Essence of Rajasthan Tour
- 20 Nights / 21 Days
Destinations Covered -Delhi - Bagar - Jhunjhunu - Mandawa - Mukundgarh - Dundlod - Nawalgarh - Deshnkoke - Nagaur - Khimsar - Bikaner - Osian - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Luni - Pali - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Dariavad - Sitamata sanctuary- Chittorgarh - Bijaipur - Menal- Bijolia - Bundi - Kota - Kishangarh - Jaipur - Karauli I - Agra - Delhi .
Essence of Rajasthan Tour
Rajasthan is a combination of culture and heritage. Rajasthan is a perfect place for those who want to peep into its colorful past. Rajasthan has a very rich cultural and historical past. Our Rajasthan heritage tour package covers not only the heritage but also the culture and beauty of the Rajasthan. Some of the attractive heritage cities of Rajasthan are Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer. All these cities are counted among the most famous heritage cities of India. Make your vacations most colorful and memorable .
Day 01 : DELHI
Morning: In the morning Tour of New Delhi. The tour starts with a drive to Raisina Hill. Visit the Viceroy’s House (now the residence of President of India) and Lutyen’s magnum opus. It is larger than Versailles and architecturally is a fusion of Indian and Western design. Within the courtyard is the 145 feet high Jaipur column, a symbol of victory designed by Luyten. Luyten created masterpiece - the 250 acre Mughal Gardens on the grounds of the Rashtarpati Bhavan, which at one time required the care of 418 men and the great Vice Regal Palace required a staff of 2000.At the foot of Raisina Hill is the India Gate, a war memorial arch which Luyten built in honor of 60,000 soldiers who died in World War -I. It is also inscribed with the names of some 13,000 Indian and British soldiers missing presumed dead. Next to it is Luytens last Imperial monument he built, a stone canopy in which he placed the marble statue of King George V after his death in 1936. Proceed to Parliament House, which the Lutyen built in a circular coliseum design. It was here that the constitution of Independent India was drafted. Drive to Humayuns Tomb which is perhaps the finest Mughal building in Delhi. The tomb stands on a raised platform and is built of red sandstone. The construction of the tomb was completed in 1565. The tomb stands in a well-laid out Mughal Garden. Proceed to Qutub Minar complex, which is Delhi’s Eiffel Tower, its Statue of Liberty and Nelson Column. Visit the mosque, mausoleums and ruins of forts that lie around it including the Iron Pillar which is Delhi’s totem pole 24 feet high, made of 99% steel and which has stood for 1600 years without a speck of rust on it.Afternoon: A city tour of Old Delhi. The tour of Old Delhi starts with the visit of Red Fort. This palace citadel was built Shah Jehan in 1648 and was a veritable city within a city. When Shah Jehan transferred his capital from Agra to Delhi he built the Red Fort as his residential palace as well as his military fortress. The fort is a complex of marble buildings with balconies, filigreed windows, massive red sandstone walls, ramparts and gateways. The most elegant building is the DIWAN I KHAS or the Hall of Private Audience. From the Red Fort you will take a cycle rickshaw to Chandni Chowk or the Moonlit Square. It is a medieval area in which you will recognize not just Cairo or Istanbul, but also Chester and Heidelberg. This is perhaps one of the Delhi’s most populated areas and the largest marketplace - jewelers, spice merchants, food vendors, money lenders, shopping arcades, workshops as well as residences, are crammed here. Within this area is the British built Town Hall, the St. James Church built by colonel Skinner in the early 19th century, the old St. Stephens college and the office of the state department of Archeology with a colonnaded facade going back to the 19th century when it was the British Residency. Overnight at Hotel
Day 02 : DELHI / BAGAR
Morning: Drive to Bagar.
