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30 Days Luxurious & Special North India Tour

30 Days Luxurious & Special North India Tour


Itinerary Summary

Rajasthan has always been associated with royalty. The kings that ruled here have turned the cities into places of great interest. There are number of cities that stand as an example of the royal life that the kings enjoyed. Cities like Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer make for some of the best tourist destinations in India. Take a luxurious & special India luxury tour to get a taste of the exotic life in cities like Deogarh, Ranthambore, Bikaner, Gwalior, Delhi, and Varanasi. Big fortresses and heritage monuments offer a great view and if you are a history enthusiast, there will be no better place you have to explore. Take this tour to get a taste of royalty and finest in luxury yet contemporary culture.

SUGGESTED HOTELS:

 

Destination
Hotels
Nights
Delhi
IMPERIAL / TAJ MAHAL
02
Varanasi
TAJ GANGES
02
Khajuraho
TAJ CHANDELA
02
Gwalior
TAJ USHA KIRAN PALACE
02
Agra
OBEROI AMARVILAS
02
Ranthambore
AMAN I KHAS
02
Jaipur
OBEROI RAJVILAS / TAJ RAMBAGH PALACE
03
Samode
SAMODE PALACE
01
Bikaner
LAXMI NIWAS PALACE (SUITE)
01
Jaisalmer
FORT RAJWADA (SUITE)
03
Jodhpur
TAJ UMAID BHAWAN PALACE
02
Udaipur
OBEROI UDAIVILAS
02
Deogarh
DEOGARH MAHAL (SUITE)
02
Pushkar
PUSHKAR PALACE (SUITE)
01
Neemrana
NEEMRANA FORT (SUITE WITH TERRACE)
02

 

  • Day 1:

    Arrival at Delhi

    You will be met on arrival at the International airport. Transfer to your hotel. Relax.

    DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

    Overnight will be in Delhi.

  • Day 2:

    Delhi

    After breakfast proceed for a day sightseeing tour of the city.
           
    RAj Ghat, DelhiStart with the sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues toJama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside.

    People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

    Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi.

    After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

    Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence. If time permits then visit the Lotus temple located in south of Delhi. It is lotus shaped and has rightly been given the name. It is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. It is open to all faiths and is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace and tranquility. Its founder, Bahaullah (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahai as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.

    Enjoy the DANCES OF INDIA SHOW in the evening. Overnight will be in Delhi.

  • Day 3:

    Delhi – Varanasi

    Breakfast will be at hotel.

    Transfer in time to airport for flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi, you will be met and transferred to hotel.

    Picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy River Ganges, Varanasi, one of the ancient seats of learning in India, is said to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the Assi, which still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. This name seems to have been corrupted, in medieval times to Varanasi, which was in use till May 1956, when it was changed to Varanasi, by an order of the Government of India. Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year. To every visitor Varanasi offers a breathtaking experience. The rays of the dawn shimmering across the Ganges; the high-banks; the temples and shrines along the banks bathed in a golden hue …soul stirring hymns and mantras along with the fragrance of incense filling the air…and the refreshing dip in the holy waters gently splashing at the Ghats. Varanasi – The land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss. Varanasi is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts and education. Some of the world – renowned exponents India has produced in these fields were schooled in Varanasi’s cultural ethos. Luminaries apart, Varanasi abounds in the art of silk weaving, an exotic work of art which manifests itself in precious Banarasi silk sarees and silk brocades which are cherished as collector’s items across the world today.

    Visit Sarnath ‑ 5 miles out of Varanasi: The great Buddha enhanced the sanctity of Varanasi by choosing the environs of the city to preach his first sermon at Sarnath, (only 10 Kms away) after attaining enlightenment. Later, Ashoka, the great Mauryan Emperor erected magnificent stupas and other buildings along with his mighty stone pillar, Dharmarajika Stupa. The 110 ft. tall Damekh Stupa marks the place where Buddha preached first sermon.Sarnath has been a premier centre for Buddhism. It is a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics and antiques comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisatva images on display at the Archaeological Museum (1000 hrs to 1700 hrs. Open all days except Friday)

    Enjoy the evening AARTI at the GHATS. The guide will be giving a commentary to you on the proceedings and meanings of the chants during the AARTI of the river.

