The cultural identity of any region is based on the dominant groups inhabiting the area, and their means of livelihood; it also includes within its ambit the minutest of human expressions.In this regards, Rajasthan’s fabric of culture is unique with its multifarious textures and folds,each with its own shade and beauty. Find below one of the finest itinerary of Rajasthan cultural tours
Duration : 16 Night / 17 Days
Destination Covered : Delhi - Mandawa - Samode - Roopengarh - Deogarh - Kumbalgarh - Udaipur - Rohetgarh - Jodhpur - Bundi - Jaipur Fatehpursikiri - Agra - Delhi
DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
Upon arrival at International Airport you are met and transferred to your prebooked Hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel you are received with a traditional welcome of TIKKA and ARTI. Afternoon visit Qutab Minar India Gate, Rajghat and Shanti Vana the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Drive past Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Parliament street and President House.overnight at hotel.
DAY 02 : DELHI - MANDAWA (BY ROAD) 260 KMS 6 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast we leave for Mandawa the heart of the Thar Desert which used to be a medieval Indian trade city and still has beautifully preserved houses of medieval Indian traders in typical Rajput style - wooden doors, bamboo thatched roofs, mud plastered walls and floor and ethnic decor etc. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 03 : MANDAWA - SAMODE (BY ROAD) 130 KMS 3 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast today drive towards Samode . Upon arrival check in at Samode Palace . Samode Palace is one of India 's most charming and romantic hotels. If offers a quiet, elegant and luxurious atmosphere. The Palace has been meticulously restored offering a retreat into an aesthetically beautifully environment where visitors can enjoy India 's natural beauty and rich history. Samode palace was transformed into one the country's premium palace hotels in 1987, and is a perfect example of Samode according to the Rajputana Gazetteer of 1879 was a large and flourishing town. The Zamidars (landlords) of Samode the principal thakurs of the state of Amber were the Nathawat clan from Chomu, a branch of the house of Amber, tracing their relation to the Jaipur Maharaja the fabled Prithviraj Singhji the 17th Prince of the house of Kacchwaha Rajputs. Evening sightseeing Tour of samode . Overnight at the Hotel .
DAY 04 : SAMODE - ROOPENGARH (BY ROAD) 180 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast today continue drive towards Roopengarh . Upon arrival check in at your Hotel . Afternoon sightseeing tour of Roopengarh visiting fort and palaces etc.
DAY 05 : ROOPENGARH - DEOGARH (BY ROAD) 160KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast leave for Deogarh . Upon arrival check in at your Hotel . Afternoon sightseeing tour of Deogarh .
DAY 06 : DEOGARH - KUMBALGARH (BY ROAD) 85 KMS 2 HOURS DRIVE
After Breakfast we continue our drive to Kumbalgarh. Rana Kumbha , the legendary Mewari Hero, an astute and a great builder constructed 32 of the 84 fortesses in Mewar.Of these , the most imposing one, is Kumbalgarh - set amidst 36 Kms of the twenty feet thick ramparts and 365 temples.It is a place for serenity and calm of the countryside away from the madding crowd. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 07 : KUMBALGARH - UDAIPUR (BY ROAD) 85 KMS 2 HOURS DRIVE
Early breakfast and then we enjoy the exciting visit to the adjoining wildlife sanctuary which boasts of panthers, wild - boars, antelope, deer etc. and meet the local tribals BHIL & GARASIAS. After visiting we continue our drive to Udaipur and upon arrival checkinto at hotel. Evening we take a boat ride on the Lake Pichola . Overnight at the hotel
DAY 08 : UDAIPUR
Built along three lakes and ringed by green hills, Udaipur (pop, 366.000) is known as the ' Venice of the East' The City's palaces, gardens, ghats, temples and painted houses match the beauty of the setting. This morning we'll visit the towering City Palace , the largest in Rajasthan, and the Saheliyon ki Bari ( Garden of the Maidens.) Once for bidden to all but he queen and her ladies.From here we visit the e superb Jagdish Temple noted for its elephant - motif carvings The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 09 : UDAIPUR - ROHETGARH (BY ROAD) 260 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast we continue our drive towards Rohetgarh . Rohetgarh is an old family property of the Thakur of Rohet, and now converted into Hotel . The Garh is walled all around and set within a village in the semi - desert country. Afternoon Ride 12 Km through scrubland to visit the hamlets of the Bishnoi tribe. You will see herds of Blackbuck & Chinkara. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 10 : ROHETGARH - JODHPUR (BY ROAD) 45 KMS 1 HOUR DRIVE
After breakfast drive towards Jodhpur . Jodhpur the gateway to the Thar desert , the city is known for its striking forts, stately palaces and gracious building. Arrive Jodhpur , The second largest city in Rajasthan, standing on the edge of the Thar Desert . The old city was founded by Rao Jodha, its walls with seven gates and countless bastions and towers were built by Rao Maldeo in the 16th Century when Jodhpur was a booming trading town. . Jodhpur is called the " Blue City " for the characteristic plea indigo color of its traditional homes.
