THE ROYAL RAJASTHAN
17 Nights / 18 Days
Delhi - Neemrana - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer
- Rohet - Deogarh - Udaipur - Bundi - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
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 hotel.
: 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
city tour ends with a visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir).
DAY 03 : DELHI - NEEMRANA
After breakfast, drive to Neemrana. Upon arrival, check-in at
Rest of the day at leisure - free to explore the Fort-Palace & its
04 : NEEMRANA - MANDAWA
After breakfast, leave for Mandawa.
Arrive Mandawa and check-in at prebooked Hotel
Afternoon, visit Mandawa (Shekawati 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 region.
05 : MANDAWA - BIKANER
Morning, leave for Bikaner. Arrive Bikaner
and check-in at prebooked Hotel.
Afternoon, city tour of Bikaner - a desert town founded in 1488
by Rao Bikaji, a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur, Jodhaji. Visit
the Junagarh Fort which was contructed between 1588 and 1593 by a general
in the army of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. The fort has a 986m long wall
with 37 bastions and two entrances; Camel Breeding Farm, managed by goverment
this camel breeding station is probably unique in Asia and has thousands
06 : BIKANER - JAISALMER
Morning, excursion to Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke
Afternoon, leave for Jaisalmer. Arrive Jaisalmer and check-in at
07 : JAISALMER
After breakfast, city tour of Jaisalmer.
Visit the the citadel - the Fort built by Rawal Jaisal where a fourth
of the population lives. The fort also houses Jain temples of the 12th
to 15th centuries, Patwon Ki Haveli - a five storey mansion with carved
pillars & murals of Salim Singh. Also visit Gadsisar, which had once
supplied water to the city ; the temples & archways around it have
been built by a courtesan.
Afternoon, excursion to Sam
- 45 km away, is known for its sand dunes & is the venue for the Desert
festival. Get the actual feel of the desert by enjoying a camel ride on
the sand dunes and witness a magnificent sunset on the sand dunes. Return
to Jaisalmer for overnight stay.
08 : JAISALMER - ROHET
After breakfast, leave for Rohet. On arrival
in Rohet, check-in at Rohetgarh.
In the afternoon, city tour of Jodhpur.
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
Jodhpur's rulers are, also, to be seen at Jaswant Thada.
DAY 09 : ROHET - DEOGARH
After breakfast, leave for Deogarh. Arrive
Deogarh and check-in
at prebooked Deograh Mahal : 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.
DAY 10 : DEOGARH - RANAKPUR - UDAIPUR
After breakfast, drive
to Udaipur, enroute visit 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 Udaipur and check-in at prebooked Hotel. Rest of the day
DAY 11 : UDAIPUR
Morning, free for individual activities.
Afternoon, 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.
12 : UDAIPUR - CHITTORGARH - BUNDI
After breakfast, leave for Bundi, 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 Bundi.
Arrive Bundi and check-in at prebooked Hotel.
DAY 13 : BUNDI
After breafkast, visit Bundi : The Taragarh
Fort which was built in 1354. Inside the fort are huge reservoirs carved
out of solid rock and the Bhim Burj, the largest of the battlements,
on which is mounted a famous cannon.
Afternoon, free or take an excursion to Kota (39 kms from Bundi).
DAY 14 : BUNDI
After breakfast, leave
for 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 15 : 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 16 : 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.
17 : AGRA - DELHI
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
Arrive Delhi and check-in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 18 : DEPART
Transfer to the airport to board your
flight for onward destination.