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13 Days Rajasthan & Khajuraho

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PLACES TO BE VISIT : DELHI / ORCHHA / KHAJURAHO / AGRA / FATEHPUR SIKRI /  JAIPUR / PUSHKAR / JODHPUR / RANAKPUR / UDAIPUR

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS – Guided tour to Delhi, Orchha, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur, Udaipur The Tour Covers visit to UNESCO World Heritage sites & other interesting monuments like – Red Fort, Chandini Chowk – centuries old market, Bahai also known as Lotus Temple, India Gate – War Memorial, ancient exotic temples of Khajuraho, Orchha Fort housing Palaces & Temples, Taj Mahal – a love memorial, Jantar Mantar – world’s largest sundial and City Palace with unique collection of handicrafts, Jodhpur also known as Blue city, Ranakpur famous for unique architecture of Jain temples and Udaipur known as City of Lakes and famous for Miniature painting, forts and palaces. Pushkar famous for cattle festival, camel safari on sand dunes,

The tour can be modified as per the requirements and schedule.

ACTIVITIES COVERED – Elephant ride in Jaipur, Rajasthani Folk Dances in Udaipur and Train journeys. 

1
Day 01: Arrive Delhi by flight

Arrive Delhi by flight Meeting upon arrival by our representative and transfer to Hotel. Rest of the time at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 02 : Delhi sightseeing

Morning after breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi In Old Delhi visit Jama Masjid, Chandini Chowk, Red Fort, Raj Ghat – Gandhi Memorial Jama Masjid – Built by Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid was begun in 1650 and it took hard work of six years of more than 5000 workers to build the largest mosque in India. It was customary for the emperor and his courtiers to go to the mosque every Friday for attending ‘Jumme Ki Namaaz’, the congressional prayers.

Chandini Chowk – The living legacy of Delhi is Shahjahanabad. Created by Shahjahan, the builder of TajMahal, this city, with the Red Fort as the focal point and Jama Masjid as the praying center, has a fascinating market planned to shine under the light of the moon and thus is called Chandini Chowk.

Red Fort (Lal Quila) – One of the most spectacular pieces of Mughal Architecture is the LalQuila or the Red Fort. Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort has walls extending up to 2 kms. in length with the height varying from 18 mts. on the river side to 33 mts. on the city side.

Raj Ghat – The Raj Ghat is the last resting place of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The place is not far away from the banks of River Yamuna. Mahatma Gandhi was cremated here on 31st January 1950 following his assassination on 30th January 1950 by Nathu Ram Godse. The memorial stone is a simple square platform made of black stone. The last words uttered by Mahatma “Hey Ram” are inscribed near the black platform. An eternal flame keeps burning in a copper urn in the Raj Ghat. Thus the first item on the agenda of a foreign dignitary on a state visit to India is to visit Raj Ghat. They the memorial is set in a garden with fountains and a variety of exotic trees. The Gandhi Memorial Museum is just across the road. It houses many belongings of Gandhi and photographs from his life. In New Delhi visit Birla Temple, India Gate, Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Humayun Tomb and Jewish Synagogue

Birla Temple (Lakshmi-Narayan Mandir) a Hindu temple which came up alongside with New Delhi and has therefore been pegged with it. Popularly known as the Birla Mandir, it is the first of the temples built across the country by the industrial family of Birla. Located just off Connaught Place on Mandir Marg, it is dedicated to Vishnu, the second of the Hindu Trinity of creator-preserver-destroyer, and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth.

India Gate- is the pride of Delhi. An imposing structure, the gate was built in memory to the of the 90,000 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during World War I. Situated at the at the end of Rajpath, the India Gate is 42 meters high

Photo stop at Presidential Palace and Indian Parliament House.

Baha’i Temple (Lotus Temples) in Delhi is often compared to the Sydney Opera House. Popularly known as the Lotus Temple, Baha’i Temple is a major feature of Delhi and is well known for its appearance. There is no doubt that in years to come the temple will prove to be a mecca for the visitors. Baha’ism is considered to be a syncretism of the nine great religions of the world and traces its genesis to its prophet Baha’u’llah, born in Persia in the twentieth century.

Qutab Minar- one of the most visited places in Delhi. The unique architectural structure of the monument attracts many visitors from all across the world. The construction of Qutab Minar began in the 12th century and it was completed in the 13th century. Beautiful calligraphy of the magnificent tower adorns the adjacent edifices. The Minar rises over 230 feet and can be ascended by a circular stairway for a breathtaking view.

