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It is a well-known fact that Rajasthan is one of the most-visited states in India. The reason behind the popularity of this royal state is its vibrant culture and rich history. There is hardly anything that one cannot find in this imperial land. Right from forts to palaces, from lakes to temples, from museums to national parks, the state has it all to please tourists. The substantial region of the desert is dominated by desert, which makes it a suitable region for activities like dune bashing, camping, etc. the ship of the desert, camel is found in abundance in Rajasthan and camel rides are extremely popular in the region. There are several tourist places in Rajasthan out of which a few are the most-visited ones. Every town and city has something unique to delight tourists, either in the form of culture or history. The forts and palaces in Rajasthan narrate the tales of gallantry and kingship of the mighty rulers, who ruled the region for centuries. Similarly, museums are chock-full of things and weapons used by the rulers and exhibit their lifestyle. If you think that it’s all about desert only, you are not completely right as Rajasthan has wildlife reserves as well as a famous hill station. One can enjoy in the hilly region as well as spot different species of flora and fauna.
During this tour of 23 days, you will be covering multiple locations in Rajasthan, out of which some major ones are Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Ranthambore, Udaipur, Mount Abu and Bikaner. You will be visiting famous historical edifices and monuments as well as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in these towns and cities. Furthermore, you can get to know about Hindu and Jain beliefs as you will also visit many temples. In short, this tour will allow you to get acquainted with each and every aspect of the lifestyle of the locals. This will surely be a memorable trip for you and your dear ones.
Upon your arrival in the city, one of our representatives will meet you at the airport. We will then take you to your hotel and check-in the hotel. Once you have settled in, the entire day is at leisure; you could make use of the car as per your needs as long as you are in the limits of the city.
Delhi has been the seat of various Mughal kings in the past and is the capital of India at present. The changing hands for rulership have given this city a beautiful sense of architecture, many vibrant tastes and of all is the place where the Mughalai cuisine was born.
The city of Delhi is marked with various beautiful monuments and is known for its historical significance. From the Mughals to the Brits and to the Indians, the city has seen many rulers. Your first day with us will begin with a trip to the Old Delhi. Established by Shah Jahan, this area of the city is known for its mazes and lanes. Here we will help you visit the Raj Ghat, which is a memorial of the Nation’s father, Mahatma Gandhi. We will also take you to visit the museum that is built in his memory. Next stop on your Delhi tour is the massive red sandstone monument, Red Fort, which has vast historical significance, and Chandni Chowk, one of the most famous markets of old Delhi. Chandni Chowk is one of the best places to taste the authentic food of Delhi and is known for its vast selection of Indian goods.
The next stop on your Delhi visit is the Qutub Minar, a UNESCO world heritage site, which was built by Turk ruler Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. Next, we will help you to visit Humayun’s Tomb as well, which is yet another UNESCO world heritage site. Other than this, to end your day we will take you past the Indian Parliament, various secretarial buildings and the President’s house.
Highlights: Delhi - Visit Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Laxmi Narayan Temple & drive past Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, President House, Parliament. etc.
Dotted with beautiful minarets, various forts,and royal palaces, we help you to travel through the beauty of this city on your 3rd day. Jaipur is also occasionally known as the Pink City. The name Pink City comes from the fact that this city was painted pink when the Prince of Whales came to visit the city for the first time. Once we get there, you can visit the local markets of the city or find your way to a nearby monument to explore.
On your 4th day Rajasthan holiday travel packages, we will help you visit the beauties of Jaipur. Start your day by visiting the wonderful Amer Fort, you can get there with the help of a jeep,or you could choose to ride on the back of an elephant. The fort was built by Raja Man Singh with red sandstone and marble. The fort’s main entrance is decorated with splendid architecture,and the entrance is known as Suraj Pol. Furthermore, the fort encompasses, Diwan-e-Khas- hall for a private audience, Sheesh Mahal – where a good temperature and atmosphere are maintained with the help of various architectural feats, the fort also has a temple for Sila Devi near the Ganesh Gate and also encompasses Diwan-e-Aam - hall of public audience.
Next on our list are the City Palace and the seven-storiedobservatories, Jantar Mantar. The City Palace is built in the perfect amalgamation of European, Mughal and Rajput styles. Jantar Mantar has attracted various scientists and astronomers from the world. Next, we help you explore the iconic face of Jaipur, the Hawa Mahal. This palace is known for its wonderful architecture and the presence of multiple windows!