    Overnight will be spent at Varanasi.

  • Day 4:

    Varanasi

    Varanasi Ghat, VaranasiIn the early morning drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. (To start at 0500 hrs. for the best lifetime experience) For you to appreciate this remarkable city, we'll transfer you to the banks of the River Ganges before the sun rises. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water's edge. Then return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga". As shops are opening, the place now becomes a beehive of activity as the faithful are coming and going. Visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple while returning to the hotel.

    Return for breakfast to the hotel.

    Proceed for a morning guided tour of Varanasi including the Bharat Mata Temple, which features a big relief map of Mother India engraved in marble. Also visit the 18th century Durga Temple, commonly known as the Monkey Temple due to the huge population of the monkeys. Proceed to the Tulsi Manas Temple, crafted from white marble which features the entire Ramayana inscribed on its walls. Also visit the BHU considered as the biggest residential university in Asia. The University Campus houses an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

    Return to the hotel in the evening and overnight will be at Varanasi.

  • Day 5:

    Varanasi – Khajuraho

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel.

    Transfer to airport for flight to Khajuraho.

    Situated in the northernmost part of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is famous for its enchanting temples and its legendary Khajuraho dance festival. The name Khajuraho is derived from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree) which is grown abundantly in the region. The Khajuraho Temples are dedicated to a celebration of womanhood, her myriad moods and facets. Famous for its erotic architecture, the carvings include, women writing a letter, applying eye makeup, combing her tresses, dancing & playing with her child. Her innocent, blushed, charming, seductive, ardent beauty, all depicted in exquisitely sculptured details. These temples have been designed and carved to lead the eyes from ground level upward till you seem to be looking at heaven.

    In the evening proceed for the SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW and retire for the night.

    Overnight will be at Khajuraho.

  • Day 6:

    Khajuraho

    Breakfast will be at the hotel. Start sightseeing of the TEMPLES.

    The remote location of Khajuraho meant that the temples were unharmed by Muslim invaders and as a result, the intricately fine carvings are in very good condition and are said to represent life in heaven.  They were built during the mighty Chandela dynasty, the majority were constructed in a sudden burst of creative and religious energy, between the mid-10th and 11th centuries.  After ruling for about 500 years the Chandela dynasty fell to the might of Islam and consequently the religious centre of Khajuraho was abandoned.  The temples remain as a reminder of a society that believed in the full enjoyment of life, with all the senses being a path to nirvana.  Of the eighty-five original temples only 22 remain, but many are in very good condition including the Kandariya Mahadeva, the Chatrabhuj, Parswanath and Ghantai Temples, each remarkable for its beautiful design and architecture.

    Relax in the evening.

    Overnight will be at Khajuraho.

  • Day 7:

    Khajuraho – Orchha – Gwalior

    (170 KM)

    Proceed by surface to ORCHHA after breakfast. �

    ORCHHA – A medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with Palaces and temples of the 16th and 17th century which have remarkable withstood the onslaught of time. The city is picturesquely flanked by the River Betwa.

    Proceed for sightseeing of ORCHHA sites within the Fort Complex.

    Lunch will be at Orchha and then proceed to the station (12 km away) for train to Gwalior. {This is a superfast train with airline type seats.

    Reach Gwalior and transfer to hotel.

