12 Day Rajasthan Wildlife

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Rajasthan is a place steeped in rich cultural and architectural history. It is the place of the rajahs or the kings. The ambience will take you back to the traditional and opulent Rajasthan of the kings. But Rajasthan is also a haven for migratory birds and animals on the soil of Rajasthan. Rajasthan will take you on a voyage of colours through the lanes and the streets that splash colours through spice markets, royal palaces, and secret Indian recipes. With rickshaw rides and havelis to mesmerize, Rajasthan will enchant you. The spectacular history and stories of kings and queens will enthral you. The folk dance performance and camel rides will grant you satisfaction. It will be a trip worth remembering.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gorgeous wildlife and birds galore!

 

  • The pristine lakes, the magnificent palaces, the wonderful forts and opulence of Rajasthan

 

  • A wonderful tour of Delhi with its rich cultural heritage and fabulous food.

 

  • Udaipur, Jaipur and Jaisalmer with their camel caravans, 'havelis' and ornamental decorated palaces and rich forts.

 

  • Spice gardens and secret Indian recipes that will be the fitting way to discover India.

 

  • The surprise visit by a feline might just be the tipping point of your trip.

 

  • The small facets of Indian life will be the memories you will hold dear in your mind’s eye for years to come.

 

  • Rajasthani folk music and dance performances will be an enjoyment to cherish.

 

  • Magnificent royalty will be introduced and mementoes galore to take back home.

 

  • Shop with abandon for Kundan jewellery and Rajasthani miniature paintings.

Day by Day plan

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

    A Wild Voyager representative will receive you on arrival at the airport and take you to the hotel.

                                         

    The city is a mix of the old and the new. with lassi from the narrow alleyways of Delhi to the rich cultural heritage of the city as seen from its magnificent monuments, Delhi will leave you spellbound with its influence from all the empires that have fallen and gained the throne of Delhi through decades. The cafes, bakeries, and glass spires represent the new age.

     

    The afternoon will be spent enjoying the Spice Market tour.

     

    There is history in the nooks and corners of all the narrow alleyways of Old Delhi, which date back to the Mughal era. On this tour, you will discover the magical world of Oriental spices with a guided tour with a local chef who will not only describe the spices but also teach you secret Indian recipes and their usage in them.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Delhi.

     

  • Day 2: Delhi Attractions

    After an early breakfast, you will be taken on a guided tour of the old walled heritage sites in the city of Delhi.

     

    The tour begins with the eternal symbol of the efforts of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi- the Raj Ghat. The shrine is very simple so as to honour the man who changed the world with 'ahimsa' (non-violence) and the concept of Satyagraha.

     

    Red Fort: This magnificent fort built by Shah Jahan, in 1639, is a standing example of Mughal architecture that served as their ruling fort during Shah Jahan's reign and now is the place from where the Prime Minister delivers his speech on the Independence day.

     

    A rickshaw ride through the colourful alleys will take you to the Jama Masjid, which showcases the Mughal architecture at its full splendor with its magnificent domes and minarets.

     

    Next stop will be the new Delhi which was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens at the orders of the British in the 1930s. It is an architectural feat and is often called Lutyens Delhi.

     

    The red sandstone arch which is the India gate is the memorial for all the soldiers who died as martyrs in the First World War. It leads us to the Parliament House, the magnificent seat of the world’s largest democracy. We shall also see Rastrapathi Bhawan, the Indian President’s official residence. The famed Mughal garden inside is resplendent with lush lawns and beautiful statuettes. It admits visitors in spring.

                                                                                                                                                             

    Now you will spend some time marvelling at the Qutub Minar. This structure with its rust resistant properties was built during the Delhi Sultanate in India by Quitubuddin Aibak who was called the ‘wisest fool’ because of his crazy but illustrious ideas.

     

    The Bahai temple can be visited if time is available. This peaceful place will connect to your inner soul and leave you rejuvenated.

     

    A short distance away lie the bustling markets of Chandni Chowk - “Moonlit Square” - the celebrated 17th-century market complex, where sweet shops from the 1790s retain their position as the best in the art of preserving history in every bite.

     

    Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling and colourful alleys of Chandni Chowk.

