UNEXPLORED RAJASTHAN

Departure Date

Monday

Duration

Duration: 12 days | 11 nights

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12 DAYS & 11 NIGHTS

DELHI I SAMODE I NIMAJ I MIHIRGARH I DEOGARH I DEVIGARH

 

Our Rajasthan with Boutique Hotels itinerary is designed to give you an idea of what’s possible, and is merely a starting point when crafting your tailor-made tour of Rajasthan. For those who’d like to steer off the beaten track, are interested in days relaxing in the wilderness, value intimacy, but still want to take in the region’s must-sees, this would be the ideal framework to get started with and refine together into your ideal Rajasthan tour.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01Arrive/Delhi by International flight

Arrive Delhi, International Airport

Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel

Check in at hotel

Breakfast in the hotel

Delhi – discover that India’s capital is sprinkled with glittering gems: captivating ancient monuments, magnificent museums, a vivacious performing-arts scene and some of the subcontinent’s yummiest places to eat.

Overnight at hotel

Day 02Delhi

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for full day guided tour of Old & New Delhi

Delhi, the capital of India comprises of conspicuously contrasting Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th centuries and one can find mosques, monuments and forts related to Muslim history. New Delhi is the imperial city created as India's capital by the British intricately planned and comprises of imposing buildings displaying various modern style of architecture.

Red Fort

Red Fort (Monday closed) (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) Red Fort was built by the Mughal emperor famous for its architectural wonders one of which is Taj Mahal - Shah Jahan. Red Fort is famous for its delicately carved inlaid and Royal chambers.

Jama Masjid

Stop at Jama Masjid – the Great Mughal Mosque (It is the largest mosque in India. Located in Old Delhi, the mosque has the capacity to accommodate 25000 devotees. Jama Masjid was completed in 1656 AD and again the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan is behind this architectural masterpiece. Close to some 5000 craftsmen were occupied in the construction of the mosque)
Then visit Raj Ghat (The memorial of the father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi)

Humayun's Tomb

After the visit of Old Delhi you will move ahead to visit Humayun's Tomb (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) - Humayun's tomb is believed to have been designed in 1565 AD by the widow of Mughal emperor Humayun. Its plan is based on the description of Islamic paradise garden and is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later Mughal tombs. This type of garden is known as a charbagh and is based on a grid)

Qutab Minar

Continue your tour with Qutab Minar (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) - Qutab Minar is 73 meters high minaret which tapers from a 15 m diameter base to just 2.5 m at the top. The walls consist of intricately carved quotations from Koran. The tower is one of the most perfect towers of the Persian world).

The tour would also include a drive through the Lutyens Delhi and a photo stop at India Gate (The war memorial) as well drive past President's Palace & Parliament House.

Overnight at hotel The Imperial
Day 03Delhi/Agra by Gatimaan Express at 0810/0950hrs, Agra/Delhi by Gatimaan Express at 1750/1930hrs

Breakfast in the hotel

Transfer to Delhi train station in time to board train to Agra (Travel in First Class)

Meet/Assist on arrival and conduct the half day tour of Agra

Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the world - The Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the Moslems, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. While its significance as a political center ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jahan, its architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal – (closed on Fridays) – Unesco Wolrd Heritage Site. Described as a most extravagant monument ever built for love, this sublime Mughal mausoleum is India’s most appreciated icon. The Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. Construction of the Taj began in the same year and was not completed until 1653. Not long after it was finished, Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb and imprisoned in Agra Fort where, for the rest of his days, he could only gaze out at his creation through a window. Following his death in 1666, Shah Jahan was buried here alongside Mumtaz.

AGRA FORT

And then you will be taken to visit AGRA FORT (sometimes called the Red Fort), was commissioned by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, and is another of Agra's World Heritage Sites. A stone tablet at the gate of the Fort states that it had been built before 1000 but was later renovated by Akbar. The red sandstone fort was converted into a palace during Shah Jahan’s time, and reworked extensively with marble & Pietra  dura inlay. Notable buildings in the fort include the Pearl Mosque, the Diwan-e'Ām and Dīwān-e-Khās (halls of public and private audience), Jahangir Palace, Khās Mahal and Sheesh Mahal (mirrored palace), Also visit local market and a marble factory where you can actually see the inlay work on marble as it was done for the construction of Taj.

In the late afternoon transfer to Agra train station in time to board train to Delhi

Overnight at hotel
Day 04Delhi/Samode by Road (265kms/5hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Samode and check in at Samode Palace

Samode Palace - Exclusive and discreet, Samode Palace has been host to royalty, celebrities, artists, and the discerning traveller. Awaken to the quiet dawn, or have a cocktail on the terrace garden to the accompaniment of folk musicians. Run your fingers across the intricate story of an ancient mural on an uneven wall. Emerge from a gentle healing massage at the spa, or perhaps just sink into the lavish bed in your room. Samode Palace weaves its magic on you. The Palace A splendid example of regal Indo-Saracenic architecture, the Palace combines the best of Indian and Mughal styles. The 475-year-old palace is a celebration of the senses, underlined at all times by contemporary luxury and the signature service of Samode hotels – a magical hospitality and rare courtesy.

