Palaces & Forts
Tour Code: (NHI – PFT 9N / 10D)
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09 Nights / 10 Days
Delhi-Agra- Jaipur- Shekhawati -Delhi
The rich cultural past of India is reflected in the innumerable forts, palaces
and other monuments across the country. This tour gives you the opportunity to
discover some of the most wonderful Forts and Palaces of Delhi-Capital city of
India, Agra- The city of Taj Mahal, Jaipur - The royal city of Forts & Palaces,
Shekhawati - Open air art gallery of Rajasthan
Day 1- Arrive Delhi
Meet on arrival by Nature Holidaiz India 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 will be 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 labored 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
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 façade, 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 armory 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.
(Shekhawati Region: Mandawa, Dundlod, Nawalgarh, Ratangarh are the parts of
Shekhawati region, approximately 15 to 35 Kms. From each other and in radius of
hardly 75kms, so one can stay at one place and can have day return tour to all
Day 06: Jaipur / Mandawa (151 kms - 03hrs)
After breakfast at the Hotel we leave for Mandawa - often called the 'open
air art gallery of Rajasthan', the region is famous for the high quality
Arrive by lunch and transfer to the Hotel. After lunch we take a half - day
sightseeing tour of Mandawa to appreciate the painted havelis on the ancient and
the famous silk route, Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 07: Excursion to Nawalgarh
Breakfast at the Hotel followed by an excursion tour of Nawalgarh - which is
only 8kms from Mandawa is a town has a colourful bazaar and two forts, there is
also interesting temples in town including Ganga Mai near Nansa Gate. Evening we
drive back to Hotel in Mandawa Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 08: Excursion to Dundlod and Ratangarh
Today After breakfast we leave for an excursion trip to Dundlod and
Ratangarh - Sight seeing of the frescoland - Shekhawati Haveli's & the local
market Evening back to Mandawa and overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 09: Mandawa / Delhi (260 Kms - 05 hrs)
After a leisurely breakfast at the Hotel we continue by road back to Delhi,
arrive and check inn to the Hotel Rest of the day at leisure, Overnight stay at
Day 10: Leave Delhi
Full day will be free for personal activities; you may wish to explore the
local markets of Delhi Evening transfer to the international airport in time to
Board your homeward flight or connect to your onward destination.
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Palaces & Fort Tour of Rajasthan
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Tour Code: (NHI – PFT 17N / 18D)
17Nights / 18 Days
Delhi - Pachewar - Bundi - Castle Bijaipur –
Udaipur - Dungarpur - Narlai - Luni - Osian –
Kuchaman - Nawalgarh - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
Day 1: Delhi
Arrive in Delhi meet assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel, Overnight
stay at Hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
Morning combined sightseeing of Old and New Delhi visiting Qutub Minar.
India Gate (war memorial), Laxmi Narayan Temple a (modern Hindu temple), drive
past President's estate, Parliament House, Secretariat building, Raj Ghat and
Shanti van, the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama
Masjid, the Red Fort and Chandni Chowk, Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 3: Delhi – Pachewar
Early morning express train to Jaipur. From here, we continue by road to the
small village of Pachewar and stay in the 300 years old fort, Overnight stay in
Day 04: Pachewar – Bundi
Morning, drive to Bundi. Arrive Bundi and check in Hotel. Afternoon visit Hada
Kingdom located in the saddle- like fold of the hills. This is a beautifully
located fortified settlement. Its fort and palaces are impressive especially for
the delicacy and profusion of their architectural embellishments and Bundi
equally well known for its step wells as well as for its school of paintings,
Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 5: Bundi - Castle Bijaipur
Morning, drive to Bijaipur. Arrive Bijaipur & check in Hotel. Afternoon,
visit the forests. Located 40 Kms from Chittorgarh this Sisodia principality is
now more easily accessible and far less hostile to its visitors, Overnight stay
Day 6: Castle Bijaipur – Udaipur
Morning, drive to Udaipur. Arrive Udaipur & check in Hotel. Overnight stay in
Day 7: Udaipur
Morning, sightseeing of Udaipur visiting the City Palace, Jagdish Temple,
drive around Fatehsagar Lake, Shaelion Ki Bari (queen's resort for her friends)
and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (folk art museum) Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 8: Udaipur – Dungarpur
Morning, drive to Dungarpur. Arrive Dungarpur & check in Hotel, Afternoon,
visit deep in the heart of Bhil Country surrounded by hills. The house of
Dungarpur was a 13th century hostile offshoot of Chittorgarh that later made
peace with it. Off the beaten track, Dungarpur has two beautiful palaces whose
architecture is worth exploring since they consist of every known embellishment
used in the making of any building, Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 9: Dungarpur – Narlai
Morning, drive to Narlai. Arrive Narlai & check in Hotel. Afternoon visit
the Narlai Legend says that it was here that the sage Narad Muni meditated long
before it inhabited. Later it became a hunting preserve for the Sisodias,
Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 10: Narlai - Luni
Morning, drive to Luni. Arrive Luni & check in Hotel. Afternoon visit the
Luni River that has provided a lifeline to dwellers in the desert, even though
it has been a seasonal phenomenon and its floods in the past have wrought havoc,
Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 11: Luni
Sightseeing of Luni Visit the Fort Chanwa, Luni built by the youngest son of
Jodhpur's Maharaja Umaid Singh a hundred years ago, used large blocks of
sandstone to create a handsome building and includes jharokhas and cupolas
characteristic of the architecture of the region. The interior are 19 rooms,
serve Rajasthani cuisine, and makes a delightful excursion into the idyllic
world of a desert community, Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 12: Luni - Osian
Morning, drive to Osian. Arrive Osian & check in Hotel. Afternoon
Sightseeing of Osian An ancient town of the Thar Desert, renowned for a cluster
of ruined Brahmanical and Jain Temples dating from 8th to 11th century. The most
important temples are the Surya or Sun Temple and the Sachiya Mata Temple. The
latter has a "Shikhar" clustered by a row of tarots an ambulatory and a large
assembly hall with an elaborate ceiling, overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 13: Osian – Kuchaman
Morning, drive to Kuchaman. Arrive Kuchaman & check in Hotel. Located in
Nagaur District, Kuchaman Fort has had a strategic role to play in Rajasthan's
history, which unravels as one move around its 17th century battlements. Its
picturesque village is idyllic for those who would like to discover the charm of
walking through it, overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 14: Kuchaman - Nawalgarh
Morning, drive to Nawalgarh. Arrive Nawalgarh & check in Hotel, Afternoon,
visit Nawalgarh, the seat of the Poddar families. “Nawalgarh” known for the high
quality of its paintings, even in the richly frescoed Shekhawati area its Poddar
School has some excellent old work. Thakur Nawal Singh, a warrior- political
leader Evening visit to Mandawa, Dundlod, founded Nawalgarh in 1737. The Mandawa
Castle is one of the finest of Rajasthan, is now a beautiful Hotel and it has
beautiful frescoes, havelis & mansions overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 15: Nawalgarh – Jaipur
Morning, drive to Jaipur. Check in Hotel. Afternoon visit the bazaars of
Jaipur, Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 16: Jaipur
Morning, visit Amber Fort via Wind Palace & Water Palace here you have the
elephant ride to the top of the fort. After sightseeing of Amber, visit city
palace, Observatory & the glittering bazaars of Jaipur Back to Hotel, Overnight
stay in Hotel.
Day 17: Jaipur - Agra
Morning, departure by car for the fabled city of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal
Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted "ghost" capital of the Emperor Akbar
with its beautifully preserved forts, palaces and mosques. Arrive Agra and check
into your Hotel. Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal built by the Emperor Shah Jehan
between 1631 and 1653 as an expression of his love for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal,
Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 18: Agra - Delhi
Sightseeing of Agra, Visit the Taj Mahal once again and later visit the Red
Fort and Moti Mosque. After lunch, transfer to Delhi via Sikandra to visit the
Tomb of Emperor Akbar. On arrival in Delhi, you will be transfer to your Hotel
or the airport for your onward journey.
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Tour Code: (NHI – PFTR 14N / 15D)
14 Nights / 15 Days
DELHI / MANDAWA / BIKANER /JAISALMER / JODHPUR/
UDAIPUR/ PUSHKAR / JAIPUR/ AGRA/DELHI
Day-01: Arrive Delhi
Meet on arrival in Delhi international airport and transfer to Hotel
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day-02: Delhi Sightseeing
Morning after breakfast, proceed for combined sightseeing tour of Old and
New Delhi. Visiting - The mighty Red Fort, Jama Masjid, The silver street of
Chandni Chowk, Raj Ghat, Birla Mandir, The India Gate -- a 42 m high war
memorial, The Rashtrapati Bhawan, The tomb of Emperor Humayun, Qutab Minar -- a
73 m high victory tower and The Bahai Temple Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day-03: Drive Delhi - Mandawa (250 kms / 05 hrs)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Mandawa. On arrival in Mandawa check in at
Hotel Castle Mandawa, (best available Hotel). Set in the heart of the Shekhawati
region (often called the largest open-air art gallery in the world) of
Rajasthan. Castle Mandawa is an ideal base to discover the legacy of 18th
Century frescoes that adorn the Havelies of this storybook town. With canopied
balconies and turreted battlements, the Castle Mandawa offers modern comforts
with an old world charm. The highlight of your stay is a royal repast where
guests dine under the stars entertained by a Rajasthani fire dancer. A two
hundred and forty year old fortress, which is converted by the family into a
fine example of traditional hospitality
From Castle Mandawa you can take a walking tour of the painted 'havelis' of some
of the leading business families of the country. Though they no longer live
here, the local caretakers are happy to show the visitors around. En-route you
can shop for the colorful art and crafts of Rajasthan: tied and dyed textiles,
metal handicrafts, carved wooden artifacts and more. You can also get a unique
insight to life in the desert by visiting nearby villages on a camel safari
overnight stay in Hotel.
