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View from Sajjangarh Fort
Fatehsagar Lake
Lake Palace with City Palace on Lake Pichola
Swaroop Sagar Lake
Jagmandir Island in Lake Pichola
City Palace Udaipur (Photo Courtesy: Henrik Bennetsen)
Bishnoi Village
Mehrangarh Fort
Gadisar Lake (Nivalink Trip Dated - 19 March 2011)
Lodurva Jain Temple (Nivalink Trip Dated - 19 March 2011)
Jaisalmer Fort
Bada Bagh (Photo Courtesy: Honzasoukup)
Camp at Sam Sand Dunes (Nivalink Trip Dated - 19 March 2011)
Camel at Sam Sand Dunes (Nivalink Trip Dated - 19 March 2011)
Junagadh Fort (Photo Courtesy: Flicka)
Camel Breeding Farm and Research Centre (Photo Courtesy: Flicka)
Amer Fort
Jantar Mantar Observatory (Photo Courtesy: Knowledge Seeker)
Hawa Mahal (Photo Courtesy: Firoze Edassery)
City Palace Jaipur (Photo Courtesy: Miya.m)
Overview of the temple (Photo Courtesy: China Crisis)
Amphitheatre at Jawahar Kala Kendra (Photo Courtesy: Sanyambahga)
Jal Mahal (Photo Courtesy: Jal Mahal Project)
Sikandara
Taj from Metab Bagh
Fatehpur Sikri
Amar Singh Gate. Photo Courtesy - Sanyam Bahga
Photo Courtesy: Sanyam Bahga

Best of Rajasthan with Agra is an itinerary that combines all major heritage destinations of Rajasthan i.e. Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jaipur alongwith Agra.

Route

Agra(2) - Jaipur(2) - Bikaner(1) - Sam(1) - Jaisalmer(1) - Jodhpur(2) - Udaipur(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at New Delhi. Proceed to Agra via Mathura.
  • Day-2 Full Day Agra Sightseeing
  • Day-3 Proceed to Jaipur via Bharatpur, Abhaneri and Dausa
  • Day-4 Jaipur Sightseeing
  • Day-5 Proceed to Bikaner. Evening visits around Bikaner
  • Day-6 Bikaner - Jaisalmer Sam Dunes
  • Day-7 Jaisalmer Sightseeing.
  • Day-8 Travel to Jodhpur. Evening visit to Mandore Gardens, Balsamand Lake.
  • Day-9 Sightseeing in and around Jodhpur.
  • Day-10 Jodhpur - Udaipur via Ranakpur. Evening Lake Pichola Boat ride and Cultural Show.
  • Day-11 Sightseeing in Udaipur
  • Day-12 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Agra - Jama Masjid Agra (1.40 kms), Agra Fort (4.00 kms), Taj Mahal (5.00 kms), Mehtab Bagh (6.00 kms), Bird watching in Bharatpur (62.00 kms)

Bikaner - Junagadh Fort (1.50 kms), Lallgarh Palace Complex (3.00 kms), Karni Mata Temple Deshnoke (30.00 kms)

Jaipur - Jantar Mantar Observatory (5.00 kms), Hawa Mahal (5.00 kms), City Palace Jaipur (5.00 kms), Moti Doongri (5.00 kms), Jal Mahal (9.00 kms), Amer Fort (12.00 kms), Mehandipur Balaji Temple (60.00 kms), Abhaneri Stepwells (95.00 kms)

Jaisalmer - Jaisalmer Fort (1.00 kms), Patwon Ki Haveli (2.00 kms), Gadisar Lake (2.50 kms), Lodurva Jain Temple Complex (15.00 kms)

Jodhpur - Mehrangarh Fort (9.00 kms), Jaswant Thada (10.00 kms), Mandore Gardens (12.00 kms), Bishnoi Village (20.00 kms), Shri Osiya Mataji (60.00 kms), Osiyan Jain Temples (60.00 kms), Osian Desert Experience (60.00 kms)

Udaipur - Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway (2.00 kms), Vintage Car Museum (3.00 kms), Bagore Ki Haveli (4.00 kms), City Palace (4.00 kms), Lake Pichola (4.00 kms), Sajjan Garh (9.00 kms), Ranakpur Jain Temple (80.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - New Delhi Departure - Udaipur
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

An additional night in Udaipur would allow for excursions to Nathdwara (Krishna Temple) and Chittaurgarh Fort.

