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Royal Rajasthan Tour

 
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Royal Rajasthan Tour 

Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days
Destinations Covered : Mumbai - Udaipur - Shahpura - Ranthambhore -  Jaipur - Agra - Delhi

India offers some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts. This programme is an experience of the lifetime, staying in some of the accredited as best hotels in Asia and Top 15 hotels in the world by various travel magazines, journals.

Day 01 : Arrive Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai by international flight.
Assistance and transfer to the hotel.
Check-in time is 14:00 hours.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 : Mumbai

Morning excursion to Elephanta Caves by motor-launch.
The rock-cut Hindu temples at Elephanta, at Gharapuri island 6 miles across the harbour provide an exciting glimpses of Indian rock-cut architecture, and filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses dating from 600 AD.  Huge panels depict episodes relating to Lord Shiva, the central one being the most imposing one – a five metre bust of the god, represents Trimurti, the celebrated trinity of Elephanta : there's Lord Brahma the Creator, Lord Vishnu, the preserver and Lord Shiva the Destroyer.
 
Afternoon city sightseeing tour.
Mumbai is Political capital of  Maharashtra and regarded as commercial capital of India. Gateway of India built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the royal visit of George V and Queen Mary in 1911, the  Prince of Wales Museum, a magnificent structure, built in a Indo- saracenic architecture houses a good collection of ancient Indus Valley artifacts dating back to 2000 BC, and  some priceless Tibetan and Nepali Art.  Buddhist Tankhas, scrolls and over 2000 miniature paintings from Art Schools of India. Flora Fountain, Victoria Terminus, St. Thomas Cathedral, Crawford Market, Malabar  Hill,the Hanging Gardens and Dhobi Ghat (Washerman’s village) are some of the other attractions.
 
Day 03 : Mumbai-Udaipur flight : 1250-1415 hours
Transfer to airport for flight to Udaipur.
On arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Rest of the day free.

Day 04 : Udaipur
Morning sightseeing tour of city.

Udaipur- one of the most beautiful cities in all of Rajasthan, better known as cities of Lake, founded by Maharana Udai Singh. The City Palace is the prime attraction which has several carved balconies, arches and decorated pillars, Zenana Mahal, Fateh Prakash Crystal Gallery, Durbar Hall and Shambhu Niwas.  The other places worth a visit are Jagdish temple, Sahelion-ki-Bari (queen's resort for the friends, and drive past Fatehsagar Lake. 

Afternoon at leisure.

Day 05  : Udaipur-Shahpura, 220 km
After breakfast drive to Shahpura.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Shahpura Bagh was the summer residence of the rulers of Shahpura. Set in 45 acres of lush green trees of neem, mango, Ashoka and Peepal and surrounded by 2 lakes, it is an oasis.  The rooms and suites match the comfort and luxury of 5 star resort with personalized attention from the family members, taking care of minute details.  Activities are enormous from bird watching, boating, visit of ancient temple, villages, indulging with family, cooking, swimming or just  relax and enjoy the surroundings blessed by the nature.

Day 06 : Shahpura-Ranthambhore drive, 185 km
After breakfast, drive to Ranthambhore.
On arrival, check-in at the resort.

Rest of the day free.

Day 07 : Ranthambhore
Morning and afternoon jungle safari for viewing the wildlife.

Surrounded by the Vindhyas and the Aravalis, amidst vast, arid and denuded tracts of the desert ecology of Rajasthan, lies the oasis of biomass, the Ranthambhor National Park, spread over an area of 392 sq.kms. of dense forest with nullahs and waterfalls.  

The herbivorous population includes chital, sambar, blue bull and chinkara.   Sambar deer is the pride of the park.  There is no other park in Asia, where these largest of all Asiatic deer can be seen so frequently during day-time.  Wild boars and langurs are a common sight.  Among the reptiles, crocodiles can be seen basking in the sun near the lakes. The tiger is the biggest attraction of this park.  According to naturalists, Ranthambhore is one of the best parks in the country for observing and photographing the activities of the tiger.  Other carnivores in the park include leopard, hyena, jackal, fox, caracal, jungle cat, sloth bear and ratel. The park nests more than 300 varieties of birds.  

Day 08 : Ranthambhore-Jaipur drive, 185 km
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Rest of the day free.

Day 09 : 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 and Temple 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 10 : Jaipur-Agra drive, 225 km/5 hours
Drive to Jaipur visiting en-route 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, check-in at the hotel.
Rest of the day free.
 
Day 11 : Agra
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 at leisure.

Day 12 : Agra-Delhi drive, 204 km
Moring drive to Delhi.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Rest of the day free.
 
Day 13 : Delhi
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’s prime attractions are monuments and the buildings built over a period of time during the rule of Mughals, British and post independence.    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.  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 remind us of the architectural skill during British rule.

Day 14 : Leave Delhi

Transfer to the airport for onward flight.

 
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