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Rural Rajasthan Tour

  • 16 Nights/ 17 days
  • New Delhi – Agra - Ranthmbhore Tiger Freserve - Jaipur - Kishangarh - Bassi - (Chittorgarh )- Khempur - Udaipur - Narlai – Jodhpur - Khimsar – Mandawa - New Delhi
Villages & mansions
Tiger & game drives
Forts & palaces
Culture & traditions
Temples & bazaars
Mosques & mausoleums

Rural Rajasthan Tour is a specially crafted itinerary that takes a tourist to the villages of Rajasthan through off-beaten tracks. The Rural Rajasthan Tour is a trail through the Rajput lands. Though major cities, cultural hotspots of Rajasthan, are also covered in this amazing itinerary but the intent is to show real villages of Rajasthan. Experience varied flavors of heritage, culture, home stays, rural life, ancient temples, forts & fortresses. During the tour, a tourist traverses through the desert land, dotted by colorful villages and adorned by thousands of folk-arts & handicrafts. The depth, range and inspirational complexity of rich heritage of customs, traditions, rituals, handicrafts, paintings, weaving, sculpture etc present an exotic spectrum and dazzling kaleidoscope of colors & textures. You will observe that common villagers and craftsmen are inspired by centuries old socio-economic ethos, with whole villages pursuing certain crafts, which are intrinsic to their survival or their daily needs. Along with rural landscape, one will visit world famous monuments and markets of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur & Jodhpur. Game drives in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve are an added charm.

Day 1 Arrival at Delhi

Most of the international flights land at Delhi often in mid-night. You will be received at the airport by our representative and welcomed in traditional Indian way. You will be directly transferred to New Delhi hotel for relaxation and overnight stay.

Day 2 Old and New Delhi exploration

After breakfast, take a tour to learn about the most interesting sights of Delhi. You see Qutub Minar, Birla Temple, President House, Parliament, India Gate, Ministers’ buildings. Early afternoon, you will be driven to Old Delhi to see Red Fort, built in 1638 by Shah Jahan. Here you can change the vehicles and have a ride of bicycle rickshaws which will take you through the narrow streets of the old town, driving past countless small shops and food stalls. Tour guide may suggest you some good and authentic shops. The different narrow lanes are marked by their specialized assortments like streets of silver traders, sellers of saris, shops of carpets and other crafts. Other parts of the old town are marked by specialized clusters of shops of fruit and vegetables, spices, etc. This ride through the bustling narrow streets ends at the Grand Friday Mosque (Jama Masjid) . On the way back you can see the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi, known as Raj Ghat. Overnight stay has been scheduled in New Delhi hotel.

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Day 3 Delhi – Agra (The crown of Mughal culture) (210 kms/ 04 hrs)

After breakfast in Delhi hotel, drive to Agra (Utter Pradesh State). On the way to Agra, visit the mausoleum of Mughal ruler Akbar at Sikandara. Upon arrival in Agra, you will be transferred to pre-booked Agra hotel. After short break, along with Agra tour guide, drive to famous Agra Fort, one of the three UNESCO World Heritage sites of Agra. Explore the fort by walking through pleasant corridors, magnificently decorated by stone-carved courtyards and landscaped gardens. There are many beautiful royal and religious buildings within fort’s compound. Every building or piece of architecture has history and inspirational legacy. Agra tour guide will expatiate on it.

Post-lunch, move to visit Baby Taj, tomb of It- Mad-ud-Daula. Another masterpiece of architectural beauty in Agra is Dayal Bagh Temple. The construction of the temple started more than a century ago in 1904 and is still continuing. The temple is buit of intricately carved marbles and is said to be even more beautiful than Taj Mahal. You can still see stone artisans working in the temple campus. It will also impart you a firsthand feel of craftsmanship in India.

Later return to Agra hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4 Agra- Fatehpur Sikri –Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve (300 kms)

Early in the morning, almost at the time of dawn, you will be taken to Taj Mahal by Agra tour guide on a tonga. Tonga ride will be an exotic India experience. Taj Mahal looks most beautiful at the time of sunrise. Visit, behold, capture in camera and memory the beautiful Taj and get all relevant information about this iconic monument.

