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Regal Rajasthan 14 Nights / 15 Days


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Duration :5 Nights / 6 Days
Places :Delhi->Jaipur->Jodhpur->Jaisalmer->Mumbai->Goa
Travel Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive DELHI


After you have cleared immigration and customs formalities, you are met outside the International Arrivals Hall and transferred to the hotel (check-in at noon). Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: In DELHI


In the morning take a tour of Old Delhi. The Red Fort was built in 1648 during the reign of Shah Jehan in red sandstone, which gave the fort its name. Jama Masjid is India's largest mosque, built of red sandstone and white marble in the middle of the 17th century. Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), once the imperial avenue down which Shah Jehan rode at the head of lavish cavalcades, is today bustling with shops, stalls and silversmiths' ateliers.

In the afternoon visit New Delhi. India Gate was built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy is today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, an unique circular building with huge colonnades, houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament. One of Delhiā€™s most striking monuments is the 70-meter high Qutb Minar, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Drive DELHI to AGRA


After breakfast depart on the 4-hour drive to Agra. On arrival check in the hotel.
In the afternoon visit the red sandstone Agra Fort, which stands like a crescent on the banks of the Jamuna river, enclosed by forbidding high walls, with a moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains both Hindu and Muslim architecture.

The highlight of your trip will be a visit to the Taj Mahal, the greatest monument to love and one of the wonders of the modern world. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice, constructed by emperor Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Marble was brought from Makrana, near Jodhpur and precious stones of onyx, amethyst, malachite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, jade, crystal and mother of pearl were carried from Persia, Russia, Afghanistan, Tibet, China and the Indian Ocean. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Drive AGRA-JAIPUR


After breakfast depart on the 6-hour drive to Jaipur. En route stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted sandstone city, which was the glorious but short-lived imperial capital of Akbar, the greatest of Mughal emperors. Lying on a rocky ridge, it is today a haunting complex of empty palaces, forts and mosques. A variety of architectural styles are found, since craftsmen representing many schools were employed. On arrival in Jaipur check in at the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 5: In JAIPUR


After breakfast visit Amber, the capital for 6 centuries before Jaipur was built, which lies 11 km north of Jaipur. Rising majestically on the slopes of a hill, this 11th century fort and palace complex is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles - the earlier constructions in the inner apartments designed by the Hindu founder are austere, while later constructions abound in the rich flourishes characteristic of Muslim influence.

The Diwani-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience) affords a view of the strategic location of Amber. The Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) is the finest example of the artistic exuberance of the day - panels of alabaster, fine inlay work, a shimmering Hall of Mirrors, renowned for its fine mirrorwork. The Sukh Nivas (Hall of Pleasure) has 17th century air conditioning. Experience the thrill of riding up the ramparts of the fort on gaily-decorated elephants, in the manner the Rajputs of old made their royal ascent centuries ago.

In the afternoon explore Jaipur, one of the best-planned cities in India, built of rose-pink sandstone by the great astronomer-king Jai Singh II in 1727. The City Palace stands in the centre of the city. Part of it is still the Maharaja's residence, while most of the complex has been developed into a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings, royal apparel and an armoury. Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) is the landmark of Jaipur. It stands on one of the main streets, a curious building, elaborate and fanciful, built of pink sandstone with a delicate honeycomb design. Rising five storeys high, it is composed of semi-octagonal overhanging windows, each with its perforated screen, which allowed the ladies of the court to look onto the main street without being seen. Jantar Mantar observatory, built by Jai Singh II, has huge stone instruments devised to study the movements of the sun, moon and planets and are incredibly accurate. There is time to wander through the colourful bazaars, a veritable collector's paradise where you can watch ancient craft forms. Overnight at the hotel

Day 6: Fly JAIPUR to JODHPUR, drive to JAISALMER


Early morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Jodhpur. You are met on arrival and taken to a hotel for breakfast, followed by a tour of Jodhpur. This is the land of the valiant Rathore kings, whose courage was a match for the tyranny of the Thar Desert. A bleak scarp rears up 120 meters from the desert valley. Straddling the rocky crevices is the massive Jodhpur Fort, its sheer walls reflecting the strength of its warrior builders.

The fort is entered through seven gates, each a formidable barrier. The museum within the fort is one of the finest in Rajasthan and displays royal apparel, ancient paintings and manuscripts, fabled treasures of the royal household and an armoury. An interesting section displays folk musical instruments from different regions of Rajasthan. Delicately latticed windows and pierced screens worked in sandstone form the dominant motif within the rugged casket of the fort and the palaces are exquisitely decorated. On the road down from the fort, the splash of blinding white marble on the left is Jaswant Thada, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II's cenotaph, built in 1899 - all previous rulers have their cenotaphs at Mandore. As with the Taj Mahal in Agra, the marble is from Makrana.

Continue on the 6-hour drive to Jaisalmer, which lies in the western extremity of Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert. On arrival in Jaisalmer, check in the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: In JAISALMER


After breakfast spend the day exploring this ancient city, which stands on a low range of hills, surrounded by a stone wall, founded in 1156 AD.

