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Home   »   Forts & Places Tours  »   Palaces and Citadels of Rajasthan

Palaces and Citadels of Rajasthan
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Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Places Covered : Delhi - Mandawa - Khimsar - Nagaur - Jaisalmer - Osian - Jodhpur - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur - Jaipur - Fatephur Sikari - Agra - Delhi
From the barren thar desert to the cool, azure lakes of Udaipur, Rajasthan presents a myriad of landscapes. Dominated by the Rajput kings, this intriguing state bears witness to the power of these great rulers. Patronized by the Mughals and British, the warrior kings returned to their glorious past with pomp and ceremony during the days of the Raj and now we have an opportunity to stay at some of their finest palaces and savour the life of the maharanas. Their impact on Rajasthan was immense and has made this diverse state all the more fascinating. From imposing forts-Kumbhalgarh, Meherangarh, Nagaur - to colourful and richly crafted palaces and havelis - Mandawa, Udaipur, Jaisalmer -Rajasthan has lyrical names that will captivate the imagination.
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Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Delhi Meet our representative and transfer to hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi
Full city tour of New Delhi whose colonial architecture evokes the bygone days of Empire. We visit the Tomb of the Mughal Emperor, Humayun, the fluted tower of the Qutab Minar, and the Quwwat-ul-Islam, the oldest surviving mosque in India, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, we travel by rickshaw to the imposing, Red fort, where in the Palatial, throne room of the Diwan-i-Am, we found ourselves at the heart of the Mughal empire.

Day 03 : Delhi - Mandawa
Drive to Mandawa in Rajasthan (268kms- 6 hrs) and checkin our hotel.
Explore Castle Mandawa and the surrounding area where the havils, or traditional merchants houses, are decorated with colourful murals.

Day 04 : Mandawa - Khimsar
Morning drive to Khimsar (275 kms-5 ½ hrs) where we stay at the excellent 15th century Khimsar Fort. Visit the hereby fort of Nagpur where inside the ruined walls lie palaces decorated with fine wall paintings. In the evening we are guests at a special dinner with traditional dancing on the ramparts of the fort.
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Day 05 : Khimsar - Jaisalmer
Depart after breakfast for the drive to Jaisalmer (302 kms-6 hrs) pausing for lunch on route. In the late afternoon the honey coloured walls of the fort emerge from the shimmering desert Jaisalmer is Rajasthan's most enchanting destination, an oasis of colour, ancient palaces and delicately sculpted houses. Afternoon free to relax.

Day 06 : Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer A day of discovery in the old citadel of Jaisalmer. In the winding streets we wander between the havelis, with their beautifully carved fretwork and jali screens, and the equally stunning Jain temples. We visit the old palace of Maharawal painted in extravagant Rajput style. In the late afternoon we relax at the oasis which led to the foundation of the city, Gadi Sagar, and explore the Royal cenotaphs at Bada Bagh before enjoying the desert sunset.

Day 07 : Jaisalmer - Osian
Drive to Osian (260 kms-6 hrs) an ancient town in the Thar Desert, where we stay amongst the dunes at the Osian Camel Camp in fully equipped tents. In the late afternoon we saddle up for a camel safari into the desert, arriving at a small rural village to watch the local potter and weaver, before heading back to our tents. Dinner is under a canopy of stars.

Day 08 : Osian - Jodhpur
From the tranquil sands of Osian we head south by road to Jodhpur (58 kms-1½ hrs) arriving in time for lunch at the magnificent Umaid Bhawan palace. Later we explore the Meherangarh fort from whose ramparts we can enjoy stunning view of the winding lanes and famous blue houses of the city. Overnight at hotel.
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Day 09 : Jodhpur - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur
On our journey south to Udaipur (259 kms-6 hrs) we visit the remote Kumbhalgarh fort whose impregnable walls dominate the surrounding countryside. We lunch at the secluded Aoudhi Retreat. As we approach Udaipur the landscape softens with tranquil lakes and green hills. Check into the hotel.

Day 10 : Udaipur
Visit the city palace before a relaxing afternoon with a boat ride on Lake Pichola subject to waterlevel and a visit to the Island palace of Jag Mandir. We return to the hotel.

Day 11 : Udaipur - Jaipur
Udaipur - Jaipur A quite morning to explore Udaipur before our afternoon flight to Jaipur, where 'pink' is the colour of welcome. The afternoon is free to relax or to visit the local bazaar, famous for its textiles, Rajput miniatures, precious stones and wide range of local handicrafts.

Day 12 : Jaipur
Travel out of Jaipur to Amber, home to a fabulous fort and palaces, where we ascend to the battlements by elephant. From the maharaja's apartments we can enjoy panoramas of the Rajasthani countryside. In the afternoon we return to Jaipur to visit the sprawling city palace, the magnificent Hawa Mahal and the 18th century observatory.

Day 13 : Jaipur - Agra
Drive to Agra (232 kms-5 hrs). After lunch continue to the deserted city of Fatephur Sikri, abandoned four centuries ago but perfectly preserved. Check into the hotel.

Day 14 : Agra - Delhi
Our morning starts at the formidable Agra Fort, with its impressive imperial quarters and marbled apartments, before visiting the more intimate tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah. The climax of our visit to Agra is the enchanting Taj Mahal.Drive back to Delhi and checkin to hotel ( 203 kms / 4 hrs).

Day 15 : Delhi - Onward destinations
Transfer to international airport to connect flight for onward destination ( hotel check - out 12 :00 hrs )
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