Rajasthan with the Thar Desert Safari

13 NIGHTS | 14 DAYS
FESTIVAL EXTENSION: 2 NIGHTS | 3 DAYS

DELHI | AGRA | JAIPUR | MANDAWA | BIKANER | JAISALMER | JAMBA | JODHPUR

Far Horizon offers, along with 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, with its gathering of animals for trading, religious processions and  pilgrimages to holy temples, completes the journey through glorious Rajasthan.
 

Day 1: Departure

Day 2: Arrive Delhi
Our representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 3: Delhi
After breakfast, experience the combined charm of Old and New Delhi. The day begins with sightseeing at Old Delhi and a visit to Raj Ghat. Drive past the Red Fort on your way to the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. A tour through the bazaars of Chandni Chowk is followed by a drive past the historical India Gate, the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the Parliament House. End the day with a visit to the capital's most striking monument; the 70 meter high Qutab Minar.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 4: Delhi / Agra (Approx. 125 miles / 200 kms / 3 hour drive)
Today visit the iconic city of Agra; 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.  Visit the imposing Red Fort of Agra (also known as Agra Fort). A creative, architectural, and strategic masterpiece, the Fort is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 5: Agra / Jaipur (Approx. 163 miles / 205 kms / 6 hour drive)
Early in the morning behold the glorious sight of the sun casting its mellow rays on the Taj Mahal. Sunrise is the best hour to experience the Taj Mahal as the light reflects off the marble to give it a magnificent golden hue. Have breakfast at the hotel and check out. Leave for Jaipur. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the sandstone city.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 6: Jaipur
After breakfast, leave for a half-day excursion to the Amber Fort. En-route make a photo stop at the palace of winds, the Hawa Mahal. A visit to the City Palace in the afternoon, which now houses 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 the hotel (B, D)

Day 7: Jaipur/ Mandawa (Approx. 113 miles / 180 kms / 5 hour drive)
Set out for Mandawa after breakfast and check-in to your hotel on arrival. 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 at the hotel (B)

Day 8: Mandawa / Bikaner (Approx. 103miles / 164 kms / 5 hour drive)
After breakfast drive to Bikaner and check-in to your hotel. 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 the hotel (B)

Day 9: Bikaner / Jaisalmer (Approx. 205 miles / 333 kms / 6 hour 30 minutes drive)

Proceed to Jaisalmer after breakfast and check-in to your hotel. Walk along the lively and colorful markets of Jaisalmer in the evening.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 10: Jaisalmer
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 Patwa 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 the hotel (B)

Day 11: Jaisalmer / Jamba (Approx. 128 miles / 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 the Dera Dune Retreat (B, L, D)

Day 12: 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 the Dera Dune Retreat (B, L, D)

Day 13: Jamba / Jodhpur (Approx. 100 miles / 160 kms / 3 hour drive)
Leave for Jodhpur after breakfast. Pay an unforgettable visit to the imposing Meherangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada, the graceful marble cenotaph. 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 the hotel (B)

Day 14: Jodhpur / Delhi (Flight 9W3312 / ETD: 1330 / ETA: 1500) Departure
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.

FESTIVAL EXTENSION

The famous fairs of Rajasthan developed due to religious activities and pilgrimages on important religious days. There are two types of fairs – cattle fairs and pilgrimage related fairs. In the cattle fairs, thousands of camels, cows, horses, donkeys come here along with the nomads, for being traded. The negotiations are carried over campfires, cups of chai and chapattis while side by side worshiping is done at the nearby temple or shrine. In the pilgrimage fairs, the focus is on the temple with religious activities conducted by priests and pilgrims.

Day 13: Jamba-Festival Ground (Approx. 3 hour drive)
After breakfast, enjoy a full day of activities at the festival ground and a lively Rajasthani folk dance in the evening.

Overnight at Dera Dune Retreat (B, L, D)

Day 14: Festival Ground
After breakfast, once again you will be a part of the many activities on the festival ground for the entire day.

Overnight at the FH Deluxe Camps (B, L, D)

Day 15: Festival Ground / Jodhpur / Delhi (Flight 9W3312 ETD: 1330 ETA: 1500)
Leave for Jodhpur after breakfast. Board the flight to Delhi at the Jodhpur airport. In Delhi our representative will assist you to the hotel where you may freshen up. You will be escorted to the International airport to board your outgoing flight. (B)