Rajasthan - North India Festive Panorama Tour
Delhi – Mathura - Agra – Fathepur Sikri – Ranthambhor – Jaipur – Mandawa – Bikaner –
Pokhran - Jaisalmer – Manvar - Jodhpur – Rohet - Ranakpur – Mount Abu - Udaipur –
Bijaipur - Pushkar – Delhi – Varanasi – Khajuraho - Delhi
24 Nights & 25 Days
Day 01 : Arrival Delhi
Welcome at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, assistance on arrival our representative assists and escorts you by a Private a/c car and transfer to the pre-booked hotel. After check in, you will be given all the required documents related to your tour plan; he will explain all your queries about the entire tour plan. If you are arriving by the morning flight, after relaxation in the evening witness the light and sound show at Red fort, which projects the splendid 5000 year history of the city. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
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 the 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.
Day 02 : Delhi
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour & explore the historic city, starting with Old Delhi: (Shahajahanabad) the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest and the most splendid mosque in India, both built by Emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where he was cremated. Later take a cycle rickshaw ride through the bustling and colorful bazaar of Chandani Chowk. The sightseeing continues to explore the best tourist attractions of New Delhi including President House (Rashtrapati Bhawan), the regal residence of British rulers; a palace built for British Viceroys. India gate; built to honour and pay a tribute to the Indian soldiers who sacrificed themselves during the Afghan war, then visit Birla Mandir (Laxmi Narayan Temple) built by the Birla family. Humayun’s Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple, Qutub Minar; built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Delhi, the towering capital city of the independent and largest democratic country in the world: India. It is one of India's modern and fastest developing cities with a charismatic charm on its visitors. Delhi is located and sprawled on both banks of Yamuna River. The city is enriched with culture, architecture and human diversity, Delhi city is a blend of the ancient past of India with the vibration of the modern world. It houses some of India’s finest museums, historical monuments, sightseeing places, and temples. The city designed by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) & is tree-lined & spacious. Legend has it that the Pandavas of epic Mahabharata, the august heroes, founded Delhi around 1200 BC & the name of the city was Indraprastha.
Day 03 : Delhi – Mathura – Sikandra – Agra (210 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Agra, Enroute visit Mathura: this temple city is known as birth place of Lord Krishna, visiting Dvarkadhish Temple, Vishram ghat, Potara kund and Rangbhumi. Followed by other temples in and around Vrindavan (15 kms from Banke Bihari Temple, Radha Vallabh Temple, Sri Radha Raman Temple, Shahji Temple, Rangaji Temple and ISCON Temple. Later continue to drive to Agra, on the way stop over at Sikandra to see the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Akbar, a marvelous mausoleum of Mughal Emperor Akbar, spectacularly designed structure of Hindu and Muslim architecture. After visit proceed to Agra, on arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening if time permits than you should visit Oswal Emporium to watch the replica of Taj Mahal it took 10 years for the artists to build this artistic epitome, also enjoy light and sound show “Mohabbat-the-Taj: the saga of love”, theonly show of its kind in India! Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Mathura is the nucleus of Brajbhoomi. This is the place where Lord Krishna was born in a prison cellar. The city, today, is famous for its many temples dedicated to the Lord. Located at Katra, Keshav Deo, the temple is thronged by pilgrims from all over the world. The Dwarkadesh Temple, built by Seth Gokul Das of Gwalior in 1814, is situated in the heart of the city. It is adorned with some exquisite paintings depicting the entire life of Krishna. The Vishram Ghat on the bank of Yamuna is the place where Krishna rested after killing Kansa.
Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Taj Mahal. A pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace, 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. Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendants of those who worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. Agra and Fatehpur Sikri, both are conveniently located close to Delhi. Agra Fort, Sikandra, Ram Bagh and Itmad-Ud-Daulah are some of the noteworthy places to visit apart from the famous Taj Mahal.
