Indian Forts & Palaces Tour

Indian Forts & Palaces Tour

Tourism in India

Destination Covered:

Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Pushkar - Udaipur - Ahmedabad - Palitana - Gondal - Junagarh - Dasada - Balasinor - Champaner - Chotta Udaipur - Ahmedabad

Duration:
15 Nights / 16 Days
Tour Category:
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
Arrive in Delhi, the capital city of India. After completing formalities with customs and immigration, you will be received by our representative with Traditional Indian Welcome (with garlands).

Delhi is the capital of India since old times. Delhi's history dates back to the first millenium BC, when it was known as Indraprastha. The Tomar Rajputs built Lal Kot, the core of the first of Delhi's seven cities. It is the epicenter of the nation's politics, economy and culture. History is alive and throbbing in Delhi, the capital of India.
Afterwards transfer to your hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 02 - In Delhi
After breakfast you embark on your sightseeing trip of Delhi City which would include the visit to Old Delhi and New Delhi-

Old Delhi: An ancient walled city. Here you would see the Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire, Rajghat the Samadhi of our Father of Nation, Jama Masjid the largest mosque in India and Chandni Chowk the bustling and colourful market of the old city.

New Delhi: The city designed and built by the British in the 1920’s- a city of wide boulevards impressive Government Buildings, green parks and gardens. First you will visit the two monuments from the Delhi’s past Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the Imposing India Gate and Parliament House.

After completing the sightseeing return back to the Hotel for Overnight.
Day 03 - Delhi - Agra (Approx 210 Kms/05 Hours)
After breakfast you drive to Agra. On arrival you check in to the hotel.

Agra is the one of the prominent destinations of the World Tourism map with three heritage monuments- The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri. It is more just a dacadent city of graveyards and stones, but it is a vibrant centre of Culture, Art and Religious philosphies that have enriched mankind and shaped humen thought over centuries.

Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - Agra - Jaipur Via Fatehpur Sikri (Approx 270 Kms/06 Hours)
After breakfast you embark on your sightseeing tour of the Agra City including Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Taj Mahal: The 17th Century master piece named Taj Mahal, which of course is the most splendid of all the buildings – perhaps the most perfect architectural monument of the world. It was built in the memory of the beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal by one of greatest king of Mughal Empire Shah Jehan.

Agra Fort: Built primarily as a military establishment by Emperor Akbar in 1565,the redstone Agra Fort, was partially converted in to a palace during the tenure of Emperor Shah Jehan. Though the principal structure was built by Akbar, many more additions were made by his grandsons. This massive fort is 2.5 Kms long and is considered the predecessor of the Red Fort of New Delhi. Later you visit Fatehpur Sikri-

Fatehpur Sikri: A fascinating ghost town lies little beyond Agra the deserted Red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its ruins are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life would have been like in the days of its grandeur. Set like a jewel in a court yard of pink sandstone is the marble tomb of Saint Salim Chisti, enclosed by delicately carved marble screens.

Afterwards you continue your drive to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur you check in to your hotel.

Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, also known as 'Pink City' is surrounded by an ancient 20ft high wall and eight gates. Situated at a distance of 280 km away from Delhi, today, Jaipur is the personification of the old order influence the new. An inherent interest for colour and design penetrated over stratum of society, and jewelry, crafts and architecture became objects of fascination equally between prince and peasant. Jaipur is also the main tourist hub of Rajasthan tourist circuit. From here you can reach out to places like Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Pushkar, and many more such destinations from Jaipur. Jaipur is also the third corner of the famed Golden Triangle tourist circuit of India along with Delhi and Agra.

Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 - In Jaipur
After breakfast you embark on your sightseeing tour of Amer Fort and Jaipur City.

Amer Fort: 11 Kms from Jaipur- A marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and reflected in Matao lake below. The magnificent old Citadel, a labyrinth of massive walls and towers, shrouds an exquisite marble palace, pillared and carved glimmering with a million tiny mirrors, which creates tanatalising reflection effect. The ascent to the fort is on a gaily caparisoned elephants.

Afternoon sightseeing of Jaipur City visit the-

City Palace Museum: An imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princess, carpets an armoury of old weapons , miniature paintings portraying court scenes , battle scenes and processions.

Jantar Mantar: (Observartory): Jantar Mantar, built between 1728 and 1734, literally means the ‘instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens’. Jai Singh, the brain behind the grand project, chose stone with marble facing. This was the biggest of all his observatories and the only one built of stone. He used it daily, often with his astronomy gurus Pandit Jagannath and Kewal Ram. In all there are 17 instruments in the Jantar Mantar complex. The function of each instrument is rather complex but serves a particular function where time plays the main theme.

Hawa Mahal: (Palace of Winds): A five storeyed wonder with a spectacular pyra midal façade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. After completing the sightseeing return back to the hotel for overnight.
Day 06 - Jaipur – Pushkar by Surface Approx (140 Kms – 03 Hours)
Breakfast in the hotel. This morning drive to Pushkar-

Pushkar is among the five Dhams or pilgrimages that are held in high esteem by Hindus, the others being Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram, and Dwarka.

It is said that in battle lord Brahma killed the demon Vajra Nabh with a lotus flower, whose petals floated down to earth and landed in three places in and around Pushkar where lakes sprang up. According to legends, Pushkar Lake was surrounded by 500 temples and 52 palaces (several rajas and maharajas maintained palaces here for pilgrimage) at one point.

