Splendours of Rajasthan & Gujarat
THE TOUR AT THE GLANCE
This tour has been designed to give you the best of Rajasthan and Gujrat. Both these states have a rich cultural Background. This tour takes you to colourful bazaars of rich arts and crafts and the vibrant culture of Rajasthan and Gujarat. They have millions of tales to tell. Full of Forts, Palaces, Temples, Step wells and Natural wonders a tour of Rajasthan and Gujrat will enrich your knowledge about India.
Starting from Delhi this tour will take you to all the major attractions of Rajasthan and Gujrat. You will be visiting the desert cities of Bikaner and Jaisalmer. The Blue City of Jodhpur and the lake city of Udaipur. You will also enjoy the pleasantness of the Aravelli hills and their village of artisans which are reminiscent of a bygone era. Rajasthan is an explosion of colours. Gujarat, the land of Mahatma Gandhi, is a State less travelled by visitors. It has a wealth of experiences on offer. From indigenous tribes to first-class art and craft, Jain temples, forest reserves with endemic species and cities from the most ancient civilizations of the world.
EXPERIENCES AND VISITS IN THIS TOUR JOURNEY
- Walk thru / Cycle Rickshaw Asia’s largest Spice Market and explore narrow lane in Old Delhi
- Explore the magnificence of the Pink City and make the most of your elephant ride which takes you to the top of Amber Palace in Jaipur
- Uncover vibrant Rajasthan, from the royal history of Jaipur.
- Ride up to Amber Fort on a caparisoned, by elephant.
- A wonderful tour of northern India’s ‘Golden Triangle’ and Open Art Gallery Mandawa.
- Take a tour of the majestic Junagarh Fort
- Experience a camel ride through the golden sands, take an exhilarating Jeep safari over the dunes,
- Explore the palatial mansions and the stunning beauty of Jaisalmer Fort
- Check Out the Clock Tower and Old City Markets in Jodhpur
- Visit Jaswant Thada, a 19th century cenotaph.
- Discover the amazing beauty of the ‘Lake City’ of Udaipur and its many royal palaces
- Take a sunrise Heritage Walk to see Ahmedabad's most impressive sites
- See enchanting Queen’s stepwell in Patan
- Interact with different communities
- Drive through a salt marsh in a jeep while looking for endangered species in Dasada
- Spend two days touring various villages near Bhuj and meet natives
- Glimpses of the Royal walk of Lion at Sasangir National Park.
- The Shiva Temple of Somnath.
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Delhi is one of India's most colourful and exciting metropolises, where the old and new cities exist harmoniously together.Upon arrival into Delhi, you will be met by our representatives who will transfer you to your hotel for check in.
Morning your tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. He is also famously known as the “father of the nation”. Continue your tour to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet. Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi peddling through the narrow by lanes of Chandani Chowk and visit spices market is one of the largest wholesale spice markets in Asia, It is well worth a visit for the intensity of its sights and smells alone. Along with fresh spices of all shapes, sizes, and colors, this market sells myriad nuts, herbs, dry fruits, and grains.
In the afternoon visit the Qutb Minar complex which dominates the historic site where Qutb-ud-Din-Aibak laid the foundation of Delhi Sultanate. Its sandstone minaret, 72.5 m high, has a staircase of 379 steps to reach the summit. It is the tallest stone tower in India and one of the most successful Muslim buildings. You will then discover the Humayun Mausoleum, the 2nd Mughal emperor. Built in the middle of the 16th century at the request of Hamida Banu Begum (the widow of Emperor Humayun), the mausoleum is a fine example of early Mughal architecture.
Drive past British Architect by Edward Lutyens, with the task of building the new capital in Delhi. Lutyen’s Delhi primarily consists of the administrative area of the capital, India Gate and the Viceroy’s House (which is now known as Rashtrapati Bhawan). A visit to Delhi is incomplete without going to Lutyen’s Delhi which one can say, is the place where the Central Government of India currently resides and works from.
Today, travel by surface to Jaipur. - . Adorned with pink sandstone palaces, majestic forts and verdant green gardens against a scenic backdrop of the Aravalli hills, Jaipur represents the charm of India’s rich past and the sophistication of a flourishing metropolis. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II founded the city in 1727, when he decided to shift his capital from Amer. A renowned architect, astronomer, and avid scientist, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II built his capital with geometric precision and made Jaipur one of the most well-planned cities in India. Upon arrival in Jaipur, transfer to hotel.
