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Itinerary:  Explore Rajasthan

 

Tour Highlights

Four World heritage Sites
Cycle rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
Sunset Boat ride in Udaipur
Shekhawati - Open air art gallery
Citadels of the Thar Desert - Bikaner and Jaisalmer
Camel safari on the sand dunes .
Manvar - Luxury Camp on the desert .
Bishnoi tribal village Safari by jeep.
Discover "Real" Rajasthan in Deogarh and Rohetgarh.
Seven Wonders of The World - Taj Mahal
Travel by Private Car
Private Guide for Sightseeing

Overview

The tour offers a banquet of Rajasthan's classic holiday delights - its hidden gems and its much lauded treasures - everything that makes Rajasthan one of the world's top exotic holiday destinations that has been seducing holidaymakers from home and abroad for decades. Rajasthan's rich history, its legends of royalty and village communities, its tales of heroism and staunchly held beliefs in the face of deep provocations, its palaces and Havelis, its forbidding fortresses and verdant gardens, its heady wildlife sanctuaries and its stunning desert enclaves, its legendary crafts and hardy people, all of which unquestionably make it an all-time favourite vacation option for all age groups. From Jaipur, the famed walled city of medieval times, to Jodhpur, from Jaisalmer near the desertlands to Bikaner with its camel farm, from the painted towns of Shekhawati to Udaipur with its gorgeous lake palace, there is something for everybody. Surprises await you all along this adventurous odyssey as we discover new destinations and enjoy the legendary hospitality of Rajasthan's erstwhile royal homes and uncover the world of its old aristocrats. Tour Rajasthan and explore the rich culture of Rajasthan. We explore Rajasthan with its grand palaces, Havelis & Rajasthan forts, stark landscape, rich wildlife, friendly people and beautiful handicrafts and gems. Rajasthan has always fascinated travelers since time immemorial, now you can explore “The land of the kings” like a royal as well. Although the tour does not exclude the attractions of the more popular towns, its main focus will be on India's Heritage Hotels and the fascinating insight they offer into a traditional way of life that has changed little over the years.


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Day 1 - Fly to Delhi

Fly to Delhi


Day 2 - Delhi

Meet and assistance on arrival by our representative at Delhi’s International airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Oberoi Maidens / Imperial**


Day 3 - Delhi

Morning start tour of Old Delhi visiting Red Fort , Jama Masjid (Mosque) & Chandni Chowk “Moonlit Street,” Old Delhi’s main street and colorful shopping bazaar. Later drive down the spectacular Rajpath “the Kingsway,” passing the India Gate (the memorial built to honour the unknown soldiers), the President’s House, and the House of Parliament. Also visit the Humayun’s Tomb. Overnight at Oberoi Maidens / Imperial


Day 4 - Delhi / Shekhawati

Drive to Shekhawati region (250 Kms,5-6 hours). Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Roop Niwas / Desert Resort Mandawa**


Day 5 - Shekhawati

Morning proceed for sightseeing tour of Shekhawati region visiting Havelies ( mansions ) of Nawalgarh & Mandawa.

Shekhawati is the homeland of many Marwari families. The ‘garden of Shekha’ was named after Rao Shekhaji of Amarsar. The Rajputs lavishly decorated their houses with paintings on religious, folk and historical themes. The magnificent painted Shekhawati havelis in present-day form an “open-air art gallery”  which are open to visitors.

Overnight at Roop Niwas / Desert Resort Mandawa


Day 6 - Shekhawati / Bikaner

Drive to Bikaner in the morning (170 Kms,3-4 hours). Afternoon guided tour Bikaner including Junagarh Fort and Lalgarh Palace Museum wing. Overnight at Bhanwar Niwas / Gajner Palace**


Day 7 - Bikaner / Jaisalmer

Morning drive to Jaisalmer (7-8 hours). stay at Rawalkot.


Day 8 - Jaisalmer / Manvar

Morning drive to Manvar Desert Camp (180 Kms, 3-4 hours). Evening sunset camel safari. Later enjoy camp fire & dinner with folk entertainment.Overnight at Manvar Tents


Day 9 - Manvar / Rohet

Drive to Jodhpur this morning (110 Kms, 2-3 hours) Jodhpur is on the eastern fringe of the Thar Desert and serves as the gateway to the wonderland of sand dunes and shrubs, rocky terrain and thorny trees. Tour of Mehrangarh fort and Old City.

