Rajasthan Cultural Tour

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Rajasthan Cultural Tour

Trip Highlights :- Delhi | Neemrana | Mandawa | Bikaner | Khimsar | Jaisalmer | Osian | Rohetgarh | Jodhpur | Kumbhalgarh | Udaipur | Chittorgarh | Kota | Bundi | Pushkar | Jaipur | Bharatpur | Agra | Delhi |

Tour duration : 19 Nights / 20 Days

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Cities visited :-

Delhi : On the path of rapid growth and progress today, Delhi has evolved from the fabled "seven cities" established between the 13th and 17th centuries. The haunting Landmarks of yesteryears co-exist with the modern marvels of today. Ancient Forts, Mughal Architecture is juxtaposed with the state of the art architecture, modern residential projects, sky scrapers and commercial hubs of today. City boasts of some of the finest museums and centers of art and excellence. The shopping centers here offer rich heritage of traditional Indian craft as well as rich, fashionable and contemporary ensemble of products.

Neemrana : Neemrana is an ancient historical town in Alwar district of Rajasthan, It is the site of 14th century Hill-Fort ruled by Chauhans once upon a time as well as Kesroli in Alwar district that is the oldest heritage site. Historians trace it to the Matsya Janapada of the Mahabharata times. The Neemrana Fort Palace is situated on a majestic plateau concealed in a horseshoe formation of the Aravalli ranges, considered the oldest fold mountains in the world. This picturesque site was chosen back in 1464 by Raja Rajdeo, a descendant of the Chauhans, who ruled from Ajmer and Delhi till 1192. Neemrana is Rajasthan's closest palace to India's capital, and India's oldest heritage resort. Its vast stepped palaces, built over five centuries, rise to ten levels and sprawl over 1.2 hectares / 3 acres. Neemrana became the third capital of the descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan III, who was killed in battle by Mohammad Ghori in 1192 AD. This picturesque site was chosen by Raja Rajdeo and Neemrana derived its name from a brave local chieftain Nimola Meo, who when defeated by the Chauhans, pleaded that his name be given to his lost kingdom.

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, it is also popularly known as the open art gallery. 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. The structures of this place reminds one of the cultural and social hotspot this place used to be in the bygone era.

Bikaner : Bikaner city is situated in the heart of the desert. The kingdom of Bikaner was established in the 15th century when the valiant son of Rao Jodhaji, the founder of Jodhpur, enraged and provoked by his father, quit the palace to establish his own kingdom. The detailed history of Bikaner reveals that the establishment of the kingdom was foretold by the mystic Karni Mata. It was in the year 1488 that the founder of the city, Rao Bikaji fortified the city that was called the city of Bikaner. It is one of the most frequented desert cities of the state of Rajasthan. The geography of Bikaner reveals the topographic location of the region. The settlement has developed outside the fortified city. Bikaner is rich in culture and tradition and is one of the exponents of Rajasthani art and music. The famous people of Bikaner are the great patrons of performing and fine arts. The school of Utsa art finds its roots in the city of Bikaner. The fairs and the festivals of the city exhibit the richness of the cultural and traditional heritage of the city. It is also known as 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. It is pulling heavy carts, transporting grains or working on wells. Camels are the prime helpers. The wells of Bikaner an important source of water are another attraction of the city. These are built on high plinth with slender minaret towers on each of the Four Corners and can be noticed even from a distance.

Khimsar : Khimsar is a small village situated on Jodhpur – Bikaner highway. The desert village of Khimsar offers an interesting insight into the rural life of the desert people and also provides an excellent starting point to explore the district of Nagaur. The old city of Khimsar harbors several mosques, one of which was commissioned by Emperor Akbar. The Nagaur Cattle Fair is major tourist attraction. Khimsar was established by a scion of the house of Jodhpur, it was once a small kingdom, and though Jodhpur royalty claim it was never independent, the Thakurs of Khimsar claim that not only was it an individual entity, but that one of the visitors to their ancestral fort was Emperor Aurangzeb himself. The Khimsar Fort the main tourist attraction here, was built by Rao Karamsiji, the 8th son of the Jodhpur founder, Rao Jodha, who moved to this region and founded the royal dynasty at Khimsar.

