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Forts & Palaces of India

Tour Code - IJ 17

Duration: 17 Days

 

Destinations Covered: Delhi – Gwalior - Agra- Fatehpur Sikri– Jaipur - Amber Fort– Pushkar- Udaipur – Ranakpur – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Sam Sand Dunes – Bikaner – Mandawa - Delhi

 

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Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi – The capital city of India is a sprawling modern metropolis with a stunning backdrop of ancient architecture. Check in to your designated Hotel. Day is free to relax after a long flight. Overnight stay at Delhi.

 


Day 02: Sightseeing of Old & New Delhi

Enjoy sightseeing tour of Delhi, start the day with orientation tour of Old Delhi, enjoy drive pass through the magnificent Red Fort constructed by the Great Mughal emperor Shahjahan in1638-48 AD, Jama Masjid Mosque, the largest mosque in India, constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644- 56 AD. After old Delhi sightseeing head to New Delhi visit, Rajghat- memory place of Mahatma Gandhi, India Gate – The memorial was built to commemorate the Indian and British soldiers who died in World War I and the Afghan wars. The names of Martyrs are inscribed on the walls of the memorial, Rastrapati Bhawan – the official residence of President of India with 340 rooms it is the largest residence of any Head of the state of the world. Afternoon visit the Qutub Minaret built in 1193 AD is the highest stone tower in India. Delhi sightseeing tour ends with visit to Lotus Temple – an architectural marvel of the Bahai faith. The lotus shaped Temple is set among pools and the Gardens, which gives an impression of a floating half open lotus flower surrounded by its outspread leaves. Overnight stay at Delhi.

 

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Day 03: Superfast train to Gwalior & Sightseeing

Morning board the super fast train to Gwalior famous as cradle of Indian Dynasties. Arrive Gwalior and enjoy sightseeing of Gwalior city visiting Gwalior Fort one of the most invincible forts in India. The Gwalior Fort was honored by the Mughal Emperor Babur as “the pearl in the necklace of India. Visit double – storeyed Man Mandir Palace famous for stone carving and latticework, Teli ka Mandir - a 9th Centuary edifice towering 100 feet high is an amazing blend of Muslim and Hindu architecture. Sas –Bahu Ka Mandir is another architectural gem at Gwalior Fort. Later in the day its worth to visit Jai Vilas Palace & Museum, still residence of the Royal family. The Palace has rich collection of Belgian cut Glass furniture, stuffed Tigers, a Rolls Royce on rails, German bubble car etc.The Palace have astonishing architectural blend of Tuscan, Italian and Corinthian styles and imposing interiors. Overnight stay at Gwalior.

 


Day 04: Gwalior – Agra drive. Tajmahal & Agra Sightseeing.

Drive to Agra once the capital of Mughal Empire and the city of Taj Mahal –one of the seven wonders of the world. Agra is 120 Kms from Gwalior. Enjoy visit to glorious Tajmahal, a white marble mausoleum built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of her beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal, she died in the process of Childbirth, the great Love bond inspired Shah Jahan to construct Taj Mahal - the greatest memory ever built for Love, it took not less than 22 years and work force of 20000 skilled labors and jewelers in construction of the monument. The fact about Taj Mahal is it changes its color depending upon the intensity of light falling on it. Overnight stay at Agra.

 

 

 

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Day 05: Agra Sightseeing.

Start the day with visit to Grand Red sand stone fort of Agra constructed by Great Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD. Pearl Mosque, Halls of Public and Private audience, Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Musamman Burj are some architectural marvels of Agra fort. Later in the day visit Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb – commissioned by Noor Jahan, Emperor Jahangir’s wife, in memory of her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Lavishly decorated with inlay work of pietra dura honored the tomb with title of “Jewel Box” and Sikandra a vast, beautifully carved, red- ochre sandstone tomb set amid a lush garden aptly named “Gateway of Magnificence” is final resting place of Greatest Mughal Emperor Akbar. Evening you have an option to enjoy 6D tourist movie show “India on motion”. Overnight stay at Agra.

