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Rajasthan with Gujarat Tour

DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI: Welcome in India . Garlanding at airport .On arrival transfer to hotel. Rest of day is free for personal activities. Overnight  at  hotel

DAY 02  : IN DELHI:  After breakfast city tour of old Delhi and New delhi. Humayun's Tomb -Built by the wife of Humayun, Hajji Begum in the mid 16th century, this red sand stone structure is considered to be the predecessor of Taj Mahal. The structure is one of the best example of Mughal Architecture. Humayun's wife is also buried in the red and white Jantar Mantar - Few minutes walk from Connaught Place is is a strange collection of solomon coloured structures. These were built by Maharaja Jai Singh and is actually an observatory. Though not as large as its compatriot in Jaipur Jantar Mantar at Delhi also an attraction for the tourists. The astonishing part of these observatories is that they can calculate many astronomical movements very accurately. Red Fort - Built in Red Sand stone this imposing fort is 3 kms in perimeter with the height of the wall varying from 18 to 30 meters at places. When the Red fort was being built Yamuna used to flow on its one sides and there were deep moats on the other. Today Yamuna flows almost a kilometer away from the fort and the moats have dried up. In the evening the Delhi Tourism organises a light and sound show which narrates the history of Delhi in context of the Red Fort. The Lahore gate, the main entrance, has some emotions and sentiments attached with the Indian independence as the Tricolor flutters on the top of this gate. On 15th August the Indian Prime minister addresses the nation from here. As soon one enters in the fort from the Lahore gate .The Dewan-i-Am or the place of public hearing had a wall paneled with marble in laid with precious stone which were removed during the mutiny of 1857. The Dewan-i-Khas or the place for special hearing was the area where the emperor used to hold meetings with his ministers. Rashtrapati Bhawan: The president's mansion is situated on Raisina Hill in the center of Delhi, overlooking the green lawns around India Gate. This elegant building, is truly worth seeing, for its architectural beauty and historic significance. The beautiful Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhawan, which are open to the public in spring, are an added attraction. Parliament House: Located in Central Delhi, this elegant building with its wide pillared walkways and large halls, is worth a visit, to see the corridors of power where India's lawmakers and statesmen decide the future of India. Raj Ghat : The memories of Mahatma Gandhi.India Gate: Situated on Rajpath, in the center of Delhi, this 42-meter high arch, was designed by Edwin Lutyens, in memory of the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the first World War. Their names can be seen inscribed on the arch. The Amar Jawan Jyoti, an eternal flame, burns in memory of the unknown soldier, beneath the shelter of the arch, which is surrounded by green lawns, fountains and water bodies - an evergreen picnic zone in the heart of central Delhi.. Birla Mandir Laxmi Narayan Temple: It was built by the industrialist Raja Baldev Birla in 1938. The temple is an important prayer centre and contains idols of several deities. Interestingly, Mahatma Gandhi, who inaugurated the temple, was also a regular visitor to it. Bahai Temple: This aesthetically designed monument, commonly known as the Lotus Temple, because the white marble structure is built to in the shape of a lotus, set amidst, lakes and green lawns. It is a serene house of meditation, within which there are no idols and total silence prevails, so all can meditate in complete peace. Overnight at hotel –   

DAY 03: DELHI/AGRA(DRIVE:50KMS/01HRS) : In morning drive to Agra. On arrival check-in at hotel .. Afternoon visit the magnificent Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. Also visit Red fort - the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am(hall of public audience),a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcoveof inlaid marble at the back,the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas(hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. Overnight at hotel  

