Arrival in Delhi and assistance of "INDIA TOURS SERVICES" from our correspondent.
Delhi: City full of a dilated and rugged history that makes it, without a doubt, the oldest city in the Indian subcontinent. Located in the vicinity of the Jamuna River, it is the nation's capital since 1911, when King Jorge V decided so. Sultans longed for it and enjoyed it, great Mughal emperors made it their home and their refuge, many tribes wanted it and in the end Westerners put their colonialist foot in it. Now, life is boiling in its streets: sellers, astrologers, magicians and beggars, sitting on the floor, some form groups and talk and talk nonstop ...
In the morning we will visit India Gate and the Presidential Palace. We will approach the House - Museum of Gandhi to learn more about the history of the country. In the afternoon we will enter the alleys of Old Delhi with its themed bazaars and its timeless atmosphere reminiscent of the seventeenth century city. In the area, there is the possibility of visiting the Jama Masjid and the Red Fort, emblematic monuments of the Indian capital. At night, if we still have the energy we can dine at Hauz Khas Village, one of the enclaves of designers, artists and bohemians of the Indian capital. Night in hotel.
Good morning, we will go to the semi-desert area of Shekawati. We will dedicate the whole day to make a circuit through the region, famous for its painted havelis and its forts. Shekhawati was a crucial point of the caravan trade, therefore the merchants were built palaces and havelis profusely decorated. Mandatory stop is the Temple of Rani Sati in Jhunjhunu, the largest dedicated to the ritual suicide of the wife on the funeral pyre of the husband. We will continue with the beautiful havelis of Mandawa according to the availability of time. As we enter this region, we will also get in touch with the essence of rural India. Night in hotel.
Departure to Bikaner, our first stop in the desert. Lunch en route. We will have the afternoon available to visit the Fort of Junagarh, a splendid example of palatial architecture. In addition, Bikaner is famous for its multicolored Jain temples that we will visit in a rickshaw ride through the ancient city. The city is also famous for its schools of miniatures that can visit those who wish. 28 km from Bikaner is the Karni Mata Temple in Deshnoke, known for worshiping rats, reincarnations of the descendants of the 14th-century mystic Karni Mata. Night in hotel.
* Recommendations: Bikaner does not have recommended restaurants, so the best places to eat and dine are the hotels restaurants.
In the morning we will go to Jaisalmer, one of the most extraordinary cities in India, known as the Golden City. We will arrive after lunch, perfect time to visit the relaxed Gadi Sagar, the lake that provided water to the city. At dusk, we can not miss the sunset from Vyas Chhatri, the royal cenotaphs that remind us of the cremation place of the kings and princes of Jaisalmer. Night in hotel.
The Fortress City of Jaisalmer stands on top of a gentle hill overlooking the desert. Described as a jewel by the merchants of the caravans, it hides havelis with rich decorations and palaces with intricate reliefs that have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We can visit the Fort, the Puerta del Sol, the Megh Durbar and its magnificent Jain temples. Outside the walls, another great attraction of Jaisalmer are the havelis or palaces of the merchants. The most significant are those of Patwon, Salim Singh and Nathmal.
Khuri:In the afternoon we will go to the dunes of Khuri to see a sunset, but this time on the sand dunes of the desert. It is a small area of large dunes in the Thar desert. It is a quiet town located in the desert bordering Pakistan, about 40 kms away. There you will take a ride on camel backs from the small town to its dunes. Night in Jaisalmer.
* Recommendation: If you like the spicy try the Gatta Curry the most famous dish of Jaisalmer
After breakfast, we will leave for Jodhpur known as the Blue City, named for the privilege granted to the Brahmins to paint their houses in this color. We will visit Fort Meherangarh: fortress, which still belongs to the Maharaja of Jodhpur and is embedded in a rock-mountain 125 m high that dominates the city with a simply incredible shape. Night in Jodhpur.
* With the entrance are included the headphones in Spanish that explain the history of the fort and the city.
* Recommendation: The best Lassi in India are prepared in Jodhpur. It is a yogurt drink with cardamom, cinnamon, sugar and saffron. It is located in the Market of the Clock Tower.
Today will cross the Aravali, the mountain range that crosses Rajasthan to reach Udaipur, the most romantic city in the state. In the center of these mountains we will visit Ranakpur, the largest set of Jain temples (Chaumukha, Neminath, Parasnath and Sun temples) in India, which is about 60 km north of Udaipur. The main temple, Chaumukha, dates from the 15th century and has 29 rooms supported by 1444 marble pillars. For non-Jains open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This excursion is not only highly recommended by the temples, but also by the peace and tranquility of these mountains. After lunch, departure to Udaipur where we will arrive at sunset. Night in hotel.
Day to venture into the most luxurious capital of the ancient principalities of Rajasthan. The City Palace is the privileged viewpoint of this city that overlooks Lake Pichola. We have the opportunity to visit the collections of the royal museum or have a cocktail from the terraces of the now luxury hotel where we can observe the Jag Niwas floating on the waters. Only those who stay in the palace can visit the Lake Palace, the setting for several films including James Bond's Octopussy. You can also visit some of the Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Vishnu, or the Saheliyon ki Bari, the Garden of the Maidens of Honor, with its lotuses and roses. Night at the hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Jaipur. For those who have been left wanting to roam, we will have free time in the morning, before leaving for the state capital: Jaipur. Arrival in Jaipur at evening. We will be able to spend the Among the options that this city offers us is to visit a genuine Bollywood cinema. The Raj Mandir is considered the largest room in India and the atmosphere of the old cinemas is still alive. For those who do not like Indian cinema, they will find in Jaipur from folkloric dinners to approach the music and dances of this region to luxurious cocktail bars.
Night at the hotel.
Day to visit the Pink City, capital of Rajasthan. We will start the excruison visit to the fort of amer. The pink walls of its ancient city house monuments of the size of Jantar Mantar, the largest astronomical observatory in the world, and the delicate Palace of the Winds, from where the women of the court observed the chores of the bazaar. We will also visit the Amber Fort, which can be climbed on the back of an elephant, by jeep or on foot. The ancient capital of the kingdom of Jaipur with its intricate works of marble, inlays and frescoes perfectly recreates the way of life of the Rajasthani monarchies. Back in Jaipur we can walk through the city, get lost in the bazaars, live the atmosphere of the picturesque city, full of women with great silver anklets, lean men with colorful turbans, carts pulled by camels and dazzling merchandise.
At sunset Aarti in the Birla Temple
Night at the hotel.
Departure from Jaipur towards Agra. One hour's walk away stop in the small town of Abhaneri, one of the stepped wells, Baolis, more beautiful and architectural models of these curious systems of water collection in times of monsoons in antiquity. Arrival in Agra, where we can visit Agra Fort, with its impressive marble pavilions and its red walls. It will be a new occasion to marvel at the Taj Mahal that rises in the distance on the banks of the Yamuna. Lunch and in the afternoon we can visit the Taj Mahal, the culminating work of Mughal architecture, built between 1631 and 1648 by Emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his beloved wife.
* Recommendation: watch the sunset from the gardens of the Taj Mahal and with a bit of luck you can see how the white marble of the Taj is changing its tone with the sunset and the arrival of darkness.
Night at hotel.
Morning Breakfast. Move to Delhi, Arrive Delhi, lunch at an Indian restaurant in Delhi, Evening/Night transfer to International Airport.End of Services
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