ITINERARY 

Day 01    ARRIVE DELHI 

Arrive at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. As guests exit, you will be met and transferred from airport to The Manor.

14.00 hrs:    Visit to the Nehru Planetarium

One of the major attractions of this planetarium is the Soyuz T-10 which carried India’s first cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma to space, along with his space suit and mission journal. The Sky Theater is very popular and attracts more than 200,000 visitors per year. 
Also visit the Nehru Memorial Museum, which houses memorabilia and gives a vivid account of the life of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Letters from Panditji, while he was a student in the U.K., to his father, make for very interesting reading.

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16.00 hrs:    Visit to Jantar Mantar 

Jantar Mantar Observatory – Built in 1724, the primary purpose of the observatory was to compile astronomical tables, and to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets. 

Overnight: The Manor (Manor Room)

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Astronomy Tour to India - Astronomy Travel

Day 02    DELHI

Breakfast at the hotel

09.00 hrs:    Old Delhi – Happily Chaotic!

We proceed for our unique yet fascinating experience of Old Delhi.  Visit the mighty Red Fort followed by “cycle rickshaws” through the lanes of “Chandni Chowk” or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy Avenue heading west from the Fort. Chandni Chowk literally means “moonlit crossroads” and an area which best represents the “super-Oriental”- the glory and the guile; the grandeur and the grime, with its crowded bazaars, twisting lanes, maze of small streets strange aromas, the pungent odour of Oriental spices, the cries of shopkeepers, coolies and “rickshaw- walas” and the clatter and whirr of furious industry The thrill of being driven through the narrow, winding lanes is a memorable experience. This is perhaps one of Delhi's most populated areas and the largest marketplace. Cycle rickshaws stops at Jama Masjid, and then proceed for the visit.

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14.00 hrs:    New Delhi: Touch of Faith, Philosophy & British India 

Visit the Qutab Minar which is Delhi's Eiffel Tower, its Statue of Liberty and Nelson's Column. Visit the mosques, mausoleums and ruins of forts that lie around it. 

Humayun's Tomb

Humayun's Tomb

Later visit the Humayun’s tomb - the magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble – one of the finest examples of the garden tomb and a precursor to the Taj Mahal.    

Overnight: The Manor (Manor Room)    

Day 03    DELHI – AGRA

Breakfast at the hotel

08.00 hrs:    Check out from the hotel & drive to Agra (3.5 hrs drive approx) via visiting Itmad-Ud-Daulah & Gyarah Sidi.

Itmad Ud Daulah the least visited of the three most important monuments of Agra. Also known as the Baby Taj, it was built for Gheyas Beg, who was a Wazir in Jehangir’s court and whose daughter Mehrunissa was later married to Jehangir.

Gyarah Sidi (literally eleven steps) are the remains of Mughal Emperor Humayun’s astrological observatory, situated at a stone’s throw from Babur’s Mehtab Bagh, in a field on the banks of the Yamuna river in Agra. It refers to the steps overlooking the hemispherical cavities in the ground from which astronomical readings could be taken.

13.30 hrs:    Proceed to hotel Trident for check-in.

Agra – The city that created the most extravagant monument ever built for love. 

Agra city is a virtual gateway to a world of discovery. It has witnessed the rise of the pomp and pageantry of three great Mughal monarchs - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan, all of whom lavished on this fabled city, their love and riches to transform the land into one of the greatest centers of art, culture, learning and commerce. Much of the city's impressive past lives in evidence even today, in the haunting presence inside the monuments and in the majesty of the buildings.

15.30 hrs:    The Agra Fort’s construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1565 when he was just 23 years of age. 

Within the fort are several fascinating buildings – the Pearl Mosque built of marble, the Hall of Public Audiences, the Hall of Private Audiences where the famous "peacock throne" was kept, the Octagonal Tower, the Jehangir Palace built by Akbar for his son Jehangir and the Khas Mahal, a beautiful white marble structure used as a private palace.

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17.30 hrs:    This evening visit the Taj Mahal to see this monument by the light of the setting sun.

Overnight: Trident (Deluxe Pool view Room)

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Agra Visit on Star gazing, astronomy India Tour

Day 04    AGRA – JAIPUR

Breakfast at the hotel

09.00 hrs:    Check out and depart for Jaipur (250 Kms / 05 hrs drive approx), enroute visiting the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri - this exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone, with its forts, palaces and mosques was abandoned 14 years after its creation due to political reasons. 

It is a visual experience of an ancient city abandoned by its ruler and yet well preserved to this day. One can visualize the splendour and glory of a bygone era. Fatehpur Sikri radiates a true sense of faith and belief in oneself and in God. Even today, people visit a shrine within the complex to pray for a better life.

