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Vivacious Rajasthan Tour

Rajasthan is a fairy tale universe unto itself, its culture made of fables and myths, of golden deserts and sparkling lakes, ancient havelis (manors), impenetrable fortresses and magnificent palaces. Desert Magic Unleashed is an exemplary expedition, where the travellers can ski over the prime historic places of Rajasthan like Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Ranthambore, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Mandawa and Bikaner.

Camels pass by nodding to you as you see Rajasthan gives new meaning to colours when you come across countless shades of this cultural domain of India. This was where the Rajputs reigned and made it synonymous with courage, honour and chivalry.

Day 01: Arrival in National Capital – Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi airport, you will be received by eLand Holidays representative who will transfer you to your pre booked hotel. Delhi, the capital city is also the second largest conurbation by population of the country. The city is a kaleidoscope of diverse cultures, traditions, festivals, colorful people and their beliefs. Relax for rest of the day at the hotel.
Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Delhi
Delhi, the capital city of India, has evolved as a great host when it comes to tourism industry. It deserves a special mention for its versatility. Just like colorful threads weaved together to create a vibrant fabric, Delhi is a city of past, present and future. The first half of the sightseeing tour will take you to the old lanes of Delhi laid down by Mughal dynasty. Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid and Red Fort will be the highlight of this excursion.

In the second half of sightseeing tour, witness the imperial world of New Delhi. As compared to Old Delhi, this division is more organized and has a beautiful infrastructure. As a part of this tour you will visit India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Humayun’s tomb, and Qutab Minar. Come back to the hotel for overnight.

Day 03: From Delightful Delhi to Amazing Agra en route Sikandra(Uttar Pradesh) (204 km)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will head towards your next destination – Agra. On your way to the historic city you will visit Sikandra that holds the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great. Akbar ruled over the Mughal Empire from 1556 to 1605.

As you enter the huge arched gateway, you will see a beautiful garden reflecting the charbagh tradition, while the tomb of Akbar situated at the center. Within the same complex you will notice a sober tomb built out of red sandstone, it contains the grave of Mariam- Akbar's wife. Later, move towards Agra. On arrival, check in at your pre booked hotel and get freshen up for the sightseeing tour of the city. You will visit Agra Fort – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers a picturesque view of Taj Mahal – an epitome of true love. Spend your evening shopping the rustic lanes of Agra Bazaar. Fill your bags with marble souvenirs available in the famous markets of the city especially the marble replicas of Taj Mahal.
Overnight stay will be at the hotel

Day 04: Sightseeing in Agra, Move to Jaipur (233 km) en route Fatehpur Sikri
After a delicious morning meal at the hotel you step out from the hotel to visit the most awaited attraction of the tour, Taj Mahal - one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You will be overwhelmed to see the beauty Taj Mahal which was built by grandson of Akbar -The Great, Shah Jahan (1628-1658) in the loving memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. Post lunch, you will proceed towards Jaipur en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri - the UNESCO world heritage site. The deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. Besides being the first planned Mughal city, it puts forth a unique example of Mughal architecture which is an amalgamation of Indian, Islamic and Persian architecture.
On arrival in Jaipur, check in at your pre booked hotel. Get freshen up for an exciting tour of Chokhi Dhani – an ethnic village resort. This resort allows you to learn about the cultural and traditional heritage of Rajasthan. Folk Dances, Delicious Rajasthani Cuisine, and several other activities mark the evening at Chokhi Dhani. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Jaipur.

Day 05: Visit the Vibrant Lanes of the Pink City - Jaipur
Set in the scenic location of a beautiful desert, Jaipur was the first planned city of the country which is much evident from the city’s infrastructure and network system. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. Jaipur is manifested with rugged hills crowned by magnificent forts and palaces and is blessed with beautiful mansions and gardens. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people. The traditional attire of women and the turbans of men add spectacular hues to this fascinating city. Later visit City palace and its museum, Hawa Mahal, the astronomical observatory Jantar Mantar, various other monuments and picturesque looking markets. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 06: Drive from Jaipur to Pushkar (130 km)
After a delicious morning breakfast, you will be driven towards your next destination – Pushkar. One of the pious cities of India, Pushkar houses 400 beautiful temples including the only BRAHMA TEMPLE in India. Visit the Ghats and temples of Pushkar. Other attractions of the Pushkar Temple Tour: Savitri Temple, Rangji Temple, Apteshwar Temple, Ramavaikunth Temple, and Mahadev Temple.) Overnight stay will be at hotel in Pushkar.

Day 07: Pushkar – Ranthambore
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to Ranthambore (201 km). The Ranthambore National Park is located in the district of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, India. The town of Sawai Madhopur is located at a distance of 14 km from the park. On arrival, Check-in at your pre booked resort in Ranthambore. Post lunch; get ready for an adventurous jeep safari tour at the infamous Ranthambore National Park.
Over night stay will be at the resort in Ranthambore.

