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Royal Rajasthan Tour

  • 19 Nights / 20 Days
  • Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Khimsar - Jaisalmer - Osian - Jodhpur - Udaipur – Pushkar - Samode - Jaipur - Ranthambhore National Park - Agra – Delhi.
Forts & palaces
Mosques & tombs
Culture & traditions
Tiger safari
Temples
Desert lifestyle

Royal Rajasthan tour has been designed and planned to showcase historical destinations of Rajasthan, the land of kings (Rajas and Maharajas). Royal Rajasthan is represented by grandiose forts and beautiful palaces. The mighty and impregnable forts are indicative of traditional gallantry of the ruling class. The beautiful palaces with mesmerizing embellishments in the form of paintings, carvings and embossing are testimony to royal patronage to art and architecture. Spotting Royal Bengal Tiger in the forests of Ranthambhore and having stay in heritage hotels at various locations of Rajasthan, make your Rajasthan tour truly royal. The topping on the ice is Taj Mahal at Agra, a royal homage to love.

Day 1 Delhi Arrival & transfer to New Delhi hotel.

A representative of Optima India Tourism, inspired with ethos of ‘Atithi Devo Bhav’, will greet you on arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport of New Delhi in culturally imbued traditional manner. Optima representative will accompany you to hotel and insure your smooth check in. Most of the international flights land late in the night so, expectedly, the day/ night of your arrival has been kept to relax, refresh and sleep.

Day 2 New & Old Delhi sightseeing tour.

Royal Rajasthan tour commences with sightseeing tour and exploration of Old & New Delhi after breakfast. The sightseeing has been segregated into two parts- pre-lunch & post-lunch. Pre-lunch session is scheduled for Old Delhi sightseeing that includes Red Fort (to be seen from outside), Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk (on manually driven rickshaw) and Akshardham Temple.

Post-lunch, proceed to visit monuments of New Delhi which comprise India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (President House), Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple and Sansad Bhavan (Parliament).

After full day sightseeing tour of Delhi, return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 3 Delhi – Mandawa (250 kms/ 05 hrs)

On third day of Royal Rajasthan tour, you enter into Rajasthan. Having gulped in delicious breakfast in New Delhi hotel, set out for Mandawa, a village town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. Get received by Optima representative on arrival at Mandawa, check in at the hotel, relax and refresh a bit and proceed for Mandawa sightseeing along with the local tour guide. It’s going to be your first exposure of rural India with historical monuments all around. Primarily, the main attractions of Mandawa are Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, village lifestyle and centuries old fresco paintings on walls of old mansions. Overnight stay is planned in Mandawa hotel today.

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

You are required to take breakfast a bit early so that you embark on for Bikaner a bit early. This results in ample time in hand to explore Bikaner in its entirety. On arrival at Bikaner, known for its delicious desserts and golden desert, check in at pre-booked hotel to relax a bit and move for Bikaner sightseeing tour which includes Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Fort, Sardul Museum and, Camel Farm and Breeding Research Centre. Distinctive features of Rajput architecture can be observed in the walls of this city, jharokhas of havelis and wooden carvings. Having explored Bikaner, return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 5 Bikaner-Khimsar (160 kms/ 03 hrs)

Khimsar has been incorporated in the Royal Rajasthan tour to impart the traveler a feel of oasis with closest encounter with the day-to-day desert villages' life-styles. Depart from Bikaner after having sumptuous breakfast. Arrive at Khimsar and check in at the heritage hotel of Khimsar. The day has been kept for leisure in luxury amidst unending desert. Many kinds of activities are offered by the luxurious heritage hotel. As per your interest, either you can opt to jeep excursion to nearby villages or relax in the hotel premises. Stay in & visit Khimsar Fort & Palace which has been turned into a five star heritage hotel. Overnight stay has been planned in Khimsar hotel.

