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Colourful Rajasthan Tours
Duration :- 12 Nights/11 Days
Day 01: Arrival Delhi:
Namaste! We are welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together. After immigration and custom formalities, we are transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Hotel in Delhi (B).
Day 02: Delhi:
As India's capital, Delhi is a political and business hub, as well as one of the country's major travel gateways. It also has a throng of semi permanent foreigners who work as news correspondents, at embassies (we can identify a diplomat's car by it's blue number plate), or at other organizations that have foreign associations. Spacious and planned, New Delhi was built as the imperial capital of India by the British while Old Delhi was the capital of the Muslim India between the 17th and the 19th centuries - there is a rich legacy of mosques, and monuments and forts that testifies to this. Delhi hasn't always been India's capital, but it has played a paramount role in Indian history. Many have invaded Delhi through the ages, including the Persian emperor, Nadir Shah, who sacked the city in 1739 and carted the Kohinoor Diamond (now part of the British royal family's crown jewels) and the famous Peacock Thrown off to Iran. The British Captured Delhi in 1803, but during the Indian Uprising of 1857 it was centre of resistance against them. The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and the Qutub Minar - a perfect minaret towering 102 meters / 112 yards into the sky. New Delhi is a blend of Moghul India, Hindu India, and British India and certainly of modern independent India. Our afternoon concentrates on Old Delhi, starting with the famous Red Fort. Built by Shah Jehan, this was once the most opulent fort of the Moghul Empire. Next we visit another Moghul majesty, the Jama Masjid that is India's largest mosque, followed by the Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. We end our tour with a bazaar experience at Chandni Chowk, the street of silver and goldsmiths. We also visit a Kashmiri handicraft emporium where skillful craftsmen from Kashmir will show you how "The World famous Persian carpets" are weaved. These craftsmen have resettled down in Delhi after the uprising in Kashmir and are trying to earn their livelihood.
Overnight: Hotel in Delhi (B).
Day 03: Delhi / Agra: (Drive 200 km/04 Hrs):
Today morning we leave for Agra- Home of the world-famous TAJ MAHAL en-rout visit Sikandra, The sandstone and marble tomb of Akbar. The greatest of the Mughal emperors, lies in the centre of a peaceful garden grazed by deer at Sikandra. Akbar started its construction himself, blending Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist Jain and Christian motifs and style in much the same way that he developed the syncretic religious philosophy called din-I Ilahi. When Akbar died, his son, Jehangir, who significantly modified the original plan, completed the mausoleum. After visit Sikandra we continue our journey to Agra. On arrival in Agra we check in our hotel. Later we visit to one of the most well known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, best described as 'poetry in marble' because of its beauty, grace and exquisite workmanship, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 as a memorial to his beloved queen Mumtaj Mahal. Surely it is the greatest monument of love, and truly one of the wonders of the world. We also visit Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar, standing opposite the Taj on the banks of the Yamuna River, which contains a wealth of palaces and monuments that recall the days of Mughal splendors. Agra is famous for it's inlay work on marble, later we visit some of the local factories in Agra to see, how the inlay work on marble is done. Rest of the day is free for relaxation.
Overnight: Hotel in Agra (B).
Day 04: Agra/Fatehpur Sikri/ Jaipur (Drive 235 km/05 Hrs):
Today we leave for Jaipur en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful capital built in 1640 by the Moghul king, Akbar the Great. The city was later abandoned for lack of water. A superb example of Moghul architecture, it stands perfectly preserved in the desert. We also visit the artistically designed mausoleum of Salim Chisty who is reputed to have prayed for a son for Akbar leading to the birth of Salim Jehangir, the builder of the Taj. After visit Fatehpur Sikri we continue our countryside journey to Jaipur, filled with frenetic crowds, Rajasthan's chaotic, dusky - pink capital is a place of wild contrasts, bombarding the senses at every turn. Jaipur's old city, it's rich color deepening and fading according to the light, is lined with long, twinkling bazaars. Like Wacky Races on acid, vegetable - laden camel carts thread their way through streets jam-packed with cars, cows, rickshaws & bicycles. The city owes its name, foundation and careful planning to the great warrior -astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693 - 1743). On arrival in Jaipur we check in our hotel. Rest of the day is free for relaxation.
Overnight: Hotel in Jaipur (B).
Day 05: Jaipur:
A royal experience awaits us as we take an elephant ride uphill to the intriguing Amber Palace, a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. After the tour and enjoying a panoramic view, we return to Jaipur to visit the old astronomical observatory built by the founder of the city, Jai Singh. We also visit the majestic Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art, and the colorful bazaar. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting. Most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone and one of the most beautiful is Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. Evening is free to enjoy both shopping and a cultural experience in the bazaars of Jaipur. As Jaipur is famous for its jewels (gems cutting and polishing), we will take you to a Gems cutting and polishing center - which has won several awards by Japanese Government & Govt. Of India.
Overnight: Hotel in Jaipur (B).