Day 08: Excitement Packed Day at Ranthambore
After early morning breakfast, get ready for a thrilling experience as you get a full day game viewing inside the jungle.
Well known for its tigers, Ranthambore National Park is blessed with species of Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Indian Wild Boar, Chinkara, Jackals, Indian Flying Foxes, Indian Foxes, Sloth bears, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Macaques, Small Indian Civets and Common mongoose. The reptile population of the park includes Snub Nosed Marsh Crocodiles, Desert Monitor Lizards, Tortoise, Banded Kraits, Cobras, Common Kraits, Ganga Soft Shelled Turtles, Indian Pythons, North Indian Flap Shelled Turtles, Rat Snakes, Russel's Vipers, Saw-scaled Vipers and the Indian Chamaeleon. Also visit Ranthambore Fort - No visit to the Ranthambore National Park is complete till the time visitors have explored the Ranthambore Fort which lies within the park premises itself. The fort was built around 8th century by the Chauhans and has numerous attractions in store.
Overnight will be spent at the resort.

Day 09: Drive from Ranthmbore – Kota (180 Km)
After early morning breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven towards your next destination of your Rajasthan vacation – Kota. Situated on the banks of Chambal River, the city is the trade centre for an area in which millet, wheat, rice, pulses, coriander and oilseeds are grown.
Attractions of Kota city tour are fort, Chambal gardens and Umaid Bhawan. Enjoy an evening boat ride at the beautiful Kishore Sagar. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Kota.

Day 10: Drive from Kota to Bundi
Early in the morning, enjoy the sumptuous breakfast and leave for your next destination Bundi. Located in the Handoti region of Rajasthan, Bundi is known for its ornate forts, palaces, and step well reservoirs known as baoris.
On arrival, check in at your pre booked hotel. Sightseeing tour in Bundi will take all your stress away as you will visit the enigmatic Taragarh fort, Bundi Palace, Chhattar Mahal, Sukh Mahal, Chaitrashala and Ratan Daulat.
Over night stay will be at the hotel in Bundi.

Day 11: Drive from Bundi to Chittorgarh (197 km)
After breakfast at the hotel, step out of the hotel and drive from Bundi to Chittorgarh (197 km). The city of Chittaurgarh is located on the banks of river Gambhiri and Berach. Fiercely independent, the fort of Chittor was under siege thrice and each time they fought bravely and thrice Jauhar was committed by the ladies and children, first led by Rani Padmini, and later by Rani Karnavati.
On arrival, check in at the hotel. Later proceed for the sightseeing tour - Chittorgarh Fort, Rani Padmini's Palace, Vijay Stambh -Tower of Victory, Kirti Stambh-Tower of fame, Rani Kumbha's Palace and Kali Mata Temple.)
Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Chittorgarh.

Day 12: Drive from Chittorgarh to Bijaipur (168 km).
Leave for Bijaipur after a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Located atop a plateau of Vindhyachal ranges in the Mewar Region, this enthralling legacy castle dates back to 16th century. It offers a unique and luxurious stay. On arrival check in at your pre booked hotel. Special highlights of Bijaipur tour will be Bijaipur castle, safari tours and trekking.
Overnight stay will be at hotel in Bijaipur.

Day 13: Drive from Bijaipur to Udaipur (272 km)
Your next destination on your Rajasthan Vacation tour will be Udaipur. Leave for Udaipur after a sumptuous early morning breakfast at the hotel.
Also known as the city of lakes, Udaipur is a colorful city set against the deserted backdrop of affluent Indian state – Rajasthan. On your arrival, you will be transferred to your pre booked hotel by our rep. Relax and spend rest of the day at leisure.
Come back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 14: Sightseeing in Udaipur
After breakfast at the hotel, leave for a romantic sightseeing tour of the Udaipur City. Known for its Majestic Rajput-era Palaces, this city is blessed with glorious history, ethnicity and scenic locations. City Palace is a famous landmark located on the east bank of the Lake Pichola. It was built by the Maharana Udai Mirza Singh in the year 1559, after he moved from Chittor. Built in a flamboyant style, City Palace represents a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. Being located on a hilltop, this palace offers spectacular views of the city and the neighboring areas. The array of gardens, courtyards and buildings leaves the visitors satisfied with their excursion. This is the same palace which was used as a hotel in the 1985 James Bond film Octopussy. Later, visit Lake Palace which was built in 1743-1746 as a summer resort on Jag Niwas Island in Lake Pichola.
Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 15: Drive from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh
After early morning breakfast you will take on a drive towards your next destination Kumbhalgarh en route visiting the exquisite temples of Ranakpur. Set amidst Udaipur and Jodhpur, they are located in a valley on the western region of the Aravalli Range. It has gained recognition for its marble Jain Temple and age old Sun temple located opposite to the former one. The skilful architecture of these temples wins over the hearts of travelers. Kumbhalgarh, a Mewar fortress, was built in the 15th century and was later expanded in the 19th century. Located 82 km away from Udaipur it was the birthplace of great Indian King Maharana Pratap. At present it has been converted to a museum for general public. Check in at your pre booked hotel. Overnight will be at the hotel.

