rich artistic traditions of this region. The 'Open Air Gallery of Rajasthan', as it is popularly called 'Shekhawati', the Land of Shekhs, derives its name from Rao Shekha (1433-88). The major towns of interest in the region are Mandawa, Dundlod, Fatehpur, Ramgarh, Nawalgarh and Jhunjhunu, although virtually every town has at least a few surviving havelis.
Arrive & check in at the Heritage Havelis called the Castle Mandawa reminding you of the rich cultural heritage of the Shekhavati region. Later in the day visit the 150 to 200 year old painted havelies (big houses) by the natural colors in the streets of the village. You can also watch the daily village life while watching the havelies. You can enjoy the evening at the hotel watching the traditional colorful cultural dance and music show. Dinner will be served over bonfire and cultural musical and puppet show (Optional). Overnight stay is at the Hotel.

Day 04. MANDAWA - BIKANER (190 Kms – 04 hrs)
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Bikaner. The city was founded by Rao Biked Ji in 1488 A.D. Arrive & check in at the Hotel. After change, wash & some rest go for sightseeing of Bikaner visiting Junagarh Fort founded in year 1593 by Raja Rai Singh who was general in the army of mighty Mughal emperor Akbar and rest of the Fort was improved by the successors. Afterwards visit Asia’s largest Camel Breeding Research Farm and local busy markets. Return back to the hotel or you may go for shopping activities on the colorful street markets of Bikaner. Overnight stay is at Hotel.

Day 05. BIKANER - DESHNOK - JAISALMER (300 Kms – 06 hrs)
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Jaisalmer. Enroute visit one of the famous 600 year’s old Deshnok Rat temple. After temple sightseeing continue your drive to Jaisalmer; founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D. after shifting his capital from Ladurva. Jaisalmer was the main caravan route from Far East to the Middle East, arrive & check in at Hotel. Evening is for leisure activities in and around the hotel / desert resort on the sand dunes or explore the Golden City. Jaisalmer (pop. 78 000) stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, in the heart of the Thar Desert. Crowned by a fort containing the palace and several ornate Jain temples, Jaisalmer was positioned strategically and was a halting point along a traditional trade route traversed by the camel caravans of Indian and Asian merchants. The route linked India to Central Asia, Egypt, Arabia, Persia, Africa and the West. Overnight stay is at the hotel / desert resort.

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel go for full day sightseeing of Jaisalmer visiting the famous Jaisalmer Fort ( 80 meters above plains ) & Jain Temples within the Fort built in 12th to 15th century which are very worth watching. The specialty of the Fort is that still approximately 5000 people are living inside. Visit Fort Palace & atop from Palace you can have the golden view of whole Jaisalmer city as whole city is built in yellow sand stones, when sun rays fall on the city, it give impression as golden city of India. Later in the day visit Patwon Ki Haveli and Nath Ji Mal Ki Haveli. In the evening drive to Sand Dunes to watch sensational Sun Set by camel ride. Return to Hotel for overnight stay in the hotel / desert camp around campfire surrounded by cool blackness of the Thar.

Day 07. JAISALMER - OSCIAN - JODHPUR (280 Kms – 06 hrs)
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Jodhpur. Enroute visit the 7th century Mahavira Jain Temple and 2000 years old Jija Mata Temple at Oscian village. Continue your drive to Jodhpur - the city founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD after shifting his capital from Mandore to Jodhpur by the advice of a holy man. A large and varied city, Jodhpur is sometimes called “Sun City” for its consistently bright, sunny climate. At Jodhpur, stark desert landscapes meet a riot of palaces, forts and temples; all enclosed within imposing city walls. Six enormous gates provide entry to the city centre: Nagauri, Merati, Sojati, Jalori and Siwanchi gates, plus Chand Pole.
Arrive & check in at Hotel. After a change, wash and some rest later in the day visit Mehrangarh Fort 125 meters above plains, Jaswant -Thada and Sardar Market Clock Tower. The walls of the fort are enormous—up to 36m high and 21m wide. Admire the breathtaking view of the city from the ramparts, saving some time to check out the fort museum, which houses an exquisite collection of palanquins, howdahs, royal cradles, miniatures, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. Evening is free for leisure activities in and around the hotel or for shopping activities in the colorful bazaars of Jodhpur. Overnight stay is at Hotel.