Day 6 Khimsar-Jaisalmer (295 kms/ 06 hrs)

Due to Golden sand of Thar desert, Jaisalmer is called Suvarna Nagari or Golden City of Rajasthan. Royal Rajasthan tour takes you today to Jaisalmer. Have delicious breakfast in Khimsar hotel and proceed for Jaisalmer, in the state of Rajasthan, India. Optima representative will receive you on arrival at Jaisalmer to give you transfer into Jaisalmer hotel. After relaxing a bit, move with Jaisalmer tour guide for visiting various stunningly sculptured havelis of Jaisalmer, outside the precincts of the Sonar Qila. Famous and most visited havelis are Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, Patwon-ki-Haveli and Salim Singh-ki-Haveli. Late afternoon, return to Jaisalmer hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 7 Jaisalmer sightseeing tour

Second day in Jaisalmer will be remembered for offering real exotic experiences of Rajasthan. Having breakfast in Jaisalmer hotel, proceed to visit Sonar Qila or Golden Fort of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer Fort is unique in the sense that it is densely inhabited. Within the precincts of the fort are several breathtaking monuments, especially Hindu and Jain temples, an ancient library, ancient mansions and palaces converted into hotels etc.

Early in the afternoon, post lunch, you shall be taken to Sam/Khuri sand dunes on camel. This camel safari will be an enchanting experience. Witness the mesmerizing sunset in the desert. Here, you shall be staying in tented accommodation in desert area where you will be enjoying folk music and folk dance while gulping in the tasty cuisines. Overnight stay has been scheduled in tented accommodation in desert area.

Day 8 Jaisalmer-Osian-Jodhpur ( 300 kms/ 6 hrs)

Though you could have directly been transferred to Jodhpur but in that case you would have missed historically glorious past of Rajasthan, particularly Osian. So, on Royal Rajasthan Tour, after having delicious breakfast in Jaisalmer, drive to Jodhpur via Osian. Osian is famous for its Hindu (Brahmin) temples and Jain temples. The Hindu Temples are built in classical Nagar style. The Sun Temple of Osian is very renowned. Though, at present these temples are in dilapidated condition but having seen them you can easily imagine Osian's place and importance in history. Continue your journey to Jodhpur. On arrival at Jodhpur, check in at Jodhpur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 9 Jodhpur sightseeing tour

After having delicious breakfast in Jodhpur hotel, proceed on an exotic excursion to artisans' village. The village is inhabited by Bishnoi community. Farming and craftsmanship are their prime sources of income. Bishnoi village excursion will help you have firsthand feel of artisans’ skill-sets, their value system and lifestyle. Here, you will happen to see the craftsmen working. The route to village passes through amazingly beautiful landscape. You will be watching the artisans in action.

After Bishnoi village safari, return to Jodhpur to have lunch and a bit of relaxation. Having relaxed a bit, visit Mehrangarh Fort (considered as one of the best forts of India), Ummed Bhawan Palace (half portion of this palace is opened for the tourists and the rest portion is owned by Taj hotel chain), Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal and Jaswant Thada (known as "Taj Mahal of Rajasthan"). Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10 Jodhpur-Ranakpur-Udaipur (265 kms/ 5 hrs)

Have relaxed breakfast in Jodhpur hotel and move for Udaipur. To keep you rejuvenated, the 10th day of Royal Rajasthan tour is reserved for leisurely travel into oasis like destination of Ranakpur. Ranakpur is famous for sublime and serene Jain Temple, a masterpiece of engravings and architectural intricacy. After Ranakpur sightseeing and lunch in a nice restaurant, depart for Udaipur, 95 kms from Ranakpur. Continue your drive to Udaipur. Upon arrival in Udaipur, check in at the designated hotel. Evening here has been kept free to relax leisurely. Overnight stay has been planned in Udaipur hotel.

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Day 11 Udaipur sightseeing

Having delicious breakfast in Udaipur hotel, meet Udaipur tour guide in the lobby of the hotel. Embark on Udaipur tour. Udaipur is called the "City of Lakes" and "Venice of East". Udaipur is known for its distinctive architecture, mammoth monuments, various lakes and chivalry. Visit the City Palace Complex, the Jagdish Temple, the Jag Mandir, Saheliyon-k-Bari and other picturesque spots of tourist interests.

Later in the afternoon, enjoy a boat ride in Lake Pichola to watch Lake Palace (Jag Mandir Palace) and old Udaipur. Late in the evening, return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 12 Udaipur- Pushkar (250 kms/ 5 hrs)

Have delicious breakfast in Udaipur, check out from Udaipur hotel and move for Pushkar, one of the holiest pilgrimages of the Hindus. On arrival at Pushkar, check in at the designated hotel. Relax and refresh a bit and proceed for Pushkar tour which includes Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple, Ghats and rustic way of life. Pushkar is also famous for world's largest camel fair known as Pushkar Fair- a major tourist attraction of Rajasthan. Return to Pushkar hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 13 Pushkar – Samode (150 kms/ 03 hrs)

