Duration: 16 Days
Destination Covered: Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra - Varanasi
The Varanasi + Rajasthan temple tour package from Delhi covers most of the cities by road. A part of this Varanasi & Rajasthan forts, palaces & temples tour package is by flight. You could add smaller off-route places like Mt Abu, Rohetgarh, Luni, Bundi, etc. to this Varanasi + Rajasthan heritage temple tour itinerary. The Rajasthan DMC - Services International Lufthansa City Center brings you this Golden Triangle with Varanasi temple tour of Rajasthan.
Day 01 :- Arrive Delhi.
Arrive Delhi. Transfer to hotel. Tour of Delhi. In Old Delhi visit the Raj Ghat - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi , Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. In New Delhi visit the Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate and Lakshminarayan Temple. Also drive past President's House, Parliament House and Government Secretariat Buildings. Overnight Delhi.
Day 02 :- Delhi Mandawa/Shekhawati.
Drive to Mandawa. Visit the famous Shekhavati villages Mandawa, Nawalgarh, Dundlod, etc., full of beautiful frescoes, havelis & mansions. This entire area is like an open air gallery. Overnight in Mandawa or one of the Shekhawati villages.
Day 03 :- Mandawa Bikaner
Drive to Bikaner. Afternoon city tour. Bikaner is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and a mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh, the fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. An enormous arched doorway leads to the Joramal Temple. The royal chapel is Har Mandir where royal weddings and births were once celebrated. Overnight at Bikaner.
Day 04 :- Bikaner Jaisalmer
Drive to Jaisalmer. Rest of the Day at leisure. Overnight Jaisalmer.
Day 05 :- Jaisalmer
Morning visit Jaisalmer. Visit the Fort, bazaars and the old mansions known as "Havelis". People still live in these ancient buildings dating from 12th to 15th century. Every house has exquisite carvings and filigreed work. afternoon free. Overnight Jaisalmer.
Day 06 :- Jaisalmer Jodhpur
Morning drive to Jodhpur. Afternoon visit the Meharangarh 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. Overnight Jodhpur.
Day 07 :- Jodhpur Ranakpur Udaipur .
Morning drive to Udaipur visiting Ranakpur Temples enroute. Ranakpur - the Jain Temples built in the 15th century are situated in the lovely valley of the Aravali. Its surrounding is quiet and picturesque. There are 1444 pillars in the temple and none of them are similar. The magic of light & shade is really awe inspiring. Surya Temple and other Jain Temples are side attractions. Overnight Udaipur. .
Day 08 :- Udaipur
Morning tour of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Sahelion ki Bari and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir and drive around Fatehsagar Lake, Afternoon free. Overnight Udaipur.
Day 09 :- Udaipur Pushkar
Drive to Pushkar. In Pushkar, visit the holy Lake and also the famous Brahma Temple. Pushkar is one of the holiest places for Hindus. Overnight Pushkar.
Day 10 :- Pushkar Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur. Visit Amber Fort - the ancient capital of the State. Visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors. Later city tour. Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan was given a colour coat of pink a century ago in honour of a visiting Prince and ever since, it has retained this colour. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Visit Maharaja's City Palace & the Observatory. Drive past Hawa Mahal& through the pink rose residential & business areas. Overnight Jaipur.
Day 11 :- Jaipur Fatehpur Sikri Agra
Drive to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Fatehpur Sikri is 40 kms from Agra and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces. Afternoon free. Overnight Agra. .
Day 12 :- Agra
Morning visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Later visit the Agra Fort containing the the Halls of Public and Private Audience. Afternoon free. Overnight Agra.
Day 13 :- Agra Delhi Varanasi
Drive to Delhi airport to board flight for Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel. Overnight Varanasi.
Day 14 :- Varanasi (Banaras)
Early morning boat excursion on the river Ganges. People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra where funeral pyre burns Day and night. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death. Rest of the Day at leisure. Overnight Varanasi
Day 15 :- Varanasi Delhi
Morning free. Later ttransfer to the airport for Delhi flight. Arrive Delhi. Connecting return flight. No hotel.
Day 16 :- Departure
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