Itinerary Details: 10 days/9 nights
Day 1: Delhi Arrival
Namaste. Welcome to India! Arrive at Delhi International airport. You will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Delhi is a bustling metropolis that incorporates the ancient with the modern. Amidst the skyscrapers, the monuments stand as a silent reminder to India's legacy. Driving from the airport, you will be impressed with Delhi's spacious, tree-lined streets and garden parks. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer
In the morning, fly from Delhi - Jodhpur. Upon arrival, drive to Jaisalmer (6 hours). Founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D., the remote location of Jaisalmer kept it almost untouched by outside influences, even during the days of the Raj. Jaisalmer was the last to sign the Instrument of Agreement with the British. In Medieval times, its prosperity was due to its location on the main trade route linking India to Egypt, Arabia, Persia, Africa and the West. Ages have gone by and the monuments of Jaisalmer have withstood the buffeting winds of the desert all through. Jaisalmer is a marvel of beautiful culture and harsh climatic conditions, together amounting to a memorable experience. Evening at leisure and overnight.
Day 3: Jaisalmer
After breakfast, enjoy a city tour that includes Jaisalmer Fort, Havelis (Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salim Singhki-Haveli), Gadi Sagar and Museum. Return to your hotel and in the late afternoon start your excursion to the sand dunes for a sunset camel safari in the Thar Desert. Return to your hotel and overnight.
Day 4: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Morning at leisure. Later, return to Jodhpur (6 hours) and transfer to your hotel. Jodhpur is affectionately termed the "Blue City" and is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Evening at leisure and overnight.
ST's Hotel Recommendation
Old meets new at this hotel that is constructed around an 18th century haveli. Reserve a Luxury Room where views of the Mehrangarh Fort fill the sky.
Day 5: Jodhpur
After breakfast, visit the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. With seven gates, the fort is one of the largest in India. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. From the fort, visit Jaswant Thada, the graceful marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. His son, Maharaja Sardar Singh, built this monument known as the Taj Mahal of Marwar. The main memorial has been built like a temple with intricately carved marble stone. A visit to this structure is through the rocky hills giving it a secluded and mystic aura.
After lunch, continue to Mandore Gardens, the former capital of the Maharajas. It was later abandoned for the security of Mehrangarh Fort. Here you will find the dewals or cenotaphs of Joshpur’s former rulers. Evening at leisure and overnight.
Day 6: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur
In the morning, drive to Udaipur (6 hours). En-route visit the Ranakpur Jain Temples. Surrounded by tangled forests with monkeys abounding in the courtyard, Ranakpur is one of the five important pilgrim centers for the Jain community. The temple, including the extraordinary array of 1144 pillars, is distinct in design with carved ceilings and arches decorated with friezes depicting scenes from the lives of the Jain saints.
With a wealth of enchanting lakes, Udaipur is a true oasis in Rajasthan. Dotted with marble palaces, hibiscus gardens, and fountain pavilions, Udaipur appeals to the imagination of poets, painters, and writers. The city's inherent romance, beauty, and remarkable past redolent with episodes of heroism and splendor continue to enthrall travelers. Udaipur, the City of Dawn, looms up like a vision in white. Overnight.
Day 7: Udaipur
After breakfast, proceed for the city tour of Udaipur. First, visit the City Palace and Museum. The largest palace complex in India, it is a blend of Mughal and Rajput influences. Also explore the 17th century Jagdish temple and visit the Sahelion ki Bari, an ornamental pleasure garden with fountains and marble kiosks. Your afternoon is reserved to meet with the local patrons of bandhani tie-dye textiles followed by a private boat ride in Lake Pichola. Overnight.
Day 8: Udaipur - Jaipur
In the morning, drive to Udaipur (5.5 hours). *Alternately you can transfer to the airport for a nonstop flight. Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, owes its name, foundation and planning to the great astronomer and warrior Maharaja Jai Singh II. The city is fondly called the “Pink City” due to the pink colored buildings and avenues. Transfer to your hotel.
Optional evening heritage walk: From its creation in 1727, the royal families and nobles of Jaipur patronized the craftsmen and artisans of the city. These traditions continue to this day and modern Jaipur is considered by many as the craft capital of India. Traditional methods are still used to produce many valuable and highly prized items. Using skills passed down through generations, artisans and master craftsmen can be seen in the areas of Ghat Darwaza and Vishveshwar ji. On this fascinating evening walk, mingle and talk with the locals while sampling some of the regions culinary delights; try pakoras, aloo tiki, samosas, and sweets from some of the city’s most popular street food vendors. Observe local artisans in their workshops; jewelers and silversmiths, gold and silver foil makers.
Day 9: Jaipur
After breakfast, visit Amber Fort. The final descent to this ancient city is made by elephant back—a truly memorable experience! (Alternately by jeep) In the fort, you will see magnificent palaces and halls covered with mirrored mosaics.
After lunch, explore Jaipur city. Visit City Palace, a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture that is still occupied by the Royal family. Also view the Palace of the Winds and Jantar Mantar, the solar observatory. Evening at leisure and overnight.
Day 10: Departure
Today, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Bon Voyage!