Buddhism Vehicles in India

In order to clarify the variations between the many different schools and traditions of Buddhism, the schools are often divided into the three Yanas, meaning ‘Vehicles’ or ‘Paths’. These three are: the Hinayana, Mahayana and Tantrayana. Within the various vehicles, much variation can still exist, which is further explained in the pages that deal with the traditions, like Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.

A major reason for this development of different schools within Buddhism may be that the Buddha taught for decades. Given the vast amount of teachings it is not easy to unanimously decide what the exact interpretation of all teachings should be, or even how to summarise them logically.

Depending on who the Buddha would be teaching to, the explanation would be quite different and sometimes seemingly contradictory. This can be understood as skilful means; a satisfying explanation to a learned philosopher is probably too complex for an uneducated person. On top of this, the Buddha clearly stated that he did not just intend to teach a doctrine, but intended to show the path that people can follow for their own development. This intention ultimately leads to the point where every individual has to decide which practices to follow and how to interpret the teachings, rather than adhering to a fixed doctrine.

THERAVADA AND HINAYANA: The Theravada tradition is based on the set of teachings decided by the Third Council to contain the teachings of the Buddha. Shri Lanka has played a central role in preserving the Theravada scriptures and practices. After the Third Council, the Tripitaka collection of sutras were taken to Shri Lanka. Most of these were originally in the Pali language, but some were compiled in other languages. Through the centuries however, all teachings were translated into Pali (around 35 BCE). Initially, most ordained Sangha were known as parivrajahas (wanderers).

They would assemble during the rainy season when travelling became problematic. Gradually, buildings were donated and the Sangha became more static. Just a century after the Buddha passed away, monasteries became the main mechanism for preservation of the teachings. Also extra monastic rules were introduced. Only during one short period in history Buddhism was banned in Shri Lanka, but it was later restored with teachings from Thailand which in turn had originated in Shri Lanka. The main countries where the Theravada tradition is currently alive and well in Shri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia and Laos.

The teachings on the Four Noble Truths and meditation form the basis of Theravada practice.
The term Hinayana (smaller Vehicle) appeared only much later, around the first century CE, when teachings of a different nature appeared which were called Mahayana (greater Vehicle).

MAHAYANA: The Mahayana appears to have developed between the 1st Century BC to the 1st Century CE. About the 2nd Century CE Mahayana became clearly defined. Master Nagarjuna developed the Mahayana philosophy of Sunyata (emptiness) and proved that everything is Void in a small text called Madhyamika-karika. After the 1st Century CE., the Mahayanists took a definite stand and only then the terms of Mahayana and Hinayana were introduced.

Around the first century CE, teachings of a different style appeared. The terms Mahayana and Hinayana appeared in the Saddharma Pundarika Sutra or the Sutra of the Lotus of the Good Law. Of great influence to the development of the Mahayana was Master Nagarjuna (2nd Century CE) who is known for his profound teachings on the philosophy of emptiness. About the 4th Century CE, the Masters Asanga and Vasubandhu wrote enormous amount of works on Mahayana. The Mahayana teachings were mainly written down in Sanskrit, and are now called the Mahayana Sutras.

A clear division arose between the schools following the traditional teachings and Mahayana. Although the main philosophical differences may be small, they have profound consequences for the practices involved.

The Mahayana philosophy is based on the older tradition and fully accepts these teachings, but not all traditional interpretations. One of the most important aspects is for example the traditional interpretation that Buddhahood can be achieved only by very few people. The Mahayana teaches instead that every sentient being (being with a mind) can become a Buddha, the only thing preventing our full enlightenment is the failure to improve one’s own actions and state of mind. The Mahayana tradition claims that all their sutras have been taught directly by Shakyamuni Buddha or have at least been inspired by the Buddha.

The main Mahayana motivation is to lead all sentient beings to enlightenment. Liberation from cyclic existence (Nirvana) and Buddhahood for oneself are regarded simply as fortunate by-products of one’s efforts to help all beings. In fact, the only possible motivation with which one can become a Buddha is the altruistic wish to lead all sentient beings away from suffering.

This motivation is reflected in taking an additional set of vows, known as Bodhisattva vows on top of taking Refuge. The main vow is to free all sentient beings from suffering. These vows are not taken for this life only, but for all future lives as well, until this goal is achieved. The main practices of a Mahayanist are summarised in the 6 perfections: the perfection of giving, ethics, patience, joyous effort, concentration and wisdom.

TANTRAYANA: Around the 6th. century AD, within the Mahayana tradition the tantras or tantric texts emerged. Based firmly on the Hinayana and Mahayana tradition, the actual philosophy differs only slightly from the Mahayana, but the practices can be quite different.

Prior to engaging in tantric practices, a proper understanding of the Hinayana and Mahayana philosophy is considered essential. Only then should one obtain initiation or permission from a qualified tantric master to do a specific tantric practice. Tantric practices are psychologically very profound techniques to quickly achieve Buddhahood. This is considered important, not for oneself, but because as a Buddha one has the best achievable qualities to help others. The motivation is: ‘the faster I can achieve Buddhahood, the sooner I can be of maximum benefit to others’.

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Buddhist Destinations in India

There are between four and sixteen principal Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India, with the most important located primarily in the Ganges Valley of India.

LUMBINI: One of the most important place of Buddhist pilgrimage is Lumbini, located near the Nepal-India border. This is where Gautam Buddha was born to a royal family in 556 B.C.E. Many auspicious signs accompanied the Buddha’s birth, including the sprouting of the bodhi tree. The great Buddhist ruler Ashoka visited the site two centuries later, constructing a stupa (mound, usually of earth) and pillar in recognition. Although largely destroyed now, these remain important marks of the Buddha’s birthplace.

BODHGAYA: The Buddha attained enlightenment at the age of 29 in the town of Bodhgaya in India. After settling under a tree, the Buddha made the resolve not to move until he had achieved enlightenment. After three days and nights of profound meditation this goal was realised. The bodhi tree under which the Buddha sat has been destroyed both intentionally and naturally many times since this time of enlightenment. It has continued to re sprout and is visible today.

The Mahabodhi Temple marks Bodhgaya. The origins of the Temple are unclear. Some claim the Temple could have been built as early as the third century by Ashoka, others claim the Temple was built between the fifth and seventh centuries. A thriving Monastic Order continues in the area today, with three monasteries catering for locals and foreigners alike.

SARNATH: At Sarnath in the Ganges Valley of India, the Buddha proclaimed the law of faith. It was here that he taught the keys aspects of Buddhism: the four noble truths, the eightfold path and the middle way philosophy. The Buddha encouraged followers to avoid extremes of austerity or pleasure. The remains of monasteries dating from the third century B.C.E. to the first century C.E. indicate a thriving monastic community.

SHRAVASTI: Another of the most commonly visited places of Buddhist pilgrimage is Shravasti. It is here that the Buddha is said to have performed great miracles. One story tells of how on throwing down the seed of a mango, a great mango tree instantly arose. Another story tells of how the Buddha stood in the air, the lower part of his body engulfed in flames, with five hundred jets of water streaming from the top of his body.

SANKASHAYA: In Sankashaya the Buddha descended from the Tushita Heaven. It is said that during the forty-first year of the Buddha’s life, he went to the Tushita Heaven to teach Dharma to his mother, who had died shortly after the Buddha’s death. Ashoka later built a Temple on the site. Today, little of the site’s glory remains. This is the only important place of Buddhist pilgrimage where no temples, or monasteries exist today.

NALANDA: Nalanda is important both because it was blessed with the presence of the Buddha, and because of the famous monastic university developed there. This university also named Nalanda (meaning ‘insatiable in giving’) played a central role in the development of Buddhism in India.

RAJGIR: Rajgir is another place in the Ganges Valley where the Buddha walked and preached. Perhaps the most important event of the Buddha’s visits to Rajgir was the conversion of two future disciples, Sariputra and Maudgalyayana. While Sariputra was credited with greater intelligence, Maudgalyayana wielded a greater power for miracles. 

OTHER PLACES: Other commemorative monuments to the spread in Buddhism in India include Sanchi, Bharhut, Amaravati, and Nagarjunakonda where great Buddhist stupas and Buddhist university sites remain. India also boosts the famous Buddhist Cave Temples, Ajanta, Ellora, Kanheri and Karli located in western India.

The places of birth and enlightenment are perhaps the two most important sites of pilgrimage for Buddhists in the world today. These are accompanied by a number of other sites marking the spread of Buddhism throughout the Indian sub-continent.

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Buddhist Councils

The First Council: Three months after the Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana (passing away), his immediate disciples convened a council at Rajagaha. Maha Kassapa, the most respected and senior monk, presided at the Council.

Two very important personalities who specialised in the two areas of the teachings: 

– The Dharma: Ananda, the closest constant companion and disciple of the Buddha for 25 years. Endowed with a remarkable memory, Ananda was able to recite what was spoken by the Buddha.

– The Vinaya: Upali remembered all the Vinaya rules.
Only these two sections – the Dharma and the Vinaya – were recited at the First Council (no mention was made of the Abhidharma yet). Though there were no differences of opinion on the Dharma there was some discussion about the Vinaya rules.

Before the Buddha’s Parinirvanana, he had told Ananda that if the Sangha wished to amend or modify some minor rules, they could do so. But Ananda forgot to ask the Buddha what the minor rules were. As the members of the Council were unable to agree as to what constituted the minor rules, Maha Kassapa finally ruled that no disciplinary rule laid down by the Buddha should be changed, and no new ones should be introduced. No intrinsic reason was given. Maha Kassapa did say one thing, however: “If we changed the rules, people will say that Ven. Gautama’s disciples changed the rules even before his funeral fire has ceased burning.” At the Council, the Dharma was divided into various parts and each part was assigned to an Elder and his pupils to commit to memory. The Dharma was then passed on from teacher to pupil orally. The Dharma was recited daily by groups of people who regularly cross-checked with each other to ensure that no omissions or additions were made.

The Second Council: According to the Theravadin school (Rahula), about one hundred years after the Buddha’s passing away, the Second Council was held to discuss some Vinaya rules, and no controversy about the Dharma was reported. The orthodox monks (Sthavarivada) said that nothing should be changed, while the others insisted on modifying some rules. Finally, a group of monks left the Council and formed the Mahasanghika – the Great Community. (The Mahasanghika should not to be confused with Mahayana.)

According to another version (Skilton), the Second Council may have had two parts: initially in Vaisali, some 60 years after the Buddha, and 40 years after that, a meeting in Pataliputra, where Mahadeva maintained five theses on the Arhat. The actual split may have occurred at Pataliputra, not Vaisali over details of the Vinaya. In the non-Theravadin version of events, the Mahasangha followed the original vinaya and the Sthaviravada (the Elders) wanted changes. What exactly happened is unlikely to be ever revealed, but the first split in the Sangha was a fact.

The Third Council: During the reign of Emperor Asoka in the 3rd Century BCE, the Third Council was held to discuss the differences of opinion among the bhikkhus of different sects. At this Council differences of opinion were not confined to the Vinaya, but also concerned the Dharma. The President of the Council, Moggaliputta Tissa, compiled a book called the Kathavatthu which refuted the heretical, false views and theories held by some sects occurring at the time. The teaching approved and accepted by this Council became known as Sthaviras or Theravada, “Teaching of the Elders”. The Abhidhamma Pitaka was included at this Council. After the Third Council, King Asoka sent missionaries to Sri Lanka, Kanara, Karnataka, Kashmir, Himalaya region, Burma, even nowadays Afghanistan. Asoka’s son, Ven. Mahinda, brought the Tripitaka to Sri Lanka, along with the commentaries that were recited at the Third Council. These teachings later became known as the “Pali-canon”.