Day 04 : Agra - Fathepur Sikri - Ranthambhore (280 kms: 6 hrs)
Early morning visit world’s most popular and beautiful monument: Taj Mahal with its’ fabulous view at the time of sunrise. Taj Mahal is a beautiful architectural monument is one of the 7 wonders of the world. This historical masterpiece is an illustration of the fusion of diverse architectural styles. The tour continues with a visit to Agra Fort. The fort was built in 1576 AD by great Mughal Emperor Akbar, structured and designed with red stoned barricaded; here you will find the splendid Pearl Mosqueand various other classic example of art: Jahangir Mahal, Moti Masjid, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Am, and Meena Bazaar. Later check out the hotel and drive to Ranthambhore. Enroute stop over at Fatehpur Sikri, the old deserted town of the Mughal kingdom, built in red sandstone in honour of Saint Salim Chisti who blessed birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar. It is an example of robust stability combined with originality. It is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important structure here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwane e Khas; Punch Mahal, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Buland Darwaza, one of the largest and tallest gateways in the world. Later continue to drive to Ranthambhore on arrival transfer to the Jungle resort. Rest of the evening is free for leisure. Overnight at Ranthambhore.
Note: Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday.
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.
Day 05 : Ranthambhore - Jaipur (180 kms: 4 - 5 hrs)
Today early morning take Jungle Safari by open Canter accompanied by an expert naturalist to explore The Ranthambhore wildlife Sanctuary, 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. Later visit Ranthambhore Fort overlooking the National Park and Jogi Mahal. Also visit the famous Temple of Ganesha in the Fort. Then return to the resort to check out and drive to Jaipur, on arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening you can explore the bustling market by hoping onto a cycle rickshaw ride to see Diwali festival lights and celebration. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Diwali in Jaipur: Much of the beauty of Diwali comes from the warm glow of lights and lamps which adorn streets, homes, and shops. One of the best places to experience this is in the "pink city" of Jaipur, in Rajasthan, where not just buildings but whole markets are illuminated. Each year, there's a competition for the best decorated and most brilliantly lit up market, and the government foots the electricity bill. It's a dazzling display that attracts visitors from all over India. Just like Las Vegas has a "Strip", Johari Bazaar has earned the title of "The Strip" in Jaipur during Diwali. Vedic Walks offers a special Diwali walking tour.
Day 06 : Jaipur
Today after breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion to splendid Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, built in the 15th Century by Rajput King Man Singh. Later visit another mighty and majestic Nagargarh fort, close to Amber fort. Later drive back to the main city to visit the imperial City Palace - present residence of the royal family of Jaipur, the palace is a miraculous representation of the real Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The incredible Jantar Mantar was innovated and constructed by Jaipur King Swai Jai Singh. Amongst the 5 observatories built by him, then visiting Hawa Mahal, also known ‘Palace of Winds’ was built with a concept for the woman of royal families to speculate the royal ceremonies and festivals being hidden from the public eyes. In the evening drive again to Amber fort to see the Light and Sound Show: holds the history of a citadel, pulsating with a legendry past of 600 years & 28 kings of the Kachhwaha dynasty, before their capital moved to Jaipur. Later return to the hotel. After relaxation, late evening witness the Diwali of “pink city", where not just buildings but whole markets are illuminated. Each year, there's a competition for the best decorated and most brilliantly lit up market. It's a dazzling display that attracts visitors from all over India. Just like Las Vegas has a "Strip", Johari Bazaar has earned the title of "The Strip" in Jaipur during Diwali. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Jaipur widely known as the ‘Pink City’ of India. The entire walls, houses and buildings of the city were washed with pink colour for a grand and royal welcome of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria of Britain, who visited Jaipur in 1853 A.D. This splendid city as was founded in 1727 A.D by one of the greatest ruler Jai Singh II. Jaipur is surrounded by hills on three sides. Jaipur is the only city in the world, which is designed in accordance of the Hindu architecture science called Shilpa Shastra. The city was designed in a rectangular shape of 9 blocks, depicting the 9 partition of the universe. This fascinating city houses - majestic forts, grand palaces, lavish gardens, havelis and museums, while visiting these places you will have a true vision of the royal golden past of Rajasthan.