Within its walls lie temples, forts and palaces, all built of yellow sandstone. The Jain Temples in the fort are decked with deities and dancing figures in mythological settings. The library attached to these places of worship contains some of the most ancient manuscripts in India, some dating back to the 12th century, written on palm leaf in black ink with hand-painted wooden covers.

In the afternoon visit the renowned havelis (mansions) of Salim Singh, Nathmalji and the Patwas, every house boasting superb latticework in innumerable and intricate designs. Continue on to the Royal Cenotaphs, where the rulers were cremated. A pillared and canopied chhatri, often of white marble, marks the site of each cremation. The view of the sunset from the cenotaphs is magnificent. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Drive JAISALMER to ROHETGARH


After breakfast depart on the 7-hour drive to Rohetgarh, a warm fortified home still alive with traditions of old. This 16th century stronghold of the Champavats lies an hour (40 km) away from Jodhpur. On arrival check in the castle.

In the afternoon take a jeep safari to the nearby Bishnoi villages. The Bishnois are a fascinating community, which follows the 29 (bish-noi) tenets laid down by the 15th century Guru Jambeshwar. They fervently believe in the sanctity of animal and plant life so all animals live near their villages without fear.
When a Bishnoi dies, he is sometimes buried in the sitting position and often placed at the threshold of the house or adjoining cattleshed. A Bishnoi believes he will later be reincarnated as a deer, hence the herds of black buck often seen near their villages. There is time to visit the family cenotaphs, wander around the village picking up bargains in leatherware, fabrics, metalware and silver jewellery. Overnight at Rohetgarh.

Day 9: Drive ROHET to UDAIPUR


After breakfast depart on the 6-hour drive to Udaipur. En route visit the famous Jain temples of Ranakpur, which lie buried in a shady glen and cover a vast area.
The central temple is called Chaumukha (four-faced) and is the most complex and extensive of Jain temples in India, covering an area of over 3,600 sq. meters.
Its 29 halls are supported by 1,444 pillars, none of which are alike. Subsidiary shrines in the shape of side alters throng around in all directions, including a temple dedicated to the Sun God, which displays erotic carvings.

Continue on to Udaipur. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: In UDAIPUR


Morning sightseeing of Udaipur city includes a visit to the City Palace which stands on the crest of a ridge overlooking Lake Pichola. The largest palace in Rajasthan, it was built at various periods but still preserves the harmony of design, enhanced by massive octagonal towers surmounted by cupolas.

Now a museum, it is a labyrinth of courtyards richly decorated with inlaid mirror-work, galleries covered with frescos, temples and roof gardens which afford a wide panorama below. Sahelion-ki-Bari (Garden of the Handmaidens) is a good example of the Hindu art of landscape gardening on a princely scale. Ornamental pools with finely sculptured cenotaphs of soft black stone are surrounded by a profusion of fountains. The Jagdish Temple in the old town was built in the mid-17th century and has a remarkable bronze statue of Garuda, the mythical bird, facing his revered master Lord Vishnu. The shops and craftsmen's ateliers in the narrow streets of the bazaar justify endless walks. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Fly UDAIPUR to GOA via MUMBAI


Early morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Mumbai. Connect with the flight to Goa. You are met on arrival and transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: In GOA


The morning is at leisure.

In the afternoon take a tour of Old Goa, the heartland of Asian Christianity, once a bustling metropolis but now in ruins. Visit the beautiful Basilica of Bom Jesus where the incorruptible body of St Francis Xavier is enshrined in a silver casket, the majestic Se Cathedral, the largest church in Goa, with its booming Golden Bell and the Archeological Museum where the past is preserved and displayed. Overnight at the hotel

Day 13: In GOA


The full day is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Fly GOA to MUMBAI


The morning is at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Mumbai. You are met on arrival and transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15: In MUMBAI


In the morning take a tour of Mumbai. From humble obscure beginnings as a set of seven small islands, Bombay (now called Mumbai) has today risen to the eminence of India's most important commercial and industrial centre. The Gateway of India was conceived as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911.

The honey coloured basalt of the arch, facing the Arabian Sea, catches the light of the rising and setting sun and changes from shades of gold to orange and pink. The Prince of Wales Museum, built of blue-grey basalt and yellow sandstone, contains some excellent examples of Indian miniature paintings of the Mughal and Rajasthan Schools, as well as collections of jade and chinaware artefacts. Marine Drive is a long gracefully curving road along the buttressed sea-coast. Also of interest are the Hanging Gardens on Malabar Hill, from where you get a magnificent panoramic view of the metropolis and the Arabian Sea. The city has several fine examples of colonial architecture including the Afghan Memorial Church, established in 1847 which has Gothic arches and stained- glass windows;

the Clock Tower - now called Rajabai Tower, the University Hall and Elphiston College with canopied balconies, the School of Art, built in the late 1800s, where Rudyard Kipling was born; Crawford Market which has bas-reliefs designed by Kipling's father; the massive Victoria Terminus, built of yellow sandstone and granite combined with polychromatic stones and blue-grey basalt and the Municipal Corporation building. The afternoon is at leisure.
Late evening transfer to the airport for onward flight.

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