Jaisalmer : In the remote westernmost corner of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is the exemplary desert town, its golden, sand-coloured ramparts rising out of the arid Thar like a scene from the Arabian Nights. The town remains one of India's most popular destinations. Villagers dressed in voluminous red and orange turbans still outnumber foreigners in the bazaar, while the exquisite sandstone architecture of the "Golden City" is quite unlike anything else in India. Getting lost in the narrow winding streets of Jaisalmer is both easy and enjoyable, though the town is so small that it never takes long to find a familiar landmark. Jaisalmer is named after its founder Maharwal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king in 1156 A.D. Jaisalmer means "the Hill Fort of Jaisal". Most of the inhabitants of Jaisalmer are Bhati Rajputs, well known for their gallantry. A gold-radiating jewel of the desert state, embellished with Forts, Havelis and Palaces, each eager to whisper to you their fascinating histories and secrets.

Osian : Osian is an ancient town located in the Jodhpur District of Rajasthan state in western India. It is an oasis in the Thar Desert, 65 km (40 mi) north of the district headquarters at Jodhpur, on a diversion off the main Jodhpur - Bikaner Highway. Osian is famous as home to the cluster of ruined Brahmanical and Jain temples dating from the 8th to 11th centuries. The city was a major religious centre of the kingdom of Marwar during the Gurjara Pratihara dynasty. Of the 18 shrines in the group, the Surya or Sun Temple and the later Kali temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the main Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira stands out in their grace and architecture.

Rohetgarh : The fortified desert home of the descendants of the 16th century Rathore of the Champawat clan, Thakur Dalpat Singh I. The "Jagir" (Fiefdom) of Rohet was bestowed upon him in 1622 A.D. by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, as a mark of appreciation for his bravery in battle. Generations of valiant noble-men have built this heritage home where, notwithstanding the inroads of modernity, aristocratic values are respected. The visitor of today experiences the famed warmth of courteous Rajput hospitality. Brilliantly plumed peacocks strut about, perching themselves under finely carved stone archways. Within these time weathered walls lies an oasis of landscaped gardens and flowers in bloom - your Oasis in the arid land of Marwar. It is famous for village safaris, which introduces its guests to local cultures and traditions. Guests interact with various communities living in the area and share and understand their worlds, the Bhishnois, protectors of nature for five centuries and arguably the world's first ecologists, responsible for the survival of species such as the black-buck antelope: the semi nomadic Raika shepherds of Marwar whose brilliant crimson and marigold costumes would put modern designers to shame: as also the Paliwals and the Meghwals, the farmers and weavers.

Jodhpur : Jodhpur, the erstwhile kingdom of Marwar, is its cultural capital. The city of Jodhpur, popularly known as the Sun City, Blue City and also the Gateway of the inhospitable Great Indian Desert Thar, had a colourful and glorious past. The history of Jodhpur is the history of the Rathore clan which ruled over this land for over six centuries and endowed it with traditions of higher values and rich heritage. The chief of the Rathore clan, Rao Jodha, 13th in the line of succession from Rao Siha, after wandering in different parts of Marwar for 15 years, succeeded in recapturing Mandore in 1453, lost by his father Rao Ridmal, founded Jodhpur - formerly known as Marwar, in 1459. Rao Jodha was crowned in 1453 and six years later laid the foundation of Jodhpur and built Mehrangarh fort. Sturdy, beautiful and the fame of Rathores, the Mehrangarh fort, remained inaccessible and impossible to capture in the battlefield. The 36th ruler of Marwar, Maharaja Umaid Singh (1918-47) is known as the maker of Modern Jodhpur. He introduced the concept of a Welfare-State. The regular droughts made the people of his State economically challenged and forced them to rush to other States. The foresighted Maharaja Umaid Singh ordered the construction of a new palace on the mountains area of Chhitar in 1929, which provided employment to 3000 people for 14 years. Construction of hospitals, railway stations, library and museum, stadium, cinema hall and dams.

