INCREDIBLE RAJASTHAN TOUR
Day 1: Delhi Arrival
On arrival at Delhi Airport you will be met & transferred to hotel. Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with modern. Its strategic location was the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. In fact, more mythological cities are believed to be here, like the city of Indraprastha from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, founded around 5000 BC. Numerous monuments were built over several centuries by different rulers like Qutub-ud-din Aibek, Alauddin Khilji, Tughlaks, Humayun & Shah Jahan, who built the Walled City Shah Jahanabad.
Later in first half of 20th century much of New Delhi was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who laid out a grandiose central administrative area as a testament to British rule in India. The division in walled city & New Delhi also marks the division in life styles. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast move out for full day sightseeing of Old Delhi (Shahajahanabad), which includes the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk & Jama Masjid along with other attractions. Later after lunch drive past through impressive boulevards and buildings such as President’s Residence and others in Lutyen’s Delhi (New Delhi). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Delhi – Mandawa
After breakfast check out from hotel & drive to Mandawa in the heart of the semi desert 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, 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) 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.On arrival in Mandawa check in at hotel.Evening freeto move around local streets of village & see the traditional life of village.Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Mandawa – Bikaner
After breakfast check out from hotel & visit Mandawa.Today we visit 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 built in the year 1870 that 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, with monumental frescoes of elephants & horses decorating its façade. Bansidhar Newatia Haveli built in the year 1921 combines traditional frescoes of horses & elephants with those depicting a young boy using a phone plus opulent touring cars & the Wright Brothers' plane.
Further continue drive to Bikaner , on the northern tip of the desert triangle stands the royal city of “Bikaner “. The genesis of this desert town dates back to 1486 A.D., when Rao Jodha’s eldest son, Rao Bika set out of his father’s kingdom to conquer a separate kingdom for himself. Once a major center of trade in the 16th century situated on the ancient silk route, today Bikaner has retained much of its medieval aura. Unlike most other cities of Rajasthan, outside influences are minimal here and the traditional life style endures in the old city surrounded by a high crenellated wall. The Camel Breeding Farm in Bikaner is only one of its kinds in the whole Asia & so is the illustrious Camel Festival.On arrival in Bikaner check in at hotel.Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Bikaner – Jaisalmer
After breakfast check out from hotel & visit Bikaner.Today we visit the “Junagarh Fort”, built in the year 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh (1571-1612 AD), the 6th ruler of Bikaner. 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 maintained rooms of Anup Mahal now display the treasures of the Royal family. The Fort Museum has an extensive collection of illuminated manuscripts, jewellery, jars, carpets, weapons, treaties, decorations & Farmans (King's Orders).
Further straight 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.On arrival in Jaisalmer check in at hotel.Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Jaisalmer
After breakfast move out for full day sightseeing of Jaisalmer.The tour begins from “The Jaisalmer Fort”, built in 1156 by Rawal Jaisal, the fort crowns 80 meter high on the Trikuta hill. Still inhabited, there are palaces and bazaars with in the fort walls, which has 99 bastions around the circumference. Also visit the “Havelis”, wealthy merchants built these exquisite havelis with profusely – carved stone facades. The famous ones are the Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli and Nathmal ki Haveli. Other attractions include Ganga Sagar Tank and Museum, once the water supply of city, housing many small temples and shrines. A wide variety of water birds flock here in winter.
Later in the afternoon drive to Sam 40 Kms. From Jaisalmer.Take a camel ride on the sand dunes to view the sunset. The Rajasthani backdrop, the sunset and the camel ride make the entire outing an unforgettable experience.Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur
After breakfast check out from hotel & 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.On arrival in Jodhpur check in at hotel.Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Jodhpur – Udaipur
After breakfast check out from hotel & visit Jodhpur.Today we visit 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 houses an exquisite collection of palanquins, howdahs (Elephant saddles), royal cradles, miniatures paintings, musical instruments, costumes & furniture.
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.
Further straight drive to Udaipur. This is Rajasthan’s most congenial and romantic city situated in the lap of the thickly wooded Aravali Hills. Founded in 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh following the final sacking of Chittorgarh by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar, Udaipur rivals any of the world famous creations of the Mughals with its Rajput love of the whimsical and its superbly crafted elegance. Udaipur has been called the “Venice of the East”.On arrival in Udaipur check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Udaipur
After a leisurely breakfast move out for full day sightseeing of Udaipur. Begin your tour with a visit to the City Palace. At this Palace complex, one will marvel at the rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, windows with colored glass, inlaid marble balconies and the peacock courtyard. Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-bari gardens, the Jagdish temple and the local Museum.
Later in the evening enjoy boat cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. The beautiful Lake Pichola was enlarged by Maharana Udai Singh after he founded the city. The city palace extends a considerable distance along the east bank of the lake. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. You can also visit the Jag Mandir Palace – which is a lovely island palace in the middle of the lake.Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Udaipur – Pushkar
After breakfast check out from hotel & 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. As per the Indian calendar the fair is held in the first lunar cycle in the month of Kartik culminating on the Kartik Poornima (Full moon).
