Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Colours of Rajasthan
16 Nights/17 Days
Itinerary: Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Rohetgarh - Udaipur - Chittaurgarh - Kota - Bundi - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
Tour Itinerary:Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
A Yatra representative will meet you at a location convenient to you in Delhi and transfer you in an air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel of stay. You are at leisure for the rest of the day. Spend the night at your hotel.
Colours of Rajasthan with Golden Temple (Amritsar)
Colours of Rajasthan with Holy City of Varanasi
Day 2: Delhi
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, take a full-day combined sightseeing tour of New Delhi and Old Delhi in an air-conditioned vehicle. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, visit Qutab Minar, one of the earliest remains of Imperial Delhi (13th century AD), Humayun's Tomb - the fine monument believed to be forerunner of Taj Mahal, India Gate - this 42-meter-high arch was raised to commemorate the soldiers who laid down their lives in World War I. Further on, drive past Parliament House, President's House, Secretariat Building, Laxminarayan Temple and Connaught Place. After exploring the historical sites of Delhi, return to your hotel and spend the night.
Day 3: Delhi - Mandawa
After breakfast, you will be driven about 260 kilometers to Mandawa. On arrival, check-in at a pre-booked hotel. Take an afternoon sightseeing tour of Mandawa. The land of Shekha (Rao Shekhaji 1433-1488), Mandawa is known for its human and artistic enterprises. After exploring the city, return to your hotel and spend the night.
Day 4: Mandawa - Bikaner
After breakfast, set out on a drive to Bikaner about 200 kilometers from Mandawa. On arrival, check-in at a hotel for your overnight stay. In the afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of Bikaner that stands on the northern tip of the desert triangle. After exploring the places of visit in the city, return to your hotel and spend the night.
Day 5: Bikaner - Jaisalmer
After breakfast, enjoy a drive to Jaisalmer about 333 kilometers from Bikaner. On arrival in Jaisalmer, check-in at a pre-booked hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 6: Jaisalmer
After breakfast, set out on a sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer, a spectacular desert city. The foundation of the city was laid by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD. After exploring the different hues of Jaisalmer, return to your hotel and spend the night
Day 7: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, drive to Jodhpur about 287 kilometers from Jaisalmer. On arrival, check-in at a pre-booked hotel and relax for a while. In the afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur, the former capital of Marwar state founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort spread over 5 kilometers on a steep hill and looking down 125 meters. The fort appears rugged and impenetrable from the outside, but houses some of the most intricately adorned palaces with exquisitely carved panels and latticed windows, Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal are some of the areas worth exploring. A collection of royal cenotaphs, built in while marble, lies very close to the fort. Built in 1899, the cenotaph also houses portraits of rulers of Jodhpur.
After seeing the popular attractions of Jodhpur, return to your hotel and spend the night.
Day 8: Jodhpur - Rohetgarh
After breakfast, take a short drive to Rohetgarh and check in at a pre-booked hotel. It is about 40 kilometers from Jodhpur. Set out on an afternoon jeep safari to a Bishnoi village steeped in history. This 450-year old tribe has a distinctive way of life. They are environmentalists in the fundamental sense, preserving the wilds in scientific and local routines evolved over centuries of living with nature and by nature. Spend some time with the locals and take a closer look at their way of life. After exploring the village, return to your hotel and spend the night.
Day 9: Rohetgarh - Udaipur
After breakfast, drive to Udaipur visiting Ranakpur Temples en route. Ranakpur, the Jain community like several others, had always enjoyed the patronage of the ruling family of Mewar and quite a few important positions were held by the Jains. Udaipur is about 275 kilometers from Rohetgarh. Check-in at a hotel in Udaipur for your overnight stay.
Day 10: Udaipur
After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Udaipur, one of the most beautiful cities in all of Rajasthan, better known as ‘city of lakes’. The places of interest here include City Palace which has several carved balconies, arches and decorated pillars, Zenana Mahal, Fateh Prakash, Durbar Hall and Shambhu Niwas. Also visit Jagdish temple, Sahelion-ki-Bari (queen's resort for her friends). Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Return to your hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 11: Udaipur - Chittaurgarh - Kota
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Chittaurgarh, a place known for the heroism of Rajputs. Equally well-known were the Maharani of Chittaur, Padmini whose beauty led the Sultan of Delhi, Allauddin Khilji to attack the fort. A fierce battle was fought and the Maharani with her entire entourage committed sati. Further on, proceed to Kota and check-in at a pre-booked hotel for your overnight stay. Today, you will cover about 275 kilometers.
Day 12: Kota - Bundi – Ranthambore
After breakfast, explore Kota, known as the industrial capital of Rajasthan. The city has only a few traces of its past still left. The fort overlooking the mighty Chambal river is a popular attraction. Built in mid 13th century, legend has it that its foundation was laid on a slain body of a Bhil chieftain, the community originally inhabited this place. The other attractions are Jag Mandir, Brij Vilas Palace and royal cenotaphs. After exploring Kota, head to Ranthambore and check-in at a hotel for your overnight stay. Today, you will drive about 200 kilometers from Kota.
Day 13: Ranthambore
Spend the morning and afternoon doing jeep safari in the park. Ranthambore is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country. Return to your hotel and spend the night.
Day 14: Ranthambore - Jaipur
Tuck into a sumptuous breakfast and set out on a drive to Jaipur, about 185 kilometers from Ranthambore. On arrival in Jaipur, check-in at a hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 15: Jaipur
After breakfast, continue on an excursion to Amber Fort, set in a picturesque location. Amber is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting apartments. After exploring this beautiful palace and getting an insight into its fascinating history, return to your hotel for the night. You are at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 16: Jaipur - Agra
After breakfast, you will travel to Agra and stop at Fatehpur Sikri en route. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal and other palaces. Agra is about 235 kilometers from Jaipur. Check-in at a hotel in Agra and spend the night.
Day 17: Agra - Delhi
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of Agra. Agra, the home of the immortal Taj Mahal, the inimitable poem in white marble, is the first expression of love of an Emperor Shahjehan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal. Afterwards drive to delhi, about 204 kilometers from Agra. You will be dropped at the international airport or any place convenient to you in Delhi for your onward journey.
- Standard check-in/check-out times at all hotels will be 12 noon.