Rajasthan Village Tour
15 Nights / 16 Days
Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur
- Deogarh - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
On arrival at Indira Gandhi international airport, you would be met by our
representative and given assistance for transfer to the hotel. Rest of the
day free for independent activities. Overnight in Delhi
Delhi is just not a city but it is a book-- a book which narrates the history
of India. The city was built and destroyed seven times and has been witness
to the various events which has brought India through the history books.
Seven times this city went through the pain of being built and rebuilt.
Today as the capital of India Delhi is the seat of administration and the
monuments which tell the saga of a bygone era stand there. These icons are
testimony to the grandeur of past and also an attraction for the tourists.
With an area of 1483 sq. Kms, Delhi is all set to acquire full statehood.
The charm of Delhi has attracted Emperors, Conquerors and poor in equally.
It is correctly said that Delhi is a land of 'Dilwalas' or for people with
heart. This phrase acquires a true colour when one goes around the lanes of
Day 02 : Delhi - Mandawa (250 Km)
After breakfast drive to Mandawa and on arrival, check in at hotel. Rest
of the day visit Havelis in and around Mandawa. Overnight in Mandawa
Shekhawati is a colourful fantasy having a fascination uniquely of its
own. The open-air art galley, as it is popularly called, is famous for its
plethora of painted havelis, all commendable pieces of the rich artistic
tradition of this region. It is famous for its Havelis (mansion) built by
rich merchants of the region, display a unique architectural style that
evolved around the courtyards to ensure safety and privacy of the women
folk and protection from the heat of the long and harsh summers. The Havelis,
painted predominantly in blue, maroon, yellow, green and indigo have beautiful
wall paintings that adorn their walls.
Day 03 : Mandawa - Bikaner (190 Km)
After breakfast drive to Bikaner and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Overnight at Bikaner.
Bikaner, the royal fortified city, with a timeless appeal in the North
State of Rajasthan, retains the medieval splendour that pervades the city's
lifestyle. More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned
for the best riding camels in the world. This city stands on a slightly
raised ground and is circumscribed by a seven-km long embattled wall with
five gates. The magnificent forts and palaces, in reddish-pink sandstone
created with delicacy, bear testimony to its rich historical and architectural
legacy. Undulating lanes, colourful bazaars and bright and cheerful folks
make the visit Bikaner an interesting experience. Visit the Junagarh Fort,
built in 1593 AD by Raj Rai Singh, one of the best in Rajasthan. It comprises
of 37 palaces with pavilions, mosaic courtyards, carved balconies, kiosks
and windows dotted all over the structure. The Shish Mahal, the Grand Durbar
Hall, the 17th century Karan Mahal, Anup Mahal and the Phool Mahal bring
to life the grandeur of a bygone era. The Fort museum has a rare collection
of Sanskrit and Persian manuscripts and miniature painting.
Day 04 : Bikaner
after breakfast Morning visit Deshnoke Temple. Afternoon visit Camel Breeding
Farm . Overnight at Bikaner.
Day 05 : Bikaner - Jaisalmer (330 Km)
After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Rest of the day free.
Overnight at jaisalmer.
Rising from the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer.
The Jaiselmer fort etched in yellow sandstone stands with all its awesome
splendour. The life within the citadel conjures up images of medieval majesty
visible in its narrow lanes strewn with magnificent palaces, havelies, temples
and typical desert life of men women cattle and camels. The 80 meter high
fort, perch on the hill, houses the entire township within its ramparts.
It has enchanting narrow lanes dotted with exquisite havelis, beautifully
sculptured Jain temples of the 12th-15th century and palaces. The fort is
approached through four gateways -Akhaiya Pol, Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol and
Hava Pol. Some of the most exotic mansions or havelis, all intricately latticed,
are strewn all over Jaisalmer each with a different facade. The Havelis
of Nathmalji, Patwon and Salim Singh all in Yellow Marble of Jaisalmer are
exquisite works of art. A camel safari through the interesting and remote
desert villages of Roopsi, Doojasar, Kanoi, Kuldara and the Cenotaphs of
Barabagh can be interesting. The villages are very special, as different
communities inhabit them.
Day 06 : Jaisalmer
after breakfast morning city sightseeing tour. Afternoon visit Sam Dunes
with camel ride.
Overnight at Jaisalmer.
Day 07 : Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (280 Km)
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur and on arrival, check-in at the hotel Afternoon
sightseeing tour. Overnight at Jodhpur.
