This customized Rajasthan cultural tour of 13 days will take you to Thar Desert and exotic Taj Mahal. You can turn up your heritage tour of Rajasthan by staying in historical building where royal kings used to live. Staying in Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan that are turned in hotels will give you an atmosphere of rich heritage will be a best affordable option of Rajasthan Tour Package. Without a camel safari, a tour to Rajasthan will be incomplete and if you are in India, make best use by attending Pushkar Camel Fair during that time. This exotic Rajasthan tour starts from Delhi to Shekhawati region, Jaisalmer and Bikaner the desert cities, to City of lakes Udaipur and Pushkar, followed by the blue city Jodhpur, well-known pink city Jaipur and to Agra which is the city of stupendous Taj Mahal. This Rajasthan tour should be among preferred tour options for those who are making a first visit to India.
Day 01: Arrival in Delhi.
On your arrival to Delhi, you will be taken to your hotel. During Mahabharata, Delhi was Capital of virtuous Pandavas during Mahabharata. Delhi has been a capital of various kingdoms being under human occupation from 6th Century BC. It is surrounded by beautiful monuments and has been under influence of different rulers. Delightful Mughlai Cuisine got its fame and name from Delhi only. Fusion of different states allows celebration of every festival. Old Delhi is lined up with old buildings and small and old roads and lanes, whereas New Delhi is structured with big roads and enormous buildings all around.
Morning tour starts at Old Delhi built by well known Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 A.D. You will trip to Raj Ghat and then you will also visit ancient museum that was erected to honor Mahatma Gandhi. Next, you will be driven past another popular place of Delhi, i.e., Red fort and Chandni Chowk to your next stoppage which is the largest mosque in India- Jama Masjid, built by Shah Jahan. An exciting optional rickshaw ride to a crowded place Chandni Chowk which is hub place for shopping for jewels, household items, and clothes along with having mouth- watering dishes, etc. can be more enjoyable.
Afternoon of your first day’s tour includes a visit to a Minar that was built by Turk king Qutub-ud-Din-Aibak in 1192 known as Qutub Minar. Humayun’s tomb will be your next destination. After that, you will stop at a unique place which built in memory unknown brave soldiers, India gate. You will move forward to your final destination Lakshminarayan Temple, built in name of Lord Narayana and Goddess Lakshmi after passing through Government Secretarial buildings, Parliament house and President’s house and overnight is spent in Delhi only.
Day 02: A Drive from Delhi to Mandawa (235 kms).
On this day, you will be taken to Mandawa from Delhi by road. Shekhawati was originated by Shekhawat Rajputs and was named after Shekha Rao. These royal kings constructed more than 50 palaces and forts and many of them are transformed to Heritage hotels. Shekhawati villages are known for painted houses or havelis consisting of highest number of frescos paintings worldwide. Marwari families were indeed most known business community in that area during the 19th century and many families migrated to bigger cities in search of better opportunities and succeeded well. Marwaris built big havelis with large amounts of money and hired artists for painting their houses to tell the whole world about their success stories.
After this, you will make a visit to Shekhawati villages like Nawalgarh, Mandawa, Dundlod, etc. Thakur Nawal Singh established Mandawa in 1755 and it has a wide collection of old costumes, armories, canons of 1820, historian coins and other chief items. The villages of Shekhawati are called as “The open art gallery” because of havelis and mansions along with magnificent frescos. Various frescos designed by skilled artists depict mythological images of goddesses, gods and animals. Transport is available in city areas easily. Rest of the night is spent in any village of Shekhawati or in Mandawa.
Day 03: A road drive to Bikaner from Mandawa.
On this day, you will drive to Bikaner straight from Mandawa. In the afternoon tour to Bikaner, you will visit the amazing Junagadh fort. This one of the few fortresses in Rajasthan state which are built on ground level. It is an exquisite combination of Mughal and Rajput style of architectural design. In 18th century, a touch of western style was added by Maharaja Dungar Singh to make it more remarkable and impeccable. This fort has seven gates along with 37 pavilions, 30 feet broad moat, heavy wall and huge number of balconies with well-designed windows. It has a gate named Suraj Pol because rays of sun directly fall on its gate. Another gate which is double sided has breathtaking designs. Another doorway takes straight to Joramal temple which is exclusively designed. Next, you will visit Har Mandir which is built in the name of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi where kings use to celebrate their special occasions. Transport facility is available at your end within area limits. Overnight is spent in Bikaner.
