17 Nights / 18 Days
Delhi - Alsisar - Khimsar - Manvar - Jaisalmer - Barmer - Rohet - Narlai - Udaipur - Sardargarh - Kishangarh - Chomu
Day 1 : Arrive Delhi
Traditional welcome on arrival at Delhi airport by Travel Pals India executive with fresh marigold flower garlands and then transferred by air-conditioned exclusive car to your reserved hotel.
New Delhi - On December 12, 1911, George V, the then Emperor of India along with Queen Mary made the announcement to shift the Capital of the British Raj from Calcutta to Delhi at the Delhi Durbar and laying the foundation stone for Viceroy's residence in the Coronation Park. The capital city can be easily divided into two parts - Old & New Delhi. While Shahjahan built a new walled city which served as the capital of Mughal Empire from 1649 to 1857 AD and is now regarded as Old Delhi has many ancient & medieval monuments, archaeological sites & remains. The New Delhi was planned & built by leading 20th century British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker and contracted to Sir Sobha Singh. The present President House, Indian Parliament & other Government Secretariat buildings were built by them.
Day 2 : Delhi - The capital city
Introduced with your guide for a historic city of Delhi. The city where one can experience the influence of the many rulers who ruled this region, a city built and destroyed and re-built over seven times. The guided tour takes you to the monuments that depict the different eras. The tour includes visit to the magnificent Red Fort (exterior), the Jama Masjid - one of the Asia's largest mosque, cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi passing through Chandni Chowk, Chawri Bazaar etc, Humanyun's Tomb, Qutab Minar -73 mt. tall minaret, India Gate - war memorial, President's House and drive through Connaught Place.
Day 3 : Delhi - Alsisar (252 Kms / 5 hrs)
Driven to the unexplored north of Rajasthan state in the Shekhawati district in a small village of Alsisar to break your journey further to north-west of Rajasthan. Check-in at the quaint heritage palace turned hotel.
You have plenty of activity options like Bullock cart dride, Camel cart rides, Jeep Safari, Camel & Horse safari, Pilgrimage tour to Rani Sati Temple, Fresco trail through various routes of Haveli, Heritage walk in the village and Visit to Salasar Temple, Castles and buildings.
The entire district of Shekhawati which includes Nawalgarh, Dundlod, Mukundgarh, Alsisar are quite famous for their wall paintings.
Day 4 : Alsisar - Khimsar Fort (300 kms / 6 hrs)
Driven to Khimsar - a small village at the edge of Great Thar Desert.
Khimsar Fort - now a premium heritage hotel - it was constructed by Rao Karamsiji, the 8th son of Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur. The construction on the fort began in 1523. Later adages to the fort included a zenana (ladies) wing, and a private regal wing built by Thakur Onkar Singh for himself. A part of the fort still forms the residence of the royal family of Khimsar. Hundreds of years of history unfold as you glance at its battle-scarred walls and stroll down its ramparts.
As you sip tea on the terraces you realize the beauty of being surrounded by acres of lush green gardens. A true rarity of any desert in the world!! Peacocks, parrots, pigeons and as many as forty-six varieties of birds greet you to add to the charm and splendour of this ancient fort.
Day 5 : Khimsar Dunes Village excursion
A relaxed breakfast with rest of the day to enjoy the views and time at leisure at the fort.
Optional early morning wildlife adventure of a jeep safari to the Black Buck reserve.
Late afternoon, excursion to the Khimsar Dunes (15 minutes) by jeeps. A village nestles amidst sand dunes that seem to roll into eternity. Fortunately, access is only by jeep, camel or horseback. It is truly remote, rural and romantic!
A colorful sunset amidst golden sands- even as you sip your tea! or a sundowner, followed by a meal around a bonfire - as million of stars blink benevolently down at you.
Day 6 : Khimsar - Manvar (100 Kms / 2.5 hrs)
Enjoy a drive with lovely views of life around the desert land. Arrive Manvar camps to check in your luxury tented accommodation with all facilities.
Day 7 : Manvar - Jaisalmer (170 kms / 3 hrs)
Breakfast and then driven further west to Jaisalmer - the 'Golden City' founded in 1156. The city stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone and is crowned by the ancient Jaisalmer Fort.
Day 8 : Jaisalmer
A guided tour of the city to visit Jaisalmer Fort, Jain Temple, Gadsisar Tank, Folk Museum and havelies such as Patwan Ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Diwan Nathmal ki Haveli, Badal Vilas Palace.
