ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Day 01: Arrival Delhi
Above Tour Includes :
On Arrival at Delhi International Airport, you shall be met by our representative, after meet and greet transfer to hotel. Later, enjoy a city tour of Delhi. Visit Raj Ghat, drive past Jama Masjid and the Red Fort. Time permitting, shop in the local market of Chandni Chowk. In the afternoon visit QutubMinar, Akshardham temple, India Gate, Tin Murti Bhawan and the Lotus Temple. During your tour drive past the President's House, Parliament House and the Government Secretariat Buildings and Evening back to Hotel for Dinner.Stay Overnight at hotel in Delhi.TheBahai Temple (Lotus Temple) Completed in 1986, the Bahai temple is set amidst pools and gardens, and adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate silently according to their own religion. Akshardham Temple Monument to World Peace was inaugurated in November 2005. The builders of the various Swaminaryan Temples across the world, is truely a modern day Wonder of the World. It is one of the biggest and most intricate religious places of worship ever constructed. Combining several completely different and contrasting architectural styles of Hindu temple architecture of northern India --Rajasthan, Orissa, Gujarati, Mughal and Jain.
Day 02: Delhi Jaipur (281 Kms / 5 Hrs)
After breakfast will transfer to Jaipur and Arrival at Jaipur check in hotel and after refreshing will move to Explore of Pink City, Jaipur as well Known as Paris of India such as Amerfort, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jan tar Mantar, Central Park, and Scisodia Garden, Handy Craft, Mall and Market. Evening back to hotel for Dinner. Stay Overnight at hotel in Jaipur.
Day 03: Jaipur Bundi (220 Kms / 4 Hrs)
Today we drive and visit Bundi, an undiscovered splendor of Rajasthan. Set in a narrow inclining gorge & palaces & forts have fairy tale quality about them. Isolated & independent, this picturesque location has so much to offer. Rajput architecture shines & in the intricately carved brackets, pillars. Interesting places are Diwan-e- aam, Hathia Pol &NaubatKhana.
Today we visit the UmeidBhawan Palace, constructed during the reigns of Umeid Singh on the banks of SukhSagar or the JaitSagar. The palace was meant for providing the princes a free hand to do what they liked away from the supervision of the Rao. The highlight of the palace is the white marble Chhatri that stands in the centre of the roof of the second storey. Next we visit the ChaurasiKhambonkiChhatri, located south of the town & a pavilion supported by 84 pillars. The pavilion was constructed in the year 1683 by RaoAnirudh Singh to honour the services of Deva, his wet nurse. The two storied structures serve as a cenotaph as well as a temple though the importance of the cenotaph seems to have deteriorated with the passage of time. On the other hand the temple with Shiva Linga still commands respect from the devotees. The ceilings on both the floors are decorated with paintings of Rajput battles & fish symbols. Stay Overnight at hotel in Bundi.
Day 04: Bundi Chittorgarh viaKota (120 Kms / 4 Hrs)
Today we drive to Chittorgarh En route we visit Kota, along the eastern bank of the Chambal River lies an amazing juxtaposition of the majestic medieval age & modern industrialization temples its untouched wealth of impressive forts, opulent palaces & splendid temples dating back over several centuries retain the past glory. The city was formed in the year 1572 Maharao. We visit SukhNiwas; build by Maharaja Umeid Singh II in the year 1905. Maharaja Umeid Singh II commissioned Sir Swinton Jacob, a distinguished officer of the Royal Engineers in the British Army, to design the building. As expected, UmeidBhawan came up in 1905 in the prevalent Indo-Saracenic style Plentiful supply of white Khimach& Pink Sandstone from nearby quarries helped, while Italian marble, among other things, and had to be imported for flooring. The Palace truly offers a royal ambience & is a majestic sight in Kota. In 1930, a new wing was added to the existing palace, which is still the residence of the royal family of Kota. Next we visit the Jag Mandir, amid the picturesque artificial lake of Kishore Sagar constructed in the year 1346 AD by Prince DherDeh. The azure water around the red-sandstone monument enhances its beauty. Boat-rides can be enjoyed in the lake. The KesharBagh famous for its royal cenotaphs lies in the vicinity.
