Rajasthan Palaces, Citadels and Castles

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Duration: Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days.

Destination: Destination Covered: Delhi - Mandawa - Khimsar - Nagaur - Jaisalmer - Osian - Jodhpur - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur – Pushkar – Delhi.


Rajasthan as its name suggests is the land of Raja’s (Kings). Post independence democratic India witnessed the merger of the Princely states of Rajputana, abolition of ‘Jagirs’ and land reforms, finally the withdrawal of the special privileges from the royal families a few decades after 1947. These noble families lost their traditional means of livelihood and even the wealthy merchants left their homes for more lucrative pastures. Now, some of the ancestral homes find sustenance in this new lease of life – as heritage hotels. Families in residence for centuries now welcome you to their home guests. And each ancestral home is different, uniquely so, reflecting its own, exceptional history, tradition and period. While history is always at hand, there have been changes too, so that the homes are modernized to meet the needs of today’s international traveller, with adjoining bathrooms, running hot and cold water, modern plumbing, even perhaps a swimming pool. Much of the charm of these heritage hotels are the individual attention and personalization; the very meals, for example, that were cooked for generations are still served at your table.

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Days Palaces Highlights
01 Delhi Arrival at IGI air port.
02 Delhi Red fort , jama masjid  , Chandni chowk Birla Temple , Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar ,India Gate, The Parliament House , Presidents House .
03 Mandawa Explore the Havelis (Mansions), Chhatris (Cenotaphs), Temples & Baolis (Step-wells) and Mandawa Fort.
04 Khimsar Visit Khimsar fort.
05 Jaisalmer Day free for leisure.
06 Jaisalmer Jaisalmer Fort , Jain Temple, Patwon Ki Haveli and Camel Safari.
07 Osian Explore Osian Rural village.
08 Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort & Jaswant Thada
09 Kumbhalgarh Via. Ranakpur – jain Temple Complex.  Kumbhalgarh Fort and Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.
10 Udaipur Day free for leisure.
11 Udaipur City Palace, Sahelion Ki Bari, Lok Kala Museum & Boat Ride at Lake Pichola.
12 Pushkar Brahma temple and Brahma lake.
13 Jaipur Optional Tour – Chokhi Dhani  jaipur.
14 Jaipur Elephant ride to Amber Fort Palace , City Palace, Jantar Mantar (Observatory) & Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)
15 Departure for home with pleasant experience.
Rajasthan Palaces, Citadels and Castles
Rajasthan Palaces, Citadels and Castles
Rajasthan Palaces, Citadels and Castles

Detail itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Delhi.

Arrival at Delhi IGI  International airport, On arrival  traditional ‘Swagat’ (Welcome) our company representative would assist you at the airport & transfer to hotel for check-in.

Delhi is the capital of India and its third largest city. The city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Delhi.

After leisure breakfast at hotel, experience one of the oldest cities in the world. Delhi has its own history and the monuments are tablets on which that history is written. Full day sightseeing visiting Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, lotus temple and then travel through India Gate, The Parliament House and Presidents House.

Not to miss the Old Delhi which is known as “Shahjahanbad”. Visit imposing Red Fort, The Friday Mosque, Birla Temple and Chandni Chowck (The Moonlight Square).

Overnight stay at hotel .

 

Day 03: Delhi – Mandawa (280 Kms./06 hrs drive approx.)

Today after leisure breakfast, we will drive you to Mandawa. Mandawa is a part of Shekhawati region. Shekhawati owes its name to Rao Shekha who ruled this area in the 14th century. The Fort of Mandawa was built in the year 1755 by Thakur Nawal Singh.These were the times when 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). Mandawa still retains the charm & aura of a bygone era & coming here is like stepping into a different world.

Overnight stay at heritage Haveli.

 

Day 04 : Mandawa – Khimsar ( 275 Kms./05hrs. drive approx).

Morning  after leisure breakfast, you will drive to Khimsar where we stay at the excellent 15th century Khimsar Fort. Visit the hereby fort of Nagpur where in the ruined walls lie palaces decorated with fine wall paintings. In the evening enjoy the special dinner with traditional dancing on the ramparts of the fort.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 05 : Khimsar – Jaisalmer (302 Kms./06 hrs. drive approx ).

Today after leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Jaisalmer enroute have your lunch. In the late afternoon the honey coloured walls of the fort emerge from the shimmering desert Jaisalmer is Rajasthan’s most enchanting destination.

Evening time free for leisure and shopping.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 06 : Jaisalmer.