Last but not the least, before we return to the hotel, we will take you to some of the most prominent city markets, where you could shop till you drop.
Highlights: Jaipur - Visit Amer Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar & drive past Hawa Mahal.
The city of Pushkar is known for its deep-rooted history with religious stories. As the legend goes, once upon a time, a demon was murdering the children of Bhrama. In a fit of rage, Bhrama decided to do something about it and threw a lotus flower at the Demon, which killed it. It is said one of those petals of the flower fell in this city, and Lord Vishnu performed a religious ceremony on the same spot. With various temples, all dedicated to various Gods, it is said that if one dips in the holy waters of Pushkar, then they will be granted salvation.
Highlights: Pushkar - visit the Sacred Lake and the Brahma Temple.
On the 6thmorning, we will drive to Bikaner, a city of wonders and various palaces. The first stop on the sightseeing list in Bikaner is the massive rectangular Junagadh Fort built by Raja Jai Singh, a general in the army of Mughal emperor Akbar. The fort is famous for the architecture, which has been derived from Mughal and Rajput styles. Furthermore, Maharaja Dungar Singh added some western touches to the fort in the 18th century.
With more than thirty-seven pavilions, many thick walls, and a gate specifically designed to capture the beauty of the rising sun, Suraj Pol, this fort is simply magnificent. Furthermore, the Chand Pol is yet another sight to see in the fort. The fort also has The Joramal temple, which is accessible through a door of wonderful designs. Last but not the least, we will visit the Har Mandir. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the wealth goddess, Lakshmi and has been used by princes and princesses to celebrate special occasions in the past.
Highlights: Bikaner - visit the Junagadh Fort with Suraj Pol & Chand pol gates, Joramal temple, Har Mandir & the bazaars.
On the next day, we will drive to Jaisalmer, which is also known as the Golden City of India. The city is known for its wonderful palaces, beautiful forts,and the yellow sand. When in the city we offer you the option of moving away from the same old cityscape and to enter the magical world of the desert by offering you a chance to camp out.
The first sight to see in the Golden City is the Jaisalmer Fort, which is also known as Golden Fort or Sonar Kila. The name, Golden Fort, comes from the fact that the fort is built with yellow sandstone that glitters like gold in sunlight. Built to perfection, the fort is loaded with various wooden carvings and is a blend of Indian architecture with military designs. Next on our list is 5 storied Tazia Tower, which is popular for the talent of local craftsmen.
The next on our list for sightseeing in Jaisalmer is Salim Ji Ki Haveli, which is built with yellow sandstone as well. The place still houses the Mohta family and is known for intricate designs on the pillars, various carvings on the ceilings as well as for its ornamental work in the fort. You could also choose to visit PatwonKi Haveli and many other Havelis here. The afternoon here is at leisure; you could shop or visit some monument in the city.
Highlights: Jaisalmer - Visit the Jaisalmer Fort, Salim Ji Ki Haveli & Patwon ki Haveli.
Next day we will drive from Jaisalmer to Manvar. Manvar has a colorful history,and there is a story behind its inception. It is said that this area was founded by Moti Singh’s father. Located in Shergarh, inhabited by Rajputs, there was no drinking water for kilometers. It is said that Moti Singh’s father decided to try out his luck and began digging a well. He bore a well of 100 feet,and that is how Manvar came to be.
This place came to be known for symbolizing desert hospitality,andManvar became a desert destination.
Of all the places in Rajasthan, Jodhpur comes second after Jaipur in terms of beauty and historical significance. The city was founded by RaoJodha, who established the city back in the mid-1400s and is also referred to as Sun City or the Blue City. Jodhpur served as the capital of the Marwar kingdom.
The first destination in the city is the Meherangarh Fort, known to be one of the largest and one of the most menacing of all the forts in India. This large fort is located on a low sandstone hill, which is only 120 meters tall. Furthermore, the thick walls of the fort house many palaces in inside. We will help you explore all of the palaces, but the most notable of these is the Moti Mahal, built by Raja Sur Singh, which is beautiful in every aspect. Next, we will help you visit Phool Mahal or the Palace of Flowers, the chamber of pleasures built by Maharaja Abhaya Singh.
Next, we will take you to Jaswant Thada, which was built by Sardar Singh in 1889, in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The place is made of well-polished marble sheets and dazzles when sunlight falls on it. Next on the list for visiting Umaid Public Gardens, which houses the Government Museum and the Umaid Bhawan Museum; and was designed by Henry Vaughan Lanchester.
