COLOURFUL TOUR OF RAJASTHAN
COLOURFUL TOUR OF RAJASTHAN 23 Nights/24 Days
Rajasthan - an important tourist destination in India, full of colours. Tourist from all over the world come to enjoy colourful lifestyle of local people. Kota, Bikaner and Mandawa are famous for its colourful paintings and printings. Jaipur and Udaipur is famous for its miniature paintings. Chittaurgarh is popular for its massive fort. Ranakpur is famous for its Jain Temples, Jaisalmer - a magnificient edifice of massive yellow sandstone ramparts and bastions bathed in golden in the afternoon sun.
|Routing:||Delhi - Mathura - Agra - Ranthambhore - Kota - Bundi Chittaurgarh Udaipur Kumbhalgarh Ranakpur Mt. Abu Jodhpur Khuri Jaisalmer - Manvar Bikaner Pushkar Jaipur Delhi|
|Highlights:||Jeep Safari in Ranthambhore, Village Safari by jeep in Kumbhalgarh, Sand Dune in Khuri, Camel Safari in Khuri, Camel breeding farm in Bikaner, Elephant Safari in Amber Fort in Jaipur|
|Sightseeing & Excursion|
|Old Delhi:||Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat - the cremation place of Mahatma Gandhi|
|Mathura:||Birth place of Lord Krishna and Brindaban|
|Agra:||Sikandra, Dayal Bagh, Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-daulah, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri|
|Kota:||Chambal Garden, Maharao Madho Singh Museum, Jag Mandir, Haveli of Devtaji and Kota Barrage|
|Bundi:||Taragarh or The Star Fort|
|Chittorgarh:||The Fort - the indomitable pride of Chittaur|
|Udaipur:||Eklingi & Nagda, Sahelion-ki-Bari, City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum|
|Mt. Abu:||Dilwara Jain Temples|
|Jodhpur:||Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Mandore Garden and Osian|
|Jaisalmer:||The Fort, Jain Temple, Manak Chowk and Havelies|
|Bikaner:||Deshnok Temple, Junagarh Fort and Camel Breeding Farm|
|Pushkar:||Lord Bramha Temple|
|Jaipur:||City Palace, Royal Observatory, Pink City, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Amber Fort|
|New Delhi:||Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Humanyuns Tomb, Indira Gandhi Museum, India Gate,President House, Birla Temple|
COLOURFUL TOUR OF RAJASTHAN
DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI Traditional welcome with garlands at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (T-3) and transfer to hotel.
Overnight stay in Delhi.
DAY 02 DELHI/MATHURA (150 kms)
Morning half day sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Visit: Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat.
Afternoon drive to Mathura birth place of Lord Krishna.
Dep: Delhi/Mathura By Car with an English speaking tourist driver
Direct proceed to the temple birth place of Lord Krishna. Evening free and overnight stay in Mathura.
DAY 03 MATHURA/BRINDABAN/AGRA (54 kms) (Taj Closed on Fridays)
Morning proceed to Brindaban - this is where Krishna indulged in adolescent pranks like flirting with gopis in the forests and steeling their clothes while they bathed in the river. Visit various temples.
Later drive to Agra.
Dep: Mathura/Agra By Car with an English speaking tourist driver
Continue drive to Agra. En-route visit Sikandra tomb of Akbar the great. Also visit Dayal Bagh.
Afternoon half day sighstseeing tour of Agra. Visit: Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-daulah and Taj Mahal. Stay in Taj Mahal till sunset. Overnight stay in Agra.
DAY 04 AGRA/RANTHAMBHOR By Train
Early morning again visit Taj Mahal and stay there till sunrise. (optional)
Return to hotel for breakfast. Later drive to Bharatpur Railway Station to connect train for Sawai Madhopur. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri - also known as GHOST CITY.
Dep: Bharatpur/Sawai Madhopur 1546/1800 hrs. By Jan Shatabdi Express (Air-conditioned Chair Car)
Assistance at the Sawai Madhopur Railway Station and direct transfer to hotel in Ranthambhore.
Dinner and overnight stay in Ranthambhore.