Evening, enjoy a camel ride with a sunset view from Sam Sand Dunes (40 Kms excursion from the city) with dinner on sand dunes along with local folk dances.
Day 9 : Jaisalmer - Barmer (160 kms / 3 hrs)
We drive south to Barmer, a simple, slow happy lifestyled city, once a camel trade route, this area is rich in craft that include wood carving, pottery, embroidery work and ajrak prints. Experience the joy of visiting a secluded & an unexplored destination.
Stay at a heritage fort hotel.
Day 10 : Barmer - Rohet (220 kms / 5 hrs)
After breakfast you will be driven to central Rajasthan to stay at a heritage hotel in a little town of Rohet.
You can enjoy a horse safari on the authentic Marwari breed of horses owned and maintained by the present royal family into the countryside giving you just the right insight into the local rural life of this richly cultured region.
Day 11 : Jodhpur excursion
After breakfast, a guided excursion (35 kms) to Jodhpur city sightseeing tour including grand Mehrangarh Fort - one of the largest forts in India, Umaid Bhawan Palace (now a grand heritage hotel) an architectural wonder, Jaswant Thada - a 19th century royal cenotaph, Mandore Gardens - The beautiful gardens with high rock terraces make it a popular picnic spot. The garden has a gate known as the Ajitpol, which is decorated with paintings of the gods and goddesses of Indian mythology & walk through the Clock Tower - in the old city is a prominent land mark.
Day 12 : Rohetgarh - Narlai (95 kms / 2 hrs)
Morning drive to Narlai village tugged beautifully in Aravali mountain range.
En-route visit Ranakpur Jain temples, one of the five most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism. It is home to an exceptionally beautiful temple complex in the Aravali ranges and a must visit for the tourists coming to this region.
Stay in a beautifully restored haveli (small mansion) hotel with a majestic & unique dinner setting.
Day 13 : Narlai - Ranakpur - Udaipur (125 kms / 3 hrs)
Proceed for a visit to the grand Kumbhalgarh Fort - compared to the Great Wall of China for its immense stone boundary covering the village of Kumbhalgarh over a hilltop.
Afternoon, we make our way to Udaipur, the city of dawn, surrounded by the ancient Aravalli mountains and set on the edge of three lakes, is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples.
Enjoy a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola for mesmerizing views of the historic buildings of Jagmandir Palace, the Taj Lake Palace hotel white marble building, City Palace, Shiv Niwas & Fateh Prakash Palace hotel buildings.
Day 14 : Udaipur
Relaxed breakfast followed by a guided visit to the city's popular Jagdish Temple with it's richly sculptured walls, further walk towards the City Palace compound gates through the narrow street. Visit the City Palace museum complex. It is located on the east bank of the Lake Pichola and has several palaces built within its complex.
Visit Sahelion-ki-Bari - The 'garden of the maids of honour' brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. You may also like to visit the Crystal Gallery which is a fine collection of crystals of every type & shape from the royal families of Udaipur over generations.
Day 15 : Udaipur - Khempur - Sardargarh (125 Kms / 3 hrs)
Relaxed breakfast with time at leisure till late morning drive to Khempur (40 kms) in one of the remote rural part where you will be pleasantly surprised to see an oasis of warm hospitality in a heritage hotel that came into limelight for Hollywood movie 'Best Exotic Marigold. Yes, it wasn't shot in Jaipur as depicted in the movie but in this hotel. Enjoy the pool side, authentic Marwari bred Stallions and the terrace lunch.
Afternoon, driven further (80 kms) to another lesser known heritage marvel fort hotel in Sardargarh village.
The overall architectural style is grand, but still it strikes you with a solemn austerity. It is fortified with massive ramparts and giant circular bastions with battlements. Huge entrances and gateways, concentric walls and imposing arches, domes and vaulted spaces, textured facades, jharokhas (balconies) and cannons complete the picture of medieval military ambience.
Day 16 : Sardargarh - Kishangarh (215 kms / 5 hrs)
After breakfast, driven to a small town of Sardargarh that is famous for it's heritage fort hotel.
Day 17 : Kishangarh - Chomu (130 kms / 3 hrs)
This morning driven north to Chomu village on the outskirts of Jaipur city. If one wishes to visit few sites in Jaipur then, the same can be covered at ease.
Check-in a grand heritage hotel well hidden inside the small urban village in northern Rajasthan.
Day 18 : Chomu - Delhi airport (230 kms / 5 hrs) - onward
On arrival at Delhi transfer to Delhi international airport to connect your flight for onward journey with the sweet memories of India tour.