At the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with
tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. The massive 15th century
AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 mts. above
the plains. A high wall encompasses the city -10 km long with 8 gates and
innumerable bastions. The lifestyle in Jodhpur is unusually fascinating
with people wearing lovely multi hued costumes, artistically designed. Shopping
in Jodhpur bazaars is a heady experience with a colourful display of the
rich collection of exquisite handicrafts. The tie-and-dye fabric, embroidered
"jutis" or slippers in suede, camel skin, velvet and leather,
beautiful silks, durries, marble souvenirs from Makrana, an extensive range
of useful and decorative items etc., are of interest. he Mehrangarh fort
is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. Invincible from
the outside, the fort has four gates approached by a winding road. Within
the fort are some magnificent palaces with marvellously carved panels with
latticed windows These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings
of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant
howdahs, miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, costumes
Day 08 : Jodhpur - Kumbhalgarh (270 km)
After breakfast drive to Kumbalgarh (180 kms/05 hrs) and on arrival check
in at The Aodhi hotel. Afternoon Guided visit to Kumbalgarh Fort. Overnight
Day 09 : Kumbhalgarh-Udaipur (70 Km)
After breakfast drive to Udaipur visiting enroute Ranakpur temples. Overnight
Day 10 : Udaipur
After breakfast guided city tour of Udaipur. Afternoon: Enjoy a boat ride
in Lake Pichola. Overnight in Udaipur
Udaipur, the city of Dawn, is the Jewel of Mewar -a kingdom ruled by the
Sisodia Dynasty for 1200 years. Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces,
lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavour
of a heroic past, epitomizing valour and chivalry. Their reflection of these
building in the placid waters of the Lake Pichola is an enticing sight.
Morning: City tour of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, a majestic architectural
marvel that is perched on a hill and towers over Lake Pichola. The Palace
is a majestic conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors,
rooms and hanging gardens. Each palace within is an outstanding creation of
art. Visit the Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum, which has an interesting collection
of Indian folk art including costumes, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, musical
instruments and deities. Later visit Saheliyon-ki-bari the "Ladies Garden",
with its rich foliage and intricately designed fountains.
Afternoon: Enjoy a Boat cruise on Lake Pichola on which the majestic
Lake Palace Hotel is situated. See the ghats along the lake and the interesting
buildings on the banks. The view of the city palace from the lake is spectacular.
Dock at the Jagmandir island where the Maharana of Udaipur once gave Shah
Day 11 : Udaipur - Kota (327 Km)
After breakfast drive to Kota visiting enroute Chittaurgarh On arrival,
check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at Kota.
Kota: The history of the city dates back to the 12th century A.D.
when the Hada Chieftain, Rao Deva, conquered the territory and founded Bundi
and Hadoti. Later, in the early 17th century AD during the reign of the Mughal
Emperor Jahangir, the ruler of Bundi -Rao Ratan Singh, gave the smaller principality
of Kota to his son, Madho Singh. Since then Kota became a hallmark of the
Rajput gallantry and culture.
Day 12 : Kota - Bundi - Ranthambhore (150 Km)
After breakfast drive to Ranthambhore visiting en-route Bundi On arrival,
check-in at the hotel. Overnight at Ranthambhore.
Ranthambore National Park is in Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan state.Located
at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya hill range, this is one of the
finest places to view animals, especially as they are used to being stared
at here.The park covers an area of Approximately 400 sq Km and if combined
it with the area of sawai man singh sanctuary area,it is around 500 Sq km.
Ranthambore national park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and
in 1974 it gained the protection of "Project Tiger". It got it's
status of a National Park in 1981.
Day 13 : Ranthambhore - Jaipur (170 Km)
Morning jeep safari to view the wildlife (Sanctuary remains close from Jul.
to Sep.) Afternoon drive to Jaipur and check-in at the hotel. Overnight
Day 14 : Jaipur
After breakfast Morning visit Amer Fort & elephant ride. Afternoon city
sightseeing tour. Overnight at Jaipur.
Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, is popularly known as the ' Pink
City ' because of the pink-coloured buildings in its old city. It sits on
a dry lake bed in a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills
surmounted by forts and crenellated walls. This buzzing metropolis is certainly
a place of wild contrasts and a feast for the eyes. All through, Jaipur
has retained its strong Rajputana flavour tempered by several influences
- the mughal being the most prominent. The region's strong cultural heritage
is distinctly evident even today. The city is a visitor's delight. From
the intricate, delicate looking Hawa Mahal to the graphic forms of the Jantar
Mantar - an open air observatory of outsized astronomical instruments, the
Badi Chaupar lined with shopsand business establishments on both sides to
the majestic fort-palace at Amber; from the colorful fountains of life to
the sublime Birla Temple; from the architectural delight of the City Palace
to the serene Jal Mahal.
Day 15 : Jaipur - Agra (230 Km)
After breakfast drive to Agra, En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri and on arrival
check-in at the hotel. Overnight at Agra.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the
memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal. This beautiful mausoleum took
22 years to complete with a work force of 20,000 craftsmen and master builders,
who came from all over Asia to join in this great work from Baghdad, Shiraz,
Delhi, Samarkand and Turkey. The marble, India s finest; was quarried at
Makrana near Jodhpur. Precious and semi precious stones were imported from
distant lands : Jasper from Punjab, Jade & Crystal from China, Turquoise
from Tibet, Lapis from Afghanistan and Ceylon, Chrysolite from Egypt, Amethyst
from Persia, Agate from Yemen, Malachite from Russia, Diamonds from Golconda
and Mother of Pearl from the Indian Ocean. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 16 : Agra - Delhi (210 Km)
After breakfast free for your own. Afternoon drive to Delhi for backhome
flight with sweet memories of India.