Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi by flight in the evening.
Delhi is the capital of India- the largest democratic and 2nd most populous country in the world and the city has seen its rise and fall several times. New Delhi is the 8th city built by British. Delhi is famous for its beautiful monuments built by different emperors, which can be seen during the city tour.
You will be well received on your arrival at the Delhi airport and transfer to hotel.
After check- in formality, you will check in to the room.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast at hotel, proceed for full day city tour of Old Delhi (in the morning) & New Delhi (in the afternoon).
The city of Delhi can be divided into two parts, Old Delhi and New Delhi.
Old Delhi was earlier ruled by Muslim Sultans for about 700years and later, it became the capital of the Mughal Empire between 17th & 19th centuries. Whereas New Delhi is an imperial and modern city, built by British, when they decided to move their capital from Calcutta in 1911.
The sightseeing of Old Delhi includes a visit to Jama Masjid- India's largest mosque, Red Fort- constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, Rajghat- cremation site of father of Nation- Mahatma Gandhi and finally enjoy the rickshaw ride through the old streets of Chandni Chawk, the busiest market of Old Delhi.
Sightseeing of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate- built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Rashtrapati Bhawan (from outside)- built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy, today the official residence of the President of India. Parliament House- an unique circular building with huge colonnades, which houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament. Humayun's Tomb- is the first Mughal garden tomb, which looks like the famous Taj Mahal and finally Qutab Minar- one of Delhi’s most striking monuments, which is the world's tallest brick minaret with a height of 72.5 meters.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 03: Delhi/ Agra (210Kms & 4hrs drive)
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Agra.
On the way visit the tomb of Mughal Emperor “Akbar the Great”, which is a magnificent gateway in white and colored marble with four elegant minarets.
Agra is famous for world’s most beautiful monument of love- Taj Mahal. The history of Agra is much older than the times of Mughals but during the Mughal Empire, Agra had become one of the great centers of art, culture, learning and commerce. All the great monuments with magnificent work of art and craft are still flourishing in the city including leather work and pietra dura marble-inlay work. Agra is famous for its marble work like tabletops, vases and trays, inlaid with semi precious stones or gems in ornate floral designs, an imitation of those found in the Taj Mahal. Agra is also an excellent place to buy leather, as it exports shoes, bags, briefcases and jackets.
Arrive Agra and check in to your hotel.
In the afternoon, proceed for city tour of Agra, visiting the massive Agra Fort- constructed out of red sand stone by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and containing the Halls of Public and Private Audience. Itmad-ud daulah, one of the most beautiful of Mughal tombs, stands across the river Yamuna. And finally the world famous Taj Mahal, which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the mausoleum of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal, after her death in 1631. The Taj Mahal is recognized worldwide as a symbol of eternal love. Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.
Overnight in Agra.
Day 04: Agra/ Karauli (180Kms & 5hrs drive)
OPTION: Wake up early in the morning to visit Taj Mahal at sunrise (an extra cost).
Return to hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Karauli.
On the way, visit Fatehpur Sikri (40kms from Agra).
Fatehpur Sikri, was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar between 1569- 1585, when he shifted his capital from Agra. But after a few years, the water supply was incapable of sustaining the population and the capital was shifted back to Agra. Now it is a deserted city and also called a ghost city but it is perfectly preserved. Akbar was a very tolerant ruler and the buildings at Fatehpur Sikri blended both Islamic and Hindu architecture. One of the buildings even reflects the new religion or faith founded by Akbar’- “Din-e-ilahi”, which was very short-lived. He abolished much hated poll- tax on non- muslims (Jizya) and was the first Mughal ruler to marry a Hindu (Rajut princess from Jaipur). It is a beautiful palace complex with Hindu and Muslim artistic buildings. You can visit Birbal’s Palace (Hindu building), Jodhbai’s Palace (Hindu building), Jami Masjid, Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti and Buland Darwaza etc. Buland Darwaza is also called “Gate of Magnificence’. It is the highest gateway in the world. One has to climb 42 steps to reach this gateway, which is 40mtr high and 35mtr wide.
Continue driving to Karauli.
On the way, you can visit Khanwa a small village where the Battle of Khanau was fought in the year 1527. Babur defeated a formidable army raised by Rana Sanga of Mewar in this battle & firmly established his rule over North India.
