RAJASTHAN WITH KHAJURAHO & VARANASI TOUR
DURATION: 20 DAYS / 19 NIGHTS
DELHI – MANDAWA – BIKANER – JAISALMER – JODHPUR – RANAKPUR – UDAIPUR – PUSHKAR – AJMER – JAIPUR – FATEHPUR SIKHRI – AGRA – ORCHHA – KHAJURAHO – ALLAHBAD -VARANASI – DELHI
The Rajasthan with Khajuraho & Varanasi Tour is specially designed for history lovers and the religiously inclined people. This tour will make you lose yourself in a journey which reflects its numerous national traits like arts, cultural extravaganza, mythology, folk culture and its folklores of Kings and Queens. The gods, goddesses, deities and other mythological character have found a special place in the culture of the country. On this journey you will explore the cultural heritage of India under the Rajput, Mughal and British era before delving into ancient India with visits to the millennium old temples of Khajuraho and religious Benares (also known as Varanasi). Built on the banks of the holy river Ganga (Ganges), Varanasi is the “oldest” living city of the world and could well be thought of as the “Soul of India”. RAJASTHAN TOUR WITH KHAJURAHO & VARANASI tour will take you on a magical journey filled with magnificent forts and palaces of Rajasthan, fascinating art and sculptures in Khajuraho, the beauty of the holy Ganges in Varanasi and a lot more.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN DELHI
Namaste! Welcome to the Capital of India. You will be welcomed by our representatives on arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to let you overcome jet lag. In the evening you may explore the colorful and lively markets of Delhi. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 02: DELHI SIGHTSEEING
Good Morning! After breakfast you will be going for a full day sightseeing tour of the capital city of India starting with the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest and most splendid mosque in India, both built by Emperor Shah Jahan, Rajghat- the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where he was cremated. Post lunch the sightseeing continues to explore the best tourist attractions of New Delhi including a drive past through the Indian President’s House (Rashtrapati Bhawan) towards India gate built to honour and pay a tribute to the Indian soldiers, then visit Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar; built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty and the beautiful Lotus Temple. In the evening take a cycle rickshaw ride through the bustling and colourful bazaar of Chandani Chowk for shopping or to taste some tantalizing North Indian cuisines. Afterwards return to the hotel for a pleasant overnight stay.
DAY 03: DELHI – MANDAWA (233 KMS)
After breakfast, leave towards your next destination Mandawa. Upon arrival in Mandawa, check into the hotel and relax. Post lunch, you will leave for the sightseeing tour of Mandawa. You will visit the Jhunjhunwala Haveli which is the most beautiful Haveli in Mandawa. Built in 1859 and this haveli is famous for its traditional Rajasthani art. The creativity of Rajasthani artists can be seen through the decoration on the walls of the Haveli. The next you will visit, Murmuria Haveli which is famous for its splendid paintings and rich architecture. Then you will visit the bustling market where you can buy souvenirs for your loved ones back at home. Overnight stay in Mandawa.
DAY 04: MANDAWA – BIKANER (192 KMS)
After breakfast, get ready to explore the Mandawa Fort. This marvelous fort was built by Nawal Singh. It comprises of The fort has magnificent rooms and they are famous for their decor, mirror works, themes. The fort dominates the town with a painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows. Next you will visit, Binsidhar Newatia haveli which was built in 1921. This haveli is famous for its architectural design and the elegant patterns. Then, you will visit the Goenka Chattri. This place is an open air art gallery. The walls of this place are embellished with paintings and frescoes. Post lunch, you will leave for Bikaner.Check into the hotel upon arrival. Have a pleasant overnight stay in Bikaner.
DAY 05: BIKANER SIGHTSEEING
After the breakfast, you will visit the various popular attractions in Bikaner. At first, you will visit Junagarh fort, which was built by Rao Bika in 1478. This is the first fort in Rajasthan which is not built on a hilltop. Next, you will visit Lal Garh Palace, located outside the walled town, is a sprawling extravaganza of carved friezes, jails, pillars and arches in the distinctive reddish-pink local sandstone. Then you will visit Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum. It is the best museum of Rajasthan. It was established in 1937 on the occasion of Golden Jubilee celebrations of Maharaja Ganga Singh. This museum comprises some of the most unique and amazing collections of artwork, history and sculptures.
Later in the evening, you can have a stroll in the market and have fun while shopping. Afterwards, return to the hotel for overnight.
