Rajasthan - Gujarat Forts and Palaces Tour

Rajasthan - Gujarat Forts & Palaces Tour

Tourism in India

Destination Covered:

Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Pushkar - Udaipur - Ahmedabad - Palitana - Gondal - Junagadh - Dasada - Balasinor - Champaner - Chhota Udepur - Ahmedabad

Duration:
15 Nights / 16 Days
Tour Category:
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
Arrival in Delhi and be met by our representative at the airport welcoming you to India with fresh flowers. Transfer to the Hotel for immediate occupancy of the rooms already reserved for you. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 02 - In Delhi
Today explore the city of Delhi with exclusive guide. This is the capital city of India, and can be called as a major gateway to the country.

Delhi is one of the most important metropolitan in India, as it is the city of power. It has a very good combination of both modern, as well as ancient culture. In these more than 2000 years of its existence, there has been the origin of seven cities, where the traditional Indian capital is situated now.

Your sightseeing will include all the major attractions of Delhi like Red fort (which was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The premises of the Red Fort houses a number of beautiful buildings like Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas and Rang Mahal), Jama Masjid- It is the largest mosque in India and was built in 17th Century. A cupboard is located at the Mosque which contains a collection of prophet Muhammad's relics, a red beard-hair of the prophet and his sandals, Chandni chowk- which was once the richest street market in the world, Qutub Minar- This tower dated back to 12th century. This minar or tower has many historical values and the government buildings like Parliament House, President House, India Gate etc.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 03 - Delhi to Agra (203 Kms)
In the morning proceed for Agra by car at 0800 hrs. The drive will take 4 hours and you will be there by noon.

Agra is the unique Mughal City, where the world marvels at the epitome of love, beauty and sacrifice, The Taj-Mahal one of the wonders of the world. So overwhelming is the magic monument, that Agra has been immortalized, as the City of the Taj. The most modern areas of the town, such as the cantonment, dates back over a hundred years.

Your City Tour will include – Sikandra (the Tomb of King Akbar), Agra fort with its exquisitely rich palaces, Itmud-Ud-Duala and the magnificent TAJ MAHAL - about which legion of tributes have been written. Overnight in Agra.
Day 04 - Agra to Jaipur (250 Kms)
In the morning proceed for Jaipur at 0930 hrs. Enroute visit to Fatehpur Sikri, the ancient capital of King Akbar. This deserted city lies along the top of a ridge. This new capital had to be abandoned, only 14 years after it was created, due to lack of water. But the splendid palaces and mosques remain as a dream. However, this ghost city, is worth a view for its buildings, and can be classified into religious and architectural wonders. After sightseeing, continue journey to Jaipur, reach there by early evening. Overnight at Heritage Hotel in Jaipur.
Day 05 - Jaipur
The picturesque capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is also known as the "Pink city". There is a timeless appeal in the colorful bazaars of Jaipur, where one can shop for Rajasthani items like handlooms and trinkets. Beautifully gardens, attractive monuments and marvelous Havelis (mansion) & Palaces, are worthy of admiration.

Start your city Tour with an early morning visit to the Fort of Amer, which was the capital of ancient Rajputs. Ride up to the gates on elephant back and explore the great fortress palace buildings. Amer or Amber was the former capital of the Kachhwaha Rajputs, for many centuries.

The Palace and the Jaigarh fort show distinct Mughal influence. Spend rest of the day visiting - City Palace (an true example of imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.

The Maharaja of Jaipur still lives in part of the palace), Jantar Mantar Observatory (This is the largest of five observatories built during 18th century. Its massive masonry instruments are of an extraordinary precision & can still be used to measure local time, the sun's declination and altitude, the declination of fixed stars & planets & also to determine the time of an eclipse of the sun), & Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal) and other local attractions in Jaipur. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 06 - Jaipur to Pushkar (135 Kms)
In the morning, Proceed towards Pushkar. The drive will take approx 3 hours. On the edge of the desert lies the tiny tranquil town of Pushkar, along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake, in a narrow dry valley, overshadowed by impressive rocky hills, which offer spectacular views of the desert at sunset. The lake is almost magically beautiful in the early morning or late evening light, is one of the most sacred lakes of India and an important pilgrimage spot for the Hindus.

Visit all the major attractions of the city like Pushkar lake, The Temple of God Brahma (It is the only temple in the world of God Brahma) etc. with our guide during the day. Overnight at Pushkar Palace (Now converted into Hotel).
Day 07 - Pushkar to Udaipur (285 Kms)
After having your leisurely breakfast in the morning, proceed towards Udaipur. The drive will take 5 hours. Evening is free. Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 08 - Udaipur to Ahmedabad (255 Kms)
The city of Udaipur is also known as ‘City of lakes’ or ‘Venice of the East’. It is an enchanting city in true manner. It is a vision in white, drenched in romance and beauty. From the azure water lakes in the midst of sandy terrain, surrounded by the lush hills of the Aravalis, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experience. It is like a kaleidoscope of Palaces, lakes, temples, etc.

