Colorful Heritage Tour of Rajasthan

Colorful Heritage Tour of Rajasthan

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

This trip covers the maximum tourist places of Rajasthan along with Agra’s Taj Mahal and Delhi city. A remarkable itinerary to experience Northern India

Assistance on arrival in Delhi and transfer to your hotel and overnight stay in the hotel

Day 02: Delhi – Mandawa

Morning after Breakfast, you will proceed to Mandawa in the heart of the semi-arid Shekhawati region. Shekhawati owes its name to Rao Shekha who ruled this area in the 14th century. The Fort of Mandawa was built in the year 1755 by Thakur Nawal Singh, the founder of the town. These were the times when Mandawa was settled and fortified by the richand dominant Silk Route merchants of the region, who constructed many Havelis (Mansions), Chhatris (Cenotaphs), Temples and Baolis (Step-wells) with ornate frescoes adorning their walls and now aptly given the epithet – Open-Air Gallery. With the migration of these merchant families, their old settlements remained in total obscurity with no one to look after them. Mandawa still retains the charm and aura of a bygone era and coming here is like stepping into a different world. Overnight stay in Mandawa hotel

Day 03: Mandawa – Bikaner

After breakfast, enjoy half day city tour visiting Mandawa Fort, located in the very heart of Mandawa and a classic example of the famed Rajput style of architecture. It houses many beautiful paintings and frescoes that dazzle the eyes and now been converted into a heritage hotel.

Later proceed to Bikaner, founded by Rao Bikaji (1465-1504 AD) in the year 1488 AD. He was a Rajput prince, descendent of the founder of neighbouring Jodhpur. It lies in the north-western part of Rajasthan and has a stark beauty of the desert landscape with wide-spread sand dunes and thorny shrubs growing around. Fort, Palaces and people with colourful traditional costumes are the chief attractions of the city. The Camel Breeding Farm in Bikaner is only one of its kinds in the whole Asia and so is the illustrious Camel Festival. Overnight stay in Bikaner hotel

Day 04: Bikaner – Jaisalmer

Morning after having your breakfast, enjoy city tour visiting Junagarh Fort, built in the year 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh (1571-1612 AD), the 6th ruler of Bikaner. The Fort is a formidable structure and largely remained unconquered during its eventful history. It houses number of beautiful Palaces, Temples and Pavilions, which are richly decorated. Beautifully maintained rooms of Anup Mahal now display the treasures of the Royal family. The Fort Museum has an extensive collection of illuminated manuscripts, jewellery, jars, carpets, weapons, treaties, decorations and Farmans (King’s Orders).

Later you will head to Jaisalmer, often described as Golden city was founded in the year 1156 by Bhatti Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. Because of its strategic location it was an important ancient trading centre and camel caravans laden with precious spices and silk crossed the territory en-route India, Sindh, Arabia and Europe. The merchants of the 19th century built Havelis (Mansions) that are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone and are still in a beautiful condition. Overnight stay in the hotel

Day 05: Jaisalmer

Morning enjoy city tour visiting Jaisalmer Fort, built in the year 1156 by Rawal Jaisal. Perched on 80m high hill, housing the entire township within its ramparts, the golden hued Fort is standing like a sentinel in the bleak desert landscape. It is the only “Living Fort” in India and within its ramparts has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely Havelis (Mansions), Palaces and beautifully sculptured Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century AD

Later in evening visit Sam to take the Camel ride on the Sand Dunes. Overnight stay in the hotel

Day 06: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur

In the morning after breakfast, proceed to Jodhpur bustling desert city of Rajasthan. Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, founded the city in the year 1459 and it is named after him. It was formerly the seat of Princely state Marwar. Overnight stay in the hotel

Day 07:  Jodhpur

After breakfast, proceed for city tour of Jodhpur, visiting the Mehrangarh Fort (Majestic Fort), one of the most impressive and formidable structures of India. Built by Rao Jodha, this 5km long Fort is on a 125m high hill and has some magnificent palaces with marvellously carved panels latticed window. The Fort Museum houses an exquisite collection of palanquins, howdahs (Elephant saddles), royal cradles, miniatures paintings, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. Also visit Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in the year 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. It is an architectural landmark of Jodhpur. Overnight stay in the hotel

Day 08: Jodhpur – Udaipur via Ranakpur

In the Morning, after breakfast you will travel to Udaipur – known as the City of “Lakes & Palaces” was founded in the year 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh. Undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities in India, its beautiful Palaces are mirrored in the calm waters of Lake Pichola and  the city is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples. En route visit Ranakpur, renowned for some marvellously carved Jain temples in marble, created in the 15th century AD during the reign of Rana Kumbha. Overnight stay in Udaipur hotel

Day 09: Udaipur

After breakfast, start your day with visit to the City Palace, built in the year 1725. The magnificence of the Palace starts right from its entrance at the northern Tripolia Gate that brings us to the central courtyard, the best place to view the facade of filigreed balconies and ornate cupola-topped towers. Next place of sight seeing is Sahelion ki Bari (Garden of Maids of Honour) is an ornamental garden built by Maharana Sangram Singh for his daughter and the Ladies of the Queen’s court. Also visit Jagdish Temple, the Indo-Aryan temple, built in the year 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh, is the largest and the most beautiful temple of Udaipur with noteworthy sculpted images. Evening enjoy boat ride on Lake Pichola, the beauty of the lake is enhanced by the surrounding hills, palaces, temples and embankments. The Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) and Jag Mandir, are the two island palaces on the lake which appears like pearls in the lake. Overnight stay in the hotel

Day 10: Udaipur – Puskar

After breakfast, you will head to Pushkar – the sacred city of Hindus. The city is always in buzz with activities like festivals and fairs, safaris, pilgrimages etc. throughout the year. Overnight stay in the hotel

Day 11: Pushkar – Jaipur

After breakfast in the hotel, explore the beautiful Brahma Temple. Post visiting the temple; proceed to Jaipur – Pink City of India. With its rich and colourful past, resplendent with tales of bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities of India. The city was founded in 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. Overnight stay in the hotel

Day 12: Jaipur

In the morning enjoy full day guided city tour visiting Amber Fort with Elephant ride; Jantar Mantar – the Solar Observatory, an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate time predictions till date. Next is the visit to Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied structure of pink sandstone. It was built in year 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down through its 593 stone Jharokas (mini windows). Overnight in the hotel

Day 13: Jaipur – Agra via Fatehpur Sikri

After having breakfast in the hotel you will travel to Agra. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri , the political capital of India’s Mughal Empire under Akbar’s reign, from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. Overnight stay in the Agra hotel

Day 14: Agra – Delhi

Morning visit Taj Mahal, symbol of eternal love, which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal emperor, Shah Jehan in the year 1631 in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was completed in 22 years. Also visit Agra Fort, taken over from the Lodhis by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century. The Fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. It was built from red sandstone, often inlaid with white marble and intricate decorations. Later you will travel to Delhi and overnight stay in Delhi hotel

Day 15: Delhi

After breakfast in the hotel, enjoy full day city tour visiting Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest and best known mosque in India. Later enjoy rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk, a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jahan. City tour also includes visit to Raj Ghat, India Gate, President House, Humayun’s Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site and the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Lastly, visit Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aybak. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture.

Later in the evening, transfer to airport for your onward destination.

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