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Cultural Tour of Rajasthan

15 Nights / 16 Days

 

Package Name

: Cultural Tour of Rajasthan

Time Duration

: 15 Nights / 16 Days

Category

: Destination India > Desert

Cities Covered

: Delhi, Samode, Mandawa, Kuchaman, Deogarh, Devigarh, Mount Abu, Udaipur, Nimaj, Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

States Covered

: Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh

Country

: India

 

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive in Delhi, the capital city of India. After completing formalities with customs and immigration, you will be received by our representative with Traditional Indian Welcome (with garlands).

Delhi is the capital of India since old times. Delhi's history dates back to the first millennium BC, when it was known as Indraprastha. The Tomar Rajputs built Lal Kot, the core of the first of Delhi's seven cities. It is the epicenter of the nation's politics, economy and culture. History is alive and throbbing in Delhi, the capital of India.

Afterward transfer to your hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast embark on sightseeing trip of Delhi City which would include the visit to Old Delhi and New Delhi.

Old Delhi: An ancient walled city. Here you would see the Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire, Rajghat the Samadhi of our Father of Nation, Jama Masjid the largest mosque in India and Chandni Chowk the bustling and colourful market of the old city.

New Delhi: The city designed and built by the British in the 1920�s- a city of wide boulevards impressive Government Buildings, green parks and gardens. First you will visit the two monuments from the Delhi�s past Humayun�s Tomb and Qutab Minar. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the Imposing India Gate and Parliament House.

After completing the sightseeing return back to the Hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Delhi � Samode By Road (Approx 270 Kms / 06 Hours)
After your leisurely breakfast drive to Samode, the first destination on the Cultural tour of Rajasthan. It is situated at a distance of about 260 kms.

The small principality of Samode lies 50 kms northwest of the city of Jaipur and dates back to the 16th Century. The construction of this fort began 400 years ago and each successive ruler added to the fort and the palace.

The comfortable palace is today full of architectural delights with stately corridors, frescoed walls and ethereal audience halls, harmoniously reflecting the skill of master craftsmen.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Stay overnight.

Day 04: Samode � Mandawa By Road (Approx 110 Kms / 03 Hours)
After your leisurely breakfast drive to Mandawa.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Take a tour of the town where you can find a painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows. You can wander through the streets where mansions of rich merchants are adorned with elaborate & lively frescoes, cataloging the life, habits and rituals of the Marwari community; here one can find a true picture of the Rajasthani culture.

Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 05: Mandawa - Kuchaman By Road (Approx 100 Kms / 03 Hours)

After your leisurely breakfast drive to Kuchaman,

Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Visit the Kuchaman Fort, built between 450-750 A.D to control the ancient trade from Central Asia. It has 32 bastions that house cannon points, thousands of muzzle loader ports from which pellets were showered upon enemies, 10 strategic gates and various secret passages and escape tunnels.

Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 06: Kuchaman � Deogarh By Road (Approx 250 Kms / 05 Hours)
After your leisurely breakfast drive to Deogarh.

Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Afternoon visit Deogarh Mahal - built in 1670 A.D., the Mahal stands at a height of 2100 ft. above sea level with its bold battlements, domed turrets and balconies offering a commanding view of the surrounding Aravalli mountains and its rugged rock-strewn countryside dotted by a number of lakes. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Deogarh - Devigarh By Road (Approx 100 Kms / 02 Hours)
After your leisurely breakfast drive to Devigarh.

Upon arrival, check-in at hotel.

Here visit the 18th century Devigarh Fort Palace, located in the Aravalli hills of Rajasthan. Sajja Singh, who hailed from the neighboring state of Gujarat, was awarded this strategically significant principality, in recognition of his bravery and loyalty to Maharana Pratap against the Mughal emperor Akbar, at the battle of Haldighati (1576). The actual construction of the fort palace started in the 1760s, under Raghudev Singh II, with further additions being made to the structure by the rulers who followed.

The Fort is now a unique all-suite boutique hotel.

Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 08: Devigarh - Mount Abu By Road (Approx 130 Kms / 03 Hours)
After your leisurely breakfast drive to Mount Abu, enroute visit the Ranakpur Temples. These magnificent 15th century Jain temples are situated in the deep secluded valley of the Aravalli Hills. In the center is the main "Chaumukha temple" dedicated to Adinath. The most distinctive features are the 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, of which no two are exactly alike. Every conceivable surface is carved and every corner and angle is engraved with Jain images.

Thereafter continue drive to Mount Abu and upon arrival, check-in at hotel.

A pleasant retreat set amidst the lush forested hills, Mt. Abu is a green oasis in the barren desert of Rajasthan, situated at the southern tip of the Aravalli Range. In the afternoon, visit the Nakki Lake, the islets in the artificial lake and the rock formations on the sides are of interest.

Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 09: Mount Abu - Udaipur By Road (Approx 190 Kms / 04 Hours)
After your leisurely breakfast embark on the sightseeing trip of the city.

Dilwara Jain temples. These beautifully carved temples were built between 11th and 13th century A.D. The Vimal Vasahi temple is the oldest of these dedicated to the first Tirthankara. Built in 1031 A.D. Another is Luna Vasahi temple and Adhar Devi temple with its many stairs is a tourist attraction.

Afternoon drive to Udaipur situated at a distance of about 190 kms. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Late afternoon enjoy a boat cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the lake you have a wonderful view of the City Palace stretching along the east bank, while the south bank has pleasant gardens running down to the waterside.
Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Udaipur � Nimaj By Road (Approx 300 Kms / 06 Hours)
After breakfast embark on the sightseeing trip of the city.

Udaipur City: Visit the city Palace- Museum- grandeur and intricacy stroked all over in granite, marble and mosaic displayed in the sparkling white filigreed balconies and windows ,ornate arches and cupolas atop magnificent octagonal towers.

Jagdish Temple: built in 1651 AD, also visit the Sahelion Ki Bari - the spectacular garden displaying the unique life styles of royal ladies who once lived in the palaces.

Afternoon drive to Nimaj. Upon arrival in Nimaj, check-in at hotel.

On arrival start the sightseeing of the city visit Jagram Durg, situated in Nimaj village of Pali district in Rajasthan. Built in 1773 by Thakur Jagram Singhji, the fort has witnessed many battles in the past. Care has been taken to retain the original character of the place, though all modern amenities have been added to it.
Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: In Nimaj
Breakfast at Hotel.

At Nimaj you can visit the temples built in the 9th century.

Later in the evening enjoy a ride on the jeep safari to Chattarsagar reservoir, home to ducks and waterfowls. This place is perfect for bird watching and viewing the spectacular sunset.

Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Nimaj � Jaipur By Road (Approx 150 Kms / 04 Hours)
After breakfast this morning drive to Jaipur.

Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, also known as 'Pink City' is surrounded by an ancient 20ft high wall and eight gates. Situated at a distance of 280 km away from Delhi, today, Jaipur is the personification of the old order influence the new. An inherent interest for colour and design penetrated over stratum of society, and jewelry, crafts and architecture became objects of fascination equally between prince and peasant. Jaipur is also the main tourist hub of Rajasthan tourist circuit. From here you can reach out to places like Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Pushkar, and many more such destinations from Jaipur. Jaipur is also the third corner of the famed Golden Triangle tourist circuit of India along with Delhi and Agra.

Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Rest of the day free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: In Jaipur
Enjoy your lavish Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast start the sightseeing trip of Amer Fort and Jaipur City.

Amer Fort: 11 Kms. from Jaipur - a marvellous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Mata Lake below. The ascent to the Fort is on gaily caparisoned elephants. The Fort interior has various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory work, exquisite wall paintings and tiny mirror chips, which create a tantalising reflection effect.

After competing the sightseeing of Amer Fort, continue the sightseeing of Jaipur City

City Palace Museum - an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, and armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions.

Jantar - Mantar (Observatory)- an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD;

Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)- a five storeyed wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.
After completing the sightseeing of the city the guest return back to the hotel. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Jaipur � Agra Via Fatehpur Sikri by Road (Approx 255 Kms / 06 Hours)

After breakfast drive to Agra en route visit Fathepur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri: A fascinating ghost town lies little beyond Agra the deserted Red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its ruins are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life would have been like in the days of its grandeur. Set like a jewel in a court yard of pink sandstone is the marble tomb of Saint Salim Chisti, enclosed by delicately carved marble screens.

Afterward you continue your drive to Agra. On arrival in Agra you check in to your hotel.

Agra is the one of the prominent destinations of the World Tourism map with three heritage monuments - The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri. It is more just a dacadent city of graveyards and stones, but it is a vibrant centre of Culture, Art and Religious philosphies that have enriched mankind and shaped humen thought over centuries.

Rest of the evening free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Agra - Delhi (Approx 210 Kms / 04 Hours)
After Breakfast you embark on your sightseeing tour of the Agra city including Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Taj Mahal: The 17th Century master piece named Taj Mahal ,which of course is the most splendid of all the buildings � perhaps the most perfect architectural monument of the world. It was built in the memory of the beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal by one of greatest king of Mughal Empire Shah Jehan.

Agra Fort: Built primarily as a military establishment by Emperor Akbar in 1565,the red stone Agra Fort, was partially converted in to a palace during the tenure of Emperor Shah Jehan. Though the principal structure was built by Akbar, many more additions were made by his grandsons. This massive fort is 2.5 Kms long and is considered the predecessor of the Red Fort of New Delhi.

Later you drive back to Delhi, on arrival check in to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 16: Delhi - Overseas
Early morning transfer to the International airport to catch a flight to your onward destination.

 
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