Rajasthan Heritage Classic With Spiritual Tour
Duration : 20 Nights / 21 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Rishikesh - Agra - Ranthambhore - Jaipur - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Deogarh - Udaipur - Mumbai
06 Dec’15 :- Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Afte meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel Vivanta By Taj .Dinner and over night at Hotel.
07 Dec’15:- Delhi
After Breakfast visit the Old Delhi starting with `Shah Jehanabad’ which has some dramatic remnants of the Mughal Empire in the imposing Red Fort and Jama Masjid India’s largest mosque, built by Emperor Shah Jehan, creator of the Taj Mahal. Ride at rishaw through its principal street, Chandni Chowk, originally renowned throughout Asia.These days it’s a bustling jumble of shops, temples, mosques and craftsmen’s workshops of goldsmiths, silversmiths, silk traders and embroiderers.
After visit Raj Ghat, in Old Delhi on the banks of the Yamuna River, is a simple memorial that marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. A pretty park has been created around the memorial.Luch at Bear by India Gate.
After lunch visit New Delhi with its majestic boulevards and grand government buildings. India Gate, Delhi's triumphal arch, stands at one end of Rajpath. At the other end of Rajpath stands the official residence of India's President, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, a complex of buildings that mix Mughal and Western architectural styles. Prior to independence, this was the home of India's last Viceroy, Lord Mountbatten. Close by is Sansad Bhavan, the large, though less imposing, parliament building.
Visit the Tomb of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun, which was commissioned by his senior wife Haji Begum, in the 16th century. This is an early example of Mughal architecture.
Later, drive to the city’s earliest surviving Islamic monument, the Qutb Minar created by the founder of the sometimes-called Slave Dynasty, Qutb-ud-din-Aybak. 73 meters high and consisting of 5 storeys, the Qutb Minar construction started in 1199 on what was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the world and evening back to hotel. Dinner & Over night at Hotel.
(Red Fort is closed on Mondays )
08 Dec’15:- Delhi – Akshardham Temple
After Breakfast visit the Akshardham Temple .Evening back to hotel .Dinner & Over night at hotel.
09 Dec’15 :- DELHI – Haridwar - RISHIKESH (Drive 250 Kms/5-6 Hrs)
After Breakfast drive to Rishikesh via visiting Haridwar en route and watch evening arti/prayers at Ghat. Arrive and check-in at Hotel. Dinner & Overnight at Hotel Divine Resorts.
10 Dec’15 :- Rishikesh
After breakfast morning spiritual tour along the banks of the river Ganges and also take a boat ride over this sacred river. Here you will witness the Sadhus taking dip in the Ganges with their daily practices of Surya Namaskar (Preying of Lord Sun while taking dip in the Ganges) and different rituals of Hindu religion performed on the banks of Ganges of temples and Laxman Jhula. You can also visit Ashrams which are internationally recognized as centre of Philosophical studies, Yoga and meditation.Dinner & Over Night at Hotel.
11 Dec’15 :- Rishikesh-Agra
Breakfast at Hotel and drive to Agra. Arrive and check-in at Hotel Four Point Sherton.Dinner & Overnight.
12 Dec’15:- Agra
After breakfast, visit Sikandra – the red sandstone mausoleum of Emperor Akbar. Taj Mahal (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays) regarded as one of the Wonders of the World. Later visit the massive Agra Fort, which has been the seat of Mughal rulers for several years. Dinner & Overnight at Hotel.
13 Dec’15:- Agra – Fatehpur Sikri - Ranthambhore
After breakfast drive to Ranthambor via Fatehpur Sikri, a special destination. Once the capital of the Mughal Empire, Fatehpur Sikri remains in perfect condition to this day. The city was constructed during the rein of Akbar, the greatest of the Mughal emperors, and it was at Fatehpur Sikri where the Emperor spent the richest and most productive years of his 49 year rein. You will take a short tour of this Sikri, where Islamic, Hindu, and Jain influences are all evident in the architecture. Lunch Enroute. Continue drive to Ranthambhore.Check in Hotel The Sheargarh .Dinner and over night at hotel.
14 Dec’15:- Ranthambore
Enjoy the morning and afternoon the safaris to the core area of Ranthambore National Park. Overnigh at hotel.
