Amongst the Royals (PTATR)

Trip Length: 20 Days/ 19 Nights               Trip Starts in: Delhi               Trip Ends in: Delhi

The title of our trip holiday mirrors the colorful and vibrant state of Rajasthan. We have packed this trip with a taste of Palaces, National Parks, teeming markets, rural life, luxury in middle of the rural Rajasthan, open art gallery of frescoes and murals and the wonder of the world  “Tajmahal”.  Our endeavor is to showcase this vivacious state of Royals as a lifetime memory holidays.

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.

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.  

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. 

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.

 

Ranthambhore

Ranthambhore derives its name from the 1000 years old fort of Ranthambhore, the second largest in India and among the six listed World Heritage sites standing at a height of 705 ft. Ranthambhore national park lies in the shadow of the Aravalli and Vindhya mountains range and covers a core area of 106 sq miles. The most famous resident is the endangered Royal Bengal tiger, which is spotted quite frequently in Ranthambhore. This was the originally the hunting lodge of the erstwhile Maharajas of the Jaipur state. 

Bundi Garh Palace

Bundi, an erstwhile state of Rajasthan was founded in 14th century by Rao Deva of the ‘Fire- Born’ Hada Chouhan Rajput clan. It is often described as the undiscovered jewel of the massive state of Rajasthan among the 22 old kingdoms before Independence of India. Not being influenced much by the Islamic architecture, the Garh Palace represents an outstanding paradigm of Rajput style and architecture with curved roof topping pavilions and kiosks, themes of Mythological stories, characteristically Rajput ornamentations such as lotus flowers, elephants etc., The ornamental brackets in the Palace and other buildings  form an arresting  look.

Devigarh Palace

Devi Garh Palace by Lebua is a dramatic seven-storied hill-top fort palace built in 18th in Rajasthani Architecture and has been fantastically restored into a luxurious, sophisticated and romantic retreat nestled in the Aravali hills, 28 kilometers away from the hustle and bustle of Udaipur. The interior of the 18th century fort palace of Delwara has been transformed in a minimalist contemporary manner while conserving the ancient exterior.

One of the most outstanding features of Devi Garh is its landscape design done in a modern and contemporary style. Using traditional materials and motifs, contemporary designs have been created which embody the confluence between the old and the new. The raw materials used are all local, with white marble utilized extensively throughout the palace. 

Mehrangarh Fort

Moving towards the north-west part of the Rajasthan state, we come to the impregnable fort of Mehrangarh in the blue city of Jodhpur- the past history still reveals the caste system rigidity not just among the people but even in the houses painted in blue color- a distinct color that could only be used by the Brahmins- upper most caste in the ladder of classification. Not even the fort but witness the ‘Taj of the Thar Desert’, Jaswant Thada, a truly Rajput architectural memorial built in white marble in the memory of the late King of Jodhpur Jaswant Singh Ji. The local clock tower market still reveals the traditional way of shopping.

Jaisalmer Fort

Moving towards the west of Rajasthan, the place is smeared in the golden rays of the rising and sinking sun, the city of Jaisalmer exhibiting its beautiful fort and palace in honey color sand stone. The narrow cobbled streets will give you chance to explore the city in your own way. Founded by Maharawal Jaisal of Bhatti Rajput Clan in 12th century, the fort is a living tale of the city near the famous dunes of Thar Desert. Enjoy the Camel ride at the legendary dunes of the Sam where the folk songs enthrall the visitor’s heart.

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.

Mandawa Desert Resort

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 of the Havelis or the rich mansion built by the merchants or 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.


Itinerary

Day 1 (Delhi)

Delhi

Arrive at IG International airport and transfer to your hotel for a short break to relax after a long plane journey. This afternoon we will visit couple of religious sites to familiarize you with the hustle and bustle of this ancient Capital. You will visit Hindu Temple - Birla Mandir and Sikh temple - Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the  religions sites of Delhi.

Day 2 (Delhi)

Delhi

Orientation tour of Delhi visiting some off route sites.

