Day 01: Arrival in Delhi
Met on arrival at International airport and transfer to Hotel for check in. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Overnight Hotel- Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi
Morning after a relaxed breakfast we will take you to a tour of Delhi.
Pulsing with energy and colour, Old Delhi is laced by a maze of narrow lanes, which twist and turn between the tall, leaning buildings. You will witness the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars where you will experience the full sights, sounds and aromas indicative of the Indian sub continent. In Old Delhi you will visit the famous Red Fort surrounded by shops and bazaars, the Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes and Chandni Chowk. In Old Delhi you will also have an opportunity to experience a rickshaw ride.
As a complete contrast, New Delhi stands in formal splendor. It is a city of wide boulevards that offers ever changing perspectives of Lutyen’s landscaped city. It is also a city known for its formal parks, magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India in the 330 acres of land and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and India Gate. In New Delhi you will also visit Qutab Minar, the 72.5 meter high tower dating back to the 13th century, and Humanyun’s Tomb, which was built in the 16th century and architecturally considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal.
Evening back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 03: Delhi – Mandawa 257 kms
Morning after breakfast, drive down to Mandawa – “Open Art Gallery of Rajasthan” (The semi-desert region of Shekhawati, lying in the triangular region between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner, is famous for its plethora of Painted Havelis (Mansions), all commendable pieces of the rich artistic traditions of this region and most from the 18th century. These magnificent Havelis display a unique architectural style that evolved around the courtyards to ensure safety and privacy of the women folk and protection from the heat of the long and harsh summers. The Havelis, painted predominantly in the blue, maroon, yellows, green and indigo have beautiful wall paintings that adorn their walls. The earlier wall paintings were largely based on the mythological themes, depicting local legends, animals, portraits, hunting and wrestling scenes and a glimpse of everyday life. Besides the above attractions the region also has Castles, Havellis (Pvt. Residence of some of the known Marwaris, Baolis (Step Wells), Chhatris (Cenotaphs) and Mosques).
Arrive Mandawa proceed for sightseeing Mandawa. Later check-in at your Hotel. Overnight hotel- Mandawa.
Day 04: Mandawa -Bikaner 190 kms/ 4 Km
Morning after breakfast proceed visit proceed to Bikaner while visiting Fatehpur.
Junagarh Fort is an unassailable fortress, which has never been conquered. Built in 1593 A.D. by Raja Rai Singh, one of the most distinguished generals in the army of Emperor Akbar, the fort is a formidable structure encircled by a moat. The main entrance to the fort is Karan Pol (Gate) that is east facing. Next to it is the Suraj Pol, the sun gate. The fort situates in it some very magnificent palaces like Anup Mahal, Ganga Niwas and Rang Mahal or palace of pleasure. The Har Mandir is the majestic chapel for the royal family for worshiping their gods and goddesses. These palaces, constructed in red sandstone and marble, make a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows dotted all over the structure. The premises also house a museum which is an array of a rich collection.
Bhandasar Jain Temple/ Bhanda Shah Jain Temple: The two-storied Bhandasar Jain Temple is among the most enchanting Bikaner tourist attractions. Lavish and elaborate, the Bhandasar Jain Temple is dedicated to Sumatinath, the 6th Jain deity. The ground floor of the Bhandasar Jain Temple mesmerizes you into a calm trance as your eyes rest on the white marble statue of Lord Sumatinath perched on a silver throne atop a 2 feet high pavilion. Built by Bhanda Shah, a well-known businessman in medieval Bikaner, the Bhandasar Jain Temple oozes beauty, peace and aesthetic charm.
Bhanwar Niwas amongst the Rampuria havelies built of dulmera stone (now converted into a hotel) can be visited with approval of Hotel Management. Overnight hotel- Bikaner.
Day 05: Bikaner – Jaisalmer via Pokharan 334 kms
Morning after breakfast proceed for Jaisalmer via Pokharan. On arrival check in at your hotel. Evening free for individual activities. Overnight hotel- Bikaner.
Day 06: Jaisalmer Sight Seeing
Morning after breakfast proceed for city tour of Jaisalmer.
Visit: Jaisalmer Fort also called Sonar Kila or Golden Fort because it is made up of yellow sandstone and seems to ignite into a golden flame when scorched by the desert sun. Even today, one fourth of the old city’s population resides within the fort. A cross-cultural merging of Rajput, Islamic architectural styles and the Jain Temples make this fort an exception in its own.
Patwaon Ki Haveli is one of the largest and most elaborate Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. It is five storeys high and is extensively carved. It is divided into six apartments, two owned by archaeological Survey of India, two by families who operate craft-shops and two private homes. There are remnants of paintings on some of the inside walls as well as some mirror work.
In the afternoon drive to Sam Sand Dunes to enjoy Camel Safari. Later enjoy Dinner along with Rajasthani Folk Dance in the Camp situated on the Sam Dunes.
Post dinner drive back to your hotel for overnight stay. Overnight Hotel- Jaisalmer.
Day 07: Jaisalmer- Rohet via Barmer 380 kms
After an early breakfast proceed to Rohet via Barmer (Approx 3 ½ Hrs drive – 180 kms) for Block Printing and Embroidery Center visit.
Block Printing Textile of Bikaner stands distinct from that of the other cities and towns of Rajasthan. The prints are inspired from the Sind region. Various items that are made in Barmer are turbans, sarees and traditionally worn lungis, Head gear and shoulder cloth made are worn by Sindhi Muslims. The designs in Barmer are bold, the popular one being the chirkala booti which is a flaming red chili having a blue-black outline surrounded by flower-laden trees.
