India & Rajashthan Tour 2
Destinations : Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Shekhawati/Mandhawa, Jodhpur, Pushkar, Delhi.
Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
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.
Delhi 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
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.
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.
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.
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
Agra 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
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 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.
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
The 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 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) / Jodhpur
Distance: 350 km Time: 7 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 10. 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 11. Jodhpur / Pushkar
Distance: 225 km Time: 4.3 Hours
Travel to Pushkar and check into your hotel where you can rest. Later you can enjoy sightseeing or shopping in the Pushkar city markets.
Day 12. Pushkar
11-km from Ajmer on the edge of the Thar Desert lies a tiny tranquil town of Pushkar along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake, which is an important pilgrimage for the Hindus.
Padma Purana, elaborately describes the origin and importance of this lake. It says that Brahma, the Creator of the Universe, was once contemplating to locate a suitable spot on earth to perform a 'Yajna' (sacrificial ritual), the lotus fell from his hand and rebounding, struck the earth at three places within a circuit of kms. Water issued forth, from all the three places and the Creator called all the three as Pushkar (lotus) distinguishing them as 'Jyeshtha' (elder), 'Madhya' (central) and 'Kanishtha' (younger).
According to mythology, he performed the 'Yajna' at Jyeshtha Pushkar from Kartik Shukla Ekadashi to Purnima. Lakhs of devotees assemble and bathe in the holy waters during this period of the year; but bathing on the last day which is the full moon (Purnima) day, confers special blessings.
One of the major attractions in Pushkar is the PUSHKAR FAIR. The cattle fair is held here on this occasion, where other animals like camels and horses are also bought and sold. It is attended by people from far and wide.
In recent years, an exclusive accommodation-Tourist Village, has also been erected for foreign tourists. Competitions are organized for them and cultural programmes are held acquainting them with the Rajasthani way of life and culture.
Pushkar has 52 bathing ghats and many temples, big and small; the most celebrated one being that of Brahma, the Creator of the Universe.
The world-famous Fair is held in the sacred and peaceful town of Pushkar, 11 kms. north-west of Ajmer. It transforms into a spectacular fair ground for twelve days during the month of Kartik (Oct-Nov).
The Pushkar Fair, a major tourist attraction draws people from all over the globe to the ancient and secluded environment of Pushkar town. Pushkar Fair is perhaps the largest cattle fair in the world. Rajasthan which is enriched by cattle wealth is the home to many recognized breeds of cattle.
A large number of cattle converge here and brisk trading takes place. The fair is predominantly a rural gathering and is overwhelming in its magnitude and visual impact. Vendors peddle their dazzling range of wares at hundreds of roadside stalls.
Evenings at the fair have their own charm. Folk Dramas, Music and Dances are organized for the entertainment of the tourists. The camels, horse and donkey races are great crowd pullers and enthrall the tourists.
Tourist Attractions in Pushkar
It is the only temple in India dedicated to Lord braham. The temple is marked by a red spire and over the entrance gateway us a beautiful statue carrier of Lord Brahma.
A temple dedicated to the first wife of Lord Brahma the Savitri temple is located on the hill behind the Brahma Temple which can be reached by a flight of steps. The temple offers a panoramic view of the lake and the surrounding desertscape.
On the banks if pushkar is the magnificent palace built by Raja Man Singh 1 of Amer now converted into the RTDC Hotel sarovar it offers a comfortable accommodation to the visitors.
Shopping in Pushkar
A large number of traders gather at the Pushkar Fair and set up shops. They sell a host of products like bead necklaces of Nagaur, woollen blankets of Merta, textiles printed in Ajmer and Jodhpur, brassware of Jodhpur and Jaipur etc. Also on sale are saddles, ropes, and assorted household items. During the fair, cultural shows and exhibitions are organised to enliven the event. Movies are shown and competitions are arranged. Bards and poets recite and sing tales of valour and heroism of bygone days. Animal races and other competitions add to the attraction.
Day 13. Pushkar / Delhi
Distance: 450 km Time: 8 Hours
Return to Delhi and rest at your hotel
Day 14. Delhi / End of Tour
Transfer to the airport to catch your flight home with unforgettable memories of your Tour.