Archaeological Tour of Rajasthan
Delhi – Jaipur – Samode – Nawalgarh – Bikaner – Gajner – Jaisalmer – Osian – Khimsar –
Manvar – Jodhpur – Rohet – Mount Abu – Udaipur – Dungarpur – Deogarh – Ajmer –
Pushkar – Pachewar – Ranthambhore – Agra – Delhi
23 Nights & 24 Days
01 Day: Arrival Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival at the International airport, our representative welcome and escort you by a private car and transfer to the hotel, whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would hand over the documents and brief the tour programme to you. Overnight at the hotel.
Delhi, capital city of the Federal Republic of India. It is one of India's fastest growing cities. It has sprawled over the West Bank of the river Yamuna, straddling the river. Delhi blends an historic past and a vibrant present. Delhi has some of the finest museums in the country. New Delhi was proclaimed the capital of India by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) & is tree-lined & spacious. Legend has it that the Pandavas, the august heroes of the epic Mahabharata, originally founded Delhi, then called Indraprastha, around 1200 B.C. Present day Delhi is built around the ruins of seven ancient cities.
02 Day: Delhi
After breakfast take sightseeing tour of historic city visiting Old Delhi: the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat - memorial of Mahatma Gandhi & a Rickshaw ride past through the silver street in Chandani Chowk, Later take a sight seeing tour of New Delhi includes Rashtrapati Bhawan, 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 Birla’s, one of India’s leading industrial families; Humayun’s Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple , Qutub Minar , built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak of the Slave Dynasty; in the evening you can visit see light and sound show at Red fort. Return to the hotel for overnight at the hotel.
Light and Sound Show: A spectacular sound and light show at the Red Fort. Which makes the 5,000 years old history of the city come alive. Amidst the tranquility of the splendidly panoramic and historic environs of the Red Fort, select episodes from the annals of Delhi's historic and legendary past are vividly brought to life. Special effects combine with the unique ambience to make this show a hauntingly unforgettable experience.
03 Day: Delhi – Jaipur (260 kms: 6 hrs)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Jaipur. Enroute visit to Neemrana Fort, massive and luxurious fort, India’s first heritage hotel, you may opt to have lunch over here. Later continue to drive Jaipur. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. After a relaxation in the evening visit to Birla Temple, speculator white marble temple, glitters in the in the night, at the time of dinner visit to Chokhi Dhani - an ethnic 5 star resort serving Rajasthani & Continental cuisine with live music, astrology, games, folk dances and music, puppet shows in an ambiance of an ethnic village. Overnight at the hotel.
Nimrana Fort- It was a tributary chiefship of the former Alwar state. The track is sandy and bleak and is known as Rath. The place is said to be the home of chauhan Rajput claiming descent from Prithvi Raj the last Hindu emperor. One of the descendents of Prithvi Raj the, embraced Islam and settled here. That is why the old lineage is shown by the title Rao and was recognized so by the ruler of Alwar. Lord Lake in 1803, as a punitive measure for the shelter and assistance given by then chief to the Marathas, confiscated the villages of the estate and made them over to Alwar. However, about one third of state was subsequently restored to the chief, who remained a tributary of Alwar state. This subordination of Nimrana to Alwar had been the subject of many disputes and controversies which came to an end in 1861 when the chief refused to accept the supremacy of Alwar ruler. The latter took this as an act of rebellion and took possession of the estate. The chief fled to Jaipur. However, the dispute was settled by the Vicerory in Council in 1868. It is an insignificant place today.
04 Day: Jaipur
Today after breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion to Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, enjoy the experience of ride on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. Afternoon sightseeing tour of City Palace in the heart of Jaipur is known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum. Jantar Mantar is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen, all monuments are located in the vicinity of City Palace Complex of Jaipur. Later late afternoon is kept free to visit the famous Markets of Textiles, Gems, Carpets, and handicrafts. Jaipur is an ideal place for buying souvenirs. In the evening take a cycle rickshaw ride to explore the colourful market of Jaipur city. Overnight at the hotel.
05 Day: Jaipur – Samode – Nawalgarh Shekhawati (170 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Nawalgarh. En-route Samode, the old caravan city of Samode locked up in its walls and dominated by the castle, visit at Samode Palace, the Sheesh Mahal- the hall of mirrors. Late afternoon take camel cart ride to explore the Samode Fort and the semi desert village of Samode, witness the culture and traditional of villagers. Then proceed to Nawalgarh. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free to visit compact little town of Shekhawati 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. Its 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. Evening enjoy folk dance and music at the courtyard. Overnight at the hotel.
