Rajasthan is the perfect example of India’s rich cultural heritage and we will cover historical places of Rajasthan in this tour. While on one hand, sand dunes and desert in Jaisalmer amazes you, on the other hand, the beauty and serenity of Udaipur and Mount Abu pleases your mind. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is one of the stops which enthrall you with its historical monuments and captivating forts like Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort.
Udaipur and Jodhpur add charm to this tour with their forts, lakes, and palaces. The all so famous Pushkar Fair adds charm to this tour as it is one of the most sought-after travel destinations
Day 1 – New Delhi
Welcome to India, You will be received by our “ Safe Voyages Tours” representative or your driver at the international airport and assisted to your hotel. In the Hotel the representative/driver will hand over your documents regarding the tour, Overnight in Hotel.
Day 02 – Delhi
After breakfast proceeds for sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi:
OLD DELHI – A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat – the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India.
NEW DELHI – An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Minar and a drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and the President’s Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 03 – Delhi – Agra (By Road)
Morning drive to Agra. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Later proceed for city sightseeing tour visiting the world famous Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Also visit Agra Fort, containing the Pearl Mosque – the rusty and majestic red- sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambiance, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. Also visit Itmad-up-Dau’s tomb, built by Noorjehan in memory of her father. Night stay in Agra.
Day 04 – Agra – Ranthambore (By Road)
Morning drive to Ranthambore-famous for the wildlife sanctuary which is said to have the India’s friendliest Tigers and also considered to be the best place in the world to photograph the tiger in its natural habitat, also a wonderful place for bird watching en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri-a perfectly preserved red sandstone “ghost town” which was the estranged capital of Mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. Arrive Ranthambore & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Ranthambore.
Day 05 – Ranthambore
Early morning 3 hrs Jungle Safari in a Canter (a vehicle which is open on the top) enjoy the game viewing in the national park and back to the hotel. After lunch second visits the jungle and enjoy the game viewing. Night stay in Ranthambore.
Day 06 – Ranthambore – Jaipur (By Road)
Early morning visits the jungle in search of the tiger. Later after breakfast drive to Jaipur. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Evening free to explore the city. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 07 – Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort. AMBER FORT PALACE – Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression. Continue sight-seeing. CITY PALACE – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple, and the City Palace Museum. JANTAR MANTAR – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use. HAWA MAHAL – The ornamental facade of this ” Palace of Winds” is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built-in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 08 – Jaipur – Pushkar (By Road)
After breakfast drive to Pushkar, Pushkar boasts temples, though few are as ancient as you might expect at such an important pilgrimage site since many were deserted by Aurangzeb and subsequently rebuilt. The most famous is the Brahma Temple, said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity. It’s marked by red spire, and over the entrance gateway is the hand, or goose symbol, of Brahma, who is said to have personally chosen Pushkar as its site. Night stay in Pushkar.
Day 09 – Pushkar – Udaipur (By Road)
Morning drive to Udaipur- an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan. Arrive Udaipur and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Udaipur.
Day 10 – Udaipur
Morning city sightseeing tour of Udaipur. The city is built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh and has been described as the most romantic spot on the continent of India by Col. James Todd. Visit the City Palace Museum. The City Palace, one of the largest palaces in the world, can be approached through the Bari Pol or the Great Gate (1600) with the royal drums and then onto the Tripolia Gate (1725). The Tripoli is a triple gate made of marble arches. Between these two gates are eight carved toranas or archways under which the maharanas were weighed against gold and silver which was later distributed to the poor subjects. Popular entertainment like elephant fights took place in the court beyond the Tripolia Gate. Also, visit the Jagdish temple. Maharana Jagat Singh built this temple between 1628-1653 at a whopping cost of Rs 1.5 million. The temple, dedicated to Lord Jagannath, is at a great height and can be approached by a long flight of stairs. The interior of the temple has exquisite carvings and is supplemented with prominent friezes. The temple has several smaller shrines in four corners of it that are dedicated to Lord Ganesh, Shiva, the Sun God, and Goddess Shakti. A Sanskrit inscription in the porch written by Krishna Bhatt in the year 1651gives a detailed history of the reign of Maharana Jagat Singh.
Later visit Saheliyon ki Bari- the Garden of Royal Ladies. Saheliyon ki Bari lies just beneath the Fateh Sagar Lake. Maharana Sangram Singh II designed this garden in the early 18th century purely as a pleasure garden and a summer palace for the 48 young maids that formed a part of the prince’s dowry. It is also said that the garden was presented as a peace offering from the Emperor of Delhi. Inside the garden is a reservoir surrounded by four black marbled cenotaphs in its four corners and one white marble one in the center. The terraces of these cenotaphs have water fountains shaped like birds from whose beaks water gushes out in thin sprays like the singing rain – producing a wonderful sight. The Maharanas entertained themselves around the four ornamental pools and the five fountains. These fountains were imported from England in 1889. Maharana Bhopal Singh especially was very fond of this place and built a rain fountain, so that it looked like rain dancing on the dancing maids. Also, visit Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk art museum) and the Pratap Memorial. Rest of the day at leisure. Night stay in Udaipur.
