Indian Culture and Tradition Tour

Tour Duration : 17 Days / 16 Nights
Tour Destinations : Delhi - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Udaipur - Chittorgarh - Bijay Nagar - Jaipur - Agra - Varanasi

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Delhi airport in Morning, our representative will meet you to pick you up and transfer to your hotel.
Later on proceed to visit the New Delhi. The Qutub Minar, tallest stone tower in India, imposing India Gate and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Lotus Temple and, newly built Akshardham temple are of much significance. Evening at Leisure. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi – Jodhpur (By Flight)

After Breakfast, check out the hotel and transfer to Airport to catch flight to Jodhpur. Arrive in Afternoon and proceed for city sightseeing tour of Jodhpur.
Jodhpur - the stronghold of the fierce Rathoreclan, was founded in 1459 by Prince Jodha. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill. Within the fort, visit MotiMahal and PhoolMahal. Also visit JaswantThada, an imposing marble cenotaph, built in memory of Maharaja Jaswantsingh II around 1899 and Umaid Public gardens.
Night stay in Jodhpur.

Day 03 : Jodhpur – Jaisalmer (Distance: 285 Kms / 6 Hours)

Morning after breakfast drive to Jaisalmer - induces a dramatic picture of utter magic and brilliance of the desert. The hostile terrain notwithstanding the warmth and color of people is simply over whelming. One of the main draws is the daunting 12th century Jaisalmer Fort and beautiful havelis which were built by wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer are yet another interesting aspect of the you can let your eyes caress the sloppy sand dunes while you ramble your way in a camel safari. Bhatti Rajput ruler RawalJaisal, after whom the city finds its name, founded Jaisalmer in 1156. The drive passes by dry vegetation, with villages of colorfully dressed people. Plenty of camels and camel carts, sheep and goats pass you by. On arrival in Jaisalmer, check in the Hotel. Rest the day is free at leisure. Night stay in Jaisalmer.

Day 04 : Jaisalmer

After breakfast at the hotel, take a day tour of Jaisalmer city. In the evening, proceed to view a magnificent sunset in the endless sand dunes of Jaisalmer. Follow it up with a camel ride. In the heart of Thar Desert, the Sam Sand Dunes is an intricately molded wonderland of burnished sandstone. After an excursion on the dunes, return to your hotel and spend the night.

Day 05 : Jaisalmer – Rohet Garh (Distance: 272 Kms / 6 Hours)

After finishing the breakfast, we will drive towards Rohet, which is among one of the fortified villages of the Rajasthan. It is popular for vibrant village safaris which make the tourists familiar with the captivating local traditions & culture. Rohet was a sort of desert home for the Successors of the Champawat clan of Rajputs during 16th century. This heritage village is established by those men who performed some heroic deeds. Experiencing Rajput hospitality is truly an unforgettable experience for tourists. Bishnois is among one of the famous communities of Rajasthan & they are among the world’s first ecologists who lend their valuable contribution in saving few of the rare species like black buck antelope. Other communities, which tourist will come across during their Rajasthan tour includesMarwar’s semi nomadic Raika shepherds; the Paliwals (famed farmer) and Meghwals (weaver communities). Post Lunch, the ride will continue to Rohet& then you will retire to camp or the hotel room for the night.

Day 06 : Rohet Garh – Ranakpur - Udaipur (Distance: 250 Kms / 6 Hours)

Following breakfast we ride out to UdaipurEnroute we visit Ranakpur.TheRanakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch RanaKumbha in the 15th century. The basement is of 48, 000 sq. feet area that covers the whole complex. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved with no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kg whose sound echoes in the entire complex. The main temple is of Chaumukh or four-faces temple dedicated to Adinath. From here we continue our drive to Udaipur. Upon arrival, check into hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07 : Udaipur

After breakfast, we proceed on a tour of this "Lake City". Udaipur is a cool oasis in the dry heart of Rajasthan. It is probably the most romantic city in a state where every city has some romantic or exotic tale to tell. The huge city palace towering over the Lake Pichola is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Though it is a conglomeration of buildings built by successive rulers, it manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design and affords very fine view of the lake and the city from the upper terraces. The Jagadish temple next to the city palace enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu and his vehicle- a mighty bird called garuda - in a brass image. The temple is a very fine example of Indo-Aryan Art.