Nawalgarh is historical city of Rajasthan. Nawalgarh was founded by Thakur Nawal Singh in 1731 AD. The city is famous for its majestic forts and folklores. Nawalgarh is known to possess the highest number of Shekhawati Havelis. Bansidhar Bhagat Haveli, Roop Nivas Palace, Jodhraj Patodia Haveli, Anandi Lal Poddar, Aath Haveli Complex and Chokhani Haveli are some of the renowned forts that are popular among the tourists coming to the territory. Tourists can get a glimpse of the Rajasthani architecture, as well as the rich cultural heritage of the state at Nawalgarh. This city is situated about 140 kilometers from Jaipur and 25 kilometers from Sikar.
06 Day: Nawalgarh – Bikaner (230 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Nawalgarh visiting Frescoed Grand Patrician (Havelis) of Shekhawati region, visiting Roop Niwas Palace – Situated about one kilometer from Nawalgarh Fort, Roop Niwas Palace is one of the marvels of architecture. The palace is still one of the beautiful palaces in the city, which is renowned for its well-laid gardens and marvelous fountains. Later check out the hotel and drive to Bikaner. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
07 Day: Bikaner – Gajner – Jaisalmer (333 kms: 7 hrs)
After breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to Jaisalmer. Enroute visit Gajner Palace (Hunting Lodge of Maharaja Bikaner) followed by visit to Gajner Lake and the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, one may see wild boars, blue bulls, chinkaras and black bugs. Gajner is the Mecca and paradise for people who love bird watching. The bird watchers will be able to catch a glimpse of many colorful and rare birds. Later proceed to Jaisalmer. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the evening you can visit Gadisar Lake in the main city or the local market to acclimatize with the city atmosphere. Overnight at the hotel.
Gajner is 30 km from Bikaner in the Thar Desert. It is famous for its 6, 000-acre red sandstone palace built by Maharaja Ganga Singhji of Bikaner. It is located on the banks of a picturesque lake rich with a variety of wildlife and vegetation. Built as a hunting lodge and summer resort in early 20th century, the Gajner Lake attracts migratory birds in winters, and animals like nilgais, chinkaras and deer. Gajner has the only Camel breeding farm in Asia where you can experience farm life at close quarters in the afternoons when it is open to the public. You can also go on camel safaris on the sand dunes. Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a variety of wild animals and birds.
Jaisalmer, the city of the golden fort is a fantasy in yellow sandstone in the heart of the Thar Desert. Rawla Jaisal, a Bhatti Rajput King, founded the city in the year 1156 A.D. Perched atop the Trikuta Hill; it stands tall against miles of gleaming sand. The sunset has a peculiar glow here. As the night descends, the sky goes up in flames, which fade leaving a few embers, till it becomes black. A breathtaking sight indeed! Every house, here, is exquisitely carved, having filigreed work all over. These houses date back to 12th – 15th century. And hence Jaisalmer is called ’the Museum city’.
08 Day: Jaisalmer
After breakfast take a sight seeing tour of Jaisalmer covering Jaisalmer Fort - built on the highest point of the Trikuta 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, later after lunch drive to Sam Sand Dunes - 45 kms en route visit the ancient Temple of Lodurwa, Amar Sagar and Mool Sagar Complex, built in 1815 AD, The complex also houses a summer palace where some beautiful paintings and pictures are displayed. On arrival at Sam Sand Dunes and transfer on Camels and enjoy camel safari to discover the various sights and sounds, the ruins and the temples in and around Jaisalmer in an authentic and leisurely fashion with entertainment by folk performers, visits to villages, and chatter from colorful guides thrown in. After safari drive back to Jaisalmer for overnight stay.
Note: Optionally you can stay overnight at the Sam Sand dunes in luxury tented accommodation, enjoying the starry night with ethnic food, folk dances, bone fire and camel safari in dues in nights hours.
09Day: Jaisalmer – Osian – Khimsar (300 kms: 7 hrs)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Khimsar. Enroute visit to Osian Village, ruins of an ancient city called Osian, an oasis in the desert, a drive to this ancient township takes one past undulating terrain, punctuated by desert stretches and little hamlets. Osian has 15 beautifully sculpted Jain and Brahmanical temples. Of these, the most outstanding ones are the earlier Surya or Sun Temple and the later Kali temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the main temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira. Later proceed to Khimsar. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the evening enjoy camel safari and horse riding. Cultural programmes like folk dance and music are other exciting activities. Take an excursion to villages of Bishnoi community and watch their unique desert life, so close to the nature. You may drive through rustic countryside Nagaur town 43 kms from Khimsar. Overnight at the hotel.