Day 08. JODHPUR - RANAKPUR - UDAIPUR (290 Kms - 06 hrs)
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Udaipur. Enroute visit the 15th century Ranakpur Jain Temple built in pure white marble with 80 dooms supported by 1444 different carved pillars.
Continue your drive to Udaipur. Popularly known as the “Venice of the East,” Udaipur is famous worldwide for its plethora of breathtaking lakes and Raj-era palaces. Most famous of these, and certainly the most photographed, is the Lake Palace, an island-palace where the white marble buildings (now a hotel) entirely cover a small island in Pichola Lake. Originally known as the Jag Niwas, the palace took three years to build and was inaugurated in 1746. The city’s lakes—Pichola Lake, Fateh Sagar, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar—are considered among the most beautiful in Rajasthan at an altitude of 577 MSL surrounded by the Aravalli Hills. Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 AD, (Maha means great & Rana means warrior, so Maharana means a great warrior).
Arrive and check in at the hotel. Evening is free for leisure activities in and around the hotel in this beautiful city of lakes. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Wake up in the morning in the Venice of the East. After breakfast at the hotel go for full day sightseeing of Udaipur. Today you will visit the famous City Palace, The Jagdish Temple built in 1651 AD, The Fatehsagar Lake, and Sahalion Ki Bari (the Garden of Maidens). Afternoon enjoy Boat Ride in Lake Pichola to visit Jagmandir Island. Later in the evening enjoy exciting cultural folk dances of Rajasthan at Meera Kala Mandir. Return to Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10. UDAIPUR - PUSHKAR / AJMER (270 Kms – 05 hrs)
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel you have spare time for leisure activities. Later check out and drive to Ajmer. The 14 kms onward drive through the Snake Mountains will reach you to Pushkar. Pushkar is one of the places with highly prestigious sites for both Hindu and Muslim Religions in the world. While Pushkar is known for the only temple in the world of Lord Brahma- the god of creation, Ajmer is globally known for the Mazaar of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty. People come to pray to the lords for the fulfillment of their desires, it is said whoever visit these places in their lifetimes their desires gets fulfilled soon. It is also known as Tirth Raj- the Raj (king) of pilgrim center. No pilgrimages of Hindu or Muslims are considered to be complete until the pilgrim bathes in the sacred waters of Pushkar Lake or he presents a holy sheet at the Dargaah (Muslim shrine). Indeed Pushkar is so sacred that no eggs, meat or alcohols are allowed within the city.
Arrive and check into the hotel / dessert resort, enjoy the traditional Rajasthani Folk Music, Dance, Puppet shows. Later take Camel ride on the nearby sand dunes Pushkar also hold biggest annual Camel & Craft Fair, which is known all over the world. In the evening visit the Lake, Temple or the Mazaar or carry on with the leisure activities. Overnight stay is at the Hotel / Desert resort.

Day 11. PUSHKAR - JAIPUR (120 Kms – 2.5 hrs)
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Jaipur. The historic pink-city Jaipur was founded by Maharaja Swai Jai Singh in 1727 AD after shifting his capital from Amber valley to newly formed and planned city of its time after consulting so many maps of the world and finally organized own religious map Shilpa Shastra with the help of a young Bengali architect Vidyadhar Batacharya. Maharaja Swai Jai Singh was a builder, astronomer, astrologer, soldier, and philosopher. Presently, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan & is world famous as the Pink City. Wide-avenued Jaipur is one of the most important heritage cities in India, and home to India’s second most visited site.
Later in the day after change, wash and little relaxation go for a half day sightseeing of Jaipur. Today visit the Amber Fort on the foothills of the hill, where from Elephants will carry you to the famous Amber Fort on the mountain top, the elephant ride gives you the experience and impression of how Maharajas & royal family members were using the services of elephants. Visit the Amber Fort. Later drive ahead and check into your hotel. Evening is for leisure and shopping activities in the busy colorful bazaars of Jaipur. Overnight stay is at Hotel.

