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Imperial Rajasthan Tour

Duration: 19 Nights / 20 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi-Jaipur-Mandawa-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Mount Abu
-Udaipur-Chittaurgarh-Pushkar- Delhi


Day 1: Delhi-Jaipur
Begin your tour.
This morning drive to Jaipur.
JAIPUR - The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains it's character and history - Beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. Popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 2: Jaipur
Breakfast at hotel
Proceed for morning excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.
AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. It's forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it's ultimate expression.
Proceed to JAIGARH FORT.
JAIGARH FORT - Jaigarh used to be the royal arsenal. The view of the city of Jaipur from this picturesque fort on top of a hill is truly an experience of a lifetime.
Relax in the evening.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 3: Jaipur
Breakfast at hotel.
Proceed for morning sightseeing of Jaipur covering the important palaces and monuments..
CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Its five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.
Shopping in the city.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 4: Jaipur - Mandawa
Breakfast at hotel.
Proceed for Mandawa.
The medieval Fort of Mandawa gradually rises on the horizon like a mirage. A breathtaking view of the town can be seen from the terrace of Castle Mandawa. Precious collection of arms with jade handles, traditional ceremonial costumes can be seen at the Museum at the Castle. The havelies worth a visit are Chokhani, Saraf, Goenka and Ladia in this town. Built in 1775 by Thakur Nawal Singh, descendant of Rao Shekhaji, who also founded the city of Nawalgarh. The Castle, now a 51 rooms hotel has no two rooms alike. It also houses an interesting collection of paintings, jade, costumes and antiques. The courtyard and the terrace come to live during evenings with candle-lit dinners and fire-dances during the season. A two hundred and forty year old fortess, that has been converted by the family into a fine example of traditional hospitality.
Reach and check in at hotel. Entering the gates, onto the sandy courtyard, you leave behind all traces of the present, becoming a part of a legend, a fantasy! War scarred turrets, lofty domes, heroic cannons that seem to look down at you, as silent retainers in green appear to whisk you away, the tails of their orange 'safas' flapping in the gentle breeze, mark your arrival to the fanciest destination in Shekhawati. Caparisoned camels and horses saunter in, carrying the guests as musicians blow horns and drums roll the Royal Welcome. In the Castle, step into an arched open-fronted verandah and wander in the under the high ceilinged 'Diwan Khana' (Darbar Hall), where the walls adorned with ancient portraits of the Mandawa family, recall a bygone era that was royal, rich and resplendent.
Relax for the evening.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 5: Mandawa
Take breakfast at hotel. From the hotel you will 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.
Chowkhani Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Lakshminarayan Ladia Haveli, Mohahanlal Saraf Haveli and Bhagchandika Haveli are of special interest. Spend the major part of the day looking into frescoes.
Shopping in the evening and spending time with the local villagers.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 6: Mandawa - Bikaner
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to Bikaner. Reach Bikaner and check in at hotel.
The royal fortified city with a timeless appeal. Lying in the north of the Desert State, the city is dotted with many sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval splendor that pervades the city's lifestyle.
More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here. Be it pulling heavy carts, transporting grains or working on wells, camels are the prime helpers. The wells of Bikaner - an important source of water are other attractions of the city. These are built on high plinths with slender minareted towers on each of the Four Corners and can be noticed even from a distance.
Relax in the evening.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 7: Bikaner
This morning after breakfast proceed for a city tour.
Rao Bikaji, a descendant of Jodhaji - the founder of Jodhpur, founded this desert town in the North of the state in 1488. Visit the Junagarh Fort, constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Jai Singh, a general in the Moghul Emperor Akbar's army. The city is also called the "Camel Country".
Visit the camel-breeding farm - the only one in Asia.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 8: Bikaner - Jaisalmer
Breakfast at hotel.
Proceed for Jaisalmer. Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with its awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city.
The city has an interesting legend associated with it, according to which, Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 AD when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital -Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta Hill.
Reach and check in at hotel.
Overnight : Hotel