Khimsar is situated in district Nagaur of Rajasthan. Khimsar is located in the middle of a small village, just off the Jodhpur. Khimsar is the small township of Khimsar. Khimsar was once a small kingdom. And though Jodhpur royalty claim it was never independent, the Thakur of Khimsar claim that not only was it an individual entity, but that one of the visitors to their ancestral fort was Emperor Aurangzeb himself. The construction of the fort initially began in 1523 but the family moved in to the fort only during the 18th century after a new zenana or ladies wing was constructed. Thakur Onkar Singh, the present occupant of the fort, built a regal wing for himself in 1940s. The pride of Khimsar today is still that fort, 450 years old and currently home to the 18th, 19th, and 20th generations of the Khimsar thakurs.
10 Day: Khimsar – Manvar (160 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Manvar, this place falls under Shergarh Region of Thar Desert and highest sand dunes are found in this area. On arrival, transfer to the resort. Later transfer on camels for desert safari till Manvar Camp Site, enjoy the camel safari and reach the campsite in between the sand dunes by sunset. You may choose between camel and Jeep safaris. visiting a typical desert dwelling (Dhani), Mustard and Red Chili fields in the middle of the desert, Craftsmen at work; carpenters, metal smiths, potters, cobblers (shoe makers), Virgin sand dunes, Desert wild life; desert fox, Indian gazelle (Chinkara), blue bull (nilgai), peacocks, in the evening. Enjoy folk dance and music under the star lit sky. Overnight at the resort.
Manvar Resort is located right in the heart of the Great Indian Thar Desert. It’s an unprecedented tourist destination offering a rare opportunity to enjoy Rajasthan's desert life, culture, wildlife & beauty. The Resort provides every comfort the modern traveler could wish for; luxurious accommodation, mouth watering cuisine & an exclusive swimming pool. Built in the style of a traditional desert village, the resort is spread over 5 acres. Constructed using local materials & techniques. The resort consists of 21 well designed stone cottages with thatched roofs, thatched roof eateries, open air courtyard sit outs, book & gifts shop, reading room and a swimming pool. The interiors have been designed as clean and restful spaces. Smooth stucco plaster, patterned mosaic floors, earthy colours combine with customized elements like a woven headboard and bedside lamps, furniture and rugs - all of them being very specific to the desert region of Marwar. Manvar Safaris offer great outdoor adventure and a taste of the Thar Desert.
11 Day: Manvar – Jodhpur – Rohet (160 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Rohet. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. After relaxation take a village tour to witness traditional folk ceremonies signifying friendship and brotherhood and see village artisans at work creating leather articles, pottery and woven handicrafts Besides being home to three species of antelope the chinkara, the blue bull and the black-buck-Rohet is also a haven for bird watchers with up to two hundred domestic and migratory species. In the evening you may take camel safari. Overnight at the hotel.
Rohet Garh is the fortified desert home of the descendants of the 16th century Champawat clan of the Rathores. It is located 40 kms from Jodhpur. The colorful arched gateway leads to a compound into which the rooms open. The large spacious rooms are tastefully done up with carved furniture, delicate hand block prints, original paintings and momentous of a bygone era. The dining-hall has a large collection of antique hunting riffles, shields, spearheads, daggers, tiger skins and trophies giving a glimpse into the romantic past when the aristocrats took their hunting very seriously and often centered their lives around their interests.
12 Day: Rohet – Jodhpur – Rohet (40 kms: 1 hr Excursion one way)
After breakfast take an excursion to Jodhpur visiting Clock Tower, Mehrangarh Fort situated at an altitude of about 125 meters and is spread over an area of 5 sq. km and it has seven gates, Jaswant Thada is a white marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, followed by visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace which is a majestic palace, was built by Umaid Singh. This is the only 20th century palace built under the famine relief project that gave employment to famine struck population. It was built in 16 years. A part of the palace has been converted into hotel, one part is the museum and the remaining is still occupied by the royal family. Later take an excursion to Bishnoi Village, the villagers known by cast “Bishnois” Protectors of animals, of course they are vegetarians and therefore they have great respect for all living things. Sure they keep buffaloes, sheep and goats but only for the milk, the wool and the manure. Then visit to the local handicrafts viz shoe makers, pottery hand weaving and also men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver Jewellery, en-route watch and photograph wildlife black buck, chinkaras, peacock etc. freely moving in abundance of care by villagers. After visit drive back to Rohetgarh for overnight stay.
