Medieval forts are to be found all over the state and within them palaces, several of which are now hotels. 22 princely states and chiefdoms were merged into the state of Rajasthan and 19 of them had Rajput rulers. Rajasthan is India 's most colorful state. The color being mostly on its people. The women stand out from afar in their fields of green or the brown desert sand by the stark colors of their costumes. All red, or orange or pink or some other unimaginably brilliant shade. On the handsome men, it is the colorful turban and moustache that makes them striking.
In rural Rajasthan and even to a great extent in the striking. In rural Rajasthan and even to a great extent in the cities and towns, the traditional dress is still largely worn. Rajasthan has long been regarded as the real home of traditional Maharaja's, besides a land packed with Forts and Palaces of Maharaja's, it is also home to a large population of tribal of whom the Bhils and Minas form the largest groups.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Arrive Delhi. Met upon arrival with fresh flowers and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2: Delhi. Breakfast at hotel. Full day combined sightseeing of New and Old Delhi with local English speaking guide, sightseeing includes President House, India Gate, Humayun Tomb, Rajghat, Qutab Minar and possibly Rikshaw Ride in Old Delhi streets and Chandni Chowk Market. Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Delhi/Neemrana – 2 hours drive. Breakfast at hotel. Morning free. Sightseeing of Laxmi Narayan Temple. Lunch at local restaurant. Later drive to Neemrana. Arrive Neemrana and check into this magnificent fort hotel. Afternoon free. Evening may spent at the terrace/ramparts while enjoying beautiful sunset with tea/coffee. Dinner and overnight at Neemrana Fort Palace.
Day 4: Neemrana/Pushkar – by coach – 5 hours drive. Breakfast at hotel. Later drive to Pushkar. Arrive Pushkar and check into hotel for lunch. Pushkar is world famous for its Camel Festival every year in the month of November. Afternoon explore the Pushkar and its colorful Bazars and visit the Camel fair ground. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Pushkar. One may visit early morning to the camel fair ground to get the best photos. Back to hotel for breakfast at hotel. Day at leisure. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon visit the Brahma Temple - The only one in the world and may explore the Pushkar fair Ground once again and market. Back to hotel for Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Pushkar - Deogarh, 155 km, 3 hours drive. Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Deogarh. Arrive Deogarh and and check into hotel for lunch. Later explore the village and surrounding or just relax in the hotel. Dinner and overnight hotel.
Day 7: Deogarh - Udaipur, 135 km, 2.5 hours drive. Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Udaipur. Arrive Udaipur - A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers. Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichola is an enticing sight. Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar - a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.
Check into hotel for lunch. After lunch proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard. Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, the Jagdish Temple and the local folk Museum. Proceed for Motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace. Back to hotel for dinner dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Udaipur - Kumbhalgarh, 95 km, 2 hours drive. Breakfast at hotel. Beautiful drive to Kumbhalgarh. Arrive Kumbhalgarh and check into hotel for lunch. After lunch a short and easy trek to Kumbhalgarh Fort. In the evening we shall be visiting once again to see the lit up fort which is just magnificent. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Kumbhalgarh is the second most important citadel after Chittorgarh in the Mewar region. Cradled in the Aravali Ranges the fort was built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha. Because of its inaccessibility and hostile topography the fort had remained un-conquered. It also served the rulers of Mewar as a refuge in times of strife.
The fort also served as refuge to the baby king Udai of Mewar. It is also of sentimental significance as it is the birthplace of Mewar's legendary King Maharana Partap. The fort is self-contained and has within its amalgam almost everything to withstand a long siege. The fort fell only once that too to the combined armies of Mughal and of Amber for scarcity of drinking water.
Many magnificent palaces an array of temples built by the Mauryas of which the most picturesque place is the Badal Mahal or the palace of the clouds. The fort also offers a superb birds view of the surroundings. The fort's thick wall stretches some 36 km and is wide enough to take eight horses abreast. Maharana Fateh Singh renovated the fort in the 19th century. The fort's large compound has very interesting ruins and the walk around it can be very rewarding.
