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23 Day Cultural Tour, India

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 22 - 23 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 55 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Archeology/History  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2799 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2799 US Dollar (USD)

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 its 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 Chittorgarh 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 which were once inhabited by the most flamboyant ruling dynasties. 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".

Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Meeting, assistance and transfer to hotel. Afternoon proceed for half day guided tour of New Delhi. The buildings designed by Edward Lutyens, architect of modern Delhi - are truly majestic. The Presidential Palace, Parliament House and India Gate are all reminiscent of the British “Raj”. We drive through Delhi’s beautiful tree-lined avenues and the Diplomatic Enclave en route to the 12th century, 234-foot high fluted minaret of Qutab Minar. Next visit Lotus Temple and finish your tour visiting Haumayun's tomb before returning to hotel for Overnight

Day 2: Delhi - Jaipur. Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur - an exuberance of color, dance and song with traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the 'Pink City' is one of India's most well planned cities with wide straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes in a grid system. A 5.5 hours ride gets us to this land of Maharaja's, forts and Palaces and diversity of colors and culture that is unique to the State of Rajasthan. (Breakfast on board) On arrival, meeting, assistance, and transfer to hotel. Afternoon guided sightseeing tour of the city palace, palace museum, the Jai Singh's observatory, Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) and Albert hall museum. Return to hotel via Johari Bazaar (Gem Market) and Curio shops. A great place to hunt for bargains. Evening free. Overnight in hotel.

Day 3: At Jaipur. After breakfast, proceed for full day guided excursion to see three of the most impressive forts of Rajasthan. Visit the impressive Amber Fort the former capital of the Royal Family of Jaipur, taking an elephant ride to the top of the fort. Next visit Jaigarh and Nahargarh Fort. Jaigarh built in 1726, has the worlds largest cannon on wheels, while Nahargarh built in 1734 provides a panoramic view of the Jaipur city. Late afternoon return to hotel via Ram Niwas Garden. Balance day free. Overnight in hotel.

Day 4: Jaipur - Nawalgarh. After breakfast leave by surface for Nawalgarh en- route Sight-seeing of Samode Palace (A magnificent Fort Palace of 16th Century still reflect the charm of Royal life-style feudal of Samode) in Samode Village. Continue drive to Nawalgarh in the Shekhawati region. On arrival check into hotel Afternoon City sightseeing tour of Frescoes Grand Patrician (Havelis) of Nawalgarh. Return to hotel for overnight.

Day 5: Nawalgarh - Mandawa. After breakfast, free to explore the surroundings. Later drive to Mandawa, ideal location to revisit Rajasthan's rich heritage and culture. On arrival, check in into castle hotel. Rest of the day free to explore the surroundings of Mandawa Castle. A treasure trove of priceless artifacts and paintings. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6: Mandawa - Bikaner. After breakfast leave for Bikaner - the foundation city of the famous Camel Corps. On arrival check into hotel. Afternoon, 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 and 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 and 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) and the Kushan (1st century AD) period, before returning to the hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.

Day 7: Bikaner – Jaiselmer. 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.

Afternoon, depart 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 wildlife sanctuary where you can sight the Blackbuck, Chinkara and the Neelgai. Later on arrival in check into hotel for overnight

Day 8: At Jaiselmer. After breakfast, proceed for guided city tour. Visit the Patwon-Ki and Salim Singh Haveli, which is about 300 years old and housed the Prime Minister of Jaisalmer State. Also visit Gadisar Lake, which once provided the entire water supply of the city. Next stop takes us to the 800 year Fort built of golden yellow sandstone by Prince Jaisal on the Trikuta Hill. Within its walls defended by 99 turrets lies the old city, which is nearly a quarter of modern day Jaisalmer. Walk thru the narrow yet fascinating by lanes before returning to hotel. Afternoon visit the ancient city of Lodurva, once the capital of the Bhatti rulers, now deserted. See the house of Queen Moomal, the Kalpa Vriksa (tree of life) Toran Dawar, ancient temples and water tanks, before continuing to Sam Sand Dunes to enjoy sunset over the great Thar Desert. Camel rides on the dunes. Later return to your hotel for overnight.

Day 9: Jaiselmer – Osian - Khimsar. After breakfast leave for Khimsar, en-route visiting desert hamlets and remnants of the 16 Jain and Brahmanical Hindu Temples, built between the 8th and 11th century AD in Osian, the commercial city of yore. The Jain temple of the last Thirthankar Mahavira is visit worthy. Later on arrival in Khimsar, check into hotel. Evening enjoy folklore dances. Overnight in hotel.

