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Grand Forts & Palaces of Rajasthan

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Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Upon arrival you will be met at the airport with garlands. Our executive would escort you to your Hotel.We would have done a pre check in for you at the hotel which saves you time in the middle of the night.

New Delhi begins with the drive past Safdarjang's Tomb (1753 AD) on the way to Qutab Minar (1193 AD) this striking medieval tower of victory of Persian World is 73 m high. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque, stands the Iron pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rusted over 1500 years. Then drive through New Delhi includes the Embassy area (Diplomatic enclave), Government buildings, India Gate, Sikh Temple (Bangla Sahib Gurudwara), Birla Temple and Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping area. Visit Humayun's Tomb - considered to be the fore runner of Taj Mahal.

Day 2: Delhi - City Tour

After a good rest and a leisurely breakfast , we'll take an orientation tour of the city, that's quite a remarkable mixture of the old and new. The very modern metro , which once was the seat of most of the ruling clans of Hindustan. The visit includes the 12 th century qutub minar and the vibrant old Delhi.

In the evening a welcome dinner with Indian cuisine and cocktails.

The tour of New Delhi begins with a drive past Safdarjang's Tomb (1753 AD) on the way to Qutab Minar (1193 AD) this striking medieval tower of victory of Persian World is 73 m high. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque, stands the Iron pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rusted over 1500 years. Then drive through New Delhi includes the Embassy area (Diplomatic enclave), Government buildings, India Gate, Sikh Temple (Bangla Sahib Gurudwara), Birla Temple and Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping area. Visit Humayun's Tomb - considered to be the fore runner of Taj Mahal.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra

After a restful night and a leisurely breakfast, we head out for agra the city of the Taj. One of the most beautiful buildings in the world and wonders of the modern world.

Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit the magnificent sites of the mughal era including the majestic Agra fort and the very serene Itmad-ud-daulah or the baby taj.

One of the Seven Wonders of the world built by Emperor Shah Jehan in the memory oh his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal. This beautiful mausoleum took 22 years to complete with a work force of 20,000. Craftsmen and master builders came from all over Asia to join in the great work - from Baghdad, Shiraz, Delhi, Samarkand and Turkey. The marble, India's finest; was quarried at Makrana near Jodhpur. Precious and semi precious stones were imported from distant lands : Jasper from Punjab, Jade & Crystal from China, Turquoise from Tibet, Lapis from Afghanistan and Ceylon, Chrosolite from Egypt, Amethyst from Persia, Agate from Yemen, Malachite from Russia, Diamonds from Golconda and Mother of Pearl from the Indian Ocean. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur

After breakfast we drive for about an hour or so to stop at the wonderful but deserted city of the MUGHALS - Fatehpur Sikri. Sikri is a must visit monument, then Today we drive to the city of it's own charms , the pink city jaipur. Upon arrival check in at the jai Mahal Palace for a stay of 2 nights. This evening we explore the walled city , the vibrant colours of jaipur and participate in the special treasure hunt and rickshaw ride .We spend a good time in the illuminated bazaars where time stands still.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Jaipur - AMBER FORT - City Tour

A busy day of sightseeing takes us to the hilltop Fort of Amber, ascended on caparisoned elephants; the City Palace, current home of the Royal Family; the Palace of Winds & Jantar Mantar observatory. We host you a lunch at the restaurant renowned not just for its tongue teasing meals but also the clay oven demonstrations and the very special event for us .....the turban tying. Fort / Palace of AMBER was wrested by the Kachhwaha Rajputs in the mid-12th century who dominated the surrounding area for the next six centuries. Amber was also the prime site of the alliance between the Mughals and the Rajputs. The astronomer-King Sawai Jai Singh II, famous for his Jantar Mantar ascended the throne in 1699. He soon decided to build a new city in the plains: JAIPUR was designed according to the principals of the Shilpa-Shastra and the capital shifted here in 1727, the city attracted merchants and crafts-people that over time shaped its irresistible bazaar. The Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Jantar Mantar characterizes the old city, while the forts of Nahargarh and Jaigarh, add to the spectacle of the city.

Day 6: Jaipur - Mandawa

This morning, we depart for the very special region of Rajasthan, also known as the open air art gallery. Upon arrival around lunch , check in at the Mandawa castle / desert resort. The afternoon offers us a chance to walk through the narrow lanes and witness the wall frescos from the 15th-16th centaury.

Think of the most famous of the Marwari business families in India, and it's a fair bet that a painted haveli by that name exists in Shekhawati. Singhania, Goenka, Birla, Bharatiya, Jalan, Saraf, and Poddar the list is impressive. The successful Marwari ventured out to the ports of Bombay and Calcutta, prospered and spent lavishly on beautifully painted havelis in the 18th and 19th centuries. The painters are as much at ease with Krishna and the gopis as with the Wright brothers trying to fly their machines. Shekhawati is not a town or a village, but a region comprising Sikar and Jhunjhunu districts with a network of towns Nawalgarh, Dhundlodh, Mandawa, Lachhmangarh, Fatehpur and Sikar. Overnight stay at Mandawa.

