Rajasthan Cultural Trip PackagesDuration: 12 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
Rajasthan Cultural Travel Trip is evident in everything - the way people dress up, their lifestyle, dance and music, art and architecture, and their religious beliefs. The painted Havelis in Shekhawati region are exemplary works of art and so are the deserts of Bikaner. The hefty turbans and big mustaches are badges of honor for males.
Deshnok Temple and its rats mystify foreign tourists and Sam sand dunes offer scenic views of Jaisalmer. As you ride on camels and explore Rajasthan, you will see women from rural areas sporting small waists but veiled faces carrying several pots of water at once with an effortless balance.
Highlights of The Rajasthan Cultural Trip : Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Rickshaw Ride at Chandni Chowk, Humayun's tomb, Qutub Minar, President's House, Lotus Temple, Havelis of Mandawa, Taj Mahal, Buland Darwaza, Elephant Ride in Abmer Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Camel Ride at Sam Sand Dunes, Jeep Safari in Ranthambore National Park and much more..
Daywise Itinerary for Rajasthan Cultural Trip :
Day 01 : Arrive in New Delhi
Most of the flights either land in evening or late at night. So at the point you arrive at the airport our services for you shall begin.
Upon your arrival at the New Delhi International Airport, and after all custom formalities when you will exit the arrival terminal, you will be met upon by a company representative from TNS Travels, who will receive you with warmth and you will enjoy a traditional "SWAGAT".
Further he will assist you at the airport and arrange for your transfer to the hotel where you will check-in.
After check-in, he shall brief you regarding your tour program and respectively hand you over with all the necessary documents, items & guidelines, which would be necessary for you during the tour. The documents would mainly consist of your hotel vouchers, corresponding maps etc.
Later after a tiring flight we wish that you take some rest and relax at the hotel.
Your overnight stay will be in New Delhi.
Day 02 : Delhi - the capital of India
After breakfast, you will start a full day sightseeing tour of New Delhi assisted by a guide.
DELHI, a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with modern. Its strategic location was the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. Numerous monuments were built over several centuries by different rulers like Qutub-ud-din Aibek, Alauddin Khilji, Tughlaks, Humayun & Shah Jahan, who built the Walled City Shah Jahanabad.
Your sightseeing tour will comprise visits to Old & New Delhi.
OLD DELHI - A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Jama Masjid then you will take a rickshaw ride to Chandni Chowk- the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar; and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal Empire. You will also enjoy a unique cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi.
Later visit NEW DELHI.
NEW DELHI - An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. LOTUS TEMPLE, a Bahá'í Houses of Worship, Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, QUTUB MINAR, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After your sightseeing is over, you will have free time in the evening to enjoy other activities within the city. If you wish you can visit the local markets for shopping or leave back to your hotel to relax.
Your overnight stay will be in New Delhi.
Day 03 : Delhi - Mandawa rejoice the Shekhawati flavors (by Surface :220 KMS. - 4 Hours)
Today after your breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed for Mandawa by surface.
MANDAWA belongs to the Shekhawati region in Rajasthan. Once an important halt on the fabled Silk Route to China, where the rich merchants constructed their lavish havelis here and embellished them with beautiful paintings on religious, historical, folk and social theme. The unique features about these havelis are their designs.
Upon your arrival, you will be assisted during your check-in at the hotel.
Later in the day you will proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of the famous havelis of Mandawa. First you visit the Goenka Haveli, which has a monumental façade of elephants and horses, the outer walls, jutting balconies, alcoves and overhanging upper storeys are replete with patterns and paintings, ranging from traditional Rajasthani women and religious motifs to Europeans wearing stylish hats and other Victorian finery. And later visit Jhunjhunwala Haveli, the haveli features a striking gold leaf painted room located to the right of main courtyard.
Evening you shall relax at your hotel. Your overnight stay will be in Mandawa.
Day 04 : Mandawa - Bikaner - the rural and rustic Thar (by Surface :200 KMS. - 4 Hours)
After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will check-out of your hotel and leave for Bikaner by surface.
BIKANER is a wonderful medieval city of Rajasthan, still retaining its medieval grandeur and charm. Bikaner is known for its strong fortification, encompassed by a 7 km long wall with five gates to enter. Situated in the vast Thar Desert, Bikaner is famous for its magnificent fort, palaces, temples, exotic sand dunes, exciting camel safaris, and a unique culture that never fails to mesmerize its visitors.
Upon your arrival here, you will check-in at the hotel. Later in the afternoon you will enjoy a sightseeing tour here.
First visit the Junagarh Fort, built in 1593 AD, it is one of the most formidable forts in Rajasthan, constructed on the plains, contrary to other forts of Rajasthan, which are normally built on hilltops. The Lalgadh Palace, a beautiful red palace, displaying a perfect blend of Rajput and European architectural style with several grand halls, lounges, cupolas and pavilions with overhanging balconies and latticework.
Also visit Bhandeshwar and Sandeshwar Jain Temples, the 14th century temples famous for their mirror work and the gold leaf paintings.
Later in the evening, you will proceed to village of Deshnok, this has the pilgrim centre of Karni Mata Temple or the "RAT TEMPLE", because of a huge presence of rat within the temple. Before the temple is a beautiful marble facade, which has solid silver doors built by Maharaja Ganga Singh.
You will also visit the camel breeding farms, the largest and only of its kind in Asia. These farms produce the fastest riding camels in the world. If you wish, you can also enjoy a camel ride or a cup of camel's milk at the farms.
Your overnight stay will be in Bikaner.
Day 05 : Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (by Surface :200 KMS. - 4 Hours)
After your early morning breakfast at the hotel, you will leave for Jodhpur by surface. The distance would be covered in a maximum time of 5 hours.
