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Rural Rajasthan Tour

Duration : 14 Days / 13 Nights
Destinations : Rajasthan.
 
Rajasthan is where all the country's similes and metaphors appear to have come together. Sand dunes, wooded hills and amazing lakes, palaces and rugged forts, men and women in colorful turbans and skirts, bustling towns and quiet villages, camels, elephants and tigers, harsh sunlight and the cool evening breeze - are all there in abundance.

But they form only part of an intricate tapestry. Beneath the surface, expect to find many contradictions. Where ever you travel, particularly when you escape from the popular tourist destinations you will come across the unexpected, whether it is a local fair or breathtaking view.

The mood and the rhythm of the country side changes from one region to another, and from season to season. It is a land of surprises; it is a land of amazing natural beauty that can fascinate even the most seasoned traveler.

A magical sojourn reverberating with age old culture and traditions, the state enfolds in its lap a diverse kaleidoscope of breathtakingly beautiful and fascinating art-de-facts. The range is unparalleled even while it is sophisticated in its simplicity.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at Delhi.
Company Representatives of Holiday India will receive you on arrival at the international airport in Delhi late in the evening. Transfer to your hotel. Relax. Overnight at Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi - Agra (By Road 250 Kms/6 hr).
Proceed for Agra after breakfast. Reach Agra in the afternoon. Visit Itmadullah's Tomb built by Empress Noor Jehan in memory of her father (The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj). Overnight at Agra.

Day 3: Agra - Jaipur (By Road 221 Kms/6 hr).
After breakfast drive to beautiful Pink City - Jaipur. Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 4: Jaipur.
Today we take a bus ride—always an adventure itself in India— to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, former capital of a princely state of the same name. Clothed in pink stucco (in imitation of sandstone), wide-avenued Jaipur is one of the most important heritage cities in India, and home to India’s second most visited site, the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. Here follow in the footsteps of the royal harem, or ride an elephant to Amber Fort Palace, one of the most spectacular forts in India.

Founded in 1728, Jaipur, or “The Pink City” as it is often called, is unlike any other pre-modern Indian city, in that the entire town was planned according to the principles of Hindu architectural theory. The city is in fact built in the form of a nine-part mandala known as the Pithapada, which combined with wide streets makes for an unusually airy, orderly atmosphere. That the results of this urban planning have so endured to this day is nothing short of miraculous.

Enter the heart of the mandala (on foot or by cycle rickshaw) and you are in the central palace quarter, with its sprawling Hawa Mahal palace complex, formal gardens and a small lake. Built in 1799, the "Palace of Winds" was part of the City Palace, an extension of the Zenana or chambers of the harem. Its original intention was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen. Constructed of red and pink sandstone highlighted with white lime, the five-storied facade is peppered with 953 small windows. The breeze (hawa) that comes through the windows keeps it cool even in hot months, and gives the palace its name.

Just 15 km from central Jaipur is the ruined city of Amber, former capital of Jaipur state. Founded by the Meenas, Amber was a flourishing settlement as far back as 967 AD. Overlooking the artificial lake south of Amber town stands the Amber Fort/Palace complex, famous for its mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture. At the bottom of a hill sits Amber Fort, initially a Palace Complex within the Fort of Amber on top of the hill (today known as Jaigarh fort). The two forts are connected through well-guarded passages, and there is even the option of an elephant ride from the town up to the palace courtyard.

Day 5: Jaipur - Udaipur (By Road 300 km/7 hr).
Start for Udaipur after breakfast. Relax in the evening. Overnight at Udaipur.

Day 6: Udaipur.
Continuing southwards to the Udaipur, famous worldwide for its plethora of breathtaking lakes and Raj-era palaces, it certainly lives up to its reputation as India's most romantic city. Most famous of these palaces, and certainly the most photographed, is the Lake Palace, an island-palace where the white marble buildings (now a hotel) entirely cover a small island in Pichola Lake. Originally known as the Jag Niwas, the palace took three years to build and was inaugurated in 1746.

