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Highlights of Rajasthan with Taj Mahal
Rajasthan is the land of brave Rajput rulers whose tales of courage, fidelity and romance have been embedded into ballads and folklore. The desert people have preserved their rich cultural heritage and can be seen in each and every aspect of state. It has its own unique and distinct culture. The colorful traditional clothes, folk dances, magnificent Havelis, diverse festivals and fairs signifies the rich culture of the state.
Most part of Rajasthan is encapsulated by Thar Desert, but the humidity of the climate never clouded the amicable nature of its residents. The palaces and forts of Rajasthan bring the crowning glory of the state ruled by several generations of Mughals and Rajputs. Each of the cities of Rajasthan is adorned with elaborate fortsand palaces that add splendour to Rajasthan tour packages. These palace structures and splendid forts are important landmarks of the city that have lived through testimony of time and are incredible symbols of Mughal and Rajputana architectural brilliance. Some of the renowned forts of Rajasthan that has carved niche for their respective cities are Amber Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaisalmer Fort and more.
Duration : 16 Nights /17 Days
Destinations : Delhi - Mukundgarh - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranakpur-Udaipur - Kota - Jaipur - Bhartpur -Agra - Delhi
Day 1- Arrive Delhi
Welcome to India! On arrival you will be transferred and assisted till your room in your hotel. Remaining day at leisure. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi-Mandawa
Morning drive to Mandawa, Arrive Mandawa; check in at hotel & later visit Mandawa, founded 1755 by Thakur Nawal Singh and still the home of his descendants has beautiful frescoes, Havelis and mansions. Mandawa castle one of the finest castles of Rajasthan, is now a hotel and house of collection of armories, costumes of ancestors, canons from 1820 ancient coins, numismatic collection and many other interesting items, preserved in a museum. Overnight stay in Mandawa.
Day 03: Mandawa - Bikaner
Morning drive to Bikaner, arrive Bikaner and check-in at hotel. Later proceed for city sightseeing of Bikaner. Bikaner is named after its founder Rao Bika Ji in 1488.But long before this, the city was trade center on the caravan routes from Africa and West Asia. Bikaner's dominant features are rippling sands and abundant sunshine. The city stands on an elevation, enclosed by a 7 Kms wall, which can be entered from 5 gates. Bikaner City is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh the fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. Also visit Lallgarh Palace, the museum, and Bhanda Sagar Jain and Deshnoke Rat temple. Overnight stay in Bikaner.
Day 04: Bikaner - Jaisalmer
In the morning drive to Jaisalmer, arrive Jaisalmer and proceed for SAM approx 35 kms. Outside Jaisalmer. Arrive at SAM at camel riding point. You will be provided camel ride till sunset point. After viewing the sunset proceed for Swiss tent by camel ride. Arrive Swiss tent and check-in. late evening enjoys folk dances,Rajasthani music, and campfire along with the dinner. Night stay in Jaisalmer (Swiss Tent).
Day 05: Jaisalmer
Morning proceed for Jaisalmer city. Arrive Jaisalmer and check-in at hotel. Later after proceed for city sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer visiting the burnished sandstone Jaisalmer, Throbbing in the heart of the Thar, is an intricately molded wonderland in place of a barren land, today stands a city of gilded magic. The origins of Jaisalmer go back to the 12th century, when Rawal Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Ludarwa and laid the foundation of a new city. Visit the magnificent fort, the Patwon Ki Haveli (Mansion) and Salim Singh Ki Haveli, with their carved balconies and brackets, which are supreme examples of the art. Evening at leisure. Overnight
stay in Jaisalmer.
Day 06: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Morning drive to Jodhpur, Arrive Jodhpur, check in at hotel, Overnight stay in Jodhpur.
Day 07: Jodhpur
Morning proceed for city sightseeing tour of Jodhpur visiting Jodhpur - the stronghold of the fierce Rathore clan, was founded in 1459 by Prince Jodha. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill. Within the fort, visit Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph, built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II around 1899 and Umaid Public gardens. Overnight stay in Jodhpur.
Day 08: Jodhpur - Ranakpur
Morning drive to Ranakpur, arrive Ranakpur & check in at hotel. Later proceed to visit the Ranakpur Jain Temple that was built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The basement is of 48, 000 sq. feet area that covers the whole complex. 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. The main temple is of Chaumukh or four-faces temple dedicated to Adinath. Back to the hotel, Overnight stay in Ranakpur.
Day 09: Ranakpur - Udaipur
Morning drive to Udaipur, arrive Udaipur & check in at hotel. Evening boat ride at lake Pichola, Back to the hotel, Overnight stay in Udaipur.
Day 10: Udaipur
Morning proceed for city sightseeing of Udaipur.The city is built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh and has been described as the most romantic spot on the continent of India by Col. James Todd. Visit the City Palace museum, the Jagdish temple, Shaelion Ki Bari (Queen's resort for their friends) Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk art museum) and the Pratap Memorial. Overnight stay in Udaipur .
Day 11: Udaipur - Chittorgarh
Morning drive to Chittorgarh, on arrival check in at hotel & later proceed for sightseeing tour of Chittorgarh visiting the world famous Chittorgarh fort, which is crowning 180 meters hill & covers about 70 acres. On the crest of the enormous gray hills griddled by massive walls & seven majestic gateways. Back to the hotel,Overnight stay in Chittorgarh.
Day 12: Chittorgarh - Kota
Morning drive to Kota, arrive Kota, check in at hotel & later proceed for sightseeing tour of Kota visiting City Palace & Brij Vilas museum, Also visit Gagron fort and the ancient temple of Chandrabhaga situated on the bank of river Chandravati. Overnight stay in Kota.
Day 13: Kota - Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur, on arrival checks in at hotel & later proceeds for sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Overnight stay in jaipur.
CITY PALACE :
A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum. Back to hotel, Night stay in Jaipur
Day 14: Jaipur
Morning proceeds for excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.
Amber Fort, Jaipur TourMorning excursion to Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, ascend fort on Elephants back, Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur including, City Palace in the heart of Jaipur is known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds.Overnight stay in Jaipur
Day 15: Jaipur - Bharatpur
Morning drive to Bharatpur via Fatehpur Sikri - the greatest accomplishment of Mughal architecture, surpassed only in reputation. Construction of the new ceremonial capital, with its elaborate palaces, formal courtyards, reflecting pools, harems, tombs and a great mosque, commenced in 1571. Shortly after the work was completed fifteen years later, it was realized that there was a lack of an adequate water supply and the pristine complex was abandoned. Later drive Bharatpur, on arrival check
in at hotel & later visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary on rickshaws. The most Spectacular water- bird Sanctuary features nesting indigenous water- birds and migratory birds. Back to the hotel, Overnight stay in Bharatpur.
Day 16: Bharatpur - Agra - Delhi
Morning drive to Delhi via Agra visiting the magnificent Taj Mahal built by the empror Shah Jehan between 1631 and 1653 as an expression of his love for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Later visit the Agra Fort containing the pearl mosque. The hall of public and private audience. Also visit Itmad- Ud- Daula's Tomb built by Empress Noorjahan in memory of her father. Arrive Delhi, on arrival check in at hotel, Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 17: Delhi
Morning departure transfer to the international airport to board the flight for onward journey
. Tour End here with alots of Sweet memories.
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