Forts & Palaces of India

Duration : 19 Nights & 20 Days
Places to Visit : Delhi – Jaipur – Mandawa – Bikaner – Pokaran – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Luni – Mount Abu – Ranakpur – Udaipur – Ajmer – Samode – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Orchha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Kolkata – Bhubaneshwar – Delhi

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Welcome to a city wrapped in legend, Delhi. Upon your arrival at the Delhi airport our representative will meet and assist you and transferred you to the hotel.

Delhi, the capital city of India built by a British architect Edward Lutyens in 1912, situated on the banks of the Yamuna River. It is bridges two different worlds of New & Old Delhi. It is a perfect destination for vacations which offers well laid out roads, high rising buildings, huge shopping complexes, nicely managed parks and gardens, and comfortable climate.

On arrival at hotel check in and relax. In the evening take a rickshaw ride through the winding streets of this historical city to see the life of the people in this part of the world. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi – Jaipur (260km)
In the morning after breakfast proceed for a city tour, visit the Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Also see the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the India Gate, Jama Masjid.

Late afternoon derive to Jaipur, popularly known as the pink city because most of the buildings were painted pink when Prince Albert visited India in 1883 A.D. It is famous for its rich & colorful past, majestic with stories of courage & bravery; it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. Reach Jaipur by late evening and check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03 : Jaipur
This morning after breakfast ready for the sightseeing tour of Pink City with an excursion to massive Amber Fort, you can reach there on the back of an elephant which is an exhilarating experience in itself. Afternoon visits City Palace famous for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, Jantar Mantar one of the largest observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh, The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds and The Jal Mahal or “Water Palace”, in the middle of the Mansagar Lake you can reach there by boat. In the evening take a cycle rickshaw ride to explore the colourful market of Jaipur city filled with Textiles, Gems, Carpets, and handicrafts.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04 : Jaipur – Mandawa – Bikaner (320km)
In the morning leave for Bikaner and on the way stop at Mandawa, a small town in the heart of Shekhawati region famous for its Havelies, fort palaces and fresco art. Visit the beautiful village of Shekhawati and its fabulous havelis like Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Chokhani, Ladia, Binsidhar Newatia, also visit the Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, is known for its curious paintings.

Then proceed towards Bikaner en route stop at Fatehpur. It is not as crowded or commercialized as the other towns of the state of Rajasthan although it is interesting tourist site for travellers interested in knowing about local art practices and architectural norms. Fatehpur is famous for its beautiful havelis built by the rich and the famous merchants of the 18th and 19th centuries and frescoes, these havelies are known for the wall paintings of activities of daily life and of deities to break the monotony of the desert life. Reach Bikaner by lunch time.

Bikaner is situated in the heart of the desert, was founded by Rajput Rao Bika. Bikaner is rich in culture and tradition and known for its Rajasthani art and music, fine arts, fairs and the festivals, it is also famous for sweets and snacks. Bikaner is extremely popular for its camel rides and known as camel country. Visit Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Deshkone Temple. Later visit the camel breeding farm, at evening you are free to stroll in the busy market area of Bikaner city centre.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 05 : Bikaner – Pokaran – Jaisalmer (330km)
After breakfast we set towards our journey across the Thar Desert to reach Pokaran for lunch. Bounded by five big salt rocks, Pokaran is located at the junction of Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaisalamer road. This small village is the site for conducting nuclear detonation. Famous for its havelis, monuments, and temples. Visit the Samadhi of Ramdev Ji, Fort Pokaran, also known as ‘Balagarh’, museum, Salim Singh-ki-Haveli, the Patwon Ji-ki-Haveli, and the Nathmalji-ki-Haveli.

