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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&culturerajasthanprivatetour

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 youPlease 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)

CALL 1-559-446-0499 or email: brij@indiatravelerusa.com for custom designing your Rajasthan Tour

New Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur, Deogarh, Udaipur, Ranakpur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Gajner, Bikaner, Mandawa, Nawalgarh & Neemrana

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Day 1 // DELHI:                     
Arrive at India Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. Traditional welcome with fresh marigold flower garland and transfer to hotel.

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Day 2 // DELHI: 
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of New Delhi - Qutub Minar- its construction was initiated by Qutubudin-Aibak in 1199 CE upon becoming the first Sultan of Delhi, the surrounding area was earlier the capital of Chowhan Rajput rulers and had many Hindu & Jain temples that were destroyed by Islamic invaders - the materials from these monuments including carved panels and pillars were used in Qutub Minar and the adjoining mosque. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site ;

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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.

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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;

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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).

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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. 

End the day's sightseeing with a thrilling bicycle rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk Bazaar. Overnight in hotel.

Day 3 // DELHI - AGRA (165 Kilometers or 103 miles in 2 hours): 
After breakfast transfer by air-conditioned chauffeur driven air-conditioned car to Agra in about 2 hours.

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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.

Upon arrival check in to the hotel.

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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. 

On the way to hotel visit Agra’s oldest and best marble inlay factory, which is a virtual museum. Some of the work done by their artisans is much finer and delicate than the inlay art work in the Taj Mahal itself. Overnight stay in hotel in Agra.

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Day 4 // AGRA: 
Early morning enliven the unforgettable view of the world famous Taj Mahal in the morning glow of sunrise. It is a mausoleum to commemorate Emperor Shahjahan’s love for his favorite queen, the Shia Persian, Arjumand Bano Begum, the name in Persian literally means 'Beloved'. She received the title of Mumtaj Mahal or 'Crown of the Palace'. She died delivering their 14th child outside a battlefield at Burhanpur in central India in 1630. The construction of the mausoleum started in 1631 and was completed in 1648 according an inscription on the main gate of the building. The white marble mausoleum was decorated with Pietra Dure motifs – inlay of semi-precious stones like Jasper, Malachite, Lapiz Lazuli, Jade and various shades of Agate etc. On January 22, 1666 Emperor Shahjahan passed away in his white marble palaces in Agra Fort where he was imprisoned for the last 8 years of his life. His grave was added later and is the only architectural element in Taj Mahal mausoleum that is not symmetrical.

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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.

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Day 5 // AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI - JAIPUR (232 Kilometers or 144 miles in 5 hours): 
After breakfast drive about an hour to Emperor Akbar’s deserted city, Fatehpur Sikri – the Mughal capital from 1571 to 1584. Emperor Akbar went to a Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chistie when he did not have a male heir to the throne.

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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.

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Day // 6. JAIPUR: 
After breakfast drive through the Pink City for a sunrise view of the Hawa Mahal, the palace of winds that served as a parade viewing gallery for the women of Maharaja's family.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Day 7 // JAIPUR - DEOGARH (274 Kilometers or 170 miles in 4.5 hours): 
After breakfast drive to Deogarh Mahal, built in 1670 by a powerful clan related to the Sisodia Maharanas of Chittorgarh and Udaipur. The palace is tastefully renovated with period furniture and interior decorations. From the roof of the palace you can have a panoramic view of the surrounding village. Relax and explore the palace. After lunch enjoy a walk in the alleys of the village surrounding the palace. Overnight in Deogarh Palace. Overnight in hotel.

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Day 8 // DEOGARH - UDAIPUR (127 ilometers or 792 miles in 2 hours):    
After breakfast drive to Udaipur, a city of lakes and palaces surrounded by Aravali mountains. On arrival enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola with visit to the Jag Mandir Island Palace, where Mughal Prince Khurram (later Emperor Shahjahan) had sought refuge while revolting against his father, Emperor Jahangir. Overnight in hotel.

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Day 9 // UDAIPUR:
After breakfast start the sightseeing of the City Palace of the Maharanas of Mewar. This is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The Maharanas of Mewar had their original capital in the present day pilgrimage town of Nagda, 30 kilometers or 19 miles north of Udaipur. It was established by the 1st. Maharana, Guhil, in 568 CE. In the 8th. century CE the capital was moved to Chittor, where the successive Maharanas built the largest Fort and city in contemporary India. Already before the sacking of Chittorgarh by Mughal Emperor Akbar, in February 1568 after a long siege that began in October 1567, the plans for a new capital were under way. The construction of the Mewar Dynasty’s City Palace in Udaipur started in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh and continued by his successors over a period of about 300 years. Today the visitors see the Mardana (male section) and Zanana (female section) of the museum part of the palace. Apart from this two other sections of the palace are converted in to hotels: “The Shiv Niwas Palace” and “The Fateh Prakash Palace”. The descendents of the Maharanas of Mewar still reside in one section of the palace.

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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.

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Day 10 // UDAIPUR - RANAKPUR - JODHPUR (93 Kilometers or 58 Miles to Ranakpur and 170 Kilometers or 106 Miles further to Jodhpur):
After breakfast drive to Ranakpur for sightseeing of the Chowmukha Jain Temple that was built between 1437 and 1458. This Jain temple is one of the finest in India in its design and sculptures. Drive further to Jodhpur for sightseeing of the Mehrengarh Fort in the afternoon. Overnight in hotel.

