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Royal Rajasthan is a glittering jewel set amidst the golden sands. The light that reflects off the desert dunes engulfs a land renowned for its vibrant colors, locals in bright attire and beautiful jewellery, living in towns and cities dotted and dominated by towering forts and palaces that rise from the sands, almost like a mirage. Nowhere does history come alive as thrillingly! 
 
Rajasthan is a place known for its war stories, love tales and secrets about its desert. Our 8 days tour of Rajasthan will make you witness Royalty in the soil of this part of India. Without any second thought we can name our tour package as ‘The Glory of Rajasthan’.
 
We make you visit the busy streets of pink city, watch sunsets of Jaisalmer, relive your taste buds in Bikaner and enjoy the lakes and landscapes of Udaipur. We guarantee that exploring Rajasthan will be a life time experience with us.
DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI
DAY 02: DELHI SIGHTSEEING
DAY 03: DRIVE DELHI – AGRA & AGRA SIGHTSEEING
DAY 04: DRIVE AGRA – JAIPUR & JAIPUR SIGHTSEEING    
DAY 05: JAIPUR SIGHTSEEING & DRIVE JAIPUR – MANDAWA
DAY 06: MANDAWA SIGHTSEEING & DRIVE MANDAWA – BIKANER
DAY 07: BIKANER SIGHTSEEING & DRIVE BIKANER - JAISALMER 
DAY 08: JAISALMER SIGHTSEEING & DESERT CAMEL SAFARI       
DAY 09: DRIVE JAISALMER – KHIMSAR 
DAY 10: DRIVE KHIMSAR – JODHPUR 
DAY 11: DRIVE JODHPUR – KUMBALGARH 
DAY 12: DRIVE KUMBALGARH- UDAIPUR 
DAY 13: UDAIPUR SIGHTSEEING
DAY 14: FLY UDAIPUR – DELHI – DEPARTURE 
 
Tour Title: Rajasthan Forts & Palaces Tour
Tour Duration: 13 Nights/ 14 Days
Tour Destinations: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Khimsar, Jodhpur, Kumbalgarh, Ranakpur, Udaipur
Best Season: October – March
Grade: Easy plus
Tour Highlights:
  • Traditional Indian welcome
  • Thrill of the Sound & Light show at Red Fort, Delhi
  • Taj Mahal
  • Mughal city tour
  • Rajasthani countryside drive
  • Heritage sites of Rajasthan
  • Maharaja’s city tour
  • Caparisoned Elephant ride at Amer Fort
  • Desert Camel Safari
  • Jeep Safari around Tribal Village
DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our Fishtail representative and driver will meet you at Indira Gandhi International Airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you to check into your hotel. In the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities during the tour. Overnight in Delhi.
 
DAY 02: DELHI SIGHTSEEING
Today you will start the day with the excursion to Old Delhi – an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Here you will see the Red Fort – the most opulent fort and the palace of Mughal empire. From here you will proceed to Raj Ghat – the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India; and Chandani Chowk – the bustling and colorful market of the old city. 
 
New Delhi on the other hand is considered to be an “Imperial City” having palatial sized buildings set amid broad tree lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, fountains and shallow pools. In New Delhi, you will visit Qutumb Minar and drive pass Raisina hill, India Gate and the Parliament. In the evening you will return to the Red Fort to watch the “Son et Lumire”- interplay of colorful lights and sound tracing the history of monument till date. Overnight in Delhi.
 
DAY 03: DRIVE DELHI – AGRA & AGRA SIGHTSEEING
After early breakfast, you will be driven to Agra (204 km/4hrs). At the time of the Mughals, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. Upon arrival in Agra and after checking into the hotel, you will proceed for the city sightseeing. Firstly you will visit the Agra Fort built by Akbar the Great. Then you will tour the city and proceed to the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jahan in the memory of her father. Finally you will visit the magnificent Taj Mahal – the monument of love in the warm glow of sunset, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. Overnight in Agra.
 
