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Meherangarth Fort, Jodhpur

RAJASTHAN TOUR - 16 NIGHTS / 17 DAYS

(DELHI, MANDAWA, BIKANER, JAISALMER, JODHPUR, RANAKPUR, UDAIPUR, JAIPUR, AGRA)

DURATION: 16 Nights/17 Days

 

Day 0 1          Arrive Delhi – Samode (265 kms/5.5 hrs)
On arrival in Delhi you will be picked up from the airport and drive straight to Samode.
a fairy tale like village with an equally charming palace as your place of stay.

On arrival check-in at your hotel. Afternoon is free to explore the surroundings at your own. 

Evening enjoy traditional Rajasthani dance. Overnight at your hotel.

Samode PalaceDay 02:          Samode - Nawalgarh
Morning visit havelies and lateron drive for Nawalgarh :  The heart of Shekhawati.

Nawalgarh - this town boasts of some of the finest frescoes in the Shekhawati region. There are numerous havelis; prominent among them are the Aath (eight) Haveli complex, Anaadilal Poddar haveli, Jodhraj Patodia haveli, Bansidhar Bhagat Haveli, Chokhani heavily and Hotel Roop Niwas Palace.

On arrival check in into Hotel . Overnight at hotel.

Day 03:         Nawalgarh – Mandawa (37 kms, 45 minutes)
Morning free to explore the surroundings, then drive to Mandawa.

Mandawa  - Besides the cenotaphs, wells, forts and temples the majority of frescoes are painted on the walls and gateways of havelis. The Shekhawati paintings mainly consist of red, green, yellow, brown, blue and mushroom colours. Mandawa, founded in the early 18th Century, is dominated by a rugged fort-turned-hotel.

On arrival, check-in at your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04:         Mandawa – Bikaner (190 kms/4 hrs)
In the morning explore the area, and in the afternoon drive to Bikaner .

Lalgarh Palace BikanerBikaner is 500-year-old town standing still in time. The rulers here built beautiful forts that echo of opulence and images of monsoon clouds in this dry land. The wealth of its architectural heritage lies in its forts, palaces and temples– magnificent creations in red and yellow sandstone, are living

On arrival, check-in at your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05 :        Bikaner
Morning guided city tour of Bikaner.
Junagarh Fort –It has a 986 m long wall with 37 bastions, a moat and two entrances. Its most unusual feature is that it was built at ground level and not on high ground. The major attractions within the fort contains the Anup Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, Hawa Mahal, Badal Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Phool Mahal, Rang Mahal, Dungar Mahal, and Ganga Mahal.

Lalgarh Palace  -It is situated 3 kms north of Bikaner city.. The palace is quite entirely imposing with overhanging balconies and delicate latticework. The gardens with wandering peacocks and blooming bougainvillea welcome the visitors to the palace.

Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum -This is one of the best Rajasthan museums.it has a rich collection of terra-cotta ware, weapons, coins and miniature paintings of Bikaner school.

Karni Devi Temple-It is the most significant one as it is dedicated to the family deity of the royal house of Bikaner. These  temples are distinct for their colourful murals and the abundant use of gold leaf and mirrors.

Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 06:         Bikaner – Jaisalmer (330 kms/7 hrs)
Morning drive to Jaisalmer and on arrival check-in at your hotel.

JaisalmerJaisalmer - In the desolate beauty of the desert, Jaisalmer stands tall the proud welcoming visitors to an enchanting world of fable, colour and history.

Founded by Maharaja Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D, Jaisalmer abounds with its domineering golden yellow sandstone Jaisalmer fort. From the colourful shops to the palaces and the old temples in the magnificent fort, the entire town of Jaisalmer glows in the bright golden colour.

Overnight at your hotel.

Day 07 :        Jaisalmer
Morning city tour of Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer Fort - crowns the 80 mt high Trikuta hill, about a quarter of the old town’s population resides within the fort walls. Jain temples, havelis, pleasure pavilions and royal cenotaphs combine with the excellent architecture of the fort. From the fort walls you can have a very fine view of the old city and surrounding areas.

