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Rajasthan Temple Tour

DESTINATION: Delhi – Mandawa – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur – Pushkar –
                              Jaipur – Agra - Delhi
DURATION: 13 nights/14 days

DAY 01: DELHI
Arrive Delhi, our representative will assist you at the airport. Later transfer to the hotel.

ABOUT DELHI: New Delhi, capital of India is a mix of the ancient and modern architecture. This 3rd largest city of India unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture, and human diversity. Divided in two parts, Old Delhi & New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India and exerts a beguiling charm on visitors.

Later, full day sightseeing of Old & New Delhi.

SIGHT SEEING DELHI

RED FORT- Magnificent fort with beautiful artwork of red sandstone on the banks of river Yamuna. It is a huge complex of gardens and pavilions and marble palaces.
RAJ GHAT- A simple open platform inscribed with the Mahatma's last words, 'Hey Ram' (Oh God) is set in a garden with fountains and a variety of exotic trees.
JAMA MASJID- A magnificent historical creation by Shah Jahan. Composed of marble and sandstone it is one of the largest mosques in India. It also contains a few relics of Prophet Muhammad.
INDIA GATE- Built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1931
PRESIDENTS’S HOUSE- New Delhi, centers around the Rashtrapati Bhawan. It is architecturally a very impressive building standing at a height, flowing down as it were to India Gate. This stretch called the Rajpath is where the Republic Day parade is held.
PARLIAMENT HOUSE- Parliament House accommodates the two Houses of Parliament, Lok Sabha (House of the People) and Rajya Sabha (Council of States). Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker, the architects of New Delhi, designed this building.
HUMAYUN TOMB- The Mughal brought with them a love for gardens, fountains and water. The emperor’s grieving widow, Haji Begum, built Humayun’s Tomb the first mature example of Mughal architecture in India, in 1565 AD.
LOTUS TEMPLE- The Bahai’s Temple, is shaped like a lotus. It is an eye-catching edifice worth exploring. Built by the Bahai’s community, it offers the visitor a serenity that pervades the temple and its artistic design.
QUTAB MINAR- It is among the tallest and famous towers in the world. Qutab Minar is famed as the highest brick minaret of the world, located amidst the lush greens of South Delhi. A great masterpiece of Mughal architecture.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 02: DELHI – MANDAWA
Drive to Mandawa and later check in at the hotel.

ABOUT MANDAWA: Mandawa is a small town in the heart of Shekhawati region. The place is known not only for its havelis but also for its Fort Palace. The structure of the palace reminds of the cultural and social importance of this region in the past. Of the havelis, the most important are the Chokhani, Ladia, Binsidhar Newatia, and Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli. Another havelis, the Binsidhar Newatia Havelis, is known for its curious paintings.

Later visit the Havelies in the Shekhawati Region.

Overnight in hotel.

DAY 03: MANDAWA – BIKANER
Next morning drive to the imposing walled city of Bikaner

ABOUT BIKANER: It is a well-known district in the state of Rajasthan in India. Bikaner has a rich historical tradition and thousands of tourists from all over the year come here to get a feel of the rich tradition and culture. The city consists of beautiful forts, castles, religious shrines and other historical monuments.

After lunch visit Bikaner.

SIGHT SEEING BIKANER

JUNAGARH FORT- The fort is lavishly carved with stone corridors, pavilions, stunning royal quarters, minarets, archways and ornamented courtyards. Raja Rai Singh, a general in Emperor Akbar's army built the Junagarh Fort.
LALGARH PALACE- The spectacular Palace is an outstanding architectural marvel that enchants you with a magical fusion Rajputana, European and Mughal building styles. Stone crafted pillars, Italian colonnades, spacious lounges, regal halls and profusely carved fire places at the imposing Lalgarh Palace in Bikaner transport you back in time to an incomparably lavish royal era.
GAJNER PALACE- This red sandstone Palace lies ensconced in the midst of wooded grounds and is a delightful palatial home that has been converted into a heritage hotel. Delicately carved columns, sculpted pillars and Jharokha windows add to the quiet class of this heritage palace in Bikaner, Rajasthan. Set on the banks of a serene lake the Gajner Palace is a glittering jewel on the Bikaner crown.
SHIV BARI TEMPLE- Constructed by Maharaja Doongar Singhji, the Shiv Bari Temple India is a virtual museum of miniature paintings that are delicate yet colorful representations of ethnic Bikaner traditions and patterns.
CAMEL BREEDING FARM- Popularly referred to as the Government Camel Breeding Farm, the National Research Center on Camel breeds the best camels in Bikaner and conducts research work related to "the ship of the desert."
Overnight at hotel.

DAY 04: BIKANER – JAISALMER
After breakfast drive to Deshnok, to visit the Karni Mata Mandir.

