Northern Royalty Premium ToursDuration: 24 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Nawalgarh - Bikaner - Phalodi - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Khimsar - Nagaur - Pushkar - Ajmer - Pali - Ranakpur - Mt.Abu - Udaipur - Chittorgarh - Sawai Madhopur - Delhi.
Day 01:Arrival in Delhi
Upon your arrival in Delhi, our company executive will accompany you to the hotel for check-in. DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope - that is India. Overnight stay will be in Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi Sightseeing
Lotus Temple Breakfast will be at the hotel. Start tour of Old & New Delhi.
OLD DELHI : A sightseeing 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 and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal Empire. Enjoy the cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.
NEW DELHI: An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing Heritage India Gate, Parliament House and President's Residence. It would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Also visit the LOTUS TEMPLE & BIRLA MANDIR. Overnight stay will be in Delhi.
Day 03: Delhi-Agra
By Surface 204 Kms / 5 Hours
After an early morning breakfast in the hotel, proceed for Agra. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. After check-in proceed for the sightseeing of the city. During your visit, you will come across: Taj Mahal, Agra
The Agra Fort is another major tourist attraction in Agra. It is popular with tourists as a towering fort as well as for the many palaces and mosques build within its premises by Jahangir and Shah Jahan, after Emperor Akbar began its construction in 1565.
Itmad-ud-Daula's Tomb is a Mughal mausoleum in the city of Agra in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Often described as 'jewel box', sometimes called the 'Baby Taj', the tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. Along with the main building, the structure consists of numerous outbuildings and gardens. The tomb, built between 1622 and 1628 represents a transition between the first phase of monumental Mughal architecture - primarily built from red sandstone with marble decorations, as in Humayun's Tomb in Delhi and Akbar's tomb in Sikandra. After completing the sightseeing in Agra, proceed to the hotel. In the evening relax in the hotel. Overnight stay will be at Agra.
Day 04: Agra - Jaipur
By Surface 260 Kms / 5 Hours
In the morning after having breakfast in the hotel, proceed for Jaipur by surface en-route Fatehpur Sikri which is just 35kms from Agra.
Fatehpur Sikri: The historical city was constructed by Mughal emperor Akbar beginning in 1570 and served as the empire's capital from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned for reasons that remain unclear. The surviving palace and mosque are a tourist attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fatehpur Sikri is regarded as Emperor Akbar's crowning architectural legacy. Indeed, its numerous palaces, halls, and Masjid satisfy his creative and aesthetic impulses, typical of Mughals. After sightseeing in Fatehpur Sikri we proceed further to Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur, you will check-in to the hotel And relax. After check-in proceed for the sightseeing of the city. During your visit you will come across, these following places.
Hawa Mahal, a palace in Jaipur, India. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Usta in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. It forms part of the City Palace and extends the Zenana or women's chambers, the chambers of the harem. Its original intention was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict "purdah".
Ram Niwas Garden is a garden situated in Jaipur city in Indian state of Rajasthan. The garden is located in the heart of the city and covers an area of 33 acres. Albert Hall Museum, a bird park, the Zoo, Ravindra Rang Manch Theatre, art gallery, exhibition ground, gymnasium and several cafes and picnic spots are housed in the garden. The garden was got built by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh in 1868. In the evening check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay will be at Jaipur.
Day 05: Jaipur Sight Seeing
In the morning after a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed for the sightseeing of the city and make near excursions. During your visit, you will come across these following places:
Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja (Ruler) Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734. It is modeled after the one that he had built for him at the then Mughal capital of Delhi. He had constructed a total of five such facilities at different locations, including the ones at Delhi and Jaipur. The Jaipur observatory is the largest of these. Further you proceed for Amber. Amber is located at a distance of 11 kilometers from Jaipur and was the old fort of the Kachhwaha clan of Amber. It is popular by the name of Amir Fort. Its construction began in the year 1592 and was started by Man Singh I. The exterior of the Fort is not in the least like its interiors. The outside is very imposing and rugged looking whereas the inside is a comforting and warm interior which is influenced by both Hindu and Muslim style of ornamentation. After finishing the sightseeing in and around the fort you proceed to the City Palace in Jaipur. The City Palace was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of the Kachhwaha clan of Rajputs, but a lot of changes and additions were made to the original structure by his successors. The architecture of the City Palace is a synthesis of Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The Complex comprises of many structures, courtyards, gardens and buildings. After finishing the sightseeing here you would proceed for a short elephant ride, further go for shopping at a local market where you can get hand made articles made by excellent artisans. In the evening enjoy a theme dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay will be at Jaipur.
