IMPERIAL RAJASTHAN TOUR
Duration : 21 Nights / 22 Days
Destinations covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Mount-Abu - Udaipur - Chittaurgarh - Kota - Ranthambhore - Agra - Delhi
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi, Meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 02 : Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast sightseeing tour of New Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British empire.
Visit the 11th century Qutab Minar ,India Gate and the grand government buildings, the President?s House , Red fort, Mahatama Gandhi Memorial, Also visit
Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 03 : Delhi - Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur & transfer to hotel. Later sightseeing of Jaipur covering 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, Jantar Mantar- the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This
observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use. Also visit Hawa Mahal -The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a
prominent landmark in Jaipur. Its five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has
953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 04 : Jaipur
After breakfast proceed for morning excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.
Amber Fort Palace :
Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his
descendent Jai Singh I. It's forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it's ultimate expression. Also
Jaigarh Fort :
Jaigarh used to be the royal arsenal. The view of the city of Jaipur from this picturesque fort on top of a hill is truly an experience of a
lifetime. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 5 : Jaipur - Mandawa
After breakfast drive to Mandawa-The medieval Fort of Mandawa gradually rises on the horizon like a mirage. A breathtaking view of the town can be seen from the terrace of Castle Mandawa. Precious collection of arms with jade handles, traditional ceremonial costumes can be seen at the Museum at the Castle.
The havelies worth a visit are Chokhani, Saraf, Goenka and Ladia in this town. Built in 1775 by Thakur Nawal Singh, descendant of Rao Shekhaji, who also
founded the city of Nawalgarh. The Castle, now a 51 rooms hotel has no two rooms alike. It also houses an interesting collection of paintings, jade, costumes
and antiques. The courtyard and the terrace come to live during evenings with candle-lit dinners and fire-dances during the season. A two hundred and forty
year old fortess, that has been converted by the family into a fine example of traditional hospitality.Arrive Mandawa & transfer to hotel.
Entering the gates, onto the sandy courtyard, you leave behind all traces of the present, becoming a part of a legend, a fantasy! War scarred turrets, lofty
domes, heroic cannons that seem to look down at you, as silent retainers in green appear to whisk you away, the tails of their orange 'safas' flapping in the
gentle breeze, mark your arrival to the fanciest destination in Shekhawati. Caparisoned camels and horses saunter in, carrying the guests as musicians blow
horns and drums roll the Royal Welcome. In the Castle, step into an arched open-fronted verandah and wander in the under the high ceilinged 'Diwan Khana'
(Darbar Hall), where the walls adorned with ancient portraits of the Mandawa family, recall a bygone era that was royal, rich and resplendent.
Afternoon walking tour of the painted 'havelis' of some of the leading business families of the country. Though they no longer live here, the local caretakers
are happy to show the visitors around. Chowkhani Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Lakshminarayan Ladia Haveli, Mohahanlal Saraf Haveli and Bhagchandika
Haveli are of special interest. Spend the major part of the day looking into frescoes. Night stay in Mandawa.
Day 06 : Mandawa - Bikaner
After breakfast drive to Bikaner -The royal fortified city with a timeless appeal. Lying in the north of the Desert State, the city is dotted with many sand dunes.
Bikaner retains the medieval splendor that pervades the city's lifestyle. More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding
camels in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here. Be it pulling heavy carts, transporting grains or working on wells, camels are
the prime helpers. The wells of Bikaner - an important source of water are other attractions of the city. These are built on high plinths with slender minareted
towers on each of the Four Corners and can be noticed even from a distance. Arrive Bikaner & transfer to hotel.
Later visit the Junagarh Fort ,constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Jai Singh, a general in the Moghul Emperor Akbar's army and the Karnimata
Temple at Deshnok. Also visit the prestigious camel breeding farm in the evening.Night stay in Bikaner.
Day 07 : Bikaner - Jaisalmer
After Breakfast drive to Jaisalmer - Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow
sandstone stands, with its awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city.
The city has an interesting legend associated with it, according to which, Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent
of the Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 AD when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and
a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital -Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta Hill. Arrive Jaisalmer & transfer to hotel. Evening
at leisure. Night stay in Jaisalmer.
Day 08 : Jaisalmer
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of The Golden City - Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert. Its temple, fort and
palaces are all built of yellow stone. The city is a mass of intricately carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies. Visit the JAISALMER FORT - The oldest
living Fort in the world, Also visit the Patwon-Ki-Havelies, Salim-Singh-Ki-Haveli , Gandhi Sagar Tank and Barabagh Hill. Night stay in Jaisalmer.
Day 09 : Jaisalmer
Day will be free to explore the culture of this unique city.
In the afternoon, visit the Khuri Sand Dunes and the typical Rajasthani Desert Village. Take a camel ride to view the sunset from the dunes, as the sky is set
on fire. It can be an unforgettable experience. Return to the village to drive back to Jaisalmer after a Rajasthani dinner served in the village amidst Rajasthani
musicians playing haunting tunes. Night stay in Jaisalmer.
