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  Forts & Palaces Tours >>Forts & Palaces with Hinduism

Duration: 18 Days Tour
Places Covered: Delhi - Shekhawati - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Delhi - Mathura - Vrindavan - Gokul - Agra - Varanasi - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Delhi
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Day 1 : Arrival Delhi
On your arrival at the international airport in Delhi, you will be meet & received by representative of The Travel Makers and helped to check into your hotel. Relax and fresh up. Later transfer to visit Old City of Delhi.

OLD DELHI - A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India. Back to Hotel. Overnight Stay.
 
Day 2 : Delhi - Shekhawati [ 180 Km / 4 Hrs.]
After breakfast in the Hotel, we drive to Shekhawati region. Arrival in Shekhawati in the late evening. Evening free for your own activity. Overnight stay.
 
Day 3 : Shekhawati - Bikaner [ 245 Km / 5 Hrs.]
In the morning we visit the grand havellis of the Shekhawati area. Shekhawati is a region of NE of Rajasthan and is the After the visit of Shekhawati area we proceed to Bikaner. After a short break in Bikaner we visit the Junagarh Fort (1571-1611 AD) constructed of red sandstone and marble with kiosks and balconies embellishing the structure at intervals. This imposing Fort and its palaces are an unforgettable experience for us. Overnight stay.
 
Day 4 : Bikaner - Oasin - Jaisalmer [ 333 Km / 7 Hrs.]
Today we drive through the desert and proceed for Jaisalmer via Osian. Osian is a great centre of Hindu and Jain religions. The oldest Temple here was constructed in 1178 AD.We arrive in Jaisalmer in the late evening. Overnight stay.
 
Day 5 : Jaisalmer
After breakfast sightseeing of the medieval city of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer crenellated golden sandstone walls and its narrow streets lined with exquisitely carved buildings makes this city unique. Jaisalmer is famous for its carved havellis (grand mensions). In medieval times, its prosperity was due to its location on the main trade route linking India to Egypt, Arabia, Africa and the West. Jaisalmer is a marvel of beautiful culture and this city remains one of the most exotic city not only in Rajasthan but in the whole of India. Some of the visitors called this city "a living museum". We have a walk through the old city and visit the Fort and the Jain temple.In the afternoon we drive around 40 km. away from Jaisalmer to sam dunes where we enjoy the sunset before we drive back to Jaisalmer.
 
Day 6 : Jaisalmer - Jodhpur [ 308 Km / 6 Hrs.]
Early morning drive to Jodhpur.The city was once the capital of the princely state of Marwar (Land of death). Jodhpur is also known as the blue city as most of the houses of the old city are painted blue. We will visit the Mehrangarh Fort (majestic fort). Mehrangarh Fort was built on a steep hill and is among the best in India with exquisitely latticed windows in residential apartments within. We also visit the Jaswant Thada, a royal cenotaph built in white marble. After the sightseeing we have a walk through the Bazaars of Jodhpur.
 
Day 7 : Jodhpur – Pushkar [ 255 Km / 6 Hrs.]
After breakfast drive to the pilgrimage destination of Pushkar. Arrive in Pushkar in the afternoon and check into your hotel. In the evening we visit Pushkar Lake, and tour the temples in Pushkar. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
 
Day 8 : Pushkar - Jaipur [ 150 Km / 4 Hrs. ]
After breakfast proceed to Jaipur, enjoy a daylong city tour of Jaipur. In the well planned Pink City of Jaipur built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh you will see the beautiful facade of the Hawa Mahal palace, the City Palace which also contains a museum, the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory and take a trip to Amer Fort, 11 Km from Jaipur where you can enjoy an elephant ride to Amer Fort. Within the fort there are many palaces and royal buildings. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
 
Day 9 : Jaipur - Delhi [ 265 Km / 5 Hrs.]
On arrival assistance and transfer to hotel. Afternoon half day city tour of Delhi, An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. The evening is free to be spent at your leisure. Overnight stay in Delhi.
 
Day 10 : Delhi - Mathura - Vrindavan - Mathura
After breakfast drive to Mathura city associated with the most revered of Hindu Gods Lord Krishna ,which is sacred being the birth place of Lord Krishna. The surroundings‘ Braj Bhoomi ’ Check into the hotel.

