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Golden Rajasthan Tour (19 Days)

Tour Detail: Delhi 2 Nights > Mandawa 1 Night > Bikaner 1 Night > Jaisalmer 3 Nights > Jodhpur 1 Night > Luni 1 Night > Mt. Abu. 2 Nights > Udaipur 2 Nights > Pushkar 1 Night > Jaipur 3 Nights > Agra 1 Night > Delhi Departure
 
  Day 1: Arrive Delhi  
 
Check into your hotel. Overnight at Hotel
 
 
  Day 2: Explore Delhi  
 
Red Fort
The most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colorful market of the old city.

Raj Ghat
The impressive and emotional memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Mughal Garden
The famous Mughal Gardens is located in the premises of the Rashtrapati Bhavan - the official residence of the President of India. The building and gardens designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens span an area of about 320 acres that include Colourful flowering shrubs and European flower beds. The gardens are open to the public from February to March every year.

India Gate
A memorial to the unknown soldier, which was Designed by Lutyens. The 42 metre high structure is a war memorial in honour of the soldiers who died during the Second World War. The imposing structure from where stretch massive lush green lawns has an eternal flame (Amar Jawan Jyoti) to honour the memory of the unknown soldiers.

Qutub Minar
One of the finest examples of early afghan architecture is the Qutab Minar. A soaring tower of victory that was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last hindu kingdom in Delhi.

Humayun Tomb
A Wonderful example of early Mughal Architecture, the Humayun's Tomb was built by the wife of Humayun, Haji Begum in the mid 16th century, and this red sand stone structure is considered to be the predecessor of Taj Mahal.
Overnight at hotel.




 
  Day 3: Delhi – Mandawa (350 Kms / 7 Hours)  
 
Early morning depart for Mandawa, reach by afternoon, check in and lunch at hotel, afternoon at leisure. Evening see the frescoes for which the Shekawati area of Rajasthan is famous. Overnight at hotel.
 
  Day 4: Explore Mandawa continue to Bikaner in afternoon.  
 
Mandawa Haveli along with Fatehpur Haveli, Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Goenka Haveli, Chowkhadi Haveli.

After lunch in late afternoon depart for Bikaner (200 Kms / 3 hrs), evening check in to hotel, overnight at Bikaner.
 
  Day 5: Explore Bikaner continue to Jaisalmer in evening.  
 
Junagarh
Built in 1593 A.D. by Raja Rai Singh, a general in the army of Emperor Akbar, the fort is a formidable structure encircled by a moat and has some beautiful palaces within. These palaces, made in red sandstone and marble, make a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows dotted all over the structure.

Lal Garh Palace
The architectural masterpiece in red sandstone, the palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh. The palace has beautiful latticework and filigree work. Sprawling lawns with blooming bougainvillea and dancing peacocks make it a not-to-be missed visual treat. Part of the palace has been converted into a luxury hotel and a museum known as Shri Sadul Museum. The museum covers the entire first floor of the palace and houses well preserved old photographs and trophies of wildlife.

Ganga Museum
It is the best Rajasthan museum, having one of the richest collections of terra-cotta ware, weapons, miniature paintings of Bikaner school and coins. The exhibits are splendid masterpieces of Harappan civilization, Gupta and Kushan era and sculptures of the late classical time. The museum has a separate section displaying exclusive arts and crafts of the region.

Depart for Jaisalmer at 1600 hrs (300 kms / 5 Hrs), check into the hotel.
 
 
  Day 6: Explore Jaisalmer - City  
 
Jaisalmer Fort
The golden hued fort is a sentinel to the bleak desert scape from its 80 metre high perch on the hill, housing the entire township within its ramparts. It has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely havelis, three beautifully sculptured Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century A.D. and five interconnected palaces. The fort is approached through four gateways-Akhaiyal,Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol and Hawa Pol.

