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The Exotic Rajasthan - Backwater, Wildlife, Beach..

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Day01 Delhi

Highlight of the Delhi Tour : Relaxation and afternoon visit to Old Delhi. Rickshaw ride and bypassing the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk (literally meaning moonlit crossing).

Arrive Delhi and assistance with our personalized airport representative. He/She will guide you through about every information on India and your holiday.

Delhi City Description - We proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Old Delhi visiting the Jama Masjid - Built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, the Jama Masjid is the largest and one of the most magnificent mosques in India, drive past the Red Fort built by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648, Drive through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk- Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Square) is opposite the Red Fort and is a market that hubs with activity all through the year. The area was laid out by Shahjahan's daughter, Jahanara. The water in a pool reflected the moonlight and then flowed into a channel that flowed through the avenue. It is a crowded place and normally there is a maze of traffic that one has to negotiate almost every second. & lastly visit Raj Ghat, the memorial built for Mahatma Gandhi.

Day02 Delhi

Highlight of the Delhi Tour : Visiting the Qutub Minar, Humayuns Tomb, and drive pass through lot of other monuments. Evening visit to Delhi Haat. A local market to feast your eyes on Indian Craftsmen all at one place and smell of Indian Cuisine.

Early morning at leisure. After breakfast sightseeing tour of New Delhi.

Delhi City Description - Half day sightseeing tour of New Delhi visiting the Qutab Minar - Qutab Minar, the 239ft sandstone tower is an Indo - Islamic architectural wonder of ancient India. The complex has a number of other important monuments- the gateway built in 1310, also visit the Humanyun's tomb - One of the most spectacular Mughal buildings, Humanyun's tomb was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1993. Built by Haji Begum, the widow of Humanyun's, the second Mughal Emperor, the mausoleum is known to the precursor of world famous Taj Mahal. Built with a cost of one and a half million rupees, the monument heralded the construction of garden-tombs on the Indian subcontinent & lastly drive through Rashtrapati Bhawan, India Gate & other important government buildings.

Our English speaking guide will be accompanying you for the entire sightseeing tour and will answer all your questions.

Day03 Agra

Highlight of the Agra Tour : Visiting the Taj Mahal and having a Photo Session with our experts. Tonga Ride (Chariot Ride) till the Taj Mahal entrance.

Breakfast at the Hotel. Sightseeing tour of Agra visiting the Taj Mahal - which is now regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and some Western historians have noted that its architectural beauty has never been surpassed.

Agra City Description - The Taj is the most beautiful monument built by the Mughals, the Muslim rulers of India. Taj Mahal was built by a Muslim, Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his dear wife and Queen Mumtaz Mahal, also visit the Agra fort & It mud - ud - daulah.

Day04 Agra - Jaipur

After breakfast leave for Jaipur by surface enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri (270 Kms/ 5 Hrs approximately). Arrive Jaipur & transfer to Hotel.

Fatehpur Sikri City Description - Fatehpur Sikri is one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendor at its height. Though the city is in ruins, it is a place to visit if one comes to Agra. But in real terms Fatehpur Sikri is a place where one should spend some time. The sunset over the ruins is sight to cherish. Fatehpur Sikri is the best example of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture.

On arrival at Jaipur, check into your hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities. Over night at the Hotel.

Day05 Jaipur

HIGHLIGHT of Jaipur Tour : View and learning lesson for Tie and Die along with Indian traditional Saree wrapping. Tour of Samode Palace.

Breakfast at Hotel. After that morning, excursion to Amber the old capital of Jaipur rulers. Ride on back of an elephant from the foot of the hill up to the gates of the fortress.

Jaipur City Description - Jaipur is popularly known as the Pink City. It is also the capital of the state of Rajasthan. It is one of the most visited tourist places of India. The old city of Jaipur is partially encircled with seven gates - the major gates are Chandpol, Sanganeri, and Ajmeri. The Capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is steeped in history and culture. Here the past comes alive in magnificient forts and palaces, blushed pink, where once lived the Maharajas. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, Famous for Rajasthani jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure trove for the shoppers.

Afternoon, half day sight seeing tour of Jaipur visiting the Maharaja's Museum and Jai Singh Astronomical Observatory and Hawa Mahal.

Evening, visit Samode palace for Dinner. Samode, on the outskirts of Shekhawati, is situated in the royal Indian State of Rajasthan around 42 km from capital city Jaipur. The small village itself is a centre for block printing and lacquered bangle making is also famous for forts and palaces. It was built in the 19th century. The highlighting of the building is the exquisite Diwan-i-khas covered with original paintings and mirror work. Samode is famous for Samode Palace and Samode Bagh, the Nathawats of Samode played an important role in the durbar of Jaipur. Samode is an ideal desert gateway.

