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Fort & Palaces Tour of Rajasthan

Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destinations : Delhi – Neemrana – Samode – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur – Deogarh – Jaipur – Delhi

 

Day 01: Delhi
Company representatives will receive you on arrival at the international airport in Delhi late in the evening. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast, city tour of old & modern capital of India. Visit Jama Masjid , the largest mosque in India. Built by Shah Jahan, the construction was started in 1844 and was not completed until 1658 ; visit Red Fort , which was also built by Shah Jehan. This massive fort was built from 1638 to 1648 ; Chandni Chowk and Rajghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Visit Humayun's Tomb : built in mid 16th century this is an early example of Mughal architecture; Qutab Minar & Akshardham Temple. Over night at Hotel.

Day 03: Delhi - Neemrana
After breakfast drive to Neemrana. Arrival ar neemrana and check inn to Neemrana Fort. Neemrana: Neemrana fort built since 1464, Neemrana Fort-Palace became the third capital of the descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan III, who had fled Delhi in 1192 after he was vanquished in battle by Muhammad Ghori. Neemrana's rulers, proud of lineage, continued to assert themselves, even under the British, as their kingdom suffered. Thus, their lands were clipped and given away to Alwar, Patiala, Nabha and others who entertained the viceroys of the Raj with shikar and Champagne breakfasts. The Chauhans would bow to none. In 1947, Raja Rajinder Singh of Neemrana moved down to Vijay Bagh as the façade of his Fort-Palace crumbled and its ramparts began to give way. For forty years he tried to rid himself of his liability but there were no takers. Over night in Neemrana

Day 04: Neemrana – Samode
After breakfast drive to Samode. Arrival and check inn to Hotel. Evening time visit Samode Village. Samode: Samode palace which is an old fortified residence of the Nathawat family (hailing from Chomu) that served as the prime ministers of the Jaipur Royal Court is located some 40 km from Jaipur in the Aravali range. This magnificent palace is charming and romantic in itself, and exhibits grandeur, good taste, class and elegance. The way to the main entrance is through the inside of the village, which can be reached from the highway by a camel safari, with the locals welcoming the guests with smiles and excitement. Over night at the Samode.

Day 05: Samode – Bikaner
After breakfast drive to Bikaner. Arrival and check inn to hotel. BIKANER - The royal fortified city with a timeless appeal. 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. Be it pulling heavy carts, transporting grains or working on wells, camels are the prime helpers. The wells of Bikaner - an important source of water are other attractions of the city. These are built on high plinths with slender minareted towers on each of the Four Corners and can be noticed even from a distance. After lunch proceed for sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Visit Junagarh Fort. Over night at Hotel.

Day 06.: Bikaner – Jaisalmer
Breakfast at hotel.Drive to Jaisalmer. Lunch at Midway at Pokran. Arrival and check inn to Hotel.
Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of 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. If time permits , can visit the “Vays Chatri” Overnight stay at Jaisalmer.

Day 07.: Jaisalmer
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. The city is a mass of intricately carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies. Visit the JAISALMER FORT - The oldest living Fort in the world. (This is the highlight of the tour) See the Patwon-Ki-Havelies, Salim-Singh-Ki-Haveli and Gandhi Sagar Tank. Also visit Barabagh Hill. 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 ( A camel ride will be provided ) . Dinner will be arrange by us in the middle of the Thar Desert , with live music & dance perform by local musician. Return to hotel or Stay in Camp. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer.

Day 08.: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Jodhpur . On arrival , Check in & lunch at hotel. 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. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajput who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the Ramayana. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains. A high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions encompasses the city. After Lunch proceed on sightseeing of Jodhpur- gateway to the desert beyond, home of the Rathors of Marwar, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, rising up a hilly scarp, built on the advice of a hermit, overlooking the city in the image of a long sentinel. Inside the Fort are a number of palaces added by successive rulers. In this palace you would see different miniature paintings & cradle room. After this you would visit Jaswant Thada Memorial. overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09.: Jodhpur – Ranakpur - Udaipur
Breakfast at hotel, Drive to Ranakpur. Arrival and check inn to hotel. After lunch visit the world famous Jain temple of Ranakpur. AD 1439. Evening time free at leisure. Over night at ranakpur.

Day 10: Ranakpur - Udaipur
After breakfast drive to Udaipur. Arrive Udaipur by late afternoon, Check Inn at hotel. Overnight at Udaipur. UDAIPUR : One of the most romantic cities in Rajasthan, Udaipur is also known as the city of lakes. The marble palaces, beautifully laid out gardens and the lakes make Udaipur seem almost like a mirage in the desert. The founder of Udaipur, Maharana Udai Singh, was overcome by the misfortunes that his old capital of Chittaurgarh had to face due to repeated attacks by the Mughal armies. On the advice of a holy man, Udai Singh shifted his capital to the banks of Lake Pichola- the city was named Udaipur after him.

Day 11.: Udaipur
Breakfast at Hotel . Morning visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, drive around Sahelion ki Bari (queen's resort for her friends), Fateh sagar Lake and. Afternoon Boat ride at Lake Pichola and visit “Jag Mandir” . Evening free at leisure. Overnight in stay at Udaipur.

Day 12: Udaipur - Deogarh
After breakfast drive to Deogarh. Arrival and check in to hotel. Deogarh: Rulers of Deogarh must have been major players in the aristocracy of Mewar - their magnificent fort a fitting stronghold for one of the sixteen "umraos" - the most senior feudal barons attending on the Maharana of Udaipur. But you might not necessarily guess that the Rawats of Deogarh (a local title equivalent to "Raja") once ruled over the fourth largest feudal estate or "jagir" in all of Rajasthan. At its most extensive, their territory comprised of some 210 villages, with one of their defensive forts as far as 100 kms away. Yet there is little ostentation and even less gold to be found in their palace. Like most of the Mewar nobility, they spent too much time fighting to have much to spare for amassing great wealth. PM visit village. Over night at Deogarh.

Day 13: Deogarh - Jaipur
Breakfast at hotel. drive to 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 - A 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. Afternoon , proceed for sightseeing of the city. CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum. JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use. HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Its five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Visit a rug factory and see the ladies at the intricate work or a gem factory and see the gem cutting and polishing process. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

Day 14. : Jaipur
Breakfast at hotel.Proceed for excursion to Amber Fort in the outskirts of Jaipur. Elephant ride ascent to the fort. AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. It's forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it's ultimate expression. Jaipur is considered as a shoppers paradise for Textile & Jewelers. Afternoon, free time will be given for shopping. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

Day 15.: Jaipur – Delhi
After breakfast drive to Delhi. Lunch on miday. Arrive at delhi and check inn to hotyel for wash & fresh. After fare well dinner drop to airport to fly to onward destination.

 
 
 

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