ABOUT KARNI MATA MANDIR: Karni Mata is the official deity of Bikaner. According to local legends, faiths and beliefs, Karni Mata is the goddesses who blessed Rao Bika and made it possible for him to create a flourishing kingdom and a military bastion in the midst of a waterless barren desert.

Later continue your drive to the desert town of Jaisalmer.

ABOUT JAISALMER: Popularly known as the “Desert City of Rajasthan”, and is a paradise of the desert kingdom. It sets an image of deserted land with camel swiftly moving on the golden sands. The city is almost enticing and for domestic travelers as it is to foreign tourists. Standing in pride with its colossal forts, palaces and havelis, Jaisalmer showcases the artistic sense of the Rajput kings.

Evening time for leisure.
Overnight in the hotel.

DAY 05: JAISALMER
Take on a full day city tour of Jaisalmer.

SIGHT SEEING JAISALMER

JAISALMER FORT- This fort is the second oldest fort of Rajasthan. A sight to behold, this living fort is one of the marvels of Rajasthani Architecture, especially of the stone carver's art.
HAVELIES- Evoking a vision of chivalry and valor, wealthy merchants built these havelies. Famous for their intricately- carved facades, the workmanship of Jaisalmer's Havelies present a beautiful amalgam of Rajput architecture and Islamic art. Some of the famous havelies of Jaisalmer are Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli, Patwon-ki-Haveli, and Nathmal-ki-Haveli.
GADISSAR LAKE- The origin of this artificial water tank dates back to 1156 AD. Surrounded by small temples and shrines, it also gives a view of the exquisite archway, Teelon ki Pol - one of the main entrances to the lake and the city.
SAM SAND DUNES- Sam Sand dunes are the major attractions of Jaislamer. It is 3 kms long and 1 km wide and is half a kilometer high. The Sam sand dunes are unreliable and they are picturesque. Sam Sand dunes are just the place to surf the golden sands of Rajasthan through a safari.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 06: JAISALMER - JODHPUR
Next morning drive to the Blue City of Rajasthan- Jodhpur.

ABOUT JODHPUR: Popularly called the “Blue City of Rajasthan”; Jodhpur is second largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. It is an island of marble palaces from the desert by an immense wall, with eight gates facing different directions. Jodhpur is famous for its magnificent fort and palaces. The city is situated at the edge of the Thar Desert with Jaisalmer on its west, Bikaner on its north side.

On reaching, transfer to the hotel. Later visit the city

SIGHT SEEING JODHPUR

UMAID BHAWAN PALACE- Maharaja Umaid Singh, a perfect example of early modern period architecture, constructed Umaid Bhawan Palace. Umaid Bhawan palace forms the grandest private royal houses of the world. Some portion of this grand palace has been converted into a luxurious hotel and a museum.
JASWANT THADA- It lies quite close to the Mehrangarh Fort complex. It was built in 1899 AD in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and houses the cenotaphs of a number of Rajput royals. The main cenotaph has rare portraits of many Rajput rulers on display.
ARCHITECTURAL SPLENDOR OF JODHPUR- Given the rough terrain it is not surprising that the architecture of the city was influenced by it. Desert architecture is noted for two distinct traits, the need to guard against the heat and to fortify itself against invasions. Fortifications tend to merge with the color of the land, providing it with a natural camouflage.
THE MEHRANGARH FORT- Fort at Jodhpur is such that the fort walls and the sheer basalt escarpment are not distinguishable, one from the other. Huge gates at the entrance are fitted with iron nails to prevent elephants from bringing them down. The palaces and the mansions within the complex are more delicately designed. The chief palaces you can see in the fort are the Phool Mahal, the Moti Mahal, the Jhanki Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal and the Sadar Vilas.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 07: JODHPUR – RANAKPUR
Morning after breakfast drive to Ranakpur.

ABOUT RANAKPUR- It is one of the five main holy places of the Jains. Its 500 years old temples are unique in their style & design, with no other place in Rajasthan having the same ambience and setting as that of Ranakpur.

Afternoon visit the famous Jain Temples of Ranakpur.

Overnight at hotel.
 
DAY 08: RANAKPUR – UDAIPUR
Next morning on the drive towards Udaipur

ABOUT UDAIPUR: One of the most beautiful cities of Rajasthan, located on the banks of Lake Pichola, also known as a 'Jewel of Mewar'. The most romantic city of India can take the tourist into paroxysm of heaven. The center of attraction vibrates around the shimmering blue waters and the royal white marble palaces constructed with unique artistic insight.

Full day sightseeing of The City of Lakes-Udaipur.

