Day 1: France - Delhi
International flight to Delhi. first night
Arrival and transfer to hotel. (01 night)
Day 2 Delhi - Mandawa
After breakfast , depart for the Shekhawati region is known for its rich ancient mansions of the late 19th century and early 20th century, decorated with numerous exterior paints . It is in these villages surrounded by sand dunes , which is indeed the Haveli . They belonged to wealthy merchants, Marwari ( the Marwar is the semi- desert region of Rajasthan ) who based their economic power, in centuries past , the caravan trade , sometimes smuggler, between northern India and its regions Western (now Pakistan) . Overnight at the hotel. (01 night)
Day 3: Mandawa - Bikaner
After breakfast , visit to Fatehpur, typical village of Shekhwati . Continue to Bikaner and visit the fort. Surrounded by desert , the city of Bikaner was founded in 1408 by a Rajput leader who remained living with his heroic past. Away from the walls , the old city still has in its maze of medieval streets , its bustling bazaar and some of his Haveli . The mighty castle of the Maharajas of Bikaner, is located within an impressive citadel, the Junagarh Fort . It contains a collection of weapons . We will also visit the Coronation Hall ( Anup Mahal) , the courtroom with golden decorations, the small palace of mirrors, room palanquins . The upper terraces of the palace enjoy a remarkable view . Overnight at hotel. (01 night)
Day 4: Bikaner - Jaisalmer
After breakfast , leave for Jaisalmer , " the beautiful caravan city ." Jaisalmer the princely city , located on the border of the Thar Desert derived its wealth from taxes paid by the caravan laden with treasure , transiting from the Middle East and Asia. Arrival at Jaisalmer , " Ochre City " in its approach , you can see his stunning fortress surrounded by a wall 5 km from yellow sandstone hilltop.
Overnight at the hotel. (02 nights)
Day 5: Jaisalmer
After breakfast , departure to visit Jaisalmer.
Admire the walls flare from the lake. Unforgettable ! Visit the fortress through mazes , you will discover magnificent Haveli, the old palace with carved balconies and magnificent Jain temples jealously guarded and maintained by the rich Jain community. In the late afternoon, you will go to Sam , a small village in the desert where you will go by camel to watch a sunset in the desert.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Jaislmer - Jodhpur
After breakfast , depart for Jodhpur.
Founded to be the new capital of the state of Mewar in 1459 , Jodhpur held in respect of Emperor Akbar himself , which led him to conclude a peace treaty in 1581 by marriage . The princes of Jodhpur were now allies of the Mughal emperors during military campaigns . En route, visit Fort Meharangarh . Overnight at the hotel. (01 night)
Day 7: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur
After breakfast , leave for Udaipur.
On the way, visit the Jain temples of Ranakpur . The major work is the temple of Adinath , the first Tirthankara , built in the 15th century. Crystallization of the world, geometrical body of the deity , the temple appears to be an extremely complex structure woven through 29 mandapa arranged at several levels along the cardinal axes around the central Mukha Mandapa , which houses a venerated statue of Tirthankara Adinath . It has four faces ( Chaturmukha ) watching the 4 cardinal points .
Overnight at the hotel. (02 nights)
Day 8 Udaipur
After breakfast , departure to visit the palace of Udaipur .
The city , nicknamed " City of Dawn " , built between a lake and green hills , was founded by Udai Singh in the 16th century. The picturesque city of Udaipur is located on the shore of a large lake ( Pichola ) , The palaces of Udaipur are constructed of granite and marble . The Palace of the Maharana ( City Palace) was built in 1570 around a hill , crowning cornice and where stands this romantic city. As the years it has expanded , until it becomes a perfect sample of successive architectures. Both islands are located on Lake Pichola which amounted fairy palace dating back to the 17th and 18th century. Overnight at hotel .
Day 9 Udaipur - Pushkar
After breakfast , leave for Pushkar.
Located close to the desert , Pushkar is a holy city in Hinduism . About 400 temples and shrines stand around the sacred lake. According to religious texts , Brahma had performed a ritual sacrifice ( yajna ) on its shores. Pushkar is now known worldwide for its camel fair in October or November. This is the only major temple in India dedicated to Brahma. Built in the 14th century and is accessed by taking a marble staircase. The entrance to the temple is decorated with geese, sacred mounts Brahma. A silver turtle sanctuary faces . Around her hundreds of silver coins were inlaid in marble, they bear the names of donors. The walls are decorated with peacocks, sacred Sarwati frames the wife of Brahma. A small adjoining Shiva temple is dedicated
The lake is surrounded by ghats stairs called for Hindus to immerse themselves in the lake for purifying bath . According to legend, Vishnu would have appeared on the Varah Ghat in the form of a boar and Brahma have made a sacrifice on the Brahma Ghat. The ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed at the bottom of Gau Ghat , now the Gandhi Ghat. If you visit the ghats , do not forget that this is a sacred place . Remove your shoes and avoid taking pilgrims photo. In the evening, the faithful into the water oil lamps placed on trays . This gives a spectacular view of the lake at dusk .