On the way to Ranthambhore, stop at Fatehpur Sikri, a city built of pink sandstone during medieval era. Akbar built Fatehpur Sikri as a twin capital and as a tribute to Salim Chishti whose boon resulted in the birth of Jahangir, successor son of Akbar. But, this well planned and grand city was later abandoned due to lack of drinking water. Even today there is this abandoned city in good condition. Various inscriptions and graffiti can be seen on various buildings which tell us lot about Akbar. Having seen Fatehpur Sikri, drive to Ranthambhore. After arrival in Ranthambhore, you will be transferred to jungle resort. Rest of the day is free to experience village atmosphere. The village life is still un-spoilt. Overnight stay is scheduled in jungle resort of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.

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Day 5 Ranthambhore- Game drives to spot tigers

After early breakfast, move on for morning jeep safari into the forest to spot Royal Bengal tigers in their natural environs. About exploring jungle during three hours of game drive, return to resort to relax, refresh & have lunch. Post lunch, in the afternoon, again move for jungle safari. Ranthambhore is considered to be the best place to spot tigers. Later return to jungle resort to spend evening in leisure and have overnight stay therein.

Day 6 Ranthambhore – Jaipur (150 kms/ 04 hrs)

After relaxed breakfast in the jungle resort of Ranthambhore National Park, drive to Jaipur, the “Pink City”. Upon arrival at Jaipur, you will be received by our representative and transferred to Jaipur hotel.

Today you will visit the city center in order to get an impression and overview of the entire city of Jaipur. It is recommended to also wander through the old town, roam around on foot to enjoy the hustle and bustle. The traffic here has developed its own form of organized chaos. The time is reserved for yourself exploration. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and is founded and established in a chessboard-like pattern by Maharaja Jai Singh II. It was built in 1728. The Pink paint on the houses and shopping arcades of the old Jaipur gave the city the name "Pink City". The bustling city will enchant you with its colorful diversity.

After exploring market of Jaipur, you will be driven to Birla Temple, located at foothill of Mata Dungari. Attend auspicious evening “aarti” ceremony at the temple. Later in the evening, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 7 Jaipur exploration

After early morning scrumptious breakfast, drive to Amber through old town Jaipur. Jaipur is capital of the State of Rajasthan and a mega-city. Jaipur is the center for many visitors. Jaipur is one of the most colorful cities in India, the reddish paint on the walls and facades of old town lent her the name “pink-red city”.

At Amber Fort enjoy a maharaja-like ride on a richly decorated elephant. The elephant ride will commence at the foothill and ends at the courtyard of the palace. Watch and get mesmerized having seen the public audience hall (Diwan-i-Aam), magnificent Ganesh gate and the mirror palace (Shish Mahal), one of the most beautiful structures of its kind in Rajasthan. The palace of Amber and the magnificent landscape are among the most beautiful impressions of this trip.

Later, return to city centre to see Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal) , one of the landmarks of Jaipur. The Palace of the Winds is a sham facade with 953 airy windows. Here the ladies of the royal family used to watch the action on the street, without being seen themselves. The city of Jaipur is rectangular in shape and divided into symmetrical blocks, in accordance with the requirements of city planning, as laid down in ancient Indian scripture on architecture “Shilpa Shastra”. Here you will be visiting City Palace and Jantar Mantar along with thorough exploration of buzzing market. Overnight stay has been planned in Jaipur hotel.

Day 8 Jaipur – Kishangarh (110 kms/ 03 hrs)

Have delicious breakfast in Jaipur hotel and depart for Kishangarh, a journey into real rural landscape of Rajasthan. It takes about two hours to reach Kishangarh. On arrival at Kishangarh, you will be transferred to pre-booked hotel. After relaxing and having taken lunch, explore rural life and visit the fort and palace.

Founded by Maharaja Kishan Singh in 1611 AD, Kishangarh is located in the centre of Rajasthan and home to world famous school of miniature paintings- Kishangarh paintings. One of the most famous renowned paintings is that of Krishna's consort Radha, who is depicted as a beautiful woman with enchanting almond eyes. Kishangarh is also famous for Bani Thani Paintings. The artist of this school favored evening lights and gray skies with fine colors. This outstanding school of Kishangarh paintings lasted only a few decades. Today the artists still create duplicates of the work. These days, Kishangarh is a rich storehouse of marbles. Prime tourist attractions of Kishangarh are Roopangarh Fort, Phool Mahal and miniature paintings. Roopangarh Fort and Phool Mahal have been converted into luxury heritage hotels with every bit of “old world charm”intact with modern amenities subtly assimilated. Kishangarh is now an industrial town for marble and textiles. Later return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 9 Kishangarh – Bassi (250 kms/ 05 kms)

After breakfast in Kishangarh hotel, drive for Bassi, a village about 25 kms from Chittorgarh. Bassi is a historical fortress with Rajasthan’s most reputed royal clan of Sisodiya Rajputs live here. On arrival at Bassi, you will be transferred to Bassi heritage hotel. Royal family also resides in there. Listen from them unmatched lineage of Rajput tradition. Experience raw rural landscape and village lifestyle. Rest of the day is for leisure activities. Overnight stay has been planned in Bassi.

