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Rajasthan

Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days

The mood and the rhythm of the country side changes from one region to another, and from season to season. India, the country, where culture echoes, traditions speak by its historical places and diversity delights is a land of magnificent monuments. The Historical Rajasthan is the magical land located in the northwest of the republic of India. Historical Rajasthan is the largest state of India in term of size having long history of rich culture, natural beauty, great warrior, magnificent forts and historical palaces.Visiting Historical Rajasthan's big cities with a fast-moving westernized life style, or exploring historic towns or quaint villages, you will always find the people warm and friendly. And if you want to move away from the regular tourist beat, it is very easy to organize your own tour. For a visitor, Historical Rajasthan builds a lot of opinions and breaks a number of misconceptions. Historical Rajasthan is a place, which defies any definition. Many people have seen the immense luxury of the palaces and this remains the image they hold of "historical state" Rajasthan.

Major attractions :

Delhi: Qutub Minar, India Gate, Laxmi Narayan Temple, President's estate, Parliament House, Secretariat building, Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Red Fort.Agra: Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, etc.Bharatpur: Wildlife sanctuaryJaisalmer: Fort, Patwon Ki Haveli and Salim Singh Ki Haveli.Bikaner: Lallgarh Palace, the Museum, Bhanda Sagar Jain and Deshnoke Rat TempleJaipur: Hawa Mahal, Amber Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory, etc.

Day 01:Delhi

Arrive Delhi. Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02:Delhi

Morning tour of Delhi visiting Raj Ghat - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi.Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort.Afternoon visit Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, India Gate (War Memorial Arch ). Also drivepast President's House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings. Overnight in hotel.

Day 03:Delhi - Agra

Morning drive to Agra. On arrival & check in hotel. Afternoon city visit the magnificent Taj Mahal built by the Emperor Shah Jehan between 1631 and 1653 as an expression of his love for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Over night at hotel. Also visit Itmad- Ud- Daula's Tomb built by Empress Noorjahan in memory of her father. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04:Agra - Bharatpur

Morning, drive to Bharatpur via Fatehpur sikri. Afternoon visit to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary on rickshaws. The most spectacular water- birds sanctuary features nesting indigenous water- birds and migratory birds. From October till December the indigenous water- birds nest around the lake from December on, the migratory geese, duck and cranes are the main feature of the sanctuary. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05:Bharatpur - Karoli

Morning, drive to Karoli. Arrive Karoli & check in at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Karoli, the kingdom of Karoli, founded in 1348, close to the borders of both Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh has ravines in the countryside and is now off the beaten track. Better known for its pink stone used for construction, Karoli is a pilgrimage center and has an old palace which, though mostly in ruins, is still representative of the opulence of its medieval durbars. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06:Karoli / Pachewar

Morning, drive to Pachewar. Arrive Pachewar & check in hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07:Pechewar - Deogarh

Morning, drive to Deogarh, Arrive Deogarh & check in hotel. The Deogarh Castle is located on a hillock and is encircled by the town. It was built in 1670 by Rawat Dwarkadasji of the Chundawat clan of the Siaodia Dynasty. Constructed by the famed Sompura architects, well-known for their additions and alterations according to the needs of the residents. There are five floors and over 200 rooms have murals done by local painters after whom Deogarh school of painting has acquired fame the world over. The family has a large collection of Deogarh miniatures. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08:Deogarh - Narlai

Morning, drive to Narlai. Arrive Narlai & check in hotel. Afternoon visit the Narlai. A legend says it that it was here that the sage Narad Muni meditated long before it was inhabited and later it became a hunting preserve for the Sisodias. Overnight at hotel.

Day 09:Narlai - Luni

Morning, drive to Luni. Arrive Luni & check in hotel. Afternoon visit the Luni River that has provided a lifeline to dwellers in the desert even though it has been a seasonal phenomenon and its floods in the past have wrought havoc. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10:Luni -Jaisalmer

Morning drive to Jaisalmer. Arrive Jaisalmer ; check in hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11:Jaisalmer

Morning, city tour throbbing in the heart of the Thar. 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. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12:Jaisalmer - Bikaner

Morning, drive to Bikaner. Arrive Bikaner & check in hotel. Afternoon city tour. 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, Bhanda Sagar Jain and Deshnoke Rat Temple. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13:Bikaner - Kuchaman

Morning, drive to Kuchaman. Arrive Kuchaman & check in hotel. Located in Nagaur District, Kuchaman Fort has had a strategic role to play in Rajasthan's history which unravels as one moves around its 17th century battlements. Its picturesque village is idyllic for those who would like to discover the charm of walking through it. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14:Kuchaman - Pachar

Morning, drive to Pachar. Arrive Pachar & check in hotel. Afternoon visit lake to one side and sand dunes on the other. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15:Pachar - Jaipur

Morning, drive to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur & check in hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16:Jaipur

Morning, Morning, visit Amber Fort via Wind Palace & Water Palace here you have the elephant ride to the top of the fort. After sightseeing of Amber visit city palace, Observatory & the glittering bazaars of Jaipur. Back to hotel via Birla Mandir. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17:Jaipur - Delhi

Morning, drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi. Day at leisure & departure to International Airport to your onward journey.

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