Rajasthan - A living Museum
Namaste!! We welcome you
with folded hands Day 01: Arrival /
Late night arrival. Meeting and assistance upon arrival as our
representatives welcome you and escort you to your car.
Whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would
introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you.
Welcome to India, or as we say atithi devo bhava (the
guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to
Overnight at Hotel Justa The
Residency, G.K (Superior Room)
Day 02: Delhi
Your morning activity begins with the historical part of the city also
known as Old Delhi starting with `Shah Jehanabad
which has some dramatic remnants of the Mughal Empire in the imposing Red
Fort and Jama Masjid Indias largest mosque, built by Emperor Shah
Jehan, creator of the Taj Mahal. You ride rickshaws through its principal
Chandni Chowk, originally renowned throughout the Asia
with its tree-lined canal flowing down its center. These days its a
bustling jumble of shops, temples, mosques and craftsmens workshops of
goldsmiths, silversmiths, silk traders and embroiderers.
Explore the hustling and bustling of Old Delhi and streets of Chandni Chowk
sitting in a cycle rickshaw.
Culminate the Old Delhi tour with a photo stop at Raj Ghat the site
of Mahatma Gandhis cremation. Built on the banks of the Yamuna
River, is a simple memorial that marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was
cremated in 1948. A pretty park has been created around the memorial.
Continue on to Explore New Delhi drive through the boulevards of
New Delhi and pass India Gate which is a memorial built to the 85000
soldiers who died in World War I and the Afghan battles of 1919.
At the other end of Rajpath stands the official residence of
India's president, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, a complex of buildings
that mix Mughal and Western architectural styles. Prior to independence,
this was the home of India's last viceroy, Lord Mountbatten. Close by is
Sansad Bhavan, the large though less imposing parliament building.
Lunch will be arranged at The Lodi located next to Lodi Garden.
After lunch proceed to visit Qutab Minar, a tower of victory begun
by the Slave Dynastys founder, Qutb-ud-din-Aybak, in A.D. 1193 and
completed by Feroz Shah Tughlaq in 1368. At its base is Indias first
mosque, the Might of Islam Mosque, built on the foundation of a Hindu
temple. It was completed in A.D. 1300.
Like the nearly contemporary slave, or Marmeluke, rulers of Egypt,
slave kings of Delhi were anything but servile. The term simply indicates
that they had once been held captives. In a court awash with intrigue and
opportunity, Indias Turkish conquistadors regarded a slaves
loyalty as more dependable than that of their own kin. Purchased, rapidly
promoted, eventually freed, and forever trusted, the erstwhile slave of a
royal patron was ideally placed to act as either power broker or pretender.
His elevated status was equally proclaimed with monuments. The Qutb
Mosque boasts a tower of victory that doubles as Indias, and
perhaps Islams, most massive minaret.
As the afternoon sun recedes, visit the Tomb of the second Mughal
Emperor Humayun, which was commissioned by his senior wife Haji Begum,
in the 16th century. This is an early example of Mughal architecture. The
design elements of this tomb a squat building lighted by high arched
entrances topped by a protuberant dome and surrounded by formal gardens,
were to be refined over the years to the magnificence of the Taj Mahal.
Overnight at Hotel Justa The
Residency, G.K (Superior Room)
Day 03: Delhi / Ahmedabad (Spice Jet 133
0725/ 0900 Hrs) Ahmedabad / Dungarpur (170 Kms)
morning transfer to the airport to board your flight to Ahmedabad
Meeting & assistance upon arrival at Ahmedabad and we will drive to
Upon arrival check into the Udai Bilas Palace
The history of Udai Bilas Palace, Dungarpur, Rajasthan dates from the
mid-19th century, when Maharawal Udai Singhji-II, a great patron of art and
architecture built a wing of bluish grey local stone " Pareva"
overlooking the lake and the " Ek Thambia Mahal," featuring
intricate sculptured pillars and panels, ornate balconies, balustrades,
bracketed windows, arches and frieze of marble carvings, a veritable marvel
of Rajput architecture. The Udai Bilas Palace was enlarged in 1940 by
Maharawal Laxman Singhji, who built three new wings around the " Ek
Thambia Mahal" (Literally one- pillared Palace) and thus created the
famous " courtyard of the palace. The result is an architectural
expression exquisitely detailed. Still the royal residence, the Palace
offers accommodation in the houseguest tradition with seventeen spacious and
lavishly appointed bedrooms. No two rooms are alike; each room enchants with
its own personality, spaciousness and modern comforts and offers a unique
experience. The Furnishings are mostly from the 20th century art-deco style,
marble bathrooms with English fixtures and running hot and cold water. Meals
are served either in the banquet hall, which displays crystal chandeliers,
or in the more intimate family dining room. Continental or Chinese dishes
are also served.
