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Fort and Palaces Rajasthan Tours
Rajasthani forts and palaces are the historical legacies of the state. They have been mute witnesses to mystiques and romances, intrigues and pleasures of the past. To this date, they stand as proud sentinels of beauty, grace, architectural splendor, strength and sheer richness of civilization, era and culture to which they belong. Each of the forts and palaces covered in this tour has its own set of historical legends and folklores that still seem to permeate the aura of the place.
The desert land, Rajasthan in India is dotted with a number of historical forts, monuments, palaces and havelis, which depicts the rich culture and royal heritage of erstwhile rulers. The state's property stand apart from modern day building and each one of them remarks the unique fusion of Hindu and Mughal architectural style.
Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days
Destinations : Delhi - Udaipur - Ranakpur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Gajner - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
Day 01 : Abroad - Delhi
Arrive at New Delhi International airport. You will be met on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi
Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning you will be given the sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Visit the former centre of Mughal Power, Old Delhi offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Visit the vast Red Fort, built in 1648, 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.
In the 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. Continue onto the beautiful Humayuns tomb of the Mughal era. End the tour at the towering minaret of Qutab Minar.
Day 03 : Delhi - Udaipur
Breakfast at the hotel.Transfer to the airport in time to connect flight to Udaipur.
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.In the afternoon you will be given the City tour of Udaipur - The tour will cover the magnificent City Palace, the Jagdish temple, the pleasure gardens and a drive around the other nearby lakes.
Later enjoy a 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. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 : Udaipur - Ranakpur - Jodhpur
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Udaipur for Jodhpur by road. En-route visit 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.Includes visit to two more Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God with its erotic sculptures. Continue your drive towards Jodhpur.Upon arrival, check in at the hotel.Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 : Jodhpur - Jaisalmer
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will be given the city tour of Jodhapur. City tour includes visit to Meherangarh Fort - one of the most impressive & formidable in the whole of fort-studded Rajasthan is situated on a high natural rock bluff and from which you can look down on the wonderful panorama of the bustling city below, Jaswant Thada - the Royal Cenotaphs.Later drive to Jaisalmer.Arrive Jaisalmer and check in at the hotel.Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 : Jaisalmer
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will be given the city tour of of Jaisalmer. Visit this perfect Rajput walled desert city which is like a golden jewel shimmering above the hard sand. Visit the palaces, the Jain temples and magnificent Havelis. Also visit the Fort - built in 1156 by Rawal Jaisal, the Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest fort of Rajasthan after Chittor. One fourth of the population lives inside the Fort.
Afternoon, to visit the Royal Cenotaphs of the Rawalsin Barra bagh where the rulers were cremated. This is also the best place to witness the spectacular desert sunset, and photograph the fort.Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 : Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Gajner
Breakfast at the hotel. Later leave Jaisalmer for Gajner by road. – en route visit Bikaner.
Tour of Bikaner includes Visit to the Junagarh Fort constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Jai Singh, a general in the Moghul Emperor Akbar's army. Thereafter continue drive to Gajner.Upon arrival at Gajner - check into hotel.Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 : Gajner - Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Gajner for Jaipur by road. Upon arrival in Jaipur check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 09 : In Jaipur
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will be given excursion to the Amber Fort followed by the city tour of Jaipur.
Tour of the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just 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
Tour of the Pink City - 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 the hotel.
Day 10 : Jaipur - Agra
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Jaipur for Agra by road. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri - the impressive sandstone fortress of Fatehpur Sikri. The fort was built in the 16th century and only occupied for a few years before being abandoned, leaving the buildings in virtually perfect conditions, Continue your drive to Agra. Arrive Agra and check in at the hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 : Agra-Delhi
Early morning visit the Taj Mahal at dawn.
TAJ MAHAL (Closed on Fridays) - located on the bank of Yamuna River, the most extravagant monument ever built for love. 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. Continue your visit to Red Fort.
Red Fort - lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it 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.
Later you will drive down to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 : Delhi - Abroad
In time transfer to the airport to connect your flight back home
. Tour End here with alots of Sweet memories.
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