Jodhpur: The home of Rathors – The awesome princely city of Rajasthan. Founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha, today Jodhpur is one of the largest city of Rajasthan. Once the capital city of the Marwar State, crowning it is the imposing Mehrangarh Fort. The old city is situated at foothill of a hillock. The city built in a high wall 10kms, long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions. Umaid Bhawan Palace could be defined as Taj Mahal of North India. The city carries rich heritage and culture and flourishing industry of wood, cattle, camels, salt and agricultural crops.
13 Day: Rohet – Mount Abu (225 kms: 5 hrs)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Mount Abu. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the evening you can visit to Sunset point and Nakkhi Lake. Overnight at the hotel. Mount Abu, at an altitude of 1,220 meters above sea level, Mt. Abu is Rajasthan’s only hill station. It is 180 km away from Jodhpur, the second biggest city of Rajasthan, and 509 km away from Jaipur, the state capital. Besides the temples and sites of historical importance, it is also rich in natural scenic beauties. Mt. Abu was once a part of the Chauhan kingdom. It was later leased to the British by the then Maharaja of Sirohi for use as the headquarters of the resident to Rajputana (another name for Rajasthan). Legend has it that all the three hundred and thirty million gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon used to visit this holy mountain.
14 Day: Mount Abu
After breakfast sightseeing of natural attraction and splendid temples: Dilwara temples consisting of five Jain temples built at the beginning of the 11th century with intricate ornamental carvings represent the climax in the art of decoration in stone, followed by Gaumukh temple, Vimala Vasahi, Bhramkumari Temple, Achalgarh Fort. Overnight at the hotel.
15 Day: Mount Abu – Ranakpur – Udaipur: (230 kms: 5 hours)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Udaipur. En route visiting the Jain temples at Ranakpur Temples of 12 Century – The cluster of temples, made of intricately sculpted white marble, built out of marbles with 108 carved pillars each carved differently from others, Come across as a marvelous piece of architecture. One can have lunch at Maharani Bagh Hotel in Ranakpur and visit to local families on the way. Later proceed to Udaipur. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the evening you can enjoy boat ride at Lake Pichola. Overnight at the hotel.
Udaipur: On the banks of the shimmering lake Pichola, is one of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan. Nestled among the lush hills of the Aravali, it has inevitably been dubbed the 'Venice of the East'. It is a kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carries the flavor of the heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Founded in 1568 A.D by Maharana Udai Singh, the city is a harmonious Indian blend of whitewashed buildings, marble palaces, lakeside gardens, temples and Havelis. According to the legend, Maharana Udai Singh, the founder was hunting one day, when he met a holy man meditating on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichola. Maharana followed the advice of the hermit and founded the city. The marvelous architecture of the palaces is spelled bounding.
16 Day: Udaipur
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Udaipur, visiting City Palace built in 1559, a small palace over looking at the Lake Pichola, the additions were made to it by successive Kings of Udaipur gradually evolved become the larges place in Rajasthan, Main attraction of Place are Durbar Hall, Palace Museum and Jagdish Temple. Later visit Saheli Ki Bari that is a small ornamental garden built in the honour of Royal Ladies for recreational purpose and visit Lok Kala Mandal collection of folk art items like folk dresses, ornaments, puppets ,masks, dolls folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings. Opened seven days a week, puppet shows and folk dancing are conducted every evening from 1800 to 1900 in an adjacent open air theatre. & Shilpgram to see the village arts & crafts. Followed by visit to Eklingji & Nagda Temples - built in white marble with a double storied porch on the bank of Lake Bageela - 22 kms from Udaipur. Overnight at the hotel.
