Rajasthan Forts and Palaces (07 Nights/ 08 Days)
Destinations: Delhi – Agra – Mukundgarh –Mandawa- Dundlod – Nawalgarh – Jaipur – Agra – Delhi
India is a land with thousands of years of heritage – a heritage that has left behind monuments that speak of beauty, velour, opulence and splendour. Every conquest and influence has left its own touch and has been assimilated into the Indian subcontinent. The Forts and Palaces, the Mughal gardens and monuments, the princely estates, the exquisitely carved temples, Exotic Cuisines, Arts & Crafts, all speak of the richness and the grandeur of the past.
Day 01: Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Old & NewDelhi :
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 and the Red Fort – once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire.
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, Lotus Temple and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 03: Delhi – Mukundgarh ( By road )
Morning drive to Mukundgarh. Visit the region of Shekhavati – The typical havelis in Shekhawati consist of two courtyards, an outer one for the men which serves as an extended threshold and the inner one, the domain of the women. The biggest ones sometimes had three or four courtyards and two to three stories high. Nawalgarh – founded in 1737 by Nawal Singh. Has some of the best preserved havelis and finest frescoes in Shekhawati.
Mandawa – founded in the 18th century. Busy little market. It is the town which has been the more exposed to tourism. Dundlod – a tiny village around 8 km from Nawalgarh. Its fort, now converted into a hotel, dates back to 1750.
Night stay in Mukundgarh.
Day 04: Mukundgarh – Jaipur ( By road )
Morning drive to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur and transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 05: Jaipur
After a leisurely breakfast, visit the majestic Amber Fort, is one that cannot be easily described. Ride up on Elephants to the former capital of the royals set against the backdrop of the wooded hills. Later visit the City Palace, Palace of Winds also known as Hawa Mahal, this elaborate building, now little more than a façade, is encrusted with delicate screen sand carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneak views of the outside world. Past, present and future merge at Jai Singh’s observatory, where time has been accurately measured since the 17th century. Evening enjoy dinner at Chokhi dani (an ethnic village resort) where you will have an idea of the village life of Rajasthan here you will also enjoy various traditional Rajasthani dances, puppet show and various other interesting activities. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 06: Jaipur – Agra ( By road )
Morning drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri built by Emperor Akbar in 1569. The graceful buildings within this city are Salim Chisti’s Tomb , Jama Masjid and Panch Mahal. Later visit 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 alcoveof 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. Night stay in Agra.
Day 07: Agra – Delhi ( By road )
Morning at sunrise visit 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. Later drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 08: Departure
Morning transfer to airport for onward journey.