Les routes insolites in this trip of northern India will take you to an unforgettable journey. People come to India to discover another world, to learn more about ourselves and our culture by incredible contrast to the everyday life and Indian culture.
India is full of ancient monuments, mainly temples, mosques, palaces of sultans or maharajas and tombs or mausoleums. Ironically, many of these monuments were built by Muslim invaders, the Mughals for most, often an opportunity for architects to merge Islamic and Indian styles. This trip consists of three major cities of India which are known for their creativity, culture and spirituality. That captures your imagination and takes you into the fascinating, decadent and passionate world of the Mughals and maharajas. What they left behind is some of the world’s best architecture.
Rajasthan plays a major part of this trip, one of the most attractive provinces of India. Located in the northwest, Rajasthan is one of the most touristic places of the country. There are few places in the world that concentrates such religious, cultural and social that Rajasthan. Land of a thousand temples, Rajasthan consists of small kingdoms established by the Rajput lords, where time seems to stand still. . In the region, ethnic, religious, linguistic and cultural are at their peak and yet live together. Landscapes, traditional clothing: the state of Rajasthan is renowned for the richness and variety of its colors. A patrimonial unique, valuable and vast heritage. You will love this colorful region that combines hot pink turbans and colorful costumes.
This trip will further take you to the heart of every Indian. Varanasi, the holy city of the Hindus, thousands of Indians come to swim (which are said to ablution) in the Ganges to purify themselves (not to say “wash” given the cleanliness of the river) from the sunrise. Men, women and children, all mixed come to purify the sins of their lives and of their previous lives, a pious and joyous spectacle at once. This is the case of the Taj Mahal, the most famous symbol of India and yet built by a Mughal emperor who imposed a comeback of a more rigorous Islam after decades of religious tolerance
Evening on scheduled flight departure. Overnight in Aircraft
On arrival you will be welcomed by our representative. Transfer to the Hotel. After having a delicious breakfast. Begin your first day in India with a half day tour of New Delhi. See the Qutb Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret, before visiting the fascinating Humayun’s Tomb, a beautiful 16th century building and the tomb of the Emperor Humayun and you will visit the famous India Gate. You will pass through the presidential palace and Connaught Place which is the commercial center of the new city.
The time has come to introduce you real Indian scenario, so we will take you to the famous, very animated and colorful place of Delhi called Chandni Chowk, it’s a market which will give the first picture of India. Overnight at Hotel.
After having breakfast. Departure to Khandela (4 h 30) and accomdation in the small Palace of the village. Walk in the alleys of the village, its lively Bazaar, the potters (, bracelets 'bangles'), his school and his superb frescoes, its temple of Shiva. Everywhere you meet the smile huge and welcoming residents unaccustomed to visitors. Ride in a jeep to a farm andits 'baoli' or well-to-degree, where you take tea. Diner in the garden of the Palace.
Road to Mandawa (2 h), town located in the Shekhawati region. It is famous for its havelis, rich merchants houses delicately decorated with frescoes with varied and colorful motifs, carved balconies and columns. Visit the fort dating back to the 18th century. On the road you could visit Nawalgarh and Dundlod is a genuine town off the beaten path: there are pleasant rooms of hosts with beautiful havelis, these palaces built by wealthy merchants and covered with frescoes.
Bikaner (3h30 on road), discovery of the Junagarh fort, impressive architectural complex built in the 16th century, and, not far from the ornate DeviKund cenotaphs of beautiful paintings. The evening we will visit Desnoke. The village of Deshnoke merits a stop over, time to visit its famous temple to the Rats sacred, ShriKarni Mata Temple.The temple of Deshnoke, a beautiful outdoor architecture, deserves its name from alocal legend that the caste of the area children reincarnate in rats.
Departure for Jaisalmer (5 h 30). On the way stop to visit KHEECHAN (the bird is great, hundreds of cranes) and RAMDEORA (it is the temple of Rama). Take the road to Jaisalmer. Arrive at your hotel.
You can date an excursion outside the city, walk near the Lake of Gadi Sagar and visit of the jains to refined sculptures temples, then the fortress founded in the 12th century. Discovery of the beautiful old town, rich family homes havelis, built in Goldensandstone. at night you could go a Khuri (45 min.) in the villages where the sand dunes, do a walk on back of camel or wander through this attractive city and second to none.