17 Day: Udaipur – Dungarpur (110 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to Dungarpur. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Later take a sightseeing tour of beautiful city and its scenic natural beauty attracts anyone in first encounter and apart from its natural scenery old palaces including Udai Bilas Palace, Juna Mahal, temples, old monuments filled with many old frescoes and paintings and has impressive mirror work and glass inlays. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Dungarpur Nestled in idyllic splendour, with the blue waters of Gaibsagar lake on one side and a cove of private reserve forest on the other, Udai Bilas Palace is the embodiment of the old world charm of princely India. It offers a scenic location for rest and recreation. This is an ideal paradise of unhurried hospitality from where to explore birdlife and tribal life and experience a splendidly romantic ambience for that very special honeymoon. Exquisite Rajput architecture, fine murals, miniature paintings and stone carvings will delight the cultured traveler. The History of Udai Bilas Palace, Dungarpur, Rajasthan dates from the mid-19th century, when Maharawal Udai Singhji-II, a great patron of art and architecture, built a wing of bluish grey local stone "Pareva" overlooking the lake and the "Ek Thambi Mahal", featuring intricate sculptured pillars and panels, ornate balconies, balustrades, bracketed windows, arches and frieze of marble carvings, a veritable marvel of Rajput architecture. Dungarpur is full of surprises and promises to be a memorable experience in your journey across India.
18 Day: Dungarpur – Deogarh (250 kms: 5 hrs)
After breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to Deogarh. On arrival, transfer to the heritage hotel. Later visit Deogarh Mahal which was built in the 17th Century situated in the rugged countryside of the Aravalis, dotted by a number of lakes it is visited by a large number of migratory birds. Run and restored by the family, the castle has a good collection of miniature paintings. One can sample traditional Mewari cuisine here. In the evening enjoy folk music and dance. Overnight at the hotel.
Deogarh in Rajasthan is situated on the boundaries of Mewar, Marwar and Merwara, about 80 miles north-east of Udaipur. At a height of about 2100 ft above sea level, it is cooler than other parts of Rajasthan. The chief of Deogarh, known as 'The Rawat' was one of sixteen umraos (feudal barons) entitled to wait upon the Maharana of Udaipur, the capital of Mewar. These type of feudal estates, called 'Thikanas' were sanctioned by the ruling Maharana to a nobleman either due to blood relationship or for an act of valour. Deogarh is also famous as a school of miniature painting. Some Deogarh miniatures embellish the personal collection of the present Rawat Sahib. Frescoes of this art form can also be seen on the fort walls. The palace also has some interesting rooms to venture through - Sheesh Mahal - the colourful hall of mirrors, is one of them.
19 Day: Deogarh – Ajmer – Pushkar – Pachewar (225 kms: 5 hrs)
After breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to Pachewar Village. Enroute Ajmer to visit to Shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti followed by visit to Pushkar, known for worlds biggest cattle fair every year. A city of Pilgrimage from time immemorial with over 500 temples and ghats Pushkar begets a legacy of timeless architectural heritage. Pushkar radiates an ambience of peace and spirituality that casts a lure to visit again and again. After relaxation take sightseeing tour of the city visiting temple of Lord Brahma surrounded by Pushkar Lake. On the banks of the lake you will see devotees taking dip into the holy waters of Pushkar & offering prayers. Also visit the Pushkar Fair site, which is right opposite the Pushkar Lake. Explore the colourful market of Pushkar. Afterward continue to drive to Pachewar. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Pachewar is a small village, situated on 25 minutes ride from Dudu, in the southern part of Jaipur. Pachewar is renowned for its shrine, metal toy makers, blue pottery and interesting ambiance of the village. This beautiful place was ruled by Khangarot Rajputs. The biggest attraction of this town is Pachewar Fort: Pachewar fort is a well saved tranquil fort with its eminent rampart imposing gates, large balconies and extensive apartments, adorned with unique pictures of delicate beauty. The sightseeing amalgamates a visit to the imperial shrines, built on the banks of Pumpa Sagar Lake and shepherd exposure of the village life. You can notice that the craftsmen of village, colourful dye and tie and many more.
Pushkar: Amongst the grandeur of Rajasthan, discover a unique gem - Pushkar. Lord Brahma - The creator of the world in a search for his abode on earth, performed the supremely spiritual Vedic yagna at Pushkar. It is thus the site of the only Brahma Temple in the world. A city of Pilgrimage from time immemorial with over 500 temples and ghats Pushkar begets a legacy of timeless architectural heritage. Pushkar radiates an ambience of peace and spirituality that casts a lure to visit again and again.
