Forts and Battlefields of Rajasthan
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Last updated: 12/04/2006
A journey of destinations, which were once witness to some of the most fierce battles in the medieval age. Also take you Bharatpur, Kota, Bijapur, Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh, Jodhpur, Pushkar and Jaipur.
Arrive Delhi - Arrive by International flight, after traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at airport & transfer to hotel for check in.
Delhi - Today we take a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, Visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Later we walk down or take a rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan.In New Delhi, we visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931.We will also visit Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar & its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Delhi - Agra (220 km- 05 hr) -
Today we drive to Agra, beautifully situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It achieved prominence as the capital of the Mughal Emperors from the year 1526 to 1628, remains major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era monuments, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri, all three are UNESCO World Heritage sites.En route Mathura & Vrindavan
En route we visit Mathura & Vrindavan, places related with the birth & childhood of Lord Krishna. In Mathura we visit Shri Krishna Janmabhumi temple, a stone slab marks the original birth place of Krishna. En route we will also visit Sikandara, Akbar's tomb. His son Jahangir completed the construction of the tomb in the year 1613.
Agra - Bharatpur via Fatehpur Sikri (100 km -2 hr) - Today we visit Taj Mahal, symbol of eternal love, which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in the year 1631 in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.Further we visit Agra Fort, taken over from the Lodhis by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century. Later we drive to Bharatpur en route we will visit Fatehpur Sikri (Ghost Capital), the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from the year 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. We visit Emperor Akbars Residential complex, Mosque & Tomb of Salim Chisti.
Bharatpur - Today we drive to Bharatpur, founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in the year 1733. It was once an impregnable, well-fortified city, & the capital of a kingdom ruled by Jat maharajas. Sanctuary was previously known as Bharatpur bird Sanctuary & now known as Keoladeo National Park. Later we drive to Karauli, en route we visit Khanwa a small village where the Battle of Khanau was fought in the year 1527. Babur defeated a formidable army raised by Rana Sanga of Mewar in this battle & firmly established his rule over North India. We stay at Bhanwar Vilas Palace, the residence of Maharaja of Karauli now a heritage hotel.
Karauli - Ranthambore (110 km- 2 hr) -
Today we visit City Palace of Karauli, old monument is exemplary in architecture, stone carvings & paintings. To witness the exquisite beauty of the Darbar Hall is a lifetime experience for the visitors. Next we visit Temple of Madan Mohan Ji, ancient temples of Madan Mohan Ji & Kalyan Ji are visited by thousands of devotees every year. The city is also said to be home of Shri Madan Mohan Ji.
Late we drive to Ranthambore National Park, bounded to the north by Banas River & to the Chambal River in the south. It is famous for its tiger population & is one of India's Project Tiger reserves. Other Major wild animals found in the national park include the tiger, leopard, nilgai, dhole, wild pig, sambar, chital & the gaur. It is also home to wide variety of trees, plants, birds & reptiles
In the Evening, we take a Jeep safari to try luck in spotting the Tigers.
Ranthambore - Early morning today before Breakfast, we take Jeep Safari to the Tiger Reserve, since becoming one of the original areas under Project, the park has recovered much of its natural beauty & dry deciduous forest has been restored. Later we visit the Ranthambore Fort, founded in the year 944 by the Chauhan Rajputs. Overnight Wildlife Resort - Ranthambore (B, L, D)
Ranthambore - Bundi
Today we drive to we visit Bund, an undiscovered splendour of Rajasthan. Set in a narrow inclining gorge & palaces & forts have fairy tale quality about them. Isolated & independent, this picturesque location has so much to offer. Rajput architecture shines & in the intricately carved brackets, pillars. Interesting places are Diwan-e- aam, Hathia Pol, & Naubat Khana.
Half Day Tour Today we visit the Umed Bhavan Palace, constructed during the reigns of Umed Singh on the banks of Sukh Sagar or the Jait Sagar. The palace was meant for providing the princes a free hand to do what they liked away from the supervision of the Rao. The highlight of the palace is the white marble chhatri that stands in the centre of the roof of the second storey. Next we visit the Chaurasi Khambon ki Chhatri, located south of the town & a pavilion supported by 84 pillars. Also visit the battlefield of the battle between Kotia Bhil & Rao Deva.
Bundi - Bassi via Kota (120 km - 04 hr) -
Today we drive to Bassi, En route we visit Kota, along the eastern bank of the Chambal River lies an amazing juxtaposition of the majestic medieval age & modern industrialisation temples its untouched wealth of impressive forts, opulent palaces & splendid temples dating back over several centuries retain the past glory. The city was formed in the year 1572 Maharao.