JODHPUR, the Blue City, is a fascinating city of Rajasthan, India. One of the most traveled tourist destinations in Rajasthan, Jodhpur is famous for its magnificent forts, beautiful palaces, havelis, museums, temples and colorful bazaars. Jodhpur is also known for its unique culture, arts and crafts and colorful festivals.
Upon your arrival, our representative would make all necessary arrangements for your easy check-in at the hotel.
After check-in you can relax at your hotel, as the rest of the day shall be at leisure.
Your overnight stay will be in Jodhpur.
Day 06 : Jodhpur - the royal grandeur
Today after your breakfast, you will enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Jodhpur.
You will first visit 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 and museum in its compound.
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.
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 chattris made of white marble.
Later you can enjoy shopping as Jodhpur offers exquisite handicrafts, tie and dye fabric, and embroidered jutis (shoes) made of camel skin and many more items.
After enjoying a day long sightseeing of the place, you will have a delicious dinner to finish things off for the day.
Your overnight stay will be in Jodhpur.
Day 07 : Jodhpur - Udaipur (by Surface - 260 KMS. - 5 Hours)
After you complete your breakfast at the hotel, you will leave for Udaipur by surface. The distance would be covered in a maximum time of 5 hours, with an enroute visit to Ranakpur.
RANAKPUR is a little village close to Udaipur is Rajasthan. The most important feature of Ranakpur is the splendid Jain temples, which is the biggest draw for majority of the tourists.
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 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.
The mighty range of the Aravalis adds to the tourist attractions in Ranakpur.
On continuing your journey, you arrive in Udaipur. 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. Having the reputation of being amongst the most romantic places to be, Udaipur has many things to offer.
Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and relax. Your overnight stay will be in Udaipur.
Day 08 : Udaipur - the palace retreat
After your breakfast, you have a full free day to relax and enjoy the sightseeing tour of Udaipur.
You will start an exotic day's tour with visits to City Palace, which is one of the largest royal complexes in Rajasthan, the 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. After this you will visit Jag Mandir, a beautiful island palace on Lake Pichola, built by Maharaja Karan Singh in 1615 AD.
Later you will visit Saheliyon-Ki- Bari, a splendid Garden which was built in early 18th century as a retreat for ladies of the royal household to spend their time in leisure. Fateh Sagar, located in the vicinity of the famous Saheliyon-ki-Bari Garden, it is a beautiful lake, built by Maharana Fateh Singh in 1678.
After your sightseeing tour is over, you will proceed for your lunch. After lunch we leave the rest of the day at your own interest. Either you can relax at your hotel or explore this romantic city your way.
Your overnight stay will be in Udaipur.
Day 09 : Udaipur - Jaipur (by Surface - 260 KMS. - 5 Hours)
After your breakfast, you will leave for Jaipur by surface.
JAIPUR "The Pink City" is spectacularly set within surrounding rugged hills, dotted with ancient ruined fortresses. Your tour will include the imposing City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artifacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. You will also visit the Hawa Mahal "Palace of the Winds", and the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see the vast astronomical instruments.
Upon your arrival in Jaipur, you will be met upon by our representative, who will arrange for your check-in at the hotel.
After check-in, you can relax as the rest of the day shall be at leisure.
In the evening you will proceed for a visit to Chokhi - Dhani, an ethnic village resort. Enjoy the village life along with a session of dinner and traditional dance. Your dinner is included here.
Your overnight stay will be in Jaipur.
Day 10 : Jaipur - the maharaja retreat
After your breakfast, you enjoy a wonderful day as you proceed for a sightseeing tour of the Pink City.
First you will visit the beautiful Amber Fort Palace (also known as Amer Fort) is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Famous for Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and a Hindu style finds its ultimate expression.
You will also enjoy an excellent elephant ride here.
After your sightseeing here, you will proceed for the sightseeing of City Palace, a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture. Also visit Jantar Mantar, the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country.
Later in the evening you will visit Hawa Mahal, the ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Enjoy the time while you are here.
Your overnight stay will be in Jaipur.
Day 11 : Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - the city of the majestic Taj Mahal (by Surface - 230 KMS. - 4 Hours)
After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will leave for Agra by surface. The distance would be covered in a maximum time of 4 hours with an en-route visit to Fatehpur - Sikri.
FATEHPUR SIKRI is 37 km west of Agra. Jajal-ud-din-Muhammad Akbar, Humanyun's son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu'inu'd-din Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of SUFIS. Akbar, who was without a male heir heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568, the saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri, built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings like the Diwan -I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal's house, Marian's house and the Panchmahal.
AGRA, the two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire. A world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously.
Upon arrival here check-in at the hotel.
Later around mid-day, you will proceed for a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of TAJ MAHAL, an eternal of love, built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. You will enjoy a battery van ride near Taj Mahal.
(NOTE: TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS)
After TAJ MAHAL, you will also visit Agra Fort, built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone & Itmad-Ud-Daulah, a beautiful tomb built by Noor Jahan, wife of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, in the memory of her father.
After your sightseeing is over for the day, enjoy your dinner first and later retire to your hotel.
Your overnight stay will be in Agra.
Day 12 : Agra - Delhi (by Surface - 265 KMS. - 5 Hours)
Morning shall be at leisure. Enjoy your stay at the hotel.
Later in the day you will leave for Delhi by surface. The journey shall be covered up in a maximum time of 4 hours.
Upon arrival in Delhi in the evening, you will be accompanied by our company executive, who will join you for a farewell dinner arranged specially for you.
After dinner our company executive will arrange for your in-time transfer to the International airport for your onward journey, with sweet memories of the tour with TNS Travels.