Revel in the grandeur of palaces
- Duration: 14 Days & 13 Nights
- Major Attractions: Cultures, Traditions and Folk Music of Rajasthan, Ranthambhore National Park & Havelis of Shekhawati
- Destination Covered: Delhi, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Osiyan, Jodhpur, Ranakpur, Udaipur, Bundi, Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri & Agra
Rajasthan is a land filled with cultures, traditions and music. The best attraction of the state is its colorful, warm, hospitable and smiling people. In its western side, there is golden desert of Thar full of ancient temples, palaces, forts and sand dunes. On another side, the lakes, mountains and step wells fascinates us. Moreover, the wildlife of Ranthambhore especially the tiger awaits in the jungle, so as the birds of Bharatpur.
The other-side of the state - the fresco on the grand Havelis of Shekhawati tell the grandeur of bygone era. And Jaipur – the jewel of Rajasthan has preserved everything from the history be it enormous Amber Fort or ornamental Wind Palace. Each grain of sand here sings the popular song “Welcome to my land, Beloved.”
- Day 01 – Delhi
On arrival at Delhi international airport, you will be received by the representative of “Hidden Treasures India”, and would be further assisted & transferred to your hotel.
- Day 02 – Delhi
Visit Qutab Minar, which is one of the tallest towers of it’s time in India, Humanyun’s Tomb – an UNESCO world heritage site which was built by Begum Hamida for his husband Mughal Emperor Humanyun. Later also visit India Gate, President’s House, the Parliament House. Take a tour of Red Fort – an UNESCO world heritage site, Jama Masjid – the biggest mosque of India, Chandni Chowk Market and Raj Ghat (a Memorial of Father of India Mahatma Gandhi).
- Day 03 – Delhi-Mandawa
Enter into the land of frescos – Shekhawati known as biggest open art gallery. Visit various mansions called Havelis here to appreciate the captivating murals.
- Day 04 – Mandawa-Bikaner
Drive to the western border of India and visit Bikaner located in Thar Desert. Junagarh of Bikaner is well preserved fort and one of the most spectacular as well. Special attraction of the day is Camel Breeding Farm – only one of its kinds in India.
- Day 05 – Bikaner-Deshnok-Jaisalmer
Further travel to Golden City of Rajasthan – Jaisalmer halting briefly at Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok world famous as Rat Temple.
- Day 06 – Jaisalmer
Explore the Jain temples in Golden Fort, visit grand Havelis in the city and go to Sam Sand Dunes to experience a camel ride and enjoy the sunset in the desert. Later, the live performance of Kalbeliya Dance along with soulful music will enthrall you right in the Thar Desert.
- Day 07 – Jaisalmer-Osiyan-Jodhpur
Transfer to Jodhpur – the sun city of Rajasthan en-route visit ancient Jain commerce center Osiyan known for its intriguing temples. In Jodhpur, visit Mehrangarh Fort – the most magnificent fort in India and next to the fort is silent cenotaphs of Jaswant Thada.
- Day 08 – Jodhpur-Ranakpur-Udaipur
Today, enter from desert to the lush green hills of Aravalis. First visit outstanding Ranakpur Jain Temples and upon arrival in Udaipur – relax in your hotel near enchanting Lake Pichhola.
- Day 09 – Udaipur
Today, visit Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon Ki Bari (Garden of maidens) and City Palace. Later, enjoy the sunset boat cruise – a lifetime experience overlooking the palaces.
- Day 10 – Udaipur-Menal-Bundi
Drive to pristine land of Bundi visiting en-route the temples at Menal known as mini Khajuraho because there are few Kamasutra figures on temple exterior. In Bundi, walk through the vibrant bazars to closely feel the lifestyle of Rajasthan.
- Day 11 – Bundi-Jaipur
Have breakfast and visit picturesque Bundi Fort located on hillock. There are astonishing paintings inside the fort, which make it lively. Later, drive to Jaipur and relax.
- Day 12 – Jaipur
Today visit superb Amber Fort climbing its heights on the elephant back, an architectural delight Hawa Mahal (the wind palace); experience the astrology at Jantar Mantar (the observatory), the royal City Palace & its museum.
- Day 13 – Jaipur-Fatehpur Sikri-Agra
Today you will be transferred to Agra visiting deserted capital of Mughal Emperor Akbar Fatehpur Sikri en-route. Later take a sightseeing tour of arguably the most beautiful monument of love the Taj Mahal – the most photogenic building in the world. Also visit historical Agra Fort (UNESCO World Heritage Site). From Agra Fort, four of the mighty rulers from Mughal dynasty ruled their enormous empire in Indian Sub-Continental.
- Day 14 – Agra-Delhi-Departure
At appropriate time, you will be transferred to Delhi international airport to embark the flight back to the onward destination. The tour ends.
- Kalbeliya Dance at Jaisalmer
Kalbeliyas were traditionally snake charmers and reside mainly in western part of Rajasthan especially around Jaisalmer. Dance is an essential part of their culture, as they believe in celebrating every joy with it. Kalbeliya Dance is one of the best and sensuous dances of India performed by women. The girls dance imitating the movements of serpent wearing striking black skirts and beautiful bangles. The men take care of the music and play the traditional Rajasthani tribal instruments. Their songs are based on mythology and folklore.
- Pabuji Ki Fhad by Bhopa
It is a devotional performance of Bhopa community dedicated to local deity Pabuji. In nomadic era of Rajasthan, the camel was integral part of the livelihood and when a camel fell ill, the people believed in pleasing Pabuji and used to call upon Bhopas to read Fhad. As per the faith it will please the deity and the camel will be fine. Fhad is a painted canvas having stories from the life of Pabuji. It is a duet performance of a man and woman. The man play the traditional music instrument called Ravan Hatha kind of violin made out of goatskin.
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Information & FAQs
Is VISA required to visit Rajasthan?
Rajasthan is part of India and to visit you need valid Indian VISA. You can apply VISA on arrival online or contact Indian Embassy in your respective country.
Weather in Rajasthan?
The best time to visit Rajasthan is from October to March and the weather is pleasant during this period. However, in December and January the mornings and evenings are bit chilly and you are advised to bring light woolen cloths.
What kind of vaccinations is required?
You don’t have to bring any special medicine for Rajasthan other than one prescribed by you doctor. You may bring some mosquito repellant creams.