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ID: 1200
RAJASTHAN CULTURE WITH VARANASI RIVER GANGES
Offered by Company : ID 2525
Country : India
Destinations : agra (Uttar Pradesh), bikaner (Rajasthan), delhi (Delhi), fatehpur sikri (Uttar Pradesh), jaipur (Rajasthan), jaisalmer (Rajasthan), jodhpur (Rajasthan), khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh), udaipur (Rajasthan), varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
Duration : 14 – 15 day(s)
Minimum Price : $1486 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price : $2269 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Private,Customized
Season : All Year Round
Trip Categories : Culture Tour, Classic Tour
 
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Want to experience India Not only see, but experience its culture- Its history, its architecture. If you do, and you want to have fun too, then book the Rajasthan Culture with Varanasi tour. Youll get a taste of the best of India during the Rajasthan Culture with Varanasi tour package. Youll discover that India is rich in culture, beauty and history. Youll visit two of Indias most prominent cities which both offer a culturally diverse landscape and history. Your all-inclusive tour will include travel to both of these cities as well as accommodations, a tour operator, entrance fees to sites and some meals. Many people who travel to India prefer an all-inclusive tour which will let you relax and enjoy your trip.
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Day 1 - Welcome to Delhi!

You will arrive at the Delhi International Airport. Delhi is India's second largest metropolitan city next to Mumbai, which is located in the northern part of the country. The citys architecute is similar to those which can be seen in Athens, Rome and Istanbul.

Day 2 - Exploring Delhi

Your first day you will explore the old and new city of Delhi. Youll be mesmerized by the 100-foot, red-stone boundary walls of Red Fort built during the 17th century. Opposite this ancient structure is the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque built in 1656 out of red sandstone and white marble. It is the largest mosque in India where 20,000 people can pray together. You will also tour the town in a Rickshaw. Along the streets of old Delhi you will see the Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi (Father of the Nation) Memorial, which is close to the river Yamuna. Next, you will visit the Humayun Tomb of the second Mughal emperor, which was completed by his wife during the 16th century. Shahjahan had the vision for the structure of the Taj Mahal. The Qutub Minar, a 220-foot tower made by one of the first Muslim leaders in India, was built between 1199 and 1368 AD. It runs counter to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the residence of the President of India. There youll see the buildings of government and parliament and India Gate which is 130-foot wall built in memory of the soldiers who died during the First World War.

Day 3 - Delhi – Mandawa

After breakfast you will drive to Mandawa through the villages of Rajasthan. After arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Right after lunch you will visit the 150- to 200-year-old havelies (former mansions), which were painted with natural colors. These havelies belong to the rich community, who were business persons during those days. Also, observe the daily activities of the local villagers. At night you will return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay

Day 4 - Mandawa – Bikaner

After breakfast, you will drive to Bikaner. Bikaner was established in 1488 by Rao Bikaji and forms an oasis in the middle of the desert with its sand dunes. The city preserves a medieval air with the sandstones houses and the city rampart. Visit the Junagarh fort which stands in a valley while the rest of Rajasthan is located on a hill, and is surrounded by a water ditch. Afterwards you will visit Asia’s largest Camel Breeding Research Farm and local busy markets. Youll then return to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 5 - Bikaner - Oscian – Jaisalmer

After breakfast, you will drive to Jaisalmer. Enroute you will visit the 7th century Mahavira Jain Temple and 2000-year-old Jija Mata Temple at the Oscian village. You will then drive to Jaisalmer. On your drive you will view fascinating desert landscape, sheep meadows and women in their colorful Saris with water pitchers balancing on their heads. Before you arrive in Jaisalmer, you can see the fort and the beautiful city from far away. Upon arrival in Jaisalmer you will be transferred to your hotel. Before retiring at your hotel for dinner and rest, you will to to the Bada Bagh, the royal Cenotaph in the city Jaisalmer to watch the sun set and its glancing glimmer off the forts walls.

Day 6 – Jaisalmer

After breakfast you will have all day to explore the city. Youll visit its gigantic fort that overlooks the city and forms an oasis in the desert Thar. You will see Patwaon-Ki-Haveli, Nathmalji-Ki-Haveli and Salim Singh-Ki Haveli, golden fort as well as some Jain-temples. That afternoon you will drive to the Sam Sand dunes where you will watch the beautiful sunset from the back of a camel. You will then return to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 7 - Jaisalmer – Jodhpur

After breakfast, you will drive to Jodhpur. Jodhpur the second largest city in Rajasthan and once the capital of the Marwar. Today the city lies around the imposing Mehrangarh fort. The Mehrangarh fort was built in 1459 on a 110-foot-tall sandstone hill. From the top of the hill you can see the old town and the priests houses painted blue which gives the town its name of blue city. You will then travel on to Jaswant Thada, a large Cenotaph, which was built in 1899 for Maharajah Jaswant Singh II. After lunch, you can stroll through the old markets, where you can also buy various spices for yourself. You will return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 8 - Jodhpur - Ranakpur – Udaipur

After breakfast, you will drive to Udaipur. En route you can visit Ranakpur where three beautiful Jain temples built during the 14th and 15th centuries still stand. The head temple Adinatha (1439 AD) took 65 years to carve the marble into 80 domes supported by 1444 different carved pillars (no two are alike). It is one of the five holiest places for the Jain Pilgrimage. After your visit, you will enjoy lunch at the nearby restaurant and proceed to Udaipur. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 9 – Udaipur

During the morning you will explore Udaipur which lies in the Girwa valley in the middle of the Aravali hill and is described as a romantic city with its lakes, gardens, temple and palaces. You will visit the city palace built in 1570 AD by Maharana Udai Singh at the bank of the Pichola Lake. This impressive complex of different palaces is a mixture of Rajput and Mughal influences. You will then visit the Jagdish temple. Built in 1651 AD this temple is a beautiful example of the Nagara style temple architecture. You will also enjoy a boat trip on the Pichola Lake.You will then return to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 10 - Udaipur – Jaipur

After breakfast, you will drive to Jaipur which is a day-long trip. Upon your arrival in Jaipur, you will be transferred to your hotel for dinner, and an overnight stay.

