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THE  ROYAL  RAJASTHAN
17 Nights / 18 Days
Delhi - Neemrana - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Rohet - Deogarh - Udaipur - Bundi - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
Overnight Stays In Forts, Palaces & Havelis
 
 
 

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.
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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.

DAY 02 : DELHI
After breakfast, half day city tour of Old Delhi. 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.

Afternoon, city tour of New Delhi. Visit Humayuns Tomb : built in mid 16th century this is an early example of Mughal architecture; Qutab Minar, drive past India Gate, President House, Connaught Place. The city tour ends with a visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir).

DAY 03 : DELHI - NEEMRANA
After breakfast, drive to Neemrana.  Upon arrival, check-in at
Neemrana Fort and Palace is situated on a majestic plateau on the sylvan hills of Aravalli Ranges.  Built in 1464 AD, Neemrana Fort-Palace is one of India's oldest heritage resorts. Deriving its name from a brave local chieftain Nimola Meo, this beautiful site was chosen by Raja Rajdeo. Though Nimola Meo was defeated by the Chauhans, his name was given to this site as a mark of his chivalry and bravery.The entire palace complex covers 25 acres/10 hectares and the stepped palaces of this architectural jewel cut into the hillside to sprawl over 3 acres/1.2 hectares and rises to 10 levels imposing the most splendid views. From 1986, the ruins of this Fort-Palace have been sensitively restored and reconstructed. The rooms are furnished with an eclectic mix of traditional Indian and colonial furniture, antiques and objects.

Rest of the day at leisure - free to explore the Fort-Palace & its surroundings.

india toursDAY 04 : NEEMRANA - MANDAWA
After breakfast, leave for Mandawa. Arrive Mandawa and check-in at prebooked Hotel

Afternoon, visit Mandawa (Shekawati 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 05 : MANDAWA - BIKANER
Morning, leave for Bikaner. Arrive Bikaner and check-in at prebooked Hotel.

Afternoon, city tour of Bikaner - a desert town founded in 1488 by Rao Bikaji, a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur, Jodhaji. Visit the Junagarh Fort which was contructed between 1588 and 1593 by a general in the army of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. The fort has a 986m long wall with 37 bastions and two entrances; Camel Breeding Farm, managed by goverment this camel breeding station is probably unique in Asia and has thousands of camels

DAY 06 : BIKANER - JAISALMER
Morning, excursion to Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke.
india toursAfternoon, leave for Jaisalmer. Arrive Jaisalmer and check-in at prebooked Hotel

DAY 07 : JAISALMER
After breakfast, city tour of Jaisalmer. Visit the  the citadel - the Fort built by Rawal Jaisal where a fourth of the population lives. The fort also houses Jain temples of the 12th to 15th centuries, Patwon Ki Haveli - a five storey mansion with carved pillars & murals of Salim Singh. Also visit Gadsisar, which had once supplied water to the city ; the temples & archways around it have been built by a courtesan.

Afternoon, excursion to Sam - 45 km away, is known for its sand dunes & is the venue for the Desert festival. Get the actual feel of the desert by enjoying a camel ride on the sand dunes and witness a magnificent sunset on the sand dunes. Return to Jaisalmer for overnight stay.

DAY 08 : JAISALMER - ROHET
After breakfast, leave for Rohet. On arrival in Rohet, check-in at Rohetgarh.
In the afternoon, city tour of 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 fort's 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 09 : ROHET -  DEOGARH
india toursAfter breakfast, leave for Deogarh.  Arrive Deogarh and check-in at prebooked Deograh Mahal : 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. At a height of about 2100 ft above sea level, it is cooler than surrounding Rajasthan. 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 10 : DEOGARH - RANAKPUR - UDAIPUR
After breakfast, drive to Udaipur, enroute visit 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 Udaipur.

Arrive Udaipur and check-in at prebooked Hotel.  Rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 11 : UDAIPUR
india toursMorning, visit the romantic city 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.

In the evening, boat ride on Lake Pichola.

DAY 12 :  UDAIPUR - CHITTORGARH - BUNDI
After breakfast, leave for Bundi, enroute visit Chittorgarh - The hilltop fortress of Chittorgarh epitomises the whole romantic ideal of Rajput chivalry. The fort was sacked 3 times from 1303  to 1568 by a stronger enemy and on each ooccasion, the end was "Jauhar".  The men donned the saffron robes of martyrdom and rode out from the fort to certain death and the women and children immolated themselves on a huge funeral pyre.

After the visit, continue drive to Bundi.  Arrive Bundi and check-in at prebooked Hotel.

DAY 13 : BUNDI
After breafkast, visit Bundi : The Taragarh Fort which was built in 1354. Inside the fort are huge reservoirs carved out of solid rock and the Bhim Burj, the largest of the battlements, on which is mounted a famous cannon.

Afternoon, excursion to Kota (39 kms from Bundi).

DAY 14 : BUNDI - JAIPUR
After breakfast, leave for 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.
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Upon arrival, check-in at prebooked Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 15 : 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, 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 16 : JAIPUR - FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRA
Morning, leave for Agra, enroute visit the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri : built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Mughals, 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. Continue drive to Agra. Arrive Agra and check-in at prebooked hotel.  Rest of the day at leisure.

india toursDAY 17 : AGRA - DELHI
After breakfast, city tour of Agra. Visit Red fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time o
f his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful structures; Itmad-ud-daulah, which was constructed 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. Construction of the Taj began in 1631 and was not completed until 1653.

Afternoon, leave for Delhi enroute visit Sikandra - Mughal Emperor Akbar's Mausoleum. Continue drive to Delhi.  Arrive Delhi and check-in at prebooked hotel.

DAY 18 : DEPART DELHI
Transfer to the airport to board your flight for onward destination.

 


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