20 Day: Royal Rajasthan


    New meets Old as you travel back in time on this stunning journey of discovery through Rajasthan's Palaces and its Wildlife.

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    Highlights: Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary

     

    20 Day Royal Rajasthan Itinerary


    Day 1: Delhi

    Arrive in Delhi, you will be met and assisted by our representative and transfer to your hotel. India's capital & a major gateway to the country, Delhi is contemporary and a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient & the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind.

    Overnight: Oberoi Maidens (B)



    Day 2: Delhi

    This morning after breakfast, proceed for a full-day tour of Old and New Delhi. This fascinating city has been in existence since the 6th century BC and has seen ups and downs from the rule of the Pandavas right up to the British Raj. Visit Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India, commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan. The courtyard of the mosque can hold about 25,000 worshippers. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, the busiest market in Old Delhi…noisy, chaotic and uniquely Indian. You will then visit the Red Fort, which was constructed during the rule of Emperor Shah Jahan and served as the residence for the Mughal royal family. It continues to be significant even today, as every Independence Day, the Prime Minister makes a speech from its ramparts as the Indian flag is hoisted. Later, drive past President House and several other government buildings in Edwin Lutyen’s Delhi before you head to Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. This simple memorial marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Thereafter, visit Humayun’s Tomb, commissioned by Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562. It was the first garden tomb built in the Indian sub-continent where the Persian architect used red sandstone on a large scale. Later in the evening visit the Qutab Minar, which is the tallest brick minaret in the world; it was commissioned by Qutbuddin Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi.

    Overnight: Oberoi Maidens (B)



    Day 3: Delhi – Chambal

    This morning proceed to Chambal (274 kms/6 hrs drive approximately). On arrival in Chambal, check-in into your Hotel. The Chambal Ravines (altitude 200-500m) are the product of centuries of soil erosion by flood and rain waters. They form an incredible maze of intertwining mud cliffs, with tropical dry scrub forest vegetation, that provide shelter for numerous birds, mammals and reptiles. Lunch & Dinner in the hotel.

    Overnight: Chambal Safari Lodge (B, L, D)



    Day 4: Chambal – Bharatpur

    This morning proceed to Bharatpur (125 kms/2 hrs 30 minutes drive approximately). On arrival in Bharatpur, check-in into your Hotel. Enjoy a visit to the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. One of the finest bird parks in the world, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana National Park) is a reserve that offers protection to varied faunal species. Nesting indigenous water- birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds, this sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar. The name Keoladeo derives from an ancient Hindu temple inside the Park, devoted to Lord Shiva. The major attractions of tourists visiting the park are the numerous migratory birds, who come from as far away as Siberia and Central Asia and spend their winters in Bharatpur, before returning to their breeding grounds. Migratory birds at Bharatpur bird sanctuary include, several species of Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and Pipits, etc..

    Overnight: Laxmi Niwas Palace (B)



    Day 5: Bharatpur – Jaipur

    This morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur (170 kms/3 Hrs 30 minutes drive approximately) On arrival in Jaipur, check-in into your Hotel.

    Overnight: Alsisar Haveli (B)



    Day 6: Jaipur

    Today, enjoy a full-day sightseeing trip of Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’. The city of Jaipur is capital to the state of Rajasthan, famous for its colorful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. Jaipur owes its name to the founder of the city, warrior king Sawai Jai Singh II. Visit the Amber Fort. The best way to explore the fort is to ride up to it on Elephant back. Prominent structures inside the fort are the Diwan-i-Aam, adorned with latticed galleries, the Ganesh Pol, with a beautiful painted image of Lord Ganesh, and the stunning Sheesh Mahal, a hall decorated with thousands of tiny mirrors. Later, stop to photograph the beautiful Hawa Mahal, also known as the “Palace of the Winds.” This beautiful façade with its ornately carved latticework windows was designed so the ladies of the palace could look out onto the streets unobserved. Later you will visit the City Palace… again, a synthesis of Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The museums here showcase rare and ancient manuscripts, arms dating back to the 15th century, and costumes of erstwhile royalty. Later, visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory, comprising geometric devices for measuring time, and tracking stars in their orbits.

    Overnight: Alsisar Haveli (B)



    Day 7: Jaipur

    This morning after breakfast at hotel. Day at leisure for personal activities.

    Overnight: Alsisar Haveli (B)



    Day 8: Jaipur - Bhainsrorgarh

    This morning after breakfast drive to Bhainsrorgarh (300 kms/6 Hrs 30 minutes drive approximately) On arrival in Bhainsrorgarh, check-in into your Hotel. Lunch & Dinner in the hotel.

