Rajasthan Independent tour collection

The wonderful amalgamation of age old traditions, intriguing cultures and warm welcoming hospitality can be only experienced in Rajasthan.

Heritage Rajasthan Tour with South India

For decades the Rajput fortress, the defensive castles, and the composite havelis have been the abode of nobility- and hospitality here is a way of life . Each of these heritage hotels has its own magical charm and traditional decor. Each monument echoes with rich architectural grandeur. India is a well known for its ancient heritage and culture. Most of these palaces and havelis having been converted into Heritage Hotels offer a taste of its grandeur to the guests. Rajasthan, one of the most popular tourist attractions among Indian heritage tours, offers many monuments from ancient India which are now converted into luxurious hotels giving you a glimpse into their royal past.

Trip Overview
Travel type : Group Travel
Travel scale : Discovery / Heritage / Culture
Trip length : 21 Nights / 22 Days
Start point : Delhi, India
End point : Cochin, India
Region : North / South India
Trip Inclusions
Accommodation
13 Nights in handpicked hotels, 01 night at camp
Transport
All ground transport for sightseeing trips
Guides Services
Expert local tour guides for sightseeing tours
Meals
14 Breakfasts, 02 Dinners
Activities
Rickshaw ride, Elephant ride, Folk dances, camel ride
Other Services
Private air conditioned car with driver Company staff for airport assistance

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi

At Delhi Airport, you will be greeted by our representative in an Indian traditional style. Later you will be escorted to your pre-booked hotel. Once you will reach hotel, our representative will give you all the travel documents and explain you in brief about Delhi and what you can do in your free time. DELHI, the capital of India doesn't need any introduction. It is not only capital of India but also the cultural centre of India where people from different states settle. Spend your first night in Delhi.

Included meals: no meal included
Included entrances: no visit & sightseeing

Day 02 : Delhi, Sightseeing

Lavish breakfast in the hotel and start your day with the sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi.

Old Delhi – Old Delhi was established by Mughal Emperor and the streets of Old Delhi are narrow and bustling. Old Delhi comprises of some of the finest monuments built during Mughal rule. Raj Ghat – the cenotaph site where the father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, Jama Masjid – Completed in 1658 is the last architectural monument built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Red Fort – This huge massive fort standing on the western bank of River Yamuna. The last and the most exciting place in Old Delhi is Chandni Chowk, the most crowded market place where you can enjoy a rickshaw ride.

New Delhi- It was well planned by the British architecture Sir Edwin Luytens to make New Delhi as the capital of India. In New Delhi sightseeing, you will visit Humayun's Tomb – The structure was inspired by Persian architecture and it structures also resembles to Taj Mahal as it has a huge tomb, Qutub Minar - one of the tallest tower in the world and a great masterpiece of Mughal architecture which can be seen from most parts of the city. Your city tour ends with the drive past through The Diplomatic clave, India Gate (the war memorial) and the President's residence. Overnight stay is at hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Raj Ghat, Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar, India Gate

Day 03 : Delhi – Jaipur (256 kms / 05 hrs)

Morning after delicious breakfast at the hotel, it's time to head towards the next destination Jaipur also known as the "Pink city". As soon as you will enter the city you can observe why it's being called Pink City as all the buildings and houses are painted in Pink Colour. Reach hotel and a warm welcome await you, check into the hotel. Evening is free to wander through the city. Overnight stay is at hotel in Jaipur.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: no sightseeing

Day 04 : Jaipur

Breakfast in the hotel and then you will be taken for Jaipur sightseeing. Enjoy guided excursion tour of Amber Fort – a stunning hill top fort is one of the main attractions of Jaipur. Its construction had started by Raja Man Singh I in 1592. Located on a hilltop the best & joyous way to reach the entrance of the fort in on a elephant back. The highlights of the fort are the wonderful carving and mirror works on the walls. Have your lunch in a city restaurant and then proceed to Jaipur sightseeing. Visit Hawa Mahal – The major landmark of the city still showcases the glory of Royal Family, City Palace – Built by Maharja Swai Jai Singh is still the residence of former Maharaja of Jaipur. Some portion of the palace is converted into Museum, Jantar Mantar – The largest stone observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh. Evening you can indulge in shopping by visiting colorful and bustling bazaars of this vibrant city. Overnight stay will be at the Jaipur

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal

Day 05 : Jaipur – Mandawa (170 kms / 04 hrs)

Today leave Jaipur and head to Mandawa – the capital of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is famous for its heritage havelis and colourful fresco art. Arrive Mandawa and transfer to your pre-booked hotel. After wash and change, proceed to explore the city which often referred as an open art gallery and lovely haveli's, step-wells, beautifully painted Haveli's & Old streets. Dinner and overnight stay is at Mandawa.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Frescos and Paintings

06 : Mandawa – Bikaner (190 kms / 04 hrs)

After breakfast in the hotel, drive to Bikaner - Founded in 14th century by Rajput ruler Rao Bika Ji. Some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization can be found here in form of beautiful palaces, richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones. On arrival after checking into the hotel, depart for the sightseeing tour of Bikaner visit Deshnok Temple also known as the rat temple is one of its kind in India, the Camel Breeding Farm & Research Centre, Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace and various haveli's. Evening spend time at leisure or you can explore the city to see the local life around. Overnight stay is at Bikaner.

