The Frescoes Cities of Rajasthan with Taj (PTFCR)

Trip Length: 13 Days/ 12 Nights               Trip Starts in: Delhi               Trip Ends in: Delhi

“India”, as you think about this incredible and colorful country, a beautiful image of Taj-mahal pops up in your thoughts. This holiday trip offers to visit your dream place as well to peek in the Northwest of Rajasthan. Bikaner and Shekhawati together makes this trip more interesting as the former was an erstwhile kingdom that flourished under the patronage of Maharaja Ganga Singhji and later is an open air museum gallery of frescoes and murals along the old caravan trade route. The evocative splendor of India’s top wealthy Marwari merchants is well reflected in the painted “Havelis” of Shekhawati region.

Tour Details

India Gate

The capital of the world’s largest democracy has always been presented as a ‘Kohinoor’ in the fabled wealth of monumental treasures of India. The legends portray Delhi as the kingdom of the erstwhile kings ‘Pandavas’ in the 400 BCE. The profound architecture of the ancient monuments in Delhi testifies the strong hold of the rulers of Hindu, Muslim and British empires. The monuments and ruins of many empires are scattered throughout the city, often cheek by jowl with modern towers and structures.

Mandawa Haveli

In the rich heritage of India, Shekhawati region is an open art gallery in the north-west of Rajasthan. In the midst of Shekhawati, Mandawa holds a unique image mansion called as "Havelis"  built by the wealthy Marwaris. The lavishly decorated Havelis with lively frescoes inside and outside creates an open art gallery with vivacious colors and themes created from Indian Mythology  to modern influence of the British Raj in India in the 19th and 20th century.

Bikaner Junagarh fort

Not only the palaces but a lot more make this city one of the famous places to visit – Bikaner located in the north-west of the Rajasthan state; it is a popular place to see India’s only camel breeding farm as well as to taste the best of sweet dishes. Not only the city is amazing but it also boasts one of the best palaces in India built in mixture of European, Indian and Moghul architecture. The famous savory’s like Bombay Mix, Bhujia’s and other Indian spicy snacks are famous throughout the world.

Castle Khandela

An ancient town in the lap of Shekhawati region dating more than 2000 years is a hidden gem in the crown of Rajasthan State. The region was under the Rajput rulers from various clans but finally came under Raja Raisal of Shekhawati Clan establishing Khandela as his capital in late 16th century. The castle is nestled in this fascinating village of Khandela having the ruins, local colorful bazaars, mingling lanes, a mix and match of modern and old houses and a lot to explore while you stay here. The warm hospitality of the host will never let you miss your ‘own home’.

City Palace

 
Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ of India is not only a city but a brilliant example of architecture, aesthetic standards and fusion of ideas and mastermind planning of a great warrior and astronomer King -  Sawai Jai Singh II. The Kachwaha rulers claim to descend from the lineage of Lord Rama’s second son, Kush. This world fame 18th century city is well protected by a massive masonry crenelled wall with nine entrance gates. The city is in the form of a chess board with nine blocks called as chokris.

 

Keoladeo National Park

Bharatpur, the eastern gateway to Rajasthan is an erstwhile kingdom of Jat who claimed themselves as descendents of Lord Krishna. The Bharatpur rulers in 18th century developed a private duck reserve as duck shooting spot. Today the park is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE as a home for migrant and water birds that fly in each winter from places as distant as Siberia. The park attracts more than 375 species of birds including Siberian cranes, Saras cranes, snake birds, white ibis, falcon, steppe eagle, fish owl. The park also boasts home for a variety of storks including painted stork, open bill storks and black neck storks. 

Taj Mahal

No wonder, this place does not need an introduction as the soul of the World Heritage, crowns the City ‘The Taj-Mahal’  strategically located on the banks of River Jamuna, the tributary of sacred Ganges was the seat of the imperial Mughal court and former capital of India during the Mughal Empire. Dotted with three grand World Heritage Sites; The Taj-Mahal, The Agra fort and the abandoned capital city of Fatehpur Sikri, a must see monument.  

