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Title: Sanskriti

Office no 73, Vasant Appts, Vasant Vihar, New
Delhi. 91 11 6146620 91 9810129536 tarun_at_sanskriti
Tour the indian way
Royal Rajasthan Experience
India is known to be a mini continent, variety
in diversity is the best word one can use. One
of the most colourful state in India, Rajasthan
is world-famous for the Rajput fortress, the
defensive castle, the composite haveli was home
to the Nobility where hospitality was a way of
After independence, things changed and with the
abolition of the privy purse in the late sixties,
the owners found it difficult to maintain their
rambling old properties. Quite often, the only
way left was to convert them into Heritage
Hotels. Initially the paractice was not
appreciated by some segments of the nobility who
frowned at the idea of opening up their homes to
casual visitors, however, with the passage of
time it became the norm. Each of these palaces
has a story to tell and has its own
characteristic flavour
The Journey Delhi Agra Jaipur Mandawa
Khimsar Jaisalmer Jodhpur Ranakpur
Kumbalgarh Udaipur Delhi
Day 1 - Arrive Delhi
Day 1 - Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi - meet transfer to hotel ROOMS
It is the capital of India. It was from here that
Hindu, Muslim, and Mughal dynasties, as well as
the British ruled. The modern treasures we will
see are the house of parliament, president's
house, Qutab Minar and India gate a memorial to
India's soldiers. We will also visit the Hindu
temple Birla Mandir and the fabulous red fort, a
fortified palace built by shah Jahan. the gateway
of the India, the bustling old city of Delhi with
its Mughal fort contrasts with Lutyens's spacious
and elegant new Delhi, a 20th-century capital for
the jewel in the crown of the British empire and
now the capital of the largest democracy in the
Good Quality Hotels Vasant Nikko
International Mariott Delhi Park Connaught
5 Deluxe Hotels Taj Mahal Taj Palace
Imperial Oberoi many more
Budget Hotels Kanishka Ashok Country
Resort Jukasso Inn other guest houses
Day 2 - Delhi to Agra
Morning Shatabdi Express, leaving at 0600 hours
arriving Agra at 0810 hours. You can even drive
to Agra, it is 204 Kms, 4 hours
journey. Afternoon, Red Fort built by three
generations of Mughal Emperors between 1565
and 1573. It housed both the residential
Palaces of the Royal family, and the military
quarters. Agra came to its own when Shahjahan
ascended to the throne of Mughal Empire. He
marked the zenith of Mughal architecture, when he
built the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife
Mumtaz Mahal

Hotels we suggest Jaypee Palace Trident
Mughal Sheraton Taj View Hotel Ganga Ratna
Day 3 - Agra to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri
Jaipur, (City of Victory) was founded in 1727 by
Maharaja Jai Singh II, a Kachhwaha Rajput, who
ruled from 1699-1744. Being a brainchild of the
maharaja, he took special interest in the
designing planning and execution works of Jaipur.
The city has been divided into nine blocks of
which two are kept for the City Palace Complex
and other state buildings, whereas the other
seven blocks were earmarked for the public. The
city was encircled by the city wall, which opened
at seven gates or darwazas. In 1728 maharaja jai
Singh II built the remarkable observatory, which
is still one of Jaipur's main attractions. Jaipur
is a planned city which is made all the more
attractive by the pink wash (known as Pink
City)that most buildings are periodically given.
Morning Drive To Fatehpur Sikri (45 Kms) now
deserted city but which during its brief span
exceeded London in both grandeur population.
This magnificent fortifield ghost city was the
capital of the Mughal emperor Akbar between 1571
and 1585. The downfall of this once magnificent
capital of the Mughals started with the rise of
the Jats when Emperor Aurangazeb left this place
never to return again. The city is rectangular in
shape with nine huge gates - Delhi Darwaza, Lal
Darwaza, Agra Gate, Suraj and Chandra Darwaza,
Tehra Gate and Ajmeri Darwaza.
Continue drive to Jaipur (240 Kms) check in
hotel Accommodation Palace Rambagh Palace,
Jai Mahal Havelis Samode, Mandawa
Haveli Hotels Rajputana Sheraton, Trident
Holiday Inn
Day 4 - Visit Jaipur - the pink city
There is a lot more to Amber than its splendid
fort. Set in a picturesque location, Amber is a
fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim
architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja
Man Singh, it sprawls on the hillside. Its
construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592
and completed by his descendant Jai Singh I. Its
rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner
paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and
Hindu styles finds its ultimate refinement.
Painted scenes of hunting and war adorn the walls
with precious stones and mirrors set into the
plaster. In the foreground is the Maota Lake with
breathtaking reflections of the magnificent Amber
Fort-Palace. For an experience that's truly
Royal, visitor's can reach the fort through
snaking pathways on elephant back.
Tour of the Pink city visiting the imposing City
Palace now a museum - the principal residence of
the former ruling family, Jantar Mantar - the
ancient Observatory, Hawa Mahal - the exotic
Palace of the Winds the picturesque bazaars of
the walled city.
