Land of Rajputs (16 Days & 15 Night)
Destinations Covered in Tour :-
Delhi : The Capital of India. (3 nights)
Mandawa : The Rustic town of the Sekhawati (1 night)
Bikaner : The Desert City of Rajasthan. (1 nights)
Jaisalmer : The Golden Desert City. (2 nights)
Jodhpur : The second Largest city of Rajasthan. (1 night)
Udaipur : The City of Lakes. (2 nights)
Deogarh : The Aravalli Mountain Range. (1 night)
Pushkar : The Holly Village. (1 night)
Jaipur : The Pink City & Capital of Rajasthan. (2 nights)
Agra : Famous for one of the seven wonders of world TajMahal. (1 night)
Travelling to ravishing Rajasthan is an awesome experience; the enchantment with Rajasthan just doesn’t seem to languish away. Come and luxuriate in its unique diversity with its entire hue -the kaleidoscopic people, opulent culture, custom/tradition and cuisine through this resplendent Land of Rajput Tour Package.
Day 01: Delhi Arrival
Arrive at Delhi Airport. You will be met and assisted by a Travel House representative, reach and check into the hotel. Overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast proceed on full day Delhi sightseeing tour and visit:
• Qutub Minar – the tallest stone tower in India built in 1191 AD.
• Humayun’s Tomb – believed to have been designed by his widow. Its plan is based on the description of Islamic paradise gardens and is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later Mughal tombs.
• Red Fort – Built by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan when he shifted his capital from Agra. A short drive brings us to the Great Mosque – The Jama Masjid.
• Drive on to see the memorial built for Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.
• Rashtrapati Bhavan – architecturally a very impressive building standing at a height, with a vista to the India Gate right opposite to it. This stretch, called the Rajpath, is where the Republic Day parade is held. Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of the President of India.
• Purana Quila – a good example of medieval military architecture. Built by Sher Shah Suri in the 16th century, the Purana Quila is a monument of bold design, which is strong, straightforward and every inch a fortress.
Car at disposal for evening drive through the city for shopping and other leisurely activities. Return to hotel for overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03: Delhi – Mandawa (250 kms/ 05 hrs)
Early morning drive to Mandawa, a rustic town located in the Sekhawati region of Rajasthan, it is popularly known as the ‘Open-air art gallery’ of Rajasthan. A local Rajput warrior named Thakur Nawal Singh established this town in 1755. Today, Mandawa has a flourishing handicrafts and furniture industry whose products have gained worldwide appreciation. Reach and check into the hotel and later proceed for sightseeing of Mandawa to visit some of the most famous tourist attractions:
• The Fort of Mandawa – A number of beautiful paintings adorn the rooms of the fort that has now been converted into a heritage hotel. The walls are richly decorated with intricate carvings and mirror work that are a treat to see.
• Havelis – A number of ancient Havelis that dot the entire landscape of Mandawa form the main attraction of this small town. Some of the prominent Havelis in the town are the Bhagchandika Haveli, the Lakshminarayan Ladia Haveli, Chowkhani Haveli and the Mohanlal Haveli. These havelis are famous for their wall paintings, frescoes and beautiful carvings.
Day 04: Mandawa – Bikaner (260 kms/05 hrs)
Morning drive to Bikaner, this desert city of Rajasthan provides an eye-catching sight of well-fed camels and citadels. Bikaner is situated in the north of Rajasthan. Great walls surround the city just like at Jodhpur. Reach and check into the hotel; later proceed for sightseeing tour of Bikaner to visit:
• Junagarh Fort – Built by a Mughal army general, Raja Rai Singh, in 1593. The various parts of the palace, the Dewan-i-khas, the Phool Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Badal Mahal and Anup Mahal, reflect the glorious architecture of Bikaner.
• Lalgarh Palace – This palace is situated 3 km north of Bikaner city. Some portions of the palace have been converted to tourist hotels while other parts of the palace have been converted into a museum – the Sadul Museum.
• Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, The Bhandasar Jain Temple and the Camel Research Farm are the other must visit attractions. Overnight will be at the hotel
Day 05: Bikaner – Jaisalmer (333 kms/07 hrs)
The morning drive to Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. Legend has it that Rawal Jaisal laid the foundation of the city in 1156 A.D., after consulting a local hermit by the name of Eesul. Tricuta was the hill chosen and Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Lodurva to establish this new capital.
Overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 06: Jaisalmer
After a leisurely breakfast proceed for a sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer to visit:
• Jaisalmer Fort – The golden hued fort is a sentinel amidst the bleak desertscape keeping a watchful eye from its 80 metre high perch on a hill. The fort houses an entire township within its ramparts. It has an enchanting cobweb of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely havelis and three beautifully sculptured Jain temples of the 12th-15th century.
• Gadsisar Lake – A scenic rainwater lake with numerous beautiful shrines and a spectacular avian variety. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings.
• Nathmalji-ki-Haveli – The late 19th century haveli with intricate architecture is a display of sheer craftsmanship. The left and right wings of the mansion, which were carved by two brothers, are not identical but very similar and balanced in design. The interior walls are ornate with splendid miniature paintings and frescos.
