|Hidden Rajasthan Tour
A delightful tour encompassing awe inspiring Forts and delicate ethereal Temples. Languid lakes and dry unyielding desert. Meet the local farmers, watch skilful artisans at work and marvel at the immense wealth and majesty of the fabled Maharajas. Such are the sights of Hidden Rajasthan a blaze of joyous colour and stark arid expanses.
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Kishangarh - Bundi - Kota - Chittorgarh - Udaipur - Dungarpur - Mount Abu - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Khimsar - Kuchaman - Samode - Neemrana - Delhi
20 Nights / 21 Days
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival at International airport & transfer to hotel. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
Morning sightseeing of New Delhi is consisting of drive through the Raisina Hills- Parliament House, India Gate, President House; 16th century tomb of Emperor Humayun built of Marble & Red stone in typical Mughal fashion, Lotus temple (Bahai Temple) & Qutab Minar. Afternoon sight seeing of Old Delhi is highlighted Shah Jahan's Red Fort, the bustling market place of Chandni Chowk by Rickshaw Puller Ride, Raj Ghat, and the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Evening return to the Red Fort to watch the "Sun et Lumire" which is an inter play of colourful lights and sound tracing the history of monument till date. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Delhi = Agra (By Train)
Early transfer to railway station to connect train to Agra. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Morning sightseeing tour of Agra visiting Agra Fort, the creation of the fabled Moghul Emperors, the Itmad-ud-Daulah, the magnificent mausoleum of the father of Empress Noor Jahan, and the compellingly beautiful Taj Mahal (TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS). To end the day another visit at sunset to linger at this monument of love. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Agra Fatehpur Sikri Jaipur (By Surface)
Morning drive to Jaipur visiting en-route Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital city of Akbar, the greatest of the Moghul Emperors. (Optional halt at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary). On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort winding up the steep hillside on a stately elephant. Afternoon sightseeing of Jaipur visiting the delightful Palace of Winds, City Palace Complex, Observatory and the colourful bazaars. Optional evening visit to Choki Dhani for a traditional Rajasthani meal. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Jaipur Kishangarh (By Surface)
Morning drive to Kishangarh. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the delightful Palace beside a small lake, with the grand old Fort rising up behind. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Kishangarh Bundi - Kota (By Surface)
Morning drive to Kota via Bundi with its brooding Taragarh Fort, and the Palace nestling in its shadow, harbouring the famous Bundi murals. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Kota Chittorgarh (By Surface)
Early sightseeing tour of Kota, including the City Palace, Fort and Museum one of the best in Rajasthan. Next drive to Chittorgarh with a visit to the wildly romantic Fort complex, a testimony to the ideals of Rajput chivalry. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Chittorgarh Udaipur (By Surface)
Morning drive to Udaipur. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing including the City Palace Complex built in 1725, and Garden of The Maids of Honour (once a Ladies haven, it is still closed to men on certain days of the year). Sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Udaipur
Full day excursion to the Jain Temples of Ranakpur and the Fort at Kumbhalgarh. High on a ridge in the Aravalli Hills, its walls, some 36 km long are purported to be the second longest in the world Throughout its long illustrious history the for t has only been breached once, and has been a sanctuary for the Mewar Rulers for generations. In complete contrast the ethereal simplicity of the Jain temples at Ranakpur, with 1,444 superbly carved marble pillars, is a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Udaipur Dungarpur (By Surface)
Morning drive to Dungarpur, with a visit to Juna Mahal, an old deserted palace. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Udaipur - Mount Abu (By Surface)
Bright start with drive to Mt Abu. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit to the lovely Sunset Point, watching the last of the suns rays transform the colours of the land. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Mount Abu
Morning tour to Dilwara Jain Temples, where the exquisite carvings have reached incredible heights of beauty. Dont miss the delightful House of Elephants or, in the Tejpal Temple where, some of the delicate marble carvings are almost transparent. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: Mount Abu Jodhpur (By Surface)
Early morning start for the long drive to Jodhpur. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15: Jodhpur Jaisalmer (By Surface)
Early visit to the Meherangarh Fort built in 1459 look out for the lovely Pearl and Flower Palaces. Later drive to Jaisalmer. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 16: Jaisalmer
The Golden City, glowing soft ochre, is magical to behold, as the sun sets on the massive for t, its shadow dominating the barren desert land. Apart from the imposing fort, magnificent Havelis and spiralling cenotaphs make any visit to Jaisalmer a fascinating experience. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 17: Jaisalmer Khimsar (By Surface)
Morning drive to Khimsar. On arrival, check in at Khimsar Castle. Afternoon Jeep Safari to see rural people and village artisans, and perhaps glimpse the shy creatures of the desert. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 18: Khimsar Kuchaman (By Surface)
Drive to Kuchaman staying overnight at Kuchaman Fort at the edge of the Great Thar Desert. Relax or explore the intriguing for t complex. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 19: Kuchaman Samode (By Surface)
Depart to Samode staying overnight at the Samode Palace Hotel and explore the palace resplendently bedecked with wall paintings and intricate mirror inlays. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 20: Samode Neemrana (By Surface)
Lazy morning exploring the Palace and Village frescoed walls, intricate paintings, all reflecting the supreme skill of the craftsmen. Then drive to Neemrana, staying at Neemrana Fort Palace. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 21: Neemrana Delhi (By Surface)
A day to explore and relax in the fascinating 15th Century Fort. The Fort, perched high on a plateau is layered like a jewelled cake tier upon tier with glorious views from the myriad of balconies. Leave in the late evening for the Delhi International Airport to connect flight for onward destination.