Rajasthan Forts & Palaces Tour
Duration : 12 Days / 11 Nights
Destinations Covered : Delhi, Jaipur, Bundi, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Mandawa/Nawalgarh, Delhi
Day 1:- Arrival at Delhi
A representative of the company will receive you at the Delhi International Airport and transfer you at your hotel, where you will receive a warm traditional welcome, complete with tilak and garlands. You will check in at the hotel for overnight stay and then, proceed for a quick tour of Old and New Delhi in the afternoon.
Delhi is the political capital of India and has seen rise and fall of many kingdoms and empires. It has a lion's share of cultural, historical, and architectural legacies of India that are noteworthy. Your trip will include New Delhi's Qutub Minar, which once had the honor of being the highest tower in the world and was erected to mark the first victory of Islam in India; a drive on the Rajpath past the India Gate built to honor the martyrs, palatial President's House or Rashtrapai Bhawan, the Parliament House and the Secretariat Building; and the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi - Father of India and Jawaharlal Nehru - First Prime Minister of India known as Rajghat and Shantivana respectively.
In Old Delhi, you will see Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; the Red Fort - showcasing the grandeur of Mughals; and Chandni Chowk, a bustling market in the backdrop of the Red Fort known for its narrow streets, incredible bargains and variety, and old world charm that will leave you ecstatic.
Day 2:- Delhi - Jaipur
After breakfast at your hotel in Delhi, you will proceed to Jaipur - the Capital of Rajasthan known for its warm hospitality and indelible royal impressions that gives the city a unique identity. At Jaipur, you will check in at a hotel for overnight stay and then, proceed to a guided sightseeing tour of the Pink City.
The trip will include landmarks of the city such as the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds that was built as a summer house for royal ladies and is worth seeing because of its intricate filigree work and delicate screen façade that allowed the ladies to see what is going on in the central market area, without being seen from outside. The natural air-conditioning system of the palace kept it cool during summers and presents an example of scientific ingenuity of the local artisans of the time. You will also see the magnificent City Palace and its museum where you will see the largest silver urn in the world; and the Royal Observatory or Jantar Mantar, which houses large masonry instruments that can be used to make accurate astronomical calculations to this day.
You will begin the day with a royal breakfast followed by a royal elephant ride up the ascent of the hill fortress to see Rajputana grandeur and architectural splendor of the palaces and temples in the Amber Fort Palace complex. The rugged exteriors of the fort belie the warm ambience and ornamentation of the inner buildings.
You are free for the rest of the day to explore the colorful markets of Jaipur that are famous for tie-and-dye fabrics, gold jewellery, precious gems, handicrafts of the region, and carpets.
Day 04: Jaipur - Bundi
After breakfast at your hotel in Jaipur, you will proceed to Bundi, home to magnificent palaces and imposing forts. At Bundi, you will check in at a hotel for overnight stay and then, proceed on a sightseeing tour of the city, which includes famous historical monuments of the region such as Taragarh Fort or Star Fort; and Sukh Mahal or Pleasure Palace built on the dam wall of a lake.
Though Bundi is a small town and does not have a big presence in the world tourism map, it offers you one of the most authentic experiences of what Rajasthan and its legends of medieval chivalry and valor are all about.
Day 05: Bundi - Udaipur
After breakfast at Bundi, drive to the Lake City of Udaipur - the oasis of Rajasthan. It is a long drive but offers you first-hand opportunity to a closer look of the actual lifestyle of Rajasthan and to observe its unique culture and traditions. At Udaipur, you will check in at a hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.
Day 06: Udaipur
In the morning, you will start the sightseeing tour of the city starting with the City Palace situated on the eastern bank of Lake Pichola that housed the erstwhile royalty until late 1960s. The beautiful palace is a massive artwork in itself and has been very well preserved. Its museums have a wonderful collection that chronicles the history of Udaipur and showcases royal possessions including jewellery pieces and weaponry.
You will also see Jagdish Temple and go on a boat ride on Lake Pichola. During the cruise, you will see the romantic pure white Lake Palace situated on an island in the lake. Udaipur is clean city with colorful buildings and narrow winding streets and a lot of greenery.
Overnight, you will stay at Udaipur.
Day 07: Udaipur – Jodhpur
In the morning, you will check out of the hotel at Udaipur and visit the first city on the famed Desert Triangle Circuit. Situated on the southern edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D. You will stop at Ranakpur on the way, to see the famous Jain Temples there. The distinctiveness of the most prominent Ranakpur Jain Temple lies in the fact that it has 1444 pillars and each of them has been uniquely adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures.
You will arrive at Jodhpur late in the evening and check in at a hotel for overnight stay.
Day 08: Jodhpur - Jaisalmer
In the morning, you will go on a sightseeing tour of the city after breakfast starting with the magnificent 15th century Mehrangarh fort, one of the largest forts in India that has been described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'Work of the Giants'. You will also visit the graceful marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II at Jaswant Thada, which was built in 1899 A.D. Known as the Taj Mahal of Marwar, Jaswant Thada is built in white marble.
In the afternoon, you will proceed to the ancient desert town of Jaisalmer, known as the Golden City. At Jaisalmer, you will check in at a hotel for overnight stay and then go on a quick tour to Sam Sand Dunes to see the magical Sun Set and the cultural extravaganza of Rajasthan. The huge mounds of sands that constantly shift their colors and shapes with the movement of the sun and Wind as their eternal sculptor are enchanting to say the least.
Day 09: Jaisalmer
After breakfast, you will go on an exciting desert tour of winsome palaces of mirage-like Sonar Quila or the Golden Fort made up of golden-yellow hued sandstone with a backdrop of a vast unbroken stretch of golden sands. You will also see the beautiful mansions of the wealthy merchants who once lived here such as Patwon ki haveli, Salim Singh ki haveli and Nathmal ki haveli - each with beautiful frescoes and ornate carvings that are quite distinctive and unique.
Overnight, you will stay at the hotel in Jaisalmer.
Day 10: Jaisalmer - Bikaner
The morning will take you to the third major city of the Desert Triangle circuit known for its camels - Bikaner, where you will check in at a hotel for overnight stay and then, go on a sightseeing tour of the city.
The trip includes a visit to the impressive Junagarh Fort, and the Karni Mata Temple at Deshnoke, the official deity of royal families of Udaipur and Bikaner. If time permits, you may also visit the world's largest camel breeding farm and research center nearby.
Day 11: Bikaner - Mandawa
After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel at Bikaner and proceed to Mandawa, the heart of the Shekhawati region famous for its paintings. After checking in at a hotel for overnight stay, you will explore the beautiful Havelis of the regions with beautiful frescoes that mostly have religious themes. You can find some of the best specimens of Shekhawati paintings and local handicrafts in the colorful bazaars of Mandawa that will add value to your collection of artworks.
Day 12: Mandawa – Delhi
This is the last day of your tour and you will proceed to Delhi after breakfast. At Delhi, you will be transferred to the International Airport in time for your flight to onward destination. We wish you a safe and happy journey where you can reminisce about the fairy tale like heroic legends and architectural legacies of Rajasthan in peace.