THE UNFORGETABLE ROYAL HERITAGE TOUR OF RAJASTHAN
Period of Operation : October to March
Duration : 15 Nights/ 16 Days
Dates of Departure : 1st of every month from Oct. to March
Min. Strength for Operation : 20 Pax
Starting/Ending point : New Delhi
Cost of Package : On Demand
Arrive Delhi, and our representative will meet you at airport and transfer to hotel. Day will be at leisure till lunch. After lunch enjoy site seeing of Delhi Kutub Minar The soaring tower of the brick tiled magic, called Qutab Minar, has become synonymous with the colonial capital of Delhi. Nestling in the southern quarters of lush Delhi, the 237.8 ft stately tower is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afgan architecture.
Redfort- Mughal Emperor Shahjahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and work was completed in 1648. The Red Fort was originally referred to as “Qila-i-Mubarak” (the blessed fort), because it was the residence of the royal family. The layout of the Red Fort was organized to retain and integrate this site with the Salimgarh Fort. The fortress palace was an important focal point of the medieval city of Shahjahanabad. The planning and aesthetics of the Red Fort represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which prevailed during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan.
In the evening an audio visual presentation about India will be given by your escort renowned Anthropologist of India – Dr. G.C. Bagri. A kaleidoscope of various religions, races & culture is called India. It is a formidable, ethnic, spiritual group of inhabitants – we call it unity in diversity. The grandeur of the evening is in not taking you to the labyrinth of information denoting a bookish knowledge, a little bit or only those sordid or occult mystic aspects which make it synonym to the place of jugglers or Fakirs. But instead, an effort is made to put forward those glimpses of India which are yet left unfurled, trying our best to make an effort to come nigh to the hearts of the listeners.
Various aspects of Indian culture & Hinduism, the core religion of India, are divulged in such interesting and enchanting narrations, which make it distinct a little, taking the people through the alleys of glories of history, mythology, mystic religion & so many wonderful aspects of culture. We make an humble endeavor to present the culture of India, originating more than 5000 years on the platter before the concerned people, to make the evening so interesting, informative & worthwhile that the visit of India would seem really purposeful. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
After early breakfast drive to Agra on route visiting Sikandra. Later check in at the hotel and after lunch visit Agra fort. Agra Red Fort was designed and built by the great Mughal ruler, Akbar, in about 1565 A.D. It was initially built as a military establishment but later on his successors made many additions to the main structure. Several Mahals , which were built afterwards, converted half of the structure into a magnificent palace.
Taj Mahal of India – “the epitome of love”, “a monument of immeasurable beauty”. The beauty of this magnificent monument is such that it is beyond the scope of words. The thoughts that come into the mind while watching the Taj Mahal of Agra is not just its phenomenal beauty, but the immense love which was the reason behind its construction. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan got this monument constructed in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, with whom he fell in love at the first sight. The very first sight of the Taj Mahal, the epitome of love and romance leaves one mesmerized.
An outstanding audio video presentation by Dr. G.C.Bagri on the mughal era along with the special mughal theme dinner. Overnite in hotel.
After breakfast drive to Jaipur on route visiting the famous Fathepur Sikari. After the visit drive to Bharatpur and enjoy a special hot lunch in the palace of Bharatpur. After lunch continue your drive to Jaipur. Early evening arrive Jaipur and rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnite in the hotel.At Sikri, the various royal palaces have been built in Gujarati and Rajasthani architectural styles, using ornate columns, fanciful jali work (intricately perforated decorative stone screens), sumptuous carving, and surface ornamentation. Most of the buildings located inside Fatehpur Sikri are a unique blend of architectural traditions flourishing at that time in India.
After breakfast visit Amber fort . Amber Fort is located in Amber (Jaipur), which used to be the capital of the Kachhwaha clan, till Jaipur was made the official capital in 1727. The Amber Fort looks stunning, all-built in white marble and red sandstone. To add to its charm, Maotha Lake makes its foreground. The crystal mirror image of the Fort, on the still waters of the lake, seems to be a beautiful illusion.
The best part of this tourist attraction situated on a crafty hill, is the royal elephant ride. The flawless beauty of the Fort can be enjoyed royally with an elephant ride. Amber’s Fort is the part of Jaipur and its royalty. A trip to Jaipur would be definitely incomplete, without the visit to this imperial Fort of Amber. Return to hotel for lunch. After lunch visit city palace. City Palace forms one of the most famous tourist attractions and a major landmark in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. City Palace complex covers a huge area, which is divided into a series of gardens, courtyards and buildings.
Early evening get ready to attend an Indian marriage specially organize for you.
