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Land of Maharajas Tour

  • 15 Nights / 16 Days
  • Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Mandawa – Bikaner – Khimsar – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Deogarh – Udaipur – Delhi

Rajasthan, known as Land of Maharajas, is a tourist’s paradise to explore, experience and enjoy. Land of Maharajas Tour has been chalked out by selecting the best places representing various erstwhile Rajput kingdoms with mammoth forts, majestic palaces, beautiful mansions, intricately carved & sculptured ancient temples, rural landscape, desert lifestyle etc. Stay in heritage hotels, desert safari on camel, elephant ride on the ramp of a fort, visit to artisans’ village, colourful bazaars etc will impart you unforgettable lifetime experience.

Day 1 Delhi arrival

Welcome to India. On arrival at New Delhi, capital of India, get greeted by our courteous representative. India has beautiful landscapes, magnificent places, historical sites, kind people and rich culture. And Rajasthan, the desert state and “Land of Maharajas”, with great ancient palaces, mighty forts, museums of weapons and exotic cultural legacy holds special charm for the tourists. You will be transferred to Pre-booked Delhi hotel. Overnight stay has been planned in Delhi hotel.

Day 2 Explore Delhi

City tour of Delhi will commence after scrumptious breakfast in the hotel. At pre-scheduled time, Delhi tour guide will meet in hotel’s lobby and take on sightseeing of Delhi. Delhi showcases British and Mughal legacies more prominently as the traditional Hindu architectural gems had been looted, pillaged and destroyed. This can easily be noticed in Iron Pillar and engraved walls in the Qutub Minar complex.

From touristic point of view, Delhi sightseeing is segmented into two parts- Old Delhi & New Delhi. The division between New & Old Delhi is the distinction between the capitals of the British & the Mughal respectively. Major tourist attractions to be visited are Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India), Red Fort (built by Shah Jahan in 1648), Chandani Chowk and Rajghat (the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi), India Gate (A World War II memorial), Presidents House, Parliament & Qutub Minar. During the course of visiting monuments of Delhi, explore buzzing market as well. Overnight stay has been planned in Delhi hotel.

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Day 3 Delhi - Agra (by car- 210 Kms/ 04 hrs)

Having relished scrumptious breakfast in the morning in Delhi hotel, depart for Agra. About 215 kms from Delhi, statistically, Agra is the most visited city of India. If you imagine India as an eternal flow of contrasts, Agra is the clearest example. At first glance, Agra is a tremendously, noisy, cramped and often deviating from civic orders. However its legendry attractions, including the stunning Taj Mahal, make it unique and wonderful. Agra is one of the most artistic cities of India, with folk arts of great interest. Magic and mystery, mysticism, monuments to be visited at least once in life, tradition, Agra is a dream destination for any tourist visiting India.

On arrival at Agra, you will be directly transferred to Agra hotel. After relaxing a bit, move for sightseeing of famous monuments, market and artisans’ locality along with Agra tour guide who will be introduced with you in the lobby of the hotel. Among famous monuments are Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Baby taj, Sikandara, Dayal Bag Temple etc.

Taj Mahal, built by Mughal ruler Shah Jahan between 1632 to 1648, in honour of his favourite wife Mumtaj Mahal, who died giving birth to 14th child, is possibly one of the most beautiful monuments of the world. The best time to visit Taj Mahal is early morning. The walls are studded with semi-precious stones and embossed with verses of Koran. Taj Mahal reflects the intensity of love.

Red Fort of Agra, locally called as Laal Qila, was built between 1566 and 1573. Mughal ruler constructed initially this citadel. Three Mughal rulers- Akbar, Jahangir & Shah Jahan- contributed to bring the fort into its present form. The fort is made of red sandstone (hence its name) and its walls are 2.5 kms long and 20 meters high. The rear of the Fort is protected by the river Yamuna, while the rest is raised in an arc that is protected by a 9 meters deep moat. The spectacular entrance gate on the southern side of the fort is Amar Singh Rathore Gate. It is an impressive arched entrance that leads to three successive arches, sandwiched between the high walls and high posts. Once inside the palace, visit Jahangiri Mahal, built in 1570, although many of its buildings from the time of Akbar were remade or furnished by Shah Jahan, to put in more of marble.

Mausoleum of It-Mad- ud –Daula was built on the left bank of river Yamuna. Noor Jahan, the most powerful woman of the Mughal empire and the favorite wife of Jahangir, ordered the construction of this tomb in honor of his parents, Ghiyas Mirza Beg and his wife. It-Mad- ud Daula, meaning State Pillar, was the title given to Mirza Ghias Beg. The building is precursor to Taj Mahal as it was erected between 1622 and 1628. The gateway is made of red sandstone and white marble, a work of art in itself. The building is rather of small proportions if compared to other mausoleums of the time.

