Palaces And Villages Tour !!
Duration : 18 Nights 19 Days (From Delhi to back Delhi)
Places To Visits : Delhi, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Khuri, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Pushkar, Jaipur, Agra. Rajasthan, 'Abode of Rajas' abounds in romantic history with idyllic palaces and forts carved from subtle shades of sandstone. A land of contrasts from shimmering lakes to jungles and, of course, desert. Crowds of brightly turbaned men and veiled women richly jeweled - Rajasthan awaits you with its warmth and color.
Day 01 : Arrival Delhi
Arrival Delhi and transfer to Hotel. Afternoon full day city tour, Old and New Delhi : Red Fort in red sandstone built by Emperor Shah Jahan ; Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India ; Raj Ghat Cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi ; Rastrapathi Bhawan, the Official residence of the Indian President ; the India Gate, the war memorial which commemorates 90,000 Indian soldiers killed fighting for the British in World War I; Humayun's Tomb, a fore runner to Taj Mahal constructed by Haji Begum-Humayun's widow ; Qutab Minar, one of the tallest stone towers in India commenced by Qutab-Udin-Aibak in 13 Th century and later completed by Allauddin. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi / Mandawa (250 kms by Road)
Morning drive to Mandawa, a carvan town of Havelis, the painted and sculpted decorations of which are fine examples of traditions of the area. Afternoon visit of Havelis. Evening discover the exotic lanes of central bazaar. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03 : Mandawa / Bikaner (220 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast leave by surface for Bikaner. Upon arrival check into hotel. Evening visit to the Camel breeding farm. This government-managed camel breeding station is probably unique in Asia. There are hundreds of camels here and it's a great sight at sunset as the camels come back from grazing. The British army had a camel corps drawn from Bikaner. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04 : Bikaner / Full day Sightseeing
Morning after breakfast city tour of Bikaner. Visit Junagarh Fort. The foundation of Junagarh Fort was laid on 30th January, 1589 A.D. by Raja Raisingh Ji, the sixth ruler of Rathore dynesty of Bikaner. Junagarh Fort remained the stronghold of Rathore rulers and contains several palaces. The Lalgarh Palace, in red sandstone was constructed since 1900 by Maharajah Ganga Singh in memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh. The Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum contains an extensive collection of pre Harappan, Kushan, Gupta pieces and a wide collection of weapons, terracotas potteries and paintings. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 05 : Bikaner/Jaisalmer (326 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast leave by surface for Jaisalmer, the Golden City founded by Maharawal Chandarvanshi (Lunar race) Yadav Bhati Rajput Jaisal in 1156 A.D. Upon arrival check into hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 06 : Jaisalmer / Full day Sightseeing (by Road)
Morning after breakfast city tour of Jaisalmer. Visit the Fort built in 1156 A.D. by Maharawal Jaisal. The fort crowns the 80-metre high on top of Trikuta Hill. Visit Chandraprabhu Jain Temple dedicated to the eighth tirthankar (Jain Teacher) whose symbol is the moon and Rikhabdev Jain Temple dedicated to Adinath, the first tirthankar whose symbol is the bull. Visit the Salim Singh Ki Haveli. Salim Singh was Diwan (Prime Minister) when Jaisalmer was the capital of a princely state and his mansion has a beautifully arched roof with superb carved brackets in the form of peacocks. Visit the Patva Haveli, built by five Jain brothers in 1800-1860 A.D. Each of the five Havelis has been well decorated with splendid carvings and jharokhas. Afternoon drive to Sam, on the edge of the Desert National Park, for see the sunset. Enroute visit Lodurva, about 15 kms from Jaisalmer, which was the ancient capital before the move to Jaisalmer. Visit the Jain temples, rebuilt in the late 1970s. The ornamented arches at the entrance are magnificent and the Kalp Taru - the Divine-Tree - believed to bestow all that is desired to devotees. Outside the temple, is a drainage hole, from which a snake is said to emerge every evening to drink offerings of milk. Only the lucky can see this. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 07 : Jaisalmer /Khuri (42 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast leave by surface for Khuri. Upon arrival check into guesthouse at Khuri Village. Khuri Village the starting point of your camel safari. After Lunch start camel safari. Approximately 10 kms, and en route visit local Villages. Overnight food and stay on the sand.
