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RAJASTHAN HERITAGE TOUR

Rajasthan Heritage Tour

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OUR PROGRAM



FIRST DAY - Arrival Delhi

Arrival in Delhi and be met by our representative at the airport welcoming you to India with fresh flowers. Transfer to the Hotel for immediate occupancy of the rooms already reserved for you. Overnight in Delhi.

SECOND DAY - Delhi-Mandawa ( 257 Kms 07 Hrs. )

After having breakfast at hotel drive to Mandawa, arrival in Mandawa, check in hotel. After having little relaxation visit to the heart of Shekhawati-In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan lies the beautiful small town Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis. The structures of this place remind one of the cultural and social hotspot this place used to be in the bygone era. The compact and busy little market town of Mandawa was settled and fortified in 18th century by the dominant merchant families of the region. The wealthy businessmen of the village constructed many havelis and baolis with colored painting adorning their walls. Later on, with the migration of these merchant families, their old settlements remained in total obscurity with no one to look after them. Despite the time lapse and ignorance about these visual and architectural extravaganzas, their attraction did not fade and today they are some of the major attractions for the tourists visiting Rajasthan. Castle Mandwa : the most popular place, towering high above the town Mandawa, this rugged, handsome fort guides the tired and weary traveler to it's portals. Mustachioed sword bearing guards stand at the immensely tall, spiked gate to welcome the travelers. Gulab Rai Wadia Haveli: Another haveli worth asking for by name is Gulab Rai Wadia Haveli, in the south of town, where the decoration of the outer and inner walls is perhaps the finest in Shekhawati. Blue washes here and there betray twentieth-century censorship of the erotic scenes that had been commonly acceptable one hundred years earlier. Chowkhadi Haveli : Chowkhadi Haveli is unique in the region for having twin wings. Its murals are particularly beautiful and well preserved; look for the miserable British soldiers and chillum -smoking sadhu on the walls in the recess of the facadeGoenka Double Haveli : The outer walls, jutting balconies, alcoves and overhanging upper storeys of the Goenka Double Haveli in the west of town are replete with patterns and paintings, ranging from traditional Rajasthani women and religious motifs to Europeans in stylish hats and Victorian finery. Overnight stay at hotel.

THIRD DAY - Delhi to Agra (203 Kms)

In the morning proceed for Agra by car at 0800 hrs. The drive will take 4 hours and you will be there by noon. Agra is the unique Mughal City, where the world marvels at the epitome of love, beauty and sacrifice, The Taj-Mahal one of the wonders of the world. So overwhelming is the magic monument, that Agra has been immortalized, as the City of the Taj. The most modern areas of the town, such as the cantonment, dates back over a hundred years. Your City Tour will include – Sikandra (the Tomb of King Akbar), Agra fort with its exquisitely rich palaces, Itmud-Ud-Duala and the magnificent TAJ MAHAL -about which legion of tributes have been written. Overnight in Agra.

FOURTH DAY - Agra to Jaipur (250 Kms)

In the morning proceed for Jaipur at 0930 hrs. Enroute visit to Fatehpur Sikri, the ancient capital of King Akbar. This deserted city lies along the top of a ridge. This new capital had to be abandoned, only 14 years after it was created, due to lack of water. But the splendid palaces and mosques remain as a dream. However, this ghost city, is worth a view for its buildings, and can be classified into religious and architectural wonders. After sightseeing, continue journey to Jaipur, reach there by early evening. Overnight at Heritage Hotel in Jaipur.

FIFTH DAY - Jaipur

The picturesque capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is also known as the Pink city. There is a timeless appeal in the colorful bazaars of Jaipur, where one can shop for Rajasthani items like handlooms and trinkets. Beautifully gardens, attractive monuments and marvelous Havelis (mansion) & Palaces, are worthy of admiration. Start your city Tour with an early morning visit to the Fort of Amer, which was the capital of ancient Rajputs. Ride up to the gates on elephant back and explore the great fortress palace buildings. Amer or Amber was the former capital of the Kachhwaha Rajputs, for many centuries. The Palace and the Jaigarh fort show distinct Mughal influence. Spend rest of the day visiting -City Palace (an true example of imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The Maharaja of Jaipur still lives in part of the palace), Jantar Mantar Observatory (This is the largest of five observatories built during 18th century. Its massive masonry instruments are of an extraordinary precision & can still be used to measure local time, the sun's declination and altitude, the declination of fixed stars & planets & also to determine the time of an eclipse of the sun), & Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal) and other local attractions in Jaipur. Overnight in Jaipur.

SIXTH DAY - Jaipur to Ranthambore (160 Kms)

In the morning, drive towards Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore) at 0800 hrs. The drive will take approx. 3 hours. The National Park of Ranthambore is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country, under the Project Tiger. Ranthambhor sanctuary has a large numbers of sambar, chittal, nilgai, chinkara, langurs, wild boar and peafowl. While deer congregate here to drink water, fresh water crocodiles, can be seen basking in the winter sun to regulate their body temperature. The lake also attracts a large number of migratory and local birds. The local fauna of the Park includes leopard, hyena, Jackal, Jungle cat, sloth bear and a little population of pythons. The majestic predators, assured of protection, roam freely during the daytime and can be seen at close quarters. Go for evening Jungle safari in open canter with naturalist (wild life Guide). Overnight in Sawai Madhopur.