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Included entrances: Havelis, Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace

Day 07 : Bikaner – Jaisalmer (330 kms / 07 hrs).

Head towards your next destination i.e. Jaisalmer often described as the Golden City is an ancient city and because of its strategic location on camel trade route it was used as a trading centre. By evening, you will reach Jaisalmer where you can have a great sunset view which is very beautiful which and cannot be summed in words. Overnight stay will be at the hotel at Jaisalmer.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: no sightseeing

Day 08 : Jaisalmer sightseeing.

Have a very hearty breakfast and then depart on for a full-day sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer. Visit the Golden Fort (Jaisalmer Fort) - The fort has five palaces called Sarvottam Vilas, Akhai Vilas, Gaj Mahal, Rang Mahal and Moti Mahal-all interconnected with each other & a Museum. Inside the fort, you can see the most exquisite Jain Temples and architecture style of these Jain Temples is simply outstanding. Later visit Patwon-ki-haveli built by Guman Chand Patwa & Salem Singh Haveli is another wonderful haveli to visit. After lunch you will be driven to Sam Sand Dunes located 40 kms from the city heart. Jaisalmer travel is incomplete without visiting Sam Sand Dunes. To make your evening special, enjoy a Camel ride during sunset and later return back to the hotel. Overnight stay will be at Jaisalmer.

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Included entrances: : Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon-ki-haveli, Camel ride

Day 09 : Jaisalmer (The Golden City) – Jodhpur (280 kms / 05 hrs)

Morning after breakfast in the hotel drive towards the next stopover in this tour the city of Jodhpur also known as the Blue City. On the way to Jodhpur, you can have your lunch at Fort Pokaran which literally means the palace of five mirages. Enroute you can also visit Bishnoi Villages where people believe in conserving natural environment and animal hunting is banned there. You can spot numerous deer in Bishnoi Village. Arrive Jodhpur and get assisted check into the hotel. After taking some rest in the hotel we begin the city tour of Jodhpur which comprises of visit to the impressive Mehrangarh Fort – This magnificent fort was built in the 15th century and has seven gates which still witness marks of the battle fought by armies of Jodhpur to protect their people, Jaswant Thada – Looks like a temple, this white marble was constructed in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, last but not to miss is Umaid Bhawan Palace – This stunning palace which today also serves as the residence to the royal family and a part of it is transformed into a luxurious hotel. Evening is free to relax and overnight stay is in Jodhpur.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Bishnoi Village, Jaswant Thada

Day 10 : Jodhpur - Udaipur (270 kms / 05 hrs)

Early morning, have your breakfast at hotel restaurant and then depart to Udaipur – a beautiful romantic city also known as the City of Lakes". Enroute visit Ranakpur Jain Temples – These temples were built in the 15 century during the rule of Rana Kumbha and today the temples are one of the most sacred places for Jainism. The main temple to visit is Chaumukha Temple or four faced temple. Upon arrival, a warm greeting awaits you at the hotel check into the hotel. Evening you can enjoy boat ride on the beautiful Lake Pichola. Overnight stay is at hotel in Udaipur.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Boat ride at Lake Pichola

Day 11 : Udaipur (The City of Lakes)

Start Udaipur city tour by visiting the fascinating City Palace – One of the largest and richest complexes in Rajasthan presents the stunning view of the lake and city as it stands on the rocky outcrop. Within the palace, you can explore the peacock square and the miniature painting school, mirror work and motifs. Later on visit palaces like Lake Palace (Summer Palace) – its construction was started by Maharana Jagat Singh II in 1628 and it took 24 years to complete. Now it has been converted into a luxury hotel, Jag Mandir – located in the centre of Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar – the artificial lake and Sahelion Ki Bari – The purpose to build this impressive marble pavilion was to give pleasure time to royal ladies. Overnight stay will be at Udaipur.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: City Palace, Sahelion Ki Bari, Jag Mandir

Day 12 : Fly to Bangalore (Via Mumbai / Delhi)

Morning after breakfast, our representative will await you at the hotel lobby to transfer you to Udaipur airport from where you board your flight to Bangalore via Delhi or Mumbai. Arrive Bangalore airport and get assisted transfer and check into the hotel. Bangalore is the fastest growing city in Asia especially in IT sector and it is also a city of some of the most high tech industries in India. Overnight stay will be at Bangalore.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: no sightseeing

Day 13 : Bangalore

After morning breakfast, leave to explore the beauty of Bangalore visit the famous Bangalore Aquarium – The second largest aquarium in India which was inaugurated in 1983 & is the home of wide variety of aquatic species. Cubbon Park – The Park was built by Sir Richard Shankey in the year 1864 and is spread in a very huge area, Lal Bagh Gardens (Spread over an area of 240 acres) – The park has the rare collection of tropical and sub tropical trees and plants and lastly visit Tipu Sultan's Fort and Palace – used as a Summer residence the construction of the palace was completed by Tipu Sultan in 1791. Dinner and overnight stay is at hotel in Bangalore.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Bangalore Aquarium, Cubbon Park, Tipu Sultan's Fort and Palace

Day 14 : Bangalore – Mysore (135 kms / 03 hrs).

