Welcome to India,
You will be received by Premium India Tours representative at international
airport and assisted to your hotel. In the Hotel you will have a brief
description of your tour and the representative will hand over your documents
regarding the tour, Overnight in Hotel.
Day 02 Delhi
After a leisurely
breakfast move out to visit Old and New Delhi sightseeing tour including
Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Red Fort, Humanyuns Tomb, Qutab Minar,
Birla Temple and Sikh Temple along with other attractions for short time
like President House, India Gate etc. In the Evening, You are free to
move around the colorful markets for shopping or move out for a walking
tour of the old streets of the Delhi. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 03 Mandawa
to Mandawa. On arrival check in your hotel, later in the day explore the
town and surrounding area of The semidesert region of Shekhawati. The
open air art gallery, as it is popularly called is famous for its plethora
of painted havelis, all commendable pieces of the rich artistic traditional
of this region.
'Shekhawati', meanings the land of Shekhs clan derives its name from Rao
Shekha (1433 A.D.-1488 A.D.) a section of the Kachhwaha family of Jaipur.
Earlier a part of the former Jaipur state, it now comprises of the districts
of Jhunjhunu and Sikar. Initially the region had a blank monochromatic
look but with subsequent historical and social development it has blossomed
into a colorful profusion of art and life for almost 2 centuries from
1750 AD to 1930 AD. The whole area of Shekhavati has beautiful frescoes,
havelis & mansions and is called the open air gallery. Overnight at
Day 04 Bikaner
Morning drive to Bikaner
(173 kms/04 hrs). Bikaner, situated in the northern part of Rajasthan,
The city is surrounded by high fortifications comprising a seven-kilometre
long wall which encircles the old city and has five entrances-all constructed
in the 18th century.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Bikaner offers several attractions
to the tourists besides, of course, the exotic camel safaris. The camel
festival held in the month of January is also an event worth witnessing.
Some of the major attractions around the city are Junagarh Fort, Camel
Breeding Farm, Gajner Palace and Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum. Overnight
Day 05 Khimsar
After breakfast we
set towards our journey across the Thar Desert to reach Khimsar. En route
visiting the world famous rat temple at Deshnoke. Reach Nagaur by lunch-time
and visit the 15th century fortress where the Maharaja Ajay Singh (Naga
Dynasty) used to rule. See the Hawa Mahal and the other royal palaces
of this otherwise deserted fortress. Proceed towards Khimsar for the night.
Day 06 Jaisalmer
Morning drive to
Jaisalmer (333 kms/07 hrs). Jaisalmer is an important destination of the
western state of India, Rajasthan. A desert city, it was founded by the
Bhatti Rajput chieftain Rawal Jaisal in the year 1156. Jaisalmer could
be regarded as the western sentinel of entire India and a place worth
visiting to get an idea of the native Rajasthan. Located at the heart
of the great Thar Desert, it offers the visitor an enchanting world of
fable, colour, and history. Moreover, the magnificent wood-and stone-carved
mansions and buildings display the love and interest Rajputs had for the
fine arts. Rest of the day free for leisure. Overnight at hotel
Day 07: Jaisalmer
tour of Jaisalmer. The golden rays of the setting sun, the colorfully
adorned locals, the massive forts and mansions, the extremely fascinating
craftsmanship, Rajput havelis, all these make Jaisalmer a place of must
visit in Rajasthan. Moreover a visit to the Jaisalmer Fort (the second
oldest fort in Rajasthan after Chittaur), Patwon ki Haveli, (the grandest
haveli of Jaisalmer), Desert Culture centre and museums gives you some
glimpse of this small town's past. The Jain temples meet your religious
taste, Salim Singh ki haveli and Nathmal-ki-haveli give you some more
idea of the haveli architecture of the town. Besides these, Gadsisar Lake
is also an interesting spot that you must visit in this desert city.