    A little southward of Agra is the ancient city of Gwalior. Centuries of history can be witnessed even today in its monuments, temples, museums and cultural traditions. The magnificent Gwalior Fort, with its reflections of art, religion and military might, is an enduring symbol of this glorious past. The colorful history of this city dates back to the eight century and is a mosaic of Rajput clans of the Pratihasas, Kachwahas and Tomars, each leaving their marks on the city’s magnificent monuments. Gwalior's history is traced back to a legend in 8th century AD when a chief tain known as Suraj Sen was struck by a deadly disease and cured by a hermit-saint Gwalipa. As a gratitude for that incidence, he founded this city by his name.� The new city of Gwalior became existence over the centuries.� The cradle of great dynasties ruled the city Gwalior.� With different Dynasty, the city gained a new dimension from the warrior kings, poets, musicians, and saints who contributed to making it renowned throughout the country. The city is also the setting for the memorials of freedom fighters such as Tatya Tope and the indomitable Rani of Jhansi. Today the old settings stand side by side with the trappings of modernity.

    Overnight will be at hotel.

  • Day 8:

    Gwalior

    Proceed for a sightseeing tour of the city visiting the following interesting monuments.

    Gwalior Fort: Standing on a steep mass of sandstone, Gwalior Fort dominates the city and is its most significant monument. It has been the scene of momentous events, imprisonment, battles and jauhars. A steep road winds upwards to the fort, flanked by statues of the Jain tirthankaras, carved into the rock face. The magnificent outer walls of the fort still stand, two miles in length and 35 feet high, bearing witness to its reputation for being one of the most invincible forts of India. This imposingstructure inspired Emperor Babur to describe it as “the pearl amongst the fortresses of Hind ".

    Man Mandir Palace: Built between 1486 and 1517 by Raja Mansingh.The tiles that once adorned its exterior have not survived, but at the entrance, traces of these still remain. Vast chambers with fine stone screens were once the music halls, and behind these screens, the royal ladies would learn music from the great masters of the day. Below, circular dungeons housed the state prisoners of the Mughals. Emperor Aurangzeb had his brother, Murad imprisoned, and later executed here. Close by is Jauhar Pond, where in the Rajput tradition, the Ranis committed mass sati after their consorts had been defeated in battle. At Man Mandir Palace, a poignant ambience of those days of chivalry and heroism still lingers in the silent chambers.

    Gujari Mahal: Within the fort are some marvels of medieval architecture. The 15th century Gujari Mahal is a monument to the love of Raja Mansingh Tomar for his intrepid Gujar Queen, Mrignayani. The outer structure of Gujari Mahal has survived in an almost total state of preservation; the interior has been converted into Archaeological Museum housing rare antiquities, some of them dating back to the 1st century A.D. Even though many of these have been defaced by the iconoclastic Mughals, their perfection of form has survived the ravages of time. Particularly worth seeing is the statue of Shalbhanjika from Gyraspur, the tree goddess, the epitome of perfection in miniature. The statue is kept in the custody of the museum's curator, and can be seen on request.

    Sas Bahu ka Mandir: Two architecturally beautiful 11th century temples.

    Jai Vilas Palace: A splendor of a different kind exists in the Jai Vilas Palace, current residence of the Scindia family. Some 25 rooms have been turned into the Jivaji Rao Scindia Museum, and in these rooms, so evocative of a regal lifestyle, the past comes alive. Jai Vilas is an Italianate structure which combines the Tuscan and Corinthian architectural modes. The imposing Darbar Hall has two central chandeliers weighing a couple of tonnes, and hung only after ten elephants had tested the strength of the roof. Ceilings picked out in gilt, heavy draperies and tapestries, fine Persian carpets and antique furniture from France and Italy are the features of these spacious rooms. Eye catching treasures include: a silver train with cut glass wagons which served guests as it chugged around the table on miniature rails; a glass cradle from Italy used for the baby Krishna each Janmashtami, silver dinner services and swords that were once worn by Aurangzeb and Shah Jahan. These are, besides, personal mementoes of past members of the Scindia family: the jeweled slippers that belonged to Chinkoo Rani, four-poster beds and gifts from practically every country in the world, hunting trophies and portraits. The Scindia Museum offers an unparalled glimpse into the rich culture and lifestyle of princely India.