Day 16: Drive from Kumbhalgarh to Jodhpur (177 km)
After a delicious morning breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed for your next destination Jodhpur – the second largest city of western Indian state Rajasthan. Due to its magnificent forts, palaces and temples, this city has made it to the list of hot tourist destinations in India. On arrival check in at your pre booked hotel. Relax for a while and then get set for an exciting city tour. Due to its blue painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur is quite popular as the Blue City. Hundreds of tourists come all round the year to take an insight of the opulent history of this place. 9 km from Jodhpur, Mandore – an ancient town is located that boasts of certain important historical monuments. Mandore Gardens houses a 'Hall of Heroes' museum and a temple to 33 Crore Gods. Other popular tourist attraction is the Kaylana Lake which is an artificial lake built in 1872 by Pratap Singh. Also visit Balsamand Lake, Sardar Samand Lake and palace, Masooria Hill, Veer Durgadas Smarak, park, museum etc. Come back to the hotel for overnight.

Day 17: Drive from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer (264 km).
After morning breakfast you will drive to Jaisalmer, your next destination on this colorful tour. Crowned by a fort, Jaisalmer stands on a crest of yellowish sandstone. This Golden City is famous for its Palace and flamboyant Jain Temples; it is abode to some finely sculptured houses and temples as well.
On your arrival check in at your pre booked hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure. Enjoy overnight at the hotel.

Day 18: Sightseeing Tour in Jaiselmer
Morning breakfast will be followed by city’s sightseeing tour. Visit Jaisalmer Fort which was built by the Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisal in 1156. Located on the hilltop of Trikuta, it has witnessed many battles in the past. Its ocher lion colored massive sandstone walls appears magical honey-gold at the time of sun dusk. Then visit the famous havelis of the region which include Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salam Singh-ki-Haveli, Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and Haveli Shreenath. The famous museums of the region are Desert Culture Centre & Museum, Jaisalmer Folklore Museum and Government Museum.
Come back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 19: Drive from Jaiselmer to Bikaner (333 km)
After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Bikaner. Built by Rao Bika, Bikaner was the former capital of the princely state of Bikaner. On arrival, you will check in at your pre booked hotel. Get freshen up and proceed for a sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Start your excursion by visiting Junagarh Fort which is renowned as one of the most fascinating forts in Rajasthan. It was built by Raja Rai Singh. The architectural style of Junagarh Fort was given special attention as Raja Rai Singh was an extensive traveler and had a taste for art and architecture. Other attraction of the city is Laxmi Niwas palace the former residence palace of the king of the former Bikaner state, Maharajah Ganga Singh, Lalgarh Palace, Laxmi Nath Temple, Shiv Bari Temple etc.
Later in the afternoon, you will visit the National Camel Breeding Farm to observe the intriguing sight of a herd of camels coming back after grazing, with the backdrop of spectacular desert sunset.
Return to the hotel after your visit for overnight stay.

Day 20: Bikaner to Mandawa (200 km)
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed towards your next destination Mandawa, a small town in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. Mandawa is a far-flung old principality in the interior of Shekhawati region. In 1755, the Rajput ruler of Mandawa constructed a fort to guard this ancient trading settlement that was the halting point for the traders from China and Middle East.

Upon arrival, check in at your pre booked hotel. Relax for a while and get freshen up for a never before experience as you will be taken for the sightseeing tour of this vibrant town. This wonderland is known for its colorful frescoes which depict a wide range of subjects. These may be based on religious topic or may represent the erotic figures or satirical prints rendered in the peerless style of local artist. The whole town is festooned with gaily-painted homes that illumine the otherwise barren landscape.
Come back to the hotel for overnight.

Day 21: Drive from Mandawa to Samode (142 km).
After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Samode that stands on a former caravan route. Today the sleepy village, with its local artisans producing printed cloth and glass bangles, nestles within its old walls. Samode Palace which dominates the village is fabulously decorated with 300-year old wall paintings, many of them depicting religious subjects. The highlight is a vast Durbar Hall with its original paintings and mirror work.
Overnight stay will be at a heritage hotel.

Day 22: Samode – Delhi – Onward Destination
On the final day of your Rajasthan Vacations, you will leave for Delhi. On arrival, our representative will transfer you to Delhi’s International Airport to connect flight for your onward destination.