Patwaon Ki Haveli
The most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer havelis. It has exquisitely carved pillars and extensive corridors and chambers. One of the apartments of this five storey high haveli is painted with beautiful murals

Tazia Tower
A pagoda like structure looming up from the ‘Badal Mahal’ with beautiful ‘Taazias’-ornately decorated bamboo, paper and tinsel replicas of a bier, carried out in procession during Muharram by the Muslims.

Gadisar Lake
A scenic rain Water Lake with numerous beautiful shrines around and a spectacular avian variety. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings.

Jain Temple
The fort has three exquisitely carved jain temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankars- Rishabhdev, Sambhavnath and Paraswanath.Gyan Bhandar or Library: Some of the oldest manuscripts of India are found in this library established as a part of Jain temples.

Manak Chowk
A main marketplace outside the fort leads to the narrow lanes dotted with famous havelis.
 
 
 
 
 
  Day 7: Explore Jaisalmer – Sam & Sand Dunes  
 
No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the most picturesque dunes of Sam. The ripples on the wind -caressed dunes, that create an enchanting mirage, are surely a delight for a trigger - happy photographer. Also have a camel ride in the desert sands. Return to hotel in the evening.
 
  Day 8: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (300 Kms / 5 Hrs)  
 
Depart for Jodhpur in morning, afternoon check in to the hotel, have lunch. Evening explore the city. Overnight at hotel
 
  Day 9: Explore Jodhpur continue to Luni  
 
Mehrangarh Fort
This majestic fort sprawled across a hill, is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. Within the fort are some magnificent palaces with marvelously carved panels, latticed windows and evocative names. These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, and miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.

Jaswant Thada
A white marble memorial situated about 400m northeast of the fort. You will get enticed by the beautiful marble lattice work and the carved wooden doors of the cenotaph.

Evening depart for Luni (80 Kms / 1.5 Hrs). Check in to the hotel, overnight at Luni.


 
  Day 10: Explore Luni continue to Mt. Abu  
 
Morning visit the Fort Chanwa built by the youngest son of Jodhpur's Maharaja Umaid Singh a hundred years ago, used large blocks of sandstone to create a handsome building and includes jharokhas and cupolas characteristic of the architecture of the region. Also visit the Luni River that has provided a lifeline to dwellers in the desert, even though it has been a seasonal phenomenon and its floods in the past have wrought havoc. Late afternoon depart for Mt. Abu (275 Kms / 5 Hrs). Checks in to the hotel relax overnight.
 
  Day 11: Explore Mt. Abu  
 
Biggest attraction in the “Abode of the Gods” include Nakki Lake, Sunset Point and Dilwara Temples- best examples of Jain Architecture in India. Visit the inspiring Dilwara Temples and enjoy a walk near the Nakki Lake. Overnight at hotel.
 
  Day 12: Mount Abu – Ranakpur – Udaipur (300 kms / 7 Hrs)  
 
Morning leave for Udaipur, taking a detour to Ranakpur to see the Jain Temples. Ranakpur is reached after passing lush green valleys and streams and the heart capturing views drive away any fatigue of the journey. The Ranakpur Jain Temples were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. Reach Udaipur by the evening, check into the hotel, rest overnight.
 
  Day 13: Explore Udaipur  
 
City Palace
A majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake on a hill surrounded by crenellated walls, it is a conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. The main entrance is through the triple arched gate, the ‘Tripolia’ with eight marble porticos. The Maharana were weighed under the gate in the gold, the equivalent amount of which was distributed among the populace.

Saheliyon Ki Bari
This small ornamental garden was a popular relaxing spot where royal ladies came for a stroll and hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools, chiseled kiosks and marble elephants.
Pratap Memorial

A top the Moti nagri or pearl hill, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake is the memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap with a bronze statue of the Maharana.

Gulab Bagh
A spectacular rose garden laid out by Maharana Sajjan Singh. A library in the garden has a rare collection of ancient handwritten manuscripts and books.

