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Rajasthan unexplored

Rajasthan unexplored

Rajasthan unexplored


New Delhi - Alisisar - Khimsar - Jaisalmer - Rohetgarh - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Ghanerao - Eklingji - Udaipur - Deogarh - Nimaj - Bijaynagar - Chomu - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Delhi.

Day 1 Arrive New Delhi

Traditional welcome on arrival at Delhi airport by Travel Pals India executive with fresh marigold flower garlands and then transferred by air-conditioned exclusive car to hotel for overnight stay. New Delhi - On December 12, 1911, George V, the then Emperor of India along with Queen Mary made the announcement to shift the Capital of the British Raj from Calcutta to Delhi at the Delhi Durbar and laying the foundation stone for Viceroy's residence in the Coronation Park. The capital city can be easily divided into two parts - Old & New Delhi. While Shahjahan built a new walled city which served as the capital of Mughal Empire from 1649 to 1857 AD and is now regarded as Old Delhi has many ancient & medieval monuments, archaeological sites & remains. The New Delhi was planned & built by leading 20th century British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker and contracted to Sir Sobha Singh. The present President House, Indian Parliament & other Government Secretariat buildings were built by them.

Day 2 New Delhi - The capital city

Breakfast at hotel and further introduced with your guided tour of the historic city of Delhi. The city where one can experience the influence of the many rulers who ruled this region, a city built and destroyed and re-built over seven times. The guided tour takes you to the monuments that depict the different eras. The tour includes visit to the magnificent Red Fort (exterior), the Jama Masjid - one of the Asia's largest mosque, cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi passing through Chandni Chowk, Chawri Bazaar etc, Humanyun's Tomb, Qutab Minar -73 mt. tall minaret, India Gate - war memorial, President's House and drive through Connaught Place.

Day 3 Delhi - Alsisar (252 Kms / 5 hrs)

Driven to the unexplored north of Rajasthan state in the Shekhawati district in a small village of Alsisar to break your journey on the way to north-west of Rajasthan. Check-in at the quaint heritage palace turned hotel Alsisar mahal. You may have options of plenty activities as like Bullock ride, Camel Cart rides, Jeep Safari, Camel & Horse safari, Pilgrimage tour to Rani Sati Temple, Fresco trail through various routes of Haveli, Heritage walk in the village and Visit to Salasar Temple, Castles and buildings. This majestic palace is situated in village Alsisar which is 23 Kms from district head quarter 'Jhuhjhunu' in Rajasthan. The entire district of Shekhawati which includes Nawalgarh, Dundlod, Mukundgarh, Alsisar are quite famous for their wall paintings. Nawalgarh is often regarded as an open air museum due to it's colourful paintings on school and haveli walls.

Day 4 Alsisar - Khimsar Fort (300 kms / 6 hrs)

This morning, driven to Khimsar - a small village at the edge of Great Thar Desert. On arrival check in at heritage Hotel Khimasar fort After freshening up visit Khimsar fort - now a premium heritage hotel - it was constructed by Rao Karamsiji, the 8th son of Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur. The construction on the fort began in 1523. Later adages to the fort included a zenana (ladies) wing, and a private regal wing built by Thakur Onkar Singh for himself. A part of the fort still forms the residence of the royal family of Khimsar.
Perched on the edge of the Great Thar Desert in the heart of rural India lies this unique 16th century fort that offers experience after exhilarating experience. Hundreds of years of history unfold as you glance at its battle-scarred walls and stroll down its ramparts. As you sip tea on the terraces you realize the beauty of being surrounded by acres of lush green gardens. A true rarity of any desert in the world!! Peacocks, parrots, pigeons and as many as forty-six varieties of birds greet you to add to the charm and splendour of this ancient fort.

Day 5 Khimsar Dunes Village

A relaxed breakfast this morning and then transfer by jeep to (15 minutes drive) Khimsar dunes to stay in beautiful huts. Each hut is spacious and as comfortable as you can possibly imagine. Local materials, mirror-work, handicrafts, rustic iron, and wood furniture have been employed to create the ambience. Independent courtyards, open-air showers and double-decker huts are also pleasing features. This village nestles amidst sand dunes that seem to roll into eternity. Fortunately, access is only by jeep, camel or horseback. It is truly remote, rural and romantic! Take in a golden sunrise or a colorful sunset amidst golden sands- even as you sip your cuppa! Down a sundowner, followed by a meal around a bonfire- as million of stars blink benevolently down at you. Take a jeep safari into the black buck reserve or ride a camel into the wild desert countryside.

