Rajputana Heritage - Is Home To Some Of The Finest Forts And Palaces Tour


Package Duration : 18 Nights / 19 Days

Pacakge Validity : From 2018-01-03 To 2019-03-31

Destination Covered : Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Samode - Nawalgarh - Dundlod - Mukundgarh - Alsisar - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Delhi - Varanasi - Delhi

Package Cost : On Request

Special Offer : Tour cost 1699 US$ per person on Twin Sharing basis subject to minimum 2 pax travelling together.

PACKAGE COST INCLUDES
18 Nights’ Accommodation in Double AC rooms on twin sharing basis with private attached toilet & bath in 3 star Deluxe & Heritage hotels on MAP basis (Breakfast & Dinner)
1 time lunch at Mandawa Castle in Mandawa
Transportation at all places using 1 Air conditioned 4 door sedan car for the entire duration of the tour with your personal chauffeur, starting from & finishing in Delhi including arrival / departure transfers, at all places as mentioned in the tour itinerary.
Elephant ride in Jaipur (Amber Fort) 1 Elephant to seat 2 persons (subject to availability) In case of nonavailability Jeeps will be used)
2 time visit to the Taj Mahal (Sunrise & Sunset)
1 time Tonga (horse driven chariot) ride to Taj Mahal & Back - (1 Tonga to accommodate 2 persons)
1 time common boat ride on the Ganges in Varanasi
1 time Rickshaw ride to witness evening Aarti at Varanasi
(1 Rickshaw to accommodate 2 persons)
1 time Camel Ride at Sam Dunes in Jaisalmer (1 camel per person)
1 time Village Safari by Jeeps in Jodhpur
1 time common Boat ride in Udaipur
English speaking local guide for sightseeing tours in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur & Varanasi inclusive of entrance fees at all monuments of visit and audio guide charges at Ranakpur Temples
Services of a English speaking escorted guide from Jaipur to Samode,Nawalgarh, Dundlod, Mukundgarh, Alsisar & Mandawa. Also for Jaisalmer to Osian sector.
All presently applicable Central & State Government Taxes on hotels, road, toll & bridge. It is also inclusive of driver’s daily allowance, parking charges, gasoline, and vehicle insurance.
Service Charges for C'MORE for preparing & executing the tour program


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Rajputana, the modern-day state of Rajasthan, has been the scene of some of India's most famous battles and infamous court intrigues, and is home to some of the finest forts and palaces. The magnificent Jai Mahal Palace, the idyllic Lake Palace and the secluded Mandawa Castle are just some of the regal settings in which you will be treated like a maharaja.

The forts at Jodhpur and Jaisalmer encapsulate the romance and chivalry of India's powerful Rajput Kings, while at the ancient capital of Amber an ascent on elephant-back recreates the majesty of a bygone era. Unique fresco styles and intricate miniature paintings adorn the Rajasthani palaces at Shekhawati, which were once inhabited by the most flamboyant ruling dynasties. Experience a typical Indian Village Safari in Jodhpur, a Tonga ride in the city of Taj, a boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur, an exciting Desert safari in the heart of Thar Desert, in Jaisalmer, while relaxing in the royal palaces, this tour rediscovers the majesty of this "Land of the Kings".

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVE DELHI

at Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport. You are greeted and escorted by our company representative to your Hotel by air-conditioned mini coach. Balance day is at leisure. Overnight stay. (Rooms from 1400 hrs)

Day 2: DELHI

Morning enjoy a luxurious & relaxed breakfast. Later at 0930 hrs proceed for a guided tour of Old Delhi to explore the magnificent Red Fort (UNESCO Heritage site), built at the zenith of the Mughal Empire in India. The centuries- old international market- place that sprawls at its feet is still one of Delhi’s most important commercial hubs: Chandni Chowk, or as also known as the “Moonlight Square”. Walk through the bustling silver market and the wholesale spice market. The sounds, smells and colors of the bazaar, and the throngs of people who animate it make this an unforgettable spectacle. Visit Jumma Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia and Raj Ghat - Final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, before returning to your hotel. Afternoon is free for own activities. (Vehicle with personal chauffeur at disposal for local city running) Dinner & Overnight stay in the hotel.

Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: DELHI – AGRA

Morning after breakfast, depart by surface at 0800 hrs for the Mughal splendor of Agra. A 3.5 to 4 hour’s drive gets us to this fascinating historically rich city of the Taj Mahal. Later on arrival, check in to your hotel, where upon arrival you will be met by our company representative who will facilitate your check in.

