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India & Rajashthan Tour 1
Destinations : Delhi / Agra / Jaipur / Mandawa (Shekhawati) / Bikaner / Jaisalmer / Jodhpur / Udaipur / Delhi
Duration:
17 Nights / 18 Days

Delhi

Day 01. Arrival Delhi

On arrival in Delhi, you will be received by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 02. Delhi

The national capital of India, New Delhi, is a major political and business hub. Moreover, it is
also one of the major travel gateways to other tourist spots of northern India. Delhi nestles many different cities and culture within itself. It is a perfect fusion of ancient and modern, as it can be classified largely into New Delhi, Old Delhi and Outer Delhi.

New Delhi, the imperial city created by the British Raj, has a spacious and planned outlook. It is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. In contrast, the old Delhi was inhibited by Muslim rulers and was made in 17th and 19th century. It is full of formidable mosques, monuments and forts. It's a lively area of colorful bazaars, narrow streets and terrific traffic lines. On one hand, where you can see dashing examples of modern architecture as skyscrapers in Connaught Place, Nehru Place and other areas; on the other hand, there is a rich legacy of ancient palaces, forts, temples, mosques and monuments.

DelhiDelhi is the most dazzling and happening city of India, being the political hub of India. It houses the Parliament and is the governing seat of the country. A large number of historic monuments and heritage sites of India are located in New Delhi. And now in the growing age of globalization, one can see big city shopping malls flashing major brands from all over the world.

 

Delhi is a city with magnetic attraction and extensive glorious past. Every nook and corner of the city of Delhi seems like narrating the incidents of the bygone era. Thus, Delhi deserves to be your first destination if you want to understand both India and Indians truly.

Delhi offers its tourists a treasure of new-age tourist attractions. Visit world-renowned ancient and colonial monuments, beautiful gardens, lively suburb shopping malls, pubs, nightclubs or discotheques in this modern city.

Tourist Attractions in Delhi

India Gate

A high-arched memorial in tribute to the soldiers martyred in the Afghan War, it has the names of all these heroic men inscribed on it. India Gate hosts the parade of the Indian Republic Day on 26th January each year. It is also a nice tourist spot teeming with children, vendors and both Indian and Foreigner tourists. Quite pleasant, especially in evenings and nights when the whole edifice gets light up.
Red Fort/Lal Quila

Red Fort/Lal Quila

This fascinating red sandstone fort is an example of the rich Mughal architecture. Red Fort is
a venue to the Independence Day parade of India. The magnificent Red Fort, which is also
the venue for India's Independence Day celebrations, takes you to a journey back in time
to the era of mighty Mughal ruler, Shahjahan.

Qutub Minar

This 240 ft tall tower is the tallest monument in India ushered in the new Indo-Islamic style of architecture, which was a fusion of the Indian and Mughal styles. A 7m (23ft) high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. It's said that if you can encircle it with your hands whilst standing with your back to it, your wish will be fulfilled. However, a fence now protects the pillar.

Shopping in Delhi

Delhi is the right place to shop for all those who love shopping. Delhi has numerous massive shopping complexes. Starting from Connaught Place, South Extension, Chandni Chowk to Sarojini Nagar, Karol Bagh, Janpath and Lajpat Nagar. You can find all types of items in these markets from cheapest to expensive one. All these places are popular hangouts of the Delhites in the weekends and evenings.

Day 03. Delhi / Agra

Distance: 203 km Time: 5 Hours

Travel to Agra and check into your hotel where you can rest. Later you can enjoy sightseeing or shopping in the Agra city markets.

Day 04. Agra

AgraAgra is known, to the world as the city of Taj Mahal. Agra has its roots, dating back to the time of Mahabaratha. Agra is situated on the west-bank of River Yamuna, 204 km south of Delhi. The old part of the town, north of the fort, is where the main market place is. The modern township is on the south. Agra has a magnificent fort and many other monuments from the Mughul era, not to mention the Taj Mahal, which are major attractions to the tourists.

 

Agra, the city of Taj was established in 1475 by Badal Singh. Agra finds mention in the Mahabharata as Agraban. Agra city in those days was considered to be the sister city of Mathura which was more prominent than Agraban. Agra came into its own when the Lodhi Kings chose this place beside the Yamuna to be their capital city. Sikander Lodhi made Agra his capital but Babar defeated the Lodhis to capture not only Agra but also laid the foundation of the Mughal empire.
Agra - The city known for the famous monument of love - the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal was constructed by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jehan. It is said he built this monument in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is ethereal at any part of the day - blushing in the rosy glow of dawn or sunset , appearing like a pearly mirage in the moonlight or reflected in the pools of the garden . Perhaps the most moving view of the Taj is from an octagonal tower in the Agra Fort further along the river Yamuna.