Day 10: Khimsar – Jodhpur - Rohet. After breakfast leave for Rohet Village en-route Sightseeing of Mahrangarh Fort- Museum with panoramic view of Jodhpur City, Jaswant Thada (Royal Cenotaphs) Umaid Bhawan Palace- Museum and continue drive to Rohet Village (50 km). On arrival check into hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: At Rohetgarh. After breakfast free for individual activities. Afternoon proceed for a Jeep Safari Tour of Bisnoi's Desert Villages witness a Opium making Ceremony in Paliwal Village, before returning to your hotel for overnight.

Day 12: Rohetgarh - Mount Abu. After breakfast, depart by surface for Mount Abu - the beautiful hill health resort spread over a few Km of strangely shaped hills and green forests, situated at a height of 1219 m in the Aravalli hills. Its temples with medieval Indian sculptures and once the summer resort of Maharajas makes it one of the most popular hill stations in India. On arrival, check into Kesar Bhawan Palace hotel.

Afternoon, proceed for half day excursion to the Famous Jain Temples at Dilwara - located on a hill shaded by mango trees. The complex comprises of 5 temples of Jain Thirthankar - Adinath, Neminath, Mahavir, and Hrishavdeva and Parshwanath. The oldest being that of Adinath, built around 10th century AD. The other temples were consequently added with the passage of time. Return to hotel. Evening free - Take a walk around the Nikki lake - an artificial lake in the heart of this small town, where you can indulge in a boat ride or Stroll down to the Sunset point where the valley has abruptly ended, to watch the sunset. Or browse thru the local bazaars, with their small curio shops. Return to hotel for overnight.

Day 13: Mount Abu – Ranakpur - Bambora. After breakfast, depart for Ranakpur. Located on the western slope of the Aravalli hills are remains of Jain temples built around 12th century AD on similar patterns like Dilwara. Visit Ranakpur group of Jain temples built between 12 and 15th century AD. The temple complex surrounded by a 200 ft high wall inside which stands 29 white marble temples, the 29th that of Adinath is specially view worthy. The temple has 80 domes balanced on 1444 ornamented pillars, each of them with an unique sculpture. After sightseeing, continue for Bambora, located at the crossroads of many interesting destinations of Rajasthan, it is a quaint little township. En-route, visit the 10th century Jagat Temples also known as the Khajuraho Temples of Rajasthan. The sculpture work is magnificent. Later on arrival check into hotel for overnight.

Day 14: Bambora – Chittorgarh - Udaipur. Morning after breakfast, depart by car for Udaipur. En-route visiting the historically famous Chittorgarh Fort - the ancient capital of the Shishodia Rajput well known for their valor and chivalry. Built in 7th C AD by Chitrangada, a Maori Rajput, it was attacked thrice and remained Chittor's capital till 1568 AD. Visit Queen Padmani's Mahal surrounded by water, the Sat Bis Deuri (Jain ornamented temple adorned with Hindu God's and Goddesses) the Tower of fame and the Victory tower erected by one of the greatest Rajput warrior kings, Maharana Rana Kumbh in the year 1440 to commemorate his victory over Sultan Khilji of Malwa. Also see the 8th century Chitoreswari, Khumbshamji and Krishna temple, Rana Khumba's palace and Babur's (First Mughal Emperor of India) cannon before continuing your drive to Udaipur. Later on arrival check into hotel for overnight.

Day 15: At Udaipur. After breakfast proceed for a full day excursion to Haldighati, 40 Km from Udaipur a site of immense historic interests as the memorable battle between Maharana Pratap and Mughal emperor Akbar was fought here in 1576 AD. The Rana was badly wounded and defeated while his faithful horse Chetek died while crossing the moat. A memorial pillar has been set up here to honor the Royal horse. Next visit the ancient temples of Eklinji, built in 734 AD a complex of 108 temples enclosed by high walls devoted to Eklinji - the Deity of the Maharanas of Mewar, followed by a visit to Nagda, the first capital of Bappa Rawal. See the magnificent Tirana exquisitely carved with graceful Asparas and the Sas- Bahu Temple sphere built in 10th century AD. The last visit on today’s itinerary is the temple shrine of Nathdwara built in 17th century AD dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is one of the most celebrated of the Vaishnava shrines. Return to hotel. Overnight in hotel.

