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India Tours & Travel Plans >> Best of India Tours >> Rajasthan Forts & Palaces Tour

Rajasthan Forts & Palaces Tour
Delhi – Mandawa – Bikaner - Jaisalmer – Manvar – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Bijaipur - Bundi – Pushkar – Jaipur – Ranthambhor - Agra – Delhi (Duration - 20 Days)

Day 01: Delhi
Assistance on arrival at Delhi International airport, on arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel, where we will be holding the rooms on ready occupancy basis. Relax and overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Delhi
Morning take a sight seeing tour of Old & New Delhi.
Morning visit Old Delhi: The important places in Old Delhi include the majestic Red Fort, the historical Chandni Chowk and if time permits you can visit Raj Ghat the Memoir of Mahatma Gandhi.
Afternoon visit New Delhi visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; the Laxmi Narayan Temple, built by the Birlas, one of India’s leading industrial families; Qutab Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty; and the lotus-shaped Baha’i Temple. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 03: Delhi – Mandawa (275 kms - 5 hrs)
Morning checkout and drive to Mandawa, traditional welcome on arrival transfer to Castle Mandawa Hotel. Rest of the day visit compact little town of Shekhavati region comprising of Forts and Havelis of beautiful frescoes. While touring this town a painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows leads to the bazaar. Evening enjoy folk dance and music. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Mandawa – Bikaner (175 kms- 3 hours)
Morning checkout and drive to Nawalgarh – 30 kms, the town where the finest of the Shekhavati’s frescoes can be seen. It’s havelis still bear witness to the rich & prosperous Marwari era of the 19th century. Worth visiting are the Aath Haveli complexes, Anandilal Poddar Haveli, Bansidhar Bhagat Haveli & Chokhani Haveli. Drive to Bikaner – 175 kms (3 hrs), transfer to hotel on arrival. Evening free to relax. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Bikaner
Morning take a sight seeing tour of Bikaner covering Junagadh Fort – constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, fort has a 986 meter long wall with 37 bastions & two entrances, Bhand Sagar Temple – The 16th century Jain temple, is the most important of this temple complex, Camel Breeding Farm – a unique experience where you can ride on a camel & have perhaps the first taste of camel’s milk. Later in the evening take an excursion tour to Deshnok Temple situated in semi desert village at a distance of 30 kms, this place is famous for Karni Mata Temple where you will see thousands of rats roaming freely in the temple complex and are held sacred. If one sees white rat in the temple complex, than it is believed to be very lucky. Enjoy sunset from here over the small dunes & drive back to Bikaner for overnight.

Day 06: Bikaner – Gajner - Jaisalmer (333 kms – 6 hours)
Morning checkout and drive to Jaisalmer, enroute take an off beat track to see Gajner Lake & Palace surrounded by Gajner wild life sanctuary. Later proceed to Jaisalmer, arrive and check into hotel. Afternoon free to relax or enjoy the city atmosphere. Evening visit Gadisar Lake, Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Jaisalmer
Morning take a sight seeing tour of Jaisalmer covering Jaisalmer Fort – built on the highest point of the Tricuta hill, consisting of 99 bastions. Outstanding features are Megh Durbar & various temples, Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli & Patwon–Ki-Haveli – some of the beautiful mansions with stone carving and latticework of breath taking intricacy. Rest of the day free to relax, Early evening drive to Sam Sand Dunes – 45 kms enroute visit the ancient Temple of Lodurwa, Amar Sagar and Mool Sagar Lakes. Arrive Sam Sand Dunes and transfer on Camels and enjoy camel rides on the dunes till the sunset. Drive back to Jaisalmer for overnight.

Day 08: Jaisalmer – Manvaar (170 kms – 3 hours)
Morning checkout and drive to Manvaar, (Manvaar is village which falls under Shergarh Taluka and Shergarh Taluka is known for its highest sand dunes in the Thar Desert) on arrival transfer to Manvaar Desert Resort by afternoon. After lunch drive by jeeps to Manvaar Campsite, on arrival transfer on Camels and enjoy the rugged desert safari till sun set. Return to the campsite by sun set and transfer tin the Swiss tents pitched on the site. These tents have spacious bed rooms and sitting area with attached bathroom. The camp site also have a restaurant to food & beverages. Enjoy campfire with folk dance and music while you have dinner. Overnight in the tents.

