Thar Desert Tour in India
Duration: 16 Days
Day - 1 : Delhi
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Agra - Bharatpur - Jaipur - Udaipur
- Ranakpur - Kumbhalgarh - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Mandawa - Delhi
Arrive Delhi & transfer to Agra the city of Taj. Evening before sunset
we take a visit to Taj.
Day - 2 : Agra
Half day sight seeing at Agra visiting the Fort where Emperor Shahjehan
the builder of Taj was kept in captivity by his son Aurangzeb, we also
take a visit to Sikandra the mausoleum of the greatest emperor of India
Akbar. After lunch drive to Bharatpur to arrive at such a time so that
we can catch the birds before they go nesting in the wonderful bird sanctuary
Day - 3 : Bharatpur
Early morning we take a rickshaw ride into the bird sanctuary return to
hotel for breakfast. After breakfast visit the fort & leave for Jaipur
the pink city of the Kachawa dynasty enroute stopping at the abandoned
city of Fatehpur Sikri built as the capital in 1571 and abandoned 15 years
later when the wells went dry. Evening check in to the hotel at Jaipur.
Day - 4 : Jaipur
A tour of the city palace, the palace of winds and then proceed to Amber
fort the ancient capital of Jaipur built in the 16th century by Raja Man
Singh in red sandstone and marble. It has some very interesting 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 - 5 : Udaipur
Early morning drive to Udaipur (Venice of the East) which was founded
in 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh the scion of the most valorous rajput clan
of sisodias. Udaipur is replete with fanastic hilltop fortresses exotic
fairytale palaces & gripping legends of medieval chivalry & heroism.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day - 6 : Udaipur
Full day sight seeing in and around Udaipur.
Day - 7 : Ranakpur
Early morning we drive to Ranakpur a distance of 90 km to see the most
exquisite of Jain temples in India. The temple built in 1439 has the most
beautifully carved 1444 pillars of marbles supporting 29 halls, no two
pillars are alike but the carving on them can be said to be the most exquisite
work of craftsmanship that one can see in marble.
After the tour of Ranakpur we proceed to Ghanerao which is just 18km from
Ranakpur for an overnight stay at the castle which is associated with
another legendary figure of Indian history MEERA BAI the princess who
devoted her life singing paeans of Lord Krishna.
Day - 8 : Kumbhalgarh
Take a drive or horse safari to Kumbhalgarh a 15th century fort &
game sanctuary. This fort was so impregnable that it took the might of
entire army of the Mughals combined with that of Amber & Marwar to
breach its defences. The game reserve here has a crocodile farm &
the possibility of sighting the four horn deer are good. Overnight at
Day - 9 : Jodhpur
Drive of to the heart of Thar desert i.e. Jodhpur the former capital of
Marwar state which was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha. The massive fort
of Meharangarh came first & around it grew the city of Jodhpur the
blue city. Check in to the hotel. After lunch visit the famous Mehrangarh
fort evening at leisure.
Day - 10 : Jodhpur
Full day sight seeing in & around Jodhpur.
Day - 11 : Jaisalmer
Drive to Jaisalmer a distance of 285 km to the city of the desert. Very
few cities can boast of the magnificence which Jaiselmer can. The fort
just seems to rise out of the desert haze its yellow sandstone walls &
bastions take on a golden hue in the afternoon sun straight out of the
Tales of the Arabian nights. As Jaiselmer was once on the lucrative trade
route its merchants built magnificent havelis with beautiful sculptured
filigree screen windows, delicate pavilions & balconies. These buildings
are a veritable art museum. Check in to the hotel evening at leisure.
Day - 12 : Jaisalmer
Morning roam the city streets after breakfast we drive to Desert National
Park which is just 40 km away the breeding ground of the great Indian
Bustard, you can also see the Indian Gazelle CHINKARA & many other
wild animals. Evening we take a camel safari to the sand dunes of SAM
to see the setting sun. Later on a dance performance by the gypsies on
the dunes overnight at hotel.
Day - 13 : Bikaner
On the edge of the desert is Bikaner a drive of 335 km from Jaisalmer.
Check in to the hotel evening at leisure.
Day - 14 : Mandawa
We drive of to Mandawa a distance of 250 km. Mandawa is famous world over
for its frescos on the mansions of its old merchants. Check into the castle.
Evening at leisure to explore the streets of Mandawa. At night a traditional
dinner is served in the castle with torch bearers & drums as it was
done during the by gone days for visiting kings & their entourage.
Day - 15 : Mandawa - Delhi
Early morning some more exploration of Mandawa streets then leave for
Delhi. Evening check into the hotel at Delhi rest of the day at leisure.
Day - 16 : Delhi / Departure
Sight seeing of Delhi till its time to catch the flight back home.