Rajasthan -Heritage Tour

RAJASTHAN- The state of Rajasthan is associated with the astounding legends of heroism and romance still echoes from its royal fort and palaces that stands majestically on hilltop to narrate the tale of a chivalry and audacity. The magic of vibrant Rajasthan - its rich heritage, colorful culture, exciting desert safaris, shining sand-dunes, amazing variety lush forests and varied wildlife - makes it a destination nonpareil. Rajasthan is often portrayed as one vast open-air museum, with its relics so well preserved that it delights even the most skeptical traveler. Rajasthan India comprises of forts and palaces, wildlife’s. All this makes Rajasthan a wonderful destination to explore. Travel Rajasthan in order to explore the exquisite craftsmanship of bygone era. Tourism in Rajasthan makes state one of the most visited state of India.

DELHI- New Delhi, capital of India is a mix of the ancient and modern architecture. This 3rd largest city of India unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture, and human diversity. Divided in two parts, Old Delhi & New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India and exerts a beguiling charm on visitors.

MANDAWA- Mandawa is a small town in the heart of Shekhawati region. The place is known not only for its havelis but also for its Fort Palace. The structure of the palace reminds of the cultural and social importance of this region in the past. Of the havelis, the most important are the Chokhani, Ladia, Binsidhar Newatia, and Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli. 

JAIPUR- Jaipur is remarkable for its marvelous architecture and town planning as it is for the lively spirit of the people who inhabit it. The city presents a unique synthesis of culture that has to be experienced in order to be appreciated. The old Jaipur painted in Pink, the lively spirit of fanfare, festivity and celebration of the people adequately match the colorful and intricately carved monuments. 

FATEHPUR SIKRI- Once the capital of the Mughal emperor Akbar, a deserted, red sandstone city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. It is built in red sandstone, and is a beautiful blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural elements. 

AGRA- The Land of culture and heritage. Agra is the city of the inimitable Taj Mahal. Agra is famous for its marble inlay work, leather goods, brasswares, finely worked precious and semi-precious stone jewellery and ornate zari embroidery.

ORCHHA- The meaning of the place, Orchha is ‘a hidden place’ and it perfectly justifies this small village hidden by the forests. Its grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time a rich legacy to the ages. It is a major tourist attraction of Madhya Pradesh because of the number of beautifully built palaces, temples and cenotaphs built in the 16th and 17th centuries reflecting the rich Bundela art and architecture.

KHAJURAHO- It is a city well known for its temples and sculptures. The exuberance of Indian spirit represents a paean to life, love, to joy-perfect in execution and sublime in expression. The Khajuraho temples are internationally famous for the erotic sculptures that adorn the walls. 

VARANASI- It is one of the oldest living cities in the world. It probably derives from the two rivers that flank the city, the Varuna to the north and the Asi to the south. Many still use the anglicized forms of Banaras or Benares, while pilgrims refer to Kashi. The city of Banaras is situated on the west bank of the holiest of all Indian rivers, the Ganga or Ganges. The relationship between the sacred river and the city is the essence of Varanasi - 'the land of sacred light'.

Tour Destination:- Delhi-Mandawa-Jaipur-Agra-Orchha-Khujurao-Varanasi-Delhi

Travel Duration:- 10 nights/11 days

DAY 1: DELHI:- Arrive in Delhi and later transfer to the hotel. After freshen up, enjoy full day city tour of Old Delhi & New Delhi visiting

SIGHT SEEING OLD DELHI
RED FORT- This is a magnificent fort with beautiful artwork of red sandstone on the banks of river Yamuna. It is a huge complex of gardens and pavilions and marble palaces.

JAMA MASJID- This is the largest mosque in India, located opposite to the Red Fort, it was again the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan behind this architectural masterpiece.

RAJ GHAT- Built on the banks of the legendary Yamuna, which flows past New Delhi, Raj Ghat-the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation.

SIGHT SEEING NEW DELHI
INDIA GATE- Built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1931. The green, velvety lawns at India Gate, particularly, are a popular evening and holiday rendezvous for young and old alike.

PRESIDENT’S HOUSE- New Delhi, centers around the Rashtrapati Bhawan. It is architecturally a very impressive building standing at a height, flowing down as it were to India Gate. HUMAYUN’S TOMB- The emperor’s grieving widow, Haji Begum, built Humayun’s Tomb the first mature example of Mughal architecture in India, in 1565 AD.

LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE- Also called the Birla Mandir it was built in 1938; the temple is an ideal introduction to some of the gods of the India pantheon. 

LOTUS TEMPLE- TheBahai’s Temple, is shaped like a lotus. It is an eye-catching edifice worth exploring. Built by the Bahai’s community, it offers the visitor a serenity that pervades the temple and its artistic design. 

QUTAB MINAR- It is among the tallest and famous towers in the world. QutabMinar is famed as the highest brick minaret of the world, located amidst the lush greens of South Delhi.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 2: DELHI - MANDAWA :- Next morning drive towards a small town in the heart of Shekhawati Region- Mandawa. Transfer to hotel. In the evening visit

SIGHT SEEING MANDAWA
HAVELIS- The most important are the Chokhani, Ladia, BinsidharNewatia known for its curious paintings, and GulabRaiLadia Haveli famous for erotic images now mostly defaced.

FORT PALACE- The structure of the palace reminds of the cultural and social importance of this region in the past. 

Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: MANDAWA – JAIPUR:- Today, drive towards Jaipur- the pristine jewel in the desert sands of Rajasthan. Transfer to hotel and evening time to relax.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: JAIPUR:- After breakfast visit the Pink City viewing

SIGHT SEEING JAIPUR
HAWA MAHAL- One of the most common and popular tourist attractions in Jaipur. This five-storey building was used as a veil by the royal women folk to watch the proceedings on the road below. 