15 Dec’15:- Ranthambore - Jaipur
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast drive to Jaipur. Check Inn Hotel Grand Uniara, Afternoon proceed for sightseeing of Jaipur. Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Observatory.Dinner & Over Night at Hotel.
16 Dec’15:- Jaipur
After breakfast visit Amber Fort with Elephant .
Amber – Originally the ancient capital of the Kachawahas clan from 1037 the ancient town of Amber, 12km from Jaipur, is dotted with ancient temples, Havelis, and step wells. High above the town and surrounded with defensive fortification walls sits the impressive Amber Palace. Built by Raja Man Singh in the early 17th century it houses mighty gates, temples, huge ornate halls, palaces, pavilions and gardens. Amber Palace is a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture and once at the top the Palace affords excellent views of the surrounding countryside and town below. The 10-minute walk though a series of five defensive gates will bring you to the Suraj Pol (Sun Gate), the main entry to the Palace. As an alternative it is possible to arrive at the Palace on the back of an elephant .Dinner and Overnight at hotel.
17 Dec’15:- Jaipur
After Breakfast half day visiting the Chandra Mahal and the museums proceed to the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Built between 1728 and 1734 on a grand scale, the 17 astronomical Instruments were built in stone and marble. The collection, built by Jai Singh includes the large Samrat, a 27.4m high sundial accurate to 2 seconds! Rest of the day at leisure for Free for shoping or any city tour of Jaipur .Dinner & Overnight at Hotel.
18 Dec’15:- JAIPUR – MANDAWA
After breakfast drive to Mandawa.Check in Hotel Vivaana Haveli.After noon city tour of Mnadawa.After lunch visit the medieval Fort of Mandawa (Shekhwati) gradually rises on the horizon like a mirage. Mandawa is popularly known as the 'open-air art gallery' of Rajasthan. 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, visit to Havelies in Mandawa notably the Chokhani Saraf & Ladia Havelies. It also houses an interesting collection of paintings, jade, costumes and antiques. In the evening walk through the bustling bazaars and pick up things of your interest. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.
19 Dec’15:- MANDAWA – BIKANER
After breakfast drive to Bikaner.Check In Hotel Gaj Kesri.After lunch visit Junagadh Fort - constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, fort has a 986 meter long wall with 37 bastions & two entrances. Bhand Sagar Temple - The 16th century Jain temple is the most important temple of this complex. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.
20 Dec’15:- BIKANER-JAISALER
After Breakfast Proceed directly for excursion to Sam sand dunes. We organize Special Traditional Welcome with Garlands, Tikka and Welcome Drink.After check inn start camel ride till Sunset Point after sunset back to Camp. and the evening will start with local folk dances. Dinner & Overnight at Prince Camp.
21 Dec’15:- JAISALMER – JODHPUR (288 Kms/5 Hrs)
After breakfast proceed to Jaisalmer and Half day city tour of Jaisalmer . visiting Jaisalmer fort, Gadi Sagar Lake and Patwon ki Haveli.After Lunch drive to Jodhpur & check in hotel Ranbanka Jodhpur. - The second largest city in Rajasthan, Jodhpur stands at the edge of the Thar desert. The city of Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodhaji in 1459. Right in the middle of the Thar desert rises a fort 120 meters high overlooking the imperial city of Jodhpur. In Jodhpur, the genius of ancient craftsmen comes to life in the exquisite palaces, forts, temples and havelis, or homes, which stand testimony to the imperial grandeur of the erstwhile rulers of the state. The most alluring part of Jodhpur is the traditional lifestyle and festivity, and the smiling people of this former princely state. Dinner & Over night at Hotel.
22 Dec’15:- JODHPUR – DEOGARH (150 Kms/3 Hrs)
After breakfast proceed for the Half Day city tour of Jodhpur . Visit Meharngarh Fort,
JaswantThada and museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace.After lunch drive to Deogarh and check-in
at hotel Deogarh Mahal - converted into a hotel by the present owner Rawat Nahar Singh. A
part of the Mahal is still occupied by his kin. The family is closely associated with the hotel and
personally supervises and monitors the on goings. The care is reflected in the minutest details
which have mad Deogarh a benchmark of Heritage Hospitality in Rajasthan. Every guest here is
special and is treated with the customary Mewari hospitality.