Half Day TourNext we visit the Jag Mandir, amid the picturesque artificial lake of Kishore Sagar constructed in the year 1346 AD by Prince Dher Deh. The azure water around the red-sandstone monument enhances its beauty. Boat-rides can be enjoyed in the lake. The Keshar Bagh famous for its royal cenotaphs lies in the vicinity.
Later we visit the Battle field where Rao Madho Singh & Prince Aurangzeb fought in the year 1579. Rao Madho Singh lost five of his six sons. Next we continue our drive to Bassi
Bassi - Udaipur via Chittorgarh (150 km - 03 hr) - Today we take drive to Udaipur, En route we visit Chittorgarh, an ancient city in Rajasthan. It lies on the Berach River, a tributary of the Banas, & a former capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar. By the 16th century, Mewar had become the leading Rajput state. we visit Chittor Fort (Battlefields of battles between the Ranas of Chittor & Alauddin Khilji, Sultan Bahadur Shah of Gujarat & Emperor Akbar.] It is a massive structure with zigzag accent to it. The road leads through seven gates to the main gate Rampol (Gate of Ram). Next we visit Victory Tower, built in the year 1440 AD by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Mohamed Khilji this 9-storyed tower is adorned by sculptures of Hindu deities around. Later we Continue drive to Udaipur, was founded in the year 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh after his final unsuccessful attempt to defend the Mewar capital, Chittorgarh from the invading Mughals under Emperor Akbar. Undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities in India, its beautiful Palaces are mirrored in the calm waters of Lake Pichola & the city is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces & temples
Udaipur - Today we visit the City Palace, an intriguing collection of buildings contributed by various Maharanas (Kings) after Udai Singh & built in the year 1725. Later we visit Jagdish Temple, the Indo-Aryan temple, built in the year 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh, is the largest & the most beautiful temple of Udaipur with noteworthy sculpted images. We also enjoy boat ride on Lake Pichola, the beauty of the lake is enhanced by the surrounding hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats & embankments. The Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) & Jag Mandir, the two island palaces on the lake look like pearls in the lake.
Udaipur - Kumbalgarh (100Km- 02 hr) -
Today we drive Kumbalgarh, Rana Kumbha the legendary Mewar hero, an astute & a great builder. Of others, Kumbalgarh is the most inspiring. A joy for the nature lovers, it is surrounded by greenery & wildlife. En route we visit Haldighati (Gogunda) - the most famous battlefield of Rajputana where the most famous battle was fought in the year 1576 between Rana Pratap & the Imperial Forces of Emperor Akbar.
Kumbalgarh - Jodhpur via Ranakpur (280km - 06 hr)- Today we drive to Jodhpur, bustling desert city is the 2nd largest city in Rajasthan & has landscape dominated by the massive Mehrangarh Fort topping a sheer rocky ridge Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, founded the city in the year 1459 & it is named after him. It was formerly the seat of a Princely state, also known as Marwar.En route Ranakpur
Ranakpur, located in the mountain ranges of Pali. We visit the famous Ranakpur Jain Temples were built during the reign of the liberal & gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century.
Jodhpur - Today we visit the Mehrangarh Fort (majestic fort), built by Rao Jodha, located atop a 125m high hill. The fort museum houses an exquisite collection of palanquins, howdah (Elephant saddle), royal cradles, miniatures, costumes & furniture. We also visit the Jaswant Thada, a white marble memorial built in the year 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. It is an architectural landmark in Jodhpur.
Later we also visit the Guda Bishnoi Village, a world of tribal colour & rustic cultural grandeur. A tour to the village in open air jeeps, visit various traditional villages, look at local handicrafts like shoe makers, pottery, hand weaving. Bishnois are an integral part of this region, a very hard working & hospitable tribal community.
Jodhpur - Nagaur (140km - 03 hr)
After breakfast drive Nagaur Fort, shimmers like a beacon in sharp contrast to the dull sandy stretch of desert which surrounds it. Located atop a hill like so many of Rajasthan's forts for strategic reasons is the historic Nagaur fort, dating back to the 4th century. Originally a mud fortification, built in the 4th century by the Nagvanshi Dynasty, to whom it owes its name, is located in the heart of the city of Nagaur. Overnight in Special tents within the Fort premises
Nagaur - Pushkar (150km - 04 hr) - Today we drive to Pushkar, an enchanting small town located exactly on the edge of the desert but is separated from it by Nag Pahar, the Snake Mountain. The town frequently visited by devotees lies to the side of the small Pushkar Lake with its multitudes of bathing ghats & temples. En route visit Merta the birthplace of Saint Mira Bai. It was captured by Imperial forces of Emperor Akbar in 1561 AD. Also visit the Varaha temple, where the battle between Emperor Aurangzeb & Ratan Singh of Alaniyawas was fought.