Day06 Jaipur - Nimaj

HIGHLIGHT of Nimaj Tour : A stay here allows you to experience rural Rajasthan in a way that few other properties do. Accompanied by one of your hosts, wander out to explore the farm, local temples and meet the villagers. Take a drive through the grasslands, spying myriad bird species, herds of bluebull and other animals. Return in the evening to a sundowner on the hill and al fresco dining under an incredible canopy.

Breakfast at the Hotel. Leave for Nimaj by surface (230 Kms/ 5 Hrs approximately) Arrive Nimaj & Transfer to Chhatrasagar Luxury Tents.

Watch the birds, go for nature walks, soak in the fresh air, sit around the bonfire and listen to old folk lore - or be more adventurous and take one of the many jeep safaris on offer. Experience the warm hospitality, and enjoy some truly delicious Indian and traditional Rajasthani meals cooked with farm fresh vegetables in the family kitchen.

Day07 Nimaj

Breakfast at the resort. Day at leisure to explore in resort activities.

NIMAJ City Description - Chhatra Sagar was created to harvest rain water to re-charge the underground water system and then, by installing artesian wells, the same water could be drawn out for agriculture purpose which made the area fertile. Over the past two decades, due to the irregular usage of water from excessive agriculture and over growing crops which require a lot of water, the underground water system has failed, and people who have been settled here for over two centuries have had to look for different source of earnings.

100% of the staff at Chhatra Sagar is from the local community. The owners are the fourth generation of Thakur Chhatra Singh who created this water harvesting system and the staff here is the fourth generation of the people who helped create this system and named it Chhatra Sagar.

Due to the water crises and the concept of water harvesting, they do not have bathtubs at Chhatra Sagar. Equally, all the waste water is filtered and is used for irrigation.

Day08 Nimaj - Manvar

HIGHLIGHT of Manvar Tour : Within Manvar's timeless horizons, you will find yourself at one with nature. What better way to spend a day on camel back gazing at the chinkara - the shy Indian gazelle as they make way across the silent sands, see herds of cattle and sheep roaming around purposelessly.

Breakfast at the Hotel. Leave for Manvar by surface (95 Kms/ 3 Hrs approximately). Arrive Manvar & transfer to Manvar resort - Manvar Resort is located right in the heart of the Great Indian Thar Desert. It lies between the cities of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer & Bikaner. Its an unprecedented tourist destination offering a rare opportunity to enjoy Rajasthan's desert life, culture, wildlife & beauty.

Day09 Manvar - Jaisalmer

HIGHLIGHT of Jaisalmer Tour : Visit to the sand dunes and camel ride to the deserts.

Breakfast at the resort. Leave for Jaisalmer by surface (230 Kms/ 4 hrs approximately).

Jaisalmer City Description - Arrive Jaisalmer & transfer to the Hotel. Situated amid picturesque Thar Desert, the Jaisalmer city commands premiere position among the tourist attractions. The name Jaisalmer induces a dramatic picture of utter magic and brilliance of the desert. The hostile terrain not withstanding the warmth and color of people is simply over whelming. Scattered all over Rajasthan.

Day10 Jaisalmer

Breakfast at the Hotel. After breakfast proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer firstly visiting the Jaisalmer fort which is made of sand stones and locally known as Sonar Quila, the Jaisalmer Fort is a dominating structure between the sands. The Jaisalmer city is also revered for its Havelis. Among many of them you will find Salim ji ki haveli and Nathmal ji ki haveli as the most striking. Also visit Gadsisar Lake and take a close look on the migratory birds as they indulge in amorous fight.

Day 11 Jaisalmer - Jodhpur

HIGHLIGHT of Jodhpur Tour : Visit to the Osian and enjoy the local flavor of Jodhpur town with a jeep safari.

Breakfast at the Hotel. Leave for Jodhpur by surface (280 Kms/ 6 Hrs approximately). Arrive Jodhpur & transfer to the Hotel.

JODHPUR City Description : A valiant sentinel in the desert, on the eastern fringe of the Thar Desert has the distinction of neither being a part of the Thar Desert nor out of it. At best it is a doorway to the wonderland of sand dunes and shrubs, rocky terrain and thorny trees.

Day 12 Jodhpur - Udaipur

HIGHLIGHT of Udaipur Tour : Boat cruise on Lake Pichola for just 2 of you in your personal boat.

Breakfast at the Hotel. After breakfast, visit the blue city of Jodhpur. Sightseeing of Jodhpur visit the Mehrangarh fort & Jaswant Thada.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jodhpur including The Mehrangarh Fort situated at an altitude of about 125 metres is spread over an area of 5 sq. km and has seven gates. The Jaswant Thada is a white marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant II in 1899. The Umaid Bhawan is a majestic building that presently functions as a hotel and museum. The Mandore Gardens, situated about 8 km from Jodhpur, has cenotaphs of the Jodhpur rulers. The Government Museum and Zoo are located in the pleasant Umaid Gardens.

