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Royal Rajasthan Fort & Palaces

Package price 2025 per person sharing twin

Product Code : AGORA28

Rajasthan where the country's similes & metaphors appear to have come together. Sand dunes, wooded hills & amazing lakes, palaces & rugged forts, men & women in colorful turbans & skirts, bustling towns & quiet villages, camels, elephants, harsh sunlight & the cool evening breeze - are all there in abundance. Also witness the immortal beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra & explore the historical monuments in Delhi.          

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Delhi airport assistance and transfer to hotel (hotel check in/ out time 1200hrs afternoon early check in subject to rooms availability). Rest time free and easy to relax nand personal activities. You can opt to go out for dinner with your driver. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2: Delhi

Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Delhi. Visit landmark of Old Delhi which include Red Fort the residence of the Mughal emperor for nearly 200 years until 1857. Jama Masjid one of the largest mosques in the world, built by Shah Jahan. Cycle Rickshaw ride in Chandni chowk & Khari Baoli Spice Market a busy shopping area with markets full of spices, dried fruit, silver jewelry and vivid saris, while the narrow side streets are crowded with tiny shops selling essential oils, stationery and traditional Indian sweets. Raj Gath the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi where he was cremated after his assassination. 

In New Delhi visit Humayun Tomb the first garden-tomb in Indian subcontinent and an early example of Mughal architecture commissioned by Humayun's first wife Empress Bega Begum in 1569-70. Qutab Minar a 73-metres tall minaret that forms part of the Qutb complex a fine examples of Afghan architecture. Lotus Temple a Baháʼí House of Worship notable for its flowerlike shape open to all, regardless of religion. Drive thrugh VVIP areas passing President House, Parliament & India Gate etc.

Rest time free and easy to relax and personal activities. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 3: Delhi to Mandawa (250kms/ 5hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel drive to Mandawa check in at hotel.

Mandawa once functioned as a trading outpost for ancient caravan routes in Shekhawati for goods from China and the Middle East. Thakur Nawal Singh, then ruler of Nawalgarh and Mandawa built a fort in to protect this outpost. Over time, a township grew around the fort and soon attracted a large community of traders, who then settled down at Mandawa. Mandawa is also famous for its beautiful havelis. The realm of lovely havelis, harking back to the yester years, epitomizes the beauty of Mandawa. The land is laced with innumerable grand mansions that are guaranteed to capture one's imagination. It is a haven for a true connoisseur of art and architecture. Exquisitely embellished havelis mushroomed during the eighteenth century and former half of the twentieth. Mythology and fauna lies at the very core of this wonderful art. Tales narrating the valour of Lord Rama and the miracles of Lord Krishna unfold on a journey of these marvelous mansions.

Visit Mandawa Fort, Hanuman Prasad Goenka’s Haveli, Jhunjhunwala’s Haveli, Saraf Haveli, Murmuria’s Haveli, Raghunath Ji Temple, Ladia Haveli, Chokhani and Newatia Havelis and Lord Krishna Temple. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 4: Mandawa to Bikaner (180kms/ 3hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel drive to Bikaner check in at hotel.

Bikaner is one of the earlier established cities in Rajasthan. Bikaner still displays its ancient opulence through palaces and forts, built of red sandstone, that have withstood the passage of time. It is also home to one of the world’s largest camel research and breeding farms; as well as being known for having its own unique temple dedicated to Karni Mata at Deshnok, called the Rats Temple. Bikaner is home to one of the only two models of the biplane used by the British during World War I. They were presented by the British to Maharaja Ganga Singh, then ruler of the city. 

City tour of Bikaner visit Junagarh Fort, Lallgarh Palace & Museum, Laxmi Niwas Palace, Rampuria Group of Havelis. Evening visit the Camel Breeding Farm & enjoy Desert Camel Safari at sunset. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 5: Bikaner to Jaisalmer (330kms/ 6hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel drive to Jaisalmer check in at hotel. Rest time to explore the colorful market with your driver. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 6: Jaisalmer

Breakfast at hotel. City tour of Jaisalmer the 'Golden City’ founded in 12th century. It was in 1156 that Rawal Jaisal constructed a mud fort, named it Jaisalmer after himself and declared it his capital. The city’s most prominent landmark is the Jaisalmer Fort. It houses shops, hotels and ancient havelis (homes) where generations continue to live. If geology interests you, then The Wood Fossil Park is located about 15 kilometres away from the city. Here one can discover and trace geologic tragedies that occurred in the Thar Desert 180 million years ago. 

Visit Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Ji Ki Haveli, Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli, Mandir Palace, Bada Bagh, Kuldhara abandoned village and Gadi Sagar Lake. 