Day 07 : Jaipur
Today is the prime and most auspicious worship day of Goddess Laxmi, usually take place after evening at homes and business places. After breakfast you have various sightseeing option: Central Museum, rare collection of archaeological and handicraft pieces, Dolls Museum - a collection of beautiful dolls from all over the world, Birla Planetarium: a unique audio-visual education about stars and entertainment with its modern computerised projection system, Jal Mahal: this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Later early evening you can visit to the carnival is a Bazaar in its own right, as it brings together the exhibitors of various products and services from across various states of India under one roof. The event will showcase more than 400 stalls of national and international products range from electronics, automobiles, garments, handlooms, handicrafts, IT products, artificial jewelry, furniture, interior, health and fitness products, and many more in 6 domes. This evening witness Diwali at the Birla Temple, whole temple is decorated splendidly with lights and gardens surrounding the temple are lit up and decorated in garlands and flowers, and locals flock to give their offerings to the deities. You may opt for a special Diwali dinner at LMB or other restaurants in the city. We can also organize your visit to some local family to see how they celebrate with their family. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Diwali is a five day Hindu festival also known as the festival of lights. It Starts with Dhanteras first day then Choti Diwali next day then Diwali then Govardhan Puja and on the last day Bhai Duj. Diwali of Jaipur is world renowned for the way it is celebrated in Jaipur and for the Lights decoration done all around the city. Diwali is arrived from word Deepawali which means Row of Lamps (Deepak) people also call it Deepawali or Diwali. Diwali is celebrated on Krishna Chaturdashi generally falls between Mid October to Mid-November. Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji and few more Countries. Diwali symbolises the victory of good over evil.
Day 08 : Jaipur – Nawalgarh - Mandawa (170 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Mandawa, Enroute halt at Nawalgarh, 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. Its Havelis still bear witness to the rich & prosperous Marwari era of the 19th century. Later continue drive to medieval city Mandawa in Rajasthan On arrival, check in to a heritage hotel. Mandawa is also called the 'open-air art gallery' of Rajasthan. In the evening you can walk around the narrow lanes of the tradition town, watching locals and shops. In the evening you can explore some of the havelies or visiting inside the town to see the houses and life style of local people. Later enjoy the traditional music and dance, live performance by the local artist, during the gala dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Mandawa: During the mid of 18th century this town was founded, located in Shekhawati region in Rajasthan. Mandawa is known for its’ speculative havelies and fort. Now days, Mandawa is known as an imposing mirage like fort now a popular heritage hotel with modern amenities. The structure of this place recalls one of the cultural and tradition this place used to be in the bygone golden era. The affluent and dominant traders and merchants built gigantic havelis, bejeweled with beautiful wall paintings, for the purpose of their residence. In the past time, painting subject was mythology dominated the themes of the frescoes, animals, dancers, religion, portraits, displaying local legends, hunting and wrestling scenes, etc. And some fascinating paintings, portraying Lord Krishna and his cowherds. During the British ruler in India, the traditions subject was turned in to cars, trains, balloons, hunting, nature, phones, and gramophones etc., a truly monuments city of Rajasthan.
Day 09 : Mandawa - Bikaner (180 kms: 6 – 7 hrs)
After breakfast explore Mandawa town, visiting notably known havelies: Binsidhar Chokhani, Newatia, and Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli. The Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, are famous for its inquisitive paintings. The Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli is known for its erotic paintings and images, now mostly defaced. These havelis are like museums, numerous havelis built by the wealthy merchants as in old days. After visit checkout and drive to Bikaner. En route (little off beat) halt at Deshnok ( a small town ) which worldly known for the Rat Temple, this temple is 600 years old, dedicated to Goddess Karni Mata, the temple is built by King of Bikaner Ganga Singh, the temple is decorated with cared silver gages and marble stone work. Later continue to drive Bikaner, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Bikaner.
Bikaner: The city was founded by Rao Bikaji in 1488; Rao Bikaji was the son of King Jodhaji of Jodhpur, due to some personal confront with his family, he took the courage to build his own city by adopting desert and barren land and then he transformed into a charming city called Bikaner, and the city was named after the King Bikaji. The 500 years old city standing still with glorious past is located in Northern part of Rajasthan. The Rajpoot rulers here built splendid palaces, temples and forts that resonance of magnificence and images of monsoon clouds in this desert land. The city is barricaded by 7 kms long walls built in 18th sanctuary with 5 huge gates around the city. Today, a flourishing city of wool, food and milk. The Bikaner is known also one of the international standard camel breeding farm and rate temple of Karni Mata. Junagarh fort is major tourist attraction of the city. The city is known for colourful market and camel festival every year. Bikaner is also known as a gateway to Jaisalmer.
