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The Great Indian Heritage Tour
Duration:          14 Nights / 15 Days
Places Covered: New Delhi, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ranakpur, Udaipur
Ajmer, Pushkar, Jaipur, Agra and New Delhi fly out.

Day 01: New Delhi
Upon arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport our TravelQShop representative at International Airport. Followed by transfer to your pre booked hotel. In the hotel have a brief view about the tour from our representative. Overnight at Hotel in New Delhi.

Day 02: New Delhi (Full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi)
After breakfast proceed for full day city tour which will be combination of Old and New Delh. The Old city was built by Emperor Shah Jahan the builder of the famous Taj Mahal, and the new garden city built in 1911 by the British. Drive through the old city pass the Red Fort and visit the Jama Masjid the biggest Mosque of its kind in India. Here take a walk through the winding streets of the old city Chandni Chowk Market to see the life of the people in this part of the world. Later visit Raj Ghat - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi, after that visit Humayuns tomb the first Mughal construction in India from 1565 AD, India Gate (War Memorial Arch), Rastrapati Bhawan (Presidential Estate). Later visit to the Akshardham Temple complex recently opened. Overnight at Hotel in New Delhi.

Day 03: New Delhi-Mandawa (260 kms/5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Shekhawati Region, upon arrival check into your hotel. After a little rest proceed for sightseeing visit to see this beautiful Heritage village of Shekhawati Region that used to be an important caravanserai of the yesteryears. The place is also known as the “Open Art Gallery”. There are many beautiful Frescos Painted havelis of Mandawa the quaint little town built by the rich and the famous merchants of the 18th and 19th centuries. Later proceed to experience the Rural life of this village of Shekhawati region which consists important villages like Alsisar, Dundlod, Fatehpur, Jhunjhunu, Laxmangarh, Mahensar, Nawalgarh, Ramgarh etc. Overnight at Hotel in Mandawa.

Day 04: Mandawa-Bikaner (188 kms/2.5 hrs)
After breakfast proceed to Bikaner upon arrival at Bikaner check in Fort resort/Heritage Resort. Later visit to Junagarh Fort, a royal museum that encompasses history of Bikaner from its days of construction that dates back to the 16th century. Also worth visiting are the temple of Karni Mata Rat Temple in Deshnoke, a unique experience. In the evening walk along the busy market area of Bikaner city centre. Overnight at Hotel in Bikaner.

Day 05: Bikaner-Jaisalmer (333 kms)< br> After breakfast we will proceed to the Golden City Jaisalmer. En route we will take you through the desert kingdom of Pokaran where the 3rd Mughal emperor, Akbar the Great, was born in 1543 inside the fort. There is even colorful bazzar having local flavors. Take Lunch and continue your journey towards Jaisalmer arrive during sunset hour over the desert with the most imposing edifice of the town behind you at Bada Bagh Cenotaphs. Check into the hotel with traditional welcome and Aarti Tikka. Overnight at Hotel in Jaisalmer.

Day 06: Jaisalmer
After breakfast the day will be for sightseeing of the golden city commencing with a visit to Gadisar Lake, Then visit to Golden Fort and Jain temples inside the Fort. Visit the citadels palace that houses a museum with a huge collection of robes and artifacts from the royal family of Jaisalmer. Continue your sightseeing and visit to the Patwon ki Haveli with intricately designed latticed windows used by the ladies to view the external world. Later in the afternoon visit to Khuri village upon arrival in the village you will be taken to the nearby sunset point on the dunes to see the sunset by camel carts. After the sunset return to the village where you can take a dinner in mud huts or you can come back to the city to have a dinner. Later while you dine listen to the haunted tunes of the desert by the local artists and musicians an out of this world experience under the twinkling star. . Overnight at Hotel in Jaisalmer.

Day 07: Jaisalmer-Jodhpur (280 kmS/5 Hrs)
After an early breakfast drive to Jodhpur the blue city due to the blue color of the buildings. Upon arrival visit the majestic Mehrangarh fort, the stronghold of the Rathore princes from 1453 AD. It has some of the superb collection of arm and Ammunition along with other rate artifacts. The view of the city from the rampart walls is breath taking. Later proceed downward from the fort visit Jaswant Thada. In the evening visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace, the present residence of the king of Jodhpur. Retire to your hotel and relax. Later in the evening visit to spice market of Jodhpur which is famous all over the world. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08: Jodhpur-Ranakpur (157 kms/2.5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast proceeds for excursion tour of Ranakpur Jain Temple complex. One of the main pilgrimage centre for the Jains, admire the workmanship from the 15th century temples situated in the lovely valley of the Aravali Mountains. Its surrounding is quiet & picturesque and is built out of marble and the main shrine of Adinath with 1444 columns is awe inspiring and none of these are similar. Also see the sun temple and the other temples in the campus. Overnight at Hotel in Ranakpur.

