Tour Name: Historical Rajasthan with �Taj Mahal�
Tour duration : 12 to 13days.
Attraction of the Tour : The Taj Mahal, The forts, the palaces, Desert, The Havelies & Camel ride.
1.Arrive Udaipur On arrival at the airport, you will be met & greeted by ourrepresentative and transferred to Hotel. Check in at hotel. Rest of the time for leisure activities. Over night at Hotel.
2.Udaipur Morning after breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Udaipur city. Visit here, City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Sahelion ki Bari (Queen�s resort for her friends) and Boatride at Lake Pichola. Over night at Hotel.
City Palace � Udaipur�s fascinating City Palace is the largest royal complex in Rajasthan. Standing on a rocky promontory the palace hasbalconies, towers and cupolas and presents a wonderful view of the lake and the city. The complex has eleven constituent mahals (palaces), constructed by successive Maharanas during the three hundred years that followed the foundation of Udaipur in 1559. Added to this, Crystal Gallery and Durbar Hall within the complex is spectacular. Explore them for their mosaics, miniatures, mirror work and motifs.
Jagdish Temple � Built in 1651 A.D. by Maharana Jagat Singh, this Indo-Aryan temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, a manifestation ofVishnu. The largest and the most beautiful temple of Udaipur, it is always seething with constant activity and noted for its beautiful sculpted images and towering shikhara.
Sahelion Ki Bari � The �garden of the maids of honor�, Sahelion-ki-Bari was designed and laid out early in the eighteenth century as a retreat for ladies of the royal household to spend theirtime in leisure. The lotus pool, fountains, lawns, flowerbeds, and marble pavilions all combine to make it a captivating place). After sightseeing free for own leisure activities. Overnight in Udaipur. 2.Udaipur / Jodhpur Morning after breakfast at 0730 hrs, drive to Jodhpur. On arrival,check in at the Hotel. Afternoon proceed for half-day city tour visiting the Mehrangarh Fort, & Jaswant Thada an imposing marble memoriam built in 1899 AD and the Museum located in the Umaid public gardens. Overnight in Jodhpur.
3.Jodhpur � Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan, at the edge of the Thar Desert was once the capital of the Marwar state. It was founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama � hero of the epic �Ramayana�. The city dominated by the massive Mehrangarh fort on a rocky hill is charming with its wealth of historic attractions and colorful markets, which specialists in antiques. It is still one of the leading centers of wool, cattle, camels and salt) Mehrangarh Fort � One of the most imposing sights of India with it�s intricately carved sandstoneedifice sitting, seemingly impregnable, atop a 400 ft high rock.
Jaswant Thada � The Jaswant Thada, located half way up the interminably long road that climbs onwards to the fort, is the traditional cremation ground of the rulers of Jodhpur. Taking pride of place amongst the ornamentals gardens and chattris is the fabulous white marble memorial to Jaswant Singh II, built in 1899.
Mehrangarh Fort � One of the most imposing sights of India with it�s intricately carved sandstone edifice sitting, seemingly impregnable, atop a 400 ft high rock.
4.Jodhpur / Jaisalmer
Morning after breakfast, drive to Jaisalmer. On arrival, check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Jaisalmer.
Morning after breakfast, proceed for full day sightseeing of Jaisalmer. Visit here –
Jaisalmer � The name JAISALMER evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. Founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D., the remote location of Jaisalmer kept it almost untouched by outside influences, even during the days of the Raj. Jaisalmer was the last to sign the Instrument of Agreement with the British.
Jaisalmer Kila (fort)� Fort seems to rise out of a desert haze, its yellow sandstone walls and bastions taking on a golden hue in the afternoon sun, which is why it is aptly called Golden Fort.
Nathmal Ji ki Haveli � One very interesting fact about this Haveli is that its two sides were carved by two brothers. Although the motif used by one is not similar to the other, they are in harmony. One has to look very closely to spot dissimilarities. The excellent craftsmanship of the stone carver is illustrated in the gossamer quality of the screened windows.
Patwano ki Haveli � This is one of the largest and most elaboratehavelies in Jaisalmer. It is five stories high and extensively carved.
Sa lim Singh ki Haveli � This Haveli was the residence of the powerful Mohta clan � the hereditary ministers of the Jaisalmer rulers. Theblue cupola roof is distinctive and an exquisite projecting balcony adorns the top storey). After sightseeing come back to Hotel for overnight stay.