Day 10 : Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur -Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert.
Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama -
the epic hero of the Ramayana. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains. The city is
encompassed by a high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions. Arrive Jodhpur & transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Jodhpur.
Day 11 : Jodhpur
Morning go for a village safari in the jeep and have a rare glimpse into the rich culture and true essence of India. Abundant wildlife (game) and memorable
moments of the great desert landscape fascinates one while driving along the countryside. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jodhpur - gateway to the desert beyond, home of the Rathors of Marwar, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, rising up a hilly scarp, built
on the advice of a hermit, overlooking the city in the image of a long sentinel. Inside the Fort are a number of palaces added by successive rulers. In this
palace you would see different miniature paintings & cradle room. Later visit Jaswant Thada Memorial & the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Night stay in Jodhpur.
Day 12 : Jodhpur - Mt Abu
After breakfast drive to Mount Abu -At 1,200 meters, Mount Abu is the highest point of the Aravalli range passing through Rajasthan. The only hill resort of
Rajasthan. It is build around a lake and is surrounded by forested hills. According to the legend, the place derives its name from ARBUDA, a serpent who
descended to the spot to rescue Shiva's bull NANDI. Besides having all the features of a pleasant hill resort, this place is also famous for the DILWARA
TEMPLES and many more archeological remains. There are romantic royal retreats and relics of the Raj. Enjoy boating at the Nakki Lake and visit the temples
and the museum. Night stay in Mount Abu .
Day 13 : Mt. Abu
Day will be at Mt Abu. Visit the Dilwara Temples during the day. The architecture of these temples is very interesting and famous. Evening at leisure. Night
stay in Mount Abu.
Day 14 : Mount Abu - Udaipur
After breakfast drive to Udaipur -The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravallis. A vision in white
drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and
Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and
chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichhola is an enticing sight. Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar - a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty
for 1200 Years.
Arrive Udaipur & transfer to hotel.Later proceed for Evening Motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From he boat you will be able to view
the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other island palace in the
middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace.Evening at leisure. Night stay in Udaipur.
Day 15 : Udaipur
Proceed for day sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass
windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard. Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, the Jagdish Temple and the local folk Museum.
Night stay in Udaipur.
Day 16 : Udaipur - Chittaurgarh
After breakfast drive to Chittaurgarh - The pride and glory of Rajasthan, Chittaur echoes with the tales of romance and valor unique to the Rajput tradition. A
ruined citadel - Where the royal past lives in its imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular chattris. This fortified settlement has been ravaged thrice
and each time the outcome was 'Jauhar'-when women and children immolated themselves on a huge funeral pyre while men donned in saffron robes of
martyrdom rode out of the fort towards a certain death. Arrive Chittaurgarh & transfer to hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing of Chittaurgarh Fort -Believed
to have been constructed by the Mori rulers in the 7th century, this fort is located on a 180m high hill, covering 700 acres. "Tablets" and "Chattris" lie
between several monumental gates. Also visit Padmini Palace - The palace of the legendary queen of Mewar. Night stay in Chittaurgarh.
Day 17 : Chittaurgarh - Kota
Morning drive to Kota -Along the eastern bank of the Chambal River lies Kota - an amazing juxtaposition of the majestic medieval age and modern
industrialization, temples and untouched wealth of impressive forts, opulent palaces and splendid temples. Kota dates back over several centuries but still
retains its past glory, present day edifices and heavy industries. The industries have made it the industrial heartland of Rajasthan.
The history of the city dates back to the 12th century AD when the HADA Chieftain, Rao Deva, conquered the territory and founded Bundi and Hadoti. Later,
in the early 17th century AD during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, the ruler of Bundi -Rao Ratan Singh, gave the smaller principality of Kota to his
son, Madho Singh. Since then Kota became a hallmark of the Rajput gallantry and culture.