Rest of the day is free to relax

Overnight at Samode Palace
Day 05Samode

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for full day excursion to Jaipur (40kms/1hrs)

Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is the first well planned city of India, located in the desert land of India. The city which once had been the capital of the royalty now is the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal families. In the present date, Jaipur is the major business centre for the natives of Rajasthan with all requisites of a metropolitan city.

Amber fort

Morning depart for Amber fort - Situated atop the Aravali hills, it is the ancient capital of Jaipur and a magnificent example of Rajput architecture.
We ascend to the fort on the back of a caparisoned Elephant. Return can be on foot or by shared jeep.

Hawa Mahal

Later sightseeing of Jaipur city visiting Hawa Mahal- Palace of Winds - This five storied building which looks out over the main street of the old city is one of Jaipur's major landmarks. This is a stunning example of the Rajput artistry with its pink, semi-octagonal and delicately honey-combed and stone windows. Originally Hawa Mahal was built to enable the ladies of the royal families to watch the daily life and processions of the city

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar - The Observatory, built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. It is an excellent example of the marvelous precision wherein each construction has a specific purpose to measure the position of stars, altitudes and azimuths or calculating eclipses. The most striking instruments is the Sun Dial which is 90 feet high.

City Palace Museum

City Palace Museum - City Palace is delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture. A part of the palace is still the house of the former Maharaja of Jaipur. Visit the various galleries displaying the armory, clothes and paintings of the Rajput clan.
The tour of Jaipur is not complete without shopping. Jaipur is known as a shopper’s paradise famous for jewellery, handicraft, carpet, blue pottery and textiles

Options activities (at an extra cost):

In the evening you can attend the sound & light show at Amber Fort.

Also you can see a bollywood movie in Rajmandir, which was the dream of Shri Mehtab chandra Golcha who wanted a cinema hall that will cross the boundary of traditional cinema and will showcase more than just movie. He wanted a cinema hall that could hold his audience for his style and elegance. A cinema that will make his audience feel like that they are the royal guest of a palace and are invited for a complete entertainment. Rajmandir was his idea that has proud India and over the years has witnessed many movie premiers, and has become one of the most popular tourist place of Jaipur. Rajmandir is owned by Bhuramal Rajmal Surana , the reputed jewellers of Jaipur since 250 Years.

Overnight at hotel
Day 06Samode/Nimaj by road (265kms/5hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Nimaj and check in at hotel Nimaj Palace - One of the Oldest Heritage property of the Country running as a hotel, which makes you relive the medieval era in its 22 ALL-SUITES accommodation. Over the centuries the Thakurs of Nimaj refurbished the palace as per their likes which even today evokes a feeling of awe and reverence and the imposing gates remind you of the chivalrous days. The palace facade carved in red sand stone makes it a distinctive landmark in the architectural history of India. Many typical Indian Motifs and designs used here have to be seen to be believed which gives the palace a unique flavor.

Afternoon you will be taken on a Jeep Safari to visit the local village

Overnight at hotel

Day 07Nimaj/Rohet by road (135kms/3hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Rohet and check in at hotel

Mihir Garh - A dream realized..

Built in 2009 AD….MIHIR GARH…. or ‘The Fort of the Sun’ is an indulgent initiative from the House of Rohet. Manifesting out of the golden sands of Marwar, it stands majestically to embrace the discerning traveler and shower upon him the legendary hospitality and the diverse flavors of the land.

The equestrian program at Mihir Garh is among the finest in the country. The best specimens of the Marwari breed of horses will give you a sense of sheer strength and freedom, as you ride across the vast, virgin wilderness.

village Safari

In the evening enjoy the village Safari is Mihir Garh’s signature program that enables our guests to feel the very pulse of rural Rajasthan. The little mud houses, the turban clad men, the shy, beautiful women, dressed in their traditional costumes .The market with its rich display of wares, will certainly bewitch you. To make this experience, even more intimate, the guests visit the homes of the village folks and share a slice of their life. As one of the earliest pioneers of this concept, we are proud to share our rich and vibrant cultural heritage with you at Mihir Garh.

Overnight at hotel

Day 08Rohet

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for excursion to Jodhpur (70kms/1.5hrs)

Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rajput clan known as the Rathores, and the city grew out of the profits of Opium, Sandalwood, Dates and Copper. Rathore kingdom was once known as Marwar (the Land of Death), but today it’s moustached men are more about smiling for the camera.

Mehrangarh Fort

Today you will go for the sightseeing of Jodhpur city visiting Mehrangarh Fort which lies at the outskirts of Jodhpur city and is located atop a 125 m high hill. The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort is the most majestic and one of the largest Forts in India. It was originally started (c.1459) by Rao Jodha, founder of Jodhpur. However, most of the extant fort dates from the period of Jaswant Singh (1638-78). The walls of the Fort are up to 36 m high and 21 m wide; they enclose some exquisite structures. The Fort Museum houses an exquisite collection of Palanquins, Howdahs, Royal Cradles, Miniature Paintings, Musical instruments, Costumes and Furniture. The ramparts of Mehrangarh Fort provide not only excellently preserved Cannons but also a breath-taking view of the city.

