The Royal & The Rustic !!
Duration: 15 Days
Destinations: Delhi, Jaipur, Pushkar, Deogarh, Udaipur, Ranakpur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Mandawa, Delhi
Arrive at Delhi.
You will be greeted on arrival at the International Airport.
Our representative will help you with your transfer to your hotel where you can relax.
Spend the first night at your hotel in Delhi.
Briefing: Delhi -: Delhi is the capital of India and its third largest city. Delhi, the seat of one of the world’s largest democracies is a combination of “Old Delhi”- the capital of Muslim India and “New Delhi” the imperial city created as the nation’s capital by the British. There’s a unique blend of tradition and modernity. Here one can see mingling of many cultures, languages, traditions and people in complete harmony.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and start your sightseeing with OLD DELHI.
Raj Ghat: A memorial to the 'Father of the Nation' - Mahatma Gandhi
RED FORT Red Fort: Red Fort or Lal Quila as it is more popularly known is a masterpiece of architecture and one of the most haunting spots for tourists from both India and abroad. This colossal fort on the banks of the river Yamuna, built by Shahjahan as the citadel of the 17th Century Delhi is a significant link between the past and the present, for it is from here that the prime minister of India addresses the people on the Independence Day (August 15th).Mughal Emperor Shahjahan started construction of the Red Fort in 1638, which was completed in 1648.
Jama Masjid: Visit one of India's largest mosque by Bicycle Rickshaw (to be viewed from outside.) People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.
Enjoy the rickshaw ride.
After visiting Old Delhi, let’s take a drive to NEW DELHI which reflects the British influence in its architecture:
India Gate: It is a majestic high arch, 42 meters high, built as a memorial to the Indian soldiers killed in the World War I. It is called the All India War Memorial. The foundation stone was laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921 and was designed by Edwin Lutyens. The monument was dedicated to the nation 10 years later by the then Viceroy, Lord Irwin.
Lotus Temple: The grand "Lotus Temple" is termed by many as the Taj of modern India. Its distinctive lotus shaped marvel in marble is surrounded by a landscaped garden and is a symbol of peace. It is a very recent architectural marvel of the Bahai faith. It was completed in 1986. It is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. It reaches a height of more than 40m. One can see 27 giant white petals of marble in a lotus shape, springing from nine pools and walkways indicative of the nine unifying spiritual paths of the Bahai's faith.
Here you will visit / drive past:
Kutub Minar - The tallest Stone tower in India
The Parliamentary Building
The Rashtrapathi Bhavan - The President's Residence
Overnight will be at Delhi.
260 km/ 5 hrs
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel.
Later proceed for the “Pink City” of Rajasthan, Jaipur.
Briefing (Jaipur): – The picturesque city of Jaipur was chosen as the capital of the new state of Rajasthan, the land of the rajas, which was created after India's independence by merging the princely states of the region. The tourist who's discovered that urban India is one maze of cluttered cities will be pleasantly surprised with Jaipur. With its broad avenues, its well laid out gardens and specifically designed areas for markets and residential centres, Jaipur is a success story of 18th century city planning. Jaipur is famously referred to as the 'Pink City' because Maharaja Man Singh II ordered his city painted a pretty pink in honour of the visiting Prince of Wales, Edward VII in 1876.
Birla Temple: This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity. Enjoy the experience and spend night at Jaipur.
Overnight will be in Jaipur.
Have a sumptuous break fast at the hotel.
Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting the Amer Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal.
AMBER FORT PALACE – Amber Fort is located in Amber (Jaipur), which used to be the capital of the Kachhwaha clan, till Jaipur was made the official capital in 1727. The Amber Fort looks stunning, all-built in white marble and red sandstone. To add to its charm, Maotha Lake makes its foreground. The crystal mirror image of the Fort, on the still waters of the lake, seems to be a beautiful illusion. Amber Fort is usually pronounced as Amer Fort. In 1592, construction of the Fort was started by Raja Man Singh I. However, the Amber Fort took its present form during the reign of Raja Jai Singh I.
CITY PALACE – Forms one of the most famous tourist attractions and a major landmark in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. City Palace complex covers a huge area, which is divided into a series of gardens, courtyards and buildings. Initially, Raja Jai Singh built the outer wall occupying a huge area. The additional grand buildings were constructed later by the succeeding rulers.
