13 Days Classical Rajasthan Tour – 12 Nights/13 Days private guided tour of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ranakpur and Udaipur – includes pick/drop from/to Delhi Airport/ Hotel, 12 nights stay in quality hotels, breakfast, AC Car with driver and guide.
This popular travel circuit covers Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ranakpur and Udaipur. It is a mix of Golden Triangle and some of the famous destinations in the princely state of Rajasthan. This tour starts at Delhi and includes Delhi Sightseeing, visit to Agra where you will see the famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri on the way to Jaipur. At Jaipur, visit the forts, palace, museum and the enchanting bazaars before moving to Jodhpur which was founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha, where we will explore Mehrangarh Fort and visit Jaswant Thada. From Jodhpur we will travel to Ranakpur famous for 15th Century Ranakpur Jain Temples dedicated to Tirthankara Rishabhji with 29 halls and 1,444 intricately crafted pillars in Amber stone.
Our next stop will be Udaipur which is known as the Venice of the East and is truly a romantic city with its lakes, gardens and temples. We will enjoy the Boat ride at Lake Pichola and later visit the City Palace which has 11 constituent Mahals (palaces), with balconies, towers and cupolas, offering a breathtaking view of the lake and its surroundings.
Travel Plan Details:
DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI – On arrival in India you will be greeted and escorted by Indo Asia Tour’s Executive to your hotel. (Rooms will be available from 1200 hrs)
In its 3000 years of existence; seven cities have risen where the present capital of India stands. Here you’ll encounter a fascinating blend of the ancient and the contemporary. Where government buildings, medieval palaces and bazaars exist beside a modern metropolis. Delhi is a city waiting to be explored. Overnight at the hotel
DAY 02 : DELHI – After breakfast, enjoy the sightseeing of Delhi.
Drive past Red Fort (Closed on Mondays) the 17th century imposing fortress built in red sandstone is surrounded by a huge 33m high boundary wall. Inside are exquisite palaces and beautiful gardens.
Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656 at a cost of one million Rupees has perfect proportions. Jama Masjid is India’s largest mosque where more than 20.000 people can kneel in prayer. The interior of the prayer hall is divided into aisles by arches. The walls and floors are of marble inlay panels.
Also visit the Raj Ghat on the banks of the river Yamuna, Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. The memorial lies in the midst of landscaped gardens and made of a simple square platform of black marble inscribed with his last words “Hey Ram”. An eternal flame burns 24 hours.
You will drive Past Rashtrapati Bhawan once the Viceroy’s residence is now the official residence of the President of India.
Photo stop at India Gate Built of Bharatpur stone, commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in the 1st world war. 13516 names of British and Indian soldiers killed in the Afghan War of 1919 are engraved on the arch and foundations.
Visit the Humayun’s Tomb, built by his wife Haji Begum in the 16th. Century. An early example of Mughal architecture considered the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. Overnight at the hotel
DAY 0 3: DELHI / AGRA (Approx. 206 Kms – 5 hrs drive)
After leisurely breakfast drive to Agra. On the way visit Sikandra.
Sikandra: The mausoleum of the great Mughal King Akbar (1556-1605). Akbar began building it during his lifetime and his son, the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, completed it. It has a large arched entrance and green lawns, on which deer can be seen grazing, surround the tomb.
On arrival in Agra check in at the hotel
Agra stands on the right bank of the river Yamuna, was once the seat of the Mughal rulers, the zenith of art and an enshrined romance. A town famous for its beautiful medieval monuments. The passion of the Mughals for building endowed it with some of the loveliest buildings in the world.
Overnight at the hotel
DAY 04 : AGRA – After breakfast enjoy the sightseeing tour of Agra. Visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays) – A poignant poetry in marble, stands serene and awesome on a raised marble platform, by the banks of the Yamuna. The most extravagant monument ever built for love is a tribute to the
Timelessness of art and love. The inimitable poem in white marble, one of the seven modern wonders of the world, the finest expression of love of Emperor Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz who died giving birth to their
14th child, is located on the banks of the Yamuna river here. The construction of the Taj had commenced in 1631AD and had ended in 1653AD. Workers were gathered from all over the country and from central Asia. About 20,000 people were recruited to translate this dream into reality. The main architect was Isa Khan who was brought from Iran.
Visit Agra Fort, -Built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti
Masjid, Diwane-I-Am, Diwane-I-Khas and Musamman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment, besides Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal. Rest of the day is free. Overnight at the hotel
DAY 05 : AGRA / FATEHPUR SIKRI / JAIPUR (Approx. 232 Kms / 05 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Jaipur. On the way visit Fatehpur Sikri. It is a beautiful and deserted medieval city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. The Mughals later abandoned this city for lack of water.
After sightseeing drive to Jaipur. Maharaja Jai Singh II built Jaipur in the 18th century. It is a planned city built with ancient Hindu rules as the colonial capital of a richly colorful state. The whole city was painted pink to welcome the visit of Prince Albert in 1853.
On arrival in Jaipur, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel
DAY 06 : JAIPUR – After breakfast, half-day excursion trip takes you to Amber Fort with Elephant or Jeep ride. The Amber Fort was built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. It gives extensive views over a deep narrow valley and the wider plains beyond.