Later we drive to Chittorgarh, an ancient city in Rajasthan. It lies on the Berach River, a tributary of the Banas, & a former capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar. By the 16th century, Mewar had become the leading Rajput state. After the Mughal Emperor Akbar captured Chittorgarh in the year 1568, the capital was moved west to Udaipur, in the foothills of the Aravalli Range, where RanaUdai Singh II had established a residence in 1559. However, Chittorgarh remains replete with historic associations & hold a special place in the hearts of many Rajput's, as it was a bastion of the clan at a time when every other stronghold had succumbed to invasion. Stay Overnight at hotel in Chittorgarh.
Day 05: Chittorgarh Udaipur (150 Kms / 03 Hrs)
Here we visit Chittor Fort (Battlefields of battles between the Ranas of Chittor&AlauddinKhilji, Sultan Bahadur Shah of Gujarat & Emperor Akbar.] It is a massive structure with zigzag accent to it. The road leads through seven gates to the main gate Rampol (Gate of Ram). The main gate of the fort itself is Surajpol (Sun Gate). Within the fort a circular runs around the ruins of the fort. According to often told legend the construction of the fort was started by Bhim a Pandav hero of mythological epic Mahabharata. The fort has many magnificent monuments. Even though the fort is ruin but it is an overwhelming reminder of past history & its walls resonate with unbelievable legend of extra ordinary men & women & their equally astounding deeds. During the visit we also visit RanaKumbha Palace, ruined edifice of great historical & architectural interest, being the most massive monument in the fort of Chittaur. The palace is believed to have underground cellars where Rani Padmini& other women committed Jauhar. Next we visit Victory Tower, built in the year 1440 AD by MaharanaKumbha to commemorate his victory over Mohamed Khilji this 9-storyed tower is adorned by sculptures of Hindu deities around. This tower is the piece-de-resistance of Chittorgarh. Palace of Rani Padmini, built beside the lotus pool with a historical pavilion that changed the history of Chittor. Ala-ud-din saw the reflection of Queen Padmini from here & was mesmerized. In the quest of possessing her led to a furious battle with Maharani Padmini's husband & the epitome of beauty-Cleopatra of Rajasthan, became an eternal legend in the history of Chittor. Tower of Fame, Dedicated to Adinathji the 1st Jain Tirthankara adorned by the naked figures of the Digambar [Adherents of the Digambar sect who does not believe in covering the natural body] A narrow stairway goes through seven stories of the tower to the top. The 22 meters high tower was built by a wealthy Jain merchant in the 12th century AD. Palace of Patta&Jaimal, stand on a rocky rise south of GomukhKund. Both warrior heroes died in the third sack of Chittaur fighting the forces of Emperor Akbar.Stay Overnight at hotel in Udaipur.
Day 06: Local Sightseeing in Udaipur.
Today we visit the City Palace, an intriguing collection of buildings contributed by various Maharana's (Kings) after Udai Singh & built in the year 1725. The magnificence of the Palace starts right from its entrance at the northern Tripolia Gate that brings us to the central courtyard, the best place to view the facade of filigreed balconies & ornate cupola-topped towers. Sahelionki Bari (Garden of Maids of Honour) is an ornamental garden built by MaharanaSangram Singh for his daughter & the Ladies of the Queen's court. He built the garden with several fountains, pools & is decorated with chiselled pavilions & elephants. The fountains worked on the unique hydraulic technique devised in the year 1700 AD & work till today. Later we visit Jagdish Temple, the Indo-Aryan temple, built in the year 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh is the largest & the most beautiful temple of Udaipur with noteworthy sculpted images. We also enjoy boat ride on Lake Pichola, the beauty of the lake is enhanced by the surrounding hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats& embankments. The Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) & Jag Mandir, the two island palaces on the lake look like pearls in the lake. Later we Continue drive to Udaipur, was founded in the year 1568 by MaharanaUdai Singh after his final unsuccessful attempt to defend the Mewar capital, Chittorgarh from the invading Mughals under Emperor Akbar. The Kingdom of Mewar was considered the most respectable among all Princely states in Rajasthan & still remembered for the courage to protect the Kingdom. The site for Udaipur was chosen for its natural beauty, abundant water & natural protection afforded by the surrounding forests &Aravalli mountains. It is set on the edge of three lakes & also known as the "City of Lakes & Palaces". Undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities in India, its beautiful Palaces are mirrored in the calm waters of Lake Pichola& the city is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces & temples. Stay Overnight at hotel in Udaipur.