This mausoleum, on the other hand, is flanked by a lovely garden of canals crossed by numerous streams and footpaths. It is known for its square structure and its magnificent 13 metres high hexagonal minarets, topping each of its four corners. At the center, a square-shaped pavilion with an angled dome completes the package. The walls of the mausoleum were covered with white marble and inlaid with precious and semiprecious stones, chosen for their dark and ocher colors that glow in floral and geometric patterns (the latter of Persian appearance) that decorate the building.

About 10 kms on the outskirts of the city lies Sikandara, known as the mausoleum of Akbar. It is a beautiful tomb, like most of those in India. The construction of mausoleum was begun in 1605 by Akbar, but it was his son Jahangir who completed it in 1613. That is why the tomb has a curious mix of styles, combining sandstone typical of the time of Akbar, with white marble came into use with Jahangir and Shah Jahan.

Having seen fabulous monuments of Agra, explore local market and later on return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4 Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (by car- 245 kms/ 05 hrs)

Today the journey to Jaipur leads you to Land of Maharajas. But on the way to Jaipur, you will be visiting deserted city, sometimes called ‘ghost city’, of Fatehpur Sikri, only 38 kms from Agra. Fatehpur Sikri is a fortified city perched on a cliff, about 38 kms from Agra. Fatehpur Sikri earlier was located on the banks of a lake which dried out due to neglect and over-utilization. It resulted in lack of drinking water and hence demise of a well-planned township. The story goes back in 1567. Mughal ruler Akbar wanted to find a new location for his imperial court and thus chose the town of Sikri. People relate the construction of town with birth of a son to Akbar due to boon of Salim Chishti. The current name Fatehpur, meaning City of Victory, was put in 1573, after victory in Gujarat battle. However, the city had to be abandoned in just 17 years after, as the architects did not take into account the severe drought in the area, and found no way to get water to a city. The entrance to the city, Buland Darwaja, is an impressive and huge archway, 40 meters high with 70 steps to be climbed up to cross it. This massive entrance must have been, at times, a demonstration of real power. The Imperial Palace and the Grand Mosque are two most striking features of this site. Imperial Palace has several stories and consists of several pavilions linked by courtyards.

After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, drive to Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, you will be transferred to Jaipur hotel. Our representative will assist in quick and hassle-free check in. Spend the evening in leisure. Overnight stay is scheduled in Jaipur.

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Day 5 Explore Jaipur

Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan, the desert state of India & ‘Land of Maharajas’. If you look at the magnificent stucco buildings that line the wide avenues of Jaipur, you will understand why it is called "The Pink City". Jaipur is a historical and cultural destination. Mammoth forts, majestic palaces, magnanimous temples and marvelous cultural legacies and traditions epitomize Jaipur. Exploration and viewing of Jaipur starts in the morning with a visit to Amber Fort. Amber Fort, among the tourists, is very popular. Reaching the main precinct of the fort by riding elephant in ‘maharaja’ style is a hallmark of Jaipur experience. Amber Fort is known for its sturdy and mammoth architecture and artistically decorated rooms and courtyards. Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) is one of them. It is definitely one of the most impressive parts of the fort. The whole gallery with embedded mirrors is really beautiful. You will find different patterns ceilings and walls. You can easily imagine its beauty in full-moon night when the moon illuminated mirrors reflect different colors. Do see exceptionally implemented water conservation and harvesting system.

Other than Amber Fort, see City Palace, Jantar Mantar (Solar Observatory, still in working condition), Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Albert Hall (a museum), Birla Temple and local buzzing market.

But if you wish to experience Peace, satisfaction and happiness, you must visit Govind Dev ji temple, home to guardian deity of Jaipur. The presiding deity of this beautiful and unique temple is Lord Krishna playing flute, also called Govind Dev. Architecturally the temple is very nice. You will be charged spiritually having experienced joyous welcome, colorful & enchanting devotees, the sweet scent of jasmine and a quiet contemplative space. If you want to get submersed into surge of religiosity and spiritualism, then it is a mandatory place for unforgettable experience.

Jaipur is a shopper’s paradise. Handicraft articles, jewellery and marble products are hallmarks of colourful and lively market of Jaipur. If you are looking for a unique souvenir, head to one of the bazaars, where you can choose a pair of camel leather slippers. Overnight stay has been planned in Jaipur hotel.

Day 6 Jaipur to Mandawa (by car- 185 kms/ 3 hrs)

Have breakfast leisurely in the morning and depart for Mandawa, a tourist destination in Shekhawati region of Rajasthan.