Day 3 (Delhi/Agra)

Delhi/Agra

This morning we will drive to Agra. Visit Agra fort and baby Taj by tuk tuk. We will visit Taj Mahal in the late afternoon to enjoy the sunset. {Taj Mahal is Closed on every Friday}

Day 4 (Agra/Fatehpur Sikri/Bharatpur)

Agra/Fatehpur Sikri/Bharatpur

Today we will drive to Bharatpur via Fatehpur Sikri. A tale in red sandstone built in 1570 AD by III Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great . Continue to Bharatpur, the paradise for the birds. Late afternoon visit the famous Keoladeo National park.

Day 5 (Bharatpur/Jaipur)

Bharatpur/Jaipur

in the morning,  we will have an interesting tour of the village to see the rural life style.You may return to your hotel to freshen-up and then we will head towards Jaipur

Day 6 (Jaipur)

Jaipur

This morning we will have a full day activity in Jaipur. We will have lunch at a noble family home at Amber. Later we will explore the old town of Amber on foot.

Day 7 (Jaipur)

Jaipur

The day starts with an interesting walk in the old city and then we will visit some art and craft work centre. We will later discover the Elephant village near Amber to interact with the elephant keepers.

Day 8 (Jaipur/Ranthambhore)

Jaipur/Ranthambhore

This morning we will drive to Ranthambhore. Enjoy the safari park in the afternoon

Day 9 (Ranthambhore)

Ranthambhore

Chance to enjoy two more jungle safaris in the morning and afternoon

Day 10 (Ranthambhore/Bundi)

Ranthambhore/Bundi

We will set our journey to Bundi; We will visit the Famous Garh Palace of Bundi and Raniji ki Baori -  the famous step well of this region.

Day 11 (Bundi/Devigarh)

Bundi/Devigarh

This morning, our drive  takes us to Devigarh, a Beautiful Boutique Hotel.You may get the chance to explore the village on your own to experience the local taste of Rajasthan.

Day 12 (Devigarh)

Devigarh

Drive to Udaipur to visit the famous 17th century temple of Lord Jagdish. Later visit the City Palace of Udaipur, the second largest palace in India.After lunch, experience an interesting walk in the local bazaar.

Day 13 (Devigarh/Jodhpur)

Devigarh/Jodhpur

Today we will drive to Jodhpur via a hidden jewel in the Aravali Hills.We will continue our journey to Ranakpur Jain temples, another jewel in the crown of Rajasthan; a hidden temple in the Wildlife Sanctuary of Kumbhalgarh.We will have lunch at a beautiful garden resort on direct payment and will continue to Jodhpur.

Day 14 (Jodhpur/Jaisalmer)

Jodhpur/Jaisalmer

We will visit the impressive Mehrangarh Fort Museum and also the Jaswant Thada Memorial; popularly known as the “TAJ OF THE THAR DESERT”. We will continue our journey to Jaisalmer

Day 15 (Jaisalmer)

Jaisalmer

Sightseeing of Jaisalmer fort, an unmatched fort to visit

Day 16 (Jaisalmer/Khichan/Bikaner)

Jaisalmer/Khichan/Bikaner

We will continue to Bikaner via Khichan to try our luck to see the Demoiselle migratory cranes

Day 17 (Bikaner)

Bikaner

Sightseeing of Junagarh fort and tuk tuk ride in Bikaner to see the local market

Day 18 (Bikaner/Mandawa)

Bikaner/Mandawa

We will drive to Mandawa, an open art gallery in the North west of Rajasthan.This afternoon, we will visit some of the Haveli’s of those rich merchants of Mandawa town.

Day 19 (Mandawa/New Delhi)

Mandawa/New Delhi

This morning you will drive to New Delhi; an interesting country-side drive reveals all its beauty.A lovely farewell dinner culminates your Royal journey with unforgettable memories of RAJASTHAN.

Day 20 (Final Departure)

Final Departure

Departure to International Airport.


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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.
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