Rajasthan and North India Tour

Rajasthan and North India Tour

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Overview

 DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN DELHI
 Receive at Delhi Airport / Railway Station. Transfer to Hotel in Delhi.

  DAY 02: NEW DELHI CITY TOUR
Delhi sightseeing, stay over at Delhi.

  DAY 03: DELHI - JAIPUR
After breakfast at hotel drive to Jaipur, stay at Hotel in Jaipur.

  DAY 04: JAIPUR CITY TOUR
Sightseeing Jaipur, Stay At Hotel
Visit Amber fort, City Palace Complex, Observatory, Wind Palace (Hawa Mahal), Kanak Vrindavan Temple Complex.

  DAY 05: JAIPUR - SHEKHAWATI
Departure for Shekhawati, visit Painted Havelies at small towns in the region.
Stay at Nawalgarh, at a Eco-farm Resort.

  DAY 06: SHEKHAWATI - BIKANER
Departure to Bikaner via Deshnok Temple.
Stay at a Hotel / Haveli in Bikaner.

  DAY 07: BIKANER - JAISALMER
Visit Bikaner Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Camel Breeding Farm.
Drive to Jaisalmer. Visit Bada Bagh, at Sunset.
Stay at a Hotel in Jaisalmer.

  DAY 08: JAISALMER
Full Day Sightseeing of Jaisalmer including Fort, Havelis and Sand Dunes.
Stay at Jaisalmer.

  DAY 09: JAISALMER - JODHPUR
Drive to Jodhpur.
Half Day Sightseeing covering Mehrangarh Fort, Ummed Bhawan Palace & Jaswant Thada.
Stay at a Hotel in Jodhpur.

  DAY 10: RANAKPUR - MOUNT ABU
Drive via Ranakpur Temples and Kumbhalgarh to Mt. Abu.
Stay at a Hotel in Mt. Abu.

  DAY 11: MOUNT ABU - UDAIPUR
Visit to Dilwara Temples, Brahmakumari Ashrams & Nakki Lake.
Stay at Hotel.

  DAY 12: UDAIPUR CITY TOUR
Departure to Udaipur.
Half day Sightseeing of Udaipur, covering City Palace, Saheliyon ki Badi and Lake.
Stay at a Hotel in Udaipur.

  DAY 13: AROUND UDAIPUR
Excursions to Haldi Ghati, Nathdwara, Eklingji & Sahastrabahu Temples.
Stay at a Hotel in Udaipur.

  DAY 14: UDAIPUR - AJMER - PUSHKAR
Visit to Dargah at Ajmer and Pushkar Lake at & the Only Brahma Temple in India at Pushkar.
Stay at Pushkar.

  DAY 15: PUSHKAR - JAIPUR
Departure to Jaipur. Half Day Sight Seeing of Jaipur.
Stay at Hotel , Jaipur.

  DAY 16: JAIPUR - SARISKA
Drive to Sariska, Siliserh Lake at Alwar.
Stay at Tiger Den, Sariska.

  DAY 17: SARISKA - BHARATPUR
Drive to Bharatpur. Stay at Hotel.
Evening visit to world famous Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary.

  DAY 18: BHARATPUR - FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRA
Morning visit to Bird sanctuary, drive to Fatehpur Sikri after lunch.
Evening arrival at Agra, visit Taj Mahal at sunset.
Stay at a Hotel in Agra.

  DAY 19: AGRA CITY TOUR
Morning sightseeing of Agra, Agra Fort and Akbar's Tomb.
later drive to Agra. overnight stay at hotel in Agra.

  DAY 20: AGRA -GWALIOR
After breakfast visit Gwalior Fort.
Drive to Jhansi and then Orchha. Both these towns of Bundelkhand are famous for tales of velour and chivalry. Lovely palaces and fort can be see.

  DAY 21: GWALIOR - KHAJURAHO
Visit to the world famous temples of Khajuraho.
Stay at Khajuraho.