6.Jaisalmer / Bikaner Morning after breakfast, drive to Bikaner. On arrival, Check-in at the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Bikaner. Visit the Fort and the colorful bazaars. Evening optional or visit the camel breeding farm. Overnight in Bikaner.
Bikaner � If ever beauty has bloomed in a desert, it has been at Bikaner. Founded in 1488 AD by Rao Bika Ji, it�s located in North Westpart of Rajasthan state in INDIA. The imposing palaces, beautiful and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones display some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization. It�s lust for �dessert� or affection for �desert� that tickles every heart to visit
Junagarh Fort � Raja Rai Singhji, the sixth ruler of Bikaner, whoruled form 1571 to 1612 AD, built this fort. Raja Rai Singhji could Marshal the revenues of a Kingdom increased by the conquest of half Marwar and grant of half Gujarat and made use of ample funds from Jodhpur and Western Deccan for the construction of this fort. Lalgarh Palace � The architectural masterpiece in red sandstone wasbuilt by Maharaja Ganga Sing (1881 AD-1942 AD) in memory of his father Maharaja Lall Singh between 1902 -1926.This magnificent palace is an example of pure Rajput martial architecture. Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, this palace has several grand halls, lounges, cupolas and pavilions.
8.Bikaner / Pushkar Morning after breakfast, drive to Pushkar. On arrival, check in to Hotel. Evening visit Temple of Lord Brahma. Overnight at Hotel.
9.Pushkar / Jaipur Morning after breakfast at 0730 hrs, drive to Jaipur. On arrival, check in to Hotel. Afternoon at 1300 hrs proceed for city sightseeing. Visit, Amber fort, City Palace (Museum), & Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds) & through the pink rose residential/business areas of Jaipur. Overnight at Hotel in Jaipur. City Palace � A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum. Wind Palace � The ornamental facade of this �Palace of Winds� is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Its five-story structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborates balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Amer fort- A Joy ride on elephants back up to the Fort is real fun. Amer fort built in the 17th century; the Palace is a distinguished specimen of Rajput architecture.
10.Jaipur / Agra Morning after breakfast at 0730 hrs drive to Agra. En route visit – Fatehpur Sikri � built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 AD. Visit the graceful buildings within the city including Salim Chisti�s tomb, Jama Masjid,Panch Mahal and other palaces.
11. Agra On arrival at Agra, check in to Hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight at Hotel. Taj Mahal � Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder, which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist�s visit to Agra. 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 and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from it�s 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). Red Fort (Agra fort) � Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. After sightseeing come back to Hotel for Overnight stay. Agra / Delhi (04 hrs) Morning after early breakfast at 0800 hrs proceeds to visit world famous loving monument Taj Mahal and later Agra Fort. After sightseeing drive back to Hotel. At 1400 hrs drive towards Delhi. On arrival check in at Hotel. Over night at Hotel.
11.Delhi Morning after breakfast at 0800 hrs. Proceed for full day sightseeing of Old & New Delhi.
12.Old Delhi – Raj Ghat � Raj Ghat On the bank of the legendary Yamuna, which flows past New Delhi, there is Raj Ghat-the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. Red Fort � When Shahjahan moved his capital from Agra to Delhi; he built this fort or killa of red sand stone fashioned on Mughal architecture. Started in 1639, it was completed in 1647. On 15th August 1947, after 300 long years. New Delhi – India Gate � India Gate is a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war. The green, velvety lawns at India Gate, particularly, are a popular evening and holiday rendezvous for young and old alike. Lakshmi Narayan Temple – The Lakshmi Narayan Temple or the Birla Temple as it is popularly known enshrines Lord Vishnu � the preserver of the Hindu Trinity. The Temple is one of the major attractions ofthe capital city � Delhi. In the evening enjoy the sound & light show. Overnight at hotel in Delhi. Qutub Minar � 72.5 m high memorial commemorating the slave King Qutab -ud-din Aibak�s con�quest of India. This minar has been built after Gazni at the ruined fort Kila Rai Pithora of the last Hindu king Prithviraj. In 1193 Qutab-ud-din began the minar, which was completedby his son-in-law Iltutmis in 1236.
13.Delhi / Onward destination
Morning breakfast at Hotel. After breakfast free for leisureactivities. Evening in time transfer to airport to connect flight for
onward destination. We terminate tour here along with best wishes.