Rajasthan Heritage Tours
Heritage Rajasthan Tour
20 Night - 21Days
Delhi - Neemrana - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
- Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Delhi
01 ARRIVE DELHI
On arrival at Indira Gandhi international airport, you would be met by our representative
and given assistance for transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free for independent
activities. Overnight in Delhi
Day 02 IN DELHI
After a relaxed breakfast, proceed for the full day guided city tour of New
Delhi & Old Delhi. Overnight in Delhi. Delhi - the capital of India, is
a fascinating city with complexities and contradictions, beauty and dynamism,
where the past co-exists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and
the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Delhi is not only the
present metropolis of India but also a Necropolis. Because of its location,
being on the banks of the river Yamuna, many cities have raisen and fallen over
the last five millenniums.
tour of New Delhi. Visit the Qutab Minar, a Tower of Victory that was built
in the 12th century by Qutbuddin Aibak. Within its spacious courtyard stands
the Iron Pillar, which dates backto the 4th century AD and bears a Sanskrit
inscription in the Gupta style. The pillar has puzzled scientists, as its iron
has not rusted in all these centuries. The tomb of Humayun - the magnificent
structure in red sandstone and white marble is one of the finest examples of
the garden tomb, and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Its proportionate spaces,
double dome and refined elegance are characteristic of Mughal architecture.
Also visit India Gate, the memorial of the First World War and the road that
leads from there to Rashtrapathi Bhawan -the residence of the President of India
which is flanked by the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat
Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Visit the historic Red Fort -Shah Jehan's elegant
citadel in red sandstone, which was built as an octagon measuring 900m by 550m
and surrounded by a 9 meter deep moat which was at its inception fed by the
waters of the Yamuna river. The fort is entered from the Lahori Gate and leads
to a roofed passage called Chatta Chowk. The Naqqar Khana (drum house) at the
end of this passage marks the entrance to the royal enclosure. A spacious lawn
leads to the Diwan-i-Am - the pillared Hall of Public Audience, Diwan-i-Khas
- the Hall of Private Audience where the emperor met select visitors and the
Pearl Mosque built by Shah Jahan's son, Aurangazeb, the last of the "Great
Mughals". Very near the Fort is the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), India's
largest mosque, also built by Shah Jahan. Take an interesting rickshaw ride
through the famous bazaars of Chandni Chowk, which is adjacent to both the Fort
and the Mosque. Time permitting also visit Raj Ghat - the memorial to Mahatma
Day 03 DELHI / NEEMRANA
Morning: Drive to Neemrana (120 kms/03 hrs) and on arrival check in at Neemrana
Fort hotel. Rest of the day free to explore the fort. Overnight in Neemrana
Built since 1464 AD, Neemrana Fort Palace is India's
oldest Heritage Resort. Situated at 122 kms on Delhi/Jaipur Highway, sited on
a majestic plateau, concealed in a horseshoe formation of the Aravalli ranges,
Neemrana became the third capital of descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan III,
who was killed in battle by Mohammad Ghor in 1192 AD. The property covers 25
acres and the stepped palaces cut into the hillsides to sprawl over 3 acres
and raise to 9 levels.
Day 04 NEEMRANA / MANDAWA
Morning: Drive to Mandawa (200 kms/04½ hrs) and on arrival, check
in at hotel. Rest of the day visit Havelis in and around Mandawa. Overnight
Shekhawati is a colourful fantasy having a fascination uniquely of its own.
The open-air art galley, as it is popularly called, is famous for its plethora
of painted havelis, all commendable pieces of the rich artistic tradition of
this region. It is famous for its Havelis (mansion) built by rich merchants
of the region, display a unique architectural style that evolved around the
courtyards to ensure safety and privacy of the women folk and protection from
the heat of the long and harsh summers. The Havelis, painted predominantly in
blue, maroon, yellow, green and indigo have beautiful wall paintings that adorn
Day 05 MANDAWA / BIKANER
Morning: Drive to Bikaner (250 kms/ 5hrs) and on arrival check in at hotel.
Afternoon: Guided visit to camel breeding farm. Overnight in Bikaner
Day 06 IN BIKANER
Morning: Guided city tour of Bikaner. Afternoon: Free for independent activities.
Overnight in Bikaner
Bikaner the royal fortified city, with a timeless appeal in the North State
of Rajasthan, retains the medieval splendour that pervades the city's lifestyle.
More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding
camels in the world. This city stands on a slightly raised ground and is circumscribed
by a seven-km long embattled wall with five gates. The magnificent forts and
palaces, in reddish-pink sandstone created with delicacy, bear testimony to
its rich historical and architectural legacy. Undulating lanes, colourful bazaars
and bright and cheerful folks make the visit Bikaner an interesting experience.
Visit the Junagarh Fort, built in 1593 AD by Raj Rai Singh, one of the best
in Rajasthan. It compraises of 37 palaces with pavilions, mosaic courtyards,
carved balconies, kiosks and windows dotted all over the structure. The Shish
Mahal, the Grand Durbar Hall, the 17th century Karan Mahal, Anup Mahal and the
Phool Mahal bring to life the grandeur of a bygone era. The Fort museum has
a rare collection of Sanskrit and Persian manuscripts and miniature painting.
