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Ultimate Rajasthan Tour

Ultimate Rajasthan Tour

Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days
Destination Covered :Delhi – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Abhaneri – Jaipur – Mandawa- Bikaner –Jaisalmer-Manwar – Jodhpur – Rohet – Ranakpur- Udaipur

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Day 01: Arrive Delhi (By International flight)

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.

Day 02: Delhi sightseeing

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. End with the visit of the Lotus temple at the sunset Overnight at Delhi

Day 03: Drive from Delhi to Agra

After an early breakfast, drive to the city of Taj (Agra)
Arrive Agra and transfer to hotel
In the afternoon visit the The Agra fort - situated on the banks of Yamuna River, North West of the Taj Mahal, this majestic fort was started by the Emperor Akbar and it developed as a strong hold of the Mughal Empire,

  under successive generations. This majestic fortress of red sandstone encompasses within its 2.5 km long endosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many visionary palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan, audience halls such as the Dewan I Khas and two very beautiful mosques.

Later visit the Taj Mahal - a white marble Tomb build in 1631 - 1648, seat of the Mughal Empire by Shah Jahan for his wife, Arjuman Banu Begum or Mumtaz Mahal In the evening, free to explore the Agra's rich heritage of handicrafts and a marble making factory. Overnight in Agra

Day 04: Drive from Agra to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri & Abhaneri enroute

After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Jaipur known as "pink city" and the capital of Rajasthan named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur.
Enroute visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, a place worth visiting to discover how once the city could have been which has now turned into ruins, situated 26 miles west of Agra it was build at orders of the Mughal

Emperor Akbar. Proceed for Jaipur and the next halt is Abhaneri

- Abhaneri is a small town village, situated at a distance of 95 kms before Jaipur, on Agra –Jaipur road. The place is popular for the amazing 'Baoris' (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. Famour Abhaneri Stepwell called Chand Baoli, belonging to the 11th century AD. This stepwells is a marvel of architecture & has beautifully carved panels inserted into the sides. The steps, in sets of 4 or 5, are in the shape of an inverted 'V'. The carved stone pillars, which are somewhat damaged now, were once strong enough for supporting pulleys to draw water. Several storeyed verandahs surround this beautiful stepwell. Also visit the Harshat Mata Goddess Temple nearby belonging to the 9th Century. Later proceed to Jaipur. On arrival check in at Hotel. Overnight in Jaipur

Day 05: A day in Jaipur for visits

Today after a leisurely breakfast, take an excursion to the majestic Amber Fort. Take an elephant or jeep ride to ascend the hill on which the fort is situated.Later visit the City Palace and the Observatory and photo stop near the Palace of Winds, also known as Hawa Mahal.

  In the evening you have option to visit Chokhi Dani, an ethnic village,    where you will get an introduction to village life in Rajasthan. Enjoy traditional Rajasthani dances and puppet shows as you dine. Overnight in Jaipur

Day 06: Jaipur - Mandawa (By surface)

After breakfast in the hotel you will be driven from Jaipur to Mandawa (160 Kms/ 03 Hrs)

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.

Upon arrival proceed for check-in at hotel.

In the afternoon you will explore this storybook town of Mandawa known for its colourful frescoes on a wide variety of subjects.

Every home and Havelis is adorned with gaily-painted murals that illuminate the arid landscape. Havelis are magnificent mansions that usually have colorful paintings on the walls and often have intricate carvings. Many of the Havelis have wooden gates (often intricately carved) leading into a small courtyard. That courtyard then leads into a larger courtyard. Some Havelis have four large courtyards. The main highlight of many Havelis is the outstanding murals painted on the outside and inside walls. Paintings may be decorated with gold or silver leaf and can be decorated with small mirror. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 : Mandawa – Bikaner ( By surface)

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

Day 08: Bikaner – Jaisalmer ( By surface)

After buffet breakfast, you will be driven from Bikaner to Jaisalmer (330 KMS / 7 Hours).

Jaisalmer, the golden beauty etched in yellow sandstone, standing tall against miles of gleaming sand. Founded in 1156 AD by Maharawal Jaisal, Jaisalmer’s location kept it almost untouched by outside influences and

even during the days of the Raj, Jaisalmer was the last to sign the Instrument of Agreement with the British.

Upon arrival in Jaisalmer, proceed for check-in at your hotel following which remainder of the day will be at leisure. Overnight at the hotel

Day 09: Jaisalmer

After buffet breakfast, proceed for a city tour of Jaisalmer. You will walk up to the Fort, which dominates the town. Built in 1156, it is one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan. About a quarter of the old city's population resides within the fort walls, which have 99 bastions around the circumference.

Within the fort is a fine group of Jain temples built between the 12th and 15th centuries, many containing ancient manuscripts. Walk through Jaisalmer’s narrow streets dotted with ornately decorated Hindu and Jain temples.