JANTAR MANTAR – Jantar Mantar at Jaipur is the largest stone observatory in the World and this feature makes it, a special destination for a traveler. Jantar Mantar of Jaipur is one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur. During the period between 1727 and 1733, Jantar Mantar took its form and structure.
HAWA MAHAL – It is a major landmark and a famous tourist attraction of Jaipur. The Palace offers a beautiful sight to behold. The splendid Rajputana architecture of Hawa Mahal, still speaks the glory of the royal family. However, one can also find a glimpse of Mughal architecture, which is blended perfectly to make it different from others. The literal meaning of Hawa Mahal is Palace of Winds. Hawa Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799.
This afternoon is free for you to relax, shop or explore independently. Shopping is superb in Jaipur, particularly for gold and silver jewellery, pottery, tie-dye materials, silk, saris, wooden handicrafts and carpets.
Overnight will be at Jaipur.
Distance 145 kms / 3 hrs
Have a sumptuous breakfast in the morning.
Later proceed for Pushkar
Briefing (Pushkar): Pushkar is an enchanting small town located exactly on the edge of the desert and is situated just 11 kms from Ajmer, but separated from it by Nag Pahar, the Snake Mountain. Lord Brahma - The creator of the world in a search for his abode on earth, performed the supremely spiritual VEDIC YAGNA at Pushkar. The town frequently visited by the devotees lies to the side of the small Pushkar Lake with its multitudes of bathing ghats and temples. Pushkar is a very important pilgrimage centre for the Hindus and is thronged by plethora of sadhus and devotees. Pushkar is a "City of Temples”, though not as much old but in number as generally claimed. The Brahma Temple is the most famous temple in the town and is said to be the only dedicated to Lord Brahma in India. A red spire marks the temple, and over the entrance gateway is the Hans (goose), the symbol of Brahma who is said to have personally chosen Pushkar as his place.
Blessed with cultural blends, it is the venue for the famous Pushkar Fair, with people coming from all over Asia to buy and sell cattle of breeds from across the world. A city of Pilgrimage from time immemorial with over 500 temples and Ghats Pushkar begets a legacy of timeless architectural heritage. Pushkar radiates an ambience of peace and spirituality that casts a lure to visit again and again. The Pushkar fair is amongst the largest cattle fairs in the world and amongst the oldest cities in India, with references in mythology and the Mahabharat.
There are 52 bathing Ghats, which are linked to the lunar calendar, enclose the lake. Each Ghat has its own miraculous qualities and powers of healing and this city of temples has over 500 temples built over different eras with varied architectural styles.
Spend evening visiting the GHATS and the local market. Overnight will be at PUSHKAR
Distance 150 kms / 3 hrs
Have a comfortable morning at the hotel and enjoy a leisurely breakfast.
Later proceed for Deogarh.
Deogarh: Deogarh lies on the borders of Mewar, Marwar and Merwara, about 80 miles in the north-east of Udaipur. Its chieftain known as 'The Rawat' was one of sixteen umrao's (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. Deogarh is also renowned as a school of miniature painting. Some Deogarh miniatures adorn the personal collection of the present Rawat Sahib. Frescoes of this art form can also be seen on the Hotel walls. The Mahal has many exciting rooms to browse, but the most worth visiting is Sheesh Mahal - which is a colourful hall of mirrors. In the olden days, “Rawat” the chief of Deogarh was one of sixteen umraos (feudal barons), who was entitled to wait upon the Maharana of Udaipur, the capital of Mewar. These feudal estates were known as the “Thikanas” and were sanctioned by the ruling Maharana to a nobleman either due to blood relationship or for an act of valor.
The main attraction in Deogarh is the Deogarh Mahal. The Deogarh Mahal is situated on a hill top and provides an awesome view of the Aravallis and lakes. This palace belongs to the 17th century. About 3 years ago, Deogarh Mahal was converted into a heritage h otel, by the present owner Rawal Nahar Singh. A part of the Mahal is still occupied by his kin who look after the hotel. Another attraction in Deogarh is the exquisite Dashavatar Temple. This temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu and belongs to the Gupta period when it was knopwn as the Panchayatan temple. This temple is the first north India temple to have a shikhara or spire where only the lower part of the shikhara is present today.
Enjoy your day walking the town and meeting the villagers.
Overnight will be at the DEOGARH MAHAL
Distance 140 kms / 2 hrs
Have your break fast at the hotel.