Distances
  • New Delhi to Agra -210 kms (4 hrs)
  • Agra to Jaipur -230 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Jaipur to Bikaner -330 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Bikaner to Sam -376 kms (7 hrs)
  • Sam to Jaisalmer -45 kms (1 hrs)
  • Jaisalmer to Jodhpur -305 kms (6 hrs)
  • Jodhpur to Udaipur -260 kms (6 hrs)
Route

New Delhi - Agra(2) - Jaipur(2) - Bikaner(1) - Sam(1) - Jaisalmer(1) - Jodhpur(2) - Udaipur(2)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at New Delhi. Proceed to Agra via Mathura.  Arrive at New Delhi. Proceed to Agra (210 kms, 4.5 hours). Enroute possibly visit Mathura Krishna Temple.

Day-2 Full Day Agra Sightseeing Visit Taj Mahal, one of the original seven wonders of the world and the Monument Agra is renowned for. Early morning is the ideal time to visit Taj Mahal. Later in the day visit Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaza. In the afternoon excursion to Fatehpur Sikri (a heritage town at 60 kms - 1.5 hours). Time permitting visit Mehtab Bagh in Agra in the evening for another view of the Taj Mahal across the river.

Day-3 Proceed to Jaipur via Bharatpur, Abhaneri and Dausa Proceed to Jaipur (230 kms, 5.5 hours). Enroute Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (62 kms from Agra), Abhaneri Stepwell and Mehandipur Balaji Temple (Dausa). Jaipur is a major destination in Rajasthan visited for its heritage experience. Guests can visit local markets for handicraft shopping in evening and enjoy a Dinner at Chokhi Dhani Restaurant. (Ethnic Indian Restaurant serving Vegetarian Rajasthani Cuisine).

Day-4 Jaipur Sightseeing  Proceed for full day sightseeing covering Amer Fort (Elephant ride is possible), Jantar Mantar (Observatory), Hawa Mahal and City Palace, Jal Mahal, Moti Doongri Temple etc. Evening explore local market for shopping.

Day-5 Proceed to Bikaner. Evening visits around Bikaner Proceed to Bikaner (330 kms - 6.5 hours). Bikaner is part of Desert Circuit of Rajasthan, known for its ancient Forts, Palaces and Temples. Evening Visit to Junagadh Fort and Lallgarh Palace Complex.

Day-6 Bikaner - Jaisalmer Sam Dunes Proceed to Jaisalmer (375 kms - 8 hrs). Enroute guests can make a visit to Kheechan (area known for its Migratory Birds, especially Demosaille Cranes). Take little detour to visit Deshnoke's Karni Mata Temple (known as Rat Temple for being home to hundreds of Rats that guard the Temple deity). Jaisalmer is a prime destination in Desert Circuit of Rajasthan, renowned for a Living Fort and Sand Dunes. Proceed 45 kms farther from Jaisalmer to Sam Dunes. Reach the sand dunes latest by 4.30 pm. Enjoy the sunset experience. Evening campfire with Rajasthani folk music & dance.

Day-7 Jaisalmer Sightseeing. Early morning can opt for Camel ride / Camel cart safari and after breakfast can leave for Jaisalmer city (45 kms - 1 hr). Visit the Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon Ki Haveli, Gadsisar Lake, Cenotaphs, Jain Temples around Jaisalmer.

Day-8 Travel to Jodhpur. Evening visit to Mandore Gardens, Balsamand Lake. Proceed to Jodhpur (300 kms - 5.5 hrs). Jodhpur is an access point to Desert circuit Areas and a major tourist destination known for its Mehrangarh Fort, handicrafts and craft villages around. Evening visit to Mandore Gardens and explore the local market.

