Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Mandawa - Samode - Jaipur - Amer - Sariska - Bharatpur - Agra - Gwalior
A ten day trip to the "Land of the Kings" steeped in romantic history & valour takes you to the era gone by. From the Castles of Shekavati to the city of "Palace of Winds" Jaipur, to the Chambers of Mirrors at Amber Fort with a traditional ascent to the fort on elephant back, visit the wildlife preserve of the Maharajas at Sariska Sanctury, deserted city of Fatehpuri to Agra of Taj Mahal & Red Fort to Gwalior the capital of Maratha rulers and back by the imperial route to Delhi.
Day 1 -- Delhi
Arrival Delhi in the morning. "Namaste" a warm welcome to India, a sincere greeting with a bow and folded hands. Transfer to a 5-star hotel in New Delhi. After a short break we embark on our first journey to discover India. Our introduction to India will be by a " Rickshaw" ride a mode of transport used in small towns and in Old Delhi.
We head for a guided city tour to the most interesting sights of the city that is the Red Fort a fort made of red sand stone which once housed the world famous PEACOCK throne and the Jama Masjid mosque. Welcome Dinner at the old Hauz Khas village complex overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2 -- Mandawa
Today we leave for our camp in the desert at Mandawa the centre of Shekhawati culture. The Shekhawati region's famous for its wall frescos the world over. Afternoon at Leisure to explore Mandawa and its Havelies ( Mansions of mercchants ). In the evening we leave for the castle for a traditional Dinner served in the manner which was done for the visiting Maharajas of past. Overnight at the camp.
Day 3 -- Mandawa
After breakfast we take a camel safari into the desert. Lunch on the sand dunes in the evening return to the camp. Dinner at the camp. Overnight at the camp.
Day 4 -- Samode
Today we embark on the journey to experience the splendour of the era gone bye. From now on for the next few days you will be living the life of a King / Queen. Our royal journey starts from Samode an old princely state. We leave for Samode after a leisurely breakfast at Delhi traveling down the national highway towards Jaipur and turning of to Samode to reach Samode in late afternoon. Rest of day at Leisure to explore the village.
Day 5 -- Jaipur
We leave for the pink city of Jaipur arriving for lunch. After lunch day at leisure to explore the streets and bazars of Jaipur. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6 -- Amer
Next day we visit the city palace, the palace of winds and then proceed to Amer fort the ancient capital of Jaipur built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh in red sandstone and marble. It has some very intersting apartments like the Sheesh Mahal the glass canopy apartments and Jai Mandir, Sukh Niwas Baodi etc.
The highlight of this trip is the elephant ride up the ramparts of the fort just like the maharajas did. After this we visit the Jaigarh fort the armoury of the erstwhile state which houses the biggest cannon on wheels in the world. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 -- Sariska
We leave for our next padaw ( halt ) Sariska wildlife sanctuary. Check in to the hotel afternoon visit Alwar believed to be the oldest kingdom dating back to the times of the Indian Epic Mahabharat. Though it is not as well known as Jaipur as it is off the main highway it has as much to offer. Like the Bala quila located on a 300 meter steep cliff, Alwar mueseum, Moosi Maharani Chhatri, Vinay Vilas Palace, Rajgarh.
Day 8 -- Bharatpur
We take an early morning drive to the sanctuary. After late breakfast we leave for Bharatpur the capital city of another racial community of India The Jats. We take a drive through the possibly the biggest bird sanctuary in the world Keoladeo Ghana National park overnight at the hotel .Early morning we take another visit to the national park after which we visit the famous Bharatpur fort which is different from other Rajasthan forts as it has thick mud walls which the British army could not break despite laying a seige for 4 months.
Day 9 -- Agra
We take an early morning drive to the city of Taj Agra. Enroute we visit the ancient city of Fathepur Sikri built by Emperor Akbar as thanks giving for the saint who blessed him with a son. In the afternoon check in to the hotel after a short break leave for the Agra Fort the fort where Emperor Shajahan the builder of Taj was held captive by his son Emperor Aurangzeb who usurped the throne. One can see the magnificant Taj from the quarters in which the emperor was jailed. Before sunset visit the Taj a monument of Love and romance.
Day 10 -- Gwalior
Drive to Gwalior the city of another racial tribe called Marhathas visit the fort and one of the most famous mueseum drive back to Agra overnight hotel.
Day 11 -- Delhi
Drive back to Delhi enroute stopping at Sikandra the mouseleam of the Great Emperor Akbar. Reach Delhi in the evening. Farewell dinner at the village overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 -- Delhi
Entire day at leisure for those interested a visit to Qutab Minar the village of Mehrauli will be organized. In the evening depart for the airport to catch the flight back home