DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi in the evening. Upon arrival, you shall met & assisted
with your baggages at the airport by our executive and transferred to prebooked
Delhi : 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. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why
successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. New Delhi
also reflects the legacy the British left behind . The division between
New & Old Delhi is the distinction between the capitals of the British
& the Moghuls respectively. So, wherever the visitor goes, he will invariably
confront the citys' past.
DAY 02 : DELHI
After breakfast, half day city tour of Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, the
largest mosque in India.
Built by Shah Jahan, the construction was started in 1844 and was not
completed until 1658; Red Fort, which was also built by Shah Jehan. This
massive fort was built from 1638 to 1648; Chandni Chowk and Rajghat -
the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.
Afternoon, city tour of New Delhi.
Visit Humayuns Tomb : built in mid 16th century this is an early example
of Mughal architecture; Qutab Minar, drive past India Gate, President
House, Connaught Place. The tour ends with a visit to Laxmi
DAY 03 : DELHI
After breakfast, leave for Mandawa. Arrive Mandawa
and check-in at Castle Mandawa.
Afternoon, visit Mandawa (Shekhawati region). This region came into
prominence in the 14th century when a number of Muslim clans moved into
the area and the towns of this region developed into important trading
posts on the caravan routes emanating from the ports of Gujarat. This
region is famous for painted havelis (houses) most of which date back
from the 18th century. The major towns of interest are Mandawa, Fatehpur,
Nawalgarh. Visit the havelis in Mandawa and other villages of Shekhawati
DAY 04 : MANDAWA - KHIMSAR
After breakfast, leave for Khimsar. Upon arrival, check-in at Khimsar
Perched on the edge of the Great Thar Desert in the heart
of rural India lies this unique 16th century fort that offers experience
after exhilarating experience. The battle-scarred walls & turrets
remind of the glorious past. Hundreds of years of history unfolds as you
glance at its battle-scarred walls and stroll down its ramparts. As you
sip tea on the terraces you realize the beauty of being surrounded by
acres of lush green gardens. A true rarity of any desert in the world!!!
peacocks, parrots, pigeons and as many as forty six varieties of birds
greet you to add to the charm and splendor of this ancient fort. Today,
Khimsar Fort has been
awarded the 'GRAND HERITAGE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE' (this being
the highest recognition conferred upon any heritage property by the Department
of Tourism, Government of India). You are not prepared for the beauty,
the grandeur, the layout or the magnificence of this castle even as you
approach it through sand dunes and narrow countryside roads. It suddenly
hits you on a blind corner.
In the afternoon, witness a magnificent sunset on the sand dunes.
DAY 05 : KHIMSAR - LUNI
After breakfast, leave for Luni. Arrive Luni and check-in at Fort Chanwa
: an exceptional
example of elegance and symmetry in Indian architecture of the last century.
The entire fortress is carved out of the famous red sandstone of Jodhpur
and with its ornately carved lattice work friezes and intricate "Jharokas",
it exquisitely captures the romance and grace of a bygone age. The fort
is composed of a lyrical complex of courtyards towers, water, wheels,
stables, passages and unexpected stairways to secret pavilions and panoramic
roof tops spanning the village below and the Thar horizon beyond. The
traditional paintings on the walls harmoniously reflect the skill of the
master craftsmen and the bygone days. The village of Luni nestles in the
shadow of the Fort walls and is a hub of activity with its many artisans
fashioning metal, clay or wood into intricate forms and demonstrating
the skills passed down over the centuries by their ancestors. The village
elders solemnly reflect the changing times under shady trees, while the
children enjoy running around narrow carefree streets. The women, swaying
in their brilliant Rajasthani colours go about their daily chores to give
water and sustenance to the village. The Fort has been beautifully restored
to its former glory by its owners Maharaj Dalip Singhji, ( The youngest
son H.H Maharaja Umaid Singhji) and his wife Rani Madhu. Each room has
been created and decorated with its own particular charm and the many
courtyards, verandahs and gardens all offer a setting and ambiance set
to capture your heart.
In the afteroon, excursion to
Jodhpur. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort which
literally means "Majestic Fort", located at
the very centre 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. Jaswant Thada
: Close to the fort complex lies this white marble cenotaph, built in
1899, in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Rare portraits of
rulers are, also, to be seen at Jaswant Thada.
DAY 06 : LUNI - RANAKPUR - DEOGARH
leave for Udaipur. Enroute visit the Jain temples at Ranakpur
- The cluster of temples, made of intricately sculpted white marble,
come across as a marvellousfeat of architecture. It would take anyone
by surprise to learn that they were built in 1460, so well preserved &
sparkling is the marble. The main temple is supported on 1,444 pillars
- none of which is similarly carved. After the visit, continue drive
Arrive Deogarh and check
in at Deogarh Mahal : is an imposing structure
built in the 17th century. It stands atop a hill and offers a commanding
view of the Aravalli mountain range and the numerous lakes, strewn across
the countryside.With its greying battlements, domes, turrets, jharokhas
and huge gateways, it is a picturesque sight from the town below. At a
height of about 2100 ft above sea level, it is cooler than surrounding
Rajasthan. Built in 1670 A.D. by Rawat Dwarka Dasji as a family residence,
it soon became the hub of village activity. The family interacted with
the villagers and invited a host of feasts and festivities to be performed
within the Mahal precincts. Some of these traditions are still practiced.