Day-9 Sightseeing in and around Jodhpur. Visit Jaswant Thada and Mehrangarh Fort. Do shopping in Jodhpur for textiles and handicrafts. Late afternoon visit to Osiyan (60 kms) to Osiya Mata Temple, Jain Temples and Sand Dunes. Evening dinner by the Dunes with traditional dance performance. Alternatively one can do an excursion to Bishnoi village (20 kms) near Jodhpur. At Bishnoi Village experience rural communities of potters and weavers, spot Black Bucks / Blue bulls / Migratory Birds and spend evening at Bishnoi Village for Dinner alongwith a traditional dance performance.

Day-10 Jodhpur - Udaipur via Ranakpur. Evening Lake Pichola Boat ride and Cultural Show. Proceed to Udaipur (260 kms - 6 hours). Enroute visit renowned Ranakpur Jain Temple. Udaipur in South Rajasthan is a destination renowned for its lakeside character and a base point to visit Temples and Forts around the area. Guests may enjoy evening boat ride at Lake Pichola and take a walk around old city areas around the lake. Visit Bagore Ki haveli in the evening for the Cultural Show.

Day-11 Sightseeing in Udaipur Proceed for full day sightseeing. Areas to visit include City Palace Museum (near Lake Pichola), Vintage Car Museum, Jagdish temple, Karni Mata Temple (Ropeway). Visit local markets for shopping. Evening visit to Sajjan Garh (11 kms) is recommended which offers stunning views of the Udaipur and its lakes from a hilltop.

Day-12 Departure After breakfast , depart for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Agra :

  • Jama Masjid Agra - Jama Masjid in Agra is opposite the Agra fort, is one of the larger mosques in India and a most visited monument after Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

  • Agra Fort - Agra Fort is a UNESCO World heritage site and one of the most visited monuments after Taj Mahal. There are several areas to explore and a guided visit can take upto an hour and a half to explore. Diwan-e-aam, Diwaan-e-khaas, Khas Mahal (white marble palace, one of the best examples of painting on marble), Sheesh Mahal, Mina Masjid, Moti Masjid are some of the areas that are worth a visit.

  • Taj Mahal - The Taj Mahal is often the reason to visit India. Its a monument built by Shahjehan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal and became symbol of love world over. Taj Mahal today is a major attraction and one of the original seven wonders of the world.

  • Mehtab Bagh - Mehtab Bagh overlooks The Taj Mahal from otherside of the river and offers excellent views. The Mehtab Bagh garden was the last of eleven Mughal-built gardens along the Yamuna opposite the Taj and the Agra Fort

  • Bird watching in Bharatpur - Keoladeo national park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary has been the most organized bird sanctuaries in India. Bharatpur remains an attraction for anyone traveling on Agra - Jaipur route. Over the years 380 resident and migrant species of birds have been recorded in the area.

Bikaner :

  • Junagadh Fort - Junagadh Fort is a 16th century fort at 1.5 kms from city centre and kind of dominates city landscape and popular for tourists to arrive for a visit. Fort wears an old look and has some interesting history.

  • Lallgarh Palace Complex - Lallgarh Palace complex is home to some most exquisite palaces there could be. Lallgarh Palace, now a heritage hotel has tall ceilings, large rooms and staying here is nothing short of an experience. Laxmi Niwas Palace here has rooms with most intricately carved interiors. There is a heritage museum as well that is open to all visitors.

  • Karni Mata Temple Deshnoke - The world famous shrine of Karni Mata can be found in the town of Deshnoke 30 km south from Bikaner on the road to Jodhpur. Karni Mata is worshiped as an incarnation of Goddess Durga. This temple is famous for rats which can be seen everywhere in the temple.

Jaipur :

  • Jantar Mantar Observatory - The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built in 18th century. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best preserved of few such other built in that period and is considered one of the world heritage site.

  • Hawa Mahal - Hawa Mahal is a unique five-storey building built in 1799 akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas. The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict "purdah". Its a popular monument to visit for guests arriving at Jaipur for its unique architecture and views around the area.

  • City Palace Jaipur - City Palace is a palace complex in Jaipur which was the seat of the royal family of Jaipur. The Chandra Mahal palace now houses a museum (Sawai Mansingh Museum) but the greatest part of it is still a royal residence. The palace complex incorporates an impressive and vast array of courtyards, gardens and buildings.

