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Imperial Rajasthan and Romantic Taj

Duration : 12 Days / 11 Nights
Destination Covered : Delhi / Mukundgarh / Khimsar / Jodhpur / Jaipur / Bharatpur / Orchaa / Khajuraho

Day 1: Delhi
Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel. Check in hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Delhi- Mukundgarh
Morning drive to Mukundgarh. Arrive & check in at hotel. Afternoon visit Mukundgarh / Mandawa. Mandawa, founded in 1775 by Thakur Nawal Singhand still the home of his descendants has beautiful frescoes, havelis and mansions. Mandawa Castle, one of the finest castle of Rajasthan is now a hotel and houses a collection of armories, costumes of ancestors, cannons from 1820 ancient coins, numismatic collection and many other interesting items in a Museum. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Mukundgarh- Khimsar
Morning drive to Khimsar. Arrive Khimsar & check in at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing at Khimsar. Khimsar is steeped in history- founded 2500 years ago by the Jain Saint Mahaveer. This is the starting point of the great Indian Desert. The founder of the castle which was built in mid 15th century was Prince Karamsi- son of Jodhpur and very close to other places of interest like Osian and Nagaur. Well managed Khimsar Fort provides the visitors with all modern amenities- 50 luxuriously furnished rooms, theme dinners, a variety of continental and indian meals as well as traditional Rajasthani are available. Evening jeep safari to sand dunes for a sunset view. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4:
Khimsar / Jodhpur
Morning drive to Jodhpur stopping at Mandor 10 Kms short of Jodhpur to visit the Mandor Garden the old capital of Jodhpur. On arrival at Jodhpur, visit Mehrangarh Fort & Jaswant Thada. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Jodhur / Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6: Jaipur
Morning sightseeing tour and visit to the Amber Fort. Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the state until 1728. See the Sheesh Mahal or the hall of victory glittering with mirrors, Jal Mahal and Kali. Ascend, on elephant back, the hill on which fort is situated. City sightseeing tour, Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan was given a color coat of pink a century ago in honor of a visiting prince. Ever since it had retained that color. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Visit the Maharaja's City Palace and the observatory and drive past Hawa Mahal , the palace of winds. Overnight at hotel

Day 7: Jaipur / Bharatpur
Morning drive to Bharatpur. Arrive Bharatpur & check in hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Bharatpur. Visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary on rickshaws. The most spectacular water- Birds Sanctuary features nesting of indigenous water- birds, migratory birds. From October till December, the indigenous water- birds nest around the lake from December on the migratory Geese, Duck and Cranes are the main feature of the sanctuary. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8:
Bharatpur / Orchaa
Morning drive to Orchaa. Arrive Orchaa & check in at hotel. Visit the well- preserved medieval township of Orcha built in the 16th century. Sightseeing include the Rajmahal with its beautiful murals, the Laxmi Narayan Temple and the Jehangir Mahal built in the 17th century, to commemorate the visit of the emperor Jehangir. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9:
Orchaa / Khajuraho
Morning drive to Khajuraho. Arrive Khajuraho & check in at hotel. Enjoy visit to Khajuraho and its temples, built during the reign of the Chendela Kings from 950-1050. Today only 22 of the 85 original remaining temples are magnificent examples of Hindu architecture. These exquisite sculptures,.which adorn the spires with a galaxy of gods and goddesses, beasts and serpents and a multitude of erotic couples represent a paean to life, love and joy. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Khajuraho / Agra
Morning drive to Agra. Arrive Agra & check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11:
Agra
Morning city sightseeing tour visiting the world famous Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Later visit the Agra Fort containing the pearl mosque and the hall of public and private audience. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Agra / Delhi
Morning drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi & check in at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Delhi. Overnight at hotel.

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