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Rural Rajasthan Tour        Safety Tips - Please Read      Cultural Tour    Tour # 1432
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Tour Offered By Historic Journey to India
Contact Info N Sinha, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi, 0091-9891676722, tours@thebestindiatours.com
Cities Covered Delhi - Mandawa - Gajner – Jaisalmer - Luni - Ranakpur - UdaipurPushkarJaipur - Samode – AgraDelhi.
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Description and Day-wise Itinerary

Rajasthan Rural Tour :

Duration : 15 Nights/ 16 Days
Destinations covered : Delhi - Mandawa - Gajner – Jaisalmer - Luni - Ranakpur - UdaipurPushkarJaipur - Samode – AgraDelhi.


Day 1: Arrival Delhi.
You will arrive Delhi International airport by any International flight in the evening/night. Traditional "Swagat" (Welcome)  on arrival at the airport. Later our representative will assist you at airport & transfer to hotel for check in.
Night stay in Hotel.

Note : Check In & Check out time in hotels are 12 Noon.

Day 2 : Delhi-Mandawa
Morning after a delicious breakfast in the hotel, pick up & drive to Mandawa. Upon arrival in Mandawa, check-in to the hotel. After lunch  and rest in the hotel proceed to  visit the Saraf Haveli, Ladia Haveli and the Chokhani Haveli.
In time allows, you can enjoy the camel safari upto the desert camp.
Night stay in hotel.
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. The structures of this place reminds one of the cultural and social hotspot this place used to be in the bygone era. Mandawa is situated in the north Indian state of Rajasthan around 190 km off Jaipur, the capital of the state. The town lies between latitude 28.06° in the north and longitude 75.20° in the east. The fort town of Mandawa is well connected with the other places in region through a good network of roads.

Day 3 : Mandawa-Gajner
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to Gajner, which is approx. 260 Kms. On the way stop in Bikaner and visit the “Junagarh Fort” built between 1588 and 1593 built by Raja Jai Singh who was a general in the army of the Mughal emperor, Akbar. The fort has a 986 meter long wall with 37 bastions & 2 entrances, and it is famous for the super quality of stone carvings. The tour also includes a visit to the fascinating “Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok, an incarnation of the goddess Durga. Devotees throng this temple to make offerings to the rats. Other places of interest include the famous camel - breeding farm just outside the town (closed on Sunday). Cotinue drive to Gajner. Upon arrival in Gajner check-in to the hotel.
Night stay in Hotel.
Gajner :
Gajner is yet another historical city of Rajasthan, India. The chief attraction in Gajner is the Gajner Palace. Gajner Palace was built by Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh Ji of Bikaner to be used as a hunting resort for the royal family and guests. Built over an area of 6000 acres, the palace complex houses its own sanctuary housing endangered species. More than 100 species of the migratory birds flock the lake by the palace during the winter months. The palace has been redone meticulously to revive the Raj days and capture the grandeur of kingly Rajasthan. During the stay in, one should try a camel, horse or a jeep safari into the wildlife sanctuary. The wildlife is plentiful and the best time for the safari is the early morning or the evenings when the wildlife flocks to the lake to drink water.


Day 4 : Gajner-Jaisalmer.
This morning check out from hotel and drive Jaisalmer, founded in the year 1156 by Bhatti Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal.  Jaisalmer is also known as Golden City & rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage the commanding Fort, was build in yellow sandstone. Jaisalmer was an important ancient trading centre & camel caravans laden with precious spices & silk crossed the territory en-route India,  Sindh, Arabia & Europe. Many merchants built many nice Havelis here in the past that were beautifully carved from golden-yellow sandstone &  are still in a good condition.
Night stay in Hotel.
Note : Instead of staying in Hotel, you can stay in the Desert Camps in Khuri Desert.
{Only normal camps are available in the Khuri}


