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Maharaja Forts, Palaces & Beaches

Duration : 28 Nights / 29 Days

Places Covered:Delhi - Jaipur - Pushkar - Udaipur - Mount Abu - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Bharatpur - Agra - Delhi - Madras - Tanjore - Madurai - Periyar - Allepey - Cochin - Coimbatore - Ooty - Mysore - Belur - Halebid - Bangalore - Mumbai

Day 01 :Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi, you will be met and transferred by Ganesham’s representative to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Night stay in Delhi .

Day 02 :Delhi

Morning after breakfast proceed for city sightseeing tour of Delhi visiting Old & New Delhi

OLD DELHI - A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India.

NEW DELHI - An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, The President's Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Night stay in Delhi .

Day 03 :Delhi – Jaipur ( 260 Kms.)

Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur, the fabled ‘Pink city’ of the desert named after Jai Singh, the former Maharajah of Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur check –in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Night stay in Jaipur .

Day 04 :Jaipur – Pushkar (140 Kms.)

Morning after breakfast visit the majestic Amber Fort where you ride up on elephants back to the former capital of the royals set against the backdrop of wooded hills. Later visit Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city and through the rose pink residential and business areas of Jaipur. Afternoon drive to Pushkar. Arrivae Pushkar and check-in at your hotel. Night stay in Pushkar .

Day 05 :Pushkar

Morning after breakfast visit Pushkar. Pushkar boasts temples, though few are as ancient as you might expect at such an important pilgrimage site, since many were deserted by Aurangzeb and subsequently rebuilt. The most famous is the Brahma Temple, said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity. It's marked by red spire, and over the entrance gateway is the hans, or goose symbol, of Brahma, who is said to have personally chosen Pushkar as its site. Night stay in Pushkar .

Day 06 :Pushkar – Udaipur (294 Kms.)

Morning after breakfast drive to Udaipur. Arrive Udaipur and check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Night stay in Udaipur .

Day 07 :Udaipur

Morning after breakfast proceed for city sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting the city is built in 1559. A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh and has been described the most romantic spot on the continent of India by Col. James Todd. Visit the city Palace Museum, The Jagdish temple, Sahelion ki Bari (Queen’s resort for their friends) Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk Art Museum) and the Pratap Memorial. Night stay in Udaipur.

Day 08 :Udaipur - Mt. Abu via Ranakpur (190 Kms.)

Morning after breakfast drive to Mt. Abu en-route visit the famous Jain temples of Ranakpur. Arrive Mt. Abu and check-in at your hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Mt. Abu .

Day 09 :Mt.Abu – Jodhpur (264 Kms.)

Morning after breakfast check-out from the hotel and proceed for city sightseeing tour of Mount Abu

DILWARA JAIN TEMPLE – These remarkable Jain temples are Mount Abu's main attraction and among the finest examples includes two temples in which the art of carving marble reached unsurpassed heights.

HOUSE OF ELEPHANTS - House of Elephants', with figures of elephants marching in procession to the temple entrance. The later ' Tejpal temple ' is dedicated to Neminath, the 22nd tirthankar, and was built in 1230 by the brothers Tejpal and Vastupal. The carving is so fine that, in places, the marble becomes almost transparent.

NIKKI LAKE – Nakki Lake is virtually in the heart of Mount Abu and is a big attraction with tourists. The lake takes its name from the legend that it was scooped out by a god, using only his nails, or nakh. It's a pleasant stroll around the lake - look for the strange rock formations. On the lake there is a dilapidated concrete boat-shaped snack bar. After sightseeing drive to Jodhpur. Arrive Jodhpur and check-in at your hotel. Night stay in Jodhpur .

Day 10 :Jodhpur

Morning after breakfast proceed for city sightseeing tour of Prince Jodha founded city Jodhpur – the stronghold of the fierce Ratore clan, in 1459. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill. Within the fort, visit Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph, built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II around 1899 and Umaid Public Garden. Night stay in Jodhpur .

Day 11 :Jodhpur – Jaisalmer (264 Kms.)

Morning after breakfast drive to Jaisalmer situated deep in the heart of the Thar desert. Arrive Jaisalmer and check-in at your hotel. Later proceed for city sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer visiting the burnished sandstone Jaisalmer, Throbbing in the heart of the Thar, is an intricately molded wonderland in place of a barren land, today stands a city of gilded magic. The origins of Jaisalmer go back to the 12th century, when Rawal Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Ludarwa and laid the foundation of a new city. Visit the magnificent fort, the Patwon Ki Haveli (Mansion) and Salim Singh Ki Haveli, with their carved balconies and brackets, which are supreme examples of the art. Evening enjoy camel ride – along with culture program and Dinner. Night stay in Jaisalmer .

Day 12 :Jaisalmer – Bikaner (333 Kms.)

Morning after breakfast drive to Bikaner. Arrive Bikaner and check-in at your hotel. proceed for city sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Bikaner is named after its founder Rao Bika Ji in 1488. But long before this, the city was trade center on the caravan routes from Africa and West Asia. Bikaner's dominant features are rippling sands and abundant sunshine. The city stands on an elevation, enclosed by a 7 Kms wall, which can be entered from 5 gates. Bikaner City is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh the fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. Also visit Lallgarh Palace, the museum, and Bhanda Sagar Jain and Deshnoke Rat temple. Night stay in Bikaner.

Day 13 :Bikaner – Mandawa (200 Kms.)