 


Day 06: Drive to Jaipur .Visit to Fatehpur Sikri.

Today head to Pink city Jaipur - capital of the historical and royal state of Rajasthan. The city is remarked for its marvelous architecture, culture, Cuisine and lively spirit of the people.Jaipur is 235 Kms from Agra. Enroute to Jaipur visit Fatehpur Sikri – it was the capital of India between 1571-81 AD. The greatest Mughal Emperor Akbar shifted his capital from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri as a mark of respect to the famous Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chisti, who had predicted the birth of his son. Later the capital was shifted back to Agra because of scarcity of water at Fatehpur Sikri. Evening enjoy mouth-watering delicious Rajasthani cuisine with live folk dance program at famous city restaurant of Jaipur. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

 

 

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Day 07: Jaipur & Amber Fort Sightseeing

Morning visit stunning hill fort of Amber constructed in 1592 AD, an Elephant back ride like a royal king will reach you to the vibrant entrance of the Amber fort. Enjoy visit to breathtaking palaces, complexes, halls, pavilions and Gardens at Amber fort. Later enjoy half day city tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace complex –houses an imposing collection of Rajasthani art Jewellery, enamelware, carpets, tremendous range of miniature paintings, armory and thousands of ancient manuscript preserved from the royal family’s private collections, The Observatory – built between 1727-34 AD is an noteworthy collection of traditional astronomical instruments and the spectacular Hawamahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 AD allowed the royal ladies to see the street procession with its 953 small niche windows. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

 


Day 08: Jaipur – Pushkar drive. Pushkar Sightseeing

Drive to holy city of Pushkar famous for the only temple in India dedicated to Lord Brahma – The creator God as per Hindu Mythology. Pushkar is 130 Kms west of Jaipur.Enjoy sightseeing of Pushkar city visiting Brahma Temple and holy Pushkar Lake. The Holy city bustles with life during the joyous Celebration held during October – November famed as Pushkar fair.Overnight stay at Pushkar.

 

 

 

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Day 09: Drive to Udaipur
Head to Udaipur, the city with scenic hills, shimmering lakes, marble palaces and beautiful gardens, honored as the most romantic locale in India. Udaipur is 274 Kms from Pushkar.Arrive Udaipur and check in to your pre booked hotel. Overnight stay at Udaipur.

 


Day 10: Udaipur Sightseeing

Start the day with visit to City Palace – a white marble sprawling architectural wonder topped by domed pavilions and cupolas at different levels, other visits of your Udaipur sightseeing includes Sahelion Ki Bari or the Garden of Maidens which is well laid out with extensive lawns and shady walks, Jagdish Temple is the largest temple in Udaipur and is a fine example of Indo-Aryan architecture. The temple was constructed in 1651 AD and enshrines an enormous black stone image of Hindu deity Vishnu, Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal is an interesting museum exhibiting a unique collection of folk outfits, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and painting etc. Evening rejuvenate yourself with boat ride on romantic Lake Pichola.Overnight stay at Udaipur.

 

 

Day 11: Udaipur – Jodhpur Drive. Enroute visit Ranakpur
Drive to Sun city – Jodhpur, second largest city in Rajasthan. Jodhpur is 250 Kms from Udaipur.
On way visit beautifully sculptured Jain Temple complex of Ranakpur. The temple constructed with creamy marble and supported by 1444 exceptionally carved pillars, no two being alike. Overnight stay at Jodhpur.

