Romance With The Great Indian Desert

Duration: 16 Nights / 17 Days
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India offers remarkable perspectives on where the modern world intersects with life as it has been lived for millennia. This program includes the beautiful and historic city Delhi. Experience the Royal Rajasthani moments and regal charm with the majestic in Alsisar, Bikaner, Jaisalmar, Jodhpur, Mihirgarh and Ranakpur followed by romantic Udaipur with lakes and palaces; the rose pink city Jaipur; and finally the Taj Mahal, a poem in marble, built in an act of love.

Our 16 Nights/17 Days tour package is a perfect combination of heritage, rejuvenation and pilgrimage destinations that will offer you a unique holiday experience.

  • Trip Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Inclusions & Exclusions
  • Route Map
Trip Itinerary

  • 1 Days 1-2 : Delhi
  • 2 Days 3-4 : Alsisar
  • 3 Days 5-6 : Bikaner
  • 4 Days 7-8 : Jaisalmer
  • 5 Days 9-10 : Jodhpur
  • 6 Days 11 : Mihirgarh
  • 7 Days 12-13 : Udaipur
  • 8 Days 14-15 : Jaipur
  • 9 Days 16 : Agra
  • 10 Days 17 : Delhi
1 Days 1-2 : Delhi
Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival in Delhi you will be given greet and meet assistance at airport. Outside airport, you will meet Vilasa representative to transfer you to your hotel in the comfort of well-chosen transport. Overnight at the Hotel.

If time permits we suggest you to visit Madame Tussauds Wax Museum (at additional Cost).

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Day 2: Delhi

After breakfast in this hotel, you will start the day with sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. Highlights of sightseeing would be Jama Masjid – built between 1644 and 1656 is the largest mosque in India , the Red Fort – a fortress palace built by Emperor Shah Jahan is a UNESCO world heritage site, India Gate – War Memorial of 82,000 Indian soldiers who sacrificed their life in First World War, the Parliament – the headquarters of the government apartment, Qutub Minar , the tallest minaret of of 73 metres of bricks in the world, the Mausoleum Hamayuna, Gandhi Memorial , erected in memory of father of the nation, Laxminarayan temple (Hindu Temple), and a Bangla Sahib (Sikh Temple). Fort is one of the most important historical monuments of India, embodies the long period of Indian history, a symbol of architectural beauty and power of the ruling dynasties of India.Evening you come back to relax the comfort of your Hotel.

 

 

Experience 1: During your visit to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, you will watch and if willing, join the voluntary group who are cooking the food called “langar” and served free to devotees of all cast and creed.

 

Experience 2: During your visit to old Delhi, you will enjoy a a rickshaw ride around Chandni Chowk, oldest shopping street in Delhi.

 

Experience 3: You can ask to visit Akshardham Temple, the largest Hindu temple complex in the world intricately carved with flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities.Overnight at hotel in Delhi.

 

If time permits we suggest you to visit Madame Tussauds Wax Museum (at additional Cost). For more details click here.

2 Days 3-4 : Alsisar
Day 3: Delhi-Alsisar (260 kms/7 hours)

After early breakfast, you will drive in your personal chauffeur driven car to Alsisar, a semi desert of Shekhawati called “open air” art gallery of Rajasthan. You will check in to Alsisar Mahal (Palace), the 17th century palace of the Thakurs of Alsisar, unfolds treasures of history the moment you enter into super delux room to feel erstwhile Rajasthani Royalty. The wood paneling of doors and alcoves with original artwork creates a royal charm and imperial lifestyle.

 

 

Handpainted walls and ceilings, rich furnishings and fine tapestry complemented by calming views make the living in these rooms a very special retreat.

 

Overnight at Hotel.

 
Day 4: Alsisar

After breakfast, you will be taken for Heritage walk to explore magnificent havelis and cenotaphs. Some of the havelis are covered inside out with frescoes and painted wall of the village looks like storybooks.

