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Rajasthan Forts and palaces Tours (Make Customise Tours)

Duration: 17 Nights/ 18 Days
Destinations: Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi

Rajasthan forts are the reminders of the great ancient culture and heritage. Every city of Rajasthan has forts be it Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur or Bikaner. Forts here are the magnificent marvels of architecture and were generally built over hill tops, in the deserts or inside the jungles.

Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
Arriving Delhi, you will be met by our representative, holding a play card with your name on it at the exit. Arrival transfer to your hotel and assistance for check-in will be provided. After check-in overnight at hotel.

Book NowDay 02 - Delhi
After breakfast full day city tour of Delhi which is India's bustling capital city. It was from here that Hindu, Muslim and Mughal dynasties as well as the British ruled. Old & New Delhi present a stunning juxtaposition of sights and sounds with the ancient city built by Emperor Shah Jahan the builder of the famous Taj Mahal, and the new garden city built in 1911 by the British.

Cultural Rajasthan ItineraryCovering India gate (war memorial), Rajghat (the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi ) and Red Fort - Delhi's most magnificent monument.After that visit The National Museum is one of India's most prestigious institutions. The galleries of the museum follow a historical and chronological sequence. The Indus Valley Gallery displays many antiquities excavated from Mohenjodaro and Harappa, like terracotta toys, images and pots, jewellery, seals, bronze and copper implements and sculpture. Laterondrive past President's House, Parliament House & Secretariat Building. Later on visit Qutab Minar which is 72.5 m in height and has a mosque at the base.Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 - Delhi - Mandawa 
Morning drive west to the Shekhawati region in the afternoon. Stay two nights at the Castle Mandawa.Throughout this area mansions & palace visit to the busting of Fatehpur where almost every street is flanked with the painted walls of Haveli.

Day 04 -Mandawa - Bikaner  
Cultural Rajasthan ItineraryAfter breakfast leave for Bikaner. On arrival check-in at the hotel. Rao Bikaji, the sixth son of Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur also founded Bikaner in 1488 - the fourth largest city of Rajasthan. Located at the Northern -most point on the triangle of desert cities.
Bikaner is a 15th century walled city. Afternoon city sight seeing. Visit – city tour covering Junagadh Fort – constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, fort has a 986 metre long wall with 37 bastions & two entrances, Bhand Sagar Temple – The 16th century Jain temple, is the most important of this temple complex, Camel Breeding Farm – a unique experience where you can ride on a camel & have perhaps the first taste of camel’s milk. Overnight will be at the hotel. 

Day 05 - Bikaner- Jaisalmer 
Book NowBreakfast at the hotel. Morning drive to Jaisalmer. On arrival check-in at the hotel. Far out in the Great Indian Thar Desert, Jaisalmer rises like a mirage from the sands, a huge fortified city in the middle of nowhere. Architecturally, the city has a wonderful legacy of old buildings, united by the common use of local yellow stone and beautifully preserved due to the isolated location. Afternoon free to relax or enjoy the city atmosphere. Overnight will be at the hotel .

Day 06 -Jaisalmer                     
Today we visit the old town of Jaisalmer & visit Jaisalmer Fort, It is the only "Living Fort" in Patwon ki haveli, Jaisalmer India & within its ramparts has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely Havelis (Mansions), Palaces & beautifully sculptured Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century AD & of course skilled artisans & ubiquitous camels.
We also visit magnificent Patwon Ki Haveli in the heart of the town. It was built by the rich merchant Guman Chand Patwa & his sons, whose business stretched between Afghanistan & China. It is the most elaborate & magnificent of all the Jaisalmer Havelis & is virtually the showpiece of Jaisalmer's legendary architectural wealth. The carving on stone far surpasses in beauty the work on brocade & gold. Later we drive down 40 km away from Jaisalmer to Sam to take the Camel ride on the Sand Dunes of Sam while the sun is setting down.

Day 07 -Jaisalmer - Osiyan (240 km - 6hr) 
Today we drive to Osiyan, Situated midway between Jaisalmer & Jodhpur, the place is most famous for its Jain temples. 58 km away from Jodhpur the ancient township was located on a very important trade route between the 8-12th centuries. The town was dominated by the Jains, both commercially & demographically. Here the Jain built their temples of stunning quality. Along with Jain temples there are also superb Hindu temples dedicated to various Hindu gods. In all there are 16 Hindu & Jain temples of exquisite quality. Sad to say that Osiyans glory is a thing of the past, now the place resembles a ghost town with most of the people having migrated to greener pastures. 

Day 08 - Osiyan - Excursion to Jodhpur (60Km- 01hr Oneway) 
Tour of Jodhpur, bustling desert city is the 2nd largest city in Rajasthan & has landscape dominated by the massive Mehrangarh Fort topping a sheer rocky ridge Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, founded the city in the year 1459 & it is named after him. It was formerly the seat of a Princely state, also known as Marwar. 
Here we visit the Mehrangarh Fort (majestic fort), built by Rao Jodha, located atop a 125m high hill. The fort museum houses an exquisite collection of palanquins, howdah (Elephant saddle), royal cradles, miniatures, costumes & furniture.

