The heritage of Old Rajasthan
Going into more suburban and uncontaminated areas of the old Rajasthan, India, where nature still preserves its beauty and rituals and ancient traditions are still alive and well testified. You will have a close encounter with the rural life of the country, and this is just a tiny part of what this amazing trip is able to offer you.
The people and their way of life, the amazing magic of the desert, the beauty of the city will leave you with an intense emotion and an indelible memory difficult to describe using words...
Arrival in Delhi and meeting with your guide before the transfer to the hotel.
During the afternoon visiting of the city: starting from Old Delhi, the historical part, surrounded by walls. Passing through the Red Fort, you can admire the most majestic among the monuments of the Mughal Empire, the Jama Masjid (closed on Friday), which is the largest mosque in India. Built between 1644 and 1658 during the reign of Shah Jahan, it is an impressive piece of architecture of red brick and white marble that extends for 40 meters in height and boasts four towers at the corners and 3 gates.
On the banks of the river Yamuna there is the Rajghat: the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, after his assassination in 1948.
Return to the hotel and overnight.
In the morning we will visit New Delhi: the new part conceived, designed and built by the British in the 20s of XX century, in a majestic style. New Delhi is a city characterized by wide tree-lined streets, parks, gardens, grand residences that host the parliament, ministries , embassies, the area of Connaught Place, the financial, commercial and business center.
The India's Gate, known as the arch of triumph, carries the names of several thousand Indians who lost their lives during the First World War. In the opposite side there is the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India, a perfect blend of Mughal and Western architectural style. Surrounded by huge parks, its construction was completed in 1929. Qutub Minar, 73m high, is a tower with a diameter of 15m that is narrow down to a minimum of 2m and a half. It is spread over 5 floors, each of which has a sticking out balcony. The mausoleum of Humayun, however, was built between 1564 and 1572 by Haji Begum, the widow of the second Mughal emperor. Nine years after the death of Humayun, it took eight years to complete its construction. Designed by the Persian architect Misak Mirza Ghiyaz, the mausoleum boasts an octagonal elevated shape with two domes, 8 arches and it is surrounded by a great wall.
Later, departure to Nawalgarh.
Arrival and overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast we will dedicate our time to the discover Nawalgarh, full of beautiful Haveli: Aath Haveli, Murarka Haveli, Khedwal Bhawan, etc.
We will, then continue to Ganga Mai Temple and Fatehpur. Along the way we will also stop in Bikaner, a city located close to the Thar desert from which the caravans that came from Africa and Western Asia passed; you will admire the impressive fort, founded by Raja Rai Singh, with the long line of 37 halls and windows all decorated.
Then you will reach Gajner. Accommodation and overnight at the hotel.
A full day dedicated to a long shift that will lead us to the splendid Jaisalmer. Along the way we will stop at Kolayat, to visit the lake and its 52 ghats. This city is considered holy and belivers claim that one day here is better than ten years in one of the other holy cities.
Upon arrival in Jaisalmer hotel accommodation and overnight.
After breakfast visiting of Jaisalmer, one of the most precious jewels of India, a magical desert. Fortified with gold sandstone, it emerges from the desolate desert like a mirage. The incomparable beauty and amazing magic of the desert have not been eroded by time and even today they can be seen in their whole.
The town is known for the magnificence of its buildings and its Haveli. The imposing golden fort is a sentinel thanks to its 80 meters high, to the endless desert that extends from its feet, enclosing an entire city among its bastions. The citadel is characterized by a network of narrow streets dotted with some beautiful haveli; Patwon-Ki-Haveli, is the best known and admired, the Salim Singh Ki-Haveli, characterized by a blue dome and an exquisite jutting balcony and the Nathmalji-Ki-Haveli with its finely-worked stone, which reflects also in the thin cobweb of its grill windows. Of particular importance are the three beautifully carved Jain temples, dating back to 12-15 century AD and the famous Parswanath Temple, with its inner sanctum carved with human figures and animals that is considered the oldest and most beautiful Jain temple of the world.