Day 12. JAIPUR
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel go for full day sightseeing of Jaipur. In the beautiful historic Pink City visit the marvelous City Palace – the current generation of the Maharajas (King) still live here, The Historic Museum, Astrological Observatory, Hawa Mahal (wind palace) where from royal ladies were watching daily processions and daily life. Constructed of red and pink sandstone highlighted with white lime, the five-storied facade is peppered with 953 small windows. The breeze (hawa) that comes through the windows keeps it cool even in hot months, and gives the palace its name. Evening is for shopping in the busy streets and some excellent souvenir shops. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 13. JAIPUR - FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRA (240 Kms – 05 hrs)
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel you have spare time for leisure activities. Later in the day check out and drive to Agra. Enroute visit one of the most important places of Mughal Era -The Fatehpur Sikri - the abandoned Mughal Kingdom, founded by Akbar in 1569 AD as a ceremonial capital. But unfortunately this magnificent city was abandoned due to scarcity of drinking water and Akbar went back to Agra. Walk the aisles of the Jama Masjid mosque, entered by way of the impressive Victory Gate, and lose yourself in the throngs of pilgrims at the tomb of the Sufi saint Salim Chisti, his white marble-encased tomb enclosed within the Jama mosque's central courtyard. Considered the crowning architectural legacy of Akbar (who also built the Red Fort) and still almost perfectly preserved, today the site is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Continue your drive to arrive in the city of Love and commitment. Check into the hotel. After change, wash and some rest; visit one of the wonders of the world, TAJ MAHAL (monument of love), built by 5th great Mughal Emperor Shahi Jahan in the memory as mausoleum of his beloved queen Anjuman Bano Begum ( with love emperor called her Mumtaz ). After her death in 1627 AD, in her memory emperor started to built Taj Mahal ( Taj means crown & Mahal means Palace, so it is Crown Palace ) from 1631 to 1653 AD with 22000 labors working since sun rise to sun set in 22 years. It is the romantic origin of Taj as much as its architectural splendor that has led to its fame worldwide. Actually an integrated complex of many structures The Taj Mahal is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, itself a combination of Islamic, Hindu, Persian and Turkish elements. Built in pure white marble which was transported from Makrana in Rajasthan by the help of animals Taj Mahal is one of the man made wonder’s of the world. Evening is for leisure and shopping activities. Return back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 14. AGRA - VARANASI (Overnight Train)
Wake up to the magnificent morning sight of marvelous Taj Mahal. After breakfast in the morning at the hotel go for sightseeing of Agra. Visit Agra Fort on the banks of Yamuna River which was built by three emperors, Akbar & Jahangir in red sand stone & Shahi Jahan in white marble. The Fort is 2.5 Km long and during Mughal rule 1/3rd of the Fort was occupied by the army. When British ruled India, they repeated same tradition and now traditionally Indian army has occupied the same. The Diwan-e-Am (public audience hall), the beautiful Diwan-e-Khas (private audience hall) and the magnificent Moti Mazjid (Pearl Mosque) were built by Shah Jahan. Afterwards visit Itmad-ud-Daulah the Baby Taj. The tomb may not be as mammoth as the Taj but the inlay designs and carvings are no less than Taj if not more. The delicate marble latticework in the passages allows the light to enter the interiors. This tomb was the first complete marble Mughal structure. Also visit Sikandra- Six miles north of Agra, is a glorious introduction to the city of Mughal wonders, Sikandra. The site of Akbar's mausoleum, Sikandra was begun by Akbar and completed by his son Jahangir in 1613 AD. It reflects the fusion of Hindu and Muslim art and architecture which characterized the era. The tomb is situated in the centre of a large garden and four identical red sandstone gates lead to the tomb complex. The building, with three-storey minarets at each corner, is built of red sandstone with white marble polygonal patterns inlaid. Sikandra is named after Sikandra Lodi, the Delhi ruler who was in power from 1488 to 1517.
Return back to the hotel later in the day to check out. You will have time in the afternoon for leisure and shopping activities. You would be transferred to the hotel in the evening to the Agra Fort Railway Station to board connecting Overnight Train to Varanasi. Overnight is onboard the train to Varanasi in Executive Air Conditioned 3 Class.

