RAJASTHAN TREASURES

ITINERARY

On a par with Feudal and European Renaissance glorious monuments, Rajasthan will dazzle you with its wealth of ancient temples, tombs, fortresses and Haveli’s , incredibly ornate Jain and Hindu temples and Islamic mosques jostle within easy reach of each other .

JOURNEY AT A GLANCE
 

Delhi      02 night

Agra    01 nights

Ramathra      02 night

Jaipur      02 nights

Nimaj        02 nights

Jodhpur    02 nights

Narlai      01 nights

Udaipur     02 night

DETAILED ITINERARY

 

Day 1 :   Arrive in Delhi
Meals : None

On arrival at the Delhi International airport our representative will escort you to your Hotel.
 
Check-into at your hotel – Overnight in Delhi

Day 2 :   Delhi
Meals Included : Breakfast

If Delhi’s trees and streets could talk, the stories that would pour out of Delhi would keep listenersmesmerized for years. With a history as a capital, Delhi has seen the tides of several rulers from those that people the pages of the epic poem, Mahabharata to the Tughlaq and Mughal empires from Persia, from the imperial colonial armies to the present-day government. Looted, plundered, and resurrected over the years, Delhi emerges from the ashes of her past to take her place in the world as a global capital – politically, culturally and commercially.
 

This morning after breakfast we will start our day with a colonial walk of New Delhi, a city that largely owes its present-day avatar to a man named Edwin Lutyens, a man best known for adapting traditional architecture to contemporary styles. Head towards the India Gate, a monument commemorating the deaths of over 70,000 Indian soldiers in the British Forces during the World War I. Older British buildings that were used as power hubs house today’s Parliament and Secretariat.

Thereafter we begin our exploration of Old Delhi. The fabled city of Shahjahanabad, with its colourful streets continues to enchant her visitors to this day.  Old Delhi is just not a cultural hub but is also home to some of the world’s exquisite spices and street food.

Rajasthan Treasures Itinerary Tailor MadeHeading down Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, partly on foot, partly by cycle-rickshaw, one can palpably experience the sacred yet secular way of life that is so typical of India. Interestingly, apart from the assortment of stores selling everything from jewelry to sarees, numerous eateries have also been established along these bylanes that add flavor (literally!) to the old market – and tangibly evoke a sense of history.

From the delectable ‘jalebis’ – wheat batter pretzels steeped in sugar syrup that are popular as ‘zulbias’ in the Middle East and Africa, to the ‘rabrifalooda’, a traditional cold beverage made of rose syrup, vermicelli, basil seeds, tapioca pearls and pieces of gelatin with milk or water that can trace its roots to Persia, the walk down Chandni Chowk is a sensory overload. We end our journey of old Delhi at Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest wholesale spice market.

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After lunch we will drive to the Humayun’s Tomb and step back into time, as we visit this 16th Century tomb built for the second Mughal emperor, Humayun. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, an older tomb of Inayat Khan, and a functioning masjid, the Humayun’s tomb is a lovely relic from the past.

This afternoon will be at your leisure for shopping. With its delightful bazaars and markets that range from pavement shops to multi brand malls, India is a shoppers haven. Not only is the country famous for its range of traditional arts, jewelry and handicrafts, you will also find great deals in branded luxury goods.

Free for dinner. Overnightin Delhi

Day 3 :  Delhi – Agra  Journey Time – 3.5 to 4 hours drive
Meals Included  : Breakfast

This morning after breakfast commence your drive to Agra a city of Taj and on arrival check into your Hotel.

The origins of the city of Agra can be traced back to the days of the Mahabharata, the epic poem of Great India when it was called Agrevana, meaning ‘the edge of the forest’. Agra served as capital for the Mughal Empire during the 16th and 17th centuries and flourished as a centre of art, drawing inspiration from Persian, Islamic, Turkish, Byzantine and Indian styles. It has been immortalized ever since by the Taj Mahal – a magnificent marble mausoleum that epitomises love, yet Agra has so many more monuments that tell a rich narrative of the tides and times of Man.

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After lunch visit Agra Fort – on the right bank of the Yamuna river, is one of the most important and robustly built stronghold of the Mughals, embellished with a number of richly decorated buildings – the Agra Fort. Let our guide tell you the rich, evocative Mughal history of Agra Fort, where emperors like Babar, Humayun, Akbar, among other historic characters take centrestage.

Overnight in Agra

Day 4 :   Agra – Ramathra Meals Included : Breakfast, Dinner

Agra has been immortalized by Taj Mahal – the magnificent mausoleum, which the emperor Shahjahan had built for his queen, Mumtaz and India’s own jewel in the list of 7 Wonders of the Modern World.

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This morning visit the Taj! Let our storyteller guide weaves tales of Agra’s and the mausoleum, as also the romance between Shahjahan and Mumtaz.

