Grand Tour of Rajasthan
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(13 Nights / 14 Days)
Tour Code: (NHI – GTR 13N / 14D)
Delhi - Shekhawati - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur –
Mt.Abu -Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra – Delhi
Dedicated English/French/German speaking guides at your service through out the
Heena or Mehndi application on hands and arms, a sign of a joyous occasion in
Indian culture (During stay in Delhi)
Free lessons in Indian Paintings, Miniatures, Frescoes, and Pottery making at
Jaipur Watch traditional artisans at work in Jaipur
Golfing at Delhi and Jaipur
Experience the Taj Mahal in Moonlight (during full moon Days)
Visit Amer fort, Jaipur on elephant back
Services of resident park naturalist in each of the wild life reserves.
Jungle safari on Jeeps and Elephant back wherever available
Daily full breakfast
Arrival & Departure transfer
All sightseeing and excursion as per itinerary by air-conditioned vehicle
Local English Speaking guide for sightseeing
Internal flights (Economy Class)
Thrill to the Sound & Light Show at Red Fort at Delhi
Desert Camel Safari in Jaisalmer
Jeep Safari to Tribal Village in Jodhpur
Day 1- Arrive Delhi
(in the evening)
On arrival, our local guide will meet and assist you at the airport and transfer
you to the Hotel for an overnight stay.
Delhi: As the capital of the largest democracy in the world, Delhi is the focus
of the socio economic and political life of India. India's capital & a major
gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which
successfully combines in its fold the ancient & the modern. Their origins are
extending as far back as 1200 BC, and since then seven cities were been built
and destroyed. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why
successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. All of them have left
their mask, reprint and relics and those are the things that make the capital
city as well as the most popular city of India an irresistible Nature Holidaiz
India itinerary. Therefore, wherever the visitor goes, he will invariably
confront the city's past.
Day 2: Delhi-Nawalgarh/Mandawa (Shekhawati)
After breakfast, go on a half-Day city tour of Old Delhi. Visit the Jama
Masjid, Red Fort, and Rajghat, Afternoon; leave Delhi for Nawalgarh/Mandawa,
Arrive Nawalgarh/Mandawa and check in Hotel.
Shekhawati: Starting around 14th century, a number of Muslim clans moved into
the area and the town which developed in the region became important trading
posts on the caravan routes emanating from the ports of Gujarat. The merchants
prospered and in later years, encouraged by the British, established themselves
as traders across the country. Although the towns have long since lost any
importance they may once have had, what they have not lost do the merchants
build the amazing painted ‘havelis’ (houses). Most of the buildings date from
the 18th century to early this century.
Day 3: Nawalgarh/Mandawa – Bikaner
Morning trip is the visit at the 'Havelis' of Nawalgarh & Mandawa, and in
the afternoon, transfer to Bikaner. Upon arrival, check in Hotel for overnight
Bikaner: Binaker’s history dates back to 1488 A.D. when a Rathore Prince, Rao
Bikaji- a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur, transformed a barren into
impressive city, called Bikaner. Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground and
circumscribed by a seven km long embattled wall with five gates. The magnificent
forts and palaces, created with delicacy in Redding-pink sandstone, bear
testimony to its rich historical and architectural legacy. Undulating lanes,
colorful bazaars, a line of balconies, aerial windows of varying designs and
bright and cheerful folks make Bikaner and interesting experience. Founded by
Raja Rai Singh, the fort distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions; an
enormous arched doorway leads to the Joramal Temple. The Royal Chapel is Har
Mandir where royal weddings & births once celebrated.
Day 4: Bikaner-Jaisalmer
After breakfast, visit the Junagadh Fort and the Camel Breeding Farm Camel
Breeding Farm - 10 km away, an institute for research work on camels. The first
of its kind in Asia, you can see camels of all types, sizes, & ages. In the
afternoon, leave Bikaner for Jaisalmer. On arrival, check in pre-booked Hotel.
The Rest of the Day is free at your leisure.
Jaisalmer: Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the
city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with its
entire awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city. Deep in the heart of
the Thar Desert is Jaisalmer, one of the last princely bastions in the region.
Founded on the crossroads of lucrative trade routes, this remote settlement came
to be celebrated for the valour of its rulers and for the aesthetic sense
represented by their palaces & havelis. The setting sun turning Jaisalmer into a
beautiful golden brown is a spectacular sight.
Day 5: Jaisalmer
Morning, take a city tour of Jaisalmer. See the citadel - the Fort built by
Rawal Jaisal where a fourth of the population lives. The fort also houses Jain
temples of the 12th to 15th centuries, Patwon Ki Haveli - a five-storey mansion
with carved pillars & murals of Salim Singh. In addition, a courtesan has built
visit Gadsisar, which had once supplied water to the city; the temples &
archways around it. Later in the evening take an excursion to Sam - 45 km away,
known for its sand dunes & is the venue for the Desert festival. Get the actual
feel of the desert by enjoying a camel ride on the sand dunes.
Day 6: Jaisalmer-Jodhpur
After breakfast, transfer to Jodhpur. Upon arrival, check in Hotel.