Cost of the tour per person on twin sharing basis as per:

HOTELS ENVISAGED
City Deluxe Standard
Delhi Oberoi Maidens The Astan Sarovar
Agra Trident Howard Park Plaza
Jaipur Trident Four Points By Sheraton
Nimaj Nimaj Palace Nimaj Palace
Manvar Manvar Resort Manvar Resort
Jaisalmer Taj Fort Rajwada
Jodhpur Taj Hari Mahal Park Plaza
Udaipur Trident Lotus Lakeview Resort

Cost for the tour
Deluxe Standard
Min 02 pax GBP 959 PP GBP 877 PP
Min 02 pax GBP 1499 PP GBP 1169 PP

Tour cost Includes

  • Accommodation as per itinerary on Bed & Breakfast basis for 13 nights at hotels specified or of similar standard
  • Transportation by AC vehicle
  • All Entrances as per itinerary during the sightseeing tour.
  • Cost of English Speaking Local Guide as per the itinerary.
  • Elephant ride at Amer Fort, Jaipur.
  • Camel ride at Jaisalmer.
  • Jeep Safari at Jodhpur.
  • Boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur.
  • All applicable state, transport and luxury taxes.

Excludes

  • Video/Still Camera permits
  • Airfare Domestic/ International.
  • Cost of beverage throughout the tour.
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Tips and Porterage.
  • Any other services not specified above.

City Information

Agra

Agra the former capital of Hindustan, is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is 363 kilometres (226 mi) west of the state capital, Lucknow, and 200 kilometres (124 mi) south of the national capital New Delhi. With a population of 1,686,976 (2010 est.), it is one of the most populous cities in Uttar Pradesh and the 19th most populous in India.[1] Agra can also refer to the administrative district that has its headquarters in Agra city. The city is mentioned in the epic Mahabharata, where it was called Agrevaa ("the border of the forest").[2] Legend ascribes the founding of the city to Raja Badal Singh, a Sikarwar Rajput king (c. 1475), whose fort, Badalgarh, stood on or near the site of the present fort. However, the 11th century Persian poet Mas'ud Sa'd Salman writes of a desperate assault on the fortress of Agra, then held by the Shahi King Jayapala, by Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni.[3] Sultan Sikandar Lodi was the first to move his capital from Delhi to Agra in 1506. He died in 1517 and his son, Ibrahim Lodi, remained in power there for nine more years, finally being defeated at the Battle of Panipat in 1526.[4] Between 1540 and 1556, Afghans, beginning with Sher Shah Suri, and Hindu King Hem Chandra Vikramaditya (also called Hemu), ruled the area. It achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1556 to 1658. In the 18th century, it came under Jat rule. It is a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Bikaner

Lying in the north of the desert State, the city is dotted with scores of sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval grandeur that permeates the city's lifestyle. More readily called the camel country, the city is distinguished for the best riding camels in the world and hence boasts of having one of the largest Camel Research and Breeding farms in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here. A camel besides being a mode of transport, also works on wells. These are built on high plinths with slender minarets on each of the four corners and can be noticed even from a distance.

The history of Bikaner dates back to 1486 when a Rathore prince, Rao Bikaji founded his kingdom. Bikaji was one the five sons of Rao Jodhaji the illustrious founder of Jodhpur. But Rao Bikaji was the most adventurous of them. It is said that an insensitive remark from his father about his whispering in the Durbar provoked Bikaji to set up his own kingdom towards the north of Jodhpur. The barren wilderness called Jangladesh became his focul point and he transformed it into an impressive city. He accomplished this task with 100 cavalry horses and 500 soldiers, and established his kingdom on 84 villages abandoned by the 'Shankhlas'. When Bikaji died in 1504 his rule had extended to over 3000 villages.

Delhi

Delhi officially the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT) that includes the Indian capital New Delhi, is the second most populous metropolis in India after Mumbai, with a population of 16.3 million in 2011. The city is also the eighth most populous metropolis in the world. The NCT and its urban region have been given the special status of National Capital Region (NCR) under the Constitution of India's 69th amendment act of 1991. The greater NCR urban, which includes the neighbouring cities Baghpat, Gurgaon, Sonepat, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida and other nearby towns, has nearly 22.2 million residents.

