Colorful Rajasthan (15 Days / 14 Nights)

Forts,Havelis,Palaces,Hunting Lodges and Castles of erstwhile rules are symbolic for Rajasthan. These properties were later on converted into hotels retaining the same charm and decor with extraordinary collection of antiques. Visit Rajasthan to stay at these magnificent Heritage Hotels and experience the impeccable tastes of the kings and noblemen.

Highlights

Detailed Overview

Day 01 - Arrive Delhi

Arriving Delhi, you will clear customs and immigration. Leaving the airport, you will be met by our representative, holding a placard with your name on it in the arrival lounge. Arrival transfer to hotel. Assistance for check-in will be provided. After check-in rest of the day free to relax at your hotel. Car and driver will be at your disposal. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 02 - Delhi - Nawalgarh - Mandawa

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Nawalgarh which is rightly referred to as the Open Air Gallery. There is art all around. Nawalgarh is renowned all over the world for its exquisitely painted havelis that are beautifully designed and carved.

Later on drive Mandawa which is which is known for its famous mansions and havelis. Arrive Mandawa and check-in into hotel Heritage Mandawa. In the afternoon take a walking tour of the painted 'havelis' of some of the leading business families of the country. Though they no longer live here, the local caretakers are happy to show the visitors around. En-route you can shop for the colorful art and crafts of Rajasthan: tied and dyed textiles, metal handicrafts, carved wooden artefacts and more. Visit painted havelis & mansions. Also visit Mandawa Town for capturing the rural life in your camera. Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

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Day 03 - Mandawa - Bikaner

After breakfast check-out and drive to Bikaner. Arrive Bikaner and check-in into hotel. After check-in enjoy half day city tour of Bikaner - the camel city. Visit Junagadh Fort - Built in 1593 A.D. by Raja Rai Singh, a general in the army of Emperor Akbar, the fort is a formidable structure encircled by a moat and has some beautiful palaces within. Also visit Bhandeshwar Jain Temple - Beautiful 16th century Jain temples, dedicated to the 23rd Tirthankar Parshvanathji. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 04 - Bikaner - Jaisalmer

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Jaisalmer - The Citadel City. On the way we pass camel carts, vibrant and colorful Rajasthani women carrying produce to the market, and men sporting brightly colored turbans usually sitting groups just passing the time of the day.

On arrival check in into hotel. Rest of the day free to relax at your hotel. OR you can explore the local markets for shopping. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 05 - Jaisalmer

After an early breakfast start to explore Jaisalmer, much of which still remains inside the walls of the fort. Everywhere you go, the Jaisalmer is ever present and adds a wonderful warmth to the place, even though it's already in the desert! We will show you the palace inside the fort and the Jain temple. Later on take a guided walk around the old city where there are many havelis, all adorned with fine carvings in the local stone. The complexity of the lattice work - all hand-carved is sometimes defies belief.

In the late afternoon we have arranged Sunset camel ride to the Sam Sand Dunes. A trip to Jaisalmer is in incomplete without this visit to most panoramic Dunes of Sam, where the wind is unceasingly carving out scenic patterns on this desert sand. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 06 - Jaisalmer - Khimsar

After breakfast check-out and drive to Khimsar - which is steeped in history. On arrival check-in into Hotel Khimsar Fort. In the afternoon visit Khimsar village where you can see the traditional lifestyle of the local people and their colorful handicrafts and textiles. Enjoy shopping in the market at Khimsar.

Rest of the evening free to relax at your hotel. You have an option to relax and pamper yourself with an aroma therapy massage by expert masseurs. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 07 - Khimsar - Jodhpur

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Jodhpur - The Desert enchantment. On the way frequently stopping to click images and refreshment. Arrive Jodhpur and check-in into hotel.

In the afternoon half day city sightseeing of Jodhpur city which is the second largest city of Rajasthan and a major tourist attraction in the country. Covering Mehrangarh fort which is one of the largest forts in India. Also visit Jaswanthada - The 19th century royal cenotaph and the museum located in the Umaid public gardens. After that a visit Ummed Bhawan Palace. A part of Umaid Bhawan Palace houses a well-maintained museum, displaying an amazing array of items belonging to the Maharaja and the royal family - weapons, antiques & fascinating clocks, crockery and trophies.

