The Rural Rajasthan Tour
Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Neemrana - Jaipur - Ranthambhore - Kota - Bijaipur - Dhariyawad - Dungarpur - Udaipur - Dungarpur - Delhi
Day 01 : Abroad - Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Meet and assistance on arrival and transfer from airport to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi
Full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi visiting Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in Asia), Red Fort (built between 1639-48 by the Shah Jahan, the creator of the Taj Mahal) and the Rajghat (the cremation site of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi).
Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi, drive past Safdarjang's Tomb (1753 AD). Visit the Qutab Minar (72m high), the most perfect of towers of the Persian world. The drive through New Delhi includes the Embassy area (Diplomatic Enclave), government buildings, India Gate, Birla Temple and Connaught Place.
Day 03 : Delhi - Neemrana (122kms)
Morning drive to Neemrana. Upon arrival in Neemrana, check into Hotel Neemrana Fort, one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan converted into a hotel. Afternoon explore the nearby village and visit 18th century step-well located at walking distance. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 : Neemrana- Jaipur (145 kms)
Morning drive to Jaipur and upon arrival check into Hotel Rambagh Palace for two nights. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 : Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort (located on a hill overlooking the Maota Lake). You will climb to the fort on gaily-caparisoned elephants. It is a stunning example of Rajput architecture. Afternoon city tour of Jaipur, popularly known as " The Pink City of Rajasthan". Visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), which is an elaborate façade behind which ladies of the court used to observe life going on in the streets below. Also visit the City Palace, a wonderful blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture where the present Maharaja still resides. Also visit the Museum, which houses a rare collection of manuscripts, paintings, carpets and armory. Explore the Jantar Mantar, the observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh in 1728. It is the best preserved amongst five observatories built by him. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 : Jaipur- Ranthambore (182 kms)
Morning drive south to Ranthambore National Park, a former private Royal hunting preserve. It lies at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya Hills. Stay two nights at the Sawai Madhopur Lodge. Afternoon game drive.
Day 07 : Ranthambhore
Morning and evening game viewing
Much of this area comprises arid scrub jungles, together with forested hills and artificial lakes. There is an impressive range of birdlife on the lakes. The animal species includes sambar, chital, nilgai, chinkara, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, tiger and leopard. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08 : Ranthambore - Kota (125 kms)
Morning drive to Kota en route visiting Bundi. Visit the City Palace and the tremendous Taragarh or the Star Fort. Continue drive to Kota and check into Hotel Brij Raj Bhawan / Umed Bhawan for one night. Afternoon visit to Kota City Palace and Museum with its outstanding collection of miniature paintings.
Day 09 : Kota - Bijaipur (170 Kms)
Morning drive to Biajipur, en route visiting the Bijolia, the cluster of 11th century temples, and the well-preserved 12th century temples at Menal. Stay one night at the 16th century Bijaipur Castle amid the Vidhyachal ranges. Afternoon free to take a jeep out to Pangarh Fort.
Day 10 : Bijaipur- Dhariyawad (150 Kms)
Morning drive south to Dhariyawad. En route visit Chittorgarh, one of the most spectacular forts in Rajasthan. The impressive remains of temples, towers and palaces date from the 7th to the 15th centuries. Upon arrival check into Hotel Dhariyawad Fort for one night. The small, river bank town of Dhariyawad is centered around the 16th century fort. Evening free to wander around the village.
Day 11 : Dhariyawad - Dungarpur (100 Kms)
Morning drive to Dungarpur, a small town nestling in the Aravalli hills. Check into the 19th century Udai Bilas Palace, the erstwhile Royal Residence, and lye on the banks of the Gaibsagar Lake. Afternoon drive upto the old palace to see the colorful and vibrant frescoes, exquisite miniature paintings, glass and mirror inlay work. Proceed to the top of the hill to watch the sun set over the hills.
Day 12 : Dungarpur- Udaipur (120 kms)
Morning drive to Udaipur. On arrival check into Hotel Shiv Niwas Palace / Lake Palace for two nights. Afternoon motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other lovely island palace in the middle of the lake. Built by Maharana Karan Singhji in 1622 as a pleasure palace for royal function, this island palace has also provided refuge to Prince Khurram who was more known as Emperor Shah Jahan. It is also believed that he got the inspiration to build the Taj Mahal from this Island Palace. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13 : Udaipur
Morning, sightseeing tour of Udaipur. This is possibly the most romantic city in Rajasthan. There would be no doubt as to why it is called the "Venice of the East". Maharana Udai Singh founded the city in 1568. Udaipur is full of palaces, temples and havelis, ranging from the modest to the extravagant. Visit the City Palace. At this palace complex, you will marvel at the rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows, inlaid marble balconies and the peacock courtyard. Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari gardens, the Jagdish temple and the local folk museum. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14 : Udaipur - Delhi by flight
Morning transfer from hotel to the airport in time to take flight for Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival and check into hotel Taj Palace.
Evening transfer from hotel to the international airport to connect flight for onward destination.
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