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RAJASTHAN EXPLORER TOUR        Safety Tips - Please Read      Forts/Palaces Tour    Tour # 931
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Tour Offered By Pacific Classic Tours (India)
Contact Info Mr. Shakul Garg, 49, Bansal Nagar, Fatehabad Road, Agra - 282001 (INDIA), + 91. 562. 2330314, info@discoverydreams.com
Cities Covered Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Delhi
 
Schedule/Departure Dates
Every day from August - March.
 
Highlights
Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Chokhi Dhani - An ethnic village resort, Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), City Palace & Observatory of Jaipur, Amber Fort, Frescoes of Shekhawati, Junagarh Fort, Camel Safari, Jaisalmer Fort, Jodhpur Fort, Jain temples of Ranakpur, Qutab Minar Tower, The India Gate.
 
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Description and Day-wise Itinerary
Day 01
Arrival Delhi: Met on arrival by PCTI representative. Traditional welcome with garlanding and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02
Delhi/ Agra (200 Kms - 04 hrs): After a morning at leisure we drive to the city of Taj, Agra, stopping enroute at a good restaurant for refreshment. We arrive by evening and check inn to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03
In Agra: After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel we leave to explore the monumental heritage of the Great Mughals, including the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. It's a wealth of white marble and semi-precious stone - undoubtedly the highlight of the tour.

Post lunch tour of the imposing Agra Fort, built of red sandstone and marble is a hilltop citadel with fabulous courtyards, fountains and gates.Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04
Agra/ Jaipur (250 Kms - 05 hrs): After breakfast we leisurely drive to Jaipur - the fabled "pink city" of the desert named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur. The palaces and forts of the yesteryears, which were witnesses to the royal processions and splendors, are now living monuments.

Enroute we stop at Fatehpur Sikri - which has been described as "the world's most perfectly preserved ghost town". Built by Akbar in the late 16th century, it was abandoned after only 14 years, and the elegant buildings of this superb walled city remain intact to this day. In the afternoon continue to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, arrive and check inn to the hotel.

This will be a cultural evening, we visit Chokhi Dhani - An ethnic village resort, the vitality of Rajasthani folk culture comes alive as children dance rhythmically to the loud tenor of folk songs sung by men and women, festooned in bright clothes. Gaily caparisoned camel, horses and bullock carts offer joy rides. A traditional Rajasthani dinner will be served. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05
In Jaipur: After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel we visit the dramatic hilltop Fortress at Amber - ascend the imposing fort on a painted elephant. We wander among glittering inlays and the Hall of Mirrors.

We stop to view the elegant Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds)- this elaborate building, now little more than a fa?ade, is encrusted with delicate screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneak views of the outside world.

Post lunch tour of the Maharajah's City Palace, now partly a museum display a unique fusion of Mughal and Hindu architecture, and house a rare collection of paintings, Rajput armoury and costumes. Later we visit the unique Jantar Mantar Observatory - situated in the heart of the city where time has been accurately measured since the 17th century. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 06
Jaipur/ Mandawa/ Bikaner (321 Kms - 06/07 hrs): After breakfast at the hotel we will be driven to the relatively remote city of Bikaner, tucked away in the desert region of western Rajasthan enroute visiting Mandawa - often called the 'open air art gallery of Rajasthan', the region is famous for the high quality frescoes.

Arrive Bikaner and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 07
Bikaner/ Jaisalmer (333 Kms - 06/07 hrs): Breakfast at the hotel, followed by visit to the unusual Junagarh Fort - sumptuously decorated with its ornately lacquered walls in red & gold and panels of dazzling coloured glass inlay set over the coronation throne.

Later we will journey through the vast Thar Desert to the ancient caravan city of Jaisalmer - is one of the last princely bastions in the region, founded on the crossroads of lucrative trade routes. On arrival check inn to the hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08
In Jaisalmer: Explore the honey-coloured fort that emerges from the flat dry desert sands and enjoy a walk through the maze of narrow streets in the city with ornately decorated 'havelis' in yellow sandstone, built by rich merchants at a time when the city was a key stopping place on the caravan routes from the Middle East. Jaisalmer has been described as an 'open air museum', and to enter its narrow cobbled lanes is to step back into another era.

Evening we enjoy Camel Ride by the sand dunes. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09
Jaisalmer/ Jodhpur (308 Kms - 06 hrs): After breakfast we leave for Jodhpur through the most interesting contours of the desert landscape, the enchanting forts, temples, other royal residences and settlements retain its medieval character and comprise the town's multifaceted attractions. On arrival check inn to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10
In Jodhpur: After breakfast at the hotel we will visit the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, which dominates and offers spectacular vistas of the blue-hued city.

Post lunch tour of Jaswant Thada - white marble mausoleum built in 1899 in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh and visit the Museum in the gardens of Umaid. Later excursion tour to Mandore - the ancient capital of the Pratihara Rajputs, whose most remarkable monuments are the royal cenotaphs, particularly those of Jaswant Singh and Ajit Singh (XVII - XVIII centuries). A sanctuary dedicated to 300 million divinities shelters statues natural size local heroes. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11
Jodhpur/ Udaipur (260 Kms - 5.5 hrs): After breakfast we drive to Udaipur - There is no place in Rajasthan, which appeals more to the imagination of poets and painter, travellers and writers than Udaipur, an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan.

Enroute we will visit the Jain temples at Ranakpur, superbly preserved in a near-perfect condition for over 500 years. The most attractive features are the 29 halls of the temple, which have 1444 pillars of which no two are like.

We arrive Udaipur and check inn to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 12
In Udaipur: Breakfast at the hotel, followed by an excursion to the famous temple complex of Eklingji & Nagda, which enshrines the deity of the Maharanas of Mewar. Spend the rest of the day exploring this charming lake city by car.

This evening we take a cruise on Lake Pichola to visit the Jag Mandir Palace - built in the 15th century as a pleasure palace for royal parties and functions. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 13
In Udaipur: Let the glorious sunrise dazzle you at breakfast. Wander through the opulent City Palace grounds and the museum, which are the testamentto the valour and chivalry of the Mewar rulers. Visit the Jagdish temple on the shores of Lake Pichola. The Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir is a treasure house of Rajasthani folk culture. The breathtaking beauty of the Lakes - Pichola and Fateh Sagar truly make Udaipur an oasis in the desert. Return to the hotel after city drive. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 14
Udaipur/ Delhi (By flight): Morning we fly back to Delhi and check inn to our hotel. Rest of the day is free for personal activities.

Evening transfer to the international airport to Board your homeward flight or connect to your onward destination.

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