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Rajasthan abounds in forts that offer sweeping views of the panoramic landscape. The three most essential forts in Rajasthan are the Amber Fort in Jaipur, Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer Fort, commonly known as Sonar Quila.
Rajasthan, popularly known to many as the Land of the Kings, is a beautiful example of India’s age-old opulence and grandeur, traces of which still linger in the air of this state. One of the most colourful and vibrant states in the country, with a strong blend of culture, history, music, cuisine and people welcoming you with smiling faces, falling in love with Rajasthan doesn’t take much time.
Rajasthan has more history than the entire country put together- it is the realm of erstwhile Maharajas and their lavish palaces and majestic forts. Rajasthan is steeped in a past filled to the brim with honour, chivalry and heroism. Golden-sand deserts, traditional handicrafts, authentic cuisine and awe-inspiring palaces all contribute to making Rajasthan an ideal vacation spot. Don’t forget to wish everyone with “Khamma Ghani” while you’re here!.
Rajasthan abounds in forts which offer sweeping views of the panoramic landscape. Three most essential forts in Rajasthan are the Amber Fort in Jaipur, Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer Fort, commonly known as Sonar Quila.
Rajasthan also has a significant number of palaces that are of historical significance, the famous ones being the Umaid Bhawan Palace and the Jaipur City Palace. Both of these palaces date back to the high times, and you can see the furniture and other objects used by the royal families on view in these palaces.
Arrive Delhi the Capital city of India.
You are met, greeted and escorted to the Hotel.
In the afternoon, we leave for our city tour of New Delhi, visit Qutab Minar, the tapering monument begun in 1199 was built to symbolize the supremacy of Islam. This structure was eventually the prototype of all Minars or Towers in India. Our next stop is Humayun’s Tomb, built by his senior wife and mother of Emperor Akbar.
This is the earliest example of Mughal architecture in India. It is believed that it was this mausoleum, which inspired Shah Jahan to build the Taj Mahal. We drive pass the India Gate, Presidential Palace and Parliament House.
Overnight stay in the hotel.
In complete contrast to the noise and crowds of Old Delhi, is Raj Ghat, a simple and stunning memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the main architect of India’s independence. You pass through the Red Fort that dominates this area is the landmark. Built in the mid-17th century by Shah Jahan, it was plundered by the marauding armies of Nadir Shah and later by British soldiers
Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Delhi – Mathura – Agra
Vrindavan is also a holy town for Hindus. Lord Krishna spent his childhood here. It is home to temples, many dedicated to Krishna and his lovers Radha. The important Temples worth visiting are Banke Bihari Temple, Janam Bhumi (birthplace of Krishna), Prem Mandir, and Iskcon Temple. We continue with our drive to Agra. On arrival check-in at your Hotel. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
After a relaxed breakfast we leave for the visit of Agra fort, built by Emperor Akbar between 1565 & 1573, reveals the Mughal talent for combining defensive architecture with beauty and design. This fort palace was begun by Akbar as a purely defensive citadel and was subsequently completed by two successive generations that added the delicate mosaic and magnificent marble palaces. The fort is the history of Mughal life in Agra and offers a magical view of the Taj Mahal.
In the afternoon we visit Itmad-ud daulah, one of the most beautiful of Mughal tombs, stands across the river Yamuna from the Taj Mahal, nearly one and a half kilometres up-stream. Belonging to the age of Jahangir, it contains cenotaphs of the parents of the powerful Mughal Empress Nurjahan, queen of Jahangir, an exceptio nal beauty and an astute administrator.
Overnight stay is at hotel.
Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Abhaneri – Jaipur
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and we drive to Jaipur -route visit of Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri. Fatehpur Sikri located 40 Km from Agra. The deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honor of the great Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar and prophesized the birth of three sons to the heirless Emperor. Akbar used Fatehpur Sikri as his capital and the city was fully occupied for 14 years but slowly became deserted and ruined after Akbar left the city. The scarcity of water was the prime factor for the abandonment of this beautiful city. Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the ‘Ghost City’ including the Jama Masjid, the tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendor of the Mughal empire at the height of its power.
We continue with overdrive to Jaipur with the visit of Abhaneri – a small village situated in the Dausa district in Rajasthan. This place is located at 95km away from Jaipur. We visit Chand Baoli (Step Well), is a famous stepwell situated in the village Abhaneri, one of the deepest and largest step wells in India. It was built in the 9th century and has 3500 narrow steps and 13 stories and is 100 feet deep, this village is also known for Harshat Mata temple which belongs to the 9th century of which only some portions still remain. The sanctum and shorn of this ancient structure are enclosed with an ambulatory.
We arrive Jaipur and check – in a hotel.
Overnight stay in the hotel.
While driving to Amber Fort you will have a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds.
In the afternoon, we tour the city of Jaipur. We first visit the Maharaja’s city Palace, the former Royal residence part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. The main entrance leads to the courtyard at the center, which is the Mubarak Mahal.
One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons. On the first floor is the Textile and Costume Museum, which is the fine example of fabrics and costumes from all over India. After lunch we visit the Jantar Mantar (Observatory), which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world built by Jai Singh from 1728 to 1734. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. Overnight is at hotel.
