Rajwada Rajasthan Tour
Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days
Destination Covered : Delhi - Mandawa- Bikaner - Khimsar- Rohet- Deogarh - Dungarpur Udaipur- Delhi
Welcome to the capital of India - Delhi.
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.
After a leisurely breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi
Old Delhi -A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting - Red Fort - The red sandstone walls of Lal Qila, the Red Fort, extend for two km and vary in height from 18 meters on the river side to 33 metres on the city side. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and
it was completed in 1648. Jama Masjid - Jama Masjid The splendid mosque built by Muhammad Ali Shah in the typical Mughal style with two minarets and three domes, lies to the west of the Hussainabad Imambara. Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Also, visit the Swami Narayan Temple and Bangla Sahib Gurudwara Proceed for the visit of New Delhi
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 Lalkote 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. Overnight at Delhi
After buffet breakfast, you will be driven from Delhi to Mandawa (280 KMS / 6Hours), a remote feudal principality in the centre of Shekhawati region. Upon arrival, proceed to check-in at your hotel.
The Rajput ruler of Mandawa built a fort in 1755 to protect this trading outpost that fell in the ancient caravan routes from China and Middle East.
The township that grew around the fort attracted a large community of traders, who settled here. When the caravan traffic ceased in the late 18th century, the traders created business empires in other parts of the country, but returned to Mandawa build palatial mansions in their hometown.
This afternoon, you will explore this storybook town of Mandawa known for its colourful frescoes on a wide variety of subjects ranging from religious to the erotic; from copies of popular English prints to witty social satire rendered in the inimitable style of local artist. Every home here is adorned with gaily-painted murals that illuminate the arid landscape. Overnight at the hotel.
After buffet breakfast, you will be driven from Mandawa to Bikaner (170 KMS / 4 Hours).
In the afternoon, you will proceed for a sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Visit Junagarh Fort, one of the most interesting forts in Rajasthan, with its sumptuously decorated interiors. Built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh it is
unusual in the sense that it was one of
the few major forts of Rajasthan that was not built on a hilltop. Instead, it was built on the desert plains; its rugged sandstone bastions and graceful pavilions and balconies are silhouetted against the sky.
Late in the afternoon you will visit the National Camel Breeding Farm and see the incredible sight of a herd of camels returning back after grazing, with the spectacular desert sunset in the background. Set amid rolling sand dunes, this farm is set up to produce superior strains of camels both for domestic haulage as well as, even today, for military use. Return to the hotel after your visit. Overnight at the hotel
This morning drive 150 kms / 3 hours to Khimsar. Khimsar Fort is an impressive building on edge of Thar Desert in the heart of rural Rajasthan. The original part dates from 16th century and the fort has constantly being renovated and added to giving it 46 rooms. The fort has a swimming pool, private cinema for Bollywood and western films, massage room, tennis court and table tennis. Overnight stay at Khimsar Fort.
This morning drive 130 kms / 3 hours to small village of Rohet 45 minutes south of Jodhpur.
Rohetgarh, the fortified desert home of the local ruling family was beautifully restored and converted some 16 years ago into a small hotel on the banks of a lake. The family still partially reside here and manage the
34 room hotel extremely well.
The comfortable rooms are bright and airy with colourful, local furnishings and overlook the pool, garden or lake. As in all heritage hotels, there are some architectural quirks, such as unprotected balconies, narrow steps and entrances varying from those suitable for an elephant to tiny doors. There is a courtyard swimming pool and the hotel is renowned for its excellent meals. The family keeps 12 Marwari horses and with prior booking can arrange for horse riding from 2 hours to a full day with lunch or 6 day safaris to discover the surrounding Bishnoi tribal lands. Overnight stay at Rohetgarh
Today excursion to Jodhpur for sightseeing tour. Dominated by the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur city is a mass of sky blue coloured cubed houses set against a desert setting. Traditionally blue signified the home of a Brahmin but nowadays anyone can paint their home blue; additionally the colour allegedly is said to repel insects. Rao Jodha founded the Rathore Dynasty in Jodhpur in 1459 AD and the kingdom of
Marwar flourished due to its strategic location on the trade route between Delhi and the Middle East. Sandalwood, dates, copper, cattle, camels and salt passed through the City over the centuries. As a legacy of its glorious past, Jodhpur boasts some stunning palaces, forts and temples.
On the way back from the fort stop to visit Jaswant Thada; the cremation ground and white marble memorials of Jaswant Singh II and the successive Mawari rulers.