     

    A short drive away, the stately Humayun’s Tomb is perhaps the first example of the Mughal style of architecture, inspired by Persian styles, more examples of which may be seen in Agra and Fatehpur Sikri. The structure was erected in memory of Emperor Humayun, father of the illustrious Emperor Akbar, by his widow Hamida Banu Begum. An avid scholar who died an untimely death after falling down the steps of his library, Humayun himself was an architecture enthusiast and well-versed in the Persian style of building. It is said that he himself drew up the blueprint of his tomb in his lifetime, but there is no documented evidence to that effect.

     

    Overnight will be at Delhi. 

     

  • Day 3: Udaipur

    Udaipur – The City of Lakes

    Train arrives by 08:00 AM & after an onboard breakfast our representative will take you to visit the CITY PALACE: Standing with its majestic columns on the east bank of the Lake Pichola, is a large series of palaces built at from 1559 A.D. The balconies provide picturesque views of "Jag Niwas", Jag Mandir and the city of Udaipur. Its main entrance is through the triple-arched gate - the Tripolia, built in 1725. The way leads to a series of courtyards, gardens, arches and other architectural marvels which are beautiful and indescribably gorgeous. There is a Suraj Gokhda, where the Maharana's of Mewar presented themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore confidence. The Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), gets its name from the vivid mosaics in glass decorating its walls. The 'chini chitrashala' is noteworthy while a series of wall paintings of KRISHNA are on display in Bhim Vilas. There are several other places such as Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and Krishna villas - in memory of a princess of striking beauty who poisoned herself to avert a bloody battle for her hand by rival princes. The palace with its antique furniture, carvings, utensils takes you to an era of regal splendour.

     

    Here you will be awestruck by the rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, many hued glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the resplendent Peacock Courtyard.

     

                                                                                                                                                                                    
    SAHELIYON KI BARI: Maharana Sangram Singh built this beautiful structure in the mid-18th century. The 'garden of the maidens’ is like a portrayal of the lives of the ladies of the Rajput era. The gorgeous gardens are quiet and secluded with beautiful corners here and there. There are four pools with dainty kiosks, and all around are flowerbeds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series of walls and shady trees. The garden is decorated with a lotus pool and garden where the striking ladies would laze and enjoy themselves in their full grandeur.

     

    BAGORE KI HAVELI: This old building was built right on the banks of the Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar built it in the 18th-century. The palace has as more than a hundred rooms and displays of the Rajputana costumes and art. The glass and mirror work in the interiors of the Haveli are fragile but well preserved. It also preserves a fine example of Mewar Painting on the walls of the Queen's Chamber. The two peacocks made from small pieces of colored glasses are fine examples of glasswork. After the death of Badwa, the building became the property of the State of Mewar. It came to be occupied by Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore who built the palace of the three arches also in 1878 and it acquired its name of Bagore-ki-Haveli, the house of Bagore. After Independence, the structure lay in neglect until 1986 when it housed the West Zone Cultural centre.

     

    JAGDISH TEMPLE: It is the huge temple outside the royal palace with 32 marble steps and a brass image of the Lord Garuda and hand carved stone iconography telling stories of the Hindu mythology. It is finely decorated and follows the 'maru gurjara' style of architecture. It is significant as the temple of Lord Vishnu and is a marvellous spectacle.

     

    Time free for shopping and clicking pictures.

     

    Overnight stay at Udaipur.

     

  • Day 4: Jaipur

    After breakfast, our representative will take you on a ride to the Amber Fort on the back of an elephant. It will be extremely exciting for you.

     

    AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the resplendent and gorgeous Rajasthani fort palace in Jaipur.  Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I.  Its forbidding exterior hides an Oikos (inner chamber) which is significant of the conglomeration of Indian and Mughal architecture.

     

    Continue sightseeing.

     

    CITY PALACE – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city.  It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

     

    JANTAR MANTAR – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country.  This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

     

    HAWA MAHAL – The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur.  It is a five-storey structure of sandstone-plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

     

    This afternoon is free for you to relax at the hotel spa, shop or explore independently. Shopping is superb in Jaipur, particularly for local wood carvings, silk and cotton sarees, exclusive handicrafts, miniature paintings and Kundan jewellery.

     

    Overnight at Jaipur.

     

  • Day 5: Jaisalmer

    Jaisalmer – The Golden City of Thar Desert

    After Breakfast, proceed by 09:30 AM to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jaisalmer Fort. It’s a magnificent Indian fort built with artisanal excellence.

