Historical Rajasthan with Taj Mahal


Historically Rajasthan had always been governed by princly states under the dominence of central, imperial control.Its history has contributed great worriors and heroes, their brave deeds resulting from a desire to remain independent.the official histories of different ruling families present a long list of leadership qualities and exemplary patterns of bravery.

The Princly kingdoms of Rajasthan merged as one state of Indian union after independence. Though the Rajasthann did not have a common political and administrative entity prior to this, its socio - culture history was knit on the basis of its history, life patterns, values systems and linguistic unity. From the seventh century on , Manu Bhasha was recognised as the language of Rajasthan. By the eleventh centuary, great epics such as Chand Bardai's PrithviRaj Raso had come into existence. Thsi great tadiition of written literature continues till today through a large number of heroic epics, legendary ballads, stirring poetry, devotional compositions, works on prosody, dictionaries, tales in prose, and a critical treatises on philosophy, religion, logic and medicine. The tradition of Jain and Charan literature has enriched cultural discourse in recording historical events and people's aspirations through the common mode of Language.

Such literature provided the mirror of the social realities of Rajasthan. The desert community had its base in a pastoral economy, yet agriculture took a back seat to camel and horses. This entailed moving with the herds in order to find fresh grazing pastures, and fo breeding and selling at various fairs.This pattarn created its own compulsions and resulted in inspirational, oral epics based on pastoral heroes such as Goga, Pabu, Deo - Narayan, and Teja, who lived between the eleventh and sixteenth cetuaries. It is amazing to see that such heroes inspired oral epics and performing formats that include melodic forms. Each Village has its own shrine in a hut or under a tree with beautiful icons made from clay, wood, stone, or metal, crafted by artists within the group itself. At time certain objects were collected from specialised groups outside their own. The Kumhars or potters of village Molela made clay icons with excelent abstractions,supplying them to the tribes.

Taj Mahal is one of the most famous monumnets of the world,The Taj is virtually the raison d'etre of Agra's tourism.The monument built in white marble stands on the bank of river Yamuna in testimony of eternal love between an emperor, Shah Jehan, and his most favoured queen, Mumtaj Mahal.Taj Mahal took 22 years to build(1631 - 1652 AD) and is noted for the symmetry and balance of its architecture and exquisite inlay work.Closed on Friday.

Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days
Destination Covered : Delhi - Agra - Bharatpur - Karoli - Pachewar - Deogarh - Naralai - Luni - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Kuchaman - Pachar - Jaipur - Delhi

DAY 01 : DELHI
Arrive Delhi. Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 02 : DELHI
Morning, combined sightseeing of Old and New Delhi visiting Qutub Minar. India Gate (war memorial), Laxmi Narayan Temple a (modern Hindu temple), drive past President's estate, Parliament House, Secretariat building, Raj Ghat and Shanti van, the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid, the Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 03 : DELHI - AGRA (BY ROAD) 210 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive to Agra . On arrival & check in hotel. Afternoon city visit the magnificent Taj Mahal built by the Emperor Shah Jehan between 1631 and 1653 as an expression of his love for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Over night at hotel. Also visit Itmad - Ud - Daula's Tomb built by Empress Noorjahan in memory of her father. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 0 4 : AGRA - BHARATPUR 40 KMS 1 HOUR DRIVE
Morning, drive to Bharatpur via Fatehpur sikri. Afternoon visit to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary on rickshaws. The most spectacular water - birds sanctuary features nesting indigenous water - birds and migratory birds. From October till December the indigenous water - birds nest around the lake from December on, the migratory geese, duck and cranes are the main feature of the sanctuary. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 0 5 : BHARATPUR - KARULI (BY ROAD) 110 KMS 3 HOURS DRIVE
Morning, drive to Karoli. Arrive Karoli & check in at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Karoli, the kingdom of Karoli , founded in 1348, close to the borders of both Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh has ravines in the countryside and is now off the beaten track. Better known for its pink stone used for construction, Karoli is a pilgrimage center and has an old palace which, though mostly in ruins, is still representative of the opulence of its medieval durbars. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 06 : KARULI - PACHEWAR (BY ROAD) 120 KMS 3 HOURS DRIVE
Morning, drive to Pachewar. Arrive Pachewar & check in hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 07 : PACHEWAR - DEOGARH (BY ROAD) 275 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
Morning, drive to Deogarh, Arrive Deogarh & check in hotel. The Deogarh Castle is located on a hillock and is encircled by the town. It was built in 1670 by Rawat Dwarkadasji of the Chundawat clan of the Siaodia Dynasty. Constructed by the famed Sompura architects, well - known for their additions and alterations according to the needs of the residents. There are five floors and over 200 rooms have murals done by local painters after whom Deogarh school of painting has acquired fame the world over. The family has a large collection of Deogarh miniatures. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 08 : DEOGARH - NARLAI (BY ROAD) 70 KMS 1HOURS 30 MIN DRIVE
Morning, drive to Narlai. Arrive Narlai & check in hotel. Afternoon visit the Narlai. A legend says it that it was here that the sage Narad Muni meditated long before it was inhabited and later it became a hunting preserve for the Sisodias. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 09 : NARLAI - LUNI (BY ROAD) 165 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
Morning, drive to Luni. Arrive Luni & check in hotel. Afternoon visit the Luni River that has provided a lifeline to dwellers in the desert even though it has been a seasonal phenomenon and its floods in the past have wrought havoc. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 10 : LUNI - JAISALMER (BY ROAD) 314 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive to Jaisalmer. Arrive Jaisalmer & check in hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11 : JAISALMER
Morning, city tour throbbing in the heart of the Thar. The origins of Jaisalmer go back to the 12th century, when Rawal Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Ludarwa and laid the foundation of a new city . Visit the magnificent fort, the Patwon Ki Haveli (mansion) and Salim Singh Ki Haveli. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 12 : JAISALMER - BIKANER (BY ROAD) 300 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE
Morning, drive to Bikaner . Arrive Bikaner & check in hotel. Afternoon city tour. Bikaner city is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh, the fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. Also visit Lallgarh Palace , the museum, Bhanda Sagar Jain and Deshnoke Rat Temple . Overnight at hotel.

DAY 13 : BIKANER - KUCHAMAN (BY ROAD) 200 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
Morning, drive to Kuchaman. Arrive Kuchaman & check in hotel. Located in Nagaur District, Kuchaman Fort has had a strategic role to play in Rajasthan's history which unravels as one moves around its 17th century battlements. Its picturesque village is idyllic for those who would like to discover the charm of walking through it. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 14 : KUCHAMAN - PACHAR (BY ROAD) 180 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
Morning, drive to Pachar. Arrive Pachar & check in hotel. Afternoon visit lake to one side and sand dunes on the other. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 15 : PACHAR - JAIPUR (BY ROAD) 40 KMS 1 HOURS DRIVE
Morning, drive to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur & check in hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 16 : JAIPUR
Morning, Morning, visit Amber Fort via Wind Palace & Water Palace here you have the elephant ride to the top of the fort. After sightseeing of Amber visit city palace, Observatory & the glittering bazaars of Jaipur. Back to hotel via Birla Mandir. Overnight at hotel.

DAY - 17 : JAIPUR - DELHI (BY ROAD) 210 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
Morning, drive to Delhi . Arrive Delhi . DAY at leisure & departure to International Airport to your onward journey.


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