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Heritage Tour of Rajasthan

Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi-Mandawa-Bikaner-Khimsar-Jodhpur-Rohetgarh-Pushkar-Jaipur-Agra-Delhi

 

Day 01 :  Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi by international flight. 
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Check-in time is 14:00 hours.
 
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.

In New Delhi, visit 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, 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 and Connaught Place, the oldest city centre shopping hub.

Day 03 – Delhi-Mandawa, 260 km
Drive to Mandawa and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing tour.

The region of Shekhawati got its name from Rao Shekjaji (1433-1488).  The Marwari community, for more than 2 centuries, has been the backbone of commercial entrepreneurship in India.  The community constructed hundred of havelies, forts, temples, cenotaphs, wells.  These painted havelies were the home of this community for several years.   They left the region and migrated to different places for search of trade and business.  Many of such beautiful havelies remained abandoned for several years. The important ones to be seen are in Mandawa, Mukandgarh, Dundlod and Nawalgarh.

Day 04 – Mandawa-Bikaner, 200 km
After breakfast, drive to Bikaner.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel
 
Afternoon sightseeing tour.
Bikaner stands on the northern tip of the desert triangle.  It was founded by Rao Bika in 1488 AD when this place was known as Jangladesh, a barren land.  Later it was converted as a princely state.  Bikaner has its historic importance of being on trade route between China and Central Asia.The  Junagadh Fort was built around 1587 to protect palaces, temples and pavilions within. Today Junagadh houses a museum of valuable miniature paintings and other rare items that are several centuries old. Lalgarh Palace-the imposing red sandstone monument is a successful blend of oriental facade, designed by Sir Swinton Jacob for Maharaja Ganga Singh. The 14th century Jain temples of Bhandeshwar and Sandeshwar; and their gold leaf paintings are praiseworthy. 
 
Day 05 – Bikaner-Khimsar, 153 km
After breakfast drive to Khimsar.
En-route stop to visit Deshnoke.

Deshnoke Temple, dedicated to Goddess Karni Mata.  Legend goes that she foretold the victory and success of Rao Bika and the prophecy came true.  Today along with her, thousands of rats are revered here.  This strange mode of worship owes to the belief that the souls of her devotees are housed in these rats and consequently they must be protected and fed.

Arrive Khimsar and check-in at the heritage hotel.

Evening Safari to Panchla Dunes.
16 km away by open jeep, through the village, the safari to Panchla dunes is organized towards day end before sunset for catching the glimpses of beautiful rare species of Black Buck, Chinkara and blue bull antelope and for sunset view with tea/coffee.
 
Day 06 : Khimsar-Jodhpur-Rohetgarh, 135 km
After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur – 90 km
Jodhpur - The former capital of Marwar state was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, The Mehrangarh  Fort spreading over 5 km, the largest Fort in India is located on a perpendicular hill and looking down 125 metre., The fort appears rugged and impenetrable from 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.

Thereafter, proceed to Rohetgarh.

Check-in at the hotel.

Day 07 : Rohetgarh
Morning Jeep Safari to Bishnoi Village, a complete cultural experience.

A Bishnoi village-steeped in history : This 500 year old tribe are known as ‘premier ecologists’ who for generations have made serious efforts to protect nature and wildlife.  They are responsible for he survival of black buck founded in this region in natural habitat.    In villages of other tribes, one can witness the opium ceremony – a ritual by which guests are traditionally welcomed.  Gaily attired men and women carry on about their chores and one can catch a glimpse of their norms and customs.   A drive through the starkly beautiful landscape could encounter the agile black buck, wild camel and flights of rare birds.

Afternoon free to relax.

Day 08 : Rohetgarh-Pushkar drive, 180 km
After breakfast, we move to next destination – Pushkar.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.  
 
Afternoon visit Pushkar.
The lake at Pushkar is believed to have been created by Lord Brahma himself.  No pilgrimage is complete without a visit to Pushkar.  There are as many as 400 temples in Pushkar and lake is circled by 52 ghats built over the years by several kings and nobles.  The most sacred and important temples are dedicated to Lord Brahma, Shiva, Badri Narayan, Varaha, Gayatri and Savitri.  The important ghats are the Varaha, Brahma and Gau.
 
Day 09 :  Pushkar-Jaipur, 143 km
After breakfast, short drive to Jaipur, the colourful capital city of Rajasthan.
Check-in at the hotel.

Rest of the day free.

Day 10 : 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,  Ram Niwas  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 11 : Jaipur-Agra, 235 km
After breakfast, drive to Agra on new national highway.
40 km short of Agra, stop 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

Arrive Agra and check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 12 : Agra-Delhi drive, 204 km/4 hours
Morning 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.

Afternoon drive to Delhi airport for flight to onward destination.

 

 

 

 

 

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