    Sun Temple: Located near the Residency at Morar, the newly constructed Sun Temple takes its inspiration from the famous Konark Sun Temple in Orissa.

    Ghaus Mohammed's Tomb: The sandstone mausoleum of the Afghan prince, Ghaus Mohammed, is also designed on early Mughal lines. Particularly exquisite are the screens which use the pierced stone technique as delicate as lace.

    Sarod Ghar: This Museum of Music has been set up in the old ancestral house of the legendary Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan. It houses ancient instruments of the great Indian Masters of yesteryears. It also houses an impressive collection of photographs and documents. Sarod Ghar is a unique institution devoted to promoting Indian classical music, heritage and culture. Through this 'window' to the past, music lovers can gain a better understanding of the evolution and history of our classical music and a deeper perspective and insight into the context of the art as it exists today.
    Overnight will be at the beautiful palace.

  • Day 9:

    Gwalior – Agra

    (125 KM)

    Relax at the palace in the morning and enjoy your breakfast.

    Proceed to Agra after lunch.

    AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire – giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously.� A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine.

    Reach and check in at the AMARVILAS with a view of the TAJ.

    Enjoy the sunset tour of TAJ MAHAL. Overnight will be in Agra.

  • Day 10:

    Agra

    Proceed for day sightseeing of Agra.

    TAJ MAHAL: Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.� �

    AGRA FORT - Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone.� Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.

    After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj.

    Relax at the beautiful hotel and spa.

    Overnight will be at Agra

  • Day 11:

    Agra – Ranthambore

    (221 KM)

    Proceed for Ranthambore after breakfast.

    Visit FATEHPUR SIKRI - Fatehpur Sikri is 37 km west of Agra. Jajal-ud-din-Muhammad Akbar, Humanyun's son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu'inu'd-din Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of SUFIS. Akbar, who was without a male heir heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568. The saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings like the Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal's house, Marian's house and the Panchmahal.

    Continue your drive to Ranthambore.

    Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, at the junction of the Aravalis and the Vindhyas, is a unique example of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in the vast, arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14 kilometers from Sawai Madhopur. Get in tune with nature for a luxury holiday in the heart of the jungle. Most of the resorts are close to the National Park Gate, Tiger Den being the closest.

    It spreads over a highly undulating topography varying from gentle to steep slopes; from flat topped hills of the Vindhyas to the conical hillocks and sharp ridges of the Aravalis, from wide and flat valleys to narrow rocky gorges. An important geological feature the ‘Great Boundary Fault’ where the Vindhya plateaus meet the Aravali Hill range meanders through the Reserve. The National Park is bound by the rivers Chambal in the south and Banas in the north.

    Tiger, at the apex of the food chain, lord over the kingdom in a subtle way. Solitary by nature, it operates in stealth. Therefore tiger sightings, frequent as they are, are always a matter of chance. However, even evidences of tiger's activities are very exciting.

    Check in by early evening at the AMAN I KHAS.

    Enjoy the evening bonfire and retire early.

    Overnight will be at the edge of the park.

  • Day 12:

    Ranthambore

    Wake up early morning and leave for your safari into the National Park. Track the tigers and other wildlife through the morning. Return to the resort / lodge by 1000 in the morning and have breakfast.

    Freshen up and either spend time at the pool or visit the town. You could also go for a nice visit to the temple on top of the fort.

    In the afternoon have lunch and then leave again for you afternoon safari. The safari will be till evening 1700 – 1800 hr and then return to the resort / lodge.

    Dinner will be at the resort and retire early for the night. Overnight will be at Ranthambore.

  • Day 13:

    Ranthambore – Jaipur

    (175 KM)

    Enjoy your luxurious breakfast and drive to Jaipur.

    It is the capital of the state of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Proudly belonging to the KSHATRIYA warrior caste and fiercely independent, the Rajput princes made fearsome foes. However, many of them realized that to maintain their wealth and authority locally, it was expedient to proclaim allegiance to the central power. Thus, many enjoyed a privileged position under the Mughal emperors and also the British Raj that followed.

