North India Tour Guide & Driver

Agra & Rajasthan 15 Days

15 Days / 14 Nights – Delhi – Shekhawati – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Sam – Jodhpur – Bera – Udaipur – Bijaipur – Jaipur – Agra

Day 1 – Arrive in Delhi

On arrival at Delhi airport our representative will be there to greet you with a placard displaying your name. They will transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Delhi.

Old Delhi Market Tour with Guide & DriverDay 2 – Delhi sightseeing

After breakfast at the hotel, we will go to Old Delhi and enjoy an Old Delhi heritage walking tour. Visit the Sikh temple in Chandni Chowk areas. We will start our walk-through Silver street, Decoration market (Kinari Bazaar), Food street (Parathe wali Gali), Spice Market (Khari Baoli). It is Asia's biggest wholesale spice market. You will be mesmerized once you enter the market with the stunning colours and rich aroma of the of the various spices and dry fruits.

After we visit Old Delhi, drive to India Gate, a memorial to 70000 soldiers who died during the first world war. Drive past Parliament house, President house. Later visit of Humayu's tomb, classified as world heritage sites by UNESCO.

Day 3 – Delhi – Nawalgarh or Mandawa village (Shekhawati region)
270km

After breakfast drive to Nawalgarh village in Shekhawati region. While most of Shekhawati’s havelis have crumbled and remain abandoned, a small window into the world of these painted mansions is being preserved. Forgotten in the barren landscapes of Rajasthan’s Thar Desert, the Shekhawati region was once home to the unabashed opulence of India’s billionaires. Today, many of the billionaires’ grand havelis (mansions) are crumbling – the fading frescoes marking the only vestiges of the area’s vanished glory.

Havelis in Mandawa with Tour Guide & DriverDay 4 – Shekhawati Region: Nawalgarh – Bikaner 
190km

After breakfast visit the frescoed Havelis. The ornate Havelis date back to a bygone era of rich merchants and a way of life that’s lost, but the intricate paintings adorning the walls depict the stories saved in time for us to explore and become enchanted amongst.  Some are still owned by a long family line with amazing tales to share. An experience you’ll never forget.

Drive to Bikaner and visit Junagarh Fort. The very unusual character of this fort as compared to the forts in Rajasthan it is built on the plain desert whereas all other forts in Rajasthan are on hilltops. The palace complex has decorated interiors which are perhaps the best preserved in the country. Take a tuktuk ride to visit Old city. Overnight stay in Bikaner.

Day 5 – Bikaner – Phalodi – Jaisalmer
335km

After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer via Phalodi. Phalodi is a small city situated in Thar desert. Optional: On the way, you can visit Bawari village and the surrounding area on a private Jeep Safari (to be paid directly) to meet farmers, visit of a local school, villagers and tribes. It is also possible to have a vegetarian lunch with village chief family which makes for a truly remarkable rare experience. Then onwards to Jaisalmer. Evening free at leisure.

Camel ride in the dunes of SamDay 6 – Jaisalmer – Sam – Jaisalmer
40km (one way)

After breakfast visit the city. Walk up to the Jaisalmer fort, through the narrows streets dotted with temples & havelis. You will visit the fort, Gadisar Lake, famous havelis and Bada Bagh. In the evening drive to Sam dunes to see the sun set. Also enjoy camel ride at the dues. Return to the hotel for overnight stay in Jaisalmer. (It is also possible to stay overnight in tented accommodation in THAR desert. Tents are only operational between Oct to March).

Day 7 – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur
285km

Morning drive to Jodhpur. Arrive in Jodhpur and visit the fort. Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan. It still fulfils its historic role as the area’s main trading center for wood, cattle, camels, cotton, salt, and agricultural crops.

Mehrangarh Fort with Tour Guide & DriverThe Old city is surrounded by a huge 9½km long wall which has seven gates. Some of the houses and temples are of richly carved stone, in particular the buildings near the Sadar Bazar.

Visit the Mehrangarh Fort (pictured) situated on a steep hill – Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India. To enter the Mehrangarh fort, seven gates have to be crossed. Some of these gates still bear marks of many a siege that this fort has withstood. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jodhpur.

Day 8 – Jodhpur – Bera  
150km

After breakfast, drive to Bera, the leopard county. Bera and Jawai area is an adventurer’s retreat snuggled in Aravalli ranges that offers a tranquil and beautiful backdrop to stay in this one of the country’s most popular leopard getaway destinations. Take a Jeep safari to spot illusive leopards. Also meet with local tribe The Rebaris (Shepherds/Herdsmen).

