Colorful Rajasthan Tour

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Duration: 14 Nights & 15 Days.

Destination: Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner – Jaisalmer - Jodhpur –Ranakpur - Udaipur -Pushkar - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra – Delhi.


Delightful Rajasthan is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Region of India. During long drives through the scenic villages of Rajasthan we will feel ourselves accompanied all the time by the colourful dresses and friendly people of Rajasthan. Many princely states of Rajasthan, impressive forts and magnificent palaces set in the Thar desert evoke uniquely colourful images of medieval India. Rajasthan means land of Rajas (or Kings) but also called Rajputana “the country of Rajputs”.

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Tour Overview

Palaces Highlights
Delhi Arrival at Delhi.
Delhi Red fort , Raj Ghat, Jama masjid , Chandni chowk, Birla Temple , Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar ,India Gate, The Parliament House , drive past Presidents House.Optional Sound & Light Show at Red Fort & dinner at Chor Bizarre.
Mandawa Via Mukundgarh, explore Castle Mandawa and museum, Havelis (Mansion) of Goenka, Gori Shankar & Choudaharia with Frescoes.
Bikaner Explore to Lallgarh Palace, the museum, Bhanda Sagar Jain Temple and the Deshnok Rat Temple.
Jaisalmer Jaisalmer Fort, Jain Temple, Patwon Ki Haveli & Camel Safari.
Jodhpur Mehrangarh fort, Moti-Mahal, Phool Mahal, Jaswant Thada and Umaid Public Gardens.
Ranakpur Jain Temple Complex.
Udaipur City Palace, Sahelion Ki Bari, Lok Kala Museum & Boat Ride at Lake Pichola.
Pushkar Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple.
Jaipur Elephant ride to Amber Fort Palace , City Palace, Jantar Mantar (Observatory) & Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)Optional Explore Chokhi Dhani complex and enjoy folk dancers & musicians.
Fatehpur Sikri Akbars Residential Palace, Mosque & Tomb of Salim Chisti.
Agra Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Sikandara.

Detail itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Delhi.

Arrive by International flight. After traditional ‘Swagat’ (Welcome) our representative will assist you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check in.

Delhi, a perfect amalgamation of the ancient and modern, is the capital city of India. It was chosen as the seat of power by several dynasties because of its strategic  location. It is also the place where several mythological cities such as the city of Indraprastha from the Hindu epic Mahabharata once blossomed. The city is dotted with amazing monuments built by the rulers of the bygone era such as Qutub-ud-din Aibek, Alauddin Khilji, Tughlaks, Humayun and Shah Jahan.

Major portion of New Delhi was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the 20th century. A huge central administrative area was set up as a testimony to the British rule in India. Delhi is divided into New Delhi and Old Delhi, each having its own unique charm.

Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Delhi – Full Day Tour.

After leisure breakfast , you will process to a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad. Visit Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi, built  by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1656 AD. It is renowned as the largest and the most beautiful mosque in India. Then visit the bustling Chandini Chowk, the old  marketplace of Shah Jahanabad. It still retains its old world charm as a wonderful bazaar. From here we head towards Red Fort built by Shah Jahan in 1648.

We will also visit Raj Ghat, a memorial built in honor of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform which signifies the spot where  he was cremated on  31 January 1948. Then we drive past India Gate, the memorial commemorating the indomitable spirit of the soldiers who scarified their lives in the World War I and the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers are carved on the walls here. Further we drive past the President’s House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931.

Our next attractions will be Humayun’s Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. It is renowned as a World Heritage Site and the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. The towering Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world and a perfect example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar and its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Optional – Sound and Light Show at Red Fort with dinner at Chor Bizarre restaurant with mind-blowing interiors.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 03 : Delhi – Mandawa  ( 262 Kms. /06 hrs. drive approx).

After leisure breakfast , you will drive to Mandawa. Enroot you will visit Mukundgarh for sightseeing. Upon arrival at Mandawa check in to hotel and take rest. After refreshment you will  process sightseeing tour of Mandawa. It was founded by Thakur Nawal Singh in 1775. Castle Mandawa is a very well now and has a well-stocked museum. Mandawa was settled & fortified by the rich & dominant Silk Route merchants of the region, who constructed many Havelis (Mansions), Chhatris (Cenotaphs), Temples & Baolis (Step-wells) with ornate frescoes adorning their walls & now aptly given the epithet – Open-Air Gallery. With the migration of these merchant families, their old settlements remained in total obscurity with no one to look after them. Mandawa still retains the charm & aura of a bygone era & coming here is like stepping into a different world.
Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 04: Mandawa to Bikaner ( 200 Kms. /04 hrs. drive approx).

