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Colours of Rajasthan        Safety Tips - Please Read      Forts/Palaces Tour    Tour # 1434
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Contact Info N Sinha, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi, 0091-9891676722, tours@thebestindiatours.com
Cities Covered Delhi / Mandawa / Bikaner / Jaisalmer / Jodhpur / Udaipur / Jaipur / Agra / Delhi.
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Description and Day-wise Itinerary

Colours of Rajasthan

Trip Duration : 14 Nights -15 Days
Places Covered : Delhi/ Mandawa/ Bikaner/ Jaisalmer/ Jodhpur/ Udaipur/ Jaipur/ Agra/ Delhi.


Itinerary Details :

Day 01 : Arrive 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.
Delhi is a metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with modern. Delhi strategic location was the main reason why many dynasties chose it as their  seat of power. Many monuments were built here over several centuries by different rulers like Qutub-ud-din Aibek, Alauddin Khilji, Tughlaks, Humayun & Shah Jahan, who built the Walled City
Shah Jahanabad.
Later in first half of the 20th century, New Delhi was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens.                  Night stay in Hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi. 

Morning after a relaxed breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel at about 9AM and proceed for a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jehanabad, incliding a visit of Jama Masjid, the larget mosque in India. Mosque was built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Drive past through the Red Fort.
In New Delhi,  visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Later drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls.
Also visit the President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House.
After lunch {own}, proceed to visit the Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aybak. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture.
Evening visit the Bahai temple {Lotus Temple}.
Night stay in hotel.

Note :  Lotus Temple, Red Fort will be closed on Monday.

Day 03 : Delhi - Mandawa (265 kms– 05-06 hrs)
After breakfast in hotel,  check out from hotel  and drive to Mandawa. Mandawa is situated the heart of the semi-arid Shekhawati region. Shekhawati region has go its name from Rao Shekha who ruled this area in the 14th century. The Mandawa Fort was built in 1755 by Thakur Nawal Singh, the founder of the town. These were the times when Mandawa was settled & fortified by the rich & dominant Silk Route merchants of the region, who constructed many Havelis (Mansions), Chhatris (Cenotaphs), Temples & Baolis (Step-wells) with ornate frescoes adorning their walls & now aptly given the epithet - Open-Air Gallery.
These merchant families were migrated from here but their old settlements remained in total obscurity with no one to look after them. Mandawa retains the charm & aura of a bygone era & coming here is like stepping into a different world. Here you can have a feeling of the old tradition
Night stay in Hotel.



Day 04 : Mandawa - Bikaner (160 km - 4 hr)   Half Day Tour
Today you will visit the Mandawa Fort, located in the heart of Mandawa &  a classic example of the famed Rajput style of architecture. It houses many beautiful paintings & frescoes that dazzle the eyes. Now this fort has been converted into a heritage hotel.
Also visit Gulab Rai Haveli, which was built in the year 1870 that has some of the best murals in Shekhawati on both the exterior & interior walls with elephants & camels on its façade.
Next stop will be Goenka Double Haveli, this haveli was built in the year 1890, with monumental frescoes of elephants & horses decorating its façade.

If time permits you can visit more Havelis/houses of the region & you see the village life in Rajasthan.

Later proceed to Bikaner, founded by Rao Bikaji (1465-1504 AD) in the year 1488 AD. Rao Bikaji was a Rajput prince, descendent of the founder of neighbouring Jodhpur. Bikaner lies in the north-western part of Rajasthan & has beauty of the desert landscape with wide-spread sand dunes & thorny shrubs growing around. Bikaner is a royal city surrounded by a mammoth fortification wall, more than 5 km in circumference & about 5 to 9m high. Here Fort, Palaces & colourful traditional costumes are the main attractions of the Bikaner.
Here you can visit the famous Camel Breeding Farm, which is only one of its kinds in the whole Asia.
Night stay in hotel.

Day 05 : Bikaner - Jaisalmer (320 kms – 06-07hrs)  
This morning, proceed for a short tour of Bikaner, after breakfast. Tour includes a visit to Junagarh Fort, built in the year 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh (1571-1612 AD), the 6th ruler of Bikaner. The Fort is a formidable structure & was not conquered during its eventful history. It houses number of beautiful Palaces, Temples & Pavilions, which are very much decorated. Anup Mahal was beautifully maintained  and now shows the treasures of the Royal family.

Later proceed to 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.

Day 06 : 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.

Day 07 : Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (290 km - 7 hr)
Have your breakfast in the hotel and later checkout and drive to Jodhpur,  which is the second largest city in Rajasthan & has landscape dominated by the Mehrangarh Fort topping a sheer rocky ridge. Rao Jodha, founded the city in the year 1459 & it is named after him. It was formerly the seat of a princely state, also known as Marwar.
Night stay in Hotel.

