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Forts & Palaces

Duration : 07 Nights & 08 Days

Itinerary at a Glance : Delhi – Jaipur – Jodhpur – Udaipur - Delhi

Introduction - Forts & Palaces

Rajasthan is a historic destination where one can see many grand forts and palaces built by the Rajput rulers of yesteryears. You can ride a camel across the desert sands, ascend a hill up to the entrance of Amer Fort on elephant back and feel like a Maharaja as you tour the royal forts and palaces of Rajasthan.

Day 01: DELHI
On arrival at Indira Gandhi International airport, meet & greet by our representative & transfer to Hotel.  Overnight at hotel.
New Delhi, the capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern era. Standing along the West End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi, unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India.
Delhi is a palimpsest, bearing the complexities, the contradictions, the beauty and the dynamism of a city where the past coexists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Diverse cultural elements absorbed into the daily life of the city have enriched its character.

Day 02: DELHI
After breakfast leave for full day city tour of old & New Delhi, visit Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj   Ghats, Lotus Temple, Laxmi Narayan    Mandir, India    Gate, President   House and Qutub Minar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: DELHI – JAIPUR
After breakfast at hotel leave (06 hrs) for Jaipur by surface & on arrival check in to hotel.   Evening to shop around the illuminated old markets of this lovely city.
Jaipur is the first planned city of India, located in the desert lands of Rajasthan. The city that once had been the capital of the royalty, now serves as the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal family. In the present date, Jaipur is the major business centre for the natives of Rajasthan with all requisites of a metropolitan city. The old city of Jaipur, painted in pink, grasp the appreciation of every visitor. One can see that hoary charm still alive in the avenues of Jaipur. Jaipur is the reservoir of Indian customs, traditions, civilization and legacy.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: JAIPUR
After breakfast at hotel proceed for the city tour of Jaipur. First visit Amber fort by ascending on the elephant's back Amber Fort is usually pronounced as Amer Fort. In 1592, construction of the Fort was started by Raja Man Singh I. However, the Amber Fort took its present form during the reign of Raja Jai Singh I.
Later in afternoon visit the city palace (A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture), Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jantar Mantar so called observatory (consisting of outsized astronomical instruments).
Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: JAIPUR – JODHPUR
In the morning drive (07 hrs) to Jodhpur, arrive check into hotel.
Late afternoon proceed for half day city tour of Jodhpur.
Visit the Meharangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone Hill, including Moti-Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing Marble Memorium built in 1899 and the Umaid Bhawan Palace, the royal residence of present king in Jodhpur.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: JODHPUR – UDAIPUR
In the morning drive (07 hrs) to Udaipur enroute visit Ranakpur, beautifully sculptured Jain temples mark the glory of this renowned place. Considered as one of the five holy places for the Jain community, these were created in the 15th century during the reign of Rana Kumbha. These are enclosed within a wall. The central Chaumukha [four faced temple] is dedicated to Adinathji. The temple is an astounding creation of architectural splendor with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars all distinctly carved, no two pillars being alike. Every hall of temple has  inconceivable surface carved with equal delicacy. Facing the main temple are the temples -Parasvanath - Neminath with exquisite figure carving which look similar to that of Khajuraho sculptures. Another temple worth visiting is the nearby 'Sun Temple' dedicated to the 'Sun God'. The temple has a polygonal wall, richly embellished with carvings of warriors, horses and celestial (Nakshatras, grahs) bodies. The Sun God has been shown riding its vehicle, the chariot.
Upon arrival in Udaipur check into the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Udaipur: Maharana Udai Singh founded Udaipur in 1559 AD. According to a legend Udai Singh was guided by a holy man meditating on the hill near Pichola Lake to establish his capital on that very spot. Surrounded by Aravali Ranges, forests and lakes this place was less vulnerable to external invasion than Chittaurgarh.
Udaipur is often called ‘Venice of the East’. It is also the ‘city of lakes’. The Lake Palace (Jag Niwas) located in the middle of Pichola Lake is the finest example of architectural and cultural marvel. The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake along with the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh) on the hill above enhances the beauty of this magnificent city. Udaipur is also the centre for performing arts, crafts and its famed miniature paintings.

Day 07: UDAIPUR
After breakfast at hotel half day city tour includes visit to the City palace, a majestic architectural marvel that is perched on a hill and towers over Lake Pichola.  The Palace is a majestic conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens.  Visit Jagdish temple, drive around Fatehsagar   Lake,  Sahelion  ki   bari (Queen's Resort For Her Friends), the "Ladies Garden", with its rich foliage and intricately designed fountains.  and   Bhartiya  Lok  Kala  Mandir (Folk Art  Museum), which has an interesting collection of Indian folk art including costumes, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, musical instruments and deities..
Afternoon Enjoy a Boat cruise on Lake Pichola on which the majestic Lake Palace Hotel is situated. See the ghats along the lake and the interesting buildings on the banks. The view of the city palace from the lake is spectacular.
Overnights at hotel.

Day 08: UDAIPUR – DELHI (By Flight)
In the morning transfer to airport to connect to board on flight for Delhi.
Upon arrival at Delhi transfer to International airport to connect flight for onwards destination.