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Classical India tour with Rajasthan




DAY 01: Arrival at Delhi
On your arrival at Delhi, international airport, welcome by our representative & you will be transferred to Hotel for 1 night.New Delhi, the capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern. Standing along the West End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi, unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India.Narrating the city's Mughal past, Old Delhi, takes you through the labyrinthine streets passing through formidable mosques, monuments and forts. You will also discover lively and colorful bazaars that boast to cater all sorts of good and items at mind-blowing prices amidst a barely controlled chaotic ambience. The imperial city of New Delhi displays the finely curved architecture of British Raj.It generates a mesmerizing charm reflecting well-composed and spacious streets under the shade of beautifully lined avenues of trees and tall and imposing government buildings. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi / Varanasi by Train No 2562 at 20:40 hr

Today morning you will set out for a full day guided sightseeing tour of Delhi covering Qutub Minar, one of the world’s heritage site, built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199 & Visit India Gate (War Memorial Arch). Humayun's Tomb, this red sand stone structure is considered to be the predecessor of Taj Mahal. Also visit Rashtrapati Bhawan, Connaught Place and Birla Temple. The Jama Masjid one of the Architectural gift given by Shah Jahan, is one of the largest mosques not only in Delhi but in India. Chandni Chowk - One of the main markets of Delhi, Afternoon visit Raj Ghat – Mahatma Gandhi Memorial. Evening you will be transferred  to Delhi Railway station to board in train for Varanasi. Overnight stay in Train.

Day 03: Arrival at Varanasi by Train No 2562 (08:40 hr)

Morning pick from Varanasi Railway station & you will be transferred to Hotel for 01 night. Varanasi, situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges, is the spiritual heart of India. It is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Glorified by myth and legend and sanctified by religion, Varanasi draws pilgrims and spiritual seekers. After brief refreshment set out for an excursion tour of Sarnath. Lord Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath. Sightseeing at Sarnath covers the Buddhist temple, Dhamekha Stupa, Chaukhandi stupa and the archaeological museum. Evening attend the popular ceremony (event) maha aarti, which is conducted here daily @ 07:00 pm and is one of Varanasi's prime tourist attractions. Overnight stay in Varanasi.

Day 04: Varanasi

Early morning enjoy boat ride on the Holy Ganges. Later after breakfast commence a temple tour of the city. Visit the Vishwanath temple, one of India’s most important Shaivite shrines. The original temple is said to have been over 1000 years old. The Gyan Vapi tank enclosed in a hall is said to contain the original shivalingam. Pilgrims offer prayers here before embarking on the Panchatirtha. Next to the Vishwanath temple is the Annapurna temple, built in the 18th century by Peshwa Baji Rao I. The idol of Annapurna Bhavani (the provider of food), a benevolent form of Shakti is made in solid gold and carries a cooking pot. There is also a striking silver-faced image of Shani (Saturn) within the temple. Shani is feared for his destructive powers and is worshipped to prevent any ill from befalling the devout. The Bharat Mata temple north-west of Godaulia is a modern shrine, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. It has a huge relief map of the Indian sub-continent showing all its rivers, mountains and pilgrimages. The 19th century Durga temple 4 kms from Godaulia is also popularly known as the ‘monkey temple’ because of an overwhelming simian presence. The idol of Durga, a manifestation of Shakti is dressed in red and rides a tiger with the trident, the discus and a sword in her hands. The temple courtyard has a forked stake for sacrificing goats, and non-Hindus are allowed only up to this point. Evening enjoy a walk through Varanasi market. Overnight stay in Varanasi.

Day 05: Varanasi / Khajuraho by It 336 (12:25 hr / 13:10 hr)               

Morning in time you will be transferred to Varanasi Airport to board in flight for Khajuraho, upon arrival, check in at hotel for 1 night.
Khajuraho: world heritage site, this is a famous temple city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, built between 950-1050 AD by the mighty warrior kings of the Chandela dynasty, a truly inspired burst of creativity. Contain stunningly explicit erotic sculptures. They were rediscovered in the 20th century, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.          Today you will visit Khajuraho temples, famous for the magnificent carvings depicting numerous exotic postures of the famous Kamasutra, ancient Indian work on sex. Only 22 temples survive of the 85 originally built. In fact, worship is still done today in the Matangeshwara temple, continuing an unbroken 1000 year tradition. Also visit the western group of Temples.The carvings and frescoes depict a variety of moods of every aspect of human life – from the mundane to the sublime. Exquisite carved images of gods and goddesses, ‘apsaras’ (celestial maidens) and animals (both real and mythical), soldiers, dancers and musicians, frozen in stone as they go about doing a variety of activities, decorate the temples. The temples are replete with beautifully sculpted and detailed erotic figures in a mind-boggling variety of positions, of voluptuous maidens and handsome men, which have aroused much discussion and several interpretations regarding their relevance and meaning. Contrary to what you may have heard, the erotic sculpture is less titillating and more amazing as you marvel at the creativity and craftsmanship of the people who chiselled life into stone. The largest temple of the western group, and the most magnificent, is the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Overnight stay in Khajuraho.