Arrive Kota & transfer to hotel. Later sightseeing of Kota covering Brijraj Bhawan Palace, a colonial style palace, situated on the bank of river Chambal, was
build in the early nineties. The palace has large spacious rooms that are tastefully done up with antique furniture. An intresting feature of the palace is the
fact that almost all the rooms overlook the Chambal river providing an arrresting view of the mighty river. Umed Bhawan Palace is one of the most beautiful
palaces of Kota. Built in 1009 by Maharao Umed Singh II of Kota. This palace was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob who spent many years in Rajasthan. The
overall design of the palace is European. There is an Edwardian drawing room, a billiard room and a very well laid out garden surrounding the palace. There are long corridors, courtyard and Italian marble floors. Chambel Garden The lush green garden at Amar Niwas makes a lovely picnic spot. While absorbing the
ambience of the place one can enjoy a boat ride. Maharao Madho Singh Museum situated in the old palace, it houses a rich collection of Rajput paintings of
the Kota school, exquisite sculptures and other valuable antiques. The museum is the treasure house of artistic items used by the rulers of kota. Night stay in
Day 18 : Kota - Ranthambhore
After breakfast drive to Ranthambhore - the famous Tiger Reserve, is perhaps the best place in the world to sight a tiger in the wild. The Ranthambhore
National Park has had more Tiger sightings than any other National Park in the country. It has come to be known as "The land of the Tiger", where most of
the documented footage of this majestic beast has been recorded. It spreads over a highly undulating topography varying from gentle to steep slopes; from
flat topped hills of the Vindhyas to the conical hillocks and sharp ridges of the Aravallis, from wide and flat valleys to narrow rocky gorges. An important
geological feature the 'Great Boundary Fault' where the Vindhya plateaus meet the Aravali hill Ranges, meanders through the Reserve. The River Chambal in
the South and the River Banas in the North bind the National Park.
Ranthambhore forest is of tropical dry deciduous type further classified as Dhok climax forest because of the predominance of Dhok (Anogeissus pendulla)
found nearly everywhere. Dhok is an extremely hardy tree, capable of withstanding prolonged droughts. The leaf of this tree is good fodder and they are
browsed by herbivores, and form a significant part of their diet. Even the dry, fallen leaves, eaten by them, are rich source of nutrition. The lakes abound with
aquatic vegetation including Duckweed, lilies and lotus. A haven for a multitude of wild animals, the Park boasts of playing host to tigers, leopards, the
elusive hyenas, sloth bears, wild boars, crocodiles and so on. Besides, there are over 300 species of birds, from the majestic Crested Serpent Eagle to the
exotic Golden Oriole.
Tiger, at the apex of the food chain, lord over the kingdom in a subtle way. Solitary by nature, it operates in stealth. Therefore tiger sightings, frequent as
they are, are always a matter of chance. However, even evidences of tiger's activities are very exciting. Ranthambhore is also very rich in bird life with over
300 species of birds. In fact, for a keen bird-watcher Ranthambhore and its surrounding areas are paradise. Birds like Greylag geese, Bar headed geese,
Painted stork, Pochards, Gadwall, Mallard, Tawny Eagle, Greater and Lesser Spotted Eagle, the rare Black Eagle, Greater and Lesser Flamingoes and many
more are regular winter migrants which come from their nesting grounds north of Himalayas to Ranthambhore and surrounding areas. Besides Tiger, there
are many other animals to observe, understand and enjoy, Elegant and graceful Spotted Deer, huge Sambar, Crocodiles basking around the banks of the
lakes, Vultures soaring in the sky, Crested Serpent Eagle scanning the ground from its perch or the kaleidoscope of waterfowls at the pools are all the
interest for a visitor with sensitivity. Day at leisure. Night stay in Ranthmbhore.
Day 19 : Ranthambhore
Morning & Afternoon Jungle safari by Canter. Night stay in Ranthmbhore.
Day 20 : Ranthambhore - Agra
After breakfast drive to Agra-Badal Singh established the city of Taj in 1475. Agra finds mention in the Mahabharat as Agraban. This city in those days was
considered to be the sister-city of Mathura, which was more prominent than Agraban. Agra came into its own when the Lodhi Kings chose this place beside
the River Yamuna to be their capital city. Sikander Lodhi made Agra his capital but Babar defeated the Lodhis to capture not only Agra but also laid the
foundation of the Mughal empire. The coming of Babar heralded a new era, which was to see Agra at its zenith during the reign of Akbar, Jehangir and Shah
Jahan. It was during Akbar's period that Agra became the center of art, culture and commerce and learning. This trend reached its height when Shah Jahan
became the ruler.
In the Mid 16th century and earlier 17th century Agra witnessed a frenzied building activity and it was during this time when the symbol of love Taj Mahal
was built. The buildings made during this era were purely in the contemporary Mughal style and of very high quality. The same is still reflected in whatever
monuments remain in Agra. The narrow lanes of Agra filled with aroma of Mughlai cuisine, the craftsman who are busy in crating master pieces with their skill
all remind of the Mughal royalty which this city had once experienced. Today whatever remains, has become a major tourist attraction which has taken Agra
again to the heights of glory but this time as a major tourist destination of India. Arrive Agra & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Agra.
Day 21 : Agra - Delhi
Morning at sunrise visit the TAJ MAHAL - one of the Seven Wonders of the World was built by Shah Jahan in 1631 AD and was completed in 1651AD. Taj
Mahal - The symbol of Love was built in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal (Shah Jahan' s second Wife). Also visit Agra Fort - Built by the famed Mughal emperor
Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. Later
drive to Delhi via Sikandra and the holy city of Mathura. Arrive Delhi & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 22 : Departure
Transfer to airport to connect the onward flight.
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