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Nice post!!! The Rajasthan is known to have a rich culture and a large number of historic monuments and Forts. Jaipur is the capital city of the state of Rajasthan. The jaipur monuments are one of the major attraction of the jaipur. Thanks for sharing....
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Sanskriti Tour the indian way Office no: 73, Vasant Appts, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi. 91 11 6146620 91 9810129536 tarun@sanskritiworld.com

Royal Rajasthan Experience: 

Royal Rajasthan Experience India is known to be a mini continent, “variety in diversity” is the best word one can use. One of the most colourful state in India, Rajasthan is world-famous for the Rajput fortress, the defensive castle, the composite haveli was home to the Nobility where hospitality was a way of life. After independence, things changed and with the abolition of the privy purse in the late sixties, the owners found it difficult to maintain their rambling old properties. Quite often, the only way left was to convert them into Heritage Hotels. Initially the paractice was not appreciated by some segments of the nobility who frowned at the idea of opening up their homes to casual visitors, however, with the passage of time it became the norm. Each of these palaces has a story to tell and has its own characteristic flavour


EXCLUSIVE RAJPUTANA TOUR The Journey Delhi * Agra * Jaipur * Mandawa * Khimsar * Jaisalmer * Jodhpur * Ranakpur * Kumbalgarh * Udaipur * Delhi

Day 1 - Arrive Delhi: 

Day 1 - Arrive Delhi Arrive Delhi - meet & transfer to hotel ROOMS PROTECTED FOR IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY. Visit Delhi- It is the capital of India. It was from here that Hindu, Muslim, and Mughal dynasties, as well as the British ruled. The modern treasures we will see are the house of parliament, president's house, Qutab Minar and India gate a memorial to India's soldiers. We will also visit the Hindu temple Birla Mandir and the fabulous red fort, a fortified palace built by shah Jahan. the gateway of the India, the bustling old city of Delhi with its Mughal fort contrasts with Lutyens's spacious and elegant new Delhi, a 20th-century capital for the jewel in the crown of the British empire and now the capital of the largest democracy in the world . Day 1 - Arrive Delhi . 5 * Deluxe Hotels Taj Mahal & Taj Palace Imperial Oberoi & many more Good Quality Hotels Vasant Nikko International Mariott Delhi Park Connaught Budget Hotels Kanishka Ashok Country Resort Jukasso Inn & other guest houses

Day 2 - Delhi to Agra: 

Day 2 - Delhi to Agra Morning Shatabdi Express, leaving at 0600 hours & arriving Agra at 0810 hours. You can even drive to Agra, it is 204 Kms, 4 hours journey. Afternoon, Red Fort built by three generations of Mughal Emperors between 1565 and 1573. It housed both the residential Palaces of the Royal family, and the military quarters. Agra came to its own when Shahjahan ascended to the throne of Mughal Empire. He marked the zenith of Mughal architecture, when he built the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal Hotels we suggest Jaypee Palace * Trident * Mughal Sheraton Taj View * Hotel Ganga Ratna (Budget)

Day 3 - Agra to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri: 

Day 3 - Agra to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri Morning : Drive To Fatehpur Sikri (45 Kms) now deserted city but which during its brief span exceeded London in both grandeur & population. This magnificent fortifield ghost city was the capital of the Mughal emperor Akbar between 1571 and 1585. The downfall of this once magnificent capital of the Mughals started with the rise of the Jats when Emperor Aurangazeb left this place never to return again. The city is rectangular in shape with nine huge gates - Delhi Darwaza, Lal Darwaza, Agra Gate, Suraj and Chandra Darwaza, Tehra Gate and Ajmeri Darwaza. Continue drive to Jaipur (240 Kms) & check in hotel Accommodation : Palace : Rambagh Palace, Jai Mahal Haveli’s : Samode, Mandawa Haveli Hotels : Rajputana Sheraton, Trident & Holiday Inn Jaipur, (City of Victory) was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, a Kachhwaha Rajput, who ruled from 1699-1744. Being a brainchild of the maharaja, he took special interest in the designing planning and execution works of Jaipur. The city has been divided into nine blocks of which two are kept for the City Palace Complex and other state buildings, whereas the other seven blocks were earmarked for the public. The city was encircled by the city wall, which opened at seven gates or darwazas. In 1728 maharaja jai Singh II built the remarkable observatory, which is still one of Jaipur's main attractions. Jaipur is a planned city which is made all the more attractive by the pink wash (known as Pink City)that most buildings are periodically given.

Day 4 - Visit Jaipur - the pink city: 

Day 4 - Visit Jaipur - the pink city There is a lot more to Amber than its splendid fort. Set in a picturesque location, Amber is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh, it sprawls on the hillside. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by his descendant Jai Singh I. Its rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate refinement. Painted scenes of hunting and war adorn the walls with precious stones and mirrors set into the plaster. In the foreground is the Maota Lake with breathtaking reflections of the magnificent Amber Fort-Palace. For an experience that's truly Royal, visitor's can reach the fort through snaking pathways on elephant back. Tour of the Pink city visiting the imposing City Palace now a museum - the principal residence of the former ruling family, Jantar Mantar - the ancient Observatory, Hawa Mahal - the exotic Palace of the Winds & the picturesque bazaars of the walled city.