This afternoon drive through the arid countryside south of Jodhpur visiting the craft villages and mud and thatch huts of the Bishnoi. The Bishnois are passionate environmentalists and live by the code of a 19th century sage who laid down his 29 (Bis noi) principles. Their faith leads them to protect every living being which accounts for why the shy blackbuck still survives in this region. The men wear mainly white whilst the women wear bright colours. Stop at villages to watch dhurries (rugs) being woven out of cotton or camel hair in traditional geometric designs and using vegetable dyes, pots being made or to simply enjoy the hospitality of these friendly people. Overnight stay at Rohetgarh
Today drive 2 ? hours to Deogarh. Originally built in 1670 Deogarh Mahal is a beautiful rambling Palace superbly managing by the local ruling family. Oozing regal charm as well as total authenticity, all the 50 rooms have been decorated with immense care and style creating a wonderfully atmospheric place to stay.
. It is well worth exploring the Palace with its narrow staircases leading to turrets and stunning rooftop views over Deogarh town and surrounding Aravalli Hills.
Wander around the interesting, small clean town of Deogarh, relax by the swimming pool or have a massage. Alternatively take one of the many optional tours available and pay locally. These include having a picnic or going for a walk in the rocky Aravalli hills, birdwatching, going on a narrow gauge local train through the ghats or horse-riding.
Overnight stay at Deogarh Mahal.
After breakfast at Hotel, drive 230 kms / 5 hours south of Udaipur to the town of Dungarpur stopping en-route at the Jain Temples in Ranakpur. Hidden in the dense forests of the Aravalli hills in a peaceful setting are the Temples at Ranakpur. One of the five holy Jain sites therefore a popular pilgrimage centre, Ranakpur is renowned for its intricately carved
pillars; in the Adinatha built in 1439, all the 1444 pillars are individually carved.
Nestled in idyllic splendour, with the blue waters of Gaibsagar lake on one side and a private reserve forest on the other, Udai Bilas Palace has a scenic location and a splendidly romantic ambience. The History of Udai Bilas Palace, dates from the mid-19th century, when Maharawal Udai Singhji-II, a great patron of art and architecture, built a wing of bluish grey local stone with exquisite architectural designs inside. The rooms and suites retain a strong art deco feel with many still having the original wallpaper, furnishings and fittings. This is an ideal paradise of unhurried hospitality from where to relax by the infinity pool, enjoy the birdlife and discover the Old Palace. Overnight stay at Udai Bilas Palace
Breakfast at the Hotel. Later this morning visit the Old Palace. The Old Palace or Juna Mahal although no longer occupied is still owned by the family and can be visited only on invitation. Almost as old as the town itself, the construction of the palace was started in the 13th century amongst the superb natural defenses of a rocky peak some 500m above sea level.
This seven-storied structure resembles a fortress with crenellated walls, turrets and narrow entrances and passage-ways to slow down the enemy. Inside is a colorful and vibrant palace, whose walls are embellished with some of the best frescoes, miniature paintings and glass and mirror inlay work to be found in India. The city palace can be reached by vehicle on a road which winds through the narrow lanes of the town, a scenic drive through villages and countryside, or simply by trekking across the well wooded hill tracks
Later in the after drive by surface to Udaipur which will take approx 2 hrs. Upon arrival at Udaipur, you will check in at the Hotel. Overnight stay in Udaipur.
After buffet breakfast, later you will proceed for a sightseeing tour of Udaipur City, also known as the City of Sunrise
Visit to the vast and exquisite City Palace, a well-fortified, majestic white monument. The main entrance, a triple-arched gate named the Tripolia, was built in 1725 and is a marvel. The Suraj Gokhada, the Balcony of the
Sun, where the Suryavanshi Maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in times of trouble to the people to restore their confidence, is also a fascinating sight. Continue to visit Jagdish Temple, a 16th-century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur.
Drive past Fateh Sagar Lake and visit Sahelion-ki-Bari, the Garden of the Maidens, which has numerous fountains in four pools, embellished with delicately chiseled kiosks and elephants. The garden brings to the fore the unique lifestyle of the royal ladies, who once strolled through these gardens.
Take a cruise on Lake Pichola to visit Jag Mandir Palace, which covers almost four acres and is noted for its marble pavilion and an imposing dome. Youâ€™ll see people doing their laundry on the shores of the lake against the backdrop of the massive City Palace and the old city. Return to your hotel after the sightseeing tour. Overnight at the hotel
Breakfast at the Hotel , morning is at leisure. Transfer to Udaipur domestic airport for your flight to Delhi. On arrival at the Delhi airport assisted transfer directly to the international airport for your flight to onward destination.
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