Rajasthan Village India Tour
|15 NIGHTS/ 16 DAYS||Delhi – Shekhawati (Mandawa) - Gajner (Bikaner) - Khuri - Luni-Jodhpur - (Narlai)- Ranakpur - (Kumbhalgarh)- Udaipur - (Chittorgarh) - Bijaipur - Bundi - Samode - Jaipur - Delhi|
Our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel, ensuring smooth check in. Delhi, the capital city of India, is replete with a large number of ancient, medieval and modern era monuments to behold. Located on the banks of River Yamuna, is political and commercial centre of India.
Overnight stay is at hotel in Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi Sightseeing Tour
The sightseeing tour of Delhi- New & Old- will commence post breakfast. Accompanied by Delhi tour guide, visit famous monuments and markets of Delhi. Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque of India, Red Fort (remains closed on Monday)and Chandani Chowk, a 400 hundred years old happening market, are prime tourist attractions of Old Delhi. Chandani Chowk, characterized by narrow and lively alleys, will be shown to you by rickshaw ride. Thereafter, you will be taken to Akshardham Temple (remains closed on Monday), a modern era jewel. In the afternoon, you will be driven to to show Qutub Minar. En route, you will have a glimpse of and opportunity to photograph India Gate (a war memorial), Parliament House & President House. Later visit Qutub Minar complex. One of the salient features of this complex is a rust-free Iron Pillar, erected 2000 years back and lying in the open since then. It’s an example of the zenith of alchemy that Hindus had achieved long back in the history of human civilization. During the course of visiting these monuments, visit nearby buzzing market place to explore and have deeper peep into India’s social texture. In the evening, come back to the hotel for night stay at Delhi.
Come back to the hotel for night stay at Delhi.
Having breakfast in Delhi hotel, depart for Mandawa, a prominent tourist destination in Shekhawati region in Jhunjhnu district of Rajasthan. The region is enthralls visitors for its rural landscape and lifestyle and richly frescoed mansions or havelis. Due to large number of havelis, decorated with colourful frescoes and murals, Mandawa is known to be as ‘open air art gallery’. On arrival check in at the hotel and later in the afternoon take a short trip to beautiful village of Shekhawati region. Most of these havelis were built in 18th-19th centuries by rich businessmen, known as Marwaris. Some of the popular havelis are Goenka Chattri, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Goenka Double Haveli, etc.
Overnight stay has been scheduled at Mandawa.
Day 04: Mandawa – Bikaner - Gajner (220 km/4 hrs) – Bikaner sightseeing
Post breakfast in Mandawa hotel, depart for Gajner, near Bikaner, earlier a prominent trade centre and presently a happening desert city. Gajner had been a jungle and the kings of Bikaner treated Gajner as hunting ground. A royal hunting lodge was also built at a very nice location and with lot of interest. That hunting lodge has been converted into a luxury heritage hotel, keeping its originality intact. For British officials also it was a chosen destination. Before going to Gajner, you will be visiting Bikaner, en route.
Known for its desert and dessert, Bikaner offers opportunity to see Rajputa architecture, desert lifestyle, a unique culture and one-of-its-kind camel breeding farm. On arrival at Bikaner, you will be transferred to a heritage hotel, equipped with all modern amenities. Having relaxed for a while, proceed to explore the city founded in 1488 by Rao Bikaji son of Rao Jodhaji the founder of Jodhpur. Major tourist attractions of Bikaner are Junagarh Fort, Lallgarh Palace, Bhandeshwar Jain Temple & Camel Breeding Farm. Proceed for guided sightseeing of Bikaner. The prime tourist attractions of Bikaner comprise Junagarh Fort, Lallgarh Palace, Bhandeshwar Jain Temple & Camel Breeding Farm. Junagarh Fort is a fine example of Rajput forts & palace architecture with a long wall having 37 stronghold and 2 entry access points. Lallgarh Palace, built of red sandstone in fond memory of Maharaja Ganga Singh, is a fine piece of architecture. Also visit Bhandeshwar Jain Temple. Later, you will be taken to Camel Breeding Farm. During the course of visiting various historical monuments, also enjoy delicious Bikaneri food and sweets. Late afternoon, move for Gajner and, on arrival, check in at the Gajner Palace.
Day 05: Gajner – Khuri (280 kms / 06 hrs)
Today morning after having breakfast visit Gajner wildlife reserve and then drive to Khuri - a little attractive rural community. Khuri has turn out to be well known for its desert sand dunes. Many local holidayers get attracted towards Khuri, to experience the authentic desert life and hospitality of Rajasthan. The small village consists of a collection of mud shelter, with thatched straw covering, adorned among wall pictures and typical collection around campfires. On arrival at Khuri check into your pre booked desert mud cottage or desert camp. In evening enjoy the camel safari in the desert with live Rajasthani folk dance and music show.
