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Rajasthan Heritage Tour

Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days
Places covered : Delhi- Agra - Jaipur - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Mandwa - Bikaner
Code : FVI-023
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Day 01 : ARRIVAL AT DELHI
The company representative shall meet you in the arrival visitor's hall with a paging board. Transfer to your hotel. Formalities of Check-in shall be completed by the representative. Overnight at the hotel

Delhi is no fairytale city but a city where dreams come to reality. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. Delhi is truly a symbol of the old and the new; a blend of ancient well preserved monuments and temples along with jam-packed burger joints and upmarket shopping malls.

It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 02 : DELHI - AGRA
Post breakfast , commence the four hours long road travel to Agra, The land of immortal Taj.
Check in at hotel and proceed for sightseeing. Enjoy battery van ride to the Taj.

Taj Mahal - One of the Seven Wonders of the World was built by Shah Jahan in 1631 AD and was completed in 1651AD. Taj Mahal - The symbol of Love was built in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal (Shah Jahan' s second Wife).

Agra Fort - After Taj we will visit Agra fort Baby Taj - The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj. Also visit Sikandra. Overnight will be at Agra.

Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine.

Day 03 : AGRA - JAIPUR
Jama Masjid, Fatehpur SikriLeisure;y wake up and post breakfast, you journey will commence this morning with a short drive to The Fatehpur Sikri , the capital of the Mughal rulers from 1571-1585, before it was shifted to Agra due to lack of water resources. Sightseeing of the monument . 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 it's grandeur. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world. Reach and check in at hotel. Continue the four hour long road travel to the Pink City - JAIPUR.

JAIPUR - The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains it's character and history - Beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. Popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens.

Roam in the old city and explore Jaipur. Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 04 : JAIPUR HOLIDAYS - JAIPUR
The Soul of Splendid Rajasthan - Full day guided tour of The Pink City
Morning at 0800Hrs. The guide shall meet you at the hotel to take you onto the city tour of the Pink city . Visit the impressive Amber Fort ( 12 Kms. from Jaipur) . At the foot of the hill , mount on to the Elephant for the slow but steady climb upto the main gate .

Amer Fort - Set in a picturesque location, Amer is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh, it sprawls on the hillside. Built in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting apartments, the likes of which are not to be found anywhere else in the country. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas and Ganesh Pole are the prominent areas of interest.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of the city - Your tour includes the imposing Maharajah's City palace, still home for the maharaja although severakl of the rooms are open to public. Many antiques and artifacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here.

Visit the Hawa Mahal (the ornamental facade of this "palace of winds" is a landmark in Jaipur. Its five storey structure of pink sandstone encrusted with fine trellis work and balconies has 953 niches and windows.), Open air Jantar Mantar - Royal observatory (built in the 17th century by Jai Singh - with a sundial 90 ft. High; Albert museum (the museum amidst the Ram Niwas palace gardens founded in 1876 with a large collection of antiques)

Enjoy a stroll through the colourful Johari bazaar (the main bazaar in the old city, for jewellery and saris).

Village visit and dinner at the Chowki Dhani. Overnight at the hotel

Day 05 : JAIPUR - UDAIPUR ( The city of Lakes)
Hotel Lake Pichola, UdaipurUdaipur is the jewel of MEWAR - a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.
Drive through the desert to the city of Lakes, On arrival , 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.
Relax in the evening. Overnight at Udaipur.

Day 06 : UDAIPUR
Breakfast at hotel. There is no other place in India which appeals more to the poets and painters, Travellers and writers , than Udaipur , the lovely lake side capital of Mewar.

Udaipur today is one of the most picturesque cities in India, set as it is on three beautiful lakes and surrounded by hills. The city's inherent romance and beauty, and its remarkable past, bristling with episodes of heroism and splendor, continue to enthrall the visitor.

It is the key city of Rajasthan's southern region of Mewar. Mewar is a hilly, forested region, in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of Marwar (Jodhpur).

The City Palace is a blend of stern Rajput military architecture on the outside and lavish Mughal-inspired decorative art on the inside. Set on a hill overlooking the Pichola Lake it is a sprawling edifice made up of at least four separate inter-connecting palaces, built over a period of nearly 3 centuries. The Palace museum contains a wonderful collection of old Rajput weaponry. One of the more unusual moments in the colorful history of Udaipur was when it was used as a location for shooting the James Bond film, Octopussy.

Visit City Palace, the largest Palace complex Museum of Rajasthan. Take a stroll through the colorful Bapu Bazaar. Towards sunset proceed on a cruise on Lake Pichola, and visit the Jag Mandir Palace.

Return to Hotel and Overnight.

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"The sand in Rajasthan is embellished with Forts and Havelis standing tall on it and host a slide show or its visitors altogether with turban, moustaches and women under veil."
» Clemente Beppe, Italy

Day 07 :UDAIPUR - JODHPUR
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur. En-route, visit the RANAKPUR TEMPLES, dating back to the 15th century. 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.

Reach Jodhpur - Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert.

Jodhpur - The powerful Rathor clan ruled the Kindgom of Jodhpur. The Rathors trace their ancestry back to Lord Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana. Jodhpur today is the second largest city of Rajasthan with a population of 650000.

Evening at leisure , Relax in the hotel . Overnight at Jodhpur.

Day 08 :Jodhpur
Morning go for a village safari in the jeep and have a rare glimpse into the rich culture and true essence of India. Abundant wildlife (game) and memorable moments of the great desert landscape fascinates one while driving along the countryside.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jodhpur - gateway to the desert beyond, home of the Rathors of Marwar.

