FORT PALACES OF RAJASTHAN
Duration : 14 Days / 13 Nights
Destinations : Delhi - Mandawa - Fatehpur - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Khimsar - Nagaur - Jodhpur - Roopnagar - Samode - Jaipur - Agra.
Day 1: Delhi
Arrive Delhi and stay one night. Afternoon orientation tour of old city, passing the famous Red fort, the Jama Masjid Mosque & Raj Ghat. Continues to New Delhi, the capital city with its many British Imperial buildings
Morning drive west to the Shekhawati region in the afternoon. Stay two nights at the Castle Mandawa.Throughout this area mansions & palace visit to the busting of Fatehpur where almost every street is flanked with the painted walls of Haveli.
Day 3: Fatehpur
Morning exploring the magnificent Haveli (mansions), built by rich merchants of the area called Haveli after the Persian word for enclosed space. Afternoon visit to the busting town of Fatehpur where almost every street is flaked with the painted walls of Haveli.
Day 4: Bikaner
Drive further west to Bikaner, in the Thar Desert for one night at the Bhanwar Niwas Palace / Gajner Palace (a beautiful lake side palace just outside the city). Afternoon exploring the city, seeing the ancient Jain temples in the old city, Junagarh Fort and the Lallgarh Palace.
Day 5: Jaisalmer
Continue driving west to the desert city of Jaisalmer, a perfect example of a walled city and stay two night at the Gorbandh Palace Hotel.
Day 6: Jaisalmer
Morning walk up to the fort, through the narrows streets dotted with temples & havelis, late afternoon drive to a viewpoint to watch the sun over the city which turns a deep golden colour as the sun sinks.
Day 7: Khimsar
Drive east to Khimsar, a tiny village on the fringe of the desert. Stay two nights at the fort Khimsar, a unique 15th century converted castle.
Day 8 : Nagaur
Visit the nearby medieval town of Nagaur, which possesses a fine 11th century masque and the fort which also boasts numerous relics from the days of great Emperor Akbar.
Day 9: Jodhpur
Morning drive to Jodhpur for one night at Ajit Bhawan the first Heritage hotel of Rajasthan. Afternoon visits to the magnificent Ummaid Bhawan Palace, a vast building where the Maharaja still maintains his residence & Mehrangarh Fort which reflects the city glorious and troubled past.
Day 10: Roopnagar
Drive via Ajmer to the excellently converted Roopnagar Fort for one night. Situated in the heart of Rajasthan, it is a very impressive building, built in 1963 as the capital for the Maharaja of Kishangarh
Morning drive to the wonderful village of Samode, out side Jaipur .stay one night at the exquisitely converted Samode palace/Samode Bagh [luxurious tents in beautiful gardens].afternoon at leisure.
Day 12: Jaipur
after breakfast drive to Jaipur visiting the glorious fort amber former capital of Jaipur state, two nights at Samode Haveli the town
house of Rawals of Samode situated in the old city of Jaipur. Evening visit to the sunset point at the fort Nahargarh where you can have a clear view of Jaipur city.
Day 13: Jaipur
Full day visit of Hawa Mahal (palace of winds), really just an elaborate façade & the city palace where the Maharaja still maintains his residence. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 14: Agra
Morning drive to Agra via the deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikari, built by Akbar as his capital but abandoned soon after. Evening visit to the Taj Mahal sunset. Overnight at Taj View Hotel.
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