Day 10 : Bikaner – Pokhran - Jaisalmer (330 kms: 7 hrs)
Today after breakfast takes the city tour of Bikaner visiting most popular and magnificent Junagarh Fort - built by Raja Rai Singh, this had never conquered during the entire history of Bikaner. The forts is having around 37 splendid palaces within the fort complex, there is wall of 7 kilometers around the fort and 37 bastions and 2 massive gates. Later return to the hotel to check out and depart forJaisalmer, en route take a halt at Pokhran: visit the massive Fort of Pokhran. The town of Pokhran came to the renown when India’s first nuclear test was conducted here in the 1970's. Pokharan Fort was Built in 1532-1584 the yellow sandstone, though not as conspicuous as some of the others forts in Rajasthan, it has a few exquisite palaces like the Mangal Niwas, the Rani Mahal and the Phool Niwas or the Flower Palace; visit the Pokhran Museum, housed inside the fort’s premises is fairly small and contains an hodgepodge of weapons, pottery paintings, and the costumes which the Maharajas wore. After visiting the fort, proceed to Jaisalmer. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Take a walk along the local market to acclimatize with the city atmosphere. Overnight at the hotel.
Jaisalmer; the desert town is located on the edge of the Thar Desert and is one of most prominent tourist places of Rajasthan. Also known as the golden city, Jaisalmer is quite popular for the crowing Golden Fort. The city is a fantasy in yellow sandstone founded in the 1156 AD by Rawla Jaisal, a Rajput King. Jaisalmer is known for its golden stretched sand dunes, splendid havelies, camel safari on the thrilling Sam dunes, Jain temples, picturesque Gadisar Lake and of course the royal heritage and culture. A tour of Rajasthan is incomplete without visiting Jaisalmer.
Day 11 : Jaisalmer
Today after breakfast take city tour of Jaisalmer city: visit most popular Golden Fort, also known as Sonar Kila and Jaisalmer Fort, the fort is built on the top of Trikuta hill, having 99 bastions, the most speculator feature is Megh Durbar, also many temples, near the fort there are marvelous havelies built by the wealthy traders of the past time, notably havelies are Nathmal ji Ki Havel, Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli, the splendid mansions with latticework and stone carving, a truly break tacking intricacy. Afterwards visit to the one of the beautiful lake known as ‘Gadisar Lake’ the entrance of the lake is quite artistic and there is past day’s story behind this lake. If time permits and you wish to cover more of places, you can visit to Amar Sagar and Mool Sagar Lake and temples of Ladawara. In the evening drive to Sam Sand Dunes, the nearest place of the Great Thar Desert, Sam Sand dunes are seems to be golden stretched sands as a gateway to Thar Desert. Enjoy camel ride on the sand dunes during the splendid Sun Set. Later return to the hotel for overnight Stay.
Day 12 : Jaisalmer – Manvar (180 kms: 4 – 5 hrs)
Today morning after breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Manvar in Dechu. This place falls under Shergarh Region of Thar Desert and the highest sand dunes are found in this area. On arrival transfer to the desert camps, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Early evening transfer on the camels for a desert safari till the Manvar Camp Site, reaching the campsite by sunset. In the evening, enjoy folk dance and music under the starlit sky while enjoying theme dinner. Overnight at the Desert Camps.
Manvar, located right in the heart of the Great Indian Thar Desert is an unprecedented tourist destination offering a rare opportunity to enjoy Rajasthan desert life, culture, wildlife & beauty. The Manvar 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. Visitors can 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 (Jutti makers), Virgin sand dunes, Desert wildlife; desert fox, Indian gazelle.
