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ESSENCE OF RAJASTHAN

DURATION:17 NIGHTS / 18 DAYS DESTINATION:DELHI – AGRA – JAIPUR – DEOGARH – CHITTORGARH – UDAIPUR – KUMBHALGARH – RANAKPUR – JODHPUR – JAISALMER – BIKANER – MANDAWA – DELHI

Introduction

Unravel the unexplored mysteries of the very essence of Rajasthan. Start the journey by experiencing the good old charm of Old Delhi and its magnificent history which will make you fall in love with the place. Move on to Agra and get immersed in the beauty of Taj Mahal- the symbol of eternal love. The Rajasthan tour that includes visiting the city of palaces- Jaipur; the city of war and romance- Chittorgarh; the city of Lakes- Udaipur; the Sun City- Jodhpur and many other places of tourist interest will enthrall you and make you feel happy and jublious. It will be a lifetime experience for you. So, pack your bags and get set go.

DAY 01: Arrive Delhi

On your arrival at Delhi International airport, you shall be met by our officials who will transfer you to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Delhi.

DAY 02: In Delhi

Have breakfast in the hotel. Follow it up with full day sightseeing tour of both Delhi via metro or auto-rickshaw. Have a glimpse of the splendid architecture of Old Delhi built by late emperor Shah Jahan. Visit the biggest mosque of India- Jama Masjid, which was Shah Jahan’s place to experience serenity and offer prayers to the Almighty. It took almost six years to complete building the mosque which features three gateways and two towering minarets standing tall at 40m. You shall be taken aback with the fact that around 25,000 worshippers can offer prayers at the same time in this majestic mosque. Not only this, one can even have a panoramic view of the colonial Delhi from the top of southern minaret. The visitors shall be then moved to seeing monuments in New Delhi like Humayun’s Tomb, Lotus Temple and Qutub Minar. After the tour, the travelers shall be allowed to stay back in Old Delhi for some time and later meet with rest of the group and back to Hotel.
Overnight stay in Delhi.

DAY 03: Delhi-Agra

Have breakfast in the hotel. Depart for Agra by road. The total distance will be around 220 km and it will take a total of 4 hours to reach Agra. On arrival, you shall be transferred to the hotel. Later in the day, you shall be taken on a tour to Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife- Mumtaz. The evening shall be spent watching the glorifying sunset at Taj Mahal.
Overnight stay in Agra.

DAY 04: Agra-Jaipur

Have breakfast in the hotel. Departure to Jaipur by road via visiting beautiful Fatehpur Sikri. A total of 250 km and a span of 5 hours shall take you to Jaipur. Jaipur- the city of royal palaces was founded in the year 1569 during the reign of Mughal emperor Akbar and the city remained the capital of Mughal Empire from the years 1571 to 1585. Fatehpur Sikri which took around fifteen years to be constructed during the rule of Akbar possess a series of royal palaces, courts, mosque and private quarters that can make any traveler fall in love with the place. It is the Fatehpur Sikri which is the quite popularly known for speaking volumes about the legends of Akbar and his courtiers i.e. the nine jewels including Birbal. It is also known to be one of the best and most preserved collections of Mughal Architecture in India. You shall be continuing the drive to Jaipur. On arrival, you shall be transferred to the hotel in Jaipur.
Overnight stay in Jaipur.

DAY 05: In Jaipur

Have breakfast at the hotel. You will then be taken on a tour to Jaipur- the city of royal palaces. The city is quietly known to be the first planned city as one can witness wide streets and beautiful gardens all around which is otherwise not found in other urban cities. The people here are warm and hospitable and welcome visitors like their own family members. The Amber fort, known for its enthralling fortress will be visited during sightseeing. Made with white marble and red sandstone, it is quite a beautiful creation that will stun everyone. When there is mention of Amber fort, no one can forget the mention of Sheesh Mahal which witnesses awe-inspiring mirrored halls. Also on tour list is the Hawa Mahal which is known to be the Palace of Winds. Built with red and pink sandstone, the palace dons a total of 5 storeys and around 935 windows. The main reason behind its construction was to allow women to gaze out at the city without themselves being seen. Since there were a lot of openings, it helped the rulers staying in the palace to get a cool breeze during hot weather. After sightseeing, you shall be treated with traditional Rajasthani lunch and then transfer you to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Jaipur.