Afternoon, at 1530 hrs proceed on “Tonga” (Horse driven chariots) with your guide to visit the Taj Mahal to witness sunset (subject to weather condition) Taj Mahal, (UNESCO Heritage site), is a fine example of fusion of many architectural styles is one of the wonders of the modern world. Built in 1652 AD by Emperor Shah Jahan, It took 22 years and 20,000 skilled artisans to complete this poem in white marble. Take your time to marvel at this unfathomable beauty built by human hands and enjoy the changing colors of the “Taj” as the sun goes down. Return to hotel for Dinner & Overnight stay

Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4: AGRA

Early Morning before sunrise (subject to weather condition) at 0530 hrs proceed with your guide to Mehtab Bagh which is the best place to see Taj at sunrise. The garden complex is perfectly aligned with the Taj Mahal on the opposite bank. This was the last of the eleven, Mughal- built gardens, along river Yamuna flowing opposite the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Next visit Itmaudualla - a Mughal mausoleum, often described as a "jewel box", and sometimes called the "Baby Taj", the tomb is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. Queen Noor Jahan, wife of Emperor Jahangir, commissioned this mausoleum for her father Mirza Ghiyās Beg, originally a Persian Amir in exile who had been given the title of I’timād-ud-Daulah (pillar of the state). Noor Jahan was also responsible for the construction of the Tomb of Jahangir and her own at Lahore. Mirza Ghiyās Beg was the grandfather of Mumtaz Mahal (originally named Arjūmand Bāno, daughter of Asaf Khan), the wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, responsible for the construction of the Taj Mahal. Return to hotel at 0800 hrs for breakfast.

After breakfast day is reserved for guided sightseeing tour of the Agra City & its surroundings. Begin your tour at 0900 hrs driving 20 Kms outside the city to visit Sikandra, tomb of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great. Return to Agra city and visit the mighty Agra Fort (UNESCO Heritage Site) which lies across River Yamuna. An era marked by invasions and fortifications, where power was symbolized by grand palaces and grander forts…..during such time was built this awesome Fort and It was here that Aurangzeb, the 3rd son of Shah Jahan (the then Mughal Emperor) kept his father under house arrest till his final demise.

Afternoon is free for own activities. (Vehicle with personal chauffeur at disposal for local city running) Dinner & Overnight stay in the hotel.

Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5: AGRA-FATEHPUR SIKRI -JAIPUR

Morning depart after early breakfast at 0730 hrs, by surface for the city of Jaipur, en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri (UNESCO Heritage site) the well preserved ghost city, located 35 kms from Agra. An hour and a half’s journey brings us to this magnificent fort, built in red sandstone. Once the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from 1571 until 1585 AD, it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. Sikri shared its imperial duties as a capital city with Agra, where a bulk of the arsenal, treasure hoards and other reserves were kept at its Red Fort for security. During a crisis, the court, harem, and treasury could be removed to Agra, less than a day's march.

Visit the tomb of Salim Chisti built by Mughal emperor Akbar in honor of this Sufi saint in 1571 AD who foretold the birth of 3 sons to the Emperor Akbar, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type by itself. Notable among them are the Diwane Khas, Punch Mahal, and the Buland Darwaza.

Later drive on to Jaipur. A 4.5 hour’s drive gets us to this vibrant city with its exuberance of color, dance & songs with traditional arts and crafts. Known as the 'Pink City' it is one of India's most well planned cities with wide straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes in a grid system. It is the land of Maharaja's, Forts & Palaces with its diversity of colors & culture that is unique to the State of Rajasthan. On arrival, check-in to your Hotel, where you will be met by our company representative who will facilitate your check in.

Afternoon at 1500 hrs is reserved for guided sightseeing tour of the City Palace situated in the heart of the old City, it occupies about one seventh of the old city area. The City Palace SMS Museum displaying a collection of clothes, armory & weapons located within the Palace grounds and Jai Singh's observatory also called “Jantar Mantar” built in the18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, where huge Masonry instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and Stars in the sky.

Drive past Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) built in 1799 AD, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied stunning semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture. Originally designed for the royal ladies to watch and enjoy the processions and other activities, on the street below. Stop here for photos, before continuing on to Albert Hall Museum, located in the premises of Ram Niwas Garden. Its Indo- Saracenic architecture and stone ornamentation became a source of reference for varied classical Indian styles of design from Mughals to Rajputs. The foundation stone of Albert Hall was laid during the visit of the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward to Jaipur in 1876 AD and was completed in 1887 AD. Return to your hotel for Dinner & Overnight stay

Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6: JAIPUR

Morning after breakfast, proceed at 0930 hrs for Half Day guided excursion to see two of the most impressive forts of Rajasthan. Visit the impressive Amber Fort the former capital of the Royal Family of Jaipur. On arrival mount an elephant to ride to the main entrance of the fort located on a hilly mountain top. Next visit Jaigarh Fort, built in 1726, housing the world’s largest cannon on wheels, Return to hotel. PS: (Those who do not want to ride an elephant can walk up or take a jeep ride to Amer fort- (2 persons per elephant)

Afternoon is free for shopping. Explore the exotic & colorful markets, handicraft & jewellery shops, clothes and boutiques of Jaipur. (Vehicle with personal chauffeur at disposal for local city running) Return to hotel for Dinner & Overnight stay.

Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7: JAIPUR – SAMODE – DUNDLOD- MUKUNDGARH - NAWALGARH (Shekhawati Region)

Morning after early breakfast leave by surface at 0800 hrs for Nawalgarh, en- route stopping to visit Samode Palace, which lies at a distance of 50 kms from Jaipur (A magnificent Fort Palace of 16th Century still reflecting the charm of Royal life-style feudalism of Samode) situated in the Samode Village. Later continue your drive for 2 hrs to Nawalgarh and on arrival check into your hotel.

Afternoon at 1400 hrs is reserved for a guided city sightseeing tour of Frescoes Grand Patrician (Havelis) of Nawalgarh, Dundlod & Mukundgarh. 'Shekawati', meaning "the land of Shekha's clan" derives its name from Rao Shekha (1433 AD-1488 AD) a scion of the Kachhawa family of Jaipur. The only region in India where the walls have always been used as a canvas, where paintings speak more than locals itself.

Named after its founder Thakur Nawal Singh (son of the most successful ruler of Shekawati, Shardul Singh), Nawalgarh was a prosperous town. The havelis of the town - Aath haveli, Murarka Haveli, Khedwal Bhawan, Bhagton ki Haveli and Anandi Lal Poddar Haveli - are its prime attraction. The frescoes and mural paintings are extremely attractive and reflect the skills of the workmen who created them. Other attraction of Nawalgarh is Ganga Mai Temple.

After visiting Nawalgarh, continue your sightseeing journey to Dundlod and Mukundgarh. A cluster of forts, havelis and baolis –these words best describe Dundlod, a small village situated in the heart of Shekawati region of Rajasthan, just 8 kms from Nawalgarh. Visiting this village is like visiting an open art gallery that has not changed much since the time it was built. While Nawalgarh is famous for its havelis and forts built in the 20th century, Dundlod is famous for the edifices built in the 18th century. One of the most prominent forts of the town, the Dundlod Fort was built even earlier in the 16th century under the rule of the Rawal King. The fort has now been reinstated now and has been turned into a heritage hotel. Other attractions in this town include the Jagathia and Goenka havelis, the Satyanarayan temple, Chokhani, Diwan-I-Khas, Ladia and Saraf Haveli.

While Mukundgarh further up 8 kms from Dundlod, is a small town developed around a temple square. The sprawling Mukundgarh Fort has an impressive structure with spacious courtyards, overhanging balconies, huge ramparts. The interiors, embellished with extraordinarily beautiful paintings, are even more fascinating. The Kanoria and Ganeriwala Havelis are its other prime attractions which has some of the finest frescoes and mural in the Shekhawati region. Mukundgarh is also highly known for its brass, iron scissors and textiles. Return to your hotel for Dinner & Overnight stay

Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8: NAWALGARH – ALSISAR - MANDAWA – BIKANER

Morning after breakfast, leave by surface at 0800 hrs for Bikaner, en- route stopping to visit Alsisar & Mandawa. Visit Alsisar Mahal (Alsisar Fort) a battle hardened fort, located 63 kms away, was the residence of the Thakur of Alsisar, now it is a Heritage Hotel. A small town believed to be established by a woman named Alsi in the year 1440 AD. Other prime attractions to visit are the Kejriwal Haveli, Laxmi Narayan temple, Cenotaph of Thakur Chhatu Singh Ji, Shri Lal Bahadur Mal Ki Haveli, Tejpal Jhunjhunwala Ki Haveli, Ramjas Jhunjhunwala Ki Haveli, Lakhaka Ki Haveli, Mahali Dutt Khaitan Haveli, Shri Shyam Temple, Arjun Ram Khaitan Haveli, Satya Narain Temple, Sri Lal Bahadur Mal Kuan (Well) and Indra Vilas. All the buildings mentioned are rich in fresco paintings and their architecture.