 

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Day 12: Jodhpur Sightseeing. Drive to Jaisalmer

Today enjoy splendid sightseeing tour of Jodhpur visiting imposing Mehrangarh Fort founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha, Jaswant Thada - The elegant marble cenotaph of Jaswant Singh II, this graceful memorial has been built like a temple with intricately carved marble stone and is an impeccably executed piece of Rajputana architecture, Umaid Bhawan Palace an architectural beauty is a subtle blend of Edwardian and Rajputana architecture. Afternoon drive to Jaisalmer, 280 Kms from Jodhpur. Described as the “Golden City of India “, Jaisalmer is synonymous with forts, havelis, sand dunes and camel rides. Its unique location amidst miles of sand dunes makes it one of India’s most popular tourist destinations. During medieval time, Jaisalmer served as the main trade route linking India to Egypt, Arabia, Persia, Africa and the west. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer.

 


Day 13: Jaisalmer Sightseeing. Transfer to Sam Sand Dunes

Enjoy sightseeing tour of spectacular Jaisalmer visiting Jaisalmer Fort built of golden Jurassic stone. The awesome citadel was constructed in 1156 AD and is second oldest fort of Rajasthan. Havelis of Jaisalmer were erstwhile mansions of rich merchant’s and exhibit great piece of architecture, visit Patwon ki Haveli, Nathmal Ji ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli. Jaisalmer sightseeing tour also includes visit to Tazia Tower – a five tiered tower with skillfully carved balcony on each storey is quite impressive and Gadisar an artificial lake built in 1367 AD. Afternoon get prepared to enjoy the barren splendor of the desert. Drive to Sam Dunes - 40 Kms from Jaisalmer, where the wind unceasingly carves out patterns on the desert sand; the ripples on the dunes create an enchanting mirage. Evening sunset camel safari on the sand dunes is an unforgettable experience and gives a golden opportunity to insight into desert life. Enjoy traditional Rajasthani cuisine with live cultural programmes organised against the backdrop of fascinating dunes of Sam. Overnight stay at Deluxe tents at Sam Dunes.

 


Day 14: Drive to Bikaner.
Drive to Bikaner famous as camel country it is 320 Kms from Jaisalmer. The city was founded in 1486 AD by Bika, one of the fourteen sons of Rao Jodha, the Rathore King who established the city of Jodhpur. Still today one can feel the medieval aura pervading the city’s lifestyle of Bikaner. Arrive Bikaner and check in to designated Hotel. Overnight stay at Bikaner.

 

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Day 15: Bikaner Sightseeing and Excursion to Karni Mata Temple

foStart the sightseeing of royal city Bikaner with visit to Junagarh Fort constructed in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh, the fort has the enviable reputation of never been conquered or seized, Prachina Museum housed in the Junagarh fort exhibiting a rich collection of royal costumes, textiles and accessories. Visit Lalgarh Palace, constructed in red sandstone, the palace is an architectural delight and a fine synthesis of Rajput, Mughal and European architectural style, Visit famous Havelis or huge mansions of Kotharis, Rampurias, Vaids and Dagas who were wealthy and powerful people of the yesteryears. These havelis, adorned with intricate carvings and sprawling courtyards, gives one an idea of their opulent lifestyle. Enjoy visit to Camel breeding farm the only one of its kind in Asia and famous Karni Mata Temple at Deshnok which is well known for its rats, that scuttle unharmed and free all over the place. Overnight stay at Bikaner.

 


Day 16: Drive to Mandawa & Sightseeing of Mandawa

Drive to Mandawa, 200 Kms from Bikaner and located in the heart of Shekhawati famous for wall frescoes painting and is often referred to as open air gallery of Rajasthan. Havelies or prosperous Mansions of Mandawa are adorned with gaily painted murals that illuminate the arid landscape. Arrive Mandawa and visit Gulab Rai Lamia Haveli, Bansidhar Nevatia Haveli, Sheh Ram Ladia Haveli and Goenka Haveli. Overnight stay at Mandawa.

 

 

 


Day 17: Drive to Delhi Airport
Transfer to Delhi -240 from Mandawa, arrive Delhi and in time transfer to Delhi Airport for your flight back to Home / Next Destination.

 

 

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