Rajasthan With Taj And Ganges
Tour ID :- TITTRAJ1
Tour Days: 20 Nights / 21 Days
Destination Covered: Delhi / Udaipur / Ranakpur / Jodhpur / Jaisalmer / Bikaner / Jaipur / Agra / Orcha / Khajuraho / Alahabad / Varanasi / Delhi
Day 1 – Flight Your Country / Delhi
Late night arrival. Welcome to India, or as we say ‘atithi devo bhava’ (the guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you! Meeting and assistance upon arrival as our representatives welcome you and escort you to your car.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2 – Delhi / Udaipur ( Domestic Flight)
After the breakfast, departure towards the airport to take the flight towards Udaipur. On arrival Checkin at hotel
UDAIPUR – The Venice of the East, Udaipur is an enchanting city. From lakes in the midst of sandy terrain to green-forested hills where wildlife still abounds, the surprises are endless. And, in the lakes, or by their edges, are palaces straight out of fairy tales, each more beautiful than the other.
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 PICHOLA is an enticing sight.
Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR -a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 – Udaipur
Morning after breakfast city tour of Udaipur - The city is built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh and has been described as the most romantic spot on the continent of India by Col. James Todd. Visit the City Palace. The majestic white City Palace located in the heart of Udaipur, was originally built by Maharana Udai Singh of the Sisodia Rajput clan and extended to its present form by subsequent Maharanas. Built in granite and marble and surrounded by crenellated fort walls, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan stands on a crest overlooking the Pichola Lake.
Later Visit, Sahelion Ki Bari ( Queen’s resort for their friends)
Evening we take a boat cruise on the serene and beautiful Lake Pichola. The island palace on the Lake called Jagmandir Palace is quite fascinating. The banks of the lake provide interesting glimpses of the daily bathing and the laundry that takes place here. Looking across the lake, with the city and its great palace rising up behind the island palace, is a scene of rare beauty.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 – Udaipur
After Breakfast, day free for some visits and shopping. The vehicale remains with you till disposal. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 – Udaipur / Ranakpur
Approx 100 km. 02 to 03 hrs Drive
After the breakfast, departure by the road towards Ranakpur, located at 95 km of udaipur.. Check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6 – Ranakpur
After the breakfast, Depart for Sightseeing of Ranakpur
Ranakpur is known for its Jains temples. You will visit the temple of Adinath and will be allured by the beauty and the complexity of its architecture. Please note that short clothing is interdict in the temple; it is necessary to have the knees and the covered shoulders. The objects out of leather are prohibited in the temple.
A beautiful place to lunch would be Maharani Bagh, which is has 5 minutes of the Temple of Ranakpur. After the visit of the temples,
Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 – Ranakpur / Jodhpur
Approx 180 km. 04 to 05 hrs Drive
In Morning after breakfast drive for Jodhpur. On the way visit typical villages of rajasthan Arrive Jodhpur and check-in at hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 8 – Jodhpur
after breakfast. Leave city sightseeing of Jodhpur. Jodhpur stronghold of the fierce Rathore clan was founded in 1459 by Prince Jodha. The home of the Rathore rulers - the princely state of Rajasthan. A high 10 kms long stone wall protects the well fortified city. Within, stands an imposing fort on a low range of sandstone hills, about 125 mts. above the surrounding plains.
After breakfast, Proceed for the 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 - The memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh out of white marble. You can go for a walk in rickshaw to see the lanes of Sadar Bazaar; you will see the famous tower of the clock where one sees the dentists sitting in the street on the pavements. Overnight at hotel
Day 9 – Jodhpur / Jaisalmer
Approx 280 km. 06 to 07 hrs Drive
Breakfast at hotel. Leave for Jaisalmer. Arrival in Jaisalmer - the city strengthened in the desert of Thar. Checkin at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 – Jaisalmer
After breakfast we visit the residential portions of the Jaisalmer Fort., where one third of the population of the old City still lives. The designs of the houses here remain as they used to a couple of centuries behind time, and so are the lifestyles of the people inhabiting them. This is so as most of the families continue to work for generations for the ruler (though only titular now). Hence, their is a sense of continuity. The houses are arranged in narrow lanes and have small windows from where the shy child or the girl peeps through. This city is believed to be the home of the most handsome men and the most gorgeous women in Rajasthan. We would also walk through the narrow cobbled lanes of the golden sandstone city to witness the magnificent medieval Indian Havelis (mansions) of medieval Indian merchants. These elegant buildings which are very well preserved tell an apt story of how medieval Indian society existed.
