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Home » Cultural Tours » Hansa Rajput Cultural Tour

Hansa Rajput Cultural Tour
Duration : 20 Days / 19 Nights
Destinations : Delhi - Mandawa – Bikaner - Jaisalmer – Jodhpur - Mount Abu – Kumbalgarh - Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Ajmer – Pushkar - Jaipur – Agra - Delhi

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met our Hansa Vacations representative and after a warm welcome proceed to the pre-booked hotel. Special welcome awaits you at hotel in traditional Indian style with aarti & tika. Stay overnight at hotel in Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast, proceed for a tour of the city. Your sightseeing will start with a visit to the (Birla Mandir) Laxminarayan Temple, built by one of India's foremost business families and dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver. Proceed to the former centre of Moghul Power, Old Delhi that offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Drive past the Red Fort, built in 1648 and board the 'cycle rickshaw' for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue-heading west from the Fort. Later visit the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal, and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Afternoon proceed for a visit to New Delhi. Drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens, including the India Gate built in memory of the 85,000 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during World War 1. Opposite the India Gate, is the massive Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India. Continue on to Humayun`s Tomb of the Mughal era followed by tour of the towering minaret of Qutab Minar. Qutub-Minar in red and buff sandstone is the highest tower in India. It has a diameter of 14.32m at the base and about 2.75m on the top with a height of 72.5m. Stay overnight at hotel in Delhi.

Day 03: Delhi – Mandawa
After breakfast drive to Mandawa, situated in the heart of the Shekhawati region it is a compact little beautiful town in the state of Rajasthan. Mandawa has numerous magnificent havelis and dazzling forts spread all throughout the place. And these comprise of intricate craftsmanship and the strikingly beautiful arches. Antique fresco and beautiful paintings are featured on these havelis.
 
Later visit the havelis of Mandawa, famous for their beautiful painted arched getaways adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows and splendid carvings. Saraf haveli, Ladia havelis and Chokhani havelis are a few of the well–known havelis of Mandawa. Stay overnight at hotel in Mandawa.

Day 04: Mandawa – Bikaner
After breakfast drive to Bikaner– established in 1488 AD by Rao Bika Ji situated in the north–west part of Rajasthan. The impressive palaces, beautiful and ornately sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones exhibit some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization. The city is surrounded by huge walls, and scattered with many sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval splendor that spread through the city's lifestyle. Arrive Bikaner and check into the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Bikaner.

Day 05: Bikaner
After breakfast proceed for a half day tour of Bikaner city starting with Junagarh Fort which  is believed to be one of the most magnificent forts of north India. This fort was built in 15th century by Raja Rai Singh who was one of the most able and faithful generals of Akbar. This fort has a 986m–long boundary wall with 37 bastions, a moat and two entrances.
 
Later visit The Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum: This small museum has a huge collection of pottery from the Harrapa civilization period. It has a beautiful collection of pottery, carpets, paintings, armory, coins terracotta and weapons which make this museum one of the finest in Rajasthan.
 
Afternoon take a excursion to the Camel Breeding Farms: This government run station is perhaps unique in Asia. It is located at 08 kms. from Bikaner. There are about 230 camels at the National Camel Research Center and three different breeds are reared here. Later visit Lallgarh Palace – Constructed by Maharaja Ganga Singh in remembrance of his father, it is located 3 kms north of Bikaner city. Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, the palace is quite impressive with suspended balconies and fragile latticework. Stay overnight at hotel in Bikaner.

Day 06: Bikaner – Jaisalmer
After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer, also known as the “Golden City”. Arrive Jaisalmer and check-in to hotel. Afternoon you will proceed for a half day city tour starting with the massive Jaisalmer Fort – This magnificent fort was constructed in 1156 by the Bhatti Rajput ruler Jaisala. It is located on an 80m high Trikuta Hill. This is a living fort; with one quarter of the old city's population residing in it. The fort is approached through four gateways. Other Outstanding features are Megh Durbar & various temples, Salim Singh–Ki–Haveli – has beautiful mansion with stone carvings and lattice work of spectacular intricacy & Patwon–Ki–Haveli which has delicately carved pillars and widespread corridors and chambers.

Later visit Lodurva situated 16 kms from the city, it was the ancient capital of Jaisalmer and a significant pilgrimage place of the Jain community with some glorious Jain temple. Stay overnight at hotel in Jaisalmer.

Day 07: Jaisalmer
Morning you will drive to the picturesque Sam sand dunes, situated at a distance of approximately 42 km from the city of Jaisalmer. Located in the center of the Thar Desert, these sand dunes are amongst the most renowned ones in Rajasthan. The Sam Sand Dunes would totally charm you with their attractive sights and adventure freaks can also enjoy a camel safari experience of the Sam sand dunes. Stay overnight at hotel in Jaisalmer.

