Rajasthan boasts of a heritage as rich as its landscape. The craftsmen here have been creating the most Opulent and richest of treasures. Sand dunes, wooded hills and amazing lakes, palaces and mugged forts men and women in colorful turbans and shirts bustling towns and quiet villages camels, elephants and tigers, harsh sunlight and the cool evening breeze – are all there in abundance
Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi - The Capital of India. You are greeted with a traditional Indian Welcome and escorted transfer to hotel Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 02 New & Old Delhi
After breakfast Old Delhi - Here you will view Red Fort, the most Opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. Rickshaw puller ride through the Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.
Afternoon visit to New Delhi - Lateens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. Visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar, Drive pass through the Raisina Hill, past the imposing India Gate, President House and Parliament House. Also visit Sikh Gurudwara Bangla Sahib to see the worship etc. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 03 Delhi - Alsisar 240 kms/5 hrs.
Drive to Alsisar and on arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon visit the fascinating havelies of Alsisar. Overnight at the hotel
Day 04 Alsisar- Bikaner 240 kms/5 hrs
Morning depart for Bikaner and check in at hotel. Bikaner - it lies on the northern point on the triangle of desert cities. It is royal walled city dating back to 1486 AD. It was established by a Rathore Prince Afternoon embark on a tour of Bikaner City; visit the Junagarh Fort, built in 1611 AD. The palaces worth visiting are Anup Mahal, Karan Mahal, and Bijai Phool Mahal. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 05 Bikaner – Desnoke - Pokaran 230 kms/ 3.30 hrs
Transfer to Jaisalmer visiting Karni Mata temple at Desnoke famous for rate temple on the way our drive continues to Pokaran. Fort Pokaran; the 14th century citadel also known as “Balagarh” stands as a paragon amidst the Thar Desert. This monument is the premier fort of The Chief of Mighty Champawats (the clan of Rathores) has to its erstwhile aristocratic title attached the prestigious honour ‘Pradhan’ (The Premier Noble) to recognize every Thakur of Pokaran as of the first honour in The Durbar (the court) of the state Marwar- Jodhpur.
Surrounded with rocky, sandy and five salt ranges, Pokaran means “the place of five mirages” Fort Pokaran stands on ancient trade route that carried salt silk and spices to Persia and beyond. Instead of winding caravans of the past, it now has trains, buses and cars. The fort now attracts travelers to stay betwixt the glorious history where each stone speaks out volumes of the past. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 06 Pokaran -Jaisalmer 110 kms / 2 hrs
After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer later visit to Jaisalmer fort. Afterwards visit to the Gadisar Tank & large houses of the merchant called havelies, some of them dating to the Premediaval Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Shah Haveli and Nathamal Ki Haveli with their intricately carved screens on the facades and the typical traditional architecture.
Afternoon short Camel Safari start for Sam dunes on edge of desert National Park, Located in the midst of Thar Desert this camp recreates the magical atmosphere of a traditional Mediaeval Desert Camp on a trade route. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 07 Jaisalmer – Jodhpur 260 kms / 5 hrs
Depart for Jalamamdgarh en route visiting Jodhpur – the Great Indian Desert, sites on sand stone hill surrounded by a strong wall, approximately 6 miles long with 7 entry gates upon arrival check in hotel. Half day sightseeing of the city includes visit to Meherangarh Fort, drive through the old city and past the Clock Tower near the largest spice bazaar in the sub-continent, visit the Jaswant Thada Cenotaph, the royal cremation site and then proceed to see the most magnificent, modern 20th century Palace, the Umaid Bhavan Palace and its museum – a treasure trove.
Bishnoi Village Safari - A memorable outing various traditional villages seeing local handicrafts viz. stone makers, pottery, hand weaving and also men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver jewellery, etc. Overnight stay at Jalamamdgarh hotel.