Day 04: Another road Drive from Bikaner to Jaisalmer (331 kms).
On this day, you will be taken to Jaisalmer from Bikaner by road. Jaisalmer located in Thar Desert of Rajasthan is rich in art, architecture, music, traditions and culture. Jaisalmer is famous as ‘Golden city of India’ which is magnificently completed by yellow sand, palaces, beautiful havelis, and holy Jain temples. Jaisalmer is a beautiful place along with a lively air making it one of the best places to visit. An overnight stay in a tented camp in its desert is also an option which will blow your mind and captivate your heart by charms of sand and cultural lands. Afternoon time can be utilized in visiting market places or can ride a camel safari. Transportation facility is available at your end. Overnight is spent in Jaisalmer.
Day 05: Jaisalmer
In this morning, you will first travel to Jaisalmer Fort which is amongst the oldest living forts across the globe. This fort is built with yellow stones which shines like a gold from distance and makes it to be called as “Sonar Quila” or "The Golden Fort". Situated in middle of sandy ground, its fortress is a fusion of Indian architectural style along with Military designs engraved creatively on it. Maharwals palace has ornamental style of wooden carvings. You will see a 5 floored Tazia Tower which shows architectural skills of experienced workers. Next stoppage will be a visit to some havelis. Salim Ji Ki Haveli still has residents in it which is also built with yellow sandstones along with balconies designed differently. This Haveli is constructed with twisted roof sculptures and was the resident place for Mohta family since decades. It also has model pillars painted with Gold and silver. You can also visit some other Havelis like Patwon ki Haveli which reflects masterpiece of architecture built in ancient time. Afternoon time is at leisure to visit market places or various holy Jain Temples. Transportation facility is available within city limits. Overnight is spent in Jaisalmer.
Day 06: Drive from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer (285 kms).
On this morning, you will be travelling to Jodhpur which is Rajasthan’s second largest city. Jodhpur is also called as Sun City or Blue City. Rao Jodha founded this city in 1459. This city was in path of Delhi to Gujarat and was a business center for copper, opium, silk. Jodhpur is known for various festivals and fairs which are celebrated with great pomp and show like Gangaur, Nag, Teej Panchmi, etc. Jodhpur sweets are very famous in India. It is center of attraction for movie shootings and weddings as well.
You will be taken to Meherangarh fort in the afternoon time which is the biggest fort in India, situated at an altitude of 120 meters on low sandstone hill. This fort has various palaces with exotic yards and carvings. Raja Sur Singh built a beautiful palace, Moti Mahal, in this fortress. After this, you will be visiting Phool Mahal constructed by Raja Abhaya Singh which is famous for providing utmost pleasure as a private chamber. You will be visiting Jaswant Thada which was constructed in 1889 by Sardar Singh in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Its whole framework is built with polished marbles which makes it more beautiful when sunlight falls over. Then you will visit Umaid Public Gardens and the Umaid Bhawan Museum, with a wide collection of artifacts showing rich history. Henry Vaughan Lanchester designed the Museum and Umaid palace. Transport is at your disposal. Overnight is spent in Jodhpur.
Day 07: A road Drive from Jodhpur to Ranakpur to Udaipur (255 kms).
In the morning, you will be taken from Jodhpur to Udaipur by road. In middle of this way, 98 km from Udaipur, you will be taking a halt at Ranakpur to watch the 18th century holy Jain Temples. World famous Chamukha temple of Ranakpur is made up of marble and built in memory of Adinathji. It has more than twenty halls and 1444 pillars which are different from each other. If you have more time, you can also visit Jain Temple and Surya Temple. Udaipur was an ancient capital of Mewar and in 1559 it was established by Rana Udai Singh. Rulers from this region are known as Suryavanshis. Overnight is spent in Udaipur.
Day 08: Udaipur.
In this morning, your will visit City Palace, located on bank of Pichola Lake. This Palace was built in 1559 A.D. by Maharana Udai Mirza Singh. Your next stoppage will be Jagdish Temple built by Maharana Jagat Singh. Striking design of this temple is made in Indo-Aryan style in memory of Lord Vishnu. Then you will be taken on a drive to Fatehsagar Lake. Your next stoppage will be Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir situated near Chetak Circle. It is one of the most popular museums of Udaipur, exhibiting exquisite folk articles of city Rajasthan. Your final stoppage will be Sahelion ki Bari. Afternoon time is spent at leisure. Transportation facility is available at your end within city limits. Overnight is spent in Udaipur.
