Classic Rajasthan Tour
THE TOUR AT THE GLANCE
Rajasthan- as the name suggests is the land of rajas or the kings. People still talk about the stories of their wars and heroism, friendship and rivalry, and the queens and concubines. The forts and castles still stand with their glory of the bygone era. Rajasthan is a vast open-air museum with many relics that are well preserved for the new generations and its visitors. In this trip, we learn about Rajasthan's glorious history, witness the majestic forts and castles, experience the cultural heritage and rich traditions, embark on a safari to the dunes and also meet the friendly ethnic communities.
This fantastic trip begins in Delhi- the capital city of India then a short flight whisks us to Udaipur- the City of Lakes. From there, the journey continues to Jodhpur- the home to the most massive fort of India and the golden city of Jaisalmer where we will enjoy camel safari in the dunes. Another short flight brings us to Jaipur- the capital of Rajasthan, and the last stop is Agra- the home of Taj Mahal before we travel back to Delhi.
EXPERIENCES AND VISITS IN THIS TOUR JOURNEY
- Walk thru / Cycle Rickshaw Asia’s largest Spice Market and explore narrow lane in Old Delhi
- The memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, Red Fort- the capital of 17th-century emperor Shah Jahan who also built Taj Mahal, Jama Mosque that can hold 20,000 people at a time,
- Gurudwara Bangla Sahib- the sacred place of worship for Sikh in Delhi.
- Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
- Chand Baori Stepwell and the abandoned capital of Fatehpur Sikri.
- Explore the magnificence of the Pink City and make the most of your elephant ride which takes you to the top of Amber Palace in Jaipur
- Uncover vibrant Rajasthan, from the royal history of Jaipur.
- Ride up to Amber Fort on a caparisoned, by elephant.
- Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Palace, and the Bishnoi tribal community.
- Experience a camel ride through the golden sands, take an exhilarating Jeep safari over the dunes,
- Explore the palatial mansions and the stunning beauty of Jaisalmer Fort
- Udaipur: City Palace, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir.
- Check Out the Clock Tower and Old City Markets in Jodhpur
- Discover the amazing beauty of the ‘Lake City’ of Udaipur and its many royal palaces
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Delhi is one of India's most colourful and exciting metropolises, where the old and new cities exist harmoniously together.Upon arrival into Delhi, you will be met by our representatives who will transfer you to your hotel for check in.
Morning your tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. He is also famously known as the “father of the nation”. Continue your tour to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet. Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi peddling through the narrow by lanes of Chandani Chowk and visit spices market is one of the largest wholesale spice markets in Asia, It is well worth a visit for the intensity of its sights and smells alone. Along with fresh spices of all shapes, sizes, and colors, this market sells myriad nuts, herbs, dry fruits, and grains.
In the afternoon visit the Qutb Minar complex which dominates the historic site where Qutb-ud-Din-Aibak laid the foundation of Delhi Sultanate. Its sandstone minaret, 72.5 m high, has a staircase of 379 steps to reach the summit. It is the tallest stone tower in India and one of the most successful Muslim buildings. You will then discover the Humayun Mausoleum, the 2nd Mughal emperor. Built in the middle of the 16th century at the request of Hamida Banu Begum (the widow of Emperor Humayun), the mausoleum is a fine example of early Mughal architecture.
Drive past British Architect by Edward Lutyens, with the task of building the new capital in Delhi. Lutyen’s Delhi primarily consists of the administrative area of the capital, India Gate and the Viceroy’s House (which is now known as Rashtrapati Bhawan). A visit to Delhi is incomplete without going to Lutyen’s Delhi which one can say, is the place where the Central Government of India currently resides and works from.
Later visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, situated in the heart of New Delhi's Connaught Place area. It is one of the essential Sikh temples. Initially, the bungalow of Raja Jai Singh of the 17th century, the Gurudwara and its pool (also called Sarovar) are now a place of great worship for Sikhs.
Today,early morning transfer to Railway station to boad train to Agra -the land of Taj Mahal! Enjoy the scenery while the morning mist lifts! It's 2 hours 6 minutes comfortable train journey ( Bhopal Shatabdi, air-conditioned chair car, depart Delhi at 6 a.m. and arrive in Agra at 8:06 a.m.)
Upon arrival in Agra Cantt. Station, you are greeted by your local guide and driver transfer to the hotel. It's less likely to get a room for immediate check-in. So, we store the luggage and perhaps after some drinks, proceed for sightseeing.
