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A  PRINCELY  EXPERIENCE
16 Nights / 17 Days
Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Samode - Mandawa - Khimsar - Rohet - Ranakpur - Deogarh - Udaipur - Delhi
 
 
 

 

DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi in the evening.  Upon arrival, you shall met & assisted with your baggages at the airport by our executive and transferred to prebooked hotel Hotel Imperial - Heritage room.
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The Imperial is an ode to India's independence from the British Raj and was builit as a jewel in the crown of the outgoing rulers. The Imperial boasts a rich historical past with an awe inspiring heritage and a truly international appeal. The Imperial was built was S.B.S. Ranjit Singh, son of R.B.S. Narain Singh who was honoured by the British Government for his commendable work on 1911's coronation durbar where New Delhi was declared the capital of India.  It was Lady Wellington who gave the the name "The Imperial" to the hotel and conferred the Lion insignia upon the hotel.

DAY 02 : DELHI
After breakfast, full day city tour of old & modern capital of India. Delhi : India's capital & a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient & the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind . The division between New & Old Delhi is the distinction between the capitals of the British & the Moghuls respectively. So, wherever the visitor goes, he will invariably confront the city's past.

Visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Built by Shah Jahan, the construction was started in 1844 and was not completed until 1658 ; Red Fort, which was also built by Shah Jehan. This massive fort was built from 1638 to 1648 ; Chandni Chowk and Rajghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Witness the India Gate, the Presidents House & the Parliament.  Visit Humayun's Tomb : built in mid 16th century this is an early example of Mughal architecture ; Qutab Minar.  The tour ends with a visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir).

DAY 03 : DELHI - AGRA
Morning, leave for Agra enroute visit Sikandra - Mughal Emperor Akbar's Mausoleum.
Continue drive to Agra.  Arrive Agra and check-in at prebooked hotel.
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Afternoon, city tour of Agra. Visit Red fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful structues; Itmad-ud-daulah, which was contructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar to the tomb she constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near Lahore in Pakistan; the highlight of the day - The Taj Mahal, which was constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Contruction of the Taj began in 1631 and was not completed until 1653.

DAY 04 : AGRA - FATEHPUR SIKRI - JAIPUR
After breakfast, leave for Jaipur, enroute visit the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri : built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Moghuls, which was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other Palaces which are still preserved in its original glory.


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drive to Jaipur : The capital city of the state of Rajasthan also know as "Pink City"  owes its name, its foundation and planning to the great warrior astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II.  The city of Jaipur has broad avenues. The city sits on a dry lake bed in a wild and somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by fortresses and crenellated walls.
Upon arrival, check-in at prebooked Hotel Rambagh PalaceRest of the day at leisure.

DAY 05 : JAIPUR
After breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride from the foothills of the Aravallis to the fort entrance. Amber Fort : At a distance of 11 kms from Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipur state. Construction of the fort began in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's army and is a superb example of Rajput architecture. Afternoon, free for individual activities.

Afternoon, city tour of Jaipur. Visit the City Palace which has museum having an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamel ware and weapons; Jantar Mantar - the observatory built my Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728 and the faade of Hawa Mahal.

DAY 06 : JAIPUR - SAMODE                (47 KMS, 01 HR DRIVE)
After breakfast, leave for Samode. Arrive Samode and check in at Samode Palace.
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Samode according to the Rajputana Gazetteer of 1879 was a large and flourishing town. It was among the wealthiest territories in the Amber kingdom. The Zamidari eventually passed within the clan to the hands of Behari Das, a Rajput warrior in Mughal Service. After 6 generations in the hands of his descendants Samode was relinquished to the Raj. In 1757 the territory was returned to the Nathawats (the hereditary title of 'Rawal Saheb' still rests with the present family).

Samode Palace was transformed into one the country's premium palace hotels in 1987, and is a perfect example of Rajput-Moghul architecture. The palace is built on a small hillock and planned in a progression of courtyards of increasing height. It  is one of India's most charming and romantic hotels. It offers a quiet, elegant and luxurious atmosphere. Considered India's finest hotel for its consummate standards of modern hospitality, accommodation, services, cuisine and amenities. it is the flagship of the Samode Hotels. The Samode Palace hotel maintains an immutable majestic presence and is a touching reminder of the vision of its creators.

Rest of the day, free to explore the Palace and its surroundings.

DAY 07 : SAMODE - MANDAWA             (160 KMS, 03-0 4 HRS DRIVE)
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Afternoon, visit Mandawa (Shekhawati region). This region came into prominence in the 14th century when a number of Muslim clans moved into the area and the towns of this region developed into important trading posts on the caravan routes emanating from the ports of Gujarat. This region is famous for painted havelis (houses) most of which date back from the 18th century. The major towns of interest are Mandawa, Fatehpur, Nawalgarh. Visit the havelis in Mandawa and other villages of Shekhawati region.

