Luxury Palace Tour of Rajasthan
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- 799 USD /person
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- Credit Card
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- 15 days
- Location Start:
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- Start time:
- 12.00 am
- End time:
- 12.00 pm
- We Speak:
- English, Hindi
Last updated: 12/04/2006
Visit the royal palaces of Rajasthan through the Luxury Palaces tour and appreciate the beauty behind the sand. Rajasthan is the place to experience surprises and we have plenty of them for you.
Arrive Delhi - Arrive by International flight, after traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at airport & transfer to hotel for check in.
Delhi - Mandawa (260 km - 6 hr) - Today, we drive to we drive to Mandawa in the heart of the semi-arid Shekhawati region. Shekhawati owes its name to Rao Shekha who ruled this area in the 14th century.
Mandawa - Bikaner (160 km - 4 hr) - Today we take a tour covering the Shekhawati region known for exquisite frescoes decorating the walls & ceilings of the havelis. We visit State of the Art Havelis namely Goenka haveli, built in the year 1885 is believed to have some of the best frescos in perfect match of colour & design. Gori Shankar Haveli, a good example of mirrored mosaic ceiling. Choudaharia Haveli, though in an extreme state of deteriorations has a rare departure of an erotic painting. The Singhania Haveli has some fine paintings of Radha & Krishna & shows some British men holding guns. Later we drive to Bikaner, was founded by Rao Bikaji in the year 1488. He was a Rajput prince, descendent of the founder of Jodhpur (1459 AD) & chose a barren land called Jungladesh to shape it into an impressive city, called Bikaner.
Bikaner - Khimsar (150km - 3 hr)- Today in Bikaner we visit Junagarh Fort, built by Raja Rai Singhji, the 6th ruler of Bikaner, who ruled during 1571-1612. It is constructed of red sandstone & marble with kiosks & balconies embellishing the structure at intervals. Later we visit Lal Garh Palace, an architectural masterpiece in red sandstone. Later we drive to Khimsar, perched on the edge of the great Thar Desert. Unique fort at Khimsar offers a wide range of experiences.En route we visit the world famous Rat Temple at Deshnok. Later we visit the 15th century fortress where the Maharaja Ajay Singh of Naga Dynasty.
Khimsar - Jaisalmer (240 km - 6hr) - Later we drive to Jaisalmer, founded in the year 1156 by Bhatti Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. An important ancient trading centre because of its strategic location on the camel trade routes is often described as Golden city. Havelis, built by merchants of the 19th century, are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone & are still in a beautiful condition.
Jaisalmer - Today we visit the old town of Jaisalmer & visit Jaisalmer Fort, built in the year 1156 by Rawal Jaisal. Perched on 80m high hill, housing the entire township within its ramparts, the golden hued Fort is standing like a sentinel in the bleak desert landscape. It is the only "Living Fort" in India & within its ramparts has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely Havelis (Mansions), Palaces & beautifully sculptured Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century AD & of course skilled artisans & ubiquitous camels.
We also visit magnificent Patwon Ki Haveli in the heart of the town. It was built by the rich merchant Guman Chand Patwa & his sons, whose business stretched between Afghanistan & China.
Jaisalmer - Osiyan (240 km - 6hr) - Today we drive to Osiyan, Situated midway between Jaisalmer & Jodhpur, the place is most famous for its Jain temples. 58 km away from Jodhpur the ancient township was located on a very important trade route between the 8-12th centuries.Half Day Tour
Jain Temples, the most spectacular of which is the Mahavira temple dedicated to the 24th & last Jain Prophets. The temple was built around 775 AD & other smaller shrines were added on to the complex till about the 15th century. All in all the Sachiya Mata Temple complex & the other temples in Osiyan are probably some of the most beautiful temple complexes in the north India.
Osiyan - Excursion to Jodhpur (60Km- 01hr Oneway) - Today we take a guided tour of 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.
Here 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.
Osiyan - Kumbalgarh (255km - 7hr) - 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 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.
Kumbalgarh - Udaipur (100Km- 02hr) - Today we take 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. The site for Udaipur was chosen for its natural beauty, abundant water & natural protection afforded by the surrounding forests & Aravali mountains. It is set on the edge of three lakes & also known as the "City of Lakes & Palaces". 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. The magnificence of the Palace starts right from its entrance at the northern Tripolia Gate that brings us to the central courtyard, the best place to view the facade of filigreed balconies & ornate cupola-topped towers. 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 - Jaipur - Today we 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. Full Day Tour
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 visit the City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture.
Samode - Bharatpur (195 km - 5 hr)- 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. The trio of Bharatpur, Deeg & Dholpur has played an important part in the Jat history of Rajasthan. Sanctuary was previously known as Bharatpur bird Sanctuary & now known as Keoladeo National Park. The name Keoladeo is derived from the name of an ancient Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva in the sanctuary's central zone while the Hindi term 'Ghana' implies dense, thick areas of forest cover.
Bharatpur - Agra via Fatehpur Sikri -
Today we drive to Agra, 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 Akbar's Residential complex, Mosque & Tomb of Salim Chisti.
Further we continue our 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.
Agra - Delhi - 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. Later we drive back to Delhi, en route visit Mathura & Vrindavan, places related with the birth & childhood of Lord Krishna. Further we continue our drive to Delhi, upon arrival in Delhi Transfer to Airport for onward Destination.
- Inclusions -
- A/C transportation as per the itinerary (No transportation on leisure days).
- Exclusions -
- Any other expense not mentioned in the "Package includes".
- Extras -
- Destination Covered : Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Khimsar- Jaisalmer - Kumbalgarh - Udaipur - Samode- Bharatpur - Agra - Delhi
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