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Rajasthan Forts and Palaces Tour

Tour Duration :

14 Nights / 15 Days



Destinations Covered : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhopur - Ranakpur - Kumhalgarh - Udaipur.
Overview


Rajasthani forts and palaces are the historical legacies of the state. They have been mute witnesses to mystiques and romances, intrigues and pleasures of the past. To this date, they stand as proud sentinels of beauty, grace, architectural splendor, strength and sheer richness of civilization, era and culture to which they belong. Each of the forts and palaces covered in this tour has its own set of historical legends and folklores that still seem to permeate the aura of the place.

This 21-day tour is a delight for all history lovers, who find it thrilling to witness the past without the aid of time machine. Amber was the capital of Kachchwahas for about seven centuries and Amber Fort at Jaipur, itself grew over a period of two centuries. Pushkar Palace is more than 400 years old and now offers royal accommodations to its visitors. Ranthambore Fort is a living daydream for wildlife and bird-watching enthusiasts. All the forts and palaces covered in this tour have been preserved well - some of them as museums - and take you on a journey of some of the most unusual and dramatic events of the history of Rajasthan.

Rajasthan Forts and Palaces Tour Itinerary:
Day 1 – : Delhi – Arrive Delhi

Arrive at New Delhi International Airport. Met with your airport representative and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 2 : At Delhi

Tour of Delhi - This morning is free to relax from long and hectic flight.  Afternoon proceed on a combined sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi visit Red Fort, Jama Masjid, drive past Chandni Chowk and visit Raj Ghat- the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Sightseeing tour of New Delhi – you will visit Qutab Minar- 234 feet high tower, nearby stands the Iron pillar, the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun and the modern Birla Mandir Temple. Drive past India Gate (War Memorial), President's House which was once the Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and Secretariat Buildings.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3 :   Delhi / Agra - Drive 4 hours)

Tour of Agra City - Morning met your driver at hotel lobby and drive to Agra (205 km / 4 hours drive).  Enroute stop at Sikandra to see Akbar's tomb (Time permitting). Check in at your hotel on arrival. Afternoon visit to the monument of love The Taj Mahal. Later visit the Agra Fort with its exquisitely rich palaces. 

Day 4 : Agra – Jaipur – Drive time approximate 5 hours

Breakfast at hotel. Morning - drive from Agra to Jaipur (5 hours). Stop enroute to visit Ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri. Time permiting and interested make a brief stop at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary on the way to Jaipur. Arrival Jaipur and check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 : At Jaipur

Morning after breakfast tour of Amber Fort where you will ride on Elephant’s back uphill to reach the ramparts of the Fort. Afternoon - tour of Jaipur, popularly known as "The Pink City of Rajasthan". Visit to Jantar Mantar Observatory, which was built in the 1700's and yet even today, looks futuristic. Visit to City Palace and its Museum and the Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of Winds. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 : Jaipur to Bikaner

Morning after relaxed breakfast at the hotel proceed to Bikaner in around 6 to 7 hours. On arrival check into the hotel. Afternoon leisurely proceed to visit Karni Mata Temple at Deshnokh. Deshnok Temple is situated in semi desert village at a distance of 30 kms, this place is famous for Karnimata Temple where you will see thousands of rats roaming freely in the temple complex and are held sacred. Overnight at the hotel

Day 7 : At Bikaner

Bikaner city tour - Morning after breakfast at the hotel commence sight seeing tour of Bikaner covering Junagarh Fort – constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, Bandh Sagar Temple – The 16th century Jain temple.
 
Afternoon excursion to Camel Breeding Farm – a unique experience where you can ride on a camel & have perhaps the first taste of camel’s milk. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 : Bikaner / Proceed to Jaisalmer

After breakfast at the hotel drive to Jaisalmer by car in around 7 hours and check in at the HOTEL. Rest of the day is left free to relax. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 : At Jaisalmer to Sam Sand Dunes

Jaisalmer city tour - Morning after buffet breakfast at the hotel sight seeing tour of Jaisalmer city visiting The Golden Fort of 99 Bastions, Manek Chowk, Patwon Ki Haveli and Salim Singh Haveli (the old Mansions with lattice work done on the walls). 
Afternoon proceed to Sam Sand Dunes (1 hour) and check in at the Swiss cottages camp on arrival. Evening board your waiting camels for Sunset view in the dunes. Sand Dunes : No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the most picturesque dunes of Sam. The ripples on the wind -caressed dunes, that create an enchanting mirage, are surely a delight for a trigger -happy photographer.
Your evening will be entertained by folk music, camp fire. Buffet dinner and overnight at the Camp.

Day 10 : Jaisalmer / Jodhpur

After buffet breakfast at the hotel proceed to Jodhpur (6 hours). On arrival check-in at Hotel. Afternoon tour of Jodhpur which will include a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort set on the top of the hill, Jaswanth Thada and a visit to the local market. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 : Jodhpur / Ranakpur / Kumbhalgarh

Morning after breakfast at the hotel time free to explore Blue city of Jodhpur on your own. Later drive to Kumbhalgarh (4 hours) enroute Ranakpur Jain Temple Tour - Sprawling over 48,000 sq.feet, the temple is an astounding creation with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars - all distinctly carved.. Arrive Kumbhalgarh and check in at the hotel. Rest of the time free to enjoy Kumbhalgarh.
Kumbhalgarh - located in the most rugged of the Aravali Hills. It takes name after the impressive historic fort of Kumbhalgarh, which come into view over the Park. It is 578 sq Kms in area. It is home to a very large variety of wild life, some of which are highly endangered species. The wild life includes wolf, leopards, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, smabhar, nilgai, chaisingh (the four horned antelope), chinkara and hare.

Day 12 : Kumbhalgarh / Udaipur

Morning after breakfast at the hotel tour of Kumbhalgarh Fort. Afternoon proceed to Udaipur by car in around 2 and half hours. Arrive and Check in at the hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
City tour of Udaipur ‑ the romantic Lake City in Southern Rajasthan, famous for the stunning white marble Palace built on an island in the Lake Pichola. It was the former Palace of the Maharana and now converted to one of the most glamorous hotels in India.

Day 13 : At Udaipur

Morning tour of Udaipur city including a visit to Jag Mandir Palace - a lovely island palace in the middle of the lake.  Rest of the day free to explore this city of Lakes on your own.  Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 : Udaipur to Delhi - Fly

Morning after breakfast at the hotel transfer to Airport to board flight for Delhi. Meeting on arrival at Delhi Airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the afternoon at leisure or spend your time for last minute shopping in Delhi

Day 15 : Depart Delhi

Transfer to the Airport in time to board your flight for next destination..

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