The Brahma temple is the most important temple here and is, in fact, the only Brahma temple of India. It is interesting to note that Brahma is not worshipped, even though he is one of the Holy Trinity of Hinduism. Brahma, it is said, had descended on earth to perform a Yajna (fire-sacrifice). His wife Savitri was not with him at that time and the Yajna would be incomplete without her. Therefore, Brahma married a local girl and sat down for the Yajna. Meanwhile Savitri landed on earth and, upon finding this new bride sitting next to Brahma, cursed him that he would never be worshipped anywhere else on earth.
Upon arrival check in to the hotel.

Afternoon: Embark upon the sightseeing of the city which would include the visit to Pushkar Lake and temples.

Return back to the hotel after the sightseeing. Overnight will be in Pushkar.
Day 07 - Pushkar - Udaipur By Surface Approx (285 Kms - 06 Hours)
Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast this morning drive to Udaipur.

Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years. The foundation of the city has an interesting legend associated with it. According to it, Maharana Udai Singh, the founder, was hunting one day when he met a holy man meditations on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichhola.The hermit blessed the Maharana and advised him to build a palace at this favorable located spot with a fertile valley watered by the stream, a lake, an agreeable altitude and an amphitheater of low mountains. Maharana followed the advise of the hermit and founded the city in 1559 A.D.

Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Evening free at leisure. Overnight will be in Udaipur.
Day 08 - Udaipur – Ahmedabad By Surface Approx (255 Kms – 05 Hours)
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast this morning embark upon the half day city tour which would include the visit to:

Udaipur City: Visit the city Palace- Museum- grandeur and intricacy stroked all over in granite, marble and mosaic displayed in the sparkling white filigreed balconies and windows ,ornate arches and cupolas atop magnificent octagonal towers, Jagdish Temple : built in 1651 AD, also visit the Sahelion Ki Bari- the spectacular garden displaying the unique life styles of royal ladies who once lived in the palaces. Return back to the hotel after the sightseeing. After the completion of the sightseeing drive to Ahmedabad.

Ahmedabad India, the largest city and former capital of Gujarat, nurtures a striking blend of the glorious past and a vibrant present. Ahmedabad (Ahmadabad) is named after a Sultan who founded it in 1411, the city is associated with Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, whose simple ashram on the banks of river Sabarmati is now a site of national pilgrimage. It is a great textile and commercial centre and known as the "Manchester of India". Some times spelled Ahmedabad, is today the second largest prosperous city in Western India and a place where tradition and modern coexist in perfect harmony.

On arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight will be in Ahmedabad.
Day 09 - In Ahmedabad
Breakfast at hotel. This morning embark upon the sightseeing of the city which would include the visit to:

Adalaj Vav: Adalaj is a small village, situated at a distance of 18 km to the north of Ahmedabad. Vav means a step well. Adalaj Vav was built by Queen Rudabai, in 1499 AD.

Bhadra Fort: This is one of the majestic buildings in the city of Ahmedabad. The fort was constructed by Sultan Ahmed Shah in the year 1411 AD. It houses a number of palatial buildings, along with the sprawling Nagina Baugh.

Calico Museum of Textiles: Calico Museum of Textiles is one of the finest museums to be set up in India. It was inaugurated in the year 1949 by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru.

Jumma Masjid: Jumma Masjid of Ahmedabad is one of the most beautiful mosques in India. It was built in the year 1423 by the founder of the city, Sultan Ahmed Shah, and is located in the old city.

Rani Roopmati Mosque: Rani Roopmati Mosque, situated towards the north of Ahmedabad, is a historic monument built by Sultan Mehmud Beghara. It is named after his Hindu wife Rani Roopmati and was constructed during the period of 1430 to 1440 AD.

Sabarmati Ashram: Sabarmati Ashram is situated on the banks of River Sabarmati. It was founded in the year 1917 AD and is also known as Gandhi Ashram or the Harijan Ashram. The ashram once served as the residence of the Father of the Nation.

Sarkhej Roza: Sarkhej Roza is a small city, located 10 km towards the southwest of Ahmedabad. It is known for its beautiful architectural complexes. The complex houses a mausoleum and a mosque.

Sardar Patel National Memorial: Sardar Patel National Memorial is one of the most important buildings in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat. It is a museum as well as an exhibition center, dedicated to the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Teen Darwaza: Teen Darwaja is a triple arched gateway, situated in the city of Ahmedabad. It is the landmark of the city and is an architectural masterpiece. The gateway was built by the founder of Ahmedabad, Sultan Ahmed Shah.

Return back to the hotel after the sightseeing. Overnight will be in Ahmedabad.
Day 10 - Ahmedabad - Palitana By Surface Approx (239 Kms – 04 Hours)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning take the Heritage Walk in the walled city of Ahmedabad. This walk tour is a great way to explore 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.

Afterwards drive to Palitana. Upon arrival in Palitana check in to the hotel. Overnight will be in Palitana.
Day 11 - Palitana - Gondal By Surface Approx (160 Kms – 03 Hours)
Breakfast at the hotel. 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 resp.
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
In the morning, after having your leisurely breakfast, proceed towards Ahmedabad Airport to catch the flight back home or to Delhi. There are some budget airlines operating at Ahmedabad and you can have very attractive fare for Delhi or Mumbai from Ahmedabadectively and the latter also has a converted rail saloon suite.
 
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