Day 6 Khimsar - Manvar (100 Kms / 2.5 hrs)

Today driven to Jaisalmer. Enjoy the drive viewing the lovely life of the deserted land, passing through villages. Arrive Manvar resort & check followed by lunch. Later Village Safari by Jeep {3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.}: It's a drive of one and Half Hours to 2 hours through Desert Landscape. On the way option to visit a typical desert home to see how people live in the desert, see a craftsman home, during the safari see the wildlife and finally ending at Resort.Evening (1700 - 1830 hrs), enjoy camel ride with sunset view from Sam Sand Dunes.Gala Dinner with Musicians & Dancers, Camp-fire etc and overnight stay at resort.

Day 7 Manvar - Rohetgarh (Jodhpur) (45 Kms / 1 hr)

After a scrumptious breakfast you will be driven through the desert capital of India across Jodhpur to a small village in the middle of nowhere to stay at a luxurious heritage hotel in a little village called Rohetgarh. Check in at heritage hotel Rohetgarh OR Fort Chanwa Luni. You can enjoy a horse safari on the authentic Marwari breed of horses through the countryside giving you just the right insight into the local rural life of this richly cultured region (optional, extra cost involved).

Day 8 Rohetgarh - Jodhpur city tour

After breakfast a guided Jodhpur city sightseeing tour including grand Mehrangarh Fort - one of the largest forts in India, Umaid Bhawan Palace (now a grand heritage hotel) an architectural wonder, Jaswant Thada - a 19th century royal cenotaph, Mandore Gardens - The beautiful gardens with high rock terraces make it a popular picnic spot. The garden has a gate known as the Ajitpol, which is decorated with paintings of the gods and goddesses of Indian mythology & walk through the Clock Tower - In the old city, clock tower is a prominent land mark. Early evening village safari by jeep to the Bishnoi village to see the hand pottery, Bishnoi huts and local handicrafts. Bishnois are the famous community which is the protector of the wildlife. Return back to hotel for overnight stay

Day 9 Rohetgarh - Ranakpur - Ghanerao (177 kms / 3.5 hrs)

Breakfast at hotel followed by drive & check in at heritage hotel Ghanerao Castle.En-route visit Ranakpur Jain temples, one of the five most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism. It is home to an exceptionally beautiful temple complex in the Aravali ranges and a must visit for the tourists coming to this region. Ranakpur is tucked away in a remote valley in the Aravali range.Further driven to Ghanerao to stay at heritage haveli Ghanerao Castle - a magnificent showcase of Marble and Red sandstone Rajput Architecture built in 1606 that serves as the home of the royal family who still reside. There is a nostalgic air of past glory and of the royal lifestyle that the Thakurs led. The castle has 17 beautiful rooms, having their own quaint sit outs and verandhas. A recent developing project of the museum is under away, where one can see the old elephant hodas and palkis which were used by the rulers when elephants and horses were the only means of travel. Evening free to explore the village on own or with driver.

Day 10 Ghanerao - Eklingji - Udaipur (84 kms / 2 hrs)

Today proceed for a visit to the Kumbhalgarh Fort - compared to the Great Wall of China for its immense stone boundary covering the village of Kumbhalgarh over a hilltop. Further proceed for Udaipur via Eklingji - the famous temple of Lord Shiva in the state of Rajasthan. This is the only visited Shiva temple by the present Maharaja of Udaipur. Evening enjoy a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola to have lovely views of the Jagmandir Palace (also known as the Lake Garden Palace, is an exquisite palace placed in an estuary Island in Pichola Lake in Udaipur, the Lake Palace hotel, City Palace, Shiw Niwas & Fateh Prakash Palace hotel buildings.

Day 11 Udaipur

After relaxed breakfast, a guided sightseeing tour of the city visiting the City Palace - the largest Palace complex in the state of Rajasthan assumed to be built in 16th century, is a majestic white marble palace royally placed perfectly in a peak reflecting its beauty in the Pichola Lake; Sahelion-ki-Bari - The 'garden of the maidens' brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. The delightful gardens appear discreet and in impeccable taste, Jagmandir - also known as Lake Garden Palace is an exquisite palace placed in an estuary Island in Pichola Lake in Udaipur (perfect during the evening) and Jagdish Temple. You may also like to visit the Crystal Gallery which is a fine collection of the Maharaja over generations. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 12 Udaipur - Sardargarh (200 Kms / 4 hrs)