Day 13 : Manvar – Bishnoi - Jodhpur (110 kms: 3 hrs)
Early morning you may opt to take a jeep safari to explore nearby by desert village to see understand their life style, villagers craftsman, carpenters, metal smith potters, cobblers. After village safari return to the resort to check out and drive to Jodhpur. En route visit Bishnoi Village. The villagers coming from the Bishnois caste are believed to be the guardians of animals. Bishnois are vegetarians and hence have great reverence for all living things. Then visit to the local handicrafts viz shoe makers, pottery hand weaving watching men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver Jewellery, en-route watch and photograph the beautiful wildlife - black buck, chinkaras, peacock etc. liberally moving in plenty of care by the local villagers. Later proceed to Jodhpur. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the evening you may opt to explore the local market, visiting various authentic restaurants. You may choose ‘On the rocks’ an open air restaurants with Rajasthani hospitality, offering authentic food and folk music and dance. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Bishnoi Village: a survivor of a great famine, which raged in 1485, already taught the principles of the ecology of centuries ago. Jambeshwar or Jambhoji observed that the famine was a result of the deforestation in the region (already at that time!). He formulated a list of 29 rules. Among other things included the rule to not kill any animals, not cut down green trees and to take from the fields only what was needed. These 29 rules (Bish-noi means '29' in the Hindi language) form the base of the Bishnoi-philosophy. They are vegetarians and therefore have great respect for all living things. Sure they keep buffaloes, sheep and goats, but only for the milk, the wool and the manure. The manure is used as a fuel and construction material for their houses. The Bishnoi people accordingly expect that the tourist respect their way of life and customs.
Jodhpur: The home of Rajpoot, (Rathors) – The awesome significant city of Rajasthan. Founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha, today Jodhpur is one of the largest and flourishing city of Rajasthan. Known as white city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur was once upon a time was the capital of Marwar state (Northern Part of Rajasthan). Mehrangarh fort, the crowning old palace is major tourist attraction of Jodhpur. Another pride of Jodhpur is Umaid Bhawan Palace; this grand palace is now converted into heritage hotel and present residence of the Royal family of Jodhpur. This palace is most sought after regal and splendid palace for royal wedding in Rajasthan. So many world fame celebrity and business tycoons organized their wedding at this heavenly palace. The city carries rich heritage and culture and blossoming market and industry of lether goods, handcraft, wood, cattle, salt and agricultural crops.
Day 14 : Jodhpur – Rohet - Ranakpur – Mount Abu (275 kms: 5 hrs)
Today morning after breakfast, take the sightseeing tour of the city, visiting massive Mehrangarh Fort, wonderful Jaswant Thada (Mausoleums of the great Rajput King: Jaswant Singh), Umaid Bhawan Palace and museum – India is one of most imposing and regal palaces. Later check out the hotel and drive to Mount Abu, en route visit to Rohet, tour to witness traditional folk ceremonies signifying friendship and brotherhood and see village artisans at work creating leather articles, pottery and woven handicrafts. Afterwards continue drive to Udaipur, en route take a halt at Ranakpur, visit the ancient Jain Temples, built in the 12th Century – this group of temples is made of intricately sculpted white marble, with more than 100 beautifully carved pillars, each carved differently from the other. You may opt to enjoy lunch at Maharani Baugh: an authentic heritage hotel. After visit continue to drive to Mount Abu. On arrival, check into the hotel. If time permits, visit to see beautiful Sunset, one of the most well-known spots in Mount Abu, sunset Point is located to the south-west of Nakki Lake. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
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 rifles, 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.
Day 15 : Mount Abu - Udaipur (180 kms: 4 hrs)
Today morning after breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Mount Abu visiting Dilwara Jain temples; a complex of 5 temples, carved of white marble, ranked as India’s finest temple architecture, built between the 11th and 13th centuries, a sacred pilgrimage place for the Jain community. The sightseeing followed visit at Achalgarh Fort, built in the 14th century by Rajpoot King Rana Kumbha of Mewar. It encloses several beautiful Jain temples, including the Achaleswar Mahadev Temple (1412) and the Kantinath Temple, you may also opt to visit Adhar Devi Temple, carved out of solid rock; the Shri Raghunathji Temple; and a shrine and temple to Dattatreya built atop the Guru Shikhar peak. The world headquarters of the Brahma Kumari order of lady renunciates is also located here, as is the World Spiritual University of the same denomination. Later check out the hotel and drive to Udaipur, on arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening you may walk through the old narrow street of the city to watch local houses and people. Or you may opt to visit at Lake Pichola for boat ride or a dinner at one of the luxurious hotel ‘Taj Lake Palace’ (of your own); afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Udaipur: One of the most romantic and beautiful city of North India, the city was founded in 1568 AD by Rajput King Udai Singh., located on the banks of the shimmering Pichola Lake, is one of the most romantic city of Rajasthan. Udaipur is cuddle up in lush green Aravali mountain range. The city is also known as the ‘Venice of the East'. It is a kaleidoscope of wonderful lakes, enchanting temples, lake side gardens, amazing forts and palaces and narrow lanes of the old city with historical past, Udaipur characterize chivalry and velour of the Rajpoot clan who had ruled this city for years and valor and chivalry. There are so amazing places to visit in this incredible city of Rajasthan.