First, visit the Agra Fort, which is another example of impressive Mughal architecture that became the base of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. The Agra Fort is a vast fortified city extended in 94-acres (380,000 square meters) of land, with its chord lying parallel to the Yamuna River and its walls seventy feet high. It's ironic that towards the end of his life, Shah Jahan, who built Taj Mahal, was imprisoned in the fort by his son and left to die while looking at the Taj Mahal for the remainder of his days.
Next, visit Taj Mahal by Sunset -the synonym of India! An incredible tomb, built in the mid 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an embodiment of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, that took 22 years using the labor of 20,000 men to complete! The white marble was transported by a fleet of 1000 elephants from 200 miles away. The Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world.
Today, travel by road to Jaipur, You will stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri-the abandoned capital-built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar during 1570 and 1585. It's a citadel-one of the most excellent examples of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Shortly after its completion, as the small, spring-fed lake that supplied the city with water dried, and probably its border with the Rajputana areas in the North-West, which were increasingly in chaos, the emperor abandoned Fatehpur Sikri, moving his capital to Lahore, currently in Pakistan.
About 60 miles before Jaipur city, you take a detour of Chand Baori (in Abhaneri), an ancient stepwell, built in between 800 and 900 A.D. The land of Rajasthan is extremely dry, and drinking water was always scarce. So, the king Chanda ordered the construction of the stepwell that could conserve water enough for his people. The step-well consists of 3,500 small steps over 13 stories and extends 100 ft deep into the ground. It's one of the fascinating architecture of India and worth visiting.
You will arrive in Jaipur-. Adorned with pink sandstone palaces, majestic forts and verdant green gardens against a scenic backdrop of the Aravalli hills, Jaipur represents the charm of India’s rich past and the sophistication of a flourishing metropolis. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II founded the city in 1727, when he decided to shift his capital from Amer. A renowned architect, astronomer, and avid scientist, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II built his capital with geometric precision and made Jaipur one of the most well-planned cities in India. Late afternoon. Check into your rooms and balance of the day is at leisure.
Today, Morning proceed for the sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting Amber Fort with Elephant Ride.
Visit the city of Amber and its fort. Erected on a vast hill, the citadel and its fort were intended to protect the ancient capital of the state of Jaipur. You will get there on the back of an elephant, then you will come back in a jeep. You will be able to visit the various rooms, the inner courtyards, the rooms of public hearings, the Mughal gardens with its star-shaped flower beds. In addition, Amber Fort offers panoramic views of Lake Maota. On the way back you will stop at the Hawa Mahal - the famous and magnificent Palace of the Winds.
Later, proceed to visit City Palace is one of the major landmarks in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. In the Palace complex visit Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. Visit to Observatory or Jantar Mantar. It is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century.Whose passion for science, engineering, and astronomy prompted him to construct this complex of fourteen scientific instruments. It’s been over 200 years since they were first constructed, these fourteen structures can still accurately measure time; predict eclipses, and track stars and planets in their orbits.
Then embark on your Cycle Rickshaw ride- This tour is planned to offer you an insight on the socio economic aspects of the city. Every lane in the walled city has something interesting to offer and the relaxed Rickshaw ride is the best way to explore the city like the locals do.
Transfer to Railway station to board train for Jaisalmer , on the way pass camel carts, vibrant and colorful Rajasthani women carrying produce to the market and men sporting brightly colored turbans.. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to Hotel
Today, you will visit Jaisalmer city almost 900 years old, Jaisalmer was a major post on the trade route across the forbidding Thar Desert, and still today, one's first glimpse of the honey colored walls of the fort, rising out of the hot and barren desert is magical, untouched by time, Jaisalmer, with its golden crenellated walls and narrow streets lined with exquisite havelis, has a medieval ambience. The havelis in both the fort and the town are exceptional. Similar in style to the homes of Venetian merchants, Patwon ki Haveli, Nathmalji ki Haveli the mansions of wealthy traders. The houses are decorated with beautifully carved facades, jali screens and oriel windows, each with an inner courtyard surrounded by richly decorated apartments.
Later in the afternoon excursion Sam Desert: Located 45 kms west of Jaisalmer, are the proper sand dunes and popular with camel safaris, this Jaisalmer's nearest real Sahara like desert, the ripples on the wind caressed dunes create enchanting images - a photograph's delight. Camel Ride on Sam Desert at sunset.
