Best of Rajasthan

Best of Rajasthan

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Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
 
DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI
 
Meet on arrival at Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
 
DAY 02 : DELHI
 
Today we take a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, Visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque in India. Later we walk down or take a rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan. In New Delhi, we visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House & served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India. We will also visit Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo- Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar & its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Optional - Sound & Light Show at Red Fort with dinner at Chor Bizarre. Overnight at hotel.
 
DAY 03 : DELHI - MANDAWA
 
After breakfast drive to Mandawa, en-route visit to Jhunjhunu, on arrival in Mandawa transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan lies the beautiful small town Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis. Mandawa is situated in the north Indian state of Rajasthan around 190 km off Jaipur, the capital of the state. The fort town of Mandawa is well connected with the other places in region through a good network of roads. Like most of the other places in north India, Mandawa too has an extreme climate. The summers can be very hot with the mercury touching 40.5°C, whereas winters can be chilly and the temperature can fall below 10°C. The best season to visit this place is winter i.e. October to March. The compact and busy little market town of Mandawa was settled and fortified in 18th century by the dominant merchant families of the region. Despite the time lapse and ignorance about these visual and architectural extravaganzas, their attraction did not fade and today they are some of the major attractions for the tourists visiting Rajasthan.
 
DAY 04 : MANDAWA - BIKANER
 
After breakfast morning walking tour of Mandawa Village, thereafter drive to Bikaner, on arrival transfer to Hotel, evening al leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
The royal walled medieval city dating back to 1486 AD lies on the northern point of the triangle of desert cities. It was established by Prince Bika Rathore and came to be called Bikaner after him. Bika was the eldest son of the founder of the Jodhpur State - Rao Jodha. Bikaner was well protected from its enemies by the harsh deserts. Bikaner was also a major trade center as it stood on the ancient caravan route, which linked Central Asia and North India with Gujarat seaports. It was thereafter a great center of trade in the ancient world.
Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground and is circumscribed by a seven km long embattled wall with five gates. The magnificent forts and palaces, created with delicacy in reddish-pink sandstone, bear testimony to its rich historical and architectural legacy. Undulating lanes, colorful bazaars and bright and cheerful folks make Bikaner and interesting place.
 
DAY 05 : BIKANER - JAISALMER
 
After breakfast morning tour of Bikaner visiting Bikaner Fort Lalgarh Palace and Deshnoke Temple. Afternoon drive to Jaisalmer, en-route visit to Pokhran Fort, on arrival in Jaisalmer check in at Hotel, evening at Leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
 
DAY 06 : JAISALMER
 
After breakfast full day city tour of Jaisalmer city. Visit The Fort, Manak Chowk and Havelies, Gadisar lake, nad colorfull market. Afternoon excursion to Sam Sand Dunes, evening camel safari and enjoy sun set at sand dune, later drive back to Jaisalmer and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Jaisalmer town in India was founded by Prince Jaisal Bhatti. It is located deep in the beart of the Thar desert. Centuries ago Jaisalmer's strategic position on the camel train routes brought it's townspeople enormous wealth that they spent on building intricately carved palaces and temples in golden-yellow sandstone.
These fortresses of Jaisalmer called as "Havelis of Jaisalmer" are like a mirage from the barren Thar Desert.
On either side of the narrow lanes are the sandstone havelis, with stone carvings, screen windows, delicate pavilions & balconies. These beautiful Havelis ( mansions ) were built by Jaisalmer's wealthy merchants.
 
DAY 07 : JAISALMER - JODHPUR
 
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur, en-route visit Mandore, on arrival in Jodhpur transfer to Hotel, evening at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
Jodhpur was once the capital of the strong and powerful kingdom of Marwar, Rajasthan's largest princely state. In medieval times, Jodhpur lay on the trade routes between Central Asia and the ports of Gujarat, and became a major trade centre during the 16th century. Modern day Jodhpur with a population of over six hundred thousand, is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan and continues to be thriving centre for textiles and crafts.
 
DAY 08 : JODHPUR - UDAIPUR
 
After breakfast city tour of Jodhpur, visit Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan palace. In the afternoon drive to Udaipur. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
 
DAY 09 : UDAIPUR
 
Morning boat ride at Lake Pichola thereafter visit City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Museum, Saheliyon ki Bari (Gardens of the maids of Honor). Evening transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Udaipur is situated 1900 feet about the sea level in the Aravali Hills. This beautiful city was founded by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1559 AD and is named after him. One of the most romantic cities in Rajasthan, Udaipur is also known as the city of lakes. The marble palaces, beautifully laid out gardens and the lakes make Udaipur seem almost like a mirage in the desert.
 
DAY 10 : UDAIPUR - PUSHKAR
 
After breakfast drive to Pushkar, en-route visit to Elkingi (Temple complex), Nagda (Group of Jain Temples), on arrival in Pushkar transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel. Pushkar is a town of Rajasthan in India and is a very famous Hindu religious center and houses various sacred temples. Pushkar is located on the shores of Pushkar Lake and has five main temples along with other small temples and almost 52 ghats. Pushkar is at an elevation of 1673 feet approximately. Reaching Pushkar is easy as the town has good connectivity of roads and the nearest airport is Sanganer Airport of Jaipur. The closest railway station is at Ajmer. October to March is the best time to visit Pushkar as the weather remains comparatively cooler at this time of the year.
 