The Fourth Council: The Fourth Buddhist Council was held under the auspices of King Kaniska at Jalandhar or in Kashmir around 100 CE, where 499 monks of the Sarvastivadin school compiled a new canon. This council was never recognised by the Theravada school.

The Fifth Council (Burma): The 5th Buddhist Council was held from 1868 to 1871 in Mandalay, Burma where the text of the Pali Canon was revised and inscribed on 729 marble slabs.

The Sixth Council (Burma): The 6th Buddhist Council was held at Rangoon, Burma in 1954-1956.

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Tantrik Buddhism

Buddhism in the Eastern Himalayan sector has a special significance. Tibetan Tantric Buddhism has been introduced by Guru Padmasambhaba more than 400 years ago. The mystic Monasteries, belonging to the different sects & sub-sects of Mahayana Buddhism dominate the whole of Sikkim and Darjeeling Himalayas. There are numbers of Buddhist Monasteries in this region of which 20 are very important. Each one has its own fascinating history, generates tremendous interest among the visitors, be it the architectural feature or the spiritual message embedded in them. The Tantric factor has added to the legends and to the beliefs of Lamaism (Tantric Buddhism). The Lamas here are believed to have the power of flying from one place to another. The colors add to mystery and so do the mask dances. Discover the culture, where only peace prevails making this the Abode of the Gods. Our specially designed monastery tours gives you an opportunity to know the every details accepts of the Tantric Buddhism & the Tibetan culture of the Eastern Himalayas while exploring the monasteries of the region.


“Tantra activates many powerful subtle energies in our body and mind and, if we do not have any mental training or discipline, this excess energy will take the path of least resistance through our negative emotions of attachment, jealousy, pride, egotism, and so on” Lama Ganchen

“Pure intellect, indeed, detached from soul, is the death of Man. Intellect, self-confident and isolated in arrogant complacency, does not ennoble Man. It humiliates him, deprives him of his personality. It kills that loving participation in the life of things and creatures of which the soul, with its emotions and intuitions, is capable. Intellect, by itself alone, is dead and also deadly – a principle of disintegration.”

From Giuseppe Tucci’s “The Theory and Practice of the Mandala” – RiderWhy are Buddhists so secretive of Lord Buddha, Buddhism in Indiatantra? Tantric practice is a highly advanced form of psycho-physical exercises in order to achieve transformation of one’s body and mind quickly into the perfected state of a Buddha. Simply said, these methods are not without danger when used without the proper guidance and precautions. To avoid people getting involved in these practices without proper guidance, the practices are kept secret for people without explicit permission to practice from a qualified teacher. Often, teachers require disciples to do extensive practices before being allowed any permission; more about that is written in below paragraphs on prerequisites and preliminaries. So please keep in mind that the secrecy around tantra is basically for safety, just like it is proper to lock a gun away from the reach of children.

Whatever is included on these web pages about tantra is general knowledge which is allowed for uninitiated to read, and is intended to at least take away some misunderstandings about tantric practices.

MOTIVATION FOR PRACTICE: To clarify where tantric practices fit in the Buddhist system, it may be useful to explain a bit more about the various motivations or scopes. Traditionally, only the “small, middle and high scope” are taught to distinguish the various motivations for practising. Here, I would like to present a somewhat unconventional approach, starting even below spiritual practice:

– The “Animal Scope”: Wanting immediate happiness for oneself.
– The “Worldly Human Scope”: Wanting immediate happiness for oneself and others.
– The Buddhist Small Scope: Wanting happiness for oneself in a future life. Lord Buddha, Buddhism in India
– The Buddhist Middle Scope: Wanting to escape the cycle of uncontrolled rebirth for oneself. (Hinayana)
– The Buddhist Great Scope: Wanting others to go beyond suffering forever (enlightenment), and reach Buddhahood oneself to help others on their path. (Mahayana)
– The “Buddhist Tantric Scope”: Wanting others to be happy as soon as possible, and reach Buddhahood oneself quickly to serve them. (Vajrayana)

A teaching from “Being Peace” by Thitch Nhat Hahn: “A woman who practices reciting Buddha Amitabha’s name, is very tough and recites “NAMO AMITABHA BUDDHA” three times daily. Although she is doing this practice for over 10 years, she is still quite mean, shouting at people all the time. She starts her practice lighting incense and hitting a little bell.

A friend wanted to teach her a lesson, and just as she began her recitation, he came to her door and called out: “miss Nuyen, miss Nuyen!”.

As this was the time for her practice she got annoyed, but she said to herself: “I have to struggle against my anger, so I will just ignore it.” And she continued: “NAMO AMITABHA BUDDHA, NAMO AMITABHA BUDDHA…”

Lord Buddha, Buddhism in IndiaBut the man continued to shout her name, and she became more and more oppressive.
She struggled against it and wondered if she should stop the recitation to give the man a piece of her mind, but she continued reciting: “NAMO AMITABHA BUDDHA, NAMO AMITABHA BUDDHA…”

The man outside heard it and continued: “Miss Nuyen, miss Nuyen…”
Then she could not stand it anymore, jumped up, slammed the door and went to the gate and shouted: “Why do you have to behave like that? I am doing my practice and you keep on shouting my name over and over!”

The gentleman smiled at her and said: “I just called your name for ten minutes and you are so angry. You have been calling Amitabha Buddha’s name for more then ten years now; just imagine how angry he must be by now!”

PREREQUISITES: The following aspects are considered prerequisites before a disciple can engage in tantric practice:

1. Refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. 
2. Renunciation: a realisation is best, but a proper understanding is essential.
3. Bodhicitta: a realisation is best, but a proper understanding is essential. For most of the initiations, it is required to take the aspiring Bodhisattva vows or the Bodhisattva vows. Lord Buddha, Buddhism in India
4. Emptiness: a direct realisation is best, but a proper understanding is essential (see the page on Wisdom).
5. Reliance on a spiritual teacher: proper confidence in a teacher and verifying his/her qualifications is essential.
6. Empowerment or initiation: without this ceremonial permission to practice by a qualified teacher, tantric practice is improper.
7. Tantric vows: for the higher tantric classes, one needs to take tantric vows. These vows are secret to the uninitiated, so students need to take ‘a leap of faith’ and trust the teacher and the practice before taking them. <br>
8. Faith/confidence: solid confidence both in the teacher and the teachings is essential to avoid serious karmic problems when doubts arise. ‘Blind faith’ will generally not have the power to pull someone through when things are difficult.

The only proper motivation to practice tantra is bodhicitta, or the wish to become fully enlightened in order to help all sentient beings. This is the reason why at least an understanding of bodhicitta is essential prior to engaging in tantric practice. To enforce this motivation, usually, an extra prerequisite is taking either the Aspirational Vows or the full Bodhisattva Vows.

Next, at least some understanding of the philosophyLord Buddha, Buddhism India of emptiness is essential for tantric practice, as this is the basic mental state in which tantric practice becomes more than just ritual or strange practice of imagination.

Ideally, a tantric practitioner should have full realisations of bodhicitta and emptiness instead of merely a conceptual understanding. In that case, tantric practice can guide one very swiftly to the state of Buddhahood.

PRELIMINARY PRACTICES: Many teachers (depending on the specific school) require one to engage in the so-called preliminary practices before giving initiation to disciples.
These preliminary practices traditionally consist of:
– Making 100,000 mandala offerings to generate merit by generosity
– Reciting 100,000 refuge prayers (to increase one’s confidence
– Reciting 100,000 Vajrasattva mantras to purify obstacles
– Making 100,000 prostrations to counteract pride

Depending on the teacher and the disciple, other practices are sometimes given:

– Offering 100,000 water-bowls.
– Reciting 100,000 Guru’s name mantras: Guru-yoga, to generate confidence and establish a deeper relationship with the teacher.
– Making 100,000 clay images or ‘tsa-tsas’ in Tibetan
– Reciting 100,000 Samayavajra mantras (somewhat similar to Vajrasattva)
– Making 100,000 fire offerings to Vajra Daka (Dorje Khadro).

Not only are these excellent methods to accumulate the necessary positive energy (karma) to have success in the practice, but they also help in the purification of obstacles to the practice.

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Buddhism in India

It began with the life of Siddhartha Gautama (ca. 563-483 B.C.), a prince from the small Shakya Kingdom located in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. Brought up in luxury, the prince abandoned his home and wandered forth as a religious beggar, searching for the meaning of existence. The stories of his search presuppose the Jain tradition, as Gautama was for a time a practitioner of intense austerity, at one point almost starving himself to death. He decided, however, that self-torture weakened his mind while failing to advance him to enlightenment and therefore turned to a milder style of renunciation and concentrated on advanced meditation techniques.

Eventually, under a tree in the forests of Gaya (in modern Bihar), he resolved to stir no farther until he had solved the mystery of existence. Breaking through the final barriers, he achieved the knowledge that he later expressed as the Four Noble Truths: all of life is suffering; the cause of suffering is desire; the end of desire leads to the end of suffering; and the means to end desire is a path of discipline and meditation. Gautama was now the Buddha, or the awakened one, and he spent the remainder of his life traveling about northeast India converting large numbers of disciples. At the age of eighty, the Buddha achieved his final passing away (parinirvana) and died, leaving a thriving monastic order and a dedicated lay community to continue his work.

By the third century B.C., the still-young religion based on the Buddha’s teachings was being spread throughout South Asia through the agency of the Mauryan Empire (ca. 326-184 B.C.; see The Mauryan Empire, ch. 1). By the seventh century A.D., having spread throughout East Asia and Southeast Asia, Buddhism probably had the largest religious following in the world.

For centuries Indian royalty and merchants patronized Buddhist monasteries and raised beautiful, hemispherical stone structures called stupas over the relics of the Buddha in reverence to his memory. Since the 1840s, archaeology has revealed the huge impact of Buddhist art, iconography, and architecture in India. The monastery complex at Nalanda in Bihar, in ruins in 1993, was a world center for Buddhist philosophy and religion until the thirteenth century. But by the thirteenth century, when Turkic invaders destroyed the remaining monasteries on the plains, Buddhism as an organized religion had practically disappeared from India.

It survived only in Bhutan and Sikkim, both of which were then independent Himalayan kingdoms; among tribal groups in the mountains of northeast India; and in Sri Lanka. The reasons for this disappearance are unclear, and they are many: shifts in royal patronage from Buddhist to Hindu religious institutions; a constant intellectual struggle with dynamic Hindu intellectual schools, which eventually triumphed; and slow adoption of popular religious forms by Buddhists while Hindu monastic communities grew up with the same style of discipline as the Buddhists, leading to the slow but steady amalgamation of ideas and trends in the two religions.

Buddhism began a steady and dramatic comeback in India during the early twentieth century, spurred on originally by a combination of European antiquarian and philosophical interest and the dedicated activities of a few Indian devotees. The foundation of the Mahabodhi Society (Society of Great Enlightenment) in 1891, originally as a force to wrest control of the Buddhist shrine at Gaya from the hands of Hindu managers, gave a large stimulus to the popularization of Buddhist philosophy and the importance of the religion in India’s past.

