Exploring the unexplored places is always a great idea for travellers. India has too many travel destinations where not many travellers go because those destinations don’t lie on the main tourist trail. Yet, those places have great natural and cultural beauty. Whether you are a first-timer or a repeat traveller, you may not have visited many of the offbeat places that offer an excellent opportunity to rediscover India. If you are planning to travel to India, get ready to discover the hidden charm of the country. You’ll be really surprised to see what you may not have seen and experienced till now.
Max Holidays has designed the Offbeat Gujarat and Rajasthan Tour to help you explore those places that remain hidden away from the main tourist trail. Gujarat is the westernmost state of India whereas Rajasthan lies in the northwestern part of India. Both these states are known for having a number of great tourist destinations that will bring you closer to the vibrant cultural heritage of the country. However, this tour is special in the sense that it will also take you to some of most offbeat places. After a sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, catch your train to Ahmedabad to start exploring offbeat destinations. Next, head to Dungarpur, famous for its palatial architecture, murals and marble carvings. Drive to Udaipur which is aptly termed as the ‘Venice of the East’. Visit the City Palace and enjoy a memorable boat ride along the very picturesque Lake Pichola before reaching Kumbhalgarh where you’ll delve into the history of royal families of Mewar. Experience the rural lifestyle of Rajasthan in Ghanerao and Narlai.
The 17th century Sodawas village is your next halt. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with locals and visit village schools and markets. Next day, drive to the quaint town of Rohet where you can enjoy village safari and experience the local culture. Visit some lesser-known places in Jodhpur and Jaipur. Also, make a visit to Agra, the ‘City of Taj’ and Fatehpur Sikri, known as the ‘Ghost Town’. Finally, travel back to Delhi to catch a flight for your onward journey.
Arrive at Delhi international airport; here you will be welcomed by our company representative, who will be waiting with the placard of your name. He will escort you to the hotel and assist you to complete check in formalities. Enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.
Following breakfast, you will be taken for the sightseeing of Delhi which covers combined tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid (largest mosques of India), Red fort (constructed by the Mughal king Shah Jahan in 1648, when he shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi) and Raj Ghat (where father of nation - Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.). Here, in Old Delhi, one could not miss to enjoy the busy streets on rickshaw. Here, we will ride in rickshaw towards Chandni Chowk the market place of Mughal period. Also visit India Gate, the President Place, Qutab Minar & Humayun's tomb etc. After a long eventful day, you will be transferred to railway station to board a train for overnight journey to Ahmedabad.
On arrival at Ahmedabad railway station, you will be receiving by our company representative, who will assist you, and will be driven around 175 Kms to Dungarpur in the southernmost part of Rajasthan. On arrival in Dungarpur, check into a heritage hotel at Dungarpur, this heritage palace holds typical architecture with ornate murals, balconies, bracketed windows and marble carvings. Feel like a royalty staying at this exquisite place. Night stay is at the Palace.
The town of Dungarpur was founded in the end of the 14th century by its descendant Rawal Bir Singh. It was named after an independent Bhil (a community of tribes) chieftain whom he had caused to be assassinated, whose name was Durgaria. After the death of Rawal Uday Singh his territory was divided into two states, the states of Dungarpur and Banswara. Successively under Mughal, Maratha, and British Raj control in 1818, where it remained 15-gun salute state. Later, you will explore the Udai Bilas Palace, which is the embodiment of the old world charm of princely India. It offers a scenic location for rest and recreation. You may then proceed to stroll around the lake or hire a boat to cruise beyond the shores. In the evening, visit the ruins of old fort which still holds some ancient paintings and showcases the architectural finesses of the yore. Night stay is scheduled at the Palace.
After wash and change, enjoy full day city tour of Udaipur visiting the City Palace & its museum. Next visit the grand “Sahelion Ki Bari” a small ornamental garden was a popular peaceful relaxing spot where royal ladies came for a leisurely walk. The garden has many fountains in its four amusing pools and marble elephants. 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.
Today following breakfast, we proceed to feudal hamlet of Kumbhalgarh. Here you will find people very friendly and hospitable, continue on to Ghanerao. Ghanerao was established in the early seventeenth century. On arrival at Ghanerao, check into Royal Ghanerao Castle. The castle is a property of royal family of Mewar. Recall the romance of the past, with all the contemporary amenities, the castle recreates the lifestyle of rulers of the past. Ghanerao is known for its castle, strewn with royal havelis, marble citadels, murals, archways and old paintings on walls that will transport you into the yesteryears and many Hindu and Jain temples. Muchhal Mahavir and temple of Gajanand are worth seeing. A ‘math’ is situated on the outskirts of the village known as Giriji Ki Dhani. Stay overnight at the castle.