Day 10 Bassi – Chittorgarh - Khempur (110 kms)

After breakfast, head directly to Chittorgarh . Visiting Chitorgarh is a journey through history. The Fort of Chittorgarh reflects all romantic, heroic ideals of Rajput ethos & code of honor. Three times during its long history, the fort was conquered and plundered by the Muslim invaders out of religious vengeance. During all these three occasions, when all hope of victory diminished, the women and small children committed “johar”, the rite in which they threw themselves in burning pyres. The male Rajput warriors, having nothing left back at home, fought committed till the last drop of their blood causing irreparable damages and casualties to the enemy. The honor has been considered worthier than death.

After seeing the Chittorgarh, continue to Khempur. After arriving in Khempur, check in at the pre-booked heritage hotel. Relax a bit and there after move out to explore rural way of life in Khempur. Enjoy the village atmosphere. Overnight stay has been planned in Khempur hotel.

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Day 11 Khempur – Nathdwara – Eklingji - Nagda - Udaipur (65 kms)

After leisurely breakfast, drive to Udaipur. On the way to Udaipur, first you will have a stop-over at Nathdwara, known for Lord Krishna Temple. The idol of Lord Krishna is of seven years old Krishna’s. The statue or idol, initially used to be worshipped in Mathura, had been shifted to this place in 1672 in order to protect it from anti-Hindu fanatic iconoclastic Islamic policies of the Mughals, especially Aurangzeb.

After visiting Nathdwara, you will drive to Udaipur. On the way to Udaipur, you will again having a short stop-over at Temple in Eklingjji. This entire temple area is Shri Eklingji and since ancient times is treated like a holy place, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Maharajas (rulers) of Udaipur were crowned here.

On the way, we take a short break for tea in Nagda. Nagda is known for 10th century Temple of Sahastra Bahu, a form of Lord Vishnu. Over a period of time, Sahastra Bahu (meaning "One with thousand arms") Temple is often called as Sas Bahu temples, a local corruption of the original Sahastra-Bahu.

Having visited Nagda temple, proceed for Udaipur. Reach Udaipur and you will be received by our Udaipur representative. You will be transferred to Udaipur hotel. In the afternoon, take a stroll through the picturesque streets and in the late afternoon you will enjoy a pleasant boat ride on Lake Pichola. From the midst of Lake Pichola, you have a wonderful view of the palace complex and the islands Jagmandir and Jagniwas. On an island located Lake Palace, one of the most photogenic hotels in the world. This beautiful view had been portrayed in the James Bond film Octopussy few years ago. Enjoy sunset with wonderful view at the swimming pool. Overnight stay has been planned in Udaipur hotel.

Day 12 Explore Udaipur

A romantic city of Rajasthan, Udaipur, a picturesque town with lakes, palaces and temples, is a true oasis in the dry landscape. This romantic city, due to its location on Lake Pichola, is called as the Venice of India. Today you can see the medieval Hindu temple (Jagdish Mandir) and City Palace (largest palace complex in Rajasthan). Several kings of Udaipur, called Maharanas, have contributed in construction of City Palace but every new addition to it is properly synched with original structure and architecture. Every new construction has been harmoniously integrated into the architectural style of the existing parts, so the City Palace looks as the work of a single act. City Palace of Udaipur ranks highest among Rajput palaces and is impressive for its beautiful lakeside location. In the afternoon you will enjoy a pleasant boat ride on Lake Pichola. From the lake, you will have a wonderful view of the palace complex and the islands Jagmandir and Jagniwas. On an island located Lake Palace, one of the most photogenic hotels in the world.

Later in the evening, you will be taken to school of saree printing. Saree printing craft is a highlight of Udaipur. Thereafter, visit and walk through Saheliyon – ki – Bari (Garden for Royal Maids). Overnight stay has been planned in Udaipur.

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Day 13 Udaipur – Kumbhalgarh (70 kms) – Narlai (80 kms)

Today you will drive to Narlai. On the way you see Kumbhalgarh Fort. Kumbhalgarh Fort was built during 15th century by Rana Kumbha. Kumbhalgarh is an amazing fort. It’s a fort within a fort. The length of the walls is second only to Great Wall of China. The fortified town of Kumbhalgarh lies on a rocky summit of Arawali Hill, 1100 meters above sea level and 200 meters above the nearest hill. Within the crenellated ramparts, spread over an area of 12 square kilometers, are palaces, temples, old apartments, fields and gardens, in short everything that is needed for an autonomous survival during a siege.

