07 NIGHTS / 08 DAYS
Arrive Delhi. You will be met and assisted on arrival in Delhi and transferred to hotel for overnight stay. Delhi is as modern or ancient as you want it to be. Today's Delhi is cosmopolitan, modern and fun loving. With feasts for art and theatre lovers, concerts for the musically inclined and food that can make a gourmet cry with delight, Delhi is a place with something for everyone.
After breakfast in the morning proceed for the half day combined city tour of Old & New Delhi. In Old city, drive past Red Fort built by Emperor Shah Jahan; Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India; Raj Ghat- the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and enjoy a walking tour in Chandni Chowk- the silver street of Delhi bustling with activity. Drive pass India Gate - A War Memorial Arch, the President's house, Parliament house, Government secretariat buildings and Connaught place - the heart of New Delhi and a busy shopping center. In the afternoon, drive 280 kms to Mandawa, often referred to as Rajasthan's open art gallery. Mandawa is a sleepy little typical Rajasthani town, which is deep rooted with culture. Later explore the surroundings of this village. Overnight at Mandawa.
Morning after breakfast enjoy a walking tour of Mandawa, which includes the medieval fort that gradually rises on the horizon like a mirage. A painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows leads to the bazaar. A breathtaking view of the town can be seen from the terrace of Castle Mandawa. The Mandawa family has a collection of traditional ceremonial costumes. Afternoon drive for an excursion to Fatehpur, Fatehpur is a town in the Sikar district of Indian state Rajasthan. It is part of the Shekhawati region. Fatehpur is famous for grand Havelis with frescos, which is a specialty of the Shekhawati region. A number of bawdis are also centres of attraction here. Evening drive back to Mandawa. Overnight at Mandawa.
After Breakfast drive to Mukundgarh, Mukundgarh is a city and a municipality in Jhunjhunu district in the Indian state of Rajasthan .It is part of Shekhawati region. It lies a few kilometres from Nawalgarh. Nawalgarh is famous for its fresco and havelis and considered as Golden City of Rajasthan. It is also the motherland of some great business families of India. Nawalgarh Fort (Bala Kila Fort) Shri Ramdev Ji Mandir (Famous temple of God Ramdev Ji) Shri Balaji Mandir (Built by Shree Ramchandra Seva Dham Trust) Lakshmi Narayan Mandir (Built by Thakur Udai Singh in 1869 V.S.) Shri Gopinath Ji Mandir (Built by Thakur Nawal Singh)Shri Kalyan Ji Mandir Gangamai Temple, Shri Ganesh Mandir, Mahamaya Temple, Shri Shanishar Mandir, Shri Hanumangarh Balaji Mandir, Shri Surya Temple, Shri Shiv Mandir, Shri Narsingh Bhagwan Mandir, Enjoy the glimpse of Aath (Eight) havelis Complex, Anandilal Poddar Haveli, Jodhraj Patodia Haveli, Bhagat Haveli, Chokhani Haveli. Overnight stay at hotel in Nawalgarh.
After breakfast depart by surface to Samode. Samode is a large town in Rajasthan, which belonged to the landlords known as 'Zamindars' (in Hindi language) of the principal Thakurs of the state of Amber. It shot into prominence due to the thakurs lineage traced to Maharaja Rajveer Singhji, the 17th prince of the house of Kachhwaha Rajput's. Samode was bequeathed to Gopal Singhji one of his 12 sons, as a noble feudatory of the Amber and Jaipur principality. Samode was, even then, considered a very rich town under the kingdom of Amber. Behari Das, a Rajput warrior who was then in Mughal service of the Nathawat clan inherited the Zamindari of Samode. It was under the British Raj but was restored to the Nathawat clan with the hereditary title 'Rawal Saheb' or 'Maha Rawal' (title conferred for their valiance and loyalty to the royal family), in 1757, and this lineage is continued to this date. Later transfer to hotel. Samode is splendid Palace ornate with Fine Frescoes. Full day enjoy the glory of past in Samode. Overnight at hotel in Samode.
After a leisurely breakfast,drive to Jaipur , on arrival visit 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. Their five-storey structures 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. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at Jaipur.
Proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort. AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression. 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.
After breakfast drive to Delhi airport to connect the flight for onward journey.