TOUR OF RAJASTHAN
Nights / 20 Days
- Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Mt. Abu - Udaipur -
Pushkar - Kota - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
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.
: 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.
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 tour ends with
a visit to Laxmi
DAY 03 : DELHI - 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.
04 : MANDAWA - BIKANER
Morning, leave for Bikaner. Arrive
Bikaner and check-in at prebooked hotel.
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 05 : BIKANER - JAISALMER
Morning, excursion to Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke
Afternoon, leave for Jaisalmer. Arrive Jaisalmer and check-in
at prebooked hotel.
06 : 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 07 : JAISALMER - JODHPUR
breakfast, leave for Jodhpur. On arrival in Jodhpur, check-in
at prebooked hotel.
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 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.
08 : JODHPUR - MOUNT ABU
After breakfast, leave for Mount Abu. On arrival check-in at prebooked
Afternoon, city tour of Mount Abu which is the only hill station
in the state of Rajasthan. Visit the Dilwara Jain temple, which
are the main attraction in Mt. Abu and are amongst the finest
examples of Jain architecture in India. The complex included 02
temples, the older of which is the Vimal Visahi built in 1031
and is dedicated to the first tirthankar, Adinath. The later Tejpal
temple was built in 1230 AD and is dedicated to Neminath - the
09 : MOUNT ABU - RANAKPUR - UDAIPUR
After breakfast, leave for Udaipur,
enroute visit the Jain temples at 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.
10 : UDAIPUR
Morning, 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.
11 : UDAIPUR - CHITTORGARH - PUSHKAR
After breakfast, leave for Pushkar, 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 occasion, 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 Pushkar. Arrive Pushkar and
check-in at prebooked hotel.
Afternoon, Visit Pushkar - 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's
most colorful cattle fairs - the Pushkar Fair.
12 : PUSHKAR - KOTA
Morning, leave for Kota
- Along the eastern bank of the Chambal River lies Kota
- an amazing juxtaposition of the majestic medieval age and modern
industrialisation temples its untouched wealth of impressive forts,
opulent palaces and splendid temples dating back over several
centuries retain the past glory, the present day edifices and
heavy industries have made it the industrial heartland of Rajasthan.
The history of the city dates back to the 12th century
A.D. when the Hada Chieftain, Rao Deva, conquered the territory
and founded Bundi and Hadoti. Later, in the early 17th century
AD during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, the ruler
of Bundi -Rao Ratan Singh, gave the smaller principality of Kota
to his son, Madho Singh. Since then Kota became a hallmark of
the Rajput gallantry and cultureThe commanding fort stands overlooking
the modern Chambal Valley Project with its many dams- Kota Barrage,Gandhi
Sagar,Rana Pratap Sagar and Jawahar Sagar. An old palace,dating
back to the time when Kota was under the control of Hada Chieftaincy-Hadoti
faces the Kota Barrage. The Durbar Hall is ornate with beautiful
mirror work and has ebony and ivory doors. Exquisite miniatures
of the Kota school are housed within the Hall. Other noteworthy
edifices of the bygone era are the Brij Raj Bhawan Palace,Jag
Mandir-and island Palace, a splendid haveli (mandion) with beautiful
frescoes and the royal cenotaphs. Upon
arrival, check-in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 13 :
Morning, city tour
Afternoon, excursion to Bundi - 36 km from Kota
is and is one of the unexplored cities with a rich historical
wealth. Once a part of Kota, it was ruled by the Had Chauhans-
an offshoots of the famous Chauhan clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer.
In 1193 A.D. when Prithviraj Chauhan was defeated by Sultan Mohammed
Ghauri, some Chauhan nobles seeked shelter in Mewar and became
allies to the Rana while other young warriors move towards the
Chambal valley and overpowered the Meena and Bhil tribals-thus
establishing their own kingdom of Hadoti. Later, two branches
of Hadas formed two separates states of Kota and Bundi, on either
side of the river Chambal. Bundi is surrounded by the Aravalli
hills on the three sides and is circumscribed by a massive wall
with four gateways. Interesting monuments including impressive
medieval forts, palaces, havelis, temples with beautiful stone
idols and chattris with carved pillars, along with a picturesque
lake in the heart of the town, add to its charm. Bundi is very
famous for its intricate carvings and murals. Interesting monuments
including impressive medieval forts, palaces, havelis, temples
with beautiful stone idols and chattris with carved pillars, along
with a picturesque lake in the heart of the town, add to its charm.