Late evening, transfer to the train station to board the Rajdhani Express
Overnight at Udaibilas Palace - Heritage
Hotel (Standard Room)
Day 04: Dungarpur
The district is the stronghold of Bheels, a tribe whose history of occupancy
in the Aravalli Range is said to date back to 4000 B.C. They are one of the
oldest and most primitive tribes of the world. This morning we will visit
some of these unspoiled Bheel hamlets in and around the town. We will
witness and photograph age-old tribal lifestyles and customs handed down
over the centuries. You would have an opportunity to meet villagers who have
never seen white people!! Say hello to people, allow them to get used to you
and then, you may go ahead with your pictures. You would soon end up as the
pied piper followed by scores of noisy and happy children!!!
We return to our hotel by mid morning to enjoy the destination at leisure.
Udai Bilas Palace is a round-the-year paradise for bird watchers.
The cooler months from mid October to February are the best to see winter
migratory birds when birds can be observed in attractive plumage. One can
see from the Palace itself at remarkably close range egrets, night and pond
herons, white necked and painted storks, coots and winter or resident ducks
among others, depending on the season of your visit. Birds are also
plentiful in the surrounding woodlands where one can hope to see the Grey
Hornbill, Gray Partridge, Green Pigeon, Peafowl, Peacocks, Paradise
flycatcher and the Golden backed woodpecker, to name a few representative
species. You may proceed on a leisurely walk around the lake or heir boat
for a special boat trip on the lake as well as a gentle trek through the
forests so that the nature lover in you is able to enjoy the beauty of the
place and are able to get a close look at the bird life.
Late afternoon we visit the ancient fortified ruins of the Old Fort.
Besides fine panoramic view of the ancient town of Dungarpur the fort has
well preserved examples of natural colour paintings and incredible art and
Overnight at Udaibilas Palace - Heritage
Hotel (Standard Room)
Day 05: Dungarpur / Udaipur
This morning, we drive to Udaipur.
Welcome to Udaipur, the famed City of sunrise. Founded in 1567
by Maharana Udai Singh, from the lineage of the legendary Sisodias of Mewar
- the decedents of the sun God. A city where the sun truly never set, where
tradition and a strict code of heroism were happily united with a love of
fine living. A city that has come to be an oasis of romance in the warrior
state of Rajasthan
Meeting and assistance upon arrival check into the Jagat Niwas Palace, a
modern heritage hotel replete with character and charm, besides all comforts
discerning tourists would seek.
Evening we enjoy a boat cruise on the serene and beautiful Lake Pichola.
The island palace on the Lake called Jagmandir Palace is quite fascinating.
The Palace provided inspirations and ideas to the builder of the Taj Mahal.
The banks of the lake provide interesting glimpses of the daily bathing and
the laundry that takes place here. Looking across the lake, with the city
and its great palace rising up behind the island palace, is a scene of rare
Overnight at Jagat Niwas Palace (Raj
Day 06: Udaipur
breakfast, we proceed on a tour of this "Lake City". Udaipur is a
cool oasis in the dry heart of Rajasthan. It is probably the most romantic
city in a state where every city has some romantic or exotic tale to tell.
The huge city palace towering over the Lake Pichola is the largest palace
complex in Rajasthan. Though it is a conglomeration of buildings built by
successive rulers, it manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design
and affords very fine view of the lake and the city from the upper terraces.
The Jagadish temple next to the city palace enshrines a black stone image of
Lord Vishnu and his vehicle- a mighty bird called garuda - in a brass image.
The temple is a very fine example of Indo-Aryan Art.
This afternoon we explore the bustling bylanes of Udaipur which have
artisans practicing their traditional crafts handed down to them by their
elders. Khari printers do decorative floral patterns in gold and silver on
plain or printed fabric. Block printers print various designs and patterns
in different colours with the help of wooden blocks. Youll also find
artisans carving furniture, making puppets and traditional wooden toys.