Day 06: Jaipur-Nawalgarh
By Surface 140 / 2 Hours
In the morning after you finish off your breakfast, you will proceed for Nawalgarh, by surface, which is a convenient 2 hours drive away from Jaipur.
After you arrive in Nawalgarh, you will check-in to the hotel and relax.
Later in the day you will proceed for the sightseeing of the place.
Nawalgarh: Nawalgarh falls in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. The region draws its fame from the exquisitely painted havelis, which has earned it the status of 'Open Air Gallery'.Nawalgarh is a small locality centring round a fort. Rajput chieftain Nawal Singh founded the Nawalgarh Fort in 18th Century. The sprawling fort houses a number of havelis with beautiful architecture and some of the finest frescoes in the region.
In the outskirt of the region, there is a palace - Roop Niwas Palace, the erstwhile residence of the Thakurs. The palace now converted to a heritage hotel is itself a tourist attraction in Nawalgarh.
At the west of the fort, there is a cluster of havelis, which are known as Aath Havelis 'aath' implying eight in numbers. The frescoes and murals here display a transition period in the traditional painting with the European influence. Many of the paintings here have been disfigured by modernity though. Conservation processes are still on to retain these invaluable treasures of a rich heritage.
After finishing the sightseeing you will relax in the hotel.
Overnight stay will be in Nawalgarh.
Day 07: Nawalgarh-Bikaner
By Surface 225 Kms / 5 Hours
In the morning after you finish off your breakfast, you will proceed for Bikaner, which is just 225 Kms from Nawalgarh.
Upon arrival in Bikaner you will check- in to the hotel and relax.
After check-in, proceed for the sightseeing of some near by places.
During your visit you will come across these following places:
Bikaner: It is a beautiful city in the north western part of Rajasthan and is a major tourist destination .Junagarh Fort ,Camel breeding farm and camel festival are the major tourist attractions of Bikaner.
Lalgarh Palace: The major tourist attraction in Bikaner and is a beautiful structure in red sandstone built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the Early 20th century , Lalgarh Palace is a work of art and an architectural masterpiece.
Karni Mata Temple: One of the major attractions of Bikaner tourist attractions of Bikaner. The unique thing about the temple is the thousand of rats that reside there. The rats are considered holy and are worshipped by the devotees .You are considered lucky if you spot a white rat.
Bikaner for its Bikaner Bhujia, Bikaner offers some of the best spicy snacks and namkeens in India for you to relish.
In the evening get back to the hotel and relax.
Overnight will be Bikaner.
Day 08: Bikaner Sightseeing
In the morning after a leisure breakfast, you will proceed for a days sightseeing of this wonderful city.
During your visit you will explore the following places:
Junagarh Fort: Junagarh fort was built by raja Rai Singh one of the most able and trusted of Akbar 1585.The Fort is surrounded by high walls and deep fort. There was 37 bastions guarding the fort with only two gates as the entrance path way to the fort.
Camel Breeding Farm: Camel breeding farm at Bikaner, Rajasthan, India employs Raika's or Rebari's who are local camel breeders and have been in the profession of taking care of camels since the ancient times. Watch young camels frolicking and breeding as you tour the camel breeding farm and treat yourself to some nutritious thick camel milk.
Besides these, Bikaner is also famous for its craftwork and leather items which can be purchased during your visit. You can also visit the Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, which has a fine collection of pottery, paintings and weapons.
You can also choose to go for shopping to some near by regional markets, or you can enjoy the local food in the outlets.
In the evening stay in the hotel, relax and enjoy the environment.
Overnight stay will be Bikaner.
Day 09: Bikaner - Jaisalmer (En-Route Phalodi)
By Surface 333 Kms / 7 Hours
In the morning after you finish off your breakfast in the hotel, you will proceed for a wonderful experience, while you proceed for Jaisalmer via Phalodi. The distance will be covered by surface and would take a maximum of 7 hours.
Phalodi: Phalodi was initially called Phalvardhika. It was later renamed as Phalodi. The town is known as Phalodi after the Phalodi Fort was named at the request of Phala, the widowed daughter of Brahman Sidhu Kalla, who gave a generous contribution in cash to build the fort.
