If you are inquisitive about the culture and heritage of India, then a tour to the princely state of Rajasthan is a must. From several royal monuments and palaces to the famous Rajasthani cuisines, there is lot to see and taste here.
Rajasthan is a paradise for shopping lovers, with its unique apparels and handicrafts. Known for its gallantry and courage, every place of Rajasthan bears a legend of its own. How much you may explore this state, it never seems to be enough.
If you are a photographer or a wild life lover, then also this state has lot to offer you. There are various sanctuaries and national parks where the state government has preserved its rich flora and fauna. One of the most popular national park of the state is the Ranthambore National Park. Our well thought itinerary of 17 Days Exotic Rajasthan Cultural Holiday ensures you a satisfactory tour of this colourful state.
As you land at the Delhi International Airport, our representatives escort you to the already booked hotel. Here you are welcomed in a traditional Indian style by garlands and a refreshing Indian drink. You will be served dinner with Indian delicacies and you can relax for the night at the hotel.
We serve you a breakfast of your choice and we start our trip to the capital city of India. We first take you to the largest Indian mosque, the Jama Masjid, located at Old Delhi. We also tour to the amazing Red Fort, Rajghat, 73 m high Qutub Minar, beautiful Humayun’s Tomb and India Gate. Among the modern buildings, we visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan and Parliament house. Besides shopping in the elegant shopping malls you can also get the taste of traditional Indian shopping at the busy Chandni Chowk market. We return back to the Red Fort at the evening to enjoy the sound and light, which foretells some interesting stories of the Mughals, related to the fort. There is an overnight stay at Delhi.
This day we drive to Mandawa. It is a beautiful 5 hour drive and you reach the hotel before afternoon sets in. At afternoon, we visit the Shekhawati village where the royal family of Mandawa used to reside.
The havelis of the royal family and the rich merchants are epitome of Indian architectural style. The archways and the walls are painted with various stories from Lord Krishna’s life. The arms and the ceremonial costumes can be seen at the nearby museum. After spending some time in the lanes of history and enjoying some warm hospitality, you return to the hotel.
After breakfast, you head towards Bikaner, which is a four hour ride from Mandawa. Here you can get the rare experience of visiting a camel breeding farm. You can enjoy the taste of camel’s milk here and also can have a camel ride. You can get information about camel breeding and its demand in the international market. You can relax in the evening. There is an overnight stay at Bikaner.
Today you tour the Bikaner, northern city of Rajasthan. First we take you to the Junagarh fort, built in the Mughal era. The fort had since never been conquered by other dynasty. Constructed in red sandstone and marble, there are several palaces, 2 entrance gateways and 37 bastions in this fortress. We next visit the Bhandeswar Jain temple. This 15th century temple is the oldest religious structure of Bikaner. It is richly decorated with mirror work, frescoes and golden leaf paintings and carvings with Jain Tirthankaras. Last but not the least, you can enjoy the sweet and salty snacks of Bikaner. There is an overnight stay at Bikaner.
At morning we start our journey to Jaisalmer and reach there by afternoon. It is a day just for refreshment and relaxation. You can check out the local markets or enjoy the recreational activities of the hotel. Dinner is at the hotel with night stay.
We start our tour of the city with a visit to the Jain temples, located within the Jaisalmer Fort. These temples date back to the 12 and 15th century and are famous for the carvings of human figures and animals. The royal museum stores the robes and the artefacts of the kings. Our next visit to the yellow sandstone building of Patwon Ki Haveli, known for its exotic paintings and mirror works on the walls.
The next trip is to the Gadsisar Lake, a huge reservoir of the earlier days. You can then enjoy some fun filled moments by riding camels and enjoying the charming sun set on the sand dunes. The night stay is going to be unique in tent houses under the star filled open sky and on the cold sand of Jaisalmer.
After breakfast, we start for Jodhpur, known as the Sun City, located at the edge of the great Thar Desert. It is going to be a unique travel through the desert where you can get an image of the rural life of Rajasthan.
After reaching, we tour Mandor, known for its architectural efficacy with the sixteen rock cut figures. It is an oasis in true sense with lush green meadows. The Umaid Bhawan Palace is our next visit, which is still the residence of the royal family of Jodhpur.
We return back to the hotel for night stay.
Our next destination is Kumbhalgarh, where we visit the epitome of courage, the Kumbhalgarh Fort. It has a huge wall, second only to the Great Wall of China. From temples to gardens and reservoirs, there are lots of historical structures within the Fort.
We drive to Ranakpur the same day and the night stay is at the Ranakpur Tourist Resort.
You first see the beautiful Jain temples of Ranakpur, only of the five holy places of the Jains. These marble structures are known for the intricate carvings. The main temple is that of Adinath with 29 halls and numerous carved pillars.
Your head to Udaipur after that, on the way you get to see the agricultural fields and the irrigational techniques. The night stay is at Udaipur.
This day you tour the beautiful City Palace, which consists of the beautiful Peacock Square. It is known for its beautiful glass work. At the evening, you explore the religious structures of Eklingi and Jagdish Mandir. Night stay is at the hotel.
This day morning we leave for Kota, a historical city lying at the banks of the Chambal River. It is a unique city with various temples and palaces and modern chemical industries. The Chambal River Valley Project is worth a visit. The other tourist attractions are the Rao Madhao Singh Museum, Jagmandir, City Palace and the Fort. The overnight stay is at Kota.
Today we drive to Ranthambore via Bundi. After checking in the hotel at Bundi, we tour the architectural splendour of the place at the Diwan-e- Aam, Hathia Pol, Naubat Khana. The city is known for its architectural efficacy.
You reach Ranthambore at the evening. Our hotel is at Sawai Madhopur.
Next day morning, you are taken to the Ranthambore Sanctuary, known for the Indian tigers, monkeys, leopards and colourful birds. You can explore the park on a jeep or by an elephant ride. At evening, we reach Jaipur and check in at the hotel.
We start our morning trip with a visit to the Amber Fort. You can view the fort on an elephant. Then we tour the Sish Mahal, known as a blend of Islamic and Hindu architecture. We also visit the palace of Raja Man Singh and the hall of public audiences. There is an overnight stay at Jaipur.
After breakfast, we head towards a second day tour of the Pink city. We visit the ancient observatory, built in the 18th century, the Jantar Mantar and the beautiful City Palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur.
The city palace is more of a museum with lots of unique paintings, royal apparels, artefacts, jewellery, arms and ammunitions. The afternoon is dedicated to some shopping. Jaipur is known for its beautiful dresses, handicrafts, mehandi designs and puppet shows. We spent our night at Jaipur.
After a traditional breakfast, we head towards Delhi, from where you are escorted to the international airport for a flight back to your home.