Royal Rajasthan Tour-14 days
Places covered: Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Bharatpur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur
Day 1 Delhi Arrival:
Upon arrival at Delhi airport, you will be welcomed by Concept Voyages' representative and transferred to hotel. Free day at leisure for adjusting yourself to the local time zone. Evening visit the Sound and Light Show at Red Fort, which tells the story of rise and fall of the Mughal Empire in India. After watching the magnificient sound and light show that recites the story of rise and fall of Mughal empire in India, you will be transferred back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2 Delhi sightseeing tour:
After breakfast proceed for a full day city tour of New Delhi, visiting Qutub Minar standing tall 72.5 metres high (237.8 ft) built by Qutb-ud-din Aybak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi is a mammoth work of architectural brilliance that kissed the sky was finished in 1193. Later visit Humayun's Tomb - built by the emperor's grieving widow, Haji Begum, in 1565 AD. Constructed in red sandstone and ornamented marks the beginning of a new tradition of ornate style, which culminated in the Taj Mahal of Agra. Visit Raj Ghat- the final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, who was instrumental in freeing India from British rule by non-violent methods. Visit International Doll's Museum-a museum of dolls from all over the country. You get to see the costumes and art from all over India, as well as some nice crafts. A quick trip to Purana Qila- Ruins of the 16th century fort city of Shergarh, this complex sits on top of what is believed to be the site of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata epic. Evening visit Bahá'í Lotus Temple-Shaped like a lotus bud with 27 petals, this stunning temple suspended above milky-blue ponds is surely one of the most magnificent monuments ever made from concrete. a Late night trip to India Gate will complete your sightseeing. India Gate was built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I, it is 160 feet high with an arch of 138 feet. Built in sandstone, the arch also houses the Eternal Flame, a gesture in memory of the Indian soldiers who laid their lives in the 1971 war. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3 Delhi to Agra (230 kms/ 2-3 hrs):
After breakfast, checkout from Delhi hotel and depart for Agra. Check in the designated hotel. Visit to the famous Taj Mahal which is said to be sheer poetry in marble, majesty and magnificence, unrivalled. The monumental labour of love of a great ruler Shah Jaham for his beloved queen Mumtaz Begum. Visit the Agra Fort - The tall fortified walls protect the remains of age-old Moghul architectural brilliance that transcends you into a whimsical land. The fort encompasses many wondrous palaces, capacious audience halls, and two spectacular mosques. Visit the Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah is a Mughal mausoleum often described as a "jewel box", sometimes called the "Baby Tāj". Later visit Emperor Akbar’s Tomb, Sikandara-This mausoleum is situated on the out skirts of the Agra City. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 4 Agra-Bharatpur via Fatehpur Sikri (55 kms/1 hr):
After breakfast, start journey to Bharatpur. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri - a World Heritage Site is the perfect example of an Emperors tribute to a saint. Built in reverence of the Sufi saint Salim Chishti way back in 1571 the Fatehpur Sikri is a seamless blend of Islamic and Hindu architecture. Bharatpur located in the Brij region, it was once considered to be an impregnable city and was the capital of the Jat kingdom. Check into hotel at Bharatpur. Visit Keoladeo National Park which was formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary which is also a World Heritage Site of the UNESCO Conventions, and is home to over 350 species of native and migratory birds as well as many species of reptiles and mammals. Evening return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 5 Bharatpur to Jaipur (190 kms/ 3 hrs):
After breakfast, checkout from hotel and depart for Jaipur, known as the pink city. Jaipur is colour washed pink to welcome Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria of England who visited India in 1883 A.D. Upon reaching Jaipur, check into hotel. Evening at Choki Dhani - an ethnic village resort with a blend of rustic environment and modern amenities, gives the impression of a typical Rajasthani village, for cultural programme and folk dances. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 6 Jaipur sightseeing:
After enjoying a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel, depart for a sull day sightseeing tour of Jaipur city which is the home for several historical palaces of India. Visit the Amber Fort - is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace with its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles. Later visit Hawa Mahal - the ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. This five-storeyed structure of sandstone plastered in pink is encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. Visit Jantar Mantar, the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory has some outstanding astronomical instruments is still in use. Evening at leisure free for shopping. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 7 Jaipur-Jaigarh & Nahargarh fort sightseeing:
After breakfast, depart for a full day excursion to visit Jaigarh and Nahargarh forts in Jaipur. The Jaigarh fort, rugged and similar in structural design to the Amber Fort, is also known as Victory Fort. It has a length of 3 kilometres and a width of 1 kilometre. Jaigarh Fort and Amber Fort are connected by subterranean passages and considered as one complex. The cannon foundry Jaigarh Fort had a massive wind tunnel that sucked air from the high mountains into its furnace creating temperatures as high as 2400°F, the heated air would melt the metal, making it one of the most efficient cannon foundries during the Mughal reign. Along with Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh once formed a strong defence ring for the city. The fort was originally named Sudarshangarh, but it became known as Nahargarh, which means 'abode of tigers'. Return back to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.