Afternoon: Tour of Bagar. The Bagar Haveli is situated in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, which is famous for its painted havelis (mansions). Bagar is a charming little village, rich in culture and history. The painted mansions are most interesting. Bagar is a 15th century town and is a famous for its painted havelis. Overnight at Hotel Piramal Haveli
Day 03 : BAGAR / JHUNJHUNU / MANDAWA / MUKUNDGARH / DUNDLOD / NAWALGARH
Morning: Drive to Nawalgarh via Jhunjhunu, Mukundgarh, Dundlod, which lie in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan famous for their frescoes. Some of these frescoes date back to the early 1800whilst the majority of them were painted between 1860 and 1900. Starting form purely religious themes, the frescoes moved on to ornamental designs and imitations of European lithographs and etchings. The technique of fresco paintings are very similar to the Italian fresco techniques developed in the 14th century.
Evening: Late evening, arrive Nawalgarh, which has the distinction of having the largest number of painted havelis in the Shekhawati region. Overnight at Hotel Roop Niwas Palace.
Day 04 : NAWALGARH / DESHNKOKE / NAGAUR / KHIMSAR
Morning: Tour of Nawalgarh, Nawalgarh was founded by Nawal Singh in 1737. It has a college with a very British clock tower and hundreds of painted havelis, old and new. Walking through the streets of Nawalgarh there is much to discover. Also visit the Shiva temple and the frescoed telephone exchange. Later drive to Sikar and Fatehpur. At Sikar visit the Fort and the Clock Tower around which are a number of interesting painted havelis. Time permitting walk around the interesting market place. Fatehpur was founded in the 15h century. Magnificent frescoes adorn the homes.
Afternoon: Proceed to Bikaner. Here the visitor is in the heart of the desert. This medieval town was founded by Rao Bika, a Rathore prince.
Overnight at Hotel Bhanvar Niwas
Day 05 : BIKANER / DESHNOKE / NAGAUR / KHIMSAR
Morning: A city tour visiting the Junagarh Fort built between 1558 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh who was a general in the army of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. The fort has a 989-meter long wall with 37 bastions. The Sun Gate is the main entrance to the fort. Within the fort are several palaces, pavilions and temples with superb stone carvings. This fort in one of the forts in India, which has never been conquered although it was attacked many a times. The Lalgarh Palace, part of which is now a hotel still houses the Bikaner royal family. Visit the Fort museum that has a valuable collection of ancient manuscripts, miniature paintings, jewelry, costumes, carpets, armory etc.,. A tour of Rampuria Havelis is a must. These havelis are intricately carved out of red sand stone. About 10 Kms from Bikaner is perhaps the only camel breeding Farm in India, where you will find hundreds of camels. The British army had a camel corps drawn from Bikaner during World Ware - I. Afternoon: Drive to Khimsar via Deshnokhe and Naguar. Just 30 Kms from Bikaner is a unique temple called KARNI MATA TEMPLE. Here rats are considered holy and are worshipped. Hundred of rates run all over the place. The inside of the temple is best observed from its entrance. The fort at Nagaur is worth a visit since it is enroute to Khimsar. Evening: Arrive Khimsar, a place isolated in a time - wrap. Khimsar’s romance is heightened by a sunset drive into the desert. Overnight at Hotel Royal Castle
Day 06 : KHIMSAR / OSIAN / JAISALMER
Morning: Early morning safari to the sand dunes 13 kms from Khimsar to watch the sunrise whilst breakfast is served.
Afternoon: Drive to Jaisalmer via Osian. Osian has an interesting collection of Jain temples ranging from the 8th to the 12th century.
Overnight at Hotel Himmatgarh
Day 07 : JAISALMER
Morning: Tour of Jaisalmer - the desert citadel. This magical and incomparably romantic desert city fortress is straight out of the tales of the Arabian Nights. Because of its strategic location on the route between India and Central Asia, Jaislamer was once a very wealthy place. The merchants and townspeople built magnificent houses and mansions all exquisitely carved from wood and red sandstone. Visit the Fort built in 1156, which has 99 bastions around its circumference. Houses, temples and palaces are packed within the fort complex between narrow and winding lanes. The views from the fort’s walls provide superb views. Within the fort are a group of beautifully carved Jain temples between 12th and 15th centuries. Enjoy a camel ride from the fort to the Patwa haveli, which is the most elaborate and magnificent of all havelis in Jaislamer. The other havelis worth visiting are the Salim and Nathamal.
