Best Rajasthan DESERT Tour : (16 Days)
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Jaipur - Delhi
Day 01 Arrival at Delhi
You will be received at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi and then transferred to the hotel at overnight stay.
Day 02 Delhi
This day is reserved for the sightseeing tour of Delhi including Red Fort, Jama Masjid, a rickshaw ride in the 400 years old market of Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat in Old Delhi and Birla Temple, Parliament House, Presidential House, India Gate, Government buildings and Qutab Minar in New Delhi. Enjoy Mughlai cuisine in the dinner and see the Indian cultural dance performances in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03 Mandawa
After breakfast, drive to Mandawa in the Shekhawati region. Check-in at the hotel for overnight stay. Visit the 150 to 200 year old carved and painted Havelis and see their beautiful frescoes done in natural colors.
Day 04 Bikaner
Drive to Bikaner and check-in at the hotel for overnight stay. Visit the world-famous Camel Breeding Farms, where you can ride the camels and taste their milk. In the afternoon, visit the Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace and the Fort Museum. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 05 Khimsar
After breakfast, drive to Khimsar, visiting the 600-years-old Deshnok Rat Temple en route. The temple is a wonder because it is considered that the rats here are actually the devotees of the Goddess and so live here as pets. Check-in at the hotel at Khimsar on arrival for overnight stay. Khimsar was the village found by Lord Mahavira and houses a 15th-century Khimsar Fort. Go on a camel safari to nearby villages and catch some good snaps of sunset views of Thar Desert.
Day 06 Ossian/Jaisalmer
In the morning, drive to Jaisalmer visiting the 7th century Mahavira Jain Temple and 2000 years old Jija Mata Temple at Ossian village en route. Check-in at the hotel at Jaisalmer for overnight stay.
Day 07 Jaisalmer
Visit the lived-in Jaisalmer Fort built in yellow sandstone and 12th to 15th century Jain Temples. In the evening, embark on a camel safari to Badabagh or Royal Cenotaphs. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 08 Jaisalmer
Ride the camel to the famous Havelis that are virtually art museums in themselves. The most famous of these Havelis are Patwon Ki Haveli, Nath Ji Mal Ki Haveli, and Salim Singh Ki Haveli. The intricately carved mansions with their latticed windows and arched balconies are a delight to the sore eyes. Cruise on a boat in the Gadisar Lake in the evening.
Day 09 Jaisalmer
After breakfast, explore Manak Chowk, the main shopping area of Jaisalmer and see the unexplored Havelis of Jaisalmer with their intricate carvings, temples, herds of castles and natives dressed in their colorful traditional attires. You can buy a tie and dyed textiles, silver jewelry, handicrafts and puppets from Jaisalmer. Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10 Jaisalmer/Sam Sand Dunes
In the morning, visit the gracegully carved Jain Temples in Sonar Quila and the palace within its premises that houses a royal museum of the erstwhile rulers of Jaisalmer. After lunch, go on an excursion to San Sand Dunes and enjoy the sunset views and mirage there. Start the camel safari from the nearby Khuri Village, which is a typical village of Rajasthan and see the desert in its true form. Overnight stay at the tented accommodations and folk performances by the local artists and musicians are other delights scheduled for this day.
Day 11 Jaisalmer Desert Festival
In the morning, go in a camel safari to a typical village of Rajasthan, where you will enjoy the traditional cuisine comprising of Dal, Baati and Churma. Visit the desert festival and you may even dance with the natives there that sing and dance to the tunes of local ballads of valor and romance.
Day 12 Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Participate in the famous Desert Festival of the amber-hued city of Jaisalmer. Some of the delights of the festival are snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats, and folk performers but the center of attraction is, of course, the Ship of the Desert, Camel. There are many unique events for camels that are held here such as camel dances, camel races, camel polo and camel beauty contests, where the best-bedecked camel wins. There are tourist dances, the turban tying, and Mr. Desert contest, where the man with the longest mustache wins. Overnight stay in tented accommodation, where there will be a bonfire party along with folk song and dance performances.
Day 13 Wood Fossil Park
After breakfast, visit the famous Wood Fossil Park that is archeologist's delight. It has some wonderful specimens of the times when Thar desert was submerged in the sea including the fossil that is 180 million years old! Savor the typical Rajasthani Thali in lunch at Jaisalmer and spend the afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 14 Jodhpur
After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur and check in to the hotel. Embark on a camel safari to the desert villages of Rajasthan. Cover the Bishnoi villages and see Raika herdsmen, lakes providing a sanctuary to birds, wildlife sanctuaries and the trades of potters, weavers and leather craftsmen. Interact with the warm, simple-hearted and friendly natives that will love to talk to you, if you offer them, sweets. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 15 Jodhpur
In the morning, embark on a guided sightseeing tour to Mehrangarh Fort; Umaid Bhawan Palace, which still serves as the erstwhile rulers of Jodhpur in part, while the rest of it is used as a heritage hotel and museum; and white marble Jaswant Thada that houses royal portraits. Spend the evening at leisure and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 16 Jaipur
In the morning, drive to Jaipur and check-in at the hotel. Go for a sightseeing tour of the Pink City. The highlights of the day will be Jantar Mantar, the City Palace Museum, Hawa Mahal and an elephant ride to Amer Fort with its several palaces and courtyards. Spend the evening at leisure or go for shopping in the colorful markets of Jaipur. Enjoy the fabulous dinner with typical Rajasthani cuisine. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 17 Delhi
Drive back to Delhi in the morning, where you will check-in at the hotel. Spend the day at leisure or go for shopping. You will receive a farewell dinner at the hotel and then you will be escorted to the international airport, from where you can catch your flight to onward destination.