In the evening again visit Mehrangarh fort which offers and amazing exotic view of setting sun for photography. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 08 - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Ranakpur. Visit Ranakpur Jain Temples complex, one of the biggest and the most important cluster of Jain temples in India.

Later on continue drive to Udaipur, the lovely lakeside capital of Mewar - The City of Dreams which is perhaps the most romantic city in Rajasthan. On arrival check-in into hotel. 

In the evening we have arrange a boat ride on the Lake Pichhola which is one of the prime attractions of Udaipur. The lake is known for the palace build amidst the lake. The lake was built by Maharana Udai Singh II. It was made basically for defense purpose. Cradled amongst hills, gardens, havelis, temples and ghats, Lake Pichhola is the picturesque spotlight of Udaipur. The beauty of the lake and its surroundings can only be felt by seeing it, which increases many folds during sunrise and sunset. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 09 - Udaipur

After breakfast we proceed on a tour of this "Lake City". Udaipur which is a cool oasis in the dry heart of Rajasthan. It is probably the most romantic city in a state where every city has some romantic or exotic tale to tell. Visit City Palace - the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The huge city palace towering over the Lake Pichhola is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Though it is a conglomeration of buildings built by successive rulers, it manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design and affords very fine view of the lake and the city from the upper terraces. Then, visit Jagdish Temple, 16th century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. We’ll drive past Fateh Sagar Lake with a visit to Sahelion-ki- Bari, garden of the maids-of-Honor. Also visit Pratap Memorial, Atop the Moti Magri or pearl hill, overlooking the Fateh Sagar lake is the memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap with a bronze statue of the Maharana. 

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Day 10 - Udaipur - Deogarh - Jaipur

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur. En-route visit the beautiful Deogarh Mahal that has been standing since the late 16th century. Deogarh Mahal stands proudly atop a hill in the Aravalli mountain range amid pictorial landscapes and several lakes. Deogarh Palace was transformed into a heritage hotel by the present owner Rawal-Nahar Singh. 

Later on continue drive to Jaipur. On arrival check-in into Hotel. Rest of the day free to relax at your hotel. OR you can explore the local markets for souvenir shopping the Jaipur is famous for- Jewellery, precious stones, paintings, hand printed textiles etc. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 11 - Jaipur

After breakfast full day sightseeing of Jaipur which is an exuberance of color, dance, and song with the traditional arts and crafts. Covering Amer Fort - The royal family's residence at Amber is only 11 km away. Set on the dry wrinkled Aravali Hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements. Your guide will elaborate on the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight today’s visitors as they did their former royal residents.

Later on visit Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Winds," one of the major landmarks of Jaipur, although it is actually little more than a facade. City Palace which is blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and the royal family still lives in a part of the palace. Adjacent to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory built by Raja Jai Singh, whose passion for astronomy was even more notable than his prowess as a warrior.

In the late afternoon a visit to the colourful bazaar of Jaipur has been arranged. Here get your hands painted with Henna from roadside mehandiwalas (ladies that specialise in painting hands with Henna). In the evening we have arranged a dinner at Speciality Restaurant. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast/Dinner)

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Day 12 - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Agra. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri - Built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire, Fatehpur Sikri was mysteriously abandoned 13 years later.

Arrive Jaipur and check-in into hotel. Rest of the day free to relax at your hotel. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 13 - Agra

Early morning visit the Taj Mahal which is India’s most fascinating and beautiful masterpiece. The Taj is most enthralling in the quietness of early morning. This glorious monument is at its best under the early morning sun. It is the best time to click pictures as not only is the light wonderful but it’s relatively less crowded too. With the rising Sun the white marble changes its colour and hues and it is excellent for photography.

After breakfast visit the sprawling Agra Red Fort which is surrounded by a 70 feet high wall. Later on visit Itmad-ud-daula which has a special place in the chronicles of both history as well as architecture. This is precisely because Itmad-ud-Daula is the very first tomb in India that is entirely made out of Marble. This is actually a mausoleum that overlooks the River Yamuna and is a tomb of Mir Ghiyas Beg, a minister in the court of Shah Jahan.