Day 9: Kumbhalgarh - Ranakpur, 2 hours. drive. Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast drive to Ranakpur. Sightseeing of beautiful Ranakpur Jain Temples. Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Ranakpur - Jodhpur, 3.5 hours. drive, Chandelao. Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Jodhpur. Jodhpur was the capital of the erstwhile princely state of Marwar and ruled by the Rathore clan of Rajputs. Lunch at local restaurant. Later proceed for sightseeing of Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and Jodhpur Market. Later drive to Chandelao. Arrive Chandelao Village and check into this small castle hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 11: Chandelao. Breakfast at hotel. Morning proceed to explore a real Indian Village its life, culture and people. Later we shall be visiting a very colorful vegetable and local market. Back to hotel for lunch. Afternoon free. One may like to explore the village. Evening proceed for sunset point and bar-be-que picnic dinner on camel cart. After spending little time there back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 12: Chandelao - Jaisalmer, 285 km, 5–6 hours drive. Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Jaisalmer. Lunch enroute. Arrive Jaisalmer and go directly to Cenotaphs of Brahmin to get beautiful view of the Jaisalmer Fort and enjoy the sunset. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 13: Jaisalmer. Breakfast at hotel. Later sightseeing of Jaisalmer Forts and Havelis. Jaisalmer was ruled by the Bhatti clan of lunar Rajputs. The town is well known for its fort built of yellow sandstone and in which people still live. It stands up like an apparition from among the sand all around. Back to hotel for lunch. After relax for few hours proceed to SAM famous for it’s sand dunes and sunset. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 14: Jaisalmer - Phalodi - Khimsar, 295 km, 6 hours drive. Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Khimsar. Lunch enroute in Phalodi at beautiful Haveli Hotel. Walk through streets of Phalodi one of the cleanest town in this area Arrive Khimsar and check into hotel for lunch. Afternoon free to relax at this beautiful hotel. Evening may explore the market and surroundings. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Khimsar - Bikaner, 152 km, 3 hours drive. Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Bikaner. Upon reaching check into hotel for lunch. Sightseeing of Junagarh Fort and the city. If time permit visit one and only in the world the Rat Temple at Deshnok. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 16: Bikaner - Mandawa, 190 km, 4 h. Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Mandawa. Lunch enroute. Arrive Mandawa and sightseeing of beautiful havelis and its original frescos of Mandawa. Check into hotel for dinner and overnight hotel.
Day 17: Mandawa - Jaipur, 200 km, 4 hours drive. Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur and check into hotel for lunch. After lunch sightseeing of Jaipur - a land of forts and palaces, temples and mausoleum, the city stands out for its unique design and layout and deserves the name the "Pink City". including City Palace, Observatory, Hawa Mahal and the city. Dinner and overnight at hotel. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 18: Jaipur. Breakfast at hotel. Morning sightseeing of Amer Fort with elephant ride up to the fort. Back to hotel for lunch. Afternoon free. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 19: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra, 250 km, 5–6 hours drive. Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Agra enroute sightseeing of Fetehpur Sikri. Lunch enroute. Arrive Agra and sightseeing of Agra Fort. Check into hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 20: Agra - Delhi, 200 km, 5–6 hours drive. Early morning visit the Taj Mahal. Back to hotel for breakfast. Later drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi check into hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 21: Delhi - onwards destination, Flight AY 022 – Departure 10:40. Early breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.
- Cycle Rikshaw Ride in old Delhi.
- Camel Cart ride in Pushkar. And possibly camel ride in Pushkar or Jaisalmer.
- Boat ride in Udaipur.
- Hiking in Aravali Hills.
- Auto Rikshaw ride in Jodhpur.
- Visiting couple of special villages.
- Elephant ride in Jaipur.
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