Proceed for sightseeing of the place around the town.
ANJANESHWAR MAHADEV: It is an extraordinary cave temple believed to be 2,000 years old. This ruined temple is situated on an island in the Raghosagar Lake.
GOKAL VILAS: This magnificent palace situated over a hillock is the home of the present Rawat. Set in a picturesque locale around Raghosagar Lake, the palace is around 200 years old.
Later proceed for Udaipur. Reach and check in at hotel.
Briefing (Udaipur): Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years. Udaipur is also known as the city of Dawn. It is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS. The foundation of the city has an interesting legend associated with it. According to it, Maharana Udai Singh, the founder, was hunting one day when he met a holy man meditating on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichhola. The hermit blessed the Maharana and advised him to build a palace at this favorable located spot with a fertile valley watered by the stream, a lake, an agreeable altitude and an amphitheater of low mountains. Maharana followed the advice of the hermit and founded the city in 1559 A.D. It was ruled by the Sisodia Dynasty for 1200 years.
Relax in the evening and spend night at Udaipur.
Start your day with comfortable morning at the hotel with a leisurely break fast.
Later proceed for the sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting City Palace, Saheliyon Ki Baari, Bagore Ki Haveli, and Jagdish Temple.
City Palace: City Palace boasts of the wonderful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture. The Palace has various towers, domes and arches, which add to the flavor of heritage site. Towering on the banks of Pichola Lake, City Palace is truly a feast to the eyes. City Palace is a marvelous assortment of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Encircled by fortifications, this imposing Palace is wholly built in granite and marble.
Saheliyon ki Bari: Garden of maids was built in the 18th century by Maharana Sangram Singh for the royal ladies. Saheliyon Ki Bari is one the most beautiful gardens and a major tourist destination in Udaipur. The garden is famous for its lush green lawns, marble art and fountains. English translation of Saheliyon Ki Bari means "Garden of maids". This renowned garden is located on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake, presenting a green retreat in the dry lands of Rajasthan.
Bagore Ki Haveli: Bagore Ki Haveli is an ancient building that stands on the platform of Gangori Ghat in the vicinity of Pichola Lake. The splendid architecture of the mansion boasts of delicate carved work and excellent glass work. In the eighteenth century, Bagore Ki Haveli was built by Amir Chand Badwa, who was the Chief Minister at the Mewar Royal Court in earlier times. When Amar Badwa died, the building came under the possession of Mewar State.
Jagdish Temple: Jagdish Temple is one of the famous temples of Udaipur. Located in the City Palace complex of Udaipur, this temple is made in the Indo-Aryan style of architecture. In 1651, Jagdish temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh, who ruled Udaipur during 1628-53. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe. It is celebrated for being the largest temple in the city of Udaipur.
Proceed for Evening Motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace.
Overnight stay will be in Udaipur.
Distance 295 kms / 6 hrs
This morning have a heavy break fast as we start today for the wonderful city of Jodhpur.
En-route visits the Ranakpur Temples.
RANAKPUR TEMPLES, dating back to the 15th century. 200 pillars, none of which are alike, support its 29 halls. The Temple abounds with intricate friezes and sculptures. Includes visits to two more Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God with its erotic sculptures.
Continue your drive to Jodhpur.
Briefing (Jodhpur): Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Jodhpur "The Sun City" was founded by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, in 1459. It is named after him only. Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India was previously known as Marwar. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. It is divided into two parts - the old city and the new city. The old city is separated by a 10 km long wall surrounding it. Also it has eight Gates leading out of it. The new city is outside the walled city.
Relax in the hotel and overnight will be at Jodhpur.
Have a sumptuous break fast at the hotel.
Proceed for an exhilarating sightseeing tour of the city visiting famous Mehrangarh Fort, and Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhavan Palace and Rai ka Bag Palace.
Mehrangarh Fort: The Fort is situated on a steep hill and is one of the largest forts in India. The beauty and the grandeur of numerous palaces in the fort narrate a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures. The Fort spreads over 5 km, on a perpendicular hill and looking down 125 meters, presents a majestic view on city horizon. It was built on advice of a saint in 1459 to establish an impregnable head-quarter. This Fort is one of the best in India with its exquisitely latticed windows, carved panels, elaborately adorned windows and walls of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, and Sheesh Mahal. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, royal costumes, furniture and the cannons on the fort's ramparts are well preserved. Jodha’s fortress was 'Chao Burja' – a fort with four Bastions. The extremities of the original fortress fall within the limit of the second gate today.