After early morning breakfast in Pushkar hotel, proceed to Samode. On arrival at Samode, you will be received by the staff members of the feudal lord of Samode. Samode Palace, turned into a luxury heritage hotel, will be the place of your stay. Samode will be truly a lifetime experience in terms of having a close look of Rajasthani village setting. Take an excursion up to sand mound on camel back and have lunch in the desert garden. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 14 Samode – Jaipur (50 kms/ I hr)

Having taken delicious and royal breakfast in Samode Palace, depart for Jaipur. Being only 50 kms away from Samode, it hardly takes an hour to reach Jaipur. Instead of checking at Jaipur hotel, you will be directly driven to city centre of Jaipur, home to iconic & royal monuments of Jaipur like City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. The Jaipur tour guide will meet you at City Place and accompany you throughout Jaipur sightseeing tour. After visiting famous monuments of Jaipur, explore colorful local market.

Hereinafter, move to Jaipur hotel, check in and relax. Late afternoon, proceed for visiting Albert Museum (a museum that houses marvelous pieces of sculptures, paintings with a specialty of collections from natural history), Birla Temple (built in pure white marble and dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi) and Chokhi Dhani. At Chokhi Dhani, relish delicious Rajasthani food. Later in the night, return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 15 Jaipur sightseeing

The second day of Jaipur sightseeing tour is earmarked to take you to into the lanes of royal grandeur of the yore. After breakfast at the hotel, proceed on Jaipur city tour with Jaipur tour guide. The sightseeing tour will commence with visiting Amber Fort, 13 kms away. Excursion to Amber Fort , the biggest fort of Rajasthan, is special as you will be enjoying an elephant ride like a king from bottom to hilltop where the main gate of Amber Fort is built. Thereafter visit Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jal Mahal Mahal.

Return to Jaipur hotel during late afternoon. Take rest and relax to move again to see an exotic worship ceremony in Govind Dev Ji temple of Jaipur. Hereinafter, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

Day 16 Jaipur - Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve (150 kms/ 03 hrs)

Having relaxed breakfast in the Jaipur hotel, move on for Ranthambhore National Park (Sawai Madhosingh District) in the state of Rajasthan, India. Arrive at Ranthambhore National Park in the afternoon. You will be welcomed by serving Welcome Drink. Check in at the designated Ranthambhore resort & enjoy evening camp-fire and folk music. Ranthambhore Fort, the oldest one in the state, is laid on Thambhore Hill. Ranthambhore National Park, spread over 329sq km & is home to over 40 species of mammals, 320 species of birds, over 35 species of reptiles and over 300 species of plants; is called "Heaven for the tigers". The tigers are more easily visible in Ranthambhore Tiger Sanctuary. Enjoy camp-fire in resort. Have dinner and overnight stay in the resort.

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Day 17 Ranthambhore Tiger Sanctuary

Forest department of Ranthambhore National Park organizes two jungle safaris every day. The jungle safaris in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve are conducted either by private jeeps for a group of four persons or by canter for a group of twelve persons. Everyday two safaris, each of 4 hours duration, are organized by the forest department. The first Jungle Safari takes place in the early morning and the second one in the afternoon. So, having breakfast early in the morning, proceed for 04 hours (6AM-10AM) Jungle safari in Ranthambhore National Park. After morning jungle safari, return to the resort. Have lunch in Ranthambhore resort. After lunch and a bit of rest, proceed again in the afternoon for 04 hours (2PM-6PM) Jungle safari in Ranthambhore National Park. After enjoying the Jungle Safari, come back to resort, take evening snacks at camp-fire with Rajasthani cultural program in Ranthambhore resort. Dinner and overnight stay will be in the resort.

Day 18 Ranthambhore Tiger Sanctuary - Fatehpur Sikri- Agra (330 kms/ 7 hrs)

Having enjoyed natural ambience & exploring wildlife for two days, now it’s time to depart for Agra. Taking delicious breakfast in Ranthambhore jungle resort, embark on your journey to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri. En route stop at Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage site built by Mughal ruler Akbar, is now a deserted town. See the blend of Persian, Islamic and Hindu architectural blends in the prominent buildings like Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaja, Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai Palace, Birbal Bhawan and shrine of a Sufi saint Salim Chishti. After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, continue your drive to Agra. On arrival in Agra, you will be welcomed by Optima representative. Check in at the hotel and spend the evening in leisure. Have overnight stay in Agra hotel.

