23 days Rajasthan tour with Varanasi and Kamasutra Temple
23 days - 20 nights
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Destinations Covered: Delhi - Mandawa (near Shekhavati Alsisar) - Bikaner - Khuri (Thar desert) - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - on the way Ranakpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Sariska reserve- Agra Fatehpur Sikri - Orchha Gwalior - Khajuraho - Varanasi(Bénarès) - Delhi Visit great attractions including 6 sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Humayun´s Tomb, Qutub Minar and the Red Fort in Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and the erotic Khajuraho temples. Jaipur: The beauty of the Fort can be enjoyed royally with an elephant ride. Desnoke: 600 years old Deshnoke Rat temple. Khuri Dunes: On the Silk Route, you can visit the havelis (private mansions) and spend the night in the Tar desert in a typical Rajasthani village, sleeping either in traditional house or out in the open in the dunes. Varanasi Bénarès: Take a boat cruise on the Ganges through the gaths (the Indian baths). Ranakpur: visit the famous marble Jain temple with its 1444 marble pillars. Orccha: you can attend an "Aarti Ceremony" in a temple. The Sariska Tiger Reserve: It is one of the most famous national parks in Rajasthan. With its ruins of medieval temples of Garh-Rajor, it makes us think to Kipling´s Jungle Book. You can book a 22-nights accommodation in a hotel of your choosing. Plenty of time at your own leisure.
 
Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Meet assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi City Tour
Morning tour of Delhi visiting Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Afternoon visit Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch ), Lakshminarayan Temple - a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President's House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place shopping centre (more details on One day trip in Delhi).
Day 3: Mandawa
After breakfast Proceed to Mandawa on arrival check in hotels and then proceed for a city tour covering in and around Mandawa visit Mandawa fort, Chokhani Ladia and Saraf Havelis etc and over night stay at the hotel. Visit the famous Shekhavati villages, full of beautiful frescoes, havelis & mansions. This entire area is like an open air gallery.
Day 4: Bikaner
Bikaner is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and a mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh, the fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. An enormous arched doorway leads to the Joramal Temple. The royal chapel is Har Mandir where royal weddings and births were once celebrated. And the famous 600 years old Deshnoke Rat temple.
Day 5: Bikaner to Jaisalmer
Morning drive to Jaisalmer. On arrival check in at hotel, and own time for rest of the day.
Day 6: Jaisalmer - The Golden City
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of The Golden City - Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert. Its temple, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone. The city is a mass of intricately carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies. Visit the Jaisalmer Fort, the oldest living Fort in the world.
Day 7: Thar Desert Khuri or Jaisalmer
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Proceed to the Sand Dunes by jeep after lunch for visiting the typical Rajasthani Desert Village. Start your Camel Safari from the village. Ride into the desert passing throughsmall villages and grazing camel herds. View the sunset from the dunes, as the sky is set on fire. Reach your camp and dinner will be served in the camp. Overnight will be at the camp.
Day 8: Jodhpur - The Blue City
Arrival Jodhpur meet our representative board the cab and transfer to the hotel and then proceed for a half day city tour visit suncity, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Mehrangarh Fort and Mandore Garden.
Day 9: Udaipur on the way Ranakpur
Ranakpur Temple Jain Morning drive to Udaipur visiting Ranakpur Temples enroute. Ranakpur - 98 kms from Udaipur, the Jain Temples built in the 15th century are situated in the lovely valley of the Aravali. Its surrounding is quiet and picturesque. Ranakpur has grand structures and beautiful sculpture. There are 1444 pillars in the temple and none of them are similar. The magic of light and shade is really awe inspiring. Surya Temple and other Jain Temples are side attractions.
Day 10: Udaipur City Tour
City sightseeing visiting the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, Sahelion - Ki - Bari, Fatehsagar Lake, Pratap Smarak, Sajjan Niwas Garden, Museum, zoo return to Hotel after city drive.
Day 11: Ajmel/Pushkar
Drive to Ajmer/Pushkar. Ajmer was founded by the Chauhan ruler, Aiaipal, during the 11th century & is dominated by the Taragarh Fort built by Prithviraj Chauhan. In Pushkar, visit the holy Lake and also the famous Brahma Temple. Pushkar is one of the holiest places for Hindus.
Day 12: Jaipur - the pink city
Morning move to Jaipur Arrival Jaipur and transfer to the hotel and then rest.
Day 13: Jaipur City Tour
In Jaipur visit the Amber Fort -the ancient capital of the State. Visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors. Afternoon tour of Jaipur. Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan was given a colour coat of pink a century ago in honour of a visiting Prince and ever since, it has retained this colour. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old.
Day 14: Agra on the way Bharatpur and Fatehpur-Sikri
Morning drive to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Fatehpur Sikri is 40 kms from Agra and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces.
Day 15: Agra City Tour
Morning visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Later visit the Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque, the Halls of Public and Private Audience. Also visit the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daullah built by Empress Noorjehan in memory of her father.
Day 16: Orchha on the way Gwalior
Visiting the Gwalior Fort and the Jai Vilas Palace. Continue onto Orccha. In the evening, you may wish to witness on own the Aarti Ceremony at the temple.
Day 17: Orchha City Tour
Visiting Orchha, frozen in time and space, which exists today, as it must have in the 16th and 17th century.
Day 18: Khajuraho
Visiting Khajuraho. The period 950 AD to 1050 Ad saw a flowering of architecture in this small village that has no parallel. The Chandelas raised 85 temples to the glory of God, of which 22 now remain.
Day 19: Khajuraho City Tour
A world heritage site, the Khajuraho temples, especially the Eastern and Western group of temples are known for their architectural display conforming to the North Indian 'nagara' style of architecture, bold artistic statement of erotic postures in its sculptures and the various refinements of courtly love including dance and music in a sacred place like a temple, which seems bewildering at first sight. Built by the Chandela rulers, these 10th-11th century temples are the second most favoured tourist destination after Taj Mahal.
Day 20: Varanasi - Benares
Move to Varanasi - Benares.
Day 21: Varanasi - Benares City Tour
Early morning train reaches Varanasi and you are transferred to the hotel. The afternoon half-day city tour of Varanasi includes a visit to Benaras Hindu University, Bharat Mata Temple, Vishwanath Temple etc...
Day 22: Varanasi - Benares City Tour
Get a real feeling of Varanasi-the gate to Moksha, by early morning boat ride on River Ganges. Later in the morning you are driven to Bodhgaya, visiting Sarnath on the way. Arrival at Bodhgaya follows check-in at the hotel.
Day 23: Delhi to your next destination
Departure/transfer to International Airport to take flight for onward journey
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