Day 06: Bhainsrorgarh
Following Breakfast, we will visit the architecturally brilliant 8th century Baroli Temples a 15-minute drive away from the Bhainsorgarh Fort . British Historian Col. James Tod, was so impressed by these temples that he devoted 11pages to describe them in detail in his book Annals & Antiquities of Rajasthan. He writes - “To describe its stupendous and diversified architecture is impossible. It is the office of the pencil alone but the labour would be endless.” The carvings of gods and goddesses, dancers, attendants, animals and beautifully carved doorways and torana will surely enthaill you with its architectural brilliance and power
Later, we drive back to our hotel
Bhainsrorgarh’s proximity to the Chambal River has resulted in a picturesque landscape dotted with small villages during our time at the fort, we would also encourage you to walk and explore traditional villages in the vicinity, and, those that are housed in Bhaisorgarh Fort itself. The experience would be akin thorugh a living museum. As you witness stark ethnicity at its colourful and vibrant best.
Optional Cooking Activity: Afternoon or Evening (the session will be arranged in accordance with your schedule) you may also go for a cooking session and discover the family culinary secrets held in confidence. Join in to obtain the secrets and also learn a few dishes from a member of the family - this is also an hands on experience, either make or break your lunch/dinner
Later in the afternoon we will drive through the country side in an open 4WD. The ride takes you through farms of wheat and mustard, typical villages under local governance and a tribal village which continues to live without electricity. The drive ends near the village of Balapura that rests by the edge of a reservoir. Ideally timed before sunset, tea and snacks are served as you take in the beauty and tranquility of a sunset happening beyond the countryside. You will get to feel and hear the different sounds coming from far and wide - as birds settling down to the end of the day, village sounds of temple bells, and, the hustle of evening chores. All in all you will experience the romance and the spirituality of being a part of the world that is long lost to our times.
Overnight at Bhainsrorgarh Fort (Suite)
Day 07: Bhainsrorgarh / Jaipur (300 Kms) (06 Hrs Drive)
After breakfast we will drive to Jaipur
Upon arrival in Jaipur, check into Hotel Jasvilas.
Evening, guided walks along the lanes and bye-lanes of the old city. The city is best-explored on foot and only the inquisitive visitor willing to go into the rastaas (streets) and galis (lanes) will feel the spirit of the city. Jaipur’s colorful bazaars tantalize the eye with enameled blue pottery, exquisite gem-studded jewelry, engraved brass work traditional block-printed fabrics and brightly patterned dhurrie rugs together with traditional crafts and miniature painting.
Overnight at Hotel Jasvilas (Standard Room)
Day 08: Jaipur
After breakfast, 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 stone screens.
Later, we visit Amber Fort, the former capital of the royal Jaipur’s. 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 Jeep. Our guide will elaborate on the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight today’s visitors as they did their former royal residents.
Later, we also visit the Panna Meena ka Kund. This beautiful place was constructed during sixteenth century. The place was mainly utilized as a place of social meetings. People from nearby places come here for getting water, swimming or just to hang out with their loved ones. During ancient times, this place was utilized mainly as water protects pool. This beautiful Kund has a unique architecture and styling. This Kund was designed by a Brahmin and constructed by craftsmen and engineers.
Then, we would also stop at Jal Mahal palace for photos. (From Outside Only)
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 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 Hotel Jasvilas (Standard Room)
Day 09: Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri /Agra (245 Kms) (06 Hrs Drive)
After breakfast, we will 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 empire’s splendour. The city divided into religious and secular parts has interesting well-sculpted buildings. From here we continue riding to Agra.
Upon arrival, check into Hotel Crystal Sarovar Premiere.
In the evening we will visit Mahtab Bagh. The Moonlight Garden was an extension of the Taj Mahal Garden - on the other side of the river. In 1652 Aurangzeb wrote to his father telling of a visit to 'the blessed tomb' and commenting that 'the Mahtab Garden was completely inundated and has lost its charm, but soon it will regain its verdancy. The octagonal pool and the pavilion around it are in splendid condition.' The Mahtab Bagh was lost under the mud but re-excavated in the 1990s. Originally, the garden was planted with fragrant flowers and used in the cool of the night as a place from which to view the Taj Mahal reflected in the octagonal pool and in the river.
Overnight at Hotel Crystal Sarovar Premiere (Deluxe Room)
Day 10: Agra / Delhi (205 Kms) (04 Hrs Drive) (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays) 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 one’s 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
Later, we will drive to Delhi along one of the India’s finest freeways
Upon arrival, Transfer to the International airport to board your onward flight
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”
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!!
Tour Cost for 02 People Traveling Together Sharing 01 Twin Room
NOTE: - Hotel Upgrades available upon request
*T & C Apply
*Discounts available for larger numbers.
Bhainsrorgarh Fort will remain closed from 01st May till 30th June, every year.
Cost Includes : Accommodation on Twin Sharing basis; daily American breakfast; Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi, Boat ride in Udaipur (Seat in a Launch), Badoli Temple, Boat Ride and Jeep Safari in Bhainsrorgarh, Jeep Ride at Amber in Jaipur, All journeys and Tours as per itinerary in a fine air-conditioned Sedan Car; Local English Speaking Guides, Inner India airfares as per the itinerary (subject to change and 100% cancellation charges), GST Levy.
Cost Does Not Includes : Entrance, Camera & Video fee to monuments, Meals other than as mentioned above, Expenses of Personal nature such as Laundry, Drinks, Telephone calls, Tips etc., Credit Card Transaction Charges.