Evening drive to Rohet Garh (40 Kms, 1 hour).Overnight at Fort Rohet Garh


Day 10 - Rohet

After breakfast proceed for Bishnoi tribal village Safari by jeep. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Rohet Garh


Day 11 - Rohet / Udaipur

Drive to Udaipur via Ranakpur Temples (280 Kms, 5-6 hours). Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel / Udaivilas**


Day 12 - Udaipur

Morning guided tour of Udaipur visiting City Palace museum and Saheliyon ki bari - a pleasure garden constructed for the ladies of the palace on day 12 of Explore Rajasthan Tour. Evening Sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola Sail through sylvan spots, waft along with a gentle zephyr, in the most romantic of places. Overnight at Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel / Udaivilas


Day 13 - Udaipur / Deogarh

Late morning Drive to Deogarh (135 Kms, 3-4 hours). Afternoon at leisure. Stay at Deogarh Mahal


Day 14 - Deogarh

Day at leisure (Optional activities include experience vintage car cultural safari, 1930’s local train ride, walking in the hills, cycling or ayurveda spa treatments). Stay at Deogarh Mahal


Day 15 - Deogarh / Jaipur

Morning Drive to Jaipur (275 Kms, 5-6 hours). Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Samode Haveli / Rajvilas**


Day 16 - Jaipur

Full day guided city tour visiting the majestic Amber fort, City Palace and its Museum (a part of the Palace still remains the residence of the Jaipur royal family), the Jantar Mantar, an 18th century observatory, and the legendary Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds)on day 16 of Explore Rajasthan Tour. Overnight at hotel


Day 17 - Jaipur / Agra

Drive to Agra enroute visiting the deserted mughal capital city of Fatehpur Sikri(230 Kms, 5-6 hours).

Agra is the home of the Taj Mahal - one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A mausoleum for Empress Mumtaz Mahal, built by her beloved husband Shah Jehan, the Taj Mahal is often described as a ‘dream in marble’.

Overnight at Gateway Hotel Agra / Amarvilas
Note: Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday


Day 18 - Agra / Delhi / Departure

Morning visit Taj Mahal at Sunrise and after breakfast visit Agra Fort. Agra Fort on the Western bank of the River Yamuna, Akbar’s magnificent fort dominates the centre of the city.

Later drive to Delhi airport (200 Kms, 4-5 hours) to board onwards International flight.


Suggested Adaptations to this tour

From Delhi* An ideal way to complete your visit to India is to spend some time relaxing on the beach. Goa is only a short flight from Delhi and has many high quality hotels. You may also fly to Cochin, spend a night in the backwaters of Kerala on a rice boat, and then continue to a beach resort. Or a further alternative is to travel by rail to the former British summer capital of Shimla. The climate here is cooler, with spectacular Himalayan views during the winter months and you can spend time walking in the surrounding area or exploring the colonial heritage of this summer retreat. .

Year Round

 

TOFTThe Hotels covered in this Itinerary are:
Oberoi Maidens / The Imperial
Roop Niwas Kothi / Desert Resort Mandawa
Bhanwar Niwas / Gajner Palace
Rawalkot
Manvar Tents
Fort Rohet Garh
Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel / The Oberoi Udaivilas
Deogarh Mahal
Samode Haveli / The Oberoi Rajvilas
Gateway Hotel Agra / The Oberoi Amarvilas

Oberoi Maidens

Maidens Hotel is one of Delhi's oldest hotels, built in the early 1900s, and has retained its colonial charm and architecture. Its spacious rooms with high ceilings are unique when compared to the box-sized rooms of modern hotels. Set amidst eight acres of lush gardens, shady trees and tennis courts, it escapes the noise of the main city, but remains within easy access to some of the most magnificent Mughal monuments, and famous shopping center Chandni Chowk with its quaint bazaars and meandering lanes.

Situated in the North Delhi residential area with big " Turn of the Century" bungalows and the bank of the river Yamuna on the east; close to the University of Delhi Campus. The hotel lies within walking distance of the main Interstate bus terminal. Late 19th century architectural elegance is reflected in the classical rooms and the elegant restaurants.


The Imperial

From the time The Imperial opened its doors in the 1930s, when India was beginning to write the last chapters of its saga on independence, there was little space in New Delhi for an Indo- British rubbing of shoulders. The Imperial provided such a space. Pandit Nehru, Mahatama Gandhi, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Lord Mountbatten would meet at The Imperial to discuss the partition of India and creation of Pakistan.The Nehru family had a permanent suite here.

