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Essence of Rajasthan

Essence of Rajasthan

Duration : 09 Nights / 10 Days
Destination Covered : Mumbai- Udaipur – Ranakpur – Jodhpur –Pushkar –Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra - Delhi

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Day 01: Arrive Mumbai

Warm welcome on our arrival in Mumbai. Meeting and assistance on arrival at the airport by our tour executive who will escort you to the pre booked hotel. Rest of the day free. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 02: Mumbai – Udaipur (By late afternoon flight)

Breakfast at the Hotel. Morning city tour visiting Mani Bhavan, the house where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay during his visits to Bombay which is now a Museum displaying photographs, letters, and personal items used by him. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and the Jain Temple. Drive past the “Towers of Silence”, Kamla Nehru Park and

Hanging Gardens situated on the slope of Malabar Hill offering a panoramic view of Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach. Drive through Crawford market, Marine Drive and commemorate the visit of King George V.

In time transfer to airport to board flight for Udaipur. On arrival in Udaipur, transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 03: Udaipur

After breakfast in the hotel you will be taken for the sightseeing tour of Udaipur City, also known as the City of Sunrise, first on your sightseeing tour you will proceed for a tour of the City Palace, which overlooks the Lake Pichola. The City Palace was built in 1725 of granite and marble with filigreed balconies, ornate windows and craftsmanship in glass. The royal palace walls stretch over a mile on the eastern side of the lake. Within the palace is a maze of courtyards,

apartments and decorated halls. The rooms are covered with frescoes, displays of royal processions, stone and glass mosaics and ornamental doors and painted windows. The marble throne in the coronation rooms was last used during the time Maharana Sangram Singh II (1710-30) and nearby is the Sun Window installed by Maharaja Bhim Singh (1778-1828). This is the divine symbol of the house of Mewar, which traces its lineage to the Surya Vansha, descendants of the Sun. Each palace within is an outstanding creation of art. Visit the museums and the hall of public audiences, the private chambers of the royal ladies at the palace and Sahelion-ki-Badi ( Garden of Maidens). Later visit Bagore Ki Haveli.

Later enjoy a motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. The beautiful Lake Pichola was enlarged by Maharana Udai Singh after he founded the city. The city palace extends a considerable distance along the east bank of the lake. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. One would get an interesting view of the Dhobi (laundry) ghats. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - a lovely island palace in the middle of the lake.

In the evening, experience the hustle bustle of the old market at Udaipur. Walk past the spice shops, jewellery shops, utensil shops, jiggery shops, silver market and local meat & food shop. Overnight stay in Udaipur.

Day 04 : Udaipur – Ranakpur - Jodhpur ( approx. 260 kms / 7 hrs)

Breakfast at Hotel. Morning leave for Jodhpur by surface Enroute visit Ranakpur - Beautiful sculptured Jain temples mark the glory of this renowned place. Marked as one of the five holy places for the Jain community, these were created in the 15 the century. During the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall. The central Chaumukha [four faced temple] is dedicated to Adinathji the temple is

an astounding creation with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars all distinctly carved and no two being alike is a amazing evidence of the genius sense of architecture that enhances the charm of the place. Every temple has this conceivable surface carved with equal delicacy.

Proceed to Jodhpur - Set at the edge of the Thar desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha- chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama – the epic hero of the Ramayana. After arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 05: Jodhpur - Pushkar (approx. 210 kms / 4 hrs)

Breakfast at Hotel. Morning visit Meharangarh Fort in 1457 A.D. It has a high stonewall protecting the well-fortified city. It has rich collection of Palanquins elephant howdahs, musical instruments,costumes,furnitures and armoury.

Afternoon leave for Pushkar, lies on the edge of the desert along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake- an important pilgrimage spot for the Hindus. Surrounded by hill on three sides, Pushkar abounds in temples. Of these the most famous is the Brahma temple- the only one dedicated to Lord Brahma in the country. Although a serene town, Pushkar bustles with life during the joyous celebrations every year in October- November. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 06: Pushkar -Jaipur (approx.140 kms / 3 hrs)

Breakfast at Hotel. Morning visit Pushkar city which lies on the edge of a small and beautiful lake in Eastern Rajasthan, a city of 500 temples and 52 bathing ghats.

Later leave for Jaipur by surface. After arrival check in at hotel.

Jaipur, the city capital in the tone of an autumnal sunset, literally blushed pink when Prince Albert, the consort of Queen victoria, stepped on its soil in 1883. Interspersing the play of red and pink were white borders and motifs, painstakingly outlining the architectural highlights of Jaipur’s buildings. Jaipur has been like that since 1727 when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had it built. Evening explore the colorful city – Jaipur at your own. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 07: Jaipur

Breakfast at Hotel. Morning excursion to Amber fort., the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal and Jagmandir.

Afternoon city tour of Jaipur. Visit City Palace and Museum. Nearby is the ornate Hawa Mahal(Palace of winds) which is five stories high and is decorated with delicate screens carved from stone.Also visit Jantar Mantar,observatory which is still equipped with immense brick and mortar instrument including a very accurate 90 feet sundial.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (235 Kms / 05 hrs)

Breakfast at Hotel. Morning leave for Agra by surface. Stop enroute and visit Fatehpur Sikri, undoubtedly the best preserved Mughal Palace city of all. Built by Great Akbar around 1570,he used the highest quality craftsmen to construct the city only to abandon it some fourteen years later when it is said that the water system failed.

On arrival in Agra, check in at the hotel.

Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with its Mughal period. The Mughals besides being great rulers were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra & its neighbourhood. It has many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture at its best. The massive but elegant Agra Fort, the delicate artistry of Itimad-ud-daulah’s tomb, the magnificent Taj and Akbar’s deserted capital, Fatehpur Sikri, are each unique and outstanding. Their architectural genius can also be seen in the forts, palaces and aesthetically laid out gardens - each one a silent witness to a grand style of a golden era.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09 : Agra – Delhi ( 204 Kms / 3 hrs)

Breakfast at Hotel. Morning half day city tour visiting the World famous Taj Mahal built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Later visit the Agra fort containing the Halls of private and public audience and other palaces

Later afternoon drive by surface to Delhi. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free to relax. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 10: Delhi Sightseeing – Onward Destination flight

Breakfast at Hotel. Morning relax at Hotel. Later in afternoon city tour of New Delhi- An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit:- Humayun's Tomb - Built in the mid 16th century by Haji Begum, senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, Humayun's Tomb is an early example of Mughal architecture built in Delhi. Lotus temple ( known as Bahai Temple), Qutub Minar - 13 km to

the south of Connaught Circus at Lakota of 8th century Tomor Rajputs, the 72.5 mts high Victory Pillar stands as a victory stand of a Muslim King Qutub-ud-din-Aibak in India. A drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, The President's Residence, and a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.

Later on in time transfer to International airport to board onward destination flight.