  DAY 22: KHAJURAHO CITY TOUR
After breakfast full day Sightseeing of Khajuraho.
overnight stay at hotel in Khajuraho.

  DAY 23: KHAJURAHO - VARANASI
Drive to Varanasi. One of the holiest towns of Hindus, it is also one of the oldest towns in the history of world, by the banks of the Ganges.

  DAY 24: VARANASI CITY TOUR
Sightseeing at Varanasi.
Stay in Varanasi.

  DAY 25: VARANASI -LUCKNOW
Drive to Lucknow, visit beautiful buildings with fusion of Islamic, Hindu and Western architecture influences.
Lucknow was one of the most important towns of late medieval India and is still famous for its culture and soft manners.

  DAY 26: LUCKNOW - AGRA
Drive to Agra. Stay at a Hotel.
Visit Itmad ud daula's tomb, it is reputed that Taj Mahal is inspired by this building.

  DAY 27: AGRA - DELHI
Drive to Delhi after lunch. Stay at a Hotel in Delhi.

  DAY 28: DEPARTURE
Drop at Delhi Airport / Delhi Railway Station.

 

Transport for this Tour

01 to 03 people - Medium sized cars - Indian make cars like Ambassador or Tata Indica with one baggage each
01 to 05 people - Large cars - Toyota Innova/Qualis or GM Tavera with one baggage each
06 to 09 people – Tempo Traveller Mini Van with 8 to 9 seats
08 to 14 people – Small coaches with 18 seats
15 to 32 people – Coaches with 27 or 35 seats
All the vehicles are air-conditioned

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Included in the Tour

Accommodation for 14 Nights in the above mentioned / similar hotels. (Subject to availability)
Breakfast in the respected Hotel during the tour.
Services of qualified English Speaking Guide for Local Sightseeing tour.
All Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an individual Air Conditioned vehicle with English Speaking Driver.
One Night Traditional Dinner at Chokhi Dhani a village resort
Elephant safari and Evening Sound show at Amber Fort
Boat Ride at Lake Pichhola in Udaipur

 

Excluded in the Tour

Any Kind of Personal Expenses such as Monument Tips, Laundry, Telephone Bills and Alcoholic beverages.
Camera Fees (Still or Movie).
Any Flight Charges.
Unspecified Meals etc.
5.15% service tax

Tour Terms and Conditions

 
 


Folklore of heroism and romance resound from the formidable monuments that majestically stand to tell the tale of a bygone era. The magic of vibrant Rajasthan - its rich heritage, colourful culture, exciting desert safaris, shining sand-dunes, amazing variety lush forests and varied wildlife - makes it a destination nonpareil. Rajasthan is often portrayed as one vast open-air museum, with its relics so well preserved that it delights even the most skeptical traveler.

It is an incredible destination for the outdoor-tourist – take a safari on horses, camels, elephants or even in jeeps, with the Aravalis - India's oldest mountain range as the backdrop. Feast your eyes on spectacular sand-dunes, take the tiger trail, or just watch the birds in the wetlands. You can also choose to pamper yourself in the lavish heritage properties. Rajasthan has something for everyone –  one just has to choose an activity appropriate to one's temperament.

I never expected to find myself in a jewelry store in Jaipur, cupping a plum-size sapphire in my palm. Cool to the touch and the color of a swimming pool, the gem was unadorned, the better to show off its clarity. This was just one of many trinkets I got to play with that afternoon. There were enameled turban-pieces studded with diamonds, curved scabbards adorned with vibrantly colored precious stones, and a gold chess set. “Go ahead, pick it up!” I was urged toward whatever was in front of me. No gloves, no problem. Welcome to Rajasthan.


                       


India’s largest state, in the arid northwest, is the locus of the country’s most glamorous past, and today it’s a major draw for anyone seeking an immersion in courtly history (as well as in textiles, jewelry, antiques, and spices). The center of Rajput power since the sixth century A.D., Rajasthan is thick with imposing forts and carved marble temples that look like towering pinecones. The most concentrated way to get to know the region is through its three main cities—Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur, each with its own flavor—but between and among them, the scrubby Thar Desert and Aravalli Range are rich with pilgrimage sites and glimpses of village and rural life almost unchanged since the feudal era.