Along with engraving and embossing on brass, silver, jewellery, copper and
even pottery, Meenakari is a specialty of this region. Udaipur also
specializes in stone carving, especially in marble and sandstone, with
artisans working hard at chiseling their finest filigree work. Colour as
usual plays an important role in the life of Udaipur as in Rajasthan. It is
wonderfully evident in ghagharas (long flowing skirts), cholis (blouses),
and odhnis (long scarves) of the women as well as the turbans of the men.
Overnight at Jagat Niwas Palace
Day 07: Udaipur/ Ranakpur / Rohet (240
Following breakfast we ride out to Rohet Enroute we visit Ranakpur.
The Ranakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the liberal and
gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The basement is of 48, 000
sq. feet area that covers the whole complex. There are four subsidiary
shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over
four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are
intricately carved with no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs
playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an
engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108
kg whose sound echoes in the entire complex. The main temple is of Chaumukh
or four-faces temple dedicated to Adinath. From here we continue our ride to
Upon arrival, check into Rohetgarh Fort
Rohet, one is transported in to a world of the past, a world of honour and
of chivalry, of glory and of pride; a world of vibrant colours and
spectacular magnificence. Past centuries come to life at the historic
boundary walls of Rohet- the 16th century fortified deserted home of a
Rajput clan. Within the precincts of these time weathered walls is our
hotel, the impressive Rohetgarh Fort- a bastion of proud Rajput traditions
bathed in the ambience of unmistakable Rajasthani culture where one can,
even today experience the famed warm and courteous Rajput hospitality.
Frescoes on the tall gateway, brightly painted in the traditional style,
using traditional motifs and colour schemes herald your entry to this
charmed world the bygone era. The gateway leads to a compound where a
profusion of flowers frame the archways in welcome. The portico is a warm
and informal place decorated with the artifacts and trophies of many years.
Exquisitely carved furniture, delicate hand block prints, original paintings
and photographs decorate your rooms, which though redolent with the romance
of a bygone era, provide all the modern amenities. Antique hunting riffles,
shields & spearheads, daggers and original paintings form the backdrop
of the dinning room. The swimming pool here is in beautiful settings and is
an oasis in a dessert.
The food at Rohetgarh is special; each recipe is both traditional and
typical, handed down the generations and jealously guarded to retain its
pristine flavours. You savour only the very best of Rajasthani cuisines,
food favoured by the Royalty. The 16th century descendants of the Rathore
ruling family still live here and host the guests. The members of the Royal
family interact with the guests and interesting stories and anecdotes are
We would also explore Rohet, which is a fascinating small feudal town,
which seems to be straight out of the Arabian Nights. There is no proper
road here - only one main dust trail. On either side are typical thatched
houses and shops of all kinds - colourful bangles, silver jewellery,
potters, fruit vendors on carts, dress shops, tailors etc.
Late afternoon we enjoy jeep safaris to visit the heart of Rajasthan
villages where traditions centuries old still permeate life styles. One can
witness the opium ceremony - a ritual by which guests are
welcomed. Gaily attired men and women carry on their chores and one can
catch a glimpse of their norms and customs. The smoothened mud floors of the
village huts remind one of the simple and traditional living here.
As evening descends, the darkness of the night is lit up by the flickering
flames of fire around which the rhythmic movements of the folk dancers
assumes shape in brilliant colours; truly an electrifying experience.
Overnight at Rohetgarh - Heritage
Day 08: Rohet / Mirvana (220 Kms)
breakfast, ride out through desert country to Mirvana. For miles altogether,
there is nothing but sand, but from this aridness one can expect the
unexpected as groups of women appear and disappear in their colourful
clothes, apparently going nowhere. Just as suddenly, medieval cities rise,
magnificent for their architectural heritage, and are just as suddenly lost
to sight. Mirages? No, in the Thar, these are only too real. We will have
opportunities to stop on the way and interact with tribals and villagers in
Upon arrival, check into Mirvana Nature Resort. Escape from the hustle and
bustle and enjoy a delightful stay at Mirvana Nature Resort, which offers
the tranquility of greenery within an otherwise harsh desert. Mirvana Nature
Resort is a perfect place to experience nomadic desert life at its best.
Evening we visit the nearby Sand Dunes and enjoy camel rides as we explore
desert life in all its peace, tranquility and of course draped in its
colourful richness. We enjoy tea as we witness the Sun setting in the
horizon and camels with their shepherds forming nice sillouttes in the
Overnight at Mirvana Nature Resort
Day 09: Mirvana
Today we explore the primitive Sadakore village which exists back in time.