Afternoon, drive to Sam, a dessert outpost. Enroute we visit a few typical dessert villages, which have a sprinkling of huts. The rough terrain here does not support cultivation; hence the entire village works as casual labourers in road works or community projects. Inspite of their poverty and hard life the people are very friendly and seem to be aware that they are proud owners of very expressive and beautiful faces. We move on to Sam where we explore the dessert on camel back.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 – Jaisalmer / Bikaner
Approx 335 km. 07 to 08 hrs Drive
Breakfast will be at hotel, depart for Bikaner. Bikaner is a princely ex-state rested by a chief rajput Rao Bikaji. It was used formerly as passage of the caravans, which crossed the desert of Thar to go in the province of Sindh to Pakistan. Arrival at Bikaner. Checkin at hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 12 – Bikaner / Jaipur
Approx 340 km. 05 to 06 hrs Drive
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for Jaipur. Upon arrival check into hotel
JAIPUR – The city blushing pink is the picturesque capital of Rajasthan, more famous as the ‘Pink City’. It was colourwashed pink when Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria of England visited India in 1883 A.D.. Founded in 1727 A.D. by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur is the first planned city designed in accordance with ‘Shilpa Shastra’ – the epochal treatise of Hindu architecture. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13 – Jaipur / Amber / Jaipur
Breakfast will be at hotel.
Proceed for excursion to Amber Fort in the outskirts of Jaipur. 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. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.
We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant, passing through the ancient main gate where Maharajas of Jaipur have entered for four hundred years. Our guide will elaborate on the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight today’s visitors as they did their former royal residents.
Proceed for sightseeing of the city.
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( only a photo stop) - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. It is a 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.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 14 – Jaipur / Agra
Approx 250 km. 05 to 06 hrs Drive
Breakfast will be at Hotel. Proceed to Agra enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur sikri - An emperor builds a magnificent city as an act of gratitude to a penniless saint, makes it the capital of his empire and then for inexplicable reason abandons it.
Fatehpur Sikri is a city that a emperor forgot. After just fourteen years of life, the palaces of Akbar great city of victory fell silent. Its echoing corridors still seen to wait for the king to return. The hill top city lies 37 kms from Agra. This deserted city has two distinct complexes. The first comprises the royal enclosure of the palace, the harem and official buildings and the second is the dargarh of a saint, with a mosque and lofty gateways. To wander among the red sandstone courtyard of Fatehpur Sikri is to travel back in the time when Mughal emperor Akbar rode through the gateway after a triumpant campaign, o be welcomed by his delighted subjects and the royal courts. It reflects the many faceted character of the man who inspired it. The ruthless empire builder who enjoyed all the trapping of power and as liberal enlightened man who took a passionate instant in every aspect of life, be it religion, literature or the painting of miniatures.
Later Leave for Agra. Upon arrival check into hotel.
Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed monument in the world. However, there is a degree of enigma about the Taj. Once you hear about a building so much and once you see so many pictures of a building your expectations are real high; and this is the enigma about the Taj Mahal. No matter how many pictures you have seen or no matter how high your expectations are, the Taj never lets you down - the unparalleled glory and beauty of the building surpasses beyond all human imaginations.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15 – Agra / Orcha
Approx 260 km. 05 to 06 hrs Drive
Breakfast at hote. Leave for Sight seeing tour of Agra
VISIT TAJ MAHAL [ built by Shah Jehan for his queen Mumtaj Mahal ], perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the World & the construction of Taj Mahal believed to have taken 22 Years to complete with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. Taj Mahal witness the spectacular monument built for love. Besides perfect symmetry in every aspect of its construction, the inlay work of semi precious stones into marble in pietra dura style is absolutely remarkable
Visit Red Fort - Built principally as a military establishment by Akbar in 1565, the red sandstone Agra fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's time. Though the principal structure was built by Akbar, many more additions were made by his grandson. The colossal walls are 20 feet high and the whole fort is encircled by a fetid moat. Amar Singh gate towards the south is the only entry point in the fort. The building and structures inside the fort gives an impression of a city within the city. Many of the building inside the fort is now closed for the public. The marble pearl mosque inside the fort is one of the most stunningly beautiful mosques in India
Leave for Orchha. Tansen.