DAY 04:AGRA/JAIPUR(DRIVE:260KMS/06 HRS) ) : In morning drive to Jaipur . Enroute visit FATEHPUR SIKIRI . On arrival  Jaipur checkin at hotel.  Afternoon visit City Palace , Hawa Mahal & Jantar Mantar . Hawa Mahal is one of the most common and popular tourist attractions in Jaipur. Hawa Mahal was basically used as a veil by the royal women folk to watch the proceedings on the road below. Today it is the one of most visited monuments in Jaipur. The City Palace is another beautiful landmark that was built by Kachchwah Rajput rulers of Jaipur. The City Palace is a classic example of Mughal and Rajput architecture. A part of the palace today is museum that houses a collection of rare manuscripts, weapons, Mughal carpets and costumes, and Mughal and Rajasthani miniatures. Jantar Mantar makes another wonderful sight to visit. Built in 1718 by Sawai Jai Singh, Jantar Mantar Observatory is one of the five observatories that were built by the king. The observatory was built to study the movement of stars. The observatory is built in stone and marble. Built on the hilltop outside Jaipur.. Overnight at hotel :   

DAY 05: JAIPUR/BIKANER(DRIVE:320KMS/06HRS): In morning drive to BIKANER .On  arrival checkin at hotel. Rest  of day is free for personal activities.Overnight at hotel   

 DAY 06 : IN BIKANER : Bikaner is a wonderful medieval city of Rajasthan, still retaining its medieval grandeur and charm. Bikaner is known for its strong fortification, encompassed by a 7 km long wall with five gates to enter. Situated in the vast Thar Desert, Bikaner is famous for its magnificent fort, palaces, temples, exotic sand dunes, exciting camel safaris, and a unique culture that never fails to mesmerize its visitors. Bikaner is also famous for its colorful fairs and festivals.. Junagarh Fort: One of the most formidable forts of India, Junagarh Fort has never been conquered by its enemies. Built in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh, the most able and trusted generals of Akbar, Junagarh Fort is constructed on the plains, contrary to other forts of Rajasthan, normally built on hilltops. A massive structure encircled by a moat, it houses many beautiful palaces like Anup Mahal, Ganga Niwas and Rang Mahal or palace of pleasure.
Lalgadh Palace: Built between 1902-1926 by Maharaja Ganga Singh, Lalgadh Palace is a beautiful red palace, displaying a perfect blend of Rajput and European architectural style. Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, a British architect, the palace has several grand halls, lounges, cupolas and pavilions with overhanging balconies and latticework. Now a luxury 5-star heritage hotel, it also houses the Shri Sadul Museum, displaying well-preserved photographs of the erstwhile maharajas, their personal belongings, wildlife trophies, and a carriage from the maharaja'sroyaltrain. Bhandeshwar and Sandeshwar Jain Temples: Located on the outskirts of Bikaner, these 14th century temples are major tourist attraction in Bikaner. Dedicated to 23rd Jain tirthankar, Parsvanath, these temples are famous for their mirror work and the gold leaf paintings. Camel Breeding Farms: Located just 8 km from the city, the Camel Breeding Farm is the largest and only of its kind in Asia. These farms produce the fastest riding camels in the world. Visitors can also enjoy a camel ride or a cup of camel's milk at the farms. Overnight at hotel :

morning drive to JAISALMER .On  arrival check-in at hotel. rest of day is free for personal Activities.Overnight at hotel.  

DAY 08: IN JAISALMER: Jaisalmer, the Golden City of India, is one of the most alluring tourist destinations in Rajasthan, India. Jaisalmer is famous for its magnificent forts, enchanting palaces, havelis (mansions) and centuries old houses. Jaisalmer is also known for its exotic sand dunes and exciting camel safaris. Jaisalmer has a number of exciting tourist attractions showcasing the royal grandeur of the bygone era. The major tourist attractions in Jaisalmer include the Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon-ki-haveli, Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Salim-Singh- ki-haveli, Tazia tower, Bar Bagh and the beautiful Gadsisar Lake. Its exquisite handicrafts and colorful festivals are other major tourist attractions.
 Jaisalmer Fort: The 12th century Jaisalmer Fort is one of the most formidable forts in Rajasthan, India. Perched on Trikuta hill, Jaisalmer Fort is a 250 ft tall and massive fort surrounded by a 30 ft high sandstone wall with 99 bastions, offering a spectacular sight to visitors. The Fort also houses a Jain Temple. Jaisalmer Havelis: Once the residence of wealthy merchants, the havelis (mansions) of Jaisalmer are famous for their artistic designs and decorations. Their exclusive cutwork, yellow and red stone treatment, and the bracket-shaped decoration of peacocks, never fail to mesmerize the visitors. The Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli and Nathmalji-ki-Haveli are major tourist attractions in Jaisalmer.Gadsisar Sagar Lake: A famous picnic spot in the sandy city, Gadsisar Sagar Lake is among the most beautiful tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. It attracts hundreds of migratory birds during the winter season. Bara Bagh: Located on the bank of Gadsisar Sagar Lake, Bara Bagh is an oasis in the desert. The lush green garden provides much-needed relief to the local people. Overnight at hotel :  