CITY PALACE-In the heart of the old city is former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The palace also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit, acquired by Sawai Jai Singh II to study astronomy in detail.

JANTAR MANTAR- A stone observatory, largest of Jai Singh’s five remarkable observatories.The observatory was built to study the movement of stars. The observatory is built in stone and marble. 

AMER PALACE- A beautiful complex of palaces, halls, pavilions, gardens and temples built by Raja Man Singh. Tourists often ride on the elephant back to the Singh pool and the JalebChowk.
Other tourist attractions are Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, GovindDeojiMandir, Rambagh Palace, Kanak Valley and Laxmi Narayan Temple.
Overnight at hotel.

DAY 5: JAIPUR – FATHEPUR SIKRI - AGRA:- Drive towards The Land of culture and heritage – Agra enroute visiting FathepurSikri
FATHEPUR SIKRI- Once the capital of the Mughal emperor Akbar, a deserted, red sandstone city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. Continue further to Agra, transfer to hotel. Evening free for leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 6: AGRA:- After breakfast visit the Agra viewing

SIGHT SEEING AGRA
TAJ MAHAL- It is the most beautiful monument in Agra. The beauty and grandeur of the TajMahal has made it one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife-MumtazMahal, the TajMahal is regarded as one of the most beautiful monuments in the world. A beautiful gift from a Mughal emperor to his deceased wife, the TajMahal is a symbol of love and beauty. 

AGRA FORT- Built in red sandstone, this huge fortress on the bank of the Yamuna. The fort house has many beautiful palaces and mansions, which include JahangiriMahal, KhassMahal, Diwan-i-Khass and Diwan-i-Aam.

ITMAD-UD-DAULA TOMB- Also known as Baby Taj, this tomb is a daughter's tribute to her father. Built in 1628 by Nurjahan in memory of her father MirzaGhiyas Beg.

SIKANDRA FORT- It is 4 kms from Agra where Akbar built his mausoleum.
Overnight at hotel.

DAY 7: AGRA - ORCHHA:- After breakfast drive to old and beautiful town- Orchha. Transfer to hotel and after lunch visit Orchha.

SIGHT SEEING ORCHHA
JAHANGIR MAHAL- A 17th century mansion, is remarkable for its vivid and fine Indo-Islamic style of architecture. 

CHHATRIS- The cluster of the Chhatris along the KanchanaGhat of the Betwa River is one of the imposing and attractive features in Orchha. These Chhatris are the memorials of the rulers of Orchha.

ORCHHA FORT- The Fort Complex is the main attraction of Orchha, it is located on an island on the Betwa River.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 8: ORCHHA - KHAJURAHO:- Drive to Khajuraho, a unique thousand-year-old heritage temple complex in Madhya Pradesh.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 9: KHAJURAHO:- After breakfast, visit Khajuraho viewing

SIGHT SEEING KHAJURAHO
KHAJURAHO GROUP OF TEMPLES- These temples are known for their Nagara architectural style and are listed as UNSESCO World Heritage Sites. Dating back to 950 AD, the temples are inscribed with ornamental carvings, mostly erotic. KandariyaMahadev Temple being the best of them all. The temples promoted integrity and acceptance between the Jains and Hindus.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 10: KHAJURAHO - VARANASI:- After breakfast drive to the city of Varanasi situated on the west bank of the holiest of all Indian rivers, the Ganga or Ganges.  Transfer to hotel. Evening free for leisure.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 11: VARANASI:- After breakfast visit,
SIGHT SEEING VARANASI
Early morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. The Ganga Ghats are the main centre of religious activities and rituals and also form one of the main attractions of Varanasi. The Alamgir Mosque, blend of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture, is another important attraction of Varanasi. 

Some of the important temples are Durga Temple, Vishwanath Temple, SankatMochan Temple, TlsiManas Temple and The Bharat Mata Temple. Other attractions of Varanasi are the Benaras Hindu Universality, the Archeological Museuwm and Buddhist Stupas. Evening view “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats.

Later in the evening, travel back by car/flight/train towards onward destination.

Rajasthan at a Glance

  • Capital City: Jaipur
  • Population: 68,548,437
  • Area: 342,239 sq km
  • Geo Location: North-West
  • Average Climate: 10°C to 45°C
  • Best time to visit: November – March

 New Delhi at a Glance

  • Population: 16,787,941
  • Area: 1,484 sq km
  • Geo Location: North
  • Average Climate: Summer extends from Apr. to Jun. (25°C to 46°C), Winter from Oct. to Mar. (3 °C - 30°C), and Monsoon from Jul. to Sep. (25°C to 35°C).
  • Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year, though the best climate is experienced from Sep. to Apr.
  • STD Code: 011
  • Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Mandawa at a Glance

  • Population: 20,717
  • Area: N.A
  • Geo Location: Northwest
  • Average Climate: 7°C - 32°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 015928

 Jaipur at a Glance

  • Population: 6,663,971
  • Area: 14,068 sq km
  • Geo Location: Northwest
  • Average Climate: 4°C - 30°C
  • Best Time to Visit: September - March
  • STD Code: 0141
  • Airport: Sanganer Airport

Agra at a Glance

  • Population: 17, 75,134
  • Area: 1,880.40 sq km
  • Geo Location: North
  • Average Climate: 1°C - 32°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 0562

 Khajuraho at a Glance

  • Population: 1,762,857
  • Area :
  • Geo Location: Central
  • Average Climate: 4°C - 35°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 07686
  • Airport: Khajuraho Airport

 Varanasi at a Glance

  • Population: 3,676,841
  • Area: 1,535 sq km
  • Geo Location: North
  • Average Climate: 5°C - 20°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 0542
  • Airport: Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport
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