Afternoon: At leisure
Overnight at Hotel Himmatgarh
Day 08: JAISLAMER / JODHPUR
Morning: Drive to Jodhpur. Beginning in 1549, when the city was called Jodhagarh, the Rathore clan of Rajputs fought and ruled from virtually impregnable fort until their territory covered 35000 sq. Miles making it the largest Rajput State. Today the former capital of the state of Marwar retains much of its medieval character.
Afternoon: City tour of the Jodhpur. Visit the Meherangarh Fort or the “Majestic Fort” which is still managed by the former Maharaja of Jodhpur, Inside the fort there is a whole series of courtyards and palaces which house a fantastic collection of Indian Royalty including an amazing collection of elephant howdahs, miniature paintings, folk music instruments, the Rajput armory, palanquins, furniture and costumes. There’s also an Enormous and luxurious tent originally made for the emperors. The palace apartments are beautifully decorated and painted and have delicately carved latticework windows of red sand stone. From the ramparts of the fort ancient cannons look out at the city below. The views from the rampart are almost magical. Visit the royal cenotaph closeby built in 1899. Drive out to the local market area where the clock tower is a popular landmark in the old city near which narrow alleys that lead to bazaars selling textiles silver and handicrafts.
Overnight Hotel Ummaid Bhavan Palace
Day 09 : JODHPUR / LUNI
Morning: Drive to Luni, a very peaceful and charming little place. Proceed on a jeep safari of the Bishnoi Village.
The elegantly dressed Bishnois welcome you into their homes whilst the head of the village performs the opium ceremony which is very traditional gesture when a guest visits the village. The fort at Luni is now a delightful hotel resort. The owner is the uncle of the current Maharaja of Jodhpur who is personally on hand to welcome his guests. Luni will be an unforgettable stay.
Afternoon: Visit the nearby pottery and carpet weaving villages.
Overnight at Hotel Fort Chanwa.
Day 10 : LUNI / PALI / RANAKPUR / UDAIPUR
Morning: Drive to Pali, one of the biggest textile manufacturing cities in Rajasthan. Drive on to Ranakpur.
Afternoon: Visit Ranakpur, one of the biggest and most important Jain Temples complexes in India. The main temple in this complex called Chamaukha (four faced ) built in 1439 and is the most complex and extensive of Jain temples in India covering over 40,000 sq. Feet. It has 29 halls containing 1444 pillars each carved with intricate, delicate carvings. No two pillars are alike. Later proceed to Udaipur via Eklingji and Nagda. A tour of the temple complex at Eklingji and Nagda is known for its 108 temples. The present structure dates from the 16th century. The walled complex includes an elaborately pillared hall and features the four-faced image of Lord Shiva in black marble. Close by is Nagda which has fine intricate architecture and carvings including some erotic figures.
Overnight at Hotel Lake Palace
Day 11 : UDAIPUR
Morning: City tour of Udaipur. Udaipur is often called the “Venice of the East” and the most romantic city in the state of Rajasthan. Udaipur nestles like a gem in a valley surrounded by green hills, reflected smooth and white in the clear blue waters of Lake Pichola. Visit the city Palace which once was the home of the Mewar rulers. Most of the Palace is converted into a museum and a luxurious hotel. Wander through the markets and bazaars to get a feel of the city situated close by behind the City Palace. Visit the Jagdish Temple built in 1651 ornamented with excellent carvings and a bronze figure of the Garuda. Proceed to the Garden of the Maidens of Honor constructed in the early 18th Century which was used as venue for royal parties. Drive on to the abandoned Mansoon Palace which is situated on the highest point in Udaipur from where the views are spectacular. Afternoon: Boat cruise on Lake Pichola. Overnight at Hotel Lake Palace
12 : UDAIPUR / DARIAWAD
Morning: Drive to Dariawad. Dariawad - an area where one can see and experience the best of the tribal life in Rajasthan which is yet unspoiled by modern civilization. The Bheel tribal in this area are quite a rare sight. Close by is SITA MATA SANCTUARY with dense forests famous for its “flying squirrel” and other wildlife.
Afternoon: Excursion to surrounding Bheel tribal villages.