Day 08 : Jodhpur      
Morning proceed for a guided tour of Jodhpur, visiting the Mehrangarh Fort (Majestic Fort), one of the most impressive structures anywhere in India. This Fort was built by Rao Jodha, this 5km long Fort is situated on a 125m high hill & has some magnificent palaces. The Fort Museum houses an exquisite collection of palanquins, howdahs (Elephant saddles), royal cradles, miniatures paintings, musical instruments, costumes & furniture.

Later proceed for a visit of Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in the year 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Within the main cenotaph are the portraits of various Jodhpur rulers.
This afternoon, we will make an special arrangement and you will feel like a Maharaja, “enjoy the “Vintage Car Ride”.
Night stay in hotel.
Note : Vintage Car ride is subject to availability and need to book in advance.

Day 09  : Jodhpur - Udaipur via Ranakpur (260 km - 6 hr)
After breakfast, checkout and drive to Udaipur, was founded in the year 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh after his final unsuccessful attempt to defend the Mewar capital, Chittorgarh from the invading Mughals under Emperor Akbar.
The site for Udaipur was chosen for its natural beauty, abundant water & natural protection afforded by the surrounding forests & Aravali mountains. Udaipur is set on the edge of three lakes & also known as the "City of Lakes & Palaces". This is one of the most romantic cities in India, its beautiful Palaces are mirrored in the calm waters of Lake Pichola.
 
On the way, make a stop in Ranakpur and visit the famous Jain temples. This temple was built in 15th century AD during the reign of Rana Kumbha. Continue drive to Udaipur.
On arrival in Udaipur, check in to the hotel.
Night stay in hotel.
Optional Tour
-  Sound & Light Show.
 
Day 10 : Udaipur      

After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel at about 9AM and proceed for the tour of Udaipur city, visit the City Palace,  collection of buildings contributed by various Maharanas (Kings) after Udai Singh & built in the year 1725.  The magnificence of the Palace starts right from its entrance at the northern Tripolia Gate that brings us to the central courtyard, the best place to view the facade of filigreed balconies & ornate cupola-topped towers. Later visit the Sahelion ki Bari (Garden of Maids of Honour) is an ornamental garden built by Maharana Sangram Singh for his daughter & the Ladies of the Queen's court. He built the garden with several fountains, pools & is decorated with chiselled pavilions & elephants. The fountains worked on the unique hydraulic technique devised in the year 1700 AD and are still working.
 
Later visit Jagdish Temple. Afternoon enjoy boat ride on Lake Pichola, the beauty of the lake is enhanced by the surrounding hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats & embankments. The Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) & Jag Mandir, the two island palaces on the lake look like pearls in the lake.
Night stay in hotel.

Day 11 : UdaipurPushkar.     250 Kms & 6 hrs
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.

Day 12 : Pushkar – Jaipur.     150 Kms & 4 hrs.

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
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).
Night stay in Hotel.

Optional Tour - Chokhi Dhani
An evening excursion to Chokhi Dhani complex, ethnic village resort located at a distance of 15 km from Jaipur City. Rajasthani village atmosphere is recreated on the sprawling ground and includes the entertainment by folk dancers and  musicians. Late return to hotel.

Day 14: Jaipur - Agra via Fatehpur Sikri (260 kms - 05-06 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Agra, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri (Ghost Capital), the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water.
Continue drive to Agra, situated on the banks of river Yamuna. Agra remains major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era monuments, most beautiful the Taj Mahal  and Agra Fort.
Night stay in hotel.
Note : Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday.

Day 15: Agra      
This morning visit the Taj Mahal, symbol of eternal love, which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. Taj Mahal was built by the 5th Mughal emperor, Shah Jehan in the year 1631 in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years to complete the constructions. Later visit Agra Fort,  taken over from the Lodhis by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century. Fort was built from red sandstone, often inlaid with white marble & intricate decorations. We will also visit Sikandara {Akbar's tomb}.
Night stay in hotel.

Day 16: Agra - Delhi  (210 Kms & 04-5 Hrs}
After breakfast drive back to Delhi, en-route visit Mathura & Vrindavan. In Mathura you can visit Shri Krishna Janmabhumi temple and in Vrindavan visit Bankey Bihari Temple, built in the year 1864. Temple is famous for the black statue of Krishna, also called as Thakur Ji.
Continue drive to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, transfer to a nice Indian restaurant for a special farewell dinner, followed by transfer to Delhi International airport to take your flight back home.

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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