“Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times”
15 days Rajasthan Rural Village Tours Package takes you through the important famous historical cities of Rajasthan as well as the smaller off-track places. The Temple at Osian is visited both by Jains as well as Hindus. Kumbhalgarh Fort is said to have one of the largest peripheries in the world. The Jain Temple at Ranakpur has numerous pillars in white marble stone, each carved in a different way. Each city of Rajasthan tells you numerous stories of bravery and valor. Rajasthan is said to be the land of brave warriors. This is also the origin place of Marwaris who are quite successful in business. This package includes travel to some of historical and religious places of Rajasthan. On this tour you can see the grand forts, significant temples, lakes and deserts. This is one of the most sought after packages and is mostly preferred by those who are interested in knowing the history of Rajasthan along with learning the cultural significance of this place.
This morning, you will be transferred from Agra to Jaipur enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri, built in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar. Fatehpur Sikri holds exceptional testimony to Mughal civilization and is one of the well-known UNESCO World heritage site of India and has various historical monuments. You will visit the Jama Masjid, followed by the Tomb of Salim Chishti, the five storied Panch Mahal and Buland Darwaza a graceful monument and stupendous piece of beautiful architectures. It is central portico with a total of three arched entrances and is locally known as Horseshoe gate. You will visit the other graceful buildings of this place such as Ibadat Khana, Mariam-uz-Zamani's palace, Naubat Khana and Birbal's house. After the visit of Fatehpur Sikri, you will drive to Jaipur. Jaipur, also known as the pink city is the capital of Rajasthan. Many captivating palaces are present here having breathtaking design and architecture. In the 18th century Prince of Wales had visited Jaipur and the entire city was painted in pink color and due to these pink buildings the city is known as the pink city. Origin of Jaipur lie 260 year back. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh and Jaipur got its name from this king. On reaching Jaipur, you will check-in to your hotel. Afternoon is at leisure. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Jaipur.
The morning journey starts from Amer fort also known as Amer Palace, the earlier capital of Jaipur. This magnificent fort was constructed in red sand-stone and marble by Raja Man Singh and is divided into four sections each with a courtyard. The main entrance gate is Surajpol having a fascinating architecture. Near the Ganesh Gate, there is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Sila Devi. The Diwan-e-Aam - Hall of public audience, Diwan-e-Khas - hall of private audience, Sheesh Mahal - palace of mirrors and Sukh Niwas are quite beautiful. At the he Sukh Niwas, a pleasant climate is created by winds that blow over a water cascade. You could ascend the fort by walking up the steps or on an elephant's back or in jeeps. In Jaipur you will be taken to Maharaja City Palace, a royal palace with seven storey as well as Jantar Mantar, the observatory. This wonderful observatory is attracted by mathematician as well as astronomers of whole world. City palace is perfect blend of all three excellent styles (Mughal, Rajput and European). Another palace, Hawa Mahal is popular all over world for it magnificent architecture. You will be taken through pink rose garden as well business centers of Jaipur. A tour of Jaipur is not complete without shopping. Jaipur is famous for clothes, carpets, precious and semi-precious stones and jewelry and various handicrafts made of wood, metals, etc. and also for silk paintings and miniatures. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Jaipur. In the afternoon, you will visit Qutub Minar, touted as India's largest Minaret. Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in 1192 by Turk ruler Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. You will then move forward to Humayun's tomb, yet another UNESCO world heritage site. Your next stop is India Gate, built in memory of the Unknown Soldier. You will be driven past the Parliament House, President's House and other Government Secretarial Buildings, to your final destination which will be the Lakshminarayan Temple, a temple dedicated to Lakshmi and Lord Narayana. Overnight is in Delhi.
This day, you will drive to Pushkar. You will be visiting Pushkar - one of the most sacred pilgrimages for Hindus and considered to be one of the oldest existing cities in India and it is said that Lord Brahma created this holiest of cities for the Hindus. When a demon Vajra Nabha killed Brahma's children, Brahma hit him with a lotus flower which killed the demon. A lotus petal fell in Pushkar and a lake was formed where Brahma performed a sacrifice on a full moon day. A temple dedicated to Brahma is the only one of its kind in the world. Hindus believe that bathing in the lake will ensure salvation. Pushkar is famous for its Camel fair when thousands of camels and cattle or traded. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Pushkar.
