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Forts and Palace

Day 01: Fort Neemrana

Arrive in Delhi and after a warm welcome and assistance at the airport, drive straight to Fort Neemrana. A two hour drive will take you to this splendid fortress. It is a 15th century fort adorned in history and the jewels of the past. Enjoy your stay at this most romantic fort. Just relax today and acclimatize to your new environment.

Day 02: Fort Neemrana

The 11 tired fort palace built over 6 acres has a charm of its own and has a lot of activities on offer. Today you can discover the environs of this fortress on foot, or take a camel cart ride to the nearby villages. Or you can visit the 18th Century step well by trekking up or walking down sand dunes to descend 9 storeys below the ground. This famine relief project was once used as a caravanserai by tired travelers. And if you want to relax and rejuvenate, then you can plunge in the pool on the plateau which stretches above the landscape to the horizon surrounded by many sun deck terraces or take a spa treatment at the Ayurveda spa. In the evening enjoy a sumptuous meal along with traditional Rajasthan music playing in the background.

Day 3: Jaipur

Drive to Jaipur, the pink city of Rajasthan. After lunch, visit Hawa Mahal, the palace of the winds constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. The façade of the palace resembles a pyramid. The palace comprises of five stories. There are nearly 953 tiny windows carved out of intricate lattice work. These windows are extremely stylish and resemble a mammoth honeycomb. Later walk in the old city of Jaipur and shop as much as you like as this place is full of souvenirs and of course the gems of Jaipur are world famous.

Day 4: Jaipur

Today you get on an elephant back to visit the fascinating Amer fort. The Amer Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Constructed by Raja Man Singh in 1592 and completed by Mirza Raja Jai Singh the fort is made in red sand stone and marble. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. Come back to the hotel for lunch and later visit the City palace museum which is situated inside the walled city. Dinner at the hotel and retire for the night.

Day 5: Fort Barli

Today after breakfast, you drive to Fort Barli. Enroute visit Pushkar, a holy Hindu city famous for its lake and the one and only Brahma temple in the world. Fort Barli is a unique way to experience Rajasthan, one of India's most vibrant and exotic destinations. A luxury heritage hotel with its own distinctive character, it revives the gracious lifestyles of India's legendary Rajput princes. This royal heritage fort hotel combines classic heritage with contemporary elegance. Tonight you will enjoy a sumptuous meal cooked from the kitchen of the erstwhile rulers. Enjoy your meal in this beautiful setting.

Day 6: Fort Barli

Today you can choose from a range of activities on offer at the fort…which include trekking in the hills for the more adventurous ones, or go bird watching at the nearby lake, or take a bullock cart ride in the nearby village, or walk through the village and visit the potters huts to see how they work, or visit the ancient temples in and around the village. Later relax in the vicinity of the fort, near the pool, or getting a traditional relaxing massage. Get a cooking class demonstration in the evening by the chef himself, and learn to cook some exotic Rajasthan dishes from the royal house itself. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Udaipur

Today you drive to Udaipur….the city famous for its beautiful lakes and referred to as one of the most romantic cities of India. In the evening take a walk in the old city and later have dinner at a terrace overlooking the beautiful Palace.

 

Day 08: Udaipur

Visit the City palace museum and also the crystal gallery. Udaipur city palace is one of the architectural marvels of Rajasthan, located at the peaceful banks of Lake Pichola. It is often distinguished as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Initially Maharaja Udai Singh started to build it in 1559, but the present form of the palace is the result of subsequent additions by his successors. City palace boasts of wonderful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese architecture. It is a marvelous assortment of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Encircled by fortifications, this palace is wholly built in Marble and granite. Later in the evening take a boat ride in the lake to watch the sunset. Dinner at the hotel

Day 09: Jodhpur

Drive to Jodhpur via Ranakpur, where you will visit the beautiful Jain temple complex made in white marble. The carving in marble is just stunning here. Have lunch after the visit and then continue for Jodhpur. In the evening take a walk in the old city to shop for souvenirs and later have dinner at a terrace of the old Haveli overlooking the fort.

Day 10: Jodhpur

Today, you visit the fort of Mehrangarh. Mehrangarh Fort stands a hundred feet in splendor on a perpendicular cliff, four hundred feet above the sky line of Jodhpur. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons. Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of the most impressive in all Rajasthan. So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it "the work of giants". Today, it is acknowledged as the finest living example of a Hindu fortress. Later visit The Umaid Bhawan Palace…Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest private residences in the world - set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens. The magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur one of the world's largest private residences is a golden hued desert sandstone monument set amidst acres of verdant gardens. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Jaisalmer

After breakfast drive through the arid desert to the golden city of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer. After lunch and some rest, drive out for some excursion around the city. You see the royal cenotaphs, an abandoned village and then head straight to the dunes of the Thar Desert to ride a camel and later watch the sunset on the dunes. After sunset, drive back to the hotel where after some rest you have your dinner and retire for the night.

Day 12: Jaisalmer

Today you visit one of the most beautiful cities of Rajasthan. The 900 year old fort is a marvel in itself. And it's a living fort as many people still live inside it. You visit the fort palace museum, and Jain temples inside the fort. Have lunch at a restaurant inside the fort only and then continue your visit of the old city. See the wonderful carving in stone at the Patwa Haveli and walk through the mini lanes of the city to witness the town life around you. Later go the beautiful Gadisar Lake to watch the sunset. After sunset, have your dinner at one of the famous terrace restaurants of Jaisalmer and retire for the night.

Day 13: Jodhpur

Today after an early morning breakfast drive to Jodhpur to catch your flight to Delhi. Later you can go last minute shopping in Delhi or visit Humayuns Tomb. Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 14: Departure

Today after breakfast, you drive to the international airport to catch your flight back home with vivid memories of various sights, sounds and colors of this beautiful state of Rajasthan.

 

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