This afternoon we explore the bustling bylanes of Udaipur which have artisans practicing their traditional crafts handed down to them by their elders. Khari printers do decorative floral patterns in gold and silver on plain or printed fabric. Block printers print various designs and patterns in different colours with the help of wooden blocks. You’ll also find artisans carving furniture, making puppets and traditional wooden toys. Along with engraving and embossing on brass, silver, jewellery, copper and even pottery, Meenakari is a specialty of this region. Udaipur also specializes in stone carving, especially in marble and sandstone, with artisans working hard at chiseling their finest filigree work. Colour as usual plays an important role in the life of Udaipur as in Rajasthan. It is wonderfully evident in ghagharas (long flowing skirts), cholis (blouses), and odhnis (long scarves) of the women as well as the turbans of the men. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 08 : Udaipur – Chittorgarh (Distance: 115 Kms/ 2.5 Hours)

After breakfast, drive to Chittorgarh, arrive Chittorgarh and transfer to the hotel. Later on visitthe major attractions are theforts& its towers & temples like KalikamataTemple,VijayStambh - the victory tower, Kirtistambh - the tower of pride, and the PadminiMahal.Chittorgarh Fort has a historical importance & is known as the pride of Rajputs. The huge fort is located on the top of a 180m high Hill, it covers an area of 240 hectares. There are seven different gates between the road.VijayStambh,the nine storied tower ,known as Vijay Stambh or Victory Tower has a wonderful view of the city. It was built in 1440 by MaharanaKumbha when hed defeated Mohamed Khilji.KirtiStambh,the tower of fame is 22 m high & has 7 stories, it was built in 12th century by a very rich Jain businessman.The other interesting places are Padmini Palace, where Ala-ud-din saw the reflection of the beautiful queen Padmini.Kalika Mata Temple,built in 8th century for Sun, and now since 14th century it is dedicated to KalikaMata.Meerabai Temple where the famous MeeraBai worshiped Lord Krishana. Evening back to hotel.Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09 : Chittorgarh – Bijay Nagar (Distance: 126 Kms/ 2.5 Hours)

After breakfast, check out the hotel and drive to Bijaynagar. Bijaynagar is most famous for its wildlife preserve which is a home to the Great Indian Bustard. Evening for Leisure.Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10 : Bijay Nagar – Jaipur (Distance: 180 Kms/ 3.5 Hours)

After Breakfast, check out the hotel and drive to Jaipur. Reach Jaipur in afternoon and check into the hotel.

Day 11 : Jaipur

Morning visit Amber Fort. Amber Fort was the ancient capital of the State. Visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors. Afternoon tour of Jaipur. Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan was given a colour coat of pink a century ago in honour of a visiting Prince and ever since, it has retained this colour. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Visit Maharaja's City Palace, the Observatory & Ram Niwas Gardens. Drive past HawaMahal& through the pink rose residential & business areas. Overnight Jaipur.

Day 12 : Jaipur – Agra (Distance : 240 Kms / 5 Hours)

After Breakfast, check out the hotel and drive to Agra via visit of FatehpurSikri. Arrive Agra in evening. Evening free for Leisure and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13 : Agra – Varanasi (Overnight Train Journey)

Visit TajMahal on sunrise. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, visit Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) and Sikandra. Evening transfer to Railway station to catch train to Varanasi. Overnight journey by train.

Day 14 : Varanasi

Early morning boat ride on river Ganges followed by city tour of Varanasi. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast excursion to Sarnath, the buried Buddhist city where lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Evening witness Aarti ceremony on the banks of river Ganges.Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15 : Varanasi – Delhi (By Flight)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning is at leisure. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport to connect flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and check in the hotel. Later visit old Delhi. The Raj Ghat, Red fort &Jama Masjid are important places to visit, you may also visit ChandniChowk, spice market etc. Evening free for Leisure.Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 16 : Delhi

Day free for Leisure and Shopping.

Day 17 : Departs Delhi

Transfer to Delhi International airport to board flight to home country with sweet memories of India.

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