The forms of Buddhism practiced by Himalayan communities and Tibetan refugees are part of the Vajrayana, or “Way of the Lightning Bolt,” that developed after the seventh century A.D. as part of Mahayana (Great Path) Buddhism. Although retaining the fundamental importance of individual spiritual advancement, the Vajrayana stresses the intercession of bodhisattvas, or enlightened beings, who remain in this world to aid others on the path. Until the twentieth century, the Himalayan kingdoms supported a hierarchy in which Buddhist monks, some identified from birth as bodhisattvas, occupied the highest positions in society.

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About Buddhism

Buddhism in India
It began with the life of Siddhartha Gautama (ca. 563-483 B.C.), a prince from the small Shakya Kingdom located in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. Brought up in luxury, the prince abandoned his home and wandered forth as a religious beggar, searching for the meaning of existence.

Tantrik Buddhism
Buddhism in the Eastern Himalayan sector has a special significance. Tibetan Tantric Buddhism has been introduced by Guru Padmasambhaba more than 400 years ago. The mystic Monasteries, belonging to the different sects & sub-sects of Mahayana Buddhism dominate the whole of Sikkim and Darjeeling Himalayas.

Buddhist Councils
Three months after the Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana (passing away), his immediate disciples convened a council at Rajagaha. Maha Kassapa, the most respected and senior monk, presided at the Council.

Buddhist Destinations in India
There are between four and sixteen principal Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India, with the most important located primarily in the Ganges Valley of India.

Buddhism Vehicles in India 
In order to clarify the variations between the many different schools and traditions of Buddhism, the schools are often divided into the three Yanas, meaning ‘Vehicles’ or ‘Paths’. These three are: the Hinayana, Mahayana and Tantrayana. Within the various vehicles, much variation can still exist, which is further explained in the pages that deal with the traditions, like Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.

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Rajasthan Special Trip

Duration: 21 Nights / 22 Days
Places Covered: Delhi – Agra – Bharatpur – Ranthambhore – Kota – Bundi – Chittaurgarh – Udaipur – Kumbhalgarh – Mt Abu – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Bikaner – Mandawa – Jaipur – Delhi

Day 01 / Arrival Delhi 
Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 02 / Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast take a sightseeing tour of New Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British empire. Visit the 11th century Qutab Minar, India Gate and the grand government buildings, the President’s House , Red fort , Mahatama Gandhi Memorial. Also visit Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 03 / Delhi – Agra 
Early morning drive to the city of Taj- Agra .Arrive Agra in approx. 4 hours & transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit the Red fort – the rusty and majestic red- sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcoveof inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms.Evening free to explore the Agra’s rich heritage of handicrafts in its markets. Night stay in Agra.

Day 04 / Agra – Bharatpur
Early morning at sunrise visit the magnificient Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan’s beloved wife.Later drive to Bharatpur. If you are craving for exciting action in the lap of Nature, Bharatpur is the destination. A day at the biggest Bird Park in Asia, making friends with and tracking over 350 distinct species of birds, is an exhilarating experience. Night stay in Bharatpur.

Day 05 / Bharatpur – Ranthambhore
Morning drive to Ranthambhore- famous for the wildlife sanctuary which is said to have the India’s friendliest Tigers and also considered to be the best place in the world to photograph the tiger in its natural habitat. Arrive Ranthambhore & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Ranthambhore.

Day 06 / Ranthambhore
Early morning jungle safari in a Canter (a vehicle which is open on the top) in the National Park. Back to hotel for lunch. Later in the afternoon a second visit to the National Park and enjoy the game viewing . Night stay in Ranthambhore.

Day 07 / Ranthambhore – Kota
Early morning again visit the Jungle in search of tiger. Later drive to Kota & transfer to hotel . Afternoon visit the palace , museum & also visit the fort city Bundi. Night stay in Kota.

Day 08 / Kota – Bundi 
Morning drive to Bundi . Arrive and transfer to hotel. Later visit various attractions at Bundi along with the Palaces famed for its murals. Night stay in Bundi.

Day 09 / Bundi – Chittaurgarh
Morning drive to Chittaurgarh travelling through the ancient temples of Bijoliyan and Menal. Arrive & transfer to hotel. Later proceed for a half day sight seeing tour of various attractions of Chittaurgarh and then move out to the Nagda and Eklingji temples. Rest of the day for shopping and leisure and evening for cultural entertainment. Night stay in Chittaurgarh.

Day 10 / Chittaurgarh – Udaipur 
Morning drive to Udaipur and transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit the Jagdish temple and Sahelion Ki Bari ( Queen’s resort for their friends). Night stay in Udaipur.

Day 11 / Udaipur 
Morning city sight seeing tour of Udaipur. The city is built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh and has been described as the most romantic spot on the continent of India by Col. James Todd. Visit the City Palace museum, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir ( Folk art museum) and the Pratap Memorial. Rest of the day at leisure. Night stay in Udaipur.

Day 12 / Udaipur – Kumbhalgarh 
Morning drive to Kumbhalgarh. Visit the enormous fort and palace built by Maharana Kumbha which was never seiged. Also visit the wild life sanctuary, Tribal villages and the Ranakpur Jain Temples. Night stay in Kumbhalgarh.

Day 13 / Kumbhalgarh – Mt Abu
Morning drive to Mt Abu. Arrive & transfer to hotel. Later by evening visit the incomparable Delwara Temples and the sunset point. Night stay in Mt Abu.

Day 14 / Mt Abu – Jodhpur 
Morning drive to Jodhpur. Arrive & transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Jodhpur.

Day 15 / Jodhpur
Morning half day jeep safari to Bishnoi villages to see the sincere concerns shown by Bishnoi community for environmental conservation. Later back at Jodhpur and visit Mehrangarh Fort, Mehrangarh Fort was founded in 15th century by the Rathore Rajputs when they shifted their capital from nearby Mandore to Jodhpur. Mehrangarh appears to rise from bluff-coloured sandstone hill itself, so well built into the base that it is difficult to tell where the hill ends and the walls begin. It is approached by a series of seven gateways set at an angle so that armies could not charge them with any success. Pass the gates, the fort-palace takes one’s breath away . Across from huge courtyards are the set wings of palatial apartments that have been built over five centuries of bristling history. Also visit the Jaswant Thada, located half way up the interminably long road that climbs onwards to the fort, is the traditional cremation ground of the rulers of Jodhpur. Taking pride of place amongst the ornamental gardens and chattris is the fabulous white marble memorial to Jaswant Singh II, built in 1899. The cenotaphs of other rulers, in the same neighbourhood, are relatively simpler. Inside the main hall are royal portraits and other possessions. Night stay in Jodhpur.

Day 16 / Jodhpur – Jaisalmer 
Morning drive to Jaisalmer. Arrive & transfer to hotel. Later in the evening visit the abandoned haunting village of Kuldhera and take an enjoying camel ride at the golden sand dunes of the Samm by the sunset. Night stay in Jaisalmer.

Day 17 / Jaisalmer 
Morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing of various attractions of the town covering fort with its temples & palaces, the Havelis, the amazing maze of lanes and bylanes, Gadsisar tank, Bada Bagh and Vyas Chhattries. ( 80 meters above plains ) & Jain Temples within the Fort, built in 12th to 15th century which are very worth watching. The specialty of the Fort is that still approximately 5000 people are living inside. Visit Fort Palace & atop from Palace you can have the golden view of whole Jaisalmer city as whole city is built in yellow sand stones, when sun rays fall on the city, it give impression as golden city of India. Afterwards visit Patwon Ki Haveli and Nath Ji Mal Ki Haveli. Evening reserved for folk entertainment. Night stay in Jaisalmer.

Day 18 / Jaisalmer – Bikaner 
Morning drive to Bikaner travelling through the Kheechan village and spend some time there with migratory cranes. At Bikaner visit the Junagarh Fort and the Karnimata Temple at Deshnok. Also visit the prestigious camel breeding farm in the evening. Night saty in Bikaner.

Day 19 / Bikaner – Mandawa
Morning drive through the Tal Chhaper Deer Sanctuary and finally reach this cute little town Mandawa. Arrive & transfer to hotel. Later go for a walk in the town and survey some of the most beautiful frescoes in the Havelis of Dundlod, Laxmangarh, Nawalgarh and Mukundgarh. Night stay in Mandawa.

Day 20 / Mandawa – Jaipur 
Morning drive to Jaipur and transfer to hotel. In the evening walk through many interesting lanes of Jaipur, which are full of shops of artisans, temples and traditional houses. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 21 / Jaipur
After a leisurely breakfast , visit the majestic Amber Fort, is one that cannot be easily described. Ride up on Elephants to the former capital of the royals set against the backdrop of the wooded hills. Later visit the City Palace, Palace of Winds also known as Hawa Mahal, this elaborate building, now little more than a façade, is encrusted with delicate screen sand carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneak views of the outside world. Past, present and future merge at Jai Singh’s observatory, where time has been accurately measured since the 17th century. Evening enjoy dinner at Chokhi dhani (an ethnic village resort) where you will have an idea of the village life of Rajasthan here you will also enjoy various traditional Rajasthani dances, puppet show and various other interesting activities. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 22 / Jaipur – Delhi – Departure 
After a relaxed breakfast drive to Delhi & transfer to airport to board the flight back home.

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Rural Heart of Rajasthan

Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Places Covered: Delhi – Neemrana – Jaipur – Ranthambhore – Kota – Bijaipur – Dhariyawad – Dungarpur – Udaipur – Dungarpur – Delhi

Day 01 : Abroad – Delhi 
Arrive Delhi. Meet and assistance on arrival and transfer from airport to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi
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) and the Rajghat (the cremation site of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi).

Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi, drive past Safdarjang’s Tomb (1753 AD). Visit the 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 and Connaught Place.

Day 03 : Delhi – Neemrana (122kms) 
Morning drive to Neemrana. Upon arrival in Neemrana, check into Hotel Neemrana Fort, one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan converted into a hotel. Afternoon explore the nearby village and visit 18th century step-well located at walking distance. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 : Neemrana- Jaipur (145 kms)
Morning drive to Jaipur and upon arrival check into Hotel Rambagh Palace for two nights. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 : Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort (located on a hill overlooking the Maota Lake). You will climb to the fort on gaily-caparisoned elephants. It is a stunning example of Rajput architecture.

Afternoon city tour of Jaipur, popularly known as ” The Pink City of Rajasthan”. Visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), which is an elaborate façade behind which ladies of the court used to observe life going on in the streets below. Also visit the City Palace, a wonderful blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture where the present Maharaja still resides. Also visit the Museum, which houses a rare collection of manuscripts, paintings, carpets and armory. Explore the Jantar Mantar, the observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh in 1728. It is the best preserved amongst five observatories built by him. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 : Jaipur- Ranthambore (182 kms)
Morning drive south to Ranthambore National Park, a former private Royal hunting preserve. It lies at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya Hills. Stay two nights at the Sawai Madhopur Lodge. Afternoon game drive.