DAY 11 : PUSHKAR - JAIPUR
 
Morning free to explore Temples, Ghats, afternoon visit Ajmer (Tomb of a Sufi saint), thereafter drive to Jaipur, on arrival in Jaipur transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
 
DAY 12 : JAIPUR
 
After breakfast excursion of Amer Fort ascend Fort on Elephants back, afternoon tour of city visiting City palace, Jantar Mantar (observatory), Palace of Winds, Birla temple. evening transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Capital of Rajasthan Jaipur was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1728 A.D. It is also called Pink City because most houses in old city are pink colored. The city is surrounded by thick wall 20 feet high and 9 feet wide with eight gates. Ajmeri gate and the Sanganeri gate in the south, Chand Pole gate in west and the Ghat Darwaja in the east are the main gates. The city is surrounded by the hills except in the southwest. Fort and the temples can be seen on the hills.
 
DAY 13 : JAIPUR - AGRA
 
After breakfast drive to Agra en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, on arrival in Agra transfer to Hotel. In the evening visit Taj Mahal at Sunset. Overnight stay at hotel. Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the world - The Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the Moslems, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. While it's significance as a political center ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jaha, it's architectural wealth has secured it's place on the international map. Agra was founded by Raja Badal Singh around 1475 A.D. However the mention of Agraban in the Mahabharata suggests that it has been the sister Of Matura, an ancient city in the vicinity, from a very early period. Sikandar Lodi made this place his capital when the Lodis ruled North India. But according to an ancient legend, the name of Agra is derived from Agra vans of the twelve groves of Brijmandala, where teenager Lord Krishna is said to have sported with his companions. Situated on the banks of Yamuna, this town was chosen by the emperor Babar as a base for the Mughals.
 
DAY 14 : AGRA - DELHI
 
Morning visit Red Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah Tomb, Sikandra. Later in the evening drive to Delhi. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
 
DAY 15 : DELHI - DEPARTURE
 
Transfer to the International airport to board the flight for onward destination.
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Rajasthan is one of the most visited states in India. It's not surprising because it shows India at its most colorful and exotic best. All the things that come to mind when you think of India can be found in Rajasthan -- palaces, forts, desert, camels, elephants, and snake charmers.These classic Rajasthan tourist places shouldn't be missed.´╗┐Want to see Rajasthan on a tour? Popular G Adventures offers this 15 day Land of the Maharajas small group comfort-style trip and 15 day Rajasthan Adventure small group classic-style trip. Or, if you're really feeling adventurous, try this 15 day Rajasthan Cycling tour from G Adventures.
 
Jaipur
The "Pink City" of Jaipur is large, crowded, and noisy. However, it's a city full of captivating ancient palaces and forts, with most of them boasting stunning views and elaborate architecture. Jaipur forms part of India's popular Golden Triangle tourist circuit, and lures visitors with its stunning remnants of a bygone era. A visit to Jaipur will give you a feel for how the monarchy once lived in all its glory. Staying in Jaipur is also particularly enjoyable. The city has some incredible heritage hotels that have been converted from old palaces, giving guests a very regal experience!
 
Udaipur
Udaipur is an enchanting place full of old mansions, beautiful gardens, intricate temples, and grand palaces overlooking expansive shimmering lakes. The City Palace, which stretches along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, leaves visitors spellbound. The way it has been constructed is exquisite, with Rajput military architecture and Mughal style decorative techniques both combined together. The narrow lanes of the old city are fascinating to explore.
 
Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer is often referred to as being straight out of a romantic Arabian Nights fable. It's a cliche, but how better to describe this remarkable sandstone city that rises magically from the sand dunes of the Rajasthan desert? Jaisalmer's mesmerizing ancient fort, built in 1156, is perched high on a pedestal overlooking the city. Inside, the fort is alive and spellbinding. It houses five palaces, several temples, and some exquisite havelis (mansions), as well as shops and other residences.
 
Jodhpur
Affectionately known as the "Blue City" for its blue painted buildings, Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. The fascinating, walled old part of the city is presided over by the looming Mehrangarh Fort. One of the largest forts in India, it's the pride of Jodhpur. Every October it has the honor of providing the setting for the Rajasthan International Folk Festival. Inside the fort are a number of palaces, and a museum. The fort is also an excellent place to view Jodhpur's blue buildings.
 
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park is full of history, having witnessed many battles played out on its land, and the rise and fall of many rulers. The chances of spotting a tiger in the wild at Ranthambore are amongst the best in India. In contrast with many national parks in India, Ranthambore is also really accessible and easy to get to. The landscape is dominated by the formidable 10th century Ranthambore Fort. It's a huge structure that contains ruined pavilions, splendid monuments, and three Hindu temples.
 
 Pushkar
For most of the year, Pushkar is a sleepy little holy town that attracts a lot of backpackers and hippie types. Pushkar really comes alive for a couple of weeks in October/November, when the Pushkar Camel Fair comes to town. It's a fascinating and peculiar sight, and a great opportunity to witness an old traditional style Indian festival.Puskar is worth a visit at any time of year though if you want to chill out. However, it's not like it used to be there. These days Pushkar is becoming much more westernized and tourist focused. The priests by the bathing ghats (steps) are known to be very forceful in demanding donations too. Avoid that area, and head to the Pushkar market for some great shopping instead!
 
Jaisalmer Fort
The fort of Jaisalmer is a breathtaking sight: a massive sandcastle rising from the sandy plains like a mirage from a bygone era. No place better evokes exotic camel-train trade routes and desert mystery. Ninety-nine colossal bastions encircle the still-inhabited narrow streets. Inside are shops swaddled in bright embroideries, a royal palace and numerous businesses looking for your tourist rupee. Despite the commercialism it is hard not to be enchanted by this desert citadel. Beneath the ramparts the twisting lanes of the old city conceal magnificent havelis of crumbling beauty. The havelis, the fort and its enclosed palace are all carved from the same golden honey sandstone, hence the city’s designation as the Golden City.

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