    The bustling Rajasthan capital of Jaipur takes its name from its venerated founder Jai Singh II, who was given the title Sawai Maharaja by the Mughal. Literally translated this would mean ’one and a quarter’, suggesting that the Mughal thought this emperor to be more valuable than just ‘one’. Jaipur is known as the ’Pink City’ on account of the distinctive colour of its buildings. This did not, however, form part of the original plan, but dates back to 1856, when the city was given a wash of pink in honor of a State Visit from Prince Albert.

    This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity. Enjoy the experience and spend night at Jaipur.

    Overnight will be in Jaipur.

  • Day 14:

    Jaipur

    Proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort after breakfast. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.
           
    Amber Fort palace, Jaipur AMBER FORT PALACE – Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace.  Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I.  Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honoured fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families.

    Continue sightseeing.

    CITY PALACE – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city.  It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

    JANTAR MANTAR – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country.  This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

    HAWA MAHAL – The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur.  It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

    This afternoon is free for you to relax, shop or explore independently. Shopping is superb in Jaipur, particularly for gold and silver jewellery, pottery, tie-dye materials, silk, saris, wooden handicrafts and carpets.

    Overnight will be at Jaipur.

  • Day 15:

    Jaipur


    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    In the morning you will take a textile tour to SANGANER.

    Sanganer is a little village just 16 kilometres from Jaipur. Here you will find the centre of the region’s block printing industry. Traditionally, only coarse cotton was printed for the ankle-length, flared skirts of Rajasthani women and today, you can see cotton cloth being printed by hand. It is said that the water of Sanganer makes the colors fast. Sanganer is the busiest crafts centre in the region and you should have time to visit artisans in their workshops and browse for gifts. You can also visit the Blue Pottery Factory, to see pottery created in Jaipur’s distinctive style; graceful floral designs in white or deep sea-green painted over a traditional inky-blue glaze.
     
    Return for lunch and relax at the hotel and spa.

    In the evening enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the bustling bazaars. Jaipur is renowned for textile block printing, blue pottery, carpet weaving, semi-precious stones and local crafts which still thrive from the day of Maharaja Jai Singh's patronage when he designed special areas in the city for the 'bandhanas', the 'cheepas' and the 'meenakari' workers.

    Overnight will be at Jaipur.

  • Day 16:

    Jaipur – Samode

    (42 KM)

    Enjoy breakfast and proceed for sightseeing of a royal village of SAMODE.

    Samode according to the Rajputana Gazetteer of 1879 was a large and flourishing town. The Zamidars (landlords) of Samode - the principal thakurs of the state of Amber were the Nathawat clan from Chomu, a branch of the house of Amber, tracing their relation to the Jaipur Maharaja the fabled Prithviraj Singhji the 17th prince of the house of Kacchwaha Rajputs. Gopal Singhji one of his 12 sons was awarded Samode, a noble feudatory of the Amber & Jaipur principality. It was among the wealthiest territories in the Amber kingdom. The Zamidari eventually passed within the clan to the hands of Behari Das, a Rajput warrior in Mughal Service. After 6 generations in the hands of his descendants Samode was relinquished to the Raj.

    The 400-year-old SAMODE PALACE has a wealth of frescoes, many of them depicting religious subjects. The highlight is a vast DURBAR HALL.

    Take a walk of the Rajasthani village or take a camel cart ride. Have lunch at SAMODE PALACE.

    Overnight will be at the SAMODE PALACE.

  • Day 17:

    Samode – Bikaner

    (200 KM)

    Enjoy breakfast and drive to Bikaner.

    Bikaner retains the medieval splendor that pervades the city's lifestyle More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here. Be it pulling heavy carts, transporting grains or working on wells. Camels are the prime helpers.

    The wells of Bikaner – an important source of water are another attraction of the city. These are built on high plinth with slenderminareted towers on each of the Four Corners and can be noticed even from a distance.

