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Heritage Tour of Rajasthan
Day, 01 - Arrive delhi by intrnational flight

Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel (Hotel Check In time is 1200 hrs)

Delhi one of India's fastest growing cities, has spread far beyond the "seven cities" created between the 13th and the 17th centuries. It has sprawled over the west bank of the Yamuna and now straddles the river. Remnants of the past survive cheek -by-jowl with skyscrapers, residential colonies and bustling commercial complexes. Delhi has some of the finest museums in the country. Its boutiques and shopping arcades offer access to a wealth of traditional and contemporary crafts from all over the country. It has speciality restaurants to please the gourmet, open parks and gardens ablaze with flowers, and in the winter months particularly, a variety of cultural events

Later combined sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi

Old Delhi drive past Red Fort - a marvel in red sandstone, the Raj Ghat, - memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India. Spend some time in Chandi Chowk to savour the ambience of an oriental, crowded bazaar also take a short rickshaw ride from Red fort to Jama Masjid. Continue to New Delhi visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand-carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time and not rusted even after 1500 years, the mausoleum of emperor Humayun, Humayun’s Tomb was a landmark in establishing some of the essential norms for later Mughal mausoleums in India. The tomb can be compared with the mausoleums of Timur and Bibi Khanam at Samarqand. It is set in the middle of a geometrically arranged garden. In Islam, there is a concept that paradise or jannat is a place set somewhere in the middle of the garden with water flowing through the. It is called the Char Bagh as the entire garden is divided into four parts. Drive past India Gate (memorial to the Indian army soldiers who died in the World War I) the Rashtrapati Bhavan (formerly the viceroy's residence) and the Parliament House.

Overnight stay at hotel
Day, 02 - Delhi - alsisar [ 265 kms, 6-7 hrs ]

Morning depart by surface for Alsisar

Alsisar is a laid back village in North Rajasthan. A couple of centuries back affluent Marwari traders built exquisite havelis (mansions) and painted the exteriors and interiors in brilliant depictions of mythology and folklore. The mansions gained attention only in the last two decades when intrepid visitors started stumbling upon a virtual open air gallery of dimensions unparalleled anywhere. The mansions, the memorials, the temples, the wells, the ponds are all painted with murals and motifs of all kind in rich colors.

Upon arrival Check In at Hotel.

Afternoon visit Mandawa (20 kms) In the semi-desert Shekhawati region lies Mandawa, a compact little town which, was settled in the 18th century. Fortified by the dominant merchant families, Mandawa houses some of the finest painted havelis in the region and the fort, dating back to 1760, dominates the town. The most famous of the Havelis, is the Bansidhar Newalia Haveli built in 1910 which, has some curious paintings on its walls. The Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, built in 1870, is also one of the finest in the region & has some of superb murals. Other attractions include the Harlalka Well in the western part of town and the Majisa Ka Kuan North of the Central bazaar. Later return back to Alsisar.

Overnight stay at hotel
Day, 03 - Alsiasr - gajner [ kms, 6-7 hrs ]

Morning depart surface for Gajner enroute visit Bikaner.

Bikaner is famous for its Old Havelis. Bikaner was founded in 1486 by Bika, one of the fourteen sons of Rao Jodha. Bikaner - lying in the north of the desert state, bikaner is dotted with many sand dunes. More popularly called the camel country , Bikaner is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. The exotic camel safaris, its gorgeous forts and the worship of thousands of holy rats at Karni Mata temple are some of the most interesting aspects of Bikaner. The camel festival at Bikaner held in the month of January is also an event worth witnessing if one wants to get the actual color of the place, Visiting to the “Junagarh Fort” built between 1588 and 1593 built by Raja Jai Singh who was a general in the army of the Mughal emperor, Akbar. The fort has a 986 meter long wall with 37 bastions & 2 entrances, and it is famous for the super quality of stone carvings. Also visit the fascinating “Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok, an incarnation of the goddess Durga.

Later continue drive to Gajner.

Gajner is yet another historical city of Rajasthan, India. The chief attraction in Gajner is the Gajner Palace. Gajner Palace was built by Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh Ji of Bikaner to be used as a hunting resort for the royal family and guests. Built over an area of 6000 acres, the palace complex houses its own sanctuary housing endangered species. More than 100 species of the migratory birds flock the lake by the palace during the winter months.

Upon arrival Check In at hotel

Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities

Overnight stay at hotel
Day, 04 - Gsgner - jaisalmer [ 290 kms, 7-8 hrs ]

Morning depart by surface for Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer popularly known as the “Golden City” is a beautiful fort town in Rajasthan. The town lies in the heart of the Great Indian Desert, also known as the Thar Desert was founded in the 12th Century AD by Maharawal Jaisal. It is the largest district in Rajasthan and is famous for its forts, havelis and monuments.

Upon arrival Check In at hotel

Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities

Overnight stay at hotel
Day, 05 - Jaisalmer

Morning half day sightseeing of Jaisalmer, built in burnished sandstone is an intricately moulded wonderland. See the Citadel, the fort built by Rawal Jaisal where a fourth of the population lives. Also visit Jain temples of the 12th to 15th centuries Patwon ki Haveli, a five-story mansion with carved pillars and murals; Salim Singh and Nathmalji ki Haveli.

Afternoon excursion to Khuri. From Jaisalmer, it is possible to get an insight into desert life by visiting Khuri. It is great place to see patterns carved out by winds on the sand. Camel rides on the sand dunes are an unforgettable experience as is the sunset.