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Day 19 Agra sightseeing-Delhi (210 kms/ 4 hrs)

Home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites, Agra is a prime tourist destination of India. It’s historical past as a capital of Mughal rulers is clearly visible in world renowned monuments like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Baby Taj, Sikandara etc. Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the Mughal Empire. Visit Taj Mahal early morning at the time of dawn when Taj Mahal looks most beautiful. Taj Mahal, the epitome of love and made of shimmering white marble, is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Return to hotel after visiting Taj Mahal. Refresh, relax, have breakfast in the hotel and proceed to visit Baby Taj & Sikandara.

Continue to drive to Delhi. Arrive at Delhi. Our representative will meet and give you transfer to the designated hotel.

Day 20 Delhi - Departure

Have early morning breakfast, proceed to New Delhi International Airport to board flight for your onward destination.

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Delhi

Delhi is enriched with long historical past, glorious culture, an enviable treasure of monuments and modern infrastructure. Delhi, currently the capital of Indian Republic, has passed through several upheavals during its thousands of years of existence and has witnessed many ups and downs of history with many dynasties flourishing and diminishing with the passage of time.

Delhi has been built nine times over the years and accordingly named in the scriptures. Indraprastha, known as first Delhi, was founded by Pandavas of Mahabharata in around 1500 BC. Qila Rai Pithora, termed as second Delhi, was built by Raja Anang Pal and later re-christened by Prithviraj Chauhan as Lal Kot. Siri, the third Delhi, was founded by Ala-ud-din Khilji. Siri Fort, a major tourist attraction, is a famous monument of that time. Tughlaqabad, called as fourth Delhi, had been founded by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq. Tughlaqabad Fort is a testimony to that. Jahan Panah, the fifth Delhi and a walled city, was constructed by Muhammad bin Tughlaq to address the constant threat of Mongols. The sixth Delhi, Ferozabad, was founded by Feroz Shah Tughlaq and its testimonial evidence can be seen in the form of 13-metre high tapering quadrangular pillar adjacent to Ashokan pillar. Din Panah, the seventh Delhi, was rebuilt afresh by Humayun and later razed and constructed by Sher Shah Suri. Earlier this Old Fort or Purana Qila was seat of legendary ruler Prithviraj Chauhan. The walled city of Shahjahanabad, known as eighth Delhi, had been founded by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who built Taj Mahal as well in Agra. Modern and present day Delhi, the ninth Delhi and known as Lutyens' Delhi or New Delhi has been laid down by the British.

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

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

Khimsar in Rajasthan is a small hamlet on the edge of Thar Desert. From touristic point of view, Khimsar Fort, situated in the centre of the village, is the hotel, restaurant and tourist attraction. Khimsar is incorporated in Rajasthan tour itineraries for three reasons- first, to spend quality and leisure time with family; second to enjoy beautiful starry night of the desert and third, to explore rugged and non-descript village life in desert. The main tourist attraction of Khimsar, the Khimsar Fort & Palace, seems to be an oasis amidst undulating desert.

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.

Osian

About 65 kms away from Jodhpur, Osian, now-a-days a small village, was once a thriving business centre due to its strategic location on ancient Silk Route. Osian was at that time a great cultural centre of Marwad region of Rajasthan. Though Osian has lost its earlier glory and prosperity but it still boasts of having architectural monuments, primarily Hindu and Jain temples, built during 8th to 11th century. These temples depict the architectural tenets and art of significant old era. Jodhpur is a prominent tourist destination of India due to several historical monuments destinations nearby Jodhpur. Prominent temples of Osian are Jain Temples, Sachiya Mata Temple, Sun Temple, Harihara Temples, Pippala Devi Temple, Shiv Mandir and Vishnu Temple.

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.

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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.

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.

Pushkar

A small town of Ajmer district of Ajmer in Rajasthan, Pushkar is a religious and historical site. For the Hindus, Pushkar is one of the holiest pilgrimages with lone Brahma Temple. Pushkar Fair, organized every year, is a world renowned gathering of foreign and Indian tourists to enjoy traditional celebration of festivity. Pushkar Lake, religious rituals, activities in normal Indian fairs, folk music and dances, delicious cuisines, camel cart races etc. are prime attractions of Pushkar.

