Day 01 : Abroad - Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Meet and assistance on arrival and transfer from airport to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi City Tour
Full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi visiting Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in Asia), Red Fort (built between 1639-48 by the Shah Jahan, the creator of the Taj Mahal), the Rajghat (the cremation site of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi) and Qutab Minar (72m high), the most perfect of towers of the Persian world. The drive through New Delhi includes the Embassy area (Diplomatic Enclave), government buildings, India Gate, Birla Temple, Connaught Place and past Safdarjang's Tomb (1753 AD).
Day 03 : Delhi - Jaipur ( 257kms )
Morning, drive to the delightful Neemrana Fort. After Lunch and time exploring this wonderful, rambling place, continue to Jaipur. Upon arrival check into Hotel Rambagh Palace or the luxurious Raj Vilas just outside the city, for two nights. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 : Jaipur
Morning visit Amber fort, pausing en route to see the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), which is really just an elaborate facade. Proceed on to one of Rajasthan's greatest forts, Amber, where you will ascend to the fort on elephant back and visit the myriad of marble palaces. In the afternoon explore the city's bazaars and visit the City Palace and the Jantar Mantar, the astronomical observatory. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 : Jaipur - Mandawa (170kms)
Morning drive to Mandawa, enroute visiting Samode and Nawalgarh. Upon arrival check into Hotel Castle Mandawa. Afternoon tour of Mandawa, which lies in the heart of Shekhawati. A painted arched gateway, adorned with illustrations of Lord Krishna and his cows, leads to the Bazaar. You can wander through the streets where mansions of rich merchants are adorned with elaborate frescoes. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 :Mandawa - Bikaner (200kms)
Morning drive to Bikaner en route visiting the bustling town of Fatehpur, where almost every street is flanked with the painted walls of "havelis" (mansions). Continue your drive to Bikaner and, upon arrival, check into Hotel Gajner Palace (a beautiful lakeside palace just outside the city) for two nights. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 : Bikaner
The city of Bikaner derived its wealth from being sited on the main trading route of Northern India. This morning you will visit the Junagarh Fort, a fine example of 16th century architecture surrounded by many palaces with carved marble balconies inlaid with mirror and lacquer work. Also visit the Camel breeding farm, the first of its kind in the whole of Asia and Devi Kund, the site of royal cenotaphs. Overnight at the hotel
Day 08 : Bikaner - Jaisalmer (333kms)
Morning drive to the desert city of Jaisalmer, a perfect example of a walled city, en route visiting Pokaran, the 14th century Fort Pokaran (previously known as Balagarh) citadel of the mighty Rajput nobles of Marwar. Continue to Jaisalmer. On arrival check into hotel Rajwada Fort / Gorbandh Palace for two nights.
Day 09 : Jaisalmer
Morning walk up to the fort which was built in 1156 and is one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan. You then have an opportunity to explore the city, which has some spectacular "havelis" (mansions). Afternoon drive to Sam Sand Dunes to watch the sun set over the city, which turns a deep golden colour as the sun sinks. Take a short camel ride on the sand dunes. It can be an unforgettable experience. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 :Jaisalmer - Khimsar (305kms)
Drive east to Khimsar, a tiny village on the fringe of the desert. En route visit Osian, which has 16 Jain and Vaishnava temples dating from the 8th to 11th centuries and presenting the grandeur of Indian temple architecture. Continue your drive to Khimsar and check into Hotel Royal Castle, a unique 15th century castle converted into a hotel.
Afternoon jeep safari to view sunset at Sand dunes with high tea. Overnight at the Hotel.