Day 06: Khajuraho / Orchha / Jhansi / Agra (171 Km / 03½ hr)        
Morning you will drive to Jhansi en rout visiting Orchha, a virgin historical site picturesquely located by the banks of Betwa River. The place with its beautiful palaces and thematic chambers is still almost untouristic.Visit Orchha Fort complex, Within the Fort complex we will visit Raj Mahal palace, Raj Praveen Mahal Palace, Jehangir palace and the Royal Chhattries (cenotaphs). Also visit Raja Ram temple - the only place where Lord Rama is worshipped as a king.Then continue drive to Jhansi to board in train for Agra, upon arrival, check in at hotel for 02 nights in Agra. Train: 2001 NDLS Satabdi Exp At: 1755 / 2025 hrs. Over night stay in Agra.

Day 07: Agra / Bharatpur / GHS (65 Km / 1½ hr)     
Early morning visit Taj Mahal, blushing in the rosy glow of dawn.Taj Mahal: (Taj remains closed on Friday) renowned for its spectacular architecture, seven wonders of the world and built by Shah Jahan for his lady love Queen Mumtaz Mahal in 1632.After breakfast visit Agra Fort, Built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D., is a master piece of design with beautiful mosques and palaces.Later drive to Bharatpur and take a Rickshaw ride at Park. Rickshaw pullers have been trained by the park management in bird watching and are quite knowledgeable. Bharatpur Sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana National Park) is one of the finest bird parks in the world and a reserve that offers protection to faunal species as well. Nesting indigenous water- birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds, this sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar. Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary is open throughout the year; still the ideal visiting months are from August-November for resident breeding birds and October- February for migrant birds.Then continue drive and check in at hotel / home stay at Garh Himmatsingh - on the edge of the State Rajasthan from the Eastern side visit an off beaten trek, where you experience the real Indian lifestyle and also experience the rural interaction with the villagers. You will soak up the atmosphere of Garh – Himmat singh village with exploring the surrounding countryside by walk and see the local way of life in this part of Rajasthan. Enjoy the dinner with a local family. Overnight stay in Agra.

 

Day 08: GHS / Ranthambhore (150 Km / 02½ hr)
Then drive to Ranthambhore, while on the way to Ranthambhore visit an eastern Rajasthan village Garh Himmatsingh - on the edge of the State Rajasthan from the Eastern side (have an off beaten trek), where you experience the real Indian lifestyle and also experience the rural interaction with the villagers as well as school of in rural area . Enjoy a Lunch with a local village family. On arrival, check in hotel for 2 nights. Overnight stay in Ranthambhore.

Day 09: Ranthambhore 
In the morning set out to enjoy a Jeep Safari in Ranthambhore National Park and observe the activities of The tigers, a variety of birds including Owlets, the ubiquitous Langur  (monkey), Leopard, Caracal, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, marsh Crocodiles, Wild Boar, Bears and various species of Deer, which are the other attractions. In the Evening again set out to enjoy a Safari (Jeep) in Ranthambhore National Park. Overnight stay in Ranthambhore.

Day 10: Ranthambhore / Jaipur (180 Km / 04 hr)
Morning you will drive to Jaipur, upon arrival check in at Hotel for 02 nights. Jaipur - the first planned city of India, located in the desert lands of Rajasthan. The city that once had been the capital of the royalty, now serves as the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal family. In the present date, Jaipur is the major business centre for the natives of Rajasthan with all requisites of a metropolitan city. The city of Jaipur, painted in pink, grasp the appreciation of every visitor. One can see that hoary charm still alive in the avenues of Jaipur. Overnight stay in Jaipur.

Day 11: Jaipur
Today morning after breakfast at hotel, take an excursion tour of Amber Fort, which is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. An elephant will spare you to the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.
 In the after noon visit City Palace –a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, Jantar Mantar, is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use; visit to Hawa Mahal, the ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine Trelliswork and elaborate balconies. Over night stay in Jaipur.