Jodhpur: Nestling within the depths of the Thar Desert, is the stronghold of the
Rathore clan - Jodhpur, once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar,
the second largest city of Rajasthan, after Jaipur. It is an island of marble
palaces, cordoned off from the desert by an immense wall, with eight gates
facing different directions. It displays some very fine mementoes of its
glorious past - palaces, temples and other elegant monuments of architectural
and historical value. The graceful palaces, forts and temples strewn throughout
the city bring alive the historic grandeur, exquisite handicrafts, folk dances
music and the brightly attired people lend a romantic aura to the city. The
colorful turbans worn by the men folk add more color to the city.
Afternoon, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, which literally means "Majestic Fort",
located at the very center of the city. There are, in all, three gates, each
built to commemorate a particular victory, as well as to reinforce the fort. It
has a collection of musical instruments, palanquins, furniture & cannons on the
forts' ramparts are well preserved. Close to the fort complex lies this white
marble cenotaph, built in 1899, in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.
Rare portraits of Jodhpur's rulers are, also, to be seen at Jaswant Thada. Also,
visit the Clock Tower - the city center.
Day 7: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Mount Abu
Morning, transfer to Mt. Abu, en-route visit Jain temples at Ranakpur
Ranakpur: Renowned for some marvelous carved temples in Amber stone, Ranakpur is
one of the five holy places of the community 96 km from Udaipur The cluster of
temples, made of intricately sculpted white marble, comes across as a marvelous
feat of architecture. It would take anyone by surprise to learn there were built
in 1460, so well preserved and sparkling is the marble. The main temple is
support on 1,444 pillars - none of which is similar carved. After the visit,
continue driving to Mt. Abu. On arrival, check in pre-booked Hotel.
Day 8: Mount Abu – Udaipur
Morning, visit Mt. Abu - the Dilwara Jain temples, one of the finest
examples of Jain architecture in India, The complex includes 02 temples in which
the art of carving marble reached unsurpassed heights. Afternoon, transfer to
Udaipur: "The Venice of the East", Udaipur is an enchanting city. From lakes in
the midst of sandy terrain to green-forested hills where wildlife still abounds,
the surprises are endless. And, in the lakes, or by their edges, are palaces
straight out of fairy tales, each more beautiful than the other. Founded by
Maharana Udai Singh, Udaipur has surrounded by the Aravalli mountain ranges
situated on the edge of three lakes.
Day 9: Udaipur
Witness the Jagdish Temple, drive around Fatehsagar Lake, Visit Sahelion Ki
Bari (Queen's resort for the maids of honor) & the City Palace. In the evening,
take a boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Afternoon, leave Pushkar for Jaipur, upon arrival; check in at the pre-booked
Hotel.Jaipur: picturesque capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is color washed pink-the
color associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. Jaipur displays a
remarkable harmony and architectural splendor. The ancient heart of the Pink
City still beats in its fairy-tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren
hills and broad avenues that dot the entire city. A formidable wall, the only
planned city of its time, encircles Jaipur. There is a timeless appeal to
Jaipur’s colorful bazaars where one can shop for Rajasthani handlooms and
Beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvelous
heritage Hotels, once the residence of Maharajas are worth admiration. Not to
mention the ambling camels and cheerful people in multi-hued costumes that makes
your trip to the pink city a memorable one.
Afternoon, city tour of Jaipur, Visit the Jantar Mantar - the observatory built
by Jai Singh in 1728; the City Palace which is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal
architecture. It also has a museum with an extensive collection of art, carpets,
paintings, enamelware, and weapons dating back to the 15th century; Hawa Mahal
or the Palace of Winds, which was built in 1799.
Day 12: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
After breakfast, take a short excursion to Amber Fort - the ancient capital
of the state until 1727 when Jai Singh decided to move from his hillside
fortress at Amber to new site on the plains. The construction of this fort began
in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's army. The fort is a
superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a hillside and
overlooking a lake, which reflects its terraces and ramparts. Visit the
Jagmandir or the hall of victory glittering with mirrors, Jai Mahal, & temple of
Kali. Ascend on elephant back, the hill, on which the fort is situated.
In the afternoon, leave Jaipur for Agra, en-route visit the abandoned Mughal
city of Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri: built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 was the old capital of the
Moghuls, and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful
buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal, & other
Palaces, which is still preserved in its original glory, credit of which goes to
Lord Curzon. Continue driving to Agra. Upon arrival, check in Hotel.
Day 13: Agra
Visit the Agra Fort containing the halls of Private Public audience,
Itmad-ud-Daullah followed by the visit to the highlight of the Day - Taj Mahal,
built by the Mogul emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to
enshrine her mortal remains, perhaps the perfect architecture in the world.
Day 14: Agra-Delhi
In the morning, transfer to Delhi. Upon arrival, check in at your pre-booked
Hotel and spend the afternoon with the visit to New Delhi - Drive pass
Presidents House & the Parliament, witness the India Gate & visit Humayun's Tomb
& Qutab Minar. Evening, transfer to the airport to board on your onward/return
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