Breakfast at hotel. Driven to Sardargarh and transfer to heritage hotel for check in. Day free to explore the town with driver or at leisure.You may also have options to visit Charbhuja Temple (40 km), Amaj Mata Waterfall, Parshuram Temple, Laxman Jhula, Rupnarayan Temple, Shamlaji, Matrikundiya (place of pilgrimage), Big Dam water body, Nathdwara (44 km), Kankroli (25 km), Chikalwas Dam and Nauchoki Pal (place of pilgrimage and site-seeing), Sardargarh: Family paintings, armour, weapons and clothing museum at the fort.The Forts overall architectural style is grand, but still it strikes you with a solemn austerity. Understandable, since it was build for military reasons, Shunning florid aesthetic expressions. It is fortified with massive ramparts, and giant circular bastions with battlements. Huge entrances and gateways, concentric walls and imposing arches, domes and vaulted spaces, textured facades, jharokhas (balconies) and cannons complete the picture of medieval military ambience. Temples, gardens, bath aria, granaries, residential suites, audience halls, pavilions, water works, watch towers, armories, treasuries and mint dungeons are spread out across three lakh square feet with courtyards.

Day 13 Sardargarh - Pushkar - Bijaynagar (260 Kms / 5.5 hrs)

Breakfast at hotel followed by driven to Bijaynagar. Enroute, stop at a Hindu pilgrimage site of Pushkar to enjoy lunch at the tented camps and also visit the holy Pushkar lake.
Further drive & transfer to stay at heritage hotel WH Bijay Niwas, built almost a 100 years ago by Rao Bijay Singh the 16th descendant of the erstwhile Masuda Istimrardari (a category higher than Jagirdars of the then Rajputana) as a getaway retreat. About the same time he founded the town of Bijaynagar, also named after him. The history of Masuda royal family dates back to Rao Jagmal (early 16th century), the founder of the Mertiya clan of Rathore Rajputs, by far the most valiant of all Rajput clan.

Day 14 Bijaynagar - Chomu (218 Kms / 4.5 hrs)

After breakfast you will be driven leisurely to Chomu village in northern Rajasthan to stay at a beautiful heritage hotel Chomu palace. Chomu Palace, a reflection of the Royal Palaces of India, is a 300 year old elegant fortified palace hotel and one of the places to visit in Rajasthan. It revives the gracious lifestyles of the princes of Rajasthan and the heritage of India. It is an authentic and historic palace that discreetly blends with the modern amenities and facilities. This historic monument is designed according to the Indian Vastushastra philosophy. An integral part of the Rajasthan Tourism, this palace hotel in Rajasthan reverberates with regal and aristocratic memories. Evening free at leisure or alternatively, spend the evening exploring the quaint village on foot, cycles or simply relax and enjoy the hotel. For the more adventurous, ride the horses up the hillocks into the sand dunes. Or, do nothing and relax at the outdoor or the pool bar. The palace in itself is a museum of painting and art.

Day 15 Chomu - Jaipur city tour

Breakfast at the hotel followed by a guided excursion to the majestic Amber Fort on elephant back - the erstwhile capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs before they moved to their newly built capital in Jaipur. This is the only fort where one can still go by the elephant back even today like a Maharaja. Visit to a hand block printing factory and a textile export house.Followed by a city tour of Jaipur covering Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), City Palace, Jantar Mantar (Royal Astronomical Observatory).Time at leisure to do shopping in this famous city of gems & jewels or at leisure to enjoy a walk in the local colourful bazaar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16 Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

Enjoy breakfast at hotel. Then driven to Agra - the city of world famous 'Taj Mahal' - One of the 7th wonder of the world. Enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri with a guide. This erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See Darbar-e-Aam, Palaces, Panch Mahal and Taansen Seat. On arrival check in hotel. Later meet you guide in Agra in the hotel lobby for visiting Red Fort - built in red sandstone by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. Visit the halls of private and public; Itimad-Ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) described as a 'Jewel Box' and often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. It was built between 1622 and 1628 and also visits to a local marble factory to witness the inlay work of precious stones also known as Pietra dura. It's the same art of stone work which is illustrated on the Taj Mahal & Baby Taj. It's a learning experience and a treat to eyes to see the art.

Day 17 Agra - Delhi (220 Kms / 5 hrs) - Onward destinations

Dawn-view visit of Taj Mahal to witness the wonder marble seems to change colours due to the rising sunlight. A UNESCO World Heritage Site which was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal is best viewed & enjoyed in the non-chaotic and less crowded time of the day. Return to hotel for breakfast. On arrival at Delhi transfer to Delhi international airport to connect your flight for onward journey with the sweet memories of India tour. Check-in for international flights commences 3 hours prior to flight departure time for economy class and 2 hrs prior for business/first class.

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