As you move out of the fort, a short walk takes you to the narrow lanes dotted with a number of beautiful havelis (mansions) built by wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer. Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli and Natmhal ki Haveli are prominent havelis of the town.

Afternoon is free to explore the town and indulge in shopping. Overnight at youar hotel.

Day 08 :        Jaisalmer
No trip to Jaisalmer is complete with out a visit to the most picturesque dunes. This day you will visit Sam Sand dunes. If you want to experience the rich traditions of Rajasthan, then must visit the Sam Sand Dunes, just 25 kms away from the town of Jaisalmer. Here you will get a deep insight into desert life and it’s hidden surprises. Beside, a ride on the camel back will provide you once in a lifetime experience.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 09:         Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (305 kms/6.5 hrs)
Morning drive for Jodhpur and on arrival check-in at your hotel.

Standing at the edge of the Thar Desert lies the 2nd largest city after Jaipur. This city houses a number of palaces, temples and other architectural monuments which add to its glory. With the Mehrangarh fort on the west and stately sandstone palace of Umaid Bhawan on the east, this city is prevented from the deserts with eight gates facing different directions. The glorious and elegant monuments, temples and gardens of the city are a reminder of the past and depict a multi-faceted grandeur.

Rest of the dayis at leisure to explore the enchanting surroundings.  Overnight at your hotel.

Day 10:          Jodhpur – Ghanerao (175 kms/3.5 hrs)
Morning guided city tour of Jodhpur.

Meherangarh Fort - Considered as the most impressive fort in Rajasthan and one of the biggest in India, the Meherangarh fort is sprawled atop a perpendicular hill, 5 km uphill drive from the main city.

Jaswant Thada: The Jaswant Thada is architectural landmark found in Jodhpur. It is a white marble memorial built in 1899 in memory of Maharja Jaswant Singh II.

Mandore Garden- Mandore is located about 5 miles north of Jodhpur. It was the former capital of Maharajas of Marwar. Its extensive Mandore garden, with high rock terrace, makes it a popular local attraction.

Afternoon drive to Ghanerao. On arrival check in into Ghanerao Castle for an overnight stay.

Ranakpur Jain TempleDay 11:           Ghanerao – Ranakpur (115 kms/2.5hrs)
A notable here in Ghanerao is the temple of Gajanand with a life-size statue of the goddesses Ridhi and Siddhi. Mahavira Temple, a 10th century Jain Temple, is also worth going a visit.

Lateron take an excursion to Kumbhalgarh Fort .

Kumbhalgarh fort is the second most remarkable fortress in the whole Mewar region after Chittorgarh. Built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha , positioned strategically in relation to its neighbours of Gujarat and Marwar, the fort was also known as the eye of Mewar. The fort is encompassed by a 36 km long wall, which is claimed to be the longest in the world after “The Great Wall of China”.
The most picturesque part of the fort is Badal Mahal or the palace of clouds that affords spectacular views of the Kumbhalgarh valley.

 Afternoon drive to Ranakpur, On arrival check in into hotel Maharani Bagh. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 12:          Ranakpur – Udaipur (98 kms/2 hrs)
Morning enjoy visit Ranakpur temples- The beautifully sculptured Jain temples lie in a tranquil valley of the Aravallis. The main ‘Chaumukha Temple’ is dedicated to the tirthankara Adinath and has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, all distinctly carved.  Two jain temples dedicated to Neminath and Parsvanath and a Sun Temple a little distance away ,are also noteworthy.

Lateron drive to Udaipur  and on arrival check-in at your hotel.

Udaipur :- Located in the lap of Aravalli hills and around the shimmering clear azure water lakes, the Jewel of Mewar, Udaipur is also known as the City of Lakes.It is popular for its fantastic forts, palatial palaces, lovely lakes, terrific temples, and beautiful mountains.is It is well known for its beautiful lakes and the unique serene location, you'll never find such exotic place anywhere else.

Rest of the day is at leisure. Evening Boatride at Lake Piochola.