Jaswant Thada: Close to the fort is the Jaswant Thada. This 19th century royal cenotaph built in white marble in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and three other cenotaphs stand nearby. The cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh holds the rare portraits of the rulers and Maharajas of Jodhpur.
Rai-ka-Bag Palace: This palace is situated near Raika Bag palace railway station. It was constructed in 1663 by Hadiji, queen of King Jaswant Singh-I. King Jaswant Singh-II liked this palace very much. Now an income tax office functions in this palace.
Return back to the hotel and spend night at Jodhpur.
Distance 295 kms / 5 hrs
Have a sumptuous break fast at the hotel.
Later proceed for Jaisalmer.
Briefing (Jaisalmer): Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. The city has an interesting legend associated with it, according to which, Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan would built his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 A.D. when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital - Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta Hill. Bahti Rajputs of Jaisalmer were feudal chiefs who lived off the forced levy on the caravans laden with precious silks and spices that crossed the territory enroute Delhi-or-Sind. These caravans earned the town great wealth.
Reach and check in at hotel. Stay overnight at Jaisalmer.
Have a sumptuous breakfast in the morning and later proceed for the sightseeing tour of this marvelous city.
Today we visit the JAISALMER FORT, NATHMAL KI HAVELI, SALIM SINGH KI HAVELI, PATWON JI KI HAVELI, TAZIA TOWER, GODI SAGAR LAKE, JAIN TEMPLES.
Jaisalmer Fort: Jaisalmer Fort: It is one of the oldest living Forts in the world. The fort stands almost 30 meters over the city and houses an entire living area within huge ramparts. Walking through the narrow lanes of the fort is an experience worth savoring. Built in 1156, the Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest in Rajasthan. Rising to 250 feet with strong & imposing crenellated sandstone 30 feet high wall, the fort has 99 bastions, 92 of which were built between 1633 & 1647. The fort is approached through Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoot Pol and Hawa Pol. Also, within it are many beautiful havelies and a group of Jain temples dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries. The wells within the fort are still a regular source of water. The golden - yellow sandstone fort of Jaisalmer crowns the Trikuta Hills for over 800 years now. Within its walls, defended by 99 bastions, lies the old city, nearly a quarter of modern Jaisalmer.
Enjoy the sightseeing of the JAIN TEMPLES inside the fort.
NATHMAL KI HAVELI: Two architect brothers built it in the 19th century. Interestingly, while one concentrated on the right, the other concentrated on the left and the result is a symphony epitomising the side by side symmetry during construction. Paintings in miniature style monopolise the walls in the interior. Mighty tuskers carved out of yellow sandstone stand guard to the haveli.
SALIM SINGH KI HAVELI: Salim Singh ki haveli has been built on the remains of an older haveli built in the late 17th century. The new building was built in the year 1815 and was occupied by the Mehta family of Jaisalmer. They were the most influential family of their time. This haveli was commissioned by Salim Singh, the then Prime Minister of the kingdom when Jaisalmer was the capital. The haveli has a distinct architecture. The roof has been constructed in the form of Peacock. The haveli is situated beside the hills near the Jaisalmer Fort.
PATWON JI KI HAVELI: The Patwon Ji ki Haveli is an interesting piece of Architecture and is the most important among the havelis in Jaisalmer. This is precisely because of two things, first that it was the first haveli erected in Jaisalmer and second, that it is not a single haveli but a cluster of 5 small havelis. The first among these havelis was commissioned and constructed in the year 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa and is the biggest and the most ostentatious. It is believed that Patwa was a rich man and was a renowned trader of his time.
TAZIA TOWER: Tazia Tower of Jaisalmer is one of the major tourist attractions. If you have done with the various Rajputana architectures scattered in the city, Tazia tower will come as a welcome break to you. It is situated in the excellent 'Badal Palace' complex located near Amar Sagar Gate. These were the homes of the former royal family. The Tazia tower is a 5-storied structure where each story has significance in its own.
GODI SAGAR LAKE: This tank, south of the city walls, once held the town water supply, and befitting its importance in providing precious water to the inhabitants of this arid city, it is sourrounded by small temples and shrines. The beautiful yellow sandstone gateway arching across the road down to the tank is the Tilon-ki-Pol, and is said to have been built by a famous prostitute, Tilon.