Samode

Samode, a small hamlet near Jaipur and inhabited by craftsmen, is a prime attraction for those tourists who intend to enjoy watching one of the best kept palaces and living in exotic and luxurious heritage stay. Samode, an erstwhile principality of Jaipur and now-a-days a small village town, is famous for being on tourist map of Rajasthan. Samode is visited by the tourists to watch Samode Palace, Samode Haveli and Samode Bag. Samode Palace is the prime attraction of Samode. The historical features and architectural niceties are very carefully and painstakingly maintained. Samode Palace has been converted by the royal family into a luxurious heritage hotel. Stay in Samode Palace hotel makes a tourist/ visitor feel as if he has come into an oasis amidst arid and desert landscape of Rajasthan.

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.

Ranthambhore National Park

Ranthambhore National Park of Rajasthan, spread over 392 sq kms, had been identified for Project Tiger. The Project Tiger endeavors have been highly successful in conserving and growing the population of Royal Bengal Tiger. It has prominently emerged on India’s tourist map. Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve is world famous for spotting tigers even in day time and the tigers, while tourists capture them in their cameras, prowl undisturbed and un-offended. The park is also considered as a heritage site and has been home to many species of plants, reptiles and birds. It is also a place where some of the largest banyan trees in India are found. Ranthambhore National Park used to be a hunting ground of the kings of Jaipur. Ranthambhore National Park derives its name from the ancient Ranthambhore fort. Ranthambhore Wildlife Sanctuary is flanked by Banas and Chambal rivers.

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.

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.

  • Accommodation in the mentioned hotels on double sharing.

  • Daily breakfast basis on all places.

  • Total Meals: 24 (Breakfast-19; Lunch-02; Dinner-03).

  • Total night stays: 19 (Delhi-03; Mandawa-01; Bikaner-01; Khimsar-01, Jaisalmer-02; Jodhpur-02; Udaipur-02; Pushkar-01; Samode-01; Jaipur-02; Ranthambhore-02; Agra-01).

  • 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:
  • Visit and exploration of narrow alleys, humming with social activities, while riding on man-pulled tri-cycle rickshaw.
  • Ride a caparisoned elephant like a king at Amber Fort in Jaipur.
  • A cultural evening in the very lap of desert of Jaisalmer.
  • A camel ride up to Sam sand-dunes to observe the hardships of desert life.
  • Evening boat cruise in famous Lake Pichola to watch Lake Palace and traditional Udaipur city while having boat ride in Lake Pichola.
  • Search and spot the majestic Big Cat (Royal Bengal Tiger) in Ranthambhore jungles.
  • Tonga (horse cart) ride in Agra- from hotel to Taj Mahal gate.
Don't miss on Royal Rajasthan Tour:
  • Stay in heritage hotels of Rajasthan to experience modern yet royal hospitality.
  • One night stay like a nomad in make-shift tents in the desert area of Rajasthan.
  • Have a stroll in the village of Mandawa to have firsthand feel of the village life in Rajasthan.
  • Do capture various postures of Royal Bengal tiger in your camera.
  • Enjoy the serenity of romantic Udaipur with laid-back approach.
  • Discover the many faces of Delhi.
  • Catch a Bollywood blockbuster in Jaipur.
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.block-printed textiles.
Bikaner: At the bazaar, look for camel-hide water bottles, slippers, purposes and lampshades. Also camel hair durries, carpets and blankets.durries, carpets and blankets.

Cuisines:

Jaipur: Dal-Bafale.
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 4.8/5
DestinationsStandardSuperiorDeluxeLuxury
DelhiJiviteshHiltonShangri LaHotel Imperial
MandawaMandawa HaveliVivaana HaveliCastle Mandawa Castle Mandawa
BikanerHarasar HaveliLalgarh PalaceGajner PalaceLaxmi Niwas Palace
KhimsarKhimsar Fort PalaceKhimsar Fort PalaceKhimsar Fort PalaceKhimsar Fort 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
PushkarHotel Pushkar FortHotel Pushkar FortCountry Inn & SuitesHotel Pushkar Fort
SmodeSamode BagSamode BagSamode PalaceSamode Palace
Jaipur ParadiseShahpura HouseITC RajputanaOberoi Raj Vilas
Ranthambhore Tiger Safari ResortRanthambhore BagNahargarh PalaceOberoi Vanya Vilas
Agre Hadoti PalaceHadoti PalaceHadoti PalaceHadoti Palace
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  • Prices shown are fully inclusive of taxes.

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  • Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply depending on date of travel.

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

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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. 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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