• Patwon-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.
• Salim Singh-ki-Haveli – This 300 year old haveli of Jaisalmer’s Prime Minister to Maharaja Rawal Gaj Singh – Salim Singh, has a beautiful blue cupola roof with superbly carved brackets in the form of peacocks. This extraordinary mansion in yellow stone is covered with intricate carvings and has an elaborate projecting balcony on the top storey.
• Jain Temple – The fort has three exquisitely carved Jain temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankars – Rishabhdev, Sambhavnath and Parasvanath.
• Sam Sand Dunes – The Sam Sand Dunes, 42 kms from Jaisalmer, is the most popular excursion to see and feel the total sandy bushless desert. It is a truly glorious stretch of sweeping sand dunes. It is best to be here at sunrise or sunset. The best way to see this and other sights around Jaisalmer is to take a Camel Safari / Jeep Safari. The desert festival held some time in February each year, is a big draw and is full of fun, colour and laughter, cultural events and competitions.
Day 07: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (325 kms/07 hrs)
Morning drive to Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is famous for its magnificent forts and palaces. It is situated at the edge of the Thar Desert with Barmer, Jalor and Pali to its south, Jaisalmer and Bikaner to its north, and Nagaur on the eastern side.
• The Mehrangarh Fort – a living testimony of the military might of the Rajputs.
• Umaid Bhawan, the only palace to be built in the 20th-century, was constructed to give employment to the famine-stricken population of Jodhpur.
• The Jaswant Thada – Jaswant Thada is a shrine built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant II in 1899.
• Mandar Garden – This garden was the ashram of Rishi Mandu and has a gate known as the Ajit pole.
• Giridkot and Sardar Market, located in the heart of the city, are popular for a wide range of handicrafts. About 4 miles away from Jodhpur lies the Balsamand Lake and Garden, an artificial lake built in AD 1159, an ideal place for picnics and excursions.
Overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 08: Jodhpur – Udaipur (285 kms/05 hrs)
Morning drive to Udaipur en-route visit Ranakapur Temple:
The Ranakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the Rajput monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and domes supported by over four hundred columns. The main temple is a Chaumukh or a four-faced temple dedicated to Adinath. The three other Jain temples in the same complex, including a temple of the Sun God, are all worth a visit
Continue drive to Udaipur. The city of Udaipur is located in the Aravalli ranges of the royal state of Rajasthan and is known as the Jewel of Mewar. Also known as the City of Dawn, Udaipur is surrounded by ancient mountains and set on the edge of three lakes. It is a beautiful old city with narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples. Evening proceed for a boat ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 09: Udaipur
Morning proceed for sightseeing tour to visit famous destination of Udaipur:
• Lake Palace and Lake Pichola – The Lake Palace is a shimmering granite and marble structure that overlooks the aquamarine waters of Lake Pichola. It is a harmonious arrangement of pavilions, courtyards, terraces, rooms, corridors, and hanging gardens.
• City Palace and Museum – The imposing City Palace towers over Pichola Lake on a hill and is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The complex manages to retain a uniformity of design despite being a conglomeration of buildings constructed by various Maharanas over a long period of time.
• Saheliyon-ki-Bari – To the north of the city lies Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, a garden of the maids of honour. This small ornamental garden has many fountains, delightful lotus pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants.
• Jagdish Temple – The Jagdish temple was built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh. Built in Indo-Aryan style, the temple is the largest temple of Udaipur. A black stone image of Lord Vishnu and a brass image of Garuda can be seen here.
• Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir – Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir, the Indian folk arts museum, has interesting exhibits that include folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings. Puppet shows are held here daily. Overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 10: Udaipur – Deogarh (135 kms/03 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Deogarh, reach and check into the hotel. After lunch proceed for a sightseeing tour of Deogarh to visit:
Deogarh Mahal – the Mahal is an imposing structure built in the 17th century. It stands atop a hill and offers a commanding view of the Aravalli mountain range and the numerous lakes strewn across the countryside. With its old battlements, domes, turrets, jharokhas and huge gateways, it is a picturesque sight from the town below.
The present owner, Rawal Nahar Singh, converted Deogarh Mahal into a hotel some years ago. A part of the Mahal is still occupied by his kin. The family is closely associated with the hotel and personally supervises and monitors the operations.
Enjoy your day walking through the town and meeting the villagers. Overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 11: Deogarh – Pushkar (140 kms/03 hrs)
After a leisurely breakfast drive to Pushkar, reach and check into the hotel. Pushkar is the Land of Fairs and Festivals. Surrounded on three sides by hills and sand dunes on the fourth, Pushkar forms a fascinating location and a befitting backdrop for its annual religious and cattle fair.
Afternoon proceed to visit:
• Brahma Temple – One of the most popular and charismatic fairs of the desert is the Pushkar Fair, held on the 11th day of the bright half of the moon. The most famous temple in Pushkar is the Brahma Temple, the one and only temple dedicated to Brahma in India.