Day 8 Jaipur to Jodhpur via Ajmer (335 kms/5 hrs):
After breakfast, checkout from Jaipur hotel and reach Jodhpur via Ajmer. Ajmer is a pilgrimage centre and houses the shrine of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti and is also the base for visiting Pushkar, an ancient Hindu pilgrimage city, famous for the Temple of Brahma. Reach Jodhpur by late evening. Check into your designated hotel booked by Concept Voyages for overnight stay.
Day 9 Jodhpur sightseeing:
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for city sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. Perched on a 150m high hill its sprawl is the most formidable and magnificent fort in Rajasthan-The Mehrangarh Fort. The fort is situated 400 feet above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Within the fort, several brilliantly crafted and decorated palaces are found. Of these, Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesha Mahal (Mirror Palace), Sileh Khana, and Daulat Khana are notable. The ramparts of the fort are home to not only several excellently preserved old cannon but also offer a breath-taking view of the city. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph, built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II around 1899 and Umaid Public gardens. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 10 Jodhpur to Jaisalmer (300 kms/ 4-5hrs):
After breakfast, checkout from Jodhpur hotel and depart for Jaisalmer, nicknamed "The Golden city" because the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in the architecture of the city which gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Upon reaching Jaisalmer, check into the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 11 Jaisalmer sightseeing:
After breakfast, depart for Jaisalmer sightseeing tour. Jaisalmer's medieval mud fortress and walled township make it a popular tourist destination. The surrounding desolate landscape evidences a stark, austere beauty. Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest fortifications in the world built in 1156 AD by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. The origins of Jaisalmer go back to the 12th century, when Rawal Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Ludarwa and laid the foundation of a new city. Visit the magnificent fort, the Patwon Ki Haveli and Salim Singh Ki Haveli, with their carved balconies and brackets, which are supreme examples of the art. Evening watch the breathtaking sunset over sand dunes of Rajasthan. You can optionally spend a night in a luxury tent amidst the Thar desert. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer.
Day 12 Jaisalmer to Udaipur via Barmer (:
After a sumptuous breakfast, checkout from hotel. You will be transferred to Udaipur, an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan. Enroute visit Barmer. Barmer is beautiful and livelihood place having a great cool night here. The city has a Jagdambe goddess temple perched atop a mountain at a height of approximately 450 Feet and built around 500 years ago. Arrive Udaipur and check into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 13 Udaipur:
After breakfast proceed for a morning city sightseeing tour of Udaipur.Visit the City Palace in Udaipur, is a palace complex in Udaipur, in the Indian state Rajasthan. It was built over a period of nearly 400 years being contributed by several kings of the Sisodia Rajput clan in 1559. The City Palace in Udaipur was built in a flamboyant style and is considered the largest of its type in Rajasthan, a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, and was built on a hill top that gives a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding, including several historic monuments such as the Lake Palace in Lake Pichola, the Jag Mandir on another island in the lake, the Jagdish Temple close to the palace, the Monsoon Palace on top of an overlooking hillock nearby and the Neemach Mata temple. Also visit the City Palace museum, the Jagdish temple, Sahelion Ki Bari-Queen’s resort, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir-Folk art museum and the Pratap Memorial. Sahelion ki Bari was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 14 Udaipur Departure:
After breakfast checkout from hotel. You will be transferred to Udaipur airport to board flight to your onward destination.
End of tour.