Royal Rajasthanwith Taj

Duration :14 Nights/ 15 Days

Destination Delhi - The Capital of India - Agra - Jaipur

Highlights of Tour :

Explore New Delhi and Old Delhi including Red Fort - Jama masjid - Qutub Minar - Lotus temple - Humayun tomb - India Gate - President house and Parliament, World famous Taj Mahal and Agra fort - Itmudullah - Sikandra En route to Jaipur explore the old capital of Mughals called fateh pur Sikri, Elephant ride at Amer Fort - Jaipur City Palace - Observatory - Palace of Wind - Hawa Mahal, Colorful Havelis at Mandawa, Bikaner Fort & wonderful havelis and only one living fort in Jaisalmer Sunset and Camel ride at SAM sand Dunes, Explore Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Mandore Gardens and Clock Tower Market in Jodhpur, Bishnoi village jeep safari and experience of Tribal India, Explore City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Shalieon ki Bari and Boat Ride at Udaipur

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 Arrive Delhi

You will be met on arrival at the Delhi airport and get transferred to the hotel. Enjoy the hospitality of the hotel in Delhi and overnight stay.

Day 2 Full day city tour of the Capital Delhi

Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes a visit to the Red Fort, built in 1648 during the reign of Shah Jehan in red sandstone, which gave the fort its name. Jama Masjid is India's largest mosque, built of red sandstone and white marble in the middle of the 17th century. Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), once the imperial avenue down which Shah Jehan rode at the head of lavish cavalcades, is today bustling with shops, stalls and silversmiths' ateliers. Also visit Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, Shakti Sthal, the cremation spot of Indira Gandhi and Veer Bhumi, memorial to Rajiv Gandhi.

Sightseeing of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate, built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy is today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, an unique circular building with huge colonnades, houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament. Humayun's Tomb is the first Mughal garden tomb. Visitors are immediately struck by the tomb's resemblance to its more famous cousin - the Taj Mahal - with its four grand gateways, octagonal base-plan, soaring niche-shaped arches, lofty double domes and the symmetrical garden with its central canal. One of Delhi’s most striking monuments is the 70-meter high Qutb Minar, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi. Lakshmi Narayan Temple was built in 1938 in a pleasantly laid out garden and is named after the goddess of wealth and the god Narayan, though other deities are also housed here. Also visit Connaught Circus the commercial hub of New Delhi. Overnight stay in Delhi

Day 3 Drive to Agra - 200Kms

After breakfast drive to Agra. Approx 3 hours drive will take you to this beautiful city. Check in at the hotel and later proceed to explore the best of it.

Depart for a tour of Agra city. Visit the red sandstone Agra Fort, which stands like a crescent on the banks of the Jamuna river, enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12- meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture. The Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah is a mausoleum on the left bank of the Jamuna, built by empress Nur Jehan in memory of her father. Though small, it is perfectly proportioned and regarded as the forerunner to the Taj Mahal, being the first Mughal building all in white marble. The highlight of your trip will probably be a visit to the Taj Mahal, surely the greatest monument to love and one of the wonders of the modern world. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice, constructed by emperor Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Overnight stay in Agra.

Day 4 Drive to Jaipur - 240 Kms

After breakfast drive to Jaipur. Approx 5 hours drive will take you this Pink city.

En route stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted sandstone city, which was the glorious but short-lived imperial capital of Akbar, the greatest of Mughal emperors. Lying on a rocky ridge, it is today a haunting complex of empty palaces, forts and mosques. A variety of architectural styles are found, since craftsmen representing many schools were employed.

Continue drive to Jaipur and check in at your hotel. Evening relax and explore the nearby market and overnight stay.