Overnight stay is at Khuri desert.
Today after breakfast enjoy full day, camel safari in Khuri village and in evening enjoy enlightening activities with dinner, bone fire and cultural dance and music show.
Overnight stay is at Khuri desert.
After having breakfast in the hotel drive to Luni a little village, which is primarily known for its stunning fort identified as Fort Chanwa. This fort was imprinted out of Purple Sunbird Ssariska National Parkred building material which was brought in from Jodhpur. The fort has a collection of patios, pavilions, channel, friezes, delightfully shaped latticed casements, pinnacled by a covering crest which offers a superb view of the villages beneath and the Thar desert ahead of. The fort appears impressive at night among its vast entrance and shielding walls position out conceitedly beneath the night sky. On your arrival at Luni check into your pre booked hotel and get relaxed. In evening enjoy the visit to the Fort Chanwa and other local attractions of Luni. Later in evening back to the hotel for night stay at Luni.
Day 08: Luni – Jodhpur - Jodhpur sightseeing (35 kms / 01 hrs)
Early in the morning, depart for Jodhpur. On reaching Jodhpur, your sightseeing will commence right away. The guided sightseeing tour of Jodhpur, the Blue City of Rajasthan, will be carried out, thoroughly and leisurely. The prime attractions of Jodhpur are Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Sadar Bazaar and Clock Tower. Mehrangarh is probably the best kept and most beautiful fort of Rajasthan. It’s a sturdy battle fort, housing several buildings like palaces, temples, courtyards etc of immense interest for art and architecture aficionados. Umaid Bhawan Palace is presently part museum-luxury hotel- residence of royal family of Jodhpur. Jaswant Thada is said to be an inspiration for Taj Mahal. Buzzing Sadar Bazaar attracts all and sundry. Later in the evening.
Check in at Jodhpur hotel for overnight stay.
Day 09: Jodhpur – Narlai – Ranakpur (190 kms / 04 hrs)
After breakfast, move for Ranakpur, one of the major Jain pilgrimages. But, on the way to Ranakpur, you will be first taken to Narlai, presently a village town. Rawla Narlai castle, now a premium heritage hotel, is a prime tourist attraction, reminiscent of a bygone era of flourishing fiefdom. Situated in Southern Rajasthan, the magnificence of Rawla Narlai citadel hints about an innovative kingdom.
Having explored Narlai village, proceed to Ranakpur to be checked into the pre-booked hotel to relax and have overnight stay.
Day 10: Ranakpur – Kumbhalgarh – Udaipur (98 kms / 02 hrs)
Spend morning in leisure. Have breakfast in the hotel and proceed to visit Ranakpur Jain Temple. Ranakpur Temples, built by a Porwal Jain merchant in 1439 during the reign of Maharana Kumbha, is one of the five holy places of Jain community. The main temple is Chaumukha (four faced) temple is dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankar (saint). Ranakpur temple is known across the world for their sublime art and architecture. In addition to it, also visit sun temple and the other temples in the campus.
Thereafter, depart for Kumbhalgarh. On arrival at Kumbhalgarh, local guide will conduct you sightseeing tour of Rajasthan’s historically most revered fort. Kumbhalgarh Fort’s history dates back even to Mauryan era and it’s a fort within fort. Kumbhalgarh Fort is built upon the highest hills of Aravali mountain range. Surrounded by a wall, probably second only to Great Wall of China, Kumbhalgarh Fort is a unique monument to behold. Built on a 1100 m high hillock, it’s a pleasure visiting temples, palaces, gardens and water-storage facilities inside the 12-km walls of this massive fort. Late afternoon, drive to Udaipur and make a halt at the fields to see the local way of agricultural and irrigation. You reach Udaipur late afternoon.
You will be directly transferred to the pre-booked hotel to spend evening in leisure and have overnight stay therein.
Have delicious breakfast and embark on Udaipur city tour. Visit the City Palace Complex, The Jag Mandir, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Bagore Ki Haveli and other picturesque spots of tourist interests. The first monument to be visited in Udaipur is City Palace. City Palace of Udaipur is the largest palatial complex of Rajasthan and is representative architectural piece of Rajput style of architecture. After relaxing for some time, the Udaipur tour guide will take you for leisurely and relaxed sightseeing (Lake Palace/ Jag Niwas Palace) while having boat ride in Lake Pichola. After having enjoyed leisurely sightseeing of Udaipur, move for visiting another piece of Mewar architecture, a treasure trove of fine paintings, Bagore Ki Haveli.
Later, return to hotel for overnight stay in Udaipur hotel.