Day 11 – Jaipur

After breakfast you will tour Jaipur the capital of the state Rajasthan, which is also well known as Pink City because of its pink houses facade and city wall. The city palace built in 1734 lies in the center of Jaipur and is now the residence of the royal family of Jaipur and a beautiful museum. After that you will visit Jantar Mantar, an observatory. It was built in the 18th century by the city founder Jai Singh II. The instruments are out of stone and marble and served to the sky observation. You will ten return to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 12 - Jaipur - FatehpurSikri – Agra

After breakfast, you will drive to Agra. Enroute you will visit Fatehpur Sikri (22 miles from Agra), the former metropolitan of Akbar, built in 1569. Akbar moved the capital to Fatehpur Sikri, but after 13 years due to the scarcity of water, the capital was shifted to Lahore in Pakistan and later again to Agra. You will continue your drive to Agra. You will visit the world-famous Taj Mahal (built between 1631-1653 AD). A poem in white marble it was built by Mughal ruler Shah Jahan for his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal. Its extravagant architecture reveals its secret of being one of the Seven Wonders of the World. 20,000 workers with experts from Italy, France, Iran and Asia were busied for 21 years with the monument. Afterwards you will visit the huge and massive Agra fort at the west bank of the Yamuna River. The Agra fort was built in the 16th century by Akbar and was completed by his grandson. Then you will visit Sikandra, the impressive grave of Akbar, the most powerful of all Mughal emperors which is located about 6 miles away from the city. You will then return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 13 Agra - Khajuraho (By Train)

That morning after an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Agra railway station to board the train Shatabadi Express for Jhansi. After your arrival in Jhansi, you will be met by one of our representatives and taken to Khajuraho by car. En route you will visit Orchha, which is famous for its 17th century forts and palaces. You will then continue your drive to Khajuraho. After your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 14 Khajuraho - Varanasi (By Flight)

In morning after breakfast, you will visit the Eastern and Western group of temples. The figures and sculptures in these temples honor women and sex. These temples are around 1000 years old and the only of its kind in the whole world. During the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Varanasi. Varanasi is situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges. The oldest name is Kashi and means city of Light. The city is devoted to Lord Shiva and is one of the holiest cities of the Hindus. It is also one of the oldest centers of learning of the world. After your arrival in Varanasi, you will be transferred to your hotel and after a short break you make an excursion to Sarnath (5 miles), one of the head centers of Buddhism. Buddha preached his first sermon in Samath after he got enlightenment. Of the entire complex, the Dhamekh Stupa (built during the 5th and 6th centuries) and the Dharma Chakra are imposing buildings built to pay tribute to the place where Buddha preached his first disciples. You will also visit the Dharmarajika Stupa (273-326 BC) where Buddha meditated, and where the alleged bones of Buddha are said to be at rest.You will return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 15 Varanasi - Delhi (By Flight)

Early that morning you can enjoy a boat ride on the river Ganges. You can watch the golden sunrise and see hundreds of people worshiping and taking bath in the holy river. You will then return to your hotel for breakfast.

Afterwards you will tour the old city and visit temples including Kashi Hindu University where more than fifty thousand students from all over the world are enrolled. Also, visit the fort on the bank of the river Ganges. Most of the part of this fort is now converted into a beautiful museum. You will then have an afternoon transfer to the Delhi airport for your flight back home.
Notes
Price Includes:

• 14 nights accommodation in mentioned hotels or similar with daily breakfast.
• All transfers & sightseeing as per the itinerary by air-conditioned SUV car.
• Train Tickets from Agra to Jhansi in air-conditioned chair car
• Boat Ride at sunrise in river Ganges in Varanasi
• Excursion to Sarnath in Varanasi
• Entrance fees to Cultural Program in Khajuraho
• Camel Ride in Sam Dunes Jaisalmer
• Boat Ride in Lake Pichola in Udaipur
• Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi through Old Delhi-Jama Masjid, Gurduwara (Sikh Temple), Chandni Chowk Bazaar
• Rickshaw ride in Jaipur through Bazaars of old pink city
• One way horse carriage ride from the nearest parking to Taj Mahal in Agra
• Elephant ride (alternatively by jeeps) to ascend Amber Fort in Jaipur
• Entrance fee and Indian Vegetarian Rajasthani Dinner at Choki Dhani Village Resort, Jaipur
• Excursion to Nahargarh (Tiger) Fort in Jaipur to watch the sunset and beautiful view of Jaipur
• Entrance fee to monuments
• Mineral water (1litre) per person per day
• A local English-speaking guide shall be provided for the sightseeing tours.
• Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
• All applicable taxes and service charges, driver allowances, parking, fuel charges, interstate taxes.

Price Excludes:

• Any airfare (domestic or international)
• Visa and Travel Insurance
• Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
• Our quote is not valid for period other than mentioned above
• Expense of personal nature like tipping, laundry, and telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, any Insurance, airport departure tax etc.

Notes:


*There will be an obligatory supplement charge on Christmas and New Year Eve.
*Twin - Cost per person on twin sharing basis for minimum two persons traveling.
*All prices are in US Dollars
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