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Rural & Rustic Rajasthan Tour


Duration: 22 Nights / 23Days
Destinations: Delhi, Pachewar ,Bundi, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur , Jojawar, Kumbhalgarh, Ranakpur, Siana, Jaisalmer , Osiyan, Jodhpur,Chandelao ,/ Pushkar, Jaipur, Agra , Delhi



Day 01: Delhi Arrival:
Company representatives will receive you on arrival at the international airport in Delhi late in the evening. Transfer to your hotel. Relax.

India Gate, DelhiDELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with afascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land.  A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

Proceed for the sightseeing of OLD DELHI.

The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the 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 at Old Delhi.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 02:
Delhi – Jaipur:
By Train
Train Name          : Ajmer Shatabdi
Train Number          : 2015
Departure           : 0605 hrs
Arrival                  : 1045 hrs

Jaipur – Pachewar:
By Road 90Kms/1.5hrs

Early morning you will be transferred to the railway station to board train for Jaipur. Reach Jaipur and drive to Pachewar. Reach Pachewar and check into the hotel.

Pachewar – India. A great land of culture offers equally great destinations like Rajasthan, where valour, chivalry and royalty have played a great deal in shaping the glorious traditions of its land and people.
Pachewar – 90 Kms away from Jaipur capital of Rajasthan, is a mute yet vibrant, silent but lively village, once ruled by Khangarot Rajputs, a subclan of Kachhawas-the rulers of erstwhile Jaipur State. Thakur Anoop Singh Khangarot, then Qiledar of Khandar, captured the fort of Ranthambhore from the Marathas and annexed it into Jaipur State. To reward his exemplary courage and loyalty to Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh-I of Jaipur granted him the fief of Pachewar in 1758, A.D.

Fort of Pachewar, 300 years old fort of picturesque Pachewar has now been converted into a luxurious heritage hotel with all modern amenities, where one can witness great traditions of royal hospitality. A well preserved tranquil fort with its massive ramparts imposing gates, intricate balconies and spacious apartments, adorned with antique frescos of exquisite beauty. To Pachewar is only 25 minutes drive from Dudu a small town – situated on Jaipur-Ajmer National Highway on Dudu-Malpura road, renowned for its traditional textiles.

Overnight will be at Pachewar.

Day 03:
Pachewar Garh Hotel, JaipurPachewar:

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Explore rural village life.
The itinerary of local sightseeing includes a visit to the royal cenotaphs, built on the banks of Pumpa Sagar Lake, ancient temples and intimate exposure to the village – life, where you can watch the village craftsmen and artisans creating delicate blue pottery, cozy carpets, colourful tie and dye, and terracotta. Nomadic ‘Gadia-Luhars’ (iron-smiths) tempering the red-hot iron carrying their entire house-hold in a single bullock-cart can also be watched here.
Enjoy the colours of life, in a truly Rajasthani way – a synonym of hospitality intimacy and friendliness.
Overnight will be at Pachewar.

Day 04:
Pachewar – Bundi:
By Road 125Kms/2.5hrs

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed to Bundi. Reach and check into the hotel.

36 km from Kota is a tiny picturesque town, Bundi - One of the unexplored cities with a rich historical wealth. Once a part of Kota, it was ruled by the Had Chauhans - an offshoot of the famous Chauhan clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer. Bundi is surrounded by the Aravalli hills on the three sides and is circumscribed by a massive wall with four gateways. In 1193 AD when Prithvi Raj Chauhan was defeated by Sultan Mohammed Ghauri, some Chauhan Nobles sought shelter in Mewar and became allies to the Rana while other young warriors moved towards the Chambal valley and overpowered the Meena and Bhil tribals thus establishing their own kingdom of Hadoti. Later, two branches of Hadas formed two separate states of Kota and Bundi, on either side of the River Chambal. Bundi is surrounded by the Aravalli hills on three sides and is circumscribed by a massive wall with four gateways.

Visit the TARAGARH or STAR FORT - Perched on a thickly wooded hill is a marvelous white fort with a huge reservoir that once supplied water to the palace. Built in 1354 AD the fort is one of the most impressive forts of Rajasthan. This magnificent edifice is a fine example of the Rajput architecture, housing some of the superb Bundi murals.

CHATRASAGAR is a fascinating pavilion of a gallery of miniature murals. Elaborate colorful paintings on the walls depict scenes from the 'Ragamala' 'Raaslila' -- the Radha-Krishna story.