  • Moti Doongri - Moti Dungri Temple is a Lord Ganesha temple and a major attraction in Jaipur. Set on a hilltop, the temple is well visited all through the year.

  • Jal Mahal - Jal Mahal (meaning "Water Palace") is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city. The Jal Mahal palace is considered an architectural beauty built in the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. Number of birds seen around the lake makes it a good place for a bird watcher to arrive in winter.

  • Amer Fort - Amer Fort is located in Amer, 12 kilometres from Jaipur. It is one of the principal tourist attractions of Jaipur, located high on a hill. Amer Fort was built in 18th century and is known for its artistic style. With its large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks the Maota Lake, at its forefront. The fort is a must for its different areas, its spread over 4 levels and its aesthetic ambiance. The areas comprise Diwan-e-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience", the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over the water cascade within the palace. There is also a stepwell nearby that could be an interesting visit for any traveller.

  • Mehandipur Balaji Temple - Sri Mehandipur Balaji Temple in Dausa is a Lord Hanuman Temple and renowned pilgrim centre at 60 kms from Jaipur, just off Agra Road.

  • Abhaneri Stepwells - Abhaneri is a village at 95 kms from Jaipur, on Jaipur-Agra road and home to Chand Baori step well and Harshat Mata Temple. Abhaneri is a popular stopr for travellers on Jaipur - Agra route on the Golden Triangle circuit.

Jaisalmer :

  • Jaisalmer Fort - Jaisalmer fort is one of the rare living forts with a sizeable community living inside the fort. It has a few heritage hotels that allow guests to experience living in a fort, temples and an entire community that has been living there for generations. Fort offers views of the Jaisalmer and Thar desert beyond.

  • Patwon Ki Haveli - Patwon ki Haveli is a short walk from Jaisalmer fort and town centre and is an exquisitely carved residence of the rich merchants in the area and now open to visitors to marvel. A definite must visit for photographers and heritage travellers.

  • Gadisar Lake - Gadisar lake is just a walk from Patwon ki Haveli and rest of town centre and kind of place best to visit around Sunset for good views and a bit of boating.

  • Lodurva Jain Temple Complex - Ludrawa is famous for the Jain temple dedicated to 23rd Tirthankara. The temples were rebuilt in the late 1970s and extensive restoration work was carried out in early 2000s to bring it back to its former glory.

Jodhpur :

  • Mehrangarh Fort - Mehrangarh Fort is one of its kind fort that stands as the most prominent and visited monument in the city. Its vast, has a number of halls / rooms that are worth a visit and there is even a museum in there which displays weaponary and many artefacts from the royal past. Its a kind of must visit for anyone arriving to Jodhpur for its sheer grandeur.

  • Jaswant Thada - A quiet place and a well kept Royal Cenotaph enroute Mehrangarh Fort and offers excellent views of the fort and area around.

  • Mandore Gardens - The Mandore gardens, with its charming collection of temples, memorials and high rock terraces. The gardens house cenotaphs of many royal family members. The Mandore Gardens also house a government museum, a Hall of Heroes and a temple to 33 crore Gods.

  • Bishnoi Village - Bishnoi Villages around Jodhpur have a mix of craftm culture and wildlife. Guests have option to visit craft centres or just take a drive around and there is a good possibility that one can spot Nilgai, jackal, gazelles, antilopes etc. The area is excellent for bird watching as well in winter. There are ethnic resort around the area that are excellent for a traditional evening Rajasthani dinner over cultural programme.

  • Shri Osiya Mataji - Sachiya Mata Temple (Also known as Shri Osiya Mataji) is a renowned local pilgrimage and considered main deity for some of the local communities of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

  • Osiyan Jain Temples - Osian is famous as home to the cluster of ruined Brahmanical and Jain temples dating from the 8th to 11th centuries. It is an important Jain pilgrimage center for the Oswal Jain community.

