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Rajasthan Forts and Palaces Tour

14 Days / 13 Nights
Delhi - Alwar - Samode - Pushkar - Khimsar - Luni - Ranakpur - Kumbhalgarh - Chittorgarh - Bundi - Ranthambhore - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Delhi

 

Rajasthan Forts Palaces Tour :: Day 01 - Arrival in New Delhi
In the morning arrive in New Delhi. The cosmopolitan City and capital New Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Hotel. In the afternoon have sightseeing in Old Delhi & take a Rickshaw Ride parallel to the Red Fort through the old city and famous Silk Road and Silver Bazaar. Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes "Rajghat", the site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated and Jama Masjid, the great mosque of old Delhi. Today also visit the famous "Humayun Tomb" and "Qutub Minar". "Qutub Minar" is 71 meter high and consists of five stories. In 1199 work began on this tower which was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the
world. This tower was damaged twice and repaired in 1326 and 1368. Before you proceed to the Hotel drive through the embassy area in New Delhi where you visit the India Gate and see some impressive Government Buildings.

Rajasthan Forts Palaces Tour :: Day 02 - New Delhi - Alwar (about 170 km)
In the morning we drive to Alwar. Alwar is referred as the gateway to the historic and colorful state of Rajasthan. Alwar has had a chequered history and has been a witness to many rules and rulers. It offers the traveler various sites of historical importance. The main tourist attraction of Alwar is City Palace or Vinay Vilas Mahal. In the afternoon we visit the Vinay Vilas Mahal or City Palace. This palace has a fine museum with more than 7000 manuscripts, miniature paintings in both Mughal and Rajasthani style, armour, textiles and musical instruments. In the evening we will visit the Siliserh Lake.

Rajasthan Forts Palaces Tour :: Day 03 - Alwar - Samode (about 120 km)
Today we leave Alwar and proceed to Samode. Samode is famous for its palace where we have an overnight stay. We enjoy the stay in the Samode Palace and visit the wonderful Darbar Hall (Audience hall) and other parts of the palace of Maharaja which are decorated beautifully with the miniature paintings. On special occasions this wonderful 400 years old Palace of Samode is decorated and fulfilled with traditional dance and music.

Rajasthan Forts Palaces Tour :: Day 04 - Samode - Pushkar (about 205 km)
Today we leave samode and drive to Pushkar. Pushkar being one of the most religious places for Hindus has the atmosphere of an ancient religious town. The only temple of God Brahma is in Pushkar thus making Pushkar an important pilgrimage city for Hindus. Pushkar has become famous in the world due to its Pushkar Festival which takes place in the month of November when the whole of Pushkar is transformed into a spectacular fair ground where thousands of pilgrims come to bath in the holy water of Pushkar lake and the biggest cattle and camel markets take place here where Farmers, breeders and camel traders buy and sell.

Rajasthan Forts Palaces Tour :: Day 05 - Pushkar - Khimsar (about 210 km)
In the morning we drive to Khimsar. Khimsar is famous for its Fort of 18th century which is now one of the best heritage hotel in the country. This fort is well preserved like a royal manor and is spread over eleven acres of sprawling lawns, orchard and open courtyard. After the check in and evening tea we proceed for a jeep safari in the desert to Black Buck reserve.

Rajasthan Forts Palaces Tour :: Day 06 - Khimsar   Luni (about 200 km)
Today we take leave from the Khimar and drive to Luni. In Luni we enjoy the overnight stay in the Fort Chanwa which has been converted into a Hotel. This fort has big complex of courtyards, towers, water wheels, stables and secret stairways. We also have enough time to have a walk in the Village to have an impression of the rural life in the area.

Rajasthan Forts Palaces Tour :: Day 07 Luni Ranakpur (about 200 km)
Today we drive to Ranakpur. Ranakpur is known for its superbly carved marble Jain Temples. An enormous basement of this temple covers 48,000 sq. feet. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls. The total number of columns is 1444, all of which are intricately carved, no two being alike. The Ranakpur Jain Temples were built during the 15th century. Today we have one night stay in Ranakpur and visit the Ranakpur Jain temples and also discover this small village on foot which is at the same time one of the holiest and pilgrimage place for the Jains.