Lal Niwas built in 1750 is an intricately carved haveli made of bright red sandstone and is a luxury heritage hotel now. Spacious courtyards, traditional jharokhas, jaalis and splendid interiors speak volumes of a rich bygone era. Artefacts, chandeliers, cut glass work and rare arms and weapons hint at the wealth of its past owners.
Phalodi Fort was built by Rao Hammir Narawat in 1488 AD. Also have a quick sightseeing of some important temples in the area, which include Jambaji Temple, a few kilometres away and the Temple of Ramdevra. After completing the sightseeing of this historical place, you will continue your journey for Jaisalmer. Upon arrival in Jaisalmer, you will check-in to the hotel and relax. Overnight stay will be in Jaisalmer.
Day 10: Jaisalmer
After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel, you will proceed for a full days sightseeing of the city.
Jaisalmer: The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert.
Jaisalmer includes splendid forts, gorgeous temples and the captivating havelis colored with valor and legends. On your travel to Jaisalmer, this golden city of India is ready to unfold before you a variety of places of tourist interest embalmed with both natural and cultural heritage of Rajasthan. A visit to Jaisalmer inspires the tourists with tales of valor and unmatched courage.
During your visit you will come across these following places:
Jaisalmer Fort: The 12th century Jaisalmer Fort is one of the most formidable forts in Rajasthan, India. Perched on Trikuta hill, Jaisalmer Fort is a 250 ft tall and massive fort surrounded by a 30 ft high sandstone wall with 99 bastions, offering a spectacular sight to visitors. The Fort also houses a Jain Temple.
Jaisalmer Havelis: Once the residence of wealthy merchants, the havelis (mansions) of Jaisalmer are famous for their artistic designs and decorations. Their exclusive cutwork, yellow and red stone treatment, and the bracket-shaped decoration of peacocks, never fail to mesmerize the visitors. Amongst the popular once are the Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli and Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, which are a treat to watch at.
Gadsisar Sagar Lake: A famous picnic spot in the sandy city, Gadsisar Sagar Lake is among the most beautiful attractions in Jaisalmer. It attracts hundreds of migratory birds during the winter season. Bara Bagh: Located on the bank of Gadsisar Sagar Lake, Bara Bagh is an oasis in the desert. The lush green garden provides much-needed relief to the local people.
Tazia Tower: The pagoda like Tazia Tower rises from the Badal Mahal (Palace of Clouds). The beautiful five-tiered tower is known for its beautifully carved balconies on each storey.
You can also enjoy a camel safari here. (Optional).
In the evening relax in the hotel. Overnight will be in Jaisalmer.
Day 11: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
By Surface 285 Kms / 5 Hours
After an early morning breakfast proceed for Jodhpur, by surface, which would be covered in a maximum of 6 hours from Jaisalmer.
Jodhpur: The colorful and beautiful city of Jodhpur attracts tourists from all over the country. It is one of the major tourist destinations. A few popular tourist attractions of Jodhpur are Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, and Umaid Bhawan etc. Major highlights of Jodhpur are the splendid forts and palaces. This second largest city of Rajasthan is one of the major hubs for wool, cattle, salt and camel. Jodhpur is also regarded as the city of fairs and festivals.
After arrival in Jodhpur check-in to a hotel and relax.
After check-in proceed for a short sightseeing of the city.
During your visit you will come across the following places:
Mehrangarh Fort: The magnificent 15th century Mehrangarh Fort is the most famous tourist attraction in Jodhpur. Situated on a 125 m high sandstone hill, the 5 km long Mehrangarh Fort never fails to enchant its visitors. The Fort houses a number of beautiful palaces in its compound including Moti Mahal, Janaki Mahal, Chandan Mahal, Royal Durbar Takht, Rang Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Phool Mahal among many more. The Fort also houses a Museum.
Also visit places near by the fort.
In the evening relax and enjoy at the hotel.
Overnight stay will be Jodhpur.
Day 12: Jodhpur Sightseeing
After a leisurely breakfast in the morning, you will proceed for the sightseeing of the city.