There are many great fortresses throughout Rajasthan, but non compare with the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, built atop a 400 ft. promontory. Within this invisible citadel are magnificent palaces with marvelously carved panels, latticed windows and evocative names. These palaces houses a fabulous collection of possessions of Indian royalty, including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. Below the fort, visit the Jaswant Thada, a graceful marble cenotaph built 1899 for Mahrajaha Jaswant Singh II, and monuments to other Maharajahs of Jodhpur. Proceed into the heart of the bazaars for a view of local artisans at work as well as locals shopping of their wares. Overnight at the hotel .
DAY 11 : JODHPUR - BUNDI (BY ROAD) (BY ROAD) 368 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast leave for Bundi is a dream remembered - named after Bunda, a Meena chieftan. A Rajput town so ancient that one gets the feeling of having stumbled upon a page of history. Bundi town nestles in a narrow valley, enclosed by huge walls and fortified by four gateways. In the centre of the township lies a lake. Places of interest are Chattar Mahal or palace of towers, eighty four pillored cenotaph, the palace and Naval Sagar. Overnight at Hotel .
DAY 12 : BUNDI - JAIPUR (BY ROAD) 210 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
After Breakfast Today we drive towards Jaipur popularly known as the Pink City , was built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Designed in accordance with Shilp Shastra - an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture - Jaipur follows a grid system. Upon arrival check in your Hotel. Afternoon - tour of City Palace and Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The Palace of winds - a five storied structure of pink sandstone has semi - octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was originally built to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch everyDAY life.
DAY 13 : JAIPUR
The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is the most colourful city in India . Today morning we visit the Amber Fort in the Aravali Hills, which is a super example of Rajput (Medieval Hindu) style architecture. A slow elephant ride takes us to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings. Afternoon is spent visit the local bazaar. In the evening, we visit Chokhi Dhani where an ethnic village atmosphere is recreated each evening with thousands of oil lamps, folk dancers, arobats, snake charmers, puppeteers etc. Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 14 : JAIPUR - AGRA VIA FATEHPUR SIKIRI (BY ROAD) 232 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast continue drive towards Agra enroute Fatehpur sikri (The ghost city) for a tour of the magnificent and world heritage buildings still in a state of perfect preservation. We continue our journey for Agra and upon arrival check into Hotel.
DAY 15 : AGRA
Agra was the capital of India under the Moghuls in the 16th and 17th centuries. This morning we see the exquisite tomb of the emperor Jehangir's chief minister and father - in - law, often called the 'BABY TAJ' because its design foreshadows the Taj Mahal,. Then we tour Agra 's Red Fort, built over three generations by the moghul emperors. Following an afternoon free, we go at sunset to see the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum built by a sorrowing Shah Jehan in memory of his young wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Building's stupendous scale, flawless symmetry, translucent white marble and shimmering reflection in the water channel are truly breathtaking. Overnight at Hotel .
DAY 16 : AGRA - DELHI (BY ROAD) 210 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast drive back to Delhi enroute visit Sikandra. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 17 : LEAVE DELHI
Transfer to airport in time to catch the flight to Onward destination.
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