Morning after breakfast drive to Mandawa (an old castle in Rajasthan). Arrive Mandawa and check-in at your hotel. Later proceed on a city tour of Mandawa. Visit Mandwa , found in 1755 by Thakur Nawal Singh and still the home of his descendants. See beautiful frescoes, havelis and mansions. Mandawa castle, one of the finest castles of Rajasthan, is now a hotel and house of collections of armories, costumes of ancestors, canons from 1820, ancient coins, numismatic collection and many other interesting items, preserved in a museum. A walking tour of the painted 'havelis' of some of the leading business families of the country. Night stay in Mandawa.

Day 14 :Mandawa – Bharatpur ( 320 Kms.)

Morning after breakfast drive to Bharatpur (famous for keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary). Arrive Bharatpur and check-in at your hotel. Later visit to the sanctuary. Night stay in Bharatpur.

Day 15 :Bharatpur - Agra (50 Kms.)

Early morning visit to the Bharatpur Sanctuary to see the birds in their natural habitat. After breakfast drive to Agra. Arrive Agra and check-in at your hotel. Later proceed on a city tour of Agra. Visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday), Red fort & Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula. Later you will visit a marble gallery - the flagship store in Agra which offers an excellant range of white marble, fashionable wear & exotic wooden articles, truly a one stop shop. Night stay in Agra.

Day 16 :Agra - Delhi - Madras (By flight)

Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi transfer to airport to catch flight for Madras. Arrive Madras and transfer to your hotel. Night stay in Madras.

Day 17 :Madras

Morning after breakfast proceed for a city tour of Madras. Visit the Snake park and Kapaleeswara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the museum. Night stay in Madras.

Day 18 :Madras – Tanjore (324 Kms.)

Morning after breakfast drive to Tanjore. Arrive Tanjore and check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Night stay in Tanjore.

Day 19 :Tanjore – Madurai (190 Kms.)

Morning after breakfast check-out from the hotel and proceed on a city tour of Tanjore. Visit the Brihadeshwara Temple, a typical architecture from the 11th century. Later visit the Saraswati Mahal Library. Afternoon drive to Madurai. Arrive Madurai and check-in at your hotel. Night stay in Madurai.

Day 20 :Madurai – Periyar (255 Kms.)

Morning after breakfast check-out from the hotel and visit the world famous Meenakshi Sundereshwara temple, a huge Dravidian temple complex. Afternoon drive to Periyar. Arrive Periyar and check-in at your hotel. Night stay in Periyar.

Day 21 :Periyar – Allepey (155 Kms.)

Morning boat cruise on the lake to get a closer look at the wild elephants. Later back to hotel and breakfast. After breakfast drive to Alleppey. Arrive Alleppey and check-in at your hotel. Night stay in Alleppey.

Day 22 :Allepey – Cochin (53 Kms.)

After breakfast chck-out from the hotel and boat cruise on the backwaters of Kerala (three hours from boat). Later drive to Cochin. Arrive Cochin and check-in at your hotel. Night stay in Cochin.

Day 23 :Cochin

Morning after breakfast proceed on a city tour of Cochin. Visit the major attractions like Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and Chinese Fishing Nets etc. Night stay in Cochin.

Day 24 :Cochin – Coimbatore (193 Kms.)

Morning after breakfast drive to Coimbatore also called the ‘Manchester of South India’. Arrive Coimbatore and check-in at your hotel. Later visit the Maruthamalai temple. Night stay in Coimbatore.

Day 25 :Coimbatore – Ooty (98 Kms.)

Morning afterbreakfast drive to the queen of hill stations Ooty, known for its salubrious climate and scenic beauty. Arrive Ooty and check-in at hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing to Ooty Lake, Botanical Gardens, Dodda Betta, etc. Proceed to Conoor to visit Tea Gardens, Sim's Park and Dolphin's Nose. Later visit various film shooting points in Ooty. Night stay in Ooty.

Day 26 :Ooty – Mysore (155 Kms.)

Morning after breakfast drive to Mysore (wonderful historic town and evidence city to exhibit the oldest Indian richest economy). Arrive Mtsore and check –in at your hotel. Later visit island fortress of Srirangapatnam, the capital of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, Tipu's Palace, Gumbaz, Tipu's Summer Palace. Also visit illuminated Vrindavan gardens and Krishnarajasagar dam. Night stay in Mysore.

Day 27 :Mysore - Belur – Halebid (149 Kms.)

After breakfast drive to Halebid on the way visit Belur, the superbly preserved Chennkesava Temple here is a tribute to the skill and genius of the medieval craftsman. Arrive Halebid and check-in at your hotel. Later visit Halebid temple 10 kms. From Belur, a riot of carvings left incomplete after 80 years of labour. Night stay in Halebid.

Day 28 :Halebid - Bangalore - Mumbai (By flight)

Morning after breakfast drive to Bangalore. Upon arrival departure transfer to airport to catch the flight for Mumbai. Arrive Mumbai and check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Night stay in Mumbai.

Day 29 : Departure

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and proceeds on a city tour of Mumbai. Visit Kamla Nehru Park, Hanging gardens situated on the slopes of Malabar hill offering a panoramic view of Marine Drive and Chawpatty beach, Prince of wales museum, Mani Bhawan, Dhobi Ghat, Gateway of India and drive through the Crawford market. After visiting departure transfer to the airport / railway station to board the flight /train for onward destination.
Tour ends with sweet and unforgettable memories of "Maharaja Forts Palaces & Beaches" escorted by Ganesham’s Vacations.

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