This day, you will drive from Pushkar to Osian. Rest of the day is at leisure for visiting Osian. Osian an oasis in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan is known for its Jain and Hindu Temples going back from 8th to 11the century AD and is an important pilgrimage centre. The most beautiful temples are the Surya Temple, Kali Temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the Jain Temple. It is said that the people of Osian were converted to Jainism by Acharya Ratnaprabhasuriji and the name Oswals originated from Osian. The Sachiya Mata Temple has decorative features of a Jain temple and both Hindus and Jain devotees offer prayers here. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Osian.
This day, you will drive from Osian to Jaisalmer. Situated in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is a colorful treasure chest of art, music, architecture, culture and tradition. The "Golden City of India" as Jaisalmer is popularly known, is one of the most fascinating places and the yellow sand, camel safaris, magnificent palaces, marvelous havelis and beautiful Jain temples here will leave you in enchantment. Jaisalmer is mystical and interesting and the glorious heritage and the lively air of this city will blow your mind away. You have an option to get away from the bustling city and camp in the desert. Lose yourself in the charms of this cultural land of sand and see how many beautiful memories you gain. The afternoon is free for visiting the interesting bazaars or you could take an excursion into the desert and enjoy a camel safari. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Jaisalmer.
In the morning, your first travel destination is the Jaisalmer Fort which is one of the oldest living forts of the world. The fort is constructed by using an yellow stone which from a distance makes its shine like it is made of gold, due to which it is also known as "Sonar Quila" or "The Golden Fort". Located in midst of sandy terrains, the 12 the century fort is a blend of Indian architecture with Military designs crafted on it. The palaces of Maharwals contain ornamental designs of wooden carvings that enhance the beauty of this fort. You will get to see a 5 storied Tazia Tower in this fort which reflects architectural skills of local craftsmen during ancient period. The next stop in your program will be visit to some of the havelis. Salim Ji Ki Haveli made up of yellow sandstone with balconies designed in different styles of architecture still has a large number of people residing here. Designed beautifully, the Haveli is built in with intricate roof carvings and served as residence for Mohta family for decades. It has exquisitely carved pillars painted with beautiful ornaments of Gold and silver. Visit some other Havelis, Patwon ki Haveli, etc which depict an interesting piece of architecture built of the ancient times. Afternoon is at leisure to visit the bazaars or the numerous Jain Temples. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Jaisalmer.
This morning, you will be driven to Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur also known as the Sun City or the Blue City is the second largest city in Rajasthan and was the former capital of Marwar kingdom. It is named after its founder Rao Jodha who established this city in 1459. The city was in the route of Delhi to Gujarat and was a trading centre for copper, opium, silk, etc. Jodhpur is quite known for its festivals and fairs and Gangaur, Teej, Nag Panchmi, etc are celebrated with a big pomp. The Jodhpur sweets are quite known through out India. Jodhpur has become an important centre for big weddings and also for movie shootings. In the Jodhpur sightseeing, you will be taken to Meherangarh fort, one of the largest forts in not only Rajasthan but in India as well, situated on a low sandstone hill, at an altitude of 120 meters. The fort with menacing thick walls contains many palaces with expansive courtyards and intricate carvings. Moti Mahal - the Pearl Palace, is one of the beautiful palaces situated in the fort and was built by Raja Sur Singh. Later you will be taken to Phool Mahal - the Palace of Flowers, built by Maharaja Abhaya Singh, and believed to be an exclusive and private chamber of pleasure. You will visit Jaswant Thada, built in 1889 by Sardar Singh in remembrance of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The entire structure is constructed out of thin and polished sheets of Marble which makes it ever so beautiful when sunlight falls over it. Your visit continues to Umaid Public Gardens which houses the Government Museum and the Umaid Bhawan Museum, with a vast collection of artifacts displaying rich history of region. Museum as well as the Umaid palace was designed by Henry Vaughan Lanchester. After the visit of Jodhpur, you will continue by road to Luni. Maharaja Jaswant Singh II of Jodhpur had steered the administration and economy of the state away from chaos and instability to a period of development, security and justice for all. Kaviraj Muraridanji one of the Ruler's coterie of administrators received in Jagir the hamlet of Chanwa where he build an exquisite little fortified haveli - Fort Chanwa. In 1948 Chanwa was granted in Jagir to Maharaja Dalip Singh. In 1992, Maharaja Dalip Singh decided to open Chanwa to tourism. Today the old haveli Fort Chanwa offers comfort with you all modern amenities. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Luni.
