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It was the first time for me traveling to India and it was awesome!

I enjoyed a great historical and cultural journey through Rajasthan. I am very happy, that Mr. Sharma suggested a tour that was diverse and interesting. He gave me good advice and made suggestions I didn’t even think of. His insight into local affairs and general expertise protected me from unwelcome surprises. The changes I had to make, due to earlier departure were done without any problems. You arranged a wonderful trip that exceeded my expectations in every way and I will never forget my two week journey through India. Thank you very much!

Sandra



Day 01 : 20 Aug 2018 (Monday) : ARRIVE DELHI: Arrive at India Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi with Oman Air flight # WY245 at 1.35 PM. Traditional welcome with fresh marigold flower garland by our India agent’s representative and transfer to 3-star Hotel Westend The Glitz. Later visit to Tailor shop for material and readymade Indian clothes.

Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India and stands across the road from the Red Fort, built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan 1648 CE. About 20,000 people can pray here at a time. Overnight stay in hotel Westend The Glitz

Day 03 : 22 Aug 2018 ( Wednesday) : DELHI - AGRA (165 Kms) After breakfast transfer by air-conditioned chauffeur driven air-conditioned car to Agra in about 2 hours.

After exiting the Yamuna Expressway stop at the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah. This is the mausoleum build under supervision of Empress Nurjahan for her parents, Mirza Ghiaz Beg and Begum Asmat. Mirza Ghiaz Beg received the title of Itmad-ud-Daulah or ‘trusted by God’ by Emperor Jahangir. Upon arrival check in to the hotel.

Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The elegant palaces in the fort reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu & Islamic architectural styles and Emperor Akbar's tolerant religious philosophy. Stop at Tailor shop for custom tayloring of dresses. Overnight at 3-star Hotel Seven Hills Tower on Fatehabad Road near Taj Mahal.

Day 04 : 23 Aug 2018 (Thursday) : AGRA: Wonder at the world famous Taj Mahal in the glow of morning sunlight. There will be ample time to admire the harmonious architecture of this mausoleum, that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After breakfast visit Sikandara, the tomb of Emperor Akbar. Rest of the day leisure. Overnight at hotel Seven Hills Tower. Day 05 : 24 Aug 2018 (Friday) : AGRA – SIKRI - BHARATPUR (60 Kms): After breakfast at hotel drive to Bharatpur, with stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the capital that Emperor Akbar built and lived in for only 14 years before it was deserted for almost 400 years. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upon arrival check-in at hotel.

Late afternoon rickshaw ride in Bird Sanctuary.

Overnight stay at hotel Kadamkunj Resort in Bharatpur.

Day 06 : 25 Aug 2018 (Saturday) : BHARATPUR – ABHANERI - JAIPUR (232 Kms) After breakfast drive to Jaipur Near Dausa town stop at Abhineri Village to view Chand Baori, the world's deepest step-well.

On arrival in Jaipur check in to the Heritage Hotel Nahargarh Haveli. In the late afternoon demonstrations of wooden block printing on cotton textiles, woolen carpet weaving as well as cutting & polishing of precious & semi-precious stones. Overnight stay in hotel Nahargarh Haveli (Heritage)

Day 07 : 26 Aug 2018 (Sunday) : JAIPUR: Drive through the historic walled, Pink City, to Hawa Mahal – a royal parade viewing gallery for the women of the royal family of Jaipur. After a stop for photography drive further to Amber.

1. Ride decorated elephants to the hilltop palaces of Maharaja Man Singh (one of 9 Jewels – most important nobles) of Emperor Akbar’s court and Mirza Raja Jai Singh.

2. Come down in Jeeps and drive back to the city.

3. In the afternoon sightseeing of Jaipur Maharaja’s City Palace visiting the royal portraits gallery in the former Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience), the Sarvatobhadra (Hall of Private Audience) and the Mubarak Mahal gallery of royal costumes and textiles. Coming out of the City Palace visit the Astronomical Observatory of Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur city. All but one of the 17 large masonry instruments in the observatory are still functioning. The SamratYantra (Large Sundial) has an accuracy of 2 seconds. Dinner and overnight in Heritage Hotel Nahargarh Haveli.

Day 08 : 27 Aug 2018 (Monday) : JAIPUR – PUSHKAR (150 Kms): After breakfast drive to Pushkar Upon arrival check in at 3-star Hotel Bhanwar Singh Palace In the afternoon visit temples and Ghats around Pushkar Lake. Overnight in hotel Bhanwar Singh Palace.

Day 09 : 28 Aug 2018 (Tuesday) : PUSHKAR - UDAIPUR (272 Kms) After breakfast drive to Udaipur, a city of lakes and palaces surrounded by Aravali mountains. On arrival visit the antique cars collection of the Maharanas of Udaipur. Afternoon sightseeing of the City Palace of the Maharanas of Mewar. This is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The Maharanas of Mewar had their original capital in the present day pilgrimage town of Nagda, 30 kilometers or 19 miles north of Udaipur. It was established by the 1st. Maharana, Guhil, in 568 CE. In the 8th. century CE the capital was moved to Chittor, where the successive Maharanas built the largest Fort and city in contemporary India. Later enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola with visit to the Jag Mandir Island Palace, where Mughal Prince Khurram (later Emperor Shahjahan) had sought refuge while revolting against his father, Emperor Jahangir. Overnight in hotel Mewargarh (Heritage).

1. Day 10 : 29 Aug 2018 (Wednesday) : UDAIPUR - RANAKPUR - JODHPUR (93 KMS to Ranakpur and 170 KMS to Jodhpur): After breakfast drive to Ranakpur for sightseeing of the Chowmukha Jain Temple that was built between 1437 and 1458. This Jain temple is one of the finest in India in its design and sculptures. Drive further to Jodhpur for sightseeing of the Mehrengarh Fort in the afternoon. Overnight in hotel Karni Bhawan.

2. Day 11 : 30 Aug 2018 (Thursday) : JODHPUR - JAISALMER (300 Kms) After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer through the Thar desert. Jaisalmer city, dominated by its ancient fort that is often called the Golden Fort because of the color of the stone from which it is built, is built on a ridge surrounded by Thar desert.

1. There is an interesting palace of the former rulers of Jaisalmer kingdom as well as several ornate Jain temples. In the afternoon drive to the Sam Village on the sand dunes for a camel ride and dinner at sunset. Overnight in 3-star Hotel Fifu.

2. Day 12 : 31 Aug 2018 (Friday) : JAISALMER After breakfast sightseeing of the Jaisalmer fort and the famous Havelis: Nathmal ki Haveli (late 19th. century), Patwon ki Haveli (1800-1860) and Salim Singh ki Haveli (originally built in 17th. century and renovated in early 19th. century). Later visit the Chattries or cenotaphs built to honor the site of cremation of former rulers and the Gaddi Sagar Lake. Overnight in Hotel Fifu.

3. Day 13 : 01 Sept 2018 (Saturday) : JAISALMER – JODHPUR/DELHI – AI 476 (15H00) After breakfast drive to Jodhpur airport for flight to Delhi Flight : Departure Jodhpur: 15H00 / Arrival Delhi : 16h20 Upon arrival, assistance and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel Glitz Westend Inn.

4. Day 14 : 02 Sep 2018 (Sunday) : DELHI TO BANGALORE After breakfast at hotel assistance and transfer to airport for boarding the flight to Bangalore departing fromDelhi at 11 AM and arrive in Bangalore at 1.45 PM. On arrival, assistance and transfer to University of Agricultural Sciences Suwarna Raitha Bhawan (university guest house) in GKVK Campus in Bangalore 560 065.

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