DAY 09: JAISALMER/JODHPUR(DRIVE :280 KMS/06HRS) : : In morning drive to Jodhpur .On arrival Check-in hotel .Overnight at hotel. 

DAY 10: IN JODHPUR : After- breakfast city tour of Jodhpur. MEHRANGARHFORT Situated atop a rugged 150-meter high sandstone hill, the intimidating Mehrangarh Fort looks down on opal Jodhpur like a military sentinel on guard. The average height of the entire Mehrangarh Fort is about 125 meters. At certain places the thickness of the outer wall is about 17 meters in width.Palatial mansions like the Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Maan Vilas, Daulat Khana, Sileh Khana, Sukh Mahal and Phool Mahal are located all over the Mehrangarh premises. These palaces are interspersed with massive hallways, pillared rooms, shrines and ornamental courtyards.UMED BHAWAN :Sprawled over a whopping 26 acres on the beatific Chittar hills in Jodhpur, the enchanting Umaid Bhawan Palace was constructed by Maharaja Umed Singhji. The fact that it took 16 years to complete the construction of this mammoth structure adds a romantic appeal to this lavishly carved royal abode, a part of which has been converted into a heritage hotel.The massive Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur has been divided into 3 main sections, the heritage hotel, royal abode and the museum. Tour the Umaid Bhawan Palace museum and see for yourself the glamorous antiques on display. Royal swords, regal costumes, brightly painted miniatures and other objects d' art enthrall you on your Umaid Bhawan Palace tours with Rajasthan holiday.Be enchanted with the Rathore Coat of Arms carved atop the main entrance to the Umaid Bhawan Palace and be completely enamored with the vast green lawns and ornamental garden décor that compliments the architectural beauty of the grand Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11: JODHPUR/RANAKPUR(DRIVE:190KMS/04HRS):):   Afternoon Visit The Chaturmukh Jain Temple
This temple, which is also known as the 'Four Faced' temple, is dedicated to the venerated Tirthankara Rishabhji. The Chaturmukhi Jain temple sprawls over an area of 48,000 sq. feet and is open on all four sides. The complex comprises of 29 halls and 1,444 intricately carved pillars. One of the most famous temples in Ranakpur, this beautiful temple is a must visit site if you travel toRanakpur.Desuri, is famous for its three Jain temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman and Navi Mata. Other attractions located in this picturesque site include an old mosque, which is also worth a visit.

ParshvanathTempleThe marble temple of Parshvanath is also known as the 'Patriyon ka Mandir'. The temple, which is famous for its black stone image of the Jain saint Parsvanath was built in the mid 15th century. Surrounded by high hills, this beautiful temple is also famous for its pierced stone windows with ornamental designs. Besides, there are many other beautiful temples and places you can visit when you travel to Ranakpur, which can be an amazing experience.

