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Glimpses of Rajasthan

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Glimpses of Rajasthan

Duration : 09 Nights / 10 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Agra -Jaipur - Khimsar- Jodhpur - Ranakpur- Udaipur - Delhi

Day 01 –  Arrive Delhi
Meeting on arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Check-in time is 12 Noon
Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 02- Delhi
Full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.
Delhi, the capital of India, conceals within its bosom the remains of civilization that flourished over the last three thousand years.  Since those legendary days, many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil.  The legacy of that past survives in the  many monuments left behind by the regents.
Old Delhi’s landmarks are Red Fort built by Emperor Shahjehaan in 1638 AD, Jama Mosque largest mosque in India also built by Shahjehan. Raj  Ghat and Shanti van -the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Chandni Chowk - the main shopping hub of Old Delhi.
New Delhi showcases imposing buildings and monuments built during Mughal, British period and indepenentIndia. Qutab Minar, one of the earliest remains of Imperial Delhi (13th century AD ) Humayun’s Tomb-the fine monument believed to be forerunner of Taj Mahal represents the Mughal era while during British rule buildings with imposing architecture such as India Gate, the 42 metre high arch that was raised as a memorial to soldiers, Parliament House, President’s House, Secretariat and other Govt. Building as also Connaught Place, the oldest city centre shopping hub are prominent tourist spots.
Day 03 – Delhi-Agra drive, 204 km/4 hours
Morning drive  to Agra and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Agra.
Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture.  A UNESCO World Heritage site, this immortal monument, the inimitable poem in white marble is the true expression of love of Emperor Shahjehan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal.  The monument was completed in 1653 AD and thousands of workers and artisans were employed.  It took little over 20 years for its completion.  Agra Fort’s importance can be judged with the great names of Mughal dynasties Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shahjehan and Aurangzeb who lived here. The imposing structure on the banks of the river Yamuna is replete with priceless examples of craftsmanship in the Mughal period. The beautiful pearl Mosque, Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khas, Jehangir palace, Moti Masjid are to name a few that form the part of this great fort.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 - Agra/Jaipur, 235 km/6 hours
After breakfast drive to Jaipur  stopping enroute to visit Fatehpur Sikri.
The beautiful city was planned and erected by Emperor Akbar in 1569. The story behind the city relates to birth of his Son Salim who was named after a Muslim Saint – Sheikh Salim Chishti.  Emperor Akbar hearing his renown, had visited the Saint, asked of the blessings of a child.  When a son was born, he decided to built a city near the place where the Saint lived.  The city was abandoned after 14 years due to shortage of water and growing population.  The imposing pavilions, Mosque, massive Buland Darwaza (Gate), Panch Mahal and other buildings are worth a visit
0n arrival in Jaipur, check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 – Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, set in a picturesque location.  Amer is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture.  Built in the 16th century  by Raja  Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting sections. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol andTemple of Kali  are some of the prominent areas of interest.  Elephants are provided to ascend the fort. 
Afternoon city sightseeing tour.
The city was planned and built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer 260 years ago. The City Palace, the home of the erstwhile royal family, the Observatory,  RamNiwas  Gardens, Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and Birla Temple are the most important tourist sites.
Day 06  – Jaipur/Khimsar drive, 325 km
Drive to Khimsar and check-in at the hotel.
Khimsar Fort - perched on the edge of the Great Thar Desert in the heart of virgin India lies a unique 16th century fort.  Rao Jodha - the founding Maharaja of Jodhpur successfully launched the royal dynasty at Khimsar.  Currently, the 18th, 19th and 20th generations of the royal lineage still reside in this historic fort.  Originally, the fort walls were built in 16th century.  Subsequently, by mid 18th century, the royal family moved in and a new ladies residence was erected with finely carved windows in stone. Thakur Onkar Singh, the present Chief built himself a regal additional wing in the 1940's. Today it is one of the finest heritage hotels. 
Evening safari to Panchla dunes with high tea.
Panchla black buck safari-16 km away by open jeep. Sight herds of Black Buck, Chinkara and blue bull antelope.  The safari is organised towards day end, before sunset for catching the glimpses of beautiful rare species found in this region and for sunset view with tea/coffee.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 – Khimsar-Jodhpur drive, 90 km/2 hours
Drive to Jodhpur and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon city sightseeing tour.
Jodhpur - The former capital of Marwar state was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, Mehrangarh  Fort spreading over 5 km on a perpendicular hill and looking down 125 metre, the fort appears rugged and impenetrable from the outside but houses some of the most intricately adorned palaces with exquisitely carved panels and latticed windows, Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal are some of the important areas to visit  A collection of royal cenotaphs, built in while marble, lies very close to the fort.  Built in 1899, the cenotaph also houses portraits of rulers of Jodhpur.
Day 08 – Jodhpur/Udaipur drive, 290 km/6 hours
Morning drive to Udaipur visiting en-route :
Ranakpur -  In 15th century, Rana Kumbha of  Mewar gave a large stretch of land in a quite and picturesque valley, deep in the Aravallis, to the Jains.  This area came to be known as Ranakpur, Located 98 km from Udaipur, this is one of the five main holy places of the Jains.  Although over 500 years old, these temples are well preserved almost in perfect condition.  The central part of the complex houses Chaumukha temple, dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankar (saint).  This temple is the most complex and extensive in design.  It  has  29 halls ,  80 domes and 1444 pillars.  What is interesting is that no two pillars are alike. 
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Day 09 – Udaipur
Morning city sightseeing tour.
Udaipur, one of the most beautiful cities in all of Rajasthan, better known as cities of Lake, founded by Maharana Udaipu. The City  Palace is located on the banks of the lake Pichola and has several carved balconies, arches and decorated pillars, Zenana Mahal, Durbar Hall and Shambhu Niwas.  Fateh Prakash (a hotel) has a crystal gallery.  Also visit Jagdish temple, Sahelion-ki-Bari (queen's resort for the friends).
Afternoon at leisure.
Day 10 – Udaipur-Delhi flight : 1350-1520 hours
Transfer to airport for flight to Delhi .
Assistance on arrival and transfer to international airport for onward flight.

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