Tourist Attractions in Agra

Taj Mahal

Even as the world is caught in the skirmishes of War & peace, Nuclear and Non-Nuclear; Taj has stood as the epitome of love. This extravagant monument of love is one of the most visited and most photographed places in the world. Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal was the culmination point of Indo-Persian architecture. The Mughals Emperor were always fond of constructing monuments. Perhaps they knew that they would be gone but these structures will remind the world of their grandeur.

Agra Fort

Agra which lies on the west bank of river Jamuna became one of the principal cities of the Mughal Empire after the death of Ibrahim Lodi at Panipat in 1526. When Akbar choose Agra as his capital he laid the foundation of the Fort of Agra. After Taj this was one of the most important group of buildings. The construction was started in 1565 and was completed in about eight years at a cost of thirty five lakh of rupees under the superintendence of Qasim Khan Mir Barr-u-Bahr. This fort was just one of the many large fortified residences that the emperor wanted to have at various strategic points of his empire. According to contemporary chroniclers like Abul Fazal the fort contained over five hundred buildings. But later on Akbar's descendants added new buildings, mainly in marble to the fort and demolished the old ones.

Itmad-Ud-Daulah's TombItmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb

This tomb belongs to the father of Nur Jahan, Ghias-ud-Din Beg. He was the Wajir or the Chief Minister of Emperor Jehangir. This white marble tomb was built by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628. The tomb may not be as mammoth as the Taj but the inlay designs and carvings are no less than Taj if not more. The delicate marble latticework in the passages allows the light to enter the interiors. A similar tomb was built by Nur Jahan for Jehangir in Lahore. This tomb was the first complete marble Moghul structure.

Shopping in Agra

Exploring the extremely colorful markets of Agra was a great experience. I bought replicas of Taj Mahal as souvenirs for my friends and relatives. But the leather items including leather chappals (sandals), purses, bags and other decorative items were just irresistible.

Day 05. Agra / Jaipur

Distance: 235 km Time: 5.3 Hours

Leave for Jaipur. On the way visit the town of Fatehpur Sikri. The town built by Emperor Akbar contains many grand monuments but was abandoned after his death.

Arrive in Jaipur, check into the hotel and rest. Later enjoy sightseeing in the Pink City.

Day 06. Jaipur

JaipurThe Rose Pink City founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743), is the capital of Rajasthan . It is a major attraction for the first-time visitor. Jaipur is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts & enclosed by embattled walls. Houses with latticed windows line the streets with their rose pink colour, lending enchantment to the scene, which is almost magical at sunset.

The Old City (Known as the Pink City) is a great place to wander around. The whole city was painted in Pink colour by Maharaja Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876 AD. Today, every home within the city is obliged by law to maintain its facade. It is a very well planned city laid out in a grid pattern and was designed by a young Bengali engineer and scholar by the name "Vidyadhar Bhattacharya".

Jaipur was and remains the only city in the world, symbolising the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. Jaipur is a royal city & this is its most noticeable aspect, small buildings & festivals testify it.

Jaipur & its surroundings are rather like an endless museum. The city also offers an endless variety of crafts. Jewellers here still fashion the beautiful enamel-on-gold pendants, studded on the reverse with precious stones or pearls & turquoise that one sees in miniature paintings. Jaipur's lacquer bangles are famous all over the world. This is a city to be visited.

Tourist Attractions in Jaipur

Amer Palace

The image of the Amber Fort is beautifully reflected in the lake below. Within the Amer Fort lies the famous Jai Mandir (Temple) with its world renowned Sheesh Mahal, a hall full of Mirrors.

The walls and the ceiling of the Mahal are covered with a beautiful array of mirrors, which reflect any streak of light, so as to illuminate the entire room. Located 9 Kms north west of Jaipur, the Amber Fort was once the Capital of the Minas.

Jaipur City PalaceCity Palace

The City Palace is an architectural marvel that presents a perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture. The City Palace has projecting balconies, arches and the entrances. The palace covers one-seventh of the area in Jaipur. The City Palace also has a museum with an exclusive collection of Rajasthani costumes, miniature paintings, carpets and royal paraphernalia.