During your visit you will explore the following places:
Umaid Bhawan Palace: Located at the top of a hill, Umaid Bhawan Palace is another important landmark of Jodhpur. Commissioned by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1929 as a famine relief scheme, the impressive pink sandstone and marble palace was completed in 1944 AD, providing employment for 3,000 famine-stricken people. Now a famous 5-star heritage hotel, it also houses a Museum
Jaswant Thada: The 19th century royal cenotaph, Jaswant Thada is located north of the Mehrangarh Fort. The cenotaph of Jaswant Singh II (1878-95) built in 1899 is the most impressive with ornamental gardens and chattri made of white marble.
Mandore Garden: Mandore is located about 5 miles north of Jodhpur. It was the former capital of Maharajas of Marwar. Later it was abandoned for security concerns regarding the Mehrangarh fort. Its extensive Mandore garden, with high rock terrace, makes it a popular local attraction. The garden is open for tourists from 8 am to 8 pm.
In the Mandore garden, there are the dewals or cenotaphs of Jodhpur's former rulers. Instead of the usual chhatri-shaped cenotaphs typical of Rajasthan, the cenotaphs of the famous Mandore garden of Jodhpur, Rajasthan are built along the lines of a Hindu temple.
In the evening relax in the hotel.
Overnight will be in Jodhpur.
Day 13: Jodhpur- Naugarh (Via Khimsar)
By Surface 32Kms / 3 Hours
After a leisurely breakfast in the morning, you will proceed for Nagaur, by surface,
With an en-route visit to Khimsar, which is a convenient 3 hours drive away from Jodhpur.
Khimsar Fort: It is the highlight of the town. The battle-scarred walls and turrets transport you to a bygone era. Different rulers added their own personal touch to the fort which resulted in interesting contrasts. The zenana or the Ladies Wing was constructed when the royal family shifted to the fort and has intricately carved windows.
After completing the sightseeing of this remarkable fort, you continue your journey for Nagaur.
Upon arrival in Nagaur, you will check-in to the hotel and relax.
Post check-in proceed for the sightseeing of this historically wonderful place.
Nagaur: Naguar's history is both interesting and unique to tourists who are more used to hearing the courage and sacrifice of the Rajput clan of Rajasthan. Nagaur was originally inhabited by the Naga Rajputs and was known as Acichhatrapur, the capital of Jangledesh. It was later ruled by the Chauhan and Muslim rulers.
Amongst the most popular places to visit are the,
Achitragarh Fort: The fort that was built during the fourth century has three gates, Sireh Pol (the outermost gate), Beech Ka Pol (a middle gate as per its name) and Kacheri Pol (known because the judiciary was housed here in earlier times). Inside the fort, palaces built during the rules of various rulers are worth seeing. Prominent among these are Hadi Rani Mahal, Deepak Mahal, Bhakt Singh Palace, Amar Singh Mahal, Akbari Mahal and Rani Mahal. There are also two temples, the Krishna Mandir and the Ganesh Mandir and a Shah Jahani mosque within the fort complex.
Tarkeen Dargah: The dargah is hugely revered and occupies a place just after the Dargah of Ajmer -e - Sharief. The dargah is dedicated to Khwaja Hamiduddin Nagauri, who was also one of the chief disciples of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti of Ajmer.
Saiji ka Tanka: This is yet another sacred tourist destination in Nagaur. A samadhi of an esteemed saint, the place stands for liberation of the soul with simplicity & truthfulness. It is also a symbol of communal harmony.
Later in the evening relax in the hotel.
Overnight stay will be in Naugarh.
Day 14: Naugarh - Ajmer (Via Pushkar)
By Surface 160Kms /3 Hours
In the morning after you finish off your breakfast, you will proceed for Ajmer by surface, which is a convenient 3 hours journey. Your journey will also contain a short visit to Pushkar.
Pushkar: Pushkar is a sacred little town in Rajasthan. Pushkar is famous for its scenic beauty and more than 400 temples. Pushkar has a number of exciting tourist attractions including the famous Pushkar Lake and Brahma Temple.
Pushkar Lake: One of the most sacred sites for Hindus, Pushkar Lake is the most famous tourist attraction in the holy town of Pushkar. It's a beautiful semi-circular lake with 52 lovely ghats surrounding it. According to beliefs, a dip in the Pushkar Lake on the auspicious occasion of Karthik Poornima brings salvation to devotees.
Brahma Temple: It's the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe according to Hindu mythology, in all over India. The beautiful marble temple is famous for its four-headed idol of Lord Brahma. It's decorated with silver coins and a silver turtle on its black and white chequered floor.