Sajjan Garh
Dominating the city’s skyline is the monsoon palace of Sajjangarh.It offers a panoramic overview of the city’s lakes, palaces and the surrounding countryside.

Fateh Sagar
A beautiful lake, overlooked by a number of hills on the three sides and the Pratap Memorial on the north was built by Maharana Fateh Singh. In the middle of the lake is Nehru Park-a lovely garden island with a boat shaped café accessible by an enjoyable boat ride.

Pichhola Lake
The picturesque lake that entranced Maharaja Udai Singh. It was later enlarged by the founder. The lake is surrounded by hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. Two island palaces, Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas(Lake Palace) on the lake are of breathtaking.
 
 
 
 
  Day 14: Udaipur – Ajmer – Pushkar (260 Kms / 5 Hrs)  
 
Leave this morning for Holy land of Pushkar via Ajmer. Visit the world famous Mosque at Ajmer and Dhai Din ka Jhopra and have lunch. Reach Pushkar by early evening. Check in to the hotel, overnight at Pushkar.
 
  Day 15: Explore Pushkar and continue to Jaipur (140 Kms / 2.5 Hrs)  
 
Visit the Bhrama Temple at Pushkar, A ride to the scenic lakeside town of Pushkar, famous for the annual cattle fair and festival held every November. Thousands of camels, horses, cattle and oxen are bought and sold with the enthusiasm and gusto that only an Indian crowd of around 200,000 traders can muster. It's always held at the time of the full moon in November, and is one of the most colorful and flamboyant festivals in India. In the afternoon drive onto Jaipur and check in at the hotel.
 
  Day 16: Explore Jaipur  
 
Amber Palace
The Former Capital of Rajput kingdom. Step back in time as you are transported up the hill to the palace on brightly caparisoned elephants — true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. Inside find lavish courtyards, beautifully decorated halls and a lovely Chamber of Mirrors.

City Palace
Visit City Palace situated in the heart of old city of Jaipur. The Palace is the most important attraction of the old city of Jaipur. The former ruling family still resides in the Chandra Mahal built by Sawai Jai Singh II, but the outer and inner courtyards have been converted into a museum.

Hawa Mahal
The lovely Palace of the Winds a five storey building of unusual architecture is a stunning example of Rajput artistry made of red and pink sand stone, beautifully outlined with white borders and motif's painted with quick lime. The monument was originally conceived with the aim of enabling ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life and royal processions in the city without being seen by others.

Jantar Mantar
An accurate observatory built in 1726.It contains 13 different instruments for calculating such things as the time of day, the altitudes of heavenly bodies, and the positions of constellations. Although the instruments look like modern sculpture, they are able to make calculations accurate to one second.






 
  Day 17: Jaipur – Ranthambore – Jaipur  
 
This morning leave Ranthambore tiger sanctuary (190 kms / 4 Hrs). Ranthambore National park is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The tigers can be easily spotted even during the day. A good time to visit between November and May when the nature of the dry deciduous forests makes sightings common. The Park which covers an area of nearly 400 sq. km. and is set between the Aravali and Vindhya ranges. Return to Jaipur in evening, overnight at hotel.
 
  Day 18: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (250 kms / 5 hrs)  
 
Leave for Agra at 0700 hrs, visiting Fatehpur Sikri. The perfectly preserved, red sandstone “ghost town”. Wearying of Agra, Emperor Akbar built a new capital here only to mysteriously abandon it a few years later. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its ‘ruins’ are still in pristine condition making it easy to imagine what court life must have been like in its heyday. Reach Agra by afternoon, visit Taj Mahal after lunch. Taj Mahal - Emperor Shah Jahan vowed to honor his wife Mumtaz Mahal with this memorial of unmatched beauty when she died. This poignant Mughal mausoleum has become the tourist emblem of India. Overnight at hotel.
 
  Day 19: Agra - Delhi - Departure  
 
Drive back to Delhi for your Departure flight.

 
   
     
     
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