Hawa Mahal

Jaipur's signature building, the Hawa Mahal, a multi layered palace, was built by Sawai Pratap Singh (grand son of Sawai Jai Singh and son of Sawai Madhoo Singh) in 1799 AD and Mr. Lal Chand Usta was the architect. Famous for it's beehive like structure, the Hawa Mahal is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, carefully and painstakingly outlined with white borders and motifs. The palaces and forts of yesteryears, which were witness to the royal processions and splendours are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyle of the people of the "Pink City" Jaipur.

Jai Garh

The fort marks the victory and was built by Sawai Jai Singh in 1726. Perched high on a cliff, it is surrounded by huge battlements with inside walkways. Jaivan, the world's largest canon on wheel is also found here. It provides a panoramic view of Jaipur city and the Amber Fort.

Nahargarh Fort

Beyond the hills of Jaigarh, stands the fort of Nahargarh like a watchful sentinel guarding Sawai Jai Singh's beautiful capital. Much of the original structures are now in ruins, but the lovely buildings added by Sawai Ram Singh II and Sawai Madho Singh II in the 19th century are preserved in a good condition. Some of the rooms provide the most spectacular view of the city below.

Jaipur Jantar MantarJantar Mantar

Sawai Jai Singh who also built the five observatories in India built the largest stone observatory in the world, Jantar Mantar. Its complex instruments are excellent for predicting the figures related to the Indian astronomy.

 

Albert Hall

Designed in the Indo Sarcenic style of architecture by Sir Swinton Jacob, the Albert Hall presents an exquisite collection of decorative wares, sculptures, paintings, natural history specimen and Egyptian mummy and the celebrated Persian carpet.

Shopping in Jaipur

A major gem and jewellery centre, Jaipur is famous for Kundan work (enamel work on gold). Also there are woollen carpets, cotton rugs, marble statuary, enamelled wares, brass ware, hand-block printed Sanganeri and Bagru Cotton fabrics, exotic blue pottery made from crushed quartz, leather footwear and more.

Day 07. Jaipur / Mandawa (Shekhawati)

Distance: 175 km Time: 4.0 Hours

Enjoy a full day's tour of Mandawa (Shekhawati) including the All Monuments of Mandawa (Shekhawati). Also enjoy shopping in the markets of Bikaner.

MandawaDay 08. Mandawa (Shekhawati)

Enjoy a full day's tour of Mandawa (Shekhawati). Also enjoy shopping in the markets of Mandawa (Shekhawati).


Day 09. Mandawa ( Shekhawati) / Bikaner

Distance: 175 km Time: 4.0 Hours

Travel to Bikaner and check into your hotel where you can rest. Later you can enjoy sightseeing or shopping in the Bikaner city markets.

Day 10. Bikaner
Enjoy a full day's tour of Bikaner including the Junagarh Palace , Anup Mahal , Gaj Mandir, Lalgarh Palace, Fort Museum, and Har Mandir . Also enjoy shopping in the markets of Bikaner.


Day 11. Bikaner / Jaisalmer

Distance: 330 km Time: 6 Hours

Travel to Jaisalmer and check into your hotel where you can rest. Later you can enjoy sightseeing or shopping in the Jaisalmer city markets.

Day 12. Jaisalmer

The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. The exotic, remote and beautiful, Jaisalmer is a bit of a paradox. So far west that it is in the heart of the desert, one would expect barren near-desolation. Yet this frontier town is today one of Rajasthan's best-loved tourist destinations. Local colour and warmth prevail over the inhospitable and forbidding terrain, imbuing the medieval town with a special magic.

Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhati Rajput, laid the foundation of this city in 1156 AD. Trikuta was the hill chosen and Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Lodurva and established his new capital here.

The Bhati Rajputs of Jaisalmer were feudal chiefs who lived on the forced levy on the caravans thatJaisalmer crossed their territory en-route Delhi. These caravans, laden with precious cargos of spices and silk brought great wealth to this town. Because of its remote location, Jaisalmer for years remained untouched by outside influences and during the British Raj, the rulers of Jaisalmer were the last to sign the instrument of agreement with the British.

In medieval times, its prosperity was due to its location on the main trade route linking India to Egypt, Arabia, Persia, Africa and the West. The glory of Jaisalmer faded when sea trade replaced the old land routes. But there is still an 'Arabian Nights' quality about the town. The narrow streets in the walled city preserve a traditional way of life : the craftsmen still work at the ancient crafts of weaving and stone carving, the making of silver jewellery
and embroidery. And the stately, nonchalant camel is everywhere.

Just a walk through Jaisalmer, savouring the medieval glory of old Rajasthan, is a marvellously rewarding travel experience. Desert Festival, celebrated in January/ February, is a must on any itinerary. The desert seems to bloom in a thousand colours. There are camel races and folk dances. Craft bazaar and traditional balled singing. A sound and light spectacle on the sand-dunes of Sam on the full moon night. And all the colour and excitement of the best in Rajasthan.