Afternoon proceed for rural train ride through Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan you hardly realize how high this part of Rajasthan is, and one way of finding out, is to take a little known train ride to a dusty, quaint station called Phulad. You could catch the train from Deogarh, but if you want that charming, in-the-middle-of-nowhere kind of feeling, try Khamli Ghat a few kilometres away. The metre gauge line runs from Udaipur to Marwar junction, a distance of a little under 200 kilometres. The train doesn't have a name. The train a number is 222. It's a little passenger train and takes you through some pretty rugged terrain, some stunning and indeed very cinematic landscape. The section between Khamli Ghat and Phulad is the prettiest and takes a couple of hours, at a leisurely pace. This is also the highest track on the Western Railways. The train trip will be one big, beautiful surprise!.Overnight stay at hotel in Deogarh.
23 Dec’15:- DEOGARH – KUMBHALGARH - UDAIPUR
Morning drive to Udaipur via visiting mighty fort of Kumbhalgarh, a small town in district Rajsamand is known world wide for its great history and architecture. Here lies the great Kumbhalgarh fort which was built during 15th century by Maharana Kumbha. Enlarged during 19th century, this fort is also the birth place of Maharana Pratap, the great king and warrior of Mewar. This almost invincible fort is the highest and most formidable in the state of Rajasthan. Even the mighty mughal couldn’t capture it alone and it took the combined armies of Delhi, Amber and Marwar to breach its defences. Standing majestically on 1180m high ridge and representing the past glory of the Rajput rulers, the Fort also provides a panoramic view of the countryside from the top. Arrive Udaipur and check-in at Hotel Chunda Palace. Over night at Hotel.
24 Dec’15:- UDAIPUR
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting City Palace.
Udaipur – Was founded by Maharana Udai Singh, in 1567. Still very much a traditional Rajput town, it is one of the most picturesque and romantic towns in India. It has an impressive selection of world-class hotels and the city glows in the early evening as dusk falls over Lake Pichola.
This is an ideal time to enjoy a boat ride to Jagmandir Island Palace. The second island on the lake is Jag Niwas Island, now more commonly known as the famous Lake Palace hotel, which featured in the James Bond movie Octopussy. The City Palace over-looks Lake Pichola and houses an impressive museum that includes an outstanding collection of miniature paintings.
Every evening in the beautiful Manek Chowk of the City Palace is a sound and light show, which brings the history of the palace alive. The Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, was completed in 1651 and is covered with intricate carvings. At all times of the day melodic chanting and singing can be heard, however it is at the evening prayers that the temple really comes alive. Evening boat ride on Lake Pichola by shared boat.
Lake Pichola – Situated in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. It is one of the several contiguous lakes, and developed over the last few centuries in and around the famous Udaipur city. The lakes around Udaipur were primarily created by building dams to meet the drinking water and irrigation needs of the city and its neighborhood. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake, and have been developed with several palaces to provide views of the lake. Overnight stay at hotel.
25 Dec’15 :UDAIPUR
After breakfast visit Ek-Lingi Ji and Nagada .After lunch after noon free for shoping and Evening Dinner at Rajbagh. Overnight at hotel.
26 Dec’15:- Udaipur-Mumbai (Jet Air 9W -2094 at 07:05Hrs/Arrive 08:25Hrs)
Early Morning transfer to airport to connect flight for Mumbai. Arrive and transfer to check Inn Hotel Sarovar . After lunch visit Bollywood tour.Dinner & Over Night at Hotel.
27 Dec’15:- MUMBAI
After breakfast full day tour of Mumbai: Mumbai named after the Goddess Mumbai, of the Kolis, original inhabitants of the seven islands that form the city.The Tourghtseeing of Bombay includes a visit to the Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus, Dhobi ghats and the hanging gardens. The Gateway of India was built during period 1924-1927 to commemorate the visit to India of King George V of England in 1911. It’s the most enduring symbol of the city. The Victoria Terminus, popularly known as VT is a major railway station and is considered the most beautiful edifice in the city.
Afternoon visit Elephanta Island tour and evening transfer to airport to connect flight back to home.