Later Leave for Orchha - The medieval city of Orchha, is in the state of Madhya Pradesh, seems to have frozen in time, its palaces and temples still retaining their original grandeur. The city, located by the side of the beautiful Betwa river, was founded by the Bundela Rajput chieftain, Rudra Pratap, in the 16th century.The word Orchha means 'hidden'. When the Tughlaqs, who were ruling Delhi in the 15th century, pushed the Bundelkhand rajas out of Garkhundar, they retreated to distant Orchha. Apart from the famous landmarks like Jehangir Mahal, the Laxminarayan Temple, the area is peppered with fascinating little shrines and memorials, all of which add to the overwhelming feeling of nostalgia, the city evokes in the visitor.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 16 – Orcha / Khajuraho
Approx 175 km. 03 to 04 hrs Drive
Breakfast at Hotel. Visit Orchha and later leave for Khajuraho. Upon arrival check in at hotel
Following rest and relaxation we proceed on a tour of the world famous western group of temples depicting erotic sculptures of love making images of Gods and Goddesses and celestial Nymphs. The sexual fantasies displayed in the sculptures are mind boggling. It speaks very highly of the artistic creativity and imagination of the sculptors.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 17 – Khajuraho / Allahabad
Approx 300 km. 07 to 08 hrs Drive
After breakfast we proceed on a tour of Eastern group of Temples. If pictures speak a thousand words, then the temples of Khajuraho form a magnum opus... an expression of Indian sculptors of yore. These temples of Khajuraho were built by the Chandela kings following the tradition of Tantric art. Although famed for their erotic sculptures, the philosophy behind the temples is much more vast and encompassing. They are in fact a celebration of life!
drive to Holy City Allahabad. Also famous for confluence of three rivers Ganges, Jamuna and Saraswati. On arrival in Allahabad checkin at hotel for overnight stay
Day 18 – Allahabad / Varanasi
Approx 130 km. 02 to 03 hrs Drive
After the breakfast depart for Varanasi. Arrive in Varanasi. Checkin at hotel.
Varanasi : formerly known as Kashi – the city that illuminates. The religious capital of Hinduism , Varanasi is the oldest living city of India & one of the worlds’ most ancient. The present name is derived from the fact that the city is at the confluence of the rivers Varuna & Asi. After breakfast, excursion to Sarnath - the buried Buddhist city where Buddha preached his first sermon. After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya the Buddha went to Sarnath; and it was here that he preached his first discourse in the deer park to set in motion the 'Wheel of the Dharma'. It is one of the most holy sites as in this place the stream of the Buddha's teaching first flowed. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 16th century BC to 12th century AD. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple & the museum (closed on FriDays). At the museum is the Ashok Pillar with its four guardian lions, used as independent Indias’ national emblem. Overnight at Hotel
Day 19 – Varanasi / Delhi ( by Train )
Early morning, leave for boat ride on the Ganges to see the bathing Ghats (river bank) & cremation site. Sunrise on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be a spiritually uplifting sight. The life on the Ghats bound in an endless string of rituals, ever-changing aspects of the river & the wide landscape across have fascinated visitors from all over the world. Return to hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, city tour of Varanasi - Visit the Bharat Mata temple with a big relief map of India in Marble, Durga temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Benaras Hindu University which has an art gallery & the mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangzeb.
Later the Transfer to board for the train to Delhi. Overnight in Train.
Day 20 – Delhi
Arrive at Delhi. Checkin at hotel. Following a leisurely breakfast, we proceed on a guided tour of New Delhi.
DELHI – India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. It is not surprising then, that what constitutes Delhi today is a conglomerate of seven cities.
Morning: Proceed for tour to Old Delhi. Visiting, Red Fort – The old walled city from Mughal India, the chief attraction is the huge fort that contains within it palaces and impressive public buildings. Chandni Chowk – The main street of Old Delhi is the colourful shopping bazaar known as Chandni Chowk. Jama Masjid – The great mosque of Old Delhi is both the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Raj Ghat – On the banks of the Yamuna River, a simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948. The highlight of this tour would be a ride on cycle rickshaws. This is a remarkable way to explore and picture the hustle and bustle as well as the colour of the narrow winding streets bursting with people and pavement shops selling wares of all description - including a laughing set of dentures.