After you finish off your sightseeing here, you will proceed to Ajmer.
Upon arrival in Ajmer, you will check-in to the hotel and relax.
Post check-in you will leave the hotel for some sightseeing of Ajmer.
Ajmer: A sacred medieval town and the famous Muslim pilgrimage center of India, Ajmer was founded by Raja Ajaypal Chauhan in the early 7th century AD. Ajmer is famous for housing the Dargah-e-Sharif (tomb) of Khawaja Moin-ud-din Chisti, a revered Sufi saint of the 12th century AD.
In terms of attractions, you will explore the following places:
Dargah-e-Sharif Ajmer: Located at the foot of a barren hill, the Dargah-e- Sharif is the place where the Khawaja Moin-ud-din Chisti's mortal remains lie buried. The Dargah has a beautiful marble dome and a courtyard, surrounded by a silver platform. It's believed that the tomb is a place of wish fulfillment for those who pray with devout and pure hearts. People of all religious faiths visit the Dargah and make offerings of rose and jasmine flowers to seek the blessings of the Khawaja. The famous annual 'Urs' festival is a major tourist attraction of Ajmer when millions of devotees from around the world visit the Dargah to pay their homage and seek blessing of Khawaja.
Taragarh Fort: The 7th century Taragarh Fort (Star Fort) was built by Ajaipal Chauhan, the founder of the city of Ajmer. Perched on a high hill, the fort offers a breathtaking view of Ajmer city.
Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra: The Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra is a small and beautiful mosque, situated on the outskirts of Ajmer. Built by Alauddin Khilji, a Delhi Sultan king, it's one of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. The mosque is built on pillars and surprisingly no two pillars are alike. Its archways and the pillars are finely engraved with Kufi and Jughra inscriptions from the holy Quran.
Ana Sagar Lake: A beautiful artificial lake, Ana Sagar Lake was built by Anaji between 1135-1150 AD. Later the Mughal Emperors made additional constructions to beautify the Lake. While the Baradari, a beautiful marble pavilion, was built by Shah Jehan, Jehangir added the Daulat Bagh Gardens.
In the evening relax in the hotel and enjoy the environment in and around it.
Overnight stay will be in Ajmer.
Day 15: Ajmer - Ranakpur (Via Pali)
By Surface 294Kms /7 Hours
After an early morning breakfast proceed for Ranakpur, by surface, which would be covered in a maximum of 7 hours from Ajmer, with a visit to Pali.
Pali: Pali has witnessed the rise and fall of many dynasties from ancient times. From Baalla desh, a democratic state of the Mahabharata Age, to the Kushanas, Harshavardhana, the Marwar state and the Mughals have all claimed ownership to this land. Pali is known for the sagas of its brave warriors and rich traditions. Pali gets its name from the Paliwal Brahmins who resided in these lands.
Among all the attractions the major ones which you would be exploring are,
The wide array of temples and forts to seen here.
The 15th Century Ranakpur Jain temples built by Rana Kumbha of Mewar, Parshuram Mahadev Temple, Temple of Chamunda Mata, Hatundi Rata Mahabir Swami Temple, Temples of Somnath and Naulakha are places of religious interest.
The Jawai Dam, built across a tributary of the Luni is an excursion spot. Sojat or the ancient city of Tamravati has a fort with a reservoir and temples like Sejal Mata, Chaturbhuj.
After finishing the sightseeing here, you will further continue your journey towards Ranakpur.
Upon arrival in Ranakpur, check-in to the hotel and relax, for a while.
Post check-in proceed for the sightseeing of some nearby places.
Ranakpur: Ranakpur is a little village close to Udaipur is Rajasthan. The major attractions are the splendid Jain Temples.
The temple is one of the five major sites for Jain pilgrimage India. The Sun temples were built in 15th century during the reign of Rana Kumbha. This built of white limestone temple is elaborately adorned with intricate sculptures. The images of all 24 'Tirthankras' (prophets) are carved on the porticoes in a corridor around the shrine.
The sprawling temple displays a unique mix of Hindu and Jain influence in architecture. It is probably the most complex and extensive of Jain temples in India, covering more than 40,000 square feet (3600 mtrs). Built in classic Nagara style, the Ranakpur temples have several 'Mandaps' with a 'shikhar' or spire adorned with little bells on the top. The gentle breeze wafting through the corridors move the bells creating celestial music all around the complex.
