June 15, 2021

India. Hidden treasures of Rajasthan

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You will be able to visit the practically still virgin areas of Nawalgarh, up to the great frescoes in Havelis. You will know Delhi, the current seat of the government, which represents the union of the rich cultures of India. You will see Jaipur, the capital of the royal state of Rajasthan, and a famous trade centre. Finally, you can visit the enchanting Taj Mahal, a monument dedicated to eternal love. An indelible memory of your trip to India will remain with you.

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi and transfer to the hotel

Welcome to Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by one of our representatives. 

Symbol of rich past and thriving present, Delhi is a city where ancient and modern perfectly blend together. In the afternoon you can enjoy a tour of old Delhi during which you will visit the great Red Fort built in sandstone by Shah Jahan on the banks of the Yamuna river. You can also see Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India that was built between 1644-1658 during the reign of Shahjahan. The mosque, which measures 65m by 35m, is the largest religious construction in Islam and can accommodate up to 20,000 devotees. You will also visit “Qutub Minar” – the victory tower commissioned by the Sultan of Delhi Qutub-ud-Din-Aibak, in 1199AD,

Day 2: The famous frescoes and stately homes of Nawalgarh

Departure for Nawalgarh. Nawalgarh, regarded as the flower of Rajasthan, is one of the largest and busiest cities in Shekhawati and was founded in 1737. A modern town in the Shekhawati clan, its popular attractions include numerous forts and palaces, some of which have remained of the ruins. Poddar Haveli, Bala Qila, Aath Haveli and Morarka Haveli are must see in this city. 

Day 3: Bikaner, between camels and pink sandstone

Travelling to Bikaner. Bikaner was one of the three great desert kingdoms of Rajasthan and like them, it prospered thanks to its strategic position on the caravan route, which headed towards Central Asia and China. Bikaner has much to offer visitors, with its historic centre surrounded by walls and where camels stroll among the colourful stalls; Here you can also visit numerous temples and palaces, and the magnificent Junagarh Fort, perhaps the best preserved of all the fortifications in Rajasthan. The palace of Lalgarh, outside the city walls, is an extraordinary extravagance, rich in carved friezes, prisons, pillars and arches, carved into the local pink sandstone. Overnight at the Udai Niwas hotel. 

Day 4: Visit the temple of rats, Nagaur Fort and Sri Krishna Goshala

Departure for Salawas. During the journey, we will visit the rat temple in Deshnok, a small village in the Bikaner district of Rajasthan. This temple, a famous pilgrimage site, is known to be the temple where rats are considered sacred. Thousands of rodents can be seen throughout the temple and can be fed by devotees. These animals are locally called Kabas, and move without fear, even going so far as to walk on the feet of tourists. After the visit, you will have a royal lunch at Fort Ahichhatragarh, Nagaur. The small desert town, halfway between Jodhpur and Bikaner, is dominated by the 12th-century Ahichhatragarh fort. After the visit, Sri Krishna Goshala goes to Salawas. 

Day 5: The Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur, an architectural masterpiece 

After an energetic breakfast, we set off for Jodhpur, known as “The Sun City” due to its bright and sunny climate all year round. This city is also called “The Blue City” because of the blue-painted houses around the Fort of Mehrangarh. Mehrangarh is one of India’s largest fortifications: enclosed within imposing deep walls and situated at an altitude of 120 meters at the top of the city, it gives the viewer a clear idea of ​​why this fort was considered one of the most impenetrable in India. Later visit the Umaid Bhavan Palace, a palace with carved balconies, open terraces, flowered courtyards and comfortable rooms with antique furniture, located in the middle of 26 hectares of lush gardens.

Day 6: Whiet – the marble temple with 1444 pillars

Travelling to Ranakpur. This village is located in a valley on the west side of the Aravalli hills. The Adinath temple is one of the five great holy places of the Jain faith. The large scale and architectural complexity of the white marble temple distinguish it as the most striking example of the architecture of western Indian temples. 

Day 7: Rajasthan’s largest palace: the City Palace of Udaipur

Departure to Chittorgarh via Udaipur. Udaipur is surrounded by orange groves and poppy fields and is dominated by a 19th-century fort, home of the princes of Jhalawar. We are going to visit the city palace and the Jag Mandir. The city palace of Udaipur is a fascinating combination of Rajput military architecture and mogul-style decorative techniques. Its rigid facade, typical of fortresses, is topped by a profusion of pretty balconies, domes and turrets, and was described by a writer as a large cake covered with fabulous icing. 

Day 8: The Sacred Fort of Chittorgarh is the city of graded wells

In the morning we would explore the great and strong Chittorgarh battle that represents honour, romanticism and chivalry which are fundamental values ​​in the myths and legends of Rajput. At the top of a steep 180 m high hill, the palaces of Chittorgarh, its temples and ruined towers bear witness to the city’s illustrious and turbulent past, when it was the capital of the rulers of Sisodia of Mewar, between the 12th and 16th centuries. century. After that, we will start travelling to Bundi, where we will visit the Taragarh, a fort built in the 16th century. It is included among the most famous in Rajasthan for its intricate structures and a very famous painting gallery. Hence the Bundi style of wall painting. The Badal Mahal located within this fort is covered with wonderful paintings.

Day 9: Departure for the great capital of Rajasthan: the pink city

Departure for Jaipur, a maze of fascinating bazaars, opulent palaces and historical sites. Jaipur is often called “Pink City” because its imposing buildings are washed in this colour. In the evening you can have fun taking a rickshaw ride around the old town with its colourful shops, half-timbered windows, pink streets where men and women walk wearing traditional clothes. You will also have the opportunity to attend a cooking demonstration and taste the dishes prepared. Overnight at the Umaid Bhavan hotel. 

Day 10: The discovery of the royal buildings of Rajput architecture 

Start your day with Fort Amber, known for its artistic style, which mixes Hindu and Rajput elements. With its great ramparts and the majestic series of gates on the cobbled paths, the fort overlooks Lake Maota. After the visit to the fort, we will visit the city palace, the Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. Overall the city is a mix of Rajput and Mughal architecture, with open and airy mogul-style public buildings leading to private apartments. Overnight at Hotel Umaid Bhavan. 

Day 11: Visit the Chand Baori stairwell and Keoladeo National Park 

The Chand Baori is a stairwell built over a thousand years ago during the 8th and 9th centuries in the Abhaneri village of Rajasthan. Its 3,500 narrow steps arranged in perfect symmetry descend to the bottom of the well for 20m. After a visit to this unique place, you will go to the Keoladeo national park for birdwatching in the bird reserve. 

Day 12: The famous Fatehpur Sikri 

Travelling to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri. A perfectly preserved royal city, Fatehpur Sikri offers a wonderful escape into the past. Akbar undertook the construction of this new capital when the prophecy of the birth of a male heir was fulfilled. Imposing entrances and bright palaces were built of red sandstone in this fortified city, which was abandoned a few years after construction. Evening visit to Agra Fort, the massive building inside which reflects an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Asian architectural style. 

Day 13: A stone poem – the Taj Mahal

This morning you will explore a dream in white marble, the Taj Mahal. It took 22 years and the work of 20,000 men for its realization. His white marble was extracted 200 miles away and transported to the site by a herd of 1,000 elephants. The home of the Taj Mahal and the beauty of the building exceeds every image. After this visit continues to the Delhi airport hotel. 

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