Day 7: Mandawa - Gajner (Bikaner)

A morning drive brings us to Gajner Palace, a former hunting lodge besides a lake, built by Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner, where we spend the next two nights. The afternoon is free to explore the surroundings of the palace and view birds and animal life along the lake.

Days 8 : Bikaner

Today we enjoy an excursion to Bikaner to see the imposing Junagarh Fort, the Royal Complex and the Camel breeding Farm. Evening we return to the Gajner palace for a cocktail session with folk dance and music. Get prepared to be pampered to dance the local belly dance.

Days 9 : Bikaner - Jaisalmer

A long but interesting drive through the desert thar brings us to Jaisalmer, the golden city once an important staging point on the trade routes to Persia. Our two night stop here has been arranged at the hotel.

Days 10 : Jaisalmer

Today's sightseeing of Jaisalmer town takes us to the Gadisar Lake with its gateway temple and carved havelis of local merchants and an evening camel ride into dunes of the Thar Desert at sunset rounds off our visit to this medieval city.

Days 11 : Jaisalmer - Rohet

The village Rohet at its doorstep is out next stop, where we are guests of the royal family. En route we visit the grand Mehrangarh Fort, perched on a hilltop, the Umaid Bhavan Palace and the Jaswant Thada in Jodhpur. Located in the heart of a village, Rohet Garh offers a chance to get close to the locals of the region or simply relax by the pool and unwind to prepare for the further caravan.
This evening we host you a bar-be-que dinner by the pool.

Days 12 : Rohet - Mount Abu

We head south through scenic countryside towards Udaipur, visiting the stunning Jain Temple at Ranakpur, with its 1444 marble pillars, on the way. En route we host you a lunch at the very special Ranakpur hill resort.

Continue on to Mount Abu. Which is located at an elevation of 1220 metres and is considered as the only Hill station in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Upon arrival check in at your hotel and overnight stay.

Hidden in thick woodland north of the town, the Jain temples at Dilwara are architectural gems, decorated with what is thought to be the most intricate marble carving in the world.

The focal point of Mount Abu is the Nakki Lake which was formed when , according to a legend, the gods scratched away at the mountain with their fingernails (nakh).

The city is also home to the Brahma Kumaris - members of an international spiritual movement whose headquarters are located in a quiet valley behind the lake. Overnight stay at Mount Abu.

Days 13 : Mount Abu - Udaipur

After breakfast drive from Mount Abu to Udaipur . The drive takes approximately 5 ½ hours and presents a splendid sampling of the Jungles of Rajasthan.

Upon arrival at Udaipur transfer to the hotel and overnight stay.

Days 14 : Udaipur

The morning sightseeing tour of Udaipur includes the City Palace, Jagdish Temple and Sahelion-ki-Bari, a pleasure garden built for the royal maids-of-honour. This evening we offer you a sunset boat ride on the placid waters of Lake Pichola.

UDAIPUR is perhaps a unique pre-modern capital with no fort . Coming to life after the final sacking of Chittaur , Udaipur saw an explosive of building activity- temples, palaces and Havelis.

Lake Pichola with its two islands-Jagniwas(now the Lake Palace Hotel) and Jagmandir defines Udaipur . The City Palace towers over the lake. The artificial Jaisamand Lake was created in 17th century by damming the Gomti River. There are beautiful chhatries (Cenotaphs) around the embankment. Over night at the hotel.

Days 15 : Udaipur - Delhi

Morning at leisure for relaxation or last minute souvenir shopping in the lake city. Transfer to the airport in the afternoon for flight back to Delhi arriving early evening.

Our representative shall meet you at the Delhi airport and arrange transfer to a hotel close to the airport for a short stay / dinner (dependant on your flight schedule).
Late night transfer back to the airport for onward flight home.

Inclusion

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Daily buffet breakfast.
  • Meeting and assistance on arrival and departures.
  • Chauffeured air-conditioned vehicles for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours.
  • Rides and Monument Entrance fees, quoted as supplement.
  • Domestic / International air fare.
  • Local English speaking guide for sightseeing & excursion tours.
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Exclusion

  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone, fax, internet, beverages, camera / video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Local payments in domestic currency, such as tips and gratuities.
  • Indian Visa Fees.
  • Any other services not mentioned in Price Inclusions above.

Special Notes

  • Taj Mahal is closed on Friday.
  • Check-in, check-out time at hotels is usually 14:00Hrs / 12:00Hrs.
  • Price includes only those items specified in the itinerary.
  • Price is quoted per person, in British Pound, on twin sharing basis.

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