Day 16 : Udaipur
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Udaipur- visiting wondrous City Palace complex, significant landmark of the town, the palace is a splendid white marble architectural historical place of Rajpoot Rulers, in the palace vicinity you will see notable places like Durbar Hall, Palace Museum, Crystal Gallery and Jagdish temple, followed by Sahelion Ki Bari, a beautiful recreation garden for queens and princes of the rulers. Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, an ethic places to see the traditions and culture of Rajasthan, ethnic ornaments, exhibiting folk traditional outfits, puppets, masks, dolls, classical paintings, fold musical instruments. In the evening visit to Lake Bageela 22 kms for sightseeing tour of ancient Eklingji and Nagda Temples, after finishing the sightseeing tour of the day, return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 17 : Udaipur – Chittourgarh – Bijaipur (160 kms: 3 - 4 hrs)
After breakfast, checkout the hotel and drive to Bijaipur. En route halt at Chittourgarh city, to visit the mightiest and the largest historical fort of India: Chittourgarh - A ruined citadel, where the royal past lives in its imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular 'chhatris'. The fort stands as a jaded reminder of the character and bravery of the Rajpoot Clan in Rajasthan & echoes with the tales of romance and valour unique to their tradition. Sprawled over an area of 700 acres, the fort houses historical monuments: Tower of Victory, Rani Padmini Palace, Man Mahal, Mira Temple and several ruins of the temples of Shiva. In the fort complex you will visit Kirti Stambha, Rana-Kumbha Palace, Padmini Palace, Meera Temple and Kumbha Shyam Temple and Kalika Mata Temple, State Archaeological Museum. Later proceed to Bijaipur. On arrival transfer to Castle Bijaipur- an original palace where the Royal Family of Bijaipur still resides here. This is 16th century castle is set in the serene Vindhyanchal ranges. This fort echoes the sounds of many fierce battles of historic importance fought against the Mughals and Marathas. Pre-dinner drinks are served on the lawn or in the old courtyard, under the twinkling in a sky unpolluted by city lights. Traditional Indian music and dancing fills the garden. The intoxicating scent of ‘Queen of the Night’ flowers is soon replaced by the alluring aroma of supper being served. Overnight at the Bijaipur.
Chittourgarh, the town known for its massive fort atop hill, crowned on a 6 kms long hill, covers an area of 280 hectares with fortifications, temples, towers and palaces. The city can be singled out for its glorious past and valour, unique to the Rajput tradition. Chittourgarh is a fortified settlement, with a history of witnessing a number of sieges, but refusal to bow before foreign invaders. Tales of the Princess Padmini are told here who was known for her chivalry and beauty.
Castle Bijaipur is a 16th century castle set in the serene Vindhyachal ranges in the Mewar region, near Chittourgarh (Rajasthan, India) and was built by Rao Shakti Singhji the younger brother of the great warrior Maharana Pratap. A wildlife sanctuary adjacent to the castle has leopard, chinkara, spotted and four-horned deer, crocodile and wild boar as well as a variety of birds. Jeep and camel safaris, trekking and camping, visits to the nearby Pangarh fort, boating and fishing in its lotus lake, local tribal folk songs in the evenings are some of the interesting activities arranged here.
Day 18 : Bijaipur – Pushkar (240 kms: 4 - 5 hrs)
After early breakfast, you can enjoy jeep safari, horse riding, Yoga & meditation, cooking classes offered by Castle Bijapur. Later check out and drive to Pushkar, on arrival transfer to the hotel. After relaxation, early evening visit the Pushkar Fair, is synonymous to the cattle fair. So there are camels, horses, cows, goats, and sheep; all decked up to be sold and purchased. The proud cattle owners throng Pushkar, travelling across the golden sands of the various places in Rajasthan. There is bargaining, presence of several popular breeds and the parading of the well-bred, highly decorated cattle. You enjoy the dance shows, music performances, and other similar activities. The most striking feature is the cattle competition. Imagine the entire limelight on beautifully decorated cattle when they race their ways into the audiences’ heart or the manner in which they play musical chairs. The Pushkar Fair watches the best-bedecked camel in parade winning the beauty contest. Overnight at the hotel in Pushkar.