Day 08: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur
Today morning drive to Jodhpur – The Sun City. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Afternoon enjoy a short excursion to Bishnoi village famous for their unique traditions and culture. Stay overnight at hotel in Jodhpur.

Day 09: Jodhpur
After breakfast proceed for a full day city tour covering Mehrangarh fort located at a distance of 5 km from Jodhpur. It is one of the largest forts in India. It is one of the most magnificent Fort in the whole Rajasthan which is situated on a 150 m high hill. It was established by Rao Jodha in 1459. Seven gates have to be crossed to reach the fort. Other attractions of Mehrangarh Fort include several smaller palaces inside the fort, with their extensive and huge courtyards.
 
One of the forts palaces - The Moti Mahal or the Pearl Palace has a gracefully carved stone screen and treasures the Sringar Chowki, royal throne of Jodhpur & elegantly adorned ceilings and walls, with delicate latticework on the windows. Phool Mahal or Flower Palace –The Jodhpur Coat of Arms is reserved in the Phool Mahal. Walls of this Flower Palace are covered with paintings illustrating various musical moods.
 
Jhanki Mahal – the residence from where the women would watch ceremonial proceedings. Sheesh Mahal or the “Hall of Mirrors” – Its mirror work includes large, regular pieces, rather than an intricate mosaic of tiny fragments; another variation is the superimposition over the mirror work of brightly painted religious figures made in plaster. We will also take you to Jaswant Thada which lies adjacent to Mehrangarh Fort and The 19th century royal cenotaph, a creation in white marble. It houses pictures of successive rulers. Later visit Clock tower the timely wealth of Jodhpur and if time permits explore the local markets for exquisite handicrafts including the famous embroidered shoes, antiques, as well as Bandhini or tie and dye fabrics.

Day 10: Jodhpur – Mount Abu
After breakfast depart for Mount Abu – the one and only hill station in the state of Rajasthan. Arrive Mount Abu and check in at the hotel. After a brief rest visit the Dilwara temples, these wonderfully carved Jain temples are Mount Abu's major attraction and among the premium examples of Jain architecture in India. Constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries AD, these temples are sheer elegance in marble. The five legendary marble temples of Dilwara are the holy pilgrimage of Jains. The older of the temples is the Vimal Vasahi, built in 1031 devoted to the first tirthankar (Jain Teacher), Adinath.
 
The central shrine contain an image of Adinath, while around the courtyard are 57 identical cells, each with a Budhdha like cross–legged image. It has 48 elegantly carved pillars from the entrance to the courtyard. Return to hotel and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Mount Abu – Kumbalgarh
After breakfast drive to Kumbalgarh. Built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha of Chittaurgarh, Kumbhalgarh is one of Rajasthan's highest fort, and most formidable. Arrive and check into the Kumbalgarh fort. It is located about 64 kms north of Udaipur. The fort is surrounded by Aravali ranges. Stay overnight at hotel in Kumbhalgarh.
 
The Kumbhalgarh Fort is yet another fort in the history of Rajasthan that has remained unconquered till date. This was so because of its inaccessibility and hostile landscape. Apart from Kumbhalgarh Fort some major attractions of this region are Haldighati, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and Muchhal Mahavira Temple. Stay overnight at hotel in Kumbhalgarh.

Day 12: Kumbalgarh – Udaipur
Morning you are free to explore the fort and surroundings on own. Later drive to Udaipur – the city of lakes. It was founded by Maharana Udai Singh and the city was named Udaipur after his name. The white palaces, gracefully laid out gardens and the lakes make Udaipur seem almost like a paradise on earth and an illusion in the desert. Arrive Udaipur and check-in to the hotel. Evening enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola. Stay overnight at hotel in Udaipur.

Day 13: Udaipur
After breakfast proceed for a half day city tour starting with the City Palace – A regal architectural wonder located over Lake Pichola, it is an accumulation of courtyards, pavilions, terraces corridors rooms and hanging gardens. They all are built at different time beginning from 1559 A.D. The balconies of the palace provide splendid view of the Lake Palace hotel, Jag Mandir on one side and on the other the city of Udaipur. Jagdish Temple – located in the city palace complex, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and can be approached by a broad flight of steps.
 