Day-04: Drive Mandawa - Bikaner (190 kms / 3 ½ hours)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Bikaner. Rao Bika, second son of the
founder of Jodhpur, founded Bikaner. The city figured importantly on the great
caravan trade routes. A long city wall encircles the old city while
all-important buildings, including the fort and the palaces, are outside the
city walls. The Ganga Canal, built between 1925 and 1927, brought prosperity to
this otherwise arid desert region.
On arrival in Bikaner check in at the Hotel Afternoon proceed for half Day
sightseeing tour of Bikaner city -- visiting The Junagarh fort which was built
in 1588, with several places & temples Lallgarh palace carved from red sand
stone sandstone, Ganga golden jubilee museum & also visit camel breeding farm
Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day-05: Drive Bikaner - Jaisalmer (330 kms / 7 hrs)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Jaisalmer, the golden city of Thar Desert
was founded in 1156 A.D. by Rawal Jaisal, the head of Bhati clan of Rajputs.
This citadel town blossoms with intricately carved Havelies & Temples. Placid
cows chew cud as life continues at its own pace in this medieval fortified
wonder of the Great Indian Desert. This town with population of 40,000 is a
definite walking city & will transport you back in time. This town was declared
a national heritage city in 1974 & it is our endeavor to preserve & protect it
for your pleasure. The environs of Jaisalmer are home to many endangered desert
flora & fauna. The great Indian bustard is our prized resident. "Aakal" Fossil
Park is testimony of the antiquity of this region On arrival in Jaisalmer check
in at the Hotel Overnight at the Hotel.
Morning after breakfast, proceed for half Day sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer.
This desert city is unlike any city in India. It also called the Golden City
because of the colour imparted to its stone ramparts by the setting sun. Your
tour of Jaisalmer starts with a visit to the Jaisalmer Fort built in 1156 by
Rawal Jaisal, situated on the 80m high Trikuta Hill. The fort has a maze of
winding alleys, all of paved in stone. Within the fort walls, you will also see
a group o beautifully carved Jain temples. Proceed on to see two of Jaisalmers
most famous Havelis Salim Singh ki Haveli, once the residence of the Prime
Minister of the former princely state of Jaisalmer. Also visit Patron ki Haveli,
another of Jaisalmer` s elaborate residences Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day-07: Drive Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (290 kms / 06 hrs)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Jodhpur. “Jodhpur” known as the 'blue
city' because of its blue houses, the bustling desert city of Jodhpur stands at
the edge of the Thar Desert and is the second largest city of Rajasthan after
Jaipur. The city is distinguished by a massive fort that tops a sheer rocky
ridge rising in the middle of the town. The old city is still surrounded by a 10
km long wall, built about a century after Jodhpur was founded. Eight gates lead
out of the old city and there are plenty of fascinating walks through the jumble
of winding streets Founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, the chief of a Rajput clan
known as Rathores. Jodhpur was the capital of the Rathore kingdom and was called
Marwar On arrival in Jodhpur check in at the Hotel Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day-08: In Jodhpur
Morning after breakfast, proceed for half Day sightseeing tour of Jodhpur
city. Your tour of this desert city takes you to one of the most imposing Forts
-- The Mehrangarh Fort, with its intricately carved sand stone edifice setting,
seemingly impregnable and built a top a 400 ft high rock. Close to the Fort is
The Jaswant Thada -- the royal crematorium and a cenotaph of the rulers of
Jodhpur built in translucent white marble. Walk through the local giridkot and
The Sardar market, colorful bazaars where one can shop for textiles,
handicrafts, and clay figurines overnight stay in Hotel.
