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Cultural Rajasthan Tour

  • 15 Nights / 16 Days
  • Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur - Bundi - Ranthambhore - Jaipur - Delhi.
Culture & traditions
Temples & bazaars
Forts & palaces
Mosques & tombs
Tiger safari
Desert villages

Cultural Rajasthan Tour encompasses all the four regions of Rajasthan. These four regions of Rajasthan have different cultures, dialects, architectural styles, history, legacy, attires, fairs, festivals etc. Cultural Rajasthan Tour helps you explore the colorful bazaars, the myriad topography of the Thar Desert, the native people, and colorful fairs and festivals of Rajasthan while covering Delhi, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Kumbhalgarh, Udaipur, Bundi, Ranthambhore, Jaipur as Rajasthan tourist destinations.

Day 1 Delhi arrival & transfer to Delhi hotel for overnight stay.

On arrival at New Delhi airport, you will be greeted & assisted by Optima India Tourism's representative. You will be transferred to Delhi hotel. Our representative will ensure smooth check in at the hotel. As most of the international flights land in India at late night, so have sound sleep in Delhi hotel to get relaxed for the sightseeing tour of Delhi next day.

Day 2 Old & New Delhi sightseeing tour

Have delicious breakfast in Delhi hotel and proceed on for Old & New Delhi sightseeing tour along with Delhi tour guide. The Old & New Delhi tour encompasses visit of Red Fort (remains closed on Monday), Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Akshardham Temple (remains closed on Monday), India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Qutub Minar, Sansad Bhavan (Parliament of India). It will be relaxed and leisurely tour and help you understand 'exoticism' of India. After visiting famous monuments of Delhi, later in the evening, return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 3 Delhi- Mandawa (260 kms/5 hrs)

Have a very hearty breakfast in Delhi hotel and then drive to the town of stunning havelis – Mandawa – located in the heart Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, India. Visit the famous painted archways decorated with murals depicting Lord Krishna herding his cows towards the bazaar. After exploring Mandawa, in time return back to the hotel for overnight stay in Mandawa.

Day 4 Mandawa- Bikaner (200 kms/4 hrs)

Having tasted succulent breakfast at Mandawa hotel, drive to the Camel City of Rajasthan– Bikaner, predominantly famous for its stunning havelis, camel breeding farm, Lalgarh Palace, Junagarh Fort and Karni Mata Temple. Upon arrival in Bikaner, Optima India Tourism representative will assist you in transferring and getting checked in at the designated hotel of Bikaner. After relaxing for some time in Bikaner hotel, you will be taken on sightseeing tour of Bikaner which primarily includes magnificent Junagarh Fort, splendid Lalgarh Palace and the Camel Breeding Farm & Research Centre. Spend rest of the day at leisure and have night stay in Bikaner hotel.

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Day 5 Bikaner- Jaisalmer (335 kms/6 hrs).

Bikaner to Jaisalmer road travel is the longest stretch. After early morning breakfast in Bikaner hotel, proceed to Jaisalmer in the state of Rajasthan India. On arrival at Jaisalmer, you will be received by Optima India Tourism representative and transferred to hotel. After being relaxed for some time, move on a half day leisurely sightseeing tour of havelis of Jaisalmer. The prominent havelis are Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, Patwon -ki-Haveli and Manak Chowk and Havelis. Manak Chowk is a main marketplace outside the fort leads to the narrow lanes dotted with famous havelis. After enjoying relaxed but vivid sightseeing of Jaisalmer, return to Jaisalmer hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6 Jaisalmer sightseeing tour

After having delicious breakfast in Jaisalmer hotel, move on for visiting Jaisalmer Fort, popularly known as Sonar Qila or Golden Fort. The Fort houses the famous Jain Temples, a place worth visiting on your Jaisalmer tour. After lunch, in afternoon, excursion to Sam dunes will take place. The excursion will be a camel ride/ safari in the sand dunes of Thar Desert. Ride a camel and sway with your camel's gait as you trek towards enthralling sand dunes steeped in honey -coloured mist. As you near the desert expanse, the sun begins to set behind the dunes and the molten-gold desert changes hues. The camel rider cum guide, accompanying you on your Jaisalmer camel safari, sports colourful tunics and bright turbans and enchants you with desert tales as you ride deeper into the mammoth Thar. Discover desert traditions, folk culture and desert ways during your Jaisalmer camel safari with Optima India Tourism. Your over-night stay has been scheduled in a desert camp.