    Bikaner's history date backs to 1488 A.D. when a Rathore Prince, Rao Bikaji- a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur (1459 AD) Rao Jodhaji, established his kingdom here. Rao Jodhaji had five sons but Rao Bikaji was the most enterprising of them.

    Bikaji chose a barren wilderness called "jangladesh" and transformed it to an impressive city, called Bikaji after the Founder's Name. The strategic location of Bikaner on the ancient caravan routes that came from west/Central Asia made it a prime trade center in the times of the year. The city stands on a slightly raised ground and is circumscribed by a seven km long embattled wall with five gates.

    The magnificent forts and palaces created with delicacy in reddish-pink, sandstone, bear testimony to its historical and architectural legacy.

    Reach Bikaner and check in at hotel.

    Proceed for sightseeing tour of the city in the late afternoon / early evening.

    Visit the Junagarh Fort, constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Jai Singh, a general in the Moghul Emperor Akbar's army. Visit the Old City and the Karni Mata Temple. Also visit the one of the wells of Bikaner - an important source of water among other attractions of the city. These are built on high plinths with slender minareted towers on each of the four corners and can be noticed even from a distance.

    The old city visit would be on a horse drawn carriage. Overnight will be at Bikaner.

  • Day 18:

    Bikaner – Jaisalmer

    (330 KM)

    Drive to Jaisalmer after a relaxing breakfast.

    Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with its awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city.

    The city has an interesting legend associated with it, according to which, Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 AD when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital -Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta Hill.

    Reach and check in at hotel.

    Enjoy the dinner at a roof top restaurant of the city with a view of the fort. Stay overnight at Jaisalmer.

  • Day 19:

    Jaisalmer

    After a relaxed breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of The Golden City.

    It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert.  Its temples, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone. The city is a mass of intricately carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies.  Visit the JAISALMER FORT – The oldest living Fort in the world. (This is the highlight of the tour). See the Patwon-Ki-Havelies, Salim-Singh-Ki-Haveli and Gandhi Sagar Tank. Also visit Barabagh Hill.

    Also visit the ROYAL CENOTAPHS and relax in the evening.

    Overnight will be at Jaisalmer.

  • Day 20:

    Jaisalmer

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Enjoy the morning roaming and meeting the people of the city.

    In the afternoon, proceed to the SAND DUNES for visiting the typical Rajasthani Desert Village. View the sunset from the dunes, as the sky is set on fire. Return to the village for dinner amidst Rajasthani musicians playing haunting tunes.

    Retire for the night at the hotel and overnight will be in Jaisalmer.

  • Day 20:

    Jaisalmer – Jodhpur

    (300 KM)

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Proceed to Jodhpur.

    Set at the edge of the THAR Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the RATHORE clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the RAMAYANA. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 metres above the plains. The city is included by a high wall – 10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.

    Enjoy the evening program at the UMAID BHAWAN PALACE and overnight will be that palace.

  • Day 22:

    Jodhpur

    Breakfast will be at the palace.

    Enjoy the morning sightseeing tour of the city.

    Jodhpur is also known as the gateway to the desert beyond and home of the Rathors of Marwar. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, rising up a hilly scarp, built on the advice of a hermit, overlooking the city in the image of a long sentinel.Inside the Fort are a number of palaces added by successive rulers. In this palace you would see different miniature paintings & cradle room.

    After this you would visit Jaswant Thada Memorial on your way down from the fort.

    Enjoy the old city walk and have lunch in the roof top restaurant of a HAVELI (OLD HOUSE) with a spectacular view of the fort and the people around.

    Return to the hotel to freshen up and leave for CHANWA LUNI.

