Day 1 : Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Transfer to hotel. Tour of Delhi. In Old Delhi visit the Raj Ghat – the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi , Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. In New Delhi visit the 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 & Connaught Place shopping centre. Overnight Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi to Mandawa
Drive to Mandawa/Shekhawati. Overnight in Mandawa or one of the villages.
Day 3 : Mandawa
Visit the famous Shekhavati villages or Mandawa, Nawalgarh, Dundlod, etc. The villages are full of beautiful frescoes, havelis & mansions. This entire area is like an open air gallery. Overnight in Mandawa or one of the Shekhawati villages.
Day 4 : Mandawa to Pushkar
Drive to Pushkar via Ajmer. 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. Overnight Pushkar.
Day 05: Pushkar to Samode
Drive to Samode Palace. The Samode Palace is about four hundred years old and is now Heritage Hotel. One can visit the Samode Palace, which forms the prime attraction of Samode. The interiors of the Palace are harmonized with warm colored walls, delicate marble work, colorful patterns and traditional art objects. The Durbar Hall is the highlight of this Palace. It is one of the most stunning halls showcasing mirror work and enamel work of “Minakari. Rest of the Day at leisure.
Day 6 : Samode to Jaipu
Morning drive to Jaipur.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. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Visit Maharaja’s City Palace, & the Observatory . Drive past Hawa Mahal & through the pink rose residential & business areas. Overnight Jaipur.
Day 7 : Jaipur
Morning visit the Amber Fort – the ancient capital of the State. Visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors. Afternoon free for shopping in Jaipur.Overnight Jaipur.
Day 8 : Jaipur to Karauli
Morning drive to Karauli. Afternoon visit to the bazar & the city palace with its exquisite frescoes & stone carvings. Aarti at the Madan Mohanji temple. Overnight Karauli.
Day 9 : Karauli to Gwalior
Morning drive to Gwalior. Afternoon visit the Man Mandir, Gujari Mahal (toDay an archaeological museum), The fort, Temples of Sas-Bahu, Teli Ka Mandir, Jai Vilas Palace, Tomb of Gaus Mohammad and the Mausoleum of Tansen.Overnight Gwalior
Day 10 : Gwalior to Agra
Morning free in Gwalior. Afternoon drive to Agra. Overnight Agra.
Day 11 : Agra
Taj Mahal is closed on FriDays.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 Halls of Public and Private Audience. Afternoon free for shopping. Overnight in Agra. Taj Mahal is closed on FriDays.
Day 12 : Agra to Bharatpur
Morning drive to Bharatpur 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. Afternoon visit the finest bird sanctuary in Asia – the home to over 350 species. Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is – one of the most spectacular water birds sanctuary features nesting indigenous water birds as well as migratory water birds and water side birds. It is inhabited by sambar, chital, nilgai and boar. From October till December the indigenous water birds nest in the acacia trees, sarus cranes nest around the lake. From December on, the migratory geese, duck and cranes are the main feature of the sanctuary. Overnight Bharatpur.