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Colorful Rajasthan Tour
Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
Places Covered : Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra
Day 01 : Arrival at Delhi
Representatives of India Tourism Travel will receive you on arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport or Delhi Railway Station and assist you in your boarding and lodging at a comforting hotel in Delhi.
Day 02 : Delhi sightseeing
Your 2nd day of colorful Rajasthan tour will begin with the sightseeing of Delhi's attractions. Some of the prominent attractions of the capital city that we will watch during the day would be:
Qutab Minar- The 72.5 m tall tower is a recognized landmark of Delhi and one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in India. It has base diameter of 14.3 m and a fleet of 378 circular steps will lead you to its top. Its construction was started by Sultan Qutub-ud-din-Aibak in 1193 AD and completed by Feroz Shah Tughlaq in 1386 AD. Tourists are not allowed to ascend the minaret but you can spend some relaxing moments in Qutab Complex and its surrounding gardens and monuments.
India Gate- The war memorial stands majestically on Rajpath in the heart of Delhi. The 42 m tall gateway was constructed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker in 1921. It is a popular picnic spot and you can enjoy boating in the water channels of India Gate.
Lodhi Gardens- The beautiful gardens are spread over an area of 90 acres and situated in the heart of New Delhi. It is a favorite picnic spot and haven for morning walkers.
President House- Flanked by the North Block and South Block, the President House or the Rashtrapati Bhawan is the seat of power of the President of India. Beating the Retreat ceremony is held in the forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhawan in January in which all three bands of Indian armed forces participate.
Other attractions of Delhi are: Akshardham Temple, Purana Quila, Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple, Jantar Mantar, Delhi Zoo, Central Park, Raj Ghat, Delhi Haat and Garden of Five Senses. Your overnight stay will be in Delhi.
Day 03 : Delhi - Mandawa (275 km / 6.5 hsrs)
Mandawa is a small town in Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. It is 190 km from Jaipur, the state capital and is famous for its brightly colored havelis. Mandawa attractions that we will visit during the day of Rajasthan tour packages are:
Mandawa Fort- Mandawa Fort is situated in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan and is famous for its beautiful architecture and colorful engravings. It now has been converted into a heritage hotel with the name of Castle Mandawa. It has 70 well furnished rooms where you can enjoy comforting stay.
There are some beautiful havelis around that we will visit during the day like Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Newatia Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, Goenka Double Haveli, Murmuria Haveli and Chokhani Haveli. The havelis have beautiful paintings of elephants, horses, maharajas, Englishmen going for hunting, cars, telephones, trains, gods, deities and haveli owners.
Other attractions of Mandawa are: Harlalka Well, Goenka Chhattri and Thakurji Temple. Your overnight stay will be at a resort in Mandawa.
Day 04: Mandawa - Bikaner (185 kms / 3.5 hrs)
We will reach Bikaner in the morning on fourth day of our colorful Rajasthan tour. Bikaner, also known with the sobriquet of the Camel Country offers some of the finest camel safari options to the tourists in the world. There are some good carpet weaving, pottery and blanker manufacturing units in the city. Bikaner attractions that we will visit during the day of colorful Rajasthan tour are:
Junagarh Fort- The imposing fort was built by Raja Rai Singh in 1594. The formidable structure has 37 bastions and 2 main entrances. There is a moat around it. Karan Mahal, Chandra Mahal (Moon Palace) and Phool Mahal (Flower Palace) are the majestic buildings of the fort.
Lal Garh Palace- It was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh. It has overhanging balconies with delicate lattice work. A part of the palace has been converted into a museum which displays hunting trophies and some ancient Sanskrit manuscripts.
Sun Gate- It is the main entrance to Junagarh Fort with carved marble panels, mirrors and paintings.
Deshnoke Temple (Rat Temple)- The 600 year old temple is dedicated to Karni Mata. Thousands of rats roam freely in the temple complex, which are considered sacred by the devotees and worshipped also.
Other tourist attractions of Bikaner are:Fort Museum, Gajner Palace, Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, Bhandasar Jain Temple, Devi Kund, Shri Sadul Museum and Camel Research Farm. Your overnight stay will be at a hotel in Bikaner.
