Incredible Rajasthan Gujarat Tour

Duration : 15 Night / 15 Days


Arrive Rajkot by flight. Meeting and assistance upon arrival and straight drive to Gondal (40 kms, 1 hrs). On arrival, check in at hotel. Cultural performance followed by dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Morning visit the Vintage car collection of the Maharaja of Gondal, close to where you will be staying. Also, visit 500 years old Palace, temple. Early lunch at hotel and then check out. Drive to Bhavnagar (5 hrs). On arrival, check in at hotel for an overnight stay.

Early morning drive to Ahmedabad (250 kms / 5 hrs) via Palitana (56 km from Bhavnagar). Palitana lies at the foot of the Shatrunjaya Hill, with the Shatrunjaya River flowing to its South. The sacred hill rises in a crescendo of magnificent temple, 863 in all, that soar in marble splendor of its top. Only the Gods live on this holy hilltop city for, after sundown, none may stay here, not even the priests who wend their way down the hill and leave the resplendent pinnacle to the gods. The temples were built over an impressive span of 900 years, with each generation of pilgrims making its contribution to the shrines of Shatrunjaya. Lunch at Vijay Vilas Palace near Palitana. Continue drive to Ahmedabad. On arrival, check in for an overnight stay at the hotel.

Morning city sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad. Jumma Masjid : Built in yellow sandstone, this Friday Mosque, is a best combination of Muslim & Hindu architectural style. It is famous for its picturesque porticoes standing on 260 pillars that support 15 domes at varying elevations. Sidi Sayed Mosque : A part of the wall in the old citadel of the mosque built by Sidi Sayed, a slave of Ahmed Shah in 1572-73, is renowned the world over for its exquisite stone window tracery - a superb & peerless example of delicate carving that transforms stone into filigree. Calcico Museum: The museum and the Gallaries are open on all days of the week, except Wednesdays and public holidays. However, visits to the Museum and the Galleries shall be limited to the hours given below. Rights of admission to the Museum and the Galleries are reserved by the Management.

GUIDED MUSEUM TOUR - MORNING: 10:30 am TO 12:30 pm (NO ENTRY AFTER 11:00 am) Dinner and overnight at hotel.

After breakfast drive to Mount Abu via Modhera, Patan, Sidhpur and Ambaji sightseeing. Modhera: The sun temple at Modhera is one of the two Sun Temples in the world - the other being at Konarak. Built in 1026 AD, Modhera, in north-western Gujarat, 119 km from Ahmedabad, is located on a high mound, on the left bank of the river Pushpawati. The Sun Temple is an exemplary model of art and architecture of the 11th century - a style that was to influence the development of temple architecture in neighboring regions. Patan: Home of the famous patola silk saris, Patan is a beautiful old town with Jain temples and carved wooden houses. Rani ki vav (step well) is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. The exclusively carved side walls, pillars, beams, series of steps & platforms lead to the elaborately carved water well. Every surface is adorned with finely chiselled sculptures of maidens & Hindu deities, religious motifs & geometrical patterns. Sidhpur: Sidhpur is a sacred town, around 103 km north of Ahmedabad. It is situated on the left bank of the River Saraswati, around 24 kms upstream of Anhilwad Patan, the old capital of Gujarat. The town is a revered destination, flanked by temples, kunds, ashrams and other sacred structures. The town also holds importance for the Bohra Muslims, an affluent Muslim community spread all over the world. They have contributed significantly to the development of Sidhpur. Their old Havelis and mansions, some over 100 years old have a markedly European flavor and a walk through the 'Bohra Vad' is like a stroll through an England. Ambaji: 94 km from Ahmedabad is one of the major Shakti-piths of India, situated in the Arasur hills. The Ambaji Temple contains no idol, but an inscribed Yantra in the niche. Ambaji is essentially a temple town-with a temple dedicated to Goddess Ambaji at the center. Continue drive to Mount Abu. On arrival, check in check in at Hotel for an overnight stay.

After breakfast sightseeing of Mount Abu. Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan nestling in picturesque Aravali Mountains. Entire hill side in Mount Abu is covered by the mango, bamboo, eucalyptus, date-palm, silk, cotton and lime trees. Visit Dilwara Jain Temples. One of the finest Jain temples & many even consider them architecturally superior to the Taj Mahal. Built between 11th & 13th century, the most outstanding feature are its exquisite carvings in marble. The two temples Vimala Vasahi & Luna Vasahi are singled out by experts as superb examples of architecture. Drive to Udaipur via Pindwara(about 70 km from Mt. Abu) sightseeing. The place is located in midst of many tribal villages. The town is famous for its marble carving works. Arrive Udaipur for an overnight stay.

Today, after breakfast visit Udaipur, also known as the city of sunrise. During a guided tour you will visit the following:

City Palace: Built in 1725, one of the largest, most beautiful palaces in the state of Rajasthan, the grand City Palace is actually a conglomerate of eleven palaces overlooking the sprawling Lake Pichola. It is now a museum, royal residence and a luxury hotel. This intricately designed monument is an architectural wonder in granite and marble. Jagdish Temple: It was built in 1651 by Maharaja Jagat Singh. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the centre of the old city. The temple has a black marble image of Lord Vishnu, which is unusual for the northern part of the country, where statues of Gods are normally in marble. Fateh Sagar originally built in 1678 by Maharana Jai Singh, Fateh Sagar was rebuilt by Maharana Fateh Singh after the rains destroyed the dam. In the middle of the lake is Nehru Park, the garden island. In the evening you will enjoy a leisurely boat ride on Lake Pichola (Subject to water level in the lake). With its main attractions being the two palaces on the islands in the lake,Jagniwas and Jagmandir, Lake Pichola is about 4 km in length and 3 km wide. Jagniwas was earlier the summer retreat of the prince of Mewar and now a five-star hotel. The city palace extends along the eastern shore of the lake and you can go for a boat ride from Bansi Ghat. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.