Day 5 In Jaipur

Morning visit Amber, the capital for 6 centuries before Jaipur was built, which lies 11 km north of Jaipur. Rising majestically on the slopes of a hill, this 11th century fort and palace complex is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles - the earlier constructions in the inner apartments designed by the Hindu founder are austere, while later constructions abound in the rich flourishes characteristic of Muslim influence. The Diwani-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience) affords a view of the strategic location of Amber. The Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) is the finest example of the artistic exuberance of the day - panels of alabaster, fine inlay work, a shimmering Hall of Mirrors, renowned for its fine mirrorwork. The Sukh Nivas (Hall of Pleasure) has 17th century air conditioning. Elephants carry you up the ramparts of the fort.

Afternoon explore Jaipur, one of the best planned cities in India, built of rose-pink sandstone by the great astronomer-king Jai Singh II in 1727. The City Palace stands in the centre of the city. Part of it is still the Maharaja's residence, while most of the complex has been developed into a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings, royal apparel and an armoury. Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) is the landmark of Jaipur. It stands on one of the main streets, a curious building, elaborate and fanciful, built of pink sandstone with a delicate honeycomb design. Rising five storeys high, it is composed of semi-octagonal overhanging windows, each with its perforated screen, which allowed the ladies of the court to look onto the main street without being seen. Jantar Mantar observatory, built by the founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The huge stone instruments were devised to study the movements of the sun, moon and planets and are incredibly accurate.

There is time to wander through the colourful bazaars, a veritable collector's paradise where you can watch ancient craft forms. Meenakari or enameling delicate patterns of birds and flowers fired in glowing red, deep green, peacock blue and white; the gold jewel is then given further sparkle with emeralds, rubies, white sapphires and dangling pearls. In tiny ateliers you can see the age-old tie-dye methods of cloth printing, with yard upon yard of vivid turquoise, ochre and crimson cloth unfolding. Overnight stay in Jaipur

Day 6 Jaipur to Mandawa

After breakfast drive to Mandawa.

After breakfast drive through Shekhavati country to Nawalgarh, a treasure house of old havelis (mansions) with finely carved and painted balconies, depicting old modes of Rajasthani life, historic events and family celebrations. The town of Mandawa lies in the heart of Shekhavati. As you approach it, Mandawa emerges from the sand like a mirage. A painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows leads to the bazaar. Tie and dye fabrics flutter in the breeze, skilled hands craft colourful bangles in lac and cobblers make leather shoes embroidered with gold thread. Wander through the streets to admire the mansions of the Goenkas, Sarafs, Ladias and Chokhanis with their imposing gateways and elaborate frescoes. Wind your way through two imposing gateways up to Mandawa Castle. The handsome rugged fort of Mandawa was built in 1755 by Thakur Nawal Singh, who also founded the town of Nawalgarh. Explore the castle and its museum, which houses ancestral costumes, weapons and an impressive collection of coins. There is time to just relax and enjoy the view of the village at sunset from one of the terraces. Overnight stay in Mandawa

Day 7 Drive to Bikaner

After breakfast drive to Bikaner, founded at the close of the 15th century, stands on high ground, surrounded by fine embattled walls. The 16th century fort contains palaces, temples and a mosque, mostly made of red and yellow sandstone. The marble images are considered to be the finest specimens of Hindu art. Within the massive edifice of the fort, the entrance of which is flanked by two life-size effigies of elephants, are housed some of the rarest gems of Rajput civilisation. The Durbar Hall is in Mughal style, lavishly decorated with paintings. Gilt reliefs, glass mosaics and lace- like mirrors adorn the intimate and graceful Zenana - the women's wing, separated from the main palace by a broad courtyard with paneled niches. The Chattris or cenotaphs of the rulers are located some 5 miles (8 km) away. Outside the city are other palaces and temples, imposing edifices of carved red sandstone. Jain temples and monasteries abound in the city and its environs. The famous Camel Corps of the Indian Army, still most useful in desert warfare, are housed in Bikaner. A visit to the Camel Breeding Farm is worthwhile - you could get your first taste of camel's milk here !