Jaisalmer city was founded by Rawal Jaiswal. Literally meaning "The Hill Fort of Jaisal", it is also known with the sobriquet The Golden City because of the yellowish-golden hues given to the surroundings by its golden sands. Jaislamer tourist attractions that we will visit include:
Jaisalmer Fort- Also known as Sonar Quila or the Golden Fort, the magnificent fort merges with the golden hues of Thar Desert. The 800 year old fort has 99 turrets and its bastions envelop the whole township. There are havelis of rich merchants of the yesteryears near the fort.
Desert National Park- It is situated 45 km west of Jaisalmer and is spread over an area of 3150 sq km. It preserves a fragile eco-system with its own unique flora and fauna. The rugged topography of the wildlife sanctuary consists of drifting sand dunes, craggy rocks, grasslands and salt lakes.
Godsisar Lake- Also known as Godi Sagar Lake, it is a rainwater lake which was built by Maharwal Gadsi in 14th century. There is a beautiful yellow stone arch gateway at the lake known as Tilon-ki-Pol. The lake is surrounded by temples and shrines.
Akal Wood Fossil Park- It is 17 km from Jaisalmer and spread over 21 hectares. There is 180 million years old fossilized wooden log and other fossils of Chirr, redwood, deodar and gymnosperms of lower Jurassic era.
Other attractions of Jaisalmer are: Tazia Tower, Nathmal-ji-ki-Haveli, Salim Singh-ki-Haveli and Patwaon-ji-ki- Haveli.
Day 06: Jaisalmer Camel Safari
We will continue our sightseeing of Jaisalmer and its nearby attractions for one more day during our colorful Rajasthan tour. Following are the attractions we will explore on the day:
Sam Sand Dunes- Located 42 km from Jaisalmer, the drifting sand dunes are an ideal location to enjoy camel safari. We will enjoy camel safari amid the drifting sand dunes and watch the romantic sunset against the backdrop of golden sands of Thar Desert.
Amar Sagar- is a water reservoir on which a dam was constructed in 1688 AD to store rainwater. There are beautiful gardens and Jain temples around the lake. The lake is 6 km from Jaisalmer and lies on the road leading to Luderwa.
Mool Sagar- is 8 km from Jaisalmer. The lake was constructed by Maharwal Mool Raj in 18th century. It has three exquisitely carved Jain temples.
Bada Bagh- It is situated 6 km off Jaisalmer on Ramgarh Road. There is a beautiful lake, gardens and royal cenotaphs.
Khuri Village- Situated 40 km off Jaisalmer, the village provides you perfect settings to experience the rustic life of desert dwellers.
Your overnight stay will be at a hotel in Jaisalmer where you will be served sumptuous dinner
Day 07: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (300 km / 5.5 hrs)
We will start exploration of Jodhpur on the seventh day of our colorful Rajasthan tour. It is the second largest city of Rajasthan. The city is also known with the sobriquet Sun City because of the bright sunshine that it experiences all year round. Jodhpur attractions are:Mehrangarh Fort- The imposing fort was founded by Rao Jodha and its construction was completed by Raja Jaswant Singh in later half of 17th century. It is open for visitors from 9 am to 5 pm on all working days.
Jaswant Thada- It is a royal cenotaph situated between Jodhpur and Fort Mehrangarh. The cenotaph was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh to commemorate the coronation of his father Maharaja Jaswant Singh.
Umaid Bhawan Palace- It was built in 1944 by Maharaja Umaid Singh. The palace presents a fusion of English and Rajasthan architecture. Some part of it is now made a museum while the rest is converted into a heritage hotel for tourists.
Balsamand Lake- The artificial lake was built in 1159 AD and is situated on Jodhpur-Mandore Road. It is a popular picnic spot. Mahamandir Temple- Literally meaning the Huge Temple, it was built in 1812 and has 84 beautifully carved pillars. There are exquisitely carved motifs on the temple walls.
Other popular attractions of Jodhpur are: Jai Pol, Loha Pol, Phool Mahal, Zenana Mahal, Mandore Gardens and Takhat Sagar Lake.
We will drive to Ranakpur in early morning. It is a village near Sadri town of Pali district in Rajasthan.
Ranakpur tourist Attractions :
Jain Temples- There are magnificent Jain Temples in Ranakpur. The main Chaumukha shrine is dedicated to tirthankar Rishabdeoji. Ranakpur Jain Temples are spread over an area of 48,000 sq ft. and consist of 1444 columns, 24 pillars and 8 domes.
Sadri- The town has some old temples like Varahavtar Temple and Chintamani Parsvanath Temple. Durgah of Baba Khudabaksh is also situated here.
