Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan
09 nights / 10 days
Destinations Covered: Delhi, Jaipur, Sariska, Mandawa, Bikaner, Khimsar, Jodhpur
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
At the airport you will be received with a warm traditional welcome featured by the Indian 'namaste' (a welcome posture with hands folded together). A representative of the tour agent is always there to escort you to your hotel for overnight stay.
Over night stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi City Tour Old & New Delhi
After breakfast at the hotel be ready for the treasures ahead. A guided tour of the city takes you to the sumptuous Mughal monuments of Red fort and Jama Masjid. At Rajghat and India Gate you will be amidst the foliage. In later half of the day you will visit the fabulous sights- Rashtrapati Bhavan, The Mughal Gardens, Qutab Minar and many more. Evening hold more excitement, as you will be viewing the sound and light show at the Red Fort. Finally, you are back in your hotel to rest for the night.
Day 3: Delhi/Jaipur
Morning after breakfast proceed to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur check into the hotel. Half-day excursion to Amberfort with Elephant Ride. Enjoy the sights of the Shish Mahal, built in the 17th century a perfect blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture will surely hypnotize you. Also see the hall of public audiences and Maharaja Man Singh's Palace who had 12 queens. Over night stay at the hotel.
Day 5: Jaipur Sightseeing Tour
Just after breakfast at the hotel, you proceed for Jaipur sightseeing tour. The rose pink city got its name from the red color of its building that were painted red in 19th century when queen Victoria made her visit to this royal city of Rajasthan. You will be guided to the imposing City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amer Palace, Jantar Mantar and the Jai Garh fort. The beautiful fountains pools and sculptures of the Sisodia-Rani-Ka-Bagh will surely take your breath away. Evenings are at your leisure. Enjoy a delicious Rajasthani cuisine at famous Choki Dani where you are served food in typical Rajasthani style with non-stop servings of food items. Go for shopping at the famous government emporiums for handicrafts items or tie and dye textiles. At night you are back in your hotel- after a day full of unknown experiences.
Day 4: Jaipur/Sariska Morning
After breakfast drive to Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is abode of large number of wildlife and diverse variety of birds. Sighting a tiger is not that difficult at the sanctuary that too if riding on an elephant. Night stay at the Sariska wildlife resort.
Day 5: Sariska/Mandawa
Morning proceed for Mandawa. Arrive Mandawa check into hotel. The guided tour will take you to the beautiful village of Shekhawati, here, you will be totally overwhelmed by the magnificent havelis built by the rich and the famous merchants of the 18th and 19th centuries. The havelis are embellished with paintings reflecting the daily life of the desert of deities whom the people worship.
Day 6: Mandawa/Bikaner
Early morning view the sunrise at the Desert Resort at Mandawa and then proceed for Bikaner. On arrival check into the hotel. Later in afternoon visit to a camel-breeding farm. The farm will up date you about the breeding time of camels and how they are taken care and raised in the farm. Evenings enjoy the stroll at the bustling bazaars of the city center over brimmed with handicraft and miniature paintings. Stay in a hotel overnight.
Day 7: Bikaner Sightseeing
Morning after breakfast proceed for the city tour of Bikaner. Your travel will be started by a visit to Junagarh Fort, an imperial museum that comprises history of Bikaner from its days of erection dating back to the 16th century. Also visit Lalgarh palace and famous Jain Temples embellished with marvelous architectural work. Another attraction of the city lies in its food, snacks and sweets- don't forget to purchase potato snacks, Bikareri Bhujia (salted snacks) and mouth-watering sweets from the city.
Over night stay at hotel.
Day 8: Bikaner/Deshnok/Nagaur/Khimsar
Morning drive for Khimsar en-route covering the sightseeing of Deshnok the Rat Temple. Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke lying at the distance of 30km from Bikaner. Visit the 600 years ancient shrine of Goddess Karni. You will be astonished to see that besides the Goddess the other deity of the temple are rats. The people have a strong notion that these rodents will be reincarnated as divine human.
Later visit the unique town of Nagaur, one of the most picturesque of Rajput townships resounds with life during the Nagaur Fair. This cattle fair is the second largest in Rajasthan and is held every year during the Hindu month of Magh (Jan-Feb).
By afternoon you will be reaching to Khimsar, visiting Khimsar Fort. This fort architecture offers great discrepancy. Initially, the fort walls, minarets and stables were built solely for war but later on when the royal family shifted to the fort in 18th century the fort was restructured. Today, this fort ranks amongst the premier classified Heritage Hotels of India. Over night at Khimsar Heritage Hotel.
Day 9: Khimsar/Ossian/Mandore/Jodhpur
Morning start your trip to Jodhpur en-route covering Ossian and Mandore.
Ossian (58km) is also referred as an oasis in the desert. Pay a visit to beautifully carved Jain temples of 11th century dedicated to Lord Mahavira followed by a visit to Sun Temple, Kali temple and the Sachiya Mata Temple. Mandore (8 km) see the cenotaphs of Jodhpur rulers amidst the beautiful gardens. The walls of the cenotaphs are festooned with 15 sculptures of Hindu deities tunneled out of the hard rocks, a worth visiting sight. By evening reach to Jodhpur, overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10: Jodhpur/Delhi
Morning you will be guided to Mehrangarh fort crowning on the hilly terrain of Aravali Ranges at a height of 125m. The beauty and the glory of many royal palaces in the fort speak epic of red sandstone Palace. Umiad bhawan a beautiful architectural splendor is still the residence of erstwhile rulers of Jodhpur, the part of the palace is converted as a heritage hotel and part is preserve as a museum. Government Museum the museum has sumptuous amassing of arms and ammunitions, royal dresses portraits of royal family. By evening reaching back to Delhi, transfer to the airport to board flight for your next destination.