After sightseeing continue your journey to Mandawa. On arrival visit the havelis of Hanuman Prasad Goenka Jhunjhunwala Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli and Mohan Lal Saraf Haveli. Later visit the magnificent Mandawa Castle, housing a treasure trove of priceless artifacts & paintings and detailed work and intricately painted walls. You have lunch at the Haveli with the present owners (if you are lucky) before continuing your journey to Bikaner which lays 192 kms away and takes about 3.5 hours to complete. Later on arrival check in to your hotel, where upon arrival you will be met by our company representative who will facilitate your check in.

Balance day is at leisure. Dinner & Overnight stay in hotel

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: BIKANER

Morning after breakfast, day is reserved for a guided city sightseeing tour of the foundation city of the famous Camel Corps. Visit the old Junagadh fort built by Raja Rai Singh the 6th ruler of the state of Bikaner in 1589 AD. See the architectural marvel, intricate carvings on red stone, some of the finest collection of armory, gold & lacquer workman- ship on glass, before continuing your tour to Bhand Sagar Temple – the 16th century Jain temple, is the most important of this temple complex, followed by a visit to the Camel Breeding Farm – a unique experience where you can ride on a camel & have perhaps the first taste of camel’s milk. Next visit the Ganga Golden Jubilee museum, where you get to view an impressive and a large collection of sculptures dating back from the Gupta (4th century AD) & the Kushan (1st century AD) period, before returning to hotel.

Afternoon is free for own activities. (Vehicle with personal chauffeur at disposal for local city running) Dinner & Overnight stay in the hotel.

Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10: BIKANER – JAISALMER (320 Kms -5.5 hrs)

Morning after breakfast, visit Deshnok Temple. The 600-year-old temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple has huge intricately carved silver gates donated by Maharaja Ganga Singh. The temple plays host to thousands of rats that form the major attraction here. The rats are considered sacred and worshiped accordingly. You have to be very careful while entering the inner sanctum, because it is believed that if you accidentally step on a rat, a gold replica has to be made to compensate for the lost life. This is also known as the rat temple.

After sightseeing, continue your journey by surface for Jaisalmer En-route visiting Gajner Palace or the Shikar Mahal (Hunting Lodge of Maharaja of Bikaner) by the side of a lake which houses a considerable collection of antique furniture’s, wall hangings, paintings and carpets, besides a beautiful rose garden. Today it is a wild life sanctuary where you can sight the Black buck, Chinkara & the Nilgai. Later on arrival in check into your hotel, where you will be met by our company representative who will facilitate your check in. Balance day at leisure. Dinner & Overnight stay

Meals : Breakfast & Dinner

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Tour Detail

Includes :

  • Upto 3 Star Hotel
  • Upto 4 Star Hotel
  • Meals
  • Sightseeing
  • Transport
  • Transfers
  • Airport Pickup-Drop
  • Private Cab
  • Jeep Safari
  • Desert Safari
  • Private Guides
  • Cruise
  • Entry Tickets
  • Stay Included
  • Veg & Non Veg Meals

Excludes :

  • International & Internal (Domestic) Airfare, Breakfast On Day Of Arrival
  • Lunch Except Where Mentioned, Medical & Personal Expenses Like Beverages
  • Tips And Gratitude’S
  • Telecommunication Charges
  • Wi-Fi Charges, Laundry And What So Ever Not Mentioned Under Cost Includes

Specific Departure Dates :

As per clients convenience

Departure Cities with rates :

Delhi

Terms & Conditions :

C'MORE "The Company" accepts bookings subject to the following conditions:                                           

On confirmation of the programme from the " Company " a deposit equal to 50% (fifty) of the contracted value of the tour price is required to be sent directly to the "Company's" bankers, vide swift transfer/ credit card with a confirmation copy of the same to the "Company's " headquarters, at New Delhi. The balance of the contracted value 50% (Fifty) shall be paid not less than 35 days before commencement of tour OR a deposit of 100% (Hundred) is required 35 days before commencement of tour.

Please note for Group Travel, Luxury Resorts or Luxury Train holidays & during Peak season (December to February) 100% (Hundred) is required minimum 90 days prior to travel date.

CANCELLATIONS: Travel dates may be changed up to 35 days prior to travel without penalty. An administration charge of 10% will be charged, if a confirmed booking is changed or transferred up to 35 days before commencement of the tour. After this time all changes will be treated as cancellation and will be subject to the charges mentioned below. Cancellation charges are calculated from the day, written acceptance of confirmation along with deposit is received by the “Company” and expressed herewith as a percentage of the total tour price including surcharge as follows:

Cancellation Charges:

Days Prior to Arrival – up to 35 Days: 10%

                        34 to 10: Days: 40%

                        Less than 10 Days: 65%

                        Day Tour starts: 100% (No Refund)

  • All disputes subject to Delhi Courts only.

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