Known for its beautiful castles and magnificent havelis, Mandawa gives an impression of living in a bygone era. At a distance of about 185 kms from Jaipur, the place experiences extreme weather conditions. On arrival at Mandawa, you will be received by our representative and transferred to Mandawa hotel. Late afternoon, along with Mandawa tour guide, move to explore rural landscape of Mandawa.

Shekhawati region was famous for wealthy merchants and their lavish lifestyle within prescribed religious strictures. The havelis built in 18th & 19th centuries, though abandoned by the merchants in 19th century, are still there, more or less preserved, and have emerged as major tourist attractions. The frescoed and painted walls of the havelis are their unique features. No room within the havelis is alike. The beautiful arches and intricate handicrafts are rarely found elsewhere in Rajasthan. Decorated with beautiful paintings and great antique murals, the designs were once adorned with precious jewels. The medieval fort of Mandawa is in the center of activity of Mandawa. Founded in the 18th century, the Castle Manadawa dominates the skyline of Mandawa with beautiful arched doors and intricate carvings. Some of the famous havelis of Mandawa are the Saraf haveli, Chokhani haveli and Ladia haveli. The haveli of Newatia Binsidhar has curious paintings on the walls- a child using phone, and a European woman in car with driver. The Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli has some erotic images.

Spend evening in leisure either in hotel or humming village and have overnight stay in Mandawa hotel.

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Day 7 Mandawa - Bikaner (by car- 200 kms/ 04 hrs)

Having enjoyed delicious breakfast in Mandawa hotel, you will be driven to Bikaner, a historic city of Rajasthan. Bikaner, known for its desert and dessert, was once a major trade centre due to being on the ancient caravan route which linked central Asia and North India with the Gujarat seaports. On arrival at Bikaner, you will be assisted by our representative in checking at the hotel and introduced with Bikaner tour guide. Post lunch, proceed for exploration of Bikaner. Bikaner was founded in 1488. En route, we will see painted havelis in Fatehpur, then continue to Bikaner. First we visit Junagarh Fort & Museum, a fantastic medieval castle. Then we visit Prachina Museum, made in 2000 AD to preserve the rich cultural diversity of Bikaner. Then we go to Camel Farm & Research Centre where researches are conducted regarding camel breeding and training. It is the only institute of its kind in Asia. Overnight stay has been planned in Bikaner hotel.

Day 8 Bikaner – Khimsar (by car-145 kms/ 3 hrs)

Khimsar is amidst Thar desert. Having taken scrumptious breakfast, depart for Khimsar. On arrival at Khimsar, check in at the hotel. The day has been kept for leisure. The things to be seen and experience are desert landscape, small hamlets and sand dunes. The nearby exploration can be done either by jeep or camel or horse. Overnight stay has been planned in Khimsar Fort hotel.

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Day 9 Khimsar - Jaisalmer (by car- 295 kms/ 06 hrs)

Relishing scrumptious breakfast in Khimsar hotel, depart for Jaisalmer, also known as Golden City, located in the heart of the Thar Desert.

Jaisalmer, the city of golden fort, is a fantasy in yellow stone in the heart of Thar. The golden beauty, engraved in yellow stone. Perched on the hill Trikuta, it stands large on thousands of grains of sand. Jaisalmer personifies the desolate but an incredible beauty of the desert. The city was founded in 1156 by Bhatti Rajput king Rawal Jaisal. Jaisalmer is famous for its beautiful sunset. It is also famous for its cobbled streets, strewn with palaces, forts, temples and havelis. Every house here is exquisitely carved with fine works of architecture. The houses date from the 12th and 15th centuries. And therefore Jaisalmer is called the City Museum.

On arrival at Jaisalmer, you will be accosted by our representative to ensure smooth check in at hotel. The evening is meant for leisure and overnight stay has been planned in hotel.

Day 10 Explore Jaisalmer

After breakfast in the hotel, proceed for sightseeing of Jaisalmer along with tour guide. The first destination and prime most tourist attraction of Jaisalmer is Golden Fort (Sonar Qila) which houses a part of the population of Jaisalmer. Visit the temples of Jain religion within the walls of the fort. Then proceed for visiting Gadi Sagar Lake, a man-made lake that used to be source of water supply of the city. The lake has many small temples and shrines around it. Thereafter, visit some of the havelis or mansions. Wealthy merchants commissioned local craftsmen to build these mansions. These are built delicately of sandstone with beautiful facades & sculptures and carved windows and balconies. Among the famous havelis are Salim Singh ki Haveli, Patwon Ki Haveli and Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli.

Late in the afternoon, an excursion to the sand dunes of Sam will take place. If you like, you can optionally enjoy camel ride and witness the beautiful sunset. Overnight stay can be provided either in hotel or a desert camp.

