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Cultural Rajasthan

Day 01 : Arrival Delhi
Arrival in Delhi on arrival you will be met by our friendly respresentative at the airport and taken to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02  : Delhi
Full day sightseeing of Delhi. Old and New Delhi with a professional local english speaking guide.

NEW DELHI
Rashtrapati Bhavan: Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens as the British Viceroy's Palace, Rashtrapati Bhawan, situated at the crest of Raisina Hill, is now the official residence of the President of India. A vast copper-clad cupola soars over this elegant beige and red sandstone building which covers an area of 2 ha (5 acres). The piece de resistance is the circular Durbar Hall, situated directly beneath the dome, where all important state ceremonies and functions are held.

Lakshmi Narayan Mandir: Built in 1938 by the industrialist BD Birla, this was on of the earliest Indian temples without castle restrictions, and Mahatma Gandhi attended its first puja. A fairly typical example of modern Indian temple architecture, with its marble entrance and ochre and maroon shikharas (spires), the Birla Mandir, as it is popularly known, has images of Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi in its main shrine. Subsidiary shrines set around the courtyard, are inscribed with verses from sacred Hindu texts and are decorated with paintings depicting scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana.

Humayun's Tomb: Humayun, the second Mughal emperor is buried in this tomb, the first great example of a Mughal garden tomb, and inspiration for several later monuments, such as the incomparable Taj Mahal. Built in 1565 by Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, it was commissioned by Humayun's senior widow, Haji Begum. Often called "a dormitory of the House of Timur", the graves in its chambers include Humayun's wives and Dara Shikoh, Shah Jahan's scholarly son. Also in the comples are the octagonal tomb and mosque of Isa Khan, a 16th century nobleman, and the tomb of Humayun's favourite barber. The Arab ki Sarai was a rest house for the Persian masons who built the tomb

Qutab Minar: The Qutab Minar Towers over this historic are where Qutbuddin Aibak laid the foundation of the Delhi Sultanate. In 1193, he built the Quwwat-ul-Islam ("Might of Islam") Mosque and the Qutab Minar to announce the advent of the Muslim sultans. The mosque is a patchwork fusion of decorative Hindu panels, salvaged from razed temples around the site, and Islamic domes and arches. Later, Iltutmish, Alauddin Khiliji and Feroze Shah Tughlug Added more structures, heralding a new architectural style.

The five-storied Victory Tower started by Qutbuddin Aibak was completed by his successor, Iltutmish.

Also you can visit India Gate (War Memorial Arch), Parliament House, and Government Secretariat Buildings.

OLD DELHI

Old Delhi's bazaars are legendary, An English visitor over a 100 years ago, wrote in praise of the "Cashmere shawls, gold and silver embroidery, jewellery, enamels and carpets" found here. Today the great wholesale bazaars of Chandni Chowk still retain a souk-like quality. Their narrow streets are lined with shops, whose goods spill out onto the pavements.

CHANDNI CHOWK: Once Shahjahanabad's most elegant boulevard, Chandni Chowk ("Silvery, Moonlit Square"), laid out in 1648, had a canal running through it, and was lined with grand shops and mansions, Today, it is still the heard of Old Delhi, where religious and commercial activity mix easily. At the entrance to Chandni Chowk is the Digambar Jain Temple, the first of many shrines along its length, Build in 1656, it also houses a unique hospitals for birds.

Kinari Bazaar: Tightly packed stalls sell all manner of glittering gold and silver trimmings such as braids, tinsel garlands and turbans for weddings and festivals.

Lahore Gate: The imposing red sandstone gateway is the main entrance tots he Red Fort. The Prime Minister addressed the Independence Day rally here.

Dariba Kalan: Gold and silver ornaments are sold along this lane, Gulab Singh's famous perfume shop is located here.

Red Fort: Red sandstone battlements give the imperial citadel its name Lal ("Red") Qila ("Fort"). Commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1639, it took nine years to build and was the seat of Mughal power until 1857 when the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, was dethroned and exiled. Today, the Red Fort remains a powerful symbol of Indian nationhood.

It was here that the national flag was hoisted for the first time when India became and independent nation on 15 August 1947.