After leisure breakfast , you will drive to Bikaner. Arriving there, he checks into a hotel take small rest. Bikaner city is surrounded by walls and 16th century fortress that has old palaces, temples and a mosque. It was founded by Rao Bika in 1472. After wash and change you will explore Lallgarh Palace, the museum, Bhanda Sagar Jain Temple and the Deshnok Rat Temple. After sightseeing return to hotel and take rest.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 05: Bikaner – Jaisalmer (325 Kms. /06 hrs. drive approx).  

Today drive to Jaisalmer, founded in the year 1156 by Bhatti Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. Often described as Golden City & rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage the commanding Fort etched in yellow sandstone, dominates the amber-hued city with its entire awesome splendour. Because of its strategic location it was an important ancient trading centre & camel caravans laden with precious spices & silk crossed the territory en-route India, Sindh, Arabia & Europe. The merchants of the 19th century built Havelis (Mansions) that are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone & are still in a beautiful condition. The life within the Fortified town conjures up images of medieval majesty visible in its narrow lanes strewn with magnificent palace, havelis, temples, & of course skilled artisans & ubiquitous camels.
Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 06: Jaisalmer.
Today we visit the old town of Jaisalmer & visit Jaisalmer Fort, built in the year 1156 by Rawal Jaisal. Perched on 80m high hill, housing the entire township within its ramparts, the golden hued Fort is standing like a sentinel in the bleak desert landscape. It is the only “Living Fort” in India & within its ramparts has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely Havelis (Mansions), Palaces & beautifully sculptured Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century AD & of course skilled artisans & ubiquitous camels.

We also visit magnificent Patwon Ki Haveli in the heart of the town. It was built by the rich merchant Guman Chand Patwa & his sons, whose business stretched between Afghanistan & China. It is the most elaborate & magnificent of all the Jaisalmer Havelis & is virtually the showpiece of Jaisalmer’s legendary architectural wealth. The carving on stone far surpasses in beauty the work on brocade & gold. Later we drive down 40 km away from Jaisalmer to Sam to take the Camel ride on the Sand Dunes of Sam while the sun is setting down.
Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 07 : Jaisalmer – Jodhpur ( 290 Kms. /07 hrs. drive approx).

After leisure breakfast , you will drive to Jodhpur, another wonderful destination India Rajasthan tours. On arrival, you check into a hotel. In the afternoon, which will go on sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. It was founded by Prince Jodha in 1459. Explore the imposing Mehrangarh fort on a hill of sandstone. In the fort visit Moti-Mahal, Phool Mahal, Jaswant Thada and Umaid Public Gardens. After sightseeing return to hotel and take rest.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 08 : Jodhpur- Udaipur via  ( 325 Kms. /07 hrs. drive approx).

Half Day Tour

Today we take a guided tour of Jodhpur, visiting the Mehrangarh Fort (Majestic Fort), one of the most impressive & formidable structures anywhere in India. Built by Rao Jodha, this 5km long Fort is on a 125m high hill & has some magnificent palaces with marvellously carved panels latticed window. The Fort Museum
We also visit Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in the year 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Within the main cenotaph are the portraits of various Jodhpur rulers. It is an architectural landmark of Jodhpur.

Later we drive to Udaipur, was founded in the year 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh after his final unsuccessful attempt to defend the Mewar capital, Chittorgarh from the invading Mughals under Emperor Akbar. The Kingdom of Mewar was considered the most respectable among all Princely states in Rajasthan & still remembered for the courage to protect the Kingdom. The site for Udaipur was chosen for its natural beauty, abundant water & natural protection afforded by the surrounding forests & Aravali mountains. It is set on the edge of three lakes & also known as the “City of Lakes & Palaces”. Undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities in India, its beautiful Palaces are mirrored in the calm waters of Lake Pichola & the city is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces & temples.