Day 09: Manvaar – Jodhpur (110 kms – 2 hours)
Early morning one can take camel safari at the time of sun rise, later checkout and drive to Jodhpur, on arrival transfer to hotel. Day free to relax till 1500 hrs, later visit Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and Umaid Bhawan Palace. Evening visit Balsamand Lake and Palace, overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Jodhpur – Ranakpur - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur (276 kms – 5 hours)
Morning checkout and drive to Udaipur, enroute visit the 12th Century Temples of Ranakpur which stands on 1444 carved pillars each carved differently from others, proceed to Kumbhalgarh Fort enroute to Udaipur. Kumbhalgarh Fort is known for its longest wall of 36 kms surrounding the fort with 360 inbuilt temples in the wall, some of the temple now leis in the state of ruin. Proceed to Udaipur, on arrival transfer to hotel. Evening free to relax, overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Udaipur
Morning visit City Palace – located amidst Lake Pichola, comprising of Crystal Gallery, Durbar Hall and Jagdish Temple. Later in the day visit Sahelion – Ki – Bari – The garden for the maids of honour of the queen. Evening visit Eklingji & Nagda Temples – built in white marble with a double storied porch on the bank of Lake bagel – 22 kms from Udaipur. Drive back to Udaipur for overnight.

Day 12: Udaipur – Bijaipur (150 kms – 3 hours)
Morning checkout and drive to Bijaipur enroute visit one of the finest forts of Asia; Chittaurgarh Fort comprising of Man Palace, Padminis Palace, and Towers of Peace and Victory, you will be driving on this fort to cover all this places. One can have good lunch at Pratap Palace in Chittaurgarh and proceed to Bijaipur. On arrival transfer to Castle Bijaipur which is a 16 Century Castle owned & run by descendants of Maharana Pratap. Later in the day visit Lotus Lake & take a jeep drive into the tribal villages of Bijaipur to see the tribal lifestyle. Enjoy folk dance & music while you dine at the courtyard of the hotel, overnight in Bijaipur.

Day 13: Bijaipur – Bundi (100 kms - 2 hrs)
Morning checkout and drive to Bundi –Bundi, enroute visit Shiva Temple on the edge of a hill where Menal Water falls commence, this is a very scenic place, proceed to Bundi on arrival transfer to hotel. Later visit Taragarh Fort built in 1354 A.D., Bundi Palace, Chhattar Mahal, Ratan Daulat, Chitrashala, Nawal Sagar lake, Raniji - Ki - Baori (Step well), Sukh Mahal, Phool Sagar, and eighty four pillared cenotaph (All near Taragarh Fort and Bundi Palace). Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Bundi – Pushkar (200 kms – 4 hours)
Morning drive to Pushkar. Arrive Pushkar and check – in at hotel. Later visit Pushkar Lake which is believed by the Hindus to be as old as creation, has been a place of pilgrimage through the centuries. There are 52 bathing Ghats built around the lake. Also visit the only temple of Lord Krishna. Pushkar draws thousands of tourist every year in the month of November to witness the Pushkar Fair. One can also visit Ajmer to see Taragarh Fort, Adhai Din ka Jhopda & Shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, evening free to relax, overnight in Pushkar.

Day 15: Pushkar – Jaipur (131 kms – hours)
Early morning one can visit the lakeside to see devotees offering prayers to the sun god at the time of sunrise. Later checkout and drive to Jaipur – 131 kms, on arrival transfer to hotel. After freshen up visit Sanganer a small village, 16 km south of Jaipur, well known for their hand-made paper and block printing. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16: Jaipur
Morning take an excursion tour to Amber Fort where one can enjoy Elephant ride to ascend the Fort. Later take a sight take a sight seeing tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace Complex, Hawa Mahal, and Jantar Mantar. Rest of the day is kept free to explore the Carpet, Gems & Jewellery markets of Jaipur. Evening one can visit Chokhi Dhani - an ethnic resort serving Rajasthani cuisine with live music and puppet shows in an ambiance of an ethnic village. Return to the hotel for overnight.

Day 17: Jaipur – Ranthambhor (180 kms – 3 to 4 hours)
Morning checkout and drive to Ranthambhor, on arrival transfer to Jungle Resort, day free to relax, take Game Drive by Jungle Safari van at 1600 hrs till 1800 hrs, evening free to relax, overnight at the Jungle Resort.

Day 18: Ranthambhor – Agra (230 kms – 5 hours)
Early morning visit the National Park again for Game Drive, while returning from the game drive visit Ranthambhor Fort, Morning checkout and drive to Agra – 230 kms, enroute visiting the old dynasty of Mughals; Fatehpur & Sikri, visit the Fort, Bulund Darwaza and Shrine of Shaikh Salim Chisti. Later proceed to Agra, on arrival transfer to hotel. Evening one can visit the Taj Mahal to see it over the sunset. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 19: Agra – Delhi (200 kms – 4 hours)
Early morning one can visit the Taj Mahal to see it over the sunrise, later in the day visit Agra Fort, Ittamuddaulahs Tomb and Moti Masjid. Later checkout and drive to Delhi, on arrival transfer to hotel. Evening free to relax, overnight in Delhi.

Day 20: Delhi – Home
In time transfer to International airport to board the flight back home.

* The above tours / itineraries / travel plans can be rearranged / tailormade / customised as desired by our Guests. Feel free to ask for references from our satisfied customers across the globe who have utilised our services in the Indian subcontinent.


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