The Pushkar Fair, or Pushkar ka Mela, is the annual five-day camel and livestock fair, held in the town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is one of the world's largest camel fairs, and apart from buying and selling of livestock it has become an important tourist attraction and its highlights have become competitions such as the "matkaphod", "longest moustache", and "bridal competition" are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar club and a team of random foreign tourists. The Imperial Gazetteer of India, mentions an attendance of 100,000 pilgrims in early 1900s.
Day 19 : Pushkar Fair:
After breakfast visit to Pushkar Lake, to see thousands of devotees will bathe in the holy lake, believed to have been created when the god Brahma dropped a sacred lotus flower to earth, then visit to the famous temple of Lord Brahma, the creator of universe. A temple with very basic architecture, it is the one and only temple of Lord Brahma in India with a unique mythological reasons. Afterward enjoy the cattle fair: the colorful culture of Rajasthan comes alive in the form of the folklores, music and dance performances besides the captivating turbans of the men. The bards and the poets enchant the audiences with the tales of gallantry, cultural shows, exhibitions and movies add to the fun at the Pushkar Fair. Here you can enjoy hot air balloons floating across the camel ground, the town and lake. What an amazing way to see the fair. Overnight at the hotel in Pushkar.
Day 20 : Pushkar – Delhi (390 kms: 6 -7 hrs)
Today morning, you may opt to visit various temples of Pushkar, as Pushkar city is known as temple city. Or you can opt to visit fair site, early afternoon check out the hotel and drive to Delhi, En route visit to the one of the magnificent fort of Rajasthan: Neemrana; now converted into the luxury heritage hotel, you may opt to have lunch and Zip Tour over here, an exciting and adventurous activity. The Zip tour is an amusement ride wherein the person hangs his weight through a harness which is suspended via pulley from a cable. Later continue to drive to Delhi, on arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening you can enjoy the best of the like Bukhara, Veda, Summer house café, Moms Kitchen, and others, as Delhi is known for best North India veg and non-veg cuisine. Overnight at the hotel in Delhi.
Day 21 : Delhi –Varanasi (By Air)
After breakfast drive to the airport to board the schedule flight for Varanasi. Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. After relaxation, enjoy Dev Deepawali festival, is celebrated on Kartik Poornima when the Ghats of Varanasi come alive with thousands of Diyas (earthen lamps). Dev Deepawali, celebrated on the fifteenth day of Diwali, is a tribute to river Ganga by the people of Varanasi. Also visit some of the poplar temples of Varanasi visiting: Durga temple also called Money Temple, Vishvanath temple, known as Golden Temple due to 15.5 meters high golden spire. Sankat Mochan temple, Tulsi Manas temple and Bharat Mata temple. The Bharat Mata Temple houses a huge relief map of the whole of Indian subcontinent and Tibetan plateau. In the evening visit Dashashwamedh Ghat, for the Maha Aarti(worship) ceremony, as this beautiful ritual process with brass lamps with chanting of Mantra in presence of crowd, every moment fills you with spiritual thoughts and feelings. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Dev Deepawali: Dev Deepawali (the Diwali of Gods or Festival of lights of the Gods) is celebrated on Kartka Purnima (full moon of the Hindu month of Kartika) in Varanasi. On this occasion, the ghats are completely lighted with diyas and flocked by tourists and pilgrims. It is believed that Gods descend to Earth on this day. Another myth suggests that, on this day, the demon Tripurasur was killed by the Gods, and hence the name, Dev Deepawali, the day the Gods won victory. The program starts with Lord Ganesha’s prayer, after which 21 Brahmins and 41 girls chant the Vedic mantras. After the prayers, the Maha aarti is held at the Dashashwamedh Ghat, which is one grand celebration that one certainly shouldn’t miss!