Overnight stay at hotel
Day, 06 - Jaisalmer - jodhpur [ 270 kms, 6-7 hrs]

Morning depart by surface for Jodhpur

Jodhpur The city of Jodhpur, with its gentle atmosphere belies a stormy yet glorious past. Its walls, seven gates and numerous bastions and towers were built in the 16th century by Rao Maldeo. 393 feet above the flat surrounding plains soars a bold bluff on which was built the massive Meherangarh (Majestic) Fort. In the old city’s maze of old lanes lie several palaces, havelis and some temples. The famous puppet makers of Jodhpur are found here.

Upon arrival Check In at hotel

Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities

Overnight stay at hotel
Day, 07 - Jodhpur - udaipur via rankpur [ 285 kms, 6-7 hrs]

Morning half Sightseeing tour of Jodhpur visiting Meherangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. Visit the 5-km long Mehrangarh Fort situated on a 125-mt high hill. This is one of the most impressive and formidable structures in Rajasthan. Within the fort are some magnificent with meticulously carved panels, latticed windows or "Jarokhas" with evocative names. Later visit the Jaswant Thada - a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh-II.

Later drive to Udaipur enroute visit Ranakpur.

Ranakpur is named after Rana Kumbha whom Dharna Sah, a Jain businessman, approached when he had the vision of his great temple to ask for the land for its construction. Renowned for some marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stone, Ranakpur is amongst the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. These temples were constructed in the AD 1439. After Sightseeing tour of Ranakpur drive by surface for Udaipur.

Upon arrival Check In at hotel

Udaipur the 'City of Lakes' and the 'City of Dawn' are the most famous appellations given to Udaipur. The city of Udaipur is ideally set amidst the lush green Aravalli hills and the three lakes. The mesmerizing lakes, palaces, temples and gardens make Udaipur one of the most frequently visited tourist destinations in India. The glittering waters of Lake Pichola make the city of Udaipur most romantic city of India.

Udaipur is also called - Jewel of Mewar - as it was ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for a consecutive duration of 1200 years. There are many tourist attractions in Udaipur that make your journey quite memorable in every sense.

Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities

Overnight stay at hotel
Day, 08 - udaipur

Morning Sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting the City Palace, built in 1725, which houses the Dilkhush ahal, Sheesh Mahal - studded with glittering Belgium Mirrors, Moti Mahal and the Palace of Lord Krishna all of which are ornately decorated. Jagdish Temple. This temple built in 1651 is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver in the Hindu Trinity of Gods. Also visit the Sahelion Ki Bari gardens and fountains.

Evening boat ride on river Pichola Lake (subject to water level in lake), 4-Km long and 3-Km broad, surrounded by splendid hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments.

Overnight at stay hotel
Day, 09 - Udaipur - sardargarh [ 98 kms, 2 hrs]

Morning depart by surface for Sardargarh

Sardargarh One of the magnificent forts of Rajasthan, is an extravagant creation by men of a bygone era, placed amidst the mountains and deep forests of Chuppun. Sardar Singh, one of the most powerful Dhodhias, built the Sardargarh Fort during 1738 to 1743.

Upon arrival Ckeck In at hotel

Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities

Overnight stay at hotel
Day, 10 - Sardargarh - jaipur [ 300 kms, 7-8 hrs]

Morning depart by surface for Jaipur

Jaipur was built in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II. It is a planned city built with ancient Hindu rules as the colonial capital of a richly colorful state. It was made attractive with the pink wash - a traditional colour of welcome in 1853 in honour of the visit of Prince Albert

Upon arrival Check In at hotel

Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities

Overnight stay at hotel
Day, 11 - Jaipur

Morning excursion trip takes you to Amber Fort by jeep situated 130m high with the Aravalli hills around and 11 km north of Jaipur. It was the ancient capital of the Rajputs till 1037. En route, make a photo stop at the palace of winds the Hawa Mahal. A 5- storied building with 25cm thick facade from the 18 century having 953 windows and niches so that ladies of royal family could see the processions and events in the city without being visible to the people.

Afternoon visit the “Pink City” of Jaipur. The City Palace occupies the center of Jaipur. It now houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armoury, manuscripts, paintings etc. Also visit Jantar Mantar (1728-34) by king astrologer Jai Singh II. The instruments are built of stone with marble facing on the important plains for measuring the harmony of the heavens. Each instrument serves a particular function and each gives an accurate reading.

Overnight at the hotel
Day, 12 - Jaipur - agra en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri [ 258 kms, 6 hrs]

Morning depart by surface for Agra enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akber in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the 'Ghost City' including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendor of the Mughal empire at the height of its power.

Later continue drive to Agra.>br>
Agra has been referred as Arya Griha or the abode of the Aryans. The first person who referred Agra by its modern name was Ptolemy Though the heritage of Agra city is linked with the Mughal dynasty, numerous other rulers also contributed to the rich past of this city. Modern Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi (Lodhi dynasty; Delhi Sultanate) in the 16th century.

Upon arrival Check In at hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel
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Day, 13 - Agra - delhi by surfacce - [ 205 kms,5-6 hrs]

Morning visiting the worlds famous monument of love Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 year to complete this ' Love Poem in Marble'. (Friday closed), Agra Fort, built alongside the Yamuna river stretching almost 2.5 km.The fort is surrounded by a moat. The lofty battlements of the Agra fort cast its protective shadow over the far stretching mansions of nobles and princes built along the riverfront. The magnificent towers, bastions and ramparts and majestic gateways symbolized the confidence and power of the third Mughal emperor.

Later depart by surface for Delhi

On arrival transfer to Airport hotel for Dinner [ No accommodation envisaged ]

After dinner transfer to International airport to board flight for onward journey.
Day, 14 - Depart delhi

End of program

All hotels check-in - check-out by noon 1200 hrs
 

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