Jasawant Thada

The Jaswant Thada is the architectural landmark found in Jodhpur. It is a white marble memorial built 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. Within this cenotaph, there are also two more tombs.

Also visit the bustling market of Jodhpur.

Overnight at hotel
Day 09Rohet/Deogarh by road (130kms/3hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Deogarh and check in at hotel Deogarh Mahal

As soon as you glimpse the Deogarh Mahal, you can see that its rulers must have been serious players in the Mewar aristocracy, their magnificent fort a fitting stronghold for one of its sixteen “umraos” – the most senior feudal barons attending on the Maharana of Udaipur. Even so, you might not necessarily guess that the Rawats of Deogarh (a local title equivalent to “Raja”) once ruled over the fourth largest jagir in the whole of Rajasthan.

Late afternoon enjoy Jeep safari into the local village

Overnight at hotel
Day 10Deogarh/Devigarh by road (105kms/2hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Devigarh and check in at hotel The Raas

Rest of the day is free to relax

Overnight at hotel

Day 11Devigarh

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for full day excursion to Udaipur (25kms/40mins)

Udaipur was the capital of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar, ruled by the Sisodia clan. The founder of Udaipur was Rana Udai Singh. The ancient capital of Mewar was Nagda, located on the Banas River northeast of Udaipur. Legend has it that Maharana Udai Singh came upon a hermit while hunting in the foothills of the Aravalli range. The hermit blessed the king and asked him to build a palace on the spot and said that it would be well protected. Udai Singh established a residence there. In 1568 the Mughal emperor Akbar captured Chittor and Udai Singh moved the capital to the site of his residence, which became the city of Udaipur. As the Mughal empire weakened, the Sisodia Ranas, and later Maharanas, reasserted their independence and recaptured most of Mewar except the Fort of Chittor. Udaipur remained the capital of the state, which became a princely state of British India in 1818.

Udaipur – also known as City of Lakes visiting City Palace - standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559. The balconies of the Palace provide panoramic views of "Jag Niwas" (the Lake Palace Hotel), Jag Mandir on one side and on the other side of the city of Udaipur. Its main entrance is through the triple-arched gate - the Tripolia, built in 1725. The way now leads to a series of courtyards, overlapping parations, terraces, corridors and gardens. There is a Suraj Gokhda, where the Maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore confidence. The Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), gets its name from the mosaics in glass decorating its walls. The Chinese Painting Exhibition is noteworthy while a series of wall paintings of Krishna are on display in Bhim Vilas. There are numerous other Palaces such as Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and Krishna Vilas – built in the memory of a princess of striking beauty who poisoned herself to avert a bloody battle for her hand by rival princes. Now the Palace contains many antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils and attracts thousands of visitors every day

Sahelion ki Bari

Sahelion ki Bari was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry. The garden set below the embankment of the Fateh Sagar Lake has lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephant-shaped fountains. These fountains are fed by the water of the lake gushing through ducts specially carved for the purpose.

Lake Pichola

Late afternoon, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola and visit the Jag Mandir Palace. The palace, built of granite and marble, covers four acres and is almost in the middle of the lake. Visit the Borra Mahal, Khas Mahal and the courts, gardens and fountains.

In the evening return to the hotel

Overnight at hotel
Day 12Devigarh/Udaipur by road (40kms/1hrs), Udaipur/Delhi by flight, Depart/Delhi by International flight

Breakfast in the hotel

Transfer to Udaipur airport in time to connect flight to Delhi

Upon arrival change terminal from domestic to International to connect your onward flight to next destination

COST & INCLUSIONS

SummerUS$2904
WinterUS$3740
DelhiThe Imperial
SamodeSamode Palace
NimajNimaj Palace
RohetgarhMihirgarh
DeogarhDeogarh Mahal
DevigarhThe Raas

The above rates are valid from

Winter: 1st October 2019 – 20th December 2019 & 11th January 2020 – 15th April 2020
Summer: 16 April 2019 – 30th September 2019

Based on Minimum 2 persons travelling together.

  Tour Includes

 

   Share twin accommodation with breakfast
   Transfers & sightseeing by Air Conditioned vehicle
   Services of Local English speaking Guide
   Morning & Evening Yoga Session
   First Class train ticket for travel Delhi/Agra/Delhi by Gatimaan Express
   Village walk in Samode
   Elephant ride in Jaipur
   Jeep Safari in Nimaj
   Village safari in Mihirgarh
   Village safari in Deogarh
   boat ride in Udapiur
  Present Applicable taxes as on 31st May, 2018

  Tour Excludes

 

    Entrance tickets to Monuments
   International Airfare
   Domestic Airfare
   Visa fee & Insurance
   Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, camera fee, drinks & tips etc

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