Day 5 - Jaipur to Mandawa
Drive to Mandawa Shekhawati region (150 Kms)
Often calls as the open air art gallery of
Rajasthan , the region of Medieval Shekhawati
comprises the present day districts, Shekhawati,
transliterate the land of Shekhas clan owes
its name to Rao Shekha (1433-1488), a cousin of
the Kachchawahas of Jaipur. However, the high
quality frescoes which the region is famous for
dates between 1750-1930. A majority of frescoes
have been executed on the havelis but also on
cenotaphs, walls, forts, temples. The Italian
technique of frescoes - Buono - was used on the
earlier paintings, an art that travelled along
with European missionaries. The themes encompass
traditional mythology, local legend folklore,
Rajput lifestyle, personalities from the epics
and historically traceable personalities. In the
heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan lies
the beautiful small town Mandawa, known
throughout the state for its forts and havelis.
The structures of this place reminds one of the
cultural and social hotspot this place used to be
in the bygone era. Accommodation Mandawa
Castle (Heritage fort) Mandawa Desert Resort
(Desert village replica resort)
Noble Lord
Rajasthani Women
Day 6 - Mandawa to Khimsar
Drive to Khimsar (260 Kms)
The drive is very interesting as gradual
transformation takes place between the green
hilly areas of the Aravallis the barren desert
land. The beautiful hamlet of Khimsar perched on
the edge of the Thar desert has a castle, which
dates back to the 15th century. The history says
that here Aurangzeb is reported to have stayed
when he ordered his armies to invade Jodhpur.
Arrive check into this mooted Royal Castle
built as a "Thikana" or fortified home of a local
ruler. The battle scarred walls turrets are a
reminder of the glorious the mid
18th century. The Royal family moved in a new
"Janan-Khana" or ladies residence was erected
with finely carved windows in stone.
Day 7 - Khimsar to Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer stands tall in the desolate beauty of
the desert, proudly welcoming visitors to an
enchanting world of fable, color, and history.
The view of Jaisalmer Fort, first seen from a
distance of 15 km is stunning. In the early
morning the ramparts, bastions and the long
stretching walls dazzle gloriously. The yellow
sandstone fortifications look magnificent. It is
one of the most exotic cities of the Orient,
standing in the heart of the desert for
centuries, weathering with fortitude the
vicissitudes of fortune and furious onslaughts of
nature. The sudden emergence of the 76-meter high
rock in the flat desert country crowned by the
most awe-inspiring fort makes a majestic sight.
Morning drive to Jaisalmer ( 270 Kms)
Day 8 - Visit Jaisalmer
The Fort The golden hued fort is a sentinel to
the bleak desertscape from its 80 metre high
perch on the hill,housing the entire township
within its ramparts.It has an enchanting cow-web
of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely
havelis,three beautifully sculptured Jain Temples
of the 12th-15th century A.D. and five
interconnected palaces.The fort is approached
through four gateways-Akhaiyal,Ganesh Pol,Suraj
Pol and Hava Pol.
Gadsisar Lake A scenic rain water lake with
numerous beautiful shrines around and a
spectacular avian variety. The lake is an idyllic
spot for outings. Camel safari in the thar desert
over the massive sand dunes, stopping to visit
several interesting villages the way of life in
one of the largest desert of the world. Sunrise
sunset on the dunes have the most amazing view
here. Desert camping and safaris can be
organized here.
Jain Temple The fort has three exquisitely
carved jain temples dedicated to the Jain
Tirthankars-Rishabhdev, Sambhavnath and
Paraswanath. Gyan Bhandar or Library Some of the
oldest manuscripts of India are found in this
library established as a part of Jain temples.
Havelis Some of the most exotic mansions or
havelis,all intricately latticed are strew all
over Jaisalmer-each with a different
facade. Patwon -ki-Haveli The most elaborate and
magnificent of all the Jaisalmer havelis. It has
exquisitely carved pillars and extensive
corridors and chambers.One of the apartments of
this five storey high haveli is painted with
beautiful murals.
Day 9 - Jaisalmer to Jodhpur
Morning drive to Jodhpur (290 Kms)
The Rathore Rajputs moved to Marwar - 'the region
of death' in 1211 when they were defeated by
Muhammad Ghori at Kannauj. Rao Jodha, the Rathore
chieftain was forced to leave the former Rajput
capital at Mandore in 1459, as the place was not
located strategically. They chose a new place,
located 8 km from the Mandore on the edge of Thar
Desert. Rahores controlled a large part of
Rajasthan, especially during the reigns of Rao
Udai Singh (1581 AD) and his son Raja Sur Singh
((1595), who conquered Gujarat and a good part of
Deccan for the Mughal Emperor Akbar.
The Rathores always had good relationships with
the Mughals and Maharaja Jaswant Singh (1678)
supported Shahjahan in the Mughal struggle for
war of succession. Only problematic relationship
they had was with Aurangzeb. After the death of
Aurangzeb in 1707, Maharaja Ajit Singh became the
ruler of Jodhpur. He drove out Mughals from Ajmer
and added substantially to the Mehrangarh Fort.
