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We felt welcomed in India on arrival at airport in New Delhi. The bus driver was great. With the meals in restaurants we got a good taste of India. The musical entertainment was fun. Each guide was familiar with their area. It was a great, well-organized tour. Kay and Larry L.
Palaces & Culture of Rajasthan Private Tour - 16 days / 15 hotel overnights in India
Enliven your senses with the vibrant sights, sounds and pageant of Rajasthan. Indulge in history of the capital city, New Delhi. Wonder the harmonious architecture of the world famous Taj Mahal, the eternal monument to love in the ancient Mughal capital of Agra. Experience the blended Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic architecture in the palaces of Emperor Akbar’s deserted city, Fatehpur Sikri. Relish the glory of Kachhwaha architecture and culture in the Maharaja’s City Palace of the pink city, Jaipur. All except one of the 17 masonry instruments in the astronomical observatory of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh still function. Enjoy a ride on beautifully decorated elephants going up to the hilltop palaces of Maharaja Man Singh and Mirza Raja Jai Singh at Amber Fort. Explore the medieval Deogarh Palace. Wonder at the exquisite miniature paintings in the palace of Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. Experience the colors and folklore at the Sam sand dunes at sunset. Relish the relaxing boat ride on Pichola Lake in Udaipur, the city of palaces and lakes. Visit the magnificent palace of Junagarh Fort in Bikaner. Admire the colorful fresco paintings in Havelis and Fort of Mandawa and Nawalgarh in Shekhavati. Stay in fine, centrally located and heritage hotels. Vegan and vegetarian cuisine can be arranged especially for you. Please click on India City Descriptions to read details of each of the cities included in this fascinating journey. Prices are for basic itinerary, please call to include optional extensions mentioned at the end of the itinerary below that you wish)
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New Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur, Deogarh, Udaipur, Ranakpur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Gajner, Bikaner, Mandawa, Nawalgarh & Neemrana
Day 1 // DELHI:
Day 2 // DELHI:
Mughal Emperor Humayun's Tomb - its architecture may have influenced the construction of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Humayun, the second Mughal Emperor was named "the fortunate one", ironically his whole life was a series of misfortunes; just six months after winning the throne of Delhi after a 10 year exile in Persia, he slipped while coming down a stairwell in old fort of Delhi and was badly wounded. He died on January 27, 1556, just a few days after his fall in the stairwell. Emperor Akbar designated his mother, Maryam Makani: Hamida Bano Begum, aka Haji Begum, widow of his father, to supervise the construction of first great mausoleum of the Mughals. Its architecture may have influenced the design of the later built Taj Mahal in Agra. Humayun’s mausoleum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Baha'i Lotus Temple - this distinctive lotus shaped marvel in marble is a symbol of peace - its construction was completed in 1986 - it was designed by a Canadian architect of Persian origin, Fariborz Sahba;
India Gate (the memorial to soldiers killed in all wars starting from 1st World War), Parliament House, Prime Minister’s & Home Minister’s offices and Presidents House (from outside).
In the afternoon stop by the Red Fort for photography from outside - the massive sandstone fort built by Shah Jahan on the banks of river Yamuna, Jama Masjid - is the largest mosque in India and stands across the road from the Red Fort, built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan 1648 CE. About 20,000 people can pray here at a time.Overnight stay in hotel in New Delhi.
Day 3 // DELHI - AGRA (165 Kilometers or 103 miles in 2 hours):
Getting off the highway stop at the Itmad-ud-Daulah's mausoleum that was designed and constructed under the patronage of Empress Nur Jahan, the only Mughal ruler's spouse to have this title and issue coins in her name. She built this tomb for her parents Mirza Ghiaz Beg & Begum Asmat. Mirza Ghiaz Beg received the title of Itmad-ud-Daulah from Emperor Jahangir. He passed away in 1622, his mausleum's construction started the same year and was completed in 1628. It is decorated with inlay of jasper and black marble in white marble. The carvings inside the top of four main arched gateways in to the mausoleum have been inspired by Chikan embroidary.
Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The elegant Jahangiri Mahal Palace in the fort reflects an interesting synthesis of Hindu & Islamic architectural styles and Emperor Akbar's tolerant religious philosophy. 14 years old Mughal Prince was crowned in 1556 at Kalanaur in Punjab state of India. He moved his capital to Agra in 1558. The construction of the fort in Agra started in 1565 and was completed in 1573 with about 4000 construction workers employed.
Day 4 // AGRA:
After breakfast visit Sikandara, the tomb of Emperor Akbar that was designed by the emperor himself during his lifetime. The main gate was added later in Emperor Jahangir’s reign and the Persian influence in its architecture suggests it may have been designed by his spouse, Empress Nurjahan. Near Akbar’s tomb is the Maryam’s Tomb, the mausoleum of Akbar’s Hindu queen, Jodha Bai. Later drive to the Dayalbagh Temple which is under construction for the last 100 years. Rest of afternoon is free to relax. Overnight stay in hotel in Agra.
Day 5 // AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI - JAIPUR (232 Kilometers or 144 miles in 5 hours):
The saint correctly prophesied that the Emperor would have three sons. When his Hindu queen, Jodha Bai, became pregnant, the emperor moved with her to Sikri village to live near the saint. Gradually a whole new capital evolved with an exceptional and unprecedented blend of religious and secular architecture. The emperor invited Jesuit monks from Goa to teach him about the Christian religion. In the palaces and the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri one witnesses a blend of Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Islamic architecture. After the demise of saint and perhaps because of many other reasons Emperor Akbar moved from Fatehpur Sikri. The city was deserted for almost 400 years until the beginning of the 20th. century when Archaeological Survey of India started the renovation of the capital, which is still continuing. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Later stop at Laxmi Vilas Palace for lunch (not incuded in price) on the way to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur check in to the hotel. In the late afternoon demonstrations of wooden block printing on cotton textiles, woolen carpet weaving as well as cutting & polishing of precious & semi-precious stones. Overnight stay in hotel in Jaipur.
Day // 6. JAIPUR:
Drive further to Amber Fort crowning the crest of an Aravali range hill. A royal ride on elephant up to the palaces will take your imagination in the world of Amber Maharajas. This 16th century Fort was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.
After sightseeing of the palaces built by Maharaja Man Singh and Mirza Raja Jai Singh, drive back to hotel with stop to view the Jal Mahal Palace island in the center of a lake in the north of walled Jaipur city.
In the afternoon sightseeing tour visit the Maharaja's City Palace - which contains the original collection of the large portraits of the Maharajas of Jaipur in the former Diwan-i-Am (hall of public audience), Mubarak Mahal which has displays of royal dresses and typical Rajasthani handicraft, Sarvatobhadra – the hall of private audience and the Mayur Chowk courtyard of Chandra Mahal – private residence of the present head of the former Jaipur royal family.
Coming out of the Silehdeori Gate of City Palace wonder at the massive masonry, precision astronomical instruments at Sawai Jai Singh's Jantar Mantar observatory. All but one of its seventeen instruments are still functional. The large sundial has an accuracy of 2 seconds. This 18th century astronomical observatory was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. Drive through the walled pink city, the official buildings and the market places of Jaipur. Overnight stay in hotel in Jaipur.
Day 7 // JAIPUR - DEOGARH (274 Kilometers or 170 miles in 4.5 hours):
Day 8 // DEOGARH - UDAIPUR (127 ilometers or 792 miles in 2 hours):
Day 9 // UDAIPUR:
Later walk in front of the City Palace through the Tripolia (3-arched royal entrance) to Jagdish Temple built in 1651 for sightseeing. In the afternoon visit the Saheliyon-ki-Bari fountain garden for the women of Maharana’s family. Overnight in hotel.
Day 10 // UDAIPUR - RANAKPUR - JODHPUR (93 Kilometers or 58 Miles to Ranakpur and 170 Kilometers or 106 Miles further to Jodhpur):
Day 11 // JODHPUR - JAISALMER (300 Kilometers or 186 Miles):
Day 12 // JAISALMER:
Later visit the Chattries or cenotaphs built to honor the site of cremation of former rulers and the Gaddi Sagar Lake. Overnight in hotel.
