Destinations Covered: Delhi - Samode- Jaipur - Samode - Nimaj - Rohet - Jodhpur - Rohet - Ranakpur - Narlai - Kumbhalgarh - Deogarh - Nathdwar - Delwara - Eklingji - Nagda - Udaipur - Delwara - Udaipur - Mumbai
Rajasathan, one of the most popular destinations of India, is also referred to as the ‘Land of the Kings’. It is a well-known fact that the state’s landscape is dotted with innumerable forts and palaces, which were erected by several rulers during their reign. However, not many know that a number of these have been converted into heritage hotels of Rajasthan. The Essence of Rajasthan is a wonderful journey that takes you through some of the most sough-after cities as well as countryside structures that were ancestral homes. During the span of 15 nights, the itinerary takes you to places like Jaipur, Samode, Nimaj, Rohet, Jodhpur, Narlai, Udaipur, and so on. The package also includes visit to the very popular temples at Delwara, Ranakpur, Nathdwar and Eklingji. Another attraction is the city tour of the national capital, Delhi.
On your arrival in Delhi, get transferred to the hotel. Complete the check-in formalities. Rest of the day is at leisure. The capital city of Delhi is a complete charmer with its varied ranges of attractions. There are nightclubs, temples, gardens, bustling markets, amusement parks, historical monuments and much more. Do not miss savouring the lip-smacking street food of Delhi.
The day is scheduled for exploring the wonders of Old and New Delhi. Notice the wide streets of Lutyen's Delhi, which are a complete contrast to the narrow lanes of Old Delhi. Try to notice the amazing difference between the buildings, structures and feel of these two identities of the country's capital city.
Overnight stay in Delhi.
On day 3, transfer to Samode, by road. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure. Samode is a beautiful and peaceful old town, near Jaipur, which has wonderful Rajput architecture. Enjoy your time away from the touristy hustle-bustle.
Overnight in Samode.
In the morning, transfer to Jaipur. Drive past Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds. Arrive at the mighty Amber or Amer Fort. Ride up to the entrance of this hilltop fort on an elephant's back. The fort is around 11 km from the main city and was built by Raja Man Singh in the year 1592 AD. Lunch is followed by sightseeing including the City Palace- official residence of the city's royal family and the Jantar Mantar Observatory, a World Heritage Site- housing 19 astronomical instruments. Back to Samode in the evening.
On day 5, in the morning, transfer to Nimaj by road. On reaching, check-in at the luxurious tents, placed by a dam. Savour the wonderful views of the Lake and the birds. This camp on the banks of a lake is a modernized version of the 1920s hunting parties, which were hosted by the royal family of Nimaj. Enjoy bird watching here.
In the morning, enjoy a leisure walk around the lake and treat your eyes to the wonderful surrounding views. Or, you can opt for bird watching and visit the farming village on a jeep. You are accompanied by a member of the owning family. In the afternoon, start your road journey to Rohet. Upon arrival, check-in at a wonderful heritage hotel.
Overnight in Rohetgarh.
Day 7 is scheduled for an excursion to nearby Jodhpur, including the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. One of India's largest forts in India, the fort lies 410 feet above the city and was constructed in 1460 by Rao Jodha. A part of the fort complex consists of a well-stocked museum. The afternoon is at leisure. You can visit the local markets or the other attractions, as you like. In the evening, return to Rohet.
Morning road journey to Ranakpur for visiting the very popular Jain temple complex. The Ranakpur Jain temple complex was built in the 15th Century by Seth Dharna Sah with assistance from Rana Kumbha. The temple is dedicated to Lord Adinath and is one of the five important Jain pilgrimage sites. Admire the intricate architecture. Later, have lunch at a popular city restaurant. Thereafter, continue your drive to Narlai. Complete the check-in at a popular heritage hotel.
Morning excursion to the imposing Kumbhalgarh fort, offering fascinating views of the surrounding area. The fort was commissioned in the 15th century by Maharana Kumbha and lies in the westerly ranges of the Aravallis. It has the second longest wall in the world, after the Great Wall of China. Later on, start your road journey to Deogarh. Check-in at a heritage hotel here.
On day 10, you have options to choose from. You can either opt for a train ride traversing through the 'ghat' (banks section). Or, you can go for a jeep safari to explore the nearby the villages. If you do not feel like doing anything today, you can enjoy the facilities being offered at the hotel and spend the day at leisure.
Overnight in Deogarh.
In the morning, drive to Delwara, through the wonderful Nathdwara temples. This temple is dedicated to Shrinathji (Lord Krishna). Constructed in the 17th century, Shrinathji temple or Nathdwara temple lies on the banks of River Banas. Continue your journey later. On arrival, check-in at the hotel to relax.
Today, you visit the charming Udaipur town that is placed on the banks of Lake Pichola. The city is dotted with several palaces and other historical monuments. Start your journey to Udaipur. On the way halt at Eklingji and Nagda temples. Eklingji temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has a 500 feet high image of Lord Shiva. It was built in Bappa Rawal in 734 A.D. The temples in Nagda town are slightly ruins but have not lost their charm. The most popular temples is Saas-Bahu temple. Thereafter, continue to Udaipur and partake in sightseeing. In the evening, return to Delwara.
Whole of day 13 is at leisure to for exploring Devigarh Fort Palace and its surrounding area. Explore the magnificent and luxurious Rajputana structure. The experience is going to be memorable and delightful.
Stay overnight in Delwara.
Morning is free, enjoy a lazy breakfast and relax. In the afternoon, get transferred to the Udaipur airport to board a flight to Mumbai. Check-in at a luxury hotel. You are now free to explore the bustling and vibrant Mumbai city on your own, if you want. There are fashionable markets, caves, historical monuments, gardens, street delights, beaches and much more.
Overnight in Mumbai.
Early morning arrival at the airport for boarding a flight to the onward destination.