The city of Jodhpur prospered because of its
location on the strategic Delhi - Gujarat trading
Day 10 - Visit Jodhpur
Mehrangarh fort is about 5km from Jodhpur Town.
Guarding the city below, crowning a perpendicular
cliff, the fort was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459
AD when he shifted his capital from Mandore.
Standing sentinel to the city below, it over
looks the rugged and rocky terrain and houses a
palace intricately adorned with long carved
panels and latticed windows exquisitely wrought
from red sandstone. The apartments within, have
their own magic -the Moti mahal (Pearl Palace),
Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesh Mahal (Mirror
Palace), Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana with a rich
varied collection of palanquins, howdas, royal
cradles, miniature paintings of various schools,
folk music, instruments, costumes, furniture and
an impressive armoury. The display of cannons on
the ramparts near Chamunda temple is among the
rarest in India. As you climb up, folk musicians
revive the grandeur of a bygone era.
Umaid Bhawan Palace - one of the largest and
grandest private residences in the world. Built
between 1929 and 1942, this imposing building is
a splendid example of the Indo-Colonial and art
deco style of the thirties.
Day 11 - Jodhpur to Kumbalgarh via Ranakpur
Kumbalgarh Fort - Cradled in a cluster of 13
mountain peaks of the Aravalli ranges, the
formidable medieval citadel - Kumbhalgarh stands
a wary sentinel to the past. Rising from a
prominent ridge, 1914 meters high from the sea
level, the fort was built in by Maharana Kumbha
(1419-63 AD) and is the principal fortification
after Chittorgarh lying 90 kms north-west of
Udaipur. The massive fort, encompassed by a 36 km
long wall, has seven majestic gates and seven
ramparts, one within the other. Rounded bastions
and soaring watchtowers strengthen the
crenallated walls of the fort making it an
impregnable structure.
Morning After breakfast drive to Kumabalgarh
(200 kms) via Ranekpur the most magnificent
marble Jain Temples of India in the deep secluded
valley of the Aravalli Hills. After the visit -
typical Rajasthani lunch out - doors at Maharani
Bagh (Orchards) a little distant away.
Accommodation - We stay at Maharajahs hunting
lodge called Aodhi
The whole area around Kumbalgarh Ghanerao is an
heaven for riders, the best horse safaris
inIndia are done here
Day 12 - Kumbalgarh to Udaipur
Drive to Udaipur (90 Kms)
UDAIPUR is also known as the "City of Palaces", a
"Fairyland" and a "Vision in Dream". It is
surrounded by hills, mountains, and its beautiful
palaces are mirrored in the calm blue water of
Lake Pichola. Udaipur, as the capital of Mewar,
was created by Maharana Udai Singh in 1568. The
lakeside city was built on a small wooded plain
encircled by mountains, which was in direct
contrast to the masculinity of Chittor and
Kumbhalgarh. The houses and temples of the old
city stretch out around the Lake Pichola in a
pale honeycomb that makes Udaipur an oasis of
colors in a stark and arid region like Rajasthan.
Visit Udaipur
What make Udaipur truly memorable are the
exquisite lake palaces, shimmering like jewels on
Lake Pichola. Jag Niwas, the summer residence of
the princes of Mewar, is today a luxury hotel of
breathtaking magnificence. Jag Mandir, the other
island palace, is a marvel of red sandstone, with
a marble dome. The mosaic pools and fountains of
Sahelion-ki-Bari near Fateh Sagar Lake are open
to the public.
Day 13
Lake Palace or Jagat Niwas is a white marble
summer residence of the princes of Mewar, which
was built in 1746 by Jagat Singh. Set on an
island, the whole Palace appears to float on the
blue water of Lake Pichola. The airy stucco
complex with dainty balconies, terrace gardens,
water fountains and arched windows, reflects the
brightness of the sun, sky and lake. The
interiors are profusely decorated with paintings,
stained glass and crystal.
Lake Palace or Jagat Niwas is a white marble
summer residence of the princes of Mewar, which
was built in 1746 by Jagat Singh. Set on an
island, the whole Palace appears to float on the
blue water of Lake Pichola. The airy stucco
complex with dainty balconies, terrace gardens,
water fountains and arched windows, reflects the
brightness of the sun, sky and lake. The
interiors are profusely decorated with paintings,
stained glass and crystal.
Day 14 - Return to Delhi
Onward Options Morning flight back to Delhi (
on your way back home) Morning flight to Mumbai
(Another alternate visiting the financial capital
of India) Optional Tour to GOA - mother of all
beach holidays (Morning flight via Mumbai)
The price for the enclosed tour vary between USD
50 to USD 150 per person per night. Depending on
what category of hotels you choose. Since
Rajasthan is a Desert a semi-arid zone, with a
beautiful countryside, best trips are done by
road. Train connections are available to all the
big cities. Best time is September to March. For
more details email / call.