On arrival in Pushkar check in at hotel.Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Pushkar – Jaipur
After breakfast check out from hotel & visit Pushkar.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.Later drive to Ajmer. situated in the green oasis wrapped in the barren hills has been a witness to an interesting past. The city was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century AD & continued to be a major center of the Chauhan power till 1193 A.D. when Prithviraj Chauhan lost it to Mohammed Ghauri. Since then, Ajmer became home to many dynasties, which came & left leaving behind indelible marks of their culture & traditions on the city's history, converting it to an amalgam of various cultures & blend of Hinduism & Islam.
Here we visit the Adai-din-ka-Jhopra, a masterpiece of Indo - Islamic architecture. As legend goes it was constructed in two & a-half days (Adhai-Din). It is a relic of an old mosque consisting of a quadrangle with a front screen wall of seven pointed arches. The distinct pillars & arched screen with its ruined minarets make it a splendid architectural masterpiece. Dargah of Salim Chisti, tomb with a splendid marble dome is in the centre of the second courtyard which is surrounded by a silver platform. At the foot of a barren hill, is situated India's most important pilgrimage center for people from all faiths. It is the splendid tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti more popularly known as Khwaja Saheb or Khwaja Sharif. The shrine is next only to Mecca or Median for the Muslims of south Asia.Later we visit Digambar Jain temple, which has a double storey hall adjacent to the main temple.
Further continue drive to Jaipur, popularly known as Pink City, the flamboyant & colourful capital of Rajasthan. With its rich & colourful past, resplendent with tales of valour & bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was founded in the year 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.On arrival in Jaipur check in at hotel.Overnight at hotel
Day 12: Jaipur
After a leisurely breakfast move out for full day sightseeing of Jaipur .Morning proceed for an excursion to Amber Fort which is located 12 kms outside Jaipur. The original Palace was built by Raja Mansingh and later additions were made by Sawai Jai Singh. One of the finest example of Rajput architecture, it was the ancient capital of Kachhawa rulers. Enjoy the ascent to the palace on the back of a brightly caparisoned elephant. Visit the multiple chambers and hallways of the palace which are famous for their design and decorations. This unique capital of the erstwhile warrior kings of Rajasthan is a must on every tourist itinerary to the state.
Afternoon, proceed for a city tour to visit the unique Jantar Mantar, which is a magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728 and drive past the Hawa Mahal, an intriguing “ Palace of Winds”. This was really a facade built in 1799, to allow royal ladies to view the city from the windows. Later visit the opulent City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style which has grand museums displaying an excellent collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory.Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Jaipur – Agra enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast check out from hotel & drive to Agra enroute visitng Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted, red sandstone city, built by Emperor Akbar, between 1570 and 1585, now glows in its magnificent past. This was once the capital of the Moghul Empire for a short period but later abandoned due to scarcity of water. Here you will visit the Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory), which is said to be the tallest gateway in the world. In the northern part of the courtyard is the superb white marble tomb of the famous Sufi saint - Shekh Salim Chishti
Further Continue drive to Agra The ancient city once the capital of the Mughal empire in the 16th and 17th century, depicts a gorgeous panorama of majestic architectural creations and a rich tradition of art and culture. Agra houses one of seven wonders of the world, the marble symphony of Emperor Shah Jahan - “The Taj Mahal”. Discover the dazzling creations of their craftsmen in other architectural marvels in Agra, the quintessential Mughal City.
On arrival in Agra check in at hotel.Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Agra – Delhi
Early morning visit TAJ MAHAL ( Closed on Fridays ) An extravagant marble monument of love, built by Shah Jahan in 1653 as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal. This beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble took 22 years and 22000 craftsmen to build. Later come back to the hotel & after breakfast check out from hotel & continue tour to the Agra Fort, the original red sandstone fort built by Moghul Emperor Akbar in 1565. We will also visit Sikandara, Akbar's tomb. His son Jahangir completed the construction of the tomb in the year 1613. Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, built by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628.
Further continue drive to Delhi.On arrival in Delhi check in at hotel.Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Delhi Departure
At appropriate time transfer to Delhi International Airport to connect flight for onward destination.
Total Package Cost :
Package Cost - Validity: Till Sep.30th , 2010 (Below Cost based on 02 Persons Basis.)
Standard Package 3*
Deluxe Package 4*
Luxury Package 5*
Cost for per person
Cost per person
Note: Above rates are per person on twin sharing basis for entire package.
Package cost includes :
- Accommodation as per itinerary - Double room on twin sharing basis at all destinations.
- Breakfast at hotel.
- 01 air conditioned chauffeur driven car for all sightseeings ,transfers & long run as per itinerary.
- Assistance on arrival and departure.
- Fuel charges and drivers’ allowances.
- Professional government approved English speaking guide at all destinations.
- Elephant ride at Amber Fort , Jaipur.
- Camel Ride in Jaislamer
- Boat Ride in Udaipur.
- Tanga ride at Agra.
- All currently applicable taxes.
Package cost does not include :
- Monument fees, (Supplement is given separately)
- Meals except then breakfast ( Dinner supplement is given separately)
- Tips, Laundry, Phone calls
- Service tax shall be extra on total invoice.
- Any other expenses not mentioned above.