Day9: Jaisalmer
After a relaxed breakfast, proceed for full day sightseeing tour of "The Golden City" - Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert. Its temple, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone. The city is a mass of intricately carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies. Visit the JAISALMER FORT - The oldest living Fort in the world. (This is the highlight of the tour)
See the Patwon-Ki-Havelies, Salim-Singh-Ki-Haveli and Gandhi Sagar Tank. Also visit Barabagh Hill.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 10: Jaisalmer
Day will be free to explore the culture of this unique city.
In the afternoon, visit the Khuri Sand Dunes and the typical Rajasthani Desert Village. Take a camel ride to view the sunset from the dunes, as the sky is set on fire. It can be an unforgettable experience.
Return to the village to drive back to Jaisalmer.
Overnight: Tents

Day 11: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Today proceed for Jodhpur. Reach and check in at hotel.
Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the Ramayana. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains. The city is encompassed by a high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.
Relax in the evening or proceed for shopping.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 12: Jodhpur
Morning go for a village safari in the jeep and have a rare glimpse into the rich culture and true essence of India. Abundant wildlife (game) and memorable moments of the great desert landscape fascinates one while driving along the countryside..
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jodhpur - gateway to the desert beyond, home of the Rathors of Marwar, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, rising up a hilly scarp, built on the advice of a hermit, overlooking the city in the image of a long sentinel. Inside the Fort are a number of palaces added by successive rulers. In this palace you would see different miniature paintings & cradle room. After this you would visit Jaswant Thada Memorial. Proceed to visit the UMAID BHAWAN PALACE.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 13: Jodhpur - Mt Abu
Proceed to Mt Abu after breakfast. Reach Mt. Abu and transfer to hotel.
At 1,200 meters, Mount Abu is the highest point of the Aravalli range passing through Rajasthan. The only hill resort of Rajasthan. It is build around a lake and is surrounded by forested hills. According to the legend, the place derives its name from ARBUDA, a serpent who descended to the spot to rescue Shiva's bull Nandi. Besides having all the features of a pleasant hill resort, this place is also famous for the DILWARA TEMPLES and many more archeological remains. There are romantic royal retreats and relics of the Raj.
Enjoy boating at the Nakki Lake and visit the temples and the museum in the afternoon.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 14: Mt. Abu
This morning after breakfast at hotel proceed on a city tour of Mt. Abu.
Day will be at Mt Abu. Visit the Dilwara Temples during the day. The architecture of these temples is very interesting and famous.
Relax during the evening.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 15: Mount Abu - Udaipur
After breakfast at hotel proceed for Udaipur. Reach and check in at hotel.
The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravallis. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.
Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichhola is an enticing sight.
Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar -a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.
Proceed for Evening Motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From he boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace.
Relax in the evening.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 16: Udaipur
Breakfast at hotel.
Proceed for day sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard.
Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, the Jagdish Temple and the local folk Museum. Overnight at Udaipur.
In the afternoon, proceed for motor-launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other island palace in the middle of the lake.
Relax or shopping in the afternoon.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 17: Udaipur - Chittorgarh
After breakfast drive to Chittaurgarh.
The pride and glory of Rajasthan, Chittaur echoes with the tales of romance and valor unique to the Rajput tradition. A ruined citadel - Where the royal past lives in its imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular chattris.
This fortified settlement has been ravaged thrice and each time the outcome was 'Jauhar'-when women and children immolated themselves on a huge funeral pyre while men donned in saffron robes of martyrdom rode out of the fort towards a certain death.
Proceed for sightseeing of CHITTAURGARH FORT - Believed to have been constructed by the Mori rulers in the 7th century, this fort is located on a 180m high hill, covering 700 acres. "Tablets" and "Chattris" lie between several monumental gates. Visit PADMINI PALACE - The palace of the legendary queen of Mewar.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 18: Chittaurgarh - Pushkar
On the day 18 of your tour proceed for Pushkar.
Reach and check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight : Hotel

Day 19: Pushkar
After breakfast proceed on a city tour.
Visit Pushkar
Pushkar being one of the most religious places for Hindus has the atmosphere of an ancient religious town. The only temple of God Brahma is in Pushkar thus making Pushkar an important pilgrimage city for Hindus.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 20: Pushkar-Delhi
Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi and transfer to International Airport to board the flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and unforgettable memories of Journey of your "Imperial Rajasthan Tour" to India escorted by Vardhman Vacations.

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