SEVENTH DAY - Ranthambore to Pushkar (270 Kms)

Go for a very early morning (0530 hrs) Jungle safari in open canter with naturalist (wild life Guide). Come back by the time of breakfast. You will also have a chance to visit Ranthambore Fort. Ranthambores gloriously past manifests itself in this fort. Built in 10th Century atop steep high creek, the fort wall runs round the summit and has a number of semi-circular bastions, some with sheer drops of over 65 m and stunning views. Ruined pavilions, walls and splendid monuments are interspersed within the majestic fort. After that, Proceed towards Pushkar in the afternoon. The drive will take approx 5 hours. Evening is free. Overnight at Pushkar Palace (Now converted into Heritage Hotel).

EIGHTH DAY - Pushkar to Udaipur (285 Kms)

On the edge of the desert lies the tiny tranquil town of Pushkar, along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake, in a narrow dry valley, overshadowed by impressive rocky hills, which offer spectacular views of the desert at sunset. The lake is almost magically beautiful in the early morning or late evening light, is one of the most sacred lakes of India and an important pilgrimage spot for the Hindus. Visit all the major attractions of the city like Pushkar lake, The Temple of God Brahma (It is the only temple in the world of God Brahma) etc. with our guide in the morning. After sightseeing, drive towards Udaipur. Reach Udaipur late in the evening. Overnight in Udaipur.

NINTH DAY - Udaipur

The city of Udaipur is also known as ‘City of lakes’ or ‘Venice of the East’. It is an enchanting city in true manner. It is a vision in white, drenched in romance and beauty. From the azure water lakes in the midst of sandy terrain, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experience. It is like a kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carrying the flavor of its heroic past. Go for the sightseeing of Udaipur including all major attractions like City Palace (the residence of King of Udaipur), Sahelio ki Badi (the former play ground exclusively for Princess of Rajasthan), Jagdeesh Temple (has very much historic and religious values for Hindus), Rana Pratap Memorial etc. Overnight in Udaipur.

TENTH DAY - Udaipur to Jodhpur (via Ranakpur) 260 Kms

In the morning, proceed to Jodhpur via Ranakpur. The tranquil pilgrimage town of the Jains, Ranakpur is also known as the Khajuraho of the Rajasthan. The temples of Ranakpur are a MUST VISIT and shouldn’t be missed while going to Jodhpur from Udaipur. After sightseeing, continue journey to Jodhpur. Overnight in Jodhpur.

ELEVENTH DAY - Jodhpur

The Blue City of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is the second biggest city and is on the edge of Thar Desert. It was established by Rao Jodha, in the 15th century and has become the largest and the most progressive of the Rajput states. In Jodhpur, the genius of the sculptors comes to life, in its exquisite palaces, forts, temples and havelis, which stand as a testimony to the imperial grandeur. Your City Tour includes all the major attractions including Fort. Overnight in Jodhpur.

TWELFTH DAY - Jodhpur to Jaiselmer (285 Kms)

Proceed towards Jaiselmer by car in the morning at 1000 hrs. Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert, like a golden mirage, is the magical city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone, stands with its entire awesome splendor, dominating the amber - hued city. The fort inside, perched on its hilltop, contains some gems of Jain temple building, while beautifully decorated merchants havelis, are scattered through the town. Jaisalmer gives convenient access to the surrounding desert wilderness, sand dunes and oasis villages, ideal for camel rides and safaris. Overnight in Jaiselmer.

THIRTEENTH DAY - Jaiselmer

Tour of Jaiselmer including all major attractions and camel safari. Jaiselmer is the place to simply wander and get lost. In the evening visit the sunset point on camel back and witness the most spectacular sunset. Overnight in Swiss Camps near to Jaiselmer.

FOURTEENTH DAY - Jaiselmer to Bikaner (333 Kms)

Proceed to Bikaner by car in the morning at 1000 hrs. A citadel of culture and camels, this royal fortified city has a timeless appeal. Dotted with many sand dunes, Bikaner is an oasis. The rocky outcrop in a barren landscape provides a dramatic setting for the Junagarh Fort, one of the finest in Rajasthan. The magnificent forts and palaces, created with delicacy in reddish-pink sandstone, bear testimony to its rich historical and architectural legacy. Undulating bazaars and bright cheerful folks make Bikaner an interesting experience. Evening free. Overnight in Bikaner.

FIFTEENTH DAY - Bikaner to Mukundgarh (200 Kms)

In the morning, half day tour of City with our guide. After sightseeing, proceed towards Mukundgarh by car. Overnight at Fort Mukundgarh (now converted into Heritage Hotel).

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