Afternoon: Continue to visit New Delhi, Rajpath – The Kingsway is another focus of New Delhi. It is immensely broad and is flanked on either side by Ornamental ponds. India Gate – This 42 mtr high stone arch of triumph stands at the eastern end of the Rajpath. It bears the names of 85,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in the campaigns of WWI and Afghan fiasco in 1919 Rashtrapati Bhawan – The official residence of the President of India stands at the opposite end of the Rajpath from India Gate. Qutab Minar – This is a soaring tower of victory which was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. It is nearly 73 mtr high and tapers from a 15-mtr diameter base to just 2.5 mtr at the top. Humayun's Tomb - This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 21 – Delhi / Your Country
Breakfast at hotel. Spare time to carry out your last purchases or to make some visits. The vehicle remains at your disposal. Later transfer to the international airport for your onward flight back home with the sweet memories of India
Hotel Proposed – LUXURY
Delhi- The Imperial/ The Grand/ The Park/ The Claridges/ Hotel Taj Palace / The Oberoi/ The Taj Mahal/ The Manor / The Metropolitan Hotel Nikko
Udaipur- Shiv Niwas Palace/ Fateh Prakash Palace / The Trident Hilton
Ranakpur- Maharni Bagh
Jodhpur- Ajit Bhawan / Fort Chanwa Luni
Jaisalmer- Fort Rajwada / Gorbandh Palace
Bikaner- Laxmi Niwas Palace / Bhanwar Niwas
Jaipur- The Raj Palace / Le Meridien/ Samode Haveli /Jai Mahal Palace / The Trident Hilton
Agra- Jaypee Palace / Taj View / The Trident Hilton
Orchha- Orchha Resorts / Amar Mahal
Khajuraho- The Grand Temple View / The Jass Radisson
Allahabad- Hotel Kanha Shyam
Varanasi- Radisson Hotel / Taj Ganges
Hotel Proposed – DELUXE
Delhi- Hotel Marina / The Connaught / Hotel Dee Marks/ Hans Plaza
Udaipur- Hotel Jagat Niwas Palace / Hotel Amet Ki Haveli / Hotel Udai Kothi / Hotel Hilltop Palace / Hotel Shikarbadi
Ranakpur- Maharni Bagh
Jodhpur- Hotel Ranbanka / Hotel Abhay Days Inn / Hotel Ajit Bhawan
Jaisalmer- Hotel Rang Mahal / Hotel Heritage Inn / Sonargarh Fort
Bikaner- Heritage Resort / Bikaner Palace / Lallgarh Palace
Jaipur- Alsisar Haveli / Park Plaza / Shahpura House / Holiday Inn / Megh Niwas
Agra- Howard Park Palza / Utkarsh Vilas / The Grand Imperial / Hotel Mansingh Palace
Orchha- Orchha Resorts / Sheesh Mahal
Khajuraho- Hotel Clarks
Allahabad- Hotel Kanha Shyam
Varanasi- Rashmi Guest House / Hotel Ganges View
Hotel Proposed – ECONOMY
Delhi- Hotel Metro Heights / Hotel Metro City / Hotel Singh Sons / Hotel Singh Palace
Udaipur- Hotel Rampratap / Hotel Mewar Haveli / Hotel Sarovar / Hotel Paras Mahal / Kankariya Haveli
Ranakpur- Ranakpur Hill Resort
Jodhpur- Madho Niwas / Karni Bhawan / Pal Haveli / Ratan Vilas
Jaisalmer- Deoki Niwas Palace / Hotel Shahi Palace
Bikaner- Jaswant Bhawan
Jaipur- Hotel Arya Niwas / Hotel Mandawa Haveli / Tara Niwas / Comfort in hawa mahal
Agra- Hotel Amar / Hotel Atithi / Hotel Royal Regency
Orchha- Betwa Cottages
Khajuraho- Green Wood Hotels
Allahabad- Hotel Allahabad Regency
Varanasi- Temple On Ganges
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