Traditional camel dung plastered homes, crafts, occupation take us back in
time. The disarming hospitality of the natives and their brightly coloured
traditional outfits form an indelible imprint on our hearts and minds
Besides, Sodakore is a destination for several domestic bird species during
the winter season. It is a classic habitat for the Great Indian Bustards,
which are an endangered species. Some major fauna present are the Desert
Fox, Desert Cat, antelope species, like the Chinkara and Blue Bull.
Overnight at Mirvana Nature Resort
Day 10: Mirvana / Jaisalmer (55 Kms)
After breakfast we will drive to Jaisalmer. The drive is through desert
country with scantly vegetation and life stock in view.
Upon arrival check the hotel Taj Rawal Kot
Rest of the day is at leisure to walk along the old city to explore
traditional and typical Jaisalmer. The havelis (mansions) in a beautiful
state of preservation are a fascinating sight.
Overnight at The Gateway Rawal Kot
a Taj Group Hotel (Standard Room)
Day 11: Jaisalmer / Sam / Jaislamer (60
Kms One Way)
This morning we visit the residential portions of the Jaisalmer Fort.,
where one third of the population of the old City still lives. The designs
of the houses here remain as they used to a couple of centuries behind time,
and so do the lifestyles of the people inhabit them. This is so as most of
the families continue to work for generations for the ruler (though only
titular now). Hence, there is a sense of continuity. The houses are arranged
in narrow lanes and have small windows from where the shy child or the girl
peeps through. This city is believed to be the home of the most handsome men
and the most gorgeous women in Rajasthan. We would also walk through the
narrow cobbled lanes of the golden sandstone city to witness the magnificent
medieval Indian Havelis (mansions) of medieval Indian merchants. These
elegant buildings, which are very well preserved, tell an apt story of how
medieval Indian society existed.
This afternoon we drive to Sam, a dessert outpost. Enroute we visit a few
typical dessert villages, which have a sprinkling of huts. The rough terrain
here does not support cultivation; hence the entire village works as casual
labourers in road works or community projects. Inspite of their poverty and
hard life the people are very friendly and seem to be aware that they are
proud owners of very expressive and beautiful faces. We move on to Sam where
we explore the dessert on camel back.
Late evening we will drive back to your hotel in Jaisalmer
Overnight at The Gateway Rawal Kot
a Taj Group Hotel (Standard Room)
Day 12: Jaisalmer / Manvar (210 Kms)
Following a leisurely breakfast we will drive to Manvar
Upon arrival, check into Manvar Camp, located right in the heart of the
Great Indian Thar Desert. It is an unprecedented destination offering a rare
opportunity to enjoy Rajasthan's desert life, culture, wildlife &
beauty. The place provides every comfort the modern traveler could wish for;
luxurious accommodation, mouth watering cuisine & an incredible
Rajasthani hospitality. Built in the style of a traditional desert village,
the resort complex is spread over 5 acres. Constructed using local materials
Manvar offer great outdoor adventure and a taste of the Thar Desert. We
would enjoy jeep safaris and a camel safari today to the Mustard and Red
Chili fields in the middle of the desert. We would also witness traditional
desert villages and lifestyles unchanged for centuries
Overnight at Manvar Camp
Day 13: Manvar / Jodhpur (75 Kms)
morning excursion to Khichan. The tiny village of Khichan has
assumed a popular appeal with the bird watching community. The
local people offer large amounts of grain to birds every morning and this
has attracted large numbers of Demoiselle Cranes to usurp this food
supply. It is great spectacle to watch these Cranes swoop down to a
especially created rectangular enclosure, for their early breakfast.
The feeding session lasts for an hour and a half, one group takes off as
another settles. Their flight across the backdrop of the traditional
mansions of the village, presents wonderful opportunities for
photography, as do the feeding birds on the ground. We
are very close by and can be offered vantage positions over the
terraces, by the local people who feel proud of their visitors.