Ghanerao : Ghanerao a bounds in Jain and Hindu temples of Gajanand with a life-size statue of the goddesses Ridhi and Sidhi the statue is guarded by Hamnuman and Bhairon on either on side.
Narlai (6km) : The temple of Adinath is an anicient one. The outer mandap of the temple has beautiful mural painting on its celling which still retain their original splendour. Overnight at hotel  

DAY 12: RANAKPUR /UDAIPUR(DRIVE:90KMS02HRS)): In morning city tour . Lake Pichola - Hills, temples, palaces, bathing ghats and embankments, surround this picturesque lake built by Maharajah Udai Singh. The two breathtaking palaces - Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) - also standamidstthislake. » City Palace - The City Palace on the banks of the Lake Pichola is a collection of rooms, corridors, terraces, pavilions, hanging gardens and courtyards. The City Palace of Udaipur built in 1559 is a must-visit for all tourists to Udaipur. It offers a panoramic view of the "Jag Niwas" (Now the Lake palace hotel) and the "Jag Mandir". The Mor-Chowk (Peacock courtyard) and the Chini Chitrashala are the most noteworthy features of City Palace with a series of wall paintings of Krishna. Jagdish Temple - Built in 1651 by Maharaja Jagat Singh, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the centre of the old city. The temple has a black marble image of Lord Vishnu, which is unusual for the northern part of the country, where Stuesof Godsarenormallyinmarble.» Sahelion Ki Bari - The "garden of the maids of honour", Sahelion-ki-Bari was designed and laid out early in the eighteenth century as a retreat for ladies of the royal household to spend their time in leisure. The lotus pool, fountains, lawns, flowerbeds, and marble pavilions all combine to make it a captivating place. Overnight at hotel :  

DAY 13: UDAIPUR/AHEMDABAD(DRIVE: 263KMS/06HRS) : In morning drive to Ahemdabad.On arrival check-in at hotel. Overnight at hotel

DAY 14: IN AHEMDABAD:After- breakfast  halfday city tour of Ahemdabad. Jumma Masjid - one of the most beautiful mosques in India, Rani Rupmati Masjid - The Queen's Mosque in Mirzapur, The Shaking Minarets - when one minaret is shaken, the other minarets vibrate too, Kankaria Lake - The circular lake having an island garden in the middle, Hathisingh Jain Temple & Gandhi Ashram 

DAY 15: AHEMDABAD/BHAVNAGAR(DRIVE:207/05HRS) : In morning drive to Bhavnagar .On arrival check-in at hotel. Rest of day is free for personal activities. Overnight at  hotel  

DAY 16: BHAVNAGAR/PALITANA/DIU(DRIVE:200KMS/04HRS) :In morning drive to Diu.Enroute visit Palitana , Amongst all the Jain temples, Palitana temples are considered to be the most sacred. Located on Shetrunjaya hills there are 863 temples, exquisitely carved in marble. The temples are exquisitely carved in marble, veritable prayers in stone. To an observer, these appear to be ivory miniatures when seen from a distance. Created by master craftsmen, the most important temple is that of the first teerthankara, Shri Adishwar. It has ornate architectural motifs, though in its overall plan it is simpler than the Choumukh. The entire summit of majestic mount Shatrunjaya is crowned with about 900 temples, each rivaling the other for beauty and magnificence, presenting an awe-inspiring spectacle to devotees and visitors. The peak is a 3 ˝ km climb of over 3500 steps from the town. The cluster of over 800 temples is divided into tuks. Throughout the cluster you can see detailed carvings, beautiful idols and images, jeweled statues and intricate toranas. Sunrise behind the temples is a great sight. One can enjoy views from the summit of the hills and the river Shetrunjaya.On arrival Diu check-in at hotel .Overnight at hotel.  

DAY 17: IN DIU: Morning visit to the town sandwiched between the massive fort to the east and a huge city wall to the west. In the afternoon relax at Nagoa beach. Overnight at hotel. 