15.00 hrs:    Arrive Jaipur & check into hotel Trident Jaipur

Jaipur – The City of Royalty

Jaipur was one of the first examples in the world of city planning. The 250 year old city is a startling blend of forts and palaces, of teeming markets, shops and transport of every kind, from cars to camels! Jaipur today, is the capital of Rajasthan with a population of over 1 ½ million people. Jaipur is called the “Pink City”, for by law all the buildings in the old city must be painted a deep saffron-pink. It is especially known for its arts and crafts: jewellery, enamel work, hand-painted fabrics and stone sculptures. Above everything, Jaipur is an extraordinary colourful place. On its streets you see women in their brilliant red and orange head coverings and sweeping skirts, and men in their equally vivid turbans and upturned moustaches. Jaipur is also a city of polo which is played on horseback, elephants and at times on bicycles!

Overnight: Trident (Deluxe Lakeview Room)

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Day 05    JAIPUR

Breakfast at the hotel

08.00 hrs:    Amber – The Medieval Rajput Citadel

“I have seen many royal palaces, but for varied and picturesque effect, for the richness of carving, for wild beauty of situation and the strangeness of finding such a building in such a place and country, I am able to compare nothing with Amber.”
— Bishop Heber, 1824.

Amber, the former capital of Jaipur state is stunningly situated on a hillside and overlooking a lake which reflects its terraces and ramparts. To add the spirit of adventure and royalty, we ascend the hill on elephant back (subject to availability). Amber is a fortified complex of many splendid palaces evolved over a period of six centuries.

15.00 hrs:    Visit to 953 little windows and balconies
    
Proceed to the highly ornamented Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds built in 1799 which has no less than 953 little windows and balconies. It is a stunning example of Rajput artistry and was originally built to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life in the streets below through the delicately honeycombed sandstone windows.

Later visit the imposing City Palace now a museum this was the  former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles which now houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs. Also visit the ancient Observatory & drive past the picturesque bazaars of the walled city.    

Overnight: Trident (Deluxe Lake view Room)

Day 06    JAIPUR – NAGAUR 

Breakfast at the hotel

09.00 hrs:    Check-out from the hotel & drive to Nagaur (250 Kms / 05 hrs drive approx)

14.00 hrs:    Arrive Nagaur & check into the hotel Ranvas.

Nagaur or Naga-Pur is referred in the Mahabharata. The kingdom of Ahhichatrapur, which Arjuna said to have conquered and subsequent offered to his Guru Dronacharya

17.00 hrs:    Visit to Ahhichatragarh Fort is arranged

Ahhichatragarh Fort, meaning ‘Fort of the Hooded Cobra’, dates back to 4AD and has evolved through the passage of time as a fort and palace complex. One of the finest and most extensive examples of Rajput-Mughal architecture in the Marwar region, the Fort features a series of painted palaces, mosques, temples, intricate baoris (reservoirs), water systems, open terraces and Mughal pleasure gardens.

Overnight: Ranvas (Queen’s Room)

Day 07    NAGAUR – JAISALMER - desert night sky

Breakfast at the hotel

08.00 hrs:    Check out from the hotel & drive to Jaisalmer (300 Kms / 06 hrs drive approx). Begin your long, but scenic drive towards Jaisalmer. A few stops along the way will make the drive more interesting.

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Jaisalmer - desert night sky - star gazing in India - astronomy travel in India

15.00 hrs:    Arrive and check-in to hotel Suryagarh.

Jaisalmer-The Golden City

This captivating city is popularly known as the Golden City because of the honey colour imparted to its stone ramparts by the rays of the setting sun. One of the main attractions is the imposing 12th century Jaisalmer Fort. The beautiful havelis are another interesting aspect of the desert city. The best way to explore the vast desert landscape and sand dunes is on camel back.

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Night sky from the Desert

The desert night sky is remarkably free of light and other pollution giving you an amazing opportunity to view the stunning constellations and incredible pathway of the Milky Way as it stretches across the sky. Stay out long enough and you are sure to see many shooting stars.  Enjoy gazing the night sky just lying on your back by the fire, or use our telescope to reveal the universe in detail.

Return to the hotel after dinner.

Overnight: Suryagarh (Palace Room)

Day 08    JAISALMER

Breakfast at the hotel

10.00 hrs:    Jaisalmer sightseeing is arranged
 

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest in Rajasthan after Chittor and commands the desert scape from its 250 feet high perch on the hill. Three strong walls protect the citadel.
The fort has five palaces called Sarvottam Vilas, Akhai Vilas, Gaj Mahal, Rang Mahal and Moti Mahal-all interconnected behind the seven-storied façade. Small stairs take you from one court to another with superb jail screens shading interiors from the fierce heat and desert wind.