    Maharaja Jaswant Singh II Ruler of Jodhpur Marwar from 1876-1895 A.D is remembered as the benign Monarch who steered the administration and economy of Marwar away from chaos and instability to a period of sustained development and security and justice for all. Amongst the prominent civil servants in this Ruler's coterie of administrators, was a young Charan by the name of Kaviraj Muraridanji. He was an astute politician and a farsighted administrator. In 1894 Kaviraj Muraridanji received in Jagir the little known hamlet of Chanwa. There he built an exquisite little fortress Palace today known as Fort Chanwa. In 1941, Today Fort Chanwa restored to its pristine glory and charm by its proud owners Maharaj Dalip Singh & Rani Madhu Devi, warmly welcome travelers from distant lands offering princely hospitality in an inimitably enchanting setting - a Heritage Hotel in the finest traditions.

    Enjoy the hospitality and take a village safari in an open safari jeep. The village of Luni nestles in the shadow of the Fort walls and is a hub of activity with its many artisans fashioning metal, clay or wood into intricate forms and demonstrating the skills passed down over the centuries by their ancestors. The village elders solemnly reflect the changing times under shady trees, while the children enjoy running around narrow carefree streets. The women, swaying in their brilliant Rajasthani colours go about their daily chores to give water and sustenance to the village.

    Return to the city of Jodhpur and overnight will be spent in the palace.

  • Day 23:

    Jodhpur – Udaipur

    (260 KM)

    Breakfast will be at the palace.

    Stop at RANAKPUR for sightseeing of the world famous temples.

    The RANAKPUR TEMPLES, dating back to the 15th century have 200 pillars, none of which are alike, support its 29 halls. The Temple abounds with intricate friezes and sculptures. Includes visits to two more Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God with its erotic sculptures.

    Continue drive to Udaipur after a hot lunch and reach by early evening.

    The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.

    Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the LAKE PICHOLA is an enticing sight. Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR -a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.

    Enjoy the spa at the hotel or relax in the evening.

    Overnight will be at Udaipur.

  • Day 24:

    Udaipur

    Breakfast will be at hotel.

    Proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard.

    Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, the Jagdish Temple and the Royal Cenotaphs.

    Take a walk of the old city around the lake and in the evening proceed for motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola.  From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert.

    Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace – the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the palace and return to the hotel.

    Overnight will be at Udaipur.

  • Day 25:

    Udaipur – Deogarh

    (70 KM)

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Proceed to Deogarh.

    Deogarh lies on the borders of Mewar, Marwar and Merwara, about 80 miles north-east of Udaipur. Its chieftain known as 'The Rawat' was one of sixteen umraos (feudal barons) privileged to wait upon the Maharana of Udaipur, the capital of Mewar. Such feudal estates, called thikanas were granted by the ruling Maharana to a nobleman either due to blood relationship or for an act of bravery. Deogarh is also renowned as a school of miniature painting. Some Deogarh miniatures adorn the personal collection of the present Rawat Sahib. Frescoes of this art form can also be seen on the fort walls. The Mahal also has some exciting rooms to browse through - Sheesh Mahal - the colourful hall of mirrors, is just one of them.

    Deogarh Mahal is an imposing structure built in the 17th century. It stands atop a hill and offers a commanding view of the Aravalli mountain range and the numerous lakes, strewn across the countryside. With its old battlements, domes, turrets, jharokhas and huge gateways, it is a picturesque sight from the town below. At a height of about 2100 ft above sea level, it is cooler than surrounding Rajasthan. Built in 1670 A.D. by Rawat Dwarka Dasji as a family residence, it soon became the hub of village activity. The family interacted with the villagers and invited a host of feasts and festivities to be performed within the Mahal precincts. Some of these traditions are still practiced. And the gates, that always remained closed, to ward off enemies, are now open to the guests.

    Deogarh Mahal was converted into a hotel about 3 years ago, by the present owner Rawal-Nahar Singh. A part of the Mahal is still occupied by his kin. The family is closely associated with the hotel and personally supervises and monitors the on goings. The care is reflected in the minutest details which have made Deogarh a benchmark of Heritage Hospitality in Rajasthan.

