The Colors of Rajasthan
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Meeting & assistance on arrival at international airport and transfer to hotel. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Afternoon combined tour of Old and New Delhi visiting the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar and drive past Govt. buildings, India Gate. Overnight at the hotel.
Delhi: Indias capital and major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Its Strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. It is not surprising then that what constitutes Delhi today is a conglomerate of seven cities. Down the ages the region in and around modern Delhi saw Lalkot built in the mid-11th century, Siri established by Allauddin Khilji, Tughlakabad, and Ferozabad built by the Tughlaks followed by the city of the Lodis and then came Shahjahanabad, capital of the Mughals under Shah Jahan.
New Delhi reflects the legacy the British left behind, distinction between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. But wherever the visitor goes he will invariably confront the citys past.
The throbbing present of Delhi pulls one out of reflections on a mute past. The divisions in the walled city and New Delhi also mark the varied lifestyles. The walled city is all traditions, where as New Delhi in contrast, is a city living up to contemporary international standards. Delhi also serves as the major gateway for touring the internationally known tourism destinations of Agra and Jaipur.
Day 2: Delhi
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning sightseeing of Old Delhi is highlighted Shah Jahans Red Fort, the bustling market place of Chandni Chowk by Rickshaw Puller Ride, Raj Ghat, and the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Evening (optional) visit to the Red Fort to watch the “Sun et Lumire” which is an inter play of colourful lights and sound tracing the history of monument till date.
Afternoon sight seeing of New Delhi is consisting of drive through the Raisina Hills- Parliament House, India Gate, President House; 16th century tomb of Emperor Humayun built of Marble & Red stone in typical Mughal fashion, Lotus temple (Bahai Temple) & Qutab Minar.Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Delhi – Agra ( By Surface 203 Kms – 4 Hrs drive)
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast drive to Agra. On arrival, check in at hotel.
Agra is globally renowned as the city of the Taj Mahal. But this royal Mughal city has, in addition to the legendary Taj, many monuments that epitomise the high point of Mughal architecture. In the Mughal period, in the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of India. It was here that the founder of the dynasty, Babar, laid out the first formal Persian garden on the banks of the river Yamuna.
Here, Akbar, his grandson raised the towering ramparts of the great Red Fort. Within its walls, Jahangir built rose-red palaces, courts and gardens, and Shahjahan embellished it with marble mosques, palaces and pavilions of gem-inlaid white marble.
The crowning glory of the city is obviously the Taj, a monument of love and imagination that represents India to the world.
Taj Mahal – stands serene and awesome, on a raised marble platform, by the banks of the Yamuna, testifying to the timelessness of art and love. Its pure white marble shimmers silver in the soft moonlight, exudes a shell – pink glow at dawn, and at the close of the day, takes on the tawny, fiery hue of the majestic sun. Shahjahan built the monument in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the “Lady of the Taj”, who died giving birth to their 14th child. It has been called the most extravagant monument ever built for the sake of love.
Agra Fort– Among the other monuments that Agra takes pride in, built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. The construction of this massive structure began in 1565, under Akbar, and continued till the time of his grandson, Shahjahan. The Diwan – i – Am, the Diwan – i – Khas, the Khas Mahal, the Palace of Mirrors, the Pearl mosque, the Nagina Masjid, the Garden of Grapes, and the Fish Pavilion are the other monuments in the fort complex.
Overnight stay arranged at Agra hotel.
Day 4: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (By Surface 237 Kms – 5 Hrs drive)
Morning drive to Jaipur en-route visit to Ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585, during the reign of Emperor Akbar. The city was built around the abode of Sheik Salim Chishti, a mystic who had advised the childless Emperor Akbar and shortly after his first son was born. Fatehpur Sikri was a glorious city with its beautiful architecture, constructed entirely of red sandstone, but it was built in an area that had a low water supply. For this reason, the city was abandoned shortly after the death of Emperor Akbar.
The palace buildings and mosque that is still in use are well-preserved even after 400 years. Although Fatehpur Sikri is a ghost city there is much to see and many visitors take a day trip from Agra.
The palace complex of Fatehpur Sikri includes the Palace of Jodhabai, named for Akbars Hindu wife; the Sunahra Mahal, home of Akbars Christian wife; Birbals House, said to be the home of Akbars two senior wives; and the Panchal Mahal, a five storey pavilion used by the ladies to watch the court. Fatehpur Sikri is at its most peaceful at sunrise and most lovely at sunset.
Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the pink city because of the pink colored buildings in its old city. It sits on a dry lakebed in a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by forts and crenellated walls. This buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild contrasts and a feast for the eyes. Vegetable laden camel carts thread their way through streets jam packed with cars, rickshaws, bicycles and pedestrians frantically dodging the crazy traffic.
Traditionally dressed Rajput men sporting bright turbans and swashbuckling moustaches discuss village politics outside restaurants serving spaghetti and American ice cream sodas. Jaipur has long outstripped the confines of its city walls and is today amongst the most tumultuous and polluted places in Rajasthan. Despite this, it seldom disappoints first time visitors.
On arrival, check in at hotel. Overnight stay arranged at Jaipur hotel.
Day 5: Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning excursion to 17thcentury fortress of Amber. Ascend to the fort on caparisoned Elephant to various Palaces with rooms of stunning beauty including the worlds finest chamber of mirrors and the temple of Kali.
Afternoon – tour of City Palace and Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthan and Mughal architecture.
The Palace of winds – a five storied structure of pink sandstone has semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was originally built to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch everyday life. Overnight at the hotel.
A thrilling experience travelling through a region known as Thar Desert, which till date remains virtually isolated from the rest of the world. A complete different world altogether waits for you. All over the tour one encounters typical lifestyles, culture, forts, castles, cuisine, safaris, customs, mysteries, stories and experiences.
Day 6: Jaipur – Mandawa (By Surface 180 Kms – 5 Hrs drive)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive to Mandawa. Arrive Mandawa and check in at Castle Mandawa.
Afternoon, visit Mandawa (Shekhawati region). This region came into prominence in the 14th century when a number of Muslim clans moved into the area and the towns of this region developed into important trading posts on the caravan routes emanating from the ports of Gujarat.
This region is famous for painted havelis (houses) most of which date back from the 18th century. The major towns of interest are Mandawa, Fatehpur, and Nawalgarh. Visit the havelis in Mandawa and other villages of Shekhawati region.
Day 7: Mandawa – Bikaner (By Surface 164 Kms – 4 Hrs drive)
Morning drive to Bikaner. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Afternoon tour of Bikaner town to visit the fort. Overnight at the hotel.
Bikaner, the northern most point on the triangle of desert cities, was founded in 1488 AD., by Rao Bikaji, a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur, Rao Jodha. Like Jaisalmer, in the south, it was, once, an important trade centre. The old city is bolstered, by 7 km long imposing walls, with 5 entrance gates, built in the 18th century.
Junagarh Fort, Built between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Raj Singh, a general in the army of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, the fort has a 96 meter -long wall, with 37 bastions and two entrances.
Lalgarh Palace, built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh. Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, the palace is made of red sandstone (hence, its name), and has exquisite latticework.
Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, This Museum has one of the richest collections of terracotta-ware, weapons and miniature paintings of the Bikaner school.
Day 8: Bikaner – Jaisalmer (By Surface 333 Kms – 8 Hrs drive)
Morning drive to Jaisalmer through the Thar Desert. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Jaisalmer, One of Rajasthans most alluring cities, Jaisalmer, deep in the heart of Thar Desert, abounds in ancient palaces, temples and quaint settlements. As the sun sets, the sandstone buildings emit lustrous glows that make Jaisalmer the “Golden City”. Founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D., the remote location of Jaisalmer, kept it almost untouched by outside influences, even during the days of the British Raj.
Salim Singh ki Haveli, Built about 300 years ago, this haveli was the residence of the powerful Mohta clan – the hereditary ministers of the Jaisalmer rulers. The blue cupola roof is distinctive, and an exquisite projecting balcony adorns the top storey. Part of it is still occupied.
Patwon ki Haveli, This is one of the largest and most elaborate havelis in Jaisalmer. Located in a narrow alley, it is five storeys high, and one of its rooms is adorned with exquisite murals.
Gadsisar Lake, A rainwater lake, now a picnic spot – ideal for boating.
Day 9: Jaisalmer
Morning sight seeing tour of Jaisalmer visiting the Fort, Havelis and Garhi Sar, Cenotaph & Sun at Sun set. (optional camel safari). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (By Surface 298 Kms – 7 Hrs drive)
Morning drive to Jodhpur. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Afternoon city tour visiting the Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant Thada, Mandore Gardens. Overnight at the hotel.
