This indepth tour of India is mostly concentrated
in Rajasthan. Experience the culture, people and geographical diversity of
Rajasthan, that includes camel safari in the desert and camping in desert
tents. This tour of India also includes journey by Indian Railways for a very
unique India vacation experience.Stops include Delhi, Bikaner, Nawalgarh,
Manvar desert, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Ranthanbore Wildlife Sanctuary,
Agra, Varanasi and Delhi.
Day I NEW
Welcome aboard your flight to Delhi, enjoy the regal
hospitality by silk sari clad hostesses. Indulge yourself with delicious Indian
and Continental cuisine.
Day 2 DELHI:
This evening arrive in Delhi, capital of India, your
first stop of your travel to India. You'll be received and escorted to Hotel
Park/ Hotel The Grand.
Day 3 DELHI:
Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour includes, the
Presidential-Palace, Parliament House, India Gate, Qutab Minar Tower, Jantar
Mantar, the fashionable Connaught Circus. Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, Mahalaxmi
Temple and Mahatma Gandhi Samadhi. Evening free.
After breakfast, drive to
Nawalgarh in Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. Better known as the "realm of
frescos," Nawalgarh was founded in the beginning of 18th century by Thakur
Nawal Singh, a warrior-statesman. The city boasts of some of the finest
frescoes in Shekhawati region. This typical Rajasthani town reflects the old world charm
through its colorful bazaars and hand- painted havelis. Hotel Roop Niwas
Spend the day exploring the magnificeint
and the villages by Indian bicycles, that makes this colorful city a very
memorable part of the tour.
NAWALGARH/BIKANER:After breakfast travel
to Bikaner Rajasthan. Bikaner is a true desert country and part of the ancient
caravan route that came from west and central Asia. Located in the north of the
State of Rajasthan, it was founded in 1488 by a Rathore Prince Rao Bika, a
descendent of Jodha, founder of Jodhpur. Rao Bika chose a barren wilderness
called 'Jangladesh' and transformed it to an impressive city. The old city is
surrounded by a wall and was once an important staging post on the great
caravan trade routes. Bikaner's forts, palaces and temples - magnificent
creations in red and yellow
sandstone, are living manifestations of its rich
historical and architectural legacy. Here you'll visit The Lalgarh Fort, that
still echo the opulence of that bygone era, this red sandstone palace was built
by Maharaja Ganga Singh (1881-1942) in memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh.
The palace has beautiful latticework and filigree work. Part of the palace has
been converted into a luxury hotel and a museum known as Shri Sadul Museum.
You'll also visit Deshnok rat temple and Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum. Hotel
Day 7 BIKANER/MANVAR DESERT
After a hearty breakfast
we drive to the Manvar Desert Camp, an experience that reflects the desert life
at finest. The desert camp is in the midst of the wilderness surrounded by sand
dunes. The camp is exclusive, consisting of 20 deluxe tents tastefully
decorated with attached bathrooms providing running hot and cold water. Meals
are provided in the strategically located dining tent, which offers
breathtaking views of the sunrise, sunset and the surrounding countryside.
Evenings are livened up by campfire, mashaals and local musicians and
Day 8 MANVAR DESERT:
Full day activity of exploring the desert villages and
sand dunes, each involving numerous visually
stimulating sights and sounds
to add to the excitement to your outdoor adventure and a taste of the Thar
Desert. You can choose between camel and Jeep safaris. Visitors can visit
tribal (bishnoi) villages, see desert wild life, watch local craftsmen at work
and enjoy the beautiful sand dunes. The dunes around Manvar are
Day 9 MANVAR
After breakfast, we leave the desert camp for Jaisalmer, the western most
citadel of the desert. Jaisalmer has
an ancient history linked
with its development as a trading center. Part of its Golden Fort continue to
be inhabited. We arrive here tis afternoon and check into Hotel Fort
Rajwada/Gorbandh Palace. Day at rest.
Sightseeing tour of this 12 century city dominated by its
sandstone fort of 99 Bastions. Visit the exquisitely carved havelis and palaces
with their latticed windows, balconies, cupolas and facades. Evening visit the
sand dunes and take a camel ride. .