Day 06: Jaipur /Jodhpur (Drive 280 km/06 hrs):
Today we leave for Jodhpur, The blue city, a crazed mass of indigo angles, spreads, along the edge of the Great Thar Desert. Jodhpur's fort, Mehrangarh, towers over the city, perched on a sheer rocky ridge from where the view over the sea of blue buildings in mesmerizing. Traditionally, blue signified the Home of a Brahmin, but these days, non-Brahmins have taken on the practice too. The old city of Jodhpur is a tangle of winding, glittering streets, scented by incense, roses and sewers, with shops selling everything from trumpets to temple decorations, from snuff to saris. It's surrounded by 10 km long wall (built about a century after the city was founded) with eight gates. Jodhpur was founded bin 1459 by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rajput clan known as the Rathores. On a vital trade route, the city was built on the profits of opium, sandalwood, dates and copper. On arrival in Jodhpur we check in our hotel. Later we visit Mehrangarh fort, built in 1459 A.D by Rao Jodha, rises steeply from a rocky scrap winds Upto the massive gateway with immense portals and enter through the Gate of victory - Jai Pole and Loha Pole Marked with palm prints of 'Sati' (Rajput Ladies immolated themselves on funeral fire of their Husband). Inside the fort there is a series of courtyards and palaces, a deep -terracotta latticed network. They house a museum, with a splendid collection of the trappings of Indian royalty, including some amazing elephants howdahs (essential for glittering processions), miniature paintings and the inevitable Rajput armory and ephemera from ivory inlaid ladies dumbbells to camel bone carpet weights. Later we visit Jaswant Thada This milky - white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II is a peaceful array of whimsical domes, about 1 km from the fort. The royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs that stand nearby followed the Cenotaph, built in 1899. Next we visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace from Outside, as this was a part of Heritage Hotel but now closed for Renovation. We will also visit the beautifully landscaped Mandore Gardens. Rest of the day is free for relaxation.
Overnight: Hotel in Jodhpur (B).
Day 07: Jodhpur / Udaipur (Drive 280km /07 Hrs):
After Breakfast we Take an interesting long journey to Udaipur en-route visit Ranakpur. Ranakpur is named after Rana Kumbha whom Dharna Sah, a Jain businessman, approached when he had the vision of his great temple to ask for the land for its construction. Renowned for some marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stone, Ranakpur is amongst the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. These temples were constructed in the AD 1439. Ranakpur is reached after passing lush green valleys and streams and the heart capturing views drive away any fatigue of the journey. The Ranakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 Kilograms whose sound echoes in the entire complex. From here we continue our journey to Udaipur. If Jaipur is a city in pink then Udaipur is a vision in white. The City of Dawn, surrounded by the ancient Aravali Mountains and set on the edge of three lakes, is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples. On arrival in Udaipur we check in our hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax and to explore the city of Udaipur on your own.
Overnight: Hotel in Udaipur (B).
Day 8: Udaipur:
Today we tour Udaipur, Our visit includes the City Palace, Within the City Palace are several architectural and artistic highlights such as the Mor Chowk, known for its stunning peacock mosaics and the Bhim Vilas Palace with its series of lovely wall paintings. Saheliyon Ke Bari or the Garden of Maids and the folklore museum where you can see a presentation of the string puppet show typical to this area. We also visit Jag Mandir, the other island palace with a marble dome, is a marvel in red sandstone. It was a refuge for the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan when he was in exile following a quarrel with his father, Emperor Jehangir. In the evening we take a boat cruise at lake Pichola.
Overnight: Hotel in Udaipur (B).
Day 09: Udaipur/Ajmer/ Pushkar (Drive 250km/05hrs):
After breakfast we proceed to Pushkar en-route visiting Ajmer, situated in the green oasis wrapped in the barren hills has been a witness to an interesting past. The city was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century A.D. and continued to be a major center of the Chauhan power till 1193 A.D. Today, Ajmer is a popular pilgrimage center for the Hindus as well as Muslims. Especially famous is the Dargah Sharif-tomb of the Sufi saint Khawaja Muin-ud-din Chisti, which is equally revered by the Hindus and Muslims, we visit the Dargah of Sufi Saint Khawaja Muin-ud-din Chisti. The Dargah at the foot of a barren hill is situated India's most important pilgrimage center for people from all faiths. The mausoleum has a gigantic gate, which was built by the Nizam of Hyderabad. The two massive cauldrons in the courtyard are of particular interest and on the right side of the courtyard in the Akbari Masjid built in white marble. There is another mosque in the courtyard built by Shah Jahan. After visit Dargah we continue our journey to Pushkar, The Pulsating beats of vivid images of the Sacred Brahma land, Pushkar brings alive the rich tradition of Rajasthan enhancing the glory of the golden sand.
Pushkar is famous for its colorful annual fair during Kartik Poornima (full moon) in the November each year. At this time, this otherwise peaceful and gentle village on the banks of holy Pushkar take is thrown into colorful confusion when the desert tribes and camel caravans meet to trade cattle, camels, goat, sheep, clothes, Jewellery and spices. Upto 2,00,000 traders and 50,000 cattle pour into town, along with numerous festooned camels and colorful pilgrims. After 10 hectic days of livestock dealing, camel racing and colorful festivities, everybody goes for a big holy dip in the lake on the night of the full moon (Kartik Poornima) and perform rituals in its waters to the accompaniment of temple & folk music. On arrival in Pushkar we check in our hotel.
Overnight: Hotel in Pushkar (B).
Day 10: Pushkar /Ajmer: (Drive 10 km/30 Min) Ajmer/ Delhi: (By Train Shatabdi
2016, Departure 15:50 Hrs, Arrival 22:20 Hrs):
Our morning start with city tour of 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. We also visit 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 Hans, or goose symbol, of Brahma, who is said to have personally chosen Pushkar as its site. After sightseeing we take journey to Ajmer railway station in time to board train to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi we are transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Hotel in Delhi (B).
Day 11: Delhi/ Back Home:
Today we are transferred to International airport in time to time connect our flight back Home.