Later excursion to Sam Sand Dunes for evening camel/ jeep safari. Witness the unparalleled views of sunset over the tall sand dunes located at a distance of 40km from the Golden City of Jaisalmer. Enjoy the music and dance performances by local artists which hold a mirror to the rich culture of Rajasthan. Satisfy your taste buds with the delicious, authentic local cuisine served at the Sam Dunes. Indulge in star gazing as a million stars shine brightly at you through the cold, clear skies in the above the dunes. Drive back to Jaisalmer for overnight stay.

 

Day 7: Jaisalmer to Jodhpur (265kms/ 5hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel drive to Jodhpur en route visit Pokhran Fort & Palaces. Rest time free to relax in the hotel or visit the place of your interest with your driver. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 8: Jodhpur

Breakfast at hotel city tour of Jodhpur, popularly known as the Blue City. The name is clearly befitting as most of the architecture – forts, palaces, temples, havelis and even houses are built in vivid shades of blue. The strapping forts that tower this magnificent city sum up to a spectacle you would not want to miss. The mammoth, imposing fortress of Mehrangarh has a landscape dominating a rocky ridge with the eight gates leading out of the fortress. Jodhpur marks its origin back to the year of 1459 AD. Rao Jodha, the chief of Rathore Clan is credited with the origin of Jodhpur. Mandore, the ancient capital of Marwar is a major historical sites lying just 10kms out from Jodhpur where you will find the cenotaphs of Jodhpur’s former rulers. Unlike the original chhatri-shaped cenotaphs that are typical patterns of Rajasthan architecture, these are built along the lines of Hindu temples. 

Visit Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace & Mandore Temples, Gardens & Cenotaphs. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 9: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur (265kms/ 5hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel drive to Udaipur. en route visit Ranakpur Jain Temple.

The Ranakpur Temple complex comprises of 1444 intricately carved pillars, 24 pillared halls accompanied by 80 domes which are borne by 400 columns. The apogee of this entire temple architecture is the fact that no two pillars in here are the same! The temple structure has five spires, each of which houses a shrine underneath, and it is under the largest spire in the axis of the main entrance (Chaumukha Shrine) that one can locate the 6 feet tall statue of Lord Adinath. Another exquisite aspect that has also earned the temple its name is the carving of the four-headed image of Adinath, sheltered by a 108-headed snake with numerous tails. The four heads face four directions, suggesting the pursuit of the Tirthankaras. The entire ceiling of this temple complex is bedecked with geometric designs and scrollwork. However, it is the carvings of the nymphs and celestial maidens playing musical instruments, at the height of nearly 45 feet that really draws the eye.

Continue drive to Udaipur check in at hotel. In the evening watch "Dharohar" folk dance show at Bagore-ki-Haveli. A gorgeous 18th century haveli that has been converted into a museum showcasing Mewar art and architecture. The haveli puts on one of the best Rajasthani folk dance shows in Rajasthan. For an hour, performers dance to Rajasthani folk music wearing bright coloured ethnic dresses. The dances are varied and demonstrate the tradition and culture of Rajasthani folklore. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 10: Udaipur

Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Udaipur. The city of lakes is located around azure water lakes and is hemmed in by lush green hills of Aravallis. The famous Lake Palace, located in the middle of Lake Pichola is one of the most beautiful sights of Udaipur. It is also home to Jaisamand Lake, claimed to be the second largest man-made sweet water lake in Asia. The beautiful City Palace and Sajjangarh (Monsoon Palace) add to the architectural beauty and grandeur of the city. The city is also known for its profusion of zinc and marble. Solar observatory in Lake Fateh Sagar is the only observatory in India located on an island and has been made on the pattern of Big Bear Lake in Southern California.

Visit City Palace, Museum, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Eklingji & Nagda Temple. Evening Boat Ride at Lake Pichola. 

Evening enjoy boat cruise on Lake Pichola, see the ghats along the lake and the interesting buildings on the banks. The view of the city palace from the lake is spectacular. Lake Pichola, is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. It is one of the several contiguous lakes, and developed over the last few centuries in and around the famous Udaipur city. The lakes around Udaipur were primarily created by building dams to meet the drinking water and irrigation needs of the city and its neighborhood. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake, and have been developed with several palaces to provide views of the lake. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 11: Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur (405kms/ 8hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel drive to Jaipur enroute visit Pushkar one of the oldest cities in India surrounded by hillocks on three sides. Along with an interesting mythological history, a legacy of timeless architectural heritage makes Pushkar a fascinating city. According to legends, Lord Brahma, believed to be the creator of the Universe dropped a lotus to the ground leading to the immediate creation of a lake. He then decided to name the place after the flower, and thus the name, Pushkar. The city of Pushkar is home to the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the whole world. Hindus consider a journey to Pushkar to be the ultimate pilgrimage that must be undertaken to attain salvation.