Highlights: Jodhpur - visit Meherangarh fort, Jaswant Thada and Umaid Public Gardens
Luni is a village which is located just about 35 kilometers from the city of Jodhpur. Most popular for the river Luni, the village is also known for its Fort Chanwa. Maharaja Jaswant Singh II of Jodhpur steered away from administration, and dwindling economy of the city of Jodhpur. Kaviraj Muraridanji, one of the Ruler's coteries of administrators, received the hamlet of Chanwa in Jagir and built the majestic fort of Fort Chanwa. However, in 1948 the fort was granted to Maharaja Dalip Singh, who decided to open it for tourism in the early 1990s.
Highlights: Luni Fort.
Next morning, we will help you drive from Luni to Deogarh. The city of Deogarh is located among the lakes and is breathtakingly beautiful. The city had been inhabited by chieftains, who were called Rawats and their residences were called Thikanas. The prime locations for visiting are the 17th-centuryRajmahal Palace and the ancient cave temple, AnkleshwarMahadev Temple. The large DeogarhMahal with beautiful frescoes, works of arts, carved pillars and beautiful architecture could also be visited.
The Dash avatar Vishnu Temple on of the Panchayatan temple of north India is quite famous and was built during the time of the Guptas. Deogarh is famous for its miniature paintings, carvings,and works of art. Your time here is at leisure; you could visit any or all the places when you’re here.
Highlights: Deogarh Mahal.
One of the only known and famous hillstations in the state of Rajasthan, Mt Abu is a diminutive name from its previous names, Arbudaanchal or Arbudaranya. The only hillside retreat from the sweltering heat of the desert, the hill station is known for its lakes, monuments, green forests and various temples.
After reaching Mt Abu, you could do some local sightseeing on your own.
The pleasant hill station has more to offer than the cool retreat and scenic beauty. Mt Abu has many temples, of which the Adhar Devi Temple that is carved out of the rock is a must-see for all. The beautiful Achalgarh Fort, of the 14th century and the Nakki lake are worth spending time at as well. Other than this, the city has five Dilwara Jain temples, all of which are carved out of marble and were built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD. Various people have dedicated Tirthankara to the temples, of which Mahavir Swami was the last one.
Highlights: Mt Abu - visit Adhar Devi Temple, Achalgarh Fort, Nakki Lake & Dilwara Jain Temples.
Next morning we will drive from Mt Abu to Ranakpur. The city of Ranakpur is known for its intricate Jain Temples. In the city, we will also visit the popular temple of Chamukha. The main attraction of the temple is that the temple is made of twenty halls and more than 1100 pillars, all of which are not similar in any aspect. This marble temple is dedicated to Adinathji the first Tirthankara and is beautiful in every sense. If the time permits, we will also help you explore Surya Temple and the Jain Temple. Furthermore, before the day ends, you could take part in the safari ride to watch various animals.
Highlights: Ranakpur Temples.
After visiting the various temples of Ranakpur, we will take you to the city of Rajputs and the Maharanas, Udaipur. Known for its beautiful palaces, intricate history and stories of bravery and courage, the city has much to offer to everyone. Once we get there, the afternoon is at leisure. You could go for local sightseeing or take a trip around the beautiful markets of the city.
The first destination in Udaipur is the City Palace, which is located on the bank of Pichola Lake. The palace was built by Maharana Udai Mirza Singh in 1559 A.D. Our next stop in this beautiful city is the Jagdish Temple. Built under the reign of Maharana Jagat Singh, the beauty of this temple comes from the wonderful amalgamation of Indian and Aryan architecture. Furthermore, the temple is one of the biggest shrines in the country.
Next on our to-do in Udaipur is a peaceful drive around the Fatehsagar Lake, built in 1678 by Maharana Fateh Singh, and a visit to the Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir located near Chetak Circle, which is a famous temple in the region. Lastly, we will take you to beautiful garden which is known as Sahelionki Bari or as Queen's resort for her friends. Before we head back, we will help you explore the authentic and vast markets of Udaipur.
Highlights: Udaipur - Visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, Sahelion ki Bari & drive around Fatehsagar Lake.