Lake Pichola - Beautiful Lake Pichola was enlarged by Maharaja Udai Singh II after he founded the city. Nevertheless, it remains fairly shallow and can actually dry up - in severe droughts it's possible to walk to Jagniwas and Jagmandir island.

Overnight at your hotel.

Day 13 :         Udaipur - Deogarh (140 kms/2.5 hrs)
Morning guided city tour of Udaipur.

City Palace - A majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake on a hill surrounded by crenallated walls, it is a conglomeration of courtards, pavilions, terraces corridors rooms and hanging gardens.

Saheliyon ki badi - r Garden of the Maids of Honour, is in the north of the city, is well maintained, with fountains and kiosks, a delightful lotus pool and marble elephants.

Fateh Sagar It is an artificial lake.

Afternoon proceed for Deogarh and on arrival check into Deogarh Mahal: A castle of Medieval Rajasthan. You can also enjoy of your choice Trekking in the hills or Walk in the village or Local tribal warrior dance or Performance by folk musicians and artists.
Overnight at hotel.

Deogarh mahalDay 14 :         Deogarh - Jaipur (280 kms/5.5 hrs)
Morning drive to Jaipur and on arrival check into your hotel.

Jaipur also known as the Pink City  is the first planned city of India, located in the desert lands of Rajasthan. The city that once had been the capital of the royalty, now serves as the capital city of Rajasthan. One can see that hoary charm still alive in the avenues of Jaipur. This city is world famous for the gems, jewellary and blue pottery and handicrafts.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 15:          Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort. - - The Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1952 and completed by Sawai Jai Singh I, is the classic and romantic fort- palace with a magnificent aura, which gives a majestic view of the city down below. You can have the Royal experience of ascending the fort of on elephant, not to be missed .

Afternoon guided city tour of Jaipur.

Afternoon will be followed by guided city tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace , Jantar Mantar at Jaipur is the largest stone observatory in the World . Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds is a major landmark and a famous tourist attraction of Jaipur. The Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen.  

Overnight at your hotel.

Day 16 :         Jaipur  - Agra (250 kms/5hrs)
Morning drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri - a phantom city. A red sand stone city of yesteryears. But the inner citadel is immaculately preserved. Its walls, palaces, baths, royal mint, courts and gardens still stand in splendid homage to a great visionary and builder. The heart of the palace complex however, is very much alive.

On arrival in Agra, check-in at your hotel.

Agra has long been renowned as the city of the Taj Mahal.  The land of everlasting love. Enchanting life & lifestyles. Nature's splendor. Timeless legends. Charming myths. Eternal truth. Emperors. and Gods. Taj, many magnificent monuments that epitomise the high point of the Mughal architectural achievement  

Afternoon guided city tour of Agra.

Taj Mahal– A Monument of Love  - The Taj Mahal stands serene and perfect in its garden of cypresses and reflecting pools on the banks of the River Yamuna.. The Taj in all its timeless beauty was built by Shahjehan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years to complete — a symbol of eternal love .

Agra Fort - Where history takes a new birth.: Few forts in the world have a more fascinating story to tell than the Great Fort of Agra. 

Overnight at your hotel.

Day 17 :         Agra – Delhi- home-town (204 kms/5 hrs) / air
Morning drive back to Delhi enroute visiting Sikandara- A fusion of art and spiritualism - The mausoleum of Emperor Akbar Completed in 1613 A.D., it is one of the most well-preserved monuments

After a whirlwind city tour of Delhi visiting New Delhi.

We make our way towards New Delhi and drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidents Palace and one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys) visit The India Gate: a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers, Laxmi Narayan Temple ( Birla Temple) - Built in 1938 by the prominent Indian Industrialist R. B. Birla . Humayun’s Tomb- Another magnificent Mughal building, the tomb of the emperor Humayun . Qutub Minar  - The imposing victory tower built in 12th century.

You will also get an opportunity to visit RAJ GHAT – where our Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.

Departure transfer to the International airport in time to board the flight for home-town

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