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Land of Maharajas

16 Days . Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Manvar, Jodhpur, Ranakpur, Udaipur, Mumbai

Day 1 - Arrive Delhi
Arrive tonight in India's bustling capital city of Delhi, where you are greeted with a traditional Indian welcome and escorted to your hotel. THE ROYAL PLAZA

Day 2 - Old Delhi Sightseeing
After a leisurely morning, embark on your tour of Old Delhi. Among your stops are the Red Fort, built by Shah Jahan, Raj Ghat - a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Ashoka Pillar and the mile-long Chandni Chowk bazaar. This evening, enjoy a home hosted dinner with an Indian family. (B)

Day 3 - New Delhi Sightseeing / Agra
This morning enjoy your tour of New Delhi. Drive along Rajpath, the capital's broadest avenue, for a view of the Parliament House, the President's House and India Gate. Visit the Humayun's Tomb, Qutab Minar and Birla Mandir, a colorful and modern Hindu temple. This afternoon drive to Agra, en route stopping at Sikandra to visit the tomb of Emperor Akbar. RADISSON Hotel Agra (B)

Day 4 - Agra
Experience an early morning sunrise viewing of the magnificent Taj Mahal, a monument to the memory of love. After breakfast, tour the exquisite 16th Century Agra Fort. This afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Day 5 - Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Jaipur
After breakfast proceed to the abandoned and nearly intact Mughal City of Fatehpur Sikri, a masterpiece of Muslim, Hindu and Jain architecture. Continue overland to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, also known as the "Pink City". Check into your hotel. RAMADA JAIPUR (B)

Day 6 - Amber Fort Excursion / Jaipur Sightseeing
Today, you are transported back in time by experiencing riding atop elegantly draped and painted elephants to the mountain fortress of Amber. Later, enjoy a tour of Jaipur City, visiting Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Winds", City Palace and the ancient observatory. (B)

Day 7 - Jaipur / Mandawa
Today, you will be driven to Mandawa in the Shekhawati region known as "the open air art gallery" of Rajasthan. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. CASTLE MANDAWA (B)

Day 8 - Mandawa / Bikaner
Today visit enchanting villages in the Shekhawati region. Continue to the fascinating city of Bikaner, tucked away in the desert of western Rajasthan and characterized by its beautiful sandstone architecture. Enjoy your stay at your hotel. LALLGARH PALACE (B)

Day 9 - Bikaner Sightseeing
Start the day by visiting the unusual and impressive Junagarh Fort, built on the desert plain itself, instead of the common hilltop. (B)

Day 10 - Bikaner / Jaisalmer
Drive to Jaisalmer, a fascinating city rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage. The commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands in awesome splendor. DESERT TULIP (B)

Day 11 - Jaisalmer Sightseeing
Visit the historic Jaisalmer Fort, housing the entire township within its ramparts. Visit the lovely Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and Patwonki-Haveli, three beautifully sculptured Jain temples built between the 12th and 13th centuries and five interconnected palaces. No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without a sunset trip to the picturesque sand dunes of Sam and a camel safari. (B)

Day 12 - Jaisalmer / Manvar
Drive to the enchanting Thar Desert oasis of Manvar, where you will enjoy your stay in a luxurious tented camp and experience a night in the desert. Dine al fresco tonight under a canopy of stars, with entertainment including folk dancing and indigenous music. DESERT CAMP (BD)

Day 13 - Manvar / Jodhpur
Embark on an early morning camel safari to witness the magnificent sunrise over the desert dunes. Later travel to Jodhpur. Visit the invincible Mehrangarh Fort and the Jaswant Thada, a graceful marble cenotaph built in 1899. PARK PLAZA (B)

Day 14 - Jodhpur / Ranakpur / Udaipur
This morning depart for Udaipur. Stop en route and tour the beautifully sculpted 15th century Jain temples of Ranakpur. Continue your journey, stopping for lunch at Maharani Bagh - a mango grove and the private gardens of the Maharajah of Jodhpur. Check into your hotel. THE LALIT LAXMI VILAS. (B)

Day 15 - Udaipur Sightseeing
Tour this famous "City of Lakes", known as Udaipur, one of the most picturesque and romantic cities of India. Visit City Palace with its scalloped arches, fretted balconies and cupolas, Saheliyon ki Bari Garden and the folklore museum, where you can see a presentation of the string puppets typical of this area. The afternoon is at leisure. (BD)

Day 16 - Udaipur / Mumbai (Bombay)
Your day is at leisure. This evening fly to Mumbai and have dinner. Bid farewell to India and depart on your onward flight home, filled with warm memories of your journey through the land of Maharajas. (B)

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