Return to your hotel for breakfast. After Breakfast, start your drive to Ramathra

On arrival check into Ramathra Fort – Overnight

Day 5 :   Ramathra
 Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Ramathra Fort The fort, the lake and the spectacular countryside are the main attractions of Ramathra, however the proximity to two of India’s well-known wildlife reserves at Bharatpur and Ranthambore are a part of its attraction. Within the overwhelming walls that make up the fort’s perimeter stands a beautiful palace with guest accommodations of six beautifully designed luxury tents, set against the fort ramparts. The tents are stylish and spacious with large windows. Bird watching, boating, kayaking, nature walks and temple visits are among the popular activities at the fort.

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Later, you can set off for a visit of village. Meet villagers and see their homes as they tend small plots in the fertile valley or herd cattle on the Daang scrub. Several stops are planned when crossing the Daang for photography and animal-spotting, making the journey as fun and interesting as the destination. In the evening enjoy the boat ride in the nearby lake.

Overnight – Ramathra Fort

Day 6 :     Ramathra – Jaipur       Journey Time : 4.5 hour drive
Meals Included : Breakfast

This morning after breakfast you will commence your drive to a city of stone, fabric, style and design.

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On arrival check into your Hotel. – Overnight in Jaipur

Day  7 :    Jaipur
 Meals Included : Breakfast

Erected during the 18th Century by the ruler of Amer as a ‘city of victory’, Jaipur was north India’s first planned city. Jaipur is often known as the ‘pink city’; some say because of the distinctive rosy sandstone used in its construction, others claim it was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales. Either way, the city is a beautiful symphony of the history with the present; well expressed in the planned, gridded network of streets juxtaposed with a bustling maze of by-lanes and bazaars, the traditional artisanal crafts offset against contemporary arts.

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Today, you can take in Jaipur’s most famous landmarks: the Amber Fort, the citadel of the Kachhawaha clan who later became the rulers of Jaipur. With its sprawling apartments, pleasure gardens, and temples, Amer is one of the most intricate and beautiful Rajput fortresses in all of India.

In the after afternoon visit the City Palace followed by the Observatory and explore the city bustling Bazars. Jaipur is a city of vibrant colors and the colorful bazaars offer great opportunity for shopping. It is known for its handicrafts, textiles, leather ware, antiques, gems and jewelry. Jaipur is one of the largest ornament making centers in India and its ‘enamel’ and ‘inlay’ work with gems are the two traditional techniques for which it is most famous.

Overnight in Jaipur

Day 9 :     Jaipur – Nimaj – Chhatra Sagar   Journey Time – 4.5 hour drive
Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning or after lunch  commence your drive to Nimaj – Chhatrasagar Camp: the luxury tents have always been an important part of Rajput lifestyle. On arrival check into your tented accommodation.

In the late 19th Century, Thakur Chhatra Singh of Nimaj, a powerful noble at the time decided to create a reservoir irrigated by the monsoon showers, in the dry scrub wasteland of the desert kingdom of Marwar (present-day Jodhpur). After its completion in 1890, nearby farmers were welcomed to cultivate the land and it soon became an agricultural oasis.

Surrounded by lush green fields of wheat, mustard, cotton, chilies and vast pastureland, this hundred-year-old ex-hunting estate is now an ideal destination for nature lovers and those wanting to experience traditional Indian village life in its simplistic and unfettered beauty.  Jeep safaris are available for the more adventurous, or one can enjoy the peaceful serenity of nature walks and bird watching. The accommodations exist of a row of eleven spacious tents, each with an attached bath and its own private sit out overlooking the lake and verdant farmlands; an ideal spot to enjoy the breathtaking views of the sunrise and sunset with the Aravalli Hills in the distance.

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Rest of the day, you will be at your leisure.

Optional bird watching around Chhatrasagar. The Camp organizes bird walks along trails that have been offered back to nature. Pristine wetlands, scrub forests, grasslands and farms have made Chhatrasagar a haven for birds.  With a checklist of over 200 species, guests can enjoy birdlife from close quarters almost everywhere in the camp.

Overnight – Chhatrasagar Camp

Day 10 :   >Chhattra Sagar
Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning after breakfast proceed on a village safari accompanied by one of the members of the Chhatrasagar family. Guests can walk in the farms growing Chilli, Ani Seed, Cummin Seed, mustard and wheat.

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A visit guided by the members of the family to these settlements makes one undertsand the
traditional, rural Rajasthani lifestyle, which lays stress on harmony, conservation and the full utilization of natural resources. At sunset hike up to the nearby hillock for sundowners and 360 degree of the countryside.

This evening soak in some fresh air, sit around the bonfire and listen to old folklore. Enjoy some truly delicious Indian and traditional Rajasthani meal cooked with farm fresh vegetables.