Day 07 : Ranthambhore 

Morning and evening game viewing

Much of this area comprises arid scrub jungles, together with forested hills and artificial lakes. There is an impressive range of birdlife on the lakes. The animal species includes sambar, chital, nilgai, chinkara, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, tiger and leopard. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 : Ranthambore – Kota (125 kms)
Morning drive to Kota en route visiting Bundi. Visit the City Palace and the tremendous Taragarh or the Star Fort. Continue drive to Kota and check into Hotel Brij Raj Bhawan / Umed Bhawan for one night. Afternoon visit to Kota City Palace and Museum with its outstanding collection of miniature paintings.

Day 09 : Kota – Bijaipur (170 Kms)
Morning drive to Biajipur, en route visiting the Bijolia, the cluster of 11th century temples, and the well-preserved 12th century temples at Menal. Stay one night at the 16th century Bijaipur Castle amid the Vidhyachal ranges. Afternoon free to take a jeep out to Pangarh Fort.

Day 10 : Bijaipur- Dhariyawad (150 Kms)
Morning drive south to Dhariyawad. En route visit Chittorgarh, one of the most spectacular forts in Rajasthan. The impressive remains of temples, towers and palaces date from the 7th to the 15th centuries. Upon arrival check into Hotel Dhariyawad Fort for one night. The small, river bank town of Dhariyawad is centered around the 16th century fort. Evening free to wander around the village.

Day 11 : Dhariyawad – Dungarpur (100 Kms)
Morning drive to Dungarpur, a small town nestling in the Aravalli hills. Check into the 19th century Udai Bilas Palace, the erstwhile Royal Residence, and lye on the banks of the Gaibsagar Lake. Afternoon drive upto the old palace to see the colorful and vibrant frescoes, exquisite miniature paintings, glass and mirror inlay work. Proceed to the top of the hill to watch the sun set over the hills.

Day 12 : Dungarpur- Udaipur (120 kms)

Morning drive to Udaipur. On arrival check into Hotel Shiv Niwas Palace / Lake Palace for two nights. Afternoon motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace – the other lovely island palace in the middle of the lake. Built by Maharana Karan Singhji in 1622 as a pleasure palace for royal function, this island palace has also provided refuge to Prince Khurram who was more known as Emperor Shah Jahan. It is also believed that he got the inspiration to build the Taj Mahal from this Island Palace. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 : Udaipur
Morning, sightseeing tour of Udaipur. This is possibly the most romantic city in Rajasthan. There would be no doubt as to why it is called the “Venice of the East”. Maharana Udai Singh founded the city in 1568. Udaipur is full of palaces, temples and havelis, ranging from the modest to the extravagant. Visit the City Palace. At this palace complex, you will marvel at the rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows, inlaid marble balconies and the peacock courtyard. Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari gardens, the Jagdish temple and the local folk museum. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 : Udaipur – Delhi by flight 

Morning transfer from hotel to the airport in time to take flight for Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival and check into hotel Taj Palace.
Evening transfer from hotel to the international airport to connect flight for onward destination.

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Royal Rajasthan Trip

Duration: 10 Days
Places Covered: Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner

Day 01: Delhi – Jaipur (250 km, 06 hours) 
Arrive at Indra Gandhi International Airport. Receiving and assisting at the Airport. Transferring to the hotel booked. On arrival the guest will be welcomed in a traditional way by putting a Tilak a red color mark on the forehead with some sweets and a welcome drink.
After breakfast drive to Jaipur. Reaching your destination arrive and check in at hotel Hawa Mahal. Over night stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Jaipur Sightseeing
Full day sightseeing of Jaipur City. The tour starts with the exhilarating excursion to Amber Fort crowning at top of the hill. A royal ride on elephant up to the hill will take your imagination in the world of kings and Nawabs. Visit the Jagmandir or the hall of victory, Jaimahal amidst the center of the lake is adorned with the exquisite mirror work and abstract inlay design, and also a visit to a Temple devoted to Goddess Kali.

In the afternoon half-day city sightseeing tour visiting Maharaja’s City Palace – museums housing paintings, royal dresses and typical Rajasthani handicraft. Drive past Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds through the rose – pink structures, the official buildings and the market places of Jaipur and the observatory. In evening enjoy shopping at Japur’s known shopping hubs famous for tie-dye fabrics and hand made crafts. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Jaipur – Jodhpur (320 km, 07 hours) 
Morning drives to Jodhpur, arrive and check in at Hotel City Palace.Your day trip starts through the flourishing spice market here, you will be captivated by the aroma of the rich variety of spices. You are then taken to Mandore gardens, the erstwhile capital of Marwar. The view of the fabulous cenotaphs and the hall of local heroes of the wars are quite poignant. You drive back to Jodhpur to relish the splendor of the Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace the present residence of the king of Jodhpur, Jaswant Thada, and Clock Tower.
Back to your hotel to retire for the night.

Day 04: Jodhpur – Udaipur (260 km, 07 hours) 

After breakfast drive to Udaipur, en-route visit 15th century Ranakpur Jain Temple dedicated to the first Jain Prophet Rishaba Ji. You will wonder that the temple is built of pure white with 80 domes supported by 1444 different carved pillars. Continue your drive to Udaipur arrive and check in at hotel Jagat Niwas Palace. After lunch sightseeing tour of the city, visiting City Palace Museum, Jagdish Temples and the Gardens called Sahelion Ki Bari. Towards sunset proceed on a cruise on Lake Pichola, and visit the Jag Mandir Palace. Evening at your leisure, you can either explore the colorful Bapu bazaars or can relax in hotel room.

Day 05 : Jodhpur – Udaipur( 260 Kms, 07 hours ) 
After breakfast drive to Udaipur, enroute visit 15th century Ranakpur Jain Temple dedicated to the first Jain Prophet Rishaba Ji. The temple is built of pure white with 80 doms supported by 1444 different carved pillars. Continue your drive to Udaipur arrive and check in at hotel Jagat Niwas Palace.

Day 06: Udaipur – Jaisalmer 
Morning drive to Jaisalmer, established by King Jaisal in 1156 AD. This frontier town is today one of Rajasthan’s best-loved tourist destinations. Overnight at Jaisalmer en-route visit Ossion 7th century Jain Temple. Arrive and check in at hotel Jaisal Palace. Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. In the afternoon you visit its living Havelis native to various traders and Gadisar, drive to Bara Bagh (royal cenotaphs), Ladhurva Jain Temple.

Day 07: Jaisalmer Sightseeing
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of The Golden City – Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert. Its temple, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone. Visit Jaisalmer Fort 80 meters above the plains with thousands of inhabitants. Visit several Jain Temples, Palace within the Fort.
In the afternoon, proceed to the Sam Sand Dunes for visiting the typical Rajasthani Desert Village. View the sunset from the dunes, it is just a magnificent sight it seems as if the sky is set on fire. Return to the village for dinner amidst Rajasthani musicians playing haunting tunes. Adventure freaks can go out on a camel safari- getting the real feel of the desert on the camel back. Stay overnight in the Tent Camp.

Day 08: Jaisalmer – Bikaner 
After breakfast drive to Bikaner founded by Rao Bika in 1488 AD arrive and check in at hotel. Afternoon visit Junagadh Fort – constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh. The fort has a 986-m long wall with 37 bastions & two entrances, Bhand Sagar Temple – The 16th century Jain temple, Camel Breeding Farm – a unique experience where you can ride on a camel & have perhaps the first taste of camel’s milk. Relax in the evening. Overnight at Bikaner.
Bikaner retains the medieval splendor that pervades the city’s lifestyle. The city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world, the ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here. Over night stay at the hotel.

Day 09: Bikaner-Delhi 
Morning drive to Delhi. The royal barricaded city with a timeless appeal. This Royal walled city is a part of the desert tourist and lies on the northern tip of the triangle. On Arrival, check in the hotel.

After getting fresh up and having lunch, the tour starts with sight seeing at Old Delhi. Visit the bygone center of Mughal Power, Old Delhi treasures ancient monuments, confined streets and buzzing markets. Visit the Red Fort a colossal in red sandstone, built in 1648, the Jama Masjid, the foremost mosque in India with its magnificent architecture was complied by by Shah Jahan who also contrived the great marvel of beauty the ‘Taj Mahal’, and the Raj Ghat, memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. In evening you can luxuriate in Chandni Chok, a great shopping hub and an eating joint. Night stay at hotel.

Day 10: Delhi-Departure
Morning sightseeing tour of New Delhi – drive past the imperial government buildings of the British Era, including the India Gate & the Presidential Palace, Parliament House. Continue to enthrall your emotions is the majestic Humayuns tomb and the 5 layer magnificent towering minaret of Qutab Minar. Departure to airport for your ford ward destination.

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Rajasthan Romantic Trip

Duration: 15 Days
Places Covered: Delhi, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Manwar, Luni, Mount Abu, Udaipur , Pushkar, Samode, Jaipur

Day 1: Delhi Sightseeing
Received by our representative at the New Delhi airport and transfer to hotel. After breakfast, your guided tour will take you to explore the treasures of Delhi City. You will be fascinated by the famous monuments of the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, and Qutub Minar. The vast lawns and green gardens around Rajghat and the India Gate will certainly tranquilize your weary eyes. The brilliance of the Mughal Gardens, in the premises of Rashtrapati Bhavan will leaves you spell bind. You are also taken to the magnificent Lotus Temple as well as the Birla Mandir. Evening enjoy the Folk and Tribal dances of India at Paris Anjuman Hall. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Delhi- Mandawa
Drive to Mandawa, an erstwhile fort of Rajput king. Check in to the hotel. The guide takes you to the exquisite village of Shekhawati, here you will be overwhelmed at the sight of the beautiful havelis built in 18th and 19th century. The paintings of deities whom the people worship are worth watching. Walk down the bazaar streets and pick up handicrafts as souvenirs. Also see the painted houses in the region.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Mandawa- Bikaner
Drive to the city of the best breed camels in the world. Visit the Camel Breeding farms, Junagarh Fort, Lallgarh Palace and Fort Museum. The magnificent palace is fabricated in red sandstone and marble is embellished with mirror work, exquisite carvings and paintings, definitely a worth visiting sight.

In the evening you are free to wander in the busy market area. Enjoy shopping at the King Edward memorial the main shopping hub offering diverse variety of products of all ranges, also shop the mouth watering delicacies of Bikaner(spicy snacks and sweets).
Stay in a hotel overnight.

Day 4: Bikaner-Jaisalmer
Morning depart for Jaisalmer. The morning hours will be spent in a spectacular visit to the Jain temples inside the Sonar Quila. The palace inside this fort abode a museum showcasing a rich collection of robes and artifacts from the royal family of Jaisalmer. Afterwards, you are guided to the Patwaon ki haveli, the carved archways and intricately designed latticed windows are worth appreciating. The Gadisar Lake will offer you some memorable views.

Later in afternoon you will be visiting the beautiful Khuri village. Ride on a camel to reach the sunset point to enjoy the sunset. Your stay is arranged in a unique mud accommodation that will definitely gives you a out of this world experience, later in the evening the performance of the local artists and musicians will surely captivate you.
Over night at hotel.

Day 5: Jaisalmer-Manwar
Depart for Manwar. Stay in a tented camp in the middle of the desert. Explore the place on camel back. Visit a typical village of Rajasthan and enjoy a traditional meal there. Manwar offers a unique accommodation of camp with 20 deluxe tents. Enjoy the hospitality offer by the natives there and the beauty and comfort in the tent with the added charm of folk dance and music. Nights are at the camp.