After visiting Kumbhalgah, proceed to Narlai. On arrival at Narlai, you will be transferred to heritage hotel of Narlai. Explore rustic ambience of Narlai in the evening on your own. Overnight stay has been planned in Narlai.

Day 14 Narlai – Ranakpur - Jodhpur (160 km)

Today you will drive to Jodhpur. On the way, you will see the Jain temples of Ranakpur. Almost hidden in a green valley of the Aravalli hills and little known, this picturesque temple complex is one of the biggest attractions of India and one of the absolute highlights of rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan. The incredible beauty cannot be expressed in words. After seeing the Ranakpur Jain temple, continue to Jodhpur. Upon arrival in Jodhpur, you will be transferred to Jodhpur hotel.

Post lunch, visit Jodhpur, the Blue City of Rajasthan. Since majority of houses in the old city are painted in blue, the city is termed so. Jodhpur lies on the edge of the Thar Desert and is the second largest city of Rajasthan. Visit the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, which dominates the town perched above the city of Jodhpur. The palaces inside the fort are built from sandstone, which is carved so artfully that it gives an impression of woodcarvings. The museum contains a large collection of thrones, flags, doors and weapons. Many rooms are still furnished with the original furniture of the bygone period.

After visiting Fort, roam in the city for shopping. Jodhpur is known for unique and rich handicrafts, peculiarly of the Thar Desert region. After shopping, a photo-opportunity in front of the Umaid Bhavan Palace awaits you. Umaid Bhawan Palace is the largest private construction in the world and is perfect example of Indo-Sarsanic form of architecture. After the tour, you will be transferred to hotel to spend evening in leisure and have overnight stay.

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Day 15 Jodhpur – Khimsar (100 kms)

After leisurely breakfast, drive to Khimsar. In the afternoon, you reach Khimsar. The rest of the time you can spend at the swimming pool. Sit on the terrace of the fort palace with cold beer in hand and enjoy a wonderful view of the sleepy village and the vast desert plain. An air of poetry, romance and chivalry surrounds you when Rajasthani folk music is performed during dinner. Overnight stay has been planned in Khimsar.

Day 16 Khimsar - Mandawa (275 kms)

After breakfast, drive to Mandawa. Late afternoon, you reach Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. The Shekhawati region is known for painted havelis built in 18th and 19th centuries. These havelis were built by rich business community of Rajasthan, known as ‘Marwaris’. The merchants of the area, called Marwaris, achieved profits in the trade of spices, salt, precious stones, silks and carpets. The proceeds were invested in frescoes that decorate the magnificent palaces, temples and private homes, called havelis. The subjects of the paintings or frescoes on the walls of the havelis include scenes from daily life, gods and animals etc. Although, many havelis are inhabited these days, but magnificent frescoes and havelis in the middle of the Thar Desert wait for your exploration. Overnight stay has been planned in Mandawa hotel.

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Day 17 Mandawa – New Delhi (250 kms)

Having enjoyed delicious breakfast in Mandawa hotel, drive to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi, keeping in view the scheduled departure of your flight, you can either be taken to any bustling market to explore for some souvenir or directly be transferred to 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.

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.

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.

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.

Kishangarh

An erstwhile princely state of Rajasthan, Kishangarh was founded by Jodhpur prince Kishan Singh in 1609. Presently known as marble factory of India, Kishangarh is historically and culturally famous for being the birthplace of the Kishangarh style of painting, which is known for the beautiful depiction of a courtesan known as Bani Thani. Another very significant attraction of Kishangarh is a temple of nine planets, purportedly the only temple of its kind in the world.

Bassi

Bassi village, though a historical place but languishes in oblivion these days, offers a visitor an opportunity to explore truly rural lifestyle and to stay in a 16th century Rajput fortress, now converted into a luxury heritage hotel. Known for its sculptures and woodcraft, Bassi lies on the way to Bundi. Bassi Fort which glorifies the history of Chundawat clan was built in the 16th Century by Thakur Jaimal of Sisodia dynasty, cousin of Maharana Pratap, the founder of Bassi principality. He was a great warrior who fought many a gallant battles and has numerous brilliant victories to his credit. Six of the ancestors of Rawat Sahib Kesri Singh Ji, the present head of Bassi, Chundawat family laid down their lives defending Mewar and the famous Chittorgarh Fort. It is the citadel where were enacted the immortal episodes of sacrifice and heroism.