Humanyu’s Tomb – The last refuge of Mughal Emperor Humayun reminds rather of a luxurious palace, than a tomb located in the eastern part of Delhi. Humayun’s tomb is one of the best preserved Mughal monuments. This spellbinding mausoleum is the first example of Mughal architecture in India. After a century from its construction Humayun’s tomb inspired the construction of the more famous TajMahal. It was built thanks to the initiative of his widow HamidaBanu Begum, who commenced the construction of a mausoleum for her deceased husband in 1565, nine years after his death in 1572. The architecture of the tomb is strongly influenced by Persian architecture, the architect of the building Mirak Mirza Ghiyas himself was of Persian origin, constructed the tomb in the center of a Persian-style chaharbagh garden (translated from Farsi – four gardens) with quadrilateral form. The mausoleum stands on a massive platform which has a height of up to 7 meters, the building is constructed from red sandstone, while the tomb itself is made of yellow and black marble.

Return to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 03 : Delhi / Jhansi / Khajuraho

Early morning after some light breakfast transfer to New Delhi Railway station to board train for Jhansi

Depart Delhi by Shatabadi Express at 06:15 hrs in Air-conditioned Chair car class

Arrive Jhansi at 10:48 hrs

Meeting upon arrival and transfer by surface to Khajuraho (180 kms / 4 – 5 hrs) Arrive & check-in at Hotel

Later proceed for sightseeing tour Khajuraho visiting Eastern & Western group of temples

The 9th to 12th century temples of Khajuraho is the evidences of the architectural geniuses during the times of Chandela dynasty. Situated in Madhya Pradesh, India, Khajuraho oozes with passion, eroticism, dance and music and other finesses of creative arts depicted in sculpture and images of the temples. The 85 temples were built in North Indian ‘Nagara’ style of architecture, though only 20 of them have survived the rough weather conditions over long years of time. The two richer distinctive groups of temples are the Western and Eastern group of temples

Temple town of Khajuraho is much different from any other temple city of India. It is not about religion and worshipping and deities. The temples of Khajuraho are instead famous for the eroticism etched on its walls in the form of sculptures. An amalgamation of science and art of architecture, these 10th-11th century temples have a very interesting legend behind them that connects them to the origin of Chandela dynasty. It is said that in a fit of passion and lust, the Moon God seduced and ravaged a beautiful Brahmin girls known as Hemvati, resulting in the birth of Chandravarman (the founder of the Chandela dynasty). Later, Chandravarman had a dream where his mother requested him to make a temple, which would reveal all aspects of the treasure of passion and erotic fantasy to the world

Overnight at hotel.

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Day 04 : Khajuraho / Orcha by surface (160 kms / 3 - 4 hrs)

Morning after breakfast depart for Orchha

Arrive and check-in at Hotel

Later proceed for sightseeing tour visiting Orchha

Orcha is a city having its origin during the medieval times of 16th Centaury built by Bundela rulers and has many old timed palaces and temples reflecting grand old beauty, which existed in those times. The City was built by a Rajput leader Rudra Pratap Singh. He chose Orcha city as the capital, because it was on the Banks of Betwa river, The succeeding Ruler to Rudra Pratap Singh Raja Bir Singh contributed to the splendor of the city by constructing Jehangir Mahal.

Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Orchha visiting

Paramour Memorial those times a poetess and musician, Rai Praveen was extremely beautiful paramour of Raja Indramani during the period 1672-76. She went to Delhi on the summons of Emperor Akbar, who also deeply impressed by her. She impressed upon Emperor her love for Indramani and the Emperor sent her back to Orcha. The Rai Praveen Mahal palace built as a memorial in her name

Chaturbhuj Temple It was constructed on a huge stone platform, from where there are very high steps converging into the temple shape. The temple was supposed to have Idol of lord Ram, which was later on left to the wishes of Idol of Ram. The exterior are decorative symbols of lotus and other religious symbols

Ram Raja Mandir It is a palace-turned-temple has a very attractive story behind. King Madhukar Shah had brought an idol of Lord Rama from Ayodhya to Orcha being the realization of a dream he had and later on it was installed in Chaturbhuj Temple. On attempting and having failed to move the idol and felt that it is the wish of the deity to remain where it is. Now there are high tapering structures built at the temple site and it is one of the finest temples in India and Ram is worshipped as a king

Laxminarayan Temple – A flagstone path links the Laxminarayan Temple with the Ram Raja Temple. The style here is a mix of fort and temple architecture. The interiors contain the most exquisite of Orcha’s Wall Paintings. On the walls and ceilings of three halls, these murals are vibrant compositions and cover a variety of spiritual and secular subjects

Overnight at hotel.