07 BIKANER / JAISALMER
Early Morning: Drive to Jaisalmer (331 kms/06½ hrs) enroute visit the
rat temple at Deshnoke. Evening: On arrival in Jaisalmer, check in at hotel.
The 600 year old Karni Mata Temple at Deshnok (30 kms)
is dedicated to Karni Mata - an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The most interesting
thing about the temple are the rats who scamper freely within the sanctum sanctorum
of the temple and are regarded as sacred and are fed by priests and devotees
owing to the belief that they will be reincarnated as holy men.
Day 08 IN JAISALMER
Morning: Guided city tour of Jaisalmer. Afternoon: Enjoy a short camel safari
in the Thar Desert). Overnight in Jaisalmer
Rising from the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer.
The Jaiselmer fort etched in yellow sandstone stands with all its awesome
splendour. The life within the citadel conjures up images of medieval
majesty visible in its narrow lanes strewn with magnificent palaces, havelies,
temples and typical desert life of men women cattle and camels. The 80 meter
high fort, perch on the hill, houses the entire township within its ramparts.
It has enchanting narrow lanes dotted with exquisite havelis, beautifully sculptured
Jain temples of the 12th-15th century and palaces. The fort is approached through
four gateways -Akhaiya Pol, Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol and Hava Pol. Some of the
most exotic mansions or havelis, all intricately latticed, are strewn all over
Jaisalmer each with a different facade. The Havelis of Nathmalji, Patwon and
Salim Singh all in Yellow Marble of Jaisalmer are exquisite works of art. A
camel safari through the interesting and remote desert villages of Roopsi, Doojasar,
Kanoi, Kuldara and the Cenotaphs of Barabagh can be interesting. The villages
are very special, as different communities inhabit them.
Day 09 JAISALMER / JODHPUR
After Breakfast drive to Jodhpur (308 kms/06½ hrs) and on arrival in
Jodhpur, check in at hotel. Afternoon: Free to visit the bazaars. Overnight
Day 10 IN JODHPUR
Morning: Guided city tour of Jodhpur. Afternoon: Jeep safari to the nearby Bishnoi
villages. Overnight in Jodhpur.
At the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with
tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. The massive 15th century
AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 mts. above
the plains. A high wall encompasses the city -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable
bastions. The lifestyle in Jodhpur is unusually fascinating with people wearing
lovely multi hued costumes, artistically designed. Shopping in Jodhpur bazaars
is a heady experience with a colourful display of the rich collection of exquisite
handicrafts. The tie-and-dye fabric, embroidered "jutis" or slippers
in suede, camel skin, velvet and leather, beautiful silks, durries, marble souvenirs
from Makrana, an extensive range of useful and decorative items etc., are of
interest. he Mehrangarh fort is one of the most impressive and formidable structures.
Invincible from the outside, the fort has four gates approached by a winding
road. Within the fort are some magnificent palaces with marvellously carved
panels with latticed windows These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings
of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs,
miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.
Day 11 JODHPUR / KUMBALGARH
Morning: Drive to Kumbalgarh (180 kms/05 hrs) and on arrival check in at The
Afternoon: Guided visit to Kumbalgarh Fort.
Day 12 KUMBALGARH / UDAIPUR
Morning: Drive to Udaipur (90 kms/02 hrs), and on arrival check in at hotel.
Rest of the day
free for independent activities. Overnight in Udaipur
Day 13 IN UDAIPUR
Morning: Guided city tour of Udaipur. Afternoon: Enjoy a boat ride in Lake Pichola.
Overnight in Udaipur
Udaipur, the city of Dawn, is the Jewel of Mewar -a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia
Dynasty for 1200 years. Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples,
gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavour of a heroic past,
epitomizing valour and chivalry. Their reflection of these building in the placid
waters of the Lake Pichola is an enticing sight.
Morning: City tour of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, a majestic
architectural marvel that is perched on a hill and towers over Lake Pichola.
The Palace is a majestic conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces,
corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Each palace within is an outstanding creation
of art. Visit the Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum, which has an interesting collection
of Indian folk art
including costumes, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, musical instruments and
deities. Later visit Saheliyon-ki-bari the "Ladies Garden", with its
rich foliage and intricately designed fountains.
Afternoon: Enjoy a Boat cruise on Lake Pichola on which the majestic Lake
Palace Hotel is situated. See the ghats along the lake and the interesting buildings
on the banks. The view of the city palace from the lake is spectacular. Dock
at the Jagmandir island where the Maharana of Udaipur once gave Shah Jehan sanctuary.