The most outstanding feature of this temple is its infinite number of pillars. But the pillars are so ingeniously arranged that none of them obstruct the view of the pilgrim wishing to have a glimpse of the image of God.
You can also enjoy the view of the mighty range of the Aravalis which adds to the tourist attractions in Ranakpur. Against the lush green backdrop, the huge three-storeyed white edifice is a magnificent spectacle. The temple is perched on a lofty plinth. The pristine solitude of the forest hems the majestic structure, which seems to have bathed in celestial bliss.
In the evening relax in the hotel.
Overnight stay will be in Ranakpur.
Day 16: Ranakpur - Mount Abu
By Surface 181Kms /3 Hours
After an early morning breakfast proceed to Ranakpur by surface, which is at a distance of just 181 kms from Ranakpur.
Upon arrival in Mount Abu, check-in to the hotel and relax.
After check-in, proceed for the sightseeing of the place.
Mount Abu: A fine treat which is set to amidst the lush terrain of Aravali ranges, Mount Abu is said to be as old as the Himalayas and is also popularly known as the oasis of the desert streak, which is Rajasthan. The only hill station of the desert state which enjoys the cool pleasant climate throughout and make Mt.Abu the most pay back destination to be in.
Mount Abu is renowned as the "oasis in the desert" as its tallness are abode to shallow rivers, blue lakes, gurgling waterfalls and green vegetation. The antiquity of Mount Abu is as diverse as its soothing city. It's a vague haze, as no body knows that, when this alluring destination came into existence.
Enjoy the environment here and relax.
In the evening relax at the hotel.
Overnight stay will be in Mt.Abu.
Day 17: Mount Abu Sightseeing
After you have a leisurely breakfast in the morning at the hotel, you proceed for the sight seeing of this majestic place in the desert state of Rajasthan.
During your visit, you will come across the following places:
Dilwara Jain Temples: The most famous tourist attraction in Mount Abu, the Dilwara temples was constructed between 11th and 13th centuries AD. Sacred to Jain, they are considered masterpieces of temple architecture. The Vimal Vasahi temple in the complex is worth mentioning as the temple took about 14 years to complete and is dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain tirthankaras. These beautifully carved temples in white marbles are dedicated to different tirthankaras. One can also see intricately carved images of female figures in dancing poses on some of the 48 pillars.
Nakki Lake: Nakki Lake is a beautiful picnic spot in Mount Abu. According to the legend, the lake was created by a Hindu God using his nails, and so derives its name Nakki (nail) Lake. The lake offers breathtaking view of surrounding hills and offers ideal spot for boating.
Guru Shikar: Guru Shikar is the highest peak of the Aravali range, located at about15 km northeast of Mount Abu. It's an important Hindu pilgrimage site, worth visiting on your Mount Abu Tour.
Other famous attractions in Mount Abu include the Gaumukh Temple, which derives its name from a sculpted cow situated in the temple compound, Adhar Devi Temple and Shri Raghunathji Temple.
Later in the evening enjoy the sunset view as Mount Abu offers various spectacular views of dusk.
In the evening relax in the hotel.
Overnight stay will be in Mount Abu.
Day 18: Mount Abu - Udaipur
By Surface 185Kms /3 Hours
In the morning after you finish off your breakfast in the hotel, you will proceed for an exotic experience, while you head towards Udaipur. The journey will be covered by surface, and would mostly be covered up in about three hour's time.
Upon your arrival here, you will be checking-in to the hotel and relax there.
Post check-in you will explore the city with visits to a few places near-by.
Udaipur: The city of shimmering lakes, offers a number of exciting tourist attractions to its visitors. Known for its exceptional scenic beauty, Udaipur is famous for its lovely lakes, beautiful lake palaces, temples, gardens and colorful festivals. Udaipur was a well-fortified city but at present has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Udaipur is a world heritage spot which is described by many as a dream come true destination as it provides you with all kinds of earthly luxury and an element of eternal bliss admixed with it. Udaipur with its large canvas, historical architecture and old flavor helps you to have a better interaction with the city and to get a better attachment with the royal land.
During your visit you will see,
Lake Palace: The most enchanting tourist attraction of Udaipur, the Lake Palace (also known as Jag Niwas) is a beautiful island palace built by Maharana Jagat Singh II in 1754. Situated on picturesque Lake Pichola, the white marble structure appears like emerging out of the shimmering blue waters on the lake, creating a spellbound effect on visitors.