Day-09: Drive Jodhpur - Udaipur (275 kms / 06 hrs)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Udaipur. Royal Capital of a divine
dynasty, languid lake city or 'city of sunrise', Udaipur, was founded in 1567 by
Maharana Udai Singh, a descendant of the legendary Sisodias of Mewar. Dotted
with marble palaces, hibiscus - laden gardens and fountain pavilions, Udaipur
appeals to the imagination of poets and painters, travellers and writers like no
other city in the country. The city's inherent romance and beauty and its
remarkable past redolent with episodes of heroism and splendor, continue to
enthrall the visitor even toDay. Udaipur, the City of Dawn, looms up like a
vision in white. Surrounded by hills and mountains and set on the edge of three
lakes which lead on to a fertile plain - it is a truly enchanting city. Narrow
streets lined with vividly coloured stalls, gardens, temples and palaces
mirrored in the placid blue waters of lake Pichola, add to the magic of Udaipur
On arrival in Udaipur check in at the Hotel Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day-10: In Udaipur
Morning after breakfast, proceed for half Day sightseeing tour of Udaipur
city. One of most romantic cities of Rajasthan, Udaipur is better known as the
city of lakes. Your tour takes you to City Palace -- towering over the lake,
this is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, the main part of the palace is
preserved as a museum with a large and varied collection of glass, porcelain
figures and miniature paintings. Located only 150 mts from the city palace is
the famous Jagdish Temple -- which enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu
as Jagannath, Lord of the universe and Saheliyon ki bari -- or garden of the
maids of honour. A small ornamental garden with fountains, stone elephants and a
delightful lotus pool Evening enjoy sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola Overnight
stay in Hotel.
Day-11: Drive Udaipur - Pushkar (330 kms /07 hrs)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Pushkar. Pushkar is a sacred town for the
Hindus, situated 11 kms. to the North-West of Ajmer. The charm of this sleepy,
lakeside settlement so captivated the great Indian poet, Kalidas, that it found
a place in his classic, Abhigyan Sakuntalam. The Great Hindu epics of Mahabharat
and Ramayana make references to this religious place regarded to be Adi Tiratha.
Evidence points to its having existed during the fourth century B.C. lake in the
inhospitable surroundings of a desert is no less than a miracle On arrival in
Pushkar check in at the Hotel Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day-12: Drive Pushkar - Jaipur (145 kms /2.5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Jaipur. Jaipur is the capital of
Rajasthan, known as the "Pink City" because of the pink - colored buildings in
its old city. It is situated on a dry lakebed in a somewhat arid landscape,
surrounded by barren hills surmounted by forts and crenellated walls. Founded in
1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, who was careful to cultivate good favour with the
ruling Mughals, he laid out the city with rectangular blocks according to
ancient Hindu architecture. It is a wonderful city for shopping On arrival in
Jaipur check in at the Hotel Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day-13: In Jaipur
Morning after breakfast, proceed for full Day sightseeing tour of Jaipur --
the pink city takes you to the Hawa Mahal -- The Palace of Winds, the facade of
which is all pink windows and filigree screens, The Jantar Mantar -- the largest
and best preserved 18th century stone observatory, The City Palace --still the
home of the former royalty H.H Bhawani Singh Ji of Jaipur housing an extensive
collection of art, carpets and old weapons. Also visit to Amber Fort situated 11
kms away from Jaipur. Amber was once the ancient capital of Jaipur state. The
Fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a
hillside and overlooking a lake, which reflects it's terraces and ramparts. The
climb to the fort is on gaily-bedecked Elephants Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day-14: Drive Jaipur - Agra (250 kms /05 hrs)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Agra situated on the bank of Yamuna River,
is home to India's most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. Agra was the capital of
Mughal Empire in the 16th & 17th centuries and its superb monuments date from
this era, en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of Emperor
Akbar approximately 35 kms outside Agra. Built in the 16th century, this city
was abandoned 12 years later due to a scarcity of water. The entire city of Red
sand stone (sand stone palaces and temples) is virtually intact and a site worth
seeing is the 54 m high main entrance -- The Buland Darwaza, The gate of victory
constructed to commemorate Akbar's victory in Gujarat, On arrival in Agra check
in at the Hotel for Overnight stay.
Day-15: Drive Agra - Delhi (220 kms/04 hrs) & Depart
Morning after breakfast, proceed for half Day sightseeing tour of Agra city
visiting the world famous Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world -- a
monument of love created by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife
Mumtaz Mahal and perhaps the most perfect architectural monument of the world,
The red sand stone fort -- a testament to the rise and fall of the Mughal empire
built by Emperor Akbar in red sand stone over 400 years ago Later drive to Delhi
airport to board flight for onward destination.
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