Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
Delhi – Mandawa – Bikaner – Jaislmer – Jodhpur – Kumbhalgarh – Udaipur – Kota – Bundi – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Agra – Delhi
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive at Delhi. Meet & greet by our representative at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Stay overnight at Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi – Mandawa
This morning after breakfast drive to Mandawa. Mandawa was founded in 1755 by Thakur Nawal Singh and is still the home of his descendants. Mandawa houses a collection of armories, costumes of ancestors, canons from 1820, ancient coins, numismatic collection and many other interesting items preserved in a museum. The whole area of Shekhavati has beautiful frescoes, havelis & mansions and is called the open air gallery. Upon arrival at Mandawa check into your hotel. Afternoon visit Havelies in Shekhawati Region etc. Overnight: Hotel
Day 03: Mandawa – Bikaner
After breakfast drive to Bikaner. Bikaner is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and a mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh, the fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. An enormous arched doorway leads to the Joramal Temple. The royal chapel is Har Mandir where royal weddings and births were once celebrated. Upon arrival at Bikaner check into your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight: Hotel
Day 04: Bikaner
This morning after breakfast visit Lallgarh Palace, the museum, Bhanda Sagar Jain and Deshnoke Temple.
Afternoon visit Camel Breeding Farm.
Day 05: Bikaner – Jaisalmer
After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer. Upon arrival at Jaisalmer Check into your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 06: Jaisalmer
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of The Golden City – Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert. Its temple, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone. The city is a mass of intricately carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies. Visit the JAISALMER FORT – The oldest living Fort in the world.
Afternoon visit Sam Dunes with camel ride.
Day 07:Jaisalmer – Jodhpur
Today after breakfast drive to Jodhpur.Upon arrival at Jodhpur check into your hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing of Jodhpur – gateway to the desert beyond, home of the Rathores of Marwar, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, rising up a hilly scarp, built on the advice of a hermit, overlooking the city in the image of a long sentinel. Inside the Fort are a number of palaces added by successive rulers. In this palace you would see different miniature paintings & cradle room. After this you would visit Jaswant Thada Memoria.Visit the museum of UMAID BHAWAN PALACE.
Day 08:Jodhpur – Kumbhalgarh
After breakfast drive to Kumbhalgarh. Upon arrival at Kumbhalgarh check into your hotel. Afternoon visit Kumbhalgarh Fort.
Kumbhalgrh Fort (alt 1,087 m) was the second most important fort of the Mewar Kingdom after Chittaurgarh. Built mostly by Maharana Kumba (1485), it is situated on a West facing ridge of the Aravallis, commanding a great strategic position on the border between the Rajput Kingdoms of Udaipur (Mewar) and Jodhpur (Marwar).
Day 09:Kumbhalgarh – Udaipur
This morning after breakfast drive to Udaipur enroute visit Ranakpur temples. Ranakpur – 98 kms from Udaipur, the Jain Temples built in the 15th century are situated in the lovely valley of the Aravali. Its surrounding is quiet and picturesque. Ranakpur has grand structures and beautiful sculpture. There are 1444 pillars in the temple and none of them are similar.Surya Temple and other Jain Temples are side attractions.
Upon arrival at Udaipur check into your hotel.
Day 10: Udaipur
Today morning after breakfast proceed on a city tour of Udaipur.
Visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, drive around Fatehsagar Lake, Sahelion ki bari (Queen’s resort for her friends) and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk art museum)
Day 11: Udaipur – Kota
After breakfast drive to Kota enroute visit Chittaurgarh. Upon arrival at Kota check into your hotel.
Later proceed on a city tour of Kota
Brijraj Bhawan Palace, a colonial style palace, situated on the bank of river Chambal, was build in the early nineties. The palace has large spacious rooms that are tastefully done up with antique furniture. An intresting feature of the palace is the fact that almost all the rooms overlook the Chambal river providing an arrresting view of the mighty river.
Day 12: Kota – Ranthambhore
This morning after breakfast drive to Ranthambhore On arrival, check into your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 13: Ranthambhore – Jaipur
Morning jeep safari to view the wildlife (Sanctuary remains close from Jul. to Sep.)
Afternoon drive to Jaipur and check-in at the hotel.
After breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort enroute witness the façade of Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds which was built in 1799. Amber Fort – The ancient capital of the state until 1727 when Jai Singh decided to move from his hillside fortress at Amber to new site on the plains. The construction of this fort began in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army. The fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a hillside and overlooking a lake which reflects its terraces and ramparts. Visit the Jagmandir or the hall of victory glittering with mirrors, Jal Mahal & temple of Kali. Ascend on elephant back, the hill, on which the fort is situated.Afternoon, city tour of Jaipur. Visit the Jantar Mantar the observatory built by Jai Singh in 1728; the City Palace which is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. It also has a museum with an extensive collection of art, carpets, paintings, enamel ware and weapons dating back to the 15th century. Overnight: Hotel
Day 15:Jaipur -Fatehpur Sikri- Agra
After breakfast drive to Jaipur enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri.
FATEHPUR SIKRI : The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its “ruins” are in pristine condition … it’s not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of it’s grandeur. Also visit the Buland Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world. Upon arrival at Agra check into your hotel.
Day 16: Agra – Delhi
This morning after breakfast proceed on a city tour of Agra Visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Monday & Friday), Red fort & Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula. Later you will visit a marble gallery – the flagship store in Agra which offers an excellant range of white marble, fashionable wear & exotic wooden articles, truly a one stop shop!
Later drive back to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi transfer to airport/railway station to catch flight/train for your onward destination with sweet and unforgettable memories of “Rajasthan Cultural Tour” escorted by Vardhman Vacations.