Rural Rajasthan with Heritage Hotels

(12 Nights / 13 Days)

Day 01 :                Arrive Delhi

Meeting assistance on arrival and transfer to the Hotel
(Check in time 1200 Hrs noon) 

Overnight at Hotel 

Day 02 :                Delhi – Nawalgarh( 275 Kms. / 6 Hrs. by road ) 

After breakfast, morning combined visit of Old Delhi and New Delhi
Old Delhi : An ancient walled city.  Here you will drive pass Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire: Jama Masjid – It is the largest mosque in India. It was begun in 1644 and completed only in 1658. There are two minarets (40m in height), four angle towers and three gateways. Built during the rule of Emperor Shah Jahan, the mosque is made of white marble and red stone.

Rajghat :On the banks of the Yamuna, is the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948.

New Delhi : This city designed and built by the British in the 1920’s – a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, and official building in Connaught Place area.  India Gate : This arch of triumph bears the names of several thousands of Indians who lost their lives during first world war. Rashtrapati Bhavan : Opposite India Gate is the official residence of the President of India. The building exhibits Mughal as well as Western architectural style. Surrounded by huge gardens, this was completed in 1929. Qutub Minar : 73m in height, this tower in Delhi tapers from a diameter of 15m to 2.5m. There are five distinct storeys, each of which has a protruding balcony. Humayun’s Tomb, 1564-1572 built by Haji Begum, the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun’s, nine years after his death and took eight years to complete. It is designed by the Persian architect Misak Mirza Ghiyaz. Octagonal in shape, raised on a plinth, with double domes, high arches, laid in the centre of a large walled enclosure, the monument is an imposing structure.
Afternoon drive to Nawalgarh, on arrival check in at Hotel 

Overnight at Hotel 

Day 03 :                Nawalgarh – Khimsar ( 160 Kms. / 4 Hrs. by road )

After early breakfast, visit Nawalgarh and Fatehpur
Nawalgarh : Nawalgarh – Named after its founder Thakur Nawal Singh (son of the most successful ruler of Shekhawati, Shardul Singh), Nawalgarh was a prosperous town in Shekhawati region. Some of the affluent  business clan of India today trace their origin from Nawalgarh. Prominent among these is the Goenka family. The havelis of the town – Aath haveli, Murarka Haveli, Khedwal Bhawan, Bhagton ki Haveli and Anandi Lal Poddar Haveli – are its prime attraction. The frescoes and mural paintings are extremely attractive and reflect the skills of the workmen who created them. Other attraction of Nawalgarh is Ganga Mai Temple.

Fatehpur – Established by Fateh Khan, a Muslim Nawab in 15th century, Fatehpur was captured by the Shekhawat Rajputs in the 18th century. The place boasts of some of the best fresco paintings of the region, however, unfortunately, the havelis housing them are more often locked. The worth seeing havelis in this place are Geori Shankar Haveli, Mahavir Prasad Goenka Haveli, Nand Lal Devra Haveli and Jagannath Singhania Haveli. There is also the Jagannath Singhania Chattri with beautiful garden which is worth visiting
After visit drive to Khimsar, on arrival check in at Hotel

Visit Khimsar Fort : The construction of the fort was begun in 1523 by Rao Karamsji, 8th son of the founder of Jodhpur Rao Jodha, who chose the spot of Khimsar, Twenty one generations later, a part of this fort is still  residence to the Karamsot Rathor direct lineage while the rest has been opened out to royal Rajput hospitality, personally overseen by the family, on a grand and elegant scale. The 68 rooms within the fort are all equipped with every modern comfort including air-conditioning,

Overnight at Hotel

Day 04 :                Khimsar – Jodhpur – Luni (140 Kms. / 3 Hrs. by road )

After early breakfast, Jeep safari to the Blackbuck Reserve and Sam dunes villages which is 20 km away around : This village is a mere 6 km away from the Khimsar Fort  is accessible by jeep, once there, all that is evident to the naked eye is rolling sand dunes in every direction. The location of this remote and rural village, facing the water body, ensures total tranquility and peace with perhaps, nothing but the sound of the sifting sands wafting on the desert winds, occasionally interrupted by the ducks, geese and wild birds that flock to the water body. The savage beauty of the desert is constantly before you, be it in the harshness of the day, or as the glow of sunset envelopes the entire desert in orange hues or underneath a brilliant starlit night.