Day 08 : Khuri /Jodhpur (344 kms by Road)
Early morning return with Camel safari to the Guesthouse at Khuri. Take baths in Guesthouse. After breakfast leave by surface for Jodhpur. Upon arrival check into hotel Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 09 : Jodhpur / Full day Sightseeing
Morning after breakfast city tour of Jodhpur. Visit Meherangarh Fort still run by the former Maharaja of Jodhpur, the Majestic Fort is just that. Sprawled across the 125-metre-high hill, this is the most impressive and formidable fort in fort studded Rajasthan. Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rajput clan known as the Rathore, founded Jodhpur in 1459. His descendants ruled not only Jodhpur, but also other Rajput princely states. The Rathore kingdom was once known as Marwar, the Land of Death. PM visit the bazar. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10 : Jodhpur / Udaipur (241 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast drive to Udaipur. Visit en route the Jain Temples at Ranakpur, which are some of the most important and biggest. Arrive later in the afternoon at the lake city of Udaipur - 'City of Dreams' which is often referred as the most romantic city in India. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11 : Udaipur / Full day Sightseeing
Morning after breakfast city tour of Udaipur. Udaipur was founded by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1567 and is still today very much a traditional Rajput town. This morning visit the superb Jagdish Temple, which is noted for its elephant-motif carvings. Also visit the grand City Palace which overlooks Pichola Lake. Afternoon take a boat rides on Lake Palace. Overnight stay at hotel Day 12 : Udaipur / Chittorgarh (112 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast drive to Chittorgarh, afternoon visit Chittorgarh fort the capital of Mewar state till 1567, represent the origin of Rajput courage, with Bappa Rawal' a giant who stood 20 cubits (30ft) whose spear no mortal man could loft, The fort, built in the 7th century. On the precipitous edge of a plateau speaks eloquently of the glorious deeds of it past. Ruins of temples, palaces and water tanks and the well preserved 12th century Jain Tower of Fame are extremely interesting. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 13 : Chittaurgarh / Pushkar (188 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast leave by surface for Pushkar. Upon arrival check into hotel. Pushkar is the venue for the famous Pushkar cattle fair which comes alive in October-November. Visit the one and only temple of Brahma in the whole world, the Pushkar market and the Ghats. Pushkar a religious pilgrimage city of the Rajasthan. Evening visit of Pushkar temples and its fascinating bazaar. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 14 : Pushkar / Jaipur (150 kms by Road)
Early morning Puja at the Ghat of Pushkar's ancient holy water lake. The town clings to the side of the small but beautiful Pushkar Lake with its many bathing Ghats and temples. For Hindus, Pushkar is a very important pilgrimage centre. After Drive 5 hrs to Jaipur, the "Pink City" founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, of the illustrious Kachhawa family. PM visit the bazar. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 15 : Jaipur / Full day Sightseeing (By Road)
Morning after breakfast drive 11 kms to Amber. Reach the fort by elephant and visit the magnificent hill fort, for six centuries the capital of the state. The pavilions and courtyards of the palace ascend in successive levels up the hill. Afternoon visit the "City of Victory" : the City Palace wich contains a collection of miniature paintings and manuscripts, armaments, bejewelled daggers and ceremonial swords, carriages, palanquins, howdahs and possibly the world's largest silver jars which were used to transport holy Ganga water for a prince travelling to England. The Hawa Mahal named the "Palace of the winds" is a tall 5 storey façade of lacy sandstone screens. It was here that the royal ladies of Jaipur once sat, to watch unobserved, festive processions winding through the streets of their city. The Jantar Mantar, the observatory of immense brick and mortar instruments of astronishing accuracy, built in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a notable astronomer. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 16 : Jaipur / Agra (via Bharatpur and Fatehpur Sikri) (232 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast drive to Agra. Stop at Bharatpur for to visit by rickshaws the bird sanctuary. After drive to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted former imperial capital in red stone and marble, founded by the great Moghul emperor Akbar in 1570 and abandoned for Lahore in 1585. After continue drive to Agra. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 17 : Agra / Full day Sightseeing
Morning after breakfast visit the magnificent Agra Fort- commenced by emperor Akbar in 1565 for defence purposes and later reconstructed as a Fort-Palace by Shah Jahan one of the greatest builders of all times. After visit the Taj Mahal, the most elaborate tomb ever erected, in memory of beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1631, by Emperor Shah Jahan. Taj Mahal is built of pure white marble and is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. After visit the tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, the mausoleum of Mirza Ghiyas Beg the father of Empress Noor Jehan embellishing with pietra dura, marble inlay and lattice work marble screens. Afternoon free to re-visit the Taj or to explore the bazaar near to the fort. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 18 : Agra / Delhi (200 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi. En route stop to Sikandra to visit Akbar's Mausoleum. After continue drive to Delhi. Evening free. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 19 : Delhi / Departure to Home
Morning after breakfast shopping and free day. PM transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport in time to board your flight.
Note: We need Participants minimum 02