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Incredible Rajasthan

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Incredible Rajasthan - Luxury in Wilder

Duration :  11 Nights / 12 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur -  Chhatra Sagar (Nimaj) - Manvar - Jodhpur - Rohet - Wilderness Camp - Udaipur

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Assistance and transfer to the hotel.
Check-in time is 12 Noon.
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-Agra drive, 204 km/4 hours
Morning drive to Agra; on arrival check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon city sightseeing tour.

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.

Day 04 : Agra-Jaipur drive, 235 km/6 hours
Morning drive to Agra visiting en-route:

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 Jaipur, check-in 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-Nimaj, 230 km
Morning drive to Nimaj, on arrival check-in at THE CHATRASAGAR 
In the late nineteenth century, Thakur Chhatra Singh of Nimaj, a powerful noble of the desert kingdom of Marwar (Jodhpur), decided to dam a seasonal stream flowing through his estate. His vision was to create a water reservoir which would harvest the monsoon rains. It was an ambitious project and a great drain on his resources but Thakur Chhatra Singh remained true to his vision.  The dam was completed in 1890 and changed the dry scrub into prime agricultural land. Farmers struggling for sustenance on parched lands were invited by Thakur Chhatra Singh to settle around reservoir.

The reservoir was named Chhatra Sagar in his memory.

The descendants of the people invited here by Thakur Chhatra Singh still live in settlements around Chhatra Sagar. Predominantly farmers and shepherds, they live a self contained harmonious life which has changed little in the last century.

Afternoon guided tour of villages around to understand the traditional, rural lifestyle of Rajasthani people.

Night stay at Luxury fixed Tented camp erected on the dam.

Day 07 : Nimaj-Manvar drive, 230 km
After breakfast, drive to Manvar.
On arrival, check-in at the MANVAR CAMP.

The desert landscape is spellbinding. For miles altogether, there is nothing, but from this aridness one can expect the unexpected as groups of women appear and disappear in their colourful clothes, apparently going nowhere. Visit the homes of the inhabitants living in the desert ( bishnois, rajputs, meghwals) .Also see some homes of the desert craftsmen ( carpenters, metal smiths ,cobblers ) See unique desert adapted species of flora and fauna , Visit the farms in the desert and learn about farming ( chilli, mustard) in the desert, See & climb the untouched sand dunes .

After lunch jeep safari to Bishnoi Village to visit Dhanis(small village settlement), men at work, Desert area and wildlife in wilderness.

Return to camp and thereafter camel ride in Camp area.

Evening Dinner with folkloric show around the camp fire.

Day 08  : Manvar-Rohetgarh, 150 km
After breakfast, drive to 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 metres, 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.

Arrive Rohet and check-in at ROHETGARH 

Late afternoon,  jeep safari to a Bishnoi village.
This 450 year old tribe has a distinctive way of life.  They are environmentalists and worship the nature.  They do everything possible in saving  and preserving the trees and animals and follow the local routines evolved over the centuries of living with nature by nature.  In villages of other tribes, you may get a chance to witness the opium ceremony – a ritual by which guests are traditionally welcomed.    A drive through the  beautiful landscape could encounter the black buck and  wild camel.
Day 09 : Rohet-Wilderness Camp (Rohet), 17 km
After breakfast, set for a Horse Safari to Wilderness Camp, 17 km west of Rohet.  The Rohetgarh boasts of Marwari Horses, one of the best breed in the country.  Sumptuous lunch is served en-route.  A day to remember, will include village visits and fauna found in the area.

Arrive at Camp at sunset time.  Refreshment will be served.

Wilderness camp has 6 luxurious tent on top of a small dune.  The tents have teak wood furniture, table lamps, attached bath with running hot and cold water.  The stunning view of the surroundings is visible from large netted window with flaps.

Day 10 – Rohet-Udaipur, 250 km
After breakfast drive to Udaipur stopping en-route to visit :

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, 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 dome houses Chaumukha (four face) 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 and no two pillars are alike.

Arrive Udaipur and check-in at FATEH GARH HOTEL.

Fateh Garh, a Heritage Renaissance Resort - Sanctuary, perched on the edge of Udaipur city in the Aravalli ranges, with 360° commanding views. Entrance to the Garh is through two guarded gates leading up a winding pathway to the spacious lobby. The larger than life gates are original recycled doorways & most of the wood used at Fateh Garh is old recycled 

Heritage Renaissance – a term used to describe the laborious transplanting of the stone by stone, pillar by pillar of a heritage structure from a place not very far away to a new location thereby conserving the rich Architectural Heritage for the generations to come. Everything at Fateh Garh has been conceptualized, designed and executed to revitalize the environmental – cultural – spiritual heritage of the past.

Day 11 : Udaipur
Morning sightseeing tour.

Udaipur, city of lakes, is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in all of Rajasthan. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh ji,  the city’s epicenter of tourist activities is Lake Pichola.  Lake Palace hotel built on the lake in white marble is a luxury hotel.  The City Palace on the banks of the lake Pichola has several carved balconies, arches and decorated pillars, Zenana Mahal, Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakash, Durbar Hall and Shambhu Niwas.  Other sites worth visiting are Jagdish temple, Sahelion-ki-Bari (queen's resort for the friends) and Fateh Sagar Lake.

Afternoon at leisure.

Day 12 : Udaipur-Delhi flight : 1320-1540 hours
Transfer to airport in time for flight to Delhi.

On arrival, transfer to international airport for onward flight.




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