Bundi is very famous for its intricate carvings and murals.
DAY 14 : KOTA - RANTHAMBORE 220 KMS / 04-05 HRS
Ranthambore National Park.
Located at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya hill range,
this is one of the finest places
to view animals, especially as they are used to being stared at
here.The park covers an area of Approximately 400 sq Km and if
combined it with the area of sawai man singh sanctuary area, it is around 500
Sq. km. Ranthambore national park was declared a wildlife sanctuary
in 1957 and in 1974 it gained the protection of "Project Tiger". It
got it's status of a National Park in 1981.
Ranthambore National Park is dotted with structures that remind
you of bygone eras. There are many water bodies located
all over the park, which provide perfect relief during the extremely
hot summer months for the forest inhabitants. A huge fort, after
which the park is named, towers over the park atop a hill. There
are many ruins of bygone eras scattered all over the jungle, which
it a unique, wonderful and mixed flavour of nature, history and
wildlife. Tigers at Ranthambore National park have been
known to even hunt in full view of human visitors. These tigers
are famous for being seen in the daytime too, due to their lack
of fear of human presence in vehicles. This lack of fear of humans
is excellent for tourists, as they get to see the tigers often.
This National park is a wildlife enthusiast and photographer's
dream. It offers excellent accommodation and internal transportation
facilities. The park remains open every year from October to May.
Famous for the exciting and frequent tiger sightings captured
dramatically in several books, this park is today affected by
ecological pressures and poaching. In Nutshell, Ranthambore
National park is a wildlife enthusiast and photographer's dream.
Arrive Ranthambore and check-in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 15 : RANTHAMBORE
Morning and afternoon, Jungle Safari.
Park contains a huge variety of animals, birds and reptiles within
it. Primarily the population consists of... Animals :
Tigers, Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai,
Common or Hanuman langurs, Macaques, Jackals, Jungle cats, Caracals,
Sloth bears, Black bucks, Rufoustailed Hare, Indian Wild Boar,
Chinkara, Common Palm Civets or Toddy cat, Coomon Yellow Bats,
Desert Cats, Fivestriped Palm Squirels, Indian False Vampires,
Indian Flying Foxes, Indian Foxes, Indian Gerbilles, Indian Mole
Rats, Indian Porcupines, Longeared Hedgehogs, Ratels, Small Indian
Mongoose, Small Indian Civets and Common mongoose. The amphibian species
only consist of the Common India Toad and the Common Frog. The
park is most famous for it's diurnal
The park also has a large number of marsh
Snub Nosed Marsh Crocodiles, Desert Monitor Lizards, Tortoise,
Banded Kraits, Cobras, Common Kraits, Ganga Soft Shelled Turtles,
Indian Pythons, North Indian Flap Shelled Turtles, Rat Snakes,
Russel's Vipers, Saw-scaled Vipers and the Indian Chamaeleon
DAY 16 :
RANTHAMBORE - JAIPUR
190 KMS, 04-05 HRS
leave for Jaipur - The Pink City : Jaipur needed
a fresh coat of paint to welcome its distinguished guest the Prince
of Wales in 1905-6. The contractor inability to supply any other
color in the required quantity compelled the choice of
shade for its walls. A contractors compulsion famed Jaipur to
Pinkcity. Since then the PINK color is associated with hospitality
in Rajput culture.
and check-in at your prebooked hotel. Rest of the
day at leisure
DAY 17 : 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 18 : JAIPUR - FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRA
After breakfast, leave for Agra.
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. Continue drive to Agra.
Agra in the evening and checkin at prebooked hotel.
DAY 19 : 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 of his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall
of public and private audiences amongst many other beautiful structues;
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.
Afternoon, leave for Delhi
enroute visit Sikandra - Mughal Emperor Akbar's Mausoleum.
Continue drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and check-in at prebooked
DAY 20 : DEPART
Transfer to the airport to board flight back home/onward destination.