DAY 06: BIKANER – JAISALMER (325 KMS)
After an early morning breakfast, you will drive towards Jaisalmer. On your way, you will visit the very ancient Karni Mata Mandir. This temple is 600 years old and is also the Gajner wildlife sanctuary. After reaching Jaisalmer, check into the hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer.
Day 07: EXPLORING JAISALMER
After breakfast, you will commence your sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer. You will enjoy a glimpse of the Gadi Sagar Lake. It was a rainwater reservoir for the city, initially. Next you will visit Jaisalmer Fort, a world heritage site located in the heart of the city. The impressive yellow sandstone fort, built between the 12th and 18th century by 17 kings, is better known as the Golden Fort. Next you will visit, Patwon ki Haveli, an intricately carved Haveli which is a must-see just to admire the architecture and excellent representations of the art form that prevailed. It’s actually a cluster of five havelis that belonged to a rich merchant family and are the oldest in Jaisalmer. After this, you will be driven to Sam sand dunes to enjoy camel rides and traditional folk dance.
Overnight stay in a tent in Jaisalmer.
DAY 08: JAISALMER – JODHPUR (270 KMS)
After breakfast, you will leave for Jodhpur. Once in Jodhpur, you will check into the hotel. Relax. In the evening, you visit the ever famous Mehrangarh fort. This fort was built by Rao Jodha. It has several palaces which are famous for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. There is also a museum in the fort that has rich historical items like royal palanquins, costumes, paintings and many other things.
Later in the night, you can enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay in Jodhpur.
DAY 09: JODHPUR – RANAKPUR (170 KMS)
After breakfast, you will explore more of Jodhpur. You will visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Some part of this palace has been converted into a private hotel owned by the Taj Group of Hotels. You will enjoy the grandeur of the Rathore dynasty. The next spot will be Jaswant Thada. It is a cenotaph. It was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in the memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.
Post lunch, you will leave for your next destination, Ranakpur. On arrival, you will check into the hotel and relax.
Overnight stay in Ranakpur.
DAY 10: RANAKPUR – UDAIPUR (94 KMS)
After breakfast, you will leave for the sightseeing tour of Ranakpur. This place is known for Jain Temple Complex. The temples have 1444 pillars and intricate carving.
Post lunch, you will leave for Udaipur. Check into the hotel, on arrival. Evening is at leisure. You can take a lazy walk on the famous Fateh Sagar lake.
Overnight stay at Udaipur.
DAY 11: EXPLORING UDAIPUR
After breakfast, you can leave to explore the “City of Lakes”. At first, you will visit the City Palace and the Monsoon Palace. After that visit the Jagdish Temple, Eklingji Temple, Lake Pichola. You can enjoy a boat ride here. Then, visit the ever famous Sajjan Garh, Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Gulab Bagh. you can buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Overnight stay in Udaipur.
DAY 12: UDAIPUR – PUSHKAR (278 KMS)
After breakfast, you will leave for Pushkar, one of the most ancient cities of India. Check into the hotel on arrival. Relax. Post lunch, you will visit the only Brahma Temple in the world. Then, you will visit the Savitri temple, Rangoli Temple and Pushkar lake. Take a holy dip in the lake.
DAY 13: PUSHKAR TO JAIPUR ENROUTE AJMER (145 KMS)
After breakfast, you will leave for Jaipur, the pink city. On the way, you will visit Ajmer and see the holy Darga Sharif. Then, you will be heading for Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur, you will check into the hotel and relax. In the evening, you will be taken to Chokhi Dhani which is a traditional village resort. You will have an amazing evening with all the culture, folk dance and mouth-watering food.
You will return to the hotel, for a comfortable night stay.
DAY 14: JAIPUR SIGHTSEEING
In the morning, we will visit the Amber Fort. You will be taken to the fort on an elephant. In the afternoon, enjoy the road trip to the city of Jaipur city while covering the other attractions like the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and the local bazaars. You can buy some amazing stuff in the local bazaars like handicrafts, semi-precious jewelry articles, traditional clothes, and many other things.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 15: JAIPUR – AGRA VIA FATEHPUR SIKRI (250 KMS)
Once done with the breakfast, you will leave for Agra, a city famous for the Mughal heritage and culture. While going to Agra, you will stop for a brief stay at Fatehpur Sikri, also known as the ghost town. The town consists of attractions like Jama Masjid, Jodha Bai, Birbal Bhawan, Panch Mahal and the Buland Darwaza.