The Imperial is a fine confluence of a rich historical past and contemporary international appeal. After many restorations, it has managed to preserve its charm, and exudes it’s former glory. The original Frasers and Daniells paintings and the tavern named after them, the symbolically baptized “1911” restaurant and bar, the Royal ballroom were the places where have met and are still as popular today. The Hotel is a jewel of architecture and its location in the heart of the city makes it the ideal venue for tourists around the world.


Roop Niwas Kothi

Roop Niwas Kothi with its imposing but delicately carved exterior and simple yet comfortable interiors, is a genuine heritage edifice in a sylvan setting.

The villa, reminiscent of the romance of the bygone era, has been converted into a hotel. We organize horse / camel safaris with our base at Roop Niwas Kothi (Palace), Nawalgarh (Shekhawati) Rajasthan.


Desert Resort Mandawa

In the heart of Rajasthan , the colourful land of the Rajputs is the region of Shekhawati, taking its name from the powerful Shekhawat clan. The legends of this historic land have been captured in the murals and frescoes of its Havelis, Forts, Temples, and cenotaphs. Set against this exotic backdrop is The Desert Resort , Mandawa.

The mystery and romance of the desert are captured in the unusual architecture of the resort. Recreated in the style of a typical Rajasthani village, The Desert Resort is a verdant oasis in the midst of a stark desert landscape. The Desert Resort reflects the traditional harmony between man and nature in the region.


Bhanwar Niwas

DEEP IN THE THAR DESERT, behind endless waves of sand dunes lies Bikaner, one of the most interesting centers of later Indian art. In this great town of red sandstone, with richly decorated houses rising high over its bustling streets, stands Bhanwar Niwas, the most magnificent of the famed havelis belonging to the Rampuria family.

Commissioned by the late Seth Bhanwarlalji Rampuria in 1927, the architecture of the haveli and its interiors is a fascinating blend of Indian and European styles.

Now a heritage hotel, Bhanwar Niwas offers its guests an experience of the lost flamboyant world of Rajputana.


Gajner Palace

Gajner Palace, Bikaner which is constructed of red sandstone is very famous amongst the roll of Heritage Hotels in Bikaner. It stretches over a sprawling terrain of 6000 acres. It is remarkable for its architectural grandeur in addition to its plush suites and rooms. The greenery in the vicinity of Gajner Palace, Bikaner along with its splendid lawns, the charming twittering of birds, the leisurely walk of peacocks – all play their roles in making it a cherished destination for tourists.


Rawalkot

Rising out of the rocks to overlook the town of Jaisalmer, The Gateway Hotel is the perfect combination of modern comfort and medieval charm. Guests can enjoy views of the 12th century Jaisalmer Fort and appreciate how the scenery changed from sunrise to sunset.


Manvar Tents

Located 6 kms from the resort in the midst of the wilderness surrounded by the sand dunes is the splendid isolated splendor of Manvar Tented camp . The concept of MANVAR Desert Camp seems to trace its birth to the 17th century when while on his way to the battlefields, the Mughal Emperor Jehangir, known for his luxurious lifestyle, used to set up royal style camps. These camps were equipped with all the amenities. This tradition was followed by later rulers as well as those of Rajasthan for their hunting trips, royal gatherings and recreational activities.

AN oasis of rare exclusivity The MANVAR TENTED CAMP consists of 30 colorfully decorated, safari-style tents arranged in a semi-circle around a central ‘durbar’ Hall

Each of the thirty tents is carefully placed for commanding views over the desert wilderness. They are extremely luxurious - more like mini-marquees with smart polished traditional camping style teak furniture, rich jute rugs and lovely custom designed block-printed tent linings. Beds are large, can be arranged as single, double or twins, and have electric lamps on side tables that light the tents effectively at night.


Fort Rohet Garh

Rohet Garh is a classified Heritage Hotel. Over the course of fifteen years it has been nurtured and developed with great love and care by the family into one of the finest Heritage hotels in the country. No new building has been added in the renovation process, but rather, old edifices have been skillfully redesigned to create a heritage property that has few parallels. Situated on the banks of a lake and set in the midst of rural surroundings, it is a haven of peace and tranquility. Sprawling lawns and manicured gardens, which invite a multitude of birds and dancing peacocks, herald your entry into this oasis where the bird song is the only sound you will hear. A superb swimming pool with four charming pavilions entices you for a refreshing dip. Often dinner is served by the poolside as folk musicians enliven the evening atmosphere. An elegant, beautifully appointed lounge, serene verandahs, and terraces with breathtaking views, make perfect venues for relaxation. The thirty-four individually decorated rooms add a touch of class.


Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel

A Grand Heritage Palace standing majestically along the shores of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Fateh Prakash Palace was named after Maharana Fateh Singh - one of the greatest rulers of Mewar dynasty. Converted into a Heritage Hotel par excellence, this magnificent palace features distinctive turrets and majestic domes, and is a treasure-trove of exquisite chandeliers and priceless paintings, unique crystal and crockery collections.

Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel was certified as the best Heritage Hotel in 'Heritage Grand' category for 2001-2002 by the Department of Tourism, Government of India. Traditional Marwari hospitality coupled with opulent facilities and efficient services makes Fateh Prakash a highly favored holiday retreat for tourists visiting Udaipur.


The Oberoi Udaivilas

Conceived as a traditional Indian palace, The Oberoi Udaivilas showcases the rich heritage of the Mewar region of Rajasthan with its rambling courtyards, gentle rippling fountains, reflecting pools and verdant gardens. Grand architecture inspired by the palaces of Rajasthan present a picture of majesty resplendent with pavilions and domes that lead you to a journey of discovery. Interiors embellished with decorative domes, hand painted frescoes, intricate mirror work and beautifully crafted artefacts create an ambience of regal splendour.

An enchanting boat ride across Lake Pichola transports you to the ceremonial welcome that awaits you at resort. Rooms with terraces that open on to semi-private swimming pools present exquisite views and are a unique feature of Udaivilas. Magnificently decorated suites with private swimming pools and outdoor dining pavilions are exclusive retreats.


Deogarh Mahal

As soon as you glimpse the Deogarh Mahal, you can see that its rulers must have been serious players in the Mewar aristocracy, their magnificent fort a fitting stronghold for one of its sixteen “umraos” - the most senior feudal barons attending on the Maharana of Udaipur. Even so, you might not necessarily guess that the Rawats of Deogarh (a local title equivalent to “Raja”) once ruled over the fourth largest jagir in the whole of Rajasthan. At its most extensive, their territory comprised some 210 villages, with one of their defensive forts as far as 100 km away. Yet there is little ostentation and even less gold to be found in their palace. Like most of the Mewar nobility, they spent too much time fighting to have much to spare for amassing great wealth.


The Oberoi Rajvilas

The Oberoi Rajvilas is a unique way to experience Jaipur, one of India’s most vibrant and exotic destinations. A luxury resort with its own distinctive character, it revives the gracious lifestyles of India’s legendary Rajput princes.

Recreating the magnificence of princely Rajasthan, in a beautiful fort setting, with Jaipur as its backdrop; The Oberoi Rajvilas is set in 32 acres of landscaped gardens with pavilions and reflection pools that create the romance and grandeur of Rajasthan. Rooms, luxury tents and villas with private pools are clustered around private courtyards in a richly embellished fort setting. At The Oberoi Rajvilas superb attention to detail creates a soothing blend of warm, effortless service and harmonious spaces.


The Oberoi Amarvilas

Enjoy the luxury of your own private view of the greatest monument to love. Wake up to the glorious sight of the Taj, bathed by the first rays of dawn. Watch her sparkle by day as the sun shines on her architectural perfection. Allow yourself to be swept away by her romance at dusk. Let the nights be filled with the magic of the Taj by moonlight.

The Oberoi Amarvilas is located 600 meters from the Taj Mahal and all rooms, suites, lobby, bar and lounge offer breathtaking views of the monument. Built in a style inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture, the resort is a splendid display of terraced lawns, fountains, reflection pools and pavilions with rich interiors that take you back to an era of Emperors and Princes. An interlude at The Oberoi Amarvilas is truly unforgettable

 

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly to Delhi
Day 2 - Delhi
Day 3 - Delhi
Day 4 - Delhi / Shekhawati
Day 5 - Shekhawati
Day 6 - Shekhawati / Bikaner
Day 7 - Bikaner / Jaisalmer
Day 8 - Jaisalmer / Manvar
Day 9 - Manvar / Rohet
Day 10 - Rohet
Day 11 - Rohet / Udaipur
Day 12 - Udaipur
Day 13 - Udaipur / Deogarh
Day 14 - Deogarh
Day 15 - Deogarh / Jaipur
Day 16 - Jaipur
Day 17 - Jaipur / Agra
Day 18 - Agra / Delhi / Departure

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