Day 5 : Jaisalmer.
After a delicious breakfast, proceed to visit the old town of Jaisalmer & visit Jaisalmer Fort, which was built in the year 1156 by Rawal Jaisal. Fort was built on 80m high hill, housing the entire township within its ramparts, the Fort is standing like a sentinel in the bleak desert landscape.
It is the only "Living Fort" in India & within its ramparts has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely Havelis (Mansions), Palaces & beautifully sculptured Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century AD.
We will also visit the Patwon Ki Haveli in the heart of the town. It was built by the rich merchant Guman Chand Patwa & his sons, whose business stretched between Afghanistan & China. This is the most elaborate & magnificent among all the Jaisalmer Havelis. The carving on stone far surpasses in beauty the work on brocade & gold.
After a relax breakfast, drive to Khuri, which is about 40 km away from Jaisalmer. Here enjoy the  Camel ride on the Sand Dunes and enjoy the beautiful view if sunset.
Night stay in Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer :

Unlike any other city, this desert fortress is one of Rajasthan's most exotic and unusual towns. Jaisalmer, an important ancient trading centre because of its strategic location on the camel trade routes, is often described as the 'golden city'. The havelis, built by merchants of the 19th century, are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone and are still in a beautiful condition. The fort built by Rawal Jaisal in the 12th century, stands on the 80 metre high Trikuta hill, with beautifully carved Jain temples.


Day 6 : Jaisalmer - Luni
Have you breakfast in the hotel/ tent and drive to Luni, which is about 345 Kms from Jaisalmer. On arrival in Luni, check in to the hotel. Evening take a walk and visit the local life of Rajasthan.
Night stay in hotel.
Luni :

Fort Chanwa is a major attraction of Luni. It is famous for its elegance in Indian architecture. This entire fort is carved out of the famous red sandstone of Jodhpur. It reminds of the grandeur and grace of bygone age. The traditional paintings on the walls are evidence of the skill of craftsmen and the bygone days. Maharaja Dalip Singhji, and his wife Rani Madhu, fort's former rulers have restored its old charm.

Day 7 : Luni.

Morning after breakfast in the hotel, drive to Jodhpur and proceed for the city tour of Jodhpur including the beautiful Mehrangarh Fort & later visit the Jaswant Thada.

After lunch visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace and the museum.
Return to hotel in the evening.

Night stay in hotel.

Day 8 : Luni - Ranakpur
Morning after breakfast drive to Ranakpur. Ranakpur is situated 60 Kms north of Udaipur in Pali district. Upon arrival in Rankapur, check in to the hotel.
Ranakpur is named after Rana Kumbha whom Dharna Sah, a Jain businessman, approached when he had the vision of his great temple to ask for the land for its construction. Renowned for some marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stone, Ranakpur is one of the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. Temples were constructed in the AD 1439.

Afternoon visit the Wildlife sanctuary and the famous Jain Temple of Ranakpur.
Night stay in hotel.
Ranakpur :

Ranakpur in the state of Rajasthan is one of the five most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism. It is home to an exceptionally beautiful temple complex in the Aravali ranges.

Day 9 : RanakpurUdaipur.

After an early breakfast, check out and drive to Udaipur. On arrival in Udaipur, check in to the hotel.  Afternoon sightseeing of Udaipur city include City Palace, Jugdish Temple, Sahelion ki bari, Lok Kala Mandal.
Evening enjoy the boat ride on Lake Pichola {subject to operational status}.
Optional : If time permits you can visit the Vintage Car Gallery.

Night stay in hotel.
Udaipur :
Udai Singhji laid the foundations of the Udaipur city in the year 1557 A.D
Maharana Udai Singh was a descendant of the mighty Sisodias who claim their descent from the sun god, Surya. The Sisodias are recognized as the oldest ruling family in the world and were perhaps the mightiest among the warrior clans in Rajasthan.
One of the reasons for shifting the capital of Mewar from Chittaur to Udaipur was to ward off constant enemy attacks. Surrounded by the Aravalli's Udaipur was protected naturally and was considered quite safe.
The land of the legendary saint Mira Bai and dauntless Maharana Pratap, Udaipur literally means the land of dawn and is popularly known as the 'city of lakes'. Udaipur is a bustling world of scrub forests, lakes, monuments and even wild animals and surprises you with its glassy lakes in the midst of desert Rajasthan. Udaipur is also known as the city of Lake, because it has many natural and artificial lakes.

Day 10 : Udaipur.
Day free in Udaipur for independent activities.
Night stay in hotel.