DAY 04: DRIVE AGRA – JAIPUR & JAIPUR SIGHTSEEING    
Today you will proceed to Jaipur (232 Kms/ 5 hrs drive) via visit to the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. This city was built in 1569 by the Great Emperor Akbar. Today, it is deserted and left in solitude to reminisce over its past glory. On today’s drive to Jaipur, we will pass through the Rajasthani countryside observing villages, women dress in brilliantly colored saris, camels and elephants. In the afternoon, you will proceed to Maharaja’s City Palace – where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes & processions and Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726). In addition, you will also visit Birla White Marble Temple and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) – a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal façade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Overnight in Jaipur.
 
DAY 05: JAIPUR SIGHTSEEING & DRIVE JAIPUR – MANDAWA
After breakfast, you will visit the 17th Century fortress of Amer – marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. You can go up to the fort ascending on Caparisoned Elephant true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall painting. Later on in the day, you will proceed to Mandawa (170 kms/3 hrs drive). Mandawa lies in the triangular area between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner and includes Jhunjhuniun, Sikar and Churu districts of Rajasthan.
 
DAY 06: MANDAWA SIGHTSEEING & DRIVE MANDAWA – BIKANER
Today early in the morning, you will visit Shekhawati. The semi-desert region f Shekhawati is popularly known as the ‘open-air art gallery’ of Rajasthan. It houses hundreds of havelis, temples, cenotaphs, wells and forts. Later you will visit Chokhani Saraf and Ladia Havelies. The terrace of the rugged fort provides a panoramic view of the town. Later in the afternoon you will be driven to Bikaner (190 kms/ 3&1/2 hrs). Bikaner is also known as the camel city and lies on the northern point on the triangle of desert cities. It is royal walled city dating back to 1486 AD and was established by a Rathore Prince Bika & then was popularly known as Bikaner after him. It was, however, a major trade center as it stood on the ancient caravan route which link central Asia & north India with the Gujurat Sea Ports.
 
DAY 07: BIKANER SIGHTSEEING & DRIVE BIKANER - JAISALMER 
In the morning you will embark on a tour of Bikaner city. Firstly, you will visit Junagarh Fort, built in 1611 AD. The palaces worth visiting are Anup Mahal, Karan Mahal and Bijai Phool Mahal. Then you will be driven to Jaisalmer (333 kms/ 6-7 hrs). Jaisalmer is the ancient citadel on the Caravan route linking India with Persia, Arabia and the Mediterranean. Jaisalmer is renowned for its intricately carved & chiseled Haveli’s (Mansions), which illustrates superb craftsmanship.
 
DAY 08:  JAISALMER SIGHTSEEING & DESERT CAMEL SAFARI       
In the morning you will embark for the half day tour of Jaisalmer Fort. Afterwards you will proceed to the Gadisar tank & large houses of the merchant called havelies, some of them dating to the Pre-medieval Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Shah Haveli and Nathamal Ki Haveli with their intricately carved screens on the facades and the typical traditional architecture.
 
In the afternoon, you will proceed for amazing Desert Camel Safari at Sam Sand Dunes on edge of desert national park. Located in the midst of Thar Desert, this camp recreates the magical atmosphere of a traditional Medieval Desert Camp on a trade route. The accommodation consists of Swiss Cottage Type tents with attached baths having running hot & cold water.
 