DAY 18: DIU /VERAVAL-SOMNATH/VERAVAL ( DRIVE: 120KMS/03HRS) : In morning drive to Veraval .On arrival check-in at hotel After noon visit  Somnath .The temple is on the shore of the Arabian Sea, 6km south of Veraval. In this temple is established one of the twelve Siva Jyotirlingas. A temple dedicated to Siva has been located here since ancient times. The temple was destroyed and raided by the Muslims several times, first by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1026. Somnath means the “Lord of the Moon.”This temple is said to have been built by the moon-god out of gold, then rebuilt by Ravana out of silver, then by Lord Krishna out of wood, and later by Bhima (one of the Pandava brothers) out of stone. Two thousand Brahmins are said to have served in this temple. The temple was also said to have once had 300 barbers, 500 dancing girls, and 300 musicians.The temple was raided and destroyed by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1026. He removed a solid silver gate at that time and brought it back to his homeland. The temple was later destroyed in 1297, 1394, and for the last time in 1706 by Aurangzeb, just before he died.The present temple was rebuilt in 1950. It is large, but not artistic. The present temple has a tower over 50m (165 ft) high over the main sanctum (altar). It was constructed on the exact spot where the original temple was situated. You can see remains of an ancient temple right next to the present temple.The main aratis are at 7 am, noon, and 7 pm. It is a popular temple. Non-Hindus are permitted to enter.Overnight at hotel. 

DAY 19: VERAVAL/SASANGIR/VERAVAL(DRIVE:42 KMS/01HRS ONE WAY) : In morning drive to Sasan Gir National Park. which is the "only abode of the "Asiatic lion" in the world ..." and houses a little over 300 of these lions, which are at great risk of extinction. this park in Gujarat is a 1,412 sq km hilly tract of mixed dry deciduous and teak forests in terspersed with grasslands. .Overnight at hotel. 

DAY 19: VERAVAL/JUNAGARH/RAJKOT(DRIVE:150KMS/04HRS) : In morning drive to Rajkot .Enroute visit Junagadh , - an ancient fortified city rich in Myth & Legend. Visit Uparkot Fort - famous for its virtual inaccessibility, Ashoka's Rock edicts - the fourteen rock edicts of the Emperor Ashoka, Damodar Kund - A sacred tank. On arrival Rajkot check-in at hotel .Overnight at hotel. 

DAY 20: RAJKOT /MUMBAI(BY AIR) : In morning city tour of Rajkot . Rajkot has a fine museum and some old colonial architecture. Handicrafts like silver and textiles are a highlight of Rajkot, which has the National Weaving Institute, working to promote traditional weaves. Rajkot is one of the most important commercial and industrial cities of Saurashtra.Afternoon transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai .On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel 

DAY 21 : IN MUMBAI : After breakfast Half day city tour .Gateway of India:The Gateway of India is the main attraction of Mumbai city. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911. Situated at the Apollo Bunder, the gateway holds greater historical significance as the last of the British troops that left India by sea, marched through its portals. The monument is complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. You can also go for a short cruise through Mumbai's natural harbour in one of the little motor launches that are stationed here.Prince of Wales Museum:The Prince of Wales museum is another major attraction of Mumbai. Built in the year 1914, it is surrounded by a beautiful landscape forming an ideal getaway for the people of Mumbai. The museum houses art, sculpture, rare coins, and old firearms and a priceless collection of miniature paintings. The Prince of Wales museum is regarded as one of the best museums in the country.: Marine DriveA stroll down the Marine Drive is the best way to discover Mumbai. This winding stretch of road with tall buildings on one side and sea on the other extends from Nariman Point to Malabar Hills. Due to its curved shape and many street lights, it was once called the Queen's Necklace. A popular sea front, Marine Drive is also the main thoroughfare linking for the Malabar Hills to the southernmost points of Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Nariman Point, and the Fort.  Over night at hotel :  

DAY 22 : IN BOMBAY : DAY IS FREE @ LEISURE . Overnight at hotel.

DAY 23: BOMBAY/OUT : Transfer to international airport to board flight for onwards destination.   HAPPY LANDING

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