This morning, you will drive from Luni to Deogarh. You have free time to explore Deogarh. The chieftains from Deogarh had the title of Rawats and their estates were called thikanas. Deogarh set among the lakes and hills has a 17th century Rajmahal Palace and the ancient Anjaneshwar Mahadev Temple in a cave in the hillside. The huge fortress Deogarh Mahal with beautiful frescoes, works of art, galleries with engraved columns, has been converted to a hotel. The Dash avatar Vishnu Temple from the Gupta period is the earliest known Panchayatan temple of north India. Deogarh is famous for its of miniature paintings and also popular for horse safaris to explore this part of Rajasthan. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Deogarh.
This morning, you will drive from Deogarh to Kumbhalgarh. The Kumbhalgarh fort is supposed to have the second largest wall in the world, after the Great Wall of China. Kumbhalgarh the birthplace of Maharana Pratap was built by Rana Kumbha of the Sisodia dynasty in the 15th century AD. The fort is on top of a hill and the walls have a perimeter of more than 36 km. The width of the walls goes till 25 feet and it is said that eight horses could go side by side in most of the places. The fort has seven gateways and about 360 Jain and Hindu temples inside the fort. The fort was impregnable but fell once only, due to a lack of water, to the combined forces of Akbar, Raja Man Singh, Raja Udai Singh and the Sultan of Gujarat. You will get a beautiful view of the Aravalli hills and also the Thar Desert from top of the fort. The Kumbhalgarh National Park has plenty of wild-life like panthers, leopards, wolves, nilgais, sambhars, wild boars, bears, etc. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight in Kumbhalgarh.
In the morning you will be transferred by road from Kumbhalgarh to Udaipur. On the way, 98 km from Udaipur, you will be stopping at Ranakpur to visit the beautiful Jain Temples from 15th century. The popular Chamukha temple of Ranakpur made of marble is dedicated to Adinathji the first Tirthankara. It is composed of more than twenty halls and 1444 pillars which are not similar to each other. The shade and lights of this place is really outstanding and is a real treat to your eyes. If time permits, you could also visit the Surya Temple and the Jain Temple. You will have a free time in the evening in the city of lakes. Udaipur known as the City of Lakes, or the Venice of the East was the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar and founded by Rana Udai Singh in 1559. The legendary Maharana Pratap was born in Udaipur who fought against Emperor Akbar in 1576 and is remembered for his bravery. Maharana means the Great Warrior, and the one from Udaipur is the head of all the Rajput clans. In the 12th century the Parihara prince of Mandore awarded the title of Rana to the Prince of Mewar. The rulers from this dynasty are called Suryavanshis (descendents of the Sun) and have the Sun as their insignia. A stay in the Lake Palace hotel situated in the middle of a lake is like a dream. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Udaipur.
In the morning, your tour starts with the City Palace, situated on the bank of Pichola Lake. This Palace was constructed by Maharana Udai Mirza Singh in 1559 A.D. Your next stop is the Jagdish Temple built by Maharana Jagat Singh. The architecture of this temple is based on Indo-Aryan style and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the biggest shrines of Udaipur. You will be taken on a drive around Fatehsagar Lake, built in 1678 by Maharana Fateh Singh. Your next stop will be at Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir located near Chetak Circle. It is one of most renowned museums of Udaipur, exhibiting the dazzling gathering of folk articles of Rajasthan. Your final destination will be at Sahelion ki Bari (Queen's resort for her friends). Afternoon is at leisure for discovering the various bazaars. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight in Udaipur.
Today you will be transferred to Udaipur airport in time for your Delhi flight. In Delhi, you will be transferred to the city centre for last minute visits or shopping. Hotel accommodation is not included for this night. Later transfer to airport in time for your return/onwards flight. END OF THE TOUR.
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