The perfect time to visit the golden city is during the Desert Festival every year when the city reverberates to the sound of melodious tunes and rhythms. Folk dances, exciting competitions and contest especially the turban-tying contest, Mr.Desert contest and camel races enlighten the festivities. Jaisalmer is a marvel of beautiful culture and harsh climatic conditions, together amounting to a memorable experience.

Tourist Attractions in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest in Rajasthan after Chittor and commands the desertscape from its 250 feet high perch on the hill. Three strong walls protect the citadel. The first buttress wall was constructed by the local Jain panchayat in the 15th century. Subsequent additions and fortifications were built by the Rawals. The steep cobblestone pathway leading to the royal palace passes through four gates-Akhai Pole (Ganesh Pole), Suraj Pole, Bhuta Pole and Hawa Pole. Sharp turns on the road topped by high defense gateways made it invincible. At the highest point of the place can be seen an umbrella-Meghadamber symbolic of Krishna.

Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli

The late 19th century haveli with intricate architecture is a display of sheer craftsmanship.The left and right wings of the mansion which were craved by two brothers are not identical but very similar and balanced in design.The interior walls are ornate with splendid miniature paintings.

Jain Temples of Jaisalmer Jain Temples of Jaisalmer

Within the palace there were three exquisitely carved Jain temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras-Rishabhdev, Sambhavnath and Parshwamnath. There was also a library with a huge collection of some extremely old manuscripts. Really, there were surprises all over the palace and the journey was just started.

Gadsisar Sagar Lake

While driving me back to the hotel, my cab driver insisted to visit this lake. There were many beautiful temples and shrines around the lake. But the sight of countless birds flocking over the water was the most enchanting.

Salim Singh Ki Haveli

This 300 year old haveli of Jaisalmer's Prime Minister to Maharaja Rawal Gaj Singh- Salim Singh,has a beautiful bule cuopla roof with superbly craved brackets in the form of peacocks.This extraordinary mansion in yellow stone is covered with intricate carvings and has an elaborate projecting balcony on the top storey.

Camel Safari

This 300 year old haveli of Jaisalmer's Prime Minister to Maharaja Rawal Gaj Singh- Salim Singh,has a beautiful bule cuopla roof with superbly craved brackets in the form of peacocks.This extraordinary mansion in yellow stone is covered with intricate carvings and has an elaborate projecting balcony on the top storey.

Shopping in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is famous for mirror work, embroidered articles, woollen pattu and other items made of good quality, locally produced wood, wooden boxes, trinklets, silver jewellery and curios. The main shopping areas are Sadar Bazaar and Sonaron Ka Bas, Manak Chowk, Pansari Bazaar and also Rajasthali - Government shop for handicrafts and Khadi Gramodyog.

Day 13. Jaisalmer / Jodhpur

Distance: 290 km Time: 6 Hours

Travel to Jodhpur and check into your hotel where you can rest. Later you can enjoy sightseeing or shopping in the Jodhpur city markets.

Day 14. Jodhpur

In Jodhpur, the genius of its sculptors comes to life in its exquisite palaces, forts, temples and havelis, which stand testimony to the imperial grandeur. The most alluring part of Jodhpur is the traditional lifestyle, festivity and the smiling people who treasure this former princely state.

Tourist Attractions in Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort

The Mehrangarh Fort is the most impressive and majestic structures of Jodhpur. This huge fort is 5 km long with 125-meter high hill. With its four gigantic gates, the fort encloses some magnificent palaces with intricately carved panels, latticed windows and names reminiscent of the royal history of Jodhpur. The Moti Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal, the Phool Mahal, the Sileh Khana and the Daulat Khana are the other grand structures within the fort. These palaces have an exclusive collection of palanquins, miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, elephant hawdahs, costumes and furniture.

 

Umaid Bhawan Palace

The Umaid Bhavan Palace has an interesting story behind it. The Maharaja of Jodhpur ordered the construction of this palace just to provide employment to the famine struck population of Jodhpur in the 20th century. The construction of the palace took 16 years of hard labor. Now, this palace made of sandstone has been divided into two parts - a hotel and a museum.

Jaswant Thada

Built in 1899 AD, this cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble is a memoir of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The portraits of various Jodhpur rulers are there on the main cenotaph that boasts of the bravery of Rajput rulers in Jodhpur.