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Day 11 // JODHPUR - JAISALMER (300 Kilometers or 186 Miles):
After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer through the Thar desert. Jaisalmer city, dominated by its ancient fort that is often called the Golden Fort because of the color of the stone from which it is built, is built on a ridge surrounded by Thar desert. There is an interesting palace of the former rulers of Jaisalmer kingdom as well as several ornate Jain temples. In the afternoon drive to the Sam Village on the sand dunes for a camel ride and dinner at sunset. Overnight in hotel.

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Day 12 // JAISALMER:
After breakfast sightseeing of the Jaisalmer fort and the famous Havelis: Nathmal ki Haveli (late 19th. century), Patwon ki Haveli (1800-1860) and Salim Singh ki Haveli (originally built in 17th. century and renovated in early 19th. century).

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Later visit the Chattries or cenotaphs built to honor the site of cremation of former rulers and the Gaddi Sagar Lake. Overnight in hotel.

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Day 13 // JAISALMER - BIKANER (331 Kilometers or 206 Miles):
After breakfast drive to Gajner Palace for lunch on the way to Bikaner (not included in price). Drive further to Bikaner, about 34 kilometers or 21 miles away. On arrival check-in hotel. Later sightseeing of Junagarh Fort (constructed between 1587 and 1593 was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013), Bhandasar Jain Temple dedicated to Sumatinath Tirthankar that is famous for its paintings, and the historic Havelis of Bikaner - The recommended route to view these havelis starts with Gogagate, Daddhon Ka Chowk, Rangari Chowk, Assanion Ka Chowk, Mehta Chowk, Binnanion Ka Chowk Daga Chowk, BK School and ends at Jassuar Gate. Overnight in hotel.

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Day 14 // BIKANER - MANDAWA (200 Kilometer or 124 Miles):
After breakfast drive to Mandawa in Shekhavati region that is famous for its Havelis that have large painted murals on their exteriors and interiors. In the afternoon visit the Havalis in Nawalgarh including, Murarka Haveli and Anandilal Poddar Haveli. Overnight in hotel.

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Day 15 // MANDAWA - NEEMRANA (162 Kilometers or 100 miles in 3 hours):
After breakfast start the sightseeing of Mandawa Havelis. Following Havelis (aristocratic mansions) in Mandawa 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. In the afternoon drive to Neemrana Castle for overnight.

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DAY 16 // NEEMRANA - NEW DELHI (100 Kilometers or 62 Miles in about 2 hours):
After breakfast explore the vast Neemrana fortress. In the afternoon drive to New Delhi for transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport to board the flight back to USA.

Prices are valid from October 2018 to March 2019 except from December 5, 2018 to January 15, 2019

5-Star Hotels:

CITY

HOTEL

# of nights

NEW DELHI

Oberoi Maidens/Shangri La Eros

2

AGRA

Marriott

2

JAIPUR

Trident

2

DEOGARH

Deogarh Mahal Palace

1

UDAIPUR

Trident

2

JODHPUR

Taj Hari Mahal Hotel

1

JAISALMER

Suryagarh Palace

2

BIKANER

Laxmi Niwas Palace

1

MANDAWA

Mandawa Castle

1

NEEMRANA

Neemrana Castle

1

NEW DELHI

Atrio Boutiqe Hotel (farewell dinner)

1

Price / person

US$ 3,005 (2 persons traveling together)

 

Price / person

US$ 2,670 (4 persons traveling together)

 

Single Supple.

US$ 1,178 for single room occupancy

 

4-Star Hotels:

CITY

HOTEL

# of nights

NEW DELHI

Justa the Residence, G.Kailash

2

AGRA

Taj Resorts

2

JAIPUR

Umaid Bhawan Heritage House

2

DEOGARH

Deogarh Mahal Palace

1

UDAIPUR

Boheda Palace Hotel

2

JODHPUR

The Kothi Heritage Hotel

1

JAISALMER

Helsinki House

2

BIKANER

Bhairon Vilas

1

MANDAWA

Sara Vilas

1

NEEMRANA

Neemrana Castle

1

NEW DELHI

Justa the Residence, Gurgaon
(farewell dinner)

1

Price / person

US$ 2,520 for 2 persons traveling together

 

Price / person

US$ 2,270 for 4 persons traveling together

 

Single Supple.

US$ 1178 for single room occupancy

 

THE ABOVE PRICES INCLUDE:

  • 15 overnights - accommodations in the mentioned or similar hotels inclusive of taxes on double or twin room occupancy basis
  • Daily buffet breakfast at your hotels.
  • Chauffeur driven air-conditioned Toyota Itios or similar car for up to 2 persons or Toyota Innova Van or similar vehicle for 4 persons on full time basis.
  • Daily bottled water in car – 2 bottles
  • Monument entrance fees
  • English speaking local guides at each city as per program
  • Assistance at each city by our company representative.
  • Rickshaw ride at Jama Mosque in Delhi.
  • Boat ride at Lake Pichola Udaipur
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.
  • Camel ride with dinner on sand dunes at sunset at Sam village
  • Farewell dinner in Gurgaon
  • All taxes, parking fees, interstate taxes, state taxes, driver’s allowance etc.

NOT INCLUDED IN ABOVE PRICES:

  • Cost of international airfare, we will be glad to get you the best airfares
  • Single room occupancy supplement
  • Cost of Travel Insurance
  • Cost of lunches and dinners
  • All drinks in hotels & restaurants etc.
  • Still and Video Camera Fees at monuments
  • Tips to drivers, guides and porters as well as any item not included in the above (included) list
  • All expenses of personal nature like telephone calls / laundry / room service charges in hotels etc.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION TOURS (Please call for details and price):

FROM NEW DELHI:

Nepalcultureprivatetour

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:

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(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

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(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.

FROM AGRA:

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(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.

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(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.

FROM JAIPUR:

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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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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