DAY 06: Jaipur-Deogarh

Have breakfast at hotel. Later drive towards Deogarh covering a distance of 250 km in 5 hours. Arrival to Deogarh. Spend the afternoon in the hotel. In the evening, you are free to explore the place. Deogarh is a small place which lies amidst the beautiful Aravalis mountain range. One can witness the rocky hills throughout the uneven terrain. One can also have a glimpse of huge citadels and several enthralling lakes that can win over the heart of anyone. The place is also well known for being home to great skilled artisans. Do not miss exploring the majestic Deogarh Mahal and its breathtaking surroundings. The Mahal denotes the very essence of the powerful Mewar rulers and the paintings on the walls describe how they used to rule their subjects. There are small family shrines and a series of narrow passages as well as staircases which displays how the entrance was defended easily during their reign. There is a Central Courtyard which proudly depicts the white marble Deogarh throne. Keep exploring the palace. Later return to hotel.
Overnight stay in Deogarh.

DAY 7: Deogarh-Chittorgarh

Have breakfast in the hotel. Later drive to Chittorgarh covering a distance of 140 km in 3 ½ hours. Arrival at Chittorgarh. Spend the afternoon in the hotel. Later, in the evening, explore Chittorgarh. The city of war and romance shall enthrall you to the core. It highlights the heroism and sacrifice of both men and women which is evident from the tales that are sung by the Bards of Rajasthan. It depicts the real saga of imperial love and imperial clashes. Chittorgarh fort is known to be the ‘pride of Rajasthan State’. The fort stands tall at 180 meters. It covers an area of 700 acres and depicts the valor and courage of the people here. The fort is also known to be ‘Water Fort’ as it has nearly 84 water bodies in the form of ponds, wells and step wells. After sightseeing, return to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Chittorgarh.

DAY 8: Chittorgarh-Udaipur

Have Breakfast in the hotel. Later, leave for Udaipur covering a distance of 120 kms in 2 ½ hours. Arrival at Udaipur. Check into the hotel and spend the afternoon in a relaxed manner. In the evening, visit Udaipur-the City of Lakes and City of Sunrise. Stroll around the local market and enjoy a boat ride in Lake Pichola. Return to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Udaipur.

DAY 9: In Udaipur

Have breakfast in the hotel. Follow it up with full day sightseeing. If you wish to experience a cool breeze of air in hot regions of Udaipur, then come over to experience the serenity of delightful Pichola Lake, Fateh Sagar Lake and picturesque Jaisamand Lake. Go on exploring the City Palace that towers over the Pichola Lake. Although the construction was started by Maharana Uday Singh, however, it was the other Maharanas who added several palaces to the complex. The Hati Pol and Bari Pol, the main gates of entrance to this Palace are quite famous. Moving on, you can experience the warmth of royal luxury as you walk along the corridors of Fateh Prakash Palace which display large paintings of the Mewar school. Yet another reason to visit Udaipur is to get accustomed with the beautiful Lake Palace whose image lies in the middle of the lake. The mind blowing and intricate craftsmanship with ethnic themes as well as use of textile and handicrafts all over accentuate the beauty of the palace. Don’t miss visiting Jagdish temple and Saheliyonkibari. Return to the hotel.OVERNIGHT STAY IN THE HOTEL.