Overnight – Chhatrasagar Camp

Day 11 :    Chhatra Sagar – Jodhpur  Journey Time  2 to 2.5 hour drive
Meals Included : Breakfast

This morning after breakfast commence your drive toJodhpur a city known for its magnificent forts and palaces.

On arrival check into your hotel.

Evening, walk through theBlue City, the historic district that surrounds the foot of Meherangarh Fort.Step back in time with our Old City Walk of Jodhpur, as you explore the older quartiers of the ‘blue city’. Stroll through the bazaars of the old city where you can find everything from traditional handicrafts to copper pots and pans! Sardar Bazaar, as it is known, has several beautiful havelis primarily made of red sandstone. Follow this with a visit to the vegetable market – where the colours and varieties of local produce from gourds to beans, from leafy greens to tubers will showcase tropical produce at its best.

Overnight in Jodhpur

Day 12 :     Jodhpur – Narlai   Journey Time –3 hours’ drive
Meals Included : Breakfast

Epitomizing the romance and feudal splendor of Rajasthan with the majestic Meherangarh Fort towering over it, the city of Jodhpur was once a flourishing trade centre for opium, silk and copper. Painted a brilliant shade of blue, Jodhpur is the last bastion of fort ramparts, colourful bazaars, animated people with their storytelling traditions before the desert sands and dunes stretch away towards the horizon.

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This morning after breakfast you can visit Meherangarh Fort, one of the most majestic of Rajasthan’s forts, described by the author Rudyard Kipling as “the creation of angels, fairies and giants”.  Its forbidding ramparts are in sharp contrast to the flamboyantly decorated palaces within. Founded in 1459, the sandstone fort was added to by later rulers between 17th and 19th centuries.

After lunch commence your drive to Narlai. On arrival check into your hotel.

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Located in the heart of a typical Rajasthan village bustling with activity and bursting with color, the Rawla fortress is an oasis of serenity offering a splendid view of a gigantic 350 foot high granite rock dotted with caves and temples.  The rock is crowned by a statue of a white elephant serving as proud guardian to the open desert on one side and the crumbling Aravalli hills on the other.  Ten years of thoughtful restoration and reconstruction are behind the authenticity of the heritage rooms with features such as ancient wall paintings and stone screen windows for example.

You can explore Narlai with a walk around the village. A hotel staff will take you around the village so that access to local homes allows an insight into their lives.

Overnight in Narlai.

Day 13 :  Narlai – Ranakpur (1 hour drive) – ranakpur – Udaipur (2.5 hour drive)
Meals Included : Breakfast,

Optional : If interested in hiking, then in morning you can climb over 750 steps (40mins easy walk up) to the top of the Elephant Rock (called so as there is a 12 foot elephant statue right at the top).

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Later you will commence your drive to Udaipur with enroute stop at Ranakpur Temples set in a secluded, wooded valley of the Aravalli Hills (opens at 12 noon).

The 15th-century Ranakpur Temple’s grand scale, architectural complexity and sculptural ornamentation rank it among the finest examples of temple architecture. The main temple is dedicated to the founder of the Jainism and Ranakpur is one among five holy places for the Jain followers.

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Later commence your drive to Udaipur a romantic city of lakeand on arrival check into your hotel.

Overnight in Udaipur

Day 14 :    Udaipur
Meals Included : Breakfast

An oasis nestled in the lap of the Aravalli Mountain range and has a tranquil serenity that belies its tumultuous past. Udaipur, originally a thriving caravanserai later became a capital of local, royal clans. Udaipur’s serene lakes, beautiful gardens and magnificent palaces lend it a nostalgia that has often earned it the acclaim of being one of the most romantic places in the world. Apartfrom a place in history, Udaipur has been immortalized in contemporary culture in iconic films from Jewel in the Crown, James Bond’s Octopussy to Gandhi.

This morning explore the City Palace, with its blend of stern Rajput military architecture and lavish Mughalinspired decorative art. This is the largest palace in Rajasthan sprawled out over an area of 5 acres, built between the 16th and 20th centuries.

Then continue on to the Jagdish Temple, a three-storied wonder of architecture comprising of an intricately sculpted spire, beautifully carved pillars, decorated ceilings and painted walls dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the sustainer in Hindu mythology.

This afternoon walk through the old city to discover the various facets of markets and artists and artisans at work. Udaipur, famous for its traditional miniature paintings, which are mural-likedepicting incidents from Rajput or Mughal history and legends or stories from the Hindu mythology.

Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 15 :       Udaipur – Delhi
 Meals Included : Breakfast

Late morning you will be escorted to Udaipur Airport to board your flight for Delhi.

On arrival at Delhi airport, our representative will receive you at the airport, assist you in check in for your flight back home.

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