Heritage of Rajasthan

A trip to Rajasthan in North India, to discover the land of kings and warriors.  A land of vibrant colours , preserving the culture, magnificent mansions, palaces, fortresses and legendary treasures. A land where the ancient traditions are maintained by people for centuries, where time seems to have stopped. 

Day 01: Arrive in Delhi

Upon arrival at Delhi airport, meeting with our staff and transfer to hotel.

Afternoon visit of the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosque of India, commissioned by Shah Jahan and completed in 1656. Walk through  Chandni Chowk market, one of the oldest and biggest market of Delhi.  Visit of the Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948.  Drive past of government building including president house, parliament house and India gate. If time permit visit of Sikh Temple Bangla sahib. Overnight at hotel.

Day  02: Delhi / Mandawa ( km. 280 - approx. 6 hrs)

Breakfast and visit of Qutub Minar complex, one of the most significant monument of Delhi, its 73 meters high tower, engraved with Koran, verses, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak. Drive to Mandawa known as open air art gallery. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Mandawa / Bikaner ( km. 200 - approx. 4 hrs)
After breakfast, walk through the town to explore the rural life of India and to admire the beautiful havelis of Mandawa. These havelis represent the prosperity of the merchants class at the beginning of the last century. After visit leave for Bikaner. In the afternoon, visit of Junagarh fort built by Raja Raj Singh, the sixth ruler of Bikaner, 1571 to 1611; It has seven gates and several palaces, pavilions and many hindu and jainist temples. Walk in the old city and visit of the colourful bazaar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Bikaner / Jodhpur ( km. 250 - approx. 5 hrs)
Breakfast and leave for Jodhpur, also called "the blue city", as many houses in old city are painted in Blu. Jodhpur is a second major city of Rajasthan. Upon arrival check in at hotel. In the afternoon visit of Mehrangarh Fort, built by Rao Jodh in 1458. Inside the fort there is a beautiful collection of palanquins, elephant sedans, musical instruments, costumes, weapons etc. Later visit of Jaswant Thanda, white marble mausoleum built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899, where the members of royal family are cremated. Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel.

 

Day 05: Jodhpur / Pushkar / Jaipur ( km. 335 - approx. 6 hrs)
Breakfast and leave for Jaipur. Enroute visiting Pushkar, ancient sacred city for Hindus, on the banks of a small lake where devotees have sacred ablutions. Also known for annual camels fairs held in November. Proceed for Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727 ,  also called  "Pink City" for the color of its buildings. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 06: Jaipur

Breakfast and visit to the famous Amber fort, 11 km from the city of Jaipur. Its was the ancient capital of the state and built by Raja Man Singh I in 16th century. It's considered as one of the most beautiful fort of the Rajasthan and also become the site of world heritage of UNESCO. Photo stop in the front of the Palace of the Winds or Hawa Mahal, built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to allow the ladies of the court to observe, without being seen, the daily life in the streets.  Visit to the City Palace complex, the historic seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, whose construction began between 1729 and 1732 by Sawai Jai Singh II. Even today it is the residence of the royals and a part of is open for public with museum. Continue with a visit to the Jantar Mantar, the Astronomical Observatory, World Heritage site, a collection of architectural forms that serve as astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja Jai ​​Singh II between 1727 and 1734 on the model of similar structures already erected in Delhi.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Giorno 07: Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra ( km. 245 - approx. 5 hrs )

After breakfast leave for Agra enruote visiting Fatehpur Sikri, located 40 km from Agra and built by Emperor Akbar. The city was abandoned 15 years later due to the scarcity of water. It's red sandstone buildings and pavilions are perfectly preserved. Proceed for Agra, the city of love. In the afternoon, visit of the Taj Mahal (closed on Friday), built by Shah Jahan, for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died during giving birth to their 14th child in 1631, he ordered the construction of this masterpiece of Mughal architecture which was finished in 1653.  Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also know as seventh wonder of the world. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. 

 

Giorno 08: Agra / Delhi ( km. 240 - approx. 4 ore)

After breakfast visit of Red fort of Agra, world heritage sito of UNESCO which was built by Akbar . Questa potente fortezza di arenaria rossa racchiude, all'interno delle sue mura di cinta lunghe 2,5 km, la città imperiale dei sovrani Mughal. Comprende molti palazzi da favola, come il Palazzo Jahangir e il Khas Mahal, costruito da Shah Jahan; sale del pubblico, come il Diwan-i-Khas; e due bellissime moschee. After visit of Agra leave  per Delhi. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel . 

Day 09: Departure from Delhi
Transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destinations. 

 

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