A remarkable and rewarding experience offered by us, is a visit to see the Rabari shepherds, their livestock and their unique lifestyles in the villages. Tall, proud men dressed in white with red turbans wearing silver ornaments, herd goats and cows to graze each day. The Rabari, also called the Rewari or Desai, are an indigenous tribal caste of nomadic cattle and camel herders and shepherds that live primarily in the states of Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan. Return to hotel/camp for overnight stay.

Day 9 – Bera – Ranakpur – Udaipur
125km

After breakfast drive to Udaipur. On the way visit of Ranakpur Jain temple with 1444 exquisitely carved marble pillars. Further drive to Udaipur. Arrive and check into your hotel. Later take a stroll near Fatehsagar lake. Optional activity: A cooking class with an Indian family.

Day 10 – Udaipur sightseeing

After breakfast visit the Jagdish Temple in the Old city. Later visit the City Palace. It is the second largest palace complex in India. Later enjoy a relaxing boat ride at Lake Pichola.

We will also visit Sahelion-Ki-Bari or the "Gardens of the Maids of Honor". You can also enjoy a folk dance performance in “Bagore Ki Haveli”.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Udaipur.

Day 11 – Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Bijaipur
150km

After breakfast drive to Bijaipur. En route visit Chittorgarh Fort. After the visit continue drive towards Bijaipur. Arrive and check in to hotel Castle Bijaipur. Castle Bijaipur is a 16th century castle set in the serene Vindhyanchal ranges near Chittorgarh. Take a village walk and interact with locals. Explore the surrounding areas. Bijaipur is an off the beaten track destination which will be an ideal break for you to unwind yourself in the beautiful heritage hotel. Overnight at the Castle Bijaipur.

Day 12 – Bijaipur – Jaipur   
310km

After breakfast drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state. Arrive and check into your hotel. Evening free at leisure. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 13 – Jaipur sightseeing – Blending modernity with heritage

Jaipur is considered as the first planned city of India. It was founded by Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727. Jaipur has morphed itself into India’s capital of cool. There is a subtle sass in its stride. A silent swag. And it is all under the radar. Very few cities in the world can carry the weight of tradition with the gait of cool as Jaipur does.

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Amber fort. Here you may enjoy an elephant ride (optional activity). Visit the Amber fort and later return to Jaipur city for sightseeing of other prominent monuments. You can visit the Wind Palace (Hawa Mahal), Water Palace (Jal Mahal).

Recommended Activity: We recommend that you to take a heritage walking tour in the Old city. Especially designed walking tours will give you an opportunity to maximise your understanding about the city and experience the hidden corners of Jaipur city. Your guide will take you through the vibrant bazaars and lanes of Old City. You can also interact with locals and try some of the best street food delicacies of Rajasthan. In the evening end your tour by visiting Govind Dev ji Hindu temple, located near the city palace. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. One of the important practices that are done in the temple is ‘Aartis’ and ‘Bhog since the temple was constructed and still continuing with it. You can witness the prayer ceremony at this temple. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 14 – Jaipur – Abhaneri – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra
235km

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Agra. En route you will visit Abhaneri step well, a hidden treasure and worth visiting place.

Abhaneri The City of Brightness is a small town village 95km from Jaipur. Originally Abhaneri was named as Abha Nagri, which means the city of brightness, but due to mispronunciation of the term, it changed to the present name. Today, the city is in ruins; yet it still attracts tourists from across the globe.

Continue drive towards Fatehpur Sikri. Visit Fatehpur Sikri. The great ruler Akbar set up his capital here, and built a grand city, but after only 40 years the water supply became too difficult to maintain in this dry area, so all of the inhabitants packed up and moved on. They left behind a phenomenal collection of grand temples and palaces, with the ruins of old houses standing between them. Now it is an atmospheric ghost city, full of green parrots and monkeys. After the visit continue drive towards Agra. Arrive and check in to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Agra.

Early morning visit the Taj MahalDay 15 – Agra – Delhi
200km

Early morning visit the Taj Mahal (closed Fridays). It was built by Shah Jahan as a token of his love for his deceased wife, and is undoubtedly the most romantic burial site in the world.

Return to hotel for breakfast and then visit Agra fort and Mehtab Garden. Later in the evening drive to Delhi airport to take your flight back to your country.

(Extensions are possible to Goa, Kerala and Varanasi)

 

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