Day 09:Drive from Udaipur to Pushkar (320 kms).
This morning you will be taken from Udaipur to Pushkar by road. In the afternoon, you will be visiting Pushkar which is a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus. It is believed that when Lord Brahma’s children were killed by demon Vajra Nabha, Lord Brahma blew him with a lotus. A lotus petal fell in Pushkar and a lake was originated where Brahma conducted sacrifice on a full moon day. Hindus also have a belief that bathing in this lake will lead one to salvation. Pushkar is also famous for its Camel fair where camels and cattle are traded. Transportation facility is available at your end within city limits. Overnight is spent in Pushkar.
Day 10: Drive from Pushkar to Jaipur (143 kms).
A popular city, Jaipur, with name of Pink city in Rajasthan, is famous for its palaces. In midst of 18th century, a royal personality, Prince of Wales visited Jaipur and the whole city was painted pink in color and from that day Jaipur is known as pink city of Rajasthan. Jaipur has its origin to more than 260 years back and was built by Maharaja Jai Singh. Morning tour excitedly begins with a visit to Amer fort, also called as Amer Palace. This stupendous fort was erected with red sand stone and exclusive marbles by Raja Man Singh which is split in four parts each with a yard. Entrance gate of Amer palace is known as Surajpol. Nearby Ganesh Gate, there is a temple made in name of Goddess Sila Devi, along with Sheesh Mahal which is a palace of mirrors. At Sukh Niwas, you can take advantage of a pleasing climate formed by winds and air that blew over a water fountain. You can travel around this fortress by walking up its steps or in jeep or by taking an adventurous ride at elephant’s back.
In Jaipur, you can also capture memorable moments of visiting a royal palace with a seven storey structure known as Maharaja City palace along with Jantar Mantar. Maharaja City palace is a perfect fusion of three architectural styles, namely, Mughal, European and Rajput. Another striking palace, Hawa Mahal is famous worldwide for its alluring architecture and design. You will be taken to major business centers as well as Pink Rose Garden. Shopping in Jaipur can act as a spice to your visit. Jaipur is commonly known for shopping of clothes, jewelry, Precious and semi-precious stones, lush handicrafts made up of metals, wood etc. and also for miniatures and silk paintings. Again, Overnight is spent in Jaipur.
Day 11: Drive Jaipur to Fatehpur Sikri to Agra (244 kms).
This morning, you will be travelling from Agra to Jaipur and visiting Fatehpur Sikri in between. Fatehpur Sikri, one of the famous historical monuments, which is an evidence of Mughal civilization, was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. You will be visiting Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisthi, Five floored Panch Mahal and Buland Darwaza which is a pleasant historical monument. It is a centralized portico with three entrances and popularly called as a Horseshoe gate. Ibadat Khana, Naubat Khana, Birbal’s House, Mariam-uz-Zamani’s palace are also some ideal beautiful building to visit in Fatehpur Sikri. Later you will drive to Agra.
Agra is an old city of India. Agra went to its pinnacle during Mughals time, is also called as Akbarabad and was the capital city during reign of three Mughal rulers, namely, Akbar, Shah Jahan and Jahangir. You will be taken to a beautiful monument in Agra, Taj Mahal which was built in loving memory of Shah Jahan’s beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in between 1631 to 1648. This whole monument is made up of white marbles making it a historical and immortal piece of architecture. Your next destination is Agra Fort known mainly for its creative architectural style of Mughal period. It is surrounded by places like Jahangir palace and Khas Mahal. You can also view Diwan-e Khas and Diwan-e-Aam. Some time can be spent in shopping and visiting other places. Agra is also known for handicrafts made up of wood, metal and marble. Another important notice is that Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. Over night is spent in Agra.
Day 12: Drive from Agra to Delhi (231 kms).
On this day, you will be taken to Delhi airport from Agra well on time for your returning flight. Most of the flights depart only after mid night so accommodation facility is not made available in Delhi.
Day 13: Departure.
The flight departs for your return or onward journey. END OF RAJASTHAN TOUR PACKAGE.