( Special costumes will be organized locally for you and you are requested to attend a marriage in this costume)
The Indian marriage, the celestial bond of two souls for ever, is one of the pious most deed of the Indian human life where two persons emerge out as one after merging their identities. Traditional Hindu Rajput marriage terminates into nuptial bond for ever when both, bride and groom take oath before the Holy Fire by taking seven circles around it. The marriage ceremony is solemnized and celebrated by the relatives and friends of both families in great festive mood. This festivity begins with the first, invitation presented to Lord Ganesha on an auspicious day, fixed by the family priest.
On the final day, the Joy is on its peak when the family and friends of groom side, move towards the house of the bride in a procession. The joyous mood is palpable. When the marriage procession starts, it is a combination of music, singing, dancing with merriments on its peak. The best dresses in gaudy colors, embroidered fabric studded with real or phony stones, patch works along with traditional jewelry , presents the special look of marriage flock. Men in traditional dresses with beautifully tied turbans walking proudly present a theme of fairy land. A live band leads the procession along with fireworks, illuminated rows of lamps, relatives, friends and in the last , groom rides a horse wearing sparkling ‘Groom Dress’. A grand welcome awaits the procession at the venue to the marriage with Shehnai Music. Welcome drinks, sweet meats are offered after being garlanded. In the meantime, the mother in law besmear ‘Tilak’ on the forehead of the groom and after few rituals and folk songs, the groom is escorted to the ‘Vedi’ to solemnize the marriage. Women folk continues to sing the marital songs. overnight in hotel.
After breakfast drive towards Shekhawati and on route you join the royal Caravan…..
THE ROYAL CARAVAN
Silent craving for Royal Splendour is, perhaps, the ardent desire of each heart. How much marvelous development of technology of the modern time has made our life cozy and comfortable, but the yearning for bygone days of royalty is yet evidently found, though in latent form it may be, in every heart.
When we hear the stories of Royal families, their living style, their royal bath, royal caravan, their passion and fashion, we feel ourselves entering a dream world. Our conscious mind knows very well that such stories, how much real they might be, are now façade of lost royalty but subconscious mind longs to live them.
Rajasthan traditions brings forth “The Royal Caravan” which is the live replica of old golden royal procession which included giant elephants, gorgeous, horses, royal guards studded with shining armor and spears followed by jugglers , folk dancers and musicians.
The Caravan passed through jungles, ravines, banks of rivers etc. enjoying the real throbbing countryside life of scattered hamlets. Whenever at dusk, the caravan stopped to have rest, camps were erected , arak (country wine) was served followed by dance, music, jugglers feats etc. and at last royal chef served palatable cuisines while the guards kept vigilance . we sincerely try to relive the bygone scenario which is yet alive in our memory.
Special Lunch will serve under shamiana. Special dinner with the royalty will be served at camp with folk music and dance.
After breakfast in the royal camp your royal caravan continues for 2 hours and then you drive by bus to your hotel. Lunch will be served at hotel. After lunch at hotel enjoy the site seeing of the Shekhawati Area – A region of small towns. Shekhawati is primarily known for its havelis or mansions richly ornamented with frescos that over time, ranged from the sacred to the secular, and from the sublime to the ridiculous. Two images one Dundlod fort and other is of frescos. (in shekhawati)
In the evening a very special grand musical evening awaits you. Along with the special dinner listen to the treasures of Indian music presented by Dr. G.C. Bagri.
After breakfast drive to Bikaner and arrive there by lunch time. After lunch at the hotel enjoy the sight seeing of Bikaner Constructed in between the years 1588 and 1593, the Junagarh Fort in Bikaner was built by Raja Rai Singh. Raja Rai Singh was a general in Mughal Emperor Akbar’s army. The 986-metre stonewall that encloses the magnificent Junagarh Fort has 37 bastions that give it a formidable yet impressive character. The deep moat that encircles the stone wall made it almost impossible for enemy armies to attack Junagarh. In fact the fort remained unconquered during the course of its history. Some of the places are among the most richly decorated in rajasthan, and include Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal and Phool Mahal. They give the impression of a rich inlay of pietra dura, though in fact the apartments are merely richly painted. Evening will be at leisure. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
After early breakfast drive to Jaisalmer by bus and arrive Jaisalmer by lunch time. After lunch the day will be at leisure.
In the evening, enjoy exciting folk tails by Dr. G.C. Bagri over cock tails.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.
After breakfast enjoy sightseeing of Jaisalmer. Once a sleepy desert city, Jaisalmer has transformed itself into a major tourist destination of India. Situated amid picturesque Thar Desert, the Jaisalmer city commands premiere position among the tourist attractions scattered all over the desert land of Rajasthan. The Jaisalmer city is revered both by Indians as well as foreign tourists. Like various other cities of Rajasthan, you will discover different facets of Jaisalmer as you explore this wonderful city with us. Tough there are historical monuments scattered all over the city but the Jaisalmer Fort will immediately command your attention. Made of sand stones and locally known as Sonar Quila, the Jaisalmer Fort is a dominating structure amidst sands. The Jaisalmer city is also known for its old mansions, better known as Havelis. Among many of them you will find Salim ji ki haveli and Nathmal ji ki haveli as the most striking. There are other monuments too, which are equally important because of their distinct and individual architecture. The amalgamation of ancient and the medieval era architecture will catch your fancy.