Then embark on your Cycle Rickshaw ride- This tour is planned to offer you an insight on the socio economic aspects of the city. Every lane in the walled city has something interesting to offer and the relaxed Rickshaw ride is the best way to explore the city like the locals do.
Morning proceed for the sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting Amber Fort with Elephant Ride.
Visit the city of Amber and its fort. Erected on a vast hill, the citadel and its fort were intended to protect the ancient capital of the state of Jaipur. You will get there on the back of an elephant, then you will come back in a jeep. You will be able to visit the various rooms, the inner courtyards, the rooms of public hearings, the Mughal gardens with its star-shaped flower beds. In addition, Amber Fort offers panoramic views of Lake Maota. On the way back you will stop at the Hawa Mahal - the famous and magnificent Palace of the Winds.
Later, proceed to visit City Palace is one of the major landmarks in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. In the Palace complex visit Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. Visit to Observatory or Jantar Mantar. It is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century.Whose passion for science, engineering, and astronomy prompted him to construct this complex of fourteen scientific instruments. It’s been over 200 years since they were first constructed, these fourteen structures can still accurately measure time; predict eclipses, and track stars and planets in their orbits.
Today, travel by road to Mandawa, on arrival check in at hotel.
In the afternoon enjoy a walking tour of Mandawa, dominated by a painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows. Experience the walk in village and see the frescoe paintings in various havelis (mansions) such as Chokhani, Ladia Haveli etc.
Today, travel by road to Bikaner, on arrival check in at hotel.
In the afternoon, you will visit Junagarh Fort,Built in 1593 A.D. by Raja Rai Singh. The fort made in red sandstone and marble, make a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, kiosks and windows dotted all over the structure.Bhandasar Jain Temple,Beautiful 16th century A.D. Jain temple dedicated to the 13rd Trirthankra. An enormous archway leads to the Jormal temple in a spacious courtyard. Take a tuk-tuk ride through the picturesque bazaar then walk through the old town to explore its narrow streets and take the opportunity to visit some ancient havelis
Today, travel by road to Jaisalmer, on the way pass camel carts, vibrant and colorful Rajasthani women carrying produce to the market and men sporting brightly colored turbans. On the way, you have lunch (on own)in the splendid fortress of Pokharan and you will have time to explore the place. Upon arrival check in at hotel.
Later visit to Pansari Bazaar, one of the oldest street markets in Jaisalmer. Whether you’re looking for puppets or a variety of local souvenirs, Pansari Bazaar has it all. Sadar Bazaar is the place for any travelling shopaholic to get their fix. Our guide will ensure you get to explore these historic markets without having to deal with the hassle of insistent salesmen.
Today, you will visit Jaisalmer city almost 900 years old, Jaisalmer was a major post on the trade route across the forbidding Thar Desert, and still today, one's first glimpse of the honey colored walls of the fort, rising out of the hot and barren desert is magical, untouched by time, Jaisalmer, with its golden crenellated walls and narrow streets lined with exquisite havelis, has a medieval ambience. The havelis in both the fort and the town are exceptional. Similar in style to the homes of Venetian merchants, Patwon ki Haveli, Nathmalji ki Haveli the mansions of wealthy traders. The houses are decorated with beautifully carved facades, jali screens and oriel windows, each with an inner courtyard surrounded by richly decorated apartments.
Later in the afternoon excursion Sam Desert: Located 45 kms west of Jaisalmer, are the proper sand dunes and popular with camel safaris, this Jaisalmer's nearest real Sahara like desert, the ripples on the wind caressed dunes create enchanting images - a photograph's delight. Camel Ride on Sam Desert at sunset.
Today, drive to Jodhpur, Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan and a major tourist attraction in the country. The city is known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the "Blue City" due to the vivid blue-painted houses around.
In the afternoon, you will visit Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and Clock Tower. As Rajasthan’s largest fort, Mehrangarh forms a looming presence over Jodhpur with walls that soar 120 meters (400 feet) high above the surrounding cityscape. There are several palaces inside the fort. The fort looks magnificent from the city and if you go inside the fort, the fort reciprocates the favour: the city looks unbelievably wonderful from the fort. Jaswant Thada is situated on the left side of Fort Mehrangarh, in fact between the fort and the city. Well maintained gardens welcome you inside the compound and provide a great base to sit back and reflect on what you’ve seen and experienced.
Later you will walk in Clock Tower bazaar built by Maharaja Sardar Singh (1880-1911) from whom the market takes it name. In fact, the tower dominates the entire scenario.
