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Ganges River Rafting Tour in India

Duration : 16 days
Validity : 1st October 2006 TO 31st March,2007

Follow the trail of Rajput royalty as it traces its roots through the interiors of Rajashtan highlighting the vibrant spirit reflected in the architecture and the people along the way...


Itinerary- 16 days

Ganges River Rafting Tour in India

Day 1 Delhi :
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2 Delhi :
After breakfast, take a full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit the Red Fort comprising exquisite palaces reflecting Mughal architecture and the largest mosque in India, the Jama Masjid. Walk through the colorful and bustling Chandni Chowk bazaars. Visit Raj Ghat, a memorial for Mahatma Gandhi, Humayun’s Tomb, one of the city’s finest historic sites as well as the Qutub Minar, a soaring tower of Victory dating back to 1199. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhavan, the residence of the President of India Gate, among other landmarks. Stay overnight at thew hotel.

Day 3 Delhi – Mandawa: 257 kms/155 miles ¦ 7-8 hrs by Road :
After breakfast, drive to Mandawa in the heart of the Shekawati region. On arrival in Mandawa, check into the hotel. Take a sightseeing tour and visit the village with colorful frescoed havelis (mansions), temples and charming little shops. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 Mandawa-Bikaner:170 kms/102 miles: 4-5hrs by road :
After breakfast, drive to Bikaner, a desert town surrounded by a high wall, which was once an important staging post on the great caravan routes. On arrival in Bikaner,check into the hotel. Enjoy rest of the day at leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 5 Bikaner :
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour and visit the lavishly decorated palace complex within the Junagarh Fort comprising the Diwani-i-Khas, Phool Mahal, Anup Mahal and Badal Mahal. Also visit the Sri Sadul Museum on the first floor of Lalgarh Palace built in pink sandstone with fine exhibits and old photographs reflecting the lifestyle of the maharajas of a bygone era. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 Bikaner – Jaisalmer:
333kms/200 miles¦ 4-5 hrs by road: After breakfast, drive to

Jaisalmer, check into the hotel. Enjoy rest of the day at leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 Jaisalmer :
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour and visit the 800-year-old sandstone Fort that dominates the entire town with its presence atop the Trikuta Hill. The Fort enclose a number of exquisitely carved havelis of merchants. Also visit the Jain temples dating back to the 12th and 15th centuries, the town’s main market and assorted havelis including the most renowned Patwon-ki-Haveli. Later, proceed to Sam Sand Dunes and enjoy a camel ride upto Sunset Point. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 Jaisalmer – Jodhpur: 287 kms/173 kms¦ 7-8 hrs by road :
After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur. En route visit the 14th century Pokharan Fort with its treasures of rare weapons, paintings, traditional costumes and headgear. On arrival in Jodhpur, check into the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 9 Jodhpur :
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour and visit the Meherangarh Fort built during the 15th and 16th centuries. Within the Fort are some magnificent palaces with superb collections of palanquins, elephant hawdahs (seats used by the royality during procession), miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. Stop by at the Jaswant Thada, which harbors royal cenotaphs built in white marble. Also visit the colorful local market around the popular landmark, the Clock Tower. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 Jodhpur – Udaipur: 260 kms/156 miles¦ 5-6 hrs by road :
After breakfast, drive to Udaipur. En route visit the Jain temples at Ranakpur where intricate carvings detail mythological figures, patterns and motifs on the walls, pillars and domes. On arrival in Udaipur, check into the hotel for overnight stay.

 

Day 11 Udaipur :
After breakfast, take half-day sightseeing tour and visit the City Palace where the royal family still occupies a part but the main portion is now a museum, which house a lavish collection of artifacts intricate miniature paintings and sculptures. Take a stroll around Sahelion-ki-Bari, a beautiful garden with fountains. Admire the Jagdish Temple in the heart of the city dedicated to Lord Jagannath. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 Udaipur – Jaipur :

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur, check into the hotel. Take a sight seeing tour and visit the Hawa Mahal from where the palace women would discreetly observe the activities of the bustling bazaar below. Also visit the City Palace Museum with its collection of elaborate costumes, magnificent armory an intricate carved weapons and the Jantar Mantar Observatiory nearby built in 1782. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 Jaipur :
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour and visit Amber Fort with an elephant rid up the Fort’s ramparts. The Fort originally built in the 16th century by Maharaja Man Singh encloses superb palaces and a beautiful temple in marble dedicated to the fearsome goddess Kali. Enjoy rest of the day a leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 Jaipur – Agra. 249 kms/150 miles ¦ 4-5 hrs by road :
After breakfast, drive to Agra. En route visit the imperial ‘ghost city’ of Fatehpur Sikri constructed of sandstone and built by Emperor Akber. Within it, lies the tomb of the great Sufi saint Salim Chisti. It house the Panch Mahal and the Bulanda Darwaza, two of the many excellent representations of Mughal architecture. On arrival in Agra, check into the hotel. At sunset, visit the Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shah Jehan as a shrine for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is considered to be the ultimate symbol of love with its majestic marble domes and elegant minarets. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 15 Agra :
At sunrise, visit the Taj Mahal for a spectacular view of the magnificent monument. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Thereafter, take a sightseeing tour and visit the Agra Fort built by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Made of red sandstone, this structure reflects fine Mughal architecture with ornate interiors in the Jahangir Mahal, Khas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Deewan-e-Am. Also visit the marble tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan for her father. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 16 Agra – Delhi: 205 kms/123 miles ¦ 3-4 hrs by road :
After breakfast, enjoy the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, drive to Delhi. En route at Sikandra, the tomb of Emperor Akbar. On arrival in Delhi, proceed for onward travel.


Hotels:

  • Delhi – Oberoi Maidens (4 Star) or similar
  • Mandawa – Desert Resort (3 Star) or similar
  • Bikaner – Karni Bhawan Palace(Heritage) or similar
  • Jaisalmer – Gorbandh Palace (3 Star) or similar
  • Jodhpur – Ajit Bhawan(Heritage) or similar
  • Udaipur – The Trident (4 Star) or similar
  • Jaipur – Park Plaza(4 Star) or similar
  • Agra – Holidays Inn (4 Star) or similar

Tour cost includes:

  • 15 nights accommodation on single/twin sharing per person basis
  • Daily breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours and transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned car (Ambassador/Indica) with an English speaking local guide
  • Elephant ride in Jaipur and camel ride in Jaisalmer
  • Portgage at airport and hotels
  • Applicable taxes


 

 

Tour cost does not include:

  • Airfare (Supplement for sector Udaipur-jaipur is USD 105 per person – Subject to change)
  • Entry fee at places visit
  • Personal expenses such as mineral water, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc.
  • Meals and services not specified in the above mentioned Section

Conditions:

  • Peak season surcharge will apply between Dec.20th, 2006 and January 10th, 2007.
  • The hotels and services as mentioned in the itinerary are subject to conformation.
  • Rates may change in case of change in hotel rates, transport rates, government taxes or entrance fees.


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