Go for the sightseeing of Udaipur including all major attractions like City Palace (former residence of King of Udaipur), Sahelio ki Badi (the former play ground exclusively for Princess of Rajasthan), Jagdeesh Temple (has very much historic and religious values for Hindus), Rana Pratap Memorial etc. In the early evening, drive towards Ahmedabad. Overnight at The House of Mangaldas, an Indo-European style mansion built in early 20th century by Seth Mangaldas Parekh, and has been converted by his descendants into a boutique category hotel with state-of-the-art facilities.
Day 09 - Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad is Gujarat's main city and is one of the major commercial centers in India. It has also been called the `Manchester of the East' due to its many textile industries and its smokestacks. Nevertheless, this city has a number of attractions for travelers, and is one of the best places to study the blend of Hindu and lslamic architectural styles known as the Indo-Saracenic. The new capital of Gujarat, Gandhinagar is 32km from Ahmedabad. Your sightseeing will include the Calico Museum of Textiles, the historic Gandhi Ashram and the Sardar Patel memorial at Shahibagh Palace. Overnight in Ahmedabad.
Day 10 - Ahmedabad – Palitana (239 km, four hours)
In the morning, take the Heritage Walk in walled city of Ahmedabad. This organized walking tour is a great way to see the historic Swaminarayan Temple, exquisitely carved Jain and Hindu temples, ornate wooden havelis and the traditional lifestyle of the dwellers of the old quarters, bird-feeders, the 15th century Jumma Mosque and the mausoleum complexes of the Sultans and Begums of medieval Ahmedabad.

Proceed for Palitana calling in on the way at the 2400 – 1600 BC Indus site of Lothal for an insight into the Harappan civilization. If time permits, visit the Jain museum of Palitana and the local bazaar. Home-cooked dinner and overnight stay at the Vijay Vilas Palace, the 1906 AD house of the late Prince of Palitana, now run by his grand-daughter as a heritage hotel.
Day 11 - Palitana – Gondal (160 km, three hours)
Early morning ascent to the 863-temple covered summit of Shatrunjaya Hill. This is one of the most awe-inspiring sights of Gujarat and is one of the major Jain pilgrimage sites with an aura of devotion that is mind-blowing. Depart after lunch at the Vijay Vilas for Gondal. See the 1748 AD Naulakha Palace, the Vintage and Classic Car museum, the Bhuvaneshwari Ayurvedic Pharmacy and the Swaminarayan Temple.

Overnight stay at the Riverside Palace/Orchard Palace of Gondal, both of them are heritage hotels owned and managed by their owners with 11 and seven rooms respectively and the latter also has a converted rail saloon suite.
Day 12 - Gondal – Junagadh – Gondal (123 km round trip)
Drive to Junagadh to see the Uparkot Fort & Buddhist cave-sites, Ashoka’s rock inscriptions (3rd century BC), palace museum, 18th & 19th century royal mausoleum complexes, Nawabi buildings and museums. Return to Riverside Palace/Orchard Palace of Gondal for overnight stay.
Day 13 - Gondal – Dasada (220 km, four hours)
On arrival at Dasada, depart for a jeep safari in the Little Rann of Kutch in search of endangered desert wildlife like the Asiatic wild ass and witness the sunset at a lake that attracts flamingos, pelicans, cranes and other attractive birds in large numbers. Overnight stay at Rann Riders, an imaginatively designed safari resort.
Day 14 - Dasada – Balasinor (180 km)
Early morning walk in Dasada village, known for its Rabari and Bharwad embroidery, weaving and other handiwork.

Drive to Balasinor which will take approx three hours. Visit the dinosaur site, one of the largest prehistoric fossil sites in the world. Overnight at the Garden Palace where you can experience the NAWABI CULTURE. The Nawab dynasty of Balasinore came to India during Mughal period. This Palace was built in 19th Century by Nawab Saheb Manover Khanji and is set in fine gardens, agricultural fields and orchards. It has a grand drawing room which is elegantly furnished with Louis XIV style French chairs, antique lamps, portraits, a collection of photographs of Indian Royals and hunting trophies and beautiful dining hall where meals are served in a typical Nawabi period ambience, made from home grown vegetables, milk from the palace dairy and chicken from the family's own poultry. The guests of the Garden Palace are entertain by Nawab family itself. The Garden Palace has beautiful furnished rooms with attached modern baths and royal atmosphere for its guests.
Day 15 - Balasinor – Champaner - Chhota Udepur
Drive to Champaner (also known as ghost city), the only Gujarat site on the World Heritage List, and see the impressive forts, mosques, mausoleum and temples.

Proceed to Chhota Udepur and Overnight stay at Kali Niketan. Originally called Nahar Mahal, this palatial mansion was built about 100 years ago as the summer residence of the royal family of Chhota Udepur (descendants of emperor Prithvi Raj Chauhan) in 60 acres near River Orsang. Attractively set in fruit orchards, the mansion has fountains in the forecourt and in the courtyard.
Day 16 - Drive to Ahmedabad
After hearty breakfast in the morning, leave for Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, Colorful Rajasthan Tours representative will assist you to transfer you to the hotel.

Later visit to the some major attractions of Delhi. After a farewell dinner, you will be transferred to the Delhi Airport in time to catch flight for your home destination.
 
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