SUKH MAHAL is a magnificent summer palace on the Sukh Sagar Lake amid the lush surroundings of a beautiful garden. An underground tunnel is believed to run from the Sukh Mahal to the old palace.

Overnight will be at Bundi.

Day 05:
Bundi City Palace, BundiBundi – Bijaipur (Chittorgarh):
By Road 110Kms/02hrs

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed to CHITTAURGARH.

THE EPITOME OF ROMANCE AND VALOUR - The pride and glory of Rajasthan, CHITTAUR echoes with the tales of romance and valor unique to the Rajput tradition. This is a ruined citadel, where the royal past lives in its imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular CHATTRIS. This fortified settlement has been ravaged thrice and each time the outcome was ‘JAUHAR’ -when women and children immolated themselves on a huge funeral pyre while men donned in saffron robes of martyrdom rode out of the fort towards a certain death.

After visiting the FORT proceed to stay at the Hotel.

Castle Bijaipur was built in early 16th century AD by RAO VIJAY SINGH, descendant of great RAJPUT warrior SHAKTI SINGH, the younger brother of MAHARANA PRATAP. Bijaipur had a strategic location in the form of kingdom of MEWAR, as it was defending the frontiers of invading MUGHAL and MARATHA armies.

The present RAO SAHEB NARENDRA SINGH (ruler) has renovated and converted the castle into one of the first heritage hotels in this region for tourists to come and experience the warm RAJPUT hospitality of MEWAR.

The Castle offers breathtaking views of the valley, lake and the village encircling it. The family kitchen prepares food prepared using age old secret recipes and the dinners are quite breathtaking affairs with the local musicians chanting and singing.

The cooking classes, yoga and meditation, the village safaris by jeeps visiting tribal areas and horse rides through the wilderness makes up rejuvenated and fresh.

Overnight will be at Bijaipur.

Day 06:
Bijaipur (Chittorgarh) – Udaipur:
By Road 180Kms/05hrs

Start for Udaipur after breakfast.

Reach and check in at hotel.

The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.

Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the LAKE PICHOLA is an enticing sight.

Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR -a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.

Relax in the evening. Overnight will be at Udaipur.

Day 07:
Shiv Niwas Palace, UdaipurUdaipur:

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard. 

Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, the Jagdish Temple and the local folk Museum.

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 will be at Udaipur.

Day 08:
Udaipur – Jojawar:
By Road 140Kms/03hrs

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed to Jojawar. Reach and check into the hotel.

Bestowed with the title of Rao, the nobles looked after this little fiefdom for about Two centuries after the construction in the 18th century. Known by the name of Rawla Jojawar the fort is now converted into a heritage hotel and is professionally run by Jojawar family.

A Heritage hotel, beautifully situated at the foothills of Aravalli Range, has a panoramic view of reserved game sanctuary. It’s the perfect destination for a vacationer looking for old world charm of princely fiefdoms of yesteryear. Having played host to some of the most elite guests during the British Raj the Rawla’s rich tradition of hospitality continues. The Rawla offers an amazing insight into the village life and its surroundings on the back of the famous marwari horse. Apart from being a heaven for bird watching the village environs have rich wildlife, leopard, hyenas and sloth bears to mention a few. Set amidst the Aravalli hills, this little garrison fort was once a major principality of the Royal house of man war.

The two young sons of the present Rao and Rani Sahiba Maharaj Singh Ji, Nagendra and Amit vikram singh respectively, are looking after the hotel in the Rawla, recently restored into the old world splendor. Bother having excellent knowledge of travel trade and hotel industry, could also enhance and enlighten the guests with the keen interest in history and flora and fauna of the region.

Overnight will be at Rawla Jojawar.

Day 09:
Jojawar:

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

The village of RAWLA JOJAWAR boasts of high camel population bred by the fascinating Rebaris. The vivid colors of the turbans and dresses of villagers are a treat to watch for the ever seeking traveler’s eye.

One of the other attractions when at Rawla Jojawar is the train safari which takes you through the picturesque Aravallis, passing through tunnels and bridges overlooking the beautiful lake and the forest around it. This gives you a good insight into local tribal life.

Horse safari (Optional): Start after breakfast riding through the riverbed and into the fields where you will see the farmers working in the field and the shepherds grazing there cattle and camel herds. And in the end reaching a quite but a very beautiful tribal horse lord temple where we spend a bit of time. Enjoy the packed lunch that will be served here and relax for an hour or so. Move on riding through some small villages of various tribal communities and a few water holes where one can expect to see some bird life along with some wild life too. Reach by evening.