• Savitri Temple (wife of Lord Brahma) – 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 on a hilltop. Other important places to visit in Pushkar are numerous ghats that run down to the lake. Overnight will be at the hotel
Day 12: Pushkar – Jaipur (150 kms/03 hrs)
Morning drive to Jaipur en-route visit Ajmer, The city of the Khwaja is located 130 km southwest of Jaipur. The Ana Sagar Lake on one side and the Aravali range on the other flank the town. Ajmer is drained by the Luni River and by the tributaries of the Banas River.
Proceed for sightseeing tour of Ajmer to visit:
• Dargah Hazrat Khwaja – It houses the Dargah or tomb of the Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti. Millions of pilgrims from all over the world throng Ajmer to visit the tomb every year.
• The city also boasts of a number of monuments belonging to the Mughal era. It is also known for its traditional handicrafts.
• The Ana Sagar Lake and Daulat Bagh are other important sites within the city. Ajmer also has an imposing fort built by Akbar that houses the government museum within it. The Nasiyan (Red) Jain Temple built in the 19th century is also worth a visit. Afternoon drive to Jaipur, reach and check into the hotel. The city of Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, famous for its colourful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. Also known as Pink City due to the Pink stones used in the construction of the houses in Jaipur. Overnight will be at the hotel
Day 13: Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort later proceed for Jaipur sightseeing tour and visit Jaipur’s famous monuments:
• Amber Fort – Perched on a hill some 11km from Jaipur, and nestling amidst the Aravalli Hills, is the historic fort-palace of Amber. Set in a picturesque background, the splendid Amber Fort was built in 1600 by Raja Man Singh, commander-in-chief of the Mughal army during Akbar’s reign and certainly one the greatest generals of medieval India.
• Jaigarh Fort – A stark change from the glamorous interiors of the Amber Palace, the rugged and stocky Jaigarh Fort is perched on a hilltop near the palace. It houses the largest wheeled cannon in the world, the Jai Bana.
• Jantar Mantar – The Jantar Mantar is one of five astronomical observatories, equipped with scientific instruments made of stone and mortar, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the early 18th century.
• Hawa Mahal – Near Jantar Mantar stands the Palace of Winds, more commonly known as the Hawa Mahal, its 500 windows allowed the women of the royal household to observe the busy market thoroughfare while themselves remaining invisible to the passers by.
• City Palace – Enter the palace from the Sireh Deorhi Gate where two elephants extend a warm welcome. Mubarak Mahal in the outer courtyard hosts a museum that flaunts rich silks and brocades along with musical instruments from the 17th century onwards. The magnificently painted ceiling of the Diwan-e-Am (the public court) in the inner courtyard houses the second largest chandelier in India.
Day 14: Jaipur – Agra (232 kms/05 hrs)
Morning drive to Agra en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri:
• Buland Darwaza – This is the highest and grandest gateway in India and ranks among the biggest in the world. It can be approached by a 13-metre flight of steps from outside, which adds to its splendour. The gate was raised in 1602 A.D. to commemorate Akbar’s victory in the Deccan.
• Diwan-khana-i-khaas – Exquisitely built, the Diwan-i-khaas or Hall of Private Audience was used by the Emperor for private meetings.
• Diwan-i-Am – or the Hall of Public Audience was used for public meetings. The place was also used for celebrations and public prayers.
• Jama Masjid – Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India. Built in 1571 A.D., it is the most sacred building in Fatehpur Sikri and has, therefore, been built on the highest point. The mosque has a vast courtyard. Towards the corner on the right side, is the Jammat Khana hall, adjacent to which is the Zenana Rauza, the Tomb of the Royal Ladies.
• Other tourist attractions – Turkish Sultana’s House, The Treasury, Daulat Khana-i-Khaas, Palace of Jodha Bai, Hawa Mahal and Nagina Masjid, Birbal’s Palace, Sunehra Makan, Panch Mahal, Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chisti.
Reach and check into the hotel at Agra, the charms of Taj Mahal, and the bustling nature of the city of Agra, Overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 15: Agra – Delhi (203 kms/04 hrs 30 min)
Morning proceed for sightseeing tour of Agra visit:
• Taj Mahal – words cannot describe the beauty of the Taj Mahal. A wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal is a monument, which no other in the world can match in beauty and grandeur. Called the most beautiful structure in the world, the white marbled mausoleum at Agra represents the epitomé of a man’s love for a woman.
• Agra Fort – Within a radius of 3 kilometres, on the banks of the River Yamuna, rises the crescent-like Agra Fort. Designed and built by Akbar in 1565 A.D., the fort is surrounded by a 70-foot high wall. It houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and numerous palaces including the Jahangiri Mahal, Diwan-i-Khaas, Diwan-i-Am and Moti Masjid. After sightseeing tour of Agra drive to Delhi en-route visit Sikandra:
• Sikandra: The Mughal Emperor Akbar himself started the construction of this beautiful monument that is his mausoleum. This structure is a perfect blend of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, and Jain motifs. A broad paved causeway leads to the tomb, which has five storeys and is in the shape of a truncated pyramid. The main tomb has a unique square design which is unparalleled by other Mughal buildings.
Reach and check into the hotel, overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 16: Delhi to Onward Destination
After a leisurely breakfast drive to the International Airport for your onward flight.