Jaipur – Samode – Jaipur
After breakfast at the hotel, we leave for a full-day excursion to Samode.
Samode– According to the Rajputana Gazetteer of 1879 was a large and flourishing town. The Zamidars (landlords) of Samode the principal thakurs of the state of Amer were the Nathawat clan from Chomu, a branch of the house of Amer, tracing their relation to the Jaipur Maharaja the fabled Prithviraj Singhji the 17th prince of the house of Kacchwaha Rajputs. Gopal Singhji one of his 12 sons was awarded Samode, a noble feudatory of the Amer & Jaipur principality. Nestled among Aravali ranges, about 42 km north-west of Jaipur, Samode Palace comes into view like a mirage rising above cobbled streets and stone houses of the Samode Village.
In the evening we return back to Jaipur.
Overnight is at the hotel.
Jaipur – Chittorgarh
After breakfast drive to Chittorgarh. Arrive & check-into the hotel.
Later we visit Chittorgarh fort. Chittorgarh is one of the largest forts in India. It is a World Heritage Site. The fort, popularly known as Chittor, was the capital of Mewar and is today situated in Chittorgarh. It was initially ruled by Guhilot and later by Sisodias, the Suryavanshi clans of Chattari Rajputs, from the 7th century, until it was finally abandoned in 1568 after the siege by Emperor Akbar in 1567. The fort was sacked three times between the 15th and 16th centuries.
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 epitomizes 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. Return back to our hotel. Overnight is at the hotel.
Chittorgarh – Udaipur
After breakfast, drive to Udaipur. Arrive & check-into the hotel.
Next, we visit the Jagdish Temple, located close to the Palace with its imposing sculpted figures and heavily ornamented interiors. Finally, stop by to visit Sahelion ki Bari or Garden of Maids; built under the express guidance of Maharana Sangram Singh II, it is believed that the garden was constructed for 48 maids who accompanied the Maharaja’s wife as dowry. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Afternoon, we take a boat ride at Lake Pichola, 4-Km long and 3-Km broad, surrounded by splendid hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. Visit the island palace, Jag Mandir that is beautifully set in the lake and enjoy hi-tea with the sun setting in the background. Return to the hotel after the visit. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Udaipur – Ranakpur – Jodhpur
After the visit, continue with our drive to Jodhpur. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival.
Overnight is at the hotel.
Jodhpur – Jaisalmer
After Breakfast, we leave for a guided tour of Jodhpur city. The tour starts with visit to the Mehrangarh Fort, an impregnable fortress towering above a 10km wall with soaring archways leading into the center. The fort has a series of spectacular palaces, each decorated with exquisite engravings, lattice and mirror work. The museum displays an unusual collection of miniature paintings, glided palanquins and solid silver “howdah” presented by a Mughal emperor to the Maharaja.
Our next stop is Jaswant Thada – a cluster of royal cenotaphs in the white marble built in 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh-II. We finish our city tour with the stop at the Clock Tower and the nearby Sardar Market – a historical local trading market for Spices.
We return back to our hotel. Check Out and drive to Jaisalmer.
On arrival check at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
The Havelis in both the fort and the town are exceptional. Similar in style to the homes of Venetian merchants, the Havelis were the mansions of wealthy traders. The houses are decorated with beautifully carved facades, screens, and windows. Each haveli has an inner courtyard surrounded by richly decorated apartments.
We walk through the narrow streets of the fort to see the Nathmalji-ki-Haveli with its beautifully arched roof with carved brackets in the form of peacocks; Patwon-ki-Haveli, the most elaborate and magnificent haveli and best known for its latticed façade and Salim Singh ki Haveli. Outside the walls of the fortified town is the small oasis of Gadi Sagar, which led Prince Jaisal to found his city. It is well worth visiting to see a large number of shrines around it and the migratory birds, which it attracts.
Later in the day, we proceed for an excursion of “Sam”, 45 km away is known for its enormous sand dunes that make a surrealistic landscape patterned by the wind. This excursion also includes the unique experience of Camel Ride. Arrival and check into the hotel. Overnight is at the hotel.
Jaisalmer – Bikaner
Early morning after breakfast we drive to Bikaner. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival.
Afternoon we leave for the visit of Junagarh Fort, begun by Raja Rai Singh in the 16th century, but palaces were added to it over the next three centuries. The outer wall, built of light red sandstone is surrounded by a moat, and within are beautifully designed palaces with balconies, kiosks, fine jali or latticework screens with richly decorated interiors. The Badal Mahal in the fort has walls covered with stories from the life Krishna, whilst the walls of the oldest palace, the Lal Niwas, are elaborately decorated in red and gold.
Return to our hotel. Overnight is at the hotel.
Bikaner – Mandawa
After Breakfast, we drive to Mandawa. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival. In the afternoon we tour Mandawa – a small town, with many Havelis and temples. The Havelis, mansions of the erstwhile rich Marwari traders were profusely frescoed inside and outside and some of these are still in good shape. We stop by to visit some of these Havelis with fresco painting and walk in the nearby villages. Return to our hotel. Overnight is at the hotel.
Mandawa – Delhi – Home
Breakfast is at leisure. We drive to Delhi and on arrival proceed to Delhi International Airport.
Transfer to Delhi International Airport foryour flight back home.