Overnight will be at Rawla Jojawar.

Day 10:
Rawala Jojawar , RajasthanJojawar – Kumbhalgarh – Ranakpur:
By Road 155Kms/03hrs

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed to Ranakpur visiting Kumbhalgarh enroute.

Kumbhalgarh Fort: Though little known, Kumbhalgarh has one of the finest examples of defensive fortifications in entire Rajasthan. Total length of the wall of this fort is 32 kilometers and there are excellent views from the top of the walls. Kumbhalgarh stands on the site of an ancient citadel dating back to the second century A.D., belonging to a Jain descendant of India's Mauryan emperors. Its steel gray ramparts encircle the fertile Shero Mallah Valley, with ancient monuments cenotaphs, ponds, and flourishing farms. In addition, a stroll along the walls of the fort gives great panoramic views.

Reach Ranakpur and check into the hotel.

Situated around 60 km north of Udaipur, Ranakpur is one of the five most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism. It is home to an exceptionally beautiful temple complex in the Aravali ranges and a must visit for the tourists coming to this region. Ranakpur is tucked away in a remote valley in the Aravali range.

Visit the RANAKPUR TEMPLES, dating back to the 15th century have 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.

Overnight will be at Ranakpur.

Day 11:
Ranakpur – Siana:
By Road 100Kms/1.5hrs

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed to Siana. Reach and check into the hotel.
Siana is a small hamlet situated in south west Rajasthan, bordering the great Thar desert. The terrain here is a unique mixture of Aravalli hills bordered by sand dunes and agricultural lands. The run-off from these hills has created picturesque ravines in these dunes and has carried this sand into neighboring countryside making this area perfect for riding. The south west part of Rajasthan is still untouched by western influence and offers a good insight into the traditional way of life. The rock formations in the Aisrana Range need a special mention as they are unique and wonderful to watch against the backdrop of the setting sun.

Overnight will be at Siana.

Day 12:
Puppets Show, JaisalmerSiana – Jaisalmer:
By Road 230Kms/05hrs

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed to Jaisalmer. Reach and check into the hotel.

Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with its awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city.

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 build his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 AD 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.

Overnight will be at Jaisalmer.

Day 13:
Jaisalmer:

After a relaxed breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of The Golden City - Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert.  Its temple, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone. The city is a mass of intricately carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies. 

Visit the JAISALMER FORT – The oldest living Fort in the world. (This is the highlight of the tour)

The fort stands almost 30 metres over the city and houses an entire living area within huge ramparts. Walking through the narrow lanes is an experience worth savoring. It 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 golden - yellow sandstone of Jaisalmer Fort, over 800 years old, crowns the Trikuta Hill. Within its walls, defended by 99 turrets, lies the old city, nearly a quarter of modern Jaisalmer. Seen from outside, the sight must be almost identical to what was seen by merchants on their overland camel caravans to central Asia. Once this desert outpost was an important gate for the trade route, and Jaisalmer grew wealthy on the proceeds. But the advent of commercial shipping relegated the town to relative obscurity. Known as SONAR QUILA, rising from the sand, the mega structure merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience and the setting suns in its most colourful shades gives it a fairy tale look. Its simply a magic, the bastions envelops a whole townships that consist of palace complex various security sources and the havelis of rich merchants carved with an incredibly light touch, several temples and the residential complexes of the armies and traders placed strategically on the trade route, from where the ancient caravans passed.

Enjoy the sightseeing of the following places out of which the JAIN TEMPLES are 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 epitomizing the side by side symmetry during construction. Paintings in miniature style monopolize the walls in the interior. Mighty tuskers carved out of yellow sandstone stand guard to the Haveli.

SALIM SINGH KI HAVELI: This Haveli was built about 300 years ago and a part of it is still occupied. Salim Singh was the prime minister when Jaisalmer was the capital of the princely state and his mansion has a beautifully arched roof with superb carved brackets in the form of Peacocks. The mansion is just below the hill and it is said that once it had two additional wooden storeys in an attempt to make it as high as the maharaja's palace, but the maharaja had the upper storey torn down.