Day 16: At Udaipur. After breakfast proceed for half day city sightseeing tour visiting the 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. Visit the 300-year-old Jagdish Temple and the Royal Cenotaphs of the Rajput kings followed by Sahelion- ki-bagh, Fathesagar Lake, Pratap Samarak and the Sajjan Niwas Gardens before returning to hotel. Afternoon visit Sajjangarh, also called Monsoon Palace, a fortified palace atop a steep hill, overlooking the city of Udaipur, providing magnificent views of the lakes and palaces of Udaipur. Evening enjoy a boat ride on lake Pichola visiting Gangaur Ghat, small islands inhabited by migratory birds, and the Jag Mandir Palace, where Shah Jahan stayed for a while during his exile. Enjoy sunset before returning back to hotel for overnight

Day 17: Udaipur – Dungarpur. After leisurely breakfast leave for Dungarpur. On arrival, check into hotel. The banquet Hall here, with its jaunting trophies and crystal chandeliers takes on a back to the days of past. Afternoon proceed for city sightseeing tour, visiting the Juna Fort Palace (Old Palace) and exploring a typical Village life-style of the ancient times, that till today is in existence. Overnight

Day 18: Dungarpur - Deogarh. After breakfast leave for Deogarh. On arrival, check into hotel. Afternoon Tea/Coffee with the Royal Family of Deogarh (subject to their availability) balance time explore a Typical living Rajasthani rural village. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 19: Deogarh - Pachewar. After breakfast leave for Pachewar Village en-route Sightseeing of Dargah (Indian's Mecca) in Ajmer and Lord Brahma Temple at Pushkar Lake and continue drive to Pachewar Village. On arrival, check into hotel. Afternoon proceed for a walking tour Tour of this Village with its Lake. Overnight in hotel.

Day 20: Pachewar – Kanota. After breakfast depart by surface for Kanota On arrival check into hotel. Afternoon free to explore the palace premises and discover a fascinating history tucked away. Overnight.

Day 21: Kanota – Fatehpur Sikri - Agra. Morning after breakfast, depart by surface for the Mughal splendor of Agra, en-route visiting Fathepur Sikri the ghost city 35 Km from Agra. Fathepur Sikri built in red sandstone in honor of Saint Salim Chisti, who foretold the birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwane Khas, Punch Mahal, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Buland Darwaza. Drive on to Agra and check-in to hotel.

Late afternoon visit the incomparable Taj Mahal. This monument a fine example of fusion of many architectural styles is one of the wonders of the modern world. Built in 1652 by Emperor Shah Jahan. It took 22 years and 20,000 skilled artisans to complete this poem in white marble. Spend time at the Taj, before returning to your hotel for overnight (Please note Taj Mahal is closed on Friday's).

Day 22: Agra – Delhi. Morning after breakfast, visit Agra Fort which lies across the river Jamuna. It was here that Aurangzeb the 3rd son of Shah Jahan kept his father under house arrest. Next visit Itmaudualla, mausoleum built by Queen Noor Jahan in memory of her parents followed by a tour of Sikandra, tomb of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great before returning to your hotel. Afternoon depart by surface for Delhi and on arrival check into hotel. Balance time free for personal activities. Overnight in hotel.

Day 23: Delhi. Morning after breakfast, proceed for half day guided city tour of Old Delhi. Explore the magnificent Red Fort, 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 “Moonlight Square” Ride on cycle-rickshaws (optional) 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, before returning to hotel. Afternoon free to explore the exotic markets, boutiques and art galleries of Delhi. Vehicle with driver at disposal. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 24: Depart Delhi. In time transfer to Indira Gandhi International airport to connect flight for onward journey.

Supplemental Tour Information:
- Accommodation in Heritage and Deluxe hotels (4/5 star) for 22 nights in standard/ deluxe AC rooms with attached bath, on twin sharing basis inclusive of daily breakfast.
- All surfaces, including arrival/departure transfers, sightseeing, and excursions using air-conditioned vehicle as per itinerary.
- Elephant Ride at Amber Fort, Camel Ride at Sam Dunes in Jaiselmer and Jeep Safari in Rohet Village, Boat ride in Udaipur, Folklore Dances and Puppet Show at Khimsar Fort.
- Services of a local English-speaking guide, including entrance fees at all monuments and places of visit.
- A/c car inclusive of Gasoline and driver at disposal for half day local city use in Delhi
- All presently applicable Government Taxes and VAT.

Tour Guide Credentials:
English speaking professional guide under licence by Department of Tourism, Government of India. Other language guides are also available on request at extra cost.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation in Heritage and Deluxe hotels (4/5 star) for 22 nights in standard/ deluxe AC rooms with attached bath, on twin sharing basis inclusive of daily breakfast.
- All surfaces, including arrival/departure transfers, sightseeing and excursions using air-conditioned vehicle as per itinerary.
- Elephant Ride at Amber Fort, Camel Ride at Sam Dunes in Jaiselmer and Jeep Safari in Rohet Village, Boat ride in Udaipur, Folklore Dances and Puppet Show at Khimsar Fort.
- Services of a local English-speaking guide, including entrance fees at all monuments and places of visit.
- A/c car inclusive of Gasoline and driver at disposal for half day local city use in Delhi
- All presently applicable Government Taxes and VAT.

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