Afternoon visit Sam Sand Dunes. Ideal for viewing sunsets, these sites
will also give you a chance to capture the picturesque sand dunes in your
camera. Overnight at hotel / Night at Desert Camp
Day 08: Jodhpur
Morning drive to Jodhpur. Famous for its magnificent forts and palaces,
Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan and a major tourist attraction
in the country. The city is situated at the edge of the Thar Desert with
Jaisalmer on its west, Barmar, Jalor and Pali on its south, Bikaner on
its north, and Nagaur on the eastern side.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. The forts and palaces in the city
are the major source of attraction in the city. Exploring the forts gives
you a feel of the times when the Rajput might was at its peak. The gates
and the walls of the forts speak of the battles they have witnessed. One
needs to spend enough time with these historical monuments to fully grasp
the grandeur of the Rajput era.
Some of the major attractions around Jodhpur are Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant
Thada, Umaid Bhawan & the Government Museum and Zoo.
Day 09: Chatra
Located on the Jaipur-jodhpur
highway undoubtedly one of the most peaceful, unique and friendly hideaways
in Rajasthan. A stay here allows you to experience rural Rajasthan in
a way that few other properties do. Accompanied by one of your hosts,
wander out to explore the farm, local temples and meet the villagers.
Take a drive through the grasslands, spying myriad bird species, herds
of bluebull and other animals. Return in the evening to a sundowner on
the hill and al fresco dining under an incredible canopy of stars.
Chhatra Sagar exudes elegance of class in an ambiance where romanticism
is at its most refined. Steeped in the history, the resort was built as
a hunting of lodge of the Nimaj Estate on the banks of the reservoir.
Relax in the tastefully designed and well-appointed tented accommodation.
And its own private sits out overlooking the lake.
Day 10 Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur
(142 kms/03 hrs). Jaipur is a city where royalty still lives in the grandeur
of its palaces, where fighting for the honour of the clan has never been
a need but a way of life, and where treating guests as gods has been a
tradition from time immemorial. Jaipur got its name from its founder Sawai
Jai Singh (1693-1743), who had the vision to create a meticulously planned
city as his capital. All the houses in the old city are painted pink,
including the famous Hawa Mahal, thereby giving the city its alternative
name, the Pink City. Day free for independent activities. Overnight at
Day 11: Jaipur
breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion to Amber Fort, situated
just outside the city, enjoy the experience of ride on elephant back to
and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. Afternoon
sightseeing tour of City Palace in the heart of Jaipur is known for its
blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central
Museum. Jantar Mantar is the largest of the five observatories built by
Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed
for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen,
all monuments are located in the vicinity of City Palace Complex of Jaipur.
Later late afternoon is kept free to visit the famous Markets of Textiles,
Gems, Carpets, and handicrafts. One can also visit Nahargarh Fort to see
it illuminated over the floodlights. Return to the hotel for overnight.
Day 12: Agra
After breakfast drive
to Agra en route visit Old deserted town of Mughal Dynasty - Fatehpur
Sikri built in red sandstone in honour of Saint Salim Chisti who foretold
the birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar, is an example of robust stability
combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type
by itself. Notable among them is the Diwan-e-Khas, Punch Mahal, the Tomb
of Salim Chisti, and the Bulund Darwaza. Later continue to proceed to
Agra and later enjoy city tour with a visit to the Agra Fort from where
one can get the most moving view of the Taj from the little octagonal
tower in the Agra Fort which lies across the river Jamuna, followed by
visit to Pearl Mosque and the Tomb of Itamad-ud-Daula built by Empress
Noorjehan in memory of her father. In the evening you may visit to the
souvenirs market of Agra, one should visit Oswal Emporium where they have
built a Mini Taj Mahal inside their showroom and it took 10 years for
the artists to complete the mini replica of the Taj. The show room conducts
free sound & light show showing the eras of Taj Mahal. Overnight in
Note: Taj Mahal
is closed on every Friday
Day 13: Delhi
tour of Agra. For most of the time Agra alternated with Delhi as the capital
of the Mughal Empire. As such one finds many marvels of the Mughal architecture
in and around the city, the most famous of them being the Taj Mahal. Besides
the Taj, the Agra Fort (also called the Red Fort) makes an interesting
Afternoon in time drive to Delhi International Airport (200 kms/04 hrs)
to board flight for onward destination