Palaces and Citadels of Rajasthan

From the desolate thar desert to the cool, purplish blue pools of Udaipur, Rajasthan presents a horde of scenes. Commanded by the Rajput lords, this interesting state takes the stand concerning the force of these extraordinary rulers. Belittled by the Mughals and British, the warrior lords came back to their magnificent past with pageantry and service amid the times of the Raj and now we have a chance to stay at some of their finest castles and relish the life of the maharanas. Their effect on Rajasthan was enormous and has made this assorted express all the all the more interesting. From forcing strongholds Kumbhalgarh, Meherangarh, Nagaur – to bright and luxuriously made royal residences and havelis – Mandawa, Udaipur, Jaisalmer – Rajasthan has melodious names that will dazzle the creative ability.

Day One : Arrive DelhiDelhi
Delhi Meet our representative and transfer to hotel.

Day Two : Delhi
Full city voyage through New Delhi whose frontier structural engineering inspires the past days of Empire. We visit the Tomb of the Mughal Emperor, Humayun, the fluted tower of the Qutab Minar, and the Quwwat-ul-Islam, the most established surviving mosque in India, Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque in India, we head out by rickshaw to the forcing, Red fortification, where in the Palatial, throne room of the Diwan-i-Am, we ended up at the heart of the Mughal realm.

Day Three : Delhi – Mandawamandvaaa
Drive to Mandawa in Rajasthan (268kms- 6 hrs) and checkin our hotel.
Explore Castle Mandawa and the surrounding area where the havils, or traditional merchants houses, are decorated with colourful murals.

Day Four : Mandawa – Khimsar
Morning drive to Khimsar (275 kms-5 ½ hrs) where we stay at the excellent 15th century Khimsar Fort. Visit the hereby fort of Nagpur where inside the ruined walls lie palaces decorated with fine wall paintings. In the evening we are guests at a special dinner with traditional dancing on the ramparts of the fort.

Day Five : Khimsar – Jaisalmergate-of-jaisalmer
Depart after breakfast for the drive to Jaisalmer (302 kms-6 hrs) pausing for lunch on route. In the late afternoon the honey coloured walls of the fort emerge from the shimmering desert Jaisalmer is Rajasthan’s most enchanting destination, an oasis of colour, ancient palaces and delicately sculpted houses. Afternoon free to relax.

Day Six : Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer A day of revelation in the old fortification of Jaisalmer. In the winding boulevards we meander between the havelis, with their wonderfully cut fretwork and jali screens, and the just as dazzling Jain sanctuaries. We visit the old royal residence of Maharawal painted in excessive Rajput style. In the late evening we unwind at the desert garden which prompted the establishment of the city, Gadi Sagar, and investigate the Royal cenotaphs at Bada Bagh before getting a charge out of the desert dusk.

Day Seven : Jaisalmer – Osianpicd
Drive to Osian (260 kms-6 hrs) an ancient town in the Thar Desert, where we stay amongst the dunes at the Osian Camel Camp in fully equipped tents. In the late afternoon we saddle up for a camel safari into the desert, arriving at a small rural village to watch the local potter and weaver, before heading back to our tents. Dinner is under a canopy of stars.

Day Eight : Osian – Jodhpur
From the tranquil sands of Osian we head south by road to Jodhpur (58 kms-1½ hrs) arriving in time for lunch at the magnificent Umaid Bhawan palace. Later we explore the Meherangarh fort from whose ramparts we can enjoy stunning view of the winding lanes and famous blue houses of the city. Overnight at hotel.

Day Nine : Jodhpur – Kumbhalgarh – Udaipur
On our journey south to Udaipur (259 kms-6 hrs) we visit the remote Kumbhalgarh fort whose impregnable walls dominate the surrounding countryside. We lunch at the secluded Aoudhi Retreat. As we approach Udaipur the landscape softens with tranquil lakes and green hills. Check into the hotel.

Day Ten : Udaipurfatehgarh-udaypur
Visit the city palace before a relaxing afternoon with a boat ride on Lake Pichola subject to waterlevel and a visit to the Island palace of Jag Mandir. We return to the hotel.

Day Eleven : Udaipur – Jaipur
Udaipur – Jaipur A quite morning to explore Udaipur before our afternoon flight to Jaipur, where ‘pink’ is the colour of welcome. The afternoon is free to relax or to visit the local bazaar, famous for its textiles, Rajput miniatures, precious stones and wide range of local handicrafts.

Day Twelve : Jaipur
Travel out of Jaipur to Amber, home to a fabulous fort and palaces, where we ascend to the battlements by elephant. From the maharaja’s apartments we can enjoy panoramas of the Rajasthani countryside. In the afternoon we return to Jaipur to visit the sprawling city palace, the magnificent Hawa Mahal and the 18th century observatory.

Day Thirteen : Jaipur – Agrataj
Drive to Agra (232 kms-5 hrs). After lunch continue to the deserted city of Fatephur Sikri, abandoned four centuries ago but perfectly preserved. Check into the hotel.

Day Fourteen : Agra – Delhi
Our morning starts at the formidable Agra Fort, with its impressive imperial quarters and marbled apartments, before visiting the more intimate tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah. The climax of our visit to Agra is the enchanting Taj Mahal.Drive back to Delhi and checkin to hotel ( 203 kms / 4 hrs).

Day Fifteen : Delhi – Onward destinations
Transfer to international airport to connect flight for onward destination ( hotel check – out 12 :00 hrs )

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