Royal Fort Palaces Tour (Make Customise Tours)
Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. It is situated in Jaisalmer city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill, and has been the scene of many battles. Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason, it is also known as the "Golden Fort".
Rajasthan forts are the reminders of the great ancient culture and heritage. Every city of Rajasthan has forts be it Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur or Bikaner. Forts here are the magnificent marvels of architecture and were generally built over hill tops, in the deserts or inside the jungles.
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
On arrival at Delhi, after clearing immigration and customs, step into the receiving area where you will be met and assisted by Grand Travel Planner representative and transferred to the hotel for a Check-in.
Day 02 - Delhi
After breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of the New Delhi which includes visits to such sights as the Qutab Minar 72 meters high and one of the most perfect towers in the Persian world. The Iron Pillar which has survived the vagaries of weather for over 1500 years. Continue with a drive through Embassy area, the Government buildings (1921-1930.)
Evening free for shopping..
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Day 03 - Delhi - Mandawa
Morning drive west to the Shekhawati region in the afternoon. Stay two nights at the Castle Mandawa.Throughout this area mansions & palace visit to the busting of Fatehpur where almost every street is flanked with the painted walls of Haveli. .
Day 04 - Mandawa - Bikaner
After breakfast leave for Bikaner.
On arrival check-in at the hotel.
Rao Bikaji, the sixth son of Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur also founded Bikaner in 1488 - the fourth largest city of Rajasthan. Located at the Northern -most point on the triangle of desert cities.
Bikaner is a 15th century walled city.
Afternoon city sight seeing. Visit – city tour covering Junagadh Fort – constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, fort has a 986 metre long wall with 37 bastions & two entrances, Bhand Sagar Temple – The 16th century Jain temple, is the most important of this temple complex, Camel Breeding Farm – a unique experience where you can ride on a camel & have perhaps the first taste of camel’s milk.
Overnight will be at the hotel. .
Day 05 - Bikaner- Jaisalmer
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive to Jaisalmer.
On arrival check-in at the hotel.
Far out in the Great Indian Thar Desert, Jaisalmer rises like a mirage from the sands, a huge fortified city in the middle of nowhere. Architecturally, the city has a wonderful legacy of old buildings, united by the common use of local yellow stone and beautifully preserved due to the isolated location.
Afternoon free to relax or enjoy the city atmosphere.
Overnight will be at the hotel .
Day 06 - Jaisalmer
Today we visit the old town of Jaisalmer & visit Jaisalmer Fort, It is the only "Living Fort" in Patwon ki haveli, Jaisalmer India & within its ramparts has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely Havelis (Mansions), Palaces & beautifully sculptured Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century AD & of course skilled artisans & ubiquitous camels.
We also visit magnificent Patwon Ki Haveli in the heart of the town. It was built by the rich merchant Guman Chand Patwa & his sons, whose business stretched between Afghanistan & China. It is the most elaborate & magnificent of all the Jaisalmer Havelis & is virtually the showpiece of Jaisalmer's legendary architectural wealth. The carving on stone far surpasses in beauty the work on brocade & gold. Later we drive down 40 km away from Jaisalmer to Sam to take the Camel ride on the Sand Dunes of Sam while the sun is setting down.
Day 07 - Jaisalmer - Osiyan (240 km - 6hr)
oday we drive to Osiyan, Situated midway between Jaisalmer & Jodhpur, the place is most famous for its Jain temples. 58 km away from Jodhpur the ancient township was located on a very important trade route between the 8-12th centuries. The town was dominated by the Jains, both commercially & demographically. Here the Jain built their temples of stunning quality. Along with Jain temples there are also superb Hindu temples dedicated to various Hindu gods. In all there are 16 Hindu & Jain temples of exquisite quality. Sad to say that Osiyans glory is a thing of the past, now the place resembles a ghost town with most of the people having migrated to greener pastures.
Day 08 - Osiyan - Excursion to Jodhpur (60Km- 01hr Oneway);
Tour of Jodhpur, bustling desert city is the 2nd largest city in Rajasthan & has landscape dominated by the massive Mehrangarh Fort topping a sheer rocky ridge Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, founded the city in the year 1459 & it is named after him. It was formerly the seat of a Princely state, also known as Marwar.
