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Rajasthan & The Ganges Valley
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Rajasthan and the Ganges Valley 20 days
A trip back in time where still seems to resonate the voice of the Maharajas. Your visit will be thorough and complete: Rajasthan desert of Thar Jaisalmer until the pearl of the desert, Mandawa and his "havelis" Jodhpur to indigo houses. Rickshaw rides in Jaipur, camel in Jaisalmer, in the Bishnoi villages ... Many Rajput cooking special meals, vegetarian. Different shows: puppets, magic, Bollywood subtitles. Rickshaw ride on Ghats. Then you will visit the mystical valley of the Ganges that will take you far Benares, dream of the whole nation.
Day 1: Delhi
Arrive Delhi and welcome by our representative. Installation at the hotel and visit the city following the arrival time.
Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in the country
Chandni Chowk, big market around the Red Fort in push-push.
Day 2: Delhi - Mandawa (213 kms)
Departure to Mandawa (located on the Silk Road) in the Shekawati. Known for its beautiful colorful houses colorful frescoes belonging to the wealthiest merchants in the area. Some of these ancient caravanserais are now abandoned and the few tourists are only helping to revive this extraordinary heritage.
Days 3 and 4: Mandawa - Bikaner (180 kms)
Discovery of Fort Junnagarh fortress built in the sixteenth century, which was built in the center of a hostile plain what was his best defense. You will see the Coronation Hall, the Ice Palace, Maharaja of the room, the Arms Museum, Conference Hall. A Visit to Deshnoke rat temple is needed. The Karni Mata temple annually receives thousands of visitors who see these rats reincarnation of their dead.
Days 5 and 6: Bikaner - Jaisalmer (330 kms)
Drive to Jaisalmer, beautiful caravan city of yellow sandstone arising stretches of sand and stones of the Thar desert. The beautiful havelis, the Jain temple and fortress have made it famous. Ride a camel on the sand dunes at sunset for the more adventurous.
Day 7: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (278 kms)
Departure for Jodhpur, also known as "Blue City". Visit the Mehrangarh Fort nicknamed "Fort Beautiful". It overlooks the city from its 122 meters. Inside is a richly decorated palaces decorated with numerous courses. Visit of Clock Tower at the foot of Fort, home to many merchants spices. Along the way, you will make a few stops in Bishnoi villages, the first ecologists, to observe their daily lives.
Days 8 and 9: Jodhpur - Udaipur (258 kms)
Departure to Ranakpur Jain temples and large white marble. The most important Adinatha, with pillars in 1444, is one of the finest and largest Jain temple in India. Continue to Udaipur, city with narrow streets and lively, with whitewashed houses. Mini cruise on Lake Pichola to admire the magnificent facade of the Palace. City tour: City Palace, the former palace of the Maharajah's largest Rajasthan, Sahelion Ki Bari or Garden of the Demoiselles, walk in the streets around the lake.
Day 10: Udaipur - Pushkar (320 kms)
Arrival at the hotel overlooking the lake. Walk on the Ghats and visit the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. Many shops and sights.
Days 11 and 12: Pushkar - Jaipur (142 kms)
Drive to Jaipur. Installation at the hotel and early visits. Discover the city: the City Palace where the Maharaja still lives; Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds, shaped crown of Lord Krishna; walk in the city and turn Rickshaw on the market, film show "Bollywood". Excursion to Amber Fort. Amber was the capital of the ancient state of Rajputana founded by Minas and abandoned several centuries later. The fort consists of 3 nested strongholds in each other. Mounted on an elephant to the ramparts of the fort possible.
Day 13: Jaipur - Fathepur Sikri - Agra (235 kms)
Departure for Fathepur Sikri former capital of the Mughal emperor Akbar. Visit the Great Mosque, the Jewel House and giant chess. Continue to Agra, the former capital of the Mughal Empire World Heritage Site by Unesco. Early the next morning, at sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, a true jewel of white marble, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is considered the symbol of eternal love. Return to the hotel for breakfast and visit the Red Fort of Agra (a Unesco World Heritage Site).
Day 14: Agra - Jhansi - Orchha
Transfer to the train station and boarding the Shatabdi Express which takes you up to Jhansi. Drive to Orchha former royal city "Bundella". Discovery of Jahangir Mahal Palace, the palace of the Raj Mahal containing beautiful frescoes, and Praveen Raj Mahal palace that stands in a garden.
Days 15 and 16: Orchha - Khajuraho (173 kms)
Entry in the Ganges Valley and drive to Khajuraho was the capital of the Chandela kings. Visit its surprising sculpted temples displaying beautiful friezes and sculptures representing the arts of love. (listed in UNESCO)
Days 17 and 18: Khajuraho - Benares (Varanasi) (aircraft)
Way to the airport and flight to Benares (Varanasi). Rickshaw ride on the Ghats at a time when the priests gather at the Ganges and bless the pilgrims. You will attend the evening ceremony at the river. With the first rays of the sun, transfer to the pier for a few hours sailing on the Ganges, where thousands of pilgrims come to purify the sacred water. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Visit the Durga temple, many monkeys refuge and the Golden temple. Sarnath where Buddha start made his first sermon. One of the four holy places of Buddhism. Night in Benares.
Day 19: Varanasi - Delhi (aircraft)
Flight to Delhi in the morning and transfer to hotel. Continuation of the discovery of Delhi India Gate, Triumphal Arch top 42 m; Bangla Sahib Sikh temple and its magnificent golden dome. Past the Presidential Palace, visit Raj Ghat, where Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Free time in the district of Connaught Place. Overnight at hotel.
Day 20: Delhi
Shopping ... next departure time transfer to the international airport.
€ 1,580 in 3 * hotels or € 1,880 hotels in 4/5 * (double occupancy) at least 8 participants.
This price includes
Domestic flights Khajuraho-Varanasi Varanasi and Delhi (price may vary depending on a date too late booking)
The train from Agra and Jhansi.
Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver (including fuel, taxes and parking)
Services and attendance of a French-speaking guide 24/24
The services of local guides (mandatory on some sites)
Accommodation in hotels 3+ stars (NL) or charm
Breakfast.
Dinners
Visits to monuments mentioned (except cameras inputs)
This Price Does Not Include
International flight
The lunches, drinks and personal expenses
The film show in Jaipur
Tips guide, driver and hotel staff
Entries monuments
Transport on camel, boat, elephant ...
Obtaining and visa costs
Mandatory personal insurance (lost luggage, repatriation ...)
Note
The country is very beautiful, striking, surprising, colorful ... but its operation is sometimes inadequate. Indian cuisine is famous, but it may bother some allergic stomachs spices. Their drivers are always remarkable. Indian roads are pretty good, but very crowded (cows, rickshaws, mopeds ...). The steps will be long, despite reasonable distances. Besides our selected hotels, cleanliness is not perfect in this still poor country. The discerning traveler tolerate with good humor and an open mind on these possible drawbacks.
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