Day 22 : Varanasi
After breakfast take a boat ride at holy river Ganges, during the sunrise the city and river come alive, in the magical rays of the Sun; the city looks so exotic and lively: People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. Two cremation ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra. There after take an excursion to Sarnath, located at 10 kms from Varanasi where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to the five holy men; visit Dharmarajika Stupa, the 110 ft tall Dhamekh Stupa marks the place where Buddha preached first sermon., also visit to Archaeological museum, the collection of ancient Buddhist relics and antiques comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisatva images, also see the Ashok Pillar with 4 lions, built in 3rd Century BC., symbolize both Ashoks's imperial rule and the kingship of the Buddha.. The four-lion capital was adopted as the emblem of the modern Indian republic. Afterwards drive back to Varanasi, later visit Banaras Hindu University: spread over 1350 acre it is the largest residential university in Asia, with over 12,000 students living on its campus, if time permits visit Alamgir Mosque, blend of the Hindu and Mughal styles of the architecture, is another important attraction of Varanasi. Later in the evening you can visit to the markets of the Varanasi for shopping specially word famous Benarasi Silk clothes and Sarees. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Varanasi: Also recognized with the name, Kashi (meaning the city of spiritual light) and Banaras. This is one of the oldest cities in India with fascinating past; it has found a place in the epic of Mahabharata as well in the Buddhist scriptures. This ancient Indian city is sandwiched between the rivers Varuna and Ashi as they unite with the Ganges, the most revered river in the country, and provides easy access to industrial zones, including the automobile, garment and leather sectors. The notorious American novelist Mark Twain once wrote, "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”
Day 23 : Varanasi - Khajuraho (By Air)
Today morning after breakfast check out the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the schedule flight for Khajuraho, assistance on arrival, and transfer to the hotel. The rest day is for leisure. In the evening enjoy the this fascinating light & sound show spectacle evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th Century to the present day. The 50 minutes show is all about the life and times of Chandela kings and the legend and grandeur of the unique temples from the 10th century to the present day are narrated in the voice of Amitabh Bachchan – the Bollywood legend. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Light and Sound Show: This fascinating light & sound spectacle evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th Century to the present day. The 50 minutes sound and light show is conducted by tourism department in the garden of western group of temples. The show is entertaining and informative about the construction, history and importance of the temples. The life and times of the great Chandela kings and the legend and grandeur of the unique temples from the 10th century to the present day are narrated in the voice of Amitabh Bachchan– the Bollywood legend.
Day 24 : Khajuraho
After breakfast explore Khajuraho, is worldly known for its magnificent temples of erotica built between 950 A.D. and 1050 A.D. Khajuraho - The very name, Khajuraho, arouses strange dreams even in daytime, Of full bodied feminine forms frozen in stone, so real that you wonder whether they might come alive at a touch. Khajuraho is world heritage town, the temples are scattered in an area of 8 sq km. take a sightseeing tour visiting Western group of Temples consisting of the massive Laxman Temple dedicated to lord Vishnu, the Laxmi and Varaha temples dedicated to Vishnu’s consort Laxman, the Kandariya Mahadev temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Chausath Yogini temple dedicated to goddess Kali. Also visit Archaeological museum with its collection of stone sculptures of the Chandela dynasty. Later take a sightseeing tour of Eastern group of Temples which consists of 3 Hindu and 3 Jain temples, their proximity attests to the religious tolerance of the times in general and of the Chandela rulers in particular, visit the Jain temples of Parsvanath, Adinath, and Shanti Nath. Also visit the temples of Vamana and Brahma/Hanuman both dedicated to lord Vishnu. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Khajuraho, The fascinating temples of Khajuraho, India's unique gift of love to the world, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, were built between 950 and 1050 A.D.It derives its name from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree) which can be found in abundance in the area. The divine sculptures in these temples are a tribute to Life itself, embodying everything that is sublime and spontaneous about it. With the wane of the Chandela Empire, these magnificent temples lay neglected, and vulnerable to the ravages of Nature. It was only in this century, that they were rediscovered, restored and granted the recognition that they justly deserve. Originally there were 85 temples, of which only 22 still exist. These magnificent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain Tirthankaras. The three main compartments are the entrance (ardhamandapa), assembly hall (Mandapa), and the actual sanctum (garbhagriha). The temples are grouped into three geographical divisions: western, eastern and southern.
Day 25 : Khajuraho - Delhi (By Air) - Hometown
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