On your 18th day with us, we will drive from Udaipur to Chittaurgarh also known as Chittorgarh. The city of Chittorgarh is known for its historical significance and for the stories of bravery as well as courage. Once in the city, we help you explore the fort which is said to be built by Bhima, one of the five Pandavas. Here we will also visit Vijay Stambh (Tower of Victory), which was built by Maharaja Kumbha to celebrate his victory over the Muslim rulers of Gujarat and Malwa. The victory tower is an exemplary building with 9 stories and is designed with the Rajput style of architecture. The entire structure is made with white marbles and red sandstones.
The interiors and the exteriors of the fort are decorated with images carved from the stories of epic stories of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Furthermore, during your time here, we will help you visit and explore the 22-meter high Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame). The tower is adorned with Jain sculptures on the inside as well as on the outside. The monument is dedicated to Jain Tirthankara and Digamber, and during your visit here, we will walk you through the colorful history of the Jains and was built during the medieval periods.
From here, we will continue to Bundi and stay the night there.
Highlights: Chittorgarh - visit the Vijay Stambh & Kirti Stambh.
In the morning, we will take you to visit the beautiful and majestic city of Bundi. Known as a princely city, the city was the main place for various tribes at one time. The name for the place comes from Bunda-Ka-Nal, a name by which the city was known as before. The city is famous for its artistic murals, various artifacts,and wonderful step walls. There are many palaces that you can explore, as well.
Next, we will take you for an adventure in the national park of Ranthambore. Ranthambore National Park is vast and full of greenery. This National Park is known for its tigers and is named after the Ranthambore Fort, which is inside the park. Primarily popular for the large tiger population in the park, the park is also known for seeing wild boars, leopards, nilgai, and many more animals. The presence of lakes in the park allows you to see various alligators and lizards easily. Ranthambore Park is one of the best tourist places in Rajasthan to visit with kids and family.
Highlights: Bundi - visit the step wells, Bundi Palace, Taragarh Fort & Nawal Sagar.
Next day, we will help you explore the beauty of the national park. Today we will spend most of our time in the sanctuary and will visit the Ranthambore Game Sanctuary. The sanctuary has many types of birds, plants, animals,and reptiles. With more than 500 species of plants and 200 species of birds, this place is a must visit for every nature lover. Another beautiful aspect of the sanctuary is that we will help you visit PadamTalao, which is the largest lake in the park and has the second largest Banyan Tree in the country nearby. You could enter the park with two options, with open top jeeps or open top vans.
Furthermore, the park also houses many temples, dedicated to Shiva, Ganesh, Lord Sumatinath, Ramlalaji and Lord Sambhavanath, and many forts.
Highlights: Jungle visits.
Next day, we will drive to the historical city of Agra. Known for its historical monuments, Fatehpur Sikri was built in the 16th Century and holds utmost significance. The beautiful fort is built with red sandstone and is the perfect specimen of wonderful Mughal architecture. Built under the reign of Akbar, there are wide gardens, various fountains and is a paradise of architecture. With five-storied Panch Mahal, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Naubat Khana, Birbal's house, Mariam-uz-Zamani’s Palace, Ibadat Khana, Jama Masjid and many other iconic places. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this fort houses a three-way arched entry is also called as Horseshoe entryway locally.
In the afternoon we will drive to the city of Agra.
Highlights: Fatehpur Sikri - visit Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza Ibadat Khana, Mariam-uz-Zamani’s palace, Naubat Khana and Birbal's house.
The historical city of Agra is known for its beautiful monuments. The Taj Mahal, as well as the Agra Fort, are two famous places to visit in Agra. Although there are many other places, these two will take your breath away. The Taj Mahal has been hailed as the monument of love all over the world and was built by Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his deceased wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Standing proud on the bank of River Yamuna, this pristine monument is made of white marble and is known for its intricate architecture, designs and inlay work.
Next stop in Agra is the beautiful Agra Fort, which was built in the image of Red Fort. The two share the same large and spacious gardens and the same type of architecture. With a large structure, the fort consists of Jahangir Palace, Khas Mahal, andDiwan-e-Khas as well as Diwan-e-Aam, which can all be found in Fatehpur Sikri as well as Red Fort.
Once we are done sightseeing, we will help you explore the markets of Agra. Agra is basically known for its inlay work, authentic Indian garments,and leather stores.
Highlights: Agra – Visit Taj Mahal & Agra Fort.
Next day, our 23-day Rajasthan holiday travel packages will come to an end. Our journey will end after we take you from Agra to Delhi airport, from where you will board your homebound flight.