Rajghat: India's most potent symbol of nationhood, Rajghat is the site of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation. A sombre, black granite platform inscribed with his last words, He Ram! ("Oh God") now stands here. The only splash of colour comes from the garlands of orange marigolds that are draped over the platform. All visiting heads of state are taken to this Samadhi (memorial) to lay wreaths in memory of the "Father of the Nation". On Gandhi's birthday (2 Oct) and death anniversary (30 Jan), the nation's leaders gather here for prayer meetings. Just across the road is the Gandhi National Museum, crammed with memorabilia, including Gandhi's letters and diaries. A framed plaque on the wall sets out his simple philosophy: "Non-violence is the pitting of one's whole soul against the will of the tyrant…. it is then possible for a single individual to defy the might of an unjust empire.

Day 03: Delhi / Agra

After break fast drive to Agra on arrival check in to hotel & after break fast sight seeing of Agra as
Agra Fort: Situated on the West Bank of the Yamuna, Agra Fort was build by Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1573. Its imposing red sandstone ramparts from a crescent along the riverfront, and encompasses an enormous complex of courtly buildings, ranging in style from the early eclecticism of Akbar to the sublime elegance of Shah Jahan. The barracks to the north are 19th century British additions. A deep moat, once filled with water from the Yamuna, surrounds the fort.

Itimad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb: Lyrically described as a "Jewel Box in Marble", the small yet elegant garden tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, the "Lord Treasurer" of the Mughal empire, was built by his daughter Nur Jahan, Jahangir's favourite wife. Begun in 1622, it took six years to complete. The tomb is a combination of while marble, coloured mosaic, stone inlay and lattice work.. Stylistically, this is the most innovative 17th-century Mughal building and marks the transition from the robust, red sandstone architecture of Akbar to the sensuous refinement of Shah Jahan's Taj Mahal.

Sikandra: The Mughal Emperor Akbar is buried in the small village on the outskirts of Agra. It is believed that Akbar designed and started the construction of his own mausoleum, which wad modified and completed by his son Jahangair. The result is this impressive, perfectly symmetrical complex, with the tomb located in the centre of a vast walled garden. The main gateway, to the south, is a magnificent red sandstone structure with a colossal central arch, finished with an exuberant polychrome mosaic of inlaid white marble, black slate and coloured stone.

Day 04 : Agra /Jaipur
Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal One of the World's most famous buildings, the Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. Its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship have been described as " a vision, a dream, a poem, a wonder". This sublime garden-tomb, an image of the Islamic garden of paradise, cost nearly 41 million rupees and 500 kilos (1,102 lbs) of gold. About 20,000 workers laboured for 12 years to complete it in 1643 and after break drive to Jaipur on the way visit to Fatehpur Sikri.On arrival in Jaipur transfer to your hotel and rest of the remainder of the day for rest/visit to Bazaar.

Day 05: In Jaipur
Full day sightseeing of Jaipur –

City Palace Museum: Occupying the Heart of Jai Singh II's city, the City Palace has been home to the rulers of Jaipur since the first half of the 18th Century. The sprawling complex is a superb blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, with open, airy Mughal-style public buildings leading to private apartments. Today, part of the complex is open to the public as the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, popularly known as the City Palace Museum. Its treasures, which include miniature paintings, manuscripts, Mughal carpets, musical instruments, royal costumes and weaponry, provide a splendid introduction to Jaipur's princely past, and its fascinating arts and crafts.

Hawa Mahal: A whismsical addition to Rajasthan's rich architectural vocabulary, the fanciful Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Winds" was erected in 1799 by the aesthete Sawai Pratap Singh (r.1778-1803). Its ornate pink facade has become an icon for the city. The tiered Baroque like composition of projecting windo3ws and balconies with perforated screens is five storeys high but just one room deep, its walls not more than 20 cm (8 inches) thick Built of lime and mortar. The structure was designed in this way to enable the veiled ladies of the harem to observe unnoticed the lively street scenes below. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the Hawa Mahal, seen from afar, looks like the mukut (crown) that often adorns the god's head. Visitors can climb up the winding ramp to the top, and a gateway towards the west leads into the complex. Within are administrative offices and the Archaeological Musuem, which houses a small collection of sculptures and local handicrafts, including some utensils dating back to the 2nd century BC.

Jantar Mantar: Of the Five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh II< the one in Jaipur is the largest and best preserved: the other are in Delhi, Ujjain, Mathura and Varanasi. A keen astronomer himself, Jai Singh kept abreast of the lates astronomical studies in the world, and was most inspired by the work of Mirza Ulugh Beg, the astronomer-king of Samarkand. Built between 1728 and 1734, the observatory ahs been described as "the most realistic and logical landscape in stone", its 16 instruments resembling a giant sculptural composition. Some of the instruments are still used to forecast how hot the summer months will be, the expected date of arrival, duration and intensity of the monsoon, and the possibility of floods and famine.