The Jaisalmer city is a prominent educational as well as-cultural hub in the region and regularly showcases the vivid cultural aspects of Rajasthan. Among others, it includes folk dances as well as semi classical and folk music. The city is easily accessible and people are warm and welcoming. In spite of harsh living conditions, Rajasthani people are known for their warm hospitality all over. So come to Jaisalmer and enjoy the traditional rhetoric of ‘padharo mahare desh’ (welcome to our lands).
Early evening drive to sam for a special dinner with cock tails among sand dunes accompanied by folk music and songs presented by the local artiest of the great Thar desert. Return to hotel for overnight.
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur and arrive by lunch time After lunch visit Mehran garh fort and Jaswant Thara. Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur city in Rajasthan state is one of the largest forts in India. The fort is situated on a lofty height, 400 feet (122 m) above the city, and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces, which are known for their intricate carvings and sprawling courtyards. A meandering road leads to and from the city below. Battle scars of cannon ball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate.
This evening enjoy cocktails and dinner with Royal Rajput Family.
After breakfast drive to Udaipur onroute visiting the world famous Ranakpur temples. Ranakpur is named after Rana Kumbha whom Dharna Sah, a Jain businessman, approached when he had the vision of his great temple to ask for the land for its construction. Renowned for some marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stone, Ranakpur is amongst the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. These temples were constructed in the AD 1439.
It is located in the mountain ranges of Pali district, 39 kms. away from the Phalna railway station. Ranakpur is reached after passing lush green valleys and streams and the heart capturing views drive away any fatigue of the journey. The Ranakpur Jain Temple were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns.
The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kgs. whose sound echoes in the entire complex. Hot lunch will be served in one of the resorts. Later drive to Udaipur where you arrive by evening. dinner and overnight in hotel.
After breakfast visit city palace . The city Palace was built concurrently with establishment of the Udaipur city by Maharana Udai Singh, in 1559 and his successor Maharanas over a period of the next 300 years. It is considered the largest royal complex in Rajasthan and is replete with history. Founding of the city and building of the palace complex can not be looked in isolation as the Maharanas lived and administered their kingdom from this palace.
In the evening enjoy interesting folk tails on Rajput theme presented by Dr. G.C. Bagri over cocktails. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
After breakfast drive to Pushkar onroute visiting Ajmer ….lunch will be served in Ajmer evening arrive Pushkar the pious land of spirituality . During this total stay you will enjoy a complete spiritual atmosphere with health food and various other activities. An encounter with indian spiritality by Dr. Sanjeev Nirmal. Overnight at hotel.
Very early in the morning visit the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir is a Hindu temple situated at Pushkar in the Indian state of Rajasthan, close to the sacred Pushkar Lake to which its legend has an indelible link. The temple is one of very few existing temples dedicated to the Hindu creator-god Brahma in India and remains the most prominent among them.
Although the present temple structure dates to the 14th century, the temple is believed to be 2000 years old. The temple is mainly built of marble and stone stabs.
It has a distinct red pinnacle (shikhara) and a hamsa bird motif. The temple sanctum sanctorum holds the central images of Brahma and his second consort Gayatri.The temple is governed by the Sanyasi (ascetic) sect priesthood.On Kartik Poornima, a festival dedicated to Brahma is held when large number of pilgrims visit the temple, after bathing in the sacred lake. Enjoy a rejuvenating day with Dr. Sanjee Nirmal who will present before you the unique features of Indian spirituality. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast drive to Delhi via Jaipur. Enjoy hot lunch on the way and arrive Delhi by early evening. Rest of the day at leisure in the night relaxes till departure to the airport to connect your flight back to your country.
Transfer to the airport to connect your flight to your own destination.
- All Hotels on full board. (AP Basis)
- All Transportation by Air-Conditioned Coach from Day-1 to Day-16.
- Beverages like Cold Drinks and Mineral Water included in Bus journey.
4. Cost of all the features in the itinerary.
- Special Cocktails during evening activities on Day1,2,4,5,6,8,9,10,12.
- Tour will be escorted by a renowned Anthropologist Dr. G. C. Bagri.
- Local guides at each monuments
- All the entrance and taxes at monuments
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary.
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- All expenses of personal nature.
- Tips and Telephone Calls.
- All other item not include in the itinerary.