The bug first bit me thanks to Waris Ahluwalia, the designer of House of Waris, which produces handmade scarves and gold-and-gem jewelry with heraldic motifs and a dash of punk. I was previewing one of his collections at Colette in Paris, and he started to explain how the artisans in his Jaipur network would undertake his enamel work using centuries-old techniques. Waris was born in India but grew up in New York; his connection to Rajasthan came while visiting there with his parents as a kid and deepened as an adult in search of craftspeople to execute his designs. “The skill there is extraordinary,” he said, his eyes getting wider. He hunched his shoulders, imitating the way they sit over small charcoal fires in their tiny workrooms to melt the gold and then hammer and channel-cut it to hold rivers of powdered glass.

Rajasthan may find itself at a crossroads, with a growing number of visitors, ambitious infrastructure initiatives, and a brand-new hotel boom creating pockets of real slickness. But as I learned when I visited, Waris was right: it’s not just a monument to the past. There may now be supermarkets and good highways and IT jobs, with a Jaipur metro on the way, but the area is in no danger of losing what makes it most special.


                                         


Jaipur
As the capital of the state and its largest city, Jaipur is usually the first stop on a Rajasthan itinerary. It’s a strong shot of color and noise and activity, especially impactful after the relative order of Delhi, where most overseas travelers first touch down. Founded, as the Mughal Empire was falling in the early 18th century, by a Hindu soldier-king obsessed with architecture and astronomy, the city is one of India’s first examples of urban planning, built along a grid system with the massive City Palace and an extraordinary 18th-century observatory at its heart. To celebrate a visit in 1876 by Queen Victoria’s son Prince Albert (who later became Edward VII), the city’s storefronts and town houses were painted salmon pink, and they’ve remained so ever since. That consistency and spatial order is today undermined by urban life at every turn. Shopkeepers’ wares extend past their doors and out into the streets. Clusters of egg-size pani puri (chile-and-potato-stuffed fried bread) bob furiously in boiling oil, beckoning locals and visitors more daring than I to burn their tongues while taking a bite. Traffic surpasses the usual cacophonous mix of scooters and cars, horns blaring, to include camel-drawn carts, packhorses, painted elephants, goats, monkeys, pigs, and, of course, cows. Businesspeople rush to their next appointments, passing long lines at lassi (kefir) stands, hurrying past women in the brightest possible saris and men in dhotis and loosely knotted turbans whose brilliant colors change according to the message of the moment: mourning, betrothal, celebration, welcome.


              


This street-level mix of country and city, so foreign to Western eyes, can seem deceptively humble compared with what’s behind the doors of all those pink-washed shops. Because let’s not be too noble: people may come to Jaipur to see the 16th-century Amber Fort or the lacy Palace of the Winds, but the most dedicated activity for most, undertaken with Formula One levels of intensity, is shopping. (Perhaps it’s only natural to get to it while your wallet is still heavy and the selection is the best; Jodhpur and Udaipur are not light on goods, but there is less variety.) In most of the better-known jewelers—the famous Gem Palace, on M.I. Road; Tholia’s Kuber, just down the block; the stunning Royal Gems & Arts, inside a mansion covered in 17th-century frescoes—historically significant bling is there to be fondled, along with less aristocratic pieces at prices that make springing for your first emerald (as I did at Tholia’s Kuber) well worth it. Among the scores of Jaipur’s pashmina peddlers, Andraab sits at the poshest end of the spectrum, in a tranquil, air-conditioned shop in the old city where neatly organized drawers are stacked with spiderweb-light shawls in delicately hand-embroidered paisleys and flowers. Those bearing five-figure price tags (yes, even in dollars) would have taken years to complete.

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