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Palaces of Rajasthan Tour - 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. 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.

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Destinations: Delhi – Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Abhineri - Jaipur - Deogarh - Udaipur - Ranakpur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Nawalgarh  - Delhi - 17 days

Day 1 // FRESNO:
Departure


Day 2 // DELHI:                    
Arrive at India Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. Traditional welcome with fresh marigold flower garland and transfer to hotel.

Day 3 // 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 ;

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;

Lunch at Park Balluchi inside Deer Park in Hauz Khas.

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.

Later drive through the important buildings of government of India that were designed by Herbert Baker and Edwin Lutyens, the two British architects of the new capital of British colonial rulers when they moved their capital from Calcutta (now Kolkata). Stop at the India Gate for photography.

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. Jama Masjid is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

End the day's sightseeing with a thrilling bicycle rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk Bazaar. For dinner enjoy a special north Indian cuisine at the legendary Moti Mahal Restaurant in Daryaganj. Overnight in hotel.

Day 4 // DELHI - AGRA (165 Kilometers or 103 miles in 2.5 hours):
After breakfast transfer by air-conditioned chauffeur driven air-conditioned car to Agra in about 2.5 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. This was the first Mughal monument in white marble in which Pietra Dure (inlay of semi-precious stones) was extensively used.

Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Lunch at Pinch of Spice Restaurant on Fatehabad Road.

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. Emperor Akbar was an unique ruler in world history to have a vision of uniting the world's religions while in contemporary Europe the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre by a mob of Roman Catholics against the Huguenots, the French Calvinist Protestants in 1572 was being perpetrated. Rightfully Emperor Akbar is referred to as 'the Great' in the world history. Through his tolerant and liberal policies towards his subjects who were mostly not Muslims, he created a vast and rich empire on the Indian sub-continent. Even in 21st. century the exceptionally successful business leaders are referred to as 'Moguls'. The 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. According to his official biography - Akbarnama, writen by his friend, Abul Fazl, there were about 500 palaces in the fort. Now only the eastern part of the fort is open to tourists. The western part is still occupied by military.

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. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Agra.

Day 5 // 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 child and mother both died. Only 3 daughters and 4 sons survived to adult age. The youngest son killed all his brothers and put his father in prison at his palaces in Agra Fort.

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.

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. Later drive to the Dayalbagh Temple which is under construction for the last 100 years. Rest of afternoon is free to relax. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Agra.

Day 6 // AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI - ABHINERI - 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.

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.

Drive further west to Umaid Lake Palace Hotel in Dausa for lunch. Near Dausa town stop at Abhineri Village to view Chand Baori, the world's deepest step-well. Adjacent to the step well is a courtyard with a collection of sculptures found at site and the Harshat Mata goddess temple.

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. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Jaipur.

Day 7 // 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.

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.

After sightseeing of the palaces built by Maharaja Man Singh and Mirza Raja Jai Singh, lunch at Stag Cafe opposite Amber Fort.

Later 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.

Drive through the walled pink city, the official buildings and the market places of Jaipur. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Jaipur.

Day 8 // JAIPUR -: DEOGARH (273 Kilometers or 170 miles in 6 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. Relax and explore the palace. After lunch enjoy a walk in the alleys of the village surrounding the palace. Lunch, dinner and overnight in Deogarh Palace. Overnight in hotel.

Day 9 // DEOGARH - UDAIPUR (135 Kilometers or 84 miles in 2.5 hours):   
After breakfast drive to Udaipur, a city of lakes and palaces surrounded by Aravali mountains. On arrival visit the antique cars collection of the Maharanas of Udaipur. Lunch at Ambrai Restaurant on the shore of Pichola Lake in Amet Haveli. Later 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. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 10 // 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, sightseeing of Jagdish Temple that was constructed by Maharana Jagat Singhji in 1651.

Later walk in front of the City Palace through the Tripolia (3-arched royal entrance) to Jagdish Temple for sightseeing. Lunch at Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel. In the afternoon visit the Saheliyon-ki-Bari fountain garden for the women of Maharana’s family. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 11 // 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. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 12 // JODHPUR - JAISALMER (300 Kilometers or 186 Miles):
After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer through the Thar desert. Lunch at Manwar Desert Camp. 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.

Day 13 // 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). 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 14 // JAISALMER - BIKANER (331 Kilometers or 206 Miles):
After breakfast drive to Gajner Palace for lunch on the way to Bikaner. Drive further to Bikaner, on arrival check-in hotel. Later sightseeing of Junagarh Fort (constructed between 1587 and 1593), 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.

Day 15 // 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 Mandawa. 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. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 16 // MANDAWA – NAWALGARH (29 Kilometers or 18 miles):
After breakfast drive to Nawalgarh for sightseeing of Anandilal Poddar and Murarka Havelis.

After lunch at Roop Niwas Palace Hotel drive back to Mandawa. Rest of the afternoon is free to explore Mandawa on your own. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 17 // MANDAWA – NEW DELHI (250 Kilometers or 155 miles) - USA:
After breakfast drive to New Delhi for farewell dinner. Later transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport to board the flight back to USA.

City

3-star hotels

5-star hotels

# Nights

New Delhi

Justa Hotel

Claridges Hotel

2

Agra

Atulya Taj Hotel

Taj Gateway

2

Jaipur

Madhuban Hotel

Trident Hotel

2

Deogarh

Deogarh Palace

Deogarh Palace

1

Udaipur

Mewargarh Palace

Trident Hotel

2

Jodhpur

Devi Bhawan

Ajit Bhawan Palace

1

Jaisalmer

Golden Haveli

Suryagarh Hotel

2

Bikaner

Maharaja Ganga Mahal

Laxmi Niwas Palace

1

Mandawa

Vivana Haveli

Vivana Haveli

2

Farewell
Dinner

Ashok Country Club, New Delhi

Pride Aerocity, New Delhi

 

Price-2 persons in 1 room

US$ 2,095 per person

US$ 2,965 per person

 

Price-4 persons in 1 room

US$ 1,775 per person

US$ 2,575 per person

 

Single room supplement

US$ 655

US$ 1,156

 

THE ABOVE PRICES INCLUDE FOLLOWING:

  • 15 Night's accommodation on double or twin occupancy basis
  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner at your hotels
  • Lunches in selected, exclusive restaurants during sightseeing
  • Chauffeur driven air-conditioned car for 2 persons, mini-van for 4 persons
  • Bottle water 2 per day in coach
  • Entrances to monuments and museums
  • English speaking local guides at each city for city tour
  • Assistance at each city by our company representative
  • Rickshaw ride at Jama Mosque in Delhi
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur
  • Boat ride in Pichola Lake in Udaipur
  • Camel ride and dinner with tribal folk dance at the dunes in Jaisalmer
  • Farewell dinner in Gurgaon near Airport
  • Tips to driver and guides
  • All government taxes, parking, interstate taxes, state taxes, driver’s allowance etc.

 NOT INCLUDED IN ABOVE PRICES:

  • India Visa Fee. The Visa application can be filled online at: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
  • Roundtrip international flights
  • Vaccination: Please consult your personal doctor
  • Still and Video camera fees
  • Tips to porters in hotels ($ 1 suggested), tips to guide and driver ($ 2 per day each suggested)
  • Any costs of personal nature like alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at restaurants and hotels, room service, telephone charges, laundry etc. in hotels

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