20 Day: Pachewar – Ranthambhore (175 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of the city visiting the royal cenotaphs, built on the banks of Pumpa Sagar Lake, ancient temples and intimate exposure to the village- life, where you can watch the village craftsmen and artisans creating delicate blue pottery, cosy carpets, colorful tie and dye, and terra-cotta. Nomadic ' Gadia- Luhars (iron-smiths) tempering the red-hot iron carrying their entire household in a single bullock-craft can also be watched here. Later check out the hotel and drive to Ranthambhore. Ranthambhore, the hunting place of Royal Family of Jaipur and one of Finest Tiger Reserve of India. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
21 Day: Ranthambhore
Today morning, after breakfast day free for jungle activities in the Ranthambhore, drive for a jungle safari to take another opportunity to see the tiger and other wild habitat. Then visit to Ganesh Temple and Ranthambhore fort. Later return to the hotel for rest and relaxation. In the evening you can again take the jungle ride at the tiger reserve with naturalist guide at the tiger reserve of Ranthambhore, one of the best places in India to see a tiger in its natural habitat. In the dry season tigers can be seen near the watering holes and are clearly visible in the dry forest. Overnight at the hotel.
Ranthambhor, hailed as one of India's finest wildlife locations, It was established as a sanctuary in 1959 and included in the very first phase of Project Tiger in 1972. The park derives its name from the fort of Ranthambhor, which sits on a rocky outcrop in the forest. The fort dates back to the 11th century when it was a vital citadel for the control of central India. Though overrun by vegetation, remnants of the summer palaces, temples and guard stones within the fort still remain. Earlier, the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Park at Ranthambhor was once the scene of royal hunting parties. Today, it is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The tigers can be spotted quite often even during the day, busy in their normal pursuits - especially stalking or hunting and taking care of their young. With the strict measures that have been taken for their conservation, they seem quite accustomed to human activity and are not disturbed.
22 Day: Ranthambhore – Agra (280 kms: 6 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Agra, en rout stop over at Fatehpur Sikri, the Old deserted town of Mughal Dynasty –Fatehpur Sikri built in red sandstone in honor of Saint Salim Chisti who foretold the birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwan-e-Khas entirely unique in its concept is a tall vaulted room with an intricately carved central pillar and capital supporting a platform that once held the emperor's throne. The airy Panch Mahal a 5 storied structure rising in pyramidal fashion was probably used by the ladies of the court. Set like a jewel in a courtyard of pink sandstone is the finest building here, the marble Tomb of Salim Chisti enclosed by finely carved, lacy marble screens. The Buland Darwaza, an imposing gateway 54 m high was built to commemorate Akbar's Aligarh the famous university town is a center of Islamic studies. Akbar built in 1492; The Tomb is combination of Muslims and Hindu Architectural styles. Later continue to precede Agra. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Optionally in the evening you may visit to the souvenirs market of Agra, one should visit Oswal Emporium where they have built a Mini Taj Mahal inside their showroom and it took 10 years for the artists to complete the mini replica of the Taj. Overnight at the hotel.
Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World-the Taj Mahal. A pleasant town with comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendant of those who worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. Agra, and the nearby city of Fatehpur Sikri, is conveniently close to Delhi. Besides the Taj Mahal is Agra Fort, Sikandra, Ram Bagh and Itmad-Ud-Daulah-35 kms away are the imperial ruins of the Mughal city, Fatehpur Sikri. Agra is an old city and it is said that its name was derived from Agrabanad, a forest that finds mention in the epic Mahabharata.
23 Day: Agra – Delhi (200 kms: 4 hrs)
Early morning visit to witness incomparable Taj Mahal with its’ speculative view at sunrise. Taj Mahal, the architectural modern day, the most beautiful monument among the Seven wonders of the world; this monument is a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles is one of the wonders of the modern world. Taj, endowed it with some of the loveliest buildings in the world. The tour continues with a visit to the Agra Fort, designed and built by Akbar in 1565 A.D., built with barricaded wall of red sand stone; it houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and numerous palaces including the Jahangir Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Am, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Meena Bazar, Moti Masjid, Sheesh Mahal, Musamman Burj where from Taj Mahal is visible in all its beauty from one side of the fort. So very ironically, Emperor Sahahjahan, prisoner of his son Aurangzeb in his old age was put in a cell from where he could gaze at the Taj Mahal at a distance, from his cell in the fort. Later visit the Pearl Mosque and the Tomb of Itamad-ud-Daula built by Empress Noorjehan in memory of her father. Later check out of the hotel and drive to drive to Delhi. Enroute visit to Sikandra to see the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Later proceed to Delhi. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
24 Day: Delhi – Hometown (By Air)
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