Later drive past the Fateh Sagar Lake – A gorgeous lake which is overlooked by a number of hills on the three sides and the Pratap Memorial on its north side which was constructed by Maharana Fateh Singh. In the middle of the lake is Nehru Park – a lovely garden island with a boat shaped cafe reachable by an enjoyable boat ride. Followed by a visit to Saheliyon–Ki–Bari also known as garden of maids – queen's resort for her friends and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir – Folk Art Museum which exhibits the brilliant collection of folk articles of Rajasthan varies from typical rural–dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings. Stay overnight at hotel in Udaipur.

Day 14: Udaipur – Chittorgarh
After breakfast drive to Chittorgarh which was earlier known as Chitrakut, after a local Rajput chieftain named Chitrang. Later we would take you for a tour of Chittorgarh including The Chittorgarh Fort – One of the most formidable forts in India, Chittorgarh Fort is the symbol of Rajput courage and sacrifice.
 
Within the fort visit Rana Kumbha Palace – which is believed to have underground cellars where Rani Padmini and other women committed mass suicide to protect their honour and dignity, Padmini’s Palace, Fateh Prakash Palce and the Government Museum – constructed by Maharana Fateh Singh. This palace is converted into a museum, has a rich collection of sculptures from temples and buildings in the Fort. Visit Vijay Stambh also known as Victory Tower, Kumbha Shyam Temple, Kalika Mata Temple, Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame).

Day 15: Chiottorgarh – Ajmer – Pushkar
After breakfast drive to Pushkar en-route visit the Dargah (Hall) of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer. Its entrance has high gates which are carved with silver. Grave of the saint is surrounded by silver railing and covered with marble. Arrive Pushkar & check into the hotel. Rest of the day free to relax. Stay overnight at hotel in Pushkar.

Day 16: Pushkar – Jaipur
Morning proceed for a short temple tour visitng Jagat Pita Shri Brahma Temple which is the only temple in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma followed by a visit to Apteshwar Mahadeo Temple – Dedicated to Lord Shiva. Later drive to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur and check in the hotel. Evening free to relax and enjoy the amenities at the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Jaipur.

Day 17: Jaipur
Morning proceed for a excursion to Amber Fort located on the outskirts of Jaipur, starting with a joy ride on an Elephant. Visit the beautiful Sheesh Mahal inside which is also known as 'Palace of Mirrors' it is one of the most impressive sights in the Amber Fort.

Afternoon you will visit the City Palace which was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. It also houses a sequence of gardens, courtyards and buildings with a mix of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture, Jantar Mantar – the royal Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh, also drive past Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds. Evening visit the local markets and stay overnight at hotel in Jaipur.

Day 18: Jaipur – Agra
Morning drive to Agra en-route you will visit the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri built by Emperor Akbar. The entire town was abandoned due to shortage of water. On arrival in Agra check into the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Agra.

Day 19: Agra
Early morning before breakfast visit the monument of Love to catch a glimpse of the Taj Mahal at sunrise. We are about to witness one of the greatest sights of one's lifetime - the Taj Mahal at sunrise, as we visit the fabled Taj Mahal to witness the magical effects caused by the reflections of the changing colours of the rising Sun or setting Sun on this brilliant white marble building.  “Monument of Love” - Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays) symbolizes eternal love frozen in white marble built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz.

Return to hotel for breakfast, after breakfast you will visit the Agra Fort. Agra Fort is located on the right bank of the river Yamuna in the city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the most important and robustly built strongholds of the Mughals, embellished with number of richly decorated buildings encompassing the imposing Mughal style of art and architecture. It was constructed by the third Mughal emperor Akbar on the remains of an ancient site known as Badalgarh. Sikandar Lodi (1487-1517) was the first Sultan of Delhi to shift his capital from Delhi to Agra. Rest of the day you will be free to relax and enjoy the amenities at the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Agra.

Day 20: Agra – Delhi (204 Kms / 04 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning depart for Delhi by surface. En-route visit Sikandra. The Mughal Emperor Akbar, known as Akbar the Great, ruled an empire that stretched across North India from 1556 to 1605. His reign is considered the pinnacle of Mughal rule in India. Akbar's tomb is located in the serene ambience of Sikandra 3 km away from Agra. Akbar began building it during his lifetime and his son, the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, completed it. Some of its design features are similar to the design of the Taj Mahal built later in Agra. Akbar's tomb at Sikandra has a large arched entrance and green lawns, on which deer can be seen grazing, surround the tomb. The entrance is decorated with marble inlay work around the arch, and the inner surface of the dome of the tomb is decorated with images of flowers, geometric designs and Islamic calligraphy.

Upon arrival in Delhi our representative will meet you and transfer you to the International Airport for flight back home.

****You have an option to request for a wash and change room at a luxury airport hotel should your flight depart late night or early morning.