Here we visit the Mehrangarh Fort (majestic fort), built by Rao Jodha, located atop a 125m high hill. The fort museum houses an exquisite collection of palanquins, howdah (Elephant saddle), royal cradles, miniatures, costumes & furniture.
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Day 09 - Osiyan - Kumbalgarh (255km - 7hr)
Drive Kumbalgarh en route Ranakpur, Rana Kumbha the legendary Mewar hero, an astute & a great builder. Of others, Kumbalgarh is the most inspiring. A joy for the nature lovers, it is surrounded by greenery & wildlife. It is also within a short driving distance from the famous 15th century Ranakpur Jain Temples. An area steeped in history & abounding in wildlife, unspoilt nature harmonizes with the modern comforts & the warm hospitality of the Aoudhi. .
Day 10 - Kumbalgarh - Udaipur (100Km- 02hr)
Udaipur, from the lake, RajasthanToday we take drive to Udaipur, was founded in the year 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh after his final unsuccessful attempt to defend the Mewar capital, Chittorgarh from the invading Mughals under Emperor Akbar. The Kingdom of Mewar was considered the most respectable among all Princely states in Rajasthan & still remembered for the courage to protect the Kingdom. The site for Udaipur was chosen for its natural beauty, abundant water & natural protection afforded by the surrounding forests & Aravali mountains. It is set on the edge of three lakes & also known as the "City of Lakes & Palaces". Undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities in India, its beautiful Palaces are mirrored in the calm waters of Lake Pichola & the city is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces & temples.
Day 11 - Udaipur
After breakfast start for sightseeing of Udaipur city.
Visit the City Palace: Built by Maharaja Udai Singh, the gorgeous City Palace is a marvel in marble, situated on the banks of Lake Pichola. Sahelion Ki Bari: On the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake, a beautiful garden was built for the 48 maidens meant to be a part of the dowry of the princess. Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal: The museum has on its display a wide array of folk arts, which has affluent collection of folk outfits, curios, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments and beautiful paintings. Visitors can also request for shows from world renowned puppeteers.
Rest of the day free to relax or explore the Lake city on foot
Day 12 - Udaipur - Pushkar
Drive to Pushkar, an enchanting small town located exactly on the edge of the desert but is separated from it by Nag Pahar, the Snake Mountain. The town frequently visited by devotees lies to the side of the small Pushkar Lake with its multitudes of bathing ghats & temples. It also holds the most unique fairs of its kind in the world. It is a combination of an animal fair & the religious fair. Both the fairs are enchanting & have their own unique aspects & quality. As per the Indian calendar the fair is held in the first lunar cycle in the month of Kartik culminating on the Kartik Poornima (Full moon).
Day 13 - Pushkar - Samode
visit Brahma Temple, said to be the only dedicated to Lord Brahma in India. This is the only temple of the god Brahma in the world. No pilgrimage of Hindu places is considered complete till the pilgrim bathes in sacred waters of Pushkar. Also some near by temples
Later we drive to Samode, nestled picturesquely amidst the rugged hills. The quiet luxury of the palace offers a retreat into an aesthetically beautiful environment.
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Day 14 - Samode
Excursion to Jaipur, popularly known as Pink City the flamboyant & colourful capital of Rajasthan. With its rich & colourful past, resplendent with tales of valour & bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was founded in 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. It remains the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors.
Day 15 - Samode - Bharatpur
Drive to Bharatpur, founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in the year 1733. It was once an impregnable, well-fortified city, & the capital of a kingdom ruled by Jat maharajas. The trio of Bharatpur, Deeg & Dholpur has played an important part in the Jat history of Rajasthan
Day 16 - Bharatpur - Agra via Fatehpur Sikri
drive to Agra, en route we will visit Fatehpur Sikri (Ghost Capital), the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from the year 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. We visit Emperor Akbar's Residential complex, Mosque & Tomb of Salim Chisti.
Further we continue our drive to Agra.
Day 17 - Bharatpur - Agra via Fatehpur Sikri
visit Taj Mahal, symbol of eternal love, which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in the year 1631 in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was completed in 22 years. Further we visit Agra Fort, taken over from the Lodhis by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century. The Fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. It was built from red sandstone, often inlaid with white marble & intricate decorations.
Late drive back to Delhi, en route visit Mathura & Vrindavan, places related with the birth & childhood of Lord Krishna.
Day 18 - Delhi - Transfer
Day at Leisure and later drive to International airport to board your flight. .
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