11 Nights / 12 Days
DELHI-JAISALMER – JODHPUR – RANAKPUR – UDAIPUR – PUSHKAR –AJMER – JAIPUR – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA - DELHI
As the name suggests, this is a grand tour of India bringing you in the best of the North India. The colour soaked cities and dry desert landscapes of Rajasthan, Great monuments, forts & palaces and its incredible architecture, temples, diversity of lifestyles as well as accommodation, natural beauty, great delicious food and sightseeing through the diversity of India would leave an indelible mark upon your heart.
Begin your tour.
Arrive into Delhi
Welcome to Vardhman's Grand Indian Experience! On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel.
OPTIONAL TOUR: Watch Sound & light show at Red Fort in the evening.
OPTIONAL TOUR: Visit to Akshardham Temple [Closed every Monday].
DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is currently a sprawling Delhi.
The capital of India may be a large chaotic town, jam-packed with contrasts. It’s may be the sole town that actually represents cultural and non secular diversity of Asian nation. Delhi has stood witness to 5000 years of a wonderful, made and turbulent history.
Prestigious for its rich history, culture and engineering, the City pulls in numerous guests both neighborhood and outside every year. Capable rulers Privately known as Maharajahs once controlled the district from this city which still remains a power to figure with even today. Mentionable names Incorporate the Mughals, Khiljis and Tughlaqs.
After breakfast proceed on a combined city tour of New Delhi & Old Delhi for about 5 – 6 hours.
Visit Qutab Minar, Humayun’s tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu Temple, Parliament House, Government Secretarial Building and Connaught place, the shopping centre of New Delhi.
Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama Masjid, one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi. Return back to hotel for a good night rest.
This morning after breakfast we will transfer you to the airport to board the flight for Jaisalmer.
On arrival at Jaisalmer, we will transfer you to your prebooked hotel. Later, in the forenoon visit the sand dunes.
A short drive to Sam Sand Dunes to explore the desert on camel and enjoy barbecue sunset dinner on extra cost. Camel the ship of the desert was domesticated thousands of years ago primarily for the purpose of making tedious journeys through the unrelenting Thar Desert. You can also see the patterns and motifs created by the shifting sands and air.
After breakfast at the hotel, Visit, Jaisalmer Fort towering high above the sprawling city of Jaisalmer has an exciting, almost fairytale quality to it.
The fort is often spoken of as a ‘living museum’ because of its many ‘havelis’ – the mansions of the rich merchants built in the 19th century. The residential area of the fort takes visitors back in time with beautiful ‘havelis’ with breathtakingly exquisite intricately latticed golden yellow sandstone facades. The most famous homes are Nathmalji ki Haveli, whose interiors are extensively decorated with splendid miniature paintings, Salim Singh ki Haveli capped with blue cupolas and superb peacock shaped brackets, and the Patwon ki Haveli the five-storied and is the largest and most elaborate of all with multiple carved pillars and colonnades, wall murals, long corridors and ornate chambers. Also visit Gadsisar Lake, further free to stroll around the local bazaars.
This morning drive to the Jodhpur and check into your hotel.
Enroute visit Pokhran Fort.
It is a remote location in the Thar Desert region and served as the test site for India’s first underground nuclear weapon detonation. Balagarh fort was built by the Marwar Thakur, Rao Maldeo in the 14th Century, it is otherwise known as the Pokhran Fort. Pokhran means the place of five mirages enclosed by sandy, rocky, salt ranges. Although a small temple made of red sandstone, the fort is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It is situated in a remote region of the Thar desert which also served as a test site for India’s first underground nuclear weapon detonations.
The majestic fort has a huge door with sinister spikes jutting out to stop elephant stampede. It houses a museum displaying armoury, pottery, miniature paintings and costumes worn by the maharajas of the bygone era. Surrounding the fort is the village of Pokhran that welcomes every traveller with a warm heart. The local weavers and potters working at the market, safari over the sand dunes, a community that feeds the migratory birds are all the beauty of Pokhran.
On Arrival check in into your hotel. Rest of the day at your own pace.
After breakfast at the hotel visit Jodhpur.
Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill, including Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble memorium built in 1899 and the Museum located in the Umaid Public gardens.
Breakfast at the hotel.
We will drive to Udaipur. Enroute visit Ranakpur Jain Temples.
Rajasthan is famous for its rich and prolific art treasures. Some of its architectural monuments are considered among the best in the world. The Ranakpur Jain Temple excels them all as an exquisite work of art and architecture. There are a number of beautiful and delicately carved sculptures in this shrine which defy comparison. The temple is an eloquent testimony to India's cultural heritage, her unique architecture and the vision and acumen of her past master artists.
This temple is the realiation of the vision and endeavors of four great and devout seekers They were Acharya Somasundatsuri Dharanashah, the Minister to Kumbha Rana, Rana Kumbha himself, and above all, Depa or Depaa, the architect who made the realisation of the dream possible. On arrival at Udaipur, we will transfer you to the hotel.
City tour of Udaipur
Boat Cruise on Lake Pichola on extra cost.
Visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, drive around Fatehsagar Lake, Sahelion ki Bari (Queen resort for her friends) and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk Art Museum) Boat curise on Lake Pichola 4km long and 3km broad, surrounded by splendid hills, Palaces, temples bathing ghats and embankments.
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Jaipur.
Enroute to Jaipur, you may visit Pushkar.
Brahma temple in Pushkar is a rare religious site that is dedicated to the lord of creation, Lord Brahma. The reason behind it being rare is that the temple is amongst the very few existing temples of Lord Brahma in India. Known as the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, this Hindu temple has its address in the Pushkar town of Rajasthan.
Days of construction of this temple dates back to the 14th century. However, Indian Mythology believes the origin of this temple took place 2000 years back in the history. Located close to the sacred Pushkar Lake, the temple is a highly prominent tourist attraction; with large flock of tourists visiting it especially on the auspicious occasion of Kartik Poornima.
Morning you will experience the wonders of this magical pink city, as you proceed on a tour of Amber fort - which is set on the dry wrinkled Aravali Hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements. Later visit the Jagmandir or the Hall of victory glittering with mirrors, Maharaja's City Palace and the Observatory - The Solar Observatory - an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that give accurate predictions till date. The City Palace reflects a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Drive past Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city and through the rose pink residential and business areas of Jaipur.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Agra.
Enroute visit Fateh Pur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri is a small city in northern India, just west of Agra, founded by a 16th-century Mughal emperor. Red sandstone buildings cluster at its center. Buland Darwaza gate is the entrance to Jama Masjid mosque. Nearby is the marble Tomb of Salim Chishti. Diwan-E-Khas hall has a carved central pillar. Jodha Bais Palace is a mix of Hindu and Mughal styles, next to the 5-story Panch Mahal that overlooks the site.
Proceed to 'Romantic city of Taj Mahal' – Agra
On arrival transfer to hotel.
Early morning visit the Taj during Sunrise. [Closed on every Friday]
Return back to hotel for breakfast at the hotel.
Visit Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula. Afternoon ride to the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. The maze of the courtyards, mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire. The Moti Masjid & other magnificent buildings reflect the skill of the ancient Indian architects. Later you will visit a marble gallery - the flagship store in Agra which offers an excellent range of white marble, fashionable wear & exotic wooden articles, truly a one stop shop!
In the forenoon we drive to Delhi and transfer to International Airport to board the flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and unforgettable memories of “Grand Indian Experience” escorted by Vardhman Vacations.