Overnight at Hotel Dariawad Castle
Day 13 : DARIAWAD / SITAMATA SANCTUARY / CHOTTORGARH / BIJAIPUR
Morning: Visit the Sitamata Sanctuary. Later proceed to Chittorgarh.Afternoon: Tour of the Chittorgarh Fort, a palace which witnessed one of the most fiercely contested seats of power in India. Three times in its long history, Chittor was sacked by a stronger enemy and on each occasion the end came when men donned the saffron robes of martyrdom and rode out to certain death whilst their women and children immolated themselves on a huge funeral pyre. Honour was always more important than death. The fort is a deserted ruin now, but the impressive reminder of its grandeur still stands. Chittor was sacked 3 times, the last one took place in 1568 when Akbar took the town. During the struggle 8000 men rode out to their death whilst their women committed sati. Visit the fort, which involves a climb of 1 km. Enroute you will see some memorials that mark the spots where some of the war heroes fell during the battle. Within the fort complex there are several palaces, museums and temples. Visit the Tower of Victory built between 1458 and 1468 commemorating the victory. Hindu sculptures adorn the outside of the tower. There are many sati stones here. The other interesting tower is the Tower of fame built by the Jain merchant decorated with erotic figures and dedicated to the first of the 24 Jain preachers. Drive to Bijaipur Overnight at Hotel Bijaipur Castle
Day 14 : BIJAIPUR / MENAL/ BIJOLIA / BUNDI / KOTA
Morning: An excursion to the nearby villages. Drive to Bundi by Menal and Bijolia Temples. Menal has some very interesting 12th century temples. At Bijolia there used to be as many as 100 temples. Today just a handful remain of which the Shiva and Ganesha are the best.
Afternoon: Arrive Bundi. The palace is considered to be one of the finest specimens of Rajput architectures. The only area that is open for tourists is the Phool Mahal (Flower Palace). The murals that grace the walls are exquisite. Later drive on to Kota.
Overnight at Hotel Brij Raj Bhavan
Day 15 : KOTA / KISHANGARH
Morning: Drive to Kishangarh a charming town close to Ajmer. It was founded in 1611 by Kishan Singh, brother of the Raja of Jodhpur. Kishangarh is famous for its miniature paintings, which were developed in the 18th century. The greatest patron of Kishangarh art was Raja Satwant Singh who fell in love with a court singer called Bani Thani. It is believed that the famous Kishngarh paintings of a lotus -eyes woman is made in her likeness. The fort and Palaces overlook the lake. The ambiance of Kishangarh is medieval and in many havelis miniature painters are still at work. There is also an interesting bazaar where goldsmiths and silversmiths can be seen at work crafting traditional jewelry.
Afternoon: Tour of Kishangarh
Overnight at Hotel Roopangarh Fort
Day 16 : KISHANGARH / JAIPUR
Morning: Drive to Jaipur
Afternoon: City tour of Jaipur Morning: City tour of Jaipur. The city is a living testament to one of the most remarkable men of his age - Jai Singh II, he was an extremely talented politically as well as on the battle field. Indulging in his passion for science and the arts resulted in the creation of Jaipur. However, much of the pinkness of the city goes to the credit of Maharaja Mansingh who dressed up the city in the symbolic welcoming colour when the prince of Wales, later Edward VII visited Jaipur in 1876. A tour of the city visiting the City Palace and Museum comprising of several courtyards, gardens and buildings and is a blend of Rajasthani and Mogul architecture. The former Maharaja still lives in part of the palace. The museum has an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamelware, old weapons, miniature paintings, an armory of guns and swords, costumes and dresses of the former Maharajas and Maharanis of Jaipur. On display are 2 huge silver vessels, which have found their way into world record of being the largest single pieces of silver in the world. A former Maharaja used them to carry his drinking water to England a he was a devout Hindu. Adjacent to the city palace is the observatory built by Jai Singh in 1728, who had a passion for astronomy. Stop at the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds built in 1799. It is a stunning example of Rajput artistry and was originally built to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life in the streets below through the delicately honeycombed sandstone windows.