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Day 11 Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (by car- 270 kms/ 05 hrs)

After breakfast, leisurely depart for Jodhpur in the morning. Jodhpur, popularly known as the Blue City of Rajasthan, is the city that shines with a mixture of modern and traditional buildings of the fifteenth century. It is a flourishing trade center for wool, cattle, camels, salt and crops since the sixteenth century. On arrival at Jodhpur, you will be transferred to pre-booked hotel, assisted by our representative. Post-lunch, in the afternoon, visit the adjoining area of the Clock Tower, in the center of the city, to see the market of vegetables, spices, colorful textiles and kitchen appliances etc. A large variety of ethic goods and handicraft articles can be seen. Overnight stay has been planned in Jodhpur hotel.

Day 12 Jodhpur sightseeing tour

Have leisurely breakfast and, along with Jodhpur tour guide, depart for visiting famous historical monuments of Jodhpur. The most visited on e is Mehrangarh Fort. Within the walls are royal palaces with an impressive collection of weapons. Mehrangarh Fort is one of the sturdiest and till date nicely preserved forts of Rajasthan. While returning from the fort and passing through alleys of the city, you will be watching turban making and wearing practices; and a sample of ‘henna’ painting (traditional tattoos) made on the hands and feet of women folks. Then we continue to visit Jaswant Thada, the white marble monument of King Jaswant Singh II, which was built in 1899. Also visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum that exhibits the priceless collection of King of Jodhpur.

Post-lunch session is reserved for exploring the rural life of India, visiting some villages. Bishnoi village safari is specially designed for foreign visitors so that they can have a firsthand feel of nature-friendly and completely vegetarian tribe. Bishnois are excellent craftsmen through several generations. Their love for animal is legendary and exceptional. Having seen Bishnoi villages, return to Jodhpur city centre to spend evening in leisure and have overnight stay in Jodhpur hotel.

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Day 13 Jodhpur – Deogarh (170 kms/ 04 hrs)

Deogarh is a sleepy village of Rajasthan. It lies between Jodhpur and Udaipur. It used to be one of the ‘thikanas’ of Mewar kingdom. The main attractions of Deogarh are its quiet and quaint village life, Deogarh Palace (perched on a 2100 ft high Aravalis hilltop) and Deogarh School of paintings. On arrival at Deogarh, you will be transferred to Deogarh hotel. On your own explore rural life and village landscape, nestled amidst the hilly terrain of the Aravalis. You can take a bicycle ride also. Deogarh Palace is a must see and if could manage to stay is a worth experiencing place. The evening is for leisure and overnight stay will be in the hotel.

Day 14 Deogarh – Ranakpur - Udaipur (135 kms/ 03 hrs)

Having taken delicious breakfast in Deogarh hotel, depart for Udaipur. En route Udaipur, visit Ranakpur temple. Ranakpur is famous for exquisite Jain temple. Built of white marble, the temple’s walls and statues are intricately carved. Having lunch at any nice restaurant of Ranakpur, continue your drive to Udaipur. The city of Udaipur lies in a valley surrounded by green hills on the shores of Lake Pichola. Udaipur is embedded in incredible legacy of a bygone era. Explore contours of the landscape of Udaipur. Saheliyon Ki Bari, Maharana Pratap Memorial, Shilpgram or craft bazaars, City Palace, Lake Palace, Jagdish Temple, Gulab Niwas Gardens, Palace Jag Mahal, Sajjangarh, Eklingji Temple, Government Museum, Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake and Lake Jaisamand are some attractions of this place. Udaipur is a dream destination in the desert. The Kingdom of Mewar was ruled by the Sisodia dynasty of Chittorgarh for over 1200 years. Maharana Udai Singh II founded Udaipur as capital of Mewar in 1568. On arrival at Udaipur, you will be received by our representative and transferred to pre-booked hotel.

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Day 15 Udaipur sightseeing

Having scrumptious breakfast in Udaipur hotel, along with Udaipur tour guide, proceed for full day sightseeing. Udaipur, known as ‘City of Lakes’, ‘Venice of East’ and ‘Romantic City of Rajasthan’, has a lot to show the tourists. Prominent among them are City Palace, probably the largest palace complex of India, Saheliyon KI Bari, Jag Palace, Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) & lakes etc. Beautifully sculptured Jagdish Temple, built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, is the largest temple of Udaipur. Sculptures of alligators, elephants, horses and celestial musicians can be seen on the outside. It is a giant construction equal to a Hindu gurukul (school). Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum is a glass gallery, located in the Fateh Prakash Palace (part of the City Palace). It was opened to the public in 1994. Overlooking the Durbar Hall, the glass gallery has a large collection of over 600 rare objects from around the world. Lok Kala Mandal is the folk art museum which exhibits the collection of traditional costumes, ornaments, pets, dolls, musical instruments and paintings. There is a tribal art section.