DAY 08 : MANDAWA - KHIMSAR            (275 KMS, 05-06 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, leave for Khimsar. On arrival, check in at Khimsar Fort.

Khimsar Fort : Perched on the edge of the Great Thar desert in the rural India lies this unique 16th century fort that offers experience after exhilatating experience. The battle scarred walls and turrets remid of the glorious past.  Hundreds of years of history unfolds as you glance at its battle-scarred walls and stroll down its ramparts. You are not prepared for the beauty. the grandeur, the layout or the magnificence of this castle even as you approach it through sand dunes and narrow countryside roads. 

In the afternoon, jeep ride to the sand dunes. Enjoy a cup of tea/coffee on the sand dunes while watching  a magnificent sunset on the sand dunes. Return to the fort.

DAY 09 : KHIMSAR - ROHET                     (140 KMS, 02-03 HRS DRIVE)
trips to IndiaAfter breakfast, free. Later, for Rohet, enroute visit Osian.
Continue drive to Rohet. Arrive Rohet and check in at Rohetgarh.

Rohet - the fortified desert home of the descendants of the 16th century Rathore of the Champawat clan, Thakur Dalpat Singh I. The "Jagir" (Fiefdom) of Rohet was bestowed upon him in 1622 A.D. by the Maharaja Of Jodhpur, as a mark of appreciation for his bravery in battle. Generations of valiant noble-men have built this heritage home where, notwithstanding the inroads of modernity, aristocratic values are respected. The visitor of today experiences the famed warmth of courteous Rajput hospitality.

Brilliantly plumed peacocks strut about, perching themselves under finely carved stone archways and the wind whispers through the neem tree groves and bougainvilleas. Within these time weathered walls lies an oasis of landscaped gardens and flowers in bloom - your Oasis in the arid land of Marwar.

Rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 10 : ROHET
After breakfast, Jeep safari to a Bishnoi villages – A memorable outing in jeeps visit various traditional village seeing local handicrafts viz shoe makers, pottery, hand weaving and also men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver Jewellery, en-route watch and photograph wildlife black buck, chinkaras, peacock etc. freely moving in abundance protected by “Bishnois” Protectors of wildlife and tree.

In the afteroon, excursion to
Jodhpur. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort which literally means “Majestic Fort”, located at the very centre of the city. There are ,in all , three gates , each built to commemorate a particular victory, as well as to reinforce the fort. It has a collection of musical instruments, palanquins, furniture & cannons on the forts’ ramparts are well preserved.  Jaswant Thada : Close to the fort complex lies this white marble cenotaph, built in 1899, in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Rare portraits of Jodhpur's rulers are, also, to be seen at Jaswant Thada.

DAY 11 : ROHET - RANAKPUR - DEOGARGH  (210 KMS, 05-06 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, leave for Deogarh, enroute visit the Jain temples at Ranakpur.
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Ranakpur :  The cluster of temples, made of intricately sculpted white marble, come across as a marvellousfeat of architecture. It would take anyone by surprise to learn that they were built in 1460, so well preserved & sparkling is the marble. The main temple is supported on 1,444 pillars – none of which is similarly carved.

After the visit,  continue drive to Deogarh. Arrive Deogarh and check in at Deogarh Mahal.

Deogarh Mahal 
:  is an imposing structure built in the 17th century. It stands atop a hill and offers a commanding view of the Aravalli mountain range and the numerous lakes, strewn across the countryside.With its greying battlements, domes, turrets, jharokhas and huge gateways, it is a picturesque sight from the town below.

Built in 1670 A.D. by Rawat Dwarka Dasji as a family residence, it soon became the hub of village activity. The family interacted with the villagers and invited a host of feasts and festivities to be performed within the Mahal precincts. Some of these traditions are still practiced. And the gates, that always remained closed, to ward off enemies, are now open to the guests. Deogarh lies on the borders of Mewar, Marwar and Merwara, about 80 miles north-east of Udaipur. Its chieftain known as 'The Rawat' was one of sixteen umraos (feudal barons) privileged to wait upon the Maharana of Udaipur, the capital of Mewar such feudal estates, called 'thikanas' were granted by the ruling Maharana to a nobleman either due to blood relationship or for an act of bravery.

