Rajasthan with the Thar Desert Safari

DURATION : 12 Nights / 13 Days

DESTINATIONS : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jamba - Jodhpur

Short Description

Monks and Monkeys offers a visit to the historical city of Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra and the forts and palaces of Jaipur, a deeper journey into the desert and its people. Meet the simple yet colorful tribal people of this land, living simple lives in their mud huts with thatched roofs and practicing their arts and crafts. This along with a visit to the colorful desert festivals, gathering of animals for trading, religious processions and pilgrimages to holy temples, completes the journey through glorious Rajasthan.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Delhi

Arrive at International airport. Our representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

Overnight at hotel (Room only)

Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing

After breakfast, experience the combined tour of Old and New Delhi.

The day begins with sightseeing at Old Delhi and a visit to Raj Ghat, drive past the Red Fort and on your way to the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. A tour by Rickshaw ride through the bazaars of Chandni Chowk is followed by a drive past the historical India Gate, the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the Parliament House.

In the evening, visit to the capital's most striking monument; the 70 meter high Qutab Minar. 

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)

Day 3: Delhi - Agra (Approx. 200 kms / 3 hour drive)

Post breakfast, drive to the iconic city of Agra. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

An intoxicating mix of architectural gems, the monument of love, imposing forts and unforgettable stories between all of this, the warmth and hospitality of charming people. 

Afternoon visit the imposing Agra Fort, a creative, architectural, and strategic masterpiece, the Fort is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)

Day 4: Agra - Jaipur (Approx. 205 kms / 5 hour drive)

Early morning visit Taj Mahal by Sunrise (depends on weather condition). Sunrise is the best hour to experience the Taj Mahal as the light reflects off the marble to give it a magnificent golden hue.

After visit, drive back to the hotel for breakfast.

Post breakfast, check-out & drive to Jaipur. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, the sandstone city.

On arrival in Jaipur, check-in at the hotel.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)

Day 5: Jaipur Sightseeing

After breakfast, leave for a half-day excursion to the Amber Fort, take Elephant ride to climb the Amber Fort. En-route make a photo stop at the palace of winds, the Hawa Mahal.

In the afternoon, visit the City Palace, which now houses of the royal residence and museums with a fine collection of textiles and costumes, armory, manuscripts and paintings, followed by a stopover at Jantar Mantar, wraps up the day. 

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)

Day 6: Jaipur - Mandawa (Approx.180 kms / 4 hour drive)

After breakfast, check-out & drive to Mandawa. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

The fort town of Mandawa lies in the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. This small town is an attraction for its beautifully made forts and palaces, known as 'havelis'.

Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 7: Day 8: Mandawa / Bikaner (Approx. 164 kms / 5 hour drive)

After breakfast drive to Bikaner and check-in to your hotel.

Afternoon visit the Junagarh Fort which lies to the northeast of the old walled city of Bikaner. This historical monument was built by Raja Rai Singh, a general in Akbar's army, in 1593.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)

Day 8: Bikaner / Jaisalmer (Approx. 333 kms / 7 hour drive)

After breakfast, proceed to Jaisalmer. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)

Day 9: Jaisalmer city

After breakfast set out to discover the beauty of the Jaisalmer Fort which overlooks the city. This ancient monument, built in 1156, holds not only the Jain Temple complex within it, but is also famous for its stunning havelis such as the Patwon ki Haveli, the Salim Haveli and the Nathmal Haveli. Drive to the Royal Cenotaphs in the evening and see the beautifully carved ceilings and equestrian statues of the former rulers.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)

Day 10: Jaisalmer - Jamba (Approx. 205 kms / 4 hour drive)

After breakfast, begin the journey to the Dera Dune Retreat at Jamba. The world's first retreat on top of a sand dune, this is a perfect place to get away to and enjoy the solitude of desert life.

Watch the evening come alive with traditional Rajasthani musicians and dancers from nearby villages.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)

Day 11: Jamba

An exciting jeep safari, after breakfast, takes you to the surrounding villages. Interact with the Bishnoi tribes that inhabit this region and see for yourself, the simple lives of these people. Discover the 29 (bis-nou) tenets laid down by the 15-century guru, Jambeshwar and visit the temple of 'Jambaji,' the founder of this tribe. Share your interest and craft with the children of the school in the afternoon.

A Camel safari to visit the salt pans completes the desert experience.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)

Day 12: Jamba / Jodhpur (Approx.160 kms / 3 hour drive)

After breakfast leave for Jodhpur. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Afternoon visit  the imposing Meherangarh Fort and  the graceful marble cenotaph Jaswant Thada.

The evening is spent exploring the lively local markets of the city with a visit to the clock tower to end the evening.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)

Day 13: Jodhpur / Delhi (Flight at 1330 / 1500 hrs)

After breakfast, visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace. An incredible royal residence done in the art-deco style, the Palace has now been converted into a luxury hotel. The Maharaja of Jodhpur and his family continue to live in this Palace.

From there on, leave for the airport to board your flight to Delhi.

Our representative will escort you from the Delhi airport to your hotel where you may freshen up. Thereafter, drive to the international airport to board your outgoing flight.

Inclusions / Exclusions

The Price Includes:

  • Accommodation on double / twin sharing as per the hotel chosen by Guest
  • Daily Breakfast at the hotel
  • Arrival/Departure with assistance.
  • AC transport as per program.
  • English speaking local guide as per program.
  • One bottle of mineral water per person per day.
  • Elephant ride in Jaipur
  • Battery van in Agra
  • Camel safari in Jamba
  • All fuel, parking, toll, state taxes & driver allowances.
  • GST 5%.

The Price Excludes:

  •  Any airfare / visa / insurance
  •  Any meals except mentioned in the column cost includes.
  •  Any Monument Entrance Fees.
  •  Any expenses of personal nature such as tips, beverages, laundry, telephone calls, photography, video fee, etc.
  •  Any new taxes / fees imposed by the Government.

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