Day 07: Udaipur Kumbhalgarh (100 Kms / 02 Hrs)
Today we drive Kumbhalgarh, RanaKumbha the legendary Mewar hero, an astute & a great builder. Of others, Kumbhalgarh is the most inspiring. A joy for the nature lovers, it is surrounded by greenery & wildlife. It is also within a short driving distance from the famous 15th century Ranakpur Jain Temples. An area steeped in history & abounding in wildlife, unspoilt nature harmonizes with the modern comforts & the warm hospitality of the Aoudhi.
Kumbhalgarh Fort Located 64 kms north of Udaipur in the wilderness, Kumbhalgarh is the second most important citadel after Chittorgarh in the Mewar region. Cradled in the Aravali Ranges the fort was built in the 15th century by RanaKumbha. Because of its inaccessibility and hostile topography the fort had remained un-conquered. It also served the rulers of Mewar as a refuge in times of strife. The fort also served as refuge to the baby king Udai of Mewar. It is also of sentimental significance as it is the birthplace of Mewari's legendary King MaharanaPartap. The fort is self-contained and has within its amalgam almost everything to withstand a long siege.The fort fell only once that too to the combined armies of Mughal and of Amber for scarcity of drinking water. Many magnificent palaces an array of temples built by the Mauryas of which the most picturesque place is the BadalMahal or the palace of the clouds. The fort also offers a superb birds view of the surroundings. The fort's thick wall stretches some 36 kms and is wide enough to take eight horses abreast. MaharanaFateh Singh renovated the fort in the 19th century. The fort's large compound has very interesting ruins and the walk around it can be very rewarding.Stay Overnight at hotel in Kumbhalgarh.
Day 08: Kumbhalgarh Jodhpur via Ranakpur (280 Kms / 06 Hrs)
Today we drive to Jodhpur, bustling desert city is the 2nd largest city in Rajasthan & has landscape dominated by the massive Mehrangarh Fort topping a sheer rocky ridge RaoJodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, founded the city in the year 1459 & it is named after him. It was formerly the seat of a Princely state, also known as Marwar.Enroute Cover the Ranakpur Temples Ranakpur located in the mountain ranges of Pali. We visit the famous Ranakpur Jain Temples were built during the reign of the liberal & gifted monarch RanaKumbha in the 15th century. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, 24 pillared halls & eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kg whose sound echoes in the entire complex. Later we Continue drive to Jodhpur. Arrive Jodhpur and Stay Overnight at hotel in Jodhpur.
Ranakpur is the site of several 15th century Jain temples with intricate carvings which blew me away. It was such a serene place to be and I could've sat there all day. The high priest of the temple came and put saffron on my forehead. This spiritual experience was somewhat broken by his demand for cash though. Ranakpur was also my first experience (of this trip) of the 'squat' toilet. I hate these toilets. For one, balance is not my strong point. Secondly, you can't read a book on an Indian toilet. Third, there is no loo paper, just a tap and a little bucket to wash yourself.