Golden Temple

Amritsar  -  the name itself describes the city as 'the Pool of Nectar -  Amrit Sarowar'.  The Sikh community's  holiest shrine " Golden Temple " , is located in the heart of the City founded by fourth Sikh Guru, Ramdas Jee in the last quarter of the 16th century. The temple complex is a city within a city surrounded by the maze of lanes and 18 fortified gates. 


Itinerary

Day 1 (Delhi)

Delhi

Arrive at IG International airport and transfer to hotel for a short break to unwind after a long plane journey. 

Day 2 (Delhi)

Delhi

Visit some off-route sites during the orientation tour of Delhi.

Day 3 (Delhi/Mandawa)

Delhi/Mandawa

We will head towards Mandawa, an open art gallery in the North-West of Rajasthan.This afternoon, we will visit some of the Havelis of those rich merchants of Mandawa town.

Day 4 (Mandawa/Bikaner)

Mandawa/Bikaner

We will continue to Bikaner, the beautiful city of Rajastahn with an influence of modern architecture  continued during the British Raj. We will visit the famous camel breeding farm, the one of its kind in India. Relax for rest of the day.

Day 5 (Bikaner)

Bikaner

Sightseeing of Junagarh fort and tuk tuk ride in Bikaner to see the local market and beautiful frescoes of an old Jain temple

Day 6 (Bikaner/Khandela)

Bikaner/Khandela

This morning we will head towards a beautiful boutique hotel in the middle of nowhere. Get a chance to enjoy the warm hospitality of the lovely family to soak up the local taste of the State of Rajasthan.

Day 7 (Khandela)

Khandela

Enjoy full day activities at Khandela.

Day 8 (Khandela/Jaipur)

Khandela/Jaipur

Head towards the well known Pink-city of Rajasthan and enjoy the visit of beautiful City Palace and Stone observatory.

Day 9 (Jaipur)

Jaipur

The day starts with an interesting walk in the old city and then we will see some art and craft work centre. We will continue to the famous Amber fort. Later visit the Elephant village at near Amber Fort to interact with the elephant keepers.

Day 10 (Jaipur/Abhaneri/Bharatpur)

Jaipur/Abhaneri/Bharatpur

Enjoy a scenic drive on Jaipur-Agra highway passing by the local stone work at Sikandra before you hit the famous step-well of Rajasthan  –  Abhaneri. We then continue to Bharatpur for overnight stay. Visit the Keoladeo National Park in the late afternoon to see the birdlife.

Day 11 (Bharatpur/Fatehpur Sikri/Agra)

Bharatpur/Fatehpur Sikri/Agra

A tale in red stone  –  Fatehpur Sikri; that is what we are going explore this morning before we hit the Wonder of the World - Taj Mahal. This evening brings you an exciting dance show by more than hundred artists  –  the making of Taj Mahal before you visit it the next day.

Day 12 (Agra)

Agra

This morning we will enjoy the beauty of Taj Mahal. We will have an exciting day to visit Agra fort, Mehtab bagh and Baby Taj by tuk tuk.

Day 13 (Agra/Delhi)

Agra/Delhi

Departure to International Airport if you are flying back home.

Amritsar extension tour  -  You will be transferred to International Airport to catch flight back home or board flight for Amritsar as per your booking.


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1 . All Monument Entrances as per itinerary for one entry
2 . All breakfasts as per itinerary
3 . All activities as per itinerary
1 . International Air Fare
2 . Travel Insurance
3 . Single Accommodation (available on Request)
4 . Visa or Transit Visa
5 . Vaccinations
6 . Expenses of Personal Nature: Any Table drinks, Telephone calls, Laundry, Camera fees (still or video), Gratuities to Tour Managers, Guides, Drivers, Hotel or Restaurant staff etc.
7 . Tour Manager on request
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