After lunch continue towards Jaisalmer and arrive by evening to witness the sunset over the desert with the most imposing edifice of the town behind you. Jaisalmer, also known as “The sun city” famous for its magnificent forts, enchanting palaces, havelis (mansions) and century’s old houses.On arrival check in hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 06 : Jaisalmer

After breakfast ready for the exclusive visit of the Jain temples, Jaisalmer Fort a house of Jain Temple and Hindu Temples, the beautifully designed Jaisalmer Havelis like Patwaon ki haveli, Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli and Nathmalji-ki-Haveli. Later visits Gadsisar Sagar Lake, the most beautiful picnic spot in the sandy city.

Later proceed for Sam or Khuri village surrounded by massive Desert Hills. It is a paradise for those who want feel traditional village life and wish to spend a night in thatched Huts. Khuri Village provides you a perfect opportunity to experience the romance of desert in the most fascinating way. Upon arrival in the village we take you to the huge sand dunes on a camel back to witness the spectacular Sunset point behind the Golden desert.

Return to the village where your stay is arranged in mud huts. In the evening listen to the haunted tunes of the desert by the local artists and musicians is sure to be an enriching experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Dinner and overnight stay in the desert mud huts.

Day 07 : Jaisalmer – 
Jodhpur – Luni (280km)
After breakfast proceed for Jodhpur, also known as the blue city because most of the buildings are painted blue, located on the foothill of a sandstone hillock, seems like an oasis in the vast desert. It is famous for its beautiful handicrafts, folk dances, folk music, puppets shows with exquisite Rajasthani textiles.

After lunch visits the impressive Mehrangarh fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park and the fabulous Kaylana Lake of Jodhpur.

Then go to Mandore gardens is an extensive and beautiful garden on the slopes of a hill located about 5 miles north of Jodhpur in the former capital of Marwar. Here you can find a charming collection of temples and fabulous cenotaphs and the hall of local heroes of the wars.
Later derive to Luni which brings you in world of animals, situated on the banks of the River Luni, is the hamlet of Chanwa. This charming and cloistered village which reflects the royal past of Rajasthan. On arrival checks in hotel.
Dinner and overnight stat at hotel.

Day 08 : Luni – Mount Abu (250km)
This morning after breakfast ready for the jungle safari to discover the hidden beauty of the jungle life. Here you will visit beautiful Bishnoi Village of Bishnoi’s community. Bishnoi’s eco friendly sect of Hindu religion, famous for their rich cultural Rajasthani life and their true love for nature and protection of animal’s life.

Then we would like you to join the opium ceremony with the Patels – a rich tribe. It is a ceremony prevalent in this part of Rajasthan where the youth offers opium to drink mixed with water to the elders of the family when they come back from work in the fields.
Later derive to Mount Abu
Mount Abu is the summer capital for the Indian state of Rajasthan, also known as the only hill-station in Rajasthan with lakes, waterfalls and green forests, and soothing climate, scenic beauty, rich flora & fauna. On arrival check in at hotel.

Later visit this true pilgrimage centre for Delwara Jain temples, a complex of temples, carved of white marble. You can also visit the Nakki Lake and then view the Sun going down the horizon from the sunset point. Overnight will be at hotel.

Day 09 : Mount Abu – Ranakpur – Udaipur (260km)
After breakfast proceeds for Ranakpur situated between lush green valleys and beautiful streams and the heart capturing views, it is one of the five most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism, famous for its marble Jain temple. Visit this beautiful temple complex of Jainism, Chaumukha temple is dedicated to Lord Adinath, the first ‘Tirthankara, Also see the sun temple and the other temples in the campus. Walk into the villages to mingle with the locals around to know more about their lifestyle.

Proceed towards the “Lake City” Udaipur. Udaipur, ancient Capital City of glorious Mewar of Maharana Pratap, also known as the “Most Romantic City of India” this city is an innovation for the poets, painters and writers. Udaipur is located on the east bank of the magical Lake Pichola having rich cultural, social and natural heritage with fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls. The climate and social environment of the city is also very pleasant. Reach Udaipur by late evening and check into your hotel.

