Rajasthan is extremely rich when we talk about culture and traditions. This is evident through the conduct of locals who take every incoming person as very special and important. They are firm believers in the phrase: “Atithi Devo Bhava” and treat all guest of theirs like God. Also they have long preserved the living style and dressing style of their ancestors with unmatched grace. On this trip we take you to explore the beautiful culture of Rajasthan.
Itinerary of this seventeen days long trip will include visit to Delhi, Agra and six most famous cities of Rajasthan: Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Ranthambore and Bikaner. All of these cities are explored sparing one day for each and every popular tourist attraction is visited here.
Reach Delhi on day one via a flight. We pick you up from the airport and drop you at the hotel that’s been already booked for you. Dine in here and enjoy your overnight stay at peace.
Delhi is the power seat of India because of it being the national capital and it has been granted such a status because earlier some part of it was the capital of Mughal and British India. Starting from Jama Masjid (largest mosque in India), Rajghat (cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi), Red Fort and Chandni Chowk (all in Old Delhi). We move to Lotus Temple(of Baha’i faith), Birla Temple (enshrining Lord Vishnu), Qutub Minar, India Gate (built by Britishers), Parliament House, President’s house etc. to know a little more. Shopping at the markets is one of the favourite activities of all. Evening a spectacular light and sound show awaiting you at Red Fort. Overnight at Delhi.
Mandawa lies in Rajasthan state where affluent merchant class flourished greatly. Come morning we drive you to this town (5 hours) and take you to a hotel on reaching. Afternoon visit to village Shekhawati scheduled. This place looks extremely beautiful as grand mansions (Havelis) of rich business class stand over its picturesque landscape. Night stay at Mandawa.
Four hours guided drive will transfer you to Bikaner where you will be shifted to a hotel. Come noon an informative excursion of Camel Breeding Farm lined up where you come to know about the breeding time and international demand of the ship of the desert (camel). Also you can taste camel’s milk and can enjoy a ride on a camel. Evening return to the hotel and spend time at leisure. Take a good night’s sleep at Bikaner.
Some sites in Bikaner are worth a visit and shouldn’t be missed out so we have put in your touring itinerary of Bikaner: the Junagarh Fort and the lovely Bhand Sagar Jain Temple. While dining, be prepared to be carried away by the taste of Bikaneri snacks and sweets served to you. Restful overnight stay at Bikaner.
A drive will convey you to Jaisalmer (6 hours) lying at the centre of the Great Indian Desert. Assisted check in to a hotel on arrival after which you can spend some time restfully in your private space or can move out to discover the colourful markets. Return to the hotel for dinner and night stay.
Morning after breakfast, visit the Jain Temples located within Sonar Quila. You can also see the amazing museum in here exhibiting art pieces and long flowing robes of Jaisalmer Royals. Thereafter, we will take you to have a look at Patwaon Ki Haveli and Gadisar Lake. Highlight of the day will be exploring the expansive desert grounds of Jaisalmer having sand dunes at the back of a camel and viewing a breath-taking sunset scene at the sunset point. Night stay enjoying cool flowing breeze at tent house on the open desert grounds.
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Post breakfast, we will take you to Jodhpur by a drive. Steering through the village roads, spectating the desert lands you will reach at your destination and transfer to a hotel with the help of our representatives. Later, you go to the Mandore Gardens (former capital of Marwar kingdom) and Umaid Bhawan Palace museum (one of the world’s largest privately owned residences by a king) as per the schedule. Quiet and peaceful night stay at the hotel in Jodhpur.
At dawn start for Kumbhalgarh (cover 220kms in 5 hours) and shift to a hotel on your arrival. Kumbhalgarh Fort is excursed on this day where you can see several palaces, gardens, temples etc inside the acreage. This fort was owned by the kings of Mewar and was used as a hideout in the times of emergency. Evening transfer to Ranakpur via a comfortable drive. Overnight stay on at Ranakpur Tourist resort.
Ranakpur is a well known town for Jain pilgrimage because of location of Ranakpur Jain Temples here (made of white marble showcasing exemplary carvings craft). Visit the main shrine of Adinath (having a whopping 1,444 columns), Sun Temple etc. in the campus. Next a drive will convey you to Udaipur (4 hours), enroute you can have a look at the agricultural practices adopted by locals. Check in to a hotel on arrival and overnight stay at Udaipur.
Udaipur is named after the ruler of Mewar – Rana Udai Singh therefore this city has some royal legends attached to it. Your itinerary for day 10th will include a visit to Lake Pichola, City Palace exhibiting antiques, art pieces, peacock square etc, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Nathwara, Eklingji Shiva Temple etc. Come back to the hotel in Udaipur for night stay.
In the morning a drive will transfer you to Kota. This town keeps a special place in history due to the palaces and temples situated here. Now also it is developing at a fast pace as a result of the Chambal River Valley Project (Kota is located along the banks of Chambal). On arrival, check in to a hotel. Rao Madho Singh Museum, Jag Mandir, City Palace and Fort are worth a visit here. Overnight in Kota.
Road trip to Ranthambore, a halt at Bundi in between. Bundi was ruled by Hada Chauhans’ clan and here the splendorous Bundi Fort (a very good remnant of Rajput architecture) is a not-to-miss place. Continue driving towards Ranthambore and evening will be marked with the arrival at Sawai Madhopur, the gateway to Ranthambore National Park. Check into the hotel and spend your night at peace here.
This day will bring to you a thrilling wild safari in the well preserved lands of Ranthambore National Park. This place is covered under Project Tiger 1973 and is a natural home to the Royal Bengal Tigers. So while driving through the jungle in a jeep you can spot a tiger looking as ferocious as always. Also, there are several other animal and plant species that can be of your interest. Evening transfer to Jaipur via road and check into a hotel. Overnight at Jaipur.
Two days will be devoted to the grand exploration of Jaipur – Rajasthan’s capital. Here, we visit the Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort on first day. These three forts were owned by Sawai Jai Singh II and have such a strategic location (situated on hill of Aravalli) because Jai Singh wanted to keep an eye on Jaipur. The palaces, gardens inside the fort are spell binding especially Sheesh Mahal in Amber Fort. Overnight at Jaipur.
Second day of the Pink City excursion will take you to Jantar Mantar (one of the four astronomical observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh II but the best preserved), City Palace displaying art objects, royal wearables, weapons etc. Evening free for shopping at local bazaars and personal activities. Spend last night in Rajasthan enjoying the regal hospitality.
We will pick you up from Jaipur once you are done with breakfast and will drop you at Delhi airport so that you board your flight for onward destination/ for your hometown.