Karauli is small town in the state of Rajasthan, was founded by Raja Bijai Pal Singh, Jadon Rajput ruler in 995AD. Karauli is popular for its Kaila Devi temple, located on the banks of the Kalisil river in Karauli district. The temple is devoted to goddess Kaila, who was the family deity of the princely rulers of the Karauli state.
Arrive Karauli and check into your hotel.
Later, you can walk around or go by camel cart to see the 600 year old city, where you can see local handicraft shops like lacker work, bangle making, wooden toys, bamboo items, traditional sweets etc being made.
Overnight in Karauli.
Day 05: Karauli/ Ranthambore (100Kms & 2- 3hrs drive)
After breakfast at hotel, proceed to visit the 500 year old City Palace full of frescos, fine stone carvings & paintings. To witness the exquisite beauty of the Darbar Hall is a lifetime experience for the visitors. Also visit the famous lord Krishna temple (Madan Mohan ji), which is an ancient temple in the city palace campus and are visited by thousands of devotees every year.
Later, drive to Ranthambore.
Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national park in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, which is about 140Kms from Jaipur. It was as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur and today Ranthambore National Park is a major wildlife tourist attraction for many wildlife photographers and wildlife lovers. Ranthambore National park is spread over an area of 1,334 Sq Km along with its nearby sanctuaries like - the Mansingh Sanctuary and the Kaila Devi Sanctuary. The park is majorly famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations in India to see the majestic predators in its natural habitat. There are far better chances to see the tigers here as compared to other national parks in North India.
Arrive Ranthambore and check in to your hotel.
In the afternoon, proceed for 1st Jeep Safari into Ranthambore National Park.
Tigers are the major attractions at the Ranthambore National Park and there are good chances of sighting tigers in the park during early morning and before dusk, as the predators are quite energetic during early morning and evening. The other animals that you can spot in the national park include leopard, sambhar, marsh crocodile, chinkara, sloth bear, wild boar, chital, nilgai, mongoose, Jungle cat and monitor lizards etc. It is a home to a large number of birds also. According to experts, there are about 264 species of birds living in the park.
Return at hotel in the evening.
Overnight in Ranthambore.
Day 06: Ranthambore
Wake up early in the morning and proceed for 2nd Jeep Safari into Ranthambore National Park.
Return and Breakfast at hotel.
Rest of the morning at leisure to visit other places of Ranthambore including Ranthambore Fort, which was built in 10th century by the Chauhans and Jogi Mahal, which has the second largest banyan tree inIndia.
In the afternoon, proceed for 3rd Jeep Safari into Ranthambore National Park.
Return at hotel in the evening.
Overnight in Ranthambore.
Day 07: Ranthambore/ Bundi (125Kms & 3hrs drive)
After breakfast at hotel, drive towards Bundi.
Bundi is a picturesque location and an undiscovered tourist destination of Rajasthan. Bundi is a home to imposing forts and beautiful palaces and has witnessed great battles and legendary tales of valour. Blessed by the beauty of nature, beautiful rivers, lakes and waterfalls, Bundi has inspired great authors and artists like Rabindranath Tagore, Rudyard Kipling (writer of The Jungle Book) and film maker Satyajit Ray and many more.
Arrive Bundi and check in to your hotel.
In the afternoon, proceed for city tour of Bundi, visiting Umed Bhavan Palace, constructed during the period of Umed Singh on the banks of Sukh Sagar. The best part of the palace is the white marble chhatri, which stands in the centre of the roof of the second storey. Chaurasi Khambon ki Chhatri, which is a pavilion supported by 84 pillars, was constructed by Rao Anirudh Singh in the year 1683 to honour the services of Deva, his nurse. Also visit the battlefield of the battle, which was fought between Kotia Bhil & Rao Deva.
Overnight in Bundi.
Day 08: Bundi/ Bassi via Kota (210Kms & 5-6hrs drive)
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Bassi.
On the way, visit Kota.
Situated on the eastern bank of the Chambal River, Kota is the third largest city in the state of Rajasthan after Jaipur and Jodhpur. Kota was once the part of the Rajput kingdom of Bundi, which became a independent princely state in the 17th century. Apart from the various monuments, Kota is also known for its beautiful palaces and gardens. Kota is an agricultural and industrial town, where miller, wheat, rice, pulses, coriander and oilseeds are grown and the industries include cotton & oilseed milling, fertilizers, distilling, dairying, manufacture of metal handcrafts, textile weaving, chemicals and engineering equipment etc.