Day 11 JAISALMER/JODHPUR:
By car travel to Jodhpur which
stands at the entrance to the Thar Desert, the fortified city whose foundations
were laid in 1459. On top of a rocky hill stands the majestic Mehrangarh Fort,
once considered invincible. The palaces within are noted for their lattice work
in red sandstone. The lakes and the temples add to the beauty and grandeur of
the Jodhpur. Other attractions of this desert city are the Jaswant Thada, a
marble memorial built in 1899 and Umaid Bhawan
Palace. Hotel Bal Samand Palace/Hari Mahal
Day 12 JODHPUR:
of Jodhpur city and desert.
This morning we continue our drive to Jaipur.
Arrive Jaipur, transfer to Hotel Mansingh Palace/Hotel Clark's. Day at
Day 14 JAIPUR:
After breakfast, travel in the style of Emperor
Akbar to the Amber Fort atop festive Indian Elephants. Afternoon sightseeing
includes The City Palace, Albert Museum, Jantar Mantar and the Observatory. For
this evening, we recommenda
rickshaw drive around the city displaying local life-style in the ancient
Day 15 JAIPUR/RANTHANBORE:
This morning we leave for
Ranthanbore wildlife sanctuary. The imposing ramparts of the 10th. century fort are
surrounded by this Project Tiger Reserve. Check intoTiger Moon/Safari Lodge.
Ranthnabore is India's one of the finest tiger reserves. Its topography of low
hills and large lakes provides a tranquil idyll. Enjoy the world-class
All day game viewing and bird watching tours.
Day 17 RANTHANBORE/AGRA:
Enroute to Agra well stop at Fatehpur-Sikri, the deserted
sandstone city built by Akbar. This imperial complex of forts, palaces, mosques
and temples was short lived and today is a haunting testament to that era.
Check into hotel Hotel Taj View/ Clark's hotel. Afternoon at leisure to relax
or take swim in the pool.
Day 18 AGRA/VARANASI:
This morning visit the world famous Taj Mahal in the
early sunrise. Enjoy the architectural wonder and awe
inspiring monument of love. Following the
Taj Mahal visit, we'll head to Agra Red Fort, where Emperor Shah Jahan, Spent
his last days gazing at his monument. This afternoon transfer to the train
station for our overnight journey to holy city of Varanasi. Accommodation
aboard the train in sleeper car.
This morning arrive in Varanasi and transfer to
Hotel Taj Ganges/Hotel Clark's. Morning free. This afternoon we'll visit
Sarnath where Lord Buddha revealed his enlightenment to Nirvana. Hotel Taj
Our day begins with a
boat ride on the Ganges River, whose holy waters draw thousands of pilgrims.
This remarkable tour shows the cleansing baths and burning cremation ghats of
Hindu Funeral Rituals, followed by an in-depth tour of Hindu
Temples.This afternoon fly to
Delhi. Arrive in Delhi, the majestic capital city of India. Delhi blends within
its folds a great cultural variety of India: an unceasing range of
free to explore on your own, great for shopping and browsing. Hotel Grand
Day 21 DELHI/USA:
Depart early morning from Delhi
for homeward bound.
Departure Dates: 2012Sep 10 17 24 Oct 8 15 22 29 Nov 5 12 26 Dec 3 10 24
Jan 7 21 Feb 4 18 Mar 4 18 25 Apr 8 15
Sep 9 23 Oct 7 15 21 28 Nov 4 18 25 Dec 2 30
$6639.00 per person sharing double Single supplement. $3257.00
Total Taxes &
Airline Tax and fees summary:. 470.00YQ 33.40US 5.50YC 7.00XY 5.00XA 2.50AY
3.65WO 43.23IN 26.40YM 4.50XF
High season air surcharges:
$550.00 Jun -Aug & Dec
Tour cost includes: *Round trip economy
coach airfare from New York,Chicago or Los
*Hotels with daily
breakfast *All meals during desert camping and wildlife safari portion of the
tour *Train fares on 2 Tier sleeper train *Transfers to and from airports and train stations to
hotels *Baggage handling *All sight seeing tours as per itinerary by deluxe coach or
chauffeured car *Camel safari, wildlife safari *Sound & Light show in Delhi *Elephant ride tour in Jaipur *Boat excursion in Varanasi *Jungle permits and wildlife conservation
fees *Professional English speaking guide *Services of our tour managers. **Add-on
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