Tour of West India
14 Days India Cultural Tour (I-13)
Delhi   Mandawa   Pushkar  Samode   Jaipur   Karauli   Gwalior   Agra  Bharatpur
The 14 days Tajmahal tour of India is for visitors who have only a short time for visits. In this Tajmahal tour, you are covering culture, history with wildlife. After the tour of the capital city of India – Delhi, you will proceed to the Shekhavati villages of Mandawa and Nawalgarh followed by a visit of the pink city Jaipur. From Jaipur you will enter the tiger territory of India –Ranthambore. Continue your visit with Fatehpur Sikri, Tajmahal and ends in Delhi.
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Day 01:- Arrive in Delhi.
On your arrival in Delhi, you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel. Delhi was the capital of Indraprastha and capital of the Pandavas during the Mahabharata. This magnificent city has been inhabited from the 6th century BC and has been a capital of many kingdoms. It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times and is called the "city of cities". Delhi's culture has been influenced by its different rulers and the city is full of beautiful monuments. The Mughal rulers influenced the food habits of the residents and Mughlai cuisine originated here. Due to the proximity of different states, all festivals are celebrated here. Old Delhi is a maze of small lanes lined and old buildings and New Delhi has large road with huge buildings. Delhi is the capital of India and is the hub for politics. Rest of the time is at leisure. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 02:Drive from Delhi to Mandawa.
Today, you will be transferred by road from Delhi to Mandawa. Shekhawati was established by Shekhawat Rajputs and named after Rao Shekha. These kings built more than 50 forts and palaces and most of them have been converted to heritage hotels. The villages of Shekhawati are famous for the painted havelis or houses and have the highest number of frescos in the world. The Marwaris were an influential business community in this region and in the 19th century, many left their families to migrate to larger cities where they succeeded quite well. With this money, the Marwaris built large houses in these villages and to tell the world about their success, they hired artists to paint these houses and havelis. The artists painted frescos depicting mythological images of gods, goddesses and animals. Rest of the day is at leisure. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight in Mandawa or one of the villages of Shekhawati.

Day 03:- Visit places to see in Mandawa

Today morning, you will be visiting the Shekhawati villages like Mandawa, Nawalgarh, Dundlod, etc. In 1755, Thakur Nawal Singh founded Mandawa and it houses a collection of armories, old costumes, canons from 1820, ancient coins and other interesting items. The villages of Shekhawati have beautiful frescos, havelis and mansions and this area is called "The Open Art Gallery". The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight in Mandawa or one of the villages of Shekhawati.

Day 04 :- Drive from Mandawa to Pushkar. Visit important places of Mandawa.
In the morning, you will be transferred by road from Mandawa to Pushkar. In the afternoon, you will be visiting Pushkar - one of the most sacred pilgrimages for Hindus and considered to be one of the oldest existing cities in India and it is said that Lord Brahma created this holiest of cities for the Hindus. When a demon Vajra Nabha killed Brahma's children, Brahma hit him with a lotus flower which killed the demon. A lotus petal fell in Pushkar and a lake was formed where Brahma performed a sacrifice on a full moon day. A temple dedicated to Brahma is the only one of its kind in the world. Hindus believe that bathing in the lake will ensure salvation. Pushkar is famous for its Camel fair when thousands of camels and cattle are traded. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight is in Pushkar.

Day 05 :- Drive from Pushkar to Samode (182 kms).
In the morning you will be transferred from Pushkar to Samode. Enjoy the rest of the day enjoying the ambience in Samode. Samode is quite known for its luxury palace hotels Samode palace and Samode Bagh. Samode Palace built as a fort in the 16th century is fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. In the early 19th century it was converted into an exquisitely designed palace by Rawal Berisal. During the middle of 19th century Rawal Sheo Singh added the Darbar Hall and the Sheesh Mahal. Maharaja Prithviraj Singh landscaped Samode Bagh more than 150 years ago on the lines of a Mughal garden. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight in Samode.

Day 06 :- Drive from Samode to Jaipur (42 kms).
Early in the morning, you will be driven from Samode to Jaipur. Jaipur, also known as the pink city is the capital of Rajasthan. Many captivating palaces are present here having breathtaking design and architecture. In the 18th century Prince of Wales had visited Jaipur and the entire city was painted in pink color and due to these pink buildings the city is known as the pink city. Origin of Jaipur is 260 years back. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh and Jaipur got its name from this king. The rest of the day could be spent visiting the Jaipur bazaars or walking down the crowded colorful streets.