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Day 05 : Orchha / Jhansi / Agra

Morning after relaxed breakfast, depart for Jhansi to Jhansi railway station (18 kms / 30 minutes) to board train for Agra.

Depart Jhansi by Shatabadi Express at 17:55 hrs in Air-conditioned Chair car class

Arrive Agra at 20:15 hrs

Meeting upon arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

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Day 06 : Agra / Jaipur by surface (235 kms / 5 hrs)

Early morning proceed for visiting Taj Mahal – Built by Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal, this beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble is an architectural marvel. The Taj by sunrise and sunset is a breathtaking sight.

Return back to hotel for breakfast and visit Agra Fort – Built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of courtyards, mosques and private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire. The Moti Masjid and other magnificent buildings reflect the skill of the ancient Indian architects and artists.

Later depart for Jaipur. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri – Situated 40 kms from Agra, this deserted city of Emperor Akbar literally means ‘The City of Victory’. The audience halls, palaces and mosques are still perfectly preserved as are the tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, Panchmahal and the Buland Darwaza. Continue drive to Jaipur.

Arrive Jaipur and check-in at Hotel

Overnight at hotel.

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Day 07 : Jaipur sightseeing

Morning after breakfast visit Amber Fort which lies 10 kms from from Jaipur. Amber with an old palace overlooking the lake at the entrance to a rocky mountain grove, climb up to fort on elephant back in a Maharaja (emperor) style.

Afternoon city tour visiting the sprawling the City Palace of Sawai Jai Singh II, sits right in the centre of the geometric grid in the heart of the old city. It consists of the seven-storied Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, the Diwan-i-Am and the Diwan-i-Khas.

The City Palace Museum houses an exquisite collection of textiles, costumes, carpets, the finest porcelain and a rare collection of arms and paintings. It is here that you can see the world’s largest silver objects – a pair of giant urns.

Jantar Mantar (Observatory) is one of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh whose ruling passion was astronomy. It was built between1728-34 and consists of observer’s seat, sundial and a number of enormous instruments used to calculate altitude, locate and identify celestial bodies. These instruments are extremely accurate.

Hawa Mahal or the ‘Palace of Winds’ is one of the most unusual structures built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Honeycombed with over 900 niches or windows, it allowed the ladies of the court to watch the activities on the streets below and yet not be seen themselves. The Hawa Mahal too is made of the famed Jaipur pink stone!

Later visit the Birla Temple and local market.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 08 : Jaipur / Jodhpur by surface (350 kms / 5 hrs)

Morning after breakfast depart for Jodhpur.

Arrive and check in at Hotel.

Rest of the time at leisure.

Overnight at hotel.

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Day 09 : Jodhpur / Udaipur via Ranakpur (262 kms / 4 ½ hrs)

Morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Jodhpur visiting The awe inspiring Mehrangarh Fort takes pride of place as the first destination on any visitor’s list. From the outside its wide, high walls and sheer cliffs appear unassailable, imposing and austere, but once inside you discover several lavishly decorated palaces, with intricate carved ‘Jalis’ and panels that take your breath away. Seven heavily fortified gateways led to the palaces, armoury and royal chambers. Few of these gates remain but the palaces are impressive in their variety and ornamentation.

The Mehrangarh Fort Palace Museum and the Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum house a fine collection of royal memorabilia, armours and arms, bejewelled howdahs, palanquins etc.

Jaswant Thada, a few meters below the fort, is the site of the white marble royal cenotaph of Jaswant Singh II and four of his successors.

The Mahamandir, dedicated to Lord Shiva is an architectural wonder, built in 1812, with 84 intricately carved pillars. As it was outside the city walls it was given its own protective fortifications, a sign of those turbulent times!

The Umaid Bhawan Palace was built during the 1920s and ”30s as a famine relief project when Maharaja Umaid Singh started a food for work program. The palace took 16 years to complete- no wonder, then that with its 347 rooms, it is one of the largest private residences in the world. The present ruler converted it into a fine luxury hotel with an in house museum while retaining the use of one wing as the private residence of the erstwhile royal family.

