Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.
Later visit to New Delhi - Lateens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. Visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar, Drive pass through the Raisina Hill, past the imposing India Gate, President House and Parliament House. Old Delhi - Here you will view Red Fort, the most Opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the Largest mosque in India.
Evening return to the Red Fort to watch the “Son et Lumire” show which is an Interplay of colorful lights and sound tracing the history of monument till date.
After breakfast drive to Khimsar – perched on the edge of the great thar Desert in the heart of rural India. It offers a wide range of experiences. The battle-scarred walls and turrets remind you of its glorious past as a center of much warfare, as well as commerce and trade. The initial construction began in 1523, but the family moved in during the 18th century when a new ‘zanana’ (ladies wing) was constructed. Thakur Onkar Singh built a regal wing for himself in the 1940s. Today, the Khimsar Fort ranks high among the premier classified heritage hotels of India. Overnight stay.
Morning proceed to Jaisalmer - the ancient citadel on the Caravan route linking India With Persia, Arabia and The Mediterranean. This architectural in the 12th century by Jaisal, a Bhatti Prince located in the heart of the Thar Desert. Few cities in the world can match the Magnificence. Jaisalmer is renowned for its intricately carved & chiseled Haveli’s (Mansions), which illustrate superb craftsmanship.
Morning embark half day tour of Jaisalmer Fort. Afterwards visit to the Gadisar Tank & large houses of the merchant called havelies, some of them dating to the Premediaval Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Shah Haveli and Nathamal Ki Haveli with their intricately carved screens on the facades and the typical traditional architecture.
Desert Camel Safari:
Afternoon Desert Camel Safari start for sam sand dunes on edge of desert National Park. Located in the midst of Thar Desert this camp recreates the magical atmosphere of a traditional Mediaeval Desert Camp on a trade route. The Camp provides for all the comforts. The accommodation consists of Swiss Cottage Type tents with attached baths having running hot & cold water. After spending few hours on a camel safari in the Thar Desert, Guests can relax & spend the evening around the campfire, enjoying live music and dance performances by “Langha” Tribe of Professional singers.
Breakfast at Camp and depart to Jodhpur – the Great Indian Desert, sites on sand stone hill surrounded by a strong wall, approximately 6 miles long with 7 entry gates. The fortified city of Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodhaji – chief of Rathore clan of Rajputs.
Afternoon Half day sightseeing of the city includes visit to Meherangarh Fort – stands a top a 125 metre high hill dominating the city’s skyline. It is one of the most impressive and formidable fort of the country, drive through the old city and past the Clock Tower near the largest spice bazaar in the sub-continent, visit the Jaswant Thada Cenotaph –the memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, built in 1899 in white marble near the fort is noteworthy for its superb architecture, the royal cremation site and then proceed to see the most magnificent, modern 20th century Palace, the Umaid Bhavan Palace and its museum – a treasure trove.
After leisurely morning take short Village Safari (By Jeep)- A memorable outing in Jeeps visit various traditional villages seeing local handicrafts viz. stone makers, pottery, hand weaving and also men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver jewellery, etc. Remainder day is free for rest & relax. Overnight stay.
Drive to Daspan village where the fertile fields grow bountiful crops, and the village is known for its embroidered shoes. There are also some families that make bows and arrows in the Bhil style. Stay at Durjan Niwas Castle. Durjan Niwas is a small but beautiful fortress palace built in the early 19th century by the Champawat clan of Marwar. Many changes and additions were made into the old fortress and present structure is just a shadow of the original. The building was originally built in the Indo - European style of architecture with separate parts for ladies and gents. The hotel provides all modern amenities with the old world charm of Rajasthan to make your stay the most pleasant ever.
After breakfast drive to Dungarpur – the diversity of nature unfolds in this hill town situated at the foothills of the Aravalis. Dungarpur was founded in 1282 A. D. by Rawal Veer Singh. The region offers varied flora and fauna and an interesting topography, ranging from wild and rugged terrain in the North-East to fertile alluvial plains in the South-West. Complementing the scenic landscapes are the magnificent rivers-Mahi and Som. While the former separates the district from banswara, the latter draws a natural boundary between the district and Udaipur. The town is a visual delight during monsoons.
Besides its rich natural wealth, Dungarpur boasts of a unique style of architecture as seen in the old palaces and noble residences. Also famous are lacquer painted toys and picture frames. Later visit to Udai Bilas Palace, Juna Mahal, Gaib Sagar Lake, Beneshwar and Galiyakot. Overnight stay.