     

    Enjoy a leisurely walk through the 15th century built living Fort complex, standing at a height of hundred meters over Jaisalmer town which glows golden in the rays of the afternoon sun. The fort is entered through a series of majestic gates which inspire awe. Visit Patwon ki Haveli, one of the largest and most elaborate mansion houses-which is five-storey high & extensively carved. Nearby is located a group of 15th-century built Jain Temples, which are beautifully carved & have a library hosting some of the oldest manuscripts of India.

     

    Lunch will be served on board with the traditional Rajasthani meal laid out in front of you. The afternoon will be for relaxing on the train or as you wish.

     

    At 4:30 PM proceed for excursion to the rolling and precious sand Dunes in the Thar Desert for Camel joy ride & sunset photo shoot opportunity. Later you will enjoy a Cultural Program & Dinner at a 5-Star hotel.

     

    Overnight at Jaisalmer.

     

  • Day 6: Ranthambore

    After breakfast, the entire day will be dedicated to visiting the Ranthambore National Park, which is magnificent and has exotic birds, tigers and so much more on the cards for you.

     

    The day will be spent on safaris.

     

    Overnight at Ranthambore.

     

  • Day 7: Ranthambore

    After breakfast, the entire day will be dedicated to visiting the Ranthambore National Park, which is magnificent and has exotic birds, tigers and so much more on the cards for you.

     

    The day will be spent on safaris.

     

    Overnight at Ranthambore.

     

  • Day 8: Bharatpur

    The morning will be spent on the drive to Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary which is the most impressive sight in Bharatpur. The different bird species are a sight to behold.

     

    Overnight at Bharatpur.

     

  • Day 9: Agra

    After a leisurely breakfast, our representative will take you on the remaining places of interest.

     

    Proceed for day sightseeing of Agra.

     

    SIKANDRA– The final resting place of Akbar The Great, and named after Sikander Lodi of the Lodi Dynasty, this structure with its beautiful and magnificent carvings depicts the Din-i-Ilahi religion introduced by Akbar as a very important part of the Mughal era.

     

    AGRA FORT – The red sandstone structure is surrounded by Chahar-Bagh, a foursquare formal garden. Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone.  Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bed of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.

     

    After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ or the ITMAD-UD-ULLAH – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj. It is one of the most beautiful Mughal tombs and was built by Nur Jahan, the Empress of Jahangir for her father in 1628. The tomb is a resting place of the powerful personality in Mughal Court, Itmad-Ud-Daulah, whose life is very interesting. Ghiyas begs daughter Mehr-un-Nissa became Jahangir's Noor Jahan and played an active role in administration and the creation of this structure.

     

    Proceed for a HERITAGE WALK to the other side of River YAMUNA with your guide.

     

    The other side of the TAJ MAHAL across the river Yamuna where Mughal History has been written in edicts of stone, the river Yamuna lined with the residences of mobility was the artery, the very lifeline, which fostered the development of Mughal Agra. These heritage relics have been weaved together for a historic experience of Mughal Agra. You would walk through the various monuments in midst of rural setting intertwined with the communities along with a stunning view of the TAJ MAHAL.

     

    Enjoy the extended hospitality of the local villagers sipping a cup of Masala Chai on the Tea Terrace with standard, comfortable, clean, affordable, and safe facilities. The whole village walk through India’s Mughal History and amiable people is an unforgettable experience.

     

    Fatehpur Sikri is 37 km west of Agra. Jajal-ud-Din-Muhammad Akbar, Humanyun's son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu'inu'd-din Chishti, the founder of the Chishti order of SUFIS. Akbar, who was without a male heir, heard about Saint Salim Chishti and visited him in 1568; The saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings like the Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal's house, Marian's house and the Panchmahal.

     

  • Day 10: Jabalpur

    After a drive, once you reach Jabalpur, the magnificent resort will be a welcome diversion to relax and soak in the ambience.

     

    Overnight at Jabalpur.

     

  • Day 11: Kanha National Park

    After breakfast, the entire day will be spent exploring the authentic wildlife of Kanha National Park that will change your idea of Indian wildlife.

     

    Overnight at Kanha.

     

  • Day 12: Departure

    After breakfast, our representative will take you to the airport for your flight back home.

    TOUR ENDS

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