Royal Rajasthan Heritage Tour

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Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days.

Destination: Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi.


Rajasthan, ‘The Land Of Kings” is India at its exotic and colourful best. The highlight of the tour is stays in royal palaces, forts & castles – imposing buildings replete with luxury, character and Old World charm. Life outside these amazing buildings is a contrast. Life is very primitive and traditional; typical homes with mud plastered or cow dung plastered walls and hay thatched roofs; narrow lanes or trails broad enough only for camel carts or donkey carts; traditional costumes of men & women; primitive agricultural techniques of plough being drawn by men or bulls; traditional occupations of wood carving, block printing, pottery etc. For most people here, their world ends where the village ends. So come and experience the stay heritage property.

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Tour Overview

Days Palace 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 Bikaner Junagarh Fort & Lal Garh Palace
05 Jaisalmer Day free for leisure.
06 Jaisalmer Jaisalmer Fort , Jain Temple, Patwon Ki Haveli and Camel Safari.
07 Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort & Jaswant Thada
08 Udaipur Via. Ranakpur – jain Temple Complex   ,
09 Udaipur City Palace, Sahelion Ki Bari, Lok Kala Museum & Boat Ride at Lake Pichola.
10 Pushkar Brahma temple and Brahma lake.
11 Jaipur Optional Tour – Chokhi Dhani  jaipur.
12 Jaipur Elephant ride to Amber Fort Palace , City Palace, Jantar Mantar (Observatory) & Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)
13 Agra Via. Fatehpur Sikri (Ghost city Capital)  Taj mahal ,Agra Fort and Sikandara Tomb.
14 Delhi Day free for leisure.
15 Delhi Departure for home with pleasant experience.

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 to Mandawa in the heart Shekhawati region. Shekhawati owes its name to Rao Shekha who ruled this area. The Fort of Mandawa was built by Thakur Nawal Singh, the founder of the town. 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 – Bikaner (160 Kms./04 hrs drive approx).

Half Day Tour

Today after leisure breakfast, we will explore the Mandawa Fort, located in the very heart of Mandawa & a classic example of the famed Rajput style of architecture. It houses many beautiful paintings & frescoes that dazzle the eyes & now been converted into a heritage hotel. Gulab Rai Haveli has some of the best murals in Shekhawati on both the exterior & interior walls with elephants & camels on its façade. Goenka Double Haveli, built in the year 1890, is with monumental frescoes of elephants & horses decorating. Bansidhar Newatia Haveli combines traditional frescoes of horses & elephants with those depicting a young boy using a phone plus opulent touring cars & the Wright Brothers’ plane. If time permits we may visit more Havelis of the region & observe the colourful village life in Rajasthan.

 

Later we drive to the princely state of Bikaner which was founded by Rao Bikaji. He was a Rajput prince, descendent of the founder of neighbouring Jodhpur. It lies in the north-western part of Rajasthan & has a stark beauty of the desert landscape with wide-spread sand dunes & thorny shrubs growing around. Fort, Palaces & people with colourful traditional costumes are the chief attractions of the city. The Camel Breeding Farm in Bikaner is the only one of its kinds in Asia & so is the illustrious Camel Festival.

 

Overnight stay at hotel.

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

Half Day Tour

Today after leisure breakfast, we will visit Junagarh Fort, built up by Raja Rai Singh. The Fort is a formidable structure & largely remained unconquered during its eventful history. It houses number of beautiful Palaces, Temples & Pavilions, which are richly decorated. The beautifully of the rooms of Anup Mahal now display the treasures of the Royal family. The Fort Museum has an extensive collection of illuminated manuscripts, Jars, Carpets, jewellery, weapons, treaties, decorations.

 

Later we drive to Jaisalmer, founded by Bhatti Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. It is also said to be as Golden City & rising from the heart of 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. 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 after leisure breakfast ,we will visit the old town of Jaisalmer & visit Jaisalmer Fort, built by Rawal Jaisal. Perched on 80m high hill, housing the entire township within its ramparts, the goldenFort is standing like a sentinel in the 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.

 

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. 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.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

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

Today after leisure breakfast, we will drive to Jodhpur, bustling desert city is the second largest city in Rajasthan & has landscape dominated by the massive Mehrangarh Fort topping a sheer rocky ridge.

Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, founded the city in the year 1459 & it is named after him. It was formerly the seat of a Princely state, also known as Marwar.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

 

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

Half Day Tour

Today after leisure breakfast, We will proceed for Jodhpur, visiting the Mehrangarh Fort (Majestic Fort), one of the most impressive & formidable structures anywhere in India. This fort is on a 125m high hill & has some magnificent palaces with marvellously carved panels latticed window.

We also visit Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in the 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 which was founded 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 & are 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 also known as the “City of Lakes & Palaces”. said to be as one of the most romantic cities in India, its beautiful Palaces are mirrored in the calm waters of Lake Pichola.

 

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 after leisure breakfast , you will 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 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.

Optional Tour – Sound & Light Show / Vintage Car Collection

Overnight stay hotel.

 

Day 10: Udaipur – Pushkar (200 Kms./04 hrs. drive approx).

Today after leisure breakfast, we will  drive to Pushkar, a small town located exactly on the edge of the desert.The town frequently visited by devotees lies to the side of the small Pushkar Lake with bathing ghats & temples. It also holds the most unique fairs know as Pushkar Fair which is the combination of an animal fair & the religious fair.

 

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. No pilgrimage of Hindu places is considered complete till the pilgrim bathes in sacred waters of Pushkar.

Overnight stay hotel.

 

 

Day 11: Pushkar – Jaipur (160 Kms./03 hours drive approx).

Today after leisure breakfast, we drive you to Jaipur, popularly known as Pink City and said to be as a 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 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber.

 

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 which also includes the entertainment by folk dancers & musicians. Later drive back to hotel.

Overnight stay hotel.

 

Day 12 : Jaipur.

Full Day Tour

Today after leisure breakfast, you shall proceed for the excursion to Amber Fort, the palace complex which stands to this date was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh. You shall take an Elephant ride to reach the Fort situated on the hill and that shall be a unique experience. Later you 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 13: Jaipur – Agra Via Fatehpur Sikri (240 Kms. – 05 hrs drive approx).

Today you shall be driven 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 is a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era monuments, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage site.

Overnight stay hotel.

 

 

Day 14 : Agra – Delhi (225 Kms /05 hrs. drive approx).

Half Day Tour

 

Today we visit Taj Mahal, symbol of eternal love. Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located on the southern bank of Yamuna River in the city of Agra.It was built by the Shah Jehan in the year 1631 in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was completed in 22 years. You shall also visit Agra Fort which is described as a walled palatial city. It was built up of red sandstone inlaid with white marble & intricate decorations. you shall also proceed to visit Sikandara.

 

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

Overnight stay hotel.

Day 15: Delhi – Departure for home.

After leisure breakfast transfer to the international airport to board flight for onward journey.

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