Morning leave for Udaipur – the “City of Lakes” is perhaps the most romantic and beautiful cities of India. In contrast to its desert neighborhood it stands out with an enchanting image of white marble palaces, placid blue lakes, gardens and temples surrounded by hills and mountains. It was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 A.D. on the shored of Lake Pichola. Upona arrival check in hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing of Udaipur includes The City Palace – this is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, construction of which was started by Udai Singh. This white marble architectural marvel, standing majestically on a hill is surrounded by crenellated walls. This huge edifice 30.4 meters high and 244 meters long was added on to, by later rulers, but the additions are so well planned and integrated, it is difficult to believe that it was not conceived as complete structure, Visit toSahelion-ki-Bari or “Garden of the Maids of Honour” was laid out for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of dowry, Partap Smarak: A memorial to the legendary warrior Rana Pratap, Bhartiya Lok Mandal Museum – a museum of folk arts, it displays a rich collection of folk musical instruments and paintings. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
After breakfast drive to Bijaipur. Enroute visit to Chittaurgarh and visit to The Fort - standing tall over a 180 meter high hillock and sprawling over 700 acres, the fort is a standing edifice to the valour of Chittaurgarh, Vijay Stambh or Victory Tower – Built by Rana Kumbha in 1440 AD to commemorate his victory over the combined forces of the kings of neighboring Malwa and Gujrat, this tower is 120 feet high and has a girth of 30 feet at the base, Kirti Stambh – Built in the 12th century, it was dedicated to Lord Sri Adinath Rishabdeo, the first Jain Tirthankar. The 22 meter high struchtre is peplete with figures from the Jain pantheon.
Arrive Bijaipur and check in hotel. Visit to Castle Bijaipur – are the descendents of the great Rajput warrior, Shakti Singh. He was younger brother of the great Maharana Pratap Singh, a ruler of Mewar (Udaipur Region). The Castle built in 16th century. The Castle reflects a life style of Mewar with matching cuisine. The castle has had the privilege of playing host to thousands of tourists over the last one decade. Castle Bijaipur have 23 traditional style lavishly furnished rooms. The suite rooms get ample natural lights and are tastefully furnished with local material’s colour and design. One can have glimpses of village life style and green fields from terrace. The village Bijaipur is surrounded by green hills and the castle is situated in middle of village. The village is on the way to Bundi – Kota Road, 40 kms away from Chittorgarh. Overnight stay.
Morning drive to Kota- known as the industrial capital of Rajasthan. It has an interesting blend of the Old and the New. The fort, overlooking the mighty Chambal River, is the foremost tourist attraction here. The town is dotted with age-old monuments and temples retaining the glory of bygone era, as well as present day edifices and heavy industries. The history of the city dates back to the 12th century A.D., when Hada Chieftain, Rao Deva Conquered the territory and founded Bundi and Hadoti. Afternoon visit to Kota houses the museum and has some elaborately painted chambers. Ghazi Gate- famous for its outstanding mirror work, ebony and ivory inlaid doors.
Morning countryside drive to Bundi – is an picturesque as one of the beautiful miniatures. Magnificent gardens, step-wells, lakes and chhatris make this ‘Kala Nagri’ or art city, nestling amongst green hills, a delightful feast of visuals for the traveler. Bundi was a major city during the heyday of the Rajputs, although Kota, which was once a part of it, later emerged as a bigger player in the region. Bundi continued to enjoy its independence until is merger with the state of Rajasthan in 1947. One of the reasons Bundi has managed to maintain its medieval air is because it has had very little tourist inflow being well off the beaten track. Visit the Taragarh Fort – the serpentine Taragarh Fort and its palace is what immediately strikes visitors on arrival in Bundi, Sukh Nivas – the lakeside palace, which was the venue of much royal reverlry, has excellent terrace garden, Nawal Sagar – this artificial lake has a temple to Varuna, the God of water, in the center. Overnight stay.
Today’s drive to Jaipur - Known as the “Pink City”, Jaipur is the capital of the colorful state of Rajasthan. upon arrival check in hotel.
Afternoon visit to maharaja’s City Palace - where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 A.D.), Birla White Marble temple and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.
Morning drive to Karauli – a remote ancient town. A Blend of warm royal hospitality, a serene rural environment and an opportunity to see historical monuments and magnificent temples will make your visit to Karauli a memorable experience. The ruling family of Karauli are the descendents of Lord Krishna while the city is the home of Shri Madan Mohanji, thedeity of Lord Krishna, worshipped by millions of followers from Rajasthan and other states.
The old City Palace is a treasure trove of architecture, stone carvings, gorgeous jalli work and classic paintings. The spellbinding beauty of Durbar Hall is an experience in itself. Witness devotional life at the temples of Madan Mohanji, Kalyanji and Kaila Devi. Visit local bazaars for exclusive items of handicraft, and colorful bangles of Karauli. Overnight stay.
On today’s drive through the Rajasthani countryside we see villages, woman dressed in the brilliantly colored saris of the region, Camels, Elephants & scenes of rural lives. Continue drive to Keoladeo Birds Sanctuary in Bharatpur, home to more than 300 species of birds are found in this small park of 29 sq. kms. of which 11 kms. are marshes and the rest, scrubland & grassland. Enjoy Jungle Atmosphere. Overnight stay.
Early morning enjoy bird watching with naturalist. After breakfast drive to Agra via the Ghostly deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri, built in 1569 by the Great Emperor Akbar. Today it is deserted & left in solitude to reminisce over its past glory.
Enjoy the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunset, which was built in 1630 by Mghal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. Also visit the 16th Century Agra Fort built by Akbar The Great. Overnight stay.
Morning visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of Her Father. Later drive back to Delhi and say good bye to this fascinating land and memorable tour arrive Delhi and transfer to International Airport to board the flight for onward Destination.
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