Day 1: New Delhi (the city of Lotus Temple). On Arrival at Delhi you are received by our representative. Then you are transferred to the hotel. Delhi, where a empire rose and fell before the dawn of history; where citadels of emperors appeared and disappeared; a city of mysterious eternity whose old ruins proclaim a majestic and imperial past and whose present pulsates vibrantly with the ever flowing life of India. The eternal Jamuna bears witness to the glorious and tumultuous 5,000-year-old history of Delhi. A history that begins with the creation of Indraprastha by the Pandavas and the transformation of this barren gift of the Kauravas into an idyllic haven.
After lunch we visit start the full day sight seeing of Delhi. First on the line is the India Gate. It is a 42 m high stone arch of triumph. It bears the name of the 85,000 Indian Army Soldiers who died in the campaigns of WW1, the North-West Frontiers operations and the 1919 Afghan Fiasco. Below the arch is the memorial to the Unknown Soldier. Green grass lawns and trees surround India Gate. Then we visit the legendary Jantar Mantar. Few minutes walk from Connaught Place is a strange collection of Solomon colored structures. These were built by Maharaja Jai Singh and are actually an observatory. Though not as large as its compatriot in Jaipur Jantar Mantar at Delhi also an attraction for the tourists. The astonishing part of these observatories is that they can calculate many astronomical movements very accurately. We end our day by visiting some of the walled city bazaars, etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi. Today we start our day with the historical Qutub Minar. In 1199, Qutubuddin raised the Qutub Minar either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque. From a base of 14.32 meters. it tapers to 2.75 meters at a height of 72.5 meters. It is still the highest stone tower in India, one of the finest stone towers in India, one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised and Delhi's recognized landmark. The Sultan’s successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish, completed it. The tomb of Iltutmish, which he himself built in 1235, is nearby; its interiors are profusely decorated with calligraphy, though the dome has collapsed. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Jaipur (the Pink City). On Arrival at Jaipur (built in 1727 A.D) you await a traditional welcome by Jasbhag tours and travels. There after you are transferred to the hotel. After breakfast/lunch we start the full day sight seeing of Jaipur – the pink city. First on the line is the Amber Fort, on the way we have a look at the Hawamahal (Palace of winds built in 1799 A.D), then we proceed to the Jaigarh Fort (the biggest cannon in India is here). We end our day by visiting some of the walled city bazaars, after that we proceed for a cultural evening plus dinner at Chokhi Dhani resorts (beautifully designed ethnic Rajasthani village resort along with puppet dance). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 4: City Palace, Jantar Mnatar and Sanganer. Today we start for the City palace (museum) and Jantar Mantar (a stone observatory). After Breakfast we leave for excursion to Sanganer (12 km), Sanganer is famous for its crafts industry and finest block printed textiles. We reach Jaipur in late evening. In evening we have an option of going to visit the classical Theatre/movie hall “Rajmandir”. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5: Jaipur-Mt. Abu (tour of the marvelous Dilwara Temples, 525 km). An exciting beginning to our trip this morning we leave for Mount Abu which is at a distance of 525 km from Jaipur. “A pleasant retreat set admist the lush forested hills. Mt. Abu is a green oasis in the barren desert scape that’s Rajasthan“. We reach Mt. Abu by late evening. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6: Mt.Abu (boat ride at Nakki Lake). Depart after breakfast to visit the scenic town of Mt. Abu. Our full day sight seeing of this town is: Gaumukh temple, Nakki lake and the Dilwara temples. In evening we visit the local market area. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 7: Mt. Abu (city sight seeing). Depart after breakfast to visit the scenic town of Mt. Abu – second day. Our full day sight seeing of this town is: Sunset point, honeymoon point, Achalgarh (8 km) and Guru Shikhar (15 km). Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 8: Mt. Abu-Udaipur (capital of the Mewar). Early morning we leave for Udaipur (the Venice of the east) via Ranakpur temples. Late evening we reach Udaipur (founded in 1559 A.D by Maharana Udai Singh). Dinner and overnight at Udaipur.
Day 9: Udaipur (the City of Lakes). After a hearty breakfast we start our full day sight seeing of Udaipur city. We first drive to the city palace (a majestic architectural marvel), and then we visit the Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum (it has an interesting collection of India folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, etc). In afternoon we start for Saheliyon ki bari (garden of the maids of honor), Pratap memorial, and Fateh sagar of Picholla Lake. At the day’s end we have dinner at a renowned restaurant in the city’s suburbs. Overnight at Udaipur.
Day 10: Excursion to Ranakpur Temples. Today we set off for the excursion to Ranakpur temples. We reach Udaipur back by late evening. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Nagda and Kumbalgarh Fort. Today we set off for the excursion to Nagda and Kumbalgarh fort. We reach Udaipur back by late evening. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Chittaurgarh. Today we set off for an excursion to the historic city of Chittaurgarh. “The Pride and Glory of Rajasthan, Chittaur echoes with the tales of romance and valor unique to the Rajput tradition. A ruined citadel, where the Royal past lives in its imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular Chhatris“. We visit here the Fort, Vijay Stambh and Kirti stambh. We return back to Udaipur in late evening. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Udaipur-Kota. After a heavy breakfast we drive to Kota (magic along the mighty Chambal). Late evening we reach Kota (founded in 12 th century A.D by Rao Deva). After reaching Kota we relax for the day. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Kota. After a hearty breakfast we start our full day sight seeing of Kota city. We first drive to the Chambal gardens (a beautifully landscaped garden at the Amar Niwas), and then we proceed to the Maharai Madho Singh Museum (it has the best collection of Rajput miniature paintings, exquisite sculptures and armory). In afternoon we explore the Jag Mandir (temple constructed in 1346 A.D by Prince Dher Deh). At the day’s end we have dinner at a renowned restaurant in the city’s suburbs. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Darrah and Bundi. The adventure begins this morning as we set off for an excursion to the Darrah wild life sanctuary (50 km). Here you can come face to face with animals like panther, spotted deer, tiger, wild boar and beer. Then we leave for Bundi which is famous for Taragarh fort, Sukh Mahal and the Chitrashala (gallery of Miniature murals). Reach back at Kota by late evening and have dinner. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 16: Jaipur (the Pink City). We depart early morning for Jaipur. Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17: Jaipur-Delhi (City of the India Gate). An exciting ending to our trip this morning we leave for Delhi – capital of India.
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