Day 12: Udaipur – Chittorgarh - Bijaipur (145 kms / 03 hrs)
Have delicious breakfast and proceed for Bijaipur. On the way to Bijaipur, you will be taken to Chittorgarh. Chittorgarh is symbol of Rajput pride, chivalry, bravery and cultural exuberance. For Indians, Chittorgarh is an iconic destination. It always energizes Indians make supreme sacrifices for their motherland. It’s none less important than a pilgrimage. Chittorgarh resonates with the stories of love and courage unique to the Rajput custom. Chittorgarh Fort, though in ramshackle form due to incessant and barbaric Muslim invasions, is still the largest fort of India. Chittorgarh Fort is a vast and huge composition. The serpentine road that leads to the fort is secured by seven fortified gateways called ‘pols’. The remnants of the fort and various other buildings give inkling of Chittorgarh Fort’s glorious and golden past. After sightseeing of Chittorgarh, drive to Bijaipur. On arrival at Bijaipur check in at the hotel. Having relaxed for a while, move on for exploring Bijaipur and its prime attraction the Bijaipur Castle. Built in 16th century, the Bijaipur Castle has been transformed into a heritage hotel and offers a great opportunity to have a peep into the imperial way of life of the Rajput.
Later in evening, come back to the hotel for overnight stay in Bijaipur.
Having breakfast, depart for historical town of Bundi, erstwhile kingdom of Hada Chauhan Rajputs. Bundi was the capital of the last princely state of Rajasthan. Bundi offers a very unique proposition to the tourists- it has all the characteristics of Rajasthan tourism like fort, palace, baoris, temples etc along with thin crowd. Most of the monuments are preserved to ancient glory. The monuments and their structural design imitate the splendor of the local Rajput's chiefs. The ramparts of the palaces at Bundi are festooned with life-size frescoes showing the glory of its rulers. Explore Bundi and appreciate its vibrant culture. On arrival, check in at heritage hotel of Bundi. Having relaxed for some time, proceed to explore Bundi. Do visit Taragarh Fort, The Palace (Sukh Mahal) and Chitrashala.
Later in the evening, return to hotel for overnight stay.
Having breakfast in Bundi hotel, depart for Samode, an erstwhile principality of Jaipur and now-a-days a small village town, is famous for being on tourist map of Rajasthan. Samode is visited by the tourists to watch Samode Palace, Samode Haveli and Samode Bag. Samode Palace is the prime attraction of Samode. The historical features and architectural niceties are very carefully and painstakingly maintained. Samode Palace has been converted by the royal family into a luxurious heritage hotel. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Now, explore Samode Palace. Samode palace is not only one of the most exquisite creations of its period but also one of the finest of all the Rajput palaces and its breathtaking durbar hall lives up to every expectation. Of particular brilliance are its painted walls and ceilings, created under Rawal Berisal Singh in the mid-nineteenth century. The Sultan Mahal is an exquisite example of the Jaipur miniature style at its best, with every inch metculously painted with geometric and floral motifs; the dados represent garden borders filled with flowers and mango trees and inhabited by a profusion of every species of bird found in the region. The rulers of this desert state loved gardens, and this hall brings the delights of an imaginary garden inside.
Overnight stay is scheduled in Samode hotel.
Day 15:- Samode- Jaipur (40 kms / 01 hrs)- Jaipur sightseeing
Have delicious breakfast in the hotel and proceed for Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, you will directly be taken for sightseeing. Jaipur is the last city to be explored in the Best of Rajasthan Tour. Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan and the most visited city of Rajasthan. Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, has been laid according to the conventional nine-grid pattern that astrologers believe to be lucky, and which has been recommended in the ancient Indian treatise on architecture. Jaipur has much to offer visitors — everything from pageants and festivals to extraordinarily clad people, a wealth of handicrafts, a royal legacy of palaces, and sightseeing — that will occupy their time. The excursion to prominent fort of Jaipur will begin after early morning breakfast. Have breakfast in Jaipur hotel and proceed for exploring rich heritage, royal past, glorious history and refined craftsmanship of Jaipur while making a tour of Amber fort. Take an excursion to Amber Fort. Enjoy elephant ride from foothill to hilltop where the main gate of the fort is located. This “maharaja like ride” is a prime attraction of Jaipur tourism. After visiting Amber Fort along with Jaipur tour guide, return to city centre wherein located three iconic architectural gems of Jaipur- City Palace, Hawa Mahal & Jantar Mantar. Hereinafter, explore the market. After visiting these monuments, proceed to visit Albert Hall Museum. After visiting these monuments, you will be taken to Birla Temple to attend evening ‘aarti’. Soon after watching ‘aarti’ and enjoying great cultural legacy of Jaipur, move to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 16: Jaipur – Delhi - Departure. (258 kms / 05 hrs)
Today morning have the relaxed morning breakfast and drive towards Delhi international to board your flight back to home / next destination.