Among the gardens of Udaipur, Gulab Bag & Saheliyon ki Bari are most popular. Gulab Bagh is a spectacular rose garden built by Maharana Sajjan Singh. Garden Library houses ancient manuscripts and books. There is also a small zoo in the garden. Saheliyon Ki Bari was built for maids and sisters of the royal ladies. The garden has several sources of water and is embellished with marble elephants.

Lake Pichola is a picturesque lake which entranced Maharaja Udai Singh. He enlarged it later. The lake is surrounded by hills, palaces, temples and bathing ghats. Two island palaces, the Jag Mandir and the Jag Niwas (the famous lake palace) are of breathtaking magnificence. Aptly called the city of lakes, Udaipur is adorned with five lakes- Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar, Udai Sagar, Swaroop Sagar & Lake Badi. Jaisamand, Asia's largest artificial lake, Rajasmand and Lake Bagdada are other nearby lakes. Fateh Sagar is a beautiful lake and has mountains on three sides and the Pratap memorial built by Maharana Fateh Singh on the fourth side. A garden island is accessible by boat.

In the evening, a boat cruise in Lake Pichola is also planned. After full day sightseeing and sunset boat ride on the romantic Lake Pichola, return to Udaipur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 16 Udaipur – New Delhi (by air) - Departure

After breakfast, relax leisurely in the morning. Afternoon, you will be transferred to Udaipur airport for about 1 hour flight to Delhi. On arrival, you will be received and transferred to New Delhi hotel. The rest of the day has been kept free for your leisure. Overnight stay has been planned in Delhi hotel.

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Delhi

Presently the national capital of Republic of India, Delhi, since the ages, has been a theatre of tumultuous political upheavals. From the times of legendary Pandavas of Mahabharata fame to Rajput rule to Sultanate rule to Mughal rule to British regime and, presently, to Indian democratic rule, Delhi has been centre of political and cultural activities. Now-a-days, Delhi is the largest commercial centre in northern India. Due to glorious past and modern infrastructure, Delhi is an incredible mélange of ancient and modern & alleys and broadways. It is a hotpot of cultural amalgamation. Delhi is a great place to taste spicy and non-vegetarian Mughlai dishes along with vegetarian Hindu cuisines. Probably Delhi is one of the richest capitals in the world in terms of monuments of historical importance.

A few places which attract the masses are Qutub Minar (world's tallest free-standing brick minaret and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Red Fort of Delhi (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Humayun's Tomb (first mature Mughal Tomb built in 1560), Akshardham temple (the largest Hindu temple complex in the world), the Lotus Temple (a Bahai worship place & notable for its flowerlike shape), the India Gate (originally called the All India War Memorial, located astride the Rajpath), President House, Parliament Building etc.

Agra

Agra finds its mention in epic of Mahabharata as ‘Agravana’. Agra is traditionally and culturally part of Brijbhumi, associated with legendary Lord Krishna. Strategically located on the banks of river Yamuna, the city of Agra has seen many upheavals due to intermittent attacks of the invaders to take control of it. Agra remained under control of the Rajputs, the Muslims, the Marathas and the British. Though the influences of these regimes are quite visible in art, architecture and culture of the city but the Mughal impact is more pronounced, especially in old Agra. Now-a-days, Agra has been synonymous with Taj Mahal from tourism perspective. Taj Mahal can easily be termed as a feather in the cap of India, particularly Agra, which also possesses the most precious jewel in the country’s crown the “Taj Mahal”. Sikander Lodhi, Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjahan ruled with Agra as capital of their kingdoms. Babur was the first Mughal king who built first Islamic monument in Agra i.e. Gul-e-Afgaan or the Aram Bag -a planned garden. During the rule of Akbar, famous monuments of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort, were constructed. Sikandara and It-mad-ud-Daula are the famous buildings of Jahangiri period. World renowned Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan in fond memory of Mumtaj Mahal, is now one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’. Agra is also known for its fabulous handicrafts, made of marble and soft-stone inlay work. Agra's major handicraft products besides inlay work are: leather-ware, brassware, carpets, jewellery and embroidery work.

Fatehpur Sikri

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

Fatehpur Sikri, a historical place with nicely preserved monuments of Mughal era, is a must see place while visiting Agra. Located some 37 kms from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri of Buland Darwaja fame was founded by Akbar in 1569 to express his gratitude for Sufi mystic Salim Chishti, who was born in Sikri village. Many historians believe that Fatehpur Sikri was established as a joint capital with Agra but due to paucity of potable and drinking water, the plan to shift a section of imperial officials there had been reversed. Even today, its red stone architecture, richly ornamented with carvings & firework, is in a perfect state of preservation. Buland Darwaja is 15-storied, stands 140 feet on the pedestal and is 54 feet above the ground. A steep flight of 42 steps leads one to the massive gateway and makes it as one of the tallest gateways in the world is made of red-sandstone with marble decoration on it. With Quranic inscription on the front and cenotaph on the heights of the gateway, Buland Darwaja is a splendid blend of Hindu and Persian architecture. The calligraphy work done on the inner façade of Buland Darwaja has very less parallels in India.