Day 11 : Udaipur - Pushkar
.
Morning after breakfast, check out and drive to Pushkar. Pushkar is a holy city and this is one of the city, which has the temple of Lord Bramha. On arrival in Pushkar, check in to the hotel.
Afternoon visit the temple of Lord Bramha and the holy Pushkar Lake.
Night stay in Hotel.



Pushkar :
Pushkar is a fantastic interplay of history and mythology that makes it worthwhile to travel to this holy destination of Rajasthan. The city of Pushkar came into being after a battle between Lord Brahma and a demon named Vajra Nabh. After the demon was killed by Brahma with the help of a lotus flower, three petals floated down to Earth and landed in Pushkar leading to the creation of the three lakes of Pushkar.
Pushkar was a favorite retreat of the Mughal rulers, which was later taken over by the Scindias after the eventual decline of the Mughal rule. The Scindias handed over the city to the British thus making Pushkar one of the few places in Rajasthan to be under direct British control, until Independence.


Day 12 : PushkarJaipur.
Drive, after breakfast to the Pink CityJaipur,  Jaipur was founded in 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. It remains the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors.
Rest of the day is free for relax.
Night stay in hotel.

Day 13 : Jaipur - Samode.
Morning after an early breakfast proceed for an excursion to Amber Fort (11 km);  the palace complex which stands to this date was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh. Enjoy an Elephant ride to reach the Fort situated on the hill, an overwhelming experience. You will feel like a Maharaja.
Afternoon proceed for a city tour of Jaipur,  including
City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture.  Further visit the Jantar Mantar, the Solar Observatory, an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate predictions till date. Also have a look on Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied building of pink sandstone. It was built in year 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down unseen by the world through its 593 stone Jharokas (mini windows).  Afternoon check out and drive to Samode.
On arrival in Samode, check in to the Samode Bagh.
Night stay in Hotel.
Samode :
Samode lies at the distance of 42 kilometer from Jaipur, in the state of Rajasthan in north India. It is located on the way to Shekhawati. This is small and beautiful village of Samode, famous for its fort and haveli. Tour to the Samode village gives you the opportunity to fell the aura of rural life and age old culture and tradition that the Indian families have been following for centuries. Samode is a perfect desert getaway.


Day 14 : Samode – Bharatpur.
Morning visit the Samode Palace and take a walk in the village. Later drive to Bharatpur. On arrival in Bharatpur, check in to the Chandra Mahal Haveli.
Afternoon visit the Ghana Bird sanctuary. Evening talk a walk into the Persar village.
Night stay in haveli.

Bharatpur :
Bharatpur was founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1733 AD, it was once an impregnable well fortified city, carved out of the region formerly known as Mewat. The trio of Bharatpur, Deeg and Dholpur has played an important part in the history of Rajasthan.

The legends say that the place was named as Bharatpur after the name of Bharat, the brother of Lord Rama, whose other brother Laxman was worshipped as the family deity of the Bharatpur rulers, Laxman's name is engraved on the state arms and the seals. The city and the fort have been believed to be founded by Rustam, a Jat of Sogariya clan. Maharaja Surajmal took over from Khemkaran, the son of Rustam and established the empire. He fortified the city by building a massive wall around the city.

Day 15 : BharatpurAgra.
Morning after breakdast check out and revisit the bird sanctuary. Later drive to Agra. Enroute visit the Fatehpur Sikri. Upon arrival in Agra, check in to the hotel. Afternoon visit the Agra Fort  and later proceed to visit the most famous monument of love the Taj Mahal.
Night stay in hotel.

Day 16 : AgraDelhi – Departure.
Early morning revisit the Taj Mahal during sunrise{Optional}. Return to hotel for late breakfast. Later drive back to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, proceed for a short tour of Delhi including Lotus Temple, Humayun’s tomb, India Gate, Raj Ghat.
Evening transfer to a nice Indian restaurant for farewell dinner {Own}, followed by transfer to Delhi International airport to take your flight back home/ onwards journey.

Trip ends with pleasant and happy memories of India.
{We wish to have another chance to show you the other part of our lovely country and its culture}


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