Day 5 - Jaipur to Mandawa : 

Day 5 - Jaipur to Mandawa Drive to Mandawa “Shekhawati region” (150 Kms) Often calls as the “ open air art gallery of Rajasthan ”, the region of Medieval Shekhawati comprises the present day districts, Shekhawati, transliterate ‘the land of Shekha’s clan’ owes it’s name to Rao Shekha (1433-1488), a cousin of the Kachchawahas of Jaipur. However, the high quality frescoes which the region is famous for dates between 1750-1930. A majority of frescoes have been executed on the havelis but also on cenotaphs, walls, forts, & temples. The Italian technique of frescoes - Buono - was used on the earlier paintings, an art that travelled along with European missionaries. The themes encompass traditional mythology, local legend & folklore, Rajput lifestyle, personalities from the epics and historically traceable personalities. In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan lies the beautiful small town Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis. The structures of this place reminds one of the cultural and social hotspot this place used to be in the bygone era. Accommodation : Mandawa Castle (Heritage fort) Mandawa Desert Resort (Desert village replica resort) Rajasthani Women Noble Lord

Day 6 - Mandawa to Khimsar: 

Day 6 - Mandawa to Khimsar Drive to Khimsar (260 Kms) The drive is very interesting as gradual transformation takes place between the green hilly areas of the Aravallis & the barren desert land. The beautiful hamlet of Khimsar perched on the edge of the Thar desert has a castle, which dates back to the 15th century. The history says that here Aurangzeb is reported to have stayed when he ordered his armies to invade Jodhpur. Arrive & check into this mooted Royal Castle built as a "Thikana" or fortified home of a local ruler. The battle scarred walls & turrets are a reminder of the glorious past......by the mid 18th century. The Royal family moved in a new "Janan-Khana" or ladies residence was erected with finely carved windows in stone.

Day 7 - Khimsar to Jaisalmer: 

Day 7 - Khimsar to Jaisalmer Morning drive to Jaisalmer ( 270 Kms) Jaisalmer stands tall in the desolate beauty of the desert, proudly welcoming visitors to an enchanting world of fable, color, and history. The view of Jaisalmer Fort, first seen from a distance of 15 km is stunning. In the early morning the ramparts, bastions and the long stretching walls dazzle gloriously. The yellow sandstone fortifications look magnificent. It is one of the most exotic cities of the Orient, standing in the heart of the desert for centuries, weathering with fortitude the vicissitudes of fortune and furious onslaughts of nature. The sudden emergence of the 76-meter high rock in the flat desert country crowned by the most awe-inspiring fort makes a majestic sight.

Day 8 - Visit Jaisalmer: 

Day 8 - Visit Jaisalmer The Fort: The golden hued fort is a sentinel to the bleak desertscape from its 80 metre high perch on the hill,housing the entire township within its ramparts.It has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely havelis,three beautifully sculptured Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century A.D. and five interconnected palaces.The fort is approached through four gateways-Akhaiyal,Ganesh Pol,Suraj Pol and Hava Pol. Gadsisar Lake: A scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines around and a spectacular avian variety. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings. Camel safari in the thar desert & over the massive sand dunes, stopping to visit several interesting villages & the way of life in one of the largest desert of the world. Sunrise & sunset on the dunes have the most amazing view here. * Desert camping and safaris can be organized here. Havelis: Some of the most exotic mansions or havelis,all intricately latticed are strew all over Jaisalmer-each with a different facade. Patwon -ki-Haveli: The most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer havelis. It has exquisitely carved pillars and extensive corridors and chambers.One of the apartments of this five storey high haveli is painted with beautiful murals. Jain Temple: The fort has three exquisitely carved jain temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankars-Rishabhdev, Sambhavnath and Paraswanath. Gyan Bhandar or Library: Some of the oldest manuscripts of India are found in this library established as a part of Jain temples.

Day 9 - Jaisalmer to Jodhpur: 

Day 9 - Jaisalmer to Jodhpur Morning drive to Jodhpur (290 Kms) The Rathore Rajputs moved to Marwar - 'the region of death' in 1211 when they were defeated by Muhammad Ghori at Kannauj. Rao Jodha, the Rathore chieftain was forced to leave the former Rajput capital at Mandore in 1459, as the place was not located strategically. They chose a new place, located 8 km from the Mandore on the edge of Thar Desert. Rahores controlled a large part of Rajasthan, especially during the reigns of Rao Udai Singh (1581 AD) and his son Raja Sur Singh ((1595), who conquered Gujarat and a good part of Deccan for the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The Rathores always had good relationships with the Mughals and Maharaja Jaswant Singh (1678) supported Shahjahan in the Mughal struggle for war of succession. Only problematic relationship they had was with Aurangzeb. After the death of Aurangzeb in 1707, Maharaja Ajit Singh became the ruler of Jodhpur. He drove out Mughals from Ajmer and added substantially to the Mehrangarh Fort. The city of Jodhpur prospered because of its location on the strategic Delhi - Gujarat trading route.