Jaipur

Jaipur, present day capital city of India’s largest state Rajasthan, is representative of typical Rajasthani culture, art, architecture and lifestyles. Known as ‘Pink City’ or ‘Gulabi Nagar’ of Rajasthan, Jaipur attracts tourists towards its gargantuan forts, marvelously built palaces, lively market of handicraft products and intricately carved out temples. The sprinkling beauty, the edifices, big havelis and stupendous sky-touching forts of Jaipur attract the tourists immensely. Jaipur is the only city in the world which has been built as per India’s Vaastu Shastra and segmented as per astrology. Jaipur 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. Its nine rectangular sectors represent nine levels of universe. A boundary wall with eight gates surrounds the city.

Mandawa

Mandawa, a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, is 190 kms from Jaipur. Jhunjhunu is part of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. Mandawa is part of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. The Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is the land of multi-hued frescoes and known as "The Open Air Art Gallery". It is world renowned for its painted havelis and paintings, noted for their frescos depicting mythological and historical themes. Mandawa was founded in 18th century and mostly inhabited by rich merchants. The mansions of these wealthy and influential merchants were decorated with beautiful fresco paintings with themes varying from time to time from mythologies displaying local legends, animals, portraits, hunting, wrestling scenes to prominent impressions of British Raj like cars, trains, balloons, telephones, gramophones, English men in hunting attires and portraits of the haveli owners immaculately dressed, etc.

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. Dotted with scores of sand dunes and called as the camel country, Bikaner is among the three prominent desert circuits of Rajasthan. Bikaner houses a large Camel Research & Breeding Farms and is distinguished for the best riding camels in the world. Bikaner was founded by Rao Bhikaji in 1488 AD by transforming barren wilderness of Jangaladesh with the help of 100 cavalry horses and 500 soldiers. Bikaner, being on the medieval great carvan trade route, has been very prosperous. In order to save the town from the marauding Mughals, Bikaner is surrounded by high fortifications comprising a seven-kilometer long wall which encircles the old city. The Karni Mata Temple (or Rat Temple) at Deshnok has been patronized by the ruling family of Bikaner. A salted snack made of lentils originated from Bikaner and hence is popularly known as 'Bikaneri Bhujia'. Well preserved forts, palaces, havelis and museum will showcase Bikaner's prosperous past. Bikaner is known for its desert and dessert.

Khimsar

Presently a small hamlet of Nagaur district of Rajasthan, Khimsar, during its days of glory in the past, used to be a ‘thikana’ or a fiefdom and paid allegiance to the kingdom of Mewar. Situated about 100 kms away from Jodhpur, Khimsar is an oasis in the very middle of harsh desert and offers an opportunity to a tourist to have first hand feel of desert lifestyle in the villages. Spread in 11 acres of land, Khimsar Fort, now turned into a luxury heritage hotel, is the prime tourist attraction of Khimsar. Khimsar Fort Palace hotel organizes jeep safaris into the desert for the tourists.

Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer, known as ‘Golden City of Rajasthan’, is the westernmost city of India, adjoining the border of Pakistan. The city of Jaisalmer, earlier ruled by brave Bhatti Rajputs, had been a prominent trade centre being located on ancient Silk Route. Jaisalmer has facts to declare, tales to impress, uniqueness to wonder and spirit to live. With historical legacy, rich cultural heritage, ethnicity, palaces, fortresses, temples, golden sand dunes and intricately sculptured havelis, Jaisalmer offers facts about the courageous rulers and citizens of the bygone era, tales of unequalled valor, unique in its beauty and undaunted spirit to keep us alive and kicking. For a tourist, there are eight places/ monuments in Jaisalmer to be seen. Built in 1156 AD, the prime attraction of Jaisalmer is obviously Jaisalmer Fort, known as Golden Fort or Sonar Qila. Cenotaphs at Bada Bagh, located in isolation, offer a stunning view during sunrise and sunset. Massive five-storied Patwon-Ki-Haveli, constructed of yellow sandstone, has five intricately decorated huge suites, large corridors and decorated walls representing the then prevailing art form. Out of the five havelis, one is converted into a museum. The third haveli houses the works of local craftsmen of the bygone era. Watch sunset from Sam Sand Dunes, after reaching there by having a ride on a camel. Thar Heritage Museum, established by Laxmi Narayan Khatri to preserve historical and cultural art & architecture of Thar region, showcases Sea fossils aging over million years, unique ornaments of camels and horses, documents and coins of Jaisalmer, ancient manuscripts and weapons . Artistically carved entrance made of yellow sandstone and temples, holy shrines and chhattris around Gadsisar Lake, reconstructed by Maharawal Garsi in 1367 AD, offer a breathtaking view. Desert National Park is a unique concept and effort to showcase flora and fauna of Thar Desert. The collection in Silk Route Art Gallery of Jaisalmer includes clothes, patchworks, bags, shawls, belts, antiques and accessories. All the items available here is handmade.