After leisure breakfast, you will visit in the old citadel of Jaisalmer. In the winding streets we wander between the havelis, with their beautifully carved jali screens, and the equally stunning Jain temples. We visit the old palace of Maharawal painted in extravagant Rajput style. In the late afternoon we relax at the oasis which led to the foundation of the city, Gadi Sagar, and explore the Royal cenotaphs at Bada Bagh before enjoying the desert sunset.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 07 : Jaisalmer – Osian ( 260 Kms./06 hrs. drive approx).

Drive to Osian said to be as an ancient town in the Thar Desert, where we stay amongst the dunes at the Osian Camel Camp in fully equipped tents. In the late afternoon we shall proceed for a camel safari into the desert, arriving at a small rural village to watch the local potter and weaver, before heading back to our tents. Dinner is under a canopy of stars.

Overnight stay at hotel or tent.

 

Day 08 : Osian – Jodhpur  ( 60 kms./01.3 hrs. drive approx).

After leisure breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to Jodhpur. Have your lunch at the magnificent Umaid Bhawan palace. Later we explore the Mehrangarh Fort from whose ramparts we can enjoy stunning view of the winding lanes and famous blue houses of the city.

Evening time free for leisure.

Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 09: Jodhpur – Kumbhalgarh (152Kms./03 hrs. drive approx).

Today have early morning breakfast and then drive towards Kumbhalgarh which was established by Rana Kumbha the well-known Mewar conqueror, a shrewd & a huge designer. Kumbhalgarh is the delight for the nature lovers, as it is delimited by vegetation & flora and fauna. En-route visit the well-known Ranakpur Jain Temples of 15th century. Ranakpur is Jain’s holy place and was constructed by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The temples has domes, cupolas and turrets and the most striking feature in it are the 1444 pillars intricately carved and impressively no two of them are alike. Later continue drive to Kumbhalgarh, on arrival check in at the hotel and take rest. After rest you will visit Kumbhalgarh Fort and Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. After sightseeing return to hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 


Day 10 : Kumbhalgarh – Udaipur (110Km / 02.3hrs).

Today morning drive towards the most romantic city – Udaipur, established by Maharana Udai Singh. Udaipur is said to be as “City of Lakes & Palaces”. On arrival at Udaipur check in at the hotel and get relaxed. In evening enjoy the boat ride on Lake Pichola. The beauty of the lake is improved by the neighboring hills, palaces, place of worship, and swim Ghats & edges.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 11 : Udaipur.

After breakfast you shall proceed to visit sightseeing of Udaipur visiting City Palace – This majestic City Palace is the most-visited tourist attraction of Udaipur. Maharana Udai Singh built this superb wonder.The Palace has various towers, domes and arches, which add to the flavor of heritage site.Towering on the banks of Pichola Lake, City Palace is truly a feast to the eyes.  Later visit sahelion ki Bari also called as the – Garden of Maids of Honour which is a decorative backyard constructed by Maharana Sangram Singh for his daughter & the women’s of the Queen’s patio. It has a number of spouts, swimming pool & chiseled pavilions. You shall also visit Jagdish Temple, constructed by Maharana Jagat Singh. It is the principal & the most gorgeous shrines of Udaipur. In evening enjoy boat ride on Lake Pichola. The Jag Niwas palace also known as Lake Palace and Jag Mandir are the two palaces on the lake appears as the diamond in the lake.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 12 : Udaipur – Pushkar (250 Kms. / 06hrs. drive approx).

Today after leisure breakfast drive towards Pushkar, is city in Ajmer district of Rajasthan. It is said to be a charming city situated accurately on the periphery of the desert but is alienated from it by the Snake mountain peak.Pushkar is one of the oldest existing cities of India. It lies on the shore of Pushkar Lake. Pushkar is famous for its most exceptional fairs of its type. It is a mixture of a mammal fair & spirutality. On arrival at Pushkar check into your pre booked hotel and get relaxed. Evening stroll through the numerous ghats of the Pushkar Lake.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

 

Day 13 : Pushkar – Jaipur ( 155 Kms. /03 hrs. drive approx).

After leisure breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Jaipur where ‘pink’ is the colour of welcome thats the reason the city is said to be as Pink city. The afternoon is free to relax or to visit the local bazaar, famous for its textiles, Rajput miniatures, precious stones and wide range of local handicrafts.

Optional Tour – Chokhi Dhani

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

Overnight stay hotel.

 

Day 14 : Jaipur.

Full Day Tour

Today after leisure breakfast, we shall proceed for the excursion of 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 to have an overwhelming experience.Later we shall 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 visit Jantar 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 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 hotel.

 

Day 15: Jaipur – Delhi – Depart for home.
Today after leisure breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Delhi (235 Kms./05 hrs. drive approx). On arrival direct transfer to airport to connect flight for onward journey with happy memories.

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