Rajasthan, meaning the 'Land of Kings', is a land of great historical charm, vibrant heritage and interesting lifestyle. Extravagant forts and palaces belonging to the Rajputana Era are dispersed all across the state. The Thar Desert in Rajasthan is known to be the driest place on earth. The Aravalli Hills lend unique beauty to the overall landscape of Rajasthan. But what attracts travellers to Rajasthan the most is its strong adherence to age-old customs and traditions. No matter which city or town or village you go to, Rajasthan will astound you with its culture and lifestyle. Rajasthan is also visited for its exotic wildlife population.
Max Holidays has designed the Ethnic Rajasthan Tour for anyone who wishes to uncover the obvious and the hidden beauty of Rajasthan. After your arrival and a sightseeing tour of Delhi, travel to Samode, a quaint, small village in the state of Rajasthan. Next, drive to Nawalgarh where you'll see a number of havelis and beautiful paintings. Khimsar is your next halt. It is a charming desert village, in the midst of sand dunes. Interact with the locals and enjoy a jeep safari before getting to Jaisalmer, which is visited for camel safaris in the sand dunes. Visit the gigantic Jaisalmer Fort to find out more about the Rajput kings and their lives.
After visiting the town of Pokhran, get to Jodhpur where you'll get the opportunity to see a host of forts, palaces and temples. The Mehrangarh Fort and the Umaid Bhawan Palace are two most popular attractions for travellers in the city. Enjoy visiting tribal villages like Mandore, Rohet, Daspan, Sirohi etc. Later, get ready for a visit to the 16th century Jain temples of Ranakpur. Drive to Deogarh for viewing the beautiful Deogarh Palace and experiencing Marwari hospitality. Beautifully positioned in the Aravalli Hills, Udaipur is your next travel halt. Udaipur is a city of picturesque lakes, so be ready for some memorable sightseeing and fun. The tour also takes you to many more Rajasthani villages where you'll soak up the ethnic charm. Reach Jaipur, known as the Pink City, for a full-day sightseeing. Visit Agra before travelling back to Delhi so that you can catch your flight back home.
Arrive at Delhi international airport and meet with the Max Holidays representative. With a warm welcome, you will be assisted and transferred to your hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, drive to Samode, a heritage village of Rajasthan known for its beautiful palace or garden retreat. The settlement of Samode village is very picturesque. Enjoy staying at the beautiful palace hotel. Later we will visit to the village and meet the local people where you will find the local people doing the craft works like bangle making, gem stone cutting, pottery, carpet weaving, block printing etc. Night stay at the hotel.
Following a leisurely breakfast, head towards Nawalgarh, located in the heart of the Shekhawati region. Nawalgarh is famous for its wall paintings and havelis. Arrive Nawalgarh and check into your hotel. Have a sightseeing of ‘Kothies’ and palaces in Nawalgarh including Fatehgarh fort, Roop Niwas Kothi and Lakshmi Narayan Temple. One can not stop to admire the beauty of the place. Overnight stay will be at your hotel in Nawalgarh.
Today we take a drive to Khimsar surrounded by the sand dunes. Here you will explore the Khimsar village, away from the hustle and bustle of the urban areas. On arrival, check into the hotel. Later in the afternoon, visit the village around the fort of Khimsar. The village of Khimsar is settled at the base of sand dunes which will give you a different and exciting experience. Here we will enjoy the jeep safari, if you are fortunate enough a chance to see blackbuck can be there. Overnight stay at the hotel in Khimsar
After breakfast at your Khimsar hotel, drive towards the desert city of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is a charming fortified settlement in the heart of the desert of Rajasthan. Reach hotel in the afternoon. In the late afternoon, we will proceed to Sam sand Dunes to view the setting sun and enjoy camel safari in the sand dunes. If you wish you can stay at the desert camps or hotel.