PATWON JI KI HAVELI: This is one of the largest and most elaborate Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. It is five storeys high and is extensively carved. It is divided into six apartments, two owned by archaeological Survey of India, two by families who operate craft-shops and two private homes. There are remnants of paintings on some of the inside walls as well as some mirror work.

TAZIA TOWER: The delicate pagoda like Tazia Tower rises from Badal Mahal (Cloud Palace). Rising in its five-tiered splendor, with each storey graced by a delicately carved balcony, the tower is of historical significance. Muslim craftsmen built it in the shape of a Tazia and gifted it to their royal patron

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 surrounded 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. When she offered to pay to have this gateway constructed, the Maharaja refused permission under it to go down to the tank and he felt that this would be beneath his dignity. While he was away, she built the gate, adding a Krishna temple on top so that king could not tear it down.

JAIN TEMPLES: These fine Jain temples were built in the 12th to 15th century, within the Jaisalmer Fort. They are beautifully carved and dedicated to Rikhabdevji and Sambhavnathji. The Gyan Bhandar, a library containing some extremely old manuscripts, is within the temple complex.

Overnight will be at Jaisalmer.

Day 14:
Jain Temple, JaisalmerJaisalmer – Osiyan:
By Road 237Kms/05hrs

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

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. Return to the village for dinner amidst Rajasthani musicians playing haunting tunes.

Overnight will be at Osiyan.

Day 15:
Osiyan – Jodhpur:
By Road 90Kms/02hrs

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed to Jodhpur. Reach and check into the hotel.

Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the RATHORE clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the RAMAYANA. It is also referred as the Blue City, due to the indigo tinge of the whitewashed houses around the Mehrangarh Fort (the old city). The blue houses were originally for Brahmins but non-Brahmins soon joined in, as the colour was said to deflect the heat and keep mosquitoes away. Jodhpur lies near the geographic center of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists. The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a thick stone wall. The wall has six huge gates called Nagauri gate, Merati gate, Sojati gate, Jalori gate, Siwanchi gate and Chand pol.

Enjoy the sightseeing tour of the city.

Mehrangarh Fort: Situated on a steep hill, Mehrangarh fort 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. Mehrangarh Fort, spreading 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.

Jaswant Thada: Close to the fort complex, lies 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. A visit inside the cenotaphs, with some villagers of the region, would bring forward the reverence they still hold for their brave kings.

Umaid Bhawan Palace: The romantic looking Umaid Bhawan Palace was actually built with the purpose of giving employment to the people of Jodhpur during a long drawn famine. The royal family of Jodhpur still lives in a part of the palace. Another part of the palace houses a well-maintained museum, displaying an amazing array of items belonging to the Maharaja and the royal family - weapons, antiques & fascinating clocks, crockery and trophies

Overnight will be at Jodhpur.

Day 16:
Rohet Garh, JodhpurJodhpur – Chandelao:
By Road 41Kms/01hr

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed to Chandelao. Reach and check into the hotel.

Chandelao village is situated just 40 Kms from Jodhpur city on the edge of the Thar. Still the home of descendents of Rao Kumpa, who fought against Sher Shah Suri, the Afghan ruler of Delhi and died in the battle of Sumelgiri in 1544 A.D. seeing this brave Rajput General, Emperor Sher Shah Suri said, "For a handful of Bajra, I nearly lost the kingdom of Hindustan". Chandelao Garh was built by his grandson Rao Puranmal who had annexed Sirohi for the Maharaja of Jodhpur.

Chandelao the Village: Chandelao Village is a typical Rajasthani village where you will find Bishnois, Raikas and other communities. You will see the local craftsmen at work, the potter, the blacksmith, the goldsmith and the weaver.

The village has three beautiful lakes where you will find demosille cranes, sarus and other water birds. You can also visit a medieval stepwell where village women in their traditional attire come to fetch water.

Chandelao is typical of all West Rajasthan villages. The people are friendly and highly hospitable.

Chandelao Garh: Entering into the majestic gateway of Chandelao Garh is like taking a journey into the past. You are taken into times past and the feudal splendor of this bygone era comes to life before your very eyes.

Chandelao Garh gives you personalized services, a one to one relationship. Rooms are furnished with period furniture and have an old world charm, for your comfort they are provided with all modern amenities.

The cuisine served at Chandelao Garh is a treat to be savored. We offer the best Rajasthani cuisine. Each delicacy is traditional and handed down from generations.