Jodhpur

Jodhpur, situated on the edge of Thar Desert & known as ‘Blue City of Rajasthan’, is the second largest city of Rajasthan. The quintessence of Jodhpur has been its valour and equestrian skill. Jodhpur is also known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all the year round. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1549 AD, Jodhpur was an old capital of Royal Marwar. The impressions of rich past, valour and flourishing trade can be seen in the existing monuments and bustling market. Mehrangarh Fort tops the repertoire of magnificent tourist attractions of Jodhpur. One of the largest forts of India, the impregnable Mehrangarh Fort is well preserved till date and houses excellent museum along with the only professional museum shop of India. Tourists interested in adventure may opt for six circuits of ropeways (zip-linings) at the back side of Mehrangarh Fort. Known as ‘Taj Mahal of Rajasthan’, Jaswant Thada is an ornately carved cenotaph. Built of white marble, Jaswant Thada is a must-see monument of Jodhpur. Umaid Bhawan Palace is another tourist attraction of Jodhpur.

Deogarh

Deogarh is a sleepy village of Rajasthan. It lies between Jodhpur and Udaipur. It used to be one of the ‘thikanas’ of Mewar kingdom. The main attractions of Deogarh are its quiet and quaint village life, Deogarh Palace (perched on a 2100 ft high Aravalis hilltop) and Deogarh School of paintings. The charming town of Deogarh is known for its magnificent palace. Tour to Deogarh will inevitably capture the real essence of the royal Rajasthan.The most fascinating sight in Deogarh is Deogarh Mahal. Built in the 17th century by Rawat Dwarka Dasji, the palace offers a picture-perfect view of the Aravali range. A part of Deogarh Mahal has been converted into a charming heritage hotel and the other part is a residence of the royal family. The palace is situated 2100 feet above sea level. The beautiful architecture of the palace will surely carve a special place in your heart forever. Visit the Dashavatar temple and the Manastambha. Look for the Chanderi Sarees on your Deogarh tour.

Ranakpur

Constructed in an area of 60X62 metres, Ranakpur Temple in Pali district of Rajasthan is one of the five most auspicious places of Jain community. Ranakpur is known as 'the tranquil pilgrimage town'. Ranakpur is a village is on Jodhpur- Udaipur route, about 95 kms from Udaipur and 165 kms from Jodhpur. As ancient Sanskrit text Soma-Saubhagya Kavya suggests, construction of Ranakpur Temple, built on ‘chaumukha’ style, had commenced in 1437 and continued till 1458. Intricately sculptured and equipped with 29 halls and 1444 pillars, Ranakpur Temple was built under the supervision of architect Deepaka during the regime of Rana Kumbha of Mewar. Nearby Ranakpur Jain Temple is a ‘Sun Temple’. Sun temple is gracefully sculptured and endowed with elegantly carved polygonal walls and images of warriors, horses and celestial. The Sun God has been shown riding its vehicle, the chariot. For the tourism buffs a ride to the outskirts like Sadari, Desuri, Ghanerao, Narlai etc will be found to be exciting.

Udaipur

Previous capital of erstwhile princely state of Mewar, Udaipur showcases pristine Rajput architecture, traditional Rajasthani culture, colourful market, ancient and highly auspicious temples and several beautiful lakes. Owing to its beautiful locale, Udaipur is known as ‘City of Lakes’ and ‘Venice of East’. Udaipur is also called as the most romantic city of India. The foundation stone of Udaipur was laid by Maharana Udai Singh on 16th March 1559. The old city had initially had 11 gates, out of which only 5 gates in the city walls remained. Main gate and hence the main entrance to Udaipur city id Suraj Pole. Udaipur is famous for Lehariya, the delicate striped sarees and turbans in various shades, colours and designs. Udaipur offers a lot to the tourists. The Lake Palace of Udaipur in Lake Pichola, now converted into a heritage palace hotel being run by India’s premier industrial group TATA under the brand Taj Hotels, is a treat to eyes.