Day 10 : 
After having breakfast at your hotel precedes for the exploration of the “Kashmir of Rajasthan”, Udaipur. Visit the beautiful lakes of the city like The Pichola Lake, and Fateh Sagar Lake You will definitely be mesmerized by the scenic beauty of these lakes. Later visits Gulab Bagh, Dudh Talai, The City Palace, The famous Jagdish Temple and Bagore Ki Haveli. Also visit the temples of Nagda and Eklingji.
Dinner and stay overnight at Udaipur.

Day 11 : 
Udaipur – Ajmer – Samode
Early in the morning after breakfast derive to the most holy cities of Pushkar and Ajmer.
Ajmer is a pilgrimage site for Muslims as well as Hindus for Dargah of the great saint; Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chisti surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains. At present Ajmer is a famous tourist destination, every year a large number of devotees and tourists come here to visit the Durgah built in fond remembrance of Khwaja Muin ud Din Chisti, Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra and Mughal emperor Akbar’s Palace.

Later drive to Pushkar, a small holiest town, lies on the Shore of Pushkar Lake; surround by Small hills.It is said that Lord Brahma (the Creator) and his wife Saraswati (the godess of learning and music) performed a ritual in the Pushkar Lake. Pushkar is the world famous for its cattle fair held each year in the month of October/November. Here we visit the only Brahma temple with the local colours in the local bazaar.

In the afternoon continue towards Samode, a beautiful small village which offer a soothing and relaxing atmosphere, situated in the foothills of the Aravali ranges. On arrival check in hotel.

Later walk around the impressive Samode Palace, famous for beautiful wall paintings and mirror work and the local market where you will find people from all walks of life working to make a living for example you shall see vendors of legumes, some ironsmiths, a few goldsmiths, locksmiths etc.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel

Day 12 : Samode – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra (250km)
Today after breakfast leave Leave Samode and derive to Fatehpur Sikri ” the city of victory” famous for its spiritual atmosphere and world heritage monuments. This beautiful ghost town is imagination of Mugal Emperor Akbar in 1569 famous for its some wonderful monuments like Salim Chisti’s tomb, Jodhabai’s palace and the Buland Darwaza.

Continue towards Agra-the heritage city of India picturesquely nestled on the banks of the river Yamuna founded by founded by Raja Badal Singh in 1475. It used to be the capital of the Mughal Emperors Who converts their love of architecture into beautiful monuments which is famous all over the world and declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Agra is famous for its beautiful handicraft made of marble and soft stone work such as jewellery and embroidery work. Reach Agra by early evening. Relax at your hotel or go to the local bazaar to see the lifestyle of the people. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13 : Agra
This morning after breakfast visit Taj Mahal to see the magnificent view of the rising sun as the Taj Mahal is bathed in the golden rays of the morning sun built by Shah Jahan in the remembrance of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. Later visit Agra Fort built in red sandstone by Akbar includes some beautiful monuments inside the Agra Fort are Khas Mahal, Jehangiri Mahal, Musamman Burj, Moti Masjid, Sheesh Mahal, and Nagina Masjid.

After lunch visit Itmad ud Daulah also known as the “Baby Taj” and Sikandra Fort, the tomb of the great emperor Akbar.
Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 14 : Agra – Orchha – Khajuraho
Leave Agra and reach Orchha by lunch time. Orchha “A treasure of spiritual peace” is a small town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh near the banks of Betwa River. Orchha is a medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with palaces and temples of the 16th and 17th century – which have remarkably withstood the onslaught of time.

Reach Orcha and see the beautiful Palace Complex – Jahangiri Mahal and the Raja Mahal. Also visits the Phool Bagh, Laxminarayana Temple and Ram Raja temple.

After lunch continue towards Khajuraho about 182 km away by road. Khajuraho, a UNESCO world heritage site picturesquely situated in Vindhya Range of mountains. Khajuraho is famous for the Kamasutra temple dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Jain deities, and erotic rock art & carvings, which present the soul of the philosophy of Indian beauty. On arrival check in hotel. After a brief refreshing time you will be taken to the nearby auditorium to witness the cultural heritage of India through the medium of dances. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 15 : Khajuraho – Varanasi By flight (45 minutes)
After breakfast visit the Khajuraho Group of tempels built during the 9th to the 11th centuries by the powerful dynasty of Chandela rajputs like the Western Group of Temples, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Eastern group of temples, the Jain groups of temples and Panna National Park etc are beautiful place to visit in Khajuraho.

