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Rajasthan Forts & Palaces Tour

  • 13 Nights / 14 Days
  • Delhi - Agra - (Fatehpur Sikri) - (Abhaneri) - Jaipur - Bikaner - (Deshnok) - Jaisalmer - (Osian) - Jodhpur - (Ranakpur) - Udaipur - Delhi
Heritage & luxury
Temples & mansions
Desert camp stay
Forts & palaces
Mausoleums & mosques
Culture & bazaar

Rajasthan Forts & Palaces Tour is a treat to eyes, experiential journey of a king, a cultural feast to soul and indelibly colourful imprint on a visitor’s mind. Every single destination gleaned in Rajasthan Forts & Palaces itinerary is home to grand forts, majestic palaces and inticately carved temples. Even Delhi and Agra are marked by huge forts and palaces. Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur have been prominent Rajput kingdoms and hence have lot more to showcase in terms of art, architecture, culture, market, traditions and royal and regal past of Rajasthan. The Rajasthan Forts & Palaces Tour Package is offered keeping in view the inquisitive traveller who wishes to have a greater 'contact or feel' of the destination rather than a superficial overview of tourist sites. Rajasthan Forts & Palaces Tour is attempting to give you a better 'feel' by exploring typical lifestyles as well as culture and make the ever so important 'people contact' so that the trip is more alive and fulfilling. Besides touring the monuments in mentioned cities, you would also have opportunities to walk through typical bazaars and shop for traditional specialties of each destination.

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

On arrival at New Delhi airport, you will be greeted & assisted by the representative of Optima India Tourism. Representative of Optima will take you to the pre-booked Delhi hotel and ensure smooth check in at the hotel. As most of the international flights land in New Delhi during mid-night so, after check in at the hotel, have sound sleep in Delhi hotel to get out of jet-lag and rejuvenated to begin sightseeing next day on Rajasthan Forts & Palaces Tour.

Day 2 Old Delhi & New Delhi sightseeing tour.

The second day of Rajasthan Forts & Palaces Tour in Delhi will be your first real exposure to exotic India. The political capital of India, Delhi, since the ages, has been political centre of tumultuous upheavals of north India. Company representative will meet you in the morning in the lobby of the hotel to get you introduced with Delhi tour guide. Have delicious breakfast in Delhi hotel and proceed on for full day sightseeing tour of Delhi along with Delhi tour guide. The Delhi tour encompasses Old Delhi and New Delhi. The sightseeing tour includes visit of Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Parliament House, President House, India Gate, Government buildings, Qutub Minar and Akshardham Temple. From touristic point of view, the sightseeing tour of Delhi has been segregated into two distinctive parts- Old Delhi sightseeing and New Delhi sightseeing. Old Delhi sightseeing takes one into memory bylanes of medieval India. Your Old Delhi tour experience gets enhanced when you ply through narrow alleys of more than 400 years old Chandani Chowk market on a manual rickshaw. Even after visiting a large cache of monuments, you will have ample time to explore culture, market and taste of Delhi. Delhi tour guide will help you have first hand feel of vibrant culture of Delhi. After visiting famous monuments of Delhi, later in the evening, return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 3 New Delhi-Agra (210 kms/ 04 hrs)-Agra sightseeing tour.

The third day of Rajasthan Forts & Palaces Tour is reserved for visiting famous monuments of Agra, the seat of Taj Mahal. Have delicious breakfast in New Delhi hotel and depart for Agra. On arrival at Agra, you will be directly taken to pre-booked Agra hotel where representative of Agra and tour guide will meet and greet you. After smooth check in at the hotel and relaxing a bit, move along with Agra tour guide to visit famous monuments of Agra, namely- Agra Fort, Tomb of Akbar (Sikandara) and Baby Taj (tomb of It-Mad-ud-Daula). Later, after visiting famous monuments of Agra, return to Agra city. Refresh and rest for some time. Late afternoon, move for viewing Kalakriti – Mohabbat-e Taj Show. After viewing and enjoying experience of Mohabbat-e- Taj show at Kalakriti, return to Agra hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4 Taj Mahal visit; Agra- Fatehpur Sikri- Abhaneri village-Jaipur (235 kms/05 hrs).