Embroidery Textile Center Work from Barmer is embellished and heavy, carried out by the local women when they are not working in the fields. The color and vibrancy of Rajasthan extends into its embroidery as well. A wealth of stitchery, motif and design is spread across the state. Peasant women embroider their family’s garments as well as the cloths of the household cattle – the camel, the bullock and the horse are often decorated with beautifully embroidered cloths. The motifs range from floral patterns, to human and animal figures and abstract designs. The thread used varies from the finest silk to the thickest wool. The colors are either vivid or muted. Elaborate embroideries, richly worked with gold, silver and even precious stones embellished the garments. The embroideries add to the ethnic and basic style along with making the clothing more colorful and attractive.
On arrival check in at your Heritage hotel Rohet Garh. If time permits you will be taken for an evening walk around the village Market. Overnight hotel- Rohet.
Day 08: Rohet drive D: 0800 hr
Salawas 33 kms
Jodhpur 30 kms
Morning after breakfast we go for a Jeep Safari to explore the nature enjoying the freshness of the unpolluted environment and watching animals in their natural surroundings (Black Buck, Antelope etc.). Visit a Bishnoi Family house to experience there style of living. Proceed to the next village. Village Dhundli inhabited by the Brahmins. Welcomed by a traditional way of Opium Ceremony also known as Amal Sabha in the local language. Return to Rohet Garh Heritage Hotel. After an early lunch check out to depart for Jodhpur. En-route visit the Salawas Durry Udyog. On arrival visit Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Rohet Garh a rural part of western Rajasthan, which ensures that the rich and vibrant culture of the region and the age-old values stay intact, by instilling a sense of pride amongst the people. It is a complete cultural experience, which encompasses all that this region has to offer. From the warm and hospitable people, to the various customs and ceremonies and the abundant wildlife, we have the rare privilege of being welcomed into people’s homes and interacting with them. We get to experience and understand a way of life that takes them closer to their roots. Meet the ‘Premier ecologists of the world’, the Bishnois, who have protected nature for more than 500 years and are responsible for the very survival of species like the Black Buck antelope (India’s most beautiful antelope and a rare and protected species today). They share a beautiful relationship with this special animal, wherein the antelope stays close to Bishnoi habitation, never leaving it, and displays complete trust in the Bishnoi people.
Salawas Durry Udyog: The dhurrie, a simple rug that was once used as an underlay, has now become one of the state’s best known weaving traditions. Weavers sit on looms in villages, creating an interesting blend of patterns- mostly geometric, sometimes floral- in an exciting combination of colours. Each Durry is woven on a loom using cotton or silk yarn, or goat or camle hair. The warp and weft are cotton yarn, and it is the interlocked weave that makes them reversible. Colour-fast natural dyed yarn are the reason they are completely washable to suit the practical need of the modern home.
Proceed to Jodhpur. Post Sight Seeing we will check in at our hotel. Overnight Hotel- Jodhpur.
Day 09: Jodhpur- Pushkar 218 km / 6-7 hrs
Morning after an early breakfast visit Charwaon Ki Gali located in the old city by Tuk Tuks to see the Tie and Dye colouring called Bandhej (Around 1000 people from 95 to 98 families are involved in the bandhej work particularly from this area.). Proceed for the city sightseeing of Jodhpur visit Jaswant Thada & Mehran Garh Fort. Post lunch depart Pushkar.
Jaswant Thada is a beautiful marble cenotaph that was built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh in 1899. Jaswant Thada is a classic example of the famed Rajputana style of architecture. The main cenotaph is really impressive with its ornamented sculptures, friezes, domes and pillars. You will be also be able to marvel at the separate section of cenotaphs dedicated to the braves queens and concubines who committed sati (self immolation) on the pyre of Jaswant Singh. The latticework on display at the Jaswant Thada is another attraction of this wonderful monument.
Mehrangarh Fort is perched on a 125 m long hill and overlooks the regal city of Jodhpur. In fact, the fort has such a dominating presence that you simply cannot ignore it, as it looms over the walled city in its entire majestic splendor. The Mehrangarh Fort was built in 1459 and sprawls over an area of around 5 km. The construction of this fort was originally started by Rao Jodha but it was finally completed during the reign of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. The Mehrangarh Fort had its own share of troubles when it was taken over by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. But the fort was regained by Ajit Singh Jaswant Singh’s son) and restored to its former glory. Today the beautiful palaces and the dazzling period rooms of the fort have been converted into a unique museum tha houses an impressive collection of Planquins, elephant howdahs, cradles, miniature paintings, weapons, turbans.. the magnificent heritage of the Rathore of Marwah Jodhpur.
Afterwards proceed to Pushkar. On arrival check in your hotel. Overnight Hotel- Pushkar.
Day 10: Pushkar
Full Day at Pushkar to enjoy the festival. Overnight Hotel- Pushkar.
Day 11: Pushkar -Samode 188 km
Morning after breakfast proceed to Samod
On arrival check in at your hotel Samode Bagh .Evening we will take you for short walk in Samod Village. Overnight Hotel- Pushkar.
Day 12: Samode – Delhi 250 km
After a relaxed breakfast we will take you for a short village walk or relax at Samode Bagh . Later depart for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi you will be transferred to the International Airport to take the flight for onward destination.