Amber Fort: The Fort Palace of Amber was the Kachhawahas citadel until 1727, when their capital moved to Jaipur. Successive rulers continued to come here on important occasions to seek the blessings of the family deity, Shila Devi. The citadel was established in 1592 by Man Singh I on the remains of an old 11th-century fort, but the various buildings added by Jai Singh I (r. 1621-67) is what constitute its magnificent centerpiece.

Day 06 : Jaipur / Ranthambore
Morning drive to Ranthambore, on arrival check in to hotel and later on Jungle Safari with Naturalist in Ranthambore National Park in an open Van called Canter accompanied by a naturalist. Just last week 14 new born cubs have been spotted inside the park......which is adding to the existing polutaion of the tigers there.

Day 07 : In Ranthambore
Morning & Afternoon Jungle Safari with Naturalist in Ranthambhore by Canter.

Day 08 : Ranthambhore / Pushkar
After breakfast in the morning drive to Pushkar and later visit the famous cattle fair ground of Pushkar.

Day 09 :  In Pushkar
 Full day exploring the Pushkar Fair Activities.

Day 10 : Pushkar / Deogarh
Morning drive to Deogarh  check in hotel. A splendid heritage hotel bult in the middle of Deogarh village and with splendid hospitality. Enjoy the village walk and the hotel itself.

Day 11 : Deogarh / Bundi
Monrning drive to Bundi and check in hotel. On arrival in Bundi visit Garh Palace.

Day 12: Bundi / Udaipur
Morning drive to Udaipur check in hotel & later visit to Local Bazaar area or some henadcraft demonstartions.

Day 13 : In  Udaipur
Full day sight seeing of Udaipur, visit

City Palace: Stretching along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, Udaipur's City Palace is a fascinating combination of Rajput military architecture and Mughal-style decorative techniques. Its stern, fortress-like façade, topped by a profusion of graceful balconies, cupolas and turrets, has been aptly described by one writer as a massive plain cake topped with fabulous icing. The largest palace in Rajasthan, covering an area of 2 ha (5 acres), the City palace is actually a complex of several palace, built of added to by 22 different maharanas between the 16th and 20th centuries. Much of it is now a museum, and parts of it are luxury hotels.

Jag Mandir: Jag Mandir, with its lush gardens and marble chambers exquisitely inlaid 3with colocured stone, was built in 1620, Eight stone elephants stand solemn guard at its entrance. Between 1623 and 1624, this island palace provided refuge to Prince Khurram (who would later become the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan) while he rebelled against his father. It is believed to have inspired many of his ideas for the Taj Mahal.

Jag Niwas, or the Lake Palace, built between 1734 and 1751, was once a royal summer retreat and is now one of the world's great hotels. It is also a popular location for film shoots (including James Bond's Octopussy).

Both palaces can be seen on boat tours of Lake Pichola.

Boat cruise on Pichola Lake 4km long and 3km board, surrounded by splendid hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. Also visit the island palace Jag Niwas in the lake.

Fateh Sagar Lake: North of Lake Pichola is Fateh Sagar Lake, with a garden café on its island. Over-looking it is Moti Magri Hill with a statue of Udaipur's great 16th-century warrior, Maharana Pratap, and his valiant steed, Chetak.

Jagdish Mandir: This 17th century temple, just north of the City Palace's main gate, has an enormous black stone image of Vishnu in its profusely carved main shrine. The entrance if flanked by stone elephants' and a superb bronze image of Garuda (The mythical bird who is Vishnu's vehicle) stands in front of the temple. Nearby, at Gangaur Ghat, is the 18th Century Bagore Ki Haveli, now a splendid museum exhibiting Udaipur's traditional arts and crafts, costumes, musical instruments and marble work. Folk music and dance performances are held here every evening at 7pm.

Sahelioyon Ki Bari: This delightful 18the-century retreat in the north of the city (its name means "Garden of maids of Honour") has ornamental fountains, a lotus pool and garden. It was built for a queen of Udaipur, whose dowry included 48 maids.

Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum: Responsible for preservation of Rajasthani folk and arts, it has an interesting collection including dressed, dolls, masks, musical instrument, paintings and puppets. Knowledgeable and friendly director.

Day 14 : Udaipur / Jodhpur
Morning drive to Jodhpur check in hotel.& evening free for relaxation .