Day 12: Jaipur / Pushkar (145 Km / 03 hr)
Morning you will drive to Pushkar. Upon arrival, check in at hotel for 01 night.
Pushkar: The land of saints and seers, which is a perfect fusion of tradition and modernity. The small and beautiful town is set in a valley just about 14 km off Ajmer in the north Indian state of Rajasthan. Surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the other one, Pushkar forms a fascinating location and a befitting backdrop for the annual religious and cattle fair which is globally famous and attracts thousands of visitors from all parts of the world. Enjoy half day sightseeing tour of Pushkar covering holy Pushkar Lake, Ghats and Lord Bharma Temple. Over night stay in Pushkar.

Day 13: Pushkar / Uidaipur (320 Km / 04 hr)
Morning you will drive to Udaipur. Upon arrival, check in at hotel for 2 nights.             
The city of Lakes "Udaipur" is a lovely blend of water, lush green hills that set fire and passion in poet. Its palaces are straight out of a fairy-tale book, lakes, forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lines withdrawn with stalls, relives the reminisces of a heroic past, valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichola is excitement that defines imagination.  It has always been a lovely place for Film Shoots, Royal Events and even Corporate Parties. Evening enjoy Boat Ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight stay at in Udaipur.

Day 14: Udaipur
Morning you will be proceeding for a sightseeing tour of Udaipur Covering City Palace, on the banks of the Lake Pichola. The magnificent and awe inspiring citadel is, in fact, a complex of several buildings that were added at different times by different rulers spanning nearly three hundred years. Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum houses a very interesting collection of Rajasthani folk art – costumes, paintings, folk deities, musical instruments, masks, dolls and weapons. You could also spend some quiet moments at the Sahelion Ki Bari, (Garden of the Maids of Honour), a small ornamental garden with fountains, once the site for royal picnics, or the impressive Gulab Bagh (Rose garden). The Jagdish Temple, built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, is located within easy walking distance from the Palace gate. It is an impressive, beautifully proportioned structure, covered with carved friezes and heavily decorated inside. Overnight stay in Udaipur.

Day 15: Udaipur / Deogarh Via Ranakpur (275 Km / 5 hr)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Deogarh en route visiting Ranakpur temples, which are acclaimed world-wide for their intricate and superb architectural style. These temples form one of the five major pilgrimages of the Jains. Located in village o f Ranakpur near Sadri town in the Pali district of Rajasthan, Ranakpur temple lies at a distance of 95 kms in the north of Udaipur city. Upon arrival, check in at Hotel for 2 nights. Deogarh A castle of medieval Rajasthan, the Deogarh Mahal has been witness to history unfolding within and beyond its realms. Built in 1670 A.D by Rawat Dwarka Dasji as a family residence, it soon became the hub of village activity. The family interacted with the villagers and invited a host of feasts and festivities to be performed within the Mahal precincts. Some of these traditions are still upheld. The Mahal stands at a height of 2100 ft above sea level and is cooler than surrounding Rajasthan. With its bold battlements, domed turrets and balconies the Mahal towers over the town below. The imposing gateways once closed to ward off enemies, are now thrown open by the family in a gesture of welcome. The various terraces and balconies offer a commanding view of the surrounding Aravalis Mountain and its rugged rock-strewn countryside dotted by a number of lakes. These lakes play host to vast variety of migratory birds. The restoration has been carried out bearing in mind the blending of architectural style with interior décor thereby assigning to each room its unique vintage. The idea is to offer the weary traveler the comforts of today ensconced in the ambience of the past. Evening you will enjoy a walk through the village and Bird watching (near the lakes). Overnight stay at Deogarh Mahal.
 
Day 16: Deogarh / Jodhpur (223 Km / 4 hr)
Morning after breakfast set out for a Guided joy ride (Rural Rail) - A local train ride through a wooded hill section (1930’s train) for Deogarh to Phulad. It is an organized journey, to give a different experience of the train ride. Train starts from Station Mavli to Nathdwara, and reaches Deogarh at 0900 am and departs for Kunathl, Ameth, and Kunvaria, Kamlighat, Gorum Ghat & Phulad, Marwar Junction like many small villages and cities on the way, it goes through tunnels, high hills (mountains), Bridges on high valley and green Forest. The British made railway station building, store rooms are seems very attractive, still fresh memories of that time. Ghat (VALLEY) Section start from Khamli Ghat Railway Station the motion of the train from here is very slow, hilly terrain, we can start to see the view of Gahts (Valley), Monkey, Nil gay, fox, etc and look color full birds here is not a matter of surprise. Train arrives at the Gorum Ghat and stop for few minutes. Lot of monkeys who lives around Goram Ghat Station will be near you to ask for some Biscuit. This is very difficult path even power is not available; the railway staff also use solar lights etc. Tea, food is not available here every body should keep pack lunch, breakfast and water. "Journey Is More Important Then “the Destination” From Phulad your car will take you back to Hotel. Later drive to Jodhpur, upon arrival checks in at hotel for 01 night. Overnight stay in Jodhpur.