The first monument a visitor tries to see in Agra is Taj Mahal but, at the same time, he/she prefers to behold Taj Mahal at the time of sunrise when, supposedly, Taj Mahal looks amazing. Keeping in view this desire of a guest, we planned to take you Taj Mahal 2nd day of Agra tour. In the very early morning, approximately around dawn hours, you will be taken by Agra tour guide to Taj Mahal. The time of sunrise has been purposefully chosen so that you could see the Taj Mahal when it looks most stunning and beautiful. You will be taken to Taj Mahal from your hotel on a ‘tonga’ (a horse carriage) which will impart you a feel of medieval Agra. Visit the world famous Taj Mahal.

After watching Taj Mahal, return to Agra hotel. Have breakfast, refresh and move for Jaipur- the Pink City – the capital of Rajasthan. On the way to Jaipur, 35 kms from Agra is located deserted medieval town of Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Akbar on a grandiose scale to make it capital of his kingdom but due to paucity of potable water made him to re-look his plans. But the gargantuan and fine monuments are still well-preserved. Have a stop-over there and visit monuments-rich Fatehpur Sikri. The famous monuments of Fatehpur Sikri include Buland Darwaja, Jodhabai Palace, Salim Chishti Shrine and Jama Masjid.

After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, continue your drive to Jaipur. About 95 kms before Jaipur, is located a historical village of Abhaneri. This village tour will present before you ancient lineage of India in terms of cultural values, architectural gems and traditional rural lifestyle in villages of India.

Abhaneri is a village about 95 kms from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Agra Road. A detour is well merited for its amazing stepwells or 'baoris' and Harshat Mata Temple. The village's original name was Abha Nagri and its present name is Abhaneri. Gurjar king Mihir Bhoja ruled over the Gujar kingdom in the ninth century AD. The ruins of the temple also speak of the 10th century architectural and sculptural styles. There is a huge tank named "Chand Baori", opposite to the temple fortified on all four sides with bastions for defence. Even though Abhaneri is now in ruins, the place has a distinct reminiscence about itself.

After visiting Abhaneri village, move for Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, representative of Optima India Tourism will receive you and transfer you to Jaipur hotel. Our representative will ensure smooth check in at the pre-booked Jaipur hotel. Have relaxed overnight stay in Jaipur hotel.

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Day 5 Jaipur city sightseeing tour.

Have delicious and fresh breakfast in relaxed manner in Jaipur hotel. Jaipur tour guide will meet you in hotel lobby. Along with guide, move for Jaipur city sightseeing. 1st day Jaipur tour includes visit to City Palace, Jantar Mantar (stone built ancient solar observatory), Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Albert Hall Museum and Birla Temple. First you will be visiting cluster of three monuments City Palace, Jantar Mantar (solar observatory) and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). After visiting these monuments, explore local market of Jaipur. Have lunch in nice restaurant of Jaipur. Again, along with tour guide, proceed to visit Albert Hall Museum. Albert Hall is famous for an Egyptian mummy belonging to the Ptolemaic Epoch, Persian carpets and miniature paintings. Thereafter, you will be taken to Birla Temple to attend evening ‘aarti’. After watching royal monuments, bustling market and auspicious ‘aarti’, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6 Jaipur sightseeing tour.

The 2nd day Jaipur tour is dedicated to sifhtseeing of famous forts and palaces of Jaipur. Along with that, pristine Indian ‘deity-worship’ rituals can be enjoyed in the evening at Govind Dev Ji temple. Further exploration of market is still on cards. The excursion to three prominent forts of Jaipur- Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort & Nahargarh Fort- will begin after early morning breakfast. Have breakfast in Jaipur hotel and proceed for exploring rich heritage, royal past, glorious history and refined craftsmanship of Jaipur while making a tour of Jaipur forts. First and foremost, proceed on for Amber Fort excursion. Take an excursion to Amber Fort. Enjoy elephant ride from the foothills of Amber to the main gate of Amber Fort at the hilltop. After Amber Fort, you will be visiting Jaigarh Fort, still under the possession of the royal family of Jaipur. Jaigarh Fort is famous for its foundary, world’s largest canon-Jaivana and excellent water harvesting and storage system. Nahar Garh Fort, originally called Sudarshan Garh, is known for offering best view of Jaipur city.

After forts visit, have lunch in any city restaurant and thereafter proceed to explore market. Thereafter, you will be taken to attend the evening worship ceremony of Govind Dev Ji Temple. It will be a mesmerizing experience. After visiting famous monuments of Jaipur, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 7 Jaipur – Bikaner (by car- 330 Kms/ 06 Hrs).