DAY 09:  DRIVE JAISALMER – KHIMSAR 
In the morning, you will proceed for countryside drive to Khimsar (302 kms/6 hrs)-perched on the edge of the Great Thar Desert in the Heart of rural India. ”Khimsar Dunes Village” is newly developed Desert resort and is situated in outskirts of Khimsar. This resort lies in the heart of seven Dunes measuring 8 Kms in circumstances and a reservoir in the center makes it a perfect Oasis of peace. Village Hutments known as Dhanis have the interiors which are truly ethnic mud plastered walls with an earthen color palette. Then you will proceed to Khimsar Fort – it offers a wide range of experiences. The battle-scarred walls and turrets remind you of its glorious past as a center of much warfare, as well as commerce and trade. The initial construction began in 1523, but the family moved in during the 18th century when a new ‘zanana’ (ladies wing) was constructed. Thakur Onkar Singh built a regal wing for himself in the 1940s.Today enjoy the silence and tranquility of the Thar desert.
 
DAY 10: DRIVE KHIMSAR – JODHPUR 
In the morning, you will be driven to Jodhpur (90 kms/ 1-1.5hrs) – the Great Indian Desert. Jodhpur sites on sand stone hill surrounded by a strong wall, approximately 6 miles long with 7 entry gates. Half day sightseeing of the city includes visit to Meherangarh Fort; drive through the old city and past the Clock Tower near the largest spice bazaar in the sub-continent; Jaswant Thada Cenotaph; the royal cremation site and the most magnificent, modern 20th century palace, the Umaid Bhavan Palace and its museum-a treasure trove.
 
Additionally, you will also proceed for fun-filled Village Safari (By Jeep) – A memorable outing in jeep takes you through various traditional villages seeing local handicrafts viz. stone makers, pottery, hand weaving and also men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver jewellery, etc.
 
DAY 11: DRIVE JODHPUR – KUMBALGARH 
Today you will proceed for Kumbalgarh (270 kms/ 4.5 hrs drive). Kumbalgarh is the second principal fortress in Rajasthan after Chittaurgarh and is perched atop the Aravallis. Built in the 15th century by Maharana Kumbha, it extends over 12 km and encloses many temples, palaces and gardens. The fort was later renovated in the 19th century. The Badal Mahal or Cloud Palace offers a spectacular bird’s eye view of the surrounding countryside. Close by is the Kumbalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary with a rich variety of wildlife. The Fort is accessible only by jeep from Kelwara through the seven gates.
 
DAY 12: DRIVE KUMBALGARH- UDAIPUR 
After breakfast you will leave for Udaipur (140 kms/ 2 – 2.5hrs drive). En-route you will visit Rankpur temples of the Jains built in the 15th century in the lovely valley of Aravallis. The temple has agrand structure & beautiful Sculptures. The 1444 pillars in the temple are different from each other. The magic of light & shape is really awe-inspiring. Later you will proceed to Udaipur – the “City of Lakes” which is perhaps the most romantic and beautiful city of India. In contrast to its desert neighborhood it stands out with an enchanting image of white marble palaces, placid blue lakes, gardens and temples surrounded by hills and mountains. It was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 A.D. on the shored of Lake Pichola. Upon arrival you will check into the hotel and rest of the day is free to explore colorful bazaar for some shopping. 
 
DAY 13: UDAIPUR SIGHTSEEING
Today the sightseeing of Udaipur includes The City Palace - this is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, construction of which was started by Udai Singh. This white marble architectural marvel, standing majestically on a hill surrounded by crenellated walls. This huge edifice 30.4 meters high and 244 meters long was added on to by later rulers, but the additions are so well planned and integrated that it is difficult to believe that it was not conceived as a complete structure. Then you will be driven around Fateh Sagar Lake - this fine lake, lying to the north of and connected by a small canal with Lake Pichola, was originally built by Maharana Jai Singh, in 1678 AD. Another site to visit is Sahelion-ki-bari or “Garden of the Maids of Honor” was laid out for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of dowry. Some other destinations to visit in Udaipur are Partap Smarak - a memorial to the legendary warrior Rana Pratap and Bhartiya Lok Mandal Museum - A museum of folk arts. 
 
DAY 14: FLY UDAIPUR – DELHI – DEPARTURE 
After a leisurely morning you will board a flight to Delhi for your connecting flight towards onward destination. 
 
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