DAY 10: Udaipur-Kumbhalgarh

Have breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Kumbhalgarh covering a distance of 80 kms in 2 hours. On arrival, spend some time relaxing in the hotel. Later, go sightseeing the place. Kumbhalgarh is situated at 1914 meters above the sea level and is bounded by 13 crests in the Aravali mountain range. Kumbhalgarh fort was built by RanaKumbha in 15Th Century AD. The fort used to serve the rulers of Mewar as a place of refuge in times of strife. The fort has some of the most beautiful temples built by Mauryas as well as palaces and gardens. It also offers a picturesque image of the surroundings.Overnight stay in Kumbhalgarh

DAY 11: Kumbhalgarh-Ranakpur-Jodhpur

Have breakfast in the hotel. Drive towards Jodhpur via Ranakpur. Ranakpur is renowned as being home to holy places. One of the well known holy places is the Chaumukha shrine which is devoted to the first missionary of Jainism- Adinath. One can have a glimpse at the skillfully imprinted 1444 columns and you will be surprised to see that no two columns counterpart each other. On arrival to Jodhpur, check into the hotel.
Overnight stay in Jodhpur.

DAY 12: In Jodhpur

Have breakfast in the hotel. Follow it up with full day sightseeing. Start with exploring the majestic Mehrangarh fort which lies on a steep hill and is one of the largest forts of India. Made with hard sandstones, the fort displays the works of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures. Since the fort is situated on the hill, it presents a spectacular view of the city’s horizon. The richly adorned windows and walls of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal and Sheesh Mahal in the fort will take you to an all new world. You will also enjoy seeing the well-preserved collection of musical instruments, palanquins, royal costumes, furniture etc. Move towards Jaswant Thada which lies close to the fort complex and is made of white marble. It is the 19th century Royal cenotaph which was built by Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and displays the rare portraits of Maharajas of Jodhpur. If it is shopping on your mind, then Sardar market is the best place to cherish. Stay back in the market for some time. Then return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Jodhpur.

DAY 13: Jodhpur-Jaisalmer

Have breakfast in the hotel. Depart for Jaisalmer by road. Cover a distance of 290 kms in 5 hours. Arrive in Jaisalmer. Check into the hotel. Overnight stay in Jaisalmer.

DAY 14: In Jaisalmer

Have breakfast in the hotel. Follow it up with full day sightseeing tour to Jaisalmer, Rajasthan’s Golden City. The place is quite renowned for its artistic marvels amidst the hot deserts. Be it intricate carvings on walls or beautifully made jharokhas and balconies of splendid palaces, everything here is worth watching out. The Jaisalmer fort also popularly known as Sonar Quila merges with the golden hues of the desert areas thereby giving a fairy tale look. It is a kind of architectural beauty that can’t be seen anywhere else in the world. Moving on with the tour, you can have a glimpse of Patwon ji ki Haveli which stands tall with five storeys, and is the largest haveli situated in a narrow lane. The extensively carved pillars, corridors and chambers with beautiful mural work give the haveli an alluring look. Jaisalmer is particularly a desert city which invokes a picture in the minds of the travelers about a camel moving around in desert areas. Of course, you will enjoy camel safaris during sightseeing. In fact, Sam Sand dunes which are sandy bush less deserts are perfect to watch out sunrise and sunset and are a must visit during the tour. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Jaisalmer.

DAY 15: Jaisalmer-Bikaner

Have breakfast in the hotel. Depart for Bikaner by road, covering a distance of 330 km in 6 hours. Arrive in Bikaner. Check into the hotel. Overnight stay in Bikaner.

DAY 16- In Bikaner

Breakfast in the hotel. Follow it up with sightseeing tour of Bikaner city. Visit the unassailable fortress- Junagarh fort, which was never been conquered by anyone. It was built by Raja Rai Singh in 1593 A.D who was the distinguished general in the army of Emperor Akhbar. The main entrances of the fort that are Karan Pol and Suraj Pol are distinguished works of architecture. Some of the magnificent palaces that lie in the fort itself like Anup Mahal, Rang Mahal and Ganga Niwas made of red sandstone and marble, are quite well known for their picturesque and intricate artwork. The tourists shall then be taken to Lalgarh Palace, built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in memory of his father in the year 1902. It is an architectural masterpiece made in red sandstone and is a fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European architecture. Go on visiting Ganga Singh museum which showcases some of the finest works of prehistoric Harrapan culture and Gupta period which include paintings, arts and crafts, terracotta, pottery and coins and carpets as well. Lastly, you shall be spending the day in Camel Research farm and witness how the ‘ship of the desert’ is decorated and sold at cattle fairs. Overnight stay in Bikaner.