DAY 05 RANTHAMBHORE NATIONAL PARK
Early morning Jeep Safari to meet Tiger and other wildlife. Return to hotel for breakfast and free time.
Later visit: The Fort - this imposing fort is perched atop a hill at an altitude of over 200 mtr amidst a dense forest. Afternoon again Jeep Safari. Evening free time and overnight stay in Ranthambhore.
DAY 06 RANTHAMBHOR/KOTA (150 Kms)
Early morning Jeep Safari and return to hotel for breakfast.
Dep: Ranthambhore/Kota By Car with an English speaking tourist driver
Afternoon half day local sightseeing tour. Kota is a fascinating mixture of medieval grandeur and modern industrialization. Visit: Chambal Garden, Maharao Madho Singh Museum, Jag Mandir, Haveli of Devtaji and Kota Barrage.
Overnight stay in Kota.
DAY 07 KOTA/BUNDI/CHITTAURGARH (170 km)
Morning drive to Chittaurgarh.
Dep: Kota/Bundi/Chittaurgarh By Car with an English speaking tourist driver
En-tour visit Bundi. Bundi and Kota were once a single principality ruled by the Hada Chauhans, an offshoot of the famous clan of Chauhans who rules Delhi and Ajmer. Visit Taragarh or The Star Fort.
Arrive Chittaurgarh and direct transfer to hotel. Evening free and overnight stay in Chittaurgarh.
DAY 08 CHITTAURGARH/UDAIPUR (115 km)
Morning visit Chittaurgarh Fort. Later drive to Udaipur.
Dep: Chittaurgarh/Udaipur By Car with an English speaking tourist driver
Arrive Udaipur and check-in Hotel. Afternoon visit City Palace and Jagdish Temple.
Evening free time around Lake Pichola. Overnight stay in Udaipur.
DAY 09 UDAIPUR
Morning excursion trip to Eklingi & Nagda. Later visit Sahelion-ki-Bari and Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum.
Rest of the day free and overnight at hotel.
DAY 10 UDAIPUR/RANAKPUR (90 km)
Morning drive to Ranakpur.
Dep: Udaipur/Kumbhalgarh/Ranakpur By Car with an English speaking tourist driver
En-route visit Kumbhalgarh Fort northwest of Udaipur is the second most important citadel of mewar after Chittaurgarh. The massive Kumbhalgarh Fort, encompassed by a 36 km long wall, seven majestic gates and seven ramparts, one within the other.
Continue drive to Ranakpur and visit beautiful Jain Temples a tine example of the temple architecture. Kankroli-Rajsamand are known for their scenic beauty.
Overnight stay in Ranakpur.
DAY 11 RANAKPUR/Mt. ABU (130 kms)
Morning free time in Ranakpur. Later drive to Mt. Abu the only hill station in Rajasthan.
Dep: Ranakpur/Mt. Abu By Car with an English speaking tourist driver
Arrive Mt. Abu and direct transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Dilwara Jain Temples and Nakki Lake.
Dilwara Jain Temples these beautifully carved temples built between 11th and 13th century A.D. are dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras.
Overnight stay in Mt. Abu.
DAY 12 Mt. ABU/JODHPUR (265 Kms)
Morning free time in Mt. Abu. Later drive to Jodhpur today stands as the second largest city in the Rajasthan state.
Dep: Mt. Abu/Jodhpur By Car with an English speaking tourist driver
Arrive Jodhpur and direct transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Mehrangarh Fort the 5 km long majestic fort on 125 m high hill, is one of the most impressive and formidable structures.
Also visit Jaswant Thada and free time in local market.
Overnight stay in Jodhpur.
DAY 13 JODHPUR/KHURI (315 kms)
Morning visit Umaid Bhawan Palace the only 20th century palace built under the famine relief project that gave employment to famine struck population and completed in 16 years.
Later drive to Khuri.
Dep: Jodhpur/Jaisalmer/Khuri By Car with an English speaking tourist driver
Arrive Khuri and direct transfer to Desert Resort. Afternoon enjoy Camel Safari and witness Golden Sunset. Later in the evening Rajasthan Gypsy Dances (live show) followed by cocktail and dinner.