JAIN TEMPLES: Jain Temples situated in the Jaisalmer Fort are a must visit site in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. You will find these temples to be very old and high pilgrimage as well as archeological value attached to them. These are a group of Jain temples dating back 12th and 15th centuries and are dedicated to various Jain Tirthankars (Hermits). On the walls of the temples, you can find animal & human figures, carved in famous Dilwara style.
In the late afternoon, proceed to the SAND DUNES for visiting the typical Rajasthani Desert Village. View the sunset from the dunes, as the sky is set on fire. Also enjoy a camel ride at sand dunes so that you can cherish the memories of this wonderful experience. Return to the village for dinner amidst Rajasthani musicians playing haunting tunes.
Return to the hotel and spend night at Jaisalmer.
Distance 320 kms / 6 hrs
Have a leisurely break fast at the hotel.
Later proceed for Bikaner.
Bikaner: The city of Bikaner is founded by Rao Bikaji- a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur, Rao Jodha Ji in the year of 1448. Bikaner is famous for its imposing forts, elegant palaces, stunningly painted havelis, and Camel Breeding Farm & Research Centre which is only one in Asia of its one kind. Come in Rajasthan and become a part of Bikaner tour and know more about the city of Bikaner which is also known as the ‘Camel City’ and the ‘Camel Country’. The royal fortified city with a timeless appeal. Lying in the north of the Desert State, the city is dotted with many sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval splendor that pervades the city's lifestyle. The wells of Bikaner - an important source of water are other attractions of the city. These are built on high plinths with slender minareted towers on each of the Four Corners and can be noticed even from a distance.
Reach and check in at the hotel.
Relax in the evening or take a walk in the old city. Spend night at Bikaner.
Distance 160 kms/ 3 hrs
Have a sumptuous break fast at the hotel.
Proceed for the sightseeing tour of Bikaner visiting the famous Junagarh Fort and the Karni Mata Temple.
Junagarh Fort: It was built by Raja Rai Singh between the years of 1589 -1594 AD and is surrounded by a wall with two entrance gates. ‘Suraj pole’ is the main gate. Among the places of interest is the Chandra Mahal, with paintings, mirrors and carved marble panels. The Phool Mahal is decorated with glass and mirrors. The Karan Mahal was built to commemorate a notable victory over the Mughal Aurangzeb. The Anoop Mahal is famous for its gold leaf painting. Revel in the architectural splendor, as you take an intimate look at this imposing fort, built by Akbar's contemporary Raja Rai Singh. Within the fort are thirty seven palaces, pavilions.
Karni Mata Temple: The temple lies about 12 kms from Bikaner and is also known as the Rat Temple. There are numerous number of rats found in the temple premises and the mystery remains unfold even today.
Start your drive for Mandawa.
Mandawa: It is a small town in the heart of Shekhawati region. The place is known not only for its havelis but also for its Fort Palace. The structure of the palace reminds of the cultural and social importance of this region in the past. Of the havelis, the most important are the Chokhani, Ladia, Binsidhar Newatia, and Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli. Another haveli, the Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, is known for its curious paintings. There is a painting of a boy holding a telephone and a European woman in a car driven by a chauffeur. The Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli is famous for its erotic images, now mostly defaced. The compact and busy little market town of Mandawa was settled and fortified in 18th century by the dominant merchant families of the region. The wealthy businessmen of the village constructed many havelis and baolis with colored painting adorning their walls. Later on, with the migration of these merchant families, their old settlements remained in total obscurity with no one to look after them. Despite the time lapse and ignorance about these visual and architectural extravaganzas, their attraction did not fade and today they are some of the major attractions for the tourists visiting Rajasthan.
Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight will be at Mandawa
Distance 240 kms/ 5 hrs
Breakfast will be at the hotel.
Take a walking tour of the painted 'havelis' of some of the leading business families of the country. Though they no longer live here, the local caretakers are happy to show the visitors around. Chowkhani Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Lakshminarayan Ladia Haveli, Mohahanlal Saraf Haveli and Bhagchandika Haveli are of special interest. Spend the major part of the day looking into frescoes.
Later proceed for Delhi.
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the international airport to connect flight back home. Return with sweet memories of India.