Haveli’s of Jaisalmer

It is at an unhurried pace that the havelis (houses of rich merchants) should be seen and admired. These havelis are the pride of Jaisalmer architecture, a part of the national heritage. Salem Singh haveli, at the eastern end of the city, is an Arabian Nights structure, which, like a wild flower, blossoms at the top.

Overnight: Suryagarh (Palace Room)

Day 09    JAISALMER - Desert night sky

Breakfast at the hotel and Morning is at leisure

Evening drive out into the desert again to view the night sky.

Overnight: Suryagarh (Palace Room)

Day 10    JAISALMER – JODHPUR 

Breakfast at the hotel

08.00 hrs:    Check out from the hotel & drive to Jodhpur (260 Kms / 05 hrs drive approx)

13.00 hrs:    Arrive Jodhpur and check-in to hotel RAAS.

Jodhpur 

The imperial city echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. The lifestyle in Jodhpur is unusually fascinating with people wearing lovely multi hued costumes, artistically designed. Shopping in Jodhpur bazaar is a heady experience with a colourful display of the rich collection of exquisite handicrafts, the tie-and-die fabric, embroidered jutis or slippers in suede, camel skin and an extensive range of useful and decorative items.

Evening explore the old city on foot with your guide.

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Overnight: RAAS (Garden Room)

Day 11    JODHPUR

Breakfast at the hotel

09.00 hrs:    City tour of Jodhpur the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur, Jodhpur stands at the edge of the Thar Desert. It was founded by Rao Jodha Chief of the Rajput clan known as Rathores and the Rathore kingdom was once known as Marwar   the Land of Death.

The tour includes Meherangarh Fort the majestic fort   one of the most impressive & formidable in the whole of fort studded Rajasthan and Jaswant Thada   the Royal Cenotaphs.

14.00 hrs: An exciting jeep safari to the famous Black Buck Sanctuary to spot antelope, blue bull, quantities of peacocks, deer and black buck. Continue the safari through the various tribal villages of the "Bishnois" who are well known lovers of nature & staunch environmentalists.  

Overnight: RAAS (Garden Room)


Day 12    JODHPUR – UDAIPUR 

Breakfast at the hotel

09.00 hrs:    Check out from the hotel & drive to Udaipur (250 Kms / 05 hrs drive approx), enroute visit to Ranakpur, which is a 160 kms / 03 hrs approx drive from Jodhpur.

RANAKPUR  these magnificent 15th century Jain temples are situated in a deep secluded valley of the Aravalli Hills. Though over 500 years old, the temples here are superbly preserved in a near-perfect condition! In the centre is the main “Chaumukha temple” dedicated to Adinath. The most distinctive features are the 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, of which no two are exactly alike. Every conceivable surface is carved and every corner and angle is engraved with Jain images.

16.00 hrs:    Arrive Udaipur and check-in at The Leela Palace.

Udaipur ~ The Venice of the East

Udaipur, often called the "Venice of the East" is the most romantic city in the state of Rajasthan. Udaipur nestles like a gem in a valley surrounded by green hills, reflected smooth and white in the clear blue waters of Lake Pichola. The city is a kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples.

 Overnight: The Leela Palace (Lakeview Room)

Day 13    UDAIPUR

Breakfast at the hotel
        
10.00 hrs:    City tour is proposed for the day

The city is a kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples. Visit the City Palace within which are several architectural and artistic highlights known for its stunning peacock mosaics and a series of wall paintings. 

The City Palace was once the home of the Mewar rulers. Most of the Palace is converted into a museum and a luxurious hotel. Wander through the markets and bazaars to get a feel of the city situated close behind the City Palace. Visit the Jagdish Temple built in 1651 ornamented with excellent carvings and a bronze figure of the Garuda. 

Proceed to the “Sahelion ki Bari” or Garden of the Maids of Honor. Constructed in the early 18th century, this was used as a venue for royal parties.

16.00 hrs:    Udaipur Solar Observatory is situated on an island in the middle of Lake Fatehsagar. The sky conditions at Udaipur are very favorable for Solar Observations. The large body of water surrounding the telescopes decreases the amount of heating of the surface layers and this decreases the turbulence in the air mass. The main objective of obtaining the high spatial and temporal resolution observations of Solar photospheric and chromospheric activity is to understand the dynamic phenomena occurring on the surface of the Sun.

Overnight: The Leela Palace (Lakeview Room)

Day 14    UDAIPUR – DELHI 

Breakfast at the hotel and morning is at leisure

14.00 hrs:    Transfer to the Udaipur airport to board your flight to Delhi.

18.00 hrs:    Arrive Delhi; once again you will be met & transferred to Aerocity hotel Lemon Tree Premier.

In time transfer to Delhi International Airport to board your flight for homeward journey.