Overnight stay in Khuri.
DAY 14 KHURI/JAISALMER(45 Kms)
Morning free time to walk around local village. Later drive to Jaisalmer.
Dep: Khuri/Jaisalmer By Car with an English speaking tourist driver
Before reaching Jaisalmer stop somewhere to take beautiful photographs of Jaisalmer Fort.
Continue drive to Jaisalmer and visit The Fort the Fort stands almost 30 metres over the city and houses an entire living area within its huge ramparts. Walking through the narrow lanes is an experience worth savouring. Also visit Jain Temple, Manak Chowk and Havelies.
Overnight stay in Jaisalmer.
DAY 15 JAISALMER
Full day free to explore Jaisalmer on your own. Overnight stay in Jaisalmer.
DAY 16 JAISALMER/MANVAR(180 km)
Morning drive to Manvar Resort.
Dep: Jaisalmer/Manvar By Car with an English speaking tourist driver
Lunch in Manvar Resort (between 1330 hrs to 1500 hrs). A fixed minu buffet Lunch is served.
Later enjoy Village Safari by Jeep. Its a drive of about 2 hrs through Desert Landscape. On the way option to visit a typical desert home to see how people live in desert, see a craftsman home, during the safari see the wildlife and finally ending at Resort.
Enjoy Camel Ride and Gala Dinner with Musicians & Dancers, Camp Fire etc.
Overnight at Manvar Resort.
DAY 17 MANVAR/BIKANER (225 kms)
Morning drive to Bikaner the ancient Caravan routes of West and Central Asia.
Dep: Manvar/Bikaner By Car with an English speaking tourist driver
Arrive Bikaner and direct transfer to hotel. Evening excursion trip to Deshnok Temple the famous 600 year old Temple dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The most interesting and main attraction about the temple are the rats who scamper freely within precincts. They are regarded as sacred and are fed by priests and devotees owing to the belief that they will be reincarnated in the family of the goddess.
Overnight stay in Bikaner.
DAY 18 BIKANER
Morning visit Junagarh Fort built in 1588 A.D. by Raja Rai Singh, a general in the army of Emperor Akbar. This fort is a formidable structure encircled by a moat and has some beautiful palaces within.
Afternoon visit Camel Research and Breeding Centre (National Research Centre on Camel) one of its kind in Asia. Overnight stay in Bikaner.
DAY 19 BIKANER/PUSHKAR (245 kms)
Morning drive to Pushkar a town that remains dormant all the year round.
Dep: Bikaner/Pushkar By Car with an English speaking tourist driver
Arrive Pushkar and direct transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Bazaar and Temple of Lord Brahma.
Overnight stay in Pushkar.
DAY 20 PUSHKAR/JAIPUR(145 Kms)
Morning free time around Holy Pushkar Lake.
Dep: Pushkar/Jaipur By Car with an English speaking tourist driver
Arrive Jaipur and direct transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit City Palace and Royal Observatory.
Overnight stay in Jaipur.
DAY 21 JAIPUR
Morning excursion trip to Amber Fort. En-route visit Pink City and stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind) for photography. Continue driving to Amber Fort. Enjoy Elephant Safari to ascend the hill top fort. Visit fort and drive down by local jeep. On your way back to Jaipur, stop at Jal Mahal (Palace of Water) for photography.
Rest of the day free for shopping and overnight stay in Jaipur.
DAY 22 JAIPUR/DELHI (260 kms)
Morning drive to Delhi.
Dep: Jaipur/Delhi By Car with an English speaking tourist driver
Arrive Delhi and direct transfer to hotel. rest of the day free for shopping. Overnight stay in Delhi.
DAY 23 DELHI
Full day sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Visit: Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Humayun's Tomb, Indira Gandhi Museum, President House, Parliament House, India Gate and Laxmi Narayan Temple in New Delhi. Afternoon visit National Museum and Art Gallery. Free time for shopping.
Overnight stay in Delhi.
DAY 24 DEPART DELHI
Transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination.
** End of COLOURFUL TOUR OF RAJASTHAN **
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