Following breakfast, you will hit the road to Narlai situated between Udaipur and Jodhpur. While driving, we will get an opportunity to stop en route and visit the rural area. Upon arriving, check into Rawla Narlai.
Upon entering the Rawla Narlai you will experience the detachment from the outside world. It exudes an unmistakable, unique experience the combination of history and modernity that has become to be a signature of this magnificent 17th century luxury villa.
Afternoon, we stroll through the town stopping in busy markets of rich handicrafts made by the residents of the village. Overnight stay is at the Rawla Narlai.
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to a seventeen century village known as Sodawas. On arrival, check into Sodawas Kot on a hilltop. This outstanding village was given as a gift to Thakur Bishan Singh by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur in 1943. You will be taken on a guided sightseeing to the village visiting a local people, school, bustling markets and a village temple. Besides the modern amenities, your stay here will exude the royal impression of the past. Join the Royal family and have an opportunity to discuss Rajasthani culture, traditions and the rich heritage. Night stay is at Sodawas Kot.
Following breakfast, we will drive to a small town Rohet set in the middle of rustic atmosphere. Once you are here, you will be in a haven of peace and tranquillity. On arrival, check into the Rohetgarh – a heritage hotel. The rooms are attractively done up with antique furniture, original paintings and mementoes. In this impressive fort you will feel royal, with the members of Royal family. Rohet is famed for its village safaris, which introduces its visitors to local culture & tradition. You will have an opportunity here to visit the houses and receive with kind-heartedness and affection. Here you will connect with different communities living in the area and realize their worlds. You will get to learn here, how the people of Bishnoi are living happily, in such scarcity of resources. Overnight stay is in Rohetgarh. Morning after breakfast, head towards Jodhpur - the second largest city of Rajasthan. On arrival, we visit the famous attractions of Jodhpur, which includes the immense Mehrangarh Fort which is a combination of various spectacular palaces and temples in it. Jaswant Thada & Umaid Bhawan Palace is the other two interesting tourist sites in Jodhpur.
Morning after breakfast, we drive for the pink city Jaipur - a wonderful mixture of architectural influence - Hindu, Jain and Mughal. It is a well designed city, made by rose coloured terra cotta - that has offered it a name of ‘Pink City’. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and later visit the sparkling markets of Jaipur. Overnight stay is in Jaipur.
Morning we will wake up little early to proceed towards the majestic Amber fort built by the Raja Man Singh I in 1592, it was the earliest capital of the district. Here, we will ride an elephant which will take us to entry gate of the fort. (There is limited no. of elephants, so elephant ride is subject to availability). After Amber, visit City Palace and its museum, Jantar Mantar the 18th century observatory and the renowned Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds. Evening enjoy shopping in the great local markets of Jaipur. Overnight stay is at Jaipur.
Early morning go for a visit to the most impressive, beautiful and one in itself Taj Mahal. Popular as being the proud of India, Taj Mahal tells its true love story and makes it the only symbol of love and eternity. Return back to hotel for breakfast, after check out, drive to the pink city of Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri. Capital of Mughal Empire Akbar between 1571 and 1585, however, he could not make it capital for long, due to the scarcity of water also known as the ghost city, and later shifted to Agra. From here, we continue our drive to Jaipur. On arrival, check into your hotel. Evening we will drive to Chokhi dhani – an artificial village, which is created to give the feel of real villages. You will see here the people in the traditional colourful dresses, snake charmers, traditional dancers, magician, enjoy camel ride, elephant ride, tonga ride, puppet shows, followed by the typically Rajasthan food served in the Rajasthan style. Overnight stay in the hotel at Jaipur.
We are to witness one of the most capturing and memorable sites of one's lifetime that is the beauty of Taj Mahal at sunrise. In the morning, you will see the changing colours of Taj Mahal, as the reflection of sun rays falls on the dome. Return back to hotel for breakfast, and leave for Agra Fort, the construction began by Akbar in 1565 AD, additions continued to be made until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. Made mostly of red sandstone it is strikingly similar to the Red Fort in Delhi. Within the fort there are number of significant buildings. But most poignant of all is the Musamman Burj, the ornate octagonal tower where Shah Jahan was held captive for eight years, a victim of his son’s Aurangzeb’s imperial ambition. Later leave for Delhi, where a room is booked for an overnight stay and relax before catching the flight back home.
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