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Day 7 Jaisalmer- Jodhpur (265 kms/ 05 hours)

You will be picked up by the car from your tent in the morning. Depart for Jodhpur after having delicious breakfast in Jaisalmer. Upon arrival in Jodhpur, the Blue City of Rajasthan, Optima India Tourism representative will assist you to transfer to the designated hotel. Have sumptuous lunch in a nice restaurant and proceed for visiting famous monuments of Jodhpur with Jodhpur tour guide who will meet you in the lobby of Jodhpur hotel. Visit the mammoth Mehrangarh Fort and explore beautiful palaces and temples within the fort complex. Also visit the Clock Tower, the Umaid Bhawan Palace & Museum, the Jaswant Thada – the royal cenotaph memorial, and other tourist spots. Also explore the famous Sardar Market. After exploring local market, return to Jodhpur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 8 Jodhpur – Ranakpur- Kumbhalgarh (190 kms/4 hrs)

Having taken sumptuous breakfast in Jodhpur hotel, proceed for Kumbhalgarh. On the way to Kumbhalgarh, have a stop-over at Ranakpur, one of the most famous Jain temple town of Rajasthan, India. Visit Ranakpur temple, located in pleasant idyllic set up. After visiting Ranakpur temple, proceed for Kumbhalgarh which is almost 35 kms away from here. On arrival at Kumbhalgarh, you will be received by representative of Optima India Tourism to ensure smooth check in at the pre-booked Kumbhalgarh hotel.

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Day 9 Kumbhalgarh– Udaipur (65 kms/ 01 hr)

Taking delicious breakfast in heritage hotel of Kumbhalgarh, stroll along with Kumbhalgarh tour guide to explore the magnanimous fort palace complex of Kumbhalgarh. Early afternoon, depart from Kumbhalgarh to Udaipur, the City of Lakes. On arrival at Udaipur, representative of Optima India Tourism will receive and transfer you in Udaipur hotel. Spend the evening in leisure and spend night in Udaipur hotel.

Day 10 Udaipur sightseeing tour

Having delicious breakfast at Udaipur hotel, embark on Udaipur city tour. Visit the City Palace Complex, The Jag Mandir, Saheliyon Ki Bar and other picturesque spots of tourist interests. Late afternoon, Udaipur tour guide will take you on a boat cruise in Lake Pichola to view old city of Udaipur and famous Lake Palace of Udaipur (Jug Niwas). After having enjoyed leisurely sightseeing of Udaipur, spend rest of the day at leisure or relax. Return to Udaipur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 11 Udaipur-Bundi (275 kms/5 hrs)

After breakfast in Udaipur hotel, proceed for Bundi, a principality of Hada Rajaputs of Chauhan clan. Bundi offers a tourist relatively off the track destination which is grand yet less frequented by the tourists. Due to this, Bundi presents true culture and heritage of Rajasthan. On arrival at Bundi, you will be transferred to Bundi hotel. After relaxing a bit, proceed for visiting famous monuments and tourist destinations of Bundi which include visit of the Taragarh Fort, Bundi Palace, Chhattar Mahal, Ratan Daulat, 84 Pillared Cenotaph and Baori. Overnight stay in Bundi hotel.

Day 12 Bundi- Ranthambhore National Park (135 kms/ 3 hrs)

After relaxed breakfast in Bundi hotel, proceed for Ranthambhore Wildlife Sanctuary in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. Early afternoon, arrive at Ranthambhore National Park. Check in at the jungle resort with welcome drink in honour. Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these majestic predators in the jungle. Spend the afternoon and evening in leisure, enjoying natural habitat of a jungle. Have dinner and overnight stay in Ranthambhore hotel.

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Day 13 Ranthambhore Wildlife Sanctuary

Have breakfast in Ranthambhore hotel and proceed for Jungle safari by Jeep/ Canter on sharing basis in Ranthambore National Park for 04 hrs, from 07:00'Oclock to 10:30'Oclock. After jungle safari, return to the hotel and have lunch. Having lunch, proceed again for jungle safari by Jeep/ Canter on sharing basis in Ranthambore National Park for 04 hrs, from 02:00'Oclock to 05:30'Oclock in the evening. After tiger safari, come back to resort and enjoy the evening tea with camp-fire. Later in the night have dinner and overnight stay in Ranthambhore hotel.

