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Forts & Palaces Tour Packages of Rajasthan

Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan - destinations
Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days
Destinations covered : Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Jaipur - Agra

Day 01 Abroad - Delhi
Arrive: Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, the guest will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 Delhi - Mandawa
This morning you will be taken to visit Old Delhi - the former centre of Moghul Power, Old Delhi offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Drive past the Red Fort, built in 1648 and board the 'cycle rickshaw' for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue heading west from the Fort. Later visit the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal, and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Afternoon drive to Mandawa (250 km). Upon arrival in Mandawa - check into the hotel.
Overnight at hotel

Afternoon drive to Mandawa (250 km). Upon arrival in Mandawa - check into the hotel.

Afternoon visit the town, a painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows leads to the bazaar. You can wander through the streets where mansions of rich merchants are adorned with elaborate & lively frescoes, cataloging the life, habits/fashions of the Marwari community.
Overnight at hotel

Day 03 Mandawa - Bikaner
Morning drive to Bikaner (230 km). Upon arrival in Bikaner - check into the hotel.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Bikaner - this desert town in the north of the state was founded in 1488 by Roa Bikaji, a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur, Jodhaji. Visit the Junagarh Fort constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Jai Singh, a general in the Moghul Emperor Akbar's army.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 04 Bikaner - Jaisalmer
Morning drive to Jaisalmer (280 km). Upon arrival in Jaisalmer - check into the hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure for own activities.
Overnight at hotel

Day 05 Jaisalmer
Morning visit the city's magnificent havelis or merchant's houses, each richly decorated and carved from golden yellow sandstone - Patwon-ki-haveli (House of the Brocade Merchants) is the largest and most elaborate of the famous havelis of Jaisalmer. The Nathmalji-ki-haveli (The Mansion of Nathmalji), the last of the great havelis was built in the late 19th century. End the morning with a visit to Gadisar Lake - the large natural oasis that attracted Rawal Jaisal to this site.

Late afternoon visit the sand dunes and enjoy a camel ride to view the sunset, as the sky is set on fire and Rajasthani folk musicians play haunting tunes. It can be an unforgettable experience.
Overnight at hotel

Day 06 Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Morning drive to Jodhpur (280 km). Upon arrival in Jodhpur - check into the hotel.

Afternoon city tour of Jodhpur - the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur, Jodhpur stands at the edge of the Thar Desert. The tour includes Meherangarh Fort - one of the most impressive & formidable fort in the whole of fort-studded Rajasthan. It is situated on a high natural rock bluff from where you can look down on the wonderful panorama of the bustling city below. Also visit Jaswant Thada - the Royal Cenotaphs.
Overnight at hotel

Day 07 Jodhpur - Udaipur
Morning drive to Udaipur (290 km) enroute visiting Ranakpur temples.

Ranakpur Temples - the most magnificent 15th century Jain temples situated in the deep secluded valley of the Aravalli Hills. Though over 500 years old, the temples here are superbly preserved in a near-perfect condition. In the centre is the main "Chaumukha temple" dedicated to Adinath. The most distinctive features are the 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, of which no two are exactly alike. Every conceivable surface is carved and every corner and angle is engraved with Jain images.

Continue drive to Udaipur and check-in at hotel.
Overnight at hotel

Day 08 Udaipur
Morning proceed for city tour of Udaipur.

Udaipur is one of India's most romantic cities and famed for its lovely palaces and lakes. Begin by visiting the majestic City Palace, built in granite and marble and surrounded by crenellated fort walls, it is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan standing on a crest overlooking the Pichola Lake. In contrast to its rugged exterior, the inside presents a delicate and feminine world of beauty with lavish use of marble, mirror work, frescoes, wall paintings, a profusion of colored glass, fluted columns, inlay work, silver doors, fountains and gardens.

Continue on to the Garden of Maidens "Sahelion-ki-bari", built by Maharana Sangram Singh for his daughter, who had been ill for a long period and the ladies of the Queen's court. Lotus pools, flowerbeds, lawns, fountains and marble pavilions in Rajputana style, all combine to make it an enchanting place.

Late afternoon enjoy a boat cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the lake you have a wonderful view of the City Palace stretching along the east bank, while the south bank has pleasant gardens running down to the waterside. (Boat ride depending upon the water level of the Lake)
Overnight at hotel

Day 09 Udaipur - Deogarh
Morning drive to Deogarh (120 kms). Upon arrival in Deogarh - check into the hotel.

Afternoon visit Deogarh village - built in 1670 A.D., the Mahal stands at a height of 2100 ft. above sea level with its bold battlements, domed turrets and balconies offering a commanding view of the surrounding Aravalli mountains and its rugged rockstrewn countryside dotted by a number of lakes.
Overnight at hotel

Day 10 Deogarh - Jaipur Morning drive to Jaipur (295 kms). Upon arrival in Jaipur - check into the hotel.

Afternoon at leisure for own activities.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 Jaipur Morning tour of the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridgejust outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honoured fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families.

Afternoon city tour of 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 artefacts 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. Enjoy a stroll through the colourful bazaar before returning to your hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Morning drive to Agra (260 Kms) enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur Sikri - the deserted, red sandstone city was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the 16th century. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza the largest gateway in the world. Thereafter continue drive to Agra upon arrival check in at hotel.

Afternoon visit the Taj Mahal -.This most famous Moghul monument was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal "the lady of the Taj". It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, for the emperor was heartbroken when Mumtaz died after 17 years of marriage, during the birth of her 14th child.The central structure has four small domes surrounding the huge, central dome. Above the tombs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan are false tombs, a common practice in Indian mausoleums. (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays).
Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 Agra - Delhi Morning visit the Red Fort - lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. It was built by Akbar as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.

Thereafter drive to Delhi (203 kms). Upon arrival in Delhi - check - in at hotel Overnight at hotel

Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi - drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens, including the India Gate & the Presidential Palace. End the tour at the towering minaret of Qutab Minar.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 Delhi - Abroad Morning transfer to the International airport for flight for your onward journey.
Depart Delhi

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