At Jodhpur (5 h 30 road), on the road, you could visit the temple of devi mata OSIYAN. Take the road a jodhpur. At your hotel.
You could go to visit the fortress of Meherangarh which overlooks the town and offers a striking contrast between its towering walls of red sandstone and the finesse of its interior decorations. Walk in the alleys of the old town, the houses are paintedblue color of Shiva.
Departure to the romantic city of Udaipur (5 h 30). On the road you could visit the temple of Jain to Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh. Ranakpur is famous for its beautiful monuments including the amazing, the temple of Adinath, is a jain shrine to the architecture of extreme complexity. A real jewel. Kumbhalgarh the Kumbalgarh Fort, builtin the 16th century, is a real must! It is the largest military of Rajasthan, lost on themountains Arawalli, a little less than 3 hours drive north of Udaipur, South of Jodhpur. Superb approach in a mountainous and arid landscape. Take the road to Udaipur.
You will discover this city to the bright white, who will seduce you with its brightness and its romanticism. Overlooking the city and Lake Pichola, the Palace of the Maharana, City Palace, houses interesting collections of weapons and miniatures, as well as a maze of course, gardens, classrooms and lounges decorated with mirrors, ceramics, paintings... Nearby, visit the Jagdish temple (17th century), which houses a statue of black representative pierre Vishnu in the guise of Jagannath, the Lord of the universe.
You want, boat ride on Lake Pichola, (water levels permitting).
Walk in the old town and the Bazaar to the countless shops and workshops of artisans.
Excursions will be offered outside the city: at the Sajjangarh Palace, at the top of theHill of Bandsara, 7 km from Udaipur. at the temple of Eklingji, a set of 108 temples dedicated to Shiva and the tutelary god of the Maharana of Udaipur. Finally at the two temples of Nagda, near Eklingji.
In path, stop at Chittorgarh and visit of the fortress that stands towering above the plain.Continuation to a stop off the beaten to ROOPANGARH 5h de route). Visit of the fort which overlooks the romantic Lake and walk the streets of this large village remained very authentic with its shops, its craftsmen and its pretty old houses with carved balconies and doors.
Drive in the direction of Jaipur (2 h). Glance at the famous façade of the Palace of the winds, behind which the ladies sheltered HARLOTS looks. Go to Raj mandir cinema and visit to the temples and sacred pools of Galta (18th century). .
Visit the Amber fort you can access back elephant (or Jeep). Visit the Palace, currentresidence of the Royal family and its Museum and Observatory of Jantar Mantar andloitering in the Bazaar in the old city. Late in the afternoon, excursion to the Nahargarh fort, which overlooks the city.
Continuation to Fatehpur Sikri, beautiful site inscribed world heritage by Unesco, one of the major mogholes capitals. Late afternoon arrival in Agra (4 hour drive).
You will discover the famous Taj Mahal at sunrise. A white commemorates is one of the 7 wonders of the world. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal’s memory. Built in the 11th century, era marked by invasions and battles, this red stone-fortified castle was the site of the India Rebellion of 1857. There is much to say about the Taj Mahal and notably its architecture including presence of perfect symmetry in Islamic style, Iranian, Indian and Ottoman. Then you will visit Red Fort, the largest fort in India. It was built in 1573 and its construction lasted 8 years.
You take the train to Orchha, "jewel of the MadhyaPradesh", medieval city located on the banks of the Betwa. Visit the Jehangir Mahal Palace and the Raj Mahal containing beautiful miniatures. Discovery of the LaxmiNarayan temple, famous for its murals.
Road to Khajuraho (4 h 30) and its prestigious archaeological site is elevated to thestatus of world heritage by Unesco. It is famous for its delicate erotic sculptures andscenes of daily life.
Flight to Varanasi. In the Holy City of Benares, first exploring the old city by pedicabto the ghats and the Ganges.
Early in the morning, boat on the Ganges. Walking in the old city until the mosqueof Aurangzeb. Overview of the golden temple, the most sacred of Benares and Durga. Walk in the local market. Trip to Sarnath where Buddha gave his first sermon. Visitto the Museum for its fine collection of Buddhist sculptures.
After Breakfast - Flight to Delhi
This time to say bye bye to this colorful country. After delicious breakfast with lot of emotion and taste of Indian culture and tradition. You can either relax in your hotel or have a walking tour the city. Departure for your next destination/ Return flight