After visit, drive to Luni, enroute visiting Jodhpur City : The home of the Rathore rulers – the princely state of Rajasthan.  A high 10 kms long stone wall protects the well fortified city.  Within, stands an imposing fort on a low range of sandstone hills, about 125 mts. above the surrounding plains.  Visit Mehrangarh Fort – founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha (After whom the city is named) the Fort is intricately adorned with long carved panels and latticed windows of  exquisite designs in Red Sandstone.  Jaswant Thada (Marble Cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh)- an imposing white marble cenotaph built to commemorate the acts of bravery and generosity of the rulers in 19th century. Government Museum – The government museum in the middle of the Umaid Public Gardens has a varied collection of textiles, miniature portraits, local crafts, weapons, the images of Jain Tirthankars etc.
After visit drive to Luni, on arrival check in at Hotel

Overnight at Hotel 

Day 05 :                Luni- Deogarh ( 180 Kms. / 4 Hrs. by road )

After breakfast, visit Fort Chanwa and Local villages by Jeep Safari.
Fort Chanwa Luni is a beautiful heritage hotel situated in a peaceful area. It is an excellent example of Indian architecture. The walls of the palace are beautifully decorated with traditional paintings. The palace has now been converted into a hotel and is famous for providing homely atmosphere and luxurious stay to its clienteles. In the afternoon, depart for a jeep safari visiting “Bishnois” , “Patels” , “Raikas”, “Moilas” and ” Prajapat” communities, sighting antelopes on the way, arrive at picturesque setting to view sunset from a hillock with a temple on top. Tea / Coffee and snacks are served while viewing beautiful sunset.
Afternoon, drive to Deogarh, on arrival check in at Hotel 

Overnight at Hotel 

Day 06 :                Deogarh – Kumbhalgarh (50 Kms. / 1 & ½ Hrs. by road )

After breakfast, visit Deogarh :  Deogarh Mahal was converted into a hotel by the present owner Rawat Nahar Singh. A part of the Mahal is still occupied by his kin. While the princes of Rajasthan built stately palaces and forts, their noblemen were not for behind in building stately mansions. Deogarh is one such feudal estate in Mewar, the premier state of Rajasthan. The chieftains of this region were titled Rawats (feudal barons) and their estates were called thikanas.  The town of Deogarh has limited sightseeing options, its only attractions being the Deogarh Fort and Palace and the Anjaneshwar Mahadev temple. The magnificent Deogarh Palace now functions as a heritage hotel. Gokal Vilas is the residence of present Rawat, who is also a well-known art historian. The ruined Anjaneshwar Mahadev temple is supposed to be more than 2,000 years old.

Afternoon, drive to Kumbhalgarh, on arrival check in at Hotel
Afternoon visit Kumbhalgarh Fort : Located 80 kms north of Udaipur in the wilderness, Kumbhalgarh is the second most important citadel after Chittorgarh in the Mewar region. Cradled in the Aravali Ranges the fort was built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha. Because of its inaccessibility and hostile topography the fort had remained un-conquered. It also served the rulers of Mewar as a refuge in times of strife. The fort also served as refuge to the baby king Udai of Mewar. It is also of sentimental significance as it is the birthplace of Mewar’s legendary King Maharana Partap. The fort is self-contained and has within its amalgam almost everything to withstand a long siege. The fort fell only once that too to the combined armies of Mughal and of Amber for scarcity of drinking water. Many magnificent palaces an array of temples built by the Mauryas of which the most picturesque place is the Badal Mahal or the palace of the clouds. 

Overnight at Hotel 

Day 07 :                Kumbhalgarh- Udaipur (80 Kms. / 2 Hrs.  by road )

After breakfast, drive to Udaipur, on arrival check in at Hotel
Afternoon, visit Udaipur City : In the most midst of this romantic fate ridden land you come Udaipur, beautiful city of lakes, palaces and fountain.  In the shadows of dark green hills, Udaipur’s three lakes – Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar are shimmering jewels from the opal surfaces of which rise fairytale white palaces.  Maharana Udai Singh sought shelter here from the Mughal hordes and then tarried to fashion a city out of the silent vale.  Visit the City Palace Museum – grandeur and intricacy stroked all over in Granite, Marble and Mosaic displayed in the sparkling white filigreed balconies and windows, ornate arches and cupolas atop magnificent octagonal towers, Jagdish Temple – built in 1651 A.D.  Also visit Sahelion Ki Bari – the spectacular garden displaying the unique life style of the royal ladies who once lived in the palace.

Evening enjoy a boat cruise on The Lake Pichola.Lake Pichola is the largest and the most beautiful of Udaipur’s lakes – it is overlooked by hills while palaces, mansions, bathing ghats, gardens and temples dot its banks. Jag Mahal and Jag Niwas are the two island palaces that add to the lake’s romantic ambience. 