Day 13 // JAISALMER - BIKANER (331 Kilometers or 206 Miles):
Day 14 // BIKANER - MANDAWA (200 Kilometer or 124 Miles):
Day 15 // MANDAWA - NEEMRANA (162 Kilometers or 100 miles in 3 hours):
DAY 16 // NEEMRANA - NEW DELHI (100 Kilometers or 62 Miles in about 2 hours):
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OPTIONAL EXCURSION TOURS (Please call for details and price):
FROM NEW DELHI:
Nepal Culture Tour- 4 Nights beginning from New Delhi by flight to Kathmandu, sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley including Bhaktapur and Patan, an overnight excursion to Nagarkot Himalayan Mountain Resort and ending with an awesom Mount Everest Flight.
An extra overnight in Delhi to visit one or more of the three important museums of Delhi:
(1) National Museum of artifacts from Indian and foreign antiquity and archaeological excavations, ancient coins, miniature paintings, manuscripts, Buddhist artifacts including the holy relics of Buddha from Kapilvastu where he spent his childhood and youth and/or
(2) National Gallery of Modern Art in the former palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur near India Gate and / or
(3) Craft Museum where you can witness fine traditional crafts in folk painting, textiles, terracotta figurines and pottery, wood carvings etc. and / or
(4) visit the Akshardham Swami Narayan Temple - capital's largest Hindu temple (about 3 hours required for temple sightseeing).
(5) Rishikesh: Is famous for its Yoga Ashrams where we can arrange admission to a Yoga Course. The city is also a haven for white water river rafting, bungy jumping and giant swing bungy jumping.
(1) Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary with Bear Rescue Center that has 256 black Himalayan bears and the Elephant Sanctuary (both these are inside the bird sanctuary) and / or
(2) visit the Archaeological Museum at Mathura that has India's largest collections of Kushan, Gandhar and Gupta period sculptures and /or
(3) Krishna Janmabhumi - the birthplace of Bhagwan Krishna, the incarnation of Vishnu and / or the ISCKON. Hare Krishna Temple in Vrindavan.
(4) Gwalior - with one overnight in the luxurious Taj Usha Kiran Palace or Neemrana Deo Bagh Heritage Hotel or in one of its many good 3-star hotels, one can have a full day of sightseeing of Gwalior Fort and Scindia Maharaja's Jai Vilas Palace.
(5) Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur where about 150 Indian species of birds reside throughout the year and another 150 species of migratory birds arrive from Tibet, China, Mongolia, Siberia and even Scandinavia. This requires one overnight in Bharatpur. The best hotel in Bharatpur is the Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel.
(1) Chand Baori: About an hour before arriving in Jaipur is the town of Dausa that is quite close to Chand Baori - the world's deepest stepwell and the Hindu temple of goddess Harshat Mata, there is a large collection of sculptures found in the vicinity here.
(2) Sisodia Rani Garden Palace: Just before entering Jaipur in the valley of Aravali Mountains is the Garden Palace of Sisodia Rani (Queen of Sawai Jai Singh belonging to the royal house of Mewar in Udaipur)
(3) Galta Natural Spring and Hindu Pilgrimage Center: further in the same valley is the Hindu pilgrimage center of Galta with a natural water spring and many beautiful Temples.
(4) Samode Palace: A luxurious palace famous for its glass mosaic audience hall is located in a quiet valley and is surrounded by a small village. A walk in the village is interesting to observe rural life in this region. In winter months children are playing Cricket and it may be possible to join in their game.
(5) Nawalgarh: About an hour and a half drive from Samode (94 kilometers) on the way to Mandawa enjoy the sightseeing of the murals and frescos of Anandilal Poddar Haveli and Murarka Haveli. If one wishes to stay overnight there are three heritage hotels: Roop Vilas Palace Hotel or Roop Niwas Kothi or Vivaana Heritage Hotel.
(6) Mandawa: There is a lot to view in the Mandawa Castle itself that is also the best place to stay in Shekhavati region. Following Haveli (aristocratic mansions) are interesting for their murals and frescos: Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Goenka Double Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, Mohanlal Saraf Havei, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Bansidhar Newatia Haveli, Laxminarayan Ladia Haveli and Chowkhani Double Haveli. Just across the road from Goenka Double Haveli is the Thakurji Temple that also has beautiful mural paintings depicting scenes from British East India Company Period and 1857 during the First War of Indian Independence.
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