DAY 17: Bikaner-Mandawa

Have breakfast in the hotel. Later drive towards Mandawa covering a distance of 190kms in 4 hours. Arrive in Mandawa. Check into hotel. Spend afternoon in relaxation. Later, go on sightseeing tour to Mandawa Castle which lies in the Shekhawati region. It is now a renowned art gallery as it exhibits numerous wall paintings and extensive frescoes paintings. There are other famous havelis like Gulab Rai Ladia Haweli known for exceptional murals and Bansidhar Nevatia Haveli which shows real evidence of Wright Brothers’ maiden flight, will be visited during the tour. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Mandawa.

DAY 18: Mandawa-Delhi

Have breakfast in the hotel. Depart for Delhi. On arrival to Delhi, you will be transferred to Delhi International Airport to board the flight way back home.

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STANDARD HOTELS (3*& GUEST HOUSES) HOTEL GRAND PARK INN OR SIMILAR, DELHI HOTEL TAJ GALAXY AGRA OR SIMILAR, AGRA HOTEL TARA NIWAS OR SIMILAR, JAIPUR CLARKSINN DEOGHAR AMRAPALI OR SIMILAR, DEOGARH RNB HOTEL OR SIMILAR, CHITTORGARH HOTEL GAJ VILAS OR SIMILAR, UDAIPUR THE KUMBHA BAGH OR SIMILAR, KUMBLEGARH DEVI BHAWAN OR SIMILAR, JODHPUR HOTEL PLEASANT HAVELI OR SIMILAR, JAISALMER HOTEL BASANT VIHAR PALACE OR SIMILAR, BIKANER HOTEL DESERT AND DUNES OR SIMILAR, MANDAWA TOUR COST USD 1899 PER PER’S
DELUXE HOTELS (4*&HERITAGE) QUTUB RESIDENCY OR SIMILAR, DELHI THE RETREAT OR SIMILAR, AGRA DIGGI PALACE OR SIMILAR, JAIPUR CLARKSINN DEOGHAR AMRAPALI OR SIMILAR, DEOGARH RNB HOTEL OR SIMILAR, CHITTORGARH KAROHI HAVELI OR SIMILAR, UDAIPUR THE KUMBHA BAGH OR SIMILAR, KUMBLEGARH BIJOLAI PALACE OR SIMILAR, JODHPUR MYSTIC JAISALMER HOTEL OR SIMILAR, JAISALMER HOTEL BASANT VIHAR PALACE OR SIMILAR, BIKANER DESERT AND DUNES OR SIMILAR, MANDAWA TOUR COST USD 2199 PER PER’S
LUXURY HOTELS (5*&HERITAGE) RADISSON BLU HOTEL OR SIMILAR, DELHI HOTEL RAMADA OR SIMILAR, AGRA HOTEL JAIPUR PALACE OR SIMILAR, JAIPUR CLARKSINN DEOGHAR AMRAPALI OR SIMILAR, DEOGARH RNB HOTEL OR SIMILAR, CHITTORGARH KAROHI HAVELI OR SIMILAR, UDAIPUR THE KUMBHA BAGH OR SIMILAR, KUMBLEGARH BIJOLAI PALACE OR SIMILAR, JODHPUR HOTEL KILLA BHAWAN OR SIMILAR, JAISALMER BASANT VIHAR PALACE OR SIMILAR, BIKANER VIVAANA CULTURE HOTEL OR SIMILAR, MANDAWA TOUR COST USD 2399 PER PER’S
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  • Meals plan will be on Bed and Breakfast basis
  • English speaking guide/escort
  • All currently applicable taxes.
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature like mineral water, beverages, alcoholicdrinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc; Any other item not specifically mentioned above as ‘INCLUDED’