Day 09 - Osiyan - Kumbalgarh (255km - 7hr)  
Drive Kumbalgarh en route Ranakpur, Rana Kumbha the legendary Mewar hero, an astute & a great builder. Of others, Kumbalgarh is the most inspiring. A joy for the nature lovers, it is surrounded by greenery & wildlife. It is also within a short driving distance from the famous 15th century Ranakpur Jain Temples. An area steeped in history & abounding in wildlife, unspoilt nature harmonizes with the modern comforts & the warm hospitality of the Aoudhi.

Day 10 -  Kumbalgarh - Udaipur (100Km- 02hr)
Udaipur, from the lake, RajasthanToday we take drive to Udaipur, was founded in the year 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh after his final unsuccessful attempt to defend the Mewar capital, Chittorgarh from the invading Mughals under Emperor Akbar. The Kingdom of Mewar was considered the most respectable among all Princely states in Rajasthan & still remembered for the courage to protect the Kingdom. The site for Udaipur was chosen for its natural beauty, abundant water & natural protection afforded by the surrounding forests & Aravali mountains. It is set on the edge of three lakes & also known as the "City of Lakes & Palaces". Undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities in India, its beautiful Palaces are mirrored in the calm waters of Lake Pichola & the city is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces & temples.

Day 11 -Udaipur 
Book NowUdaipur is the jewel of Mewar -a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.

After breakfast, visit Udaipur City: In the midst of this romantic fate ridden land you come to Udaipur, a beautiful city of lakes, palaces and fountain.  In  the shadows of dark green hills, Udaipur's three lakes - Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar are shimmering jewels from the opal surfaces of which rise fairytale white palaces.  Maharana Udai Singh sought shelter here from the Mughal hordes and then tarried to fashion a city out of the silent vale. 
Morning, enjoy boat ride at Lake Pichola!!!
Lake Pichola: Fringed with hills, gardens, havelis, ghats and temples, Lake Pichola is the scenic focus of Udaipur. Set in it are Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir Palaces.

Visit the City Palace Museum - grandeur an d intricacy stroked all over in Granite, Marble and Mosaic displayed in the sparkling white filigreed balconies and windows, ornate arches and cupolas atop magnificent octagonal towers, Jagdish Temple - Built in 1651 A.D. by Maharana Jagat Singh, this Indo army temple is the largest  and the most beautiful temple if Udaipur with noteworthy sculpted images. Also visit Sahelion Ki Bari this small ornamental garden was a popular relaxing sport where royal ladies came for a stroll and hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools chiseled kiosks and marble elephants.

Afternoon Half day excursion to Eklingi TempleEklingji temple, carved from marble and even today the Maharana of Udaipur who is Diwan of the temple.

Day 12 -  Udaipur - Pushkar    
Drive to Pushkar, an enchanting small town located exactly on the edge of the desert but is separated from it by Nag Pahar, the Snake Mountain. The town frequently visited by devotees lies to the side of the small Pushkar Lake with its multitudes of bathing ghats & temples. It also holds the most unique fairs of its kind in the world. It is a combination of an animal fair & the religious fair. Both the fairs are enchanting & have their own unique aspects & quality. As per the Indian calendar the fair is held in the first lunar cycle in the month of Kartik culminating on the Kartik Poornima (Full moon)

Day 13 -  Pushkar - Samode 
visit Brahma Temple, said to be the only dedicated to Lord Brahma in India. This is the only temple of the god Brahma in the world. No pilgrimage of Hindu places is considered complete till the pilgrim bathes in sacred waters of Pushkar. Also some near by temples 
Later we drive to Samode, nestled picturesquely amidst the rugged hills. The quiet luxury of the palace offers a retreat into an aesthetically beautiful environment.

Day 14 -  Samode 
Excursion to Jaipur, popularly known as Pink City the flamboyant & colourful capital of Rajasthan. With its rich & colourful past, resplendent with tales of valour & bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was founded in 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. It remains the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors. 

Day 15 -  Samode - Bharatpur 
Drive to Bharatpur, founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in the year 1733. It was once an impregnable, well-fortified city, & the capital of a kingdom ruled by Jat maharajas. The trio of Bharatpur, Deeg & Dholpur has played an important part in the Jat history of Rajasthan .

Day 16 -  Bharatpur - Agra via Fatehpur Sikri
drive to Agra, en route we will visit Fatehpur Sikri (Ghost Capital), the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign, from the year 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water. We visit Emperor Akbar's Residential complex, Mosque Tomb of Salim Chisti
Further we continue our drive to Agra.

Day 17 -  Agra
visit Taj Mahal, symbol of eternal love, which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in the year 1631 in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was completed in 22 years. Further we visit Agra Fort, taken over from the Lodhis by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century. The Fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. It was built from red sandstone, often inlaid with white marble & intricate decorations. 
Late drive back to Delhi, 

Day 18 - Delhi/Departure   (Please Advise Flight Details)
Day at Leisure and
In time, transfer to the international Airport to fly Back Home with Sweet Memories of India.
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