After breakfast, drive to Udaipur. En route visit the famous Jain Temple of Ranakpur (Temples opens from 1200 to 1600 hrs for the public daily. Ranakpur is widely known for its marble Jain temple, said to be the most spectacular of the Jain temples light colored marble has been used for the construction of this grand temple. Upon arrival, check in at hotel.
Afternoon you will free / walk in local bazaar.
Today, you will visit the city of Udaipur with its lakes and palaces, cradled in the hills of the Aravalli range is a very romantic city. The name itself "The City of sunrise" evokes a sense of romance. We first visit the City Palace - the focal point of the city and has several areas of interest like the Suraj Gokhada, Badi Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Mor Chowk (the peacock courtyard), and the Zenana Mahal. Next we visit the Jagdish Temple, located close to the Palace with its imposing sculpted figures and heavily ornamented interiors. Finally, stop by to visit Sahelion ki bari Gardens or the ‘Garden of maids’; built under the express guidance of Maharana Sangram Singh II, it is believed that the garden was constructed for 48 maids who accompanied the Maharana's wife as dowry.
This evening, we take a boat ride at Lake Pichola, 4-Km long and 3-Km broad, surrounded by splendid hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. Visit the island palace, Jag Mandir that is beautifully set in the lake.
Today, drive to Ahmedabad, arrive and check in at Hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Early birds, rejoice! Before breakfast this morning, you'll have the option to join a Heritage Walk (2-3 hours) to see some of Ahmedabad's best culture and heritage sites. The walk starts from the Swaminarayan Temple and passes by numerous aspects of the old city before concluding at the well-known 15th century Jama Masjid. The walk was initiated more than one and a half decades ago and is now being replicated in several other Indian cities and towns,
in the afternoon visit Ahmedabad city -Sabarmati Ashram : On a quiet stretch of the Sabarmati river is the Gandhi Ashram set up in 1917. During the lifetime of Mahatma Gandhi it was known as Satyagraha Ashram and was the center of India's freedom movement. It was from here, in 1930, that the Mahatma began his famous "Dandi March" to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. 'Hridaya Kunj', the simple cottage where he lived, is preserved as a National Monument. Hatheesing Jain Temple, Built of pure white marble, it has a paved courtyard surrounded by an imposing row of cloisters containing 52 shrines, each with an image of a tirthankara, It was designed by Premchand Salat and is dedicated to Dharmanath, the fifteenth Jina or Jain apostle. It was built at a cost of Rs 10 Lakhs, a sum unimaginable in those days. The Sidi Saiyad Mosque was built by an Abyssinian who rose from the ranks of a slave to the post of a Governor in the 15th century. This mosque is famous for its exquisite windows of pierced stone, worked in a design of a tree with palm leaves and curving tendrils.
Today, you'll depart for Dasada , with some stops along the way starting with Patan on the banks of the Sarasvati River to see the Rani-ki-Vav statue. Notice the master craftsmanship as well as the construction of step-wells in Maru-Gurjara style, hence its complex technique and great beauty in the details of the proportions.
If time permits, you will stop at Modhera to see the Sun Temple. Like the Sun Temple at Konark in Orissa, this temple was also designed to let the dawn light rise on the image of Surya at the time of the equinoxes.
After seeing the temple, resume the trip to Dasada where you'll check-in and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Today, you'll take a morning jeep ride in search of the indigenous Indian wild ass (or khur)—one of the most endangered species in the world—located in a salt marsh called Little Rann of Kutch. The plains also provide a haven for endangered Indian wolves, as well as desert cats, striped hyenas, and birds of prey.
Later in the afternoon, you'll visit some nearby villages, inhabited by a number of interesting communities. The women here are experts in embroidery and you can watch them at work. They tend to use herringbone stitches interspersed with small mirrors along with occasional chain stitches for peacocks and other motifs.
In the afternoon, you'll return to Dasada for the evening.
Today, drive to Bhuj, Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel and then explore the city at your own pace, specifically its network of narrow, busy streets in the old town.The name Bhuj is derived from the Bhujia Fortress, located on a nearby hill with excellent views of the city. A local ruler Maharoa Hamir founded this city in 1510 and it was declared the capital in 1549 during the rule of Rao Khengarji I. During British rule, the city was an independent part of the Princely States; after independence, it became a part of India.
Bhuj is also known for its quality textiles and there are many shops to browse through. Here you'll find different forms of handicraft including embroidery, block-printing, and tye-dye.
Today, after breakfast, you'll begin a day-trip to visit a group of villages near Bhuj where you'll meet natives and learn about their culture.