DAY 12 : DEOGARH - UDAIPUR                    (115 KMS, 02-03 HRS DRIVE)
Morning, free to explore the Palace & its surroundings

trips to IndiaAfternoon, leave for Udaipur - The city of Lakes, Udaipur is a lovely blend of water, lush green hills that set fire and passion in poet. Its palaces are straight out of a fairy-tale book, lakes, forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lines withdrawn with stalls, relives the reminisces of a heroic past, valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichola is excitement that defines imagination. Udaipur is one of the most romantic cities of world, also know as the Venice of East.

Arrive Udaipur and check in at Devi Garh Fort Palace. (28 kms from Udaipur)

Nestled in the Aravali hills of Rajasthan, the 18th century Devi Garh Fort Palace, in the village of Delwara commands one the three main passes into the valley of Udaipur. Sajja Singh, who hailed from the neighboring state of Gujarat, was awarded this strategically significant principality, in recognition of his bravery and loyalty to Maharana Pratap against the Mughal emperor Akbar, at the battle of Haldighati (1576). The actual construction of the fort palace started only in the 1760s, under Raghudev Singh II, with further additions being made to the structure by the rulers who followed. The palace was absorbed into the state of Rajasthan in the 1960s, and was subsequently abandoned.

Devi Garh, is ready for visitors after years of restoration and rebuilding. The Fort Palace was conceived as a place where the past meets the future. This all suite luxury hotel comprising of 39 suites takes on the look of modern India, with an emphasis on design and detail, using local marbles and semi-precious stones. The contemporary design showcased within this spectacular heritage property, complemented by personalized and intimate service, creates a new image for India for the 21st century.

Rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 13 : UDAIPUR
After breakfast, city tour of Udaipur.  Visit the City Palace which is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan; Jagdish temple, a fine Indo Aryan temple built in 1651;  Sahelion ki Bari or Garden of the Maids of Honour, which is a small garden with its fountains, kiosks, marble elephants & lotus pool.

Later, boat ride on Lake Pichola. Return to Devi Garh Fort Palace for overnight stay.

DAY 14 : UDAIPUR - MUMBAI              (FLIGHT)
Early morning, transfer to the airport to board flight for Mumbai. Arrive Mumbai and transfer to Hotel Taj Mahal Palace - Heritage wing.
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Since it opened in 1903, The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai has created its own unique history. From Maharajas and Princes to various Kings, Presidents, CEOs and entertainers, the Taj has played the perfect host, supportive of their every need.

Built in 1903, the hotel is an architectural marvel and brings together Moorish, Oriental and Florentine styles. Offering panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the Gateway of India, the hotel is a gracious landmark of the city of Mumbai, showcasing contemporary Indian influences along with beautiful vaulted alabaster ceilings, onyx columns, graceful archways, hand-woven silk carpets, crystal chandeliers, a magnificent art collection, an eclectic collection of furniture, and a dramatic cantilever stairway.

Over the past century, The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai has amassed a diverse collection of paintings and works of art and is a veritable showcase of artifacts and art of the era. From Belgian chandeliers to Goan Christian artifacts, the hotel incorporates a myriad of artistic styles and tastes.

Afternoon, half day city tour of Mumbai - The city was called Bombay for much of the last four hundred years. The origin of the name is obscure, but is often said to come from the Portuguese phrase bom bahia meaning "good bay". The name Mumbai has been used in the main local languages for as long, and is ascribed to the local goddess, Mumba (ai means mother in Marathi). The name of the city was changed to Mumbai by an act of the parliament in 1997. Estimated to hold about 15 million people (a census is on in the years 2000-2001), the city has grown dramatically in the last fifty years. Mumbai is called the financial capital of India: the stock exchange is the primary stock exchange of the country; most large business houses have their corporate offices in this city. It also the primary center for the arts and the entertainment industry.

DAY 15 : MUMBAI
After breakfast, excursion to Elephanta - About ten kilometers north east of Apollo Bunder lies the island of Elephanta, the glorious abode of Lord Shiva. An epitome of Hindu cave culture, Elephanta consists of seven caves of which the most notable is the Mahesa-murti cave. It has a very impressive size with a main body of 27 meters square supported by rows of six columns each. The main temple consists of a large pillared mandapa (hall) and a freestanding square shrine at the west end of the hall. The pillars and reliefs in the cave are gigantic in scale. Set in various niches are a number of large reliefs depicting different aspects of Shaivaite iconography. Around the perimeter of the cave are sculptured compartments in this cave with images from the Hindu mythology. They depict Lord Shiva as Andhakasuravadha, impaling the demon of darkness, as Kalyanasundara-the gentle loving god, as Ardhanarishwara, Shiva and Shakti, male and female, Nataraja-Shiva as the cosmic dancer and as Ravana anugraha -the destroyer of enemies

Afternoon, free for individual activities.

DAY 16 : DEPART MUMBAI
Transfer to the airport to board flight back home.

 


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