Though major tourist attractions are shown by Indian tour operators and local tour guides of Udaipur, but there are many interesting places and monuments in Udaipur to be explored. Bagore Ki Haveli is one of them. The large mansion of erstwhile Prime Minister of Mewar kingdom Amir Chand Badwa, Bagore ki Haveli, having more than 100 rooms and built in 18th century, has been converted into a museum showcasing various aspects of Mewar royalty’s lifestyle. Ambrai Ghat at Lake Pichola is the best place to capture photographs of Lake Pichola and Lake Palace at the time of sunset. For seekers of old world charm, Monsoon Palace, previously a favorite retreat of Mewar royalty, is a popular sunset spot owing to unparalleled view over Udaipur. During 10 days of December, Shilpgram Arts and Crafts Fair is organized every year. Shilpgram, meaning ‘Village of Craftsmen’, had been established to showcase rural life and traditions from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa. This attempt by the government though has not elicited the expected results but its objectives to protect Indian craftsmanship and provide the craftsmen a better and organized marketplace have been achieved to some extent.

  • Stay in the mentioned hotels (modern & heritage) on double sharing.

  • Daily breakfast basis on all places.

  • Total meals: 16 (Breakfast-15; Dinner-01).

  • Total night stays: 15 (Delhi-02; Agra-01, Jaipur-02, Mandawa-01, Bikaner-01, Khimsar-01; Jaisalmer-02; Jodhpur-02; Deogarh-01; Udaipur-02).

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

  • 01 dinner in Jaisalmer tent, in addition to breakfasts at all the places.

  • Entrance fees for all the monuments mentioned in sightseeing.

  • Medieval era market’s (Chandni Chowk) visit on manually paddled rickshaw in Delhi.

  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.

  • Camel ride in Jaisalmer from outskirts of city to Sam Sand Dunes.

  • Destination-based English speaking guides at all places 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:
  • Watch visual extravaganza of Kinari Bazaar of Chandni Chowk while having rickshaw ride.
  • Enjoy elegant elephant ride from foothills of Amber to hilltop of Amber Fort.
  • Horse carriage ride in Agra.
  • A night-stay in a tent in Thar Desert of 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.
Don't miss on Land of Maharajas Tour:
  • Camp in tents under the stars in the Thar Desert of Jaisalmer.
  • Viewing Lake Palace while having a boat cruise in Lake Pichola of Udaipur.
  • Watch and experience cultural mélange of Delhi.
  • Have a glimpse of Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur.
  • Have leisurely walk in the alleys of Mandawa, a representative destination of rural Rajasthan.
  • A visit to Bishnoi village in Jodhpur
Shopping:

Delhi: Do visit state emporia to find large variety of handicraft and ethnic articles to choose from.
Agra: Marble products with inlay works of semi-precious gems.
Jaisalmer: At Manik Chowk, pick up woven blankets & shawls, mirror-work textiles, silver jewellery & block-printed textiles.
Jaipur: Intricately carved and exotically designed jewellery of gold, silver, platinum and diamonds.
Jodhpur: Handicraft articles like 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:

Delhi: Spicy north Indian street snacks.
Agra: Non-vegetarian Mughal curry, chicken and mutton.
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
AgraParadiseMansingh PalaceTridentOberoi Raj Vilas
MandawaHotel Pushkar FortHotel Pushkar BagCountry Inn & SuitesPushkar Palace
BikanerHarasar HaveliLalgarh PalaceGajner PalaceLaxmi Niwas Palace
KhimsarKhimsar Fort PalaceKhimsar Fort PalaceKhimsar Fort PalaceKhimsar Fort Palace
JaisalmerNachna HaveliFort RajwadaTaj RawalkotSuryagarh Palace
Jaisalmer Tent/ HutTent/ HutTent/ HutTent/ Hut
Jodhpur Ratan PalaceDevi BhawanTaj Hari MahalUmmed Bhawan Palace
DeogarhDeogarh PalaceDeogarh PalaceDeogarh PalaceDeogarh Palace
UdaipurHotel Jagat Niwas Hotel Karohi HaveliLaxmi Vilas Palace- The LalitOberoi Udai Vilas
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  • Please provide your passport details to Optima Travels Private Limited at least one month before travelling. Please note that if you do not provide your passport details, you may be denied entry to any Indian 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 in hotels is 02:00 PM and check out time in hotels is 10:00 AM.

  • Normally the package cost includes breakfast at all locations but in case of the destinations where availability of restaurants outside hotel not possible, we provide meals there and mention that in inclusions.

  • The normal check in - check out time of the hotels are 1200 hours and if your arrival time does not suit this we can arrange activities for you on the first day or pre-book the hotel from the previous night on additional charge and as per your request. Normally it takes 1 hour to come out of the airport from the time of arrival.

Followings are not included in the package
  • 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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