Journey from Jaipur to Bikaner will be an entry into a desert land. Bikaner, located on the edge of Thar desert, is known for its lust for dessert and desrt safaris. Having enjoyed scrumptious breakfast in Jaipur hotel, depart for Bikaner. The Camel City, as Bikaner is called, offers opportunity to view Rajput forts, palaces, havelis, temples and vibrant culture.On arrival at Bikaner, representative of Optima India Tourism will assist you to transfer to the designated hotel. Having relaxed a bit in Bikaner hotel, proceed to visit the magnificent Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace and the Camel Breeding Farm & Research Centre along with Bikaner tour guide. Spend rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Bikaner hotel.

Day 8 Bikaner –Deshnok- Jaisalmer (By Car 330 Kms/07 Hours).

Bikaner, situated on the verge of Thar desert, imparts a feel of entering into a desert region but the real pleasure of exploration of desert starts in Jaisalmer. On 8th day of Rajasthan Forts & Palaces Tour, you will be moving for Jaisalmer. Having enjoyed the food delicaies of Bikaner at breakfast in Bikaner hotel, depart for the desert city of Jaisalmer. On the way to Jaisalmer, you will be taken to Deshnok, the place popular for its Karni Mata Temple, known among the tourists as Rat Temple. Famous as the Rat Temple of Deshnok among the western tourists, Karni Mata Temple houses holy statue of Mother Karni in its sanctum sanctorum, the official deity of Jodhpur and Bikaner kingdoms. Karni Mata is considered as an incarnation of goddess Durga. Karni Mata Temple of Bikaner is home to hundreds of rats, treated as sacred. Priests and devotees protect the rats. Devotees have to remove all leather articles including belts and wallets before entering the main temple. Devotees bring grains and milk as offering to the temple which is devoured by the resident rodents. It was quite interesting to watch the rats drink off the deep pan in a very civil way.

Having seen Rat Temple, depart again for Jaisalmer, the land of golden sand-dunes. About 5 hours long car drive passes through beautiful desert landscape. On arrival at Jaisalmer, you will be directly taken to pre-booked Jaisalmer hotel. You will be met by a representative of Optima India Tourism in the lobby of the hotel. He will ensure smooth check in at the hotel. Spend the rest of day in leisure and have overnight stay in Jaisalmer hotel.

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Day 9 Jaisalmer sightseeing tour.

Have delicious breakfast in Jaisalmer hotel and meet your Jaisalmer tour guide in the lobby. Optima Travels’ representative will introduce him with you. Jaisalmer is one of the most coveted tourist destinations of Rajasthan. Chivalry of Bhati Rajputs, Sonar Qila (Golden Fort), uniquely designed and sculptured havelis (mansions of erstwhile nobles), desert lifestyle, intricately carved Hindu and Jain temples, camel safaris, artisans villages, bustling and colourful market, traditionally attired people, folk dance and music etc. are major attention grabbers. Along with tour guide, proceed to visit major attractions of Jaisalmer. First, you will be taken to Golden Fort of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer Fort or Sonar Qila or Golden Fort, covered with golden colour, was founded by Rawal Jaisal on Trikuta hills. Situated at the height of 30 metre above the surface, this ancient and historic Fort has 99 burjs and 4 entrances. The fort is in itself a township with prominent monuments still in use. Sonar Qila houses many palaces, mansions, temples, library and royal buildings of historical and architectural importance. After exploring Jaisalmer Fort, you will be taken on to visit majestic havelis (mansions) which are disparate in their genre of architecture, embellishment and intricate carvings. Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, Patwon-ki-Haveli and Salim Singh-ki-Haveli are the most famous and oft-visited mansions. After visiting havelis of Jaisalmer, have lunch in a nice city restaurant and explore local market, known for its ethnic and handicraft items. Having seen, explored and experienced local culture of Jaisalmer, you will be taken on a short camel ride in desert area, an exotic India experience. Discover desert traditions, folk culture and desert ways during your Jaisalmer camel ride with Optima India Tourism. After camel ride in Thar desert, return to Jaisalmer hotel to spend evening in leisure and have over night stay.

Day 10 Jaisalmer –Osian- Jodhpur (by car- 270 Kms/ 05 Hours).