After breakfast drive to Rohetgarh / Luni enroute sightseeing of Ranakpur Jain temple. Ranakpur, about 90 km from Udaipur, is the largest Jain temple complex in India and dates to the 15th century. The main temple is dedicated to Adinath, the first Tirthankars. Intricate carvings detail mythological figures, patterns and motifs on the walls, pillars and domes there are 1444 ornately carved marble pillars in the complex and none of them are similar. The beautiful lace-like interiors of the domes are a superb example of western Indian temple style. Surya temple and other Jain temples are side attractions.

NOTE: Temples open only at 1200 Hrs. Leather belts, footwear, bare legs and black clothing not allowed. Arrival check in at Hotel at Rohetgarh / Luni.
Later Jeep ride in Village. Overnight stay.

After break drive to Jodhpur 113 km. In Jodhpur visit Mehrangarh Fort. Considered one of India's best forts, this invincible stronghold of the Marwars sits on a steep hill lording over a wonderful view of its surroundings. It is a beautiful fort and undoubtedly, the jewel of Jodhpur. Intricate latticed windows, elaborately carved panels and elegantly curved porches speak of beauty and taste. No matter what part of the fort you are in, its ambience will leave you in awe and your senses reeling. Take in the sight high up on the rampart where the second largest cannon in Asia. Also visit Jaswant Thada - a white marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant II in 1899. After Jodhpur sightseeing, continue drive to Mirvana Nature Resort Sodakore, about 55 km before Jaisalmer. On arrival, check in at Hotel for overnight stay.

After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer - city of gilded magic. Throbbing in the heart of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is an intricately molded wonderland. See the fort built by Rawal Jaisal atop the 80 m high Trikuta hill, where a fourth of the population still lives. Within the fort are also beautifully carved Jain temples of the 12th to 15th centuries. After this visit Badal Vilas Palace, the former ruler's 20th century palace. Also visit some impressive merchant mansions (Havelis) including Patwon ki Haveli (1805), a five-storey building with carved pillars and murals, Salim Singh and Nathmalji ki Havelis. Later visit the Sam sand dunes and have a camel ride to view the sunset. Evening, return to Sodakore for an overnight stay.

After breakfast drive to Bikaner. On arrival check in at Hotel. After noon city sightseeing of Bikaner. This afternoon during your tour you will visit Camel Breeding Farms; Junagarh Fort, a formidable structure encircled by a moat and having some beautiful palaces within. Situated at a height of above seven hundred feet above sea level, it towers over the city and can be seen from a distance. The fort and its palaces are profusely decorated with magnificent stone carvings. 30 kms south of Bikaner is the village of Deshnoke, where the famous Karni Mata Temple is situated. The 600-year-old temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple plays host to thousands of rats that form the major attraction here. The rats are considered sacred and worshipped accordingly. You have to be very careful while entering the inner sanctum, because it is believed that if you accidentally step on a rat, a gold replica has to be made to compensate for the lost life. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

After breakfast drive to Jaipur for an overnight stay. Check in at Hotel. Followed by dinner with a presentation of Indian music and dance.

After breakfast, drive to the ancient capital of Amber, laying 11 km. away from Jaipur. Amber was the ancient capital of Kachhawaha dynasty for six centuries before it was moved to newly created Jaipur. Ascend to the Palace Fortress on the back of an Elephant. Enroute to Amber, visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), built in 1799 AD, it contains 953 small casements with each having its own balcony. The windows enabled cool air to circulate and the ladies to watch processions below without being seen. In the afternoon, visit the City Palace that is still the formal residence of the royal family, built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The museum of the City Palace contains the private collection of the Jaipur Maharajas. Continue to Jantar Mantar, a stone observatory, and the largest of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories. Its complex instruments reveal us the secrets of medieval Indian astronomy. In the evening, drive through the new city of Jaipur and visit 'Laxmi Narayan Mandir', a Hindu temple made out of white marble. You might have an opportunity here to observe a prayer ceremony.

DAY 15: JAIPUR - AGRA (240 KM)
After breakfast drive to Agra enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri. Deserted, red Sandstone City, built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its "ruins" are in pristine condition ... it's not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Buland Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world. Continue to Agra. Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. On arrival check in at hotel for an overnight stay.

DAY 16: AGRA - DELHI (205 KM )
After breakfast sightseeing of Agra. Start with sightseeing of the Agra Fort. It was built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. The construction of this massive structure began in 1565 under Akbar's reign and continued till the time of his grandson's reign, Shah Jahan who built the impressive imperial quarters and mosque. After the visit of Agra Fort, proceed to visit the most beautiful monument of India, the Taj Mahal, an enduring monument to love, with a continually fulfilling beauty. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-52, as a tomb and memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the Palace), who died at the age of 39 giving birth to her 14th child. Spend enough time at Taj Mahal to take this impressive memory home. After Lunch proceed to Delhi. ON ARRIVAL DINNER AND TRANSFER TO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO BOARD FLIGHT

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