Overnight at Hotel Rambagh Palace
Day 17 : JAIPUR
Morning: A tour of Amber Fort. About 11 Kms from Jaipur is Amber, the former capital of Jaipur state stunningly situated on a hillside and overlooking a lake which reflects its terraces and ramparts. Ascend the hill on elephant back. Construction of the palace - fortress began in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army.
It was later he extended and completed by Jai Singh. An imposing stairways leads to the “Hall of Public Audience ” which has a double row of columns and latticed galleries.
Next to the hall is the Kali Temple whose entrance doors are made of silver. Walk over the: Hall of Victory, noted for its inlaid panels and glittering mirror ceiling. On the opposite side is the “Hall of Pleasure ” with an ivory - inlaid sandalwood door. The “Hall of Private Audience ” is decorated with delicate murals. But the jewel of the fort is the “Hall of Mirrors ” whose interior is encrusted with tiny mirrors. With doors closed and candle lit, it is like being inside a vast twinkling diamond, The oldest part of the palace are the apartments of Raja Man Singh, where each of his dozen wives had a separate suite.
Afternoon : At leisure
Overnight at Hotel Ram Bagh Palace
Day 18 : JAIPUR / KARAULI
Morning : Drive to Karauli, a delightful little village where the main attraction is its beautiful Palace.
Afternoon : Tour of Karauli visiting Karauli Palace and the nearby market place.
Overnight Bhanwar Niwas palace
Day 19 : KARAULI / AGRA
Morning: Drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri. Visit Fatehpur Sikri, which is perched atop a rocky ridge. Fatehpur Sikri is the work of one man - it was vigorous city built with inspiration and genius by a king who had not yet turned 28 - the Emperor Akbar. Unfortunately, at that time Akbar had no son and heir to his vast empire. He visited several holy men and shrines to seek blessings for the birth of a son, but in vain - till one day he visited the saint Salim Chisti who predicted the birth of a son. Akbar quickly built a few royal palaces close to the saints hermitage and the queen who had just conceived moved in. Thus was born Mohammed Salim named after the saint. Akbar was so overjoyed that he decided to move his court from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri in gratitude. Fateh pur Sikri - the “ City of Victory ” was thus built as an affirmation of faith, hope and of joy.. But 15 years later this dream city with lofty mosque, pleasure pavilions, sunken gardens and multi level courts was abandoned. Many believed that due to shortage of water the city was abandoned, another reason was that Akbar found it impractical to maintain 2 establishments - at Agra and at Fatehpur Sikri - simultaneously. Walking through the Fatehpur Sikri’s empty palaces, one cannot but be transported back 400 years, and visualize the glory and the splendor that must have existed. Afternoon: Drive to Agra and continue with the tour of Agra city. Half-day tour of Agra, the city of the Moguls made famous by Emperor Akbar. Visit Agra Fort - Emperor Akbar started its construction in 1565 when he was just 23 years of age. Within the fort are several fascinating buildings - the Pearl Mosque built of marble, the Hall of Public Audience where the famous “peacock throne” was kept, the Octagonal Tower, the Jehangir Palace built by Akbar for his son Jehangir and the Khas Mahal, a beautiful white marble structure used as a private palace. Proceed to the Taj Mahal - often described as the most extravagant monuments ever built for love. It took 22 years for the Taj Mahal to be built and in total 20000 people worked on the Taj. Several experts contributed to the designing of the Taj Mahal such as Frenchman Austin of Bordeaux and the Italian Veroneo of Venice. The Taj Mahal is amazingly graceful from almost any angle. The semi-precious stones inlaid the marble in beautiful designs are through a process called “pietra dura ”. Overnight at Hotel Mughal Sheraton
Day 20 : AGRA / DELHI
Morning: Visit Dayal Bagh. Dayal Bagh is a very special place where a monument is being built since 1911 and which is dedicated to a saint who died in the last century. It will take another 25 tears before this masterpiece is completed. It is made entirely of marble with intricate carvings. No visit to Agra is complete without a visit to Dayal Bagh
Afternoon: Drive to Delhi
Overnight at Hotel
Day 21 : DELHI
Morning Transfer to the airport for your International flight