Day 15 : In Jodhpur 
Morning visit to Bishnoi Village by Jeep Safari and later halfday city tour of Jodhpur visiting The mighty Mehrangadh Fort, Jaswant Thada and the old part of the town where the clock tower stands from the time of the british

Day 16 : Jodhpur to the Golden Fort City of Jaisalmer
Morning drive to Jaisalmer . On arrival transfer to your hotel & evening free for relaxation.

Day 17 : In Jaisalmer
Full day sight seeing of Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort: Jaisalmer fort rises like a fabulous mirage out of the sands of the Desert, the awesome contours of its 99 bastions softened by the golden hue of the stone. Built in 1156 by Maharawal Jaisal, and added to by his successors, this citadel stands on the peak of the 80-m (263 ft) high Trikuta Hill. In medieval times, Jaisalmer's entire population lived within the fort and even now, thousands of people reside here, making it India's only living fort. Royal palaces, a cluster of Jain Temples, mansions and shops are all contained within its walls.

Gadisagar Lake: The rainwater reservoir, built in 1367, was once the city's sole source of water. Lined with ghats and temples, it comes alive during the Gangaur Festival (March / April), when the maharawal leads a procession here. The beautiful gateway leading to the tank was built by a royal courtesan, Telia, whose audacity so enraged the queens that they demanded its instant demolition. The quick-witted Telia immediately had a statue of Krishna installed on top, thereby ensuring not only that the gateway would stand, but that everyone would bow before passing through it.

Salim Singh's Haveli: This haveli was built in 1815 by a powerful Prime Minister of Jaisalmer. Narrow at the base, its six storeys grow wider at each level, and all its 38 balconies have different designs. Peacocks dance between the arches on the topmost balcony, and blue cupolas cap the roof. The rear portion of this haveli was, sadly, damaged during the Gujarat earthquake in January 2001, but visitors are still allowed in.

Nathmalji's Haveli: Built in 1855 by another prime minister of Jaisalmer, the particular charm of this five-storeyed mansion is that the two sides of its façade were carved by two craftsman-brothers, Hathu and Lallu. Though at first glance they seem identical, the details on each side are actually quite different. Besides the usual floral, geometric and animal patterns, this haveli's motifs also reflect new influences - a Europeanstyle horse and carriage, bicycles and steam engines.

Patwon Ki Haveli: This enormous and very elaborate haveli was built between 1805 and 1855 by Guman Chand Patwa, one of the Jaisalmer's richest merchants and bankers, who dealt in silk, brocade and opium, and had a chain of trading stations stretching from Afghanistan to China. This six-storeyed mansion has five adjoining apartments for each of his sons, and 66 balconies. The curved eaves on the balconies suggest a fleet of sailing boats, and the numerous latticed windows are carved with breathtaking intricacy.

Bada Bagh: The royal cenotaphs, with elaborately carved ceilings and fine equestrian statues of the rulers, are set in a green oasis. Next to them is the Bhaironji Temple, frequented by childless women who offer their silver girdles to the deity, in the hope that he will cure their infertility.

Day 18 : Jaisalmer / Manvar
Morning drive to Manvar and on arrival at Manvar transfer to Manwar Desert Camp. Enjoy camel ride here on the sand dunes and in the evening enjoy folk dance and music with camp fire.

Day 19 : Manvar / Mandawa
Morning drive to Mandawa and on arrival check in to the heritage hotel here. Enjoy the hotel.

Day 20 : In Mandawa.
Walking tour of the Mandawa village exploring the various frescoes/painting on to the mansions of the rich merchants from the time of the silk route trade days.

Day 21: Mandawa / Delhi
Morning drive to Delhi. ON arrival in Delhi transfer to hotel for night stay.

Ontime departure transfer from Hotel to Airport to board on flight to home.

Rooms will be available till 1200 Hrs. and we cal always ask for late check out if required.

 

Tour Itineraries
Unknown Rajasthan
Beautiful Rajasthan
Camel Safari with Games of India
Cultural Rajasthan
Cycle Adventure in Rajasthan
Forts & Castles of Rajasthan
Golden Triangle & Goa
Golden Triangle & Mandawa
Golden Triangle by Car
Tiger and Golden Triangel Tours
Golden Triangle & Udaipur
Grand Pushkar Fair
Heritage Tour of Rajasthan
Rajasthan Incentive Tour
Rajasthan Panorama
Royal Rajasthan Incentive Tour
Tour Itinerary of Rajasthan
Desert Triangle Tour of Rajasthan
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