Kumbhalgarh : Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan offers a scenic tourist spot. This appealing and exceptional location entices tourists with its exquisite monuments, royal Chhathris and glorious Palaces. Nested in the foothills of the pebbly mountains, this magnificent place reminds one of the valor and heroism of the legendary Rana Kumbha, the indomitable spirit behind the colossal stronghold of Rajput clan. A historic place that houses one among the strongest fortress, Kumbhalgarh boast of so many intricately carved temples, which exposes the visitor in to the marvels of superb artistry. Though the fifteenth century bastion is the remarkable attraction, other fascinations of Kumbhalgarh are not far behind. Rana Kumbha is said to have been the most important ruler of Kumbhalgarh. He is believed to have designed 32 out of the 84 fortress that were then used for aiding Mewar. At that time, it also served as a safe haven for Mewar's rulers during the times of contention. The city is also associated with Prince Udai, who is said to have been smuggled out of Chittor in the year 1535, when Chittor was under the siege of the Mughals. The prince later became the king and founded the city of Udaipur. The combined forces of Emperor Akbar, Raja Man Singh of Amber and Raja Udai Singh of Marwar, led to the siege of Kumbhalgarh.

Udaipur : Capital of the legendary Sisodias of Mewar, who fought the fiercest battles against the foreign intruders, Udaipur was built on the shores of Lake Pichola by Udai Singh II in 1559, when his former capital, Chittorgarh was sacked by the Mughal emperor Akbar. The 5 lakes that dot Udaipur have earned for it the sobriquet of 'The City of Lakes'. The history savants throng the city to explore its Palaces, Havelis and Museums while its fabled lakes and beautiful surroundings make it a hot spot for the honeymooners. The picturesque city has lured many Hollywood and Bollywood big shots to shoot here some of the legendry movies here.

Chittorgarh : Chittorgarh, also called Chittaur, from the 7th century to 16th was the capital of Mewar under the Rajputs. Chittaur evokes memories of great heroism and sacrifice by Rajput men and women in the intermittent battles that they had to fight against invaders from Northwest or Delhi. Chittaur witnessed both the ravages of war and the triumphs of the spirit. Allaudin Khilji who coveted Queen Padmini of Chittaur, invaded the city in 1303 A.D. Queen Padmini and the women of the court sacrificed themselves in a pyre of fire rather than submit to anybody. This supreme sacrifice has been called 'Jauhar' and epitomises the fiery spirit of the Rajputs of the day. The city stands strewn with monuments and battlements as evidence of the blood and gore that it went through in medieval times. The Chittaur Fort is the best known fort in Rajasthan. Its origins are traced to the Pandavas of Mahabharata. Standing on 180 meters high hill, the fort covers an area of 700 Acres. Inside it is the Meera and Khumba Shyam Temple. It is associated with Meera, a mystic poetess devoted to Lord Krishna whose life and bhajans have become part of the folklore and literary traditions of the region and several parts of India.

Kota : Along the eastern bank of the Chambal River lies Kota - an amazing juxtaposition of the majestic medieval age and modern industrialisation temples its untouched wealth of impressive forts, opulent palaces and splendid temples dating back over several centuries retain the past glory, the present day edifices and heavy industries have made it the industrial heartland of Rajasthan. The history of the city dates back to the 12th century 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 Jehangir, 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. The commanding fort stands overlooking the modern Chambal Valley Project with its many dams- Kota Barrage, Gandhi Sagar, Rana Pratap Sagar and Jawahar Sagar. An old palace, dating back to the time when Kota was under the control of Hada Chieftaincy-Hadoti faces the Kota Barrage. The Durbar Hall is ornate with beautiful mirror work and has ebony and ivory doors. Exquisite miniatures of the Kota school are housed within the Hall. Other noteworthy edifices of the bygone era are the Brij Raj Bhawan Palace, Jag Mandir and island Palace, a splendid haveli (mansion) with beautiful frescoes and the royal cenotaphs.

Bundi : Bundi is a small town. It is situated in the southern part of the Rajasthan. it is famous for its rich history and culture. Its historical journey can be traced back to 1193 AD. During this era, Sultan Mohammed Ghauri defeated Prithviraj Chauhan. As a consequence of which Chauhan nobles were compelled to seek protection in the neighbouring state of Mewar. Some entered the alliance with king of Mewar and some moved further and defeated the ruling tribals and formed the two states of Bundi and Kota on either side of the Chambal River. Famous for its medieval forts, Havelis, Palaces and elaborately designed Step Wells and Water Tanks. You can also visit the colourful bazaars.

