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Rajasthan Desert Tour

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Rajasthan Desert Tour

Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Bap - Phalodi - Khichan - Jaisalmer - Sam - Manvar - Jodhpur - Rohet - Pushkar - Jaipur - Delhi

Day 01 :  Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi by international flight.
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Check-in time is 12.00 Noon.
Day 02 : Delhi
Full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.
Delhi, the capital of India, conceals within its bosom the remains of civilization that flourished over the last three thousand years.  Since those legendary days, many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil.  The legacy of that past survives in the  many monuments left behind by the regents.

Old Delhi’s landmarks are Red Fort built by Emperor Shahjehaan in 1638 AD, Jama Mosque largest mosque in India also built by Shahjehan. Raj  Ghat and Shanti van -the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Chandni Chowk - the main shopping hub of Old Delhi.
In New Delhi, visit Qutab Minar, one of the earliest remains of Imperial Delhi (13th century AD) Humayun’s Tomb-the fine monument believed to be forerunner of Taj Mahal, India Gate, the 42 metre high arch that was raised as a memorial to soldiers, Parliament House, President’s House, Secretariat and other Govt. Building and Connaught Place, the oldest city centre shopping hub.

Day 03 – Delhi-Mandawa, 260 km
Drive to Mandawa and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing tour.
The region of Shekhawati got its name from Rao Shekjaji (1433-1488).  The Marwari community, for more than 2 centuries, has been the backbone of commercial entrepreneurship in India.  The community constructed hundred of havelies, forts, temples, cenotaphs, wells.  These painted havelies were the home of this community for several years.  They left the region and migrated to different places for search of trade and business.  Many of such beautiful havelies remained abandoned for several years. The important ones to be seen are in Mandawa, Mukandgarh, Dundlod and Nawalgarh.

Day 04 – Mandawa-Bikaner, 200 km
After breakfast, drive to Bikaner.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel
Afternoon sightseeing tour.
Bikaner stands on the northern tip of the desert triangle.  It was founded by Rao Bika in 1488 AD when this place was known as Jangladesh, a barren land.  Later it was converted as a princely state.  Bikaner has its historic importance of being on trade route between China and Central Asia.The  Junagadh Fort was built around 1587 to protect palaces, temples and pavilions within. Today Junagadh houses a museum of valuable miniature paintings and other rare items that are several centuries old. Lalgarh Palace-the imposing red sandstone monument is a successful blend of oriental facade, designed by Sir Swinton Jacob for Maharaja Ganga Singh. The 14th century Jain temples of Bhandeshwar and Sandeshwar; and their gold leaf paintings are praiseworthy. 
Day 05 – Bikaner-Bap (Phalodi), 153 km
After breakfast drive to Bap, located on Bikaner Jaisalmer highway.
En-route stop to visit Deshnoke.
Deshnoke Temple, dedicated to Goddess Karni Mata.  Legend goes that she foretold the victory and success of Rao Bika and the prophecy came true.  Today along with her, thousands of rats are revered here.  This strange mode of worship owes to the belief that the souls of her devotees are housed in these rats and consequently they must be protected and fed.

Arrive Bap check-in at the hotel.
Safari to Adobe village to see the people and visit the families inside their Dhanis to observe their culture.  Untouched by the Western world, they still live in the mud houses and work in the fields, salt lakes.

Day 06 : Bap-Khichan-Jaisalmer, 200 km
After breakfast, drive to Khichan.
Some years ago Jain Marwari community started offering seeds to birds around the lake.  Since then, the number of birds have been increasing every year.  Up to 5000 kg of bird seed are consumed every day by the feeding birds.  Khichan village now hosts over 9,000 Demoiselle Cranes from August till March every year. 

Continue to Jaisalmer, check-in at the hotel.

