Arrive late evening at Indira Gandhi International Airport. You will be met by our representative and guide outside the customs gate and transferred to your hotel.
Upon arrival at the hotel, a traditional Indian welcome awaits. Girls dressed in Indian costumes will shower rose petals and a red-powdered dot will be anointed on the forehead as a mark of respect. A welcome non-alcoholic cocktail will be served in a private section.
Enjoy a full day guided tour of Delhi.
Begin your day with an exploration starting in Old Delhi which was the capital of Muslim India between the 17th and 19th centuries. Visit Jama Masjid, the Royal Mosque which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1656.
Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes followed by a short walk in the main street of Old Delhi – the colourful shopping bazaar known as Chandni Chowk.
Drive past the Red Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage site) built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Proceed for a brief visit to Raj Ghat, the Mahatma Gandhi memorial.
In the afternoon visit New Delhi – the imperial city created by the British as the capital of India. In 1911, Edwin Lutyens, the most renowned English architect of the day, was chosen to design New Delhi.
The Rashtrapati Bhawan is where the Viceroy once lived and now is the official residence of the President of India. View India Gate, a war memorial arch built in honour of 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. Visit Qutab Minar (a UNESCO World Heritage site), a soaring tower of victory which is 72.5 metres high and has five distinct stories.
DELHI – JAISALMER
This morning leave for Jaisalmer
Morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer.
Visit Jaisalmer Fort, the main attraction of this picturesque desert city. Built in 1156, it is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan. Visit the intricately carved havelis or mansions Salim Singh ki Haveli and Patwon ki Haveli.
Late afternoon, drive to the sand dunes. The ripples on the wind-caressed dunes creating an enchanting mirage are surely a delight.
Enjoy a camel ride on the dunes.
JAISALMER – JODHPUR
This morning drive to Jodhpur, once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar. It was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha and is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. The graceful palaces, forts and temples bring alive the historic grandeur, while the exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, music and the brightly attired people lend a romantic aura to the city.
Arrive in Jodhpur and check-in at your hotel.
Late afternoon, enjoy a short orientation tour of Jodhpur city. Visit magnificent Mehrangarh, one of Rajasthan’s finest forts. This 5,000 metre long fort is an impressive and formidable structure. There are seven gates that lead into the fort, inside a series of courtyards and palaces to be found. Make a brief stop at Jaswant Thada, located a short distance from the fort, which is a white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.
Later, enjoy a walking tour through the ancient blue town where there will be opportunity to explore the narrow winding lanes, ending at the Old Clock Tower vegetable and spice market.
JODHPUR – UDAIPUR
En route visit Ranakpur Temples. Ranakpur boasts some of the most exquisite Jain temples in the country, famous for their intricate friezes and sculptures, and is one of the holiest Jain sites in India.
Arrive Udaipur late afternoon and check-in at your hotel.
This evening you will be taken to City Palace to experience and enjoy the Holika Dahan Ceremony.
Holi (Holika Dahan) Festival, Udaipur: The regal festival of Holika Dahan perpetuates centuries-old time-honored traditions. The regal festival represents India’s eternal fascination with celebration of life through the many seasons. Holi, one of the most popular of Indian festivals, is celebrated when winter gives way to spring. Holika Dahan is the festival’s first day when the pious fire is lit on the full moon night of Phalguna (one of the 12 months of the Hindu calendar). According to Hindu mythology, it demonstrates the triumph of divine power over demonic strength.
At the Holika Dahan ceremony held at the city palace complex, Udaipur, witness a magnificent palace procession, observe royal etiquette and ritual as you look upon the royal parade in their traditional attire-finely liveried palace staff, elegantly bedecked horses and the impeccably turned out band that leads the cavalcade through the Palace from the Royal residence to Manek Chowk. After the religious ceremonies, as twilight descends, you can look forward to the lighting of a traditional sacred fire where an effigy of the fraudulent Holika is burnt. This is followed by local people performing the ”Gair”, a traditional folk dance performed specially on the occasion, which you will discover yourself, can be quite infectious!
This morning you will be invited to by the hotel to experience and share the holi celebrations with the family. The celebration and festival lasts till noon and after that time is free at the hotel.
In the evening enjoy a boat cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat view the city of Udaipur rise majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace, an unforgettable sight on an island in Lake Pichola, built by Maharana Karan Singhji in 1622 as a pleasure palace for royal parties and functions.
UDAIPUR – DELHI
This morning free for independent activities.
In the afternoon you will be escorted to Udaipur airport for flight to Delhi.
Arrive Delhi and transfer to International Airport for your flight to onward destination.