Ghanerao- Gajanand Temple is the main attraction here which has life-size statues of goddesses Riddhi and Siddhi.
Kumbalgarh Sanctuary- It is situated 30 km from Ranakpur. The sanctuary is home to wolves and other predators.
Muchchal Mahavir Temple- The temple has statue of Lord Mahavira with a moustache. Two elephant statues guard the entrance to the temple complex.
Sun Temple, Parsavanath Temple and Neminath Temples are other attractions of Rankapur. We will drive to Udaipur at late evening.
Day 09 : Udaipur sightseeing
The beautiful Udaipur is also known with the sobriquests "Kashmir of Rajasthan" and "Jewel of Mewar". It was founded around Lake Pichola by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559. Main attractions of Udaipur are:
Lake Pichola - The lovely lake is lifeline of Udaipur. Jag Niwas palace is situated close to the lake and there are several magnificent buildings, temples and bathing ghats on the lake.
City Palace - The grand palace built in pure white marble is situated near Lake Pichola and was built during 16th century. It is a perfect specimen of Mewar style of architecture. It has grand silver doors, intricate mirror work, beautiful gardens, frescos and mammoth pillars. It is open for public viewing from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm on working days.
Fateh Sagar Lake - It was originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh and renovated by Maharana Fateh Singh. There is scenic Nehru Park and Dam where you can enjoy pleasure boating rides.
Sajjangarh Palace (Monsoon Palace) - The beautiful palace is situated at a height of 944 m on Bandsara Mountains. The palace overlooks Lake Pichola and was used as a summer resort by Kings of Mewar who used to watch the arrival of monsoon clouds from its porticos.
Jagdish Temple- It is located at the first entrance to the City Palace and is built in Indo-Aryan style. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and was built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh.
Other attractions of Udaipur are: Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Dil Kushal, Laxmi Chowk, Bada Mahal and Sukhadia Circle.Your overnight stay will be at a resort in Udaipur during Rajsthan tour packages.
Day 10 : Udaipur - Pushkar (300 km / 05 hrs)
We will proceed to Pushkar on the tenth day of our colorful Rajasthan tour. It is a popular pilgrimage center for Hindus and lies just 10 km off Ajmer. The town is counted among the "Adi Tirthas" of Hindus and there are more than 350 temples and 50 palaces that surround the beautiful Pushkar Lake situated here. Pushkar attractions that we will see during our Rajasthan tour include:
Pushkar Lake- The Lake is like an oasis in the otherwise arid region of Rajasthan. The waters of the lake are supposed to have curative powers and pilgrims take holy dips in it to wash their sins and get rid of body ailments. Pushkar Fair is held here annually that attracts a large number of foreign and Indian tourists.
Brahma Temple- It is the only temple in India which is dedicated to Brahma, the creator of universe as per Hindu mythology. There is a four faced statue of Lord Brahma and his consort Gayatri in the temple. A turtle made of pure silver guards the entrance to the temple while a Hans (goose) is perched atop is spire.
Pushkar Cattle Fair-It is held in October-November. The event's name cattle fair is misleading as a variety of activities like sports, competitions, auctions etc. are done during the fair.
Camel Safari- You can enjoy a day long to month long camel safari in the nearby desert region of Pushkar. Knowledgeable escorts and guide will accompany you during the Rajasthan tour packages.
Other tourist attractions of Pushkar are: Savitri Temple, Aptaeshwar Temple, Merta, Rangji Temple and Varaha Temple. You can also enjoy paragliding in Pushkar. Overnight stay will be at a hotel in Pushkar.
Day 11 : Pushkar - Jaipur (150 km / 03 hrs)
We will reach Jaipur in the morning. Also widely acclaimed as Pink City, the vibrant Jaipur is capital of Rajasthan. It is the first planned city of India and was established in 1727 by Sawai Jai Singh II. We will start our sightseeing of the city with Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, which is the most prominent attraction and landmark of Jaipur.
Hawa Mahal- Literally meaning the Palace of Winds, this five storey honeycomb like fabulous stricture has 953 intricately carved latticed windows from where royal ladies used to admire the street processions and festivities down below.
City Palace- The impressive citadel presents an elegant mixture of Mogul and Rajasthan architectural styles. It was originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II and additions were done to it by later rulers. Chandra Mahal (Moon Palace), Badal Mahal (Cloud Palace), Mubarak Mahal (Pleasure Palace), Govind Dev Temple and City Palace Museum are the main attractions of the extensive mansion.