We will start a day bit early today, and proceed to explore Jaisalmer – the yellow city. The city is rich with forts and havelis. First thing which attracts you will be the Jaisalmer Fort, made up of the sand dunes. From here we walk toward the city, where we will see the fine examples of architecture in Salim ji ki haveli and Nathmal ji ki haveli, knowing the culture and tradition of the locals. In the afternoon, we drive to Pokhran, where you will be provided with the accommodation in a fort. Pokhran is famous for pottery and decoration material for camels. Overnight stay will be at fort hotel in Pokhran.
In the morning we head towards Jodhpur – blue city of Rao Jodha. The city consists of palace, temple, fort, museums throughout. On arrival, check into the hotel. Later visit the magnificent Mehrangarh fort – largest and beautiful fort of India and Jaswant Thada – monument with architectural building, Umaid Bhawan place, where the Maharaja of the city lives today in some portion, half of the palace is converted in museum and hotel. Overnight at hotel in Jodhpur
Today have a visit towards Mandore which is situated 9 kms north from Jodhpur. Mandore was once the capital of Marwar before the foundation of Jodhpur. After visiting Mandore head towards Rohet which offers village safari through which you can easily come with the direct contact to the villagers, their way of living and the art and craft form they preserve. Later in the afternoon take a jeep safari tour to the nearby Rabari and Bishnoi tribal villages. Stay at the fort for tonight to experience the excellence.
After a leisurely breakfast in the Rohet, head to Daspan. Daspan will attract you through its beautiful green and fertile fields. Its embroidered shoes will also catch your attraction. You will also get a chance to visit families who are experts in making Bhil style bows and arrows. Enjoy the culture and tradition of the place and uniqueness of its people. Overnight at hotel in Daspan
After breakfast, we will proceed for tribal tour at Siyana. Here we will enjoy the small hamlets and farm houses. The place is also famous for Marwari horses. So, if get opportunity we will ride on a horse back. Enjoy life at farm house and overnight stay at hotel in Daspan.
After breakfast, we drive to the village of Sirohi which was once the summer capital for the Rajput kings of the region. Now days, the city is full of temples like Sun Temple, Chandravati, Ajari Temple, Sarvadham Temple, Bamanvadji Temple and Pavapuri Temple.
Today, we will drive to Ranakpur in the morning. Ranakpur surrounded by the valley of Aravali hills, known for its beautifully carved and designed 16th century Jain temples dedicated to idol of Tirthankara Adinath. Enjoy and admire the beauty of the place and have overnight stay at the hotel in Ranakpur.
Following breakfast, we drive to Deogarh which was once the capital of Gond Kingdom. We will here stay at the Deogarh Mahal or Palace, where the royal family still resides and takes care of the palace. You will be served here with the Marwari hospitality. Explore the nearby areas and culture of the local residents of the place. Also visit the Fort Seen Sagar, which is converted into a heritage luxury villa. A walk through the villages here can be done. Overnight stay at hotel in Deogarh.
Today, we drive to Udaipur and enjoy the stay at one of the deluxe hotel. Udaipur located in the beautiful Aravali mountain ranges is an amazing part of the royal state of Rajasthan. Known as the city of lakes, Udaipur is a kaleidoscope of narrow lanes, beautiful gardens, lakes palaces and temples. After refreshment, we will proceed to enjoy the city palace, one of the most beautiful place in Udaipur. Next visit the “Sahelion Ki Bari” a small ornamental garden which was a relaxing spot for royal ladies. Then visit the Jagdish Temple –the largest and most beautiful temple in this city. At last in evening, enjoy a delightful and relaxing boat ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight stay is in Udaipur.
After breakfast drive to Dungarpur with its Bhil villages all around. Located near Rajasthan – Gujarat border Dungarpur is a quaint tribal hamlet in Rajasthan in India. Visit some of the places of interest in Dungarpur like Udai Bilas Palace (situated on the bank of Gaibsagar lake, offers a beautiful views), Juna Mahal (blend of Rajput and Merwari style in the architecture paintings etc can be seen here) and Shrinathji Temple (dedicated to Lord Krishna). Overnight at Dungarpur.