Day 14 Ranthambhore National Park-Jaipur (150 kms/ 03 hrs)- Jaipur sightseeing tour

After a relaxed breakfast in jungle resort of Ranthambhore National Park, drive to the Pink City – Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. On arrival at Jaipur, representative of Optima India Tourism will receive you and transfer to Jaipur hotel. He will ensure smooth check in at the pre-booked Jaipur hotel. After relaxing for an hour or so, you will be taken to visit Albert Museum, Monkey Temple and Birla Temple of Jaipur. At Birla Temple, witness enchanting evening 'deity worship ceremony', a traditional Hindu practice of paying respect and commemoration of God. After visiting Birla Temple, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 15 Jaipur sightseeing tour

After breakfast at Jaipur hotel, proceed on for Jaipur city tour. Take an excursion to Amber Fort. Enjoy elephant ride at Amber Fort. After visiting Amber Fort, drive for the Jaipur city tour which includes prominent monuments like Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and City Palace. After visiting these monuments, explore local market of Jaipur. After watching royal monuments & bustling market, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 16 Jaipur- Delhi (265 kms/ 5 hrs)- Departure

Having enjoyed leisurely morning with breakfast, check out from Jaipur hotel and drive for New Delhi. On arrival at New Delhi, the driver will transfer you directly at Indira Gandhi International Airport to board flight for your next destination…

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Delhi

Delhi, an ancient site, finds mention in Indian epic Mahabharata in the name of Indraprastha. But Delhi as we know it is primarily a Mughal creation. The earliest reference to Delhi is to the citadel of Lal Kot and the city of Dhilika (c.1052 AD). The Chauhans won it during 1153-64 AD, establishing the first proper city here - Qila Rai Pithora. A succession of rulers and cities followed- Qutub, Siri, Tughlaqbad, Jahanpanah, Firozabad and Dinpanah. Shahjahanabad is the eight historic city of Delhi and the only one inhabited even today. The British built New Delhi in the early 20th century. Designed by the British architect Edwin Lutyens, it was to be a symbol of the powerful British Empire.

Mandawa

Mandawa is known as "The Open Air Art Gallery". Mandawa is dotted with fascinating mansions (havelis) that have lavishly painted walls. It was a trading outpost for the ancient caravan routes that stopped here from China and the Middle East. Mandawa, an important town of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, is the land of multi-hued frescoes depicting mythological and historical themes.

Bikaner

Bikaner's lust for "dessert" or affection for "desert" tickles every heart to visit Bikaner. Bikaner, the desert city of Rajasthan draws large number of tourists for its picturesque golden sand dunes, striking red sandstone forts, stunning palaces and havelis and certainly its camel safaris. The city boasts of having the best camels and has the largest Camel research and breeding farm in the world, hence the name camel country. The camel festival is also a major tourist attraction.

Jaisalmer

The westernmost frontier city of Rajasthan, bordering Pakistan, Jaisalmer, the "Golden City of Rajasthan", is known for being amidst the Thar Desert. Desert Safari in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer is an unforgettable experience. The city is dominated by the Jaisalmer Fort. Unlike most forts in India, the Jaisalmer Fort is a living fort. There are shops, hotels, age old havelis (mansions) inside the fort area. Below the fort are several magnificent havelis with intricate stone carving. Short trips give a glimpse of the desert to the tourists.

Jodhpur

Erstwhile Rathore Rajputs principality of Marwad region of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is set at the edge of the Thar Desert. The lifestyle in Jodhpur is quite fascinating. The folks there wear nice and lovely multihued costumes. Another one of the unique features of the culture of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is the colorful turbans worn by men. The graceful palaces, forts and temples strewn throughout the city bring alive the historic grandeur of this city. Lending a romantic aura to Jodhpur, are its exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, folk music and the brightly attired people.

Ranakpur

Ranakpur, a town 95 kms from Udaipur, is an oasis amidst desert and hilly terrain of the Aravalis. The town of Ranakpur is famous for the Jain Temple, a piece of architectural engravings and embossing. Light colored marble has been used for the construction of Ranakpur temple. The temple, with its distinctive domes, turrets and cupolas rises majestically from the slope of a hill. The temple is designed as chaumukha—with four faces. Over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail and differently, support the temple. All the statues face one or the other statue. The image faces all four cardinal directions.

Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh, 65 kms from Udaipur, is famous for its un-surmountable fort and being birth place of legendary Maharana Pratap. Named after Rana Kumbha, who got the fort constructed in the 15th century, Kumbhalgarh Fort is another fort that has remained unconquered till date. This was so because of its inaccessibility and hostile topography. The fort walls are wide enough for eight horses to run simultaneously. The most amazing and interesting fact about the fort is that it houses another fort in its complex. This fort is called Kartargarh fort and comprises of a palace built by Maharana Fateh Singh.

Udaipur

Beautiful lakes, picturesque scenery, grand monuments, picture-perfect hilly back-drop has compelled the visitors to call Udaipur as 'city of lakes' and 'Venice of East'. Udaipur is regarded as one of the most romantic cities of the world. Udaipur is the second most-sought after tourist destination of Rajasthan. Lake Palace of Udaipur has been accredited of being one of the most romantic places all across the globe. The massive forts of Udaipur grab the interest of people with their sheer structure and architecture. The beautiful temples create a sense of aestheticism with their spiritual ecstasy. Udaipur also boasts of various museums, palaces, gardens, monuments and colorful festivals that allure tourists to visit the city for once. Udaipur Solar Observatory is considered as the best solar observing site in Asia. Other attractions are City Palace, Jag Mandir Palace, Lake Palace Udaipur, Lake Pichhola etc.

Bundi

Bundi has almost all cultural & architectural niceties of Rajasthan but is less frequented by the tourists. Rustic environment, pristine glory, glorious monuments and comparatively lesser touristic and commercialized ambience offer a tourist a feel of 'old world charm'. Bundi is small but exceptionally unique town of Rajasthan. It's famous for its magnificent fort, beautiful palaces, havelis (mansions), chattris (cenotaphs) with carved pillars, and amazing baoris (step-wells). Bundi is also world-renowned for its miniature paintings. Explore Bundi with Optima India Tourism to experience this fascinating town of Rajasthan at its best. There are a number of enchanting tourist attractions in Bundi, which you can see on Bundi tour.

Ranthambhore

Ranthambhore, a National Park developed as Royal Bengal tiger reserve, is home to over 40 species of mammals, 320 species of birds, over 35 species of reptiles and over 300 species of plants. Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary in Sawai Madho Singh district of Rajasthan, is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these majestic predators in the jungle. Tigers can be easily spotted even during the day time.

Jaipur

Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, has been laid according to the conventional nine-grid pattern that astrologers believe to be lucky, and which has been recommended in the ancient Indian treatise on architecture. Jaipur has much to offer visitors — everything from pageants and festivals to extraordinarily clad people, a wealth of handicrafts, a royal legacy of palaces, and sightseeing — that will occupy their time. Jaipur is also known as 'Pink City' and famous for magnificent monuments like Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Galta Ji, Birla Temple, Albert Hall etc. Being almost equidistant from Delhi and Agra, Jaipur along with these two cities form a Golden Triangle circuit.

  • Accommodation in the mentioned hotels on double sharing.

  • Daily breakfast basis on all places.

  • Total Meals: 20 (Breakfast-15; Lunch-02; Dinner-03).

  • Total night stays: 15 (Delhi-02; Mandawa-01; Bikaner-01; Jaisalmer-02; Jodhpur-01; Kumbhalgarh-01; Udaipur-02; Bundi-01; Ranthambhore-02; Jaipur-02).

  • Well-appointed upgraded air-conditioned rooms at all places.

  • Along with breakfast at all places, 01 dinner in Jaisalmer tent; 02 lunches and 02 dinners in Ranthambhore.

  • Monument entrance charges.

  • Rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.

  • Camel ride in Jaisalmer.

  • 02 jeep/ canter safaris in Ranthambhore on shared basis.

  • English speaking & destination-specific guides at all destinations for mentioned sightseeing tour.

  • Meet & assist at the airport on arrival & departure.

  • Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Air-conditioned private car for the whole sightseeing tour.

  • Driver for the whole tour.

  • All prevailing taxes like luxury tax, service tax etc.

  • All transfers, city tours, excursions & drives by air-conditioned transport.