Ravla Khempur

The Ravla Khempur has a passionate history of true Mewari valour that dates back to 1628 AD. An enemy, in order to avenge the killing of his brother, plotted to assassinate the young Prince Jagat Singh of Mewar. His plans were over-heard by Khemraj Dadhivadia whilst he was having his sword sharpened in the market place. Khemraj didn’t utter a word of what he had heard to anyone and left quietly. On the fateful day when the young prince was out hunting, the would-be assassin charged up towards him, intent on murder. When the deadly blade of the enemy’s sword was inches away from the prince, Khemraj leapt out from nowhere, and with a single stroke of his sword, beheaded the attacker. To honour this gallant act, Mewar’s grateful Maharana rewarded Khemraj Dadhivadia with a village and named it Khempur.

The title ‘Ravla’ in Rajasthan refers to the home of a village chieftain”. In earlier days, the Ravla was the focal point of the entire village. Functions such as village welfare, collection of taxes, administration of law and order, and the initiation of festivals took place in the Ravla. Ravla Khempur exudes historical ambience and is graced with breathtaking surroundings. The lofty terraces, open courtyards, sprawling gardens, domes, arches and canopied balconies transport one back in time. Khempur village developed over the centuries to one side of the Ravla. It comprises a small, random and attractive cluster of typical rural dwellings and shops, and shaded squares where the villagers discuss the affairs of the world or share the local gossip. For the visitor, this is a side of India that has its own fascination; the cheerful welcome and natural hospitality of the village folk who ask nothing more than to enjoy a chat over a cup of tea. Beyond the village is an expanse of verdant farmland stretching off towards distant mountains: not a single blot on the landscape to spoil this serenely beautiful panorama.

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.

Narlai

Narlai is a small village in Pali district of Rajasthan, about 36 kms from Rankapur. It offers an opportunity to reside in a heritage hotel like a noble and at the same time enjoy the colours of rustic lifestyle of the locals. The hotel, Rawala Narlai is famous in tourism industry for its great hospitality and true flavor of bygone era of the ‘rajas’& ‘maharajas’.

Jodhpur

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

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.

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.

  • Accommodation in the mentioned hotels on double sharing.

  • Daily breakfast basis on all places.

  • Total Meals: 20 (Breakfast-16; Lunch-02; Dinner-02).

  • Total night stays: 16 (Delhi-02; Agra-01; Ranthambhore National Park- 02; Jaipur-02; Kishangarh-01; Bassi-01; Khempur- 01; Udaipur-02; Narlai-01; Jodhpur-01; Khimsar-01; Mandawa- 01).

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

  • Along with breakfast at all places, 02 dinners & 02 lunches in Ranthambhore resort.

  • Monument entrance charges.

  • Two jeep/ canter game drives in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.

  • Rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.

  • Boat cruise in Lake Pichola, Udaipur.

  • 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 Rural 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, Narlai, Bassi, Khempur & Kishangarh etc 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.
Bikaner:At the bazaar, look for camel-hide water bottles, slippers, purposes and lampshades. Also camel hair durries, carpets and blankets.
Kishangarh:Paintings of Kishangarh.

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.
Agra:Non-vegetarian Mughal cuisines
Delhi:Street snacks

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
AgraSeven Hills TowerMansingh PalaceTridentOberoi Amar Vilas
RanthambhoreAnkur ResortRanthambhore BagNahargarh RanthambhoreOberoi Udai Vilas
JaipurParadiseShahpura HouseITC RajputanaOberoi Raj Vilas
KishangarhPhool Mahal PalacePhool Mahal PalacePhool Mahal PalacePhool Mahal Palace
BassiBassi Fort PalaceBassi Fort PalaceBassi Fort PalaceBassi Fort Palace
KhempurRavla KhempurRavla KhempurRavla KhempurRavla Khempur
Udaipur Hotel Jagat Niwas Hotel Karohi HaveliLaxmi Vilas Palace- The LalitOberoi Udai Vilas
  • Prices mentioned are per person on double/ twin sharing basis.

  • Any airfares, international or domestic, are not included.

  • Additional conditions may apply, please enquire for further details.

  • Prices shown are fully inclusive of taxes.

  • Additional levies, government charges & other applicable fees, including additional taxes and surcharges on flight routing, may apply and are beyond our control.

  • 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.

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

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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 vario

  • us 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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