Day 07 : Jaisalmer – Sam Desert Camp
Morning sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer – often described as golden city, its foundation was laid by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD. The whole city is constructed using yellow sand stone. The Jaisalmer Fort stands almost 100 metres over the city with its 99 bastions, several entrances, a group of Jain Temples from 12th to 15th century.  Tazia Tower with its five tiered splendour, each storey graced by a delicately carved balcony for its intricately latticed and conspicuous facades. Outside the Fort is Manek Chowk, which is central place for shopping local souvenirs.  Next to the Fort, in the narrow lanes are the  most famous carved havelies..  The best known are Patwon-ki-Haveli, Nathmalji-k-Haveli and Salim Singhji Ki Haveli built in 18th and 19th centuries and still in perfect condition.

Afternoon drive To Sam Dunes for camel ride.
The visit to the Sam sand dunes is truly an experience.  Vast expanse of sweeping sand dunes with no vegetation are located 42 km from Jaisalmer.  'The Great Thar Desert'. Sam is nearly 3 km long, 1 km wide and dunes rises to a height of ½ km.  A camel ride at sunset standing on the Dunes of the Thar provides a majestic view
Overnight at the Desert Camp near Dunes.

Day 08 : Jaisalmer-Manvar drive, 240 km
After breakfast, check-out from camp and drive via Jaisalmer to Manvar.
On arrival, check-in at MANVAR CAMP.
Afternoon jeep safari to visit Dhanis and Bishnoi Tribes settled in the Desert surroundings of Manvar.

Evening, campfire dinner, folkloric show in mashaal illuminated area of Manvar around the camp. 

Day 09 : Manvar-Jodhpur-Rohetgarh drive, 150 km
After breakfast, check-out and drive to Jodhpur.  Sighsteeing tour of Jodhpur.
Jodhpur - The former capital of Marwar state was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, The Mehrangarh  Fort spreading over 5 km, the largest Fort in India is located on a perpendicular hill and looking down 125 metre., The fort appears rugged and impenetrable from outside but houses some of the most intricately adorned palaces with exquisitely carved panels and latticed windows,.  Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal are some of the important areas to visit  A collection of royal cenotaphs, built in while marble, lies very close to the fort.  Built in 1899, the cenotaph also houses portraits of rulers of Jodhpur.
Thereafter, proceed to Rohetgarh.
Check-in at the hotel.

Around 1600 hours, Jeep Safari to Bishnoi Village, a complete cultural experience.
A Bishnoi village-steeped in history : This 500 year old tribe are known as ‘premier ecologists’ who for generations have made serious efforts to protect nature and wildlife.  They are responsible for he survival of black buck founded in this region in natural habitat.    In villages of other tribes, one can witness the opium ceremony – a ritual by which guests are traditionally welcomed.  Gaily attired men and women carry on about their chores and one can catch a glimpse of their norms and customs.   A drive through the starkly beautiful landscape could encounter the agile black buck, wild camel and flights of rare birds.

Day 10 : Rohetgarh-Pushkar drive, 180 km
After breakfast, we move to next destination – Pushkar.
On arrival, check-in at the  AARAM BAAGH, the deluxe camp and village set up on dunes near Pushkar town.
Afternoon visit Pushkar.
The lake at Pushkar is believed to have been created by Lord Brahma himself.  No pilgrimage is complete without a visit to Pushkar.  There are as many as 400 temples in Pushkar and lake is circled by 52 ghats built over the years by several kings and nobles.  The most sacred and important temples are dedicated to Lord Brahma, Shiva, Badri Narayan, Varaha, Gayatri and Savitri.  The important ghats are the Varaha, Brahma and Gau.

Evening campfire dinner with cultural extravaganza. 
Day 11 :  Pushkar-Jaipur, 143 km
After breakfast, short drive to Jaipur, the colourful capital city of Rajasthan.
Check-in at the hotel.
Rest of the day free.

Day 12 : Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, set in a picturesque location.  Amer is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture.  Built in the 16th century  by Raja  Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting sections. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol andTemple of Kali  are some of the prominent areas of interest.  Elephants are provided to ascend the fort.
Afternoon city sightseeing tour.
The city was planned and built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer 260 years ago. The City Palace, the home of the erstwhile royal family, the Observatory,  Ram Niwas  Gardens, Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and Birla Temple are the most important tourist sites.
Day 13 : Jaipur-Delhi drive, 260 km
Morning free for rest, your own activities.
Afternoon drive to Delhi airport for flight to onward destination.



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