Arrive Varanasi Railway Station in the morning. You would be received by our representative and transferred to the Hotel for Check In. Varanasi is situated on the banks of the sacred river Ganges, Varanasi has been a center of pilgrimage and learning for over 2000 years and is considered to be one of the oldest surviving cities in the world. It is also the unofficial Spiritual Capital of India. Varanasi is the quintessential Indian holy city, where millions of Hindu travels to for pilgrimage, to worship, mourn or die.
Later in the day after change, wash and some rest go for sightseeing of Varanasi and Sarnath Temples. Take a stroll around the ancient city located on the banks of river Ganges. Walk the narrow twisting alleys, poke around some of the literally thousands of temples and shrines, and experience the energy of the dawn rituals of bathing and burial as you float past the famous ghats of the Ganges. Sitting on the banks of the Ganges River, Varanasi is the oldest continually inhabited city in the world, dating back thousands of years. The culture of Varanasi is deeply associated with the river Ganges and its religious importance. Later tour the old city visiting the principles temples including Kashi Hindu University where more than 50,000 students from all over the world are learning. Drive outside the city to monasteries and nearby Sarnath where the Buddha first preached his message of enlightenment 24 centuries ago.
Return back to the city to finish your day with the sunset ceremony at the Ganges. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Wake up early in the morning to go for a boat ride on the holy River Ganges to watch the sunrise over the Ganges when hundred of people are worshiping & taking bath. After boat ride return back to the hotel to have breakfast followed by leisure time at your own. Later in the day check out of the hotel to transfer to the airport to board connecting flight back to Kathmandu in Nepal. Arrive Katmandu airport to be received by our representative and transferred to the hotel for check in. Rest of the day is free for leisure activities. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Wake up early Wake up early in the morning in the capital of Himalayan Kingdom to enjoy the beautiful sunrise view. After breakfast at the hotel go for a half day sightseeing of Kathmandu city and valley. Visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and then the Shah kings of Nepal. Places of interest here are the Kasthamandap : - It lies near the temple of Kumari. It was built in 1596 by King Laxmi Narsingh Malla. It is said to be constructed from the wood of a single tree. It is believed that Katmandu derived its name from Kastha Mandap, Kumari Temple: It is the residence of Living Goddess (Virgin Goddess). The building has profusely carved wooden balconies and window screens. The non-Hindu visitors may enter the courtyard, but may not go beyond. The Kumari acknowledges their greetings from her balcony window. Photography is prohibited. After lunch we will visit to Patan Durbar Square full of Hindu temples & Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, also known as the city of artists that offers many artistic handicrafts.
Return back to the hotel in the evening for leisure and shopping activities. Overnight stay is at the Hotel in Katmandu.

After breakfast in the morning at the hotel go for half day sightseeing of Kathmandu visiting the most famous Hindu Temples - Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath & Bhaktapur City. Start your day with visit to the great Durbar square full or ancient places, temples, and artistic shrines and out door deities of Malla Kings. We also visit the Swayambhunath sputa, A 2000 years- old Buddhist Charity's. The Pashupatinath Hindu temple of Lord Shiva, renowned for its gold gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. Our next stop will be Tibetan refugee camp where one can see spinning, dyeing and weaving of Tibetan carpets. In the evening, we will proceed to see cultural show. Return back to the hotel overnight stay.

Day 19. KATHMANDU – DELHI (Flight) – Onwards Journey / FLY BACK
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and transfer to the airport to board flight back to Delhi Arrive Delhi early later in the day. Depending upon your further Tour program you have time to explore the city and last minute shopping activities. Transfer to the international airport to take your connecting flight to your final destination or continue for you’re onwards destination. Fly back to your country with the everlasting memories of the magnificent glimpses of Incredible India and Royal Kingdom of Nepal.

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