Day 10 - Visit Jodhpur: 

Day 10 - Visit Jodhpur Mehrangarh fort is about 5km from Jodhpur Town. Guarding the city below, crowning a perpendicular cliff, the fort was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD when he shifted his capital from Mandore. Standing sentinel to the city below, it over looks the rugged and rocky terrain and houses a palace intricately adorned with long carved panels and latticed windows exquisitely wrought from red sandstone. The apartments within, have their own magic -the Moti mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana with a rich varied collection of palanquins, howdas, royal cradles, miniature paintings of various schools, folk music, instruments, costumes, furniture and an impressive armoury. The display of cannons on the ramparts near Chamunda temple is among the rarest in India. As you climb up, folk musicians revive the grandeur of a bygone era. Umaid Bhawan Palace - one of the largest and grandest private residences in the world. Built between 1929 and 1942, this imposing building is a splendid example of the Indo-Colonial and art deco style of the thirties.

Day 11 - Jodhpur to Kumbalgarh via Ranakpur: 

Day 11 - Jodhpur to Kumbalgarh via Ranakpur Morning: After breakfast drive to Kumabalgarh (200 kms) via Ranekpur the most magnificent marble Jain Temples of India in the deep secluded valley of the Aravalli Hills. After the visit - typical Rajasthani lunch out - doors at Maharani Bagh (Orchards) a little distant away. Kumbalgarh Fort - Cradled in a cluster of 13 mountain peaks of the Aravalli ranges, the formidable medieval citadel - Kumbhalgarh stands a wary sentinel to the past. Rising from a prominent ridge, 1914 meters high from the sea level, the fort was built in by Maharana Kumbha (1419-63 AD) and is the principal fortification after Chittorgarh lying 90 kms north-west of Udaipur. The massive fort, encompassed by a 36 km long wall, has seven majestic gates and seven ramparts, one within the other. Rounded bastions and soaring watchtowers strengthen the crenallated walls of the fort making it an impregnable structure. Accommodation - We stay at Maharajah’s hunting lodge called “Aodhi” The whole area around Kumbalgarh & Ghanerao is an heaven for riders, the best horse safari’s inIndia are done here

Day 12 - Kumbalgarh to Udaipur: 

Day 12 - Kumbalgarh to Udaipur Drive to Udaipur (90 Kms) UDAIPUR is also known as the "City of Palaces", a "Fairyland" and a "Vision in Dream". It is surrounded by hills, mountains, and its beautiful palaces are mirrored in the calm blue water of Lake Pichola. Udaipur, as the capital of Mewar, was created by Maharana Udai Singh in 1568. The lakeside city was built on a small wooded plain encircled by mountains, which was in direct contrast to the masculinity of Chittor and Kumbhalgarh. The houses and temples of the old city stretch out around the Lake Pichola in a pale honeycomb that makes Udaipur an oasis of colors in a stark and arid region like Rajasthan.

Visit Udaipur: 

Visit Udaipur Lake Palace or Jagat Niwas is a white marble summer residence of the princes of Mewar, which was built in 1746 by Jagat Singh. Set on an island, the whole Palace appears to float on the blue water of Lake Pichola. The airy stucco complex with dainty balconies, terrace gardens, water fountains and arched windows, reflects the brightness of the sun, sky and lake. The interiors are profusely decorated with paintings, stained glass and crystal. Lake Palace or Jagat Niwas is a white marble summer residence of the princes of Mewar, which was built in 1746 by Jagat Singh. Set on an island, the whole Palace appears to float on the blue water of Lake Pichola. The airy stucco complex with dainty balconies, terrace gardens, water fountains and arched windows, reflects the brightness of the sun, sky and lake. The interiors are profusely decorated with paintings, stained glass and crystal. What make Udaipur truly memorable are the exquisite lake palaces, shimmering like jewels on Lake Pichola. Jag Niwas, the summer residence of the princes of Mewar, is today a luxury hotel of breathtaking magnificence. Jag Mandir, the other island palace, is a marvel of red sandstone, with a marble dome. The mosaic pools and fountains of Sahelion-ki-Bari near Fateh Sagar Lake are open to the public. Day 13

Day 14 - Return to Delhi: 

Day 14 - Return to Delhi Onward Options : Morning flight back to Delhi ( on your way back home) Morning flight to Mumbai (Another alternate visiting the financial capital of India) Optional Tour to GOA - mother of all beach holidays (Morning flight via Mumbai) The price for the enclosed tour vary between USD 50 to USD 150 per person per night. Depending on what category of hotels you choose. Since Rajasthan is a Desert & a semi-arid zone, with a beautiful countryside, best trips are done by road. Train connections are available to all the big cities. Best time is September to March. For more details email / call.

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