    Overnight: Bhainsrorgarh Fort (B, L, D)



    Day 9 & 10: Bhainsrorgarh

    This morning after breakfast at hotel. Day at leisure.

    Overnight: Bhainsrorgarh Fort (B, L, D



    Day 11: Bhainsrorgarh - Udaipur

    After breakfast drive to Udaipur. (300 kms/6 Hrs 30 minutes drive approximately). On arrival check in to your hotel and relax.

    Overnight: Trident (B)



    Day 12: Udaipur

    Proceed for a full-day tour of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola. The complex is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559. The balconies of the palace provide panoramic views of the Lake Palace Hotel and Jag Mandir on one side, and the city of Udaipur on the other. The paintings, mosaics, intricately carved 'chhatris' and the architecturally brilliant facade all contribute to making your visit to the City Palace a truly memorable experience. Thereafter, visit a picturesque garden, Sahelion ki Bari. You will visit also visit Jagat Temple, which is dedicated to Goddess Ambika- a form of Goddess Durga. Built in 961 A.D, this temple is renowned for its intricate carvings in the exteriors. In the evening, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola (Depending upon the water level of lake), which is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD.

    Overnight: Trident (B)



    Day 13: Udaipur - Kochi Proceed to the airport to board the flight for Kochi Via Mumbai. Arrive Kochi, you will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel.

    Overnight: Trident (B)



    Day 14: Kochi

    Proceed for day tour of Kochi. Visit Fort Kochi, walk to the church of St Francis, the oldest European-built church in the country. Continue with a visit to Mattancherry, where you will visit the historic synagogue in the Jewish Quarter. You will also visit the Mattancherry or Dutch Palace, with its fine collection of mural paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics. Thereafter, drive past the amazing Chinese Fishing Nets. In the evening, witness a Kathakali dance performance. Kathakali is the most recognized dance drama form in Kerala. It dates back to the seventeenth century and is deeply rooted in mythology, taking it themes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. A traditional Kathakali performance began at dusk continued through the night, culminating at the auspicious hour of dawn, when Good finally conquers Evil. Now, of course, shorter performances are more the norm! Costumes and makeup are dramatically characteristic of the dance, and the technique involves highly intricate gestures and expressions.

    Overnight: Trident (B)



    Day 15: Kochi - Thekkady

    Drive to Thekkady (160 kms / 4 hrs approx). Arrive Thekkady and check in to your hotel.

    Overnight: Elephant Court (B)



    Day 16: Thekkady

    Enjoy Early Morning Boat Ride at Lake Periyar. After breakfast at hotel, Visit Thekkady wildlife sanctuary, where herds of wild elephants have made Thekkady Lake their favorite haunt for frolicking in the water. Later, take a spice plantation tour. Spices found in here include pepper, clove, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric, vanilla and curry leaves. Enjoy an elephant ride in Thekkady.

    Overnight: Elephant Court (B).



    Day 17: Thekkady - Alleppey

    Drive to Alleppey (160 kms / 3.5 hrs approx). Arrive Alleppey and board your houseboat. Alleppey, "Venice of the East" has a large network of backwater canals that meander through the town and surrounding villages.

    Overnight: On a houseboat (B, L, D)



    Day 18: Alleppey - Kumarakom

    Arrive Kumarakom and check in to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

    Overnight: The Zuri Resort & Spa (B)



    Day 19: Kumarakom

    Full day at leisure. You can visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. An ornithologist's paradise, the sanctuary is spread across 14 acres, and is the favorites haunt of local birds like Waterfowl, Cuckoo, Owls, Egrets, and Wood Beetle. In the evening, unwind and relax.

    Overnight: The Zuri Resort & Spa (B)



    Day 20: Kumarakom - Kochi

    Proceed to the Cochin airport (60 kms / 1.5 hrs approx.) to board the flight for your onward destination.

     


    Included:
    • Accommodation in well appointed rooms.
    • Transport services as per itinerary by air-conditioned Toyota Innova.
    • Services of English Speaking Guide.
    • Monument Entry Fees.
    • Elephant ride at Amber Fort.
    • Cycle Rickshaw Ride.
    • Common Boat Ride at Lake Pichola – Udaipur.
    • Kathakali Entrance Ticket in Cochin.
    • Elephant Ride in Periyar.
    • Spice Plantation Tour in Periyar.
    • Shared Boat Ride on Periyar lake.
    • Assistance, toll, interstate taxes, Govt. Service Tax.


    Not Included:
    • International round-trip airfare to Delhi. (please ask for a quote)
    • Fees for passport and travel insurance.
    • Gratuities.


    To book or customise this itinerary call: 01227 671 154


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