Overnight at the hotel. (01 night)
Day 10 Pushkar - Jaipur
After breakfast , depart for Jaipur.
She is the former capital of the state founded by the Minas and then abandoned a few centuries later when the Maharajah Jai Singh established himself at Jaipur. In the afternoon , explore Jaipur , also known as "the Pink City ", where sacred cows , camels, elephants and rickshaws meet. It owes its name to the crenellated walls painted pink . You will discover : The City Palace, Palace of the Maharajah , part of which is still inhabited by the latter and which houses Mughal miniatures . The Observatory, Jantra Mantar , built by Jai Singh II between 1728 and 1734 , there is the world's most accurate sundial. Ram Niwas Gardens , Hawa Mahal or " Palace of Winds " extraordinary piece of wall of an old baroque palace. Overnight at the hotel. (02 nights)
Day 11 Jaipur
After breakfast , depart for an excursion to Amber Fort .
Located at the entrance of a rocky gorge , overlooking a beautiful lake, the strategic situation of this fortress is highlighted by the beauty of its architecture. It is a maze of walls and towers , a hill to the other formed an alarm and incomparable defense system. Here, everything has remained exactly as it was centuries. Inside the fort houses many arcaded courtyards , beautiful gardens invaded by monkeys . The Palace contains mosaic walls of Persian style doors watermarks ivory and wood ... Visit fairy halls of the Palace, set with mirrors, and the temple dedicated to the goddess Kali. The Rajputs have captured the fort in 1037 and retained until 1728 , when they deserted Amber for the new city of Jaipur . Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
After breakfast , depart for Agra
En route , visit Fathepur Sikri , the former capital of time the Mughal Emperor Akbar . On the more baroque architecture Red Fort , the capital was abandoned a few years after its construction. Resulting from the synthesis of Indo- Muslim and Hindu styles , this is one of the most spectacular sites. The Great Mosque with Sheikh Salim Chishti tomb . The Jewel House also called Diwan- I- Khas (Hall of Audiences ) containing the "pillar of Akbar ," the giant chessboard . Continue to Agra , the city of Mughal Emperors of 16th and 17th centuries who made their capital before choosing DELHI .
Overnight at the hotel. (01 night)
Day 13 Agra - Delhi
Early morning departure to visit the Taj Mahal , one of the world's most famous monuments, built in the 17th century by the Emperor Shah Jahan in an eternal love witness. In 1631 " Shah Jahan " lost his favorite wife " Mumtaz -i- Mahal " ( the elected palate) while giving birth to their fourteenth child. The emperor then decided to build a mausoleum for himself the extent of his grief , a kind of "palace of love" , a huge door of red sandstone inlaid with white marble , covered with verses from the Koran in Arabic . Once through the " Taj Mahal " appears , unreal, in all its whiteness. Standing on a platform of marble at each corner stand of tall white minarets. The central structure of the Taj is built of white marble carved half translucent flowers and inlaid with semi -precious stones component of beautiful designs . Under the central dome is the cenotaph of the Emperor " Shah Jahan " and " Mumtaz Mahal " his wife. Return to your hotel for breakfast and free time.
Visit the Red Fort . Former "Palace of Mughal Emperors ", this huge fortress built along the river Yamuna , contains a row of marble palace , mosques and sumptuous gardens. The Red Fort is an overview of the power achieved by that empire, which dominated almost all INDIA, and accumulation of inexhaustible wealth. Return to your hotel . In the afternoon departure for Delhi. (No Hotel in Delhi for this night)
Day 14 Delhi - France
Transfer to airport and flight to France, 3 hours before flight departure.
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Welcome to Colourful Rajasthan – Land of contrasts, where the arid desert and through the mountains to irrigated land, men has adapted. Ground memory, inhabited since the twelfth century by intrepid warriors Rajput who claimed to be the descendants of the Sun, the Moon or Fire, grouped into clans around some powerful families, the princes lived in impregnable fortresses or in sumptuous palace where you will stay.
You will discover the secrets of the havelis Shekawati, oases, villages and citadels sands of the Thar Desert, Emerged from the desert, Jaisalmer here once rich step on the caravan route. Over the caravan routes. Sweet Udaipur, Rajasthan, Maharajas, wrens or princes. Each year, we select our favorites for you, "Land of Kings" forces, to taste the pleasure of pure charm of these homes, the time a few nights in Rajasthan.