Day 6: Manwar-Luni
Depart for Luni. Check in at the Palace Hotel and be the special guests of the royal family. Enjoy a horse safari or a jeep safari to Fort Chanwa and also wander in the village around the fort. You will be wonder struck at the magnificent sight of Chanwa Fort a masterwork of grace and symmetry in Indian architecture.
Over night stay at the palace hotel.

Day 7: Luni- Jodhpur
Next morning after breakfast proceed for Jodhpur. After reaching, check in the hotel. Head towards the guided tour of Jodhpur City. Mandore gardens, the former capital of Marwar, the view of the amazing memorial and the hall of local heroes of the wars is thoroughly captivating. Visit the grandeur of the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh fort and Jaswaqnt Thada.

Evenings at leisure, walk along the flourishing spice market here, you are left fascinated by the aroma of the opulent variety of spices. Enjoy shopping at Jodhpur, go for famous tie and dye work, hand woven carpets, leather shoes with embroidery work, and puppets from the Girdikot and Sardar Market.

Day 8: Jodhpur- Mount Abu
Drive to Mount Abu in the morning, Rajasthan’s only hill station perched at an altitude of 1200metres. Visit the famous Delwara Jain temples and enjoy the exquisite carving of the temples dating back to the 11th century. Evenings at leisure, you can freak around in the town or can luxuriate in the recreational activities at hotel.
Over night at hotel.

Day 9: Mount Abu Sightseeing Tour
Morning after typical Rajasthani breakfast visit the exquisite Garumukh Temple, enjoy the intricate carvings at the temples. Later in the evenings take a cruiser to a picturesque Nakki Lake and enjoy boating in the blue water also view sunset at the Sunset Point. Night at the hotel.

Day 10: Mount Abu-Udaipur
Morning reach Udaipur, check in the hotel. Your day trip to the city includes a visit to City Palace, the largest Palace museum of Rajasthan. Take a walk through the colorful Bapu Bazaar and enjoy shopping the delicate silver Jewelry and tie and dye fabrics for which the city is famous. Towards sunset proceed to a cruise on Lake Pichola, and visit the Jag Mandir Palace amidst the lake, the picturesque beauty of the palace will take your breath away.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Udaipur Sightseeing
Today you will be undertaking a complete sightseeing tour of the city. Visit the 300-year-old Jagdish Temple and the Royal Cenotaphs of the Rajput kings the Pratap Memorial, a bronze statue of the chivalrous hero, Maharana Pratap riding on the horseback will definitely cherished by you. Also visit Sahelion-ki-bari, luxuriate some time in this embellishing garden where royal ladies use to bask in the green lawns and blue waters. In afternoon visit Fatehsagar Lake and go for a motor boat cruiser.
Evenings drive to Pushkar, overnight at the Pushkar Ciry.

Day 12: Pushkar Sightseeing
Morning after breakfast get ready for your day excursion to Pushkar city. Pushkar retains its sacredness, as Lord Brahma (the Creator) and Saraswati his wife fulfilled a ritual in the lake here. Pay your homage to the divine Brahma temple of the world and also socialize with the local life in the colorful bazaars. If it is the month of October/November then you are lucky to enjoy the world famous cattle fair of Pushkar.

Towards the sunset visit the Pushkar Lake and 52 bathing “ghats” and numerous temples surrounding the lake, also enjoy the sunset view from the lake.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Pushkar-Samode
Drive to Samode Palace. The palace retains its erstwhile ambience and charm. Samode palace has now been converted into a heritage Hotel. Check in the Samode Palace Hotel.

Samode a small village near Jaipur is famous for its beautiful Samode Palace and garden. You will be wonder struck at the building structure of the exquisite Diwan-I-Khas, that still adorned with original paintings and mirror work. During the day, a camel ride through the Samode village and the adjoining countryside is a good idea. Camel ride in Rajasthan is the best way to relax on a sunny morning. Evening hold lot more in its treasures, the hotel organizes a musical evening of folk dances and songs performed by the local artisans. Over night at the hotel.

Day 14: Jaipur Sightseeing
Morning proceed for Jaipur City, after reaching check in the hotel. The guide shall meet you at the hotel to take you to the Pink City tour. Visit the impressive Amber Fort 12 km from Jaipur. At the foothill, mount on the elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate. The ride will lead you to the bygone era of Rajaput Kings. After lunch drive to the Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and the in-house Museum. Walk along the bazaars of the “Pink City” and enjoy the colorful life of the city. You will be amazed at the sight of the men and the women folk dressed in the most colorful way, especially ladies adorned with heavy silver jewelry. Enjoy the typical Rajasthani Thali (food) with non-stop servings. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15: Jaipur-Delhi
Morning after breakfast leave the pink city and drive back to Delhi. After arriving Delhi, on way to airport visit Chatterpur Temple, the most beautiful temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, pay your homage at the temple and drive to the airport to board flight for your onward destination.

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Rajasthan Rajputana Trip

Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days
Places Covered: Delhi- Jaipur – Deogarh – Udaipur – Bera – Rohet- New Delhi

Day 01: New Delhi : 
Welcome to India! On arrival you will be transferred and assisted till your room in your hotel. Remaining day at leisure.

Day 02: New Delhi: 
After a leisurely breakfast, move out for a daylong sightseeing of Old Delhi (Shahajahanabad), which includes the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk & Jama Masjid along with other attractions. After lunch drive past impressive boulevards and buildings such as President’s Residence and others in Lutyen’s Delhi (New Delhi). Evening free to move around the busy Connaught Place.

Day 03: Jaipur: 
Morning checkout and drive towards Pink City. After checking in and some leisure, move out to shop in its colorful bazaars. Have some beautiful views of the Pink City at sunset from Nahargarh Fort.

Day 04: Jaipur: 
Day sightseeing of the City Palace Complex and Amber Fort. Visit to a farmhouse for local Rajasthani dinner.

Day 05: Pushkar: 
Drive to Pushkar and check in. At this holiest city of Rajasthan, you may also take a walk on the street around the sacred pond and ghats upto Brahma temple.

Day 06: Deogarh: 
Reaching Deogarh day left free to explore the village or take a horse safari to nearby countryside. Evening folk entertainment within the palace.

Day 07: Deogarh: 
Option of visiting Molela village (famous for terracotta craft) or Kumbhalgarh Fort or Ranakpur Jain temples.

Day 08: Udaipur: 
Visit Eklingji and Nagda on the way to Udaipur. At Udaipur take a boat trip over Lake Pichhola at sunset. Optional dinner at Shiv Niwas Palace.

Day 09: Udaipur: 
Day sightseeing of City Palace, Saheliyon ki Bari, Eklingji and Nagda. Evening entertainment at Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal.

Day 10: Bera: 
Drive through forested hills, which has a large concentration of tribal population. The picturesque and pleasant trip will end up at Bera. Accommodation in Leopard’s Liar – a beautiful and thematic jungle resort. The day will be spent in wilderness, if lucky leopards will be seen.

Day 11: Rohet: 
Drive straight to Rohetgarh – a charming village encompassing a heritage hotel of the same name. Take a safari to Bishnoi villages; the people of this community lead typical desert lifestyle distinctly close to nature.

Day 12: Rohet: 
During the day you will be taking a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur city which includes the Mehrangarh Fort among other attractions.

Day 13: Departure: 
Take the flight to New Delhi. At appropriate time transfer to international airport for the flight back home. The Tour ends.

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Rajasthan Vacation Tour

Duration: 28 Nights / 29 Days
Places Covered: Delhi – Jaipur – Pushkar – Udaipur – Mount Abu – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Bikaner – Bharatpur – Agra – Delhi – Madras – Tanjore – Madurai – Periyar – Allepey – Cochin – Coimbatore – Ooty – Mysore – Belur – Halebid – Bangalore – Mumbai

Day 01: Arrival Delhi
Assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel where a welcome ceremony awaits you.

Day 02: Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast embark on a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi including the Red fort and the Jama masjid, post lunch tour of New Delhi to include Qutab Minar, India Gate, Humayun’s tomb and the Lakshmi Narayan temple.

Day 03: Delhi – Jaipur
Morning drive to jaipur, the fabled ‘pink city’ of the desert named after Jai Singh, the former Maharajah of Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur by lunch and check inn to your hotel.

Day 04: Jaipur – Pushkar
Morning after breakfast visit the majestic Amber Fort where you ride up on elephants back to the former capital of the royals set against the backdrop of wooded hills. Evening enjoy the camel Fair.

Day 05: Pushkar
Enjoy the various events and activities in Pushkar fair the whole day.

Day 06: Pushkar – Udaipur
After breakfast drive to Udaipur (the Venice of the east). Arrive Udaipur in the evening and check inn to your hotel.

Day 07: Udaipur
After Breakfast make a visit to the City Palace, built in 1725 and later visit Sahelion ki Bari, the gardens the maids-of-honour. After lunch make a trip to Nagda and Eklingji to see the beautiful temples in their ruins.

Day 08: Udaipur – Mt.Abu via Ranakpur
Morning drive to the only hill resort of Rajasthan Mt.Abu enroute visiting the famous Jain temples of Ranakpur. Arrive Mt.Abu and check inn to your hotel. Evening at leisure.

Day 09: Mt.Abu – Jodhpur

Morning at leisure to enjoy the scenic beauty of this hill station. After lunch transfer to Jodhpur.

Day 10: Jodhpur
Start the city tour of Jodhpur visiting the Mehrangarh Fort museum and Jaswant thada, the cremation spot of the royal family. After lunch visit the ancient capital of Marwar-Mandore.

Day 11: Jodhpur – Jaisalmer
Morning drive to Jaisalmer situated deep in the heart of the Thar desert. Arrive Jaisalmer and shortly after lunch visit the Chhatris of Maharwals and later Camel ride at Sam for sunset.

Day 12: Jaisalmer – Bikaner

Leave for Bikaner and arrive by lunch. After lunch make a tour of Junagarh Fort and its fabulous palaces.

Day 13: Bikaner – Mandawa
After breakfast transfer to Mandawa (an old castle in Rajasthan). Post lunch session includes a small visit of Mandawa to appreciate the painted Havelis on the ancient and the famous silk route.

Day 14: Mandawa – Bharatpur
Drive to Bharatpur (famous for keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary). Evening make a visit to the sanctuary.

Day 15: Bharatpur – Agra 
Early morning make a visit to the sanctuary to see the birds in their natural habitat. After breakfast drive down to Agra (The city of Tajmahal). Later explore the shopping centres of Agra.

Day 16: Agra – Delhi – Madras
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to Delhi domestic airport to connect flight to Madras. Arrive Madras in the evening and check inn to your hotel.

Day 17: Madras
Full day city tour of Madras including the Snake park and Kapaleeswara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the museum.

Day 18: Madras – Tanjore
Morning drive to Tanjore and check inn to your hotel. Evening at leisure.

Day 19: Tanjore – Madurai
Morning start the tour of Tanjore visiting the Brihadeshwara Temple, a typical architecture from the 11th century. Later visit the Saraswati Mahal Library. After lunch depart for Madurai , arrive in the evening and transfer to your hotel.

Day 20: Madurai – Periyar
Morning visit the world famous Meenakshi Sundereshwara temple, a huge Dravidian temple complex. After lunch depart for Periyar wild life sanctuary. Arrive Periyar in the evening and check inn hotel.