Later we will drive to Jodhpur
Upon arrival check into your hotel Ratan Vilas, exudes an aura distinctly
its own - enhanced by its rich and varied collection of paintings, treasure
troves and hunting trophies of yesteryear. Everything is well preserved by
the royal family, which still uses a part of the building as its home. The
magnificent sandstone building, built for Sir Ratan Singhji, the
Maharajadhiraj of Jodhpur, tastefully blends the lavish interiors and modern
comforts. Present day facilities are harmonized so as not to disturb the
antiquity of the royal abode
Afternoon, we would ride horse carriages to the Clock Tower Bazaar. This is
one of Indias largest and most colourful wholesale markets especially
with respect to clothes, fabrics, spices, vegetables etc. It is a fantastic
experience to walk through the place observing and photographing this
incredible spectacle of vibrant lifestyles and incredible colours.
Overnight at Ratan Vilas a
heritage property (Superior Room)
Day 14: Jodhpur
After breakfast, we proceed on a guided tour
of Jodhpur. Our tour includes the massive fort. In olden days this must have
been impregnable since its rocky base is scraped straight down making it
nearly impossible to ascend. Once inside, royal palaces abound with
fascinating history and priceless jewels, on to the armoury and Jaswant
Thada - the Royal Crematorium. This evening, we would ride horse carriages
to the Clock Tower Bazaar. This is one of India's largest and most colourful
wholesale markets especially with respect to clothes, fabrics, spices,
Rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Jodhpur is a
veritable shopper's paradise with entire streets and localities in the
walled city devoted to single commodities. The city is famous for bandhani
and lahariya, block printed textiles, silver jewellery, antique furniture,
wood and metal handicrafts. Carpets and durries can be found on the Umaid
Bhawan Palace road. Jodhpur is home to many talented and skilled craftsmen
like textile dyers, metal engravers and die-makers and probably the last of
the tailors of the classic Jodhpur breeches
at Ratan Vilas a heritage property (Superior Room)
Day 15: Jodhpur / Shahpura Bagh (140 Kms)
we drive off the beaten track to reach Shahpura Bagh an aristocratic Estate.
Set amidst the golden sands of Rajasthan at Shahpura one finds an oasis - A
dazzling shimmer of sunshine on water that hovers on the edge of a mirage.
Shahpura Bagh has just opened its doors to visitors for the first time. A
stay here with the family and the Ruler himself, offers a rare opportunity
to experience a royal way of life, preserved in a timeless corner of
Rajasthan. Simple in decoration, but grand in proportion, Shahpura
Upon arrival check into hotel Shahpura Bagh situated on the edge of the
lakes where man and nature exist in harmony with each other. This was the
summer residence of the rulers of Shahpura. The 30-acre estate was granted
by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to Rajadhiraj Suraj Mal, Rana Pratap's
grandson in 1630 AD for successful military campaigns against the Marathas
Shahpura Bagh has exquisitely furnished spacious bedroom over 600ft with
walls that are coated with limestone. The traditional charm and décor
blends delightfully to facilities and services discerning tourists would see
- all rooms have world space radios, coffee and tea makers, hair dryers,
phone system as well as eco friendly herbal toiletries. The place is still
the residence of the descendants erstwhile Royal family and they are your
present hosts. They meet you, share stories and put your holiday in
perspective. It is their personal touch and their local knowledge that make
the stay a memorable fairy tale.
Shahpura Bagh is also a food-lover's heaven. You can take your pick from
authentic home cooked Rajasthani food prepared over fire or home-cooked
continental and tradition meals, tempered to suit your palate.
Late afternoon, we enjoy jeep safaris to visit the heart of villages where
tradition centuries old still permeate life styles. We will witness the
rituals & local practices of the people of this town. Gaily attired men
and women carry on their chores and one can catch a glimpse of their norms
and customs. The smoothened mud floors of the village huts remind one of the
simple and traditional living here.
Overnight at Shahpura Bagh (Royal Suite)
Day 16: Shahpura
make short trips into farms & villages and forts; these farms are great
for bird watching. You will have a great time with simple activities like
boating, air gun, target shooting, farm visits as well as having fun with
someone like Sat and Jai. They are the host brothers who will escort you
You will enjoy your visit to Ram Dwara, the revered ancient temple. Also,
the old city palace reveals the integration of Rajput and Mughal traditions
in architecture while the geometrical symmetry of the baoli (step wells)
inspires a serenity that lingers. The Dhikola Fort stands majestically on a
hill, surveying a vast expanse of verdant green and lakes.
In evening we explore the unending shopping options of Shahpura. There are
many goods on sale in the marketplace. Suggest get a leather mojari or local
footwear, made to your size.