Day 08 Jalamamdgarh - Ghanero 149 kms/2.30 hrs
In the morning, visit village to understand the life in rural Rajasthan. Visit Bishnoi-ki-Dhani (Bishnoi are a local clan who are very famous for their conservation work). Later Proceed to Ghanerao and stay at Royal Castle. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 09 Ghanero – Ranakpur – Kumbalgarh - Udaipur 110 kms / 2 hrs
In the morning visit Ghanero village and castle later drive to Udaipur En route visit to Ranakpur– one of the biggest and most important Jain temples, it is one of the five holy sites for the Jains. The main temple in the complex is “Chaumukha temple” or the four-faced temple dedicated to Adhinathji and built in the 15th century. It has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, all of which are different from each other. The Surya Narayana temple and the other Jain temples in the complex are also worth visiting. The magic of light & shade is really awe- inspiring. Also visit fort and surroundings at Kumbalgarh. Arrive at Udaipur and check in at hotel. Overnight at the hotel
Day 10 In Udaipur
Today sightseeing of Udaipur includes The City Palace – this is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, construction of which was started by Udai Singh. This white marble architectural marvel, standing majestically on a hill is surrounded by crenellated walls. This huge edifice 30.4 meters high and 244 meters long was added on to, by later rulers, but the additions are so well planned and integrated, it is difficult to believe that it was not conceived as complete structure, drive around Fateh Sagar lake – this fine lake, lying to the north of and connected by a small canal with Lake Pichola, was originally built by Maharana Jai Singh, in 1678 AD, Sahelion-ki-Bari or “ Garden of the Maids of Honour” was laid out for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of dowry, Partap Smarak: A memorial to the legendary warrior Rana Pratap, Bhartiya Lok Mandal Museum – a museum of folk arts, it displays a rich collection of folk musical instruments and paintings. Remainder of the day is at leisure Overnight stay at hotel
Day 11 Udaipur – Chittaurgarh - Bassi Fort 120 kms/2 hrs
Drive to Chittaurgarh and visit indomitable pride of Chittaurgarh and visit to The Fort - standing tall over a 180 metre high hillock and sprawling over 700 acres, the fort is a standing edifice to the valour of Chittaurgarh, Vijay Stambh or Victory Tower – Built by Rana Kumbha in 1440 AD to commemorate his victory over the combined forces of the kings of neighboring Malwa and Gujrat, this tower is 120 feet high and has a girth of 30 feet at the base, Kirti Stambh – Built in the 12th century, it was dedicated to Lord Sri Adinath Rishabdeo, the first Jain Tirthankar. The 22 meter high structure is peplete with figures from the Jain pantheon. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12 Bassi Fort - Kota 170 kms / 3 hrs
In the morning drive to Kota. Later visit City Palace & in house Museum, Jagmandir Palace, Chambal Garden and Chhattar Bilas Garden. Kota-known as the industrial capital of Rajasthan, It has an interesting blend of the Old and the New. The fort, overlooking the mighty Chambal River, is the foremost tourist attraction here. The town is dotted with age-old monuments and temples retaining the glory of bygone era, as well as present day edifices and heavy industries. The history of the city dates back to the 12th century A.D., when Hada Chieftain, Rao Deva Conquered the territory and founded Bundi and Hadoti. Afternoon visit to Kota houses the museum and has some elaborately painted chambers. Ghazi Gate- famous for its outstanding mirror work, ebony and ivory inlaid doors. Overnight at the hotel
Day 13 Kota – Bundi - Pushkar 220 kms/ 4 hrs
After breakfast, visit to Bundi – is a picturesque as one of the beautiful miniatures. Magnificent gardens, step-wells, lakes and Chhatris make this ‘Kala Nagri’ or art city, nestling amongst green hills, a delightful feast of visuals for the traveler.
Bundi was a major city during the heyday of the Rajputs, although Kota, which was once a part of it, later emerged as a bigger player in the region. Bundi continued to enjoy its independence until is merger with the state of Rajasthan in 1947. One of the reasons Bundi has managed to maintain its medieval air is because it has had very little tourist inflow being well off the beaten track. Visit Taragarh Fort, Bundi Palace, Ratan Daulat and various Baoris. Our drive continued to Pushkar. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 14 Pushkar –Jaipur 130 kms/2 hrs
After breakfast visit to Pushkar, the important Hindu pilgrim center is located 13 kms From Ajmer. The flourishing temple town built around the sacred Pushkar Lake is full of religious myths and faith. The holy lake has 52 Ghats (bathing places), where pilgrim’s lake ritual dips in the lake. Pilgrims and tradesman come here in thousands from far and near. The fair today has become one of the major tourist attractions of the state. The holy lake of Pushkar is believed to have been created by Lord Brahma himself. It is as important as Banaras or Puri. Devout Hindus believe that it is essential to visit Pushkar at least once in their lifetime. No pilgrimage is considered complete without a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake. Pushkar has as many as 400 temples and 52 Ghats and the only temple in the country that is dedicated to Brahma is to be found here. While Pushkar is a heaven for the religiously inclined, it is also the venue of one of the country most country cattle fair Ride camels, shop at the colorful market, watch the sunset over the sand dunes, admire the beautiful clothes of the pilgrims Pushkar fair is a once-in-a lifetime experience that you will want to repeat.
Later drive to Jaipur and visit to Sanganer village situated of outskirt of Jaipur Look at the teeming Jain temple from the 17th century and visit the traditional wood block printing, tie and dye fabric, paper factory and blue pottery that make the reputation of the craftsmanship of the city rose. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 15 In Jaipur
Morning Journey back in time at deserted 17th century fortress of Amber Fort 11 Km. from Jaipur, Amber Fort is a marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort on the back of a gaily-caparisoned elephant true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure you feel the history and visualize the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered.
Afternoon venture back into the city tour: Visit the City Palace Museum where you can see imposing blends of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Evening back to Samode for overnight stay at hotel
Day 16 Jaipur - Agra 232 kms/ 5 hrs
After breakfast proceed to Agra through the Rajasthani countryside we see villages, woman dressed in the brilliantly colored saris of the region, Camels, Elephants & scenes of rural lives. On the way you will visit to Ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri - the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its 'ruins' are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal, upon arrival check in hotel.
Evening take Horse cart (Tonga Ride) both way enjoy the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The New 7 wonder of the world and Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunset, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, what makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughal brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry. As you drive through the city witness the local life, Shopping and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 17 Agra – Delhi 200 kms/3.30 hrs – Onwards
After breakfast visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah first Mughal building entirely in white marble built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of Her Father. Say good-bye to this fascinating Land and memorable tour drive to Delhi Indira Gandhi International airport to board the or onward Destination.
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