Delhi is known to have been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC. Through most of its history, Delhi has served as a capital of kingdoms and empires. It has been invaded, ransacked and rebuilt several times, particularly during the Medieval era, and therefore the modern city of Delhi is a cluster of many cities scattered across the metropolitan region. Delhi is also believed to have been the site of Indraprastha, the legendary capital of the Pandavas during the times of the Mahabharata. Delhi re-emerged as a major political, cultural and commercial city along the trade routes between northwest India and the Gangetic plain after the rise of the Delhi sultanates. It houses many ancient and medieval monuments, archaeological sites and remains.

In 1639 AD, the Mughal emperor Shahjahan built a new walled city in Delhi which served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1649 until the Rebellion of 1857. The British had captured Delhi by 1803 and George V announced in 1911 that the capital of British-controlled parts of India would be Delhi. A new capital city, New Delhi, was built to the south of the old city during the 1920s. When India gained independence from British rule in 1947, New Delhi was declared its capital and seat of government. The name Delhi is often also used to include urban areas near the NCT, and to refer to New Delhi, which lies within the metropolis. Although technically a federally administered union territory, the political administration of the NCT of Delhi today more closely resembles that of a state of India with its own legislature, high court and an executive council of ministers headed by a Chief Minister. New Delhi is jointly administered by the federal Government of India and the local Government of Delhi, and is the capital of the NCT of Delhi.

Jaipur

Jaipur is 260 km from Delhi and 240 km from Agra and forms the golden triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. It a bustling capital city and a business centre with all the trappings of a modern metropolis but yet flavoured strongly with an age-old charm that never fails to surprise a traveller. The old Jaipur painted in Pink can grip any visitor with admiration. Stunning backdrop of ancient forts: Nahargarh, Amer, Jaigarh and Moti Doongari are apt testimonials of the bygone era and a reminder of their lingering romance and chivalry.

Jaipur is named after its founder, the warrior and astronomer sovereign, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh (ruled 1688 to 1744). The decision to move out of his hilltop capital Amer was also compelled by reasons of growing population and paucity of water. Moreover in the early 17th century the power of the great Mughals was dwindling with its aging Monarch Aurangzeb. After several centuries of invasions the north was now quiet and the wealth of the kingdom had considerably increased. Seizing upon this opportune time, Jai Singh planned his new capital in the plains. Jaipur is a corroborative evidence of Sawai Jai Singh's strong grounding in science and astrology and of a Bengali architect Vidyadhar with a strong instinct for planning.

Jaisalmer

The name Jaisalmer evokes utter magic and vibrancy of the desert. It's straight out of an Arabian Nights fable. The hostile terrain notwithstanding the warmth and colour of people is simply overwhelming. One of the main draws is the daunting 12th century Jaisalmer Fort. The beautiful havelis which were built by wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer are yet another interesting aspect of the desert city. And you can let your eyes caress the sloping sand dunes while you ramble your way in a camel safari. The desert citadel is truly a golden fantasy in the Thar Desert. Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, after whom the city finds its name, founded Jaisalmer in 1156 AD.

On advice of a local hermit Eesaal he chose the Tricut Hills as his new abode, abandoning his vulnerable old fort at Luderwa just 16 kilometres northwest. In Medieval times, its prosperity was due to its location on the main trade route linking India to Egypt and Arabia. The Bhati Rajput rulers lined their coffers with gains from traditional taxes levied on passing by caravans. They also amassed wealth through questionable means.

Ranthambhor

Ranthambhor National Park, once a princely game conserve is the scene where the celebrated Indian tigers are best seen. Ranthambhor Tiger Reserve lies on the junction of Aravali and Vindhyas just 14 Kms from Sawai Madhopur in Eastern Rajasthan. It sprawls over a varying and undulating landscape. The scenery changes dramatically from gentle and steep slopes of the Vindhyas to the sharp and conical hills of the Aravali. A tenth century fort also blends amicably with the background. Pure sands of Dhok (Anogeissus pendula) interspersed with grasslands at the plateaus, meadows in valleys and luxuriant foliage around the canals make the jungle. Three big lakes – Padam Talab (meaning Lake), Malik Talab and Raj Bagh – are similar turquoises studded in the vast forest that abounds with aquatic vegetation including duckweeds, lilies and lotus.

A significant geological feature within the park is the ‘Great Boundary Fault' where the Vindhaya plateau meets the Aravali range. The Rivers Chambal in the South and the Banas in the north bound the National Park. The park is dotted with steep rocky hills and the dominating architecture of Ranthambhor Fort (built in the 10th century), adds to its landscape. The rugged park terrain alternates between dry deciduous forest, open grassy meadow, dotted by several lakes and rivers that are only made passable by rough roads built and maintained by the Forest Service. The tiger is not the only attraction at Ranthambhor. A variety of birds including owlets, the ubiquitous langur (monkey), leopard, caracal, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, marsh crocodiles, wild boar, bears and various species of deer are the other attractions.

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