City Palace: One of the largest royal complexes in Rajasthan, the City Palace is situated on a promontory on the picturesque Lake Pichola. The complex has 11 beautiful Mahals (palaces) with balconies and towers, offering a breathtaking view of the lake and the city. Its Durbar Hall, which had been used as a venue for formal occasions like state banquets and meetings, has most luxurious interiors highlighted by some of the largest chandeliers in the world. The Palace also houses a Museum exhibiting a rich collection of artifacts.
In the evening relax in the hotel.
Overnight will be Udaipur.
Day 19: Udaipur Sightseeing
After a leisurely breakfast, proceed for a full days sightseeing of Udaipur.
During your visit you will explore these places:
Jag Mandir: Jag Mandir is another beautiful island palace on Lake Pichola, built by Maharaja Karan Singh in 1615 AD. The palace once sheltered the Mughal prince Khurram (later Emperor Shah Jehan, who built the world-famous Taj Mahal) who rebelled against his father Jehangir in the 1620's. The Palace has a giant stone sculpture of elephants and an impressive chattri (cenotaphs) that add to its beauty.
Saheliyon-Ki- Bari: The Saheliyon-ki-Bari Garden was built in early 18th century AD as a retreat for ladies of the royal household to spend their time in leisure. The enchantingly beautiful Garden is famous for its lotus pool, fountains (in the shape of birds), lush green lawns, flowerbeds, and marble pavilions, offering a breathtaking view to visitors.
Jagdish Temple: Jagdish Temple is the largest and the most beautiful temple in Udaipur, built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651 AD. Dedicated to lord Vishnu, the temple is famous for its beautiful sculpted images and towering Shikara.
Fateh Sagar: Located in the vicinity of the famous Saheliyon-ki-Bari Garden, Fateh Sagar is a beautiful lake, built by Maharana Fateh Singh in 1678. A canal built at the beginning of the 20th century connects it to the Lake Pichola. Nehru Park, a popular garden island with a boat-shaped café, is situated in the middle of the Lake.
In the evening relax in the hotel.
Overnight will be at Udaipur.
Day 20: Udaipur - Chittorgarh By Surface 112Kms /3 Hours
After an early morning breakfast proceed for Chittorgarh, by surface, which would be covered in a maximum of 3 hours from Udaipur.
Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and relax.
Aftermath check-in proceed for the sightseeing of the place.
Chittorgarh: The pride and glory of valiant Rajputs, is one of the most fascinating cities of Rajasthan. Known as the city of Rajput bravery and sacrifice, Chittorgarh had been one of the most fiercely contested seats of power in India. Many beautiful forts and palaces; and legends and tales associated with heroism and sacrifices of the passionate Rajputs, make Chittorgarh a wonderful place to visit.
During you visit you will see through the following attractions,
Chittorgarh Fort: One of the most formidable forts in India, Chittorgarh Fort is the symbol of the Rajput bravery and sacrifice. Set on a steep180 m high hill, the massive Chittorgarh Fort has seven gates to enter the main gate Rampol. While passing through the second and third gate you can see two chattris (cenotaphs) built to honor Jaimal and Patta, the two brave soldiers who died fighting the armies of Emperor Akbar during 1568 siege. The Fort houses many beautiful palaces like Rana Kumbha Palace, Padmini Palace and Fateh Prakash Palace.
Rana Kumbha Palace: A beautiful and massive monument inside the Chittorgarh Fort, the Rana Kumbha Palace is a ruined edifice of great historical and architectural interest. It is the place where queen Padmini committed Jauhar (self immolation) to protect her honor during the first seize of Chittorgarh by Alauddin Khilji.
Padmini Palace: Built beside a beautiful lotus pool with a historical pavilion, it is the place where Alauddin Khilji saw the reflection of the beautiful Queen Padmini in a mirror. He was so mesmerized by her unmatched beauty that he decided to attack Chittorgarh to posses the unwilling queen at any cost, leading to death of thousands of Rajput soldiers and women along with the queen.
Kalika Mata Temple: Originally built as a Sun Temple in the 8th century AD, it was later converted into Kalika Mata Temple in the 14th century AD. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, the symbol of power and valor.
After you complete your sightseeing, you will proceed to the hotel and relax.
Overnight stay will be in Chittorgarh.