In Jaipur you will be taken to Maharaja City Palace, a royal palace with seven storeys as well as Jantar Mantar, the observatory. This wonderful observatory attracts mathematicians as well as astronomers from the whole world. City palace is perfect blend of all three excellent styles (Mughal, Rajput and European). Another palace, Hawa Mahal is popular all over world for its magnificent architecture. You will be taken through Pink Rose Garden as well business centers of Jaipur. A tour of Jaipur is not complete without shopping. Jaipur is famous for clothes, carpets, precious and semi-precious stones and jewelry and various handicrafts made of wood, metal, etc. and also for silk paintings and miniatures. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 07 :- Visit important places of Jaipur and Amer Fort.
The morning journey starts from Amer fort also known as Amer Palace, the earlier capital of Jaipur. This magnificent fort was constructed in red sand-stone and marble by Raja Man Singh and is divided into four sections each with a courtyard. The main entrance gate is Surajpol having a fascinating architecture. Near the Ganesh Gate, there is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Sila Devi. The Diwan-e-Aam - hall of public audience, Diwan-e-Khas - hall of private audience, Sheesh Mahal - palace of mirrors and Sukh Niwas are quite beautiful. At the Sukh Niwas, a pleasant climate is created by winds that blow over a water cascade. You could ascend the fort by walking up the steps or on an elephant's back or in jeep. Rest of the day is at leisure. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 08 :- Drive from Jaipur to Karauli. Visit important places of Karauli (172 kms).
This morning, you will be taken from Jaipur to Karauli. In the afternoon you will have a Karauli sight-seeing. Karauli has more than 300 temples and was founded in 1348 AD. The city is protected from all four directions by wall made up of red sandstone. The local bazaar of Karauli is renowned for their fine art products, traditional items to decorate your homes, ethnic clothes and accessories as per the Rajasthani tradition. You will be taken to the Madan Mohanji temple to witness the Arti or prayers. The other important place of interest are Kalyanji Temple, Bhanwar Niwas Palace, City Palace and Timangarh Fort with stone carvings and exquisite frescoes. The Mahavir temple is a pilgrimage destination revered by Jain followers from across the world. Karauli is famous for the colorful fairs and festivals. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight in Karauli.

Day 09 :- Drive from Karauli to Gwalior. Visit important places of Gwalior (187 kms).
In the morning, you will be taken by road from Karauli to Gwalior. Gwalior, a historical town renowned for the sacred temples, outstanding palaces, as well as glorious monuments founded by the King Surajesan. The legend is that Prince Suraj Sen lost his way in the jungle. On meeting a sage Gwalipa the Prince asked for water and was led water which quenched his thirst as well as cured him of leprosy. In return, the sage asked him to construct a wall to protect the sage from wild animals. The Prince obliged and named the place Gwalior after the sage. Gwalior is the birth-place of world class musician Tansen and every winter a huge cultural festival is organized in memory of Tansen, which attracts music lover from across the world.

In the afternoon Gwalior tour you will be taken to the Man Mandir from the 16th century, the Gujari Mahal which is now an archaeological museum, Teli Ka Mandir – a beautiful tall structure of about 100 feet, the 9th century Sas-bahu Temple that allures devotees to this place, Jai Vilas Palace – a European style palace of European type that now has been transformed into a museum, Mausoleum of the Tansen, Tomb of the Gaus Mohammad and of course the bazaars. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight in Gwalior.

Day 10 :- Drive from Gwalior to Agra (119 kms).
Today you will be transferred from Gwalior to Agra. Agra the former capital of Hindustan is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is a major tourist destination of India and a part of the Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Delhi and Jaipur. Agra also known as Akbarabad went through its peak during the time of Mughals and was the capital of under the Mughal rulers Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjehan. Rest of the day is at leisure. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight in Agra.

Day 11 :- Visit important places of Agra.
In the visit of Agra, you will be taken to Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world. This beautiful building is elegantly built with white marble by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between the years 1631 to 1648 and it was built in the memory of his favorite beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Standing majestically on banks of Yamuna River, this breathtaking, immensely beautiful monument is synonymous to romance and love.

Your next stop Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its architectural structure which was built in the 16th century during the Mughal Empire. This place comprises of several fairy-tale palaces like Khas Mahal and Jahangir Palace. Over here you will also get a chance to see Diwan-e-Aam and Diwan-e-Khas, which are also known as private audience hall and public audience hall. Agra is famous for inlaid marble work and handicrafts made of marble, wood and metal. TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight in Agra.

Day 12:- Drive from Agra to Bharatpur visiting Fatehpur Sikri enroute (64 kms).
This morning, you will be driven from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri which was built in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar. Fatehpur Sikri holds exceptional testimony to Mughal civilization and is one of well-known UNESCO World heritage site of India and has various historical monuments. You will visit the Jama Masjid, followed by the Tomb of Salim Chishti, the five storied Panch Mahal and Buland Darwaza a graceful monument and stupendous piece of beautiful architectures. It is central portico with a total of three arched entrances and is locally known as Horseshoe gate. You will visit the other graceful buildings of this place such as Ibadat Khana, Mariam-uz-Zamani’s palace, Naubat Khana and Birbal’s house.

After the visit of Fatehpur Sikri, you will continue to Bharatpur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its Keoladeo National Park which is a paradise for the bird lovers. The name comes from a Shiva temple which is in the park. The park attracts more than hundreds of species of birds from all over the world. Actually more than 350 species of birds have been recorded here some of which are the Siberian Cranes, cormorants, white necked and black necked stork, darter, purple and grey heron, egrets, spoonbill, white ibis, etc. Some of the ducks and predatory birds are common teal, mallard, red crested pochard, imperial eagle, steppe and tawny eagle, spotted eagle etc. The animals found here are the Nilgai, Golden Jackal, Blackbuck, Wild Boar, etc along with reptiles like pythons. The transport is at your disposal with-in the city limits. Overnight in Bharatpur.

Day 13:- Drive from Bharatpur to Delhi (220 kms).
This day you will be transferred from Bharatpur to Delhi airport in time for your return flight. As most of the flights depart after mid-night, accommodation is not included in Delhi.

Day 14:- Departure.
Departure for your return/onwards journey
END OF YOUR HERITAGE RAJASTHAN HOLIDAY.