Day 09: Local Sightseeing in Jodhpur
Today we visit the Mehrangarh Fort (majestic fort), built by RaoJodha, and located atop a 125m high hill. The fort museum houses an exquisite collection of palanquins, howdah (Elephant saddle), royal cradles, miniatures, costumes & furniture. We also visit the JaswantThada, a white marble memorial built in the year 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. It is an architectural landmark in Jodhpur. We also visit the GudaBishnoi Village, a world of tribal colour& rustic cultural grandeur. A tour to the village in open air jeeps, visit various traditional villages, look at local handicrafts like shoe makers, pottery, hand weaving. Bishnoi's are an integral part of this region, a very hard working & hospitable tribal community. It is a wonderland where wild animals walk past village huts & villagers prefer to sleep without food so that animals are fed. They are ready to die to save the trees & nature & lead a pure vegetarian & clean life according to tenets preached by religious guru, Jambaji. They worship nature in all its forms & pray to green trees & animals that inhabit their land & thus make every effort to conserve environment. A noticeable fact about Bishnoi's is that they pray to Hindu deity Lord Vishnu & bury their dead like Muslims. Stay Overnight at hotel in Jodhpur.
Day 10: Jodhpur Jaisalmer (290 Kms / 06 Hrs)
Today we drive to Jaisalmer, founded in the year 1156 by Bhatti Rajput ruler RawalJaisal. Often described as Golden City & rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage the commanding Fort etched in yellow sandstone, dominates the amber-hued city with its entire awesome splendor. Because of its strategic location it was an important ancient trading centre& camel caravans laden with precious spices & silk crossed the territory en-route India, Sindh, and Arabia & Europe. The merchants of the 19th century built Havelies (Mansions) that are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone & are still in a beautiful condition. The life within the Fortified town conjures up images of medieval majesty visible in its narrow lanes strewn with magnificent palace, havelies, temples, & of course skilled artisans & ubiquitous camels. Stay Overnight at hotel in Jaisalmer.
Day 11: Local Sightseeing in Jaisalmer
Today we visit the old town of Jaisalmer& visit Jaisalmer Fort built in the year 1156 by RawalJaisal. Perched on 80m high hill, housing the entire township within its ramparts, the golden hued Fort is standing like a sentinel in the bleak desert landscape. It is the only "Living Fort" in India & within its ramparts has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely Havelies (Mansions), Palaces & beautifully sculptured Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century AD & of course skilled artisans & ubiquitous camels.We also visit magnificent Patwon Ki Haveli in the heart of the town. It was built by the rich merchant Guman Chand Patwa& his sons, whose business stretched between Afghanistan & China. It is the most elaborate & magnificent of all the JaisalmerHavelies& is virtually the showpiece of Jaisalmer's legendary architectural wealth. The carving on stone far surpasses in beauty the work on brocade & gold. Later we drive down 40 km away from Jaisalmer to Sam to take the Camel ride on the Sand Dunes of Sam while the sun is setting down. Stay overnight at Sam desert Camp.. Like various other cities of Rajasthan, you will discover different facets of Jaisalmer as you explore this wonderful city with us. Tough there are historical monuments scattered all over the city but the Jaisalmer Fort will immediately command your attention. Made of sand stones and locally known as Sonar Quila, the Jaisalmer Fort is a dominating structure amidst sands. The Jaisalmer city is also known for its old mansions, better known as Havelies. Among many of them you will find Salimjikihaveli and Nathmaljikihaveli as the most striking. There are other monuments too, which are equally important because of their distinct and individual architecture. The amalgamation of ancient and the medieval era architecture will catch your fancy.Stay Overnight at hotel in Jaisalmer.
Day 12: Jaisalmer Bikaner (325 Kms / 06 Hrs)
Today we drive to the princely state of Bikaner, founded by RaoBikaji (1465-1504 AD) in the year 1488 AD. He was a Rajput prince, descendent of the founder of neighbouring Jodhpur. It lies in the north-western part of Rajasthan & has a stark beauty of the desert landscape with wide-spread sand dunes & thorny shourubs growing around. It is a royal city surrounded by a mammoth fortification wall, more than 5 km in circumference & about 5 to 9m high. Fort, Palaces & people with colourful traditional costumes are the chief attractions of the city. The Camel Breeding Farm in Bikaner is only one of its kinds in the whole Asia & so is the illustrious Camel Festival. Stay Overnight at hotel in Bikaner.