Banni: In the area of Banni in Kutch, the Meghwal-Harijans who emigrated from Rajasthan use Kambira, Kharek, and Kudi Stitches in their embroidery. Also, the satin dot outline and embroidery of the area—and the very tiny mirror designs—are similar to the famous Mutwa embroidery of the region. You'll find wall hangings, vests, and wallets in Kharek Stitch, and beading on portable fans, bracelets, toys, and belts.
Hodka: The name Hodka derives from the Gujarati word 'Hodi' which means 'boat'. Since then, the villages here are called jheels, where drinking water is available. Hodka is as famous for its beautiful embroidery and mud work as it is for its leather. Men and women actively participate in the development of the artistic and craft tradition of the region.
Ludiya Village: Harijans and Muslims are the main communities of this village and their main occupations include monsoon culture, cattle rearing, wood carving, embroidery, and mud and wall painting for home decoration. (Harijan men are involved in wood carving; women in embroidery and wall decoration).
Dhordo Village: This is the best place to see the beautiful traditional mud houses (Bhungas) and fine Mutwa embroidery using small mirrors.
In the evening, return to your hotel in Bhuj.
Today, you'll have an entire day to learn more about Bhuj, city tour includes the following visits:
Aina Mahal: This ornate palace was constructed by Rao Lakhpatji, a great patron of art, architecture, music, and literature. Aina Mahal is a unique example of an Indian palace built in the mid-eighteenth century with a European influence.
Prag Mahal: Conveniently located next to the Aina Mahal is the Prag Mahal, a 19th-century palace. It was Rao Pragmalji II who appointed the famous architect, Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins, to design it. Constructed in Italian Gothic style—using various types of stones available in the Kutch region—the palace has spacious rooms, wide verandahs, and a lofty bell tower. This is a fine example of Indian craftsmanship combined with European architectural design.
Later drive to Rajkot, stop to visit a center of traditional weaving of wool yarn.Arrive and check in at Hotel
Today morning visit Watson Museum- The museum houses many artifacts from the Jadeja Rajput Dynasty of Rajkot. The museum preserves the rich culture and heritage of Rajkot, and has a library too. Students get additional discounts.
Continue drive to Sasan Gir , enroute visit Gondal City: visits Naulakha Palace is a festival of stone carvings with exquisite jharokhas (balconies), a fabulous pillared courtyard, delicately carved arches, and a unique spiral staircase. Orchard Palace is a wing of the Huzoor Palace (the present royal residence) where the ruling family of Gondal entertained personal guests including relatives from other princely states of Gujarat. The room of miniatures is a splendid sitting room with a collection of miniature paintings, brass, and antique furniture. The Royal Garages have an extensive collection of vintage and classic cars. Arrive Sasan Gir and check in at Hotel
In the morning and safari in Gir National Park, home to the very rare species of the Asiaticlion. Free time to relax. Afternoon drive to Somnath to visit the Hindu Temple, an important pilgrimage site for devotees of Lord Shiva.
Today, morning drive to Rajkot airport to board flight for Mumbai.
Upon arrival, meet our representative and connect your international flight back home.
End Of Tour
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN YOUR TOUR COST
Accommodation for total 20 nights on sharing twin / double room .
Meals : As per program mentioned
Transfers, sightseeing/excursions as per the program by air-conditioned Vehicle.
English speaking Local guide as per program.
All entrance fees to the monuments as mentioned in the program.
Cycle rickshaw ride in the local bazaar in Delhi & Jaipur.
Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur.
Camel ride on Desert in Jaisalmer.
Enjoy an evening boat ride across Lake Pichola in Udaipur
Heritage walk in Ahmedabad
Jeep safari at Sasan Gir Forest and Dasada
Drive through a salt marsh in a jeep while looking for endangered species in little Rann of Kutch
Tribal village permission in Bhuj
Company representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
All presently applicable taxes including the GST charges levied recently by the Government.
Two bottles of mineral water each day during sightseeing.
TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE FOLLOWING EXPENSES
- International / Domestic Airfare / Departure taxes
- Visa fees
- Any new admission fees / taxes / fuel surcharges
- Meals not mentioned
- All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, trip cancellation and personal insurance
- Early check-in/late check-out (except as noted)
- Camera/video fees at monuments
- Excess baggage fees
- Communication costs
- Any additional expenses due to unforeseen problems like natural disaster, war or strikes, cancellation or
- misconnection of flights or last-minute change of timings etc.
- Any other items not specified
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