Day 14 UDAIPUR / PUSHKAR
After breakfast, drive to Pushkar(260 kms/06hrs) and on arrival check in at
hotel. Rest of the day guided visit to Lake and Bramha temple. Overnight in
Pushkar Surrounded by hills on three sides, Pushkar, 11 kms from Ajmer, abounds
in temples. of these the most famous is the Brahma temple - the only temple
dedicated to Lord Brahma in the country. Once a year, during the Kartik Purnima,
the entire region comes alive with a pulsating Camel and Cattle Fair. There
is a week long celebration with an explosion of fun, frolic, games and laughter
with threads of religious fervour. Bedecked and festooned cattle wait in the
clouds of sand and the pious gather at the break of dawn to take a dip in the
holy Pushkar Lake to absolve themselves of all their sins.
Day 15 PUSHKAR / JAIPUR
Morning: Drive to Jaipur (145 km/03½ hrs) and on arrival in Jaipur, assistance
at check in.
Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight in Jaipur
Day 16 IN JAIPUR
Morning: Guided excursion to Amer Fort with elephant ride. Afternoon: Guided
city tour of Jaipur. Overnight in Jaipur
- the capital of Rajasthan is colour washed pink - the colour associated with
hospitality in Rajput culture. This Pink City of fairy tale palaces, rugged
fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues is picturesque. The first
planned city of its time, a formidable wall encircles Jaipur. Morning Drive
past by Hawa Mahal, known popularly as the Palace of Winds, is a facade built
for the Ladies of the Royal household in the 19th century. The Amber Fort, the
capital of the erstwhile State of Jaipur until 1728 is perched on a hill. It
has halls of Public and Private audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various
marble palaces which are marvelous examples of ancient Rajput architecture.
The Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess), the patron deity of the Royal family is
at the entrance to the palace. Ride an elephant to ascend the hill on which
the Fort is situated.
Afternoon: City tour of Jaipur. Visit the City Palace -the former royal
residence built in a blend of the
Rajasthani and Mughal styles which houses a museum with a superb collection
of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords
of different shapes and sizes with ornate handles. It has an art gallery with
an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia
and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Also visit
the Jantar Mantar - an astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja
Jai Singh in 18th century which is remarkable for its accuracy even at the present
Day 17 JAIPUR / Ranthambore
Morning: Drive to Ranthmabhore (180 kms/04 hrs) and on arrival, check in at
a jungle resort.
Afternoon: Safari to
the park to track tiger and other wild animals. Overnight in Ranthmabhore With
an area of 400 sq. km encompassing rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys
between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees,
this park gets its name from the thousand year old fortress, which looms above
the forest. Well known for the diurnal activity of tigers, Ranthambore is a
very special and unusual area where a natural present meets a historical past.
Gazelles, sambar, cheetal, chinkara, nilgai, langoor, wild bull, the elusive
leopard and tiger abound this sanctuary. Dotted across the landscape are the
crumbling ruins of its past glory, be it chatris or cupolas, like palaces or
old guard posts, all of which reinforce the magical and ethereal quality of
this great wilderness.
Day 18 IN Ranthambore
Early Morning: Safari to the park to track tiger and other wild animals. Afternoon:
Free for independent activities (optional visit to the Ranthambore Fort). Overnight
Day 19 Ranthambore / BHARATPUR / AGRA
Early Morning: Assistance and transfer to Sawai Madhopur train station in time
to board Shatabdi Express at 0705 hrs to Bharatpur. On arrival in Bharatpur
station at 0922 hrs, assistance at train station and drive to Agra (60 kms/02
hrs) and on arrival transfer to hotel. Rest of the day guided visit to Taj Mahal,
Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-daula.
famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World -the Taj Mahal.
The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra
is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was
their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A pleasant town, with a
comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and
soapstone by artisans who are hereditary craft persons. The city is also famous
for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.
The Taj Mahal - the inimitable poem in white marble. Built
over a period of 22 years, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630, for his
Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains, it is one of the seven modern
wonders of the World. [The Taj is closed on Fridays] Visit the Agra Fort, built
by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is
a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite
buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir's Palace, Khaas Mahal and the
Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah
Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor, died a prisoner.
Day 20 AGRA / FATEHPUR SIKRI / DELHI
Morning: Guided excursion to the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. Afternoon:
Check out of hotel and drive back to Delhi (204 kms/05 hrs) and on arrival,
check in at hotel. Evening: Farewell dinner at an Indian specialty restaurant.
Overnight in Delhi
Fatehpur Sikri - This
exquisite city built by Akbar the Great in 1569, in red sandstone; with its
forts, palaces and mosques was abandoned 14 years after its creation due to
political reasons. The Diwan-i-am - a vast courtyard in which the emperor gave
daily public audience; Diwan-i-khas - a large quadrangle which contained all
the major functions of the Palace, Pachisi court, the Emperors private living
quarter, Jodha Bhai's Palace, Mariam's Palace, Birbal's Palace, Hawa Mahal and
Panch Mahal are some of the important buildings of this residential complex.
The Friday Mosque and the exquisite tomb of Sheik Salim Chisti are in the religious
grounds set aside in a separate enclosure adjacent to the secular buildings.
Day 21 DELHI / DEPART
Check out of hotel at 1200 hrs. Rest of the day free for last minute packing
/ shopping. Later
assistance and transfer to international airport in time to board your return
End of Tour
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