The city’s lakes—Pichola Lake, Fateh Sagar, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar—are considered among the most beautiful in Rajasthan. An island in Fateh Sagar is even home to the Udaipur Solar Observatory, one of six stations participating in the international Global Oscillations Network Group (GONG), which studies the physical properties of the solar interior.

If you can pull yourself away from the shopping, there many points of interest, such as the Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon-ki-Bari (the Garden of Maidens) and City Palace with its museums, crystal gallery and wealth of royal treasures to explore.

Alternatively Udaipur's famous Lake Pichola is a serene place to enjoy a boat ride and if you are gastronomically inclined, there is plenty of time to learn the art of Indian cooking at Spice Box. Maybe visit a craft village and a folk museum or take in a fantastic cultural show at the Bagore-ki-Haveli - you might even get up and join in the dancing! Journey out to the hilltop Monsoon Palace for sunset or you can spend lazy afternoons just taking in the views from the rooftop cafes over hot, sweet chai.

For the really adventurous head out to the nearby temple town of Nathdwara (approx 50kms) which enshrines Shrinathji - an image of Krishna, which was originally enshrined at the Vraja Bhoomi at Mount Govardhana near Mathura. The name Nathdwara means 'Gate of the Lord'. Or hire a car and head to Kumbhal Garh Fort built in the 15th century and the nearby Jain Temples at Ranakpur.


Day 7: Udaipur - Jodhpur (By Road 260 km/6 hr).
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur. Reach Jodhpur. Relax in the hotel and visit the museum of Umaid Bhawan Palace. Overnight at Jodhpur.

Day 8: Jodhpur.
Morning go for a village safari in the jeep and have a rare glimpse into the rich culture and true essence of India. Abundant wildlife (game) and memorable moments of the great desert landscape fascinates one while driving along the countryside. Overnight at Jodhpur.

Day 9: Jodhpur - Jaisalmer (By Road 300 km/5 hr).
Proceed for Jaisalmer. Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight at Jaisalmer.

Day 10: Jaisalmer.
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of The Golden City - Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert. Its temple, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone. The city is a mass of intricately carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies. Visit the Jaisalmer Fort - The oldest living Fort in the world. Stay overnight at the Swiss Tent Camp.

Day 11: Jaisalmer to Bikaner (By Road 330 km/5 hr).
Breakfast at the camp. Continue with the safari and reach Bikaner via Nagaur. Check in at hotel. Relax in the evening. Overnight at Bikaner.

Day 12: Bikaner - Mandawa (By Road 140 km/3 hr).
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight at Mandawa.

Day 13: Mandawa - Delhi (By Road 260 km/5 hr).
Breakfast at hotel. Also visit Mahensar and Dundlod meeting the local village chief. Leave for Delhi. Reach by evening. Overnight at Delhi.

Day 14: Delhi - Home.
Breakfast at Delhi. Proceed for a full day tour of Old & New Delhi.
 

Package Inclusions :

  • Assistance on Arrival.

  • Hotel Accommodation on a twin- sharing basis with breakfast.

  • Travel through the entire journey in an airconditioned car*.

  • A 24- hour helpline.

  • English speaking Guide within the main city.

  • Elephant Ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.

  • Half an Hour Rickshaw Ride within the walled city of Jaipur.

  • A Rajasthani Dinner at Jaipur on one of the days.

  • One time entrance to Monuments (for Deluxe Package).

  • Mineral Water bottle per day Complimentary from Royal Caravan .


*Normal package
02 Persons - Indica
04 Persons - Toyota Qualis


Deluxe package
02 Persons - Innova
04 Persons - Innova

Air Supplement
Jaipur – Delhi
Note: - Airfare is subject to change as per Travel date.

 

 

 


Package Exclusions:-

  • Air fare / train fare.

  • Any charges for cameras or video cameras at the monuments.

  • Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor, Insurance etc.

  • Any other item not specified in the 'Package Inclusions'.

  • Any increase in Government taxes.

  • Supplement will be applicable for Single occupancy.

  • 4.90% Government Service Tax.

 

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