  • Osian Desert Experience - For guests arriving at Jodhpur and not having time to drive to Jaisalmer, Osian represents an excellent alternative to experience Thar desert. Sand dunes near Osian are home to several camps who conduct evening entertainment programmes, camel rides and even overnight camping in desert villages.

Udaipur :

  • Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway - Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway is a popular ride up the hill to the Karni Mata temple and enroute offers views of the area around. It can get crowded during season.

  • Vintage Car Museum - Vintage Car Museum has number of vintage classic cars on display from Royal family garages. Cars are maintained well and therefore a popular tourist visit place.

  • Bagore Ki Haveli - Bagore Ki Haveli offers a cultural show by the Lake Pichola between 7 and 8 PM that is recommended for all travellers to the area for a bit of experience and a bit of photo opportunity of capturing the area in the evening.

  • City Palace - City Palace is a very popular sightseeing area offering multiple galleries, rooms and antiques on display. Guests looking at deeper insights must opt for a guide.

  • Lake Pichola - Pichola Lake is one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes of Rajasthan, India. It is located in the heart of the city around which City Palace, Shivniwas and Fateh Prakash palace are situated. Pichola is also renowned for having the Lake Palace, the famous heritage hotel in the centre of the lake. Boating here is nothing short of experience.

  • Sajjan Garh - Its a 9 km excursion up a hill where excellent views of the countryside, udaipur city and its lakes can be captured. Excellent option for an evening visit. The area also doubles up as an option for local picnickers. The reserve forest area is home to wildlife and is demarcated as Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Ranakpur Jain Temple - Ranakpur is renowned for Jain Temple Complex. This is white marble temple with 1444 pillars and intricate carving. Three Jain Temples to Rishabhadeva, Neminath and Parsvanath, and the dharamshalas, stand close to each other in a walled enclosure. It is one of the "Luncheon" sectors of Rajasthan where guests on the Udaipur-Jodhpur Route stop over for lunch and marvel at the Ranakpur temple Complex.

Destination Overview

New Delhi - Delhi is the capital city of India and a major International arrival point and a major tourist destination. Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Birla Temple, Mughal Gardens, Lodi Gardens, Rail Museum, Doll Museum, Zoological Park etc remain major tourist attractions of Delhi.

Agra - Agra is home to Taj Mahal, a mughal era monument that is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Agra forms a part of the Golden Triangle circuit Delhi-Jaipur-Agra which is the most visited tourist circuit in India.

Jaipur - Jaipur is capital of Rajasthan and one of the major tourist destinations of India and part of the famed “Golden Triangle” itinerary route along with Delhi and Agra. Jaipur has now evolved into a major business center with all requisites of a metropolitan city.

Bikaner - Bikaner is a heritage destination known for its forts and palaces.

Sam - Sam Sand Dunes are 45 kms from Jaisalmer and is known for its sand dunes and experience the camps offer there.

Jaisalmer - Jaisalmer is visited for its Fort, restored cenotaphs, temples and Sand dunes all around it. It comes alive during the desert Festival in Jan end.

Jodhpur - Jodhpur is the city known for its crafts, Forts, Palaces and Vibrant rural backdrop around it.

Udaipur - Udaipur is the Lake city of Rajasthan. Udaipur has now become an ex-Ahmedabad getaway and a destination where guests arrive to experience romance of the lake city and a bit of rajasthan.

Access
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Distances
  • New Delhi to Agra -210 kms (4 hrs)
  • Agra to Jaipur -230 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Jaipur to Bikaner -330 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Bikaner to Sam -376 kms (7 hrs)
  • Sam to Jaisalmer -45 kms (1 hrs)
  • Jaisalmer to Jodhpur -305 kms (6 hrs)
  • Jodhpur to Udaipur -260 kms (6 hrs)

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Distances
  • New Delhi to Agra -210 kms (4 hrs)
  • Agra to Jaipur -230 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Jaipur to Bikaner -330 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Bikaner to Sam -376 kms (7 hrs)
  • Sam to Jaisalmer -45 kms (1 hrs)
  • Jaisalmer to Jodhpur -305 kms (6 hrs)
  • Jodhpur to Udaipur -260 kms (6 hrs)

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