Day 21: Periyar – Allepey
Morning boat cruise on the lake to get a closer look at the wild elephants. Later drive to reach the small beautiful town of Allepey situated on the backwaters of Kerala

Day 22: Allepey – Cochin
After breakfast boat cruise on the backwaters of Kerala (three hours from boat) and than continue by Road to Cochin. Arrive Cochin and visit the Chinese fishing nets in the backwaters of Cochin. Overnight at boat.

Day 23: Cochin 
Sea Boat Ride To Visit Various Islands And Churches, Santa cruz Basilica, Mattancherry Palace, Jewish synagogue, Dutch palace, St. Franchis. Overnight at boat.

Day 24: Cochin – Coimbatore
After breakfast drive to Coimbatore also called the ‘Manchester of South India’. Arrive by lunch and soon after lunch visit the Maruthamalai temple.

Day 25: Coimbatore – Ooty
Morning drive to the queen of hill stations,Ooty known for its salubrious climate and scenic beauty. Arrive Ooty by lunch and rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 26: Ooty – Mysore
Morning depart for Mysore (wonderful historic town and evidence city to exhibit the oldest Indian richest economy). Arrive by lunch and shortly after lunch visit the Mysore Palace, once the capital seat of power of the ruling Wodeyars. Also visit the Brindavan Garden, Chamundeeswri temple, Tipu’s summer palace.

Day 27: Mysore – Belur – Halebid
Transfer to Belur, the superbly preserved Chennkesava Temple here is a tribute to the skill and genius of the medieval craftsman. Later visit Halebid temple 10 kms. From Belur, a riot of carvings left incomplete after 80 years of labour.

Day 28: Halebid – Bangalore
Drive to Bangalore to catch flight to Mumbai. Arrive Mumbai in the evening and transfer to your hotel.

Day 29: Mumbai and Departure
After breakfast proceed for a half day city tour of Mumbai visiting Kamla Nehru park, Hanging gardens situated on the slopes of Malabar hill offering a panoramic view of Marine Drive and Chawpatty beach, Prince of wales museum, Mani Bhawan, Dhobi Ghat, Gateway of India and drive through the Crawford market.
Evening Transfer to international Airport in time to board flight for onward destination.

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Rajasthan With Taj Mahal Trip

Duration: 16 Nights / 17 Days
Places Covered: Delhi – Mandawa – Gajner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Luni – Udaipur – Deogarh – Khajrela – Pushkar – Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Delhi

Day 01: Abroad / Delhi 
Arrive late night at New Delhi International airport.

Day 02: Delhi 
Morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi.

Day 03: Delhi – Mandawa 
After breakfast drive to Mandawa ( 280 kms).

Day 04: Mandawa – Bikaner – Gajner 
After breakfast drive to Bikaner (240 kms). Upon arrival check in at Gajner Palace.

Day 05 : Gajner – Jaisalmer 
In the morning enjoy the surrounding of Ganjer Palace.

After breakfast, drive to Jaisalmer (260 km). Upon arrival check-in at hotel.

Day 06: Jaisalmer
After breakfast, visit this perfect Rajput walled desert city which is like a golden jewel shimmering above the hard sand.

Day 07: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Luni 
After early breakfast, drive to Luni (310 km) enroute visiting Jodhpur city.

Day 08 : Luni – Udaipur 
Early morning visit the surrounding villages and witness their daily lifestyle of living and enjoy cup of tea / coffee with them. Breakfast at hotel. Later drive to Udaipur (240 kms).Upon arrival in Udaipur

Day 09: Udaipur 
Morning, city tour of Udaipur – the romantic Lake City in Southern Rajasthan, famous for the stunning white marble Palace built on an island in the Lake Pichola. It was the former Palace of the Maharana and now converted to one of the most glamorous hotels in India. The tour will cover the magnificent City Palace, the Jagdish temple, the pleasure gardens and a drive around the other nearby lakes.

Day 10: Udaipur – Deogarh 
After breakfast drive to Deoagrh enroute visiting Ranakpur Temples. Lunch at Maharani Bagh. Upon arrival in Deogarh

Day 11: Deogarh – Khajrela 
After breakfast drive to Khajrela (184 kms).

Day 12 : Khajrela – Pushkar 
After breakfast drive to Pushkar (180 kms) enroute visiting the Dargah at Ajmer .

Day 13 : Pushkar – Jaipur 
After breakfast drive to Jaipur (120 kms / 3 hours).
Afternoon tour of “Pink City” – Surrounded on three sides by the rugged Aravali hills, Jaipur is the picturesque capital of Rajasthan. It takes its name from the prince, soldier and astronomer Jai Singh II who moved his capital here in 1727.

Day 14 : Jaipur 
Tour of the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honoured fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families.

Day 15 : Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra 
After breakfast drive to Agra (221 kms) enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri – the impressive sandstone fortress was built in the 16th century and only occupied for a few years before being abandoned, leaving the buildings in virtually perfect conditions. Upon arrival in Agra

Day 16 : Agra – Delhi
Breakfast at hotel. Thereafter, visit the Red Fort. Upon arrival the guests will be assisted and transferred to airport for flight back home

Day 17 : Delhi – Abroad
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Rajasthan Palace Trip

Duration: 10 Days
Places Covered: Delhi, Jaipur, Sariska, Mandawa, Bikaner, Khimsar, Jodhpur

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
At the airport you will be received with a warm traditional welcome featured by the Indian ‘namaste’ (a welcome posture with hands folded together). A representative of the tour agent is always there to escort you to your hotel for overnight stay.
Over night stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Delhi City Tour Old & New Delhi
After breakfast at the hotel be ready for the treasures ahead. A guided tour of the city takes you to the sumptuous Mughal monuments of Red fort and Jama Masjid. At Rajghat and India Gate you will be amidst the foliage. In later half of the day you will visit the fabulous sights- Rashtrapati Bhavan, The Mughal Gardens, Qutab Minar and many more. Evening hold more excitement, as you will be viewing the sound and light show at the Red Fort. Finally, you are back in your hotel to rest for the night.

Day 3: Delhi/Jaipur
Morning after breakfast proceed to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur check into the hotel. Half-day excursion to Amberfort with Elephant Ride. Enjoy the sights of the Shish Mahal, built in the 17th century a perfect blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture will surely hypnotize you. Also see the hall of public audiences and Maharaja Man Singh’s Palace who had 12 queens. Over night stay at the hotel.

Day 5: Jaipur Sightseeing Tour
Just after breakfast at the hotel, you proceed for Jaipur sightseeing tour. The rose pink city got its name from the red color of its building that were painted red in 19th century when queen Victoria made her visit to this royal city of Rajasthan. You will be guided to the imposing City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amer Palace, Jantar Mantar and the Jai Garh fort. The beautiful fountains pools and sculptures of the Sisodia-Rani-Ka-Bagh will surely take your breath away. Evenings are at your leisure. Enjoy a delicious Rajasthani cuisine at famous Choki Dani where you are served food in typical Rajasthani style with non-stop servings of food items. Go for shopping at the famous government emporiums for handicrafts items or tie and dye textiles. At night you are back in your hotel- after a day full of unknown experiences.

Day 4: Jaipur/Sariska Morning 
After breakfast drive to Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is abode of large number of wildlife and diverse variety of birds. Sighting a tiger is not that difficult at the sanctuary that too if riding on an elephant. Night stay at the Sariska wildlife resort.

Day 5: Sariska/Mandawa
Morning proceed for Mandawa. Arrive Mandawa check into hotel. The guided tour will take you to the beautiful village of Shekhawati, here, you will be totally overwhelmed by the magnificent havelis built by the rich and the famous merchants of the 18th and 19th centuries. The havelis are embellished with paintings reflecting the daily life of the desert of deities whom the people worship.

Day 6: Mandawa/Bikaner
Early morning view the sunrise at the Desert Resort at Mandawa and then proceed for Bikaner. On arrival check into the hotel. Later in afternoon visit to a camel-breeding farm. The farm will up date you about the breeding time of camels and how they are taken care and raised in the farm. Evenings enjoy the stroll at the bustling bazaars of the city center over brimmed with handicraft and miniature paintings. Stay in a hotel overnight.

Day 7: Bikaner Sightseeing
Morning after breakfast proceed for the city tour of Bikaner. Your travel will be started by a visit to Junagarh Fort, an imperial museum that comprises history of Bikaner from its days of erection dating back to the 16th century. Also visit Lalgarh palace and famous Jain Temples embellished with marvelous architectural work. Another attraction of the city lies in its food, snacks and sweets- don’t forget to purchase potato snacks, Bikareri Bhujia (salted snacks) and mouth-watering sweets from the city.
Over night stay at hotel.

Day 8: Bikaner/Deshnok/Nagaur/Khimsar
Morning drive for Khimsar en-route covering the sightseeing of Deshnok the Rat Temple. Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke lying at the distance of 30km from Bikaner. Visit the 600 years ancient shrine of Goddess Karni. You will be astonished to see that besides the Goddess the other deity of the temple are rats. The people have a strong notion that these rodents will be reincarnated as divine human.
Later visit the unique town of Nagaur, one of the most picturesque of Rajput townships resounds with life during the Nagaur Fair. This cattle fair is the second largest in Rajasthan and is held every year during the Hindu month of Magh (Jan-Feb).

By afternoon you will be reaching to Khimsar, visiting Khimsar Fort. This fort architecture offers great discrepancy. Initially, the fort walls, minarets and stables were built solely for war but later on when the royal family shifted to the fort in 18th century the fort was restructured. Today, this fort ranks amongst the premier classified Heritage Hotels of India. Over night at Khimsar Heritage Hotel.

Day 9: Khimsar/Ossian/Mandore/Jodhpur 
Morning start your trip to Jodhpur en-route covering Ossian and Mandore.

Ossian (58km) is also referred as an oasis in the desert. Pay a visit to beautifully carved Jain temples of 11th century dedicated to Lord Mahavira followed by a visit to Sun Temple, Kali temple and the Sachiya Mata Temple. Mandore (8 km) see the cenotaphs of Jodhpur rulers amidst the beautiful gardens. The walls of the cenotaphs are festooned with 15 sculptures of Hindu deities tunneled out of the hard rocks, a worth visiting sight. By evening reach to Jodhpur, overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10: Jodhpur/Delhi 
Morning you will be guided to Mehrangarh fort crowning on the hilly terrain of Aravali Ranges at a height of 125m. The beauty and the glory of many royal palaces in the fort speak epic of red sandstone Palace. Umiad bhawan a beautiful architectural splendor is still the residence of erstwhile rulers of Jodhpur, the part of the palace is converted as a heritage hotel and part is preserve as a museum. Government Museum the museum has sumptuous amassing of arms and ammunitions, royal dresses portraits of royal family. By evening reaching back to Delhi, transfer to the airport to board flight for your next destination.