Overnight at Shahpura Bagh (Royal Suite)
Day 17: Shahpura / Ranthambhore (90 Kms)
This morning we will drive to Ranthambore
Upon arrival & check in to hotel Tiger Den resort, which gives you all
the excitement and exhilaration of holidaying in the heart of the Indian
wildlife; right where all the action is, in the lap of Nature at its
most raw. This Resort sprawling over an area of 5 acres on the edge of the
Ranthambore National Park, is a place, which refreshes your scenic senses.
Nestled among the majestic Aravali Hills, covered with lavish flora and
fauna, it provides a soothing warmth to the eyes and relaxation to the mind.
The Resort is barely five minutes drive to the main entrance of the park,
just next to the Helipad. A well planned landscaping adds on to the rustic
ambiance and enhances the natural beauty.
Afternoon jungle excursion in Canter
Overnight at Ranthambhore Regency
Day 18: Ranthambhore
Morning & afternoon Jungle excursions in
Canter. Ranthambhore is known to have India's Friendliest tigers Assured of
protection; these nocturnal creatures are seen often in the day. Sprawled on
the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges of Rajasthan, Ranthambhore National Park
encompasses an area of 410 Sq. km. in which lives a healthy population of
about 40 tigers. A large number of deer inhabit the area and leopards are
occasionally sighted. The Pandam Taloa lake, located adjacent to the Jogi
Mahal hunting lodge, is the park's favorite water source. Smaller pools at
Raj Bagh and Milak also attract a variety of wild life The best way to
explore Ranthambore is in canter as the park is well connected by arterial
roads and tracks. Some of the popular sighting areas are Nal Ghati, Lahpur,
Bakuala, Anantpur and the Kachida valley. Mammals: Tiger, Panther, Hyena,
Jackal, Jungle Cat, Caracal, Sloth Bear, Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Wild Boar,
Chinkara, Indian hare mongoose. Birds: Bonelli's eagle, crested serpent
eagle, great Indian horned owl, grey partridge sandgrouse, quail, spurfowl,
common peafowl, tree pie, paradise flycatcher, pheasant tailed jacana,
painted stork, black stork, spoonbill, green pigeon, ducks.
Overnight at Ranthambhore Regency
Day 19: Ranthambhore / Jaipur (170 Kms)
Morning jungle excursion in Canter.
After breakfast, we drive to the Pink city of Jaipur..
Upon arrival check into Naila Bagh Palace. The Palace stands tall within a
21000 sq feet area; you will be welcomed within its folds by a serene and
tranquil environment. The palace is surrounded by various courtyards and
gardens on all sides where you may find beautiful peacock's walking about
aimlessly or dancing. Walk through the beautiful Mahal (main hall) and get
transported back to a time of beauty, history and opulence. Ornate frescos
and majestic portraits of Maharajas and Princesses from the bygone era adorn
the walls; colonial furniture surrounds you in majestic charm.
After rest & relaxation, we explore the unending shopping options of
Jaipur. An essential starting point for Rajasthan craftwork is block making
and block printing and we will be exploring the process from start to finish
in some of the popular stores here. The opportunity also exists here to
tailor make outfits to your design and size.
We also explore one of the chief attractions of Jaipur - its jewelry, which
offers a variety that ranges from chunky tribal jewelry to enameled gold to
modern diamond jewelry. Kundan (art of stone setting) and enamel jewelry has
been a specialty of Rajasthan, particularly that of Jaipur. The stones are
embossed into decorative shapes & patterns and embellished with delicate
enamel ornamentation in the champeve (raised field) technique. Jaipur is
well known for its gold and silver enameling. Colorful bangles made of lac
and set with semiprecious stones make an inexpensive buy. The craftsmen take
great pains to embed the hundreds of stones into the lac. The skilled
gem-cutters of Jaipur carve enchanting little animals and birds from rock,
crystal, jade, smoky topaz and amethyst. Intaglio beads & buttons and
crystal scent bottles are also available
Overnight at Naila Bagh Palace
Day 20: Jaipur
a leisurely breakfast we visit Amber Fort, the former capital of the royal
Jaipurs. Few fail to be moved by the dramatic Rajput grandeur of this
hilltop fortress-palace 11 km north of Jaipur. Set on the dry wrinkled
Aravali Hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements, the palace straddles
two sepia-hued tundra hills overlooking Maota Lake, and its sprawling
crenellated walls lattice the surrounding hills.