Jodhpur the gateway to the Thar Desert, the city is known for its striking forts, stately palaces and gracious building. Arrive Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan, standing on the edge of the Thar Desert. The old city was founded by Rao Jodha, its walls with seven gates and countless bastions and towers were built by Rao Maldeo in the 16th Century when Jodhpur was a booming trading town. Jodhpur is called the “Blue City” for the characteristic plea indigo colour of its traditional homes.
There are many great fortresses throughout Rajasthan, but non compare with the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, built atop a 400 ft. promontory. Within this invisible citadel are magnificent palaces with marvellously carved panels, latticed windows and evocative names. These palaces house a fabulous collection of possessions of Indian royalty, including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, and miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. Below the fort, visit the Jaswant Thada, a graceful marble cenotaph built 1899 for Maharajah Jaswant Singh II, and monuments to other Maharajahs of Jodhpur. Afternoon visit the traditional workers making copperware, basket weaving and wooden furniture. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur (By Surface 302 Kms – 8 Hrs drive)
Morning drive to Udaipur en-route visit superb Ranakpur Jain temples.
Ranakpur is located in the mountain ranges of Pali district, 23 kms away from the Phalna railway station. Ranakpur is reached after passing lush green valleys and streams and the heart capturing views drive away any fatigue of the journey. The Ranakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns.
The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved no two being alike. 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 kgs. whose sound echoes in the entire complex.
On arrival, check in at the hotel.
Udaipur – The city of Lakes, Udaipur is a lovely blend of water, lush green hills that set fire and passion in poet. Its palaces are straight out of a fairy-tale book, lakes, forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lines withdrawn with stalls, relives the reminisces of a heroic past, valour and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichola is excitement that defines imagination. Udaipur is one of the most romantic cities of world; also know as the Venice of East. On arrival, check in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Udaipur
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today we visit the City Palace; an intriguing collection of buildings contributed by various Maharanas (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. Sahelion ki Bari (Garden of Maids of Honour) is an ornamental garden built by Maharana Sangram Singh for his daughter & the Ladies of the Queens 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, and are the largest & the most beautiful temple of Udaipur with noteworthy sculpted images. The Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) & Jag Mandir, the two island palaces on the lake look like pearls in the lake.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Udaipur – Delhi (By Flight)
Breakfast at the hotel. In time transfer to airport to connect flight IC-7810(1250/1510 Hrs) to Delhi. On arrival, transfer to the hotel.
Day 14: Departure Delhi
In time transfer from hotel to International airport to connect flight for onward destination.
|City||5* Hotel||4* Hotel||3* Hotel||Nº of nights|
|Delhi||Le Meriden||Ramanda Plaza||Regent Continental||03|
|Agra||The Gateway Hotel Fateh bagh Road (Taj View Hotel)||Mansingh Palace||Siris 18 Hotel||01|
|Jaipur||Taj Jai Mahal Palace||Golden Tulip||Sarang Palace||02|
|Mandawa||The Desert Resort||Castle Mandawa||Sara Vilas||01|
|Bikaner||Lal Grah Palace||Karni Bhawan Palace||Heritage Resort||01|
|Jaisalmer||Fort Rajwada||Rawal Kot||Narayan Niwas Plc||02|
|Jodhpur||Taj Hari Mahal||Ajit Bhawan Palace||Ranbanka Palace||01|
|Rohet||Rohet Gart||Rohet Garh||Rohet Garh||01|
|Udaipur||Trident||Inder Residency||Jagat Niwas Palace||02|
Price per person in U$ Dollar
|Star||2 pax||3 pax||4-6 pax||7-9 pax||10-14 pax||Single room supplement|
- Meet and Assist Upon arrival and departure;
- 13 Nights on B.B. Board Basis in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur & Udaipur;
- All Transfers Airport/Hotel / Airport, sightseeing & excursions with modern Transportation;
- The Entrance fees which mention in the Itinerary;
- Professional English speaking guide at all places. (Accompanying English speaking guide envisaged with group more then 10 pax with guide staying other hotels then of group);
- Assistance From our Agency during your stay (plan ticket confirmation);
- The transportation during the Tour with modern A/C Buses;
- 01 mineral water per person per day;
- Porterage at airports / hotels;
- Any meals otherwise specified;
- Domestic flight from Udaipur to Delhi (Per Person 213 USD). International flight from your city of orign. Please ask for special fares;
- Camera / Video charges at monuments;
- Personal expenses like telephones, laundry, tips, table drinks etc;
- Above mentioned rates quoted in USD;
- Above rates are valid for FIT and groups;