Day 09: Ranakpur-Udaipur (92 kms)
After breakfast drive to the Romantic City of Lakes – Udaipur en route visit to The Kumbhalgarh Fort - the stronghold of the kingdom of Mewar built by Maharana Kumbha in 1453. Visit the palace and see the beautiful mural paintings in the Zenana mahal (ladies quarters). The view from the parapet wall is breath taking and this is where the soldiers used to be stationed to view the advent of the enemies. On the way stop by the fields to see the local way of farming and irrigation. Walk into the villages to mingle with the locals around to know more about their lifestyle. Reach Udaipur by late afternoon and check into your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: Udaipur
After breakfast drive to the City Palace known to be the richest palace museum in the entire Rajasthan. See the Peacock Square and the miniature painting school inside the palace premises. Udaipur has the prestige of housing the best miniature schools in the country under the royal patronage of the king of Udaipur. Continue with the sightseeing and visit to the Sahelion ki Bari where Maharana Sangram Singh built this beautiful garden for her daughter. During sunset go for Lake Cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichhola and visit to the island palace of Jagmandir where according to legends the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan lived and got inspired to build the Taj mahal later. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11: Udaipur-Ajmer/Pushkar (270 kms/5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Ajmer upon arrival hotel check in. Later post lunch visit to the temple of the Lord Brahma (the Creator) and his wife Saraswati (the goddess of learning) along with performed a ritual in the lake. Pushkar is the world famous for its cattle Pushkar fair held each year in the month of October/November. Ajmer is one of the holiest city located at distance of 11kms from each other. Visit the Durgah built in fond remembrance of Khwaja Moin ud Din Chisti where the Muslim pilgrims from all over the World. Next we will take you for the sightseeing of Mughal Emperor Akbars Palace where his son Jahangir received Sir Thomas which ultimately granted the permission to work by East India Company with India, that changed the history of India. Overnight at Hotel in Pushkar.

Day 12: Pushkar-Jaipur (140 kms/2 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Jaipur upon arrival hotel check in. Quickly leave for sightseeing of The Pink city visiting the observatory Jantar Mantar built in 1727 by Sawai Maharaja Jai Singh II who was a mathematician, an astronomer an astrologer and a great musician of his era and has built observatory at Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi, Mathura and New Delhi, the Jaipur one is still in good conditions. Continue and visit to City Palace close to the Jantar Mantar in the same compound. The city palace is having fabulous collection of robes and saris in cotton and silk with gold latticed work. The City Palace houses a collection of paintings also in the painting gallery and of course a collection of arms and ammunitions in the ammunition gallery. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 13: Jaipur
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace) continue driving outskirt of Jaipur towards North to reach the Old City Amer Fort. This is huge fort displays a beautiful mix of Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. take an elephant ride at the Amber fort like the earlier Rajas do. Upon arrival guided sightseeing of the Sheesh mahal built in the 17th century in a fusion style of Hindu and Islamic art the guide will explain you with the interesting story of this places. Also see the hall of public audiences and Maharaja Man Singhs Palace who had twelve queens. While returning back to City sightseeing of Jal Mahal Palace or Water palace located in the mid of Lake. In the evening you will enjoy a boll wood flick in one of the Cineplex a highly recommended place. In the evening spend your time with folk dancers by Gypsy women. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 14: Jaipur-Agra (245 kms/4.5 hrs)
After breakfast leave for Agra. En route sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri the Ghost city. The abandoned city envisaged by Mughal emperor Akbar but was later abandoned due to scarcity of the water. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Akbar after his Hindu wife bore him the long awaited son who was born after the renowned sufi saint Salim Chisti blessed Jodhabai Akbars Hindu wife with a son. Proceed towards Agra upon arrival check into the hotel. Rest of the day to spend and explore the market and find our the contrasting features from Jaipur market. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 15: Agra-New Delhi (205 kms/3.5 hrs)
Visit to the Taj Mahal - The 7th Wonder of the World we recommend to visit this monument during the rising sun as the Taj Mahal is bathed in the golden rays of the morning sun. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial that houses the tomb of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. Later visit ot Agra Fort- the city built within city is another architectural marvel built by Akbar for commemorating his victory. Continue your drive towards New Delhi upon arrival free time for shopping activities. Check in the hotel wash n change and will be transferred to the International Airport for International flight back home.