Overnight at Hotel 

Day 08 :                Udaipur –Shahpura (210 Kms/ 5 Hrs. by road )

After early breakfast, drive to Shahpura, enroute visiting Chittorgarh Fort. Chittaurgarh, the town known for its massive fort atop hill, crowned on a 6 kms long hill, covering an area of 280 hectares with fortifications, temples, towers and palaces. The city can be single out for its glorious past and valor, unique to the Rajput tradition. Chittaurgarh is fortified settlement, which is history witnessed a number of sieges but refused to bow before foreign invaders. Tales of Princess Padmini are told here who was known for her chivalry and beauty. A ruined citadel, where the royal past lives in its imposing forts and palaces. visits Chittaurgarh Fort, Vijay Stambha, Kirti Stambha, Rana-Kumbha Palace, Padmini Palace, Kalika Mata Temple, State Archaeological Museum.

After visit drive to Shahpura, on arrival check in at Hotel

Afternoon visit Shahpura : Shahpura used to be the capital of the erstwhile State of Shahpura in the princely days. The rulers belonged to the Sisodia family of Rajputs of Mewar (Udaipur). The town came into existence when it’s first chief, Sujan Singh (grandson of Amar Singh I who ruled from 1597 to 1620), took over in  1629. The Ram Dwara built by the Ram Snehi Sampradaya Trust is the prettiest structure in town. Ram Snehi is a sect founded amongst the Hindus in 1748AD, and the chief priest of the temple is the head of the sect. But the Ram Dwar has the most beautiful pillars and domes. The domes in the main cluster are painted, while elsewhere they show detailed carving. The Trimurti Smarak is the memorial of three freedom fighters, Jarawar Singh, Keshri Singh and Pratap Singh. It displays the busts of the men with inscriptions below. A lesser destination is the haveli (mansion) of Keshri, one of the three martyrs commemorated in the Trimurti Smarak. 

Overnight at Hotel 

Day 09 :                Shahpura- Pachewar( 210 Kms. / 6 road )

After breakfast, drive to Pachewar, on arrival check in at Hotel
Afternoon visit Pachewar : Pachewar fort is an example of ancient historical fort. This fort is well-maintained with its colossal parapets, apartments, balconies as well as antique frescos. The rural backdrop of Pachewar fort makes this fort all more attractive. The tourists during their visit to this fort can also enjoy bird watching, another popular tourist spots in Pachewar is the imperial cenotaphs. Located on the banks of Pumpa Sagar Lake one will get to see ancient temples. Moreover, one will also get a rare chance to see how the villagers make blue pottery, colorful dye, terra cotta pieces, and carpet. In this place you will also get an opportunity to see the Itinerant ironsmiths carrying their households on a single bullock. and exposure to the life of the village. 

Overnight at Hotel 

Day 10 :                Pachewar– Jaipur ( 90 Kms. / 2 Hrs by road )

After breakfast, drive to Jaipur, on arrival check in at hotel
Afternoon visit Jaipur City :  Hawa Mahal : Also known as the Palace of Winds was built in 1799 . It is a part of the City Palace and was commissioned by Sawai Pratap Singh. The Hawa Mahal was designed for the ladies of the royal household to watch the going on the street while themselves remaining hidden from public view.

City Palace Museum – In the heart of the old city is former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. A part of this palace is now a museum. The rest of the palace serves as the living quarters of the royal family of Jaipur. The palace also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works.

Jantar Mantar (Observatory) – A stone observatory, known as Jantar Mantar, was built by Jai Singh II, a great astronomer. It is located near the City Palace. It is the largest and the best-preserved observatory of the lot. By means of the instruments here, astronomers could measure the positions of the stars and calculate eclipses. 

Overnight at Hotel 

Day 11 :                In Jaipur

After breakfast, proceed to Amber fort the ascend to the Fort will be on   Elephant / Jeep back, Amber Fort: 11 kms from Jaipur – A marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below.  The magnificent old citadel, a labyrinth of massive walls and towers, shrouds an exquisite marble palace, pillared and carved glimmering with a million tiny mirrors, which create tantalising reflection effect.  The ascent to the fort is on gaily caparisoned elephants.

Afternoon: Cycle Rickshaw in Pink City.  This tour is planned to offer you an insight on the socio economic aspects of the city. Every lane in the walled city has something interesting to offer and the relaxed Rickshaw ride is the best way to explore the city like the locals do.

Overnight at Hotel 

Day 12 :                Jaipur -Delhi( 260 Kms. / 5 Hrs. by road )

Breakfast at hotel
Morning at leisure
Afternoon drive to Delhi, on arrival transfer to International airport to board flight to back home

(No accommodation at Delhi) 

Day 13 :                Leave Delhi

Fly homeward bound 

Tour ends with the sweet memories………..