  • Interstate road tax, toll tax, parking charges, driver's wages, fuel charges etc.

Optima Special:
  • Manual rickshaw ride in the alleys of Kinari Bazaar, situated in 400 years old .
  • Chandni Chowk market, built by Shah Jahan and supervised by Jahanara.
  • Maharaja (king)- like elephant ride at Amber Fort, 13 kms from Jaipur, the capital
  • City of desert state of Rajasthan.
  • One night stay in desert camp in Jaisalmer with cultural performances by local artists.
  • A camel ride up to Sam sand-dunes to help you watch desert lifestyle.
  • View Lake Palace and traditional Udaipur city while having boat ride in Lake Pichola.
  • Jeep safaris in Ranthambhore, a Royal Bengal Tiger reserve.
Don't miss on Cultural Rajasthan Tour:
  • Camp in tents under the stars in the Thar desert of Jaisalmer.
  • Do watch medieval era's still working water harvesting system- the baoris in Bundi.
  • Get face to face with Royal Bengal tigers in Ranthambhore.
  • Fall in love with India's romantic Udaipur.
  • Discover the many faces of Delhi.
  • Catch a Bollywood blockbuster in Jaipur.
  • Experience a taste of rural Rajasthan in Mandawa.
Shopping:

Jaipur: Jewellery, carpets and handicraft items.
Jodhpur: At Mochi Gali, embroidered leather shoes, tie & dye fabrics, lacquer-ware, antiques & puppets.
Jaisalmer: At Manik Chowk, pick up woven blankets & shawls, mirror-work textiles, silver jewellery & block-printed textiles.
Bikaner: At the bazaar, look for camel-hide water bottles, slippers, purposes and lampshades. Also camel hair durries, carpets and blankets.

Cuisines:

Jodhpur: Try makhaniya lassi-a delicious creamy drink.
Jaisalmer: Popular dessert - mawa kachori & doodh firni.
Bikaner: Taste famous Bikaneri Bhujia- tangy mix of fried cereals that make a perfect snack.

Is This Trip For Me:
Travel Style Service Level TPhysical Demands Trip Type Trip Rating
Classic Standard FIT/Small Group 5/5
DestinationsStandardSuperiorDeluxeLuxury
DelhiJiviteshHiltonShangri LaHotel Imperial
MandawaMandawa HaveliVivaana HaveliCastle Mandawa Castle Mandawa
BikanerHarasar HaveliLalgarh PalaceGajner PalaceLaxmi Niwas Palace
JaisalmerNachna HaveliFort RajwadaTaj RawalkotSuryagarh Palace
JodhpurRatan PalaceDevi BhawanTaj Hari MahalUmmed Bhawan Palace
RanthambhoreTiger Safari ResortRanthambhore BagNahargarh PalaceOberoi Vanya Vilas
Jaipur ParadiseShahpura HouseITC RajputanaOberoi Raj Vilas
Kumbhalgarh The AodhiThe AodhiThe AodhiThe Aodhi
Bundi Hadoti PalaceHadoti PalaceHadoti PalaceHadoti Palace
UdaipurHotel Jagat Niwas Hotel Karohi HaveliLaxmi Vilas Palace- The LalitOberoi Udai Vilas
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  • Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply depending on date of travel.

  • Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.

  • Prices shown are for payments made by cash in store or through normal bank transfer into our accounts.

  • These prices are a guide to the best price and are subject to change without notice.

  • Prices are subject to change without notice, due to matters outside our control, such as adverse currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and airfare increases, please enquire for further details.

  • Please provide your passport details to Intrepid at least one month before travelling. Please note that if you do not provide your passport details you may be denied entry to any National Parks that are visited along this itinerary, or you may be charged a fee by the local government as passport details are now a requirement for entry into all national parks in India.

  • Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

  • In India normally the check in time is 02:00 PM and check out time is 10:00 AM.

  • Meals other than breakfast and as specified above.

  • Video camera/ still camera fee applicable at various monuments. The same will be paid by you direct on spot on actual basis.

  • Items of personal nature like telephone calls, laundry, tips, hard/soft drink etc.

  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities.

  • Indian visa fees.

  • Any compulsory meal supplements during festive season is not included.

  • Early check in & late check out at the hotels.

  • Any other Items is not included in " Inclusions" heading.

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