Arrive Kota and visit Sukh Niwas- build by Maharaja Umed Singh II in 1905, who was commissioned Sir Swinton Jacob, a distinguished officer of the Royal Engineers in the British Army, to design the building. Umed Bhawan Palace- which truly offers a royal ambience and an important building in Kota. In 1930, a new wing was added to the existing palace, which is still the residence of the royal family of Kota. Jag Mandir- located in the middle of the picturesque artificial lake of Kishore Sagar constructed by Prince Dher Deh in 1346 AD. Also visit the Battle field where Rao Madho Singh and Prince Aurangzeb fought in the year 1579 and Rao Madho Singh lost five of his six sons here.
Continue drive to Bassi.
Bassi is a small town near the famous Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan and The Bassi Fort is the main highlight of the town. The Bassi Fort is located amidst beautiful surroundings and the fort functioned as a residence to the royal families of Mewar during 16th century. Now the the Bassi Fort has been converted in to heritage hotel but it still retains its old charm and grandeur.
Arrive Bassi and check into your hotel.
Overnight in Bassi.
Day 09: Bassi/ Chittorgarh/ Udaipur (140kms & 4hrs drive)
After breakfast at hotel, drive towards Udaipur.
On the way visit Chittorgarh Fort.
Chittorgarh is an old city in the state of Rajasthan and was the capital of the former Rajpu state “Mewar”. Chittorgarh was the only place in Rajasthan, whose rulers never surrendered before anyone. They always chose death before surrendering against anyone. Chittorgarh was captured Ala ud din Khilji, the Sultan of Delhi in 1303 AD, who had heard about the great beauty of its Queen Padmini. Since Ala ud din let a huge army, the Queen Padmini preferred death to abduction and dishonour and committed jauhar (an act of self-immolation by jumping into a large fire) along with all the other ladies of the fort and all the men left the fort fought against the enemy until their death. Chittorgarh is known for its history of heroism and sacrifice.
Arrive Chittorgarh and proceed to visit Chittor Fort (Battlefields of battles between the Ranas of Chittor & Alauddin Khilji, Sultan Bahadur Shah of Gujarat & Emperor Akbar). It is a massive fort. The fort has many magnificent monuments. Though it is a ruined citadel now, but there is still much more to see in this huge fort. Rana Kumbha Palace which is the most massive monument in the fort of Chittaur. The palace is believed to have underground cellars, where Rani Padmini & other women of the fort committed suicide “Jauhar”. Victory Tower, which was built in 1440 AD by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Mohamed Khilji. This 9-storyed tower is adorned by sculptures of Hindu deities all around. This tower is the piece-de-resistance of Chittorgarh. Palace of Rani Padmini was built beside the lotus pool with a historical pavilion that changed the history of Chittor. Ala-ud-din Khilji saw the reflection of Queen Padmini from here & became made to find her, as she was so very beautiful. In the quest of getting her led to a furious battle with Queen Padmini's husband & the epitome of beauty- Queen Padmini of Chittorgarh, became an eternal legend in the history of Chittor.
Continue drive towards Udaipur.
Udaipur was built by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1568, when he shifted his capital from Chittorgarh to Udaipur because of its swampy location beside Lake Pichola and was protected on all sides by Aravali hills. Udaipur has been enjoying a reputation as Rajasthan’s most romantic city because of its fantastic location and its famed lake Pichola. Udaipur is also considered as the jewel of Mewar, because of its Forts and palaces, gardens and temples all around its beautiful lakes.
Arrive Udaipur and check in at hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 10: Udaipur
After breakfast at hotel, proceed for city tour of Udaipur, visiting The City Palace stands on a hill on the banks of Lake Pichola. It was built in 1567 and consists of 4 major palaces and several minor palaces that form a single façade. Jagdish Temple, which was built by Maharaja Jagat Singh in 1651 is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the centre of the old city. Sahelion ki Bari, which was built by Maharana Sangram Singh for his daughter and the ladies of the Queen's court. The Vintage and Classic Car Collection where grand limousines and cars showcased in the museum. They all are the private collection of the House of Mewar and are in perfect running condition. The collection includes a Rolls Royce, 1939 Cadillac open convertibles, rare Mercedes models, a 1936 Vauxhall, a 1937 Opel and an MG-TC 1946 convertible etc.