Family Musician  at Mehran Garh  FortPRIME ATTRACTIONS
FORTS
» 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 narrates a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures.

PALACES
» Umaid Bhawan Palace - The only palace built in 20th century under the famine relief programme, has now been converted into a hotel with some parts being retained as a museum.

» Jaswant Thada - The 19th century royal cenotaph is built in white marble, in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some rare portraits of the rulers of Jodhpur are also displayed here. Overnight at Jodhpur.

Day 09 : JODHPUR - JAISALMER - The Desert Safari Proceed for Jaisalmer. Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer.

The exotic, remote and beautiful, Jaisalmer is a bit of a paradox. So far west that it is in the heart of the desert, one would expect barren near-desolation. Yet this frontier town is today one of Rajasthan's best-loved tourist destinations. Local colour and warmth prevail over the inhospitable and forbidding terrain, imbuing the medieval town with a special magic. Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight at Jaisalmer.

Day 10 : 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.

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


PRIME ATTRACTIONS FORTS AND PALACES
» The Jaisalmer Fort - The golden - hued Jaisalmer Fort 'Sonar Kila' can be seen miles away before reaching the town.

» Manak Chowk and Havelis - A main marketplace outside the fort leads to the narrow lanes dotted with famous 'havelis".

» Havelis : Some of the most exotic mansions or 'havelis', all intricately latticed, are stretched all over Jaisalmer, each with a different façade.

LAKES
» Gadsisar Sagar Tank - A scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines around. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings.

TEMPLES
» Jain Temples - The fort has three exquisitely carved Jain Temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras - Rishabhdevji and Sambhavnathji.

In the afternoon, proceed to the SAM 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.

Stay overnight at the SWISS TENT CAMP.

lalgarh palace , BikanerDay 11 : JAISALMER - BIKANER
Breakfast at the camp. Continue with the safari and reach Bikaner via NAGAUR. Check in at hotel.

BIKANER - The royal fortified city with a timeless appeal. This Royal walled city is a part of the desert tourist triangle and lies on the northern tip of the triangle. The city was founded in 1486 AD by the Rathore prince, Rao Bikaji, hence the name Bikaner. Bikaji was son of Rao Jodhaji who had asked his son to establish a kingdom of his own. The challenge was accepted and Bikaji choose the wild country 'Jangaldesh' as his territory and thus the city of Bikaner came into existence.

Lying in the north of the Desert State, the city is dotted with many sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval splendor that pervades the city's lifestyle. More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here.

Relax in the evening. Overnight at Bikaner.

Day 12: BIKANER - MANDAWA
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing tour of Bikaner.

Today enjoy city tour covering Junagadh Fort - constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, fort has a 986 metre long wall with 37 bastions & two entrances, Bhand Sagar Temple - The 16th century Jain temple, is the most important of this temple complex, Camel Breeding Farm - a unique experience where you can ride on a camel & have perhaps the first taste of camel's milk. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 : BIKANER - MANDAWA
Depart for Mandawa. Reach and check in at hotel., Afternoon Guided tour of Delhi to commence post lunch. Mandawa : a compact little town of Shekhavati region, Arrive and check in into hotel. In the afternoon visit Havelis & beautiful frescoes. The medieval fort of Mandawa gradually rises on the horizon like a mirage. A painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows leads to the bazaar. Drive to Nawalgarh - the town where the finest of the Shekhavati's frescoes can be seen. It's havelis still bear witness to the rich & prosperous Marwari era of the 19th century. Worth visiting are the Aath Haveli complex, Anandilal Poddar haveli, Bansidhar Bhagat haveli & Chokhani haveli.

Overnight at Mandawa.

Day 13 : MANDAWA - DELHI
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Mahensar and Dundlod meeting the local village chief. Leave for Delhi. Reach by evening. Overnight at Delhi.

Day 14 : DELHI HOLIDAYS
Full day guide tour of Delhi
Delhi , the capital of the country , and one of the India's fastest growing cities. Post breakfast , the day shall begin with the sightseeing of Old Delhi.

Camel Safari TourOld Delhi owes it's origins to moghul emperor Shah Jahan. It offers monuments , narrow rowded streets within it's granite walls and bustling bazaars.. The main structure is the Red fort built of red sandstone; it houses the famous Diwan-e-khas, the beautiful audience chamber where the moghul emperor Shah Jahan held court seated on the peacock throne.

On Board the Rickshaw Ride, for a unique experience through the Chandni Chowk or the silver street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this busy avenue heading west from the Red fort.. Opposite the fort is the largest mosque in India - the Jama Masjid and as you walk down its steps, you walk into the teeming market place famous for brocades, braids, silver, manuscripts etc.

Continuing the tour of Old delhi, visit Raj Ghat (Where the Father of Nation, Mahatma Ghandi was cremated) .

Post lunch , commenced the City tour of New Delhi . Drive past the state Government buildings designed by Lutyens, visiting Rajpath leading up from the war memorial arch India gate, up to the imposing presidential palace - the Rashtrapati bhawan - built on Raisina hill and flanked by the secretariat buildings.

Landscaped parks and formal gardens surround old monuments all over the city- mausoleum of Humayun.

End the tour at the tower Minaret of Qutab Minar . The earliest Muslim city of India is 15 kms from Rashtrapati bhawan which is dominated by the Qutab Minar, which is an amazing 2000 yrs old pure iron pillar erected in 4 AD which has never rusted.

Transfer to the Airport for the connecting flight back home / onward destination
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