    Enjoy your day walking the town and meeting the villagers.

    Overnight will be at the DEOGARH MAHAL.

  • Day 26:

    Deogarh

    Breakfast will be at the HAVELI.

    Proceed for sightseeing of the place around the town.

    ANJANESHWAR MAHADEV: It is an extraordinary cave temple believed to be 2,000 years old. This ruined temple is situated on an island in the Raghosagar Lake.

    GOKAL VILAS: This magnificent palace situated over a hillock is the home of the present Rawat. Set in a picturesque locale around Raghosagar Lake, the palace is around 200 years old.

    Enjoy the local train ride with the villagers.

    Attend cultural evening at the hotel in the evening or you could proceed for a short jeep safari into the villages.

    Overnight will be at Deogarh.

  • Day 27:

    Deogarh – Pushkar

    (160 KM)

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel.

    Proceed for Pushkar.

    Pushkar is a mellow, serene and bewitching little town which attracts those in search of some respite from the tumult of India. Pushkar is right on the edge of the desert and is only 11 kms from Ajmer but separated from it by Nag Pahar, the snake mountain.

    The town clings to the side of the small Pushkar Lake with its many bathing ghats and temples. For Hindus, Puhskar is a very important pilgrimage centre and you'll see plenty of Sadhus (individuals on a spiritual search).

    Pushkar boasts temples, though few are as ancient as you might expect at such an important pilgrimage site, since many were deserted by Aurangzeb and subsequently rebuilt. The most famous is the Brahma Temple, said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity. It's marked by red spire, and over the entrance gateway is the hans, or goose symbol, of Brahma, who is said to have personally chosen Pushkar as its site.

    Spend evening visiting the GHATS and the local market. Overnight will be at PUSHKAR.

  • Day 28:

    Pushkar – Neemrana

    (240 KM)

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Proceed to the NEEMRANA FORT which is a stand-alone beautiful heritage fort close to Delhi.

    Enjoy the evening taking a KERAL;A AYURVEDA MASSAGE and relax in the evening.

    Overnight will be at NEEMRANA.

  • Day 29:

    Neemrana

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Relax during the day at the fort and visit the village next to the fort. Overnight will be at NEEMRANA.

  • Day 30:

    Neemrana – Delhi

    (150 KM)

    Breakfast will be at hotel. Drive to Delhi before lunch.

    Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then proceed for last minute shopping before proceeding to the airport in time for flight home with sweet memories of India.

  1. DOUBLE ACCOMMODATION AT SUGGESTED HOTELS,
  2. DAILY BREAKFASTS AT HOTELS,
  3. SIGHTSEEING TOURS AS MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY,
  4. ALL TOURS AND TRANSFERS IN AC PRIVATE SUV,
  5. ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE FOR ALL MENTIONED TOURS,
  6. SARNATH EXCURSION AT VARANASI,
  7. SUNRISE & SUNSET GANGES CRUISE IN VARANASI,
  8. EVENING AARTI IN GANGES GHATS AT VARANASI,
  9. SOUND & LIGHT SHOW AT KHAJURAHO,
  10. LUNCH AT ORCHHA,
  11. FIRST CLASS RAIL TRAVEL FOR MENTIONED SECTOR,
  12. NATIONAL PARK SAFARIS AT Ranthambore,
  13. ALL EXCURSIONS AS MENTIONED,
  14. ALL MEALS AT Ranthambore,
  15. ALL MEALS AT NEEMRANA WITH EXCURSIONS, ETC,
  16. ALL MONUMENT ENTRANCE FEES,
  17. ASSISTANCE AT THE AIRPORTS ON ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE,
  18. ALL APPLICABLE TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES,
  19. PRIVATE BOAT RIDE AT UDAIPUR,
  20. ELEPHANT RIDE AT AMER FORT – JAIPUR AND
  21. ALL ROAD TAXES, GOVERNMENT TAXES AND DRIVER ALLOWANCES.

 

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