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Heritage Tour of Rajasthan

Duration: 18 Nights / 19 Days

Destinations Covered: Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Ranthambore - Kota - Bundi - Chittorgarh - Udaipur - Mount Abu - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Mandawa - Kuchaman - Pushkar - Samode - Jaipur - Delhi

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Red Fort, Agra Tourist Place

Arrive Delhi at International airport. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel for relax. After lunch sightseeing tour of New Delhi visit includes Qutab Minar, one of the earliest remains of Imperial Delhi (13th century AD) Humayun's Tomb-the fine monument believed to be forerunner of Taj Mahal, India Gata, the 42 metre high arch was raised as a memorial to soldiers, drives past Parliament House, President's House, Secretariat Building, Laxminarayan Temple. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 02: Delhi - Agra

After heavy breakfast drive to "Taj City" of India. On the way out of Agra halt for a few minutes outside Akbar's tomb at Sikandra. Arrive Agra check in at Hotel. After lunch visit Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque and the Hall of Public and Private Audience. Visit Itmad-up-Dau's tomb, built by Noorjehan in memory of her father. Over night stay at the hotel.

Day 03: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Ranthambore

taj mahal agra

After breakfast at hotel proceed to visiting the world famous Taj Mahal, built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 in memory of his loving queen Mumtaz Mahal later check out from hotel and drive for Ranthambore (280 Kms/174 Miles,6-7 Hrs) en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri the deserted sandstone city, was the glorious but short-lived imperial capital of Akbar, the greatest of Mughal emperors. Lying on a rocky ridge, it is toDay a haunting complex of empty palaces, forts and mosques representing a variety of architectural styles. Later drive to Ranthambore National Park famous for Wildlife Park. This Wildlife sanctuary is spread in an area of 400 sq Kms of dry deciduous forest, perfect natural habitat for tigers, and is set in the Aravalli and Vindhya hills, dotted with pavilions and dominated by a hilltop fort. It has a good population of tiger and their prey species, and has been declared a "Project Tiger" reserve. Wildlife includes blue bull, black buck, spotted deer or cheetal, wild boar, a large variety of bird species and, if very lucky, the rarely seen leopard. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 04: Ranthambore

After early breakfast at Hotel, enjoy morning Park Safari in National Park. Return back to hotel for relax. Later in the afternoon we are ready again to explore the jungle and if luck be on our side we might sight 'The king of Jungle'. This place also has a sizeable bird population, both resident and migratory. There are about 264 species of birds found within the park. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 05: Ranthambore - Kota-Bundi

Wildlife, Ranthambhore Travel Packages

After heavy breakfast Check out from hotel 7 drive to Bundi. Enroute visit Kota located in the southern parts of Rajasthan was the erstwhile capital of the state of Bundi. Kota is situated on the banks of the River Chambal in the Malwa region of Rajasthan. Arrive Kota visit The city fort and palace, located on the eastern banks of the Chambal River, is the main attraction of Kota. The complex is one of the largest to be found in the state of Rajasthan. The fort built in the 17th century also houses the museum inside which is a must visit. The beautiful small lake known as the Kishore Sagar tank, built in 1346, near the palace is also a must visit. The attraction of this tank is the small Jagmandir palace perched on the island of this tank, built by one of the rulers in the 18th century. The Brij Vilas Palace Museum, adjacent to the tank is also an important site to visit. Later drive to Bundi famous for forts lakes, forts and carvings. One of the most beautiful yet the most unexplored cities of Rajasthan, Bundi was once a capital of the Hada Chauhans. Arrive Bundi check in at Hotel later proceed to visit The Taragarh of the Star Fort and the Palace are two impressive structures of Bundi. The massive edifice built in the 14th century is made in white sandstone and gives a dazzling look to the surroundings.

Day 06: Bundi - Chittorgarh - Udaipur

After breakfast drive to Udaipur enroute visit Chittorgarh Fort is located 112 km off Udaipur in the countryside in South Rajasthan. It is located on the banks of River Gambheri. Chittor is famous for the beauty of Rani Padmini and the quest of Allauddin Khilji to overpower her. The legendary tale had a tragic end by Rani Padmini committing Jauhar or suicide rather than dishonouring herself in the hands of a foreigner. After sightseeing the Chittorgarh drive to Udaipur. Arrive Udaipur check in at Hotel. Evening enjoy boat ride in Lake Pichola in Udaipur. Overnight at hotel in Udaipur

Day 07: Udaipur

After breakfast at hotel proceed to visit the Pratap Museum the museum houses the old sculptures and inscriptions. One can see the antique paintings of Dewar and the turban worn by prince Khurram (Emperor Shahajahan) on display, which was gifted to Maharana Khazan Singh by Shahjahan. Also visit magnificent Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens this small garden made for the queens and the maids, has many fountains and other important figures. The Jagdish Temple this Indo-Aryan Temple made by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651 AD, is the largest and the most beautiful temple of Udaipur, with many intricately sculpted idols displaying the fine Indo-Aryan architecture.