In the evening take sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola, which is a manmade lake and is one of the prime attractions of Udaipur.
The lake is known for the Lake Palace built amidst the lake. The lake was built by Maharana Udai Singh II. Surrounded by Aravali hills, gardens, havelis, temples and ghats, Lake Pichola is the picturesque spot of Udaipur. The lake is about 4km long and 3km wide and not very deep. It often dries up in the severe summer months.
Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 11: Udaipur / Siana (175Kms & 5hrs drive)
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Siana.
Siana is a small village situated in the south west of Rajasthan, bordering with the great Thar desert. Siana is an undiscovered and untouched tourist destination in Rajasthan. It is a beautiful place and worth staying for couple of nights because of its ambience and tranquility.
Arrive Siana and check in to your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Siana.
Day 12: Siana
After breakfast at hotel, proceed for a Jeep Safari around the village. Siana is also popular for its horse safari, which is amazing. It would be an ideal destination for those, who are seeking adventure as well as looking for an untouched destination. During the safari, you can explore the village life. Look at the carpenter culture of Siana and visit a traditional carpenter’s house to see their piece of work. Also visit and meet with the Rabari community, the traditional shepherds of this region.
Overnight in Siana.
Day 13: Siana/ Rohetgarh (135Kms & 3- 4hrs drive)
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Rohetgarh.
Rohetgarh is also an undiscovered and unspoilt village situated in the region of “Marwar” near Jodhpur in Rajasthan, which is popular for its valour, battle and chivalry. Rohetgarh Fort is the highlight of the town, which has now been converted into a heritage hotel and known for its hospitality.
Arrive Rohetgarh and check in to your hotel.
In the later afternoon, proceed for Jeep Safari to visit Bishnoi Village. The Bishnoi’s are one of the different community of Rajasthan who are famous for their rich cultural Rajasthani Life and there true love for nature and animals.
Overnight in Rohetgarh.
Day 14: Rohetgarh/ Jodhpur/ Manvar (155Kms & 4hrs drive)
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Manvar.
On the way, visit Jodhpur.
Situated in the eastern side of picturesque Thar Desrt, Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459AD, when he shifted his capital from Mandor to a few kilometers away and named it after himself. Jodhpur is also called “the Blue city” because of the Blue colour painted on its houses in the old city. Once the centre of Marwar, the largest princely state of Rajputana, today Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and popular for its massive Mehrangarh Fort.
Arrive Jodhpur and proceed to visit the most imposing monument of Jodhpur- Mehrangarh Fort, which is undoubtedly the most prominent landmark of the city. The museum within the fort is one of the finest in Rajasthan and displays royal apparel, ancient paintings and manuscripts, fabled treasures of the royal household and an armoury. Jaswant Thada, which is Maharaja Jaswant Singh II's cenotaph, built in 1899. All previous rulers have their cenotaphs at Mandore.
Continue drive towards Manvar.
Manvar is situated in the midst of sand dunes region of Thar Desert in Rajasthan between Jodhpur, Jaisalmer & Bikaner. It is a beautiful tourist destination in Rajasthan known for its pristine beauty, tranquility and peace.
Arrive Manvar and check into your tent.
Later in the afternoon, proceed for village safari by Jeep and visit the typical Village (Dhani) and farms in the desert, Crafts Men at Work, Desert Wild Life and Virgin Sand-dunes.
Later, enjoy camel ride at the tented Camp.
Overnight in Manvar.
Day 15: Manvar/ Khimsar (165Kms & 3-4hrs drive)
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Khimsar.
Situated on the way between Jodhpur and Bikaner, Khimsar is known for its history and royalty. Situated on the edge of the picturesque Thar Desert in the heart of Rajasthan, Khimsar offers a wide range of attractions including the turrets and forts, which have been remained as the centre of its rich and glorious past. The old city has several mosques and one of them was commissioned by Emperor Akbar. Nagaur cattle fair is an important cultural event in the area, which attracts thousands of local people and tourists to trade and celebrate at this fair. The Khimsar Fort, has now been converted into a premium heritage hotel, which was built by Rao Karamsiji, the 8th son of Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur- 90Kms away. A royal family of Khimsar still live in the palace.