En route, make a photo stop at the palace of winds the Hawa Mahal. A 5 storied building with 25cm thick facade from the 18 century having 953 windows and niches so that ladies of royal family could see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people.
In the afternoon, visit City Palace. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. City Palace complex covers a huge area, which is divided into a series of gardens, courtyards and buildings. The premises consists several buildings like Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani’s Palace, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
Also visit Jantar Mantar (1728-34) by king astrologer Jai Singh II. The instruments are built of stone with marble facing on the important plains for measuring the harmony of the heavens.
Each instrument serves a particular function and each gives an accurate reading.
Overnight at the hotel
DAY 07 : JAIPUR / JODHPUR (Approx. 332 Kms – 07 hrs) – After breakfast drive to Jodhpur. Set on the edge of the Thar desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama the epic hero of the Ramayana.
On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel
DAY 08 : JODHPUR – After breakfast enjoy the sightseeing of Jodhpur.
Visit Mehrangarh Fort, which was built by Rao Jodha in 1459. It has various pavillions beautifully decorated and at times filled like museums with the old royal artifacts. From the top of the fort one can get a bird’s eye view of the old city. You will notice the predominance of blue houses referred to as Brahmin houses – the colour being associated with the high caste.
Also visit Jaswant Thada. It is a white marble memorial built by Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These stones are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when the sun’s rays dance across their surface. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 09 : JODHPUR / RANAKPUR ( Approx.169 Kms – 3 ½ hrs drive)
After breakfast, drive to Ranakpur. On arrival, visit the Ranakpur Jain Temples. Renowned for some marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stones, Ranakpur is one of the five holy places of the Jain community. These temples were created in the 15th century A.D. during the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall. The central ‘Chaumukha’ or four-faced temple is dedicated to the venerated Tirthankara Rishabhji. Open on all four sides, it enshrines the four-faced image of Adinath. Sprawling over 48,000 sq.feet, the temple is an astounding creation with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars – all distinctly carved.
Images of 24 tirthankars are carved on the ‘Mandaps’ or porticoes in a corridor around the shrine with each mandap having a ‘Shikhar’ or spire adorned with little bells on the top. The gentle breeze wafting through the corridors move the bells creating celestial music all around the complex. Rising in three stories, the temple has four small shrines with 80 spires supported by 420 columns.
After the sightseeing, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 10 : RANAKPUR / UDAIPUR (Approx. 90 Kms – 02 hrs drive)
After breakfast, drive to Udaipur. Udaipur is known as the Venice of the East. It has to its credit some beautiful temples and gardens. It lies in the Girwa Valley amidst the Aravali hills of South Rajasthan. The City is considered a Romantic city with its lakes, gardens, temples and –an Oasis in the Thar Desert. Arrive Udaipur and transfer to the Hotel.
Later visit enjoy Boat ride on Lake Pichola. Lake Pichola derives its name from Pichola Village. Maharana Udai Singh enlarged the lake after he founded the city of Udaipur. This picturesque 4 km long and 3 km wide lake encloses the Jag Niwas Island and the Jag Mandir. The City Palace extends along its eastern banks. Overnight at the hotel
DAY 11 : UDAIPUR – After breakfast, enjoy the sightseeing of Udaipur, which includes the visits to the following:
City Palace:One of the largest royal complexes in Rajasthan, the City Palace stands majestically on a promontory on the picturesque Lake Pichola. The complex boasts 11 constituent Mahals (palaces), with balconies, towers and cupolas, offering a breathtaking view of the lake and its surroundings. The Durbar Hall, which was used as a venue for formal occasions like state banquets and meetings, has most luxurious interiors highlighted by some of the largest chandeliers in the world. The Palace also houses a museum displaying a number of interesting artifacts.
Folklore Museum:Bhartiya lok Kala mandal was founded by Padma Shri Devi Lal Samar in 1952.
Sahelion ki Bari:The Sahelion-ki-Bari Garden was built in early 18th century AD as a retreat for ladies of the royal household to spend their time in leisure. The enchantingly beautiful Garden is famous for its lotus pool, fountains (in the shape of birds), lush green lawns, flowerbeds, and marble pavilions, offering a breathtaking view to visitors.
Jagdish Temple:Built in 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh, Jagdish Temple is the largest and the most beautiful temple in Udaipur. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is famous for its beautiful sculpted images and towering shikhara. Overnight at the hotel
DAY 12 : UDAIPUR / DELHI (Flight)
After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight for Delhi. (Check out time is 1200 hrs)
Arrive Delhi and transfer to the hotel. (Rooms will be available on Day Use only)
In time transfer to the airport to board the flight back home.
DAY 13 : DELHI DEPARTURE
Today you will connect the flight back home
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis
- Daily breakfast included
- Meeting and assistance on arrival and departures
- Chauffeured air-conditioned vehicles for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours
- English speaking guide will be provided for sightseeing and excursion tours
- All currently applicable taxes
- Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone, fax, internet, beverages, camera / video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
- Local payments in domestic currency, such as entry fees to monuments, tips and gratuities
- Any ride, monument entry fees
- Domestic / International air fare
- Indian Visa Fees
- Any other services not mentioned in Price Inclusions above
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