Day 17: Jodhpur / Jaisalmer (275 Km / 5 hr)
Morning, after breakfast enjoy a half day Guided sightseeing tour of Jodhpur including Meharangarh Fort: One of the largest forts in India, it is unsurpassed in beauty and grandeur. Innumerable palaces in the fort, interspersed with sprawling courtyards, are intricately. Various folk musicians and bands gather here on occasions and perform against the magical backdrop of the fort – reviving the regal splendour of a bygone era.  Jaswant Thada: The 19th Century royal cenatoph, a creation in white marble was built in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and displays some rare portraitsof Jodhpur’s rulers. Later you will drive to Jaisalmer, upon arrival check in at Hotel for 1 night. Overnight stay in Jaisalmer.

DAY 18: JAISALMER / SAM (40 KM / ½ hr)
After breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer which includes: Jaisalmer Fort - Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest in Rajasthan after Chittor and commands the desertscape from its 250 feet high perch on the hill. Three strong walls protect the citadel. The first buttress wall was constructed by the local Jain panchayat in the 15th century. Subsequent additions and fortifications were built by the Rawals. Salem Singh Haveli - It is at an unhurried pace that the havelis (houses of rich merchants) should be seen and admired. These havelis are the pride of Jaisalmer architecture, a part of the national heritage. Salem Singh haveli, at the eastern end of the city, is an Arabian Nights structure, which, like a wild flower, blossoms at the top. Patwon ki Havel Near the city center is the Patwon ki Haveli, built by Guman Chand Patwa and his five sons, dealers in brocade, gold and silver embroidery with business stretching between Afghanistan and Chaina. Evening you will drive to Sam and check in at Camp. Later experience the Camel ride on Sand Dunes by Sunset. Overnight stay in Jaisalmer.

Day 19: Jaisalmer / Bikaner (333 Km / 06 hr)

Morning at 07:00 hrs drive to Bikaner covering a distance of 190 km and enjoy a half day sightseeing of Junagarh Fort - One of the most imposing forts of northern India-- Junagarh Fort-- has remained unconquered till date. This fort was built in 15th century by one of the most able and trusted generals of Akbar, Raja Rai Singh Lallgarh Palace- Designed by a Britisher for Maharaja Ganga Singh, this palace displays a magnificient blend of oriental and european style. The imposing red sandstone monument is designed by Sir Swinton Jacob for Maharaja Ganga Singh. Evening visit Camel Breeding farm - It is 10 kms away from the city and probably the only one of its kind in Asia and managed by the government. Overnight stay in Bikaner.

Day 20: Bikaner / Mandawa (175 Km / 04 hr)

Morning after breakfast, drive to Mandawa, upon arrival check in at Hotel for 1 night.
Mandawa lies in the heart of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, India and is basically a municipal town of the Jhunjhunu district. Mandawa is also known as Rajasthan’s open art gallery', as the entire region is adorned with artistically painted havelis, mansions and homes. Some of the popular havelis that have become important tourist destinations are the Ladia haveli, the Chokhan haveli, the Binsidhar haveli, the Gulab Rai haveli and the Newatia haveli.Afternoon: start the guided tour of shekhawati. Shekhawati today is known more For its exquisite frescoes that adorn the walls and ceilings of the buildings here. It is an open art gallery. No other region in India, or perhaps, even in the world, has such a large concentration of high quality frescoes as the region of Shekhawati. Besides the cenotaphs, well, forts and temples, the majority of frescoes are painted on the walls and gateways of havelies. The havelies are the mansions of a unique residential architectural style that evolved around courtyards to serve the purposes of family security, privacy for the women, as also protecting the inhabitants from the long harsh summers. These enormous havelies houses the families of the merchants for a few generations. Overnight stay at Mandawa.                                                       

Day 21:  Mandawa / Delhi (280 Km / 06 hr)

Late afternoon, 14:00 hr you will drive to Delhi, enjoy dinner on own at near by hotel and later at 23:00 hr you will be transferred to Delhi International airport to board in flight for your onward Journey.




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