Pushkar : On the edge of the desert lies the tranquil town of Pushkar. 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. The celebrated Pushkar fair, transforms the quiet village to a colourful week of heightened activity. The holy lake has 52 Ghats and pilgrims taking a ritual dip in the lake is a common sight. Every year thousands of devotees throng the lake around the full moon day of Kartik Purnima in October-November, to take a holy dip in the lake. A huge and colourful cattle fair - the Pushkar fair, is also held during this time. Dance, music & colourful shops spring up during this fair.

Jaipur : Capital of Rajasthan - the 'Pink City'. Jaipur means "the city of victory" & was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and designed by architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya in accordance with the principles of town planning set down in "Shilp Shastra" an epochal treatise on the Hindu architecture. This colorful city is enriched with royal tradition & culture, attractive monuments, Forts, Palaces like the Magnificent City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amer, Nahargarh and Jaigarh fort which are some of the most exquisite blend of Hindu architecture. The whole city was painted pink to welcome the visit of Prince Albert in 1853. City today has a population of more than 5 million residents. Presently, Jaipur is a major business and tourist centre with all the requisites of a metropolitan city. The city covers an area of 200.4 sq. kms and lies at an altitude of 431 m above sea level.

Bharatpur : Bharatpur is a small city and famous for its bird sanctuary - Keoladeo Ghana National Park. This park is one of the finest National park in Asia. Once the hunting ground of the princes of Bharatpur, today it is ranked among the world's best bird sanctuaries. In 1956, this reserve was turned into a sanctuary and in year 1981 the sanctuary was designated as a National park. Every year rare Siberian cranes come to spend the winter in the warmer climate of Bharatpur, it is also visited by over 400 species of migratory water birds. Bharatpur is not only famous for its Bird sanctuary but also for its historical forts and palaces like Lohagarh Fort, Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj. This history of Bharatpur traces the rise and fall of Jat power in eastern Rajasthan. Bharatpur was founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1733 AD. He fortified the city by building a massive wall around the city. He also built the Lohagarh Fort (Iron Fort) in year 1732. This fort shaped the history of this region.

Agra : Agra is a major tourist attraction as it contains one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal. Agra is an ancient city situated on the river Yamuna within the state of Uttar Pradesh. The city has been described as Agraba in the epic Mahabharata. The city was capital of Lodhi Kingdom and later on served the same for Mughals. During 16th and 17th century the city was developed as art, culture, commerce and learning center by Mughal Emperors like Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. Some wonderful buildings were erected in Agra City by the Mughal Emperors. Agra city is famous for monuments and crafts. The monuments and crafts have preserved the cultural heritage for centuries.

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Arrive at New Delhi airport. Meeting and assistance at airport followed by transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: In Delhi

Morning breakfast at hotel and followed by combined city tour of Old and New Delhi visiting Mughal monuments like the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Rajghat- the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. In New Delhi drive past the British landmark such as India Gate, President House, Parliament House and Govt. Secretariat. Later visit the Qutab Minar 12th century minaret built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty - this building complex dates back to the onset of Muslim rule in India and is fine example of Afghan architecture which is graceful and well sculptured and stands 75 mt and visit Lotus Temple. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Delhi / Neemrana (140 kms/3 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Neemrana. Arrive and check in at hotel. Afternoon visit Neemrana Fort Palace now turned into the one of the oldest heritage hotel of India built in 1464 AD in rock cut Aravali hills and local sightseeing of Neemrana visiting 11 storey deep step well and local traditional village. Evening explore the Fort Palace - stepped palaces of this architectural jewel cut into the hillside to sprawl over 3 acres/1.2 hectares and rises to 10 levels commanding the most splendid views. Including a vista pool to the horizon. From 1986, the ruins of this Fort-Palace have been sensitively restored and reconstructed. The rooms are furnished with an eclectic mix of traditional Indian and colonial furniture, antiques and objects d'art. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04: Neemrana / Mandawa (180kms/4 hrs)

Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Semi desert region of the Shekhawati is colourful fantasy having a fascination uniquely of its own and home of the Marwaris, India's mercantile community. This region is also known as "The Open air art gallery". Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon city tour visiting world famous old painted Havelies and rich painted frescoes which speak of rich cultural heritage of the region also visit local surrounding villages experiencing the daily village life. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 05: Mandawa / Bikaner (250 kms/ 7 hrs)

Early breakfast and check-out, later drive to Bikaner, arrive and check-in at hotel. PM - City tour of Bikaner the royal fortified city with timeless appeal, lying in the north of the Thar desert, the city is dotted with many sand dunes. Visiting well preserved Junagarh Fort built of Red sand stone give the impression of rich inlay of pietra dura and apartments are merely richly painted. Lalgarh Museum the architectural masterpiece in red sand stone its facade is almost entirely composed of the pierced stone screens called jaails. Palace has beautiful lattice work and filigree work. Also visit Asia's biggest camel breeding farm to watch different breeds of Camels. Afterwards enjoy a tonga ride in the city. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 06: Bikaner / Khimsar (150kms/ 4hrs)

Morning breakfast at hotel drive to Khimsar, en-route visit 600 years old Karni Mata Rat Temple. After sight-seeing continue your drive to Khimsar arrive and check in at hotel. Afternoon visit local tribal villages, group of wild deers Black buck & Indian Gazelle and Jeep safari on the sand dunes. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07: Khimsar / Osian / Jaisalmer (240kms/6hrs)

Breakfast and check-out from hotel. Later drive to Jaisalmer. Enroute visit Osian - The ancient town of Thar Desert an archaeologist delight surrounded by golden sand dunes, it has sixteen Brahamanical and Jain temples beautifully sculpted and designed. Thereafter continue your drive to Jaisalmer - The place to simply wonder and get lost. It is a small place totally unspoiled and very remote. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Evening visit the sunset point and witness the most spectacular sun set with gold all around reflecting on the ramparts and atop terraces. The setting sun turning Jaisalmer into beautiful golden brown. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08: In Jaisalmer

Breakfast at hotel and leave for city tour visit The Golden hued Fort built of yellow sandstone housing the entire township within its ramparts its houses palaces and old Jain temples dating back to 12th - 15th century. Also visit Some of the most exotic mansions or Havelis all intricately latticed are strewn all over Jaisalmer are Nath Mal ji Ki haveli, Salim Singh Ki haveli and the Patwon Ki Haveli, and Gadi sisar Lake. No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the most picturesque dunes of Sam evening visit Sam sand dunes and enjoy Camel ride at sand dunes. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09: Jaisalmer / Jodhpur / Rohetgarh (340kms/08 hrs)

Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Rohetgarh. Enroute visit Jodhpur city, visit Umaid Bhawan Palace, magnificent Mehrangarh Fort standing sentinel to the grandeur of the past, and houses a palace houses with rich collection of palanquins, howdas, royal cradles, miniature paintings etc. Down the road from Mehrangarh fort is Jaswant Thada, an attractive marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Thereafter continue your drive to Rohet - small quaint village. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Rohetgarh / Kumbhalgarh (150 kms/4 hrs)

Breakfast and check-out. Tour this Small quaint village, Rohet is home to several artisans and visitors can also visit Bishnoi settlements with their scrubbed homes and flamboyantly dressed and bejeweled women later drive to Kumbhalgarh. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon city tour of Kumbhalgarh visiting second biggest Fort of Asia. Kumbalgarh Fort built by one of the strongest King of Mewar Maharana Kumba in 15th century. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11: Kumbhalgarh / Ranakpur / Udaipur (165 kms/5hrs)

Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Udaipur. Enroute visit Ranakpur temple exquisite architectural Jain temples amidst the peaceful Aravalli range three storeyed structure, with 29 halls, 80 domes and 1,444 pillars and no two pillars are alike every pillar is intricately carved with equal delicacy. Then continue your journey to Lake city – Udaipur, Upon arrival check in at hotel. PM – Boat ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 12: In Udaipur

Morning breakfast at hotel and leave for city tour the city of lakes. The city was built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh and has been described as the most romantic spot in the continent of India. Visit the City Palace museum, the Jagdish temple, Sahelion Ki Bari (Queen's resort for their friends) Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk art museum) and the Pratap Memorial. We will also visit the Shilpgram, a tribute to the Rajasthani rural life and the craftsmen. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13: Udaipur / Chittorgarh / Kota (270 Kms/6 hrs)

Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Kota. Enroute visit Chittorgarh town known for its massive fort atop a hill. This quintessence of Rajput heroism, Chittorgarh is proud witness of the bravery and chivalry of its inhabitants. Other places to see are The Palace of Rana Kumbha, Vijay stambh or Tower of Victory, Kirti Stambh or Tower of Fame etc. Thereafter continue your drive to Kota upon arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 14: In Kota

Morning breakfast at hotel and followed by City tour of Kota visiting Garh (Palace Fort) the impressive fort stands like a sentinel over the present day Chambal valley project, City Palace which has marvelous mirror work, ebony and ivory inland doors and houses an impressive collection of Rajput miniature paintings, Chambal garden, Brij Vilas Palace houses rare collection of coins, manuscripts and collection of Hadoti sculpture, and Jag Mandir and aesthetic monument built in middle of Kishore sagar. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 15: Kota / Bundi / Pushkar (210 kms/5hrs)

Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Holy city Pushkar. Enroute visit Bundi - The named after Bunda, a Meena Chieftain. Bundi nestles along a narrow gorge in the hillstown have fascinating Hada Palaces, like Chhatra Mahal or Palace of Tower, Taragarh Fort - The star fort most majestic white fort crowning the wooded hill, Chitrashala, Sukh Mahal, etc. Thereafter continue your drive to Pushkar upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon Visit the Only temple of the Lord Brahma in the world on the bank of Pushkar Lake and also you can see the Pushkar fairground famous for the Annual fair being held every year in the month of November. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 16: Pushkar / Jaipur (145 kms/4hrs)

Early morning visit the Ghats of Pushkar Lake; later take a walk tour in streets and bazaar of this quaint town. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later check-out from hotel and drive to Jaipur city. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Remaining day at leisure for independent activities. In the evening a visit to Birla Temple to witness evening Aarti (prayer ceremony) and also visit the Albert Hall for a photo-stop. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 17: In Jaipur

Breakfast at hotel, this morning take an excursion to Amber Fort, the former royal capital. On the way, take a photo-stop at Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, a four-storied structure of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was built in 1799 so that veiled royal women could see the royal processions, unseen by the world through its 593 stone screens. Visit Amber Fort, situated outside the city, it is perhaps the most beautiful example of Rajput forts, this complex stands amidst wooded hills, with its threatening battlements reflected in the motionless waters of the Maota Lake below. You can have the unique experience of riding on a decorated elephant to the top of the hill. One of the premium examples of Rajput architecture, it was the ancient capital of the Kachhawaha rulers. The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh and additions were made later by Sawai Jai Singh. Here are the personal chambers of the Queens with windows having latticed screens so that the ladies could look at the events of the Royal court in privacy. There is also the Jai Mandir or the "Temple of Victory", with its well-known Sheesh Mahal, the sparkling "Hall of Mirrors". Within the Palace are the Diwan-e-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience" and the Sukh Niwas where a cool breeze blows across channels of water for the purpose of air-conditioning. Return to city and visit City Palace complex, located in the heart of Jaipur known for its blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, the museum houses the rare and rich collection of Ornaments, 15th century Arms & Weapons, Royal Costumes, Carpets, Sanganeri block prints, Kashmiri Pashmina Shawls, folk embroideries and Decorative Art objects of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture. Complex has several palatial structures like the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Badal Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Ji Temple and the City Palace Museum and is divided into two parts- One part Sawai Man Singh Museum and other is still the Residential Palace of the former Maharaja. Another monument near the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh-I, the founder ruler of Jaipur. It is an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that give accurate predictions till date, it is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening spend some time in the colourful bazaars in the city, for shopping or buy some souvenir. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 18: Jaipur / Bharatpur (178 kms / 4hrs)

Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Bharatpur, upon arrival check in at hotel. Late afternoon visit the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride with a naturlist. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 19: Bharatpur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (80 kms/2hrs)

