Royal Rajasthan

Duration: 20 Nights / 21 Days
Destinations: Delhi → Neemrana → Jaipur → Pushkar → Ranthambore → Kota → Bundi → Chittorgarh → Bijaipur → Udaipur → Kumbhalgarh → Jodhpur → Jaisalmer → Bikaner → Mandawa → Delhi

Day 1: Arrival at Delhi

On arrival at Delhi airport or railway station, our representative will meet you to pick you up and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Delhi

In the morning, proceed for the sightseeing tour of New & Old Delhi, accompanied by an English-speaking guide. Proceed to the historical sites of the city such as Qutab Minar, then visit the mausoleum of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and the Birla Temple. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s Estate), Parliament House and Secretariat building. Further on, proceed to the Red Fort, built in 1648 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan and Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Visit Chandni Chowk, a traditional shopping hub to get a taste of life in the old city. The tour will also include visits to Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Delhi – Neemrana

After the leisurely breakfast drive to Neemrana. About 120 kms from Delhi, Neemrana is a bustling tourist destination famous for its fort that is built on a hill. Upon arrival in Neemrana, check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4: Neemrana – Jaipur

After breakfast at the hotel drive to Jaipur. A morning drive through the beautiful Aravali hills, you will be able to cover the 138 kilometer distance in about 3 hours.

Upon arrival in Jaipur, check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day will be yours to spend at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 5: Jaipur

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a sightseeing tour of the City, starting with Amber Fort. You can also experience a unique ride on an elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the Fort is situated.

The tour will also include visits to Temple of Kali, the Hall of Victory or Jai Mahal and Jagmandir. Also visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, a former royal residence now converted into a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings and weapons. Drive through the pink-rose residential and business areas, past the Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds, which is the landmark of Jaipur. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur.

Day 6: Jaipur – Pushkar

Morning drive to Pushkar. Stop en route at Ajmer and visit “Dargah”, a world famous sacred place for Muslims. Then proceed to Pushkar, upon arrival check into hotel. Later visit various temples and ghats and holy Pushkar Lake. There are more than 400 hundred temples in Pushkar but the main attraction being the temple of Lord Brahma, the only temple in India dedicated to Brahma. If it is the month of October/November then you are lucky to enjoy the world famous cattle fair of Pushkar. Rest of the time completely free to explore the Pushkar on your own. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7: Pushkar – Ranthambore

Morning leave by surface for Sawai-madhopur (approx 270 kms). Sawai Madhopur is the entry point to Ranthambore National Park, which is surrounded by the Vindhyas and the Aravali Hills. Amidst vast, arid and denuded tracts of the desert ecology of Rajasthan lies the oasis of biomass. The Ranthambore National Park is spread over an area of 392 sq. kms of thick forest with nullahas and waterfalls. On arrival in Sawai Madhopur transfer to your lodge. Late afternoon jungle safari in a private Jeep (04 people) or in a Canter (to carry 20 people) to view the wildlife which includes the Tiger, Panther, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Caracal, Sloth Bear, Chital, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Indian Hare, Mongoose, Leopard, Ratal, Fox & Sambar Deer, the pride of the park. Late evening return to hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8: Ranthambore

Morning & evening jungle safari by four wheel jeep / canter. Shoot the glorious mammals in your camera like Leopards, Indian gazelle, Nilgai (blue bull), Chital, Sambar, Mongoose, which you can sight often in the woods. The plentiful range of birds and water bodies can also be shorted throughout your camera. In the evening you will be guided to Ranthambore Fort & Jogi Mahal dating back to the tenth century also see a famous second largest Banyan tree in India. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ranthambore.

Day 9: Ranthambore – Kota

Enjoy an early morning safari into the park. After breakfast, drive to Kota, the largest industrial town, on the banks of the river Chambal. This town is extremely well- known for its saris as well as a miniature school of art, specializing in hunting scenes. On arrival, complete the check-in formalities at your hotel. Later, leave for a city tour. Visit Jag Mandir- situated on an island in Kishore Sagar Lake that was built by one of the queens of Kota. Enjoy a boat ride here. Later, visit the Govt. Museum. The last visit of the day is to the popular gardens of Chambal and Chatter Bilas. Overnight in Kota.

Day 10: Kota – Bundi – Chittorgarh

After breakfast on day 9, leave by road for Chittorgarh. On the way, halt at Bundi. Visit the Taragarh Fort or Star Fort – a beautiful white fort that is now in a dilapidated state and Chhatra Sagar – a village community gallery where miniature murals are displayed that depict instances from ‘Raslila’ – the Radha-Krishna story. The last visit in Bundi is Sukh Mahal – located on the banks of Lake Jait Sagar, this fort has beautiful white-marble royal Cenotaphs. Proceed to Chittorgarh.  After check-in, visit the Chittorgarh Fort – the largest fort in India. Leave for Bijaipur Castle for an overnight stay.