Later to transferred the airport to catch your flight to Varanasi, situated at the bank of river Ganga.Varansi is the holiest city of the Hindu’s world and Buddhists, filled with temples, silk weaving, Ghats, which makes attraction of the tourist. On arrival check in hotel. Rest of the day free or you can take a walk along with the holy Ganga Ghats. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 16 : Varanasi – Kolkata
Get up early in the morning (0500hrs) we take you to banks of the river Ganges where we board a boat to see the rays of the sunrise shine across the Ganges. The boat ride starts from Dasashwamedh Ghat to Manikarnika Ghat along the sacred Ganges. See the Jyotirlinga Kashi Vishwanath temple and the Gyanvyapi kund and the mosque attached to it.

Return to your hotel for breakfast visit Sarnath, the sacred city for the Buddhist, where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to his first five disciples. Visit the massive Dhamek Stupa and Chaukhandi Stupa, the Buddhist temple and the museum with a superb collection of Buddhist art. In time transfer to the airport for your flight to Kolkata.

Kolkata, the City of Palaces and also the City of Joy, situated on the east bank of the Hugli (Hooghly) River. Kolkata is known for its double Decker buses, underground Metro, beautiful colonial buildings, crazy soccer fans, roshogullas, mach bhat and tea session with countless addas. It is the main business, commercial and financial hub of eastern India and also known as the Cultural capital of India.
On arrival at Kolkata check in at hotel, dinner and stay overnight.

Day 17 : Kolkata
After having your breakfast ready for full day exploration of the city, visit the Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum and Marble Palace. Later visit the flower market, Fort William, the Shaheed Minar built in 1828 in memory of Major-general Sir David Ochterlony, commander of the British East India Company and Kumartooli to see how typical Bengal Potteri is made.

In the evening talk a walk in the Nicco Park referred to as the Disneyland of West Bengal located in Salt Lake City, Kolkata. It is the perfect place to enjoy with water and greenery. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 18 : Kolkata – Bhubaneshwar
After breakfast ready for half day morning city tour includes the Kali Temple of Kalighat, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Birla temple, Mother Teresa and St. Johns’ Church. Later transfer to the railway station to catch your train to Bhubaneshwar. Upon arrival in Bhubaneshwar transfer to your hotel.

Bhubaneswar is the capital of the Indian state of Orissa. It is popularly known as the “Temple City of India” having great architecture and ancient temples, more than 2000 Hindu temples. Bhubaneswar is a well planned city with wide roads and many gardens and parks. Bhubaneswar is famed for changing the conqueror Asoka. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 19 : Bhubaneshwar
In the morning leave for a full day excursion to Puri and Konark. Konark and Puri, are famous for their awesome temples and beaches in all around the world. See the Jagannath Temple in Puri, a popular pilgrimage place for Hindus, abode of Lord Sri Jagannath. Also visit the architectural wonder of man the Sun Temple of Konark, this temple is a World Heritage Site. Konark Dance Festival is also celebrated in this temple. Other place to visit in Kornark and Puri are Gundicha Mandir, Balighai Beach, Atharnala Bridge, Chillka Lake. Return to Bhubaneshwar, dinner and stay overnight.

Day 20 : Bhubaneshwar – Delhi – next destination
In the morning after having your breakfast explore the Buddhists and Hindu pilgrimage destination Bhubaneswar. Visit Udaygiri and Khandgiri caves. The local temples in the city including the famous and sacred Lingaraj temple, the Rajarani temple and Mukteshwar Temple. There after you will be transfer to the airport to connect to your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi you shall be escorted to a local restaurant for your farewell dinner and then to the international airport for your connecting flight back home.