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THE ROYAL RAJASTHAN TOUR - 14 Nts / 15 Days

This extended tour takes you some of the most interesting palaces and forts in this legendary Land of the Kings - Rajasthan. We also take time out to visit one of the best maintained and supervised national parks in north India - The Ranthambore Wild Life Sanctuary.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Day 1: On your arrival at the International airport our representative meets you and drives you to your pre-reserved hotel. In the afternoon we take you on a half day city tour of Old Delhi with its exotic merchandise and delicious rich cuisine, secret recipes of which have been handed down from generation to generation since the time of the great Mughals. Return to your hotel for the night.

Day 2: After breakfast we drive to the legendary 'Pink City' - Jaipur. Replete with lavishly decorated palaces, magnificent forts and a colour splashed bazaar selling the delicious sweets the city is famous for, Jaipur is today a modern city with heritage luxury hotels, posh malls and shops selling traditional handicrafts, jewels and brass ware and beautifully landscaped gardens and parks, Jaipur is today Rajasthan's state capital. In the afternoon we visit the ancient observatory - Jantar Mantar - built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728 a remarkable piece of work displaying a smooth fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture. Stroll around the interesting museum displaying ancient weapons, priceless miniature paintings in the Rajput style besides valuable carpets and other art pieces. We then visit the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds a façade with tiny latticed windows. Return to your hotel for the night.

Day 3: After an early breakfast we drive down to the impressive Amber Fort the capital of the Jaipur dynasty till 1727. Within we visit the Jagmandir (Temple), Jai Mahal (the Palace) and another fascinating temple dedicated to the Goddess Kali. Take an elephant ride up to the massive fort gates before entering. After lunch we start for the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and soon abandoned for its lack of water resources. Within are finely built Halls, Palaces, the Jama Masjid mosque and the famous tomb of Pir Salim Chisti where pilgrims come and tie red threads to the lattice work surrounding his tomb believing that their desired wishes will be fulfilled. The Bulund Darwaza the entrance to the city is the highest gateway in the world and you can see young boys diving down from the tall ramparts into a small pool below the city.

Day 4: A 145 Km- 3 hour drive quickly takes us to the holy city of Pushkar a quiet laidback town with a large blue lake. After checking into your hotel and a sumptuous lunch, we visit the ancient temple of Lord Brahma and stroll around the colourful bazaar. Return to your hotel for the night.

Day 5: A four hour drive takes us to the picturesque Khimsar town where we visit the impressive Fort with its beautiful palace and other monuments. Check into your hotel for the night.

Day 6 : Three hours away stands the majestic former kingdom of Marwar - Jodhpur which is the second largest city after Jaipur. It is an large city of marble palaces and other historical temples and monuments all encircled by a high wall with eight gates. The city today thrives with handicraft shops, music festivals, colourful bazaars and resounds with the sounds of folk music giving you a heady experience of what a medieval Rajasthani city would have been like. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort in the city centre approachable by three huge gates where you see well preserved cannons on the ramparts and in the palace furniture, palanquins musical instruments and other priceless art treasures. View rare photographs at Jaswant Thada a marble cenotaph built in 1899 commemorating Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Return to your hotel for the night.

Day 7: Leaving the 'Blue city' of Jodhpur,(numerous buildings are colour washed in a pale blue) a one hour drive takes us to the charming tribal hamlet of the Bishnoi Tribe who follow an archaic religion that disallows them to take the life of any wild animal resulting in an ancient system of wild life conservation. We meet the tribals and get an interesting view of their culture and traditions. We stay overnight at the beautiful Rohetgarh Palace.

Day 8: Today we head to the small town of Ranakpur a pleasant 5 hour drive away. The town is well known for its ancient temples. W e visit these ancient finely carved amber stone temples. Amazingly well preserved they were built in 1460 and one of the temples is supported by 1444 pillars each individually carved. We check you into your hotel for the night.

Day 9: Mt. Abu is Rajasthan's only hill station and is a 5 hour drive from Ranakpur. Sprawling on a 1200 meter high plateau with a large lake - the Nakki Lake surrounded by thickly forested hillsides Mt Abu is home to the exotic intricately carved Dilwara Temple. Two of the marble temples especially display the ultimate refinement in carving techniques during that age.

Day 10: Today a five hour drive takes us to the legendary Venice of the east - the city of lakes and palaces -Udaipur. Stunningly located and surrounded by the Arravali hill ranges on three sides the city is bounded by golden desert on one side and green vegetation on all the other corners that is still home to numerous species of wild life. Return to your hotel for the night.

Day 11: After breakfast we visit the Fatehgarh Lake, Sahelion Ki Bari (The Queens resort for her maids of honour) and also visit the luxuriant City palace. In the afternoon we take a boat ride on the expansive Lake Pichola stopping briefly on the Jag Niwas Isalnd with its beautiful Lake Palace before retiring to your hotel for the night.

Day 12: Today we drive up to the site of one of the most memorable incidents in Rajasthan's glorious history - the citadel of Chittorgarh. This valiant city was sacked three times by Muslim invaders the last time being an attack by Emperor Akbar. In 1535 with no option left but to fight till the end, 33000 Rajput warriors emerged from their fight only to perish by the sword, while 13,000 women immolated themselves on an enormous funeral pyre preferring death to dishonour. Today only the ruins of the fort are left with palaces and Chattris (monuments to the warriors) still existing. Check into your hotel for the night.

Day 11 : A four drive after breakfast takes us to the large Industrial township of Kota also known for its fine Kota Stone. We check you into your hotel before proceeding on a half day tour of the City Palace and Fort. Return to your hotel for the night.

Day 12: The large Ranthambore National Park is only 3 hours away. We leave Kota by late morning and arrive at Ranthambore in time for lunch. This the home of the celebrated Indian Tiger besides a number of other wild life species including leopards, caracals, wild boars, hyena, jackals, sloth bears, Cheetal, Swamp Deer, Sambhar and the Marsh Crocodile. There is also a large number of avian species including the rare owlet. Sprawling within the junction of the Arravali and Vindhya hill ranges, Ranthambore is a paradise for wild life enthusiasts. It also contains numerous lakes and perennial streams that serve as water holes for the parks animals. The flora consists of over 300 different trees, 50 different aquatic plants, 12 species of reptiles and 30 kinds of mammals. The 10the century Ranthambore Fort stands within the sanctuary on a rocky outcrop. We check into a comfortable lodge / hotel for the night.

Day 13: We take an interesting Safari within the park and there are certain chances of spotting Tigers and other wild life. We return to our hotel for the night.

Day 14: It is an interesting 7 hour drive back to Delhi. Check into your hotel for the night.

Day 15: Day free for shopping and a half day sight seeing tour of Old Delhi where we visit the massive Red Fort and the old Jama Masjid mosque. The back streets of Old Delhi once known as Shajehananbad after the Mughal Emperor where you see huge cauldrons bubbling with stews and open bar-be-cues selling all kinds of delicious kababs (roasted meat). Some of the older restaurants here date back to the late 19 th century and still serve up cuisine prepared with age old recipes. Return to your hotel for the night. We drive you to the airport at the scheduled time of your flight.

 

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The Elaborate Rajasthan Discovery Package

14
2.

The Golden Triangle:
Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Delh

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