Arrive and check in to your hotel.
Later in the afternoon, proceed for Jeep safari or camel safari around the village to treasure the beauty of sand dunes in the desert.
Overnight in Khimsar.
Day 16: Khimsar
After breakfast at hotel, proceed for an excursion to Osian, which is famous for its Jain & Hindu Temples and Nagaur, which is famous for its Cattle Fair.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Khimsar.
Day 17: Khimsar/ Kuchaman (165Kms & 3-4hrs drive)
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Kuchaman.
Founded by Thakur Zalim Singh in 1781AD, Kuchaman is an is known for its beautiful Fort, situated on a 1,000ft high rock cliff. Kuchaman Fort has now been converted into a heritage Hotel, which has a special significance, as it was never conquered by either the Marathas or the Mughals.
Arrive Kuchaman and check in to Kuchaman Fort.
In the afternoon, proceed to visit around Kuchaman, which is a beautiful town and full of scenic beauty. It is a nice destination for relaxation, where you can go for ayurvedic massages and yoga.
In the evening, you can visit Meena Bazaar, which is a famous market of Kuchaman.
Overnight in Kuchaman.
Day 18: Kuchaman/ Samode (120Kms & 3hrs drive)
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Samode.
Samode, a small village is located 50Kms north west of Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. Samode has so much for the tourists like chhatries, old water wells, 400 year old gates, three forts, temples, gardens and of course it’s beautiful Samode palace. Apart from this, one can see the local arts and crafts like miniature paintings, iron work, jewellery, stone cutting, leather, carpet weaving, etc. The major tourist attraction in Samode is Samode Palace, which is a grand heritage hotel now.
Arrive Samode and check into your hotel.
In the afternoon, proceed for Jeep Safari around the village Samode to see the village life, fields, local shrines, bazaars and enjoy the scenic beauty.
Overnight in Samode.
Day 19: Samode- Day Eexcursion to Jaipur (50Kms one way &1 hrs drive)
After breakfast at hotel, proceed to visit Jaipur.
Jaipur or the Pink City was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743) and is the capital city of the state of Rajasthan. Jaipur is surrounded by hills and the beautiful forts. Jaipur with Agra and Delhi has made a circuit, which is called India’s Golden Triangle- the most popular tourist destinations in India. Jaipur is a planned city built according to the ancient Hindu treatise “Vastu Sashtra”. The orderly bazaars of the old town are ranked among the most vibrant in Asia. Jaipur is the perfect place to shop for Handicrafts, antiques, jewelry, gems, pottery, carpets, textiles, metalwork and leather ware. Jaipur is renowned for hand- dyed and embroidered textiles, Handicrafts, antiques, pottery, carpets, jewellery and the best selection of precious stones and metals in India.
Arrive Jaipur and proceed to visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of Jaipur.
Amber Fort is built on the crest of a rocky hill behind the Maota Lake in the outskirt of Jaipur. Amber was the capital of the Kuchwaha rajputs from 1037- 1728. Ascend the Fort on elephant back (subject to availability). Amber Fort has a magnificent Palace compound. One can enter the Palace complex through Suraj Pole (Sun Gate) and step into Jaleb Chowk, where one can have elephant ride. Singh Pole (Lion Gate) give the access to the palaces. Diwan- i- Am (public Audience), Ganesh Pole, Sheesh Mahal, Jas Mandir (temple), Sukh Mahal and the Palace of Mansingh I are worth visiting.
In the afternoon, proceed to visit the Pink City of Jaipur, visiting City Palace, built between 1728- 1732, it occupies the center of Jaipur and is surrounded by high walls. The important buildings within the Palace are textile and the costume museum, armory museum, Diwan-I-Khas and Diwan-I-am. Jantar Mantar is the largest stone observatory in the World and one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh in India.
Return to Samode in the evening.
Overnight in Samode.
Day 20: Samode/ Delhi (260Kms & 5-6hrs drive)/ Fly Back Home
Breakfast at hotel and rest of the morning at leisure.
In the afternoon, drive to Delhi.
Arrive Delhi and transfer to Delhi International airport to board your flight back home with sweet memories of your Rajasthan Trip with Dependable Travel Solutions (India) !!
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