Visit of Pushkar Lake one of the holiest lake in the country, has 52 bathing ghats, Brahma & Savitri Temple. Excursion to visit Khwaja Dargah E Sharif, Adhai Din Ka Jhonpda, Anasagar Lake in nearby town Ajmer. Also, visit local bazaars of the town. 

After sightseeing drive to Jaipur check in at hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 12: Jaipur

Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Jaipur. Jaipur holds the distinction of being the first planned city of India. Established in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the king of Amber when he shifted his capital from Amber to the new city because of the rapidly-growing population and an increasing water scarcity. Noted architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya used the established principles of Vastu Shastra to build the city. In 1876, the Prince of Wales visited Jaipur and the entire Jaipur city was painted in pink the symbolic colors of hospitality to welcome him. The pink that colorss the city makes for a marvelous spectacle to behold. Jaipur rises up majestically against the backdrop of the forts Nahargarh, Jaigarh and Garh Ganesh Temple.

In morning visit Amber Fort followed by Jaigarh Fort & Sisodia Rani Garden. Afternoon city tour visit City Palace, Observatory & Hawa Mahal. Further explore local market the famous bazaars of Pink City. In the evening attend Aarti Ceremony at Birla temple. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 13: Jaipur - Abhaneri - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (245kms/ 5hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel drive to Jaipur via visiting Abhaneri & Fatehpur Sikri.Abhaneri a small village popular for the amazing Chand Baoris (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. Chand Baori is one of India's deepest and largest step wells. The huge tank with delicate carvings is certainly delightful to the eyes.

Fatehpur Sikri founded in 1569 by Mughal emperor Akbar and abandoned after 15 yrs due to scarcity of water. Predominately, a red sandstone construction sprawling over a huge area, the architectural style is very much in tune with emperor’s dream & partakes of both Hindu & Muslim styles. See the graceful buildings including Diwan-E-Khas hall, Jodha Bais Palace, Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & Buland Darwaza. 

Continue drive to Agra and check in at hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 14: Agra - Delhi (204kms/ 4hrs approx)

Sunrise visit Taj Mahal an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the bank of the Yamuna river commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal, it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself.

Breakfast at hotel visit Agra Fort the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. And Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb a Mughal mausoleum commissioned by Nur Jahan, the wife of Jahangir, for her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg.

Afternoon drive to Delhi check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 15: Delhi – Departure

Breakfast at hotel. As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.

Garland welcome and assistance on arrival at airport

14 Nights accommodation in selected price category hotels.

Daily breakfast at hotel.

Deluxe Air-conditioned private vehicle with English speaking chauffeur as per tour program.

Monuments entrances & activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.

Government licensed English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city).

Bottled drinking water in car.

Government taxes.

 

Hotels used or similaR

Delhi x 2 nights

3* - Madhuban Hotel/ Meridian Plaza

4* - The Royal Plaza/ Country Inn & Suite Saket

5* - Le Meridien/ The Claridges

Mandawa x 1 night

3* - Desert N Dunes/ Desert Mandawa

4* - Vivaana Culture /Udai Vilas Palace

5* - Castle Mandawa/ Alsisar Mahal

Bikaner x 1 night

3* - Raj Vilas Palace/ Harasar Haveli 

4* - Gajner Palace/ Lalgarh Palace

5* - Narendra Bhawan (Residence Room)

Jaisalmer x 2 nights

3* - Killa Bhawan Lodge/ The Royale Jaisalmer

4* - Gorbandh Palace/ Brys Fort

5* - Suryagarh/ Marriott Resort & Spa

Jodhpur x 2 nights

3* - Devi Bhawan/ Pal Haveli

4* - The Ummed/ Ranbanka Place

5* - Welcome Hotel/ Ajit Bhawan

Udaipur x 2 nights

3* - Lake Pichola Hotel/ Jaiwana Haveli

4* - Shikarbadi Hotel/ Hotel Lakend

5* - Shiv Niwas Palace/ Trident Udaipur 

Jaipur x 2 nights

3* - Redfox Hotel/ Park Ocean

4* - Fortune Select Metropolitan/ Lemon Tree Premier

5* - ITC Rajputana/ Hilton Jaipur

Agra x 1 night

3* - Howard Plaza the Fern/ Atulyaa Taj

4* - Prime Plaza/ Crystal Sarovar Premier

5* - Mansion Grand/ Courtyard by Marriott

Any air fare

Main Meals, Lunch or dinner unless mentioned

Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.

Or anything not mentioned above.