In the afternoon excursion to Sam Desert, placed 45 km far from the city. There you can admire the images carved on the sand by the wind and enjoy camel rides on the dunes, an unforgettable experience especially under the light of sunset.
Overnight at hotel.
Departure after breakfast for Khimsar.
Upon arrival visiting of the Fort, whose construction began in 1523 through the work of Karamsji Rao, son of the founder of Jodhpur.
Accommodation in hotel and overnight.
Shortly before the dawn we will make a jeep safari to the Reserve of Blackbuck and to villages on the dunes. Here, immersed in a sea of sand, you will wait for the sunrise with its golden hues.
Then we will continue to Rohet.
Along the way, stop in Jodhpur, the "Blue City", the ancient capital of the kingdom of Rathor. We will visit the Mehrangarh Fort, the former residence of the Maharaja and the royal cenotaphs in white marble Jaswant Thada built to commemorate the exploits of the sovereigns of 19 century.
After the arrival to Rohet there will be the hotel accommodation and overnight.
After breakfast visiting of the local villages and of Rehetgarh Fort by jeep.
The last hours of the morning will be spent visiting the communities of 'Bishnois', 'Patels',' Raikas', 'Moilas, great protectors of nature. You will have the possibility to see the Black Buck Antelope, the most beautiful Indian antelope, who lives near the villages. It will then meet the Raikas, the Paliwals and Meghwals.
In the afternoon we will continue to Kumbhalgarh.
Upon arrival, accomodation at the hotel and overnight.
After breakfast we will visit the Kumbhalgarh Fort, located in a particularly wild and isolated area at 85 km north of Udaipur. It is the second most important town in the region of Mewar after Chittorgarh. It was built in the fifteenth century by Rana Kumbha and due to its inaccessibility it remained unconquered and became a refuge for the farmers of Mewar.
Later we will continue to Udaipur, visiting Eklingji and Nagda, characterized by many temples. Eklingji is known for its 108 temples surrounded by a fortified wall and the whole complex is known as the Sri Eklingji Temple; Nagda, instead, was erected by Nagaditya, the fourth Mewar king.
In the evening, accommodation and overnight to the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Visiting of this beautiful city characterized by three lakes, palaces and fountains and nicknamed the "Venice of the East" thanks to its charm and its atmosphere. Above the blue expanse of Lake Pichola stands the splendid City Palace, a beauty of marble and granite. Built in the early eighteenth century, the City Palace is surrounded by the beautiful Jagdish Temple, with some carved figures and richly decorated interiors.
In the afternoon there will be a boat tour on Lake Pichola which is the most beautiful and largest of the lakes of Udaipur.
Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast we will leave the romantic Udaipur in order to reach Pushkar.
Along the way we will stop at Chittorgarh, a popular town for its Fort situated on top of an hill and covering an area of 280 hectares, with temples, towers and palaces.
Arrived in Pushkar, we will visit the city, known for the famous camel fair and as a place of pilgrimage for the Hindus. The most important places of Pushkar are: Lake Pushkar, that according to legend was surrounded by 500 temples and 52 palaces, and the Brahma temple, the largest temple in the area and the only temple dedicated to Brahma in India.
In the evening arrival at the hotel and overnight.
Departure to Jaipur and at the arrival transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon visiting of the Hawa Mahal popular in the world as the Palace of the Winds. Built in 1799, it is a beautiful 5-storey building characterized by a spectacular pyramidal facade made by windows that continue in a grid of panels, domes and spiers. Our sightseeing will continue to the Palace- Museum of the city and to the Observatory, an impressive fusion of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art. The museum boasts a collection of princes' clothes, carpets, a room of old weapons and miniatures representing some court scenes and battles.
Overnight at hotel.
Car excursion to Amber Fort, 11 kilometers far from Jaipur. Ascent on elephant back or jeep.
The Amber Fort is a wonderful example of Rajput architecture. The magnificent old citadel, a labyrinth of massive walls and towers, hides a beautiful marble building, carved and illuminated by a million of tiny mirrors that create a wonderful play of light.
Departure to Delhi.
Overnight at hotel.
The end of our tour has come. After breakfast, you will have free time until the transfer to the airport.