En route Ranakpur
En route we will visit Ranakpur, renowned for some marvellously carved Jain temples in marble, created in the 15th century AD during the reign of Rana Kumbha.
Later we continue our drive to Udaipur.

 

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 09 : Udaipur.

Full Day Tour

Today we visit the City Palace, an intriguing collection of buildings contributed by various Maharanas (Kings) after Udai Singh & built in the year 1725. The magnificence of the Palace starts right from its entrance at the northern Tripolia Gate that brings us to the central courtyard, the best place to view the facade of filigreed balconies & ornate cupola-topped towers. Sahelion ki Bari (Garden of Maids of Honour) is an ornamental garden built by Maharana Sangram Singh for his daughter & the Ladies of the Queen’s court. He built the garden with several fountains, pools & is decorated with chiselled pavilions & elephants. The fountains worked on the unique hydraulic technique devised in the year 1700 AD & work till today.

Later we visit Jagdish Temple, the Indo-Aryan temple, built in the year 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh, is the largest & the most beautiful temple of Udaipur with noteworthy sculpted images. We also enjoy boat ride on Lake Pichola, the beauty of the lake is enhanced by the surrounding hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats & embankments. The Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) & Jag Mandir, the two island palaces on the lake look like pearls in the lake.

Optional Tour – Sound & Light Show / Vintage Car Collection
Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 10: Udaipur – Pushkar (200 kms/ 4 hrs.).

Today we drive to Pushkar, an enchanting small town located exactly on the edge of the desert but is separated from it by Nag Pahar, the Snake Mountain. The town frequently visited by devotees lies to the side of the small Pushkar Lake with its multitudes of bathing ghats & temples. It also holds the most unique fairs of its kind in the world. It is a combination of an animal fair & the religious fair. Both the fairs are enchanting & have their own unique aspects & quality.

Half day Tour
Today we visit Brahma Temple, said to be the only dedicated to Lord Brahma in India. This is the only temple of the god Brahma in the world. No pilgrimage of Hindu places is considered complete till the pilgrim bathes in sacred waters of Pushkar. Also some near by temples.
Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 11: Pushkar – Jaipur  (160 kms/ 3 hrs.)

Today we drive to Jaipur, popularly known as Pink City, the flamboyant & colourful capital of Rajasthan. With its rich & colorful past, resplendent with tales of valour & bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was founded in 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. It remains the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors.

OptionalTour-ChokhiDhani
An evening excursion to Chokhi Dhani complex, ethnic village resort located at a distance of 15 km from Jaipur. Rajasthani village atmosphere is recreated on the sprawling ground & includes the entertainment by folk dancers & musicians. Later drive back to hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 12: Jaipur.

Today we take an excursion to Amber Fort, the palace complex which stands to this date was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh. We take an Elephant ride to reach the Fort situated on the hill, an overwhelming experience.Later we visit the City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture. The center of the palace is a seven-storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine views over the gardens & the city. Further we visitJantar Mantar (Solar Observatory), an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate predictions till date. We also visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied structure of pink sandstone. It was built in the year 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down the busy street market unseen by the world through its 593 stone Jharokas (mini windows).
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13: Jaipur  – Agra via Fatehpur Sikri (240 kms / 05 hrs.)

Today we drive to Agra, en route we will visit Fatehpur Sikri (Ghost Capital), the political capital of India’s Mughal Empire under Akbar’s reign, from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water.

Further we continue our drive to Agra, beautifully situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It achieved prominence as the capital of the Mughal Emperors from 1526 to 1628, remains major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era monuments, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri, all three of which areUNESCO World Heritage site.
Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 14 : Agra – Delhi (225 kms – 5 hrs).

Half Day Tour

Today we visit Taj Mahal, symbol of eternal love, which stands on the banks of the River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal emperor, Shah Jehan in the year 1631 in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was completed in 22 years. Further we visit Agra Fort, taken over from the Lodhis by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century. The Fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. It was built from red sandstone, often inlaid with white marble & intricate decorations. We will also visit Sikandara, Akbar’s tomb. His son Jahangir completed the construction of the tomb in the year 1613.

Later we drive back to Delhi.  Arrive and check in at hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 15 : – Delhi Departure.

After leisure breakfast check out the hotel and drive to airport to connect flight for onward journey with happy memories.

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