And the gates, that always remained closed, to ward off enemies, are now
open to the guests. Deogarh lies on the borders of Mewar, Marwar and Merwara,
about 80 miles north-east of Udaipur.
Its chieftain known as 'The Rawat' was one of sixteen umraos (feudal barons)
privileged to wait upon the Maharana of Udaipur, the capital of Mewar
such feudal estates, called 'thikanas' were granted by the ruling Maharana
to a nobleman either due to blood relationship or for an act of bravery.
07 : DEOGARH - UDAIPUR
free to explore the Palace & its surroundings
Afternoon, leave for Udaipur - The city of Lakes, Udaipur is a
lovely blend of water, lush green hills that set fire and passion in poet.
Its palaces are straight out of a fairy-tale book, lakes, forts, palaces,
temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lines withdrawn with stalls,
relives the reminisces of a heroic past, valor and chivalry. Their reflection
in the placid waters of the Lake Pichola is
excitement that defines imagination. Udaipur
is one of the most romantic cities of world, also know as the Venice of
Arrive Udaipur in the evening and check-in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 08 : UDAIPUR
Morning, at leisure
After breakfast, visit the romantic city of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace
which is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan; Jagdish temple, a fine
Indo Aryan temple built in 1651; Sahelion ki Bari
or Garden of the Maids of Honour, which is a small garden with its fountains,
kiosks, marble elephants & lotus pool.
In the evening, boat ride on Lake Pichola
DAY 09 : UDAIPUR
- CHITTORGARH - PUSHKAR
leave for Pushkar, enroute visiting Chittorgarh. The hilltop fortress
of Chittorgarh epitomises the whole
romantic ideal of Rajput chivalry. The fort was sacked 3 times from 1303
to 1568 by a stronger enemy and on each ooccasion, the end was "Jauhar".
The men donned the saffron robes of martyrdom and rode out from the fort
to certain death and the women and children immolated themselves on a
huge funeral pyre.
After the visit, continue drive to Pushkar.
The holy lake of Pushkar is
believed to have been created by Lord Brahma himself. It is as important
as Banaras or Puri. Devout Hindus believe that it is essential to visit
Pushkar at least once in their lifetime. No pilgrimage is considered complete
without a dip in the holy Pushkar lake. Pushkar has as many as 400 temples
and 52 ghats and the only temple in the country that is dedicated to Brahma
is to be found here. While Pushkar is a heaven for the religiously inclined,
it is also the venue of one of the country's most colorful cattle fairs
- the Pushkar Fair.
Arrive Pushkar and check-in
at prebooked hotel.
Afternoon, free to visit the temples of Pushkar.
DAY 10 : PUSHKAR - JAIPUR
Morning, drive to Jaipur
: The capital city of the state of Rajasthan also know as "Pink City"
owes its name, its foundation and planning to the great warrior
astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II.
The city of Jaipur has broad avenues. The city sits on a dry lake
bed in a wild and somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills
surmounted by fortresses and crenellated walls.
Upon arrival, check-in at prebooked Hotel. Rest of the
day at leisure.
DAY 11 : JAIPUR
After breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride from the foothills
of the Aravallis to the fort entrance. Amber Fort : At a distance of 11
kms from Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipur state. Construction
of the fort began in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's
army and is a superb example of Rajput architecture.
city tour of Jaipur.
Visit the City Palace
which has museum having an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamel
ware and weapons; Jantar Mantar - the observatory built my Maharaja Jai
Singh in 1728 and the fašade of Hawa Mahal.
DAY 12 : JAIPUR - FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRA
for Agra. Enroute visit the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri
built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, was the old capital of the Mughals, which
was 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 are still preserved in its original
glory. Continue drive to Agra.
Arrive Agra and check-in at prebooked
hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 13 : AGRA
kms / 4-5 hours
After breakfast, city tour of Agra. Visit
Red fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions
were made up until the time of
his grandson, Shah Jahan. It contains the hall of public and private audiences
amongst many other beautiful structures; Itmad-ud-daulah, which
was constructed by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628 and is very similar
to the tomb she constructed for her husband, Jehangir, near Lahore in
Pakistan; the highlight of the day - The Taj Mahal, which
was constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction
of the Taj began in 1631 and was not completed until 1653.
Afternoon, leave for Delhi
enroute visit Sikandra - Mughal Emperor Akbar's Mausoleum. Continue
drive to Delhi.
Arrive Delhi and check-in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 14 : DEPART
Transfer to the airport to board your
flight for onward destination.