Later depart for Udaipur, en route visit Ranakpur Jain temples – Ranakpur is in a peaceful valley , it is one of the five main pilgrim centers for the Jains. The main shrine in the 500-year old temple complex (preserved in near perfect condition) is the huge Chaumukha Temple dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain saint. It is the largest and most complex Jain temple in India with 29 halls and 80 domes supported by 1444 ornately carved pillars, no two pillars alike. There are two other Jain temples in the complex and some distance away, a Sun temple. Continue drive to Udaipur

Arrive and check in at Hotel.

Overnight at hotel

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Day 10 : Udaipur sightseeing

Morning after breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur.

City Palace on the banks of the Lake Pichola. The magnificent and awe inspiring citadel is, in fact, a complex of several buildings that were added at different times by different rulers spanning nearly three hundred years. Happily, they harmonize beautifully with each other and maintain an overall homogeneity of design. There are terraces, courtyards, pavilions, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens, with lavish Mughal-inspired decorative art on their walls, floors and ceilings. The main part of the Palace is now a museum.

The Jagdish Temple, built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, is located within easy walking distance from the Palace gate. It is an impressive, beautifully proportioned structure, covered with carved friezes and heavily decorated inside.

Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum houses a very interesting collection of Rajasthani folk art – costumes, paintings, folk deities, musical instruments, masks, dolls and weapons. The puppet collection is particularly fascinating.

Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honour), a small ornamental garden with fountains, once the site for royal picnics, or the impressive Gulab Bagh

Evening witness Rajasthani Folk dances at Bagore Ki haveli

Bagore Ki Haveli at Gangaur Ghat is the 17th century old historic mansion has its own rich cultural legacy. Once, the private mansion of Rajput royals now turned into a museum, becoming a major tourist destination in Udaipur. If you have visited Udaipur you also have been there but it is quite possible that you might have missed seeing another great attraction inside Bagore Ki Haveli.

Overnight at hotel.

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Day 11 : Udaipur / Pushkar by surface (320 kms / 6 hrs)

Morning after breakfast, depart for Pushkar

Arrive and check in at Hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

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Day 12 : Pushkar / Ajmer / Delhi

Morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour Pushkar visiting Pushkar Lake and Brahma Temple

Pushkar Lake, Pushkar lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Pushkar. It is believed that this lake was formed as a result of a lotus falling off from Lord Brahma’s hand. A holy dip in the Pushkar lake is considered to be sacred for Hindus as it is believed to wash away all their sins. The pure waters are also said to contain medicinal and curative powers. The Pushkar lake is surrounded by many important Hindu temples and 52 Ghats where pilgrims descend to the lake to bathe in its sacred waters.

The Brahma temple or the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir in Pushkar is known to be one of the very few temples of Hindu Lord Brahma. It is close to the Pushkar lake to which it also has an indelible link. Built mainly of marble and stone slabs, the temple holds the central images of Brahma and his second consort Gayatri. The temple is usually visited by pilgrims as well as holy men and sages.

Later transfer to Ajmer railway station (15 kms / ½ hrs) to board train for Delhi

Depart Delhi by Ajmer Shatabadi at 15:45 hrs

Arrive Ajmer at 22:40 hrs (air conditioned chair car class)

Arrive and transfer to Hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

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Day 13 : Depart Delhi

Morning after breakfast, in time transfer to airport to board flight for on ward destination.

End of the tour

Hotel check in / out time 1200 hrs

Inclusions
  • Warm welcoming with Garlanding by our representative on arrival in India
  • Meeting and assistance at the time of arrival and departure at each city to Meeting and assistance
  • 24 Hours Assistance throughout the trip.
  • Stay at preferred hotels
  • Breakfast at all the hotels.
  • Air conditioned transport with driver
  • Services of English speaking local guides in Delhi, Orchha, Khajuraho, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri,  Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
  • Train fare for Delhi / Jhansi / Agra & Ajmer / Delhi in Air conditioned chair car class.
  • Elephant ride in Jaipur
  • Rajasthani Folk Dances in Udaipur
  • All present applicable taxes and service charges.
Not Includes
  • Any airfares
  • Entrance / camera fees to the monuments.
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Drinks, phone calls, laundry, tips and portages.
  • Insurance or any other expenses of personal nature.