Pushkar - Kuchaman (100 km - 02 hr)-
Today we visit Brahma Temple, said to be the only dedicated to Lord Brahma in India. This is the only temple of the god Brahma in the world. No pilgrimage of Hindu places is considered complete till the pilgrim bathes in sacred waters of Pushkar. Also some near by temples. Later we drive to Kuchaman, en route stop at Ajmer, situated in the green oasis wrapped in the barren hills has been a witness to an interesting past. Here we visit the Adai-din-ka-Jhopra, a masterpiece of Indo - Islamic architecture. The distinct pillars & arched screen with its ruined minarets make it a splendid architectural masterpiece. Dargah of Salim Chisti, tomb with a splendid marble dome is in the centre of the second courtyard which is surrounded by a silver platform. It is the splendid tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti more popularly known as Khwaja Saheb or Khwaja Sharif. The shrine is next only to Mecca or Median for the Muslims of south Asia.
Kuchaman - Jaipur (115 km - 02 hr)
Today we drive to Jaipur, popularly known as Pink City, the flamboyant & colourful capital of Rajasthan. With its rich & colourful past, resplendent with tales of valour & bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was founded in the year 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. It remains the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors.
Jaipur - Today we take an excursion to Amber Fort, the palace complex which stands to this date was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh. We take an Elephant ride to reach the Fort situated on the hill, an overwhelming experience.
Later we play elephant polo, the game once only the kings used to play. Also attend a lecture on Rajput war tactics would be followed by drinks & Bar-be-Que dinner.
Jaipur - Today we visit the City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture. The center of the palace is a seven-storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine views over the gardens & the city. Further we visit Jantar Mantar (Solar Observatory), an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate predictions till date. We also visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied structure of pink sandstone. It was built in the year 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down the busy street market unseen by the world through its 593 stone Jharokas (mini windows).
Later we visit the Nahargarh Fort, located on the sheer rugged ridge of Aravali Hills & it forms an impressive northern backdrop of Jaipur. Evening - Special Royal Dinner Jaigarh Fort is the most spectacular of the three-hilltop forts overlooking Jaipur city. In Mughal times, the Jaipur region was a major weapon-producing centre for the Mughal & Rajput rulers, several of which are on display in the fort's museum.
Jaipur - Sariska (110 km - 02 hr)-
Today we drive to Sariska, via Tunga, site of the battle between the Kachhawah Rajputs & the Marathas. Things got really bad during Sawai Prithvi Singh & the Maratha General Mahadji Scindia, were always at each other's throats. Next we continue our drive to Sariska, was built as a hunting lodge at the close of the 19th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh of Alwar in calm, quiet & a thickly wooded valley on the threshold of what is now the Sariska national park. The palace is a brilliant jewel set in nature in all its natural magnificence & is much admired by all discerning visitors for its architectural grandeur & natural surroundings. Later we take Jeep Safari through the jungle.
Sariska - Delhi (220 km - 05 hr) -
Early morning today before Breakfast, we take Jeep Safari to the Tiger Reserve, since becoming one of the original areas under Project, the park has recovered much of its natural beauty & dry deciduous forest has been restored.
Later we continue our drive to Delhi, upon arrival in Delhi Transfer to Airport for onward Destination.
- Inclusions -
- Boatride in Udaipur
- Exclusions -
- Any other expense not mentioned in the "Package includes".
- Extras -
- Battle fields to be visited -
Khanwa [Bharatpur] - 1527 AD - Rana Sanga of Mewar & Mughal Emperor Babur
Ranthambore - 1301 AD - Raja Hamir [Chauhan rulers of Ranthambore] & Alauddin Khilji [Turkish Sultan - Saka
Bundi - 1457 AD - Between Mohammad Khilji [Sultan of Mandu] & Berisal Hada [Ruler of Bundi]
Chittaur [1st battle] - 1303 AD - Rana Rattan Singh of Mewar & Alauddin Khilji
Chittaur [2nd battle] - 1535 AD - Rana Bikram Jeet Singh & Bahadur Shah [Sultan of Gujrat]
Chittaur [3rd battle] - 1567 AD - Rana Udai Singh of Mewar & Mughal Emperor Akbar
Haldighati [Udaipur] - 1576 AD - Maharana Pratap of Mewar & Raja Man Singh I of Jaipur [Commander of Mughal Emperor Akbar
Tunga - [Jaipur] - 1787 AD - Combined forces of Jaipur & Jodhpur & the Madhav Rao Scindia, the Maratha ruler
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