Taj & Rajasthan's Richness

 Day 01: Arrival in Delhi marks the beginning of an enriching journey. After checking in at your hotel, delve into the capital’s rich history. Witness Raj Ghat, nestled by the Yamuna River, paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi. Explore the majestic Red Fort, a symbol of grandeur, and nearby Jama Masjid, an architectural marvel. In New Delhi, marvel at Humayun’s Tomb and the iconic Qutab Minar. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan, blending diverse architectural influences, and pay respects at India Gate, a poignant memorial. Rest overnight, ready to embrace more of Delhi’s charm tomorrow.

Day 02: Embark on a journey to Agra, a historic city along the Yamuna River, founded by Sultan Sikandar Lodi in 1506. Once the illustrious capital of the Mughal Empire from 1526 to 1658, Agra boasts magnificent Mughal-era landmarks. Among its treasures are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri. Originally a stronghold of the Chauhan Rajputs, Agra Fort saw transformations under different rulers, notably Sikandar Lodi, who made it his seat of power. The Taj Mahal, an iconic symbol of Mughal architecture, was commissioned by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Spend the night in Agra, soaking in its rich history and architectural wonders.

Day 03: On the way to Jaipur, stop by Fatehpur Sikri, a captivating deserted city constructed by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. This once-thriving capital was abandoned after just 15 years due to water shortages but remains remarkably preserved, offering a glimpse into the empire’s grandeur. Explore highlights such as Darbar-e-Aam, Palaces, Panch Mahal, Taansen Seat, and the impressive Sufi Sent doom. Upon reaching Jaipur, check in at the hotel.

Day 04: After breakfast, embark on a journey through Jaipur’s Pink City. Begin with a visit to Amber Fort, nestled just beyond the city limits. Enjoy a unique experience as you ride an elephant to and from the hilltop fort. In the afternoon, explore the architectural marvels of City Palace, showcasing a fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal styles. Nearby, discover the Central Museum and the impressive Jantar Mantar observatory. Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds, offers a glimpse into royal history. Wrap up your day with a leisurely stroll through Jaipur’s renowned markets, offering a variety of textiles, gems, carpets, and handicrafts – perfect for picking up souvenirs.

Day 05: Head to Bikaner today. Upon arrival, settle into your hotel. Explore Bikaner by visiting Junagarh Fort and the Camel Breeding Farm after checking in.

Day 06: Head to Jaisalmer and settle into your hotel accommodation upon arrival.

Day 07: Start your day with breakfast at the hotel, then explore the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort, also known as the Sonar Kila, perched about 30 meters above the city. This historic fort houses a vibrant community within its colossal walls. Jaisalmer is renowned for its ancient Havelis, so visit Patwon ki Haveli, Salim ji ki Haveli, and Gadi Sagar Lake during your sightseeing. In the evening, head to the dunes for a sunset experience and a camel ride, with accommodation available in camps (operational from October to March).

Day 08: Head towards Jodhpur via Osian, checking into your hotel upon arrival. Explore the city, renowned as Rajasthan’s second largest and famously dubbed the “Blue City” due to its azure-hued old houses. Encircled by a vast 10 km wall boasting 101 bastions and seven gates, Jodhpur thrived along the Delhi-Gujarat trading route, its Marwari residents profiting from the transit of opium, copper, and silk destined for China. Today’s highlights include the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, perched atop a steep hill and celebrated for its intricately latticed windows, and visiting the Jaswant Thada, a splendid white marble royal cenotaph.

Day 09: Travel to Udaipur passing through Ranakpur. Upon arrival, proceed to hotel check-in.

Day 10: Today, we explore Udaipur, renowned as the city of sunrise. Our journey begins with a stroll through Sahelion-Ki-Bari, the enchanting Garden of the Maids of Honour, boasting expansive lawns and serene pathways. Next, we immerse ourselves in the Museum of Folk Art, home to a vibrant array of traditional attire, ornaments, puppets, masks, musical instruments, and paintings. Then, we delve into the majestic City Palace, an architectural marvel where generations of Maharajas have left their mark. Inside, marvel at the intricate peacock mosaic and exquisite miniature wall paintings depicting Indian mythology. Later, we visit a traditional painting school to witness the renowned miniature artistry. As the day draws to a close, we embark on a scenic boat ride on Lake Pichola, past the iconic Lake Palace, immortalized by the James Bond film Octopussy, enchanting audiences worldwide.

Day 11: Today, promptly head to Udaipur airport for your next adventure.

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