Rajasthan Tour With Varanasi, Khajuraho, Orchha And Ranthambore !!
Duration : 26 Nights 27 Days (From Delhi to back Delhi)
Place To visit : Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Orchha, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Pushkar, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Khuri, Bikaner, Mandawa.
This tour is the romantic history in Indian religion and Indian culture of Varanasi, Sarnath and Rajasthan the Land of the Kings. The Varanasi eternal city, is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India and also a major tourist attraction. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, Varanasi has been a center of learning and civilization for over 2000 years. It was at Sarnath only 10 kms away that the Buddha first preached his message of enlightenment, 25 Centuries ago. Later the city became a great Hindu center, but was looted a number of times by Muslim invaders from the 11th century on these destructive visits climaxed with that of the Moghul emperor, Aurangzeb, who destroyed almost all of the temples and converted the most famous one into a mosque. Varanasi has also been known as Kashi and Benares, but its present name is a restoration of an ancient name meaning the city between two rivers, the Varanasi and Asi. For the pious Hindu the city has always had a special place. One of the best ways to get oriented in Varanasi is to remember the positions of the Ghats, particularly important ones like Dasaswamedh Ghat.
Day 01 : Arrive / Delhi
Arrival Delhi and transfer to Hotel. Afternoon full day city tour, Old and New Delhi Red Fort in red sandstone built by Emperor Shahjahan ; 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 / Agra (200 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast drive to Agra 200 kms by Road. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03 : Agra Full day Sightseeing / PM Varanasi train (656 kms by Night Train)
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. Transfer to railway station in time to board overnight train for Varanasi. Overnight stay in train.
Day 04 : Arrival Varanasi / Afternoon Sightseeing Sarnath (20 kms by Road)
Morning arrival and transfer from the railway station to Hotel in Varanasi, the holiest of Indian pilgrimages. Afternoon Visit Sarnath, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrim centres. It is believed that Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon here. Back Varanasi. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05 : Varanasi Full day Sightseeing
Early morning the boat ride on river Ganga affords a spectacular view of the ghats. At any part, the ghats are a moving mosaic of colour, crowded with devotees bathing in the river, absorbed in their prayers, performing their rituals, consulting the pandas or family priests who sit under their palm leaf umbrellas. After, take breakfast in the hotel and city tour of Varanasi. Visit the Bharat Mata Mandir, dedicated to Mother India, with a large relief map of India carved in marble within. After visit Benares Hindu University, a center of education in India art, culture and music. Between 6 to 7 PM see the puja at the main Ghat. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 06 : Varanasi / Khajuraho (1 H by Flight)
Morning after breakfast free day. Afternoon Transfer from hotel to airport to board the flight to Khajuraho. Met upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 07 : Khajuraho Full day Sightseeing
Morning after breakfast visit the erotic temples of Khajuraho. The temples are superb example of Indo-Aryan architecture constructed by Chandella rulers in the 10th century. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08 : Khajuraho / Orchha (230 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast leave by surface for Orcha. Upon arrival check in hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Orcha, situated on the bank of river Betwa (a tributary of Yamuna river). Visit the fortress palace, chhatris chaturbhuj temple decorated with mural paintings. All the monuments Orcha were constructed in the 17 th century. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 09 : Orcha / Ranthambore (300 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast leave by surface for Ranthambore Upon arrival check in hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10 : Ranthambore Full Day Sightseeing
Early morning visit the Reserve may bring you face to face with the tiger, leopard, sloth bear, sambar, jackal, crocodile and many species of birds and reptiles. Return to the hotel for breakfast and rest. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11 : Ranthambore / Jaipur (195 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast leave by surface for Jaipur, the "pink city" founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, of the illustrious Kachhawa family. Upon arrival check in hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12 : Jaipur / Full day Sightseeing
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 13 : Jaipur / Pushkar (150 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 / Chittorgarh (188 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast leave by surface for Chittorgarh. Upon arrival in Chittorgarh check into hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 15 : Chittorgarh / Udaipur (112 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast 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 7 Th 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 16 : Udaipur / Full day Sightseeing
Morning after breakfast full day sightseeing. 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 17 : Udaipur / Kumbhalgarh (via Ranakpur) (133 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast drive to Kumbhalgarh. Enroute visit Ranakpur Jain temples. After Continue drive to Kumbhalgarh. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 18 : Kumbhalgar / Jodhpur 160 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast visit Kumbhalgar fort. After drive to Jodhpur. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 19 : Jodhpur / Full day Sightseeing
Morning after breakfast Sightseeing of the 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 20 : Jodhpur / Jaisalmer (303 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 21 : Jaisalmer / Full day Sightseeing
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 22 : Jaisalmer / Khuri (for Camel Safari) (42 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast leave by surface for Khuri Village. Upon arrival check into guesthouse at Khuri, the starting point of your camel safari. After lunch start the camel safari. Approximately 10 kms, and en route visit local Villages. Overnight food and stay on the sand.
Day 23 : Khuri / Bikaner (344 kms by Road)
Early morning return with Camel safari Guesthouse at Khuri. Take baths in Guesthouse. 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 24 : 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 25 : Bikaner / Mandawa (220 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast leave by surface for Mandawa. Upon arrival check into hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 26 : Mandawa / Delhi (250 kms by Road)
Morning after breakfast visit the Havelis (huge mansions) with fresco paintings (paintings on walls and ceilings using vegetable and mineral colours). After leave by surface for Delhi. Upon arrival check into hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 27 : Delhi / Full day Sightseeing (PM Departure Home)
Morning after breakfast day for free and shopping. PM transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport in time to board your flight.
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