Frescoes and Forts Tour

Frescoes and Forts Tour

Tourism in India

Destination Covered:

Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Shekhawati - Delhi

Duration:
09 Nights / 10 Days
Tour Category:
Tour Information & Highlights
The rich cultural past of India is reflected in the innumerable forts, palaces and other monuments across the country. This tour gives you the opportunity to discover some of the most wonderful Forts and Palaces of Delhi- Capital city of India, Agra- The city of Taj Mahal, Jaipur - The royal city of Forts & Palaces, Shekhawati - Open air art gallery of Rajasthan.
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
Met on arrival by representative. Traditional welcome with garlanding and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02 - Delhi - Agra (200 Kms - 04 hrs)
After a morning at leisure we drive to the city of Taj, Agra, stopping enroute at a good restaurant for refreshment. We arrive by evening and check inn to the hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03 - In Agra
After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel we leave to explore the monumental heritage of the Great Mughals, including the magnificent Taj Mahal - one of the Seven Wonders of the World and surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. It's a wealth of white marble and semi-precious stone - undoubtedly the highlight of the tour.

Post lunch tour of the imposing Agra Fort - built of red sandstone and marble is a hilltop citadel with fabulous courtyards, fountains and gates.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04 - Agra - Jaipur (250 Kms - 05 hrs)
After breakfast we leisurely drive to Jaipur - the fabled "pink city" of the desert named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur. The palaces and forts of the yesteryears, which were witnesses to the royal processions and splendors, are now living monuments.

Enroute we stop at Fatehpur Sikri - which has been described as "the world's most perfectly preserved ghost town". Built by Akbar in the late 16th century, it was abandoned after only 14 years, and the elegant buildings of this superb walled city remain intact to this day. In the afternoon continue to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, arrive and check inn to the hotel.

This will be a cultural evening, we visit Chokhi Dhani - An ethnic village resort, the vitality of Rajasthani folk culture comes alive as children dance rhythmically to the loud tenor of folk songs sung by men and women, festooned in bright clothes. Gaily caparisoned camel, horses and bullock carts offer joy rides. A traditional Rajasthani dinner will be served. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 05 - In Jaipur
After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel we visit the dramatic hilltop fortress at Amber - ascend the imposing fort on a painted elephant. We wander among glittering inlays and the Hall of Mirrors.

We stop to view the elegant Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds)- this elaborate building, now little more than a façade, is encrusted with delicate screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneak views of the outside world.

Post lunch tour of the Maharajah's City Palace, now partly a museum display a unique fusion of Mughal and Hindu architecture, and house a rare collection of paintings, Rajput armoury and costumes.

Later we visit the unique Jantar Mantar Observatory - situated in the heart of the city where time has been accurately measured since the 17th century. Overnight stay at the hotel.

(Shekhawati Region: Mandawa, Dundlod, Nawalgarh, Ratangarh are the parts of Shekhawati region, approximately 15 to 35 Kms. From each other and in radius of hardly 75kms, so one can stay at one place and can have day return tour to all the places).
Day 06 - Jaipur - Mandawa (151 kms - 03hrs)
After breakfast at the hotel we leave for Mandawa - often called the 'open air art gallery of Rajasthan', the region is famous for the high quality frescoes.

Arrive by lunch and transfer to the hotel. After lunch we take a half - day sightseeing tour of Mandawa to appreciate the painted havelis on the ancient and the famous silk route. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 07 - Excursion to Nawalgarh
Breakfast at the hotel followed by an excursion tour of Nawalgarh - which is only 8kms from Mandawa is a town has a colourful bazaar and two forts, there is also interesting temples in town including Ganga Mai near Nansa Gate.

Evening we drive back to hotel in Mandawa. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 08 - Excursion to Dundlod and Ratangarh
Today After breakfast we leave for an excursion trip to Dundlod and Ratangarh - Sight seeing of the frescoland - Shekhawati Haveli's & the local market. Evening back to Mandawa and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 09 - Mandawa - Delhi (260 Kms - 05 hrs)
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel we continue by road back to Delhi, arrive and check inn to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10 - Leave Delhi
Full day will be free for personal activities, you may wish to explore the local markets of Delhi. Evening transfer to the international airport in time to Board your homeward flight or connect to your onward destination.
 
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