Breakfast and check-out and drive to Agra. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri - Built in 1571, it is a synthesis of the flourishing styles of the Persian courts and the prevailing Hindu Islamic trends. It was planned as a great town by Emperor Akbar with great care and planning, but it had to be abandoned after fifteen years due to scarcity of water in the town. Constructed mainly as a tribute to the great Sufi Saint Shaikh Salim Chisti who had blessed Akbar with a son. His son was named after the Saint as Salim and he succeeded the Emperor Akbar and was known as Emperor Jehangir. The town was originally named Sikri after the village, where it was founded but its twin city Fatehpur (Victory Town) was erected to celebrate Akbar's conquest of Gujarat. However, ruins of the temple dating back to 12th century suggest the reign of Rajputs in the area long before Mughals took over the area. The two mosques in the village of Sikri have inscriptions, which announce their conception in 1314 under Mohd. Khilji. There have been records that Babur renamed the village 'Sikri' as 'Shukri', meaning 'thanks to the god'. It was also the famous dwelling place and Khanqah of Shiekh Salim Chishti, the famous Sufi saint whom Akbar revered for blessing him with child. Built in Red Sandstone, an example of robust stability combined with originality each important edifice here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Buland Darwaza, Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chisti, Jama Masjid, Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Panch Mahal, Palace of Jodha Bai, Birbal Bhawan, Miriam's Palace, Karawan Serai and Hiran Minar. Arrive in Agra and check-in at hotel for overnight stay.

Day 20: Agra / Delhi (210 kms / 3hrs)

This early morning visit world famous Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonder of the World. A pristine monument of undying love, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. It took twenty-two years and hard toil of more than twenty thousand workers to construct Taj Mahal. The beauty of the Taj Mahal is enchanting and it reflects the marvellous beauty of architecture. Taj Mahal symbolize the richness of art and architecture of the Mughal period. The dome is made of white marble, but the tomb is set against the plain across the river and it is this background that works its magic of colours that, through their reflection, change the view of the Taj. Return to hotel for breakfast, check-out from hotel. Afterwards visit, Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, along with the main building, the structure consists of numerous outbuildings and gardens. Tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg - A Wazir (Chief Minister) in the court of Mughal Emperor Jehangir. Ghiyas Beg was honored with the title of Itmad-ud-Daulah or the Pillar of the State. Emperor Jehangir married her beautiful widowed daughter Mehr-un-Nissa, she was later christened Noor Jahan and went down in the history as one of the most beautiful and artistically gifted women in the world. After the death of Mirza Ghiyas Beg in 1622, Noor Jahan undertook the project to build his mausoleum, which took six years to get complete. It is entirely made of White marble. This tomb represents the transition between the first phase of monumental Mughal architecture - primarily built from Red sandstone with marble decorations with mosaic and lattice. Later visit the Agra Fort, it's first Red sandstone fort of North India was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year 1565. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur and talent for combining defensive architecture with beauty and design of the Mughal Empire. Afterwards drive to Delhi, upon arrival proceed to local restaurant for farewell dinner. Afterwards transfer to international airport to board return journey flight.


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PACKAGE INCLUSIONS: -

1. Accommodation in Double room in 05 Star or 04 Star category hotels on CP Basis (Room + Breakfast Basis) inclusive of all presently applicable taxes.

2. Welcome Garlanding upon arrival in India at New Delhi airport.

3. All Arrival / Departure transfers from hotel to airport and vice - versa

4. Monument entrance fees to places of visit as per the itinerary

5. Cycle rickshaw ride in Old Delhi, Tonga Ride in Bikaner, Camel ride in Sam Dunes in Jaisalmer, evening boat ride in Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Elephant joy ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur and Cycle Rickshaw ride in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

6. Accompanying English speaking Guide.

7. All Transfers, City sightseeing/excursions and long drives as per itinerary using chauffeur driven air-conditioned Car / Mini Van / Coach.

8. 01 bottle packaged drinking water per person per day

9. All presently applicable interstate & toll taxes

PACKAGE EXCLUSIONS: -

1. Return international air tickets from the city of origin.

2. Travel Insurance and Indian Visa.

3. Personal expenses such as: Any Meals other than specified above / Drinks / Laundry bill & Telephone calls at hotel. Tips for Guides & Driver / Camera Fees at the monuments or any other expenses not included in the clause "inclusions".

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