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Rajasthan Pilgrimage Tour

Duration: 9 Nights / 10 Days
Places Covered: Delhi – Jaipur – Chittaugarh – Udaipur – Ranakpur – Pushkar – Delhi

Day 01: Arrive- Delhi 
On arrival transfer to Hotel. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Delhi 
Day tour of Delhi visiting Jamia Mosque, Red Fort, Ghandi Samadi, India Gate, drive pass President House, Himayun Tomb, Bhai Temple, Qutab Minar. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Delhi – Jaipur 
Drive to Jaipur, on arrival in Jaipur check in at Hotel, afternoon at leisure. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Jaipur 
Morning excursion to Amer Fort, ascend the fort on Elephants back, afternoon tour of city visiting Palace of Winds, City Palace, Jantar Mantar drive pass Pink City. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 05: Jaipur – Chittaugarh 
Morning drive to Chittaugarh, afternoon at leisure. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 06: Chittaugarh – Udaipur 
Morning visit Fort, Vijay Stambh (Victory Tower), Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame), Rana Kumbh Palace etc, thereafter drive to Udaipur, on arrival in Udaipur check in at Hotel. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 07: Udaipur 
Tour of City visiting City Palace, Lake Pichola, Jagdish Temple, Museum, Saheliyon Ki Bari (Garden Of Maids of Honor). Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 08: Udaipur – Ranakpur 
Drive to Ranakpur, on arrival in Ranakpur check in at Hotel, evening After 1700 hrs visit Ranakpur Temple Complex. Stay overnight at Hotel in Ranakpur.

Day 09: Ranakpur – Pushkar 
Drive to Pushkar, on arrival in Pushkar check in at Hotel, rest of the day free to explore Temples / Ghats around Lake Sarovar. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: Pushkar – Delhi 
Morning at Leisure, afternoon drive to Delhi, on arrival in Delhi transfer to International airport for flight To onwards journey.

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The Kingdom of Rajasthan Trip

Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Places Covered: Delhi – Jodhpur – Luni – Dhamli – Deogarh – Narlai – Kumbhalgarh – Ranakpur – Narlai – Udaipur – Dungarpur – Delhi

Day 01 : Abroad – Delhi 
Arrive Delhi. Meet and assistance on arrival and transfer from airport to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi
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 – Jodhpur 
Morning flight to Jodhpur and transfer to Hotel Umaid Bhawan Palace, a vast building where the Maharaja still maintains his residence. Afternoon visit the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort and see the cenotaphs of former rulers at Jaswant Thada. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 : Jodhpur – Luni (35 Kms)
Morning drive to Luni and check into Chanwa Fort Luni, an exceptional example of Rajput architecture. Afternoon village safari around Luni. See Bishnoi tribal villages and rural, Rajasthani life.

Day 05 : Luni – Dhamli (75 Kms)
Morning drive to Dhamli, a typical Rajasthani village. Stay at Beautiful Dhamli Fort.

Afternoon explore the village and see the traditional artisans at work.

Day 06 : Dhamli – Deogarh (40 Kms)
Morning drive to Deogarh, a delightful small town reminiscent of a Rajasthan, that few see today. Stay one night at the Deogarh Mahal, an exquisitely restored, hilltop fort. Afternoon exploration of the typical Rajasthani village surrounding the fortress before paying an evening visit to the fascinating cave temple and a stunning view point at sunset.

Day 07 : Deogarh – Narlai (155 Kms)
Morning drive to Narlai for two nights at Rawla Narlai, a 17th century fortress gifted by Maharaj Umaid Singh to his brother in 1925 and, at the time, a hunting lodge.

Day 08 : Kumbhalgarh & Ranakpur 
Morning excursion to kumbhalgarh, a massive hilltop fort surrounded by walls and comprising a maze of temples and palaces. After lunch at the Aodhi Hotel, visit some of the most impressive temples in all India; the Jain Temples of Ranakpur.

Day 09 : Narlai – Udaipur (160kms)
Continue south to the enchanting city of Udaipur for one night at the Lake Palace / Shiv Niwas Palace. Afternoon take a sail on Lake Pichola

Day 10 : Udaipur – Dungarpur (120kms)
Morning visit the majestic City Palace, the lovely Sahelion Ki Bari and Jagdish Temple.

Afternoon drive to Dungarpur, a small town nestling in the Aravalli Hills. Stay two nights at the 19th centruy Udai Bilas Palace, the former royal residence, and lying on the banks of the Gaibsagar Lake.

Day 11 : Dungarpur 
Morning at leisure. Afternoon drive up to the old palace to see the colourful and vibrant frescoes, exquisite miniature paintings, glass and mirror inlay work. Proceed to the top of the hill to watch the sun set over the hills.

Day 12 : Dungarpur – Udaipur – Delhi
Morning at leisure. Afternoon drive to Udaipur in time to board connecting flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to international airport for flight to the next destination.

Day 13 : Delhi – Abroad
Early morning flight to next destination

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Rajasthan Imperial Trip

Duration: 23 Nights / 24 Days
Places Covered: Jaipur – Mandawa – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Mount Abu – Udaipur – Chittaurgarh – Kota – Sawai Madhopur – Agra – Delhi

Day 01: Jaipur – Breakfast at hotel. 
Reach Jaipur. A warm welcome at the station/airport or hotel(if arriving by surface) by local tour manager. Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 02: Jaipur – Breakfast at hotel. 
Proceed for morning excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort. Proceed to JAIGARH FORT. Return to city.
Relax in the evening. Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 03: Jaipur – Breakfast at hotel. 
Proceed for morning sightseeing of Jaipur covering the important palaces and monuments. Shopping in the city. Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 04: Jaipur – Mandawa – By road covering 160 km in 3hr. 
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for Mandawa. Reach and check in at hotel. Relax for the evening. Overnight at Mandawa.

Day 05: Mandawa – Breakfast at hotel.
From Castle Mandawa you will take a walking tour of the painted ‘havelis’ of some of the leading business families of the country. Though they no longer live here, the local caretakers are happy to show the visitors around. Shopping in the evening and spending time with the local villagers. Overnight at Mandawa.

Day 06: Mandawa – Bikaner – By road covering 200 km in 4hr. 
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to Bikaner. Reach Bikaner and check in at hotel. Relax in the evening. Overnight at Bikaner.

Day 07: Bikaner – Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for Jodhpur. Reach and check in at hotel. 
Proceed for sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Visit the camel-breeding farm – the only one in Asia. Overnight at Bikaner.

Day 08: Bikaner – Jaisalmer – By road covering 340 km in 6hr. 
Breakfast at hotel. Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight at Jaisalmer.

Day 09: Jaisalmer
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of The Golden City – Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert. Its temple, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone.

See the Patwon-Ki-Havelies, Salim-Singh-Ki-Haveli and Gandhi Sagar Tank. Also visit Barabagh Hill. Overnight at Jaisalmer.

Day 10: Jaisalmer – Breakfast at hotel. 
Day will be free to explore the culture of this unique city.

Return to the village to drive back to Jaisalmer after a Rajasthani dinner served in the village amidst Rajasthani musicians playing haunting tunes. Overnight at Jaisalmer.

Day 11: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – By road covering 330 km in 6hr. 
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for Jodhpur. Reach and check in at hotel. Relax in the evening or proceed for shopping. Overnight at Jodhpur.

Day 12: Jodhpur
Morning go for a village safari in the jeep and have a rare glimpse into the rich culture and true essence of India. Abundant wildlife (game) and memorable moments of the great desert landscape fascinates one while driving along the countryside. Overnight at Jodhpur.

Day 13: Jodhpur – Mt Abu – By road covering 320 km in 7hr. 
Proceed to Mt Abu after breakfast. Reach Mt. Abu. Transfer to hotel.

Enjoy boating at the Nakki Lake and visit the temples and the museum in the afternoon. Overnight at Mount Abu.

Day 14: Mt. Abu – Breakfast at hotel. 
Day will be at Mt Abu. Visit the Dilwara Temples during the day. The architecture of these temples is very interesting and famous.

Relax during the evening. Overnight at Mount Abu.

Day 15: Mount Abu – Udaipur – By Road 185 km in 5 ½ hr
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for Udaipur. Reach and check in at hotel. Relax in the evening. Overnight at Udaipur.

Day 16: Udaipur – Breakfast at hotel. 
Proceed for day sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard. Relax or shopping in the afternoon. Overnight at Udaipur.

Day 17: Udaipur – Chittaurgarh – By Road 121 km in 3 hr 
After breakfast drive to Chittaurgarh. Overnight at Chittaurgarh.

Day 18: Chittaurgarh – Kota – By Road 121 km in 3 hr 
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to Kota in Western Rajasthan.

Reach and check in at hotel. Relax for the day. Overnight at Kota.

Day 19: Kota – Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing. 
Brijraj Bhawan Palace, a colonial style palace, situated on the bank of river Chambal, was build in the early nineties. The palace has large spacious rooms that are tastefully done up with antique furniture. An intresting feature of the palace is the fact that almost all the rooms overlook the Chambal river providing an arrresting view of the mighty river.

Relax in the evening. Overnight at Kota.

Day 20: Kota – Sawai Madhopur – By road covering 173 km in 4hr. 
Proceed to Sawai Madhopur after a relaxing breakfast.

Reach and check in at hotel. Relax for the day. Overnight at resort.

Day 21: Sawai Madhopur – Breakfast at hotel. 

Game drives can be availed through the day as per annexure given at the end of the itinerary. Overnight at resort.

Day 22: Sawai Madhopur – Agra – By road covering 400 km in 8hr. 
Proceed by surface for Agra after breakfast. Reach Agra and check into hotel.
Overnight at Agra.

Day 23: Agra – Delhi – By road covering 201 km in 4hr. 
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing. Overnight at Delhi.

Day 24: Delhi – Home – Breakfast at hotel. 
Proceed for day tour of Old & New Delhi. Transfer to airport or station in time for flight or train or leave by surface for the next destination.

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Rajasthan Heritage Travel

Duration: 10 Days
Places Covered: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Kishangarh

Day 01: Arrival at Delhi 
You will be arriving at Delhi, the capital of successive dynasties and empires is now a reclining metropolis with a delightful blend of the gratifying past and the magnificent present. It is a perfect prelusion to the rich culture of an ancient land.

Day 02: Delhi Sightseeing 
Morning after breakfast of your choice a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi is organized, you will be driving in deluxe coaches fully A/C to the Raj Ghat – a memorial where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated surrounded by big lawns embellished with flowers; Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort – built in red stone by great emperor Shah Jhan. You will be definitely enthralled by the colorful bazaars of Chandani Chok- once the shopping hub for the royal ladies and can enjoy some delicious delicacies of the market.

After lunch excitement includes an extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi. You will visit to the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the historical boulevard includes – Rajpath, the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President’s Residence. You can enjoy shopping at Connaught Place- the center of Delhi or from Palika Bazaars. Later in the evening there is a traditional dance program organized for you in the commercial theatre-enjoy it up to full extent. Dinner at hotel with over night stay.

Day 03: Delhi – Agra (By Road 221 km/05 hrs) 
After breakfast proceed to Agra. Akbar and Shah Jahan the 2 Mughal czar transformed the little village of Agra into an appropriate second capital of the Mughal Empire – giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat (seat of the Emperor). Today Agra stands as a monumental city comprising of some splendid edifices. Even modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most evidently.

Your day itinerary will start by visiting Taj- the 7th wonder of the world. Taj Mahal is spiritual being a raison-de-etre for every tourist’s visit to Agra. You will be left spell bound at the vision of this great magnum opus built by Shah Jahan, in memory to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. You will wonder at the sight that the great Taj took 22 years to be completed employing almost 20,000 workers. Don’t forget to notethe engraved carving that was once embellished with precious stones and jewels, later taken away by the British. Also enjoy battery van ride to the Taj Mahal.