 

 

Overnight at hotel

3 Days 5-6 : Bikaner
Day 5: Alsisar –Bikaner (234 kms/4 hours)

After Breakfast, your will leave for Camel Safari to experience from deep typical desert flora. Afternoon checkout and drive for Bikaner. You will drive in your personal car and chauffeur to Gajner. After reaching Gajner, check in to Gajner Palace, a lake side palace complex adjoining sanctuary in the middle of the Thar Desert.

 

Built by Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh, the property was converted into a heritage hotel in 1976.

 

 

Overnight at Hotel.

 
4 Days 7-8 : Jaisalmer
Day 7: Bikaner – Jaisalmer (320kms / 7 hours)

After breakfast,drive in your personal car with chauffeur to Jaisalmer, the golden city, part of famous silk route. Check in to “The Serai”, a Relais and Chateaux property. It is an oasis and a place to relax and rejuvenate. Each luxury tent is tastefully decorated with private walled – in garden and sunken pool.

 

 

Overnight at Hotel.

 

 Day 8: Jaisalmer

After breakfast, visit 12th century old Jaisalmer Fort also known as the “Living Fort” which houses 25% of population of Jaisalmer. You will also visit Jain temple. Without visit to Patwon ki Haveli and Salim Singh ki Haveli, the sightseeing to Jaisalmer is not complete.

 

 

In evening, you will drive to sand dunes at Jaisalmer which are soft, golden and long. The most sublime experience is to sit at the dunes, feel the softness of the sand and breath in the best nature.

 

Experience 4: Specially arranged Dine and Dinner amidst lanterns and torches with special butlers serve you Wine and Dine as per your taste.

 

Overnight at hotel

5 Days 9-10 : Jodhpur
Day 9: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (275 kms/ 6 hours)

After breakfast, drive in your personal car with chauffeur to Jodhpur. A city founded by Rathore clan in 1459. It is also known as “Sun City” because of its bright and sunny weather throughout the year. Check in to Umaid Bhawan Palace, the home to erstwhile Jodhpur royal family at present. It is world’s 6th largest private residence is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh and the palm coat marble of the palace is same as of the Taj Mahal at Agra. The palace houses family museum and its rooms are embellished with art décor interiors with modern amenities. A blend of original décor from princely times on the latest conveniences making living experience truly unique.

 

 

Overnight at Hotel.

 

 Day 10: Jodhpur

After breakfast you leave for morning sightseeing of Jodhpur and visit Mehrangarh fort situated at 125 mt high perpendicular cliff. Fort made of red sand stone imposing and is a strange beauty, so colossal are its properties that Rudyard Kipling called it the work of giants. Hollywood movie “Dark Night Rises” was shot at Mehrangarh Fort.You will also visit Jaswant Thada.

 

 

Experience 5: You will see live demonstration of tying rajasthani turban at the Meherangarh Fort… a true delight.

 

Experience 6: Evening visit at the clock tower market on a horse cart.

 

Experience 7: Jeep Safari to explore local villages.

 

Overnight at hotel

6 Days 11 : Mihirgarh
Day 11: Jodhpur – Mihirgarh (50kms/1 hour)

After breakfast, drive in your personal car with chauffeur to Mihirgarh. Check in to Mihirgarh, built in the year 2009, it is also known as the “Fort of Sun”, A Relais and Chateaux property , the suites on ground floor have their own pool and suites on 1st floor have open air jacuzzi.

 

 

Leave for village safari on horses. The little mud houses, the coloured turban clad man, the shy beautiful women lives the life of simplicity and happiness. The equestrian program at Mihirgarh is one of the finest in the country.

 

 

Experience 8: Evening go for Shikar Dinner, Shikar means hunting. The dinner will give you feel of seclusion in the starlight. Special bonfire will be lit to keep you warm in winters. While Rajasthani musicians will play soft tunes

Overnight at Hotel.