Walk around this desert city, its fort emerging from the flat dry sands, bounding in ancient palaces, temples and delicately sculpted havelis - all witness to the emergence of this Rajput state into a market centre for traders.

Late afternoon drive to Khuri/Sam Sand Dunes for a camelback ride into the desert to watch the sun set on this golden desert city, emitting a lustrous glow off the desert sand. Camel Safari is one of the unique ways to explore small villages in Rajasthan. Return to the hotel after your tour. Overnight at the hotel

Day 10: Jaisalmer – Manwar

After breakfast in the hotel you will be driven from Jaisalmer to Manwar Desert Camps, Manwar (180 Kms/3Hrs)

The Manvar Desert Camp is located in the midst of the wilderness surrounded by sand dunes.

There is a quiet, unhurried grace about this desert settlement. These Camps are an excellent staying option amongst the travelers visiting Thar Desert.

The camp is exclusive, consisting of deluxe tents tastefully decorated with attached bathrooms providing running hot and cold water. Meals are provided in the strategically located dining tent, which offers breathtaking views of the sunrise, sunset and the surrounding countryside. The campfire, mashaals, local musicians and the dancers liven up evenings

Upon arrival proceed to check in at your camp.
In the afternoon you will proceed for the local village walk.
Overnight at the Manwar Desert Camps

Day 11 : Manwar – Rohet ( By surface)

After breakfast in the hotel you will be driven from Manwar to Rohet (165 Kms/03 Hrs) enroute visiting Jodhpur.

Jodhpur looks out over the desert to the West and the massive fort, topping a sheer rocky hill, which rises right in the middle of the town,

totally dominates the city. The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a wall 10km long, which was built about a century after the city was founded. From the fort you can clearly see where the old city ends and the new begins. The old city is fascinating jungle of winding streets of great interest to wander around.

Upon arrival at Jodhpur proceed for the sightseeing tour

You will first visit the Mehrangarh Fort (citadel of the Sun) that evokes the very spirit of the Rathores, the ruling local Rajput clan. Visit its various palaces with their delicate friezes and respective museums, displaying treasures of the royal family. North of Meherangarh Fort, and connected to it by road, Jaswant Thada is a pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878-95), who purged Jodhpur of dacoits, initiated irrigation systems and boosted the economy. This south-facing spot is also the best place from which to photograph the fort, looming above the sheer rocky Meherangarh plateau.

Continue your drive to Rohet after your visit.

Rohet - the fortified desert home of the descendants of the 16th century Rathore of the Champawat clan, Thakur Dalpat Singh I. The "Jagir" (Fiefdom) of Rohet was bestowed upon him in 1622 A.D. by the Maharaja Of Jodhpur, as a mark of appreciation for his bravery in battle. Generations of valiant noblemen have built this heritage home where, notwithstanding the inroads of modernity, aristocratic values are respected.

Upon arrival at Rohet, proceed to check in at your hotel.

In the afternoon you will Bishnoi Village Jeep Safari, you will visit The Bishnois, the conservationist, and wealthy community of pure vegetarians who are orthodox and observe principles laid by their enlightened Guru JAMBHOJI. The Rural community surviving for the past five centuries is still known internationally for protecting endangered species of animals and plants by humans and till date making it impossible for the poachers to kill any animal for pleasure.

In the villages to see local handicrafts like shoe makers, pottery, hand weaving and men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral jewellery, enroute watch and photograph wildlife Black Buck, Chinkaras, Peacocks, etc. freely moving in abundance protected by `Bishnois’ the protectors of wildlife and trees. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 : Rohet – Ranakpur – Udaipur ( By Surface)

After buffet breakfast you will be driven from Rohetgarh to Udaipur (292 Kms / 6 hrs) en-route visiting Ranakpur Jain Temple, an exceptionally beautiful excursion through the rugged, wooded hills of Rajasthan to the Jain Temples of Ranakpur in the Aravalli Valley, to see one of the best complexes of Jain religion which is particularly noted for the grandiose

   scale of its architecture and the highly decorated ceilings, walls and 1444 different pillars. The priests of the temples did all the temple designing and their generations are still continuing the work.

Later continue your journey to Udaipur and upon arrival, check-in at your hotel. Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills, Udaipur grew in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest of Rajasthan. As capital of the old Mewar State it was the only Rajput stronghold to uphold its Hindu allegiance in the face of Muslim invasion. From the late 16th century, peace brought about an era of renaissance in the arts and encouraged the building of beautiful palaces around the lake, culminating in the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in the world. The lake itself is a romantic setting surrounding the gleaming white Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir, a refuge of the rebel Mughal prince, Shah Jahan, soon to be the creator of the incomparable Taj Mahal.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 13: Udaipur Sightseeing

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. You’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.