In the evening, head to Mehtab Garden for a unique view of the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna river! Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

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Day 14 - Agra - Delhi

After breakfast rest of the morning free to relax at your hotel. In the afternoon check-out from the hotel and drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and check-in into hotel. Rest of the day free to relax at your hotel. Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

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Day 15 - Delhi (Departure)

After breakfast full day city tour of Delhi which is India's bustling capital city. Covering India Gate which is a famous war memorial at the east end of Rajpath. Also visit Gandhi Smriti. The residence of industrialist BD Birla has been converted into a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, where he used to stay during his visits to Delhi. Gandhiji was assassinated here on his way to offer customary evening prayers. Large collection of photographs with a few personal belongings and a series of small dolls houses and terracotta dolls illustrating Gandhijis' life are the attractions at this museum. Later on drive past President's House, Parliament House & Secretariat Building

Later on visit Lotus Temple(Bahai Temple) which is the newest most extravagant architectural wonder of the Bahai faith, located in Kalkaji, south of Delhi.Then, visit the beautiful Akshardham temple. The grand, ancient-styled Swaminarayan Akshardham complex was built in only five years through the efforts of 11,000 artisans and BAPS volunteers.

In the late afternoon visit Qutab Minar which is 72.5 m in height and has a mosque at the base. It is a magnificent structure whose construction started in 1199 by a Muslim King Qutab-ud-din Aibak (after whom it was named) and was finished by his heir IItutmish. Car and driver will be at your disposal until departure transfer to airport to catch flight for onward journey. (Breakfast)

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All Trips Include:

  • 14 Nights hotel accommodationon twin/triple share basis.
  • Double bedded room with private bath or shower & hotel taxes.
  • Daily breakfast in hotel as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 1 hot & delicious dinner in Jaipur as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Air-conditioned Private Large Car with an expert driver as per the itinerary.
  • All transfersand sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Fuel, Insurance, Toll Taxes, All State Taxes, All transport related Expensesand Driver Services.
  • Assistanceby our representative at the International airport on arrival as per the itinerary.
  • Services of a local English speaking guide for city sightseeing in Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Mandawa & Delhi.
  • City sightseeingin as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrancesto the monuments & museums as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Early morning visit of Taj Mahal as per the itinerary.
  • Battery van rideto the Taj Mahal as per the itinerary.
  • Elephant rideupto the Amber Fort in Jaipur.
  • Henna hand painting in Jaipur as per the itinerary.
  • Camel Rideby sunset to Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Evening boat ride on the Lake Pichola, Udaipur.
  • All other excursions as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Complimentary Mineral water (2 bottles of 500 ml per person per day) during the surface travel.
  • All taxes and service charges.      
Note:

- International/domestic Airfare. - Meals and beverages not listed in itinerary. -Movie/video camera fee at monuments. - Tips and gratuities. -Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, portage etc. - Any other service that has not been included into "cost inclusions".

Also Available on request:

  • This tour is ex-Delhi. If you are arriving from a different destination, we can help you arrange the flight to and from Delhi.
  • Learn to Cook local Recipes from a well known Chef.
  • An Ayurvedic Massage.
  • Early morning Yoga lesson.

Testimonial

Just a brief comment on the trip you organized for us.

1) Everything went exactly as we had asked and you had planned - thank you. We also appreciate your extra effort to shorten the waiting time at Mumbai airport.

2) Drivers - Sing was very professional and pleasant. We always felt safe while he was driving. He gave us the impression, that he really wanted to render a service. Of course he did not forget to look after his own interest, but he did this in a nice way
- the 3 persons we had in the south were safe and polite drivers. Unfortunately we always felt like the object of potential exploitation (money), rather than a customer. This went as far as quite unpleasant discussions if this entrance fee was included in our contract, and did we want to do that, because it was not included. While the amounts in questions were petty, the atmosphere was tense most of the time. In some instances we paid our own entry for visits on the agenda !!
- in Tamil Nadu we had a small car first, which was very crowded, later they gave us a similar one like we had in Rajasthan

3) Hotels
With one exception (Jaipur) we were very happy with the accommodations

4) Overall service
We felt looked after by yourself all the time and we will certainly recommend you to our friends interested to visit India.

Mr. Harold Leszinski & Mrs. Karin Leszinski
Anieres, Switzerland

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