Today we drive to Bijaipur via Chittorgarh where we visit the magnificent fort and the other mind blowing attractions of the Chittorgarh. Further we head towards Bijaipur surrounded by Vindhyanchal Hills, a base for the Mina tribes, where you will get a wonderful opportunity to understand the agriculture and the village people. Overnight at hotel in Bijaipur
After breakfast, we drive to Kota once the part of Bundi and separated in 17th century. On arrival, check in hotel. Afternoon take sightseeing tour of Kota starting with the most interesting places like Chambal Garden and Maharao Madho Singh museum followed by visit to Kota Barrage, the Government museum, Jag Mandir and Godavari Dham Temple. Kota is also famous for Kota sarees for its traditional work, textile weaving, distilling, dairying, and stone polishing. Overnight at Hotel in Kota.
Today we head towards Bundi, which attracts the tourists due to its natural beauty and old havelis and palaces which are now transformed into hotels. After check into the hotel and relaxation, we proceed sightseeing of Taragarh fort, Bundi Palace, Chhattar Mahal and Rani Ji ki Baori. Later visit Raj Mahal, a 300-year-old palace with the village named after it. The palace Raj Mahal gives a beautiful view of the river flowing below. Night stay at the hotel.
Early morning after breakfast head to Pachewar, a small village located south of Jaipur on the Jaipur – Ajmer highway. The village of Pachewar offers you a great opportunity to observe cenotaphs, blue pottery kiln, metal toy making and its restored fort or Garh. Pachewar in Rajasthan is a lively place to enjoy the day to day life style of the common people. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Today we head towards Jaipur - the pink city of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. A place offers many colours of life and people. On arrival, check into a comfortable hotel. Later enjoy the heart attracting sightseeing tour of Jaipur including Palace of Winds or Hawa Mahal (built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh for royal ladies of their house, to watch the day to day activities taking place out of the palace), Jantar Mantar Observatory (as the name say jantar means instrument and mantar mean formula, was built by Sawai Jai Singh to study the astronomical system) and City Palace museum (once the residence of Maharaja of Jaipur, the places to visit here are Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal now museums and open to visitors, Diwan I aam (hall for public), Diwan I khas (hall to meet special people like ministers). Overnight stay at hotel.
In the morning take a princely elephant ride to Amer Fort which is situated atop the Aravalli hills. It was a residence of Rajput Maharajas and their families. Till today, the fort is styled with the semi precious stones and mirror work; a fine example can be seen at Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace). Later return back to the hotel for breakfast and drive to Bhandarej village located at the Dausa district. The village has a lovely setting beside a lake, and mina settlements around it. A fine example of Rajput and Mughal style can be seen in Bhadrawati Palace, Bara Baoli (secret tunnel) Overnight at Hotel.
Drive to Karauli, a remote ancient town, a devotional city and a wealth of history known for its red stone quarries, Bhanwar Vilas Palace Mahavir Jain temple and Kayla Devi temple. Overnight at a beautiful palace hotel.
After a leisurely morning, drive to Bharatpur known for its finest bird sanctuary. Have a sightseeing of one of the most magnificent bird sanctuary and the old fort which has breathe taking view of its mud bastions. You can also enjoy a rickshaw ride into the national park of Bharatpur. Later we will continue our drive to Agra for night stay.
In the morning during the sunrise visit the most beautiful monument Taj Mahal built by the Shah Jahan in the remembrance of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Beauty of the Taj Mahal glows two times in sun light. View the changing colors of Taj in the morning. We will also enjoy the Tonga ride, which will take us to the entrance gate of the Taj Mahal. From here, we will explore the monument on foot. Following the tour to Taj Mahal, we will proceed to visit the famous Agra fort signifying the story of victory and successful rule of Mughals. Made mostly of red sandstone it is strikingly similar to the Red Fort in Delhi. Within the fort there are number of significant buildings in which most prominent are Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-e-Aam, Buland Darwaza. Following sightseeing, we will drive to Delhi and transfer to the Delhi International airport to board your flight back to home.
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