Early morning after a delectable South Indian breakfast, head to Mysore also known as the city of Palaces. Reach Mysore and transfer to the hotel. After freshen up and relax for some time, enjoy splendid sightseeing tour of Mysore visit the famous Mysore Zoo – One of the oldest Zoo is the house of some of the exotic animals like Royal Bengal Tiger, White Tigers, Elephants and many more, Mysore Palace – Built in 1912 is a marvelous monument, also visit Karangi Lake and a number of historic temples here. Evening you can indulge yourself in shopping and the famous thing to buy from Mysore is the Mysore Silk, Mysore style painting and Mysore peta (conventional turban made of silk). Overnight stay will be at Mysore.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo

Day 15 : Mysore – Ooty (155 kms / 04 hrs)

Today head to the "Queen of Hill station" Ooty today, on arrival check into the hotel and spend some time in comfort at hotel to relax. Later proceed for the sightseeing tour of Ooty visit the famous Dodabetta Peak (the highest peak in Ooty) – this place gives some excellent views of the plains of the Coimbatore and highlands of Mysore. Ooty Lake – This artificial lake was constructed in 1824 and the best activity is the boat ride on the lake. St. Stephen's Church – Built in 1829 is one of the oldest churches in Ooty and the Government Botanical Gardens spread in an area of 22hectare houses 650 species of plants in it. Evening take a walk at the Mall Road where one see a lot of locals and tourists around and later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Ooty Lake, St. Stephen's Church, Government Botanical Gardens

Day 16 : Ooty – Munnar (282 kms / 06 hrs)

Morning after breakfast at the hotel you leave Ooty and drive towards Munnar – a very beautiful hill station in Kerala. On Munnar Sightseenarrival Munnar check into your designated hotel. In Munnar most of the area is covered with tea plantations and during the British rule, it served as the summer retreat for the Government officials. The natural scenic breathtaking beauty of this place makes it the first choice for nature lovers. Tea and cardamom plantations will catch your attention once you are in Munnar. Visit Echo Point – The most popular place in Munnar, Kundala a picturesque Town which is famous for the Golf Courses, Mattupetty – Situated at a height of 1700 M is famous for its highly specialized dairy farm. Also visit Mattupetty Lake and dam. Evening return back to the hotel for overnight stay at Munnar.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Tea and cardamom plantations, Mattupetty Lake and dam

Day 17 : Day free in Munnar

Today after lavish breakfast, enjoy the tea and spice plantation tour. Overnight stay will be at Munnar.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Tea and spice plantation tour

Day 18 : Munnar to Thekkady (120 Kms / 4 Hrs)

Have a hearty breakfast in the hotel and then proceed to Thekkady the place known for housing one of the most beautiful wildlife parks in India - The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. On arrival at Thekkady check in the hotel and later proceed for an evening safari at Periyar. The 26 sq km artificial picturesque lake at the centre of the sanctuary and the park covering an area of about 777 sq km serves as a house to about 35 tigers and leopards. It is also the home of sambars, wild boars, elephants and antelopes, during the boat cruise these animals can be seen on the bank of the lake. Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Periyar to view the wildlife animals in their natural habitat. Overnight stay is at Periyar.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Day 19 : Periyar to Kumarakom (130 Kms / 4 Hrs)

Morning after hearty breakfast, head to the motherland of the beautiful backwater of Kerala, known as Kumarakom. On the way to Kumarakom you will visit Kottayam (96 kms from Cochin) which abodes many churches and famous for its rubber plantation. Reach Kumarakom and check into the hotel. Evening you can visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Rest of the day is free to explore the natural beauty of Kumarakom. Overnight stay will be at Kumarakom.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Day 20 : Houseboat. (Kumarakom – Alleppey).

Today will be the most memorable day in your life as you will embark the most famous traditional Kerala Houseboat, popularly known as 'Kettuvalam'. All meals will be served to you on the houseboat. Overnight stay will be at Houseboat.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included entrances: sightseeing

Day 21 : Alleppey – Cochin (65 Kms / 1 Hr).

Today disembark the houseboat at Alleppey and head to Cochin the commercial centre of Kerala also known as the "God's Own Country". On arrival at Cochin you will be transferred to your reserved Hotel. Afternoon enjoy the city tour covering Jewish Synagogue - The oldest synagogue in India, St. Francis Church – The oldest European church built in AD 1503 by Portuguese Francisian friars, Dutch Palace - Built by Portuguese in 1557 as a gift for Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Cochin. Evening you can enjoy the Kathakali dance show. Overnight stay is at Cochin.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Kathakali dance show

Day 22 : Departure

With the sweet memories of the tour, you will be dropped at Cochin Airport by our representative from where catch your flight to onward destination.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: No sightseeing
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