Day 11 – Udaipur – Mount Abu (By Road)
After breakfast drive to Mt. Abu en-route visiting the Jain temples at Ranakpur, superbly preserved in a near-perfect condition for over 500 years. The most attractive features are the 29 halls of the temple, which have 1444 pillars of which no two are like. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Night stay in Mount Abu.
Day 12 – Mount Abu
Morning visit world famous Dilwara Jain Temple, Nikki Lake, Brahmin Kumari Ashram etc. Dilwara Temple: These remarkable Jain temples are Mount Abu’s main attraction and among the finest examples include two temples in which the art of carving marble reached unsurpassed heights. The older of the temples is the ‘ Vimal Vasahi ‘, built in 1031 and dedicated to the first Tirthankara, Adinath. In the front of the temple stands the ‘House of Elephants’, with figures of elephants marching in procession to the temple entrance. The later ‘ Tejpal temple ‘ is dedicated to Neminath, the 22nd Tirthankara, and was built in 1230 by the brothers Tejpal and Vastupal. The carving is so fine that, in places, the marble becomes almost transparent.
Nakki Lake: Nakki Lake is virtually in the heart of Mount Abu and is a big attraction with tourists. The lake takes its name from the legend that it was scooped out by a god, using only his nails, or nakh. It’s a pleasant stroll around the lake – look for the strange rock formations. On the lake, there is a dilapidated concrete boat-shaped snack bar. Night stay in Mount Abu.
Day 13 – Mount Abu – Jodhpur (By Road)
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jodhpur.
Day 14 – Jodhpur
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for city sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. Jodhpur – the stronghold of the fierce Rathore clan was founded in 1459 by Prince Jodha. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill. Within the fort, visit Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph, built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II around 1899 and Umaid Public gardens. Night stay in Jodhpur.
Day 15 – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer (By Road)
Morning drive to Jaisalmer, on arrival transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Jaisalmer.
Day 16 – Jaisalmer
Morning city sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer. Throbbing in the heart of the Thar, the burnished sandstone, is an intricately molded wonderland in place of a barren land, today stands a city of gilded magic. The origins of Jaisalmer go back to the 12th century when Rawal Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Ludarwa and laid the foundation of a new city. Visit the magnificent fort, the Patwon Ki Haveli (Mansion) and Salim Singh Ki Haveli, with their carved balconies and brackets which are supreme examples of the art. Evening camel ride to visit Sam Dunes. Night stay in Jaisalmer.
Day 17 – Jaisalmer – Bikaner (By Road)
Morning drive to Bikaner. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Later city sightseeing tour. Bikaner is named after its founder Rao Bikaji in 1488. But long before this, the city was trade center on the caravan routes from Africa and West Asia. Bikaner’s dominant features are rippling sands and abundant sunshine. The city stands on an elevation, enclosed by a 7 Kms wall, which can be entered from 5 gates. Bikaner City is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th-century fort housing old palaces, temples, and 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. Also visit Lallgarh Palace, the museum, Bhanda Sagar Jain and Deshnoke Rat temple. Night stay in Bikaner.
Day 18 – Bikaner – Mandawa (By Road)
Morning drive to Mandawa. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Later visit Mandawa, founded in 1755 by Thakur Nawal Singh and still the home of his descendants, has beautiful frescoes, havelis, and mansions. Mandawa castle one of the finest castles of Rajasthan is now a hotel and house of the collection of armories, costumes of ancestors, canons from 1820 ancient coins, numismatic collection and many other interesting items, preserved in a museum. Night stay in Mandawa.
Day 19 – Mandawa – Delhi – Departure
after Breakfast at Hotel drive to Delhi and transfer to airport for onward journey.
> Travel representative for assistance on all arrival & departure transfers with a meet, greet & assist. > All transfers, sightseeing’s & excursions will be by an AC Car. > 13 Nights’ accommodation on double occupancy basis at the itinerary mentioned above. > Meal Plan as stated above [BB: Bed & Breakfast Full Board Dinner at Ranathambore]. > Services of a guide at disposal in main cities of Rajasthan. > All road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes. > All currently applicable taxes. > Lodging and boarding driver > Camel Ride at Jaisalmer > Bote Ride at Udaipur. > Elephant ride in Jaipur
> Departure Taxes or Visa handling fees (a Visa is required to visit India) > Tips and gratuities to the driver, guides, and bellboys at hotels > Any lunch or dinner not indicated in the program > All beverages, mineral water, alcohol or items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, personal insurance, etc. > Entrance fees & still camera or video camera fees at various monuments and museums > Airfare airports tax Travel insurances etc. > Anything not specifically mentioned in the itinerary above > Government Service Tax as applicable (5 %) – on the invoice /this tax was increased by the Indian Government