Early morning breakfast and travel by road to Jodhpur, drive through the land uninhabited as far as we could see, but you may occasionally come across several herds of sheep grazing on this arid land on their own with no herdsmen in sight! You may encounter unexpected wildlife amidst the groves. Along the way, herds of camels may stop you.
Stop at Khichan village-famous for its bird sanctuary. This is winter home of a large number of demoiselle cranes that migrate from Europe. Our next stop will be at Osian-an ancient small temple town in the Thar Desert, is located 40 miles northwest of Jodhpur. The city is packed with the large group of the exquisite Hindu and Jain temples of 8th and 12th-century temples.
In Jodhpur, check into your accommodation and balance of the day is at leisure.
Today, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, which is one of the most massive forts in India and real pride of India. The fort houses several palaces inside, with large patios. The main palaces are Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Takht Vilas, and Jhanki Mahal. Next destination is Jaswant Thada-a royal cenotaph built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. A white marble memorial, the cenotaph is adorned with exquisite carvings.
The tour continues to Umaid Palace; it is one of the famous places to be seen in the whole of Rajasthan and is a testimony of what architectural beauty should be.
In the afternoon, we will take a jeep safari to meet the Bishnoi community and get a close look into the unique tribal life of the area. The Bishnoi tribes are known for their respect for the environment and devotion towards conservation of local flora and fauna and particularly the endangered blackbucks. The trip offers an opportunity to see the skills of tribal people in making traditional crafts such as rug-weaving, pottery, etc. You will have a chance to taste traditional food and opium tea and enjoy Kalbeliya, a folklore dance performed by the gypsy tribes.
Today, travel by road to Udaipur. stop at Ranakpur village to visit its famous Jain temple (Open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. for tourists). This beautiful temple is built from light-colored marble and covers an area of 40,000 square foot. Supported by 1444, exquisitely carved pillars and with its distinctive domes, shikhara, turrets, and arches rising majestically from the slope of a hill fascinate anyone traveling via Ranakpur.
Upon arrival, check into your hotel, and the balance of the day is at leisure.
Today, you will visit the city of Udaipur with its lakes and palaces, cradled in the hills of the Aravalli range is a very romantic city. The name itself "The City of sunrise" evokes a sense of romance. We first visit the City Palace - the focal point of the city and has several areas of interest like the Suraj Gokhada, Badi Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Mor Chowk (the peacock courtyard), and the Zenana Mahal. Next we visit the Jagdish Temple, located close to the Palace with its imposing sculpted figures and heavily ornamented interiors. Finally, stop by to visit Sahelion ki bari Gardens or the ‘Garden of maids’; built under the express guidance of Maharana Sangram Singh II, it is believed that the garden was constructed for 48 maids who accompanied the Maharana's wife as dowry.
This evening, we take a boat ride at Lake Pichola, 4-Km long and 3-Km broad, surrounded by splendid hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. Visit the island palace, Jag Mandir that is beautifully set in the lake.
After breakfast, you have free time until it is airport time for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival you will meet our representative at airport and catch you next flight back home.
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN YOUR TOUR COST
- Accommodation for total 11 nights on sharing twin / double room .
- Meals : As per program mentioned
- Transfers, sightseeing/excursions as per the program by air-conditioned Vehicle.
- English speaking Local guide as per program.
- All entrance fees to the monuments as mentioned in the program.
- Cycle rickshaw ride in the local bazaar in Delhi & Jaipur.
- Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur.
- Camel ride on Desert in Jaisalmer.
- Jeep safari to visit Bishnoi Village in Jodhpur
- Enjoy an evening boat ride across Lake Pichola in Udaipur
- Train journey from Delhi / Agra on Shatabdi Train on Tourist Class
- Train Journey from Jaipour toJaisalmer on 2nd AC Class.
- Company representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
- All presently applicable taxes including the GST charges levied recently by the Government.
- Two bottles of mineral water each day during sightseeing.
TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE FOLLOWING EXPENSES
- International / Domestic Airfare / Departure taxes
- Any new admission fees / taxes / fuel surcharges / Visa Fee
- Meals not mentioned
- All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, trip cancellation and personal insurance
- Early check-in/late check-out (except as noted)
- Camera/video fees at monuments
- Excess baggage fees
- Communication costs
- Any additional expenses due to unforeseen problems like natural disaster, war or strikes, cancellation or
- misconnection of flights or last-minute change of timings etc.
- Any other items not specified
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