Afternoon visit Vrindavan , where Lord Krishna spent his childhood days , played the flutesporting with the Gopis and where Radhika pined for her lover. Visit the Govind Dev Temple built in 1590 and a testimony to the architectural splendour of medieval India. Proceed to Rangaji Temple Vrindavan’s longest temple constructed in 1851 with a 50 feet tall ‘Dhwaja Stambha ’ believed to be gold plated. Continue to Madan Mohan Temple situatednear Kali Ghat , Glass Temple and the Bankey Bihari Temple one of the oldest templesbuilt in 1921. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 11 : Mathura - Gokul - Mahavan - Goverdhan - Mathura
After breakfast drive to Gokul where Nand Gopal was sheltered in Yashoda Maiya’s home in secrecy toescape the wrath of tyrant Kansha. Also visit Gokul Nath Ji Temple.

Proceed to Mahavan believed to have cradled Lord Krishna. Visit ‘Assi Khambha’ thetemple dedicated to Mathura Nath Ji. Continue to Goverdhan where Lord Krishna heldaloft ‘Giriraj’ , the sandstone hill on his finger for seven days and nights to protect thepeople of Braj from the wrath of rain and thunder sent by Indra. Return to Mathura. Overniteat hotel.
 
Day 12 : Mathura - Agra
After breakfast proceed to leave for Agra, Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh. On arrive in Agra, check into the hotel and refresh yourself. Then we will visit for an Agra Tour where we will see the grand Agra Fort. The Mughal Emperor Akbar built this majestic fort, with later additions by the Emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan. Within the fort there are grand palaces, halls of private and public audience and formal gardens. Return to your hotel and stay overnight at Agra.
 
Day 13 : Agra - Varanasi [ By Train ]
Morning at sunrise visit the magnificent Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife, Also visit the Red fort - the rusty and majestic red- sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. Later transfer to railway station to board the overnight train to Varanasi.
 
Day 14 : Varanasi
Morning sunrise on the river front as seen from a boat can be a spiritually uplifting sight. It has a fascination uniquely its own, a quality of sublime beauty, a timeless eternal appeal. Varanasi is the city which cannot be described, only experienced. Meet assist at the railway station and transfer to hotel. Later sight seeing of Varanasi (the oldest and holiest city of India) covering Temples, Aurangazeb’s Mosque and one of the biggest university of India. Evening view “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats. Night stay in Varanasi.
 
Day 15 : Varanasi - Haridwar [ By Flight ]
Morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Later excursion to Sarnath, 10kms. East of Varanasi, is one of the Buddhism’s major centers of India. After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha came to Sarnath where he gave his first sermon.

Later back to Hotel, check out from Hotel and transfer to airport to board your Flight for Delhi. On arrival transfer to Haridwar. Overnight stay at Haridwar.
 
Day 16 : Haridwar
Morning visit various temples including Pareshwar Mahadev Temple, Daksha Mahadev Temple and Mansa Devi Temple. Evening visit Har-ki-Pauri (the footstep of God)- one of the most sacred ghats in India. People say that this ghat was built by Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. This ghat is also known as Brahmakund. Later witness Aarti of the Holy River Ganges. Aarti is the beautiful ceremony in which deeyas (the oil lamps) are offered to God. Aarti can be done to a deity in the temple or it can be done to a saint. It is performed to God, in any manifestation, any form, by any name. The essence of the aarti ceremony is a time when we say "thank you," and we offer the light of our thanks, the light of our love and the light of our devotion. We realize that the small deeya is nothing compared to the divine light which shines on us all day. Night stay in Haridwar.
 
Day 17 : Haridwar - Rishikesh
On arrival at Rishikesh 'place of sages', at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga. It is believed that God by the name of 'Hrishikesh' had appeared as an answer to the hard penances by Rabhiya Rishi and henceforth the place derived its name. It is the starting point for the Char dham pilgrims but also for the people who are interested in meditation, yoga and other aspects of Hinduism.

In Rishikesh visit Laxman Jhula- a hanging bridge on the river Ganga is one of the most famous spot in Rishikesh. According to Indian mythology, Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Rama crossed the Ganga with the help of hanging bridge made of Jute. The bridge offers a scenic view of the river Ganga as it tumbles down to Haridwar. Also visit Bharat Mandir - the oldest temple in Rishikesh, near the Triveni Ghat. This temple is dedicated to Bharat. Back to hotel, Overnight stay.
 
Day 18 : Rishikesh - Delhi Dept.
After breakfast drive to Delhi & transfer to airport to board the Flight for onward destination.
 
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