Rajasthan Forts Palaces Tour :: Day 08 - Ranakpur Kumbhalgarh (about 48 kms)
Today we drive to Kumbhalgarh. Late evening we arrive in Kumbhalgarh. Kumbhalgarh is one of the finest examples of defensive fortification in Rajasthan. The main tourist attraction of Kumbhalgarh is the Kumbhalgarh Fort. Today visit the Kumbhalgarh fort. This fort was the second most important fort of the Mewar kingdom after Chittorgarh. This fort is rising from a prominent ridge at a height of 1914 meters high from the sea level. The fort was built in 15th century AD by Rana Kumbha. The fort has witnessed many heroic deeds of great warriors. We also drive to Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary which has an area of 578 sq kms and is situated at the height of 500 to 1,300m. There are wolf, leopards, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, sambhar, nilgai, Chausingha (the four horned antelope), chinkara and hare are found at the century. For Bird lovers there are also a lot to admire, jungle fowl can be spotted here. Peacocks and Doves can be seen very often. Your safari route starts from the sanctuary from the Kumbhalgarh Fort and take us across the sanctuary. On this route we can see Chinkaras, Blue big antelopes, four horned Antelope and many different kind of birds.

Rajasthan Forts Palaces Tour :: Day 09 Kumbhalgarh - Chittorgarh (about 150 kms)
After having breakfast, we drive to Chittorgarh. In the afternoon we visit the Chittorgarh Fort, the world famous fort of Rajasthan. On the crest of the enormous grey hill, girdled by massive walls and seven majestic gateways, one stumbles upon shattered palaces, a "Temple of Mirabai" - the mystic poetess and the intricately carved nine storeyed Tower of Fame, built in the 12th century in honour of Lord Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankara.

Rajasthan Forts Palaces Tour :: Day 10 Chittorgarh Bundi (about 140 kms)
Today after having breakfast drive to Bundi. Bundi is most famous for its baoris (step wells) as there are many impressive ones. On the top of the hill is majestic Taragarh Fort of Bundi, the interesting fort is worth exploring for hours. The fort has many reservoirs, which are annually emptied flooding the streets leading down to the city. Overnight in Bundi.

Rajasthan Forts Palaces Tour :: Day 11 Bundi Ranthambore (about 160 kms)
Today after the breakfast we leave for Ranthambore. Ranthambore is well known for the world famous Ranthambore National park. Ranthambore National Park is a well known tiger reserve under Project Tiger. Ranthambore National park is surrounded by the Vindhyas and the Aravali mountains and covers an area of 392 square km. The Tiger remains the biggest attraction of the Ranthambore National Park. This national park is the home of a vast variety of animals. In the evening we will explore the park and have a jungle safari. Here we might have an audience with the tiger. In this park besides tiger various other animals like Sambhar, Cheetal, Wild Boar, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Jackal and Hyena can also be seen.

Rajasthan Forts Palaces Tour :: Day 12 - Ranthambore - Jaipur (about 190 km)
Today we leave Ranthambore and drive to the Pink City Jaipur. This city owes its name, foundations and careful planning to the great warrior and astronomer, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and famous for its handicrafts and precious and semiprecious stones. In the afternoon we visit the City Palace which is still the formal residence of the royal family, built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. In the museum of the city palace we visit the private collection of the Jaipur Maharajas. We continue to Jantar Mantar, a stone observatory, the largest of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories. It's complex instruments reveals us the secrets of medieval Indian astronomy.

Rajasthan Forts Palaces Tour :: Day 13 - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (about 260 km)
Today we leave Rajasthan, the biggest state in India and drive through a series of fields, small towns and villages in direction of Agra. Enroute we make a stop and visit Fatehpur Sikri, which was once an imperial capital frozen in time, constructed by Akbar the Great in the 16th century. This wonderful city constructed by red sand stones was abandoned as abruptly as it had been built. It has been generally stated that it was due to failing in the water supply. In the afternoon arrival in Agra. Today we will visit the the Agra Fort, built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. The construction of this massive structure began in 1565 under Akbar's reign and continued till the time of his grandson's reign, Shah Jahan who built the impressive imperial quarters and mosque.

Rajasthan Forts Palaces Tour :: Day 14 - Agra New Delhi
After the visit of Agra Fort we proceed to visit the most beautiful monument of India, the Taj Mahal, an enduring monument to love, with a continually fulfilling beauty. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-52, as a tomb and memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the Palace), who died at the age of 39 giving birth to her 14th child. We spend enough time at Taj Mahal to take this impressive memory home. After the visit of Taj Mahal we have a look at the famous fine marble inlay work which is still being done in Agra by the descendants of the families of builders and artists of the Taj Mahal. After sightseeing in Agra drive to Delhi. Arrival in Delhi in the evening. The rest of the day at leisure.
Around midnight flight to home destination. At the time of departure our driver & representative will drop you at International Airport.

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