A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine. Enjoy shopping at Agra. Overnight will be at Agra.

Day 04: Agra – Jaipur (By Road 221 km/05 hrs) 
After breakfast drive to beautiful Pink City – Jaipur. En-route Fatehpur Sikri the deserted city built in red sandstone. It a veritable fairytale city and its “ruins” are in pristine condition … also visits the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world. Fatehpur Sikri a must visit destination. By after noon you will be in the princely state of Rajasthan- Jaipur. Check in at the hotel.

Popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted in honor of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens. Overnight will be at Jaipur.

Day 05: Jaipur Sightseeing Tour 
Morning after breakfast drive to Amber Palace perched on a hilltop and enjoys the Elephant ride to the fort. From top of the fort you can have a scenic view of the whole city of Jaipur.

After lunch continue city sightseeing tour of City Palace- housing the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum. Jantar Mantar – it will give you much information about the astronomical instruments that use to work in the by gone era. Hawa Mahal- you will be bewitched viewing the ornamental facade of this “Palace of Winds”, with its fine trelliswork, elaborate balconies with 953 niches and windows.
Evenings at your leisure- freak out in the colorful markets of Jaipur or relax in your hotel with some recreational activities. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 06: Jaipur – Jodhpur (By Road 280 km/06 hrs) 
After breakfast proceed to Jodhpur. Reach Jodhpur and check into hotel. Located at the border of the Thar Desert the city was once the capital of the Marwar State. The main attraction of the city Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, at a height of 125m. In the afternoon visit Mehrangarh Fort (1459 AD), it houses many miniature paintings & cradle room followed by a visit to Jaswant Thada Memorial. Overnight will be at Jodhpur.

Day 07: Jodhpur – Udaipur (By Road 250km/05hrs) 
Morning drive to Udaipur. Visit Ranakpur en route Paying visit to the famous Jain Temple, is the part of the itinerary. The unique feature of the are its 200 unique pillars, none of which are alike supporting its 29 halls embellished with intricate carving and sculptures. Reach Udaipur and check in at hotel.
The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravallis. Its fairy-tale palaces, shimmering blue lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichhola is an enticing sight. Overnight will be at Udaipur.

Day 08: Udaipur Sightseeing Tour 

After enjoying the delicious Rajasthani cuisine proceed for your sightseeing tour of Udaipur. Morning first destination will be the royal City Palace. Here you will marvel at room’s decor with mirrored walls and ivory doors colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard.
After lunch start your journey for Lake Pichola. Proceed for Evening Motor launch cruise on the lake. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Next visit the Jag Mandir Palace – the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace. Visit the 300-year-old Jagdish Temple and the Royal Cenotaphs of the Rajput kings. Overnight will be at Udaipur.

Day 9: Udaipur – Pushkar (By Road 250km/05hrs) 
Next morning start your cruiser for Pushkar after breakfast. En-route Ajmer, pay your homage at the holy pilgrim of Muslims- the Dargah Sharif Tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, which is equally worshiped by the Hindus and Muslims. After lunch proceed to Pushkar. Check in at Pushkar Palace.
Visit the famous Brahma Temple the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the world. Blessed with cultural blends, it is the venue for the famous Pushkar Fair, with people coming from all over Asia to buy and sell cattle of breeds from across the world. Visit the Ghats as the city has beautiful 52 bathing Ghats and 500 temples each having its own miraculous qualities and powers of healing and with varied architectural styles. In the evening visit the Rose Garden of Rajasthan famous for its rose essence, the Pushkar rose is also exported to the world. Overnight at Pushkar.

Day 10: Pushkar – Kishangrah – Delhi (By Road 352km/07 hrs) 

Morning drive to Kishangarh after breakfast. Kishangarh is on the National Highway 8 in the Center of Rajasthan, 100 Km South West of Jaipur. It is primarily known for its world famous Miniature Paintings and Handicrafts and for the largest marble and granite cutting industry in the Country. Other attractions of the city are the fort of Kishangarh, Phool Mahal (Palace of the flowers) for the Maharaja’s of Kishangarh. A private residence of the Royal Family of Kishangarh opens for the discerning traveler. The Palace has lovely views of centuries old “Gundalao Lake” – is a paradise to flamingoes, pelicans, wild duck and the sarus (crane).
Lunch will be at Phool Mahal. Start for Delhi and reach by evening. You will be transfer to the airport for your home destination.

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Forts & Palaces Trip

Duration: 17 Nights / 18 Days
Places Covered: Delhi – Mandawa – Bikaner – Khimsar – Jodhpur – Kishangarh – Kuchaman – Jaipur – Delhi

DAY 1/ Delhi
Arrive Delhi meet assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2/ Delhi
Morning, combined sightseeing of Old and New Delhi visiting Qutub Minar. India Gate (war memorial), Laxmi Narayan Temple a (modern Hindu temple), drive past President’s estate, Parliament House, Secretariat building, Raj Ghat and Shanti van, the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid, the Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 3/ Delhi – Pachewar
Early morning express train to Jaipur. From here we continue by road to the small village of Pachewar and stay in the 300 years old fort. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 4/ Pachewar – Bundi
Morning, drive to Bundi. Arrive Bundi and check in hotel. Afternoon visit Hada Kingdom located in the saddle- like fold of the hills. This is a beautifully located fortified settlement. Its fort and palaces are impressive especially for the delicacy and profusion of their architectural embellishments. Bundi is equally well known for its step wells as well as for its school of Paintings. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 5/ Bundi – Castle Bijaipur
Morning, drive to Bijaipur. Arrive Bijaipur & check in hotel. Afternoon, visit the forests. Located 40 Kms from Chittorgarh this Sisodia principality is now more easily accessible and far less hostile to its visitors. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 6/ Castle Bijaipur – Udaipur
Morning, drive to Udaipur. Arrive Udaipur & check in hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 7/ Udaipur
Morning, sightseeing of Udaipur visiting the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, drive around Fatehsagar Lake, Shaelion Ki Bari (queen’s resort for her friends) and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (folk art museum). Overnight at hotel.

DAY 08/ Udaipur – Dungarpur
Morning, drive to Dungarpur. Arrive Dungarpur & check in hotel. Afternoon, visit deep in the heart of Bhil Country surrounded by hills. The house of Dungarpur was a 13th century hostile offshoot of Chittorgarh that later made peace with it. Off the beaten track, Dungarpur has two beautiful palaces whose architecture is worth exploring since they consist of every known embellishment used in the making of any building. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 09/ Dungarpur – Narlai
Morning, drive to Narlai. Arrive Narlai & check in hotel. Afternoon visit the Narlai. Legend says that it was here that the sage Narad Muni meditated long before it was inhabited. Later it became a hunting preserve for the Sisodias. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 10/ Narlai – Luni
Morning, drive to Luni. Arrive Luni & check in hotel. Afternoon visit the Luni River that has provided a lifeline to dwellers in the desert, even though it has been a seasonal phenomenon and its floods in the past have wrought havoc. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11/ Luni
Sightseeing of Luni. Visit the Fort Chanwa. Luni built by the youngest son of Jodhpur’s Maharaja Umaid Singh a hundred years ago, used large blocks of sandstone to create a handsome building and includes jharokhas and cupolas characteristic of the architecture of the region. The interiors are 19 rooms, serves Rajasthani cuisine and makes a delightful excursion into the idyllic world of a desert community. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 12/ Luni – Osian
MMorning, drive to Osian. Arrive Osian & check in hotel. Afternoon Sightseeing of Osian. An ancient town of the Thar Desert, renowned for a cluster of ruined Brahmanical and Jain Temples dating from 8th to 11th century. The most important temples are the Surya or Sun Temple and the Sachiya Mata Temple. The latter has a “Shikhar” clustered by a row of tarots an ambulatory and a large assembly hall with an elaborate ceiling. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 13/ Osian – Kuchaman
Morning, drive to Kuchaman. Arrive Kuchaman & check in hotel. Located in Nagaur District, Kuchaman Fort has had a strategic role to play in Rajasthan’s history which unravels as one moves around its 17th century battlements. Its picturesque village is idyllic for those who would like to discover the charm of walking through it. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 14/ Kuchaman – Nawalgarh
Morning, drive to Nawalgarh. Arrive Nawalgarh & check in hotel. Afternoon, visit Nawalgarh, the seat of the Poddar families. Nawalgarh is known for the high quality of its Paintings, even in the richly frescoed Shekhawati area its Poddar school has some excellent old work. Nawalgarh was founded in 1737 by Thakur Nawal Singh, a warrior- statesman. Evening visit to Mandawa, Dundlod. The Mandawa Castle is one of the finest castle of Rajasthan, is now a beautiful hotel and it has beautiful frescoes, havelis & mansions. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 15/ Nawalgarh – Jaipur
Morning, drive to Jaipur. Check in hotel. Afternoon visit the bazaars of Jaipur. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 16/ Jaipur
Morning, visit Amber Fort via Wind Palace & Water Palace here you have the elephant ride to the top of the fort. After sightseeing of Amber visit city palace, Observatory & the glittering bazaars of Jaipur. Back to hotel via Birla Mandir. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 17/ Jaipur – Agra
Morning, departure by car for the fabled city of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted “ghost” capital of the Emperor Akbar with its beautifully preserved forts, palaces and mosques. Arrive Agra and check into your hotel. Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal built by the Emperor Shah Jehan between 1631 and 1653 as an expression of his love for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Over night at hotel.

DAY 18/ Agra – Delhi
Sightseeing of Agra. Visit the Taj Mahal once again and later visit the Red Fort and Moti Mosque. After lunch transfer to Delhi via Sikandra to visit the Tomb of Emperor Akbar. On arrival in Delhi you will be transferred to your hotel or the airport for your onward journey.

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Romantic Vacations in Desert

Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days
Places Covered: Delhi – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Khimsar – Jaipur – Agra – Delhi

Day 01 – Delhi
Arrive at Delhi.

Day 02 – Delhi
Sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi

Day 03 – Delhi – Udaipur 
Flight to Udaipur, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 – Udaipur 
Morning sightseeing tour of the city

Day 05 – Udaipur – Jodhpur
Drive to Jodhpur visiting enroute Ranakpur Temples.
Check-in at the hotel for overnight.

Day 06 – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer
Full day sightseeing tour of Jodhpur and Mandore.
Evening train to Jaisalmer.

Day 07 – Jaisalmer 
Arrive Jaisalmer early in the morning. Check-in at the hotel. After rest, sightseeing tour. Afternoon visit Sam Dunes & Camel ride.

Day08 – Jaisalmer – Khimsar
Drive to Khimsar visiting enroute Osian Temples.
Check-in at the hotel. Sun-set safari by jeep to Panchla Dunes with Tea.

Day 09 -Khimsar – Jaipur 
Drive to Jaipur – visiting enroute Ajmer/Pushkar On arrival, check-in at the hotel for overnight.

Day 10 – Jaipur
Morning visit Amer Fort with elephant ride. Afternoon city sighthseeing tour.

Day 11 – Jaipur – Agra
Drive to Agra en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri Check-in at the hotel for overnight.

Day 12 – Agra – Delhi
Moring visit Fort & Taj Mahal. Afternoon drive to Delhi airport for onward flight.

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