Day 11: Bijaipur – Udaipur

After breakfast drive to Udaipur. On arrival at Udaipur meet our representative who will assist you on check-in at your designated hotel. Udaipur – ‘City of Dreams’ or ‘Venice of the East’- is perhaps the most stunning of all Indian cities. A quixotic group of exotic gardens filled with budding trees and fancy island palaces shining in mirror – calm lakes – that’s Udaipur. The city was established by Maharaja Udai Singh, who motivated the Mewar capital here following the 3rd and last bag of Chittaur in 1566. Udai Singh was leader of the primary Rajput family, the Sisodias, who claim direct descent from the Sun god. Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 12: Udaipur Sightseeing

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for city sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting City Palace, here you will wonder at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colorful glass casements and inlaid marble galleries and the Peacock Courtyard. Also visit the beautiful garden called “Sahelion-ki-Bari”, the Jagdish Temple and the local folk Museum. In the evening enjoy the motor boat cruise on the Lake Pichola and during boat ride visit the Jag Mandir Palace an island palace in the center of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace and return back to your hotel. Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 13: Udaipur – Kumbhalgarh

Morning drive to Kumbhalgarh enroute visiting the famous Ranakpur Jain temples, you will be bewitched at the shrine view with two hundred basins, none of which are similar, sustaining its 28 halls. Also visit the temple of Sun God with its erotic statues. Reach Kumbhalgarh, check into hotel. Deceitful 90 kms northwest of Udaipur, the city has the attraction of the enormous fort, included by a 36 kms long wall with 7 magnificent gates and 7 parapets. The multifaceted buildings, temples and palaces within these walls need time to be discovered. Overnight in Kumbhalgarh.

Day 14: Kumbhalgarh – Jodhpur

After breakfast at the hotel drive to Jodhpur. The city is covered by a high wall – 10 kms long with 8 gates and numerous pillars. Rao Jodha founded the Rathore family in Jodhpur in 1458 AD. Jodhpur is famous for its fort called “Mehrangarh Fort”, this impressive fort was hewn out of the rocks and the city of Jodhpur materialized out of the sands of the Thar Desert to form the booming kingdom of Marwar, surrounding some 36,000 sq miles and deliberately placed on the buy and sell route between Delhi and the Middle East. Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 15: Jodhpur Sightseeing

Morning proceed for sightseeing tour of Jodhpur visiting the gateway to the desert past, home of the Rathores of Marwar the “Mehrangarh Fort”, growing up a mountainous scarp. The Fort spreads over 5 kms on a hill. It houses a palace intricately decorated with long imprinted boards and latticed windows delicately shaped from red sandstone. It also has a museum with a rich group of palanquins, howdahs, regal cradles, small paintings of various schools, folk music gadgets, costumes and exciting armoury. Later visit Jaswant Thada, to the left of the Mehrangarh Fort complex. It is a nineteenth century royal monument constructed in memories of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the thirty third Rathore monarch of Jodhpur. Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 16: Jodhpur – Jaisalmer

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Jaisalmer. This city was established in 1157 by the Bhati prince, Jaisal, to reinstate the old capital Lodawa, which has been verified too susceptible to assaults from neighbouring families. Suspended on a high tor within the commanding embrace of the Meru Mountains and enclosed by solid yellow sandstone ramparts and equipped walls, it was built to last. It place straightly on the camel group route most important out to Sindh (now in Pakistan), which brought its Jain merchants and bankers grand fortune (and an exterior picture of status), they spent deeply on domestic structural design – foremost construction of the famous Jaisalmer havelis or mercantile houses, with their involved trellis-work balconies, decorated windows and vaulted arches. Overnight at Jaisalmer.

Day 17: Jaisalmer Sightseeing

After breakfast head to full day sightseeing tour of the Jaisalmer, it is also known as “Golden City”. You will be guided to Sonar Fort – The fort was constructed in 1156 by the Rajput. Standing arrogant to an altitude of 100 metres over the city with its ninety nine pillars, the fort is grand sight in the afternoon sun. The fort is entered through a frightening series of enormous gates foremost to a large courtyard. Also visit Patwon-Ki-Haveli, Salim-Singh-Ki-Haveli and Gandhi Sagar Tank. In the afternoon take an excursion to Sam Sand Dunes for visiting the characteristic Rajasthani Desert Village. View the sunset from the dunes. Overnight at the Desert Camp.

Day 18: Jaisalmer – Bikaner

After having breakfast at the camp leave for Bikaner via Nagaur – The historic, equipped town of Nagaur lies about middle in between Jodhpur and Bikaner. The city of Nagaur dates back to forth century A.D and was at the centre of Muslim attacks from Central Asia.

Upon arrival check into hotel. Bikaner is more generally called the camel state; the city is well known for the best riding camels in the world. The camel you can find in every field- dragging heavy carts, transporting grains or working on wells, camels are the major partners & helpers. The wells of Bikaner are an important source of water from other magnetisms of the city. These are constructed on lofty platforms with slight minaret towers on each of the 4 corners and can be noted even from a distance. Evening is at leisure. Overnight in Bikaner.

Day 19: Bikaner – Mandawa

After breakfast drive to Mandawa, established mid-eighteenth century, it has attractive frescos in the bulky rugged fort (c1755) constructed by Thakur N. Singh. A wonderful view of the town can be taken from the patio of Mandawa Fort. Valuable collection of weapons with emerald handles, traditional ceremonial dresses can be seen in the museum within the fort. You will be astonished at the sight by the fort prepared with 52 rooms and no 2 rooms are similar. Overnight in Mandawa.

Day 20: Mandawa – Delhi

After breakfast take a walking tour of decorated ‘havelis’ with colorful paints of the leading business families. Though they no longer live here, the local concierges are pleased to illustrate the travelers around. A visit to Chowkhani Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli and Mohan Lal Saraf Haveli will leave you enthralled. Spend the main part of the day looking into frescoes. In the afternoon leave for Delhi, upon arrival check into hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 21: Delhi Departure

Early in the morning, our office representative will meet you at the hotel and take you to Delhi international airport to embark you flight for onward destination.