Bikaner is a District in the northwest of the state of Rajasthan in northern India. The city is the administrative headquarters of Bikaner District and Bikaner division. It was formerly the capital of the princely state of Bikaner. The city was founded by RaoBika in 1486 and from its small origins it has developed into the fourth largest city in Rajasthan. Just like Jaipur, Bikaner is called the Green City. The Ganga Canal completed in 1928 and the Indira Gandhi Canal completed in 1987 have allowed the farming of crops such as mustard, cotton and wheat. Other industries include wool production and the mining of gypsum, plaster of Paris and bentonite.
Day 13: Bikaner Mandawa (200 Kms / 04 Hrs)
Today in Bikaner we visit Junagarh Fort, built in the year 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh (1571-1612 AD), the 6th ruler of Bikaner. The Fort is a formidable structure & largely remained unconquered during its eventful history. It houses number of beautiful Palaces, Temples & Pavilions, which are richly decorated the beautifully maintained rooms of AnupMahal now display the treasures of the Royal family. The Fort Museum has an extensive collection of illuminated manuscripts, jewellery, jars, carpets, weapons, treaies, decorations &Farmans (King's Orders).Later we drive to Mandawa in the Shekhawati region. Shekhawati owes its name to RaoShekhaji who ruled this area in the 14th century. The Fort of Mandawa was built in the year 1755 by Thakur Nawal Singh ji, the founder of the town. These were the times when Mandawa was settled & fortified by the rich & dominant Silk Route merchants of the region, who constructed many Havelies (Mansions), Chhatri's (Cenotaphs),Temples &Baolis (Step-wells) with ornate frescoes adorning their walls & now aptly given the epithet - Open-Air Gallery. With the migration of these merchant families, their old settlements remained in total obscurity with no one to look after them. Mandawa still retains the charm & aura of a bygone era & coming here is like stepping into a different world. Stay Overnight at hotel in Mandawa.
Day 14: Mandawa Delhi (280Kms / 06 Hrs) - Departure
Today we explore the Mandawa Fort, located in the very heart of Mandawa& a classic example of the famed Rajput style of architecture. It houses many beautiful paintings & frescoes that dazzle the eyes & now been converted into a heritage hotel. Gulab Rai Haveli built in the year 1870 that has some of the best murals in Shekhawati on both the exterior & interior walls with elephants & camels on its facade. Goenka Double Haveli built in the year 1890, with monumental frescoes of elephants & horses decorating its facade. Bansidhar Newatia Haveli built in the year 1921 combine's traditional frescoes of horses & elephants with those depicting a young boy using a phone plus opulent touring cars & the Wright Brothers' plane. If time permits we may visit more Havelies of the region & observe the colourful village life in Rajasthan. Later we continue our drive to Delhi, upon arrival in Delhi Transfer to Airport for onward Destination.
Return home with memories of the ultimate holidays
Above Tours does not includes:
- 13 Nights' Accommodation in Hotel, as per Itinerary.
- Assistant upon arrival in Delhi Airport & Drop at Delhi Airport
- 01 Night stay in Delhi
- 01 Night stay in Jaipur
- 01 Night stay in Bundi
- 01 Night stay in Chittorgarh
- 02 Night stay in Udaipur
- 01 Night stay in Kumbhalgarh
- 02 Night stay in Jodhpur
- 02 Night stay in Jaisalmer
- 01 Night stay in Bikaner
- 01 Night stay in Mandawa
- Meal Plan as per Choice
- AC vehicle for Rajasthan Heritage Tour Package.
- All Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the Tour Itinerary.
- Any Flight | Train Fare Charges.
- Any kind of personal expenses such as Monument Fees, laundry, telephone bills and alcoholic beverages. Camera fees (still or movie).
- Anything not specified in the itinerary
- Entrance charges to places of Interest & Monuments.
- Unspecified meals etc.