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  South India Tours >>South India With Heritage Rajasthan

Duration: 20 Days Tour
Places Covered: Delhi - Shekhawati - Khimsar - Bikaner - Osian - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Deogarh - Jaipur - Bangalore - Sravanabelagola - Belure - Halabid -Hassan - Coorg -Mysore - Bangalore
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Day 1 : Arrival Delhi
Around Midnight arrival in Delhi. The cosmopolitan City and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. You are met by an representative and transferred to your Hotel.
 
Day 2 : Delhi
This morning is at leisure. Afternoon sightseeing in Old Delhi. We take a Riksha Ride parallel to the red fort through the old city and famous Silk Road and Silver Bazaar. Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes also the site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid and the great mosque of old Delhi.Today We also visit the famous "Humayun's Tomb" which is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India and "Kutab Minar” which is 71 meter high and was constructed in 1199.Before we proceed to the Hotel we have a drive through New Delhi where we see the India Gate. Overnight stay in hotel.
 
Day 3 : Delhi - Shekhawati [ 180 Km / 4 Hrs.]
In the morning we visit "Kutab Minar" which is 71 meter high and consists of five stories. In 1199 work began on this tower which was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the world. This tower was damaged twice and repaired in 1326 and 1368.After the sightseeing of Delhi we drive to Shekhawati region. Arrival in Shekhawati in the late evening.
 
Day 4 : Shekhawati - Khimsar
In the morning we visit the grand havellis of the Shekhawati area. Shekhawati is a region of NE of Rajasthan and is the homeland of marwaris. The marwaris form one of the most important merchant and business groups in India, they developed their business acumen on the trade routes between Delhi and the coast between India and Central Asia. Marwaris enjoyed protections by Maharajas and many of them built grand havellis.The hovels are mansions, elaborately and attractively decorated with a strong main entrance. The walls are often covered with murals, local legends and religious scenes from Hindu Mythology.In the after noon we arrive at Khimsar. Khimsar is famous for its Fort of 18th century which is now one of the best hotel in the country. This fort is well preserved like a royal manor and is spread over eleven acres of sprawaling lawns, orchard & open courtyard. After the check in and evening tea we proceed for a jeep safari in the dessert to Black Buck reserve.
 
Day 5 : Khimsar - Bikaner [ 200 Km / 4 Hrs.]
After the breakfast 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.
 
Day 6 : Bikaner - Osiyan - 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.Very often one can see along the road to Jaisalmer some of the antelopes of this region. Blackbuck and fast running chinkara are the most common among them.We have a stop enroute at a village to observe the traditional life of the villages in Rajasthan.We arrive in Jaisalmer in the late evening.
 
Day 7 : Jaisalmer
Sightseeing of the medieval city of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer's 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 8 : 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 the second largest city in Rajasthan. Jodhpur is also known as the blue city as most of the houses of the old city are painted blue. The old city is surrounded by a huge 10 km long wall which has 101 bastions and seven gates.Jodhpur lies on the once strategic Delhi-Gujrat trading route and the marwaris benefited from the passing traffic of opium, copper, silk which was traded to China. 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 9 : Jodhpur - Udaipur [ 270 Km / 6 Hrs.]
Today we drive to Udaipur. Enroute we will visit Ranakpur.Ranakpur is known for its superbly carved marble Jain Temples. An enormous basement of this temple covers 48,000 sq. feet. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls. The total number of columns is 1,444, all of which are intricately carved, no two being alike. The Ranakpur Jain Temples were built during the 15th century.We have a break in Ranakpur before proceeding further for Udaipur. Udaipur is called the romantic city of Rajasthan. A city built around shimmering, clear, blue water lakes which reflect the green hills of the Aravali ranges.
 
Day 10 : Udaipur
Today we visit Udaipur, also known as the city of sunrise.We start our sightseeing with the visit of Sahelion-Ki-Bari. This Garden of the Maids of Honour is well laid out with extensive lawns and shady walks. After the visit of Garden of Maids we visit a Museum of folk art. This museum has a rich collection of Folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments and paintings on display. After a break we proceed to city palace, the biggest Palace in India, where 4 generations of Maharajas added their contribution, is so carefully planned and integrated with the original buildings that it is difficult to believe that it was not conceived as a whole.The museum of the palace includes the beautiful peacock mosaic and miniature wall paintings of Indian mythology. Today we have an opportunity to visit a traditional painting school and see the famous miniature paintings done.In the evening we have a Boatride on the lake Pichola.The famous Lake Palace of Udaipur was the summer residence of the former rulers. The James bond Film Octopussy was shot here and made this palace more known in the west.
 
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