Have a very hearty breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. En-route visit Osian. Osian is laden with great ancient history and marvellous ancient Hindu & Jain temples. Though a small village now-a-days, Osian used to be a famous trade and cultural centre on old silk route. After visiting Osian, move for Jodhpur. Upon arrival in the Blue City – Jodhpur, representative of Optima India Tourism will assist you to transfer to the designated hotel. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

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Day 11 Jodhpur sightseeing tour

After early morning breakfast in the hotel, you will be taken on Bishnoi Village Safari which will be an altogether different experience. Bishnoi is a Hindu community with eco-friendly ethos reflecting in their true love for nature and animals. A Bishnoi village safari will unfold before you rich cultural lineage of Rajasthan. The Bishnoi people are non-violent people and don’t even harm a green tree. Due to their religious ethos, the people of Bishnoi sect resort to manufacturing various handicraft articles to earn their livelihood. During the course of Bishnoi village safari, you will happen to see making of pottery, weaving of carpets and rugs (durry) and block printing.

After village safari, return to Jodhpur hotel. Relax, have lunch and proceed to 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 Sadar market. After full day sightseeing tour of Jodhpur, return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 12 Jodhpur-Ranakpur- Udaipur (by car 265 Kms/05 Hours).

After hearty breakfast at the hotel, proceed for Udaipur. On the way, visit Ranakpur temple- one of the most famous Jain temple town of Rajasthan, India. Ranakpur is like an oasis amidst a desert landscape. After sightseeing, have your lunch in a nice restaurant of Ranakpur. After visiting Ranakpur temple, proceed for Udaipur which is almost 95 kms away from here. On arrival at Udaipur, check in at the pre-booked hotel. You will be having ample time to relax in leisure in hotel or to explore local market. Spend rest of the day at leisure or relax. Overnight stay will be at the Udaipur hotel.

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Day 13 Udaipur sightseeing tour

Have a very hearty breakfast at the hotel and then embark on Udaipur city tour. Udaipur, known by several names like ‘Venice of East’, ‘City of Lakes’, ‘City of Sun Rise’. Udaipur had been capital city of erstwhile Mewad region of Rajasthan and represents the true & real aspects of Rajasthani art, architecture and culture. City Palace of Udaipur is the largest palce complex in Rajasthan. True embodiment of Rajasthani architecture, the majestic City Palace is a marvellous constellation of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. City Palace houses the most beautiful temple- Jagadish Temple- within its complex. Another attraction of Udaipur is Jag Mandir Palace, built of yellow sandstone and mable. The pietra-dura work of Jag Mandir Palace, a three storeyed palce complex, has been a source of inspiration for Shah Jahan while embellishing Taj Mahal. Saheliyon Ki Bari and Bagore ki Haveli are other famous monuments on the cards while Udaipur sightseeing tour is planned. Later in the afternoon or early evening, move for relaxed sightseeing of Lake Palace (Jag Niwas) of Udaipur while having boat ride in Lake Pichola. After enjoying colourfully and serene ambience of Udaipur, return to Udaipur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 14 Udaipur-New Delhi (by air) –Departure.

Have delicious breakfast in Udaipur, spend your morning hours leisurely soaking the romantic ambience of Udaipur. Late morning, you will be transferred to Maharana Pratap Airport of Udaipur to board New Delhi-bound flight. On arrival at New Delhi airport, board your international flight for your onward destination.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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: 13 (Breakfast-13).

  • Total night stays: 13 (Delhi-02; Agra-01, Jaipur-03, Bikaner-01; Jaisalmer-02; Jodhpur-02; Udaipur-02).

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

  • Entrance fees for all the monuments mentioned in sightseeing.

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

  • Tonga ride in Agra.

  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.

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

  • Bishnoi village safari in Jodhpur.

  • Boat ride in Lake Pichola in Udaipur.

  • Daily per person 01 bottle of mineral water throughout the tour.

  • 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.
  • Bishnoi village safari in Jodhpur.
  • 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.
  • Two different kinds of Aarti ceremony- one in Birla Temple and another in Govind Dev Ji temple.
Don’t miss on Rajasthan Forts & Palaces Tour:
  • 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.
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:

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 4.9/5
DestinationsStandardSuperiorDeluxeLuxury
DelhiJiviteshHiltonShangri LaHotel Imperial
AgraSiris 18Mansingh PalaceITC MughalOberoi Amar Vilas
Jaipur ParadiseShahpura HouseITC RajputanaOberoi Raj Vilas
BikanerHarasar HaveliLalgarh PalaceGajner PalaceLaxmi Niwas Palace
JaisalmerNachna HaveliFort RajwadaTaj RawalkotSuryagarh Palace
JodhpurRatan PalaceDevi BhawanTaj Hari MahalUmmed Bhawan Palace
UdaipurHotel Jagat Niwas Hotel Karohi HaveliLaxmi Vilas Palace- The LalitOberoi Udai Vilas
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