 
7 Days 12-13 : Udaipur
Day 12: Mihirgarh- Ranakpur- Udaipur (210kms / 5 hours)

You drive in your personal car with chauffeur for Udaipur, enroute you will visit Ranakpur Temples, in a village 91 kms from Udaipur, widely known for its marble Jain temple .Along with magnificent architecture and numerous pillars the place is also famous for large population of monkeys that live in and around the place. The Jain Temples of Ranakpur are certainly creditable for their splendid architecture. This temple is wholly constructed in light colored marble and comprises a basement covering an area of 48000 sq feet. Ranakpur Temple was also nominated amongst the top 77 wonders, while deciding for new Seven Wonders of the World.

 

 

You will have lunch at Mountabattan Lodge, Ranakpur, with compliments of Vilasa. This lodge was established in the year 1459 and has been opened to guests only in October, 2014.

 

Continuing the drive to Udaipur, also known as the “Venice of the East”. Check in to your luxury hotel at Udaipur.

 

Overnight at hotel

 
Day 13: Udaipur

After Breakfast, you will go for sightseeing of Udaipur, a city built around 5 artificial lakes also known as “Lake City”. Hollywood Movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and James Bond series “Octopussy” was shot in Udaipur. You will visit the City Palace – a palace, built in the 16th century Udai Singh II, just along Lake Pichola, Sashelion-Ki-Bari – luxurious garden where walking maid of honor of the queen, Jagdish Temple , dedicated to Vishnu, built in the style of Indo-Aryan architecture on a high terrace where is a wide staircase and Vintage Car Museum.

 

 

Experience 9: Evening Boat ride to Lake Pichola, a lake surrounded by splendid hills, palaces and temples. Enjoy the brilliant scenery while boating and take back some wonderful pictures.

 

Experience 10: Cultural show at Bagore ki Haveli in the evening.

 

Overnight at Hotel.

8 Days 14-15 : Jaipur
Day 14: Udaipur – Jaipur (400 kms/ 6 hours)

After breakfast, leave for drive in your personal car with chauffeur to Jaipur. Popularly known as Pink City, is the colorful capital of Rajasthan, With its rich and colorful pas, resplendent with tales of valor and bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was founded in the year 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber.

 

 

On arrival ,check in at Rambagh Palace, which has been ranked amongst the Top 50 Hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure 2017. The Hotel is rated amongst Top 10 Heritage hotels in the world by Travel Weekly of UK.

 
Day 15: Jaipur

After breakfast, you will go to Amber and its famous palace. Riding on elegantly caparisoned elephants, we approach the palace in the traditional way. The high gateways allow us to enter on these broad-backed animals. Inside, we will find lavish courtyards, beautifully decorated halls and the Chamber of Mirrors.

 

 

Later sightseeing tour of Jaipur city, visit Jantar Mantar, an observatory, which is equipped with instruments of astonishing size and precision, including a 90 foot high sun dial which is remarkably accurate, We will also see the ornate and elaborate Palace of Winds, the Hawa Mahal, a famous landmark of Jaipur and the City Palace museum.

 

This city was showcased in Hollywood movie “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”.

 

Experience 11: In evening explore the ‘Bazaars’ in the old city on a Rickshaw.

 

Overnight at hotel

9 Days 16 : Agra
Day 16: Jaipur – Agra (240 kms/4 hours)

After breakfast, drive in your personal car to Agra enroute Fatehpur Sikri. the capital of the Mughal Empire during the reign of Akbar in the 1571-1585 years. This is the first planned city of the Mughals with magnificent palatial architecture, part since 1986 in the UNESCO World Heritage. You will see the mosque Jama Masjid, built in the style of Indian mosques, gates Buland Darwaza , palaces Jorda Bai,Birbal Bhawan and Panch Mahal. Continue your drive to Agra. After arrival at Agra, check in to your Hotel.

 

 

Overnight at Hotel.