Day 8 Drive to Jaislamer

After breakfast drive 6 hours to reach at Jaisalmer. evening enjoy the sun set and overnight stay in Jaisalmer

Day 9 In Jaisalmer

Jaiselmer lies in the western extremity of Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert. The ancient city, which stands on a low range of hills, surrounded by a stone wall three miles round, was founded in 1156 AD. Within its walls lie temples, forts and palaces, all built of yellow sandstone. The Jain Temples in the fort are decked with deities and dancing figures in mythological settings. The library attached to these places of worship contains some of the most ancient manuscripts in India, some dating back to the 12th century, written on palm-leaf in black ink with hand painted wooden covers. Down in the city are the renowned havelis or mansions of Salim Singh, Nathmalji and the Patwas, every house boasting superb lattice work in innumerable and intricate designs.

Day 10 Drive to SAND DUNES

Approx little more than 1 hour drive will take you deep in SAM sand dunes where you can enjoy the camel ride and beautiful sun set beyond the Dunes Horizons. Evening folk dance cultural evening will attract you for your memorable stay in the Desert Camp.

Day 11 Drive to Jodhpur

Drive to Jodhpur for nearly 6 hours and chekc in at your hotel. Later explore the best of it. Jodhpur is the land of the valiant Rathore kings, whose courage was a match for the tyranny of the Thar Desert. A bleak scarp rears up 120 meters from the desert valley. Straddling the rocky crevices is the massive Jodhpur Fort, its sheer walls reflecting the strength of its warrior builders. The fort is entered through seven gates, each a formidable barrier. The museum within the fort is one of the finest in Rajasthan and displays royal apparel, ancient paintings and manuscripts, fabled treasures of the royal household and an armoury. An interesting section displays folk musical instruments from different regions of Rajasthan. Delicately latticed windows and pierced screens worked in sandstone form the dominant motif within the rugged casket of the fort and the palaces are exquisitely decorated. On the road down from the fort, the splash of blinding white marble on the left is Jaswant Thada, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II's cenotaph, built in 1899 - all previous rulers have their cenotaphs at Mandore. As with the Taj Mahal in Agra, the marble is from Makrana. The town below has many more fine buildings and temples and is interesting to walk through, particularly the market near the clock tower.

Day 12 Drive to Udaipur

After breakfast drive south to reach at Udaipur. In the evening take a boat ride on Lake Pichola. The steel blue waters of the lake, artificially created in the 14th century, reflect the white phantom Jag Nivas Palace, now the Lake Palace hotel which was built in 1746 as the summer residence of the rulers, and Jag Mandir said to be built by Maharana Karan Singh for his friend Prince Khurram, who was later to become emperor Shah Jehan. Huge seamless stone slabs of translucent thinness where used. The rooms were embellished with inlaid stones - onyx, jade, carnelian, jasper and agate. overnight stay in Udaipur

Day 13 In Udaipur

Sightseeing of Udaipur city includes a visit to the City Palace which stands on the crest of a ridge overlooking Lake Pichola. The largest palace in Rajasthan, it was built at various periods but still preserves the harmony of design, enhanced by massive octagonal towers surmounted by cupolas. Now a museum, it is a labyrinth of courtyards richly decorated with inlaid mirror-work, galleries covered with frescos, temples and roof gardens which afford a wide panorama below. Sahelion-ki-Bari (Garden of the Handmaidens) is a good example of the Hindu art of landscape gardening on a princely scale. Ornamental pools with finely sculptured cenotaphs of soft black stone are surrounded by a profusion of fountains. The Jagdish Temple in the old town was built in the mid-17th century and has a remarkable bronze statue of Garuda, the mythical bird, facing his revered master Lord Vishnu. The shops and craftsmen's ateliers in the narrow streets of the bazaar justify endless walks. Overnight stay in Udaipur

Day 14 Fly back to Delhi

After leisurely breakfast you will get transfrred to the airport in time to board flight for Delhi. YOu will be assisted in Delhi airport as well and transfer to hotel in Delhi

Day 15 Departure Delhi

Transfer to the airport in time to board flight for onward destination