Government Museum Government Museum

The government museum in the middle of the Umaid Public Gardens has a varied collection of textiles, miniature portraits, local crafts, weapons, the images of Jain Tirthankars etc.

Kailana Lake

A charming picnic spot around a lake, famous for a spectacular view of sunset this lake is located 11 kilometers from Jodhpur.

Clock Tower & Sadar Market

In the old city, clock tower is a prominent land mark. But main attraction is the Sadar Market. The market has kept alive the old 'haat bazaar' culture.

Shopping in Jodhpur

The Sadar Market near the Clock Tower gives immense shopping pleasure to the locals as well as the visitors. The colourful but hectic bazaar consists of many narrow lanes, lined with tiny shops. Look for the tie & dye textiles, embroidered leather shoes, lacquerware, antiques, carpets and puppets. Here, one can buy exquisite Rajasthani textiles, clay figurines, miniature camels and elephants, marble inlay work and classic silver jewellery.

Girdikot and Sardar Market

The vibrant Girdikot and Sardar markets of Jodhpur have the tiny shops situated in the center with a wide range of handicraft items and other antique items.

Day 15. Jodhpur / Udaipur

Distance: 270 km Time: 5 Hours

Travel to Udaipur and check into your hotel where you can rest. Later you can enjoy sightseeing or shopping in the Udaipur city markets.

UdaipurDay 16. Udaipur

The city was founded in 1567 AD by Maharana Udai Singh on the advice of a sage. Udaipur was last of the numerous Mewar capitals. It was in Udaipur that legendary Maharana Pratap was born. He was obsessed with Chittaur and the past glories of the Sisodia clan possessed his mind. Maharana Pratap left Udaipur to win back Chittaur from the Mughals. But he failed in his attempts and Udaipur remained the capital of Mewar till India got her independence.The memory of the failure of noble Pratap gives Udaipur its pervading mood of nostalgic wistfulness.

 

The city acquires its scenic beauty from the Aravallis. Three lakes- Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar make it an oasis in the desert.

In the harsh terrain of the hills and ravines of Aravallis, flourishes the city of lakes, Udaipur. One of the most romantic places in India, Udaipur is situated around the shimmering clear blue water lakes, which whisper the mood of a bygone era.

 

Tourist Attractions in Udaipur

City Palace

A majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake on a hill surrounded by crenelated walls, it is a conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. The main entrance is through the triple arched gate, the ‘Tripolia' with eight marble porticos. The Maharana were weighed under the gate in the gold, the equivalent amount of which was distributed among the populace.

Lake Palace
The taxi driver took me through scores of windy, hilly streets till I reached the fantastic Lake Palace. It's a beautiful white structure seemingly floating in the middle of the lake. Now converted into a luxury hotel, it was the former summer residence of the royal family. All the luxuries of the palace have been utilized to make it one of the best hotels in the world.

Sahelion Ki Bari

On the shores of Fateh Sagar Lake was built a garden for the 48 young girls waiting to be sent to the royal house as part of dowry. This garden is laid with extensive lawns, fountains and shady walking lanes. There are four pools with dainty kiosks and fountains with elephant trunks for spouts. These gardens appear discrete and impeccable in taste.

Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal

This is a museum of folk arts, which has rich collection of folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments and paintings. World famous puppeteers put shows here, on request in advance.

Pratap Memorial

Erected atop Modi Magri is this equestrian bronze statue of the valiant hero, Maharana Pratap. Sajjan Garh, Gulab Bagh, Dudh Talai Park, the Sunset point are also the places to be seen.

Gulab Bagh

A spectacular rose garden laid out by Maharana Sajjan Singh. A library in the garden has a rare collection of ancient handwritten manuscripts and books.

Jagdish Temple

Dedicated to Vishnu, this temple was built in 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh.

Shopping in Udaipur

Shopping can be a pleasure at the Hathipole, Chetak Circle, Clock Tower, Palace Road and Bapu Bazaar. Rajasthan Government also has its own Handicraft emporium. The shops of Udaipur have plenty of exquisite items to offer. The dainty folk toys, brightly coloured garments, hand printed textiles, batiks, and tie & dye sarees and fabrics to name few. 'Pichwais' or wall hangings painted on cloth are world renowned for their vivid colours and themes. The craftsmanship is at its peak in the metal images and chunky silver jewellery.


Day 17. Udaipur / Delhi

Distance: 700 km Time: 12 Hours

Return to Delhi and rest at your hotel

Day 18. Delhi / End of Tour
Transfer to the airport to catch your flight home with unforgettable memories of your Tour.

 
 
     
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