Nahargarh Fort- The bastions of the fort still exude royal elegance and one can reach to it through an uphill and tedious but delightful track of two kilometers. You can have a panoramic view of Jaipur city from the ramparts of the fort. The fort remains open for public viewing from 10.00 am to 04.30 pm.
Jaigarh Fort- Majestically standing on Chilh-ka-Tola hills, the fort was built purely for defense purposes. It has two main entrances viz. Doongar Darwaza and Awani Darwaza. Divya Burj and Vijay Garh are other formidable structures of the fort. We will enjoy our sumptuous dinner at a hotel in Jaipur and continue our sightseeing of the city next day also.
Day 12: Jaipur sightseeing (continued)
Amber Fort: We will continue sightseeing of Jaipur today also and start our day with an excursion to Amber Fort (or Amer Fort) by way of an elephant safari. The rambling palace is a reminiscent of the lifestyle of gutsy Rajputs and has played a crucial role in the historical developments of the medieval India.
Jantar Mantar- Situated near the City Palace, the giant observatory was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1734. It has huge size astronomical instruments that were used to calculate eclipses, time of the day and orbits of heavenly bodies. It was declared a national monument in 1948.
Albert Hall (Central Museum)- The magnificent building is a prototype of London's Victoria and Albert Museum and is built in Indo-Saracen style of architecture. The museum has a rich collection of sculptures, metal ware and decorative paintings that display the valiant history of Rajputs and Rajasthan villagers. It is open from 09.30 am to 04.30 pm except Fridays.
Lakshmi Narayan Temple- Also known as Birla Mandir, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi. The ornamented temple has several sculptures that portray various aspects of Hindu mythology.
Other tourist attractions of Jaipur are: Sisodia Rani Palace and Garden, Jal Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Chand Pol (Moon Gate), Akshardham Temple and Moti Doongri.
Day 13 : Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri -Agra (255 km / 5.5 hrs)
Fatehpur Sikri is situated 40 km off Agra. It is a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site. It was established by Mogul Emperor Akbar in 1585 as a mark of respect to Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti. Main attractions of Fatehpur Sikri are:
Buland Darwaza- The 40 m high gateway was constructed by Mogul Emperor Akbar in 1573 to commemorate his victory over the kingdom of Khandesh in Gujarat. The massive gateway seems to be inviting visitors to the land of the Taj, i.e. Agra.
Panch Mahal- The five storey Panch Mahal pavilion is made up of red sandstone and has Persian style of architecture. There are beautifully carved pillars and each storey is connected with other through a fleet of steps.
Chini-ka-Rauza- It is a spectacular Tomb of Allama Afzal Khan, the mullah of Shiraz. The tomb is decorated with tiles of different hues that presents a good blend of Mogul and Persian architectural style.
Other tourist attractions of Fatehpur Sikri are: Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb, Sikandra Complex (Akbar's Tomb), Jama Masjid and Maryamuzzamani Palace. We will drive to Agra in late evening. We shall have our dinner and overnight stay in Agra.
We shall start our day with the sightseeing of Taj Mahal, most popular draw of Agra.
Taj Mahal- The lovely Taj Mahal is situated on the banks of river Yamuna in Agra. The flawless monument in white was built by Emperor Shah Jahan to forever enliven the memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal. Renowned Persian architect Ustad Isa constructed this masterpiece in 1653 after 22 years of toil of thousands of laborers. It is a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site and One of the Seven Wonders of the World. Taj Mahal is open for public viewing from 6.00 am to 07.30 pm except Fridays.
Agra Fort- It is located near Taj Mahal Gardens on the banks of river Yamuna. The fifteenth century fort has 2.5 km long enclosure wall. Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Nagina Masjid and Fish Pavilion are the main attractions of Agra Fort. It was originally built by Emperor Akbar. Shah Jahan did some major additions and alternations to the fort later on.
Moti Masjid, Garden of Grapes, Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and Mehtab Bagh are other major attractions of Agra. We will drive to Delhi in late evening and stay in a hotel at Delhi.
Day 15 : Delhi - Departure
You can do some shopping in Delhi malls or relax in your hotel. After lunch, executives of India Tourism Travel will escort you to airport / railway station for onward journey to your home.
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