SIGHT SEEING UDAIPUR

LAKE PICHOLA- This lake presents the picturesque beauty of Udaipur. Encircled by numerous palaces on all sides, it houses various islands where the famous Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas are situated.
Maharaja Jagat Singh II built Lake Palace- the palace. It is situated on Lake Pichola, and it appears to be floating on the lake. In the evening enjoy the boat ride on the picturesque Lake Pichola.
CITY PALACE- The largest palace of Rajasthan, it represents the architectural and artistic evolution of Mewar over the centuries. The palace is divided into various sections, each with its own distinctive
style.
SAHELIYON KI BARI- This garden was the picnic spot for the 48 royal ladies who were offered to the prince as dowry. The gardens here have lush green lawns & beautiful fountains in the shape of birds - presenting a wonderful sight!
JAGDISH TEMPLE- One of the largest and popular Vishnu Temples of Northern India, this temple has exquisite carvings and four other smaller shrines dedicated to other deities.
AHAR- An ancient capital of Mewar, Ahar is the favorite haunt of archaeologists and research scholars. It houses various famous monuments and temples like the Royal Cenotaphs, Adinath Temple, and Mahavira Temple.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 09: UDAIPUR - PUSHKAR
In the morning drive towards the holy city of Pushkar.

ABOUT PUSHKAR: It is a well-known Hindu pilgrim center. The main feature of Pushkar is its lake, which according to Hindu legend was created from a lotus flower dropped by Lord Brahma and the Brahma temple. Pushkar is better known for the cattle fair.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 10: PUSHKAR
Today  visit the city

SIGHT SEEING PUSHKAR

PUSHKAR GHAT
- Numerous ghats run down the lake and the pilgrims are bathing in the lake's Holi waters. Photography is prohibited.
PUSHKAR TEMPLES- Pushkar has the Famous Brahma Temple which holds utmost importance to the pilgrims as it is the only temple in India dedicated to Brahma. It's marked by a red sphere, and over the entrance gateway is theHans, or goose symbol, of Brahma. Inside, floor and walls are engraved with dedications to the dead. 

Overnight at Hotel. 

DAY 11: PUSHKAR – JAIPUR
Drive from Pushkar towards Jaipur.

ABOUT JAIPUR: The pristine jewel in the desert sands of Rajasthan. Jaipur is remarkable for its marvelous architecture and town planning as it is for the lively spirit of the people who inhabit it. The city presents a unique synthesis of culture that has to be experienced in order to be appreciated. The old Jaipur painted in Pink, the lively spirit of fanfare, festivity and celebration of the people adequately match the colorful and intricately carved monuments.
Jaipur’s colorful bazaars are worth visiting where you can shop for Rajasthani handlooms, trinkets and jewellery.

In the evening you can visit CHOWKI DHANI- well-recreated Rajasthani village. You get an evening’s entertainment and rich traditional dinner. You can view Rajasthani dances, potters, cooks, go on animal rides, and visit palm readers etc.

Return back to Jaipur and overnight at hotel.

DAY 12: JAIPUR
After breakfast visit the Pink City.

SIGHT SEEING JAIPUR

HAWA MAHAL- one of the most common and popular tourist attractions in Jaipur. This five-storey building was used as a veil by the royal women folk to watch the proceedings on the road below.
CITY PALACE- In the heart of the old city is former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The palace also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit, acquired by Sawai Jai Singh II to study astronomy in detail.
JANTAR MANTAR- A stone observatory, largest of Jai Singh’s five remarkable observatories. The observatory was built to study the movement of stars. The observatory is built in stone and marble.
AMER PALACE- A beautiful complex of palaces, halls, pavilions, gardens and temples built by Raja Man Singh. Tourists often ride on the elephant back to the Singh pool and the Jaleb Chowk.

Other tourist attractions are Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Govind Deoji Mandir, Rambagh Palace, Kanak Valley and Laxmi Narayan Temple.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 13: JAIPUR – FATHEPUR SIKRI – AGRA
After breakfast, continue your drive to Fathepur Sikri,

ABOUT FATHEPUR SIKRI: The deserted city of Emperor Akbar, which is still in a state of perfection.
It is built in red sandstone, and is a beautiful blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural elements. The sandstone is richly ornamented with carving and fretwork. Fatehpur Sikri was abandoned 14 years after its creation. Today it is a ghost city, its architecture is in a perfect state of preservation, and wandering through the palaces it is easy to imagine that this was once a royal residence and a dynamic cultural centre.

ABOUT AGRA: Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World-the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 14: AGRA - DELHI
After breakfast, take on a city tour of Agra.

SIGHT SEEING AGRA

TAJ MAHAL- It is the most beautiful monument in Agra. The beauty and grandeur of the Taj Mahal has made it one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife-Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the most beautiful monuments in the world, symbol of love and beauty.
AGRA FORT- Built in red sandstone, this huge fortress on the bank of the Yamuna. The fort house has many beautiful palaces and mansions, which include Jahangiri Mahal, Khass Mahal, Diwan-i-Khass and Diwan-i-Aam
ITMAD-UD-DUALA TOMB- Also known as Baby Taj, this tomb is a daughter's tribute to her father. Built in 1628 by Nurjahan in memory of her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg.
SIKANDRA FORT- it is 4 kms from Agra where Akbar built his mausoleum.

Later in the evening drive back to Delhi.


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