Royal Rajasthan – 15 days
Reason to visit Rajasthan
Rajasthan is a very popular tourists destination in India. It is a treasure house of monuments that reflects its past glories. It has forts, palaces, garden and beautiful architecture. Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, known as pink city, is the favourite one. The Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the city pink. This was his welcome gesture and hospitality to the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria in 1876.
While in Jaipur don’t miss to visit City Palaces. It is the heritage center of Jaipur. There are many interesting things to see in this large complex - palaces. There are unique building (Chandra Mahal), courtyard, garden and temples inside the complex. Hawa Mahal (Palace of wind) is another popular happening tourist site. The Mahaaraja built the mahal (building) for the entertainment of royal ladies. So they can see everyday life of people from a distance. Hawa Mahal has 953 small windows built in bee hive structure. The breeze blows through the windows to keep the palace cool. If you are eager to see tiger visit Ranthambore National Park (180 km from Jaipur). Visit Amber Fort built on the hill top of a massive citadel. It is fun and enjoyable to ride on the elephant back to the entrance courtyard of the fort. Jaipur is famous its fabulous collection of jewelry. It has precious stones, gems, semi-precious stones, and jewelry of all kind.
The other interesting city is Jodhpur. It is called Blue City in Rajasthan - it is also known as Sun City. There are many impressive building in Jodhpur. Most of them are now turned into some of the finest luxury hotels in India. Meharangarh fort is one of the most impressive fort in the city. It has a memorial built in pure white marble in the memory of Jaswant Thada. This used to be crematorium of royal family. Another interesting building is Umaid Bhawan Palace. It resemblance Taj Mahal but in coloured sandstone.
Udaipur, in the southern part of Rajasthan, is White City of Rajasthan. It has a very different aspect that shows unique life styles of the royals of bygone eras. The narrow corridors, garden, lakes and its palaces are worth seeing. Of all the palaces some are now museum; the Lake Palace is luxury hotel. The enchanting lake, amidst lush hill of Aravalis on the bank of Lake Pichola makes it a most romantic city in India.
Jaisalmer is Golden City. It is about 575 kilometers from Jaipur. In the olden days this city was popular due to the old caravan route. The caravan route passes through the city to the famous Khyber Pass which rises from a sea of sand. The high crenellated walls and medieval sandstone-fort are amazing. The wall sheltered carved spires and palaces. Elaborate carved mansions made from local golden coloured stone are beautiful sight. The market and sand dunes in Jaisalmer are popular with visitors. The city has not changed since its early days in 13th century. A large number of people still live within the original wall built to protect the city.
Take your time to visit Pushkar - 151 km from Jaipur. The city is center for best and the biggest multi day cattle fare. It is also known as camel fare. The cattle market happens every November. You will find the cattle market very interesting and mind boggling. While in Pushkar take camel ride in the desert sand dunes or take short hike. There are many temples and lakes you can visit.
Agra is very close to Delhi (200 km / 7-hour drive). Taj Mahal, in Agra, is one of the wonder of the world. Taj Mahal is a wonderful art ever created by human being. It is a beautiful mausoleum made of exquisite marble structure. Moreover the story and history behind the creation of this monument in itself is sublime. Taj Mahal took 17 years to complete (1631 to 1648). The other nearby world heritage sites is Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
Rajasthan, the land of the Kings, in India at its exotic and colourful beat. It is the home of the Rajputs, a group of warrior clans who have controlled this part of India for 1000 years. The land itself is somewhat dry and , in parts, inhospitable. You will be visiting some of the historical cities, incredible fortresses awash with legends, and rare rems of impressionistic beauty, such as Udaipur, pink city Jaipur and Pushkar with its holy lake, and the exotic desert city of Jaisalmer. The place is famous for its delightful palace hotels and toursits bungalows for like wise travelers.
Private trip cost:
- 3-5 person: US$ 1410 per person
- 6-9 person: US$ 1185 per person
- 10-16 person US$ 1175 per person
- SGL supplement: US$ 215
- 14 nights hotel accommodation using 4 star hotel on twin sharing in standard category of room;
- Daily breakfast at hotel;
- All transfers; intercity travel; sightseeing tour will be arranged by air conditioned vehicle;
- Local English speaking guide during sightseeing tour in Delhi, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur and Agra;
- Camel ride in Jaisalmer; Elephant ride in Jaipur
- Representative assistance on arrival on airport transfers in Delhi;
- All currently applicable taxes
Cost does not include:
- Any airfare; visa fees; driver/guide gratitude; Monument Entrance fees;
- Any personal nature expense, major meals, laundry, camera/video camera fees at monuments; mini bar, beverages, alcohol, table drinks etc.
- Any other services not mentioned under “Quote includes” head