We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant,
passing through the ancient main gate where Maharajas of Jaipur have entered
for four hundred years. Our guide will elaborate on the history of this
architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics
and water-cooled swings that delight todays visitors as they did their
former royal residents.
We shall visit the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, a five-storied
structure of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed
windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was built in 1799 so
that veiled royal women could peer down unseen by the world through its 593
Later in the afternoon, we proceed on a tour Of the City Palace &
Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of
Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The centre of the palace is a
seven-storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine vies over the
gardens and the city. The palace lies in the heart of the city and occupies
the whole central grid. The fortified wall has seven gates and was built for
protection from invading armies and animals that lived in jungles, which
surrounded the wall that time. Next, we visit the Solar Observatory - an
astronomical treasure house, with solar device that give accurate
predictions till date.
Overnight at Naila Bagh Palace (Royal
Day 21: Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra
(245 Kms) (05 Hrs Drive)
After breakfast we drive to Agra, stopping at
deserted capital city of Fatehpur Sikri. This abandoned capital of the
Mughals is a perfectly preserved city at the height of the empires
splendour. The city divided into religious and secular parts has interesting
well-sculpted buildings. From here we will continue our drive to Agra
Upon arrival check into hotel Radisson
Rest of the day is at leisure for your independent activities. Car &
driver will be at disposal for your local visits.
Overnight at Hotel Radisson (Superior
Day 22: Agra / Delhi (205 Kms) (04 Hrs
Drive) Delhi / Departure
Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal, perhaps the
most photographed monument in the world. However, there is a degree of
enigma about the Taj. Once you hear about a building so much and once you
see so many pictures of a building your expectations are real high; and this
is the enigma about the Taj Mahal. No matter how many pictures you have seen
or no matter how high your expectations are the Taj never lets you down -
the unparalleled glory and beauty of the building surpasses beyond all human
imaginations. At sunrise we visit one of the greatest sights of ones
lifetime - Taj Mahal. Before departure for the monument we shall be served
tea/coffee and cookies so that our eyes open real wide to behold this
breathtaking sight. A dawn visit to the fabled Taj Mahal to witness the
magical effects caused by the reflections of the changing colours of the
rising Sun on this brilliant white marble building. Later we return back to
our hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, we ride to the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings
inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian
architectural styles. Built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of the courtyards,
mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal
Empire. The Moti Masjid & other magnificent buildings reflect the skill
of the ancient Indian architects.
A Home Visit & a Farewell Dinner With An Indian Family: Upon arrival,
we would visit an Indian family for an Indian home experience. The evening
is designed to give you a feel and insight into Indian family
life as well as experience typical Indian hospitality and home made Indian
After dinner transfer to the International airport to board your flight
End Of Services - Thank You For Your
We do hope the flavor of India will remain on
your taste buds for all times to come and hopefully would kindle an
indelible fondness for the country and her people; Thank you for being our
guest, and as we say in India Please come back soon
Tour Cost Based On 02 People Traveling Together
Sharing 01 Room
Cost valid for period till 30th September, 2013: -
INR 145,500* Per Person
Cost valid from 01st October till 31st March, 2014:
- INR 165,950* Per Person
Additional Per Person/Per Night Cost For
Suggested Upgrades To Hotels In Various Cities
Till 30th Sep
Oct 31st Mar
||Taj Mahal Hotel
||The Gateway (Superior Taj View)
||Vivanta By Taj Hari Mahal
||Umaid Bhawan Palace
||Taj Lake Palace
||The Surya Garh
||Vivanta By Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge
NOTE: - Upgrades at same price available depending upon exact date
*T & C Apply
Includes : Accommodation on twin share basis; daily American
breakfast ; air-conditioned private car for all journeys and tours ; local
guides ; jeep safari at Rohet; boat ride in Udaipur; Elephant ride in
Jaipur; Jeep asafri and camel ride at Mirvana and Manvar; All meals in
Manvar and dinner in Mirvana; horse carriage ride in Jodhpur and rickshaw
ride in Delhi. Train journey in
air - conditioned carriages as per the itinerary; Airfare for the Delhi /
Ahmedabad sector in economy class (Discounted airfare subject to change &
availability); Home dinner with an Indian family
Thank you for giving us the
opportunity to serve you!!