Day 17:
Chandelao – Pushkar:
By Road 170Kms/04hrs

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed to Pushkar. Reach and check into the hotel.

PUSHKAR - Amongst the grandeur of Rajasthan, discover a unique gem - Pushkar. Lord Brahma - The creator of the world in a search for his abode on earth, performed the supremely spiritual VEDIC YAGNA at Pushkar. It is thus the site of the only Brahma Temple in the world. 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. The consecrated mausoleum of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti at Ajmer attracts pilgrims from all over 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 Mahabharata. 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. The rose garden of Rajasthan - the essence of the famous Pushkar rose is exported the world over. Pushkar has the most varied terrain in Rajasthan with sand, rock, hills, and proximity to a number of heritage properties in the area and a number of fairs and festivals - especially on the new and full moon days.

Visit the mausoleum, Anasagar and Akbar’s Palace.

Overnight will be at Pushkar.

Day 18:
Pushkar Fair, PushkarPushkar – Jaipur:
By Road 145Kms/03hrs

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Visit the BRAHMA TEMPLE – The only one in the world.

Proceed to Jaipur. Reach and check into the hotel.

Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Proudly belonging to the KSHATRIYA warrior caste and fiercely independent, the Rajput princes made fearsome foes. However, many of them realized that to maintain their wealth and authority locally, it was expedient to proclaim allegiance to the central power. Thus, many enjoyed a privileged position under the Mughal emperors and also the British Raj that followed.

The bustling Rajasthan capital of Jaipur takes its name from its venerated founder Jai Singh II, who was given the title Sawai Maharaja by the Mughal. Literally translated this would mean ’one and a quarter’, suggesting that the Mughal thought this emperor to be more valuable than just ‘one’. Jaipur is known as the ’Pink City’ on account of the distinctive colour of its buildings. This did not, however, form part of the original plan, but dates back to 1856, when the city was given a wash of pink in honor of a State Visit from Prince Albert.

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.

Day 19:
Jaipur:

Proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort after breakfast. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.
       
AMBER FORT PALACE – Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace.  Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I.  Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for theslow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honored fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families.

Continue sightseeing.

CITY PALACE – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city.  It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
       
JANTAR MANTAR – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country.  This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
       
HAWA MAHAL – The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur.  It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

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.

Day 20:
City Palace, JaipurJaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Abhaneri - Agra:
By Road 235Kms/05hrs

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri enroute.

Fatehpur Sikri - The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its  "ruins" are in pristine condition  ...  it's not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world.

Abhaneri Village - situated on the Jaipur / Agra Highway in Dausa District. It is an ancient village in Rajasthan famous for its post Gupta or early medieval monuments. The sculpture and architecture of Abhaneri suggests that it must have been a great center of art and architecture. The sculptures of Abhaneri are the best example of Gurjar Pratihari art. This flourishing town has ruined by the Mughal Emperor Mahmud Ghaznavi in one of his invasions. The village has contributed numerous pieces of sculpture to various museums worldwide. The name of the village Abhaneri is so called because the local Goddess Harshat Mata is shown portrayed in a joyous mood and spreads brightness or “Abha” all around. The village’s original name was Abha Nagri. The village is said to have been founded by the legendary King Raja Chand and thus the village could be over three thousand years old. It is however felt that the mythological Raja Chand could be King Bhoja, who ruled GUJJAR Kingdom in the ninth century AD.  

Overnight will be at Agra.

Day 21:
Agra:

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed for day sightseeing of Agra.

TAJ MAHAL - Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.   

SIKANDRA – This beautifully maintained monument is where EMPEROR AKBAR was buried. It is a very low profile monument but it has one of the most awe – inspiring tombs. It is surreal how one of the greatest emperors has been put to rest. The manicured lawns has spotted and other varieties of deer roaming in them.

AGRA FORT – Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone.  Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.

After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj.

Overnight will be at Agra.

Taj Mahal, AgraDay 22:
Agra – Delhi:
By Road 203Kms/05hrs

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed to Delhi. Reach and check into the hotel.

Enjoy New Delhi sightseeing.

You will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence. If time permits then visit the Lotus temple located in south of Delhi. It is lotus shaped and has rightly been given the name. It is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. It is open to all faiths and is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace and tranquility. Its founder, Bahaullah (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahai as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 23:
Delhi – Home:

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Enjoy last minute shopping.

Today as per the flight timings you will be transferred to the airport to take flight back home with sweet memories of the India tour.



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