10 Days 17 : Delhi
Day 17: Agra – Delhi

After breakfast proceed for guided tour visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. After early breakfast, you will leave for excursion to Taj Mahal – the most outstanding monument of love in white marble, one of the seven wonders of the world. It is the most famous and long-lasting construction of the Mughal Empire, is a masterpiece of architecture. Built on the orders of the sultan Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth of fourteenth child (later was buried here himself Shah Jahan). The building began to build around 1632 and completed in 1653. The construction of the complex was invited more than 22,000 artists from all over the empire, as well as masters of Central Asia, Persia and the Middle East. The Taj Mahal is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements of Indian, Persian and Arabic architectural styles. The walls are lined with polished marble, translucent, inlaid with semi-precious stones – turquoise, agate, malachite, and carnelian. Marble has the peculiarity that in bright daylight it looks white; pink at dawn, and in the moonlight – silver. Taj Mahal is a five-domed building height of 74 m on a platform with four minarets at the corners (they are slightly tilted to the side of the tomb, in order that in case of failure as not to damage it), which adjoins the garden with fountains and a swimming pool. Inside the mausoleum are two tombs – the Shah and his wife.During the year, the Taj Mahal is visited by 3 to 5 million visitors, of which more than 200000 – from abroad. In 1983, the Taj has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage.

 

 

Later, you can visit the marble mausoleum of Itmad- ud- Daulah – architectural structure of extraordinary beauty, built by Empress Nur Jehan in memory of her father Mirza Ghiyat Beg -Mughal army commander. Then visit the Agra Fort, or the Red Fort, built by order of the Mughal emperor Akbar the Great in 1565, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is one of the most important fortresses of India, the total length of the walls which is 2, 4 km. At different times, the fort was used for military purposes and as a palace.

 

Experience 12: Visit to private collection of gems/jewellery and embroidery/ tapestries in Agra.

 

After the visit, leave for Delhi. On arrival transfer to Airport where you will meet our representative and transfer to International airport for your onward flight.

 

Accommodation
Accommodation

List of Hotels according to there Respective City

CITY HOTEL DETAILS
Delhi The Imperial View Hotel
Alsisar Alsisar Mahal  
Bikaner Gajner Palace  
Jaisalmer The Serai View Hotel
Jodhpur Umaid Bhawan Palace View Hotel
Mihirgarh Mihirgarh View Hotel
Udaipur The Leela  
Jaipur Rambagh Palace View Hotel
Agra The Oberoi Amarvilas View Hotel
Inclusions & Exclusions
Our offered prices would include and exclude below items
Inclusions:

» Total 16 nights programme in based on above mentioned hotels.

» Accommodation on bed & breakfast basis in base category room.

» All transfers, tours and excursion as per itinerary using Toyota Camry or similar.

» Services of an accompanying english speaking guide cum escort throughout the tour.

» Entrance fees to sites and monuments mentioned in the Itinerary for one visit only.

» Elephant ride at Amber Fort-Jaipur (Subject to availability).

» Boat ride at Lake Pichola Udaipur.

» Dinner at sand & dunes Jaisalmer.

» All the experiences mentioned in the Itinerary.

» Assistance on arrival at hotel for smooth Check-in

» All taxes, tolls, parking fees and service tax.

Exclusions:

» Any airfare (International / Domestic).

» Passport and Visa fees for India.

» Lunch or other meals OR options not mentioned in the itinerary / cost inclusion.

» Any item of personal nature and gratuities.

» Any insurance.

» Additional nights for participants, which is offered at additional cost to individual participants.

» Tips and porterage

Special Value Add ons – Courtesy “VILASA LUXURY”

» Bottled water available in vehicle during travel.

»Wet tissues available for clients in the vehicle.

» Gift Card of Oberoi hotels for the Value of INR 5000, which can be used in any Oberoi hotel.

» Express check – in at all hotels.

» Farewell Dinner with a Souvenir from Vilasa Luxury

Note:

If you are more people travelling together please contact us for special cost.

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