Day 08: Udaipur - Mount Abu

Lake Palace, Udaipur Holiday Packages

After breakfast drive to Mount Abu is the highest point of Aravali range which runs through Rajasthan. Arrive Mount Abu check in at Hotel. Later proceed to visit Dilwara Temples This complex consisting of five marble Jain temples is one of the finest in Rajasthan, worth braving the queues and ferocious guards. Visit Nakki Lake this holiDay centre of Mount Abu is virtually in the heart of the town. This sparkling blue artificial lake is said to have been gauged from the earth by the gods, using their fingernails ('nakh' means nail). Also visit Gaumukh Temple Dedicated to Rama, this small temple (the cow's mouth) is centred on a spring gushing from the mouth of a marble cow. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09: Mount Abu - Jodhpur

Arive Jodhpur- The second largest city of Rajasthan, on the edge of the great Thar Desert.Founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs, it is also known as the BLUE CITY. Watch the view from a top Mehrangarh Fort On arrival check-in at hotel. Day explore the city. Walk through the Mehrangarh Fort - founded in15th century by the Rathore Rajputs when they shifted their capital from nearby Mandore to Jodhpur it appears to rise from bluff-coloured sandstone hill itself, so well built into the base that it is difficult to tell where the hill ends and the walls begin. It is approached by a series of seven gateways set at an angle so that armies could not charge them with any success. While coming down from the fort visit Jaswant Thada - located half way up the interminably long road that climbs onwards to the fort, is the traditional cremation ground of the rulers of Jodhpur. Visit a traditional. In the evening visit Umaid Bhawan Palace- world's largest private residence & its museum - Umaid Bhawan Palace is a beautiful edifice of marble and pink sandstone. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 10: Jodhpur - Jaisalmer

Camel Safari, Jaisalmer Tours

ToDay drive to Jaisalmer, the land of the Thar Desert - Jaisalmer is one of the India's most precious jewels. Fortified in golden stone, it rises like a mirage from the barren Thar desert of Rajasthan. On arrival check in at the hotel. Later visit Sam Village for sand dunes. Enjoy a short camel ride at sand dunes followed by an evening dinner with Kalbeliya dancers performing the native folk dances. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11: Jaisalmer

After a leisurely breakfast visit Jaisalmer Fort - an awesome figure rising above the city and overlooking the vast expanse of desert. Jaisalmer fort was built in 1156 and is the second oldest in Rajasthan. Two hundred and fifty feet tall and reinforced by an imposing crenellated sandstone wall 30 feet high, it has 99 bastion, 92 of which were built between 1633 and 1647. It is also called the living fot with people still living inside the fort. Later take a walk through the narrow cobbled streets and visit the famous havelis (mansions) of Jaisalmer. Some of them being Nathmalji-ki-Haveli , Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salim Singh-ki-Haveli - this 300 years old Haveli is famous for many ancient artifacts and excellent latticework on the walls. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 12: Jaisalmer - Bikaner

After breakfast check out and depart for Bikaner, popularly referred to as the 'Camel City of Rajasthan'. On arrival, check-in to the hotel. After lunch proceed to visit Junagarh Fort, this imposing citadel was built between 1589-1594 by Raja Rai Singh, one of the trusted Rajput generals of Akbar. Later visit Lalgarh Palace The magnificent fort in red sandstone, a fascinating juxtaposition of the Oriental style and European luxury that leaves you truly mesmerised. Also visit Bhandeshwar Jain Temples Beautiful 16th century Jain temples, dedicated to the 23rd Tirthankar Parshvanathji. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13: Bikaner - Mandawa

mandawa castle

After breakfast drive to Mandawa in the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan lies the beautiful small town Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis. Arrive Mandawa check in at Hotel. After lunch proceed to visit an open art gallery is what aptly describes Mandawa in Rajasthan. Mandawa Rajasthan is dotted with beautiful havelis, mansions and forts. Later visit havelis of Mandawa. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 14: Mandawa - Kuchaman

After breakfast, we drive to Kuchaman. Founded by Thakur Zalim Singh in 1781, Kuchaman is known for its Fort, situated on a 1,000 ft high rock cliff. Kuchaman Fort, now a heritage Hotel Resort, has a special significance, as it remained unconquered by either the Marathas or the Mughals. Arrive and check into the hotel & proceed for the tour of centuries old Kuchaman Fort famous for its 32 bastions and hidden passageways. Day free at leisure. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 15: Kuchaman - Pushkar

Pushkar Fair, Pushkar Travel Packages

After breakfast drive to Pushkar edge of the desert lies the tiny tranquil town of Pushkar along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake. This is an important pilgrimage spot for the Hindus, which has the only temple of Lord Brahma in the country and one of the few in the world. Arrive Pushkar check in at hotel. Later visit Brahma Temple. Rest of Day free at leisure. Over night stay at Hotel.

Day 16: Pushkar - Samode

After breakfast at hotel drive to Samode. Arrive Samode check in at hotel.. Samode is a charming village and is surrounded by fertile fields, while a ring of sharp hills was the seat for their fortifications. It is famous for its high quality frescoes, and particularly in the use of indigo colours and the richly painted Durbar hall. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 17: Samode - Jaipur

After Now drive to Jaipur. On arrival check in at hotel. After lunch visit City Palace - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture Visit the City Palace Museum to marvel a weaponry, artifacts and collections of an era gone by. Later visit Jantar Mantar - the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. Evening Have fun at Chokhi Dhani - meaning the "Fine Hamlet" is a 5 star Ethenic resort, the only one of its kind in the country. Over night stay at Jaipur hotel.

Day 18: Jaipur

hawa mahal jaipur

After breakfast proceed to visit Amber fort where you will have the sheer pleasure to enjoy the Elephant Ride. Later visit Hawa Mahal (Royal Palace of Wind) Day free at leisure. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 19: Jaipur - Delhi

After breakfast check out and depart for Delhi (265 Km, 5 Hrs), on arrival in Delhi rooms available for wash n change and farewell dinner.

In time transfer to International airport to connect flight back home.