In the evening, you will check into the hotel and enjoy the serenity of the city.
Overnight stay at Agra.
DAY 16: AGRA SIGHTSEEING
In the morning, you will be taken to witness the epic sunrise at the Taj Mahal. You can take some really good photos here and make all these permanent in your life. After that, head back to the hotel and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast. Later, you will be taken to visit other tourist attractions in Agra like the Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb. You can also treat yourself with a good dinner at any of the local restaurants in the city.
Overnight stay in Agra.
DAY 17: AGRA – ORCHHA (254 KMS)
After eating breakfast, you will head towards the next destination, Orchha by road. Once in Orchha, you will check into the hotel and enjoy some leisure time. Post lunch, you will explore the various tourist attractions in Orchha and delight yourself with them. At first, you will visit the Orchha Fort which is a symbol of the rich culture of the mighty Rajput rulers. This fort is situated on the island on the Betwa river. The fort is famous for the three most important palaces namely, the Jahangir Mahal, the Raj Mahal, and the Rai Parveen Mahal. You next, you will visit the famous Chaturbhuj Temple, which was constructed by the Bundela Rajput ruler in the 17th century. The architecture of this temple is spectacular and the top floor offers a breath-taking view of the landscape.
You can enjoy the local food at any of the local restaurant of your choice and retire to your respective hotel rooms.
Overnight stay in Orchha.
DAY 18: ORCHHA – KHAJURAHO (173 KMS)
After breakfast, you will leave for Khajuraho, the land of ancient temples. You will drive to Khajuraho and check into the hotel that has been already booked for you. You will have some time for relaxing and post-lunch you will explore the historical temples of Khajuraho.These temples have been declared as the World Heritage Sites for their intricate scriptures and the stunning work of architecture. You will also visit the Lakshmana Temple, which is the second largest amongst the temples in Khajuraho. The temple is dedicated to the hindu god, Lord Vishnu. The architecture of this temple is exquisite and the wall paintings are spectacular. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 19: KHAJURAHO – ALLAHBAD (300 KMS)
Post breakfast drive towards Allahabad. The city of Allahabad is famous for several reasons. Firstly , for the Kumbh Mela, that is held there every 12 years , and then also for being the meeting point of 3 of North India’s most important rivers, the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswati. Later, sightseeing tour of Allahabad visiting the Allahabad Fort, Anand Bhawan, Allahabad Museum and the Triveni Sangam. Overnight in Allahabad.
DAY 20: ALLAHBAD – VARANASI
Early morning leave towards Varanasi. Before checking into the hotel, you will visit the queen of all ghats, the Dashashwamedh Ghat. This ghat is famous for the exquisite Arti offered on the banks of the river Ganges. After witnessing the world famous arti, you will check into the hotel and relax. In the evening, you can take a boat ride along the river Ganges. You will have an amazing view of the holy ghats of Varanasi. This is one of the amazing sites that you will come across in Kashi. Then, you will visit the Kashi Vishwanath Mandir. It is one of the most ancient temples in India and it has 12 jyotirlingas. You can stroll in the streets of the city and feel the piousness in the atmosphere. Return to the hotel and rest.
Overnight stay in Varanasi.
DAY 21: VARANASI – DELHI (BY FLIGHT)
Before leaving Varanasi, you can once again participate in the arti and leave for Delhi after breakfast. Once, in Delhi you will either be dropped to the choice of your location or you will be escorted to board the flight for your next destination.
We hope that the entire tour has given you loads of happy memories that you can keep with you all through your life. Happy exploring!
NOTE: This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific needs and preferences. Feel free to contact us if you want modifications so that we could tailor a holiday or a tour package specially designed to suit your needs and desire for an unforgettable India tour.
- Daily Breakfast at Hotel.
- Accommodation as per our Itinerary hotel on twin sharing basis inclusive of taxes.
- Complimentary drinks on arrival.
- Pickup service from Airport, Railway Station and Hotel.
- Air Conditioned vehicles having sufficient space for luggage.
- All State Taxes, Parking and all transport related expense including Driver Services.
- A trained and knowledgeable representative throughout the tour.
- Experienced chauffeurs for all kinds of conveyance.
- Entry fee at the monuments.
- Tips to the servicemen.
- Meals and services not specified in the above mentioned section.
- Cost for Airfare, Train fare, Insurance Premiums.
- Cost for service provided on a personal request.
- Cost for personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, Soft Drinks, Incidentals, Porter Charges, tips etc.
- Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” head.