Day 21: Chittorgarh - Kota By Surface 172Kms /4Hours
After an early morning breakfast proceed for Kota by surface, which would be covered in a maximum of 4 hours from Chittorgarh.
Upon arrival in Kota, check-in to the hotel and relax.
Post check-in proceed for the sightseeing of a few attractions near by.
During your visit you will come across the following places,
City Fort Palace: Located on the eastern banks of the Chambal River, the 17th century City Fort and Palace is the prime tourist attraction of Kota. One of the largest fort complexes in Rajasthan, it houses the rugged bastion, ramparts, with delicate domes and balustrades. The Hathi Pol (Elephant Gate) built in the 17th century AD is the beautiful entrance to the fort.
Rao Madho Singh Museum: One of the finest museums in Rajasthan, it exhibits a good collection of artifacts including miniature paintings, magnificent sculptures, and ancient murals and arms.
Jagmandir Palace: Built by one of the queens of Kota in 1740, the Jagmandir Palace was once the pleasure palace of kings in the middle of the beautiful Kishor Sagar Lake. Its reflection in crystal waters of the lake offers a breathtaking view to visitors.
In the evening relax in the hotel.
Overnight stay will be in Kota.
Day 22: Kota - Sawai Madhopur (With Excursion to Bundi)
By Surface 108Kms/4Hours
In the morning after you finish off your breakfast, you will leave the hotel and proceed to Sawai Madhopur, with an excursion to Bundi, which is just 35 Kms from Kota.
Bundi: The tourist attractions in Bundi are its impressive medieval forts, palaces, havelis and temples. This small but beautiful town was named after a former ruler, Bundi Meena. Located at the foothills of a large hill with a lake in the heart of the town, Bundi is a place worth visiting for its serene atmosphere and picturesque landscape.
During your visit you will come across these,
Taragarh Fort: This is the prime attraction in Bundi. It was built in the 14th century.
Inside the fort, one can find Bhim Burj, a large battlement with a cannon placed on it and a large reservoir carved out of single piece of rock. The fort offers a breathtaking view especially at sunset, which lends an ethereal ambience to the place. The Bundi Palace adjacent to the fort has beautiful murals and reflects the glorious era of the Indian royalty.
The Bundi Palace offers the tourist an enchanting spectacle hen it is illuminated at night. Bundi is famous for its baoris or step wells. Of the fifty step wells the few that have been maintained till date are the Raniji ki Baori, Nagar Sagar Kund and Nawal Sagar. There is also a temple dedicated to Lord Varuna, half submerged in the water of the lake, which can be reached, only by a boat.
Sukh Mahal, constructed during the reign of Umed Singh on the banks of Sukh Sagar was once famed for its magnificence. The palace, which has hosted the famous English writer Rudyard Kipling, is now the government Irrigation Rest House.
Once you complete the sightseeing here, you will continue your journey further, towards Sawai Madhopur.
Upon arrival you will check-in to the hotel and relax.
In the evening enjoy the environment in the hotel.
Overnight stay will be in Sawai Madhopur.
Day 23: Sawai Madhopur
In the morning after a leisurely breakfast proceed for a day's sightseeing.
Sawai Madhopur's chief draw is the Ranthambhore National Park.
The habitat here is home to an amazing variety of animal, bird and plant life, and is a hotspot for wildlife enthusiasts.
Ranthambhore Fort, an imposing structure set atop a steep hill.
An 8th century Ganesh Temple stands within the fort, and is a popular venue for a fair that is held each year on Ganesh Chaturthi.
Other prominent ruins in and around the fort include Sameton Ki Haveli, the photogenic 32-pillared Chhatri, Mahadeo Chhatri, Toran Dwar, which are a treat to watch.
Amareshwar Mahadeo Temple is set amidst a high hill, en route to the national park.
Chamatkarji Jain Temple is located on the main road leading to the city, and as the name suggests is known for the miracles performed here.
In the evening after a joyful tour, enjoy a farewell dinner along with the company executive, with a surprise for you.
Enjoy the time in the hotel.
Overnight stay will be in Sawai Madhopur.
Day 24: Sawai Madhopur - Delhi
Departure: 12:40pm Arrival: 18:35 pm
After you finish off your breakfast in the morning, you will proceed to have a tiger safari in the park.
After completing the safari, you will leave for the railway station to board a train for Delhi.