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Forts And Palaces Tour

Destinations Covered: 13 Days - 12 Nights
Duration: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Nimaj village - Samodh village - Delwara - Udaipur - Mumbai

Day 01 / Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 02 / Delhi
( Explore the ancient bazaar at Chandni Chowk including a rickshaw ride )
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi :
NEW DELHI - An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, 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.

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. Explore the ancient bazaar at Chandni Chowk including a rickshaw ride through its crowded, narrow alleys. Later you will begin your culinary crusade at the Chor Bizzare. By the evening enjoy classicaldance programme. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 03 / Delhi- Agra ( By road Approx 4 Hrs )
Early morning drive to the city of Taj- Agra , Arrive Agra in approx. 4 hours & transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit the Agra Fort - the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. Later at sunset visit the magnificent Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. Evening free to explore th e Agra's rich heritage of handicrafts in its markets. Night stay in Agra.

Day 04 / Agra - Jaipur ( by road )
Approx. 5 hrs. drive enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri Early morning at sunrise another visit to Taj Mahal. Later after breakfast drive to Jaipur- the fabled “pink city" of the desert named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur. This is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe through the nine rectangular sectors subdividing it. The palaces and forts of the yesteryears, which were witnesses to the royal processions and splendours are now living monuments enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri-a perfectly preserved red sandstone “ghost town" which was the estranged capital of mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. Arrive Jaipur in late evening & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 05 / Jaipur
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.

AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it's ultimate expression. Continue sight-seeing.

CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey s tructures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 05 / Jaipur - Excursion to Samode village ( By road ) Approx. 01hr. drive ( Stay at Samode Palace )
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for excursion to Samode. ( 42 kilometer from Jaipur). This is small and beautiful village of Samode, famous for its fort and haveli. On the tour to Samode enjoy camel cart ride. It is good way to explore the village and enjoy its colors and unique customs. On the way enchant with the people of Samode, who are known for their warm and affectionate nature. The guides take you through the historical lanes of Samode giving you the best insights of the forts and palaces. The tourists guide entertain you with the various stories of the royal past on the way. Later enjoy musical evening of the folk dancesand the music folloed by dinner at Samode Palace. Rajasthani bands and musicians with their unique and rare instruments provide one of the best colourful evenings one have on the tour to Rajasthan. Night stay in Samode Palace.

Day 06 / Jaipur – Nimaj village ( By road ) Approx. 04hrs. drive
After breakfast drive to the Rajasthani tented camp of Chhatra Sagar located on the edge of a hundred year old reservoir on the Nimaj Estate. Surrounded by lush fields of wheat, mustard, cotton and chillies, Chhatra Sagar offers luxury accommodation in sumptuous hand stitched tents with painted timber floors. Night stay in Nimaj. ( These tent accommodation operate from Oct. to March ).

Day 07 / Nimaj village
A relaxing change from the hustle and bustle that India is famous for and time to recharge with a unique opportunity to learn about rural life in Rajasthan. There are tours of the nearby village and the camp'sorganic vegetable farm on offer plus bird watching and nature walks. End the day around an inviting bonfire. Night stay in Nimaj. ( These tent accommodation operate from Oct. to March ).

Day 08 / Nimaj – Blue city of Jodhpur ( By road ) Approx. 02hrs. & half drive
After breakfast drive to the blue city of Jodhpur, situated on the edge of the great Thar Desert. This afternoon visit the former traditional seat of the Marwar rulers, the imposing Meherangarh Fortress which perches in stately grandeur above the city . Night stay in Jodhpur.

Day 09 / Jodhpur
After breakfast excursion to visit Bishnoi village and learn of their interesting philosophy for living – a devotion to eco-friendliness and wild life protection. Finish the excursion with lunch at the palace Rohet Garh. Your afternoon is at leisure in Jodhpur.

Day 10 / Jodhpur – Delwara ( By road ) Approx. 03hrs. drive
After breakfast drive to the picturesque Aravali Hills and the intricate Jain Temples of Ranikpur en route. On arrival transfer to hotel. Night stay at Connaught House / Jaipur House.

Day 10 / Delwara - Udaipur ( By road ) Approx. 03hrs. and half drive
At sunrise visit visit the sunset point. Later after breakfast visit the incomparable Delwara Temples. Later drive to Udaipur. On arrival in Udaipur transfer to hotel. Night stay in Udaipur.

Day 11 / Udaipur
Morning city sight seeing tour of Udaipur. The city is built in 1559 A.D. byMaharaja Udai Singh and has been described as the most romantic spot on the continent of India by Col. James Todd. Visit the City Palace museum, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir ( Folk art museum) and the Pratap Memorial. At sunset enjoy boat ride on lake Pichola. This evening an opportunity to witness the peaceful ritual of the Aarti ceremony at Jagdish temple. Night stay in Udaipur.

Day 12 / Udaipur ( day excursion to Eklingi and Nagda temple )
After breakfast proceed for day excursion to Eklingi and Nagda temple. Night stay in Udaipur.

Day 13 / Udaipur - Delhi / Mumbai ( By flight ) Departure
Transfer to aiport to board the flight to Delhi / Mumbai to connect your onwards flight.

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