We have furnished a tour itinerary for Historical Rajasthan along with the Taj Mahal in Agra. Historically Rajasthan had always been governed by princely states under the dominance of central, imperial control. Its history has contributed great warriors and heroes brave deeds resulting from a desire to remain independent. Taj Mahal is one of the most famous monuments in the world. Taj is virtually the raison d'etre of Agra's tourism. The monument built in white marble stands on the bank of the river Yamuna in the testimony of eternal love between an emperor, Shah Jehan, and his most favored queen, Mumtaj Mahal. Taj Mahal took 22 years to build(1631 - 1652 AD), is appreciated for the symmetry and balance of its architecture and exquisite inlay work. It closes on Friday.
The Princely kingdoms of Rajasthan merged as one state of the Indian union after independence. Though Rajasthan did not have a common political and administrative entity before this, its socio-culture history was knit based on its history, life patterns, values systems, and linguistic unity. From the seventh century on, Manu Bhasha was the language of Rajasthan. By the eleventh century, great epics such as Chand Bardai's Prithviraj Raso had come into existence. This great tradition 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 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 the pastoral economy, yet agriculture took a back seat to camel and horses. It entailed moving with the herds to find fresh grazing pastures and for breeding and selling at various fairs. This pattern created its 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 centuries. It is great to see that such heroes inspired oral epics and performing formats that include melodic forms. Each Village has its 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 times, specialized groups collected the objects outside their own. The Kumhars or potters of village Molela made clay icons with excellent abstractions, supplying them to the tribes.
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 the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 02 : DELHI
After breakfast, 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 the hotel.
DAY 03 : DELHI - AGRA (BY ROAD) 210 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive to Agra. On arrival & check-in hotel. Afternoon city visits the magnificent Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shah Jehan between 1631 and 1653 as an expression of his love for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Overnight at the hotel. Also, visit Itmad - Ud - Daula's Tomb built by Empress Noorjahan in memory of her father. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 04 : 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 December on, the migratory geese, duck, and cranes are the main feature of the sanctuary. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 0 5 : BHARATPUR - KARULI (BY ROAD) 110 KMS 3 HOURS DRIVE
Morning, drive to Karoli. Arrive at Karoli & check-in at the 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 richness of its medieval durbars. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 06 : KARULI - PACHEWAR (BY ROAD) 120 KMS 3 HOURS DRIVE
Morning, drive to Pachewar. Arrive at Pachewar & check-in hotel. Overnight at the 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 encircled by the town. It was built in 1670 by Rawat Dwarkadasji of the Chundawat clan of the Sisodia Dynasty. Construction was done, 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 great collection of Deogarh miniatures. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 08 : DEOGARH - NARLAI (BY ROAD) 70 KMS 1HOURS 30 MIN DRIVE
Morning, drive to Narlai. Arrive at Narlai & check-in hotel. The afternoon visits the Narlai. A legend says that it was here that the sage Narad Muni meditated long before it was inhabited later it became a hunting preserve for the Sisodias. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 09 : NARLAI - LUNI (BY ROAD) 165 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
Morning, drive to Luni. Arrive at Luni & check-in hotel. Freshen up, and you will 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 the hotel.
DAY 10 : LUNI - JAISALMER (BY ROAD) 314 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE
Morning drive to Jaisalmer. Arrive Jaisalmer & check-in hotel. Overnight at the 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 the hotel.
DAY 12 : JAISALMER - BIKANER (BY ROAD) 300 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE
Morning, drive to Bikaner. Arrive at 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 renowned for 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 the hotel.
DAY 13 : BIKANER - KUCHAMAN (BY ROAD) 200 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
Morning, drive to Kuchaman. Arrive at 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 the hotel.
DAY 14 : KUCHAMAN - PACHAR (BY ROAD) 180 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
Morning, drive to Pachar. Arrive in Pachar & check-in hotel. Afternoon visit lake to one side and dunes on the other. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 15 : PACHAR - JAIPUR (BY ROAD) 40 KMS 1 HOURS DRIVE
Morning, drive to Jaipur. Arrive in Jaipur & check-in hotel. Overnight at the 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 the city palace, Observatory & the glittering bazaars of Jaipur. Back to the hotel via Birla Mandir. Overnight at the 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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