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Cultural Heritage of India

Duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days
Destination : Delhi - Mandawa - Shekhawati - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Kota - Chittaurgarh - Pushkar - Bundi - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
Day 01 : Delhi
Red Fort, Delhi, Indian Heritage, India History Red Fort, Old Delhi
Reach Delhi. Transferred to hotel. Morning tour of Delhi visiting Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk.
Afternoon visit Qutub Minar built(started) by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1192, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch), Lakshminarayan Temple - a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President's House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place shopping centre. Overnight Delhi.

Day 02 : Mandawa
Rest of the day visit the Shekhavati villages of Dundlod, Mandawa, etc. The City of Mandawa was made a thikana in the mid of 18th century by the Bhojraj Ji Kasusub clan of Shekhawat Rajputs. About the origin of this town there have been earlier references to Mandu Jat as founder of the Mandawa village. He first established a dhani (hamlet) and dug a well here, which was completed on savan badi 5 samvat 1797 (1740 AD). Mandawa houses a collection of armories, costumes of ancestors, canons from 1820, ancient coins, numismatic collection and many other interesting items preserved in a museum. The whole area of Shekhavati has beautiful frescoes, havelis & mansions and is called the open air gallery. Overnight Mandawa.

Day 03 : Shekhawati
Continue with the visits of Shekhavati. Overnight Mandawa.

Day 04 : Bikaner
Drive to Bikaner. Afternoon tour of this desert city. Bikaner is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and a mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh, the fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. An enormous arched doorway leads to the Joramal Temple. The royal chapel is Har Mandir where royal weddings and births were once celebrated. Overnight Bikaner.

Day 05 : Jaisalmer
Moti Mahal, Jodhpur Moti Mahal, Jodhpur
Drive to Jaisalmer. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Jaisalmer.

Day 06 : Jaisalmer
Morning visit Jaisalmer. Visit the Fort, bazzars and the old mansions known as "havelis". People still live in these ancient buildings dating from 12th to 15th century. Every house has exquisite carvings and delicate work. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer.

Day 07 : Jodhpur
Morning drive to Jodhpur. Afternoon 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 museum located in the Umaid Public Gardens. Overnight Jodhpur.

Day 08 : Ranakpur
Morning drive to Ranakpur Temples. Ranakpur is 98 kms from Udaipur, these Jain Temples were built in the 15th century and are situated in the beautiful valley of the Aravali. Its surrounding is quiet & picturesque. Ranakpur has grand structures & beautiful sculpture. There are 1444 pillars in the temple and none of them are similar. The magic of light & shade is really awe inspiring. Surya Temple and other Jain Temples are side attractions. Overnight Ranakpur.



Day 09 : Udaipur
Drive to Udaipur. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Udaipur.

Day 10 : Udaipur
Morning tour of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, drive around Fatehsagar Lake, Sahelion ki bari (Queen's resort for her friends) and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk art museum). Afternoon free. Overnight Udaipur.

Day 11 : Kota - Chittaurgarh
Kirti Stambh, Chittaurgarh Kirti Stambh, Chittaurgarh
Morning drive to Kota visiting Chittaurgarh enroute. 113 kms. from Udaipur, the Fort of Chittor was originally built by maurayans around 7th century CE it is named after the Maurayan ruler Chitrangda Mori. Also visit the Vijay Stambh with nine storeys and 37 mts high built by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over the muslim rulers of Malwa and Gujarat in 1440. Kirti Stambh, this Tower 22 meters high, it is dedicated to Rishabha, the first Trithankara of Jainism. It is decorated from the figures of Jain Pantheon. Overnight stay in Kota.

Day 12 : Pushkar - Bundi
Morning drive to Pushkar visiting Bundi enroute. Bundi rises from a narrow gorge in rows of terraced gardens & arched Rajput houses like a two dimensional miniature painting imposed on the landscape. In Pushkar, visit the holy Lake and also the famous Brahma Temple. Pushkar is one of the holiest places for Hindus. Overnight stay in Pushkar.

Day 13 : Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur. Afternoon tour of Jaipur. Jaipur was given a colour coat of pink a century ago in honour of a visiting Prince. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Visit Maharaja's City Palace, the Observatory & Ram Niwas Gardens. Drive past Hawa Mahal & through the pink rose residential & business areas. Overnight stay in Jaipur

Day 14 : Jaipur
Morning visit the Amber Fort - the ancient capital of the State. Visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors.

Day 15 : Agra
Tomb of Salim Chisti Tomb of Salim Chisti
Drive to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute. Fatehpur Sikri is 40 kms from Agra and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces.
Overnight stay in Agra.

Day 16 : Delhi
Drive to Delhi. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Delhi.